Two Years At Wealthy Affiliate Today!

Last Update: June 25, 2017

I logged into Wealthy Affiliate this morning and I big notification comes up saying congratulations - you have a new badge for being at WA for 2 years.

Can it seriously only be 2 years? It feels like I have been a part of this incredible community for at least double that amount of time.

I wish I could write in this post everything that I have learned but that would impossible. In honor of this awesome milestone I will just share a little bit about my journey since joining WA and what being a member here has given me.

If you are new here this will show you what this platform can help you achieve if you take everything here with both hands and work your ass off. And this is key - you will have to work your ass off if you want what I have now.

In 2011 I gave birth to my baby girl, my first child. I was working for myself, from home doing bookkeeping. I didn't really enjoy it but I was good at it and I had enough customers to pay my way. I was doing ok.

For some strange reason I believed I was Superwoman and that I would be able to continue to work from home with my little girl on my hip and keep up with my work load. Delusional? Yes probably. I can still hear my mom trying not to giggle when I told her I would keep working just like I was, take a quick break to pop out my baby and keep my baby at home with me while I worked.

By the time she was a few months old I could see that it would not be possible. I realized that if I wanted to continue to work I would need to put her in a creche. I was heart broken and I put her in a creche to get by.

Suddenly I wasn't happy with my life. I suddenly hated bookkeeping. It was boring and I was angry. I didn't want to put my daughter into a creche so I could go home and work my ass off doing something I now hate... to pay her creche fees to enable me to work.

It also became clear that although I may be living someone else's dream of being able to work for myself from home, I wanted more. If you do bookkeeping you are stuck at an hourly rate and let's face it - there are only so many hours in a month. I had a child now and I didn't want a cap on what I could earn.

I wanted to save money for her for university, I wanted to buy our own house, I wanted to put money away from her... and if I stayed doing what I was doing I would never be able to earn more.

It all felt so wrong and I made a decision to change.

I decided to open up an online baby store, nothing was going to stop me. And nothing did. I got someone to design me a website, I bought stock and away I went.

I loved it immensely but I hit challenge after challenge. I won't go into all the challenges I faced, I met each and every one head on.

One of these challenges was that when I had my online store built for me I thought YAY... ok now I just have to wait for people to arrive and start buying right?

(I can actually hear all the oldies here giggling in pity...)

Oh how naive I was. I thought as soon as you put up a website people find you. OMG how wrong I was.

My website was built in 2012 and I had no idea how to use the damn thing. I didn't know how to upload a product. I didn't know how to change a thing. I knew nothing.

Now don't think for one minute that stopped me. I figured out Facebook marketing very quickly and I managed to make all my first sales on Facebook. I tried to get my Facebook fans to go to my website to buy things but they just wouldn't and I couldn't understand why.

So for nearly a year nobody bought a thing on my website and that was devastating. But I did make sales in other ways and I did grow my business.

As soon as I had my website I was searching online constantly trying to find a place that could teach me how to do things. I just knew there had to be an easier way.

I did learn a few things here and there online but I also learned a lot of the wrong things which I thought was right. It was a case of 1 step forward and 2 steps back for a long time.

I did manage to start getting traffic to my website and I was making sales on my website very slowly.

And all this time I was still searching for something, something that would give me the key to everything.

On 25 June 2017 I came across an article written by someone online about this absolutely incredible website that would give me all the information I will ever need to grow an online business (yeah right, I have heard this BS before) so I went to have a look expecting another rubbish website and what did I find?

Wealthy Affiliate! I was skeptical for about 20 minutes but through the things I did manage to learn over the years I could see Wealthy Affiliate for what it was. I must have been the fastest Premium sign up in the history of WA...

Yes I had access to the first course but I wanted to see it all and RIGHT NOW! Geez did I get my credit card out fast!

I was so excited I didn't know what to do with myself. I had found the key I had been searching for, I had what I needed to grow my business.

I shot through all the courses sucking up all the information I could. I launched another 2 websites.

One online marketing blog because I just love working online, I love sharing what I know. The other is a blog about my addiction because I am an alcoholic and a drug addict in recovery.

Those two websites I set up partly to practice on and partly as a hobby. Both of those 2 websites now earn me an income every month. Not a massive income, but they pay their own way plus some.

Now what happened to my online store?

