About J-KWest
Joined October 2016
Update: June 4, 2019
It’s been a couple years since I updated my profile, so here goes :-)

There are a couple critical moments that brought me to Wealthy Affiliate… the first was in 2015 when I was packing for another 10-day shift (in what we Canadians fondly refer to as the “oil patch”).

My youngest daughter asked me, “Daddy, are you going home to tomorrow?”


I was home, or at least I thought I was.

It hit me like a ton of bricks. To a 5-year-old who rarely saw me, I was a just visitor who stopped in to visit for few days every couple of weeks.

Talk about a transformational moment…

To her, my home was somewhere else and in a way, she was right. I knew then and there something had to change. I mean… I always knew it, but that’s when I “really” knew it.

Me being away was all she knew though. My other daughter was old enough to remember when I did not work out of town. For her it was lot more difficult and I regret not being more aware of that.

And of course, my incredible wife was for the most part, raising our girls on her own. Besides the every day stuff, there were birthdays, holidays, swimming, dance and taekwondo lessons...

You may have had a similar experience. When you knew the path your were going down had to change.

I knew I wanted to do something online, but I had no idea where to begin. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about when I say everything seemed so “shady” online. I checked out a few things, but in the end, decided to just figure it out on my own (aka... without risking my money).

I built my first website that summer with no idea what I was doing or how this “online thing” would eventually change my life. But it did…

That first website went nowhere and I eventually shut it down, but my feet were finally wet and I was learning.

To make a long story short, I found Wealthy Affiliate a year-and-a-half later on Google while trying to find a way make money with this new skill I had acquired.

Of course, I also found a ton more of the shady “make-money-online” schemes and I must admit… I was certain Wealthy Affiliate was just another one. In some ways I remember it like it was yesterday… the hope and excitement but also thinking it was a scam.

What I can’t remember though, are the reasons I decided to upgrade. I’m sure having access to Kyle was a big part of it. It might have been the first month deal but the more I think about it, maybe not... (if you’ve heard the “Alberta oil-patch” rumours of us throwing money (or patch-cash) at stupid things… they are mostly true).

Not that twenty bucks was a lot of money or that Wealthy Affiliate was a stupid thing to throw money at, but I didn’t really know what Wealthy Affiliate was at the time. I half-expected to see my 20 bucks disappear and a clown face pop up on the screen saying “Got You Sucker” :-D

It’s funny when I think about it now and I feel a little stupid that I thought that way, but it’s “making money on the internet”… how can you not be skeptical, right?

What’s even crazier though (and I don't think I’ve ever written about this before), is that I was mentally prepared to spend (or risk) 10K on a way to make money online.

That's where I was the day I sat down to seriously figure this out.

I had hit a serious wall. I hated what I was doing (and what it was doing to my family). I was burned out, depressed and I felt trapped. The program that caught my attention was called the Six-Figure Mentors (I’ve reviewed the Six-Figure Mentors since then and even with my 10K, I would have been another 10K to 20K short).

By comparison it seemed pretty stupid not to give Wealthy Affiliate a shot.

Anyway… here I am, 2 ½ years later.

There were times I wasn’t even sure this was something I wanted to do, which also seems pretty stupid when I look back on it, because I’m WAY happier doing what I do now. It’s not even in the same universe.

Of course, like just about everyone here I can’t count how many times I wondered in the beginning if this thing would even work.

And it’s been been an absolutely crazy journey. Ups and downs, a few wins and countless losses. There were tears along the way and people wondering when I was going to smarten up and quit!

At one point I got WAY off track for the better part of a year and spent a mountain of money on shiny objects, but I’m still here and as crazy as it is, this is now my full-time gig. There's still a long way to go before I reach my goals… but I’m no longer living up north in camps being a Dad by phone.

My next goal is to move my family back home (Vanvouver BC area) and for the first time many years, it’s a real discussion.

If you’re new to Wealthy Affiliate and reading this, I also want to be clear that earning enough to no longer have a boss did NOT happen overnight.

And, although I can afford to not have a “job” and we can easily get away for a few weeks if we choose… I haven’t made enough to put us in a position that guarantees I’ll never have to work a regular job again.

In fact, to make sure we have a little cushion (and to save $$$ for our move back to BC) I’m currently doing about 10 Uber rides from the airport each week (yes… I said Uber).

The airport rides are great for me because I have to sit around for a couple hours to get a ride anyway. Instead of sitting at home or in a coffee shop, I use that time to work online.

