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How A Guest Post Landed Me a Job
February 27, 2013|Uncategorized

How A Guest Post Landed Me a Job

So it’s been a very long time since I updated this blog, but for all you diehard IamRofe fans out there, the wait is finally over.

I thought I’d give a quick round up of what’s been going on before I divulge into this post.

December
End user sale of a domain, used the funds from sale to reinvest in more domains. Decide to wait to till January for job hunt as wanted to spend time with family that had come from overseas.

January
Started DailySnaps.co.uk– taking one photo every day from my life and uploading it.
Got one of my affiliate sites ranking well for a high traffic term. Not converting as well as hoped and am still working on conversion optimisation (I smell another blog post here).

So, onwards with this post.

As I had previously mentioned, I quit my full time job to look for a part-time one so I could focus more on my affiliate sites. I started my hunt for a job early last month, and as you may have guessed from the title I’ve managed to secure one.

I didn’t get it in the most conventional way either and it was actually an email I sent asking if I could do a guest post on SaveTheStudent.org that eventually got me a job there.

I’d been in contact with Owen (the owner of the site) while I was at University to promote one of my first sites, and I had also been in touch a few times at my previous job too as they were an affiliate. So last month I emailed Owen asking if I could do a guest post to promote one of my sites, and at the same time I also explained that I had left my previous role. As luck would have it Owen was currently recruiting for a part-time position based from home, and asked if I wanted to apply.

This was perfect timing, so I applied, got the job, and headed over to Manchester earlier this month for some training. My role there is as an Editor, I basically edit content before putting it onto the site, update older content, manage the social media channels, post deals to the site, and identify new SEO and affiliate opportunities too!

The company is run by a great bunch of entrepreneurial guys, and I can tell I am going to enjoy it, learn a thing or two, and get on well with everyone. Funny how things work out!

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How To Make Money From Reality TV Shows
November 27, 2012|Uncategorized

How To Make Money From Reality TV Shows

Since I left my job earlier this month, I have been looking at ways at how I can make money in the short term. I am still looking for part time work, and income from my websites is going to be more of a long term thing.

When I was ‘studying’ at University, I managed to clear over £2K in a few months by a process known as matched betting. This is where you use bookmaker’s free bets to make risk free cash (anyone can do this, and you can learn more here). I have used up all the free bets for all UK bookmakers now, so I can’t really take advantage of this anymore. I therefore decided to have a go at trading odds on a betting exchange such as Betfair.

How?
You can make (or lose) money on betting exchange when betting odds fluctuate. Essentially, this is like anything you can invest in, shares, currencies, oil prices etc can all fluctuate too. When there are fluctuations, there are also opportunities to make money too. The thing is, I know absolutely nothing about shares, oil prices or currencies, and this is why I decided to trade odds on reality TV shows. I could watch them (please don’t judge me for this), and get an understanding of what is going on, and you can do this too.
The Strategy
Now, this is very simple. At the early stages of the show (I chose to test this with Xfactor, and I’m A Celebrity) I simply bet on a few people that I think would make it to the final stages of the show.
During the course of the competition when people get booted out of the show, what tends to happen is that the odds for the contestants that are still in the competition start to drop, as they become more likely to win (a fluctuation). When this happens to one of the contestants I had earlier bet on, I then place a lay bet on that same contestant (a lay bet is a bet for something to not happen i.e. I then bet for that contestant to not win).When this happens you can lock in some profit. I have provided an example below on the U.S Xfactor. I have not watched the show, and the below is just a simulation for demonstration purposes only.

Example

Say I place a bet of £10 at odds of 7.8 (back bet in blue) on Emblem3 because I think they will make it to the later stages of the competition. I am set to win £64.60 if they do win, but lose £10 if they don’t.

Let’s say in the later stages of the competition. Emblem3’s odds have now dropped to just 4. I can now place a lay bet, and lock in some profit. In the example below this now means we are set to make £9.03 no matter what the outcome of the competition is.

