About Jay Gumbs
Joined January 2007
My name is Jay Gumbs and I’ve been doing affiliate marketing since February 2006. I’ve been doing it full time since March 2009 when I decided I was consistently making enough to quit my job as a civil worker.

I’m proof that you can make money online from anywhere in the world because where I come from, a small island in the Caribbean called St. Vincent and the Grenadines, most people don’t even believe that it is possible. Still I get my checks in the mail on a regular basis and deposit them at the local bank.

I got started making money online after seeing an ad in the back of Small Business Opportunity magazine. I had been looking for ways to make money because I wasn’t happy with what I was making at the job.

I had tried MLM – you may have heard about Quixtar. That wasn’t for me especially in St. Vincent. I had wanted to do some other offline businesses but they never got off the ground.

The magazine ad would eventually lead me to advertising affiliate programs on Google Adwords where I made my first sales commission of $29.00.

This first sale got me hooked on affiliate marketing and I made it my business to learn everything I needed to know in order to make this a full time gig.

I would say that I failed a bit though in the beginning because I was trying to learn everything on my own and after a while during the first year I wasn’t making any money. There was something I was missing and I didn’t know what it was until January 2007 when I joined Wealthy Affiliate.

I’m pretty much a regular guy who loves to have fun. Guess I didn’t mention it before but I’ll be 37 in December.

I hang out with friends on the weekend, hit the clubs or the beach depending on which friends.

If and when I do travel, I usually like to go to Florida around the Ft. Lauderdale area where I have some family. I spent Christmas 2009 there with my mother and my uncle.

As far as hobbies, I love playing chess but the thing that I love most is listening to music and trying to figure out the samples. My favorite genre is hip hop but I grew up on basically everything from reggae, soca, blues, country and rock music so I pretty much listen to everything.

I’m still trying to figure out how to make money from my passion for sample based music.

That’s me in a nutshell. Add me to your network and let me know if I can help you in any way.

Peace.

Jay
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Hi Jay,
I am retired and living in Costa Rica and bought into an affiliate marketing company, and have not earned a dime yet. I am looking to see if this might help me in getting that going and also maybe delving into other areas. I am not adept at Wordpress, and built my website at Godaddy. So, I after looking at the training for the web building, I might consider controlling it from here. I love music also, and used to be a drummer in rock bands (just local in California), and then went into the workforce. I am not here in Costa Rica and playing drums again and living the dream, but I need more challenges and more money to travel. Hopefully, this program can help.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
You're definitely in the right place. I can tell you that for sure. For what Wealthy Affiliate will teach you it's better to go with Wordpress than Godaddy. I've reviewed their web building software and it's not very affiliate friendly ( at least not for the type of work you have to do here).
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Thanks for the welcome Jay. I was with WA several years ago and now I have returned because I've seen the rest and I wasn't real impressed. Jay I read that you love music, me too pal. Anything with a few exceptions like heavy metal and rap, I'll listen to. It's been a life saver for me on a few occasions. I'll keep in touch.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Glad to see that you're back Gary. I don't really like heavy metal either but most other music I can enjoy.
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Hi. Thank you for the kindness, it is greatly appreciated. I have so many questions, if you wouldn't mind? Please feel free not to answer anything that you feel is too intrusive.
How long having you been doing this affiliate thing? Have you made a considerable, meaning like 1million plus? How much time do you put into this a day? Did you waste a bunch of money before you found WA? Is what you said what you honestly believe and is that part of being an affiliate, actually using the products that you pick. Thanks again for connecting. Look forward to hearing from you Jay.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
1. Since 2006.
2. Yes, but not a million.
3. 3-4 hours a day
4. Not really.
5. Whatever I say is what I honestly believe.
6. I try to use the products that I promote but when I can't I do thorough research so that I can present my opinion based on the facts.

Lots of questions that shouldn't really affect how you proceed here but I answered them anyway. I can't go into detail on them though.
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Hey Jay, I'm author of four poetry books( Amazon both formats Ebook and Paperback). First i want try WA for free. If here I find interest in what I write and many poetry lovers I will move to a Premium state of premium membership. If not, I will return to my old blog.
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Hey Jay, thanks for your review on, sorry i forgot , but it was good it lead to WA. cant wait to get started.
i have a question.
the website i make through here are mine correct?
this is like a warehouse where you store your stuff and manage it but the stuff is yours?
im new to all of this. but want to get it going
thanks in advance
Will
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Yes everything is yours. If you make a site then you own that site and its content.

You're here to start a business and WA provides the tools and resources as well as the know-how to allow you to run your own business.

Don't worry if it all sounds foreign to you now because the training will take care of all that.

Thanks for trusting my recommendation and getting here. I have no idea which review you checked out on my site but I'm glad you did your research.

Have a great week and enjoy the course.
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Hi Jay.
Thank you for getting me here.I've been trying to succeed on line for a while now and all I've been getting is, soul-less people's shiny objects.Excited to see where this leads.At $100/day or $3k/month income,(minimum) and I am a happy man. looking to connect with you bro.
Peace
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I feel you . You're in the right place now to achieve those goals and I'm going to help you along the way when you need it. Have a great week.
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Hello Jay and thanks for the chance you gave me to join WA through your article in your blog about wealthy-affiliate that is awesome!!!
I am not a total newbie but i haven't manage to make the diffrence till now and i think that this platform will help me finally...

What is your suggestion for starting?

Thanks again and hope to help me find out my path to sucess!!!
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Jay Gumbs Premium
The training here is designed to get you set up and help you make progress in building a profitable online business. Start with the Beginner course and ask plenty of questions when you come across something you're not sure about.

