About Mcb247
Joined October 2018
Father to two grown up children, part time carer for my wife and our three Cavachon dogs.

Originating from a graphics background (before the days of personal PC's) I have always enjoyed creating things, and helping others.

After 12 years in the graphic industry, I took a totally different path in the leisure industry (another passion of mine) but this time as the "BOSS". Those first steps running my own business were daunting and challenging but also very rewarding. In 2010 this was cut short when my wife became seriously ill. I sold the business and became a full time carer.

But the entrepreneurial blood running through my veins meant I needed to do something. So I decided to build my own website and sell some products from home. That's when I fell in love with WordPress.

As my wife improved gradually I was able to do more, attend seminars, learn about SEO, Lead generation and Blogging. I met with others in the online marketing space and picked their brains, learning all the time.

I continued to discover more about WordPress and the Blogging world, and could do all this from home too. I had found a way to use my creative brain and help others, whilst caring for my wife. It wasn't long before friends and family were asking me to help them build their websites and blogs or just create images and graphics.

I just love helping people, so was of course more than willing to do this for people. This quickly became friends of friends and Designed 4 U was born.

I look forward to learning more and meeting like minded people here on WA.
I am also around on Twitter, and post regular videos on my Youtube channel feel free to follow me on these networks too. Links in the follow me section bottom right.

Martin
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ASullivan1 Premium
Hi Martin,
I noticed that you’re following me. Thanks so much for that. I hope and pray for your success here at WA. I’m wondering if we could do each other a favor? Could we possibly exchange a comment on a recent post, on each other’s website? I know time is precious, so I certainly understand if the timing is not the best for you. Anyway, if you’re able, here’s the post I need a comment on: https://howtoloveelementary.com/why-do-i-feel-like-a-child/
Please send me a link to your most recent post and I’ll add a comment for you. A warm thanks to you in advance.
Andy
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Andy, Always happy to help out with a comment bt stacked out at the moment but leave with me.
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ASullivan1 Premium
Thank you Martin,
First do what is best for you! Appreciate your response. Remember, I'll be glad to leave a comment on whatever post you may send.
Andy
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Ash1966 Premium
Hi Buddy...

Thanks for your support.

I wish you all the success and happiness in life. We are having the times of our lives in this modern era. We're truly blessed...so let's make sure we pass our blessings on to others who need our compassion, kindness, understanding and love.


Kind regards,

Ash
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ewolfanger22 Premium
Hi MCB/Martin (which do you prefer? I’m trying to figure out which direction to go in order to accomplish as much as I can and not waste my time; wasting time and effort has been my downfall in the past. What short-term goals should I set and meet in order to meet my long-term goals. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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mcb247 Premium
If you are looking to promote WA then take the affiliate boot camp as this will give you the quickest route to possible success. If you are working your own niche then the OEC course would be the best way.

Although in time it would be good to complete all the training.
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MARKS4 Premium
Hello, Martin how are you doing, is good to hear from you. You are a very busy man and you have learned a lot over the years. I have a feeling that a lot of people are going to be wanting to pick your brain for some of your knowledge. I will be one of them, I'll talk to you soon, have a great day.
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Mark, I am doing great thanks, good to connect with you. Yes always busy LOL

Happy to share info anytime ... enjoy your weekend :)

Martin
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OldGeorge Premium
Hi Mcb,
finally I found the place where I can find my followers :-)
Sorry for being late - very busy days and night at the moment! :-)

Just wanted to say thank you being my follower and wish you a nice labor-day(night) ...

Best Regards from Austria,
Old George
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks George, Pleasure to meet you here on WA
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OSegun Premium
Hi Martin,
I read your full bio and was really impressed of your decision to sell your business to look after your wife. Good to read that her health is improving. Hoping for the best for her.

Also, it is impressive to know of your zeal in helping others. I quite applaud you for your success in WA and will appreciate your help to develop and grow my business here.
Segun
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Segun sometimes health just comes first.. Happy to help you in any way I can
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kmer6 Premium
Good evening to you, Martin, my name is Ken and I welcome you to WA and thank you for the follow. I'm following you back. Small world.
I'm a direct mail printer in Baton Rouge. I'm an offset pressman and I'll either be forced to retire by way of the digital press, or by earning more income via WA and online marketing. Hopefully the latter. Its been a great pleasure for me learning the skills of online marketing since there isn't a ceiling on the earning potential.
I look forward to working with you and helping you succeed. I wish you much satisfaction in your online journey.
Ken
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks ken I am sure WA will give you the income you require
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BradB18 Premium
Hi Martin, great to meet you mate.

