Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review

How is Wealthy Affiliate doing?

Well I promised to let you know sooner how I was getting on here at Wealthy Affiliate but the time has flown and its 5 months since I joined. So I decided to do this post now, ‘Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month review.’

So how is Wealthy Affiliate doing so far?

I would say, extremely well.

I knew there was a lot of training but had no idea there was as much as there is. If you think of a subject to do with online business however obscure I am pretty sure it will be there. All I need is 72 hours in a day to be able to make a dent in it all in the next year.Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review Girl reading

Think I am kidding? I am definitely not! I love learning new stuff, the more the better but this lot will take me years to get through.

Did I mention that long term members are always adding new training too?

Oh yes they are!

I knew the community was good, it is so much better than good and that too has surpassed expectation.

There is always help available, questions are always answered and inspiring stories are everywhere.

And what about the site support? Is it the usual thing on most sites, a few days or more to respond?  NOPE!!!

Every time I get stuck and ask, its usually because I have done something I shouldn’t have, they sort it out for me. Took a while the other day ………… 20 Minutes!

I know unbelievable!

So, how am I doing?

I got rather carried away at the start. It was rather like the shiny object syndrome, where you want everything you see. I was doing random training by various people on the site because it was there and looked exciting or was something I felt was important to know or needed to know…. or just because.

Reading blogs by other members made me realise it was quite common, like a child being let loose in a sweet shop.

I still learnt a lot, just not what I needed to know right then but it was fun.

Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review 1  Then I started chasing numbers, namely the ranking numbers.

I have no idea what that was on when I started because I didn’t notice it then.

By the time I stopped doing every training going, I was reading loads of blogs, commenting and writing my own blogs on the site. It was fun and other people’s experiences are interesting and informative.

Then a comment was made about rank and I noticed it, about 47,000 at that point. I gathered it was interaction on the site that did it but thought you had to do a bit of everything. I didn’t know enough to answer questions and felt too new to help others, seemed rather presumptuous. So I just carried on, doing some of the training building the first website, making the usual hash ups and learning ….. always learning.

Then suddenly I noticed the site rank had dropped to about 10,000, that was a big drop and I started to take more notice.  I forgot about my website and spent my time reading blogs and commenting, doing site comments on people’s websites and writing more onsite blogs too.

Now it was 7,000, very exciting and I redoubled my efforts. Then suddenly overnight it was 867! I was so shocked I wrote a post to ask if anyone else’s had plunged overnight and was there a site problem.

Apparently it was correct and I had lot’s of congratulations. Heady stuff.  I kept whittling it down right until I realised that I was doing very little training and very little on my website. Oooops!!

So I got more focused once I realised that though the numbers looked nice, they were doing nothing to help me towards my dream.

 

Time to focus again.

Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review 2 I got back to the training and back to working on my website. Full of renewed excitement I applied for and became an Amazon associate and they asked me to apply to be an influencer. I did and got it. Suddenly I had a shop on Amazon too. It was so much more to learn.

I had a look at other affiliate programme’s and signed up for a few of those too. Then I read a blog about waiting to apply to become an affiliate and it all made sense. I was overloading myself and spread too thin, wasn’t achieving much at all.

I refocused and did more training and worked on my website. The other affiliate programme’s would have to wait. I added more sites as new ideas for niches came to me and began to build those too. Well, the basics anyway.

Finally it was all becoming easier. The blog posts flowed more easily. I would start posts, writing ideas as they came to me and then later go back to them to flesh them out, Now I find the words flow so much more easily than at the beginning.

My site health is improving, everything is flowing more smoothly, I am confident that I can do this. My dream is well underway.

Do people earn money at Wealthy Affiliate?

They certainly do!

It’s not fast.

You won’t get rich overnight.

It’s NOT a get rich quick scheme.

But this BLOG  on the Wealthy Affiliate site, by a very successful member, shows you can. He is one of many who has been there for years and helps others towards their dreams by giving advice and writing inspirational posts.

There are many such blog posts that show the training works.

Some people don’t put in the effort needed and then give up complaining it doesn’t work!

Everything is there, all the tools, all you have to do is learn and apply.

Conclusion.

Wealthy Affiliate is working for me as well as many others.

It works for any age, from youngsters to the retired men and women working away to supplement pensions or just fund a better lifestyle. Works for all ages in between too.

