6 Year Anniversary in Wealthy Affiliate!
Another year has passed, and I'm still an active member of Wealthy Affiliate. Wow! Such craziness has happened over the past six years and I could not have guessed that joining a little online training site would have such a big impact on my life.
In the past six years, thanks to WA, I've
- Quit my job in China and moved back to the USA
- Bought a house and truck with my affiliate earnings
- Been to Las Vegas 3 times for the WA conference
- Traveled across the USA to visit friends I made here in the community
What's amazing to me is that every new year I have new ideas and goals to work on. Some of my past ideas and projects I can see in hindsight were a waste of time and money. But I have lots of new ideas to work on.
In fact, this is one of the most exciting things about working in online marketing. I can tailor my business to meet my whims. I'm never bored! If I get sick of one thing, I can move onto the next. No, it's not the best business strategy, but it's fun. I absolutely love working on my websites, even though it can be frustrating when plans don't work out as originally designed.
Speaking of plans not working out...
My goals from 2015 were as follows:
- Continue to create weekly training and blogs in Wealthy Affiliate
- Double my net income
Well, I ran out of training ideas and wanted to focus more on my websites, which were making me money! But I did continue to post weekly blog posts, which I think are really fun. I like sharing my experiences with the WA community to inspire you guys and let you know my successes/failures.
Unfortunately, I didn't double my income either. LOL. Nice try! But I did maintain it from last year, so that's something. I'm still trying to grow it next year.
And that's another awesome thing about online marketing. What other job can you say to yourself, "I want to earn more money, and here's how I plan to do it.". You can essentially design your own paycheck (as long as you plan on putting in the work).
I think my main challenge from last year was complacency. It's tough putting in an 8 hour day when you wake up to money in the bank. But being lazy with your business will come back to bite you in the butt later on. So I keep trying to spark some inspiration in myself and press forward with growth in both One More Cup of Coffee (my bootcamp site) and other niche websites that I'm working on.
My goals for 2016 are simple:
- Get my new "big project" website earning $1000 per month from affiliate commissions and Adsense (combined)
- Focus on non-scam-reviews for my bootcamp site and get 50% more traffic from those keywords
One big failure I had from this year is that I've put a ton of money into a website that hasn't returned anything yet. I've spent about $20,000 so far in content and other things related to the website, and I've only made about $100. Yup. Ouch. This is why it's best to write your own content in the beginning. Homemade mistakes are free. Paying someone else to make mistakes can get super expensive!!!!!
Anyway, I have another big motorcycle trip coming up this year, so have to prepare for that. I lost my muffler on the highway yesterday (oops) so I have to deal with that now. I'll post some pics from the trip later on :)
Good luck to everyone with your websites this summer. Keep up the good work, and you will see results that can absolutely change the direction of your life.