About Markstrayer
Joined July 2015
Hi Everyone just signed up, I live in Palm Springs Ca.

I was born in the Midwest, Lima Ohio. I moved to Orange County Ca. 25 yrs. ago. My family soon followed, my parents ended up in Palm Springs which is one of the reason I moved to Palm Springs 7yrs ago.

When I got here in the 80's (way before the internet & cell phones) I was surrounded by all this wealth in the county. My background in Lima was a Psych tech in a hospital for the criminally insane. It was a little like the movie" One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" Except the patients were all doing life sentences, so a little rougher....

With my infinite wisdom I decided to start my own co. which was a direct sales business. I started with 3 people on my kitchen table.
I ended up with over a 100 B2B reps. in 3 states which I managed for over 16 yrs. I made a ton of money and lost a ton.

Then I realized after all that time I had the wrong vehicle, nothing I could sale and was not going to be able to sustain long term wealth.......( I was so BURNT OUT 12 plus hrs. a day 6 days a week)

I then took a break and started working for an employer( became a worker bee for someone else's dream} and after 5 yrs. got laid off. Wow laid off and 58 yrs. old.

Finally, I believe I found a legit business model . I have never done any Affiliate Marketing and I type like a Praying Mantis, but I'm looking forward to getting started and meeting everyone.

Thanks
Mark
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5k net per month
12k net per month
20 plus hrs. per week
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markstrayer Premium
5k net per month
12k net per month
20 plus hrs. per week
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Carson Premium
Great goals Mark,

The first step to achieving success online is to set some goals and now that you have done this you can start working towards them. Your goals are absolutely achievable and realistic. Dedicate yourself to working through the training, taking action, and getting help when you need it.

I am personally here to help you and there are many others within the community that will reach out to help too.

You are already doing great, keep it up!

Carson
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JamesWatson1 Premium
Hi Mark, we have the typing skills or lack thereof in common?
Hope all is going well!
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PJonline Premium
Hi Mark! How is everything going? Palm Springs sounds nice right about now! Have a great day!
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Ireland123 Premium
Hello Mark, nice meeting you and welcome aboard. Interesting profile Thank you for following me and I in turn will follow you back. I wish you every success in your future online business.

Liam
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jth99 Premium
Thank you for the follow mark.
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PJonline Premium
Hi, Mark, Just wanted to drop by and say hello! Hope all is going well!
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markstrayer Premium
Hey Pj,
Thanks so much for stopping by. All good, getting ready to hit the bed. I rise around 5 am so getting close to 9 here in Ca.
As I'm typing this I have to laugh. Of course so many yrs. ago I was just getting hyped to go out especially on a Friday. To funny, loved it back then and loven it now.

Have a great night Pj
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PJonline Premium
Good to hear from you! Yes, I remember well!! Good night! :)
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GuyfromNB Premium
LOL... I like your comparaison "typing like a praying mantis"
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Darwyn Premium
Hey Mark, big welcome to WA and thanks for the follow. Best of luck with your new online venture!
Cheers
Darwyn
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CherylK Premium
It's great to meet you, Mark. I agree that WA is a solid business model and even though it's hard work, with patience and a clear vision, it will bring us to our financial goals. What an excellent community this is!
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Betty75 Premium
Hi Mark,
This is an inspiring story. As Warren buffett said, "If you don't find a way to earn money while you sleep, you will work until you die"

This is a great community, let us make the best of it. You can succeed, therefore work on your simple tasks to achieve your goal every day!
Cheers
Betty
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NemiraB Premium
Hello, you have a colorful life. Typing as Praying Mantis:) it is funny:) can you create a video about it? All the best to you here:)
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Larry_T Premium
Hi Mark, just wanted to thank you for following me and to wish you the best with your website training
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pinkabella Premium
Hi and thanks for the follow Mark. You have come to the best place to learn and you can learn at your own pace no pressures. I wish you every success
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Lazyblogger Premium
Thanks for the follow Mark, wishing you all the best here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Bishop
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SamiWilliams Premium
Hi Mark, Your credentials will help you trough the journey here at Wealthy Affiliate. Thank you for adding me to your network.
Sami
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ricksr Premium
Hello there Mark,

Glad you reached out. After reading your Bio post, I can help you sort out your questions (many) that you will have. WA will give you all the tools and support you will need to be successful....but it will be up to you to have the will power to not quit in order to achieve your dreams.

