About Surfdude123
Joined January 2016
I am a Marine Corps veteran and am a blogger for companies, dad to an energetic and creative teen young man. I have had a pretty full life and have lived overseas in the US Marine Corps. I am also a retired electrician. I like to walk, fish and enjoy my life.
I am a survivor of meningitis which almost took me out ten years ago. Recovering has been difficult especially due to some cognitive issues. But I'm Irish and stubborn so probably a glutton for punishment in life.

I am also a surfer and grew up in San Diego Calif. and surfed for about 30 years until winding down a bit. I have also competed in a few semi pro evnts back in the day. Where I was raised is a little town named Ocean Beach and back in the day was known for its bikers and brawls as well as the home of David Wells pitcher for the Yankees who I went to school with and friends with. We were consider OB rats, which was a label we got for getting in trouble, surfing and partying like nutballs. My dad was a jazz pianist in the 70s who played opening acts for some well known bands. He passed away when I was 17/and I have been on my own since that time. I also have a brother who works for the DEA in San Diego Calif. Nowadays I do get out and skateboard. I guess you could call that my true passion and in a perfect world I would just skateboard or surf all the time. My website is awesome and is located www.bloggingtipsfornewbies.com
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lakbar12 Premium
Hi just stopping by to say hi and nice to meet you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your network. I look forward to this WA journey with you and every member here. Have an awesome week!

To your success and I wish the best!
Kisha
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Surfdude123 Premium
Nice meeting you too. I wish you nothing but the best!
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Swangirl Premium
Hi Dave,

How do your posts rank? Do you have any in the top 10 on Google or the top 20 or 30?

How much traffic do you get?

How many comments do you have? I looked at some of your posts and saw many that don't have any comments (but I am probably only seeing the recent or featured posts). I saw one that had quite a few.

If you don't have much traffic or good ranking then I highly recommend requesting comments on every post. It really boosts their rank and helps your site overall. It adds length to the posts which Google likes, it updates the posts so they stay fresh and it brings traffic. These all help raise their rank. I did not realize until this year how important comments are. I just topped 400 on my site.

Jessica
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Surfdude123 Premium
Thanks Jessica. Right now the whole site has about 500 comments and 280 posts. But I am building a new meditation website which has 20 posts and is already seeing traffic! I think my niche on the blogging site sucks. I should have picked a less competitive niche I believe. But its a learning lesson and I have some learning curve challenges. But I hear what you are saying and I try to ask for comments at least once a day.
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Swangirl Premium
Wow! You have plenty of comments then.

Yes, the niche can mean the difference between a lot of work and absolute ton of work which may never pay off. I have been gun-shy of trying the whole work from home niche though I get tempted seeing other's success. I have found an angle on that that might work for me but haven't tried yet.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Nice. Yea I guess tits hit or miss. Im kind of different than your average guy. I was the one always in trouble, not with the law but I never liked being told what to do. I grew up surfing and not really wanting to do much more. Then I had to go to work which ended up first the a Marine Corps, odd jobs and then as an electrician. So this is new to me. I think of it as nerds or people who don't want to do real work for a living where you get your hands dirty. But I'm here now so I guess I'm joining the ranks. I'm still wary and wonder of it works for the small people or is those just a cash cow for young entrepreneurs like Kyle. Whatever it is its new to me but I have been open to learning. I'm just a stubborn dude that doesn't like to be b.s.'d around. Ticks me off. But I did start some meditation classes and I started a new site around that niche which I find interesting. I'll see what happens with that website. Are you doing good here now? Also how is your life up there? Think you're in Alaska right?
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, we are in Alaska. It is frustrating since I want to put a lot more time into my site but I work full time so it is just hard to fit in. I have trouble staying consistent with it.

It is just turning to winter here. Winter makes it much easier to stay inside and work on my site though so that should help! I am going to pursue an Alaska work from home niche if I do a WA type niche. There are many people looking for work here (like everywhere) but not as many websites targeting them. There are a lot of people that want to find work they can do from rural areas too.
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Surfdude123 Premium
I bet. I've been to Alaska once. Too cold and dark for me.
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Swangirl Premium
But it is perfection (for me) in the summer. Light 20 hours per day, green everywhere, mountains and rivers and lakes and flowers.
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julesnp Premium
Good day David,
I have been slow to respond to people who follow me since I am pretty busy closing out my business. I thank you for following me and I follow you back. I looked at your web site and congratulations, it looks good to me. Honest and straight forward. I wish you the very best and am very please to communicate with you. Have a great day and enjoy your skateboard and surf.
Jules
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Thanks for the Follow! And...a huge thank you for serving our country! I love what you're doing with your blog to reach veterans. I've worked with many homeless and indigent veterans on the streets of Atlanta to help them rebuild their lives. Most had severe PTSD and/or traumatic brain injuries. After sacrificing for their country, their country has not treated them well. Hooray, for what you're doing!! Congrats on all of your WA successes! God bless you.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Thanks for the message Colleen. I truly appreciate that. I wish you nothing but success!
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KevinPC13 Premium
SURFDUDE!!! ;-)

Thank You for Your Service To This Great Country of Ours and for all the Sacrifices you had to make to do that for all of us!!!

