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One Year Later

Monday, September 1st, 2008

It’s been one year since my last post to this blog. A lot of stuff has happened in my life, so this post will serve as a brief update for the past year.

School
I graduated from BCIT with a diploma in computer networking.

Living Situation

In September 2007 I moved from Pitt Meadows BC to Burnaby BC. During the schoolyear I was living in the BCIT Residence, and recently moved to a place near Metrotown in Burnaby. I’m living with a roomate, who still attends BCIT.

Work
The week after I finished college, I began working full time as a network technician at an ISP. In October I became a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and later this year I will be writing the exams required to get my CCNP and CCIP certifications.

Websites
Around the beginning of the year I found that I was spending too much time working on various websites and wasn’t devoting enough time to school, so I decided to take a break until September. This would give me time to finish college, and have a nice break over the summer. Currently I am getting rid of some of my assets, and organizing the rest. Getting ready to gear up again.

Summer
Since I live so close to downtown Vancouver, I went several times to the Celebration of Lights, which is an awesome fireworks show. My friends and I also spent a lot of time at the beaches in Vancouver such as English Bay, Ambleside, Jericho, and Spanish Banks. Started playing a lot of Volleyball and Ultimate frisbee, which I enjoy a lot.

Camping
A few weekends ago, we did some camping up near Hope. We drove into the Skagit Valley, which is right on the border of Canada and the United States. I will do a longer post later with more of the details.

Birthday
My 22nd birthday was on August 5th, and some good friends of mine took me to the Keg in Vancouver for dinner. I had some steak with shrimp and lobster on top and it was delicious. It’s been a long time since I’ve had seafood like that, and I need to start going to Vancouver more often for the fresh seafood.

Angels and Airwaves
On August 7th I went to the Angels and Airwaves concert at the Commodore Ballroom. I bought my ticket in January for the concert, which was originally scheduled for March 6th. Due to scheduling issues, they moved it to August 7th 2008. Dave and I headed to Milestones for some Mojitos before the concert, and then met up with another friend in the lineup outside the Commodore. The concert was amazing, and I love the band’s music, even though I think Tom Delonge is really arrogant. If you haven’t heard of Angels and Airwaves before, checkout The Adventure, The War, and Valkyrie Missile.

Angels and Airwaves are coming to Vancouver again on October 10th 2008, this time they are playing with Weezer and Tokyo Police Club. The venue for this concert will be GM Place, and I will be buying tickets in the near future for it. Should be a good show.

Long Weekend in Victoria
Today is the last day of the Labour Day long weekend in Canada, so I went to Victoria to visit Dave Venter and get some much needed relaxation. Spent the first couple of days around the house relaxing, One of the nights Dave made some delicious ribs, and we also made several batches of Mojitos, which were pretty good. Still need to perfect the recipe though.

On Sunday we headed downtown, and had a pitcher of Sleeman Honey Brown Ale at Irish Times in Victoria. I also had a bowl of the Corn Chowder soup, which was delicious. In the evening we went back downtown and played a few games of Pool at Peacock Billiards. I’m heading to bed now, and later today I will be taking the Ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen.

I will be posting much more frequently, so stay tuned for more.

Vacationing In Colwood

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

21st Birthday
I meant to post a few posts on various topics in the past few weeks, but I’ve been very busy with web development, and finishing off work. I’ve also been doing some work for a couple of clients. One of the posts was to celebrate my 21st birthday, which was August 5th. Happy Birthday to me! Some friends and I went to see the Bourne Ultimatum 3, which I thought was a good ending to the Bourne trilogy. After we went to Boston Pizza, then ended up at my place.

Vacation
I am currently vacationing in Colwood BC, a suburb of Victoria. It is quite nice here, my buddy Dave Venter was kind enough to let me stay at his place. We’ve been doing a lot of relaxing, and have also been working on our various websites. I’ll post pictures when I get back.

New Websites

I have launched 25 new websites in the past week. One of them is a blog. If there is one thing I hate doing, it is writing content. Once the blog gets going, I’m going to outsource it to a good writer that I know of. I’m doing a lot of social bookmarking, pinging, and other methods of promotion on these sites.

Nice Domain
A few weeks ago I purchased a PR3 domain from someone on the DigitalPoint forums for $15, and it expires in 2009. I didn’t want to let it sit there empty, but I didn’t have the time to properly develop it. I scraped a couple of articles in the niche, and then I threw up an offer from AzoogleAds. I let it sit for awhile, then I log in a couple of days ago and was surprised to see $25.55 from that site, from one conversion. I’ve been promoting this site a bit, and am thinking about how I should develop the domain. One of the previous owners of the domain did a LOT of promotion on the domain, on Digg, Reddit, as well as setting up several related blogspot blogs with content, linking to the domain. The site ranks well for the content I have on it, and I plan on developing this domain.

