About IvyT
Joined March 2017
WHY, HELLO THERE.

Call me Ivy. I hail from the east coast of Australia. I'm married, with three kids.

Why blog? I'm about to commence a PhD. I plan to keep a blog as a way of sharing my research, connecting with people whose stories need to be told, and staying on track with planned project milestones.

My topic? I'm researching the security challenges and unethical shenanigans that online business owners face.

Why my interest in learning about affiliate programs? I have a family to feed, and a job to go to, but the scholarships I've been offered require that I step down from work... and that's just not an option!

So here I am, looking for alternative ways to finance the project. I know there must another way to skin this cat - apologies to all cat lovers.

What's my goal? Nothing fancy. A blog that can be an important means of research and outreach, but perhaps... also a modest way to finance my project requirements.

Nice to meet you.
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JanoH Premium
Hi Ivy! Popped over after reading your response re Google+ Profile and Branding page choices! I checked out both your links to branding and lovemarks. Hadn't run into Lovemarks before and it is very much how we pursue our community work. Inspired to research and use the ideas more consciously in my endeavors. So, much appreciated!
Jano
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IvyT Premium
That’s great! So good you found an idea that gels with your approach. :)
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Pernilla Premium
Hello Ivy!

Thanks a lot for the follow back. Happy to be connected with you. Like your comments; wonderful attitude!!

You're working on a great project. We really need ethical rules and standards in the online and social media world.

Wish you all the best and huge success!
:-) Pernilla
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IvyT Premium
Hi Pernilla, thanks so much for your lovely thoughts!

The whole realm of ecommerce is place of such interesting human behaviours and customs. Don’t you think? It really ought to be properly mapped out. And yes, I hope this helps to make it a safer place for the ordinary person trying to make a modest living online.

There are several styles of research I hope to layer each over the top of the other in order to understand things better. Some made of purely human stories, and some purely machine. Fingers crossed!
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Pernilla Premium
Yes, I think psychology and how the brain works is extremely interesting.

I'm looking forward to hear about your discoveries.
:-)
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jetrbby80316 Premium
If I had come to your profile first instead of now, I would have realized why all of your comments are so thoughtful and interesting. But I wasn't active for quite awhile here, and our paths have only crossed recently.

Such an intriguing life you lead. With many intellectual challenges ahead, and immersing yourself in important and interesting research while learning to make a living online.

A life of non-stasis.
It's really great to meet you, Ivy.
I am the richer.
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IvyT Premium
What a beautiful message you’ve left! I hardly feel deserving of it. Yes, life can in its wibbly wobbly way lead us into all kinds previously unimagined opportunities. And crossed paths, it’s been lovely chatting with you here on WA!
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jetrbby80316 Premium
My pleasure. Keep advancing and enjoying!
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IvyT Premium
Hey all, I usually use the weekends to catch-up with messages. If I don’t reply to you as soon as usual, it’s because we’ve just been caught off guard by the unexpected death of one of our beautiful dogs (yes, the one that seemed to have nine lives, and had already returned home from hospital twice after poisonings).

It’s the start to our weekend, and while we normally use Saturday mornings to clean up, we weren’t expected to be picking up these pieces. Take care. Talk soon. I have a bunch of nice young girls to console.
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KathleenOhM Premium
I am so sorry to hear about your everlasting dog. We have not met but I am certain you are truly caring for all those you love with a full heart and loving arms. All the best to your family. I look forward to following you here. Much success and happiness.
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IvyT Premium
Thanks for your kind words. Sunday night now, and we've all had a rather teary weekend. This dog had such a fine personality, and our interactions and affections with her were so frequent that the whole day seems filled with sad, empty pauses. She really mothered the girls like no other dog I've known. :(
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DianneBee Premium
Hi Ivy! I was just re-reading a thoughtful comment you left me 2 months ago.
Your project sounds invaluable...
In another year or so, if I have still utterly failed at working on line I hope to understand why.
Then again perhaps I'll be successful and be reading your published tome on the subject!
Best wishes!
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IvyT Premium
Oh come now, I'm certain you won't have utterly failed at anything. Look at the fabulous stories our most persistent long-term members tell about how they made it work for them! The recurring message from these stories is dedication, and constant tweaking and polishing. Of course you can do that, too. That's not a superpower!
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DianneBee Premium
I can definitely tweak and polish! :)
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NannaGoosey Premium
Sat, Jan 28, 2018

Hi, Ivy. I "discovered" you just today, via a comment you made on a post I was reading. What most interested me about your comment was this: "Google and the giants on the other hand, I know much better than WA, based on my past employment and direct engagement with. I'll be interviewing some of their people for the PhD project."

