About Moonflower3
Joined September 2019
After family, my first love is animals, especially cats and dogs. I recently lost my dear dog, but I still have my wicked cat...no one loves her like I do.
My second love is books, and I used to read all the time, but that was before I got my first computer. Then my eyes gave out, but I got them fixed up last year, so I am working on reading more and more these days.
My third love is computers. Now, I spend most of my time online playing at Pogo...but I really need to be doing something more productive.
I also love to garden, but currently do not have my own home, so I have been sorely missing growing the flowers and various plants I used to have before moving to Oregon.
I have a full time job at a healthcare organization, and I do like the work and the people, but I could use more money to put towards acquiring a place of my own.
I am happily single now and have 3 wonderful children, all grown up, but we are all in the same house. I also have 2 fantastic grandsons that I am very proud of daily.
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Money Goals
Money I would be happy earning
4,000.00 or so
Money I would be ecstatic earning
4,000.00 a month should be plenty to live how I would like to, but I certainly wouldn't turn down more.
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
As many as possible...right now I have a FT job, so I may not be able to invest as many hours as I would like. All I can do is try.
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Sep 8, 2019
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Moonflower3 Premium
How much money per month would you be happy earning?
4,000.00 or so

How much money per month would allow you to live the ideal lifestyle?
4,000.00 a month should be plenty to live how I would like to, but I certainly wouldn't turn down more.

How many hours per week are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
As many as possible...right now I have a FT job, so I may not be able to invest as many hours as I would like. All I can do is try.
keishalina9 Premium
hey hi Laura & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate starter!

Marvelous goals to work on and to achieve, yes, for sure, go for it!

Enjoy the step-by-step WA training here with Kyle through to fruition in building your new on-line biz to Success!

All the very best, cheerio .... 🌈⭐️😊🎈 ...
DarleneLemm1 Premium
@Moonflower3 Hello Moonflower3, welcome! I just started with WA myself, if there's anything I can do to help don't hesitate to ask. Looks like a lot of good info here to make your goals a reality. You can do it, best wishes to you.
Kyle Premium
Awesome goals Laura, I look forward to seeing you achieve these. Take action and make things happen!

I am here to help if you ever need anything along the way, you have a community behind your efforts here at WA! :)
Moonflower3 Premium
Thanks for the warm welcome...that goes for everyone here as well!
This is sorta like FB is the respect that I can "lose" myself here for hours just reading things others have written...but much more worthy than FB, as this is a way to achieve financial freedom!

All the best to you as well, keishalina9 :)
Moonflower3 Premium
Thanks for that offer, DarleneLemm1, and the vote of confidence! It's so nice to have help if needed.
I wish you every success as well :)
Moonflower3 Premium
I will take action, and will try my best, but I am tired tonight, so must rest first...lol
I really appreciate all the wonderful welcoming and support I am seeing and feeling...like a breath of fresh air!
I want to make enough money to get completely out of debt and have a downpayment on a home of my own. I want to bring my mom out here to live with me, and since she is 85 years old, I want to make that money as fast as I can. I know it all takes time, and I really don't mind working towards something better, but still, the faster I can achieve this goal, the more time my mom and I will have together.
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Gary2019 Premium
Welcome and congratulations on going premium. You have the best of everything that you will need to build your online enterprise. If I can be of assistance please let me know. Feel free to follow me and I will follow you on your journey to success. All the best to you and your future.
EdwinBernard Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium!

Glad that you joined us.

Wealthy Affiliate is an amazing environment to learn and apply our skills towards creating an online business. I tried to do this alone before and was completely lost.

Now I know why.

There are so many tricks of the trade and it saves so much time having it all laid out clearly in its training programs.

Keep following the training and exercises every day. Give it a year to see significant results. You'll be a happy camper by then. We all make progress at different rates and it is possible to see meaningful results in 4-6 months. Google cannot be rushed.

Google rewards people with websites that provide value to their visitors. It helps to boost their ad revenue of course! And that helps your websites get high rankings. But it takes time to build credibility. Once they realize your site is an authority site, good things will happen faster.

