Is This Business Even Real?

Last Update: February 04, 2014

You've probably heard this question before or have thought it yourself. There is another variations which is: "Oh I'll see if this is going to work" or "I want to see if this works for me". Sigh... Time to get really real. And if you've read my articles in the past, you know it's about to go down. So let me apologize beforehand for anyone that is about to get offended or get their boxers in a bunch. But it's time.


Where is all this doubt coming from?

Unfortunately the make money or internet marketing industry has a notorious rep that is dirtier than your underwear after eating spicy Mexican food. Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about. LOL I've noticed that most people that question the reality of this business fall into two teams.

Team Scammed

The reality is there are far more scams out there than there are legitimate opportunities. If you've had the pleasure of being a victim of an online scam, you know it's a horrible violation. You end up feeling stupid and ashamed. Then it escalates to feeling jaded where you don't trust anyone and think everyone is out to get you in this industry. I get it! You DO have a right to feel this way... for a time.

Team Insecurity

Aside from being scammed, people also feel insecure about their own abilities. After all, you're learning a whole new set of skills and business. You probably have doubts that you'll be able to write articles, create a website, promote it or even make money with it. It's a natural fear we all have when learning anything new.

So I would argue these are two very valid reasons and concerns that folks have, but let's reminisce.


Remember The Time...

Remember when you were young and your body parts were still firm and perky. Or am I only speaking for myself. LOL In any event, one of the first things you were taught was how to walk. Chances are you were like the rest of us and fell numerous times. It was a very frustrating and sometimes painful experience. You probably have a few scars from these spills.

But guess what? Your parents didn't care. They continued to help you by forcing you to walk. Eventually you got over the pain and fear. You soon mastered walking and God willing you're still doing it today.

But for some reason when it comes to making money online, many of us are acting like big babies that are crawling around and afraid to learn how to walk again. Except learning how to walk here will lead you to the life and money you deserve. So what you fell a few times and picked up some scars along the way. So now you're going to stay mad at the whole floor and don't trust it because you fell on it a few times. Does that even make sense? Can you imagine what your life would have been like if you felt that way?


Welcome to the club...

Unfortunately getting scammed is almost a rite of passage in this industry. Some of the most successful people fell for scams too. I'm one of those folks. I got scammed by an alleged work at home list which turned out to be a glorified copy of the phone book. Duh!

I was embarrassed then I got mad. Then I became jaded. But I soon realized that calling everything a scam wasn't making my pockets fatter. I learned that yes I should proceed with a healthy skepticism but it I shouldn't let it rule me or make assumptions. Once I licked my wounds and got back out there, eventually it lead me to this business which has helped me earned an income and lifestyle that a job would have never provided.

But I would have missed that if I kept running around thinking that everything is a scam. Here's the reality of this business...


It's proven already...


A lot of the skeptical people that come here want to know if this business actually works. It's as if they think folks are making this whole business up. Stop the nonsense already. You're sounding crazy when you make these statements. Time to give you a reality check and it's going to be a big one.

Here are some facts:

  1. Amazon has an affiliate program.
  2. Google has an affiliate program.
  3. Ebay has an affiliate program.
  4. Apple has an affiliate program.

All of these companies are making BILLIONS of dollars every year. If this business didn't work, why would these Fortune 100 companies that earn billions of dollars every year have affiliate programs? Don't they make enough money with just advertising on tv, magazines, etc.? I'm sure they do make some great money using those mediums.

But apparently they see the value in recruiting affiliates like us too. I wonder why? If you haven't figured it out, it's because we make them money! Period! Ain't no more to it. And my quote above sums it up!

Time to move on...

Hopefully this article has provided you some better insight about this business. At the end of the day, this business is like a relationship. There are only two outcomes. You're either going to be successful or fail. The outcome you get will be on your shoulders. All this community can do is provide you the support, training and tools which it does.

What you do or don't do with all that is on you. If you only want to give your dreams a few weeks or months to succeed, that's your business. Your results will reflect this decision. But don't walk around talking crazy that it's because this business doesn't work or it's WA's fault you failed.

Nah, it's more like this business didn't work for YOU! YOU didn't make it work. But it does work and it is proven. And I have several billion dollar companies that literally back me up on this because of the money they have invested in creating affiliate programs and paying affiliates like us.


So let's stop the madness folks.

Let me know what you guys think down below. As you can tell I'm very passionate about this. I'm not out to offend anyone because i've been on the other side. But I think sometimes we all need some tough love and a reality check to put us back on track.

I want to hear what you think either way.

Thanks for reading.

Your slightly annoyed blogger,

Eddy with a Y. LOL

www.WorkAtHomeNoScams.com

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Magsent Premium
I totally agree 100% with you on this Eddy and I especially like your analogy with learning how to walk..lol..sure, we fall at times but it does no good to stay there but does a whole lot of good to get up, dust ya shouldas off and keep pushing because life has a way of opposing us more than helping us. But with that said, I am truly thankful for the support and community and all that Kyle and Carson did by overcoming any fear or struggles they had in starting this platform and following through with it. It is true if you stay with the mindset of "you will make it" and setting goals for yourself, with the training and tools offered here, staying focused, and with everyone encouraging you along like we get here at home with WA...you can't go anywhere UP and succeed. Thanks again for this Post and boost of confidance spiced with some hard love....lol
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Michael. I totally agree with you!
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PatsonCool Premium
This is brutal truth been said, but quite boosting and very well expressed in writing. I mean, millions of people can't be doing something (WA and affiliate marketing), and one will say that it does work. I strongly believe Wealthy Affiliate and affiliate marketing works. I'm going to give my all to make it work for me. Thanks, EddySalomon.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Patrick
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OllyMarston Premium
Hey Eddy with a Y!
Great Post! It's true though..hard not to be sceptical or suspicious. YouTube is full of vids and ads about teaching us how to reach impossible sounding income goals, how to make $20,000 a minute selling Tee shirts, or typing in codes or drawing boxes on websites.

Common sense tells us that some of these results are not realistic or feasible or at possible. I have tried a few simple "tricks" to earn money..only they aren't really tricks, and you end up earning so little money that you wonder who really is the fool?!

But I am convinced that making money online is entirely possible and will give it my best shot to earn at least what I earn now which isn't that much! So hopefully won't take that long to reproduce.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Olly! Agreed the internet is filled with all these hypey promises. And unfortunately we've probably fallen for them once or twice.

But the reality is there are ways to make money and at some of the amounts these people claim. But it takes a lot of patience and hardwork. It's not going to happen over night or magically. And that's what pisses me off about programs like that. Because then people make the assumption everything is a scam. However as you can see, it's not.
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Thank you for your honesty and for explaining so much. I am looking forward in working with you and Kyle. I am totally new to affiliate marketing. I've never done this so,,,HELP... :-). Im retited and worked 36 years in I.T. so online marketing is a new niche in my life. Looking forward also in learning all that there is to learn so that I can be successful,
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Mario. Most of us were new here. That's why this community was created so you have access to the training and all the members here that will help you including myself, Kyle and many others.

But the first thing you need to do is start with the training:
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Ditto,,,I will be diving into this later on today for sure
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Thanks for the information about the scam part . It really help me to show my sons and my wife that affiliate marketing is not a scam . because I have ran into a few of them. thanks and I am looking forward with the coaching and joining a successful business and a great team.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Arcade.
Your son and wife are right to be skeptical. Most of us have been scammed online by some work at home nonsense. But I think what speaks volumes about WA is the fact they let you try it for free without asking for your credit card. Not many scams are going to do that. And I think if they understood the affiliate marketing industry and the fact that huge companies like amazon have affiliate programs then it should make them think a little differently. Either way sometimes you can't convince loved ones around you and you don't have to.

I discuss this here:
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David960 Premium
Great post. It's amazing to think these big companies take the time to have an affiliate program. Affiliates must bring in some money.

I have always said follow the money and you will find out what is really going on. Of course, I am usually talking about politics. But it is one of those universal sayings.

Today I was thinking of another saying: 10% of the people do 90% of the work. I am wondering if it is the same for those who join WA? 10% of those who join succeed.

