About @RICH.
Joined June 2012
Hey, thanks for stopping by... :)

I’m Richard, based in London, UK, I've a background in above-the-line advertising, branding, design and commercial art. I'm passionate about photography, enjoy B-movies, trash-lit, beachcombing and have an unhealthy interest in Michelin *** !

I came here to learn, experiment, fail and succeed. It took me 6 months of hard work and 3 *busted* niches (!) but I've now achieved the freedom of being my own boss and earning my living online, entirely due to the training, support and encouragement of everyone here at WA.

If I can be of any help, just shout @RICH. in chat, send me a PM or simply leave a comment below.
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Hi Richard, Thanks for your help, I have now downloaded a current version of Chrome and its working perfectly! Taken hours to find out the problem! I didn't need to uninstall the extensions!
Spent hours trying to sort this out! Now I will be able to commence lesson one, at last! Its working perfectly now! Blessings for all your assistance.
Carol~Grce5
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@RICH. Premium
Aw, fantastic, I'm glad it's sorted! :)
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Belden Premium
Hi, Rich, I have never known anybody as interesting as you, You have mentioned in the chat, that you live or have lived in a houseboat. I did some sailing when I was in my twenties.

I love that job but I have to pursue my career in Aviation and got married. Keep helping!
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@RICH. Premium
LOL, actually I have squatters rights on my mate's houseboat at St. Mary's Churchyard. He's out at work all day, so I sometimes work from there when it's nice and sunny. :)
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Belden Premium
Oh, I thought we shared a common interest. Busted. Lol!
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@RICH. Premium
Dom lives opposite, so he lobs rocks at me across the river. :D
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Belden Premium
Oh! The Millionaires River? Is that what it's called? :D
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@RICH. Premium
I'm in the process of moving, he's ruined the neighbourhood. :P
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Belden Premium
One millionaire too many:D
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Thanks Richard for your response. Kyle has indeed answered me but as a fresh newbie I don't have a clue of what he's talking about??? :( .
He told me to login via my email that is connected to my premium account. I don't understand what I have to do?

Could you please explain to me what I have to do? Thanks again, Kind regards, Gerardus
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@RICH. Premium
Kyle has now sent you a password reset email, hopefully that will resolve the issue!
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I'm new too and confused but learning fast!
Blessings on your endeavours Geradus.
CarolGrace5
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JamesJB Premium
I was wondering about something you said the other day...

I think it was about somebody asking about your site, and you held back in giving out the URL for reasons of 'hurting' it with people linking their 'low-end' sites to yours.

I fully understand and respect your privacy. My question is "How can an established site be pulled down a few notches by non-authoritive sites?"

Does that mean that eventually it would be beneficial if we remove our URL from our profile page?

Also, isn't exposure of our site to millions a plus?
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@RICH. Premium
I'm in the travel business. Why would thousands of make money online sites be linking to me?!

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66356
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JamesJB Premium
Point taken...it makes a great of sense, and thank you for the link :)
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Mikepawlik Premium
Hey Rich, in your profile you mention something about busted niches. Could you share your experience with this? I do fitness and personal development and I know Kyle says that NO niche is over-saturated - I just feel as thought fitness especially is over-saturated . . . even thought it's one of the most profitable niches today.
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@RICH. Premium
I joined back when WA was a forum, it looked nothing like it does now, there were no levels or lessons, etc. There was immense pressure from many of the membership to follow their lead and to build multiple websites in profitable micro-niches. It wasn't until a brilliant member to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude told me not to build a website, but to build a business in a niche that I felt passionate about, that I found my stride. :)
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woodyMdEsign Premium
How do I build a business in a niche? Think of the website as only the tool?
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@RICH. Premium
I always thought about it in terms of building a business, rather than building a website. The principles are all the same, it's just virtual real estate instead of a high street shop. :)
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Cindyda1 Premium
Hello Rich, I have seen quite a few posts from you and you are obviously on top of things here! I agree with and admire your advice and the way you seemingly have a handle on things. Also, I too came here to learn, experiment, fail and ultimately succeed! So far I think I've hit 3 out of 4! I am a bit green as to what "Michelin ***" is... ;-) But, I do also enjoy B-movies, trash-lit, beach combing and am a wanna be photographer! It appears you have already found success and I do believe I WILL find it as well! I am always honored to follow those paving the way for the rest of us!
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Cindyda1 Premium
But of Course! Ha! ;-) Thanks!
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Pernilla Premium
Hello Richard!

Just met you, as you answered a question of mine. Thought it would be a good idea to visit you at your profile page. I'm following you now.

It sounds absolutely great to hear that you've achieved your goal to be your own boss and earn your living with your online business. I've been a WA-member for about six months now and my aim is to make my first revenue this autumn to come, and in the coming year be able to earn my living within the online marketing business as well.

