9 years… Yes, that’s how long I’ve been a member of this great community.

My driving force 9 years ago, is the same driving force I have today…

My kids

Back then it was just my son, now we have a daughter as well.

The kids have been very “involved” in my business. They sat on my lap, the little one still does on occasion, and “helped” with keyword research, website design, content creation… you name it.

They are literally growing up along side my business, with WA being one of the corner stones. Wealthy Affiliate is just as familiar to my kids as YouTube or SpongeBob :).

One of the greatest gifts I can give my kids is to show them that following your heart and dreams is worth it.

What I wanted was a flexible business that allowed me to stay home with my kids. Something that challenged me and made me an income, but on my own terms. I wanted freedom for me and my family, can you relate?

My kids are still pretty young but one thing they DO know, is that I’ve been to every Christmas party, Halloween party, Valentines day party, End of the year party… Spend every summer and holiday break with them… I’ve been there when they are sick… the list goes on.

I don’t have to choose between work and my kids, I do manage both on my own terms.

For that I will forever be thankful!

(A side note: if you work full time out of the house and enjoy that’s, great I totally respect that. I’m just sharing what I’m thankful for and what has worked for my family.)

Has it always been great? Has the money kept climbing daily from day one without set backs? Has there been no issues?

NO

Some days are though!

Starting out this year, I was super excited for a new year and new possibilities, but that quickly changed. I had one of my hosting accounts, where I hosted numerous websites, hacked and it was a loooong process before it was all resolved. Not to mention all the money I lost, thousands of dollars.

Did the thought of quitting and throwing in the towel occur to me?

It sure did.

The easy way would have been to close it all down. Go find another “job” and just be happy with the side income my other sites were making…

BUT, what kind of message would that send to my kids?

When it gets tough you give up…

Not an option!

So I brushed off, decided to let go of some of the sites, decided to save the money makers, I got the help I needed to fix the problems (cause I’m definitely not a techie) and got it done!

I’m so glad I did, those sites are now doing better than ever!

So don’t think there will not be issues, there will be. It’s how you deal with those issues that will determine your outcome.

It has not only been struggles though this year, luckily, there has been some growth and improvement as well.

Last year I started an Amazon case study site. To be honest I stayed away from Amazon for the longest time, due to the low commissions. But, it still made me curious, so I decided to give it a shot.

Just to give you a little background. The site is in the health niche, it’s based on mainly outsourced content, organic listings and only monetized with Amazon.

If you are just starting out, I want you to take a look at this chart. This is the real monthly results, income – expenses, of this case study site. It is a growth process. It takes time to rank organically. It takes time to get traffic. It takes time to make money.

BUT, if you stick with it, it can truly be worth it. I’m glad I didn’t throw in the towel month 7… and I'm glad I gave Amazon a try!

Have others seen quicker results? I’m sure. This was kind of slow since it’s based on outsourced content and organic listings, but I’m ok with that. I’m super excited to see the growth for November and December with the holiday shopping around the corner.

I have 3 reasons to why I wanted to share that chart with you:

  • 1.Follow the training and implement what is taught here at WA, it works.
  • 2.Consistency and patience pays off.
  • 3.Stick with it long term.

I want to leave you with a couple of questions, if you are struggling with your website, answering these will help you clarify things.

  • What’s the purpose of your site?
  • What’s the main goal for your site?
  • What can you do on a daily/weekly basis to get there?

Creating your dream, your lifestyle is very possible, keep learning and growing. We all make mistakes, learn from them and move on and maybe most importantly believe in yourself!

So thank you kids (and husband:) for keeping me motivated!

Thank you Kyle and Carson for all the hard work you put in to making this community outstanding. Thank YOU all for making WA what it really is, a great community that I plan on sticking around, for another 9 years.

Have a productive day!

Vicky

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sharonwhyte Premium
Wow that is awesome Veronica. I have only just started here however know it is the right place to be!