David
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly and that's why I always find it puzzling when people doubt this business. Like why would major billion dollar companies have affiliate programs if it didn't make money. And WA teaches us how to leverage this legitimate business. So it's a no brainer for me. But I wrote the article because clearly it wasn't for all people.

In any business most people will fail. It doesn't matter if it's this business that WA teaches or another. Ultimately that's why most people are employees. It's a guaranteed check.
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You see Eddy you people at WA are Great, but now I need some time to sort other personal stuff. Until latest Feb20, 2019 then I will get the train rolling onwards towards website, niche and onwards. Reason is I need to be 100% here to be build a solid base as a start. To me, this here is the future of marketing and promotions which is already here. Thanks a million.
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EddySalomon Premium
Sounds good. You're welcome.
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digitalwhiz Premium
Thank you Eddy with a Y! I, too, have been scammed. I never let that stop me from seeking the right opportunity - I just viewed it as a learning experience on my journey to success. While I just found this opportunity, I think this could really be the place to invest my time and money to realize my goals.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Raymond,

I'm happy you didn't let you experience of getting scammed stop you moving forward.
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LRich1 Premium
I love tough love I really do. It has given me the courage I have needed in life. And that example Eddy on learning how to walk is so perfect. I have fallen for scams too and I was so broken I didn't know I will ever recover but thank God I have and here I am at it again. We cant afford to dwell on things that didn't work or mistakes we made knowingly or unknowingly. Time is so expensive let us use those moments as fuel and stepping stones to the next place because it is better to do it and know that you were wrong than not do it at all.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you understand this concept and pushed forward despite the set backs.
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Calh60 Premium
Eddy, I came across this article in a comment from another member. This is one of the most well written posts I've seen since joining in June. If we don't succeed it's because we didn't not WA didn't succeed. WA has been in business too long without changing pricing....that within itself speaks volumes about the strength of this organization. I'm following you now. Thanks for posting this.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Calvin,

I'm glad you enjoyed this post. You'll probably like some of my other ones here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog
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Calh60 Premium
Thanks Eddy....I'll take a look.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Calvin
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Foxhenley Premium
Yes, Eddy, the honest ventures are few and far between and WA is the best of the best online right now for training, support, and community helps, including the Co-founders Kyle & Carson!
Janice
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed, There are a lot of scams out there. But I'm happy you realize that WA and this business isn't one of them.
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Point on with what you said above. The past few months while being unemployed has been horrendous with the scammers while trying to find the rites sites to deal with aand actually make a buck. Its enough to make anyone skeptical of online ventures even when they know better.
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed. The reality is there are tons of scams and nonsense that doesn't work. Fortunately here at WA they provide you a free starter membership so you have nothing really to lose if you decide this business isn't for you. You just don't want to get so jaded by the BS out there that it makes you blind to things that may work for you. At the end of the day anything that will make you real money will require patience and hard work. If anyone tells you different then you know it's something that you should avoid. There are no short cuts and that's why WA appealed to me. They don't feed you fluff.
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ABurns2 Premium
after reading so much imfo I*m glad you claified that for me, there seems to be alot of scams. I like the security that wa has. Angie
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EddySalomon Premium
Yeah, no problem Angie. I know that we've all ran into scams so we think everything is. So I wanted to make sure to clear that up.
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Thank you, I agree with what you said above. It's hard to over see all the things others have placed in our paths. I am one who has been hurt emotionally and financially with scams and or promises as long as your pockets are deep. The price to upgrade is a great price even without the first month discount, however, being careful i must go further into training to understand exactly what I need to do and be started before investing more money i don't have! Thanks again!!!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Cristy,

I totally get it. Most of us have been scammed. So you can't help but be skeptical, jaded and even bitter sometimes. At the end of the day you have to do your due dilgence. And that's why i appreciate that WA does provide this free starter membership so you can go through the starter training and get a feel of this community and see if its right for you.

If it's not then at least you don't lose any money. So feel free to take your time and feel it out. You're in control and no one is going to pressure you here.
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WendyTweedie Premium
Hi Eddy
Fantastic article and written with precision.
I am one of those people who has been scammed in the past, and was very sceptical about joining WA
However so far l can honestly say this whole experience has been brilliant.
So great to be able to turn to likeminded people
Striving towards a personal goal.
Wishing you Health Eeslth and Happiness.
Wendy.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it resonated with you.
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CorsoM Premium
Great article. I'm wary of scams as well, especially from shady websites that may contain a virus or the proverbial Trojan horse. What makes Wealthy Affiliate different is that I've already made progress towards my goals with the help of the first and free ten-lesson course.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you're enjoying WA.
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KellyBedard Premium
Your blog was very forward and straight to the point, thanks for your knowledge and understanding. To me understanding is when you receive the wisdom that comes with real life experiences of those falls and scares over time from life itself. They eventually turn into wrinkles with age. Thanks for sharing your confidence and help.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Kelly.
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Giglos Premium
I think you right. People fail down the road because they quit too early then they start talking.
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EddySalomon Premium
Yup. I've seen happen a few times. People get really excited about this business the first couple of months. But when don't see the money right away they give up. The reality is the results don't start showing until months down the line. But they have given up too soon to see it. This business is a long term play.

And it is real which is part of the reason folks give up. They feel to take into consideration what I laid out above.
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I am glad I read this on my first day here. I want to have a realistic expectation about what can happen for me. I vow to focus on educating myself here, putting in the hours, being involved on a daily basis and I bet one of these days I am going to notice a profit in my bank account and be like, "Ooh cool!"
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly Ester. It will take time but it can happen as I've proven here:
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Justinbrash1 Premium
One of the things that opened me up was seeing the free training, but also putting the more advanced stuff for a relatively low cost. The prople here seem to be providing a service, to help you make money, and they tmdont charge an arm and a leg for that. This business looks very promising and im already excited to get my hands dirty and hope gain a fair amount of revenue
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Justin,
I'm glad you appreciated the free starter membership and recognize the low price that WA charges for everything included in a premium membership, such as training, on going support, and tools all designed to help you succeed. Sometimes people don't really have the appreciation of all that is included in such a low price for premium membership. But clearly you see the value and that's great.
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Eddy! I love this post & I'd love to share it with people!
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EddySalomon Premium
You can share any of the posts found here on WA. So feel free to do so. Thanks Kathleen.
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EthelB1 Premium
thank becauseI kept getting scammed every time I looked for work on the internet this time I trusted my gut
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EddySalomon Premium
Yeah I think we all went through that. So I understand the skepticism but at least now you know not everything is a scam.
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sydneynova42 Premium
okay youve convinced me to stop being so critical of it and open my eyes and focus on what i can do with these seven days. theres literally no harm in going on a website and learning for a week. you didnt even ask for my credit/debit card so, i cant be mad at you. every one here seems very real and relatable... Youve made me a believer for now :P
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Sydney,
I'm glad you finally started to view this with an open mind. I get all the skepticism you bring to the table because most of us did as well. But I think once you actually go through the training and experience the community, you'll quickly realize this business is real and the folks here trying to teach it do want to help people.

I think a big testament to that is the fact they do offer a free starter membership with some limited training. As you pointed out, most sites in this type of industry won't do that. So hopefully you gain some value here.
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Jacqip7 Premium
I like the way you tell it like it is. No offense taken Eddy with a y. LOL.... I am looking forward to my next 7 days. If WA can help me reach my goal to be a successful Internet Marketer.. I will upgrade immediately..
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm happy to hear you appreciate my style.
Being a successful internet marketer will take many months or longer. It definitely won't happen in 7 days. So you have to view this as a marathon and be prepared to make the long term investment in yourself just like pay people for 4 year colleges now so they can have a successful career in the future. Except here you're not spending thousands of dollars that may leave you in debt for a decade or so.
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Jacqip7 Premium
Well Eddy,

I saw your ad right after I learned that AWOL Academy wanted 5 figures for their mentoring program. So glad your box popped up.

Blessings, to you, your business and your family.