Wish you ongoing success!
:-) Pernilla
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@RICH. Premium
Here's wishing you every success too! :)
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teddae Premium
I also was advised by a developer/SEO "expert" that I should Change my product Review posts to Pages because they are intended as "evergreen content". She states that it is more appropriate and also makes more sense for Google and will therefore increase my site's authority score which se says is too low for a site as good as mine.

You imply that that is not true, and that Google doesn't rank or provide benefit for "evergreen" content as Page vs. Post which all the articles I've read so far state that there's a user benefit perceived by Google and therefore advisable.

Do you mind elaborating a bit more Rich? I'm interested in your perspectives.... because this means so many hours of work! Aaaarrrrrgh!
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@RICH. Premium
I'm not sure where you're getting the "you imply that's not true". I don't remember writing anything about pages and posts, at least not recently !! However, your "expert" is talking rubbish. You always want reviews to be dated posts. If you have any doubts, choose a major review site like PCMag http://www.pcmag.com and note that every single review is a dated post, because visitors need to know how current a review is. Also, the review site may well review the same product over-and-over again as the years go by as new versions are released, and will release these as new posts. :)
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teddae Premium
Thanks mucho. Just to be clear, you know of no relationship between evergreen pages in Page format contributing to Authority Rank from Google? (all things otherwise held equal)

Thanks, and anything you can comment on regarding improving my site's Authority rank, that would be most helpful as well. I'm still a bit confused. Sorry.
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Designross Premium
Hi Richard, Enjoyed your profile -- down-to-earth; good energy. Advertising was my first career. Copywriter to Creative Director. San Francisco to NY. The stress drove me to openly own agency, Designross. By a fluke, that became an interior design studio. Just closed shop after 30-some years. Now WA -- and looking for fun and money.
Following,
__Ross
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Paul1916 Premium
Hi there, hope you don't mind me messaging you... I saw your comments earlier about Craig's post.
You say 6 months to achieve 1k - that is impressive!
I have the cert course done and learning the Bing ppc world, making some money, starting my 3rd site but not at the levels you are at...
If you don't mind, what are the best strategies?
Is it....
Build lots of review niche sites?
Or build a broad authority site?
Is it posting over 100 posts or using ppc?
Is it amazon listings or clickbank or should one be looking outside of these?

Just looking for a bit of direction.
Many thanks from across the Irish sea
Paul
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JanetHaenga2 Premium
Hi ALL..Yes would love to hear thanks for that Paul1916
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Hi Rich. Seems like we have a similar background I used to be a graphic designer way back. I'm still very into art and design and hope to use this as a niche after I've done the training...way to go yet. Hoping I can deal with all the tech stuff. Cheers
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realpurdy1 Premium
Hi Richard!
I hope you're doing great today! I'm sorry to ask you ANOTHER question.... but I can't help it.... YOU'RE SMART!! :D lol...
Anyway I was wondering if you could suggest your top 3-5 favorite slide show themes? And if you aren't familiar with any... is it possible for you to refer me to another member who might be more familiar with them?

Thank you very much, I truly appreciate it!

Shawna Purdy
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MDobbs Premium
Oh ok, so it is just as I suspected. You really DO ROCK! I just thought I would stop by and be nosey. I see you're always online and you're so helpful. So I was just wondering about you. Thanks for all of your help. You really are a treasure to this network. I've seen it in just three days. Stay awesome.
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@RICH. Premium
Aw, many thanks Michelle, far too kind, I'm blushing. :)
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Triblu Premium
Don't you EVER leave here Richard.

Thank YOU sooooo much regarding the "heads up" using Pixabay and other such "free" images.

I have now gone over ALL of my images and ONE is a Shutterstock image used on 2 sites ... so ... have contacted Shutterstock to find out HOW to pay for the use of this image.

BIG HUGS!

Thanks for saving me THOUSANDS of dollars.
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JDTM Premium
Hey, you helped me on live chat so I wanted to follow you. I also read your profile and since you are now successful with your website, I was wondering if you would mind checking out my website and giving me any pointers. I am especially having a difficult time figuring out how to monetize it other than what I currently have on there which is very little because it is mostly educational and I don't want to ruin the experience of visitors by having links & ads everywhere. Any help would be appreciated. My website is www.horsegoodsforpeople.com
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watergrll Premium
Congrats on your success. I hope that I too can create something that can be profitable. I am kind of lost as to how to set up my web site. I dont think me just writing stuff in the pages is going to do anything. But I guess we will see what happens. I hope you rock it and achieve the goals you set for yourself :)
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@RICH. Premium
I arrived with zero knowledge, so I know how overwhelming it can be at the start. However, if I can do this, so can anyone else, promise! :)
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My-Mate-Bert Premium
Hiya, Rich - hope you won't me asking seemingly newbie questions on chat but I often have friends (who I'm sending here) who ask questions and I'm able to demo the responses and how brilliantly good the help and encouragement are. Been working with WordPress with clients on and off for years and years but I'm learning new stuff about it here. That's so cool.

