How I Went From Traveling 600 Miles A Week To Working At Home.

Junk car.

I am a home based business Entrepreneur.  But, it was not always that way with me.

I wasn’t born a work at home kind of guy.  Instead I was raised with the attitude that you had to go out and find a good job with a good company in order to earn a living.  And I followed that line of thinking for over 40 years.

Throughout the course of my working life I have held down a variety of jobs, all of which required some sort of travel.

My first job was working in a dish room cleaning plates.  Then I got into retail grocery, often working the night shift.

From there I went into the light industrial world manufacturing all kinds of things from air conditioner compressors to fishing boats.  These were good jobs…until the manufacturing went overseas to China.

Finally I landed the most challenging job of my life; working as a senior pastor for a Christian Church.  I held this position for 6 years and it was here that I got my taste for weekly travel.

As a senior pastor my denomination wanted me to continue my seminary studies to stay up to date.  In order to do this I had to travel 460 miles round trip every week to attend classes.  When I got back home I also had to do the normal work of tending the church and the needs of the congregation.  This included home visitations, sick calls, hospital visits, officiating at funerals and leading Bible Study and Sunday Services.  I estimate that I was traveling an average of 600 miles + most every week.  My car and I became very good friends.

Then, after 6 years of being a pulpit minister with little time for home and family, I decided to let that position go so I could work in the area of private ministry.  I had high ideals but no experience in starting up a private ministry on my own.  Within a year my resources were shot and I found I had to go back to the work grind again to help pay the bills.

This put me into my last paying job in which I went back into the retail world working the night shift.  I traveled from my home in the country to the nearest large city to go to work, once again logging in over 600 miles each week behind the wheel of my car.  I did this for another 3 years until finally a series of events began to unfold which made it necessary for me to change my thinking and my life forever.

My Adventures With Alzheimer’s Disease.

In 2011 it became painfully clear that my mother was struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease.  To make matters worse, my father was also showing signs of what would later be diagnosed as vascular dementia.  I could see that they could no longer be left on their own and needed a caregiver for at least part of the day.  Since I was the only child who lived close by, the task fell to me.  So, in the early months of 2011, my wife and I had to figure out a way to work from home giving me the time I needed to take care of my parents.  This turned out to be a necessary and yet frightening move for us both.

How We Did It.

Fortunately I had already become something of an Entrepreneur before having to make this move.  While working the night shift in the city, I got a few daytime jobs lined up periodically doing lawn care jobs for people who lived along the route I traveled.  I had several happy clients and felt that, with enough local advertising, I could increase my client base to be able to go full time in the lawn care field while still giving me enough time to be caregiver for my parents.  And, for a while, this business arrangement worked.

At the same time, we had not given up on building our own independent ministry.  While I was away from the house doing lawn care and sitting with my parents, my wife began to supplement our income working as a phone friend coaching people with relationship issues.  She found a psychic reader network that was looking for people who could read Tarot, and she found a market for Spanish speaking people who were looking for guidance and advice.  She became an instant hit on this network.

This led me to seriously consider finding a way to earn money utilizing the power of the internet rather than working outside of the home at all.  So I started trying to teach myself the skills of website design and online business building.  It was quite an education!

My Early Adventures In Online Marketing.   

My first attempts at building websites took the form of utilizing free blogging services.  I built up several Blogger pages, but it took me a while to get any traction.  After a while I began to see that having a more professional looking domain name would be an advantage.  My free sites up to this point had been ones that looked something like www.yournamehere.blogspot.com and I thought having my own private domain name would make things look far more professional.  So I went with one service that I thought might help.  It turned out to be an expensive mistake.

I found a company named Webs that had an easy to use system where I could build websites for $23 per month per website.  Thinking it might help, I tried it for a while.  At one point I had 3 websites built up with Webs and was paying over $800 per year.  Plus I had the problem of still not fully knowing what I was doing and having no one to teach me how to do things better.  Then I discovered Wealthy Affiliate.

The Wealthy Affiliate Difference!

In 2018 I decided to pull the trigger on Wealthy Affiliate.  I had heard of them in the past, but was put off by the negative way in which people like “Ethan Vanderbuilt III” promoted it.  But I finally got to the point where I knew I needed not only custom domains but help and education in how to make these domains profitable.  At that time WA had been around for over a decade, so I knew they were legit.  I signed up with them as a free starter member and immediately I was impressed.

With Wealthy Affiliate I found they offered domains (both free and paid) and lessons I could use as a free member.  I was so impressed by what I saw as a free member that within 24 hours I decided to go all the way into Premium Membership wishing I had discovered them when I was first starting out in 2011.

