First $200 and $250 months! Must read for beginners

Last Update: November 23, 2016

Hey guys!

It's been awhile! I was finally able to quit my bakery job after making more money on online than I was working 1-2 days a week (weekends). I wrote a lengthy letter to my manager thanking him and the rest of upper management for all they had done for me over the last 3 1/2 years (June 2012 - December 2015). I got a text from a gal a couple days after I dropped off the letter; she told me that I had everyone in tears at work because of what I had written, which made me feel like I had gotten my message across the best that I could. I've always felt that I had the ability to write effectively to an audience, and that coupled with all the work I've put into my website has confirmed that in my heart and mind.

I'm going to try not to make this long winded, but knowing me it will probably end up being exactly that lol. I'm a writer at heart, and I convey my thoughts much easier through prose (as alluded to above). I want to make everything I write meaningful, insightful, and perhaps motivating for someone struggling. If only one person reads to the end and is affected in some way, I'll be ecstatic. Stats at the bottom! :P

September 14th, 2015

So I read over my last blog from 6 months ago, and realized how much I was doubting myself. I guy I used to work with in 2009, back when I was rotting at Walmart told me something so simple: "Man, don't EVER doubt yourself." I'll never forget it no matter how down I get, even now.

Moving forward, a lot has changed since September. I made sort of an unofficial vow that I would really buckle down, do the absolute best I could do from then on, and try to focus on what's important in life rather than get distracted by everything that everyone else is doing. Bye bye Facebook! I told myself I would focus less on results and more on helping people by writing the best content that I was capable of. I had to really take a step back and evaluate why things weren't progressing the way that I had expected: FAST and without much thought. LOL.

Don't believe me? I didn't check my results for a 3 month span at all! It was only until I spoke with Nathaniell that he suggested that I check my stats to see that I was actually making sales, Lol. I was confident that I had, but figured eh why not? So I did. The point is that you don't need to be obsessing over it. I check mine once a month to see what people are buying, and adjust accordingly. Overall, 95% of your focus should be on how your site is progressing. This has been hammered home at WA ad nausea.

So I think I've done pretty well thus far, but I'd like to apologize to anyone I've offended with any blunt remarks, shortsightedness, and general lack of patience. I'm very much a results oriented person. Even when I'm in the process of painting I just wish it would be done so I can step back and admire it. I've always been that way. A big picture sort of person if you will.

The irony of it all is that I obsess over small details. It doesn't make any sense I know. What I've learned about marketing thus far, and life in general is that it truly is a process. There are no shortcuts. There is no end result. We have to be pushing ourselves constantly if we're ever to accomplish great things.

Long story short:

I've changed a lot over the past few months, both as a person and as a businessman. I'm more focused now. I actually have quantifiable goals, a plan to carry them out, and I hold myself accountable. I cut a lot of nonsense out of my life. I left some people, things, and bad habits behind that were dragging me down. I changed my diet and now eat like a beast rather than a fat kid in a skinny body (aka fast food and junk). I changed my lifestyle. I'm changing my own thoughts and mindset, while forming good habits. I work out 3 times a week and I'm full of energy, more-so than I've ever been at any point in my entire life. I feel like a happy go lucky kid everyday. My mood has completely changed. No longer do I get annoyed or offended when people come at me all twisted. I just smile, laugh it off, and keep it moving. If I do get a little miffed, I can control it better to the point where it doesn't affect my entire day. There's no reason for me to even engage with teh folks who try to bring me down. That said, people overall have a different attitude and demeanor around me. I realized how I was treating others, and changed it. Now I'm given the respect that I deserve, but only because I earned it, by looking in the mirror and taking a hard glance at myself, what I stood for, and what I really represented. My former manager told me something that really stuck after a particularly frustrating day in early 2015.

"People are going to throw darts at you, and you will constantly be tested. It's how you react to it that will define you as a person."

Right now sitting here, I can say that I'm truly proud of who I'm becoming, and look forward to what the future has in store. It's all God's doing, and I'm not afraid to say it.


Big thanks to the following people for giving me some insight, support, kindness, and encouragement. And/or a nice kick in the pants (cough Jay).

