I live in the foothills east of Perth in Western Australia, arguably the most isolated capital city on earth. We chose it after living all over Australia during my 20 years in the Air Force. It is a clean and relaxed city, in its own bubble, far from anywhere.
My wife and I have been together since 1972, a year after I joined the RAAF. We have two grown sons, a granddaughter and a great grandson. I’m now retired and an old age pensioner. I have been making websites for over 20 years and have dabbled with affiliate marketing several times during that period.
I was trained as an Avionics technician and spent the first eight years in the RAAF working on F-111’s. Promotion is slow in peace time and I only made it to Sergeant, two levels below the top NCO rank.
Considering my attitude of looking after my troops, as opposed to pleasing my superiors, I would probably never have been promoted any higher if I had stayed until I was 55 years old!
My technical background means I am more comfortable with machines than people. This makes it hard when working with customers and I certainly don’t have a money oriented mentality. Being retired, that is probably just as well, as I have no need to become a millionaire.
Most of my time is spent making websites or helping customers with theirs. I offer web hosting at very affordable rates, but don’t actively advertise that. it’s something I do for people who get to know me.
For the last year, I have gotten back into affiliate marketing and am slowly building up my supply of products and getting vendor approval to promote them. I have one site where I offer free or $5 products which site members can use to also build their inventory, if they are new to affiliate marketing.
For the most part, I enjoyed my time in the RAAF. The pictures below show some of the highlights, I was often away on exercises when we lost an F-111, but luckily it was never my fault!
My time at headquarters enabled me to mix directly with senior officers and changed my relationship with rank forever after. It’s not usual to have a Group Captain personally pin on your service medals! You can click on the images to see a larger version.
Life has treated me fairly well, apart from an addiction to alcohol that saw me end up in a military rehab. But I have always suffered from anxiety, even as far back as four years old. It doesn’t help when dealing with customers, but I’m learning to be more tactful as I get older. I guess everyone has their own cross to bear and mine is anxiety. Luckily, the internet enables me to interact with customers without having to meet them face-to-face.
I have chosen to keep this site as simple as possible for one main reason. This is my “Marketing Hub”, where you can access my other sites and products. It shows people new to affiliate marketing that you don’t need anything fancy for your site. A simple “blog site” is all you need and is within everyone’s ability to create one.
Owning your own website is critical, as it belongs to you and no one can suddenly take it away from you. If you use a hosted solution or social media, you could lose your platform and followers overnight. You must be in control of your marketing hub and having your own site is the core foundation for doing that.
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