That way I can show others that even people who worked with systems for years benefit from all the different directions that expertise in different areas comes from.

They sit beside me and ask their questions and see everyone, especially you, being expertly helpful. That's a cool way of proving WA and you ROCK!! That's from me who started working with business systems in 1976.
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@RICH. Premium
No probs. you're most welcome! :)
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Richard, wonderful to meet you and I'm following you now. I hope all is going well for you here. Wow... I see you have been here for awhile, good for you. Thank you for your quick response to my question on changing the keyword on published post.

Wishing you continued success in your online business.

Regards,
Monica
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@RICH. Premium
You're most welcome! Here's wishing you every success! :)
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ddthuang Premium
Hi Richard,

I just read your profile and quite impressed with your achievement.

6 months is relatively a short time to achieve online success for most people. Did you just follow the module they teach here or you learned from somewhere else too?

It would be awesome if you could share some experience about your journey so beginners like myself can follow and avoid unnecessary mistakes.

Kind regards,

Benson
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@RICH. Premium
I literally followed the training step-by-step here at WA. I think making mistakes is all part of the process, at least it was for me. Good luck!! :)
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ddthuang Premium
Hi Rich can you give me the url of your website?
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Jpmartel Premium
Hello there Rich! You helped me 2-3 times in the chat and thought I would follow you. One thing I have learned in my life is when you want to achieve something, you gotta learn from the pros and the ones who are successful.

Hope we can make more connections and hopefully I could learn few more things from you :) Congrats on your success.

Cheers
Jp
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@RICH. Premium
No probs. anytime. :)
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Daymo Premium
Great to read you finally living the dream Rich. Hahha living up to the nickname now im sure. Nice to see a fellow Brit here doing so well.

Glad you said it took you 6 months to succeed as that is the kind of time frame I was thinking of to work towards. Of course it would b nice if I start earning before then but a little unlikely.

That being said I am seeing some positive results from WA training and developing well. Just wish I found WA some point earlier in the 5 years I been trying LOL.

Excited to see what you can achieve here at WA and in 2017

Congrats on being your own BOSS !!!
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@RICH. Premium
I arrived with zero knowledge, and had a full time job as well, so 6-7 months didn't seem so bad. That said, I've seen other members do it quicker, others take longer. It's different for everyone! :)
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Daymo Premium
Yeah, I decided on a 6-month time frame as I am to working a full-time job. Just started building out my WA site now as well through bootcamp. That might produce some results a little sooner than 6-month.

Be great if we meet up at the Affiliate conference in Vegas next year !! :)
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would you say its "better" or "easier" to start off with the bootcamp method (where you get paid for refferals if im not mistaken), or your own website, in my instance the idea you gave me? which is faster? i just need to make $200 so i can get premium at the end of this month.

sorry to bother you, but you the only guy that helps on here.

i was wondering if you could be like my mentor or something like that lol? No? Too much, Too soon?
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@RICH. Premium
If you choose Bootcamp it's a long haul, the "make money online" niche is highly competitive. That said, some members recruit a few mates via their affiliate link and pay for their own subscription that way.

I'm afraid I don't mentor, sorry! :)
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kuila Premium
Hello.... mr. @RICH.
First of all i had like to say u that nice to meet u. I am new here .today i joined this platform. I don't understand what i have to do.. i have no idea about online marketing.. and the most important thing is that i am geeting mail that some people are following me ... is it mandatory i have to follow someone? What is the meaning of following here? Is this just like facebook friend following?
And help me please how do use this platform..
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@RICH. Premium
Hi Pradip and welcome! :)

Just click on the green Get Started Here button, everything you need to know is explained, step-by-step.

Some members are interested in what new members are up to, so you will get some follows, especially if you chat, or blog, or ask questions in a classroom. It's nothing to worry about and you don't have to follow anyone back if you don't want to!

Rich.
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kuila Premium
Thank you. thank you so much....
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Dannyi89 Premium
Heya Rich! Appreciate your reply earlier. Would customizr be ideal for a website based around budget pc's and peripherals? I am looking for a theme that would best suite this niche. I have a theme already selected but i am striving for simplicity & the best response time so i'm looking to switch it over. I haven't created much content yet so switching a theme at this point in time would be best

Thanks in advance!