Plus… my main site is all about doing side-gigs and having multiple sources of income, so this way I can practice what I preach :-)

My point is this though…

… for those just joining, please don’t think this a way to get-rich-quick. I know most of you don’t expect it to be, but I also think there’s a tiny part of us that secretly hopes it’s possible.

When I joined, I thought there was an outside chance I’d be able to quit my job within a few months if I just worked at it harder than anyone has worked. Nope.

I made a few bucks in my 3rd month but not enough to retire. It was more like a coffee and a muffin at Starbucks.

I’m not saying you won’t retire within a few months, but I also haven’t met anyone who’s done it that fast.

Another question you might have (and you’ll see it asked here by others over and over) is this…

“Does Wealthy Affiliate work?”

My new answer to that question is to ask another question…

“Does the gym work?”

Of course Wealthy Affiliate works. But like a gym, you get out what you put in. If you buy a gym membership and stop in for a few random workouts 3 or 4 times a month… you’re probably not going to see results.

If you hit it hard for a month or two and quit you're probably not going have a body like the guy or girl on Instagram you admire.

Wealthy Affiliate works like that.

This is a full-time income from home we’re talking about here and that’s a huge deal. The words “it’s worth it” don’t even come close to how crazy it feels to take a day off whenever you want. Take two or three… a week if you want.

It’s Monday tomorrow? Who cares…

Of course, you need to keep your foot on the gas but it’s funny in retrospect. There was a time when I’d wake up hours before I had to be at my "job" and think…

“Ugh, I have to write another blog post”.

Now I wake up and think, “I GET TO write a blog post”.

I could be working up north on someone else’s schedule, away from my family in minus 30 (or colder) weather, twisted like a pretzel 80 feet in the air, but instead…

I GET TO write a blog post.

People spend tens (even hundreds) of thousands of dollars to start a business or go to school. And it takes them years to reach the level of success they aim for. If you’re a business owner or post-secondary graduate you know what I mean.

When I became an electrician, it was nearly 6000 hours of on the job training and 36 weeks of full-time school broken up over 4 years.

I don’t regret it for a second but just to compare… I’ve been at Wealthy Affiliate for just 2 ½ years.

Anyway… I didn’t expect my bio/profile to turn into an entire blog post (sorry)… but I’ll finish by saying this…

If you approach Wealthy Affiliate in the same way a business owner would approach their business or University student would approach their studies… it’s absolutely crazy what you can accomplish here.

Thanks for reading :-)
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NWTDennis Premium
Hello Jay ... thank you for the follow. Wow ... your profile update is quite inspiring. And yes ... kinda reads like a blog post, but thank you for sharing.

I don't think I've seen you in the Vegas photos from the SACs, so I suspect the 'quit your job income stream' you have developed is from niche site success.

Actually, when I think about it, a couple hundred WA premium referrals a year may not get you to Vegas, but it's a nice income stream.

I'll bet you can't wait to return to BC, home for Kyle, Carson and Jay. It's beautiful up there. My wife an I took a vacation to Vancouver a few years ago. Gosh it's so beautiful there and a side trip to Whistler was such fun.

Warm regards.
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Hey Dennis, thanks for the kind words :-) I haven't had the pleasure of making it to Vegas yet although I'd love to. At my current pace it'll be a nail-biter this year though...

Having said that I try to set "task-goals" for myself rather than "results-goals" because I can't control results. I know what I want to achieve and I might call them goals in name (like getting my family back to BC), but I can't use results to directly measure and improve what I'd consider to be success or failure if you know what I mean.

I can measure and improve my work ethic and processes though. I can set a new skill I want to learn as a goal for example...

As far as income, WA currently makes up about 25% of my income depending on the month. I promote some other products as well and also earn money through ads and CPA offers.

I see you're in Northern California, not a bad place to live either :-) I've been down into Oregon but haven't quite reached California yet. It's definitely on my to-do list though.

Vancouver is amazing and my wife and are from that area but with the cost of living there now it doesn't make a lot of sense for us head there right now. We're planning to move to the Island where it's a little more affordable... about an hour and half north of where Kyle, Carson and Jay live actually. I went to school on the Island and we have friends and family there so it's kind of our second home.

Hopefully next summer we can pull it off... but I can't count on the results, LOL. I can only focus on the tasks required to make it happen and hope the results take care of themselves :-)

Thanks again for your kind words and I look forward to following your success.

