Sold my first blog for $28,000 after 13 months

Last Update: May 03, 2018

My site was 13 months old and reflects about 6 months of work due to a period where I totally ignored it because of my other obligations. 13 months ago I had no idea how to sell a blog.

An established competitor in my niche reached out to buy it, and after much deliberation, I decided to sell my blog.

After factoring in my prior income from the blog, I've been paid almost $600 for each article (there were just under 60 total).

If you'd have told me that was my "salary" when writing, it would have been less of a chore!!

I never thought this hobby would be profiable so quickly, nor would I have imagined someone wanting to buy my precious blog so soon. It was flattering to have someone established see that my "real estate" in the niche was valuable.

My mentor tells me to be patient for round 2, take the time to build up authority, and give my content a chance to mature. He's right - this is the process. Even if I do flip my next blog, I'm going to give it more time to increase in alue.

My buyer will benefit from the content that I've written over the last 6 months that isn't yet ranked. It's been interesting to see the changes that they've made to the blog even at this juncture.

At this moment, I can put this $ to good use, and I'm considering using some of it to buy another site that's already established, build it up, and have that "head start" with google.

I was sloppy with this blog in many ways. I didn't do social media, I didn't do guest posts. But I rocked the heck out of getting traffic and keyword ranking. So, I know I can bring these skills to a new project.

Update:

Thank you for the outpouring of support for this venture. I may do a WA training on my "methods", as many of you have requested. However, I really did just follow the training on here!!

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forest4438 Premium
Very excited for you..., Congrats..!!
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks, it is insanely exciting!
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Layati Premium
Great work !
congratulations and good luck
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks!!
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CandP Premium
This is so impressive! A big wow to you and congratulations. You are rocking it. Best of luck with your next venture. You inspire us.
Colette and Philip
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you for the kind words!!
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BrettSadler Premium
Great Job!
Hard work paying off, keep it up!
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sporkypie Premium
thanks so much!
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mmonterola Premium
Congratulations!
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sporkypie Premium
thanks so much!!
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jeremyharris Premium
Sorry just for clarification - you spent $600 in total for ALL 60 articles or you spent $600 for EACH article?
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sporkypie Premium
No. ON average, when you add together the profit I made from my blog, and then the sale price, I was paid about $600 per article that I wrote.
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jeremyharris Premium
Awesome job!
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tommmm111 Premium
Super good post and most informative. It's good to profit from your work and it sounds like you are happy with the sale. I guess it is bittersweet however, because we get fond of our blog. Good luck,

tom
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sporkypie Premium
It IS bittersweet, I need to get on my new project so I can try to duplicate this success!!
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tommmm111 Premium
I hope you don't miss your old website too much. I am fond of mine alot and think now about what if somebody offered me $ for it? I like your post and thanks for it.

tom
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Congratulations on the sale of your blog. I hadn’t thought that they potentially could be sold. You achieved it in a short time too.
Interesting to see you followed all the basics here, rather than using a lot of social media. You certainly wrote a lot of posts in that time.
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sporkypie Premium
I wanted to test the Content is King theory - and in my case, it was true. thank you :)
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AlejandraB Premium
Wow!! Fantastic! thanks for sharing your success story!!
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sporkypie Premium
thank you :)
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Fantastic Stepnanie! Congratulations! I thought commented here before, but it must'e been your other post. A true success story!
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kimgwinter Premium
That's fantastic, truly inspiring!
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sporkypie Premium
awesome, thank you!
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Mlindstrom51 Premium
Awesome!!! That truely is a moral building post. Thank you for your time and opinions. Best of luck with your next venture.
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks for reading!
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Jorge101 Premium
Amazing. Comgrats,

Jorge
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you!
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CHolmes1978 Premium
Great job!
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sporkypie Premium
thanks!!
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Marlasmith Premium
Congratulations. That is so motivating to keep going.
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sporkypie Premium
Awesome, motivation is always helpful!!
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AlanJE Premium
Good result, Best Alan
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MatthewLS Premium
To be honest that is pretty cool knowing you only put half a year into your site. someone brought it for more than what you got in each article.

