About Mbouteiller
Joined December 2015
Hey there, my name is Monica!

I'm a PADI Open Water Scuba Dive Instructor. I love meeting and helping people experience the true beauty underwater. I started scuba diving in 1983.

Some people may not feel comfortable about learning how to scuba dive yet have a yearning or curiosity about what they will experience or see in the water. Perhaps they feel they are not strong swimmers, maybe they have issues like equalising their ears in the water or the fear of sharks close by. I'm here to give as many helpful tips and information as possible thru my experiences.

You're welcome to come take a look at my site https://joyofscubadiving.com

Some other things I love doing are downhill skiing, swimming, kayaking, hiking, reading books, listening to music, piano, electric guitars, learning, cooking and travelling.... of course... I love computers too...

It's exciting having my own online business. I started researching a couple of years ago looking for online business ideas. I've always known people were making an honest living this way. I'm so very grateful to have found Wealthy Affiliate!

The best part having an online business is that I can work on my online business anywhere in the world as long as I have internet and laptop available. How cool is that?

People ask 'So... am I living the dream?'Oh yes indeed I am!!

Connecting with a lot of friendly and knowledgeable people here is a huge asset and it seems the best place to be to get a successful online business.

I look forward to helping everyone here too!! Best to you all!
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CarolMeador Premium
I'm doing OK, but having a challenge balancing my housework with my need to be writing! How are you doing today?
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Carol,

it is challenging when there are other things like housework that always need to be done especially when you're so excited about doing work on your online business. Writing takes time and thought too. I can relate on that for sure...

Hang in there...
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CarolMeador Premium
Hi, Monica. Enjoyed reviewing your website so much last night. I hope someday my sites will look as professional and be as interesting and personal as yours is. Thanks for following me. Followed you back. Carol
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Carol, thank you for following me back. Thank you for your kind words. it's been a lot of work that's for sure but fun. What is your niche? If you want any comments or feedbacks let me know. I would love to help anyway I can.
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rjkennedy Premium
Thank you for the follow, my friend. Right back atcha'
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JasonLo Premium
I stumbled upon your site in sitefeedback. We are in the same niche 8$
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adams7 Premium
Hi Monica -
Just commented on one of your pages (10 GREAT REASONS TO BE DIVING IN SIPADAN ISLAND, MALAYSIA) It was wonderful!!
Got me in the mood to go diving again.
best
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Adam, thank you for commenting on my dive article. I hope you get back into diving...

Wishing you much success in your online business.
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Hello...if you want to get the black fridays deal regarding premium membership yearly subscription. At your signed in oage...at top of the page...the deal annoucement comes...u can click that.
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N33 Premium
Hello Monica,

Discovering you and diving into your beautiful Website, waiting for my son coming back from School to show him and dreaming of being your student one day, who knows ? As for the present time I have the pleasure to meet you here, I will love to follow your bubbles...

Kindly,

N with a smile
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mikewood1975 Premium
I am following you too. I wish you much success also.
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Mike!
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subcpo14 Premium
Monica, thanks again for the follow and I love your website. Scuba is a bucket list item for me and although I have done deep water escapes for submarine training, scuba is a must. thanks jay
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Dupin Premium
Hi Monica,

Thank you for the warm regards and wishes. I am following you now as well. Looking forward to more of your adventures.

Kind Regards,
Mohammed.
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subcpo14 Premium
Congrats on 200 and great to meet you. Wishing you much success. Jay
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BillandSue Premium
Hi Monica,
Sue and I thank you for your following. I mad a deal with the sharks and other creatures of the deep, "you guys stay in the ocean and I'll stay on the land". I do admire you underwater adventures. Best wishes for much success.

Bill and Sue
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Bill and Sue,

Thanks for following me back. Lol... I totally understand.

For me, the underwater gives me much peace away from human struggles.

Wishing you much success as well.

Regards,
Monica
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spurway Premium
Hello Monica
thank you for the following. It is a pleasure to connect with you.
I love meeting and connecting with all this great and open minded people here at Wealthy Affiliate
Cheers Sylvia
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thedogman Premium
Thank you for following m and I'm following you back and best wishes to you.

Robert
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jcmackenroth Premium
Thanks for the follow, I am following you back. Have a wonderful blogging community :-)
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mbouteiller Premium
You too...
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SusieQiw Premium
Thank you for the follow and your kind words. I'm glad I was able to provide useful feedback for your website!
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mbouteiller Premium
You're awesome!! Have a wonderful week Susie!
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accad Premium
Thank you, Monica, for following and including me in your network. I'm doing fine although so slow.
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mbouteiller Premium
It takes time and lots of patience. I totally understand... keep at it and don't give up. It gets better... need to take breaks and exercise...
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accad Premium
Right! To a non-writer, it's really difficult.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Jimmy, I've never been good at writing.. But, what I found was, my first website was not the right niche for me. My first website was Wealthy Affiliate's Affiliate Bootcamp and I didn't seem to grasp the part of understanding SEO, how to write, what to write, even getting started on my first paragraph was extremely challenging.

This January, I started a new website on scuba diving because it's always been my passion. I started my lessons over again, only this time it was on the Certification program (I'm still on Course 4... lol). It's been much easier to write and I'm finally just getting organized on my writing, well sort of...

The best thing to do is to have a niche that you're really passionate about, it makes writing much easier and enjoyable.

Hope this helps,

Let me know if I can help you.

Regards,
Monica
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browzman Premium
Hi Monica,

Nice to meet you and glad you were content with my feedback. We may see each other more here as we move forward towards our goal.

