About CobusvdM
Joined March 2017
Cobus van der Merwe,
Staying in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Full time: Real Estate Practitioner since 2007
PSG Academy Qualified: Wealth Manager
Part time: Internet Business Entrepreneur
Hobby: Motivational Writing
....Being a Winner by having a winners mentality
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Greetings Cobus

Many thanks for the referral.

I must admit to have being very hesitant to follow your lead here as I was previously a Premium member of WA.
Unfortunately I "bombed" out on that attempt by not devoting as much time as I should have.

But, here I am again and this time I am determined to make it happen.

Thanks again my fellow citizen ")
CobusvdM Premium
Your'e welcome back in WA and I appreciate you following me into it again Tony. I am earning online is stronger international currencies and it is reason for me to put in the time and effort.
It definitely bears fruit.
...Welcome fellow citizen :)
Well with a bit of help from my friends hopefully i can make a go of it this time.
Hi CobusvdM's,

I saw your post on someone else's page and came over to yours and see you are a motivational writer as a hobby. I love writing and thats what led me to WA because I wanted to start a blog and have for years and never knew how. In the meantime I am not working and would much rather work for myself and enjoy it! I am embarking on using my experience as a licensed esthetician to build traffic to my page on beauty and skin care products that I love. Whose your target audience for your motivational writings? My passion and past employment also has been working with at-risk young girls, so I have another venture I want to start once I can secure some income for myself. Have a nice night!

GPage1 Premium
Thanks for the follow Cobus. I know that we will accomplish much in this business because of this community. Keep up the good work.
LuisPa Premium
Thanks for following me.
All the best in your success and endeavours.
Cheers for now.
CobusvdM Premium
Thanks Luis.
All success to you to.
...see you at the top.
DonT Premium
Cobus, thanks for the following and I'm following you back. By the way, I have a friend by the name of Bill. You two look like identical twins. Every time I see your pic I do a double-take thinking he has become a part of WA.

All the best to you,
CobusvdM Premium
Hi Don thanks for following back.
When I say thanks.for your kind comment on my post I really mean it. I like to endeavour in positive and thought provoking content.
All te best to.you on your journey.
Cheers (Bill.)
... ;)
SylviaMG Premium
Hi Cobus!

Nice to meet you! WOW, that's quite an accomplishment!
phakacha8 Premium
Thank you so much for the follow and hope to work reaching the top together.

Wishing every success here at WA as we journey together looking for creating values in life.
I would love to know how WA is from experienced people like you.

Have a great time.
phakacha8 Premium
Hello, you have shown a very useful information on Sticky post.on the Quick Edit option.
Thank you so much and am following you now.
JakRus Premium
Hi Cobus! Thanks for the message. I wish you continued success!
Valie Premium
Hi Cobus

Good to see some South Africans here inside Wealthy Affiliate :)
CobusvdM Premium
Hallo daar,
Lekker om hier te ontmoet. Ek sien jy is al 'n paar jaar in WA.
Ek is nou maar 4 maande in en ernstig om dit te maak werk.
Ek maak sente in Adsense, maar my websites kry nog nie traffic nie.
Groete :)
Gabriel20Mm Premium
Hi Cobus,

I've read your profile, have you done any studies on the MIND. You write like you have.

Thank you very much again.
CobusvdM Premium
Hi Gabby, thanks for your message.
I haven't done formal studies on the "mind", but the mind and mind power interests me. I'm constantly reading up on it. I apply what I learn about it and then in return, I write on my experiences.
This is my second website that I only started very recently. I'll be adding much more related content to it.
..thanks for reaching out :)
CobusvdM Premium
I have a sitemap issue. I'm getting this message.
XML Parsing Error: no root element found
I'm using the SEO sitemap function only.
Can anyone please assist ?
billyghawaii Premium
You mean using the All-in-one SEO pluging to generate your sitemap. Try creating and submitting the sitemap againl
CobusvdM Premium
Thanks for your reply.
That's correct, I'm using All in one SEO plugin.
I have created the sitemap again. Still the same issue
billyghawaii Premium
Do you have a test site created as well. Everyone should have one... for this kind of reason...

