Your First Website Doesn't Have To Be A Home Run

Last Update: February 20, 2018

Image: Working from Pismo Beach over President's Day weekend!


As a new member, it can feel like you're under a lot of pressure to "make money fast" or at least prove to yourself that your WA membership is worth the cost. Why am I spending $49/month if I'm not making money yet? I need to make sure I'm not wasting my time or money here!

While I can sympathize, since was in your position back in 2010 when I joined, I also have some new perspectives after almost 8 years of membership.

One essential piece of advice I learned from my first couple months inside the community is that your first website doesn't have to be a "home run".

  • You don't have to pick the "best niche"
  • You don't have to build a website that will last the rest of your life
  • You don't have to make money with your first business

It's OK To Fail!

I've covered this previously with my post: 5 Failed Websites From Nathaniell but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Over the years I've owned 100+ domains and had 60+ active websites going at one time.

Was it worth it to have that many? No. I'm narrowing it down each year and currently work on just 3 websites.

However, the experiences I gained from failing so many times have been worth the effort. Now I know a lot of what NOT to do, and can dole out advice based on personal experience instead of just repeating what other say. So overall, the many failures of my newbie errors were worth it.

You Can Always Restart

Doing work wrong then having to redo it sucks. It would be a terrible, sinking feeling to work on a website for 3 months, then figure out you don't really like the niche any more or you were making some grave mistakes along the way. Having to "restart" after 3 months of work would make it seem like you just wasted 90 days and $147 dollars (WA membership cost for 3 months).

However, nothing is ever wasted! Here's a blast from the past (2013 post): In Learning, No Time Is Wasted (Tip #3).

Consider this: What took you 3 months the first time around will now take you only 1 months. Next time? 1 week. Now you're a professional WordPress website manager! Oh, and you're also an SEO expert. Oh, and you're also a content marketer that can get paid to write articles on places like UpWork.

So although your first website "failed" you succeeded in LEARNING how to build an online business. Plus, you got some in-demand online marketing skills and are on your way to learning more. (Read more: How Much Are Your Online Business Skills Worth?

A Few Months VS A Lifetime!

Let's get back to the common misconception that your first website has to be awesome. Realistically, a few months won't make that much of a difference in your lifetime. It may seem like a long time now, but in 10, 20, 30 years, you won't even think twice about it.

When I start a new challenge, I always ask myself the The 10 Years Question (my own invention!). The idea is that if I failed at this for 10 years but then suddenly became a success would it be worth it?

In other words, if I failed at building a good niche website for a long time but then suddenly became a success and could enjoy the rest of my life as a "success" would it be worth it? For most people, the answer is yes.

Don't look at the near future of making mistakes. Look at the long term future of "getting it".

Don't Feel Pressure

In other words, don't feel pressure to be an instant success with your first website. It quite possibly could just a be a domain that expires next year or a project you laugh at a couple years down the road.

In fact, let's just assume it's going to bomb (it might not). Who cares? The next one will be better. And the next one even better. And so on....

The point is, whether or not your first website makes money isn't important.

What's important is that you are taking the first steps to learning how to build an income generating online business. Take your time, engage in the process, and keep your eye on long term goals (while taking short term action).


Experienced members: Was your first website an instant success?

New members: Were you afraid to start your first website because you thought it would fail?

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Aria-Len Premium
I needed to read this. I just deleted my 3rd WA site and I’ve left WA in the past only to find myself right back here and starting a new site.

I don’t consider it a failure but a lesson learned because I’ve retained the information I need for success and I continue to learn more every day.

It’s a great feeling to finally understand how to run an online business it’s just a challenge to stick to the process long enough before being distracted by another great idea.
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LANDREMOODY Premium
I like the message try, try, try again! I hear your message I had some websites in the past but it never went anywhere because it wasn't my niche. Sometimes it was because I wasn't making enough money. Hopefully this time I will get it right. Thanks for the inspirational message! :-)
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res8zenith Premium
I am having trouble finding time to do training and trying to build a website. Also structuring the website, I learn from example and I have yet to see any examples of what the website should be like.
Thank you for reaching out, I like reading more than writing, so far, everything I've read here is motivating and positive. I am trying a little bit everyday.
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DylanVillano Premium
Hi I can completely relate. I work full-time as an HVAC service tech. 60+ hrs a week.
Seeing something completely helps me learn how to do things. . Nathaniell has a website onemorecupof-coffee.com I looked at. Also another member jessicalaurenvine.com has a website I looked at. Perhaps this will help.
Kind regards-
Dylan
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LyleMills Premium
Yeah, I can relate to this. I've tried to build many websites over the past two years and none of them were a success. I feel like I chickened out or got bored with the process and didn't see it through to the end. But I'm learning from my mistakes and this post really just helped me look at my approach to this business in a different (and much better) angle!
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Jadatherapy Premium
Thank you Nathaniell for this very encouraging blog post.

I have read many of the comments below and feel even more confident about my websites now.

I was sitting here re-thinking of which website to focus more on in first part of 2019, and now know that I am on the right path.

I have been here nearly 6 months and have learned so much so already I am a success.

I love all my websites and feel that they all have the potential to become successful.

So my story is me putting in the time to build and strengthen them so that they can grow.

I say this because sometimes a website can seem like it will fail but I feel that, this is the time to get creative with that website and maybe change the original direction rather than giving up on it.

I am no expert yet, this is just my take on it.

Here's to making it happen in 2019

All the best
Merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year
Jennifer
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Aria-Len Premium
HAHAHAHA!! I have to laugh because I can't even tell you how many times I've joined WA, created a website, worked on it for half a year only to delete everything and walk away.

I noticed that every time I had a question about owning an online business, I'd come back here until one day I decided to rejoin and upgrade to premium.

At one point I'd even created a site that was starting to make me a little money! I still deleted it. Why? because I knew it wasn't the niche I was truly passionate about and I learned what I'd created was just something I was interested in but to me, it wasn't worth the work because I wasn't excited about it after 6 months.

I never thought of it before (and indeed it was heart sinking and discouraging) but all of those failures have led me to where I am now, creating content about my true passion and being excited with every keyword I research all the way down to creating the post for them!

What you say is so true and I'm thankful that you helped me realize that I'm really not a failure, just someone who knows more now than I did then.
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Jadatherapy Premium
Glad that you didn't give up totally.

Here's to making it happen in 2019

All the best
Merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year
Jennifer
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Zilliondust Premium
Know the feeling!
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CLandi Premium
Hi Nathaniell
I'm here because JerryHuang made reference to you in a comment he answered.

