About DaveSw
Joined June 2015
Hi, Everyone...

OK, I have crossed the 1 1/2 year mark here as a member of Wealthy Affiliate...Actually, it feels like yesterday that I joined...Where has the time gone?

The people, training, and guidance I have found here since day one has been crucial in this transition to having an online marketing business...I can say with confidence this is the BEST place to learn how to get your online program in place...

Also helping get me down this road a piece was a LOT of work on a REGULAR basis fleshing out my plan of attack for this online marketing business stuff! Nothing in, nothing out really is true in this business...

If I can give one short piece of advice to all, it would be this:

"Plan your work and work your plan!"

So important...

At times, this will seem impossible to do, but I assure you it is not...

My "plan" for online marketing has evolved quite a bit over the last year, but I can say that it has sharpened my focus as I honed in on the proper tactics and the real end game...

This is OK, I imagine it will happen to many here...This is a normal part of becoming more in-tune of what really is required to have success, knowing what success may be, and doing those things that get you there...

There are lots of smart people on this site...Note the ones that you tend to gravitate to, Make sure they are giving advice that is moving you forward on this journey....

Read their posts, comment on them, and do critical thinking to discern if what they say can help/applies... and take action if applicable!

Tag the good tips and tools you find here, you will need them again...and likely again lol!

Don't worry too much about getting everything done like a brick and mortar school class, this is not all about that, worry more about understanding what it takes to make this work...

The real test will be in the results you get...

So.....I wish everyone here loads of success...

Most of all - have some fun while you do this program...

Balance is everything...

AN UPDATE:

I replied to a comment below and decided to add it here so it does not get lost in the thread....More or less, here is a quick synopsis of where I am as of the start of the New Year (2017)...

A successful online business requires a commitment and regular effort over an extended period of time...

From my first-hand experience having a plan (that can change as circumstances deem necessary) is crucial to moving forward to getting that business up and operating too...

Over the last 20 months, I have moved, adjusted, moved some more forward and this is the breakout year it is looking like. On a number of fronts, things are progressing well...

Affiliate marketing is a piece of that puzzle, but not the main focus. E-Commerce, selling my own products, and drop-shipping are the areas I am into heavily...

Regarding income from my online efforts, it is rising monthly but has not reached the level I am getting from other passive sources at this point.

This is the year I will reach that point and exceed it by a significant amount.

(1) The e-commerce effort is taking off, although quite a bit of money is tied up in inventory (one of the businesses is selling real products that we own), but there is a good profit margin, so sales monies will be rolled back into more product and marketing...

(2) The drop-shipping is similar, (different websites and focus) and there is a good margin in this business model as well. Right now I am using mainly suppliers that will ship for me, so no need for a big investment...

(3) I also sell my own online tools and training packages that are intended to help would-be or practicing online marketers with their programs. These are useful tools that will actually benefit the user, not crap full of fake promises products that are scams...

(4) Video production is threaded throughout the efforts above, so I continue to learn more and create my own videos for our products and training, etc.

(5) Affiliate marketing is not dead by any means...I have some niches that I am working that have lots of potential and these I will continue to work on regularly over the year too...

One of the reasons I have shifted to the income streams in the order I mention them above is that I quickly realized that affiliate marketing is a long term strategy and does not (or it is harder) generate income amounts I am looking for...

Having my own products means that the work is done up front, and with some being evergreen once that up front work is done, I will realize income for many months/years (as with affiliate income)...

On the e-commerce side, some of the operations require some brick and mortar pieces, i.e. warehouses (we have one in Germany and one in Thailand), people for admin, warehouse operations, product sourcing, etc.

For the online tools, I am focusing on the ones that are digital, so no real problem storing a stack of something somewhere. What this did was push me to look for solutions on where to store the product to allow easy download, where to host the sales pages, how to accept payments, etc.

This is a little long, but it gives you a clearer picture of where I am at and what I am doing...

The goal is to completely replace my other income (that will be used elsewhere) within the next 6 months and grow it more from that point...

We are talking $4k (after taxes) a month, so it is not a huge amount, this goal...I also am retired and pretty old (60), so I do not need $20-30k a month, and most of my expenses are covered by the businesses...

Cheers all!

Dave
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SondraM Premium
Hi Dave,

I liked the comment/feedback you left on my profile. Thank you! I like how you think. I do not see anything wrong with having a plan that is diversified and covers multiple aspects of online marketing.

With somethings, such as affiliate marketing, it may take longer to see the results. I consider this similar to my beef cows. With the affiliate marketing, I think it is nice being able to help other people sell their products.

