Turning Zeros Into Dollars Takes A While, Even For The Pros

Last Update: July 30, 2018

It's no secret that making money takes time and patience. Many times, it's not clear how much time and patience will be needed to see a project through to the "end" (i.e. when you are happy with the amount of money you made).

For example, I started a website back in June 2015. It was a side project, but only becaues I didn't have time to write the content myself. 80% of the content was outsourced from the beginning, while I focused on other, more important websites.

Well, I kept sinking money into content, graphics, and unique photos for the blog. Hiring photographers can get expensive! Paying for reviews with unique info (not just copied from other blogs) can be time consuming as well.

For two years, I was putting money into the website without really making any money back. I knew I could figure it out, but wasn't sure how long, and to what degree this website would be profitable.

Near the end of July I got caught up on my revenue/expense spreadsheet and realized that the website made a lot more than I thought as of this year.

If the print is too small, the most recent month, July 2018 earned $4298. Almost $5,000 USD!

I'm still way in the hole on the site, since I dumped over $20 grand over the past three years. However, now I have a website that can earn about $60 grand per year, and I can continue to grow to six figures and beyond.

My investment of the money will continue to pay out dividends for years to come.

As you are building your first website, you're probably doing everything yourself, so you won't have this big of a bill to cover. Your only expenses will be the time you spend on your site, and your WA membership fees.

How long will it take you to earn $5,000 per month? 1 year? 3 years?

I've always loved the idea of earning consistent, monthly money, rather than one big payoff. I like the idea of knowing next month I'll have X amount of dollars coming in from various sources. I like building those systems, and having them pay out dividends in future years.

So for me, this project was worth it. Although I questioned myself many times over past 3 years, I'm glad I stuck with it. This project will get even more exciting as I take it to the next level.

I hope this serves as some motivation to stick with your own sites, and what potential earnings you could have. Even if you're stuck at $0.00 per month right now, in 1, 2, or 3 years what will you be able to transform your business into? The power is in your hands!


Are you stick at $0 in earnings right now? How long will you be able to continue to produce awesome content for your website even if it isn't earning the money you expect right now?

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phollett Premium
Hi Nathanielle,

I just saw a question from Sharlee,(how many post) and I was wondering what makes success, as I was reading your post, and the answer seems mostly in how many post. Someone else who is successful here had said write, write, and write. You have done 600(wow)

Your post is so inspirational. I wish you lots of continued success.
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AlanJE Premium
Hi Nathaniell, Thanks for the motivating post. I am still working on one of my sites and after 11 months am wondering how much longer I will need to wait, but i know i need to make improvements, so will work another month on those, and review things after a year. Best Alan
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enteract Premium
my biggest road block so far.... has been consistently working on my site. I am making progress, but I realize i need to carve out time to make this happen. Today, Tuesday 7th 2018 I am going to schedule 1.5 hrs per day to commit to finishing up the Affiliate bootcamp training.
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GDavies Premium
I found it helpful to actually schedule my day to allow for time to work and learn in the same day.
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Pernilla Premium
This is a motivation boost for me!!
Thank you, Nathaniel, for sharing your awesome experiences. I have been working on my website for one and a half year and I really long for an income. I have earned my first commissions but, that's only some pounds. Anyhow every little penny makes me happy.

It's great you are still here in WA, inspiring us who still are working on our success!

Keep going, that's what I'm going to do!
:-)
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nathaniell Premium
Keep at it Pernilla. Keep tweaking your strategy and eventually you'll land on something that works for you, your timeframe, and your goals.
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amyr2017 Premium
Hi Nathaniell -- just saw this post and it served to provide some inspiration for me, as I haven't made any money yet, and struggling to find the time to continue building out the site. Caught between a rock and a hard place, as the saying goes, because I need to also solicit new inquiries for my web and graphic design business -- which is what helps pay the bills even after working full time.
BUT your post shows me that its okay if this takes a little longer, and even if it takes 3 years -- I don't have to give up and set some random time-line for myself that may not be realistic.
Thanks for the new perspective.
/a.
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nathaniell Premium
Balance is hard, especially when you have to make money with an external job AND try to make income with your online business. My suggestion is to set aside specific times during the day, or specific days where you just work on one business, so you make sure you have time for both.
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TechieFinch Premium
Hi Nathan!! I'm stuck with $0 income.. I wanted to do something that would really attract more visitors to my website. I think I'm doing things wrong. I would say that $49 per month is quite big amount for me and I can't maximize the training because of full time day job.

Am I just making excuses? Hmmm.. I need motivation and proper time management. I know I love doing this.
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nathaniell Premium
The $49 investment into your WA membership can double, triple, and 10x the investment cost over time. Use the skills you learn here to create your profitable online business!
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Swangirl Premium
I love to see real numbers like this! I am now (this summer) consistantly making over $100 per month between my WA referrals and Amazon. It isn't much but it sure proves this will work if I just keep at it! I am making about $40-$50 per month on Amazon.