NWTDennis Premium
I like your thinking on Task Goals versus Results Goals. It's like you focus on being productive and measure the results. Sort of a Productivity Plan.

California has changed a lot as a result of the Global Warming issue, but I wont go there. It's getting too close to one of Kyle's NO NOs. But if you love wine, you'll love a visit to our Sonoma/Napa valley region.
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I posted this request for advise somewhere in here yesterday, but for the life of me can't find it. So, here we go again. I like WA and all it offers. It's a fit for me.
I have two current sites up and running...drbobdurham.com and testprepstudyguides. I've never made a dime off either.
drbobdurham.com lists my 3 books with Amazon, has a new blog, and other tabs. It was created by me using WIX. I own the domain name.
testprepstudyguides.com is a conglomerate of sites with tests for people seeking different careers. Seemed like a good idea...and still does - but somehow I've done that wrong. This site was also created by me with WIX. I own the domain name.
I also own other domain names I haven't published sites with yet.
I want to keep the same name and domain drbobdurham.com. and the email. drbob@drbobdurham.com
I like the way this site looks - pictures etc.
I want to keep, if possible - unless you suggest changing the name, testprepstudyguides.com (seems like a good name for a site). All these affiliates are with clickbank.
So why not leave them there and move on to WA?
First it doesn't take much to confuse me and while right now I may be able to switch, in the future this may become a serious problem.
If you look at the blog on drbobdurham.com you will see three questions: who are you, why are you here and what are you going to do about it. Under, what are you going to do about it, I'm wondering if that should wind up being a resource page for differient opportunities like, WA(this would be a wonderful suggestion to those wondering) and the affiliates I have already on testprepstudyguides.com - or each affiliate on that page a separate website.
The domains I secured through the WIX site builder; drbobdurham.com - testprepstudyguides.com and others owned but not yet used.
Seems to me if everything was moved over to WA it would be easier now and in the future...and besides, I need it.
I can't continue building out my first website here, because all my stuff is over at WIX.
How do I get it all over here....beyond my expertise.
Seems to me if everything was moved over to WA it would be easier now and in the future...and besides, I need it.
I planned on marketing WA as one of, or the main suggestion, for those trying to answer the questions, "what am I going to do about it," on the resource page under drbobdurham.com or separate site, or addition to
I'm not sure if I should take the boot-camp rout first or stay in the original and come back to bootcamp.

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I sent you a DM for this one :-)
Shellback Premium
Just stopped by to introduce myself. Wow! I am truly inspired by your Bio. Yours is the most interesting I've read...by far. The way you illustrated the mental process you underwent to journey from where you were, to where you are now....is indescribable! I feel an immediate kinship with you.
I guess most of us here in the WA community can identify with each other precisely because we are here now.
I am 64 yrs old and approaching a retirement I am not ready for mentally or financially! I KNOW what I've got in my hands...I regret not finding this a decade ago.
At any rate, following you now, perhaps you will include me...
J-KWest Premium
Thanks for the kind words :-) I think 80% or maybe more of what we do here is really a mental battle. In a lot cases of we have to rewrite the "scripts" or programs in our heads that have kept us from achieving what we've wanted before.

And I think it's true for all of us...

It's like you said... we identify with each other because we are here. If we were already where we wanted to be before finding Wealthy Affiliate, we probably wouldn't have been looking for it (or a similar opportunity) in the first place. So I think the vast majority of us begin with these mental barriers that have held us back before and dealing with those takes time.

That's the hurdle most of us struggle with to overcome. The actual actions we need to take here are pretty simple. Once you learn them it's just a matter of rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, and so on...

But we get in our own way. Self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of repeating past failures, procrastination, uncertainty, feeling undeserving...

I've experienced all of those and they still nag at me today even though I'm doing this full-time now. The trick is to just keep going forward whether you feel like it or not :-)

Thanks again for reading my entire profile/blog post. Following you back and glad to join your network.

MDehaan1 Premium
Hello J-K, I am just joining Wealthy Affiliate and am excited to on this journey!! I know it will be some long hours and hard work at first but worth it in the future!! I loved reading your post about how your journey started out with Wealthy Affiliate--it shows that with the right mind set determination anyone can Fire The Boss!!
I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
Mary Ellen
J-KWest Premium
Hi Mary Ellen, thanks for reading my long post :-)

Glad to meet you and look forward to speaking with you as well. The journey can be long yes, but I do believe it's not only possible for anyone who wants it, but a lot of fun too if it's approached in the right way.

