Something Has Got To Change

Something has got to change. If you’re like me when starting out a new venture you often get to a point, where you say to yourself “something has got to change”, this is just too hard and you’re about to give up.  But you stop and think, other people can do this, why can’t I ?

You do a bit of soul searching and self analyzing and you think, well, maybe It’s me that has to change.

Well, Something has got to change!

Now there are many things that you could change, but most of all they turn out to be, the way we think. So, how did I get to the way I am thinking at this particular point of time in my life?

My wife Michelle and I owned a Thrift Store in Meadville, Pa called Everybody’s Store.

We started this business from scratch when we moved from Australia in 2002. Neither of us had ever run a thrift store before. We worked with the Community to provide a economical way for them to buy all sorts of goods. As we got to know are customers, one thing became painfully obvious. Many of them were very “narrow” in their thinking. This is not a criticism, but an observation.  A number of those we spoke to in their 50’s & 60’s had NEVER been to Erie. Erie is our nearest “major” city and is about 45 minutes drive from Meadville. This was staggering to us. In the short time we had lived in Meadville, we were going to Erie, 3 or 4 times a week, sometimes just to get a coffee at Ember Forge and a meal at My Thai. For somebody that only knows Meadville and maybe what they read in our local Meadville Tribune, (which has it’s own slant on life ) can you imagine how restricted their knowledge is.

I guess we are all restricted in our thinking because of the way we were brought up by our parents and those they  associated with, then as we grew up by our own associations with our friends. I am a member of Lions Club International and became the head of the Meadville Club. While in this position most of my thinking was in terms of the Lions Club. Several years later we remodeled our home, and guess what we were continually thinking about….remodeling stuff.    So  for us whatever our interest is, that’s what our thinking is focused on. There are many who have a passion in a particular field and their life is devoted, morning noon and night, in learning as much and becoming the best they can in that field. Their thinking on other areas of life becomes almost none existent. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I believe they should let other “thoughts” become part of their life as well as their passion. Even their relationships can be affected by this narrow thinking.

So, where is your thinking at?   Ask yourself…Is it conducive to what I am trying to achieve? Is my thinking inline with the goals I have set for myself? How do I figure out what my thinking should be to succeed in my new venture?

Looking at people that are already successful in my new chosen field of endeavor, do they think like I think? What if I could look at their thinking and compare it to how I think. Do I need to change? Should I look and listen to them and see if I have the same thinking? Maybe I don’t want to be like them, I might want to do it my way. This thinking is often a formula for disaster. I believe you should first learn to do as the experts do, and when you are as good as they are, then personalize your thinking and expertise to become better than they are.

How does all this relate to Wealthy Affiliates. Learn from those that have gone before you, those that have successfully built their businesses. The best way is to complete all of the basic training, get involved with the Live Training and understand how the successful people think about this great business. Ask questions when you get stuck…this is the way you learn how others think. Something has got to change! Open up your mind, in my analogy, get out of Meadville.

When I have a project at home, I do a lot of thinking before I start. Invariably I find I am lacking in knowledge and spend a lot of time on Google. Not just one site, buy many sites to get different opinions and different thoughts and ideas on the project. This way as I learn more about my project, my thinking changes and so does my expertise on the subject. Getting unbiased information Is very difficult because everybody has their own ideas.

Just Google anything and look at the ads that are at the start of your search, At Wealthy Affiliates you have the unique advantage that nobody is trying to sell you something. There are many different ideas and posts, and as you work through them your thinking does change, thankfully all in the right direction. You will find you will relate to certain members and you will start to think along the same lines as they do. This is a tremendous advantage of being a Member and particularly a  Premium Member at Wealthy Affiliates. Realize something has got to change!

So, where is your thinking now…well it doesn’t matter.







Start the training, and step by step your thinking will become that of an expert Premier Affiliate Marketer.




Dipping the toe in for me was a way of deciding, deciding if I want to go in that direction?

A Very long time ago when I think back about it….it was a really long time ago. I was young, inexperienced and dumb.
So every day I got up went to my JOB, Actually I went to a couple of jobs. You know how slowly you start to wise up in life. Well, this was me, on a very slow track. Not even prepared to start dipping the toe in to try something else.
One day I found out that JOB stood for “just over broke.” Wow…that woke me up, like quick.
So everyday from then on… no matter how hard I tried, no matter how many promotions I got, this was still a “just over broke” JOB. I knew I could do better, I knew I deserved more.
Have you ever felt this way, have you ever looked in the mirror and said to yourself, standing there looking back “this is not what I signed up for?”

 Something has got to change, and it has to be me.

Ok, That’s not exactly what I said to myself, but, you know what you would say to yourself.

Now it’s time to do something different. I needed to start dipping my toe in, trying alternatives.
So about this time, as I was looking around, asking around, searching around, Taking baby steps, Testing the water.
I stared dipping my toe in, ……slowly, not sure if I’ll get burned…..Hey, It felt pretty good!
Needless to say, as time went by I got braver. I became more confident. Hey, I was not only dipping my toe in, I had learned how to swim. I can do this! I learned this!
And I did this on my time, on my Clock, not the time clock.

My clock ticked to my time. I felt in control of my life for the first time in my life.
I could give WEALTHY AFFILIATES this credit, they deserve it. But, it was dipping my toe in and taking a chance.
NOW, I’m pretty sure you have a toe.

Go for it!

Your toe will thank you!

When you get stuck!

When you get stuck one of the most frustrating things that you can find in a business is how to get answers. Do you get stuck along with everybody else.   Where do you go to find the answers quickly.

When you get stuck it can be incredibly. frustrating in any business particularly Affiliate Marketing.
Ask anybody, they all know the answers.
So why are many of the answers different?

You can try a Google search,
You can try a virtual assistant,
You can try the help desk
You can even look for the answers in the Comments section.

