The Wealthy Affiliate Fine Print Nobody will tell you about

Last Update: December 05, 2018

The Wealthy Affiliate Program mystery deepens. As I continue with the training and continue to complete the tasks, I am discovering things that I was never told about before signing up. I hope that I won't rock the boat too much by revealing some Wealthy Affiliate fine print nobody will tell you about.

Fine Print: hidden information in plain sight


When looking up the definition of fine print, it doesn't really leave a pleasant taste in your mouth. It is widely understood that when someone makes a reference to the "fine print" there is a negative connotation implied.



As we can clearly see, three common dictionaries validate what is commonly understood as fine print, and it is not really positive.

Fine Print in Contracts


It is fairly common knowledge that before you sign a contract you need to read the fine print. Otherwise, you might get caught committing to something you never intended to commit to. The fine print is where the "goodies" are hidden, and where some "traps" are laid. If you sign the contract without reading the fine print, it is difficult to escape the consequences even though you unwittingly agreed to them.

Unfortunately, when it comes to doing things online, the simplicity of agreeing to a contract is viewed as a benefit and we often "click here" to download a program or an app or sign up to something without actually reading the contract. We have gotten used to trusting that the company offering the product is honest, and not "out to get us". Unfortunately, there are people out to get us, and we really should be more vigilant. Likely more than one person reading this post has been taken in by a shady dealer.


Fine Print that benefits you: (yeah right)


Have you ever run across fine print that has actually been in your favor? Where the goodies are for you to enjoy, and where the traps are turned upside down and are really bonuses for your benefit?

I know it seems surreal and definitely goes against common practice, but it has happened, and it is happening here at WA.

This is exactly what I am finding out about Wealthy Affiliate, their training is totally covered in fine print that nobody told you about. Honestly, I thought that I got a good deal when I first signed up for free. I got some valuable training that was good enough for me to use to improve one of my existing websites.

It wasn't long before I signed up for Premium in order to broaden my training opportunities.

I advanced through the training and started to realize that there was something else going on in WA. I had appreciated the training sessions at face value but what I had not anticipated, was the added value of the training process itself.

Some tasks seemed mundane, and even repetitive. I wasn't sure how doing some easy things was going to help me and I must confess that I was tempted to just check off the boxes to say that I was done so that I would get through faster. In the end, I didn't "cheat" and I dutifully completed every task that was assigned to me. And now I know why it was important.

I am currently in Level 4 and Level 5 training and I am sneaking in some Bootcamp training on the side. I haven't finished Level 4 yet because there are a few tasks that I don't have time to get done just now. But as I am going through the Level 5 training, and as I start to see my website stats poke upwards, the fine print is appearing as clear as could be.

I am seeing my own teaching tactics being used and it's great.


I don't know if Kyle and Carson intended for the fine print to work the way it does, but I do suspect that in some a way it was intentional.

When I was a Mathematics professor I taught my students how to crunch numbers and solve equations. At least, that is what a casual observer would see.

Unknown to even the students, I was teaching them much more than that. I provided many examples and gave out lots of homework for the students to practice. But solving those specific problems was never the end game.

Mathematics in and of itself is a tough class to teach because of the famous "when am I ever going to use this?" grumble. But this common frustration gets to the crux of the matter. As I taught my students how to crunch numbers and solve equations, I was preparing them to tackle the more technical problems they would encounter in their other classes.

Without them realizing it, my students were honing their problem solving skills. Skills they would be able to apply in their core classes and later in their chosen field of work. My students never read my fine print, I always tried to give them more than they bargained for. And I know that they benefited from my teaching techniques because I could see it in their work, and as they shared their appreciation for the fun math classes we had together.

Action Point: read the Wealthy Affiliate fine print nobody will tell you about


I can almost guarantee that you will appreciate and agree with what you read. Here are some brief observations on some fine print benefits of Wealthy Affiliate and why you should be completing every task within the training provided. Be patient with your training, taking shortcuts will only hurt you in the long run.

Please share in the comments some fine print you have picked up in the training.


