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…
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?
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!