This post will not be impressive. This report won't make your eyes glow with envy. These earnings won't tickle your private areas. None of that. You've been warned. This post is, however, feedback and hopefully some motivation for new comers here. If you're new, or you're starting to feel like what you're doing is going nowhere, this might be for you. Here it goes. The start I joined BHW a while ago. I spent a lot of time reading, lurking and not participating. I learned a lot, but as most of you know reading isn't even 5% of the battle. Gotta get into it, get your hands dirty and start something. Anything. About 3 years ago I picked a niche (electronics, won't go into specifics), picked a free Wordpress template, a domain, hosting and off I went. I created a 25 pages website that reviews about 10 products from the niche I had picked. I wrote articles between 500 and 1000 words long, added pictures, added links, added call to actions and directed it all towards my Amazon affiliate account. All in all I think I was done with the creation part of the website in a bit less than 3 days. It was my first WP site so I had to learn, and I had to write content about a niche I knew nothing about. Maintenance For a few weeks I was very excited. I logged onto my site every day, tried to improve stuff, change copywriting, add words, add pictures, etc. I was also very worried that my links were dead, so I tested them all about 10 times each to make sure they directed to the right product with the cookies. I also started "promoting" my pages. I setup Google Alerts that related to my niche, and each product I promoted. Whenever I got a decent article dropped in my inbox, I would try to reply with a helpful comment and a backlink to my site (took about 3 minutes every other day). I created aliases on disqus and yahoo. I also wrote 5 articles related to the niche and posted them on article sites like ezinarticles and others. In these few weeks I maybe created 10 backlinks on the web, in total. Nothing worth anything really. It was mainly groundwork, something people would do in 2 days just to be sure they have a few links before starting real promotion. I didn't create a facebook page. I didn't create a twitter page. I didn't do any social bookmarking (stumbleupon, digg, etc.). Giving up After a while I got bored. The niche didn't interest me at all, and results weren't showing. I completely put the site aside and worked on other stuff. Past from these 25 on-site pages and ~10 backlinks, I never created anything since. I also moved away from Amazon because it really wasn't bringing any significant results. I started a real life business, had other things to worry about, so I left it all untouched and running in the back ground. Finding my logins A couple months ago I thought about the site. I went on, logged in, and everything was still the same (obviously). I decided to add it to my Google Analytics page again, and check amazon. I had made some money, nothing impressive at all, but it did make money. In January I decided to have a look at the year of 2015 and how my site fared earning wise. As you'll see below, it didn't make much. Here's the interesting part though. I have not worked on this site for 2 years. Setting it up took me about a week, because I didn't know anything and I didn't have any money to outsource. These $160 or so are essentially free money getting to me after spending a few hours working on something and never optimizing. A 5.10% conversion rate is actually pretty good all things considered! Think of how much I could have made had I continued the work? Think of how much I could have made had I made more links? Think of how much I could have made had I had more traffic? Think of how much I could have made had I written more articles? Think of how much I could have made had I started 3 more sites like this? Or 5? Or 10? Or 50? The point of all this I warned you that the earnings wouldn't be impressive, and that wasn't the point of my post. The point of all this is to show you that even though work might not pay off right away, it will at some point. Although you may think you're wasting your time, or that "5 articles are enough for now", or that "these few links will be enough", continue the work. Get to know your process, see yourself gradually become better and better at it while you create more opportunities for yourself. Own what you're doing, and keep the motivation high. People telling you you can't do it is hard to hear, but giving up on yourself is a deadly mistake. Do the work.