Affiliate Marketing
I’m not going to give much of an update in this area at the moment, I have some long-term projects that I working on that I’m keeping hush-hush, for good reason. Once I start heavily promoting them, I will be giving stat updates.

School
College starts next week, I’m not sure exactly what my living conditions will be. I will either be living in Dorms, or at home. It depends on whether I get accepted into the dorms or not, I find out Tuesday, which is when school probably starts. If I don’t get into the dorms, then I will have to commute. Public transportation will suck, and I would have to get up 2 hours earlier. All that I can say, is that it will be an interesting year.

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My Network Updates

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Few Left Standing
I have changed the blog theme again, to something more simple. I installed the All In One SEO Pack plugin for Wordpress, along with the Related Posts plugin. I’ve also installed the Wordpress Auto Updater plugin, which is going to save me a lot of time updating my various sites running on Wordpress.

Pagerank update is very imminent, and I am confident that my blog will achieve a PR of 5. Well, that’s what I’m hoping, anyway.

New blog
I’m working on a new blog. I’ve purchased the domain from someone, it was registered in 2005. I’ve installed Wordpress, a nice theme, and a some plugins for it. I’m currently writing some posts for it, and I will post the url here once I get it started.

It is a nice niche, and once the site starts getting a lot of traffic, I will work on starting a forum for it.

My Forum
The forum is actually doing well, I’ve been letting it simmer for awhile. The developer of the custom script finally answered me, and let me know that I didn’t have one of the files chmod’d properly! Doh! Now the script is working properly, and I can move on with promoting the forum.

There are a few new members that are bringing some other members back to the forum, this is because Email Notification is on by default, so when new members reply to slightly older threads, everyone who posted in that thread receives an email. Most people don’t bother to turn it off.

I’m still looking at a few different monetization methods for the forum, as most web developers know, forums can be the hardest type of site to monetize. I’m planning on a mix of pay per click advertisements, and affiliate offers.

Along with all of the above, I’m working on several other sites, all in different stages of completion. One of them is another forum, which is already ready to go, I’m just waiting until September to launch it. There is a small bug that I need to fix, regarding the quote system.

Summer Holidays

Friday, July 27th, 2007

I’ve been in school for the past year, and I have the summer off. I’m currently working fulltime, which leaves little time to develop my own sites and work on affiliate campaigns, but I’m trying. I’m also doing some web development and consulting work for a couple of local companies, which is what I’m spending a lot of my free time doing.

I’m still working on the forum that I purchased. I put a new theme on it, and am working on a couple contests to get it active again. I will post the link here soon. I’m waiting for a bug to be fixed in the custom point system, but the guy who wrote the system isn’t responding to my emails/messages.

I’ve made some investments in a couple domains, and am going to be developing them into long term content sites. I’m not going to reveal the niches yet, maybe later.

I’m studying for my CCNA, and and I just finished reading the first book of the two book study guide I bought. I’ll read through the second book, then book the test. After I read the second book, I’m going to do some of the questions from a guide from testkingonline.com.

My buddy Dave Venter has updated the theme of his blog, and is now posting regularily.

I’ve been playing a lot of Halo 2 recently, I enjoy it.

Stay tuned for more updates, I’ll be posting more frequently.

Manage Adwords From Your Desktop

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I recently found out about this, from the Google Adwords Blog. Google offers an Adwords Editor, that allows you to manage your campaigns from your Windows or Apple computer.

I installed the program, and I think I am going to use it instead of logging into AdWords all the time! I think it will save me time in the long run, as when I use the Adwords online interface it feels a bit slow.

Benefits according to the Adwords Editor site:

I would post screenshots but I don’t want to reveal any of my niches/keywords, I’m sure you understand. Check it out and let me know how it works for you!

New Template

Friday, June 15th, 2007

I’ve changed the template on my blog to something that looks nicer and easier to read, in my opinion.  I may still change the header image, and the little image beside the introduction box. What do you think of the new theme?

Tonight I was sitting on the patio, on my laptop. The sky was blue, the birds were chirping, and I could smell a neighbour barbecuing some kind of meat. Life is good.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the computer lately, and I need to focus my time more. A lot of my time is spent surfing various forums, reading rss feeds and chatting on IRC. I’m going to work on getting more focused on developing sites and then moving on to the next one.