All the best,
Trevor
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GlenPalo Premium
Nice meeting you Monica, and thank you for following me! Best of success to you.
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ksandberg Premium
Thanks for the follow! I love your blog about scuba diving, definitely a great topic to read about, even though I have never actually been scuba diving, my husband has and it's definitely on my bucket list. Can't wait to follow your journey.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kelli,
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed my blog on scuba diving. I do like diving a lot even though it's only once or twice a year. It would be awesome if you got into diving... you will enjoy it. It's amazing to dive with giant manta rays and whale sharks, totally harmless and as large as they are they feed on plankton. Pretty amazing...

I hope we cross paths and dive together...

Wish you much success!
Monica
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mickeyb123 Premium
Monica, thank you for the comments on my website and the potential purchase of a product by your friend.

I actually posted a blog, today, about it!
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IElectronics Premium
Hey Monica
We become that which We Believe we can Become, Wishing You Well In Your Future looks a though You Have A Very Good Mind Set Already.

Thanks for Following, The Best of Luck with Your SEO Keywords... Jesse If I Can Ever Help Drop Me A PM!
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mbouteiller Premium
Thanks Jesse! You too.. let me know too if I can help you.

Best,
Monica
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BOwusu Premium
Thanks for following me.
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RamenRiches Premium
Hey Monica, just wanted to drop by and say thanks for following!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Tony... you're welcome!

I read your Amazon tutorial yesterday .. does that mean we cannot take screenshot of amazon product we are promoting?
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RamenRiches Premium
We're not supposed to on Amazon. Now, if you get images from a manufacturers news area, that's a different story, but as far as getting screenshots from Amazon, not supposed to.
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mbouteiller Premium
Sorry to bother you again... so I can go to the manufacturer's site and take screenshot of their products that I'm promoting on Amazon??

Just want to be sure I can do this because I started removing my amazon screenshot images from some of my posts which now have no images... lol.

Thank you for your quick response!
Monica
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RamenRiches Premium
No bother at all. You can go to the "press area" on the manufacturers website, if they have one, and often find images that you can download to use. Hope that helps!
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mbouteiller Premium
Awesome Tony! Thank you very much!
I attached a screenshot here... wondering if you can a couple seconds to look at. It's a manufacturer's site. I see they have the Newsletter which I'm assuming is their 'news area' you're talking about. Which is great and I just subscribed to be on that list.

But... they also show 'Download' and 'Videos' which I looked at. The 'Download' has everything I want to replace the images I deleted from my posts.

Hopefully, last question... can I use their 'Download' images?
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BOwusu Premium
Hello Monica,
How are you?
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BradBurns Premium
Hi Monica,
Just looked up your website on scuba diving.
Maybe I might have to do a niche on rum after all and try and get a sponsored trip to the Carribean. What a coincidence!! LOL
Thanks for the follow and I wish you all the best.
Cheers
Brad
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Brad,

Lol... yes, I was thinking the same. What a coincidence for sure! Would be cool!

You too and I really look forward to following you!!

Wishing you much success here. That rum is a perfect niche!!

I remember years ago, my husband and I making 'swish' out of rye barrels and we had quite a production going in our office storage room. Perfectly legal, we weren't selling them and just them to family members and of course for us to consume... didn't last long. Then those barrels were hard to find and so we stop... arrggg!
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BradBurns Premium
I look forward as well.
The rye barrels wouldn't last long in my household either. LOL
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Kyoko817 Premium
Hello Monica, I just did your feedback. Your website is so great that I decided to follow you. Wish you the great success in online business!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyoko, cool!! Thank you for following me and I'm following you now too.

What is your niche? I have a feeling you have an awesome site!!

I wish you continued success and happiness in everything you do!!

Regards,
Monica
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Lolita2 Premium
Thanks Monica. Wishing you great success!
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Lolita2 Premium
Thanks for the follow Monica. Wishing you great success!
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Lolita!
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ryankornegay Premium
Hey Monica. Its great meeting you here on WA. Thanks for the follow. I wish you best of luck here.

-Ryan
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Monica, Canadian scuba diving.
I love it, Canada is so amazing.
It is great to connect with you here.
This is the year for many successes.
You are in the right place to achieve.
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mbouteiller Premium
Yes, we are fortunate to live in Canada.
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Yes indeed, there are many beautiful places in this world.
But all things considered Canada is the most beautiful.
There are many great places to visit, but Canada is home.
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mbouteiller Premium
I agree Ken, Canada is home!!
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Ken-Pringle Premium
So much to see here. And scuba diving,
so many lakes to explore.
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tudogz Premium
Hi Monica.
I'm a PADI diver myself, though I haven't been in the water in quite a while.
Thanks for your comments on my site.
Thomas.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Thomas, wonderful to meet you! It's never too late to still go diving...

You're very welcome! You have a wonderful site.

I'm afraid writing has never been my strongest gift but it's getting better. What is your novel called?

I hope all is going well for you here and that you're having lots of fun as well!

I wish you much success here in Wealthy Affiliate!

Monica
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tudogz Premium
Thanks Mon. The novel is tentatively titled "A Life Lived Large" but that may change. I haven't had time to get any work done there since I joined WA but will get back one day I guess (hope?)
The book will span around 50 yrs in the life of a mining magnate, all his wheelings and dealings and how he finally gets his comeuppance in the end.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Thomas, I like the title and it raises my eyebrows because now I'm curious... is it about your life? Sounds very interesting, really want to what type of wheelings and dealings took place...

I hope you will still find time to finish it and when you do, please let me know and I will be your very first customer.