I have websites up and running and I am getting through the training. I am probably slower than many as I have another online business I run and commitments in the real world by day too. It doesn’t matter though, what matters is that I keep going regardless.

5 months in and I love every minute of it. I have learnt so much and still have so much to learn, it’s wonderful.

Come and join me.

Would you like to give Wealthy Affiliate a try? Do what I did, sign up and try it for free.  You do NOT have to put a debit/credit card in to join, just fill in your details and have a go at the training open to you.

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Look around, chat to people and start the training. At that point you will either panic and think it’s too much to learn or you will be filled with excitement at the possibilities and want to take it further.

 

Give it a try, what have you got to lose. Nothing except a bit of time.

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How do you start an online business

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The beginning!

You want to know: How do you start an online business? 

What do you do and where do you go?

Online of course!

You begin by googling it: How do you start an online business. 

Read HERE too.

You come up with a dazzling array of options.

One is this from an online magazine called Entrepreneur.

  1. “Find a need and fill it.
  2. Write copy that sells.
  3. Design and build an easy-to-use website.
  4. Use search engines to drive traffic to your site.
  5. Establish an expert reputation for yourself.
  6. Follow up with your customers and subscribers with email.
  7. Increase your income through back-end sales and upselling.”

If you are ultra new to this then some of that, if not all, sounds like gobble de gook. Or you know a bit and it sounds easy.

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In your search you will come across adverts for ‘amazing systems’ that promise the earth, cost a fortune but do very little. Or even worse have you constantly shelling out cold hard cash for the next level and the next, convinced that the big payday is round the next corner.

If something sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.

You watch the video, get fired up  with enthusiasm, click through quickly to that ‘One time only offer!’ because you don’t want to miss out on the chance of a lifetime. Then you find the cost of this dream and hopefully hesitate, like any sensible person.

My first thought whenever I saw one of these was: Why do they need to sell this system if they are already so successful, earning mega bucks and going from holiday to holiday?

How do you start an online business

They can be very tempting and sound very believable BUT….. they rarely mention months of hard work. Usually it’s: “For 1-2 hours per week you too can  earn £5,000/10,000 or more per month.”

Some say: “We will set it all up for you, websites, funnel etc and you can sit back and enjoy the payday.”

Or ….. “3 clicks and its up and running, even a newbie can do it. No tech knowledge required. You can be earning within hours.”

If you see any of those, run for the hills as fast as you can holding on to your money tight.

If someone says they are an amazing business guru, run the other way. There is no such thing. They/we are all just people with varying degrees of knowledge.

What next?

You have dodged most if not all of the scam artists by now. You may be somewhat lighter in the pocket or not.

Now you start wondering if there is anything legitimate out there.

All you want is your own business. Is that too much to ask?

You still dream of arranging your hours to suit you …….. to have time for family, friends, hobbies etc. You probably saw yourself, getting up, doing a bit of work, then swanning off out and about to have fun.

You want to be rid of the 9-5 routine or shift work and the boss who lords it over you. Perhaps you like your boss but not the routine you are tied  to.

Oh and you want to earn a lot of money each month.

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One thing that keeps coming up by now is marketing if you are still researching.

Anything there sound familiar?

Then you begin to wonder if there is really such a thing as a laptop lifestyle.

Is there? Oh yes there really is. Not on 2 hours work a week but yes it is there. Want to go visiting family and friends for a long weekend or a week or two? As long as you have internet you can still work. It does mean that you have to take time away from others to do your work and maybe you scale it down while you are away but the work can go with you.

1 week in 4 I am only at home for one night and away for half a week as well during a month. That’s every month of the year. I couldn’t do that with a regular job. It’s not sitting on a beach with a laptop but its the lifestyle in a smaller way. I love what I do and am more than happy to work while I am away. I work on trains and even a bus, as a passenger in a car too. Such an adaptable type of work.

Still  following the dream!

So still following the dream you have been looking at marketing and discover affiliate marketing.  The payouts should be decent. Some say its hard work while others downplay the amount of work involved and there are plenty of the 2 hours a week adverts still about.

But if there is so much about, is it an overcrowded market? 

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It’s been going for quite a few years but if anything it’s a growing market.

There are so many companies using affiliate marketers it’s unbelievable.