Jacqi aka Lady J.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you read my review about AWOL academy and helped you realize there were other options. So you're welcome.
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"Eddy with a y. LOL" yeah...that cracks me up. A mouthful, but hey! Typing it all is kind of fun. "Eddy with a y. LOL" Anyhow, I digress in this post and will now return to my studies. :D
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EddySalomon Premium
That is the goal, to make people laugh and to remember how to spell my damn name. lol
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Daniel62017 Premium
Thanks Eddy for the inspiration.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Daniel.
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Hi Eddy (y, lol). I believe this is a real online business. The only thing that it worries me is that it takes too long to get the first penny, or even $50.00. I know it's not a "fast rich business". I know it's hard work, specially when it's a language barrier; specially when you don't talk to anybody, but writes all the time and reading. I understand, I went to college and I had to read, listen to instructions by recordings and watch the videos, must of the time. It's not the same a phone conversation, where it's easier to express what you mean with examples. And also, there's a pressure to upgrade that does not make me think before I finish a lesson, the pressure that you have two or three more lessons to do and you don't have the money. I wonder how many items I will have to sell and how many times I will have to do it month after month to pay the dues and not yet a penny seen from nowhere. It's a lot of pressure. Imagine that I sell the last item that I had, that I could think of getting at least $5 or $50. just to pay WA. Then, what else I have to think next month to sell in order to pay the dues. If it's not until 6-7 months that the business can function real for real good income, I had spend by $49 x 6=$294 and I pay $345 for rent. So, I pay rent or pay WA. I know it's up to me, but I don't believe I can do it, for the pressure, for the way of getting the $ and if for $294. in 6 months is when I am going to get maybe $50. I don't think for me it's worth the sacrifice, it won't be a pleasure. I don't know too much about computer terminology and I don't want to risk what I have left by doing what you proposed to pay my rent, once I was struggling.

Well, that's what I think. Maybe, if I think different, things work out different, but that's not going to happen.

I appreciate the opportunity that WA had given me to learn what I never thought that I could learn not even in college. Also, to Kyle that gave me the opportunity to keep on, although I said that I was going off the business, when I come back, still the time free of payment. Now, I know it's off the free time and I understand.

Thank you, Eddy very much. Your page is beautiful as your soul. I know that you're in the SUCCESS page in life with your business and your family.

Thank you Kyle, Carson and your respective families. Take care, keep it on helping others, I know you're already more than success, by helping others. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK

Loves,
Stella and Lucille 2
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Stella.
In terms of some of the things you laid out, Here are some articles that address your points:
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flavia532 Premium
Hi Stellian,

I can understand the financial pressure that you would be facing, but if you shift your mindset to a more positive perspective, and know that you CAN do it, you will see results. Never give up! Believe that anything is possible, think positive and soon the money and success will start to flow your way. It's all about your mindset.
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mike2017 Premium
Funny, sometimes hard, and totally helpful and true article! Thanks Eddy
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Miguel!
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Jemmi Premium
Thanks Eddy, this really make sense and I'm glad I found WA because I've taken affiliate marketing course somewhere else and they do not offer great value likw what WA offer.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Joji
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giftyafd Premium
Thanks Eddy. You brought the goods wrapped up in an interesting package. God bless you.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Gifty! Thanks
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Thanx Eddie...my confidence in these is building up by the day.I wanna do this and I would really really rily on your guidance and help.
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Want that tooo
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Barryw1 Premium
I am retired. I got into this for a little something to do. I found out quickly that a little something is not going to cut it.

It takes a full time effort plus to get it going. To keep it going requires a good effort also. More than a little something.

Each of us has to ask ourselves if we want to do the work. Do you really want a little cut of the billions of dollars floating around that Eddy with a y talks about or not.

If you do you'll get it. With Wealthy Affiliate or not. If you don't nothing will work for you. It's up to us.

Along my path at WA, close to two years, I have failed many times. But I got back up and continued to crawl until I learned how to walk.

For the Team Scammed and the Team Insecure. You can do it if you want to.

Barry
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Surfdude123 Premium
Wow, you're a champ. I don't know how you did that but you did. Congrats!
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EddySalomon Premium
Tell them Barry!
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mike728 Premium
I couldn't view image. I want to make a 100-500 per month within 1 - 3 months at around 4 hours per day, is this doable? And not having to recruit tons of people. I can only refer a couple of people a month. 6/22/17: 10:08 pm.
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EddySalomon Premium
Michael

To be successful in this business you have to understand that it's like a marathon and not race. Read this article as it will help you understand this concept better. The person that has the patience and endurance will reach the finish line. Those who try to sprint to it, will run out of gas quickly and will always fall short of the goal.
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I believe in this prove and gonna push myself to be the best
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EddySalomon Premium
i'm glad to hear it James.
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can every one make business around the world
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EddySalomon Premium
There are successful affiliates from around the world that are members here.
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Everyone has a little doubt I know did but after reading your article i feel better bout it now
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed Joseph. And that's exactly why I wrote this article so that doubt can be eased. Because after all why would big companies like Google, amazon, etc employ affiliate marketing if it didn't work or it was a scam.
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i believe that this is a ligitimate companyand i believe these articles that people are making real money on this site and for others get on board because this is the way to financial sucess.
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EddySalomon Premium
Yup. Companies wouldn't have affiliate programs if this was a fake busines.
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RoxanneHardy Premium
This article was key for me. It helped shift my mindset I'm and advocate for tough love. My goal is to have that same passion.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it helped Roxanne. I know that people still have doubts when they join here despite seeing all the help, training and resources here. There is still this lingering feeling that this may not work or it's not real. So I always refer people to this to put things in perspective.

Because most of the successful companies online have an affiliate program and it;s because it works. It all boils down to making it work for you. And that is the hard part. But the training and support here at WA makes it a bit easier.
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Marlene2 Premium
I see that you can rant and range because of your passion. I agree with you.
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ConstanceW1 Premium
It feels real good to finally find something you can make fun without it being a scam.
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed Constance. But you'll still find people that claim all of this is a scam as well. But at least now you know better.
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JayeMason1 Premium
Thanks so much for this Eddy, I be felt all along there was a way to make this business work out but kept hitting scams and was about to give up. Then hit on WA. Restoring my faith already and only just joined! Excited to be here and lessons are great!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Jaye!
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sheldcr Premium
Great post Eddy. Let me say that I enjoyed reading and have been in Team Insecurity for a bit too long. This is one way that I can take that risk for even better future gains
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EddySalomon Premium
Time to change teams Shelly. I'm glad this post helps. Be sure to read my others which may help you get over some other fears:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog
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sheldcr Premium
Taking the baby steps to move away from that non-supporting team Eddy.
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EddySalomon Premium
Read this about that non-supporting team:
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mary5600 Premium
Hi Eddy, someone mentioned this article and here I am. I really appreciate your sense of humor! That is the first to go, I think, when people are headed for failure--it gets lost in overwhelm.

I know it isn't a scam, but I am on this page because I am still trying to believe that I, Mary, can actually make money.

I am no longer overwhelmed, and I am having fun with it right now (new premium member) . I started about 4 years ago with blogging and hit a wall a year ago. I have no regrets, I learned a lot (scammed plenty too!).

But I realize now, that mentorship and connection are critical . I feel great being part of this amazing community. That in itself feels like success.

I want to thank you for this blog. It takes time and energy to write it!
Congrats on your own success! I KNOW how much work and dedication it takes!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome. I'm glad it resonated with you.
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jsample83 Premium
Hey, that is the best way I have ever heard anything said that is pertaining to a lack of trust. You helped me significantly with that article, and I cannot thank you enough!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi Jimmie,

I thought this article would help you. I'm glad it did. Hopefully now you can move forward and feel more confident in this whole thing and yourself. I'll continue to check on you.
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jsample83 Premium
Thanks!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome
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EBallard Premium
Very well said article Eddy
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Eugene!
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EBallard Premium
Graditude
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corkyalan Premium
You are right!!.
"TIME TO MOVE ON ..."
I'm coming.
THANKS!
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Kristea7 Premium
You tell it like it is and thats what it takes
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EddySalomon Premium
That's the only way to do it Kristal.
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Barryw1 Premium
Nice, Eddy with a y.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Barry!
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ValeriV Premium
Hi Eddy,
Thanks for the WONDERFUL advice! What you're saying is dead on. As with anything in life you get out of it what you put into it and sometimes tough love is what we need. Thanks for the kick in the pants and the motivation.
All the best to you!
Valeri
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Valeri!