Well done on you but most importantly being able to do this and spend the time with your kids. Just brilliant. When mine were small I stayed home and didnt work however thoroughly enjoyed them. (Internet wasnt full on with business like it is today)

Here's to your success and 9 more solid years.
Cheers, Sharon
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veronica.l Premium
Thank you Sharon!
For us it's been great that I've been able to do both, stay home with the kids and run my own online business.

That's great that you were able to stay home with your kids as well!
Let me know if you have any questions or anything I can help with Sharon,

Vicky
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kevonwilson Premium
Wow this is truly an amazing and inspiring success story. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed today. Last night it took me 4 hours just to develop 1 post. That was a bit frustrating. But I was happy with the end results (I think). But I loved that you made your story real and identifiable. There will be success but also challenges. I guess the lesson I'm taking away from this is that persistence pays off. Thanks for sharing.

Wishing you all the best in your ongoing journey.

Cheers

Kevon
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veronica.l Premium
Hi Kevon,

Yes there will be ups and downs, but as I see it the only way to fail is to quit! Persistence does pay off!

Thank you!
Vicky
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brooksbode90 Premium
Thank you Veronica for a very well reasoned, realistic, and highly inspiring post. I also admire the air of humility and calm that permeates as I read, knowing that it demands great strength of character, which include strong discipline, and much more. It truly motivates me to keep at it.
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veronica.l Premium
Thank you! That's the approach I like to take reasoned and realistic without hype...glad you found it motivational!
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brooksbode90 Premium
I truly admire that awesome feature, Veronica, it's my belief that we can live and achieve without the hype. I guess that's one of the reasons that your article comes across so sincerely, keep the great spirit going. Thank you.
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veronica.l Premium
Thank you, I really appreciate that!
If you do enjoy my style of writing feel free to PM and I will share my online marketing site with you :)
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brooksbode90 Premium
You're welcome, I sure will, I noted it.
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Ultra inspiring Veronica!

I finally earned $$$ for the first time in 1 year at this passive internet income earning process!!!!

It's not really passive on the front end is it???

And we have to keep monitoring and streamlining and being laser focussed re:the goals!!!!

I wasn't sure if I was going to annually renew in January with WA???

Now I'm convinced it works if you work it!!!!

Congratulations once again!

Dr Barb
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veronica.l Premium
Congratulations to your success Barb!

Yeah, it's not really passive is it :)

That's very true if you work it, it works, I like that!

Have a productive day!
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thezoulster Premium
Thanks for sharing your experience Vicky. Just goes to show that if you are willing to still with the WA for 9 years even after all the financial struggles, there is no reason anyone else can not accomplish their goals. Congrats on your success, and I am glad you have your kids and husbands support.
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veronica.l Premium
Thank you, Me too very glad for the support.
Not sure I would call it financial struggle :)
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Kyle Premium
So awesome Vicky, it is wonderful to read this post and I know first hand the rollercoaster and the course a business can take over a period of time like 9 years.

There are ups and downs, peaks and valleys but from my personal experience is that if you work just as hard during the peak times as the valley times, the next peak will always end up being a bit higher than the prior one, despite the valleys.

No business experiences linear growth and there will always be complications and things that you need to get through. There are also a lot of successes to celebrate.

I love the look of the graph you have provided, onwards and upwards and I am wishing you nothing but continued success in 2017!
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veronica.l Premium
Thank you Kyle!

You are so right, continues hard work will make sure that the valleys are still ok times and that the peeks will be higher then the last.

Brushing off during hard times and celebrate the good!

I hope the graph sky rocket during November and December :), will make sure I submit an update in January.
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Here here Kyle!

You are a fantastic writer!!!

Clear!

Concise!

Elegant!

Perfect modelling of great quality content writing!!!

Thank you!!

Dr Barb
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AlinaD Premium
Hi Veronica, it.s so so nice to meet you...thank you for sharing your story, i find myself in your shoes 100%, the difference is i`m at the very beginning and you`re at your 9`th year, just incredible!
You`re giving me so much inspiration and not to give up and just follow my family advice...getting a day job which will just complicate things...thank you so much and i wish you much success and God bless you and your family!
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veronica.l Premium
Thank you Alina,

If this is right for you and your family, make it work! It might take some time but it is so worth it! Looking forward to follow your success!
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GautamWorld Premium
I wish I had discovered this site before... My life would have been awfully different!

