About Gappleby
Joined October 2014
Hi, I'm Gordon Appleby from College Station, Tx. I've had success as an email marketer and as a copywriter, but have tons to learn about going totally online. I sold my business in April of 2013, and now am looking for fun projects and to create semi-passive income streams online. Willing to help where I can (they say it's lonely at the top, but that's only true if you try to get there by yourself. Let's all go together!). I'm not your techie guy, but know a lot about sales funnels, persuasion techniques, productivity, etc. Together we can make this happen. Let's do it!
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1. I'd be happy making $3,000 per month semi-passive using Wealthy Affiliate's model.
2.I'd be estatic earning $20,000 per month using Wealthy Affiliate's model.
3. I'm willing to invest an hour and a half a day x 6 days=12hours/week in the
training and 12 hrs/week in implementation outside of the traIning.
4. My goal is to create semi-passivei income that is portable
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1. I'd be happy making $3,000 per month semi-passive using Wealthy Affiliate's model.
2.I'd be estatic earning $20,000 per month using Wealthy Affiliate's model.
3. I'm willing to invest an hour and a half a day x 6 days=12hours/week in the
training and 12 hrs/week in implementation outside of the traIning.
4. My goal is to create semi-passivei income that is portable
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Carson Premium
Really good to see that you've added some goals Gordon!

These are both realistic and achievable. Your time investment will be key to achieving these goals and you certainly are willing to invest the time :)

Take your time, take action on what you learn, and ask for help when you need it! There are many helpful folks within the Wealthy Affiliate community who have the answers you will be looking for. I personally look forward to helping out in every way I can.

Carson
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LindaF Premium
Hi Gordon have you found those fun projects here at WA, you have been here for 4 years and you seem to be popping in and out you give great advise then take off again. So I am following just for the fun of it(O:
always a better way
Linda
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JocelynMarc1 Premium
KgGordon,

Hi good morning and how's things going? Hope everything is okay with you and Welcome to the community of Wealthy Affiliates and you will be building your Online Marketing Entrepreneur business within a couple of weeks then start the ball rolling with the guidance of our very own online community and of course Kely and Carson as our back up.
Again wishing you all the best on your journey to become a a successful entrepreneur here in WA. And if you are looking for fun, this is the place where you can put together all your resources to do more fun building your empire business.

We are here to help you in anything you need

Cheers,
Jocelyn
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celiacman Premium
Hello

I just wanted to wish you a good day, we are connected but have not talked for some time now.
Jeff
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CarolMeador Premium
Thanks for following me. Followed you back. Sorry to be so late in getting back to you. Welcome to my network. Carol
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Ongchannel Premium
hi Gordon, nice meeting you. with your email marketing background which remind me of "the money is in the list" you are in a good position to use the skills to stake your place in the online marketing space. thanks for the follow and following you back.steve
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gappleby Premium
Thanks for the Follow, Steve, and much success.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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DEversley Premium
Hi Gordon!
Thanks for adding me to your network. Looking forward to learning from you.
Let's succeed together!
All the best!
David
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Armlemt Premium
It's so nice to meet you Gordon! Thank you for adding me to your network! I hope that we can help each other on our journeys here at WA.
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Thank you for the follow - I hope you are doing well here - you have been here for some time
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FrankieTrill Premium
Thanks for the love, I have to show some love back by sending you my blessings of health wealth and prosperity plus longevity to you and your family and I encourage you to stay positive and keep striving towards your dreams and your freedoms. (Time, Financial, and Location Freedom) Stay superbly blessed and highly favored Peace

Frankie Trillz — feeling optimistic. — feeling pumped.
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Gordon,

Thank you for following me! As an email marketer and copywriter, you definitely have an advantage in building this for yourself. Good luck to you!

Darren
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spurway Premium
Hello Gordon
Thanks for following me...
It's great to connect with you. Wish you all the success and happiness for your online Business.
The road sometimes gets bumpy, but that does not stop us from achieving our goal and be successful.
Warm regards
Sylvia
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CraigG1 Premium
Thanks for the follow and best wishes for your success in WA.
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JacquelineS1 Premium
Hey there Gordon, thanks for the follow, I'm now following you back.

All the best with your WA journey,

Cheers,

Jacqueline
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gappleby Premium
Kool! Thanks.
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GLCarr Premium
Thanks Gordan, Best Wishes to you as well.

~Gary
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wealthmagic Premium
Hi Gappleby, I've just read your response to Nathaniel in one of his posts. That's why I checked your profile. Very nice. I'm now following you.

All the best,

Rupert
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gappleby Premium
Hi Rupert,

Glad you enjoyed my reply. Thanks for the Follow. Back atcha, and best of luck.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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kmotte Premium
Awesome profile, and a copy writed to boot.
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AlanP1 Premium
Many thanks for the follow - I wish you every success here at WA.
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paulkaz Premium
Hi Gordon, very interesting bio you have there. I am at the point where I am considering leaving the working world in a few months time and concentrating on building digital assets.

I came to you via another post you made on a thread about email marketing. In it you stressed the importance of building a list.

For someone starting from scratch, would you advise them focusing on building a list first over making affiliate sales?
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gappleby Premium
Hi paulkaz,

Glad you enjoyed my bio and found my comments regarding list building helpful.