I along with 1000's of people can help you through any obstacles you may encounter.

Rick
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Rick,

This is such a great community. It is morning here in Palm Springs and for me what a great way to wake with my coffee and read your reply.
As I move thru the training I will defiantly reach out (yeah many question's) Thanks Rick!

Have a great day........Mark
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Betty75 Premium
Thanks Rick, this is inspiring. Let us support Mark to make the best of life in WA.
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Pisquali Premium
Hey Mark, thanks for following and looks like you have the entrepreneur spirit. Good fortune on your WA journey.
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Robert-A Premium
Hello and welcome to WA and for the follow.
I will do likewise
Robert
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rog37 Premium
Thank you for following me in ‘Wealthy Affiliate’ Mark

This is one of the very best places I have personally been in years and am sure it is for you too!
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Tanya52 Premium
Hello Mark and thank you for the follow
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GuyfromNB Premium
Hi Mark thanks for the follow
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Je88 Premium
Praying mantis Jeff meet praying mantis Mark.Super duo in WA.Both are kung fu masters. except one thing.very slow.
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Teddyd216 Premium
Hey Mark! Thanks for the follow! And I wish you the best here on WA... If you need any help or ideas on how to make money Online, or with your Smartphone.. I would be Happy to help you...I've just started and it has already changed my outlook on about making an income online There is nothing like a steady residual income and time to do the things you want to do and have the freedom to spend quality time with your family and friends it's happening for me, So good luck and Looking forward to connect with you! Best regards, Ted
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks Teddy,
As I move thru the training I believe there will be a time I would like to reach out, so thanks for the offer.
I don't know if you noticed but I was born and raised in Lima Ohio. A bunch of us had Harleys and we would do a run into Indy back in the day because your state sold Coors and Ohio did not. We would all come back with a few cases a piece. I'm talking late 70"s/80"s. Memories...

Have a good night T.......

Mark
Palm Springs Ca.
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mlight56 Premium
Good Day Mark, thank you for following me. Nice to meet you ...

Welcome to WA ... :0)

This is the place to make dreams happen ....

I had a dream that I could realize what ever I wanted if I work
hard at it ... nothing comes easy in life and if it does it is
probably a scam ...

One really has to be careful out there, and let me tell you that
I have had my fair share of scams ... more than I would like to say ...

This is the best community to find the information to get your
online ambitions in the right order ...

Best community online to help you grow in your information highway
quest and let me tell you I have searched, I have been online since
2003 put my first website with text pad and html ...

I have had some success but not as much as I would have liked,
been working for the man to long.

People here are real deal, they will help when you ask the questions ....

In this community if you want to learn you will earn ...

I am really happy to have found this community to help me grow ...

The only thing that can be said is never give up ... you have the
dream it is yours to take ... no one else will do it for you ...

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
Cast off the bowlines, set sail from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover. - H. Jackson Brown"
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SkipWhitten Premium
Hi Mark,
Thanks for the follow!! Much success at WA!!
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AnteroM Premium
Glad to have you here, thanks for the follow, best wishes!!!
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steamer24 Premium
Welcome to WA and thanks for the follow.
Have a great day.
Dan
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suetay Premium
Hi Mark, thank you for the follow and welcome!
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PJonline Premium
That is an awful feeling to be laid off. Been there. I hope WA is working well for you. It is a learning curve for me for sure. Best to you sir!
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cblackston Premium
Hi Mark, Thanks for the follow.:)
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Mark1957 Premium
Hi Mark, thanks for following me....it's much appreciated.
Good luck at WA.
Mark
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AllynBeekman Premium
Hi Mark. Thanks for the follow. This is a legit business model, we just have to work it and work it and make it work for us. I hope these first couple weeks have shown you how good the training is and how valuable this fantastic community can be. Keep going each day!
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JKentopp Premium
Thanks for the follow :)
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Danamy5 Premium
Just me again, I grew up in Southern California and have some friends that live up by you. Just wanted to share.
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markstrayer Premium
Hey yeah I lived in OC for 15 yrs. then moved to the desert 6yrs ago. I wanted to get close to my parents there in there 80's they been here 22 yrs. Thanks for the share bro....
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Peter,
How funny that you dropped me a line today. I was just reading Misti's post to me and she mentioned how much you have helped her she said (he's the MAN) I just double checked if I was following you. I will spend some time looking at your Blogs. Thanks Peter!