Site Feedback: the purpose of Site Feedback is to get members to take an unbiased look at your website. Often as the owner / designer of your own site, you will miss some aspect of design, functionality, and organization. This other set of eyes can be a great help in identifying areas that could use improvement or adjustment.

Fine print: by inviting members to look at your site, you are getting site hits. Google will view your site as being active with visitors. Obviously it won't be a lot of visitors, but it will be a few and they do start to add up. Another benefit, is that you get to see other people's website. This can be a driver for new ideas and for you to pick up on some items that you may be lacking on your website.


Site Comments: the purpose of Site Comments is to add activity to your website. As many have commented, the system isn't perfect and we all know that we are often commenting on issues and topics that we are not familiar with or don't really care about.

Fine print: the comments that are left on our websites are triggers for Google. A slow accumulation of comments show Google that your posts are active. A post with comments is much more likely to get a higher indexing than a post without comments. I don't know about you, but I appreciate being able to get some practice answering questions about my posts from WA members while the traffic is still minimal.


Blogs: the purpose of the blogs on WA is to communicate successes, share feelings, express frustration, or whatever.

Fine print: all of your WA blogs are being indexed by Google. That is all I am going to say... oh never mind, I'll share all the fine print. The quality of your blogs on WA can affect the indexing on your own website. When you do a review of WA on your website, you can link back to your blog posts from WA. WA is a popular website, recognized by Google. Take advantage of this leverage by putting into practice what you are learning about quality content on your website and apply it to your WA blogs. Make it a 5 Titles, 6 paragraphs, 1000 words keyword rich content page.


Follows: the purpose of accruing followers within the WA platform is to extend your network. The benefit is two fold. You can help those that you follow, and those that follow you can help you.

Fine print: online business is about networking, primarily, finding followers. But you have to give to receive. Developing good habits within WA will help in the real world. Follow and be followed. From what I have noticed, most members have more people that they follow, than that are following them.


For those who are following me, thank you. For those who have helped me, thank you. And I hope that I can be a help and encouragement as we continue taking this journey together.

Today, I am celebrating two months as a Premium Member.

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DCDT Premium
I liked this approach--and I think you have an attention grabbing headline...because "fine print" normally carries some negative baggage, I opened this, almost dreading the bad news that would burst my enthusiasm bubble as a new premium member...but like magic, you turned the premise around and used it to talk about all the hidden benefits. I really enjoyed it, thank you for taking the time!
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Mitchguy Premium
Glad I was able to take you on a roller-coaster ride. Not sure if it was a thrilling as a Disney one... :)

You sound like a busy person. Hoping that all your dreams come true in WA.
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DCDT Premium
Thank you I appreciate that. I hope they do...and then I will be busy with WA and not with some of this other nonsense!! Have a great day!!
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Mitchguy Premium
LOL :)
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Glen B Premium
Mitch this was a great post.

Everything you said is 100% correct.

After searching the internet for many many years looking for the golden goose it had been right in my back pocket all along.

The thing that happens is too many marketers are selling the get rich quick methods.. Now I urge you to read the fine print on those because it's right there.

If you think making money on the internet is one where the money will just start coming in after you sign up then you really need to stay working at your job.

It takes time and work to build a business. The place most of you work at today took time to build and you got hired because of that.

What would make anyone think the internet is different. Oh that's right it's the get rich quick peddlars.

Don't fall for it. Stay here work through the training and take advantage of the fine print Mitch is talking about.

Again Great post Mitch!

- Glen B
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Mitchguy Premium
Thanks Glen.
I really appreciate the affirmation from someone with your level of experience in online "opportunities".

Keep up the good work of helping make the WA community a joy to work within.
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Glen B Premium
Thanks So Much Mitch!

- Glen B
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CLandi Premium
Glen
I know too well of what you speak.

Chuck
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Glen B Premium
Thats right Chuck!

- Glen B
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ChadTrader Premium
Thanks for the post, it helps to hear thngs from different perspectives and also helps me to better understand the training.