Wealthy Affiliate gave me many tools for building online businesses.  The most obvious of these are the domains.  As a free member I could get 2 free websites and 20 lessons on how to build and monetize them.  As a Premium Member I found I could create 25 free websites and 25 paid private domains.  Plus I got access to all of the lessons, training, tutorials, live trainings (52 Live Trainings each year) Community Support, WordPress Themes and Plugins, content creation tools, an affiliate marketing platform, business niche help, keyword research tools, and a lot lot more.  When I saw all this I was happy to go premium.

Another aspect of Wealthy Affiliate that people can use both as a free and paid member is the Wealthy Affiliate Referral Plan.  Refer people to the Wealthy Affiliate program and you can be earning recurring commissions when they join as premium members.  There is so much value to this program, I’ve been kicking myself for not taking advantage of this much sooner.

My Advice For Newbies

If you are in a position where you need to create your own home based business, do not waste time trying to reinvent the wheel as I did.  I encourage you to give Wealthy Affiliate a try and let them help you create your first home based business.  As a free member you can create up to 2 free business sites.  And as a Premium Member you can create up to 50.  So there is lots of room for growth.  And you get expert advice teaching you how to get things done and how to get traffic to your sites.  Don’t make the same mistake I did by putting things off.  Get your FREE STARTER MEMBERSHIP today and see for yourself what this remarkable program can do for you.

To Your Future Business Growth,

Ralph

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My Biggest Mistake In Online Marketing. (Avoid The Shiny Object Syndrome)

Frank Sinatra doing it his way.“Mistakes. I’ve made a few…” And doing it My Way was not always the best way to go!

Yes, as Entrepreneurs we love to be our own bosses and do things as we see fit. But, when you are learning new disciplines, it is good to be able to concentrate on one thing and follow the instructions thoroughly. And spending a year or two jumping from one program to another is definitely NOT the best way to go.

Avoiding The Shiny Object Syndrome

My biggest mistake in online marketing over the past two years has been falling into the trap of The Shiny Object Syndrome. Back in Christmas of 2017 I was faced with the prospect of several of my side businesses falling apart. I had gotten into the Cryptocurrency market with no prior experience and, when a bull market turned bear, I lost my shirt. I felt I needed to cultivate several other streams of income to help make up the difference.  And…that’s when I started chasing several bright shiny objects all at once. I see now, that was a huge mistake.

Dogs playing Easter Bunny.

A Dog That Chases Two Rabbits Catches Neither

There is an old country proverb that applies here. “A dog chasing two rabbits catches neither.” If you are going about chasing anything that looks good, you are not going to be able to recognize a quality program and focus on developing it properly. That, I now see in hindsight, was my big mistake.

I had joined so many programs with the intention of working them all simultaneously that I made it impossible for myself to give each of them the attention they deserved. And I also failed to focus on the one program that would give me the best training to do online marketing right. That one program was Wealthy Affiliate.

My Entrepreneurial Story

In 2017 I was no beginner to Home Based Business. I was raised in a family business and in 2011 my wife and I managed to build up our own personal coaching business to the point where it was paying the bills. So, when I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I thought I already had a good enough understanding of everything. Little did I realize I was still but a babe in the woods.

The skills that I lacked (I now see) were many. Website building was a skill I had paid others to do for me. And things like Keyword Research and getting things indexed and ranked in Google were foreign to me. These skills (and more) are taught in the training found on Wealthy Affiliate, but I never took the time to go through them completely.

Instead of focusing on training first, I dove headlong into creating multiple websites using the tools found at WA. I took the first few lessons to get started on building my own websites, then I built one or more websites for every shiny object I had found. Soon I had more websites than I could possibly keep up with. Bad moves.

So, after almost two years of chasing my own tail and making little progress, I finally opened my eyes to one basic point of wisdom…

Man catching sword.

When All Else Fails, Follow The Instructions

This past October I spent some time taking inventory of my life and my home based businesses. I took a long and hard look at Wealthy Affiliate and got back to my training. After one live training talking about how to create a lucrative income building websites for local businesses using the tools and training contained within WA, my eyes were finally opened.

I’d been chasing multiple shiny objects searching for the goose that might lay the golden egg, only to find that goose had been cackling under my nose all along. Now I am taking time out to resume my training seriously with WA and learn the skills I need to build wealth ethically online.

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What Makes Wealthy Affiliate Special?

The reasons I am so sold on Wealthy Affiliate are multiple. Here is a short breakdown.

Domains

First, its a great place to build your own websites for a reasonable price. Previously I had paid a service called Webs to help me build and manage 3 business sites. The service taught me little and cost me hundreds of dollars per year for only 3 websites. Wealthy Affiliate gives me the ability to create up to 50 total websites for only $49 per month. But the quality does not end there.

