About Marcus1978
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Hi, I'm Marcus. I got into websites kind of accidentally as an escape from all the jobs I tried and failed at. I don't have any particular fascination with websites, I just don't want to do a normal job.

I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2012, but don't let that scare you. It mainly means I struggle with crowded/noisy places, find other people confusing, like routine, and tend to get obsessed with things hardly anyone else is interested in (e.g. abandoned British roads, the gated communities of Los Angeles, and random facts such as the fact that the Severn Bridge is entirely within England despite most people thinking it is partly in Wales, and my annoyance that the "Second Severn Crossing" should not be called such because it is clearly not the 2nd bridge built across the river severn and wasn't even the 2nd motorway across the river severn...).

I have been a member of WA twice. The first time was in 2009. I returned in January 2015. You can read about my varied internet marketing journey since 2008 here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/marcus1978/blog/don-t-spread-yourself-too-thinly-plus-some-personal-history

As of November 2016, I have 14 premium WA referrals.

MY INTERESTS (apart from WA):

Making Music - I have created electronic music on-and-off since 1997. If you are interested to hear some, just let me know.

Photography - I have been into photography since 2004. I studied it part-time at college in 2006/7.

The Outdoors - I enjoy off-road cycling as well as hiking.

Health & Wellbeing - I have a general interest in this area, everything from nutrition to meditation.

Comedy - Monty Python, Episodes, Some Mothers Do Ave Em, Brass Eye, Jam, Alan Partridge, Room 101, Would I Lie To You?
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ambweblounge Premium
Hello,

Thank you for the follow. It's always great meeting new and exciting people like yourself. I look forward to your posts and can't wait to see how we can collaborate in the future.

My motto is "Be~Do~Have" and the universe will give. Always be kind to others and they will be kind back. The secrets of life is gratitude!

Have a blessed day!

Namaste'
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks. Nice to meet you :-)
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George71 Premium
Heya Marcus, thanks for the following me. I enjoyed reading your profile it was very open and honest. Thanks for sharing with us about Aspergers. I have a few friends who are 'aspies' and they are very highly intelligent with just the oddity here and there ;)

I hope this second time for you on WA serves you well. Best of luck!
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks George.. Wishing you the best in your WA journey :-)
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5-qpq Premium
Hi Marcus, I don't know what to say, but that your the best and I'm pleased to meet you! Love your personality! Thanks for your honesty and for being real which is absolutely being you! I love it and I'm a follower, lol! You'll go a long way! Love your bio. Your awesome, amazing, and your very creative. I can't quite put into words what your about, but it's enough and I absolutely love it. Your a mix between being a genius and normal, lol! Good luck my friend! Kindest regards, ~ Becky
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Marcus1978 Premium
LOL @ "a mix between being a genius and normal".

Thank you for your kind words :-)
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5-qpq Premium
Lol, happy I made you smile! Good luck my friend and be well! ~ Becky
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Well, we discussed autism a bit. Upon seeing your biographic, everything you said in the second paragraph (but mine own interests) does describe me to the tee. So it is possible, and most likely probable I also have this condition to some degree.

I enjoy many types of music, absolutely hate rap and all music played as such in boom cars (bass that you cannot escape from unless you leave the area) but in the electronic music genre, I enjoy stuff like Tangerine Dream, Synergy and all kinds of space music, ambient, dark ambient and early synthesizer music, such as the Moog and Mini-Moog.

I find some of what is called "alternative medicine" intriguing, though I steer away from the New-Age stuff.

I don't watch television, but I love sci-fi, esp. Star Wars, and medieval fantasy. I love turn-based RPG (and action RPG's too) and play these when I have time (which isn't very often.)

I too, have interests that most people don't and go into detail as you have with which bridges were first, second, and which jurisdictions they are actually in (though interests of mine own, such as WA history.) I simply get into details that most people don't.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Interesting. Thanks Daniel.
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TJ Books Premium
Good stuff on your website showing the few who make money with WA. I think you should add Veronica, http://itsvicky.com/ She goes home to Sweden a couple of times a year with her family from her home income. I've made some money with affiliate marketing in the past but my family does a lot better selling their own products. John
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skmorrow Premium
I have been following you for a little while, but am just now commenting on your profile.

