WA Premium Member For Three Years and Counting!
It is hard to believe that I have been a WA premium member for 3 years and counting now. WOW, where did the time go? Get all the juicy details of WA and building a website here.
It seems that I just joined last year, but I am finding myself with a 3-year badge and working into my 4th year here at WA. Do I ever have a good story to tell here, the good and the bad.
When I started I had very little knowledge of what it took to be a successful affiliate marketer, I had a lot of learning to do that was for sure. I quickly found that I was not alone and that I had access the best training on the market to get me up to speed.
With following the training, and the help from SiteSupport and the community, as needed, I built a very beautiful and functional website.
The training was easy to follow and actually kind of fun to be calling it "work". The community here is top-notch, they are very knowledgeable and supportive. And SiteSupport is beyond fabulous, there has never been an issue I've had that they couldn't figure out.
I have lost contact a bit in my absence, but its like riding a bike, you just hop back on and regain your balance and away you go catching up with old friends and making new friends too.
Oh The Mistakes I Have Made
During my three years I have worked very hard to create a trusted website, especially in the first year. The past two years I have moved twice to different states, so not small moves, and not a lot of time for my website. Now I am feeling settled again and have dug back into my marketing.
While I have a wonderful operational website, I have made some grave errors with my website, and I also have bounced back with the assistance of our top quality SiteSupport team, hats off to them! When you mess up like I did, they are the only way out of your error lol.
The First Mistake
So to start with the first mistake I made was not keeping up with my website during my moving around. I was in a new relationship and just put my website on the very back burner.
Then one day I got this wild hair up my butt, and I mean WILD. I should have totally ignored it because I was actually mad at my life and my relationship.
Out of haste and anger I did the stupidest thing possible. I went on my website without checking a damned thing and started deleting posts. I was intent on sabotaging everything in my life.
Well one day after deleting posts and also emptying my trash so they were not recoverable, I get an email from my main affiliate program stating that they have been trying to contact me for back pay that had not been delivered due to poor management of their affiliate program.
Of course my heart instantly sank!, I immediately went to my back office and tried to recover my posts and of course they were all gone! Then I had a thought, it was a mere hope of recovery of some sort. Site Content is where 80% of my articles were written. So I went straight to the Site Content and low and behold there they all sat pretty as can be.
While I could not republish them from Site Content, I at least had all the articles and pictures. I quickly began copying and pasting and soon had all of my post re-established. But my site had already suffered from the damage I had done.
The Biggest Mistake
So once again, another wild ass hair grew in my butt, and I decided to move my site to a new domain. Why?, well I thought that it would be a good re branding step. So, without asking anyone that would have advised me not to do this, I did it.
It was a total disaster that I am just now recovering from. I did it all wrong to start with!
Okay so I went by the steps that we went by when moving our site from the free SiteRubix to my owned domain. Back then we were not hooked to Search Console or Analytic.
I have learned that when moving an established website, always start with Google Search Console and Analytic. I ignorantly did not do this.
Instead, I came up with my new domain name, purchased it and set the theme, and proceeded to switch domains without consulting Search Console or Analytic about my intentions.
My website quickly lost all traffic and was like a new born infant, and it was ALL my own fault.
So I began writing more articles to get my authority back, it has been slow going but, I am not giving up! Also, I am not blaming WA for my own actions, that would be rediculous to say the least.
I am making my come back as I said, writing more articles and giving my site a bit of a face lift by changing the theme, and resetting the Home page. I am also in the process of adding a sub domain to house my products page that will compliment my blog page.
Still, The Best Decision I Have Made
I still hold firm that joining WA is the best decision I have made in a long time. Learning to make money from my computer just before entering a world-wide pandemic was priceless information in my opinion.
If I had it to do all over again I would only change a few things,
- I would slow down and take the beginning training slower.
- I would never lose track of my website's stats and affiliate commissions.
- I would not overthink technical things and get myself into trouble.
- I would NEVER change my domain name after being established for 2 years.
Aside from that I would keep everything else the exact same. I have enjoyed every second of my time here at WA, even when I was absent.
Starting From Here
As of now I am taking my own advice on not loosing track of my site or affiliate commissions. Hello, that is what we are in it for hahahahaha. I am also going to be more active in the community, we have some really awesome members here. I need to catch up with some contacts and make some new ones.
Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a very blessed day and possibly have learned something from my mistakes. Hey even if it just gives you a good chuckle wahoo.
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