I am an avid artist. I love to create. I work with metal, wood, glass, clay, and paint. My time is precious to me so how I spend it making money matters deeply. The more time I have to work, the less time I have to create. So, I work diligently at entrepreneurship. It is what allows me the time to have a life and do what I love - create art!
There was a time when I had no idea what made the internet work. I’m betting you were there once too. So, let’s have a discussion about what creates a successful website.
It doesn’t matter what kind of website you have. It could be a storefront or a blog about your favorite pet. The object of the website is getting it in front of people. If people can’t find it, it could be giving away free money and it would not be successful.
There are a few ways you could get it noticed. One way that people frequently try to promote their website is to advertise. And I am not saying advertising is not a good idea – it is always a good idea to get the info out there in front of people.
The great thing about the internet is it allows us a way to work smarter, not harder. So anything you can do to promote your site is a good thing.
Let’s think about the differences between traditional business and business on the world-wide-web. What’s different about the two?
It’s All About The Audience
Traditional business, unless you are a huge international business, you deal fairly local and buying ads and passing out business cards, putting your name in the ‘yellow pages’ works well.
The audience has changed with the technology of the ‘web’. Life has evolved and we must evolve with it – if we want to stay competitive and successful. Business is now worldwide.
Put The Ad In The Site
Use to be getting folks to your business meant they would be pulling up into a parking lot and walking into a physical building. Today, we don’t have to park and walk in. We are on the internet, on our phone, our IPads and iPods, our Androids and iPhones. Technology is the advertisement.
Let Me Explain
A business card would say a little blurb, state the phone number and a physical address so you would be able to find it. With business on a website, the information is similar, however, it directs us to a different place. The address is called a URL and it is the ‘address’ for the website (business), you would like to visit.
From Yellow Pages To Web pages
In order to get noticed on the internet, you type in an address or URL that will bring up a website and if you got it right, it will be what you are looking for. The internet is driven by search engines. Everything you input goes through a search and brings up options for you to choose from.
Options are pages of addresses of businesses. The URL or address is also called a ‘link’. You click the link and a website opens up for you to view. I know this all sounds so complicated. I suppose if you know nothing about it, it is a complex tapestry of information to unravel.
Let Me Explain The Search Process
We have an idea of what we are looking for. We are not sure exactly what to search so we try to think of things that we could put in that little search box that might bring up options for us to choose from or bring us closer to what we are looking for.
Say we want a new set of snow skis. We type ‘downhill ski’s’ into the search field and hit enter. All of a sudden pages and pages of businesses related to downhill ski’s floods our screen. That is because all those links that have appeared used the words ‘downhill ski’s’ somewhere in the description of their website. All the pages that did not come up – that are related to downhill skis did not use those exact words anywhere on their site. As this is merely an example, I am sure any business having something to do with downhill ski’s would use those words.
Oh My God! There Must Be A Million!
The first thing I would like to say is that because the first one is in the first position does not mean it is the best choice. It means that the search term used brought up that site. It may be a highly visited website and they may be the best choice, but simply coming up on the first page at the top of this page has no significance as to the success of the site. I might even be that the position is a paid position. These links are options and you must still visit them to determine which one is the best website for you.
Armed With Knowledge
Having a better idea of how we move around on the internet gives us an idea of how we can ‘program’ our website to get people to our webpages. These words we use for searches are called ‘keywords’. Some people call them ‘meta tags’.
As a business online, we are now webpage designers. As such, we must know how to create these ‘keywords’ that give our website a competitive edge. We are competing with millions of businesses now instead of the family store around the corner. We compete with businesses in Austrailia and Canada, Germany and Britian and Mexico. We are global now – not local.
Being Armed with the right set of tools is imparitive even more today as our competition is global.
There are millions of ‘tools’ available out there to use. And I am sure many of them are quite good at what they do for you. As a business person on the world-wide-web, I use a tool called Jaaxy.
What a wonderfully simple program that offers so many tools that help us take our web pages out of the dark and into the light.
Let Me Explain
As an internet marketer, I write about subjects that pertain to my business model. Honestly, Sometime coming up with ideas on what to write about can be somewhat taxing. If I had to do it without tools, I would be lost before I got started.
Jaaxy helps me decide on a topic, find the perfect title and gain valuable information on who is looking for what and how popular what I am writing about can be or will not be.
This saves me a Ton of time trying to come up with the right catch phrase or description to incorporate onto my site that will assure people coming to my site. It shows me how close to the top of that first page of searches I will show up.
Honestly, the first page is where you want to be. Very few people go to the second page. Most of the links folks will choose will be right there on the first page. But I don’t have to tell you that.
No doubt you have done a search before. How many pages did you go through? Was your choice on the first page?
You also know your own habits on the web. You are armed with information as a consumer that will help you as a business person as you already know your habits.
Jaaxy will help you find the right words, show you the statistics on those words and give variations of the words or terms you will use. It also gives you other very important information based on your choice of terms used.
You also have an option to become an affiliate of Jaaxy and make some money while using one of the internets most valuable tools.
Here is what you get:
Keyword research and management
Website research and analysis
Niche research and refinement
An Affiliate program
Don’t Take My Word For It
If you do business on the internet, you deserve to have the best tools available! Check out Jaaxy for yourself. Give it a test drive – For Free. Then take the next step to increasing your presence on the web and kicking your business up to the next level.
Some of the things that are important to me, are probably important to you also. We are individuals in so many ways. However, there are also many things that we all have in common with each other.
FOR EXAMPLE – WE ALL ASPIRE TO SOMETHING.
Creating a better life
Having the perfect relationship
Owning our dream car
Buying a home
DOESN’T MATTER WHO WE ARE
We all have unanswered questions, about life, about love, about the universe. Sometime we’re afraid to ask. Sometime we’re unafraid and boldly seek out answers.
With that concept in mind, I wanted to create a space to chat. Unfortunately, I am no Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. So, if you are here reading this and want to have a conversation, leave me a comment about what you would like to read about and I will take up the task!
Bookmark this page so you can come back and we can share thoughts and info.
TOPIC FOR THE DAY
I don’t want to be here. I would rather be playing with my dog or visiting my son or anything but taxing my brain to write something here!
That sounds like every day. That little girl in me really wants to play and blow off being responsible. I can think of a million and one things that I would rather be doing. I am sure you could too.
