Three reasons why you're not making money here

Last Update: May 17, 2019

I often read the comments and questions posted here and some of the most common questions I see are:

  • How do I earn money here?
  • When will I earn money here?
  • Isn't Wealthy Affiliate a scam? I'm not making any money.

I thought I'd write a quick blog post addressing these three questions.

How do I earn money at Wealthy Affiliate?

This one's a really simple question to answer.

By following the training.

I've seen enough success stories here to know that the only way to make money here is to follow the training and do the work.

You are not going to make any money if you spend all your time reading people's blog posts about success and never following their example by doing the work they did.

If you want to increase the traffic to your blogs, create content and tell Google about it using the search console.

If you want to increase the traffic to your blogs even more, use social media to promote the content you create.

If you want to increase the amount of money you make, write quality content and promote it.

I've always dreamed of speaking a foreign language so I've bought lots of books on the ones that interested me and they look great on my bookshelf.

Unfortunately owning books doesn't give me the ability to speak a language. I'm now putting the work in to learn Chinese and it's taking me a fair bit of effort.

I've come to learn that if you don't want to work for it, you don't really want it.

When will I earn money at Wealthy Affiliate?

I'm sure you know what I'm going to say.

You'll start to earn money when you start to put the work in.

Of course, some people (I've done this myself in the past) put in lots of work at first and then, after a month of effort, wonder why they're not seeing the money flowing in.

When a farmer plants his seeds, he knows he's going to have to wait for months before he can harvest his crop.

When you start to write your content, you are sowing the seeds for your website's future traffic. As the line goes in the film, Field of Dreams: If you build it, they will come.

Can you imagine if Disney World had two small kiddy rides and a lemonade stand? Would people travel from all over the world to visit it? No.

Instead, they fly in from all over the world, throwing money at Disney because there's so much to do there.

When there's plenty for your visitors to see on your website, they will come and the money will flow whether it's through affiliate sales or referrals.

Wealthy Affiliate is a scam!

Before accusing Wealthy Affiliate of being a scam because you're not making any money, answer these five questions:

  1. Did you complete the training?
  2. Did you put the work in, completing each task in the training?
  3. Did you spend at least six (preferably twelve) months writing quality content?
  4. Did you promote your content on social media?
  5. Did you ask for help in the Wealthy Affiliate community?

I don't believe that, if you answered all these questions honestly, that you're not making any money. If you're not, see question five.

People with zero experience in marketing, even minimal experience in using computers have found success here. We have many wonderful members over the age of seventy making money by applying the training here.

Those three reasons I mentioned

So, coming back to the title of this post. The three reasons that you're not making money here at Wealthy Affiliate, or perhaps anywhere else online.

  1. You haven't finished the training
    Okay, you've got your website created and you (think you) know how to create content for it but you stopped after the first module. Unfortunately all the good stuff is in the later modules. How to master keywords, how to leverage social media, and so much more!
  2. You haven't created enough content
    Producing enough content to attract the traffic you need is going to take time. You need to stick with it and keep writing. Ideally twice a week.
  3. You haven't used the amazing WA community
    When you got stuck, did you ask for help? Did you search in the gray search bar at the top of the WA community? Did you look at some of the amazing training offered by WA members? I've started compiling a list of some of the most inspiring training and blogs I've encountered on the WA platform.

You can do this

I made the mistake, when I started Wealthy Affiliate training back in 2016 I approached it in the same way that I approached teaching myself a second language.

I paid for the membership to get access to the further training and I did very little with it.

It's only more recently where I finally woke up and started applying the training that I've started to see my traffic increase and I've started to make money.

Wealthy Affiliate teaches you to fish but you've still got do the work of choosing what fish you want to catch, setting up your lines with tasty content bait that your fish will enjoy, and attracting them with shiny social media posts.

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kpercival55 Premium
You are spot on in your assessment!
I for one overestimated the amount of time I could truly commit, therefore my timeline to success is going to be longer. I am still committed and have already prepaid for my second year.
Being realistic with yourself is crucial.
Thanks for the wisdom!

