Journey from 0 to $500 a month

Last Update: August 11, 2017

Well, times have changed since I joined Wealthy Affiliate. I was a free member for a really long time but I never got serious until last year when I started with my first website in July 2016(I have had a few failed websites before that but I never reached more than 20 posts in any of them).

I had a niche in mind and started out with my website as soon as joined. Later at the 5 month mark I made my first affiliate commission from Amazon which was in the beginning of January.

My first sale made me feel really good although it was a third party purchase (LOL) but for the first time I made a sale so feeling good was legit. However, I expected to see a few more sales at least once in a week but the rest of the January I did not make any sales.

February was a month where I actually made a few sales every week. At this point seeing a few sales gives you a real confidence boost and makes you realize that there are people who are reading your content and actually buying stuff that you recommend.

However, I must add that I never stopped asking people for suggestions and since I'm quite shy I always ask people for suggestions or feedback via Private Messages. There are many people who have helped me out in a way or another and I think that is what makes Wealthy Affiliate a great platform since people actually give advice that helps!

By the end of February which was around 6 month mark I got a comment on my site from the product manufacturer. That does feel great and it actually motivated me to keep creating content for my website. At this point I was struggling because I thought that most of the people make a full time income at the 6 month mark and I did not.

Now after another six months I realize that it really depends on the niche you choose. The niche specific your website is with less competition,it gets easier to make money form it and faster are your results. Oh, yes, also consider the point that I was posting around 5 times a week which was pretty often and followed Kyle's training all this while.

I got really bored at the 6 month's mark and took a break and during the break I read Nathaniel's book on Affiliate marketing and it was really inspiring. I remember him saying (in the book and these are not the exact lines) that if you think it is a 6 month hustle and you are going to earn money then you might as well drop the thought right now- this hit me really hard and I realized that maybe that is what I expected from my site.

After the break I continued with my site and during the 7 month I started getting ranked on Page 1 in Google. Initially I was really glad that finally I made through page 1 rankings but later it got a little sad because even though it was a Page 1 ranking for a good keyword, I did not make as many sales as I expected, that was frustrating. I did not give up even then and started looking for ways to better my site and focused on creating more content to get more Page 1 rankings.

I kept creating new content and at the same time got feedback from many good affiliate marketers here who were always supportive and motivated me through tough times. I think Lynne, Josh and many others really motivated me through the entire process and I feel they believed in me more than I did at a certain point.

A lesson you can take here is that it is okay to stop and ask for help when you need it, when you feel demotivated always speak to someone who makes you feel good about yourself. Only a happy person can be productive and hence try to keep your mind positive at all times.

Most of the times when you think someone is being negative, it is just that they are having a different perspective on things. So, it is better to ignore any comments that make you feel low.

Coming back to my site, I think the Amazon affiliate commission reduction to 1 percent for my niche really affected my site income and that made me realize that I just need more traffic to scale up or look out for better affiliate programs. Now, it has been 12 months since I started my site and I have been making a couple hundred dollars a month. Things really soared up in the 10 month including my organic traffic. Honestly it takes a lot of determination to keep going till the month 10.

Another point I would mention is that always keep looking for better affiliate programs and do not be dependent on a single affiliate program because that is what helped me make 10 times more money than what I would have made from Amazon affiliate program.

So, if you are struggling then hang in there because it does take sometime to get started but once you start making consistent sales. Keeping pushing through and you will eventually succeed.

Photo Credits: quotefancy.com

P.S. Someone had pointed it out to me while I was new to WA that I did not write in Native American English and I should quit blogging. I'm glad I never took that feedback seriously!


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NIKET1 Premium
Hi Shrestha. I have been frustrated a few times being stuck and not being able to move forward. But your story has inspired me a lot and reinstated my faith in not giving up at any cost.

One question- Can we promote multiple affiliate programs belonging to the same niche from our single website.

Thanks,

Niket
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shrestha Premium
Yes, you definitely can do that. Unless they have stated you cannot in their terms and conditions but most of the times you can.
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NIKET1 Premium
Oh Thanks. You have helped me with 2 of my queries today and can't thank you enough. More power to you.
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GauravGaur Premium
Your Blog appeared at a right moment. Hope you understand. Thanks a lot for the motivation.
By the way, Congratulations for being in Top 20 at Comments Section. You deserve it.
All the Best.
Warm Regards,
Gaurav Gaur
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maggie52 Premium
This is motivating, It show that no matter how long it takes, but if I stay and not quit, eventually I will get there.