Good news your wife is improving and the fact that you are also eager to help others with your knowledge.

I wish you and your family the very best in all aspects of life and will see you along the journey through WA!

Cheers,
Brad
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Brad, thanks for hooking up, great to meet you here on WA.

Totally here to help others, and maybe build an empire in the process. :)

Cheers
Martin
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AAquino2 Premium
Thanks Martin for the follow. Lookin forward to ask you questions as I am still under training in Level 1 creating website. Question fro you. when should I blog before or after training is over and website is done? I have heard is the more blogs you put in the more noir Google rankings go up. Is that true?
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mcb247 Premium
The first thing I would say is follow through the training as this is laid out step by step.

But as soon as your site is up you can start to add your blog posts, the more you can blog the better as not all posts will rank high, but that said go for quality over quantity.

Blogs of around 1000 - 1800 words work best for ranking in the search engines.

Trust this helps
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AAquino2 Premium
Definitely any advise I can get in the WA community is a step ahead towards my goal. God bless you my freind!
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JSeale Premium
Hello Martin. It is a pleasure to meet you. I love your work and I'm following you to learn from you. Thank you for following me. I look forward to working with you. My best wishes to your success and my prayers for you wife to get better, so that she can share in you joy and success.
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks for you kind words much appreciated
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deelilah Premium
Hi Martin, It's nice to meet you. Thanks for the follow. I am a wanna be designer. I'm not off and running yet, but I keep on keep'n on. If you haven't seen it yet, check out Divi by Elegant themes. This theme allows you to work on the front end, seeing what you're doing as you do it. I love it-- and being technically challenged, it has been a wonderful thing for me, and allowed me to learn things about website design that I don't think I would have got to otherwise.
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mcb247 Premium
Great to meet you too. I have used Divi but didn't think it was as good as thrive architect which is what I have used for a few years now. Although saying that loads of people use it and love it like you. All these page builders have been a revolution in web design meaning anyone who wants to create their own site can now do so without using any code at all.
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Jmihedji Premium
Hello Martin,
Thanks for the follow, I hope all is well with you and your family. You have definitely got skills that people are willing to pay for, as long as you continue building and learning here I have no doubt you will be very successful. Keep pushing forward, I will see you at the top!

Best regards,
Jefrey M.
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mcb247 Premium
Hey Jefrey, Great to meet you here on WA.

I will definitely be seeing you at the top :)

Regards
Martin
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kpercival55 Premium
Hi Martin!
Thanks for the follow, I’ve returned the favor.
Your experience was a perfect fit for the WA platform. When I started last summer I was less than ignorant. I’ve learned much since then, but still have a long way to go.
I look forward to hearing more from you.
All the best,

KyleAnn
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks KyleAnn, There is always new stuff to learn when it comes to marketing online.

Great to meet you :)
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THFord Premium
Hi Martin,

Thank you for your interest in me by following me. I have followed you as well. You have been here in the WA community for a few months plus, but your experience and talents precede your membership here and have become immediately active in the community, indicated by your rank of 282, which is fantastic. Looking forward to being a witness to all the great things you do here in the WA community.

Best of Fortune, Success, and Happiness!,
Tim
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Tim appreciate your kind words great to meet you here and look forward to us both sharing our successes.

Martn
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KenShaddock Premium
Thank you Martin for the follow. I am following you back. You are rocketing along in such a short time I see. Well done. I look forward to reading your work and hearing more too in 19 of your successes. I’m sure you have a lot to bring to the WA community.
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Ken... yes love WA and love helping people so the two go well together. I look forward to chatting more.

Martin
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PaulREvans57 Premium
Hi, Martin.

Thanks for following me and joining my network. I've returned the compliment and followed you back.

Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. WA is a great community. There is so much to learn. I am here most days. I learn something every day.

I've been a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate over 18 months now, and I don't regret one day!

Keep moving ahead. However your day may be, take a little step forward. Some days you'll make significant strikes, other days you will not, but do something every day, however small in building your business.

You will read many stories of WA members succeeding with their online goals. Some have achieved this in a few months, for others, it has taken a couple of years. The common trait for those that have reached their goals is taking action. Everyone who has succeeded has taken small steps every day. Do something, however tiny, every day, and you will reach your goal.

Pace yourself and enjoy your journey.

Best wishes,
Paul.
Be Happy!
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Paul, Great to meet you here on WA ... Some good advice too of which has been taken on board.

