About Gcd
Joined July 2017
Hi, I'm Gary and pleased to meet you. Thanks for having me here in this wonderful community.

The rather mysterious profile name, GCD, is actually just my initials. I tried adding GaryD; GaryDee; and various variations to that but they were taken. Rather than spend too long trying to find a "suitable" available name, I just opted for my initials.

I am married and currently living in Oz. and looking forward to my journey here with Wealthy Affiliate.

Born in Rhodesia (how many know where that is and what it is called now?), I completed my schooling and national service there and then moved to South Africa with my parents and sister.

[Very] soon after marrying my wife, Trish, we moved to Ireland where we lived for 9 years before moving to Australia which is where we now reside. We don't see any more big moves in the future but then again, as I often say "never say never" so let's just say if/when WA starts generating the kind of income I would like it to, anything is possible :)

Interests have included running (cross country at school and a few half marathons, 20 miler's and plenty in-between), cycling, skydiving where I went on to become an instructor, beekeeping, watercolor painting, sketching (well a deep desire to want to be able to do it). I'd like to try my hand at growing bonsai trees.

Since being made redundant from my last job, I struggled to find work (ironic because I couldn't find work in the field I actually got into Australia for), but it was very probably due to the age group I reached - nifty fifties (imho).

That's when we decided that I should try to make it on my own (we'd often spoken about it, so then was as good a time as any). Well, it's been a really tough ride and still have not 'made it' yet.

Without going into it all, let's just say I really need to make this work now and I do honestly get a sense that WA is the right place for that to happen. I have been a member for a little over four months now and love the community and the training here. I have created my first site in WA and have enjoyed it. I now just need to monetize it and then rinse/repeat.

I have a lot to learn but I am teachable so I would greatly appreciate any help that you can offer.

Thank you all for the warm welcome and wonderful support.

You're an amazing community that I am proud to be a part of. Thank you!

Wishing each and every one of you who stumble across my profile every success in life and in your business here in WA.

Best wishes
Gary

EDIT: It's been a little over 4-months now and still no traction on my site yet. I have also created a second site. You're welcome to check them out and if you have any advice or comments, please feel free to share. I'm coachable, and won't take things personally. To your success. Gary.

https://footballjerseysfordogs.com
https://realgoodgiftideas.com
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Money I would be happy earning
$10,000 per month
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
$50,000+ per month
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Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
Full time
 
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How much money would you be happy earning?
$10,000 per month

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
$50,000+ per month

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
Full time
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JasonKim Premium
Hello Gary, and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. Nice of you to become a part of our community. You've set an ambitious goal for yourself but the good news is it's up to you to make it happen. Everything starts with your knowledge and understanding of your new business. So, make learning your priority and take advantage and utilize all that's offered through WA. All the best.

Jason
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gcd Premium
Hi Jason, thanks for the follow and the welcome :)

They are fairly ambitious, aren't they! I guess I fall into the "dream big" category but looking forward to working with WA and this awesome group. Thanks again and all the best to you too

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

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

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or leave a comment on my profile.
Success building your business in 2017. See you around, Greetings Loes
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gcd Premium
hi Loes, what a beautiful soul. Thank you for your lovely message of friendship and support. Very much appreciated.

I will definitely head over to check out your lists :)

Thank you for your kind offer ... I may take you up on that sometime :)

Have a wonderful day
Gary
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Loes Premium
Thank you, enjoy your day Gary:)
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PSheridan Premium
Hello and welcome to WA. Thanks for the follow. Wishing you much success and prosperity here. I am adding a link to my thought for the day - hope you enjoy. Also here is a link to my web site - appreciate any comments you may have

www.addictionrecoverypros.com
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MikeLambert Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
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gcd Premium
All going well today thanks. Yes, I get that the niche thing can be a tough one - very much like product selection when selling on Amazon. Can be difficult but I think just like Amazon, it's important not to get too bogged down with it.

Per my mail to you, we're looking to go down the dog niche, narrowing it down to Toy Poodles and possibly even further to having a therapy dog [that is deaf itself]. Trish, my wife, may run with this one since she is passionate about our Toy and the soon to be acquired second one (4 months old - the deaf one we're planning on using as a therapy dog).

We can incorporate content around Toy Poodles themselves (keeping, grooming, temperament etc.) and then the learning process for us and the dog, in keeping and training a deaf one.

Added to that we're thinking of including [relavent] products from Amazon (and others?). I've also written a few children's books one of which is a puppy book which centered around our current dog that we got as a puppy.

A second niche is along the lines of a site we currently have called "clear my acne now". This was very busy so I am in the process of changing the theme to be simple and less cluttered (it was a turnkey site before - very busy!!). Perhaps this can be developed properly too - I'd run with this.

