Some Newbie Advice I wish I had - Veterans pop in with additional advice :

Last Update: February 28, 2016

This is LONG I know and I'm sorry - but I think it's a pretty good read for newbies or those people struggling.

Please give this article a chance - READ IT!!

I have been wanting to write this blog for sometime now but I keep putting it off and don't even know why - because I say the same thing over and over again when I help out newbies or those struggling - so I thought I would compile some advice I wish I had when I first started or when I was struggling - and hey all you veterans out there - add to the stack of advice - let's help out all that we can to get others started off on the right foot!

First of all WELCOME to WA - I hope you are Premium - if you aren't that is my first bit of advise - go premium - you won't regret it - there is just SO much more training, so much more support, just so much more everything - it's not a decision you will ever regret. GO PREMIUM!! Definitely :)

WA is NOT a scam - it is a true online university that trains us on how to create our own online business - the work is up to us - they just give us the tools we need to shine!! If you ever have any doubt about WA's integrity check us out in Google scam alerts and see what you find - nothing but positive feedback - check the BBB - although WA is not accredited with the BBB we still rank a B+ check it out for yourself. This is a TRUE business opportunity - how far you go is completely up to you!!

OK so here are some highlight points of advice...

First question always asked right out of the box - will I make money at this? Well, that is all up to you - we have tremendous success stories here on WA about people and how financially successful they are - look it up in the white bar at the top of this page. So YES - you can and you WILL earn money at this as long as you are dedicated, work hard, stay focused, and NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!! We are not in a race here - so maybe it takes you a bit longer than others - that's ok - you will get there as long as you persevere!!

Always do your lessons with integrity. Listen to the whole thing, complete the tasks, and participate when asked, and don't skip anything - you might just learn ONE thing in that lesson that you skipped that you may need in the future.

Participate in the community - this helps your rank - it doesn't do anything for you financially - it simply demonstrates that you participate within the WA community - and you earn the blue badge of honor as you progress - so stay involved - and believe me - when you read/participate in feeds you will learn A LOT!! However, don't let the community suck you in for hours like Facebook does - you will never get any work done on your website. So always remember website FIRST, social SECOND but don't forget to stay involved.

Do everything you can through WA - they offer everything from websites, to web hosting, to keyword searching, Email, and SO much more. Keep it in the family - it will be easier on you in the long run. BTW - Jaaxy IS owned by Kyle and Carson - so if you join you are still keeping it in the family.

Don't jump ahead of your lessons and go rogue on your website - take it from me, it's a bad idea - you will have to go back and do A LOT of editing. Just take it step by step and follow Kyle's proven plan of success and you will also achieve success - jumping ahead will only take you longer overall. If you haven't learned properly how to do something DON'T DO IT!!. I admit I did this - and I regretted it - I had a LOT of changes to make when I did hit that training. Keep up with Kyle and follow what he says when he says it!!

ASK lots and lots of questions - our community is awesome and there is always someone there to help you out - but you won't get that help if you don't ASK!! You can ask the whole community by using the white bar at the top of this page or you can create relationships when you are involved in the community and pick specific mentors that you connect with. They will help you every way they can.

Work on only ONE website at a time - don't try and do two. It will be VERY time consuming and neither one will probably get the attention you need to give to it. Complete one - learn from it - get it finished to where you are just doing upkeep then move on to an additional site if you so desire. Unless you are a techy - then you can probably manage it - I know I can't!!

Picking your website theme - I wish SO bad that I had this one little piece of advice when I first started. I'm a stupid girl - I simply went with the website them that I thought was "pretty" no one advised me on functionality. Have your niche in mind and how you want your site to function in mind when you pick your website theme. RESEARCH that theme, read all about it, preview it, picture your niche and your desired set up on that theme, decide if it will work for you. It took me 4 different themes to finally settle on one that works the way I want it to. Just because someone else really likes a theme they are using doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you - Just DO YOUR RESEARCH on your theme before you pick it - it will save you time and and a really big headache.

Picking your niche - If you want to promote WA that is AWESOME - go through the Affiliate Bootcamp and get it ready set to go. If you have something else in mind be sure that you know your niche, you are well informed about your niche products, that you can speak on your products with confidence and knowledge, and that you have researched your niches capacity to earn revenue. You can look this up on Google real easily. You can see trends for at least a decade on certain products. And KISS - Keep It Simple S... don't be too broad - focus your niche to a specific theme/product - Kyle speaks a lot on this in his opening lessons - but I had to add my 2 cents just to get you thinking.

Now you have picked a niche and a website and it's time to start building - DON'T worry about the Askimet thing - we don't use that anymore - we use WA SpamShield instead - we always get questions on this one - so if you know this up front you don't have to ask!!

Do your About Me page & Your Privacy Page get them posted and get feedback. Remember, you want your content long - start practicing this with your About Me page. No less than 350 words. Ultimately you will be creating content on your pages that range from 1400 to 2000+ words (Google LOVES long content pages). Don't forget the picture on your About Me page :)

When writing content you can NOT copy and paste - the content must be original and must be your own.

Keep people on your website - don't link outside your website for articles or such - keep the links inside your website. And when you do link outside your website to an affiliate page/product be sure that you click the box "open in a new window" so that your page is always there for your consumers to quickly get back to.

Add lots and lots of pictures - people love visuals!! Understand the copyright laws on posting pics. Be very VERY careful with this one!! Create your own videos and post them - have fun when creating your content and make it appealing to the readers.

