About J-KWest
Joined October 2016
Hi, my name is Jay and I live in Canada with my wife and 2 beautiful daughters. I've made a few attempts at starting an online business in the past, but without proper direction I couldn't seem to get any traction.
We don't know what we don't know... and now that I call WA home and have met and learned so much from the training and people here... I now know, I didn't know much back then.
I wish I had found WA sooner. As my daughters have grown up my job has taken me out of town, sometimes 80% of the time. It's all I can do now to catch up and earn an income from home so I don't miss anymore of their childhood.
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CarolMeador Premium
Hello, Jay. Welcome to WA and to my network. I am following you back. As you work your way through the training, don't hesitate to ask for help from our awesome community if you get stuck. There's always someone who knows the answer and will be happy to help you. Best wishes in your online journey to success. Carol
CoachGom Premium
Hi Jay, I've been in the SiteComments reading your blog. I was amazed to your style of writing and I like the way you do reviews. Balanced reviews and not biased against this and against that. So, I decided to look for your profile here and follow you.

New friends, new working partners here in WA. Cheers! :)
J-KWest Premium
Hi Gomer, thanks for the follow and kind comments. I look forward to reading your stuff as well :-)
SimplyT Premium
I can identify with what you said in your profile. Especially the part about "proper direction" and "we don't know, what we don't know." That is so true!
I attempted building a business a number of times - I can't even count them. But the important thing is to try again. Earning an income from home - or anywhere, just makes sense to me. This time I'm learning more and taking action (specific steps). I am so busy with my children and my husband has 3 jobs, but I cannot let that stop me.
Here's to your success!
Loes Premium
Hello Jay,♫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
laparra1 Premium
Good evening Jay,

What a nice family photo you put on your profile.
I don't have such a family but take care of 4 cats, one dog, and a better half.You have been in WA quite awhile, I hope it has been a success for you and that you are earning the income you wished for.
Perhaps you care to take a look at my post on the world library, you might find it helpful.
Thank you for the follow and good luck.

Regards, Taetske
bmontes Premium
This is how I had to add my premium theme. It was too large to do it the easy way.

There are more trainings, just use the search bar to find other ones.
J-KWest Premium
Thanks, really appreciate the help. Now I have to figure out how to get my ftp password since I haven't been a premium member long enough.
bmontes Premium
Just click on site rubix, then site domains

choose which domain and click on settings and go to ftp access and you will see your password
J-KWest Premium
Thanks. The password is hidden for the first 30 days of being premium, but I just sent a message to tech support to see if they could help.
Kyle Premium
Jay, I see you are making some good progress through the Affiliate Bootcamp. Just wanted to pop by and see if you need a hand with anything?

I also wanted to mention the success rates of Bootcamp. Absolutely everyone that has taken action on all of the phases of Bootcamp has a business that is generating consistent income online. MANY of these folks are going to be at our super affiliate conference next year.

I want this to be you and I want you to succeed with your promotions. So, please promise me that if you ever need a hand or feel stuck as you move forward, that you will get in touch with me!

Trust me, I know things can be a little overwhelming sometimes and I don't want you feeling like that.

Anyways, just checking in. Get back at me if you need anything Jay.
J-KWest Premium
Thanks Kyle,
My only challenge so far is finding time. I'd like to get my sites up and running right now, but have to settle for chipping away at them bit by bit.
I appreciate your help and will definitely have some questions along the way. For now I'm just building out my 'bootcamp' site by re-purposing and modifying some content from another site I built last year... one with a decent idea I think, but stalled without a direction.
I'm really enjoying it here though and wish I had found you guys years ago.

Thanks again,
Kyle Premium
Sure, sounds good Jay. You work through things as your own pace and what makes the most sense to you. I will be here to give you a hand every step of the way and the thing is, you have a LOT to look forward in the years ahead. The past is the past, the future is exciting. :)
MAHlR Premium
Congrats on going premium Jay, now it's time to start utilising the tools you've unlocked and start implementing all the information that WA has to offer to you, don't let it go to waste!