So I followed the link. I have been a member of WA since 2009. Unlike other members who are really driven, I kept searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I spent thousands of dollars on other programs simply because I wanted to learn how to build a website.

I never gave WA an honest look mainly because it didn't have that sizzle that other online marketers had. I know you remember the old panel on the left that contained training. To me it was a bit confusing.

I remember when I looked into rapid writer and was asked to write something. It scared me to death, so I wrote nothing and left the site. I didn't quit the site. I just went to something else that was not WA related.

All those years I wasted by not learning about WA simply to learn how to build a website. When I learned that building a website had been at my feet, I wanted to slap myself on my head for being too stupid.

I decided to follow you.

Chuck
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MaxReliable Premium
Awesome post Nathaniel.
I'm new to WA,coming back to affiliate marketing after a few years.

I knew that by learning how to create a
website, I could make other sites to sell.
And that alone,is priceless.The training
videos and articles on WA are a gold mine.

Your article is exteremely motivating.

Thanks again,
Max
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Den2K Premium
Thanks for this great post!, Nathaniel.

I am a newbie and can relate to this one..
I am two months old to WA and stuck at making contents for my first website. Although slowly, but making progress:)
But at some point, questions comes into mind and doubts arise about my chosen niche. Reading your post makes me feel better and makes me understand that what I am experiencing is just a part of the challenge and that I dont have to feel bad about it.
Thank you for the motivation and positivity! It was a great read!

Cheers,
Denise
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Oscar19855 Premium
When I started a year ago, I was frustrated that after 4 months I saw my website was a failure. I thought about lost time, as you describe. I started all over on a new website and it is the that it really goes faster the second round.

That website needs so much improvement yet, but I’m slowly getting there.

Even though it frustrates me to not have made money so far, I know that I have to take it in chunks.

I’m leaning so many new things estuvo day, which makes me sure that on the long run I willl be very successful.

Thanks for your motivation,
Oscar
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ewo Premium
I am about 4 months new. My biggest worry is not about failure for the first time because I have prepared my mindset to have some small failures on the first try. The trick I learnt from somebody else is to treat failures as a part of trials and error experiment. That would make people easier to overcome the fear of failure.

My biggest hurdle in the last few months is how to manage my time while I have a regular 8 hours work. When I was in shortage of work, I can spend more time on my website without problems. The trouble is that I usually get tired after I am off from 8 hours of work. I tempted to relax and watched youtube before sleep. I am finding out a way to overcome the exhaustion after work and still fresh enough to work on my website.
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Prinz Premium
My first website was a flop. I started making money with my second website about three months after building it. Unfortunately, the August 1 Google update is killing it. There's no "fix" for this it seems. I've gone back to reviving my first website. However, I'll keep updating my first website for the fun of writing.
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BetterDays2C Premium
Nathaniel,
Thank You for this post. My son works for start-ups and changes jobs almost every year and has been doing this for 15 years. I love his attitude because he ALWAYS states that even if the job did not work out, he learned important skills, tips and tricks to advance himself on the next job. And this has proven true many times for him. So I think it is important to know that our first site probably will not be exactly what we wanted and may not be that successful. But if we keep applying what we learn and the mistakes we made, we will eventually get it right! Such is life! You can either look at it as a learning experience or you can complain. Losing at something is never easy, but knowing that you will never give up and you can move on with more knowledge helps propel us to a new level. Take Care.
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gtusa91 Premium
Thanks for this, seeing a lot of posts like this and it's hitting me hard and telling me not to give up.

I was and still am afraid to keep working on my site. It's getting some success with traffic though finally so I'm not going to give up on this niche! I can see future success, even if it's going to take me a while.
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matthook Premium
Thank you for the article.

I am at the three month mark as a premium member and I find your article frees me from thinking that I may have been going at things wrong.

Instead, I can reflect on how much I have learned and realize that I have the opportunity to start over at any time without starting from scratch.

In other words, I can take all that I've learned and use that knowledge and experience to either continue on with my niche, or even pick a new niche.

Thanks again Nathaniell for the insights.
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Swangirl Premium
No, my first website was not an "instant" success! I would say it has been a success but of the slow and steady kind. I started making sales within a few months which was great but they did not add up to much money wise until just the last few months. This year has been so much better! March was a new record for me, April was even better and I hope May is also!

My second site has the potential to be even more profitable than the first I think. I just need to put more time into it! It is so much easier the second time around! I still make more off my first site however.

Thanks for this encouragement! This is an important perspective that new members might not see. They panic about this endeavor being a one shot deal and think they will either make it or quit right off the bat. They need to see the value of what they are learning!
Jessica
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herinnelson Premium
Awesome post, Nathaniell--and great blog links, too! My first three sites had hundreds of Amazon links that were creating some great sales. But then, with no warning, they cancelled my account and my sites have been linkless. I am searching for other affiliates. In the meantime, I am concentrating on 4 other WA promotion sites, one of which is progressing nicely--the others are too new to tell yet.

So, your thoughts are right on track! Thank for the input and continued success to you!

Erin :)!
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KatieMac Premium
Great advice Nathaniell it is never a waste of time and money to learn new skills, lets face it if you went to college and paid for a course or even uni you do not earn anything for the years it takes you to qualify, it is important to see the value in the money you spend for all be gain being here
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SWhitley Premium
Hi Nathaniell,
Great blog and great advice. I fall (sort of) in the last question. First website but I had, and still have, doubts on making any money on my site. I have, from the first, known that I chose a tough sell and continue to work toward the learning and getting experience.
Making $20.00 in 20 years on my first site will be a pleasant surprise. This is my How To site. Of course, I hope my Baby does grow up well!
Thanks for the reminder that it is the big picture time, not the steps to keep in focus. And for the reminder that it is the steps that build the big picture.
To Success!
Sanders
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5-qpq Premium
I just wrote a post about you and this is right up my alley. Please go over and read my post. It’s called “It’s been one year already.”

Once you read it...you’ll understand how this post relates to your post. At least I hope so because it’s very relevant.

By the way - you’re awesome, Nathaniell.

Kindly,

Becky
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saraeannette Premium
Awesome advice! I’m always scared of “wasting time” on the wrong niche. But you’re right, it’s never a waste as long as you’re learning along the way! Maybe this will finally help me decide which of my two niche ideas I want to go with. Haha
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ShotTheClot Premium
In the words of Tai Lopez "Be a fast learner". If people can already tell you what not to do, time can be saved. I felt even more motivated to build my website knowing that this would be a learning experience and that I could learn from other people.
Only way to fail is to not start.
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RyanGooding Premium
Newer member here,

I have been with the system since October of last year and finally created my website on December 5th. I didn't really have a niche at this time and was afraid to even start the idea.