Last think I promise - then other community members can add to the list - Please have people look at your pages as you create them - take feedback as a genuine gift of help. You need a fresh set of eyes to check your spelling (especially if English is not your native language), to help you edit wording, to catch your spacing, to advise you on sub-headers, etc...etc... Avoid slang, avoid foul language, and no nudity or pornography! You want your content to flow and to "look pretty" as well. Find a good mentor that is a good writer and I promise you they won't care if you ask them to preview EVERY single page you create - We ALL want you to be successful, and WE all want to be successful - the only way to do this is to work together!! We are a community and we are family here at WA - take advantage of that!!

If I can ever help you in any way - please just ask - you can PM me or you can go to my profile page - I am on here every day - and I am happy to help you any way I can. If I don't know the answer I promise I will find someone who does!! I'm still learning too :)

Best wishes and Happy Building - To your success and to ours!

~Shannon

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jphe Premium
thank you,
nice to know
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lakbar12 Premium
Great post! thank you for sharing
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LisaWeaver Premium
Is there a wày of bookmarking this advice?
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Jurgen78 Premium
Yes, just click on the star above.
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LisaWeaver Premium
Thanks!
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LisaWeaver Premium
This has really helped thank you x
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Barryw1 Premium
It's great to ask questions but I have learned more by finding the answers myself using the various methods at WA. Not only did I find the answer to my question but picked up a lot of other answers I was not even looking for.

Live chat and discussion are great tools but you may want to make sure that the answers you are taking as truth are not from someone that started yesterday. Or even from some vets, me included.

Find your own path and blaze it. Because there are ways and methods out there that nobody has thought of yet. You be the first one to profit from it. They may even name it after you.

Thanks Sharon.
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Surfdude123 Premium
I tend to agree here. It would be cool if some of the people who had a few years experience on here and were active could mentor some of us newbies. I think we need tips on the not so obvious but deeper aspects of the program. That is what I need help with. PPC, scaling and indepth keyword research and comparisons.
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Barryw1 Premium
Hey Surfdude123,

I have been doing pretty well with PPC Bing. I'd be glad to share what I know.
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Surfdude123 Premium
That would be cool. Any help would be appreciated!
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celiacman Premium
Thank You Shannon
You have really been helping so many of us with your information.
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WindiJwaks Premium
Thank you, Shannon! I'm glad I'm getting this great advice early in the game. I wish everyone was a little bit like you, then WA would really be a great Community. GBU!
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SandiT Premium
Hi Shannon. Very well said. If I could add check out the training provided by other members it is a valuable resource, also visit some of their websites and get some ideas. Jay's live video classes are fantastic and people can learn a lot. All the best to you and good luck to everyone!!!
Sandy
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carlradke Premium
Thanks Shannon, that was a great read. And it gives me hope. I just finished level 1 and discovered that I need to become a premium member to continue . I was hoping to start some sort of income before spending any money. Well after reading your message I think I will take the leap and join as a premium member. Could you give me feedback on my "about me " page? Best stand up paddle boards dot site Rubix dot com. Thanks Carl
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karell Premium
Hello, Shannon Thanks for your important information. That's great to know. I wish you Success
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BruceAdams Premium
Hi Shannon,

Thanks for sharing. You give us hope.

Bruce
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Deepthy Premium
Thank you Shannon for this informative article and Congratulations and hope you have a good time with your twins:D!!! I do have a doubt...
What did u mean by research your theme? How do u do it? thanks...
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GregAyers Premium
thanks Shannon for the information Just joined a few days ago going through the lessons seems like a lot to digest,organize and implement. I will keep at it ! thanks again
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Hje65 Premium
Shannon, thank you so much for this. Such helpful, encouraging and informative advice. Is there a way of saving blogs (such as yours) to favourites to easily access and re read?
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you so very much for the compliment and for wanting to save my blog it means a lot to me that you got that much information from it that you feel it's going to be helpful to you in the future. Yes you can save it if you go up in the top left corner there's like a white star if you click on that white star it'll turn yellow and then whenever you go up into the upper search bar anytime you search for anything all of your favorites will appear right there before you first and you can go to all of your favorites whenever is something that you don't need or you don't want anymore you just simply turn the yellow star off it'll go back white and it won't appear in your favorites anymore. I hope that helps and again I feel very honored that you want to keep this for assistance as you grow here at wa. I wish you all the best and I'm happy to help out anytime
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Hje65 Premium
Thank you! That's great to know.
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celiacman Premium
Great tips Shannon
Not so long once you start absorbing all the beneficial information
Thank You
Jeff
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BeverleyK88 Premium
Thanks for the good beginner tips Shannon. Appreciated.
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cindyaleach Premium
Wow, Shannon! Lots of really good things to know. I am a real newbie, as this is my first post - PERIOD! Thanks for sharing.
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kvchung Premium
Hi Shannon, great tips to follow by. Thanks so much for putting this up.
Kevin
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DJ-Yogi Premium
WA SpamShield? I guess you meant WP?
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ShannonSB Premium
No , we have Spamshield now instead of Askemit
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Thanks for all those great tips Shannon -:)
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DDASHCZAR Premium
The article is awesome. Thanks for sharing it :)
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pronad Premium
The article answered some of the questions for me. Thank you, Shannon.
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kirstenbish Premium
Great article Shannon! It answered a lot of questions for me. Thanks!
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Dfoxmd1215 Premium
Shannon,
If I find a good YouTube video about my topic can I put it on one of my pages to reinforce the original content I wrote. It seems like it keeps them on the page and does not take them away from my site. Am I allowed to put a YouTube video on my page or is that illegal?
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Kav Premium
I believe you can share youtube videos on your site.
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Dfoxmd1215 Premium
Thanks for the reply. Do you know this for a fact or does anybody else know?
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Kav Premium
Just got this from Warrior's forum, someone asking a similar question.
'I think it is fine. As long as you are officially embedding it, you are not stealing any credit away from the original maker of the video. Anybody who clicks to view the video on YouTube will be directed to his or her page, and not yours. It would be different if you downloaded somebody else's video and uploaded it to your website with no sign that the video is not made by you'.
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Dfoxmd1215 Premium
Thanks that is very helpful.
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ShannonSB Premium
When you share a YouTube video that you did not create you need to have author permission or else its the same thing as taking written content or pics without proper citation or permission from the author. Just be very VERY careful when using someone else's material.
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Kav Premium
I didn't know that. I've shared loads of videos from YouTube but not heard anything so far.
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ShannonSB Premium
I do know that Google does not like things that are repetitive especially when you're doing written content I don't know how Google Ranks videos you might want to ask one of the higher ambassadors "upsgirl" is a good one to ask about the YouTube videos you can also ask Kyle but it may take him a few days to get back to you but if you just type in "upsgirl"s, name in the top white bar you'll find her tell her that Shannon told you to ask her and ask her about the YouTube videos I just don't want you to not get ranking Google because you've been using someone else's videos without permission or without citation or because it's too repetitive. So just double check on it and be careful that's all. Just trying to protect you!! I wish you all the best
Take care ~Shannon
Oh Michelle is another good one to ask for advice from too.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Good info.
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CliffMF Premium
Thanks Shannon. W.A. has already become my 'timewaster' on the internet, but hopefully with a productive result ultimately!
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TThiessen Premium
Thanks for the blog Shannon - I enjoyed reading it and found it informative. Will definitely need to keep some of those things in mind as I continue with the lessons!
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Zidor Premium
Hi Shannon - I'm quite new and have to admit you present a wonderful example of dedication and perseverance - When I am looking for inspiration your story will be there - Very impressive - I look forward to learning from and with you and someday I will be able to return the same - Best - Henry
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ShannonSB Premium
Hi Henry I'm glad you enjoyed the blog and I hope that there is something in there that you can use as you begin your journey here at wa. I am always here to help in any way I possibly can. You are welcome to PM me anytime with questions and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible if not then you can reach out to the entire Community by using the white bar above and you will get a plethora of answers from are amazing community.

