I'm back! I took a fulltime job in IT Security and have been immersed in that for the last 6 months. I haven't given up on my dreams, but I was in dire need of cash at the time. I need a side project, so I'm back at WA working on some new ideas.
I'm re-thinking my website portfolio and I need to play to my strengths. I have a lot of experience in IT, so my next site will probably be in that field. There are lots of products I can review and write about. Some of my other websites have been failures, but it's hard to hit a home run on your first try!
Background: I am no stranger to the idea of Affiliate Marketing. I have gone through an embarrassing number of training courses over the years. Usually, they have you do keyword research first to find your profitable niche. So I spend many hours looking for these profitable keywords, and end up with the prospect of having to build a website around a painful and embarrassing illness of which I have zero knowledge! Ugh. I might write a few pages at most, and then let it slide. A few months or years later, I buy another course and try again. I was impressed that WA says you should first find something you are interested and passionate about, and then write content for it, build a following, and then try to monetize.
A little about me: I have spent over 20 years working in IT, supporting primarily Microsoft and VMWare server infrastructures, scripting and automation, and a fair amount of time building websites. Most were static HTML, but there were a few dynamic ones accessing a SQL backend with ASP, ASPdotNET, Perl CGI, and Sharepoint.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Economics. I switched majors many times from Engineering to Computer Science, to Kinesiology, to Accounting to Business, and probably more I'm forgetting, and I eventually got to the point where I just had to focus and graduate with a degree in SOMETHING. Economics ended up being the quickest way to graduate because once you get beyond the intro courses, you can take them all at the same time. Other majors had a more serial path that would have added years of time and many thousands of dollars to my education bill.
In addition to building income-generating websites, I am doing contract IT work. Mostly scripting and automation, Web Development, and Wordpress plugin development. I'm currently working on Cloud certification on Amazon AWS, which is fairly lucrative, and I can use that for running my websites that are not hosted here at WA.
I also like to take monster cross country road trips, which is the topic of my main website, a travel blog.
Foobard's Goals 3
Money I would be happy earning
$50K per year on 20ish hrs per week (eventually)
Money I would be ecstatic earning
$100K per year on 20-30 hrs per week (I don't need to make that much, but hey, you asked!)
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
On average, 20 hours per week, but I would be willing to work much more when initially building out a site.