Wealthy Affiliate Results - How I Made $2K in 1 Day Last Month

Last Update: July 25, 2017

The Culmination of 3 Years of Hard Work:

I don’t write too many blog posts here at WA. In fact, this is my first one. But I felt this was worth mentioning for beginners just starting out in the online space.

I’m not writing this to brag about how much I’ve made by following the training and supportive community provided by WA, but I want beginners to realize the enormous potential that online business has to offer. The income-potential is legitimately unlimited.

There’s no doubt that waking up to $2K in my account feels great, but there’s no such thing as “overnight success”. I worked hard to put myself in a position to achieve this. I earned that money from the work I’ve put in days, weeks, months, and even years ago at this point.

Overall, this type of success is what I’ve been building toward since joining WA.

The Greatest Part - Pursuing Any Niche You Want:

Choosing a niche is exciting, but can also be a roadblock for those just starting out.

My best piece of advice would be to pursue one of your greatest passions. That’s what will keep you motivated day in and day out.

And while WA provides an attractive affiliate program, don’t feel forced to pursue that path. I personally didn’t make this money from promoting WA. In fact, 99% of my online income comes from private affiliate programs outside of WA.

There’s nothing wrong with doing so, but there’s a lot of competition in that particular space. You’d be surprised about the amount of opportunity available within relatively obscure niches (with a lot less competition).

My Objective For Sharing This Success Story:

My hope is that this success motivates others to continue grinding, producing quality content, and serving their site visitors with extreme value.

When I started at WA, it took me six months to start building up my websites and eventually earn my very first commission over $10. Now I have a $2K day under my belt...the journey has been amazing.

Success won’t necessarily be immediate. In fact, it most likely won’t be. But eventually it will come if you stick to the process and work hard.

Hopefully there are many more big money days like this in the future for me and many other hard-working members here at Wealthy Affiliate!

I look forward to everyone else’s success stories as time goes on.

Cheers!
Matt Thomas

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Scotius2001 Premium
Great share. Thanks and continued good luck!
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bullat Premium
Hey man that's freakin awesome! It is very I inspiring and something I will achieve one of these days! Thank you for sharing
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alexjysmith Premium
So epic to see this, keeps me motivated, and helps me to remember persistence will pay off, as long as you never quit and stick with it. Thanks for this :)

AJ
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BrianCh Premium
Hi Matt, thank you so much for sharing this. I can't tell how much this motivates me when I hear encouraging words like this. As a newbie to all of this I am definitely still finding the path that I should focus all my attention on. I find myself revisiting yesterdays ideas and redesigning them. I trust that in the next few months I will have found my groove.

All the best,

Brian
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Congrats ! Your experience sure motivates me to move and achieve my goals. Thanks !
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AshleyNC Premium
Congratulations.. and thanks for the encouragement and example. I love that I can actually see so many growing and gaining here in WA. That alone convinces me. For once in business and in life, I feel like I have entered a level playing field. I know everything is always about how you apply yourself, but sometimes it's also about who you know and whats already in your account. you are all such magnificent reminders of what can happen.
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NatNiches Premium
Awesome matt - congrats!! A good message to WA members as well. :)
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Congratulations Matt! Thanks for sharing!
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phoeby123 Premium
Amazing. Couldn't agree more, quality content providing great value is key.
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Cbeasey Premium
Congratulations on your hard earned success. I am both inspired and intimidated by your post. Hoping I can maintain the focus to make it to such a big day! Thank you for your honesty. Hopefully it will help many others push through to success!
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elores Premium
You have inspired me to continue with my dream and I hope to be successful one day. It may not be as much as you but anything counts in my case. Best of luck to you.
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derekmarshal Premium
Thanks buddy, great to read of your success, very inspiring. Triple figure days happen for me frequently but adding one more zero to that.. wow! (and making it regular! that's my goal!.
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WildflowerG Premium
And cheers to you, Matt, for hanging in there, working hard, and believing in the system. Yours is a motivating post.
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RD40 Premium
Great job Matt!. Although I haven't had any $2K days, I am definitely seeing the fruits of my labor starting to grow. Thanks for sharing.

Ralph
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CoachGom Premium
I'm just curious... what niche and affiliate network did you earn that money?
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MattThomas Premium
Great question. Niche - Stock Trading Mentorship and Education. Affiliate Program - RagingBull. Website - EliteSwingTrading.com
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patrosern Premium
I love hearing your story and congratulations on your success! Your blog didn't sound like a beginner, at all.
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johnwnewman Premium
Great work! Congrats :-)
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johnnyfaulk1 Premium
awesome, awesome, and awesome again. Thanks for sharing. As we all work through the program, your story shows it can be done. Thanks Matt
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MattyBx Premium
Great for you. I love the fact that you are realistic and honest. I too, found that nothing good happens fast with affiliate marketing.