I would get to list building as quickly as possible. Without writing a book on the subject, here's 4 quick reasons to do so:

To build a customer base - If you make an affiliate sale but don't capture the customer, you're building the product owner's business, not yours. Trust me, they are capturing names and working the resulting list. They're not depending on one-off sales. Neither should you.

To increase conversions - As you build trust, authority and a relationship with your list, your conversion rates will climb higher and higher. People who expect their website to do the heavy lifting of income generation are leaving massive amounts of money on the table. Fully 90% of my income came from my list, not my websites.

To turn a one-time buyer into a lifetime customer - This is where the wealth is. Smart marketers are willing to break even or even lose money on the first sale in order to acquire a customer. that first sale is the slowest, hardest and most expensive. And the least unpredictable. Don't acquire a customer to make a sale...make a sale to acquire a customer. Customer acquisition is absolutely the name of the game.

To maintain control - Control is very important. Google can put you out business. Facebook can change the rules whenever they want. But they can't touch your list. You own the traffic AND you "own" the marketing channel. That's the control you need for a sustainable business.

Two more pieces of advice. First, on your profile page you mentioned that you thought that organic traffic is better than paid in terms of quality. In reality, the opposite is true. Done right, paid traffic is more targeted, faster, more reliable and easier to acquire than organic traffic. You get faster market feedback and can run tests quickly. You can spend a very small amount today, have traffic by tomorrow and know if your ad converts or bombs within another 3 days. It's also a key to scaling up quickly, as you dump the losers and improve the winners, and invest more money in them. Once you have a winner, your ROI should be 60%, minimum. Pretty good investment, don't you think? Plus, you have a customer (see above comment on customer acquisition).

Second, you mentioned planning to leave your job in a few months to go full time online. If you're not making money online now, make sure you're OK financially, without income from your business, before you do that. Lots of reasons for that. Everything happens slower than you think it will. The rapid growth comes later, not in the beginning. Also, get some experience first. It may not be as rewarding as you think. Have some online assets, make some steady income, and have a tribe before you completely jump ship.

I suggest you have some specific parameters - both financial and experience-based - that must be met before you take the plunge. Luckily, affiliate marketing is an ideal part time business that can quickly be scaled to full time, so no need to jump ship prematurely.

The argument is that if you quit your job, you'll have more time to build your business quickly. That almost never works. I've worked with 10s of 1000s of people over 15 years, plus my own experience, and I can tell you that quitting at the right time, with ducks in a row, income coming in and some experience at the new business is a far better guarantee of success, and that jumping ship too soon is almost always a mistake.

You didn't ask for those last 2 pieces of advise. Hope you don't mind :-).

Hope this helps you. Good luck to you.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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paulkaz Premium
Hi Gordon, this is an amazing reply! Can I also add that I do not mind the extra advice you added at the end; on the contrary, I really appreciate it. This is great advice and your post here would make an excellent stand alone blog post.

Can I also apologise for the delay in responding? I was on holiday in southern Africa for almost a month and got back just after Christmas.

I am really intrigued by your statement that paid traffic is better to use for list building. I just assumed that it was to expensive looking at the click rates on AdWords and bing. This is why I was looking at using organic traffic instead.

If you don't mind me asking, could you please day where you get your paid traffic from (ie which advertising networks)?

Also, what do you use for landing pages?

Many thanks.
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gappleby Premium
I like Facebook (most precise targeting possible), YouTube (up and coming) and solo/ezine ads (easiest to work with and very targeted).

You can control your costs if you do it right. The key is to get trained, then master one marketing channel at a time.

If you want to use solo ads, check out Charlie Page's Directory of E-zines. You get a lot of training, plus he vets and catalogs e-zines for you. A lot of the big gurus use the DOE. Best kept secret on the internet.

There's a lot of scumbag offers regarding solo ads, but done right, they probably give you your best ROI of all platforms. Another plus is that they will never give you angst over using an affiliate link, a squeeze page or your copy. The same can't be said for Facebook or Google.

Stick with Charlie and you'll avoid the many scammers in this arena. Again, this is the "secret weapon" of a lot of the big boys.

Good luck,

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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paulkaz Premium
Thanks Gordon, I will definitely check out the directory of ezines.I had not even considered solo ads, so many thanks for the tip!

You also mention YouTube as a source of traffic. I am quite intrigued by this as my perception is that it would be too difficult or expensive to make my own videos. What is your take on this and how do you create your videos?

Also, what length are your videos on average and what other tips would you have on using videos for generating traffic to a squeeze page?

Finally, if you are targeting traffic in the USA, what is the average cost per click you are seeing on YouTube for your paid traffic?

Apologies for all the questions but your posts have really changed the way I am looking at doing things.
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gappleby Premium
Paulkaz,

There's no way can I give you the kind of detail you are looking for, due to time and the fact that I don't know enough about your business or your situation. That said, here's a couple of thoughts to point you in the right direction:

You don't need expensive equipment to make YouTube videos. Two good trainings on videos are Tube Traffic Secrets by Jeff Johnson and Video Genesis by Andy Jenkins and Mike Filsaime. Johnson's is probably the place to start as a beginner.

Video length depends of purpose. Typically, a video to drive traffic to a squeeze page is a few minutes long.

You can also buy a clickable ad that shows up on other people's videos.

Again, choose one platform to begin with. Get educated and reasonably good at it, then try a second platform, etc.