It's very important that you follow the steps and complete the certification course to fully take advantage of the premium status.

Best of luck to you and if you ever need help with anything don't hesitate to contact me for assistance :)
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! :)
LouisaB Premium
Hello Jay,
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate University:
Congrats on joining a wonderful community. I'll louisab a helper here at WA. I just dropped by to see how you are doing with your NICHE and GOALS?

You have joined a huge community at WA. They are helpers and are waiting to cheer you on.

Today, you have made the best decision that you will ever make to change you life by started an internet marketing business. The good thing about WA is that you have Kyle and Carson the founder and CEO of the company readily and available to help you and answer any question you may have. What other company have you worked directly with the A CEO.

ANYWAY, you have all the tools, support and lessons you will need to get started with. By the way, go ahead an choose your NICHE. I am sure you already have one in mind. Can,t wait to see your first post. Here are the three goals to write out.

1. Money goal
2. Non-Money goal
3. Financial goal.

Again , if you need help I am here to help you.

Continued Success!
J-KWest Premium
Thanks for the nice welcome, and your support.
MikeLambert Premium
Hi Jay, 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
J-KWest Premium
Thanks Mike (I can't say enough thanks). I've been searching for something like this for years... how did I miss it? It's not for lack of research or trying, but I'm a skeptic so my BS filter is also my blindspot. I'm shocked by the community response already and the support. Now... back the training :-) I'll check in as I move along here, and look forward to working with you.

MikeLambert Premium
Hi Jay just finished replying to you on my site, my two fingers are hurting, lol. Glad to have a potential Islander on board. There's so much crap out there it's hard to find the good ones amongst all of the you know what.
You won't find too much BS here, kind of a meat and potato outfit. Keep it basic, you have access to a keyword tool here that's all you will need, don't buy any tools or plugins, you don't need them. There are many here that are like a spring salmon chasing a lure and will tell you that this is needed and that but you don't want to get caught up in that.
Remember two things you want to accomplish here:
1) build a website
2) add content
Pretty simple for some, pretty hard for others!
The course you will be taking is pretty straight forward, pretty basic but it will make sure you have a really solid foundation, if you find it to simple for you because of your experience level have a look at WA's bootcamp, you don't have to sell WA just use that format and instruction for your own niche, works well!
Talk soon Mike.
J-KWest Premium
Hi Mike,
Really appreciate the quick response on your site. I was going to reply there, but figured I might as well move the conversation into this forum. I had to smile at your description of the ferry ride. We were there for a couple weeks this past July and every time I'm on the ocean... or just near it, the smell awakens something primal so to speak. Hard to describe. The scenery also never gets old. I still have vivid memories of first moving to Nanaimo in the early 90's to take Business at Malaspina. I've been trying to find a path back ever since. We have friends that live there, my Mom was there for 5 or 6 years (before we had kids) and my father-in-law used to live there. It also used to be my sales territory when I was living on the mainland so I've spent a great deal of time there... but haven't been able to call it home yet.
Back to the business of things... my current site is definitely a labour of love, but I'm not sure it's the best project for me to begin with. I'm definitely not going to shelve anything, and from what I've learned recently here I can definitely visualize an eventually direction to monetize it. But it would be great if you had a look. Not sure if I should post a link here, or private message. Let me know.
I like that you believe in keeping it simple. I've actually put a lot of effort into making my site clean and minimal. I always joke that if I was single with no kids I'd live in a one room condo with Japanese style walls and only a pillow in the middle.
I have a new logo/banner that I haven't posted on my site yet so pay no attention to the current one.
As far as niche's go... I may be the oddball here. I had no difficulty coming up with one and as I tend to jot down ideas throughout my day I have nearly 3 dozen ideas for individual posts with product tie-ins. Having built my other site though... I also know the effort involved to turn those ideas into content. But having this support and community, with a definitive path is something I've never had before. So plugging away at it with a "road map" to follow is something quite different from putting in hours without direction... or even a destination for that matter.
Like I said on your site. I'm not in a rush. That's not to say I'm only here to tinker once in awhile without a goal... I just mean, I have no problem putting in months of effort building a foundation before I see results.
I am starting to come up with some questions, and I'd like to go over my niche idea with you before I build my site. Not sure of the forum "etiquette" here. Should those discussions be moved to private messages (I'm not even sure if that's an option here). I'm about to watch the building your site video right now... but I want to say again, a huge thanks for all your help. I know your time is valuable and can't express my appreciation enough.