My hypothesis on this is that we're conditioned for quick results. When we go to a "job" they show us what to do, maybe it takes a couple days training, and then we do it. At the end of the week or two weeks... we get paid.

A lot of us (myself included when I started out) approach this the same way. Just show me how to do it and I'll do it. So we do it, and while we know on a logical level that there's no paycheck coming at the end of the week... there's a hint of emptiness when that time comes.

It's like getting in the habit of having dessert with every dinner, lol. And then one night you finish dinner and go to the fridge or cupboard and there's nothing sweet in the house. You know it's not the end of the world, but it can sure feel like it.

Anyway, before I write another blog post...

It sound's like you have the right mindset already though :-)

Talk again soon,
Hey J-K
I really enjoyed reading your candid blog post above. I've known for years there's no such thing and getting rich overnight.....I do know that it takes not just hard work, but working smartly. I'm just at the beginning of my journey, but hopefully, once I learn the ropes, I'll get to where I'd like to be. I'd better hurry....I'm 58 and sooo ready to launch into things in the online world. Just thought I'd mention that your honest post hit me right in the heart.....I too have fallen for soooo many get rich quick schemes....I've lost count. Time to do things smartly!!
J-KWest Premium
You're absolutely right about working smart, not necessarily hard... but I still haven't perfected that either, lol. A lot of times we think we're working smart but we're really just spinning our wheels, and we don't know that we're spinning our wheels until we spend enough time doing it to realize for ourselves that it's not the right thing to be doing.

I think this is the beauty of the things we accomplish in life though. It's what gives us wisdom, experience and a deeper knowledge of things that only come with actually doing it.

So glad you're here and like you say, ready to launch into the online world. Please reach out when you need help (that was definitely one of those mistakes I made along the way, not asking for help at key moments).

Also, thanks for reading my "blog post" as well and for your kind words :-)

PaulREvans57 Premium
Hi, Jay,

Thanks for following me and joining my network. I've returned the compliment and followed you back.

You live in a beautiful country. I have visited Canada twice, and I nearly migrated there once.

I've been a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate for two years, and I don't regret one day! I'm now a member of the 2020 Super Affiliate Challenge. I'll see it through to the end, and I'll be at the Las Vegas Super Affiliate Conference next year.

I've been reading your WA blogs; I seem to have followed a similar path to yours. I realise (not too late) that Kyle's training is spot on and if followed without trying the latest tweak or trick, then success will follow.

I've spent the past week tidying up my site and getting it back on track. I'm almost there. Tomorrow, I get back to the task of writing content. No more distractions for me!

Best wishes,
Be Happy!
J-KWest Premium
Hey Paul, glad to hear I'm not the only one :-D

Sometimes we have to stray from the path to realize what we had all along, lol. I still struggle as I add new skills to my "arsenal". It's not always easy managing ourselves and making sure we grow while also maintaining our focus.

Wishing you the best on your journey to Vegas and looking forward to reading your posts :-)

Robert-A Premium
Hello Jay And Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate.

Since you joined way back in 2016 you will know by now that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve and there will always be something new to learn.

You must keep referring to the training (it does get updated from time to time).

If you get really stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 490+ blogs I have published within WA.

Feel free to send me a message anytime you get stuck and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.

Have a great day.
J-KWest Premium
Thanks Robert, I'll definitely be checking out your blogs here at WA,

Have a great weekend :-)
Robert-A Premium
No probs Jay and if/when you read my blogs make sure you choose the ones that will help you in conjunction with whatever training you are currently taking.
Have a great Saturday.
CristalB1 Premium
I recently added and published another post, however when I go to the website here or on my WordPress site or back office I can't find it I have the link to it and everything. Perhaps you could tell me why this is happening are where it's at?

J-KWest Premium
Hi Cristal, is this the post that is missing? The Hemp Seed Oil Benefits? It is showing up on your blogroll/homepage when I visit your site. It shows today as your publish date (March 29). Maybe I'm misinterpreting your question... let me know.