My first thought is to start with Facebook or solo & ezine. Keith Krance and Ryan Diess have good training on Facebook, as does Charlie Page. I've already mentioned Charlie in relation to the Directory of Ezines. Facebook is probably best to start, although I really like the fact that Charlie's support is great.

Go get 'em!

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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paulkaz Premium
Gordon, you are one hell of a guy! Thanks so much for taking time out to educate us on a very important topic.

As you say, focus on one platform first. That is good advice so I will start with Facebook ads.

I am also looking at the ezine directory, very interesting stuff.

One last question. Regardless of the advertising platform used, I take it your advice is to always drive traffic to a squeeze page and build your list?
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gappleby Premium
Thanks, Paulkaz.

"Always" is a mighty big word, but I will say this: List building is the most important thing you can do if you want a real, sustainable and profitable business.

Think of it this way: Would you rather try to sell to cold traffic or to traffic you've built a relationship with? To people who have opted in to your list and have CHOSEN to follow you or folks who just landed on your site? Would you rather be able to follow up with visitors because you have their email or hope and pray they buy on the first visit? Would you rather be able to reach your list any time you want because you own that traffic, or try to attract them and hope your effort bring them back works? You get the idea.

You do want to make offers fairly soon after a prospect joins, though. At least a soft offer in the first week. There's all kinds of reasons for that.

Also, you can actually make what's called a "tripwire" sale, with or without a lead magnet. Now you're not simply acquiring a list of prospects...you're acquiring a list of buyers. A tripwire is a product priced so low, yet outrageously valuable that it's a no-brainer for your ideal prospect. The purpose is acquire a customer, not to make a profit. A tripwire offer also helps pay for the traffic you're buying.

Ryan Diess and Russell Brunson have good material on tripwires and sales funnels.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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paulkaz Premium
Hi Gordon, many thanks. Once again an incredible reply packed with value and several learning points. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have learnt more from you here about email marketing than I have from reading several ebooks, forums etc.

The tripwire technique is something I actually thought about although I did not know of it as a recognised technique (ie offer a valuable product at a low price to capture a prospect who you know is a buyer).

I have 2 questions on the tripwire technique:

(1) What sort of price would you generally regard as outrageously low - would this be $1 or even $4.99? I know alot depends on the lead magnet you offer for sale, I am just trying to gauge an average if that is at all possible. My feeling is that sub $5 would be good but the question arises on how much more this buyer would be willing to pay for further purchases.

(2) How would the mechanics of capturing the email address work? I'd be grateful if you could talk me through the funnel. Capturing just an email address is a simple funnel but, if you are offering something for sale, at what point would you capture the email address? You thoughts on this are much appreciated!

Once again, thanks for taking time out to look at this, it's really appreciated.

Regards

Paul
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gappleby Premium
Hi Paulkaz,

I appreciate the compliment.

Frankly, ebooks and forums aren't normally the best places to get actionable and reliable information, for a lot of reasons. Your best bet for success is 1) Wait until you are ready to implement, to avoid information overload and brain freeze, then 2) get the training you need from an expert, 3) then apply the expert information immediately, step by step. That's when the real education starts, as you 4) test, tweak and adjust on the battlefield. Training will not avoid all the pitfalls or make you an expert. Ideally, you use training to learn the basics, go out and "fail forward" until you master those basics, then go for more training to get to next level, and fail some more. Wash, rinse and repeat.

Any of the teachers I mentioned earlier can help you get started. BTW, add Amy Porterfield to the list of social media experts...I couldn't quite remember her name earlier.

To clarify, lead magnets are freebies...you don't sell them.

Don't worry about finding the "average" tripwire price, as if "average" is correct. It's a useless number...totally irrelevant. Here's what you do:

1. Identify your most successful competitors. (Russell Brunson is
the master at "growth hacking" this way.) Rather than
researching, guessing, etc., model the guys that are already
successful. Buy their tripwire (and notice the price). Follow their
funnel. Pay attention to their offers. Look at their website. Notice
their calls to action. Etc, etc.

2. Use what you've learned from researching them to create your
own offers, funnels, etc.

3. After you have a "hacked" (not copied word for word!) model
that until it is working for you, then use it as a control to see if
you can beat it.

Go out and try some of this stuff. You already have enough knowledge to get started.

Good luck,

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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TheBuilder Premium
Thanks for the follow dear.
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ESI Premium
Hello Gordon,

Thank you for following me. I'm happily following you now too.

Copywriting you say? ;-)

Okay. Now I'm really excited! LOL

I've never considered myself much of a writer so writing copy as an affiliate marketer may actually be my biggest challenge. I have a real uneasiness about the potential of coming across dull and/or unnecessarily long-winded. Hence, it takes me longer to write and edit before publishing.

I'd love to learn how to get over my lack of confidence in this area.

I'm new here at WA but not new to the concept of internet/affiliate marketing. I've also built a number of websites in the past. Some were my own, some were built for others, but it was years ago so I'm not all that current in knowledge or skill. I'm fairly familiar with the domain name industry. I registered my first domain name in 1996 and I still have it.

I look forward to learning from you, Gordon. I intend to write a few blog posts about my knowledge and experience. Hope you do the same. If you do, please let me know.

Best wishes for your success in all of your endeavors.

Ellen
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gappleby Premium
Hi Ellen,

Thanks for the follow back. Seems to me you're a pretty good writer, but I'm glad to help any way I can.

