Two Years Ago Today, I Joined WA

Last Update: December 27, 2014

December 27, 2012, battered and broke, I finally found the review that would change my life forever. The online "opportunity" I was in...was a scam! Go figure.

But, like many here, that review provided the link to my future...and like the determined entrepreneur I was, I followed the link and landed at this place called Wealthy Affiliate. As I recall, I didn't sign up for my free account right away but I kept coming back throughout the day and wondering if I should sign up. Finally, I figured, what the heck, the kids broke our bank that Christmas and WA was free, might as well "cash in" on something.

And two years later I'm still here. Have I learned anything? Well, slowly:

  1. Thank goodness Kyle and Carson have been patient with me, both have given me lots of one-on-one time and suggestions for my website.
  2. I've known that I'm not the most astute businessman; in fact, I'm not astute at all (JK). And I struggled with understanding Bootcamp, doing product reviews, and selling...period.
  3. But I stuck it out, I listened to myself and others, and now my creative juices have been flowing as I've finally followed my passion for writing. I'm working on my 3rd book and hope to have that many more written next year.
  4. But writers need websites,too, which is why I still need WA. Not only for my own books but to do reviews on other books and programs that promise writers how to get-rich-quick writing eBooks or such nonsense. And I keep coming back here to redo the lessons that I need (building an email list is my goal for 2015).

My advice:

  • Believe in yourself,
  • Be patient with yourself,
  • Learn from and lean on the WA community

These are the things that what will help you through your first two years of working online. Oh, by the way, I'm not battered nor broke anymore.

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ROHaragraff Premium
Hi Rick, I was digging through older posts for fun. After 7 weeks it feels Ike a few months. 2 jobs and still digging in : ). I am finding a niche writing and enjoy it. What one token of advice would you give a newbie as I look 2 years ahead :)...just got fun! Rob
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RB17 Premium
Congrats! I'm hoping to do the same here at WA. Onward and upward!
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Rick Jantz Premium
I wish you all the best, it can be done.
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023400 Premium
your post was inspirational, congrats.
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you. I'm gad it helped. All the best to you in 2015.
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Loes Premium
Congratiolations with your 2 years anniversary:)
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you. They've been full of frustration and joy as I've explored who I am and what I want to do and say.
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Jenna7 Premium
Congratulations on all that you have achieved Rick, that is so cool.
Also, how exciting to have some books published and be working on a third.

Have a great weekend. :)
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you, Jenna. Writing has been that passion I have ignored for too long. It's really true what we're taught here, follow your passion and make that your business. Maybe a new post: "Make Your Passion Your Business".
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ar20746 Premium
Great post Rick. Wishing you a happy anniversary and many more to come.:) Joze
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you, Joze. I enjoyed writing this post and wanted to give some encouragement to others. I wish you all the best in 2015 and to your anniversaries as well.
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gombirot Premium
Very inspirational indeed. I'm putting on my work boots. There's no stopping now.

Tich
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Rick Jantz Premium
Right on. Strap them tight and work towards your success. All the best to you in 2015.
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Shawn Martin Premium
So glad you joined Rick. It has been a pleasure having you around. :)
Congratulations! Now, ready for the challenge?
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thanks, Shawn. I am getting ready. I'm almost done my settings, moving on to my character bios, and then I will develop the outline. I shall be writing January 1st (I hope this pre-work is OK). That's what I need to do my 70,000 words. What do you think of this title: "A Witness To Murder"? Let's rock. :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
I like it, good title.
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Sheden3 Premium
Excellent Rick,especially the finale. Thank you for the encouragement.
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Rick Jantz Premium
You're welcome. I hope those tidbits help. They're things that I always come back to. Keep working and you will find the success that you're looking for.
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Sherion Premium
Great post as usual Rick. Hope you and yours is doing great.
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Rick Jantz Premium
Hi Mary. We're good. How are you? My oldest is in university and my youngest graduates from grade 12 this coming spring. I wish you all the best in 2015.
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Fisher Premium
This is one of the great stories you've written. And a real one. Fantastic.
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you. It's great to see patience and perseverance pay off and it certainly has started for me. I wish you the same in 2015.
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Brez Premium
I'm so glad for your success, I'm at where you where two years ago, I would like to be published myself and it's encouraging to here it can be done, you should be proud of yourself. I wish you all the best.
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Rick Jantz Premium
I apply the same rules to my novels that we are taught here - quality writing and don't compromise. I've actually downloaded a number of free books that are just awful. It makes me realize that I want to be known for good stories. I look forward to reading some of yours if you ever publish.
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DoubleTap Premium
Great stuff, Rick.... excellent advice!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you...again. I've really enjoyed getting to know people here and you, for one, have always helped and encouraged me over the past two years. Have a great 2015.
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DoubleTap Premium
Thank ya' Rick, and likewise. It's been an interesting two years, no doubt. 2015 is definitely going to rock, though. With all of the great things that have been added to WA and yet to come, it's just going to be a matter of discipline. I'll be right behind ya', partner! Have a great New Year Rick!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Same to you. I trust your website is going well and that it will continue to grow and rank in the New Year.
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Congrats on the 2 years Rick,
as well as the not battered nor broke. :-)
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thanks, Ken. Don't know what I would do if I weren't here. It's become my rock and a place where I recharge.
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Ken-Pringle Premium
You are welcome Rick.
Yes I have only been here 6 months.
The WA community is my virtual family.
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AAllatt Premium
Oh Thank God for the last bit! ; )
What a great post Rick! Thanks for sharing! You give me hope for sure! This is just what I needed to read today. : )
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Rick Jantz Premium
I'm glad it helped. Be patient and build a quality website. The training here works and the community is awesome.
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ladyj4180 Premium
Congratulations on your success and 2 yr anniversary!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you.its had its ups and downs but the last six months have been all good. I wish you all the best.
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PhyllisE1 Premium
Good for you Rick!!! It's members like you who give us newbies hope.
Phyllis
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Rick Jantz Premium
That's why I wanted to share it. We need to stay on track with what we want to accomplish with our business. It's so easy to get side-tracked and go chasing shiny objects that promise get-rich-quick schemes. Keep moving forward and be patient.
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rosieM Premium
Congratulations! Not only on your 2-year anniversay, but on your growing success! It is so often hard to 'stick to it' when you don't see immediate results....yet stick to it is exactly what you did...what we all must do!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Yes, we need to post "stick-to-it" on the inside of our eyelids sometimes. It's so easy to get discouraged but we are building for the future.
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rosieM Premium
hahahaha....absolutely!
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JeanR Premium
Awesome Rick....
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Rick Jantz Premium
It's been a great two years. This place becomes like home in more ways than one.
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cookma54 Premium
Woot! Woot! Congratulations, Rick!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you. Definitely worth the time to learn to do it right.
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AllynBeekman Premium
Fantastic, Rick. Sticking with it is key, isn't it? Have a blessed 2015.
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Rick Jantz Premium
You're absolutely right, sticking to you vision and you goals is key to anything. I wish you all the best in 2015 as well.
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SowAndReap Premium
Congrats! :) To a very prosperous 2015
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Rick Jantz Premium
Same to you. I think 2015 is going to be a fantastic year and I trust that it will be for you as well. Now let's "get going" :)
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SowAndReap Premium
I hear you Rick, this week I really didn't get much done. Now I have to get back to get going :)
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Rick Jantz Premium
No worries, time off is ok. Make yourself a schedule for next year. Annual, then six months, then three months, then one month, and then weekly. I really plan to do better with this myself.
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kleblanc13 Premium
Happy anniversary
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you. I'm so glad I stuck with it. Guess I'm in my "terrible twos". :)
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Christabelle Premium
Congratulations Rick on such a wonderful two years! & on such a wonderful Anniversary report! I wish you even greater success in 2015! Christa :)
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thanks, Christa, I appreciate your kind words. I wish you all the best in 2015 as well.
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Christabelle Premium
Thank you!
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boucherda Premium
Rick
Well done!
David
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thanks, David. Some things take a while and some of us take a while to learn. Glad I stuck to it, I'm definitely seeing great success.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Happy Anniversary and a Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
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Rick Jantz Premium
Right back at you. Thank you for being so supportive and encouraging, it means a lot.
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Michelle04 Premium
Well done on your two years here! I can tell you have come a long ways and it is always an inspiration to read blogs like this!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Hi and thanks, that's why I wanted to share it. I think it's important that members see that we're in this for the long haul and their online business won't be quick and easy. It takes determination and persistence. All the best to you.
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kennnyb Premium
Happy Anniversary Rick. I've taken a lot of your suggestions in the past and you are always right on the money.
Ken
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Rick Jantz Premium
You are too kind, Ken. Thank you for your encouraging words and I wish you the best in 2015.
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Janne444 Premium
congrats on your two year anniversary!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you. I look forward to reading yours :)
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divadejunk Premium
Great post, Rick! Congratulations on your writing success and progress! All the best to you in the New Year!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Thank you and the same back to you. Is there a book forthcoming? :)
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