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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Goodground Premium
Hi Gary
thank-you for expressing your willingness to help, I am enjoying my learning experience with Wealthy Affiliate and I am happy with teaching, and also the means to also go back to previous lessons. my question is why is my website showing as not secure in the address bar?
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Aldon!

Thanks for getting in touch. It's good to hear from you and to know you're enjoying yourself here.

The reason your website is showing that it is not secure in the address bar is because you have not turned on the https. Here's how you turn it on:

Click on "Websites" in the left sidebar of your WA dashboard. Then click "Manager." Go to the panel for your website and look to the right corner. You will see a button that says, "Details."

Click on "Details" and scroll down until you see SiteSSL(HTTPS), just to the right you'll see a button, click that button to turn it on. That's all you need to do.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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Goodground Premium
Thankyou this is what I like about Wealthy Affiliate the step by step approach to teaching, and the simple understandable approach to training.
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GaryHorton Premium
You're welcome Aldon. I'm always glad to help. Yes, WA is a wonderful community. I feel blessed to have found it.
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adrianh25392 Premium
Hi Gary,

I just popped around to say a massive thank you for adding me into your network, it really is appreciated.

If at some point in the future you come across a problem that you feel I may be able to help you with, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rgds
Ade

You can follow me at;
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GaryHorton Premium
Thank you Ade.
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Gary, are the people listed as Top Helpers Today the site support people? I am being prompted to pay $19 to join. I show up as nicholasH1 and am told that only Premium members can access Site Support. I am a premium member. How can I get out of this mess? I need help Gary.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Nick!

We can fix this.

First, I want you to try this. Log out of your NicholasH1 WA account.

Then try to log into WA with your Nick831 account.

If that doesn't work, I'll contact SiteSupport to reset your Nick831 credentials, but first try log out and then log back in as Nick831.

Gary
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Nick831 Premium
Gary,

I will be grateful for any input you make.

I am 86 years old and in perfect health with no medications. My bio is self-explanatory. My niche is seniors health. However, I need direction.

I had cancer three times but never had surgery, medications, or chemo. I am cancer-free. I wrote a paper (ca.26 pages) on what I did (and documented why) to become cancer-free. I don’t know the best way to monetize it.

In addition to my healthy diet, I take sixteen supplements. I can become an affiliate with all of my suppliers.

I would like to send a private pdf of the paper for your information and comment.

Questions:
Should the paper be my landing page?

Should the paper (ca. 26 pages) be an ebook?

Should I set up a seniors health blog? (I have also written white papers on many topics such as arthritis, healthy and unhealthy fats and oils, sugar, little-known natural sweetener alternatives that are not sugar, health effects of artificial sweeteners, and a long list of causes and alternative remedies for degenerative diseases.)

I can blog about any of the papers already written.

I have much to share. I need help in making and implementing a plan.

Your comments will be gratefully received.

Nicholas Hill Copy by Nick31
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Nicholas!

I responded to this message with a private message. Please check your private messages for my reply.

Gary
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Nick831 Premium
I am embarrassed to say I don't know how or where to click for a PM
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JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow Gary. It’s nice to meet you and feel free to connect with us further on the social networks shown at the bottom right of our profile

We look forward to reading your success as well as sharing additional marketing tips and strategies. If you need any help please feel free to ask

Jon and Debbie :)
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anthatron Premium
Hey GaryHorton,.. thanks for the email. It's glad to hear that WA is bringing alot to the table to help us reach our goals. The internet is the future and its been for some time now! Tho one of the struggles is how to content properly in order to get the message across the board for others to understand anything! We all can look at a picture and see it a 1000 different ways. How can we work together Gary and make money?
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PYaukey Premium
Good morning Gary,
I think I have found a niche. Videos and video courses. I was, also, fortunate to found a domain, videosandvideocourses.com I have started blog and will continue with my lessons. I ran out of money, that's why I stopped. Thank you for your time. Peter Yaukey
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Pete!

I understand. Thanks for getting in touch. I look forward to seeing your new website.