You have a lot to offer, Ellen. I see nothing keeping you from success. I love your attitude and outlook. All that's left is harnessing your wonderful qualities, learning how to structure them into a profitable business, and structuring that business so that it works for you, not the other way around. That's where freedom comes from. That's entrepreneurial thinking, which goes beyond just business or technical thinking. You're both a dreamer and a doer. I don't think you'll settle for just business thinking. I sense you have the seeds of a true entrepreneur.

Don't worry - it's "step at a time", not the whole ball of wax (that'll choke you!). At different stages, the Busines Owner or the Technician will be front and center. But they always work for the Entrepreneur.

Get ready for a few dead ends, a few bruises, and lots of success! It's a terrific ride.

Best of luck to you Ellen...and I'll see you at The Top!

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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paulkaz Premium
Hi Ellen, this post of yours alone indicates to me that you are an excellent writer. I cannot see you having a problem creating your own content or content for others.
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Donnie58 Premium
Thanks for the follow back, Gordon! Great to meet you!

Wishing you success!
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Hi Gordon
Thanks for folowing me.
Wish you a lot of success here at WA!:)
Vera
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Hi Gordon, thanks for the follow. Looking forward to learning and working with you. Tom
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gappleby Premium
Likewise, Tom.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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ChrisScott Premium
Hey, Gordon. I'm following you because of that doggone awesome answer you gave Jewel, about eMail Marketing.

I am so glad you responded. It is a pleasure to meet you.
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gappleby Premium
Thanks for the compliment, Chris. Glad you found it helpful. And thanks for the Follow, Back atcha!

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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Thanks, Entrepreneur!!
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janmar Premium
It is great to meet you. Thank you for following. I wish you continued success on your adventure here at Wealthy Affiliate!
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stevecox Premium
Welcome, Gordan to our world of wonder. You have 600,000 + people to work with here at WA.

Could not get any better!

All the best, Steve
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Hi Gordon, Thank you for following me. Pleased to be part of your network. Cheers Kev
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HI Gordon, thank you for following me and I am doing likewise. It is good to know you and the many talents you bring to the WA family.

Wayne
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gappleby Premium
Likewise, Wayne.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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Hi Gordon and thanks for following. I am of course delighted to follow you in return.
Best regards
Terry
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Hi Gordon, hope to learn a lot from you in the future. :)
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Hello :) Great to meet you Gordon! Thanks for the follow!!
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andrewjmat Premium
Hi gappleby. It sounds like we may be on a similar wave length. Would love it if you could, with your obvious experience read my blogs and let me know what you think. It is my first foray into blogging about my experience in business and life. I hope I have something worthwhile to give. I just love to help people. Thanks in advance.
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gappleby Premium
Hi Andrew,

I read your blogs as you asked. You're a good writer who comes across with a lot of sincerity and caring. You'll do fine; in fact you're sorely needed out there, so stay with it.

I'm now Following you. best of luck,

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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andrewjmat Premium
Thanks grappleby, I appreciate your time to read my blogs and valued feedback. I know your experience will be valued here too. Love to keep in contact and see your future progress.
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CornellRG Premium
Hey man I like the connection after reading you spill on Motivation.
I want to learn from you.
RG
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thanks for the follow. I look forward to being a part of your network and learning from your posts.
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Thank you for the follow. Much success to you.

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Thank you for the follow have added you back and wish you every success
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Thank you Gordon for the follow...
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rolfkb Premium
Hi Gordon,

I read your comments on PJ's article just now. That's why I'm now following you. I'm not at all an online guy, as I have all my life been working with technology in the "real world".

I am now at an age where I should pack up and park myself in the rocking chair. But there is too much juice left to do that yet, and I have the vision to spread my experience in rock mechanics that I have been teaching to the oil and gas industry for the last 40 years.

But before I bring the rock mechanics part online I need to understand how this medium works. I joined WA about 3 months ago, so I'm currently totally 'green', but I'm experimenting to see if I understand how this medium works based on the training here. I'm getting there, but I have still so much to learn....

You wanted a fun project, here it is, try to teach an old dog some new tricks, and we can move to the top together. lol


rolfkb
I'm on a journey to online success!
Learning, earning(?) and meeting new
friends, that make the journey interesting!
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gappleby Premium
Hi Rolf,

Thanks for the Follow, and for the nice compliments. I'm now Following you. I'm an "old dog" myself, so I can attest that you can make this work. Not sure I have time to "throw in" with you, but definitely willing to help where I can. This entrepreneurial message and approach is so needed, and yet so absent, that I've decided to un-retire for 2-3 years to get that message out. Like you, there's too much juice left to sit back and rock my days away. Besides, I visited my 6 grandkids this week and they liked to killed me! Hahaha. Suddenly, starting a new business from scratch at my age didn't seem so tough!

Good luck to you,

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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rolfkb Premium
Thanks, Gordon, good to know that there are other in my age that hasn't packed up and left the arena yet!

I am grateful for all assistance I can get, especially your insights as a copywriter and email marketer, as I will likely go this route with my rock mechanics material.

But, as I said, I need to understand how this medium works. Is it only to provide relevant information? What about a little humor, will that help? And sometimes take a controversial stand to get your message through the barrage of information?

These are the questions that I currently am struggling with.

