How to start a profitable website

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Why are you here?

With all that’s going on in the world right now more people are realising it makes sense to have a back up plan.  What sort? How about an online business. You have obviously been thinking about it otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

You obviously want to know how to start a profitable website. Not much point wanting an unprofitable one after all.

So with more time you have been looking around online and if you are in the UK now know that lockdown will continue for at least another 3 weeks. Clearly a brilliant time to learn the basics and get a website up and running. The best time to create an online business.

Sooo….. what is the first thing you need to do to start a profitable website? Most people just leap in without giving much thought to what their website will be about. Surely its creating the website that’s important, isn’t it? You know, getting it built, adding the fancy bells and whistles to wow the customers. Not really. So how do you start a profitable website? Well you need to start right at the very beginning.

First you need to decide what the website is about.

Choosing A Profitable Website Topicfrog pulling a bag of cash. How to start a profitable website

You can’t just create a website about anything, it has to be a specific topic on which you have a decent amount of knowledge and interest. Well you can, but it would be pointless. You won’t know what you are talking about and it won’t be enjoyable.

The first step, before we do anything, is to decide what the site is actually going to talk about. You need to create a “niche” website. Niche is a word that refers to a small, profitable corner of a market. This means that your site will be very specific and focused on one topic. Your goal will be to dominate this “niche” and become an authority in it. Does that make sense?

Let me give you an example.

You may love sport and take part in a few. Through the process outlined below, you decide on something within that topic that is the right angle for you. You don’t create a website about sport in general. You narrow it down to a very specific piece of this topic (a niche). Through your research you may decide it would be best to create a website about the training process of one particular sport or about the clothing required. Though with the clothing, it could then be narrowed down further into a particular part, such as footwear. Now, THAT is a “niche”. If you became an authority on that specific topic, it would be something that could be very profitable for many years to come.

Isn’t bigger better?

So, you may be thinking “Why should I narrow it down so much? Wouldn’t it be better to go after any sports or at least all equipment needed including clothes or even just clothing?”

I know I thought the same when I started. I had many thoughts along the lines of: What if I run out of things to write about? Surely I need a bigger topic for more variety to make the site more interesting. No and no. You won’t run out of things to say, unless you pick the wrong topic, such as something you have no interest in.

Too much variety on different subjects isn’t good because it means your customer struggles to find what they are interested in amongst everything else you have written about.

Less is good

Wikipedia states: 

  • A niche market is the subset of the market on which a specific product is focused. The market niche defines the product features aimed at satisfying specific market needs, as well as the price range, production quality and the demographics that it is intended to target. It is also a small market segment.

A narrower niche means that there is less competition and the more you narrow down your topic, the amount of competition reduces further.

And the less competition, the greater chance you have of becoming an authority on your topic. When you become an authority it brings more people to your website, they learn to trust you and this brings them back.

HOW to choose your topicmaking a list

Make a list of everything you are passionate about.  Write everything down, everything you can think of.

Then, it’s time to research which of those passions and interests would make the best topic for your website. To do this you need to work out two simple things.

1) How many people are interested in your topic

2) How many other websites there are on this same topic. There are simple, free online tools that you can use to work it all out.

So, step number one is to see how many people are searching for your topic online. This gives us a rough estimate of how much demand there is for a website on this subject.  Visit the “Google AdWords Keyword Tool“. This is a free tool provided by Google and it will let you know a rough idea of how many times someone typed any particular keyword into Google.

How does it work?google adwords keywords

Lets find out. Clink on the link or type it in to google.

You should have a screen like the screenshot opposite. Then click on the blue button that says ‘Go to keyword planner’.

I am showing you as I do it for you, mainly because I have seen so many outdated instructions without anything to show you how it should look. Instructions are fine but you want to be sure you have the right page. Especially when you are discovering this for the first or even re discovering after a long time.

At this point I will confess that it has been a long time since I used this tool and it does look different. It’s also good for me to brush up on such tools and remember to use them. Such tools do make life easier.

And on to the next

So let’s say you decide you are keen on crafts, so you narrow it down to your 2 main interests in that very large topic, knitting and crochet. You put in crafts, knitting and crochet just to see what happens and to try out the tool.

There is less competition but still plenty of visitors looking and searching for information. So then you need to scan the list to find potential topics.

Altogether there were 2,651  results just from the 3 words.

Keywords that you provided:google adwords keywords 1

crochet

100K – 1 M   High

knitting

10K – 100 K  High

craft

100K – 1 M  High

So crafts and crochet both have 100,00 – 1,000,000 average monthly searches. So the narrower subject of crochet is more popular than knitting.

So we take that one and put that into the keyword planner. There are 667 results, just from crochet.

The top 5 that come up are these:google adwords keywords 1

crochet patterns

10K – 100K High

amigurumi

10K – 100K High

free crochet patterns

10K – 100K High

crochet blanket

10K – 100K High

crochet baby blanket

10K – 100K High

So crochet patterns and free crochet patterns are highly popular searches with amigurumi in between them.

A topic of patterns could be narrowed down further into amigurumi patterns. You will have noted that Amigurumi was another popular search. Or baby clothes , blankets, or more specifically, baby blankets  even.

While you are on the webpage “Google AdWords Keyword Tool“, spend some time playing with various words of ideas  that interest you. then choosing narrower subjects from the words offered. This will help you learn how it works and make it easier and faster when you are needing particular keyword.

What’s next?

Now you know that it’s possible to make a site about crochet patterns, you need to check the amount of sites that there already are about crochet patterns. Of course, if you find that there’s 100 million sites about crochet patterns, you will need to go back and look at other crochet niches.How to start a profitable website 1

To find this information, all we need is Google. So type Crochet patterns into Google  Now you look at the top of the page, just above the first entry where it says “About 132,000,000 results “.

This means that there is 132,000,000 web pages on this term. It may seem like a lot, but it’s not that bad because in reality, only percentage of those sites will be very good with high quality content. Compare it to the general term of crochet where you get: “About 891,000,000 results”.  Plus google will have scanned the entire internet for that search term, so even a mention will have that page included.

Another popular search was Crochet Blankets. Put into Google it came up with: About 106,000,000 results so lower still.

Just play around with your words and ideas until you have settled on what you want your niche site to be about.

Niche done, ready to go

Well not quite but that is a major step forward you have made a start. Many jump into building a website, buy the first domain name they think of and the first topic they think of. Many also go for a topic rather than a niche at first thinking it will be easier.

Admittedly it does sound as though it will be. The reality is, that 6 months down the line, you are likely to scrap that site and start again, having taken the steps of choosing a niche and domain name carefully.

That time won’t have been wasted, you will have learnt a lot. The original site could be kept for trying out new ideas or plug ins before adding them to your main site. Also could be something you might want to go back to.

A little planning in the early stages can save you a lot of time later.


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Learn about Affiliate Marketing

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The easy and basic version for those who are only just discovering and want to learn about affiliate marketing.