My outlook

So I have been doing this with I’m A Celebrity, and below is my current outcome. I could make £35 no matter what the outcome of the competition is. However I have decided to skew mine, as I think David Haye will win, and I am set to net £110 if he does, and lose nothing if he doesn’t.

As I said, I have only been doing this as a test so far, and the most I had at risk at any one time was £43. The ship has already sailed to take advantage of odd fluctuations on I’m a Celebrity as it is in the later stages of the competition, but I fully intend to do the same thing (but with more money) come January with Celebrity Big Brother.
“He Who Dares, Wins”

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Taking the plunge…
November 7, 2012|Uncategorized

Taking the plunge…

plunge

So you may be aware that I have recently taken the plunge, and decided to quit my full time job. My current situation is that I am on gardening leave for the remainder of my notice period.
I have had lots of messages of support, and I’d like to thank those of you that have messaged me. I have also had a lot of questions, and I hope to answer most of these in this blog post.

So I guess the big question is Why?

I have always wanted to start up my own business, I have many personal reasons for this, but I just feel that this is something I was put on this planet to do, it’s just the type of person I am. As a kid growing up I had loads of mini ‘businesses’, I guess that’s how it started off. Those with the same mentality will understand. They say it’s the things you don’t do in life that you will regret, and I think if I didn’t give this a good go, this would certainly be one of them.

What will you be doing?

I’ll mainly be creating affiliate sites focused around the health and beauty niche. I already have a few domains and websites in this sector. I aim to create a few smaller sites, and one big site, which is more of a long term project. One thing i’ll be making sure I do, is to create quality websites. I’ll also be buying and selling domains on the side too. I guess the beauty of this, and the online world generally, is that I can do whatever I want to do :)
Are you becoming a full time affiliate?

No, I plan to get a part-time job too, once I have finished my gardening leave. There are two reasons for this. Firstly because I am not ready to rely on all my income coming from affiliate marketing, secondly I think it would drive myself nuts working on my own at home all the time. I need the social interaction.

Why now?

I think now is just the right time for me for where I am in my life. I have recently turned 23, I am living at home with my parents, and have been for the past 7 months to get some money behind me for when I was ready to take the plunge. I want to do it now, while I can, before I have a house, a mortgage, and kids to feed. I want to do it now, while it is easier.

Isn’t now a bad time, with the recent EMD algo update and the .UK domain proposal?

My answer to that is, there is still going to be a need for websites, and domain names. The .UK proposal may see new opportunities arise too. If I didn’t do it now, I am not sure when I would.

You had a great job you are crazy/stupid/brave

No, I am not stupid or crazy (at least I don’t think so). Others may think I am brave, but I think the brave ones are the ones that do take the plunge that do have a mortgage over their head, and kids to feed etc, kudos to you guys. My job was great, and I am grateful for all the opportunities that were presented to me while I was there.

Why didn’t you carry on with your full time job, and do affiliate marketing in your spare time?

So i did do this for a while. But when I moved back home to my parent’s house, it made things harder, and it’s not easy juggling both at the best of times. I had at least a 3 hour commute each day to contend with. I’d often find myself doing my full time job work during some evenings too just to stay on top of things. My full time job came first, as it should do.
And weekends?

Admittedly I could have done more over weekends, but as any single 23 year old would do, I found myself downing Jager bombs and dancing to some shit RnB in a grotty nightclub every Friday night, which left me hanging like an orangutan on a Saturday- rendering it a write off. This obviously limited the amount of work I would do, but everyone needs their down time.
I also believe that if you do affiliate marketing in your spare time as a ‘hobby’, that’s all it will ever be, just a hobby.

Is it because you want to make lots of money?

No this isn’t because I want make lots of money, although it would be nice! I am doing this because it is something I have always wanted to pursue, you only live once, and you have to do things you want to do in life. As long as I have enough money to live comfortably, then I will be happy. Although interestingly 726 of the richest 1,000 entries on the Sunday Times Rich List 2012 are self-made millionaires. So it would seem that I have increased my chances of becoming a millionaire? 😉

What am I looking forward to most?

I’m excited about what lies ahead, I guess the thing I am looking forward to the most, is growing my own business.

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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.