When you get stuck, and you will, just ask for help in the discussion area located below each lesson. Scroll down to find it. Another member who has the answer will get back to you promptly.

In the meantime have fun with the program. Much success to you.


TimMoto Premium
Congratulations on joining Wealthy Affiliate and upgrading to Premium. Your decision shows your conviction to go through the training and succeed in building your online business.
As you already know we have such a great network of people who will assist you if you reach out when you have questions or issues to deal with. We are all here to help one another succeed. All the best to you.
ExpatMark Premium
Hello Laura and welcome to our Wealthy Affiliate community.

Congratulations going Premium and good luck in all of your making money online endeavors.

You now have all the tools and resources to be very successful right at your fingertips. Much success to you my friend and if you ever need any help just give me a shout or PM me.

Making a living, making a difference.
Stanleycmng Premium
Welcome to WA Premium. I am glad to meet you.

I am following you to linked up and invite you to do the same.

You may want to check out my latest blog post. Wish you success!

Your friend,
SuzaMarie Premium

Congrats and welcome to WA premium! Here's to great success with your WA journey and online endeavors!

All the best,
smartketeer Premium
Hi Laura,

Congratulations on becoming a Premium member!

Wise decision!

If you need some help or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me!

To YOUR success!

Mick18 Premium
Welcome to WA Premium. 

You've made a great decision. There's a lot of wonderful training here, along with a helpful community to help you along the way.

I wish you all the best,
HeidiAnders3 Premium
Hello and a warm welcome to WA Premium! I'm a newbie (as of 3.5 weeks ago), so I know what you're feeling right now! I'm hoping you're excited to see all that WA has to offer! You won't be disappointed. I am impressed every single day by the amount of knowledge I gain from this platform. Best of luck to you as you continue this journey!

Many Blessings,
J-KWest Premium
Hope you're finding your way around okay and enjoying your first 24 hours here at WA.

I wanted to stop in today to say Hi and give you a bit of direction just in case you're feeling the slightest bit stuck or overwhelmed.

Everything begins with the “core” training at Wealthy Affiliate - The Online Entrepreneur Certification Training. This is a very comprehensive course and is going to walk you through the process of building a business online.

I know there can be a lot to take in and a common question I see asked is what "the business" involves.

While the training explains everything in detail, the "big picture" so to speak is this...

We learn to generate traffic through search engines (there are other ways we do this but to start we want search engine traffic). That's because search engine traffic is "free"... and it's also traffic that is coming to you, from people who are already searching for something.

In other words, you are not selling or trying to convince people they need something. They are already searching for something and the training is going to show you not only how to get this traffic but how to earn an income from it (this is the same training I've taken and it has given me tens of thousands of visitors each month).

The primary way we earn money is through affiliate commissions. These are commissions paid to you when someone who was searching for a product (or even searching for help with something) comes to your website and makes a purchase through one of your affiliate links.

I'm probably over-complicating my explanation here but the training will show you each step you need to follow :-)

The amazing part about all of this though is that your traffic and commissions come in whether you're online or not. You can be out buying groceries or even sleeping (the internet does not sleep, and your traffic comes in 24/7) :-D

It does NOT happen overnight though... meaning this is NOT a get rich quick scheme.

But as long as you're following the training, taking action and getting help when you need it (we are all here to answer your questions and provide guidance along the way)... it does happen.

Anyway... that's the basic gist of how it works.

It goes...

[Internet traffic] >> [your website] >> [affiliate offers]... and then you earn commissions.

Now, that's the simple version. Once you have traffic there are many more ways you can earn money but I just wanted to explain the "big picture" just in case you haven't reached that part of the training yet.

I think it's in lesson 4 where the process of building your business online is explained, as well as how to go about choosing the direction (or niche) you want your business to go in. You will have your very own niche website up and running.

Another challenge some people have is being a little shy to “take action” simply because they worry they might do something wrong. Don't worry...