Just like any start up business it takes years...more like 5 years to get established.
Most people fail in the first 1-3 years. Those that make it to year 5 are very, very few. This is what the stats say, not me!

So, you have to treat your affiliate marketing project here at WA the same exact way. Its going to be working for free for many, many months if not years (like you said) before you establish enough traffic and revenues.

Your hard work now, might not take root for 12 months. Patience is the number one requirement when it comes to affiliate marketing.

The good news is that your success and reward WILL eventually come if you never give up.
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patrosern Premium
I agree that Matt's post was very honest and down-to-earth. I could use a lesson on patience about every day, however. Thanks for the words of encouragement! Pat
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Gregory999 Premium
Thank you for the insight been working hard just to get my website going its coming together though so thanks for your suggestions.
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adams7 Premium
Awesome work! I was just beginning to feel frustrated that no one will accept me as an affiliate because I don't have enough traffic. Appreciate the motivation to keep working and doing the daily grind
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WildflowerG Premium
Thanks for the motivation.
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Tdick1 Premium
Matt, thanks for being very honest and realistic. I hope to be successful one day. Best success to you- thanks again
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Arlet Premium
Thank you for sharing, it nice to hear the truth that comes with hard work. And you are right we should be passionate about our niches to succed. Not see it as a business but something we can enjoy and eventually it will give us back! Congrats Matt :)
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ShakidaD Premium
Trying to get where you at! all i need is 2k and ill be set lol lol lol
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Arlet Premium
hey shakida xD with 2K i would be inspired as H.
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PoppaJoe Premium
Saaaaahhhhhweeeeet!
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ClaudiaHB Premium
this is great, good for you!
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Saidako Premium
Hi Matt,
Amazing and inspiring. With your permission I linked to this article from my website.

Thanks for sharing.
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MattThomas Premium
No problem - best of luck!
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Saidako Premium
Thank you Matt.
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mybiz4u Premium
Awesome and inspiring
M
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SueFern Premium
Congratulations! Your hard work is paying off! I hope you have many more days to come that are as rewarding. As a beginner it is nice to read this in hopes that it will be me one day too!
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Shayne329 Premium
Thanks for sharing and congrats on your efforts and payouts. I'm just starting out and often feel like I'm spinning in circles. However, I am determined. ~Shane
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MEsmeriz Premium
Thanks for sharing your story. This keeps motivated. I hope to get my first sale soon as well.
Have a great day.
Mia.
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OrganicNeil Premium
Thanks so much for the inspiration! I really needed that this morning! I find myself overshadowed by what someone else perfectly called "analysis paralysis"! I get so overwhelmed with information that I just keep going in circles and over and over different web pages. This post showed me that hard work, determination and getting out of the "analysis paralysis" phase can and WILL pay off!
Thanks again and best of luck!
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arielharris7 Premium
how inspiring! many thanks for sharing this! great job!
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CraigUKTV Premium
Marvellous! What a joy that must've been, huge congratulations. I recently woke up to $174 overnight and that was a great feeling but $2000 is off the charts!

As you said, that is testimony to the hard work you have put in Matt. Great inspiration.
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Compsol99 Premium
Congratulations Matt! I hope that I can report the same kind of success that you've had soon enough.
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RobSciubba Premium
Thanks Matt! I've been doing this for about 6 months too and gets frustrating at times wondering if I will ever make money. But my mentor tells me the same you said. Just keep producing quality content and get comments. That's what I'm focusing on now. I'm also trying to promote WA with links on social media and forums.
My Google trust is now 60%. Each month it improves.
Thanks for your post Matt!
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ursula0305 Premium
This is inspiring for a starter like me. Not expecting overnight success, but having to read something like this keeps the ember burning! Thank you :)
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LindaKwas Premium
This is truly inspirational to hear your story. I only get a couple of posts written a week, but after I finish all the training, when possible I am going to try to amp that up to at least 3, maybe 4 in the summer when I am not working (a teacher). I am hoping for a an early retirement. I don't mind working hard to get there as long as I know there is a chance for success!
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margretjain Premium
This is so great to see, Matt! As someone that is new to all of this, literally hours, can I ask you for any words of advice? Suggestions for things you might have done differently to reach this success earlier perhaps? I am in a financial situation and have been given a hard line; I get exactly eight months to begin generating enough income to supplement the inevitable loss of my husbands. If I am unable to do it through this avenue, and I am determined to do so, then I will be required to get an 8-5 while raising two toddlers, with zero help. I am counting on my success here! Any advice would be truly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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MattThomas Premium
Hi Margret. The best advice I can give is to go through the Online Entrepreneur Certification course here at Wealthy Affiliate and take action on what you learn. That's where I started roughly three years ago with absolutely no online business/affiliate marketing experience at all and allowed me to build a strong foundation for the success I'm experiencing today.

