I Want To Make Money NOW (or I Quit!)

Last Update: June 15, 2019

I hear this a lot.

Many people I speak with, even within WA, want to make money online QUICKLY.

I get it.

I mean, who wants to wait to start making money?

I certainly didn't when I first started!

The reality is though- it does take time (and a solid amount of effort) to get results.

And if you're not willing to put that time and effort into your business, chances are you'll make very little (if any) money at all.

In fact, I would attribute the mindset of 'making money quickly' as one of the single biggest reasons people fail online.

As long as you are chasing this you will always be looking for the next 'shiny object'. You will always be looking for a shortcut. A 'system'. A 'loophole' that doesn't exist.

Which keeps you from taking real action on building a REAL business.

Anyways, that's enough of my rant lol. I just really wanted to be upfront with you about this. Because it matters. Your mindset has a HUGE impact on whether or not you will succeed at this. Specifically, how disciplined you are within your online business.

My true intention with this post is to give you some perspective...

What may feel like a long time to be working before you start cashing in the big bucks, is really a drop in the bucket. It's nothing in the grand scheme of things.

So I really want to give you some perspective today. This way, you will see that by a simple change in the way you look at your business, you can create a drastic change in the results you see. Both now and in the longterm.

Let me start by breifly outlining how long it took me to make money...

How Long It Took ME To Start Making Money

I was searching the internet on and off for years trying to make money. All I ever did was lose it to one program or another.

Once I found WA in October of 2015 however, I knew I'd found something real. So I went to work and after 3 FULL months of working my butt off- I made a grand total of $1.17 from Amazon!

I've told this to some of my freinds when they ask me what I do for a living.

They rarely 'get it' at first, but they think it's cool to be making money on the internet. And without fail they ask me "what's the catch?".

Like it sounds cool but there must be something I'm not telling them.

So I tell them the above story which immediately takes them from sceptical to "wow that's a lot of work to make next to no money- stuff that!".

Who wants to work for 3 months and make a dollar LOL.

Fair enough.

But (for me) the day I made that dollar, was one of the most exciting days of my life. For real.

Why? Because I knew that if I could make a dollar, I could make ten, a hundred, a thousand... and so on. I knew it was real so I knew I could do it.

And that's exactly what happened. By the 6 month mark I was making small, but regular commissions. Again, lots of time and effort, not a huge payout.

But I was practically doing backflips with excitement. Because I was BUILDING a business. Finally.

Fast forward a bit over a year and a half, and I began making a full-time income. Just from what I learned right here within WA.

So my point is....

As much as people WANT to be earning a full-time income online. As much as they want the freedom only this kind of business can bring---- few people can fathem working hard for 3-6 months before making much money.

And I think this is CRAZY.

A year and a half, heck even two years, even three years... is nothing.

I mean, I used to go to work and grind from 7am to 7pm most days, often 6 days a week. I strongly disliked what I did. It was boring, soul sucking, and left me extremely tired. I mean I was thankful for what I had. But I wasn't living. I was 'existing'.

So (for me) a couple years to completely turn this around was nothing.

Anyways, enough about me.

I just wanted to give you some insight into my story is all. So you know I am speaking from experience when I say it's worth putting the effort in.

As I said earlier, the real purpose of this post is to give you some perspective. So I thought the best way to do this is with a 'real world' comparison.

University vs Wealthy Affiliate (what would you prefer?)

Most people go to university in the hopes of getting a secure job with benefits. This is something we are raised to do. So it's very much the 'norm'.

Which is why I figured this was the perfect comparison to make here.

Before we proceed: I want to be clear that I am not against universty education. Not at all. It's a wonderful place to learn and qualify yourself for a given profession. Absolutely. And it goes without saying that some professions absolutely require this. My wife is a registered nurse for example, so she had to go to university or she simply wouldn't get a job. Now she's doing her Masters degree because this is seen as 'essential' in this day and age to get a good job. So I get why people within certain indstries further their education in college.

With that said, I am using this as an example because it helps put things into perspective. Especially for entrepreneurs who (in my opinion) do not need to go to traditional university.

