Twacks Way Going Premium is the next installment of my journey into Wealthy Affiliate. Let me bring you up to speed, in case you’ve wandering into this with any prior engagement. My first week at Wealthy Affiliate was drawing to a close and I needed to make a decision about what I was going to do next. Let me see….that took me all of about thirty seconds.
I had thoroughly enjoyed my seven days and had pretty much decided that I wanted to continue on my journey into what was becoming a ‘Digital Nirvana’ or Utopia, whatever you want to call it…it was a delicacy that I wanted to consume…until I popped. That would be decidedly messy but it was a chance I was willing to take.
Very Small Investment
So the saying goes “No such thing as a free lunch” as in there’s always a catch. This is the point in the conversation you’re having with your friend or spouse and they’re sucking their breath and rolling their eyes and saying “I told you so” and “Now they’ve got you”…stifles a yawn. For the purpose of this particular section of my article or post I will assume you now need to respond with a glittering riposte that stops them in their tracks… Sorry, no can do. What I can do is explain, in simple terms, how I reconciled the next stage…the bit where you have to pay.
First of all, my bad, you don’t have to subscribe…you can stay as a free member for as long as you want. I will put an image on here of what you do and don’t get as opposed to the ‘Premium’ membership….now you can say “You gets what you pay for” and in this case, that’s a good thing.
There’s the image, quality is pants though, sorry.
Are you ready ? The cost of first my first months’ premium is…….was…..$19….at the time of writing this $19 equates to £14.53…Quick conversion for you. Not bothered by Euros’…really ? OK….€16.81
What Does It Mean ?
Not sure if I can be bothered to keep giving multiple Dollar to Pound to Euro conversions all the way through the next few paragraphs, so I’m going to stick with Dollars… I might add one at the end, maybe, probably not.
Here’s how it works. While you’re a free starter member you get the opportunity to take a months’ membership at a discounted rate… Yeah, well I took it. Both hands grabbing…it meant that the first five weeks of my Wealthy Affiliate membership cost a total of $19…that’s…er….$3.80 per week…or….$0.54 per day…not sure about where you are but that’s less than a daily newspaper.
Enough of the fact and figures, they speak for themselves…FIVE weeks for less than your daily paper. Not one for using cliches, I joke…but Let’s not look a gift horse and all that. I was in and I was running, or galloping.
What does it mean. Well, for me it meant that I could give it my best shot. Let’s face it, any job you want, if you were given five weeks to make up your mind, could you ? Of course, you could. I had access to one of the biggest platforms out there with a community second to none. I was not going to waste any time. I had the support of my wife and family, who knew that I was going into ‘Focus’ mode and was happy for me to ‘Go for it’.
The Clock is Ticking
To say I threw myself into it was the major understatement of the year. I had my website up and running, in a fashion.I was a ‘newbie’ after all. I was filling it with content though. I had chosen a niche that allowed me to basically waffle on about me and my life…an endless stream of me me me… Maybe a little exaggerated and it really wasn’t as egotistical as it sounds…adding post after post just wasn’t a problem… Not only that, the platform allows you to ‘blog’ once a day. Oh my.
The blog was a bit scary…website, not so much. With a website you can add posts and pages and just sit back and wait…there’e no instant reaction, to be honest, it may be quite a while before anyone actually comments. The blog, however, that’s nerve racking. You write to an audience that is out there 24/7…they read it, they comment on it, or they don’t… You just didn’t know how it was going to go. It was a great learning experience, still is. It actually gave me chance to ‘hone’ my writing. You have to remember, I hadn’t written anything since school and that was a long time ago… Probably 1985 since I had put pen to paper…that’s right, pens.
Why was the clock ticking ? I’ve kind of lost track of this thread, too much reminiscing…Clock ticking. Well four weeks might seem like a long time but it’s really not. I was writing and learning and writing and blogging and trying to work out how to ‘tweak’ a website and learning. Did I say learning ? So many resources available and so many people with vast experience… It was awesome.
I won’t string you along. At the end of the four weeks I needed to decide if I was going to take another months’ subscription or go for the big one. Easy to do a month, you think ? well yes, on one hand. On the other, the deal for taking out a yearly subscription was a bit special. Ready for some more facts and figures ? No ?…OK, here’s the skinny. Without the discount the monthly price is $49..so that would be $588 per year…OR…you can pay for a whole year and get a whopping discount of nearly 40% which means you only pay $359…divide that twelve and you at $30 per month…that’s right one dollar a day.
It’s just a ridiculously amazing deal, considering what you get for that small sum..websites, blogs, research tools, site support, member support, live chat and the list goes on.
That’s all well and good but how am I going to pay for it ?
Cost Is Relative
As we are all well aware by now, not everyone is a believer. I do not know why. You know it, I know it. It’s just the way it is. So working on that premise I was determined to get the proverbial ball rolling with the least amount of ‘impact’ on the family resources. There would be no borrowing from the joint account, savings and definitely no credit card. If I was going to do this I was going to have to fund it myself.
In true TwAcK fashion I was going to make something out of nothing…so I got busy. Over the last few years I have accumulated items…. Oh boy…it’s not weird but you can imagine at the time, the looks I might have got. I used to, still do occasionally, buy broken PC’s, laptops and xbox’s and try to fix them… I fixed more than I didn’t so it was all good, not necessarily that lucrative though. Now and then I would buy one that was ‘unusual’… For example an old Apple iMac G3, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Original Xbox and so on, you get the picture. These were in effect, my rainy day savings plans.
Well the ‘rainy’ day had come. I pulled them all out from their various hiding places, under the bed, behind a settee, in the spare room, anywhere that they weren’t in the way really. One by one I sold them and anything else that wasn’t nailed down. I had a mad month of listing, selling, packaging and posting. I didn’t begrudge a single, coveted item. I was ruthless.
In truth it was cathartic, I am a bit of a hoarder, probably something to do with my childhood ,as I got older I wanted some of the things I never had as a child…enough of that. I just love some of the old ‘tech’.
That’s how much I wanted this. How much I wanted to stay with Wealthy Affiliate. I raised the money and a bit more to boot. When the month ended I paid and subscribed for the next year. It felt great, better than that, phenomenal even. I was also relieved. I had made a commitment to raise the fees myself and me being me, if I hadn’t managed to do that I would have struggled to join.
Sometimes you have to ‘back’ yourself to win and have faith in yourself to come through. If you want this incredible opportunity, you’ll find a way to make it happen…If you want it bad enough you’ll be joining me soon enough.No excuses.
Well, I’ve babbled on enough. If you want to find out more about Wealthy Affiliate, just click on any of the high-lighted words and you’ll be whisked away to another page with some professionally written info about the platform, or if you prefer to read my review then you can just click HERE.
Thank you for taking time to read my ramblings, I do appreciate it. If you would like to ask any questions or just leave a comment, then please feel free to do so below.