About SaraPoyner
Joined May 2019
I am a 44 year old mum of two who has had an awakening that I want freedom, I want to have enough energy, time, health and means to pay my bills and fulfil my souls desires. I am currently employed and self employed but strive for the day when I no longer have to trade my time and energy and my soul for money. I love travel and adventure, hiking, climbing mountains and spending quality time with my two children. I have chosen to only work (trade hours and energy for money) in school hours and term time, so this has severely restricted my earning potential through working for others. I am passionate about regaining my mental, physical, financial and spiritual health and hope this endeavour will motivate my love of research and writing and photography to provide great content to help others and give me and my family the freedom to live life to the full.
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PeteWeaver Premium
Hi Sara,

I want to congratulate you on becoming a new premium member. I can tell by your bio that you're passionate about becoming a successful internet marketer.

Wealthy Affiliate is a wonder place to learn how to become a leader in any niche. It teaches you how to become a trainer. This is what I like about it.

Follow the training and it will help you reach your goals

I'm glad that you've joined Wealthy Affiliate

I'm now following you

Pete Weaver
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SaraPoyner Premium
thanks for the advice and follow Pete! Much appreciated
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JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow Sara. It’s nice to meet you and feel free to connect with us further on the social networks shown at the bottom right of our profile.

We have also started to do some training tutorials here on WA which can also be found down there as well.
We look forward to reading your success as well as sharing additional marketing tips and strategies. If you need any help please feel free to ask

Jon and Debbie :)
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Sara And Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate.

Since you joined you will perhaps have come to the conclusion that internet marketing could be a steep learning curve and there will always be something new to learn.

You must keep referring to the training (it does get updated from time to time).

If you get really stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 490+ blogs I have published within WA.

Feel free to send me a message anytime you get stuck and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.

Have a great day.
Robert
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thank you Robert. Yes I am in the very early stages of training and using my current niche and first website as a training one. I'm used to academic writing so I am training myself to adapt for the world of internet.

Any little pieces of advice (like yours), are greatly received!


Many Thanks for the follow.
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Robert-A Premium
No probs Sara and when you read my blogs make sure you choose the ones that will help you in conjunction with whatever training you are currently taking.
Have a great day.
Robert
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adrianh25392 Premium
Hi Sara,

Welcome to the WA family. I happen to think that you have made a great choice, you will find all of the tools, training and support that you may need on your way.

I just popped over to say a massive thank you for including me in your network, it really is very appreciated. I can now look forward to sharing in, and contributing to your future success stories.

Kindest regards
Adrian
mywearablefitness.com
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NuttaneeK Premium
Welcome to the Premium at Wealthy Affiliate. Wish you the best of luck on your affiliate journey. Hope you find all the materials on the platform. People in the community are very well informed as well so you can just ask them out. Feel free to ask me any question, I would love to help if I can. :)

Cheers!
Nuttanee Knight
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thank you so much. I have found everyone incredibly friendly and generous. Thanks for the kind offer of help. I'll shout out is I need you lol
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Karin13 Premium
Welcome to Premium here at Wealthy Affiliate! There is so much good stuff here from the training to the awesome community! I think you will really enjoy all the extras you receive as a premium member. I love it here! I have added you to my network and will help out with questions you might have. I’m no expert, but I love to help when I can!

Best wishes,
Karin 😁
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SaraPoyner Premium
Karin, that it so kind, thank you. I will definitely shout out to you for help if I need it

Many Thanks
Sara
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SnazzyIT Premium
Hi and congratulations on your becoming a premier member! It is awesome to have you on board. You will quickly find as you continue in your training what an amazing bunch of people we really are (a bit β€˜mad’ to the outside world, but we are fun) and with our support, you will achieve great success. Here is to the new you! May you achieve everything that you wish to and more at WA :)
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thank you so much! I am so overwhelmed by the support which has been offered within the group. I am so excited for the future. I look forward from learning from you all!
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome πŸ™‚
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Hello
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SaraPoyner Premium
Hi, how are you today?
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chris927 Premium
Hi, Sara...

