About Shellbug44
Joined March 2018
I am a freelance writer and former business owner of an online, retail home furnishings store. I sold home décor online for about eight years. However, I started my retail business in 2006 and within my first two years, the big economic recession hit – making it extremely difficult to grow and thrive in retail.
My marketing efforts (blogging and article marketing campaigns) for the site brought a new opportunity to my attention. I discovered I could make money writing articles for other Web companies. My author bio helped drive traffic back to my website. I also decided to sharpen my knowledge, expertise and focus as a home decorating writer by earning a diploma in interior decorating.

I eventually closed my retail store, as I was making four times more writing online than I was selling. But freelance writing also has cons. Internet companies can suddenly change their editorial policies or revenue earning techniques and your great contract writing job vanishes with little to no warning. This has happened to me at least four times in the past seven years.

The best way to protect your incoming cash flow when you’re self-employed is to have multiple streams of income. I am currently expanding into real estate investing and just stumbled onto Wealthy Affiliate doing research for other writing jobs. I’m impressed so far!
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Kyle Premium
How are things going today? Just wanted to pop in to see how things are going with you thus far and how your website/niche is coming along.

Hope you are rocking it Michelle and of course (and as always) I am in your corner if you ever need anything!

PS. Today is my last day for Premium bonuses, if you are interested in getting them make sure you upgrade today.
Kyle Premium
Hey Michelle,

I forgot to mention the other day that I am going to still be offering you my awesome bonuses if you join within the next 4 days.

Here are the bonuses that you are going to be getting:

(1) You are going to get a 59% discount on your first month Premium membership (only $19)
(2) You are going to get personal and private access to me! If you ever have a question or need help with your campaigns, I will be there. Where else can you access the CEO of the company for help?
(3) I am going to be giving you my "Diamond Traffic Bonus". This is going to show you how I walk into absolutely any niche and get unlimited traffic.

But only if you join in the next 4 days (this is what I call my "action takers" bonus).

Anyways, just wanted to mention this. Hope your training is going well Michelle and Reply to this if you do have any “pending” questions. :)

Kyle Premium
Here we are, 10 days into your experience at WA. :)

I hope things are going well Michelle! I want to remind you of one thing, your hard work and dedication IS going to pay off. Keep working through the training, communicating within the community, and of course, ask for help when you need it.

Just heading out for a bit here, but do leave me a message if you need a hand with anything. You should have Premium communication back for an additional 7 days now, so hit me up when you get a chance Michelle!
DordPete Premium
Hi Michelle,
Just checking to see how things are going and if you need a hand with anything. If you do just hit the reply button as soon as you get a chance.

I hope you're enjoying the community and making good progress with the training.

Talk soon,

PS. Here are a few success stories that you might find inspiring.
DordPete Premium
Hi Michelle I noticed you set up your profile completely. That's really great you're definitely on the right track!

Taking action is very important even when it's something as simple as an account set up.

I also wanted to mention Premium membership.
If your enjoying WA so far and want to move up a level its definitely worth a try. I highly recommend it for everyone.

If you need help with anything. Let me know!

Looking forward to your progress Michelle

All the best
HennieSteyl Premium
Thank you for the follow Michelle. All the best to you. God bless.
DordPete Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
DordPete Premium
Thank you for sharing a bit of your story, Michelle! Sounds like you have a lot of experience working online already. You will learn to build other income streams, in the form of niche sites, here at WA. And these should be more stable than the writing contracts. Let me know if you need a hand with anything as you progress through the training.
DordPete Premium
Hello Michelle,

Nice to meet you! My name is Peter, I just wanted to welcome you here and wish you lots of success.
Hope you find the site as useful as I have.

As a new member, the first thing you should do is fill out your account profile. Don't worry, it's really easy to do.

Here's a video that shows how easy it is: (1) Add your profile image
(This helps people to connect with you quickly. You can put what you like)

(2) Add a personal description.
(Let us know a little about yourself and why you're here at WA!)

If you do these simple steps it will show you're serious about learning at WA and people will be more likely to answer your questions and help you if they see you've taken the two minutes to complete your profile.

Then make sure you complete Lesson 1 to start moving in the right direction: Click the link and take a few moments to get started...

Let me know if I can help you with anything or answer any questions about WA.
It's great to have you as part of the community here at WA!

I'm here to help :)

Best of luck