Hope all is well, and your site is looking great and these are some fantastic posts. Well written and extremely informative, you definitely have a knack for this :-)
I know that is expected of me to go Premium. The small issue with that is that I am rock bottom broke. What I want to ask is would getting people thru the affiliate program earn actual money to pay for the Premium? I understand the -Create a web page-Create content-Get people interested in the content-Build trust over time- direction of things. As far as content goes I have a decade of experience in kickboxing, a lot of love and some practice for 3D modeling, and I know a little bit about psychology. Any advice would be appreciated :)
J-KWest Premium
There's no rush to go premium. The reason you have free websites available us so you can start the training and put everything you learn into practice, build out your site and upgrade whenever it works for you.

And yes, you can share your WA affiliate link to earn money which could be used to pay your membership. Premium members are paid 50% commission so 2 premium members who joined using your affiliate link would cover the cost of your membership. Here are the program details...


As far as a niche, I always recommend first that you choose something you enjoy enough that you'd do it even if you weren't being paid, for a couple reasons...

One... you don't want this to feel like a job. There's plenty of challenges ahead and trying to motivate yourself to do something you don't enjoy is another challenge you don't need. Besides... most people are already stuck doing a job they have no interest in and the goal is to get away from that.

Two... there will be a period of time when you'll be putting in the hours and not getting paid.

Having said that, mistakes are welcome. My first affiliate site was about the benefits of sleep and although it interests me, when I started writing content I was buried in medical research and literature to make sure what I was writing was accurate. Not fun...

But I still learned the basics during the process and changing direction wasn't a big deal.

So... of the interests you mentioned, which one would you enjoy creating content about the most?
Thanks a lot. It does make sense to make content about something that I could ramble on and on for hours. And for me they boil down to workout specifics and how people think. Game on :)
J-KWest Premium
Sounds like you've got a direction to work with :-)

A couple things to keep in mind when choosing a niche...

You want to target one niche and one audience. Or more specifically... one sub-niche and one audience.

All of this might sound obvious but you'd be surprised how many people get this wrong....

Money is made online when you help people solve their problem, and the better you understand their problem the more effective you will be at helping them.

Where some people get tripped up is they just put stuff out there and hope people click on it. For example... I mentioned my first "affiliate" site being about sleep... but my first blog (before I knew what affiliate marketing was) was a couple years before I found WA and it was meant to be a survival guide of sorts to the 21st Century Economy.

I was writing about personal development, thinking like an entrepreneur, how technology will impact employment, the shift towards a gig economy, reducing consumption and it went on and on...

Not only was I trying to appeal to every person on the planet, there was no way to monetize it because I wasn't solving anyone's problem... I was just sharing my ideas, thoughts and opinions. At best I had created an entertainment blog.

Again, a lot of people get tripped up with this. They create a blog that doesn't inspire action, it only entertains... then they add some random affiliate links and hope people click on them.

It would be like a library trying to fund itself by selling gum and chocolate bars at the information counter.

But you don't want a blog that resembles a library (or a home or a store) where people come to hang out and hopefully buy something. Your blog is a bridge that takes a specific person from point A to point B.

And... another place were people waste time is that they think it's their job to convince people that point B is where they want to go, but you can't convince anyone of anything.

If your bridge takes people to Manhattan, the only people who are going to take it are people who want to get to Manhattan.

In other words, the only people who are going to click on your offers are people who want your offers. It's not your job to convince people to go somewhere they don't want to go.

It's your job to figure out where they already want to go, and take them there.

I (and many others) have banged our head against the wall for years trying to convince our audience to do what we wanted them to do, instead of helping to do what they already wanted to do.

Every once in awhile you get lucky, but my conversion rates were almost non-existent until I figure this out. Most people never figure it out, so they bang their head against the wall for awhile before they quit and tell people affiliate marketing doesn't work.

This is why you need to be specific with your niche and audience. It's hard enough solving one problem for one audience... it gets exponentially more difficult when you dabble in other areas and try to figure out multiple audiences.

The other thing to keep in mind is that your blog is not about you, it's about your reader. Of course we want to share our own experiences and stories, but to capture your reader you're only writing about your experiences and stories in a way that lets them know you understand and can relate to their challenges.

Another way I've heard this explained is that your stories should induce empathy for your reader, not sympathy for yourself. Of course we're not writing for sympathy... but in our readers eyes, when we spend more time writing about ourselves than we do writing about them and giving them something they can use, it seems that way.