When you get stuck you want the correct answers, not somebody’s idea of what they think the answer should be.
Whatever your business, you need accurate answers. Getting the wrong information can literally lead you up the garden path.
That’s called time and money.

At one time I was involved in specialized investment real estate; the only place to get answers was from the boss.  If he was not available I was stuck.
You could ask a work mate and maybe you will get the correct answer, as long as he doesn’t have some other agenda, like trying to get a promotion.

Just today I was trying to figure out speech recognition for MS Word, I tried several links on Google, they sounded plausible, I just couldn’t get them to work.  So I asked an associate in my current business, and his answer was so simple. Hit the Windows key and the H key at the same time.

Having somebody there to answer your questions when you get stuck can save you hours of time and frustration.
In developing an online business, wouldn’t it be great to get answers to any challenge, anytime you got stuck.  And to have those answers provided quickly and accurately.
After a two year search, I have found only one such group.
It’s called Wealthy Affiliates.

Let me explain why at Wealthy Affiliates, you will never again be put in a situation where you get stuck.
The training right from the start takes you step by step, through the complete process of Affiliate/Online Marketing. The training is broken down into individual Lessons (makes them index-able, means you can find them any time you want) and they are provided in three formats, written text, complete with a video presentation and a set of exercises.

I had a job teaching adults how to teach skills.
There are only three basic steps in learning a skill;

  1. Explanation (Text)
  2. Demonstration (Video)
  3. Practice (Exercises)

I was teaching Air Traffic Controllers, Firemen and Flight Service Personnel. The skills they were going to teach their new recruits had the lives of hundreds of passengers at stake. They had to master the skills by the end of a 3 week training course. No room for error.

These 3 basic steps apply to anybody teaching a skill.
Wealthy Affiliates is the perfect training system. From the very first Lesson you will get answers to questions you have not even thought of.
The training is complete, nothing has been left out. Nothing you have to pay extra for. You can work through the lessons at your own pace, so this will fit whatever your personal situation may be.

Each lesson has all the details explained fully. Like the steps outlined above in learning a skill, all the lessons at Wealthy Affiliates are in text format, complete with a video presentation and then some practical exercises. You take the skills you are learning and apply them to building your website to make money.  This is the ultimate in a practical exercise, showing yourself that you have learned the new skill.

Even with my kids, when I was trying to teach them a new skill I would explain the skill, show them how to do it, and then have them do it for themselves. It works with any skill.
You’ll quickly learn that new skill with ease and be the master of it forever.

Wealthy affiliates immediately captured my attention with their magnificent training program.

It doesn’t matter how much you pay to learn affiliate/online marketing you will not find anything comparable to Wealthy Affiliates.
You can even spend thousands of dollars and you will never learn the skills you need to be successful at affiliate marketing.

Really, so how good is this training?
Wealthy Affiliates allows you to join for FREE,
work all the way through the initial training for FREE,
build yourself a website for FREE,
in a niche you like and have it hosted on the web for FREE.
They impose no time limits and allow you to work at your own pace.
And it really is FREE,
no credit card, no address, just a name and email address.

There are only two levels of Membership available.  The STARTER Level and the PREMIUM Level.
The differences can be seen in the chart below:

You have the opportunity to join Wealthy Affiliates either as a

Why would you consider becoming a Premium Member.
Check out the drop down menu items in this link and see what you get
You can save even more with an annual membership.

YOU have nothing to lose, JOIN NOW and see what you get as a Premium Member..

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How Things Change

How Things Change

Most of us would like to see the future and see how things change for us. If there was a way of changing your life when you knew how things change, wouldn’t it be great. If only we  could change our lives as we went. Obviously this just doesn’t happen. Maybe as an alternative we could learn from the experience of others. Here’s an experience you may relate to.

It’s a “long” summary of me and How Things Change in  my life.
Sorry it’s so long, but I am OLD in years but young at heart.

When I was a young teenager, about half a century ago, I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life?

When I spoke to my parents, and their friends and others I respected, I believed I would get some direction and good advice. Mostly they advised me to get a government job, keep my nose clean and retire at age 65. Then I could live happily ever after.

You will probably have had a similar conversation if you were brought up in the 60’s and early 70’s. Back then I was 17 and just out of school, I could actually imagine getting that wonderful job I would enjoy all of my working life.

So this was the way my thinking was colored as I moved through my teenage years into early adulthood.

When I started looking for that perfect JOB, they were relatively easy to find. My dream job was to become an Air Traffic Controller. I even got a Private Pilots License to give me a better chance of success. Went through a rigorous selection process, several interviews, psychological tests, and a medical. Passed everything until I got to the color blindness test.

Never knew I was red-green color blind until that day. This was the end of my dreams of becoming an Air Traffic Controller. As a consellation prize the recruiters offered me a job in the Department Of Civil Aviation.

There really should be an “Oh, how things change!” in here.

Not having any back-up plan, I ended up by default in the Australian Commonwealth Government in a pretty cushy position of Contracts Officer. It paid well, so I thought, as I had nothing to compare it with apart from a couple of part-time jobs working in my dad’s garages.

how things change

I got married. We had two incomes, so we now had more money.

However, there were also more demands on that money, I had 2 mouths to feed, rent to pay on an apartment, we needed a second car and we had to save to buy a house. Very quickly we found we needed more money,
I started another part-time job. That was three incomes.

With the thinking I had instilled into me, I was supposed to accept our situation and just keep working hard and eventually everything would turn out okay.

Well it didn’t work out okay. The house we could afford was not in the area we wanted, but in an area our incomes could afford. The schools weren’t what we wanted, the only positive here was we wouldn’t have high school fees. It wasn’t close to our parents or our friends. This exercise of getting the wrong house took 3 years.

how things change

Soon we had three mouths to feed, then 4, then 5 and finally 6.

Australian type food.

We decided to put a stop to the family expansion.

Well the “job” in fact any job, just wasn’t going to be the forever income for our growing family. I still had a second job but we needed to do something different.