University Degree

Obviously the ins and outs of this vary from college to college. It depends on what you study and what level you go to, among other things. So I'll base my comparison on some very general figures for example purposes.

What traditional university costs you:

  • Around 3-4 years to obtain an undergraduate degree
  • About $25-$50k on average, depending on what/ where you study

What universty gives you at the end of 3-4 years:

  • Good education and qualifications
  • Lots of debt
  • Hopefully, a 9-5 entry-level job (that you'll probably end up resenting)

In summary... you spend years of your time and a considerable amount of money, to 'maybe' get a job.

In many cases, the job you get is not one you enjoy either. You're stuck in a cubicle, being told what to do, by a boss who underappreciates you. And you're commuting long hours each and every day.

Of course many people enjoy what they do too. Cool. But there's just as many, if not more, people who can't stand their job in one way or another. I'm guessing since you're here, you are more likely in the latter.

Either way, you're stuck with debt for years to come. Whether you get a job or not, and whether you love or hate what you do. Chances are you've made little to no money at all during that time too. So you've also foregone the opportunity to earn money during this 3-4 year period of time. This is also worth considering.

Building an Online Business With WA

What people achieve this route varies greatly. So I'm just going to use my example and what I know others have been able to achieve here.

So let's round it up and assume it takes you full 3 years to get to the point of a full-time income. I personally think that (if you're putting in a solid effort for 3 years) this is VERY achievable.

What Wealthy Affiliate costs you:

  • 3 years full-time learning and building your business
  • $1,200 if you buy 3 years of WA yearly, some domains and rounding it up for good measure (yes, Premium gives you ALL you need to build a full-time income online)

What you can achieve within 3 years:

  • Very possible to be earning some money within 3-6 months
  • You can realistically be making a full-time income (or very close to it) within 3 years
  • You will have ZERO debt from your expenses
  • You've got a thriving online business that generates passive income, allows you to travel and spend more time doing what you love. With the people you love.
  • You OWN an asset (website/s) that you can potentially sell (for more than you might think)

In summary.... you spend a few years learning the ropes, earning small amounts in your first 3-6 months. Heck, even in your first year. Let's be super modest. After 3 years, you can realistically be earning a full-time passive income online.

Even better, you now have more freedom, zero debt and you ove what you do.

The rewards of this approach FAR outweigh what any job can give you. In my humble opinion.


The main take home here is this--- creating a profitable online business does take time and effort, yes. And it will not happen within a few weeks or months.

However, when you look at things in the right context, the opportunity you have here within WA to build your business is WELL worth it.

So consider what I've shared with you here and use it to help put things into perspective.

Stop thinking about how quickly you can make money. Start thinking about what you can build within a *relatively* short period of time.

In the grand scheme of things, the time you put into your business before getting into profit is NOTHING. Especially when you consider that your time is going into building your future.

Hopefully, you can see the power of what we have here. What you can achieve by putting the work in and taking this seriously Treating it like a business. Which it is.

Now with that being said, I'm keen to hear your thoughts about this. Let me know how you feel about all of this in the comments below! Cheers

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Work2Play Premium
My take is that real effort makes the time less important, as I believe I will see results if I take others' advice, take advantage of the training, constantly strive for improvement and also try to provide input and feedback to others in this business. There is also the likelihood that the time frame can be advanced as advancements in technology are added by WA. But I appreciate the honesty, as that confirms my belief that I have truly found a site/business that simply makes it a possibility to succeed with hard work.
cld111 Premium
Tim, I signed up for your emails to learn from you. And I'm glad i did! Great post, and it gives me a lot to think about too even though I've been doing this for a little bit. :)

Now, you know I'm coming after you in the SERPS, right?! (Haha. Not really. You're pretty much always #1.)

- Christina
CoachMX Premium
Hi Tim. Your point about living instead of just “existing” totally resonates with me. I am at this crossroads. I have stumbled on WA and am only just starting the training here. Thank you for your honest sharing that reminds me to set my mindset right from the start for real success. Becoming free in 3 years is amazing! I’m fighting my self-defeating thoughts that is slowing my progress here. I must persevere!
Great article! I went to university and then found myself working an entry level job 6 days a week and barely earning enough to live off of. I hated it! I really want to look into online business so I can have my time back and my life back. Working 6 days a week is exhausting, and I never had the time, energy, or money to actually be able to do the things I enjoy.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Thanks for sharing Beth :)
SaraFesky Premium
This entire post was so refreshing! When I initially ran into the article that you had written (the one that brought me here!), I was skeptical...until I read the part about how this isn't a "get rich quick" scheme. The fact that you are so honest about your starting struggles and your success makes me so thankful that I found your article in the first place!

