9 Year Anniversary And A $30,000 Sale

Last Update: June 10, 2019

The great thing about being an affiliate marketer is that there's always something new to talk about. This is a really interesting career, so as my 9th anniversary as a Wealthy Affiliate member comes around this June 2019, there's a lot to look back in the past year.

$30,000 Website Sale

In September of 2018 I finally sold off my oldest website. At one point, it was my highest earning website, with over $12,000 in monthly commissions at its height.

I built the website as a newbie though, and made lots of mistakes in the process. Over time, those mistakes caught up with it, and earnings dropped.

In the end, it was earning about $1,200 per month. Huge difference, right? At a multiple of 24x, I was able to sell the website for about 30 grand, minus commission, I pocked about $25k. Not bad, right?

So why did I sell the website?

I was just managing too much stuff. Running ONE website is a full time job. I had two main websites I was working on, plus my beer site as a side-project, so this older website was just not something I had time for. Plus, it was a topic that I was no longer interested in.

I won't reveal the website URL because it's no longer my property, but the niche was VPN subscriptions for people in China. (VPNs are a really profitable product to promote, and there are multiple niches you could do to promote them, including privacy, geo-blocked entertainment, and web security.)

Overall, I'm glad to have that site out of my hands so I can focus on other sites that I'm more interested in. I still don't have enough time to do all the projects I want to with my current two sites, but I like having the diversified income.

Lessons In Business

2018 and 2019 were very much about learning how to "run a business". I changed the structure of my business, and now I have to deal with things like payroll tax, unemployment benefits, and all that garbage. I'm paying someone else to manage that stuff, but I still feel like I need to understand what's happening, so have spent some time learning the basics.

The saying is true: More money, more problems. It was much simpler to just focus on publishing articles and collecting paychecks!

Forging Relationships

Throughout the year I've been reaching out more to people within the WA community who I've known for a while and asking more questions. One of the best parts of being a long-term member of Wealthy Affiliate is the relationships that come from it.

Where else can you talk about Google updates and changes in RPMs without getting confused looks?

Though I completed the training long ago, staying an active WA member has made me a better marketer. One of my favorite posts from Kyle this year was his blog about getting instagram followers, and how automation is not their goal, so it shouldn't be a factor in your strategy.

Concepts like automating social media posts are touted by typical online gurus as a way to make easy money, but the WA strategy of creating value, and building your business within the guidelines of services like Google or Instagram is really the right path to success IMO.

The interesting thing about talking to my peers and mentors in the affiliate marketing space is that there's not a single person that knows everything.

Everyone is still learning. Everyone has a chance to grow. There's always room to build a better business, earn more money, and make more time for the things you love (although hopefully you love running your business too!)

Always Trying To Achieve More

Though I've achieved "success" in affiliate marketing, there's always something more to do. It's frustrating at times because it can feel like you never "catch up". There's always a next level, and never a time to relax.

At the same time, it's a perfect business to be in long term. There's no limit to what you can achieve.

In many other types of work, there's a top to the ladder. There's a finishing point.

In affiliate marketing, there are people that earn $100,000 or more per month. There are people that work less than an hour per week. There are folks that do nothing but drink beer on YouTube and earn income, and there are folks that truly change people's lives through the power of the internet.

You can do anything, make any amount of money, and create any lifestyle you envision. Discovering affiliate marketing through Wealthy Affiliate truly has been a lifechanging experience for me.

10 Year Anniversary Coming Up!

Next year will be my decade anniversary in WA. I'm looking forward to it! Hope to see you guys around next year :)

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yunguns321 Premium
Great stuff. It's proof that with persistence, success (a $30,000 sale after several years) is really doable. I'm glad I joined under you!

One thing I've learned (among several others) at just a few days here, is that this is a real business. That means it's a long-term commitment. There is no such thing as "get rich quick."

Thanks for posting it.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Yes. Definitely long-term, but absolutely doable if you have the patience. It looks like you have the perfect attitude and understanding; you will do extremely well. :-)
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tommo1968 Premium
Way to go Nathaniell.

You are here a year and a half more than me but you have succeeded so much more.

As I still work full time I use my spare time to work on the website and continue to build.

