About LPedersen
Joined March 2016
NOTE: I'm not yet Premium member. So I can not write or reply to messages. I can only use the "Follow" and "Like" features to interact. I am currently exploring the material in here, to understand what is the best strategy and avoiding any rookie pitfalls. Also, I am working on deciding on what niche/game to get going with first.
I am starting from absolute scratch after a long break from work and with zero extra budget - so while I am studying, I am also focusing on getting active with normal work (which will pay for the investments I need, including WA membership).
Anyone who wish to reach me with something important before I become member, can do so at: jahejdavs on gmail.

I live in Denmark, Europe. My main background is in IT Project Management and Business Analysis - as well as some life coaching on the side. (But mostly on voluntary basis so far - and not with a website).
I have been a freelance consultant for many years but took a long break, to reassess my direction in life. I will be going back in that game, but with a new perspective.
And on the longer term I will transition to internet based business. Instead, or in combination with these other games.

My main reasons to get involved with internet marketing/business are listed below.
(Yes - it is long - it serves just as much for my own clarity and self-peptalk. The headings will give you the concept. If you dive in - who knows, you might be inspired by something. Once I do the Premium membership I will place a link to a more readable version of this).

*** 1. To get out of the time-for-money squeeze.
(I made good money in that other game before my break - but there is a limit to possible expansion). Internet based business can be scaled more easily - when selling products.
Products can be anything from affiliate products to my own digital information products to dropship e-commerce. I have no clear decision or priority yet.

*** 2. To get 3+ independent income streams (or types of streams).
And at least 3 of them capable of supporting my basic living costs, if/when I give them the needed attention.
At least one should be fairly passive, ie. some kind of assets or ongoing game that pays me back.
Only one (at a time) should be time-for-money. But I want to reduce my dependency on that. (In the beginning, this will finance my journey and investments with the rest).

*** 3. To get more flexibility reg. time and location.
Not that I am striving for the digital nomad life as such (nor the beach bum with a laptop lifestyle), but I value the flexibility. (This is why I don't want to start a traditional business with an office and fixed employees and so on. I don't want to be tied down with that).
Besides visiting friends, I like to be able to easily travel for conventions / bootcamps / retreats for business learning or personal/spiritual development.
I want to create a lifestyle where constant development and constant learning FROM THE BEST is not only possible, but a regular activity.
And should I ever decide to relocate to another country, I don't need to leave my business and network behind. I can hit the ground running.

*** 4. To have scalable business. Scaling both up AND down.
Selling products instead of services means easy scalability. But in general, if my business volume expands, it is also easier to automate or delegate/outsource things when all is digital. The same way - when venturing into something new, some things that I don't have time to learn yet can be outsourced.
At the same time I also like that I can scale down on things in some periods, without having a high fixed cost running (such as employees or facilities).

*** 5. Because I want to explore more regarding my life coaching talents and passion.
I like to teach, write, coach and spread clarity and truth. And to CONNECT - to people and enabling people to connect.
I want to use the internet to get an audience, a dialog and through this, shape my thoughts and my message.

*** 6. I am a natural teacher and troubleshooter.
And good at breaking things down and presenting them. Good at analyzing things and making workable solutions. This means that it is not hard for me to make digital information products about things I know about.
So as I move through life and learn, I can monetize that as well - while having fun with teaching. (Plus, teaching increases my own understanding as well).

*** 7. I want to get good at MARKETING.
Basically, PENETRATING, CONNECTING, IGNITING and LEADING - to a better place - is the essence of marketing, when done ethically.
I have a basic interest in the topic itself, that I didn't pursue enough before. And the internet is where it happens today.
It will be useful no matter how I want to expand in the future - also any brick and mortar business. But it is also about CONNECTING to people - and therefore very much in tune with my life coaching / authoring / teaching passion and skills.
I will use marketing to reach an audience and learn to assess what is real to people and what they are looking for.
So that when I shape my message, it is addressed in a way that gets attention and makes an actual impact - not just a "work of passion" that I fiddle with somewhere, and not really getting a real audience and response to.

*** 8. To explore and master community building.
A lot of learning has great benefit from community support. The internet is a great enabler for this. Providing there is openness and engagement by the members. I want to master this discipline as well.
Many try, and many also fail. E. G. on Facebook, many group pages may attract many members, but still become ghost towns (or self-promotion poster boards). Or some has “involvement” but mainly with people who need help with their own stuff - not otherwise sharing or contributing.
The technology itself does not guarantee success on its own.
Any bigger societal change also depend on local groups and communities. Even if they meet IRL, online communities are a great assistance as well, to keep the cause alive and everyone on the same page.
Creating a learning community and keeping it engaged and interactive involves factors from both coaching and marketing.
Marketing is needed to attract people to the community. Coaching is needed to help people there.
But it is only a true community if there is participation, openness, interaction and a desire for progress and change - without the direct participation by the teacher or moderator constantly. It is seldom enough to just stimulate a community with content. It is useful to find a way to know something about what CHANGE each person is truly looking for / needing, as this is the motivation factor that drives action, time and resources and will maintain attention and engagement.