I came into this knowing that it wasn't going to be an overnight thing and I am honestly enjoying going through all of the training and building my business step by step!

I wasn't sure, in prior years, if I would be able to be passionate about having an online business. But the strength and help of our community gives me motivation and the drive to put my best effort into reaching my goals!

~Sara :)
TimMcKinlay Premium
Awesome Sara, so glad you the article helpful and it's great to have you as part of the community!

Appreciate the comment and talk soon :)

Rylie4 Premium
Tim, great post! Thank you for being upfront and honest. The funny thing is, I was just telling someone how I have a goal to have my own business and also to replace my income with my own business within 3 years. This made me feel good that my goal, which I thought was pretty realistic aligns with exactly what you wrote. Thanks for putting this out there, excited to learn more!
TimMcKinlay Premium
Yeah that's a very achievable and sensible goal, nice to see. By following the training and putting the effort in, you are going to be in for an exciting journey ahead. Look forward to seeing you kick goals in the coming weeks, months and years ahead!
JeffreyAihu1 Premium
Tim,a great post.I believe everything you said and I am going to go on and build my internet business despite my difficulties in understanding things right now as a newbie.In fact I took advantage of the last Black Friday huge annual discount and go premium without hesitation. Thanks a lot.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Cheers Jeffrey, appreciate the comment!
TFitzsimmons Premium
Very well written. This is the perspective that all new people (me included) need to remember. We are building a business for the rest of our lives.
Instead of exchanging our time for money every day for the rest of our lives, we can exchange a lot of time now for freedom in the future.
Sounds like a really good idea to me!
Have a great day!
TimMcKinlay Premium
Thanks for sharing Tom, appreciate it.
Cynthia1423 Premium
Hey Tim,
hope all is well giving you update, I don't think, I told you but I did make $7.76 on Google Adsense within 1 month in a half, so I wanted to let you know, also all my content got index, I have 9 post, 1 of them is a page haven't gotten index yet.

I am still waiting to make money from Amazon, but I know I have to continue to build content and follow the training, which I am doing, won't quick or give up. Oh yea I got approve for ShareASale, I am going to have get another website for this one, but any way,
Thanks for your encouragement and support!!
Anthonyhu Premium
Hi Cynthia, it is so nice to hear that you made money in such a short time. I am sure that you select a nice niche. continue the wonderful job!

I have been here for more that one year now and yesterday I saw I have $2.4 in my Amazon associate account, even though I have no activities in last half year. I come back because I just sign up for another year of WA membership and right now plan the strategies for 2019.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Awesome, big congrats to you Cynthia!

This goes to show that everyone is different, and we all achieve things at a different pace. You must be doing something very right there to be earning with Adsense that early on, so I would be looking to scale your traffic as much as possible to take full advantage of this on top of your affiliate promos.

Anyways so glad to see you taking action and getting solid results, looking forward to seeing your continued success! :)
Cynthia1423 Premium
Thanks Tim
Cynthia1423 Premium
Hello Anthony,
Thanks for the encouragement, hoping you success as well continue with publishing good content don't give up👍
cafeasy Premium
Wow, great motivation for me. I Joined WA in Sept 2018, just within a week I subscribed to premium. I am thankful to this information as I was one of those people expecting miracles, not looking at a distant future. I am a professional tutor, specializing in tutoring Mathematics and Sciences for especially clients who are doing IGCSE. I have done this for the past 15 years and i am looking forth to take my business online and eventually take a break and enjoy special and quality time with my family. This post have shown that I must keep pushing as I am just in business as business people, success is the key.

