About GaryHorton
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I'm a copywriter and novelist living in the midlands of South Carolina. Most of my writing experience has been fiction and technical projects, but recently I've ventured into salesletters and writing for the web.

My passion is writing novels. However, my novels don't pay the bills. In fact, the cost of editing and design of my first novel, Some Glad Morning, was quite substantial and still met with a barrage of rejection letters from publishers. Fortunately, I was able to publish it myself on Amazon where it earns a modest return.

It is my hope that through WA I can consistently earn enough to self-publish my novels at the rate of at least one a year. This would change life radically for me. Beyond that, I intend to continually challenge myself to build an ever growing online business.

The power of the internet to create income has always fascinated me. I'm thrilled to be here at Wealthy Affiliate. It's my hope that WA will make it easier to master the technical stuff so I can focus on content creation.

Since joining WA, it's been my pleasure to unsubscribe from the legion of emails sent from affiliate marketing gurus.
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PBloom Premium
Hi Gary,

I've added several posts and while writing these came up with 5 more ideas as thoughts keep coming into my mind. I also signed up with CJ Affiliate Network (not too many products here to sell for me as far as DIY products) and I also signed up with Amazon as a product affiliate.

Would you mind just checking out this latest post. I am getting comments but would appreciate your insight/review.

Also, my website menus have changed. Something happened with the menu titles. It looks like my article titles were added on a couple of them ?? I lost my Product Reviews Menu Tab and Do It Yourself menu tab. Any thoughts?

http://iphonerepairtips.com/iphone-insurance-plans

Thanks so much
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Patrick!

You have a great website, very informative and easy to read. Great work.

About the menu, go into the menu settings and see if you can find the original menu tabs. If you don't see them, you may have to create them again.

Gary
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LBrinks Premium
Thank you for the follow Gary.

Like the fact that your a copywriter. Would love to see your website content sometime. Studied ad layout and copy writing in college and then wrote for a local newspaper for awhile. Stepped away from writing for awhile but enjoy it so much I'm looking to use it in building web content.

Looking forward to connecting with you.

Lucas
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PBloom Premium
Hello. My name is Patrick Bloom, and I am 5 days into my WA journey. I spend last night reading ALL the profile pages of those who have followed me and have selectively chosen those who I felt had great experience and success with WA. That's why I'm reaching out to you. I completed course one and have a website up. I will join as a premium member within a day or two, but I wanted to reach out and ask your honest opinion about my "About Me" section of my website and my niche. Would you kindly visit my brand new site and respond? I'd value your input. Thank you.
iphonerepairtips.siterubix
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Patrick!

That's a terrific About Page. Great pict of you too with the busted iphones. I wouldn't change a thing.

Gary
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larryeden Premium
Hi GaryHorton you my as well say I am practically doing the same thing but I am have trouble writing a comment on dogs I wrote but one guy called it a niche I thought what so I am stuck I need to make this work so I can make money social sec is not enough so I have to go to work
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Larry!

Wrote about niches and comments on your profile page. I'm not sure about the example you are referring to when you said you wrote about dogs, but some guy called it a niche.

Where are you in the training? Do you have a website?

How can I help you?

Gary
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Smoj Premium
Hi Gary, thanks for the follow. I've started two novels and a non-fiction book myself, looking at self publishing. But I have no illusions as to being able to support myself on a novelists's income in a world full of 99c EPUBs and MOBIs.
Herman Melville couldn't make money with Moby Dick in his lifetime. But I enjoy writing, and I'd love to be able to put out a few books.
I had a look at your novel on Amazon. You must be very proud of the magnificent reviews you've received! No small feat... I just bought it, but may not have time to read it for a while. I'll review it when I do.
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Smoj Premium
Scratch that, I just had my payment rejected when I tried to buy your book, ha ha. That's how badly I need to make some money. Hilarious, I could have sworn I had $8 in there... I'll buy it later. It sounds like a good read, and I'm always up for a good read.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Simon!

I appreciate your interest in my novel and understand about needing money. I've been there more than once.

Do write your novel. If you have the desire, it is essential to get it done. I'm happy to help you and have a free novel writing course available on my website WritingIsaSuperPower.

