A Very Important Message For ALL Beginners!

Last Update: November 14, 2018

People ask me all the time...

Jerry, how long does it take to make money?💰

Why am I not getting any traffic & sales?😫

Or even worse, I've seen many people saying things like...

  • I'm all in. I'll do whatever it takes to make it happen. BUT I really need to see some sales coming in by the end of the first month.
  • I'll put in more time and effort until I see some results and sales.
  • Can I start making money in the first month? Because I need to pay my bills...

If you're asking any of those questions and having similar mindsets, this post is not just FOR YOU. But you HAVE TO & MUST read this post in FULL.

I'm dead serious.

Because I can guarantee you that you'll definitely fail & quit if you're hanging on to those mindsets and asking the wrong questions!

By the way, there's nothing wrong with you having those mindsets now because that's where we all started.

But in order to start making consistent income from your online business and succeed, the first thing we need to work on is having the right mentality🧠

Please DO NOT feel offended or have any negative feelings when you're reading this post.

The purpose of this post is to help you see the REALITY and understand what you should EXPECT!

The Reality That You MUST Understand

I'm sure most of you know that Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a 'get rich quick scheme'. But do you really understand what does it mean by "Get Rich Quick"?

Despite we all know this isn't a get rich quick scheme, there are still many people "hoping" to start seeing results and making money within a month or two.


  1. They think get rich quick means something like winning a lottery. That's why if they're willing to put in the work for a month or two, they think they should get paid and it's not considered as get rich quick. They simply want to see some results to prove that this works.
  2. MONEY. DEBT. BILLS. Many people need to constantly worry about how to pay their next bill or even pay their next month's WA Premium Membership. I understand. If you're one of them, please continue reading and keep my advice for you in mind.

So, what's the reality I need to know?

Understand this...

👉It's IMPOSSIBLE for you to build up an online business that provides you a stable income source within a few months time if you're new to this.👈

Let me ask you, what's one of the talents you have right now? Anything that you're good at.

And then reflect...how long did it take for you to be good at it? 1 year? 2 years? 5 years?

Making money online is no different.

Many people think that "online business" or the "Internet" has some sort of magic power or some secrets. And peolpe who are successful definitely know certain "secrets" that they don't know about yet. As long as you can get the "secrets", you'll be able to make money and succeed.

That's why there are so many people looking for what we called the "shiny objects", constantly searching for other people's "secret" that they "think" others possess.

Let me tell you...

There are NO SECRETS🙅🏻‍♂️

No matter which business you're building and which platform you're using (be it affiliate marketing, dropshipping, Amazon FBA, YouTube, network marketing, etc.), you just have to:

  • Follow a proven system
  • Keep learning
  • And most importantly, TAKE CONSISTENT ACTION for a LONG PERIOD OF TIME!

It applies to almost ALL businesses, platforms and systems out there, not just Wealthy Affiliate.

How did Michael Jordan succeed? Practice, fail, practice, fail, practice, fail...

For any successful people that you can think of, they succeed because they focus on ONE THING and keep doing it every single day no matter what happened.

And the good news for you is that I AM A LIVING PROOF that Wealthy Affiliate works!

Just take a look at my income growth since Jan 2018:

Can you see how CONSISTENCY & PATIENCE don't just pay off but they pay off huge?

But this graph is just a tip of an iceberg.

What all of you don't see is the amount of time every single day I put into learning, writing, doubting, hesitating, failing, growing, improving...

And by the way, you can see that I started making some money since January, February and March 2018, despite it's very little.

But prior to this, I spent 2 YEARS learning as much as I could from the community, all the training and the successful members here while I was serving full time national service.

That's how I can enjoy the fruit right now and share the results with you guys.

So, I know many of you will start to think...

"Maybe Wealthy Affiliate is not for me because what I need right now is money. I need to survive, support my family, to pay my bills, etc. Maybe WA is not for me at this moment. I'll come back next time."

Some of you may say, "I simply don't have the patience to wait that long..."

I totally understand.

I can tell you what you need to do right now. But quitting Wealthy Affiliate is NOT the solution to your problem.

Many beginners have problems paying your Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership I know.

Here's What You Should Do Right Now!

If you're having problem paying your WA Membership, you MUST either have a full-time or a part-time job that you can earn a stable active income.

You need to support yourself and your family while building your passive income online.

Treat Wealthy Affiliate as a side hustle for now but never lose hope on it and never give up.

If you give up on this, for most people, they're forced to keep working on an active income job to put food on the table.

👉Without passive income, you'll never stop trading time for money.👈

Warren Buffett put it best...

So the lesson to takeaway is...

👉You need to have an active income job to support you while you hustle on your passive income until the day when your side hustle can become a full-time commitment.👈

And that's when you can go tell your boss that...

By the way, if unfortunately for some reason you're someone who's not able to get a proper job or work outside from your home, I'm sure there are tons of ways to make active income online by doing freelance jobs or helping clients based on your expertise.

And for those of you who already have a full-time job, the amount of time you can put into your side hustle is limited. That's why you need even more patience to make this work.

But as long as you can consistently put in let say 3 hours per day for the next 1 year, 2 years, 3 years...I can guarantee you that you'll see results and you can definitely quit your job sometime along that journey.

Another quote I must share with you is this...

“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” - Steve Jobs

Poor people think for days and months. Rich peolpe think for years, decades and even generations.

The time and effort you put into your online business right now may seem nothing or even wasted for many people when they can't see results at the moment.

But you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future and you can only realize that when you're looking backward at your own journey, just like what Steve Jobs has said.

Wise words, aren't they?

One Thing I've Never Shared With Anybody is this...

If you take a look at the income growth chart I provided you earlier on, you'll see that before May 2018, I was earning less than $1000/month from my online business here.