Thank you @TimMcKinlay you have helped me indeed.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Glad you found the article helpful and wishing you the very best going forward!
roydavid Premium
I read & understand what everybody has said about making money, but for me that is not my main objective, because I have a very different objective, due to my age & almost fatal accident in 2012--I feel that I like to start life anew, & that may well be in The Philippines? Because of my close brush with death, & almost 5 years of deep & chronic depression, after 5 years of expecting & fearing death at almost any instant, I feel I need to restart my life??
Fearing death for 5 years having given ""death"" very little prior thought for my whole life, I am fearless of hard work, & have no desperate desire to make money? What I need to do is be very busy, & helping people (Filipinos) to improve there lives & knowledge,especially about the availability & convenience of Solar Power, which is a readily available resource for Filipinos? Whilst many are too poor to be able to afford electric,those who can & do afford it, would have there lives improved immeasurably by the money they could save from a lifelong electricity bill!!!
Of course the initial expense of solar power may seem enormous to most, but when viewed against a lifelong electric bill, it becomes of little consequence?
My main aim in life (what little I have remaining!!! GOK?LOL) is to stay busy,& if I make a little money along the way, then any spare can help others, perhaps? Any help with a possible "Niche"" would be most welcome? From anybody?? LOL
keishalina9 Premium
As you've already said, 'life is precious,' so make the best of it NOW! ... sounds like you've already identified a niche of solar energy power... you can certainly share your knowledge/expertise in that field and learn even more along the way... e.g. types of panels, installation processes, manufacturers, materials, warranties, and on it goes... hope this gives you a few ideas to get moving to success! ... all the best, cheerio... :)
TimMcKinlay Premium
Hi Roys,

Have you seen the bonus niche training I sent you (check your WA inbox, message icon top right of screen)?

Keisha's comment is spot on too, when she says you have identified a great potential niche with solar power. So much traffic potential here and lots of great products you can promote as an affiliate. So this is a great potential niche, especially since you are interested in this topic and knowledgable about it.

Also, feel free to reach out to me via private message if you want to run some ideas past me. I'm more than happy to help you out :)

In the meantime, check out this post which is very helpful: Hope this helps and talk soon!
roydavid Premium
Reading & replying to everything (twice sometimes) to make certain that everything sinks in, eventually??hahaha
JonathanAll1 Premium
Thanks for a clear perspective. I’d be happy if it pays expenses. This web building is all new to me. I need this , in this point in my life.
It is Lots of ready!,,which is inspiring to me. Which keep me wanting more and captivating, while motivating.
I believe, I could do this ! You’ve made it easy, but th part that sucks is , I think those that don’t have the money to buy the upgrades or buy a ready website, struggle to survive.
I’m determined to proceed forward by investing my valuable time, and dig my in all the benefits

Signed New to WA
Jonathan Allen FB
Jonathan Leslie, author

I see a vision and am focused.
KyleTuska Premium

I am wondering something about SEO and getting ranked with a keyword.

For instance I wrote a blog on "how to lower my golf score"It had a low QSR and pretty high traffic. 51 searches and 50 QSR. I wrote a blog and it did get ranked but nowhere near the top. In fact I don't know where it ranks (on which page)?

Then I wrote a few more blogs with low QSR on simulators, women's golf accessories and a few more.

Is this the right statedgy?

Should I be writing multiple blogs on THE SAME KEYWORD (keyphrase) or should I keep picking low hanging fruit keyword (phrases) that relate to golf that I think my audience want to know about.

I want to write next about chipping and putting in golf (a how to) and try to get ranked there. My blogs are always long enough (generally well over 1000 words.

I am posting to Google + adding meta titles, meta descriptions, alt tags, incorporating the keyword (or phrase) at least once or twice in the posts. I using external links (like youtube videos or product images from say Amazon). Also internal links

Then finally fetch as google and submitting a sitemap.

I know I need more content but not sure if I need to write multiple articles on same keyword or keep doing what I'm doing.

It would seem weird to me to write 30 blogs on "how to lower my golf score". I don't see other ranked sites doing this.


Thanks in advance for your reply.

KyleTuska Premium
Thanks a lot!
TimMcKinlay Premium
Hi Kyle,

You definitely don't want to be writing multiple articles on the same keyword. You want to be finding related keywords/ topics, and writing about those.