Thanks again for your reply and follow, and I wish you all the best with your grandchildren! They are the best - you can have the fun but you don't have the responsibility any longer...lol

Cheers
rolfkb
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gappleby Premium
Yup...you've got the grandfather code figured out: Spoil 'em rotten, load 'em up on sugar, then send 'em home! Awesome revenge on your kids! Hahaha.

Hmmm...I just used humor, so I guess that answers that question. And I've never been afraid of a little controversy. You want to stand out, not blend in.

The key is to be yourself. Let your personality and your individuality shine through. Just never forget that your main business goal is to sell people in a certain niche stuff that will help them.

Don't be intimidated by a new medium. It's just a faster, cheaper and more far-reaching way to communicate with people, but still just another way to reach people. You are the one who brings the value, and part of the way you do that is by being unique and genuine.

Go for it!

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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rolfkb Premium
Hi, Gordon, a very appropriate opening - I had a good laugh!! Thank you for that one.

I get your point! To communicate online is like communicating with another individual and through this communication deliver the message?

I have a course manual and a lot of powerpoint presentations in rock mechanics. In addition, I have written something like 50-60 peer-reviewed technical papers.

Monetizing will be my course manual and several how to's that are excerpts from the manual. There will be programs for simple calculations that can be downloaded.

And a lot of examples from my practice.

This can be accessed through a monthly membership, but they can look around before they pay.

I will write a lot about rock mechanics in general and applied to the oil and gas sector in more detail. I will discuss how training can be done and implemented in the industry and how Universities and Technical Universities can help out.

I will invite peers to write and comment on the information, trying to build a community like WA.

As to the controversy

I have been in the industry for more than 40 years and in my opinion. a lot of the rock mechanics work that is done are never implemented. This leads to enormous losses on a yearly basis. In drilling alone more than US$ 20 billion per year!

This can be documented...

I will start working on my rock mechanics site as soon as possible. I think I only needed someone to give me a kick in the butt to start working on what I came to WA to do!

Thank's!!
rolfkb
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gappleby Premium
Consider yourself kicked. :-). Good luck.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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Keith10 Premium
Hi Gordon, Just read your piece on PJ's blog and I have become a follower. I have been an engineer up to now so marketing is a new career. As an engineer a plan is important, so;
Visio - Planning - Start - Stabilise - Exit
Brilliant, thanks Gordon.
Keith
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gappleby Premium
Thanks Keith, I'm Following you back.

I think it's important to understand that standstill to success is not a straight line, but a series of journeys. You , as an engineer, can conceptualize this better than most.

Good luck on your "journeys". Lemme know if I can help.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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Temujin1 Premium
Thanks for the connection. All the best my friend.

Peter
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WillingToTry Premium
Hi Gordon, I have just been reading your profile and I would like to become a follower of yours. I particularly appreciate your idea of all of us working together to become successful at W.A.

As a retired educator I believe in the concept of collaborative learning, sharing our experience skills and understanding and that we are all "educators" working towards a common goal for the greater good of the community.

One of my favourite quotes in this regard is:
“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and they interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”
- Etienne Wenger

Kind regards,
~Arthur
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gappleby Premium
Hi Arthur,

Glad to have you. I'm also now Following you. Goos luck to you!

Gordon
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mskauai Premium
Aloha Gordon --

"Mahalo" for the Follow -- wishing you much success and prosperity in this online business --

Holly
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RandellD Premium
Hi Gordon,
I am following you now. Always appreciate keeping in touch with knowledgeable experts like yourself to learn something new or old.
Best Regards!
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gappleby Premium
Hi Randell,

Thanks for the Follow and for the kind words. I'm now Following you, too. We have a lot in common, real estate, internet marketing, retirement.

Looks like you have a lot to offer and should do well. Lemme know if I can help.

Success,

Gordon
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Luv2travel Premium
Read your remarks on Chat to day, liked so will follow.
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gappleby Premium
Appreciate that. You can absolutely turn this into a good income. The learning curve is the toughest part. I include in the learning curve both information and application. Don't be afraid to make mistakes...you won't break anything :-). And they're an inevitable part of the process. So the faster we blast through the newbie mistakes (which are then replaced by intermediate and then expert mistakes), the faster you will get to cash.

But get to cash you will, if you stick with it.

Good luck,

Gordon
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becrjs Premium
Hello Gordon, I have seen you interact with many of the others who have blogs here. You really have a lot to offer all of us here at WA! I am new at this and hope to learn anything that is thrown my way! If I can help in anyway, please let me know! I am in aww of the advice you have given here!

Rebecca
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gappleby Premium
Thanks Rebecca, for the kind words. I'm now Following you, too, and am excited for you on our new journey.

Stay with it. And stay in touch.

Gordon
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Will do Gordon!
Rebecca
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Everlight Premium
Hi Gordon, thanks for the follow and wish you success here :)
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Robert-A Premium
Thank you for the follow Gordon and I will do likewise.
You get stuck, you ask and I will put in my penny worth.
Have a great day over there in Texas.
Robert
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Thank you for following us.
Chuck and Evelyn
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Thanks for following me back.
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ValerieJoy Premium
Hi Gordon - Thanks so much for the follow. It is great to meet you and I am now following you in return.
Best wishes.
Valerie
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Good to be on the same team. Stay in touch, Robert
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Thanks for the follow Gordon, much appreciated, and happy to return same. With the training and extensive knowledge of WA members, yes, we can do it. Best wishes for much success in the future.
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Papi Premium
Hello Gordon.
I read and enjoyed your comment to Dave(dstaple1490)
I liked your version of LB/RB and the vivid example of a dog licking nether parts and then laying a good wet one on your kisser.
The way you write is quite engaging; so I ask-why are you not blogging at all?
I,for one would love your take on( you pick the subject)
Glad to be part of your network :)
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gappleby Premium
Hi Papi,

Thanks for the Follow, and the nice compliment. I'm now Following you, too.