Jessica
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Pernilla Premium
Awesome, Jessica!
You are also a great inspiration for the WA community!!
:-)
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nathaniell Premium
Consistently making $100 per month is just one step on your way to making $100 per day!

Remember when you were happy just to make a first sale?

We are always increasing our expecations, which is fine, but we also have to remember how far we've come!
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jvranjes Premium
I wonder if you could say how many page views you have. The reason for asking is only ads. Curious to know how many views are needed for such a huge income.

I have around 250K monthly views in the sites combined but Adsense income is far below your. I use AutoAds and posts are full of ads. Should I be getting far more? I guess you use Mediavine.
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nathaniell Premium
Page views are listed in the first column!
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jvranjes Premium
Overlooked, sorry and thank you. I wonder what Mediavine knows that Google does not. I would expect that AutoAds would be as effective as it, but obviously they are not.
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nathaniell Premium
MediaVine has ads from several companies, and they optimize for placement. I think a lot of people do not place enough ads, or do not place them in ideal locations.
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tommo1968 Premium
Great results at the 3 year mark. Gives us all hope. It is interesting to see that the website wasn't making anything really until the year mark.

Shows us that patience is the key, keep working and building and all the combined effort snowballs into a forward rolling monthly payment.

Wondering that you choose 5 market platforms to gain revenue. Is it something you would recommend in not keeping all your eggs in one basket or did it just fit the niche better?
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nathaniell Premium
Using five+ ways to monetize was part of the concept behind the site. It’s a broad topic with lots of networks, so I can grow this site for the next two decades. Long term diverse income in mind!
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AlenkaV Premium
Thank you for a great post! The longer I am here (and I've been a member only for five months), the more it makes sense to me that the money-making part of the affiliate marketing takes some time. Strangely, I'm not discouraged by this in the least, just more fired up to work hard and make it happen.
Posts like these are hugely to thank for learning how it all really works!
Best,
Alenka
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StPaul Premium
Thanks for sharing and Really motivated.

Are you stick at $0 in earnings right now... How long will you be able to continue to produce awesome content for your website even if it isn't earning the money you expect right now...

I am a full-time blogger promoting WA... Not made any sales yet... I will write content until I succeed... So far 125 posts... From july started to write 1 post per day...
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nathaniell Premium
With 125 posts you should be seeing at least some traffic! Are you targeting keywords and writing at least 1000 words?
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StPaul Premium
Just in the last 30 posts I implementing few things like... 2000+ words, writing more reviews (I am on make money niche promoting WA), Targeting keywords... Most of my previous posts are not doing well (Among 90 posts hardly 5 in the first place).

Traffic on June 280 and July it's 446...
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TeamIceCream Premium
Hi Nathaniell

THANK YOU!!! Not only for the well written post and motivation, but also for the income sheet! To me, that has been the top, most valuable take-away from your post... namely, MEASURING in DETAIL where one's income comes from! [roll eyes] (Duh? I know!) ;-)

It was interesting to see that Display Ads added a significant enough amount to your income, not to scoff at it. Although I have seen Loes and Eddy write about display adds before, I just didn't liked the idea (not that I have enough traffic yet, but that besides).

But looking at your page views, and seeing the amounts earned through Display Ads, I realized my faulty thinking.

Crunching the numbers is EXTREMELY interesting:
• Months : 21 (in which there were Display Ads income)
• Page views : 1'447'619 (for those same months)
• Display Ads income : $12'116.95
(July excluded, since page views unverified yet)

That gives:
• Average of $0.077 cent per page view (almost 8c - I will take that, thank you!)
• Average of $576.99 per month (from Display Ads? I will take that too, thank you very much!)

Do you use a bookkeeping package for keeping track of your business, or do you just do it in a spreadsheet, Nathaniell?

Thank you for sharing this Nathaniell, this was a HUGE eye-opener and I learned a stack from this post - much appreciated! I owe you a BIG ice cream for this one! ;-) LOL!

With much gratitude,
Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)
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nathaniell Premium
I just use a spreadsheet for tracking earnings. This is the first time tracking for me. I was just too demotivated due to lacking the earnings I expected from the site, so I started tracking things to verify for myself that the website WAS improving, even though it didn't feel like it.

Display ads can definitely earn significant income if you have the traffic, and have good ad placement. I got into display ads reading about a guy making $40k/month from them, but he has 10,000+ pageviews per day, so I'm still way off of that.

Display ads can definitely hurt affiliate conversions, but I turn them off for my main money-pages to lessen the effect as much as possible.
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TeamIceCream Premium
Hi Nathaniell

Thank you very much for the reply.
$40k/month out of display ads - WOW!!!

May I ask approximately how many posts you have on this site, Nathaniell?