MikeLambert Premium
Hi Jay, just drop me a link to your site here and I will have a look, just put something like "hey mike could you have a look at this" normally they don't like links but you can sneak it through like that.
I am not sure if PM is an option for you under the starter membership but you can go to my site and go to my "about me page" and email me directly if you want.
I look forward to working with you Jay, sounds like you really understand the process and what it takes which is refreshing.
Talk soon Mike
J-KWest Premium
Hey Mike,
I just recommended a friend to your page. He liked what he saw, but instead of clicking a link he Googled Wealthy Affiliates and signed up outside of your site. We're wondering if there is a way for you to still get that referral.
J-KWest Premium
As far as my site... when you get a chance can you have a quick look? www(dot)evolvecommunity(dot)net

I'm ready to get started in my WA site but hoping to get your advice regarding domain choice. I was planning on using a "brand" domain but reading some of the blogs here I think I've been convinced to go with a keyword domain. Should I be using something like Jaaxy to drill down on something specific?
MikeLambert Premium
Hey Jay I looked at your site and it looks great. Personally I think your message would be supported with environmentally sensitive products. I could easily tie in say solar products, environmentally sensitive cleaners for example. I did a quick keyword search on topics like solar lighting and dyi solar kits and the results were very good, a fair amount of traffic and not much competition.
I am not sure if you are familiar with keyword tools but they are a must, wa has one here that you can use.
The green means there is low competition which is under the heading QSR anything under 200 is good.
You could write reviews on products and supplement that with environmentally charged posts I think this fits well with your websites theme, "Evolve" is a great name and could easily include moving into more eco friendly products.
Your site needs nothing it is very nicely laid out, very easy to navigate, not cluttered, it could be a force for sure.
Here are some keyword screenshots, look at the data and let me know what you think. Having an electrical background you could do even the smallest reviews on say lightbulbs, your site could really branch out in many sub niches of the whole environmentally friendly broad niche.
Only one downside for the future, always go with a .com they carry more weight with Google and if someone buys your version with a .com can cause some issues down the road, no biggie though. Here's the screen shots attached....
MikeLambert Premium
I know you thought I was smoking something when I mentioned light bulbs but look at this screen shot, ton of green, could be good!
J-KWest Premium
Well, you've definitely given me something to think about. It never occurred to me that someone could end buying the .com version. It seems a little presumptuous to be worried about it at this stage of the game, but it does concern me looking out years ahead. Primarily because the site could branch out in so many directions. It's original purpose was personal development. How do we adapt to the accelerating pace of change, and the unprecedented number of global issues (economic, technological, environmental). It covers why we need to change, but more importantly... how we can change. Ironically... starting an online business is one way to insulate ourselves from the economic effects of these changes (a potential way to promote WA)

Having said that, I'm not out to reinvent the wheel either. Light bulbs are a good idea and they don't stray from my message.

At the risk of losing focus, I can see a multitude of different avenues all connected to my site. It's all about how we can (and maybe should) change.
Light bulbs and environmental products fit into that.
Diversifying our income is another.
Taking better care of our health so we can adapt more effectively to change and uncertainty (of course health leads down many roads... One of them being my original niche idea... improving the quality of our SLEEP)

Sleep opens up doors to pillows, linens, mattresses, mattress toppers and covers, black out curtains and Sleep Masks, and so on. It could cover a narrow and targeted line of supplements.

