3 Years At WA (and not going anywhere anytime soon!)
I just realized tonight that this month I've been here at WA for 3 years now. Time for a quick look back, assessment of the "now", and a peak at the game plan for what's ahead!
When I joined WA back in August 2016, I had a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old... and I needed something to keep my sanity. I'm a Stay At Home Mom, and if there are any of you out there with busy littles at home that you care for 24/7, and you feel your brain is slowly dying sometimes, you'll know what I mean. Learning the affiliate marketing ropes has kept me stimulated mentally, which was really great.
After I joined, I started my first website, and jumped into the learning. I really enjoyed it and stuck with it, building up that website for about 18 months. At the end of that time, I had about 80 posts, generating about 100 visits per day (mostly from Pinterest), and was making only about $30/month. It wasn't climbing quickly, nor did I anticipate it doing so in that niche.
I grew frustrated.
But I didn't want to give up. I believed in the system... and that affiliate marketing COULD be a perfect fit for me and our family situation (allowing me to bring some money in, while remaining a stay-at-home-mom, being there for our kids). And thankfully I have a supportive husband. :)
So I did some reading, learning, and asked some questions of the experienced folks here in WA, and with the advice I got, I decided to simply start over with a new, more profitable niche, writing posts that were much more specific - "Best Of" reviews and product reviews.
My initial website I just left alone, updating plugins when necessary. Without adding anything to it, it still now makes about $30/month, a year and half later.
My new website? 18 months into THAT one, I'm at just about 40 posts, long and indepth ones. I get about 500+ visits per day, ALL organic, and last month was a record month of commissions around $3300 USD (and to be honest, I haven't had much time to touch it this summer... so it's just blown me away).
And what is the future of my website/affiliate marketing business? I'm not sure. I plan to keep building out this website, I think. There's a lot yet to write about in my niche.
Next month my youngest starts school part time, so finally I'll have some daytime hours to work on this... for the last 3 years, all I've had are evenings and the occasional "quiet time" - I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens!