Course 3 Finished, Reflections of what I have learned.
Starting out with no knowledge at all on internet marketing has not hindered me from succeeding with Wealthy Affiliate at all. The training has moved me along a steady path and with improvements all long the way. There is still a lot more to learn but a lot of it is going to be experience in applying what has been taught.
I have learned the basics of how to set up a website, to buying a domain and transferring that site to the domain. I have learned about creating content and the need to have quality content that is meant to offer help. I have learned about key words and low hanging fruit and how to use them to help bring traffic to my site. I have learned about the different ways to monetize my site and how to use them properly. I have learned how to apply for affiliate links and how to insert them in my site. I have learned about Google Analytic's and Google word tools to gather information about how my site is doing. The journey through all this has been difficult at times but so rewarding after getting through a challenge. It was so nice to not have to go it alone but to have the community here for support and encouragement.
A word of caution for those who are just beginning this journey with Wealthy Affiliate. It is easy to get distracted and get off track by reading the posts and e-mails from the community here. It is also easy to get impatient with yourself and think you are not moving ahead fast enough or making progress. Sometimes doubt may creep in about what you have created and if it is good enough. I know because I have been there.
It is important to be part of the community here and to read the posts and ask questions. But it is important to remember that we are not all at the same place and have not all learned at the same pace. Some may be further ahead than we are and so they are posting according to where they are and what they may be learning or have already learned. Because of this we think we have missed something when we really have not come to that place in the lessons yet. My point is that if you are patient with yourself and follow the lessons in the order that they are presented you will have a majority of your questions and concerns addressed. At the end of each lesson there is a discussion post, to post any questions or comments about that lesson. There are activities that must be done before moving on to the next lesson. I advise you not to skip these because they are vital to the learning process that we all must go through.
Overall know that the community here is very interested in helping you achieve the success that you are hoping for. They will answer questions that you post and try to direct you to where you can find the answer weather that is to a class or video that already answered that question or to someone on the Wealthy Affiliate team for more technical questions.
I know that there is more for me to learn and I am excited to get on with that learning. I know there are days when I am discouraged and question my ability to do this. Through all of that I keep plugging along and before I know it I have reached the end of that particular hurdle. You can reach your goals too. Just take it step by step, talk to the community, take a short break and then start in again fresh. Best wishes to all here at Wealthy Affiliate and thanks to all who have been there to help. Robin.