  • Jay. Your webinars were really a turning point for me and my business. Thank you!
  • Kyle and Carson. For obvious reasons. The training is what kick started me in the right direction. The program is unbelievable. I'm really blessed to be a part of this. The more I think about it, the more I have to just stop and smile.
  • Nathaniell Brenes. As my sponsor you've been nothing but helpful and patient. I really do appreciate everything you're doing for me.
  • Dan Barth. Inspired me to create a logo. Told me there's a tipping point for content, and once you hit it watch out! Thanks bud!
  • Colton James. Helped me out a lot with words of encouragement and CTA's. You're truly an inspiration!
  • Steveo. Always there to answer a question no matter how ridiculous. Thanks man!
  • Og Grover. Don't see much of him around, but he really touched my spirit with some true OG knowledge and encouragement on a few occasions.
  • Eddy Salomon. Two of his early blogs really had a profound effect on my mindset even way back when I first started. Thank you!

This time around I'm gonna get straight to the point:

Organization is key. The more OCD you are about this, the better. Make folders inside of folders if you have to. This cuts down on time searching and makes it so you're clicking on autopilot when it comes time to write, insert, resize images, and generally get your page SEO ready. If you know exactly where everything is, then there's no thought behind it. Just action. Big thanks to Jay for imparting the concept of organization (what he credits to the success of his online business overall).

Have a plan. Nothing is worse than writing with no structure. Use templates if you have to. Cut down on time spent writing. Write down an exact schedule of your posts, and what you plan on blogging about. Make a 3 month content plan. Write down the start date and end date. Write how many posts you need for the goal. Track every single post and make a counter inside of a notepad document. The reward is getting closer and closer to the goal.

My goal from September to December 13th was 36 posts. I only wrote 20. I added that to the next 3 months and aimed for 52, which came out to 4.3/week. I finished it on 3/13 (Sunday), with one day to spare. Now I'm taking a week off to refuel, reorganize, and clean my site up (What perfect timing that Jay's upcoming webinar is on exactly that!). I figure I deserve a reward for accomplishing my goal! Don't make yourself miserable after you've reached a milestone. Pat yourself on the back and be happy! Take some time for yourself. Relax. Breathe.

Moving forward I'm gonna shoot for 72 over the next 3 months, (starting 3/21), averaging 6/week. It's possible if you have a desire and passion for what you're writing about. No excuses. Make it happen!

Passion. If you don't enjoy what you do, then why bother? Pick a niche you're really into. I read something yesterday that really stuck.

"If you went into a coma and woke up to a zombie apocalypse, would you still be passionate about your craft?"

If so, then keep doing it.

Be consistent. Stick to your schedule. Keep writing. Go back and edit old posts. Make them better. Look for errors which may be off putting to your readers. Clean up your blog once a week. Find crawl errors and fix them. Find spelling/grammar errors. Fix images if they're broken, etc. Be engaged in your niche at all times. Find inconsistencies in your posts and fix them if your opinions have changed. Look for changes in the merchandise, trends, etc. I came across a great quote from an article that has really resonated with me.

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."

-Bruce Lee

http://www.trustmeimascientist.com/2013/06/03/your...

Repetition is key, but as always, make sure you're content is good! Don't get shiny object syndrome. Don't get distracted by stuff that's not going to move your business forward. Focus on one kick (one website). Stop getting distracted! BLOCK AS MUCH NOISE OUT OF YOUR LIFE AS POSSIBLE.

Keyword Research Correctly. Low hanging fruit is obviously what we're after, but SERPS are just as important. Analyze your competition before starting that blog!

Fix your CTA's. This was a big one for me. My call to actions were terrible. Big thanks to Colton and Jay for helping me with this.

Make sure your SEO is immaculate. Meta description, keyword in title and first paragraph, internal links, H3 tag at the bottom, good images, keyword in alt tag, etc.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/hot-seat-... (My site is actually in this one! :)

Help people, don't sell to them. Another huge one for me. Analyze your writing objectively. Are you coming off like a used car salesman? Fix it. Be objective and don't get over excited. Give your readers a chance to READ your content before they click away.

Create a brand. Design a simple logo and put it in the header. Use a favicon. Tell people about where you came from. Get a nice image of you. Building site trust is extremely important. Don't be annoying to your readers. They've clicked to your for a specific reason. Don't bombard them with ads and pop ups asking for their email! Do it in a non-intrusive way if you're going to. I put mine at the end of the article.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/elements-...

Evergreen content. Perhaps the most important thing for me right now. Create posts that will stand the test of time. Helpful stuff, How to's, etc. Think of the Who, What, Where, When, and Why? Create posts based off of these 5 words. Then sprinkle them throughout your content when the opportunity arises and watch your traffic and rankings soar! Internal links are really the Cat's Meow.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/evergreen...

A/B split test. Find out what's working and what isn't. This is something I'm still learning to implement.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/split-tes...

