Is Making Money Getting Easier In 2017 And Beyond?

Last Update: August 15, 2019

==> UPDATE: 2018: Another Year Of Success & Growth At Wealthy Affiliate

(I'm a big believer in Wealthy Affiliate. I saw success with my own websites starting back in 2011, and see behind-the-scenes success with my referrals every month. But 2017 is getting a bit crazy with people posting about making money here in WA.

Is making money online getting easier?

Maybe yes, maybe no.


There are more tools being developed every day to help you make money with fewer hurdles in your way. Inside Wealthy Affiliate, we now have tools like SiteSpeed to make our sites run faster, SiteFeedback to get ideas on how to improve our content, and SiteComments to start engagement and help us rank better in search engines.

The training has also been refined over and over again for the past 10 years to keep what works, and get rid of what doesn't.

And don't forget about Jaaxy!

Plus, there are now thousands of resources within the community that are archived and you have access to. You will never run out of ideas of what to do with your website to improve traffic and conversions.

Imagine making a website in the year 2000, where you had to know HTML and "how to rank" was just guesswork. There were no "experienced" people to help you because internet marketing was just graining traction. You had to be a maverick to make money online!

Now there is a beaten path to show you the way. There is a proven roadmap, and well-traveled guides here in Wealthy Affiliate to show you the way.


"Easy" doesn't really tell the whole story. It still takes a lot of work. People are grinding daily writing content for week, months, and years to build their business.

Many people start a website, then realize they hate their niche, and start over 3 months later.

Some folks run into financial trouble or family issues, stop building, then restart a year later.

Creating a profitable business online is never "easy". Anyone who is making money online would agree with me!

Some Success Stories in 2017

I like the collect success stories posted in WA to motivate everyone to keep working on their websites, as well as for proof that WA works.

Notice something about these posts!

1. None are related to promoting Wealthy Affiliate. Yes, there are many of those too. But I wanted to emphasize that you do not have to promote WA to make money with the training here.

2. These are only from 2017 (with one exception from Dec 2016).

3. These are only the ones that I happened to see. I'm sure many more posts didn't get to the top 10 or I didn't see them because I was on vacation

4. Not everyone posts their successes. Some people just use WA for training, and do not post publicly. I see more stories in my private message inbox, but I can't share those.

5. These are all "new". There are obviously more from 2016, 2015, and earlier, but I wanted to emphasize that good stuff is still happening NOW

6. These are all "big". There are even more stories about people posting about their first #1 spot ranking or first sale

Wealthy Affiliate Results - How I Made $2K in 1 Day Last Month

I made my 1st commission - 9 weeks into Wealthy Affiliate!

December 2016 - $8968

Hello, S$20K Sale! Thanks So Much My Dear WA Friends!

$150 to $364 in One Month

I Made My First Online $ Yesterday!

Wealthy Affiliate $6800 June income report

$500 Month - My 12 Month Case Study As An Amazon Affiliate

11 Months In - 700$ Month - The Boom ?

8 years at WA - Just rented my 3rd office

First $500 Month

Amazon paid me $200.00

My first $1000 in 1 month.

Making Sales Everyday With Amazon!

First $100 day on Amazon!

My First $100 Month

$174 Commission Yesterday

$3800 Euros in July, $1348 This Week

WA Success: I'm On Kos Island

Hurricane Harvey Survival

My First $1,000 in One-Off Affiliate Commissions

Another Commission Sale ($225)

More Proof of the Benefit of Wealthy Affiliate Training!

WA makes me $200 a day

Made 1700 Dollars In August

My Personal Wealthy Affiliate Review in 2017: A View from Inside

My Goal Of 2k A Month - Success!

First $1000 Month!

Does Wealthy Affiliate Really Work? More Proof!

My First 100 Dollar Day!

I Net 58k In The Last 35 Days

Over 2k A Month in 6 Months

First $1,000 month on 14 month old site!

Continued Progress - about $780 in November

Another Commission Sale!

$12,000 in 11 months

Almost the End of 2017 - $19,154 Made

Making Money Fast With Local Marketing

$12,500 Website Sold on Flippa

Just Made My First Local Marketing Sale $2000 + $400/mo

I Net $58k in the Last 35 Days

My First Website Sold For $38,479

Any good ones I missed? Post them in the comments!

Update: I'm starting to add more successes related to making money and ranking on this post, just as a log of all the ones I see pop up.

94 pounds of amazon affiliate sales through my niche website today!

First Sale On Amazon

Cha Ching! Just Made Another $24.50 off one of my affiliate links

KEEP GOING - $20 -> To $42 in one month!

7 sales on Amazon yesterday! Wow!

My FIRST 2 Sales!

No Need To LOOK For Income!

No. 1 on Google for a big keyword! So excited!

My First 100$ from Affiliate Marketing

First Affiliate Sale! (15 Days)

A few more of these and I'll be very happy

I Made My Third Sale Yay!

8 Shopify Sales in 2 Days!

My First 100 Visitors Per Day

Wow my site is pumping, target of 300 achieved and hit 400!

SEO In Action! A New All Time High!

$70 in a month, my latest barrier in Affiliate Marketing

Made 12 sales in October

588 Unique Visitors Per Day - Trust The Process!

1-Week Old Website: 19 Clicks, 3 Ordered Items. Go Amazon!

Increasing sales!

My First Sale, Holy Cow

My First $100 Cheque From Andestry!

