About Marcand
Joined November 2015
Jack of all trades, master of a few. ;)

So, what does that really mean? Okay, okay. Here's a little overview of "my story," which I'll share more of down the road, as time permits.

I started my first online venture in 2000, after the birth of my first child. I was determined to find a way to make money online and spend more time at home with my growing family than I would be able to do with a regular 8 to 5 J-O-B. I had already dabbled in network marketing (Amway and Melaleuca), so I knew that face-to-face prospecting and/or sales wasn't for me. Plus, my "list" of real in-person people that I could call and show "the plan" was pretty limited. It seemed the internet was the way to go.

My first few websites were a bust. I've used pretty much every free type of website builder that has ever existed, from Geocities to Wix. I've purchased almost all of my domains over the years through Go Daddy, since they have appeared to be the cheapest. Yes, that confirms I am a cheapskate at heart.

While some of my websites experienced a modest success, none of them generated enough income to allow me to go full time. At one point, I was earning just over $100 a month through the Google Adsense program through about 1/2 dozen websites that were up and running, focusing on current events / news within a specific niche or three. That all came crashing down when Google kicked me out of the program for "suspicious traffic," despite the fact that everything I was doing was absolutely above board, 100%. There was no specifics given, no rebuttal allowed. That's when I learned one of the most valuable lessons in internet marketing: never put all of your eggs into one basket. We all know this, in theory, but how many of us do it anyway?

Well, by 2007 I had discovered a few websites where I would write content as an independent contractor and make enough to replace my current salary. This still took up a lot of my time, but I was able to set my own schedule, write when I wanted to, and didn't have to ask to use the bathroom or take days off. It was definitely one step closer to my dream of true freedom. I haven't looked back, and I still work as an independent contractor today. I haven't held a regular job in over 8 years, and I don't plan to any time soon.

Today, I primarily work with a company performing SEO services for a group of franchisees and I develop new content for them as well. It's still pretty much a full time commitment, but the pay is good and the schedule is still up to me. But after eight years I still desire the one thing I haven't been able to achieve in working from home ... less time commitment and residual income. That's why I'm here at Wealthy Affiliate. I'm hoping the system that is here and the advanced training will cover something that I'm not aware of, something that I've missed over the years that will make the difference.

If you've read this far, thanks for listening. Sorry for the book. I look forward to your comments. :)
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Hello Marcand. I was intruiged to read your story after meeting with you on chat. I like reading other peoples stories always looking for areas I can relate with. Thanks for sharing yours with us. Like you, I'm also looking for that rdsidual income. I have positive hopes of this being our vehicle.

Best of Luck !
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Thanks for the follow Michael. We have all been thru what you described, and it is why most of us are here in WA now.

I can attest to the fact that there are a LOT of things I missed in other programs. WA has it all!

All the best, Steve
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Thanks, Steve! Yes, I truly believe that WA does have all of the elements needed to achieve success online.
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Hi Michael,

Thanks for connecting. I have read you book ;) and enjoyed the content.

I'd love to know how you have been getting on since joining. Have you found any useful nuggets towards, 'less time commitment and residual income' in the time you've been here?

Hope so, it sounds like you deserve them.

All the best,

marcand Premium
Thanks, Jules! Yes, absolutely. Affiliate marketing is the key. I've made some money with affiliate marketing, but failed to expand on it (my fault - not WA's). I have to push through my "shiny object syndrome" and stop looking for the next "big" thing. Laser focus on building MY OWN (or your own, for you) business is the key.
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I know the shiny object syndrome only too well. I am working on the focus. One day at a time. ;)
marcand Premium
Thank you for the warm welcome back, folks! I must confess that I have had what I call "ooh, shiny!" syndrome. Hopefully this time I've realized all that glitters is not gold. Not to sale there are not other programs of value, but focus (for me at least) is key.
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Great job on going Premium! I'm glad you decided to take that next big step because now you have access to all the great training and tools and my most favorite, the live chat. If you ever need help with anything please feel free to let me know. Take care and good luck to you here at WA.

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Hi there, I hope you are getting on O.K with everything? If you are stuck just reach out and loads of people will help, no problem at all.
If your head starts pounding and you are getting frustrated with it all, take a break, then come back to it later. It is not all going to happen for you in one day or even one week, so take a deep breath and exhale - calm.
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Thank you very much for following me! Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
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P.S. If you get a chance check out how the training helped me to build my websites. My latest one on how to boost your retirement income just went live a month ago and the one on sleep apnea has been up for almost four months now. You can find the links on my profile page. Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Welcome --- PREMIUM is an opportunity to turn your passion into profit. I don't know about you, but if one is pursuing their passion, it isn't really work at all. That's what I hope for you. That you can be successful, and fulfilled. The whole community is here to support you.
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Hello my name is Anthony, I wanted to congrats you on your move to go premium, what an awesome experience and I sure you going to experience the same. So best wishes, I appreciate the follow back to see what I'm doing in the community check out my profile...Read some my blog that has encourages a lot of members here in WA.