Best wishes to you and your building success, Shannon
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I have just started and still filled with doubts. I just know that sometime soon the window will freeze and a popup will demand an unlimited credit card number. My question then is; how much did it cost you to get your website to its current status? There has to be more to it than $47 a month. Who is hiding behind those bushes?

Steven

p.s. I love your first site niche! It fits my mental concept of Texas girls. :>)
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ShannonSB Premium
Texas girls - LOL that's funny!!

Anyway - nope - there is NOTHING behind the scenes here at WA. What you see is what you get!! Nothing else, I give you my word! I paid my initial $19 for my first month and I have paid my $47 monthly membership and I get all that you see.

You obviously have to pay the once per year hosting fee if you want a .com, .net, .org etc... - but that's the case when you build any website with GoDaddy or anywhere else!! SiteRubrix is totally free all together :) I hosted mine here at WA and I think it was like $13 or something to that effect - I try to keep it in the family and anything and everything I do is through WA.

Jaaxy the Keyword Tool Site owned by Kyle and Carson is an extra monthly fee of $19 - but it is TOTALLY optional and is NEVER pushed on you. I didn't join Jaaxy because we have a FREE Keyword Tool here on WA - so I figure why join Jaaxy at this point - I do fine with the FREE Tool on the WA site. And, I am ranked in Google and my site is nowhere near done, so I am doing fine with my content writing and use of keywords here on WA.

So, honestly - Premium is the ONLY way to go if you really want to build your business - you get all that you see in the first 7 days of full access. After that you can remain free (with never any pressure to go Premium) but there are restrictions on the free membership - with Premium you get all you see, ALL the lessons, more websites, I could go on and on and on - but definitely Premium is the way to go.

Here is the chart that fully explains the difference between Premium and Starter Memberships - and yes - what you see is what you get and YES for only $47/month!!
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/banners/show/wealthy-affiliate-membership-grid.png

Now if you go out on your own to advertise that's your business and CHOICE. There a lots of ways to advertise that you have to pay for - but that is totally up to you. Kyle teaches us how to optimize our keywords and rank in Google and that will get you all the traffic you need to succeed - TOTALLY FOR FREE!!!

So why wait - SIGN UP!!! This is the most awesome place I have ever been a member of - I give you my solid Texas word!!!
~Shannon :)
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DACagle Premium
Very informational and helpful Shannon. Thank you.
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you!! I'm glad that you found some stuff in there that will help you. I'm here for you if you ever need anything just let me know.
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JMaston Premium
Thank you Shannon. It all sounds like good advice. I can't wait to get started.
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ShannonSB Premium
I love the enthusiasm!! Well, get started then :) and if I can ever be of any help please let me know!!
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Ingo Premium
Hi Shannon..thank you for your post...luckily i spotted it..yesterday I was stuck for a niche and decided on WA bootcamp..very keen on that...am waiting for money to buy my own domain..in the meantime I stumbled on a niche that i think would be perfect for me..so I continued with the " getting started " lessons...was on the verge of creating my niche website when i read your tip on not tackling 2 websites at once..Im new at all of this so I concede that it is not a good idea..now i just have to choose whether I go with niche or WA..will also take your advice of sticking within WA i.e buy my .com domain here...
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ShannonSB Premium
I'm glad I could be of assistance - and again that is just a suggestion - if you think you can handle it then I say go for it - I just know that it would be WAY too much for me - you need to be pretty techy and a great writer to get that much done if you are working on two sites at a time. But if you think you can - go for it - we are ALL here to support you!!
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DanBrady Premium
Thank you. I liked this post as well. Its very encouraging to have it all laid out like that. Especially when you see how well you've done.
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you very much for reading!! I hope it will help you as you begin your journeys. If you truly find it helpful and want to refer back to it just bookmark it using the little star up top - click - it turns yellow - and when you are done with it - click again - it turns white and it's no longer bookmarked. Enjoy your journey!!!
~S
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Surfdude123 Premium
I have been here three months and still learning daily. It never ends but its important to take breaks so you dont get overwhelmed or suffer from burnout.
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ShannonSB Premium
Agreed!! Take a day at least once a week where you don't touch the computer (I feel guilty when I do that) but I know that a lot of people need that - please don't get on burnout!! And if you can't stay away (like me) then just switch it up a bit - maybe you are totally frustrated with your website and burned out on writing and creating content - then spend an entire day just having fun in the social areas of WA - it can keep you busy all day I promise - and it will help your rank. Or if the lessons are just too much for a bit - then focus on perfecting little bits of your website - add to it - beautify it - something. Just don't do the same thing everyday all day or you will totally burn out!! Take breaks, change it up, do what you need to do for you - we are not in a race here - it's supposed to be a fun experience - make sure you keep it that way :)
Best wishes to everyone!!
~Shannon
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Thank you Shannon for this wonderful write up and pieces of advice. I am very sure going forward they will all come handy.