What is affiliate marketing?

It’s a way of earning money online.

It works as a business, you apply to companies that appeal to you or have products in your chosen niche. You then become affiliated with the company if they accept you and then you promote their products for them.

They will supply you with advertising material such as banners and make links available to you, with your special code, so that each company knows who the traffic or sales come from.

When someone clicks on a link to a product and then buys, whether it’s digital or an actual physical product, the affiliate can earn a small commission from the sale.

It sounds simple and that is the basic premise but it takes hard work getting to that point. There are many online who say it’s easy, you can earn thousands a week while only working 2 hours per week. That is not realistic at all.

The reality is lots of training and many hours of hard work. If followed correctly the training works very well but it won’t happen overnight. Many try it for a month or two and give up saying it doesn’t work, having done very little of the training or put in much time. If you want to earn well, then you need to put in the time and  effort.

 

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a platform for affiliate marketing. You can join at no cost, have a look round, try out the basic training and see what you think. wealthy affiliate Learn about Affiliate Marketing

There is no pressure to become a paying member. Though if you join within the first 7 days you get the first month at half price. If you decide to stay on you can pay monthly or yearly. Yearly  means you save quite a bit, so if you can do that it’s much more economical, but of course it depends on individual circumstances and how you feel about what there is on offer.

When I joined I was highly sceptical but the quality of the free training won me over, along with the welcoming community. Once I went to Premium and  saw what training was on offer for paid members, how much there was available and how comprehensive it is, I was hooked.

Building a website or starting one with the free training was exciting and then continuing on was even better. I couldn’t believe my luck and knew there and then I was staying.

What do you learn?

You learn how to build a wordpress website.

First of all though you have to decide what your website will be about.  You select a topic and narrow it down in to a niche which is a smaller more select area of the overall topic.

With that decided, next comes a name for your website.

I always avoided WordPress as it looked so complicated, so went for easier options. With the right training however, that is done step by step, even I could manage it. Being able to stop  and start the video to complete each piece was brilliant. Some parts I found easy but other sections I had to go over a few times until the penny dropped.

The sense of accomplishment was amazing.

Additions to your site

You learn about the best themes to use, to get your site looking the way you want it. Though you first start with a more limited selection on the free starter membership, still quite a few though, to choose from. At this stage you tend to use the first one that appeals, which is fine at this stage as you are just keen to have a website.

There are Plug ins that come with your website, basic ones essential to the running of it.plug ins

Not real world plugs of course, plug ins that go right inside your website that help with the running of it.

There are an amazing amount of plug ins that will do various things for your website. Often you will see people recommending various ones but experience has taught me to check my stats before and after.

There is training on how to create content (blog posts) for your site, again, step by step the best way to set it out and how to add pictures and videos.

There is also a section of the Wealthy Affiliate site that has lists of companies wanting affiliate marketers, so you don’t even have to do that yourself unless you want to.

I also realised that it doesn’t stop at affiliate marketing any of your sites can be used for any business that you want to run.

You have an amazing site you have created and can sell things you create, buy items to sell, or be an affiliate marketer. Or you can incorporate all 3, its entirely up to you. The only limits you have are those you impose on yourself.

How does it help me?

You can run any business you choose and you will have the help you need.dream big

You have an amazing site you have created and can sell things you create, buy items to sell, do coaching or be an affiliate marketer or anything else you fancy doing.

The only limits you have are those you impose on yourself.

There is training on just about any business related subject you can think of . Not only official training but also many from long term members who find a better way of doing something or a different way that’s easier.

I am pretty sure that most things you want to know about will have at least one training available, if not more.

The Benefits.

From 16th March there are changes to the amount of websites offered.

  • 1 website with the free membership and 10 websites with the Premium membership.
  • It used to be 2 websites with the free starter membership and 50 websites with the Premium membership.

You get great website hosting along with  top notch Security to keep it safe.

Website Speed that is fabulous in this fast paced world where everything has to be instant. It gives a better user experience for your site visitors.

Reliability. A platform that is reliable, where the owners are accessible and despite being so successful are still ready to help should you have a problem.

Support. The site support is brilliant. The response is very fast and any problems solved quickly, occasionally the impossible takes longer but still gets solved.

The free starter membership with training to get you started along with a website. Well 2 at the minute, until 16th March.

Did I mention the amazing community that have helped me and others countless times? They are the human side of Wealthy Affiliate, along with the owners Kyle and Carson. They too are very accessible, giving help and advice to everyone. Plus they keep updating the platform and are  constantly making improvements

Conclusion

Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to learn all you need to know about starting a business, whether it’s affiliate marketing or a different type of business.Wealthy Affiliate banner

All the tools are there in one place to help you succeed. Then as backup you have an amazing community who will cheer you on with successes, commiserate with the mistakes and lift you up if you feel down.

And every day you will see blog posts on the site that inspire you. They also teach you and spark ideas for your site and for new blog posts.

They also encourage everyone to sign up for the free membership first, there are very few platforms that do that. Wealthy affiliate do it because they have nothing to hide. There aren’t any upsells. If you decide to go premium, which is your choice, that is what you will pay, your membership only.

You can buy domain names through Wealthy Affiliate but you can buy them elsewhere if you prefer and migrate them in, the same if you already own a domain name.

So overall there are many benefits to coming to Wealthy Affiliate and giving us a try. Check it out for free and see what you think. All you will have lost is a bit of time.

What you could gain, is a better future. So why not come and join us today? CLICK HERE!

Joining via my link on this page will ensure you get my assistance when needed, the benefit of my knowledge thus far and 2 ebooks to help you on your affiliate journey.


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How to Create an Online Business

Future written in scrabble tiles

It’s a new year and the start of a new decade and time to make a better future.

How do you do that? By creating an online business.

Time to make the future you want.

You don’t change things by doing what you’ve always done. So now it’s time to change that, to create the future you have dreamed of.

How can you do that?

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Can I learn how to create an online business?

First you need to learn how.

There are ways to learn for free with many You Tube videos on the subject as well as blogs. There are also websites offering free online courses if you Google it.

These of course are limited in the amount of information they give you as many are selling more extensive courses themselves.

That route can take a while as you piece together the different amounts of information.

I tried this way but it always felt as though something was missing. Which is certainly not helpful.

How can I afford a good course?

There are always ways to save cash once you decide you want to invest in yourself and your future.

Do you pay for TV subscriptions? How much do you pay and do you need them all?

Do you eat out or have Takeaways? How about coffee on your way to work? Make savings on lunch and take your food from home and use refillable water bottles.

You can shop around to reduce your utility bills.

Shop around to cut back on food bills. Do click and collect rather than pay a delivery charge.

You don’t have spare time.

When you work full time, it’s easy to instantly dismiss the idea of doing extra work at home but it’s how many successful entrepreneurs started out.

So think about it.

Do you play games online, on a console? Do you watch television programmes, films, box sets?

Do you see where I am going with this?