That's the best starting point. You're doing well so far.
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MTruelock Premium
I’m good, thanks for asking! I’m new to all of this and really don’t know where to start! I know that I am a single mother and I HATE, HATE, HATE having to take my kids to daycare!! I know that people legitimately make money from home online, and if anybody can do it, I can! I do need guidance!! Any advice you can throw my way will be greatly appreciated!! Thank you-
Michelle
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hi Michelle. I know the feeling. Guidance is my middle name so please ask questions while you're going through the course. Ask as many as you like. You'll always get an answer from me.
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MTruelock Premium
That’s great to know!!
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sedrvaleads Premium
Hey nice to meet you! I am looking forward to using this site to build a powerful affiliate marketing business. I want to use VA's to do a fair amount of the setup and marketing for the business as I have a lack of time. What kind of suggestions do you have for me? Also which tasks would you suggest subbing out and which should I do myself?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I see you just joined and I'll say you're definitely in the right place Josh.

My advice would be to go through the course to get a feel of what here and then you can decide which tasks are better suited for the time you have to work with and which tasks to outsource. But don't skip going through the course though. It's what makes WA work for many.
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Yes I would to and I couldn't find the papers that I had written down on this site I thought I lost you but I do want help to get on I don't want to be at this job that I'm at any longer been here for 14 years and haven't moved anywhere and I still got to work day and night just to barely make ends meet I don't want to do that anymore I'm ready to move forward on with my life but it's hard so I'm ready
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I know what you're saying. Take the time to go through the training and do something everyday that moves your business forward. This could be the beginning of a full time second income that could replace your job. The training can be accessed on the left hand side. I'm here for support if you need anything.
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Hi Jay, I'm from the Caribbean as well and have been going through many affiliate sites trying to find one that would work for me because of where I live I constantly run into dead ends (Dominica). I ran into your blog after doing some researches on google and I am inspired and confident that this one may be what I've been looking for. I appreciate you reaching out and will be happy to stay connected.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
That's great. I'm always happy to connect with out Caribbean people. Glad you found my blog and made it here to WA as well. Let's keep in touch - you're my referral so that is easy for me - I get an email any time you post or ask for help.
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AffiliateRim Premium
Hi there Jay, thank you for writing a very good article about this site. I have been wanting to promote "5 minute profit sites" on Click Bank and just went on to check online if it was a good deal. That's when I have come across your article reviewing the offer. In that article You have mentioned WA so I decided to check it out. I hope this will be my best experience while learning how to become successful affiliate. For now I will use my free 7 days to view through it and if it gets me knowledge and I'll see potential in it I will subscribe to premium member. Again huge thanks for the articles!
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I'm glad you got some value from that article. I'm sure that you will love it here because WA has everything you need to succeed at affiliate marketing.
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Kickbacked Premium
Hi Jay

Enjoyed reading your bio and how you got your start in WA.
Also noticed that you have been a member here since 2007 which mainly caught my attention!

If you wish to connect with me through social media, you can click on the links which are available on my profile page on the right side just below where my posts are located!

Have a great week!

A biento!

Tim
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Jay Gumbs Premium
No problem Tim. I'll check them out.
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Kickbacked Premium
Hi Jay

Thanks!

Have a great week!

Tim
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DC3010 Premium
Just wanted to say hello. I'm new to this business and this site looks amazing. I was thinking of joining a MLM company when I stumbled across your "Affiliate Marketing vs MLM" blog while searching for a good way to make money online. I am so glad I found you. Thank you!
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Jay Gumbs Premium
You're welcome Dc. Glad you're here.
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I don't want join premium until I know what exactly it is,will appreciate if you answer me. so we make a website and then we use affiliate links from other websites and promote them with our content here? then how we make money here? I just don't when and how wealthy affiliate pay us.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I think you have the wrong concept about what Wealthy Affiliate is. It is not a program that you have to promote to get paid (although there is an affiliate program that you can use to earn money that way) but rather a training program that teaches you how to make money with a website by promoting affiliate programs like Amazon, Clickbank, etc.

You learn how to do this and you can build a successful online business earning thousands per month (or whatever your goal is). The programs you promote pay you and if you choose to promote Wealthy Affiliate then they pay you as well.

Now you can be a free member for as long as you like and still make money but the benefit of premium is that you have access to even more training, live classes, more website tools and resources, access to better support and a better learning experience overall. Wealthy Affiliate couldn't possibly make all these great things available to us if they would give us everything free of charge. But you can still be a free member here and have access to a lot more than other sites would let you have.

In other words, premium is the gateway to running a successful business online but the free membership can teach you a lot of what you need to know to understand the process. I suggest soaking up as much as you need with your free account and then joining premium when you're ready.
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Can I be premium member only some month and if I don't like switch back to free version?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
No. The starter membership is only so that you can check out Wealthy Affiliate and decide if it's for you. You're lucky because when I joined Wealthy Affiliate I had to pay to see what was offered. There was no free account.

If you do go premium, you can be a premium member for as long as you want and then cancel through your account settings for whatever reason. You'll have 30 days to move your website to another web host but you wouldn't be able to access Wealthy Affiliate after that.
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KeithJ2 Premium
Jay, you explained WA in a little nutshell. Thanks a mill. Understanding the parameters of anything - ie what it can do, can offer - are vital. Now, how do I keep your message intact and near to hand and ready to send off (with your name on, for sure) to any newby (or oldby who is just getting it wrong). Please let me know, if you would be so kind. Cheers
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Jay Gumbs Premium
There's not really a way to do that through the system but you could always copy the text and keep it in a file or something similar.

I'd suggest you understand what WA is yourself and try to convey that to anyone interested in knowing what WA is. As you progress here, I'm sure you'll be able to get a hang of what goes on here and be able to explain what the site does and offers.

Hope this helps.
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KeithJ2 Premium
Thanks, Jay. Your time appreciated.
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petepavasqu Premium
Jay, you have a great story, glad to see someone that has made it in this business. I just starting and hope to be a success as soon as possible. Don't have much time I am 74 but in great health.

