About Maddy55
Joined January 2017
I am a Canadian living in Manitoba (central Canada). I have owned and operated a Dog and Cat boarding kennel for over 23 years (now 'retired'), and was also a Dog Groomer for over 12 years. I love and 'own' 2 horses, 2 dogs, 5 cats and 20 chickens. I would have more if we had the room. Married for 37 years with two grown sons (one married with a son and the other not yet married) and 2 grandchildren. I am not new to the world of website building. With my first website, I started with a very clumsy platform called Homestead. Then I moved onto a user friendly Weebly platform. I am presently the owner of 3 websites, one was simply an informational website (with Weebly) for my physical business, the Dog and Cat boarding kennel. The last two I have built here in WA. I don't think I would have built these WordPress websites without WA, I am thankful I found you all. The help here is priceless!
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Money I would be happy earning
A minimum of $25,000 yearly
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
$50,000 yearly or more
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Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
up to 4 hours a day every day
 
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How much money would you be happy earning?
A minimum of $25,000 yearly

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
$50,000 yearly or more

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
up to 4 hours a day every day
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Maddy55 Premium
I have another website for my present physical type of business (a Dog boarding business) and I was thrilled recently to realize that my website is ranked on the first page of a Google search. I did not realize the significance of this until I went through some of the training here. It doesn't give me more business though as due to physical injuries to my knees, I am not open during the winter months... shucks!
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Powerhousevi Premium
Have you entertained the idea of offering advice, & tips via a blog when you are physically unable to perform for your business ?
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Maddy55 Premium
Yup, that is exactly what I am focusing my new website on... all about dogs, my experience and research with dogs etc. I hope my new website will do as well as my other one for my Dog Boarding business.
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PLH Premium
Hi, Maddy
Nice to meet you and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. Thanks for following me.

Are you still having trouble getting to the next lessons? Make sure you check all the check boxes on the tasks at the end of the lessons? That might be your problem.

Have you seen this Live Video Class on finding a niche. It might give you some ideas. I wish you success,
Pat
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Maddy55 Premium
Hi Pat, the Next Lesson buttons came back... thankfully but the course does not keep track for me. I have to memorize which lesson I was on or just leave it open. I am almost finished those lessons anyway and will move onto the Bootcamp lessons. My Google has been acting up today, couldn't even get on at all until I did an update and rebooted a few times. My Facebook is not loading today at all... strange. Oh well. Here I am again, ready to continue with the lessons. P.S. I didn't check all the boxes because I wasn't doing them all (starting the website etc.). I wanted to go through all the lessons first and then go back and do them again more thoroughly. I have finally picked my Niche, it was staring me in the face the entire time but I guess I was resisting. It will have to be along the lines of raising dogs. I have had a lifetime of experience there, with many many dogs over the years. I have also created and run a Pet Hotel for over 22 years, handling other people's dogs. I was hoping something more exotic was going to hit me in the face LOL! However, if I am going to write content, that is one area I excel.
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PLH Premium
Glad to hear you are still hanging in there. I know what you mean, I found myself doing the tasks because I didn't want to click the boxes, if I hadn't done the tasks.

I know you are in a hurry to get going and probably know a lot of the stuff already, but there is a method to their madness. and reasons for doing things in the order they do. Now that you have your niche you can really get going

PS My sister and I have Silken Windhounds and she has started a website. https://JoyRunSilkens.com, if you would like to see them.

Best Wishes,
Pat
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MikeLambert 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! :)
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Maddy55 Premium
Thanks Mike, I am going through the course (not the Bootcamp one yet). It's a bit confusing with the lessons sometimes because after a lesson is over, there is no button (next lesson) to progress to the next lesson many times. I have to go back to the very beginning and try to find where I left off. My Progress on the green button shows that I am only on lesson 2 but that is not correct. I am much farther along than that. Is there a procedure that I am not doing after a lesson? Maybe its just a cookie or plug that is interfering at my end... sometimes I have to clear my cache when things act funny at my end. yeah, I haven't picked a Niche yet. I want it to be the right one for me. I have so many interests and smaller developed talents that it's really hard to pick one. I am planning on finishing the original course first, then reading through most of the Bootcamp lessons before working on the website. Of course having a Niche that I have decided on has to come first or setting up the Website Blog is kind of a moot point? I went through a course on Niches yesterday.
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MikeLambert Premium
Hi Marilyn, yes that does seem odd that you are experiencing that issue with the training. Once we get you through the choosing a niche I think we should look at moving over to the bootcamp training they offer training that I feel offers instruction on setting up a very good website structure.
Let me know if you need my input on your niche at all, making sure there isn't too much competition and your niche isn't too broad is very important. Talk soon Mike.
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Maddy55 Premium
Oh what the heck, I am just going to upgrade to Premium for now. That clock on the upper right hand corner is giving me an ulcer...4 days 2 hrs 38 mins and 50 seconds....LOL! I am assuming that if my life changes drastically here and I choose to opt out, I can cancel the membership at some point?
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MikeLambert Premium
Hi Marilyn, Mike here from http://avoidonlinemarketingscams.com,

