About Dkohara
Joined September 2018
Hi, I am Dave O’Hara.

I live in the beautiful city of Durham, up in the North East of England. A University City (Durham University), the River Wear is our main artery, snaking through Durham on it’s way from it’s boggy source in the North Pennines to the North Sea at Sunderland, where they used to ‘Mackem’. The Norman Cathedral stands on a loop in the river, dominating the skyline views in all directions. It’s a World Heritage Site, visited by people from all parts of the globe. It really isn’t as ‘grim up North’ as some Southerners would have you believe.

Moving to Durham

Myself and my partner moved here to Durham in 2014 from a couple of local villages about 6 miles away. (Ferryhill and Langley Park for those who know the area. Good, honest ex-pit villages). It seemed a good idea since we met here and spent a good deal of time supping and socialising in the city anyway. I was in the final stages of my career in SCADA development and website management for a large chemical company (INEOS), making PVC (that’s The PVC bit, and that word should attract the search engines ????). My other half had just started her own commercial cleaning franchise business. It was time for a change, so we took the plunge and found a nice place in Gilesgate to the East of the city centre. We put an offer in, and within a few months had the keys.

Losing My Job

Little did I know at the time we bought the house in Durham that my PVC related job would be made redundant only a couple of years later, in May 2016. Everything came out of the blue. I’d always thought that only happened to ‘older people’, then realised I was already 56, prime fodder for the scrap heap. I’d worked in the same place for nearly 37 years and it paid a decent wage. That was me! The company decided to restructure and my role wasn’t needed anymore, so I was out on my ear. There were several others who went with me, well over 100 years experience gone. I eventually decided to take early retirement as I was over 55. It was a wrench to leave, but afterwards I realised I was probably bored and needed something new anyway. I certainly didn’t miss the early mornings, dragging myself to Aycliffe every day. It was like a long holiday! Still is.

Starting Buying Property

Gathering myself for the new adventure that was the rest of my life, I took my lump sum (Damn you, taxman!). I drew my company pension, paid off all my house moving debts and looked nervously but excitedly toward the future. That was in April 2016 and I’ve never really looked back, other than meeting a few old colleagues for a beer every now and then. I’ve taken a deep breath and have moved into the world of property investment and it’s a fascinating subject for sure, with a myriad of different ways to make a good living from property. We also started up Orange Pip Properties Ltd. Did you know you can make money from property without even owning it? I’ll tell you about this in my posts, as well as my other passions.

Local Business Help

Having spent all those years working for the large chemical business, I also relished the chance to use my knowledge to help local businesses grow through effective use of search engine marketing. One service I had was providing local search audit services to businesses in my area (S. Durham). However, I soon ran into issues as I tried to work out how to grow things and take on more customers. I needed to automate the repetitive tasks such as running SEO audits, tracking rankings, identifying citations, submitting websites to local directories, and monitoring reviews. I looked around to find specialist tools to help but I couldn’t find any. Sure, there were lots of general SEO tools but none which focused on the needs of digital marketing agencies and local businesses. So I decided to shape them for myself.

Investing in Myself

In addition to this, I’m investing in myself. By this I mean I have a percentage of my income that I set aside for education. This might mean buying a book from Amazon, or taking a training course if I see one that I think will enhance my knowledge. I’ve recently invested in a course which shows how to become a successful afffiliate product marketer.

On my blog i’ll regularly post book reviews. These are typically to do with investing in property and passive income stuff. Please check these out because they’ll also include associated YouTube content which will enhance your experience and knowledge (as well as mine).

My Interests

Property Investment – Since retirement I’ve been building a passive income portfolio with my partner. The first million is still a long way off, but we are getting there.

Websites/Marketing – I specialise in affiliate marketing, improving web presence and footprint. If you need to supplement your income with multiple income streams, my advice is to join an authority site first, such as Wealthy Affiliate.

Meteorology – The summer of 1976 got me interested in the British climate and what it is capable of. Phew what a scorcher! Since then i’ve watched weather most days. The British obsession.

Astronomy – The Apollo Moon missions captured my imagination as a kid, so I bought a telescope and started lying on the sunbed in the garden. In Winter. Not a Trekkie though.

Sunderland AFC – My beloved football team. Been a long suffering fan since 1972, and it has been a LONG trip. It’s getting harder all the time, but my blood is Red and White.

Genealogy – Tracing my family tree since being taught the skills by my old boss in the early 1990’s. Not as lucky as Danny Dyer, but solid roots in Ireland.

SCADA and PLC – I spent 23 years developing control software for my employer. Very boring for a blog, so I’ll not be going there, but my skills are transferrable, including web stuff.

Photography – Since buying my first SLR (a Canon AV-1) in 1980 I’ve been a keen amateur photographer. Mostly landscapes and weather. I recently sold my Nikon D90, but still have my Canon G12 Powershot.

Gadgets and Tech – My other half tells me I have way too many gadgets. It’s true, of course. I’m an Apple fan boy and spend too much time on my iphone.

Classic Rock – I grew up in the 1970’s, with such hairy influencers as Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’ll never be influenced by disco, and if a guy who can’t play an instrument calls himself a musician, I’m Out! m/ m/

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Money I would be happy earning
£1,000 per month
Money I would be ecstatic earning
£5,000 per month
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
20 hours a week would be do-able
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Sep 10, 2018
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How much money per month would you be happy earning?
£1,000 per month

How much money per month would allow you to live the ideal lifestyle?
£5,000 per month

How many hours per week are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
20 hours a week would be do-able
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Hi, Dave!

Terrific goals. You can certainly do this. I gather from reading your profile you are well on your way.

The key to reaching your goals is to follow the training inside Wealthy Affiliate, ask questions, and, of course, do the work.

I look forward to helping you build an online business that earns £3,000+ per month.

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Hi, Dave thanks for the follow. You have great taste in music, love the old stuff, yet I also have embraced many new artists around the world. Eight years ago after 19 years of working for one company I was let go also due to cost-cutting. Seeing WA then I never thought I would be doing online marketing, but here I am. Wishing you continued success in reaching your goals here at Wealthy Affiliate.
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Thanks Wdcope,

I think a lot of us find ourselves let go these days, it’s the way of the World, but fortunately there are great places like WA to regroup and plan the future.

As for the music, i’m a child of the sixties, so all the great rock stuff came along in my teens - I had little choice :-)

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Wwelcome to the Wealthy Affiliate platform. You are one of 1.5 million on here building websites and seeking a better lifestyle. I am sure you are well ahead of the pack when it comes to building a website and I am equally sure you will be a great help to those of us on here, some I might add are in their 80's. If there is anything I can do to help please feel free to contact me and I will do whatever I can whenever I can to assist.
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Hello Dave,♫Welcome! I am so pleased you found WA. Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun at WA. Thank you for adding me to your network.

From the start, I have written training on every issue I had problems with myself. And I share all my interesting findings on my blog space. I have listed them on a blog for you. When you type in “Blogs top rated by Loes” into the search bar on top, you'll find my goodies under Training. I hope to help you with those.

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Thanks Loes, i'm really enjoying it.

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Hello Dave And Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate.
Since you joined you will perhaps have come to the conclusion that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.

You must keep referring to the training.
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