Thanks for your story.
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MojalefaR Premium
Good evening, Jay, from sunny South Africa. Winter is creeping up now, though. The space heaters are out and the fire places are lit again (no central heating here, generally). I read your bio with some excitement because it validates my strong belief that Wealthy Affiliate is the place to succeed as an online entrepreneur, provided the work is done. Thank you! I feel very encouraged.

Thank you, too, for accepting the invitation into my network. I will be taking you up on the invitation to seek help.

Awesomeness!
Mojalefa.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Nice to meet you Mojalefa. Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is the place to be if you want to succeed online. You are the one though that has to take what is here and make it work. I believe that you can do that.
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MojalefaR Premium
Thanks, Jay.
Mojalefa.
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RuthlynB Premium
I Jay I am from the Caribbean also and I too have tried almost every on line work from home jobs, lost a lot of money doing so. I am here about a month thought I would take one last try, so far I am thinking this is it. So glad I ran into you. continue to enjoy success, hope soon I will be successful too.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Thank you Ruthlyn. I think you will be successful too. Just follow the course and take action - things will happen.

I love meeting other Caribbean people on here. Lots of Jamaicans on WA as well.
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RuthlynB Premium
I am one of them
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Yes I know, I read your profile.
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renelmiller Premium
Well Jay, I tried. I even actually reached out for help on several occasions and received none. Built two beautiful websites too, but no idea what I was doing wrong. And when I did reach out, especially to the admins guys, the owners, I received not a word. So I quit. I found something else to do. If you're doing such a great job for yourself, I would say that it behooves you to step out on your own and offer training to people such as myself. Quit locking up your abilities.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hi Rene, I'm sorry to hear that. I know you tried because I've seen you post a few times asking this good community for help on several occasions. I don't think that you personally asked me though because if you did I would have helped for sure. I'm always trying to help persons no matter what their problem is or how busy I am.

If you still need me to look at something, I'd be more than happy to do so. If not I wish you all the best with your new endeavor and I'm sorry to see you go.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, I'm a little behind. I had several things that I needed to take care of that has taken up a considerable amount of time. I'm back on schedule though. Finishing seven (7) videos with transcripts for my first blogs. I'll run them by you in a few days. I also have to prepare them for my channel with end screens and all of that stuff. Once I have these first few done I'll be able to do videos for this quickly as I will have developed a workflow that will expedite the process.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Cool bro. Can't wait to see them.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Every time I come to your page you've got a bunch of new people. I'm glad to see that and I know it took some time to get there. So I know that I can do it as well.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, what you doing today? I'm finishing up several articles and videos to post before I ask all of my Facebook friends to go to my social media pages and like them. I gotta finish this week as I should have had them up by now. Working on the ministry and my WA business just means that I have to manage my time so that I can get everything in.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, a WA affiliate looks at my site and gave this comment on my About Peter page"

2: Your 'about me' page has a lot of chunking. At least, that's what i have learned on this website. The meaning of chunking and what it does to many people.

I asked him to explain but what do you get from this?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I think maybe he means you should break up the text more. I try to make it a rule of thumb to put only about 2 - 3 sentences in a paragraph. You can even have one sentence paragraphs. Makes it easier to read than large chunks of text.

Break up your text more so it looks more inviting to read.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Gotcha.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, are you Ok if we talk on the phone or on Skype? I really need to talk to you regarding keywords before I start shooting several videos. I am on Skype as Peter Gibbs and my Skype name is gibbsp144. Let me know if that is ok with you and we will arrange a time. I'm anxious to start shooting and it's easier if I can speak with you before so that I get it right.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Sorry man. I don't do Skype. If it's about keywords I think you can get the help you need through the support channels available on Wealthy Affiliate. There's private messaging, live chat and classrooms. You can message me if your main concern is privacy.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Ok.Let me look at the lesson on keywords again and maybe I'll be good. Privacy is not the issue, just trying to get a handle on exactly how to incorporate keywords into what I will be saying in the videos since I will also be transcribing it. I wanna do this correctly and keywords have always been my Achilles Heel. I can build pretty websites that get no traffic. I can't afford that at this point.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
It's actually really simple. As long as you're talking about something, you're going to naturally use the main target keyword throughout your content.

On your page, you use the keyword in your title, and you can use subheadings with your keywords to break up the content (transcription) into parts that make for a more manageable read.

Take a look at any of the reviews on my website and you'll see what I mean.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Gotcha!
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, just updating you on my progress. Finished setting up YouTube, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. I can shoot at least 3-4 videos per week with transcriptions and the "call to action" plan that you laid out. Here are the links, if you want to see what they look like. I only set these up because it will be too much to handle when I have several sites up. Which I plan to do as each one gets profitable. I have to give equal time to the ministry, but it should work out. Trying hard not to go back to Walmart. Not too realistic but it's worth a try. I'm supposed to go back on 2.28.18 if I can see out of my left eye. Take a look:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChnfPFltpk5fjrI6oqJi5Q
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaidOffToPaid/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110432212413038903971
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaidOffToPaid
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Cool bro. Looks good. I followed them all.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Thanks my brother.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, have you heard of <bold>Solo Build It!</bold> I was looking up WA reviews after I got through the article writing part of the Bootcamp, to see what others affiliates have written about WA, in terms of reviews, and ran into this. It's interesting what they say about WA. Not looking to defect but it's just interesting.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Yes I know of Solo Build It! formerly Site Built It! by Ken Evoy and their nasty review of WA. I wouldn't pay much attention to what they're saying. Everything they say can be refuted.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Yeah, I'm aware of that. Not a problem. I'm here. I didn't know that there was anything like WA. When I don't know about something, I always find out what I don't know so that I can know.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Did you see my other question?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
:)
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, I'm on the Affiliate Bootcamp lesson that deals with keywords. My question is: Let's say that there are 100K WA affiliates all promoting WA. How could there possibly be enough business to go around if we are all using the same keywords for Affiliate Marketing? Not sure if that is a dumb question but I am just wondering how this works, in this particular niche, with that many people going after the same market.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
The internet marketing niche is very big. Huge, in fact. There couldn't possibly be enough keywords for every single affiliate on Wealthy Affiliate to be using the same ones.

