About Xploringsuccess
Joined April 2010
I come seeking fortune and comradeship. I am ready to make some real money and I am confident that I will learn how here at WAU.
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webkab Premium
I'm 3 weeks into it here at WA and learning lots of stuff. Best of luck to you.
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xploringsuccess Premium
thanks. there is a ton of stuff here. fortunately it all transfers beyond a strict IM application. best of luck to you as well. this community and resources are "keepers."
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maureenhannan Premium
Glad you liked the video. :-) I'm actually in South Carolina right now, enjoying Myrtle Beach with my kids. Was just doing a little online reading/viewing over coffee while I wait for the sleeping beauties to wake up and hit the beach with me!
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iFaith Premium
Fortune and Friends - readily available. We just have to connect and grab onto them. Cheers!
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maureenhannan Premium
Thanks so much for the blog comment, Xploring. Can't tell you how many people have told me they've had similar experiences with that kind of person. It's not an ideal situation I've worked out here (not sure ideal situations exist in the midst of divorce), but my kids are doing very well, and I am hearing very encouraging things from the counselor I've been taking them to. Again, thanks for the kind comment. ~ Maureen
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maureenhannan Premium
If I didn't have kids in middle school and a shared custody arrangement, I surely would. Always believed in the "bloom where you're planted" philosophy--but I'm pretty weary of the DC burbs at this point. Thanks for the blog comment. :-)
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maureenhannan Premium
Yeah...in a few years. So I take it you like where you are now a whole lot better than the DC metro area. (Always good to hear from people who love where they live. A reminder that the place DOES make a difference in quality of life.
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maureenhannan Premium
I've heard lots of great stuff about Nashville. I have some friends (artisans/musicians) who are planning to move there soon. Once I asked a friend who is also a counselor to help me understand OCD. He joked that anyone living in this area for as long as I have should know plenty--that in order to enjoy living around the Beltway, one has to have at least a smidge of OCD. LOL (a bit painful to think about how true that is, I'm afraid!)
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xploringsuccess Premium
well maybe in a few years...
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xploringsuccess Premium
Absolutely. I came to Nashville. Lower cost of living. Better quality of people. People relax here. Not cutthroat like the Beltway. Family friendly. The food is awesome. Beautiful scenery. I can go on...(I wonder if Nashville has an affiliate program...)
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Garage667 Premium
Hey there buddy!Thanks for your wishes for my birthday!Wish you all the best too!Cheers
Dimitris
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maureenhannan Premium
Wow...even before the first sip of coffee. Gee, there is nothing more inspiring to me than knowing I managed to inspire someone else. Thanks for your comment!
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SpringOnEarth Premium
Man, you've got a 1000-watt smile, which goes far in life, I've found. Best of luck to you here on WA & may you be richly blessed! :)
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xploringsuccess Premium
thanks so much. that certainly made my morning. may you also be blessed. there's a lot to learn here but try to keep a child's mind and just try things without thinking too much. always remember that people have done a lot more with a lot less.
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CRYSTAL3151 Premium
HELLO xploringsuccess, i my name is crystal & i agree nice pic look very motivated. i would like to talk with others who are positive minded like you. i feel WA is a great site it is a little overwhelming but i just step back and review what i learned & am surely planning on putting it all into action once i feel i have a grasp on it. But again we have coaches available so lets make great use of it eh? i wish u the best & u will be successful, because words are powerful & seeds so stay positive & watch them grow. See you on the high road of success
; - ).
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xploringsuccess Premium
i guess it's a good sign when i feel there is not enough time in the day for all i want to explore on WA.
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babyboomer20 Premium
Hi xploringsuccess, Just popped in to say Hi and offer you my friendship. Congratulations on taking a step to "Owning Your Life". Wishing you all the Success in your LEARNING to EARN!! Would it be OK if I added you to my Buddy List? I'd like to be your friend... Please feel free to add me. Marty : )
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VictoriaNTC Premium
You will indeed!
This place is cool!
Victoria
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jatdebeaune Premium
Welcome! All the best to you.
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redneck Premium
Welcome to WA. Love the smile it shows you have a great attitude. Thanks for the comment on "Can't Believe I'm Wasting My Time". Best of luck and if I can help I'm only a click away.
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Mohamad Premium
Hi and WELCOME!
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JaredB Premium
Welcome to WA! Good luck.
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JMcGee Premium
Welcome to WA!! PM me if you need anything..James
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music_mom30 Premium
Welcome! Great smile :)
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IsaacB Premium
Leaving Wealthy Affiliate
Apr 21, 2010 5:46 pm
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Link: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/wa_spaces_profile/index/pid/30702/tab/blog/blog_id/7962
April 29th will be my last day on Wealthy Affiliate.