The upside of this is that I can apply myself and ‘get it done’. If I push myself to truly pay attention and focus on what I have to do, I can probably get it done in a short amount of time. That dedication will open up more time for me to do some of those things that I wantto do!
This post ties in well with another page on this site. If getting things done in a timely fashion is problematic, you might want to take a look at it here.
A plan is always a good idea. I am big on lists. Here in Wealthy Affiliate, I have many lists. Some are the same every single day.
Sign into Wealthy Affiliate.
Go to the live link and Check to see if I can help anyone.
Help by answering a few questions.
Post a web post for a review.
Review someone’s webpage and get a credit for each review.
Open the lessons for the day.
Update any posts or pages and plugins that need updating.
Work a minimum of 1-2 hours.
Take a break
Work for 1-2 hours.
At the most, I have worked 4 hours when completing this list. That is way short of a full day. After looking at all I accomplished, I am feeling much better about what I am doing.
Today I had to go sign into my Google account and check my Analytics for my website (that is a free program) to see the statistics on my site. It was cool because I see that all my posts have indexed which means when someone goes to search for something, if it has anything to do with my site, it will come up in a search and people can click on it and go to my webpage. That is awesome! Getting indexed is something that makes us smile a big smile. It is also one of the many many things we learn about and how to do in Wealthy Affiliate.
We don’t just learn how to do it, we learn why we do it and what it does.
A GREAT POINT TO MAKE
This site is mostly about Wealthy Affiliate and how it works and what it can do for anyone who wants to become an online marketer. The great point is understanding what you get as an affiliate in WA. If you have ever tried to set up a website, you have learned how simple it can be. There is a lot of drag-and-drop sites that are quite easy to put together. If putting them together was the only thing to worry about, that would be awesome.
However, there is so much more to doing business on the internet. Just because you have created a website, doesn’t mean it is going to get viewed on-line.
My comment above about being indexed is the great point to make. I am going to bet you didn’t read anything about indexing your site when you created that very simple website. I am going to bet you didn’t have any idea that it would need to be indexed.
Well, don’t feel bad. I didn’t know anything about it either.
I do now! And so much more.
AT FIRST, IT LOOKS DIFFICULT AND OVERWHELMING
Much like lots of new learning processes. Remember when you first learned to drive. What seems so simple and second nature now was once very confusing and complicated.
So, like my list above and ‘indexing’ and learning how to drive, everything has a first step. Leave me a comment and we can talk about that first step.
Better yet, check out the review on Wealthy Affiliate, sign up for a free account and we can chat about it in real time – right here in Wealthy Affiliate while you take your first steps to success.
What really drives me crazy is at the end of the day, after I have had such good intentions – I have accomplished absolutely nothing! I started to do ‘stuff’, but then there was the phone call. And then there was that show I have been waiting to see for months. And then I had to stop to eat lunch. Then there was… and there was… and then the day was done. Procrastination and time management is a huge impedance to achieving success at anything.
Now, this is me! I am upset with myself. I had good intentions but was not able to stay focused. I am pounding myself and feeling very unworthy of anything. I feel like I am incapable of succeeding. I can’t focus. I can’t seem to get motivated to do the things I need to do.
This feeling of underachieving now bleeds off into my daily life. Now I am angry with the people around me. I might even be a bit jealous of others accomplishments. This is a pattern that never leads to anything positive. It is a vicious cycle that we get trapped in BUT it is NOT very difficult to end the cycle.
We can make a conscious decision to take action and win this on-going struggle with PROCRASTINATION. Yes, I said it. The dirty word! It is possible to change your actions to be more beneficial to the end goal.
Here Is A List Of Things To Do
Make a list
Organize the list
Check it off as it gets done
Relax at the end of the day!
Smile because you know you did well
Is it Really That Easy?
Well, if you can convince yourself that you need to follow the list – Yes. If you truly have no ability to get off your butt and do something, maybe it is not simply procrastination. Maybe it is depression or anxiety or some other medical issue that needs to be accessed by proper medical authorities. That is a possibility. But… Don’t use that as an excuse.
A Little Bit Of Hard Truth
Procrastination is a habit. A habit of putting off until tomorrow what you can get done today. It is also a part of that instant gratification problem. I do the hard work tomorrow so I can have fun today.
Then there is the other one. Simply being lazy. Now, there is another habit. If I do that tomorrow, I can play my video games today.
All this is a cycle that is created by actions or I should say Lack of Actions. I know these are not words you like to read. They are truths one must look at and decide if we fit into these categories.
The simple truth is there is a reason we procrastinate. As soon as we figure it out, we will be able to move forward in ways we only dream of.
Being someone that gets things done leaves us with an incredible sense of accomplishment. The ability to create whatever we want in life is an ability we nurture within ourselves.
Take pride in yourself. Be a doer. When you look at that list of things to do, follow it. Number one then number two and so on. Organize the list in such a way where one leads to the next.
If you need to pick up bread, make the next thing on the list something you have to do while in town. You know the old saying ‘kill two birds with one stone’. I am pretty sure everyone already knows all this stuff. Sometimes we simply need a boot to get our feet in motion.
If you need to change the oil on your car, let the next step be something that can get done while you wait such as pay bills online from the app on your phone. Maybe you need to send notices to someone, do it while you wait. You could simply work on your list for tomorrow. No, I don’t mean copy the list of today for tomorrow. Remember, we are accomplishing our goals.
Be a Doer. Start your day with something that is going to motivate you to move. A shower, a cup of coffee, breakfast, and a brisk walk.
Take a minute to gift yourself with something that pleases you. A reward for getting out of the house or wherever you have to go or do.
Life Is A Series Of Habits
Like the rock thrown in the pond that creates a ripple, our habits are that ripple.
The big kicker is this is true. Everything we do, we do out of habit. Think about it. Look at the activities you do during the course of your day. How many things do you do that you have done thousands of times before? How many of those things do you do almost without thinking?
It has a ripple effect. Our habits have consequences – good or bad. They all lead to an end game.
If life is a series of habits, then they can be altered to benefit us in some way. A habit can be created by doing something several times until it becomes second nature. So, a bad habit can be recreated by doing the good habit until it is second nature. Like quitting smoking. Going for a walk. Eating healthier food. Cutting down on sugar. Reinventing Yourself!
