About LaurenCook
Joined November 2017
Hello Everybody!

Over the years I have taught art on and off to K-12 and college students. Back when I was doing art I did big abstract paintings and exhibited nationally. I had a few art galleries too. But I learned early that it's hard to make good money this way. I still like to paint (when I have time) and hope to construct a large studio to put somewhere in our backyard.

I've also done a lot of writing in the business world in different office management and technical writer roles. Mostly boring and meticulous work BUT I began my 25 years interest in computers. I learned lots of different programs and began taking an interest in using the internet to start a business. I had some graphic arts experience and created several websites just for archiving photography of my artwork and occasionally sold one here and there.

It was interesting but building websites back in the mid-90's was not user-friendly enough yet (for me anyway!) so I would have to keep up the daily grind for a while longer. But it has all been a good learning process that has now brought me to Wealthy Affiliate where I can succeed with the enormous help from members, training and tools here!

My blog is about dog care. Why dog care? Well, for the last few years my husband, Doug, and I have run an online dog boarding business through Rover.com. We both have been lifelong dog owners and dog-enthusiasts so we really enjoy the doggy guests who come to our home! Doug is a computer geek (much more than me, even) who had his own brick-and-mortar computer store business many years ago. He's here at WA too! Anyway, we both have dogs, writing and computers in common and we really appreciate the freedom and control we have from running our businesses from our smartphones.

After almost four years things are going great and what we expected to be some extra income has turned into a thriving business. We actually are utilizing the internet for our income while doing what we love from home! And WA looks to have almost limitless potential since affiliate marketing has a worldwide reach!

I'm ready to succeed and make lots of new friends here!
This is going to be a wonderful journey!
First...go write a great post that will help people... :)

Hope to talk to you soon,
All the best,
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terrycarroll Premium
Hi Lauren and thank you for following. I am of course delighted to follow you in return.
Best wishes here on WA. I am sure you will find everything you need here in the way of help and support.
Please let me know if we can help each other at any time.
Urolin1981 Premium
Hi! Lauren,

I appreciate your networking with me, and I will follow for a higher level of mutual support and learning.

To know each other, please look into my WA posts including bio profile as well as some posts on my site built over the past 80 days within WA's WP platform.

Known to us, the keys to success in WA and e-marketing are:
1. religiously implement what we learn from its training courses;
2. accept WA program is the best of the best of its kind in the world;
3. need a lot of hard work to plow along its tough road;
4. expect to see a positive result in 3-12 months if all the implemented is correct.
5. participate active WA community volunteer work if possible;
6. just ask if any question or need help arises.

Here comes my best wish for your success in e-marketing.

LaurenCook Premium
Thanks James! Good list! I may call upon your expertise at some point! :)
Robert-A Premium
Hello Lauren and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.
Since you joined you will perhaps have come to the conclusion that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.
If you do get stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 390+ blogs I have published within WA.
You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.
Enjoy your day.
Robert Allan
LaurenCook Premium
Robert your blogs look amazing! I look forward to reading some of them and becoming an expert like you!
Robert-A Premium
No Probs
Just read the ones you believe will help you now and the rest can wait.
Don't forget to ask questions and ask again and again until all is clear.
Enjoy your Friday.
CarolMeador Premium
Hi, Lauren. Thanks for following me. In 2014, I lost my wonderful certified therapy dog, Raven to cancer. I was still grieving and not ready to rescue another dog yet, so I did petsitting for a year or so. I was also on Rover.com. Small world, isn't it? I had one client's 2 dogs and 2 cats for 3 months while they were remodeling their home.

I'm not doing any petsitting now because I rescued a "pointador" (1/2 pointer, 1/2 black lab) last spring. She is very timid and has not been socialized. Unfortunately, she won't work for pet therapy, but she is sweet, and I made a commitment to her. She gets very anxious when I just put something in a different place in her new home, and I don't want to increase her anxiety level by exposing her to other dogs coming and going at this time.

Leia is slowly improving as I work on her socialization, and is very bonded to me. She does enjoy playing with my neighbor's red tick coon hound, who is about the same size, but that's in her fenced yard, and she is in control of the situation.

Sorry I got off on a doggie tangent there. Followed you back.
LaurenCook Premium
LOL - I love to meet a fellow dog lover and a Rover sitter at that! So sad about Raven. Leia sounds normal enough considering she probably has some 'baggage' like most rescues. I bet she could handle one dog at a time. Maybe one weekend out of every month and gradually increase. It's healthy for dogs to be around other dogs occasionally - maybe just a short visit to a dog park.
CarolMeador Premium
Yes, she enjoys playing with Lisa, the hound I mentioned earlier. I don't like the idea of the dog park because so many people here have pitbulls. I have friends who have had to take their dog and leave because the pits weren't being supervised and were getting aggressive toward their dogs.