Training

Wealthy Affiliate also provides a host of training. You get step by step instructions on how to set up your first website. And you get training on finding your own business niche;  how to do keyword research;  best practices for SEO;  getting indexed in Google, ranked and more. Plus these trainings go deeper and deeper the further that you dive in.

When I first got started with WA, I took only the training needed to get myself going in website creation. I totally ignored many other pearls along the way. There are live trainings that cover many topics of considerable value. There are also written and video courses from a variety of expert entrepreneurs. And these same entrepreneurs are accessible within the Wealthy Affiliate community.

Helping hands

Community Support

At Wealthy Affiliate you get access to a community of Entrepreneurs from all around the world. And this community ranges from absolute beginner to seasoned professional. We have people here who routinely get posts ranked on the first page of Google and are more than willing to share their secrets with other community members. If you have a question or problem, you can always find help within the online community.

Research Tools

Wealthy Affiliate also has numerous other tools that online entrepreneurs will find valuable. Tools for doing Keyword Research, content creation, finding a profitable niche. There is even a newly added platform that helps you do research on Affiliate Programs that you can use to further monetize your sites.

Wealthy Affiliate Referral Plan

And speaking of Affiliate Programs…WA has its own referral plan that is extremely lucrative. Using this plan you can earn recurring commissions whenever you refer a person to WA and they join as a Premium Member. Commissions vary depending on whether you are a Free or Premium Member (Premium Members earn twice as much as Free) but it is a nice resource to have. The referral plan makes it possible for you to be earning money while you are in the process of building up your own business or businesses.

Free To Join

Wealthy Affiliate has two membership levels; Starter Membership (Free), and Premium Membership ($49 per month). You don’t get all the bells and whistles as a free member, but you do get enough to get you started with, and you can remain a free member for as long as you like.

When you are ready to upgrade to Premium Membership you avail yourself to much more training than you would get otherwise. And, this training is well worth the price of membership. I’ve been in programs that charge hundreds and thousands of dollars for the level of training we get in WA. And we get it all for no extra charge.

 

A Solid Company

And finally with Wealthy Affiliate you get a company that has stood the test of time. WA has been around for 14 years; going strong and getting stronger. While other companies have faded away or gone bust overnight, WA has proven itself to be an industry leader. Strong, honest, and ethical, WA is one company I can whole heatedly endorse.

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My Recommendations

Of course there is much more to Wealthy Affiliate than what I have covered here. But I hope I have conveyed enough to help newbie entrepreneurs see the value in this program. If you are a beginner in online marketing, or even an experienced home business owner looking to branch out, WA is well worth your consideration.

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I would recommend you take your time and check WA out risk free for as long as you like. There is no pressure to upgrade, but if you do decide to make the jump to Premium Membership within your first 7 days, you get a nice discount on your first months membership. And, after that, you get all the bells and whistles of Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership for only $49 per month.

If you join Wealthy Affiliate, I also recommend that you take the time needed to check out the training carefully. There is so much value here you are really cheating yourself by skipping it over like I did. Let WA be your Online University and learn how to do online marketing right. Avoid chasing more than one rabbit, and tell those other shiny objects to get out of your way while you take the time you need to thoroughly digest the many good things you will find at WA!

Thanks For Dropping By,

Ralph

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14 Common Email Marketing Mistakes

Does Your Email Marketing Suck?  Well, here are 14 tips to help you improve by Alex Berman…

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We all make mistakes in Email Marketing (and I know I’ve made my share over the last few years) but there are things we can do to improve our skills.  The above video by Alex Berman contains 14 practical tips for getting your emails opened and keeping them out of the Spam Folder. Watch his presentation and take notes.  You will not be disappointed.

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Network Marketing Basics: 7 Tips For Getting Started In Network Marketing. (Video by Darin Kidd)

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Getting started out in Network Marketing can be a frustrating process for most beginners.  One teaching that has helped me through this process of transition and transformation is the one shared above by Darin Kidd.

The short video above is loaded with sweet pearls of Network Marketing Wisdom.

Some key takeaways for me:

-Growth in Network Marketing is a process.  Do your best to work with the process.

-Work hard in your business AND work hard on yourself.

-Be consistent in your actions over time.

-And give the process time.  Commit to at least a 2 year period to get to know the basics and get good at working the basics.  Don’t expect your life to change over night or even in only 6 months.  Commit to the long term.

Of course there is so much more to share from this 20 minute video.  Give it a listen and be prepared to take notes.  If you are new to the Network Marketing business and just starting out, this information is highly valuable!