About Foobard
Joined April 2017
I'm back! I took a fulltime job in IT Security and have been immersed in that for the last 6 months. I haven't given up on my dreams, but I was in dire need of cash at the time. I need a side project, so I'm back at WA working on some new ideas.
I'm re-thinking my website portfolio and I need to play to my strengths. I have a lot of experience in IT, so my next site will probably be in that field. There are lots of products I can review and write about. Some of my other websites have been failures, but it's hard to hit a home run on your first try!
Background: I am no stranger to the idea of Affiliate Marketing. I have gone through an embarrassing number of training courses over the years. Usually, they have you do keyword research first to find your profitable niche. So I spend many hours looking for these profitable keywords, and end up with the prospect of having to build a website around a painful and embarrassing illness of which I have zero knowledge! Ugh. I might write a few pages at most, and then let it slide. A few months or years later, I buy another course and try again. I was impressed that WA says you should first find something you are interested and passionate about, and then write content for it, build a following, and then try to monetize.
A little about me: I have spent over 20 years working in IT, supporting primarily Microsoft and VMWare server infrastructures, scripting and automation, and a fair amount of time building websites. Most were static HTML, but there were a few dynamic ones accessing a SQL backend with ASP, ASPdotNET, Perl CGI, and Sharepoint.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Economics. I switched majors many times from Engineering to Computer Science, to Kinesiology, to Accounting to Business, and probably more I'm forgetting, and I eventually got to the point where I just had to focus and graduate with a degree in SOMETHING. Economics ended up being the quickest way to graduate because once you get beyond the intro courses, you can take them all at the same time. Other majors had a more serial path that would have added years of time and many thousands of dollars to my education bill.
In addition to building income-generating websites, I am doing contract IT work. Mostly scripting and automation, Web Development, and Wordpress plugin development. I'm currently working on Cloud certification on Amazon AWS, which is fairly lucrative, and I can use that for running my websites that are not hosted here at WA.
I also like to take monster cross country road trips, which is the topic of my main website, a travel blog.
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brichnow21 Premium
Hi Steve!
I, too, love a roadtrip, and can pack for 2 weeks, and be off, within an hour, including, my constant traveling gal, my Malti-poo, Michi! We're on our 3rd Honda CR-V!
Favorite song, for taking off? ..."On the Road, Again!"! Willy!
Best to you, Steve! This place rocks!
Lodge Premium
Hello Foobard!
Thanks for adding me to your network, it means a lot!
You have a great back ground that seems it would hurl you rapidly to success in e-Commerce.
Great Bio! have you check keyword - "monster cross country road trips" There is a great niche!!
Keep looking up!
Foobard Premium
Thanks. I’m not doing a great job of optimizing for keywords. Yet. Thanks for the suggestion!
Lodge Premium
Have you tried out Jaaxy?
I have the monthly account and I checked cross country road trips for you. There are a lot of good traffic #'s
Some examples that look pretty good, like
"Best cross country road trip"
Any way, good luck! Let know if I can help at all!
Foobard Premium
I do have Jaaxy. I got grandfathered in at the old price. It's a great tool. I have a few niches I'm considering right now in addition to my main site.
I end up using it more for choosing a niche instead of using it how it should be used: finding topics and keywords to write about within the niche.

Thanks about the keywords. I have written a few posts about my last trip, but I still have lots of pictures, and I kept a journal, so I have been writing posts using pictures and text I've already written. Then I screenshot some maps or embed a google map.
Compsol99 Premium
Thank you very much for following me and welcome to the WA community! Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions. The people in the WA community, myself included, are happy to help you. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
Shawn - Yearly Premium Member

P.S. Please check out my websites on my profile page to get an idea of what the Wealthy Affiliate training can do for you. Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.
PSheridan Premium
Hello and welcome to WA. Thanks for the follow. Wishing you much success and prosperity here. I am adding a link to my thought for the day - hope you enjoy.
kmer6 Premium
Good morning to you Steve, my name is Ken and I welcome you to WA and thank you for the follow. I'm following you back.I hope that you are able to become debt free and pay off your school loans. I know many Americans that are unable to accomplish this task. They never had the proper guidance while growing up. Wordpress apps could be a very lucrative career path for you and I wish you much success. The marketing expertise that you can find here are unmatched anywhere online, not to mention the
many experts that belong to the WA community.
I look forward to working with you and wish you much success and prosperity in your online journey.
Foobard Premium
Thanks! My school loans were paid off a long time ago!
I was debt free up until last year. I left my very good job to travel and explore a few different entrepreneurial opportunities. I am currently living on savings now, so I did take on a bit of debt to make my savings last longer.
I agree that a lot of people don't know how to manage their money and they get trapped in debt.
Good luck to you,
TravelCarrot Premium
Hi there, welcome to WA! Thank you for the follow, I am following you back now as well. You are in the best possible place to learn how to turn internet marketing into a true profitable business - in a niche that you have interest in.
WA is a great community, there is always someone here to help, your background will also certainly help you as your progress in training. I too have been through a fair share of training programs, and I have learned a tremendous amount in the short 3 months that I have been here. I can vouch that this is one is the real deal - truly nothing else out there like it.
Best of luck to you here at WA and to your success as you build your business!
Foobard Premium
Thanks! It's actually kind of embarrassing that with my skills and knowledge, I have not made much money at this! I think persistence is key, and it is definitely much easier when you can write about something you love! Good luck in your endeavors also!
TravelCarrot Premium
You are welcome... and no worries, persistence is most definitely key! What you put in it today, and in coming months, is what will set you up for success in the future. There is lots of encouragement available all around you, and that's also what makes this place so special. And it's def so much easier to write about what YOU want to write about. :)
MsMerry Premium
Happy Easter and welcome to WA Steve. I wish you success as you begin this new journey in the best training ever. You at least have a bit of background which I am sure will all come into a new light as you get going too. All the best

