3 Dollars Short of $8K - My First Progress Report

Last Update: October 13, 2018

I don’t blog much here on WA, but I think I owe it to the WA community to update you all on my progress thus far.

I joined WA back in Sept 2016, and the 12th will mark 22 months of me being a member here. As someone that had zero experience in affiliate marketing, I can say that I have learned so much from WA.

I’ve put in the work, and the results are definitely starting to show. Which is why I felt it necessary to give you all an update on my progress, hoping to inspire those that have yet to reach that level of success I seem to have reached thus far.

Total Earnings Breakdown

2016 Earnings - $0

Like many of us here, not a lot is expected when getting started. Since this was my first experience with affiliate marketing, I wanted to learn as much as I could about what I was getting into.

Also, since I never considered myself someone who loved to write, I used this time to learn how to become a better writer that got people interested in what I had to say. So all I did was push out content since that is what google is looking for.

2017 Earnings - $329.84

I made my first sale of $4.50 in march, and like anyone who’s made their first sale as a member here, that was probably my happiest moment. Then and there I knew this was real and that I could do this.

In December I finally cracked the $100 month mark which seemed very difficult to do, especially the way things were going at the time. But I didn’t get discouraged and continued to figure out a way to make this thing work.

I eventually found an affiliate program that became the game changer for my current success today.

2018 Earnings (up to June) - $10,454.41

Since hitting my goal of $100 in a month, my next goal was to at least double that in January. Well I was able to a make a total of $451.62, which gave me the confidence to know that I was heading in the right direction.

So from Jan to April, my earnings came out to $998.16 over that four month span. Although I was happy to be at least earning something, it wasn’t the progress I was hoping for. But of course, that is hardly enough reason to get down about the progress I was making.

Then in May, an explosion of traffic and sales started to come through. I was able to make a total of $1458.99, and based on the traffic I was receiving, I knew I could have an even better June.

Well it seems the word “better” was an understatement. June turned out to be an OUTSTANDING month where sales were coming in daily.


So How Did May & June Happen?

You could say i got lucky, but by having a website and following this awesome training that WA provides, I am putting myself in the best position to receive such luck. Just like each and everyone one of us who are members to this wonderful program.

So how did this explosion happen?

I wrote an article back in april that ended up on the second page of google. Then all of a sudden on the 13th of May, I noticed more sales than usual were happening, and that I was getting some referral traffic from one of my affiliate programs.

Thinking nothing of it, I figured that the traffic was them just checking in on my site for whatever reason. Days passed by and still I was unable to figure out why I was getting such activity.


I then decided to do some research for a new article I wanted to write about for this merchant. So I visited their blog and lo and behold I noticed the article I wrote back in April was featured within their blog. Which explained this new traffic I was receiving.

But being someone that couldn’t believe this new wave of activity, I wondered how long this would keep up. I then typed the keyword into google and to my amazement, I found my article listed within this blog atop the google searches.

Basically, when people typed in the keyword, they entered my site through this blog. And since they have a higher authority, it only makes sense for google to put them at the top.

So although it may not be organic in the technical sense, visitors are still finding my site from typing in this particular keyword.

And the best part about all this other than the sales of course, is the director of growth contacted me thanking me for the content I wrote, and that if I needed any of their resources, to just let him know.

So I then asked him about being able to get more articles featured within their blog and he said sure. Although he wasn’t sure the reasoning for it since he said not much traffic goes through there. So I gave him a short breakdown of the traffic I was receiving from the blog.

It does amaze me a bit how little some of these companies know about SEO. Just goes to show you the level of training WA is sharing with all of us here.

Anyways, the director said he would speak to his team and let me know. A day later, he posted my newly written article on the blog, facebook, and twitter, and sure enough my traffic doubled.

So I definitely expect this traffic to continue, and to eventually eclipse the 8K I made in June. So far, yesterday I made a record amount of sales totaling $735. This includes a $75 bonus for making at least 10 sales in a month.


So What’s Next For Me?

VEGAS 2020! As you all know, if you can refer 300 people to WA, Kyle and Carson will fly you out to Vegas for FREE!

Now that my niche site is doing very well, it only makes sense to now promote the very product that has helped teach me how to be a successful affiliate marketer.

I’ve already created my the site where I plan on promoting WA. So now i’m just writing out content and getting things ready for 2019. I plan on reinvesting the money I’m making from my niche site into my MMO site.

