About NannaGoosey
Joined July 2016
If owning your own online business will help you realize your dream, THIS is the place to make it happen. Stick around and work hard. Your reward will literally be a dream come true.

Hi, I'm Sharon. I'm a grandma and an American living in the U.S.A. and - through Wealthy Affiliate (WA) - my dream is coming true.

For over 20 years, I'd dreamed of having my own website, so I could reach people struggling with poverty and help them overcome it. With a website, I could share the strategies I'd taught myself during my own years as one of the working poor. In that way, I could help people escape that life forever.

For 20+ years, my dream remained a dream. Though I tried hard, I couldn't learn how to build a website. Then I found WA.

WA and the amazing WA community have made it possible for me to turn my dream into a reality. Thanks to their training - and patience when I struggled to understand something - I now have my own .com website and can reach the people I've wanted to reach for so long.

AND, as if that wasn't enough, they also taught me how to - eventually - turn that into a full-time business!

You really CAN make a living doing something you love! WA will teach you how!
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WHY I DON'T LINK MY SITE

Every once in a while, a fellow member suggests I add my site's link to my profile page. Here are the (main) reasons I don't and don't mention its name anywhere on WA:
* There's cussing: and
* I have a very direct, no-nonsense way of "speaking".

My goal is to help the working poor improve their lives by creating lasting financial success. I spent many years as one of the working poor and surrounded by others in the same situation.

Something I learned during that time is this: anyone too "delicate" to handle cussing and straight talk isn't tough enough to fight their way out of poverty.

By letting visitors "see" me as I truly am, I know I'll offend some of them. But, I also know this - it's better to risk offending some people than it is to try and deceive everyone.

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COMMENTS & FEEDBACK

I won't be using the Site Comments or Site Feedback for my site, for the same reasons I don't put its link on my profile.

I'm far from ready for comments or feedback but, when I am, this is going to cause me some difficulty.

So... if you can stand cussing and a no-nonsense attitude, send me a PM to let me know.

When my site's finally ready for peer reviews, I'll be delighted to trade comments and feedback with you!
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reminder to self: volunteers for comment & feedback trades
HelenpDoyle (Helen) https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/helenpdoyle
Bayou1 (Billy) https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/Bayou1
Melmichelle (Melissa) https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/Melmichelle
raybrannum (Ray) https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/raybrannum
Mikebeatty (Mike and Sarah) https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/mikebeatty
Parkavehelen (Helen) https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/parkavehelen
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TO MY REFERRALS

Some of you joined through content (posts/training) I've published here at WA and don't know the name of my site. Others of you joined through my site, but didn't bookmark it and don't remember the name.

I've explained why I don't publicly display its link or name on WA. BUT, I feel my referrals have the RIGHT to know.

So, IF you're my referral and IF you want the name of my site, PM me and I'll give it to you. You should visit, at least once, to check it out.
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Posting my income goals before I even know how to build my website seems like putting the cart before the horse. But, it's what the red-bordered popup box is asking me to do, so I will. I don't know anything about carts and horses any way, and I'm sure the popup box knows more than I do at this point in my journey.

I'm probably something of an oddity when it comes to WA members. I need money, but I don't want to make any yet.

First, I have to learn how to write my 5-year business plan and get it completed. Once I know what my business structure will be, I need to figure out what the name of my business will be, deal with state and federal requirements, open my business (bank) account, get business insurance... and on and on.

Joining WA was my first step and I just took it 4 hours ago. Since I'm still so ignorant of so much, it's possible I'm over-complicating the process of building a business. I hope so, because it certainly seems daunting!

After I upgrade to Premium, get a domain name through WA and have my own website (a blog), I'll be focused on adding (non-monetized) content. I don't know how many of those I should have before I add my first monetized post. Maybe 30?

I hadn't allowed myself to spend time thinking about how much money I'd be "ecstatic" earning. But the popup box has asked me to and I trust the popup box to give me good counsel.

Once I start making money, I'd be happy to earn a penny. The amount of the first money I make isn't nearly as important to me as the pride I know I'll feel from earning my first income from my own business.
Four months later, I'll be happy if I've begun making an average of $100 per month.
At six months, I'd be happy with an average of $200.
A year after I made that first money, I know I'll be disappointed if I'm grossing less than $500 a month.
On the 2nd anniversary of my first sale, I HOPE I'll be grossing not less than $1500 a month and $3500 on the 3rd anniversary.

At any point in that three years, I will be "ecstatic" if my earnings consistently double the amounts I listed above.

