Sales Have EXPLODED! 2nd Goal Achieved – My Journey!

Last Update: March 28, 2020

Hi again, with all the bad news going on around the world – I thought I would share another success story. MY SALES ARE EXPLODING!!! It took me over 3 years to achieve my first goal of reaching €1k in a calendar month BUT ONLY 7 DAYS MORE to achieve my second goal of achieving €2k in a calendar month. To say I am over the moon is an understatement, especially when I can only do this on a part time basis – generally 10 to 15 hours per week.

I know there are many within WA that earn a hell of a lot more than this with their high authority sites but nevertheless, I am thrilled to have both my first and 2nd personal goals with WA achieved in the SAME MONTH! Plus, I have still a few more days sales left for the month, so I can’t wait to see what I end up with – looks to be between $2.5k and €3k at the moment for the month of March.

I don’t post all that much here as I am so busy with both my full-time work and my part time online work but I do try to engage where I can and give back to the community. From my last post, many people replied and I got the feeling that perhaps my next post should share a little more about how I went about making this level of income online and my own personal journey – so here is goes…

Do I have many sites?

I have over 5 sites at the moment as I don’t like to put all my eggs into one basket, so I work multiple niches at the same time as best I can – probably 3 sites too many as I struggle to keep them all going! I am exploring the idea of trying to sell a few of the underperforming sites to cut down on the workload but I need to revamp and improve rankings and traffic first. Some have less than 100 visitors per day, while others have 300 to 500 visitors per day


Do I use Social Media?

I have FB pages for 4 sites and I only post on them once per month. Personally, I don’t see any benefit in social media, but Google apparently likes it. Traffic tends to be cold anyway and sales happen much better with organic traffic in my opinion. I kinda just have the FB pages there for the sake of it but I spend as little as time as possible on them as I believe my time is better spent on creating content.

Do I use AdSense?

Not at the moment. When I started first with WA, my application for AdSense was refused as I didn’t have enough traffic at the time – lesson learned – I SHOULD HAVE WAITED! Anyway, I didn’t bother reapplying so at the moment I don’t have any ads. I’m not a big fan of annoying ads anyway. But that doesn’t stop me making my own personal ads on some my top performing pages. For example, for a popular review post, I will pick a best seller on Amazon, get the image code – write a note “Ad: View Popular XXX Here” and add 2 or 3 to the post and spread across it. So, don’t get discouraged if AdSense rejects you – you can make your own ads by choosing hot products / best sellers from Amazon by yourself.

Do I have an email list?

Unfortunately, not at the moment. I saw a post from Chuck here in WA that your earnings explode 5 times or more with an email list so its on my to do list this year. But again, I am not a fan of annoying popups, so I am still 50/50 yet if I will do it – Still TBC

Niches

As I have little to no experience in making money online (until now), my niches are all really based on consumer retail goods that are used in everyday life and writing simple reviews about them – I am not even that good of a writer, but I try my best! Incorporate a few video codes, comparison tables, image sliders and I use a page builder instead which I cannot work without. Online orders are rocketing and exploding at the moment as many people need to order online to get the goods they need – this explains my current sales increases

Video Development

For a bit of variety and to change things up a bit (doing reviews each and every week can get a little boring after a while), I started a YT channel just to learn the basics and now I have 3 YT channels. Each has only 20 to 30 videos on average 3 minutes long, but it helps with SEO when you have backlinks on your YT channel to your site and incorporating the video codes into your site. I would honestly say that I still have a hell of a lot to learn yet with video making but its great to get started with it nonetheless. It also gives you a break from doing reviews constantly, but you are gaining new skills in the process.

Where are your Earnings?

Most of my earnings are really UK based and would be split out as follows.
• Commission Junction 35% (UK advertisers)
• AWIN 35% (again UK advertisers)
• Amazon UK 20%
• Amazon USA 8%
• Shareasale 1% (US advertiser)
• Linkshare / Rakuten 1% (US advertiser)

Do I Outsource Work?