From Comfort To More
I am going to step out on a limb here and say that chances are you are living a life you did not choose – for the most part. Let me explain…
You are working in a job because of the pay – not because it is what you want to do.
You feel kind of stuck where you are because the bank account is not big enough to allow you the time to change your plan.
You wish you had more time to do the things you love to do.
You wish you had more time to spend with your family/friends/partner.
You do not believe in yourself enough to take the needed steps to change your circumstances.
You do not believe in yourself enough to know you would be a success at something different.
Sound about right? I could go on but I think you get the point. Well, this website is filled with information that can help you look at life from a different perspective. I work diligently to get people to look ‘outside’ the box or to see the cup as half full instead of half empty.
I would like you to take a look around and consider life according to a new set of rules – YOUR RULES. Maybe reading this will help you see things from a different perspective.
Just a Candid Discussion
Is this just a candid discussion? No, it is not. I have a reason for talking to you about this stuff. I would like to help you change your position in life. I want to share this website with you in hopes that you will decide to join me on that journey to recreating your life.
I am asking you to look around the website here. Read the posts with an open mind and consider your place in the world. When you are done, I am hoping you will see the benefit in joining me to create your Prosperity. Please, leave a few words if you feel inspired, or not. I would love to hear from you and share with you how you can change your situation from where it is now, wherever that is – to something more.
One of the ways we communicate the benefits of Wealthy Affiliate is to show you what a great program it is. That’s not always an easy task. Short of showing our bank accounts and all the money we are making, it is nearly impossible to show how successful it can be – for anyone with a little drive and determination.
There’s a reason it’s so difficult to show. I could tell you that you might make a million dollars which would be the truth. It could be a lie also. The problem with ANY program is the results are different for every single person who participates.
If you get hired for a job, any job, I can not assure you that you will not ever get fired – no one can! You might call in sick a few times a month or just not show up one day, or just complain about having to be at work or you may not perform to their expectations. Maybe they downsize and you end up on the chopping block. I have no control over those factors or of your work ethic or dedication to the success in your life. Therefore, I can not begin to predict how much money any person will make. The potential to make money is here, massive amounts of money – yes, I said massive amounts of money. The key to how much is YOU! It ALL depends on you.
So, to say you will make a fortune, a small fortune, or no money at all could be accurate on all three accounts.
Make Sure You Have All The Right Tools
I have written a review on Wealthy Affiliate. You can view it here. And as I have said in other posts here, I believe all programs start with good intentions and could work for many people. Simply, it depends on how much money you want to invest and if you want to waste money or not.
So, Let’s Talk About Why I Am Here
Today, I want to talk about a program called “Earn Easy Commissions”. Usually I have a ‘review format’ for a post such as this. But today, I just want to write about them and give some information and talk about needs.
So, let me fill in some needed information.
The owner: Chuck Nguyen
Age: Unknown but not old.
Group website: Closed Facebook Page open only to members. “Chucks Private Mastermind”
Business type: Referral marketing (best I can do to explain what it is).
This is where it gets a bit sticky. I am going to see this through as I am determined to explain this as best I can.
How “Earn Easy Commissions” Works
Because I have searched for so long to find the best program to be a part of, researching is second nature for me. I had to do an incredible amount of research for my Masters Degree and through that I have become quite good at it.
Like the roving reporter who sneaks in to get the interview, I have joined many programs to get the scoop and continually prove (to myself), that Wealthy Affiliate is the best place for me (and for you) to be.
After joining Earn Easy Commissions, I had more questions than answers. My first Question was; What am I selling?
The best I can answer is that the whole program is based on a referral link you are given at the onset of your membership. Of course, I will go with the free membership at first. Got to see what I am getting.
Okay, free gives you $1 for every referral you make to the program. A referral is someone who has a legit email, verifies their email, watches the first video, has a valid email address, and connects their Paypal account (for payment of commissions – of course).
Now, there are other levels – paying levels.
Pro, VIP, and Elite. Along with these levels, commissions get bigger. At the highest level, the commission is 50%. The cost to be at that level will be $2000. Yes that is right. It is a one time fee. Thank the heavens for small favors.
The payout is … free members get $1 per qualified referral. That is it. No matter where the referral goes in the program, the free member will always only get $1.
Pro gets higher commissions and commissions for referrals going ‘Pro’ Yes, you got it right. There is a fee for going Pro. But you get more money. For $150, a one time fee, you will get $100 commission for those who go Pro. You will also gain access to more marketing tools and training. These marketing tools need to be purchased on a monthly installment (which means paying to be in the program every month). The amount you will pay depends on what level tools you ‘rent’ and how many tools you employ.
You can upgrade to VIP and get more access to training and higher commissions and it is $500 to join at this level. This is a one time fee. However, there are more ‘tools to rent’.
As a free member, I do not have access to this information until I go to the PRO level. After doing some research on the internet, I was able to find another source of information on this program that gave me more conflicting information on the pay out and levels.
The highest level is $2000 to join and gives you more training tools, marketing tools and higher commissions.
It looks like people are simply making the owner rich… really rich. All you ever have to do is promote your referral link and when people come in, you get a commission based on how much you have paid to the program. Meaning if you are free, you get $1. If you have paid the $2000 to be at the highest level, you get $1000 for everyone that has joined at the highest level, and a commission for the levels below that according to the cost of membership at that level. For the pro, it is $100 commission. So, you would get $1 + $100 + $250 + $1000.
Now the kicker. There are conflicting pieces of information out there on this program. There is a video Here to watch that talks about the program but the information is not the same as the program website. The levels are all different and the pay structure is different. This video talks about free, bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and diamond levels. At the source of the program where you sign up, it has free, pro, vip, and elite. The cost to join each level are also different than the cost stated in the video and the video is made from a member of Earn Easy Commissions.
The video talks about a payout schedule according to the video is – free earns 5%, bronze, $100 to join and earns 10%, silver, $200 to join and earns 20%, Gold, $300 to join and earns 30% commission, Platinum is $400 to join and earns 40%, Diamond is $500 to join and earns 80% commission.
But this is not the actual pay scale according to the sign up page. There is conflicting informatin out there on this program.
What Does “Earn Easy Commissions” Sell
Nothing! There is no product. You are selling a membership to a program where you will be purchasing programs such as autoresponders and tracking tools to promote your affiliate link.