Mark
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petervcrisp Premium
Ha ha thank you Mark 'Misti' is so kind :)
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petervcrisp Premium
Hello, thanks for the follow and welcome to WA. You are definitely in the right place!

People have plenty to share and there is plenty to learn also so take your time and enjoy the experience.

I have many interesting posts on my site and some you might really like, many people do, I have over a 1000 positive comments, so take a look and get some ideas as to what you can do with your site.

Cheers Peter :)
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Mark for the follow and many blessings to you here at WA.
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sml Premium
Thank you for the follow Mark. You will do well here, I am sure.
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Mark, Thanks for your comments on my bio page...Yes there is life after direct sales lol! Old school marketing still works, and is being used, but no need to do all that legwork using WA online techniques! The further I get on in the business, the more I am enamored with the potential! As you say, we will stay in touch...Cheers and best of luck!! Dave : )
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TheGrizzly Premium
Welcome to WA! What is your niche? What marketing do you plan to do? I am all about helping you develop the marketing plan you never knew you needed. I know it can be hard to forge your way through the forest of internet marketing. Just take things one paw at a time. We are all in this together. I am here to bounce ideas, and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance for the follow.
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Grizzly thanks for the follow. Back at ya. I Just went premium yesterday YAAA. I started a web site on real jobs at home. I hate it and was just starring at a blank content page. SOOOOOO I'm going back and go thru some training that wasn't offered in the free site. I would like to contact you for marketing ideas I thought I would wait until I get further along. I'm lucky I can take some time but within 60/90 days I need to be live with a site. I was going to promote WA but not sure everybody does that . What is your thought on that?
Talk at ya! Mark
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TheGrizzly Premium
Makes sense its hard,...just keep at it. Honestly promoting wealthy affiliate is lame in my opinion. It makes it take longer before you can create your niche based business, therefore stunting ones growth. Talk to you later.
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r19f54l Premium
Welcome Mark. I was 58 the last time I was laid off (as a teacher). It was then I decided I'd had enough and to make it on my own. I love teaching but I'm pretty fed up with the public school system. I'll use my passion for teaching in more meaningful and fulfilling ways.
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markstrayer Premium
Your going to never look back my friend.
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r19f54l Premium
Same to you Mark. Onward and upward. I believe my best days are ahead of me.
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Garden77 Premium
Have a great affiliate marketing day
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Garden77 Premium
Hey there, this is Glenn a fellow premium member like your self dropping by to say special welcome, lots of affiliate success and most of al have fun
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Glenn,
Thanks for the follow. I just signed up for premium and excited with the wealth of knowledge I'm gong to receive.

Have a great day Mark
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Garden77 Premium
enjoy
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Funkydunc208 Premium
Hi and welcome to this amazing place, Wealthy Affiliate Premium. It is going to be a great journey for you and I hope you get maximum benefit from it.
Send me a PM if you have any questions or difficulties. I may have an answer.
Regards,
Duncan
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks Funkydunc208
Great background thanks for following I did the same. When I get further along would luv to reach out. Just went premium today YAAA!

Talk with you soon FUNKY!!!
Mark
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Funkydunc208 Premium
I tried the Network for a few weeks before I went Premium in April. It has been a steep learning curve but it has been very enlightening. Hope we can chat soon.
Duncan
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WolfgangL Premium
Hi and thanks for the follow ... i done it back
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markstrayer Premium
I thank you Wolfgang

Have a great night !!
Mark
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ladyval30 Premium
Welcome to premium markstrayer. I wish you much success!
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks so much back at ya!!!
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stephhill Premium
Hi Mark!