Proud to be your follower!!! ;-)

Wonder if we ever crossed waves??? I'm 59, but haven't surfed since 1988 when I moved to Central Cali in the foothills between Yosemite N.P. and Kings Canyon N.P. - just a few miles south of the San Joaquin River!!!

Blessed to be Irish too - someone has to have it rough!!! We can't all be born into wealth!!! ;-)

YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT - YOUR WEBSITE ROCKS DUDE!!!

Best Wishes for Your Continued Success!!!

God Bless "THE USMC"!!!!
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Surfdude123 Premium
Gotta love the Irish but don't know if its a blessing or a curse to be part Irish. I've been known to stick my foot in my mouth. May have crossed paths surfing.Went out a month ago (on the east coast now) but wasn't the same as the old days. Too many years trying to survive and family to help support. No regrets...well maybe a few...lol
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PSheridan Premium
Hello and welcome to WA. Thanks for the follow. Wishing you much success and prosperity here. I am adding a link to my thought for the day - hope you enjoy.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Thanks , been here a year and a half. Best...
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Numerous Premium
Hi. Saw your comments about being a Marine on another profile and thought I'd come over and say hi. I try to go around find as many fellow devil dogs walking the WA halls as I can. Happy Holidays and hopefully we'll get a chance to chat in the future.
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ESI Premium
Hey there, David. I just thought I'd check out your profile after communicating with you about your blog promotions question and am now following you.

My husband is a USMC veteran and he's the same age as you too! Fishing is his passion! I'm trying to convince him to start a blog about it. Who knows, maybe showing him that another Marine (his age) has started blogging will help him see the possibilities.

Anyway, I wish you much success with all your endeavors. Thank you for your service and...

Semper Fi!
Ellen
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Surfdude123 Premium
That's cool. Fishing would be a great topic too. Best to you.
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Ali-M Premium
Dear David, how are you?) Hope you are fine and everything is great with your business progress ). I've recently followed you in WA.

My site is about technology and since I've started to build my network, I would like to have you in my network too.
Here is my links and I would be happy to have you in my social networks too (If you like of course : ) ). Also if you leave me your social network links; I'll be able to following you back.

Here is mine:
Google: https://plus.google.com/+AliMonajemi
Facebook: http://goo.gl/Plbnhj
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ali_monajemi

Wish you great success in your online business,

Best,
Ali
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AnnRoberts51 Premium
Hi David
Really like your blog website - great example. I am just about to join and want to refresh and simplify my current website and learn how to blog on it and make the most of Social Media. I am 65 and have just finished a Masters and looking to take my research into Active Wisdom which is a stage in out lives of sharing what we have gleaned from a life well lived in the service of out own and others wellbeing. Woo Hoo - quite motivated to gain mastery of this techie world.
Cheers
Ann
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Surfdude123 Premium
Cool Ann! I pretty much took it slow at first and as my website grew I started to really understand how things can take off. I also learned a few little tricks here and there which are helping me master some of the things taught here. I think the best advice someone could of gave me when I started was to go slow and take things step by step, I tried not to get overwhelmed and when it got crazy I took a break. I'm sure you will do great here! Dave
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SteveCrozza Premium
Hi David,

Great that you can enjoy the things in life that make you happy! Have a bit of a read of your site and I am interested to read more (soon). Have a good day and enjoy the surf when you can.

I have followed you for inspiration.

Catch you later.

Steve
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Surfdude123 Premium
Thanks Steve! Ill follow you as well and best of success!
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parrot63 Premium
Surfdude, 've had a quick look at your website and maybe, just maybe, a site based around your skateboarding or sufring added to your portfolio, as well as blogging, might be your answer. You could link to skateboard/surfboard affiliate sites and write about these if these are your passion (my kids would be interested, although I wouldn't be any good at either lol). Just a thought and don't want to teach my granny to suck eggs! Good luck in your venture x
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Surfdude123 Premium
I have thought about that and may just give it a shot. Thanks for the message!
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parrot63 Premium
Do it and let me know how you get on (I had a quick look and there are sufing/skateboarding afiliate sites out there and if you're passionate, your blogs about these will be fab). My niches are birdwatching and knitting lol. So lets do something different together and make our lives better. Remember this is not a quick win so we'll have to work at it but keep in touch and if you have any ideas that might help me I'd love to hear them but not sure a marine would know how to knit :) (Ask your lovely other half...:)
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Surfdude123 Premium
Gotcha...lol. Ill keep in touch and be sure to follow you:)
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Delatuchi Premium
Semper Fi surfdude! Just read your recent blog post Almost 4 months on WA congrats you are a hard worker but that is to be expected from a fellow devil dog. I am new to WA and was curious how you are ranking on the big search engines? Keep up the hard work and good luck on catching that giant cat fish.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Right on man. As far as search engines goes Im ranking high on Bing and Yahoo but have a ways to go on Google. I just keep plugging away writing a few blogs a week so its easier now. Best of success to you here!
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