If there is a company then it is usually online as well as offline and using affiliate marketers.

There are also a growing number of companies that only trade online.

 

 

Consider the numbers from we are social.com

“Here are the essential headlines you need in order to understand ‘Digital in 2019’:

  • There are 5.11 billion unique mobile users in the world today, up 100 million (2 percent) in the past year.
  • There are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019, an increase of 366 million (9 percent) versus January 2018.
  • There are 3.48 billion social media users in 2019, with the worldwide total growing by 288 million (9 percent) since this time last year.
  • 3.26 billion people use social media on mobile devices in January 2019, with a growth of 297 million new users representing a year-on-year increase of more than 10 percent.”

Now that is a lot of people!

So who do you pick?

Which companies are legitimate?

You need one that offers proper training. Even if, like me, you have been running an online business for years, you will still have a lot to learn. Until you start going through training you don’t realise the gaps you have in your knowledge. I certainly didn’t.

Well the one I found, after months of research, was Wealthy Affiliate. I dithered for a couple of months. Looked at it, read blogs, googled it, read more blogs. Went to the site and signed up for the free trial.

 https://www.wealthyaffiliate.com?a_aid=0980d059

I figured that a look around to see what was on offer would tell me if it was a scam or not. The free training that came with it had me building a wordpress website within a couple of days.

I was very impressed by how good the training was and how easy to follow and learn from. Then there was the community, so friendly, always ready to help, so many created their own training for others to learn from. I knew I was going to sign up within a few days.

I did just that and haven’t regretted it, even for a moment. The knowledge base they have is excellent. The most basic questions are readily answered and I asked quite a few but so are the complicated ones. Always people ready with answers.

All the latest info on Wealthy Affiliate HERE!

The reality?

So maybe you sign up for the free trial.The dream is alive and shining like a guiding light.

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The reality is long hours, very long, the pay is less, if any, at first. That time off for yourself becomes a distant dream as you plod along, always something more to learn. Other commitments eat away at your time, maybe a full time or part time job, plus other responsibilities.

The more you learn, the more you realise how much you don’t know.

One thing you can guarantee is that it will take at least a few months before you see a first payday. Longer if you don’t put in the work and do the training.

One thing you will be told over and over at Wealthy Affiliate is that it takes hard work to reach your goals. It is not a get rich quick scheme, you have to put n the effort. Yes you will have lot’s of help, an entire community but only you can do what’s needed to reach your goals.

Are you put off yet?

Will you make it?

It depends on the time and effort you are prepared to put in.

Many never go further than the free trial. Some sign up for a month but give up at the end of it. Others go for a few months then decide they aren’t getting anywhere and give up.

Sometimes families and friends say you are wasting your time because you are online so much and not spending your time with them. Some will not like it if you succeed and try to stop you before that point.

When you are getting outside pressure it is a testing time. Do you take the easy route and give up or keep going?

It’s your choice of course but then all the time and effort you have invested up to that point will be wasted if you give up.

It won’t be easy ………. but it gets easier as time goes on and the training kicks in. Much that seemed hard work at the start, no longer is.

You are building for the future. For your own future and (maybe) your family’s future.

Those that are destined to become a success, however big or small, don’t give up at this point. They keep going, sheer stubbornness/determination makes them go on fighting.

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Then comes the day you finally earn some money, however small an amount. From that moment on you know that it works and put even more effort into your dream.

You keep going until you can give up that job.

Earning a living wage is a success. You are finally working for yourself!!!

You have YOUR own BUSINESS!!

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What is Freedom to You

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Most people dream of freedom.

But freedom means different things to different people. Like not living in fear and having enough money to buy food.

Even being able to make simple choices every day can be an important freedom.

What is freedom to you?

Below are a few of the main ones people often think of first.

Freedom from

Bosses

Some bosses are great and some are awful, with many stages in between. However nice a boss is though, many still yearn to be free. To work for themselves with profits from their efforts going into their own pockets rather than someone else’s. We are very often taught through schooling to get a job, to follow the crowd, rather than think outside the box. Taught that we shouldn’t take risks but rather get on the treadmill of work, eat, sleep, without thought of a better life.

With the rise of the internet more people understand that there is another way, that they don’t have to be chained to a J.O.B read more Here!

