Running ONE Website Is A Full Time Job

Last Update: May 03, 2019

A common quesiton I get is how many websites it takes to earn a full time income with affiliate marketing.

The answer is ONE.

I'm a great example of what not to do when you get started with affiliate marketing.

2011. 60 Websites.

I started at Wealthy Affiliate in 2010. By 2011 I had 60 different websites. Things were different back then, so II had a whole "system" of how I ran these websites.

As you might have guessed, 95% of the content on those websites was spun by VAs. Basically copied and reweritten. I'd write one article, then have some software or a person rewrite the article.

For a while, this tactic actually worked, but a few months later some Google algorithm updates happened, and the majority of them tanked.

Anyway, that's just a side note.

The point is that I was trying to run 60 websites. It was a nightmare.

One problem you might not have thought about is that mistakes were repeated across many domains. Each time I learnred something in the training, I had to go update 60 websites. Bleh.

Another problem was just mental exhaustion. Scattering my brain across many different projects was taxing on the mind!

Almost a decade later, I focus on just two websites, and I still have lots of help from VAs (Virtual Assistants).

A Single Website Can Earn Infinite Income

One difficult thing to unserstand for newbie affilaite marketers is that there's no limit to how much your website can earn.

Literally. No. Limit.

$10,000/month sounds like a lot, but $100,000 per month is possible.

Of course, it takes a lot of work and brain power to get there, but it's possible, and that's just crazy.

The weirdest thing is that you don't have to even reinvent the wheel to get there. It's not like you have to develop a new smartphone to compete with Apple, or even think of a new app idea like Fortnite.

A single affiliate webiste with content and affiliate links can earn insane amounts of money. How do I know?

I see how much I earn. Then I see other websites with 10x my traffic and a much smarter team behind the blog. Some folks post income reports as well, and I'm always shocked to see that some people are earning $100k/month from their blog. Wow. Talk about #financialgoals!

There's a Lot You Are Not Doing Right Now

If you take a full 16 hour day, you can work on a single website and never run out of ideas. There's a lot you're probably not doing right now, that you could be doing, to grow your traffic and sales exponentially.

For the very basics, you just have to write articles and add affiliate links. That's it. A simple website like that can earn money online.

But what's next?

  • Start A YouTube Channel
  • Grow A Social Media Following
  • Do Outreach And Joint Venture Projects
  • Add New Styles & Categories Of Content
  • Revamp Old Content
  • Create Infographics
  • Outsource Content And Manage VAs
  • Start A PPC Campaign
  • Research Keywords For New Content
  • Double Down By Creating Videos For Written Content Or Vice Versa
  • Cross Promote With Relevant Peers
  • Collect emails and start an email marketing campaign
  • Develop your own ebooks and online courses
  • Segment your email list and create more targeted promotions for sub-audiences
  • Display ad optimization

There are people that make a full time income on YouTube. That alone could be a source of traffic and revenue to add to your current affiliate website.

Similarly, some folks make a full time income from just email marketing. Or just display ads.

If you do ALL of those things to your one website, that's three or four full time incomes you could be earning!

Now you're going to add a social media presence and grow a single profile? That's a boatload of work too!

On top of that you want to learn how to create amazing infographics that get shared around with your brand name? That takes a lot of time!

The point here is that there will always be something to fill your time. If you've run out of ideas for your webiste, you aren't thinking hard enough. If you have too much time in the day and not enough tasks to fill, well, keep brainstorming because there's something you can do.

Final Thoughts

A single website can fill an entire day with tasks, and provide you with a significant income. You do not need to start multiple websites to be "successful" online.

That being said, once you realize the power and potential of affiliate marketing, it's kind of hard to limit yourself to just one webiste. Any hobby or interest can be turned into a profitable business!

Are you running multiple websites right now, or just one? How does your work load feel - not enough, just right, or too much?

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AmyHD Premium
I joined SAC a few weeks back. But I found out that it is too hard to run two websites at a time. I'm still a newbie. So maybe it is better to focus on one main site right now.
I'm not going to quit the SAC but just starting slowly with my own pace.
Great point, Nath. Thank you for sharing.
nathaniell Premium
You can always go back and restart the training when you have more time Amy! Plus, by then you'll have more experience with affiliate marketing, and more to say on your SAC site.
AmyHD Premium
Absolutely! : )
JackieSmith Premium
Couldn't agree more Nathaniell.

I have 2 websites but focusing on one at the moment - that's more than enough to fill my day with all the tasks I need to be doing and, I'm not even doing half of what you have suggested.

You are right, you can be successful with a single website and once you have that earning income, you can outsource and then start another. Until that time comes, I'll be sticking to one.

Thanks for this reminder.
nathaniell Premium
It's a lot of work creating a comprehensive strategy for a single website! Every day I feel like I'm leaving money on the table by not doing task X or Y.

I guess the good news is that there's plenty to work on in the future!
JackieSmith Premium
My philosophy too. I only want to leave money on one table and not many ....
cris1018 Premium
Totally agree, Nathaniell. Interestingly enough, I have two active websites; one niche site, and one WA site for the SAC.

With the demands of staying caught up in the SAC, I have been putting all of my time into that site. I love it SO much (contrary to my initial thoughts on it), that I have not been putting much effort into my niche site. I'd say an honest 95% to 5%.

Lo and behold, in the process of building my SAC site, and neglecting my niche site, my niche site has started to finally get some organic traffic. What are the odds!?!

So, I am, in fact, trying to create a little more balance. I am doing just enough on my niche site to let Google and readers know I have not abandoned it, but my efforts right now are completely focused on my WA site. I've had it just over three weeks, and I think I may have my first sign up (via personal referral) next week!

Weird how things come about, huh?

I actually have a third site, for an offline business, that I have intentions of using for local marketing, but have been so busy here that I haven't even built it out yet!

BTW, I can't imagine for a second having 60 websites. Ugh! The headache! Thanks for this post. Excellent read.

Take care,
PaulREvans57 Premium
Lol! My thoughts too! 😀
nathaniell Premium
It's super weird that happened to you, because it happens to me all the time. Sometimes I feel like if I give my website "a breather", then it starts to gain traffic.

I know that sounds like some SEO superstition, but that seems to be the case!

Glad to hear you're seeing results though. Keep up the good work Cris!
cris1018 Premium
Thank you. (And that is weird!)
Eliz65 Premium
I started out with one site and then got swept into the excitement of SAC! So I started a site to promote WA too.
I am swamped and paddling like crazy to keep my head above water just writing for both sites.
From my experience so far, I have to agree with you - ONE site is better than two.
With a full time job it’s been difficult to spend the time to ‘monetize’ either of these sites well.
I do have 2 months off this summer where I hope to have more time grow my businesses.
nathaniell Premium
With a full time job, you definitely are feeling the time crunch! Even with a full day at home, I think there's not enough time in the day to get done what I want to get done.
CMo Premium
Great read man! And perfectly timed for me. I have 3, and today I'm cancelling 1 or 2 of them and doubling down on focusing on a good niche I can get behind. I'm going to copy and paste that list just as a reminder. Plus, sometimes you get tired of spinning content, and need to work on other channels.

nathaniell Premium
I love the double-down method Chris. Focus on what's working instead of fixing what's not working!