This will accelerate my learning and also help avoid beginner problem. Thanks much
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ShannonSB Premium
You are very welcome - if you truly liked it and think it will be useful be sure you bookmark it by clicking the little star at the top of the page - it will turn yellow and you have now bookmarked this page. You can always click it off when you get the hang of things and don't need this anymore :) Just a suggestion!
Good luck - and I meant it - I am happy to help you out anytime - just shoot me a message on my profile page and when you become Premium you can PM me and I can give you all the editing advice you want!!!

Best wishes,
Shannon
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RogerHumbke Premium
Much needed information by every newbee and beginners like me. It certainly cleared up some challenges I was having.

Regards,
Roger
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ShannonSB Premium
I'm happy that it can help you in even the slightest way!! Best wishes to you as you grow and build!!
Take care,
~S
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stonia4 Premium
Thanks Shannon...these tips will go a long way..
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ShannonSB Premium
I hope something there will help you along the way.
Best Wishes!
~Shannon
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justclay12 Premium
Thank you for the tips. I'm still holding back from jumping all in, mainly due to fear of failure. So I'm trying to read the blogs and trainings to absorb as much as I can. It really is scary to do something out of our comfort zone. I'm glad all of you are here to keep me inspired and hopefully give me the strength I need to do this.
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ShannonSB Premium
I am not the only one here for you - the community is AWESOME!!! You will have so much support along the way there is absolutely nothing to worry about, And as you do the lessons if you just follow exactly what Kyle asks you to do you will be fine - just don't stray from his lessons and try to jump ahead. If you don't understand something go back watch it again, pause do the task, and watch, then pause again... that's what I do when he gets to stuff that's too confusing - and you can watch the lessons as many times as you need to. It's not a race - just do the BEST you can - and Yes of course I am here for you. Just PM me and let me know if I can guide you in any way - but the only way to get help is if you jump in and swim - go on - START!! You will have all the lifesavers you need to learn how to swim :)

Best wishes!!
~Shannon
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hueyc Premium
Shannon, I am a newbie here. Thanks for the great advices. Will keep them in mind
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MistiC1976 Premium
very good advice, thanks to people like you here @ WA- we all have a chance to succeed.
It always helps to know you have someone to turn to if you need help.
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TobiasJake Premium
Great advice Shannon
I will keep these points in mind as I wade through this mountain of information
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ShannonSB Premium
Just take it step by step and do all the tasks that Kyle tells you to do and you will be fine. It's not a race - just take your time and do it right the first time so you don't have to go back and do a ton of editing later on!! I'm here for you if you ever need assistance. I will do my best :)
Take care!
Shannon
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jwangbic Premium
Great advice Thanx...Will keep your ideas in mind as I move forward
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you I am glad you enjoyed. I hope you can utilize many of these items as you progress. I am always here to help you as you move forward - just PM me.
Best Wishes,
~S
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bgoon Premium
Thanks Shannon - really appreciated the advice about themes and doing the research.
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ShannonSB Premium
You are very welcome!! I am glad you found something useful!! Happy to help ANYTIME!!! Just PM me!! Best wishes as you grow and progress in your adventures here at WA!!
~S
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MagsErasmus Premium
Great article! Definitely referring back to this as I move slowly along. You name will go on my help list. Thank you so much. Magda
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ShannonSB Premium
Please do add me to your help list I am always happy to help out just PM me and I usually get back to people in less than 24 hours. Also if you like the blog is that well and you found it that useful you can save it to your favorites there's a star in the top left corner of the blog if you click on it it will turn gold. And then when you're done using the advice and you don't need it as a favorite anymore you can click on it again and the star will no longer be lit. So you can do that for the time being and use me for all the help you need just PM me. and utilize the community as well by using the white bar up top we are all happy to help you succeed here at WA
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haithamah Premium
Thanks Shannon for the advises up there, very useful...
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celiacman Premium
Awesome post on things I would have never even considered, so nice of you to share this with us all.
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you!! I hope there are some things in there that can help you along the way - BEST WISHES!! And I mean it - I am here to help ANYTIME you need it - just PM me :)
~S
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Barifs Premium
That help a lot . Thanks Shannon
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preciousns Premium
This is so useful! Thank you so much for sharing this!
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paulkelly Premium
mighty post Shannon :) its my first day @ W A !
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ShannonSB Premium
WELCOME!!! We are very glad to have you here!!! I hope that my post will help you a little along the way - use what you can!! Know that I am always here to answer questions if you get stuck. Feel free to PM me anytime. Also,the community is AWESOME and will answer all your questions in a snap and there are many professionals on here that give great advice - just don't forget to ASK!!!