It all boils down to how you target WA.

There are possibly untapped angles you can use to target WA. You can go for a niche within this industry.

For example, I'm targeting people who are attracted to MLM and want to get into affiliate marketing so I look for keywords that they would look for.

"should I join herbalife"
"how to make money with amway"
etc.

Someone else might be targeting ex-convicts:

"what are some good jobs for ex-cons"
"opportunities for ex-cons online"

Another might be targeting small business owners

"how to make a website for my food truck"
"ways to promote a cake making business"

Then there are other markets like:
ex-cons
college grads
retirees
stay at home moms
Clickbank affiliates
Shareasale affiliates
Adsense website builders
Amazon review site builders
etc

Every single one of these different groups are going to have tonnes of their own keywords unique to that group.

Even groups that don't even seem to belong to the internet marketing niche.

craft makers
rappers
producers
singers
chefs
teachers
preachers
athletes
teenagers
etc

Everyone can start a blog and you can target any group that is interested in making money online, need a blog or website or interested in promotion.

There is no way that every WA affiliate is going to be using the same keywords. Everyone is going to get traffic.

Plus, there are dozens of ways to get traffic besides Google. You can rank on YouTube, on Bing, on Yahoo, answer questions on Quora, get your article tweeted by someone famous and so on.

The point is, even if there were 100K more affiliates in addition to the 100K already promoting WA, there'd still be enough business for everyone. That is something you don't have to worry about.
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PeterGibbs Premium
What an excellent answer. Having been in the music business I want to target people that are interested in residual income. Everytime we converse back and forth the happier I am that you found me.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, your website, has quite a bit of content on it. How long was it before you started getting converting traffic? I'm going to start posting videos this week and I expect it might take several months before I start seeing some converting traffic. So I'm just curious. Also, I get so many emails from WA on various topics, if I should read them all I would never get anything done. How do you deal with that since I imagine that you have a lot of referrals besides the 1,837 people in your network?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I don't read them all. I just scan the emails and click through the ones I'm interested in. I can't read them all.

Converting traffic - maybe around the 3 month mark when I started getting a boost in traffic. If you publish something every day and share it on social networks, you can get traffic much faster.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Gotcha. I can set up Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest today but I will just do FB and YT as it all takes a lot of work and consistency and I want to be consistent,
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, I have an idea that is gonna work perfectly for me. Everything is becoming very video-centric and I work with video quite easily. I can write as well, but for me, a video is faster. I'm almost finished setting up a Youtube Channel and a Facebook Channel. What I am going to do is post blogs to my niche(s) based on videos. I will take the keywords that I am targeting and use them in the video as I am talking. Then I will transcribe exactly what I said in the video in the text of the blog, I type 100 words per minute. Google will still be able to pick up the blog. Then the viewer will not have to read the post unless they want to. They will just watch the video and Google will not know the difference. The visitor is still on the site. I may indicate that the text below is a transcript of the video that they just watched. Your thoughts Sir.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
You will still need to write text so that you can direct users to affiliate links and so on. You can come up with a template for your pages like:

Headline
Video
Main call to action link
Transcription
Main call to action link again.

You can work in links into your transcription easily. I know some blogs that have a mix of video and articles and their video pages are laid out kinda like above. I can't remember which one that I'm reading that has this type layout but its a great idea.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Thanks, Jay, Your help and advise has been on target. What about putting up the channels on Facebook and Youtube? Finish the course first or start on that now. It would really take me a few minutes to set it up as I already have logos and graphics. Your thoughts, please.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Yes. You can do it now. But follow the course after you've done that.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Implement what you just learned. It may take some time to build a sustainable income so try and find work so that you can cover your expenses. I am speaking from experience. The pressure to make money and build your business at the same time is tremendous. Having some money coming in, even if it's part-time, will take some of the pressure off and you can build your WA business on a solid foundation. Just my advise.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Jay, I can set up channels on YouTube and Facebook respectively and provide video content for each. Should I hold off on that for know or just go ahead and set them up. It would take me about 20 minutes to set each of them up but I don't want to do it prematurely. Your thoughts, please.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Go hard brother. At some point in the course, you'll come across a lesson on these topics but I think since your plan is a little different and focuses mainly on video, its better to get these channels going now than later. Still follow the course and do the tasks in addition to the videos.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Thanks, Jay. I posted the same question again without knowing that you had already answered it.
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PeterGibbs Premium
I would like to move the following sites to WA http://petermgibbs.com, http://theggoc.com, http://trumPeterMinistries.org and http://oneDindesign.com. They are all WordPress sites and they are all personal sites which I have had for years and I think that I can better monetize through WA instead of where they are hosted at the moment. I would just like everything in one place. Can I do that? Should I do that? I am paying $47 a month, at the moment, to http://interactiveonline.com and there are several things that I need which are extra that are already included in WA. They've treated me well and usually answer an issued within five (5) minutes. But I need to make a business decision today and consolidate my business in one place. Any thoughts?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Yes you can move them and you should move them. As a premium member of WA, you can host 25 websites with domains and 25 free sites.

