A Weeks Wage In 1 Day! Are You Serious?

Last Update: March 17, 2016

In Australia the minimum wage is $17.29 per hour, or $656.90 AUD per week. Which is about $501 USD. 10 years ago when I was working as a Head Chef I was earning just $18 an hour. These days $18 an hour is almost against the law (Would be for a qualified trade).

So after many years of financially struggling, I decided to turn to the internet to look for ways to earn extra money. Like everyone else, I got scammed and I also dragged my work buddy into getting scammed because of my suggestion. Between us we lost over $3000. You bet I felt bad, really bad.

But I didn't give up, I've read and seen people making money online all over the net so I knew there had to be a way. Fortunately for me, I went to Google and was looking for a review on a micro worker job of some sort. Steve (Ive Tried That) talked me out of wasting my time and suggested I try WA.

So I joined almost 4 years ago (I couldn't wait for the 4 year anniversary). Like most newcomers I was overwhelmed but stuck with it. I made 2 websites and both were way too broad. I didn't get any traction (Here I was thinking 4-5 posts was enough to be ranked #1) so I LEFT WA!. Bad Move!


I went straight back to handing my money over to scammers and full of fluff products. I then found Squidoo (Now owned by Hubpages) a couple weeks later and made my first 69 cents from a lens. It was then I knew this is REAL!.

Just for memories, here's a screenshot of one of my back in the Squidoo Lenses


Back to WA I came admitting defeat, and relearned the training. I applied the training over and over again until I was seeing daily sales. :) :) I never gave up and worked every second I could on this business. 2 years ago I started an offline painting business when I was earning about $1k - 1.5k month online. This offline business took away too much online business time and eventually I was too busy to be here at WA or with my websites.

Fortunately about a year a go I got back into spending roughly 3 hours a day on my websites. Just recently I have created a learn how to make money site to try help as many people go on the same journey I did (Without the offline business :P)


So now to my subject line "A Weeks Wage In 1 Day! Are You Serious?

Yes it feels incredible, but at the same time it feels almost illegal to earn that much in 1 day, I'm no Politician or anything :P (Without actually doing anything online that day either).

I logged into my Amazon affiliate account last night and checked my sales like I do every night. For the 15th of March I had a few more sales than normal, but nothing too dramatic. So I was expecting anywhere from $0 upwards lol.

I click on every item and calculate the price of each amazon product ordered and the total amount of sales on the 15th was $9010. Almost all the products I promote are in the normal commission bracket, no set 4% or anything. At current I'm on 8% commission per product: $9010 / 8% = $720.80 which then equals $943.57 AUD with todays conversion rate. This is NOT news you want to see when you're about to go to bed to get up for work in 6 hours lol.

I was Sooooo close to breaking $1000 in 1 day online!

*Do note the image says $413.25 for 16th March. This is because not all the items have shipped yet, so it won't exactly say $720!


Why am I telling you this?

  1. Because I don't want others who were like me, frustrated, negative and a genuine non believer of the idea of making money online to let this opportunity we are blessed to have slip by.
  2. Never Give Up! - So many members here at WA have become successful online from this training. So believe in it and make it happen. Don't accept failure as an option.
  3. Don't be afraid to promote big ticket items. This has been said before on WA, it takes the same amount of work promoting a $100 product as it does a $1000 product. I have about 10% of my products as products above $500. This is what made me the $948 AUD day.
  4. If the WA keyword tool or Jaaxy tool tells you that people are searching this term, don't doubt it and say 'Who would buy a oven online (For example)" If people are searching it, they are buying it!.
  5. Anyone can achieve success on Wealthy Affiliate. 4 years ago I had no experience in marketing,or websites and had no idea what a keyword or a backlink was. But I do now :)
  6. To prove to people that you can make really good money from amazon. In fact without amazon I would have probably given up. That first sale is all you need, and it's considerably easier on amazon if you ask me.


Sorry for the really long post. I don't blog on here very much so I guess I'm making up for it now. I'm also not one for the spotlight and tend to just work away in the back ground. It's still very amazing how technology has enable the normal person like myself achieve so much more then ever thought possible.