KyleAnn
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HazelH Premium
Hi Phil,

Yes I think a lot of us have paid our subscription but not put in the effort to be successful. I am still working on the training - I think I am more of a tortoise than a hare!

Good to see you are back in the game!

Best Wishes
Hazel
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PaulREvans57 Premium
Nothing wrong with being a tortoise! :)
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Kettei Premium
I try not to think about how much progress I've not made by not taking action sooner.

Granted, I've had life challenges but I know I could have still done more.

Thanks, Hazel - I really appreciate your constant encouragement in the comments you leave on my posts.
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Kettei Premium
Ha ha - what Paul said is so true.

I'm not exactly a hare in this race.
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RAFStuart Premium
A very thoughtful post.
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Kettei Premium
Thanks, Stuart!
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Wdcope Premium
Positive thoughts and observations, now we need to put words into action.
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Kettei Premium
Totally true - I've still got two more posts to write this weekend but it's getting so much easier, the more I do it.
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CandP Premium
Excellent post and so very true.
We are with you on the journey, Phil!
Have a great weekend.
C & P
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Kettei Premium
Thanks, guys -
I hope you both have a great weekend too.
I still need to write another 3,000 words. :)
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SaraPoyner Premium
Great post!! And thanks for the advice!
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Kettei Premium
Thanks Sara!
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BarbaraN Premium
Good post and needed to be said. The principle is: do the work,
then get paid.
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Kettei Premium
One of the things I love about WA (and what set it apart from the scams I'd encountered) was how open the training is about the work involved.
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Wayne1950 Premium
Really good post and I couldn't agree more. Go through the training research your topic.write your post.
Keep doing this and watch the results start flowing.
Thanks Wayne
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Kettei Premium
Thanks, Wayne!

One of the things I love about the training is that it encourages you to write a post in many of the lessons as you go through each module.

By the time you've finished the training, you should have written enough content to be attracting traffic.
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BobRoman Premium
Great post!

Thanks a lot for sharing!

Wish you great success!

Bob
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Kettei Premium
Thanks, Bob, you're welcome.

I hope we all find great success!
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neksummi Premium
You're right. One has to put in the work to see any significant success with wealthy affiliate and any other thing in life.

Paying premium membership and reading other people's success stories will not do the magic. Putting to practice what you learn here will.
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Kettei Premium
So very true Neksummi -

That's EXACTLY what I did for a while here at WA.

Thankfully, I've learned from my mistakes but I like to be open about them to help others starting out with the same attitude that I had.
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Charlyboy Premium
Thank you for this post
As a new member it really help me, I know I need to keep pushing in the training and write content

I'm not use to write but like you say, we have to start at one point and change our old habit to make it new

thanks a lot

Charles
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Kettei Premium
Thanks, Charles, I'm glad it helped you.

As a new member, I really underestimated how much effort was required to see success and like you, I wasn't used to writing regularly.

Fortunately, writing is a skill like any other and improves with practice.

I love the stories here at WA where people have not just found success with the affiliate websites - they've also gained new sidelines as copy-writers, editors, and so on.
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TDomena Premium
You're right Kettei! Darren Hardy says it takes two years of making a new habit to see a drastic change, and this applies to any habit. If you've never worked or done business online, and you want to begin, it requires quite a bit of habit change.

The good thing is when you change the habits into the ones recommended by WA: creating helpful content, finding high demand and low supply topics, and sharing it where there's a demand, then you'll start to see positive compounding until you achieve your financial goals (if you stick with it long enough). There's a huge YOU factor in this.

Zig Ziglar says "You can't take the elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."

Hahaha.

Thanks for pointing that out. Great article.
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Kettei Premium
It totally does.

In Josh Kauffman's book, The First 20 Hours, he delivers the promise that you can learn any skill within twenty hours.

I think it's a great book (apparently so did Seth Godin) and it very much applies to what we do here.

20 hours of dedicated effort, focused on the training here will change your life.

I love the Zig Zigler quote - it's true that there is no shortcut to success - and if you do find one, you're unlikely to maintain that success for any period of time.
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