About IntroVent
Joined October 2018
After being here for nearly 3 months and having a great time learning the ropes, I've decided to change my bio away from saying that I am "Brand Spanking New" to affiliate marketing.

I found WA in a search to learn how to make money online from home.I knew that people were making money doing this, but I had no idea how I could do it myself.

Another program ad brought my interests around to wanting to get into affiliate marketing but that program is very expensive. I knew that I needed a mentor or perhaps a way to get my feet wet without a huge financial commitment. After all, I might learn that this isn't for me.

I started doing research on whether it was worth the money. I have the money to buy that program, but I am reluctant to spend money the first time I see something.

Needless to say, due diligence brought me to WA.

I've decided to start this journey into affiliate marketing on October 1st, 2018 with the goal of replacing enough of my wife's income that she can work only part time if she wants to. We're in our mid 50s and she loves her job but has mentioned over the years that she would like to work part time. Maybe I can get her to come home and work on affiliate marketing to replace MY income so I can be home, too!

For both of us to work for ourselves and provide private insurance for ourselves..and pay taxes, of course, will take about $150,000. So I'll be here a while!

Reach out. Be in touch. We can follow each other and motivate each other to greater successes.
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CarolMeador Premium
Hello. Nice meeting you. Enjoyed reading your interesting bio. I gotta ask. Seeing you with a mic in your hand in your bio made me wonder if you're a singer. I sing in the Haywood Community Chorus. I really enjoy it, but just had sinus surgery, so don't know how I'm gonna sound at our next rehearsal! Thanks for following me back. Welcome to WA and to my network. Best wishes for your online success. Carol
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Thanks for the note, Carol. Yes, I am a singer. This picture was taken when I sang in a band that is local to where I used to live in California. The band split on good terms after 8 years because we all...well, ok, 4 of the 5 of us wanted to pursue other adventures. I just wanted to stop travelling. only one guy from our band joined another band. As for me, I packed up and moved to Houston. I sing Karaoke now for my outlet but have been considering finding another band...if only I could find a group of people as great as those I played with before.

I can't imagine having sinus surgery! I'd be afraid to find out how it affects my voice. I am certain you will do just fine. If I needed it, I would also have done the same.

I often think about pursuing my singing interests in other than Rock, like chorus. I did glee club one year as a kid, but now that I'm in my 50s I'm starting to look twice at Drama.

The reason chorus or drama sound good to me is I can't play an instrument and sing at the same time. Everytime I've tried, it was disastrous.

I wish you all the best in pursuit of financial success through affiliate marketing! I also pray that your sinuses heal well and that you can return to delivering your message in good time!

Take care.

CarolMeador Premium
Hi John. Really enjoyed hearing from you. Are you a baritone? Don't know why, guess just you looked like one to me. How many were in your band? What type of band was it?

I don't blame you for being concerned about your voice. My dad had a gorgeous baritone voice before he had surgery for thyroid cancer in the 60s. There was no recurrence of his cancer, but he refused to sing after that. Said it didn't sound right to him.

Have you considered singing in a community chorus? I'm sure there would be one in the Houston area. Or, as you mentioned drama, you probably have a "little theatre" in the area.

I sing second alto in the Haywood Community Chorus. I, too, am concerned how it will affect my voice, as I haven't attempted to sing yet. I had the balloon surgery they do, similar to the way they treat clogged arteries, but also had to have quite a bit of debridement of inflamed, diseased tissue as well. That's why I have a technicolor nose at the present time!

I had planned to go to rehearsal Monday night and not sing, just so I would have the director's comments, but didn't feel up to going. I can't blow my nose until after after my followup visit on 4/4, but am allowed to use my CPAP. Seems strange, but I did seem to do OK with it last night (for the first time since the surgery).

I'm feeling anxious about practicing because I haven't rehearsed for 2 weeks, and our concert is coming up the first Sunday in May. But don't want to do anything that will damage the repairs to my sinuses. Guess a call to my surgeon's office is in order.