Best wishes!!
~Shannon
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louis23 Premium
Great post, I'll keep all of this in mind as I am just getting started
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ShannonSB Premium
AWESOME!! I hope there is something in there that you can use as you begin your journey here at WA. WELCOME :) and if you ever need anything please never hesitate to ask!!
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WMS Premium
Thank you so much for taking your time to provide such valuable advise. Appreciated it.
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ShannonSB Premium
You are very welcome!! I hope there is something in there that you can truly use and you begin your adventures here at WA!!
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SimplyT Premium
Useful advice.
One small correction, if you don't mind.
In this paragraph: "Picking your website theme..."
I'm changing your "stupid" to STUPENDOUS!

Hope your having a wonderful week.

T.
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DaleMurphy Premium
Great advice Shannon. Picking your website theme is probably one the single most important pieces of setting up a WordPress site. There are so many variations, I have not looked at all the come with WA membership, from how many columns, where they are placed on a site, menus, you name it.

Another great tip - However, don't let the community suck you in for hours like Facebook does - you will never get any work done on your website. Right now because I am still a noob, a Premium one at that I still find myself being pulled away from training so read comments and being involved.
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ShannonSB Premium
It's ok - we all do that sometimes - some days I just don't feel like working on my site and I make it a social only day - no progress toward my success and building my business - but sometimes I just need a break away from it!! Just make sure you HAVE FUN and don't burn yourself out on ANY part of WA!! Enjoy your adventure here and you will enjoy your success. Thank you for reading and commenting!
~S
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Chrissies Premium
That is great advice Shannon, thank you so much for sparing the time to help us. I would really love it if you would be my mentor too.
Would you be willing to look at my website so far, I have just written the first 3 pages as Kyle advises? If so, it is:
onlinemarketingwithchrissie.com.
Thank you so much, Chrissie
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ShannonSB Premium
Left you a message in PM - It's long - but I wanted to give you thorough advice. Thank your for the compliment of wanting me as one of your mentors - I hope you feel the same after reading my PM. I have spent all morning on your site to help you out - helping people is one of the things I love most about WA - I get great pleasure out of helping where my strong suits are - I certainly ask a lot of questions myself and of the community - I only feel right giving back equally if not more!! What comes around goes around. Enjoy my editing!!
To your success,
Shannon
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shainey16 Premium
Shannon, thank you for giving me an answer. Can you be my mentor also? I think I am more comfortable working with a woman, just like me, like a sister. Plus, you've mentioned facts beginners truly have, and that's me. Thank you for this, Shannon. Your advice does help me a lot.
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ShannonSB Premium
Absolutely - anytime you need me just pop on over- happy to help anytime :)
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PaulKater Premium
Superb advice. Thank you for taking the time to detail all this.
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Leader17 Premium
LOVE this! Thank you
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ShannonSB Premium
You are very welcome - I hope there are some things here that will come in handy for you as you grow! Wishing you all the best!
~S
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puresoul3 Premium
Excellent info to help make things more clear! Thank you!
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you - I hope there may be something here that will help you along the way!! Of course the community is always here to help if you need them - as am I. Best of luck building!!
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CharlesHamby Premium
Thanks for the wisdom Shannon. All the best, Charles
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Sandralh Premium
Excellent advice new here many thanks!
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ShannonSB Premium
You are very welcome - I hope some of it comes into use!!
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IG135 Premium
I think I am going to be next to 'bother' you Shannon. I love your article thank you. I started here for over 3 months without being premium and I thought this is the time. I tried and have learnt but I will ask for some help now. So thank you for your lovely article and your awesomeness. Blessed be
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ShannonSB Premium
I am very happy to help you out in any way - I hope the article was helpful - and I hope I can help you move along. Just pop over and let me know. Best wishes - and welcome to Premium!!
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ARusu Premium
Awsome article Shannon!
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theart Premium
Man! some many questions answered by reading your blog. I was going to start creating multiple websites, but now I will focus on one at time. Thank you Shannon.
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ShannonSB Premium
You are welcome!! Happy to help anytime!
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lmwood646 Premium
Some great information for everyone especially if you are just getting started. I have been here 4 mo. and I wish I had this to refer to along with the lessons. Trust me, This is good stuff. Don't get ahead of yourself, you'll be going back for something that you skipped. It's a waste of time and, Oh, So frustrating.
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LisaFrancis Premium
Great website !
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Handymandan Premium
Shannon this is great advise, thank you so much. I will be contacting you soon I'm sure.
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ShannonSB Premium
ANYTIME!! I'm here to help any way I can!
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Thanks shannon for this information. It really helps! I will be bothering you a little bit soon! :D
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ShannonSB Premium
NEVER a bother!! Pop over anytime. Happy to help!!
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Jurgen78 Premium
Excellent advice Shannon! Your post has made it to my personal bookmarks ;)