I'm still hopeful to earn a respectable income with my novels. The key to self-publishing success is to write several books and cultivate a large readership over time.

Although eBooks are inexpensive, the self-published author earns a higher percentage of the revenue than with a traditional publisher.

Thanks for getting in touch.

All the best,
Gary
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kdimeo Premium
Hi Gary,
I have a question for you--probably I'll get to in later lessons, but I'm thinking about it now, and well...you know how that goes. My first website has just been indexed, today. About an hour ago, actually. Now that it has been indexed, what can I do to get my Google rankings up? For example, I typed in "How To Make Creamy Cauliflower Soup", which is the title of one of my posts. It didn't come up on the search page; perhaps it will be found on a page farther along, but I searched through the first 10 pages and didn't find it. I'm sure there is a way to boost my rankings. Thanks for your help.
Kathy
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Kathy!

Thanks for getting in touch.

When your site is indexed, that is only the beginning. Getting indexed just means the search engines know your site exists. It will take several more weeks for the search engines to get to know your website better, to trust it and to properly rank your content.

The search engines move in mysterious ways and we just have to let them do their thing.

When you go through the training on using Google and Bing webmaster tools, you'll learn how to help things along a bit. At this point, the best thing you can do is create more content. The more content you have the more authority the search engines will give your site and the higher your posts will tend to rank.

You have to beat the search engines silly with content so they know for sure what your website is all about.

There is also something called the Google dance that happens. This is when your post moves up and down in the rankings. It happens. Remember, as you are adding content to your website, a lot of other people are too. The search engines are constantly evaluating what should go where and they don't always get it right.

The one thing you must not do is build backlinks or buy backlinks. In the past, people created backlinks to their websites to boost rankings. This worked for a few years, but then the search engines penalized websites that did this.

I recommend that you focus on creating more content to boost the authority of your website and get comments on your posts through the "Comment" area in SiteRubix.

I hope this helps,
Gary
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GautamWorld Premium
Hi Gary,

I wish I had listened you... AWAI was a rip-off. I tried to join WA through your website before AWAI, but could not sign-in.

It gave a message, "free version is not allowed in your country." I thought WA is a scam and moved on to join AWAI.

Finally, in here after reading the excellent reviews.

Gautam
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Gautam!

Thanks for getting in touch. I'm sorry you got tangled up with AWAI, but glad to see you made it to WA. You'll do well here and I'm always happy to help.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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GautamWorld Premium
Hey Gary,

I wasted $670 in their Infinite program. I was prepared to pay $300 every month to AWAI (after the initial $1250) if I had not stumbled on WA again.

Now, I am still trying to justify my AWAI purchase, and rationalizing that their study material is worth it!

Regards,
Gautam
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Gautam!

There is some good information in the AWAI materials. It's not all bad.

I took a couple of their courses too. Don't beat yourself up over it. Lesson learned. Move on and focus on the opportunity before you now.

Most people who try to improve their finances usually fall into a few traps along the way. That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. It does hurt to lose money, particularly when money is in short supply. I've been there.

I know of a woman who spent $3,600 for an AWAI weekend workshop and has never made a dime from it.

And I've met two WA members who lost over $200,000 to business partners.

Do read the AWAI material and learn from it. It will give you a foundation for writing persuasively.

In building your online business it's essential that you demonstrate integrity and trustworthiness. Ad copy methods as taught by AWAI are less productive than being genuine.

Building relationships with the people who visit our website is far more important and profitable than a one-off sale because of something clever we wrote.

I'm sure you will do well with Wealthy Affiliate.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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GautamWorld Premium
Hey Gary,

I'll write again soon.

Regards,
Gautam
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kdimeo Premium
Hi Gary,
I have been faithfully going through the lessons and completing the tasks assigned to each one. I have created my first website--no content yet--just at the beginning. After I created everything, I have decided that I don't like my domain name and I don't like my web page title. Is there a way to delete this website and begin over, or do I need to build my second free site? Thanks! Kathy
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Kathy!

Go to SiteRubix Manager and click on your website as if you were logging in, but instead of logging in, click on "details" in the bottom right corner.