Be Social. I've been using G+ and my traffic seems to be going up. Reach out to people in your niche. If they don't answer it's not the end of the world. Look for different traffic sources. Get comments on your blog, engage with people in a genuine way. Don't just link drop and bounce.

Use conversion funnels. Example: The best studio headphones for mixing. 500-600 word blog, CTA at the end pointing to official review of said headphones, with link to amazon at THE END.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/happy-con...

Provide a good UX. Very important. Make sure the reader knows they came to the right place. Give them exactly what they're looking for! Let them read your content first. Stop trying to rush the sale!

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/uxo-user-...

I'm sure I missed some stuff..


No, none of what I'm saying is original. It doesn't matter. Everyone needs to hear it over and over until it becomes second nature. The formula is right here in WA. I tested it. It works. Now it's a matter of scaling. That's it! If you do what Jay and Kyle say, you will go far. Take most everything else with a HUGE grain of salt. Of course there are exceptions. No offense to anyone.

My goal by years end is to quit my job, by making more money from my site in a month than I do there. That will mark 2 years at WA. I know it's possible if I continue to put in the time and effort. If it doesn't happen on that timetable? So what. Keep it moving. If I can make 250 dollars, I can make $2,500 and beyond. It's all in persistence. No lie. I almost gave up after 7 months. Not really but I was very discouraged. For what though? This is a process not a get rich quick scheme. Thanks DomW!

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/domw/blog/0-to-10k...

Now I feel like I'm right where I need to be. Nowhere to go but up! This program is the best thing that could have happened to me in regards to business and my life's goals.

I model my work ethic and drive after all of the people mentioned here as much as I possibly can, given my schedule. But I don't compare myself to them. When in doubt? Create content. Over and over until something sticks. Volume. Why be original when you can just do what works? I saw someone comment on one of Colton's blogs saying: "I'm still waiting for an original thought." Huh? Tell me who is truly original in this world. Please. No one. This isn't philosophy pal, it's repetition. Good habits. People who are successful hang around others who are successful. Point blank. As far as marketing, I obey Jay, hang around his webinars, and apply what he teaches. I'm becoming successful. Case and point. Not rocket science. Eat, breathe, and sleep your business, and success will follow. And I'm still nowhere close to where I want to be. That's how much work it takes.

Seriously, In June I had 9 clicks and 0 sales. September? 108 clicks, 0 sales. Big frowns. :(

February 2016? 1,887 clicks, $273.96. All smiles in a tough niche.

My stats (why my WA ranking has plummeted)

So if I had given up, the plane would never even have a chance to take off. Mind blowing.

  1. Returning visitors? Up.
  2. Pages/session? Up.
  3. Session duration? Up. (3:45-4:00 avg. per month nowadays).
  4. Bounce rate? Down. (Internal linking!)
  5. Conversion %? Up.
  6. Amazon clicks? Up.
  7. Trust? Up.
  8. Rankings? Up.
  9. Sales? Up.

Google Analytics


Back when I made my very first sale I had 1,993 sessions overall.

Now: 26,448. Perspective? 8,000 in the last 30 days.

Page Views

Then: 5,580

Now: 38,923

Most sessions in a day:

Then: 49

Now: 470

Webmaster Tools


(April 28 - July 26th, 2015)

Impressions: 13,000

Clicks: 209

CTR: 1.64%


Last 3 months (Dec. 15th - March 13th 2016)

Impressions: 265,265

Clicks: 15,599

CTR: 5.88%



Well that's about it for today folks! Long winded? Sure. Necessary? Absolutely. Anyone can do this, and that's what this blog is ultimately about. This post is mostly for the people who are just starting out. Hopefully I can inspire someone new, or someone who has been struggling. Press on my friends and family!

To your success and God bless,

-Stu

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Marley2016 Premium
Stu,
This makes so much sense and days when I feel like
quitting I instead write a post probably not the best
post but at least I keep trying. Everyone here and that
includes Kyle and Carson and do not forget Jay say
keep being consistent with posting to our websites
I do this and more. All my websites (I cannot do one
I get way to bored too easily) are at the Awesome Site
Health and I plan to keep them that way! But this blog
has made me feel more confident in the fact my writing
might not be the best and yes I do go back and fix
things; but I am hoping that being consistent with writing
posts no matter how good or bad that eventually, I will
be able to say Hey I made my first commission today!
Thank you for inspiring me just a little more :)
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MsMerry Premium
Thank you! So many reminders in your post that I was so able to relate to/with. It never stops amazing me how much we can learn from each other...young or older or in between. The learning and re-learning never stop. Today you really encouraged and inspired me to see a bigger picture of the road ahead. Thank you again and congrats on your successes to date.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem MsMerry! Glad to help out in any way. It's awesome to know that even as time forges on, older posts like these can inspire and encourage people. Evergreen content I suppose!
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MajaH Premium
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I wish you a lot of success.
New people here, like me, can learn from you.
All the best.
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StubearBlack Premium
Glad to help Maja! Let me know if you ever need a hand. :)
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Igor13 Premium
Hi Stu.
Thanks for sharing your experience and some advice. Keep up the good work. In any job persistence is crucial. The idea, loving what you do, consistency, persistence, effort --- all this will pay out once.