The other thing I would recommend is focusing on producing as much quality content for your site visitors as possible. That's how you rank within the search engines, bring in traffic, and ultimately make sales. Unfortunately, I probably only average 1 or 2 posts per week, but I could only imagine the income results I'd be experiencing if I did 3 or 4 per week (or more). More content = more visitors = more sales.

One last thing I'd suggest is not to expect immediate results. At the beginning especially, it's best to focus on non-monetary goals like how many posts you can produce, site traffic, and interaction received (comments). Worrying about income too early can cause unnecessary stress. The fact is that it's natural for it to take at least 2-3 months before sales occur. You're building a business. It takes time to create your first pieces of content, understand SEO, social sharing, etc.

There's a learning curve to it all, coupled with the fact that it typically takes a few months to earn the trust of search engines as well. The longer your site's been around, the more quality content you have published, and the more interaction you have within it will result in better rankings. Best of luck!
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viyee Premium
Brilliant post and thanks for sharing.
I think you are right to learn and practice the process by promoting WA, then, when you are confidant and have experience of how things work, to branch out.
I like the idea of finding the less well known niches. It makes sense.
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AMYSE Premium
Superb
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
Wow!! This is very motivating! Thanks for sharing this!! :)
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BOwusu Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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sheikave Premium
Thank you for your sharing your success it do motivate me a lot.
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Pernilla Premium
Hello Matt!
Thank you for telling about your success!
It is indeed motivating for me to hear about your expericence.
You have given me one more reason to keep on working hard towards my goal.

Wish you ongoing success!
:-) Pernilla
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Pernilla Premium
Thanks for following me back!
:-)
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AlexEvans Premium
That is really good news Matt, some real motivation hard work does pay dividends.
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Clafra3333 Premium
Oh, I hope it doesn't take 6 months...not impatient, just broke and will run out of money by then. I will pay very close attention and keep progressing....and probably seek lots of advice from all you successful people.
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Charlotte3 Premium
Hi matt waww u did it u really did it stay blessed and Congredulatian
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NatNiches Premium
Thanks for sharing Matt... I think plenty of members need to hear stories like this! Congratulations! :)
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SondraM Premium
Awesome job! It is always inspiring to see people that worked hard achieve success.
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ownonlboss Premium
Very nice!

But does that mean you made 2000 USD just last month for once in a lifetime and haven't made anything before or since?
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Kyle Premium
It appears to be income for ONE day based on the dates within the screenshots.
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MattThomas Premium
Hi Steven - great question. The $2K mentioned above was just from one day last month (6/27), but I have been earning an online income previous to that.

Just as a bit of a backstory, I started with WA in mid-2014. No previous experience. Affiliate marketing was a completely new concept to me. I worked through the training here and started building out my first site. Made a few dollars here and there within the first couple months from Amazon Associates and Adsense, but it took me 6 months before I earned a solid $15 commission. Then $90 the next month, then $240 the month after that, then $300 after that, and so on. Of course there are months where it has dipped, but the trend has been up since then.

I've had a handful of $1,000+ days to this point, but that $2K day was my biggest accomplishment to date. Don't get me wrong, I have low-dollar days too, sometimes even earning $0. Online business isn't always consistent like a classic 9-5 can be. But I'm steadily working my way to a solid monthly income I can count on. Earlier this year, I published a WA Success Story post on my first website that covers some of my earnings through this particular affiliate program if you're interested in checking it out further. Rather than re-hashing all of the information from it, I'll just drop it here:

https://the-path-to-prosperity.com/my-personal-wealthy-affiliate-success-story

Hope that helps answer your question. Take care!
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fleurallen Premium
Congratulations!
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KatieMac Premium
congratulations Matt your hard work has certainly paid off this is a very inspirational post , wish you many more success
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Tbarlow1 Premium
Thanks for sharing Matt, and congrats on your well deserved commission!! This did shed more light for me, I am new to WA, and working very hard to absorb all the knowledge I can so I can apply that to my business. I understand its not an overnight abundance, but like you said with hard work, dedication, and giving it some time, its all worth it. Good for you!!

Tracy
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apache1 Premium
Well done Matt as you have stated this is the result of the hard work and personal effort you have put in.

Many newbies need to realise creating your website and making money online will not be an overnight success but you must put in the effort yourself if you are to realise the great results that will come later on as you have shown above.

Even getting recognised by the search engines can take a bit of time let alone promoting what you have to offer.

Keep going forwards and thank you for the post I believe a much-needed one for newbies and recently newbies alike.

Andre
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Zarina Premium
An excellent success story, thanks for sharing! :)
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Kyle Premium
Kudos to you Matt and thanks for sharing your story. It is great to see you achieving results and on the up and up.

Keep us updated with your progress as you move forward and 2017/2018 are looking like some brilliant ones!
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Alan Hocking Premium
Kudos Matt!

An inspiring story and proof that the training here works for anyone who's willing to put in the time and effort to make it work

Thanks for sharing :)
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