About MarkBa
Joined December 2016
I live in Sydney, Australia. I’ve also lived in Cape Town, London, Barcelona, and Auckland. In case you haven’t guessed, travel is one of my top passions.

I’ve been a School Teacher, Cleaner, Bookseller, Medical Sales Rep, Luxury Cruise Ship Host, Gym Instructor, Pet Care Business Owner, Corporate Manager, Trainer & Coach. Whew!

I’m fascinated by people so I love self-improvement, philosophy and having deep and meaningful discussions with like-minded friends.

When I left school I wanted to be an actor or writer. I’ve never been an actor but I have had some writing success, publishing a a number of short stories and freelance articles over the year. Last year I published my first book to Amazon. Ironically it’s all about how to write a cover letter to get a job. As you can see I had plenty of jobs so I got really good at writing cover letters. :)

I love learning and sharing what I learn with others. I love documentaries, self-improvement seminars, TED videos, and reading.

My favorite kind of vacation is on an island resort with nothing to do.

Eating well and getting daily exercise is a focus of mine but I also love a glass of wine or a beer.

The one thing that helps me to be successful? – I never give up!

I've had a wonderful life but that has been at the expense of securing my financial future for later years. Operating a blogging business is my way to address this since it also allows me to be true to my priority value which is freedom.

Freedom to do do what I love doing, when I choose, where I choose and to generate as much money as I choose.

What am I doing right now? (Jan 2018) - Last year I had an extremely challenging personal year which meant I did not achieve what I set out to do. Right now I am attending to the foundation to make my 2018 soundly successful.

Take care, keep smiling and don't ever give up that which is important to you.

I wish you well with your goals and if I can help you with anything please don't hesitate to ask me.

~Mark
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Trujunco Premium
Hello Mark...Visited Xaviers latest post, and noticed your comment. I thought It to be of value to pop over to discover a little more about you and honestly, happy I did.
My interests here in life, currently are on a similar path to yours and as you have described a love for travel, this is the very reason I am learning online marketing: different languages and their respective cultures.

Your profile reads, like a left-hander wrote it, and this is a compliment to your brain not your preference of writing hand...All in all your creative and curious side is the nature of your business
of experiencing life and perhaps without saying this will take you to all kind of adventure. Kudo's , my friend and may you find the best success here in 2018...chins up,respectfully, David.
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MarkBa Premium
Hi there David,

What an insightful comment! Thank you.

Of course, I had to go to your profile and find out more about you. :) I think we definitely have a lot in common.

Needless to say I'm I'm following you too now and also left a comment on your profile.

Here's to more living and adventure!

Cheers,
Mark
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CarlasGoal Premium
Hi! Regarding the default. I think what I am trying to say is how do I get my links on my website or is that automatic. The links have to reach the public and maybe that doesn't happen until I SEO to Google etc. I hope this makes sense. I sometimes get ahead of myself. I like to learn new things in a hurry; so I have to read more and study more. It's all good it's all a part of the course. If you could give me some feedback it would be much appreciated. All the Best! P.S. This is all connected to getting my Website up and running. LOL
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Carla, Yes it is all part of the course. The training will show you how to put your links on your website. Just follow the training. Are you doing the certification training or the Bootcamp training? Both will show you how to put your links on your website so that it is automatic. ~Mark
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amirreza1377 Premium
Hi Mark , what happens when premium time finish and you don,t go for premium again ??? I mean will be there any limits ( I know live chat will be limited ) ??? lets say I don,t go for premium after two months any more is there going to be problem with my site ???one more question , lets say I have earned some money by Amazon or ebay or .... but I don,t withdraw money for years ( like 2 or 3 ) is there going to be problem ??? my account will be limited ????? and other thing is what if I have used vpn Amazon can limit my account because of vpn ?????
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MarkBa Premium
There are some limitations but you can still carry on working with your siterubix sites. The money you earn from Amazon will be paid directly to you either by cheque or Paypal. I am not sure about VPN have to ask Amazon direct about that.
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amirreza1377 Premium
thanks for your time
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MarkBa Premium
You're welcome!
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GoBuyBig Premium
Yes, thank you for clarity. I just found that icon and wrote my first blog today on how I re-entered WA. I felt like a doofus wondering how I could not see it before now. That is in the past. I am moving forward and focused on where I want to be at the end of 2018.
Lovetta**
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MarkBa Premium
No problem Lovetta, there is a lot to get your head around here and you can always ask. No question is a silly one. :) Wishing you all the best.