So yes- you want to keep picking low hanging fruit keyword that relate to golf that you think your audience wants to know about.

Other than that it sounds like you are following the process well. So the key is to be consistent. Even if you are creating awesome content, and doing everything right, your site is new, so it takes time to gain traction in Google. So consistency is key.

Be careful using product images from Amazon unless you are linking to that product within that post. Otherwise you risk your Amazon account being banned.

I totally recommend checking out the training Labman shared too, Jay provides great training on this stuff so you will learn a lot by watching that.

Hope this helps and let me know how you go!

KyleTuska Premium
Thanks so much for always getting back to me. Can't tell you how much I appreciate that! This helps a lot.

You're the bomb. God bless

TimMcKinlay Premium
Not a problem at all Kyle, happy to help out :) Cheers
Bayou1 Premium
totally agree Tim with all you have said.The traditional model of education,job,work etc is dead for me personally.I scoured the internet high and low looking for something that wasn't a scam and I think i found it here at WA.I'm gonna keep plugging away a post at a time,a day at a time...Thanks for this post TIm ,much appreciated :))
aktorgirl Premium
Great article,Tim. Thanks for sharing. Years ago I had an instructor at university who told me to work hard. She gave me a pin: The Key Is Me. Her motto was If you think you can or can’t, you’re right. I’ve never forgotten those two little lessons.
Very interesting post Tim.

I have been wondering for the past few days as to how long on average does it take for a new member to start earning a living from one's business assuming that one dedicates sufficient time and effort towards building the business.

Does WA have some sort of stats available on this?
Balloons29 Premium
That all depends. Some people get income in a day. I have been with WA for a year and a half and I haven't earned a penny.
Cath88 Premium

I cannot (nor do I believe anyone else can) give a definitive answer since there a number of things that will determine when/if money starts to roll in.

You need to write quality content, of course. Then, once it is ranked, and visitors begin coming to your site (and buying through your links), you will begin to earn money.

Maybe someone else has a better answer for you.

Best wishes!

So meaning that any help and tools at WA not helping you to earn a penny at all. Why you stay in WA for a year and a half? Maybe there is any reason that you can give.
Cath88 Premium

There are members who are here for several years and they are earning good money. You can learn new things here every day, so it is not a bad thing if someone is still here for one and a half years.

To build your business, you need to be patient and it takes a lot of hard work and time. It is your business and whatever effort/money you put into it will bring a return, but it takes time. The amount of time will depend on the individual, with regards to the quality of the content put on their site, among other things.

You are building your website to make money, correct -- and also to help others solve a problem they may have. When they visit your site, if you have something to offer that the visitor is interested in, you will get revenue.

Hope that helps!

BRuelas Premium
Thank You so much for sharing your experience as a newbie I made the same mistake thinking how quickly I can get the $10K I need to do this full time, now I know that as everything good in live this is no exception it will need consistency, hard work, and patience for me to get what I want and your point of view give me hope that I can do this with no experience but with a lot of passion..
SArmstrong1 Premium
I love this post. I've been at it for 6 months and haven't made a single cent LOL. I am a student with a full time job. But, the energy I get from writing is definitely worth the sacrifice. I would love to check out your site and get your ideas and input on my own sites. Thanks for sharing your post, it was inspirational.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Hey Sonora,

Wow that's dedication- being a student, working full-time and building your business here at WA! Well done.

In this case it can help to look at other wins too, like getting rankings with your content and traffic. Because these are a key part in the revenue generating aspect of your business.

I can't share the link to my site here because WA doesn't like that sort of thing, but you can visit my profile page to see one of my sites and by all means reach out via PM if you want some tips.
SArmstrong1 Premium
Will do, thanks so much.
NoMo9-5Grind Premium
Absolutely brilliant post-Tim!

Having had my own business previously I know first hand how much of an investment in time and hard work it takes to build a business! The reward comes from commitment, hard work and never giving up.

You have nailed it here and I see you repping great rewards moving forward from never giving up, and staying true to yourself and your business!

Keep rocking it!