That shows if you put in time and effort it can work out. I hope the best for you your new site dreams and goals.
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you so much!
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christinebso Premium
Congrats Stephanie! Thanks for sharing :)
Wish you continued success!

Christine
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you Christine, the same to you in your journey here!
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whitewabbit Premium
Thanks for sharing. Onwards and upwards
K x
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Lez01 Premium
Thank you for sharing Stephanie, you perfectly illustrate yet another facet of this dynamic online business. Well done on this achievement.
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks!!
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Marcus2020 Premium
Hi Stephanie,
Thanks for sharing and congratulations keep up.
Success,
Marcus
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks!
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MKearns Premium
Basically the value of your site is in either 1. Recruiting or 2 promoting goods and/or services. Those prices say you are doing very well Stephanie!
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you :)
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EandS2018 Premium
Congrats ! Thank you for sharing .
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sporkypie Premium
thanks Elaine!
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Genelda Premium
:o! Congratulations! Mind sharing your tactics? :)

Way to go, Stephanie!
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sporkypie Premium
Hi Genelda - read through the comments and my other blog entries - I just followed the training here and picked a good niche.
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Nicole81 Premium
Wow, congratubloodylations!! That’s fantastic!! What an achievement for a hobby!! Good luck with ur next venture! :)
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you :)
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herinnelson Premium
Outstanding! WOWEE! That is incredible and so well-deserved! Very happy for you, Stephanie! xoxo
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sporkypie Premium
thank you :)
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Roybretton Premium
Well done Stephanie, excellent news! The power of the Internet never fails to amaze me! I guess this process can be repeated as you mentioned.

Enjoy your day.

Roy
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you so much, Roy!
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EKaye1 Premium
Wow that is amazing and very inspirational. After 13 months that is great. I wish you all the best on your next venture. It just goes to show that by following the training on here can be very beneficial.
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sporkypie Premium
thank you :)
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mbstory4 Premium
Great job
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WiccanTim Premium
nice,good job
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wendyk Premium
Nice! Congrats.
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Ricargon Premium
Wow! what an amazing and inspiring story. The update, where you say, "I really did just follow the training on here" when asked about how you did it, just goes to show how the training is about 80% of the work and the creativity and uniqueness is the other 20%. Everyone has their own creative way of doing things, you just confirmed that by following the training here in WA, which is what got you to where you are. Awesome!

Thanks for sharing!

Rick
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks for the comment, I'm glad to hear it!!
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Defiant6 Premium
Wow, that's amazing and shows what can happen here at Wealthy Affiliate!
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JosephGon1 Premium
That's an awesome story and thank you for sharing it with us. And congratulations to you. That's what's up. Have a wonderful day.
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Nicholas1001 Premium
Great job! Keep it going.
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Courtwah Premium
Wow! That's incredible! Good work!
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you :)
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JulietAA Premium
wow!
Congratulations Stephanie!
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PhilipC1 Premium
Great stuff SporkyPie! True achievement to be proud and it means a lot you shared because it inspires us all.

Looking forward to hearing more success like this from you. Well done.

Philip.
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Phillip, and thank you for the congrats!!
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Hi, Stephanie, congratulations, and best wishes for more success in the future. More proof that, with commitment, WA is the place to be if you want success on line.
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks Harry! I agree - I couldn't have done that without WA's training.
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twodog Premium
That sounds great,how do you go about selling a blog?
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OnlineBzDog Premium
You can contact a business broker, either online or in your town.
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xhairnordic Premium
What a lovely story. Keep on going. You rock.
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Congratulations, Stephanie!
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SuzaMarie Premium
Congrats, Stephanie!
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KatieMac Premium
Congratulations that is a great result here's too many more successes
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Harizan Premium
Happy for what happened to you and the best is yet to come:)
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JerryHuang Premium
You freaking rock!
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sporkypie Premium
awww thank you!!!
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yclayton Premium
How awesome! Congratulations! Very inspirational.

Yvette
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you, Yvette!
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TaniaHersel Premium
Great 5o read about your success.
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks Tania!
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JIllW Premium
Congratulations
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sporkypie Premium
thank you :)
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ChrisLJones Premium
That is great Stephanie and inspirational!
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you!
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boomergp08 Premium
Congratulations Stephanie! This is what I call a "Cha-Ching" moment. Just another reason why WA is a great place to experience various ways to earn money online.
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sporkypie Premium
cha-ching moment, I love it!!
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gartnerf Premium
Congratulations on your success! Unbelievable you did this with perseverance and the training at WA!