Now my website has around 37 posts, and that may not seem like a lot I am getting there. Some days can be a real grind and drag out, but I think the most important thing to do is keep writing and learn from what you're doing.
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ownonlboss Premium
I think I am continuously learning.

I am not sure if I would categorize myself as either new member or experienced member.

I have built websites for many years by now, mostly for clients. Website building isn't new to me. Filling it with proper content and doing the whole SEO bit is perhaps newer.
Telling a message in a proper way is always a challenge and has been a challenge in the past.

I have a bachelor in marketing, but have never mastered any sort of sub-skill in this skill, because I mostly employed myself into all sorts of IT related stuff and website building (haha).

With WA I just wanted to work on my own skills and apply my marketing stuff. Above all I wanted to learn a lot about marketing online. Learn and do.

It is a must-read as Jorn said, because failing is learning. When I started with WA I started with two different sites that currently are just hanging there. I failed them after three months or less and then continued with a new project.
The new project went at least twice as fast.
The project next to that was already started, but I stopped working for it for awhile.

Recently I picked that site up again (bootcamp site) and it is finally turning into a resource and above all - things go even faster now.

I have also become an expert in writing - well not expert, but much better at it at least. It is now way easier to produce content then when I started in Nov 16.
My first website was back in 1995 - I suppose about 22-23 years ago just like Jorn Haugland. It is pretty much the beginning of the world wide web as we know it now.

If I had the knowledge that I have now, I would probably have made loads of money with it haha. Once upon a time some years ago I actually earned money by adsense of Google in the beginning years of Google.

Should not forget that I earned a lot of money with building sites for companies.

This adventure now is though about not being dependent on having clients.

Steven
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ShotTheClot Premium
That's awesome, I'm also learning to do the same.
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MarlaineB Premium
Yes to this!! I plugged away for 18 months on my first website, learned a ton, and finally realised it would never be a real success (for a number of reasons... mostly because the commissions for each sale were pennies, and because I was sick and tired of the niche).

My 2nd website I gave up after maybe 1 month's work when I finally listened to my husband's instincts that the niche just didn't make sense and wasn't a good one (overall, and for me). It was my attempt at a micro-niche after watching one of Jay's (magistudio) videos. I never made a penny on that one.

My 4th was short-lived too - an attempt to turn an old blogspot into a website by transferring posts over etc. I just wasn't into it either and honest reflection made me see I wasn't going to be able to make THAT one a financial success (geared around an advice e-book from clickbank) so I scrapped it pretty quickly.

I'm now 4 months into my 4th website, and I feel SO much better about this one than the previous 3. I THINK this one will be one I'll see traction from, profits from sales will make the work "worth it" eventually, and best of all... I have a PLAN that makes sense.

Nathaniell is right that you learn from the first sites. And my husband loves to talk about how the guys who created Angry Birds had over 80 failures before making it big with that one. :) Hopefully this 4th one is "my Angry Birds".
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BrianCh Premium
Thanks for this Marlaine. As much as I'm sorry to heat that your first 3 sites didn't make it, it's good to know that you are so excited about your 4th one. May this one be your "Angry Bird" indeed.

Brian
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LouisaB Premium
Nathaniel you're incredibly bright! I mean this is so unique, and I am sure others feel the same as I do. My building approach has never been on target.

It seem like the most I try to improve the worse it gets. I will not give up, I must keep on until I hit the right nail. I was reading other people reply to you and all I could do was laugh and cry at the same time.

I really thought it was only me, so now, I see that, I am not alone in this web building maze. It's all still pretty new, although I have been nailing, screwing and building and tearing down. So I will just keep on nailing, because eventually something will began to take some form and shape!

Laughter, Laughter!

Louisa B
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nathaniell Premium
You certainly are not alone. Most of us are just like you - we struggle(d) in the beginning! It's only after the work is done, and other people see the results, that it looks easy to them. But you, as the entrepreneur, know just how difficult it was.
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LouisaB Premium
Thank you for your timely reply! You are absolutely right!
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amyr2017 Premium
I'm somewhere in between being a new member and an experienced member -- still building out my site and hoping I'm on the right track, and learning along the way. I agree that nothing we do here is a waste of time -- either it is something that works the first time around, or we learn from it and move on. Thanks.
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nathaniell Premium
We're all still learning. Although some folks look at me as a "success story" I still feel like I have a ton to learn and am trying to keep progressing in quality of content and quantity of sales.
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amyr2017 Premium
As with most things in life, it's all about perspective. To me, you're an inspiration!
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Megachile Premium
I have lost count of the number of websites (in all sorts of different niches) that I got up and running then abandoned for one reason or another.

It took me a while but I eventually settled on a niche and now focus on just a few websites related to it.

Rich Roll has a great post and video on his blog entitled "Why you should stop lifehacking and invest in the journey" that really resonates with me, I recommend you check it out if you have not seen it already.

All the best
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nathaniell Premium
I love this new idea of Lifehacking being not worth your time. Saving 5 minutes here and there isn't going to produce anything but a funny story. Learning to enjoy the work is where it's at. I'm not there yet, but trying to get there!
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks, Nathaniell. This post should be a must-read for everyone starting up in this business.

This year it's 22 years since I built my first website. And it is still a learning process because new tools, standards, and best-practices turn up all the time.
Learning the trade of building a website alongside learning how to monetize it, sometimes can seem like too much at once for many and might be the reason why some give up.

And one of the biggest lessons I have learned along the way is that is is better to do it than to do it perfect. Get started and improve along the way
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nathaniell Premium
22 years?! Wow. I can't wait until I can say that I've been in the biz for 20 years.

Amazing that you're still working at this and a part of WA. I hope your affiliate sites are doing awesome.
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JHaugland Premium
Even after building websites for decades it's only the last few years I have started monetizing them. And by joining WA 2 years ago I got more "direction" in my work.

My sites give me a nice second income. (Enough that I comfortably can spend some months in the Philippines each year).
I also bring in some by building sites for others, mainly local businesses.