I’ve written a couple posts and they will be posted in the next couple of days, and I will work on adding more posts every few days.

The project that I’ve been talking about for some time, I will be purchasing vBulletin for it and converting it from MyBB to vBulletin. I hope the transition goes smooth. Stay tuned for the link.

There are a few blogs that I enjoy reading regularily, one of them is Joshmitsu. Check out his latest post, the Top 15 Most Beautiful Web 2.0 Designs of 2007. Some very nice designs there, its amazing what designers can do these days.

Moved To Bluefur

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

I’ve moved all of my sites from the dedicated server, to a shared host. I chose BlueFur.com, on a recommendation from John Chows website. The support at Bluefur is excellent, the best that I have received from a webhost. I’ve used Hostgator as well, and their support is good too. I had some issues (script requirements, etc) and they were able to fix the problems immediately, and they always reply to my support tickets very promptly.

All of my websites are now hosted on Bluefur, I highly recommend them as a host! I like using the services of local companies when possible, and I believe they are based out of Surrey which is near me.

Officially Out Of The Proxy Business!

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

In the past month, I’ve sold all of my proxy sites and most of the miscellaneous domains that I had laying around. The revenue from the proxy sites had dropped signifigantly, and generating revenue was like shooting fish in a barrel.

With the proceeds from the sale, I’ve purchased a forum for $205. The forum currently has 6000+ posts, and 300 members. It is not very active at the moment, with only a few people posting here and there. I’ve already invested another $250 into the site, and I plan to spend a bit more on advertising it. I am working on a relaunch of that site, and then will market it like crazy. I may post the domain when I launch.

A big problem that I have when working on projects, is that I will get a project very close to completion, and then stop working on it. For example, I was developing a new forum site and the site was done except for a small formatting bug when using quotations in a post. I haven’t touched the site in a few weeks. Due to the market the site is focused on, I won’t be launching it until next fall anyway. Does anyone else procrastinate before launching a new site?

Time for an update!

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Time passes very fast. I haven’t written any ‘real’ posts since the beginning of April, and here we are, on April 30! Life has been good to me, and a lot has changed in my life.

School
My classes are going well, although some of the courses are a bit slow. I’m taking Cisco CCNA level 4 and Server Hardware right now. Today’s lecture in Server Hardware was on Chipset Architecture. It was basically a review of what we did in the PC Hardware course.

I’m enjoying the Cisco stuff a lot right now, and am planning to write the CCNA certification exam soon. I wrote a practice exam (actual exam from a few years ago) and got around 72% without studying, or knowing anything about Frame Relay or ISDN. Once we have finished the CCNA curriculum, I plan to study a lot and write the test. I shouldn’t have any problems getting the certification.

Web Development
I’m now officially out of the proxy business. I got tired of the proxy sites, and I’ve sold off most of them, I still have five left. They all have pagerank of 2-3, but not a lot of traffic. If your interested in buying them, make me an offer.

I’ve recently started doing Affiliate Marketing. I’ll do a post soon with details.

I’m removing Kontera from my blog. I detest those type of advertisements, and I have received 75 impressions, 1 click, $0.11.

Life, School, Web Update

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve purchased six new domains, including one that I really wanted. This particular domain was already registered but was not in use, so I emailed the owner using the email address in the whois information of that domain. I got it for $35 US. I was pretty happy about what I paid, as I did not want to pay more then $50 for it.  I also purchased 5 other domain names for a total of $15, including two LLLL.com domain names.

School has been busy this past week, normally our courses are five weeks long, however for some reason the course I am in right now (Windows Server 2003) is 2 1/2 weeks long. Right now we are working on a project, of setting up a mock company with 50 users, using Active Directory and Group Policy to set certain restrictions and permissions.

The next course I’m taking is an electronics course, which I am not that interested in. After the electronics course, I will have 10 weeks of school left until summer. These ten weeks will be occupied with another Microsoft Windows Server 2003 course, a Linux course, Cisco CCNA level 4, and another one that has slipped my mind. I am looking forward to them, especially the Linux and Cisco courses.

My sites are doing ok, but not where I would like them to be. They are doing better on weekdays then weekends, but I still need to get the revenue up. I have a few more sites that I will be launching in the next few weeks, which should boost revenue.

I am really looking forward to summer this year. Summer is my favorite time of the year, for many reasons. It rains a lot less, it is usually sunny, and I love cool summer nights. I’m not attending school this summer, so I will be taking some time off. I will also be looking for a local job, something where I can apply what I have learned in school. If you know of anything, let me know.