About Nightwatch
Joined March 2016
My name is Gary and I studied for a Degree in Computer Science in the 1980s and became a programmer / software engineer. I worked for various companies for a decade before forming my own company. I leased out my services as a software contractor for another decade before I'd had enough of the rat race and office BS.

My plan in 2004 was to take a year out, chill, and play on the internet. Astronomy is a hobby, and I wrote the first version of LunarPhase (a software tool for predicting various lunar phenomena) in 1999 and had been selling it online as shareware. I made a couple of hundreds dollars a month from it. Based on that success (I wasn't paying for advertising), I looked at making more money, and possibly a living, online. Between 1999 and 2004, I wrote a more comprehensive application called LunarPhase Pro and it took over from the earlier version of the software. It's still selling today (I do keep it updated). You can see it here: https://www.lunarphasepro.com

By the end of 2004, I was making enough money online to pay the bills with some to spare and I could actually bank money. So the plan of going back to software contracting was thrown out the window.

I made a decent living online for the next 7 years. I thought I'd weathered the downturn after the 2008 financial crash, but it turns out that the wave was just slow in getting to me. Since 2011, things have been continuously going downhill where affiliate marketing has been concerned.

I used to make good commissions with Commission Junction but they kicked me out for alleged click fraud. I've never done that. I was in regular contact with one of their reps by phone while we tried to figure out what had gone wrong. Turns out that whatever link masking technique SiteSell (who I was with at the time) was using was the cause of the apparent click fraud. Once I'd got my supporting documentation together, I called my contact back. When I told him I had evidence to support my innocence, he was told to hang up the phone. CJ would not accept any calls from me after that. Since then, I've heard of many other affiliates who get kicked out of their affiliate program with no explanation or recourse. In all these cases, CJ refuse to pay outstanding commissions. I lost a couple of thousand dollars right there.

Then the various birdy algorithms from Google started to hit. And, one by one, my sites started to disappear from the rankings. Many legitimate online businesses were wiped out pretty much overnight by these changes. I never did anything black-hat and wrote all my own content, so it was all 100% unique. Yet my sites were being penalised. Some things I could fix, others...well, since Google wouldn't tell me what was wrong with the sites, I couldn't fix those issues. With loss of rankings went loss of earnings. Where I used to make $600-$1000 a month in Adsense per month, now I'm lucky if I make $6 from all my sites combined.

And, with the loss of traffic, all the other affiliate offers on my sites dried up.

Since 2011, I've been trying to rebuild the affiliate marketing side of my business. I've tried a few high-priced courses and none have delivered. The highest-priced course went silent when I complained about their lack of support.

To pay the bills, I build secure, SEO WordPress sites and offer ancillary services (http://www.topdesignblogs.com). The blogs are configured for on-site SEO, but I don't offer an off-site SEO service. Building sites is easy. Ranking them is the hard part and that I leave to clients.

So I'm here in Wealthy Affiliate now. I need to hit the "reset" button on what I know about off-site SEO and ranking sites and come at the topic from a new direction.

I built my WA site around the topics of list building and email marketing and is unimaginatively at https://EmailListBuildingTechniques.com/

I've even branched out into Facebook and have a Group there called Affiliate Marketing Circle. You're welcome to join here:

While I do earn money building sites, it is still a job. I want to get back to the passive income model so I can start getting my time back.

My favorite business opportunity now https://www.BecomeFinanciallySecure.com which teaches you how to go about building a sustainable passive income. The affiliate program here at WA is great, but I think this one is better.

I do write about internet marketing from time to time at https://webbizkb.com

Here are a few of my other sites:

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Suzay Premium
Hi Gary, I'm following you not because you are cute but, I like how you have persisted through some pretty trying times and came out a better person on the other side. (You didn't just give up, stay there and decorate your past). Right on!
Keep it moving. I look forward to hearing from you to hear the
n'you s, the new you s!
nightwatch Premium
Hi Suzay, thanks for your comment. My online business is going through another bit of restructuring which is why I've been quiet here at WA lately. You can't say the internet marketing world doesn't keep us on our toes! :) Still, all this change and having to cope with it keeps the ol' grey cells ticking over. :)
LamaRama Premium
Fantastic Gary! Pleased to meet you and read your story. I wish you only 'ups' from now on and not the Downs... Though I know personally how valuable the 'down' times are in your life regarding perspective and learning how to appreciate what you have!!
All the very best to you!!
nightwatch Premium
You're right about the "downs" giving you perspective and keeping you grounded, LamaRama. It's all to easy to become complacent about what we have and take things for granted. That said, the "ups" do make life easier and allow for more fun time! :)
LamaRama Premium
Yes! I prefer the ups, personally ;)
griego62 Premium
You are a very interesting person Gary with a lot of knowledge. I wish to learn from you so I have followed you. I have visited emaillistbuildingtechniques.com which is great! I hope you get over the problems you are confronting as soon as possible. Wish you lot of luck!
wimone Premium
Fascinating history Gary and some very sobering information about the integrity of web related service companies. Scoundrels are everywhere and trust is very difficult to extend even in some cases where you thought you have a friendly rap-ore. I've been there. With 30 years IT experience in both small businesses and large international companies. Very disappointing ):
nightwatch Premium
Thanks, John. There's a lot to be said for face-to-face communication so you can size someone up in the flesh. Not a perfect way to build trust with someone but better than the faceless communication of online business.
Madek Premium
Hey, Nightwatch!

