About Tanzanite
Joined April 2019
I'm 70 years old and currently reside in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Over the years, my long career in endurance sports has given me the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge about exercising and fitness best practices, optimum nutrition, and the power of believing in oneself. My athletic accomplishments include over 30 marathons, two fifty mile races, and over 100 10k races. I'm also a veteran of 11 Ironman Triathlons including Ironman Hawaii 1984. In the late 1980's I spent three years as a Skeleton/Bobsled athlete.

I self-published my first nonfiction book titled "Ironstruck...The Ironman Triathlon Journey" in 2006 and it continues to be well-received by the triathlon community around the world. It was followed by six more non-fiction titles. Ironstruck...500 Ironman Triathlon Questions and Answers, Triathlete in Transition, Lifestruck(for teens and pre-teens), When Running is Not Enough, a revised, updated edition of Ironstruck, and Seniors On The Move. Much like my very first book, the following six self-published books were all written to motivate and inspire others. My latest book is book number eight. It's Kona Calling was published April 18, 2018, and is my first work of fiction.
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Money I would be happy earning
$3000 per month
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
$5000 per month
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Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
Whatever it takes
 
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tanzanite Premium
How much money would you be happy earning?
$3000 per month

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
$5000 per month

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
Whatever it takes
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j52powell Premium
Great goals! Creating goals is an important first step. After that, I suggest taking advantage of the well-designed and systematic training provided here at WA. When you have questions, don't be afraid to ask the talented and helpful mentors here for us.

Also, it is excellent that you are willing to make the time commitment to succeed. Good luck progressing toward your goals.

Joe
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Carson Premium
Great goals Ray,

The first step to achieving success online is to set some goals and now that you have done this you can start working towards them. Your goals are absolutely achievable and realistic. Dedicate yourself to working through the training, taking action, and getting help when you need it.

I am personally here to help you and there are many others within the community that will reach out to help too.

You are already doing great, keep it up!

Carson
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Ahimbe Premium
The goals are great; and with the training and interactions with the community, you will be an achiever. I wish the best.
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MarkStuart Premium
Admire your conditioning commitment. I was never much for distance running (to me that was anything over 300 yards!) I was almost 50 before I discovered the reality of the "second wind" and the endorphin rush. Amazing, and I felt I could run, swim whatever forever. I'm past my working out days (probably shouldn't be) but I play tennis at least three times a week, often much more. Glad to be your associate (following).
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks mark. It’s important to keep moving no matter what your passion is. Tennis seems like a great choice.
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MarkStuart Premium
Tennis can be a sport for life. Exercise and strategy in competition. Keeps us sharp.
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5-qpq Premium
Hi, T,

I just met you over at I think their name is Bill and Sue and the post was about word count. Absolutely, in order to write lengthy posts, you must be passionate about the niche.

For me, I'm passionate about connecting with the viewers so, I think that I'll be good.

It's crazy...I find writing very therapeutic...if that even makes any sense, lol, but again, it's absolute therapy for me.

Btw...you look amazing for your age.

I'm going to go exercise right now. (My father in law of 90 had a stroke in December 2018 and is suffering big time...he cannot go home, is on a feeding tube, cannot walk and is in diapers. Sad, sad, sad.)

Kind regards,

Becky
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caljones6750 Premium
Hey, man. Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. I've been pretty busy. The way you get code for your image is to create a test post, add your image to it, then go to the "Text" tab in the upper right corner of the page and click it and copy the code. Then just paste that into your header widget. If the image is from an affiliate, just copy the code from the site. Hope this helps.
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks Cal

I have a feeling that my theme is not set up to have a big slider image. I discovered that if I use the featured image option for each post, that image shows up at the top of the page.

I might try what you suggested to see what happens.

Thanks again.
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caljones6750 Premium
I use the Featured Image Option. The other way will actually put an image in your header. I'm not crazy about big slider images. The target audience of my site is seniors, so I keep things simple.
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julesnp Premium
Hi Ray and Welcome to our great WA family where you will find like-minded people always willing to help and support you in building your online business and make it a success. I am now following you and wish you the very best.