That will do it for now I think :)
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MikeLambert Premium
Hey Gary great to see you made it to WA looking forward to getting the show on the road. Have a great day and any questions about finding your way around WA or the starter course don't hesitate to ask. Make sure you follow people and ask lots of questions of the community there are many knowledgeable members here, talk soon mike.
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gcd Premium
Hey Mike, thank you for your welcome and messages of encouragement and direction. I too look forward to working with you and the community as a whole. There certainly are many wonderful people here.

I'm just finding my way around today and have started with the training so it's all systems go :)

I have no doubt that I, with your help and the help of others, can achieve my goals and a whole lot more besides on this journey in WA (bigger than just finances)

Thanks again and looking forward to working with you.
-Gary
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MikeLambert Premium
Hey Gary, take your time get aquatinted with the format and community and then we will get rolling when you are ready. Look forward to putting your ideas into action, cheers Mike.
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gcd Premium
Hi Mike, thanks. I've just about finished all the modules now... actually I have completed them all bar for a couple of tasks signing up and using the Jaaxy tool. I'll spend a bit of time looking around too. Cheers, Gary
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MikeLambert Premium
Great Gary you are setting a pretty good pace. You have some experience so the training is probably a refresher for you but we will get into some detail as you start to build your website structure and so on, all soon Mike.
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gcd Premium
Thanks Mike. I have a little experience but regard myself as a baby boomer playing a whole lot of catch up :)
Mike, I've built dogdadolittle but not happy with it - too slow and don't like the color scheme (Trish loves purple which is why I went that way but I know that's not a good website color to have).
I'm not sure about the divi theme either.

The other site is under construction at the moment so you won't see it at the moment - it's clearmyacnenow

Looking forward to chatting soon, Gary
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MikeLambert Premium
Hi Gary is the dog site indexed yet and if so is it a .com I could have a quick peek if you like
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gcd Premium
hi Mike, it is a .com site. I need to upgrade to premium which I'll do shortly, but I couldn't add the links in the message a "non-premium" member :)

Both are .com sites.

Thanks - Gary
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MikeLambert Premium
I see you upgraded good on you Gary, yeh I didn't really need the links just whether they were indexed and what domain they were so I could have a peek. I just put your website in quotations and that will usually bring me right to the page where they are indexed, little short cut. If your sites rank low which is usually the case when a site starts out they can be a little difficult to find if you don't have a direct link this will be a little trick you will use to find your first posts if they don't initially rank high, talk soon Mike.
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MikeLambert Premium
Hi Gary, Mike here from http://avoidonlinemarketingscams.com,

I am so happy you made the decision to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are determined and can stick with your training here at WA it can open the door to an exciting and rewarding future as it has for me. This is where your online business is going to be realized. Here's the course that started me down the road to an unbelievable lifestyle and one that is now within your reach. From this point on you will have not only my support in person but the ability to ask any questions of the community here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Without wasting too much time you can now access the Online Entrepreneur level 1 online course found in the main menu by clicking the green "Get Started Here" button.

Here's the link to lesson 1: This is the course that I started with and lead me to my first sale online!

If you are willing to put in an honest effort and take the bull by the horns I will personally help you through the course or with any questions or concerns you may have in your quest to make your online business a reality.

I can be reached through my personal profile at any time when you have any questions...trust me, you will!

Oh! Lesson 3 "Finding A Niche" for many is the most challenging to get through without pulling out your hair and the occasional temper tantrum so I have created some extra material that I feel will be of huge benefit to you while working through this lesson, let me know when you are there and I will give you if you upon request.

Don't forget to create your personal profile by adding an image and a few words about yourself! You will find many WA members come offering their help and asking you to follow them which is a great resource for you to have access too, many members here have a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into.

Just a quick heads up! You can just do the course and that's it or you can take advantage of a discount on a premium membership here at WA. There is absolutely no pressure to change your status, but if you decide to become a Premium member and unlock absolutely everything Wealthy Affiliate has to offer and do so before your 7 day course is over you will qualify for a 50% discount on the first month of your membership.

I look forward to getting to know you and being able to help out when you have questions.

Cheers, Mike
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gcd Premium
hi Mike, I hope you're well.

Mike, please could I ask for that extra material you have wrt to finding a niche ... you're right, it is quite challenging.

Thanks in advance.

Have an awesome evening
Gary
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MikeLambert Premium
Hi Gary, Yes I do have some resources that I feel are helpful in finding a niche, hear are a few links, some are developed here in WA and one I created.
Here's a link to a post I did on finding a niche that you may also find useful
http://avoidonlinemarketingscams.com/niche-market-finder-niche-selection-made-easy
Let me know how you make out, if you are still having problems we will put our heads together and get a niche hammered down for you, talk soon Mike.
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gcd Premium
hi Mike, happy Sunday. I hope your week-end has been good so far.
Mike, I've sent a pm to you with my ideas. Would you mind taking a look at it and let me know what you think. If there is a possibility or 2 there, that's great else I may need you help to "get a niche hammered down for me" :) , talk soon, Gary.
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MikeLambert Premium
No problem Gary will have a look today and get back to you as soon as I can
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