14 Sales on Amazon Over Black Friday and The Weekend

How I Got Reimbursed For My Black Friday Payment

Just renewed premium membership again for the 5th time

My First Sale

My First Sale - Sort of

Cracking the code with $60 earning

Update: 2016 & Before

I keep running into older success stories from previous years that I don't want to get lost, so I'm just collecting 2016 stories and older ones below as I find them. This list in no way represents even 1% of the full DECADE of success stories that have happened, but it's a start :)

I got my first Amazon check yesterday on over $1000!

December 2016 - $8968

Made 525$ Last Month - 10 months progress report

My first affiliate commission happened - $10.43!

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herinnelson Premium
Great post summing up so many successes here at WA! People profiting continues to spread daily! Keep up the good work, Nathaniell!
AskMsBev Premium
I must say this is extremely motivating to see other's, real people making money online. I have seen others on another platform, but it is always the same people, and you wonder what are the other 5 or 10K people doing. It was very, very nice to see so many people expressing their ups and downs and finally succeeding and showing it.

Keep it up, and I will be joining you soon.
Thanks for sharing.
phakacha8 Premium
Ha.ha.. Just wow!
These success stories should be our blue print.

Thanks nathaniell for posting this.

RyanGooding Premium

WA is the best thing that's ever happened to me. I haven't seen numbers like this yet but my head is high, and my spirits feel good! I can't wait to convert this into my full-time endeavor :).
KristiV Premium
Great post...thanks for the encouragement and for leading the way here at WA! :)
EJWeffer Premium
Thanks Nathaniell's

Very inspiring!!!

mrfirman93 Premium
I have debt
imthedamo Premium
Love this I will be posting it time and time again haha, thanks Nathaniell
amyr2017 Premium
Hi Nathaniell,

I've been writing content as I go, and also working with a writer who ghost-writes some of the articles and I edit them, using my own "voice" -- I am wondering, though, if you think it makes sense to write the posts a few months in advance so that I always have an article to post?

Maybe if I had about 8 articles ready to go at any given time, that would allow me to post 2 per week -- do you think that is enough?

And do they all have to be 1000 words or maybe some of them can be 750...? If I am posting so often, do I have to stick with the "1000-word-rule..."?

Maybe having articles done in advance would alleviate some of my stress...!
nathaniell Premium
I don't think consistency makes your site more SEO friendly in a meaningful way, so I wouldn't worry about scheduling so far in advance. There are advantages to having consistent articles though, namely:

1. Google frequents your site more often, so you become an "authority"
2. Readers know that you publish reliably, and are just some forgotten blog.

Regarding other rules about word count, or whatever other SEO advice, it's all relative. If you can knock out a 750 word article and have it be amazing, go for it. Sometimes even smaller articles can rank!

But most of the time, to write about a topic in full, such that a reader doesnt' have to do extra research beyond what you've written in order to full understand the topic, you'll need more than 750 words.

That's just barely more than 100 words in a standard 5-paragraph essay!
amyr2017 Premium
Thanks, Nathaniell, and all great advice -- I tend to get hung up on the process and lose track because I am so stuck on this or that. I have to step-up my process and get this going! Thanks again.
RobertRivera Premium
Thank you for sharing
TaniaHersel Premium
Super Star, Thank you for taking the time to bring our attention to all these success stories. So encouraging.
AlexandriaD1 Premium
Reading these posts bring me life! Thank you!
MEsmeriz Premium
That motivates a lot!! Thanks for sharing.
Easy-Moneys Premium
Awesome post as always Nathaniell!

I just shared this post with a disgruntled, disbelieving Live Chat Member....some people always see the "coffee cup" half empty whereas successful folks always see WA for what it truly is - a gem!

I'm a huge fan of your work!

Barb of Easy-moneys
Carol46 Premium
Good information, Nathaniell
bryonbrewer Premium
You forgot my success story!

Anyway, I would agree it's getting easier. There's so much more training and resources available, and even though more people are doing internet marketing now, even MORE people are joining the internet and shopping on it, so the market is growing faster than the competition.
GaryJr Premium
Thanks, Nathaniell.
JerryHuang Premium
Nathaniell, thanks for compiling and sharing these! Very motivating:)
Defiant6 Premium
I've had my very first affiliate sales in 2017. In fact I just recently checked Amazon and I saw that I now had my third affiliate sale this year that happened back on July 10th which was a complete surprise. It's not a very big amount of money unfortunately, but it shows that what I am doing is working slowly, but surely.

I'm also making much more from Google AdSense than I did last year and 2016 was the very first time my website ever earned revenue thanks to AdSense. Things are slowly, but surely improving or getting better for me in 2017 as I continue to move forward.
nathaniell Premium
Every little step counts!
Anandhijohn Premium
Hi Nathaniell Thanks for sharing this post.
PatrickM1 Premium
Nathaniell - Thanks for sharing this.
abdul11 Premium
very good collections
SondraM Premium
Wow, you've done a great job of collection recent success stories. Thanks for sharing them. They are inspiring.
Donnie58 Premium
Thanks, Nathaniell!
rwaite3613 Premium
Thanks for sharing.
jvranjes Premium
It is hard. Nothing more to add. But it seems doable.
MKearns Premium
Great to hear so many positive outcomes here Nathaniel!
Pio Premium
Thanks for sharing. Great to learn from you.