Glad you liked it!
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luckysam18 Premium
Because of your post, I decided to go premium. I'm always positive and know that wa is not a scam when I signed up but your post gave me the extra confidence and boost I need to succeed!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm so happy to hear that Samantha. You made the right decision.
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Rwillingham Premium
Eddy, thank you. I signed up a few months ago, but still trying to get started. I am happy to hear words of encouragement. Yes, I have been scammed two or three times myself. Therefore, hesitation is still present. I am working on a project at this time, which should be completed within a few weeks.

Thank you again, I am looking forward to becoming active and making $$$. Best to you... Rosemary
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Rosemary. Hopefully this article has helped alleviate any more hesitation.
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Greenkid Premium
I love this! Incredible post!
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it Heidi. Feel free to share it anyone that doubts this business.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Love it!
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it David.
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I'm glad I came across your page Eddy. I'm beyond excited about the possibilities!
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EddySalomon Premium
That's great Oduore. The possibilities are limitless if you're patient and willing to work hard until you reach your goals.
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I can teach me to joined WA today. I have spent years searching for an online business that pays for promoting and I am excited that WA seemed to meet that. Thank Eddy for articles as it speaks to my ambitions.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Ketlhoilwe.
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JazziOne2015 Premium
Well hello Eddy with a y! lol Thanks for your website.....I am excited that you lead me to this site. I have been looking for a opportunity to make money without working a traditional job. At the moment I do work and also run a T-Shirt business. I wanted something that I could combine all my talents that God has provided within me to become a success and to live the life that I desire. God gives you your hearts desire.... I am one of those people that believe that you need more than one stream of income these days. I just wanted to stop by and say Hello....I look forward to speaking with you in the future...Thanks again!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Sonya. Glad I could lead you here.
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Hey Eddy,
I just joined today and I have to say you haven't met a more determined woman than me when it comes to wanting to be successful in working in my own home. I set a deadline for myself which I'm not going to say when and I guarantee I meet my deadline to become successful and meet my short term goals within the deadline I set for myself.
I have to say I was like others you described in your short article about scams and was really skeptical with joining the WA community at first but I have flown through the first few steps in the courses laid out for us and haven't had any problems so far.. Crossing my fingers and knocking on wood. In hopes that it stays that way. LOL!
Another thing I have heard of finding a Niche in other online companies and in WA I finally understand what it is and what it pertains to. I can't believe how unbelievably hard I was making it for myself.

So excited and ready for success!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Quinetta,

It sounds like you have the right attitude to make this work. But now you've found the proper training and community via WA. Thanks for trusting in my recommendation. In confident you'll soon see why I've been a member since 2007.
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How do I get questions answered after 7 days when I can't afford to buy the premium package yet. I don't even have food money right now. My pet sitting biz is at a stall (the nature of the beast--feast or famine) and I am worried about getting help after 7 days. I am willing to do whatever it takes/whatever I am told as I am desperate, but what do I do with my questions--and I am sure I will have them?
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EddySalomon Premium
Unfortunately after the 7 days you're pretty much on your own. The starter membership is FREE. So you can stay on that membership level for as long as you want. But support and additional training is really reserved for premium members since they have invested money to get that. I sympathize with your situation but regardless this business is going to take time to build and to make money. So it wouldn't resolve your situation right away. You're better off getting a job to address your immediate situation and work on building this business on the side. That's how a lot of people do it so you don't have the pressure of needing this to work right away, because you need to pay your bills. Building a business under those circumstances is a recipe for disaster in my opinion. So you may need to shift focus initially. I'm sorry if that's not the response you want to hear. But I don't really know what else to tell you.
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I can't say that I am surprised at your response. I will keep trying, nonetheless. As far as your wondering where the doubt is coming from when new members read the article titled "Is this Business Even Real", when you put it there to read Eddy, people are going to read it--I didn't have any doubt it was real before I read it.
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EddySalomon Premium
Susan,

I totally get you're frustrated. The starter program is totally free so it's not you are being misled. And apparently there are some people that are able to take what they learn with what's offered in the starter and find success. So it's not actually useless if you're able to take what you do have access to and make it work for you. It's harder but possible.

Obviously having more help and training will always help you in life and there is usually a cost associated with that. Otherwise we would all be able to go to the best colleges for free. Unfortunately that's not the case. But fortunately WA isn't expensive as a college and you're basically paying less than $2 per day to get training that can help you earn way more than that in time. That's assuming you can apply what you learn and run with it.

Ultimately a business does take an investment in time and money. WA does try to make it as affordable as possible and the starter membership is a testament to this. I remember when I joined WA there wasn't even a FREE starter option. So you're actually very fortunate to have access to what you do because many of us didn't. Like I said, maybe this is something you explore later when you're in a better situation to invest and get the help you want. Or you can do like some others and try to make it work on your own with what you've already learned. You can also look into the following: That may help you as well. Either way you have options. They may not be ideal at the moment. But that can change in the future for you as things improve on your end.

I hope this helps a bit.

Eddy
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm happy to hear you'll try to push forward. In terms of the actual topic of the article above, I actually wrote it in response to people who kept doubting this was all real. So it's something I refer to people when they are making statements like that. Unlike you there are still a lot of people that don't think this business is real or possible. So I felt the need to address it.
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AllenWill Premium
Eddy, I've been on both teams..LOL! However, I'm not quitting and it's only made me more determined to succeed. Thanks, Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
Lol. Glad to hear it Allen
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DonnaJacobs Premium
Thanks Eddy, loved the inspiration
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it Donna
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Thanks Eddy, awesome read.
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Glad you liked it Mike
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Alanprev Premium
Sounds up front an honest to me Eddy, the most overated word used today is IF, if I had done this, IF I had done that, all excuses

IF is, and always will be, a little word with a big meaning !!!!
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it and agreed!
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Ok Eddy with a Y, I visited your site back in 2014 I think, I was able to find work on the internet, for a legitimate company unfortunately I was not trained properly so I decided to quite (not being properly trained, I couldn't help the customers). They said to reapply in 6 months needless to say, I haven't heard from them. I'm going to try WA see if we fit, my main goal as well as everyone else is to make an income. I've done telemarketing I didn't think I could sell, I went in the quit because I never did telemarketing before that day. Needless to say I sold 15 products that day, I couldn't wait till the next day to get on the phones. So I'm not a quitter I'm going to try this for the next 7 days as you mention "it's what you put in it to success." I'm retired so I have plenty of time to work. So here we go!
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EddySalomon Premium
Sounds good Frieda! I think the next 7 days will give you a nice overview of what WA can help you achieve. Obviously you won't build a business in 7 days but you'll see the foundation. I'm excited for you.
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Thanks for the reassurance, Eddy! I hope this is the right direction for me!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Hannah. Only time will tell. But you're in the right place to learn.
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eevang1122 Premium
Awesome article Eddy, it's so true whenever I discuss internet marketing with friends or family I always get "that look" lol.

Best Wishes,
Eric
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it Eric. Read this article regarding your family:
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perkyboy1611 Premium
Eddy,

Great article. The reminder of all the affiliate programs out there was a great one. If this were not legit, they would be trying to charge us to be affiliates. Since they aren't, like you said, we must be making them money. Basically an affiliate program is just part of the marketing budget. And it is so much more efficient for the companies because they are not paying for ads, they are paying for results!

You had the two categories, Team scammed and Team insecurity. I am going to give you one more, team weary. I know I can't be the only one out there that has been working multiple jobs for years and is now looking to this to replace all of them. It's funny the two blogs that you recommended to me did not offend at all (no bunched boxers here) but rather re-energized me. I tend to question whether or not this will work when I am just plain wore down and getting a little negative.

So thanks for the pep-talk. I have not been around long enough to get the hang of the fiscal cycle yet, but I look forward to, one of these years, meeting you at Vegas. (Or wherever they have that in the future)

Thanks,

Jerry
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Jerry,

Glad you liked the article and it gave you some clarity. I find that people only get offended with my blogs when they feel that the things I'm saying attacks them. Or in some cases, certain people just like arguing with me. lol Either way, I'm happy with the effects it has on you because thats pretty much why I write them.