Having your own products/inventory to sell is probably where the most money is if you have a good, properly priced product. However, maintaining inventory is an expense. I set up Shopify drop market account but find myself wanting to purchase inventory rather than risking the uncontrolled delays associated with shipping.

I'm glad that I discovered your profile earlier today. I look forward to learning from you. Best wishes with your business successes.

What part of Germany are you in? I lived there for a couple years and hope to visit again within next couple of years. Guten Tag...
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Sondra...

When I read your profile, my mind just exploded hehe...So much potential and I immediately envisioned what it must be like to be in your shoes on your farm, with that setting, and with those pigs walking off the place into the sunset!

I'm glad also to have met you and will watch with interest (and help) as you flesh the various opportunities that you have in front of you...

You are right on the control of products thing...That is really the biggest challenge for drop shipping I find...

I can secure good wholesalers, ones that have a good track record (reviews) and have shipped enough products to where I have faith they know what they are capable of...

Also, I can make sure they are using a shipping service that will get the products out in a decent time and delivered within 12-20 days to the customer...

But I cannot control what happens during that timeframe when the order is in the mail, and as you know in these days of instant gratification, order ship times expectations are higher than ever (i.e. same day, 2 days, 3 days...)...

Our e-commerce stores can deliver from 2 locations, one in Bavaria (near Landshut) and from Thailand (southwest of Bangkok)...

For those buyers that want extra fast delivery from either location, they can pay the extra (we offer standard and expedited shipment...

I still cannot meet the same day or even the 2-3 day delivery times (we will have to put a warehouse in the USA or use an order fulfillment center - we are leaning towards the latter because so many more issues can be addressed using such a solution)...

This is all fun stuff...

I am right on the outskirts of Frankfurt am Main...In a small town with 3000 people broken into 3 sections that surround a hill with a sports club at the top and numerous running/walking paths...

It is a nice location, my kids used to say it was a boring place, nothing happening - just the way I like it hehe...

Over the years I lived in many parts of Germany, to include Bavaria, Rhineland-Pfalz, Baden-Wurttemberg, Hessen, etc. I went there as a young kid and just have never really left full time...

Anyway, I am off and running, it is a Saturday night here in Dubai, and I have a meeting - a bit late so must go...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Dave, you rock! I appreciate your level of detail in explaining business and how you break it down into easy to digest morsels. Thank you for the follow, so true you only get out what you put in. Continued suuccess. We will be talking, and feel free "to hit me up" for any information.
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DaveSw Premium
Cool M8! Cheers! Dave : )
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DKretzman Premium
Hi Dave,
Thank you for following me. Also, thank you for breaking down your businesses and educating others (myself included), on how to incorporate a business plan over the next year or longer. I really appreciate when members that have been successful break it down and educate others on thier plan and how they went about getting to that point in thier business. Thank you again and thank you for allowing me to join your network.
Donna
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Donna...Not a problem at all...There are a lot of people here that are the same and what I like about being a member...Great to meet you and I wish you all the success in the world! Cheers! Dave : )
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Paul1916 Premium
Hi Dave again, hope you don't mind if I ask you a question...
I was wondering what the next easiest step is up from affiliate marketing...
I can only do this part time anyway average 15 hours per week.
An e commerce site seems to be way out of my league at present.
But 6 months or a year from now I would like to take the next step up and take on another challenge!
I was thinking amazon fba or drop shipping but not sure...from your experience which is the easiest next step up to take on???
If you get the time to reply I would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance
Paul
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Paul...

The Amazon FBA option would be the easiest between the two I think...Drop shipping would definitely require more work and time, but also offer a much better return for that additional work...

For either, you would need to do research for a good niche with popular products that you can source from somewhere (using Ali-Express or similar US wholesalers)...

There is, of course, a cost for using the services of Amazon or other order fulfillment center, but on the other hand, the headaches are pretty much eliminated for that end of business...

We do order fulfillment for our own products (also we make them) in Thailand and handle everything from manufacture to warehousing and order fulfillment...

Even at a low level of business, you can expect to spend 2-3 hours a day handling customer queries, problems, plus taking care of all the rest...

Definitely, I would go the outsourcing route for order fulfillment to stay within the 2-3 hour a day window you mention. Just make sure there is enough profit in the products you select and you will be fine...

This can be a good supplement to affiliate marketing and can be outsourced almost completely as it grows....Leveraging other's efforts will help them make some extra money and you too, plus it can run more on its own...

