How it all began…

Published by Julie Anne Byrne on

WA communityI came across Wealthy Affiliate quite by chance and that is how it all began. I was looking for a way to start a blog on a topic that I am passionate about. Initially, I was not thinking of how to learn to create a website or indeed to learn the steps towards online affiliate marketing, but once I discovered Wealthy Affiliate the choices that were available to me seemed to multiply overnight.

I joined as a “free member” on Wednesday 7th August 2019. I have a great interest in number synchronicity and the meaning of numbers and the number 7 is a very important number for me. But I digress.

Those first few weeks

When I joined the Wealthy Affiliate platform, I immediately immersed myself in the training lessons available to me and within the first few lessons, I had created my very first free website on the SiteRubix platform which is hosted by Wealthy Affiliate. That was the easy part.

Jaaxy Research

The real work involved “building my website out” and by that, I mean writing and publishing content, changing and adapting and editing the design, learning and learning some more on how WordPress worked.

This job is made all the easier by researching “keywords” via the Jaaxy research tool which helps me to find the right keywords for my website and for the blog content that I write.

In addition, Jaaxy provides a lot of information about possible affiliates, ranking and available domains as well such as .com/.org/.net/.info

Although my website is still a work in progress, I learn more each day how to add quality to my website. I am thoroughly enjoying creating something that hopefully will result in a really good quality website and a wonderful experience for my visitors.

Outside of becoming a mother, this website has been one of my greatest achievement and although it is only 3 months old I am very proud of it. I chose a subject niche that I am passionate about “positive thinking” as I knew I could write at will and I figured I would need to be able to write a lot of content on my subject.

Going Premium

Within 5 days of joining as a free member on the Wealthy Affiliate platform and armed with the belief that I could achieve anything with the superb training on offer, I invested in my future and became a premium member. On 12th August I signed up to premium and availed of the first-month bonus offer of $19 (monthly thereafter @ $49). This immediately gave me full access to the most powerful online business-building community in the world. You can see for yourself the difference in the benefits outlined in the graphic below.

Buying some Real Estate

Armed with the full access of the powerhouse that I was discovering the Wealthy Affiliate platform to be, I set about buying my own domain name. I searched Jaaxy and happened upon a .com website name that was available and which fitted perfectly into my niche “positive thinking” and “self help” So four days after becoming a premium member on the 17th August I bought my first domain name for $13.99, it felt immense, like owning my own piece of the internet, forever immortalised.

Community SupportWA around the world community

In all of this, I must acknowledge the overwhelming support from strangers across the world who soon became online friends.  Such is the way of the Wealthy Affiliate community and the wonderful “pay it forward” system. And while it’s not for everyone and some like to work alone I find the daily words of encouragement, not to mention the genuine help and direction when I interact within the community is nothing short of phenomenal. I feel truly blessed to call myself a member of this wonderful community.

My Goals

My goals remain the same as when I first started. To be able to blog about a topic I am passionate about and provide some help, inspiration and guidance along the way. In addition to perfecting my website and continuing to write relevant content, I hope in time that this becomes a fully functioning website with relevant “affiliated links” that will make me enough money to sustain the website into the future.


Julie Anne Byrne

Hello, I am Julie Anne Byrne, and this is my blog website.  You can read more on my story in the About Me section above. I hope you enjoy your time visiting my site and reading my blogs and that you find them interesting. Please feel free to leave a comment on any post and I will respond. While I like to think the main purpose of this website is to share information, ideas and tips on living a positive and happy life it will also feature a section on My Recommendations and things I have come across or books of interest that I have read. I hope that communicating together we can combine our thoughts on how the journey through this wonderful experience called life can best be achieved.


Douglas · November 19, 2019 at 11:49 pm

I have to say congrats to you on joining. I just joined 7 days ago and holy cow there is so much to learn and use once starting the training.

Good job on the website it looks great and the content is really nice to read.

Continuing to add more content helps us all to better our knowledge on any topic.

Having read through your post I feel that I made the right choice and hope in the near future it will pay off for me as it has for you.

Good luck in the future.
Thank you

    Julie Anne Byrne · November 22, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Douglas, thanks for the feedback and I’m sure you’ve learnt so much in the short time you’ve been a member, the training is unlike any I’ve ever come across.

    Best of luck to you on your website too.

    Thanks, Julie Anne

Cathy Allen · November 25, 2019 at 9:38 pm

Congratulations on being a mother and an affiliate! 

I know from experience that motherhood is the more difficult of the two. It seems we’ve been affiliates for about the same amount of time. 

I always wanted to be a writer and now I do that daily, but with articles instead of books. Highly enjoyable!

I’m glad you are sharing the news. You just don’t know how much fun it can be until you try!

    Julie Anne Byrne · November 25, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you Cathy Allen it is a juggle you are not wrong, during the week I tend to work on my site whilst the children do their homework and then later when they are in bed, so this routine works for me.  

    The weekend is normally busy with their activities and spending time with friends and family which are my priority.  

    I find it very enjoyable now to write the more I do so, the more experience I gain. You are so right, you never know until you try just how much fun this learning platform is.  

    All the very best of luck to you on your online success. Julie Anne 

Christine · November 25, 2019 at 9:38 pm

How it all began, you joined and become part of this powerhouse that Wealthy Affiliate is. I like the way you describe it. 

