Back in the saddle

Back In The SaddleI’m back in the saddle after a bit of a downtime here at Office No More. I’ve had to deal with the grave illness and subsequent loss of a parent. I still have worked sporadically on some of my niche sites, but I haven’t done any major work for a few months now.

But I now feel that my motivation picked up again and I’m trying to decide on the direction in which to focus my efforts. My initial plan was to quickly build some niche sites to get to a positive cash flow so that I can reinvest this money in software purchases and outsourcing. However, my dabbling in niche site creation has been rather half-hearted and I slowly realize that I always encounter some real resistance whenever I try to use shortcuts to get some quick cash. I am apparently really concerned about providing real value to people when I want their cash. Hehe, who’d have thought?

Do not get me wrong, I am NOT trying to rip people off! But, as an example, I have bought a PLR product which is not bad at all and wanted to package it and sell it with some added value. Alas, I have since added at least 50 pages, and I still can’t convince myself to finally put that damn PayPal button online… Oh well, no fast money-making for me, then…

There will be Case Studies

I will choose one of my current niche sites and use it as a case study here on this blog. I have not yet decided what site I want to use, but I’ll let you know as soon as I am ready to divulge it. I really do think that case studies are the best way to teach some of this stuff, as the web is full of general advice on how to build websites, but anyone who has already tried to build one can tell you that the devil is in the details! I will disclose everything about this one particular site and I have even thought about giving you guys real-time access to the analytics of this site… Let’s see how this goes!
By the way, if you have some specific questions or want to know details about anything related to niche sites that are not yet treated anywhere else, let me know right here in the comments section. I’ll make sure to address anything that comes up in my upcoming case studies series.

The Duelity of Niche Sites

On another note, I have joined Niche Site Duel 2.0 created by Pat Flynn over at Smart Passive Income. I don’t need to introduce Pat, do I? You can check out the progress at I have applied to Pat’s Mastermind Learning Group with a keyword that I would not normally have chosen. It is more along the lines of “Follow your Passion!” than “Make some Money!”, but this should be all the more fitting for Pat’s site. And who knows, maybe this really is the better path for me? All I know is that this site would be huge fun for me to build and I’m pretty sure that it will be as much fun to read about it!

So, I’m happy to be back and I can’t wait to get some real work done! You can expect to see more regular posts from me in the future.

Quick Tip

Dashboard Site Notes plugin usageI find it difficult to remember what standards I had set for my posts and how I wanted to format the different elements. So I have now installed a very useful plugin called Dashboard Site Notes. This plugin has a lot of nice functionality and you can not only create a complete guide on how to work your site, but even add notes inside the different help sections. I have just now used such a note to copy/paste my Image Credit template that you can see here below. So, if you have trouble keeping your standards, too, or if you work as part of a team, try this plugin right now!

Image Credits


  1. Hi Al,

    I just stumbled across your site and felt compelled to leave a quick message to express my condolences for your recent loss. I lost my mum just a year ago after taking care of her through a long, upsetting illness, so although I can’t claim to know what you’ve gone through because it’s unique to you, I can appreciate how difficult things like this are and certainly can relate to how hard it can be to be able to concentrate on anything else at such times.

    After reading about your reluctance to get your reworked PLR out there, you certainly seem to me like a genuine marketer who recognises the importance of giving value. That’s what I’m all about too. If I can’t do something with 100% honesty and give value to the other person in the process, then I just won’t do it. Your reputation is of paramount importance in this game and if you treat people right then you will reap the benefits for sure, even if it takes a little time.

    Keep strong, Al, keep up the great work and I’m sure all will come good. 🙂

    All the best,
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    • Hi Glenn,
      Thanks for your kind words! I’m sorry to hear you’ve had to go through such an experience.
      Yes, you are right about the reputation and I know this is the right way to do things. Now I know that I’ll have to plan things a little differently though, as I mostly only concentrated on the technical side of things until now.

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    Thanks for sharing this well described post. I always love to read those posts which gives all the needed information. and this post is of that kind. This post is helped me to enhance my knowledge. I am very glad to see your blog. Can you please tell me that what is your next goal??? so that I can also inspire from that goal.
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  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. Also, I’m glad things are working really great for you.
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  4. Eric Liddell says:

    Sorry for your loss mate.
    I agree with Glenn that one can tell you’re an honest individual.

    I’ve discovered this area of internet business 10 days or so ago, and I already found good people, like yourself, Pat Flynn, Spencer Haws… Really nice to know there’s great people to learn from out there.


  5. Hi Alain,

    I’ve now spent more than an hour on your blog. That is quite uncommon for me to stick around for so long in one place and is a testament to the quality of your site.

    Good luck for the future, and on my way out I’ll make sure to like your FB page and sign up to your list.


  6. Feel so sorry for your loss Mate. Hope things will work for you!

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  8. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s very hard to lose a parent, especially when you have a close relationship with them.
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