If you want to build a better future then you need to make changes. Instead of slouching in front of a screen dozing, why not put that time to good use in front of a screen that has you wide awake and keen to do more?

What would I do?

Training. Running up steps.

Training!

No, not that sort of training, though the word does make me think of running in particular and being pushed to the limit.

Though if you sit all day a bit of walking or running is not a bad way to have a break.

I mean a different sort of training.

Learning how to build a website, how to find a niche, to master SEO, Keywords, blogging, social media and more.

Training that seems endless, tough at times but is exciting too.

Building a basic first website is fun and gives a massive sense of achievement.

What is a niche?

Is a small part of a wider subject. Such as Health. This is a large subject so you narrow it down to something you are interested in.

Some examples of this one subject.

* Health & Beauty Aids Retail
* Health & Diet Foods Retail
* Health & Medicine
* Health & Wellness Programs
* Health Aids
* Health and Beauty
* Health Associations
* Health Care Plans
* Health Care Professionals
* Health Care Providers
* Health Clubs
* Health Food Stores
* Health Spas
* Healthy Gut
* Hearing Aid Audiologists
* Hearing Aids & Assistive Devices Retail
* Heart Disease

There are, of course, hundreds of possibles niches covering a wide variety of subjects.

What is SEO?

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation.

Basically how to get the search engines to see your blog posts and rank them.

The higher the ranking the more your posts and site gets seen by people searching for what you are writing about.

 

What are Keywords?

The particular words and phrases that people use when they are searching for a subject they want to know about. Using the right ones help your posts move up the ranks to get seen.

Think about when you do an online search. The better the words you put in, the more descriptive, the better the results. Keywords give good results from both sides.

What is blogging?

Writing a blog post or an article which is more commonly known as content to those that have a website and blog.  You write information about your niche, solving problems, writing reviews and anything else relevant to your subject.. To do that you need to do research, check facts, create good post titles and find good keywords.

Many think of blogging as writing something fun, perhaps about your day, adding some pictures and that’s it done. This is unbelievably far from the truth. Well it is when you are blogging for a business. 1 post can take many hours to create.

Read article writing tips HERE!

Social Media

social media

Not the sort of social media where you keep in contact with family and friends but business social media.

You need accounts with the main platforms to share your blog posts and create posts that interest people so they become followers.

Followers are important as through them your work gets a wider audience. When people like, share or  comment on your posts, they then get seen by others from their circles too.

Social media has an important part to play in running any online business. It’s not enough enough to have a business, you also need customers. That means you need to advertise your site, blog posts and anything you sell or items you recommend that your customers might need or are searching for.

It can help with reaching potential followers of your site and the all important traffic, while you are building your content and rising in the ranks of search engines.

 

How soon would I be earning?

That is a question that comes up a lot as you can imagine. Especially as many watch videos for ‘systems’ that promise fast set up and money coming in within hours or a few days. Then just a couple of hours a week to keep it going.

Many people have been caught out with these.

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Well the one I recommend doesn’t work like that.

It teaches you the basics then moves on to the more in depth training to help you build a business that will last and grow. It’s focussed on building a good solid foundation that can continue to grow well into the future.

The official training is excellent and very extensive and there is also an endless amount of training available from members you have been on the site for years.

Some have started earning small amounts after a few months, others have taken longer. It all depends on the amount of time you have to give to your fledgling business and how much effort you are willing to put in.

Have I earned anything yet? Small amounts which are nice and shows the training works but I didn’t expect more or even that just yet as other commitments reduce the time I have available. I do however spend every spare minute I have on it.

So what is my recommendation?

Wealthy Affiliate!

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It is a hosting platform that as well as offering training and offers you hosting on up to 50 websites, 25 domain and 25 non domain.

The site support is excellent, responds promptly and solves minor problems instantly, difficult mostly within an hour or two and the impossible takes a bit longer.

There is a very large supportive community, that is always available and very inspiring.

They offer a free starter membership to look around, have a go at building a website and doing some basic training, which I was impressed with when I started. It made me take the next step, which was signing up for a month of Premium membership, which costs $49 or £37.44p.

That gives you the chance to examine what else is on offer and check out the premium training.

For me, after a week, I knew this was what I wanted and where I wanted to build my business.

I always recommend that you try the free membership first.

Letting you know of changes coming very soon.

Upcoming Hosting Changes, March 16th, 2020

We are moving to updated hosting plans in preparation of some significant launches in May, and the introduction of a standalone Managed WordPress Brand being launched Summer 2020.

These are how the hosting updates look:

Starter Membership1 Website, Formerly 2 Websites

Premium Membership: 10 Websites Any Type (NEW), Formerly 25 Own Domains / 25 Free Websites

Price changes from May 12th and more up to date information on changes HERE!

Think you can’t do it?

I say you can! If at 64 I can learn this while running a small crafting business, running a home and caring for grandchildren, then you definitely can. It’s all about attitude and believing in yourself.

Try it for free and see what you think. You lose nothing by looking. Then if you like what you see, take the leap and invest in yourself and your future. You are worth it!

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New Decade a New Start

Light bulb moment

It feels like a supersized New Year, a new decade a new start, a time for big new plans and goals. A time to build the future you always wanted.

You had the Idea.

Soooo, you’ve been planning this for a while. A few months, a year, a few years? Still doing the research?

Affiliate Marketing seems to fit the bill and ticks all the right boxes. Work from home or  anywhere. Can be built into a good solid business. Can earn a living wage or much better.

You’ve been looking at blogs, come across many get rich schemes and systems ‘guaranteed’ to make you rich as well as ones that seem legitimate.

Black Friday was tempting, almost took the plunge but held back.

Does that sound like you?

It’s not easy is it, avoiding the sharks while seeing through the murky water they have stirred up? You want to take the plunge but also don’t want to be scammed.

Been there, done that!

Yes, I was there right where you are early 2019. I had done my homework, researched everything inside out. Seen all the videos touting the laptop lifestyle with views of palm trees on a beach or the fancy house with flash car.

Beach pictures can come from anywhere and apparently the house and car are often hired by the hour. Maybe not always but seems like it’s true much of the time. Next time you look at a video that done from the ‘big house’, look at the background. It looks very impersonal, no homely touches or anything remotely family like.

Plus you can never get to see what’s on offer until you pay and then its too late.

How to avoid wasting Your money

If you have good intuition, listen to it. If not, look at the clues, like those above.

Beware of any that tell you that you can earn a mega wage with 1 or 2 hour a week. That is not realistic at all. Avoid ones that say you can start earning the very next day and those that say 2 or 3 clicks to get a money making machine up and running, with earnings pouring in within hours.

Many also say:

So easy a total novice can do it.

No training.

No hours of video to watch.

Very simple.

Just copy and paste.

These and more come along with many systems purporting to lead you to earning hundreds of pounds or dollars in a day.