Thank you for sharing
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shrestha Premium
Yes, definitely! Thanks for taking your time to read the post, it feels nice when people leave a positive response.
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gashihekuran Premium
Inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
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shrestha Premium
You are welcome :)
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Megachile Premium
Hey Shrestha, its always great to read an honest post about what life is like in the affiliate marketing trenches. The fact that you have persevered through those tough early months leaves me with little doubt that you will find great success with internet marketing. Great post and I love the quotes too. Best wishes.
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shrestha Premium
Thank you! Honestly, things just keep getting better once you start staying positive and that is what I try to do :)
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OraCharoite Premium
Hi again Shrestha, I will remember your words here for when things get tough for me as I'm sure they will along this journey. Please give yourself a break when it comes to staying and keeping positive all the time...everyone has negative moments...I don't think it is humanly possible to be positive all the time...just go with it and when your positive thoughts return...go with them too :)
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shrestha Premium
Yes, I have learned to do that. I used to think that maybe I'm the only one that has negative thoughts but I guess it happens to all of us. Thanks for your support, hope you do really well with your online business.
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OraCharoite Premium
It is a balancing act isn't it...neg/pos thinking...I'm sure the Dalai Lama (Mr Happiness), would experience negative thinking sometimes...I think worry (worrying about something) comes disguised as negative thinking sometimes! Thanks for replying, and best of luck to you too with your business, kind regards Ora :)
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Praba25 Premium
Shrestha
Very nice post. I am new to WA and my website is 4 months old.
Sometimes I see my website ranked on the first page of Google, Yahoo and Bing.Although I am an affiliate of few providers like Amazon, CJ, Click Bank etc., so far I have not made even a single sales. Sometimes I start wondering if I have selected a wrong niche. Posts like your keeps inspiring me.
Thanks
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shrestha Premium
There is no such thing as a wrong niche, just see the keywords you are targeting, the ones will lesser competition and considerable traffic is going to fetch you sales.

Always try to read more information in order to understand more about your niche and the current hot topics.
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carthik-wa Premium
What an inspirational post, Shrestha! and at the right time for me too. Just when my morale was low (having been with WA since 9 months and still I do not see even a single sale), this post has given me lots of hope and confidence that I need to carry on with my work.

I may be very near the end of the dark tunnel, marching towards the light, and I might have as well given up thinking that the tunnel is never going to end. This post is just like the torch showing me that I am getting nearer towards the end of the dark tunnel.

Thanks for sharing your experience and boosting the morale of all WA members.
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shrestha Premium
Keep working, you will reach there. Keep creating quality content and you will get there, trust me. Also, remember to take breaks since they are extremely important!
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JeffreyGumbo Premium
Good post on reminding us to keep hanging in there and seeing this through
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Randene Premium
This is a very helpful post. Thank you!
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shrestha Premium
Glad that I could help!
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Loes Premium
Love ♥ it, thank you for sharing your struggles and successes!
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shrestha Premium
Thanks, Loes!
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DaleMaz Premium
Congrats and what a great post. All new members need to read this to see it does work here but you have to work for it.

Great job
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shrestha Premium
Thanks
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Noteboom Premium
Congratulations on a great work! And thank you for the very much needed inspired post! Good luck in the future too!
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shrestha Premium
Thank you :)
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JeffL61 Premium
Congratulations Shrestha on your accomplishments regarding your online business.

The very last part of your article should provide encouragement to all who read it. Never allow a naysayer to negatively influence what you strive to do with anything in life.

In addition to that, the photo image which included that powerful statement serves notice to those individuals looking to bring you down! You have your eye on the prize and truly don't give a "blank" what the doubters think!

Good for you, Shrestha!

May you continue to be blessed, through your hard efforts, with a lot of income coming into your business through the products that you promote!

Jeff
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shrestha Premium
Thanks, Jeff.
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Avecita Premium
This is really inspiring! Well done to your success and thanks for reaching out with your story to keep those of going who are still struggling. You show us that we will also get there, as long as we put the work in!
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shrestha Premium
I'm glad I could help you because staying motivated is very important!
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MKearns Premium
Saving this Shrestha. I'm getting into Amazon affiliation and I love to see an expert who has gone before!
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shrestha Premium
Thanks :)
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clemz Premium
Thanks for sharing.
I believe someone is inspired enough to pick up the pieces and continue.
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shrestha Premium
Thanks :)
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GlenPalo Premium
Well done! Onward and upward.

I find the recommendation to stop blogging because you did not write in Native American English totally ignorant.
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shrestha Premium
Thanks Glen for your kind words.
Well for a moment I did doubt myself but then I decided to move on anyway!
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