I enjoyed reading your post...and feel the same way about regaining health etc. and have the same desire to have time freed up to write and inspire others.

Praying for you!

Chris
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thank you so much Chris for your Prayers!. I also wish you much luck and inspiration on your adventure! please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.
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PaulREvans57 Premium
Hi Sara,

How are you getting on with the customising of your WordPress theme?

Do you need any help?

Best wishes,
Paul
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SaraPoyner Premium
Hi Paul

Thank you so much for your kind offer of help. I abandoned ship and deleted it and decided to continue to the end of level two training without it.

In the end I realised I was not working to my best learning style. I don't do well learning on technology or with step by step. I need it written down and need to know the bigger picture and endgame. Once I had that and knew that, I had a simple website up and running in minutes!

Many Thanks for reaching out it is much appreciated
Sara
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PaulREvans57 Premium
I am pleased that you had the patience and tenacity to figure it out your way.

When faced with a challenge it is easy to give up and say I can’t do it!

It takes inner strength too look for a different path. One path is no better than another. The best path is the one that gets you where you want to go.

Well done! I salute you!
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nathaniell 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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SaraPoyner Premium
Good Morning Nathaniell

(not sure what time it is where you are but here in uk it is early!!)

Having a Niche is not my problem, I have 9 Niches that I would happily, passionately research, write about and promote. So I have decided for my first website to go with organic baby products.


My first problem is the website, I have tried to build it, but there are not images in the media library. Is this because I am not a premium member? Or do I have to source and pay for any images myself?


Also I am based in the UK so should I make my website UK based with Uk companies and affiliates or USA? Or Both? How do I generate traffic to my site depending on which route I go?


I have many more questions but they go beyond where I am at, in the process and training so i'll stick with those two for now.


I look forward to getting your advice, but for now...Coffee.


Sara
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SaraPoyner Premium
I'm going to be honest Nathaniell, After waking up at 5am all motivated and raring to build my website and then over the course of four hours being driven to despair and my soul slowly dying, i'm not doing too great.

I am finding the technical aspect of building my first website impossible.

Heres where I am at... I chose a Niche Organic baby Products - Check
Chose a Name - Check
Chose a theme - check
clicked on theme and hated it - check
tried to amend theme - nope
tried to amend theme another way - nope
went into customise and then amend theme and was given an option of four. Found one I loved (Twenty Seventy Theme)

So then I clicked on it, thought I was amending it. It let me amend the Home page. Uploaded a picture and changed the text easily. Then there was no amend options available for the other sections?
I then spent two hours trying different things and thought I'd ask a question, but couldn't find anywhere the 'ask a question tab'?!?

Tried to message you, but of course I have to upgrade to premium for that. Tried to write a blog to get help, but only alowed one blog a day. So I reached out on live chat, only to be directed to youtube!! or some very complicated technical training.

So Is Twenty seventeen available or do I have to be a premium member to use it?

How do I amend my theme once chosen and hated? because at the moment it just directs me to a white error screen?

My son just came downstairs and said Mum I don't think you should do this. It is taking all your time and making you upset and angry. So here I am...

I'm sure in a years time and I have multiple websites, I will laugh and revel in today and its dismay and challenges, but for now, a break!

Hope you can help?
Many Thanks
Sara
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nathaniell Premium
So there are 10,000+ themes out there, which is why Live Chat directed you to YouTube. Theme customizations aren't really necessary to make money, and would be impossible to track all of them and provide training, so most people will direct you to theme-maker resources for stuff like that.

Changing a theme is easy though. There is no "best" theme out there - it's all a matter of taste. That being said, I always recommend you start with something simple. White background with black text is the way to go. Choose a simple homepage that displays your blog roll, a top menu, and the sidebar. That's it!

Everything else is pretty much a distraction at this point.