Best to you here!
Monica
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tudogz Premium
I'll keep you in the loop. It may be quite a while though. Waiting 'til my websites start to earn and then I can legitimately retire. lol.
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mbouteiller Premium
You can do it! You can do this!
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Monica, I am honored by your follow. Its so cool that you are a PADI Dive instructor, looking forward to doing that training again!
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Twillmon34 Premium
Welcome and I hope that you have the best success and thanks for following me!!!!!!!
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learn2bgreat Premium
I'm in Guam on a business trip, and I just snorkeled for the first time in my life! It's not scuba diving, but it's a start! What an interesting life! I'll be following you, now. Best wishes to you!
Darren
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Darren, It's wonderful to meet you! Thank you for following me and I'm following you back. Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate and I hope all is going well for you here. Please let me know if I can help you as well.

Wishing you much success here and have lots of fun!!

Nice... snorkelling is a great way to start into scuba diving. It's very peaceful underwater and when you're ready to take that awesome plunge let me know and I'll help you anyway I can.

Regards,
Monica
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Steve1958 Premium
Thanks very much for following me...
It's great to make contact with you...
Best wishes...
Steve
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Monica, thank you for the follow.

You sure lead an interesting, busy life!

Wishing you success with WA it looks like you are there already :)
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speedking Premium
Many thanks for the follow, wishing you tonnes of success with all your online ventures.

Take care.

Johan.
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Ultimateless Premium
I became a dive instructor in the 80's but then became a pilot instructor, go figure. I love your upbeat attitude. I am sure you are doing well and wish you the best, Monica.

Michael
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Micheal, wonderful to meet another diver! I'm following you now too. Wow... you sure have a very interesting story. I have an electric guitar but not good at all. Found out I'm a leftie...lol.

Thanks for your complement!! I'm having a lot of fun learning... not making anything yet off my website but I know that will happen and I can't wait to see that... $

I wish you much success and happiness in WA adventure!!

Monica
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Ultimateless Premium
I am a leftie but I learned to play a right-handed guitar which I got for my 10th birthday.
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mbouteiller Premium
Wow... leftie! You learned at a very young age, good for you... I didn't, would have been nice to. But I took piano lessons at around 4 -5 years of age... Toronto Royal Conservatory... classical. I know someone in Grand Turks, Turks & Caicos Islands who is a musician like you. He started playing the rightie guitar at a very very young age and is a true leftie.
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OrenL Premium
Hi Monica, thank you for the follow back! It is a pleasure to connect with you.
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cosmo125 Premium
I love your website!!! It is so awesome that you were able to create a site that you are such an expert in. I bet you have had great success with this...

Good luck,
J
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi J... thank you! I'm not making anything yet on my site. I started my dive site in January and it's been a lot of fun because I enjoy diving so much. Kyle is right when he says to go with your passion. Even my writing is much better and I'm much more relaxed and confident... maybe because I started over again but on the Certification Program... lol.. I'm just about finished Course 3. I made a checklist and that's keeping me from jumping all over the place and more focused and even more patient...

I started with WA's Affiliate Program but there was a lot I was struggling with.

How are you doing here?
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mbouteiller Premium
What is your website about? You have a ton of IT experience... good for you! You'll be a whiz here and I can see you becoming an Ambassador in the future.

Ya... I've asked 64 questions so far. I ask them all in the pencil icon and that way I retain all the responses and go back whenever I want...
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JohnStevens Premium
Hi Monica,

Thanks for the follow, I wish you every success on your WA journey.
I am now following you also.

John
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FTurner8032 Premium
Thank you for following me Monica. I hope that we will meet here again to exchange ideas, share opinions and answer questions. Wishing you and amazing 2017. God Bless.
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patricia2009 Premium
Thanks for the follow as well.
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Dshart55 Premium
Thank you for sharing. You are very talented. I'm sure that many people who are planning a vacation to where there is nice beaches and warm waters they would like diving lessons or where to get some.

Best wishes.
Doris
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immistermike Premium
Thank you, Monica! I appreciate your support and encouragement! Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for you here at WA! Best of success to you!
Mike
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NeBro Premium
Hi Monica, thank you for joining my network.

Wishing you all the very best of success in your journey.

Best wishes

Neil
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RHBarlow Premium
I appreciate you following me and enjoy your journey with WA and I will also follow you back.
Thanks,
Bobby
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mickeyb123 Premium
Hello, Monica and thank you for following me back.

Mickeyb
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mbouteiller Premium
I look forward to following you...
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mickeyb123 Premium
Well, I hope I can stay exciting enough for you.
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MartinRay Premium
Hi Monica and thanks for following me. I hope you had the chance to see a Razorback hog call. You have many accomplishments and you are a inspirational writer. Have a great week.
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KarenDemers Premium
Hello, Monica...I'm following you as we share the same interests with the exception that I have never gone scuba diving and that's what I've ALWAYS wanted to do!
I'm off to check out your site and sending best wishes for a great 2017.
Karen
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Karen,

Wow! Thank you for following me! I went on your site... it's amazing and you've put a lot of work into it. I recently joined Bootcamp and working out 5 days a week. Like you I don't want to spend a lot of time cooking but of course, enjoy eating. I've recently been making smoothies to get protein... put spinach and water, add Greek yogurt, frozen berries, 2 scoops of protein powder and bit of almond milk and it's absolutely yummy! Do you have some smoothie recipes? I saw your pumpkin smoothie and will have to try that with protein powder.

I hope you enjoy my scuba site... it's quite new and I actually started with making WA affiliate website but was struggling on writing. The scuba site works better because it's something I enjoy and course writing is so much easier.

