5 Years On, I Reached My *Ecstatic* Income Goal! (2x $1.2K Days)

Last Update: February 10, 2019

I remember the night I joined Wealthy Affiliate like it was yesterday:

It was a cold, blustery night in March 2014. I was sick of getting scammed and desperate for life change. I created my free Starter account and, though still not sure if WA was legit or not, I worked through the training, hanging on every word, every concept, trying to take it all in.

Here are the goals I set myself nearly 5 years ago:

Pssstt: Now I know that YES the training here does work :)

Goals set, I dived into the training and worked my ass off (I still do) and hustled like crazy. There were times when my family thought I was insane. When was I going to get a 'proper job?'

Heck, there are times I thought I was insane! Especially in the beginning when it seems like you're working for free! Doubt can easily creep in and make you wonder if anyone will ever read what you're writing and if all your hard work will ever pay off.

2 weeks after joining I made my first $1 commission and I was dancing in my room!

I posted about it here, you can see how excited I was!

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/simoninasia/blog/2-weeks-of-...

Why was I dancing in my room like a crazy person for a lousy $1 commission?

Because it proved to me I was on the right track and I just had to keep going...

Fast forward a year and I smashed my 'happy earning' goals, quit the crappy call center job I hated so much, kissed by boss goodbye and bought a one-way ticket to Thailand.

BUT...

I've never managed to hit my 'ecstatic' $1200 per day goal...

Until this week - AND I HIT IT TWICE!

Here it is:


Why am I telling you this?

First, because I don't blog here often enough and I think it's important that we encourage each other with our successes.

Second, because I really want you to know IF you are determined and IF you set specific time aside to work on your business (don't just say 'whenever I have spare time'!) then you WILL make your online income goals a reality.

Replacing your full-time income in the first 12-18 months is realistic. Earning $10,000 a month after 2-3 years of consistent effort is very achievable in this industry.

Oh, and it's my birthday today... and this is the best birthday present ever : )

Here's to your online success! Here's to setting goals and smashing them!

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NWTDennis Premium
What a great story Simon ... inspirational, thank you for sharing. Even though we are in each other's network I don't think we have connected before.

We joined WA about the same time, but I have yet to achieve success like yours. Progress has been slowed by other life responsibilities resulting from my wife's health, but I'm still in the game.

May I ask if your business includes promoting WA? Send a PM response if you prefer. Wishing you continued success.
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SimoninAsia Premium
Hey, thanks Dennis - as long as you're still in the game then you're winning!

I have 3 main sites I'm working on, one of them is in the make money niche, yes :)
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Wdcope Premium
Simon, loved your post. Many here can equate with where you started and are now. I am one of those. some think I am too old to create and learn an online business, yet I feel it's the right time for me. I am going to follow if that's ok. I have always felt it is important to learn from those who have achieved no matter the time frame.
God Bless in reaching your new goals for 2019!
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PThurmond Premium
Your blog really motivated me and got me all excited! I am just starting out in the free version and absorbing as much as I can. Doing what I can in the free zone and day dreaming of my first dollar day. I am glad you shared your story. Also that you moved in the process and still kept with it while going strong. #inspired
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DBCrist Premium
Thanks Simon,
I went back and read your post on if WA is right for beginners, college grads and seniors and in every case you stressed how everyone has something to offer and if the goal is to help others succeed then their is no way you can fail IF your willing to put the effort in. Thanks for blogging. Dave
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lmwhite Premium
Congratulations on reaching your goal! You should feel very proud indeed.

I can definitely relate to the "happy dance" as well. I did the same thing when I earned my first sale of just a few dollars. That is so important because once you earn that first sale, you know that your site can make money.

You also make a good point: persistence is really the key to success. Yes, it can feel crazy to work for nothing in the beginning, and others can wonder about our sanity. But a few years in, we feel tremendous gratitude for sticking with it. I hope others can learn from your post, and I'm sure it will be a great source of inspiration for those who are struggling.