Yes they probably can earn you money eventually but they can be complicated to set up. With some it can take weeks to even get the log in email and days to get an answer from the support. Then you get the upsells too. You have to pay this much more to have this and so much more to use that and it goes on and on.

How to get started

If you want to build a good business that will last and continue to earn you money well into the future you need to learn how to do it properly.believe in yourself. New Decade a New Start

So choose wisely and ensure that whichever one you choose has a good training programme that covers everything you need to know.

How do you find that out?

Choose one that lets you have access before you pay anything. A legitimate programme has nothing to fear and everything to gain from you seeing whats on offer.

Once you have access you will know whether its what you want or not. Its better to look and then decide before you pay any money.

My Choice?

After many months of research, then reading blogs, researching more and watching endless videos on various ‘Systems’, I had become very disillusioned. I was convinced there weren’t any legitimate programmes out there.Its all about choice.

I gave up for a while then accidentally came across a reference to a company called Wealthy Affiliate. Hope once again reared it’s head and I went searching for more information.

Despite hearing only good things, I was sceptical. Why was this company so different? So I followed the trail right to the door. Yet I still held back convinced it wouldn’t be any good.

I discovered you could actually join for free, go in and have a look around. Second visit I actually joined, got in and looked around.

The free training alone was amazing.

Wealthy Affiliate

In the first week I realised how little I knew, despite having run an online craft business for nearly 10 years. However, I was still sceptical and looking very carefully at everything.

I was offered a month of premium for less than half price, so I took it. I wanted to check out what the Premium training was like. Would it be any good, much the same or better than what was offered at the free level?

Within a few days of starting the Premium training I knew that this was the real deal and I intended to stay until I succeeded.

My early scepticism vanished and was replaced with a determination to succeed. I knew that I had the tools now to reach my goals and it was up to me how much time and effort I put in. Success or failure was also down to me.

It was hard work, learning so much alongside my usual life and it’s many commitments was not easy. In time it does get easier as you integrate the knowledge and everything begins to fall into place.

Was it worth it?

Yes, absolutely.

I still love it after 9 months and I still have much to learn.

Many who started at the same time are further ahead, which is fine. I do not have as many hours to spare as some, due to family and other business commitments.

Plus we all learn at a different pace. It is better not to rush through but to ensure we learn it all thoroughly to build the solid foundation a lasting business needs.

wealthy affiliate membership link.

If you are looking to take that step forward to start building a business as you learn, Wealthy Affiliate is the place to do it.

Come and join me. Start this new decade the way you mean to go on, building a better future and living life the way you want to.

 

Upcoming Hosting Changes, March 16th, 2020

We are moving to updated hosting plans in preparation of some significant launches in May, and the introduction of a standalone Managed WordPress Brand being launched Summer 2020.

These are how the hosting updates look:

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Best Christmas Gift is a Better Future

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Did you/do you get lots of Christmas presents? Do you get yourself a present.

What would be a great present to give yourself? Any ideas? A weekend away, a newer car, a shiny expensive watch?

Well I truly believe that your best christmas gift is a better future. Think about it. A present to yourself that would last for years and grow too.

What would it be? How about learning how to create an online business?

How? Join those learning how to create a business online. You can build it alongside your job until it earns enough to give up your outside job. From there you have more time to build it up further.

Why would you want to?

As jobs disappear in the real world, shops closing down, companies encouraging people to work from home and downsizing offices, factory automation etc, more jobs appear online.

Doesn’t it make sense to get in and get started now, before your real world job vanishes?

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Maybe your job is safe for years to come but you are tired of working for someone else and want the freedom to decide your own hours. It makes family life much easier because you can spend more time with them by working when they aren’t about.

Perhaps it has long been a dream to have your own business but held back because of startup costs. A big concern in the real world, not so much online.

How would I get started?

I recommend learning everything you need to know with proper training courses.

WHY?

never stop learning.

Experience!

Ten years ago I started a craft business, I was naive and hadn’t been on the internet much. Hadn’t even set foot on the social media platforms and No, not even Facebook.

I could have been successful much sooner had I had the benefit of training. Instead I learnt it slowly, very slowly as helpful people suggested I get an FB business page, told me I needed Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest and when it appeared Instagram. 

Most things I learnt the hard way. It took me 4 years to start making a decent profit.

So I suggest the training to help you.

What will I learn?

I am learning at Wealthy Affiliate which has very comprehensive training.

Training will cover all aspects you need such as building a wordpress website and you get to build your site gradually as you learn which makes it much easier. If you don’t quite get something, you can go over it again and again until you do.

You learn about niches and how to create content for your site using keywords, how to get ranked in google using SEO. How to bring traffic to your site, how to become an affiliate for other companies or they have a training section to be an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate.

There is a vast amount of training on every subject, too many to list here, not just those supplied by Wealthy Affiliate but many more from long term site members. 

You will also learn about the community and find out first hand how wonderful they are. Always there to answer questions, to help with problems, to celebrate the wins and commiserate when something doesn’t go right.

Most of all they inspire every day, encouraging you to keep going and reach those goals.

What will it cost?

It’s Free to join, no credit or debit cards required.

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What you get.

There is training to do, 10 lessons teaching the basics and you get to have a go at building a website and more. It’s the best way to join, then you can look around, try it out and see how you feel.

Becoming a Premium member opens up a whole new world of training.

If you decide to go Premium within 7 days, the first month is usually less than half price at $19.

I went that route.

Free, to check it out as I had no intention of being scammed.

Then the bargain month, so that I could be really sure of what I would be getting.

When I was a couple of weeks into the paid month I knew, without any doubts, that this was what I wanted to do.

That this site could provide everything I needed for the business I wanted to create.

Being a Premium Member!

Is it hard work? YES!

Is there lots of support and help available? YES! Both excellent site support and community support.

Will I quickly be earning lots of money? NO! 

This training is to build a long term business with a solid foundation that will grow year by year, as long as you put in the hours and the work. Basically you get out what you put in.

Do little work and you will get  very little back, its as simple as that.

Are You Ready to Invest in Yourself?

I was so 100% sure this was what I wanted to do, that I decided to pay for a years membership. It was so much more cost effective and it showed I was serious, myself as well as the world.

I decided to invest in myself as a gift to myself. To take a step forward into a better future. I am building my business step by step, to get the future and lifestyle I want.

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How about you?

Are you ready to start creating the future you want? Will you invest in yourself and your future?

I don’t offer giveaways you’ll never get round to using, for joining via my link. I offer support if its needed, access to what I have learnt to answer any questions you may have.

 


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6 Common Mistakes when starting a Business

business start up

When you start up a home business, it’s a great opportunity to work on something that you’re passionate about.

 

Perhaps something that has been a hobby but has grown to more than that but you want to avoid making mistakes that will hold you back.

 

To help in that aim I have discovered 6 common mistakes when starting a business that are often made. They can be made without realising it, which can make the journey to success take longer than it needs to be.

What is a niche?