A friend and I were in the chorus of our HART Theatre (little theatre of Haywood County, NC) production of "Hello Dolly" a couple years ago. A friend of ours from the chorus, who was "Dolly" sent us an email saying they needed chorus members. Told us it would be minimal rehearsal time, and we had the impression we would be singing off stage behind the curtain. WRONG! The first rehearsal we were singing and dancing, with 3 hour rehearsals 4 nights/week. It was a ton of fun, but I'm not up to that type of schedule any more. They're going to be doing "Mama Mia Here We Go Again" this spring, which I would love to do, since I love a lot of Abba's songs, but just don't have the energy for it.

Since you're a musician, you would probably enjoy meeting Kaju if you haven't already. He is a fabulous guitarist, but is having difficulties with his left hand. His screen name is jetrbby80376. His band is Kaju's Off the Hook Band.

Take care, and please keep in touch. It's always fun knowing other musicians and or artists. Best wishes for your WA success.

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Hey Carol. No. I'm not baritone. I guess I don't know what I would be considered.

My band was a cover band of classic rock like Van Morrisson, John Mellencamp, The Eagles and Tom Petty to name a few. I was the front man, so imagine the range and that's where I fit. I can sing low but I don't have much flexibility on the low end. I cheat by bringing the mic very close to my mouth to let its dynamic action fool the speakers into believing I am hitting lows. On the high end, I am much more flexible, and I do alright with falsetto (Think Bee Gees, not AC/DC.

Anyway, my dad was a crooner who, oddly enough looked very much like Bing Crosby. But he never sang anywhere but at church and with the family on Holidays.

I hope that your recovery goes well. I can't imagine that you could hurt your sinuses by singing, but once the swelling goes down, I do imagine that singing might inflame them again. As for me, I wouldn't try anything publicly before singing through the entire performance at home and at 100% to ensure that my sinuses won't clog up during my performance.

Still wishing you the best!

CarolMeador Premium
Would love to have heard your group. Bet you really miss performing, but not the travel. When you're in a chorus of 104 voices, it's not so scary....unless, of course, you're one of the soloists!

The first half of our concert is Hyden's Missa Sancti Nicolai, which is in Latin, but the second half of the program is usually secular, sometimes playful stuff. My first year in the chorus, we did selections from the sound track of Mama Mia, which was a blast.

We do 2 concerts/year, with 12 weeks' rehearsal for each one. Our fall concert is usually the end of Nov. or early Dec., and is a Christmas concert, but the spring concert can be most anything that Kathy (our director) chooses. This time we're doing a lot of Aaron Copeland's stuff. We often sing John Ritter's arrangements, but not this concert.

Will let you know how I get along singing tomorrow prior to going to rehearsal tomorrow night.

Hello IntroVent.
Yes, I was thinking that the biogs are probably changing all the time as people progress with their businesses and accumulated knowledge and experience changes their mind sets, which is a good thing. Nobody ever got anywhere by not moving and changing. I'm in a similar situation to you. In my late fifties, I haven't been able to work a "normal" job for nearly four years now due to ill health and my partner is working full time. I would like to take the pressure off her so that she doesn't actually have to work at all if she doesn't want to, I know she would at least like to go part time. Like you say, maybe I can get her on board with WA! Thanks for following me, appreciate it. I'm sure I will be on your case for advice once I know what sort of business I will be operating.
Kind regards
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Welcome to WA Kerry!

Some people may believe in you, but may not believe in what you are doing. Ultimately, it is your prerogative to go in the direction that you think is best. My wife is one of those people that I talk about here and that's okay because, like most of us, she's been burned buy scammers who had an otherwise convincing sell.

Once she see's a modicum of success, she will support me whole-heartedly.

It is my wish that you will encounter a similar experience.