Gary
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Sun, Oct 7, 2018

Hello, mentor! I haven't heard from you in such a long time! How are you doing? Did you have a lovely garden this year? How are mama cat and the "kitties"?

I'm finally getting around to testing the Help Center (I'm typing this from there.) and I'm curious where you'll receive this message.

Will you let me know please, whether this shows up on your profile or in your PMs?

Thanks in advance,
Sharon
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Sun, Oct 7, 2018

HA! I discovered the answer myself. :D

Still, would love to hear how you've been doing, if you ever get a spare moment. :)


Sharon
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Sharon!

So good to hear from you. Your comment appeared on my profile. NannaKitty and her brood are healthy and happy. I loved on them moments ago. NannaKitty has turned out to be a real sweetheart and seems content to live inside.

All is well here. Not much to report other than my laptop died this week and I'm using a borrowed PC for now. I purchased a desktop to replace my dead computer, plus I ordered an over-sized monitor. Hopefully that will allow me to work with less eye strain.

I hope all is well with you. Thanks again for checking in.

Gary
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Mikol94 Premium
Gary I am having problems adding my domain name to my website my domain name is armandos -products.com I bought this domain from host gator I change the name server on host gators portal to ns1.wahosting.com ns2.wahosting.com my domain is coming up as not found, I reached out to host gator and they said the problem is that WA server is rejecting my domain name. this is the name server that was given to me please check if this is correct
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Armando!

You have the right name servers. It can take as long as 48 for the change to occur. However, if HostGator says WA is rejecting the domain, I suggest that you contact Site Support.

Gary
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Mikol94 Premium
ok thanks I will because it has been 7 days since I change it
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Hey Gary, how are you? Hope every thing is fine. I am wonderful and had a great day relaxing and writing. Sorry I have been busy. Always a honey do list to punch out. I wanted to ask a question. How did you find work writing for the web? I would love to give it a try and see the results.
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LAllard Premium
Good luck with your writing. I put together a small e-book and published on Amazon. It is largely overlooked, but that's okay. When I was involved in putting it together, it consumed all my time and attention for a few short weeks. I even forgot to pay my bills, lol. And I agree, WA is a one-off.
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JonathanAll1 Premium
Yes, thank you for following. And am hungry to get started.
I finding so much information for goals to success. This is surely a great opportunity with just what I need to develop independence.
Yes www is a big world brought together with WA...

Truely grateful
JonathanAll1
Jonathan Leslie
@ Facebook / Jonathan Allen
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YayasHome Premium
Hi Gary,
A curious thing has happened in my Private Messaging area; I cannot send you a question from there, so I had to go to the 'Help Center' in order to send you a question. Strange goings-on, here. Haha

Do I need to publish my website in order to learn what my URL is?

Thank you.
~ Yaya
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Yaya!

The URL is the domain name. When you built your site in SiteBuilder, it created a URL.

Gary
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cdconverse Premium
How can I find the HTML for my WordPress Home Page. I need to add a meta line so Google can recognize that it has an owner and that owner is me. I have tried to find out what my ranking is but found out it isn't even indexed by Google.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Chris!

This video training by Kyle will show you how to do it. If this doesn't do the trick, let me know and we'll try something else. Gary
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cdconverse Premium
Thank you Gary.
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pmcdow Premium
Hey Gary why do I keep getting this I did not copy anything from another website. Warning: We found that your content is not 100% unique. This means that Google may determine that you are publishing duplicate content which could negatively affect your rankings. We suggest modifying your content to make it unique before publishing to a website.
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GaryHorton Premium
This is not unusual. If it happens when you try to publish your Privacy Policy it's okay to publish it anyway. If it happens when you try to publish a post, you want to be sure your post is unique before you publish.

However, usually, it means that there is just a phrase or two of text in your post that matches text somewhere on the internet. It might be a cliche or just a common expression.

Phrases like "To learn more..." or "For a FREE trial..." will trigger the alert.

I compose in MS Word with Grammarly which catches most of the non-unique phrases. SiteContent does not highlight the text that needs to be changed, so you will have to read through your post and change phrases you suspect of being non-unique.

Gary
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pmcdow Premium
Ok thanks........
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ThimGraFort Premium
Hey Gary,
Thanks for the following. I wish you great success on this platform which appears to be one of the most legit money making websites among millions of scam ones.
May the blessings from Above make your profiting to become a reality to us all here at WA!
Cheers

Boaz Ethan
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Boaz!

Thank you for your kind words and blessing. It's a pleasure to meet you.

Gary
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unburden24 Premium
Hi Gary! I wrote you a message earlier, but, as I was a free member, it didn't go thru. So, I decided I would use this WA platform just so I would have all the internet activity I plan on doing, in one place. If I need to have a successful website outside of WA, I can always do that. In the meantime, I can build it all here and move later if necessary.

I didn't read all your posts, but I read the subject lines and they were relevant and positive. YOU are the main reason I am back in WA, so, Thank You, Gary Horton!
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unburden24 Premium
I meant to say, I didn't read all of your Emails you sent me,...
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, William!

Thank you for your kind words. You are very welcome.

Gary
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JacquesGrant Premium
Hi Gary,

Thanks for contacting me.

I'm an educator now, after a 20-year career in the Air Force as an electronics systems officer. My social security + military retirement are simply not enough to live on, so I need another source of income, and am going to try to get that through WA. I teach electronics, but since all I've had in last 5 years has been part-time work.

When you mention "technical projects," I am curious to know what type of projects. Do you mean technical writing or writing about a specific technology, e.g., electronics, green technology, sustainability, telecommunications, etc.? (These are my areas of interest in technology)

Writing and photography are two of my avocations, which I have occasionally earned some money with; i.e., editing technical research papers of Asian physicists for publication in English language journals. That is quite demanding, and when I compared hours effort versus money earned, determined it isn't worth it. And e.g., having a B&W photo I took at a temple in South Korea, and developed in my darkroom, accepted in an art gallery showing.

I am looking to have one or more websites that will interconnect in a broad swath the following areas: education and workforce training, critical thinking, mathematics, moral philosophy, history and current events, and progressive political advocacy. How best to parse that out online and keep them interlocked, I don't know. But I will need to monetize the website(s) to some degree. Any help or comments will be appreciated.

JG
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, JG!

My technical writing is really not that technical. I use the term "technical writing" to define white papers and informational writing. I don't write about a specific technology, although for years I wrote in the financial and commercial real estate industries.

I've done some editing too, but I don't enjoy it. As you mentioned, it is very time consuming and most people don't want to pay for the time involved.

Connecting several websites can work, but in the beginning, I encourage you to focus on just one as you go through the training. If making money online sooner rather than later is important, make that a priority.

Some of the subjects you mentioned will be easier to monetize than others. I can help you brainstorm on that if you want.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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JacquesGrant Premium
I put my political rant website on line first, from which I'd like to get contributions eventually, but that's not a priority. For earnings, I'm researching educational websites with a focus on mathematics, language arts, critical thinking, and moral philosophy — all of which except language arts I have taught at either the high school or college level. I established an LLC a while back to do virtual project management, which I called Macrofocus. That didn't work out, so dissolved the company. Thematically, however, "macro-focus" can also fit with the education website, so I'd like to use the same name. The domain name "macro-focus.com" seems to be available, but costs $14 per WA. I thought that was free with premium membership....?

Anyway, for this to work, I need a website to which I can upload short training packages, that clients can pay for, take tests, and receive a certificate of completion afterward. I plan to contact several professional organizations to see what CEUs could be awarded for short classes in critical thinking (which applies to all professions, and life itself). For example, a local chapter of the Project Management Institute has already said they would recognize CEUs for an in-person presentation on critical thinking.

I also need to be able to put on website my in-person presentations; e.g., I am scheduled to teach a class "Logical and Analytical Reasoning for the Law School Admissions Test" and a "Math Reboot" class at a local college in next couple of months. So I would like to have a calendar on website, with course descriptions to advertise my in-person courses, as well as the online short-courses themselves.

(Reason I haven't been on WA for some time is that I've had to "dust off" my LSAT and Math classes — just to get initial information to college where I'll teach them, since haven't taught them in several years. I've been teaching electronics with a college in California, but that's dried up, it seems. )

So..... Would appreciate guidance on how to set this up, or who can best assist me on this. Thanks.

jacques grant
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Jacques!

My first thought is to see how much demand there might be for what you propose. Since you have been teaching these subjects, how would you describe the market for classes “on mathematics, language arts, critical thinking, and moral philosophy?” How large were your classes?

You get free subdomains with your WA membership, but root domains must be purchased. Root domains, like "macro-focus.com," are highly recommended for branding purposes and become valuable internet real estate as your website grows. When you build an online business, you always want to own the root domain.

I’ll be happy to help you build a website with a calendar where you can upload and promote educational packages and where you can embed your in-person presentations.

You can do this with a free theme, but I think you’d be most satisfied with a premium theme.

If you know of a website that is similar to what you have in mind, let me know. That would be a good place to start.

Gary
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MelodieC Premium
Hello Gary,
I have 2 questions.
1. What is the different objective or purpose, between a post and page?
2. Is it possible to add just a menu without a post attached to it and then include the post or pages? Kind of like to make titles on the menu.
Hope you understand my questions :)
thank you in advance for your time and answer.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Melodie!

Good to hear from you. The search engines, like Google, Bing and Yahoo, rank pages and posts differently.

A page is for static information such as your about page, privacy policy, and terms of service, the admin stuff.

Posts are articles about your niche. Let's say your niche is organic gardening. All the articles you write about organic gardening will be posts.

You can put both posts and pages on your menu. Or, just pages or just posts.

I hope I've answered your question. If I missed the mark, please try me again.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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stephhill Premium
Hi Gary:

I am glad to see you are still here at WA. Just checking in to see how things are going. I am so thankful to have met you and be a part of your network here at WA.

I thought I would share my latest WA post with you....It is about being thankful for all that we here at WA to include the community, friendships, and of course Easter and Good Friday.
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herinnelson Premium
Dear Mr. Gary Horton--Your bio is quite impressive!! We may possibly learn a lot from each other in respect to novels. I have a series of 3 children's books published so far, but have currently been looking for a new publishing company. I will look into Amazon--that thought never crossed my mind.

Thank you for your kind words on my page and happy to add another genuine and nice person to my friend list!
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Astro67 Premium
Hi Gary.
Nice to "meet you". It's nice to knowing you and get connected with your network. As I see in your profile, you have accomplished so much in your WA journey. I just hope I can replicate even a bit of your success here.

Thank you for the follow and I'll return the favor.
My best wishes!!!
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smoore Premium
I left a comment on the post about desert millionaire and I now follow you sir. WA is the real deal and I keep finding more and more people like you who are the real deal as well.

It's nice to be in good company. I wish you the best of luck with your novels, sir.

With respect,

Scott
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TheWoman Premium
I am trying to put a link to WA on my site. I followed the directions that I found in the search. I tied to test it, every time I go on Google and type in the title or the URL it shoots me directly to back​ office of my site with dashboard and all. is that normal?

when I click on the WA link from there nothing happens. Any suggestions?
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GaryHorton Premium
I sent you a private message.
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Ladyshay Premium
Hey Gary how are you? Things are good here. I was hoping when you had some time to check out my site. I changed it a lot since that last time that you have seen it. Any input would be great or if you have any ideas that would make the site better.
Thanks again.

http://gemsparadise.siterubix.com
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Lori!

Your website is coming along nicely. I can tell you made several changes and I enjoy your writing style. Keep me posted.

Gary
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Ladyshay Premium
Hey Gary! Thanks. I just finished with the first lesson I have learned a lot. After I get more comfortable with what I learned in lesson 1 then I will be starting lesson 2! fun building websites who knew :)

Thanks! Have a great weekend
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Lori!

I know what you mean. It is fun. I find it a bit addictive too. Thanks for checking in. It's always good to hear from you.

Gary
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Gary--your plan is exactly the same plan I have for my book series--already 11 volumes strong and counting--all told probably 2,500 typed pages--though some are still unfinished. If you have time, visit my website www.bermudassecret.com and tell me what you think--beware, my 22 year old son started it for me, so it is not up to speed yet, but we have to start somewhere right? Anyway--Great to meet you and I'll probably talk to you later--Best of luck in all your endeavors!!

Jeff
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Jeff!

Thanks for stopping by. Congrats on all the writing you've done and on your website. Yes, we have to start someplace.

I've learned a lot about self-publishing in the past two years and spent way too much money on book editors. I now have a more streamlined approach to editing and self-publishing and hope to publish several books in 2018.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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GaryHorton Premium
Jeff,

You might be interested in Derek Murphy's YouTube channel. He has a lot of information for independent authors.

Gary
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MeryD96 Premium
Hi Gary, I am just getting back to my training. I have a question, I built my 1st website awhile back, and before I go any further, I wanted to find out is it OK to use my iPad to set up a website? Or should I use a laptop instead?
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Mary!

It's good to hear from you. Thanks for checking in. You can use an iPad to set up a website, but a laptop will be easier.

Gary
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MeryD96 Premium
Thank you so much Gary! That was very helpful!

Mary
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RicoSuave196 Premium
It needs to be said that Gary has been a Godsend in assisting me, a clueless Online Marketing novice, to put together a better than decent site and I am looking forward to my future with WA. Thank you, Gary and I recommend that anyone and everyone take advantage of this man's knowledge and service acumen. :)
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GaryHorton Premium
Thanks Rico. I appreciate the kind words.
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bellalove Premium
Hi. My name is Amanda and I'm just getting started here at Wealthy Affiliate and I'm trying to grow my network with other new and also other experienced people in the community here because when great minds think alike anything is possible!!!

If you ever need anything or have any questions please feel free to ask me and I will do my best to help you. Hope to hear from you! And good luck on your road to success

-Amanda
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Amanda!

It's a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for your willingness to help.

All the best,
Gary
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I'm not really asking any questions, just making a statement. Mainly because I've only got 1 day left to ask questions anyway. My wife, my dad, and I are all either disabled/retired. We also live in an area of Florida that was just hit by Hurricane Irma. So I pray all of you are well and I also pray that YAHUAH will open your eyes to know you are so much more, than just, making money. That being said I know that this slave system our government has setup was started with good intentions. However let's get back to the root of where it all began, with YAHUSHUA John 1:1-14 everything was created by him and nothing was without him. So doesn't He deserve some worship?
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MEsmeriz Premium
Hi Gary,
I landed on your website https://scamavenger.com/ and I was fascinated by the fact, that only after reading 2 of your articles I felt already like I can trust this guy. I am usually a rather sceptical person, the more I was amazed by the feeling I perceived on your website. I think this is also an important key factor in being successful - creating trust in the customer.
I am following you now, and I am sure I can learn one or another thing from your website.
I would be happy if you follow me back and if you could have a look at my website. I am offering material for European Portuguese. I am now at a point where I could start adding (paid) material, but I think it is more important to first give value to the customer by offering free material for them in order to gain trust and show them the quality I will provide. I would be very happy to get a short feedback from you :)
http://learn-portuguese.org/

Thank you and have a great day.
Mia.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Mia!

Thank you for your kind words. I find life and everything about it is easier and less stressful if I play it straight up. When I began to study internet marketing, an early mentor told me "the rarest commodity on the internet is trust." Trust is the first step to building a relationship with my visitor.

I agree. Give your visitor plenty of value.

I'm convinced the internet is the greatest opportunity most people will ever have to fulfill their potential and Wealthy Affiliate is the best place I've found to learn how to leverage the internet to your advantage.

I'm off to check out your site and will PM you about my thoughts.

All the best,
Gary
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MEsmeriz Premium
Thank you very much!
In advance I would like to tell you that I still didn't post any materials because I'm still in the process of building up my website. I'm now at course 3 here at WA.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my webpage! It means a lot to me :)
Please do pm me if you have the time :)
Kind regards,
Mia
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phyllisthor1 Premium
Hi, Gary, I just took a look at your website and WOW am I impressed. I have never been good at writing, so I am really struggling. I am going to follow you if it is alright with you, and I hope you will follow me.
Phyllis
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Phyllis!

Yes of course! Thank you for your kind words about my website. It's take a couple of years to get where it is now.

You don't have to be a good writer to succeed online. When you write for your website, it's important to write for just one person. I like to imagine I'm having a casual conversation with my best friend over coffee.

If ever I can help you, please call on me.

Gary
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Gary,

I believe in Affiliate Internet Marketing but I just don't know how to do it on my own. I need help, coaching and training. I paid a small fee last year but the coaches did not want to work me because I did not have a revolving credit line to use. I have spent the past year trying to figure out how to get into this on my own but have not gotten far at all. I know the possibilities and I know they are real but I have just found the right opportunity and opened the right door.

I am wanting to work from home and have more time to pursue my personal passions to make a difference in the world. I recently reached out to another company for affiliate training and paid for their first course. However I had a weird feeling and did a search to gather if it was a scam. While I found it was not really a scam it is also not feasible for me as again I just don't have lots of cash flow right now to put into a campaign in hopes for a big pay out.

I read your blog and this intrigued me so I decided to look into it. I have just signed up and am at the first step to getting started. I am also doing to some research on this solution as well but if large amounts of cash or revolving credit lines are not required and this will still teach me what I need to know then I am all for it.

I hope you will be able to assist and guide me through the process as I so desperately would like to do this full time and leave the hectic hospitality technology industry.

Best Regards,
Tim Presley
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Tim!

It's great to see you here. You can learn everything you need to know about affiliate marketing in Wealthy Affiliate. I'll help you every step of the way. If there is one thing we're good at, it's helping each other succeed.

We have only two membership levels, free and premium. That's it. You will not find any upsells or hidden expenses. I promise you don't need large amounts of cash or revolving credit. We don't play those games.

The premium membership level includes everything you need to build an online business including secure website hosting. Premium membership is $19 the first month if you go premium the first week of your free membership. After that it's $49 a month. If you pay annually, it works out to about $29 a month.

Try premium at $19 for your first month and see if this is for you.

Learning to succeed as an affiliate marketer does not have to cost very much. Beyond the training, support and tools you have in Wealthy Affiliate, you must put in the time and effort to make it happen for yourself.

As your business grows and earns an income, it will be wise to reinvest some of your earnings back into your business in paid advertising from Bing, Google, and FaceBook. That's covered in the advanced training and you won't get there for several months.

Dive into the Certification Course and keep taking the next step. If you get stuck ask a question in the white field at the top of the screen. I'll see it and be sure you get an answer. Or, ask a question at the bottom of each lesson, again, I'll see and come help. Or, you can respond to any message I've sent you.

Often other members will help you too, that's the Wealthy Affiliate culture. We help each other. When you're a premium member, you can send private message to me and other premium members.

Since you have some experience with expensive programs, I want to make something clear. Often those kinds of programs make outrageous promises about how quickly you can make money. Because they convince people they will soon be rich or can soon replace a job, people pay them large sums of money.

However, in reality, get-rich-quick doesn't work. The skills you will learn in Wealthy Affiliate are rock solid and follow the industry's best practices and proven business principles, however, they are not magic.

Please prepare yourself mentally to work at this for months before you see results. That is the reality of building an online business. It will take time to learn new skills and put them into practice and still more time for the search engines to respond.

I like to compare building an online business to farming. Much preparation and nurturing of ideas is required before the harvest.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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RogerHumbke Premium
Great to read your Tim and get motivated all over again. Thanks for making the time and effort.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Roger!

It's good to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words.

Gary
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Hello Gary, I thought there would be an organic wealthy affiliate website ready to go. Will I have to build a website from scratch? I don’t have a niche that I can start up just like that. If I had to choose a niche it would be cooking recipes.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Edna!

As you go through the training you'll learn that ready made websites are worthless. To rank in the search engines, each site must be original. However, with the SiteRubix Builder, you can have the foundation for a website in place in minutes. Then it's just a matter of adding content and making adjustments.