From Routine 

An everyday routine can become boring and stale and make you feel like a prisoner. If you have many commitments you probably dream of the day you will be free from them.What is Freedom to You 9 Adding a little variety to a routine can give a feeling of freedom. Even if you love your life, it can still seem stifling at times.

From having to budget. 

Financial freedom is the dream of so many. It gives you the freedom to travel wherever and whenever you like. To arrange working hours to suit yourself and to have work you enjoy. The sort of work that has you leaping out of bed in the morning because you love what you do. That has you working long hours because you want to.

What about Economic Freedom?

I always assumed it was the same as financial freedom but it’s not.

“The five principles of economic freedom: property rights, rule of law, free trade, a constitutionally limited government and sound money supply have a proven record of generating long-lasting economic growth, opportunity and prosperity.”

The there is the UK Human Rights Act of 1998. This details the basic rights we have to certain freedoms that we often take for granted, that many do not get in other areas of the word.  If we didn’t have these freedoms, then those above would not be considered important.

  • Article 3: Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
  • No person should have to suffer torture or degrading treatment in any shape or form, What is Freedom to You? A person in chainsyet it still goes on in so many places of the world.
  • In the western world we don’t like to think such things happen but they go on everywhere.
  • This happens even in so called civilised countries.
  • Mans inhumanity to man can be carried to unbelievable lengths.

 

  • Article 4: Freedom from slavery and forced labour
  • This one speaks for itself. Every person should have this right but even here in the UK there have been people found to be living in inhumane conditions and treated as slaves, even in this day and age. I find it very hard to understand how one human being can treat another in this way.
  • Article 9: Freedom of thought, belief and religion
  • Should not every person have this right? We like to think everyone does but the reality says otherwise. In some countries many are afraid to speak out, even afraid to think thoughts against an oppressive regime. There are many afraid to speak of beliefs they hold and even more not permitted to follow the religion of their choosing.
  • Article 10: Freedom of expression
  • “Right to express one’s ideas and opinions freely through speech, writing, and other forms of communication but without deliberately causing harm to others’ character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements.

    How often have we heard of those who speak out in oppressive regimes being imprisoned. 

    Freedom of press is part of freedom of expression.”

  • Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association    
  • Here in the UK we can hold a protest march,What is Freedom to You 10 have a gathering or create a like minded group of people to discuss anything or protest about laws or anything we aren’t happy about. As long as the law isn’t broken and it remains peaceful, so as not to impact others, it is allowed. For others that struggle against oppression and speak out, they know their very lives could be at stake. They continue for the sake of their people risking imprisonment and death.

 

So…. what is freedom to you?

We often take certain freedoms for granted. Being able to move around wherever we like. Able to voice our opinions aloud without fear of retribution.  Able to believe in a religion if we choose. Having jobs and changing jobs.  Being able to make choices about your children’s schools, about where to go for holidays, to even have holidays. So many things we take for granted, means freedom to some, even just having the freedom of choice seems like an impossible dream to some people.

My freedom is working from home, able to work around time with my grandchildren and being able to work the hours I choose. It is also being able to travel and visit family often. I can do that because my work can go with me.

So tell me….. what is freedom to you?

If your freedom is starting your own business or you are thinking about it, have a read of one or two posts including this one. My review after 6 months. HERE!

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So you want to start a business

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But do you really want to start a business?

You dream of arranging your hours to suit you.

To have time for family and friends, hobbies etc. So you want to start a businessYou probably saw yourself, getting up, doing a bit of work, then swanning off out for the day to have fun or maybe go shopping or a day at the beach relaxing.

Or maybe having more time to go to the gym or go running. Get up later, have a leisurely breakfast then later pop out for coffee.

Anything there sound familiar? Is this your dream?  Yes?

So you want to start a business, really? What does that entail?

The next step…… 

is to do some research into the reality of running an online  business.

Life might become like that when it’s been up and running for a few years but probably not.

To start your own business takes determination, perseverance and long hours of hard work. There will be times when you think it’s pointless and a waste of time. If you are starting alongside a full or part time job, you will get tired and find it hard going at times. After a while your family and friends may push you to give up saying it’s a waste of time, they never see you, you spend too much time online, it’s pointless you won’t earn money.

There is a lot to learn, especially with an online business. You can’t just set up a website and wait for money to come rolling in. You thought you could?