Our real search for an income and the lifestyle we dreamed of, had now begun.

Firstly it was MLM, and that lasted for many years. It gave us a respectable income, but we needed more. So I went out and got another JOB, selling on commission only. I went from one sales job to another looking for the “right” job, thinking it would be like the ideal government job. It became clear, I needed to work for myself to create a future for my family. It had to be a business of our own, where the income would eventually come from residual sales.

There were lots of positions offering the possibility of a residual income. I sold insurance, personal development programs, investment programs, real estate investment programs; you name it, I probably sold it. Not bad for a Contracts Officer.

This did give us a better lifestyle. We travelled overseas many times, had nice cars, moved house to an upscale suburb on the opposite side of town, sent the kids to a private college. This was over a period of about 20 years. It was a lot of hard work and we could never seem to relax. Lots of weekend work and many nights not at home. So maybe calling it a good lifestyle was not exactly true.

how things change

Then the internet was born, but it was very new. I liked the concept and bought one of the very first Apple Computers thinking this was the way of the future.

I even tried building a computer, not even understanding it needed special “software” to run the thing. We were still looking for the business that would put us on easy street. I was always trying something new that might work.

We now had two businesses rather than two jobs. All that meant was we worked a lot harder, and a lot longer.

Eventually it put a strain on our marriage which caused more financial problems and that finally led to divorce.

how things change

Our MLM business was still going and that did help with the finances. It also occurred to me that even after a few years with very little effort it still produced an income. With the divorce so went the MLM business.

I wanted to find a way to get an income that would go on forever, because some day I would have to stop working.. That day was getting closer and closer.

The computer seemed to be the answer. Not understanding how to make money online, one day while playing around, I met a lady online. Her name was Michelle and she only lived 10,098 miles away.

We typed conversations (no video back then) for about 6 months and eventually I went to meet her. Did I mention I was an Australian and Michelle lived in Florida?

In just a week Michelle and I decided we would come back and live together in Australia.

how things change

I still had my job as a sales manager for a Real Estate Investment company and had quite a respectable income. It was commission only.

We got married, bought a beautiful Great Dane Puppy who we called Abbey, and life was good for a few years. Then one day we got a call from Michelle’s mum. She had some serious challenges and needed us to come home to Pennsylvania to look after her. We sold up most of what we had accumulated including a Mercedes that I really loved, packed up everything else and shipped it to America. When we got to California, Abbey had such a bad trip on the plane; instead of flying to Pennsylvania, we hired a car in Los Angeles and drove the rest of the way to Meadville, Pennsylvania.

how are things going to change for you?

Can you see any pattern in my story?
Can you see how I needed to change my life.

Lots of plans, lots of dreams, that don’t go the way you expect.

How much control do we actually have over our lives.

If you look at your life, have you had similar things happen to you?

Things that take you away from your dreams and aspirations.

As a Contracts Officer, did I ever for one moment think I would eventually be living in America, with a wife that came from Florida? Talk about changing my life!

how things change

Where we live in Pennsylvania, there is no Investment Real Estate opportunities to make money.

Michelle and her Mum had always wanted a thrift store.

So Everybody’s Store was born.

Michelle & I built this store from scratch. We ran the business for 9 years and never bought any stock. We gave back to the community and in turn they supported us with their purchases and donations.

how things change

Four years after we arrived in America, we lost Michelle’s mum. This resulted in a 2 year Court Case. A very traumatic time in our lives.

There were a couple of other jobs with relatively good income, and it was at this point I started to look at the computer again.

I found affiliate marketing, but didn’t have a clue on how to even get started. The idea of running a computer business died.

how things change

I was born with a bicuspid heart valve and In 2013, I needed a heart valve replacement, a new aortic valve, a new ascending aorta and three bypasses to put it all together. After that I had 2 strokes which thankfully had no lasting effects and then 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Cancer. I’ll post about this cancer at a later time as it has been life changing for us. I have not had Chemo, Surgery or Radiation, all the treatment has been done with diet. This is a message I do want to pass on as it can help save countless lives.

how things change

Between 2013 and 2015 we got involved with a number of affiliate marketing groups that cost us several thousand dollars for the experience. The only one that didn’t cost anything was Wealthy Affiliates. But we knew anything that is free wouldn’t be any good. So we disregarded it.

Back to searching for a job. Tried several but couldn’t find anything with a residual income,

only jobs that paid just enough to keep the wolf from the door.
Now it is August 2018, and back to the computer, we came across Wealthy Affiliates. We thought we’d better sign up and give it a try since it was free.
To our surprise we were ALREADY members, and had been since June 2015.

We’re here today to tell you how great this business is.
WA waited for us to catch up.

To see why we are so passionate about Wealthy Affiliates follow this link, become a free member and take a look at what you get for free. Changing my life, made all the difference.

Your personal journey will be incredible. How things change for you will determine your grit and will probably change your life.

Rob & Michelle

Big Ideas

*Big ideas
“You’re the shadow stealing light against the wall.
You’re the dream I had just before I woke up”
Big ideas…

“You’re the shadow stealing light against the wall.
You’re the dream I had just before I woke”






I am writing about ideas…large and small. 

Yes, even the ideas that are minuscule that float around in your subconscious can become enormous.
Our ideas will differ, but are equally important.

This morning at the moment of the dawning of the day, I walked out on the deck…to embrace the chill of the late Autumn air.

As I looked, the mist was rising from the swamp to embrace this chill.  It moved as if alive, a magic moment in time.  The light of the morning was perfect.  Capturing this dance of this new morning.  Truly magical.  A memory.

There are many reasons we see things visually and think the way we do.  But the way in which we do this is truly a unique experience to each of us.

Our minds will meet on a big idea, we dance in unison and the music in our mind is played…the same unheard song.  This is the moment of connection.  How many times a day does this happen?  Depends.

