I’m doing my bit for Movember

For the whole month of November I will be donating my top lip to charity and growing a moustache in aid of Movember, an event that raises funds and awareness for prostate cancer. All participants start clean-shaven at the beginning of the month and then nature takes it’s course.

It’s all a bit of fun, but it also raises awareness about men’s health, something which isn’t always talked about, especially by men, so if you see a more than usual quota of men with moustaches in November then you know what’s going on.

If you would care to donate any money to this then visit my page on the Movember site and give whatever you can. I’ll also be updating it with photos of my progess and you’ll be able to see how silly I look!

If you are a man…with a spare face, then why not register? Women can also register too!

So if you can spare a couple of quid then please donate to this worthy cause.

Heart Internet cancellation

My hosting with Heart Internet has now been cancelled (post here) and was, I’m glad to say, pretty easy. There is no ‘cancel hosting’ option and instead you have to send a message to Customer Services and then you get a personal reply and have to confirm your request.

On 2007-08-29 17:49:08, you changed the ticket status to OPEN and wrote:

Dear Heart Internet,

I feel like I was misled when I purchased my hosting package today as I didn’t realise I would have to pay for domain mapping and so my hosting is useless unless I pay more money which I am not willing to do.

Please can you cancel my hosting contract with immediete effect.


Adem Djemil

On 2007-08-29 18:01:44, Simon Osborne changed the ticket status to CLOSE-PENDING and wrote:

Hello Adem,

Thank you for your ticket. I’m sorry that you misunderstood exactly what the Home Professional hosting package comes with. If you still wish to cancel, please read through the following:

*** Please read this ticket fully as your cancellation is NOT complete ***

We are sorry to hear that you would like to cancel your hosting account with Heart Internet. If there is anything we can do to help you please let us

know and we will do everything we can to help you.

In the first instance please reply to this ticket letting us know why you would like to cancel your account, this will allow us to start the

cancellation process running.

Our cancellation process does take a few days to complete, at the end of the process your account will be immediately deleted from our system and all your files, folders and data will be deleted. Email addresses will also stop working. Once deleted none of this data can be recovered. We

would urge you to make comprehensive backups before proceeding.

Please also note the following from our terms and conditions:-

“4.10 All services will renew until cancelled by the customer. Heart Internet emails the customers primary email address prior to renewal of services, it is the customers responsibility to cancel services prior to renewal as no refund can be made once renewal has occurred. Customers must notify us at least 72 hours before a service is renewed if they wish to cancel that service. The cancellation process must be fully

completed by you before your account is cancelled.”

This is so that we have enough time to progress the cancellation through the relevant departments at Heart Internet. Where possible and where you reply to us promptly, we should be able to deal with your request


Once again we hate to see anyone leave us, we are committed to improving our products all the time and we hope that you will consider using us


If you are cancelling your hosting it would be our pleasure to handle your domain name renewal. You will automatically receive notification for any

Domains in your Heart Internet account at your registered email address.

Best Wishes Simon Osborne

Heart Internet Support

You rated this response: Good

On 2007-08-30 18:02:03, system changed the ticket status to CLOSED

On 2007-09-01 09:57:44, you changed the ticket status to OPEN and wrote:

Hi Simon,

Does this mean my hosting is about to be cancelled? The ticket is marked as closed but I wanted to confrim that I want my hosting to be cancelled.

Is there anymore I need to do as my hosting is still active in my log-in area?



On 2007-09-01 10:03:12, Paul Mellors changed the ticket status to CLOSE-PENDING and wrote:

Hello Adem

Thanks for your ticket.

the ticket is automatically closed if you don’t respond to it within a set period, as you didn’t respond to the other ticket it was closed by the system.

We value your business greatly, if I was able to offer you two free months of hosting, might you reconsider?

Best Wishes Paul Mellors Heart Internet Support

On 2007-09-01 17:15:14, you changed the ticket status to OPEN and wrote:

Hi Paul,

My main problem is with the domain mapping which I believed was included in the hosting, but wasn’t.