A niche is the idea you want to build your business around. The first idea you have can be a broad subject that you need to narrow down to a much smaller part of that subject and that is your niche.

There are so many business niches, once you start looking.

It’s the focused part of a wider niche, like running. This is a very broad niche and popular, so you need to narrow it down to a particular aspect of it, such as the trainers. Even this may be too broad. It would be something you would need to research.concept, 6 Common Mistakes when starting a Business

There are so many niches to choose from that it can be quite tough to decide which one to choose. Unless you already have an idea, it can be overwhelming to narrow it down to a specific niche and then possibly narrow it down further with the choice you make.

In today’s world, it is important to be knowledgeable about your chosen niche as you need to write/blog about it. On a website you blog to connect to people interested in the same thing. Over time you build trust that brings people back to read more and perhaps try your recommendations.

You become an expert by being knowledgeable about your chosen niche. The more you research and write, the more you know about your niche choice.

Mistakes to avoid.

There are a number of common mistakes that many new business entrepreneurs make when they first get started. Here are a few of the more common ones.

These are just simple things that you might not even consider if you are new to the world of business.

1. Not Taking It Seriously

Probably the biggest mistake is not taking your new business seriously. If you don’t take it seriously how can you expect others to take it and you seriously?

So many people start a home business thinking of it as only a hobby or a sideline. But if you treat your home business like a hobby/sideline, that’s all it will ever be.

If that’s what you prefer, it’s fine but then it’s not really a business.

2. Not Using The Internet Enough.

The internet is the world’s largest marketplace and if you’re not online enough, then you’re missing out on a massive potential audience. Depending upon what your business is, this can be tricky finding the right balance. If you are a crafter selling your wares, then you need plenty of time for making too. But equally it’s no good making a lot of stock with no customers to buy them.A pile of books

Your home business can be trading online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The internet makes it possible to reach out to customers from all over the world. There are many easy to use platforms that can get your business online quickly and easily when you start out.

There are also many training courses, free and paid that will help you learn, everything else you need to know, as you go along.

Using the Internet Too Much

It can also be easy to get into the habit of constantly researching online rather than actually getting down to writing blog posts.

Under the guise of research it is too easy to waste time looking around and get caught up in looking at other things that aren’t related to your business.

While the internet is a great tool, it can also be a great time waster too.

3.

Too Little Usage of Social Media Enough

If you want or have an internet based business then you need to utilise the internet to the full.

social media

Yes it’s good to build your site, add content, get the keywords right, the SEO etc but that does take time to get up the ranks in google for your site to be seen.

Build a following on social media, work at it and the numbers will rise. Each of the platforms have their uses, so learn about them and utilise each one to the full.

Again this will take time but in the long run will pay dividends.

It is an excellent tool for business but can also be a great time waster if you aren’t disciplined enough.

4. Focusing Anywhere but Your Audience

This is a common mistake because when you’re starting up a home business it feels like it’s about you. After all, its your baby, your idea that you want to nurture and grow.

But it’s not.

It’s about your audience!  It’s how you can provide a solution for what they need, solve a problem they might have or find something they want. Then hopefully at some point,  they will realise that you are on their side and genuinely want to help regardless of whether you benefit or not.

When they do come to understand this, they will be more likely to buy from you or someone you recommend.

5. Not Doing Your Research

You may think that you’re setting up the best home business ever started, but is there a market for it? You may love it but do others?

How often are google searches made for this particular product or niche? Are there many already doing this, if so can the demand sustain it.

Is it a seasonal business? Then maybe its good as a secondary business/product/niche.

To begin with though, you want something that’s known as  an evergreen niche. Something that is always popular all year round and will continue to be popular for years to come.

6. Lack of Any Marketing And Advertising

online marketing.So many small businesses, home businesses and otherwise, totally overlook marketing and advertising. You can’t have a business without letting people know that it exists. You can use display advertising, email marketing, social media, pay per click, content marketing and more to promote your business.

However you do it, you have to do it or you’ll have no business.

When I started my first online craft business 10 years ago, I naively thought I would set up shop and the customers would appear by magic. Not surprisingly, I was very wrong. That was the start of a very long journey to learn all I needed to know.

Conclusion:

Starting a new business is exciting at the start. You have the idea and want to rush to get it up and running to start earning. It’s once you get right into it that you realise it’s not as easy as that. In fact it’s hard work and earnings are looking a very long way off.believe in yourself.

Taking the time for research and working out a plan of action is a good start. Ensuring your chosen niche is a popular one that it comes up in google search a lot is also important. Having a niche that is also a passion of yours is a major key, as you will always have something to write about.

Read blogs about starting a business, not just this one but others too. Each person will give a different angle as they have a different world view. You will find some that resonate more than others with you.

The important thing is that you go into it with your eyes wide open to the pros and cons, understand it will be hard work and have enough knowledge to avoid the basic mistakes.

I wish you all the luck in the world.


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Just Over Broke

Gloomy future

The Future is YOURS.

Interesting idea, right? Is that possible?

Does yours  look Murky or Bright?

We are taught by teachers and parents that we learn, get a job, struggle for years to become independent, have our own place, continue the struggle until eventually it’s not so much of a struggle.

Shouldn’t we be taught that the world is there to explore and horizons there to be expanded. We should be saying, I can, not I can’t, or, I will have a go, I will try. Think outside the box, life is more exciting that way.

It’s time to push back the narrow walls defining your life and open it up to new experiences, a new way of working and living.

What does J.O.B mean?

I have often heard people say it means Just Over Broke! 

Hamster wheel

Is that really the best way to live? Do we really want to spend our whole lives on a treadmill just about keeping about keeping our heads above water financially? Never  quite having enough to live the life we want without going in to debt.

Maybe you are in debt, the wage never  being quite enough for basic expenses. Then you have newspapers, TV and social media online constantly telling you that life is about meals out, holidays and long weekends away. If you fall into the trap of believing it, you end up in debt that makes the struggle even harder.

It’s like a never ending treadmill or rather, more like a hamster wheel.

SO, why are you here?

Because you are tired of the never ending hamster wheel I suspect.

Is there really a better way? YES there is! Can you really earn enough to give up the job you are tired of. The one where no matter what you do, you are never appreciated. The one where the more you do the less you are thought of. The one that never pays enough so you are trapped in the endless barely surviving mode.

The Just Over Broke mode.

Now you are searching. Maybe just started or maybe you have been looking for a while.

If you have been looking for a while you will have seen the endless ‘systems’ talked about on video’s showing either a big house and sports car, or a beach scene with someone on a laptop.

They look tempting those offers. Many say you will start earning within a few days. So you start thinking that yes it’s a big outlay but you could make that back within a couple of weeks. Maybe you did do that and lost your money, hopefully you didn’t.

So what can you do?

There are choices.

Figure leaning on a question mark.

Making something to sell such as crafts.

For this you need to either set up shop on a big site, have your own website to sell from or some people sell direct from Facebook and or other Social Media.

