About Trailhound
Joined June 2016
Hi, my name is Richard, I'm a 60-year-old carpenter, living in the heart of Silicon Valley. I am looking to add a little online business to my 40-year career. WA looks like a great platform to help me achieve my goal.

One of the drawbacks to my profession is downtime between projects, and as a person who gets antsy sitting around with nothing to do, I need something that I can do when work is slow, yet at the same time isn't so demanding of my time that I become overwhelmed when work picks up again. I like the idea of having a business that I go at my own pace and doesn't require my constant attention.

I am passionate about backpacking and getting out into nature. I have a bucket list goal to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. This seems like it creates the perfect niche market for me. Namely backpacking gear and accessories.
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I plan on working this business part time (about 15 hours a week) until I'm bringing in about $4,000 a month. At that point I would switch to full time, and work to make $12,000+ a month
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trailhound Premium
I plan on working this business part time (about 15 hours a week) until I'm bringing in about $4,000 a month. At that point I would switch to full time, and work to make $12,000+ a month
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misticbaby Premium
I like your goals, it is realistic and achievable and you will make it. Do have an amazing riding on this journey
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theres no turning back now... gosh, i'm already hooked l.o.l.
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trailhound Premium
This seems so easy, just doing one task at time I already feel successful.
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misticbaby Premium
You can do it work work work.
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trailhound Premium
This is so doe-able it doesn't even feel like work
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Carson Premium
Really good to see that you've added some goals Richard!

These are both realistic and achievable. Your time investment will be key to achieving these goals and you certainly are willing to invest the time :)

Take your time, take action on what you learn, and ask for help when you need it! There are many helpful folks within the Wealthy Affiliate community who have the answers you will be looking for. I personally look forward to helping out in every way I can.

Carson
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I like your train of thought or goals Rsgilgen. Look forward to seeing you again.
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johncruz Premium
That is really more than enough time to accomplish your goals Richard. Most people think that you need to spend all day on your business, but it really doesn't take more than two hours a day, AS LONG AS YOU'RE WORKING! I know you will do great here my friend, so let's get you to getting these goals out of the way!
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Happy12 Premium
Hi Richard, nice to meet you ! That's great ! Hiking is a lot of fun! I've been on some really nice hikes in Anacortes Wa, Whidbey Island has some gorgeous views and hikes.which is about 3-4 hours south of Canada and Darrington ,Wa. called Bolder Falls. It's a really nice hike with 3 absolutely beautiful waterfalls ! Thank you for the follow ! I wish you all the best here and with your endeavors !
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NWTDennis Premium
Hello Richard ... thank you for the follow. My wife and I live in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara and Redwood City), before moving to Santa Rosa to raise our family. Been here for nearly 47 years.

Sadly, Santa Rosa has lost a lot of the rural charm that attracted us. It hasn't been the high tech explosion ... it's been the wine country explosion.

WA looks like a good fit for your schedule. We like to say it's not a race ... it's a marathon. I wish you the best on your WA journey.
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VinceP1 Premium
Hello Richard, nice to meet you.

Your bio is very interesting. I agree, I can certainly see your enjoyment in hiking and the outdoors providing the opportunity and knowledge to do a bunch of cool stuff like product reviews, featuring, shoes, tents, cookware, flashlights, compasses, portable weather radios, mapping, GPS, etc.

I wish you all the best.
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OlderGuy Premium
Hey Trailhound,

Thanks for following me; I'll follow you in return.

I love hiking; it's my passion.
I have hiked many trails in Utah and Arizona.
September 2014, I started the Arizona trail from Utah to Mexico but had to stop at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon due to medical conditions; I want to go back in the future.