This was a very interesting post - thank you very much!
Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)
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solescript Premium
Fantastic, very good to know it takes a while because the reason why I never stuck with it is because I expected instant results. I didn't know what I was doing anyways. Now I am learning that it takes a lot of consistent hard work and a lot of time and your inspiration tells me that I can wait as long as it takes and I will not give up. Thank you for sharing that with us.
Spence
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esteadman Premium
Nathaniel,

Thanks. Great motivation to keep going. I'm just starting to see some upward movement after almost a year. So far It's only Amazon but from your spreadsheet, it looks like I need to add Display Ads and other sources of revenue in order to get to $5k a month someday.

Thanks,
Ed
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accad Premium
Thanks Nathaniell for this post, it inspired me to continue on my websites.

The truth is that I want to sell one of my websites to pay for bills on site and domain hosting here in WA and installation of a DSL line so I can have the convenience in net surfing and project. Although I really don't want it to do so.

Two of my websites are now in one year and I haven't seen yet a dollar except from Adsense with .01 cent per day because of low traffic and little time to have regular posting for content. No Affiliate programs yet.

What can you say about this state of websites? Do I have the hope that it will pay off in the next year?
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nathaniell Premium
ANY website can make money, so if you already invested time into the content, and still like the topic, there's no reason to quit now! You can definitely turn a profit within 2018 if you keep following the WA training and keep writing content for your site.
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accad Premium
Thank you for the response. One thing I would want to know based on your experience. How was the traffic going with your website in two years, did it received 500 visitors a month or less?

that's one thing I'm worried about, it seems nobody is interested on the topic I've chosen. Two of my websites with just 50 posts are receiving just more than 10 or 20 to the most, and my one website with more than 300 posts has once received 137 visitors in one day.

What can you say about this?
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pinkthistle Premium
great article - needed encouragement for many I am sure. working hard with zero payoff is not easy for anyone.... It is hard for me to quit anything - I am a pretty determined person - but do not have a dime more to put in my site than I do, but I have good design skills so hope thats enough (along with content of course)
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nathaniell Premium
Never quit! By not quitting, you automatically put yourself in the top 10% of online marketers out there :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Perfect timing for this message. It's just a reminder to keep pushing forward with my little project I started a year ago.
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nathaniell Premium
Keep at it, and tell me about it in Vegas! Curious to see what you're working on Eddy.
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EddySalomon Premium
Will do.
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hanley Premium
Thanks, Nathaniall, the share of income was also interesting and when the growth kicked in once you went through that 10,000 page views. Thanks for sharing there is a lot more in this post than pure inspiration.

peter H
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nathaniell Premium
Success tends to snowball over time. I hope to make $10k in December, and be hitting $5k consistently by 2019!
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ecomtom Premium
Congrats on your success. My timeline is however long it takes. Thanks for the encouragement. Tom
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nathaniell Premium
Stick with it, and you WILL see results.
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ecomtom Premium
Thanks.
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Joel28 Premium
What a long way road. But still you made it. Congrats! Very inspiring story. I knew someday I will make my very first penny in my website.
Thanks for your post.
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nathaniell Premium
Hope to hear more inspiring stories from you in the future Joel!
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Dhind1 Premium
Great motivational post. Thank you.
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nathaniell Premium
You're welcome Alexander!
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MKearns Premium
Big investments bring big rewards. Well written Nathaniel!
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks @Mkears!
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jlclayton1 Premium
I think I always assume that as I get more experience, things will happen much faster. But it's a good reminder that no matter how much you learn, it's going to take time and consistency for any site to pay off.

My site turned 6 months old this month, and I've got a lot of the basics taken care of. Now it's just a matter of creating quality content on a regular basis and sticking to the lessons here at WA!

Janelle
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nathaniell Premium
If I had planned better and had a better business idea, perhaps it could have gone faster. It's pretty much the story of all projects I work on though, that I have to make lots of mistakes before I hit a good groove.
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jlclayton1 Premium
Lol, that's inspiring to me because I seem to make every mistake in the book as well. But those are the things that I remember the best as well also!
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Imageguy55 Premium
I hear a lot of people buy content for their websites and it took them years to make money. I hope that I can build out my site without purchasing content but I am doing a recipe site so I’ll have to purchase recipes at some point.

Hope it doesn’t take years

Great job on your site and keep up the good work
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nathaniell Premium
It's a very tough balance to get great content, for a price that can be profitable. Much of outsourced content is just scraped and rehashed from other blogs. Getting the unique stuff, with real insight and good writing can be tough.

Well, you CAN find that content, but it costs a pretty penny!
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Melb47 Premium
I so needed to hear this. It is tough to be excited about creating content when there seems to be no pay off and you don’t know if there ever will be one. Thank you for renewing my faith
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nathaniell Premium
It can be tough to trudge through the "no payoff" zone, with just a belief in yourself, that you can actually do this. I know you can though!
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Grover6304 Premium
Good example how patience and consistent work and eventually pay off. Thanks for the post
Steve
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nathaniell Premium
I hope it inspired and motivated you Steve!
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