A PSA for all WA members. Don't lie to yourself, do things right.

Last Update: May 28, 2020

Too often, people who get involved with this business, in or outside of Wealthy Affiliate make the mistake of trying to take the short cuts, the easy route, the cheap ways of building their business, where they do things like create low quality content, copying it, or for a lack of a better metaphor, slapping some dirt on a site, expecting it to turn into gold.

If you are making any of these mistakes, while saying to yourself that you're "doing the WA training", then you are lying to yourself. You are not. This is NOT what the training teaches.

And I run into cases like this more often than I can tell you.

When people come to me, including my referrals and ask me to critique their website and I see the work they put in, I can quickly tell if they tried to cheat or take shortcuts with the system.

I'm not stupid, and I can read between the lines very quickly. And honestly, any experienced WA member who has success can do it too.

And it's never easy for me to tell the person, especially my referral from who I get paid commissions from every month that they're doing it wrong and risk the chance of them quitting. But it's a bitter pill that needs to be taken and I accept giving people the hard truth, even if it impacts my sales.

We are taught in WA to do things differently. To build a real online business with quality and keeping people in mind. That's why our community is different from any other online one like it.

At the same time, whenever I tell people their mistakes, I never just leave it at that. I give them a bullet point of things they need to do to fix things, and sadly, for cases where people cheat the process, they just have to restart.

I also made this mistake when I first joined. I thought making websites, and getting traffic was just a matter of slapping any content I found on my site and it would rank. Nope.

And after seeing how the blue pill of denial didn't work, I had to take the red pill and get down to work. This is why I'm where I am today with WA and with my life and business and it's where you can be too if you just stop lying to yourself and do these 2 things:

1) Find your ideal niche: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/vitaliyg/blog/how-to-narrow-down-broad-niches-examples-and-tips

2) Do the training (don't cheat it and don't rush it): https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/online-entrepreneur-certification-getting-started-level-1/getting-rolling

This is a mistake that is easily correctable. You just have to get over what you think works, because if that hasn't led you to success or you're new, I can guarantee you that this way of thinking is just going to encourage you to take the easy route. Don't fall for that trap.


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AffFranE82 Premium
Well when I first started this business I knew I would have to be patient and do the work that is required of me. There is no short cut to success. You will just end up getting lost and you might even give up. Never give up because you are worth it!

BobR2021 Premium
Well said. A person should work hard to learn all the materials and not do any shortcuts. I agree on that. I am fairly new to Wealth Affiliate and I am on Level 2 writing lots of content. I am improving on my content steadily. I have just not written anything in a long time although I did write some training manuals for my company well before I retired. I want to go fast, but I have much to learn so I will take the time needed, It will all pay off soon.
Thanks again for your post.
etseil20 Premium Plus
It's very well-said. One problem new members have is setting time and staying persistent with the training and building their niche site(s). If they don't understand how it works, they can give up easily.

I've made that mistake early on (which I regret dearly), but I have the right mindset now. Even less than a year with WA, I'm patient and willing to do a little work every week. That's through following the training, engaging, and not taking shortcuts (as you emphasized).

Thanks for the obvious (but essential) reminder- some of us need it for sure.


terrycrowe Premium
Amen! Well spoken.

I've done other things to try to build an online business before.

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that it takes time and genuine effort, done the right way.

It blows me away when I see people who want to come in and do it their own way.

I am not trying to invent the wheel when someone else has proven to have a system that I can just follow.

Patience, people.

Put the work in and stop thinking you know better than the people who have built a business on showing you how to succeed.
LDSewell Premium
Thanks for the information. As far as telling people the truth - that is especially important and is rare these days in all walks of life as too many people are so eager to tell others whatever they think they want to hear, especially when making money from doing it is involved.

Yet in the long run the only way to build and earn respect that lasts is by telling the truth even when it is inconvenient - even if it does cost some sales in the short run. That's my two cents on the matter anyway.

Keep telling it like it is, and I will look forward to your next post.

Best regards,

L.D. Sewell