*** 9. To live life on my terms and be RICH and FREE - without the rat race trap and while doing things I love - that also serves something more than my own personal success.
This sums up what I want to achieve with this pursuit and this “profession”. I see it as an enabler for what I want with prosperity vs. flexible time & location vs. the freedom to do things I love (parts of the work - and freedom for the rest of my life). The marketing part is an interest, a passion, and also an important contributor to anything else I want to do professionally, or to serve the world.

In short, I pursue:
- PROSPERITY - with FLEXIBILITY (not being tied down in it).
- SCALABILITY - up and down.
- SPEED - good ideas can often have an impact fast. And if they don't - at least be tested and measured easily.
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pribs Premium
Well Lasse, you're a little over a couple of weeks into your free membership and I wanted to check-in one last time before communication within the WA community is gone for good unless you become a premium member (that happens on day 17) so if you have any lingering questions or something that I can help with, now would be the time to ask! If you have any questions just let me know and I'll do everything I can to help.
Thanks, well - I did post 10+ questions - everyone is helpful here but still, I'd say it is a bit hit and miss if you get something useful. As soon as there are 2-4 replies/comments on a question, it seems like people scoot by. I think it would be great if there was a "resolved" flag to set - so there was no doubt if it was truly answered or not. So... the Q&A concept is good - but it does have its limitations. Everyone except Kyle is just volunteering, afterall.
I have also noticed in here, that especially when it gets very technical, sometimes it is "the blind leading the blind" in the comments.
(I am not referring to your answers to me - they have all been very good, thank you).

One I just posted now was "Registering domain with wa - what if premium expires?" - this one is important to me, to know if I want to register any domains via WA. The price is good - but what is the catch if not staying with WA forever?

I was considering to go for the first month of Premium and perhaps a month more to access more training and so on - but then I found out about the "can't downgrade" thing - meaning that even rubix sites are then lost, if I can't continue.
So the way to do it now is to focus on just improving my income first and then only do Premium when I am set up to continue steadily if it is right for me. (Also, I want to do it when I know I can actually study fairly intensely - and not be locked in with something I am not using. That's another reason I had hoped for the "downgrade" option - to not be stuck like that).
Another question I posted was "Registering and hosting a domain with subdomains forwarding?" (it is something I also messaged you directly about - I don't know if you saw that message).

I am not sure how that works and if the forwarding is possible at all if set up with WA. (Marion posted an instruction video that made it look like it is not possible).
I'm not sure if I am using the wrong terms to ask for what I want. (But I did explain more in that message to you as well).

It seems like the WA setup is geared solely towards domains (and subdomains) that has WP pages on them.
The first of my two scenarios is not about WP sites/pages but simply effective forwarding.

(Marion again posted something about a "Pretty Link" plug-in - that might help in the 2nd scenario).
"Splitting in several niche blogs vs consolidating?" is one I am also trying to sort out.
To understand how to "start out" with my content.
For the sake of developing the content and gaining a little traction, I could start out with one blog. But regarding domain name(s) and so on, it has some relevance whether I go for one umbrella domain, or some separate and more specific ones.
pribs Premium
Hey Lasse, when you first joined Wealthy Affiliate through me I mentioned a bonus if you upgrade to premium within the first seven days. I just wanted to let you know that I'm now giving that bonus to all members regardless of what day they upgrade, so if you decide to take the leap and get really serious about your internet business and working through the lessons here at WA, I'll make sure to send it your way as soon as you upgrade. I hope everything is going well! As always, let me know if you need anything.
I must admit I am a bit swamped and overwhelmed (also with other things) so I have not had time to pay enough attention to the basic training available, as well as the stuff you made available. It's been quick skimming to try and work out if I'm on the right road, overall, and what sort of beast (colour, size and smell) this whole IM is - and in connection with WA.

