About StepChook
Joined August 2016
My name is Stephen (or Steve) and I live in Queensland, Australia. I have a keen interest in property investing and have a small portfolio of properties which I'm slowly growing.

I'm married with two beautiful daughters and so I'm arguably the luckiest guy alive! My family means everything to me, so spending quality time together is of utmost importance to me.

Having a successful online business which leverages affiliate marketing means shaping your own future and forging your own destiny. Most importantly, it allows you to be free to focus on and pursue the things that are truly important in life. Without restriction.

Oh, and if you're wondering what my profile name is all about, here's the explanation: in Aussie-speak, a "chook" is colloquial for "chicken" or "hen". My name is Stephen, or Step-Hen. I'm sure you can figure out the rest!
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QUESTION #1: $180k a year - I'd be happy with that
QUESTION #2: $250k a year would be astounding!
QUESTION #3: While I still have my day job, at least 10 hours a week. Once I'm at a stage where I can give up my day job to pursue my online business, I'll spend as much time as necessary, as long as that doesn't mean sacrificing family time,
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StepChook Premium
QUESTION #1: $180k a year - I'd be happy with that
QUESTION #2: $250k a year would be astounding!
QUESTION #3: While I still have my day job, at least 10 hours a week. Once I'm at a stage where I can give up my day job to pursue my online business, I'll spend as much time as necessary, as long as that doesn't mean sacrificing family time,
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Sofiane Premium
Welcome to WA, it's very important to have numbers but also you need to have a plan on how to achieve them.
My advice, you should start by following the certification courses and focus on your progress, don't get distracted
Good luck
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Kyle Premium
Awesome goals Stephen, I look forward to seeing you achieve these. Take action and make things happen!

I am here to help if you ever need anything along the way, you have a community behind your efforts here at WA! :)
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StepChook Premium
Ok, so now that I've read some other members' goals, I've realised that I need to clarify something: my answers to Q1 and Q2 assume I'm still in my day job and so the numbers include my salary. Ultimately, though, Q1 would be to completely replace my salary with income totally from my online business and Q2 would be to exceed that.

Oh, and my numbers are in AU$, not US$ :)
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Labman Premium
Those are quite doable goals. They will take time but I'm sure you will get to the point where you can be independent of the 9-5.
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Kyle 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! :)
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StepChook Premium
Hi Kyle,

Thanks for making contact and it's obvious that you know your product and - perhaps more importantly - you know how people think.

What is patently clear to me is that I have so much to learn! But I'm in this for the long haul and so I'll chip away slowly until I'm where I want to be.

I'm starting to get the feeling, though, that picking a niche right up front is a bit like putting the cart before the horse. I mean, I'm currently on Course 1, Lesson 4 and just about to start building my first website, based on a very uninformed, unresearched, niche that I've chosen. Is it the right approach, then, to start first by choosing a niche before I know anything about "keywords", "USPs", "traffic", etc.? Or am I getting ahead of myself? Should I rather be slowing right down in my course progression and not continue until I have truly found a viable niche?

Labman (Craig) has been giving me some great advice and has been providing me with fantastic advice. I mentioned to him that I thought that a good niche would be the Australian migration industry (getting referral fees from Migration Agents). Craig very quickly pointed out that I wouldn't have any traffic from the US market. You're a country of 300m+ people and so that's an important market to tap into.

He pointed me to some great links on creating a USP, advanced market research and the Diamond Traffic Program. All great stuff, but am I ready for that at this early stage?

My gut tells me that I need to reset my thinking and do more research that will help me find a niche, before I progress. What I was thinking - in the meantime - is that I should consider the Affiliate Bootcamp first, while I figure stuff out. At least then there might be some income generated, however small that may be initially.

You've obviously dealt with this issue more times than you can poke a stick at, Kyle, so I would really value your thoughts here.

Regards -
Steve
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, it is easy to get ahead of yourself and see the bigger picture. Because of this Steve, I have spent some time breaking down the process in the most simplistic way possible. Success online is at the core a 4 step process and I have broken them down within this video: Broken, down, the process looks like this:

Step 1: Choose your niche
Step 2: Build your website/content
Step 3: Get rankings in search engines (leads to traffic)
Step 4: Monetize your traffic (the make money part, through affiliate programs, etc!)

