Vivaaaaa Las Vegas
Now that I've proven that I have at least as much of a grasp of the Spanish language as "the King", let's get on with namedropping and humble bragging.
We picked up exactly where we left off last year with a night full of laughter, sharing recent successes, and far too much alcohol. I even got to meet a really paranoid guy from Brooklyn that was far too nervous about getting his stuff stolen (lookin' at you, V!).
Despite all of the fun and laughter, this trip is about you, the Wealthy Affiliate community. We spend our nights flushing money down the toilet and drinking beer, but we spend the days talking about where our referrals are struggling the most, what can be done to improve the product/community, and maintaining a healthy feedback loop to ensure that Wealthy Affiliate continues to be best internet marketing training online.
Most of you are reading this blog post because you want to be inspired and gain insights that will help you elevate your business, increase your income, and earn free trips as a top affiliate for products like WA (they aren't the only ones that take really good of their affiliates). Here are the best pointers that I can give you:
- FOCUS! I can't tell you how many business ventures I've jumped from that would have been successful if I'd just stuck to it and seen the project through. It's so easy to jump from one niche to another, from one training product to another, etc... Stop it. You're doing your business and yourself a disservice and making it much more difficult to succeed.
- Only build sites in niches where you can offer incredible value. I couldn't have made it to Vegas without many of you, my referrals here at WA, but my referrals would have never purchased a membership to Wealthy Affiliate without me first demonstrating credibility and offering an immense amount of value. The same is true of every niche - if you can't find a way to add value through your content, insights, and training, you'll likely never succeed in that niche. This is because you'll be competing against more passionate, more knowledgeable people that are likely to produce better content and work much longer/harder than you.
For example, I was talking with Nathaniell in Vegas about an organic chocolate stout I drank that was delicious, and he was able to name it off of the top of his head! Don't compete against Rick in the beer brewing niche. Don't compete with me in the pen turning niche. Figure out which niche/interest you're most passionate about and become the expert that he and I are in our respective niches (see point #1).
- Prioritize helping people over making money. Most people start off doing the opposite of this. They build their first few websites as new affiliate marketers and they REEK of "Buy me! Buy me!" There are ads everywhere you look, the content all tries to direct someone to buy something, etc... I'm going to be painfully honest here (reminding you that I once built sites like this too). These sites suck, ladies and gentlemen, and they'll never make you a living as an affiliate marketer. They don't add value, they don't help people and, as a result, they don't make much money.
You can typically gauge someone's financial worth by measuring how much value they're offering the world. Focus on helping your website visitors by offering truly valuable, helpful content that they can't find at that level of quality anywhere else. Stick with it, post 2-3x per week minimum if at all possible, and in a few months you'll have enough traffic to start making money. That's the true formula for succeeding in internet marketing - not push-button systems or blowing a site up with banners and ads.
That's all she wrote, y'all (I am from the southern U.S., after all). There aren't any secrets or formulas outside of this. Make the three points above the core of your internet marketing business and, given time and a lot of effort on your part, you'll succeed in whatever niche you enter.
Now back to the namedropping and showing off my beautiful wife:
None of these men are my beautiful wife.
There she is! I know, I know - I "married up".
Kyle and Steve flushing money down the toilet using Kyle's (surprisingly effective) roulette "strategy".
A few of us at the fight.
A few of us at the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium.
This is a public service announcement. Do not loan Steve from IveTriedThat.com money, as he will pay you back using old U.S. dollar coins.
To those of you spreading the good word about WA and referring people to the safest internet marketing community online, I hope to meet you next year!
To those of you that aren't, don't feel like this level of success can't be achieved in your niche. You can achieve this level of success in several niches - myself and many others on this trip have. It's just a matter of getting your hands on the right training (which you have here at WA) and keeping the principles above at the core of your business. Vegas or no Vegas, commit to becoming a full-time affiliate in 2015 so that you can have the freedom everyone above has by 2016. You deserve it, you can do it, and Wealthy Affiliate is the best place you can be with that goal in mind.