I wish you the very best here in WA and much success to you!

Let me know if you get into scuba and have any questions. I luv talking about it!! (chuckle)

Monica
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KarenDemers Premium
Hello, Monica...you make smoothies the same way I do and with added protein powder. I'll toss in any frozen berries I have in the fridge or bananas. I think I should add more smoothie recipes on my site...thanks for the idea.
Your scuba niche is unique and I know it's going to be successful because it's your expertise. You can write authoritative content with personal experience and be an affiliate marketer for expensive gear which will make decent commission dollars for you.
Keep in touch,
Karen
p.s. For now, the only scuba diving I'll be doing is in my dreams haha I would take up deep sea diving in a heart beat...by the way, did you see the movie Open Water? Yikes!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Karen yes I did see OpemN Water movie... twice actually lol...
Ya scary for sure!

Please let me know when you get more smoothie recipes! I'll put comments in there too. Nice to know you make smoothies like me
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AfqmBiz Premium
My appreciation message to Members willing to spare their ample time just to following me together networking under WA.

All the best in your 2017 journey and beyond! Keep it up and Welcome aboard! :)

*P/S: This opportunity is my effort to know & remember people or networking in a flash if not fully. :)

*Glad to be friend and networking with Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor (Specialist)
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mbouteiller Premium
Thanks Afqm! Have an AWESOME day!
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TheBuilder Premium
Hi Monica, thanks for adding me in your network.
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MKearns Premium
Returning your follow Monica here. If you apply deep dive techniques to the training here you will be very successful and rewarded. Welcome to WA!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Michael, thank you!

I'm not understanding.. how do I do this? As in what context? Sounds very interesting but how can I apply deep dive techniques as training in WA?

Ohhh, I'm so glad you're an Ambassador... good for you!!

Monica
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GeoffGS Premium
Hi and thanks for following. Geoff.
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mbouteiller Premium
You're welcome!
Monica
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CReddin Premium
Hey monica, I follows you right back!

Have a great day1

-Chris
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rajeshjain Premium
Nice to know that you are a scuba diver. Well, once me and my wife went to andaman and nicobar islands in India. I was afraid to go under water though my wife went and did.

But I think you need to be brave to go underwater. Cool and Great that you love that sport.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Rajesh,

Thank you and I look forward to following you!

I actually did the PADI Open Water Scuba Dive Certification twice. The first time was a mask issue for me and a fear of the unknown... I did only 5 dives then. After 10 years, I did the course over again and totally fell in love with the sport. I knew what to expect on my dives. It seems I usually have to do things over a second time to get my confidence...

I hope you will give the scuba diving a try... go for the PADI Discover Scuba Dive Course someplace warm, calm water... . It's an introduction and absolutely a lot of fun. It's very peaceful and the life underwater is amazing and so beautiful!

Best to you here in Wealthy Affiliate!
Monica
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Kyle 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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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

Thank you for your message. I was watching your live video not long ago and I think you mentioned it was ok to change out existing niche if it was not our passion. My real niche - my target audience is scuba divers.

I decided to make a new website on my passion in scuba diving.

On my site, I want to have content on:

- reviews and recommendations on dive gear including dive cameras
- hook up with an affiliate like Amazon and an actual dive gear shop to market dive gear products
- discuss different dive locations around the world
- give tips on diving

I have chosen 4 Domain Names and can't decide which one to choose. I'm looking for your advice or if neither are appropriate .... any suggestions?

1. Experience Scuba Diving
2. The Joys Of An Underwater Explorer
3. The Joys of Scuba Diving
4. How To Get The Ultimate Experience Scuba Diving

I put this out to the members and the consensus was number 1. I'm adding the word 'joys' so my Domain Name would be...

'experiencethejoysofscubadiving.com'

Does this sound good and applicable to my desired content? Do you have other thoughts?

*Another question... I have been doing the Affiliate Bootcamp but have been struggling on my writing skills... it takes me literally forever to write and I want to get better on writing ... I feel I don't have confidence in this niche... I am going to keep working on this as I'm only on Course 5, Lesson 9 but the writing of 6 articles kind of threw me back...I'm not giving up on this Affiliate Bootcamp. Just feeling I need to get confidence back and do something I'm familiar with... which is scuba diving...is this OK to switch??

Thank you Kyle and I look forward to hearing back from you!

Best!
Monica
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Kyle Premium
Your niche ideas are definitely viable directions for your niche. You need to choose one when starting out, what are you most passionate about?

When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:

I want to help people that ______________.

Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

Thank you for responding back to me!

Good idea on the question but I have several answers to the question (see below)... Am I limited to having just one answer? I have listed 5 here ... so this means I have more than one specific audience correct?? What do I do if I want to cover all 5? However, you do mention that I should just choose one when starting out... does that mean I can cover all 5 eventually on the same site?

1. I want to help people make decisions on choosing dive gear and underwater cameras. (I'm thinking I can do this with reviews and recommendations)

2. I want to help people scuba dive with safety in mind.

3. I want to help people equalise their ears when scuba diving. (This would be in the form of tips.)

4. I want to help people feel comfortable underwater and not feel afraid... i.e. mask and breathing issues, sharks, etc.

5. I want to help people who have health issues like arthritis, stress, disabled .... to know that they can be a scuba diver.

Not sure I'm getting the idea Kyle... Yes, I really would appreciate your help on this.

Thanks Kyle!
Monica
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Kyle Premium
Those would all be "articles" on your site. Your audience would be people that are looking to learn how to scuba dive.

Perhaps Scuba for Beginners could be your niche. Become a Scuba Diver.