When doing more research on this program, I came across more information on the owner of the company, Chuck seems to have had another program on the internet and has incorporated it into the Earn Easy Commission program. I actually found a video of the elite program and Chuck talks to the folks who have paid for the elite status and tells them to post every sale they make to facebook (Earn Easy Commissions private facebook page), in an attempt to get those who have not yet joined a higher tier to join and that they could get the commission from the member joining the higher tier. This conflicks with most programs out there.
If someone brings a person into a program, they are usually attached to the sponsoring party. Apparently every pay out is a one time deal. There is no residual income. This means when you bring someone in, you will get a paycheck for bringing them in – the amount of that paycheck is dependent on your level. Once you have received your commission for that person, you must bring in a new person to get any more money. Not a good plan.
So, all in all, as this is not really an extremely clear review of the sight Earn Easy commissions, it is an example of how confusing the program is.
In A Nut Shell
The program does not sell anything. It gets people to promote a link to the program. Depending on the level you are at will depend on the commission you make. Free makes $1 on referrals and no more on anything. Strong incentive to upgrade to the highest level where you make the most commission and on more than one tier – 4 tiers.
The first level is free. The second level is Pro at $150 one time. The third level is Vip at $500 one time. The fourth level is Elite at $2000 one time. The elite gives you the most perks. You must join several pay-per-month programs such as Clickmagic and a few other marketing tools for a per-month payment. So, it will cost you upwards of $2650.00 to get to the highest level of commission as you have to purchase each level to the top, ie first Pro then Vip and finally Elite. Then there is the monthly fee’s from the autoresponders and marketing tools required to run your ‘referral promoting’ business.
How Did You Say You Make Money?
So, you buy the programs within the progam to promote your non-product program. You make at the free level $1 on all referrals, Pro you make $50 per referral, VIP you make $250 and Elite you make $1000.
There is the potential to make a bit more as you reach the higher levels as you can now get paid from the affiliate programs you had to join to stay with ‘Earn Easy Commissions’.
So, I am going to make a judgement call here. I have been on the web for a very long time. I have been in marketing for longer. I have done MLM (multilevel marketing). Network Marketing for companies such as ‘Excel’ telecommunications where I was a Regional Director, Life Force International, Legacy for Life, Youngevity and others too numerous to mention. I have a clear understanding of how this works.
My call here is that this guy has figured out a way to leverage his own affiliate memberships into a program that he can sell to those who want to make money online.
In other words…
I believe he is an affiliate marketer and an affiliate of ALL the programs you must purchase/rent monthly and when you sign up for them, you become a part of his downline and he makes money monthly off all the programs you are required to sign up for through EEC (Earn Easy Commissions).
So, when you sign up for the levels, for example, the Elite at a one time cost to you of $2000, he makes $1000. You make $1000 also – when someone you refer joins the Elite level.
It is not a bad deal if you have all the time in the world to dedicate to this program because you are going to be doing some serious work here. Building email lists, keeping the lists clean (which means taking all the precautions to not spam, and keeping your autoresponder up-to-date with ‘unsubscribes’). I assure you, this is quite time consuming, especially when you are getting 1000’s of email to tend with. This is a job in itself. Keeping all your info up-to-date.
Oh yea, I forgot that you get to do some ad copy also. The program will give you a small commission on writing your own emails – adcopy, which makes less work for – guess who – yup – Chuck who now has less to do because he has convinced you that doing this is a good thing. I’ll give it to him – he is slick!
Working Smarter – Not Harder
So, here is my question to you. How do you want this to play out in the long run? I personally, do not see this program withstanding the test of time (he has already changed the program once that I am aware of) . If and when the program fails, where are you left? Everything will simply cease to exist. You will have nothing but monthly rentals and a referral link to a blank page.
Will you have learned how to run a business? NO, because most things are automated. Chuck keeps saying as you advance up the levels – ‘what changes? Nothing! All you do is keep referring folks to the progam for your one-time payment. If you are playing on the ‘free’ membership, it could take a while to save enough to upgrade. It takes a long time to collect 500 One dollar bills or 2000 one dollar bills.
Do you know any more about internet marketing? Not much. You do know how to work an autoresponder and how to clean up email lists. You know how to post to Facebook, join groups to promote your business, facebook groups, (which most times you must be in line with the group to even be considered to be a member of the group). (Just as an ‘fyi’ sidenote, I tried to post my ‘referral link’ from Earn Easy Commission and Facebook said it was not allowed on Facebook as it violates Facebooks rules).
He uses statements like “Go out there and Hussle and basically just Crush it! But as long as you are a free member, you will get zero from anyone who joins that is not from the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Not sure why this is that way. Once you get to pro though, it no longer matters where they are from. So, this seems like another incentive to get you to upgrade through the ranks.
This is almost a reverse multi-level marketing format. Usually, you would get paid a higher percentage at the lower levels and it would decrease as you went through your downline. But it makes sense for Chuck to pay at the top because if he can get $1000 for everyone who goes Elite, well, thats a ton of money. He is the one sitting at the top of the mountain rolling in dough. He is getting residual income for everyone who signs up for those ‘tools’ he offers because he is more than likely, an affiliate with each one and paying the highest rental for the tools you are getting because the highest level allows him to have unlimited everything, domain names, email lists, and whatever else they offer. So he can simply add you to his tools and his part is automated. In my research, I found he had approximately 10,000 members. Which means, if statistics ring true, about 75% of the people have upgraded to Elite. There is really no other way to make money with this program… He has already made Millions! You make the money on your referral. He makes the money on ALL referrals.
The Top Always Makes The Money
There is no way around this truth. If you join a program, the program designers will make a ton of money. For me, it makes sense to join a program that is affordable and designed to give you what you need to be successful.
Programs such as this one are designed to make the top rich. Hey, business is business. We don’t create a business with the intention of becoming poor – right.
The question to be answered is does this program work for me? By that I mean;
Is it affordable?
Am I learning anything?
Will it stand the test of time?
Does it have the potential to make me a decent living?
Does it have a good support system?
I can answer those questions with a resounding NO!
Earn Easy Commission uses an upsell technique that will mostly tick you off from the start. The one thing I truly can not tolerate is when I buy something and the next page where you expect to get the receipt, you end up getting another sell before you complete your purchase… that is the ‘upsell’. Sometime there are several upsells.
