3 Successful Months with Wealthy Affiliate
Recently I reached my 3-month milestone as a Premium member of the Wealthy Affiliate community. I didn't even realize that it had passed until I finally read the 'congratulations' reminder from my Wealthy Affiliate mentor. I've been far too busy building my business to keep track of time!
Given the occasion, I'm taking a close look at what I've accomplished in the last three months. Although the journey towards success through affiliate marketing will always vary between affiliates, I thought hearing about where things stand for me today might be helpful to someone.
- In three months, I've created one website, on which I've published 68 articles and 20 pages. I have another 32 articles saved in various draft stages. Not as much as I'd like, but still pretty good, considering the technical problems I struggled with the first couple months.
- I currently work about 12 hours per day, 6 days per week on my business. After an early burnout in Month 1, I now take a day off every week no matter what.
- My social media followers are finally starting to grow. I'm up from a bit fat zero across the board to 247 Facebook followers, 68 Twitter followers, 98 Instagram followers, and 528 Pinterest followers. I also currently have 60 email subscribers. Not much altogether, but 3/4 of it has come in the last two weeks. What is really making a difference for me is three things: 1.) Targeted Facebook lead ads; 2.) Signing up for Convertkit for lead capture, Zapier to automate some tasks between Facebook and Convertkit, and Hootsuite to manage social media; 3.) Sharing more than just my own content on social media (quotes, questions, links to relevant content on other sites).
- Website traffic is still very poor, and this is my biggest frustration right now. I get between 35 and 50 visitors per day, which is where I've been sitting for two months, despite every effort to change it. Google shows that my bounce rate is going down, but the fact is that nobody from social media visits my site. The one thing I haven't tried yet is YouTube. At first I didn't have the equipment, but now I'm battling time constraints at home along with some fear about being in the public eye. (Clearly I need to get over the latter ASAP!)
- And now for the part most of you really want to know about: To date I've earned about $400 total in commissions (if you don't include the piddling amount I forfeited by quitting Adsense). Most of that came from one single article I wrote! I've reinvested every cent and then some in my business in order to continue to grow, so technically I'm still in the red. But I'm on track to earn more this month than last (still from that same one article), and am excited to see what happens when I finally get a bump in traffic.
Other than that, I'd have to say that my biggest success is finally feeling like I have some handle on what I'm doing. No more panic attacks when things go wrong, no more doubting my ability to make a success of this. Clearly I have years of learning still ahead, but it feels good to feel good. Know what I mean?