Sorry to get off on a tangent. There are other directions I can go here... but my question is,

It will take months... years maybe to grow this site in all those directions which I'd like to do. But I'm concerned about having all my eggs in one basket. Would several smaller sites be more effective and durable in the long run?

Of course either way... my immediate goal is to focus on one small area (like light bulbs) and start growing my site.

Sorry for all the rambling and questions. I just want to get it right from the start so I don't end up wasting a lot of time down the road.

MikeLambert Premium
You're not rambling Jay just thinking out loud. This believe it or not is a common issue that many have. I won't call it a problem per say but it can be if it leads to in action or going to broad.
When you are content marketing you never want to spread yourself thin. Google rewards authoritative websites with high rankings which means traffic and you guessed eventually sales. When you spread yourself out with multiple sites or go to broad with your website you just scratch topics, you don't become the authority you should be because you are bouncing from topic to topic. I never move to another topic on my site until I feel I have captured Google's attention and there premium rankings, only then do I start to branch out.
The light bulb idea is just one small niche to give you an idea where that site could "evolve" to, same as solar, environmentally sensitive cleaners and so on.
Sleep deprivation is a huge health concern and affects many people but it is a niche that you have to find products that people will buy online, I did a jaaxy search and masks on it's own looks very promising.
I have attached a screenshot of sleep apnea masks, good traffic, virtually no competition. You could write post on effects of sleep deprivation, helpful tips on easing the effects, treatments and reviews of sleep apnea masks and other related products.
I feel you have a good one here Jay, let me know what your thoughts are.
Also if your friend wants my help I talked to Carson and if your friend gives me his name and username he can be flipped over to me if he signed up through WA's home site, totally up to your friend it just means he gets linked to me and works with me thats all.
I may be putting words in your mouth by narrowing it down to sleep apnea Jay, but I am talking from experience on this. Most people who fail go to broad with their niche selection and don't capture Google's attention, you only need to be the go to guy with one small su niche to make a great living online.
It's tempting to want to cover all the bases but that's not how IM works, you want to own a niche, you want to own that traffic, remember, keep it simple.
Let me know your thoughts and lets get started.
informational posts
reviews on any products sleep apnea related, masks, pillows, treatments, ear plugs, you name it, you will be the sleep apnea go to guy, that's your goal!
Talk soon Mike.
J-KWest Premium
Thanks, I think I'm clear now. I'd like to build out my current site so it's authoritative within it's niche... which for now I'm painting with a broad brush with all the areas I'd like to cover.

However, within each sub-niche I can still expand and become the authority on that topic... one at a time. Particularly if the product is relatively obscure. If few people are tackling a topic, I could probably be pretty thorough and competitive with just a handful of decent posts. Is that correct?

I spoke with my friend. When he Googled Wealthy Affiliates it looks like he just clicked a random link and followed that path to sign up... so he ended up joining under someone else. Sorry about that. I was trying to get you another referral, plus I know he could really benefit from your help.

When we get our premium membership, WA only covers the hosting, not the domain purchase and cost. Is that correct? I'm researching now how to change my domain, which doesn't sound too difficult since I don't have a ton of redirects or traffic yet.

Once I get that done I'd like to move it into WA.

Am I on the correct path with that?

MikeLambert Premium
Absolutely Jay I love your site like I said before, even mentioned it to my wife, the name is awesome and I think you really have a good start and I feel you have a great theme going.
You are exactly right, build out every sub niche topic to it's fullest. In most cases it takes 15-20 posts to get Googles attention and after that it depends on your competition in that niche. So you need to start with one topic and explore as many tangents of that topic expressing your thoughts in roughly 1000 words, don't get to carried away, you will lose your audience but you need enough words to get a clear message across to your readers.
Let me know what your first post topic and post title will be and I will run it through my keyword tool and check for optimization.
Yes you need to buy your domain, hosting comes with your membership, plus WA backs your site up daily and has unreal security with their hosting which is great.
ps appreciate the referral try, have a good one, just writing an article to publish tomorrow so I had better get back to work.
Talk soon Mike.