$12,000 For Christmas 2019 (+ Actionable Advice)

Last Update: January 07, 2019

Two years ago I wrote a post titled 3 Steps to $2,000 Extra: Christmas 2017. The concept was simple: write content using these three formats:

  • "Best of" lists
  • Product reviews
  • Keyword based content

Was it a fad? Did the success fade away after the hype? No.

Two years later, that income has grown to $12,000 for the holiday season.







How did I do it? How did I grow that income from $2k to $12k?

Same thing as always. I focus on writing content that gets found in Google.

This is exactly what Kyle teaches in the training. It's what Jay talks about during his weekly webinars. Stick to the training! Particpate in chat and live webinars. Take action every day.

Many people will look at a $12,000 month and think "Wow, I wish that was me." Well, it can be you. It took me 3 years to bring that site to that level of income. If you start now, you can have the same thing (or more) by 2022.

Roope had a great blog post about taking action, and I agree with him. The tools are here. People are seeing success. The opportunity to have a full time online business is literally right in front of you. You just have to take action to see results.

My #1 Piece Of Advice This Year

==> Set daily goals instead of yearly goals.

Lots of people will set goals like "I want to earn $10,000/month by the end of 2019. That's a great goal, but how are you going to get there?

On your journey to $10k a month, or whatever you goal is, it can feel like every day is a failure because you're not there yet. So set simple daily goals that will get you moving in the right direction.

Here are possible goals that are easy to achieve:

  • 1 hour per day inside Wealthy Affiliate, no matter what
  • Write and publish 1 article per week at any cost
  • Write out your keyword list for the next 30 days on the first of the month
  • Ask one question per week inside Classrooms
  • Watch Jay's webinar at least once per month
  • Complete 1-2 lessons per week

You don't have to do all of those! They're just ideas to show you how to map out your day, week, and month in order to help you achieve your yearly goals. Remember, you can always tweak things along the way to ramp up efforts, or tone things back if you start getting burnout.

Your Homework For This Week!

To set the tone for the rest of the year, I highly recommend you write down a few daily tasks you'd like to accomplish each day. See what you have time for. Set goals according to where you are in the training and your online entrepreneur journey.

Write them down on a sticky note or notepad and keep them close to your work area.

These tiny daily routines will get you closer and closer to your goals for 2019.


What are your daily goals?

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aaronashley Premium
Great article!!! I actually recently posted an article on my site that outlined this same goal setting technique, as a way to change your life if you are struggling with substance abuse. Small goal setting can help you achieve ANYTHING you put your mind to, as long as you take action every day!
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terri2018 Premium
Thanks for sharing this Nathaniell! Been following you, but just read this post. I'm a true believer of writing goals down and have it in front of you always.

I write my daily task in a notepad and highlight or cross them off once completed. Thanks for making this simple... I will diligently map out my day and week from here on.

Congrats! I think you're in Vegas soon, right?
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AnaB7 Premium
Hi Nathaniel,

Thank you for this post, very informative and helpful in setting up short term goals to see the big goal in the end. Your post validates my plan for 2019. I have daily goals to complete my training. I am doing Bootcamp now.

Much success for you in 2019.

Thanks,

Ana
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nathaniell Premium
You too Ana!
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vivimontilla Premium
I really needed to read something like this.
For many reasons, I've been absent from my nice site and WA for one month and a half and it has been too long. My site only made a few sales but I keep track of my traffic and it's getting around 10 visits a day, and it's quite new so I am actually impressed by this. I don't have a lot of time as used to but I think I can squeze at least 1-2 hour per day.
I hope I get to be as successful as you at some point!
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nathaniell Premium
1-2 hours per day is a great goal, and if you can stay consistent, you'll definitely see some results from your work!
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Marley2016 Premium
Nathaniell,
I did mine in an Excel workbook - I check things off every
day - if I miss one day and then the next day I try to make
it up by doing more - so far so good I am keeping up barely
but I am managing to get things done :)
Thank you for taking the time to share this,
Susie
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nathaniell Premium
I'm behind on my list for this week LOL. Gotta play catchup today!
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JamieFreedom Premium
Great post, Nathaniell! You inspire with your example while also coaching/encouraging us to create our own examples of success.

What you say about tiny daily routines is so true! Good habits done daily will lead to progress. One thing I've changed about my daily goals so far this year is to keep them really simple and achievable.

