5 Year Anniversary in Wealthy Affiliate 2015

Last Update: June 01, 2015

Another year has sped by, and it's now been 5 years since I joined WA in the summer of 2010. In general, it's been a year of cutting the fat, and solidifying the businesses that I already have. This was a great feeling, because I had a lot of loose ends like half-built websites earning a few dollars a month.

Gone! I cut my domain ownership by about 50% and now have only about 20 active websites. That number will shock a lot of you, but keep in mind that I only added content to my beer site and WA promo site this year.

How in the heck are those old sites still earning? I have no idea. But they are!

Anyway, let's take a look at my goals from 2014

  • 1. Double my income by any means necessary (Done)
  • 2. 5,000 visits per day to One More Cup of Coffee (Fail)
  • 3. Make at least $100/month from my beer site (Fail)

Let's look at the fails first, because they weren't really that bad of failures.

Though I didn't even come close to the 5k visits I wanted for One More Cup of Coffee, I did increase traffic by about 50-100% from last year, so I didn't meet my goal, but I did make progress.

And even though I didn't make $100/month from my beer site, I made about $800 total this year, which works out to about $67/month. That doesn't include all the cool training videos and webinars I was able to make with it, which I'm sure helped my conversion rate for premium signups within the community here.

As for doubling my income, how crazy is that? When was the last time your boss gave you a 100% raise?

How'd I do it?

The main thing I did to accomplish this was to take existing traffic to my websites and work on converting to sales at a higher rate. This was done across a few different websites. Unfortunately I don't have a step by step formula for how I did it, but in general, I just analyzed my traffic and messed around with my affiliate promotions. I also focused some of my old campaigns to promote 1 specific affiliate offer rather than a bunch of different ones.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/analyzing...

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/analyzing...

I also worked out a special deal with one of my affiliates and was able to increase my commission rate which helped out too!

Conspiracy Theory Addressed

One thing I hear from time to time that annoys the heck out of me is that the only people that make money in WA are the ones promoting it. People don't even stop to think that maybe the ones promoting WA are doing it because the training made them successful in other areas!

So I'd like to take the time to address this.

Counting all my income related to online marketing from the past 5, commissions from WA still make up less than 40% of what I've earned. That means over 60% of my online income for the past 5 years has NOT been related to promoting WA.

Of course, now that I'm working hard on One More Cup of Coffee, those stats are slowly changing. As of now, on a monthly basis, WA commissions count for about 55% of my income.

Not that you guys asked, but I just wanted to get that out there for the next time this question comes up :)

Goals For Next Year

This past year has been one of consolidation, so I think I'm ready to branch out and start building again. I have an idea for a new website that I'm really excited about. It's still in the beginning stages, but coming along nicely.

Goals For 2015

  • Continue to create weekly training and blogs in Wealthy Affiliate
  • Double my net income (yeah, again)

Simple, but to the point! This is of course in addition to maintaining my current websites. But how exactly do I plan to make that much money?

  • Start and follow through with a new website related to PPC
  • Continue to write content for my current websites

I have a few other projects in the works, so we'll see how they go. But it looks like it's going to be a busy year for me, so I'd better get started!

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TomCaldwell1 Premium
Thank you for your honest info about income. No hype and inflated claims, which is so common on the internet.
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BTowey Premium
Hi I came to WA from your One more cup of coffee site. I had never heard of WA before then. Thank you. I'm excited about what I'm learning and what's to come.
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gregarn1 Premium
Thanks for the word of encouragement Nathaniell...
Stay in touch, first site up, now for content and affiliate sites...

Greg
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VanDean Premium
Very interesting, thank you for sharing
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Rod3 Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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busta4430 Premium
That has always been my concern. You say that at one time you made 40% from W/A and the other 60% from your other internet businesses. You have credibility with that statement. But how does one promote the W/A Affiliate Program with no sales and say the system works great? I think you are saying build your own internet business on W/A first.
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nelsonrosa77 Premium
Hello, Gary. I think that you can have different goals within WA. You can have money goals, learning goals or building websites goals and that's why you can say that the system works great without having a sale, yet.
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busta4430 Premium
Excellent point. Thanks
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nelsonrosa77 Premium
You're welcome, Gary.
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dkohsh88 Premium
Hi Gary,

That is a good question.You got a point there.
Well i believe statistics and earnings alone cannot determine whether a program is good or not.Because there are many things that go into a program to make it work.