For me, it was also a journey of discovery, and mostly learning and doing things I first had no clue about. 

I agree with you that the community support and WA are incredible, and I have also met some wonderful people there. I joined WA in March this year, and it was one of the best decisions I have made. 

I wish you all the best, with your goals and everything you have planned for your website. 🙂 

    Julie Anne Byrne · November 25, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Christine

    Thank you so much for your thoughts, I felt the same when I joined WA learning about how to create a website and blog when I really have no clue, but the training is laid out so well and I followed it step by step and here we are now, truly incredible.  

    Best of luck with your site too, exciting times ahead for both of us 😉 Julie Anne 

bernie · November 25, 2019 at 9:40 pm

I have also joined and I feel impressed over everything, great content! 

Also, there is a way to pay for the monthly subscription by doing simple tasks for the community, so smart! Help others out and get the premium membership for free. 

I feel a little jealous over your page, so simple, honest and yet so relevant.

I hope to be able to live free and be my own manager…

Also, I have a thing about working late hours and sleeping a long time in the morning, drinking coffee on my lavish sofa with my laptop is also a favourite and that’s how my time has been since I quit my job and joined the wealthy affiliate here. 

I wish you all the luck! Cheers!

    Julie Anne Byrne · November 25, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Bernie

    Thanks for your comment, the training once followed will certainly provide you with the skills you need to become an online success, of that I have no doubt.  

    Put in the hard while learning the process and the future will be extremely bright. 

    Wishing you great success with WA and your website.  All the best, Julie Anne 

Moi MOI · November 25, 2019 at 9:50 pm

Hello Julie Anne,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, I am passionate about instrumental music and I discovered the WA community by a friend, while I was lost between my desire to create an online platform who I could share my passion and lack of training in the computer thing.

it was a pleasure to discover the ease with which one could realize one’s dreams with the help of this powerful platform.

    Julie Anne Byrne · December 4, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks Moi Moi for sharing your thoughts. delighted you found the Wealthy Affiliate platform, once you follow the training step by step the rest just falls into place.  

    All the best to you, Julie Anne 

Julia · November 25, 2019 at 9:54 pm

Hi Julie Anne,

Thank you for sharing your first 3 months of experience with Wealthy Affiliate. Your website already looks impressive, even though it’s still young.

Like you, I joined WA as a free member and upgraded to Premium within my first week… only this was in August of 2017. I’ve never regretted my decision, and am planning on staying with WA for years to come. 

I noticed that you’ve placed a banner with the Black Friday offer. I’m using this deal for the 3rd year in the row. It’s a ridiculously low price for the wealth of knowledge, web services, tools (including Jaaxy), and support of the amazing world-wide community available to each one of us at WA.

I highly recommend to your visitors to click on that black banner at the bottom of your post and take advantage of this amazing offer.

Wishing you great success,

~ Julia

    Julie Anne Byrne · November 25, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Julia

    Thank you so much for your kind words, I am very proud of what I have achieved in such a short space of time given I was new to website creation and design not to mention blogging.  

    It’s lovely to meet someone who has been with WA for some time and your website is evident of the knowledge you have attained along the way, I shall be very happy if my website looks anything like yours once I have finished the training.  

    I fully intend to avail of the Black Friday offer, it is as you say priceless given all that comes with it, an opportunity not to be missed. 

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and may you remain happy, healthy and wealthy! All the best, Julie Anne 

John · November 25, 2019 at 9:57 pm

Wow, you found wealthy affiliate when you needed something like it online.  

While I just wanted to quit my job and so I was going online looking for jobs that I could do and found affiliate marketing. This was how I found it a few weeks ago. 

It is very good to see that you can give some very important information on the platform that we are on. I feel that more people should know about it. 

Nice one!

    Julie Anne Byrne · November 25, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks John, yes I was very lucky that I found it when I did. 

    It’s a fantastic environment to learn in, such a positive and encouraging atmosphere and so many willing souls to help us on our journey. 

    Embrace it all, and enjoy all the learning…I’ve no doubt you will see real results soon! 

    All the best to you, Julie Anne 

Gomer · November 25, 2019 at 10:31 pm

That’s a good story you have and it reminds me of the days I was just starting out and trying to learn Internet marketing. Wealthy Affiliate has also helped me find a good platform that ensures success in online business. The whole system is designed to help the ordinary individual get an edge over the experienced ones by providing us with tools and a community that’s very supportive. 

Keep going on your journey. I am sure you will uncover more good stuff from Wealthy Affiliate and hopefully, we’ll see each other in one of the events hosted by the company.

    Julie Anne Byrne · November 25, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Gomer

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and lovely to meet a member who has been here for a good while. I am an ordinary person and even I can understand and follow the training.  There really is no skillset required to follow the process.  

    The community support is priceless and so very important when you are so far out of your comfort zone, it’s great to get help when you need it and encouragement to keep going. 

    I am thoroughly enjoying my journey here at WA so I’ve no doubt we shall meet in the future! 

    All the best to you for continued success, Julie Anne 

Julie Anne Byrne · December 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm

Thanks for your comment Sparkling wishing you much success on your journey. All the best, Julie Anne 

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