About MartinWeeks
Joined August 2014
Hello everyone. Well it's been four months now since I joined Wealthy Affiliate.
Let's see how far I've come.

I started out as a "Starter" and built two website immediately. One for promoting WA and one for my passion which is of course music.

It took a bit but I finally did upgrade to Premium, and although there's been a month or two now where the finances got real tight, I'm not sorry for the investment at all.

The music site was supposed to be a simple basic affiliates site for finding good equipment for musicians. It has of course morphed into something much bigger than I thought I'd be able to do. Now I'm showing off music of my own, and actively linking to other sites to actually sell (if possible) songs for commercial use. Commercial jingles, possible TV show themes etc. A BIG TASK. And a giant step for me. It has also rekindled a long dormant want to perform and record again. Just from this work with WA I've found a wonderful company known as Acoustica that makes probably the most sensible Digital Recording Studio software I've seen in years. While there are other software programs out there that are really good. If you're just starting out or starting over this company and it's support system is the equivalent musically to what WA is for Affiliate Marketing and online business. The support is great and I haven't purchased the software yet. Cool.

My other site for WA is now promoting WA, Jaaxy, and WordPress

Now for you newbies here's the thing you have to remember. Each of us moves at their own pace. Some of us I've seen have barely started but their sites took off and they are making money right away. Others of us are still having trouble with Google Rankings and indexing (me for example.) But guess what...that's how the world of business actually is. Now I know I've made mistakes on my sites and slowly I'm fixing them. But only a few months ago, I couldn't do anything I'm doing now. So those of you out there who are feeling discouraged. DON'T BE.. I know it's only a matter of time for me. Mostly what is slowing me down is the fact that I'm still obligated to keep working at the day job I have which mentally exhausts me. I literally had to cut my hours back so I'd have three days off. First day off to sleep. Second day to catch up on my online business affairs, and third day to spend quality time with my wonderful woman Linda. So fact is I don't really get days off. Or nights as I'm usually up till 2 a.m. working on making my site more Google Friendly, and improving both sites overall. I get frustrated but I don't get discouraged. Why? Because of the following. I know from experience that things we love to do are often hard to hurry up when it comes to developing and succeeding at. Especially if one wants to show "Quality." Some things just take time. So welcome aboard WA if you're new, and if you've been here a while keep on keeping on. This is still the best place on the internet to be. Anyway...

...A little about me. I've been a professional musician/entertainer most of my life. I play guitar, some keyboard, percussion, harmonica, vocals, and for ten years owned my own home recording studio. I've been slightly published, that is I appear on a few CD's by various artists, but mostly was in the live performance side of things as a side man/hired gun session player for various bands, and entertainers. I was successful but not famous. There is a difference. The difference is that I worked and earned my living at the art I've always loved.
There were of course some set backs so I'm not as active now as I was. Currently I'm working out of a bad economic situation due to the collapse of the area where I live regarding employment and other matters. So I'm currently working at a Call Center doing customer service and am just now starting out as an independent Insurance Agent. Since I'm not supposed to be promoting I must refrain at this time as far as which company I represent however, I'll give you a small hint. "Quack."

I also firmly believe the words of Mark Ford (a documented self made millionaire) who said the key to becoming wealthy is to have a diversified multiple streams of income. Towards that end is why I am here. I've seen lots of changes in our country and economy, and simply do not believe anymore that I can maintain a so called normal job and retire comfortably. If that's to change I need to make these changes. So since I'm new to the Affliliates system of internet business, I will take this slowly and ask a lot of questions. Thanks for the warm welcomes and we'll see you all on the inside.

Just some additional stuff here. I've built two website, got a few folks at work interested enough to take a look at my sites, and seem to have a large network internally growing. Also made some new friends. And all this from the Starter Kit, watching the videos, reviewing the lessons and playing with my sites and site editors. My sites were up and running before I upgraded to Premium. This is real proof that Kyle & Carson have truly done a great thing with creating WA. The Social Network side of this in my opinion is way more classy than the uh...other three biggies. I like hanging out around here. My thanks to all of you who have left helpful information in my notifications, sent me links to useful learning sites both in and out of WA, and the comments on my page. It's all forward momentum which works in line with the title of my WA website of "Moving My Life Forward. I thank you all.

Peace!

