My 10 YEAR Wealthy Affiliate report!
Last Update: Nov 23, 2016
I cannot believe that I'm sat here today writing a post to celebrate being a WA member for a DECADE! I even have a badge to prove it :-)
To avoid any confusion, you might notice that my profile above states that I’ve been a member since May 2012:
But I actually have 2 profiles here at WA. Here’s my original (and still active) one from when I joined back in November 2006:
I set up this extra profile in 2012 to connect better with anyone who visited my Work From Home Watchdog website.
Although I have 2 WA accounts, this one is my most active profile. I figured it would be best to post this here.
Here’s the link to my original profile if you'd like to take a look:
Okeedokie…I hope that hasn’t confused you too much!
So, 10 years is a LONG time to be a Wealthy Affiliate member. I’m very proud of that fact!
Today I want to take some time to give you an idea of how this amazing community has transformed life for me and my family.
Let me take a step back in time.Back in 2006, I was in a difficult situation.
I worked on the production line at a local factory making furniture. It wasn’t the worst job in the world, but It definitely wasn't the greatest.
I was stuck in the loop of working every hour possible yet still unable to earn enough to provide for my family.
It was a consequence of my education. I underachieved at school and couldn’t get a well-paid job.
At 36 years old, I was getting close to the point of fully locking in as a 9-5 slave for the rest of my working days. This was a situation that I had to change…for the good of my family.
And so I turned to the Internet…
I made some money, but nowhere near the amounts that the Guru’s were saying was possible.
I was spending ALL my spare time trying to crack the online world. I also had a serious case of ‘S.O.S’ (shiny object syndrome) and was spending more money than I was making. It became a major problem.
Then, somehow, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate.
I can still remember the day I joined. My wife made me promise her that if it didn't work, it would be the last time I spend any money chasing my online dream.
I gave her my word and so my WA journey began.
Looking back over the last decade here at WA, I can think of so many amazing things that have happened.
Here’s a selection of what I consider to be the most memorable events:
Due to my lack of potential in the offline world, I was 100% focused on trying to quit my job when I joined WA.
In a strange way, the fact that I was earning a low wage in my 9-5 job at the time actually made it seem more possible.
But I still had to put in a LOT of effort to make it happen.
I made a conscious decision to forget all about all of the shady ways to make money online. It was time to focus 100% on the WA process.
It took time, considerable effort and determination. But it HAPPENED!
Looking back, this achievement came down to just 2 things:
- Putting my faith in the WA training.
- Taking action on what I had learned.
I guess the keyword here is…”commitment”.
COMMIT to completing the training and COMMIT to actually doing what you learn. Then things start to happen.
And they surely did!
If you'd like to know how setting small goals one step at a time helped me to achieve this, I recently did a brain dump on the topic right here:
I have to admit...this was not a priority on my list of things that I set out to achieve.
I was more focused on trying to be there for my wife and sharing the parental workload.
Yet when I did quit my job, my relationship with my wife and children was completely transformed.
Suddenly, trying to find “quality time” was not a problem.
I got to be a ‘hands-on-stay-at-home’ Dad. It has since become one of the most rewarding and unexpectedly positive consequences of my 10 years here at WA!
Not only did our children benefit, my wife did too.
Her workload around the home decreased. This gave her time to plan and achieve her own personal career goals.
It was a Win/Win/Win situation!The 9-5 lifestyle didn’t suit me AT ALL.
Or put a better way…the type of job that I was doing created a VERY unhealthy lifestyle for me.
(Another consequence of flopping in school)
Carrying too much stress. Not getting enough sleep. Over-indulging as a way of coping. These were all negative consequences of MY 9-5 setup.
When I quit my job I soon realized I was in a position to start making better life choices.
So I decided to join a gym and bust my gut!
For the first time in years I started to feel great. The stress reduced, I was sleeping better and eating healthier.
Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is not easy for any of us. When I worked in the factory it was impossible to address my lifestyle because it was a consequence of my situation.WA helped me to change all that :-)
Back in August 1999, I stood in Gatwick Airport and announced to my wife that I would never get on a plane again. We’d just returned from our sunny honeymoon in Greece.
The reality was, I’d just spent the entire 3 hour flight clinging to my wife like a petrified toddler. Yes, I did return from our honeymoon with white bits…my knuckles!
Me and flying did not get on AT ALL.
Then some years later…WA forced me to face my biggest fear head on!