I am so happy you made the decision to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are determined and can stick with your training here at WA it can open the door to an exciting and rewarding future as it has for me. This is where your online business is going to be realized. Here's the course that started me down the road to an unbelievable lifestyle and one that is now within your reach. From this point on you will have not only my support in person but the ability to ask any questions of the community here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Without wasting too much time you can now access the Online Entrepreneur level 1 online course found in the main menu by clicking the green "Get Started Here" button.

Here's the link to lesson 1: This is the course that I started with and lead me to my first sale online!

If you are willing to put in an honest effort and take the bull by the horns I will personally help you through the course or with any questions or concerns you may have in your quest to make your online business a reality.

I can be reached through my personal profile at any time when you have any questions...trust me, you will!

Oh! Lesson 3 "Finding A Niche" for many is the most challenging to get through without pulling out your hair and the occasional temper tantrum so I have created some extra material that I feel will be of huge benefit to you while working through this lesson, let me know when you are there and I will give you if you upon request.

Don't forget to create your personal profile by adding an image and a few words about yourself! You will find many WA members come offering their help and asking you to follow them which is a great resource for you to have access too, many members here have a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into.

Just a quick heads up! You can just do the course and that's it or you can take advantage of a discount on a premium membership here at WA. There is absolutely no pressure to change your status, but if you decide to become a Premium member and unlock absolutely everything Wealthy Affiliate has to offer and do so before your 7 day course is over you will qualify for a 50% discount on the first month of your membership.

I look forward to getting to know you and being able to help out when you have questions.

Cheers, Mike
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Maddy55 Premium
thanks Mike. I found you online and therefore mywealthyaffiliate through you when I did some research to decide whether to go with Clickbank university. I got a subscription to clickbank last winter and signed on with Weebly too. I made a new website for my present business (pet hotel) and then went on to attempt to create a store as well. My store looked beautiful but I had to abandon it due to logistic problems between my carefully picked chinese suppliers and even more carefully picked out products and the way Weebly is set up to accept spreadsheet data. it became so frustrating that I took a break from last Spring until now. I canceled my domain subscription with them for the yet unfinished store today when it was due to auto renew. I feel relieved that I don't have to deal with those problems anymore. However my goal was and is to create another business that can allow me to retire from my Pet HOtel business. Right now I am feeling a bit adrift. Creating a website has been no problem, I loved the creation process and I have learned so very much about SEO, DNS, links, metatags, keywords during that process so it hasn't been a complete waste of time :) Many of your new members are so confused about these things, as I was, going into the online store process. I understand their frustration! I know I am going to have a roadblock about choosing a niche! I struggled with this in choosing what kind of a store I wanted too! I still wasn't totally sure about the niche I had chosen when I took a hiatus from the store project last Spring! It is enough to pull one's hair out for sure! After my experience, I don't want to sign on with any other company until I see some light at the end of the tunnel. I have read that WordPress is not a user friendly program to create a website which is another reason I went with Weebly. I started with Homestead (terrible) and moved to Weebly (lots of fun to work with and lots of chat support) so I am a little apprehensive about dipping my toes into WordPress. One quick question... it's a question I saw raised by another member but was not answered... the initial 'free' membership- it does allow the creation of a website yes?
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MikeLambert Premium
Hi Marilyn, yes you actually get two free Wordpress websites. I see you have used weebly, the problem with weebly is you are very limited with the style of website you create, Wordpress on the other hand is the largest and most inovative website building platform on the market. The problem people have with website builders in general is they make it to complicated I always advise keeping things simple no more than 6 plugins tops.
Building a website is the easy part, getting the traffic to the site is the tricky part which you will learn here at WA.
The big problem with weebly and wix for example is they lack in the area of traffic generation, website builders are becoming a dime a dozen, that's their business, selling stuff from their sites when you don't know what a buying cycle is or how to build a sales funnel inside your website and many more critical marketing techniques are not promoted, like I said anyone can follow a few simple steps and create a website it' what you do with that site that lacks leading to frustrated members.
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