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 really 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 and a little granddaugher 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, creating WordPress blog sites, 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. One of my blog sites is about living with Diabetes.

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 grandsons.

I joined WA on August 1st, 2014 and three days into my trial week, I decided to upgrade to Premium membership. 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 daily), 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. (look to the bottom right on this page to see some of my sites listed).

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 and granddaughter 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 21 WordPress websites free as part of my Premium WA membership (which would cost me $6.99/month for each site on a hosting service like GoDaddy-totaling over $146.79/month). 17 of the sites are affiliate sites I created with what I've learned here within WA. The rest are sites for paying clients, 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 offered for the last several years 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 a year ago. 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 total access to all 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) and began paying $359/year in advance. I've continued my membership paying annually since then, including taking advantage of the $299/Black Friday Special in 2016 which brought my fees down to just under $25/month. The BEST ever price and so worth it.

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 several 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 in 2016)

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 $6.99/month.

Hosting these 17 sites on Godaddy would cost me a total of $118.83/each month. I'm happy to be saving $93 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 since 2017 as I tweak them as I learn more. 2019 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 17 affiliate sites. The increase is slow but working.

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: "EarningMoneyinRetirement.com" 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.

If you would like to try out WA starter membership for a FREE 7 days without having to pull out your cc, click on the "join now" button above.

Best wishes to you and your family in 2018.
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Money Goals
I would be happy earning $60,000/year (or $5,000/month)
I would be ecstatic earning over $100,000/year
I would be willing to invest between 20-30 hours a week.
Money I would be happy earning
Money I would be ecstatic earning
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
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sdawson Premium
I would be happy earning $60,000/year (or $5,000/month)
I would be ecstatic earning over $100,000/year
I would be willing to invest between 20-30 hours a week.
Carson Premium
Hi Shirley,

These are great goals and I know that you will work hard to achieve them! One of the most important aspects of building a successful business is having goals so that you always have something to work towards!

Keep on taking action within the community as you have done here, you are well on your way!

I am here to help, so please let me know if you have any questions while you get started. I look forward to helping out!

scottdogg187 Premium
Awesome goals Shirley!

I know that you can and will reach these goals with lots of hard work, motivation and determination. Now that you have set some goals you have something to work towards.

There are over 2 billion people online everyday. If you can reach out to only a small percentage of these people, and help them out, you are going to be very successful in the online business world.

Continue to take action like you have been doing here and let me know if you need any help or have any questions. I really am looking forward to working with you Shirley, and seeing you achieve these goals 1 step at a time.

Talk to you soon
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I would be happy earning $5000 a month which would be $60k/year. I would be ecstatic earning over $100k/year I am willing to spending 30-40 hours each week to do this
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Hi Shirley, nice to hear from you. I look forward to getting to know you my new WA friend. Sorry about the huge delay in responding but I am a bit slow at the moment. Trying to do too many things at once.

I checked through some of your sites. Unfortunately the one I am really interested in hasn't much in it yet. I was looking for your salad recipe book. How is that going?

Keep working hard, having fun and don’t forget to ask questions.

A very nice boss once told me, ‘Helen, when you ask a silly question everyone else breathes a collective sigh of relief because they don’t have to!’ And that is so true. No question is silly so ask away.

If I can’t help I might be able to point you in the right direction.

Now let us keep in touch.

sdawson Premium
Hi Helen, that site "Salads to Live For" is currently on hold while I work through the SWAG training. I don't want to have too many irons in the fire right now and so its idle while I work on my Bootcamp site and one other for the most part. I have several sites that are on hold right now that will be fun when i get to them. I look forward to talking with you here in the community - shirley
HelenpDoyle Premium
Shirley, I have the same problem. My other site has a red site needs work message!
Llahai00 Premium
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Melissa901 Premium
Hey dear so I was kind of surprised I went to go see your websites and low and behold I seen one about Arkansas. This is where I am as well. Although I did read it I am not sure what this group is. But thought it was interesting you were doing one from where I am at.
PRS72 Premium
Hi Shirley , your Bio is a very similar story as mine, except my husband has passed. I am a senior, with physical limitations and looking to supplement my income. I am still on my $19 a month, joined Premium and also will pay annually. This community of such wonderful people within WA is amazing. The tools WA provides makes it a “No Brainer” to me as a true Newbie, that with hard work I too will be successful with the goals I have set for myself. Thank you for sharing your story !

kmer6 Premium
Good day to you Shirley, my name is Ken and I thank you for the follow. I'm following you back.
I wish I would have known of Wa a few years ago. I could have shortened my learning curve a lot. I jumped in with both feet when beginning my online marketing career. I usually learn via hard lessons which is why I must do everything on a budget. With all the great training here included in the premium package, I no longer have to keep my wallet open, lol.
I look forward to working with you and wish you much enjoyment and success in your online journey.
sdawson Premium
Welcome Ken, you will love it here. Best wishes. - shirley