As to why I don't blog here, there's a couple of reasons. First one is time. I do contribute to a lot of other people's posts, and frankly, that can be almost a fulltime job :-). I've thought about it, and my "no-blog rule" could change next year. We'll see. I do like to help, and would certainly get more exposure that way.

Good luck to you here at WA.

Gordon
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Papi Premium
I hope it does Gordon.
As far as exposure; it would increase quite a bit.
I'm sure if you even only blog once a week you would gather a following.
Happy New Year to you.
I plan on making my luck this year here at WA :)
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TedBliss Premium
Great insight into the marketing/mentoring process. It will be a big help to us developing a vision and then having to get practical about where it's gong. Many Blessings. Ted
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rosieM Premium
Thank you for this follow, Gordon. You used the magic word: funnels
Looking forward to any training/advice you can give as we go down this path together.
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adreyna Premium
Hi Gordon, thanks for following back! I wish you the best in your online venture.
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ormbear Premium
Your welcome gapppleby
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mijareze Premium
Hi there! I want to thank you for adding me to your network!
Ed
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ormbear Premium
Love your philosophy? FABULOUS ATTITUDE!
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mijareze Premium
Thank you!
Ed
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lmwood646 Premium
I'm definitely following you. You have so much to offer. This is not my first rodeo either. We older guys have a lot of experiences to draw from. Let's take this thing to the top.

Wishing all of us much, much success.
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Mr. Appleby, I'm not really Santa Claus; I'm Luther Wood from Nashville, Tn.

It is nice to see more seniors joining WA. I think we have some things in common. I have been in sales all of my life and that's a long time. I'm really intrigued with the Internet; especially the prospects of making some money.

I was rehabbing and flipping houses until the bad bubble burst in 2008-09; lost it all so I'm starting over with WA. I've only been a member for a couple of months and just getting my first website up.

It looks like you have some experience that I may call on you for.

My wife just told me we had a tornado warning so I got to go for now.
We'll catch up later.
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gappleby Premium
Hi Luther,

Thanks for the Follow. Back atcha. Heck, I saw you picture and started to send you my list!

I'm a retired real estate guy myself, here in Texas. Glad to help where I can.

Gordon
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MKearns Premium
Nice to meet a fellow marketer. When literary ability and business sense meet, good copywriting is a natural result.
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gappleby Premium
Thank you Mike. And Merry Christmas!
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Judy-B Premium
Hi Gordon,
Nice to meet you. Glad you are here at WA. Thank you for the follow and I return the favor. I look forward to learning from you. Best wishes. :)
Judy
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Thanks for the follow Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year
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BBR913 Premium
Hi Gordon,
Read your profile and you really have much to offer to the WA community! I am a newbie at this and surely can use all the help from veteran marketers..... in the Internet areana and everything else. My best to you in your endeavors!
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gappleby Premium
Welcome to WA. Glad to help if I can. We retired guys have to stick together!

Gordon
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BBR913 Premium
Yes we do! :)
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BelieveItYes Premium
Thank you for following me Gordon ! =) I'm looking forward to working with you!
Have a lovely day
Sarah
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dickw Premium
Hey Gordon,
Thanks for the follow. I had followed you earlier on a different email. I had read another of your letters to Paula a while back and it was impressive. You have a lot to offer.
I know you will be a tremendous success and we will all be the better for it....Dick
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Thanks for following Gordon. You have a lot to offer and I look forward
to working with you.
I am looking forward to your success,
Marty
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BeingGreat Premium
Hi Gordon, just replied to message you left about mail lists which I totally agree about. So I went to your bio page and noticed you live in TX. I just moved 2 months ago from NYC where lived for my whole life to Tyler TX. I have a son daughter-in-law and 3 grandkids here. Not to mention the money I'm saving. I sure would like to supplement my Social Securitycheck

Just thought I'd introduce myself.

Ron
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gappleby Premium
Wow, Ron...NYC to Tyler, Texas - talk about culture shock! Good luck to you.

Gordon
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DavidJ6 Premium
Hi Gordon
I am really unclear about where i need to go I read your answer to Paula and thought you would be a good mentor to help kick start my direction
Regards David
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gappleby Premium
gappleby Premium less than a minute ago Hi David,

I don't know enough about what you're trying to do, but I did look at your profile and the blog post you did. I agree that focusing on local is an easier start, partly because you can combine online and offline efforts. Also because you're not competing against the world.

You should definitely leverage your leadership role with the event involving the Governor-General.

Good luck, sir.

Gordon
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Hi Gordon and I wish you all the success here at WA
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gappleby Premium
Thank you. Back atcha!

