About Duckman4
Joined April 2019
Hello. My name is Dave. The profile picture is me with our Boxer...Sadie. I am a 65 year-old professional retired from federal service, a US Navy Veteran Officer/Aviator and recently became unemployed from a UAS startup that failed. Ugh!. Finding a job at this stage of life is anything but easy. My wife and I sold everything we have stay afloat as I try to find a new source of income to support my family. It will all work out I'm sure.
I have always been intrigued by online marketing and I'm ashamed to admit that I have fallen prey to several online marketing "Gimmics" that profess the "easy" "do nothing and make thousands of dollars by simply pushing a button" scams. Shame on me! I never imagined I would be that foolhardy to fall for such scams. I was referred to WA by an email that popped up a few weeks back but did nothing. Today, I actually convinced myself to look into it as it cost nothing to join.
For now, My wife and my eight children are depending on Dad to sustain the family. I'm not ready to become a Walmart greeter...if you get my meaning. So, God drives me to this site and I hope I can achieve the kind of results that will help me take care of my family. I never desired to be rich, I simply wanted to earn a living that would take care of all of us and have a comfortable retirement. I learn quickly and am motivated to make this work. Now, with the help and guidance from the family here at WA, I hope I can.
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Money I would be happy earning
$3000 per month would be a big help
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
$10,000 per month would ensure my family is taken care of
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Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
20 - 30 hours per week
 
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Duckman4 Premium
How much money would you be happy earning?
$3000 per month would be a big help

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
$10,000 per month would ensure my family is taken care of

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
20 - 30 hours per week
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wealthfrqncy Premium
Great, achievable goals!
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Carson Premium
Hey there David

These are great goals and they are more than achievable! The more time you can spend on learning here within the Community at Wealthy Affiliate the better, but we've built WA so that you can work at your own pace!

I know that you are going to do great!

Carson
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Dale123 Premium
Excellent goals David - I know 100% that you're going to be able to achieve those by following the training here at WA :)
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Dave. Hi, Sadie. Hi to all family.
Paul Mindra here from Southern Ontario, Canada.

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

Welcome to the Wealthy Affiliate Open Education Project.

As you know, Dave, most of us have not planned properly for the final chapters of our lives. What exactly was a UAS startup that failed? I'm not familiar with the acronym.

You will find many here (including myself) trying to fit that final piece of the puzzle into the equation that allows us to be free.

The Internet is of course, the 'final frontier.'

Have I found it yet?

Almost. I have been here since 2016 but my plan is very long-term.

Learn first, them remove the 'L.'

Brand always as you move along. Establish trust and loyalty through what you communicate online and off.

Few years down the road huge results appear. Now the real hard work begins. Maintenance. Being a Billionaire is a full time job.

Are you up to it?

You have already taken the first step, and I am pleased to make your acquaintance.

Kindest regards from Canada.
Cheers,mate.

Paul.

P.S.
What part of the World are you from, David?
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Duckman4 Premium
HELLO PAUL!

Wow, thanks for the reply. I live here in North Carolina. And yes...I am definitely up for it. I remain motivated and committed to the process. My niche may be a bit odd in that I'm not selling anything. but I really think those folks who read my work and exam the website will definitely get it and benefit from it. I know I'm not supposed to publish my website URL here so I won't. But I wold ask, hat, if you ever get a moment, wold you take a peak at the site and perhaps read a post or two. they are not war and peace narratives but they convey the joy I think. the writing style may not be worth of Emerson or Fitzgerald or even Twain , but I think it connects. I'd love to hear what you think.
Thanks for the reply and the encouragement.
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PMindra Premium
Hi, David
I am completely in your favour ('favor' american).,,
Let's see where this is going.

Paul..
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Duckman4 Premium
Hi Paul. Thanks again for your kind words. Here is the URL to my first ever website. Please take a look around read a post and leave a comment if you like. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
mywildernessjourney.com
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Duckman4 Premium
Ooopps I did it again. I keep thinking this was a pm. Apologies to all
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BillandSue Premium
Hi Dave,
Sue and I thank you for your following. We were no strangers to these "scams and 'good deals'" before we discovered Wealthy Affiliate nearly 4 years ago.

We can safely say that Wealthy Affiliate is the real thing. You have to work at the lessons and apply them to your niche and business.

Sometimes it takes a while before the results start to show. But patience has its rewards.

