About Merlster
Joined December 2016
Hi, all!

I'm Merlin, a German beer drinker, who loves cooking, eating and traveling around. I have this one goal: Enjoying an around the world trip with my wife. Therefore, and to help my father, who's a brilliant sculptor, but has no health insurance (which is a VERY uncommon phenomenon in Germany), I'll give all my best to reach financial independence.

I've been a software developer for over two decades now. Thus, many people think, it should be a piece of cake for me, to create a successful business. I can indeed say: It isn't. I've never been a marketing professor, and selling has never been a clear thing to me.

Since there seems to be scam all around it took me a long time to find the right place to start. I've tried out many programs, but they all promise quick money, which can't work at all. I'm euphoric to say that it feels great to be here! The community at WA is fantastic, candid, sincere, splendid, and ALWAYS positive. I think the latter is the main aspect which kept me from leaving instantly. It simply seems that euphoria is never passing.

So let's gain some internet marketing knowledge, and we will see what happens.

Am I too enthusiastic? :)

Merlin
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Madek Premium
Hey, Merlin!

I feel great having you as a follower! Wish you high achievements and success on your marketing venture at WA. Keep moving forward! I ask you to forgive me due to the lateness in replying. Come to me on my G+ through https://plus.google.com/u/0/116531398108257503951
Hope you enjoy! Cheers!

Madek
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spurway Premium
Hi Merlin ,

Thanks for following me...
are you only a German beer drinker , or are you German
I am from Germany
It's great to make contact with you
Wish you all the success with your internet marketing business!
If there is anything I can do to help you out please let me know...

Best wishes...
Sylvia
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Merlster Premium
Hey, Sylvia! Good to know that there are other Germans around :) I am living in Würzburg. Thank you for your kind offer!

Same to you, all the best and great success :)
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RichBrennan Premium
Thanks for following me back, Merlster!
You've got a very interesting profile with some things I can certainly identify with. I have a lot of travel goals too. The thing I most want to do is the inland waterways of Europe, especially Germany. I was born and lived for quite a few years in Berlin which is surrounded by lakes all connected by rivers and canals. I want to relive those days!
And no, you are NOT too enthusiastic. There's no such thing!
Great to connect with you here at WA and to wish you every success with your goals.
Kind regards
Richard
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Merlster Premium
Hey, Richard! Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated. Great to have some former Germans around ;)

Same goes to you! Best sucess in all your endeavors :)
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Kyle Premium
Merlin, I see you are making some good progress through the Affiliate Bootcamp. Just wanted to pop by and see if you need a hand with anything?

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

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

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

Anyways, just checking in. Get back at me if you need anything Merlin.
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Merlster Premium
Thank you, Kyle.

From the first day on, it was a real pleasure connecting to and interacting with all the people around here at WA. Despite being full time employed I know, if I continue to make small steps forward I'll keep being on the path to success. Nevertheless, it will take time (months or years). Nothing to worry about :)

Everything hinges on writing high-quality content.

Thank you for your motivational words, Kyle.
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Kyle Premium
Work at your own pace, this is definitely not a race and as you move through the training you are going to see some really good progress. I always say, as long as you are moving forward you are moving in the right direction. :)

As you start to see progress and results, you will naturally dedicate more time to your business, but I can absolutely assure you that with some hard work and dedication here, you are going to see results.

If you need anything going forward, let me know.

PS. I really hope you have a very nice, relaxing and enjoyable weekend!
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Merlin, thank you for the follow, I am now following you! I have just been reading your profile and you mention that you have been scammed, I think many people here have been scammed, before joining Wealthy Affiliate. Thankfully Wealthy Affiliate is a great membership site where you can learn everything you need to about Internet marketing and there are many people willing to answer your questions and help you. I wish you every success here Merlin and I look forward to networking with you and reading your blog posts.

All the best to you Merlin, Roy.
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Merlster Premium
Hi Roy,

Thank you for the warm welcome. I know it's sometimes hard to keep the motivation up but then I visualize how it could be if I continue. This always gives me a huge boost!