Foobard Premium
Thanks! While I've tried this before, it was mostly half-hearted attempts. I spent way too much effort on a series of training programs that emphasized keyword research and the "perfect" niche, and I always gave up pretty quickly due to boredom and I hated the subjects. Now I'm just writing what I want to write about! It's actually fun.
It's not exactly the way they have in the training, but it's going to teach me a lot, and I have a passion for the subject. I'm sure to make SOME money at it, since I slapped Adsense on an old defunct site that had no social media, no nothing, and it trickles a few dollars here and there. There's going to be way more constantly updated content on the new site, with multiple social media presences, product reviews, etc. I KNOW this will work! :-)
MsMerry Premium
Looking forward to visiting your new site
Foobard Premium
It's not ready to post yet, but I will! Thanks!
botipton Premium
Thanks for the follow and from seeing your experince you should be very fluent in Geekese. I have trouble with HTML much less all the others. You bring a lot of good experience that will serve you well. I have a niche idea that might work for you with your IT experience if you want to PM me. I would do it but do not speak geekese good enough
ChrisM112 Premium
Hello! Welcome to WA! I've been here for about a month and really enjoy it. I've been following the training as close as possible and been trying to get on here 10 to 12 hours per week, which, with two kids and a full time job is hard to do.

Anyway, let me know if I can help in anyway, I will follow you if you'd like to do the same.
You can check the website that I've built as my training has moved along: www.preparetoact.org - It's a site based on women's safety
for the most part.

I haven't seen any income from it just yet, but, there has been an increase of daily traffic to my new site.

Well, best of luck. Let me know if I can help.

Gunnertwist Premium
Hi and welcome to premium membership. I am sure u will enjoy all the features available to u. If u get stuck or got a question please feel free to ask me and I will do my best to answer u. I wish u great success in all that u do and good luck. :)

lkbeck Premium
Hello and Welcome!
I haven't been with WA very long either, a week, maybe. In that week I have learned so much! The community is great here. I never have to be stuck for very long and everyone is super encouraging.

I look forward to collaborating to reach our goals!

Best wishes,
Loes Premium
Hello Stephen,♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for adding me to your network.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I made an addition for After The Walkthrough. Also a list of 1001 niche ideas, a checklist with 25 points to go through before you publish a post, 101 blogging ideas when you get stuck and an A-Z WA dictionary. I just love lists:) It has been very helpful to a lot of people. I have listed them in one blog you can find on my profile. It's the first website link right under “Follow me on” (click on my picture to get there). I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or leave a comment on my profile.
Success building your business in 2017. See you around, Greetings Loes
wendyjane Premium
Hey there Stephen and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. I'm Wendy, and I'm here to help you along the way! If you ever need a hand or have a question, just let me know.

So you're here to learn how to make money, right? First things first, make sure you start by checking out the "Online Entrepreneur Certification - Getting Started" course (Level 1). This is a task based step by step guide that will walk you through setting up your online business. Here's the link: Something you'll soon learn about the community here is there are tons of helpful people always willing to lend a hand. Feel free to dive in and ask any questions within the community you may have. Those that interact are more likely to succeed. :) You can access the getting started classroom here:


You can also jump into live chat anytime, or drop me a message on my profile!

★★★How to Get Your Bonus★★★

If you decide to go premium within your first 7 days, here are the bonuses I will be giving you:

✓ You are going to be getting a 59% discount on your first months premium - (that's just $19)

✓ You'll get personal and private access to me. If you ever need any help going forward, I'll be here to help you out.

✓ I will send you Jay's live video training "Live Case Study in Real Time" - you'll get to watch an expert build a niche website in REAL TIME!

✓ You'll get Rebecca's "How to Quickly Identify your Online Money Making Niche" - learn how to select the right niche for you!

✓ I also am going to send you Steve's "Business From Scratch" tutorial. This is an awesome piece of training that can really clear up any initial confusion you may have.

✓Lastly, you'll get "10 Hot Niches for 2016 and 2017" to give you some more niche ideas and (hopefully) spark some new ones!

But only if you upgrade within your first 7 days... (this is what I call my "action takers" bonus).

Anyway, I just thought I'd get in touch and introduce myself. Remember if you have any questions about anything please let me know. I'd be more than happy to help out.

It's great to have you here as a member Stephen. I sincerely look forward to working with you and getting to know you better. :)

Your friend,

Foobard Premium
Thanks, Wendy!