Cooking recipes is a terrific niche with a lot of potential. I encourage you to go with that. Follow the training. It will walk you through building an original website and adding content.

You can reach me by responding to any of my messages.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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reb3cca Premium
A cooking blog is a fantastic idea! I hate cooking and I could even fake it if I had to because *everyone* eats so you just have to chat:
• About the waffles you made
• Or the coffee getting you through the week (especially the coffee maker you love best)
• Or the difference it made in Thanksgiving prep when you upgraded to the big stand mixer....
• Or how you tried out a new flour and aren't really convinced it was better than your old standard
• Or how you experimented until you found the perfect gluten-free version of your go-to chocolate chip recipe (for those readers who had asked... even if they asked on a different blog you read)
• Year-end wrap up of your favorite recipe, your favorite tool, and your favorite tip.
• Time-saving or meal batching tips to make the week go easier.

You can section your articles into "recipes", "reviews", "my favorite tools"—which will have links to the pots, mixing bowls, bakeware, espresso machine, etc. that you are using.

Just set up an affiliate link with Amazon and Target for the everyday things you mention and say you'll drop links at the end to anything you mentioned.

• Silpat vs. parchment paper? Recommend one but link both.
• Interested in a bigger purchase, like a Vitamix? Review it. Get a discount code and an affiliate link from the manufacturer for your readers.
• When you have enough recipes, put together an eBook to also sell.

That really is a perfect site idea. They are consumable things, daily things, and they are things people are constantly upgrading.

Bonus feature: I'm pretty sure can take a tax deduction for everything you get to review but you *need* to ask your accountant about that.
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HWhite1 Premium
Hi Gary,
Thank you for all the help you have given me in the last 35 hrs. I would like to put some kind of link on my Getting Started page to make an offer to people to join. Should I write more content before doing this? If it is not to soon to do so will you tell me how?
Thanks Again,
Harrison
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GaryHorton Premium
Yes, of course. I'll send you a PM.
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LMW Premium
Hello, Gary,

I'm back with a stronger desire to build a profitable website and earn some online money$$.

You may not remember me. I was here in 2015, Luther Wood, but it didn't work because I wasn't following my passion.

This time I have chosen a niche that I've lived with for over 50 years, self-help, positive thinking, etc. I'm a Dale Carnegie graduate and also have been a graduate assistant, helping with the training, so that stuff has become second nature to me.

I am now, 81 years young and still going strong. After 50+ years of the self-improvement LifeStyle, I'm living proof it works and I feel qualified to (coach it). Therefore, my website is self-helpcoach with a .com.

I'm still in my first month and have my site online with three pages recognized by Google. I'm a long way off but I'm further ahead than when I started.

Well, I have to get back to the training videos so I can eventually have a presentable site and it ameratized.

Needless, to say,(then, don't say it, do it.) I am following you:-)

I want to get out of this second-rate lifestyle, again.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Luther!

It's great to see you back here again. You have a lot to offer and I look forward to helping you.

Gary
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Hey Gary,
It was your review on "Blazing Trader" that lead me to Wealthy Affiliates. I haven't tried anything like this before but like most, I always knew or thought there is money to be made online. I just never knew how. I'm excited but father of four, full-time provider to my family and have an interest in wood work so my time is pretty limited. I will give it my best go.
Thanks for leading me here.
Hope to see you around!
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Jason!

Thanks for letting me know how you found us. I'm glad my article helped. As a father of four, I'm sure your days are full.

Building an online business does take time in the beginning, but by leveraging the reach of the internet, you can create a nearly automatic income stream far greater than the time it takes to keep it going.

In the training, you will learn about niches. I think your interest in woodworking would make a great niche and a profitable website.

I'm always available to help you.

Gary
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Marketboom Premium
So nice to meet you Gary! We are both living the good life here in the good ole southeastern USA. You my man have a skill that all marketers need and pay for everyday. You could make more money offering to us marketers great copy articles and emails for our responders. I located two keywords that need my site hooked to them which makes two articles I needed yesterday lol.
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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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