The 40/60 ratio can have many interpretations.Firstly,other bizs have more conversions than WA.Because more focus are put into it.This was the result of doing 2 opportunites concurrently.

David Koh
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks for sharing the goals and the income info.
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JohnFry Premium
Great! What did you say is in store for 2017?
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TheCatherine Premium
Thanks Nat, always great to remind that to achieve the best we can do we have to fail. Then we can adjust and tweak and succeed. All the best to you for 2017
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Sarahdallen Premium
Thank you for taking the time to make these videos! Awesome information.
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Cherish7 Premium
Thank Nathaniell for the information. I know that it takes time, I realize this so therefore I'm not going to give up I'm keep it pushing forward. Thanks again!
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Juliusrocks Premium
Congrats Nathaniell, this blog post inspired me again to do more work on my site.

Blessing,
Julius
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debzo Premium
Hi Nathaniell, and thanks for your help today. (A bit off topic but just letting you know how much I appreciate your help)I am progressing although I got an email saying you'd put in some new training that I can't seem to find. I have managed to create a download page that actually links to my ebook and an optin box that doesn't link to my aweber list, but hey the day is still young (In Australia anyway).

On topic! I really admire the way you have stayed the distance with your web business. I initially gave up when the actual reality of how much work it all takes dawned on me. But I'm back with a more realistic outlook now and people like you help.

Deb
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nathaniell Premium
Sometimes it takes a try, then fail, then try again to really get things moving. You'll be on your way soon enough with the ebook thing - just let me know if you need any more help.

The new training I made was the link I sent via private message, so it should still be in your message box. You can also find it here:
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debzo Premium
Thanks, I received an email from "Olivia D" at Aweber congratulating me on my marketing awesomeness for creating a signup form so I'll go and try it again and if it still still doesn't work I'll go bug her ;). And of course I'll look at your link. You are a great inspiration ;)
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WestBay Premium
Hi Nathaniell, This looks like you are getting the returns from the effort, put into the hard work you have done on those websites..?
Great to hear of another success story, well done.
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diana57 Premium
Wow that is so good to hear about how you hung in there set goals and accomplised some. The ones that didnt work out, no problem you regrouped and started again. You are #1 in my book, congrats on all your success and thanks for sharing
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MMontagne Premium
Nathaniell,
Thanks for posting this. I am very new around here, I don't even have a website yet. It is very interesting, and encouraging, to see your history here. Twenty websites! Holy HTML Batman! You doubled your income this year, that's terrific but may I ask you to put a real number with that? What were you making after your first year? What are you making now? Would you say that you are earning a living or getting rich? At what point did you feel you were actually earning a living?
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LynneHuy Premium
Thank you for this inspiring post! I read through all your anniversary posts and loved them all.
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lauracb Premium
That's a refreshing post, as always. Just when I am on the verge of giving up.
Something is nevertheless scaring here: How many websites do you have? You seem like staying connected to your screen 15 hours per day....
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nathaniell Premium
I do stay connected a lot, but I make a lot of money as a result. I could essentially stop working right now and say where I am at, but I want to continue building. That's why my income keeps increasing each year! Some of my time is spent maintaining, some is spent building new stuff.
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lauracb Premium
Thanks for taking the time to answer me.
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tahersyed Premium
That is inspirational. I feel myself getting to that point some day; through habit and practice, money can become automated where you will never have to lift a finger again....your 5 years makes you a veteran; back when you were in China in 2010 I was working at Penske truck rental.....getting disrespect from the big guys at the corporate ladder and was still in college beginning an mba online......I am sorta jealous in that I wish I knew about WA back then I couldve saved alot of my time n energy in school, work etc; I know its better than late to have found it than never finding something like WA.....i dont even know if fate had it timed accordingly to find this place maybe 5 years ago i didnt think that such possibilities existed but now that i am here being a 1 month member i got a long way to go....hopefully i can master the basics within 6 months to a year from now.
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JAZZmom41 Premium
Impressive! I love reading about your progress.
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Leonardo2 Premium
Congratulations! Hope i can reach that level soon!
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NWTDennis Premium
Congratulations on your accomplishments Nathaniell. Your willingness to share in this manner is not very common. Wow ... you've down scoped to 20 sites. Makes me want to ask what your business work week looks like.

