About DarleneN
Joined July 2007
Just rejoined WA after taking a hiatus from internet marketing for a couple of years. The main reason for the downtime was that I burned myself out, writing and trying to do everything myself. Then the first Panda update hit, and my websites took a huge hit. After all that work, everything just seemed to go down the drain. It was just too much!

But I've still been pulling in a small monthly income from my websites, so all wasn't lost. After some time off, I'm ready to give it another try. Jobs are few and far between around here, and I'm not keen on selling myself into slavery for minimum wage, even if I could manage to land something. I'd rather work on my own, even if I don't make a huge amount!

My husband pointed out that I didn't really have a plan my first time around in the internet marketing world. I need to sit down and consider what I want to do, and how I'm going to do it. I also want to limit myself to 20 hours a week, to avoid burning out again. Is this realistic? I don't know. I'm going to be 59 this year, and I want to have time to enjoy life with my hubby, too!
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maun5130 Premium
hi, wish you have a great plan to help you avoid burn out.
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MyraBeth Premium
Wishing you much success, as you come back to WA. :)
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Djblack Premium
Enjoyed reading your profile. Looking forward to learning from experienced folks like you.
Debbie
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ricardo1 Premium
Darlene, your seven websites is an indentation that you made the right decision coming back to WA. Welcome back!
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RethaT Premium
Hi Darlene, welcome back to the WA family and I want to say that I'm glad you've decided to come back. You seem like a great professional at all this, so if you don't mind, would you please take a look at my website and tell me what you think? I would appreciate your expert opinion. My URL is rleantreschic.com thanks
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Mokka Premium
Hi Darlene, could you please visit my site and leave a comment on my 2 posts and I will respond in kind. Just leave me a link and let's drive some traffic! You RuleS ;)
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JeffBoivin Premium
You Have Two things That Many Would Like : Experience In Life And In Online Business :) All The Best, And Build It STRONGER :)
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KittyC Premium
Hi Darlene! I'm knocking on the door of 60 too and really want to have something that can helps me retire sooner or at least makes retirement better. I'm still a slave to the 9-5 or in my case the 4-12 lol.
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Bartman691 Premium
Only 59 ! Yer just a young girl.I'm goin on 68. This new venture is giving me renewed energy. I can see WA is going to help me reach my goals. Your current plan sounds like one I will follow. I tried sales arenas that burned me out really quick.
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stephhill Premium
Hi Darlene. Congratulations on returning to the internet marketing world. Can you tell us more about the Panda hit you mentioned?
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KimBuerman Premium
Thanks for the follow Darlene! Sounds as though you have some online wisdom to share. I look forward to your posts :)
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Darlene welcome back and thanks for the follow. Much success to you.
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sydsmyth Premium
Hope you're doing well. My Wisconsin buddy agrees with your assessment of Lake Superior. And I need to brush up on my Great Lakes geography. Wooosh.
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sydsmyth Premium
So you're a Michigander ? I had no idea how gorgeous Lake Michigan is until I googled a site about beach rental homes. I wanted to check out the sea islands of SC. There was a listing for Florida beach house-this house was almost Victorian looking and extremely inexpensive for Florida, so I clicked to find out where the heck it could be. It was on the dunes of Lake Michigan, and it just looks so beautiful there. Lucky you!
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DarleneN Premium
Actually, we live a couple of blocks from Lake Superior! Lake Michigan is pretty, but I think Lake Superior is even better. We love it up here! The sea islands in SC are gorgeous. We were down there back in 2007, when my step-son graduated from USMC boot camp at Parris Island. We stayed at Hunter's Island State Park. Really nice area!
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sydsmyth Premium
Thanks Darlene!
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sydsmyth Premium
Hi Darlene ! I mistakenly answered your comment on my own profile page oh well.
So, I'm researching several niches and also want to do a vintage/upcycled/one-of-a-kind clothing site as making weird clothing is what I did before I sold myself into somewhat well-paid slavery. It's still slavery! So where is da UP? Illinois" Just guessing from Marquette. I'm in Florida, and hope to move to some actual swampland someday, believe it or not.
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DarleneN Premium
Da UP is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And if you're looking for swampland, the UP is the place to look, since there are LOTS of swamps up here. But be warned that winters are long here, so you may be more interested in FL swampland! :D
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Freedomseekr Premium
Hi Darlene! Thank you for the follow! Nice to meet you!..I do believe you live in the same state as me, da UP? So, I know what it's like around here when it comes to the job situation...like you, I would much rather work from home instead of being a slave. Love to hear more from you when you find the time that is :) Best wishes! -Sherry
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DarleneN Premium
You in Da UP too? Whereabouts? I'm in Marquette. Yoopers need to stick together! :D
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Freedomseekr Premium
I'm not too far at all...I'm in Champion. Wow, nice to hear from a fellow Yooper! :D Weird, how it snowed last night, and now its almost all melted again...still got some patches of snow left though.
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DarleneN Premium
That's not far at all! Are you close to Michigamme? A couple of people from my church live out that way.

I couldn't believe the snow this morning! We live on the east side in Marquette, close to the lake, so we didn't get much snow, but on the way out to church, there was a lot of snow on the trees. It was so pretty, it looked like Christmas on Mother's Day! At least the snow didn't last too long.

