Yes that’s right, two months ago I set myself a target of making $5,000 per month online. I’d hear people make the claim that it could be done, but I was always skeptical. However, after taking the training at Wealthy Affiliate, and reading a lot of stories from there documenting how people have done it already, I rapidly began to realise that my target wasn’t at all unrealistic. These were normal people, all over the World, fulfilling their dreams of quitting their jobs and having more of their life to do what they wanted.
What I did realise was that it ain’t gonna be just a pleasure cruise, but a lot of hard work is going to be needed to get to that golden £5,000 mark. I realise that building a good business online is not a get-rich-quick exercise. Dedication and long term effort are required.
As I said, I signed up for Wealthy Affiliate on September 14th 2018. I started the training there, some of which I found very easy as it involved WordPress, and I was already creating my own websites, so breezed through that bit of the instruction without too much of a hitch.
The great thing is that, for people who know absolutely nothing about finding a profitable niche, building websites, structuring them and adding keywords to allow Google and the search engines to find the damn thing, the training handles it all. You’ll be an internet sensation in no time (well, maybe a few months).
The basic training only took a month
It took me almost exactly a month to finish the basic training. This earned me a little badge for my trouble. This is awarded to basically pat me on the head to say ‘well done Dave’, but is also for the other members of the Wealthy Affiliate community to see what progress I’ve made. There was lots of encouragement right at the start, which was exactly what I needed.
I’d cut my teeth on my first website.
The Wealthy Affiliate program lets you have a couple of free websites to start with, hosted for free, but with their own suffixed web address. I quickly realised I needed to buy a domain name to make things look more professional, but I could do all that at Wealthy Affiliate too. They host the site and I also got a free SSL layer thrown in for the membership price (hosting and SSL are normally add ons for webmasters costs). The only other place i’ve seen that gives free SSL is BlueHost as part of their web hosting package.
I started to invite comments for my posts from within the community, and I soon build up good gravitas on my posts. Google looks favourably on websites that have engagement, so that was a plus for me. This was it, I was on my way!
October brought the first Income.
I was less than a month in when I got an email from Wealthy Affiliate telling me I’d made my first commission within the system. I’d set up a LinkedIn account, a Twitter account and a page at Facebook to help drag traffic in. I’ll say it again – I’d made my first income!
Excited, I logged in and found that someone had signed up for a Premium account through a link of mine and I was now $8 richer. Only $4,992 to go. Before the end of November, that first person had upgraded their membership to Annual Premium. I had another $175 in my account. I was beginning to think that my target wasn’t so silly after all.
I continued to train within Wealthy Affiliate and I was learning new tools and techniques every day. Black Friday was coming up. Another entrepreneur signed up, another $8 hit my account. I started to promote Black Friday furiously on social media, then on Cyber Monday I had another membership taker. I had a further $130.
Here is a screenshot of my earnings at 26th November
The train was starting to roll. I had started Bootcamp training (only available to Premium Members) and I realised I was making mistakes in the way I was implementing affiliate links and how I should have been funelling everything through one page. This was to stop Google getting upset, so I set about creating internal links in my website, all pointing at my Wealthy Affiliate Review Page
Currently, on the last day of November, I have $321 to my name from Wealthy Affiliate. I also made a small Amazon commission from one of my other sites ($18) for a weather station. Also, I sold four property courses at Udemy for $5.99 in dues. That’s pretty good going, approaching $350 in a couple of months.
I’ll keep you all posted of my progress (stay tuned for this in future posts). It’s going to be an interesting ride. Anyone want to come along with me?