Its to force people into action and out of their own way. So I'm glad that's what has happened with you.

In terms of team weary, it just falls under team scammed since the feelings of apprehension are the same. They're just caused for different reasons. lol

Thanks again for chiming in.
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I totally agree with you 1,000 %. My boxers are not in a bunch but I know that many others' are. LOL Great article. Thank you for voicing it.
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EddySalomon Premium
Lol. Bettelynn. Glad you liked it.
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AffFranE82 Premium
Hello thanks for the article. it really hits home. I can definitely relate. Thanks for the invite!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Francesca! I think it puts things in perspective for a lot of people.
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JasonJF Premium
I had a good laugh reading this. Thanks Eddy with a Y. Lol.
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you enjoyed it Jason.
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You got my attention even more now and I can't wait to start.
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EddySalomon Premium
That's great Tonie
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Eddy thank you, tough love is good. I've been one of those skeptics. All that stuff does is paralyzed you, and prevents you from succeeding. Who needs that?
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you found it helpful Annette
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I enjoyed this article, thank you! I'll try to not be so skeptical :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Hopefully this has helped you see the truth about this business.
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As always what you have to say is both down to earth and encouraging. I've come to think of you as a mentor in how to succeed and have a great time doing it! Thanks for pointing the way to WA.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Wendy,

You're very welcome. I'm glad you found this article encouraging. And I'm happy to be here to help you through this new journey.
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ATzortzis Premium
You are very encouraging and motivational.I had been scammed in the past and yes I felt so awful,so stupid.But deep down I knew there was something alive on the internet business.And then...I found WA
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm happy your past experience didn't stop you. Too many people just assume everything is a scam after that and give up. But fortunately you didn't!
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That sounds just like the push I need Eddy, thanks I will give it a try!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Kevin,

I'm so happy this gave you what you needed. I know we're all skeptical because of our past experiences and all the crap that is out there.

But I'm happy you're able to see this is very different.
Keep me posted!

Eddy with a y
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deos331557 Premium
your right eddy i have been scammed burned and flat out lied to.hopefuly it has taught something that will help me succeed this time.not into giving up so let thank you for this opportunity and thanks for all the support i have received so far
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Donald,

I'm glad this resonated with you. I think many of us have been there with you. So I applaud you for being able to fight pass those experiences and still give WA a shot. Too often people just assume that everything is a scam and that's it.

I'm confident you'll grow here. It will take time, hard work and patience but you'll learn the proper way to be successful online.

I look forward to helping you.

Eddy with a y
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deos331557 Premium
thanks eddy
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Don!
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DMacon Premium
Amen, bro! Keep up the REAL love. We all need it, all the time!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Dwight. I'm glad you appreciate it.
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thereseM Premium
enjoyed your comments so true
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad they resonated Therese! And they're definitely based in reality.
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Papi Premium
Hello Eddy!
This is a great read.
Stop the madness.
So yeah,we're crawling now,but if we keep at it we can soar :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it fellow Ed!
I like that analogy of soaring! That's where we all deserve to be and can be if we get over these fears I discussed above.
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Papi Premium
Working on them Eddy,working on them :)
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EddySalomon Premium
One step at a time Ed. lol
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Papi Premium
Yeah Eddy,I'm a work in progress :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Aren't we all? Lol
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mgnaga Premium
you have hit a nail on the head,internet scams made us to fear interacting with people online,less knowledge about working with the internet is one reason,i'm happy that you are testifying to us that WA is no scam thanks to God our dreams have been answered.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Molly,

I'm so happy this resonated with you. And yes we're fortunate that a place like WA exists and it's the real deal.
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As a newbie I am in the insecurity team. This has given me the desire to push on
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EddySalomon Premium
Ngozi, we've all been there. But you have to push through the fear. We were all newbies at one point. Fortunately by being here you get to avoid a lot of the mistakes I made on my own.

Being part or this community gives you a huge advantage. So keep that in mind.
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Thanks for that
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Ngozi!
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DannyH517 Premium
Great blog Eddy! I,actually needed that because I'm allowing kids,bills and a bunch of other crap to take my focus off of the prize. I have no one to fault other than myself and appreciated this reality check on my procrastination. ..Thanks for writing this blog and saying real things in a real way! I will be asking you a lot of questions in the next few days concerning my site onlykidsshoes.com..Not up and running yet but any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks so much for writing what I needed to hear!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Danielle,

I'm glad it resonated with you. We all need a reminder from time to time. Fortunately you're part of a great community where we support each other.

Feel free to private message me with your website when you have some content. That's where I'll be able to give you the most insight and help.
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I just checked your site. How do you make money? There is no call for action...
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey David,

You might want to read through my articles more carefully. I have CTAs every where. Top of my page is one to WA. I have exit pop ups when you leave that build my email list. The content also has links to other programs that I make money with. I also have adsense ads. So the site is monetized numerous ways. But if you just quickly scan through it you'll miss it. ;)
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Definitely looking forward to seeing if this is the real deal. I very much enjoyed reading and hearing from you here and on your blog. I need some money to get by so I am really hoping this is how I can do it.
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EddySalomon Premium
Chris,

Hopefully you read the article above. This business is already proven. But hopefully you can make it work for you. It's going to take time to build a business but this is the place to do it.
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Kimchase Premium
I am ready for you to make a believer out of me and prove me wrong! It would be awesome!!!! Because I really would like to make my own money again. It would be amazing! I have little kids so going back to
Work is not an option because I
Could never make enough for child care plus a profit to pay bills etc...
It would be refreshing to be able to make money from home. We shall see...
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EddySalomon Premium
Uh I think you missed the point of the article. There isn't a question this works and people make money. Will work for you will be all on you.
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SolLiisa Premium
Dear Eddy with a Y. Thanks for making me laugh with that post. You wanna know what we think down here. Fist off that's a long post! And since I now am down here only about 2 minutes later it must of been captivating, interesting and entertaining to read.
The only time I got scammed or almost got scammed on the internet was when I was 16 and some hooting and tooting window told me I had won a cruise vacation and I was supposed to phone this number, lol.. Glad I did'nt own a creditcard because at that time I would have given them the info :)... Oh yeah and once I bought a paper of a homeless dude and it turned out to be a weeks old, probably fished out of the trashcan magazine. But you got to give the man some credit for his business mind. But yeah you're absolutely right, just because we slip and fall doesn't mean they green soaped ALL the floors. After some slippery event you at least pay some more attention to a suspicious green shine.

Anyways I feel blessed to have run into WA few days ago and feel blessed I could afford that premium for the time being so I have the opportunity to get as informed and well prepared as some of you are. I will certainly drop by your blogs/ posts because I need a laugh. And I mean that in the complementary fashion. Later Eddy Salomon!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey,

I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I try to entertain people as I educate them and it sounds like you appreciate it.
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Affiliateer Premium
Wow! Great post. You write with passion.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Mary, It's the only way to write Mary.
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Eddy, In your words, I can feel the honesty of someone who , like myself, did try many different things to succeed and have come to the realization that yes, it is a landmine on the internet and you are totally responsible for the path you follow. Well, I am here now, and am willing to give it what it needs to survive: Dedication and effort. Hope to see you on the other side of the rainbow Thanks Nat
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EddySalomon Premium
You totally get it Nat. And you will make it!
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I liked the way you broke it down I am looking forward to hearing more of your comment and wisdom
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Charles! Glad you liked it.
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veteran Premium
You know Eddy, I feel as though I could meet you in a street somewhere and talk with you all day. You aren't blunt, you are honest. I don't beat around the bush either.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Alastair! I really appreciate that.
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Kimberly131 Premium
Awsome article. Thankyou for always being so blunt. Found this to be very reassuring. Thankyou!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Kim! Glad you like my "forwardness". It's the only way I know how to be. LOL
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brucemott Premium
Hey Eddy. Bruce here (here a little over a month). When you have a chance could you do me the favor of looking at my site. epicurean-highway.com . Looking forward to any insights. Thanks. Bruce
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Bruce, Feel free to private message me with your request.
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Mauss Premium
Hi Eddy, my husband and I have tried and always failed to make money with home based businesses. We seem to take in turns finding and running with "The One" that is going to make us financially free. We haven't been scammed luckily but we have always spent more money than we have made and have become skeptical that anything can work for us. My husband is not on board with WA....YET. You have given me the push I need to see this through!
Thanks so much
Maureen
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Maureen,

I think we've all been there. Your faith becomes shaken after running through so many business opportunities that didn't work. But then you have to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself what's the common trait with all these failed opportunities? And I know in my situation I was the common trait. Sure some of the opportunities probably weren't that good. But then there were probably a handful that I could have probably made work if I worked harder and stayed the course.