Please remember that The Key to success in your online business is to train, train, train....and train again. We have the best training programs and the very best community support here at WA.

If you have any question(s) or need any help, please do not hesitate to ask.

Have a great day.

Jules
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Jadatherapy Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership.

Congratulations in investing in the rest of your life

If you need any help please ask in the questions section and someone in the community will be more than glad to help.
We all want each of us to succeed Wishing you all the very best success here
Jennifer
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks Jennifer!

It is a pretty amazing network.
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Jadatherapy Premium
You are welcome

Yes you are in the right place to succeed

All the best in making it happen

Have a wonderful week

Jennifer
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SnazzyIT Premium
Welcome and congratulations on becoming a Premium member! You have made a great decision and you will not regret it.
If you haven't already noticed, the community support is amazing and the training is just out of this world (well the internet world, lol).
Anyway, as the saying goes: You Only Live Once, so make this the best thing that has ever happened in your life.
I am happy to be part of your network and to be part of your story here at WA.
Best wishes,
Saane
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tanzanite Premium
Thank you. Glad to follow you.
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome ☺️
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NuttaneeK Premium
Welcome to the Premium at WA. Wish you the best of luck on your affiliate marketing journey.

Nuttanee
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tanzanite Premium
Hi Nutanee!

Thank you so much. I've pretty much immersed myself in the program for the past 48 hours.
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NuttaneeK Premium
That is a great start and you are most welcome :)
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Raquel14 Premium
Congratulations on going to premium. I wish you all the best in all of your endeavors.
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tanzanite Premium
Thank you, Raquel. It's definitely a challenge, but very educational.
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Hackerist Premium
Welcome Ray! My best wishes for your success. Following you now.
Tom
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks for the follow Tom. Glad to return the favor.
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HellBelleATX Premium
Welcome to WA Premium!! Wishing you a very prosperous journey!
--Helen
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Joanne25 Premium
Welcome to Premium! Good luck
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks for that Joanne, Following you now.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Wow sounds like you are a prolific writer! Best continued success to you here in WA!!

Jeff
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shyan0404 Premium
Hello, congratulations on becoming a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate!
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tanzanite Premium
Thank You! I'm sure now it was the right choice.
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HonorB Premium
Welcome Tanzanite to the WA Premium platform.
I joined late last year and have learned and been helped a lot>
Go well in your journey.
Honor
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks! You must have lots of experience after a year. I hope it has become profitable for you.
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Cherry21 Premium
Welcome to WA. I hope all your dreams come true. You have become a member of a great community. Someone here will have gone through or going through anything you might feel while you are here. If you have questions reach out. In saying that let's get started, put in the hard work consistently and fly like an eagle. I hope to see you in the air. Be Blessed and Good Luck!!!!!!
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tanzanite Premium
Thank You! I can feel the wings growing already.
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Cherry21 Premium
Your Welcome.
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MHead1 Premium
Hello and welcome to the premium level of Wealthy Affiliate. You've made the right decision, and I wish you much success for your future endeavors. If there is anything I can do to assist you please let me know.

Mike
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks Mike. I’ll probably take you up on that offer.
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webcash2us Premium
Hi,
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium.
Build your network with the members.
Ask plenty of questions using the chat.
Everyone here will help you succeed.

To Your Success.
John
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tanzanite Premium
The people here are amazing.
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feolgr Premium
congrats on going Premium!
Best wishes for all the success you dream and deserve!!!

effie
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tanzanite Premium
Thank you!
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WendyMx Premium
Greetings, and welcome to Premium. I think it's a great opportunity for learning, doing, and interacting with like-minded people. I hope your experience here will lead to success beyond your dreams.
All the best,
Wendy
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tanzanite Premium
I hope you're right.
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j52powell Premium
Congratulations on your move to premium. The benefits and services are great and there are many talented and helpful mentors for us here. I hope you progress quickly toward your goals. Good luck.

