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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ThomasPurtze Premium
Thanks for contacting me!! One of my dreams is to get to your country one day and go fishing. I'm disabled, retired, 63 years old, living with my 92 year old demented dad, prior physician having done neurosurgery and pain medicine, separated from my wonderful wife, father of 4 wonderful grown children, doing yard care, and living on a smallish Social Security Disability retirement. I'm trying to develop a Internet business that can make me money. How has your Internet business progressed? I'm in the early stages but have 2 websites up and running so far. One is about chronic pain and the other is about helping folks like me that need more money to live more comfortable in our golden years!! Hang onto your family and your profession with all your might!! Never quit!! I doubt you need to be told that but 10 years ago I would have scoffed at such obvious advice but now think way differently!! God bless you and your family and all you do, Tom Purtzer
siwehui Premium
Welcome..God bless you and your family too.
DanielTiceh1 Premium
Thanks Steve for the welcome and I am looking at the same as your description of forging my own destiny. My first place is to aim for a website of interest and quality. After a point it doesn't require too much of my time. A little updating and tweeking from time to time. Then I have the time to build on whatever else interests me. I wanted to flip Real estate, I wanted to trade or invest. The teaching in that is weeding out all the crap and scammers. There are people willing to learn, unfortunately there are too many grabbing at your hard earned money to feed BS. I am a Premium member because of people like you. My niche is my process and what my destiny is. I look forward to your friendship on this journey.

StepChook Premium
Hi Daniel, I look forward to following your progress. By the sound of things, you'll likely go a long way!
FrankieTrill Premium
Thanks for the love,
I wanna show some love back by sending you my blessings of health wealth and prosperity plus longevity and I encourage you to stay positive and keep striving towards your dreams and your freedoms. (Time, Financial, and Location Freedom) Stay superbly blessed and highly favored Peace
AfqmBiz Premium
This is my appreciation message to all community members that willing to spare your ample time just to following me together networking under WA.

I wish all the best in your 2017 journey and beyond!

Keep it up and Welcome aboard! :)

*P/S: Glad to being able to send out my message to every following friend Dashboard Page on my networking. I take this opportunity to briefly know each and everyone. Hopefully I can remember all :)
MarthaQ1 Premium
Hi Stephen, you are most welcome and the pleasure is mine. You have gone a long way in such little time, what's your secret of success, if I may ask? It s nice to read you give importance to family time and probably in the same way, you give time and importance to whatever you are building here and that has driven by far stronger than many of us. Well done and stay strong.

bcae86 Premium
Dear StepChook,

Hi, I have just created some post on my website, Earsnail. It is a website about hearing. Earsnail is only two-day old. It is a baby. It needs your help to grow. I am aprreciate if you can leave a comment on the website. I need comment related to my content of my post, website layouts. The content is a main concern. I would comment on your website in return.Here is the link to Earsnail. http://earsnail.com/

Here are some links to post directly. You can comment on one you like.

How to read an audiogram? It’s not difficult!

Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb review

How to extend hearing aid batteries life?

Stop and ease tinnitus naturally

Thank YOU!

StepChook Premium
Hi Billy,

Please use the Site Comments and Site Feedback Tools to request comments.

Thanks -
Roybretton Premium
Hello Stephen, great to see you here at Wealthy Affiliate, it looks like you are moving forward very quickly! I am now following you and I look forward to networking with you and reading your blog posts! It's great that you have a small portfolio of properties, I believe that an online business work well alongside your property business. I wish you every success here at Wealthy Affiliate.

All the best to you Stephen, Roy.
StepChook Premium
Hi Roy,

Thanks for following me. I totally agree with you about an online business complementing a real estate investing portfolio. That's what I'm trying to achieve in my hybrid website.

Best of luck to you, Roy.