~Mark
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amirreza1377 Premium
Hi , I,m a little lost here . I want to go premium I select paypal and log in to my account and what should I do after that ??? I mean I click on send money and I don,t know to choose send to friend or pay for goods ??????? and asks me for their paypal email !!!!!! I,m stuck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MarkBa Premium
That's a bit odd, it should take you directly to payment for the subscription without asking for a WA email address. I am not sure why that is happening. If it continues I would send a ticket to Support or even send a message directly to Kyle.
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Urolin1981 Premium
Hi Mark,

Thank you for accepting my invitation to network under WA and within its community.

To grow, I need more and more timely support as much as I could have from you and all other WA members despite knowing that less than 10% of its participants may excel, reflecting how well and hard they work and how smart they are.

So, patience and persistence + hard work are the keys to succeed in any business with no exception for affiliate programs.

Here I want to let you know I appreciate your continual generosity in offering support and help. Likewise, let me know if anything I can do for you and I will oblige to.

All the best to your success,



Chin
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Chin

Much appreciated my friend. We are all in this together. Wishing you much success in 2018.

~Mark
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despatis Premium
Dear Mark, thanks for sharing and for accepting my invite, much appreciated. Seems you're doing very well, so keep on track and let's stay in touch.

Desmond
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Desmond. I look forward to that.

~ Mark
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arielharris7 Premium
Hello Mark, sounds to me that you are definitely a YES WE CAN person! I know this time you will follow your heart and get exactly where you need to be. Let me know if there is anything i can help with. Although you probably know far more than me! And the best part is that every day is a new blank canvas to do as we wish..! Its our choice! Looking forward to chatting more. In peace and gratitude, ariel
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MarkBa Premium
Hi there Ariel, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message here. I really do appreciate it, especially the encouragement. We will need this from time to time and in fact we all need each other which is why WA is the perfect place to learn and be successful. Looking forward to interacting and connecting with you more this year and wishing you all the best for the year ahead. Mark
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Moty1 Premium
Hi Mark Good morning, nice to be here again.
Look, I need your help, see if you can get me out of the canyon.
Well: here in rich affiliates are there any products of any niche to promote ?, if there is, what is the command or control?

Thank you, I hope this day is greater than yesterday.
Greetings from Mario alias Moty1.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Mark, I'm following you now! Great picture of you! I enjoyed reading your story here. Thanks very much for answering my question on MonoSnap. Do you scuba dive too??

I hope all is going well for you here in Wealthy Affiliate and I wish you much success.

Regards,
Monica
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Monica,

I am following you too now Monica!

Great to be connecting with you and thanks for your feedback about my picture. Yours is great too but that's because I love pictures of people smiling! :)

I used to scuba dive quite a lot although I haven't done much recently. I see you are a PADI Open Water Scuba Dive Instructor. Fantastic. You are so right, diving opens up a most magical world to one.

Is your Internet business also based around diving? Wishing you all success going forward.

Mark
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SweetTLC Premium
Hi Mark! Great work history! I know your going to do wonderful here at WA. Our attitude and our determination is half the battle. We must believe we can before we can. That's actually one of my biggest struggles. I was so different when I was young, I believed I could do anything. I lost that for a long time. But through Wealthy Affiliate, I've found that belief in myself again. I wish you all the success in the world, in your online journey this time through! I know your going to do great!
Train-Learn-&-Create-Your-Best-Self,
Teresa
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Teresa, I appreciate your encouraging words. Love what you said, "We must believe we can before we can." So true. Life is all about learning and expanding. Wishing you every success too, Teresa. We are all capable of doing this!