Obviously it's a labor of love, and the fact that you still take the time to "pay it forward" here in the community speaks a lot to the kind of person you are.

Wow ... doubling your income 2 years in a row. Can you imagine?
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DIVICAN Premium
Hard work pays
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dillbizz Premium
I guess my new goal now is to be where you are 5 years time!
Thanks for the post.
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Christabelle Premium
Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary Nathaniel and on all your successes! :)
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montewolfe1 Premium
Congratulations on your 5th year anniversary Nathaniell...enjoy life!
Monte
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Adeng Premium
Happy anniversary!
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discoden Premium
Congrats on ur continuing success Nathaniell.
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rosieM Premium
Happy Anniversary! You were my path to WA and I will never be able to thank you enough! May the year ahead exceed your expectations!
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Happy 5th, much continued success. Phil
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SoniaZ Premium
Congrats, keep it up! Simple but great goals!
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Sheden3 Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell on your 5 years and thank you for all of your helpfulness. I have learned a great deal from you and I hope you achieve all of your 2015 goals.
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Larry_T Premium
You have helped untold numbers of folks here at WA. Hope you continue with that as a primary goal. Congrats for five years
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glycogen Premium
Great to hear this Nathaniel. I know you have a few flops in the past but you are well on your way to greatness now! Glyn
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Judy-B Premium
Happy 5th. Congratulations. I look forward to learning more from you. Thank you for all you do here. :)
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emerald860 Premium
Hi Nathaniell. Sounds like you will be very busy indeed! Good luck with your new goals! Alanna
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bryonbrewer Premium
If you keep growing your income like this you'll have to move to "Dublin"
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nathaniell Premium
badoom tsh.
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JeffL61 Premium
That's awesome Nathaniell. Through your work it is quite easy to tell that you put a TREMENDOUS amount of effort into your business. Congrats on the 5 year anniversary with WA!

Sincerely,
Jeff
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BENJI89 Premium
Well done on your achievements thus far. I could only imagine how satisfying it would be watching your income grow. Good luck and keep up the good work ;)
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veronica.l Premium
Congrats Nathaniell!! 5 Years that`s awesome!

Another great post! I found the conspiracy part interesting. I`ve been doing this for a few years now and just recently started promoting WA seriously. For 7 years I kind of stayed away from that niche...

I think one of the reasons that you don`t hear about success that often in other niches is because marketers keeps those "golden nuggets" to them selves.

WA is an open community and anybody can come in and copy ideas, which I`ve seen happen more than ones... you don`t put your bread and butter out there...

Great job the last year, cheers to another one!!

Vicky
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nathaniell Premium
You are right, that most marketers leave a little back (I still don't reveal my original sites), and after a while, it's kind of like, "Well, I don't have anything to prove so I'll just keep being busy". Be ready! There will definitely be some person in the coming months that will tell you that you only make all your money from promoting WA. lol.

Anyway, thanks for the message!
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veronica.l Premium
lol :) well up til now nobody could accuse me cause I wasn`t really promoting it :) I like having that low profile :)

I just figured it out...
It comes with the Vegas trip.
That`s where all the conspiracy is made... :)
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gmegs Premium
Hey Nathaniell!
You've kept my hopes up with these updates - thanks for sharing in this way.
... and I always keep up with your trainings and posts too.