These are just some insights I've learned the hard way and hopefully will help you find your specific niche a little easier :-)

I saved your answer and will return to read it again at times. The point is to offer something, to give value and the reason I'm still around is because I do have what to give. Thank you :)
My ability to ask questions here expires in 2 days. Would you be willing to send me a private message with a way to contact you in a way that is convenient for you? I promise it will be strictly related to WA and I will ask you only if necessary. Thank you for all your help
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Albertin2 Premium
Detox and cleanse weight loss product is it a niche ? or can I just name it weight loss. Because I want to target people who want to loss weight.but there is now a lot of categories of products that help people to loss weight. I am confused help me to make the right choice
J-KWest Premium
You can definitely do weight loss as your niche, the trick though is to get very specific. General weight loss is dominated by corporate sites who can hire teams of writers. They do weight loss very well, but what they don't do well is specific topic weight loss.

The more narrow you can "niche-down" the easier it is to dominate a specific corner of that market, and this is where Google and search in general have been going, and will continue to go throughout 2019 and beyond.

I don't know enough about that particular niche without doing some research, but to throw some ideas out there, you might look into detox weightloss for diabetics. Or you could even narrow it down to type 1 diabetics.

Or for people who have certain food allergies, etc.

This is where you brainstorm and if possible narrow it down using your own experience, something you can personally relate to.

Not only are these hyper-targeted niches easier to dominate and rank, but they have the highest level of searcher intent and ability to connect with your audience, because they know you're not just speaking to people in general but you're speaking to their exact situation. To them.

And other people with those exact circumstances are visiting your site as well and everyone shares a common bond which is how online communities come together.

Once you've brainstormed and come up with 5 - 10 specific ideas you can do keyword research and SERP research (search engine results page to see what others are doing) and see which one of your ideas has the most potential. You're looking for the most popular sub-niches with the least amount of competition.
Albertin2 Premium
Thanks for your good advice.
J-KWest Premium
No problem, let me know how it goes 😊
Albertin2 Premium
I find another niche which is the best pet tracking and activity monitoring.I just don't know what to name my website .that's what I decide to do
Albertin2 Premium
I just struggling with the introduction that I am kind stuck .maybe you could help me out?
Albertin2 Premium
I want to focus on wearable technology. And for now I just want do for the wearable for the pets
J-KWest Premium
I think that's a great niche. As far as an introduction, let me know what in particular are you struggling with?
Albertin2 Premium
I am struggle to make a nice introduction. I have listed and write the descriptions and price of each tracking device.now I want help how to make the introduction that impress the read.
J-KWest Premium
So, successful marketing is all about connecting with your audience. Why would they be interested in buying the product... and what are the benefits (not the features).

For example, the feature is that it provides tracking data for your pet...

The benefits are
- it helps to keep your pet safe
- it helps you be there for your pet when they need you most
- it helps to ensure that your children never go through the pain of losing a pet... family member, in that way.

Those are examples of benefits and those are what matter to people.

It's also important to know what kind of pet owner buys a tracking device. I haven't researched this, but my first guess is people who think of their pet as a family member, not just a pet.

But another angle to consider is people who buy pets for protection or security. They have a monetary reason to locate their pet.

Service dogs are another example.

Here's a post you might find helpful. It has some good information about writing product reviews. Also... my apologies for the delayed response. I started typing this up in my phone yesterday and got interrupted abruptly... sorry about that :-)
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Hi JK,
I changed the theme and figured it out! Sorry! I appreciate your patience in advance.

I find myself naturally recommending books regarding my niche. How do I set up affiliate marketing for books?

So far I am really loving the community at Wealthy Affiliate, Thank you so much for your support:)
J-KWest Premium
Hope you're liking your new theme :-) I know it can be difficult early on to find the right one.

As far as recommending books, my first go-to would be Amazon because it's the largest online bookstore. You can also recommend products as well so setting up an Amazon affiliate account is valuable.

The challenge with Amazon is that an affiliate account/link for Amazon-com is different than Amazon-ca, Amazon-uk etc. To solve that problem you can use a service like geniuslink to consolidate each account into a single link that you can share on your site.

If you're recommending books from a particular online niche bookstore you can always get in touch with them directly to see if they offer an affiliate program if it's no already listed on their site.

Google Play and iTunes also have affiliate programs and both have a huge selection of books. The problem is that if you send people to iTunes with your affiliate link (for example) and only 20% of your audience buys books from iTunes while Google Play and Amazon make up the other 80%, you're missing out on a lot of sales.

