About Alan-C
Joined January 2017
I'm from The UK but I've lived in 2 other countries so far, Canada and China, and I'm currently living in Kunming SW China. My wife is Chinese so she helps a lot with my integration into the community here. I have been here nearly 4 years now and things run smoothly most of the time.
My biggest time commitment here in China is spent teaching English and preparing classes. I have had several careers in my life and changing again is not a problem for me. I spent 30 years in IT as a programmer, systems analyst, application development manager, IT project manager and finally an IT Director. But since those days I have also been a business coach too. I once tried my hand at generating internet income but workload and lack of direction caused me to lose may way but I also learned some good stuff and built a couple of websites for other people. Right now I feel my teaching years are coming to an end and I want to move to something I can choose my working hours and place of work too. So here I am with a decision made that I will build my own business online.

My hobbies are Qigong, a Chinese health exercise system and my particular style is based on Daoist methods. I am also keen on hiking and recently I became intrigued by 3 day survival skills in the outdoors, which I feel is necessary for hiking here in China, which I never do in a group, but sometimes with my wife and sometimes alone. Here in SW China there is no rescue service, no park rangers and there are no helicopters for rescue. I've traveled to 30 countries now and hiked or trekked in many of them too, but there has always been some kind of backup. Not here. So, my survival skills have had to improve just in case the worst happens. This will probably be my chosen niche. But lets see.

I am really looking forward to creating my business with a goal to at least earn enough to live, within 12 months, and then move on from there. I have completed other courses with other people that were good, but having found WA I think it is awesome. So I am really excited and looking forward to getting on with and being a part of this community building a new career.

My website is: https://hikingandbackpacking.org
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Norselark Premium
Thank you for inviting me to follow, Alan! At WA I'm a newbie, but my perspectives are long-term, continuing earlier work. The people in here, and the sincerity, is what made me decide to join for real - WA is the place to be, to learn and interact.

Your bio is impressive and interesting, and it resonates with me - I'll definitely come back here and read more! My daily schedule is rather full, but as a 'yearly' at WA I intend to be here as much as time allows. (This response couldn't come earlier, as I've been away traveling.)

Your 'hiking' goes straight into my Norwegian heart! - Chinese wisdom, too.

Till next time,
Jan P. :)
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks for the kind words or praise. I am not sure I have much Chinese wisdom. Good luck with making holes in your schedule for WA related work. It is a challenge, as I currently work full time, soon to disengage though to free up more time. To your success Jan.
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DDarragh Premium
Thanks for following me!

I am definitely enjoying it and learning a lot here at WA!!
Keep on trying new things is the way to go!
I never stop learning and moving forward LOL ;-)

If you check out my websites listed down on the right side of my profile (scroll to bottom) and leave a comment on one of my sites or follow socially I will reciprocate for sure! Post your url on your profile or send it to me here!

The activity helps all our marketing efforts! Google likes activity i.e. unique visitors!

would love some feedback on my sites if you have the chance

Dennis
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Alan-C Premium
HI Dennis, thanks for following back. I agree about WA , great place to be. I will check out your websites and feedback to you and also try to add some appropriate comments. I will PM you when I've done it. To your success.
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Alan-C Premium
Hi Dennis, I was intrigued about your websites so off I went to look at "Best Internet Work".
It is a nice looking site and cleanly laid out. I wish I could get mine as neat. Still working on that.

I liked your About Me page.

It too me a while to work out what the site was about because I was met with a Ads.Cash Review, so I thought at first you might be selling this. And no it is about WA really. My suggestion is that at the top of the page under the great picture there is paragraph with a clear purpose of what you are going to do for the customer/reader. The would then appear before any reviews.

The second suggestion I have is that the sign up to emails banner appears to the right. It repeatedly came up over what I was in the middle of reading, 4 times, and irritated me. Most readers will just stop reading. The signup banner could do with a heading so that readers can clearly see that it relates to your website and not someone else's advert from Google Ads etc.

You have some testimonials buried deep at the bottom of a long page. I know the long pages are the trend but I am an impatient person and I never get to the bottom of anything that long other than an important legal agreement, then I do read it. I came to be that you could have a page headed "Why I love WA" full of testimonials.

Picture with the WA is all about Community. I would add and Achieving your goals / results. Many people are looking for results not just community because they have they have signed up to too many scams and didn't get results.

I hope my comments are useful. My suggestions are just suggestions and may not be to everyone's taste.

Cheers, to your success. Alan
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DDarragh Premium
Love the honest feedback and I will take it to heart for sure Thank you.

There are reasons for some of the things that you mentioned.
I do have an article with just testimonials in my archives there!

A comment on the site would greatly be appreciated!
Let me know what you think of ads.cash????

I left a comment on your site!

Feedback wise you need to do something about the theme picture and those links at the top that don't go anywhere?

I would also suggest to keep your pages that don't have any content in draft mode instead of publishing them with no content. I really was disappointed there was no water container review LOL

onward and upward

dennis
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks for the feedback. As you can see the site is in its infancy. I now know (from you) that I can put pages into draft mode. Right now progress is so slow due to working full time. But each day a little progress moves it forward. Water container progress is coming I am waiting for 1 more container I purchased from Amazon.cn which is an import from US. Then I will do a series of real reviews of 4 types of container.
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DDarragh Premium
awesome! Reach out to me any time. I don't have all the answers and don't really believe any does LOL but I will try to help!