Wish you a lot of success.
Regards!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man didn't see this or perhaps I did and didn't respond. I appreciate your comment.
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Igor13 Premium
Hi Stu! NP. All the best!
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JohnJStanley Premium
Thanks or sharing Stu, Questions Please for you & those MAKING MONEY from WA BLOGGING:
Question 1: from the sounds of things doing about 4 hours per day on Wealthy Affiliate and own website articles? (about how many hours per day)
Question 2: How many (rough percentage or absolute number) of people in Wealthy Affiliate have been able to retire from their full time jobs/by replacing that income with the income they earn from their websites (all sources e.g. affiliate commissions from WA or elsewhere)
Question 3: Those that have been able to earn enough to quit their jobs, then HOW MANY HOURS/day on average did they need to spend and for how long in order to get there - as a guide? (as I know some work harder than others etc)

*** I'm asking these because I'd like to know HOW MANY YEARS AT 2 HOURS/DAT on WA/Websites I'm likely to continue to have to do this for?
**** AND considering if my wife should do this as a genuine option as she has just lost her low pay job (A$25K PA part time job)
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TDomena Premium
John your questions will vary from person to person. There are several people making full time incomes online. The WA affiliate program is a small scope of what the training teaches. Dependant on if you solve an immediate problem, if you pick a high demand and low supply niche, what your previous skills are that you can leverage into content creation and marketing, and other factors, you can start making money quickly or slowly. It's not cut and paste like a job. You can't put in X amount of time to equal X amount of dollars, that's a job. With a business, you are giving value and money becomes a byproduct of your success with that. Hopefully that helps.
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JohnJStanley Premium
Great insights and perspectives. I really appreciate you sharing your valuable thoughts!
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TDomena Premium
No problem! If you've ever been around people who have a commission based income, I'd compare affiliate marketing to that. Alternatively, you can get an online job, if you need it, but the growth potential won't be the same. Wages cap out. Commissions don't. Once you get the lead generation process down, the sky is the limit. Online, there's a lot of growth potential because of the online growth and untapped markets, and because a website can be used even when no one is present. Contrary to someone like a real estate investor, an internet marketer leverages the internet to make sales even when their absent. The 2 hour equation doesn't account for you or your wife's learning curve. Some people will be more efficient than others contingent on their skills, etc. Glad to help.
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TDomena Premium
Very encouraging post! Thanks for sharing!
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Tiffany!! Glad it helped you out in some way. :)
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alan47 Premium
Yes I can see what you mean. I now believe more than ever there's no reason why I cannot succeed on line, despite many failed attempts in the past much due to lack of perseverance and personal effort. I am all systems go now. Lets move on!!!
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StubearBlack Premium
It's all about being relentless. Like an ant or a Wasp. They are programmed to succeed. We must garner some of that drive. Failure is not an option for a Wasp. They are some of the peskiest creatures, but guess what: They get sh*t done. Lol. I was doing some quick research today because of how much they were annoying me, and come to find out they're just trying to make it like everyone else. Searching for a place to build a nest, and then gathering materials for said nest. They basically break down various types of matter like Wood and other surfaces, combine it with their own oral secretions, and form nests with it. Also, Wasps get a bad rap but most of them aren't really that aggressive if you pay attention. For instance I was walking to my car today and opened the door. A Wasp came out of nowhere and was examining my car (probably for some materials). I kicked at him a couple of times so he wouldn't get in the car and he didn't react at all. It gave me a newfound perspective on the matter. :)
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saraeannette Premium
Awesome!! Thank you for sharing. My personality is very similar to yours. I also can be impatient with the process, wanting to see the results, but yet I am meticulous when it comes to details as well. It is a very odd personality trait, but it also drives me because getting to see that big picture is the only thing that let's me finally relax.