If you are employed you do your job, hopefully connected and doing it well.
If you are self employed, the same holds true.  You are connected and doing the best you can, which like an employee will vary.

As an employee you can go to your supervisor, or boss with a question, so that you may do your job better, work more efficiently.

Now, Mr. Boss man, let me ask you, how do you find the answers that you need to keep your business moving forward towards your somewhat elusive goal?

Probably, you are continuing educating yourself in the many aspects of your business.  Yet at times you will have to reach out for ideas.

When a roadblock is apparently ahead.. you freeze.    

Just at this moment, time in your mind races backward…then forward, again and again, then STOP.
The moment of the regrouping of thoughts, plan of action has arrived.  I have been in these shoes many times.  I have even questioned my abilities, as you have yours.  This is what makes us successful.

At this point in my life, needing to be abreast of the fast paced world, moving faster than I could have imagined, keeping a step ahead is becoming a race.
Creating a stressor on my thoughts and actions.

As I think, and regroup my thoughts, it seems apparent, clear as the dawning of a new day.  Something different is on the horizon in my mind.

A new Big Ideas.
Why Ideas, not just Idea, you may ask.  I will tell you straight off there is NEVER a single idea, that stands alone.


Ideas like grapes come in bunches.  One bunch of grapes contains many grapes…ideas.  Get the picture.  One idea leads to another.  Ideas.



To become part of Wealthy Affiliates was and is “The Big Ideas”.
Rearranging  myself even re-educating the thoughts in my mind to embrace this Big Ideas, was at first frightening.  But this was my bridge to cross


Making the decision to walk a different path, expand my journey, embrace what the future holds,  becomes part of this wonderful roller coaster world.


Wealthy Affiliates has the training, and all the help you could possibly ask for….Free.  No credit card!  Zippo zap, no commitment, just try it!

I’m sure like Mikey says, “try it, you’ll like it”.  I did, and I liked it!

There is nothing to stop you….except yourself.



*Beginning lyrics to Big Ideas
Writers: Nathan Nicholson, Adam Harrison, Andrew David Smith, Piers John Hewitt

First Rule Of Success-JUMP

First Rule Of Success


Life is like a mud puddle
Brown, murky beckoning
Innocently waiting for you
Wet, cool daring,
You will never pass a puddle again
Always remembering that SPLASH


We all start as beginners, and we need to learn the

 First Rule Of Success -JUMP!

It’s where we finish that’s going to count.

Our story is one of trial and error, mostly error when we first started.We looked at all the free and low cost solutions to making money on the internet.

We didn’t have much money.
When we Googled “how to make money online”, there were plenty answers out there, however most of them were just wanting to take our money. All the programs we looked at always had something left out of their “how to” programs. We didn’t realize this until much later when we fully understood what was needed to make money online. The things that were left out were things that made a big difference to success or failure.
We got ourselves in a position where we needed to make some money to pay our bills.

We were the ones that had more month than money.

First Rule Of Success needs to be simple to understand.  At least it was for us, we needed to be taken one step at a time (baby steps)and be given the time to understand each step.

Many of the systems we’d looked at, kept pushing for additional courses, webinars, add-ons’ that cost even more money than the original program. We found these all ended up as being distractions from the main purpose of building a website and making money. They wanted more and more of our hard earned money.
After spending lots of our money on personal coaching programs, video training, audio training and many other ways, that would promise you the world while they are taking your money. The price points that we paid on these types of training were, $2,500, $499.00, $249.00, $97.00 and lots of other low cost programs.
You can be fooled by these expensive, “all inclusive” deals as they make it sound so easy that nobody could possibly fail.
Well, as a warning, we found they were not all milk and honey, and yes we did get involved, spent $2,500 and still did not succeed.
We really tried working hard, spending hours thinking that was the answer to making money online, by following their stupid systems.

Eventually we had to take on a regular job to pay the bills. Going back to a JOB, (Just Over Broke), was a mind numbing experience.We kept looking for an answer. We wanted an independent lifestyle and the money to support it.

I don’t know how we found it but searching the internet one day we did come across Wealthy Affiliates.

Our biggest personal challenge was Wealthy Affiliate’s claim that you can join for free. Our experience told us it cannot be worth anything if it was free. There must be a catch.
Hey, all they wanted was an email address, no money, no credit card, no address. In return, they would supply the know how and all the things you needed to get started with your own online business. Not only do they offer training, support and coaching, they also provide the essential tools needed for running an online business.

What did we have to lose, we put in our email address and away we went again not expecting too much… was free.
Well, as we got involved we saw that there are thousands of members that are making money and are prepared to help you do the same. Lots of advice when you ask for it and encouragement….all free. This was almost too good to be true. The First Rule Of Success – JUMP.  Especially when it’s FREE.

A huge amount of knowledge and the hosting platform to make it happen. Here are just some of the titles of the Bootcamp Training Courses:

Bootcamp Course #1 – Getting Your Business Rolling
Bootcamp Course #2 – Content, Keywords and Conversions
Bootcamp Course #3 – Giving Your Site Social Value
Bootcamp Course #4 – Get Visual. Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media.
Bootcamp Course #5 – Knowing Your Audiences & Catapulting Your Referrals
Bootcamp Course #6 – Bing, Yahoo, & The Power of PPC
Bootcamp Course #7 – How to Scale Successful PPC

Apart from the free level of membership within Wealthy Affiliates there are only 2 levels of membership, Starter and Premium. Here is a comparison;

Join Wealthy Affiliates NOW ! It’s FREE

This is definitely the Best Affiliate Training in the World
Follow step-by-step video based training on how to build an incredibly successful business.

There is no other community like Wealthy Affiliate in the world.

First Rule Of Success – JUMP

Join NOW!!

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life”

Use it wisely


Know exactly what the Customer wants

Ever feel like you are searching, searching, searching,  looking for the answer to your problem.