I can assure you there are no major mistakes you can make. In fact, mistakes are encouraged. Mistakes are how we learn... and you have help every step of the way if you ever need a hand with anything!

As you begin your journey it's all about LEARNING. It's not about "hitting it out of the park" from the start or getting it just perfect.

I can't count how many mistakes I've made along the way (and still make), or how many times I've had to go back and figure out where I went wrong... but I'm still here and despite my stumbles and screw ups, I earn my income online today :-)

Just in case you haven't made it to the course yet, here's the link... (or click “Training” in the main menu, and choose the “Getting Started” course)

So, once you get rolling through the training, you are going to see your business take shape very quickly.

Again... if you ever need a hand with anything at all please ask for help... simply click "Reply" to this comment, and leave your reply below.

I do my best to check in here a few times each day so I'll be here to help you out along with many other experts that are available 24/7 within the community.

Talk soon :-)
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! :)
J-KWest Premium
Just popping in with a quick heads up about how and where to access help at Wealthy Affiliate.

First of course is to hit reply to any of my messages or leave me a message on my profile. There are also comment threads underneath each training module.

At the top of your Wealthy Affiliate screen you'll notice a search bar where you can find answers to many of your questions, and along the left hand side there are buttons for [Live Chat] and [Help Center]. Premium members also have access to private messaging which is great for one-on-one coaching and personal topics.

As always, let me know if there's anything I can help with and I'll touch base again shortly :-)

J-KWest Premium
Hi Laura...

There's a lot here at Wealthy Affiliate to take in, so I just wanted to follow up on my previous message and provide a quick "orientation" of sorts.

The community is also available to help if you need anything, and... Kyle or Carson (Wealthy Affiliate's co-founders) often stop by and welcome new members. Just hit reply to any of our messages if you need anything.

A quick reminder of what you're getting today for free...

>> 10 over-the-shoulder step-by-step lessons showing you exactly how to make money online. These lessons including videos, text, progress checklists and forums to ask questions.
(The link from my previous message will take you directly to these lessons)

>> Your'e also getting private access to me for 1-on-1 help.

>> Community access so you can talk to and learn from industry experts.

>> Access to member's blogs, many who have documented their journey and tell you exactly what it's like... their struggles and successes.

>> Two free websites

>> A live example of the money making process.

>> You’re going to see a real example in the training of a simple website in a weird niche that had no competition (until it was shown here) and still brings in $400 - $1000 a month in passive income.
(No... it's not a ton of money but this is passive income from a simple website that requires very little maintenance).

>> You'll learn how you can turn "your" passions and interests into completely independent passive income. This is NOT some MLM product. You will learn how to create your business in your own niche and under your full control.

In fact, no one here even has to know what your business is about unless you share it, but that's your choice.

>> You're also getting some really helpful online tools that make what we do here way easier than it used to be.

A couple other things to keep in mind...

Don't be afraid to reach out to me or the community for help, everyone here is extremely helpful and it is truly a rare opportunity. This is an exclusive community with many members who have years of valuable knowledge and experience and they are happy to share.

As I mentioned above, you can even read their personal blogs which in a lot of cases document their progress and tell you what they've learned, the mistakes they've made and the success they've had.

For anyone who really wants to make money online, this information is absolutely critical.

As you probably know, there are two main reasons most people fail online... the first is the most obvious - fake "gurus" and scams.

The second is that people try to do this all on their own.

I can't stress how important it is to have a community around you and that the members here... especially the super affiliates, are sharing their knowledge and experience with you, but they DO NOT have anything financially to gain from you.

They are only giving back to the community that taught them how to be successful too.

I need to say that again because it's so important.

They are not sharing information with the purpose of getting something out of you. This is NOT like watching someone's "webinar" on YouTube where they try to sell you something after.

This is an entirely "spam free" place where we all hang out. No one is going to promote or sell you anything.

You also won't find any ads or offers here, with one exception...

Sometimes you'll see some exclusive offers for starter members to try out the premium membership, or occasionally the membership prices go on sale (Black Friday for example)... but those are exclusive Wealthy Affiliate offers...