I'm following you now, with great interest! One request? If you won't be blogging here about your findings, would you add the link to your site in the "Follow IvyT On" section of your profile (or anywhere else, so we can follow your progress)?

I wish you great success with your PhD research and completion, and with getting ample funding for both.


Sharon
(NannaGoosey)
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IvyT Premium
Sharon!!! HI! I do a lot of commenting. So before even getting to the second line, I thought, OH NO, what have I said this time? :o)

For sure, I want to be very careful that I don't break the rules here by spamming all the lovely people of WA. I think my enthusiasm is the way I'm most likely to get into any trouble at all, so it's good to read from others how they've learnt their lessons.

Yes, I will share the link to the project when able to, on the 'follow me' section of this page. Term commences in March, and my goal is to share my research milestones (and difficulties!) in accessible little blog posts that just about anyone can make use of. As the data picture starts to build up, there should also be plenty to share by way of infographic.

Keeping a blog for the project is also an important way of meeting e-comm business owners and hearing their stories (and difficulties!), because one of the grand end-goals for this project is to produce the most extensive survey ever conducted of all online business actors and behaviours. I can't do that without finding subjects! This includes the interviewing of the giants of data science and e-comm, every bit as much as it does the solo-preneur.

So...I hope that you'll all read, and follow, and complete surveys, and yes, tell me about your personal experiences: that one time the terrible-wonderful thing happened, and all the weird and suspect behaviours you've ever been affronted by in your efforts to do business online.

I think pooling all these experiences, and sharing them with the wider community will be a great aid to people trying to undertake business online, without getting burnt.
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Sat, Jan 28, 2018

Oh, no: I didn't mean to cause you concern! Maybe I should work on my lead-ins, lol.

Having just "found" you today, I haven't had the chance to read many of your comments. But - the few I've read are informative and helpful - the opposite of spam. I don't think you need to worry about 'spamming' anyone.

I LOVE what you'll be doing with your blog and appreciate that you'll allow us to visit. Expect me as a regular!

It's so gracious of you, to be willing to listen to us solo-preneurs: I frequently feel our voices are ignored.

Your surveys sound interesting: I'll PM you about them soon.


Sharon
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IvyT Premium
Hey Sharon! Yes, solo-preneurs are very interesting to me.

Imagine this, as part of the project I promise to conduct a giant ethnography of online business actors, and all their values, conventions, behaviours, etc. I should be able to see what works well for them, where the bottlenecks are, and also, where all the risks are hiding.

How could I possibly leave the solo-preneur out of this picture? The solo business owner is like infantry on the front-lines, and they will definitely be seeing and experiencing things nobody else does. I'll vouch a good deal of it is undocumented, and needs to be.

Even today's ongoing debate about 'helping each other' is interesting for the same reason. We have a community of actors trying to figure out and negotiate among themselves, where the limit of helpfulness actually is. It isn't the first time people have wondered aloud if it could be done.

Many kinds of rules, authority, motives etc have been cited in the course of that discussion. I know how this experiment has ended elsewhere, but the idea doesn't ever go to rest for a host of other reasons, which are interesting to study, because they touch on many aspects of the online business owner's existence.

...is that your PM that just appeared on my browser display? LOL
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NannaGoosey Premium
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Sun, Jan 29, 2018

I'm not sure I CAN imagine that, Ivy: my brain is daunted by the sheer scope of such a work. Nonetheless, I can easily see its value.

I don't think anything like it exists anywhere. Color me excited!

