I’m Adem, 33, and I live in the South-East of the UK. I work a normal 9-5 job but I make money online too.
It may sound very odd to people nowadays but when I went to University in 1999 I had only used the internet briefly and didn’t even have an email address. Don’t get me wrong, I knew how to use computers, but the internet had never really been a part of it, but how things changed.
Over the next few years I learnt a lot, loved playing around and making websites, and even made a little money building sites for other people, but I never really saw the potential for earning money online.
In my day job I create, develop, run, and administer websites for a Students’ Union and this also involves design and marketing various online and offline campaigns too.
I love learning and in 2011 I started experimenting with ‘Internet Marketing’ and created my first website specifically made for AdSense (MFA) which started earning and got me hooked. Since then I’ve built dozens of sites that have ranked and now bring me in a regular monthly income which comes in handy alongside my 9-5 income.
Incidentally I sold that first AdSense website for £2,250 in January 2013.
I’m using this blog to write about whatever I want and not stick solely to MMO but will try and share best practice as well as keeping you up to date with what’s happening in my world. If you really want to keep up with me then follow me @Adem on Twitter.
If you’ve not heard of the Eden Project then this photo will give you a better idea of what to expect. The main features are the two ‘biomes’, one Tropical and one Mediterranean, which are pretty awesome, but it doesn’t end there with stunning garden displays around the site.
The focus of Eden isn’t just about being a great place to visit though as its whole ethos is about education with a focus on regeneration and sustainability and when you realise this you see that everything decision in creating this place has been made with that in mind. The project is located in a former china clay pit, and what better way of educating than but taking a china clay pit exhausted and stripped bare by man and then turning it around into this attraction.
This photo was taken on my iPhone and then tilt-shift techniques were applied to give it the effect of being a miniature model.
I have invested time and money into many things online and so I’ve made this recommendation page so that you find things that I’ve found helpful. Some of the following are affiliate links but they are all sites that I’m happy to recommend and have personally used so if you do click on them and sign-up to the sites then I may get a small commission.
Expect to see this list grow as I find lots of useful things online.
Hostgator have provided my hosting since 2007 and I’ve had no problems with them whatsoever and they have always been responsive with any queries I’ve had. They are based in the US so bills come in dollars which usually means a good exchange rate.
Photodune.net provide a wide range of royalty free photographs and graphics with prices starting at $1. I often get photos from here for my niche sites as they’re much cheaper than other stock image providers.
Freepik is a great source for free photos, illustrations, PSD and vectors but if you’re using these for commercial purposes then it’s best to check the authorship and rights behind the images. I sometimes use the site for inspiration even if I don’t intend to use any of the files on there.
losttype.com has hundreds of fonts and users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font, you can even type in ‘$0′ for a free download which I have to admit I do most of the time!
Quidco is the UK’s No.1 cashback site and if you are buying anything online then follow links through the site and get some money back. Sometime’s it’s just pennies but I’ve used the site to buy things like TVs and laptops and managed to get some nice payouts. It’ not just for shopping online though and you can add your credit/debit card details to your account so when you shop instore you still get the cashback.
After not doing it at the weekend, last night I got a chance to have a look at a couple of the upstairs radiators which needed to be flushed out. Research suggested that they were full of sludge, where the insides of the radiator corrode causing this rust to build up,Â and so this needed to be removed. Read about sludge here and also about how it effects your radiator here.
Emptying sludge from a radiator…messy
I turned off the heating, closed the lockshield and thermostat valves, turned off the mains water, and then drained the system. Once this was done I removed the radiators (keeping the valves on both ends), and took them to the bath. It then got very messy.
If these were downstairs (and it wasn’t night time) then I’d be doing this outside and flushing them out with a hose, but needs must and so I used the shower to flush them out as best I could. After putting the valves back on (which I’d removed in order to flush), the rads were put back on, everything else was turned back on and after a nice amount of time I bled the de-sludged radiators (as they were full of air) and they filled with lovely hot water. Job done.
By no means does this mean that I won’t need to get an engineer out at sometime to check over the boiler, but for the moment it delays it and there is now warmth upstairs. Hurrah!
Future plans: There are a couple more radiators which have sludge in so they need to be flushed, and once they are all done I’ll add some central heating cleaning and protection additives.
The Summer Ball at Canterbury Christ Church University attracts almost 2000 students with the line-up for 2014 including the likes of Foxes, Scouting for Girls, Wilkinson, Matrix & Futurebound, Neon Jungle, and a whole lot more.