It all came about a bit by accident…
During my early WA years I made some good progress and started eating away at my financial goals. It gave me the confidence to try something new, so I decided to try my hand at promoting WA.
After a lot of sweat and effort, It worked! I had qualified for an invite from Kyle & Carson to attend the WA Super Affiliate Conference. In Las Vegas…an 11 hour flight away!
This situation was about to shape my future.
I was back in the departure lounge at Gatwick Airport. I was trembling with fear and faced a ‘go left’ or ‘go right’ situation.
(Go left = return home, go right = head to Vegas)
BUT I GOT ON THAT DAMN PLANE!
It might sound a bit strange, but this became one of the most important decisions I have ever made.
Firstly: It forced me to lock horns with my biggest phobia.
Secondly: Attending the Super Affiliate Conference increased my online earnings. It also gave me a wealth of ideas that have gone on to greatly increase the growth of my online business.
I’ve been to the WA Conference a few times since. I’ve also flown to various other locations around the world. My fear of flying no longer exists!
WA empowered me to step on that plane, enrich my life and create a successful future for me and my family :-)
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the WA Conference in 2015 due to family commitments. But if you’d like to know how amazing it is to meet up with Kyle & Carson in Vegas, you can read my post on the 2014 WA Conference right here:
With 10 years worth of my history floating around the community, there's not much more to reveal about me!
But as it's my 10 year anniversary...I'll share a few more secrets :-)
It was all too complicated for me. I left it for the geeks to decipher and hoped I would one day be able to make more sense of it!
Then in 2005, while I was working in the factory, I realized that computers had a big part to play in the future. So I attended night school 4 nights a week to get myself educated.
I learned the basics of Microsoft Windows and various software programs. I also earned my European Computer Driving License (ECDL).
Armed with my new skills, I purchased my first Windows-based PC and then some months later I joined WA. The rest is history!
Since I started working full time online, I’ve realized that I’m a ‘hit or miss’ kind of guy lol.
My ideas tend to either be ‘out of the park’ ideas or ‘out first ball’ ideas!
I'm working on a more consistent win ratio :-)
You see, I’ve learned that the fails are actually POSITIVE experiences waiting to happen!
Sure they hurt at the time. But when you pick yourself up, learn from the experience and in some way re-purpose your idea(s)…you always seem to create a more positive outcome.
It really is ok to fail.
I've learned to never take failures within your online business personally. You cannot get it right every time.
Failing is actually an integral part of running an online business. No marketer ever became successful without failing at least once.
Do not be frightened to fail.
I want to be honest with you...
It’s tough to run an online business when you have to deal with everything else that's happening in your life.
This is especially true when you first start out. You feel like you need to spread yourself equally between your offline and online life. It's a tough balancing act.
And there’s the stuff that comes along without any warning.
Over the last 10 years there have been MANY times when “life” has had to come before my online business.
Between 2014 and 2015 I took almost 6 months out to provide full time care for my parents. I’ve since had to move them into a nursing home less than half a mile from my home. I get to see them every day.
My wife and I have also provided care and home tutoring for our daughter since 2009. She has a rare form of autism and was unable to cope with mainstream schooling.
I absolutely know for sure that I am not alone in having to deal with the difficult stuff in life.
And I also know that many people here at WA have much bigger problems to deal with.
I guess what I'm trying to put across is...if you build your online business the right way (the WA way), I've discovered it can be quite forgiving if you need to take some time out.
Yes, initially it can take a little bit of time to get things set up. And you have to make a few sacrifices along the way.
But once you get those solid foundations in place, your online business will take some knocking down!
I often wonder how I would have been able to deal with those unexpected life events if I still worked in the factory?
The truth is...it would have been impossible.
That's another reason why I am so thankful for my online career.
A success post without even mentioning money? Impossible! lol
I want to mention a very significant amount of money...$3600.
It's important because that's how much my 10 year WA journey and all those life-changing experiences have cost me!
And I haven't paid that amount in one go like those Guru's demand with their high ticket offers...
My $3600 has been paid on a pay-as-you-go basis over 10 years!
I appreciate that I might well be the only person who can see the true value of what I have spent.
But it is a true reflection of what is realistically possible here at WA.
And it kind of puts this whole making money online industry into perspective :)
Note: $3600 = 10 years x $29.99 per month (I'm locked in at my original joining fee). If you're playing $47 or $49 per month, you can get the same deal with the yearly membership ($357) or even cheaper with the Black Friday deal ($299)
First of all, I want to thank you for reading about my 10 years at WA. I've really enjoyed putting this post together!
