So, being new to the whole internet marketing gig this has been an interesting journey so far. At times I have felt that the progress I have made wasn't coming fast enough, or that I wasn't making any. Looking back, all the hurdles I jumped were not as big as they looked from the leading edge. In fact, I can remember having issues, but for the most part not what they were. I'd say 95% of the help I got was right here on Wealthy Affiliate.
The biggest problem I have run into and thru... So much information to take in from the lessons, while wanting to complete the site, right now! I overcame this by going over and over the lessons until I felt I had a handle on the info and was ready to move on. It is great that I can pop back to lesson 1 page 5 if I need a refresher or have a question on it. It is hard for me to be patient sometimes, especially since I'm so excited to have the opportunity to become independent and financially secure with all this.
My site is coming along nicely. I had to adjust the page vs post to get the layout to work the way I wanted. ELMOcat76 has the blog to read if you want a blog roll on every menu page! After I mucked thru that fiasco, with the site not ELMOcat76's blog, I began to feel some accomplishment with the site. It had been since it got indexed in Google that I felt good about it.
As I added content and fleshed out the site I began to feel better and better. One thing to mention is the fine print on Amazon Associates, they want you to prominently say "Hey reader, I'm an Amazon Associate." Hopefully mine is prominent enough and they don't boot me. :) (DoubleTap, I basically stole the page layout for that from you! Thanks! :P ) Actually, adding the disclaimer to the menu somehow made the site feel professional. Hopefully all my traffic thinks so too! I think I will add the disclaimer in fine print to my footer as well, just to be sure.
The latest thing I have done to improve the site was to add social media icon widgets. I was hesitant to add those, but after seeing them on the pages, they look good. I am not a social butterfly, so this phase of training has been the most painful for me. It would appear that I am going to have to learn how to deal with it though, especially if I want to succeed.
Looking to the future I can still see many obstacles, and I'm quite certain ones I don't see will crop up. I am confident though, that with the help of all of you here at Wealthy Affiliate I can make something of my site. Hopefully I can return the support to you too! I do feel good about my site so far and am excited to see how great it will be in 6 months, God willing I keep working at it!
cheers, cass "cronkito"