It's only now that I'm building a site suited for promoting WA and I'm curious on how that turns out :)

But I still keep my day job. Partly because I like it and it is flexible enough to let me take several months off each year.
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ValerieJoy Premium
My first site, built in 2010, was a success but I put that down to the niche which is miniature schnauzer. At the time, I didn't realize how very popular that breed is. The site was much more rewarding than it is now and that is because I haven't continued to devote time to it, due to other sites.
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nathaniell Premium
Awesome! I love hearing about dog breed-specific websites. We love our Boston Terriers! People tend to gravitate towards one specific breed and are passionate about all things related to them.
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tobocrs Premium
Nathaniel, my fear comes more from not being a good member of the community than of failing at the website business.
I'm retired, have a decent income (with the addition of my wife's retirement), so my goal is not the independence, it's more a lifestyle upgrade. A successful, money-generating website would allow me to do more of some things I'm already doing (travel) and improve some of what I expect to do (live on a beach).
My frustration is with the time it takes to keep up with the network. EG, I'm sitting on 49 emails from WA members this moment. One of them forcefully diverted the flow of my afternoon plan to read your post (not complaining, merely reporting). This is not uncommon, thus the dilemma: how does anyone survive a network of thousands?
I guess I'll find out when I get there, but right now it just seems a wee bit overwhelming....
Tim
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SteveCrozza Premium
I had the same trouble with emails. it gets to a point where it is either read emails or try to build a website business to make money.

I chose to try to make money.

I turned off all emails.

I also spend 15 mins max on the notifications at each login (and no more !)

and I now spend another 30 mins on trying to help others but then I stop all of that.

Good luck.
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nathaniell Premium
My suggestion? Ignore the emails, and only participate in the community when you're bored or need help. You MUST prioritize your website to make money!

I love the WA community and spend lots of time here every day. However, if you want to make money, you gotta get some work done!
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tobocrs Premium
Thanks, Steve -- I just clicked to follow you, so now I can get more of your sage wisdom!
Tim
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tobocrs Premium
Thanks to you, too, Nathaniel... I've now just about worked my way through 62 emailed posts, comments and questions answered.... Too late, today, to follow the advice, but I'll start winnowing tomorrow
Yep, gotta get some work done, or it's not worth being here!
Tim
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amyr2017 Premium
Tim,

I can totally relate to what you are saying, and sometimes I feel that I spend more time going through all the messages than I do on my own site.

I have learned to space it all out -- so at one sitting I will just answer the posts and messages, and take an hour or so to be active on the platform.

Then, I will schedule time to JUST work on my site, and not even check the messages. That seems to be working for me.

It is really tough to navigate, but I decided that I can't just focus on this platform at the expense of building my site.
Hope this helps!
Amy
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tobocrs Premium
Yes, Amy, it does help. It's now 5:30am here, and I'm halfway through my WA emails. I've added yet another category to those I don't read (new training; I'm hard pressed to get through my OWN training to finish the certification and get my web page up and producing!)
Hopefully by around 6am I'll be able to get back to Keyword Rich web page #2
Tim
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ryanoak Premium
I've failed quite a bit. But it I didn't keep going I wouldn't have hit my "homerun" (a relative term). Sometimes I get caught up in making sure what I'm doing is "right" and will work. Right now I'm willing to just go for it and see what happens. Enjoy the process and be pleasantly surprised if I see any income.
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nathaniell Premium
Glad to hear you hit your own homern Ryan! Time to make the next one, and so on, until you can hit them every time.
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gartnerf Premium
Yup, my first site failed mostly because my focus was a bit off and I picked a domain name that didn't really fit my niche. I had to recreate myself and get it right the second time. After five months on this site I am barely making anything, but that's because I am still creating my core content. I think the reason I ultimately failed is I was trying to run before I could walk - I tried to get going before taking all the training.

As exciting as it is to get up and running you need to acknowledge that going through the training, applying those teaches and developing a game plan for your site will go a long way to your success! And if you can pull off more than one successful site - kudos to you for developing a successful affiliate sales strategy!
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amwoodard29 Premium
Thank you for your rely, and advice❣You really hit it on the head when speaking of running before we crawl, and for us to do such in business would be like trying to code the program in which to learn on, and simply not a wise business decision for any of us❣ I really needed to be reminded, and for that I thank you sincerely❣
Your advice, testimony and encouragement are more appreciated than I've the words to express❣I wish you all the success you strive for and then some, and if there is ever anything I can do to help as you have me, please don't hesitate in the slightest to reach out❣
Much ❤
Namaste
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nathaniell Premium
"Barely making anything" means you're making something with less than a year of doing business. Some restaurants can take $200,000 in loans and 2-3 years to turn their first "profit".

Sounds like you're doing awesome so far Frank :)
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arielharris7 Premium
So glad you did this post. I wanted to jump right in and do two sites at one time. The reality is I did not have a clue what I was doing. so I could be really great as Bo Tipton said at recreating failure , or I could just work on one site. Figure out how to do it well , and then duplicate the success. So it is slow and painful, and exciting and exhilarating ! And I am learning to create success one step at a time. And so if i can make this happen anyone can!
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nathaniell Premium
Try your best to enjoy the learning process and imagine how much you'll be able to do in the future with all these skills you're learning.
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derekmarshal Premium
My first website is working and looks like it is going to be an awesome success. But it has has been a heck of a lot of work going back and fixing a lot (all) previous posts - like 3 times over getting things as near "perfect" as I can.

My second site, well, I wouldn't exactly call it a failure - $160 (total) earnings from a $10 domain. I simply stopped that site a few months in as I wasn't that much into the niche and felt my time was best spent focusing more on one site rather than spreading my time and efforts too thinly on my main first site, which proved to be a great decision!.
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nathaniell Premium
I'm always happy to hear that one of my referrals has an awesome success on their first try...also a little bit jealous! j/k

Making $160 for a $10 domain isn't too bad! You might be able to flip it even if it's just earning $100 per month, so you may still turn a bigger profit on that site.
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WealthyPilot Premium
EXACTLY what I needed to hear! I'm working on my first website since rejoining WA after a lengthy hiatus from affiliate marketing.

I have this lingering doubt that I might be in the "wrong" niche or am not using the "best" keywords.

But I am ready to keep charging ahead.

I am willing to create 99 failed websites if my 100th website will helpe achieve my long-term financial goals!

Thank you for this!
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nathaniell Premium
You just may find that you are in the "wrong" niche. Then again, you may discover that your niche has untapped potential that all your competitors have ignored. I guess you'll just have to stick around to find out! Hehe
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Jeff42 Premium
Great message to all... New or experienced. I'm new, been almost 3 months. At what point did you realize your sites were failures? I'm no where near throwing in the towel on my current niche. It's something I'm passionate about, and I know the traffic will come!

Thanks for the post!
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nathaniell Premium
That's a really tough question to answer, and I haven't thought of a good way to explain when to ditch a niche, and when to stick with it.