I just finished with my training and have been reviewing everything, trying to get everything sorted out in mind mind!

That is alot of information to absorb and then to fully grasp all the intricaces of building an online business.

Appreciate the way you pointed out the benefits and it highlights why we need to participate in all the activities on this platform.
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Mitchguy Premium
Hi Chad,
Excellent work on getting through the training.

There sure is a lot to absorb, it sometimes seems like I'll never get it. But little by little as you start putting into practice... it gets easier and the pieces start falling into place.

Thanks for sharing and all the best as you march forward.
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ShakidaD Premium
You are a math teacher?!!! Well shucks then i need tutoring!!! As soon as i get back into college. Ill be hitting you up with a whole lot of math equations! I never really received a decent education at the high school i went to. Or maybe i just didn't pay attention. But i find myself behind on all basic math. I havent even begun college math yet. And i want to start my own business and become a lawyer. You and ms. Yvette Clayton. Are my new online teachers. Lol. For general studies. :) Thanks for sharing.
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Mitchguy Premium
Yup. Was a professor for eight years.
Even here on the mission field in Nicaragua I get a chance to help out a few students now and again with some Math problems.

All the best on fulfilling your goals. If you really get stuck with something, send me a PM and I'll see if I can help in some way.
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C-Lab Premium
Great post Mitch! I've only been here for a little over a month myself, but I'm already catching on to the "fine print" details you mention in this post. The way the training gives our sites a boost is insideous in the best way haha
Wonderful insights offered in this post, thank you for sharing with us, I appreciate it!
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Mitchguy Premium
Good job appreciating the fine print as you start out.

All the best to you and look forward to following your growth.
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BillandSue Premium
Hi Mitch,
What a first class lecture. I am highly impressed. Everything you say about Wealthy Affiliate is so true.

I probably haven't found much of the fine print here, but I know the training is so rich and valuable, the help from the Community is indescribable.

If things are not going as advertised with my business, I look back to find what I missed or didn't do in the training syllabus.

Thanks for sharing, this was a great experience.

Bill
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Mitchguy Premium
Thanks Bill,
I love your perspective... it's great to be able to trust the training and know that it will bring results if we do it right.

The support and help of the community certainly is as you say indescribable.

Keep marching forward.
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DRWSmiles Premium
Thank you for sharing your post. It is very encouraging to hear from someone how has been thru the training that I am embarking on. Good explanations of the fine prints and the reasons behind them. Now I know to be diligent and follow the training precisely as instructed, to achieve long-term success.
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Mitchguy Premium
Excellent.
Stay focused and be diligent. Progress will come as you follow the training.

Keep smiling...
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ExpatMark Premium
Great post Mitch, we are about the same place in the training. The fine print thing reminds me of the Monty Python skit where a medical team show up at a man's door wanting to take out his kidneys. Seems like he didn't read the "fine print" on his cable bill. lol
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Mitchguy Premium
Ouch. I'm glad WA won't be taking body parts any time soon.
Although, at times I feel like I've lost my brain it feels so full of new ideas and concepts and...

Thanks for sharing that anecdote. Keep pushing forward.
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Calh60 Premium
Hi Mitch, this is well written and you make some good points. Intentional / un-intentional fine print. After I graduated from college many years ago, I thought to my self, what the heck have I learned. Now some 35 years later I realize that the un-intentional purpose or fine print of a college degree is that it teaches you how to think outside the box and be proactive. It taught me how to research and come up with my own reasons and ideas for life. Kind of like what you were saying about your math students.

Well done!
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Mitchguy Premium
Well said and thank you for sharing.
So much of what we get or don't get in life (no matte the experience) depends on our perspective or point of view. Often, the rear view mirror gives the clearest perspective. :)

Glad to have you around.
As I side note, I've been married for 23 years as well.
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lakbar12 Premium
Awesome job, Mitch! WA does have very good added benefits, I have to say so myself. Kyle and Carson really do care about the community and I have grown so much since I been here.