I appreciate that it might be difficult for you to relate to my story, especially if you are just starting out or you're in the early stages of building your online business at WA.
If that is the case, I want you to remember and/or be inspired by these important facts about my time here:
- I was never cut out to be a marketer (I was destined to be a minimum wage worker).
- I had a BIG dream (to quit my job and be there for my family).
- I focused solely on what WA teaches.
- I took things one step at a time.
- My success did not happen overnight. It required consistent effort to get there.
- Once it started working, there was no looking (or turning) back.
- I am just a normal guy with no more ability than you. I just TOOK ACTION!
That just about rounds up my 10 years at WA post! I wish you EVERY success on your own WA journey :-)
There's just one more thing to say...
Great story Marcus. Looking back ... if you had it to do over again but knowing what you know now, would you do any thing differently?
Wow ... 10 year anniversary (2006). Does that mean you are the longest tenured "active" WA member? Seems like there should be a special recognition for that.
You are largely responsible for me finally coming to WA. I think I found your first website back in 2012. I was almost ready to give up my goal to find an honest internet marketing training program at a reasonable cost. I had finally crawled out the rat hole training program I got sucked into.
You were kind enough to exchange many emails over the course of several months. I very cautiously came to WA in 2014. Thank you.
Thank you Dennis!
Hehe...I honestly don't know if I'm the longest serving member here. I guess I'm probably up there somewhere!
It's great to hear that I helped you to find WA back in 2012. I love the fact that I have a connection with many WA members that often goes back a few years.
That's why i always relate to the WA community as a "family" because it really does feel like that.
Delighted that you are now a part of our little clan, Dennis :-)
Great question about if I'd do anything differently.
I would definitely focus on just one project at a time rather than trying to spread myself across numerous projects. It can be really counter-productive.
I also wish I'd jumped on email marketing sooner. It's very powerful.
Wishing you all the best, Dennis!
Congratulations, 10 years is a long time, and your story is very touching, sticking to your goals is very important, and I am sticking to mine as well.
I am still working the 9 to 5 job, But I am like you, determined and committed with my online life.
And I to am afraid of flying, so if I ever get to go to Vegas I probably will drive there.
Again Thanks for this amazing story.
Thank you, Barb!
WOW...so many connections between my story and yours!
I sense that you too will create your own success. You tick all the important boxes so it will only be a matter of time :-)
Wishing you every success, Barb!
Not sure how I missed your profile before now but glad I stumbled upon it today. We have much in common I can tell from reading your lovely and very insightful post!
I appreciate you sharing your journey. I have worked for myself in one way or another my entire life. I have held a total of just under 12 months of employment. Ever. Lol
Although I am a hard worker, I do not make a great employee and I have always known this about myself. I have been blogging and working online as a coach off and on since 2010.
I joined WA to feel less isolated on my entrepreneur's journey, so thank you for sharing a piece of your story and your family's story, it is deeply appreciated.
In community (for at least a year, as I am already a yearly premium member),
Thank you, Joy. It's great to meet you!
I totally get what you are saying about employment. Towards the end of my offline working career I started to feel a great deal of resentment towards my employer.
I "got" the fact that I was just a number to them, no matter how hard I worked.
I've worked for myself for so many years now, I don't think I could conform in that way ever again. Knowing how restricting it can be and how much I can achieve on my own.
I wish you continued success with your online journey, Joy. I can see from your bio that things are going great for you!
I'll have to stop by your blog and take a look :-)
All the best!
Thank you for sharing your story. It has inspired me to keep going with WA.
For years I have been "trying" to be successful with online marketing and giving up every time. I almost gave up again!
I am in a commission based job & it is so frustrating to be on an up and down payday. I had decided to quit WA because money is so tight right now. But after reading your story I feel inspired to get back up and keep going.
Thank you. I look forward to making online marketing my full time business by following WA teaching.
That's so nice to hear, Eve. Thank you!
I can imagine how frustrating it must be having a commission based job in the offline world.
Your skills are a good fit for your online business here at WA, so it's maybe a case of assessing where things might have gone wrong in the past.
I'm guessing it wouldn't need much tweaking, and the WA training and support network would definitely be able to help with that.
I wish you every success, Eve, and I hope this time around you get over this bump in the road and push forward to much greater things :-)
All the best
Wow, 10 years truly has flown by. I have to say it has been really awesome to get to know you over the years Marcus and you are a true class act and I am honoured to be able to call you a friend!