When the details page opens, scroll all the way to the bottom and you'll see a "delete this website" button. Delete and start over.

That should do it.

Gary
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kdimeo Premium
Thank you! It worked. I now have a domain name and website name I like.
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AppleofGold Premium
Hello Gary, I have been looking for you! I joined WA because of you, so how do I get you credit for this? You saved me from making a huge error in searching for a retirement career! Thanks, millions! Please check out my Bio and ad comments, if you have time. Thanks in advance
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Lynne!

Welcome aboard. It's a pleasure to meet you.

I'm thrilled you joined Wealthy Affiliate because of me and so glad you didn't join some online scam.

You joined WA through FlorenceKi's link so she will get credit for it. That's okay. FlorenceKi will take good care of you and I'm always happy to help you too.

All the best,
Gary
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ShelGas Premium
Hi Gary. Nice to meet a copywriter here at WA. I am seriously thinking into becoming a copywriter in a few niches. I do have a bit of information if you need any help or I can refer you to some more information. Will help you as best as I can. I wish you great success in your Copywriting business. Looking forward to hear from you.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, ShelGas!

It's a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for stopping by to chat.

Writing persuasively in invaluable online. However, much has changed and continues to change with copywriting. Many of the old methods no longer work as well as they once did.

People are becoming blind to ads and headlines. They've learned to ignore sales pitches, not to mention the attention span has shrunk to 8 seconds!

I think the trend in sales in more towards relationship and integrity. While the words we use are still important, it's essential not to be manipulative with our language, but instead to be as helpful and genuine as possible.

I worry that many good writers are ruined when they take copywriting courses because it makes their writing manipulative instead of helpful. This is actually counter-productive.

All the best,
Gary
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nigelchua Premium
Gary, I love this comment:

"Since joining WA, it's been my pleasure to unsubscribe from the legion of emails sent from affiliate marketing gurus."

You're right - I too have unsubscribed from most of the scammy ones, and kept only the best, on top of WA.

Wishing you all the best! =D
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Hi Gary,

I appreciate your immediate interaction and support. After reading your profile I feel that we are very similar, except that I have not yet published a novel. If you visit my website bearmilleroutdoors , you can see what my passions are, but I have not been able to achieve my dreams and goals to this point. I have been in the IT industry for the past 33 years, but I always wanted to be a writer and focus on my passions, but I have not been able to do that.

A few years ago I created my website, and for a while I had a lot of products on my site, but I ended up being black-listed by Google because I had assisted-opening knives on my site, just like Cabela's, WalMart, and Bass Pro Shops have, but I was not one of those big retailers. It is hard enough to compete with those guys and Amazon, so I took all of my products off my site and just focused on writing, which has tended to dwindle since that bad experience three years ago.

Sorry for the novel, but I am reaching out to you because you seemed so supportive to me within the first few hours that I joined this site. I need advice on how to proceed. I feel like I have done so much of what AW teaches, but there are some specific areas where I need help, and I don't know if I should sign up for the monthly membership when I feel that I have so much already in place. It doesn't help that I have recently left my job and I am currently unemployed, so taking on another monthly bill is not something I am sure I want to do.

I don't know, you just seemed helpful and encouraging, so I thought I would start this conversation with you. If this is not something you want to engage in, please don't hesitate to tell me so, you won't hurt my feelings in any way.

Thanks,
Bear
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Bear!

I just saw your message. I’m on the east coast, South Carolina, and starting my day. It’s a pleasure to help you. You have a terrific website and are far ahead of the learning curve.

I’m sorry to hear you got slapped by Google. They can be a fickle bunch. I’m sure Wealthy Affiliate can help you make your website profitable.

I can relate to your frustrations in pursuing your passions. Life gets in the way. It took me a long time to arrange my life so I could write novels. Incidentally, when you’re ready to write your novel, I’d be happy to help you there as well.

Since you recently left your job, I think we need to get your website profitable as soon as possible.
My experience with recovering a site that was hit by Google is limited, but we have some members here who can help you. You can post your questions on their profile like you did here.