I love using my WA blog because, I actually use it to share my progress and to improve on my writings. I was blown away when I found out that the WA blogs could be indexed into Google. I do not believe no other company does this.

Congratulations on your progress here at WA!

Kisha
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Mitchguy Premium
Great stuff Kisha,
I think you touched on another fine print secret. Personal growth within this community is a reality. I confess that I have grown as well. Who would have thought that an Affiliate marketing platform could work in that way?

So much to like... and so much more to discover.

Keep at it.
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altheone Premium
That's my buddy! Well done with this post. It is sure something that people dont tent to look at. They want to see the big picture instead of taking it this tutorial step by step. Everybody has some questioning during the process and it is NORMAL. We are humans and that is in our nature.

By the way, concerning your other post about the SiteComment, I didnt had any problems. I think it is because I paid more attention due to your post haha! Have a good one. Al
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Mitchguy Premium
Right on. We want the results as quickly as possible and sometimes take short cuts that end up putting us behind schedule because we missed a step or two.

Thanks for your thoughts about questioning during the process. You are right that it is normal, and healthy. It means that we are thinking and analyzing.

Glad the Site Comments post was of help to you. :)

Saludos, mon ami.
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sharon22 Premium
I laughed aloud reading the part where you mentioned about Mathematics. Both my kids are struggling with Mathematics, especially Additional Mathematics and complained the same. When will I ever use them?!!

It is very true that this is to teach them problem-solving skills. I told them so and hope they understand. One FINE day, they will...

Great post, Mitch.

Good day,
Sharon
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Mitchguy Premium
Thanks for sharing that experience Sharon, you in turn made me chuckle. :)

All the best encouraging your kids with mathematics.
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Villaginger Premium
Great post Mitch, yes I noticed that as I was checking off my tasks that I was also learning valuable lessons as well. And in helping others and such I am learning how to apply these same actions to my website and at the same time get great ideas,
Virginia
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Mitchguy Premium
Hi Virginia,
Great to hear. When one learning experience can be applied to another aspect of our lives, it makes it that much better and worthwhile.

Keep pushing forward. :)
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CLandi Premium
Hi Mitch
I came across your post when I was on Facebook. I saw a WA banner on my page, and clicked on it, and it brought me to your post. So I read it..

It's nice how you equate WA with the fine print of a contract. Another aspect of the fine print that we are not told about is the knowledge we learn from other members at WA.

I only comment on posts that I read in their entirety. I learned a lot from reading your post. Thank you.

Chuck
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Mitchguy Premium
Hey Chuck,
I was shocked to read that you saw the banner on Facebook seeing as I am not on Facebook yet. Then I found out that I was #5 in the top ten list this morning and it made me smile. A great example on how Social Media works (more fine print), thanks for sharing how you got to this post.

Thank you for your comments, and for pointing out that there is more fine print in the knowledge members bring to the table. So true.
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LouiseBT Premium
Great article! You have echoed my experience with WA. The training is so incredibly clever, very subtle, and altogether ingenious. I also really appreciate that Kyle and Carson give the opportunity to the community to write training too, this means that if we miss or can't grasp something the way they have taught it, we get to learn from another perspective. Takes humility to do that too. Respect to them.
Thank you for articulating everything so well, really appreciated.
Blessings
Louise
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Mitchguy Premium
Hi Louise,
Thank you for sharing your experience. You are absolutely right about Kyle and Carson. They nailed it with this platform.
So much to do, and so much to learn, in so many ways.
All the best.
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JessiePalay1 Premium
I didn't really think about the fact that you are getting visitors on a website during site feedback even though it is obvious.

I am using google adsense and they also pay you based on impressions. By having people visit your site with the feedback platform, you are actually earning money from adsense.

Genius!