Just like what I explained earlier on, during that time, I was working on a local part-time job at a hotel buffet...

Yea, that was me, just a couple of months ago.

I even brought my laptop to work so that I can fully utilize the resting time I had to work on my business👨🏻‍💻

Can you see how much effort I have been putting in to achieve the results I'm getting?

If you are struggling for time, it's all about time management and prioritization⏱

If you're struggling for money, get a stable job, either part-time or full-time based on your need and plan your schedule to work on your side hustle.

Everything I've written in this post are my honest opinion and advice from the bottom of my heart❤️

I really want to help you. But please remember that your results depend on YOU. No one else.

How eager & desired are you to achieve the goals you have?

If your desire and your WHY is huge enough, you'll squeeze out that extra time, put in that extra effort no matter what's the circumstance, just like what I did when I was working at the buffet restaurant.

Final Reminder

There will definitely be times when you encounter failures & struggles along the way😣

  • You may be struggling to build your first website because you're new to WordPress.
  • You may struggle to decide on your niche.
  • You may struggle to get traffic to your site.
  • You may struggle to make your first sale.
  • Your first site may even be a total failure.

So what?!

These are all part of the learning curve and the journey. Remember that we can only connect the dots looking backward?

The good thing is that you're in Wealthy Affiliate, a very established, active and helpful community👥

Everything you need to get started is provided here. All the training, tools, resources, support, etc...

So, it's really up to you. You are responsible for your own results.


You'll never fail until you give up👊

Your time is never wasted because what you gained are the valuable experience.

To end off this post, I just want to provide you with some of the most useful resources for you at this stage:

  1. How Long Does it take to Make Money at Wealthy Affiliate?
  2. Are You Willing to Work for FREE? (The Secret to Success in Anything!)
  3. A Niche is A Group of People Looking for Stuff
  4. Google Page 1 Ranking Tips: Position 4 in 3 Minutes!

Lastly, I believe this post is helpful for A LOT OF the members here. So, whenever you come across someone who's struggling or being pessimistic, remember to share this post with them to help them🗣

If you're promoting Wealthy Affiliate, this is a great post that's worth sharing with your referrals to encourage them so that they can stay longer in the community. This means more recurring income for you as well!💰💰

But I recommend you to share this with your referrals only after around 2 weeks to a month after they join. Because the best strategy is to get them pumped up about this online business in the beginning. And then along the way, we help them get the right mindset to succeed.

If you share this with your referrals too early, some will just quit after seeing the amount of time and effort needed. So it's best to get them pumped up first in the beginning.

You can add this to one of your auto-messages that's being sent to your referrals:


"Premium for 15 or 30 days" is what I recommend. That's the best time to teach them about the mindset stuff.

So, don't forget to drop a LIKE and COMMENT below👇

Let's pay-it-forward and help one another to succeed💪

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keishalina9 Premium
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ !

hey hi Jerry! ... what a magnificent article -- an absolute must read !

... suggest make it as part of an 'essential' read on the reading list!

... thanks kindly for sharing ... all the best, cheerio ... 😊
JerryHuang Premium
Thank you Keisha! Yup, this is definitely a must-read for many people. Please help spread the word :)
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⭐️... absolutely! ... gold-starred -- yes, for sure! ... 😊
Fisherman451 Premium
Brilliant post thanks Jerry.
JerryHuang Premium
My pleasure Keith!
J-KWest Premium
Great post Jerry... it's a message that needs consistent repeating and you've said it in a way that'll really resonate with new members.

I like to compare it to spending years in school and tens of thousands of dollars just to come out and (hopefully) land an entry level job.

If you put the same time, effort, and money into this as you would a degree, the potential would be absurd.

Thanks for a great post and resource.

JerryHuang Premium
That's a good comparison Jay! Thanks for sharing that :)
Arnkor Premium
Thanks for the great post!
JerryHuang Premium
My pleasure Kory!
LeeMcQuay Premium
Just a little note to whoever may read this comment.
Jerry is one hell of a guy.

I have asked for his help on many occasions and he has always been there.
Even though he has MANY referrals, he is still genuine and never turns his back on someone in need of assistance.

So when you read this, don't look at it like he is blowing smoke up your A$$, he is telling you this to help you to not give up so that you can reach your level of success.

Thank you Jerry.
Sometimes this is just what we need. A positive reality check.

You have given is encouragement as well as inspiration.
I will be sharing this with future referrals.

Just a side note. There are some members here that aren't able to work outside of their home for reasons other than just not wanting to.

If our spouses are the only ones bringing in the income, some of us can't take from that income to pay for the membership.

I am one of those individuals. BUT, I can tell you that I am doing as much as I can to stay here at Wealthy Affiliate.

I am not successful YET, but I know my time will come because I not only believe in Wealthy Affiliate and it's training, but I believe in members like you AND myself.

I built my website with individuals like myself in mind, I won't give up on that.

Thank you for all that you do for others.
You are greatly appreciated.

Lee Ann
JerryHuang Premium
Thank you so so so much Lee Ann!

I really appreciate all your kind words. That means a lot to me.

And also thanks for the great input. I've added this point to the post above:

"By the way, if unfortunately for some reason you're someone who's not able to get a proper job or work outside from your home, I'm sure there are tons of ways to make active income online by doing freelance jobs or helping clients based on your expertise."
LeeMcQuay Premium
You deserve those kind words my friend. They were honest ad from the heart.
You have helped me many times and it wasn't even just a quick help. You took time and made sure I understood.
You are what this community is about.

I knew you would add something. How did I know?
Because you love to help others and you weren't going to leave "us" out : )

You are always an inspiration and someone I look up to for so many reasons.

Thank you
Lee Ann
JerryHuang Premium
Appreciate that Lee Ann!!