Danny
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@RICH. Premium
I think out of all the free themes I've seen, Customizr offers the most flexibility plus a paid upgrade option if necessary.

https://wordpress.org/themes/customizr/

http://docs.presscustomizr.com/article/175-first-steps-with-the-customizr-wordpress-theme
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Dannyi89 Premium
I have activated it recently and have been playing with the options. I am very pleased with how slick it is and easy to maneuver around yet so simple and elegant! I was spending a lot of time trying to find a theme resembling this and you hit the spot!! Once I get everything all set...I'll start getting into the meat of my site haha. Thanks rich!
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@RICH. Premium
You're most welcome! :)
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Ctuttle Premium
Hey rich I seen you helped out some people in the chat and now I am wondering if you can clear up a few questions I have i am very new but have been through the process of started up my website but now I am second guessing it. My question is do I just find a few items to promote within my netch and base my website off of that? If you could give me a few tips that would be great.

Thanks
Colby
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@RICH. Premium
I recommend you work in a niche that you're passionate about, something you really enjoy. There's nothing worse than creating content for a website year-after-year on a topic that bores you to tears.

That said, you definitely want to ensure that you can source products to review in your niche, and then affiliate to those products via somewhere like Amazon.
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Richardtooco Premium
hi rich my name is richard lopez I'm new my history is short i use to be in the good financial shape before and Im no worry about make money by online cuz my business was pretty good but my life chaenging complete when my wife get seek she has cervical cancer in four stage and I'm lost everything knowh i have to stay in house take care her my only choice is doing this and don't get me bad I'm love to do I'm planing for many time before but like i say knowh is my only way to pay my bills can you please help me I'm stuck choice the niche can you sugest me something or guive me some idea .thankyou
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@RICH. Premium
I recommend you work in a niche that you're passionate about, something you really enjoy. There's nothing worse than creating content for a website year-after-year on a topic that bores you to tears. :)
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Richard, I've just been reading your profile and it is great to see that you have been successful here at Wealthy Affiliate! I see that you are also from the UK, I am too. I look forward to reading your blog posts and connecting with you.

All the best to you Richard, Roy.
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robinjs Premium
Hello Rich!

Are you the same Rich that helped me out (and helped out many of us) a few years ago - answering questions left and right - the one to go to in the time of need? I haven't seen you in a while - good to see you are back in action here!

I'm not active in WA so much these days, but value the community and support when I need it. :D

Welcome back!
Robin
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@RICH. Premium
Hey Robin.

Yup, it's me, I haven't been active for a couple of years, but I'm back for another few months at least.

It's great to hear from you too, it's been a bit like a school reunion the last month, so many former "classmates" from 2012 stopping by to say "Hi!" and it's fantastic to see how many are still at WA and how well they're all doing. :)

How's everything going with you? Let me know if there's anything I can do to help anytime, or drop me a PM even if you just want to catch up, I'd love to keep in touch.

Rich.
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robinjs Premium
I'll PM you. :)
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YannisSp Premium
Hey Richard, i'm thinking of working on artificial intelligence niche because i enjoy learning about it.Do you think that is a niche that has potential on making money?Also i can only find few affiliate programs on AI (like 3-4).Is it a problem or maybe i'm not looking in the correct sources?Thank you and i hope i didn't confuse you !
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@RICH. Premium
It's difficult to advise as I've no experience with AI.

That said, it's a trending subject and there are searches for it http://d.pr/i/eifR

However, I'm not sure that people searching for that term would also be looking to buy.

I've no doubt Amazon will have dozens of books on the subject that you could review and affiliate, but whether you'd make enough sales to provide a decent income... ?
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YannisSp Premium
Thank you Richard, it's a hard subject in general as i have read from others but i may give it a try because if you don't test it's hard to know!
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Sampao Premium
Wanna thank you again for taking your time to help a newbie as myself. I also see that you are very active in the live chat and help many others. Inspiring is what it is. Hopefully I will be able to help others once I get a hang of this:) Again, thanks!!
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@RICH. Premium
You're most welcome! :)
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CathH1 Premium
welcome to Premium.
You have made a fab choice and I look forward to following your journey here at WA. You have all the tools and training here to build an awesome site and be successful, you just need to be prepared to put the work in to make it happen.
All the best
Cath
:-)
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Tracy47 Premium
Hi Rich! Your post gives me hope. I worked in Corporate America for over 13 years, made well over the six-figure mark, and had benefits out the wazoo. I wasn't happy, wasn't a good mom, and wasn't a good wife. So I quit and here I am. I plan to commit 100% of my time to building my online business through the training here at WA. My questions is this... how long did it take to make a full time income and how many different sites do you have? Sorry if this is too personal. I'm very goal oriented and am just trying to set some realistic ones for 2014. Thanks tons for any advice and congrats on your success, it's inspiring to newbies like me!
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