After some careful consideration and review of the materials available to members, I have concluded the following:

1) The tools, such as keyword research, niche q, rapid writer, and the hosting, are not worth the monthly membership. Similar tools are available for free elsewhere.

2) The mentoring that was promised by Kyle and Carson, as well as my sponsor, Jay, is nowhere to be found. I even got something of a teaser message, stating I would receive a private message with some guidance. That never happened, even when I followed up with Jay.

3) The 12 week action plan, to the point at which I have arrived (week 5) is inconsequential in its informational presentation. I found the material to be elementary. I've taken action - I just haven't seen anything here that I haven't seen for free elsewhere.

4) The web site is orchestrated in somewhat of a Ponzi scheme, with everyone perpetually touting the virtues of Wealthy Affiliate. Teaching other people how to make money online is surely a righteous endeavor, but it seems that many of the so called gurus seem to do mostly that, and not much in the way of promoting services of actual, tangible value. I have ethical qualms with that.

5) Websites such as scam.com and IMReportCard.com don't particularly favor Wealthy Affiliate. Some have offered empirical anecdotal evidence as to precisely why Wealthy Affiliate is of little value outside of one (or a few) month's worth of membership (the forum is often touted as the saving grace of the community).

6) I have not been active in the forum, however, I often see only one or two replies to a thread. This pales in comparison to many free forums.

7) I bought a product, marketed by Valeri Tkatchenko, which I found to be a solid product. However, he mentioned in his sales page that he could be contacted for support. Not only did I contact him with some very solid recommendations to improve his product, but asked some serious questions. These messages were sent multiple times, to multiple addresses, and were ignored.

8) Nihilism seems to be the run-of-the-mill around here, but the "front" to market products seems to be one of philanthropy. While I can certainly appreciate this approach from a business (profit) perspective, it is an undeniably ugly way to conduct business. Further, it is my contention that such methods will eventually result in the undoing of whatever business chooses to engage in such practices. For historical evidence, you may refer to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Goldman Sachs, General Motors, Enron, and a host of others.

9) I have often seen people say that there is just *too much* information on Wealthy Affiliate, and that's where people get lost. People get lost because the organizational structure is poor and not useful in the first place -- not because the information is of so much value that our pea-sized brains cannot process the great wealth of knowledge contained in this community. This denigration of the intellectual capacity of the members of Wealthy Affiliate is counterproductive to the aims of the community.

10) It is obvious that about 10% of those who join Wealthy Affiliate are willing to employ grey-hat or black-hat marketing techniques to get a leg up on the competition, where about 80% are not willing to take that mental leap -- and thus, don't get anything from methods that teach to this end, and the final 10% simply don't know which way is up or down.

I am in the 80%. I am not willing to snipe reviews from other products, to use other people's content and pawn it off as my own, to steal graphics without giving due credit, or any of the other stuff that is very clearly used by some of those who are on the "top" in Wealthy Affiliate.

I am not willing to compromise my ethical standards of conduct with regard to my interaction with other people, to get a leg up. There are numerous ethical marketing practices that I have become acquainted with as of late. While the road may be a bit longer to achieve success, I will be able to sleep at night.

I know that any money I make is made for providing a real value to my customers, without misrepresenting any part of my product in the sales letter, using false testimonials, or whatever else.
Here are a few of the resources I have found to be of extremely high value:
A Successful Web Business Explained....Step-by-Step! FREE VIDEO COURSE! (Chris Farrell)
My Blogging Blueprint
Internet Marketing Report Card
In closing, I'd like to thank everyone here for their cordial welcomes. Many of you are wonderful people. The business practices employed by Wealthy Affiliate are questionable to say the least. I have no doubt the processes defined on this site will "work" - they just aren't methods that I myself feel comfortable with.
All the best,
John
john.beard@gmail.com

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I endorse this letter, I am also leaving, IsaacB formally known as ScamBuster
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Louise M. Premium
Hi and WELCOME ! Glad to have you here !

Feel free to contact me if you need help. Good luck ! :)
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Jamie Smith Premium
Welcome to the WA family
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