As with any journey, there are ups and downs and trials and tribulations and that you are more resilient and focused than most.
I do wish you nothing but the utmost success moving forward and this post brought back some really amazing memories, including that pic in Vegas from many moons ago! lol
I am already looking forward to the 20 year post!
Hopefully it won't be another 10 years before there's another Marcus writing a post like this :-)
LOL...I thought you might like the retro pic!
Buddy, I am absolutely honoured to have become such good friends with both you and Carson over the last 10 years!
We've shared some amazing times, some hilarious experiences and we've also endured those challenging times as well.
My life literally changed forever the day I met you guys back in 2006, and me and everyone this end are forever thankful for everything that you have both done.
THANK YOU!! :-)
Congratulations on your amazing achievements you're such an inspirations. I can totally relate to you having to take time out to look after a parent, that's where I am right now. Finding the time to knuckle down and get the work done is proving to be rather difficult, but like yourself, I'll never give up!
Thank you, Jason, and my thoughts go to you at a time when life has given you a nudge.
Stay strong my friend, and I wish you every success as and when life allows you to put your foot back on the pedal :-)
All the best
I'm actually tearing up over this post, what an amazing story! 10 Years is a long time! I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to be able to quit your job and be with your family. What an amazing moment! Autism sounds horrible, I have read a lot of stories about children with autism and it sounds really hard to get through. How lovely that she could stay at home and be tutored! Thanks for this, it is motivating me to keep going!
Oh wow, Emma! Thank you so much :-)
Yes, it's been an incredible ride to be honest.
Helping my daughter has been a major achievement. The most difficult part has been getting her condition recognized. Here in the UK it is apparently very rare in girls, and this lead to years of meetings and appointments etc, and of course support for our daughter.
And all that effort was well worth it! Every single bit :-)
Thanks again, Emma, and I wish you every success here at WA!
Oh I can just imagine! So many parents go through this to get it recognized and dealt with! You'd think that in this day and age things would've changed. I even read about a mother who was told "I think you want your child to have autism" by a specialist.
Thanks again Marcus!
Thank you, I am so afraid of putting in effort just to fail. I needed to hear that it's ok and not to fear failure. If I get knocked down I will just get right back up and continue on my journey.
It sounds silly but I signed up for WA a year ago had a site and all and I gave up on it. I felt like I chose the wrong Niche and was stuck with it. I decided later that WA is the only way I can have the life I want. I will fail sometimes but I need to turn those failures into success. We all do.
I needed the inspiration I have Congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension at 33 years old I found out. So even though I was born with congenital heart disease and have had 2 kids no doctor ever found it. My point is I can't be under tremendous stress. I have been banned from having anymore kids. My doctor told me my 3 year old was a miracle. I didn't get my diagnoses till March of this year 2016 this was after my WA failure. I look at life differently now and realize that I have to take risks now I might not be here long enough to sit on the side lines watching others success.
Thank you, Danielle.
I am so sorry to hear about your situation and absolutely agree that you do not need to create any more stress than necessary.
Don't regard your WA experience as something of great pressure. Follow the training, build a little website and just add to it now and then. These things always take time, so there's little point in putting yourself under any additional stress.
I wish you all the very best, Danielle, and hope my post gives you a little bit of extra incentive :-)
Thank you, Marcus, for sharing your great story. It gives such hope and sight into a great future. I just went yearly at the beginning of Nov. and so happy I did. I see from your experience with WA that this is a company we can trust. All the very best God has for you and your family is in my prayers for you. shary
You are welcome, Shary!
I absolutely agree that WA is a company that you can trust. I've seen just about every comparable program out there over the last 10 years and nothing competes.
Thanks for your lovely words and I wish you all the best :)
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You have come a long way from being a plain 9-5 employee to a successful Internet entrepreneur. You are an nspiration and I will learn a lot from your success. I, too am experiencing a lot of challenges at the moment in my family and work life but these won't stop me from moving forward in my online journey. All the best to your continued success!
Thank you, Adel :-)
I love the fact that you are drawing strength from life's challenges and continuing to push forward with your online journey.
I wish you every success, Adel!
My life challenges serve as my inspiration to create a website specifically to help parents cope with all the struggles in raising and living with an autistic child. You did the right thing for your daughter. All the best to you and your family! :)
Well here's a little bit of irony, Adel...
The direction that you are heading in is pretty much how I started out ;-)