So cool to see your growth and experience within WA. Hoping I can have my own story one day. :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Hey Sara you for sure will if you stay the course and keep pushing!! Looking forward to hearing about it :)
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Giglos Premium
Thank you for sharing your experience Stu. I got inspired by it.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem man, glad it helped you in some way :)
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AlanJE Premium
Hi Stu, Thank you for sharing your experience in your post. It gives me inspiration that it is possible to succeed at WA. From my experience of WA it is the best program I came across and definitely the best value. I will take a leaf from your book and stay focussed and persistent to achieve my goals. Best Alan
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Alan! Stay the course and see results. :)
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skmorrow Premium
This is awesome, thank you for taking the time to share this. I have been here for over 1 year but didn't really put as much effort as I needed to. It took me a while to understand and "get it". I think I have a much better perspective now. Reading posts like this are overwhelming but are also great. Thanks again.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem! If you ever need clarification just let me know. :)
-Stu
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Rabrx Premium
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us, Stu! :D
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StubearBlack Premium
You're welcome Rabrx! ;)
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JanetK1 Premium
Great stuff. You just burst with knowledge and experience.
Awesome!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Janet! Stay tuned for a 3 year blog coming up! :)
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awhart81 Premium
Just wow! Thank you so much for the inspiration! I'm still pretty new to this and am so grateful for the opportunity.with each and every blog post I read I get that much more inspired
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem always glad to be of help to someone :) Let me know if you ever need a hand.
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awhart81 Premium
Thank you, it's greatly appreciated
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cyborgher Premium
Great..thanks a lot for adding your experience.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem glad to help!
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mcourtney747 Premium
Thank you Stu for taking the time to post this. Congrats on your success and I plan on applying every single bit of advice you presented to my own business. Thanks again for the awesome advice and tips.

Melissa
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Melissa! Inbox me if you need anything!
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mcourtney747 Premium
Thank you for that. I sure will. Have a great night!
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CatElli007 Premium
Brilliant article. Goldmine! Thanks
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem glad I could help! :)
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ThomasTay Premium
Awesome article for all of us. Thank you for the wonderful advice!
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Thomas!
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Jimmyvit Premium
This will help a lot. Thank you!
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StubearBlack Premium
You're quite welcome. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Karsha Premium
Thanks! You're rAD!
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StubearBlack Premium
Haha thanks for the compliment ;)
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Wow this is inspiring I love it
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man check out the $2000 blog as well!
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Thanks for sharing!
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StubearBlack Premium
Glad to do it :)
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terrypectol Premium
Stu,

Thank you for the honesty and inspirational talk. Very Nice!!
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StubearBlack Premium
No Problem Terry glad to help!
-Stu
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jodiann0704 Premium
Thanks for sharing. It is sure promising reading about your progress!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks friend! Keep on pushing!
-Stu
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ThomasRicco1 Premium
Thanks for the inspiring post, wow!!! The timing couldn't have been better. I'm one month in and the more websites I look at, the more discouraged I get. That changes right now. Thanks again Stu.
Tom
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StubearBlack Premium
Don't. Just focus on your own site and make it the best you possibly can. You will get burnt out around 3 months in, but that's also a trap. Just keep pushing through and eventually you will see success. It just may take longer, or it might take less time. You never know. But don't give up. :)
-Stu
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craigrut Premium
Thanks for posting this. I've just hit the 2 month mark and was wondering when I can actually start to see traffic that isn't from my few family and friends humoring my posts and people from WA leaving comments on the site through the platform...

This is good to understand a more realistic timeline for getting ranked high enough to start seeing traffic in this day and age. Appreciate the in depth nature of the post!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Craig! Yeah those first few months can be really frustrating but just keep pushing and eventually you WILL see results. There's no definitive "time frame," because everyone's sites, demographics, posting frequencies, and so on all vary. Just know that eventually you will break through as long as you don't give up. :)
-Stu
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OSoNFus3 Premium
Awesome and inspiring article - thank you, Stu!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you so much Nicole! Glad you enjoyed it :)
-Stu
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E-Udoh Premium
Very inspiring...thank you!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you for taking the time to read it :)
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks for all the detail and great reminders! This is like WA training condensed! It is certainly working well for you.