You kind of have to do some soul searching and imagine yourself 10 years down the road. Will you be happy working on this site?

Remember, you can also rest a bit! Post once per week, or even once per month for the next 1/2 a year (while you work on something else) and see how the site performs, and how your interest changes. You may want to jump back into the old site, or see your new site making faster progress.

That's what I do!
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Jeff42 Premium
That's great advise. Thank you.
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kimwolfe Premium
What a great reminder Nathaniell! Thanks for giving us this pro advice. It easy to get success hungry with a first site.

I am 3 months into my re-first brand. I built WordPress sites for companies and services years ago and then took a hiatus to focus on full time job role. Now I'm back at building websites for myself with the newly learned approach of affiliate marketing.

I've been thinking how the website rankings seemed easier back then and harder now. And some of this is probably true with all the changes the search engines make to weed out the un-relevant material.

However, I've realized that my approach back then was different. I built websites merely to be informative online brochures for companies and services. It was more about having a website to promote in printed materials and less about ranking in one month. The websites naturally gained views from other promotional efforts and the websites naturally ranked in time.

These past 3 months, I've been trying to build a website that ranks in searches and generates affiliate leads. The focus has been completely different!

Yesterday, I realized that I need to step back from pushing affiliate sales and go back to the informative approach. What's interesting is that I don't feel pressure anymore and I'm ok with taking time to learn strategies of marketing with this site. I'm working towards a better site structure and navigation plan that I know will prove to be better for my site visitors, and likely my website, in the long run.

So I'm no longer scared of failing. I can't really fail if making money is not the goal of my site. Informing people is, and if they happen to click on my affiliate links, then great! I feel better about this approach already.

I'll keep everyone posted!

Thanks!

Kim Wolfe
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nathaniell Premium
Like you, I've found that it's much easier to start with the information, then add affiliate links, and narrow my funnel from there. This is in contrast to creating affiliate pages, then adding information afterwards.

It's pretty easy to pop in some links and tweak traffic that's already coming in!
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KatieMac Premium
Great post Nathaniell, is your wee dog a Boston Terrier... and as Edison said I never failed 2000 times, I found 2000 ways that it would not work.. A bit like here mistakes or work failures are all part of us learning and growing, my first website has not performed in the way I thought it would and not it was not an instant success and even now it only ticks over, I made a decision when I set out on this venture and that was quitting is not an option am at the start of my 4th year with WA and I am amazed how much I have learned never thought I would be able to do this, heck we did not even have computers when I graduated lol
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nathaniell Premium
Yup, that's my Boston!

I do love that saying from Edison. Sometimes, it's hard to actually live by those words, especially if you are in the middle of a failure. But I try :)
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KatieMac Premium
Yes it is and it is times like that you need to dig deep, over the years I have learned that tomorrow brings new horizons, and you cannot undo yesterday but your can rewrite tomorrow.. My dog loves the seaside to.
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laurenjean Premium
Brilliant post!!! Nathaniell, you nailed it! This is just the encouragement a new member needs to stop stressing about their first website or their first niche and give themselves permission to just play around with it.
My first website was not an instant success... in fact, I was very close to selling it last year (18 months after I started it) and now am so glad I didn't. Because shortly after that it started generating income. And I've made more with it in a few months than I would have received from a sale.
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kimwolfe Premium
Great success story Lauren Jean. Glad to hear you didn't give up too soon! Thanks for sharing your story. Keep on pushing!
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nathaniell Premium
I wrote this post so I, and others, can link back to it when someone hesitate about their niche. I just had a few PMs from people stuck on this decision part of building their website and had to create a resource :)
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BrittaneyS Premium
Loved this post! As a new member, I was definitely scared (but very excited) to start my first website. Even now as I am working on it, the idea of failure looms. But I definitely try and remember the message you're giving out here as I move along.

I need to learn to fail and accept failure as a way to learn and grow. In the meantime I will keep building my skills so that even if this website does turn out to be a monetary bust, I enjoyed creating it and learned from it for next time!

Thanks for the words of wisdom, they are much appreciated.
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading Brittaney!
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herinnelson Premium
So true--Been there, done that! This post really opened my eyes and gave me more confidence. Thank you for that!

In keeping in tune with what you're saying: check out my Einstein image. He failed numerous times but kept on pressing forward, as have many other geniuses.

I wrote a post with similar ideas to this one using the Three Stooges quote: If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed. LOL. Such a great post! Thanks so much and see you around again! Love the added information on your click on links, too!
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nathaniell Premium
It's a common idea, and most of us know it, but it's super hard to put into practice. Sometimes we just have to remind each other that it's OK to fail because you always have a second chance.
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SteveCrozza Premium
I am addressing the bit about my first website.

An abject failure, but I did learn a lot, so I saw success!
My second site was a failure too, learnt some more, another bit of success!

My third site is around 12 months old now, selling into a very competitive online niche and only in Australia - sales are very slow but at least I have made some money. I still see success but have not covered my costs yet.

I am into my fourth and am having a ball, hoping it will be a success in all ways ie make some money and I learn stuff.

Here's hoping!
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nathaniell Premium
Hey - if you can dominate Australian search results, that sounds like an incredible win to me! It took 3 tries, but sounds like your newest venture is doing well so far.

Even if you haven't covered costs yet, project into the future and see how long until you're profitable.
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SteveCrozza Premium
I wish it was doing better though, but time will fix that I have no doubt.

I have done the projections.

Thanx for your comment
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amwoodard29 Premium
I find your post incredibly inspiring and thank you for that. I was actually just getting ready to try and contact Kyle to ask him this queso, but maybe one of you can help.
So I'm trying to figure out exactly how I want to present or introduce my brand as a company, and it's got to do with natural remedies basically, and I've got this idea of beginning with a blog or video of my own story and journey that I've been through and am currently going through as I build my business. So I've got a mental vision of how things would sequence out, that being starting with telling my story from point A up to present day, and allow others that may be in the same situation or that of a similar one some may be able to relate to, join me in my journey and along the way educate them with the knowledge I've already gained, and with the knowledge I'll continue to gain as I make my path through my journey. Do any of you have suggestions or recommendations, constructive criticism etc?
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kimwolfe Premium
Howdy. And yes, this sounds like a good approach.

The reality is, if you keep it real and human, then that leaves you with an open road of ways to help people.

What is good about your plan is that it's personal. We're all human and we thrive on emotions. We want to personally connect with people and resolutions to our problems, so that we feel better, feel happier, etc.