After finding Wealthy Affiliate I found an easier way to make money online than grafting my ass off with an online store with my own stock. Buying in stock, storing it, marketing it, packaging it and then shipping it... well that is a LOT of work. (It was so much work that my two children were sitting in creche from 8am to 5pm every day.)

Wealthy Affiliate showed me how to make money without doing any of that.

The result is that 8 months after joining Wealthy Affiliate I made the decision to close my online store, flog all my stock, and change my website to a mommy blog instead.

I have to be honest here and say it was such a leap of faith for me. I took everything I had worked so hard for and let it go, taking a jump into the unknown. I put all my energy into making a full time income as a blogger.

The result of this? Yes I made it!

There were some hairy moments and there have been many late nights working hard on my websites.

I am a happier person, I don't have to rely on anyone else (product suppliers, couriers etc) for my success. The only person standing between me and my business is me and that is the way that I like it.

My journey working online started shortly after my daughter was born, and it was her that really sparked this off for me. My children are the reason I need to make this business work. Everything I do is for them.

They have now been at playschool only in the mornings since March last year (instead of staying till 5pm so I can work) and they are home with me in the afternoons. Yes I often get some work done in the afternoon when they are home and yes often I work on the weekend while my husband takes them out....and late at night.

I am still working like this because I have goals I want to meet. I am going to make my website so huge and popular that I can name my price for advertising on my website, no matter how obscene. I will have so much traffic one day that I just have to write one post and add one affiliate link in to meet my monthly expense... yes I know that is a lot but that is where I will be.

Then I will take my kids to Disney World and start having some real fun.

Here is my 3 month traffic report for March - May 2016 which is just before I found Wealthy Affiliate.

And 2 years later the same 3 months as before....

Now here comes the big question - do I really NEED Wealthy Affiliate anymore? Can I get by on my own from here?

I don't think I need Wealthy Affiliate so much anymore, the thing is that I am making a full time income and I spend the majority of my day on my websites creating content and marketing it.

I am quite confident I could leave and continue to succeed. So why am I still here?

That is easy for me to answer and there is more than one reason.

This community literally changed my life and for that I will be eternally grateful. So for that I want to continue to be a member to show my gratitude and loyalty, plus I would like to be able to help others to achieve the same.

Yes my time is so limited but perhaps there is something I can do to help someone else change their life.

Like writing this post today, maybe another mom reads this and realizes she CAN do the same as me.

Then I am not so big headed to think I know everything, of course I don't. There will always be something new I can learn that can help me improve my business. The internet is an every changing thing, there is always something new happening. I believe that to stay at the top of your game you must keep up to date with what is happening.

Kyle and Carson are always updating everything here and keeping us all informed.

Besides my referrals to WA and the training I publish here cover my monthly membership fees plus a bit to spare.

I don't think I will ever leave Wealthy Affiliate, the support, the community and the up to date training are just too valuable to me.

Here are some blog posts that highlight some of my challenges and successes along the way during these 2 years:

One Month At Wealthy Affiliate and I Have Some Questions.

2 Months At Wealthy Affiliate

I Believe, I Believe, I Believe

3 Months At Wealthy Affiliate

4 Months at WA - Yes I Got My First Sale!

Getting Paid for WA Training? WTF?

6 Months Update At WA

Bipolar Slump and A Bit Of Burnout

What Is Financial Freedom?

The WA Spirit... WOW!

Angry and Annoyed! Help Me!

Wealthy Affiliate Wrecked My Online Business!

The Joy On My Child's Face When

Woohoooo 1st Amazon Sales

Busy Being Mom

This Mommy Blogger Kicks Ass

OMG What A Ride! Woohhoo

I've Busted Through The Barrier

Being True To Me

One Of my Youtube Videos Has Gone Semi-Viral!

One Year At Wealthy Affiliate Today

It Is All Happening Now

I'm An Online Marketing Super Hero!

Follow Your Passion And Forget About Money -Sounds Crazy Right?

Money Is Falling In My Lap

My First Google Adsense Payment!

100 000 Page Views In The Last Month!

Google Adsense Is A Waste Of Time... Or Is It?

Oh Everything YOU Touch Turns To Money!

Ok those are not just a few blog posts, those are a load of posts.... but those are all the highlights and struggles that I have had over the last two years that I have shared on this platform. Maybe if you are starting out it can give you an idea what to expect.