So what is your problem. Buying a new car, trading in your old cell phone on a new one, renting an apartment or buying another house. Deciding what to have for dinner or buying that special article of clothing, whatever it may be you know exactly what YOU want, it’s just finding it. Sometimes it’s obvious and other times it’s more illusive, even to you.

When we started our search for the perfect online marketing system we certainly did have a problem. WE knew our problem but didn’t know where to go to solve it.

For a moment  think of yourself as the “customer”.  
How would you like a salesperson to help you, what should they do or what should they say?  Just because you are in their store (on their web page) , often the sales person will just assume you want, what they are selling. These types of salespeople are not really sales people, they are order takers.

That is why there are so many self serve check outs, who needs a body to process a scan. The store has already determined that you know what you want, and will encourage you to serve yourself.

This is very different than selling to a prospect that is looking for the best deal, the right product to do the job, the quickest delivery time, the cheapest delivery cost. Sometimes they may not even know exactly what they want.

So how do you find out exactly what the customer wants and ultimately what he will buy.

This is both simple and yet difficult.
The obvious answer is to ask questions, however, what questions should you ask particularly if they are online.

Checking out Google you will find many “lists” of questions you should ask a prospect.
Have you ever thought when a salesperson is trying to sell you, they are going through one of these lists of questions, step by step and

    then expect you to buy because they got to the last step. It’s very annoying and you just want to get away and find somebody else that will listen to what you want and actually help you make a decision.

I have been on both sides, and believe building rapport comes very high in the “list” of things you should be working on with the customer, before going for the jugular and telling them why they should buy your product.

My experience is that the customer needs to “buy” you, before they will buy your product.
Online this trust or rapport is built by always looking out for the customer, going that extra mile, and never touting your wares as something they are not.

Online rapport is something that is earned solely by the seller. Show the customer you are looking after them. No false promises and they will warm towards you.

Now, when it comes to online marketing and the make money online niche, there is a real challenge in figuring out what the promoters of all the different systems are really promoting. This was our challenge as we started our journey to find the best “system” to use to build an online income.

We did a lot of reading, attended lots of FREE online webinars, getting involved with several, one that cost $29, others that were around $199 and lots of others  at all sorts of prices, the most expensive being $2,500.

The selling of these systems relied on a lot of hype, lots of those false promises, free this and free that, all designed to get your money, not really caring if you made money or not. The majority of these systems, also required you to invest in additional programs to make their system work.

Michelle and I spent 2 years just looking, investing, trying to figure out the right one for us.

In a previous life I had been involved in the training industry for many years and understood how to take a a person with very little knowledge and teach them to become experts in their field.     

Within the the online marketing niche, we had not found anyone or any system that could provide this training with simple, easy to understand language and take us step by step,

that also had the patience to stick with us, until we got the expertise we wanted.

One of the biggest challenges was our full time jobs that only allowed small windows of time to work an online business. We needed something we could build in conjunction with our jobs.

As we moved ahead with our investigation of finding the best online marketing system, we had to work as both customer and salesperson. The title of this post is “Know exactly what the Customer wants”, here YOU are the customer and at the same time you are the salesperson.
As a customer knowing what end result we wanted and as a salesperson knowing what each system is trying to sell us via their websites, webinars and other “propaganda”.

This might be a bit harsh, but to fully understand a system you may be involved with for the rest of your life, you do need to get it right from the start. If after investing a lot of time and effort and finding out it’s not what you thought, is incredibly demotivating.

After 2 years of this endless searching we came across Wealthy Affiliates                                               Wealthy Affiliates
By now, we had all the questions to ask ourselves without any salesman (website, webinar or email) trying to sell us on any specific idea.

Let me tell you
Wealthy Affiliates has it all.
See some of the details on the drop down menus here.

Just a few of the things provided FREE at Wealthy Affiliates


The only way you will find if this is the right one for you is to get involved. Wealthy Affiliates allows you to do this FREE.              

You are the only one that knows what you are looking for, what you are dreaming of having and the places you want to go and things you want to do.

Only you know the real reason you are looking to build an online income.

What ever the reason, all of your challenges will be addressed here at Wealthy Affiliates.

There are no time limits and you are given all the tools you need to develop a successful online business in any niche you choose. There is training like you would not believe, all the lessons have a training video, you see exactly how it is done.

 No more guesswork, nothing left out. All of this initial training is free.

You can upgrade to Premium member if you find this is the answer to all your searching.

Yes it really is FREE.
No credit card, no address, just an email and a name.

You can decide for yourself if the training, that’s provided free is what you have been searching for and in many cases, prepared to pay lots of dollars to get.
It really is FREE.












Know Exactly What the Customer Wants.
This is the answer to your ability to sell.

Why was Affiliate Marketing So Difficult

When I first ventured into the world of Affiliate Marketing, the future looked very bright indeed, and then….. pretty soon, after I got started, I ended up with more questions than I had answers or even could find answers for.

Why was affiliate marketing so difficult.

It was very frustrating. I wanted to learn marketing online, but didn’t want to pay for the information, I figured it should be on the internet. To learn marketing online for free was a real challenge, because nobody wants to give away their information.
I tried a few “free” programs, but just after I got going and they wanted more money to go the next step. It felt like I was getting the run around and being put on a treadmill of never ending payments.

So we decided that to learn marketing online and get the very best information, we needed to pay for it.  After talking it over we decided to find a system that sounded good to us (Michelle was still very apprehensive) and we’d “invest” whatever we had too, within reason.  Over the next three years we paid $49.00, $199.00,  $249, and $2,500 (not in that order) for various systems and programs to make money online.

After kissing all our money goodbye and more importantly wasting all our time on something that didn’t work (at least for us), you would think we’d have figured out this online marketing business.
Why was affiliate marketing so difficult.
We kept thinking it was us that we didn’t have what it took to build an online business. But then it all became clear as we started to connect the dots.

