Hi all,

So with Certification Course 2 Done and dusted, here's my update on how things have gone for me since I joined WA in June.

I have really enjoyed being part of such a positive and engaged online community, the support here has been absolutely fantastic and the training is exceptional. Even topics I'm familiar with have been worth completing as there's always something new to learn - plus the training is set out in steps so that I'm now working on my website tasks in the correct order.

Wealthy Affiliate appeals to our inner Go-Getter!

Yes, the WA platform has a way of getting under our skin, making us want to do better - it's a very cleverly designed site with lots of visual cues to prompt us along our journey. For goal focused Go-Getters (aka you and me - after all, if you've joined WA you are clearly a motivated person who wants to better yourself in some way), it's easy to get caught up in things like your individual ranking, the number of follows you have, along with aspirations to become a WA Ambassador.

Hell, I want to be one! Don't you?

But before you head off down a rabbit hole - like I did for a week or two, remember why you are here...

So what should we be focusing on?

I'm here to build a sustainable and profitable online business. My time is precious and I need to make sure that I'm spending my time wisely.

Perhaps I'm not that bright, but it took me a while to realize a few things. Actually, the realization dawned on me as I worked my way through the training. (duh, go figure!).

  1. (Quality) Content is KING
  2. Focusing on website health is super important
  3. Website comments are also super important
  4. A commitment to a daily writing habit is critical

How the WA platform can help you measure & monitor your journey to success

So back to all the wonderful visual cues that WA has here to spur all us go-getters on to realize our online dreams. Here's a few metrics that WA offers that I use religiously to make sure I'm not heading too far off task;

1. Use Site Content to make sure I'm meeting my writing targets;

The cool thing with SiteContent is that you can set your own word count writing goal, as well as see how you compare with other members who use the SiteContent Platform.

My aim this month is to stay in the top 98% of words written, but hey, if this post spurs a few of you into action - well... game on! :)

2. Use the Site Manager Dashboard to monitor website health at a glance

I've managed to get three websites up and running since joining and it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed by all the information on the SiteRubix Manager Dashboard. However, IMHO the really important metrics to monitor here are the ones I've outlined in red above.

  1. Site Health - my goal is to get all of my sites up to Awesome and keep them there
  2. Posts - set a goal to increase posts by xx each month and go for it
  3. Comments - set a goal to increase comments by xx each month and go for it
  4. Google indexed = YES

3. Use the Site Health - View Details to get into the nitty gritty for each website;

I love this dashboard - especially when there's lots of green buttons all over it!

Site trust is only going to improve with time, so I don't stress too much about that.

Website feedback is important, especially when there are so many talented people here on WA. Getting honest feedback and tips on how to improve the look and feel and customer experience of my website is invaluable, so I'm definitely going to utilize the Request Website Feedback option on a regular basis. It's also a good way of getting involved in the mantra of give and take and 'paying it forward' that is the foundation of the WA community.

Progress towards monetizing my sites

It's early days yet, but I have had one WA referral and now have AdSense up and running for about a week with a small amount of earnings on that.

I have jumped the gun a bit with the Amazon affiliate program, as I joined but haven't yet done anything about building any posts with Amazon affiliate links in them. That will teach me for trying to walk before I can run - but that's another story for another day!

To Summarise:

My key learnings since joining WA have been:

  1. Stick to the lessons and do them in order - you will get value out of them even if you are an experienced online marketer
  2. WA has lots of cues to appeal to your inner Go-Getter - work out which metrics you need to focus on to achieve your goals
  3. I have aspirations of becoming a WA Ambassador one day (my inner Go-Getter at work here), but this needs to be IS secondary to my primary goal of creating a sustainable and profitable online business.
  4. Make the most of the online community here at WA - the people here amazing, supportive and everyone has something to offer.

Finally, to @Kyle and @Carson - thank you for creating such a fantastic platform in Wealthy Affiliate, I've never been more motivated or optimistic to make affiliate marketing my main source of income than I do now.

Onwards and Upwards, Karen :)



ps. Wealthy Affiliate is only the vehicle to navigate your journey to online success... It's up to you to choose your destination, get behind the wheel and DRIVE!


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RodClark Premium
Well done Karen - thanks for that.
I can see that Kiwi competitive spirit shining through :0)
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks Rod. Or is it that 'no 8 wire' mentality that DIY'ers are made of? Have a fabulous day.
Cheers, Karen
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Happy2Learn Premium
HI Karen,
Thank you for reaching out and sharing this great post with me, I really appreciate that.
All the best.
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kdforsman Premium
You are most welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
cheers, Karen
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lizelzeager Premium
Aloha Karen!