I have done this for years.

It takes time to set up a shop with all the photos, writing the listings etc but once that’s done, if you are selling the same things you can copy the listings and adjust accordingly so that gets easier. You need time to advertise on social media to keep the orders flowing in. And it can take a few years to get established and selling well.

Many also do craft markets in their local area to increase sales. Pricing is very important to ensure you earn enough for time and materials used.

What else is there?

Selling products you buy in bulk to sell on via a shop on a big  or website as above. Many people do this and earn a decent wage once established. You do need to have space to store the stock though.

If you don’t have storage space then Dropshipping is another option. Finding a wholesaler with products you are happy to sell via a website. It helps to write blog posts about the products and many experienced dropshippers suggest buying and testing products first to ensure the quality. That of course is personal choice, plus if you aim to sell a large array of products, it could get expensive.

There are sites where you can do freelance writing. I haven’t ever done this but apparently it doesn’t pay that well or you would need to be doing it a while to get better paid I imagine.

There are jobs online doing research, paid surveys,  tutoring, product testing and more. If you google online jobs there are sites you can sign up to and find out more.

Then there is affiliate marketing which I also do.

Are you ready to stop being J.O.B?

This is a good time to be going into business online. More people than ever are working from home, whether for a company or for themselves.

crowd of people.

The current world population is 7.7 billion people.It’s fascinating to see the numbers changing. See HERE for the Live Numbers!

There were 4.39 billion internet users  in January 2019 and they are increasing constantly.

This was a 9 percent increase of  366 million since January 2018. I suspect it may be a bigger increase by January 2020.

There were 3.48 billion social media users in January 2019. The worldwide total had grown by 288 million, 9 percent again, since January 2018. Again, the figures continue to increase.

As you can see the expansion rates are phenomenal. Internet users are constantly increasing which means more customers.

There was an estimated 1.92 billion global digital buyers in 2019. I expect that figure has grown now we are in November 2019.  That’s a massive amount of potential customers that just keeps right on growing.

Which do I recommend?

At this point it depends what you want to do. Are you ready to build a business?

Whichever direction you decide to take for a business I would recommend  Wealthy Affiliate without hesitation.

Just for the training alone it’s worth it, especially the Premium membership. Without Premium, free version, you get training and learn to build a website and much more, 10 modules in all. Plus 2 websites hosted on the WA site.

With Premium you get 50 websites, 25 can be domain names, all hosting is in the price too. Site Support is 24/7. Community members come from all over the world so there are always many people to answer questions and chat to. The level of community support is phenomenal. The training is excellent and longer term members create new training for anyone who want’s to learn more about any given subject. There are so many advantages to going Premium.

I always advise that anyone considering this should sign up to the free version first. No credit oe debit card needed. Go in, have a look around and build that first website.

That is a definite thrill. I had never ventured into WordPress territory because it looked so complicated yet I managed it and was amazed how quickly I had a basic website up and running, ready to be improved the way I wanted it.

Ready to try it?

Free starter Mebership to Wealthy Affiliate.

If so go and sign up for the free version. If you love it or want to know more, there is usually the first month at half the monthly price.

Don’t jump into the full price monthly or yearly though as on Black Friday, 29th November 2019, Wealthy Affiliate is having it’s yearly offer of $299.00.

Once bought at this price you get to stay at that amount for as long as you are a member. Plus there are added bonuses gained with buying at that time. If you want to know more check it out HERE!

 

What do you think are you ready to give it a go, to take charge of your life and future? If so, I will see you in there.

Be quick if you want to take the leap as changes are afoot.

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Action Required to build a website

Time for Action

Ready for Action?

So you have thought endlessly about working from home. The freedom, no commute, working when it suits you, able to go places because your work can go too. BUT you need to start somewhere, researching continually does NOT get that business started. Real action required to build a website and make that start,

You have been looking at options for months or maybe a year or more. Perhaps you have been caught out by a scam that has made you wary, even more than one.

You have handed over your hard earned cash and got nothing in return!

Sound familiar? Some or all?

You are not alone. Many who now work online successfully were caught out in the same way. It’s a steep learning curve.

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Yes, we want to believe those videos of mansions and fast cars, laptops on the beach!

But really ….. a laptop on the beach? Sunlight and a screen for starters ….. and most of all why would you want to? A beautiful day to be enjoyed, that sparkling water…. Surely time off in such a place is the lifestyle you want.

Anyway…. it does it’s job of reeling us in. Then comes the hard sell. YOU can start earning overnight/within days/less than a week. And all this in just a few hours a week! Having already been seduced by those lifestyle scenes you desperately want to believe it. Who wouldn’t, we are all human after all.  Then if you are wavering at the extortionate cost, they show you supposed screen shots of their daily/weekly earnings.

WOW! The cost would be covered in no time!

BUT WAIT! If they have made and are still making so much money, why do they want to part you from your hard earned cash?

Does it make you wonder once you take a step back?

The Alternative and Reality.

This doesn’t sound quite so attractive.

1. It will take hard work. A lot of hard work. You will hit obstacles that seem insurmountable. You will have to learn SEO, social media and a ton more.

2. You have to invest your time. The more time you invest the faster you will succeed.

3. You need to follow the training. There is a lot of training available and its tempting to just do the basics and jump right in to trying to earn. You then end up going back and starting the training all over again.

4. There is no shortcut.  No shortcuts to learning, you need to do it step by step to build a solid foundation for your business.

5. It can take months, even a year before you see any return. There are some who start earning a little within a few months but it all depends on time invested and the willingness to knuckle down and work hard.

The good part!

1. You learn how to get your website up and running fast. Every obstacle has a solution, provided either by the training or the community.

2. Yes you have to invest time but you are investing in your future. Not easy if you are working a full time job, have a home to run and a family to care for. But the more time invested in the early stages the faster you will start seeing a return.

3. The training is excellent and very comprehensive. I have worked online for 10 years and this made me realise how little I really know.  It’s in video format as well as written instructions.

4. There is no shortcut and some will learn more easily and faster than others. It is not a race. We all go at our own pace of learning and within the time we have around other commitments.

5. Yes it can take months, a year or longer. But you are building a long term business and the foundations for anything that lasts needs to be rock solid.

Still here?

Seems like you have courage and persistence, though I call it stubbornness. It kept me plugging away because I won’t be beaten or give up. That’s also called dedication.

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The courage is in staying focused even when family and friends tell you its a waste of time. That you’ll never make any money because there is too much competition.

 

This is what you tell them:

  • There are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019, an increase of 366 million (9 percent) versus January 2018. There are 3.48 billion social media users in 2019, with the worldwide total growing by 288 million (9 percent) since this time last year.30 Jan 2019.*

The persistence/stubbornness is what keeps you going when something changes a lot of things on your site and you can’t recall the last tweaks you made. I am a constant fiddler, tweaking this and that, trying to make it look better. It’s only later looking at it from the front that you realise or ask for site comments, as I did, and the comments are suggesting things I already have.  Or did have before the ‘improvements’.

