About TRidge
Joined October 2014
Hello!

I'm Tom Ridge, married, have two sons, a daughter, one dog (rescued) and a Betta fish that does not play well with others.

My day job involved working with 18 specialty physicians at a private practice as their chief medical equipment technician.

I've been on the "net" for years trying to earn some money with all sorts of affiliate programs, blogs etc., to no avail. MANY dollars later, I've come to the realization that I've been suffering from the dreaded "Shiny Object Syndrome."

I've now enrolled in a stellar rehab program called Wealthy Affiliate and they have convinced me that I CAN be helped.

I lost my job back in July and have been scrambling to find work (lousy economy). Have a son in his third year of college (tuition!) and all the other obligations and bills we all have to put up with. PRESSURE!!!

With that being said, life is an adventure and I believe that when I learn how to do this "web thing" correctly (WA), things will take a turn for the better.

Enjoy reading, working in the yard, a good cup of tea and an occasional Tanqueray and tonic with a twist of lime. My taste in music is eclectic but, favor mostly blues, big band and classical.

That's it for now and thanks for stopping by.

Tom
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#1 - At this very moment, $100/day would make all the difference in the world.
#2 - I would be ecstatic at averaging at least $500/day.
#3 - Right now am working multiple part-time jobs, but will devote any time I have available.
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TRidge Premium
#1 - At this very moment, $100/day would make all the difference in the world.
#2 - I would be ecstatic at averaging at least $500/day.
#3 - Right now am working multiple part-time jobs, but will devote any time I have available.
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Kyle Premium
Fantastic Tom! I know you are going to become a rock star within the online world before you know it. I am looking forward to seeing you succeed at ALL of your goals and am behind you ever step of the way if you need it.

You are in the right place here at Wealthy Affiliate and you have all the tools, training, websites, networking and support to take you wherever you want in this journey. :)
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RickHarper Premium
Great goals TRidge. I think anything is achievable when we focus on the outcome.
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Maxiam59 Premium
great attitude to achieve success all the best
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Joakin Premium
Hello Tridge.
I have been with WA for about 35 days now and it has given me more than I was expected. The courses are right to the point and I have been learning a lot. I thing you have some very precise goals and if you put enough time to the system, you will surely achieve you goal.
Good luck.
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TRidge Premium
Thanks Rick - still finding my way around the site.
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ETZEL Premium
Hello Tom,

Thanks for the follow !

I hope we realise our goals for the future !

Have a nice day,

Attila
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CraigG1 Premium
Thanks for the follow and best wishes for your success in WA.
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JeffWhenman Premium
Thank you for following me Tom, have a great weekend, feel free to touch base if you need any help.

Jeff
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Steve1958 Premium
Thanks very much for following me...
It's great to make contact with you...
Best wishes...
Steve
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GayleneNepia Premium
Hi Tom,

Thanks for adding me to your network. All the best :-)
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PSheridan Premium
Hello and welcome to WA. Thanks for the follow. Wishing you much success and prosperity here
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angelam12368 Premium
Thank you for the follow. Best of wishes to you.
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BobBarr Premium
Thanks for the follow, Tom -- following you back. All the best to you here at WA.
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Loes Premium
Hello Tom, welcome, nice to meet you, thanks for the follow, I wish you a lot of learning pleasure, fun and on WA. When you like or need to take a look at my trainings for beginners, https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/loes/training From the start I have wrote trainings for every issue I had problems with myself. I hope to help you with those. Success. See you around, Greetings Loes
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TRidge Premium
Hello Loes,

Thanks for all you do. Your training is and has been VERY helpful.
Much appreciated.

Tom
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Loes Premium
Nice to hear Tom, have a great day:)
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Thischick Premium
Hi Tom,

There's a weird glitch here at WA today. You showed up 4 times in my network to be followed. Thanks for that and I am apparently following you 4 times too ha ha :)
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TRidge Premium
Hi Lori,

Enjoy your blogs. From your ranking number it seems as though you are attaining your WA goals. Congrats kid!

I too received 4 posts from you ("scardy poo").

The best to you,
Tom
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stephhill Premium
Hi Tom!

It is a pleasure to meet you. I hope things are going well for you. I understand about the lousy economy problem. I am a victim of that too. Keep us posted on how your progress is going.

Steph
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TRidge Premium
Hello Steph,

A pleasure to meet you as well. Things aren't going as well or as fast as I had expected but, life's an adventure.

Hope you're able to relax and enjoy the holiday today.

Good fortune to you,
Tom
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stephhill Premium
Hi Tom:

Don't worry too much about things not going as well or as fast as you initially expected. It will not happen overnight. Success is something that takes time to build up. Don't hesitate to ask me or post a question to the community if you get stuck. Hang in there!