Usually when we're bouncing around it just means we have a lack of resolve and we're just looking for the next big thing to be a quick fix. But eventually you finally realize there are no quick fixes or magic bullet. Anything that is going to make you money online is going to require a long term commitment. So you want to make sure you have that and you also need a business you can actually believe in. I think the latter part has now been solved by being here at WA. Everything else will be up to you now.

In terms of your husband, at least he has been supportive in past business opportunities. So he will be again here. Read the following when you get a chance: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog/should-you-listen-to-your-family-friend-s-advice

It sort of goes in line with what you're experiencing with your husband and may help you.

In any event, thanks for chiming in. I appreciate it!

Eddy
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Mauss Premium
Thanks Eddy for taking the time to encourage me. You are right of course - it is all up to me now. I am in it for the long term, failure is not an option! My husband will be proud of me and so will I!!
Following you down the same road makes it easier to stay on course. Thanks so much for your support.

Maureen
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Maureen!
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necopam Premium
It is always nice to read a writing which is obviously sincere, and straight from the heart. and from a person not afraid to say things exactly as they are and then on top of all that gives the true impression that he is there to help.
Thanks
Neil
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Neil!
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kristoph Premium
Hi Mr. Slightly Annoyed, you sure told us off but I like it because it's true. As a matter of fact I had just fallen for a $250.00 scam when I decided to do an online review of the opportunity and that's how I found WA. Luckily I was able to get a full refund. Looking forward to reading more of your articles.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Carol! I'm glad you appreciate my style of content!
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GFitzpa Premium
Hi Eddy. I enjoyed your article and like your name this is an eddy to challenge the mainstream cynics view and if we have been hurt before it is easy to become cynical ourselves. Better get on with my training! TTYL. Best regards. Gerry
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Glad you enjoyed it Gerard
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Can I stay in the free membership until I have money actually coming in before upgrading to premium?
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EddySalomon Premium
Michelle,

I've already answered this on your profile page:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/mummy11
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Pohadka Premium
This sounds like not a scam, this is Eddy :) and like your net experience you've given us to show
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Awesome Article Eddy...We need more people like you to be straightforward and not worry about telling the TRUTH...
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Barbara!
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CoachEd Premium
Great stuff Big Eddy---Like the song ---(tell it like it is ) !!!

Thanks Coach Ed
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it fellow Ed! LOL
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cubandane Premium
Great article Eddy. You spared little and I think sometimes it needs to be said the way you said it. I believed in WA within the first 2 weeks when I up-graded to an annual subscription. I had been scammed so many times I was about to quit looking for a genuine way to earn online. My friends' eyes glazed over every time I told them I had found a new system which was the next best thing since sliced bread, all for it to go belly up. I felt I had the word "Gullible" tattooed across my forehead. But a little voice kept saying "Oh ye of little faith, never give up, it's there somewhere" and just as I was about to seriously take a solemn oath that I would never look again....BOOM. out of nowhere, following a link somewhere, I found my self reading about WA! The rest is history. There's no argument.
PS I am following you Eddy. All the best. Simon
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EddySalomon Premium
Well I applaud you Simon! A lot of people will just make assumptions and give up because they ran into a few brick walls. But fortunately you kept moving forward and were rewarded by finding this great community. Thanks for chiming in!
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PhyllisE1 Premium
Hi Cubandane. I just read your message to Eddy and I am new to WA and you have encouraged me so much. Thank you!!! I signed up yesterday and I'm getting my website set up and I'm so excited to get going. You now have a new friend!!!
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Joelp Premium
I understand the scope of this. The internet is vritually infinite. I want a piece of this infinite sized pie. I just need to get started. Eddy, I can't give up my "day job" yet and that job takes some time during the day and at night after work. I expect to get going, I need to do but do it right. Please keep in touch with me.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you understand the potential. You definitely don't have to quit your day job. It's a matter of carving out bits of time here and there and sacrificing where possible to make this happen as you read in my article here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog/don-t-have-enough-time-for-your-business

So you're on the right path and I'm here for you as you need me.
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Disdesire Premium
This hit home,you are so right.Takes a while to get past that jaded past and eventually becomes one of those things that you can blog about,RIGHT!
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed Christie! Unfortunately some people get stuck in the past and can't move "past" it.
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Im a newbie Eddy, and have been bitten by the scam bug in the past. I am a little un-nerved due to the scars. But I am stepping out on Faith.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Monique,

I hear ya. Trust many of us have been baptimized by fire before finally
finding something real. In time you'll see that this is the case with this business.

I hope this helps.

Eddy with a Y.
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36524 Premium
Keepin it 100, Eddy, and breaking it down for the idiots. lol
Love it. Thank you so much. ^_^
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EddySalomon Premium
I try to do a little something, something Sasha. LOL
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Rdy2Rise Premium
Very nice way to put things simply, I really like the way you think and also how you spit the info out from your point of view, lol. I was the twisted girl in school that actually liked the teachers who were hard on me, to me, it meant they actually cared or that they were jerks but both were great because they forced me to motivate and to see what I was really capable of... I owed you some rambling and so there you have it lol :-) Thanks!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Rachelle !

Yeah I tend to be a lot more blunt. I'm not big on sugar coating things and lying to people to spear their feelings. I feel like you do people more of a disservice when you do. So I'm happy you appreciate my style and it eventually led you here!
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gtrtchr43 Premium
Hi Eddy. Nice to meet you. Nice article. Hopefully some people will see your point of view when they have doubt and push on through. Glad to see your having much success here at WA. If you'd like, you can look at my site and tell me what you think of it. It's aceguitarworld.com. Thanks for your time. Best wishes, and take care.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Dwayne!

Feel free to private message me directly regarding your website and exactly what you want feedback about. I'll be happy to look at then.
Be sure to include the website address in your private message.

Thanks.
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sando02 Premium
Great article and RIGHT ON THE MONEY!!! I am sure there is not one of us who has not been taken to the cleaners from an on line scam, I know I have..a few times, not proud to say. But there is one thing you have that they did not..TRUST. I have been reading your blog for years and I got my first at home job from reading your blog...so yea....I think I can trust you!!! More to come!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Sandra!

That speaks volume. Sometimes people will still doubt you because of their own past experiences. But I guess that can go both ways. Fortunately I've built up that trust with you and now it's brought you to another one of my recommendations!

Thanks for chiming in. I really appreciate it!
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mc7791 Premium
great article. I did apply before for an amazon affiliation but they did not accept. I have not been blogging or doing any other marketing for months. I am now going through a very tough time and will seek therapy. There are plenty of legitimate tools and networks like this that you can use to succeed but without mindset it will not work. One issue is believing in myself and taking charge of my life and creating the life I want for myself. So I will be getting help with that and other things. I hope this year can turn out better than how it has started for me.
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annikaerbe Premium
Best wishes to you!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks MC, sorry to hear you're going through some things right now. You definitely want to address that stuff first because it does have an impact on hour mindset and your business. As you said that's what happening with you at the moment. So focus on you so you can come back with the proper mindset and action you need to make your business work.

This year will turn out how you determine it. We can always control situations put on us. All we can control is our reaction. So keep that in mind.
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IslandMike Premium
As always an informative post that you shared -- and I see lots of folks chimed in below. But I am a bit concerned that you say you are no longer perky or firm -- had to smile at that! :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Lol. Thanks Mike. I can see how that would trouble you. LOL
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talimont1 Premium
Keep on being annoyed Eddy - brings out the best - HA! Your right, thanks for the reminder...we just need to keep on learning, attacking and growing!

