3 Year Anniversary at WA (June 2013)
My 3 Year Anniversary at Wealthy Affiliate
One more year has passed, so keeping with my tradition, here's my annual updates.
Well, I finally quit my job and started internet marketing full time. I have officially moved back to the USA and bought my first home. I'm really doing this thing.
The good news is that despite all the craziness of moving, everything else seems to have normalized, including my online business.
Last year there were plenty of ups and downs, one month with me convinced I was actually rich, and the next month seeing my income cut by 60%. This year has very much stabilized, seeing even revenue and profits across the board for 12 months straight. It's comforting to know that I've found something I can stick with, but still tough feeling like I've hit a wall.
I've also cooled down on 'starting' websites. I bought over 60 domains in my first 2 years, actually starting blogs on 40 of them. This year I started two. Big difference, huh? That's also provided me with lots of time to fix some broken things and focus on the business aspect of building these sites, and less on the 'more content = more money' type of thinking.
Actually, I did not most of the goals I set in June 2012. I got busy with other projects and actually forgot that I set those particular goals. It's funny though, I've set similar goals for this coming year so I guess I'll get a second chance. Mostly, I really want to get started with paid traffic and see if I can get more targeted traffic to my sites.
I've certainly been a lot more active in WA this year, successfully posting one training and one blog post every week since Jan 2013, and I plan to continue this at least until Dec 2013. I think as a result of this activity and some changes to the WA platform I'm now getting a lot more traffic to my WA blog, so I want to re-post from last year, a progression of my time at WA.
There are many beginners at WA, but I too was once a beginner. You can see from my very first post in the forum that my very first 'success' was simply making a website. And while I'm trying to inspire newbies, here's an article I read today about a guy who was busy starting a brick and mortar business (http://money.cnn.com/gallery/smallbusiness/2013/06/12/entrepreneur-sacrifice/index.html) Notice the point about his first year costing $120,000.... what was the price for 1 year at WA again... $359?
My Goals For This Year:
- 1) Figure out Adwords and make some money with it
- 2) Increase monthly income by 30%
- 3) Continue consistently with YouTube, Podcasts, and tutorials
- 4) 1000 visitors per day to my WA promotion site
- 5) Double traffic to 2 old websites
- 6) Remember my goals and check them often!
Enjoy my WA timeline below and I'll see you guys around!
Post by nathaniell on Sun Aug 15, 2010
I know people usually post about about money in here, but I felt pretty good today when my .info finally got indexed in google....I'm hoping to post about moolah soon.
Post by nathaniell on Thu Aug 26, 2010
Re: Small Successes
I never really though it would happen. Well, I hoped and kind of threw myself into this thing not IM knowing what to expect. This is my first sale post. Just came in yesterday. It just makes me think 100k a year is possible. $4.50 is just a start, but.....
Post by nathaniell on Sun Mar 20, 2011
First $100 day
Yes, I'm joining the club. My first hundred dollar day. I remember when i first joined the site, i felt lost because I didn't have a set plan. I kept wondering if what I was doing would be worth the time... Goals? $1000 dollar day by next year
Posted: June 05, 2011
One Year anniversary
Yes, I've been in WA for one year now.... I remember when I first got to WA I though the worst that could happen would be that I would just learn something and count the losses as class fees. Ha...
1 year's expenses - about $600
1 year's income - about $4000
It's not the millions I imagined and I can't quit my job, but it's getting there. I give myself another three years before I can buy and Island and retire. :)
Posted June 13, 2012
Two Year Anniversary (Jun 2012)
I'm big on goal setting and reviewing, so I like to come back once a year and make a post about my progress. This year, since things have become a bit more social, and I'm seeing more newbies around, I wanted to post about my humble beginnings here @ WA. From the posts below, you can see that I went from being excited about just getting my site INDEXED in Google, to this year where I had a couple of $500 dollar days and even had a month that I made 11K. Of course, Google took a big penguin sized dump on my sites, but I'm still doing alright. Though I'm mega pissed about losing so many sales this month, I guess it's better now that later - it just goes to show you that depending on Google Rankings for revenue is not a good business plan.
This year I need to focus on goals that are harder to measure. While in the past, I would always make goals based on how much money I'd like to make, these are what I need to work on for the coming year.
1. Focus more on my 'brand'
2. Improve my email marketing campaigns
3. Find other ways to get traffic outside Google