About Swangirl
Joined January 2016
Hi! I am an Alaskan girl with interests in nutrition, pets, gardening, healthy cooking and the geography and cultures of the world. My specific niche ideas are listed at the end of this profile.

2nd Update: I have started my second website! The topic is micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), causes and affects of deficiency and supplements to treat them. I am so excited to get this going since it was my long term goal ever since I joined WA two years ago! My cat site is still going well also.

Update: My niche is cat health and behavior. The supplements I review and sell are made for dogs as well. I would still like to start one or two additional sites in human nutritional deficiency and supplementation someday but for now I am taking good advice to stick to one!

I have a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies and I am close to finishing my graduate degree in Ocean and Coastal Studies.

My husband and I both grew up in remote parts of the state with dog teams in the real Alaska. We now live in Anchorage, and have three wonderful kitties and both work for the State of Alaska. I have worked for the Department of Natural Resources for 7 years, and love my job but I have always wanted to be independent and be my own boss. Growing up in the bush, you do everything for yourself. You get your own water, grow your own food, heat your home, even build your own system to produce electricity as my Dad did. When you lose the ability to be independent living in a city you feel restricted sometimes. While it is nice to be able to just go to the store and buy whatever you want, it is frustrating to lose all the beauty and space and time to enjoy the world outside. You have to worry about all these other people!

Niche ideas:
1) I want to share all I have learned about nutrition over the last several years as I have struggled with serious health problems. Most of my issues come back to nutrient deficiency, but it took a car accident to compound the problems and bring them to light. Through years of painful firsthand experience I have learned how common nutrient deficiency is and how it can be alleviated.
After so many doctors and tests that revealed nothing, I finally started to find the guidance I needed to actually identify and fix my problems. It was scary to feel like I might not be able to keep my job due to health problems and I felt completely helpless. I want to offer information to others who are struggling with these very common issues that can be helped greatly with the proper nutrients.

2) Products to help cats with behavior issues. I have personally experienced a total 180 in my cat who used to pee on everything and be scared. With a pheromone collar and calming drops, he is happy, content and doesn't have any issues. So many pet owners (including myself) try getting prescriptions from vets that are expensive, taste horrible, the pets don't want to take and don't work well. Others give up and get rid of their pets with behavior problems. All they need is the information that, effective solutions are out there and easy to buy. These products are on Amazon.

3) I also want a niche for natural supplements for pet health. I use a line of pet products that has finally cured my 3 cats' upper respiratory infections. Before I found this, we had years of vet visits and prescription antibiotics, prescription eye drops, ointments etc. They were very expensive and didn't work well either. Another product in the line helps with gum disease and bad teeth. The alternative was more expensive vet visits to have dental work done and teeth extracted under anesthesia every year!!

I look forward to working with all of you,
Jessica
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I would be happy earning $500 - $700 per month

I would be ecstatic earning $10,000 per month.

I would be willing to invest 20 hours per month to earn $500 - $700 and 160 hours per month to earn $10,000.
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I would be happy earning $500 - $700 per month

I would be ecstatic earning $10,000 per month.

I would be willing to invest 20 hours per month to earn $500 - $700 and 160 hours per month to earn $10,000.
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JerryGruber Premium
Definitely achievable. Hard work and you will exceed your goals.
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Your goals look good Jessica! The important part now is taking action. Only you can hit those goals. Wealthy Affiliate has all the training and tools you need to get started. Ask questions when you need help too. That's what we're here for! :)
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bill808 Premium
I am a forester who worked 10 yrs for the USFS in Oregon and 20 years for Div of Forestry and Wildlife in Hawaii. Hawaii environmentalists work directly with Native Alaskans to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and I have been involved in that for a couple of decades.

I believe that local groups working together for mutual support and sharing what they are doing with the world is the only solution to the complex environmental challenges we face. The internet is our tool to bring that effort together.

All the niches you describe have great potential. Pick the one that is most focused with the most income potential and work on that till it is profitable, then scale up with your other niches. Bill
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Swangirl Premium
That's what I am trying to do. I am focusing on pet health now and then will move to human health. Thanks Bill!
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petervcrisp Premium
There is a famous quote from Mark Twain:

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."

And that just means - do your hardest task first or at least as soon as you can in the morning. If you do this then the rest of your day is easy from there!

ANYWAY…

Hello Jessica, thanks for the follow and welcome to WA. You are definitely in the right place!

People have plenty to share and there is plenty to learn also so take your time and enjoy the experience.

I may not be in the top 200 list (because I don’t socialize here much) but I do have many interesting posts on my site and some you might really like, many people do. I have over 2,000 positive comments, so take a look and get some ideas as to what you can do with your site.