The point here is that I have been here 2 years and Wealthy Affiliate changed my life (and that of my family) in a huge way. You can have this too.

I see so many new people arriving here asking how long before they start making money. It is not that simple. Making money in this way requires hard work and dedication.

As you can see from my blog posts I made my first sale in 4 months and by 8 months in I started doing this full time although I wasn't making a full time income. I would say that now 2 years in I am making a nice enough full time income online.

The amount of money I make varies month to month. Some months are tight, others are comfortable but I am not making a killing yet. But watch this space, because I will be soon :)

Happy Sunday Peeps!


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What an awesome story!
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HITS Premium
Hello Lynne,
It was really worth to read your story about online marketing. It was nice to read how you got attached with WA and how it paid you or made the ways easy for earning online. I am a newcomer and I know it won't be so easy to earn for a person like me who don't know ABC of online marketing. But surely will go through each and every of your posts and blogs and get knowledge from them.
Ya I will have to work hard a lot and give more and more time on WA to get the work done.
Thank you for sharing your sincere posts and blogs. The person like you ( though earning well ) should not leave the WA platform as people like me get highly impressed and get boost up. I personally feel now that If I work hard, surely I will get good rewards.
Regards
Hits
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Hits

Just remember that 6 years ago I knew nothing about working online! If you want to start any new business then you can't really expect to be pulling a profit for a few years anyway.

Yes I am ahead of you, but I started knowing nothing too :) Don't let anything stand in your way.
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HITS Premium
Hi Lynne,
Good piece of advise from you.
Thank You
Regards
Hits
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MarkA1 Premium
That's amazing! I really love your story. I know how it is to try one thing after another and have them all fail. Story of my life, lol. But I'm enjoying this more than anything else I've ever done, so I'll probably also be here for the duration. The great thing about this is that just about everything a person could possibly be interested in doing involves a website, at some point. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

Mark
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LynneHuy Premium
It is awesome to connect with you Mark and you are spot on there - no matter what you do you will need a website so making that your starting point is a good move!

And I see you are already a freelance writer! Have you never wondered why people pay you so much to write for them? If you put that into your own business OMW just imagine!!

I was doing some content writing for some people and I was also employed by a website to write where I earned $0.03 a word. It was great money but seriously if that is what they were paying me then my writing must have good value so I decided to stop writing for them and only write for myself. A [VERY] painful short term decision, an incredibly wise long term decision which is paying off handsomely for me now!
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MarkA1 Premium
Yes, indeed! I write for all sorts of different rates, depending on who I'm writing for, but 3 cents a word is probably about average. It's okay, but I'm tired of writing about stuff I'm not necessarily interested in for people I don't know. They always want more than what they're willing to pay for, like long lists of awkward keywords they want mentioned 2 or 3 times each. I'd MUCH rather write for my own sites and not have to deal with anymore of their nonsense.

I'm also thinking of some short e-books I'd like to write and freelancing takes up all my time. I need more passive income to be able to find time for that and this just makes more sense than anything else.

I think website building is going to become as valuable a skill in the coming years as typing used to be. With all these jobs getting replaced by robots, if you don't manufacture them, sell them or service them, you're going to have to know how to create some other type of online business. In a way, you could say we're in the information business. Everyone needs information, lol.
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LynneHuy Premium
That is exactly it, when I write about the things I want to write about I am happy and everything flows, it is so much fun!

I do get paid to write now, but only on my own websites and I can reject any job offer that doesn't tickle my fancy because it is MY website so I can do whatever I want.

