Nov '20: From $0 to $4765 per month in 3 years

Last Update: December 05, 2020

2020 has been a crazy year for everyone and mostly not for good reasons.

In all this Wealthy Affiliate feels like an oasis and a safe heaven for anyone that wants to be financially independent and have a sense of security in these troubled times.

A little about me

My name is Stratos and I have been with WA from the beginning of 2018 when I was looking for ways to quit my 9-5 job where I was totally disappointed and wanted to have my freedom and independence.

It was the first time I was doing this so I had no idea what to expect but when I started out I gave a promise to myself. I will follow the training to the letter. No deviations, no experimentations. This way if it didn't work I would knew that I did everything by the book and I would feel good with myself.

One of the very first things they teach here is to a blog about something you are trully passionate about. This is of huge importance and although I couldn't understand it in the beginning after doing this for 3 years I can assure you that if you don't follow a niche that you are passionate about then the chances of quiting are enormous. And since I was not very much into creating an MMO review website I followed the path of creating a review website about technology products.

Now I need to point out that there is extreme competition in my field with some huge technology websites out there taking all the first places in Google searches. But I said I will try this and see where it takes me.

So I kept writing and writing. Now the more you write obviously the better. But since I already had limited time I managed to keep writing 2 articles per week. That's it. 2 good, detailed reviews every single week with no stop and no breaks.

The first 1 and a half year was the hardest part as I had literally no traffic and very few comissions. But around October of 2019 things started to change slowly as my traffic finally made a breakthrough. From that time till now I break record after record and you can see my previous blogs on how things had improved for me in 2020.

My current status and November breakdown

And this brings us today. Almost 3 years after I originally started. All my new posts immediatelly appear on first page of Google searches, my traffic is around 2,500-3,000 visitors per day and during Black Friday I broke the 7,000 visitors in a single day.

But this didn't come overnight. It was a long and hard process and just to give you a whole picture of my website's life in the chart below you can see my traffic from the beginning of 2018 to this day.

Each dot is a single month for better understanding where I stand today. As you can see for more than 1 and a half year my traffic was almost non existent. After the summer of 2019 things started to improve slowly. What I want to show you with this, is that I had tremendous patience all these months and I never let the statistics to deviate me from my goal.

Yes, I get that this is not easy for everyone. And maybe some people cannot wait that long but this is the hard truth. There are no magic ways, no corner cuts or magic tricks. It takes time and lots and lots of patience to succeed.

With all the above where does it bring me? Well you can see below how my November month went and I managed not only to reach my previous record but to surpass it by far.

Mediavine : $4,392

Amazon US : $174

Amazon UK : $37

Ebay : $90

Commision Junction : $72

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Total : $4765

There was a time not too long ago when I was reading similar posts and I was wondering how I could make the same. Is it even possible to make so much money online? And now here I am 3 years later making similar posts in order to inspire all those that are just trying to make their own breakthrough and gain their financial freedom.

My advice to you

Now I need to be completely honest with you. The road ahead is extremely hard. So I will give you some advices that are exactly what I did in order to go through the initial time where you have to work extra hard with no rewards.

1) Follow the training to the letter. If you deviate from what they teach here blaim only yourself for doing so.

2) Follow Jay's webinars. There is so much the training lessons teach you. Jay's trainings complement the WA training and provide valuable information about far more than what the training can show you.

3) Have patience. I cannot stress this enough. Most people don't go even go through the first year. It took me 3. It may take you even more depending on your niche, how much you write and how good you can write. But if you keep working on it you will reach your breakthrough eventually.

4) Quality over quantity. I am writting only 2 articles per week. And I prefer these two to be extra good than to write 4 that are so and so. And all my articles are at least 3,000-4,000 words long but at least you should try to write at least 2,000 words per article to be sure.

5) There will be moments when you want to quit. I guarantee you that. And this is the moment when the successful people distinguish themselves from the quiters. You have to push through even if you don't feel like it or when you think there is nothing else you can do.

6) GO PREMIUM and CHOOSE THE YEARLY SUBSCRIPTION. I couldn't understand the value of this until I did it. When your business will start to grow you will make major savings with the yearly subscription. But to do that it means that you are determined to succeed. Going yearly is a commitment that should be made only if you are ready for the long run.

You want a brighter future?

Everyday we listen how people loose their jobs, economy is doing worse and worse and people don't have money even for the most basic of needs. But affiliate marketing is on the rise even in these dark times and there is no better time to make a start.

