I'm 1 year old-with Wealthy Affiliate!

Last Update: Jul 31, 2019

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It's with great joy and complete surprise to report that my first year with WA has come and gone. It hasn’t been the rousing success I imagined when I first started but only due to my own shortcomings, not due to a lack of anything provided by this wonderful platform and community.

What happened you ask? Mainly health issues, which continue to be on the on the increase in hot summer weather, and interfere not only with my life here at WA but with life in general. My pain can sometimes keep me bedridden for a day or two, which is not only uncomfortable but extremely aggravating.

However that wasn't the only stumbling block, so I thought I'd outline a few of my own mistakes in the hope it will help someone else avoid making the same ones. Feel free to make any others that come to mind but these have already been done! LOL.

Mistake 1: Setting unrealistic goals. When I started in July 2018 I was VERY optimistic about the amount of time I could commit to working on my business. This turned out to be an unrealistic expectation. When ill health takes me out of the game there are many things that need catching up on and they all take time.

I would caution new members to be completely honest about the abount of time you are able to commit to this business. I say this not to be discouraging, but to be encouraging. It is far more discouraging to be disappointed in yourself for not making progress when in reality you just set an unrealistic pace for yourself.

Mistake 2: Lack of focus. I started my initial niche site and was well and truly thrilled with it, and still am today. Then throughout training I kept getting excited by other niche ideas. Before I was halfway through OEC Black Friday came along and I sure didn't want to pass up on that golden opporutnity so I purchased another domain for an MMO site. I would read a blog where another inspirational niche idea was mentioned and I would jump in and buy a domain name for another "future" niche site. I ended up with 7 domain names, only 2 of which I was able to make time to contribute any content.

While It's always good to have ideas for the future a better plan (for me) would have been to find a way to turn these ideas into content for my existing site. So my advice would be to focus on no more than 2 sites during your first year in WA unless you have content spilling out your ears. I don't. I've never been a professional writer although in my imagination I want to become one. One day I will, but until then I have to remind myself to crawl before I walk...or run...or fly!

Mistake 3: The brick wall. I had heard others talk about "the brick wall" or "the 6 month stallout", but wasn't sure what they could possibly be referring to. I was once a marathon runner and was familiar with that brick wall but had always successfully pushed through it with the help of my running buddies.

At about the 6 month mark the Holidays hit, and so did the brick wall. There were so many additional holiday activities vying for my time that work on my training and on my site kept getting pushed to the back burner...or more accurately behind the stove altogether.

Take it from me, once that forward progress comes to a standstill it takes twice the momemtum to get it moving again. I've probably done only half of the work the second 6 months of my first year than what I accomplished in the first 6 months.

So there you have it in a nutshell...the good, the bad and the ugly of my first year with WA.

Actually I haven't said enough about the good. For one thing I was smart enough to see the advantage of the Black Friday Sale so my second year is already paid for, and at a discount. As will my 3rd, 4th, etc. because I don't foresee leaving this community. The training and education here, the support and the friendships are priceless compared to the $299 annual payment.

Thanks to Kyle, Carson, Jay, and Tim as well as friends too numerous to name who have helped me make it this far. I will be forever grateful to this community for the education and especially the acceptance.

I wish for all of you the same blessings I've experienced, and success beyond your wildest dreams!

Your friend and supporter,


Recent Comments


Congrats on making your first birthday. Your "tips" are right on the money. Hope everyone reads and digests them.

Thanks Fran!
You have been a great inspiration to me my friend!❤️

Hi, KyleAnn, you are doing very good in your situation.
To me, I see a strong and determined woman.
Keep it up and all your friends here at WA, I am sure, will support you spiritually.
All the best to you and may God bless you.

Thanks KL, I appreciate your support!

Hi KyleAnn, I started a month before you in 2018. I have followed right alongside you this first year. I too have had some ups and downs, one being surgery, so I know about the health issue thing. It sucks! Getting old ain't for sissies, my mother would say.

I have no plans to ever leave WA as well. I know when the day comes that I can dedicate sufficient time to this business I will be successful.

Let's be successful together!

Thanks for the inspiration Cal, I’m ready to be successful along this journey with you!

You're welcome

It is good to see how you are doing KyleAnn. I understand about the health problems and setbacks.

I love your examples here like you need to crawl before you can fly!

I have also slowed down many times. I usually speed back up again but my slow periods can last for months! I have learned this is a marathon so I should't worry. The traffic, ranking and sales pick back up when I do. Over time this will build and build to something great!

It is good to have you here!

Thanks Jessica!
You’ve been a great inspiration and friend, I appreciate your support!

Congratulations, YAY you make it.

Happy first year.

We started around the same time.

The Great thing I tell myself is that I know a whole lot more now than I did a year ago. YAY.

All the best to your success moving forward.

Here's to continuing to make it happen


Thanks Jennifer! You’ve been a wonderful inspiration to the community.
I appreciate your kind comments!

You are so welcome KyleAnne

Congratulations again and have an amazing week


Congratulations KyleAnn. And thank you for sharing your mistakes, they remind me to keep things real. Keep up the good work.

Thanks Ray! We’ve got to recognize our mistakes to do better going forward.
See you at the top!

Congratulations on your 1st year KyleAnn and I hope the next 12 months bring you loads of success and fun
Go well my friend- You deserve it all

Thanks Vicki! You’ve been a wonderful cheerleader for the community and for me. I look forward to sharing many more networking experiences with you my friend.


Congrats to you for your first year, may you have many more.
Darren :)

Thanks, hope you’re right along with me on this journey!

Not too far behind you.
Darren :)


Thanks for the kind thoughts!

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