Jessica
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you Jessica! It definitely is.. I'm vouching for the validity of the program and if people stick it out and don't give up they will see success..
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steveo5770 Premium
I remember when you were new and always asking questions. I believe that's why you're really starting seeing results. Glad to see you're doing well and wish you all the success you deserve in the future my friend!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man haven't talked with you in quite awhile! My family and friends do describe me as a "seeker." I'm always trying to get to the bottom of something, or to find out the real truth about a topic. While it does help me out a lot, sometimes it can be maddening. Haha just yesterday I bought like 4 notebooks because I'm always writing stuff down. Like the main character in Memento who never remembers anything. That's me lol.
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WTucker1 Premium
love your blog, your advice, and encouragement
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks friend. Glad you found it helpful! :)
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kmer6 Premium
Thank you Justin for sharing your rise in online marketing. You have a cool writing technique that is cool and refreshing. Good ideas that I hope to incorporate into my writing style. To Your Success.
Ken
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StubearBlack Premium
Hey thanks, but my name isn't Justin? Lol.
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kmer6 Premium
Oops, sorry. That was the name I pulled from the About Me page of the website link.
Ken
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StubearBlack Premium
That's cool. I was like, am I missing something? I had to look in the mirror to make sure I'm still Stu! :P
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PaulREvans57 Premium
Thanks, Stu!

This has got me thinking. BTW, followed you based on this post!

There's hope for me yet :)
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem man! There's always hope as long as you continue grinding.
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Ljw5432 Premium
So wonderful I bookmarked it to read over and over.
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StubearBlack Premium
Aww thanks! :)
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CalvinReimer Premium
Hi
Love your writing.

Awesome post!

Congratulations, and continue to be blessed


Calvin
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you kind sir, wishing you all the best here!
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miike Premium
Fantastic article! Well done!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man I really appreciate that.
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viyee Premium
Hi Stuart, Great post. Congratulations on your success. All the best!
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MarinaSP Premium
Hi Stu,

I just tagged this post of yours as "Inspiration" and while reading it I was just nodding my head and quietly repeating "yes, yes" - it's like I'm reading my future self and you took the words out of my mouth. I agree wholeheartedly with you.

Awesome post and trully an inspiration to a newbe that I am.

I wish you more and more of success and reached goals!

Marina
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you Marina! Glad that it inspired you in some way. Sometimes when I look back on stuff I've written I kind of wonder if it really has an effect on people. I suppose it's our perception of ourselves that can become skewed at times.

Let me know if you ever need anything!
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dj-drea Premium
I love it. You have learned what you need to know to make yourself successful and you won't give up. I like how you said, "eat, breathe and sleep your business", that is what I am doing. It is what I think about all day long. I love it and I know it works, so I will keep doing it. I too have the goal of making $5000 in one month :D
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StubearBlack Premium
Hm, didn't get a notification for this. It was only because of Marina's comment above that I was able to see it.

Haha me too! I have a goal of 5000 before this years end. It's interesting how similar are paths are with our sites. And you're right: Once I finally zeroed in on something that worked for my site, I have kept it up for a while now. What they tell us at the start of the program is so true; build around something you care about. It really does help push you through all the burn outs.
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BrianaSmith Premium
Hi Stu, thanks for sharing your progress and these tips. You're right about having to hear them over and over and over. Repetition. Congratulations on your successes, as well.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Briana! Repetition and consistency have been 2 of my achilles heels in life. Well consistency doing the wrong thing never was! Lol. Old habits? Easy to get stuck in. New/good habits? A huge challenge, but not impossible.
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Tasna Premium
Great post. Inspiring! :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks again Tasna. Hope you enjoyed the long winded read. :P
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tatihden Premium
Wow you've been working really hard. Congratulations on your success.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you!
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Demi-100 Premium
Really nice post - thanks for that!
What is your website if you don't mind me asking?
Do you think any niche can be successful? I hear many people talking about their success in the 'making money online' niche but haven't really seen any success stories in other niches.
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dj-drea Premium
You can be successful in any niche where people are buying products. I am in the organic skin care niche and I am doing well.
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gaga90 Premium
Thanks for this...I needed motivation to continue.My biggest obstacle is that English is not my native language so I am not sure can I succeed...
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StubearBlack Premium
Just keep learning all you can. You can do it if you decide in your mind that you will
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jastewart Premium
This I find VERY encouraging. At the 3 month stage I'm feeling a bit disheartened, but determined to carry on. You've helped me n that determination.
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StubearBlack Premium
The 3 month wall is pretty tough. Jay recently had a webinar on it actually! Keep me updated on your progress..
-Stu
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tatihden Premium
Thanks for writing this. It is very encouraging and has motivated me to get back on track. Amazon said they were going to close my account in 90 days if I didn't make a sale so I have been freaking out a lot. But I won't let it worry me too much anymore.
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StubearBlack Premium
The good thing is that amazon will allow you to reapply, so no worries. Also, try commission junction for other opportunities. I was a bit confused by the process at first, but basically it's just a collection of companies that offer commission for selling products. You go through the application process, and then they approve you. It's discouraging for me because a few REALLY good companies that have great stats for affiliates success rates (one being musicians friend) do not accept people in North Carolina. Bummer.

