Do You Have the Will to Succeed Online?

Last Update: Sep 7, 2017


Do you have the will to succeed online?

Are you answering honestly?

I'm a blogger. I haven't monetized my website yet but I'm focused on building an audience. My website is my legacy so I'm not writing content simply to promote products and services. So far, it's been difficult to consistently write great content but I've gotten great feedback from my audience, other bloggers and from Wealthy Affiliates! :)

I've only written two blog posts in the past two weeks on my website because many of my drafts are in revision. They simply didn't make the cut because they weren't good enough. I'd rather have quality than quantity. I understand this affects SEO, especially in the beginning, but eventually I'll have a lot of content that will provide value to my audience.

If there's one thing I've learned, more than anything else, I NEED MORE TIME!

Since I work a full-time job (which pays well and is great by the way) and have a young, growing family, my time is my most precious commodity.

To be successful, I've made time by giving up:

1. Watching TV

In the U.S., people watched 2.73 hours of TV per day. That's 83 hours per month or the equivalent of a part-time job. I watch no more than 3 hours of TV with my family per month.

I love sports. Now that my Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, I am content to simply follow their progress as well as that of my Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Big 10 College Football, Mixed Martial Arts, etc... once or twice a week on

2. Listening to the Radio

Who doesn't love music? I don't think there's a genre I don't like. I think I missed my calling by not singing but I've got YouTube in the future? Just kidding, kind of.

Although I love music, I've devoted all my spare time to listen to informational podcasts and audiobooks when I'm driving to and from work or working out.

3. Reading the News

I feel ignorant some times because I don't keep up with current events but so much news is biased. I despise it. News is a form of entertainment and it's tough to simply get the facts. I've let my peers at work and friends keep me abreast of current events that I need to know.

Now, I spend that time researching new blog posts, commenting on other bloggers' websites, promoting my posts on social media, and learning as much as I can when I'm not spending quality time with my family.

4. Social Media

I've never been too active on social media. For the most part, I've only used Facebook to keep up with friends and family and Linkedin to build my professional network.

This time, I'm even more active on social media. Surprised? I hope not because social media is key to building an audience. I'm learning by engaging with others, posting, and promoting.

5. Wealthy Affiliate Ranking

A few weeks ago, I peaked at 146 (I think). I'm sure glad the ranking system changed because I wasn't active much because I was so focused on my website. Now I'm 482, as of Sep 7, 2017.

My ranking here at Wealthy Affiliate is not important to me.

I didn't join Wealthy Affiliate to promote it and rank high, although I must admit that ranking quickly was nice and very distracting in the beginning. I joined Wealthy Affiliate because it's a great all-in-one web hosting platform, resource, and community.

I'm no longer on training wheels but I'm no rockstar like others. I'm slowly but surely making progress because I'm the tortoise that eventually wins the race.

What are you really willing to do (or not do) to be successful online?

Create Your Free Wealthy Affiliate Account Today!
4-Steps to Success Class
One Profit Ready Website
Market Research & Analysis Tools
Millionaire Mentorship
Core “Business Start Up” Training

Recent Comments


Darren, Time management is as important as the products are for any business. I see your a Cub fan too, you from Chicago? I love my Blackhawks , thanks for sharing .

Cubs fan, die-hard. Lived in North Chicago for a few years then grew up mostly in Elmhurst. Time management and how we spend our limited time is key, but I'm assuming everyone knows that.

Cool, I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago now living in the burbs, Hoffman Estates. We are neighbors my friend. I go to lifetime fitness in Schaumburg, if you like working out let me know.

Sorry. I've not lived there in 24 years. I live in Olympia WA now. I retired from the Army three years ago. Good for you! Love when people are motivated to stay fit. It's not easy to do. ;)

Everything you said and more.

You know it. I'm very focused and need every minute because I'm a bit slower than I used to be at learning these things.

It often helps to refocus and recharge that will also Darren!

I agree Mike. I haven't lost focus yet. I've been trying to write more high quality content and that's not easy--takes time. ;)

Great example.