Marty
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Question 1.) At present since I see the writing on the wall with my current job, I would like to be earning the equivalent of what I earn at my job right now within six weeks. To offset the inevitable termination coming. (the company is penciling me out by abusing their compliancy regulations.) Eventual goal for the "Happy" would be $2000.00 per month steady stream of income.
Question 2.) Enough earning power to simply never have to punch a time clock again. That income would for me need to be approximately $6000.00 per month so I can pursue my other interests which specifically are: rebuilding my recording studio, and offering Aflac Insurance Policies to businesses to help their employees with the rising cost of so called Affordable (ha!) Health Care. The latter is a kind of mission for me as I see an eventual complete collapse of the traditional insurance market and people need to start getting healthy.
Question 3.) Due to the nonsense going on at work with my schedule right now I must limit my time to a couple hours in the morning and a couple hours in the evening and that's pushing it as the current employment literally sucks the life out of me. Of course all it would take at present for me to change that would be to secure 2 medium sized businesses with Aflac customers and I would be able almost instantly to put 45% to 50% of my time per day into Wealthy Affiliates opportunites to increase my income streams. The bottom line for me is to be free of hourly wage slavery before the end of the tax year.
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Question 1.) At present since I see the writing on the wall with my current job, I would like to be earning the equivalent of what I earn at my job right now within six weeks. To offset the inevitable termination coming. (the company is penciling me out by abusing their compliancy regulations.) Eventual goal for the "Happy" would be $2000.00 per month steady stream of income.
Question 2.) Enough earning power to simply never have to punch a time clock again. That income would for me need to be approximately $6000.00 per month so I can pursue my other interests which specifically are: rebuilding my recording studio, and offering Aflac Insurance Policies to businesses to help their employees with the rising cost of so called Affordable (ha!) Health Care. The latter is a kind of mission for me as I see an eventual complete collapse of the traditional insurance market and people need to start getting healthy.
Question 3.) Due to the nonsense going on at work with my schedule right now I must limit my time to a couple hours in the morning and a couple hours in the evening and that's pushing it as the current employment literally sucks the life out of me. Of course all it would take at present for me to change that would be to secure 2 medium sized businesses with Aflac customers and I would be able almost instantly to put 45% to 50% of my time per day into Wealthy Affiliates opportunites to increase my income streams. The bottom line for me is to be free of hourly wage slavery before the end of the tax year.
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fwages Premium
I'm new so I'll let those more experienced help you with the particulars. However, I lost my job with NC State (known as The Unemployment Office) 2 years ago and let's just say, it's been hard. What has been good? The stress I felt at work is now gone, and that is fantastic! While I'm still trying to get things going, just wanted to say i really do understand and wish you the best!
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Kyle Premium
So awesome Martin, I know from experience that goals are what lead us to success. Work relentlessly in pursuit of these goals and they CAN and WILL happen.

In fact, wipe failure out of your mind right now. It simply won't happen. You have too much help, support and an entire community of help behind you to ever let that happen :)

If you need anything going forward, just let me known and I will be happy to give you a hand.
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Kyle Premium
Just thought I would check in and see how things are going with you! I hope all is well and you are enjoying yourself here within the community.

I hope you are enjoying the training and making some wonderful progress! Please do touch base with me if you ever need a hand with anything or are feeling stuck, I am here to help Martin. :)
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MartinWeeks Premium
Hi Kyle, thanks for asking. I do have a question. I titled my website allaboutgear (http:// etc.) however, when I typed into google the words all about gear, google came up with everything from fishing gear to breast pumps. I realized I needed to be a bit more specific I'd like to change my url to allaboutmusicgear. Can I do that with the existing page or do I have to start all over again from scratch? Just saying all about gear is too broad, and I should have thought of that earlier but hey I'm a musician and we don't always think like normal earth people. What is the process for doing this? According to the last lesson, changing the name of the url would break it.
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Kyle Premium
You cannot change your URL after you have created it, you would need to create a new website. You will be able to copy your content over from your old site before you delete that though, so your work is not lost, but I do agree with you here as you should be a bit more specific with your domain name.
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MartinWeeks Premium
After watching the video and reading the lesson on SEO, would the url: allaboutmusicgear work better as far as ratings are concerned? Or do I need to be even more specific? The idea is to make it as easy as possible for working bands, musicians to go right to the source to order the gear they need for their work. (performing music is in fact a very hard "Job" and requires serious organization to succeed.)
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KLewis Premium
Big hello out to you Martin, Welcome to WA>Great program here.Very nice profile that you have.Stay in touch.Ken
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MartinWeeks Premium
Thank you...pardon me if I don't get back to everyone right away, but I am as they say in college....cramming. With only a couple of days before this extension runs out I'm trying to get as much done as possible and bookmark as many blogs, tutorials, and other stuff as possible.
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FixMyHome Premium
welcome to WA..guitar student myself..just wished I would stay at it..been a off and on relationship..between working,family,building a online business just hard to find the time..but I guess we do what we want to do.
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MartinWeeks Premium
guitar student? How far along are you? Are you actually "Playing" guitar and wanting to move forward with the development of the skill, or are you still struggling with the painful callouses and all that?
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FixMyHome Premium
I know the basic chords...some bar chords..got past the callouses but then again I may have to re do them since I have been away about 3 months..I can play a few songs but I have not developed the ear to play any song I want..I have both acoustic and a electric guitar..
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MartinWeeks Premium
There are numerous ways to (and this is my phrasing not college stuff) ways to fool our brains into ear development. First and foremost is the simple but absolute truth about chord structures. Remember this always (this is for popular music like rock & roll, blues, c&w, and the like) here goes... "There are only eight notes in the universe." Because there are only 8 notes in the universe there are only a limited specific patterns of chords. Chords are rooted in the 8 notes c,d,e,f,g etc. Second thing an abolute. Regarding chord structure. 1,4, 5 and 1,4,1,5,1. Those two chord patterns literally are the base of nearly ever single popular rock and roll song you have ever heard since the 1950's. My suggestion is the following. Just strum the chord pattern for the song Mr. Postman, then go directly to the Beatles Octopus's Garden, then the Jackson Brown version of Stay (just a little bit longer.) Actually that pattern is 1,6,4,5,1 but the lesson is still the same. Here's another selection. Good loving, followed by Twist and Shout. What you see is the same chord [pattern]. Not necessarily the same chords but the same 1,4,5, or 1,6,4,5,1 pattern. Want more? Just run through the standard 1960's country songs from George Jones, and all those guys. The patterns are always going to follow the same. 1 is the root chord (say C) 4 is going to be F (count four notes C,D,E,F. C is One F is four, and the next number 5 is G. Fact is if you know a couple of songs, you actually know the chord pattern for literally hundreds of other songs. They may have different keys, but that is transposition for the benefit of the vocalist. They may not be able to sing that high or sing that low, so we transpose the chords not the patterns. Try siting down with a classic rock radio station or use Pandora and say pull up The Beatles or Chuck Berry. Rather than try to figure it all out, just thumb the base patterns for the chords. You will see 1,4,1,5,1 or 1,4,5 over and over again. You play bar chords right? Look at the root notes of those bar chords. I used to do this all the time when performing. I'd segue from Beatles Twist and shout to Good Loving, to a whole slew of other songs with similar patterns. People would swear I was a genius. No I'm not. But when I realized that all these great songs I liked were the same or similiar patterns, I was able to quickly figure out and then fix the fine points dozens of other songs.
So here's the way to do this.
1.) thumb the base line of the chords for say three songs from the radio that sound similiar.
2.)Then form the chords around those base patterns.
3.)Then pull out the chord book you have in the basement somewhere all forgotten about, and experiment with the different formations of chords. Voila, sooner or later you will bump into some really cool sounding fingering of a chord and say "wait...I've heard this before...! What was that song???" And you're on your way. The wife will have to come into the room and pull you by your ear to bed. Trust me this really works and no teacher will ever tell you this because they'd be out of a job instantly. Cheers and happy playing. Peace!