To start the process, contact Site Support by going to Site Rubix > Site Support and make your request. They will ask you a few questions and the process should be finished in a couple of days at the very least.
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PeterGibbs Premium
You are Da Man!
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, I knew there was a reason why I was not sure which direction to go in. I just needed to be patient and I knew the Lord would give me some direction. As you know, I'm a manager at Walmart. Well, Walmart is firing 3,500 managers in the next 48 hours. Is targeting ex-Walmart employees to narrow a niche? Believe me, I have tons of advice that I can share with them and everybody that works for Walmart, 2M+ is always at risk of losing their job. I even have the domain name and can have this site built, with content, in 24-48 hours. I'm going to go through the training though. I also had another niche that I narrowed down my niche, which is not the musicians, I'll do that one later, but people that hate their 9-5 jobs. I'm ready to go bro.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
This is a good one. But how about target "people who have been laid off" instead of just ex-walmart employees? There are thousands upon thousands of other people getting laid off everyday by other companies. And make sure your domain does not have Walmart's brand name in it. You could also target this group of people on a website about "people who hate their 9-5 jobs" - it's close enough.

Just think about what these ex-walmart employees might end up typing into the search engines after they've been laid off and that could be gold for you. What would YOU be typing into the search engine if YOU had gotten laid off?
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PeterGibbs Premium
That is the direction that I was going in. If I use the domain name "iwaslaidoffandthenfired.com" is that a violation of rules for getting ranked? and can I then title the site "I was laid off and then Fired." Does that violate some rule for ranking? I seems kind of long and cumbersome.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
LaidOffToPaid.com is available. You want a brand name type domain that is short and easy to remember.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Can I take that one?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Yes. I searched for it so that you can have a better domain. Go register it now before someone else comes along and takes it.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Got it. Thank you Lord and thank you, Jay. Here we go.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, I don't mean to be indecisive but I have to make a decision tonight on my direction. I am pretty well versed in Wordpress so that is not a problem, as I build sites all of the time. My problem is that since I have been attempting to do this for such a long time I have several ideas that I would like to do right now. I'm a musician. So I want to build something that would help musicians understand the music business. I'm married. My wife and I are 75% complete in writing a marriage book that we have been working on and there are quite a few people that are waiting for this book to come out and WA is the best vehicle to market it. I'm vegan and concerned about people being able to survive during a disaster with vegan ready food. I'm almost sixty and for the last two years I have been posting videos of my workouts with my son and building a following. The posts are called "This is what 60 looks like." You could see one of the videos here: https://www.facebook.com/PeterGibbs.TheGGoC/videos/10155649477460477/ I'm also certified recording engineer that is heavily into technology. I love it. You get the point. I also realize that whatever niche I choose I will have to concentrate on that for several months to get it profitable. I'm not asking you to choose for me the problem that I am having is choosing one of these and committing to a website and website name before I can do the research and see which one would have a chance of being successful. I'm a multitasker. Do you understand what I am getting at? Sorry to be so long.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
That's a good problem you have. Some people cant think of a niche they think they can make money with and you have too many.

Just choose one and get started. Personally, I like the one about helping musicians understand the music business. I was going through a magazine the other day and saw an article on how to start a record label and thought that would make a nice website. The article had a lot I could take from it to build out my content so when you mention helping musicians, this one jumped out at me.

But it's still your choice. Quit being indecisive and pick ONE and only one to work through the course. If you want to multitask, then do multiple tasks related to the ONE niche that you picked (keyword research, writing content, social media etc.) Work through the course and apply the lessons to building out that ONE website and then when you complete the course, you can start all over again with a different website.
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PeterGibbs Premium
That's good advice. Thanks.
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Payraise Premium
Hey Jay it's nice to meet you I look forward to working with you in this business and learning some of the tricks of the trade from you like how to use Google ads and Shopify just a few things to mention I don't really know that much about them but I want to pic from your guy in a little bit if you don't mind and learn what I can from those willing to help me I sure appreciate it
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hey Kevin, it's nice to meet you as well. I'm not really the expert on Google Ads or Shopify but there are others here that would know about those subjects. I will help you with anything else related to building niche websites though.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, let me run this by you:
Here are my niches that I have interest. This is not an exhaustive list but what came into my head at the moment. But these are my interests. Still going through the lessons and I will have a sight set up within the next 24 hours. I build sites so that is not a problem since WA already has them built. Question: I have the domain name http://petermgibbs.com which I am not currently using for anything. Can I bring that over here and use it as a marketing platform or should I come up with new domain names specific to the niche?
Niches
People who are Diabetic
People who are Vegan
People who are looking to give up glasses
People who have neuropothy
People who are musicians into technology
People who like to listen to the bible
People who are bodybuilders
People who are looking to make money from home or online
People who are married or looking to get married
People who are into 3D animation

I also own http://trumPeterMinistries.org. The niche here is 7th-day Adventists. I am trying to reach all of them around the world. Not selling them anything I just have video studies that I would like to get in front of them and this seems like the perfect vehicle to do that. Can I do that here along with the other conventional niches that I have in mind?

Your input would be greatly appriciated.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
This is a good list Peter. Whichever one you decide to go with you should try to see an angle that poses a problem that you can solve.

"People who are looking to give up glasses" is a good one but "people who are bodybuilders" would need clarification. So you can put it this way "bodybuilders who ________" (what problem or interest does the bodybuilder have that you can help solve?)

Overall, this is a great list where you can find something to build a website about.

I don't think you should use your Peter Gibbs domain for a website which you'll be turning into a business. You want a domain name which clearly shows the topic you're going after or a branded domain that doesn't make people guess what it's about. Much later when your website is making money and you decide to sell it, you don't want to sell people a domain that's your personal name.

