I joined Wealthy Affiliate in October 2017 under the free membership. However, I did not use the free membership, instead I was all over the internet finding whatever I could about making money online. It didn't take me long to come to the conclusion that Wealthy Affiliate was the place for me. I liked the fact that it was a community of like-minded people. All the members had the same goals, be successful making money online. So on November 1st, I took the step of going to the Premium membership. One month after that, I took advantage of the terrific Black Friday offer on yearly membership.

What Am I Doing With That Membership?

Well on day one of my premium membership, I started the certification courses and went step by step through the training. With each course completion, it was a sense of satisfaction; not to mention another piece of the online business puzzle solved.

To my amazement, 2 1/2 months later, I have 2 websites up and running. However; I wouldn't recommend doing 2 websites. Once I had further training, I learned to stick with one website until that site is successful. Once you have one site getting traffic and making revenue, then you can continue to replicate that process with another site. I think it is extremely important not to skip any of the training. It is best to go step by step and do the homework associated with each training module. I am amazed at what all I have learned in such a short period.

Don't Be A Quitter

Success does not come overnight. If you are serious about your online business, you must be patient and give your business time to grow. Don't get discouraged if you spent all day finding great keywords and writing a great post only to find you are ranking in position 95. Keep in mind, your website is new and it will take time for you to gain authority within your niche. Every site started somewhere, authority sites did not become authority sites overnight.

I can't say this enough; I think where most potential online entrepreneurs fail, is expecting to have tons of traffic and sales within one or two months. Welcome to the real world of Affiliate Marketing, it doesn't happen that way. To have a successful online business, a lot of hard work is required.

The training here at Wealthy Affiliate is the same for everyone. Why does one person use the training and succeed, when the next person does not. Only you can determine how much effort you will put into being successful at your online business. Imagine if you owned a brick and morter business and you only showed up occasionally. Do you think that business would be prosperous? My answer would be no, it wouldn't.

Be willing to put in the time to make your business successful, especially in the beginning stages of your website.

If You Get Stuck, Ask For Help

If you get stuck on some of the training and it just isn't clicking with you, don't be afraid to ask for help. The Wealthy Affiliate Community is saturated with great mentors. There is always someone willing to help you.

The great thing with such a large community is the knowledge base. One person might be great at web design while another person is great at content writing. Network with those people, they will be able to help you in your area of weakness.

Give Your Business Time To Grow

The sky is the limit if you set your mind to it. If you have a willingness to learn and put in the time necessary, there is no reason why your business will not grow.

Rome wasn't built in a day and your business is no different. It takes time to earn trust with your readers and gain authority in your niche.

Lastly, I want to provide words of encouragement. You can do this and you can be a success story. Stick with the training, give your business time to grow, and put in the effort necessary.

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VeronicasLuv Premium
I often tell people to embrace the process; just as you stated, Lisa, this is not something that will develop overnight. Glad to hear you were able to take advantage of the Black Friday deal.
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LisaY Premium
I know Veronica, it was a great deal, I couldn't pass up!
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Ezio530 Premium
Great post. A strong reminder that we are building a business not a get rich quick scheme. This is supposed to last and make us money for a long time to come.
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LisaY Premium
I know, it takes awhile to get into that mindset.
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arielharris7 Premium
Lisa, I think you made a really great point here! If you are not willing to put in the work then there is no way to success. And knowing it takes time and then more time.
WA is beyond fulfilling! My life has definitely changed since I have come on board. This was good!
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LisaY Premium
Ariel,

Yes, it is definitely hard work. I find making a schedule and sticking to it, is helping to keep me on track.

Lisa
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mybiz4u Premium
Great article, Lisa. Yes, you have to give it all you've got so that you can see the results of your effort. WA is a great moral supporting community with many talented members who are helpful and motivating!
Continued success on your journey.
M
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LisaY Premium
Michelle,

Thanks so much for the comment. I can't even count how many times I've been helped by the wonderful WA community.

Lisa
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DNicholas Premium
Words to live by Lisa. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.
I have my 2 year goal but I fell I can reach it before then, with help from the community here. I may not be fast, but I'm always moving forward. Thanks for the post, a lot of good information there.

Don
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LisaY Premium
Hi Don,

Yes, you are right, the important thing is we are moving forward. I know you are going to be successful.

Wishing you much success!

Lisa
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TaniaHersel Premium
Being part of Wealthy Affiliate is a fantastic place to be. All the encouragement and assistance is beyond anything I could anticipate.
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LisaY Premium
Hi Tania,

I agree 100%. It is the place to find success. I like all the encouragement we get from the community. It is very motivating.

Lisa
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CraigW315 Premium
Lots of great points in here.
I think that one of the reasons I have managed to hang on so long is that when I signed up, I expected to take at least a year before seeing any results.

Had I come in with the get-rich-quick mentality, I would have been long gone, and that would only have been my loss.
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LisaY Premium
Craig,

Very well said. I appreciate that Wealthy Affiliate is up front with us. It is not a get rich quick scheme. They let you know that we have to put in the work if we want our online business to be successful.

We all have the potential to be successful.

Lisa
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Dhind1 Premium
I think many of us have made the same mistakes. I also have 2 websites that are struggling. Time to focus on one and get it done.
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LisaY Premium
I feel better now. I am in good company with the error of several websites before getting one up and running.

I'm so glad we can all learn together here and share information.

I know your online business will be successful!

Lisa
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Edi67 Premium
Thanks, for sharing LisaY much blessings. Edi
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LisaY Premium
Edi,

Thanks so much for reading and the nice comment.

Wishing you much success!

Lisa
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MarkBa Premium
Great insights you have shared Lisa - thank you. I definitely agree that focusing on one site until you are successful is he way to go. That's exactly what I am doing now after making the same error. Mark
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LisaY Premium
Hi Mark,

I glad I'm in good company. It seems a lot of us started several websites, then realized concentrating on one site until it is successful is the way to go.

Wishing you all the success in the world!

Lisa
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ContentBySue Premium
Hi Lisa, I love how you found WA and chose to go the distance in your first month! Talk about knowing what you want and what you knew would work for you. I feel the same way, it just took me about six months to realize that. It was Kyle's emails to me after my sign up that gently convinced WA was what I needed. I've never looked back from that moment.

Thank you, Lisa, for an amazing look into your journey here.

All the best to you,
Sue
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LisaY Premium
Hi Sue,

I'm so glad that it has worked out for both of us. We've got all the tools here for success.

Lisa
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Great message. And I to began with two websites and am now struggling. I agree with you that you really should get successful with one before you add another.

Tried and true

Elaine
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LisaY Premium
Hi Elaine,

Thanks for your nice comment. At least we learned from it, and can pass on that knowledge to someone just starting out.

Lisa
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