Instead of trying to do 10-12 things a day, I write down the top four for me: Read, Write, Exercise, Socialize/Communicate. As long as I spend about 30 min-1 hour on each of these, I figure it's been a good day.

I used to spend a great deal of time writing out some specific big dreams and goals for the year, but not as much time on daily implementation. I think it's partly because trying to tackle a huge goal or dream can be daunting. But, by breaking a goal down into smaller daily/weekly/monthly tasks like you suggest, I'm finding taking action both easier and motivating!

Never before have I simplified my days this much; I'm one of those people who has like a gajillion things I want to achieve! But by narrowing my focus to the essentials, I find I'm focusing more on them, getting more done, and feeling like I'm already doing more in 2019. They say Less Is More...so now, time to apply that to other areas of my life!
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nathaniell Premium
Sometimes I struggle with even just four important tasks each day LOL.

Daily tasks can really help form good habits, and that's what will keep your business running for years. Even if you see initial success and make some good money online, without those good habits running in the background, you run the risk of losing what you created.

Best of luck in 2019 Jamie, and hit me up if you need some help!
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Flizzy Premium
I've been doing this off and on for the last few months (5 goals a day) and I noticed that when I was on it I got alot more accomplished. My goal for 2019 is to stick to it and actually see some income this year. Thanks for sharing this, I know I'm on the right track
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nathaniell Premium
Awesome. Glad to hear you're already many months into your daily goal routine. Keep up the good work man.
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tomanec Premium
Well said.You always write highly motivational posts.It's so maybe because of the money mentioned in them.Yet something has to be admitted:
-you have reached the goal by yourself,but
-we wish someone to fetch us there.
Good for me to have come across this post.It may occur to me to change the wishing to doing,covering the distance with some burden on my sholders.
Thanks,Stojan
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading Stojan!
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Karina B Premium
Congratulations!
and this is a really great post - daily or weekly goals have always worked better for me than yearly goals. easier to grab on to, or something like that.

my main weekly goal (not the only one) - at least 2 new posts per week. Totally achievable - even on a busy week. If I bust out more in a week, then great! still have two coming the following week.

Thanks again Nathaniell - motivation right there! :)
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nathaniell Premium
2 posts a week is a great way to start, and will absolutely yield some results!
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RHoffmann1 Premium
thanks for this great post. I have seen a general trend since joining where people are expecting $10,000 when they set the initial goals in the training without properly securing some attainable and realistic goals.

A goal of publishing every day or 4 times a week is most likely not possible given that life doesn't always conform to our schedules or targets and missing these may cause discouragement however, publishing 1 article a week is possible even with the heaviest workload.

Thanks for reaffirming the realistic goal strategy and above all consistency.

Rich
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nathaniell Premium
Start with small goals, then increase as you have more time, skill, energy, and motivation.
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herinnelson Premium
A brilliantly helpful post, Nathaniel! Love the progress jump from $2K to $12K! Goals are everything and nothing to push aside! I have a goal to write 5 1000-word posts a day, 5 days a week for the next 3 months. I wrote a 6,286 word post just today, and am building momentum to reach all my goals.

Great, amazing, fabulous post!

Erin :)!
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nathaniell Premium
Awesome! Hope to hear about your $50k blog soon again :) I'm not there yet, but working my way towards it.
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DaveAsprey Premium
Great post. Ive been here a year now and its been a slow going slog because of other work commitments. But I have re focused for 2019 and have set myself daily goals. I will have a look at the blog from Roope tonight, sounds great. All the best for 2019
Dave
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nathaniell Premium
New years are always a great time to refocus our efforts.
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Roybretton Premium
Thank you for another great blog post-Nathanial. Your blog post is more evidence that the Wealthy Affiliate training really does work! Writing a blog post at least once a week is so important and spending time on Wealthy Affiliate is also very important, going through the training et cetera.

I hear you regarding setting goals, it's great to set goals, but if we aren't taking any action then our goals become pointless.

Have a great 2019 Nathanial and may your business increase even more.

Roy
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nathaniell Premium
I hope so! Still shooting for that $100k month. It's coming!
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Roybretton Premium
I believe so Nathaniel, you have been working hard and I seriously believe that it will happen!