All the best

Martin
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Trujunco Premium
Martin, thank you for having pushed "follow" on my network. Given time I enjoy reading what others are doing with their lives.
Your profile shares much of this with us, and I am truly glad I have wandered over the read and return.

Much can be said about the love couples share and how they get on, but none better in my mind then when faced with the challenges of life, whether brought on by illness or other. Brings out our truer character...and so have you together shown this. Warmest regards to you both.

As for the future, I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and successes here on your posts and those on your site.

Welcome and remain brilliant always

Respectfully

David R.
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks for your kind words David, It's great to meet you here on WA.

Looking forward to a successful 2019

Martin
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bguguen Premium
Hi Mcb247
I joined one month after you, still fighting with Getting Started I am on task 17 /28, it takes me a long time but I will complete anyhow.
Sorry to learn about your wife health and glad to know that she is improving, my sincere wishes for her total recovery.
Meanwhile, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
Bernard
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Bernard,

Thanks for connecting, its not a race to finish the training as I think our learning will be ongoing.

all the best

Martin
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bguguen Premium
Happy New Year Martin
Bernard
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Bernard same to yourself
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dpanic63 Premium
Hellos Martin

Great to meet you and Welcome to the WA Platform and community

Thanks for adding me to your network will absolutely do the same

You already are up and running so this should be a great add-on level of education

Have a great rest of your year and here's to a wonderful 2019

And I am wishing your wife speedy recovery going forward

Cheers

Dino
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Dino, Great to meet you
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dpanic63 Premium
You also Martin
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Stella45 Premium
Thanks for the follow Martin!
You had a wonderful life ... understanding WP is a great benefit ... to know how to do sidebars, headers that is not really the top header ect must be wonderful. Hopefully I will get there too ... lol.
All the best for your success.
Stella
Bush Lady
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mcb247 Premium
Pleasure Stella, I am sure you will be a WP expert before you know it. lol

Great to meet you
Martin
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Terand Premium
Thank you for the following, Martin. Glad to hear that your wife's health has improved. Do advise her to take more fruits and vegetables and avoid oily/salty/sweet/fried/animal stuff. Also, to exercise regularly and have sufficient rest plus stable emotion(always stay happy and be +ve). It will definitely help further. Pardon me.
You reminded me of 8086 if I did not remember wrongly. Lol.
Take care and all the best in your WA success! :o)
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Terand she is a vegetarian but exercise not so good as she has ME so sleeps a lot of the time.

I wish you every success :)
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Terand Premium
Oic, Martin. Sorry about that. You can get her to do light exercise or take a walk. If not, taking in deep breath is also a good form of exercise too.
Deep slow abdominal breathing helps you to take in large amounts of oxygen for a better lymphatic system, as it needs a relaxed body to operate properly. Take care and greater success :o)
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lakbar12 Premium
Hi, Martin! I am just dropping by to say hi and it is nice to meet you. You have an awesome bio...

Thank you, for allowing me in your network. I really appreciate it, I have followed you back and I look forward to learning with you here in WA.

I wish you the best in everything that you do...

To your continued success....

Kisha
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Loes Premium
Hello Martin,♫Welcome! I am so pleased you found WA. Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun at WA. Thank you for adding me to your network.

From the start, I have written training on every issue I had problems with myself. And I share all my interesting findings on my blog space. I have listed them on a blog for you. When you type in “Blogs top rated by Loes” into the search bar on top, you'll find my goodies under Training. I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or leave a comment on my profile.
Success building your business in 2018/2019. See you around, Greetings Loes
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Loes,

Thanks for the warm welcome I am sure I will be needing help as I work through the training to build my business.

Thanks
Martin
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JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow Martin. It’s nice to meet you and feel free to connect with us further on the social networks shown at the bottom right of our profile

We look forward to reading your success as well as sharing additional marketing tips and strategies. If you need any help please feel free to ask

Jon and Debbie :)
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Guys I will be sure to look you up on Social Media
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gmcwilliam Premium
Hi Martin, thank you for following me. I also have a passion for web development and have helped out quite a few friends (and now paying colleagues) to develop websites. This passion has allowed me to move up to Yearly Premium yesterday so I am pumped. Best wishes for your online endeavours, Gary
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Gary, Awesome that you have started to make money through your passion of web development.

Great that you have upgraded for the yearly, I did the same seemed a bit of a no brainer really.

I wish you continued success as you move forward.
Martin
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gmcwilliam Premium
Seemed like a no-brainer to me too.
Gary
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JonathanAll1 Premium
Welcome to WA. It’s participation and persistence to get there and also takes lot of creative thought to process...
Yes, thank you for following. And I am hungry to get started.
I finding so much information for goals to success. This is surely a great opportunity with just what I need to develop independence and dreams.
Yes www is a big world brought together with WA...