I am posting questions to make the best of the time to understand the overall perspective and how I should start out - just in order not to go down a completely wrong road from the beginning.
E.g. about structure and split of websites/niches and also whether to register domain(s) via WA or not, and the consequences if not being able to keep the Premium subscription steady, once started. (The "no-downgrade" issue was crucial for me to know beforehand. I am glad I stumbled on that one while cruising some blog posts and comments in here).
LindaSMcRae Premium
Hi, thank you for the follow! Hope you are enjoying your time here at WA, I know I am. I wish you all the best with your online business! :)
P.S. If I can ever help, just let me know!
pribs Premium
Hey Lasse, I see that you're able to communicate within the WA community again! How's everything coming along?
Actually, yesterday I was not able to. (Only the "follow" and "like" functions). But it seems I was granted an extra grace period (or maybe this is an automatic "extra").
Anyway I am still researching. I'm a bit "prematurely" in this community in that I need to get out of my completely broke state :D to be able to properly invest money in my future. That's why the "premium" is not happening yet.

Besides that, I am mostly looking at the strategy and considerations about where to start, with niches and so on.
Not so much the technical side yet.
Except looking into a good and cheap way to make a forwarding domain for affiliate links that can also hold subdomains - so it can all go on the same domain and subscription. And preferably track the hits on each subdomain too. Best if it can mask/retain the URL also after forwarding to the new page.
I can still experiment with affiliate promotion without having a website yet. I need something to use e.g. on social media, or when emailing to people I have talked to personally about it.
halinphilly Premium
Welcome Lasse,
Thank you for following me. I am following you back, but I would like to see a little bit about you in your profile. If you have a moment, check out this lesson: Wishing you great success here!!
Thanks. Well you asked for it, you got it! :D
Anyway - I know it is "over-delivering" in a profile but I really used it for myself as well, to clear my mind.
I'll probably put it in a blog post in a while - to make it more readable, and for people to interact with if they like.
halinphilly Premium
Reminds me of the Toyota commercial - "You asked for it, you got it"
Thank you for all the good info. I'm glad you wrote such an in-depth profile. Actually, you could break that down into several blogs.

Please read he new paragraph I added to my profile at the bottom. It addresses your reply, which I removed, sorry. Please contact me through the form on my Hal Aaron website for any personal comments. Thanks.
Thank you. Allright, I read your added paragraph. It gives more reality. I had gotten the impression that your experience (since 2014) with internet marketing was longer with WA.
(Also, because you are ranking in top 200. You must have been really fast in advancing. Kudos for that).
pribs Premium
Hey Lasse, how's everything coming along now that you've been a member for a few days? I hope you've found your way into the "Get Started Here" training toward the top of the menu on the left and that you're enjoying yourself so far!

Some people gravitate towards the "Affiliate Bootcamp" training which is something I don't recommend right off of the bat if you've never made money in internet marketing before. I have a detailed blog post covering this topic if it's something you're wrestling with and you'd like me to send you the link.

I know that may be a bit confusing, but if you have any questions at all don't hesitate to ask! I hope you're enjoying your time here so far :)
Thanks pribs. Yes, I would appreciate to see that, thank you. Affiliate marketing is one of the things I want to explore.

I put up a few questions as well today. This one about needed tools - if you have any input to that, I'd appreciate it too. I copy it below as I am not allowed to insert the link:


"Besides WA which is mainly blog and SEO centric (or so it seems from my initial studies), what other tools are needed in order to cover the main bases and get going? If wanting to drive traffic from Facebook and Youtube also?

I'm seeking to get an idea about the basic set-up needed and the cost level. I guess it is tools for:

- list building and auto-responder? (With feature for mail sequences).

- squeeze pages / landing pages?

- analytics and tracking - anything needed beyond the basic Google Analytics?

- opt-in pop-ups to catch leads?

- SEO assessment and keyword search?

- Publishing posts on social media? Scheduled?

- Mirroring WP posts to social media?

- Link/domain forwarding if you want to shorten/cloak affiliate links?

- Any tools to keep the blog "updated" and ranking better?

- Protected member/login section - some free WP plugins sufficient?

This is just what I could guess/dream up. Did I forget something?

Still being a rookie. Curious about how much additional stuff people use, and what the approximate running cost is (if it is not free stuff)."
pribs Premium
- list building and auto-responder? (With feature for mail sequences).
Not necessary for the beginning, until you're getting traffic. This expense is a few months out, but runs about $20 a month when you get there.

- squeeze pages / landing pages?
Not at all necessary while you're getting started. Built into many themes. Once you're generating revenue, you can sign up for something like LeadPages for $300/year (that's what I use, but again, I also use my theme's built in landing pages quite often these days)

- analytics and tracking - anything needed beyond the basic Google Analytics?

- opt-in pop-ups to catch leads?
This falls under landing pages and autoresponder. Nothing else needed.

- SEO assessment and keyword search?
Possibly a subscription to Jaaxy ($19-$49 per month depending on the plan). You can get by with the free Jaaxy trial, free keyword tool here, and Google's free Keyword Planner while you're getting started though.