Perhaps at some stage you will need to do what I did and cut off your immediate income so you are free to build your own business. I didn't do it immediately of course, I worked both my business and earned money from content writing too. Then I reached a point where I knew if I made the change I would be flying very quickly :)
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fiftarina Premium
Hi Lynne, congrats for your achievement. It is soo impressive and I truly admire your hard work.
Btw, I noticed that your monthly page view has exceeded 100k. Have you considered installing ads from ad networks? I've recently had mine done by AdThrive and so happy with the result.
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LynneHuy Premium
I have Google Adsense on my website :) And this month I have made over R2000 already which is awesome (about $150).
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lsmalone Premium
WOW WOW WOW WOW
Thank You for You
Thank You for sharing
Thank You for healing
AND
Your Family is Beautiful:)
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LynneHuy Premium
Thank you :)
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mybiz4u Premium
Wonderful post, Lynne. Thanks so much for baring yourself to the community. I appreciate you. Continued success.
Michelle
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laurenjean Premium
Wow Lynne! What an awe inspiring post! Love your work! And that picture of your kids is adorable. Your traffic stats are incredible. You got this! Imagine what the next couple of years hold? Disney World is so ON! ;)
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GaryJr Premium
Congrats on your 2 year anniversary!
That was a great and inspiring post. I'm rooting for you to accomplish all your goals, and I'm sure you will.
Thanks for sharing your story.
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KatieMac Premium
Congratulations Lynne I remember when you set out on this journey and like you i feel I will always be a part of WA learning never stops and I to love the community as well... your hard work has certainly paid off well done. you have two beautiful children and you are a credit to them as well
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JeffL61 Premium
Happy two year anniversary here at WA Lynne! You are an example of a person who has achieved success here at WA. Proof positive that WA is a 100% legit business opportunity for anyone willing to commit, have a positive attitude and high work ethic!

Jeff
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emerald860 Premium
Wow, Lynn! What a fabulous story! Very inspirational! And your kids are gorgeous! I'm glad you were able to find a balance and that you are happy with and content. I hope you don't leave! Even though I'm here 5+ years, I still learn new things from people including you! Thanks for sticking around! Alanna
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learn2bgreat Premium
Lynne,
This is such a great story that I had to tag it to my favorites! I'm glad to see you were able to transform your online store into a mommy blog. Online stores are a dime a dozen (figuratively speaking but I know it was a ton of work and money). Your mommy blog is uniquely you.
Thanks for sharing,
Darren
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Defiant6 Premium
Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! You've learned so much and have many successes to be proud of! You are a shining example here at Wealthy Affiliate what hard work, determination, and the ability to learn and take action can lead to. Here's to many more years at WA for you as well as continued success :)
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RikaSF Premium
Thanks for sharing your story Lynn. This will be an inspiration to many to never give up:)
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apache1 Premium
Congrats Lynne, you have done so well since first starting here.
Keep going forwards and be proud of all you have achieved to date and I am sure the best is yet to come.
Andre
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shazzaWA Premium
Awesome stuff Lynne. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your journey with us!
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PeterVX Premium
Congratulations, Lynne!
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Emeolu Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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peterma Premium
happy anniversary Lynn, and many more with wealthy affiliate..nice post and cute kids..the very best to you.
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antonietta1 Premium
Hey Lynn
Congrats, but do yourself a favor on my behalf. Keep going so it'll pay off big time for you. I love your inspiration.enjoy more of WA.
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Gailk16 Premium
Thank you for sharing. I found it an inspiring and enjoyable read.
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GiuliaB Premium
What can I say, you are my muse!!!

Giulia
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Mike-Writes Premium
Congratulations Lynne. Wish you, even more, success in the future.
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LindaF Premium
Hi, Lynne, your work is impressive congrats are in order. I have followed a much similar road on the net and know what you are talking about I have met so many here that are on their first intent.

They certainly came to the right place to start at. The internet gave a lot of bumps in the road I am forever grateful I found WA. I went Facebook way also to a dead end.

I think that the hosting here at WA is so important I never have to worry about my site crashing or losing content that is always taken care of and alls I have to do is work work work on My site to make it the best ever I think most people don't realize the huge benefits that WA provides.

No, you will never leave the community. We are your Bread and butter and Kyle and team know that. So he will do everything in his power to make that possible and keep us up-to-date. it's a Win-Win situation.