Truely grateful
JonathanAll1
Jonathan Leslie
Facebook/Jonathan Allen
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks for the welcome Jonathan
I wish you every success in WA from what I have seen already we have chosen well

Martin
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Martin And Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate.

Since you joined and with your other online experience you may well have come to the conclusion that internet marketing is a steep learning curve.

You must keep referring to the training (it does get updated from time to time).

If you get really stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 450+ blogs I have published within WA.

Feel free to send me a message anytime you get stuck and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.
Have a great day
Robert.
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Hi, Martin, welcome to WA, and thanks for the follow, returned.. Looks like we have similar backgrounds. Apart from 10 years as a firefighter in the UK, I spent most of my working life in the graphics and printing industry.

Hope you enjoy the training at WA, and wishing you much success for the future.
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Brian, Thanks for your welcome, respect for 10 years as a firefighter.

All the best on your journey too :)

Martin
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possumlane Premium
Martin, Welcome to the Wealthy Affiliate platform. I don't think I need tell you that this is the best education and training program on the internet. In fact I am usually the offering help and advice but I think I will be coming to you for help and advice. Do hope that you can accommodate me lol IF there is anything I can help with you have only to ask and I do hope that your wife is well and truly on the mend
Carol from Australia
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Carol, Thanks for your kind words. Even though I have only been in the community a few days I can say without a doubt that WA is the best training around. Although I have some knowledge I am sure I could learn some things from yourself.

Always happy to help others so accommodating you would be a pleasure.

The wifes condition is ongoing its more about managing it. Its worse in the cold weather, maybe we should come and live in Australia for 6 six month a year.

Glad to see you are recovering from your loses look forward to chatting more.

Martin
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possumlane Premium
Hi again Martin - have sent you a PM (private e-mail) and I am slowly getting there - I think. working as a consultant ion the finance industry is always challenging however I think there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
I see my purpose is to encourage people and support their efforts as it is so easy to give up when you do not get any help or support so I am happy to help others and get to my website when I can
Take Care and Stay Safe
Carol
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Carol have replied .. Keep up the great work helping others.

Martin
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possumlane Premium
Yes I will Martin - It is sometimes daunting for some of the newcomers and they need to be helped and encouraged and I seem to do that more than work on my site but that is okay as I have other 'jobs'. Working as a consultant for a Sydney company takes up a lot of time.
Take Care
Carol
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McWord Premium
Thanks for the follow and welcome to the WA Community! You'll find the community has tons of help for anyone who needs it, so don't hesitate to reach out. We are interested in our mutual success and there are plenty of people willing and able to assist!

All the best,

mitch
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Mitch, Great to be here amongst like minded people, looking forward to the journey.

All the best
Martin
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free4life Premium
Welcome to premium, this is such a wise move on your part.
Let me tell you why;

1) you have just taken a huge step towards securing the future you want.
2) There is no better training available
3) The community here ROCKS
4) It shows just how serious you are about making a change Keep up the great work

Blessings ~ Frank & Tina (free4life)
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Guys....

Appreciate your message I look forward to connecting more with you.

Martin
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RoseAnn1234 Premium
Hello and welcome to Premium. This website is full of wonderful helpers and I have learnt to always use search, the answer is usually in someone's free training. Aside from the Certification and Bootcamp courses, there is heaps of extra training. Check out the training classrooms as well as the live events. There are current as well as past events in here. You can find both these tabs on the left-hand side. Enjoy Wealthy Affiliate. It is a wonderful community
KerryAnn
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LCEndahl Premium
Hello there!!! Welcome to WA Premium. You won't regret your decision!! The information available here is never ending!! And the training is incredible!! Take it ALL in!!

Follow the training! I cannot stress this enough. Do not skip around. Do the lessons in the order in which they are. As well as the tasks that follow each of those lessons. I often jumped ahead in training, on my own, to only later really regret it.

Go at your pace. Slow and steady is my new rule. You'll find you can't wait to learn more in the following days. You’ll want to learn more!! It ignites a new passion within you. It did me! Gave me back my purpose for living! There were a few lessons that I had to watch twice. If that's what you have to do, do it!

And soon you will have yourself an awesome website. Amazing direction, and the tools that you need to succeed in whatever it is you want to do!

You CAN do this!!