Here's just a few simple themes I found that I like, but there are thousands more out there. Let me know if that works for you Sara!
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SaraPoyner Premium
Yeah I'm going to be honest I abandoned and deleted the whole website in the end and concentrated on watching the training to the end. Think I misunderstood the whole point of the first website building, and thought it was going to be my actual website, wanting beautiful pictures and great content etc. I then got to the end and realised it was just a dummy practice run. So I'll go back now and do a very simple one.

I have some questions about Premium membership. In the training it mentioned there were 'different levels of membership'. So will premium membership see me through to releasing a website that is able to make me money, or am I at training level 3, 4, 5 etc going to be upsold to have to pay extra or for another level in order to reach that goal?

As a ex sales person i'd rather know up front. What is the cancelation policy? Am I tied in for a set period of time or have to give a certain notice period?

I've got to be honest it has been a very stressful 24 hours. I have found the training style and technical jargon difficult. But now I know this I can adapt it to my learning style. I will also take your very good advice to keep things simple.

I have been impressed by the network and the support I have received from them.

Thank you for your advice and time I'm sure it is very precious and I thank you for taking some of it to reply to my despair!

Sara
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nathaniell Premium
The Premium payment is only one level. $49/month or $359/year. There are not extra levels of payment or restricted content.

The "levels" just refers to the topic of the training. Level 1 is basics. Level 2 is traffic. Level 3 is monetization, etc.

For canceling, you can cancel at any time. If you want to keep your websites live though, you will have to move them to a new host.

Premiums can cancel their subscription at any time in account settings. Do so at least a few days before the expiry date of that monthly or yearly subscription because otherwise it will auto bill.

Click "Account Settings", then "Membership". You will see the Cancel Billing Link under your avatar and details.

A Premium member can cancel and return to WA by logging in to their cancelled account, making the payment from that point on, which will re-activate the subscription, and continue where they left off. If they had an owned domain website and did not move it out, Site Support will recover it on request for up to 6 months after leaving.

Alternatively, if you want to leave, you can choose to host your website somewhere else, and you can still keep your domain at WA. You can choose to move that as well if you want.

If the website is on a paid domain, you will have 30 days after canceling to back it up and/or move it to another hosting service. If it is on Siterubix dot com, best to use the WP import/export tool to backup the content because free sub domains cannot be moved to other hosting but the content can be uploaded elsewhere.

Regarding your website, it's not a "dummy" site at all. You can move your *exact website* to a full .com domain name once you get to that part of the training.

You can change your theme at any point as well, so if you are not happy with your theme, you can swap it out later.

Let me know if you have any more questions!
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SaraPoyner Premium
Hi Nathaniell
Thank you so much for your thorough and transparent answer.

I upgraded to premium and I am incredibly happy and excited!


Many Thanks
Sara
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nathaniell Premium
Awesome! Looking forward to working with you Sara!
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karell Premium
Thanks, Sara also you're welcome. Wishing you a happy journey.
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karell Premium
Hello Sara,
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Community. I hope that you are able to reach your goals and wish you a good journey. To continue all the Steps of Training corresponding.
Success,
A.Karell
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thank you so much for your lovely welcome and best wishes for my journey. It is much appreciated.
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sminman7 Premium
Hi Sara,
It is a pleasure to meet you with WA! Best wishes for much success with your awesome WA journey and adventure!
Michael Inman
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SaraPoyner Premium
I love that you refer to it as an adventure! and so it begins...
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JDew1 Premium
Hi Sara,

Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. I hope you are able to reach your goals you have set for yourself. If you're just starting out, it will be a challenge but if you follow the great training and community support provided, the sky is the limit. Just don't give up and keep working to achieve your goals.

Justin
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thanks Justin
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nathaniell Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Sara!

Nathaniell here - you probably remember me from my site One More Cup of Coffee. I'm glad to see you've signed up and are ready to get started building your online business.

Right now, there are just two super important things you need to know.

1) If you ask questions and interact with the community you are far more likely to see results with your business. The support here at WA is the best in the industry...please take advantage of it.

2) You can talk to me about anything! I've been a member for 9 years now, so I'll be able to personally answer any of your questions about WA or starting an online business. Leave a message on my profile https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/nathaniell or respond directly to this message!

