About Sdawson
Joined August 2014
My name is Shirley Dawson. I'm a retired civil servant, having worked for FDA for 33 years. I retired in the fall of 2006 and then went full-time with my formerly part-time photography studio business, concentrating on portraits (seniors, children) and weddings. Several health issues forced me to sell out my share of the business in late 2009. I still miss the work and the image editing, but I can still do landscape photography and my digital painting.

The last few years I've been training in traditional painting techniques and digital painting techniques also (mostly online) I'm married with a grown daughter and now two beautiful grandsons who are the delight of my heart.

I live in the beautiful hills of Northwest Arkansas and spend my time swimming for exercise, reading lots, working on my art and photography, enjoying my iPad and digital tools and surfing the web.

Because of a bad back and fibromyalgia, I am in a wheelchair or chair mostly or have to use a cane to walk short distances. I also have diabetes and am always reading and studying more about my disease.

Ever since I sold my photography studio, I've been looking for a way to earn extra income to help furnish/pay for our vacation/retirement home in the Ozark mountains and blow money on my grandson.

I joined WA on August 1st, 2014 and three days into my trial week, I decided to go Premium. I’ve since gone annual (paying for the next year in advance).

I love all the great things I’m learning here about affiliate marketing and building affiliate websites and blogs. I’m also making some very nice friends within the WA Community. I’m so glad I found this place and can work to achieve my future financial goals in such a great environment.

I can’t imagine another training program that offers so much as the WA Program does and includes free website hosting and such excellent training resources (with new training added all the time), along with the great sharing community here. Joining the program is as easy as starting the Free Trial, which is a week of free access to "check out" the program. You can click on one of my website links and learn more.

My goal with WA is to be able to earn enough to supplement our income, as both myself and my husband, Mel, are now retired. I also want to help my daughter and son-in-law as they serve on the mission field as Wycliffe missionaries in Papua New Guinea (PNG). I love having extra $ to blow on my adorable grandkids, both my 3 step-granddaughters in California and my 2 grandsons in PNG.

I know, with the WA training program, I am going to reach these goals. I have no doubt about this, as I’ve talked with too many successful WAers and I've been growing my own commission earnings each month.

In addition, I currently host 12 websites free as part of my Premium WA membership (which would cost me $3.99/month on a hosting service like GoDaddy-totaling over $48/month). 7 of the sites are affiliate sites I created with what I've learned here within WA. The rest are sites for friends and test sites I use to test for my working affiliate sites.

I decided to take advantage of the special Black Friday annual membership pricing of $299 and so my $25/month fee at WA is more than saved with the free hosting I get for my websites. Plus WA is state of the art hosting and support with very "fast" servers and training that is continually updated along with a huge, supportive community.

Here's a breakdown of costs for WA.

Free Starter Membership is, well, FREE for seven days. I decided on my third day to upgrade to a Premium Membership. This was August 4, 2014. I paid $19 for that first month. After that, I paid $47/month which went up to $49/month just this past year. The only increase in more years than I've been a member here.

Premium Monthly Membership is $49/month (your first month is only $19), giving you all access to the training and hosting on the platform. Paying monthly at $49/will total $557 for your first year's Premium membership. (I went yearly in November of 2015). I've continued my membership paying annually since then.

Paying annually will give you a great price break for membership. Choosing to pay this way, your annual cost is only $357 or just under $30/month. (I decided to do this 3 years ago)

Then, you can also take advantage of the Black Friday Special that is offered around Thanksgiving and pay only $299 annually for your membership. That breaks down to only $25/month for your membership. (I decided to do this 2 years ago.)

I think of that $25/month as one pretty simple meal date for me and my husband. I can easily trade one meal a month for all the excellent training and hosting I receive for my membership. Plus its paying for itself with free hosting for the 12 blog sites I manage. I just checked Godaddy cost for hosting a Wordpress blog site and the cheapest is $3.99/month.

Hosting these 12 sites on Godaddy would cost me $47.88/each month. Elsewhere would be much more say at Bluehost where I previously hosted. I'm happy to be saving $23 each month for my hosting. That is not even counting any commissions I earn on my blogsites which were slow to show sales but they have been rising in 2017 as I tweak them as I learn more. 2018 is going to be my BIG year. I've now found a way to increase my affiliate sales and have plans to spread this across each of my 7 affiliate sites.

If you do the training and the work, I believe you simply CANNOT fail to earn from your membership. Check out my WA blog site: "Earning Money in Retirement" and read my detailed Review of Wealthy Affiliate.

I have placed lots of information on that blog site about WA and its training and what I am learning.