Cheers!
Jurgen
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you!!
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TerriD47 Premium
I am a newbie to WA and this blog came at the perfect time. I have been going through the trainings and had so many questions to ask that I didn't even know where to start asking. My head was definitely spinning and this information answered many of the questions I had. Thanks for this post.
Terri
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ShannonSB Premium
I'm glad it can help you out - if you need anything else please don't hesitate to ask!!
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kenistyles Premium
Hey Shannon, great article you're right on so many aspects. This is a wonderful welcome and help to WA new comers. May I add you're a great writer too. Very personable and informative, that's something that shines through in your post and website. Congratulations and keep up the great work. Wholeness.
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you so very much for the compliment!! I would certainly hope that I can write by now - as I was going through my PhD program my professors were HARD on me - talk about tear you apart piece by piece - they wanted perfection - they are why I know how to write and edit as well as I do now - straight "A's" through my Master's and my PhD - I'm glad I at least got my writing skills from that!!! Thanks again!! I hope the article helps some folks out :)
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sundrapoole Premium
Thank you Shannon!, I still dont know about the inside and outside links you are talking about, But I guess its in the lessons somewhere.
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Lilianna Premium
I think it is in certification course 3. Since learning I need to go back and link to my review page instead of outside links until I get my ratings up.
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swallace65 Premium
Thanks Shannon! Great post sprinkled with many "gold nuggets".
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ShannonSB Premium
That's a pretty big compliment thank you very much. All I hope for is that it is helpful for you and if you ever get stuck again my offer stands please let me know I am happy to help anytime just PM me hopefully the article will give you a good leg to start off of and again if you need anything just let me know. Best wishes and best of luck here at WA
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ChasPhillips Premium
Great Article, great advice and an easy read
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laurenjean Premium
Oh Wow Shannon... how did I miss this??? Awesome post!!
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you so very much!!
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CathyZheng Premium
Great job Shannon, and I did learn a lot from this blog.
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KarenEB Premium
Thank you for this. As a complete Newbie - its a great starting point.
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LizPB Premium
Really helpful! Thanks
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Juliusrocks Premium
Very nice article to read and advice especially on getting multiple site. I am trying to build one but I guess change mind now!...lol

Cheers yo!
Julius
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WebBasedUser Premium
Hi shannon, excellent article.
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mattmike Premium
Good advice, I'm guilty. Can't imagine your fast success. Good luck in the future. Deanna
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MKearns Premium
Great article Shannon. I do have one question I always wondered about. Why is WA ranked as B+ and not A with the BBB? It is a mystery to me and I think it is an A or A+ organization. I haven't seen anything but one extreme grievance report some years back. My take is that BBB is a US controlled organization and WA is in Canada. That shouldn't make any difference. Any thoughts?
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SJB Premium
I don't think that the place of business makes a difference. Perhaps WA should check it out. I have yet to read a bad review.
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ShannonSB Premium
Just go to the BBB - you will see why we have B+ but that's awesome for a company that isn't accredited with them.
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jimisan Premium
Thank you for this awesome article....
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bettinaG Premium
Awesome news Shannon, congrats !...You've definitely inspired me, keep up the good work !
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Maryc1 Premium
Thanks Shannon. That has helped me stay focused.
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SandiT Premium
Thanks Shannon. Very good advice. I tried jumping ahead on my lessons and doing website myself but didn't go over very well.
Sandy
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ShannonSB Premium
Yeah - I did too!! You regret it now, huh? I know I did - I had to edit a lot and FAST!! I had screwed up some stuff that was real no no's. So don't worry we all have been there - just trying to share so that people don't go through the same anguish I went through!!
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writenow Premium
Thanks, Shannon, that helped a lot as I am Now rethinking my niche. Your newbie advise should be required reading!!!! Rick
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ShannonSB Premium
Let me know if I can help you in any way - be sure to RESEARCH your niche - and be sure you really like it so you can talk on it - your customers want to know that you know what you are talking about. I'm happy to help out if you want to swing it by me - PM me :)
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MaggiG Premium
Really, really helpful blog! Thank you so much.
Maggi
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Wayne66 Premium
Good blog Shannon, lots of good info here. Can I change my theme even though it's live and will that effect the pictures?

Hope you are well.
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ShannonSB Premium
Absolutely you can change it - I did - 4 times!! Just do it and work with it a little to see if your new theme is more suited to what you want it to do - if not - then change again - but I seriously suggest that you REALLY research your theme before changing so that you don't have to go through the same headaches I did!!
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Tezsie Premium
Thanks for the marvelous tips!
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reiver Premium
Superb article Shannon, I have to say that we all need to make mistakes, it is an essential tool for learning. Learning from others can help propel us to our destination quicker.
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ShannonSB Premium
That's very true - that's how I conglomerated all this advice for you guys was due to my own mistakes and learning along the way!! Try, fail, try again, fail again - ASK ASK ASK - that's the only way to figure it out sometimes.
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dickw Premium
Shannon this is a marvelous training for new folks and others as well. You put a tremendous effort here.....Dick
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you so much :)
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azmod Premium
Thank you shannon for the very informative and straight-talk post. You are part of what really makes this community shine.
Don
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ShannonSB Premium
Thank you so very much!! I'm glad it was an easy read - it was long - so I am glad it was an easy read :) Thanks again!!
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Googlmans Premium
Great post, Shannon!
This will certainly help those starting out as I too have let my eagerness to start a website or 2 or 3 get the best of me. You have some really good pointers and advice. As for the training, personally if I could start over, I would do all the training once through without starting any website, then look at the case studies by Jay, then on the second time through, start doing all the tasks, and really stick with 1 site to start for sure.
Paul
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ShannonSB Premium
I totally agree with you - I seriously hope this helps people not suffer some of the mistakes many of us have already made!!
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LKumar Premium
This is one of the best articles I have read so far. Thanks
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ShannonSB Premium
WOW!! Thank you!!
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JayZ Premium
Had to Print it and have a hard Copy......Makes total Sense...Great Gut Level Post!!
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ShannonSB Premium
I love it!! Thank you so very much - I'm glad it was useful for you!!
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speedking Premium
Very well written Shannon, and yes, it's as you say, follow the training to the finest detail .........not necessary to reinvent the wheel here, just follow through. Take care, Johan.
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ShannonSB Premium
Down to the tiniest detail - even if you think something he's telling you to do is not relevant or you already know that - do it anyway - follow him and do every single task no matter how big or how small - it's the only way to learn how to do it RIGHT!!! That's something I feel very strongly about - I see it all the time people asking questions that I know were covered in the lesson - did they watch it or did they just simply not do the task? I don't know - but a lot of headache could be gone if people would just follow Kyle the way he has it designed. He's the millionaire - so what should we do - go rogue or listen to someone who knows and who's successful at this!! I say listen to Kyle!!!
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Muule Premium
Thanks for this, Shannon!
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samu64 Premium
Grate article, Sannon, most of us need this.
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jasonluke Premium
I Love this!! Such awesome advice! Thank you so much! Also i totally agree about not skipping ahead on lessons! I'm fairly impatient but have forced myself to slow down and take it all in and it's the best thing i could have done!
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ShannonSB Premium
I skipped ahead because I figured stuff out on my own - so I just went with it - to later find out that yes I was doing it (mechanically) right but not right for the content - I should have waited!!!! I learned my lesson definitely!!
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demarsd Premium
Thank you! I made a copy of your article so I can keep it on my desk as a reference. Very helpful, Dave
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ShannonSB Premium
I'm honored <3
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jphe Premium
Thank you.
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Jrowlands Premium
Hi Shannon, this is so helpful.
Thanks for taking the time and sharing this post.
Have a fantastic day.
James
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Cristina11 Premium
Thank you, Shannon! When do you think someone isn't a "newbie" anymore? Comparing with AlexSol for example, I guess we are all "newbies".
But my question is about the average person.
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ShannonSB Premium
Honestly I agree with you and we are all no matter how long we been here or how high are ranked as we are all continuing to learn as we progress you never stop learning
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vic38 Premium
Thank you so much Shannon, long post yes but much needed for us newbies. Very helpful indeed:)

