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Nathaniell – An Affiliate Website Success Story

Finding online success is never easy! But what I am always amazed at is it is rare to find someone who has truly dedicated themselves to this craft over the long term and doesn’t achieve life changing success. 

Today’s post is another great example of the fact that there are many paths that push us to achieving our financial freedom goals online!

The other day I was able to connect with Nathaniell from and we discussed his journey. 

What fascinated me about the call is the impact a few seemingly insignificant at the time decisions had on his entrepreneurial journey!

Hope you  are able to take something away from his story! 

Nathaniell – Thanks for sharing with us!

Who is Nathaniell?

Nathaniell is an internet marketer who started his first business back in 2010. Here we are, almost a decade later, and he is using his success to help others learn the same methods he used to make money online and gain the freedom and financial security he felt he couldn’t find with any other career choice.

Like many others, he had his fair share of jobs over the years. But he always kept going back to internet marketing, and it turned out to be the career that he loved and one that would start his entrepreneurial journey.

The Beginning

Nathaniell grew up in California and traveled to Europe after graduating. He grew bored of the United States and wanted to see more of the world. In the beginning, he stayed with a friend in Prague and did some freelancing as an English teacher when he needed money. He then began working as a kindergarten teacher.

But again, he wanted to travel more and further expand, so he moved to China. After spending some time in China, he felt it was time to start thinking about his future and his career. 

Obstacles Along the Way

As Nathaniell worked to find ways to make money on the internet while living in China, he made a few mistakes. Nathaniell says he wasted time taking surveys and even joined a pyramid scheme. Of course, these were dead ends and didn’t amount to anything.

After six months of trying and failing, Nathaniell began researching and came across Wealthy Affiliate. From there, he went on to learn about the industry and made his first sale through his website. 

Unfortunately, at the same time, he was also working on another career venture that would ultimately fall through, so he decided to travel back to the United States to see if he missed being there.

One Memorable Moment

After living in China for 5 years, he made the trip back to the United States. He was unsure of his next move and was fearful about putting all his effort into internet marketing because there was no safety net for him if this venture failed.

After visiting, he made the long trip back to China after his visit and realized that during that long flight, he managed to make $500, and that’s the moment he realized that if he tried, he really could make this work. 

Freedom and Security

After seeing that he couldn’t make as much as he wanted with other jobs without putting in more hours, Nathaniell decided this was a lifestyle decision that had to be made. Why continue to work at a job when you can only ask for so many raises and work so many hours? How do you make more money?

With internet marketing, he found that direct relationship between the hours worked and the money he began to make. With this career choice and ultimate lifestyle decision, he realized there was much more choice involved than if he stayed with a more traditional job.

When he started, he was looking for the freedom that this career choice would allow, and now he is finding the work and life balance he needs within the hours he is working.

A Typical Day

A typical day for Nathaniell starts by waking up between 5 and 6 and promptly getting to work by 7. He finds he is much more efficient in the morning, and this is when he can get all of his organization done while also completing some content editing.

After these tasks, he moves on to research and answering questions inside Wealthy Affiliate. He then breaks for lunch and some gym time before returning home to complete some writing-related tasks in the afternoon. 

He has a full day of work and is motivated to reach his goals of making more money and becoming even more successful in the long term.

Current Goals and Focus

Currently, Nathaniell is focused on traffic. He says that you can have a great affiliate program in place, but without that traffic, it isn’t going to make you any money. Traffic is the foundation on which a successful affiliate program is built.

After gaining that traffic, the next focus is optimization and monetization. This involves completing keyword research, figuring out what it is people are on the internet searching for, and learning how to write articles that are going to rank. This is where on-page SEO and monetization come into play.

Key to Success

Nathaniell has found that writing articles in a series of ideas is a good way to go. Instead of paying too much attention to search volume, he is identifying groups of articles he can go into in even more depth. 

For example, if you choose a niche in skincare, you can write a series of articles that cover every facet of that subject. When you are able to cover everything on a particular topic, you are essentially becoming an ultimate resource, and this can help you become an authority in your chosen niche.

He also says that SEMRush is a good tool to familiarize yourself with. It is an SEO tool that helps you with your keyword research, tracks the strategies your competition is using, and runs SEO audits on your blogs. It is something used by many internet marketers and other businesses. 

His Own Success

By the time 2013 came around, Nathaniell owned his home, a new truck, and even a motorcycle because he started making money online. Now, in 2019, he is continuing to work online as a full-time internet marketer and is running his own online business. 

His site, One More Cup of Coffee, is his passion and is how he chooses to help others travel the path to success. He wants to help you bypass the many scams and misleading offers that are all over the internet, and instead teach you how to focus on working hard and taking the time to turn your own website into a successful business. 

Helpful Advice from a Successful Entrepreneur

When asked if he had any advice for himself almost a decade ago, he said that he wished he would have focused more on the long term and didn’t cut as many corners. Cutting corners is a waste of time.

There is a world of opportunities online, and if you have the drive to work hard and learn, then you too can find success as Nathaniell has by making money online.

About the Author Jon

I am a 33 year old husband, father of 3, engineer and a huge fan of developing systems to build useful and profitable websites. The reason I build online businesses is to provide financial independence for my family and yours AND so I can spend time outside skiing and biking with my family.
Jon Gillham, Online Entrepreneur

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