... Yes - 'twas my PM that appeared on your browser display. :)
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IvyT Premium
I'm excited too!
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terrycarroll Premium
Hi Ivy and thank you for following. I am of course delighted to follow you in return.
Best wishes here on WA. I am sure you will find everything you need here in the way of help and support.
Please let me know if we can help each other at any time.
Terry
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IvyT Premium
Hey there, Terry, fab to meet you! Thanks for the lovely welcome and offer of support. Really appreciate it.
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terrycarroll Premium
You're very welcome ivy. Hope to talk soon

Terry
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Loes Premium
Hello Ivy,♫Welcome! I am so pleased you found WA. Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun at WA. Thank you for adding me to your network.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. And I share all my interesting findings on my blog space. I have listed them on a blog for you. When you type in “Blogs list top rated by Loes” into the search bar on top, you'll find my goodies under Blogs. 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 2018. See you around, Greetings Loes
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IvyT Premium
Thanks for the lovely message, Loes!
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Bob-1 Premium
Such a pleasure to meet you Ivy! I admire your goal for a PhD. I have a Master of Science degree that required a thesis paper, but oh my, the defending of a dissertation. . . I respect you!

It's great to make your acquaintance Ivy and I look forward to more positive interaction with you and to see your successful blog and reports on your PhD process.

I know, I'm behind the times because I'm new here! But, I have to say, I'm loving it here at WA - so supportive of a community, plenty of information and action to take, it's great! Okay, I'm preaching at the choir.

To our successes this year, I'll be seeing you around. You are the experienced one so I'm all ears and open to your advice!
~ Bob
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IvyT Premium
Hi Bob! Yeah, the community here is great, I think you'll really like it.

As for experience, I can profess to be a professional SME on a certain range of topics, but then I'm here to learn and observe just like you are. There are still gaps in my knowledge you could drive a truck through!

Thankfully, there are many others here you can lean on. You'll find the range of experience here fascinating; the wisdom of many years' collective work among WA members is yours to leverage. Everybody here has some unique and interesting expertise to offer.

I hope you do well with your online projects, whatever form they may take. :)
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Bob-1 Premium
I'm enjoying it so far Ivy, thanks for the advice. Believe me, I take all the advice I can get!
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CarolMeador Premium
Liked your reply to Sharlee aka TeamIceCream. So much to think about, and you expertise is going to be invaluable! Can't wait to get started, but do you need to wait til weather cools off some? There's really no hurry for my site, except that I'm eager to get things rolling. I think it will be such fun (and, of course a lot of work) to work together on this project.
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IvyT Premium
Hiya! Early evening here and we’ve only just returned home from a beautiful day by the river with my PhD guy and his family. I love those people to pieces. It was a funny coincidence we ended up discussing his ideas for collaboration on published articles. Synchronicity! Here we are talking about collaboration still. :)

Back to your idea. Let’s identify requirements:

How long would you like it to be?

How would you like outbound links identified, and presented? (These are links you may like to edit with your own affiliate links later on).

Would you like me to reference any other dancing gear or brands that I was looking at while shopping for dancing shoes?

Do you have any keywords in mind, or would you like me to suggest them?

In what register would you like it to be written - what’s the tone and style you’re aiming for with your project?

Cheers!
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CarolMeador Premium
Thanks for your thought/questions. It's late here now, and I need some time to think about the responses. One thing I'd like your help with, though, is that I am planning to do a page on each of several brands of ballroom dance shoes. Since yours are Blochs, I thought I'd put your guest post on that page.

Was searching for Bloch keywords, and never found anything higher than 80, which Jaxxy rated as "normal". Do you have any ideas for keywords for that page? I tried BochBallroomDanceShoes and BlochBallroomDancingShoes, ReviewofBlochBallroomDanceShoes. Any other ideas?

I'm working on the one for Capezios right now, and the Jaxxy score for CapezioBallroomDanceShoes is 98.

Don't know why it wouldn't be similar for other brands. Surprisingly, there aren't many searches for either. Haven't researched the high end ones like DanceNaturals or SupaDance. Wonder how they will turn out.

Will get back to you on your questions tomorrow.

