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I got laid off from my full-time work back in mid-2016. It was because, in trying to make blogging work, I switched my 100% focus to make a full-time income from blogging. It, therefore, affected my performance inside the office.
In my commute to work every day, I would search for the best work from home jobs online. To cut the story short, after trying at least 3 platforms, I found Wealthy Affiliate.
What Is Wealthy Affiliate About?
My Brief Story
I signed up as a basic member of the Wealthy Affiliate on October 18, 2015. As a free member, it allowed me to watch the Getting Started Course - all 10 Lessons for the next seven days and get an unlimited communication from the rest of the Community.
The ten free lessons gave me the initial blueprint that I have been looking for on how I want to make money online. It is incomparable to countless blogs I am subscribed to about the same subject.
But seven days was not enough for me. I needed to ask questions and you cannot ask questions after your 7th day. And so I went premium after.
I enjoy subscribing to services that have money-back guarantee, and although Wealthy Affiliate doesn't have one, it was only $19 for the first month. They also give you the option to cancel anytime - so I tried it.
I rushed to read and watch the other 40 lessons (there were only 50 that time), which are only available for Premium members. In my mind, if it doesn't satisfy me, I am leaving after my first month of being a Premium member.
But no! The lessons were only the start. There's an ocean of training that you'll never know when you can finish. It was time to stick to one blueprint and give it a chance to work.
I committed to making it work. The weekly live classes’ replays became my new Spotify. If time permitted, I also attended live.
I blogged on my phone on the train and bus to and from work. I wrote articles after my baby slept at night. I also sometimes worked during my lunch break.
When I lost my job, I thought I had all the time to blog. But my toddler’s needs were unpredictable. Add the household chores to the daily challenge. It was tough.
The year 2017 was when I finally saw some results. I earned USD 6,482.18. Here’s a screenshot of my Amazon US earnings for 2017.
Here’s a screenshot of my 2018 Amazon US earnings.
In 2019, my Amazon sales "dropped a bit" since I started a new niche. But it's still a good year with an average of USD 1,000 a month, despite not working on it 100% of the time.
My other "abandoned" blog teaches the "how tos" of short-term rental via Airbnb. I initially planned to teach newbies the A to Z of Airbnb. But time constraints happened. Despite that, I referred new hosts to Airbnb, using the training in Wealthy Affiliate.
Currently, Airbnb affiliate program is "paused" because of Corona virus, so most of my cookies already expired. Despite that, see some people I have helped to share their homes for short term rental.
See these screenshots from my Airbnb account:
Ok, I'm not gonna fill this up with screenshots, LOL. But you get the idea. If you check my Airbnb blog (http://iampitin.com/), I only have 8 helpful posts for new AIrbnb hosts. Since I followed the training in Wealthy Affiliate, getting some referrals was possible (if not for their temporary suspension of their affiliate program).
I currently homeschool my 6-yr old daughter and have no house helper (therefore hands-on with household chores). I know my "achievements" are far from my fellow Wealthy Affiliate members. But hey, any progress is better than nothing. I am almost five years being a member and I am not rich yet, LOL, but hey, I can pay bills, I am my own boss and decide whatever I want to do with my time.
My blogging work now runs in a semi-autopilot mode. Yes, just semi-autopilot. I still write for my blogs and edit what my writer writes before publishing them. It has been slow progress for me since I am a busy, hands-on mother plus an Airbnb host, too (in vacation mode due to Covid19 virus).
Looking back, this is far better compared to when I was just starting out, doing everything by myself. It somehow feels like an accomplishment to be an employer. It feels good to know that I can take days off when I want to or see the business growing despite just "delegating" tasks from time to time.
The Online Entrepreneur Certification Course is where everything started.
It's there - everything you need to start an income-generating blog. You just have to commit to following it and working your way to success.
See you there!
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