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' horses, dogs, cats and chickens. I would have more if we had the room. Married for 36 years with two grown sons (one married with a son and the other not yet married). I have built 2 websites for my present business, the first with Homestead which I have cancelled in favour of my new one through Weebly (for my Pet Hotel). I loved using the website builders. I also built another website through Weebly last winter for a prospective on line store which I have decided to put aside after a lot of thought. I am ready for a new approach to an online business. I will soon 'retire' my Weebly website as it was attached to my physical business (Pet Hotel) and have been working especially hard lately on my website here (dog focused of course!).
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Carol46 Premium
Welcome, Maddy
Lovely to meet you and thank you for adding me to your network.
Hope you are enjoying your experience with Wealthy Affiliate and wish you lots of success with your online business.
I have visited Winnipeg a number of years ago on a tour. A beautiful spot :)
Cheers
Carol
Australia
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Maddy55 Premium
Nice to meet you too Carol :) We live about an hour's drive from Winnipeg, there are some nice areas like The Forks and others. I confess I don't like to spend too much time in Winnipeg, I am always glad to come back home to our much quieter less trafficked area. I have always wanted to visit Australia :) Blessings to you and yours.
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Maddy55 Premium
I want to say a Thank you to all of you who have recently Followed me, I would like to send each of you a personal Thank you and welcome (to newbies). There have been so many of you recently, that I just can't keep up :) Nice to see all of you :) Best wishes and much success to all of you.
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gloriagon27 Premium
Hi Maddy I was wondering if I can ask your help on this writing a review on lesson 9 I've been stuck here and I can't seem to know how or what I need to be writing for a review it just looks like so much so my mind just drawls up blank I need help and feeling lost
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Maddy55 Premium
Lesson 9 in which course?
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Maddy55 Premium
writing a review means you are writing about a product that might also be an affililate for you. That depends on what your website is about. Mine is about dogs so I have been writing reviews for products that are dog related and have an affiliate connection to. I just did a post yesterday on a dog product that I also advertise through affiliate links on certain pages. I happen to own the product so writing a review for it is a little easier. If you don't own the product, see what others are saying about it, for instance Amazon.
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gloriagon27 Premium
Sounds good I will do that and thanx again for your help/advice :)
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Maddy55 Premium
what is your niche?Maybe I can give you some ideas.
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gloriagon27 Premium
Well I really like shopping looking for those great sales I think my biggest thing in my whole career has always been customer service I have always seen it to be a very important factor in any job I've worked at I was in banking for about 17 years and I enjoyed it because having to deal with people on a daily basis was always interesting didn't matter if it involved in a bad customer experience it was just the fact of encountering some type of situation that was new to me it was just experiencing that new situation for me I work for a car rental company and I meet different people everyday and with some of the conversations I have with them gives me the chance to sometimes learn something from these people.
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Maddy55 Premium
Sounds you are looking for your niche? How about a website where you regularily write about what you have learned through banking and working with the car rental company. I am sure you have many interesting stories. Writing is extremely important because that is how you will get traffic, readers to your site. While on your site, they will hopefully buy through some of your affiilate links. With your love of shopping, you could sign on with various affilate companies that have products that interest you. You could then write an indepth review on products, one at a time, putting them on a seperate page called Product Reviews or something similiar. As you write your stories every week, you could mention the product and link it to your Review page. That's just a general outline. You need to go through your lessons, watch the videos that are available here, get as educated as you can. That is what I am still doing after 8 months. Good Luck... hope this helps!
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MCrim Premium
Welcome to the WA Community and thank you for following me! I’m following you back!

You'll find the community has tons of help for anyone who needs it, so don't hesitate to reach out. We are interested in our mutual success and there are plenty of people willing and able to assist!

All the best, Maddy!