Sure thing with the 7th Day Adventist website, you can work on that here along with any other niche you want to.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Great.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Hey Jay, I came to this site from searching for information on ClickSure. Glad I saw your post so I know what you're doing is working. My family is from Jamaica so we are cousins. I did MLM for years as well. Made some money, lost alot. My last one was Melalueca. I still do it but only as a customer. Hope to chat soon.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hey Peter, I'm glad you're here. It's helpful to know that you got here through my Clicksure page. I might need to do a review on Melalueca too. I'm following you so you'll see me around a bit.
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PeterGibbs Premium
Kool. I don't have a problem with Melalueca. It's a great company with great products and people. It just was not working for me. I know lots of people doing very well with the company. I really need to build a business that gives me the option and the freedom to do ministry the way the Lord has impressed me to do it. Nothing bad to say about them.
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Aundria1 Premium
Hi Jay thanks for the invite to your page and offering to assist me in learning more just became premium affiliate not to long ago and looking forward to growing there's a lot more for me to learn about this high tech info still kind of old school my daughter brought me up to speed with the phone and ready to start improving
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I'm looking forward to helping you grow your business. You made the right decision becoming premium as you now have access to everything available here to create a high income business.

Cheers.
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Origme Premium
Hello there Jay, thanks for your post. I too decided to join due to your blog post. I just wasn't getting the support that I needed through the conversion pros. But I would still like to market them and gain commissions off of them as well. No site has ever offered this kind of training that walks you through everything step by step that I know of. I immediately became a premium member and knew this was for me.

Again, thanks Jay for the work you put into helping people!

Destry
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Jay Gumbs Premium
No problem Destry. I appreciate it and I'm glad you like WA.

Jay
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mistia Premium
Hi Jay. I don't think you get credit officially for me going premium but I wanted you to know that your review is probably the reason I decided to go and stay premium. I read many reviews over the course of a month and continue to read reviews even though I am premium now. I just want to get the most out of this WA experience. Anyways. Thought you should know.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Thanks Misti. That means a lot to me.
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Helo! i am knew at this site. I thougt i could read the learning levels for free , but i am asked to pay money after first lesson. i was told to have free premium membership for 7 day , now down to 6 days. I just want to check this site out before decide if i want to prosede to premium membership .
have a nice day .

regards
Bjørnar
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Jay Gumbs Premium
You will learn a lot with the beginner course which has 10 lessons. By the end of that free course, you will have a website live on the internet and an understanding of how affiliate marketing and earning online works.

These are the basics and you would have a great foundation on which to build any internet business even if you decide you dont want to continue with premium. That in itself is worth a lot but its' free. The premium will advance your knowledge and progress even further and set you up for even more success. Premium will also unlock access to more resources and features that you obviously cant expect to get for free anywhere online but is all in one place here so you dont have to spend money on tonnes of business resources that you will need.

You dont have to pay for premium if you dont want to but you can still learn a lot from your free account by checking out other training available here. You can use the site you created during your first course to make money (yes free sites can still make money). Just take action and be consistent and you will make money.
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Lesmyb Premium
Hi Jay,

Just wanted to say thanks for reaching out. It is so good to meet people who have been with WA for a good long while and are still hanging around. It really says a lot about the community and the support we get here.

Will definitely be keeping in touch.

Cheers
Les
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FrankieTrill Premium
Peace thank for the love
I want to send you my blessings of health wealth and prosperity plus longevity and I also want to encourage you to stay positive and keep striving towards your dreams. I will see you at the top. Peace

FRANKIE TRILLZ

P.S. Check out my links on my site and and follow me on my social sites and I will reciprocate
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iblanco Premium
Hey Jay,
Happy New Year bro.
i had to take care of some financial emergencies and I did. As you know, I purchased the yearly premium membership. Now I'm really in the game! i think I need help prioritizing the many steps I must make in my transition from store owner/ collector/ musician to an online entrepreneur. Is there any type of training I can follow within WA? any consultation I can get? Can you help me sort out stuff? should I seek advice from Kyle/ or the community as a whole? I am a bit uncomfortable because I an not too sure of the protocols but I know I need help. I have a lot of hard assets..physical, bulk stuff like vinyl records, Art, stereo equipment, jewellery, electronics, furniture etc. Then there is the Music. I am an arranger / composer/ player/ teacher--many skills that I notice others are using on line that I think I can do amazingly at with little effort except that I don't know the tech side. I think I could probably book myself to play around the world on gigs all year round if people heard my stuff but I 'm just learning Garage Band.I know it all has to be separated into genres, stores, platforms etc but where do I start. Should I just make a chart of what I think is the superstructure and run it by you or someone else?

And I have started to shift the direction. I am negotiating with a thrift shop owner to sell stuff out of my store on line for a commission. She wants 40%(I prefer 30 or max 33%) to post on her Facebook, kijiji, ebay etc. She will complete all sales and keep a record. I trust her but who should establish the price?Is there a standard? I know there is a site that can give a price on anything based on averages of auctions around the world in the last year. Should I price the stuff then let her sell for what she wants then pay me my price?This is happening today. At least I will get some movement. But the ART, RECORDS, STEREO, I think need their own website.

I don't want to overwhelm you with this stuff. So if you could give me some pointers for the organization or just point me in the broadest direction I would appreciate it. The fine tuning can come later but at least you have some idea of the picture.

Thanks again,

John
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Garretfire Premium
Jay is all this worth it? I'm 19 and sometime next year I'm going to begin to once again not have the opportunity to make my own choices. I graduated in 2016, and have been working part-time as a Tower Climber for a local ISP company. I'm not sure what to do with myself. When I'm not working I play games, even have been thinking about going to college for something game related but I'm so distraught and unsure. I'm not like my brother, he instantly knew what he wanted to do. Is it so wrong for me to think that I don't wish to work all my life? To think that I could eventually generate enough income per month that I could do something else I enjoyed? My parents have raised me well but have not been the best examples of financial stars. I'm so tired of exploring options on my own. Do you really generate enough money a month that you were comfortable with leaving your job? And what is your website?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Here's an idea. If you really love games, use that passion to build a game related website. I think there's a guy here on WA that makes up to 5 figures ($10,000) with a game review website. Is it all worth it? Follow the courses here on WA and a year from now you'll look back and be able to answer this question yourself.