Best of luck and have fun!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Paul1916 Premium
Perfect Dave- thanks a million!
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Dave, I have just been reading your profile and it is great to see that you are moving your business forward rapidly by the sound of it! I am now following you and I wish you increasing success in what you are doing and I look forward to reading your blog posts and networking with you.

All the best to you Dave, Roy.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much for the follow and kind words Roy, I do appreciate the support...

Things are moving forward at a good clip this year and I wish the same for you and everyone here at WA!

I have followed you as well, stay in touch and may we all kill it this year in regards to growing our businesses!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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BENBOOTH Premium
I love your story on how you have grown since you started. I am at the 1.5 month mark at WA and I sometimes get stuck on what I should do next besides the obvious of just pressing on. When I read other peoples success stories it always seems to clear my mind a little. Thanks for your post, I wish you well.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Ben and great to meet you! I have added you as well, and can well understand how you feel...It can all seem like it is too much...

The way forward is to keep on keeping on...Having a plan will help that process move forward in the direction you envision, and as others have said, consistent effort on a regular basis will help too, over time...

The last thing that is so important I believe is the mindset you have with all of this work. Make no mistake, this is a business you are building and your own business...

Even if things seem to be going not as fast as you want them to, know that over time they will build and the work you do is cumulative, meaning that it can pay off years from the time you spend now...

Best of luck M8 and have some fun while doing this stuff!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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BENBOOTH Premium
Thanks Dave.
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AfqmBiz Premium
My appreciation message to you and WA Members, giving me your ample time to follow me and build another mutual networking.

All the best in your 2017 journey and beyond!

WELCOME ABOARD!

*P/S: Great for me to also briefly knew each one of you. I wish to still remember everybody even at
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DaveSw Premium
Great M8! Cheers and all the best! Dave : )
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Marcel92 Premium
Hello Dave and welcome to our Wealthy Affiliate community.
You are in good hands here with all kinds of training and people always ready to help out with your online journey.
Thank you for following.

Wishing you the very best with your online journey.

My profile page - https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/marcel92

>>>> A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple that comes back to you..

In Friendship

Marcel...
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Marcel for your words of encouragement....I agree with you on the paying it forward thing...I have been doing this for years and it really does work...It is a healthy way to live also i think...Cheers and all the best to you! Dave : )
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Marcel92 Premium
You are very welcome, Dave.

Marcel..
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CathH1 Premium
welcome to Premium.
You have made a fab choice and I look forward to following your journey here at WA.
You have all the tools and training here to build an awesome site and be successful, you just need to be prepared to put the work in to make it happen.
All the best
Cath
:-)
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Cath, Thanks much...Cheers! Dave : )
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MilesW Premium
Hey there,

Congratulations on becoming a Premium Member. It's great connecting with you and I look forward to staying in touch.

If you have a chance, please take a look at one of my blogs. My hope is that you will find helpful information.

If you like the blog you read, please indicate "Like" and share!

Best regards,

Miles
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Miles, Thanks....Dave : )
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MarbeyPerez Premium
Ok, I can see that you have experience in this business please could you tell me what is this about?. I feel like a fish out of the water. really I like to be sure what I am doing and in this moment I feel walking in dark and I can´t see the light that illuminates my road.
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Marbey...

The easiest (and the best) way to get some light shining on all the info you have available to you right here (not even mentioning all the stuff you will be bombarded with externally!) is to go through the training...

It all started with the green button you see to the upper left on this page (and every page), found right under the WA logo...It says "Get Started Here"...

I would go through each module and lessons in the modules one by one, taking the time to do all of the actions that are advised in each.

Of course, you also have access to the rest of the site and members as you do this training and setting up of your website, creating posts, etc....

Because there is just so much here, it can be overwhelming, no doubt. I felt the same way. What I just described is exactly the process I used....

It will take time and you likely will not make a lot of money to start. If money IS an issue (premium membership costs money too), I recommend that you have a look at my latest blog post here...

That post describes how you can quickly get started making money AS you go through the training here and establish your presence online via a website, posts, social platforms, etc.

Another thing to consider....Every year Kyle and Carson run a special around Thanksgiving - a "Black Friday" special...If you choose and can afford it, you can purchase an annual membership at a much lower rate than the monthly...

You have some time between now and that time (it comes right after Thanksgiving) so maybe set up a plan where you go through the training here, get your website set up, etc.

Meanwhile, you also start making some sales using a direct method by becoming an affiliate on one of the affiliate platforms that offer decent commissions (i.e. 50% or higher)...

Select some products that are good values for prospective buyers (i.e. they are selling a lot, have a video in the sales letter, and have a good reputation - you can check that through Google search to see what is good/not good)...