Yep me too when I started out 10 years ago. Except it was a shop on a big site. Luckily for me there were forums and loads of helpful people to answer questions. The more you learn, the more you realise how much there is to learn.

If you are looking for a way to earn fast money you are in the wrong place!

You may have seen videos about earning thousands of pounds a day/week/month. Sound plausible don’t they? Or may have signed up for one or more only to find it’s not what you thought. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The only route to riches/wealth is hard work!

Still want to have an online business?

Then next you need to decide WHY!

What is your motivation?

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This is important as it will be the reason you keep going when everything and everyone is telling you to give up.

I always said it was for my family, which it is partly. A better lifestyle,  better time management etc. But that’s not enough to keep you going regardless, especially when that same family says you are spending too much time online, time you could be spending with them.

Think hard about the WHY. Then write it down, be very clear about it, because it will keep you motivated and will make you persevere when you want to give up.

What is MY motivation? The challenge and the love of learning something new. When I’m told I can’t do something then I have to prove I can. A problem might make me want to tear my hair out and throw the computer out of the window but I don’t. I stop and walk away. I will keep going back until I solve it. I will ask and keep asking until I have an answer.

Yes I do want a better lifestyle/more money but once I reach that point I will continue on to greater challenges because I  can and because someone is bound to say, You can’t.

You have worked out the Why and written it down.

What’s next? More Research?

This time research, into the sort of work you want to do.So you want to start a business 12

Have you been looking?  There are a variety of things you can do by freelancing but you are here because you want your own business. You can create a product yourself as a crafter. Knitting/crochet/ceramics/jewellery/artist and many more. To do this you can set up a website and or a shop on a large site. You will need to learn about SEO, social media, writing copy, photography and more.

Blogging is another route but that takes time to build up a following, plus you need much the same sort of knowledge.

Dropshipping is another area. You need to find a good company and get accepted by them. Decide what products you wish to sell. Learn how it works and then set up your website. Its also a good idea to blog about the products to encourage sales.

Then you have the fast growing area of Affiliate Marketing. There is a lot on the internet about this, various ‘systems’  that supposedly help. It is a good idea to read blogs on what is available as part of your research. Many bloggers do reviews on the various company’s out there. It’s how I found the one I am with after watching endless videos promising the earth.

Wealthy Affiliate is the one that I am with and was the only one I found that offered free joining and basic training to start. It gave you the chance to check out what was on offer before deciding whether or not to go further. It has a lot of easy to follow training that meant I was building a wordpress website in no time.

All of this can be overwhelming at first, so much to learn and do and obstacles to overcome and that is just to get started.

The next step!

Now you think the dream will come alive, that soon you will be living that lifestyle you saw in so many videos.

The reality?

Long hours, very long, the pay is less, if any, at first. That time off for yourself becomes a distant dream as you plod along, always something more to learn. Other commitments eat away at your time, maybe a full time or part time job, plus other responsibilities. The more you learn, the more you realise how much you don’t know.

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Many months or a year or more into your dream, you become aware if how hard it is alongside everything else. Doing your taxes shows you that there is more going out the coming in.

Now what do you do?

Plod on for another year hoping it will get better? Only to find there is still more going out than coming in. Less than before, the gap is closing and you wonder……. Is it worth it? Really?

This is the point, or maybe sooner that decides the future! You either give it up as being too hard, or.

OR, you grit your teeth and decide you will work longer and harder because you WILL make it!

Others are mocking your efforts, telling you it’s not worth your time and effort, constantly trying to lure you away.

BUT you are building for the future. For your own future and (maybe) your family’s future.

Those that are destined to become a success, however big or small, don’t give up at this point. They keep going, sheer stubbornness/determination makes them go on fighting.

So you want to start a business 14Then comes the day the books show you broke even.

Then …………………

you actually have to PAY tax!!!!

The first time you will jump for joy, I did. It was amazing.

From then on you keep up the pressure and grow. Earning a living wage is a success. You can give up the 9-5 working for someone else. YOU are finally your own boss, working for yourself!!!

You have YOUR own BUSINESS!! There is no better feeling.


Learn and Earn online

I recommend Wealthy Affiliate if you are keen to learn about starting a business or even improving the one you have. Perhaps you want to branch out and diversify like I did.

Want to see what I do?  Read my 6 month review HERE!

Starting a business? Read HERE!


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