However, I think it will be more productive if you approach these members with a private message.
At the free starter membership level, you do not have private messaging. You will have to upgrade for that, but your first 30 days is only $19.

That will give you 30 days to dig in and see how we can help you. You can get a lot done in a month.

Meanwhile, go through the training to be sure you have all the fundamentals and click the boxes at the bottom of each lesson so you can track your progress.

Here are the people I suggest you contact:

Steve at: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/ivetriedthat
Jay at: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/magistudios

This post by Jay may be helpful too. I’m sure we can help you. You have a beautiful website in a profitable niche. With your outdoor experience and writing skills, I’m sure you will be successful.

Your situation reminds me of the story of the burned ships. Do you know it? It’s about an invading force that came by sea. Once the troops were on land, the commander gave the order to burn the ships. With the ships gone, success was the only option.

Gary
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Hi Gary,

Thank you so much for getting back to me and sharing your advice. I think I will try the Premium subscription for at least a month.

Also, my idea for a novel is to take everything I have written for my website (3+ years of material), and make it into a book of general outdoor knowledge, skills, and stories. I am not sure how to go about that, but I have everything in one Word file organized by topic, and it is a lot of material. Any advice on that?

I will continue working on the training and seeing how Wealthy Affiliate can help me. I appreciate your time.

Thanks,
Bear
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Bear!

Glad to help.

Wow! It seems you've already written your book. There are a couple ways you can go to get it published.

At this point, if you had the money, I recommend you hire a professional editor to help organize and polish your draft. You may have more than one book in all the material you have. Unfortunately, editors are expensive.

Expect to pay at least a couple of thousand dollars for an editor. If that's not in the budget, you might consider self-publishing or contacting agents or publishers.

Taking a step back, based on what you've told me so far, I suggest you focus on making your website profitable for now. That's a big project. Your book is a big project too. If you try to juggle them both at the same time they both will suffer.

So, focus on your website for now. Once that's established, we can look at ways to publish your book. Books, particularly first books, are usually not profitable. It takes years to build up a readership.

That said, when your website is profitable with lots of visitors and you have a large opt-in list, it might be easy to self-publish your book (or books) and market them to your list and through your website.

So, again, it comes back to getting your website profitable first.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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BelieveItYes Premium
Hey Gary !

Do you mind subscribing to my youtube channel?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpVZPdYPkw47GLBKf6wCIAA

It would mean a lot to me. This channel is my dream job : makeup artist

Please check it out and subscribe! and let me know if you need me to return the favor, by subscribing to your channel or anything that can help your business =) I will be happy to do it! :D
Many thanks!!!
Sarah
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Sarah!

I'm glad to subscribe to your channel.

Here's my channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpTuIbwt8xvRUYg0WgxBtfg

What else can I help you with?

All the best,
Gary
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BelieveItYes Premium
Thanks Gary it's very nice of you! Subscribing back =) Love your videos! you're talented !!
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WendyAlicia Premium
Hi Gary, I saw a post where you mentioned you and your girlfriend rescue cats and dogs and stand up for animals. Had to connect with you as my husband and I are avid animal advocates and we live with our 3 rescued/adopted dogs and cats.

Love that you're a writer and I'll be following you with enthusiasm!

All the best,
Wendy
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Wendy!

Thanks for getting in touch. And thanks for rescuing your dogs and cats.

We have a house full of critters. We live in the country and many animals get dumped on our property. So far, we've been able to take them in.

Thanks for the follow. I followed you back.

All the best,
Gary
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TheMulcahys Premium
Hi Gary,

Thanks for adding me to your network.

I am longing to learn more about copywriting. I love to write, but am already beginning to feel that perhaps my style is a little too wordy for the marketing purposes of affiliate marketing.

I hope not.

It's early days, and I have chosen a blog style website for my first venture, which is to share my new journey of beginning an online business, so perhaps it will work.

I guess the real challenge for a copywriter is to adapt your style to your chosen niche, and to your client. Writing content is such a big part of this business and getting passed resistance the other biggie!

All the best,

Jules
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Jules!

Your writing style is warm and inviting. That and integrity are all you need to be persuasive.

Trust is the rarest commodity on the Internet. If you can convey genuine trust with your writing, you will beat a professional copywriter every time.

