Hi, my name is Paul Manwaring, I live in London, UK and I want to break-free of working the mundane, 9 to 5 existence for the rest of my life.
This is ultimately (and I’m sure for the most of you reading this too) my goal in life.
Let me tell you a little bit about how I got started in the online world. My resume really isn’t that exciting but I hope, if anything, it will give you some inspiration as it just goes to show, you don’t need any experience to make money online, anyone can do it!
I love music, I always have and at the age of 16 I got my first DJ Decks and Mixer, I loved to DJ and regulary visited music forums where I downloaded and shared mixes with the community on the forum.
I had the idea to start my own DJ mix hosting site, I had no programming or web design knowledge (and still dont). I paid a large fee to get a website created and basically learnt the hard way about marketing, advertising, traffic generation. I didn’t plan for any of this, I just wanted a site to store music and jumped in head first. Not doing this forward planning was a mistake that I would never make again. I wasted alot of money and looking back I could have made a much better site with the money, and that was how I first became a presence online.
The site (www.beatplexity.com) is still running today and is one of the largest dj mix archives on the net. I hope to redesign it in 2012 and make it even better!
I then created a blog to share with people all the dj mixes on beatplexity and www.beatsfortheplanet.com was born. It was my first wordpress blog and I fell in love with WP after that. It was so easy to use and I wished my first site was built around WP. I could create nice looking posts, add images, videos, all in a matter of minutes.
It was only about 1 year after creating the blog that I decided to try and make some money from these sites (I created them with no money making plan, I just did it for the love of music). I was getting a good amount of traffic approximately 2000 visits per day but it turns out music is not a very profitable niche haha. However I managed to cover my costs of the blog hosting and quickly my blog was earning around $100 per month.
It was a good thing I decided to add some advertising to my site, as I was soon leaving to travel around Asia and needed every penny I could get.
$100 doesnt sound like a lot here in the UK, but it really helped me when I was travelling Asia. $100 can pay for your food for the whole month! I planned to travel 18 months, but due to the fact I had a consistent, additional income supply from my blog and the fact i could update and work on it where ever i was in the world, I was able to travel for 30 months!
I quickly started to research ways to bring more visitors to my website and how to make more money. I discovered Digital point forums and Warrior forums and this really did open my eyes to the possibilities of Internet marketing. During my time travelling I didn’t have money to spend on creating websites so all I could do was research and learn from these forums. Beware, while these forums are a wealth of information you can easily waste hours and hours reading conflicting threads about every minute detail of Internet marketing and SEO.
It was while travelling that I realised what I wanted to do in my life. I did many fantastic things while travelling but if there was one thing that I could take from travelling it would be that moment when I realised.
Hey I could make money online, work for myself, be free and travel the world or do whatever I wanted.
I arrived back home in mid 2011 with this thought constantly in my head and decided to do something about it. I soon had a job and income to spend setting up new websites and projects which would hopefully make me money. I hope I can implement everything I’ve learned from these forums into my own websites and make money to reach my goal.