Oh this is so exciting! Thanks for sharing your tips. I am just about done with Course 1, Lesson 9 and I am looking forward to learning more, but most of all, knowing which numbers to pay attention to! (There's so many stats everywhere! Lol.) So glad we connected today and thank you again for sharing your lovely insight. :)

*lizel*
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks Lizel :-)
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arielharris7 Premium
how did your referral happen? congrats by the way..
and i just also got adsense approval so i am looking forward to exploring that too!
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Ariel, I'm not sure what you mean by how did your referral happen? Doyou mean how did I get involved in wealthy affiliate? I think I read a review online but I ended up coming here directly so I don't think anyone referred me as such.
Adsense has been an interesting one for me; I am seeing my monthly commission go up a little bit each month, but it's gonna be a slow burn to get any meaningful income.

Best of luck, cheers Karen
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arielharris7 Premium
i read on your blog that you got one WA referral..and i just wondered if you could track that process to make that happen..and how it came about.
I hear you about adsense.
thanks and best wishes, ariel
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Ariel, To be quite honest I'm unsure exactly how that referral came about (I've had two now), it was really out of the blue and not anyone I recall dealing with. Just goes to show that you just never know who is reading your blog. I've finished the certification training and now I'm working my way through the bootcamp training, so hopefully I'll learn a bit more about tracking those types of conversions in the later lessons. Cheers, Karen
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arielharris7 Premium
Congrats to you for 2 referrals..I am inspired by the magic of the internet..it has such long arms! thanks ariel
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arielharris7 Premium
I am really grateful for this blog. It so informative and helpful. thank you! best wishes,ariel
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks Ariel :-)
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AshleyJA1 Premium
Amazing!! This is what i like, give me the good, the bad and the ugly. Thank you Karen.
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kdforsman Premium
You're welcome :-)
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ThomasPurtze Premium
That is one amazing post!! I couldn't see how much you've made but when I was writing today I started to say I wanted to make lots of money but changed it to help lots of people. The money will follow? Your post is absolutely stunning and informative to boot. I tried to follow you but for some reason it didn't work? You're a great example and leader.
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Thomas, thank you so much for your lovely feedback, that was so unexpected and has made my day! I have't divulged how much I'm making because, well that kind of thing is quite personal isn't it? However, suffice to say, I'm seeing a bit of revenue coming in from adsense and slowly but surely building referrals up through other affiliate programs. It's early days yet, however the big learning I have had so far is that content is the most important thing to focus on. It doesn't matter how pretty your website is, in the early days, just focus on the content. All the very best for your affiliate marketing journey. Cheers, Karen
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TammiP Premium
Yes, after a time the money will follow. You have to give the search engines time to recognize you, build out your website, and gain trust. It takes a little time. Be patient.

T
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kdforsman Premium
amen to that :-)
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omr213 Premium
really awesome Karen! Thank you so much. It was really so useful for me. Thank you again for sharing your experience here.
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kdforsman Premium
You're welcome and thanks for your feedback :-)
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arielharris7 Premium
Karen,thank you for writing such an informative and helpful blog. I know we are all going to be successful.
best wishes,ariel
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks for your feedback Ariel. :-)
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Hi Karen
Thanks for these reminders. I created my website and was writing my first post when I realised I'm going to need to improve on my writing skills drastically for this. I'm not sure but we are not allowed to use links in our posts, right? Anyway, for my next post I was wondering if I could ask someone like you to review it for me before I post just to make sure I'm doing it right. Would be greatly appreciated.
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kdforsman Premium
Hi there, yes you can use links in your post, I'm not sure why you would have thought otherwise? I'm happy to review your post and give you feedback, just send me a message when it's ready. All the very best, cheers Karen
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phyllisthor1 Premium
Hi Karen, Just wanted to say I really enjoyed hearing about what you learned. Thank you for sharing. I am new to WA and I will be following you.
Phyllis
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Phyllis, thanks so much for your kind feedback - I'm glad it has been of interest :-) I like to try and post every few days as it's a good diary of my progress and the journey thus far! All the very best for your online endeavours, WA is the perfect place to learn everything about affiliate marketing. Cheers, Kaz
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jvet56 Premium
Very inspirational thank you for that.
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kdforsman Premium
Glad you enjoyed, all the best, cheers Karen
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EHZeringue Premium
Wow, I love your outlook on the tools and overall community here at WA. It definitely reminds me to try my best to make use of the incredible tools available here. Sometimes I overlook them and don't use them to their full potential.
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks, I just think it's all pretty awesome!
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MoonDream Premium
Great article Karen! I didn't know about the "Your all-time words written" feature, I'll have a look at it asap!
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kdforsman Premium
It's a pretty good feature of SiteContent and certainly a huge motivator! All the best, cheers, Kaz
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despatis Premium
Hi Karen, great motivational posting about our Wealthy Affiliate community, so much needed in this world full of distractions often causing difficulties to stay focused on issues what really matters.

