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April 6, 2016

Escape From The Rat Race – The True Measure of Success!

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Steve's Success Story

This online business success story is about Steve, who joined Wealthy Affiliate back in 2009. While Steve has been to the Super Affiliate conference in Las Vegas at least four times, he is still writing blog posts in the Wealthy Affiliate community. For Steve, the escape from the rat race is the true measure of success!

Steve and his wife love to travel! For him, the most significant perk internet marketing has to offer is unlimited vacations.

Steve still works while they are traveling; it's just that his office looks like the following image during that time:

Steves office for a week


Lots of Business Cubicles

Second, to see the world, Steve's biggest hobby is photography. Many of his blog posts capture the scenic beauty of their recent travels.

Steve is asked quite frequently how much money he makes? While he hates these questions as it's relatively rude, he also knows that you can easily fake income claims.

Sharing photos from their trips around the world cannot be faked. They also prove that Steve's able to live his desired lifestyle.

12 Months of Travel

Steve details a whole year of their travels. He considers it to be living the life he has always wanted. He is not stuck behind a desk in a cubicle farm for forty years.

  • January: The year started a little slow, recovering from the Holidays. Their biggest trip was to the Wealthy Affiliate conference in Las Vegas. 
  • February: This month found them wandering around California. They started in San Francisco and made their way down the PCH through Big Sur and ended up in Los Angeles.
  • March: This month, they spent two weeks in Hawaii. More specifically, on the island of Maui. Here they escaped the cold winter back home and soaked up plenty of Hawaiian sunshine. It also happened to be humpback whale season while they were there. The whales breached not far from their coastline location almost 24 hours a day. Steve had plenty of photographic opportunities.
  • April: This month, they spent time in Washington, DC. They had some friends living there who they visited. It was also cherry blossoms in full bloom. They also took a trip out of the country, to Niagara. Here Steve and his wife spent some time with another friend.
  • May: This month found them starting in West Virginia. They next took a flight down to Puerto Rico, where they boarded a ship for a 7 day cruise around the Caribbean.
  • June: They took some time off from traveling and got some work done around their home.
  • July: Steve and his wife spent this month at Yosemite. He took tons of pictures literally. The mountains were awesome!
  • August: They started the month out in Lake Tahoe. Later they moved on to Victoria, British Columbia. Here they ran into Kyle and Carson from Wealthy Affiliate. They also found some killer whales.
  • September: Steve and his wife spent this month in the New England states. They made it through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. They ate a lobster roll and went on another whale tour.
  • October: They flew down to Texas to spend time with another friend from Wealthy Affiliate.
  • November: This is the football season at home. Every weekend was spent watching another game, either at home or at the stadium.
  • December: This was their only month off.

Steve shares these journeys and pictures as an inspiration for those who are just starting. He never traveled like this during the first couple of years when starting his business. He worked his butt off, not letting failure even be an option.

How Steve Made Nearly $9K from Blogging in May 2019

Flash forward a few years and Steve outline exactly how he made this much money from one website. He does this so that you can see what's possible when you start your website with Wealthy Affiliate.

Steve uses three primary methods of monetization on his site:

  1. 1
    Display Advertising: A third party shows ads/banners on his website.
  2. 2
    Cost-per-action (CPA) ads: These are recommendations for free sites like surveys. Generally, the action on the visitors part which pays to Steve would be entering their email address for additional information.
  3. 3
    Affiliate Marketing: As we know, this is selling someone else's service or product for a commission.

The website runs 24/7, always earning money in the background.

Four Years at WA Vegas - Steves Secret for Getting There

Steve's special secret is straightforward: Don't Wait for Something to Happen!

He is always taking action. Mostly this means publishing more content, building out your social network, publishing more content, get links pointed to your site, and publishing even more content.

That's the secret: all work and no shortcuts.

There is a reason why they say that content is king. Just not any content but quality content. The more content he publishes, then the bigger his reach.

10 Lessons Learned After 10 Years

Steve started his website after graduating from college. He went on one job interview and decided doing something he didn't like for the next 50 years was not for him.

Here are ten essential things he has learned over the years:

  1. 1
    Locate gaps in your market: Evaluate what your competition is doing wrong. Then focus on doing it right and helping people in the process. Adding value will turn into a legitimate, long-term business.
  2. 2
    Don't Let Complacency Stop You: Complacency is laziness, and it affects everyone at one time or another. For Steve, it happened after the first few years of his business, once the income level became comfortable. Complacency can kill your business if you're not keeping it growing.
  3. 3
    Frequently Reevaluate Your Goals: Keep looking forward and setting new goals. It's easy to get caught up in menial tasks such as emails, Facebook, and Instagram.
  4. 4
    Time Off Is OK: You do need a break from your work. Days or weeks off can give you a different look at tasks. It helps to have a set of well-rested eyes.
  5. 5
    Hire People: Content writing can be hired out to freelance writers. Yes, it does require spending money on someone else to do this. Many articles have a high return on investment, so it's not money lost.
  6. 6
    Celebrate Victories: You're not working a regular nine-to-five job, and no one is going to pat you on the back and say "job well done!". You need to celebrate your successes. Maybe it's a weekend away, or it could be a nice steak dinner. The bigger the victory, the bigger the celebration.
  7. 7
    Get the smaller tasks and things you don't like doing out of the way: Don't waste any time thinking about them. Get them done right away, move on to more productive tasks.
  8. 8
    Don't Spend Too Much Time on Your Site Statistics: You can easily waste too much time this. Unless of course, you're doing something like split-testing to improve your conversions.
  9. 9
    Don't get distracted with tasks that don't grow your business: The community at Wealthy Affiliate is a perfect example of this. You can spend a great deal of time posting blogs or socializing with other members. Do things that help to grow your business.
  10. 10
    It does get easier: This is especially true with the technical activities once you learn them. Learning takes time, but once mastered, you work a lot more efficiently. 

Keep pushing forward to continue to better your life!

You can read Steve's post and see his pictures at The TRUE Measure of Success.

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