10 Year Anniversary At Wealthy Affiliate!

Last Update: June 02, 2020

It's finally here - my 10 year anniversary at Wealthy Affiliate and 10 years of affiliate marketing.

When I started out at Wealthy Affiliate in 2010, I had no idea about the journey that was waiting for me.

There's been lots of ups and downs along the way, but it was all worth it. I've got a thriving online business, and a bright future ahead. I'm proud of what I've accopmlished, and excited to see what will happen in the next decade of business.

My #1 Tip For Succcess After 10 years Of Affiliate Marketing

I've been thinking about this for a while, and if I could distill all of my various bits of advice is a single, "best of the best" piece of advice, it would be this:

TAKE DAILY ACTION NO MATTER WHAT

There are two reasons why this bit of advice works, and gets results.

1. It sets up the right mindset. Rather than having your business be a "side project" that you tinker around with when you have free time, it becomes a habit. Much like going to the gym, when you stop going, you feel it. You feel week.

Working on your business daily means that you brain rewires itself to need to have that business time each day. When you don't work on it, you feel it.

2. Small daily actions are sustainable and motivating. If you have to update 300 posts on your website because you uninstalled a plugin and it caused formatting errors, it might be physically impossible to do that all in a single day.

But 10 posts a day for a month and you can get it done.

The same principle applies to any other goal. Looking at a single goal and trying to rush towards it can be super frustrating. Every day becomes a failure. But setting a small goal which you can succeed at each day, and which moves you towards your bigger goal is a much more sustainable workload.

I find that it helps me focus on small things I CAN do, rather than big things which aren't working no matter how hard I try.

Zoom Out

Building a profitable online business can seem like it takes forever. It can seem like you put in a lot of work with no results. It can seem like you're wasting your time.

But zoom out and you'll see that results are happening. Here's the results of working for 5 years on one of my affiliate websites.

June 2015

May 2016

May 2017


May 2018

May 2019

May 2020

It took five years to get to a quarter million pageviews. Consistent work. Publishing weekly. Editing. Updating. Brainstorming.

From those views alone, the blog earns about $3,500 per month, and that doesn't even count the affiliate income.

In another five years, that could be $7,000 per month and a half a million views. 10 years after that, the site could be earning close to $20k/month.

I know a lot of people start online businesses for freedom, myself included. I'm not sure I'll want to take the website that far. We'll just have to see. I might just sell it at some point. Right now I'm working on getting better systems in place so I can do less work but still grow the site.

Always A New Challenge

The ideal situation would be to grow the website income without much of my own involvement. We'll see how well I can build out a system, but it's a challenging job for me. I've never built a "system" before.

There's always a new challenge in the world of affiliate marketing. At first, it's just understanding how the process of how things work. Then it's understanding WordPress. Then it's getting traffic. Then, it's getting sales. Then, it's getting consistent sales. Then, it's diversifying. Then, it's outsourcing. Then, it's balancing work and life.

There's always something! But there's always a solution too. We continually face new challenges because we continually succeed.

Where do you think your business will be in 10 years?

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EdwinBernard Premium
Hi Nathaniell,

Having patience and faith that the WA methods will work over time is what motivates me. One and a half years into my online business I only have 69 posts published. I cannot expect to be earning much at all until I have written hundreds of posts. There is lots to do one step at a time.

In 10 years I expect to have two websites both with at least 300 posts written. And combined generating $10k a month in income.

I earned an average of $9.5K a month for the last 10 years of my career before retiring. My goal is to eclipse that with my affiliate marketing business. I have far less time left to live than you and I want to leave a legacy for my family and young aspiring creative artists through scholarships. Time is of the essence.

Thanks for a very thoughtful post. I salute you for your success and wish you even more in the future.

Cheers.

Edwin
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nathaniell Premium
Those are awesome goals Edwin, and I know you can reach them. 10 years and 10k/month with an online business is definitely doable!
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EdwinBernard Premium
Thank you!
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TDenise Premium
Congratulations Nathaniel! Your post was amazing, but I think it’s even more amazing all of the positive things people have to say about you in the comments.

For a “to yourself” type of guy, you’ve definitely impacted quite a lot of people in a positive way—that’s a huge accomplishment. Many extroverts don’t impact the amount of people you have.

I hope to say the same, and best wishes for the next 10 years to be even bigger and better than the first.
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nathaniell Premium
You definitely can replicate this, and do even better Tiffany! Your blog is doing great, and you're prepared for liftoff! Sounds like you have a really good content schedule going and are seeing consistent growth so I'm excited to see where things are headed next.
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TDenise Premium
Thanks Nathaniell! Like many others have said, "You're a great inspiration".
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RichBrennan Premium
Congratulations, Nethaniell, and thanks for such an inspirational post.
My key takeaway here is how working on your business daily actually gets you into the right mindset.
I've found that the more I do, the more I actually want to do and by getting into the habit I have fewer days where I just don't feel like doing anything.
As they say, 'Success happens daily - not in a day'.
Wishing you continued and much deserved success.
Cheers
Rich :-)
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DBlanchard Premium
This post is exactly why I joined WA and will never quit.

It shows that mindset, consistency, hard work, and determination are what it takes to create huge success for ourselves!

You are the perfect example of what WA is all about, and all we have to do is follow your footsteps to make it happen for us as well!

Thank you for sharing your wisdom and helping us understand the "real" process of making it big!

To answer your question: I know that my business will be just as successful as yours in 10 years, its just a matter of persistence and determination, along with a business mindset and a lot of faith in what you do!

Congrats on your WAnniversary!

Denis

P.S. We will meet in Vegas 🙂
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nathaniell Premium
Hope to see you in Vegas Denis, and thank you for the compliments!
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CordeliaN Premium
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again; when I see notification in my gmail that you have posted an article it’s like a light up beacon, I immediately head over to read. This because each and every time I read one of your posts I glean lots of information and motivation.

Your article on selling your websites and the profit and successful bloggers was up until now my two favourites. This post however is now overtaken the previous in terms of help, guidance, motivation and tips. The fact you are still here 10 years on and continuing to thrive and grow is so powerful.

I think most of us would like to be saying, “today is my 10 year anniversary at WA” your success is for me a real incentive, it’s showing real people doing what we do but just more productively and efficiently. But what I am seeing is with hard work and perseverance (consistently.....loved the do it daily like the gym tip) we to could one day be writing “today is my 10 year anniversary with WA.

Thank you for taking the time to write the post, give us the screen shots, the advice and your take on it... 👍👏

Cordelia
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nathaniell Premium
Thank you for the massive compliments Cordelia, and I'm glad that my writing has inspired you in the past. I hope to be hearing about your 10 year anniversary and many successes in the future. Keep up the good work!
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