My teenage son has Asperger's Syndrome. I can't say I completely understand what goes on inside that beautiful mind, but I do get a glimpse each and every day.

Thank you for being so candid in all of your posts, that is very refreshing.

Steve
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks Steve, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
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5-qpq Premium
I posted already and I think your amazing!
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thank you.
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Stansk Premium
Plain upon plain of endless dreams slowly slipping away into the realm of darkness leaving us with an emptiness that can only be filled with the obsessions of our mind. It is a place we can never go but we are there all the time.Emptiness is never to be feared only filled.
Marcus you have a poet's heart sleeping somewhere inside you. I am so impressed with your bio I would like it as my own. I am glad we met here between worlds. I am trying to fill one I think you are trying to empty one. I hope you are not offended by my candor.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Hi Marcus,

Your web site is pretty awesome. Love the layout and content. When I see a site like that I really wonder if I have it in me to reach that level of quality and content.

Is that your own theme? It looks great. I can't see a mention of anything at the bottom.

- Craig.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks Craig. I use a free theme called ShootingStar.

I created my own header logo, though.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Marcus, I'll check it out
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Marcus, I'll check it out
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Ali-M Premium
Dear Marcus, I've recently followed you in WA.

My site is about technology and since I've started to build my network, I would like to have you in my social networks too.
Here is my links and I appreciate it if you could follow/like me over there; also if you leave me your social network links; I'll be able to following back you too: )

Here is mine:
https://plus.google.com/+AliMonajemi
https://www.facebook.com/Digital-World-Guru-847606122036894/
https://twitter.com/Ali_monajemi

Wish you great success in your online business,

Best,
Ali
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hi, I have added you.
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NWTDennis Premium
Hello Marcus ... thank you for the follow. Looks like you have been around the block a few times so I'll be looking for your nuggets of wisdom and best practices.

You don't seem to hold back and that creates healthy dialog here in the community. I wish you the best on this your second journey here at WA.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thank you.
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RickBell57 Premium
I will be happy to show you what I do to earn so much money and get members to sign up. I see you got lots of websites and appear quite busy. Well, I work one hour per day and do very well now targeting the shiny object groups.

They hit my funnel and buy every day now. Some sign up to WA, and some other places.

I cannot be more happy with the results. And my change of direction that Kyle and I talked about. He basically said if my heart was not in writing reviews any longer that I should move on to something else. So I did. Best move ever.

Hope you are doing better here your second time around. pm me if you would like me to explain the process I use.

Rick
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Marcus1978 Premium
That's great, Rick.

Well, things are starting to pick up for me. I've got 10 premium referrals at the moment. As you know, they come and go. I think the most I've ever had at one time is 11, or possibly 12. I went down to 6 recently, so I'm pleased it's just quickly shot back up to 10.

My tablet site is starting to make a few sales now too, so that's promising. I'm going to build a laptop site soon too.

I actually rather like writing, so I have no problem writing product reviews.

HOWEVER, it is all about money, so if you have a way to make some easy money for an hour a day then I'd definitely be interested to take a look.
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Andrew-74 Premium
Hi Marcus!

I was recently reading a post of yours about ranking thin affiliate sites. I was wondering if you would mind taking a look at another kind of thin affiliate site to see if you could shine any light on this: Thanks in advance!

Andrew
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hi Andrew,

I just replied on your post.

All the best,
Marcus.
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Andrew-74 Premium
Hi Marcus, that's brilliant! Thank you for helping me get to the bottom of this. I think that solves it. Quite an interesting one to look at though isn't it? This goes to show the power of social media and traffic volume.

Have a great day,

Andrew
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Marcus1978 Premium
Yes. Google must have noticed that it is a popular website.
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Andrew-74 Premium
Yeah, thanks for your help Marcus.
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KevinBulmer Premium
Hi Marcus!

I found you after searching for help on Pop-Up opt-ins and liked your article very much. Thank you for that.

I'm listening to "I Sleep Only to Dream of You" right now. INCREDIBLE!! I love it and now have my SoundCloud page following you (I have some music of my own and also host my podcast there).

Hope all's well.

Kevin
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks Kevin. Great to meet you :-)
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi Marcus! Thank you for the follow and again for writing that highly useful article to the community educating them on how to eliminate slow website speed! I have added you to my follow/network list to reciprocate your kind act of support.