Wishing you continued success!
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Bald Eagle Premium
Great "salary"
Very happy for you.
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MilesW Premium
Wow...congratulations!

Miles
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Loes Premium
That's a terrific price you got, congrats!!
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks, Loes...I'm really happy with it!
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Loes Premium
I can totally imagine:))
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TTedesco1 Premium
Success well earned...congratulations and continue with even more confidence. Remember to thank your mentor.....

I am sure you did!!!!
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sporkypie Premium
Oh, I totally couldn't have done it without him, and he knows it :)
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TTedesco1 Premium
You are fortunate to have someone who cares....To bad over time we can't pick and chose a new mentor...

That is not to say EVERYONE here is not very helpful; so I guess it doesn't matter. It would just add a nice finishing touch
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Gregory16 Premium
Congratulations hope my site will someday produce this kind of result.
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sporkypie Premium
Just follow the steps here!
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AnnaSweden Premium
Wow, congratulations! :-) Sounds awesome! :-)
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beachwood Premium
Wow! That's awesome! Congrats!
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Shiond Premium
damn! I wish my website was worth that much!
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sporkypie Premium
Keep at it!!!
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Shiond Premium
Will do, I would love to see your ways of doing it, share a training maybe? :)
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MozMary Premium
wowsa!! nice!
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TDomena Premium
What an amazing success story! Congratulations!
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wendyk Premium
Now that is pretty awesome! I guess it is time to start a new blog. :)
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phakacha8 Premium
Wola! this is incredible.
Kindly show us the process of selling it.

Thanks in advance.
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sporkypie Premium
hi - could you clarify the process of selling it? I pretty much laid out how it happened. A competitor reached out to me, we agreed on a price, and we went through escrow.
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phakacha8 Premium
Wow! that sounds more interesting- competitor! Got the point.

Thanks for the reply.
Cheers!
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DEversley Premium
That's great!
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sdawson Premium
Sounds great - congratulations! Would love to see your training. - Shirley
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you, Shirley! This is the gist of my training:

Pick a great niche - hair loss, weight loss, and erectile dysfunction/male sexual issues are the holy trinity cash cow gravy train of the internet. Consider one of these for a new project.

I relied heavily on review posts because that's the keyword research I was doing the most. I later switched to general articles about medical conditions hoping to nudge people towards products indirectly.

In order of importance:

Low competition high traffic keywords. Aim for at least 100 traffic and no more than 20 competition

Write long posts, at least 1000 words, 2,000 or 3,000 is better.

Short paragraphs, no more than two sentences. Mobile skimmers don't read real paragraphs.

Good headers that make you want to read on - bulleted lists for anything complicated or lengthy.

Get a lot of comments and freshen up old posts with new comments. This is where the WA community comes in, until the organic comments start coming in.

Brand yourself and your story for instant credibility and authority. People need that personal touch.
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YumaBloggers Premium
Very nice for 6 months work and 7 months aging on what had to be a great domain name selection.
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks. It's a great niche. I'm probably going to do another project in it.
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Peppino Premium
Wow! Congratulations! I’m really happy for you! And what you been able to achieve already, surely you can again!
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you for the encouragement, Peppino!
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Jeff42 Premium
What a fantastic and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

Cheers,
Jeff
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dcasa14 Premium
Congratulations!
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Memorylaneuk Premium
That’s amazing. A great return on 6 months work.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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sporkypie Premium
Thank you, Karen!!
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verazhelvis Premium
That's really cool Congratulations! Was the blog in the money niche?
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sporkypie Premium
Thanks! it was in hair loss.
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verazhelvis Premium
Wow! Who would have known!:))
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MKearns Premium
Thanks for this info Stephanie. Something to consider!
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Theonlyjuan3 Premium
Awesome! Congrats!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey I'm happy to see this post is back up to inspire other WA members.
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sporkypie Premium
Since my blog was already "published" elsewhere online I had to modify the content to republish it.
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