Here are two "online business" examples that don't feel like businesses, but yet they are. They are very subtle about it. They do a really good job of sharing their personal story and how their own personal experiences led them to create the support and products they have for you.

https://www.bodygroove.com
Watch the 2 min video on the homepage. Misty capitalizes on emotions (e.g. being happy, feeling good). And she shares her personal story within the video. I don't know about you, but this one 2 min video made me want to GROOVE!

http://adventuresinbraininjury.com
Cavin shares his personal story of recovering from a brain injury. He shares stories, connects people with similar stories, support resources and promotes support products. Because his story is personal, his site comes across more of a support site than a business site. He's promoting the sale of his book, but it comes across as a helpful resource and not just another product.

There are likely many other great examples but think these are two good ones to get ideas from and confirm your approach.

Hope this helps.

Kim Wolfe
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nathaniell Premium
Every person will build their brand in their own way, so I don't want to send you in one direction or another, because this wil be your business!

It sounds like you have an idea of what you want to do, so I would stick with that. You will always have the chance to tweak your funnel, rewrite your pages, or add/delete things along the way.

Start with what you are thinking right now, and change it up later if it isn't working.
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CJDodaro Premium
It's a good way to do it, but it keep it concise and to the point.
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amwoodard29 Premium
Kim,
Wow. First off, thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time out of your day to send me such an information packed, descripton filled, heart felt message❤❤❤
My appreciation extends beyond words, and truly couldn't thank you more for the way your words made me feel about my ponderence as to how I was going to be able to achieve the visual picture i have in mind❣
Your advice, and encouragement truly make me feel solidified in exactly what I want to do, and has truly helped me see the picture as a whole. Solidifying my how, why, and what I will be doing. How I'll be going about it, knowing the ones I want to reach, and the exact approach I'm going to take in building up my brand, myself and others❣
The way you explained us all being human and needing to feel personally connected, and emotionally fulfilled, grasped my heart, and gave me so much clarity bc that is me you explained, and what I've always stood for in all I've ever done. As well as what I strive to accomplish just in my everyday interaction with people as a whole.
Because honestly, I'm looking to show my vulnerability with others as I make my way through this journey, as I conquer each of my own hurdles ahead, and really in tending to myself in order to reach a better state of health. At the same time taking the opportunity to do it along side of others who might be dealing with the same or similar situations, or really being able to relate with whatever struggle one may find themselves fighting❣
Kim❣ You've no clue as to the rush of excitement running through me as I type this, and again, the completed mental vision of exactly where I'm going and what I'm doing❣ As though I needed that reminder in order to remove the clutter that's built up from over thinking❤
If I could reach though this screen and give you the biggest hug, I most definitely would❣ Please keep in touch, so I can always remember to show you my appreciation, and I'd love to be able to bounce ideas off of you when needed, as you really did confirm my approach I've been seeking to achieve this entire time ❤❤❤
Thank you again for ALL the great information, advice and for your sincerity❣ You're most definitely a shining star and inspiration to others in paying it forward❤❤❤
Truly with all my ❤
Amanda
Namaste
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amwoodard29 Premium
Thank you Nathaniell❣ You're absolutely right, I think I just needed people to put me back in my place, and to just do it, and not be hesitant with fear of failure, bc like said, 'failure is only a stepping stone to our success'. Thanks again for your advice❣
Much ❤
Namaste
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amwoodard29 Premium
Thank you CJDodaro, that's a fantastic reminder and piece of advice, of which is much appreciated❣
Much ❤
Namaste
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shazzaWA Premium
I am starting to see regular success here with my website after it being over a year old. And being in the money making niche I am quite proud as I know this can be a tough niche to be a part of. All I did was exactly what VitaliyG told me, and as all the successful website builders say. Follow the lessons and do the tasks.

I have the same website when I started and now I am finding my reviews get to Google's page 1 pretty quickly so I am very happy about that. I am just going to keep adding content as regularly as I can, I actually found when I did 3 posts a week consistently at similar times each week yielded the best results.

This is a great post Nathaniell. I think too many people expect too much in the short term, but if they just hang around, keep building quality content the long term results will definitely come.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge from your own experiences! Cheers, Sharon
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kimwolfe Premium
Great success story Sharon!

Appreciate the consistent posting tip. This is right in line with what Kyle suggests for Super Affiliate program (approx. 3 posts a week). But posting them on a routine schedule every week is an extra little good nugget of advice there.

Thanks again!
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boomergp08 Premium
I totally agree with you Nathaniel. I knew this when I first started because I figured that this whole affiliate marketing website thing was going to be a learning curve that I would have to master over time. Just like Nietzsche said, "...one cannot fly into flying."

I have dozens of niche ideas so I chose my least favorite for my first website and second least favorite for my second. Though they both have good information in that niche, I have abandoned both and my other websites that have followed are doing much better.
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nathaniell Premium
Ha. Now there's a strategy. Choose your least favorite idea and PLAN to ditch it down the road.
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wendyjane Premium
My first and second websites ended up being successful, but after doing this for 5 years I also have started several websites I ended up abandoning. Mostly it's lack of focus - trying to do too much at once doesn't really work out that well if you're doing it all yourself!

Hope you're doing well Nathaniel!
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nathaniell Premium
Sweet! Glad you first couple ventures worked out Wendy!
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bryanb007 Premium
Hi Nathaniel, great post.
I believe that you don't fail until you give up! So all those failures... were not failures... because you never gave up, you just never attained what you expected with them.

Your post really helps keep me motivated as I have been at WA for less than a year and am not having the success I expected with my 3 sites. Nice to hear that I am not the only one that experienced that and that if I persist I can still succeed.

Thanks
Bryanb
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nathaniell Premium
I love that way of thinking. A failure isn't a failure until you walk away completely. Otherwise, it's just a part of a success story :)
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buffetearns Premium
Nice post Nathaniell, I was afraid to start my first website because I wanted everything to be right!

It took me 3 months to set up something which took a couple of minutes effectively.

My own choices though, but against the advice of other members.

It was more simple and more fun than I had anticipated.

Don’t delay!!

Wayne
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading Wayne!
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CraigUKTV Premium
I had some experience with affiliate marketing before I joined WA. I signed up with Google Sniper 2.0 and worked like a madman over a period of 12 months or so. I had 11 or 12 mini-niche websites that generated a total of $123. I spent more for GS2.0 and all the upsells. Still, you live and learn.

My website here at WA is now starting to earn what I would describe as good money ($1100 last month, which was month #17). Along the way I've had to adjust my strategy and focus. Having 3 income streams in my niche meant some were earning more than others. I now know what to focus on but it's been a huge learning process.