Something of this nature could be an appropriate direction here.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

Thanks again for helping me find my niche!

Ummm... I see... makes sense. I like Scuba for Beginners as my niche. I will definitely make that my niche!

Is my Domain Title 'experiencethejoysofscubadiving' good?
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, cool. You might want to shorten the domain a little.

Job of Scuba Diving

Would be just fine here.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

Thank you for all your wonderful help!

I'll create a new Domain called 'joyofscubadiving.com' and name it Joy of Scuba Diving.

Lol... this is exciting.. (chuckle and giggles)

I'm so very grateful for your time and patience to help me out! This 'feels' right!

Monica
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,
I'm sorry to bother you again...can you just help me out on my potential categories on my home page? I'm on the Get Started Course 1, Lesson 8.

I have chosen the following and wondering if these are good ones:

• Benefits of Scuba Diving
• My Personal Reviews (these would be dive locations and dive gear)
• Scuba Dive Courses
• Scuba Tips (examples would be equalising ears, nausea..)
• Shopping for Dive Gear (gear and accessories to sell thru affiliates)
• Packages (dive packages, accommodation like my house in Turks & Caicos)
• Best Dive Vacations
• Resources (example - video of how to assemble dive gear..)

So as I understand, these would be my categories?

Thanks Kyle!
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Kyle Premium
All are great ideas and one that you can use on your site, you don't and shouldn't start with them all, but awesome research there Monica! You are a natural!
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mbouteiller Premium
Wow... thank you Kyle! Your response makes me feel great and gives me confidence in myself!

Onward I go... yeeehaaa!!

I appreciate your help... again!!
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Kyle Premium
I am always here Monica to answer any questions and give you a hand as you move forward with your progress!

PS. I hope you are looking forward to a brilliant week ahead! :)
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Kyle ( I wish you can see me smile...). I'm very grateful for your help and you truly are amazing! My About Me page even felt good and natural and only took me an hour to write... all from the heart! Too cool! This will be a fantastic week as I move forward with my site.

You too, I wish you a fantastic mind blowing week!
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Kyle Premium
Happy to help, I look forward to working with you Monica and if you ever need a hand with anything going forward, please get in touch with me. Chat soon! :)
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mbouteiller Premium
I started building out my intial website framework using content themes for my niche and they are:

• Tips
• Courses
• Reviews

I wrote content for the above lesson ‘Building Out Your Website Theme-Based Content’.

Can you please check my website and content of ‘joyofscubadiving.com’ site and see if I’m doing that right?

At what stage will I be using pull-down menu on my home page?

The other question I’m wondering about is if ‘Tips’ , ‘Courses’ and ‘Reviews’ are too general. I’m wondering if I should do keyword research to find something more appropriate.

I’m not sure I understand the purpose of content themes… are they more like a description to describe what I will be talking about under those themes ?

I asked for feedback and the response I received seems to be confusing… therefore all my questions here.

Thank you Kyle! I know you’ll get my ‘thinking’ straightened out.
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Kyle Premium
You can use a pull down menu at any time that you like.

You can add these custom menus to organize your top menu in any way in which you like, as well as create sub-menus (for themes that will support this). You can also use these custom menus to add within your side widgets on your website (within your sidebar).

Here is a tutorial on how to create custom menus: I use custom menus on all of my websites (over-ride that default menu). It allows much more control and organization....both good things!

Nice work on your initial framework here Monica, you are definitely off and running and heading in the right direction here. ;)
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

Thank you again for your help! I just looked at the tutorial on how to create custom menus and just going to do now. Leo did a great tutorial and I thanked him.

Thank you too on your comment on my initial framework... I just wanted to be sure and not go off in the wrong direction.

So, the way I understand this is the initial contents I created can remain and I can put sub-menus with content under the themes of 'Tips', 'Courses' and 'Reviews'?

If I create posts, are they better to be under the pages of my themes?

Thank you Kyle!
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, you could definitely do that. Do what makes sense in terms of navigation for your audience, so what logically would make the most sense in terms of navigation. This will evolve over time as you build out your website.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

Thank you! I see what you're saying on the navigation... I've been fearful thinking of whatever design as in navigation, etc. I will not be able to make changes.

Have fun in Vegas! I will make it there one day.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,
How are you and your family doing?

I'm lost ... I found an affiliate program for my scuba dive site but they use AvantLink. I gave them all the information they asked for but now they're looking for my site confirmation and want me to do one of the following:

• JavaScript placement verification: An affiliate application can be confirmation by placing a JavaScript call on the homepage of your website and then letting AvantLink verify that the script has been placed on the page. As soon as that step is complete you may remove the line of JavaScript - you won't need it again. The exact procedure for using the JavaScript placement verification is as follows:
Method 1:
(1) Copy the JavaScript from AvantLink from the first link in the email we sent you.
(2) The JavaScript can be placed in one of the following places:
(a) Locate your homepage. This is probably named "index.html" or "index.php" in your web root directory (likely to be named "public_html"). You may need to check with your host to determine what file this is. Paste the JavaScript anywhere in that file and save the file to your web server.
(b) Paste the JavaScript anywhere within the template that is used on the homepage of your site. This is especially useful if your website is a blog. If your website is a blog, you may also place the JavaScript within a post that will be shown in full on the homepage until we are able to verify that it is there.
(3) Browse to the second URL we sent in the email to verify the placement of the JavaScript.
(4) If your application confirmation was successful, you can delete the JavaScript from your homepage or template.