I'm making money but nowhere near enough to give up my day job...yet!

I remember you from the early days before we had all those impressive updates on WA.

Do you remember the 100 KW lists? Its come a long way from then as have you.

You have always been an inspiration to me and very helpful when I reached out.

To your continued success!
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nathaniell Premium
Keep on truckin' Mark. You're gonna crack the code soon. You still doing the fishing website?

Imagine working from a big bass boat, or livestreaming on YouTube from the shore of your favorite fly fishing spot. Sounds pretty awesome to me!
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tommo1968 Premium
I like the idea of live streaming while chasing fish with a fly rod. Now that's a job I can get on with. :)
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Cdp4jc Premium
Congrats on the big sell Nathaniell! i have 6 websites and plan to build and sell 3 of them. Sorry about the headaches with the brick and mortar, I understand all too well. Wife and I owned one for just under 10 years but we sold it for a good price at the right time! Love growing online and WA is the place to be!

Chris from Texas
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CordeliaN Premium
What a brilliantly motivational blog for a newbie to hear,....( and probably the old timers)... it never gets tiring to hear how this business can work.
I have been doing this for 6 weeks now, tough days, great days, exciting days, but the truly phenomenal thing is the community the WA immunity....and am grateful I stumbled onto this platform, you will have seen many people come and go I have no doubt, finding your way forward, your way seems to be the MO. Well done Nathaniell and thank you for sharing.
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nathaniell Premium
Glad to have you here in the community Cordelia! I still have tough days and great days, even 9 years into this biz. The journey is worth it though, so my advice is to stick to it :)

See you around!
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cld111 Premium
Happy Anniversary, Nathaniell! Congrats to you and all of your successes.

I actually love that there's always more to learn, always a next level. I think that's fun. I get what you mean though, it would be nice to take a break too.

Payroll taxes? Ugh, not looking forward to that stuff!

- Christina
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nathaniell Premium
Sucks to pay it. Sucks more to pay someone to figure out how to pay it. Ah well. I guess it's a rite of passage to the business world. Just glad I didn't have to deal with it as a newbie, otherwise I would have checked out way earlier. I'm definitely not business-minded!
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cld111 Premium
Same, and that's what scares me a little. I like writing. Not business stuff. That's why I got out of working at a real business. lol

- Christina
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dpanic63 Premium
Awesome Nathan

Thanks for sharing appreciated the overview from your level

Love what you said about being in it "long term".

Am for certainly that

It does get overwhelming sometimes based on the amount of knowledge you need to absorb especially as your building and learning.

Much continued success and here's to another year brother

Cheers

Dino
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nathaniell Premium
I love that I can say I've been here 9 years and have done all these things in the meantime. It shows that I'm living the life and work I talk about on my site, and am not just a "guru".
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dpanic63 Premium
Absolutely
And
It always makes me cringe when someone says the GURU thang...
So much of that stuff online.
Lol
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SaraPoyner Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell. and Happy anniversary. It is very clear from the way you conduct your business, write your material (which motivated me to join), and offer you advice and experience to us all, that you are a success because of dedication and hard work. Thanks for all of your support and guidance so far.
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks Sara! I plan on being here for many more years in the future, so I hope to be guiding you and my referrals for a long time in the future :)
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Defiant6 Premium
Thank you so much for sharing this and congratulations on your 9 year anniversary! I have lost complete interest in my first website and I really haven't earned a lot from it.

I've had a couple of affiliate sales here and there, but nothing substantial and I've earned some from Google AdSense which only amounts to around $25. I've just lost complete desire to do anything with it anymore and I want to focus more on my second website where I get to promote Wealthy Affiliate as well as review other money making programs. Your success shows that anything is possible and so I will continue on and it might be time for me to sell my first website.
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nathaniell Premium
ANYONE can do what I've done if you follow the training in WA and try to improve yourself, your business, and your website daily!
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Good Day, Nathaniell.

Congratulations on all that you have achieved here at Wealthy Affiliate and in your personal life as well.

I also want to thank you for introducing me to this Fantastic place of study, and for the tremendous opportunity that you have opened up for me.