It is a huge pleasure meeting you. Many thanks for the follow. That has to be rough to be laid off at 58 - so close to retirement. But yes, WA is completely legit.

Holler if you need any help!

Steph
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Steph,

Thanks for the response. When I get further along I will reach out. Have a great day...
Mark
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stephhill Premium
Hi Mark!

Great hearing back from you. There is a plethora of training available here so it will take time I am sure.

Steph
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pmenke Premium
Thank you for the following and I wish you much success!
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks so much for responding I lived in Bensalem for about a yr.

Have a great night...
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FHagstrom Premium
Hi Mark, thanks for the follow, good luck to you
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks for responding. Hope to talk with you soon. I just signed up for Premium today. YAHOOOOO....
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BelieveItYes Premium
Thank you for following me! =) I'm looking forward to working with you!
Have a lovely day
Sarah
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Sarah,
Thank you for responding. I lived in London for about a yr. Still made I didn't go to Paris it was only 47pounds back then(Just Dumb) any who have a great day talk with you soon..
I just went Premium today YAAA
Mark
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BelieveItYes Premium
congrats! you made a wise decision!
I hope you can visit Paris and the rest of our beautiful country! Especially Bordeaux, which is called "the little Paris" ;)
See you on here, have a great day
Sarah
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JewelCarol Premium
Hi Mark, thank you very much for following me; and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!! It is very nice to meet you here and I hope to connect with you.:) I sincerely wish you great & prosperous online success!! :)
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks Jewel for responding. I just signed up for Premium today. YAAA. Mark
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JewelCarol Premium
Yay, you made a wise decision, Mark. And I wish you success!! :))
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Martstervt Premium
Thanks for the follow,Mark.This is a good place to get it going. All the tools are here or the knowledge there of.Nice to meet you,glad to help if I can.Best regards, Marty:)
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Marty thanks for responding and hope to talk with you soon...
Mark
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Marith Premium
Hello Mark, nice to meet you and thank you for the follow
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Marith,

Thanks for responding. Who doesn't love food ya. Talk with you soon.
Mark
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bsmith1222 Premium
Hello Mark and Best Wishes to you!
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Brian,

Best wish's to you also I really liked your profile and what you said, It will come to you when your ready. I will remember that when I get frustrated again!!

Have a great evening. Mark
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stevechic Premium
You are in the right place so just follow the training and enjoy success
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks Steve for your response. I just went Premium today and so very excited. Talk with you soon...
Mark
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jvranjes Premium
Hi Mark, thanks for adding me to your network. Best luck. Jovo
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Jova,
Thank you for your response. What an education so great.

Just went premium today YAAA talk with you soon. Mark
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RezaOjaghi Premium
thanks for the follow
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks Reza for responding. I just went premium today so excited.
Talk with you soon.
Mark
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RezaOjaghi Premium
Hi and welcome to WA, This is Conscious Choose ! wish all the best...Keep going...
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks for adding me to your network.
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Marion,

Thank you for responding. When I get farther along I would like to hook up and ask some questions. Just went Premium today YAAA!
Talk with you soon.
Mark
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Kyle Premium
What's going on Mark? Hope you have had an awesome week here at WA and you are making some good progress. Drop me a note "reply" if you need a hand with anything. :)
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Kyle,
Yes it has been great. I started my web page (not happy with my niche)and got up to the about me and content and have been starring at blank pages. I got a note from you 2 times on my email and responded both times. Maybe your not getting them I am just hitting reply and it says it is sent? Take a look and always thanks for reaching out.

Have a great night Kyle...

PS: been reading so much getting a little confused by not knowing the lingo. Still on the fence in regards to pulling trigger on Premium.

Mark
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Kyle Premium
I will get back to your for sure Mark, but going forward keep all communication here within WA (that will get you the quickest response). I just got back from a little weekend camping trip with the family where I was disconnected.