Method 2: File upload verification: An affiliate application can be confirmed by uploading a small text file to your website and then letting AvantLink verify the existence of that file. As soon as that step is complete you may delete the verification file - you won't need it again.
The exact procedure for using the file upload confirmation is as follows:
(1) Download the verification file from AvantLink from the link in the email we sent you.
(2) Save this file to your local computer as "avantlink_confirmation.txt".
(3) Using an FTP program, upload the "avantlink_confirmation.txt" file to your website so that it can be accessed as "yoursite.com/avantlink_confirmaiton.txt".
(4) Browse to the URL provided in the email we sent, to verify the presence of the file.
(5) If your application confirmation was successful, you can delete the "avantlink_confirmation.txt" file from both your website and your local computer.

Yikes... which is the best method for me to do? Also how do i find my 'index.html' or 'index.php' also 'public_html'.

Pretty Greek to me...can you please help me on this? Or advice...

Thanks Kyle!

Kind Regards,
Monica
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Kyle Premium
You find this within your actual code, which is found within your Editor.

If you go to:

Appearance => Editor => Header.php

Within your WP back office, you will be able to edit the code and you will see this code there. Then you can add the AvantLink code that is given to you just after the <header> tag, add it to a new line. Just make sure you do not delete anything within the code as it can break your site.

Hope this helps you out and if you need any further help, let me know.
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Kyle!

My theme is Poseidon... do you at the end of this?

<?php
/**
* The header for our theme.
*
* Displays all of the <head> section and everything up till <div id="content">
*
* @package Poseidon
*/

?><!DOCTYPE html>
<html <?php language_attributes(); ?>>

<head>
<meta charset="<?php bloginfo( 'charset' ); ?>">
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
<link rel="profile" href="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11">
<link rel="pingback" href="<?php bloginfo( 'pingback_url' ); ?>">

<?php wp_head(); ?>
</head>

I paste the AdvantLink at the end of </head>??
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, exactly. Paste it after the </head>

Just make sure you don't delete any of the other code.
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mbouteiller Premium
Yeeaaaa ... thank you Kyle...the JavaScript went thru successfully and now I'm waiting to get approved by AvantLink. Hopefully I do...

One more question... I just filled out the US Tax info on Amazon Associates should I have filed under a corporate company (numbered company in Alberta which I do have) or as an individual? So I will have to pay income tax to US government?

Going forward....I appreciate your help!!

Kind Regards,
Monica
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Kyle Premium
No, you don't have to pay income tax to the US. You are a non resident and the only tax you would ever have to pay would be based on Alberta and Canadian tax laws.
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mbouteiller Premium
Sounds good! Thank you Kyle!

I appreciate your help!
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Kyle Premium
No problem Monica! :) I am always here to answer any questions and give you a hand as you move forward with your progress.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle, sorry to bother you on Easter weekend!!

I have a friend who just signed up as Premium...yeehaaa!

She is wondering how to transfer her site from Go Daddy to Wealthy Affiliate...

I popped a question and found a member gave an answer and wondering is this the way to go?? I'm asking because I'm not sure if this is for Go Daddy...

If that is a WordPress site, then yes, it can be moved. Perform the steps in this order:
1) Back up the files using WPClone or a similar plug-in.
2) Make sure you know where the files are stored and how to restore them from the backup.
3) Update the DNS at your current registrar.
4) Once the DNS propagates (2-72 hrs), create the new site in SiteBuilder here on WA (pick any theme, and upload the plug-in you used for backup).
5) Restore your files to your site.

If this is correct, then she can get the WPClone plugin from Dashboard correct?

How will she know where the files are stored?

How does she restore them?

What is DNS and what is current registrar? How does she find her current registrar?

I'm 'trying' to help her... but all this I don't understand?

Thank you Kyle!!

Happy Blessed Easter to and your family!!
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Kyle Premium
Glad to help your friend here Monica. (they can also reach out to me and ask for help).

It is quite a manual process to move a website to WA, but it can be done if it is a Wordpress based site.

You would have to follow these steps:

(1) Download your content locally
(2) Update your domain DNS settings to point to WA. Here are the DNS settings.

ns1.mywahosting.com
ns2.mywahosting.com

(3) Build a website here at WA using the website builder.
(4) Transfer your content over to WA

This is a very manual process and it can be done, but I don't recommend doing it if you have an established high ranking website, I don't usually recommend moving it.

If you need any further help, let me know.
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mbouteiller Premium
Thanks Kyle, but how does she do her website work here in WA using her Go Daddy site if she doesn't transfer?
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Kyle Premium
If her hosting is there, then she will simply follow the training but obviously realize that the site is hosted elsewhere. That is up to her.

Ideally they would host on the platform here, which is industry leading and comparable to $250 per month hosting platforms.
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Kyle!

Just so I understand this for her and for myself...

1) To transfer her Go Daddy website (WordPress) to Wealthy Affiliate is not a procedure you would recommend.

2) She continues to work on her website at Go Daddy and simply follow the training inside Wealthy Affiliate.

3) For her to host on Wealthy Affiliate platform would mean having to create a new website under SiteRubix.com. When she's ready to have this new website under her own domain name she can do that here by that simple transfer you set up in Site Builder. (Which is what I did on mine...).

Is all this correct? Wow...I'm learning a lot!

Thanks Kyle!!
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Kyle Premium
She would have to back up her website, change the DNS to point to the hosting here, then create a website here and upload all of the content.

If it is an established site, I usually don't recommend it as it can represent all sorts of issues.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

Hope all is well for you and your family!!