Mark
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PhilipDErole Premium
Hey Mark

Hope all is well with you. I have a bit of a dilemma. I'm trying to think of a domain name. I've decided to focus on promoting WA for now.

I'm not really good at figuring this kind of stuff out. Do you have a suggestion or maybe could recommend steps I could take to come up with a domain name.

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Thank in advance.

Philip
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MarkBa Premium
Hey Philip,

The challenge with coming up with domain names is that one can come up with something one thinks is brilliant but so many domains have already been taken, especially the more obvious and shorter ones that are .com domains.

I would definitely try and stick with .com if possible.

I have spent hours on this and although it can be fun it can also be frustrating.

The best way I have found is to brainstorm as many ideas as you can first then start testing each of them on a site like instantdomainsearch.com. It's fast and gives one other ideas that could work if the domain has already been taken.

As you start to do this exercise it's amazing how fast the brain starts to come up with other ideas.

Also, you can consider coming up a name that does not make any sense but is a brand name for the site e.g. bizexperts. In time as you drive enough traffic to the site the name will become synonymous with what you're offering on the site.

Anyway, hope that helps a bit. Let me know what you decide on.

Cheers
Mark
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PhilipDErole Premium
Thanks Mark

You're a fountain of information. Thanks for being patient with this newbie.

Philip
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MarkBa Premium
All good. We are all learning from those ahead of us.

Mark
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Pernilla Premium
Hello Mark,
Thank you so much for welcoming me to the community. Also great thanks for your advices. I'll sure need all advices I can get! Happy to know I can ask you if my ride get's bumpy. Hope to be able to help you out as well, further on.

All the best,
:-) Pernilla
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Pernilla, Awesome. Thank you. It's all about helping each other. Cheers Mark
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kmer6 Premium
Good afternoon to you Mark, my name is Ken and I welcome you to WA and thank you for the follow. I'm following you back. Did you ever get your sub-menu to work? It could be the theme that you are using, but that seems strange. This really baffled me.
Your site looks good so you have learned well from the training lessons. To reach maximum exposure and rankings I would recommend adding content at least once a week, every week. I look forward to working with you and wish you much enjoyment and success in reaching your goals.
Ken
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MarkBa Premium
Hi there Ken, Thanks for the follow up about the menu issue. After all that the theme owners advised that the theme does not permit sub menus in the header menu. Seems a bit of an oversight in my opinion. Anyway, I swapped the menu around and for now, it's working fine. I may change themes at some point going forward. Thanks for the feedback about my site. It is of course, a work in progress. I agree with you about adding content. I was trying to add pages to the main pages first but think I need to add posts and pages at the same time otherwise, the home page looks a bit empty with just one post. I appreciate your time here Ken and look forward to hearing about you achieving great things this year too.
Mark
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PhilBrewster Premium
Hello Mark,

You are a talented, well traveled guy with a lot of ambition. Many of us to include myself, have had unsuccessful trials and ventures into the Internet. Those attempts are certainly not failures. They were learning experiences!

I wish you the best of success on Wealthy Affiliate.

Phil
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Phil

Thank you. I appreciate your warm welcome.

Mark
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Maddy55 Premium
Phil said everything I would have said :) Thanks for the Follow!
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Loes Premium
Hello Mark,♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for following me.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I also made 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 on the right (click on my picture to get there). I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please add a comment to this message or leave them on my profile.
Success building your business in 2017. See you around, Greetings Loes
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Loes, Thank you for following me back and for letting me know about your helpful lists. I wil definitely take a look at those. And thank you for the offer of help too. It is much appreciated, All the best, Mark.
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Mark:)
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Kyle Premium
Mark, I see you are making some good progress through the Affiliate Bootcamp. Just wanted to pop by and see if you need a hand with anything?

I also wanted to mention the success rates of Bootcamp. Absolutely everyone that has taken action on all of the phases of Bootcamp has a business that is generating consistent income online. MANY of these folks are going to be at our super affiliate conference next year.

