Interview with Nathaniell Brenes

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My friend and referrer to Wealthy Affiliate, Nathaniell, agreed to participate in my Wealthy Affiliate interview series. Who is Nathaniell Brenes? His real name is Roderick, but he’s better known on the internet under his pseudonym “Nathaniell”. He is an all-rounder. From a former kindergarten teacher, playing and entertaining little children, he went to China to learn Mandarin which he became fluent in.

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Nathaniell saw the shortcomings in his future retirement provision and that made him decide to try his luck online, after a few wanderings he started the course at Wealthy Affiliate and after a few months of hard work he managed to earn more than $ 10,000 with his website and he bought a plane ticket to return to the US.

Nathaniell is a full-time internet marketer and here are his answers to my questions.

interview question 1

I started my first website when I was 25

Note from Loes: This is not his first website but it’s his most successful website. On this website, he is exposing online scammers and he is reviewing legal online products.


interview question 4
I spend the most money on written content.

interview question 5
I brew beer in my spare time.

Note from Loes: One of his hobbies is brewing beer. When you are inspired by brewing beer too, you have to read his recipe page! He creates his own beer recipes, and this one, in particular, is very suitable for the upcoming Christmas days.

“Orange Clove Witbier All Grain Recipe.”


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I prefer to work by myself so I can set my own pace and expectations.

interview question 13
My first blog posts were terrible and boring because I didn’t know what to write about. I didn’t understand how to create content and express my opinions online.

interview question 15
The most difficult part of writing is figuring out what you’d like to write about. You can say anything online, but what will have the most impact?

interview question 16
The best advice I can give to make a multi-year commitment. Think 2-3 years in the future. What do you envision for yourself? Your future self will thank you for putting in the hard work.

If it's both terrifying and amazing, then you should most definitely pursue it! Click To Tweet

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I’ve never made a mistake that I didn’t think turned out for the better years down the road. I don’t really regret anything!

interview question 23
I really dislike when people can’t see the other side of an argument. You may not agree, but at you should be able to sympathize with other viewpoints.

interview question 25
25. I’m most passionate about trying to piece together affiliate marketing strategies that work. It’s frustrating, but exciting at the same time.

View this simple instruction video from Nathaniel to understand a bit more about affiliate marketing and how to sign up with an affiliate network.



It’s easy and fun to create your own website and to join me and Nathaniel at the Wealthy Affiliate platform.


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Note from Loes:

Not only at the Wealthy Affiliate University, but all around the world, Nathaniell made tons of friends. During his period in China, but also traveling Europe. His online business gives him the opportunity to live the laptop lifestyle by simply blogging on websites. Nathaniel is a good example of “following your dreams”, and created the lifestyle that everyone would love. 

It’s my hobby to make animated signatures. And I made a special one for Nathaniell too.

Nathaniell beer mug

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  1. Melanie says:

    Thank You Loes for creating this post interviewing a very successful Marketer.  I think there is a lot of useful information on here as well as useful links.  Reminds me that all things are possible if you dare to try.  I like what was said about setting goals and putting in the word now and thanking yourself down the road.  Especially as you interviewed someone who has no previous experience in Affiliate Marketing.  He learned.  Others can do and follow that pattern to success.  Great post!

  2. Sophia says:

    This is a very encouraging success story. I too spend my money on written content because I want to make sure its professional and actually helping people. I really wish I could write my own stuff but it wouldn’t pass the bar in terms of quality. Its amazing that Nathaniel was able to make $10,000 and come home but its also possible if you put in the work and don’t procrastinate. And he is also right about making an impact, you can’t just write about what you ate for dinner the night before and expect to get a lot of people coming wanting to read about it. You have to help people . Also I like the realistic perspective of giving it 2 to 3 years to blossom. I am right now one year in and I don’t see much in terms of money but I know that the work I am putting in now will pay off in the the future. Becoming a successful affiliate marketer means not giving up and making good quality, helpful content staying focused in one niche and not swaying into other topics,  you need to be realistic and give it a few years to start attracting thousands of viewers ( considering you do SEO right ) in the end, the payoff can be really huge. That’s why doing all the work now is important. 

    • Loes says:

      That’s so right Sophia, the right keywords is essential to score with your website. I wish you a lot of success and I hope you soon will see a breakthrough.


  3. lynnsamuelson says:

    Hi Loes,

    I love reading interviews about successful people and how they got there. Since joining Wealthy Affiliate 3 years ago (still can’t believe it was that long ago!) I’ve enjoyed reading Nathaniell’s posts and tutorials. I never knew his backstory so this was especially interesting. I know exactly what he meant about hating his earliest posts. Mine were cringeworthy too! His persistency and ability to pivot when necessary are key aspects that have helped him become successful no doubt. I want to try the beer recipe with orange and clove. It does sound perfect for the holidays. And I love the animated signature which you are so good at. Very cute!


    • Loes says:

      Hi Erica, thank you! I recognize that part about my earliest posts too. I hadn’t discovered Grammarly yet. And my English grammar was really terrible. Cheers, enjoy your orange and clove beer with the Christmas days 🙂


  4. Katya Souza says:

    Hi Loes,

    Nice to see you have joined the brilliant Wealthy Affiliate community. It really is the best. Your vision is your goal to work towards. Never loose that vision. Wishing you all the success.

    • Loes says:

      Thank you Katya, for learning the ropes about affiliate marketing the Wealthy Affiliate education is indeed the best, I wish you all the best with your online endeavors too 🙂

  5. Garen says:

    Hey Loes,

    In order to be successful you have to be persistent.  I can’t stress that enough.  I personally, know how boring it can be when you’re not really making much income after 6-8 months of hard work.

    Nathaniel is so right about doing something you’re passionate about.  Otherwise after a couple months you will just give up.

    Do you have any tips that will help someone that is stressing because they haven’t made any decent money on a niche site?

    • Loes says:

      Hi Garen, yes, as a matter of fact, I got some tips from Nathaniell the other day. He showed me I should invest more thought into my keyword searches. Don’t take just a keyword that ranks, but find keywords which make sense. Think like the Google searcher. What would YOU enter in the search box when you were looking for some product or service. And take it from there. I think that makes a lot of sense and can speed up your sales. When you haven’t made a sale yet, take a close look at your keywords and see if that’s the keyword you would use. Success!


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