Regards -
Annabelha Premium
Hi Steve, Thank you so much for your wishes and I will take a look at the link you posted below. I have been in retail for most of my life and I know that nothing comes easy with out hard work and persistence. I'm sure if place the same sense of urgency and need into this new online venture that something good will come of it, whether it is monetary or simply just wisdom either way I will be better than I was yesterday.
I'll be sure to keep you posted on where I'm at, thank you once again for your support :)
VMthimunye Premium
Hi step . my name is VUSI . I have just joined WA. I am excited to meet people like you. Most of my life I worked for a local government ,as a BUILDING INSPECTOR,PROJECT MANAGER. I had a few properties of my own. I also did a lot of Architectural projects
StepChook Premium
Hi Vusi,

Good to meet you! Best of luck with your online business!

Regards -
DennisD1 Premium
Stephen I love your site. Very neat and concise. You have a great portfolio also.
Hope you're felling better and back to normal soon.

When I was down earlier this summer, friends were concerned I wouldn't know when I was back to normal insinuating I never had been normal so I wouldn't know if I ever got there. Great friends huh?
StepChook Premium
Hi Dennis,

Thank you for your message and your compliments on my site. I can totally relate to what your friends said, as I don't really know if I am all that normal!

Thanks again for reaching out. I really appreciate hearing from you.

Regards -
stephhill Premium
Hi Stephen:

I hear Australia is gorgeous. Spending more time with your wife and beautiful daughters is probably the best reason anyone could think of to learn the ropes of affiliate marketing. Glad to have you here.

Many thanks for following me as well. And thank you for replying to my WA blog regarding Jay's notes. Some of us are better note takers than others. I used to write technical documents for a living and as a librarian, I was always taking notes as part of my job, so it comes natural to me.

I am now following you as well. It looks like you are building a great niche site on Property Income Stream. I will have to check it out.

Keep in touch and holler if there is every anything I can do.

StepChook Premium
Hi Steph,

Thanks for your comprehensive message. I appreciate your taking the time to construct it. I hope you won't mind if I occasionally lean on you for some writing advice, as it's obviously a critical element in being a successful online entrepreneur.

Regards -
Loes Premium
Hello Steve,♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for following me.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I also made a list of 1001 niche ideas, a checklist with 25 points to go through before you publish a post, 101 blogging ideas when you get stuck and an A-Z WA dictionary. I just love lists:) It has been very helpful to a lot of people. I have listed them in one blog you can find on my profile. It's the first website link on the right (click on my picture to get there). I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please add a comment to this message or leave them on my profile.
Success building your business in 2016. See you around, Greetings Loes
Compsol99 Premium
Hi Stephen!
Thank you very much for following me and welcome to the WA community! Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions. The people in the WA community, myself included, are happy to help you. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
Shawn - Yearly Premium Member

P.S. If you get a chance check out how the training helped me to build my websites. My latest one on how to boost your retirement income just went live a month ago and the one on sleep apnea has been up for almost four months now. You can find the links on my profile page. Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.
Ali-M Premium
Dear Stephen, I've recently followed you.

My site is about technology and since I've started to build my network, I would like to have you in my social networks too.
Here is my links and I appreciate it if you could follow/like me over there; also if you leave me your social network links; I'll be able to following back you too: )

Here is mine:

Wish you great success in your online business,

Robert-A Premium
Hello Stephen and welcome to wealthy affiliate.
You have probably found out internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.
Can I suggest you browse some of the 200+ blogs I have published within WA.
Thank you for the follow as well and I will follow you.
Remember, if you get stuck you ask ok.
Enjoy your day.
Robert Allan
Kyle Premium
Stephen, I see you are making some good progress through the Affiliate Bootcamp. Just wanted to pop by and see if you need a hand with anything?

I also wanted to mention the success rates of Bootcamp. Absolutely everyone that has taken action on all of the phases of Bootcamp has a business that is generating consistent income online. MANY of these folks are going to be at our super affiliate conference next year.

I want this to be you and I want you to succeed with your promotions. So, please promise me that if you ever need a hand or feel stuck as you move forward, that you will get in touch with me!

Trust me, I know things can be a little overwhelming sometimes and I don't want you feeling like that.

Anyways, just checking in. Get back at me if you need anything Stephen.
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! :)
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 -
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. :)
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!
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. ;)
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,

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

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.
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.

Craig H.
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 -
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.