Goodbye and thanks
Well I'll be honest, I wasn't going to bore you all with a farewell message - or some might call it a parting shot - but a couple of people have suggested I should so this is it.
Why am I leaving? Well there are two main issues for me. One is that I feel that beyond getting you started there is precious little reliable expert advice for some of the trickier stuff, and if you find the same thing then frankly you are more likely to find better and more reliable answers by doing a search on Google or the WordPress forums.
There is a side issue too. Sadly there are a number of people on here who offer poor advice while giving the impression that they are experts, or at least more experienced than they really are. Others seem to be obsessed with posting motivational threads. Digging a little deeper it isn't difficult to work out that most of these people have not actually made any money, which means their ramblings are often misleading at best. I personally do not agree with this behaviour and do not find it to be helpful. Everybody is entitled to their opinion and to do what they want of course but on a free forum do what you wish, that's fine, but on WA it isn't what I am paying for.
Secondly I feel that WA is too big a distraction if you are undertaking a major project by aiming at a very competitive niche as I am. A lot of time is spent simply reading and engaging in posts and blogs. It's a fantastic community, of that there is no doubt, but it's an expensive one if it doesn't offer any real practical value, both in terms of time and money.
Is WA value for money then? To get you started, to give you an understanding, to get your foot in the door, yes absolutely, and there are those who will find the constant help and motivation to be genuinely useful.
Is this a failure? Have I given up? No, absolutely not. I aim to continue with my project and continue with it until it works for me. Perhaps then I might even return to WA to help others, though part of me feels that we are effectively paying for a membership to help others, but the fact is this does work - thousands of people ARE making good money online and virtually EVERY major company runs an affiliate scheme. Go figure!
If you are still trying to make money or just getting started, whatever else you do, DO NOT GIVE UP.
Keep going, remember nobody succeeded by quitting along the way. And as long as you are a member, DO continue to ask, help to get you up and running is definitely here as is all the information you need, even if finding it isn't always easy.
Meanwhile a massive thank you to all those who have helped along the way and all those who have followed me. If anybody does want to stay in touch simply send me a PM for my email address.
Good luck everybody, whatever you choose to do.