My wife and I have been together for over 18+ years now and we have two beautiful girls, ages 10 and 18. We started our family early because my wife (girlfriend at that time) went into labor on my 17th birthday. Needles to say none of this was planned but there wasn’t much we could do about that about from try our best to make it work.
Moving To Canada
We moved to Canada in 1997 from Wales/UK and lived with some family members while getting on our own feet. This would have been extremely hard if we didn’t have help and support from family members.
After moving to Ottawa, I spent a few years working for some local stone masons. Then in 2001 I decided to start my own Stone masonry business and since then I’ve been my own boss. Now I haven’t officially closed my masonry business but I haven’t done any stonework in several months. I enjoy doing stonework and may do the occasional project for some old clients or friends.
My First Itch At Making Money Online
In 2006 I got involved in some MLM type programs, I wasted a lot of money with little to no return. I managed to get other people to signup in my downline, but I couldn’t get them to repeat the same process. Anyway, in short I spent a lot of money and told myself I’d never touch another MLM program again.
In 2007 I decided to have another go at making some extra money from home, I started looking into affiliate marketing and Google Adwords, I was sure that I was going to become rich doing PPC but didn’t know anything about it, so I when searching online for some information. I came across a site called Wealthy Affiliate, back then they had all the tools and training resources that would help me understand PPC.
Like most people who first start doing PPC, I wasted money on some poor PPC campaigns that I setup. This was because I hadn’t done my research and I didn’t understand the mistakes I was making until I’d made them. During this period I also started to promote Wealthy Affiliate via some online forums. I wasn’t about to give up because I was hooked on the idea of making some extra money online, but lucky for me I managed to refer a few people over to Wealthy Affiliate and at the same time I had created my first successful PPC campaign.
My Ups & Downs Of Making Money Online
Since 2007 I’ve always been making money online, but I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs or should I say success and failures. I’ve taken some long breaks and focused more on my family, changed directions and much more. I had some successful affiliate niche sites that would make money without me doing anything after everything was setup, but over the years Google made changes and released some new algorithms, many of these updates hurt my sites and pretty much removed them from search engines. (all my own fault for doing spammy grey hat type things that I shouldn’t of been doing)
Moving Forward – 2014 & Onwards
In early 2013 my main focus moved towards local brick and mortar businesses. I have a family member who I work with as he’s great at speaking with local business owners and making the sales, I’m better at the handling the technical side of things. We offer a wide range of services that local businesses need, from website creation and hosting to online reputation marketing.
I’m also working on another project “Rent A Site”, needles to say local businesses will have the option to rent a website for a monthly fee, once I have everything setup and live I’ll likely create a blog post on here about it.
To be continued…