Thanks for sharing, to our success,
Desmond
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kdforsman Premium
I've always been a bit of a magpie, going for bright and shiny objects - discipline is needed here!
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GiftsGalore Premium
I just read your post, and I found it most interesting. I will certainly take what you stated in this post to heart. Like you, I jumped ahead - though I knew this wasn't the correct way - and I started to do things that are out of sequence, but like most men, "we don't follow instructions", we just try to put it together and hope it works. It sounds humorous I'm sure, but for the most part, it's true. Thank you for your post and I look forward to reading more. Rick McDonald.
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LusciousJM Premium
I love this article! I'm trying to work on my writing skills. Hope I can write an article soon!
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kdforsman Premium
Hey thanks! Don't overthink it. Just follow the training and write naturally. Best wishes Karen
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LusciousJM Premium
Thanks Karen!
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GiftsGalore Premium
LusciousJM, you can accomplish anything! Don't let your inner self-control your outer self. "There are free things and free ways to learn how to improve your writing". Rick McDonald
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GiftsGalore Premium
Dear KDForsman, I like your post and your answer to LusciousJM, though "...write naturally..." is good, some people do not have good writing habits/verbiage. "Content Is King", and if this is true each person needs to know how to write content that will grab Yahoo, Bing, Google, YouTube, etc., so SEO is also important. I am learning "how to write SEO Content", which is available free of charge on the Internet. I plan to become an ambassador on the WA Member Site system.
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kmakunga Premium
Great article... with wonderful advice. I can't wait to get started and put it into practice. I'm definitely following you :-)
Ken.
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks Ken! Enjoy the ride :-)
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akollor123 Premium
Great article... Thank you!
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you!!
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JLMarker Premium
This is an awesome post. Thanks for the inspiration.
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks - I'm glad you found it of interest :) I read it every now and then when I start heading down a rabbit hole!
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Olina91 Premium
Great post, Karen! So true! Keep going, we are here for the same reason and it's awesome to be surrounded by minded-like people! Wishing you a great success here and everywhere!
olina
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks Olina :)
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giftyafd Premium
Thanks Karen for sharing. You are a pace setter and motivator. Keep going on and up.

Gifty
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks Gifty! Really thrilled to hear you enjoyed this article. Cheers, Karen
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thriftymom Premium
Thank you for sharing all these! You are a very focused person and for sure there is no doubt that you will get there soon.

You're such a lovely inspiration.

Ces
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you so much for your kind words! Wow, that's truly made my day!! :-) Take care, cheers, Karen
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GingerCullen Premium
This was great to read Karen, Thank you! Your goals look to be similar to mine in the sense of timeline as well. I do have a question though. What is the real positives with ambassadorship? Is it just to be able to say you are or are there special "perks"?
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Ginger, I don't know about the whole Ambassador thing, as I'm not an Ambassador LOL. However, from what I have gleaned on here so far, it's more of a kudos than any monetary benefits. I guess it improves profile and credibility on the site? Cheers, Karen
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JasonJF Premium
Loved the positivity in your post, Karen.

Keep the right energy flowing and welcome once more to WA!

Best,
Jason
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Jason, thanks so much for the feedback. I'm absolutely buzzing right about now... as I've just worked out what my niche is going to be. It's only taken two months LOL, but it's awesome when you get a light bulb moment aye! All the best. cheers, Karen
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Tabsmark Premium
Thanks for this information, it helped to reset my thinking. I'm feeling a little all over the place! Lol! I need to be more focused. Thanks for the training.
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kdforsman Premium
I know that feeling - but writing this blog post really helped me refocus and concentrate on the money making activities on here :) All the best, Cheers, Karen
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gardnermark1 Premium
Good post, thanks Karen
back to the drawing board
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kdforsman Premium
Yip, I hear ya! I'm the same. I need to constantly refocus on the stuff that matters.
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gardnermark1 Premium
I'm glad there are so much positive people in here. It's hard to be negative. I like it. Thank you so much for the inspiration K
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JAndreaMc Premium
Thanks, Karen.

I'm trying to keep my head up and down at the same time.

I didn't realize how much I needed to research to get something of quality till I was ready to write. But I'm pushing through it.