Congrats once again for sticking with it and earning more than $2k in one month! Those are fantastic results.

Wishing you continued success!

~Laura
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Kuppinger Premium
I would love to hear your story!
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RonFrey Premium
Hi Simon
Just found your post on the WA Dashboard and frankly at this time of the morning in SA, over a cup of joe, that was inspiring.
I have set similar goals so to hear of someone actually attaining them gives me more purpose and focus
I'll be following you from now on to get more inspiration as and when it is required
Great to meet you
Cheers from Ron in South Africa
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Rando303 Premium
Ahhh! That was a breath of fresh air if ever I have had one.... Thanks SimoninAsia for that. It is what I needed. I was just looking at my recent posts compared to other bloggers out there and I was taken aback by the vast number of people that are doing what I am doing. But now I see that since I am part of the WA family and keep posting quality content I will out perform all the other voices in my niche....

I am so happy for your success because I know if you did it so can I.

All the Best to you!
Rando303
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SimoninAsia Premium
You most certainly will. I completely believe that.

The biggest secret to writing is you get better with practice. Just think: with every post you write you're getting better, stronger and closer to achieving your income goals.
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boomergp08 Premium
Hey CONGRATULATIONS Simon and Happy Birthday!

I can definitely relate to the fact that the training here at WA works and in many ways.

When I started in August 2013 it took me about five to six months of learning and building before I made my first commission.

Like you I was ecstatic because I knew what I was learning and building was working. I started having all of these niche ideas but realized that I had to stay focused on the one making me money.

Unlike you, as I am sure you are aware, I blog a lot here st WA, but mostly about sharing that which I know works and providing niche ideas, SEO tips, social media techniques, and lots of other things.

Then I realized about a year ago that I could make good money helping people outside of WA with the same info I share here for free to the community.

So now I make money from my affiliate marketing programs AND helping people outside of WA with the techniques I have learned here. Like you Simon, I encourage everyone reading this to...

DO NOT GIVE UP! WORK HARD! THE WA TRAINING WORKS!

Once again, congratulations and happy birthday Simon! May you continue to be blessed in your endeavors.

Robert
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SimoninAsia Premium
Thanks Robert!

Yes it's definitely better to focus on one site first and get it making money before moving on to the next otherwise its very easy t get overwhelmed.
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boomergp08 Premium
Agreed!
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Roybretton Premium
Well done Simeon, that's a great blog post, I'm so pleased to hear your success story, great news! Unfortunately, Internet marketing seems to create so much negativity to the people around us. I believe this is because most people do not understand the power of the Internet and have never made a single penny online! I have experienced this type of behaviour, big time!

Have a great weekend and congratulations on your huge success.

Roy
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SimoninAsia Premium
It's true Roy, you can blame the serial product launchers and scammers out there for giving internet marketing a bad name. I love the fact WA's mission is to change that.
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Roybretton Premium
Well said Simeon, I hear you big time!

Have a great weekend.

Roy
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Wayne1950 Premium
I am determined to get there. I am still struggling to get through the training and actually write a review, I don't have more than a high school graduate education. I almost failed English and writing and spelling are not good so it is hard for me to even think about having to write post continually.
I am not sure my wife even agrees with my trying to do this, as I have tried everything you can think of over the past 40 + years. However I am going to stick it out and one day soon I too will be there.
Thanks Wayne
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SimoninAsia Premium
I know you will Wayne, the key is consistency and not gving up.

The internet gives us a level playing field and we have successful members from all kinds of backgrounds, education and experience. The biggest determining factor of success isnt what certificates you have, but your attitude and mindset.

I look forward to hearing your success story :)
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BrianPerisho Premium
Congratulations 🎉🍾

This is so encouraging... 🔥

I'm in my first, 30 days here at Wealthy Affiliate and I have been fortunate to have made $16 in commissions do far.

I know as long as I put the work in I will see the rewards.