So a massive thanks goes out to Kyle & Carson for making Wealthy Affiliate what it is today. Without WA, I would for sure NOT be looking forward to the next 30 years of working in the heat swinging a brush and living week to week.

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samanzana Premium
Really good info, thanks for sharing. Inspiring!
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pronad Premium
Great work!
It's inspiring to see that people get great results with WA.
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AndiTointon Premium
Your blog has shown up at the right time for me...I am reading all of your stuff today...don't worry, I'm not stalking you or anything. It's just great to see a real story of success and to just let it sink in that this can be done. Thanks so much.
Andi.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks Andi, there are many WA success stories floating around. Just many members go into hiding when they become rich and famous lol. Many older members go on and create their own products and brands after learning the ropes at WA so you don't see them here much as they are busy with there own crowd.
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Wow!!!
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morningperk Premium
This will keep me motivated!
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Yeah! I get $18/hr cleaning at a seaside resort. It has to be against the law, here is Oz. I keep telling myself "there has to be a better way"
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Josh From Oz Premium
Looks like have found the better way. HERE at WA :)
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chadaday Premium
that is all I need is that one sale. hell of a post buddy!!!!!!
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roarpalmer Premium
Hey Josh, thanks for your inspiring story! I actually got through WA through your blog. I like step nr 2 in your list: "Never give up". Right now I'm focusing on just that.

Warm regards,
Robin
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Josh From Oz Premium
Hey Robin. Never giving up and learning is the secret to being successful online. Keep at it and one day it will just happen
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roarpalmer Premium
Thanks Josh, I will ;) See you around
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MarieOkay Premium
Great story Josh, encouraging again!
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MudreM Premium
Outstanding achievement. Well done Josh. I'm going to PM you soon with a suggestion.
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SandiT Premium
Hi Josh. Thank you for sharing.
Sandy
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pwhitaker63 Premium
Thank you Josh,

My 1st year is fast approaching and ... I was almost thinking that "somewhere else there might be a better place." But, somewhere else would be where I would take my habits with me.
So .. Just a matter of spending a few hours a day. But, (like you say) everyday
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Josh From Oz Premium
Well, everyday possible. Sometimes life gets in the way, but once you start feeling guilty because you are not doing something online you know you are hooked :) Which is a really good thing.
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johnhevans Premium
Josh,
I have experienced the same scenario, I have built websites in the past and even ranked #1 page 1 on Google on my main website. I had traffic, but at the time, I guess I was not monetized as therefore did not make any money. So I gave up. Worst mistake. i should have not given up.
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KatieMac Premium
I can understand why people can feel negative about online opportunities there are many scams and promises that never come to anything , this does work and it comes down to what you put in, patience and enjoying what you do, thanks for your sharing your experiences
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Josh From Oz Premium
Thing is, we know they are probably scams, yet we handover the money in hope that maybe just maybe this time it will work. I don't think that will ever change and the scammers are laughing all the way to the bank.
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KatieMac Premium
That is true I am more fortunate than some members I did not part with a lot of money, it is nice to be in a community where we are all like minded and helping each other hope you have a good day
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Marcel92 Premium
Thank you, Josh, for sharing your personal experience. Members have a lot to learn about building a successful online business. it takes a lot of passion, determination and daily updated activity on your business sites. Keep up the good work, Josh.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Once we accept that affiliate marketing can work for us, it's a matter of not stopping and learning as much as possible to reach our goals. Sure there will be failures on the way, but that's where we learn from our mistakes :)
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mrssno Premium
Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations on your hard work!
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JonStevens Premium
Thanks for sharing, very encouraging!
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leeroygreen Premium
What a fantastic read!. Just what I needed. Thank you for taking time for posting
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LesleyHamlin Premium
Great post. There's hope for me yet !!
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starita70 Premium
Hi! Josh thank you for encouraging us all here in WA if you can we can too. Thak you again.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks for reading, most definitely if I can do it anyone can!
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albinchero Premium
That is just awesome, congratulation Josh.
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RayAleksandr Premium
Great story, so motivating, thanks for sharing Josh, and congrats!
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Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks ray
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Terry73 Premium
Congrats Josh! Great job. We need all the inspiration possible.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Very true, I was reading a blog about a lady who made $53k in December last year from amazon. The funny thing was in January it dropped to $1000 -$2000. So obviously she had spent a lot of time getting her sites ready for the Christmas rush. Tis the season to be jolly for amazon affiliates hehe.
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fmusiol Premium
Love your article. Just wondering how you go about advertising your amazon products. I just got an astore but am wondering how to best promote it. Any suggestions?
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Josh From Oz Premium
I don't advertise so much, rather I recommend products related to the keywords I'm trying to rank in Google for. So if I'm writing about backpacks for Girls who love Frozen, then I'll go to amazon and find a few high rated Frozen backpacks. Give them a reason why I recommend them (Because it has 3 compartments, a cool ice blue zipper etc, maybe a poor example lol) and send them onto amazon to buy it.
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fmusiol Premium
Thanks for the advice.
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LizHennessy Premium
Congratulations! Loved reading this.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Glad you liked it
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CathyZ Premium
very inspiring, need this kind of stuff now because I am a newbie on this path towards financial freedom and I hope that I can achieve the same in the future.
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Josh From Oz Premium
This was the point, to help people feel more motivated to accomplish this game:), I'm no special person or anything, I have 3 kids and a full time job, but made time to make this work. Now it's your turn, good luck :)
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CathyZ Premium
thank you! and I will!
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jmatos Premium
Josh, that's amazing! Thanks for sharing.
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TanjaRita Premium
Thanks for sharing Josh! I'm always so happy to hear stories like yours. I'm 2 weeks away from my 1 year anniversary at WA. To this day I still have moments of doubt and think it should just quit and find a job that pays me as I have only been bringing in about $25 a month in amazon commissions (for the past 4 months). This month I have only made $1. Seeing that has been very depressing. I am able to dedicate about 25 hrs a week to my site (I only have one). Not sure if I'm doing something wrong as my traffic is very low. My niche is also extremely competitive.