I sincerely hope for the very best in success for you!
Hi, there are so many great messages here on WA with so much info on many topics, that I would like to keep them in an archive to read later. It is also good to hear where people strengths are to perhaps measure what works, how long it took to achieve results.
As402 Premium
We are in a similar situation. I work part time and it seems like full time. I'm trying to devote at least 2 hours a day or more on this. My wife is blind but she was working as a transcriptionist. The job ended without notice. So we need to replace her income plus more for medical etc
Alan S
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Hey Alan! Sometimes, I don't understand the cards that are dealt to good people. Life sometimes seems unfair and then something comes out of it all to make us realize that it was all for the better.

Here is my wish that finding WA turns out to be just that thing for you and your wife!

Hoping great things will come to you during the next year and that by next Christmas you will be sharing successful stories with all of us!

Thanks for writing!

RubenV1 Premium
HI John, I continue with my training and my site. I just opened a Pinterest, Google Analytics, and so on. I read your bio. My wife and I are in our sixties, both disabled with stroke. I recovered pretty good from mine. I can do physical things on limited endurance. My right side was effected. That was my better side until then. Anyway I admire you pressing forward. I will do the same. I will follow you. Best wishes,
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Thanks for the nice note Ruben and thanks for the follow!

I've been pretty hard on my body over the years. I wonder how it still holds up, but I've begun to take it easy and hopefully, I will be able to hobble around after I retire. I sometimes wonder if staying busy at work is what is keeping everything working.

Anyway, take care. I am glad that you can still do stuff to stay busy. With that, I wish you the most success!

JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow John. 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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I'd like to thank you all for adding to my experience here!

I don't recall coming back to my profile page and here are all of these comments. I only hope I haven't offended anyone by not replying to them.

I've had my head buried in learning to do this...well, that and working the job that makes me want to do this.
gmcwilliam Premium
Hi John and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. You have noble causes in trying to replace some (or all) of your wife's income. If you choose a good niche, go through the training without rushing it and ask questions of the WA community, you will achieve those goals (and some). Best luck with your online endeavours. Gary
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I know there is a significant portion of the first training section dedicated to defining one's niche. I felt really confident here and went forward with my initial plan.

As I began to write my first article, which is my only article so far, I realized that I should expand my niche just a little bit.

I have had bariatric surgery and I have had struggles with acting the way my doctor wants me to, so I thought I would address the post bariatric surgery patients.

I felt like this created a rather steep "jump-off" point and feel like I should also discuss what goes into actually getting the bariatric surgery. I decided that this information will form a base for why the post surgical struggles are important to overcome.

Is it alright to realize that you've carved out too small of a niche?

Does it change anything when you change wording on your published website to reflect its new direction?

The articles haven't been indexed yet, so do these types of changes delay the indexing process?

The answers must be here somewhere, but as I continue to familiarize myself with the site, I haven't found them.

Thanks all!
scottpenton Premium
You can always adjust your niche, it should help your rankings when you post about other topics. Readers will get an deeper knowledge of a topic.
KevinRonayne Premium
Is it alright to realize that you've carved out too small of a niche?

- Yes, it is alright, however it actually works in your favor to start very specific and then broaden out as you go. Rather than constantly editing old posts, you can write new posts that reflect new opinions or new understanding, or as you've suggested, a broadened niche. Continue with the training and you'll find out about targeting low-hanging fruit keywords. To do that, you need to keep writing content. Just keep moving forward, and writing. No need to look back too terribly much, but it doesn't hurt to do so.

Does it change anything when you change wording on your published website to reflect its new direction?

- It can, yes, if you've already been indexed and you change the keywords of a post.

The articles haven't been indexed yet, so do these types of changes delay the indexing process?

