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 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.


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!


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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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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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. :)
this is great, sweeney thats the spirit.... all the best
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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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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,

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!

Dave : )
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.

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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!
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!

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!
gcd Premium
Hi Dave, it is REALLY good to meet you. Thank you so much for following me. I am so glad I saw your recent post about SEO in 2018 because reading your bio has my head spinning with everything you're involved with and what I have to look forward to.

To start with, having served in the military myself, I definitely know about SGM's - generally, they were to be avoided lol

What an amazing life you've had. So many experiences and now to have settled in Europe (Germany) creating many more memorable experiences.

What you've done with your businesses is truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing all that information and thank you for believing in me!!

Thank you too for your offer of help and support.

Wishing you continued success with your business ventures and your latest drop shipping project your soon to lauch (actually, you probably have already - depends on your time of writing).

All the best
DaveSw Premium
Thanks so much Gary for stopping by and taking the time to add so much good info in your post...I appreciate the nice words, and I really mean it that I believe in everyone here...

Just the fact that they have taken the step to invest in themselves by joining and then staying around to learn the ropes with this online marketing business means a lot...

It can be disheartening at times when you are spending long hours creating good content using the guidance here and see less than expected or hoped for results...

Like many here, I am still learning a lot daily, and I have no illusion that I have the corner on this business, far from it. But as we all can, just by hitting this every day I chip away at making this business into all that it can be...

We are here to make the journey together, and that alone can make a huge difference...It is a pleasure to meet you, and thanks for your service to your country too, BTW!

Dave : )
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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.
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 : )
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
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 : )