This turns me off so fast that I am almost every time going to click to cancel because I immediately realize that I am being played by a selling strategy and honesty is absolutely not a part of the program I am looking at.
So Here Is MY Sell
Yes, here it is. I am building my business. I am not in a ‘get rich quick’ program because unless you have a million to create a succesful business out the door, you actually have to work.
I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for a year now and I am still here! I learn so much! I have a deep understanding of how the internet works. I have access to so many trainings it is almost scary (it was actually scary when I first started). I have access to some of the top internet marketers on the web – 24/7/365! The annual cost of this program is less than one dinner out at a five star restuarant and a movie for a family of 4. I know this because my son and his wife and myself and my spouse just went to a five star restaurant and a movie and it was less than the annual fee to be a member of Wealthy Affiliate. Aside from the membership, I have purchased a domain name for $16 anually. I did not have to do that. There are free domains within the membership.
If you are looking at becoming an internet marketer – for anything – any kind of business – any niche, look at Wealthy Affiliate. The possibilities are truly endless. You are only limited by your imagination and dedication to your success.
It just makes sense. Wealthy Affiliate is by far a program designed to put YOU in the driver seat of your future. Check it out. I am certain you will see how amazing it is and what wonderful things it can do for your life! You can take it for a free ride and see for yourself the incredible opportunity that lies within. Click the banner below to get started today.
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Please, leave me a note. Let me know what you think. I will see you on the other side. Do look me up when you are ready to create your bright future with Wealthy Affiliate. I am looking forward to working with you and helping in any way I can!
As I sit here going through the blog posts I have written, I had an epiphany I would like to share with you. I believe this could be the most important blog I will write. So if you are truly interested in creating your future as you feel it should be…
Grab a latte or an ice tea or whatever your favorite (non-alcoholic) drink is, have a seat in your most comfy chair, settle in for a serious preponderance of an extremely thought-provoking and potentially life-changing conversation.
The Way Things Are Done “Normally“
Honestly, I believe it’s not our fault we turn out the way we do. With a skill set designed to create a mundane and complicated life, filled with strife and struggle – who can blame the student. We are a result of the life lessons we are taught beforewe have a choice.
Our thought processes are formed based on what information we are given or shown from our caretakers. They do it this way because it is how they were taught.
We are introduced to the styles of clothing we wear, what colors we wear, what we eat and what we believe about life. – We are given our food – our clothes – our toys. Even our friends as we grow are dictated by where we live, who our parents know and hang out with, fellow employees/acquaintances, relatives, and neighbors. The children of our parents’ friends become our friends because they are who we are exposed to.
As humans, we need this initial exposure and teaching. We are not like animals who are born and instinctively know how to hunt for food.
There does come a point when we have free will and the right to make choices for our own lives. That day is today. Today we move away from normal. Today we begin to build OUR dreams. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives! Today is a day of discovery when we realize that we are infinite, a child of the universe, capable of anything we apply our selves to with diligence and dedication.
THE DEFINITION OF NORMAL
In search of all things normal, I came up with some interesting phrases. What I found was an unfortunate description of how people all over the world are molded from birth.
I am not going to post a bunch of links to support my findings. You can do the research yourself, which I highly recommend anyway. We tend to believe lots of information posted throughout the World Wide Web without doing any research which is a bad habit as it is simply taking information for granted without any verification. So, please – verify.
I researched three dictionaries from online sources. They were Wiki/Wiki thesaurus/ and a British dictionary.
Following are a list of words used to describe ‘normal’:
Noun: conforming to the standard or common type, usual, the average or mean, the standard or type.
Psychological definition: free from mental disorder
Is This Where You Want To Be?
I did that research a long time ago and searched it again for the sake of this post. Definitions change every day it seems.
For the longest time, I believed that being considered ‘normal’ was a good thing. It was then, over twenty years ago, I decided that being ‘normal’ was not a category I wanted to belong in. In fact, I decided that if I am going to belong in any category, I wanted it to be the ‘me’ category, my determination, my success, my joy, my creation, my life.
I think the part of ‘normal’ that bothered me the most was ‘conforming to the standard or common type‘. Thinking about what that meant and how that affected my life, I woke up.
Not only did I not want to be ‘normal’, I did not want to be any of the other things ‘normal’ represented such as ‘average, commonplace, regular, and ordinary’.
If I have been told by 10 people consistently for years that I am normal, I will believe it. Everyone will believe it. First is the process of desensitization where we become familiar with whatever information is being presented to us. Secondly, is the process of acceptance where we believe what we are being told simply because we are hearing it everywhere. Thirdly, is acceptance. This is also the process of propoganda which we are constanly being barraged with from the media and political sources to keep us in the dark or sway us in a particular direction. Along with acceptance comes conformity. This is where we believe what we are told and we live our lives accordingly. We live our lives being or working toward being ‘normal’.
Too Many People Alone In A Crowd
After considering the level of happiness being achieved by many folks in the struggle to live a normal life, myself included – it seemed to me that it is a way of holding people back. Consider this; if we are raised to believe that being normal is a rightous and good way to be, when we can look at our lives and confirm that we are in fact normal, we can relaxe and simply continue doing what we are doing because we have arrived, we have succeeded, we are right where we are suppose to be – ‘Normal’.
Consider this. If there is a population of 325 million people in the United States and of those people 25 million are rich, either through inheritance or hard work, that means that the other 300 million must be normal. Normal described as ‘typical’ could represent 300 million Americans as overworked and underpaid.
These two groups of people – 25 Milllion People and 300 million people are filled with normal people. However, what is normal for one group of people may not be normal for another group of people. For instance, a wealthy family may get up in the morning and sit at a breakfast table and have a chef or other servants prepare and serve their meal. For some wealthy folk – that is normal.
A poverty stricken group of people may wake up in the morning, brush the snow off their cardboard cave on some back street, pull themselves out into the cold and wander down the street to the soup kitchen where they might be able to grab a hot cup of coffee and maybe something to eat. Within a homeless group, this is normal/typical.
So, honestly and I mean lets be real here. Is there such a thing as normal? Do we live our lives with blinders on to the truth about life?
I do not believe there is such a thing as ‘normal’. How can one word be used to describe such an diversely unrelated group of people and/or circumstances?
But I digress.