Thank you for the offer offer of the free hosting for 2 months but I do not need this hosting package now and so I would like to cancel it.


On 2007-09-01 19:29:03, Tak Tran changed the ticket status to CLOSE-PENDING and wrote:

Hi Adem,

Thanks for the reply. We’re sorry to see you go, I have processed the cancellation for you now and it will complete in a few hours.

Best Wishes Tak Tran

Heart Internet Support

On 2007-09-01 21:12:21, you changed the ticket status to OPEN and wrote:

Thanks Tak.

Luckily I didn’t have this type of experience. So I am back down to 1 hosting package but following on from the advice of Chris (Aidan also mentioned this company a while back) I’ll be setting up a hosting account with A Small Orange, but I won’t be using the hosting much but instead will be utilising the unlimited MySQL databases which I can get for only $25 (£12.40) a year.

I am happy again!

2011 income report plus my aims for 2012

I started creating niche sites in May 2011 with the aim of earning some extra money, and I’m happy to say that I fulfilled that aim and far exceeded what I thought was possible. I’m not making mega bucks but my previous experiences from AdSense were of getting only a few pennies from clicks and waiting months and months before reaching the payment threshold, but all that has changed and every month I’ve received a nice payment from Google. The year has had it’s ups and downs but I’m still confident, I got over the Panda updates which hurt one of my biggest earners, and the only way I’m looking is upwards.

I’ve been reporting on my income reports every month so I’ll continue this with a short report below and then move onto 2011 as a whole.

December Income Report

I’ll admit that December wasn’t a very productive month for me with regards to working on my AdSense sites but I’m happy to say that it didn’t effect them and my earnings grew again this month to £208.55 ($324.97) up from £149.29 ($234.25) in November. I did however spend more time on Amazon affiliate sites with a view to diversifying my income but earnings from these remain at virtually zero as I’ve found I need to put more effort as it’s not as simple as relying on clicks as I need to get visitors to actually want to buy a physical product. To remedy this I have enrolled in Chris Guthrie’s Niche Profit Course and found it a really useful way of focusing on what’s important and it also came with the free bonus Azon Theme and that is well worth the money on it’s own as it’s especially tailored to making Amazon affilaite sites. If you don’t want to pay for the course then download the free Beginners Guide. I’m 100% confident I will make money using Amazon and I believe it will be worth the effort in the long run as another alternative to AdSense.

2011 Income Report

From something which started out as an experiment I think I’ve done quite well in my first 8 months and I believe I’ve learned quite a lot from keyword research to backlinking strategies. I’ve also earned a bit of money along the way too. I have earned this from making websites which target specific low competition keywords I’ve researched where I believe I can make a website which will not only provide useful information but which will also entice visitors to click on the adverts provided by Google AdSense.

I struck it lucky in my first few months and made an amazing start and couldn’t quite believe the success I was having but pride comes before a fall and the September/October Panda updates hit me hard and made me realise that I needed to improve the quality of my content and my backlinks as the methods I’d used were great for the short term, writing lots of content (but poor quality) and creating lots of links (but only focusing on one keyword), but these were not great for the long term with regards to the updates to Google’s algorithm. October was my lowest point with only £87.26 in earnings but the changes I’ve made as well as adding more sites to my portfolio have turned things around and it’s looks like I’m on my way back up (fingers crossed).

So in 8 months my earning from my niche sites have totalled £1642.32 or $2,559.98 which is great as this has all been earned in my spare time as I already work a 9-5 job and so this is on top of my salary and works out at an average of £200 extra earnings each month. It’s worth noting that this figure doesn’t include any of my outgoings such as hosting, domain purchases, etc and most importantly tax, which I will have to pay next January for the current financial year I am in, so for a true figure I should probably take a third off of these earnings to get a realistic bankable ‘profit’. I know some people don’t declare their online earnings but I am an honest fellow and hope that I can earn a lot more through my niche sites.

