Well truthfully, it wasn’t just my Wealthy Affiliate experience that wrecked my online business… there were a few other factors that came into it too. But I do think that Wealthy Affiliate was the number one factor and I will explain to you exactly what happened.
Why I closed my online baby store Kaboutjie
I started my online baby store in South Africa, Kaboutjie, 4 years ago. I knew nothing about working online and I’ll be honest here I struggled with a lot of things. I really thought that once you build a website it is there, people will find it. Nothing could be further from the truth. It took me a long time to get a handle on things, so learn how to publish content, how to get my content ranked, how to market it, how to do social media marketing… everything was a struggle to learn.
The reason for struggling is that when you search online for anything there are scams all over the place, there are websites that explain how to do black hat techniques that will damage your website and I didn’t know how to distinguish what was BS and what wasn’t. It took a lot of trial and error but things were coming along very nicely last year.
I came across Wealthy Affiliate University in June 2015 while searching for information on how to rank my website content. As soon as I found Wealthy Affiliate I couldn’t believe the wealth of information and training provided, so I signed up immediately for the Premium membership, whipping out my credit card with a smile on my face.
Within 2 days I had set up another 2 websites in my other passions, this website because who doesn’t love making money online right? And another one about recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction because I am an alcoholic and a drug addict.
Within a few short months I started making an income from both of these websites through the lessons at Wealthy Affiliate. I started to see how there is a better way to make money.
I started becoming very irritated and short-tempered with all the bad service companies in South Africa give. Our electricity supplier, Eskom, is a joke. Nowhere else int he world do you have a company begging you not to use their products or services. The SA Post Office is in a mess. You can’t even buy an envelope form them and if you do manage to send something you are not guaranteed it will arrive at its destination at all, never mind within a certain time frame. I won’t even start with Telkom because I will get upset.
Then there are the other smaller suppliers that I had to rely on… it just wasn’t working for me anymore. I take pride in my business, I take pride in giving great service. How can I give great service relying on others that don’t know what service means, never mind actually give it?
The whole process of marketing my products like mad, then packaging them, then freighting them and hoping like hell they would get to their destination on time just started to feel like chains around my neck.
I started dreaming about just being an online marketer, promoting products being an affiliate marketer.
I dreamed about not having to be chained to my products, about going away on a holiday with my children.
I dreamed about being able to take the day off and work a little at night if I wanted to.
I dreamed about not having to be next to my landline in case a customer called, or always answering my mobile phone in case a customer called.
I dreamed about having my children home with me in the afternoon instead of sitting in aftercare until 5pm so I could work. My son is 2 years old and my daughter is 4 years old, they are still so small.
I had a vision of being at my kids graduation ceremony and looking at my husband and saying “I really meant to have them home with me”. Time goes so fast.
By February 2016 I had enough. I decided to take a leap of faith! I decided to do exactly what I dreamed of doing. I closed my wholesale baby clothing website. I removed my store from my Kaboutjie website and made my blog roll my home page and I am a Mommy Blogger. I told my children’s daycare they will only be in half day.
A lot of people thought I had lost my mind and gone crazy, but no I had a totally clear head.
I have not looked back!
How I’m Making Money Online Now
This has been an incredible experience for me, and also just a tad bit scary too!
The beauty of my Wealthy Affiliate University membership is that I am always learning new ways to monetize my websites.
Just last week I learned that I can actually monetize my Youtube videos… so I did that and in one week with only 11 videos and not adding anything new I made $0.34. Sorry I can’t astound you millions of dollars like other people claim they make, this website is about reality. But the fact is that if I can make $0.34 in my first week monetizing but doing nothing with Youtube, I know I can make a great income from that.
I am not quite sure what I did that made that income but I am now publishing more videos and I will see what works and I will share it with you.
Any product or service I find online that I love I check to see if they have an affiliate program. There are thousands of programs out there. Amazon has an affiliate program and I have started earning an income there. I earn an income from Wealthy Affiliate and a few other affiliate programs.
It takes time to build up to a good residual income but it is getting there. I have even started earning affiliate commissions from Clixsense now. The beauty of this is that you do the work once, as in publish a post and maybe a Youtube video too and then that content earns for you for a long time to come.
Mommy Blogger Promotions
On my (now mommy blogger) website Kaboutjie I have advertising packages available and I am earning from these too.
Wealthy Affiliate Training
I have put this separate to the affiliate commissions because although this is income from Wealthy Affiliate University it is completely different. Every time I learn something new, implement it and get it right I go onto the Wealthy Affiliate University website and I publish training on it. Once that training has enough views, comments and likes (as in it is quite good training) then I earn $5 a level. So each time my training reaches a new level I earn, this means one training tutorial I publish can earn me residual income forever.
This is working out to be a nice little earner for me. So not only am I learning how to make money online at Wealthy Affiliate, but I can help other people and get paid for it too.
My Verdict for Wealthy Affiliate University and how it has changed my life?
If you are willing to work hard, do lots of learning and implement what you have learned you just can’t go wrong. I have had the most incredible change to my life and it is due to Wealthy Affiliate. I am much happier as a person. I love the work that I do.
My advice? Sign up to Wealthy Affiliate and check it out, you won’t regret it!
What has your experience with Wealthy Affiliate been? Please leave a comment.