Thanks for sharing.

Brian Perisho
#digitalfireman
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SimoninAsia Premium
That's brilliant Brian! Well done for passive such a major milestone so quickly!

As Kyle says, the traffic and commissions start as a trickle, then grow into a stream and a river, increasing in volume and getting more consistent over time.
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phollett Premium
Happy Birthday Simon and I am so glad your work has paid of, plus thanks for sharing an inspiring post.I get emotional sometimes reading these post because it reminds a bit of here in Canada when geese fly in a v formation.(for victory)

One is at the ahead of the formation until he is tired and then another takes over so they can then fly longer before taking a rest(team work) When I get inspirational stories here it helps me go longer because I get recharged. Thanks
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SimoninAsia Premium
That's exactly what I was hoping for in writing this post and I'm so happy to hear that.

Here's to your continued success.
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Kerjackie Premium
I love your post, your success, and a happy birthday to you! you're so right on telling, we must be determined and work very hard to see results, I'm on my first year and work hard, sometimes I feel that I'm not going anywhere, and feel miserable, then a little voice inside pushes me, to go forward to be persistent and confident.
Jacqueline
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SimoninAsia Premium
Listen to that voice Jacqueline... it's your desire to succeed, that entrepreneur drive pushing you forward.

When any one is successful, people always think it happened overnight,.. they didnt see the hours of practice behind the scenes. Another post, another new skill, another milestone achieved.

I promise you the hard work you put in now 'behind the scenes' will pay off... and not just once, but many times over.

Wishing you every success!
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Eliz65 Premium
Congrats! You have inspired me...I hope to see these kind of results too! Hopefully sooner than later, but ine thing I do know is I have to be patient. Im trying to commit to writing an article or review every day or two. Would love to find a couple of extra hours in a day! Eliza
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SimoninAsia Premium
That's great Eliza! Just set yourself a 1 hour block of time if you can each day. If it takes you 2 x 1 hour block to finish a post that's fine! The key is to keep moving forward.
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Scrimley2 Premium
Simon, I can relate, 20 years ago had a blog, fun but no$, Now all has changed. Much more difficult. Each so called simple to use plug in is a huge learning curve. I'm staying focused now on WA wasted a lot of $ over 10K. This time different. Thanks for your story excellent to keep me spot on. Also thank you for not showing me your swimming pool or sports car and your 34 room house with 19 bathrooms.

Cheers
Carlo Maietto foodbizguys.com
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SimoninAsia Premium
Haha! Not quite to that point yet lol!

It's just 1 step a day... that's all you need. Rome wasnt built in a day and everyone (I mean, EVERYONE) feels overwhelmed at times... I still do on a regular basis... but it's about pushing through it.

I quote I saw today: If you are making progress you are succeeding. Something like that :)
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Helen123 Premium
Congratulations Simon... and Happy Birthday ! I am a little way behind you but I hope to be in your position one day.. I have had a light bulb moment this week, and for the first time I think I can see more clearly where I am going with my websites. Thank you for sharing, it is definitely encouraging !
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SimoninAsia Premium
That's great Helen, you will get there a step at a time as we all do.So happy this is encouraging for you. All the very best!
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sdawson Premium
Congratulations! this is so awesome for you. I'm in my 5th year and working on my financial goals. Haven't reached them yet but I'm still working on it. I agree with more frequent posts are important - I know that is a reason why I haven't met my own goals. I'm working to fix that this year. -Shirley
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SimoninAsia Premium
Sounds like you know what to do Shirley. I wish you every success :)
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Jody4 Premium
Thank you for posting today your success and encouraging us.

Great tip to set aside time each day to work on it. I can attest if this is a must.

I said the same thing "will do it when I have time" and worked alot less on my site and the lessons.

Thanks again Simon!

Jody
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SimoninAsia Premium
You've heard the saying "A goal without a pan is just a dream." A goal is where you want to be, and an action plan (how many posts/week, what time of day will you work etc.) is the steps you take to get there.