People buying books from Google Play is relatively small as well. I think Amazon accounts for something like 71% of all ebook sales while the others (which also includes Kobo and Nook) are fighting for the other 29%. So Amazon is by far your best bet when recommending books.

Hope that helps,
VLoveland Premium
Thank You Jay, that helps a lot:)
VLoveland Premium
Hi JK,

Couple of things I could use help in. :)

I'm stuck in the portion where I need a website to review, but there aren't any websites to review.
Just wondering why it isn't an even 1 for 1, because then I could move on in the training.
I looked around and some folks say it takes up to a week before there are sites to review.

2. for the one website that I did review, his content is terrible. And yet he is getting feedback that is saying the contrary. Hamsam has a great niche with schools and technology, but I'm pretty sure that anyone reading his website is going to see all the links at the end of his articles that do not make sense and suspect something is up. That is not what i said in my review. But because his website was the last available to review, he has a lot of other people not being straight up with him. And I think it will hurt him in the long run. just sayin'

Thanks for reaching out to me earlier on, that's why I chose to ask you.

Vicki Loveland - vloveland - mehealingnow.com
J-KWest Premium
Hi Vicki, thanks for reaching out. That's awesome you're making your way through the training and following all of the steps.

I must admit it's been awhile since I've gone through the training and I can't remember which lesson requires you to give site feedback. Also, there have been updates since I started.

Having said that, I do remember running into similar situations and when it was necessary I skipped over some items so I could keep moving forward and went back to them later.

When it came to site feedback specifically, I do recall an experience similar to yours. I was giving feedback on a site that had multiple pop-ups coming at me from all directions, opt-ins and offers everywhere and it was impossible to actually read the content without constant distraction.

Like you, I noticed other people complimenting this person on their site. It was couple years ago now and to be honest, I can't remember if I was honest and critical, or if I took the path of least resistance and went along with what everyone else was saying.

All we can really do when giving feedback is share our thoughts and user experience without being too critical. People put so much time and effort into their work, and we're all very proud of our sites.

For those of us who keep at it though, eventually we become our own worst (or best) critics :-) I kick myself at times for the mistakes I've made with my site and it's scheduled for a redesign soon.

I think it's awesome though that you're concerned with giving accurate feedback to help ensure others are successful. You can always send Hamsam a private message and gently share your thoughts without critiquing his site publicly. I've had private messages from some members who have done that for me and a different perspective is always welcome.

Not sure if I've been any help here, but please let me know if there's if anything else I can add.

VLoveland Premium
Thank You Jk. This is a big help. I didn’t realize that I could skip ahead. Yay

I tried to be gentle but honest as well. I think it is more kind that way. Hopefully I wasn’t to harsh. I will keep private messages in mind

Thanks again, Vicki Loveland
ttxlp9 Premium
Hi Jay, thanks for your follow. My website is currently with Site Sell. I've had the website for 8 years now and it has never (and I mean NEVER) even covered the cost of the hosting. I'm now looking at WA in the hope that I can up my excitement and energy for the website again. Regards, Lesley
J-KWest Premium
Hey Leslie, hope everything is going well and you're getting into the training. I left some notes on your profile regarding your site, which is Awesome by the way. 😀

isaiahChah Premium
Hello Jay
I am sure you attracted me to WA through your review on BTCclicks. I am really enthusiastic about making it here at WA. But i am stuck with trying to register my domain and its making me a bit frustrated because i want to learn with action SiteDomains has refused to register my domain name with a message stating risk mode but my account has been debited 13.99dollars through mastercard.It seems its because i am from Cameroon as someone suggests. i am trying to contact support for this. What do you advice?Thanks Isaiah FC
J-KWest Premium
Hi Isaiah, I haven't run into this one before. I'll send Kyle a message and see if I can get an answer for you. Sorry for the inconvenience.

J-KWest Premium
I sent of a quick message to Kyle, I know he get's a crazy amount of questions so not sure how quickly I hear back but I will let you know as soon as I can.

isaiahChah Premium
JK, its all OK now. Some one in the community had this problem and his money was returned over 4 times. They just returned mine!
Only I need to have s more certain means to pay as am in Cameroon before I proceed.
My spirits are high once more.
WA is really a great place
J-KWest Premium
Ok, thanks for the heads up. Glad it worked out :-)
terrycarroll Premium
Hi Jay 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.
J-KWest Premium
Thanks Terry :-)
JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow Jay. 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 :)
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
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
GomMagtibay 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.