Let me know if I can help you in any way

Cheers Peter :)
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Leave a comment on that post and I will send you a copy of my latest 60+ page book ‘Video Marketing made easy’
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Peter. I looked at your site yesterday and thought it looked good! I am pretty happy with how my site is progressing since I have only been here 2 months next week!
I will look at your site in more detail.
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catlady13 Premium
Wow Peter, I hope I can make a website as wonderful as yours!
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petervcrisp Premium
Hi Catlady Just follow the lessons at WA ha ha That's all you gotta do - Thanks :)
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SuzQ Premium
Hi Jessica, Just checked out your Thriving Cat site and love it! Totally agree with your natural approach. Great niche goals! Have found that for many of us with strong goals in nutrition that personal experience has provided much momentum going forward. Envious though, of your life experiences in Alaska ...beautiful country and perhaps can enhance any niche you get into.
Thank you for the follow and responding back in kind! Look forward to sharing more in the WA community with you! SuzQ
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Swangirl Premium
Hello SuzQ. I am glad you liked my site. I have not posted as much as I should but I have been pleased with how it is coming along. Yes, personal experience with health problems is s serious motivator! When you find something that really works you want to share it.
I hope you are doing well, and I look forward to working with you as well.
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Brooklyn2008 Premium
Hey Jessica. Thanks for following me. I'm following right back. You have some really great niche ideas! I'm particularly interested in the nutrition and supplements idea and dog teeth health, once you get those going - if you decide on them.
i too have spent a lot of money on my dog to get her teeth cleaned professionally, only to have her breath smell again a few weeks after I got them done :(
I look forward to checking out your sites once you have them done, and following success!
Cheers
Nicki
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Swangirl Premium
Hi Nicki,
My pet site is up and running and the post on cat and dog teeth is my most recent one! My site is focused on cats since that is what I have now, but the supplement is made for both cats and dogs. It works so well on the cats, I can't imagine it isn't great for the dogs too! I wish I had known about it years ago when I had a dog team! All the supplements in that line are for both cats and dogs. I also like one they have called "Slender Pet" and started using "Immunity and Liver Support" too.

If you want to see the tooth product, check out my recent post at http://thrivingcat.com It is linked under my profile. I have my Amazon affiliate links turned on now too...yay!!!

Thanks,
Jessica
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Brooklyn2008 Premium
Awesome thanks! I just briefly was looking on your profile page here, and didn't even notice your site was up yet :s lol (I'm currently multitasking between working at my law firm and posting on here shhhhh lol)
ok great, I'll definitely check those out, thanks!!
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Swangirl Premium
Me too...shhhh!
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Swangirl Premium
I see on Amazon reviews that people have successfully used the supplement on their dogs. Note that the bottle says not to use it for more than 6 weeks on a pet with a microchip. I am not sure why. I have asked the company.

Other reviewers have noted the reason for this limitation is that the silica can expel foreign objects from the body. So the silica may have an effect of trying to push the microchip out! I don't know if this is just an abundance of caution or has actually been a problem. Silica is naturally occurring throughout the body however and vital for healthy hair, skin, connective tissue, nerve sheaths, digestive tract etc.
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Swangirl Premium
The same brand makes an oral spray for bad dog breath too.
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Brooklyn2008 Premium
Perfect. I'll check that out as well. Thanks :)
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possumlane Premium
Hi Jessica - Just a quick word to offer any help I can - being healthy is the greatest gift and having raised 7 kids as a single mother nutrition was a prominent feature and fortunately all my kids are healthy, are careful also with their eating habits which of course generates down the line to the grandkids and great grandkids. I have chooks and ducks and grow my own vegies as I like fresh food and at least growing from the old seeds I know that they are not genetically modified. There are some new supplements out containing stem cell extracts that you may be interested in but I am not here to push my barrow - just thought I would let you know and I will follow you as you progress. We all are interconnected in some way or another and if we can help one another it makes life so much more interesting.
Carol
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Swangirl Premium
Hello Carol and thanks for following me. I love growing my own food. I just got a little greenhouse last summer. This is the first time I have had one since growing up in the bush were we had huge gardens and greenhouses. I grow my own cucumbers, tomatoes etc. as well as herbs on the deck, raspberries in the yard, lots of flowers in the sunroom year round and outside in the summer and some lettuce, greens, onions and peas.

My dream is to have a peony farm here in Alaska. It might sound strange but it is taking off and becoming quite the thing here. I first heard about peonies here over 10 years ago and they have taken off since. Because of our climate, our peonies bloom later in the summer than all the other places they are grown. So, for summer weddings in July or August, we are the only location that can provide them!

I am in the process of doing a lot of blood testing and experimentation with my naturopathic doctor to try supplements to take down widespread inflammation. The stem cell products sound interesting.

Thanks for connecting, keep in touch!
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possumlane Premium
Great - Alaska is one of my 'to do' items on my bucket list and a visit to the peony farm would be great. I have spent a lot of time in and out of the States and lived in Bellingham, WA for 3 months and loved the white Christmas. I am currently living in outback Queensland - very very hot so of course one has to be careful when growing as the heat can kill the little plants before they get started. I am moving back closer to the coast before the end of the year and am looking to move onto an 104 acre property so I will be in my element.
take a look at my website - it is not live yet and only has the anti-ageing products on it but I will be adding the supplements when I get more confident about what I am doing.
http://anti-ageing-phenomenon.com
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