About Cwolly
Joined August 2016
Hi, I’m Craig!
A real-life person with the same hopes and dreams you probably have. Looking for ways to be more creative from an entrepreneurial standpoint in other areas of interest in my life (my true passions) while striving for the greatest freedom and flexibility in generating wealth and maintaining a balanced life. To build wealth and a lasting legacy by living a long, happy, healthy, and peaceful yet fun life with freedom and financial security for me and my family. How about that? Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic plan?

Today, I am enjoying the fruits of my labor from the last 20+ years working many jobs …and still working. With that, plus over 40 years on this planet, I’ve been to many places, met a lot of people, and worked for 8 different companies in numerous positions and hundreds of “bosses”. I understand how hard it is to survive in the business world.

Even with all of my corporate experience (and MBA), I never could get my head wrapped around working for other people while they seem to get all the benefits and rewards. Everything I could possibly do, I did. Trying to climb that ladder and make it to the next rung. Well, maybe not everything… I am an honest, hardworking, and ethical person with moral values. In today’s business world, that doesn’t always cut the mustard. People step all over you to get to the top. Competition is expected and even promoted. And some people will sacrifice anything – including ethics and values – to reach that top rung. After all, “It’s just business”, right? Assuming they get that corporate job in the first place because, today, the competition is fierce for almost ANY job.

Currently, I am an invested partner and sales manager in a biotech distribution company selling scientific instruments for a larger conglomerate. It’s a small business with around 20 great people and fairly stable. I make a comfortable living and have no trouble supporting my family, have no “real” debt, and we pay our bills on time. But I don’t want to EVER worry about these things – debt, putting my two girls through college, dependency on social security or medicare, affording nice vacations, being able to donate money and give back to society in any way possible. Job security is better for me now, but I haven’t always been this fortunate and I took great risks to get here. I’ve been through those mass layoffs and I know how quickly the tide turns in the business world. There are no guarantees in life! I realized I needed to take control and design my own future… my own “guarantee”. Something that can weather just about any storm.
So, I decided to take the plunge and start working on something I’ve been scared to do for nearly two decades – start an online business that can earn income while I’m living the life I want.

I mean, come on… is that really possible? Earn enough to never worry about finances again! Maybe even quit the day job and have unlimited freedom in my life! For me and my family, that actually isn’t asking a lot. We are not the materialistic type. We live very modestly. Most of our furniture and things are hand-me-downs, we drive modest cars, live in a small house… But like most people, we just want to live a happy life without the stresses of “no money” or “not enough”. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about money anymore?

My wife and I have a 2026 master plan (once the girls go off to college) to buy a house with more land and have a retirement home for rescued senior dogs. We want to be able to pay for any medical treatment, surgeries, etc. in order for these dogs to live out their natural life in a comfortable place. We have already been very active doing this for the last 20+ years… and 13 dogs! Currently, we have 4 senior dogs.

So, I’m halfway to the freedom and financial security I’m expecting in order to build wealth and a lasting legacy. Creating an online business was my next step to creating the life I want. I joined Wealthy Affiliate and, so far, it is everything I had hoped for!!!

If you have any questions for me or if I can help you in any way, feel free to private message me anytime.

Thank you for visiting my profile! I wish you all the best on your journey to YOUR BEST possible life!

All the best!
-Craig
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I would be happy earning 5-10k per month (at first), but ecstatic earning at least that much PER DAY! Once I commit to something, I go all in. Since I am working full time at a relatively demanding job (40-70hrs/wk), I plan to commit 2 hours per day on this venture. I am an early riser, so mornings are my "me time" for expanding possibilities, exercising, and getting major projects done. Dedicating one hour in AM and one in PM initially and then adjust as needed.
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cwolly Premium
I would be happy earning 5-10k per month (at first), but ecstatic earning at least that much PER DAY! Once I commit to something, I go all in. Since I am working full time at a relatively demanding job (40-70hrs/wk), I plan to commit 2 hours per day on this venture. I am an early riser, so mornings are my "me time" for expanding possibilities, exercising, and getting major projects done. Dedicating one hour in AM and one in PM initially and then adjust as needed.
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Kyle Premium
Those are wonderful goals Craig and I can tell you firsthand that these are more than achievable. When I started out I had very similar goals and with some hard work and dedication, I exceeded any goals that I could have ever initially set.