Continued success,

Paul Boudreau
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nathaniell Premium
I'm glad you're still enjoying your membership Paul. Congrats on sticking to it!
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DBlanchard Premium
Hi Nathaniel,
I really like your way of putting things in REAL perspective. Like you say, even after 9 years, there is always a next level, a new challenge.
The Internet business is an evergrowing thing, and there truly is no limit, no finishing point, that's what keeps us pushing and growing, even after 9 years!

Great motivational post! Thanks!

Denis
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nathaniell Premium
Glad to hear it motivated you Denis. Keep up the good work!
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Elijah1916 Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell. One issue resonates with me in your blog, MORE MONEY, MORE PROBLEMS. I wonder why we are simply not satisfied with little. Always wanting more. It is a general problem for mankind to resolve.

Following Kyle's blog on Instagram, I find Instagram complicated a lot. People keep praising it as better than FB, but I love simplicity in all things, and Instagram is just not simple to use as social media.

Let's hope BHG, next year, you will have much more to celebrate with all of us here at WA.
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YumaBloggers Premium
How can one settle for the good enough you instead of being the best you that you can be? It's not about more money or more fame it's about constantly being a better me, than who I was yesterday.
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Elijah1916 Premium
You are right in a way, but this is a different topic altogether. I was responding to what was mentioned in Nathaniell's blog, my dear.
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kevin928 Premium
Thanks Nathaniell for a great post. Having just got my 6 month badge there is a long journey ahead of me which is why is geat to read posts like yours.

Time flys by but as long as we welcome it and contnue to learn and move forward then thats a good thing.

Good to know you continue learning after all of this tme, I do get frustrated by my lack of knowlege but I know I'm in the right place to ask the questions.

Have a great weekend

Kevin
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nathaniell Premium
Time really does fly Kevin. Just take it a day at a time, and 9 year will pass just like that!
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Nathanial,

Thank you for your blog post, it's really great to hear about your success stories and your nine year anniversary, congratulations! I know that you have been working hard and taking action!

I noticed you mentioned about going to the next level Nathanial and how it can be frustrating and I hear you, big time. I think this is really part of life where we need to keep thriving and going to the next level, easier said than done though!

Have a great weekend and thank you for your great inspiration and sharing your story, it is appreciated.

Roy
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nathaniell Premium
It's a tough balance to enjoy your success and strive for improvements at the same time, but that's the nature of life and work. Hope to keep seeing you around Roy!
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Roybretton Premium
Thank you for your reply, Nathanial, I agree with you 100%, I also struggle with trying to do too much sometimes, which in turn, slows down my productivity, which is definitely not good!

Thank you, Nathanial, I really enjoy being part of this great platform, the last eight weeks have been extremely busy with my off-line business, so I haven't been around quite so much.

Enjoy your day.

Roy
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MelWaller Premium
It's none of my business and you don't need to explain since I don't know what country you are paying taxes in. In USA, if you have contractors doing the work for you, you eliminate payroll taxes, unemployment benefits,... etc If you weren't aware of that, it's worth looking into. Saves you money & paperwork.

To Your Success!

Mel
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nathaniell Premium
True about the contractors, but if you're run a corporation and employ yourself as a full-time employee, you still have to deal with payroll and all that.
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MelWaller Premium
Ah ok, got it. I've always been a sole proprietor, but I understand there are advantages to incorporate.

Thanks Nathaniel!

Mel
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Robert-A Premium
Great blog Nathaniel and full of inspiration info for all the members of WA, newbies and long-timers as well.

In a couple of months I will have been here five years but can honestly say the time has flown by and it seems like only yesterday I came across a blog by Kyle and signed up.
Has it been worth the blood, sweat and tears? You Betcha.

Onwards and Upwards.

have a good one.
Robert
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nathaniell Premium
5 years is a big accomplishment Robert! Congrats on getting this far and I hope to read about your six-year anniversary soon!
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skmorrow Premium
Great stuff. Glad you made a nice little profit on a site that you were pretty much done with anyway. One thing I didn't realize is how valuable a domain can become.

