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TsoHost Review From An Internet Marketer
October 18, 2015|General

TsoHost Review From An Internet Marketer

TsoHost Review From An Internet Marketer

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As someone who runs a small portfolio of websites, I’m often asked who I choose to use as a webhost, and why. I’ve tried a handful of hosts over the years, and I’ve found that Tsohost have hands down been the best, and they come highly recommended from me.

Here’s why I recommend Tsohost

  • Uptime – Since moving my sites to Tso I’ve never once had to complain to them about my website going down, this is something that was happening far too regularly with my previous hosts (Domainmonster & 1and1 if you’re wondering). Every time my sites go down it costs me money, so it’s important for me that they stayed up a running. I even pumped a lot of traffic to a viral type site of mine (400+ real time users according to google analytics) and it seemed to cope very well without any noticeable difference in load time, impressive.
  • Customer service – I’ve contacted Tso a few times, and sometimes quite late at night too. There’s someone always on hand to help. It’s not just that there’s someone there to help, it’s that the people there know what they are talking about too, this makes life so much easier when they understand your problem, it avoids frustrations and means I can get things resolved quickly too.
  • Free site migration – If you already have an existing host and are looking to move away from them then Tso provide an excellent service where they can do this for you. You just simply need to provide them with access and logins to your site and they will do all the work for you. Great if you’re not so confident doing this yourself (I’m always worried I’ll fuck it up). Point to note is that I do think the number of free migrations varies depending upon which hosting package you choose to go with.
  • Price – I found the price of hosting to be very reasonable and with prices starting from £1.25 a month and going up significantly higher they can accompany users who need a light, moderate or heavy package.
  • Server location – a minor one here, but I own sites that are UK focused that get their traffic from favourable rankings positions in search engines. There’s some SEO benefit (admittedly very minor) in having your host’s server location in the same country that you want your site to predominately rank. Tsohost have their servers based in the UK, which was obviously useful for me.

The negatives
From a hosting perspective I can’t find any negatives with Tso, if I had to be nit picky then I’d say that their backend interface wasn’t instantly clear when I first started using them, however it was obviously new to me and would naturally take time to get used to anyway.

The only other minor thing (granted it’s unrelated to hosting) was that I needed to purchase an SSL certificate for one of my sites, and I felt their price (I think it was £49.99 for a year) was a little bit more expensive than some other competitors, however I didn’t mind so much as I know their service is far superior to anyone else I’d used before.

I hope you found this review helpful, if you have any further questions on Tso feel free to contact me or leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help.

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From £5,000 to £100,000+ A Year
August 2, 2015|General

From £5,000 to £100,000+ A Year

From £5,000 to £100,000+ A Year

I wanted to write this to demonstrate how practically anyone with digital marketing knowledge can earn £100K+ a year within 8 years by starting out with £5,000.

Now I should start off by saying that what I have to share is realistic (no bullshit), so it will require time, patience and discipline. While it’s theoretical, the fundamental principles here work, and it’s something I personally try follow myself. I also know that this isn’t the quickest way to make money online either, but it’s what i’d consider a ‘safer’ route, which I’ll explain later in this post.

I appreciate not everyone has £5,000 lying around, but you can start off with less money (but it will take you longer to hit £100K+).

So how is this possible? It’s so simple that I’m actually surprised at the amount of people that aren’t doing this. The key is buying existing and already profitable websites, and then using the income generated to buy more profitable sites. By repeating this and reinvesting your income, over time your earnings mount up. You’ll also be creating money earning assets in the process, which you could always sell if you want/need to.

If you start off with £5,000 and buy a website for the amount it would earn over a period of 18 months, and then continually reinvested all your profits, below is the amount you’d earn over a 10 year period. After 5 years you’d be earning close to the average UK salary of £26,000. Take a look below.

Year Reinvested Profit Average Monthly Income Payback At End Of Year
1 N/A (intial £5K investment) £277.78 £3,333.33
2 £3,333.33 £462.96 £5,555.56
3 £5,555.56 £771.60 £9,259.26
4 £9,259.26 £1,286.01 £15,432.10
5 £15,432.10 £2,143.35 £25,720.16
6 £25,720.16 £3,572.25 £42,866.94
7 £42,866.94 £5,953.74 £71,444.90
8 £71,444.90 £9,922.90 £119,074.84
9 £119,074.84 £16,538.17 £198,458.06
10 £198,458.06 £27,563.62 £330,763.43

If you’re curious as to how much could be made with a different initial investment I’ve added a google spreadsheet here. You can edit the initial investment amount, and the monthly multiples for which you’d buy sites for and it will automatically update so you could see potential earnings over time.