Ken
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Ken. I agree. My best writing is usually a result of folks annoying me. LOL Thanks for chiming in and the continued support!
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denysmoney57 Premium
hi eddy I signed up for wealthy affiliate through your site, the best part is how you tell people to investigate, read and ask questions, so they knwo what they are getting involved in , you made it seem so much more secure , getting involved didn;t hurt bit! : ) thank you
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Denise! Glad my advice led you here!
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georama Premium
You definitely do things differently, a characterstics of winners.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks.
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IveTriedThat Premium
I definitely fall into the "successful member that was initially scammed" category too. Lost $49 to learn how to do "data entry." The old, buy Google Adwords trick. It was a blessing in disguise because if that never happened, I wouldn't be where I am today.

And yes, this business is most definitely real. Although, I do pinch myself daily to make extra sure that's true.
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EddySalomon Premium
I remember those data entry scams Steve! They were getting so many people and it gave our industry such a bad rep. Because folks that were burned now associated affiliate marketing with scams.
SMH.

We're both a testament that getting scammed was a blessing in a disguise because it lead us to our business. But imagine if you and I stayed bitter and skeptical? Things would have been a lot different for us!

Thanks for chiming in!
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garthjen Premium
Hi Eddy,
You always give me a boost, it almost seems when I need it most. I have just completed Phase 4 of Bootcamp and at the beginning of Phase 5 Kyle starts off by saying that we should be seeing some results.
My Google Analytics has been totally blank for the last two months.
I am also using Histats and that is also blank.
I have found some awesome keywords using Jaaxy and still no rankings.
Can you help?
Garth
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EddySalomon Premium
Garth, I'm glad you found the article useful. In terms of your stats two months is still very early to see results in my humble opinion. But feel free to private message me and I can look at your site. Maybe there is a technical glitch. Because you should see some traffic just from you visiting the site. So if nothing is registering that might be a technical issue.

You might also want to have Kyle or Carson look into it too since they're more technical than me. But I'll be happy to look at the site from a content point of view. So private message me as I'd like to keep these comments about the article above. Thanks.
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nomda ploom Premium
yours is a distinctive voice, a great style and great content- keep on keeping on- thanks
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EddySalomon Premium
Thank Nomda! Been doing this for a few moons now so this isn't my first time around the block. LOL But I appreciate the kind words!
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LA2506 Premium
Can I ask you Eddy, how did you come to advertise job positions on your website? I find that an interesting affiliate program to add another dimension to your website...
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EddySalomon Premium
Feel free to private message me with your question and to discuss. I'd like to keep the comments about the content above. Thanks.
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KD6PAO Premium
Awesome post Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Joe!
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merryman88 Premium
That's Telling them Eddy, I have had it all like you but I carried on and always will because I know as you do that its there for the taking , we have to keep getting up when we fall, That's in my nature and I think its all from learning to walk all those years ago ( and I mean all those years ago ) I know I will succeed because there is no other option, as I've said in my blogs the journey I made to get here was worth it the whole of your life is a journey and if you cant be bothered to learn along the way, then that's your problem, YOURS No one else's, So now if you don't succeed with all you have in wealthy Affiliate to help you you will have no one to blame but yourself.
I think Eddy as usual Hit The nail right on the head - So get your head down and Succeed and stop winging about what happened in the past from now on its all up to YOU

Good post Eddy you inspire me to be Blunt, its people like us that motivate the laggards that fall behind

Ray Bowley ( Merryman88 )
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EddySalomon Premium
Amen Ray! That's what I'm talking about buddy. Don't be afraid to be blunt. A lot of times folks need that in their lives to help them get over self imposed obstacles. It works well for me and it definitely jolts people into action or at the very least self reflection.

That said, I totally agree with you buddy!
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necopam Premium
I don't have to tell you Eddy that I was one of those that you described
that got burnt and lost confidence in all things Internet until 2 things happened. I read and was convinced by an article by Kyle and later I read many encouraging words from a certain gentleman. Eddy Salomon. WA and all members are very lucky to have you and others like you on the team.
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EddySalomon Premium
Neil, you're far too kind buddy. You're definitely a fine example of dusting your shoulders off and moving forward. So thanks for sharing your experience!
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country guy Premium
I am personally one of those people that is skeptical of most anything online.But even i must admit after making it through all 10 lessons in course one. I am slowly converting, yes im am still on the ropes about pulling the trigger on premium( due to my current financial situations which i will know more on come thursday.) I can definitely see the value of being a member here. So great write up
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Andrew, You should be skeptical of everything online. Because like I said, most of that stuff is crap. You just don't want to be run by your skepticism where you don't give legitimate opportunities a shot. Fortunately you're starting to see the light and what WA is about.

I don't know your financial situation but read the following article as it may give you some ideas in terms of paying for the premium membership if that's what you want to do: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/workathomecareerscom/blog/can-t-afford-the-premium-membership-at-wa

Hope this helps. Thanks for sharing your view. It's great to see folks like you that are making the mindset change.
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ahen205 Premium
WA. Is not a scam. I knew that before I came here. I was scammed once and that's when learnt the value of research and not take Jill and Jack's word for it. It takes work but worth it. Thanks!
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EddySalomon Premium
No argument here. But unfortunately there are people that come here that still have these doubts. So hopefully this article helps them through that.
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mamazepp Premium
Well, I don't fall into either of the "teams" but I feel verbally spanked! lol Great post and it is needed. I think people are nonbelievers and ask if it 'really works' to pacify themselves or convince them of it -- especially if they haven't seen any money yet. Well, thank you Eddy and blog on....
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Terri! LOL Sorry but sometimes we all need to be spanked into reality. I'm happy you weren't offended and can appreciate the meaning behind the blog post. I agree with you there are some people that just want to pacify and convince themselves. There are probably other pockets of people I'm missing. But ultimately it really doesn't matter what the reason is.

Folks have to get over it and realize that this business is real and WA is here to help them get a piece of it. Clearly you already get that. So thanks for sharing your insight. Sorry about the spanking. LOL
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softwind Premium
Hi Eddy. You are the best. You are the one that got me in to this business because you made me feel very confident when you recommend WA on your website. I read it a couple of times and it took me a couple of days to even sign in to let you know who I was. You're right, I bet each and every one of us has been scammed at least once and it does leave a bit of a sting. However; you just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going! It's called Life! I swore this was going to be my last stop and it is. The universe was watching over all of us who found WA as our new safe haven with a family full of members that truly care about us and we care about them. I've only been a member since January 15th of this year and yet I feel that I have accomplished more in these past weeks than I ever accomplished with any other online company. I have met so many wonderful people here and what does that say about the organization??

Kudos to you my friend and hope that those that are struggling at this moment will read your words and get the strength they need to continue. We will all be successful - some sooner than others. Oh well! It happens! Point is - we will all make it if we will just believe in ourselves! A lot of people have forgotten how to do that!

Thanks for taking the time to write your feelings down.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi Sharon! Thanks for the kind words! They mean so much to me. I don't go around making recommendations unless I really believe in the company. So I really appreciate when folks like you put your trust in me and are pleased with the results. So thanks for expressing that!

I obviously agree with your statement and observation. We're all blessed to be here. And I think some of the skeptics will quickly see that if they are able to get over some of these hang ups. Hopefully this article and your comment will help them with that!