Thanks again for all of your posts, I love that you share so many of your stories, it's great.
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NnurseBecca Premium
Dear Nathaniel,
I remember a lot of your posts, and overall your spirit of greatness. This post is comforting to me. I hope the garbage has its strong points to make it worthwhile. If you think about the service unemployment can save a family from endless trenches of poverty and every little thing you work toward can have unknown benefits, even to people you never meet. It is a huge thing this makes me think about.
Happy 9th year anniversary with WA! THAT is amazing. I had not thought of selling my website but it may be worth it one day. I do agree, it is very difficult to run several websites simultaneously and maintain all of them profitably. I do not think it is good when first learning especially because then you can duplicate mistakes that can be more challenging.
Thank you for mentoring and giving a lesson in holding onto a great team here. It makes me think of many people here who treat me so kindly. You are a king and fearless leader for encouraging forging bonds with our unique group who would not think it's weird to search mountainsides for a perfect view to share or blab about googlebinging everything.
I loved reading this it's awesome.
Sincerely,
Nurse Becca
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DJHugo17 Premium
Love you post Nathan! i actually stumbled across one of your sites while searching for resources for affiliate marketing. You have a very down to earth way of connecting with your readers that really resonated with me. All the best as you enter your next year of partnering with WA!
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Vickic3 Premium
You inspire me every time I read a post of yours Nathaniell.
I am here to build success online and every day I add a new post to my site and I am set to reach my 1st-year goals :)

Time and hard work = success and you, my friend are Success
Awesome post and keep on growing
Vicki
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nathaniell Premium
Looking forward to reading about your 1-year anniversary Vicki!
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AlexEvans Premium
Good cause to sample a few crafty's to celebrate your achievements, Nathaniel. It is so good to read about your journey and I have to agree with you wholeheartedly, there is always something to learn which kind of keeps things fresh and rewarding.

If things, were the same, it would just turn into another job, who could be bothered, there wouldn't be any value or sense of achievement, in the journey.

I really enjoyed reading your thoughts and insights.

Best wishes for the coming year
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nathaniell Premium
Here's to another 9 years Alexander!
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jamesprc Premium
We are all so lucky to have people like you in our WA community! Thank you for sharing your experience along the journey, even talking about your niches and main tasks - it's amazing to have a look behind the scenes of a star affiliate. On to another great year! All the best!
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading James, and good luck!
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kmer6 Premium
Congrats on making it 9 years! Wow, congrats on the website sale too! That's one heck of a payday! You are truly an inspiration to me as I look to you as the guy to follow. I drink beer too and I even bought a kit on Amazon to make my first batch of 'homebrew'. I did this after visiting your site and decided I want to do this too.
I'm sure there is much more you will have to share with us all by the end of the summer.
Exceed Your Vision
Ken
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nathaniell Premium
Really? Cool! Let me know how your homebrew turns out!
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ValerieJoy Premium
Hi Nathaniell, I enjoyed reading your post particularly in respect to the fact 'Everyone is still learning'. That is something I believe due to my own experience. Over my almost 10 years of affiliate marketing, I have known so many changes. Nothing stands still. We are like Earth itself, always evolving and coming to terms with new procedures, policies etc. And, it's not just Google who delivers those changes. It's progression across everyday life.

Congratulations on your 9 Year Anniversary, and best wishes for continued success.
Valerie
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nathaniell Premium
The thing I like about the changing online environment is that it forces us to change. Normally I'd be lazy, but here you have to change to keep up!
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Intention Premium
Great post my friend. They say success is about having the "stickability" and you have certainly demonstrated this over the last 9 years so congrats to you.
There's an old saying goes something like."If you hang around the barbershop long enough you going to get an hair cut" I take this to mean your going to get a "break at some point in whatever you're doing. So I'm planning on hanging around here too!! slowly but surely chipping away at the course programs and then one day POW!!! Th break will come for all of us.
Thanks Nathaniell very uplifting and inspiring to all here at WA
Marcus
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nathaniell Premium
I haven't heard that one about the barbershop. That's a great alternative to the "if you hang around garbage you'll start to smell" phrase that I've heard before. Love it!
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kpercival55 Premium
Thanks Nathaniell!
Congratulations on your 9 years with WA.🎉🍾
I appreciate all the great information you have contributed, my first year is coming up in July and I still have so much to learn...but am really enjoying it and plan to be here for at least another 9 years!

