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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 6-year mark as a member of Wealthy Affiliate...Actually, it feels like yesterday that I joined...Where has the time gone?

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 (I have been retired for 23 years now).

How I Ended Up With Wealthy Affiliate

My being an entrepreneur 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...

Wealthy Affiliate was a good, solid, start for my quest...I quickly went through the training that was available at that time and got started with my affiliate marketing business.

Quite honestly, it did take some time to start earning significant amounts using this online business method. There are faster ways to start earning, and I felt like affiliate marketing was just a piece of the puzzle...So...

What Did I Do With The Lessons From Wealthy Affiliate (and elsewhere)?

Over the years, I have developed my own set of programs that cover much of what Wealthy Affiliate covers and much more...The overall thrust of the business we now have is the result of a combination of what I have learned here and in real life...

What Is Our Business?

The general name is the SMART Business Academy, organized under an LLC company based in Minnesota. Kind of like going back to my roots in some ways, our office is located in my old grade school of all places (cheap rent!), which has been turned into a Community Center for businesses.

Over the past year, we have developed various training and resources, plus secured a wide variety of premium tools business owners need, as well as rolled out some business leader development programs.

It is our contention that if you start experiencing wins early on in your online business quest, you will stick it out to the point where you can earn a full-time income. That has been our focus with the various programs we have developed.

The idea is that while putting your affiliate marketing plan in place, you can be doing other activities that will help you start earning and paying for the tools and resources that you will need to run your business.

Not only that, you can learn about and implement tactics that address more than one income stream from your online business activities. Social media, email marketing, and video marketing are perfect examples of this concept.

Also...

For every part of the business, we have created support systems so members/clients get the help they need when they need it. No matter the level of experience, support is there for every sort of would-be or active entrepreneur/business person who is either a client or a member of one of our programs.

In general, what we have is a well-rounded set of websites and tools that complement the training and case studies/tutorials so that every would-be online business owner can succeed quickly in their quest to earn money online.

As with what you have here, there is also a community center, and members of the various programs or clients can join and contribute (and learn) to the various forums. They can also communicate directly with one another using tools such as WhatsApp, chat, and while doing so share files and documents.

We are pretty open about what can transpire, with the norms/rules being no bullying or disparaging one another, and no illegal activities being allowed. The idea is to support open dialogue as much as possible.

Will Such A Strategy Work For Everyone?

Sure, anyone here can do the same...It is all here for you online these days, either within Wealthy Affiliate (a great place to start) or elsewhere, i.e. with programs like what we have developed.

You just need to take action...If there is one determinant of success or failure that I have noted over the years, it is that. The other factor is your mindset. If you have the tenacity and willpower to do it, it will be done...

Bottom Line:

I Believe In YOU, you should TOO! Keep on keeping on! Don't give up, but do take action, today! You can take this program wherever you may want to, as I have, but to do so, you have to focus and be productive...every day!

Cheers!

Dave : )
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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 Plus
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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My (our) goals for 2020 (in elevator speech form) are: (1) Grow our IM brand in various markets. (2) Grow sales of our own products, tools, and services. (3) Consolidate 20 e-commerce stores into 7. (4) Affiliate marketing growth (as a promoter) to five-figure months for commissions. (5) Affiliate marketing growth (as a vendor) for our own products and services to break 6 figures in sales for the year. (6) Add more Podcasting, V-Blogging, live and recorded video sessions to content published. (7) Scaling the Business to a high six-figure in gross sales while keeping the net profit at 20% using a variety of means (marketing).
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EJWeffer Premium
Great advice Dave!!!! i need help at time since all this info can be overwhelming but my motivation is always sky high perhaps is my age but i feel deep in my heart that i can do this for sure. At this point my main or only problem is content writing is no my forte at all my mind goes blank when is time to write. Any advice on this matter?
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mrmelly Premium
Hi Dave. Barry is my name. In the past I had a website where I used Drop-shipping. I quit years ago (bad ideas). Now I lost all of my suppliers. How could I find them once more. I sold Radio controlled (RC) Airplanes helicopters mainly. Can you or anyone else help with this?
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Barry, good to meet you!

I would do a Google search, plus check out AliExpress. There are a ton of suppliers you will find there, and many use ePacket shipping so delivery is normally within 12-20 days (it says faster, but order prep takes time too)...

There are other sources as well, you may want to do some research on Amazon and eBay to see what is popular and see where they are sourcing their product from.

A little back engineering will be required...Getting the nomenclature, and specs, and even images, then seeing where you can get the products from...

Drop shipping will make you money, no doubt, but you have to know the numbers (i.e. cost of goods sold, any overhead, the planned ads spend, and desired profit) before you jump in...

Best of luck and let me know how things go!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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mrmelly Premium
Thank you, Dave, Thanks for the reply and the information. I appreciate it very much.
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No probs M8! : )
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fredyamr Premium
Great post!
Very inspiring! I'm in the process of setting up a products page on my website for drop shipping products related to my niche.

I've only just reached 10 posts on my website (posting an average of 3-4 posts a week) I have been playing around with facebook ads to promote my posts and decided to introduce a products page and start drop shipping as well.

Keep us updated with you ecommerce membership training!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, sure will! Best of luck to you as well! Cheers! Dave : )
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Dave.
Paul Mindra here from Ontario, Canada.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your network. I graciously accept by following you back.

Great story on your journey to success, Dave. Yes, Wealthy Affiliate University is the place to turn your ideas and dreams into reality.

I look forward to learning, sharing and serving with you as we all move forward here.

Kindest regards,

Paul.
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DaveSw Premium
Great to meet a neighbor, Paul!

Ontario is a place I was visiting regularly as a kid, and I still love the place! I grew up in International Falls, MN, and we had a summer cabin on Turtle Lake plus family scattered from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay...

Best of luck with your online marketing business, and I too look forward to hearing from you how things are going. It can get quite overwhelming but it all does fall into place over time!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Dave.
Thank you for your response, encouraging kind words and future direction. And yes, everything does eventually fall into its place. Gods Speed under our direction.

Have fun, achieve much and stay in touch from time to time. I will do the same.

Best always your way.

Paul.
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Hell-o-o-o Dave! First off, thanks for adding me to your network. Thank your for your service in the Army to keep us safe and free. I enjoyed my travels to both Frankfurt and Munich. Absolutely, beautiful people, great food, oh and don't forget the classy "Benz"; every cab driver has one--that blew me away!

I am into my 2nd month here at WA and clearly have quite a bit to learn. I agree and will definitely stay on target with the "Useful Notes" you provided. Your "Sources of Income" structure will put me on the right path as I gain more experience in business expansion strategies.

Congratulations on creating and marketing your own products. What an awesome accomplishment . This confirms that online marketing is profitable with the right tools, WA training, focus, determination, creating and working my business plan.

May you enjoy continued success in not only meeting but exceeding your business goals!
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DaveSw Premium
It is a pleasure to meet you, and I am sure that you will be able to make even more trips abroad as you get more familiar with the online marketing business...

Thanks for your kind wishes and thoughts, and do not worry, you will be fine here and with the online business too. This is something that is a lot of fun even, almost like not working for me, and hopefully you too...

I like the ability it gives you for more freedom from some of the normal 9-5 jobs that are out there. It does take some effort, but if you like what you are doing, it makes it so much easier...

Keep me up with how things are going for you, and of course, if you have some questions, either I or others will get some answers. There are some really successful marketers we have, and one or the other can normally get an answer...

All the best!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Thank you Dave for your words of encouragement and wisdom. Your advice and various articles will keep me on the road to success and avoid any pitfalls along the way!
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