What's your favorite game?

To answer your questions, I did leave my job in 2009 to do affiliate marketing full time because I was generating significantly more money than I did working for someone else. I'm still doing well even after 7 years on my own. I have a number of websites including the one you read before you got here.

This is a good opportunity for you and you can even make it your career if you want. Picture yourself just playing games whenever you feel like, reviewing them on a website you created and collecting a commission check at the end of the month. Can you picture that?
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PatriciaJose Premium
Hello Jay, I have fallen far behind need to go back and take up where I left off, I had a lot of things going on. I just started college on line, but I really want to take a crack at making this wok for me here at WA . My website is up but I need to find the next steps on getting it up and running . Should I go back to around the 7 or 8 lesson?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hi Patricia. I'd suggest that you reread lessons 3, 7, 8 & 9 from Course 1 then continue on to Course 2.
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Ali-M Premium
Dear Jay, how are you?) Hope you are fine and everything is great with your business progress ). I've recently followed you in WA.

My site is about technology and since I've started to build my network, I would like to have you in my network and your following back )
Here is my links and I would be happy to have you in my social networks too (If you like of course : ) ). Also if you leave me your social network links; I'll be able to following you back.

Here is mine:
Google: https://plus.google.com/+AliMonajemi
Facebook: http://goo.gl/Plbnhj
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ali_monajemi

Wish you great success in your online business,

Best,
Ali
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hey Ali. I'm doing good.

I followed you on G+ and Twitter. My facebook is usually just for people I personally know.

Here are my links.
Google: https://plus.google.com/+JayGumbs
Twitter: http://twitter.com/kpfingaz
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Ali-M Premium
Thank too, I followed you back )
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PatriciaJose Premium
I know yo are getting tired of me asking questions,but I get the answer from you quickly. I am about to do my privacy policy where I brought up my website but where do I put it. Or do I go to settings and put it on the privacy page I just built?
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Patricia, I love questions and I love helping you out anytime. Keep asking. That's how I know you're making progress.

To complete your privacy policy, just go to Pages and Edit the Privacy Policy page that you created. In the editor, copy and paste Kyle's example policy and click update on the page. Make sure to make the appropriate changes before you publish it on your site.
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BenTy Premium
Wts Happening Jay. Good to see a fellow Caribbeno here..I am from Dominica. nice of you to share your experience. I'm practically a newbie here..started in Sept..so I stand to learn a lot. I also have ambitions to make enough money online to keep my day job as an option but not a must..

I'll follow you to mark your progress..Keep in touch bro..

Cheers!!
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hey Benson. Always glad to connect with other Caribbean people on here. I think it's the first time I'm seeing anyone from Dominica so it's cool to know you.

Hope to hear your success story soon.
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hi jay,my name is patricia i have just joined the WA website.thank u for welcoming me in the community
For now i am just busy getting used to the website and following the my first lesson. i think i need some help from u,ill let u know.
thank u
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Jay Gumbs Premium
No problem Patricia. All the best with the lessons.
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PatriciaJose Premium
Jay I am going to try to make this work because I need the finances ,can I count on your help? I am stuck already I have been on line with this about 6 hours and I need to take a break it is 9 PM here and I am going to bed to get an early start tomorrow, I will check back in the AM

Thanks
Patricia Joseph
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Sure Patricia. You can definitely count on my help. Whatever you need, just ask.
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PatriciaJose Premium
Jay< I am 59 years old and never have gotten fully on board with this computer stuff. I am not dumb, but where do I go In my account to start choosing my niches, I am looking at the videos an going to the classroom can't figure this out Help Please.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Oh hey Patricia, I just answered your other question you posted before.

There isn't really a specific place to choose a niche. I posted 4 questions on the other question you asked that should help you out.

Basically, you just choose something that you're interested in, that you know you can write about (or research), or something you want to learn about or something you have specialized knowledge about. Anyone of those can be your niche.

For example, I love playing pool so it would make sense for me to choose pool as a niche. I could make a website talking about pool and sell pool tables and other stuff people like me (niche) are interested in.

Or I really would like to learn music production right, so this is a good way to blog about my journey and teach others with less experience that I have how to produce music. I could review different training websites that I've tried, different production software that I've used and refer with my affiliate link.

Just choose something that you like doing like a hobby or an interest and that could be your niche. If you want to run some ideas by me or have me help you select a niche then just private message me and I'll see what I can do.
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Godlove-N Premium
Hi Jay how are you ?
you have an exiting story to share to the world
i am also from a small country to in central Africa where people don't believe one can ever make it online but i am on the road to proof them wrong.

just a little question . as a member in WA and if you have some affiliate payments to receive how does WA pay you, i mean which means and if paypal does not work in your country like mine which is best
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I'm good Ndemazeah. I just want to inspire people who think they have the odds stacked against them. Anyone can do this and I know that you can too even from Central Africa.

With the payments thing, if you can't get through Paypal, Kyle will write you a check for your earnings - you just have to message him at the beginning of the month when they're paying out. You can then deposit the check at your bank. It takes a while to clear but that's the only option.
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Godlove-N Premium
thanks very much. you have explained it all and it is very elaborate now.see you at the top
thanks
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Hey Jay, (thats got a catchy ring to it)
I would like to thank you for welcoming me to WA.
Also i would lile to say that you are a insperation to me for you and i have a similer story. And the fact that you are making enough to quit your job it just outstanding. Keep up the good work!
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Thanks Austin. I hope to hear about your success story some day. I know you can do this.
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iblanco Premium
Hey Jay, When I first joined I remember a blog of yours which compared Network Marketing to Affiliate Marketing showing the differences and how Aff could support Net. There is a newbie who I suspected didn't know the difference (he thought that WF was a network Marketing outfit) and I was right. He replied to me and I promised to send him your blog. But I can't find it. This underscores my earlier question to you - how do I save blogs, replies, profiles, that I have an affinity with or that I may need in the future or for referencing. Is there a way on this site to do that?