So I need to learn more about email marketing and other strategies to help make sure my site is a success.

My Advice To Those Searching For Their Own Personal Success

Is just to follow the training and don’t be afraid to try new things and and make mistakes. I was able to learn so much when things weren’t going well, because it forced me to learn how to fix whatever issue I was having.

Also NEVER give up. You never know when you’re explosion will happen, and if you decide to give up, then for sure that explosion will never come.

I didn’t write this post to brag about the amount of money I am starting to make, but to serve as a reminder that this training does work, and that WA provide us with all the tools necessary to make sure we’re successful.

So I just wanted to make sure I thank Kyle, Carson, Jay, and everyone who wrote an article that I’ve read that helped me get to where I am today, and where I plan on being in the future. Thank you all!

Ralph

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Maddy55 Premium
I needed to read your blog this morning. I have been dragging my feet, and feeling discouraged again. No income to speak of with my 2017 website, and it's the one I have put the most work into. My youngest website is making some money lately which gives me some hope. I probably don't write enough posts, to get Google's attention. Thanks for the inspiration Ralph :)
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RD40 Premium
You're welcome Maddy! I'm glad you were able to find some inspiration with it. Just keep pushing through cause you never know when your break though will happen.
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Calvinator63 Premium
This is simplicity at its finest, well done Ralph, Congratulations.

i wish more members here would share hey journey it is very inspirational to read.

For a newer members or one on the fence to continue or not, this could be the very read that could help them find the inner drive to continue with the passion that brought them them here to originally to begin with,

Great post,

Calvin
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Calvin! I'm glad you found this motivating.
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CLandi Premium
Calvin
Nice comment. True professional as we discussed. I finally published my first page. That's a big step for me because it was on a site I had problems with. RD40 is something else, isn't he?

Thanks for the like.
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Thomas80 Premium
Super inspiring article! I hope I can keep the determination you did and follow in your steps here at WA. I've only been here 1 month and it's been huge learning curve, but I feel that I'm understanding more every day. The community here his amazing!

Just out of curiosity because I've heard many different numbers on this, How many posts did your site have at the time when your explosion occurred? Not sure if that's directly related at all but super curious.

Congrats! Thomas
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RD40 Premium
Thanks!...It's easy to get down when things aren't happening the way you want it to. But all of it is a learning process. As more time passes, you will be that more experienced in this business, and things will start to come together. Just don't quit!

In regards to how many posts I had, I had about 210 posts.
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marycmiller Premium
Congratulations, this is great, it is amazing how the one site uses your article and it brings great traffic to you but they don't seem to be able to get traffic themselves. It's a great bonus for you and more so because they are will to post more of your articles.
Mary
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Mary! Just goes to show you what WA teaches us is super valuable!
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Philoh Premium
Wow Ralph. Good job u make it it's a source of encouragement for me. The most important part of this post is when u said you were not a great writer because i'm a poor writer as well but after reading u I think I can. Thanks Pascal to have forward me this and to keep motivate me.
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RD40 Premium
You're more than welcome Vicky! Yea when i started, I was a very poor writer. But as kept writing, I found myself gaining more confidence with it. So don't worry about it. Just keep writing and you will eventually find your groove.
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thegreycat Premium
Just a really amazing story! I am so happy for your success. It just goes to show that the training works and we just gotta keep plugging away at it. We never know when we're gonna write that blog that "hits it out of the park." Heck it could even turn out to be one we wrote a while back.

All the best
Jeff
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Jeff!
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BREWSKI1973 Premium
Wow this is awesome to hear for a guy thats 3 months in.I hope you all the best my man.keep grinding ,and keep your head up.This kept me reading right until the end of it.If theres anything else you think might be something that might give us some more knowledge,like to hear it.meanwhile i think i will follow
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Brew, and I'm glad you enjoyed the read. As long as you put in the effort and you're patient, things will eventually happen. Also, maybe i'll give monthly updates on my progress for those interested in it.
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enstinemuki Premium
That's huge man.
But you know you can rank better. You just need to do some proper SEO and see yourself on top of Google page 1.

Do some onpage tweaking (add content, do internal linking to it,etc) and do some guest posting to link to it from related sites.