Carol
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Cindyda1 Premium
Hello Ivy, I love your bio/profile. I will look forward to following you here as I can see you have much to offer the WA community and I am am always interested in "more than one way to skin a cat" LOL! I wish you much continued success here!
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IvyT Premium
Hi Cindy, shining the love right back at ya! You have all the makings of a life-long learner. That's fabulous. Look forward to our time together at WA too!
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Hi Ivy, I just logged in and saw you on live chat. I am way down under in southern Tasmania. How are you going here and have you a website yet. If so put it here on your profile page.

As for skinning a cat (our cats would hate us) I also had to pluck a pigeon when I first went to university in Vancouver. Fortunately (for us only) the animals were already defunct. That put me off biology for sure and I ended up becoming a civil engineer.

Keep in touch.

Helen
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IvyT Premium
Hi Helen, you are so funny! And what a fascinating experience you've had. I promise to spam you all with links to surveys and posts as soon as I have approval from academia to make them go live.

Oh Tassie, I have long wanted to visit. I'm a great fan of mail order gardening catalogues, and my favourite heritage fruit trees come from Tassie. One day! Perhaps during an apple season festival.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Down here in the Huon Valley we also have the winter festival, Morris dancers et al. If you come then bring warm clothes. Let me know if you are ever in the vicinity.
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IvyT Premium
Will do! Thanks so much! The kids are super keen for that adventure.
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Ivy...I had to stop over here prior to answering your comment on my profile. My interest was piqued and certainly, I can say with reason after reading through your bio!

You have a super bright future I think no matter which direction you may choose to travel, and not only that, I have a strong feeling that you will make a huge difference in the world!

Combining your education and study with this platform makes perfect sense to me, as this place and your blog content can offer a mental 'pressure valve' for those trying times while working towards that Doctorate!

I went through almost 4 years of a Doctoral program and was an ABD (All But Dissertation) quite a few years ago, and when life got in the way made a conscious choice (the wrong one perhaps in hindsight) to leave the program...

At this stage in my life, it makes no sense to pursue such a thing again, but I can say that experience added lots of insight to where I am now and to what I am doing. Well worth the effort if you are of the mind to go this route IMO...

Back to your presence here...

I am quite sure that this is a perfect place for you to tap into a wide variety of online marketers. There are other pools that you may want to dip into as you go along, but this is a good one too...

You have a wide variety of people here that vary in experience from none to years and years (i.e. the Co-Founders Carson and Kyle). The information you can gather and collate/use for your study can help so many people...

Cool that you also are into music and musos! This tapping into the right side of the brain helps on so many fronts, from family to school to interactions you may have anywhere. Powerful stuff, music...

I wish you all the best and look forward to reading about your adventures here and with your school course of study! Nice to meet you too!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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IvyT Premium
Thanks so much - again, my goodness, you're always so generous with your detail. I think it's great!

A doctorate at any stage of life has its demands, but there are kooky things afoot when one is a working mum attempting one. When I returned to uni a few years ago, in spite of the numerous disparaging comments about my studying full-time while working full-time, I nabbed every award on offer. It was a sweet reward at the end of a long haul, and proved many people wrong.

Now, preparing the ground for the next few years of research, I'm already getting the same responses, it's so funny. People are cynical, incredulous, but this time around, I've seen and heard it all before. I'm a little less sensitive to people's lack of faith or vision.

Such comments include - 'but don't you have children?' (N.B. - none of my male friends with children undertaking postgrad get this question) and 'oh sure, you'll do that in all the spare time you have' (meaning, you have none, get real). At this point I note under what conditions I completed my last rheem of qualifications. It's getting to be a bit of a record I play now.

Sometimes, I feel that the ambition to go down this path is similar to the cynicism people who've made a go of online business have faced over the years. I've heard stories of similar cynical comments, and dogged persistence from e-comm-ers. So I feel it's a good project for more than one reason!

I've heard US friends use that ABD term before, it's such a shame that people of such dedication and passion withdraw from their programs under the various pressures they describe! We have about an 85% INcompletion rate here in Australia for similar reasons.