May I also wish you continued best of everything regarding both your endeavors here at WA and also in whatever online business venture that you are pursuing!
Sincerely,
Jeff
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks Jeff. Best of luck to you too.
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Chrissies Premium
Hi Marcus
Its great to meet you, and thank you so much for following me, I appreciate it. Its really good to meet a fellow UK member!
Your top website is amazing, one of the best I have seen - I have left a comment there. Which theme do you use?
Of course I am following you back, and I wish you continued success
Chrissie :)
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thank you. The theme is called ShootingStar.
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Chrissies Premium
Many thanks Marcus, sounds like a description of you !! :)
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Marcus1978 Premium
Haha, thanks!
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Chrissies Premium
:)
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gordk6 Premium
Hey Marcus
I was checking out your websites and am really impressed. Great work man.
I noticed that you made excellent use of Embedded YouTube videos on synthsandsoftware !

However - some of your videos came up with Banner type Links , near the beginning, that I assume are not your unique links ? and in fact- take the audience away from your site. (if they click it)
I assume you don't consider this a major issue ?

Is it because most people will not click that outside link.... ?

I want to use videos like this too - that is why I wanted to get your take on the subject- as I am still pretty new.

Thanks
Gord
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hi Gord,

Thank you.

I think it's sometimes a trade-off when using other people's videos, that sometimes they have links in them.

All the best,
Marcus.
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WillingToTry Premium
This is just to say thank you for the follow Marcus. I've just looked at your profile and find we hold a lot of similar interests.
I also didn't realise that you hail from England, county Gloucestershire. My own daughter who recently got a First in Music at University lives and works in London.
She has a part-time position as a copywriter for an International theater booking company and does gigs as a participant in two bands, singing and playing guitar. (Very proud of her!)
Right now she is performing a gig or two in Los Angeles USA with the band "Wolf"
My health is very important to me and I walk daily as well as meditate. I do enjoy using my camera, albeit more in an amateur fashion.
Kind regards,
Arthur
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thank you Arthur. Yes, it sounds like we have some things in common.
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ThaboN Premium
Hi Marcus,

Thanks for the follow, and I'll do the same. I was intrigued by your profile so I read some of your posts. I like the fact that you combine technical skills with a very personal style. Very few people know how to do that, and that's a big deal. Sure a " robot" can tell me how to construct a website, but it can't tell me about the brilliant satire of Monty Python or the passion killing job of sealing washers into a bag.

You have a lot to offer and I think the community is lucky to have someone like you. Even someone as skilled as you, however, will have some bad days. When that happens, just watch Monty Python, enjoy some laughter, and keep going.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thank you :-)
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Cristina11 Premium
Congratulation, Marcus, you're Ambassador now!
I've seen in one of your training you asked to "not like" it because you're not ready for that, but it happened anyway!
I guess your request was genuine because I'm following your posts here@WA and you haven't written yet "Yay, I'm Ambassador".
I appreciate a lot your decency, but if you write it, I'll like it!
wish you a wonderful weekend!
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thank you. Yes, it's happened by accident. I've been here over a year and I still don't quite understand why people get so excited about a high WA rank. I'm actually far more excited that I managed to make one of my product reviews jump in the Google Search results by 30 places by editing my review to make it more SEO friendly.
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lindasea Premium
Hello Marcus.

Had to drop over and click to follow...thought I done so a while back but noooo. I see you leaving wonderful encouraging comments for others and just wanted to say it is noticed and I expect appreciated.

Went into you photos site at flickr. Oh my goodness! What a positively wonderful tour of England and some of Wales I have just taken. I loved the autumn pics and ALL of the many cottages, castles, and manors. Some very nice black and whites too!

Awesome work! How are you protecting your work? If I were to want to use something from our site how wouldyou like the attribution to read. Just asking as it is all pretty wonderful.

Linda
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Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks, Linda.
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musicman99 Premium
Hey Marcus, thanks for the follow! I am a musician and film composer myself and would love to hear some of your electronic stuff. I am into meditation and well being as well, and I'm a very spiritual person. If you'd like to hear some of my music I'd be happy to send some over to you. I discovered a new tool yesterday actually that I think will actually work on how to promote music on YouTube and get a decent amount of royalties for it. I'm definitely going to try it out.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hi,

My music is at:
https://soundcloud.com/laughingatthesky

Yes, please send me some of yours.