Dedication is something you need in spades. It keeps you going when a tired little voice says, have a rest, watch TV, stay in bed, sleep longer, go to bed earlier. It gets you out of bed to get started on that new post, do some research, do your business social media etc, before the day starts.. Also keeps you up later for the same reasons.

Not Put Off YET?

Then how about a bit of fun? How about you have a go at building a website, not just any website but a wordpress website.

I looked at WordPress websites over the years but when with an easier option, thinking it was much too complicate for me to do. The sense of achievement when I built my first one was amazing and each one I built after that added to my knowledge.

Of course creating the site and adding the basics isn’t all its about. There is more to add.

This is more to show that it is a quick and easy process to get started. The way you personalise your site is then up to you and the training is there to help you with all that.

Click on the picture and have a look.

How to build a basic wordpress website in a few minutes. A step by step turorial.
Learn to earn for your future.

What did you think? Did you try it? Did you sign up for the free start to give it a go.

Do you WANT to give it a try?

It gives you the chance to look about and see the training that’s offered for free. I have to admit, it had me hooked. At that point I was still wary having seen so many get rich quick schemes, sign here and work 2 hours a week systems that had no substance.

In the first week you are offered the chance to try the Premium training for the first month at half price, if you sign up to it within the first 7 days.

Sign up for the free starter membership. Learn to earn online.
Learn to earn to build a better future.

I decided to do that just to see what was on offer. Best thing I ever did. I knew then that this was what I wanted to do. I would not only learn how to build and run a website, change and and make it mine, I would learn affiliate marketing too. From there I could build any other sustainable business I choose.

All the tools are there, the amazing community is there to help and all you have to do is follow the training, put in the hours and hard work to build your business. In that respect its the same as any other business you have to work to get it off the ground.

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  • Premium Membership: 10 Websites Any Type (NEW), Formerly 25 Own Domains / 25 Free Websites

Word of warning!

It’s not for everyone. Not everyone is prepared to work that hard towards their future, they want it all now.

Do people fail? Of course. The minute they give up they have failed and all the previous hard work was for nothing. Not surprisingly many of those return months or years later ready to give it another try. Usually regretting the wasted time when their business could have already have rescued them from the 9-5 routine.

Conclusion.

More and more people are working online, either freelancing, working for themselves or for someone else, ie: a company. Many companies allow and even encourage their employees to work from home. It means less office space required and desk sharing becomes the norm, it all saves on costs.

As more work moves from the real world to online, the opportunities grow. It’s a good time to be making the move with internet users increasing exponentially.

The nay sayers say its overcrowded  everyone is fighting for the custom but you only have to Google the figures to know the truth. Something you should do anyway, by the way. Don’t take my word or anyone’s word as gospel, check for yourself, it’s the best way.

Ultimately I believe this is a growing market for the entrepreneur.

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What is your Passion

Passion led us here

What is YOUR passion?

What do you most like to do? Most LOVE to do?

Sport, outdoor or indoor?

Your home and or garden?

Making things? Crafts of some sort?

Painting. Are you an Artist?

Reading? Are you a prolific reader?

Do you write? A blog, stories, journal, recipes etc?

Perhaps you have many interests you pursue. When you lose interest in one you move on to the next. It saves you getting bored.

Discover your passion.

If you have many interests or even just a few how do you discover your passion?

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What do you talk about the most? Which one lights a fire within you and which hobby/pastime/interest do you spend most time and money on?

We have all heard people talk about something with real passion. They light up with the excitement it gives them to pass on what they know. They love it so much they feel everyone should want to do it too. That’s real passion!

Your main passion will be the one thing you do that you cannot and do not, give up entirely, even when other things catch your interest.

How to find passion?

What if you spend most of your time working and have been for many years to build your career? What is your passion then?

Could it be the work you do or have you reached the point of realising there is more to life than work? So many of us reach a point of knowing we no longer want to work for someone else. That we want to enjoy life more. Be able to dictate the hours worked, around families and other interests. Plus, those long hours can be better spent building your own business and creating your own fortune rather than for someone else.

So you have reached that point or at the very least, are starting to think about options, otherwise you wouldn’t be searching.

So if you haven’t had time to enjoy hobbies/pastimes, what have you done to unwind? TV, Cinema, reading, online or offline games, walking,  swimming, meditating, yoga, anything at all? Anything you made time for could become a passion.

Why do we want a passion?

Because a passion could become a business.

If you love what you do, it’s not such hard work. The long hours won’t matter, the time it takes to set it up and then for it to build, won’t matter. You will be working towards your own future and that alone will make it worth it. Add in doing something you love and you will gladly graft all those long hours.

Also a passion makes an excellent niche for a business website.

Why does that matter?

It will be much easier to write about something you are passionate about. You will have many blog posts you will fill easily. You won’t run out of ideas of subjects to write about.

Why would you need to write?

Nowadays if you sell anything you need to write about it. This is commonly known as blogging. If you go searching you will find blogs on every subject under the sun.

There is plenty of competition so you need to catch people’s interest enough for them to read a post all the way through and then want to come back. You need to build a following and trust. Your readers need to be able to trust what you say.

What is your Passion

If you are writing about a subject you know well and it’s an interest of theirs, they will understand that you know what you are talking about. This starts to build trust and will bring them back. Then when you recommend something you have they will be more inclined to buy.

This is a new and better version of the salesman. Where they would spot you, talk at you, drone on about facts and figures and bore you to tears until you couldn’t wait to escape.

We are the sales people now but times have changed, now we need to be interesting, passionate about what we do and capture the persons interest from the outset.

We need to have the answer they seek, to solve a problem they have, to help in any way not necessarily by selling them something, just helping because we can. Yes we are running a business but we are human beings too, put on this planet to help each other.

 

What now?

You have a passion, want to work for yourself and definitely like the idea of working from home. Yes? No commute, late trains or  buses jam packed or traffic jams, irate drivers, accidents, delays, boredom and most of all, so much time wasted. Not so bad on a train, you can start work, if you have a seat.

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How many hours are wasted. What’s the commute, an hour each way? Even a bus ride into the city can take nearly that long for me. Love the house a bit early, just in case the bus is early and walk to the bus stop, wait in the queue, takes time when it’s busy. If it’s commute time in the morning, everyone going to work, the traffic is non stop and holds the bus up. You finally reach your destination, get off and walk to your place of work. Sound familiar?

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Same with trains. It’s not just the journey time, it’s how long it takes to get to the station, the wait for the train etc. Then it’s the same in reverse returning home.

Bet that working from home is sounding very attractive right now, especially for those who’s commute is even longer.

Can’t afford to leave the job?

What do you do then? Start building a business in your spare time like countless people before you.