I decided that I would decide who and what I am for myself. This is an important step for anyone to succeed in any area of life. No one can move forward beyond the norm unless you are willing to recreate yourself. Become greater than the ‘norm’. Become greater than ‘average’. Become more than ‘common’.
It is simple! We all have been told to comply, maintain, be productive, go with the flo, don’t make waves, don’t stand out, don’t draw attention. I do not see any success in this process. Bill Gates is certainly not ‘normal‘. He was once just a child who’s parents jumped for joy when he went pee-pee in the toilet.
He went against the ‘normal’ rules and stood out. When he was hanging out in garages, building his first computer, do you think folks looked at him and said
“That is just great! Billy is going to create one of the worlds categorically first and most profound pieces of technology that will be in nearly every persons home in the civilized world AND become the worlds most wealthy man!“
Or do you think they said “That kid hangs out in the garage all the time talking about some cockamamie story about cyberspace. He is a bit off his rocker!” I choose the latter of the two.
“Well, Look at him now. He is worth more money than God – figuratively speaking. Look at anyone who is extremely successful – aside from those born with a silver spoon in their mouth as they don’t count, they are groomed to be successful on levels most people work their butts off to obtain and most times never get there. Not to mention they have the financial resources to pay others to make them successful and it is mostly what they do. Those that are very successful have walked a different path, thought outside the box and mostly work for themselves – not other people.
My point is in order for us to not be ‘normal’, we must believe in ourselves, believe that we are not like everyone else – not like ANYONE ELSE. We must see ourselves as an individual capable of thinking for ourselves and making decisions based on what we want for our lives, not what someone else wants for us or from us.
What ‘Normal’ Has Done To My Attitude
I realize this blog must sound like a big sell. And that is partially correct. There is a reason for this explanation of normal. I am an online marketer. With the internet being such a prominent part of everyone’s life – and it is only becoming more entwined in our lives daily – it only makes sense to be a part of it.
When I think of who I want to read this article, a normal person does not come to mind. This is not for normal people. It is for people who know they can achieve whatever they set their mind to. For those who would not allow outside influences to determine their level of success. I want someone to read this, sign up for Wealthy Affiliate and work it so one day, not so long down the road, I will get an email or a message or a comment on a post I write saying that making the choice to join WA has changed their life for the better in ways they couldn’t have imagined upon initially joining. That is absolutely the probablity for those who make a committment to succeed in Wealthy Affiliate. NO LIE! NO BS! Bottom line is that level of success is completely possible for anyone. Period!
Eventually, if you are not tightly entwined with the internet, you will be left behind as the internet is not going to disappear one day. It is here to stay and everything is moving to the internet.
Now you can be on the internet on your cell phone. Cell phone – now there is a whole other story! The internet is everywhere. It is accessible from just about anywhere. Today, there are people doing business with someone in China while sipping coffee with friends at Starbucks. There are people gaming with people across the world in games like World of Warcraft and Gears of War, The Sims and Fallout Las Vegas. It truly is the internet of all things.
I can order pizza for delivery on the internet – and do. I can do pretty much anything on the internet. We can get information on any subject we can think of. We work on the web, buy on the web, sell on the web, keep in touch, blog, learn, game and so much more. It is the internet of all things.
What Being Normal Doesn’t Look Like
I am an Affiliate for a training program called ‘Wealthy Affiliate’. When I began with WA, it was to create my own prosperity, to determine my own hours and increase my overall worth so I could be in control of all aspects of my life.
However, I must admit that my presence here on the internet and my experience with Wealthy Affiliate, my reasons for doing this have become so much more. My business in WA IS to continue to create my own personal wealth and prosperity and live the life I want to live. Since joining Wealthy Affiliate, I have learned that there are so many people out there searching for something better.
I am not saying that this is right for everyone. Nothing is right for everyone. What I am saying is if there is a void, something missing, if you feel you are living your life to make a paycheckand at the end of the day, missing out on living because you are working so long and hard to just pay the bills, this is an option.
This is a way for you to change your stars.
Anyone can do it. And, honestly – I would absolutely love to see everyone live the life they want and achieve their dreams. Afterall, isnt’t that the whole purpose for life?
I am going to share some VERY personal stuff here. You see, I come from a very dysfunctional family background as I am sure so many of us do. Both Parents were alcoholics and abusive. I am also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse which can seriously alter negatively one’s self-image. So, learning to grow away from the negativity and self-image I grew up with was a battle.
Not only did I consider myself all those terms used to describe ‘normal’, I considered myself much less than that. Unlovable and unworthy are two places I battled to rise from.
Today, I have completed my Bachelors Degree as well as my Master’s Degree. Something twenty years ago I could not have seen as even a consideration, let alone an achievement. I have come a long way, baby!
That is what discovering the definition of normal did for me. It was as simple as making the decision to follow MY dream, MY choices. I decided that as long as I had breath and a brain, I could work diligently to ‘change my stars’ (from ‘A Knights Tale’ starring Keith Ledger).
I tell you now, it was no easy task to complete my education. I dropped out of school while in the 7th grade. Without any more education, I received my GED without any formal classes and went straight to college. I had no math beyond fractions or any of the S.T.E.M. courses beyond that level. I assure you, the GED did not come close to prepare me for college some 25 years later.
I tell you this as an example of the proof that anyone can change their stars. All you have to do is decide to do it and follow through. I am not saying it is easy. All success is earned through hard work. This kind of work is working smarter – not harder!
Normal has changed my attitude towards most things in my life. I would rather reap the fruits of my hard work then to have some company reap the fruits of my hard work while I struggle from paycheck to paycheck. Just makes sense to me.
Don’t Except NORMAL
Baby steps. One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. That is how it gets done.
This is the part where I tell you to join Wealthy Affiliate. So consider yourself told.
I am however, going to take this one step further. Yes, I want you to join Wealthy Affiliate. If you are here, reading this blog, you are interested in becoming an online marketer on some level. So with that, I can say that Wealthy Affiliate IS the best deal on the internet to get you where you want to be – hands down!
I would like you to read the review of Wealthy Affiliate first though. After you see what it is and what it has to offer, you will no doubt see the beauty in this program. And you can always leave me a message and I will be glad to respond to your comments. I am going to take this one step further though. Yes, I would like you to join me.
I would like for you to think about all the things I have said here more.