We wish you the greatest of success in your endeavors.

Bill & Sue
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Sruffey Premium
First Dave thank you for your service, and welcome to our network. My name is David also, but just call me Sruffey. If you want to know where the name Sruffey came from I wrote a post about it. You can find it on my profile page. You are a dog lover you will enjoy the post. I was a Auto Body repair and painting industry for 39 years. I will be 64 in July and about ten years ago I decided to go back to school and have a associate degree in web and graphic design and they say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, wrong. Just follow the training and ask questions about anything you don't understand. The support here at WA is the best anywhere online, I to fell victim to shiny objects syndrome also, but WA is not one of them. Welcome and you made the right decision coming here, remember good things take time, Don't ever give up and never surrender and you will do well. Please like my comments, thanks Sruffey.
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PaulREvans57 Premium
Hi Dave,

Thanks for following me and joining my network. I've returned the compliment and followed you back.

Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. WA is a great community. There is so much to learn. I am here most days. I learn something new every day.

I've been a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate for two years, and I don't regret one day!

Stick with the training and don't take your eye off the ball. Realistically, you should allow 12 months to build your business before you start to see real returns. Some have managed it in less time, but they put in more effort.

Reading your Bio, you have the time and the training to stick this out. I'd like to see you reach your goals by this time next year. It is certainly doable! Stick to the training. Once you have finished the training and you have 50+ articles posted on your website, then you start thinking about tweaking things.

Over a twelve month period, you should be aiming to publish around 140 articles of about 1,200 and 1,600 words. If you can no longer that's good. Quality beats quantity hands down!

I don't know if you've read any of my blogs, but I have found myself here in WA. My advice to you is "Just be yourself"!

You will build your tribe of like-minded people, who like you. You do not need to pretend to be someone you don't like. People will like your honesty. These people are the ones that will buy from you.

All the best, Sir.
Paul
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JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow Dave. It’s nice to meet you and feel free to connect with us further on the social networks shown at the bottom right of our profile.

We have also started to do some training tutorials here on WA which can also be found down there as well.
We look forward to reading your success as well as sharing additional marketing tips and strategies. If you need any help please feel free to ask

Jon and Debbie :)
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CandP Premium
Hello, Dave! Thanks for the follow and we are following you back. We thank you for your service. Both our dads were Veterans (US Army and RAF respectively).
We are in our 60's, too and having an online business is still a learning process for us.
We can relate to what you wrote about needing that income and we are so pleased you found WA.
Just take the time with the training and reach out to the community for help.
There are lots of us here from the "cool" generation, by the way!
Love that pic of you and your pup!
Wishing you every success,
Colette and Philip
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Duckman4 Premium
Thank you so much for the kind words. I would like to ask a favor. I would appreciate it very much if you could take a moment or two to review my site and leave a comment on one or two of my posts on the site comment section.
I am new, obviously and I'm doing a bit of work to determine if my writing is connecting or missing the mark. I love hiking here and throughout the country. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I will find you website or sites and look at them. I learn a lot from reviewing and reading the content others have posted. Thanks a bunch.
https://mywildernessjourney.com/
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CandP Premium
Hi,
A good place to start receiving and giving comments to your website is here: We will take a look at your site.
All the best!
C & P
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EdwinBernard Premium
Hi Dave, thanks for the follow back. I was subjected to forced retirement from a six figure income profession when I was 60. My pensions wouldn’t kick in for five more years. I panicked and needed to do something to earn money. Anything. Guess what. In desperation I applied to Walmart and got a minimum wage job as a part time cashier. I worked there for five years until my pensions kicked in.

If I knew about WA back then, I would have devoted all my energies at Affiliate Marketing. And probably back earning a six figure income now.

No Walmart in your life sir. Just become an expert in Affiliate Marketing!

Cheers.

Edwin
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Duckman4 Premium
Thanks for sharing. I am devoting all I can to this. It seems that getting ranked on Google is the first major hurdle. I have no idea though how to get that done. I just keep following the training but don’t seem to be getting anywhere. I will persevere. Thanks again for sharing.
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KenShaddock Premium
Welcome Dave to Premium membership in WA. You are rocketing along I see in a short time too.
All doors open now for your learning with expanded lessons and every tool you will need to expand and grow your online experience and income.
I am following you now and ask you follow me back. I am sure I will read of your wins through the years as you feel to share.
Have a wonderful 2019 Dave.
Ken
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Duckman4 Premium
Hello ken,
Thanks for the encouragement. I am indeed rocketing through this training. I'm learning a lot. his is a great forum for beginners and I hope to see the fruits of my activity soon.Take care and thanks for following.
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keishalina9 Premium
hi hello David ☘ & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate (WA) Premium!