Stay in touch,
Have a great day
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trailhound Premium
Hey, Tom. I grew up in Utah, and have hiked a lot of trails there. I haven't heard of the Arizona trail, but I have hiked the Grand Canyon from north rim to south rim.
Good to meet you
Richard
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OlderGuy Premium
Trailhound, it starts between Fredonia and Page at the Utah border, goes through the center of Arizona to Mexico. Check out the overview map; Google the "Arizona Trail Association.
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Frosts Premium
Well hello there, Richard :D

I wanted to stop by quickly to give a big thanks for following me on this ascending trek towards financial freedom. I wish you all of the best and I'll see you on the beach sides of the world.

If you would like any assistance from me, feel free to send me a personal message and I'll help any way I can. Ciao.


"Failures are only steps towards success."

-Phil (Frosts)
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despatis Premium
Dear Richard, welcome to our WA community, you're on the right place to start an online business! Thanks for sharing and for adding me to your WA network, much appreciated. Seems you're doing very well, so keep on track and let's stay in touch.

Desmond
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ArtByHeart Premium
Hi Richard and thnx for the follow! Good luck with everything here on WA. If you have time, please drop by my blog, which I just started:
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RDoren Premium
Hello Richard, I know enough about your business to caution you regarding health and fitness. I have seen guys that need joint replacements in their 50's and they could not continue to work. They had to take retail jobs at Lowe's or Home Depot. I love you guys, but please apply yourself with WA. It can be a good source of income that will not tax your body. Take this from a 70 year old. We have 62 good years. After that it becomes increasingly more difficult to do physical labor. Of course, I am speaking from experience in a place that has cold damp winters. You are in a different climate. Thank you for the follow.
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SamiWilliams Premium
Hi Richard,
Thank you for adding me to your network. You have chosen well for a place to build an online business.

I am living proof of the away from the site lifestyle. Sometimes the opportunities to be away seem to take a life of their own. However, that is life as I imagined when I retired.

Good luck with your business,
Sami
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janbey Premium
Hi Richard,
I'm Age, I noticed you on someone else site so I thought I'd drop by and say hello.

You have a really good profile that makes an interesting read. I've looked at a couple of your blogs and will have a read of your website in the next couple of days.

I hope things are going well for you and you are enjoying your time at WA, good luck on your journey.

All the best
...Age...
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Donnie58 Premium
Hey, Richard! I understand you, man!

58 year old Construction Painter here, who was looking for something like you mentioned! WA is the perfect deal in between projects and it waits there for me when I'm busy painting!

Thanks for the add, great to meet you and wishing you all the best of success in the online affiliate world!
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Ali-M Premium
Dear Richard, how are you?) Hope you are fine and everything is great with your 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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Hummingbird8 Premium
Hi Richard, I would love to hike the Pacific Crest Trail too! I'm from South Africa and we have many smaller hikes here, but it would be a dream come true to do the PCT. Please add the link to your website on your profile - I would love to check it out!
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kmer6 Premium
Good morning to you Richard, my name is Ken and I welcome you to WA and thank you for the follow.You have opened the door to an opportunity that never ceases.You will never run out of things to do, skills to acquire, knowledge to learn. It is safe to say that you will never get bored. lol.
Chances are you will get to tackle your bucket lists by creating a passive income for you. I suggest you learn the basics, Get Started Here [top left green box], do everything the lessons instruct, don't skip, and when encountering problems, ask the community for assistance. They are the secret sauce to WA.
I wish you much enjoyment and success as you build your empire.
Ken
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Richard, when you finish the Pacific Crest come over to Tasmania. We have some great walks here. Oh and then you might as well go to the Australian mainland as they have some too!

I am currently trying to finish a house and often wish I was a carpenter. (Not much wood involved as it is a strawbale house.)

Now I will keep in touch.
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trailhound Premium
It's a pleasure to meet you, Helen. It sounds like you have the same sort of adventurous heart that I do.
I would love to come to Tasmania and walk around a bit.
I have done a bit of reading on strawbale construction. Let me know how that progresses for you.
Good fortune
Richard
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MyraBeth Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. Thanks for the follow.