KyleAnn
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nathaniell Premium
There's always something to learn Kyleann, so you have plenty more learning to look forward to. Congrats on 1 year!
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FKelso Premium
What an encouraging post! Nice to hear from you that you still have more to learn. I was wondering if we'd ever cover anything, but then I look at all the training videos and decided school will not be out for a long time.

You speak truth, too, when you say it is the best business to be in long-term. I think it will continue to grow for a while as more and more changes take place in the marketplace. I for one am glad to be here.

Hope you continue to drop in now and then.
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nathaniell Premium
Yup! The great thing about being online is that everything is always changing, so it kind of forces you to improve. Every Google update or new social platform, or new product launch is a reason to update, move forward, and get better at what you do!
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TDomena Premium
It's awesome to hear the things you experience years ahead of where I am. I've learned so much from you since starting at WA in 2018, and I'm glad you continue to hang around. Congratulations on 9 years in the industry! You have to be one of the anomalies to say you've been in the industry for that long. Reymott called you a "grandfather". Hahahaha.
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nathaniell Premium
Haha. In internet years, 9 years is a long time. In the normal world, it's pretty normal to work a job for a decade or longer. Just funny how things are a bit different online.

I'm just glad that I'm still around, still improving, and still have direction to go. Looking forward to seeing you grow in the coming years as well!
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TDomena Premium
Yes. The internet is different. How do you like the nickname "Grandpa"? Hahaha.
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Freedomseekr Premium
Congrats on your sale and your 9th anniversary at WA, Nathaniell! That is so awesome!

I certainly agree, WA is life changing in so many ways, not just in making money, but also in making friends. Haha, you're right, where else would we be able to talk about Google updates and the like, without getting the weird looks.

Thanks for sharing, Nathaniell! Very inspiring!
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading Sherry, and thanks for helping out so many other members as well :)
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JMatonge1 Premium
Great news. Congratulations!
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elores Premium
WOW! Your persistence and mindset pay off. I wish you continued success for your 9 year Anniversary and many more to come.
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texasprinces Premium
So awesome! You are a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing!
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jetrbby80316 Premium
WOW! Big Congrats and Cha-Ching Nat!
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks man!
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AffMktgRt Premium
Nathaniell,

Congrats on all you have achieved and also achieved to continue to inform, educate and to inspire so many of us here over the years.

May your path to the 10th anniversary be marked by milestones of success.

PS: For clarification purposes, the two bottles depicted in the cover image are surely of non-alcoholic O"Doulls, right?

Blessings!
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nathaniell Premium
LOL. Not a chance! Definitely regular beer :)
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tokzkie824 Premium
Wow! Great job and congrats Nathaniel. Cheers and wish u more success and I how I wish I could follow your succesd.

Art
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks Art!
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Wdcope Premium
I aspired to a larger income in my 30's and 40's, and achieved it through several corporate positions, and a few MLM side hustles.
Now I only want to supplement enough to stay comfortable without too many headaches as I approach my 70's and hopefully 80's. Get a few debts taken care of and then fun!

Congrat's Nathaniel you have earned it, and have many years to go.
Best to your continued success!
Bill
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nathaniell Premium
Sounds like you've seen some success, and I'd bet that more is on the way. Congrats to you too Will!
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EddySalomon Premium
Here's to 10 more!
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nathaniell Premium
You too man. We'll be optimizing for VR search in 10 years if the robots don't come for us first.
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EddySalomon Premium
Ain't that the truth! lol
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Reymott Premium
10 years in this industry is a looooong time. You are practically a Grandfather. Lol.

But very wise with age. Congratulations Nathaniell.
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nathaniell Premium
Haha. Just call me Gramps!
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BenjisDad Premium
I just restructured to an s Corp. But having to deal with CPAs, 1099s for writers, taxes , new endeavors, self employment insurance, all while still producing content.

Mo.money mo problems for real!

Congrats Nathaniell
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nathaniell Premium
Yeah man. It stresses me out sometimes, but then I realize that I'm having to deal with this stuff BECAUSE I'm making money. So it's not all bad. Definitely a crash course in how to run a business!

Congrats on moving to S-Corp Chris!
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