You've landed in the right place to learn of how to best build your new on-line biz to fruition!

With the amazing WA training, tools & resources, plus help with your questions by the awesome WA community of members around the world who are available on-line 24/7, it can only lead to Success!

Enjoy your learning, doing, and building here at WA ...

All the very best to you, cheerio ... 🌈😊🎈 ...
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Dave And Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate.

Since you joined you will perhaps have come to the conclusion that internet marketing is going to be a steep learning curve and there will always be something new to learn.

You must keep referring to the training (it does get updated from time to time).

If you get really stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 490+ blogs I have published within WA.

Feel free to send me a message anytime you get stuck and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.

Have a great day.
Robert
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Duckman4 Premium
Thanks for the reach back reply Robert. Terrific to have the support of a veteran. I have completed the domain exchange in level2 and went back to check on my new domain with the website transfer. I got to the site OK, BUT when I clicked on the Home Button in the top navigation bar a warning popped up. See screen shot below.
Is the site invalid or corrupted or what??? That is a bit disturbing.
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Robert-A Premium
What is your sites URL and I'll take a looksee
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Robert-A Premium
No probs and if/when you read my blogs make sure you choose the ones that will help you in conjunction with whatever training you are currently taking.

Also as you're a new member you may not be aware of this but it’s a good idea (only if you are interested in your rank within WA) to click the 'Like' icon within a comment if you like it as I have done with yours.

Obviously you don't have to click every single comment or you will be here all day doing nothing else.

But to click the ones you like that are replies to your own comments will be reflected in your WA ranking because it shows you are getting involved with the community.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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Duckman4 Premium
Thanks for the information Robert!
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Robert-A Premium
You must have bought your own domain name recently and therefore you still have sites with more or less the same name.

Also you do not have either of them secure.

Get your own domain name one secure asap.

There is a free SSL Function within wealthy affiliate to enable you to do this.

You go to Websites on the left.
You find the one with your own domain and you will see the word Details over on the far right.
You click on this and scroll down the page until your see SSL and switch it on.

Its always best to leave your old SiteRubix site for about 30 days so that the content gets transferred over.
Robert
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Duckman4 Premium
Hi Robert. Thanks for the information. I will go there now and attempt to locate and activate the encryption. Were you able to see my first website?
Take care.
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Robert-A Premium
I saw both, exactly the same but with no security.
Hope you've now secured the sites.
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Duckman4 Premium
I just switched it on for both. I am not able to see the website though except on My wealthy affiliates. is there a way to access the website on the net or from the net without going through wealthy affiliates?
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Robert-A Premium
you can logout of WA and try but they both have the same URL now so a bit pointless don't you think?

https://mywildernessjourney.com/

https://mywildernessjourney.com/
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tripleturn Premium
Hello Duckman4,
Welcome to WA, and congratulation ongoing premium with WA
You are in the right place with the right set of people who are eager to help you succeed.
Please go through the lessons and be an action taker like myself.
If at all you need help, hundreds of thousands of affiliates are here to help, that includes my humble self.
I wish you all the very best.

Regards

Tolu
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thsjeffrey Premium
Hi Dave, welcome to the family and I am sure you will not regret your decision to upgrade as a premium member. I've upgraded to Premium Membership and follow the step by step guide training and I must say that they are very good.

For my website, I follow the training materials advises and it took me only 8 days after my upgrade to Premium Membership to have my website indexed in Google. So take some time to go through all the training resources as they are there to help you to succeed.

All the best to your online business with Wealthy Affiliates.
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Duckman4 Premium
Hi Jeff,

What is your website? I'd like to review it.
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ledrew Premium
Hi Dave and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium,

I followed you, I hope you will follow me back.

Focus on the training.

Continue with the courses and don't look back.

Follow each lesson and follow each task.

Create posts when Kyle asks you to.

Participate in on the discussions.

Learn and understand keyword research.

Soon you'll be building out your site.