Ponder this discussion. Look at your life. Figure out if there is anything you could do to make your life better, your outlook better, your situation better through thinking outside the box and moving away from ‘normal‘.
Regardless of whether you join Wealthy Affiliate or not, I hope the information on this website gives you much to think about, information you can apply to your life. Mostly, I hope you find what you are looking for and that it brings joy, good health, and prosperity for you and those you love and care for.
Coming from the place in life I came from, and knowing that the world has a way of keeping us ‘little folk’ down, I want this site to inspire everyone that comes here. I want it to be a moving forward point for growth, for happiness and for success.
So, on that note, I will bid you well. Please, have a look around. I hope you decide to join Wealthy Affiliate if you are looking to become a success on the internet. It is certainly all the right tools to get you there. If you choose to not join, I hope you become a success at whatever you decide to do.
Check it out here and please, leave me a note about your visit, suggestions, inspirations or just to say hi.
I have talked a ton about Wealthy Affiliate and how wonderful it is. I have explained the cost effectiveness of the program and how you simply can not beat it any where on the internet. I have talked about all the wonderful tools you have access to to as a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate.
What I have not talked about specifically is the set of tools and how it might look while working towards your goal. So, in this blog, I am going to do just that. The following is an actual description of how it would look on your first day in Wealthy Affiliate. Here goes!
I am logged in and arrive at my home page. There is a dashboard that has a list of places I can go to. There is training for creating a Wealthy Affiliate site and Training for creating a site in a niche I choose. So, for the sake of this blog, I click on the Affiliate Bootcamp link which is for the Wealthy Affiliate training and my first page of training opens up and I begin reading.
The first page is an quick explanation of what it is with a simple breakdown of the lessons in this first section. There are 10 lessons, each with a set of lessons inside.
The first thing I notices was the comment field. There are over 9,000 comments right now on this page. I quickly realize I am not alone in this.
Lesson 1 is broken down into 10 lessons and I quickly notice that lesson 3 is building the website. Wow! This is going to move quickly. I begin to get excited at the prospect of being in business for myself and it is the first time it feels real. I even get a little nervous.
A Quick description of benefits and course outcome is presented:
1. Understand the WA Affiliate Program Opportunity
2. How to Set and Reach Extraordinary Affiliate Goals
3. Learn How You Can Meet Us in Vegas next year!
4. How to Share Content Within Wealthy Affiliate and Earn
5. Finding and Creating a Successful “Authority” Style Domain
6. Creating a Massively Successful WA Affiliate Campaign
I Have My Coffee And My Computer
I am ready to begin the journey. I dig right in. I begin reading and as I read and do the lesson, I realize there is a ton of information here to be absorbed and this is serious stuff. Not sure I understand all of what is being explained. One thing I can tell you now is to follow the lessons. Even if you do not understand completely what is being explained, you will. You will be repeating things and going over stuff and doing things in different ways and believe me the lessons are set up so you pick up the information in the way it needs to be applied and as you continue through all the lessons, you WILL pick up the information and it WILL become a part of your knowledge base.
You work your way through and you are at the lesson you probably have been waiting for… building the website. You get to that page where you have to choose your theme for your site and your head explodes. The choices. How do I choose what to do? This is where I started asking the most questions. What do I need to know about the themes to build a successful website.
I have changed my theme three times. So don’t worry about it too much. Remember you have a lot to learn and you WILL get there.
Lessons progress and you have a website on line… you are Published to the internet of all things. Now you learn about search engines and how important they are to the success of your business. You also will learn how to use the search engines to benefit your site. You will learn how to get your site and posts ranked with search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing among others. You will learn how important getting ranked is to the success of your business and how to create posts that will get you ranked well.
I know all this stuff I have talked about so far is really foreign to you. Trust me, it will become second nature and in just a few short weeks, you will begin to understand this clearly and you will look back at the first time you signed into Wealthy Affiliate and realize how far you have come in such a short period of time. You really should pat yourself on the back because if you have stuck with it, committed to building this business for yourself and your loved ones, you are now in an a position for success to be the only option. The only thing that will stop you from succeeding now is you!
Remember, success does not happen over night. If you have checked into Wealthy Affiliate, you have learned that if you sign up for this, on an annual basis, (first, you will have saved yourself a TON of money), you can not build a successful business for 350ish dollars a year anywhere except right here in Wealthy Affiliate. Some people catch on really quick and are off and running in a few months, some take a little longer, some a year and some take two maybe more…. But where can you create a successful business for 350ish dollars a YEAR? All the tools will continue to be there for you every day, every night, every week, all the time. There will always be someone to ask your question who will respond and/or direct you to the appropriate place to resolve your problem, whatever it is. You will never be alone.
How awesome is that?!
I will be here for you! My handle in Wealthy Affiliate is Dannyb1 and you can find me here.
Every lesson you complete will advance your knowledge and your skills. I often look back at the beginning and am amazed at what I have achieved, how much I have learned, how much I have created and how it is changing my life.
I am grateful for many things. I am grateful that I was willing to step outside my comfort zone and take a chance on me. Every successful person has one thing in common… more I am sure, but this one thing… They believe in themselves. Maybe not completely even. Enough to take that initial step and start moving in that direction. As you move forward, your successes will show you that you CAN learn to be successful… that you are capable of creating something wonderful for your life, that you CAN take back your life… that you CAN gain control over your time and your destiny.
I know it all sounds so hyped up. I thought it was not within reach for me. I grabbed this like holding on to a rope for dear life. I tied a knot in the end and gave it my best shot. I am still here. I am not rich on this day. I do have more control over my life. I can take time if I need it. I don’t have to worry about someone else controlling my life and my dreams. Do I work? Yes, I do. I work for me. I work for my dreams ~ not someone else’s. The money I make is mine. I am enjoying the journey again.
I realize this is not an explicit explanation of Wealthy Affiliate, but it is a real one. Am I trying to bring you into this training program? Yes, I am. Do I believe it can change your life? Yes, I do. Why? Because it has changed mine and if it can change mine, it can certainly change yours.
It is not going to happen over night. You still have to work. You might even have to work harder for a while. I know you can’t just quit your job and expect this to give you that paycheck that will pay all the bills without any down time. It won’t. However, if you stick with it, and follow the lessons, it will more than replace that paycheck. It will allow you the freedom to take control of your life, your time, spend more time doing what you love, time with your family, traveling, the things that make you happy and make your life one you can live with and be happy. That is worth the work to get there.