Many good tools and products will have sales support materials such as ads in the form of banners and email swipes that are pre-written and essentially can be edited slightly and used (read below on how)...

Send some paid traffic using the ads provided (maybe edit these if you know how to make them unique but NOT necessary, this will work without that) directly to the developer sales pages until you feel comfortable enough to create a squeeze page or bridge page or whatever you choose to call it...

Platforms to use include Facebook, Bing, and Youtube. I would start with Facebook because it is easier and also you can start with as little as $5 a day...There is some training here on how to do this...

Learning how to create a landing or bridge page is NOT hard, so as soon as possible get one published...This way you can collect contact information from prospects that take action on your ads and click through to your page...

Once you start getting a list of people that have signed up to your list, you can use the emails I mentioned above - First you want to start building a relationship, and later send the promotion type emails to get more sales...

I know that this all may seem a bit much, and this is why I say depending on your circumstance, set up a plan with everything that you want to get done, and then add the steps required, and add dates to be completed for each, and then...

Start working daily and regularly per whatever works into your daily routine...The more work you do to get through the classes and developing your niche and content, the faster it will get done...

People too often have the misconception that making money online is easy...Nothing could be further from the truth...The truth is that this is just like any other business, work, time, and some money is required...

It IS true that if you work hard and have a good plan that you are following, over time you will have a real and profitable business that can release you from the normal 9-5 job.

Best of luck and I hope I have not put you to sleep!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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cmwagoner Premium
This is so true, I work not hours but days on my website, which Is now published, I took a lot longer than the others but I don't care, it's published and I am so happy. I know I still have a lot of work to do but I'm ready. I keep going back to review my lessons and I keep asking questions so maybe I can help someone else someday.

Carolyn
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Carolyn, Yes I have spent a huge amount of time on the websites too...When I look back it really surprises me...But everyone works at their own pace, and Rome was not built i a day! Hang in there and have some fun while you work at this!! Cheers!! Dave : )
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cmwagoner Premium
Thanks Dave, I wasn't going to work on the weekend, but I can not drag myself away I just want my published, unfinished
website to be finished.

Carolyn
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DaveSw Premium
I know that feeling...I am chatting here with you as I have my first coffee...It is 0430 AM in Dubai! I have some work to get done on the eCommerce site, so am starting early! Cheers!! Dave : )
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cmwagoner Premium
Have a great day Dave, my day will be ending
in a few hours.

Tomorrow is another day

Carolyn
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SteveCrozza Premium
Hi Dave,

What a great community we have here, a large one too. I say that because I have been here for about 6 months I have not noticed your profile nor seen a comment made by you, but then again I didn't read a lot of comments in the first three months.

I am following you now because I believe that we all benefit from networking with a wide variety of people with vastly different skill sets.

I would hope that I can offer you help as part of the community as I hope you would me.

Steve
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Steve, Thanks for the add and yes this is indeed a large community! Good to meet you and I am sure we will have many chances to interact with one another as time goes on...Best of luck to you and have some fun along the journey! Cheers! Dave : )
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langwog Premium
Hi Dave
I found your site and profile through the "provide comments" link, unfortunately I tabbed away from the site to check out your profile and the comment was lost. It was your making money online site, I really enjoyed checking it out in anyway so a personal thumbs up that I won't be earning credits for.
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DaveSw Premium
Hello Grant!

No problems at all, this system just moved the comment request to another person, but it is a shame that you missed out on the credit!

I did pop over to your profile and left a comment there and added you here as well...The making money online site is one of the sites that I will be upgrading soon to a fully responsive theme...

Really a pain to do this, after over a year of adding posts, reviews, training, and etc. but I see that even though I have a plugin that allows the site to be viewed correctly on mobile devices,

Google does not show it as being mobile responsive so I fear that is negatively impacting search results when people access searches when using a mobile phone...Not good...

I am having fun with this online thing and I am sure you will too. i am an old geezer that has had to learn a whole new language and a lot of new skills over the past 1 1/2 years hehe...

All the best and thanks for the note!

Dave : )
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LoreDonna Premium
Thank you Dave for all the wise tips. I am still at the beginning of this road, sometimes the volume of informations can be overwhelming.
I am not in hurry, I learn each day something useful.
Planning, balance are powerful keywords.
Oh ,yes I do have fun !
Have a lovely creative day.
Monica.
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Monica,

Sorry to have taken so long to reply, I just have not been able to spend the time I have on making or reacting to comments....

I am glad that the info I have will help you, and I am sure that you will have no problems since it sounds like you have the right attitude!

Cheers and best of luck to you!

Dave : )
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