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’ (Ships -Make Them). The Norman Cathedral at Durham 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/

Dave
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Money I would be happy earning
£1,000 per month
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
£5,000 per month
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Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
20 hours a week would be do-able
 
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dkohara Premium
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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Carson Premium Plus
Success starts with goals and you're that much closer to achieving them now!

Your goals will be a reality and you will come closer to achieving them with every lesson here at WA! I know that you can do it and you've got an entire community of people in your corner :)

I look forward to working with you and helping out in every way I can!

Carson
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GaryHorton Premium
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.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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Get my chatbots business off the ground and making money
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To reach $400 of affiliate income since joining WA
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Barley1 Premium
Thanks for the follow Dave, and I am following you back. You have quite a lot going on in your life. I lived in Harrogate several years ago where I worked at Menwith Hill Station. I loved the UK when I lived there and hope to go back once I am successful here at WA. I am wishing you much success here at WA.

Good luck,
Danny
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dkohara Premium
Thanks Danny. Harrogate is a nice place and not too far away from me. Best wishes on your WA journey
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dpanic63 Premium
Hellos from Canada Dave

Great to meet you

Absolutely get that feeling of adding value to a corporation and then one day they show you the door.

We are absolutely in the same place

But what we also have is an ability to think "outside the box" whether it be through "Inspiration or Desperation" you pick.

But No better place than here on this platform

Thank you for adding me to your network will do the same

Have a great rest of your year,

And here's to a great new 2019

Be well Brother

Dino
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dkohara Premium
Hi Dino, great to connect! Yes, it's a kick in the teeth when the employer you've worked for says they don't want you after 36 years, but looking back now i'd never have got the chance to go into property investment and affiliate marketing if it hadn't happened. I've never really looked back and now focus only on the future.

From what has happened here so far, I think 2019 is going to be a GREAT year!

Dave
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dpanic63 Premium
Absolutely right Dave

lets rock it ....
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apache1 Premium
Thank for the follow Dave and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate

Keep enjoying all the lessons given by Kyle and as you apply all the tools and knowledge shared along with your own personal effort you will find success is not that far away.

Always believe in yourself keep going forward and enjoy all you do in life both here in WA and outside

Andre
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dkohara Premium
Thanks Andre, sorry for the late reply.

Dave
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apache1 Premium
Not a problem and no need to say sorry there is no reason to be sorry about.
Andre
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Zulyusri Premium
Hi Dave...

Thank you very much for connecting with me...
A Blast from the Past... I too grew up in the 70s... Slightly younger by comparison but yeah... The 70s...

You definitely have a lot to share... That I am sure... Compared to me... We are not even on the same book... I don't even understand half of what you shared... For being sooooo ignorant for so long... Now... I intend to change that altogether...


All the Best Dave... And see you at the Top...🚀
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KayOSmith Premium
Thank you for the follow and I'm following you right back :) I used to live in the Cotswalds in England and LOVED the whole of England. One of my best friends was living there while we were there and she showed us around and took us to all the great places to see. Beautiful place! I would love to go back and see more.
Best wishes and much success to you :)
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dkohara Premium
Hi there KayOSmith.

We holidayed there in the Cotswolds a few years ago. It’s a beautiful place for sure.

Wishing you every success too.

Dave
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