TimMcKinlay Premium
Thanks Rob I really appreciate that and wish you the best with your journey here at WA. Cheers
NinahHunter Premium
This is great stuff, Tim! The point that hit home to me is that it is not just the time but the effort, and consistent effort, that it are the keys to success in developing an online business. That's mostly true for an offline business, as well.

I fear I'm still in that stage that you were in before finding WA, even though I've already found WA. I'm still chasing shiny objects and getting distracted and not putting in the consistent time and effort working on my business that I've started with WA. Maybe that's partly because I am now retired from a job I disliked so no longer have to motivation to work my butt off to get out of a bad situation. LOL

I may be enjoying retirement too much but not the limited income. So, thanks for the perspective and motivation. I am not giving up nor bailing on WA. It's still the best and most affordable platform, IMHO, for learning and supporting an online business.

TimMcKinlay Premium
Yeah consistency is the key. I would say this one thing is far more important than anything else even.

Staying focussed can be a challenge in the beginning and even now to be honest. There are SO many avenues to explore with this business and so many awesome niches to tap into. So it is a challenge to stay focussed even when you are earning. But being disciplined and staying focused is worth it. Because the more you see something through, whatever it is, the more likely you are to succeed.

Anyways, glad you enjoyed the post Ninah and thanks for dropping by :) Cheers
DBlanchard Premium
Wow, Tim! This post really does puts everything in perspective!

The power of perseverance to turn a whole life around is worth more than just money. It has brought you freedom, which is what most people want, money being just a tool to get that freedom!!!

I for one, am really sick and tired of the rat race. I still have a full-time job because I need it to support my family. But every spare minute I have are spent here, building my online business.

The little money I make right now is definitely not enough, but like you, it has proven me that it is POSSIBLE. So I can't and won't quit until I achieve my goal of quitting my job for good and live the laptop life! :D

The main reason for my being here at WA is exactly what you describe in your post. I want to stop existing and start living my life on MY OWN terms.

This post is an inspiration for all of us, and I will definitely share it and read it again and again.

Thank you for sharing this with all of us!!
TimMcKinlay Premium
Hi Denis,

Very true, it is about the freedom it brings more so than the income itself.

Awesome to hear you are making money with your site and I know that in time you will reach your goals!

Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for commenting :) Cheers
BrittaneyS Premium
Loved this post Tim! Your perspective is spot on, and the words of encouragement are always much appreciated.

You have also made some excellent points about university! Teacher here, so it was necessary for me...but here I am at WA working my butt off :)

Thanks for the great read!
TimMcKinlay Premium
Cool glad you enjoyed the post Brittaney :)

Yeah university certainly has it's place and can be very beneficial. I just think it's cool to know there's some great alternatives like affiliate marketing.

All the best here and thanks for chiming in!
coxscastle Premium
I don't mind that it's taking a while to make the first dollar. My only concern is that Amazon is going to boot me out for not making a sale in 6 months. I'm getting close to that mark now. I have one post on page 1 of google now so maybe it won't be much longer. I'm still writing and I'm not giving up.
Brooklyn2008 Premium
I've been booted out a few times. You just reapply all over again. One of the obstacles of starting out :)
TimMcKinlay Premium
Nice work getting your post on page 1 Michael. If you can do that, you can get many more so I wouldn't worry about the Amazon thing at all. Worst case just reapply. They are not going to shy away from having a great affiliate on board. Not in a million years.
cventieri Premium
Great post I enjoyed reading this, I am currently in my 6th month now I haven't made any money at all as yet, I am putting in a lot of effort and building out my website, I really hope though to start generating some income even as you mentioned a single $1 to start with, then the over flow.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Yeah once you earn that first dollar man you will see the power of this and how simple it is to scale up your results.
EddySalomon Premium
Great post Tim. You've touch upon anyone that has been successful in this business has struggled with and conquered.
I can totally relate to your first dollar. I remember I earned a few cents online and I was so excited. My friends laughed and said why are you excited? And its like you said, it confirmed I could make money online. Now it was time to scale up which obviously I did.

And I'm glad you touched upon the time frame aspect. People are so quick to give up on their own dreams to make others dreams come true (i.e working for an employer). And I'm not talking about people that have immediate bills to pay so they need to get a job right away. I'm talking about the people that are being impatient and aren't willing to put in the same effort and time for themselves because they don't see results right away.