As we look back, with each and every system we tried there was always “things”, explanations, details not fully covered, how things are connected, just some of the real important stuff, we now felt had been deliberately left out.

Another problem I found was the support from many of these programs was very sterile and often did not address the specific questions we asked.
But we did not give up.

In August 2018 we were looking at “opportunities” to make money online and saw an article about Wealthy Affiliates. It said there was;
no cost to join, free
no credit card needed, no money needed
no time limit on membership, no pressure
Sounded like something for us.
We decided to join for free right then, on the spot without thinking to much about it. What could we lose.
I put in my details…only needed an email address. Immediately, the site came back and asked for my password. Well I didn’t have one did I, so I thought I’d get a new one. That worked, I made up a new password and bingo it let me in.
Looking around the site, to my utter amazement I found that I was a member and had been since 2015.
WOW, what a wake up call. The opportunity we had been looking for was staring us in the face for 3 years.
Don’t ever think that because something is FREE, it is not what you are looking for. Investigate and truly understand what is behind the motives of those promoting the program.
Thankfully, Wealthy Affiliates is a program that waited for us to grow and mature. This has nothing to do with age. The founders of Wealthy Affiliates, Kyle and Carson have done a superb job of creating a brilliant learning platform for anybody to follow. There is an Membership for everybody, a Free Membership and Premier Membership. When you are ready you can choose to become a Premier Member. What you get with the Premier membership covers many of the “tools” needed to build a long term affiliate marketing business.
When you are out there looking for the right opportunity, DO NOT pass up Wealthy Affiliates without 1st looking at and understanding what they have to offer.
You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.
I guess we are always looking for the “easy answer”, the “get rich quick promise” maybe thinking the more we pay the more we get. NOT TRUE. The experience we talked about earlier proved to us this is definitely not so.
Why was Affiliate Marketing so difficult, it was this looking for the easy answer, the get rich quick offers. I think you get what I’m saying.

But there are many other things that can make it difficult. Like all the missing bits from many of the programs we tried. With Wealthy Affiliates, all you have to do is follow the lessons.

ALL of the lessons are intertwined into the process of building a money producing website. Miss or leave some out and you will have difficulty make money. It will also cost you lots of time in trying to figure out why things are not working. Then you have to go back and cover the missed lessons,or, you could just quit and say to yourself, it’s just to difficult for me.
Why was affiliate marketing so difficult for us…because we didn’t follow the lessons in order.
If your are on the Wealthy Affiliates Platform, you are the one that’s made it difficult for yourself. Just follow the Lessons and tick off your progress. Wealthy Affiliates is there to help you make money online.
Start at the beginning, work through the lessons (don’t miss any, do I have to say that again) and you will grow into a money making affiliate marketer. Don’t make it difficult for yourself.
Start now and find out all that Wealthy Affiliates has to offer;
It’s the green button below

It’s FREE!

just need an email address,
no credit card
no time limits.

We’ll always be there to guide you as you develop your business.


Rob & Michelle

Wealthy Affiliates – A Review From Experience


Name: Wealthy Affiliates

Price: $0 FREE Unlimited Time, Join Here Now. Option to upgrade to Premium at $49 per month.
If you join the free membership it’s good to know that WA offers a bonus if you take the step to upgrade to a premium member within the first 7 days….you will get a huge discount on the first month of your membership!Just $19 instead of $49.

Owners: Kyle Loudoun & Carson Lim

WA is owned by Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim, through the company – Niche marketing Inc. The business was registered on 07/07/2005 and has been running in 12 years. They have never changed their company, business name or the main website.

As far as I have found the owners have not been involved in any other online businesses. There are however some complaints about WA at “Ripoff Report” but after reading them it seems more like opinions than facts. I guess that if you have about 1.3 millions members there must be some that aren’t happy…

PRODUCT: Wealthy Affiliates

Overall Rank: 95 out of 100 

See reason for my score in the details “Good and Bad” below.

They say it’s Simple, “Our Training Works”. The Education at Wealthy Affiliate isn’t just simple, it’s better in every single way. From the moment that you join you are walked through a state of the art, step-by-step training platform. For newbies and advanced marketers alike, the focus with all training is teaching you how to create a successful, long term business within the online space that will make you money.
If it’s you are looking for, this is where you will find whatever amount you want.

Wealthy Affiliates offer entrepreneurs assistance in
– building websites
– getting search engine rankings
– generating revenue

Not only do they offer training, support and coaching, they also provide the essential tools needed for running an online business.

Within Wealthy Affiliates there are only 2 levels of membership, Starter and Premium. Here is a comparison;

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What training is available?

Here are the first two :
Online Entrepreneur Certification consists of 5 courses 50 lessons
The basic Bootcamp Course has 7 courses and 70 Lessons

I have to keep saying, this is just the start !

This is definitely the Best Affiliate Training in the World
Follow step-by-step video based training on how to build an incredibly successful business. There is no other community like Wealthy Affiliate in the world.

As an example of their training, some subjects covered in the
basic Bootcamp Course – 7 courses and 70 Lessons are summarized below:

#1 WA Bootcamp – Getting Your Business Rolling
#2 WA Bootcamp – Content, Keywords and Conversions
#3 WA Bootcamp – Giving Your Site Social Value
#4 WA Bootcamp – Get Visual. Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media.
#5 WA Bootcamp – Knowing Your Audiences & Catapulting Your Referrals
#6 WA Bootcamp – Bing, Yahoo, & The Power of PPC
#7 WA Bootcamp – How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns

Remember, I said this is just the start of the training !

The Good & the Bad

Firstly the Good:

What does WA Offer?

Compare WA, with any other program you have researched.
Compare the cost of ANY of those other programs. I know some are incredibly expensive.
There is definitely no need to pay these exorbitant prices.