The Pacific Crest Trail sounds like it would be an amazing niche. Wish you 'Happy Trails' and lots of wonderful adventures as you hike.

All I can say is follow the Wealthy Affiliate course, and you will be amazed. Each lesson along the way is designed for beginners and you'll amaze yourself how you can build your own website.

If you have any questions, just ask the community. There are many who will provide you with helpful answers. This is a very supportive community. As much as I can, I will help you.

I have tried many different online programs. Although I haven't finished the WA course, IMHO, this is by far, the best course (and community) to learn how to build an online income.

Wishing you all the best to your success. - Beth
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trailhound Premium
Thank you, Myra. I am so excited to be here at WA, and to connect with people like you.
Good fortune
Richard
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Lady May Premium
Hey thx for following me it's an honor! I'm sure you'll do really well at WA! Here is one of my blog articles to help you move forward I hope we can continue to connect and share ideas with each other in the future. Sharon :)
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trailhound Premium
I'm happy to meet you, Lady May. And thank you for sending me your post on creating success here at WA. I'm glad to be a part of your team.
Good fortune
Richard
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mickster68 Premium
Hi Richard,
Thanks for the follow. Yes I can relate as I had worked as a sub trade for quite a while too and the down time can be a pain sometimes; either too much work at once or busy drumming up work. Good luck with your venture out here and all the best.
Mike
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trailhound Premium
Great to meet you, Mike. Feast or famine as we call it.
Good Fortune
Richard
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kvchung Premium
Hi Richard, Thanks for the follow, will follow you back. Welcome to WA! You have found the right vehicle here at WA where you can progress at your own pace, and yet you also have the community here as a great resource and your best support. You have a great niche and I look forward to checking your website out. Wish you all the best to success to your online business.
Kevin
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Dmitriy Premium
Hi Richard, thanks for following me - it's nice to meet you here at WA!

I wish you to become an AWESOME online marketer (if you aren't already :) ) and live a life of your dreams!

My greatest passion is video games and I strongly believe that games can influence our lives in a very positive and beneficial way. I'm always ready and willing to discuss the topic, so feel free to contact me anytime, if you're even slightly interested.

Also, if you ever need anything, have questions to ask, thoughts to share or just want to chat – just send me a message and I will try to help as best I can.

Cheers, good luck and see you around!
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PeteWeaver Premium
I've done this before through Street Articles. Here's the 30 day challenge. You'll learn how to write better articles too...It's outdated but the principle is still the same.

You'll get lots of great ideas when you go through this challenge

http://blog.streetarticles.com/30-in-30-challenge-new-for-2012/

Have fun and keep up the good work!

Keith Weaver
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trailhound Premium
Thanks for the link Keith. Writing every has been challenging but I am noting improvement.
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Hi Richard, thanks for the follow! It's nice to meet another travel and backpacking enthusiast. Getting out in nature is so important to me, and I guess that's why I want to prioritize making money over the internet— I don't want to be restrained to an office!

I'd also love to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, but I'd have to say my biggest goal at the moment is to hike in the jungles of Costa Rica! Kinda far fetched at the moment considering I'm only twenty, but I'll get there. :^)

Anyway, thanks again for the follow. I look forward to reading your stuff!
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Wayne66 Premium
Good day, Richard and thanks for adding me to your network, I will add you to mine as well.

Welcome to WA and yes, seems that your choice of niche would be perfect for you and I wish you success in your efforts. I hope you haven't been too overwhelmed by everything here and I know that if you follow the training and ask questions when you get stuck and I'm sure this will work.

All the best...Wayne.
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Freedomseekr Premium
Hi Richard, thanks for the follow back and welcome to WA! It's great meeting you here. It sounds like we're in similar boats when it comes to down time...I can't imagine just sitting around doing nothing either! It'd drive me crazy, lol.

Being able to work at your own pace here is truly great...that way you can take your time and actually learn even if you're still working a 9-5 job. Every little step adds up in time...