You will get there if you invest some hard work and dedication to this, I don't have any doubt. :)
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BelieveItYes Premium
That's great! I wish you all the best of joy and success! Enjoy your journey and have fun achieving your goals! You won't regret it, WA is such an inspiring place! Cheers! =)
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Loes Premium
Hello Craig, ♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for following me.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I also made 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. You can find them on my profile on the right, the first website link (click on my picture). I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please add a comment to this message or leave them on my profile.
Success building your business in 2016. See you around, Greetings Loes
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cwolly Premium
Thank you so much for the tips Loes! I will definitely visit and read through them. All the best to you!
Craig
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Craig and welcome to wealthy affiliate.
You have been here a wee while now so you have probably realised by now that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.
Can I suggest you browse some more of the blogs I have published within WA.
Thank you for the follow as well and I will follow you.
Remember, if you get stuck you ask ok.
Enjoy your day.
Robert
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cwolly Premium
Thank you so much for the follow back Robert! A pleasure to meet you. I look forward to your blogs and learning from you.
All the best to you!
Craig
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Biggsta Premium
Great job on going Premium! I'm glad you decided to take that next big step because now you have access to all the great training and tools and my most favorite, the live chat. If you ever need help with anything please feel free to let me know. Take care and good luck to you here at WA.

-Jaime
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cwolly Premium
Thank you Jamie! Great family pic!

Looks like you've already made it to the top!

Best success to you Jamie and thank you for your service!

Craig
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Biggsta Premium
Thank you Craig very much I really appreciate that.
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affilicoach 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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cwolly Premium
Thanks Frank!

I chose "Care for Senior Dogs" for my first attempt at this. My wife and I have been rescuing senior dogs for 18 years, so we are tackling this together. Plus, we are talking about opening a senior sanctuary in about 10 years (after the kids head off to college).

What do you think? The knowledge, experience, and passion are definitely there...

Craig
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affilicoach Premium
That sounds like a really good direction Craig.

I am really looking forward to seeing how it all comes together for you.
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cwolly Premium
I read your post on narrowing down your niche. Got me thinking if I am narrow enough with "Care for Senior Dogs". Perhaps I should narrow down to a specific part of caring for a senior dog, like "Harnesses for Senior Dogs" or even break it down to a certain breed.

There is a lot of content that I could write about under "Care for Senior Dogs". Each topic could potentially be a niche in itself - harnesses, diet, every health issue (100's), cleaning up after, etc. The more I think of it, the more it seems I am not narrow enough yet.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you!
Craig
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affilicoach Premium
Yep, sounds like you've got the main idea of niches down Craig.

Remember each sub niche is identifying a specific group of people. However, in this instance, regardless of which sub niche you drill down into, they will still be interested in providing the best for their senior dog.

So if you cover the best dog food, then the best vitamins or supplements might also be of interest. If you cover the best exercise, then you could cover the best harnesses to use.

So the way I would approach this is to use categories in Wordpress, because like I mentioned, niches and sub niches are just categories. Effectively you are creating multiple mini niche websites all in the one,
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cwolly Premium
Great, thanks again for the help Frank! I will continue on with the site building.
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affilicoach Premium
Okay great Craig.
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affilicoach Premium
Welcome Craig, to Wealthy Affiliates and thanks for accepting my invitation to check it out.

There's a lot to learn here, the best place to start would be the level 1 certification course. So start with the first lesson by clicking on the link below. Be sure to create a profile and add a picture, that way you'll get lots of help from all the peeps in WA. You'll find out how to do this in the getting started link above.

Sadly some people don't even get this far, for some unknown reason.

If you can do this, (i.e.) follow simple instructions, (implementing as you go), soon you will be on your way to making your first sale.

And don't forget that you can also access me for 1-on-1 support by leaving a message on my profile https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/affilicoach or by private message if you are a premium member.

There are a ton of other features you have access to right now, but they are explained in your main training linked above. Your #1 job right now is to get to lesson 1!

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I also wanted to let you know that if you join the premium membership in this 7 day window you'll get a TON of awesome stuff from me.

First off, you'll get a 59% discount ($19.95 for 1 month) on your membership.

☆ ☆ Bonus #1: Live Case Study 5 Part Webinar Series

Get access to a 4-Part-Series Live Case Study webinar. It's video series where a professional internet marketer creates a complete 'niche website'. All steps are included and thoroughly explained, including research, rank, content creation and monetization. Total length of the videos is 4+ hours

This will give you a broad overview of the type of site you will create on Wealthy Affiliate. I think it's always a good idea to know the direction you are headed before you start your journey.

Please feel free to ask questions in the community through live chat or the Getting started classroom above. Or as I mentioned before, hit me up anytime you want in WA.

Anyway, I know you'd be eager to have a browse around so I'll let you get your feet wet.

Best of luck, and don't forget you can always ask me for help!


Best,
Frank
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cwolly Premium
Thank you Frank! Your stealthsecrets website was very helpful to steering me in this direction. I look forward to working with you!

Regards,
Craig
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affilicoach Premium
Great to hear Craig.

I look forward to your success. :)
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