All the best,
Marcus.
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Chessie Premium
I'm sorry Marcus but here's another one impressed with your critique of Paula's site. Trouble is I'm a newbie and an oldie which means double trouble for learning something which I wasn't born into. I'm trying (my husband tells me so) but feel overwhelmed by all I need to do. If my website is no good, I could be doing it all for nothing. Can you look and be brutal, I need the truth. http://magnesiumandhealth.com
I don't expect an answer immediately, I know everyone's busy and it gives me more time to languish in ignorance before the truth is thrust upon me. Ches
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hi Ches,

Overall, I think you have a nice, clean website. Your domain name is good too.

With the site title at the top, with the bit saying "The benefits of taking magnesium" beneath it, I think it doesn't show up very well against the image. If you have some spare money, it might be really worthwhile getting someone on Fiverr to create you a custom header logo, but it will cost you more than $5 for a good one. I paid $45 for mine.

There is also a bit of a problem with how your content seems to be laid out. Some of your images are further to the left than the text. I'm not sure why that is, or exactly how you go about fixing it.

I haven't read any of your content, but you may find my two training videos helpful: I hope this helps.

All the best,
Marcus.
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Chessie Premium
That is so kind of you Marcus to take the time to have a look. As far as the images are concerned, I tried to fix this problem but it would appear that it's the theme...being arty I suppose. I will avidly look at your two training videos though and consider a custom header. Thanks again, Ches
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MurrayD Premium
Hey Marcus, liked your comments you left for P J Lucas. I also see your into hiking and the the outdoors. I must admit I'm having problems in getting sales too was wondering if you could check out my site...it's about hiking in New Zealand and health and fitness www.theoutdoorden.com
Any feed back would be appreciated.
Thanks
Murray
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hi Murray,

Thank you for your message.

I'm not much of a fan of big background images. I think they distract rather than add anything. I think it's better to have a good header logo image, then a blank background, then relevant images among your content.

Also, the orange background in the menu doesn't quite look right to me.

You might want to consider using the Catch Box theme, which I use for my site. You can choose from different colour schemes. The green version might suit you. Then you could pay someone on Fiverr to design you a good header logo. Or if you don't want to pay, you could at least make a funky text version at http://cooltext.com.

If you want to try out a different theme first, you could create a test site like http://outdoorden.siterubix.com, then see what it might look like with a different theme.

I would also put a photo of yourself in the column on the right.

Your domain name is nice, and this could be a good niche to be in. A lot of people have problems with being overweight, and many people are seeking to improve their fitness.

I have not read any of your content, but you might want to take a look at two of my training videos: I hope this helps.

All the best,
Marcus.
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MurrayD Premium
Hi Marcus
Thanks a lot for your comments. Will definitely look at testing your recommendations on a test site and checking out your videos. Am in Queenstown with my partner at the moment...doing the Routeburn tomorrow, one of New Zealand's great walks.
Thanks once again

Murray
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Vic10 Premium
Hi Marcus, nice to virtually meet you, I came across your profile after reading your post about finishing the first 5 courses in bootcamp, and i'm interested to know how you're getting on? Also it appears you're a fellow country bumpkin as I'm just down the road road in Bristol! Hope things are going well with you :)
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hi Vic, nice to meet you too!

I have several premium referrals, but now I'm looking to increase that with PPC, so I've been doing course 6. I also just paid for a new header logo for my website, so perhaps that will increase my conversions too.

My plan is to stick with promoting WA until I have made a success of that, and then move into a different niche, probably reviewing music software.

How are things going for you?

Marcus.
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Vic10 Premium
Hi Marcus, yes i'm just making my way through the boot camp and have similar plans to you, in that once that is up and running and doing well, then start another niche to run along side it. I'm thinking yoga/meditation for children.....
Have a great day :)
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hey, that's an interesting niche. Very specific too! I'm into meditation too. How long have you been into it?
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Vic10 Premium
on and off for about a year but ive always found it quite difficult, so I did a TM course at the beginning of this month which was great. It's really helped a lot and im in to a good pattern of doing it twice daily now. Have been sleeping like log ever since!
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Marcus1978 Premium
Excellent!
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