I know you will love Premium if you do go that direction, but of course up to you. If you need a hand with anything going forward just let me know. ;)
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks Kyle plan on pulling trigger today.

Talk with you soon
Mark
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Kyle Premium
Awesome Mark, I know you are going to love Premium!
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CherieHunt Premium
Hey Mark, welcome to WA. Thank you for following me. I'd love to know what direct sales you were in for 16 years? I was in direct sales (Tupperware lol) for about 15 all up just to supplement my sole parent income while my kids were growing up. I am now in another 2 direct sales companies that are quite different. ~Cherie
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Cherie,
I trained door to door reps in the residential arena. I had leisters that would contract with companies say like a papa johns franchise and they would offer discounts for the local PJ I also had national accounts with local Firestone and AT&T when the phone co. deregulated many moons ago. I had typically around a 100 reps in several states. Like I said made a ton and lost a ton of money. I was always traveling, turn overrate was massive. What co. are you with?
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CherieHunt Premium
One of my businesses takes advantage of the deregulation of telecommunication and energy industries in 24 countries on 4 continents. That's what my billspaidandmore.com site is promoting. The other is health and wellness using essential oils which is global. I have 2 sites for this business: whatarethesideeffects.com is mainly to promote awareness and myoilsetc.com will be about my journey, the company and products background. Would love to get feedback/comments from you on these if you have time. Let me know when you have a site you'd like feedback on - I bookmark all the sites I look at to go back later and leave comments.
Cheers,
~Cherie
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markstrayer Premium
Hi Cherie,
Wow your going to do great you are so far ahead of me. I knew nothing until 6 days ago about online marketing. I will take a look at your sites. Around 9 pm here in Palm Springs Ca. I get up at 4:30 am ( I know crazy) heading to bed talk with you soon. Mark
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CherieHunt Premium
Have a great sleep!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Hi and thanks for the follow!
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Loes Premium
Hello Mark, welcome, nice to meet you, thanks for the follow, I wish you a lot of learning pleasure, fun and success here on WA, See you around, Greetings Loes
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Carson Premium
Hey Mark! Today I just wanted to follow up with you to see how things are going! I hope all is well and you are enjoying yourself here within the Wealthy Affiliate community.

I want to make myself available to answer any questions or help with anything as you are getting started! Please touch base with me if you ever need a hand with anything or are feeling stuck, I am here to help. :)
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Labman Premium
Hi and welcome to WA, Thanks for following me back.
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suzydollars Premium
Just started too, but have very high hopes and dreams. Take Care! Suzy
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TheFatGuy Premium
Hello Mark,

Welcome to WA!
You will find the success you are looking for here and get started on building your dream of a business. Direct sales is a tough gig, tried it for a couple of years, did not take to it. You will do well with your business here because of the experience.

Thank you so very much for following me and adding me to your network. I look forward to getting to know you and work with you.
Let me know if I can assist you in any way.

San
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markstrayer Premium
Thanks Sam for reaching out as I move forward I will be in touch...
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TheFatGuy Premium
You are welcome,

San
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mijareze Premium
Markstrayer,
Thank you for the follow!
Ed
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Kyle Premium
Hey Mark, nice to meet you. It sounds like you have a lot of experience in the business/sales world thus far and I think your experience is going to really help create a successful journey ahead within the online world.

Simply drop me a reply if you do need a hand with absolutely anything going forward.

PS. I hope you have an awesome week ahead!
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Kf12 Premium
Thanks for following.
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BShuta Premium
Hello, I just wanted to take a moment and welcome you to WA, I have added you to my network so if there is anything I can personally help you with please feel free to ask and I will do my best to help you with your questions. You have taken the initiative to join a fantastic community dedicated to helping you achieve success in your online career. Everything you need to become Successful is right here at your fingertips. I am also a new member and just upgraded to Premium and I just want you to know that the amount of tools and information that you get when you become a Premium member is nothing short of Amazing! It is so worth it especially at the $19 for the first month! I want to wish you tremendous success and I hope you have an incredibly Blessed evening! God Bless, Beck
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markstrayer Premium
thanks for responding Becky and you the same!!
Mark
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