My situation is a bright example of this. Even with the pandemic hitting us all very hard I managed to break my records every single month. There was a time I would call anyone crazy if they told me I would make more than $4500 in a single month. And here I am now riding high and already eyeing my next goal that is to break the $5000 mark in a single month.

Trust the system

You want to succeed? It's not a complex process. You have to trust on the people behind Wealthy Affiliate and what they teach. Kyle, Carson and Jay are amazing people and what they have given us here is pure gold. It is in our hands to take advantage of the system they made in order to create our long standing and healthy online businesses that can change our lives forever.

Are you ready to take that trip? Are you ready to do what is needed to make it happen? Ask yourself these questions and if you are then you have the essentials to start this amazing journey.

It took me 3 years to reach where I am now, to reach my goals and to surpass my dreams.

How long it will take you?

Wish you all a very nice and wonderful day!!!

Stratos

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chivs86 Premium
I've signed up for Mediavine. Waiting for them to approve or decline my application. Fingers crossed I see it is your main earner. Hopefully can start making something I'd be happy with a couple hundred a month at the moment
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MsJeanK Premium
Do let us know how you get on. I hate Adsense (but am a long way from having enough traffic for Mediavine). Good luck.
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Hackerist Premium
Sounds good. If you meet the requirements (link below), you’re okay:

https://www.mediavine.com/ad-management/

Tom
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earlofpearl Premium
Oh S...t! I love to see success stories like these; this really inspires me in many ways I had to say Oh S; t, I'm now approaching one year, and that's a great gold to set for myself aiming for 5000.
Thank you much for sharing this with us sir
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StratosK Premium
You are welcome.
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TobbeM Premium
Hello,
I'm new here and I know who Kyle and Carson are, but this guy Jay, who is that? Its probably someone that I should know something about. Can you please give me a hint, so I can reach out to the him, or at least follow? I have tried to find him but maybe he goes under another username. Sorry about my lack of knowledge:)

All the best and good luck!

- Tobbe
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TobbeM Premium
Ok, I just found the man, "magistudios", that has all the webinars :)
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YvonneBray Premium
That's great Jay is a cool guy and his videos are awesome.
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TobbeM Premium
Yes, seems like a cool dude. I will for sure check out some of his videos!
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chivs86 Premium
Hi Stratos, a Very good read. I'm coming up to almost a year with WA and I am paid up till November. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can get the Black Friday deal again as I know this can be a waiting game. I think i'm actually in the same kind of boat as you really - I also run a very busy eBay business so I too only manage around 2 posts a week but I have just hired someone to write for me and I am now accepting guest posts. Anyway, I have a question I would like to ask ~ how long did it take you to get approved for mediavine? I have been lookin into it but at current i'm getting like 6-7k impressions per month and I read you need 50k. What is your advice just give it time and keep publishing new content right?
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StratosK Premium
Mediavine approval can usually take around 2-3 weeks. But with their increased 50K limit it has become harder for people to enter nowadays.
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chivs86 Premium
Ok, Yes that's what I thought. Something for the future hopefully.
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RichBrennan Premium Plus
This is a brilliant post, Stratos.
It sums up everything we need to know about how to make a success of Wealthy Affiliate and proves that it's not just about promoting Wealthy Affiliate.
Despite the competition in your niche, you have managed to build the kind of income in under 3 years that many will not achieve in 45 years working in a job.
Thanks for your inspiration and may you enjoy continued and much deserved success.
Onwards and upwards!
Rich :-)
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StratosK Premium
Thank you very much. Wish all of you the same success.
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Calvinator63 Premium
Way to go Stratos,

It is great to see an average person excel to a level that they never expected to reach and questioned their actions the full time. Breaking the 1,000 dollars a month goal was much harder to reach in my case than any other monetary goals I have set for myself.

moreover, many others have that same difficulty and from those, I have talked to, that reached that level, agree with me that the first 1,000 dollar month was the hardest to reach.

Most even commented that after that it was like a huge load had been lifted off of them and they continued to exceed their own goals after that quite often.

It's another great example of not giving up and you will eventually succeed.

Agian Congratualtions Stratos,

Calvin
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StratosK Premium
I totally agree Calvin. It's because after you break the $1K mark you finally see the rewards of your hard work. And usually if you break the $1K mark you can work more calmly as it is already a good amount to start with. But to reach that point, it is indeed extremely hard.
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