Many blessings and all the best to you and your loved ones,

Ledrew
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phil1944 Premium
Hi and congratulations on going premium with WA. It's a wise decision.

Your best bet from here is to follow all of the 5 course, 50 lesson Online Entrepreneur Certification training.

But the really important step is to apply what you're learning WHILE YOU'RE LEARNING IT.

I can't emphasize this enough.

Not only will it make the training stick, but in no time at all you'll have your first WA website up and running.

Google ranking and monetization will follow inevitably.

If you're stuck any time, just post a question.

One of us at WA will answer it and you'll be off again.

It's a journey and you've just taken your first and best step.

I wish you all the best.

Phil
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Duckman4 Premium
Thanks for the welcome Phil. Appreciate that. I do have a few questions though regarding the first website and its appearance. You know anyone who can help me out with that?
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SnazzyIT Premium
Hi and congratulations on your becoming a premier member! It is awesome to have you on board. You will quickly find as you continue in your training what an amazing bunch of people we really are (a bit ‘mad’ to the outside world, but we are fun) and with our support, you will achieve great success. Here is to the new you! May you achieve everything that you wish to and more at WA :)
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AlexO1 Premium
Congratulations on going premium Dave!

This is when you start your new life. Envision yourself a year from now. Your future self will be patting yourself on the back. Think about the regular schedule you will follow to make your dreams become a reality. Take the little bit of extra time to lay it out. You will save time down the road, so you can focus on what really matters.

Best of luck to you!

Alex
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Cherry21 Premium
Welcome to WA. I hope all your dreams come true. You have become a member of a great community. Someone here will have gone through or going through anything you might feel while you are here. If you have questions reach out. In saying that let's get started, put in the hard work consistently and fly like an eagle. I hope to see you in the air. Be Blessed and Good Luck!!!!!!
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julesnp Premium
Hi Dave and Welcome to our great WA family where you will find like-minded people always willing to help and support you in building your online business and make it a success. I am now following you and wish you the very best.

Please remember that The Key to success in your online business is to train, train, train....and train again. We have the best training programs and the very best community support here at WA.

If you have any question(s) or need any help, please do not hesitate to ask.

Have a great day.

Jules
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Ahimbe Premium
Congratulations on going premium.
Your resolve to achieve success is unquestionable.
I wish you all the best.
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EdwinBernard Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium!

Such a great decision. You'll be experiencing so many wonderful things here as part of your training.

Can I give you some advice? Please forgive me if this is obvious to you.

1) Create your timeline to complete the Online Entrepreneur Certification.

2) Do a little every day. Avoid gaps in your training.

3) When stuck, ask for help in the discussion area.

That's it! It's really quite simple.

I wish you much success in becoming an expert in the process first, followed by making loads of money online. It will take a while. Be patient and success will be yours!

Cheers.

Edwin
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Wayne1950 Premium
I really can understand what you are going through. I was forced to take a job as a new and used car salesman. Even worse this was in 2008 when the economy was so bad no one was buying cars. I literally would have to sit in the dealers entrance or stand from 8am to 9pm and most days not even get a single person to even talk to. I would have been 58 back then and had never sold cars in my life. Ended up selling 90 cars and trucks mixed new and used. Pretty impressive for a bad year. I must say I hated every minute of it, I called us tire chasers as we were forced to chase anyone who pulled onto the lots. No they didn't care if it was storming or snowing you still had to go out if it was your turn.
Enough of my bad story!
Welcome to WA and good luck. Follow the training and don't try to rush it, this takes time to do it right but it will pay off in the end.
I am following you so good luck Wayne
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Duckman4 Premium
Holy Cow Wayne. What a story. Oddly enough, I was thinking about going down to the car dealers here in Franklin, NC to see if I could become such a "tire Chaser". maybe I'll stick with Walmart greeter or McDonalds Burger flipper. kinda a tough for a 65 year old aviator and federal professional though. Very disappointing. But I persevere! Thanks for sharing.
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Wayne1950 Premium
Quite welcome, they said back then that once it broke loose again. Well it did judging by all the newer vehicles on the road, however I think the gold rush has run out of gold if you know what I mean. Ok thanks again Wayne
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Good morning how are you today
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Duckman4 Premium
I have successfully Crete my first website and populated it with the about me post and the privacy page. I'm still working through the training. Thanks for checking in.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Welcome to WA!!