Just recently yes. I didn’t have a good experience with Fiverr, but I am having better success with UpWork. I am currently trying to update / revamp sites, so I don’t have the time to create new content at the moment. Therefore, I have a freelancer working on a project for me at the moment for 1 particular site – 10 posts starting off and see how it goes from there.

How much Content do your Sites Have?

I know they say here that your site must have regular weekly content to become an authority in a niche. As I have so many sites this is not possible but each of the sites would have between 50 and 100 posts each. If the content is good enough, it will rank high and stay there for a long time. From my experience, you can take a break for a few months on a site and start a new one and build that out for a few months also but return to the original site later in the year at some point when you can.

Do I focus on Best Lists?

I have tried these best lists that so many people write about but to be honest I never received a lot of traffic from them as they tend to be far too competitive. It takes a huge amount of work and effort doing these best lists and the chances of reaching page 1 from a site that doesn’t have a lot of authority would be fairly slim in my opinion – I focus on review type posts that I know will get better results instead.

What have I failed at?

One thing YOU SHOULD NOT DO is try to set up a “sales orientated” affiliate site as it won’t get any traffic. It may look eye catching but I ended up deleting 3 sites already over this – lesson learned! The key message really is to be a content creator, offer value and try to help your readers in some shape or form. I failed to get approved for AdSense when I first applied, and I failed to get approved for many other high profile advertisers but that didn’t stop me applying to many others that I now have successful relationships with.

In Summary…

So, that is a small taste of my journey so far in WA – it has had plenty of downs over the years but thankfully now I am starting to see the benefits – the thing you need most in this game as far as I can see is determination, perseverance, energy, time and most importantly patience! Many others share their experiences and journeys here in WA so here is mine.

Again, I really would like to thank the team in WA for providing this affiliate platform and all the tools that come with it. I also hope that this post can HELP YOU or MOTIVATE YOU in some small way to keep plugging away at it as time is always on your side.

Was sharing my journey helpful to you in anyway? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comment section provided below.
Take care and best of luck with your own online activities in the coming weeks and months and BE SAFE EVERYONE

Regards

Paul

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sdawson Premium
Thanks Paul for your update, its is inspiring. -Shirley
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Paul1916 Premium
No problem Shirley - we all have our own journey to take which involves the good and the bad, thanks for your feedback
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Sounds Fantastic Paul! Nothing like changing trends and proper positioning to get the party started! Well deserved, my friend!
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Paul1916 Premium
Cheers Jeff - much appreciated!
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JeffreyBrown Premium
You're welcome, Paul! Well deserved! 👍👍😎
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donherby Premium
thanks for sharing, super interesting. congrats on the sales growth!
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Paul1916 Premium
I wasn't sure if I should post my journey or not - then I thought why the hell not! If it helps you - then job accomplished...
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donherby Premium
it definitely helps. we get so focused on our own stuff and its good to see how others do.
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K808 Premium
Amazing! Congratulations on your well-deserved success! Thank you for sharing your experience - as a newbie struggling to build my first site I found your suggestions very helpful. Thanks and CONGRATS again, and keep up the awesome work!
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Paul1916 Premium
I struggled with my first also - but now that I have experience under my belt, I can do it with my eyes closed! Time and experience is key - give yourself plenty of time to master these skills thought here in WA...
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heidiph1 Premium
Congrats on the great success happening with your websites! I am really impressed you are running 5+ separate websites, my ONE website is keeping me busy!
Thank you for sharing things you have learned and a bit about your back story. It is fun to hear other people's journeys to how they have achieved the success they have!

Best of luck reaching your next goals!
Heidi
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Paul1916 Premium
Many thanks Heidi - I think I earn a well deserved break after achieving my first 2 goals! Haven't even thought about a third yet...

Once you get the hang of this game, running multiple sites for different niches is easier than you think...
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heidiph1 Premium
Enjoy your break!
I’ll keep that in mind as I continue learning! Maybe one day in the future I’ll start up another website😊
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