Just a quick intro, as Iíve been reading through the forums here and it looks like the sort of place Iíve been looking for. It really is difficult to sift out the wheat from the chaff if youíre looking at attempting to make some money from the Internet - just a penny for every ď5 steps to your first millionĒ that Iíve found and Iíd be buying Roman Abramovichís yacht - so it's good to find a site that seems to have so much good info.
A bit of background; from the UK, I work freelance in IT and have done for a long time, mainly in networks and wireless networks, plus more recently reselling and supporting some cloud based services, like online backup and hosted Exchange, and writing the odd web site (Iím OK with HTML and CSS, not so much with Wordpress). Iíve got a decent income from that, and we (thatís my wife and I) are reasonably comfortable (no kids, just cats, thatís the secret). I also sell photos Ė my own, I mean Ė through stock sites, and make enough money that way to pay for my camera equipment and the odd photography trip, mainly to the Arctic (it's a strange obsession with very cold places I've had since I was a kid).
The good thing about my primary job is it gives me a guaranteed income while usually leaving me a fair amount of free time, the bad thing is that even if I do have that free time, thereís not a huge amount I can do with it, because when things do hit the fan, I canít say to my clients ďoh, Iím out walking in the hills, Iíll call you back on TuesdayĒ. Iím at the stage where Iíd rather not take on any more IT work, mainly because Iím bored with it and it ties me down, so developing/monetising/flipping websites is something Iíve been thinking about for a while. Iíve got the time to do it, and maybe eventually itíll make me more location independent. To be honest, itís not passive income or get rich quick Iím looking for Ė for one thing, Iím not sure they exist; for another, Iíd get bored Ė itís being able to go walking in the hills on a sunny weekday and not get a phone call from somebody whose MPLS router is playing up.
Iíve got a few ideas, but reading through here, I think Iím going to start with developing a couple of Wordpress sites and see how that goes, and maybe buy one or two lower priced sites where if I screw things up, I donít lose too much, and learn the ropes there. Does that sound reasonable? I've got some capital, but I'm fairly cautious by nature, so I'm not going to blow 10 grand on one site and find out it's been delisted by Google that same day. At the very least, even if it doesn't work out, Iíll learn how to use Wordpress.
Thatís it really, so I'll get back to reading the forum and waiting for that call about the MPLS router. Oh, except to say I saw Justin from AdSenseFlippers on here Ė his is one of the few sites I found where I did think ďyes, that mostly makes sense, and he doesnít seem to be trying to sell me a $100 ebookĒ. I like the podcasts too - learn while you're walking, always good.