Marty
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FixMyHome Premium
Thanks a bunch Martin..That was a lot to post.I appreciate it
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ladyj4180 Premium
Welcome to WA! I have only been here for a few days and taking things slowly! Good luck and see you around WA!
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Kyle Premium
Welcome to WA Martin. I am Kyle, co-founder and also an active part of the community here at Wealthy Affiliate. If you ever need anything or you get "stuck"?, let me know as I will be more than happy to help you out.

I do suggest that you start out with the Online Entrepreneur Certification - Getting Started (Level 1) course. Work your way through this training and take action on the lesson tasks. This is a foundational course that will get you building valuable online assets in just your first few days.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/online-entrepreneur-certification-getting-started-level-1

Anyways, I hope to see more of you in the coming days here at WA! :)
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MartinWeeks Premium
Thank you for the rapid reply. Like many others I've been through the mill with one type of disreputable online "source" after another. I will tell you upfront I will take this slow at first. Not because I'm skeptical but because at the moment my finances are in a difficult state. The area where I live has had a much more severe impact from our country's recent economic collapse, so even simple mundane employment is not accessible. (Space Coast of Florida aka a company town that has been left to die by outsourcing and lack of County Community foresight.) Also I am a licensed insurance sales man currently offering Aflac (which I'm committed to but that's another discussion for another time.) What I want to achieve though is multiple income streams over time. This looks like the best way to do that, and your site comes with good solid recommendations from ScamXposer. So I'm keeping an open mind. I do have a question. in your video you state that the ask a question discussion ends after seven days. Does that mean I'm shut out from future questions if I have them or just shut out for the individual lessons I'm in at the given time? Thanks and if you will excuse me I need to press on with the get started here lesson 1 as it's late and I still have to show up for work tomorrow at the mundane job I wish to get away from soon. Thanks see you inside.

Marty Weeks
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Kyle Premium
Sounds like it has been quite a journey to find your way here to WA Martin, but I am glad you did.

There definitely are a lot of scams out there and by no means are you alone or should you feel bad that you have fallen victim to these vultures. Much brighter days are ahead now that you have found WA and I really do look forward to working with you.

Re: your question. You have access to Premium communication here for the first 7 days, after that you will not have communication privileges as they are "premium" only at that point, but you will still have access to your training and you will be able to build out your website.

If you ever need anything at all going forward, I am personally here to help you out so feel free to drop me a reply to this post or you can find me in chat (I am frequent there).
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MartinWeeks Premium
Thank you
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Kyle Premium
No problem Martin! :)
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ladyj4180 Premium
I am also one of those people that are skeptical. I have been scammed a number of times. I feel confident with the WA community. I am still taking things slowly but I feel like I may have finally found the right place.
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Kyle Premium
You definitely are in the right place Judy and it is only natural to be skeptical in this industry...there are so many scams out there and we have been fighting the uphill battle against them for the last 9 years.

I know you are going to love the community here and if you need a hand with anything going forward, let me know.
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