All the best to you too, and I'm looking forward to read your blogs and to follow you as a friend :)
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Merlin and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.
Since you joined you will have realized that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.
If you do get stuck then can I suggest you browse some of the 280+ blogs I have published within WA.

You have decided to follow me so thank you for the follow and I will follow you as well.
Enjoy your day.
Robert Allan
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Merlin,

Robert has written some great blog posts and I really recommend you take some time to read these posts, you won't be disappointed!

Roy
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Merlster Premium
Hey Robert! Much appreciated. Thank you and nice to meet you! I'm reading through all your blogs the next days during my free time :)

I wish you all the best!
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Merlster Premium
Hey Roy :) Thank you, indeed, he seems to be a very experienced marketer :)
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kmer6 Premium
Good morning to you Merlin, my name is Ken and I welcome you to WA and thank you for the follow. I'm following you back. You have joined the best site to learn how to earn online revenue. WA is full of some very successful entrepreneurs. If I were you I would start learning the basics from the Get Started Here section [top left green box]. You will learn how to best select your niche, build your niche website and learn keyword research. All else is built around these three principles. When you get stuck, ask the community. They are the secret sauce to WA.
I look forward to working with you and wish you much success and prosperity in your journey.
Ken
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JanaSzabo Premium
Hi there Merlster.
I just started following you. I hope to get to know you better. Please do follow me.

I educate myself pretty well, yet I have so much to learn, with ratings on google etc. And how to see that etc. I absorb as much as I can, sometimes I miss things on the way, that's why this community is so great.

Nice meeting you.
Jana
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JanaSzabo Premium
I just saw that I ranked on Google for one of my sites that I have started. Okay, I now see where that is. I love the tools here, so user friendly.
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Merlster Premium
Hi, Jana :) Nice meeting you. Of course, I'll follow you.
I wish you great success!
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Merlster Premium
Yeah, exactly. Best of the best, indeed. I've never seen anything comparable before.
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ValerieJoy Premium
Hi Merlin - Thanks so much for the follow. It's a pleasure to meet you, to read your profile and learn of your enthusiasm which is a huge advantage to have throughout life.

I trust all is going well for you with WA and I look forward to following you in the community.

Wishing you great success :)
Valerie
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Merlster Premium
Hi Valerie, pleased to meet you :) Thank you for the warm welcome. At the moment everything's fine as you guessed :) I hope I can pursue like this.
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RWB Premium
Hello Merlin. Nice meeting you here at WA. Thanks for the follow. Followed you back. Glad to hear you found this community like I did a couple years ago. After all the online crap I found out there, it's a breath of fresh air being part of WA.

No doubt you're at the right place and with the worlds best online community in existence. I'm sure you'll accomplish whatever you set your mind to here.

All the best to you,

Randy B
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Merlster Premium
Hey Randy. Thank you so much. Even if I could start this ten or fifteen years ago, it's never too late. I started recently and already had some little results. So cool to be here!

I wish you a nice Sunday and a good start in 2017.
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RWB Premium
You're welcome Merlin.

Have a good one,

Randy B

http://extraincomecoaching.com

PS- Don't forget to click "Like" on

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Loes Premium
Hello Merlin,♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for following me.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I also made a list of 1001 niche ideas, a checklist with 25 points to go through before you publish a post, 101 blogging ideas when you get stuck and an A-Z WA dictionary. I just love lists:) It has been very helpful to a lot of people. I have listed them in one blog you can find on my profile. It's the first website link on the right (click on my picture to get there). I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please add a comment to this message or leave them on my profile.
Success building your business in 2017. See you around, Greetings Loes
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Merlster Premium
Hey, Loes, very pleased to meet you :) At the moment I'm dealing with creating content for my site, but as soon as I'm looking for another niche I'll get back to you and your blog :)

Have a great weekend!
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Freedomseekr Premium
Hey Merlin, thank you for the follow and welcome to WA! It'll show you exactly how to get there. Take it a step at a time and do all the tasks as you go.