But reading your story has given reason to not give up!
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Josh From Oz Premium
Don't give up!, your site has so much content. I tend to focus a lot on commercial/buyers intent long tail keywords. The more narrow/focused the better, especially for conversions. My first website was parenting to kids and was just way too broad, I couldn't compete with all those huge parenting websites. My next site was much more focused and directed at a group of products for a particular market.
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TanjaRita Premium
Thanks Josh! I have worked so hard on my site I don't want to give up. I thought it was narrow because it is so much more than just a general parenting site. It is specific to learning through play with more traditional toys.

Perhaps after my family holiday at the end of march I will think of starting another, even narrower site.

The other issue I find is when I focus on "buyer" long tail keywords, I am up against all the big e-commerce sites.
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srallgood Premium
Josh, BOOM

that is exactly the sort of post I have been waiting for. I have been trying to blog every night, research, work full time as well as travel for my job, I am currently in Port Hedland hating my current job, there is hope mate, and a fellow Aussie.

You legend, well done mate.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Boom! haha love it. I remember reading other peoples blogs and thinking how in the world are they making 1k a month, when I was making just $50-100. You nailed it: Blog every night and then it just snow balls and before you know it you are where you want to be. Finding the time is the tough part, sacrifices need to be made in the beginning. No more games for me haha.
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Renly Premium
Hat's off to you sir. Thank you for sharing your great journey!
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Josh From Oz Premium
No probs, look forward to seeing your journey unfold.
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Digger2014 Premium
Josh... That is so so cool!!!!! Sure hope that I will be able to do that when I finally get my website up and going. Congrats!!!
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Josh From Oz Premium
you totally can!. Stick with it and understand that it takes time to learn the methods and before you know it you will no longer need to read up on how to do things etc.
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Digger2014 Premium
I sure hope so.
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Groves Premium
Awesome job sir!
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Josh From Oz Premium
Cheers bloke
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Tchelow Premium
That's a great journey. I'm glad you came back and focused on your online business. It did help you and is helping all of us. Well done! :)
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Josh From Oz Premium
WA was good 4 years ago, but is so much better now. I couldn't imagine life without online marketing and WA. Well I can, it's not a good picture lol. Thanks for reading
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JudeP Premium
Fabulous inspiration, thank you :)
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