About Foobard
Joined April 2017
Welcome to my updated wall of text, for anyone who is bored:
I put WA away for the last couple of years while I worked a job in Cloud Automation. I love doing it, and it makes good money, but it isn't scalable income. I could leave my job and make more elsewhere, but I love my job, my coworkers, I love the short commute, I love the awesome lunch restaurants, etc. So instead of getting another job an hour away in the desolate suburbs, I'm looking for ways to make additional passive income, and thus I'm back here at Wealthy Affiliate. I just had a good idea for a new site about a topic that I'm passionate about, so I'm building that out, going back through the training.
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 a topic that interests you and are passionate about, and then write content for it, build a following, and then try to monetize.

A little about me: This makes me sound really old, but I have spent almost 30 years! (I started as a teenager) working in IT, supporting primarily Microsoft and VMWare server infrastructures, (and most recently, various clouds like AWS, GCP, and Azure), 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. Later on, I found WordPress, which made things so much easier!

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.

For fun, I run long distances on trails (up to 100K so far) and I like to take monster cross-country road trips.
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Write 20 articles in a month!
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May 24, 2020
Write 5 articles for new site in 1 week. That's almost 1 per day! Yikes!
Due date
May 3, 2020
Finish setting up my new website so I can start writing content for it
Due date
Apr 26, 2020
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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