Always a better way
sending blessings your way
Linda
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Ggalger Premium
Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your journey - it gives those of us who are new at this something to hope and strive for.
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Carol6 Premium
Thanks for the info and Congrats!!! I need the motivation :)
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DaveSw Premium
You have come a long ways, and I have no doubt that you will go much further! Congrats and much more success is what I wish you fro the next 2 years...I will be here right alongside you! Cheers! Dave : )
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shrestha Premium
Congrats on this achievement Lynne. I'm grateful that you decide to stay in WA because there have been times where you have motivated me and I have got back on working on my websites with a lot of positivity. Thanks for all the times you have helped me out!
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LynneHuy Premium
I am so pleased I can motivate you! I can't wait to hear when your website starts paying off for you!
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littlemama Premium
Congrats on 2 years Lynne, you're definitely one to look up to and your experience shows you can do anything if you put your mind to it! Thanks for another inspiring post.
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LynneHuy Premium
Thanks Grace. I am just passing on what I have received here.
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littlemama Premium
I hope to do the same one day! :)
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TomasB Premium
I love reading your posts Lynne, keep up the great job.
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MWhiston Premium
Remarkable story, so great to hear. Well done and may it continue.
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Zarina Premium
Hey Lynne, it's so good to see your post!
I've been wondering how you've been and it's great to hear that things are going awesome for you!
You've always been an inspiration for me, so thank you for that, and continue to strive for success!!
Zarina
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Zarina

It is so lovely to hear from you! Yes I was very quiet here for a long time. I just didn't have the time but now I am quite enjoying spending a bit more time here.

And yes on a momentous milestone I need to share about my journey here.
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Zarina Premium
Good luck on your journey and don't be a stranger ;) stay in touch!
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MKearns Premium
Super family and super journey Lynne!
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justcruzin Premium
Awesome story Lynne. You go Girl!
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LynneHuy Premium
Thanks Deborah!
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Steve Premium
Absolutely brilliant and inspirational, good job Lynne!
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LynneHuy Premium
Thanks Steve!
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Susan11 Premium
What is a creche Please tell me I have to know?
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AbieAJ Premium
A nursery where babies and young children are cared for during the working day.
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LynneHuy Premium
Yes a nursery school, playschool or day care :)
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AbieAJ Premium
Incredible story.. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy blessed Sunday to you too
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drcmaint Premium
Well done.
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Loes Premium
Congrats Lynn, I knew already bits of your story, happy to read the whole story:)
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LynneHuy Premium
Hey Loes :) It is lovely to "see" you. I hope you are well!
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Loes Premium
Yes, thank you:))
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NemiraB Premium
Congratulations:) you are 100 percent right about work involved here:) thanks for showing an example what everything is possible:) all the best:)
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Sorayacge Premium
Wow what a lovely story Lynne. I love your honesty and your drive - they shine through in your post. Congratulations on your amazing achievements! I'm so glad to hear that you're not going to leave WA because I for one have already benefited from your wisdom and trainings on various occasions. Thank you for that and for sharing this inspiring post!
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Soraya. It is so lovely to hear that my training has helped you. It is great for me to have learned so much from this community and then to be able to give back too.
I can honestly say I don't think any other website matches up to WA.
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Sophie5391 Premium
I really enjoyed reading this article. What a great story. Your journey is inspiring. Congrats and good luck in your future success
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LynneHuy Premium
Thanks Stephania :)
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KTurman1 Premium
Way to go, Lynn! And thank you for showing those of us that are relatively new at this that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we are willing to work at it!
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Howardc Premium
Hey Lynne,
An amazing story! Thanks for sharing--though I don't know where you found the time, lol. I've only been here 25 days, and I have so much more to learn. Thanks for the inspirational talk. It hit home!
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LynneHuy Premium
I messed up my time today in a big way LOL, I was going to write a post on my website when I saw my new badge here.... and it was a sign. I just had to share my experience with WA since it is my 2 year anniversary here!
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Howardc Premium
Really glad you did! Again thanks
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KMeyer Premium
Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your journey here at Wealthy Affiliate.
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GlenPalo Premium
Congratulations, Lynne! Well done.

I have occasionally questioned my need to stay with Wealthy Affiliate. But I am very appreciative of the community. People here motivate me as well as inspire me with new content ideas.
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LynneHuy Premium
Well you've seen my reasons for staying :) I just feel that this platform will always have something to give me, obviously not quite the incredible value when I first arrived but certainly enough to validate the membership fees.
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Nozi Premium
Wow im proud of you Lynne and congratulations. Thank you for the post its really encouraging. You have success in your hands. Well done.
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LynneHuy Premium
It is lovely to meet you, so you are also from South Africa! Where about do you stay? I am in Saldanha.
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Nozi Premium
I once spoken to you on you blog about coming to you for some training. I'm in Parklands Cape Town.
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vin8 Premium
Congratulations Lynne, on all that you have accomplished.
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