I think goal setting is important.
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TJ Books Premium
You are a great inspiration, Nate. Thanks and Congrats! John
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wendyk Premium
Happy Anniversary Nathaniel! Best of luck with the new website. :)
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TheCatherine Premium
Congratulations Nathaniel, and thank you for all your help and inspiration over the years
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AlejandraB Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell, thanks for sharing you are an inspiration!
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JewelCarol Premium
Congrats, Nathaniell, :) You are an inspiration to all of us, lol. ;)
Yr hardwork really pays off. :) I will bookmark this, thanks very much.:)
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AmberSubaki Premium
Wow, what an inspiration you are...and 5 years going strong!!!
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Loes Premium
Congrats Nathaniëll, I will help you double your net income;)! the next few years:)
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Marcus1978 Premium
This is great news, and very motivating for me. I'm going to be in your situation soon.
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DarrenButler Premium
Good work Nathaniell
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CindyFS1971 Premium
Thank you so much for sharing, it is a great thing to read about (especially being a newbie like me) how others get along and get about in WA. I look forward to where I am at 5 years in. Did you go in full time from the start, or did you work somewhere else as well? Either way, how long did it take you to replace a 'regular job' income?
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Andree Premium
Congratz, awesome! Keep up the good work!
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ricksr Premium
Thanks for sharing.....Inspirational!

Rick
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lewhat7 Premium
So you had some failures and goals that didn't materialize. But I don't
see you throwing in the towel. No pain, no gain. Too, mistakes, or
failures if you prefer, are really the stepping stones to success, if you
learn from them. I am confident you will do much better, and move on
to a smashing success in the future.
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AllynBeekman Premium
You are awesome, Nathaniel. You make it so clear that this is a long-term time investment and that continuous work will pay off over time. That's a message that Kyle tries to tell us early on and that those of you who have been in WA for a longer period of time reiterate over and over.

Thanks for your positive, inspiring approach to building a business like this through WA. I find it very motivational!
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CCunningham Premium
Congratulations and thanks for all the help you have given to many.
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MarionBlack Premium
One of my mottos is 'Learn, do, teach' you're doing all of these Nathaniell because it leads to success. Congratulations on your anniversary. I would have liked to be one of your affiliates because you deserve the commissions. I'm here for the long haul too. ~Marion
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sallen74 Premium
I love that you have kept up with your annual goals and can analyze your success with stats. I am new to this system, so it helps to view how I will measure my future success. Best of everything to you!
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daroberts56 Premium
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Thank you for posting your trainings and that you have found success - it gives such inspiration to me and I am sure others as well. Best wishes for much future success...no doubt you have the commitment and drive...and therefore I have no doubt you will achieve all you have set before you!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Hi Nathaniell. Congrats again on your successes. You are an encouragement for everyone that it takes hard, sustained work. A quick question, when you dumped some websites did you delete them or cancel them with your hosting provider or try to sell them? I think more of us need to do this (I do) and need to know how best to do this. Maybe a blog post idea? This would help us clean up and focus. That's and take care.
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nathaniell Premium
I might do a post on this in the future, but the answer is pretty simple - I let some expire at the registrar, and just plain deleted some. I attempted to sell some of the low earners (~$10+/month) but with listing fees on Flippa, inconsistent earnings, and my lack of hype in the sales pitch, they didn't sell and weren't worth re-listing.
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deos331557 Premium
congratulations on 5 years. I wish you all the best reaching your goals for the coming year.
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Papi Premium
Very nice Nathaniel.
Congratulations on your achievements.
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mjdimarco Premium
I really enjoy your work here at WA and wish you continuing success.
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SidBawa Premium
Congrats!
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EKautz Premium
Congrats on the Anniversary Nathaniell!

More so I'd like to thank you and commend you for your super awesome and great detail of your goals, strategies to reach them and analysis of them. Most of all, sharing this with us. I admire that.

Thanks man!