Joe
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tanzanite Premium
Probably won't get much sleep in the next few months.
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Ahimbe Premium
Congratulations on going premium.
Your resolve to achieve success is unquestionable.
I wish you all the best.
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tanzanite Premium
Thank you!
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Ahimbe Premium
You are welcome Ray. I wish you the best as you progress online with WA.
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keishalina9 Premium
hey hi Ray ☘ & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate (WA) Premium!

You've landed in the right place to learn of how to best build your new on-line biz to fruition!

With the amazing WA training, tools & resources, plus help with your questions by the awesome WA community of members around the world who are available on-line 24/7, it can only lead to Success!

Enjoy your learning, doing, and building here at WA ...

All the very best to you, cheerio ... 🌈😊🎈 ...
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks. I might never sleep again.
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keishalina9 Premium
....lol .... zzz-zzz ing ! .... chuckles! .... :)
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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! :)
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks So much Kyle! I’m sure I’ll be taking you up on your offer. I already have a lot of questions.
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Kyle Premium
Sure, sounds great!
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SondraM Premium
Very interesting profile. I thought your advice about a camera cleaning niche was brilliant.

Are you still able to run?

With your writing skills, you should enjoy affiliate marketing a lot. The things you learn could also help you get even more sales on your books.

Best wishes!
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks so much for your response. You are correct. I love writing and I don't expect it will be a problem as far as that's concerned. I have never done well at marketing and that is where the problem is. I was late coming into the computer age so it was a struggle for sure. I really struggle with things like Instagram, Pinterest and youtube video's and gave up on them, as I can't really figure out to make the most of them. I do use twitter.

To answer your question. Yes, I still am able to run and I also lift weights, as I believe every senior should. (resistance training, that is).

Yeah, I was brainstorming the camera cleaning niche for the woman who was interested in cameras. As I got into it, I thought I would do it myself if she's not interested. I think I sold myself on the idea. lol........However, cameras are not really my thing.

I believe you are right. It would do wonder for book sales if I knew how the heck to market.
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SondraM Premium
I am confident that you are in correct place to learn how to market here.

The training takes you step by step.

Then there are the WA blogs that are posted by community members. For example, I was just reading Tiffany D's and was wowed by her insight.

I have been here for over two years. I learn every day. I simply need to improve my ability to focus....

Best wishes. I'll be around if you have any questions.
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Carson Premium
Hey Ray! Today I just wanted to follow up with you to see how things are going! I hope all is well and you are enjoying yourself here within the Wealthy Affiliate community.

I want to make myself available to answer any questions or help with anything as you are getting started! Please touch base with me if you ever need a hand with anything or are feeling stuck, I am here to help. :)
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks Carson. I’m sure I’ll have lots of questions in the coming weeks.
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Carson Premium
Hi Ray, awesome to hear that you're all setup and ready to go. You've upgraded to Premium and you've got all that you need to build a a successful online business right from within WA! I look forward to working with you and helping you on this Journey. Have fun, ask questions, and take action on what you learn. You can do this!
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tanzanite Premium
Hi Carson! Thank you for your message. So far it's been fun and a learning experience

I have a question for you. Does the website have to be turned on in order to become public? I assume it's not live during the early building stage.

At what point is it best to make a website live? And how do you make it live? I saw a button that said "private" somewhere that makes me think the website is not visible yet.
Ray
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Carson Premium
Hi Ray,

The moment that you build your website it's live on the web. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it being "live" while you build it. So, the answer to your question is that it's already live :)
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tanzanite Premium
Thanks Carson!

I believe part of the problem was that my website wasn't indexed to Google. Now it is. I wasn't able to see any stats. Hopefully, I will not as Google Analytics is activated as well.

Thanks again
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Carson Premium
Hi Ray, great to hear you re indexed in Google - let me know how things go and please stay in touch :)
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