When I write copy for a client I must write persuasively about the product whether I believe in it or not. That can get tough. When I write for my own website, I can pick the product and only promote products that I would recommend to my best friend. That make writing copy a lot easier.

Also, people are numb to ad copy now. So the most effective copy is really not sales copy at all. It's copy that reads like a conversation. Your writing style is perfect.

All the best,
Gary
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TheMulcahys Premium
Thanks Gary.

I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I feel a renewed sense of vigour now. I guess the best way to improve is just to commit to doing it - every - single - day! ;)

That actually fills me with such joy.
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GabriellaK Premium
Hi Gary! Nice to meet you at WA! Thanks for the follow, I follow you back! Stick to the things you like to do! I hope, in the meantime you were already able to optimize some things to make your written work more popular and known. I wish you great success and continous progress for your project!
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tyrellch Premium
Thanks for the follow Gary. I am glad because you are ahead of the path I am following. I love writing as a hobby and I am not yet published. I intend to self publish and promote my writing.

Will be checking out your website and talking to you soonest.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Tyrell!

If ever I can help you with your writing or with your online business, please do not hesitate to call on me.

All the best,
Gary
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NannaGoosey Premium
Hello, mentor!

My ability to post has been reinstated for 7 days, so I just wanted to check in with you.

When I can't post, it may seem as if I'm doing nothing. But, that isn't true. I've finished the "Get Started" (Course 1) lessons and will be posting my tasks for the Bootcamp Course 1 before going to bed.

I've been learning from blog posts on WA and doing research off WA as well.

I've also been working on my .siterubix(dot)com site. I'll see if I can figure out how to add the link to it to my profile page.
UPDATE: I just found out adding your website to your Profile is another of those things that doesn't come with the limited free Premium trial.

On Aug 12 (a significant date to me) I'll buy my own domain name, so I've been working on coming up with a suitable name that hasn't been taken yet. I've also gotten a couple thousand words of content drafted for it.

It's been a real struggle, but I've been able to get in at least 10 hours of productive work each day.

I'm chugging right along.

Hope you're doing well and having many successes!
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Sharon!

Thanks for updating me on your progress. I am more than impressed. With your attitude and commitment, it's only a matter of time until you have a profitable online business.

I'm glad you're active in the community and chugging along nicely!

I look forward to August the 12th.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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T1967 Premium
Hey Gary, Thanks for the FOLLOW and i hope you are well. As you are aware i am a newbie and i was wondering if you could please (hope i am not being cheeky) tell me how you went about selling your book on amazon (did you have to get and special permission etc ) i have written a book that i was going to sell locally to help raise some money for my babies (cats and dogs) but now you have me thinking a whole new way. i hope you can help .

Anyway, if there is ever anything i can do for you please let me know. :-). thank a million ....TANIA :-))
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Tania!

Thanks for getting in touch. I'm an animal lover too. My girlfriend and I run a home for wayward cats and dogs. We just took in three kittens. There's a lot of love here.

Based on my experience and the experience of the authors I know, selling a book online is not an easy way to make money. My novel sells consistently but doesn't pay the rent.

I caution you not to expect to earn a lot of money with a book. Although the more books you write the more sells you will have over time. I earn far more with my websites than with my book.

It's very simple to get a book on Amazon. Go to CreateSpace.com and it will walk you through the process. CreateSpace is owned by Amazon.

Keep me posted and let me know if I can help.

All the best,
Gary
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T1967 Premium
Thanks for that hun, awwww....that is so cute that you too are cat and dog lovers....i would love to see some pics.......I hope you willl join us at our YOUTUBE channel.... one of my girls in on there now if you YOUTUBE search FUNNY ANNIEthecat you will see here stopping me from working on my laptop......she is a real character. i am putting more up over the next few days. Also i have added the link you sent into my todo list. I know it wont make a lot but anything i can do to help my motley crew is worth a go and i could link it to my website too so it wil only be a little side things. I really appreciate you getting back to me and any ideas you have for my channel and website i would love to hear them. Keep in touch :-) Tania THANKS AGAIN !!!
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