I'm expecting big things this year and I may even start a second website once my current one is self-sufficient, or at least requires less maintenance.

Thanks for sharing your experience mate, it's certainly good advice.
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nathaniell Premium
I saw you making big gains this year Craig, so I hope 2018 is the year you go full time!
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sarutobi Premium
I still make some passive income from my first niche website and it gets more than 400 visitors per day. However, the niche is not what I ultimately want to become an authority in so I have changed direction with a new website. Everything I do is, of course, more focused and swift now. Nothing wasted as someone might believe.
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nathaniell Premium
Passive income FTW. I still have some old sites that make a couple bucks too!

You can also sell those sites if they make some money. Usually 30-40 times monthly income :)
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CJardin Premium
Great advice and back ground on what can happen in your first online business.

Currently working on building a WA affiliate site through the wonderful SWAG group and have much to accomplish, and so I would have to relate to the option that yes, I do not like to admit from the start that I would be afraid to start and see it fail, however, that is genuine to what actions are to follow, and although patience is key, it may take some time to get above what works and does not work. I'm willing to take the time and work on being patient while learning each step mindfully so that each training moves my ability to build a responsive site that works.
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nathaniell Premium
Keep up the good work Carrie!
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LTMLifestyle Premium
Great advice. I completed my certification program. This my fourth week and I have 3 websites that I want to work with, not sure if it’s a good idea but that’s I have done so far. Loads to learn, frustration and refocusing along the way, but as you say, nothing goes to waste.
Lilian
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nathaniell Premium
As you work on the sites, it'll be obvious which one you like to work on best, or which one starts making sales first. My recommendation is to then focus your energy on that one!
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LTMLifestyle Premium
Thanks Nathaniell. I will do that. Have a wonderful day.
Lilian
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dchapman3 Premium
I liked this article so much I am going to share it. I just started one month ago and have just started my 2nd website. My idea is to work both of these sites for a while learning my trade.

I have completed the certification program and are mow going through the boot camp as I start my 2nd site. I would have never been able to even get started without this training.

I'm so glad I found WA and members like you to keep me being encouraged and going forward.

I'm just hoping my 1st website makes it to 1st base (how about them Astros by the way!).

Thanks for sharing your story and insights and knowledge.
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nathaniell Premium
Glad to hear you are having a good time in WA and confident in your websites. Thanks for reading Donald!
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accad Premium
My feeling is that as if I don't feel content with the domain I created. Just last week I thought of one which I think it's good and after registering I regret as if I cannot brand it.

I am a Pastor and I see a domain as a sermon title that you have to all by means make a clear explanation about that title for if not your sermon will be a failure.

Thank you for sharing your experience, it really encourages determination, hope, and truth that the online business is not a joke at the very start.
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading Jimmy!
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accad Premium
You are welcome, Nathaniell.
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DClay6 Premium
Great post. Just what I needed as a new-ish member. I feel like I am taking my time with my first niche (could be good thing or a bad thing) because I want it to succeed. I know this is a niche I am passionate about, that isnt the question. Its getting it to work so that I dont fail and have to resort to a niche I am less passionate about.
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nathaniell Premium
If you are passionate about it, you can doubly take your time. All content you create now will still be online in 10 years, so make sure it's good, otherwise (like me), you'll have to go back and edit the low-quality stuff. That can be a real bummer.
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jvranjes Premium
So I still have a long way to go; I also have 3 sites which I am working on, but have only 2 abandoned (so far).

Assuming that you have had success and failures in niche sites, what is the best strategy? What kind of sites to build, lists only or individual posts, mixture perhaps? How broad to go? Lists posts site imply a very broad niche otherwise the number of such posts becomes limited.

I have an issue of a very narrow niche site, so now have no items to write about. The site will eventually die out I guess. What to do with it, how to prolong its life? The title is such that it limits the niche.

Perhaps I am overusing this place, sorry.
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nathaniell Premium
Those middle questions would require some in-depth answers Jovo! Send me a PM and we can go over them.

Discovering your niche site is too narrow can be a problem, but I don't see an issue with expanding content outside of the narrow title.

I had a website about motion sensor sprinklers that did OK, and I expanded it to be an "anti critter invasion" website. I made some sales of electronic critter repellers even though the domain name didn't match. People don't care about the domain name so much if the content is relevant.
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MiaL Premium
Thanks for the perspective Natahaniel. As someone who wants everything right now I have to keep reminding myself of this. I’ve been here for less than 3 months. I bought a domain and treated that as my “training” website. Whilst I don’t love it, I view it as the way that I learnt how to do it. I may return to it in the future, or I may not. I bought my 2nd domain 7 weeks ago (feels like I’ve had it forever!?) and I could write about it every day. Setting it up was so much easier the second time - that first website taught me how.

Anyway, thanks so much for your perspective. I always value hearing from the experienced members about their trials and tribulations over the years.
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nathaniell Premium
Sounds like you're pretty happy with those three months of "training" Melissa. It really can be helpful to do things that way. It's just a hard sales pitch to tell new members "Work for three months, then start over" LOL

Best of luck with your new site!
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hagstf Premium
Hi Nathaniell
Thank you for writing this post.

When new and just starting out, you keep hearing "don't quit, don't give up" but that doesn't mean you have to stay with a niche that clearly isn't right for you.

I learned that lesson the hard way and stayed with my first niche way too long.

As I read this post it reminded me of an old saying.

Not sure if I am quoting correctly but it goes something like this:
"I am the overnight success that was 10 years in the making"

Let's hope it doesn't take that long though :)
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nathaniell Premium
It's SUPER hard to tell if you should quit a niche and start a new (better) site, or stick with the plan and see it through. To this day, I don't have great advice of what to do in the situation.

Sounds like you are confident about your decision, even if it was later than you'd have liked. That's a step in the right direction man.
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cbarnes1 Premium
Great advice.

It sucks to fail but in the end you should learn from the mistakes.

First mistake for me was picking a free theme and then having to change to a better one.

Second mistake was changing hosts a couple times.

Whatever things that you do should be based on the long term.
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nathaniell Premium
Those all sound like familiar problems I went though. I cycled through several hosts and themes in the beginning. Now I have my standard things I use for my business and I don't have to think about those aspects so much.
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ElianeLima Premium
At the beginning of this year, I took what seemed to be a very hard decision: I stopped investing my time on my first website and began a WA Bootcamp one.

I'll keep the domain as I believe one day I'll pick it up from where I left it or will totally reformulate it.

The fact is that I'm completely sure that I took the right decision. I'm now much more confident and trained, as you well said.