I want this to be you and I want you to succeed with your promotions. So, please promise me that if you ever need a hand or feel stuck as you move forward, that you will get in touch with me!

Trust me, I know things can be a little overwhelming sometimes and I don't want you feeling like that.

Anyways, just checking in. Get back at me if you need anything Mark.
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks, Kyle. I really appreciate you checking in with me.I've had a few moments of overwhelm but I just breathe through these and keep going. I'll definitely be in touch if ever I feel stuck. My goal is to be at the2018 super affiliate conference. Happy 2017 to you.
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Kyle Premium
No problem Mark, wonderful to have you here at WA and keep in touch with me if you ever need! anything! :)

Great goal!! Wishing you happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Kyle.
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Kyle Premium
Chat soon! :)

PS. I hope you have a very nice, relaxing and enjoyable weekend!
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MasonRuesch Premium
Thank you for following me. I've followed you back. Please feel free to reach out to me for any assistance here on WA. I am committed to building success and helping others do the same. Good luck to you.

I have managed to build a solid stream of income and if you want to private message me I would be more than happy to network with you and share exactly what it is that I do and how I do it. It is completely achievable and I've managed to tap into a niche that has AMAZING growth potential I'm also more than willing to learn from you.

Hope to speak with you soon. Thank you.

Mason
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MarkBa Premium
Thank you Mason. Much appreciated. Happy 2017.
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LastRhino Premium
Hello MABKER07!
Thank you very much for following me and welcome to the WA community! Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions. The people in the WA community, myself included, are happy to help you. Best of luck to you on your journey to the top.
Cheers,

Tyron

From <https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/lastrhino>
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MarkBa Premium
Thank you, Tyron. I appreciate the warm welcome and advice. This sure looks to be a very special place and I'm looking forward to learning, sharing and succeeding.

Mark
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Compsol99 Premium
Hi!
Thank you very much for following me and welcome to the WA community! Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions. The people in the WA community, myself included, are happy to help you. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
Regards,
Shawn - Yearly Premium Member

P.S. Please check out my websites on my profile page to get an idea of what the Wealthy Affiliate training can do for you. Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Shawn,

Thank you for your message of welcome, encouragement and advice. It took me a while to find WA but this sure looks like the best place to be. I did have a look at your sites which was great to see what can be done. Wishing you all the best for the holiday season with your business for 2017.

Cheers
Mark
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Compsol99 Premium
My pleasure Mark! I also believe that WA is the place to be. I have been here for 11 months now and I still love it. The WA community is so friendly and helpful. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Regards,
Shawn
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Shawn. Much appreciated.
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Marcel92 Premium
Hello Mark and welcome to our WA community. ***** Congratulations on going Premium. You are in good hands here with all kinds of training and people always ready to help out with your online journey.
Getting started here at WA is very easy with all the help from members.
Take some time to look around and check out all the menus and links.
As a premium member the sky is the limit when it comes to training and getting to use all the tools available here at wealthy Affiliate community.
Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions.
>>>> A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple that comes back to you..
My profile page -  https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/marcel92
To your success,
"People May Hear Your Words, But They Feel Your Attitude" ~John C Maxwell~
Marcel...
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Marcel

Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I have only been a member for a day but already I can see that this is a
very special place. I intend to be successful and help others do the same. Thank you for dropping by and confirming
that I have made the best decision. Wishing you well with your business too. That's a wonderful quote too so thank you for sharing it with me.

Mark
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Marcel92 Premium
You are very welcome, Mark. Wishing you the best on your online journey.

Marcel..
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affilicoach 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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MarkBa Premium
Hi Frank,

You must have read my mind. Have been trying to figure this out since starting this lesson because while I know there are lots of niches, many of them don't make money and I don't want to waste time on these.

In my opinion getting the niche right is important if your hard work is going to pay off. What do you think about any of these? Insomnia ( I hear desperation type niches are good but are they not too competitive for a beginner?), fitness trackers, law of attraction. They are all a bit diverse. Any advice greatly appreciated.