Create one... real easy and then go through the process again.
If you get the same error ... It's something in your process steps..

That's a good way to isolate between software and manware

Now I used the plugin to generate and install the sitemap.xml

Then I went into the google search console and under the sitemap link... I added my URL as above.. then clicked on submit and whamo it worked..

Where are you erroring out?
CobusvdM Premium
No success yet. I have de-activated the plugin and then re-activated it and created the sitemap again. Still the same message.
I have 2 websites published. On my other site it works fine and I have submitted my site map to Webmaster. .I'm using the same procedure.

This is the message I'm getting:
XML Parsing Error: no root element found
Location: https://mybusinesswhy.com/sitemap.xml
Line Number 1, Column 1:
Hboelky Premium
Hi there Cobus,

You left some feedback on my site the other day! I loved your reply so I"ve decided to follow you.

Good luck to you in all that you do! :)

Your New Friend,
BrendanB1 Premium
Hi Jacobus, wonderful to meet you in the comments. Look forward to seeing how your business develops.

Have a wonderful day :)
CobusvdM Premium
Thanks for the message Brendan
Likewise, meeting.
All success to you :)
ValerieJoy Premium
Hi Jacobus - Thank you for the follow. It is a pleasure to meet you and I wish you great success with your WA venture :)
accad Premium
Hello, Jacobus! How are you doing now with WA. In included you in my network.
CobusvdM Premium
Hi Jimmy, thanks for reaching out, adding me and asking.
I'm exactly one month in WA and I started from zero.
Thanks to the excellent training, I am making progress.
You may care to have a look at my website: https://offgridbasics.com/
If you see something of interest, please leave a comments on my website.
accad Premium
I like your niche.
What I like you to teach me is how is it to put your picture on the right side, is it through the widget or other tool.

Second, I am interested of the expenses incurred in the installation of solar power. Is it worth for common people to have it than having other means?
CobusvdM Premium
Hi Jimmy, thanks for looking :)
To put your picture in the side-bar, you need to create a normal static page in Wordpress, but you're not going to publish it.
Put an image in the page, not wider than 300 pixels wide, but height doesn't matter. Center the image on the page. Then add your text with the image and also center that. Save the page as a draft. Then go to the text option and copy everything.
Then go to your widgets menu and add a text option to your side-bar. Paste everything in there.
...Hope it make sense. Here is a tutorial on it: On your second question:
If you have a constant and reliable grid supply at an affordable rate, solar tend to be a costly alternative if you're considering to change over the full supply of a house.. Solar is more likely to be cost effective for smaller installations where grid supply is not available or reliable.
AlexEvans Premium
Hi Jacobus, dropping by to thank you for following me looking forward to the future and thank you for the opportunity to be part of your network. I hope that your WA experience is going well. we are in the right place to learn the skills and the resources are here to help us along the way.
Alan Hocking Premium
Thanks for the follow Cobus

Wishing you every success with your online adventures! :)
Madek Premium
Hey, Jacobus!

I feel great having you as a follower! Wish you high achievements and success on your marketing venture at WA. Keep going forward. Come with me on my G+ through