It's good to have a community to remind me that I need to keep going.
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kdforsman Premium
Best of luck!
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JAndreaMc Premium
Thanks, you too.
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MrGus Premium
Thank you for writing this article. It is so important to know how it all ties into to each other. You have really made this clear for me. I have to quote Jay-Z by saying "the numbers don't lie" and it shows through the stats. Again thank you as you have helped to motivate me through your knowledge and insight.
MrGus
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kdforsman Premium
Hey there MrGus, thanks for dropping by, I'm glad this info was useful
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caeshleman67 Premium
You have really said a lot of the right things and I agree with everything you said. I am completely new at this and I know I need all the help and feedback I can get. This post was very inspiring and made me even more motivated to follow the steps and get everything out of it that I can. Thank you.
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kdforsman Premium
Hi, thanks so much for your feedback. I'm glad you found it helpful
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Karen, oh... we are sooo on the same page. I just took longer than you to learn these lessons. For example, I did not do all the training in order when I first started and have now gone back to it. As a result, I've also written more than 98% of WA members. My website health still needs a lot of work - probably because it took me so long to wake up and follow the training to the letter and because I started out building two sites - I'm now focusing on one. ;) I'm also going for Ambassador and my website is also my prime focus. I've been in the Top 200 more than once during my time at WA and I'm very active on Site Comments and I've noticed the impact in google analytics. The WA community supports us in more ways than we realise at first glance. Let's do this.
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kdforsman Premium
Hey Lauren, thanks so much for sharing that... it only goes to prove that the training and the tasks are there for good reason. All the best, it sounds like you are on the right track! Cheers, Karen
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HITS Premium
Hello Karen,
It was a lovely and useful explanation by you.
Thank you
Hitesh
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks Hitesh, I'm glad you found it useful, all the best, Karen
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Kyle Premium
Awesome Karen, you should be proud of your accomplishments and your progress thus far. Nice work and I can see that you are definitely a power writer, this is definitely going to contribute nicely to the scaling of your business moving forward. :)
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kdforsman Premium
Thank you Kyle, it's a fantastic site and I am getting so much out of the training! Cheers Karen
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Droseh Premium
You've learned a lot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Debbie
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Debbie, Thanks for reading - these are just my random ideas about how WA is working for me, It would be interesting to get your feedback about what metrics are important to you? Cheers, Karen
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amberq Premium
Thanks so much for sharing!
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markr0675 Premium
Wow Karen, it looks like you are doing awesome!!! Congratulations!!! You're doimg it right! Mov'in on!
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kdforsman Premium
Hey Mark, thanks for reading :)

I actually got up this morning and had to pinch myself - finally I'm working towards my longstanding goal of building an online business and yes, it does feel awesome!

My biggest barrier to success is my own procrastination - especially around having enough discipline to write posts and content. That's why I love SiteContent - I have set myself goals and can see my progress towards achieving the necessary word count.

This platform is fantastic.
Cheers, Karen
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markr0675 Premium
Great job Karen. I too struggle with writing content. Its great to hear you found your grove in that.
:0)
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drcmaint Premium
Well done.
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and leave a comment :)
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abdul11 Premium
very good post you have accomplished a lot
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Abdul - thanks for your comment :)
It feels like slow going at times; but the good thing about writing this post was a reminder about how much I've already learned being part of this fantastic online community and knowing that I'm making positive steps towards my long term goals.
All the best, Cheers, Karen
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wgolden Premium
Thank you, Karen, I'm bookmarking this as a reminder when I need to stay focused. I looked at one of your sites and left a comment. It's beautiful, easy to read and navigate. I have no doubt that once you monetize you'll do really well. :-)

Wendy
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Wendy,
Great to connect here on WA - and thank you for your lovely feedback about my website, they are definitely a work in progress and I'm applying the learning from WA to improve them as I progress through the training.

My son is actually quite a computer geek, and I know that he would love to get on my websites and 'tweak them till they squeal'... but they are my 'babies' and I'm going to be the one to nurture them and grow them into productive fully fledged grown up affiliate websites!
All the best, Cheers, Karen
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KMeyer Premium
Thanks for your insight and inspiration
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kdforsman Premium
You're welcome - I hope it helps in some small way :)
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Ivine Premium
Hi, you are making real progress and having fun at the same time. Irv.
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kdforsman Premium
Hi Ivine - thanks so much for reading, I do appreciate your feedback. Yes I'm having a blast! Who knew that websites and affiliate marketing could be such fun - does that make me weird or something?
Enjoy your day, Cheers, Karen
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kidcolt Premium
Hmm...Looks like I need to utilize this part of the menu. You made me realize everything should be used here. I have a lot to learn and so little time.
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kdforsman Premium
I know what you mean, but hang in there
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IWoodhouse Premium
hey great rticle thanks for sharing - timely reminder with self being in a bit of overwhelm at present!
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kdforsman Premium
Hiya, yip I know what u mean... There's a lot to wrap your head around! Thanks for reading
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RHBarlow Premium
Well, it seems like you know what you are doing and also you are enjoying the trainIng here at WA.
Keep up the good work with Success!
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kdforsman Premium
Thanks - I'm learning heaps!
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