ROCK ON!
E
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HowardJaros Premium
Congrats Nathaniel! Thanks for sharing!!
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dj-drea Premium
love that you addressed "the only members making money are those promoting WA". I too had this thought awhile ago, but have now realized that it just isn't true!
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Colm Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell!
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gadifi Premium
Congrats Nathaniell
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nathaniell Premium
Haha. Just wanted to update everyone so you guys know that I don't post to all 20 websites and a significant portion of them (about 10) are in the same niche. I built them as part of a misinformed campaign buying up EMDs in my niche trying to dominate the SERPs. They get traffic individually, and funnel traffic ONE money site in that niche.
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boomergp08 Premium
And here I was feeling having 3 websites and building a 4th was stretching it. LOL Congrats!
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maggioz Premium
Congratulations Nathanial. Your blogs give me encouragement, I always enjoy reading them.
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nudge1969 Premium
20 websites, that's amazing! I have 2 but one is on hold while I work on the other WA promotion site. That's the hard thing starting out, there's not enough time doing this around a day job.
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blubutterfly Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell, thats awesome!!! You have a busy year ahead and I wish you all the luck :)
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diondree Premium
These anniversary blogs of yours are truly a pleasure to read. They also do wonders for my motivation and just gets my creative juices flowing as I look forward to making my own progress. I hope you reach all your goals this time next year.
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RobVallair Premium
Congrats on the 5 years!
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Chris Lee Premium
Nate congrats on your anniversary buddy.

You're one of the hardest working webmasters I know mate and you deserve all the success you're having.

You're an inspiration to me and many others here at WA. We're lucky to have you.

*cheers to success*

Chris Lee
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Roxxxy Premium
Woot Woot!!
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KimWatson Premium
Your post of a five year anniversary is quite encouraging, Nathaniell. It is fantastic to know that it can be done. :) Thanks! Kim
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sheiladane99 Premium
Congratulations! That's fabulous. Five years is a long time to be with WA. That's great. Keep up the good work.
Sheila
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tomtitty006 Premium
You will be a rich man one of these days Nathaniell.You are very switched on with Marketing,imagine 20 sites that is incredible.Do you work on these everyday.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Sweet bro, glad you stuck around?
I agree with the income percentage, I too have made far more from other sites than I have for promoting WA, but this is the first year I have taken my WA site seriously so I too hope that changes.
So happy you are making progress, you are a needed inspiration :)
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judym Premium
Congrats!!
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cani Premium
when it popped up in my notification you had posted your 5 year post I got excited to see how you had done, and you didn't disappoint, can I ask do you outsource some of your work or do you do all the writing yourself? I once outsourced to Fiverr and it was that bad I had to re do it myself so might as well not bothered outsourcing. Do you have any tips to where to outsource?
Best wishes Paula
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dickw Premium
Hi Nathaniell,
I see how you have done so well over the last five years. This is very impressive. Keep that light shinin'.....Dick
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SowAndReap Premium
Wow, 20 sites. Congrats.That's pretty awesome.

By the way I wanted thank you on your tip you did regarding traffic increase. I followed your advice right away and in just three days I kid you not my stats tripled. I still think it's a fluke. Lol I was a amazed.

Thanks so much Nathaniell for help and advice. :) Wish you lots more success!
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nathaniell Premium
Haha. Sweeeeet!
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Kathy331 Premium
A great update Nathaniel, look forward to seeing more of your trainings here. :)
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Komla22 Premium
Wonderful! I'm inspired.
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DianneF Premium
Awesome!! Thank you for sharing.. truly inspiring. And yes, I'm still shaking my head at the number of websites you have.. and you cut them by 50% .. oy!! LOL!
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EddySalomon Premium
I love updates like this Nate! It's very inspiring. Fail forward my friend! That's how we get better.
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jvranjes Premium
It seems some people missed one part, AFTER CUTTING BY 50% you have only 20 now.
But anyhow, thank you for sharing your experience with us. Jovo
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Rich908 Premium
Its reassuring having you at WA - a great team player and teacher -

To your Success
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VanessaN Premium
Only about 20 active websites. Lol. Hey, that was shocking, but this is truly inspiring.
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SarahAnt Premium
Very Cool! Love the progress you have made in all areas... and it's nice to hear some of the statistics of how you have earned your money. Currently my only website is non-WA related, so I hope that I can create that level of success too! :)
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MarineMom Premium
Good for you and wishing you another successful year ahead. 20 websites!! Wow!!
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IanC1 Premium
Wow you are an inspiration, all your hard work is paying off. You have been a great help to me over the 6 months I've been here. Thanks for introducing me to WA and if I could have half your success I would be happy.
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Prestones Premium
5K per day traffic!? Granted, I'm only into it about a month and a half, but I'm only getting about 40 visitors per day!

Good Grief... gotta get back to work!

Thanks for sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Dennis
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