About Me And Some Thanks
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Lets get the boring about me bit out of the way first…
Erm… About Me
Failure in Business Venture and a Valuable Lesson
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been looking for a way out of the rat race. Jobs piss me off, working for people pisses me off, and what pisses me off even more is working for somebody when they think they are better than you. You know the people right? Well, since day 1 of starting what we called ‘work experience’, (practice for a real job) back in my hometown of Cardiff Wales in the UK, I was looking for a way off that treadmill.
I remember when I was around 16 (commencement of work experience time roughly) I convinced a friend of mine to go into ‘business’ with me. I had read an ad of some sort, who knows what it said now, I can’t remember but it must have had a good call to action because days later, me and my buddy were sticking hundreds of stamps onto hundreds of envelopes ready to send off to our new ‘employer’ who would pay us a few pence per envelope with stamp attached which was completed.
We packaged the first batch of envelopes up and posted them off, smug grins on our faces as we strolled back from the post office, chatting about how we would reinvest the profits into more stamps and envelopes once we got paid.
About a week later we got a letter back telling us the stamps were a couple of millimeters out of place and they weren’t paying us. I was most unsettled by this, my friend was just downright angry and wanted to punch my face in. We had both just blew what little money we had on my hair-brained scheme.
My first failure in business but I learned one of the most valuable lessons in my life that day:
Don’t try to get rich by sticking stamps on envelopes!
Anyway, I’ve been at it for 20 years since then on and off, in this ‘escape the rat race’ mentality without hardly a day going by where I don’t fantasize about being my own boss. I’ve had a few successes, and a lot of failures but never quite got to the quit your job stage. There is light at the end of this tunnel however since I ‘met’ a few of the people I’m about to thank below.
By the way, the names Naish… Chris Naish. I always wanted to say that publicly because it sounds cool in a Bond like way but without such a cool name. Um… Moving on…
First off, I’d like to thank Griz for his inspiring blogspot which has now long since vanished. I was talking to Fraser (See below) just moments ago and he was telling me how reading Court & Marks (See below again) material for the first time was like a bolt of lightening waking him up to the realities of what it takes to earn money online.
I spent a lot of money on garbage in my very early days of trying to make money online. I’m not saying you don’t have to spend money or shouldn’t spend money to make money online, as a matter of fact there are great paid resources out there. As a beginner however, you never quite know who is giving great info from those who are looking to make a quick buck out of you.
Griz was the guy who was a straight shooter and showed me (and many others) the error of my ways through his site, I wish I had stumbled across him a couple of years earlier.
Secondly, The Keyword Academy (TKA) which was started by Courtney Tuttle and Mark Butler are more than deserving of a mention here. I joined up on recommendation from Griz’s blog and it was the smartest move I ever made in this business. Another lightening bolt waking me up to the realities of online money making.
Third up a big shout out to Fraser Cain.
I’ve been building sites about all sorts of stuff and writing stuff to link back and rank said sites over and over and over and over again and pretty much hated every minute of it. I like the money it makes me but the task is mind numbing and soul destroying most nights which is why I often cheat and pay someone to write the articles for me.
This site has basically sat idle for about 2 months while I pondered whether or not I should follow the advice of many who have told me not to start a site about making money online. A lot of people also recommend you start a site about what you are interested in and love doing. Perhaps you will see the quandary I was in when I tell you that all I am REALLY interested in is making money online, learning how it’s done in different ways and sometimes actually getting off my ass and doing it myself.
I’m rambling here… Fraser just took a look at one of my websites for me, to see if it could stand up to a Google manual check. The first question he asked was…
“Are you interested in (Insert the mind numbingly boring niche here)”
And he said…
“That’s a fail”
Hmm… My biggest earner! My pride and joy(?)!
I didn’t like it too much but he was right. We got to talking about what I am interested in and as soon as I got off Skype with Fraser I started this long winded about page.
Thanks Fraser, first for being cool enough to take the time to talk to all of us who are in the learning stages in this business. Second for being one of the rare individuals who will state the truth even if it’s not what people want to hear. Third, for breathing life into this site with your encouragement, wherever it leads.
Finally, and probably most importantly, a big thanks to Tom Dwyer. Tom had a huge online opportunity a couple of years back and was signing up sub affiliates like there was no tomorrow. he tried to sign me up after we got acquainted through a forum I believe(?) When I told him what I could do with WordPress to make sites for him he made me a 50/50 partner on the spot.
We made good money for a little while until the company we were promoting went bust. (Another failure?) Tom is the least greedy, most helpful guy I have ever met in my life. He could have easily offered me a 25/75 deal in his favor, I would have snapped it up and he knew it. Instead he gave me a bigger goal by making me a partner.
Tom, I learned a hell of a lot in that short period of time when we were both working 16-18 hour days promoting our sites with the limited knowledge we had. We were a success mate, we just built the success on the sand instead of the rocks!
You’re still a dick however. :-p
Griz no longer has the old blogspot but you can find him at:
makemoneyonlinegrizzly.com (This site is gone too, hard to keep up with this fella!)
And also at internetmarketinglessons.ca
The Keyword Academy, Mark Butler & Courtney Tuttle
Courtney Tuttle is no longer involved in The keyword Academy as far as I am aware but he does have his own blog at theblogbuilders.com/
Mark Butler is still running thekeywordacademy.com and doing a fine job of getting guys like me to build something sustainable online instead of shallow niche sites on subjects we know nothing about. Keep going Mark, it’s finally starting to sink in for some of us! (Although I can’t resist building more keyword targeted posts on existing sites :-P)
If you ever wondered what a site that makes a guy over 10k a month (comfortably I would Imagine!) Then take a look at Frasers site universetoday.com. If you are interested in keyword research then you can also check out what is in my opinion, the best keyword tool available at keywordstrategy.org, Frasers latest project.
If you are into your photography then tom is the man to talk to if you have any questions. He’s been doing the photography thing since the year dot and he runs photographiccoach.com where you can ask him just about anything on the subject of photography. In the rare cases when he doesn’t know the answer, you can be pretty sure he will find out if you can stop him eating.