Finally! My First Commission!

Last Update: June 04, 2019

See The Single Coin Stack?

Most businesses work pretty similarly when it comes to success. It doesn't happen like when you get paid per hour. It can feel like you are working for nothing for a bit too long.

Then it comes.

You see, it isn't just business that works this way. All the best things in life seem to happen immediately after the point that you feel like giving up.

This has happened to me many times over my life, and I did my best to teach my wife the lesson of patience.

Unfortunately, no matter how many times I did my best and tried my hardest to maintain belief long enough for a bit of success to show her the proof behind my theory, she would do her absolute best to completely shatter my belief, with things like, "What are you going to do when this fails?" and, "How much money are you going to waste on this this time?"

I'm not sure if it actually is needless to say, but we are no longer together and my success is knocking.

The Morning Of May 31

I've been noticing an increase in both impressions and clicks. The funny part is that it was on a site that I haven't really contributed to for about six weeks.

I had started a second website and it took a lot of work (still only half done), as it was a very large, multi-part tutorial that splits into many ways to do the same thing. It's pretty complicated to organize and write everything, and it has taken all of my spare time, so my first website took the back burner for a while.

Recently, my first site reached 60 Google clicks and over 1500 impressions, so I was still checking on it when I went to check on my second one.

So, I went to work, as usual, and didn't expect a lot of change before I got home. I expected maybe another click or two, while patiently anticipating my first click on the second site.

After Work

I got home and made supper, then watched an episode of Game of Thrones with my girlfriend (yes, I am starting it now that it's over). We showered and had a few glasses of wine, then came up to bed (my office is the corner of our bedroom).

I sat down for a few minutes to go through the usual routine: WA notifications, Google Analytics, Search Console, Amazon Associates...and there it was.


Now, that really doesn't sound like much at all, but I have been waiting to see ANYTHING since February 28, when I started my first site, and fully expected my first commission to be from my second site, started March 25.

My first site had an Amazon commission from an article that I wrote in early March.

I went to see what it was that the person had purchased so that I could target that item in other articles. My first website was home theatre electronics related, and they purchased a cell phone camera for working on a car, an oil seal, also for a car, a shaft seal for a car...hmm OH!

One HDMI cable that was just thrown into the article, never expecting to actually sell, and two other HDMI cables of a different length.

Total earnings: $4.40.

Wait, what?

Upon further inspection, I found that the commission on the home page, and on the reports page only reflects the items that had shipped.

When I came back to my Associates page on June 1, it showed the real amount, and my earnings were $3.35 for May and $1.05 for June.

Not only did I make my first commission, but it was sales in two separate months!

Moving Forward

I plan to investigate a little deeper into how one article on my site that I was completely ignoring has commanded so much traffic, and emulate whatever accidental success I incorporated into all of my future articles.

Find what works, and keep doing it.

I hope a few things in this article helps someone along the way, and remember: the links you least expect to pay you just might.

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jamesprc Premium
"All the best things in life seem to happen immediately after the point that you feel like giving up." That is so true for my life, as well!

I also once read in a business book "Any deal that's worth it will look like it's going to be called off at least twice." (I'm paraphrasing of course, they wrote it much more eloquent than that.)

The sentence stuck with me for many years and your story just reminded me of how important it is to be aware of it.

Keep it up, you're doing it the right way! And thanks for sharing your motivational story.
TylerClark34 Premium
Thank you for adding to it.
Amelita Premium
Hi Tyler, glad to hear you are getting the taste of success :)
I remember getting my first sale, it was something like $1.50 LOL, still made me excited.

You are right to implement what is working. Eventually you will have implemented a ton of "working" strategies and will have a well oiled business ;)

Sometimes people can be toxic to us, especially family or loved ones. I am happy to hear you have a new love to help add inspiration and happiness to your life.

Cheers to moving on, I will take a glass of that wine ;)
Thanks for this post
TylerClark34 Premium
If I could send a glass through messages, I would ;)
Amelita Premium
LOL, lets just say you did :)
Mick18 Premium
Congrats! That's a wonderful thing.
BelleCMW92 Premium
mbouteiller Premium
Hey Tyler,

Wow, this is very exciting news! Congratulations and keep up the good work.

You're definitely doing it right.

ChristineDu1 Premium
PastorLez Premium
AWESOME Tyler!! Thanks for sharing, and for the encouragement! Keep rockin' it out!!
Scwebu Premium
This is great, congratations.
flowerlyn Premium
Hi Tyler,
Thank you for sharing this good news. And pretty sure more success will be coming in.

Best wishes,
CandP Premium
That is great news! Congratulations!
C & P
Charlyboy Premium
A Huge well done to you
Must be such a pleasure to see the first commission

Keep pushing pal
Awesome nice job wtg !
maray07611 Premium
Congrats. 🙂
Jstreamz Premium
Yesss!!! Congrats bruv!!
SaraPoyner Premium
Thanks, it’s great to hear about your success!
SondraM Premium
That is awesome! Well deserved.

Was this from one of your product reviews?
TylerClark34 Premium
Yes, it was, on a review for a high-end AV receiver made by Denon.
As much as I would prefer that they buy the $1,500 CAD receiver, the smaller commission is also welcome :)
SondraM Premium
The little ones add up. Great job!
Dale123 Premium
Congrats :)
OSegun Premium
Well done.
I recognised this in a blog I titled "slowly, yet steadily".
I am happy for you. It can only get better.
brpservices Premium
Well done mate keep up the good work. As proven it pays
rochellefuen Premium
Congratulations Tyler on your success..
Reymott Premium
Great job, Tyler. Many more to come.

bellison0828 Premium
Congratulations Tyler!

This sounds so exciting. I can't wait until I get my first commission.

PatsonCool Premium
Congrats TylerClark34. Patience is a very rare virtue found in people (women especially, haha). People don't understand that endurance demands patience, and that it's only with endurance that one can benefit from the perfect rewards of our efforts. Big up to you. Keep on growing.
Kind regards,
Kyle Premium
This is awesome news Tyler. Although it is $4 and change, it is a big deal in terms of motivation. My first sale is still a vivid one for me and it is one that you will always remember.

If you can make one, you can make 100's. If you can make 100's, you can make 1,000's. That is the reality of the internet and your potential online. :)
AffMktgRt Premium

Thanks for offering your first hand, personal and emotional story, sorry for those who didn't believe in you but in the end you are on the right trak and next to the next and larger stack of coins.