Proceed at a comfortable pace. It is a lot of info and work in the beginning but a very rewarding ,lifestyle if you can make it work! This is all I do nowadays and it is great! I work at the beach or in the back yard wherever.

shoot me the link when the water bottle review is up!

onward and upward
dennis
there is still time to grab the adscash coins for free!
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks Dennis.
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TheOldSilly Premium
Thanks for the follow - following you back, too. Do you have to speak Chinese in order to teach it? I've often thought it would be a great way to spend time in foreign cultures while making some money to live on while there.

Here's wishing you much success with WA!
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks for the follow back. I only speak a little Chinese and it is not really necessary. Most schools also provide an assistant who is a native speaker to help with any translation issues. I have taught many classes without a translator and I prefer this too. I you are interested in more information about how to go about teaching English as a 2nd language let me know. To your success.
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Alan, thank you for the follow, I am now following you! You have a very interesting profile. It is great that you have joined Wealthy Affiliate, it is a really good place to learn about Internet marketing and making money online, there are many people who are more than willing to help you move your business forward. I wish you every success in your new venture and I look forward to networking with you and reading your blog posts.

All the best to you Alan, Roy
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks for following back Roy. To your success.
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Alan and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.
Since you joined you will surely have realized by now that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.
If you do get stuck then can I suggest you browse some of the 300+ blogs I have published within WA.
You have decided to follow me so thank you for the follow and I will follow you as well.
Remember - get involved.
Enjoy your day.
Robert Allan
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks for following back Robert. I think it is great learning an sharing platform here at WA. To your success.
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Rich908 Premium
Thanks for adding me to your community. My daughter in law is Chinese and comes from Chongqing. My son flew to China last year with his wife and family to meet her family.

He went to meet her family last year and loved the culture so much he wants to go again. You have an interesting profile and I wish you all the best with Wealthy Affiliate.

Richard
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks for following back Richard. Glad you like the Chinese culture. Long term it gets some getting used to. To your success.
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Rich908 Premium
And Yours
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GeniusALL Premium
Thank you for the follow.

Also make sure to check out my blog and share what you think with the community, a little of daily motivation can't hurt right?
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AfqmBiz Premium
This is my appreciation message to all community members that willing to spare your ample time just to following me together networking under WA.

I wish all the best in your 2017 journey and beyond!

Keep it up and Welcome aboard! :)

*P/S: Glad to being able to send out my message to every following friend Dashboard Page on my networking. I take this opportunity to briefly know each and everyone. Hopefully I can remember all :)
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kmer6 Premium
Good evening to you Alan, my name is Ken and I welcome you to WA and thank you for the follow. I'm following you back. You are wise to see the opportunities that await you here. I suggest you tune up your IT skills by starting with the lessons Get Started Here section [top left green box]. They are the basics but many things have improved since just a few years ago. Follow your passion and you will find success.
I look forward to working with you and wish you much success and prosperity in your journey.
Ken
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks Ken.
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kevinmj Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
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Alan-C Premium
Hi Kevin, I have just been running through keywords. My niche is around hiking and backpacking. I am a keen hiker. But what I noticed when doing this was that the word "backpacks" was really popular and some variations on that word too. I need to look at the data I downloaded and make a decision which will also affect the name of my first website. Thanks for the message.
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Alan-C Premium
Hi Kevin, just signed up for Premium. This is national holiday here in China where I live. This means internet is slow. I have been away for a few days and now the main days of the festival are over I can get some bandwidth to look at training. I'm really impressed with the offer for the Premium. Now I have 3 weeks vacation home to get started before I start teaching so I intend to get a good start and work at it everyday. Once I start teaching again I will be less active but will get 4-5 days a week of a couple of hours.
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kevinmj Premium
Great that you have signed for Premium Alan. You now have access to the full range of courses, tools, support and community. If you ever need any guidance as you progress through the training then please do reach out. Wishing you every success!
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kevinmj Premium
Hey Alan, how are things going? I'm Kevin, I got a notification that you just joined through my site so I'd like to welcome you to the Wealthy Affiliate community!

You must be eager to get started with WA, therefore the first thing you need to do is complete your profile. Here's a quick video explaining how to do it: Once you've completed your WA profile you'll need to get started with the first lesson: You're in a good place right here at Wealthy Affiliate to learn all about affiliate marketing and how to build a successful online business.

You'll get access to first-class training, tools and support, even if you're new at this.

Again, welcome and please reply back with any questions you may have! :)

-Kevin
P.S. What's your No.1 goal you want to achieve here at WA?
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks Kevin. My No. 1 Goal this year is to get out of teaching English here in China and replace my teaching income with income from other sources that I feel more in control of.
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kevinmj Premium
You're most welcome Alan. You absolutely can achieve your No.1 goal and everything is here at WA to help you succeed online. Wishing you great success!
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