If you have any questions on anything, feel free to ask...I'm always happy to help if possible, and if I don't have the answer, I usually can find someone here that does.

Nope, I don't think being too enthusiastic is a bad thing at all...in fact, it's a good thing in my opinion. Anyways, do keep in touch when you can...it'd be great to hear how you're doing!

Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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Merlster Premium
Hey Sherry,

Thank you for your warm welcome. I'm very excited about all the tips I get. Kinda overwhelming but I'm convinced that this is a huge boost for my endeavors. Keeps me always motivated, you know, what I mean? ;)

All the best!

Merlin
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Freedomseekr Premium
Hey Merlin,

Yes, I sure do know what you mean...it can be overwhelming, but so inspiring at the same time! ;)

Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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MasonRuesch Premium
Hi Merlin!

Please feel free to reach out to me for any assistance here on WA. I am committed to building success and helping others do the same. Good luck to you.

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

Hope to speak with you soon. Thank you.

Mason
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Merlster Premium
Hi Mason!

Thank you for welcoming me and for the follow. At the moment I'm busy with getting through all the certification levels, following tips, commenting, improving up my site, writing content and so on. Nevertheless, thank you for your offer!

I'll stay in touch with you!

All the best :)

Merlin
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kmer6 Premium
Hey, Merlin, my name is Ken and I welcome you to WA and thank you for the follow. You have found the best place to start an online business because
1. The most training to learn how to earn online income
2. Hosting is free for 50 websites (the most of any hosting provider)
3. Free SSL certificate for each website with your own domain
4. 27/7/365 support, live chat, and access to owners
5. The biggest community of successful entrepreneurs for extra help, support, and networking

If you have never had online marketing experience, I suggest you start with the Get Started Here [top left green box] to learn the basics, select your niche, build your niche website, learn keyword research. All else is built around these three principles.

I look forward to working with you and sharing any information to help both of us to be successful. I wish you much success and enjoyment while you build your online empire.
Ken
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Merlster Premium
Hey Ken,

Nice to meet you! Yeah, WA is absolutely amazing. No words at all. Sometimes I'm wondering why I didn't found this place before, because I did A LOT of research but always the scam sites came up. Now, I'm here and more than happy to experience this unique community every day.

All the best and a great, successful new year, Ken. :)
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RogerHumbke Premium
My great grandfather arrived in America from Germany in 1883 and my grandmother arrived in Canada in 1902. Yet to make a trip back to Windheim, but plan on doing so.

WA is a great place to get the skills and knowledge to start and online business following your passions. I look forward to seeing you around in the years ahead. www.humbke.com
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Merlster Premium
Hey Roger! Nice to hear that your grandparents were germans :) I'll give my best to take all the WA courses to heart to build up a successful online business. I'll stay in touch with you!

Happy new year and great success.
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joekeriii Premium
Aloha Merlin,
Thanks for following me back.
I've just been here a few months, but I've already learned a lot and created a website that's getting some traffic. With a software background, you should have an advantage over some of us less tech savvy folks.

I don't think you can be too enthusiastic. Kyle & Carson have put together an awesome program and it's made very strong by engaging the collective wisdom of the WA community.
Best to you in 2017 and in your new endeavors!
-Joe
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Merlster Premium
Hey Joe,

thank you! I've read your bio and it sounds great what you've achieved. Please be my role-model ;) The community is great. I wish you the same, especially happyness and healthiness for your family.