Jessie
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Mitchguy Premium
Hidden gems... built into the platform.
So many little things that make WA so good for long term success.
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Cass51 Premium
Thank you Mitch, I am sure that this (fine print)is intentional to help us succeed, and such a well designed platform that uses the training not just to teach us but to leverage our business success is brilliant.
Thank you for doing the research and sharing your insights. Cass
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Mitchguy Premium
I suspect you are right that the design of this platform is intentional to incorporate "training" in even in some of the more subtle tasks.
Over time, all those little pieces come together to provide a whole lot of training.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Cass51 Premium
Your'e welcome:)
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RoseAnn1234 Premium
You are so right. I was guilty of bolting through the training and have started again from scratch ensuring that I understand each step and take further steps to do the task again.
I have been trying to encourage people to look around this site more. Too often people only see the training courses, which whilst excellent and very important, are just a small part of the fine print here.
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Mitchguy Premium
That is a really good point. I have been here for two months and there are still some aspects of the site itself that I am not too familiar with. There are "secrets" hidden everywhere in WA.

Thanks for reminding us to continue familiarizing ourselves with the WA platform.
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marchanna Premium
Hi Mitch, good catch on the positive fine print we get to work with here. Thanks for doing this research and affirmation on our behalf. Glad indeed to be following you, sir! Marc
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Mitchguy Premium
Glad to share these observations.
It is a fun platform to use and learn from.

Sometimes there are frustrating days when it seems everything goes wrong, but even they are part of the learning process. The ugly fine print with positive results.
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RubenV1 Premium
Hi Mich, You bring great wisdom and knowledge with you to WA. I wish you much more success. I will follow you.
Ruben
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Mitchguy Premium
Thanks Ruben for the kind words.

Appreciate the follow and wishing you success in your WA endeavors.
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GoldenVoyage Premium
I am one that likes to think fine print is something I try to complete before signing. Truth is I've hit download many times before ever looking at a terms&conditions;.

WA is full of those nice little surprises like the archive of videos from the members helping with all kinds of little obstacles that I've found along the way.

That search bar at the top is like WA's personal google any questions can go in there and more time than not there's an answer in there. If not live chat takes on the rest. Nice post thanks for sharing.
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Mitchguy Premium
Right on. Glad you are finding those pleasant surprises.

That search bar is an amazing feature, thanks for highlighting that one.

I remember when I first used it and how excited I was to find such a good answer to my question.
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GoldenVoyage Premium
You the man Mitch, stay classy brother!
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Mick18 Premium
Great post. I must say you good fine print is rare for sure.
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Mitchguy Premium
Quite a special deal we got here at WA.
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keishalina9 Premium
Excellent blog post! ... 😊
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Mitchguy Premium
Thanks Keisha. :)
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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Mitch and what an excellent post
amazing the fine print here in WA right, and how many benefits we get from it all
amazing amazing amazing
Well done with your progress and I hope 2091 brings you everything you plan and work for
Go well
Vicki
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Mitchguy Premium
Thanks Vicky,
I'd love to be further ahead in my training but other commitments keep me busy.
Every chance I get I am working on posts, and catching up on training, learning something every day. The value of what we found here is so much more than what is "advertised".
Have a great day and wishing you all the best in 2019 as well.
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lesabre Premium
Thanks for the share
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Mitchguy Premium
Thanks for the read.
All the best.
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Hi-Im-Fran Premium
A great read and I learned a thing or two along the way! Thank you!

Fran
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Mitchguy Premium
Hi Fran,
Thank you for sharing.
It seems to be a daily thing for me this "learning a thing or two along the way". Such a helpful community.
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adrianh25392 Premium
fine print, without a negative, now that is a first
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Mitchguy Premium
Absolutely.
Nothing but hidden gems of help tucked in everywhere around here.
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Marley2016 Premium
Mitch,
Fine print is very hard to read but I for one always take
the time (and usually a magnifying glass) to read! You
really have hit the fine prints that most of us all missed
with WA and I appreciate this.
Thank you for sharing,
Susan
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Mitchguy Premium
Hi Susan,
I have a soft spot for education, and I really appreciate what these two co-founders put together with this platform.
I am sure that I will discover yet more fine print as I continue the training.
Keep up the good work on your end!!! Thank you.
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