Questions:

1. When I go to SiteRubix's Feedback and give Feedbacks to the members requests, I've noticed lately that instead of giving me credit on Feedbacks, it gives me credits on Comments .... is that the way it's supposed to go?

2. If you don't mind can you please take a peak on my joyofscubadiving.com What I'm wondering about is:

a) Would my site look better if I create a Home page and move my posts to the top menu area as pull downs? OR does it look better as blog rolls leaving everything as is?

b) Do you know what I'm doing wrong on my blog rolls... the top two blogs don't have that 'Read more..' thing way on the left side. I think the first 2 blog posts are correct but I don't know what's causing the other posts to show the 'Read more...' way on the left side. How do I correct these?

I hope I'm making sense...

Thanks Kyle!
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Kyle Premium
Sure, happy to help here:

1. When I go to SiteRubix's Feedback and give Feedbacks to the members requests, I've noticed lately that instead of giving me credit on Feedbacks, it gives me credits on Comments .... is that the way it's supposed to go?

You can use these credits for either comments of feedback, they can be shared between the two platforms.

2. If you don't mind can you please take a peak on my joyofscubadiving.com What I'm wondering about is:

a) Would my site look better if I create a Home page and move my posts to the top menu area as pull downs? OR does it look better as blog rolls leaving everything as is?

Your header images are far too large and takes away from your actual content. People need to scroll down in order to see your content. The visuals and the relevant imagery should be placed directly inside your content instead of a static and overwhelming header that shows on every page.

I would either minimize this or remove it altogether, it is not offering any value to your end user and is impacting their experience in a negative way.

b) Do you know what I'm doing wrong on my blog rolls... the top two blogs don't have that 'Read more..' thing way on the left side. I think the first 2 blog posts are correct but I don't know what's causing the other posts to show the 'Read more...' way on the left side. How do I correct these?

Your blog roll looks fine, and read more style blog posts are great on your homepage. So you actually want that, no issue there. :)
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Kyle, I deleted the featured images because I understand what you're saying on these taking away from my content. They were too big I agree.

Thanks too on explaining how the credits work on comments and feedbacks.

I saw in one of your Certification training where you were showing how to put featured image in a post and was hoping to do it that way. I think the Poseidon theme which I use recommends for a large header image which I guess the featured images just replaces the header image and makes it the large size.

Do you know of any themes you can recommend to me that would give me the ability to show a featured image beside my posts on home page ... and when the reader clicks on the post that featured image won't show up in as header image?

Thank you for your help!
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Kyle Premium
Most themes will allow for featured images on the homepage, it is pretty rare that a theme doesn't have featured images on the homepage.

So there isn't any particular one that I would recommend simply because it is pretty rare that I don't see a theme operate in this way.
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mbouteiller Premium
Sounds great Kyle! Good to know... I'll probably start looking at a different theme ...

Thank you for all your help!

Monica
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Kyle Premium
I am always here to answer any questions and give you a hand as you move forward with your progress Monica! :) Chat soon!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle, sorry to bother you again. I've been trying to figure this out since Friday. It's to do with Webmaster Tools and Search Console. I keep getting the error message 'Empty Sitemap Your sitemap does not contain any URLs. Please validate and resubmit your Sitemap'. I'm sure it's something easy but I've tried so many things...here's the last thing I just did...

I added a New Property under Website ‘https://joyofscubadiving.com/’

Chose Alternate methods
Clicked on HTML tag
Copy my meta tag
Back to dashboard => All in One SEO => General Settings and scrolled down to Google Webmaster Tools and pasted the long meta tag and deleted everything except for what was in between “”
Clicked Update Options
Back to Search Console and clicked in the red Verify
Received ‘Congratulations…’
Clicked Continue
Crawl => Sitemaps and No sitemaps found for this site which is fine.
Clicked red Add/Test Sitemap
Under the Add/Test Sitemap it shows ‘https://joyofscubadiving.com/(blank box)
Entered ‘sitemap.xml’
Clicked Test
Click View test result

Then I get that error message. Can you please help me? What am I doing wrong?

Thanks Kyle!
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Kyle Premium
https://joyofscubadiving.com/sitemap.xml

The SiteMap will be there if you have one set-up. You can set-up your sitemap within your All in One SEO too, you can create your sitemap within there.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle, thanks for getting back to me! I followed your video training 'Setting up submitting a sitemap to Google' and I'm pretty sure I did everything right... I installed and activated the Google XML Sitemaps to the lesson.., isn't that the way to setup my SiteMap? Is there another step to go in Google-XML Sitemaps?

I went back into late last night and I did the following below...

Back in Dashboard on Settings => XML – Sitemap (Google’s plugin)
I see ‘Search engines haven’t been notified yet’. Write a post to let them know about your sitemap. Notify Search Engines about your sitemap or your main sitemap and all sub-sitemaps now. If you encounter any problems with your sitemap you can use the debug function to get more information.

When I click in my ‘The URL to your sitemap index file is: https://joyofscubadiving.com/sitemap.xml.’. I get the error message ‘This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.’

I initially started with the All In One SEO's XML Sitemap but I got the same error there. That's why I decided to try Google XML Sitemaps.

I have another problem just now... I just went into Rubix Site Manager to finish off a post but when I click into my username, it comes up with 'not found' and I cannot get into my Dashboard.

ummm I have not idea what I'm doing wrong... lol.. 2 things now.. I hope I haven't messed up my site...please help me Kyle!!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

Everything is working fine now. I went to Site Support and they fixed the issues. They said it was a 'A duplicate sitemap file was present in httpdocs'. I went into Webmaster Tools after they fixed it and into Sitemap and did the test and submitted and no errors.