Take your time and check out what you get at Wealthy Affiliates;

Weekly LIVE Interactive Classes
Each and every week we offer Live Class training from industry experts. Jay, the lead trainer in the live classes, is going to blow your mind and advance your skill sets on a weekly basis with insights into new, and bleeding edge strategies.

Plug Into Over 300 Hours of Expert Education
Every live class is published as a “replay” and as a Premium member you are going to get access to ALL of the past live classes. This includes over 300 hours of education on absolutely every topic imaginable. If you want to redefine your business and scale to entirely new levels, this is worth 100x the cost of the Premium membership alone.

Online Entrepreneur Certification (50 Lessons)
This 5 Phase, 50 Lesson course is going to be the fundamental core of your knowledge base and by the time you are finished this training you are going to be well equipped to succeed within ANY niche, category or vertical online. This training is updated regularly to keep you ahead of your competition and industry trends.

Affiliate Bootcamp Training (70 Lessons) Free
Affiliate Bootcamp is going to take you from a potential newbie in the “make money” niche, and turn you into a thriving and successful entrepreneur. No secret is left unattended, no golden nugget left out. Affiliates that have taken this course are thriving and many will be attending the full expense paid trip to Vegas this year (and you can too).

Incredible Catalog of Industry Training
There are 1,000’s of training modules covering pretty much everything you could imagine in terms of running an online business. Every single day there are new training modules being created through our “community training” program. Subject matter experts are contributing to the education you get at WA and you get full access to this within Premium.

Classrooms, Evolving Daily (12 Classrooms)
We have the most diverse subset of training in the world. There are MANY ways in which you can build a business and monetize it online. From e-commerce, drop shipping, local marketing, Adsense, Facebook ads, SEO, pay-per-click, email marketing, lead generation, etc. All of these topics are going to be covered within the classrooms and throughout the platform at Wealthy Affiliate. If you don’t see the training you are looking for, simply request it. An expert within the community will build it!

Earn Revenue Creating Your Own Training.
Want to earn some extra money simply by giving back to the community? As a Premium member (after 3 months) you have the ability to create your own video training, text tutorials as well as courses. Payments for training are sent monthly and it can be a way to subsidize your entire membership costs at WA.

Your Own Authority WA Blog
You have your very own profile blog at Wealthy Affiliate that you can use to share your experiences and your journey online. These blogs are among the highest ranked in the world. You will literally see your posts in Google and other search engines within minutes and through time, you might have MANY of these ranked. The side effect? Revenue. Every person that visits your blog at Wealthy Affiliate and ends up joining you get full referral credit for.

A Website Platform You Can Grow With.
As your business grows, your website platform is going to need to grow with you and allow for higher traffic websites, and more websites. At Wealthy Affiliate you can run several multi-million dollar websites from ONE platform in SiteRubix. You will not outgrow the platform here and as a Premium member you can host up to 50 websites total.

3,000+ Beautiful Website Designs
Your website design is something personal and it is nice to have choice. As a Premium member at Wealthy Affiliate you are going to have access to over 3,000+ beautiful themes. These themes are “mobile” ready and there is a design available for every type of niche website.

51,973 Website Feature “Add Ons”
There are over 51,000 “feature” extensions available within Premium that you can use to ENHANCE your website in every imaginable way. Everything from building membership sites, adding shopping carts to your site, image/design plugins, font plugins, and plugins for managing social aspects of your business. These are FREE and installed on your website with a click of a button!

Site Domains, The World’s Only All Inclusive Domain Platform
With our domain platform at Wealthy Affiliate, you have access to all the features you would expect other domain registrars to charge for. Included with every domain is WHOIS Privacy Protection, 24/7 Support, Next Year Guarantee Pricing, Domain Security, Unlimited Email Accounts, & Advanced DNS Management & Instant Set-up. As a Premium member, you will have access to all of these features for no extra cost with any domain that you register through SiteDomains!

SiteSpeed, Amplify Your Website Speed
A fast website is a higher ranked website. A fast website is also one that offers a much better visitor experiencing, leading to more “time on page”, more people reading your content and more conversions. The Site Speed feature will lead to the fastest website load times in the industry. We guarantee it.

SiteProtect, Increased Spam Protection
Website security is becoming more and more important to the overall success of a website. The SiteProtect feature at Wealthy Affiliate adds a three-point protection layer on your websites. Comment Spam, Back Office Hacking (passwords), and Website Load Speeds (Botnet Attacks). These are the three ways hackers look to wreak havoc on your business and we protect you from all of these with the SiteProtect platform.

SiteHealth, Website Analysis
There are many ways that you can determine the overall health of a website and WE track those for you within the SiteHealth platform. These include publishing frequency, content quality, visitor engagement/your engagement, plugins, website feedback, Google rankings and overall trust. Anything that can be tracked, can be improved upon and SiteHealth will help you do this with great efficiency.

SiteComments, Explode Your Website Engagement
More engagement, leads to better rankings in search engines. Engagement leads to trust. Trust leads to conversions. Conversions lead to revenue. Within Wealthy Affiliate Premium, you have access to our “comment exchange” platform that will help you efficiently amplify engagement on your websites. Choose the number of comments you want, set the task, and hours later watch the comments come in.

SiteFeedback, A Focus Group for Your Website
One thing that is important when analyzing your website, is understanding how customers behave on your websites, how they react to your design, your navigation the overall flow. The SiteFeedback platform is going to allow you to get community feedback from REAL people in respect to your website, allowing you to efficiently improve your site design & conversions.

Advanced Website Training
There are hours of video training and 100’s of training modules that you will get instant access to that will help you become an EXPERT with WordPress. As you move through the core training at Wealthy Affiliate you will naturally be well versed, but the advanced website training will take you to the next level in terms of skill set. No technical skills required. 

SiteSSL – Free SSL certificates (Website Encryption)
Websites with SSL installed on them are starting to rank much better than non-SSL websites in search engines! With SiteSSL at Wealthy Affiliate, you can set up SSL certificates for completely FREE on any domain that you own. It is instant and we have broken the convention because these are typically “paid” services elsewhere (typically $50 per year, per domain), but completely included in the Premium membership for any domain that you host.

