One of the questions I am often asked is “how long does it take to make money online”

Even many new members of Wealthy Affiliate will often ask “how long does it take to make money here?” or “how long before I make my first commission?”.

Or they ask other members how much they make, and how long it took them, etc, etc.

I know that many members don’t particularly like to disclose how much they make, and I don’t blame them.

After all, it is a very personal thing, and many find the question a bit rude.

But this question keeps coming up time and time again.

So how long DOES it take to make money on Wealthy Affiliate?

Well read on and I will attempt to answer this frequently asked question.



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Tekman Premium
I know it may seem irrelevant but to answer your first question
How long is a piece of string?

It depends on how long the piece of string is

Wrong!

A piece of string is twice as long as half of its length no matter how long it is.



LOL
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johnwnewman Premium
Haha ;-)
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JCZola Premium
Thank you for the inspiration. I keep wondering when I'll make my first dollar here at WA. I've been here for 3 months and haven't made anything yet. However, I'm not willing to give up and I'm not getting discouraged. The training is so comprehensive and I strongly feel that it sets us up to become successful. I've been treating WA like a marathon and not as a sprint. Keep up the great work!
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johnwnewman Premium
A great attitude JC! You need to be in it for the long haul! :-)
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HowardFR Premium
Thank's John,

Sometimes I get a little despondent about my progress in promoting Wealthy Affiliate and I do my best to keep my head down and write, an average of about 1,000 words per week. I know it's not enough but I am kind of stuck there. I joined in Jan of this year and have had 1 article appear on the first page of a Google search.

That's my claim to fame.

I am committed (just converted to yearly subscription) but for sure frustrated

Regards,

Howard
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johnwnewman Premium
The frustration never ends Howard, there is always more to do and strive for!
Keep going :-)
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TomasC Premium
It is clear to me, that when people ask "How long does it take to make money at Wealthy Affiliate?" they are asking about the known average according to the stats, of wich I am sure it`s not so hard to track, and well, maybe it^s reserved data, and not to the public eye, so be as it may be, if they just do not want to tell, well, it is ok.
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johnwnewman Premium
Interesting Tomas!
I honestly have no idea what the average would be, maybe Kyle and Carson have those stats.
But also, how do you quantify it?
Is it your first dollar, one hundred dollars, thousand, or a million?
Obviously, the million would take a while, but I do know a guy that I watched make a million dollars in 5 months selling an online course, how many years of trial and error it took beforehand is another story!
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TomasC Premium
Yes, it^s interesting, helpful too you know, I think it would help us new people to keep our feet on the ground, or prevent us make a move on our private life before we took rush and serious decisions. and being forward with this info would be helpful to WA increasing it`s good name as a business, but that's just my thoughts.
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Mattkeith Premium
Hey John Great report and i have been through the process you have listed , one thing i do have is the will to succeed and finally i have found WA to help that and give me the skills which will pay over and over again.
look forward to learning from you

Matt
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johnwnewman Premium
Cheers, Matt!
WA will definitely give you the tools you need to achieve success online, but it is up to you whether you put in the time and effort to make it work!
Best of luck :-)
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NWTDennis Premium
You have answered the question very clearly John. Other WA posts addressing this sane question all say the same thing ... failure here only occurs when you stop taking action according to the training.

This may not be a good enough answer for some members. They would rather continue with their Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS) and move on.

Success is simply a function of learning the skills taught here then rinsing and repeating.
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johnwnewman Premium
Unfortunately, some people will be chasing shiny objects for the rest of their life! :-)
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startouched Premium
Yes, indeed. So many come here thinking they are going to be an overnight success. Some people with more experience may actually start making money quite early. But in reality, I would say that most of us don't have that much experience and can be quite timid in asking for help if we get stuck. Or, decide to cruise through the training without really paying attention to all the details of the lessons. I know that I quite often go back and review and find that I missed a seemingly unimportant detail. I truly believe that we all can succeed with time and the effort that goes with it. Thanks for sharing,
Kathy
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johnwnewman Premium
I have found that a lot of people skip around in the training and move ahead without understanding properly.
It certainly pays to go through it step by step and review it several times.
Tony Robbins says that repetition is the mother of skill, and I agree!
Thanks Kathy :-)
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Louise2812 Premium
Thank you very much John. That was exactly what I needed to read at this point in time! I have kept at it steadily but seem to be at a point where I'm progressing a lot slower than I had been....however, I know I need to give it time and keep on going! So thanks for the extra encouragement - much appreciated :)
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johnwnewman Premium
Glad to hear that it helped!
Keep on going! :-)
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MikaelM Premium
Very nice thoughts and reminder about patience. In general I think we are looking for quick fixes in all areas of our life. The problem is just that most of the quick fixes are not really fixes but just short term distractions. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience.

Mikael
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johnwnewman Premium
Totally agree there Mikael!
Cheers :-)
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Miren Premium
Great training, John!
I usually struggle with focus and I get distracted by the "next opportunity", I'm so curious so I'm like "how will this work for me?". I know people who want to succeed online but aren't still here in this community because they're so skeptical, even though it's already been proven that WA works =)
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johnwnewman Premium
I know where you are coming from Miren, and I constantly try to "narrow" my focus, but it is a work in progress!
The real secret to making money online is not "if" it is possible, but actually following the blueprint, and working damn hard "until" you DO succeed!
But having the "belief" you can do it, is essential so you don't give up through the inevitable frustrations!
Thanks :-)
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Judy-B Premium
Thank you, John for the boost. I know this to be true and I still believe it. I've gotten away from my site here for awhile. A bit discouraged. I tweak the site at times. I'm trying to get back to it. Your training here has helped. Thank you, again. :)
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johnwnewman Premium
Really glad to have helped!
I understand the frustration, but It is all a numbers game, and the more we build out content on our sites, the better chance at success we have.
Kyle calls it using "brute force" :-)
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CraigUKTV Premium
Hi John,

You are right of course, you cannot define how long it takes. One common theme that I have noticed with people who are successful is one that you mentioned...and I quote....

"It starts out very slowly, then it’s a trickle, then a steady flow, and then once enough momentum builds up, it’s a waterfall!"

Thanks for the training. Cheers.
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johnwnewman Premium
Absolutely!!!
Glad you liked it :-)
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