At Five Months At Wealthy Affiliate
At long last, I have completed Level 2 of Online Entrepreneur Certification after almost five months. In the course of this journey I had taken a detour. Realizing I had taken a wrong turn, wrong in the sense that time was not ripe to go that part at the time that I did, I had to retrace my steps, and now here I am, just completing Level 2.
I have learnt so so much already. I have learnt to do something which, before now, had seemed like rocket science - building a website, all thanks to Kyle who made the process so simple that an elementary school pupil could do it. I built three websites.
Now, you would be wondering why a while three websites in this short time? and you are right. Here is why.
The first is for a program which I had joined before coming to WA, in fact my main reason at the time of joining was to learn to promote that program with the aim of getting referrals so I could earn commissions from their activities, but now my eyes have been opened to the endless possibilities available here.
Anyway, at the end of level 1, I still hadn't learnt to promote it. Then, being exposed to the Bootcamp training, I jumped into it my reasoning being that it would teach me to promote my program since there is a similarity between this affiliate program and that program, but deep within me, I think I took that part as an escape route as I still had not been able to choose a niche.
I should have heeded the advice of well-meaning members of this platform at the time whose views were that I should have completed OEC before going to Bootcamp, but I didn't. I then built another site for promotion of WA. At some point during the training, I saw that it was taken for granted that I already knew certain things, things that were taught within the OEC (I got to know this because I took a peek at some OEC training that I was, at the time I left it, yet to get to ), it was then that I saw the wisdom in their advice. I then had to retrace my steps. This was what I meant by detour.
Returning to OEC, happily I was now able to choose a niche after reading some blogs within the platform. This gave rise to a third site, my niche website.
My niche is in the health category, skincare, with emphasis on care of the aging skin with a view to achieving a beautiful flawless skin the effect of which would be a younger looking skin. This is a subject that I am very passionate about, right from my youth days
Between my three websites, I have written a total of 17,058 words in articles. No, I am not working on all three sites simultaneously, only on my niche website at the moment. All the sites have been indexed by Google. Four out of the five articles on my second website and two out of the four on my first website were indexed. I started my third website about a month ago and so far, I have written five articles (too few I know) with two having been indexed.
Aside the websites which I own on my own domains, I have learnt so so much, stuffs like keyword research, content writing, and a host of others. However, I am yet to make any money, but I know that would certainly come down the road.
Some Wonderful And Some Not So Wonderful Moments
I have never failed to be thrilled whenever I get an email that my website had been indexed or that an article of mine had been ranked by Google. And to say that the members of this platform are supportive would be stating the obvious. I have enjoyed an overdose of it, and from Kyle and Carson as well. I have made a lot of friends here all of whom have been very helpful. I say a big THANK YOU to you all.
My dull moments have been times that I had doubted myself, when I didn't think I had it in me to make a success of this online stuff, and thinking of giving up. But then someone would immediately come along with a blog post and lift me up.
A source of my doubts is 'content writing '. I am not a very good writer. Though I get to write a lot in the course of my offline job, that is a different kind of writing. However, I have had plenty of support and encouragement from members who have assured me that I would improve with time. One that stands out in my memory is the response to my comment to a blog post by Tim Mckinlay, whom I like to refer to as my mentor. It was through him that I learnt of this wonderful platform. Before coming to WA, I would always go to his website and read up all articles there and say to myself what a wonderful writer he was. I was therefore amazed and encouraged when he stated that his earlier articles were really, really bad and that I would improve with time like he did
My Goals ( And Expectations)
Aside the obvious, which is to make money and replace my job with my online business, I am looking to becoming an expert in Internet business and also an authority in my niche so as to enjoy the kind of recognition, even outside of WA, which some members that I follow like LynneHuy, Laurenjean and a host of other members of this platform, do.
Taking about monetary goals, I recall a blog post by Mday849 which I read a few days ago. I just would love to be able to say that is what I earn. I shall work towards that, I am still in training and I intend to follow through with all tasks as and when required, and see what happens in the next 6 months, perhaps one year or two.
There, you have my Progress report. THANKS, EVERYONE.