Gordon
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kennick2015 Premium
Hi Gordon and thanks for the follow. I have returned the compliment. I wish you all the best in achieving your goals here at WA. Good luck. Ken.
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Mark1957 Premium
Thank you for joining my network, it's very much appreciated.
Good luck with everything here at Wealthy Affiliate.
Mark
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RichieBarone Premium
Hi Gordon; thanks for the follow and back at ya....You sound like you are in the right place with your experience you can learn and produce here. Blessings on your AD-venture here!
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AussieJeff Premium
Hi Gordon, thanks for following me... Love your representation of it's "lonely at the top" and the conclusion that followed. As they also say..."two heads are better than one." Will follow you too... regards, Jeff.
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Hello Gordon. Thanks for adding me to your network.
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BillandSue Premium
Thanks for the following Gordon. Your right about sticking together. Best wishes for your success.
Bill & Sue
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Hi and thanks for the follow!
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MudreM Premium
Thanks fo following back Gordon. I appreciate it. I wish you all the best at WA!
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Markenneth Premium
Hi Gordon. Thanks for following me, I have followed you back. I hope that you find what you need from WA as it is the best thing that I have found for help, advice, encouragement and information on starting up your online business. Don't be confused about Get Rich Quick schemes. This NOT one. In fact it is a Get Rich Slow scheme but it will continue to pay you back for many years once you have it all set up. Good luck and TAKE YOUR TIME. Regards Ken
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tclough Premium
Thank you for following me back Gordon. I look forward to getting to know you here on WA. I wish you great success and lots of fun with your online projects.
Tom
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Thank you for the follow gordon,and for adding me to your network my best wishis to your success.
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Thanks for the follow,I'm sure you will be a great asset to WA, have fun an the way.
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Thanks for following Gordon. I like the "Let's do it" on your profile. I've found that spirit in WA's community and it has helped me to work and work harder.

Best wishes.
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Hey Gordon, thanks for the follow. Wishing you every success in this amazing adventure.
Myra
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Great that you're a copywriter... and that you can use your talents for more fun now! Semi-passive is a good way to put it. I don't think I could EVER do nothing anyway... Nice to meet you! -Alexx
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Hi Gordon,
I was reading the article on passive income, decided to drop by and follow. Are you enjoying this new venture with WA?
All the best,
Rushton
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gappleby Premium
Hey Rushton,

Thanks for the Follow and for your note. I checked out your profile. Pretty impressive! I am Following you as well, and wish you much success here.

Gordon
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ConeyM Premium
I appreciate the reciprocation. To our success, cheers.!
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AGrenouille Premium
Hiya, thanks you for dropping by and follow up =^-^=
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Caelius Premium
Thank you! :) ♥
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AndreDaniel Premium
Hey Gordon. Thanks for connecting with me, much appreciated. You have experience in some important aspects of online business. That's good. Catch you around.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Hey, Gordon, I saw you mention Zig Zigler on a post and I had to add a follow to you.
I hope all is going well for you.
All the best.
Phil
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gappleby Premium
Thanks, Phil. I'm off to your profile to return the favor. Any friend of Zig's is a friend of mine :-).

Gordon
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Gordon, I think you'll enjoy reading about some of my other friends... I have a feeling we have some in common... check it out...
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gappleby Premium
I checked it. Sure 'nuff, we do have more in common. I am a semi-retired real estate investor. Had an investor's club in Houston. Also taught, and have coached and consulted.

Small world,

Gordon
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Gordon, welcome to WA.
Thank you for following me.
I like your attitude, it is the
sign of a true entrepreneur.
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Chris2005 Premium
Thanks for the follow back Gordon.
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SkipWhitten Premium
Hi Gordon,
Thanks for the follow! I wish you much success on WA!!
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Hi Gordon! Thanks for the follow. All the best...Gary
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Hi Gordon, thanks for your valuable advice! All the best in your affiliate marketing journey.
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Thanks for the follow.I wish you great success in life.
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judym Premium
Hi Gordon! Wishing you great success online. You've got a powerful background that's going to really be an asset. All the best, Judy
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Hello Gordon! Good to meet you here and I am sure you will do well with this affiliate marketing venture! You have lots of experience will be invaluable in this field! Stay in touch and if you have any questions, just ask! Lots of people to jump in and get answers for you, from the co-founders on down! Cheers Dave : )
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Thanks for adding me to your network. ~Marion
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Love it - yes let's all go to the top together....!! :)
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you for adding me to your network. There is room for all of us, I am thinking here at W A-
sami
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Thanks for the follow Gordon. I have followed you back. Creating sites and helping is a lot fun. Enjoy your time at WA. Cheers. Christine.
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Hi Gordon, thks for the follow. I m following you back. I m still a newbie ,been trying to squeeze time to learn the course. hope we all learn at WA.
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Thanks for the follow, Gordon! Love your enthusiasm and encouragement!
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Hello Gordon,
Thanks for following me and adding me to your network, if you ever need assistance with anything please let me know.