Regards,
V
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ShannonSB Premium
Sorry it was so long - I tend to be a bit long winded - but I have been building this blog up in my mind for quite sometime now - as I answer questions and see the same stuff come up over and over and over again - I just felt it was time - I hope it is useful for future joiners and people continue to read it. It's just a beginners help point - I want them to start off right and not make some of the same mistakes I did as a newbie!! Hopefully this blog continues on and on - I think it's a good helper - yes long - but hopefully helps!!
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soulhurdler Premium
Thanks Shannon for the long post :-) I did read it all and it was worth it. Good advice and thanks for the taking the time to help others.
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ShannonSB Premium
Sorry it was so long see my comment above - I felt it was necessary!!
:)
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JudeP Premium
Thank you :)
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ONettle Premium
Thanks Shannon! This is very helpful.
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Jeg12 Premium
Thank you. I need this to get me back on track again.

All the best.
Michelle
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SadieChan Premium
Indeed, A must read for all Newbie, Thanks Shannon.
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ZachMathews Premium
Thank you Shannon, you're more confirmation how amazing this community is!!
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AlexEvans Premium
Think you pretty much covered it, Shannon thank you for sharing.
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MageshK Premium
Excellent blog for a newbie like me.. Amazing stuff!
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SZev Premium
Very nice post, Shannon. However, I'm not sure about your point about "Keeping people on your website." My understanding is that linking to authoritative websites in a post is a good thing SEO-wise. I suppose it's a trade-off because while it may help with SEO, it gives the reader an opportunity to leave your site which obviously you wouldn't want. Hmmm...
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ShannonSB Premium
Obviously people are going to go off your site when you affiliate with someone they're going to click on a product or a link or something that's going to take them off your site and leave them to their site all I'm saying is don't link directly to articles or anything like that you don't want the articles to be off your site you want to read the article recreate the article in your own words make it your own and then post it on another page in your site so that when the person is redirected there redirected inside your site and don't forget always even when you link to an Affiliate have them link in another window so that your site is still a tab that they can get back to you right away you don't want to lose a customer. I hope that helps to clarify that a little bit if not just PM me and I'll see if I can further explain or help you understand how to click that box to keep them from leaving your site
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SZev Premium
Understood, thanks
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Swangirl Premium
Great summary of the main points for beginners, Shannon. I wish I had seen this when I started! Like you I jumped ahead of the training accidentally. Here are my additional two cents:

I am so glad I thought through my niche, domain name and theme very carefully. I think this allowed me to get to the first page of Google immediately. I have had several people ask how to choose a theme. I direct them to Marion Black's training on this. Look for one that is SEO friendly/"responsive", (you can use the "filter" when choosing a theme to limit the options) clean, not cluttered, just a few colors. Read the descriptions of each theme to determine what they do and what they are good for. The descriptions often explain if the theme is good for e-commerce, blogging, photography etc.

This as well as picking a domain name that was also a good keyword phrase helped with my initial ranking and getting off to a good, clean start. I tried other themes on tester sites I had on SiteRubix so it was easier to determine what I wanted on my own domain.

I also have not had much luck with chat. Maybe that is just me. I do better searching to see if my issue has already been addressed and usually it has. If I still need more help I post a blog or go back through the training or email a buddy.

