About DaveSw
Joined June 2015
Hi, Everyone...

Dave here and I want to welcome you to my profile page and to Wealthy Affiliate in general...

FYI, I am over the 4-year mark of being a premium level member of Wealthy Affiliate...Actually, it feels like yesterday that I joined...Where has the time gone?

I can say without any doubt that this is the top-ranking training site for affiliate marketing and more. That unofficial (but true) title is deserved and has been earned...

Now...A little about me...

I am a retired military member, having done 25 years of service, and my rank for the last 8 years was Sergeant Major (SGM, E-9). That was a long time ago and much has happened since that time...

Joining at 17, I went on to retire at the age of 42, and took a week off prior to landing a well-paid job at 4 times my last military salary...Why did I wait so long, I still ask myself 20 years later!

Most of my career in the military and life after has been spent outside the USA in Germany. Indeed, I loved it so much that I decided to stay overseas after leaving/retiring from the US Army.

I built a house outside of Frankfurt Am Main, near where my wife grew up, and have been doing business internationally using that location as a base since...I regularly interact with people from all over the world for offline and online businesses...

However, I still love things about my youth and where I grew up (Minnesota and Ontario) such as fishing, watching the Minnesota Vikings, visiting family and friends, playing in the snow and talking about how cold it is (it sure is cold up there!)...

In Europe, I like watching German Foosball, Formula 1 racing, beer, family (2 kids/husbands, 6 grandchildren, and I hope not too soon some Great Grand Children - HUH????), and festivals (mine at the house and the bigger ones I visit regularly)...

For my interests regarding the rest of the world, I like spending time on beaches, swimming, traveling, meeting new people, learning new things, trying new foods, listening to live bands, hanging around Musos (musicians), dabbling in music, and being an entrepreneur while taking in these joys...

It is that last bit (being an entrepreneur) that brought me here to Wealthy Affiliate. I had been scammed by several other "teaching sites" prior and needed to find a REAL program with REAL chances of success...

Enter the Wealthy Affiliate platform...

Immediately I saw what misguided marketers had been selling me (less than good/useful and self-serving and wasteful in regards to time and money), and I devoured and put into practice the training found here for my online efforts.

You all can do the same...It is all here for you, you just need to take action...

I Believe In YOU, you should TOO!

Cheers!

Dave : )
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Q 1: I believe I can become a top earner in this genre...The sky is the limit!
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Q 3: Right now I am spending 12 hours a day, day in and day out...Once I decide to go with something, I am ALL in!
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Q 1: I believe I can become a top earner in this genre...The sky is the limit!
Q 2: See above...
Q 3: Right now I am spending 12 hours a day, day in and day out...Once I decide to go with something, I am ALL in!
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Kyle Premium
I absolutely know this is possible and with the community that you have behind you here at Wealthy Affiliate along with all the tools, training, support and help you have available to you, I fully believe you are going to achieve all of your goals and then some!

I look forward to working with you David and seeing these goals become a reality. :)
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this is great, sweeney thats the spirit.... all the best
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks M8! Good luck to you too!!
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NWTDennis Premium
Hello David ... thank you for the follow. You are obviously a very resourceful person, and my sense is that you were already working some online businesses when you came to WA.

And you still have time to contribute here in the community. I've always enjoyed your comments generally finding them to be very insightful.
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Dennis, thanks for the kind words and the follow...

I have had the good fortune to meet many people and work with some really good companies and organizations in my youth and middle age (actually I consider myself to be still sorta 'middle-aged')...

Most of my experience after the military has been with offline businesses and over the years I was able to have some good numbers, and a few bad ones too!

Fortunately, the good numbers carried me through the days of bad numbers! All part of the process...

As a kid, I always dreamed of seeing the world, and at the tender age of 17, I took action to do just that. Now many years later, it has brought me here...

I love the mix of people from all over the globe we have, the wide variety of backgrounds they have, and the sense of hope and determination I feel while on the site...

It absolutely fits like a glove with what I do in the offline world. It is busy in that world these days, and I would not have it any other way.

The time I spend at Wealthy Affiliate I carve out from the day, not as a chore, but with a real interest in what others are doing and having problems with...

I see this in you as well Dennis, and many others here too. It is quite nice to have this special place where we can all commiserate and trade tips, ideas, and guidance...