I'm also able to login from Site Rubix Site Manager into my site!

Yea.. all is fantastic!!

Thanks very much Kyle and I appreciate your help!!

Kind Regards,
Monica
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Kyle Premium
Excellent to hear Monica! :) I hope you are having an amazing week thus far!
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mbouteiller Premium
Thanks Kyle and to you as well! Yes... my week has been awesome and I'm learning and feeling much more comfortable even with things I really mess up.. lol!! Just finished another post and starting another one...

Have a wonderful day!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Kyle,

How do I know if I signed up for the Black Friday Special? I'm not sure if I signed up for the special properly.

Thank you

Kind Regards,
Monica
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Kyle Premium
You are on the $299 rate and it will recur on December 1st at this price Monica. :) You are at this rate moving forward and will never be subject to a price increase moving forward. :)
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mbouteiller Premium
Very cool, thank you Kyle! I appreciate your quick response.

Wow... this is an excellent deal! Wealthy Affiliate is the BEST!!!

Regards,
Monica
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Kyle Premium
No problem at all Monica! :) I am always here to answer any questions and give you a hand as you move forward with your progress.

Get in touch with me if you ever need anything :)
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Kyle!

I also want to let you know I made my first sale and my commission was just over 200.00 US. Very exciting!

Thank you Kyle and to Carson and Jay! You guys are AWESOME!
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Kyle Premium
Awesome, that is so exciting!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi, my name is Monica!
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dragolith Premium
Hi Monica, pleasure to connect, all the best!
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nakijo Premium
Hi Monica

Thank you for the follow, I am following you in return :)
It is a pleasure to be a part of your network and I look forward to seeing you around the community.

I wish you all the best with your success here at WA.

Cheers
Jo
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Jo,

Thank you! I saw you with a comment about learning how to make videos. It took me about 3 months to decide to learn how to give it a go. It took me a couple of weeks to feel comfortable with the learning part... but now I can make them. I hope you have made a video by now and if not yet... please give it a try. I have a Mac and so I used ScreenFlow. If there's anything I can help you with, please let me know and I'll do my very best to help.

I look forward to following you and also wish you much success here.

Monica
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nakijo Premium
Hi Monica

Thank you, I am in the process of sorting a video now. I have PC and have bought Camtasia to do mine, as my long term is to do Video tutorials for my nice, so, I am getting one step closer to achieving this everyday.
I know I will get there :)

Thank you again and will keep you updated on my progress.

Cheers
Jo
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mbouteiller Premium
Yeaaaa Jo! Good for you!! Let me know when you have your first video made. I'll leave you a comment!!

Best!
Monica
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ttabor Premium
Hi Monica, nice to meet you here. I would appreciate if you could follow me back. Thank you.

Tom
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With-Kev Premium
Hi Monica, Thanks for following me I am very happy to be part of your network. Cheers Kev
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Loes Premium
Hello Monica,♫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 2016. See you around, Greetings Loes
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Loes, I really need some help but unsure of where to begin. I will definitely look at your checklist with 25 points to go through before publishing my posts. That will be helpful.

Thank you and Yes I will put comments in!
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Monica and welcome to wealthy affiliate.
You have been here since last year so have probably realised by now that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.
Can I suggest you browse some more of the 200+ blogs I have published within WA.
Thank you for the follow as well and I will follow you.
Remember, if you get stuck you ask ok.
Curious - why did you decide to follow me after all this time?
Enjoy your day.
Robert
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mbouteiller Premium
Yes indeed, a huge learning curve, but i'm enjoying everything here. I'm not great at writing though...arrrggg! It takes me awhile to write even one.

Why did I decide to follow you after all this time? My answer is you responded to my question. You took the time to answer and I'm very grateful you did. I used to follow a lot of people but that seemed to take a lot of time and get too involved and not get any writing done.

Your writing skills are excellent!
Have an awesome week Robert!
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Robert-A Premium
Hi Again Monica.
I answer lots and lots of questions (they are never-ending) so glad to help you out if I actually did.
You have to be aware that you will get lots of replies to anything you ask even if its the time of day lol.
A lot of the time the answers you get are useless but people will reply to everything so they can boost their WA rank.
This wont do them any good whatsoever, it certainly wont earn them any money and that is and should always be their first priority.
Anyway, cut a long story short. If you get stuck ask people who have been members for at least a year then you can be sure they have been where you are now and the chances they will be able to help or point you in the right direction are greater than if you're relying on others who have only been here a short while.
They may think they're helping but in actual fact a lot of the time they are just confusing you more than you already are.
I'm not being nasty saying this - its a plain and simple fact.
Enjoy your day.
Robert
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Robert,
Thank you for your advice! Makes sense what you're saying. And I agree with what you're saying.

You too.. have an awesome day!
Monica
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Robert-A Premium
No probs Monica and as you have been here a wee while yourself I'm sure you are quite capable of separating the wheat from the chaff as we say in farming circles.
You have an awesome day as well.
You get stuck - you ask ok!
Robert
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Robert... thank you! I will definitely ask.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Monica
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GFHaze Premium
Hi Monica,

Sorry taking so long to get back to say Hi and Thanks for the Follow!

As you move forward if you ever need anything at all, please drop me a note, I am happy to assist.

All my best,

Gary
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jakobia Premium
Thanks for the follow, great to meet you.

Jakob
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MHainsworth Premium
Hi Monica thanks for the follow and best of luck, Marie
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Dreamer56 Premium
Nice to meet you Monica. Thanks for adding me to your team. Looking forward to working with you. If I can ever help just holler
See you out there,
Tim
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