As for how much time I'm willing to invest in my business - there's "willing" and then there's "able." I'm "willing" to invest 112 hours a week (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk.) I'm "able" to invest about 20 hours a week (sometimes 30, but those weeks are rare.)
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Posting my income goals before I even know how to build my website seems like putting the cart before the horse. But, it's what the red-bordered popup box is asking me to do, so I will. I don't know anything about carts and horses any way, and I'm sure the popup box knows more than I do at this point in my journey.

I'm probably something of an oddity when it comes to WA members. I need money, but I don't want to make any yet.

First, I have to learn how to write my 5-year business plan and get it completed. Once I know what my business structure will be, I need to figure out what the name of my business will be, deal with state and federal requirements, open my business (bank) account, get business insurance... and on and on.

Joining WA was my first step and I just took it 4 hours ago. Since I'm still so ignorant of so much, it's possible I'm over-complicating the process of building a business. I hope so, because it certainly seems daunting!

After I upgrade to Premium, get a domain name through WA and have my own website (a blog), I'll be focused on adding (non-monetized) content. I don't know how many of those I should have before I add my first monetized post. Maybe 30?

I hadn't allowed myself to spend time thinking about how much money I'd be "ecstatic" earning. But the popup box has asked me to and I trust the popup box to give me good counsel.

Once I start making money, I'd be happy to earn a penny. The amount of the first money I make isn't nearly as important to me as the pride I know I'll feel from earning my first income from my own business.
Four months later, I'll be happy if I've begun making an average of $100 per month.
At six months, I'd be happy with an average of $200.
A year after I made that first money, I know I'll be disappointed if I'm grossing less than $500 a month.
On the 2nd anniversary of my first sale, I HOPE I'll be grossing not less than $1500 a month and $3500 on the 3rd anniversary.

At any point in that three years, I will be "ecstatic" if my earnings consistently double the amounts I listed above.

As for how much time I'm willing to invest in my business - there's "willing" and then there's "able." I'm "willing" to invest 112 hours a week (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk.) I'm "able" to invest about 20 hours a week (sometimes 30, but those weeks are rare.)
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, NannaGoosey!

Your money goals are very achievable. I appreciate that you understand this business, like any business, takes time to build.

Don't worry about 5-year plans or state and federal requirements at this point. An online business is beautiful in its simplicity.

At this time, focus on the training and completing each step.

I'm here for you,

Gary
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Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Hi, Preya.

I've met none of the income goals I posted here. In fact, I've made $0.00 with affiliate marketing so far because I still haven't monetized my site. But, that's been (mostly) by my own choice.

I'll explain...

I'd never heard of affiliate marketing until I stumbled across a YouTube video of someone promoting Wealthy Affiliate (WA). I did a lot of research and realized affiliate marketing was something I was capable of learning and that WA was the best place to learn it.

When I joined, I didn't know how to build a website. I didn't understand how to find and use keywords and I'd never heard terms like SEO (search engine optimization) or SERP (search engine results pages). I hadn't chosen a niche and wasn't sure how to. In short, I knew almost nothing.

Instead of taking action on each step of the training, I was stubborn (and foolish). I decided I wouldn't even TRY to make any money until I understood affiliate marketing really, REALLY well.

I struggle with understanding technology, so it took a long time for me to feel confident I knew all the basics.

Another thing I was stubborn about was the niche I chose. Instead of choosing an easier one, I went with my passion: helping people escape poverty. It's a REALLY complex issue and very broad. I spent months researching and writing drafts of future posts.

(I didn't publish any because it's important for the topics to be covered in the correct order and, as I continued to write, I kept encountering topics that needed to be covered before what I was currently working on. That meant I had to do a LOT of backtracking.)

Then life happened (some unpleasant things that took a while to deal with) and derailed me for about a year.

But - even though I've been stubborn and made some foolish decisions about how to/how not to proceed - and life has kicked me in the teeth a few times - the fact that I'm still here, still paying for my membership should tell you how impressed I am with WA.

Had I chosen a less challenging niche and monetized my site sooner, I have little doubt I'd be making good money by now. But, I may have had to work 40 hours per week (not 20) to accomplish that.

As for my non-monetary goals, I've done great! GaryHorton is my referrer (the person I joined WA through) and I took his advice not to make a 5-year plan. All of the other things, I figured out.

Recently, I've moved and am getting settled into a new place. Once that's done, I'll get back to working on my site. Thanks to WA and the ever-helpful WA community, I know exactly what to do and how to do it. I've narrowed my niche down so it won't be so hard to write for and THIS time, I'll follow the lessons the way I should.

I didn't understand ranking and traffic when I made my original goals. It can take longer to get them than I'd realized. So, I may not meet those goals as quickly as I'd hoped, but I'm confident I WILL meet them.

I apologize for writing such a long reply. My situation is so different from most WA members, it takes a fair bit of explaining, lol.