Hive five to you for all you've done so far - it's impressive! And thanks once more for your great advice.
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phakacha8 Premium
Hi IvyT.
I like that. Thanks for following back. I can have more details about you.
This is an awesome platform where we can exchange our vision documents. Glad that you are doing your PhD in research works.
I ran through your profile and excitingly love it.
Keep in touch.
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FrankieTrill Premium
Thanks for the love, ivy
I wanna show some love back by sending you my blessings of health wealth and prosperity plus longevity and I encourage you to stay positive and keep striving towards your dreams and your freedoms. (Time, Financial, and Location Freedom) Stay superbly blessed and highly favored Peace
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IvyT Premium
Hey, what generous sentiments! Thank you so very much!
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FrankieTrill Premium
No problem want to put positive energy into your universe lovely peace

FrankieTrillz
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kdforsman Premium
Hi IvyT

Thanks so much for following me - I'm following you too :)
I've been part of the Wealthy Affiliate community since June 2017 and absolutely love it. The support and training are awesome and my sites are starting to generate revenue which is awesome.

You might be interested in my recent blog update here, which talks about the things I learned at WA in the first month;
Please feel free to follow me on social media;
https://www.facebook.com/kdforsman/
https://twitter.com/kdforsman_nz
https://plus.google.com/+KDForsman
(and drop me a line with yours and I'll follow you back)

All the very best with your online affiliate journey, it's exciting times ahead.
Best wishes,
Cheers, Karen
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IvyT Premium
All good advice, thanks for sharing. There's so much to piece together in the early stages! Grateful for the little snippets of wisdom.
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judebanks Premium
Congrats on your research scholarship and commencing your PhD. That is an interesting and challenging research topic.

You will no doubt become an expert in high demand through your research work. Awesome!

Thanks Ivy for adding me as your WA friend. I hope you have a large coffee mug to keep you going. Much success with all of your online endeavors. ~Jude
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IvyT Premium
Thanks Jude! Although I must confess, I'm more the tea drinker than the coffee lover. Always on the lookout for a beautiful new tea!
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judebanks Premium
Reminds me of a friend of mine who lives in Canada. She loves tea, has a huge passion for it and is always experimenting with different blends - but she owns a hugely successful coffee business...lol. I wrote a blog post about this because she is a perfect example of a person with a business mindset. She went into the coffee business even though her true passion is tea.

~Jude
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IvyT Premium
No, really? That is so funny! I think I've always loved the smell of roasting coffee beans, but never been able to enjoy the flavour of the drink itself. But tea... all the time, please. My first experience of a Chinese tea shop (complete with tea masters) was a dream. They look like museums dedicated to tea. The nuance of flavours, the rituals, and the implements. Wow.
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judebanks Premium
Although a coffee drinker, I like tea. When my friend from Canada visited in Australia, of course we had to check out quite a few tea shops, including a few in Chinatown. I enjoyed learning about some of the rituals and the history behind the traditions. ~Jude
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cwelliver Premium
you will find the community here (and yes it is a community) for the most part friendly and helpful, as you grow your online business if you come across an area where you need some input or help you can always reach out to the people in your network or even the live chat. There are always folks in there that are willing to lend a hand. I just recently created a training here in WA and would like to invite you to check it out the concept might be helpful for you to "skin the cat" as you say. It is a great way to help build your business.

https://millionaire-marketing-yoda.com/of6m

We would welcome such a person as yourself in one of our groups with open arms

Until next time.

Dr Carl
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IvyT Premium
Thanks kindly for the recommendations! You had me at the Star Wars reference. ;)
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cwelliver Premium
I am a huge Yoda fan and often post Yoda-isms on my blog LOL
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IvyT Premium
When speak Yodic you do, appreciative fan you will have, no?
:)
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cwelliver Premium
Oh but yes we will.
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IveTriedThat 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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IveTriedThat Premium
Hey Ivy! How's the training coming? Enjoying your time here so far? If you need me to look over anything or want my opinion on what you've done so far, just hit reply and I'll be more than happy to take a look!

Real quick, would you rather have a small lemonade stand on your front yard or be the owner of a global juice empire? I know this is a weird question, but this blog post will help clear things up!
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IvyT Premium
Hey - HI - I'm back on track after realising I'd used two different emails to register two different accounts from the phone and the computer. Thank you for asking. I'll take a look at that roadmap now!
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