The Start of Something Extraordinary – Is This Real Life?
My journey in online business started just like many others before me. I always knew I wanted to start a business, but what exactly would it be? And did I have the starting capital to make it happen? So being the detail-oriented person that I am, I began to research.
Google search after Google search ensued. “What’s the best business to start”, “How to start a business for free”, “Best work from home opportunities”, “Legitimate ways to make money online”. My quest went on and on until I finally stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate, and then it all just clicked.
Lightbulb Moment – Was Google Search the Answer?
I suddenly had a revelation, and it hit me like a ton of bricks – but in a good way. I knew I had discovered something great. And the inspiration came from exactly what I had just done to find a business opportunity for myself: research.
Think about it for a minute. Every single day, millions of people hop on their computers, open up Google, and search for anything and everything. They may be researching a product or service, looking up how to perform a certain task, or seeking knowledge on a particular topic. The bottom line is: there’s a high demand for information.
How Can I Take Advantage of the Demand For Information?
This is where online business became highly appealing in my mind. It was the answer, and it was clear. There was no doubt in my mind that it would work. In all honesty, how could it not? With hard work and dedication, I knew it was the road I wanted to go down. And Wealthy Affiliate offered the tools, training, and support to guide me to the promise land.
Wealthy Affiliate endorsed a simple concept. Build a Website → Publish Content → Get Rankings and Traffic → Earn Revenue. Those four steps were all it takes to be successful. If I took care of the building a website and publishing content aspects, Google would help with the rankings and traffic, and the revenue would follow along with it. It was so simple, but the formula was effective.
I Took a Leap of Faith and Joined Wealthy Affiliate:
I joined the Free Starter Membership at Wealthy Affiliate in mid-2014, and quickly upgraded to Premium Membership. Like I mentioned earlier, I knew online business was an ideal path for income. So much opportunity, limited startup costs, and I had the freedom to choose absolutely any topic to pursue for my website.
The onus was completely on me. If I just created a website and published quality content, everything else would take care of itself. The only major investment to make was my time, so the risk vs. reward was in my favor. Many of your standard “brick and mortar” business opportunities cost thousands of dollars to start, taking the owners years to break-even, but this wasn’t the case with online business. It can easily be done with $500 or less.
I Created Websites Based on Topics I was Passionate About:
My initial website, The-Path-to-Prosperity.com, was unique in that it pursued two separate niches that I tried to tie together: 1) Online Business and 2) Stock Trading. The idea was that visitors would learn how to earn money online, and multiply that income with a solid trading/investment approach.
I also added EliteSwingTrading.com to the mix when I discovered the potential of the Stock Trading niche. The thought is that a singular niche website makes things more streamlined and a little less confusing for visitors, resulting in higher conversions. These websites are nothing special aesthetically, but they contain valuable content, and most importantly, earn revenue.
Over $13K From One Affiliate Program in 2016:
Let’s finally move on to what everyone likes to hear about – the income-generating potential of an online business. It will vary from person-to-person depending on work ethic and niche choice, but in reality, the potential is unlimited. As long as you follow the process consistently, which mainly revolves around producing quality content, there’s no ceiling to hold you down.
**My Affiliate Income Grew 150% From 2015 to 2016**
For one specific affiliate program, I made over $5,000 in 2015 and then over $13,000 in 2016. My first sale was in January 2015, and the performance slowly built up from one month to the next, which is typical of affiliate earnings. I expect these earnings to continue to grow at a steady pace every week, month, year, etc. As I continue to send clients to this service (who are paying recurring subscriptions) and continue to publish more content that gets my site more exposure, why wouldn’t earnings grow?
My Plea to You – Start Your Own Online Business ASAP:
There’s truly never been a better time to start your own online business. Building your own website no longer requires complicated technical skills, the amount of internet users continues to grow rapidly (currently over 3 billion), you can start it in your free time on the side, and Wealthy Affiliate has all of the tools, training, and support you need to succeed. You can finally pursue your passion, while also enjoying the freedom of earning income while you sleep. And in all honesty, what’s better than that?
Do you have your own online business success story with or without the help of Wealthy Affiliate? Share it below.
Written by Matthew Thomas