Don't let my experience worry you. It certainly isn't the norm for most members. Just follow the training and you'll do fine.

Thank you so much for your comment. It was very exciting to see activity on this after such a long time.

If you don't mind me asking, what are your monetary goals?


Sharon
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Kyle Premium
Just wanted to shoot you a quick message and see how things were going thus far Sharon? I am here to help if you ever need a hand with anything, just holler!

PS. Also, quick reminder. Today is the last day to get your first month discount/bonuses. No rush, no worries. Just a simple reminder here. :)
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NannaGoosey Premium
Hi, Kyle!

Things are going slowly, but well. Thank you for asking.
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Kyle Premium
Slowly but surely wins the race. Let me know if you need a hand with anything going forward. ;)
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi Sharon!

Welcome again to Wealthy Affiliate! I hope you're settling into the community and enjoying the training. I wanted to remind you that I'm always here to help you.

You can private message me here:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/garyhorton

Sometimes Wealthy Affiliate can be overwhelming. It was for me. Please do not let that intimidate you. You are now part of an amazing community with access to all the training, support and tools you need to build a profitable online business.

Succeeding online is not complicated. This post by Kyle reveals what it takes to make money online and how long it might take. You can do this. Take one step at a time, ask questions when you need help and be patient. Building an online business takes sustained effort and time.

As long as you keep taking action, you can't lose.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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NannaGoosey Premium
Hi, Gary!

Thank you for your continuing support and encouragement.

Thank you, as well, for both of those links. I know they'll help me immensely.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Sharon!

You are very welcome. I'm here to help.

All the best,
Gary
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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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NannaGoosey Premium
Hi, Kyle!

Thank you for your offer. I may have to take you up on it if I can't manage to get my overly-large niche pared down in the next few days.
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RogerHumbke Premium
Hi Nanna, Welcome to WA. I really took advantage of the first 7 days and saw so much opportunity I then signed up for the first month at $19. I tried to do as much as possible, but was over whelmed with all the training. Everything was better than what I expected and after the first month I went annual.

I am most impressed with the training and welcome I received . It is so easy to get to know people and one feels the integrity of the owners and the affiliates who have been involved for years. I have a couple of homepages running and write a blog. In the past 4 months I have learned more than i thought was possible, but also realize I have a lot more to do. Gary has been a big help and is a real inspiration.

If there is anything I can do to help, just ask.

Best of luck,
Roger
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NannaGoosey Premium
Hi Roger,

Thank you very much.

I wanted to do upgrade exactly as you did, but that way won't work for my situation.
I have to force myself to wait until the Black Friday event, so my annual payment will be $299.
I plan to be a long-term member and a savings of $60/yr will help a lot that first two or three years while I struggle to simultaneously
build up to a decent living income AND keep food on the table.

It's tough to wait, but not waiting would be a foolish decision for me, so I'll wait.
In the mean time, I'll get to find out how good the free membership without any Premium features is.
It'll be good experience for when I tell others how great WA is.

A long time ago, I was watching a (recorded) TED talk.
The speaker said [paraphrase]: "If you want to be successful, don't surround yourself with people at your same level of success: Surround yourself with people ten times more successful than you are and learn from them."
He might as well have said: "If you want to be successful, spin gold from lawn clippings." Either of those things had an equal chance of occurring in my life.

There are a lot of people in the world more successful than I currently am. Until I found WA, I was convinced none of them would speak to me, much less guide me.

Now, here I am - in a community with people, like yourself, 10, 100, 1000 times more successful than I am - and they're VOLUNTARILY spending their time to welcome me and offer their help.
You think YOU were impressed? I'm about to faint from shock and disbelief!

Gary is pretty amazing, isn't he?

Thank you, sincerely, for your offer of help.

Oh - and I LOVE your bright green tie!
(Seriously. I'm not kidding.)
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, NannaGoosey! (There must be a story behind that name).

Welcome aboard! It's good to have you here.

I admire your logic and I'll help you every step of the way.

To start the training, simply click on the green tab on the upper left.

Keep taking the next step and ask for help when you need it.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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NannaGoosey Premium
Hi, Gary! (Yes, there's a story, but I'm not spilling the beans.) : )

Thank you for your welcome. I KNEW I'd chosen the right person to join through.

I'm sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. I hadn't noticed I had any until a few minutes ago.
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GaryHorton Premium
That's fine. I just wanted you to know I'm here for you.
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Barryw1 Premium
Gary is a fine person to be associated with. He has done the work needed to get where he is. I would follow his lead if I were you. I am also here to help no matter how you got here.


Barry
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NannaGoosey Premium
Hi, Barry!

I agree and I will.

Thank you for your offer of help. I'm sure I'll need it.
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