Thanks for the nice comment!

-Stu
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GregCross Premium
Love the passion and glad you hung in there!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks much Greg! It's a battle, but we all should keep fighting it for sure.
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blubutterfly Premium
Hi Stu, that was a great post will loads of information and positive stuff. Just what I needed today, good for you. Sounds like you are truly on your way to success in all areas of your life...:)
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StubearBlack Premium
Great to hear from you again. Exciting times ahead! Stay in touch..
-Stu
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auden Premium
Way to go Stu! :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Auden!
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dj-drea Premium
I have had just about the same journey as you. I had to stick with it, keep writing, ask questions, implement advice and keep improving. I too am making sales and I can't wait to see how far I can take things! Onward and upward!
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StubearBlack Premium
Yes, I was reading your $500 month. That's awesome! I hope to get there soon.. There's nowhere to go but up for us so that's really exciting.. Like you said, we have to keep improving, tweaking, adding, and subtracting. It's a process for sure! I look back on some of the stuff I wrote like "Wow, that really needs a makeover" Lol. Glad you stopped by! Keep me posted.
-Stu
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Jess518 Premium
Awwwesome Stu! Congrats, and thanks for sharing. Needed this - you and I started our sites around the same time, and I can relate to so much of your journey (all the ups and downs). For the most part I don't doubt myself, and continue to put my heart and soul into content that I sincerely hope is helpful and inspiring to others.

Major improvements in rankings are there for me, but when the sales aren't there, it can be a test for sure. I will continue to press on :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Keep on truckin Jess! It will happen. I'm glad you don't doubt yourself. Please keep me updated on your progress..
-Stu
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NataschaJuli Premium
Fabulous!! Your story really motivates me - it looks like you've worked so hard and overcome the lows.....with your energy and fervor I'm sure you'll make it by the end of the year of sooner!
Congratulations!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks! I'm really glad. I did this blog for myself but also for others. I want people to know what a great program they have in WA. You only get as much as you put in, and I'm really starting to see that now in my old age. Lol. Glad you stopped by!
-Stu
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karden Premium
This is a great post so happy we found it. It is the encouragement that we needed. Still no sales YET, but still learning and making things better. We can honestly say we knew nothing about creating a website/blog 6 months ago. We now have a website that is getting some attention, so anything in life is possible as long as you put your mind to it. "Everything in life starts somewhere" Best of Luck in every part of life :)
Thanks for sharing your journey.
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StubearBlack Premium
No sales? Read my blog from when I had no sales and use it as motivation and the knowledge that it WILL happen if you keep at it. Thanks for the love.
-Stu
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RayAleksandr Premium
Wow fantastic! This is so motivating, thanks Stu for sharing!
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StubearBlack Premium
Hey Ray! thanks for the support. I really did enjoy writing this..
-Stu
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bzjuly Premium
I love you! This is so encouraging for me to read! I have such a hard time finding time in my single mom crazy life right now and trying to make ends meet...but I will not give up! I want this to happen sooner than later for me but I will not give up! Thanks for writing this and I"m so glad I read it. I can't wait to be writing my own first success story with stats. :) <3 I will definitely be reading this again :)
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StubearBlack Premium
I feel so loved! *blush* lol. Colton had a great quote in one of his blogs.. "You have to keep going at that point when everyone else would quit" It's true, sometimes I'm so exhausted from the day to day grind that I don't feel like writing, but I know I have to. So push through! Please keep me updated on your progress!
-Stu
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bzjuly Premium
Thanks I definitely will ;)
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JeffBoivin Premium
Right on Thanks ! Jeff
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Jeff!
-Stu
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WMS Premium
Amazing post with lots of useful information. Thanks for taking the time to share. Appreciated. Looking forward to read more about your success. Good luck.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you much.. I really enjoyed doing this blog.. Will keep you guys updated..
-Stu
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KatieMac Premium
Great post with sound advice thank you for the updates and motivation
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Katie! Great to hear from you again.. Keep in touch..
-Stu
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KatieMac Premium
You to Stu here's too many more successes for you
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Terry73 Premium
wow good job - did you start your site in Jan 2015? Yup never give up!
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StubearBlack Premium
Hey Terry!
My site was launched in Dec. 2014. It does look like Jan. but that's just when I got some very small amounts of traffic. Dec. was mainly setting it up, going through the training, etc Thanks a lot for the question!
-Stu
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Endeemus Premium
This is a great blog post. But, wow...all of that work seems overwhelming and just now earning $273.96? Makes me feel like I got no chance lol. Good for you though.
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StubearBlack Premium
Hey there!
Everyone's timetable is a bit different. I'm not going to lie and say it was easy. It can be exhausting at times, but I still don't consider it work because I love my niche. You do have a chance. It just takes some organization and a plan. Just look at it as a process and not an end result. Sure you want to reach milestones, but your focus should mainly be helping others and being as thorough as possible in everything you do. Thanks for stopping by!
-Stu
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MsMoneyHoney Premium
Good Stuff - Stu! Thank you!
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem! Hope to see you around WA
-Stu
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E-Udoh Premium
Stu-
That's great! Believing in yourself is the key to lot of success. The worse thing is not failure but not trying and not doing your best!
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StubearBlack Premium
Failure is only that if we don't push forward and adjust. Thanks for stopping by!!
-Stu
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JudeP Premium
Wow! Thank you :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Glad to do it Jude! This blog was long overdue for me. It felt good to release it from the spirit.
-Stu
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Harrietta Premium
Wow. Thanks Stu.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Harrietta!
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Anh Premium
Stu,