Where to find websites
There’s a few places you can keep an eye on, such as flippa and acorn domains, uk business forums etc. It’s worth noting though that sites listed for sale at these places get put in front of the eyes of many other digital marketeers which can push up prices. So you might struggle to buy a site for 18 months revenue, although it is possible as I have done it myself. If you want to find the deals, then you’ll have to put a bit of ground work in and go where they aren’t in front of everyones eyes.

The important thing when you’re looking to buy a site is that you do your due diligence. Failure to do this properly could result in the purchase of a site that was only ever destined to fail. For example, sites that have had questionable seo tactics done to rank them which show good traffic and earnings now, but in a few months time will be penalised by Google.

If a site is getting most traffic via SEO, I try to go for sites that have a decent history of traffic and earnings. This shows to me that it has been able to survive the ever-changing SEO landscape, and should hopefully be able to maintain earnings moving forward. I always try and get a second opinion too.

You could also opt to buy sites through a broker such as Empire Flippers or FE International, you’ll usually require a bigger budget here, as these are higher end sites, and don’t expect to pay 18 months revenue for a site either. BUT what you will get is an expert who can help you through the process and due diligence, which would offer you some piece of mind. FE International have actually done a really good piece on due diligence here.

Now I mentioned earlier how I thought this was a ‘safer’ route when investing online. What I meant by that was that if I had money to start an internet business from scratch, it may or may not work. Regardless of how confident you are, it’s unknown. Whereas buying a site that is already earning, you already have proof that it works. While it still carries risks, it’s less risky.

Of course there are some flaws with the above ‘plan’, and i’m making assumptions that all funds get reinvested, sites are continuously acquired at 18 months revenue etc. But the principle is there and the numbers don’t lie (unless i’ve done my calculations horribly wrong).

I’ve now made it a ‘test’ of mine and think to myself “If I can make this investment back in 18 months or less I should probably try buy it” – provided I have the funds of course.

I was actually inspired to write this post by Ryan Gibson, who around a year ago now used interest free credit cards to fund his website acquisitions. Ryan has now recently paid off the cards in full, and everything he makes from now on is 100% profit. A wonderful achievement!

The internet is a big place now, there’s opportunities to invest in websites and make money for everyone. If you’re not doing it already, I really do suggest you give it a go.

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Return Of The Rofe
July 19, 2015|General

Return Of The Rofe

Return Of The Rofe

Recently I bought the domain which the observant among you may have noticed is my surname. I looked into buying it a few years ago, but back then I never really had the money or a plan for what i’d do with it if i did.

Fast forward a few years down the line, and I still don’t really have a plan, and I still don’t really have the money, but I thought i’d buy it anyway, cos you know what? YOLO.

So besides from having an expensive new email address, I’ve decided to (try) blogging again, which I’ve learnt is pretty much just talking to myself. I’ve read back at some of the stuff i’ve written previously on, and while some of it makes me cringe (seriously try reading anything you’ve written 2+ years ago), some of it makes me realise how far i’ve come too.

I’m not really sure what you can expect from, I’ll probably be writing about my perspective on life, digital marketing, and my personal journey making money online.

Over the years i’ve been inspired, influenced, and motivated by a lot of marketeers out there (and some of them have become good friends too). I feel i’ve learnt a lot, and it’s been a real eye opener. I think it would be great if I could achieve any of that through this site, sometimes we all need a bit of a rocket up our backside*.

*I felt I had to justify use of that stock pic, and that’s the best I could come up with.

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About Me

I’m Mark, but you can call me Rofe. I'm an internet marketing guy based in London Dubai.

I believe the internet is full of money making opportunities, and I seek to take advantage of them where I can.

If there’s a way to make money online I’ve probably tried and failed at it, and then attempted it again with some degree of success.

I’ve tried my hand at affiliate marketing, lead gen, ecommerce, trading domain names, adsense, and I’ve even created a novelty gift.

Here I share my journey making money online, my outlook on life, and whatever other stuff I feel like. Thanks for dropping by.