- Publishing posts on social media? Scheduled?
Hootsuite is free for up to three accounts - should be all you need.

- Mirroring WP posts to social media?
This can be done through Hootsuite - Google it.

- Link/domain forwarding if you want to shorten/cloak affiliate links?
Pretty Link Lite (Wordpress Plugin) - free

- Any tools to keep the blog "updated" and ranking better?
Not necessary. Just follow the training here - there's no way to automate that process. It's just plain hard work.

- Protected member/login section - some free WP plugins sufficient?
I've never paid for this in my life - just keep your stuff up-to-date and maybe install something like Bulletproof Security (free).

This is just what I could guess/dream up. Did I forget something?
No, this is quite thorough. Frankly you're worrying about a lot of things that aren't necessary until quite down the road, which is a GOOD THING, but just try not to overwhelm yourself with stuff like this. Investing too much energy into thoughts like this can drain the resources you have to give your business each day, and unfortunately a lot of it just needs to be taken a step at a time.
pribs Premium
It looks like you're moving along very nicely, Lasse! I see you have your profile all setup and hopefully you've been engaging with the community a bit!

I'd love to get to know you and your income goals better so that I can do my best to set you up for success. Would you mind taking a minute to chime in and share here: I keep a pretty close watch on that thread (and so do the co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle and Carson), so posting your income goals there will give us a much better idea of what we can do to help you!

And of course, let me know if there's anything I can help you with Lasse :)
Yes, since I am starting from scratch and with only barebone funding, my first curiosity is to work out what would be the best first thing to start doing, that could just get steady enough to cover the basic expenses for subscription to the various tools and services needed. The WA subscription plus maybe a few things more (I don't know yet - I have not done the intro training).

Getting something going that simply covers the base, and the subscriptions are not sucking the budget, makes it easier to then focus on the next level.

Basically getting the ropes learnt well enough to get something functioning and start getting experience with traffic and looking at stats and so on, and being able to experiment more - while the experiment is not constantly sucking money in fixed expenses.
I estimate $200 monthly is enough to cover that first target of various services?
(I guess some money out of that is also needed to stimulate the traffic and keeping the show going?).

I'm thinking that affiliate marketing would be the first step to getting something going. But I'm not fully clear yet.
I posted in the money goal thread. It became a bit long but that was mostly for my own sake. I am copying it here as well, just to retain it more easily.
#1 - Happy
*** First "happy moment" would be to simply make $100-200 steadily per month. To simply cover subscription costs (and whatever traffic stimulation?) on having the various infrastructure, including WA obviously, running. I would prefer to get there fairly fast - because then I would be at first base and in the game, getting experience without draining my super limited budget.
*** $2000 a month - then it will have been worth the hard work learning it. And staying involved to improve.
*** $5000 a month - then I'm happy because it can cover my minimum desired living standard and that means freedom. Assuming this is far from full time (once I have learned the ropes), this will be a good platform, giving me more space to invest/take risks with other projects.

#2 - Ecstatic
By $10000 if it was max. half time, ie. 20 hours. That would be awesome freedom for my other life activities and travel.
By $25000 if it was full time and my primary game. (I want to make more eventually - but this would be a huge milestone that proves that I could make this my primary - as it surpasses what I could make by going back in freelance consulting and pushing it hardcore there).

#3 - Time
10-20 hours/week is the realistic, on the learning journey. Less than 10 would be amateur in the learning process. But some weeks that would be all I could. 20 would still be hard.
Making it to the $2000 mark (and seeing scalable potential) - that would make me start to play HARD with more hours wherever I could.

MY ULTIMATE INCOME GOAL is not just about the amount - but just as much the income TYPE.
The ideal is to break completely free of the time-for-money trap and have it all be scalable, product based. Internet based so I can travel (for business conventions, spiritual retreats etc.) without being stuck with running a brick and mortar business.
Not seeking the digital nomad life - but still the freedom to travel, mainly as investment in myself. (And perhaps move to a more tax friendly place one day).

Sorry for the long post - I took the liberty to go with the flow because it became a really good brain dump and line of thought for myself, actually.
pribs Premium
Hey Lasse! I can relate to that - the "internet lifestyle" was one of the biggest draws to get me into internet marketing several years ago. Having a portable business, somewhat passive income, etc. has been everything I hoped it would be when setting out on this journey back then.

Wealthy Affiliate provides a really good platform to learn and communicate with others. It's MUCH better than the tools and memberships that were available in my early days, so you've got a great head start by making your way here much earlier in your journey than I did!