Have a wonderful day.

Roy
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AlenkaV Premium
Congratulations, Nathaniell!
Amazing results.
You do work hard and it shows in your results.
Inspiring for sure.

My daily goals for January:
1 post per day - for 25days
Work on Pinterest - every day every day every day
Finish Bootcamp - do something for the course every day
One day next week take a deep breath and sort out my Google Analytics
Last week of January - for seven days work on setting up my autoresponder, emails (already written), pop-ups, sign-ups etc.


Best,
Alenka
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nathaniell Premium
I love those "1-month writing marathons". They are a great way to hone you writing skills and get a lot of content out.
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LindaF Premium
When do you clean house Alenka?
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AlenkaV Premium
I do my blog work during the night when my children are asleep and during the day it's busiess as usual, house cleaning included :)
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LindaF Premium
I am know following(O:
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Noteboom Premium
"Best of" lists
Product reviews
Keyword based content

"Simple," true and effective. Great and wise article. Hope it is ok to ask, how much % is info post? 30, 40 or 50%? Or another number?
Just asking because I believe it is essential but at the same time, it is tempting to have as much money posts as possible!

Thank again, you are one of my elite favorites here in WA.
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nathaniell Premium
I don't really go by percentages, but I'd say over 50%. I'm really focusing on traffic for this particular website, and doing less affiliate stuff (albeit some). Writing just based on keywords with no affiliate links can earn good money too.
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FKelso Premium
I do write down my goals for each day. I agree: a huge goal does not move you forward day by day, but if you put it in small gulps, eventually you will "eat" the whole thing.

Personally, I do agree -- the goals you have listed are easy to reach. Makes me feel okay, as I am asking more of myself. I should be fine.
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nathaniell Premium
Great philosophy Fran : )
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mystyle Premium
Hello Nathaniel, thanks a lot for the bit of advice, i really am having goals set for this year and everything seams achievable since i am now able to write content and publish everyday which was not possible with the previous times. I am even more disciplined now when it comes to taking my business to bigger heights and i am starting to see results for my hard work
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nathaniell Premium
Writing and publishing every day is a huge achievement Nkhosingiphile! Just doing that alone is going to yield you some awesome results in 2019.
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mystyle Premium
Thanks Nathaniel, looking forward to reading your previous blogs and i know i will get a lot from them.
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Ruzel Premium
Thanks Nathaniell. I held on to an article for 2 years that you wrote on a niche and looked at it again not too long ago and then joined WA a month ago so I’m proof that your articles make a difference and people could just hold on to them too. :) You helped me on making the decision to run my own online business. Great advice. Thanks!

Renee
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nathaniell Premium
It's crazy to look at all that's changed over the past few years. Keep moving forward day by day, and you'll be surprised at what you can accomplish in just a few years.
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JohnGreg08 Premium
I like to read these kinds of posts; successful WA-ers sharing their routine.

Like Nathaniell said, " it can feel like every day is a failure because you're not there yet", but when I compare my routine to their pieces of advice, it gives me a boost to just keep continue doing what I am doing because I realize that I am not that far off. :)

Thanks!
JG
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nathaniell Premium
Oh yeah - feeling like a failure is definitely in my wheelhouse. "Why am I not a millionaire yet?!" LOL.

But when I focus on daily routines and habits it's easier to establish routine and habits that benefit me long term.
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lakbar12 Premium
Awesome Nathaniel, you are rocking it. Thank you for laying a simple format out for all of us to see. My plans today were to do just that, write down goals for each day, week, month and year.

After reading this post I can now stay even more focused on what I need to do. In order to get towards my goals...


Keep up the awesome work...
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nathaniell Premium
Writing down goals is the fist step!
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mechidor Premium
Hi Nathaniel, awesome as usual! I write my goals every day. And those are: writing content, share on social media, comment on other sites in WA, watch Jay's webinar every week and sometimes twice or three times per week. My next goals will be making Youtube videos, I really want to try PPC, but I am still learning:)
That's it for the moment:) I hope to see soon big success.
Just a question. Google has taken off my rich snippets. Has this happened to you once?
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nathaniell Premium
Great daily goals Daniella!

And yes, Google always changes stuff in the SERPs so if your snippets disappeared, I wouldn't worry.
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HeidiY Premium
I’ve gone back to a simple diary to write my daily, weekly monthly goals in. I can plan my week and even set actual times to write or research etc.