Thanks Jody :)
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SondraM Premium
Happy Birthday!!!! Congrats on turning your goals into reality. Especially the $1,200 a day one - the one that was considered almost a fantasy goal at the time.

It is cool that you were able to go back and find your old comment from back when you first started.

Thanks for sharing the great advise also. I wonder what you next big goal is going to be?
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SimoninAsia Premium
I know right?

That's the problem... you reach your goals and it's time to start thinking even bigger and make some new ones you can get excited about!
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Swangirl Premium
Happy Birthday and congratulations!! You did it! Thanks for sharing the good news to inspire the rest of us.

Jessica
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SimoninAsia Premium
Thanks Jessica! :)
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cris1018 Premium
You are exactly right... it is very motivational to your fellow WA members! Congrats on your progress, and I wish you continued success in 2019!
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SimoninAsia Premium
Let's make 2019 the best ever!
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littlemama Premium
Money, money, money... MONnnnEY!!... MONnnnNEY!! (a song in my head!)

BIG CONGRATS Simon on reaching such a momentous goal!!!!

WOW! The power of writing down your goals!!!

2019 is ON FIRE!!!!

:)
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SimoninAsia Premium
IT'S BLAZIN'!! :-)

Isn't money great though? lol

I know right, guess what my desktop background is?! What you're aiming for, visualise it, put it in front of you!

Thanks so much Grace, as I always say (and you're bored of hearing) you've been such a motivation and encouragement to me, I'll try and pay it forward and encourage others too :)
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littlemama Premium
Lol, that's the way to do it Simon! YOU ARE GOING TO VEGAS! :)
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SimoninAsia Premium
YES I AM! :) I can smell it already! :)
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Happy Birthday, Simon! What an awesome present!! Congratulations on achieving your ecstatic goal! Your goal to earn income from an online business so you can serve those less fortunate is also one of my goals. Thanks for sharing your WA story!

Much success to you! :)
Colleen
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SimoninAsia Premium
Exactly. Money gives you options, and options give you freedom. Freedom to do what you really want to do with your life.
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Encourager1 Premium
I love hearing these stories they never get old and give me the inspiration I need to keep going with this. Thanks for posting.
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SimoninAsia Premium
Absolutely. You're in the best place, with the best people and training that actually gets results.

Don't sell yourself short, don't give up right before you see your breakthrough because surely it will come. One step at a time :)
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JonLake Premium
Crikey, I didn't even know there were products that expensive on Clickbank!!!
Well done to you
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SimoninAsia Premium
Thanks Jon!
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CoraMitchell Premium
Thank you so much for sharing! This is very exciting and encouraging!

Here’s to continued success!

Cora
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SimoninAsia Premium
And yours Cora!
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midhunvm Premium
Wow! this is really super inspiring...

Thank you, Simon for sharing your
amazing achievement :)
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SimoninAsia Premium
Thank you, I just want to show people that it really is possible to get finaincial freedom through by following the Wealthy Affiliate training and working hard. (emphasis on working hard!) :)
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midhunvm Premium
It's people like you, who make WA a gold :)
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Ray52 Premium
Happy Birthday, What a great present. And best of all, you are sharing that gift with us. A little encouragement helps us all. I know it helps me. Thanks. Keep up the great work.

Ray
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SimoninAsia Premium
I know, right? It's the best. But I see no use in bragging, that's not my intention here - but to help inspire those who are maybe just startingt out.

My message is: "Don't quit, keep going, keep growing and you will get there!"

Knowing this has helped you makes my day honestly! :)
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DonnieNorton Premium
Hi Simon, thank you for the great inspiring and motivational post. Wow! Having two $1200 days is absolutely awesome, hell, one $1200 a day is as much as I make in a month.
Donnie
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SimoninAsia Premium
Exactly! The potential for earning online is HUGE! And everyone who set their income goals can achieve them here if they keep pushing.
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