Check out the review of Wealthy Affiliate and see for yourself what the training and community have to offer, then sign up for free and look around, go through the first lesson, make your own choice. I am sure you will see how amazing this truly is. Then get serious, commit to the training and to your future. I will be here along with thousands of others creating our dreams/ living our dreams/ and ready to help you every step of the way!!!
No sell here. Just a conversation about you and me.
I know in my travels throughout the internet, it seems like every single thing is a sale, or a promotion. Buy this. Buy that. Sales. Opportunities to get rich or meditate yourself to complete incredible health.
This is probably no different for you. So, I want to take a minute to explain a few things to you about the Wealthy Affiliate program and why I think it works so well. Also, why I believe there is no other program that offers what Wealthy Affiliate offers. What makes it worth while and why it is where ~ I feel ~ anyone marketing on the internet, that wants to be in control of how that happens and be successful ought to be.
You see, I don’t believe there is anyone out there that doesn’t want to be in control of their lives. People have family, friends, companions, and places they want to be able to spend time with and see.
In all my years in this world, the one thing I have learned is that we are all disposable. There is always someone in the background ready to pick up where we leave off. Nobody’s job is completely secure. You hear all the time about so-and-so who worked for this company for 30 or so years and went in to work one day and were let go for whatever reason. Maybe the company was down sizing or losing money, or simply were replacing folks with young blood.
I have even heard of companies that are having their long time employees training their replacements.
This is not made up stuff. It is real and happening everywhere. We are an ID number and we produce and make companies successful. Without us, they fold. Even with that, we are just a number and as easily replaceable as a pair of old socks. Sad ~ but true.
These white-water rafters look like they are having fun. I agree. I am in upstate NY visiting family and friends. Today, I am writing this blog. It is raining out and a stay in kind of day. So, I have chosen to work some. Tomorrow is Wednesday. Most of my friends and family will be at their regular jobs. The sun will be out and myself and a friend are going kayaking here in the Adirondacks. I will probably take some pictures and use them on my website later. Even playing, I can work or work while I play and the work IS play.
Right now, I am downloading a game onto my PC to play later when it rains again and I don’t want to work. I choose my work hours. I choose how long I will work. I like that freedom. Don’t get me wrong… I work!
I have learned and am learning so much about marketing on the internet, I have two businesses on line that I’ve created through Wealthy Affiliate and there will be more. I’m putting together a blueprint for an actual storefront and am excited about that!
Every tool I could possible need is available to me here in Wealthy Affiliate. I pay one fee, once a year and it is minimal. Can you maintain a business for $350.00 a year. I can and I am doing exactly that. Right now I have three domains. All of them are a work in progress as I work on them a little four or five times a week.
I never need to wash my hands after working. I do not have to drive to work or from work. I can work in my living room or in another state in someone else’s living room. I can work at Starbucks. I can work anywhere off line and then go on line later and apply what I have created.
I know this is long winded. I wanted to show you that I am a real person here behind this keyboard. You can be that person behind a keyboard too. For the cost of dinner out once a month, you can have access to every tool you could possibly need to become successful doing any kind of business on the internet.
I guess I would like it if every one took back their time and their power and became successful in their own right. There is always going to to be those that never quite believe in their true potential and discard this sort of thing right away. There is a road less traveled out there and it is an amazing road if you dare to achieve your dreams and aspire for something more than a 40 – 60 hour work week for someone who will discard you in a minute if it will increase their bottom line.
Check it out. You can do it for free. In fact, you could do it and never have to pay for it. For your success and your ability to create your own freedoms, check us out. You won’t be sorry you did. Here is to your future. Here is to the adventure of a life time on the road less traveled!
One last thing, feel free to leave a comment, ask a question or check out some of the other posts on this sight. There is a wealth of information available for you to make a sound decision to come on board with us. You won’t be sorry you did. To your success!
Looking for the opportunity you hope will change your life?
I have often tried to figure out how that scenario would play it. I have created dream lists and painted pictures of what my home would look like once my dream was achieved. I have imagined what kind of little red sport car I would be driving. Maybe I would be riding in the back seat and having someone drive for me. Big Dreams!!! Big imagination. Big failure. It took me some time to realize one very important truth – Dreams don’t come true unless you create them and that means hard work.
The First Mistake
I believe there is a child in each of us who continues to challenge our reality. It pops its head up every now and again. It is that part of us that loves DC Comic movies. Every Halloween it comes out to play – in the costume we choose to give out candy in or the way we feel when we see others having fun while we work hard to pay bills and put food on the table. I call this inner child ‘HIN’. Sounds Asian, huh. It’s not. It’s an acronym for ‘have it now’. We all have one whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.
Our first mistake in that search to find the path to our eventual success is letting that inner child guide us. We want to be able to go to work in our pj’s or while sitting by the pool. We want to take that vacation and know we are making a ton of money while walking through the surf on some lavish resort beach. We want to be where ever we want to be when ever we want to be there.
The internet has created the false dream. It has created the persona of instant gratification. I want it now! And in some instances, you CAN get it NOW. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to work for us in the area of creating our personal wealth.
It’s Time For A Birthday
The only way we are going to succeed is to have a few birthdays. So, celebrate and blow out the candles. It’s time to start thinking as the grown ups think. There is no easy way to the end goal. No matter what our goal is, we are going to have to learn, practice, and apply those lessons over and over again. Each time we take a step, it will be better than the last step. Every time we complete a task, it will be with a bit more skill than the last task. Each step we take will be one step closer to our goals.
As with any growth, there are growing pains. We will stumble and sometimes we will fall. This will give us the opportunity to evaluate our steps and correct them.
So, if you are serious about working on line, there is a whole bunch of useful information on this site. Check out the list of articles written with YOU in mind. With the information and tools available through this website, Just as I am doing, YOU can also achieve your highest aspirations.
To take the next step, I could try to sell you something. But I won’t. Because I want you to make a truly honest decision based on what YOU want for your life. Read this article, if you are still here and thinking you want to walk that ‘road less traveled’ and reach for your dreams, there will be a link to take you to the next step. What ever road you choose – May it be filled with health and prosperity!