mitch
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AWeschler Premium
Thank you so much for your informative reply about affiliate links. I tried to return to that thread but can't seem to at the moment. I only wanted to have one affiliate link because its currently all my site is about :/ I feel like I cant just write about the things I was planning on writing about without some sort of something! I really appreciate your response and your help!
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Maddy55 Premium
what is your site about? I need more information so I can try to help you...
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Maddy55 Premium
I found your thread on the first page of the Bootcamp lessons. Going back to your niche, if you are not planning at this point to make a website devoted to WA only, which is what Bootcamp is about, then you need to go through ALL the Certification lessons. They are divided up into Courses 1-5 in the first set, each Course has 10 lessons. Sounds like you have only completed Course One. I have been here since January of 2017 and I have just begun Course 5... AT first I went at it top speed, because I was anxious to get my website working and making money... however I have since realized that it takes many months, even a year before you get enough traffic to make an income. Now I have slowed down considerably, writing posts as inspiration comes to me and every now and then, I go back to WA and learn some more. I hope this helps to make everything a little clearer? In addition to the courses, there are lots of videos from webinars by Jay, that are loaded with instruction. I have barely touched on those and then there are tutorials made by members here too.
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AWeschler Premium
I am sorry it took me so long to respond. I was out of town with very iffy internet connection! I was planning on having my niche be educational/developmental/unique toys for babies and toddlers (as they are what I am spending most of my time browsing the internet for at the moment). I figured if I can find some items, or discuss items I have and why they are beneficial, it would be a good niche. My issue is that I don't really have "inspiration" unless I have items to discuss... that was my whole goal. I thought half of the fun would be finding unique items, discussing them, etc. So I was attempting to at least link the one item that started me on this path, but I completely understand what you are saying, and it sounds like I may get booted from Amazon affiliates as I won't have the traffic in 90 days. I, like you, was very excited and started going 100 mph. Got through the first course and all lessons within a week (which was a little tough because I have a full time job, and 18 month old and a 4 month old!), dabbled in Bootcamp (before realizing that wasn't the way I wanted to go), purchased Premium, and am now having the rough realization that I may not want to go through with all of this because that is a long time to work (and pay $50 monthly) with no income from this project. I'm a little bummed at the moment.
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Maddy55 Premium
That's okay, I too have not had much time to spend here lately, I recently retired from my dog career and husband has taken his first week off this year. Regarding the money, I panicked a bit too when I realized the money was not going to come in for awhile. My husband assured me that it was fine, that nowhere are you going to find secondary education like this for only 50 per month. I pay more than that with the exchange rate. I decided to go with the yearly plan, which is only about $1 per day US. It is easy to get distracted in about 100 different directions. Kyle recently went through a lesson, I am in Course 5, about being organized, setting a small amount each day for certain tasks. I need to do that most certainly. Imagine how organized Kyle has to be, with 800,000 members here, he has his own websites to maintain, he and Carson created and maintain Jaaxy, also Street Articles, which I recently discovered. Kyle is also married with two small children. Regarding Amazon, if that is source you want to focus on, you can have friend or relative buy something through your site link to keep it running. That is what I did :) Most people with a credit card, buy on Amazon at some point, so why not through your site? Just have them buy before the 90 days is up, Amazon sends a warning first. Hope this helps :)
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Marilyn 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 300+ blogs I have published within WA.
You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.
Enjoy your day.
Robert
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Maddy55 Premium
thanks Robert, yes I have passed over that bridge called steep learning curve. It's sometimes exhilarating and sometimes frustrating and other times frightening. It's never dull. I will certainly follow your advice, thank you.
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Robert-A Premium
No probs Marilyn.
There are quite a few Canadians within WA so maybe worth your while to get in touch as you will be in the same Time Zone (I think).
Of course I'm in the UK so a wee bit ahead of you.
Onwards and Upwards.
Robert
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Dmk71152 Premium
tried to leave a comment on one of your posts - poop fairy - I could not see the comment - I tried to write comment but could not see the email address area or comment area - it appeared to take content but was just a red squiggly lines and can not be corrected or seen. Not sure why
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Maddy55 Premium
Dave, there is no email area, just comment section. I don't know what is wrong, I tried to put in a comment from the website side and I had the same problem. That has never been a problem before. Any suggestions?
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Maddy55 Premium
I just had the same problem when i tried. I have no clue what to do...
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Dmk71152 Premium
I have never seen that before - what does it look like in the replies showing in your website??? it is impossible to edit or even see what you are trying to write. - it above my pay-grade - post a question to WA and include the link to that post so they can see it also
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Maddy55 Premium
I have been trying to figure this out ever since you noticed it. I have been looking through the Word Press support and lots of people there couldn't access their comments for different reasons. I am ready to pull out my hair. I have posed the question to marion black and I have sent it to Support.
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Maddy55 Premium
Dave, WA support has fixed the problem, the comments are now working. However, while I was trying to get help, I was also looking at other Themes. I admit I was in a panic, thinking about all the customization that I had done on Weaver Xtreme and it was all going to go to waste. I have found another Theme that looks very interesting and looks easier. It's called Customizr, and it even has tutorials on Youtube, walking me through setting it up. I am very tempted now. I will watch the videos first a few times before I make up my mind.
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Dmk71152 Premium
Just be careful you don't loose your site by changing themes - I have done that when I installed Divi - which is a paid website builder but very user friendly.
We were working with elementor which is free but had been suing Divi on another site and switched everything to Divi.

Elementor has training on WA by a young man using it.

Dave.
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pginise Premium
Hi Maddy and thanks so much for adding me to your network. It seems like you have a great head on your shoulders and are ready for this challenge. You have definitely come to the right place. I couldn't recommend WA more. Let me know if I can ever lend a hand. Best of luck in all that you do.

Patrick
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Maddy55 Premium
Thank you Patrick :) I am having fun and learning so much :) Best of luck to you too.
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GeniusALL Premium
Thank you for the follow.

Also make sure to check out my blog and share what you think with the community, a little of daily motivation can't hurt right? P.S : You can also check out the post I did to help you have a successful journey.
https://thestealthwealth.com/why-90-of-new-business-fail
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Maddy55 Premium
Thank you, I have returned the favour :) We can all use some positive inspiration :)
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Wayne66 Premium
Hi, Maddy. Just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for adding me to your network. I have added you back.

I hope it's going well for you and that what you are learning here is helping you further develop your websites.

I wish you every success now and in the future, as you continue this journey.....

Wayne
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Maddy55 Premium
Hi Wayne, I see you are a fellow dog lover :) My website is following my natural inclination, raising dogs :) I wish you success as well.
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Loes Premium
Hello Marilyn,♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for adding me to your network.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I made an addition for After The Walkthrough. Also a list of 1001 niche ideas, a checklist with 25 points to go through before you publish a post, 101 blogging ideas when you get stuck and an A-Z WA dictionary. I just love lists:) It has been very helpful to a lot of people. I have listed them in one blog you can find on my profile. It's the first website link right under “Follow me on” (click on my picture to get there). 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 2017. See you around, Greetings Loes
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Maddy55 Premium
Hi Loes, I will be sure to read your lists :) Thanks :)
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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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