Thanks for this inspirit piece. I am still training and really do want and need to succeed. My main problem is that most of the time I have to do the courses three or more times. It's been a struggle and is taking me much longer than I thought. I am a teacher/health mentor and generally quite fast.
Though this has been a challenge, I will persevere. Winning is my only goal.
Thank you

I started and stopped several times years ago. Finally, after joining Wealthy Affiliate, I committed to doing this (even though only part-time) and now I'm at a point where I can actually run my website on my own. I'm ALWAYS learning, though.

My biggest motivation, currently, is from other bloggers who comment on my site and give me great feedback. They literally drive traffic to my site so I always comment on theirs.

I agree with the points you have mentioned to cut out as distractions. I too refuse to watch the news and usually get it from blogs or a condensed version called Skimm. I feel being on here is an individual goal, it is what you feel is best on how you operate or the time you have to devote. I also believe quality over quantity. I am on here both to build an audience and of course to monetize my site. I am working on a corporate wellness technology venture and am using this platform to build that momentum.

Wish you much luck and success!

Skimm? Never heard of it. I'll have to check it out.

I don't mean being here on Wealthy Affiliate is not worth your time. It's a great resource and community.

Ranking is not important to me and what I want to accomplish. I was distracted by it a few months ago.

I wish you success on your venture. Thanks!

Same to you!!

Yes, I do have the will. I've been here over 3 years now and I've monetized my first website, tried very new things last week that is starting to yield some positive results and I've come back from a little vacation that has me hungering for more trips like that so I want to do what it takes online to succeed so I can earn the money to take vacations whenever I want for as long as I want. I will NEVER quit and will keep pushing ahead.

Great job monetizing your website!

I don't want the time to fly by but I can't wait to see where I'll be in 3 years! I've learned so much in just a few months already.

Thanks for sharing. Yes, I have the will to succeed and I will.

Haha! YES!

This is a great blog and exactly how I feel. We have to get back to the basics and remember why we came here in the first place.
Rankings aren't going to pay our bills.

No they aren't. I'm now at a point where I don't need to get Wealthy Affiliates to comment on my blog. I get enough traffic from social media, referrals, AND organic search (albeit onsies and twosies per day)!

Slowly building it.

Good job, your business goes first, it all depends if you have the knowledge you need to start through, I am here as I am still learning and I got many questions. So it is a shared effort for me to be here and working on my projects. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks ToLiNoLi. I spread myself out too thin in the beginning because I wanted to get everything done at once. Many people do that here which is why you keep reading in the Live Chat questions that are mostly answered in the training.

True, but sometimes you pick up things which are not described in the training and that can be very helpful. Have you ever heard of the term copywriting?

Yes, I know what copywriting is. Why do you ask?

WA misses training on that topic.....

I think there is a lot of useful copywriting training here but I know what you mean. If we were all great copywriters, affiliate marketing would be easy. Unfortunately, it's not an easy skill to develop. Some are better than others simply because they're more experienced writers. However, I've seen some really poor writers learn how to write effectively. Get the right message to the right audience and you'll convert.

Which trainings did you find here what can help? Or do you know any website where people can learn this without paying an arm and a leg for it?

I think the best way to learn how to write great content in your niche is to find the leaders in your niche. Look at their content and structure yours the same way. You can't copy obviously but you want to copy the way they do things until you develop your own style.

I'm in the personal finance, personal development niche so I follow a lot of great bloggers. I don't always set my posts up the way they do, but I organize mine in a similar fashion.

If you are looking to promote Wealthy Affiliate, I think has a great website and content. He's a good copywriter.

Awesome, that is really helpful. You Rock! Should you ever need help do not hesitate to ask me. I will if I can, you can PM me. I will go through it and let you know what I think of it.

Thanks a lot.

"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it was easier. Wish you were better." ~Jim Rohn

See more comments

Create Your Free Wealthy Affiliate Account Today!
4-Steps to Success Class
One Profit Ready Website
Market Research & Analysis Tools
Millionaire Mentorship
Core “Business Start Up” Training