About Sdawson11111
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 granddaughter 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 fibromylagia, 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 grandchildren.

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). Thank you Kyle and Carson for the Black Friday $299/eyar specials.

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 few years ago. The only increase in more years than I've been a member here until 2020.

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 $459 or just about $41/month.

Then, you can also take advantage of the Black Friday Special that is offered around Thanksgiving and pay less annually for your membership. Your monthly fee will be reduced greatly. I'm not sure what the Black Friday
Special in 2020 will be yet.

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. Check it out yourselfhttps://www.godaddy.com/hosting/wordpress-hosting

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 blog sites 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 2020.
Sdawson11111's Goals 4
Money Goals
Money I would be happy earning
I would be happy earning 1k each month
Money I would be ecstatic earning
Earning 3k each month would give me a great lifestyle
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
I am willing to spend 30-50 hours each week.
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Dec 19, 2016
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Sdawson11111 Premium
How much money per month would you be happy earning?
I would be happy earning 1k each month

How much money per month would allow you to live the ideal lifestyle?
Earning 3k each month would give me a great lifestyle

How many hours per week are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
I am willing to spend 30-50 hours each week.
Carson Premium Plus
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 Plus
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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ecs1957 Premium
Hi Sdawson, I like your courage and determination. Me I am 61 and new to online marketing, so I took a break, because I could not get further in building a website and a very good friend of mine who is 62 decided to help me out but now she is at a point where she is blocked too. We do not like bothering Kyle all the time. My friend's name is Madelene and was wondering if you could help her out we really want to succeed with WA Thanks in advance
Sdawson11111 Premium
What are you stuck on?
ecs1957 Premium
I need to add some more on my ancestry site but there are so many into that type of site I dont know what else to add, I have How to organize your research, Ancestry? I can help you and About me.wondering what else I could put. I'm struck. Do you have any suggestions. Thanks.
Sdawson11111 Premium
Why not use the Jaaxy tool under Research on the left and put in ancestry. Go through the results and you will get some ideas like: DNA tests
My ancestry
Family ancestry
free ancestry records

Also go to google search in your Browser and do the same and look at the results, you will find stuff like:

Ancestry apps
Books on ancestry

Click on some of the results and read - you will find inspiration and new ideas for blogs doing this.
Add a "contact me page" and a Privacy Policy Page also to your site. Check out the requirements for the new EU law and comply with that. Put a disclosure for affiliate links in each post at the end or as a widget on the footer or side of your site. Check out my mall site and see how I've handled this in each posts. https://bellavistaonlinemall.com
ecs1957 Premium
Thanks for the information very much appreciated
CandP Premium
Shirley, thank you so much for following us back! You are such an inspiration. We need to keep earning and WA is the perfect platform. We are still in the training stages and loving every minute. Your validation of the program really ignites our enthusiasm. Thank you and we wish you every happiness and success! Colette and Philip
jimroberts54 Premium
Thank you for following me Shirley. I am also hoping to make money to supplement my retirement. I am comfortable but would like to have more to travel and give my kids and grandkids things they would otherwise not have. I have confidence that this is my ticket to change my life.
Ddownie1 Premium
god bless you shirley.we sound alot alike...i have rheumatoid arthritis and need both hips replaced.wa is what ive been looking for for 5 years.i will retire in 2 years and so that is my time frame to get rocking with WA.i have no doubt i will be succesful.have a wonderful day, Dan
geniusbabe Premium
Amazing back story Ms. Dawson. I am glad to hear that you are doing pretty well. I put off starting with WA for 2 months because I was chasing other shiny objects that turned out to not be worth my time and effort.
I have learnt so much in my 2 days using this platform. I also love the love and support I am receiving so far. I also love thst everything can be done from the platform. I don't need to join a facebook group to get the comminity and support I need. I hope to be able to contribute and make a difference here.