Don't You Love Surprises?

Last Update: May 30, 2016

So we were heading to the waterpark and I decided to take a quick look at what came in the mail. I was waiting on a book I ordered about two weeks ago, but I actually ran into something better.

I rarely look forward to anything in an envelope because it's usually some type of bill or nothing interesting at all. After turning it to the front I saw that it was from an affiliate program that I joined a couple of months ago.

Well wuddya know, it wasn't a bill.

You've Got Commissions!

After opening the envelope, I realized it was a check to the tune of $150. I know it's not much, but I was amazed about the fact that it came from a site that I barely touched.

It's just on a site that I planned to build out really slowly so it can be ready for me when I have more time to target keywords and all the fancy things that come with affiliate marketing.

I barely put affiliate links as I was still in the building phase, but I still managed to pump out some money from it. Not bad, right?

I Never did any Selling

I literally built this site to talk about things I am interested in and I planned on going at this site full force some time soon, but it looks like I'll be working on it more now.

I never tried to do any type of selling and I focused solely on providing information for my audience in that niche which is another reason why it's so impressive.

So from a site that is still in the building phase, I think that's pretty awesome!

The Point of This Post

I'm not here to show off the little paycheck I got because obviously it's not something to brag about, especially when my other sites make more than that daily.

The point I'm trying to get across here is about staying focused. Focusing on what it takes to create your business, as that is what you joined WA for to begin with.

  • Forget about traffic
  • Forget about rankings
  • Forget about Being indexed
  • Forget about Site Trust
  • Forget about everything not related to building out your business

I think you get my point. I'm not trying to say that these aren't important, but if you know your site is still a baby and it hasn't even been live for even just 3 months, you definitely don't need to worry about any of this stuff.

Focus on What You Set Out for in the First Place

I know we're in this to make money, but you need to remember those goals you set when you first got here. Remember them, but focus on what it takes to get there.

From the minute you created your first site, was the minute you started on working towards your goals.

Whether it's to spend more time with your family or to make $1,000/month you had and have something to chase. So keep chasing it until you get there.

When I create a site, I really don't look at any stats, because I never expect anything from a site that I wouldn't trust myself.

So do you think Google will trust it? Probably not.

I know, I know. It's almost impossible not to look and see if you've made any money or if you're getting any traffic, but at least try. You can do it!

Rather than experiencing heartache by some stats you probably already knew wasn't going to be what you expected, get to building out your site and let it do exactly like it did to me.

Let it surprise you!

- John

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The way I see this scenario is to apply the logic of a farmer who plants in spring, weeds and waters in summer then harvests the crop fall. IMO focus on crop quality and quantity and traffic shall flow your way. Very inspiring the power of Passive Income. Thanks a million John
PatLemy Premium
It 's all about continuing to work on the website even if you are not making any money yet.. The revenue will come as your site is getting older. This is the logic behind. Between 6 and 12 months, you will start making more sales without any particular effort. Thank you for sharing..

NWTDennis Premium
Your success formula is pretty simple John. Work your butt off doing the right thing. What's the right thing? Continue developing our sites and creating content.

What takes away from this? Almost every thing else.
xanfo Premium
Happy you got it all right. Almost everything else.
Lexustony Premium
Very inspirational post John - I just began yesterday, and still doing the initial lessons, but it's writings like this that make me confident that I have made a wise decision.

Surfdude123 Premium
Still looking for that first. Great post.
DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Great post! I know it will happen for me as well! Just have to be patient and keep building!
Seeb100 Premium
Thanks for this post John. I can use inspiration right now because i am learning a lot, but there is so much more. This is a great reminder, what's the saying, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
cthampz Premium
Great post John and that's brilliant news! Very inspiring to the rest of us!
johncruz Premium
Thanks Caroline! You can do wonders if you follow these little tips.
painter14 Premium
Great work.You have to love surprises like that.
johncruz Premium
I have almost all my affiliate accounts either direct deposit or through Paypal and I completely forgot about this one. I think I like checks better. lol
WSN Premium
That was a good surprise. Thank you for the staying focused on the
Task .
johncruz Premium
Not a problem Wilson!
Chris Lee Premium
Congratulations John! :D
johncruz Premium
Thanks chris!
GabriellaK Premium
Congratulations John! I wish you more surprises of this kind!
Merns Premium
Yes, you're right FOCUS is the right word, and congrats your hardwork was just rewarded.
johncruz Premium
I hope you're staying focused too Myrna!
Nazmi524 Premium
Congratulation. This is the reward for handwork and persevere.
GemeyPearl Premium
What an awesome surprise! Great post John. It helped me to remember what was important to focus on:)
Mel1948 Premium
I love surprises, especially cash I didn't know I had. Hey, maybe you don't need to "sell" anything on that new site as it sounds like it sells its self. Give me 10 of those to go please!
pmack Premium
Great!! post, John.
Defiant6 Premium
Congratulations!! That is so wonderful to hear!
JesseLaird Premium
Awesome post John! It's more then I have received from my affiliate programs, so therefore being a nice payout! Inspiration for sure though! :)
LoreDonna Premium
Well done !
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JudeP Premium
Wow, well done John :)
johncruz Premium
Thanks Jude!
chuka Premium
Fantastic surprise John, congratulations! It's when you are not seeking money that it flows in. I wish you continuing effortless success :)
johncruz Premium
Thanks Chuka!