When opportunity presents itself, you scoop it up with both arms, carry it close to you, and find a safe place to have a heart-to-heart conversation! When David and I discussed further steps to take in our business, we had mentioned the possibility of interviewing other successful marketers, but we thought it was a little way off yet!
So when Raymond approached me first for an interview, I couldn’t say no! After all, he also agreed to answer any questions I might have for him! BINGO! Raymond gave us an opportunity to share more of our story. The story we love to tell – the one about Wealthy Affiliate. We want the world to know and be a part of what we have at our fingertips! For a quick recap of Wealthy Affiliate, you may read more here. Otherwise, read on. Get Raymond’s perspective!
A Wealthy Affiliate Premium Member
Meet Raymond! Raymond has been a premium member with Wealthy Affiliate since 2015. He owns and operates a couple of websites, where he is regularly producing content for his audience. When he presented me with an opportunity to interview him about his experience as an entrepreneur and his views on Wealthy Affiliate, I had to say, Yes! Please read on to see what Raymond offers as keys to his success and additional tips for you, my friend!
1- How And When Did you Find Wealthy Affiliate?
Way back in 2015. The best part has always been the community. People are so enthusiastic to help.
2- What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
There was a study done on chimps several years ago. They placed a ladder in the middle of the room with a bunch of bananas on top of the ladders. Every time a chimp tried to grab a banana, the entire room was sprayed with water. When new chimps were added to the room, every time a new chimp tried to climb the ladder they stopped them from doing so.
After a while, all the old chimps were removed and all the new ones remained that had no experience with the water. They continued that behavior. Your audience is those chimps. Treat them well. Be authentic. Treat them badly and you’ll have generations of chimps warding their friends away from your site and they won’t even know why.
3- How did you come up with the idea for your website?
4- What is the biggest mistake you have made in your business?
Thinking that my audience needed to be “told” anything.
5- How do you create content for your website?
Through my experience. I’m an experience based blogger. So If I’ve experienced it I’m really good at conveying that to a blog post.
6- What is the best tool or training course you have ever bought for your business?
Honestly? Wealthy Affiliate. And I mean that. I wish I had stuck at it for the length I’ve been online.
7- Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Global domination! Haha, no. I only want to be comfortable. We are a happy family and we don’t really need much. We are short on cash though! It would make life easier.
8- Who do you regard as role models in your business?
Hmmm. I’ve never been a role model type of guy. I’m more of a leader rather than a follower. If anything I was born to lead. But if I was to say anyone — I do admire how Jordan Peterson has managed to keep it together and make massive amounts of money from his negative press.
9- What would be your top 3 pieces of advice for a new entrepreneur?
A. Stick at it. Success won’t come easy. Easy is for people that want to have their credit card details stolen.
B. Make connections. Make so many connections that when you have ideas you can make them happen through the people that you’ve built relationships with.
C. Maintain integrity. Your reputation is all you have in this industry. Remember the monkeys I told you about earlier? That stuff sticks.
10- Tell everyone an interesting fact that not many people know about you. (Does not have to be business-related!)
I was initially in the under 14’s Scotland International Golf Team and headed for top tier Universities once upon a time but I threw it all down the toilet with drugs, drink, women & partying! 🙂
Anything additional you’d like to add?
Stick at it. I promise your success will come eventually. I might not earn through moving my people anywhere but since I have such a high DA with the Relationship Blogger I can charge over £200 a pop for a link and get it done. There are so many ways to earn you’re going to love it. STICK AT IT!
In any business, it’s important to get to know others in the field. You can learn from one another and help each other to grow. The world of entrepreneurship can be a tough place, but if you can build relationships with others who will propel you forward, it’s the key to success. If you’re interested, check out this post on why building strong business relationships are beneficial for your business! Many thanks to Raymond for allowing me to ask him some questions about his success and his business. Watch for more interviews in the future! David and I want to provide you with stories of others we admire and who are successful entrepreneurs. We can learn so much from others!
“In business, it’s about people. It’s about relationships”
~ Kathy Ireland ~
Until Next Time!