Jeff
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Duckman4 Premium
hanks Jeff. I'm blasting through the starter training and have already got the first website built up. Still drinking in all the trains though. Some of it is intuitive some not so and takes me bit to digest. Still, I'm full engaged. Thanks for reaching out.
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Kyle Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
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Duckman4 Premium
Hi Kyle, got time for a quick question?

My website does not have a top menu indicating "HOME". Also the website does not appear in the builder as a "recent website. Did I miss a step or make a mistake?
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, some don't have a "Home" by default. You may need to add that through a custom menu.

You can add these custom menus to organize your top menu in any way in which you like, as well as create sub-menus (for themes that will support this). You can also use these custom menus to add within your side widgets on your website (within your sidebar).

Here is a tutorial on how to create custom menus: I use custom menus on all of my websites (over-ride that default menu). It allows much more control and organization....both good things!
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Duckman4 Premium
Hello Kyle. Just thought I would check in and say Howdie. I just purchased my new domain and transferred my website over to it. I am working this program with fever. Although I must admit that for a 65 year-old federal government retiree and unemployed executive from an unmanned aircraft systems startup, things have been a bit tough. But I'm learning.
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Kyle Premium
Nice to hear from you, you have a lot of knowledge about really interesting stuff David, now it is a matter of obtaining some new knowledge about this stuff. You are just as capable of the next person, and you have all the help you need here at WA here. ;)
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Duckman4 Premium
Thanks Kyle. I am continuing with level two raining. I will get this right and hopefully get indexed like a lot of the other new folks already have. Thanks again. Sure wish I could get some feedback or a critical critique on the website so far.

https://mywildernessjourney.com/
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Kyle Premium
Awesome David, you are making some good progress. I have taken a look at your website and here is my initial feedback.

(1) Don't create placeholder menus (like you have now), add menus as you have adequate content to popular them. That is what I recommend you do here.

(2) You have a good framework of content there. Moving forward, you want to post on your website a minimum of 2-3 times per week. This is what will lead to your website gaining authority and if you do this over a 3 month period (consistently), that is when you are going to start to really gain traction in search with any given website and lead to much more in the way of rankings.

So make sure you have a consistent writing schedule where you are targeting keywords with every page and post you create.
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Duckman4 Premium
Thanks for the valuable feedback Kyle. I really appreciate it. I have three posts in DRAFT that I am working on. I have some trouble though. I want to change the font and colors in the heading, I want to delete the search bar from the header because I have two of them - one in the Header and one in the body of the post area. and I want to insert a picture into the heading but I can't figure out how to do that or to insert pics into posts. If you or someone can help me with that, I would be grateful! Thanks again for the feedback. I am acting on your recommendations right now.
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Kyle Premium
If you go to Appearance => Themes (and "customize" for your particular theme ) within the back office of your website, you will likely see your home page header there which you can upload an image for.

There are typically many other settings in there as well that you can use to manipulate theme colours, font colours, theme images, logos, menus, structure/layout, etc.

See attached image for reference.
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Dale123 Premium
Hey David!

First off, congrats on making the decision to join me at Wealthy Affiliate :)

Let me help you get started by giving you the link to your 10 lesson training program on making money online. It’s here that you will get to learn how Wealthy Affiliate will help and you will also get to meet Kyle & Carson, the co-owners of Wealthy Affiliate.

This course has helped me and thousands of others get started online, and I know it can do the same for you. Here’s the link: Take your time and work your way through the lessons. Most importantly, take action on the “tasks” and what you learn. In doing so you will give yourself the best possible chance of generating an online income ASAP.

Everything you need to do that is right here at WA, so I hope you take full advantage!

Oh and here's a bonus for you too...

********CLAIM YOUR BONUS****************

If you upgrade to Premium in the first 7 days of joining as a starter member, you will be able to take up the following fantastic bonuses.

1. You can get your first month of Premium membership for 59% off! So that's just $19 for the first month
2. You get access to the Diamond Traffic Program giving you access to some powerful hints and tips to seriously maximise the traffic to your sites
3. You have full access to me and I can offer you mentorship and my experience within Wealthy Affiliate, so you will never be alone and will always have someone to ask.

I hope that makes it sound even more tempting. Remember it's only valid in the first 7 days!

Any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask!

Happy learning
~ Dale
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