In any event, great job with this post! Hopefully it resonates with everyone.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Thanks Eddy. Yeah it's a priceless feeling hey. I also remember getting my first WA referral lol. I was telling Nardia all about it and could hardly contain myself. So exciting.

Yeah it's an interesting dynamic that's for sure. I remember I felt discouraged myself when I didn't make money in my first couple months lol! I can laugh about it now but at the time I still had doubts. I think the first few months are the most challenging for this reason. This is when you're really buckling down and putting solid effort in, with no idea if it's "really" going to pay off. But once you get past that and see the traffic and commissions starting to come in, the excitement level goes through the roof.

Anyways thanks for commenting Eddy, appreciate it :) Cheers
EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Tim. I agree the delayed gratification aspect is very difficult. People don't realize the work you put in now will start pay off months down the line. And some people don't have the luxury to wait that long. So I get that. But for everyone else it's just reminding yourself that patience can lead to life changing events.

We're both examples of that. So it can be done.
NatNiches Premium
Completely agree with all your points Tim. I guess I've been working on my main site for 2+ a bit years and I'm a part time income now... I can see things picking up, so I am positive I will be full time before too long. So, I would agree with the 3+ year projection as well!
It is amazing how little effort people are prepared to put in. I think a lot of it also comes down to self-motivation too... a majority of people will really struggle with that and probably a minority can overcome it day after day.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Awesome work Natalie, congrats! Absolutely, if you can make a part-time income then full-time is just a matter of doing more of what works. So you can do it.

Yeah totally. One of the things I've come to realise is how important mindset is with this stuff. I once dismissed it as 'somewhat relevant' but the truth is your mindset is everything. The skills are here to be learned, and there's a wealth of opportunity online once you equip yourself with these skills. So I think it really boils down to believing in the process and being disciplined enough to take massive action. Consistently. Easier said than done (especially when no one's telling you what to do) but it's worth it.

Thanks for commenting :) Cheers
NatNiches Premium
Thank you for the encouragement Tim :).
I have to say, I completely agree about the mindset thing. I would say, it's essential.
When I have gone off track, it's always down to my mindset ultimately!
Onward and upward! :) Cheers, Nat
gjshawk Premium
Good points, Tim. I have two bachelors degrees, Aerospace Engineering and Business Management, and some work on an MBA (about half). I'm not using any of it. I quit going to college because I finally saw more debt than benefit.
I'm retired now, but I have wondered what my life would be like now If I'd found WA 10 years ago instead of last year.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Wow that's impressive and would've taken some serious dedication. I guess the good news is you're here now, and you could potentially even use some of that knowledge in creating a profitable niche site. Just a thought.
VolkerL Premium
Thank you Tim for your insights...so true what you said...still in the beginning myself...important is that you find the right niche in which you feel comfortable and in which you feel it has potential to create some income with time.
Main thing first is really to built up the website with a lot of useful and relevant content...to grow your reputation...and that takes time...I know it from myself, when I am researching products, I wont trust blogs with just 10 posts...needs to be something more....and creating good content takes time....the rest will hopefully happens then automatically....someday :-)
TimMcKinlay Premium
Spot on Volker, useful and relevant content is by far the most valuable thing you could be focussing on. That's not to say you need to be some fancy writer though. I'm not. But just trying to give people the most value you can is always a winning strategy.
manne13666 Premium
This is totally true. Scams or companies of disrepute try to cash in on this to make money, but there are no shortcuts if you want to build a sustainable online business.

Do I wish I had found WA sooner? Absolutely!

It's okay though. I'm willing to put in the work and spend the next 45, at least, years doing something I love with the freedom to do it wherever I want.
TimMcKinlay Premium
For sure, longterm thinking is the key. And I could totally say the same thing lol. Just glad I decided to give WA a go and stick at it when I did.
PKarlsson Premium
Thank you for inspiring words. Just the right medicine for my self right now!
I do have a regular job that I actually like (believe or not) but if I had to choose between working full time as an affiliate or as an employee I would choose affiliate marketing.
Right now, my focus is to earn some extra money and I'm sure "they are waiting just around the corner" :-).
TimMcKinlay Premium
You're very welcome Patrik, and that's a great point. WA can benefit you even if you're not looking to go 'full-time'. Many people leverage the training here to build an extra income too, so this is an excellent goal and a very achievable one. Cheers
bryanb007 Premium
What is the difference between taking 3 years to get an education and 3 years to learn and - build an online business, Paying 30K for a college education and - $1000 to learn to earn a full time income and lastly, having an education after three years which now enables you to look for an entry level job and - earning a full time income from your own business, doing what you love?