Merlin
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LindaSMcRae Premium
Hi there, friend, THANK YOU for following me! Hope you are following your training and getting your website built. I wish you all the best with your online business! This is the most awesome community I have ever found! If I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me! I am including my most used blogs and training posts here at WA, only use them if you get lost finding your way around.
Wishing you much success,
Linda
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Merlster Premium
Hey Linda! Thank you. I could start 10 websites at the same time and manage them. Piece of cake, no problem on the tech-side. Just no ideas to writing about passionately, that's the hardest issue at the moment.
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LindaSMcRae Premium
That happens to everyone I think! I research the topic I want to write about. Tech's use outlines, so take notes in outline form. When you get finished, just put your notes into a blog, writing content about all you have learned and remember to write for the reader, in this research, what would help them, what do they need? Think like a reader, it is all about the people. This could help you also:
I hope this helps! Let me know okay! Best of Luck!
Linda
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Merlster Premium
Thank you so much Linda! :) I just started a new website for a very small but maybe lucrative niche. We will see how it performs ;) I'm building it up step by step at which I have a lot of fun at the moment.

Thank you for your great tips!

Happy new year ;)
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LindaSMcRae Premium
You are so very welcome! Best of Luck! Linda
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SondraM Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliates. So, I assume you are in Germany? Travel info for the average guy for a trip to Germany might be another niche idea. There is so much to see and do in Germany. (Both of my children were born in Germany. I would love to take them back some day. They are both average guys....).
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Merlster Premium
Hey Sondra! Thank you so much for following me and for being an inspiration! Your ideas are great! Yes, indeed, I'm in good (c)old Germany. I think I'm going to start a site about how to trip to and how to relax in beautiful coastal areas.

Do you speak some german too? For me it's quite not that fantastic to live here ... But that might be a matter of opinion like living close to long white beaches. ;)

Best wishes and good luck with your businesses!
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SondraM Premium
Guten Morgan! Ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch. (I needed a translator program to spell "bisschen" lol. )

Your website idea sounds great. White sandy beaches sound lovely at this time of year.

I have very fond memories of the small German towns that I visited. Germany was very charming and full of history.

I live in an area that is very popular with tourists. I've noticed that many people are so accustomed to their surroundings that they forget to appreciate their good fortune. The non-tourist areas of Germany were my favorite.

I hope you enjoy the challenge associated with getting your new website up and running.

I also hope that you have a happy and safe New Year celebration.
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LindaSMcRae Premium
Congratulations, friend, on your Premium membership! Wealthy Affiliate is the best of the best! The training, the live video classes, webinars, and the awesome community! If you have questions, don't be afraid, ask them, you will be answered ASAP! Who knows your question may help someone else when they see the answer!
I'm wishing you much success! Happy New Year, 2017!
Linda
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Compsol99 Premium
Hi!
Thank you very much for following me and welcome to the WA community! Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions. The people in the WA community, myself included, are happy to help you. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
Regards,
Shawn - Yearly Premium Member

P.S. Please check out my websites on my profile page to get an idea of what the Wealthy Affiliate training can do for you. Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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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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SimL Premium
Hey Merlin ! I hope you are doing great.

My name is Simon and I'm the owner of several websites that show people how they can start making money online.

You ended-up here because you followed my recommendation on joining Wealthy Affiliate and wanted to say thank you for your trust.

You'll see, the community here is amazing and so is the training.

You can take a look at my profile, you'll learn a little more about my own experience here at Wealthy Affiliate.

However, WA is not a get rich quick scheme. What you'll learn here will be the foundation of your online business. It takes time and hard work to build something substainable, but worth it.

To get started, just follow this link: One more thing, Wealthy Affiliate is so powerful because of the community. Motivation and inspiration is all around you. You really should be interacting and making new connections.

Make sure to set-up your profile, it's easier for people to connect with someone who at least has a profile picture.

Once done, leave me a small comment on my profile so that I know everything's good on your side.

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But, if you upgrade in the next 7 days (to get access to all the tools and training), I'll give you some things for FREE:

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Wish you all the best in your new venture!

-Sim
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Merlster Premium
Hey, Simon! 13 days since I joined the WA community which has been an inspirational experience for me. Till now, I already set up a website and two blog posts. I wanted to thank you for directing me here to WA personally.

What about the professional theme you mentioned?

All the best for you and your little team :)
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