Cheers
Mark
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Frank,
Man this niche thing has been a bit tormenting.

Can you tell me what you think of this niche - unique gifts for men.

The QSR is 229. Can't buy that actual domain as it's up for auction but could get uniquegiftsformenhere.com.

Google Trends show a spike every December otherwise it's kind of low. Is this a problem? I am guessing this is more of a micro niche. Is it too narrow?

There are a few affiliate programmes apart from Amazon. I'm not exactly sure what I'd write blog posts about? Also are shoppers likely to go to an actual online store selling gifts than a blog?

Thanks for your advice here Frankl. I'll wait to hear from you before I continue and in the mean time I'll look for alternatives.

Cheers
Mark
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affilicoach Premium
Sounds like it is a seasonal niche going by what you said about Google trends.

You'd be better off finding a niche where products are evergreen, which means they are sold year round.

In my experience it is interesting how folks shop online. If they are looking for reviews on certain products and come across your review, then there is a very high chance that you'll get the commission off of it, especially if it's an Amazon product.

I developed an exercise that might help you to clarify the direction of your niche.

Be sure to do all four exercises.

Here's the link.
http://www.stealthsecrets.com/how-to-determine-the-direction-of-your-niche/

Let me know if you have any questions / feedback on the exercise.

Hope that helps. :)

Best,
Frank
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ChrisTowers Premium
Hi there and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.... I hope you are doing great!

Hopefully you are settling in and are (or have) started with the Certification training.. this will get you started and you will see things develop. Here is the link if you need to use it :) Of course i wish you lots of luck and success and if you need anything along the way just let me know :)

Thanks

Chris
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Chris, Thank you for the welcome and for your offer of assistance. It's all very new right not but so far I am very impressed and ready to get going.

Cheers
Mark
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ChrisTowers Premium
No problem Mark .. Im here if you need something!

Chris
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affilicoach Premium
Welcome Mark, to Wealthy Affiliates and thanks for accepting my invitation to check it out.

There's a lot to learn here, the best place to start would be the level 1 certification course. So start with the first lesson by clicking on the link below. Be sure to create a profile and add a picture, that way you'll get lots of help from all the peeps in WA. You'll find out how to do this in the getting started link above.

Sadly some people don't even get this far, for some unknown reason.

If you can do this, (i.e.) follow simple instructions, (implementing as you go), soon you will be on your way to making your first sale.

And don't forget that you can also access me for 1-on-1 support by leaving a message on my profile https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/affilicoach or by private message if you are a premium member.

There are a ton of other features you have access to right now, but they are explained in your main training linked above. Your #1 job right now is to get to lesson 1!

★ ★ ★ Access Your Bonuses! ★ ★ ★

I also wanted to let you know that if you join the premium membership in this 7 day window you'll get a TON of awesome stuff from me.

First off, you'll get a 59% discount ($19.95 for 1 month) on your membership.

☆ ☆ Bonus #1: Live Case Study 5 Part Webinar Series

Get access to a 4-Part-Series Live Case Study webinar. It's video series where a professional internet marketer creates a complete 'niche website'. All steps are included and thoroughly explained, including research, rank, content creation and monetization. Total length of the videos is 4+ hours

This will give you a broad overview of the type of site you will create on Wealthy Affiliate. I think it's always a good idea to know the direction you are headed before you start your journey.

Please feel free to ask questions in the community through live chat or the Getting started classroom above. Or as I mentioned before, hit me up anytime you want in WA.

Anyway, I know you'd be eager to have a browse around so I'll let you get your feet wet.

Best of luck, and don't forget you can always ask me for help!


Best,
Frank
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MarkBa Premium
Hey Frank,

Thanks for the welcome. It is much appreciated. I am eager to get going. I am committed to following instructions and taking action since I am focused on being successful. I'm going to start with the first training sessions and will shout if I have any questions.

Cheers
Mark
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affilicoach Premium
Hey no problem Mark - sounds good.

I look forward to your success. :)
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