Roundup of sites I’ve built

The types of site I’ve built all come down to the keyword research I’ve put in at the beginning and what I’m aiming for. Some keywords have massive potential with a large amount of searches and a high cost-per-click (CPC), whilst others have fewer searches but less competition and I like to try and mix it up and have some variety with the sites I choose. I’m at a stage now where I have 3 different types of sites:

  1. Sites that virtually manage themselves and have good regular earnings (30%)
  2. Sites that need further development but have potential (45%)
  3. Sites that are dormant with no traffic (25%)

Choosing which niche to target is not an exact science and you cannot expect to have a 100% success rate, and I would say that I’m happy with the percentages above which are rough estimates. I have bought some domains which have a good potential but I will admit that I have bought some on a whim which were very poor choices with minimal research, but the saving grace is that I usually only buy .uk extensions which cost less than £3 a year so these are quite cheap mistakes and with all my domain purchases they are low risk gambles.

I have been guilty of starting work on new new sites before I’ve finished working on the previous site, and I think that has been a downfall this year as I believe some of the type-2 sites with potential could have made me some money with a little bit more work, but they are not wasted as I can go back to them anytime and improve them. Most of them currently use the CTR Theme which is easy to install and configure with AdSense and although they have very little content, they are online, getting a few clicks, and will someday move up to type-1 sites.

Overall though I’m glad that I have sites that are now making money with very little effort as this was the aim at the start of the year when I first heard the phrase ‘passive income’.

Aims for 2012

It’s always nice to have targets so here’s what I would like to achieve in 2012:

  • Earn £500 in a month – This will mean more than doubling my income but is definitely achievable and is something that I would ideally like to exceed!
  • Put 100% effort into each site I make – I am guilty of moving onto a new sites before I’ve finished the current one I’m working on, so my aim is to finish the job I started.
  • Earn £100 a month in Amazon affiliate fees. I currently earn zero from this scheme but I’m making new sites and would like to reach this level to make it worthwhile.
  • Start saving my income – I’ve mentioned that I will need to pay my taxes at the end of the year so I need to start saving at least 30% of the payments I receive and put it in a separate bank account.

How did you do?

I know quite a few people who are following the same journey as me so how did you do and what are your aims for 2012?

New WordPress Theme

As you can see (unless you are reading the RSS feed) I have changed the theme on my blog and I’m quite happy with it. There’s still some bits to tweak but all in all it seems to be working fine and I’m now able to adds some links to the sidebar now that I have a two-widget system going on. I still need to sort out my categories as well as adding thumbnails to my more popular posts (I’ll leave the others), and I’m sure I’ll stumble across even more things.

What do you think?

The Theme is called CrossBlock and you can find it here.

Don’t need no credit card to ride this train

On the whole getting out of debt thing (which we all want to do) I’m still making progress. For those of you who don’t come here often, don’t think that this is just a post-New Year backlash, I actually started talking about this in October when I had £2,349.26 on my credit card.

Well since then my total is £1550.65 which means I’ve paid off £800 in less than 3 months which I’m very happy with. My interest free period on my creditcard runs out at the end of the month so I’ve just applied for another credit card from HSBC which has interest free balance transfers on it ’til April 2008! Of course I will have my debt paid off by then.

I’m going to transfer the £1500 (if I get approved for the card) and then pay off even more money. In fact I’ll be able to pay off even more as I’ve also been putting away about £100 each month into my savings, and when the end of debt is quite near, I’ll pay the last large amount in one go.

It all sounds good doesn’t it? Hopefully there won’t be too many surprises along the way, although the car needs an MOT in the next few weeks, which won’t be good news.

Euroferries – An Apology

In a recent comment on the post ‘Euroferries service between Ramsgate and Boulogne’ an anonymous user posted the comment on Nov 6th, 2009 at 5:37 pm: “News Flash Euroferries have gone bust and WILL NOT be coming into Ramsgate. More info as soon as.

I would like to make it clear that this allegation was false and that the comment was unjustified. Euroferries are not ‘bankrupt’ or in any other way insolvent and I apologise to them if this misleading comment caused offence. I would also like to apologise to any readers who read the comment and were misinformed.

All comments will now be moderated to ensure that false allegations are not repeated.