After spending hell of money on courses that did not earn me a dime. Worse still... do not teach even 1% or FAR LESS - I'm serious about the figures.


Now convinced WA is going to change my life for the better. Anyways... better be late than never.

You 9 years on here... Gosh! I wish I were here 9 months earlier ( must say AT LEAST :-) )

LUCKY YOU.
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Hi!

After 1 year of trying everything out there on line


Blessedly found ( or was guided to) WA.....

finally....my first sales Nov 6/16 on another Lead/customer growth page!!!

Ecstatic!!!
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veronica.l Premium
@webmoney16 Keep moving forward! What you've been through will only help you, look at it as a learning a stepping stone pointing you in the right direction!

@barbatkins Congratulations to your first sale!!
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JoeyWA Premium
Hi Veronica! 9 years is probably, if not, the best indication of how wonderful it is to be in WA. Your patience, willingness to learn, commitment, and perseverance is truly exemplary and inspiring. Thank you always for your wonderfui write-ups and sharing your story. I love the way you put your sidenote as there are hardworking people out there who truly 'enjoy' their full time job and who may have different meaning of a fulfilled life. May you have much more blessings in life and the best of health to you and your wonderful family!

Cheers,
Joey
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veronica.l Premium
Thank you Joey.
We all have different wants and needs, what's right for me and my family might be totally wrong for somebody else...

That's the beauty of it you are in charge of your own future, you decide where you want to take it... I think many though "settle" with something they are not completely happy with, unfortunatly.
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NWTDennis Premium
Hey Veronica ... it's always so cool to hear from you. You are definitely a WA testimonial, and K&C don't even do that. I'm glad frankly ... programs with long testimonial lists always have seemed a little cheesy and not authentic to me.

Kind a sounds like you don't use WA hosting. WA hosting for non techies is almost a must ... responsive site trouble shooting and the coming SSL Site Security feature makes our Site Rubix portal a world class platform in my opinion.

You're not the oldest active WA member, but you're up there. The oldest might be Marcus (aka. Marcus WFHW).

Nice to hear from you ... thank you for sharing.
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veronica.l Premium
I think there are a few that beat me when it comes to being the oldest member here :)
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Oldies but Goodies right Veronica???!!!
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WLG Premium
Hi Vicky,

Your story and journey is quite impressive,I totally agree with you.
WA is the vehicle that will allow you to achieve your dreams,goals desires,wants or needs. All of us are different in our level of expertise,but if you study,follow the training and apply yourself;success is right around the corner.

I Pray that The LORD Our God Continue To Shower His Abundant Blessing UpOn You;

Have A Blessed And Safe WeekEnd;
To God Give The Glory;
Your Brother In Christ;
William
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veronica.l Premium
Tank you William,

To your success as well!
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WLG Premium
Thank you,the pleasure is all mine-William
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VeronicasLuv Premium
WHOA!!! It's so encouraging to know that someone has been a part of this community for 9 years!!! Today marks my 9th week here, and I have felt frustrated countless times, because I've gotten stuck.....clawed my way out.....then got stuck again! But, I do not deviate from the lessons or the tasks, I couldn't even function without them! I have a notebook, where I write down key points to all the lessons, and certain posts; I know I can "star" them, but I like writing stuff down. I'm sharing this, to let you know that those 3 questions you posed, I just wrote in my book; being able to fully answer them will allow me to move ahead with confidence.

This post has really uplifted my spirits and renewed my desire to press forward! Thank you Veronica!!!
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veronica.l Premium
Congratulations to 9 weeks!

Glad you liked the post and found the questions helpful!
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Keep on clawing your way out!!!!!

