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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Mac37 Premium
Hi Jessica,
You have great niche ideas. I can relate to your first idea. I was in the same boat, with experts telling me how they could patch me up and take my money. I found most were experts at taking my money. In the end I learned that a nutritional balance, in addition to a muscular balance was a miracle. Sometimes it's just a matter of seeking the right people. I encounter folks on a daily basis to change a story that has likely become annoying for others.

As for your third idea, the proper pet diet can mean the difference between a crippled dog and a healthy one. I share this because I put my shepherd on raw chicken two years ago. He could barely jump into my truck. He's nine now, and we're climbing mountains. It's as important for animals to consume healthy food as it is for us.

Anyway, welcome to WA. I'm an avid mountain hiker, and love, the ocean. I've been dreaming of going to Alaska for years.
Shawn
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Swangirl Premium
Hello Shawn, thanks for the follow and I am following back. I have had such amazing experiences with natural supplements for myself, my family and my pets. I want to share that with the world and let people know there are alternatives to expensive, dangerous and often ineffective medications that are not addressing the root cause of the problem.

Thanks!
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Genie3733 Premium
Excellent ideas. I look forward to seeing your "cat advice". I have a 16 year old Maine Coon. He is pretty healthy and I have been using natural alternative as much as possible. I am really anti-drug for myself, so why should I push them on my cat. You may already know, but I have discovered a great natural and inexpensive solution to the conjunctivitis that is so common in cats. Message me if you are interested in details.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, I am interested in a conjunctivitis solution. I will message you.
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KarenDemers Premium
Hello...thank you for following me! I'm returning the favor because I love your profile, love your chosen niches and I love Alaska. A childhood friend of mine vacationed in Alaska and decided to stay - that was 18 years ago. I'm an avid watcher of "Life below zero".
I think if you have a pet site offering information on the best foods/treats to feed our pets and "natural" ways to heal an animal, avoiding prescription meds, it would be quite popular.
Good luck and best wishes,
Karen
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Karen. Please check out my site sometime, thrivingcat.com. I have had a lot of positive feedback on it so far.

I love Alaska too. I have lived here all my life and love to travel but I always want to come back.
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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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