Yes, I'm sure Leia has baggage. She is such a soft personality and so frightened of anything new. But she has made great strides compared to when I got her.

Leia and I have been through 3 classes at PetSmart, primarily for socialization. She was initially afraid of the guys in the class, especially if they had on hats, but now she will go up to them and sniff their legs (when they're sitting down). She'll also go up to the instructor and let her pet her now. She is making progress, but I need to give her lots of love and attention right now, and don't feel up to having any extra animals at the moment. Maybe in the spring I'll consider reactivating Rover.

Leia is really enjoys the other dogs in her class, especially a 10 month old male German Shepherd puppy. They are great friends.
We are on break from class until spring now.
laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Lauren,

Nice profile you have put here. In WA you will find a lot of dog fans, like Giulia and Valerie plus me.
I always say this to the new people I meet here. In case you need a good source for writing have a look at one of my first posts about the Spanish priest and the world library, amazing things can be found there.
Thank you for the follow and all the best.

Regards, Taetske
DRoest Premium
I have spendt 30 yrs on computers at a job. Now it is time to do for me. Have Lahawa4u to display and sell crafts. The name was LaHA and I sold mostly dream and sun catchers, but have several friends that make jewelry and other items. I want to dis[lay and sell them on the internet. The new name is Love and Happiness and Wealth Always 4 You Lahawa4u Domin. Hope it works the crafts aren't useful at home in a drawer. Good luck with your sales. Darlene
Madek Premium
Hey, Lauren!

I feel great having you as a follower! Wish you high achievements and success on your marketing venture at WA. Keep moving forward! Come to me on my G+ through https://plus.google.com/u/0/116531398108257503951
I also invite you to cast a glance at my website www.lifeandhealths.com
Hope you enjoy! Cheers!

LaurenCook Premium
Nice website and I did some Google +1's for you.
boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Lauren for the follow and many blessings to you here at WA. As a Premium Member you are probably aware of the AWESOME and FREE WA Keyword Tool we have unlimited access to.

This is the keyword research tool I have used exclusively after I became a Premium member 4 years ago and it has helped me many times to find awesome keywords that have led to Google page 1 rankings.

When you have the time, I created very popular WA Training Tutorials, Part 1 and Part 2, on how to use the WA Keyword Tool for keyword research. If you have not seen it and would like to learn how simple it is to use and a little about keywords, click the below link. Again, when you have the time.
Keisi Premium
Hola Lauren!

Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. Thank you for adding me to your network and I have also added you to mine.

All the best wishes for a speedy accomplishment of your hopes and dreams right here at WAU! You made the right choice to learn from the Best of the Best.

StunningBell Premium

Welcome to WA and thanks for adding me to your network. I’m following you back

We are all really fortunate to be part of this amazing community where you can make your dreams come true. I hope you are having much fun as I am.

Don’t stop dreaming because they are in the process of being materialized.

Wishing you the very best here at WA.
Loes Premium
Hello Lauren,♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun at WA. Thank you for adding me to your network.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. And I share all my interesting findings on my blog space. I have listed them on a blog for you. When you type in “Blogs list top rated by Loes” into the search bar on top, you'll find my goodies under Blogs. I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or leave a comment on my profile.
Success building your business in 2018. See you around, Greetings Loes
LaurenCook Premium
Wow! That is so helpful! Thanks for following me back
All the best
eosegueraf Premium
Hello Lauren:
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliates, a great community to learn how to make your websites and make some Money out of them. Besides the Lessons, there are huge amounts of information and a helpful community eager to help one another.
Best regards from México.
LaurenCook Premium
Hi Eugenio,
Thank you! The community seems great for sure! I checkout your website and I am really impressed! Wow! Great idea and Really cool! Keep up the good work. I will check back later on here.
All the best,
eosegueraf Premium
You are welcome Lauren, and thank you for your kind comments about my site. I will be improving it shortly.
Kyle Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
LaurenCook Premium
You would probably think my niche was extremely broad (it's dogs) but I feel good about it so far. I probably will want to start another website with a more refined niche later and I have several ideas about that. Keep you posted!
Kyle Premium
Honestly Lauren, I think that your niche that you have chosen is far too broad. I recommend that you narrow this down slightly and to do this I would recommend trying out the Alphabet Soup Technique.

Here is a short training video on this: I use this not just for keywords, but also to narrow down my niches into something more specific. Remember also, there are TWO BILLION people on the Internet. Even some of the seemingly smallest niches out there have huge audiences that are searching for help with them and buying products within them.

Also, I recently blogged about what is too broad of a niche and how to define what is a suitable niche (with some real examples). I absolutely recommend that you check this out as it is going to definitely help you here Lauren. If you want to run any of your "narrowed down" niches by me, please do let me know and I will be more than happy to give you a hand Lauren. :)