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.

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.

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.

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 (thanks Samuel Leeds) 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.

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.

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 (thanks to Samuel Leeds again). 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).

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.

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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McWord Premium
Thanks for the follow and welcome to the WA Community! You'll find the community has tons of help for anyone who needs it, so don't hesitate to reach out. We are interested in our mutual success and there are plenty of people willing and able to assist!

Always here,

mitch
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dkohara Premium
Thanks mitch,
I’m having a great time!
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McWord Premium
That is one factor important to this type of endeavor: having fun!

All the best,

mitch
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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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Petra4 Premium
Hi David and thank you for the follow as well as joining WA and its community.

Yes, it is a good think when taking the plunge whether you like it or not, its a refreshing experience, putting it mildly :)

Glad that you are part of my network as well as yours :)
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dkohara Premium
Hello Petra, i just wonder how they kept WA secret from me for so long ;-) Really enjoying myself here, it’s great.

Wishing you every success in Melbourne.
Dave.
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Wdcope Premium
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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dkohara Premium
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 :-)

Dave
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possumlane Premium
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.
Carol from Australia
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Loes Premium
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.

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or leave a comment on my profile.
Success building your business in 2018/2019. See you around, Greetings Loes
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dkohara Premium
Thanks Loes, i'm really enjoying it.

Dave
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Robert-A Premium
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.
If you get really stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 440+ blogs I have published within WA.

Feel free to send me PM anytime you get stuck and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.
Have a great day.
Robert
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dkohara Premium
I've just added a new post to my website which is about Earning Money Online. The post is about avoiding online scams and i'd love anyone to comment on it for me. I'll reciprocate with a comment on your own website if you can do this. Thanks in anticipation, the link to the post is

https://earn-online.net/8-ways-to-avoid-affiliate-scams-dont-get-ripped-off
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JonathanAll1 Premium
Welcome to WA. It’s participation and persistence to get there and also takes lot of creative thought to process...
Yes, thank you for following. And I am hungry to get started.
I finding so much information for goals to success. This is surely a great opportunity with just what I need to develop independence and dreams.
Yes www is a big world brought together with WA...

Truely grateful
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Hi Dave from Durham, England.
Paul Mindra here from Ontario, Canada.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your network by following my profile. I graciously accept by following your profile back.

Welcome to the Wealthy Affiliate Open Education Community.

I am very pleased to make your acquaintance and look forward to learning, sharing, serving and earning alongside with you as we all move forward here.

Kindest regards from Canada.

Paul.

P.S. Poly Vinyl Chloride

P.S.S. You have a great looking website. May I suggest that you put your links on the bottom right of your profile page under "Follow Me On."
They will be more visible and friendly there.

Links and references to personal websites are frowned upon when placed directly on profile pages and posts. I'm sure you understand why.

Cheers.
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dkohara Premium
Hi there, thanks for the tips, i’ll look at them in my next session.
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JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow Dave. It’s nice to meet you and feel free to connect with us further on the social networks shown at the bottom right of our profile

We look forward to reading your success as well as sharing additional marketing tips and strategies. If you need any help please feel free to ask

Jon and Debbie :)

P.S So many similarities it is spooky! Sunderland eh? Bristol City are my lifelong Red and White team of choice!! Connected with someone else on here the other day who is a Black Cats fan!
Also nice to see another Brit as well

Wishing you all the best - seems you are well on your way already
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dkohara Premium
Hi JonLake, spooky indeed!

Never thought i'd see the day when the Mackems are back in Division 1. Bristol City seem to be doing well though. Great to see more Brits here, what is it about us? No-one seems to want to better themselves these days, they'd rather waste all their time moaning about Brexit.

This is a truly great place. Everybody with the same goal. Everybody with enthusiasm and gusto. It's refreshing not to have to battle with 'naysayers' every time I post a message.
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JonLake Premium
Absolutely. Enjoy the ride - we are on the Stairway to Heaven!!!
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Congratulations on upgrading your account to premium. I know that great success here can be found in the training. Anything I can do to help you on your journey here please contact me. Do remember it will take time to earn money online and patience is the key. Never ever give up.
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dkohara Premium
Thanks StPaul
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SuzaMarie Premium
Hey Dave! Welcome to WA! Congrats on going premium!

So glad you made it here to Wealthy Affiliate! It's a great place to learn how to make money with affiliate marketing.

I think the most import thing to do with any new venture is to "plug in" and be consistent. Schedule time each day to do the training, work on your site and write content. You'll find that content is king. :)

Here's to great success with your WA journey and online endeavors!
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dkohara Premium
Great advice SuzaMarie, thanks!
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Godsmack12 Premium
Hello and welcome to Premium.. Wishing you lots of success.
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dkohara Premium
You too Godsmack12
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Hello! Welcome to WA Premium. The information available here is never ending!! And the training is Incredible!! Gobble it up!!!

Follow that training! I can not stress this enough. Do not skip around. Do the lessons in the order in which they are. As well as the tasks that follow each of those lessons.

Go at your pace. Slow and steady is my new rule. You'll find you can't wait to learn more in the following days. I did. There were a few lessons that I had to watch twice. If that's what you have to do, do it!

And soon you will have yourself an awesome website. Amazing direction, and the tools that you need to succeed in whatever it is you want to do!

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dkohara Premium
Thanks very much. I’m finding everything you just said is true
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dkohara Premium
Thanks for that.
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Great to see you upgraded! When I upgraded it was one of the smartest things I've done, and I'm sure you will agree!
Best of success to you!
Mike
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dkohara Premium
I certainly do mate, thanks
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u8876108yah Premium
You are a long-distance traveler.Rich piece of history. Admirable.I really erase the memory of 14-year-old rock..Thank you very much. I can get here.
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dkohara Premium
Cheers!
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Kyle Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
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dkohara Premium
Thanks very much Kyle, i’m well into it now.
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Kyle Premium
Excellent Dave! :) I look forward to working with you and if you ever need a hand with anything going forward, please get in touch with me. Chat soon!

PS. I hope you are enjoying an amazing weekend thus far! :) Exciting times lie ahead! :)
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Dave!

It's a pleasure to meet you. I enjoyed reading your profile and I'm beyond impressed with your many interests and accomplishments.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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dkohara Premium
Cheers Gary. Life is just one big lesson for me. I love learning new stuff.
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lottie17 Premium
Hi Dave and Welcome to WA!

I wanted to reach out and connect with you!

I'm new here too at WA but if there's any way I can help you, just let me know.

Best wishes for your success!
Christina
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dkohara Premium
Thank you. I’m not a complete affiliate newbie, but it’s great to talk with like minded individuals instead of being treated like some kind of scammer
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lottie17 Premium
Glad you've got a good affiliate marketing footing! You will definitely have a lot to teach and share with the community here!
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MMacLeod Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!
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dkohara Premium
Thanks. I’m sure i’ll find your input valuable.
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MMacLeod Premium
I will help in every way I can. Enjoy the journey.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi Dave!

Welcome aboard!

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Relax, you can do this. We’ll help you every step of the way.

A lot of people have succeeded with the simple strategy you will learn here. You can too.

Start by watching this video: I’m committed to helping you reach your goals. If you have a question, you can contact me anytime by simply replying to this message.

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dkohara Premium
Thank you Gary. I’ll drink in every bit of information I can, and you’ll find me sitting on my pile of money, smoking my pipe.
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