There are a ton of other features worth exploring, but they are explained in the main training. Time to get started on the first lesson!

PS. Did you know that you'll already have your website built by lesson 4? Crazy, I know!

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Since you joined through me, I've got two surprises for you when you join the Premium membership.

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Watch a professional do things step by step and get an overview of how this biz works. Watch him build the website, including research, rank, content creation and monetization. Total length of the videos is 2+ hours

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Shave off 3-4 weeks of startup time when you avoid these mistakes. These common time-wasters will delay results for many newbies. Get your business ranked and earning money as fast as possible.

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Before you go, can you please respond to this message 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.

~Nathaniell
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SaraPoyner Premium
Hi Nathaniell

Yes decided to take the leap for a change, instead of second guessing and waiting and then regretting. I figure its worth at least seeing what you guys have to offer. I have looked at many affiliate marketing gurus and coaching, in particular six figure mentors but my instinct did not feel comfortable with their philosophy. (If you are connected to them I sincerely apologise). Your blog 'just one more coffee' really resonated with me.

I have spent most my working life as a financial advisor working within a banking environment but decided 5 years ago to return to university. After graduating my degree with first class honours, I decided to only work school hours and term time because I got used to spending time with my children. Due to this, I am currently employed on a zero hours contract, which has not given me work for 4 weeks and I went self employed to have more freedom, but now end up working twice as long for half as much money and if the client cancels I get paid nothing, If me or my children are sick, I get paid nothing and this has caused me to run up debts just to survive and pay for the basics. Don't get me wrong I am truly grateful we have a home and do scrape the money together for food etc, however most nights I would say 'There has got to be a better way?'

Then two days ago I found your blog. and here I am.

Since university I have grown to love research and writing and had been looking for an outlet for that love. Whilst listening to an audio book about 'Having a love affair with my money' I was introduced to the concept of affiliate marketing and multi level marketing. This completely spoke to me as I just want to sit with my laptop on my travels and adventures earning passive income!.

Having tried many network marketing schemes in Weight Loss with Herbalife, Avon, Forever Living Aloe Products, and another brand of protein shakes I can't remember because it was such a failure and I ended up living on protein shakes for 3 months just to not waste stock!. I hated flogging my new marketing to a death to my friends and family.


So here I am with a desire to clear my debt and hopefully take my family back to Portugal next year. I then hope that within 3 years I can give up trading my time and energy for money. To be able to be financially free but still 'work' only school hours in term time. I am willing to work hard, and through university I was used to writing 3000 words a week. I have a passion for self help, healing, nutrition and vitamins, love beauty products, hiking, camping, climbing mountains and traveling so I have plenty of niches I am truly passionate about and it would be a pleasure researching. I also have 44 years of life experience and the 3 years of research into theatre, acting and mindfulness I conducted at university.

I have researched lots of affiliate programs in the UK which would connect to the above niches. So I suppose I should get on with it!!!

I look forward to learning from you and any advice will be greatly received!

many Thanks
Sara
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nathaniell Premium
I'm curious how you found my blog Sara! Glad you did though. I can tell you are ready to make some big changes to your life, and not afraid to work to achieve them. The good news is that you won't need to sell protein shakes to family to get there :)

You can definitely leverage your experience in finance or weight loss to start a website though. Those are both evergreen topics, so will never go out of style. The main thing to focus on at this time would be what "niche" you want to focus on within those broader industries (if that's the direction you choose to go).

Have you started the training here yet?
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Theresa-John Premium
Hi Sara!

Welcome to WA! We are fairly new to the community as well, but there is awesome support here!

All the best to you!

Theresa
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SaraPoyner Premium
Hi Theresa (and John)

Thank you for the welcome!

I am very excited that I have finally taken the leap. I am usually very suspicious of schemes like this, but it just got to the point where every night I was shouting 'there has got to be a better way?!' and I was led here.


Good luck with your journey and I look forward to exchanging feedback

Sara
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