Best wishes to you and your family in 2018.
-Shirley
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Wayne66 Premium
Good afternoon, Shirley and thanks for adding me to your network. I've added you to mine as well. Glad to see that your years here are paying off and I know that it will eventually happen for me as well.

I wish all the best to you as you continue to grow your online business and look forward to connecting from time to time.

Until then, I am,

Moving forward,
Wayne
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MojalefaR Premium
Hello, Shirley. Thank you very much for following me back. I am very excited to be a part of your network. I read your story and the review of WA with relish. Like you, I truly believe there is success at WA. Simply, the onus is on us.

Thanks for enhancing my enthusiasm for embarking on this journey. I hope to interact with you more on this journey of success.

Awesomeness!
Mojalefa.
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KevinOConnor Premium
HI Shirley,
Thanks for following me. I enjoyed reading your description as it is most helpful. I got my type 2 diabetes under control by following the advice of Dr Marlene Merrick. I used to take 80 units of insulin and drugs galore daily but now no drugs, no insulin and an A1C between 5 and 6. Her diet is easy. Its helped my cholesterol as well. Good luck here and continued success
Kevin
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sdawson Premium
Good for you Kevin, I've read about Dr. Merrick's story. Its awesome. Welcome to WA and best wishes. -Shirley
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michelemarie Premium
Hi Shirley
Great post
I am floundering in the quagmire of still working to pay the bills.
Dealing with the garbage of work politics, and what is said and worse, what is not said, but it hangs in the air like a poison.
I bring it home and I know it is destroying me
I have decided that I shall read many 'about me' posts of all my special friends here at WA and through their endeavours both successful and still getting there, I shall overcome and put all my energy mentally and physically into my future with WA
Thank you
Michele
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sdawson Premium
Michele, back when I took an "early out from my regular job" I was so ready to get out of that situation - I can understand what you mean. I sacrificed 4% of my potential pension by retiring 2 years early but it was so worth it. I still have nightmares about that job every now and then. So happy I will never work for someone else again. I love being my own boss. - Shirley
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michelemarie Premium
Thanks Shirley.
I need to look forward to the opportunities offered to me here.

Thank you for sharing your life I feel actually privileged to be allowed to be a part of your journey.

I lived in PNG for a while when I was young, my Dad was a lecturer there at one of the universities, but sorry to say I didn't like it. I guess the worse thing that I, remember, was the sameness of the weather.
Seem strange?! Well it never seemed to change , but maybe that was me all those years ago!!?
I feel your family are amazing to do the exceptional work that they are doing and I wish them so much happiness and resilience and most of all joy every day
Michele
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sdawson Premium
From what my daughter says, it rains a bunch in the rainy season and sometimes not enough the other season (at least they had to ration baths when the tank was low sometimes). They are in the eastern highlands at the Wycliffe compound of Ukarumpa now but will be moving into the Western lowlands to the Mubami villages for their translation project. It will be hot and muggy there. I'm not looking forward to that, as I will not be able to Facetime and see them or my two little grandsons then. Only satphone communications which will be expensive.
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Pernilla Premium
Hello Shirley!

Thank you so much for connecting with me. I'm very pleased to meet you.

I also took advantage of the Black Friday offer, last autumn. WA is a wonderful place to learn the online business, indeed. I haven't regretted one single day.

Shirley, I wish you a continued success. I'm looking forward networking with you.

All the best,
:-) Pernilla
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sdawson Premium
Pernilla, definitely no regrets - none at all for my Premium membership. Its worth it. At $25/month very reasonable also. - Shirley
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Swangirl Premium
Hello Shirley,
Thank you for following me. It sounds like you are doing well here! I can't imagine juggling 12 sites! I have been here for 2 years and have 2 sites. I have a clear picture of what my 3rd site will be but no time to make it happen yet since I still have a regular job.

Nice to meet you here,
Jessica
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sdawson Premium
Jessica. Right now I’m mainly working on MY BOOTCAMP
one and my diabetic one with an ocassional post to my dog one.
I’m also working on four client sites some. I need to finish one up this week. The other three are not as much priority while I wait on some verbiage from my artist friends. I’m staying busy but having fun too. -shirley
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CEllington Premium
Hi Shirley, thanks a lot for following me! I'm following you back. I read your profile and see that you've been a member of WA for a few years, you host numerous websites, and you rank in the Top 200 - Congratulations! I hope that your online businesses continue to grow and you reach financial freedom! Cheers!
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sdawson Premium
Yes I have been here a while and love it more every year. Work hard and be persistent and you will succeed here. - Shirley
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CEllington Premium
Yes, I definitely plan to work hard and be persistent. Thank you.