... this is not place for other members to promote their products or sell anything.

You can always get access to me for one-on-one help by leaving a message on my profile https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/j-kwest (as well as responding directly to this message).

I know you're probably skeptical, and I can promise you, I was too. I joined Wealthy Affiliate in October 2016 and I just didn't believe a place like this existed online.

But I'm still here and because of Wealthy Affiliate I have not had a boss in a long time.

Once you start going through the training like I did though, and meeting some of the other members you'll find out this is the real deal.

And you're not alone. We all had doubts when we started.

I look forward to getting to know you and following your success. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if there's something you need.

Moonflower3 Premium
Here is my first question, which I may find the answer to myself, but since I haven't gotten that far as yet:

If I, as a Starter member, create 2 free websites, and then later I become a Premium member, what happens to those 2 free websites?
J-KWest Premium
Great question. You keep those websites and you can also move them to a domain you own/buy as well you'd like. Plus you have another 48 websites you can build for yourself, clients etc if you were going that route for a total of 50 websites.
Kyle Premium
Hey Laura and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate! I am Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate and I am here to help you along the way. If you ever have any questions or need a hand with anything, do let me know.

As a new member here, you should check out the Online Entrepreneur Certification getting started course (Level 1). This is a task based course that will get you taking action on daily tasks that will lead to you building web assets. Here is the link that you will see within your main menu labeled "Get Started Here". HOW TO CLAIM YOUR BONUS

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 59% 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 my "Diamond Traffic Bonus"

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

Anyways Laura, 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!

Your friend,

J-KWest Premium
Welcome! I just wanted to stop by and say Hi. I know you're probably just getting your first look inside the platform and community here at Wealthy Affiliate, but I wanted to let you know I'm here to help you out if you ever need anything.

My immediate recommendation (outside of asking for help when you need it) is to start with the "Get Started Here" button in the training menu which will quickly walk you through the platform and give you a tour around.

You can also follow this link to get there... ... or here (link below) to go directly to the walk-though video, I'll touch base again shortly but again, please don't hesitate to reach out for help :-)

Also... before I go here, I'd just like to ask if you can respond quickly to this message with just a few words so I know you made it inside the community? I'd like to connect with you so I can keep an eye out for your questions this week.

Moonflower3 Premium
Hi Jay,

I was killing time while waiting on my son to get ready to go shopping when I stumbled onto your 4-step MMO guide, which led me here.
I really want to make this work, and it does all sound simply wonderful. I'm not as skeptical of this as of some things. What I worry about most is my own abilities. Some people just seem to have a knack for business, but I have never been one of them. Still, as I stated, it does sound wonderful, and I haven't seen anything quite like it before...so I plan to try my best!
Thanks so much for any and all support!
J-KWest Premium
I know exactly how you feel about questioning your abilities and other people having a knack for business. I think most of us feel that way and for good reason. It can be overwhelming at first for sure and new things can bring an uncertainty we don't feel very often.

The thing is though, there are so many facets to creating an online business that everyone is good at something and no one is good at everything.

Even those who might seem like they have a knack at business are struggling with something and a good part of our journey is discovering our own unique combination of talents, strengths and weaknesses.

As you go through the training you'll find you gravitate towards different methods and strategies and in my experience that's part of the fun :-) The first thing though is just getting a good understanding for the fundamentals and building a foundation.

Don't ever hesitate to reach out when you need something.
Moonflower3 Premium
This site is rather addicting, which I think is a good thing! I need to get to bed, but everything I've been reading here is still just swirling around and around in my brain...it's thrilling, it's scary, it's exhilarating, it's daunting...it's just a jumble of all of those things plus a whole lot more.
Now I have to decide what I want to do. I'll have trouble with the "niche", because I cannot come up with a single thing to promote.

See, I have a blog, although it isn't a very good one, because I cannot figure out how to make it a very good one, or how to use it to make money. But it's just basically about my own personal random thoughts, and I thought I would be writing daily, because starting out I was passionate about it, but then that passion died off.