I just stumbled through your post thinking it's just a short "first sale" post. But wow, this is much more than that!

I've bookmarked it. I'll need more time to digest all this information.

Have a great day,
Anh
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Anh! Got your PM.. Will reply soon. I appreciate your time! talk soon,
-Stu
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gmegs Premium
Totally Awesome
... proud of you Stu!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks! Good to hear from you again! Keep in touch..
-Stu
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Dmorrow Premium
Well done! Thanks for sharing how you have grown and prospered through WA. It encourages all of us. Congrats on being able to give up the bakery job.

Blessings,
Debby
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Debby! I'm truly glad that I can encourage people through my experience. Leaving the bakery was perfect timing. God's timing. I don't think I could have lasted much longer there without getting fired. Lol. I was going nuts every weekend!
-Stu
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Chris2005 Premium
Stu,
You have come a long way from where you started, both personally and webwise. Keep improving and posting new content and you will see more than what you are looking for. Thanks for the links in your post, I will revisit some of them to help my journey here.
John
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks John! It means a lot that you're saving my post. Jay's webinars are awesome! Let's both keep pushing forward..
-Stu
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CStipe Premium
Amazing post Stu. Great information that you shared with everyone here. Hard work and dedication are definitely keys to building success online.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks bud! It's cliche but it's also true. We see people who became successful but never saw what it actually took to get there. I'm learning that it takes A LOT.
-Stu
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houstoer Premium
Really good post. Lots of good information that reminds us the important stuff ! Rock on sir !
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man! Will do.. This next 3 months and onward will tell the tale of my willpower and motivation.. Be blessed..
-Stu
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NatNiches Premium
fantastic post - I relate to what you're saying too, I've also changed as a person completely, health wise, fitness, motivation and so on and am in the process too of changing more! One question - regarding SEO, where do you put a H3 tag at the bottom!? I must have missed reading about that. Thanks!! Nat
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StubearBlack Premium
It's nice to know there are people out there with similar stories.. Thanks for the comment! So for tag at the bottom: When you're closing out your article, use the keyword once more but put it in an H3. Helps with rankings a lot!

Example (H3): Well that's about it for today my friend! I hope you've come away with some knowledge on (insert keyword here), and have a better understanding..

Then close it out however you want :)

Any other questions just holler..

-Stu
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NatNiches Premium
Great thanks very much for that! :)
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StubearBlack Premium
NP ;)
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NemiraB Premium
Thanks for inspiration, all the best to you here:) Great article, I tagged it for myself:)
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StubearBlack Premium
Yay! thanks Nemira, I wish you the best as well.. Thank you for stopping by..
-Stu
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Twoods Premium
Fantastic inspiration. I'm on day 2 here and no idea what most of that is about, and quite scared by it all. Hope to be in your shoes one day. Many thanks
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StubearBlack Premium
No reason to be scared. Thank you for such a great compliment as well. Do the training first, and then the webinars later. It will make much more sense to you. I wish you the best.. Ever need a hand just holler.
-Stu
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Twoods Premium
Thanks Stu
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BarbJaeb Premium
wow! Lots of great info and advice, here! Thanks so much for sharing your progress and story! You should be proud of yourself; not many people (especially guys) can admit they weren't always perfect. That shows huge growth as a human being! Keep up the great work and never stop growing!
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Barb! I try to objectively look at who I am, and sometimes it's not fun when you realize that you need to work on some things. But I try to push through always.. Thanks for the great comment...
-Stu
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