If you have any questions as you continue along, don't hesitate to reach out!
Andrew-74 Premium
Hi, welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. You made a great choice and I'm sure you will get a lot out of the training here. If you need any help, don't be afraid to ask. There are tons of people here that will assist you in any problems that you have.

If you would like to connect with me you can follow me at my profile here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/Andrew-74

Just click the link to visit my profile page. On my profile you will find the website that I have been working on for the past few months, extra training tutorials and tips on getting started effectively with Wealthy Affiliate. If you would like to ask any questions, please don't hesitate. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I wish you the very best of success and look forward to speaking with you soon.

Thank you Andrew - I will check it out.
MarionBlack Premium
Hi Lasse,

Thanks for reaching out to me. You can reach me at marion@marionblack.co so we can continue our conversation.
Al-from-WA Premium
Welcome to WA, I think you'll find it incredibly fulfilling as you build your own website business. Enjoy!
Thank you!
Labman Premium
Hi and welcome to WA, Thanks for following me back.
pribs Premium
Hey Lasse! I wanted to start you off with a quick note that could SIGNIFICANTLY impact your success with Wealthy Affiliate. Read this entire message if you are serious about being successful in internet marketing (it's lengthy, but I'm not joking when I say that this advice could make or break your entire internet marketing career):

1) You'll need to work consistently and hard. There's going to be a lot to learn in the beginning and you may feel overwhelmed at a point, but keep pressing forward and you'll make it through. It happened to me and every other successful internet marketer at some point, and the only way to become successful in this industry is to push past that overload whenever you get there.

Do yourself a favor and commit to a number of hours that you can work each week right now. It doesn't have to be massive, but it should be more than 10 between evenings and weekends at least. Just remember the more you work each week, the faster you'll learn and draw closer to success.

After you've picked the number of hours you can work each week, commit to working that much for AT LEAST six months - a year would be better. You won't see results immediately in this industry, and being consistent is the key. Pick a number of hours you can work each week, then work those hours for at least six months. It's something you've probably never done in this industry, and this advice alone will make a HUGE difference in your chances at succeeding with internet marketing as long as you take it seriously and STICK WITH IT.

2) I recommend starting off with this training (which you can access with your free account): It just scratches the surface of the MASSIVE amount of helpful content in WA, but you'll get a good "feel" for the teaching style here and begin to see the power of all of the great things they're teaching here at Wealthy Affiliate.

3) DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE COMMUNITY. Two of the best places you can go to for help when you get stuck are the "Live Chat" and the "Classrooms" sections located on the panel to your left. You'll find direction and inspiration through the community here, which is one of the reasons I recommend WA so highly.

4) Finally, you don't ever have to upgrade to the premium account here at Wealthy Affiliate if you don't want to. You'll have limited access using your free account for as long as you wish. HOWEVER, if you're serious about internet and affiliate marketing then you should invest in the premium membership for AT LEAST one month. You could look back on it years from now and see it as a pivotal moment in your internet marketing career, but you never will if you don't at least give it a try.

Check it out for a few days though - you don't need to upgrade right now. Make sure it's a good fit for you, and if you upgrade within the first 7 days you'll receive your first month's membership at more than 50% off. I keep my membership active and recurring every month so I can be here for the people I refer like you, so realize that I'm putting my money where my mouth is here!

On top of that, if you upgrade to a premium membership at the discounted rate within the first 7 days I have a special bonus EXCLUSIVE to people that join WA through me and upgrade within the first week of creating their free account. This bonus will show you how to be twice as successful with WA or any other legitimate internet marketing program out there and gives you some very valuable video lessons (which I recorded for you personally, of course) to ensure you get off to the right step in your internet marketing business.

I keep a close watch on the list of people that upgrade from starter to premium, so I'll send the bonus your way within 24 hours. If you upgrade and don't receive it within that time frame for some reason, just post on my WA profile and let me know!

I don't offer that bonus so you'll spring for the membership and make me more money, I offer the bonus just in case you needed that tiny "push" to make sure you invest in this training because I know that you will use for the rest of your IM career and it could change your life. I've referred hundreds of people now and I have NEVER had anyone tell me they were dissatisfied.

Best of luck to you! You're about to embark on a journey that could change your life forever, so make sure you take it seriously, put in the time and effort, and expect great things in return!

You know where to find me,
Ian Pribyl

P.S. I know I've thrown A LOT of information your way in this message, but I wanted to give you one last thing. Here is a video tour of the members' area to help ensure you get the most out of your free membership as possible: http://youtu.be/NDmMcMtMB8c

Sorry for sending so much your way at once, I just want to set you up for success as much as I possibly can!