How can we help?
This site is about helping you to create a successful, sustainable online business.
Here’s what you’ll find inside:
- Links to powerful tools and resources
- Reviews of great products and services
- Internet Marketing strategies and tactics
- Tips and tutorials on WordPress
- Tips and tutorials on blogging
Who the heck am I?
My name is Martin and I’ve been working online since 2006, and that was completely by chance.
I was talking to a friend one day (in 2006) and he asked me if I had ever clicked any of the ads on the right side of the search results pages (that’s where the ads were located back then).
“No”, I answered, “Why would I?”
“Because you can make money there”, he replied.
And so began my career in affiliate marketing.
In those days you could place ads in Google Adwords that linked directly to the product owner’s website and, if someone clicked your ad and ended up buying the product, you got a commission.
So I signed up for a Google Adwords account and a Clickbank account and I was on my way.
It was the easiest way to make money you can possibly imagine. You did not need to know a thing about the products you were ‘promoting’.
I was promoting stuff I’d never even heard of, simply based on the stats that were being reported in Clickbank – and I was making money..!
In those days the ‘www’ really did stand for Wild Wild Web and they came to an end pretty quickly.
The rules changed and we had to become professional about what we did. Google forced us to have a website and we had to add value to the process by writing meaningful reviews on the products we promoted.
Over the years the industry has continued to change constantly. One algorithm update from Google can change how you approach your online efforts overnight – literally. And Google makes algorithm changes between 400 and 500 times a year.
Earning my living online
Today I make my living on line, doing affiliate marketing (professionally now!), and building websites. I’ve been doing that full time since 2009 and I pride myself on the professionalism with which I approach my business.
Here are my other websites:
The Expat Traveller – Different countries I’ve lived in, worked in or visited.
Abledragon – Website Design Agency – My WordPress design agency.
WordPress Security Basics – Security guides and tutorials in simple English.
I’m also a member of an online business networking group that was set up online in 2003.
It’s called Wealthy Affiliate and it’s focused on training, networking and members helping each other as they set up and develop businesses online.
If you’re thinking about starting an online business, or you have one but want to take it to the next level, you can join me and many other experienced online business owners for free.
You will have full access to me, thousands of other online business professionals and a wealth of training material – click here to get started for free.
What about my personal background?
I’m a permanent ex-pat, having grown up in Zimbabwe (it was Rhodesia back then), studied in South Africa and lived in Hong Kong since 1995.
My parents moved to what was then the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from England in around 1950.
They bought 1,000 acres of virgin African bush and literally had to move the game (wild animals) off, clear the land and start working it. They were pioneers when the word really meant pioneering!
They made their own bricks and they built their own house and barns.
At the age of 7, I went away to Boarding School, about 200 miles away.
Living in a boarding school does teach you how to get on with others!
In November 1965, aged 11, I was on a train going to Salisbury (now Harare) to write an entrance examination to my senior school. It was 11 November, 1965, the date Ian Smith declared UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) from Britain.
The train came to a stop near a small out-post called Eagle’s Nest, and we sat there for about an hour and a half while the announcement was made.
I had no idea what it was all about but when we eventually arrived at Salisbury station my mother, who had driven into town to pick me up, was all excited about it.
And over the next few days I became aware, by listening to the conversations that my parents had with friends and neighbours, that something of some importance had happened.
But I still didn’t really understand what.
I passed the entrance exam, entered my High School and eventually passed my Matriculation exams and was accepted into Natal University at Durban, South Africa.
This awesome looking building on the left is the hostel in which I lived, with about 80 others, at my high school.
I eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at the end of 1975 and returned to Rhodesia.
Part of my University education was paid for by a Rhodesian Government grant and the quid pro quo was that I had to work for the Government for the same number of years that they had paid for my education.
So I started work in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
As a result of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence 10 years before, Rhodesia was now living under compulsory international economic trade sanctions, imposed by the United Nations.
Apart from the terrorist war, which had started in earnest in 1972, the government was also focusing a lot of attention on how to beat the sanctions – and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was at the front line of that effort.
Working for C & I, I was able to see a lot about the state of the country’s finances, and I realised that Rhodesia wouldn’t be able to sustain the terrorist war for much longer.
So I took the ‘chicken run’ as it was called, by packing my bags and leaving for England.
I lived and worked in England for 16 years, but never settled. I always felt a little at odds with everything.
In 1994, thoroughly fed up with the nonsense that surrounds company politics, I set up my own consultancy business. Shortly after setting that up, I came to Hong Kong for a 3 month project.
And I’ve been here pretty much ever since.
As I said up front, this site is about developing a serious online business – and it reflects my views that all businesses need work, perseverance and persistence to be successful.
I don’t like the over-hyped promises you see everywhere online, particularly in relation to what you can earn.
Lots of people have made lots of money, for sure, but they did it through hard work and application!
I talked at the top about how I got into affiliate marketing and how that eventually led to me earning my living online. It wasn’t all plain sailing, though, and if you want to read about some of the low times take a look through this article.
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all the best for your online endeavours!
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