No business takes off overnight, it takes hard work and a lot of hours just to get it started. Does it still sound attractive? If so then you decide what you want to do. No idea? That’s okay, I know a brilliant place that will teach you all you need to know about business, show you how to build a website, how to blog, all about SEO, google rankings, social media and ……….

What?

You thought social media was just for keeping up with family and friends. Ahhh ……. and google is just there to answer questions. You have much to learn.

It will be fun, exciting, tiring, frustrating and wonderful.

Where to go?Free starter membership

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This site I know is Wealthy Affiliate. Ostensibly it is for affiliate marketing, a rapidly growing area of work online. You advertise other people’s products and earn commissions if those people buy through your links. That’s the simplified version.

The one of the best things about this site is the training, it’s easy to follow and the videos can be stopped and started as you build your shiny new website. No losing your place and starting over. If you didn’t quite get it, go back and see it again. Even I could do it.

Am I biased about this company? You bet I am. After months and months of searching, watching endless videos that ended with a push to buy some system or another that would supposedly make me a fortune overnight I was very wary, expecting yet another scam.

But unlike every other ones I saw, this one let me sign up for free, not a debit card in sight and then get to start building a website. I got to look around, talk to people, was welcomed warmly and offered assistance at every turn. No other I had come across even allowed a peek at what was on offer without handing over a few hundreds or thousands of pounds.

Is Wealthy Affiliate any good?

I joined back in March, signed up for Premium membership in April and I still love every minute of it. Am I earning yet? No but it takes time to build and this year I have limited time to work on my sites. Did I mention I now have 5 websites?

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And I am loving every minute of it. YES! Is it plain sailing? No! When I come up against a problem I ask the community and/or the site support. Works every time.

I have time for my family, I go to visit different ones for 3 -4 days each month. One over a long weekend, Thursday to Monday, 2 others for 3 days each time during the week.

I couldn’t do that with a regular job. With this work, the laptop goes too.

Read my 6 month Review HERE!

If you want a better future, work you can fit around your family, now is the time to begin. It will take time to build up but it’s better to be working towards your future than staring at a TV screen every evening.

Try it for free. Join, have a look around and decide for yourself. If it’s not for you, just leave. You’ve lost nothing by looking. Or you could find a whole new passion, introducing your passion to others!

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Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review

How is Wealthy Affiliate doing?

Well I promised to let you know sooner how I was getting on here at Wealthy Affiliate but the time has flown and its 5 months since I joined.

So how is Wealthy Affiliate doing so far?

I would say, extremely well.

I knew there was a lot of training but had no idea there was as much as there is. If you think of a subject to do with online business however obscure I am pretty sure it will be there. All I need is 72 hours in a day to be able to make a dent in it all in the next year.Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review 10

Think I am kidding? I am definitely not! I love learning new stuff, the more the better but this lot will take me years to get through.

Did I mention that long term members are always adding new training too?

Oh yes they are!

I knew the community was good, it is so much better than good and that too has surpassed expectation.

There is always help available, questions are always answered and inspiring stories are everywhere.

And what about the site support? Is it the usual thing on most sites, a few days or more to respond?  NOPE!!!

Every time I get stuck and ask, its usually because I have done something I shouldn’t have, they sort it out for me. Took a while the other day ………… 20 Minutes!

I know unbelievable!

So, how am I doing?

I got rather carried away at the start. It was rather like the shiny object syndrome, where you want everything you see. I was doing random training by various people on the site because it was there and looked exciting or was something I felt was important to know or needed to know…. or just because.

Reading blogs by other members made me realise it was quite common, like a child being let loose in a sweet shop.

I still learnt a lot, just not what I needed to know right then but it was fun.

Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review 11  Then I started chasing numbers, namely the ranking numbers.

I have no idea what that was on when I started because I didn’t notice it then.

By the time I stopped doing every training going, I was reading loads of blogs, commenting and writing my own blogs on the site. It was fun and other people’s experiences are interesting and informative.

Then a comment was made about rank and I noticed it, about 47,000 at that point. I gathered it was interaction on the site that did it but thought you had to do a bit of everything. I didn’t know enough to answer questions and felt too new to help others, seemed rather presumptuous. So I just carried on, doing some of the training building the first website, making the usual hash ups and learning ….. always learning.

Then suddenly I noticed the site rank had dropped to about 10,000, that was a big drop and I started to take more notice.  I forgot  about my website and spent my time reading blogs and commenting, doing site comments on people’s websites and writing more on site blogs too.

Now it was 7,000, very exciting and I redoubled my efforts. Then suddenly overnight it was 867! I was so shocked I wrote a post to ask if anyone else’s had plunged overnight and was there a site problem.

Apparently it was correct and I had lot’s of congratulations. Heady stuff.  I kept whittling it down right until I realised that I was doing very little training and very little on my website. Oooops!!

So I got more focused once I realised that though the numbers looked nice, they were doing nothing to help me towards my dream.

 

Time to focus again.

Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review 12 I got back to the training and back to working on my website. Full of renewed excitement I applied for and became an Amazon associate and they asked me to apply to be an influencer. I did and got it. Suddenly I had a shop on Amazon too. It was so much more to learn.

I had a look at other affiliate programme’s and signed up for a few of those too. Then I read a blog about waiting to apply to become an affiliate and it all made sense. I was overloading myself and spread too thin, wasn’t achieving much at all.

I refocused and did more training and worked on my website. The other affiliate programme’s would have to wait. I added more sites as new ideas for niches came to me and began to build those too. Well the basics anyway.

Finally it was all becoming easier. The blog posts flowed more easily. I would start posts, writing ideas as they came to me and then later go back to them to flesh them out, Now I find the words flow so much more easily than at the beginning.

My site health is improving, everything is flowing more smoothly, I am confident that I can do this. My dream is well underway.

 

Do people earn money at Wealthy Affiliate?

They certainly do!

It’s not fast.

You won’t get rich overnight.

It’s NOT a get rich quick scheme.

But this BLOG  on the Wealthy Affiliate site, by a member, shows you can. There are many such blog posts that show the training works.

Some people don’t put in the effort needed and then give up complaining it doesn’t work!

Everything is there, all you have to do is learn and apply.

Conclusion.

Wealthy Affiliate is working for me as well as many others.

It works for any age, from youngsters to the retired men and women working away to supplement pensions or just fund a better life style. Works for all ages in between too.

I have websites up and running and I am getting through the training. I am probably slower than many as I have another online business I run and commitments in the real world by day too. It doesn’t matter though, what matters is that I keep going regardless.

5 months in and I love every minute of it. I have learnt so much and still have so much to learn, it’s wonderful.

Come and join me.

Would you like to give Wealthy Affiliate a try? Do what I did, sign up and try it for free.  You do NOT have to put a debit/credit card in to join, just fill in your details and have a go at the training open to you.

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Look around, chat to people and start the training. At that point you will either panic and think it’s too much to learn or you will be filled with excitement at the possibilities and want to take it further.

 

Give it a try, what have you got to lose. Nothing except a bit of time.

 

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