I know the positive results are just around the corner! So I'll keep working hard.
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nathaniell Premium
I have one specific domain in the same situation. I don't feel the passion for it right now, but I'd like to work on it when I have more time. Nothing wrong with that!
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HKaiser Premium
Thanks for the reminder Nathaniell. I have been doing exactly that. My first website was build pretty quick and then after two month I didn't know what else to write about the topic, nor did I enjoy it that much.
Also I discovered builders and new themes and oh my, I kind of got stuck on the whole design part. Now I am building on the website that I am really passionate about.

Whether it is going to work or not is not the problem but designing and using a different builder again made it all that more time consuming. Today I even had to get rid of some code that appeared on the page and yeah its not even online yet. But i am ok with that. It's still a lot of fun and we need to enjoy not only the goal but the road ahead. Thanks again.
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nathaniell Premium
Design is a big hurdle for many newbies, but design is always going to be secondary to the core content people want to read. What builder are you working with now?
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SWagner2 Premium
This is a great perspective and one I needed to read at this point in time. The past week or so I feel like I've been wasting my time, but in truth I'm still learning new things every day so it's not been a waste at all. However, patience has never been one of my strong points. :^/

I do feel like my first website will not be a great moneymaker, but I have learned a lot in the building of it and I'm not going to abandon it. I am on the verge of starting a new one though, using everything I've learned up to this point. And hopefully it's much easier to monetize than the first one.
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nathaniell Premium
Even if it's not a "great" money maker, the lessons you learn practicing on it can influence how much money you make next time around. OR, you can just update the site later on when you have more experience and knowledge, to make it a better money-making venture!
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Shane829 Premium
Hey, your post really made sense, my fears are all summed up in the fact that I want to and need to be successful now. LOL. I know, and I get it.

I started with several niches, but, ultimately I picked a niche that I am very knowledgeable about and have maintained interest in for over 19 years. Both a hobby and a passion. So, the experience and knowledge is there. Maybe I should have picked a "disposable" niche first.

I love talking and teaching the ins and outs of it all, and think because of that, (hopefully) it will be profitable, and if not, I don't imagine I will ever trash it because of the passion I have for the subject.

I think I've spent too much time, at this point, trying to make my first post perfect. I have researched almost every keyword associated with it and have actually narrowed down my first 20+ posts in the process.

I have even gone through the first three courses, learned all the topics, yet still have not completed my first post. I want it to be perfectly understandable and informative for my readers. My perfectionist mentality is holding me back

I've got so much knowledge on the topic, so why can I not just complete the post? You are right. Fear of failure.

I am sure that I can get over my own anxieties, and move forward. I just need need to do it, learn from my mistakes and do it better with each and every post or website moving forward. At least I will be moving forward.

Thanks for this, maybe now I can get past my own comfort zone and just get it done so I can keep learning from everyone here at WA.
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nathaniell Premium
Even if your website doesn't "sell" anything, if you can get traffic, you can make money. Plus, if you have a passion for the topic then there's other people that do too. ANY website can make money! As you progress with your projects, listen to Jay's webinars, and talk with other members you'll really start to see how every website has multiple avenues of income, so I think all of your businesses currently have awesome potential.
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Shane829 Premium
Thanks for taking the time to reply. I know i will get there with all that WA and everyone here has to offer.
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skmorrow Premium
Well said. I keep reminding myself of this all the time. Five years from now where will I be if I do nothing at all? I would rather try (and fail) and learn something than do nothing. I have learned a lot, and still have a lot more to learn.

I recently had to tell myself to slow down, this isn't a race. It is difficult sometimes when you read all the success stories. I think "why not me?" But I keep plugging along, and am determined to make this work.

Thank you for posting this :)
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nathaniell Premium
I definitely get caught up in wanting to rush everything. It certainly can force you to produce faster results, but you also end up with a feeling of always being behind. It's nice to slow down once in a while, like you see me doing in the photo at the top of the page!
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GaryJr Premium
I actually thought my first website (niche site) would be a success. It's on the back burner now. I haven't worked on it in about a year. Lately, I have considered going back to it since traffic has been increasing for some reason.

I've been working on my second site (promoting WA) for about a year now. Still hoping it will be successful. I've gotten a few referrals, but no one has completed their account set up.

Thanks for the great post, Nathaniell
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nathaniell Premium
It's crazy that sometimes a website stewing for a year with no work can pick up momentum. Just shows you how quality content rises to the top, and the SERPs change often enough to give everyone a chance!
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PMindra Premium
Great post Nathaniell.
I have been here since May, 2016 and loving it.

My first published site was an 'information only' site that was geared toward gathering 'qualified' leads. It continues to do well.

I'm working now on sites that will provide cash-flow. I am a very patient man when it comes to new technology (all this is very new to me.) I have set long-term goals that by the end of my fourth year here, I will be able to compete at a very high level on the Internet.

Sharing experiences as you have done will really help many here.

Thank you.
Paul.
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nathaniell Premium
Glad to hear your first website did well for you Paul!
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neilc Premium
I know failure all too well, after having 2 failed and 1 semi-failed boot camp sites since 2013. Now on the 4th one, and things are actually looking up.

It is frustrating having to rewrite the same posts time and time again, but the experience has made me feel like a better blogger and more focused.

Getting the obstacles and mistakes out the way and now learning what NOT to do, the road now seems an easier and straight forward one.

Failures definitely do pay off in the longrun :)
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nathaniell Premium
At one time, I had 10 websites in the same niche, trying to dominate page 1 for every one of my keywords. It was a crazy plan, and worked a little bit, but eventually they all died off in a Google update.

Just one more example of learning what NOT to do. Haha.
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neilc Premium
Dominating Google page 1 - I like your thinking lol.

Your "what not to dos" have certainly turned out profitable ;)
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Loes Premium
Thanks Nathaniell, I haven't abandoned a website (yet), 3 websites are just for a hobby. 1 is for kicking ass once in a while, and 2 are in the fridge for now.
At the moment I work only on one, my workathomefuture, for the Super Wealthy Affiliate Group, that takes up all my time.
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nathaniell Premium
Just one website can take up a full-time schedule, especially if you're doing all the writing yourself!
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Loes Premium
I do write most of it myself, I have now 526 website posts and pages online and only 3 guest posts.
And 661 WA blogs
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StefanoV Premium
That is a lot of posts Loes :-)
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Loes Premium
Yes, but just a drop on the internet ocean
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StefanoV Premium
Haha.. Yes I know, but still, you did a great job
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Loes Premium
Thanks
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