I believe if you push to the top, you will see more and more commissions
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Enstine! Ranking on the first page isn't really the issue for me now since my site has pretty good authority. But it was that one article that happened to be the one the exploded my sales.
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enstinemuki Premium
I was looking for how to access your blog. You didn't mention it somewhere
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kmer6 Premium
You are living proof that the training here at WA will make you successful if you adhere to what is being taught. Of course the referral traffic from one of your merchant affiliate sites helped in a big way too. You could add some of this news in your About Me page to help acquire WA referrals. Just let your visitors know they could experience some of your success too if they joined WA to learn online marketing.
You are doing great! Keep it up!
Ken
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RD40 Premium
You're absolutely right Ken! As someone who knew nothing about affiliate marketing, everything I now know is because of WA and it's awesome community. Adding that to my about me page is a great idea. I definitely will think about do that. Thanks for the tip.
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MDejarme Premium
That was awesome. Such an inspiration to me who are still in the training and struggling to write a content that took me forever to finish it. Yes never give up as the saying goes. There is always a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.

I wish you your continued success. God bless you!!!
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RD40 Premium
Thanks MD! I'm glad you were able to find a bit of motivation from it. As long as you put in the work, you will eventually figure it out.
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ayeejennell Premium
Congrats on your success so far and thanks for sharing!

I've been here at WA for a couple months now and just recently finished the basics of my website.
My next focus is just like you, obtaining more knowledge about affiliate marketing and becoming a better writer. Any advice on how you took the time in 2016 to become a stronger content creator?
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RD40 Premium
Hey Jennell and thanks! My advice on how to become a better writer is write, write, and write some more. You will find yourself getting better at it with each article you create. It also helps to write about things you have a strong passion for and have knowledge about.
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ayeejennell Premium
Thank you, I will apply this advice.

I just followed you hoping to read more about your future successes :)
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ayeejennell Premium
Thank you, I will apply this advice.

I just followed you hoping to read more about your future successes :)
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Kettei Premium
Awesome post, Ralph.

I can't tell you how happy I am for you.
I love reading these success stories, partly because it shows we can all make it but partly because I love to see someone that joined WA with the same doubts as the rest of us discover that they've changed their own lives.

I hope your success continues to grow! :)
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Kettei. I agree. I just want everyone to understand that I'm just a regular guy that had zero experience with this, and WA has taught me everything I know to help me get to where I am today.
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CPelletier Premium
Just wanted to thank you man, you are an inspiration. thank you for putting me onto WA! Congratulations on your success so far, i wish you nothing but the best!!!
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RD40 Premium
Thanks and you're welcome brotha! Congratulations on taking that step, which many fail to do. I'm confident you will get there also.
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PatsyC Premium
Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing, I'm sure your post will help out many members. Wishing you all the best with many more successes!
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Patsy! I hope it does.
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PatsyC Premium
You are welcome :)
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KwnBee Premium
Cheers! That's awesome!
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RD40 Premium
Thank you!
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KennyGlossop Premium
Great read, well done on your achievement!
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Kenny! Glad you enjoyed it.
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Bald Eagle Premium
Wow - what an amazing story!
Very happy for you - your commitment and perseverance has paid off and I think the income growth will be exponential from here
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Bald Eagle! Yes it definitely has. But no point in stopping now right? So much more to do.
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MKearns Premium
Only a cheap cup of coffee worth of difference!
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RD40 Premium
You got that right!
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EKaye1 Premium
Many congratulations on your fantastic achievements. The training sure does work here. All the best
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Eden, and yes it does!
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LayoA Premium
needed to read this kind of article, today. you cant imagine what this has done to my morale. thanks. #youneverknowwhenyourexplosionwillcome
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RD40 Premium
I'm happy to hear it provided some sort of motivation for you Layo. Just keep pushing through and you'll eventually figure it out.
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Stella2 Premium
Congratulations, Ralph. That is awesome!
You are reaping the rewards of your persistence and hard work. Good on you.
Here's to even more! :-)
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RD40 Premium
Thanks Stella! I definitely am. You wouldn't believe the amount of sacrificing I had to make for all this to happen. But it was all worth it.
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craigrut Premium
Congratulations. That's awesome!

I'm still trying to find my one article that will hit the front page. The more you post the more opportunities you have I guess.

Keep it up!
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RD40 Premium
To be honest, I have many articles that have made it to the first page, but this particular one provided the explosion we all hope for. So just keep plugging away, and I'm sure it will happen for you Craig.
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