- No, indexing occurs when Google crawls your site, which occurs at random intervals, depending on how their web bots do said crawling. That said, remember what I said above in my first answer. Also, keep in mind that I am not expert here. I am also fairly new, but have an understanding of how this process works. Keep moving forward, and best of luck to you!
Godsmack12 Premium
The biggest thing to remember is if articles are not ranking making changes can go for the good of the article and help get it ranked.
JKulk1 Premium
Many of us are constantly adjusting our Niche. You will soon see if you're heading in the right direction, your rankings will let you know. Jim
CLandi Premium
Kevin, nice reply to John's questions.

JonathanAll1 Premium
Welcome to WA. It’s participation and persistence to get there and also takes lot of creative thought to process...
Yes, thank you for following. And I 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 and dreams.
Yes www is a big world brought together with WA...

Truely grateful
Jonathan Leslie
@ Facebook / Jonathan Allen
IntroVent Premium
Thanks for the nice note, Jonathan.

It's amazing to me, maybe a little bit funny how so many of us are all together, in a supportive group, yet going in different directions.

Wealthy Affiliate has created a culture of support that is strong enough to do that.

As I read people's posts here, I think of new competitions and their new competitors. Sports like skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding and some 'reality' type competitions like American Ninja Warrior.

The participants truly want to see each other succeed.

It's a fairly new phenomenon, but watch the video of Tony Hawk pulling off his first 900 in the 1999 X Games. Do you see any of his competition standing there looking worried about their prospects for overcoming that moment?

Heck no!

All the skaters are jumping for joy. They love to watch others succeed...to achieve what was once thought to be impossible.

That is the Wealthy Affiliate community.

Thank you for welcoming me. I know I've made the right choice
JonathanAll1 Premium
Most Welcome well said
EvedYejudah Premium
Thank you for following me John. Welcome to the team. You are right, let's do this together and grow helping each other to success. You can count on my and I know you can count on this Marvelous Community too.
At your service.
Best regards,
Luis Antonio😊👍
Ray619 Premium
My Name Is Ray gbu and you're family and welcome to the team I pray that you take advantage of the great opportunity that is offered here at WA, and remember it is totally up to you to make this work for you and you're family. Fact is they offer some great training here at WA and you get to put it into practice while learning it. Well best blessing to you and you're family.
ayeejennell Premium
Hey! Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate, and congrats on going Premium! We have an amazing community here and I hope you take advantage of it if you ever feel stuck!
Good luck to you on your success. :)
Jadatherapy Premium
Hi and congratulation on becoming a Premium member here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Wishing you much success here
marycmiller Premium
I see you upgraded to a premium membership, that is exciting news. Now you can enjoy the great community of people and continue training more in depth. I wish you all the best in your pursuits at Wealthy Affiliate.
IamVirginia Premium
Congratulation on upgrading to Premium! You have begun a journey that will change your life.
Just remember, life is filled with situations where we are faced with a ‘fight or flight’ decision. If you run, you’ll have to face the same fight again. Do you want to change your life? You have to fight for it. But take heart – you are in good company! Don't give up!
Feel free to follow me and if you have any questions, I will be happy to either answer them or direct you to someone who can.

Always remember: the only stupid question is the one that you don’t ask
RobSciubba Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate! You've come to the best place! Follow the training and ask for help! Good luck! :-)
Godsmack12 Premium
Hello and welcome to premium. Wishing you rockstar success.
free4life Premium
The best place to find success, welcome to premium WA. The community here is wonderful. So happy you are here.
IKAWRA Premium
Hi! JohGuiles,
Welcome to WA and Congratulation for getting on Premium membership. I Wishing you the best of success. God Bless! - Lulu
jeooms Premium
Welcome to WA and congratulations on going Premium! You have joined an awesome community with tons of training and support. If you need any help, all you need to do is ask! Best of luck to you!
el-jefe-Kyle Premium
Hey John!

I'm Kyle (not the owner, just a member).

You must have came from my blog and as promised, I'm here to help.

You can get started with the training at any time in the menu on the left side of the screen. You will see the big green button that says "Get Started Here".

If you need any help let me know :)