Maybe we'll get together sometime!
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Freedomseekr Premium
I'm in the Diorite location, just a little bit before you actually get to Champion...so it's not too far from Michigamme. We probably got a couple of inches out here although it's mostly gone now...and I just heard it's supposed to be in the 70's tomorrow! Ha, we'll see about that!
Yes, that would be great to get together sometime! :)
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Charley37 Premium
Hi Darlene and I agree with you 100%. I retired in 2011 and this year has been challenging with my husband's job change and so I also need to work on getting income without burning out. I did too much during the Christmas season and then it was Tax season and so I'm between jobs now and am tired. I agree to limit your time working on your websites. How many websites in your opinion should I aim for?
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DarleneN Premium
Hi Charley! Nice to meet you here. I think you should focus on doing one website at a time. It really takes a lot of time to get a website where it needs to be to get traffice and start earning money from it. Trying to do too much dilutes your efforts, and you won't get anywhere! (speaking from experience here!) Good luck and keep in touch!
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Charley37 Premium
Thanks for the advice, Darlene! I appreciate it!
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kaliinozarks Premium
Hey there Darlene. Thanks for following me back. Hope you have a great day.

Kali
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itsoez Premium
Hi DarleneN, your story inspires me so wanted to follow u and maybe work beside u. Here's wishing u all the best on our journey. Mariann.
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DarleneN Premium
Thanks for the follow! Best wishes with your online business.
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Mackerz Premium
Hi Darlene, enjoy doing what you are doing and it will be a breeze. I appreciate the follow. Cheers Jeff.
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caylynn Premium
Saw your comment on Nathaniell's article. Trying to install reply form plug in, thanks to his answer to your question. WA is the place to learn from so many on our road to success. Will be on your websites, natural care for cats. Thank you. Look forward to seeing you more.
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DarleneN Premium
Thanks for the follow! I learn a lot from people on WA, which definitely makes it all worthwhile! Good luck to you.
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thys Premium
Your story sounds similar to mine. You made your profile post in 2007. Are your sites/your business doing better now? If it is, why not share a blog post about your success?
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DarleneN Premium
I know I should be blogging, but I don't even have time to work on my new website right now. Maybe some day!
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justcruzin Premium
Thanks for the kind words Darlene. I don't seem to learn as easily as I used to. I keep hitting brick walls, time for a bigger hammer. Isn't life fun?
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DarleneN Premium
ha, I know the feeling! Sometimes a bigger hammer works, sometimes it doesn't! :D
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Labman Premium
Just wanted to let you know, your blog popped up on my Google Allerts. Good Job.
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DarleneN Premium
Oh cool! Guess that means they must have indexed it! Thanks for letting me know. I had five spam comments this morning, so that's always a good sign...:D
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Kathy1952 Premium
Thanks for following me! I am following you too!
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wow.. I see that you love animals...
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DarleneN Premium
hee, hee, I sure do! The pet niche is a great one to get into! Just try to avoid dog training, as it's pretty competitive. Dog or cat health are good niches!
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Hi Darlene, for me is very beautiful also find Christian people here, and I find it very interesting your story in the internet business, you've had success stories and I would like to know your webpages, maybe if you needed help so you do not saturate, if you need support I offer, I'm learning you already have experience, I can learn from you, you know I'm looking for a niche, I'm still just learning, Greetings and God bless
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IGOTFISH Premium
Thanks for the follow Darlene. I think 20 hours will work fine. It just may take a little longer
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DarleneN Premium
Yep, I put in as much time as I can. Life keeps getting the way, and that's OK. If it takes a little longer, that's fine with me! If it's one thing I've learned, it's that life is too short to get all stressed out about stuff!
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Prolife Premium
Welcome home. Thanks for the follow. It's an honor to be in your circle. I hope you do well.
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wtbee2013 Premium
Cats and Kittens are a kick to watch, love my cats, don't always love what it takes to have them in my house. I sometimes wonder why do I bother with them, Kids are gone, Then one will run by batting a ball around and the other will come just to sit by me.
Then I forget all doubts and finish what I am doing.
Anyway thanks for the follow back, hope all is going well for you.
Kymee
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lorriebrown3 Premium
Hi Darlene and thank you much for the follow. It looks like you have been at WA for a while. How are things going?
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DarleneN Premium
I just rejoined last month after taking some time off from internet marketing! It's really good to be back. A lot has changed, so there's a lot to catch up on! It's great to meet you. If I can help you out, just let me know.
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DavidArturo Premium
Hey, many thanks for the follow!
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guy0404 Premium
Thanks for adding me back,I wish it'll work for you this time(and for me too:))
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DarleneN Premium
Hey y'all! Best wishes for your success. I did pretty well for a while before, and I'm sure I can get my income back up where it was. I'm still making a little money even though I haven't done much with my websites for two years. Passive income is nice!
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lmc6837 Premium
Hey there Darlene. I appreciate your follow and now I"m watching you, too. I can't tell when you came back for a second time, was it a while ago? I see you've been at WA since 2007 so you know a lot more about this than I do. Hope it's going well for you. Nice to "meet' you. ~Lisa
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DarleneN Premium
Hello, Lisa! Good to hear from you, too! I just rejoined WA this month. After being away from internet marketing for a while, there's a lot to catch up on! Best wishes to you.
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Hudson Premium
Hi there. Thanks for the follow and welcome to WA. If I can help you at any time please just ask
Regards
Hudson.
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DarleneN Premium
Hi Hudson! Same to you!
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Labman Premium
Welcome back. Limiting yourself to a set number of hours will slow you down but isn't a major concern. The nice thing about this is that it will allow you to move forward at your own pace.
A plan is a very necessary thing. In fact, Kyle asks you to set goals in the first lesson. I recommend you re-start with the basics. https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/online-entrepreneur-certification-getting-started-level-1/getting-rolling
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DarleneN Premium
Hi, Labman. Yes, I'm working through the online entrepreneur course, along with the WA Bootcamp. I'm getting a LOT of really good ideas here...And of course, having a plan helps! I've written down a few goals, too. It's hard to get to where you're going if you don't have a map!
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