You are right, I do still have offline businesses as well, but find I am being pulled into this online world more and more.

The potential is still huge for online entrepreneurs, almost like the wild west of the old days, in spite that it has now matured from the early days...

Sorry to go on so long, I wish you the very best with the recovery effort there, never underestimate the power of everyone pulling together...It can make things better in a hurry...

Take Care...
Dave : )
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Pernilla Premium
Hello Dave!

Thanks a lot for connecting with me. I'm very pleased to meet you and it makes a lot of sense for me to follow you back ;-)

I see you are living here in Europe, then we are neighbours! It was very interesting to read your bio. You've got a huge experience in the online business. I appreciate the many tips you've mentioned above.

Looking forward networking with you!
Great to be in the same Crew!
:-) Pernilla
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DaveSw Premium
Hey there, Pernilla...Yes, we are neighbors! Actually, I am relatively new to online marketing, but it has been a fast train and a fun one to ride at that! I am also looking forward to reading about your adventures and wish you the best! Cheers! Dave : )
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eosegueraf Premium
Great profile Dave:
As a newbie -joined less than one month ago. I'm learning a lot, not only from the lessons, but from the posts of all kinds of affiliates like yourself. Thank you for offering your help based upon your impressive expertise. I'll stay in touch.
Greetings from México.
Eugenio.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks for those kind words Eugenio and great to meet you here! This is a wonderful place with people from all over the globe, and daily I have that impressed on me as I use the site!

You are in the right place to get a proper start with online marketing, I know that at first, it seems like a lot...Over time though, it all falls into place...

We are all here to help one another, and I look forward to seeing you go and grow as you get your business together! Stay in contact and have some fun with this too, it is not all work!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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IvyT Premium
You are so very generous in the level of detail you share about your experience! And it's the kind of experience that helps your readers to find compass north, thanks.

Nice to read about your love of music, too! One of my degrees is in music, and I spent some years travelling for the music opportunities - to places like Germany. Such a receptive audience for live new music there! My husband and I also had the chance to reciprocate by arranging entertainer's visas and tours for musos from there as well. It was a fun kind of business exchange. :)
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DaveSw Premium
Great to meet you here Ivy...I just left a comment over on your profile page so will not add too much here...

This place continues to make my head spin. The wide variety of people and their backgrounds is unbelievable to me...

I love the power of the internet (as much as I hate it hehe)...Overall it most certainly is a game-changer and a force for good...

Thanks for your kind words, and a pleasure to meet you! Best of luck in your studies, with your family, and of course, with online marketing!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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jtaienao Premium
Hi Dave,
Thank you for adding me to your network. I'd like to also comment on your pretty impressive bio. You surely have accomplished a lot my friend. I too also served in the US Army and retired after 22 years. Did 3 tours in a Germany and loved it. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips. I wish you continued success here at WA as well as your online business ventures.
Jerome
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DaveSw Premium
Hey there Jerome! I am surprised we have not run across one another but I am glad we did now!

Where were you at in Germany? I spent I don't know how many years there, the longest time in Heidelberg at USAREUR HQ...Loved that place and I understand it is gone now...They are in Wiesbaden I think...

I also did 8 years in Bavaria at various locations, maybe a total of 5 years around Frankfurt in 2 tours and in Pirmasens I was in the 59th Ord Bde (we took care of all the nuc units in EU w/exception of 2 that were partner units with other forces)...

I loved it do much I built a house and stayed hehe...

Alaska is a place I could also retire to, I grew up in Northern Minnesota and Ontario, so I know cold hehe...That is maybe why I stay so much in Dubai now?

Best of luck to you and hang in there, I hope all goes well with the IM world and health-wise too! These days they can do a lot of things that even 5 years ago you couldn't imagine!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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jtaienao Premium
Feelings are mutual Dave. Glad to have finally hooked up with you. I was stationed at Kaiserslautern (K-Town), Massweiler, and Karlsruhe. Visited Pirmesens (Pirm) quite a bit while Learning was stationed in K-Town. Got to travel Europe quite a bit during my tours. I just found the country to be so fascinating, the people, the culture. I actually retired in Arizona but was dead set on making Alaska my final home. Loving it here!!! Anyway, wishing you all the best with your online ventures.
Jerome
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