Stephanie
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi Tom! Thanks for the follow. All the best...Gary
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tommydillard Premium
Thank you for following me. Good luck with your brand new venture and do not give up, good things will happen.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Now all you have to do to spread your stuff through website niches (you should have an/some interesting ones) and blogs (not too many else one can spend all day reading and replying to them). Good luck and I am tracking you.
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TRidge Premium
Hello Helen,

Your life sounds like quite an adventure so far and probably lots more to come. Thanks for the follow. Am following you back.

From across the "pond,"
Tom
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MozMary Premium
Hi Tom, boy you can make people laugh - love the rehab you found - hope it goes well for you!
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TRidge Premium
Thanks Moz.

Tom
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JustBob Premium
Hi Tom,

Great story!

Like your website! Hopefully it is making you some bucks, but you may have a couple of flaws--first, your Health Blog page and second no Email Opt In when nothing is purchased.

You say to check out the Health Blog page for exclusive buying guides and reviews. Where are they? What I see is a nice bunch of data that is generic.

My first suggestion is that you Promote and Make the Health Blog page about health topics like it already has (only more so) AND not about exclusive buying guides and reviews AND give them an opportunity to OPT IN for free mailings about more health data. Second, when they are already on the Health Blog page it seems dumb near the top of the page to suggest that they go there where they already are. Third, I would change the color of the words Health Blog in the clickable link so that term jumps out from the immediately surrounding text--perhaps mimic the coloration of the text just above, it works and reads well. Fourth, on this page refer them back to the Health Store page to shop and buy.

So far, we handled the Health Blog page and part of the email opt in problem. Now for the rest of the email opt in problem.

In the top area where you currently promote "Check out our Health ...", insert something like the following as the next single sentence paragraph. Make the coloration of the sentence different from those above and emphasize Free and Now.

"Get Free access to our exclusive buying guides and reviews Now by clicking here!"

When they click, they are presented an email opt in. Then they are sent a welcome email with something free or clickably free.

Once on your email list, build trust with freebies or data and very occasionally offer to sell something new or unique directly in that email. Normally, just include a link back to your website so it is easy for them to return there to shop.

Best
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TRidge Premium
Hey Bob,

Really appreciate the critique. That site was the last "shiny object" I purchased before signing up with WA. Bought into the hype of "make money right out of the box."

Am learning to do it the right way now, but would like the opportunity of asking for your critique/help in the near future - if that's okay.

Wishing you a prosperous 2015,
Tom
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JustBob Premium
Tom,

Feel free to PM me and definitely query around on WA, there is a lot of good help here.

It looks like a pretty meaty site, so hopefully you are getting traffic and sales.

Best
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JohnAllen Premium
Thanks Tom for following me. It is much appreciated. All the best at fulfilling all your goals especially the ones that brought you to W.A. in the first place.
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TRidge Premium
Thank you my friend. Wishing you and yours the best as well from WAY across the pond.

Tom
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CarolS Premium
Hey! I hope u do well in WA. Look at my site, sometime: lovesometea.com Still have work 2 do, but it's fun. I love cats, and I do love tea also!
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TRidge Premium
HI Carol,

Beautiful and informative site. I too have LOTS of work to do yet so ta-ta.

Cheers,
Tom
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CarolS Premium
Thank you! Best wishes.
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TGE Premium
Welcome to premium!
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vision1 Premium
Thanks for the follow Tom. I wish you every success here at WA!
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jackiebrown Premium
Hi. congratulation of being a premium member
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divadejunk Premium
Welcome to WA. Congratulations on upgrading to Premium. You made a wise decision. All the best to you.
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TRidge Premium
Thanks for the welcome "divadejunk", I appreciate it.

Tom
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Kyle Premium
What's going on Tom? Hope you have had an awesome week here at WA and you are making some good progress. Drop me a note "reply" if you need a hand with anything. :)
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Carson Premium
Hey Tom! 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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Labman Premium
Hi and welcome to WA, Thanks for following me back.
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TRidge Premium
Thanks for the welcome Labman. Quite a place here at WA.

Tom
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Kyle Premium
Sounds like it has been quite a journey to find your way here to WA Tom, but I am glad you did.

There definitely are a lot of scams and programs that simply do not teach you what you need to know out there. It sounds like you may have run into one or more of these on your way to making it here at Wealthy Affiliate. I can assure you that much brighter days are ahead now that you have found WA and I really do look forward to working with you.

If you ever need anything at all going forward, I am personally here to help you out so feel free to drop me a reply to this post or you can find me in chat (I am frequent there).
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TRidge Premium
Hello Kyle,

Many thanks for your uplifting comments and offer of personal help - it's greatly appreciated.

Will do my best with the studies here. Time management (with the little I have available at this point) is a key factor.

Am determined to attain my minimum goal as a beginning.


Thanks again,
Tom
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Kyle Premium
No problem at all Tom, it is great to have you here at WA and I absolutely look forward to working with you and seeing you progress in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead.

I am connected to WA throughout the day, so if ever have any questions let me know. I am always around! :)
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