But first , the blog. I will like to get it to the new member
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Jay Gumbs Premium
My blog is at amvsmlm.com

You can save stuff outside of WA using your browsers favorites button. Inside WA I'm not sure you can save replies but profiles you can save by following the person and then you can always check the "network > following" tab on your own profile.
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iblanco Premium
Thank you Jay. Now how about your blog- how do I find that? Or can you give me a link that I can pass on? I think it's perfect. It was really well done.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
The link is in the reply above.
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iblanco Premium
Sorry Jay , I didn't the first line paragraph. My bad. Thanks so much.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
No problem John.
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iblanco Premium
Hey Jay,
Thanks for the totally comprehensive reply. I really do understand.

I wrote you a long half an hour reply and just before sending it I thought to send it as a private message. The attempt was rejected and I could not get back to to the original. I had touched on many things that I needed to run by you. Can I ever retrieve it? I am going to sign up for premium for the next month then to annual.

Thanks again, Jay. Your explanation was very clear.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Sorry about that. I would have loved to read it. Don't think there's a way to get it back though.

Going premium is the right decision. Furthermore going annual is even better because you commit yourself to doing this for at least a year. There's no way you can fail unless you don't apply the training.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
By the way, I dont' think free members can send private messages so maybe it's saved as a draft then you could send it out after you go premium. Not sure.
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iblanco Premium
Hey Jay, This is what I need to understand COMPLETELY. I am "following" only because others are and I don't want to be left behind. But I don't know what I am doing. I posted this question three times: What does "follow" mean? What is the benefit of following someone? Is the benefit to the person followed or the person following?Why are people who don't know me following me? I clicked on the box that gave me the option to put it out to the community but I did not get a reply. Do I have to look in a particular place for a reply? Is following like getting "friends' on Facebook? I never do it unless I already know the person. My step son has 3000 friends that he boasts about. Why? He has no connection with them.I think it's stupid but what do I know? What am I missing? Understanding this would help me a lot. Thanks bro.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Sorry about the late reply John.

Did you get a response for your questions? I'll answer the ones you posted here.

Following someone on Wealthy Affiliate builds your network and allows you to connect with people who might be able to assist you when you need or who you think posts good training and otherwise interesting material on here. Everytime someone you're following posts something, you get a notification email to go check it out.

This can help you in that you can learn all types of things relevant to your affiliate marketing training that aren't contained in the courses. So following people is good.

What aren't people following you? People follow you even if they don't know you or you don't know them because they want to be able to offer you help if needed. That's the type of community we have here at Wealthy Affiliate. It's not just about them wanting to put themselves in the way all the time but it also helps them. Because they follow you and you follow them back, it builds a readership for whenever they post informative blogs and training.

There's a feature here called ambassadorship and you might notice that there's a number next to your name called a rank. The top 25 are called ambassadors and being in the top 25 has it's benefits. To get here people have to be active contributors on the site creating content, answering questions and helping others. You can see how this relates to following people and building a network.

It's similar to social media like Facebook but it's different in that following people and having people follow you has benefits.

By the way, I'm automatically following anyone who I refer to WA because I'm supposed to help my referrals so it makes sense that they're connected to me. You're following me automatically because you shouldn't be missing anything I end up posting as training or a blog.

The benefits to you of me following you is that if you end up asking a question on here, I'll get a notification and you will have someone to answer that question at least.

I doubt you'll know many people if anyone on here so accept the follows (there's no way to reject them anyway) and start following people ( I suggest the ones here on the following list - top 25 https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/rank ).
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iblanco about 3 hours ago
Hey, I notice that you are following me and I don't know what that means. Thanks for your good wishes. My best girlfriend is from Bequia. I'm originally from Trinbago and I live in Toronto. I know that there is a big musical family from Vincy- The Mac Intoshes. I know some of them personally. I am almost twice your age but you probably know 100 times what I know about this stuff so I will do my best to pick your brains..haha. Nice to meet you bro!
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Jay Gumbs Premium
It's always nice to meet people from the Caribbean especially those with close connections to my island. I know of Frankie McIntosh but not too sure about the others.

I'm following you because I'm the person who referred you to WA. You viewed something on my website before you came here. Whenever you're ready I'll do my best to help you with this.
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Hi Jay. Thank you so much for the review of that other system--I followed your suggestion of looking at this one. I noticed that my username got cut off--How do I fix that? I hope you won't mind virtually holding my hand through this. I need something that is real and works-especially when I am willing to devote time to it. I don't want to HAVE to work so hard anymore! I'm so over that life! Thank you for offering your help--just don't get amnesia when I come a calling! :-) EP
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hey Dessaire. I help everyone who asks so you don't have to worry about that. I'll hold your hand if that is what is needed for you to reach your goals.

About the username, you can probably fix it by going to Account Settings (last link in the left sidebar) and clicking Edit next to your "username". You can only change this once so make sure it's what you want when you change it.
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Hi Jay thanks for your help. I see you like sample music. Have you heard of slice the pie? I love reviewing the music there. Its like a hobby that pays a little bit. Nothing to get rich off of, but a great way to pass time. Visit slicethepie dot com and if you dont mind enter code UB48BDDB. Thanks again.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Yes I've heard of Slice the Pie and I think I already have an account. I just checked and reset my password. They said it was "archived due to inactivity" because of how long ago I signed up.
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