All of the above is why Wealthy Affiliates gets my 95% rating.

What is the bad?

So really, what is the Bad 5%?
It really gets down to you and your willingness to put in the work to develop a business. Yes, a real business. Like any business it’s going to take effort.
WA does not pretend to be a get rich quick scheme. Even throwing money at WA does not guarantee you an income. That’s where the work comes in and I guess for some that is the “BAD” 5%.


Wealthy Affiliates is the way to go if you are in any way involved in Affiliate Marketing.
NO Credit Card required, NO cost. Lots to gain.
Why not try it for yourself, it’s FREE.

Just enter your email here, 

We look forward to working with you as you build your online business with Wealthy Affiliates.


~ Rob & Michelle

” If it doesn’t challenge you,
       ​it won’t change you”

You Want Me To Sell

When I was contemplating getting involved in selling, this was the the first question I asked myself.


This was a very important question for me. You want me to sell!

For the previous 19 years I had been working as a Civil Aviation Contracts Officer for the Australian Government.Just the thought of getting into selling was scary, very scary, especially with a new wife and a second child on the way. I had always thought I was on the better side of the selling process when I was doing the buying. But life does not always put you on the easy path.
Not only was I getting into selling, it was a commission only position.

So, I took a hard look at the process I used when I was buying. I wanted to find out if I had enough selling ability, to be able to convince a customer to buy…..from me. At the same time I had to be sure I could create an income for my family.
My sales manager explained selling is. “Just telling somebody about something you like, and showing them how to get it”.
We do this in our everyday life. Like last night we wanted to go to the movies, there were 10 to choose from (the stock). So the process I took was to go online and see what movies were playing. I read the synopsis, watched a couple of previews. Armed with this information I convinced Michelle, that I didn’t want a horror movie, a cartoon movie just a plain old happy romance movie.(Product knowledge) got her agreement, (verbally) went and watched the movie. This process happens in our lives several times every day. Going to a market and bartering for a product. The process is always the same.

Lets just look at 4 points below. They are all part of the process.
There are many more, but another time.

As a salesperson you must;

1.  Know exactly what the Customer wants.
There are so many options out there when we go to buy anything, ( 10 movies) I had to figure out the specific item the customer wants. When it came to me selling something, my first challenge was this communication with the buyer. Find out exactly what he needs/wants. We’ll talk another time about the difference between needs and wants. For now we’ll just call it wants.
There is no point in having a great sales patter, all the technical knowledge in the world, if you are trying to sell something the customer doesn’t really want.

You’ve had sales people like that, they just like to hear their own voice and don’t listen to you. Don’t be that sort of a sales person.
How do you find out what your customer really wants. Ask Questions and Listen without your own agenda. Keep asking until you understand the customer’s wants, and you fully understand the outcomes they want, don’t try and sell.To make sure, have the customer confirm what they want, either verbally or in writing. This is the fun part of selling. Join with us and have some fun to.             In the process of asking questions you will find out heaps about your customer. This results in building customer relationships that may continue for years to come. Make this enjoyable.The worst thing you can do is assume what they want. This will result in a lost sale, a waste of your time and the customers, and no income for you.

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2. Determine if the customer has the funds to make the purchase
Recently we approached the ticket counter at our local theater, immediately we were asked if we wanted VIP seats right up front, extra charge of course. Firstly, we don’t like sitting with our necks bent back looking up at a huge screen and secondly we only brought into the Theater enough cash to buy the normal tickets. We weren’t going back out to the car, in the rain, to get a few extra dollars. Maybe the theater should have asked what sort of seats we prefer. The theater did not make that upgrade sale. And nobody sat in those seats for this showing of the movie.

Many customers however do get carried away with all the possibilities of what they can purchase. As a salesman, you can also get carried away with all the options you have to offer and you can lead the customer up the wrong path. Again, both you and the customer must agree on exactly what is wanted. Remember from point 1 above, Asking questions is a huge part of the sales process. The few extra dollars that the shinier item may cost, and the opportunity for you to make a higher commission, can push the customer beyond their budget and the sale is lost.

3. Know what you are offering your potential customer?                                            (Product Knowledge.)

You must know your product or service, inside out, backwards and forwards. There is no excuse to be ignorant about the product or service you are providing. With the internet available, you must assume the customer has already checked out what they want online. I did before I spoke to Michelle about which movie I wanted to see. When you are talking with your customers, asking questions, going through the whole sales process, the first time you know less about your product than the customer. You lose! You must know more than your customer. That is one way your customer will gain confidence in you and your ability to help them. Goes along way into getting the sale.

4. Ask for the Order
This may seem an unlikely point to make here. However, many salespeople wait for the customer to buy. They may be waiting a long time.

Provided you have completed the 3 points above,

1. you both know what is wanted,
2. there is money available for the purchase and
3. the product is exactly what the customer is looking for,
all that remains is where and when is the delivery to be made. This is asking for the order.If you leave out any of the steps 1, 2 or 3, the customer will have many more questions that should have been answered in those steps. This will prolong the sales appointment with the possibility you will lose the sale.

As to whether I had the required selling ability, the above 4 factors helped me to decide my future in selling. As I said earlier there are many other factors that I have learned over the years as I became a salesperson.
I tried several “systems” many which cost a LOT of money and really didn’t give me all the answers. I read books, listened to DVD’s, attended webinars online and in person, but nothing can compare to the information and training supplied by Wealthy Affiliates. A full training program for FREE. See my review here.
There is an upgrade,  You will know when you are ready for this, without spending any money.
You get to see all the training you need to fully understand how to make money online and if you really want to go any further. I did.

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~ Rob & Michelle

” If it doesn’t challenge you,
       ​it won’t change you”