The plan is for my diary to go everywhere with me so if I get inspiration for an article or a keyword I will write it in. Keeping everything in one place and visual and being able to cross off each task once it’s done I’m hoping will keep me on track and motivated.

Thanks for your post. I’m in that no mans land space, 11 months in, where you expect to be seeing more action but know you just need to keep pushing forward.

I always say these next 2 years will pass anyway, what will I do with that time so I am not still working in a 9-5 job? So thank you for the validation that if I do keep working it will come.
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nathaniell Premium
When I start beating myself up for not getting my goals, it's a little easier to start focusing on the day to day tasks, so you can have little successes all the time.
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Blessedalso2 Premium
Hi Nathaniel,

Thanks for your inspiration, motivation and tangible encouragement! You are correct on so many levels and I want to follow your advice to the tee.

Starting with:
Minimum 1 hour in WA, then I will break my 2019 goals down to bite size reachable goals.

I will also incorporate the rest of your great possible goals!

All the best,

Diane
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nathaniell Premium
I like the one hour rule because it's simple to remember, and easy to do even with a busy schedule.
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merlynmac Premium
Damn you! You caught me in my one true weakness, planning. Fine...I'll back up my annual goals with daily ones. Man you drive a hard bargain!

Thanks for the great post.
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nathaniell Premium
Haha. Gotta keep each other accountable :)
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HarveyBrown Premium
I like you advise Nathaniel and I did enjoy Roope’s blog. There are two ways to establish goals that I know. The first is to set your annual or long term goal, then work backwards breaking it down into years if long, months, weeks and days. The other is how you have suggested, start with the month, break that into days and then tasks. Work that back up into the month and then the year. You should also build-in performance measuring indicators to show whether you achieved your goals or not. Both planning (you) and action (Roope) are crucial. Congratulations on your success.
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nathaniell Premium
You won't always hit your goals, but at least you're aiming for something, and can readjust along the way.

Thanks for reading Harvey!
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HarveyBrown Premium
That is the thing people have to understand about goals they are not cast in concrete and can need to be flexible.
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Sui_generis Premium
These are EXCELLENT thoughts and that's why you get paid the "big bucks". lol You deserve it. You're consistent and make good use of your time. Keep it up.

~Debbi
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SummarsPlace Premium
Right on target Nathaniel. Long term goals are great, but I agree with you. Establish some short term goals to get you there. Whether daily goals or weekly goals. Stay focused and physically attempt to reach those goals.

With all the wonderful people here at WA, is so possible. Thanks for the post! Great job! I will be following you, hope you follow me back.

Phyllis
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HannaC Premium
Awesome! Thanks Nathaniel.. I know and believe that there will be light at the end of the tunnel..

.. congratulations too.. Job well done!!
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nathaniell Premium
Keep up the good work Hanna!
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jvranjes Premium
The first picture is Mediavine and you are doing incredibly well. What is the number of sessions for such an incredible income?
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nathaniell Premium
Between 2500 and 4000 for december. RPM is like $20-50 during that time period.

Dec was all time high for that site. Usually about $2500 for the month. Trying to make that number a monthly event though :)
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jvranjes Premium
My RPM was in the range $22 - 26 on the two sites, but I see a very bad drop in January. In fact they have sent a message with the warning that something like that might be coming.
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heljam404A Premium
That's incredible congratulations.
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks Robert! I hope you meet your own goals this year.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Wow awesome Nathaniell! Gonna share this with my email list later!
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nathaniell Premium
Hopefully it inspires them. I really liked your last couple blog posts man. Good stuff!
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Terand Premium
Wow, that's awesome! Congrats, Nathaniell! How I wish I could be there! I've bookmarked your blog to come back for revision too :o)
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nathaniell Premium
You can get there Terand. The tools are here!
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Jenny28 Premium
Great motivating post Nathaniell, and congrats on your success. My goal for this year is to write more content, aiming for 2 articles a week. I know that’s not a lot, but my time is limited, so finding the time to accomplish that is my goal.
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nathaniell Premium
Two is a GREAT start. Don't be too hard on yourself. It takes time to gain efficiency and tolerance working online. Small steps over long periods of time is way better than big steps every once in a while.
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