Good luck new members!
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ShannonSB Premium
This is one of my mentors everybody she rocks it so anything she has to say I would definitely listen to it is great added advice and she is definitely a good go to. Thank you so much we greatly appreciate you ma'am!!!!
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Swangirl Premium
Just adding onto all YOUR good points! Thanks for the vote of confidence!!! You are awesome!
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ShannonSB Premium
By the way I happen to agree with her on chat I have not had hardly any luck with the live chat I've tried multiple times to become involved in the live chat and it's basically more conversational than informational I agree that we are better off to look for answers in the white bar at the top of the page or read other peoples comments from pages that you're on and you will learn a lot just from that
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Rayford Premium
Hi Shannon,
Well, you knocked it out of the park again, but I'm not surprised at all because you alway do. Keep coming with the knowledge. I'm soaking it all up because there are lots to learn in this game. You go, girl, because with just the short time I have been here you have been a world of help to me and an inspiration to my spirit. I thank you for just being who you are; you are the best. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. I am hoping that will be soon.
Much Love,
Rayford
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ShannonSB Premium
Lol you make me smile. Thank you so much for all of the awesome compliments
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JesseLaird Premium
This is great advice!! I wish I had this when I first started! Thanks Shannon
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Lilianna Premium
Thanks for this Shannon. I am now almost to week 4. Some days I feel like I will never have my site ready. I like the theme so far except I can't have comments on my pages, only my posts. But I really like the way it is starting to look. For video links. Can we get in trouble if we use ones on YouTube that pertains to out niche? I just put one on today. I want to engage readers but not make a ton of videos myself. My post today is www.pottytrainyourpuppynow.com the best dogs for families if you want to let me know what you think. Thanks again for all of this information.
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ShannonSB Premium
Just to be safe I would always ask the author if you are permitted to reuse their videos again we want to watch copyright infringement read page carefully read the post carefully and possibly contact the author
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Lilianna Premium
Thanks.
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RTejeda Premium
Shannon, great information, great post. I wish you success in your online business.
Thanks for your support, time and dedication.
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Brookline Premium
Brilliant summary Shannon ... Highlights the correct procedure to follow will be of great help to new members
Thank you,..... you have identified some early errors of mine also that need correction
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ShannonSB Premium
I'm so glad I could help you out some :)
Best wishes!!!!
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Mmorale28 Premium
Thank you, this is one of the best newbie advice I have read , excellent advice very detailed am so happy to hear this . I will surely follow thus advice, thank you Shannon have a great evening.
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AnthonyVi Premium
Very informative, as a newbie, I really appreciate you doing this, should help me out a lot. :)
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CathyS Premium
Here's my 2 cents worth ... finish ALL of the training! Then, after you've completed all 10 courses, go back and go through them again. You'll be probably surprised at what you missed the first time around.
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ShannonSB Premium
VERY GOOD ADVICE!!!! I use the pause do, pause do, pause do, and repeat method when I am watching lessons... But Cathy's way is just as functional!!!
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char12ger Premium
Thank you so much for this article. I just got done writing the "About Me" and "Getting Started" pages, I am now going back through them and adding more content. I want to add pictures and as Kyle suggested in the video, a comments section, except I don't know how. Can you or anyone help me with that?
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ShannonSB Premium
Go to Appearance > Customize > Page/Post settings > click "on" for allow comments on pages > Save

That should work.

Try this first - it's the easy way - if it doesn't work try my next post - it takes time, but it works!!
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ShannonSB Premium
I'll PM you
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char12ger Premium
Thank you!
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karell Premium
Hi, Shannon, Good article.Many success
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edtay78 Premium
Hi Shannon, thanks for these great pieces of advice.
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Kelly49 Premium
Thank you Shannon. This is good info!!
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Rosdy Premium
Thanks Shannon.. It sure does helps a newbie such as me...
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AvonlieCaden Premium
Awesome article, Shannon... very, very useful. Thanks! = )
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Gaylon Premium
Hi Shannon, congrates on you resent accomplishments. This is a wonderful reminder for those of us new to this. It's a learning process and takes time, but I need to get back to work. Oh yeah, I'm doing that now. Thanks for your post, it's a very good read. All the best! ~Gaylon
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Mklunn Premium
Thank you Shannon. I really appreciate your support. I will most likely ask for comments as I progress. Slowly but surely. Thanks again. And congrats on the new success. Many more to come. Kate
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speedicut Premium
Great advice Shannon, I wish you wrote this a month ago when I first joined because I've made a couple of those mistakes already ! :-)
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Placy Premium
Thank you Shannon for the great advice!
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TomasB Premium
That was awesome AND inspirational Shannon.It wasn't too long either,it was just right.Thanks for sharing.
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scorpwealth Premium
Incredible simple and logical honest advice. thank you so very much. Hopefully I will be able to help you out in return soon enough.
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bill808 Premium
Your opt-in list and autoresponder is at least as important as your website. Start building your list now.
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ShannonSB Premium
THANKS BILL FOR THAT ADDITIONAL INFO!!!
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Melaniess Premium
Great post Shannon, All the questions I had when I started as well!

Melanie
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bjdluna Premium
Shannon,
That was so great! It's good for newbies and anyone who may have forgotten something because they haven't looked at it in a long time
Reatlly great job!
Barbara
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ZEGU Premium
Thank you for very useful hints and tips
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Amanda914 Premium
Hi Shannon, great tutorial! I especially like your point about themes. Best wishes, Amanda
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gjrs Premium
Thanks for the advice Shannon, very valuable.
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jimisan Premium
Thank you for the kind advice.....
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hadams Premium
Wow, what a great tutorial! You've listed the best main points of what I've learned here so far. Thanks from a newbie!
Heather :)
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RaeAnnePond Premium
This was a great post Shannon, thanks! I have been having questions lately about Jaaxy so it's really good to know Kyle and Carson own it. I had no clue. Thanks for that tidbit of information as well.
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foodking Premium
Good read, Shannon. I just asked a question today that you wrote about. I have a affiliated link on my website and it close my page to get to the link. you said click on the box to "open a new window". Where is that at? Thanks again for the read.
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foodking Premium
Shannon........disregard my question. I found it!!!
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ShannonSB Premium
When you click on the little chain link thing at the top of your editing page it will pull up your URL box - right below the URL is a little box - be sure that is clicked on EVERY page you create - you don't want people leaving your site and forgetting how to get back. Let me know if you need a screen shot if you don't find it.
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foodking Premium
I found it about an hour after I asked you the question. Thankfully I only had this problem on one post. Thanks for the read again!!!
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Tim1953 Premium
Thanks Shannon
I feel pretty normal now
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ShannonSB Premium
LOL :)
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Tim1953 Premium
What can say but I agree entirely
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