10 Year Anniversary At Wealthy Affiliate!
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.
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.
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?