This applies in absolutely every niche and as you work through the training here at WA, you are going to be walked through this exact process. This is fundamental for ANY success online.

If you have any further questions let me know Steve. :)
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StepChook Premium
Hi Kyle,

I know you're probably really busy with questions from everyone, but I'd really appreciate your help on something.

I've been having great fun building my website (fuelmypassionforproperty.com), which I created while doing the Affiliate Bootcamp course. I just finished Course 1, Lesson 10. The vision or theme for my website is promoting WA to real estate investors who want to boost their income in order to fund/boost/grow their investments.

I've included content which I believe is relevant, helpful and informative to the avid investor.

I came across an affinity partner which deals in discounted foreclosure real estate in Canada, which I think might be a great opportunity for further affiliate income.

Do you think that it's a good idea to have multiple affiliate partners on one site? Or should this site of mine only focus on promoting WA?

I'd really appreciate your valued advice here, Kyle!
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, it is perfectly fine to be promoting several products from the same site and over time you are going to find many products that will benefit your audience and that is perfectly fine. There are even cases where you may discuss a product or service in a not so favourable light or that it has drawbacks and you will be able to leverage the affiliate program for those products as well.

Perfectly fine Steve. ;)
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Ali-M Premium
Dear Steve,

Nice to meet you and welcome to premium members community! My name is Ali and I've joined WA some while ago.
Joining premium community is a great decision that you have ever made and every step that you are taking forward from now, leads you to achieve your dreams.
You will not never be alone in this industry; me and many other nice people are always here to help you, so feel free to follow/contact me anytime if I can help you with anything. : )

Wish you great success in your online business,

Best,
Ali
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Marcel92 Premium
Hello Steve and welcome to our WA community. You are in good hands here with all kinds of training and people always ready to help out with your online journey.
Getting started here at WA is very easy with all the help from members.
Take some time to look around and check out all the menus and links.

Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions.

The following link is a walk through with more details for your online journey. This link below is a great getting started course here with step by step walking you through making it easier to getting up & running..

Wishing you the very best as you build your online business... My Google+ https://plus.google.com/109380786041726185499

Marcel...
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brooksbode90 Premium
Welcome Stephen, to WA. I think you've made a sound choice by coming to a high quality and up to date internet training and business education platform, backed up by a very supportive and helpful community. I believe that as long as we stay focused on the tasks here and follow through with business actions, we can all do very well. I wish you steady focus and amazing business success.
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Labman Premium
Hi Stephen,

My name is Craig and I'd like to welcome you to Wealthy Affiliate.
You have probably joined through my link at the http://OnlineLabGuy.com

I started here back in 2010 after finding myself out of work, yet again. I have fully embraced the online entrepreneur lifestyle. Now, I'm working for myself and learning new things every day!

I have taken my engineering expertise and capitalized on it to learn how to create websites and using the training here at WA, have created a healthy income for myself working from home. You can do the same with the training here.

WA is a wonderful community of folks that actually care about each other. I hope that you will embrace the community aspect of this platform and join in. Those that do, find that they can capitalize on the interaction. To start off on this, fill out your profile. You can find the instructions on how to do this at this link: When you are ready, click on the Green "Get Started Here" button on the upper left menu. This will take you into the certification courses and teach you how to get started with this program. You will find step-by-step training, as you complete a task, click on the completed task boxes at the end of the tutorial and the Green button will provide you a quick way back to the next task that you need to complete.

I have been a member here for several years and have a pretty good handle on how all of this works. I continuously help people on here and as a result have been an Ambassador level member for over 2 full years.
I have created several tutorials that you might find useful. You can view them when you have time. You can find them here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/labman/training

As one of my sign-ups, you can ask me anything you like. I will either point you to a training to get you headed in the right direction or provide you with the information you need. All you need to do is ask.

Please reply to this message so that I know you have found your way here.

Thanks
Craig H.
Labman
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StepChook Premium
Hi Craig,

Just before seeing your message here, I went onto your website and sent you an email. It was just a quite note to say thanks for your guidance (through your review).

I look forward to getting started on my journey and hope that I'll be able to achieve as much success as you have.

Regards -
Steve
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Labman Premium
You can feel free to "tap me on the shoulder" anytime you need.

I'm glad that you were able to avoid the Six Figure Mentor program, I'm sure that WA provides more actual substance for a fraction of the investment.
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