Thanks for chiming in and making my day!
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lane2000 Premium
Great article!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Carrie!
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AliK96 Premium
Eddy, i have to give it to you man, this website is great, it really is, i give you props on such a great website, hopefully i am able to get a website like yours in this style and passion.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Ali! You will be able to have any website you want man. And you'll have your own style and flavor to add to it! You're part of the WA family now so it will happen eventually!
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AnnieB Premium
I think being scammed at least once is becoming a part of life now Eddy. Particularly when someone is looking at making money from the internet. Thank goodness those days are over for me now. Good information for all here.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed Annie. Like I said it's like of rite of passage. Fortunately we all know better now and part of the WA family now!
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youbetcha Premium
Eddy, you know how to say it! I was already feeling good about being a WA newbie and you reminded me all over again that I'm in the right place. Keep it coming.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks John! Glad you realize you're in the right place! See you at the top!
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AntoniOom Premium
Hi Eddy.Thanks for sharing. the path to your goal is full of holes and traps. Regards Antonius.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Antonius!
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nathaniell Premium
I'll definitely be linking to this post in the future Eddy. Great job getting 'real' with everyone because I get this question a lot, so I think it's on a lot of people's minds.
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EddySalomon Premium
Nathan and that's why I wrote it so we can refer to it when people ask us that crazy question. LOL So use it away brother and make sure you use that affiliate link. LOL
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SowAndReap Premium
Hey Eddie, You're so right about everything. It's up to you to go out there and get it. Right here we have everything we need. Like Nike says.... Just Do It. I always enjoy reading your work. Thanks for the post.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Evelyn, thanks! I'm happy you can relate with this. You're right we do have everything we need here. It's just a matter of us doing our part so this business works for us.

Thanks for chiming in. By the way, its Eddy with a Y like the blog post says. LOL
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SowAndReap Premium
Sorry Eddy, about the name spelling error....LOL
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EddySalomon Premium
it's ok Evelyn. lol
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Jackiex4 Premium
Well, this certainly came at the right time for me. I've been rather negative the past few days but in this post you have changed my mindset. Thank you so much.
Jackie
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Jackie, I'm happy to hear that this post has changed your thought process. I think we've all been there and it's very easy to be negative especially if you're not seeing the results you want as quickly as you'd like.

But that's why we need to step back and get a different perspective and a little smack to the face to snap us out of it. I'm happy this article was that wake up for you. Thanks for chiming in!
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Rebbak Premium
Hi, Jackie. I understand the negative mind set. Have been working on that one myself lately. I am learning that it is the mindset that drives our actions and helps us to continue, even when we don't feel we will succeed. But, we have to keep going in order to reach our goals.
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bogati69 Premium
Excellent post Eddie,
And you are 110% right. It is all about how much time and effort we put in. The first time I looked at Internet Marketing/Business was 2008, but as you say I was to a degree sceptical due to the scams and insecurity, but most of all I believed that
“you can lift your feet on the table” and watch the money pouring in your bank account.
So I did not do anything, I did not learn about the business, I did not researched, I did not invest much time in the business neither.
Bought a few Websites, some Quick Profit Programs, did what others were promoting on the WEB just to get your money with the quick making bucks sites, spend quite a few hundred dollars, and gues what…
Nothing Happened, why?
Because I have invested nothing from me. And a few months later I was out of this SHIT internet business, saying,
This is just another Bullshit On the Web….. and I was out for good…..

Well, now I am back again, but this time I am all in with the right attitude and will treat this Internet Business like a real off-line Business, that requires a lot off effort, learning, tactics, and so on.
Imaging where I could have been now if I did continue the right path, with the right attitude?
Well I do not want to even think about it as I want to kick myself…
So Eddy, I support you 110% in this and hope that everyone stays on TRACK and never give up.
Internet is the future, and that is the TRUTH.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Chris, thanks for sharing your experience and story! I would argue a lot of folks did the same thing as you did. But I applaud you for shaking off that experience and realizing where you went wrong.

Unfortunately there are people on the web still doing what you did and thinking how you use to think. But hopefully being here at WA and reading this article and your insightful comment will wake them up.

Thanks for sharing that! It was very powerful!
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zdeni Premium
Great post...
we can learn a lot from you Eddy, that's why I'll follow you ;)
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Zdenko! I really appreciate that. It means a lot!
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Heyyou1 Premium
Wonderful post. It is encouraging to be able to see where I could be and to learn from people like you who are quite successful and knowledgeable.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Zach! I have no doubts that you will be able to achieve your goals! If I can do it, than anyone can! Now you're part of the WA family, you'll have the support and guidance you need to get where you belong!
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This was a great read...needed to hear that today. Thanks!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi Brittany, I'm glad this resonated with you. Hopefully you have a different perspective on this business.
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Magboy Premium
Great post Eddy. I can sometimes relate to Team Insecurity, but then I just write another post on my website, help someone out here, or read anything you've written here or on your awesome site, and any insecurities float away. Thanks!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Mike. I think we've all been members of team insecurity once and while. As long as you don't become a permanent member, then you're fine. So applaud you! Thanks for chiming in!
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Namastepow Premium
I never got scammed. I always know if something is legit or not. Do your research. Read comments, search for reviews etc etc.
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EddySalomon Premium
Lucky you. I learned that skill after getting scammed. But a lot of folks come to the internet not knowing that you have to watch out for scam artist. You assume that if someone is offering you a job it's real. But it's a hard lesson many of us learn. Fortunately you didn't have to go through that.
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mjN4success Premium
Great post! Real information!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Melana!
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Crystal2010 Premium
Great post,so true.thanks
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Crystal! Glad you liked it!
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tweet76 Premium
That was great . I haven't gotten as far as I would liked to have by now but I KNOW it is me that is to blame , not WA . I believe I have been here long enough to know this is real so , that was a great reality check .
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Craig! It's great you realize that this business is real and it's just going to take more time and effort to get where you want. But just understand that this is a marathon. As long as you're in the race, you'll reach the finish line in time. So you're on the right track!
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posinfo Premium
I really like your reference to the big concerns who have an affiliate program. Why would they have one if there was no money in it.
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly Mark! That's always my point when people question this business. Thanks for chiming in!
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Awesome!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Mat!
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bothewebguy Premium
It sure seems real!

Thanks Eddy - Another great post with some stuff that everyone needs to know if they are going to be successful as an Affiliate Marketer.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Bo! I really appreciate the kind words and support for my babbling. LOL
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I have to say, even though I've never actually been scammed, skepticism has actually been a big burden these last few days that I've joined. You've given a voice to my doubts, and I can now see a way past it. Thanks, man!
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EddySalomon Premium
Ben you're very fortunate. I'm from the Bronx, NY so you would think skepticism pumps through my blood. But unfortunately my desire to make money online basically pushed it to the side. So I ended up getting scammed. But it was a good lesson because it eventually led me to this business.

In any event, I'm happy my article resonated with you and you can move past the voices in your head. LOL

You're part of a great community and this business is proven. Now we just need to help you get your share of this pie! Cheers!
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mchomebiz Premium
Excellent post Eddy. Thanks for keeping us on target for success.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Milton! Happy to share value and help this community!
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coolcity Premium
I get frustrated and slightly annoyed too. I get frustrated that after a few months I haven't got as far along the line as I would have liked in my quest to earn a living from internet marketing. However I do fully understand it's a learning curve, a lot steeper for a some of us than for others, and that these things take time.

But I get a lot more frustrated when I hear people complaining about this and giving up after just a few months or even a few weeks. Unless you get very very lucky or are able to pick up on what to do and how to do it very quickly and easily, it is likely to take you some months, maybe even a year or two, before you start to see any real benefit from what you are trying to do.

Go back and look at the history of ebay, amazon, Google, or any other major company you can think of and see how long it took them to make anything. Keep going, don't stop believing, don't give up and most importantly, if you get stuck on anything JUST ASK!
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EddySalomon Premium
Amen Gary! You've hit it right on the head and I couldn't say any better my friend! Thanks for chiming in with such great insight!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Nice writing, no comment :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Shawn.
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Shawn Martin Premium
You bet Eddy, keep them coming, you are very talented at writing. :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Shawn! I appreciate the kind words.
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Wayne Wallace Premium
Great post, thanks Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Wayne!
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jberard051 Premium
I like your writing style man. I guess i started on team insecurity, but I have been doing okay since i started.

Now I wish I could get of team gets-distracted-to-easily, lol.
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL, That's a new team to add to the list! I'm glad you like my writing style and you're getting out of team insecurity! Thanks for chiming in!
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SherrieN Premium
Eddy, just about your best yet. 'nuff said?
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Sherrie! I think I've written some other good stuff. LOL But if you think this is my best, then who am I to argue? LOL
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Linzzz Premium
Thanks Eddy. You definitely know what you are talking about. Thanks for the story.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Lin! I appreciate that!