Be awesome!! Be amazing!!! And be successful!!
Laura
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Lez01 Premium
Thank you for adding me to your WA network Martin. The combination of your background and the excellent training offered here at WA should ensure your steady progress and long term success.

Les
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mcb247 Premium
Pleasure to meet you here Les thanks for your message

Martin
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NeptuneSiver Premium
Thank You for Following Me I follow You back
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks
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smben69 Premium
Thank you for the follow. Great fortune to you. Steve
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mcb247 Premium
And to you Steve
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Jadatherapy Premium
Hi

Many thanks for the follow, I really appreciate it.

Wishing you the very best success here at WA.

Jennifer
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Jennifer

Thanks for the best wishes.... looking forward to the journey.

Martin
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Jadatherapy Premium
You are most welcome and thank you Martin.

Yes enjoy it because being here can be life changing.

Jennifer
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terri2018 Premium
Welcome and best of everything here at WA as well as your family!
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Terri,

Thanks for the welcome :)
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BilBailey Premium
Martin, Welcome!

You have landed in the right spot. This platform is so diversified that it can help you in that direction. With that design and I suspect Illustration background I hope you have checked out other Open Source, Open Forge, Libre 5 (MS Word Suite Replacement). I got off the MS Train except for Windows and have not looked back.

Kyle, Carson, the Co-Founders, and Jay are all very hard at work every day. You can find them sitting at the Front door just to Welcome every new member. Dedication! Our backgrounds similar. But my experience moved off into the electronics, hardware, systems integration and networking.

I have tried and tried to find this nirvana. But only got ripped off. I am now disabled/retired. But found this platform and it gives me something to do all day as well as make Friends and move towards my Goals. Be looking forward to chatting with you. Welcome to the Real Deal!

Bill Bailey
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mcb247 Premium
Thanks Bill,

Great to meet you here, platform looks amazing so far. I look forward to learning more and meeting more like minded people.

Kyle & Carson seem very approachable which is a breathe of fresh air.

Martin
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firstlearn Premium
Hello Martin,

It's nice to meet you. Thank you very much for following me back.

I wish you success in all you do.

Derek
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AlexO1 Premium
Hello Martin,

Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate! Congratulations on taking your first step to becoming an online entrepreneur. With patience AND persistence, you will be sure to achieve your goals.

If you ever need help, please do REACH out. You literally have THOUSANDS of helpers here who are more than willing to assist you. We are all here to help one another. I wish you nothing but the best and I hope you MAKE today a great day!

Best,

Alex
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mcb247 Premium
Hello Alex

Thanks for the welcome I looked forward to meeting like minded people and learning more to achieve my goals.

All the best

Martin
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kevinmj Premium
Hey Martin, how are things going? I'm Kevin, I got a notification that you just joined through my site so I'd like to welcome you to the Wealthy Affiliate community!

You must be eager to get started with WA, therefore the first thing you need to do is complete your profile. Here's a quick video explaining how to do it: Once you've completed your WA profile you'll need to get started with the first lesson: You're in a good place right here at Wealthy Affiliate to learn all about affiliate marketing and how to build a successful online business.

You'll get access to first-class training, tools and support, even if you're new at this.

I also want to offer you a bonus if you do decide to take us up on our Premium offer. Our Premium membership is like nothing else that is out there in the industry and will truly help lead you to the ultimate success in online business.

HERE IS HOW TO CLAIM YOUR BONUS :)
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If you join Premium within the first 7 days, here are some bonuses that I am going to be giving you:

(1) You are going to get a 61% discount on your first month Premium membership (only $19)
(2) You are going to get personal and private access to me! If you ever have a question or need help with your campaigns, I will be there.
(3) I am going to be giving you the "Diamond Traffic Bonus"

But only if you join in your first 7 days (this is what I call my "action takers" bonus). 

Again, welcome Martin, thought I would just introduce myself and if you have any questions going forward, let me know. :) Wonderful to have you as part of the community here at WA!

Kevin
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mcb247 Premium
Hey Kevin,

Thanks for your message and details of where to start.

I will spend some time watching the video and getting started lessons.

Martin
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kevinmj Premium
You're very welcome Martin! I'm glad to see you've made it here to WA! I look forward to working with you and if you ever need help with anything then let me know.
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firstlearn Premium
Hello Martin,

Welcome to the WA Family and community. Here you will find some of the best training available on the internet. You will also find a community like no other.
I am following you and invite you to follow me back.

Derek
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mcb247 Premium
Hello Derek,

Thanks for the warm welcome Good to know its the best training available, love learning and growing.

Thanks for the follow I have reciprocated.

Martin
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