Thanks again for adding me to your network here...if you ever need help with anything just ask.

Best wishes :) ~Sherry

p.s. Wow, that's quite a bucket list...and I'd agree that the niche would work perfectly with it too!
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WBoyer Premium
Hi Richard, Welcome aboard. Glad to have you here at WAU. You can definitely fill up some of your off time building you website to get some extra income here. No need to get in a hurry.Just stay focused though and you'll get there. Everything you need for success is right here.

Good luck and best wishes for your success.


"Get-eer-Done"
Bill
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whitsunday Premium
Hi Richard, Thanks for connecting. How's it going after on month and a bit at WA.
I won't be surprised if you tell me its a bit overwhelming at times.
Just stay steady with the training and try not to get distracted by all the other stuff!
Go far, go well, from janelle.
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trailhound Premium
Hi, Janelle. you're correct about it being a bit overwhelming, and not getting distracted. I'm trying to find a balance of time between following the training and building a network. Thanks for stopping by.
Good fortune
Richard
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Marcel92 Premium
Hello Richard and welcome to our WA community. You are in good hands here with all kinds of training and people always ready to help out with your online journey.
Getting started here at WA is very easy with all the help from members.
Take some time to look around and check out all the menus and links.

Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions.

The following link is a walk through with more details for your online journey. This link below is a great getting started course here with step by step walking you through making it easier to getting up & running.. Marcel
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Richard, just dropping by to thank you for your follow, thank you for the opportunity to be part of your network, best wishes. We are in the right place to kick off that online business a bit of hard work to get going then see where it takes you.
Alexander
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trailhound Premium
Hello Alexander, and a pleasure to meet you. I have a connection to your name, it is the name of my oldest grandson.
Good fortune
Richard
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Loes Premium
Hello Richard, ♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for following me.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I also made a list of 1001 niche ideas, a checklist with 25 points to go through before you publish a post, 101 blogging ideas when you get stuck and an A-Z WA dictionary. I just love lists:) It has been very helpful to a lot of people. You can find them on my profile on the right, the first website link (click on my picture). I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please add a comment to this message or leave them on my profile.
Success building your business in 2016. See you around, Greetings Loes
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trailhound Premium
Thank you Loes, I will check out your lists, I'm a list lover myself.
Good fortune. Richard
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Richard and welcome to wealthy affiliate.
You will probably know by now or find out soon enough that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve. Therefore can I suggest you browse some of the 250+ blogs I have published within WA.
I'm sure you will go away with lots of tips and advice.
Thank you for the follow as well and I will follow you.
Remember, you get stuck creating a site or anything else, you ask ok.
Enjoy your day.
Robert
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trailhound Premium
Thank you Robert, I appreciate your suggestion, I need all the help I can get:)
Good fortune
Richard
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Susieq57 Premium
This seems like a great idea to fill in those slow times. I figure the same thing as you, since I live on my laptop, I might as well try to make money with it. Can't wait to see your website.
Much success to both of us. Thanks for following me. I am real new at this, and a little bit lost at this point
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trailhound Premium
It gets clearer as you go through it Susie. It took me 2 weeks before I realized I could share a link to WA with my friends before I had my website up and going.
Good Fortune
Richard
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Susieq57 Premium
Thank you
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Kyle Premium
Richard, I see you are making some good progress through the Affiliate Bootcamp. Just wanted to pop by and see if you need a hand with anything?

I also wanted to mention the success rates of Bootcamp. Absolutely everyone that has taken action on all of the phases of Bootcamp has a business that is generating consistent income online. MANY of these folks are going to be at our super affiliate conference next year.

I want this to be you and I want you to succeed with your promotions. So, please promise me that if you ever need a hand or feel stuck as you move forward, that you will get in touch with me!

Trust me, I know things can be a little overwhelming sometimes and I don't want you feeling like that.