Heck, it's not rocket science. As you said, the one you end up with no income while learning for 3 years, massive debt and no job. The other, 3 years learning and building an online business with little to lots of income and finally no job,a full time business with a full time income doing what you love. Mmmmm, I am not sure which I should choose?

Luckily people still like the idea of a Job. We cannot all be online! Who would make the products we sell.

I have no problem with people choosing a job. I had a job for 43 years. I just don't appreciate the belittling when you tell people you are an affiliate marketer, especially when you are starting out. Some people just don't see the bigger picture. :-)

Good article. Thank you.

TimMcKinlay Premium
Absolutely, when you break it down logically it's profound how simple the choice is for budding entrepreneurs. I think it comes down to a 'belief' in the process too, which is especially important in the beginning I've found.

I think when people try to belittle you, it's mostly a case of they don't understand affiliate marketing. Or they 'tried it' and it didn't work for them. But the reality is it does work if you do. So you're smart for not letting that sort of thing derail you. You absolutely can do this.
jetrbby80316 Premium
Great attitude in drawing inspiration from the tiny steps Tim. That is the key, don't think about the money, just think about adding value to your readers and customers, and the money will come.

Continue to enjoy the learning process, which is constant when you are doing it right - and keep drawing inspiration from the tiny steps. Because those accumulated "tiny steps" can turn into a full-time income doing something you love over time!
TimMcKinlay Premium
Thanks Kaju :) Yeah when I went from thinking about 'making money' to focussing on value above all, things changed dramatically for me. It's a simple but critical shift. Each step builds on the last as you say, so it's all worth it in the end.
Joshua2765 Premium
Spot on post, Tim!

I was like you...just trying one "program" after another...looking for the holy grail of online income. Of course, I never found it, but I wasted tons of valuable time AND money...in the pursuit!

I recognize this (WA) opportunity for what it is. WORK! Lots of it! But, I also realize that the long-term benefits FAR outweigh the temporary struggle that it will take me to get there. Fortunately, I am reasonably patient and able to defer gratification.

Your post is a good reminder to me that I am doing the right thing by persevering.


Continued success,

TimMcKinlay Premium
Spot on Joshua. By keeping focussed on your goals and working to achieve them no matter what, you will get there. Cheers
Jahnaisa30 Premium
All I can say is OMG you do have a very good point. I was on the way to quitting. I wasn't really understand what it takes. Now from seeing and hearing your experience got me excited. I want to see how this goes on down the line. I want to see if I really can do it. Even though I'm really spending money I don't have. I probably be just like you if I make my first 1 I would be so excited. Like that dollar is 100 dollars lol. Hopefully and I pray to God above if things can rule in my favor. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. A real live report on someone else life is very good for me. That was very genuine.
TimMcKinlay Premium
Definitely. Once you make that first dollar you will see how real this is and you will know you can reach your goals. It may seem like small steps at first but everything you do now is all building towards your goals. Keep at it and looking forward to seeing you kick goals in 2018 and beyond! Cheers
Anh Premium
Great story, Tim!

It took me a grand total of 6 months to make my first $12, and I totally see how some folks like your friends would backtrack on their opinion on online marketing/ making money online, ha ha. But as you said, those first dollars were so special because they show us the potential of this business. And I wouldn't have become a full time online marketer without those months of working my butt off for what many would consider a meager sum!

Thanks for sharing, mate. ;)

TimMcKinlay Premium
So true, Anh. Love your site btw and thank you for commenting :) Cheers
Anh Premium
Aww, thanks Tim! I'm a fan of your site for a long time now. Beautiful design, genuinely helpful content. ;) Good day to you.