Quote by Tena Desae: "Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don't give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people."
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Shirley,

It is great to see you here at Wealthy Affiliate, it looks like you are very busy with 12 websites, that is a lot of websites to maintain! Carl mentioned your name to me, so I thought it would be nice to connect with you. I am pleased to see that you are taking the Super Wealthy Affiliate Challenge, I am too!

I am now following you, Shirley, I look forward to connecting with and reading your blog posts.

All the best to you, Roy.
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bobrseno Premium
Hi Shirley,
Just a note to say hello and great to meet you! We have a friend in common, Carl J. Dill.
I've been part of Wealthy Affiliate since October 2017, so not that long. I have grown to appreciate the training and platform here and most definitely the community.
All the best to you,
~Bob
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sdawson Premium
Thanks Bob for the follow - I'm following you back. Yes, you are so right about the excellent training and hosting platform here. This is the most helpful community I've ever been involved with. - Shirley
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LeeMcQuay Premium
I love your Bio. You show such a tremendous amount of strength and determination. I got a little excited when I saw you are from Arkansas. I am originally from there myself. I lived in Batesville , close to the ozark. I miss hearing the southern drawl.
I think it is awesome that you aren't letting what life has handed you stand in the way of getting what you want.
Stay strong and the best of luck in all you do.
You also have my follow for sure.
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sdawson Premium
So nice to meet someone else from Arkansas here in the Community. Mel and I moved to Bella Vista and the Ozarks from the Flatlands near Pine Bluff and we are loving the hills and Bella Vista. There are 7 lakes here in Bella Vista and last summer we took up kayaking and love that also. It is so pretty here. We have 4 definite seasons and each one is beautiful. Nice to mee you Lee and thank you for the follow and your kind words. Best of luck here - Shirley
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Frenchfries5 Premium
Oh on another note, my husband and i are in the process of purchasing the property, Tall Pines Inn in Eureka Springs, AR. It has been a long haul getting to this point, something we have always wanted!! Finally got our house sold in St. Paul, MN and hopefully ready to move soon.
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sdawson Premium
Actually, we live in Bella Vista, not too far from Eureka Springs. We had our honeymoon in Eureka Springs 32 years ago. - Shirley
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Frenchfries5 Premium
Thank is so cool, it would be great to meet up sometime. You know where I will be. :)
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sdawson Premium
Hope your move goes smoothly. Let me know when you guys are settled in. I'd like to come see the Inn. - Shirley
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Jimmyk16 Premium
Hello Shirley,

Great bio.
I enjoyed browsing around on your growing old with diabetes site. We are on the same page concerning LCHF diet and Intermittent Fasting. As you know the key is to get rid of the medication and eat naturally and in the end reverse your Type 2 diabetes.
Best Wishes to you.

Cheers.
Jimmy
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sdawson Premium
Thanks Jimmyk for checking out my site. I do believe we can get rid of type 2 diabetes if we consume a proper diet, including periodic fasting with all its benefits. Unfortunately, the addiction to sugar and carbs in our society and perpetuated by our food industry is so bad, it becomes extremely difficult to eat continuously in a HFLC manner.
- shirley
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007sold Premium
I just joined with WA premium membership. So after 3 years in the WA can you share with me the income potential you are experiencing? I would really like to understand my potential, if I work hard at the training and development. I do need some extra cash flow to payoff some credit cards.
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sdawson Premium
007, I have been with WA for 3 years, however, my progress has been hindered by some severe health issues. Thus, I really began getting commissions just this year. A couple of affiliate programs are finally bringing in just a little $. I've also received $$ from building a website for a small business and have 2 artist sites in the works where I will receive a % of the online sales. I'm not a typical long time member, as my health issues have created some major lapses in my learning and creating. However, I have found that what I've been learning is working, slowly, but surely. I definitely do NOT regret my Premium membership. At $25/month its so worth it. Be sure and take advantage of the annual payment savings and the special Black Friday pricing later this year. Best of luck and I'm now following you. - Shirley
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FrankieTrill Premium
Thanks for the love, I have to show some love back by sending you my blessings of health wealth and prosperity plus longevity to you and your family and I encourage you to stay positive and keep striving towards your dreams and your freedoms. (Time, Financial, and Location Freedom) Stay superbly blessed and highly favored Peace

Frankie Trillz — feeling optimistic. — feeling pumped.
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sdawson Premium
Thanks. - Shirley
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LindaF Premium
you can do this Shirley, I am working with Departmentally delayed and Diabetes in my Home and have come a long way in helping my daughter it is a hard road but I will keep going I know that Diabetes can be cured it is not a diseases but a condition. and don't let the Doctor tell you any different. blessings Linda
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