Anyways, just checking in. Get back at me if you need anything Richard.
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trailhound Premium
Thanks Kyle, I just finished adding my theme pages to my website, but I'm not happy with the order they appear in, and I don't know how to change the order. Is that something you could help me with?
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Kyle Premium
You can add these custom menus to organize your top menu in any way in which you like, as well as create sub-menus (for themes that will support this). You can also use these custom menus to add within your side widgets on your website (within your sidebar).

Here is a tutorial on how to create custom menus: I use custom menus on all of my websites (over-ride that default menu). It allows much more control and organization....both good things!
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Dreamer56 Premium
Nice to meet you Richard. Welcome to WA. I hope you enjoy it here as much as I did when I first stumbled in.
I'm sure you will find the same great tools and training that I did.
WA has an awesome community of friends that will be more than happy to help you succeed.
If I can ever help just holler.
Enjoy!!
See you out there.
Tim
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mobader Premium
Welcome to WA and great that decided to go premium. I am sure you will learn a lot from here. We have a great community here, if you need help at any point, don’t hesitate to ask for help. The information you get here can be overwhelming initially, but if you persist and keep with the hard work, you will see the results. It can sometime takes time but keep it up.
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Compsol99 Premium
Hi!
Thank you very much for following me and welcome to the WA community! Be sure to follow all the training that is available on this site and don't be afraid to ask questions. The people in the WA community, myself included, are happy to help you. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
Regards,
Shawn - Yearly Premium Member

P.S. If you get a chance check out how the training helped me to build my websites. My latest one on how to boost your retirement income just went live a month ago and the one on sleep apnea has been up for almost four months now. You can find the links on my profile page. Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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trailhound Premium
Hi Shawn,
I just took a quick look at your websites and they really got my mind racing with all the possibilities to create revenue.
I think as I get a little further along I will take a deeper look at them. right now I'm trying to stay focused on the task at hand so my mind doesn't go racing all over the place. (I'm just starting on lesson 6 in course 1)
Best Regards
Richard
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Compsol99 Premium
Hi Richard,
Thanks for taking the time to look at my sites! I hope that they gave you some ideas that you can use to build your website(s). Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
You're right, it is so easy to get distracted, so it's best to finish your training so you don't forget that. That was my problem when I first started out. I'd be all over the place, lol.
Regards,
Shawn
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johncruz 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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misticbaby Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.

We are glad that you are here. If you have any questions or you get stock, don't hesitate to ask, we are here for you. I wish you the best of the best and lots of success here at Wealthy Affiliate.

I recommend that you start on the getting started course. It will teach you everything you need to know for about internet marketing.

Click the link below to go to the getting started page: Enjoy your journey to a very successful life/future. Thank you!!!
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brooksbode90 Premium
Hello rsgilgen! Welcome to Wa. I think you have made a sound decision by being here. We just need to stay focused on the work to be done, and then take action to do the set tasks. In addition, the human support is very encouraging. All the best on your new financial journey.
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johncruz Premium
What's up Richard and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!

Just thought I'd welcome you and help you get started on the right track, as I know how it is to land somewhere without any direction.

You will learn a lot within the next few days and you will meet a bunch of new people, who will help you along the way so don't be afraid to ask any questions.

As a new member here, you want to put up a pic (preferably of yourself) and say a little something about you so that it can be easier for others to help you.

To start the training, just head over to the Online Entrepreneur Certification getting started course (Level 1). This is a task based course that will get you taking action on daily tasks that will lead to you building web assets right away.

Here is the link that you will see within your main menu labeled "Get Started Here". Just take a look around, get to know how the site works, and enjoy what your free membership has to offer. Let me know if you have any questions and I will clear up any confusion.

Talk to you soon,


- John
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trailhound Premium
Thanks for your welcome John, and pointing me in the direction of WA

Richard
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johncruz Premium
Not a problem Richard and thanks for trusting me!
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