I worry that same thing might happen here, only, I truly NEED more money, so if I dive in and go for it, I need to be sure I can keep myself focused and motivated. And having said that, I've seen a little of how supportive everyone here is...which is soooo great!

So, I am going to sleep on it all, and let my mind wind-down. I'll be back tomorrow, though, I promise!

Have a great evening! :)
J-KWest Premium
I also had a blog when I started and had no idea how to make money with it. It was mainly about how new technology is disrupting our economy and my thoughts about it, the challenges we'll face in the future when it comes to jobs etc.

What I didn't realize at the time was that my blog was about my thoughts and ideas, but people generally don't care too much about our thoughts and ideas. They care about their own thoughts and ideas, OR they care about the thoughts and ideas of celebrities or role models they may follow.

But not the thoughts and ideas of people they don't know.

So the first big thing that separates a blog that makes money from one that doesn't is that the blog that makes money is all about the audience. The reader is the hero of the story (the blogger is the guide)

As a specific example... the reader would be Luke and the blogger would be Obi Wan Kenobi :-)

The blog that doesn't make on the other hand is all about the blogger. The blogger is the hero and the reader is just an observer (the exception to this if the blog does make money would be if the blogger is a celebrity or influencer in some way).

Or... the blog gets high enough volume of traffic that it can be monetized with Ads.

The second thing about a blog that makes money is that it solves a specific problem.

A blog that informs (Wikipedia for example) or one that simply entertains (shares thoughts, ideas, opinions, stories, etc.) is very difficult to monetize.

That was also the problem with my first website and why I could never make money with it.

Even if I could get a lot of readers, I was only talking about challenges and interesting things related to future technologies. I was highlighting problems, but I was not providing any solutions or helping people.

Understanding these two things... or not understanding them rather, is why most websites/blogs struggle to make money.

Not sure if that helps but hopefully provides a little insight:-)
Moonflower3 Premium
Yes, I had the same insight, inherently...I just never put it into words so well as you did. But on the other hand, my blog is a WordPress blog, so it's given me a little exposure and experience as to how to make posts, pages, menus, etc. I don't regret creating it, but I have come to realize it's not the type of website that will generate any income...unless, like you said, it ever generated enough traffic to run ads.

I think it was more of a personal need, and that's fine...and hey, everything happens for a reason, so I'm betting that's the case for why I created it at all. Maybe it was part of the path that led me here.

It did show me that I'm not very creative, as I don't think it's all that attractive, so I'm hoping I can learn how to make something that looks relatively nice and sophisticated...like the site with the snack helmets in one of the training videos.

I think that's why I haven't created a site yet...I'm afraid it will look ugly and unattractive...and I don't want that. So I skipped that part for now, but I know I need to do that soon....and I will.

Thanks so much for all of your thoughts and input. I really need to come up with more niches, because I have decided I will become a Premium member....it just has so much more going for it. And after all, it takes money to make money...I've always believed that. It also takes hard work, so I am preparing myself to give it my all.
J-KWest Premium
It can be fun spending time on your site making it look a certain way, but it can also be a distraction. I remember looking at one of our member's sites who has been successful here for many years. I had been on his site many times because we rank for many of the same keywords and I didn't even realize how plain and simple it was.

There was no color... just black text on white, no logo, nothing fancy or creative at all. It's was as simple as you can get but I hadn't noticed because his content is always good and he produces a lot of it. When I was on his site I wasn't paying attention to the layout, colors, logo or anything design related because there was none really, and the way a site looks is usually not the reason we visit it.

I thought back to all the time I had spent on several websites (including the one I had before joining WA) testing out different themes, layouts, coming up with different logos, color schemes, fonts etc. I even spent time learning how to alter certain code so I could modify the themes.

It was fun and I enjoyed it, but as far as earning money, it's not necessary to spend a lot of time on the look of your site unless of course you want to which is okay too :-)

Let me know if you want to run some niche ideas by me as well.