viyee Premium
Thank you for the follow! Welcome to WA. You have all the tools and support you need to grow a successful business online!
The awesome training lessons and the community support. You have made the right decision. All the best!
Steve1958 Premium
Thanks very much for following me...
It's great to make contact with you & I wish you all the best & much success with your internet marketing business!
If there is anything I can do to help you out please let me know...
Best wishes...
Loes Premium
Hello Jacobus,♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for adding me to your network.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I made an addition for After The Walkthrough. Also a list of 1001 niche ideas, a checklist with 25 points to go through before you publish a post, 101 blogging ideas when you get stuck and an A-Z WA dictionary. I just love lists:) It has been very helpful to a lot of people. I have listed them in one blog you can find on my profile. It's the first website link right under “Follow me on” (click on my picture to get there). I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or leave a comment on my profile.
Success building your business in 2017. See you around, Greetings Loes
CobusvdM Premium
Thanks for contacting me Loes,
I'm fairly new here (two weeks in the community) and finding my way through the basic training.
I appreciate the assistance you offer, I will look into your lists.
Cheers from South Africa
Loes Premium
Cheers back to you Jacobus
drjec Premium
Thanks for following me. All the best as you continue with WA.
drjec Premium
Congratulations on becoming a premium member. You are going to enjoy it and learn a lot.
AnthonyMLM Premium
Hey there Anthony here, I just wanted to congratulate and welcome you to the community, best wishes on your new journey. I appreciate the follow back.
ALFRED5230 Premium
Welcome to WA, you made a pretty good choice to go premium. This community is loving and caring in this platform. I wish you all the best in your online adventure and prosperity. Good luck!!!
pparadise Premium
Great, Congrats and welcome to the WA community were real online marketers are made and businesses are grown. The training is key use it to your advantage and this will become simple.

Warm Regards,
Karax Premium
Welcome to WA.I wish you all the best on the road! :)
DBlanchard Premium
Congrats on becoming premium! You made a great decision. WA is genuine and the people that are in this community are always willing to help. Don’t be afraid to ask. I wish you success and wealth. Cheers!
CobusvdM Premium
Thanks for the good wishes and inspiration.
Stevo73 Premium
Congratulations on going Premium!
Kyle Premium
Just wanted to shoot you a quick message and see how things were going thus far Jacobus? I am here to help if you ever need a hand with anything, just holler!

PS. Also, quick reminder. Today is the last day to get your first month discount/bonuses. No rush, no worries. Just a simple reminder here. :)
Chris Lee Premium
Hi there Jacobus! How's the training going? Are you enjoying WA?

I found this great video by Kyle I'm sure you'd be interested in, take a look: By now I'm sure you're beginning to grasp all the knowledge there are here in WA.

If you ever need help, just ask of course :)
Kyle 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! :)
Chris Lee Premium
Hey there Jacobus.

Glad you decided to take advantage of the free membership here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Now that you’ve joined the WA family, it’s time for you to get clear on what you are here to achieve. Do you...

want to build a profitable blog business?
want to learn how to get traffic?
want to learn how to do SEO?
want to get free hosting?
want a helpful community?
want a step by step action plan that will GUARANTEE success?

All that you are looking is available for you on the left-hand side of the screen.

Here is what you should do first.

1) Fill out a quick (short) bio and add a profile picture.

This will help you make connect with other fellow members of WA

2) Start Exploring WA.

Start exploring what WA is all about. My suggestion would be to hit the green “Get Started Here” button. It is a 10-day step-by-step process which will show you how you to start building your online empire!

3) Read this amazing story by a fellow WA member:


It will show you what you can achieve here at WA if you simply follow the training process.


If you enjoy Wealthy Affiliate, which I am sure you will, then you should consider going premium in the near future.

When you are ready to go "Premium", you will open up all the training modules, webinars, courses and content available at Wealthy Affiliate.

Here are just SOME of the bonuses you'll get if you decide to go premium in your first 7 days:

1) A 59% discount on your first month (only $19 - $0.61c per day)

2) You’ll have me as your own personal mentor in WA.

I’ve been here 4 years now and achieved all my dreams with WA, I want to help you do the same.

3) Free hosting for your website (valued at $12 per month each).

I have 5 blogs hosted at WA, this alone saves me $60 per month on hosting costs.

*And they wonder why I love WA so much* LOL !


I’ll leave you to it now Jacobus .

Just wanted to drop by and introduce myself and the WA community to you.

Just know that I am here to help you so feel free to reply back on this comment or leave me one on my own profile here:


I’ll drop by in a few days again to see how you’re doing.

All the best!

Chris Lee