San
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Hello Gordon, welcome, nice to meet you, thanks for the follow, I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun here on WA, See you around, Greetings Loes
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Thanks for the follow Gordon. It's appreciated. I am a big fan of the advice you sharing here at WA.
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EricBray Premium
Gordon, read you comments to Newguru. Really useful in helping to keep the vision on solving customer problems and marketing to that. Thanks.
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gappleby Premium
Thx for the comment and the follow. Back atcha
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Really? Great, I'll be needing all the help I can get one of these days. Thank you for adding me to your team Gordon. Glad to be included. God bless....
Shirley
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I agree in this community we can all succeed
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suetay Premium
Hello, Gordon. Sorry for the late response.
Thank you for the follow.
I am pleased to be added to your network.
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Hi Gordon and thanks for the follow.
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Hi! Good to meet you.:)
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Hey There, It's very nice to meet you. Thank you for following us. We hope you are achieving all your goals here at WA.
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Hi, Gordon and thanks for your comment on my profile, I have replied to your very supportive comment and I look forward to following you.
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Hi Gordon ,many thanks for the follow...best wishes for your future here at WA,Jay
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Hello Gordon! I’m Coach Rebecca. Thanks for the follow. I am happy to connect with you. Please let me know how I can help you with your dream for online marketing success.

Here are a couple of resources I wrote to help you with internet marketing online business success:
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Hi Gordon and thanks for the follow and it was very nice to meet you cheers Helen
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Hi Gordon, thanks for following me and good luck with your website
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Thank you for following. I'm sure I'll need your help for sales funnels...if you don't mind helping me, of course!
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Hi, thanks for the follow! Best wishes to you and your success!
-Maureen
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Hi there Gordon, thanks for the follow and right back at ya!
Good luck with your goals for this year.

Anthony
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Hi Gordon, very nice to meet you here and hope to connect with you.:) I sincerely wish you great & prosperous online success!! :)
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Thanks for your comments. Wishing you success
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I hope we can learn a few things from each other. Thanks for the follow - back!
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despatis Premium
Hi Gordon, such a positive intro. Thanks for sharing and for adding me to your WA network, much appreciated. Together we can make this happen so keep on track and let's stay in touch.

Desmond Together We Achieve More
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ClaudB Premium
Hello Gordon,
Thanks for making me a part of your network. I look forward to your success.
Cheers,
CB.
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gappleby Premium
Me too :-). It's gonna be fun!

See you at The Top! (and along the way).
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Thank you Gordon for the follow and many blessings to you here at WA. If you have the time or wish to, please check out my blog posts on my profile page. I blog about ways to help you build a better website and best practices here at WA. I also post an entertaining and/or humorous blog every Sunday. Enjoy!
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I am honored and privileged to know. I appreciate your reading my blogs. Your feedback is always welcome. Thank you!
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gappleby Premium
Thank you, Debbie. And likewise. God bless.
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Hello. Welcome to WA. It's a great place.
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Lady May Premium
Hey welcome & thx for looking in and for the follow, it's an honor! I'm sure you'll do really well at WA! Blessings & good luck to you and let me know if I might be of any help to you. May 2015 be your greatest year.
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Thanks for the follow Gappley. Best wishes
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Thanks for your recent reply on Nathaniell's training post, gappleby!. It is good to have so many caring members of this community willing to offer encouragement and positive exhortations.
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gappleby Premium
You're welcome, and thanks for the follow. I'm now following you. I read your post on faith and works. very good.

ang on...it's gonna be fun!
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MDiane Premium
Pleasure to meet you Gordon; thanks for following!
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trekrider Premium
Hello and glad to meet you. I look forward to sharing knowledge (not that I have any to share as a newbie at this time...lol). Best of luck and much success at WA.
Jeff
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Hi!
So very nice to meet you. Thank you very much for your follow. All the very best to you here at WA. A great place to be.
Alan
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lindasea Premium
Hi Gordon. You left an awesome answer for Valerie, so I'd like to follow you back now.

I have zero sales experience so I expect there will much to learn from you. I'm looking forward to what you will continue to creatively bubble to the surface.

Linda
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gappleby Premium
Glad to have you in my network Linda, and thanks for the kind words. If you like my comment, would you "Like" it? I normally don't ask but you said you liked it. I think it helps rankings when a comment is "Liked".

Ah the internet...so confusing! :-).

Re selling: The cool thing about affiliate marketing is that the product creator does the selling. As you search for products to offer, check out their website sales letter to see if you think it will convert. The quality of the product and their sales process are important factors.

Your life of service and dealing with all life has sent your way tell me your have the character to succeed online. You get up every morning and do what needs to be done. Whether you feel like it or not. Whether it's convenient or not. You show up. You can be counted on.

You have the characteritics. All that's left is to learn the skills, be patient, and apply those new skills.

Good luck, and see you at The Top.

Gordon
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lindasea Premium
This is so lovely, Gordon, so very lovely.

As an aside, I thought I clicked on the like button...I try to do that first before I go and check into a person's profile. I will watch and go back and be sure that I have acknowledged you with that simple gesture that can have a good impact on our efforts.

Hope your day is glorious.

Linda
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Hi Gordon... Thanx for the follow... Wishing you much success here at WA... Have a great day : )
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Hi Gordon, thanks for the follow--following you back. You have some great skills; looking forward to some training in them if you're inclined.
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glad to help where I can. 2015 is right around the corner. Let's focus on doing big things!
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Great attitude and perspective of being at the top! :)
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Thanks for the follow. following you back. Wishing you great success in WA !
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Thank you for following me, Gordon. We can always use your expertise. I look forward to working with you. ~Debbi
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Hello. Thanks for the follow and I am following you.
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nice to meet a fellow Texan and I agree LETS DO THIS !
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Hello and good day to you. I hope you are finding WA to be a wonderful community of learning, communicating, and building a business. Good day to you
Ken
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Hello and welcome
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