I would feel great having you as a follower! Wish you high achievements and success in your marketing venture at WA. Keep moving forward! Come to me on my G+ through https://plus.google.com/u/0/116531398108257503951
I also invite you to cast a glance on my website www.lifeandhealths.com
Hope you enjoy! Cheers!

Kerjackie Premium
Hello, Gary, a very impressive profile, and you have been through the up and down, and ready to re-start a new venture, with your experiences you became stronger and being at the WA platform, which is a good decision you made to improve your professionalism.
You will be a winner.
firstlearn Premium

It's nice to meet you. Thank you very much for the follow back. I wish you success in all you do.

nightwatch Premium
Thanks, Derek. I'm sure we'll both do very well here at WA! :)
Tirolith Premium
Thanks for your connection.
JayColling Premium
I like your profile. :)
nightwatch Premium
Thanks! :)
LouisP1 Premium
Thanks for the follow
ZEGU Premium
Hi, Gary, thanks so much for the follow. I'm now following you back. All the best for your projects.
ThomasTay Premium
Wish you get back your passive income soon. I totally agree with you that building website is a lot easier nowadays. I build with blogger, Joomla, Wix, WordPress and many others. And with all the free tools on internet, it is harder to make money. Get rank on Google or Bing or any platform we want traffic/audiences, this is the skill we must master. Whenever I go shopping, I like to look at those retailers how they draw the crowd in. They are using multiple channels and various techniques to reach the crowd, we ought to do the same to diversify our risks and create more referrals. WA has the good resources we can utilise for better Online branding. I am eager to learn and apply on my websites.
HarveyBrown Premium
Hello Gary, nice to meet you. Thank you for the follow and the interesting bio. All the best in achieving your goals at Wealthy Affiliate.
Toml82 Premium

Thanks for the follow. I have returned the favour.

Lets stay in touch.

All the best,

NWTDennis Premium
Hello Gary ... thank you for the fellow. Your background and experience will serve you well here at WA. Cert Training should be a good review for you while introducing you to SEO strategies for getting traffic to your already impressive group of websites.

I wish you the best.
nightwatch Premium
Thanks, NWTDennis.
Rwstretch Premium
Thank you for the follow and I will be following you back.
Best of luck to you here,

- Ross
dchapman3 Premium
Gary, please follow me back, thanks
shawnwilson Premium
I have a question. On your gold blog it has a picture of someone different. Which one is you?
nightwatch Premium
The one here in WA is me. I use a pseudonym (and a royalty-free picture of someone I want to represent the site) on investingoldnow.com. Everything I write about is from my own experience but I just don't want to openly advertise who I am on the site. Don't want to be ringing the dinner bell for burglars given the site's niche!
marwil Premium
I was so appreciative of your help I wanted to follow you. :-) Thanks again.
mbouteiller Premium
Hi, I look forward to following you! Thank you for your quick response to my question on spaces between bullet point items. You have a story here and I appreciate your sharing it with your wonderful advices. Best to you!
novalover77 Premium
Hey man, Thanks for the follow and all the good advise.
BelieveItYes Premium
Hi Gary !

Congratulations on going premium! I'm sure you are as excited as me to be part of this amazing community ! I see you've already made much progress on here, well done and keep up the good work! =)

I wish you all the best of joy and success in all your endeavors

Have a wonderful day

Cheers =)
Rean Premium
HI Gary, .. My name is Rean.. Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate and for becoming a Premium. Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences. Wish you great success in your endeavours at WA.
scottdogg187 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! :)
mrwalt01 Premium
Congrats for upgrading to premium. I wish you continued success here at WA and I look forward to seeing you at the top.

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Congrats on becoming our newest Premium Member! You made a wise decision to invest in your online businesses! As you know, if you need anything, we're here for you! Again, CONGRATS!!!
JackTomon Premium
Hi Gary,
Welcome to WA. You are an old hand on websites and affiliate marketing so you will certainly have a speedy start.

As a newbie only 2 1/2 in, on both above and going through your profile, I am sure WA training will help piece together the missing pieces to your puzzles.

And personally I find the lessons to updated regularly, which should save lot of research time.

Will want to stay connected to learn from an expert like you if stuck in future.

All the best this time around with WA. Cheers, Jack
nightwatch Premium
Thanks, Jack. Driving traffic is my weak spot (and something I've never enjoyed!) :)
JackTomon Premium
Gary, if I may add, you in the right place. A lot leads right here on that subject, in the basic lessons by Kyle, Carson and other members and in the classrooms.

If I am not mistaken, it is the probably one of most key concept presented in different context by each lessons and trainers, and in precise yet easy step by step methodology.

I will be interested to see over time, you opinion, comparing as being a subject matter expert on what I may term if you don't mind 'the conventional way' and the WA way.

May make interesting blog/post. Let me know. Again, wish you success. Thank again. Jack
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Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate Gary!

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This will give you the basics on how to create product reviews and how to structure them properly.

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Also, don't forget if you get stuck or have any questions you can respond directly to this message or drop me a message on my profile. Just thought I'd drop by and give you a personal welcome to the community and get you started down the right path to building an online business Gary