Love the visual...I can just see the cartoon WA Poster!!!!
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Westwaters Premium
Hi Veronica, Want to congratulate you on your perseverence throughout 9 yeas of not always positive results. I've been here for 10 months and so many times tell myself "I have no Idea what the hell I'm Doing!" some days everything goes as expected, but more days than not i"ve screwed up and have to walk away (since I'm not really a patient person). Reading through your post today has given me inspiration to"carry on!" Thanks for sharing and continued success on this wonderful site...
Warm Regards,
Kathy (Westwaters)
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veronica.l Premium
Hi Kathy, oh I know the feeling, I've had to take a walk numerous times over the years :). I think in the beginning I was afraid to making mistakes... but do you know what, it can all get fixed one way or another. Usually things happen for a reason.

Thank you, I wish you too continued success
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hpillie2 Premium
Veronica, thank you very much for your revelation, it's a great testimony. As a new member of WA I have learned a lot from your experience. It has given me encouragement and I will go forward from now on and shall never look back again.

Thank you so much.

Henry
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veronica.l Premium
Hi Henry ,

WA truly has everything you need to set up a website successfully, learn how to get traffic and monetize.,,

Keep at it and don't be afraid to ask for help and feedback,
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ashkh Premium
Wow, Vicky, happy WA birthday! I'm only one month old but we have similar reasons for joining WA, in the sense that both of us want a flexible lifestyle that allows us to spend precious time with loved ones. So you're an inspiration to me!

I know I'm going to sound a little stupid... But what exactly is a case study Amazon site? I mean, I know case study but can't connect it up with Amazon?
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veronica.l Premium
Not stupid at all, it's a case study that I share monthly on my site, based on an Amazon affiliate site. So it's only monetized with Amazon products. I share what works and what doesn't, traffic, income and other data... Does that explain it a little better?
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ashkh Premium
Ah.... ok, i get it! So it's like a review, but a more in-depth one of Amazon affiliate sites! (Hope I got that right.) Thanks, Vicky!
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scottyb2good Premium
Vicky ! Hi ! Scotty B here ♫
I'v been here 4 years and my profits are some to moderate with my DJ site. More calls are coming in. I could work on it more and rank on 1st page Google even more with more keywords.
But I'm on to BootCamp that will catapult me into other sites sitting there I bought thru Godaddy. MAin one now is the W.A. one howtoomakemoneyonline.com . Others are selling audio/video equipment possibly thru Amazon and others. I am STILL not making much but I keep on learning and attending Jays Wabinars. Hey ! Remember the days with Jespinola (Jorge), Bis (Beverley), Rich, Findingemo Patty, Stadium (Jeff), Mama and Meredith pops in a little ? I miss them although Rich is Back ! Calls himself Rich Snafu I think. I miss everyone. Chat is temporary though. A learning tool for new friends and information. Drop me a P.M. anytime ! ........Scotty B ♫
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veronica.l Premium
HI Scotty!

I do remember those "back in the day" chats, lol. Not sure we got too much business done but we had fun! I do keep in touch occasionally with Jorge and some of the others... Ahh so Richie Rich is lurking lol.
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MyraBeth Premium
Thank you so much for sharing, Vicky. I felt stuck and unmotivated for awhile as it took time to adjust to my new home after moving. I am glad I didn't give up. It's great to hear from someone who is here for so many years. And encouraging to know that you are succeeding.

I would love to hear from others who have been here for over 5 years and are making money with their blogs and affiliates.

You have encouraged me to NOT give up but to stay here at WA!
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veronica.l Premium
Hi Myra,
Glad I could encourage you!

I think it's common that we read success posts of people making this and that but we don't see the journey... We just see the result and have no idea if it took 6 months to get there or 5 years... It can get discouraging when you are not seeing the results that you want. It can be done! It might take some time though, but stick with it create great content on a regular basis and you are on your way...
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Swangirl Premium
Hi Vicky, thanks for sharing this. I use mostly Amazon links and I have been happy with Amazon but don't make a profit yet. It is nice to see your chart. It makes me feel better with my own progress with only a few months of Amazon sales. I came close to making a profit but then had to step back from my site for a few months to finish my graduate course.
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veronica.l Premium
Keep working it, sounds like you are getting closer. That's why I wanted to share the graph, so many get discouraged and even quit when they are so close to start making money. The process might be shorter or longer for some, but great content on a consistent basis does pay off.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, thanks!
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