I have a problem with writing about myself. I guess mainly due to I don’t want to
sound conceded, or lame for that matter. So what you are about to read, is a little
about my past, and what has lead me into starting this website. Perhaps
after you read my story, you will understand my decision to enter marketing on
the Internet. Anyone can do this, as you will read, and it is actually easier than
even when I started, back in year 2006. I have been a successful businessman
on the Internet, as well as my regular “day job” of being a web pressman for
Franklin Data Empowered Direct Mail Services, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
My main objective here is to explain what I am doing with this website,
how it all came about, and why it is important for you to know. I have been a printer/pressman for
the majority of my life. It is an occupation that has paid all my bills, allowed me to be a craftsman,
but did have its ups and downs, as most jobs do. I am an artist, have an eye for color, attention to
detail, and a perfectionist by trade. I can work very well with my hands, I am an extremely good
carpenter, as well as a good guitar player. In my heritage, most of my family were
accomplished artists, mechanics, or musicians, or a combination of the three.
I was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, what I refer to as the arm-pit of Texas.
It is up in the panhandle of Texas, where tornadoes and drought are common
occurances. The last of the Baby Boomers, I have had small experiences
throughout my life that has led me to this ‘new frontier’ of what is now known as
I have done a lot in my short life. I have also had a lot of hard lessons. Some of
these will be mentioned here. I grew up in the ’60’s, loved horse-back riding, I
climbed mountains, para-sailed on flat land, an avid guitar player, was a cross-country
marathon runner, and lived an exciting, sometimes extreme way of life.
I was a whiz in math and in drafting. I wanted to become an architect back in high
school. After getting married when I was 18, making a living for a wife was more
important than staying in school. I dropped out of college, and due to necessity, I
landed a job in printing. Hence, my life occupation.
So fast-forward to 2006, they were right. I am a printer, proud of my occupation,
but a little short of retirement money. I make a decent amount of yearly income,
but the wear and tear of the physical duties of my job, I can see it will be difficult,
if not impossible, to maintain this high level of activity into my 70’s. So…
In 2006 I was married to Susan, the love of my life. She was a chef, Cajun chef,
the best I have ever known. Her Pralines were positively the best that could be
found anywhere in Louisiana. I wanted to start a business online so as my wife
could stay home and remain the Cajun chef she was, but still produce an income.
That is when I first ventured into E-commerce and the Internet.
I read the book from author Robert Allen about having “Multiple Streams of
Income”. This book inspired me into seeing it was possible to start a business on
the Internet. I had a plan…..
In order to convince my wife, because she was already fuming on the amounts of money I had spent
trying to earn money from home, I would build her a website, so she could sell her expertise in
She liked the idea of selling gift baskets. What? I thought what a crazy idea. I played
it off at first as just a silly idea. She, however, was not so amused. But this lady had
the forethought that I never knew existed. She was intelligent, more than I was aware
of, at the time. But we still had to work to pay the bills. We were a two-income family.
She told me that she was not going to work all day, then come home and work a
second job on the computer at night. So I convinced her that I would do all the work at
home, building a website if I could just get her approval.
So I began searching for a website builder program, that I could do myself. I
contacted WWW.guru.com looking for someone to build me a website. I contracted
through them a man that suggested I needed a logo. Wow, it never occurred to me I
needed a logo! I took his initial sample of a logo to someone I worked with, and
wala, our logo was made! The cost of the services to build this website were going
to be astronomical. I could not afford this. I had to find a better, more economical
way to create this website.
I actually stumbled onto our first website host. It was through SiteBuildIt.com.
These people really had it all going on! I wrote all the content for my wife’s
website, at http://www.cajun-country-foods.com. Since she was a chef, she had
hundreds of cookbooks at her disposal. Those recipes were our first attempt to write
content for her main objective, which was monetizing her site into making and
selling gift baskets. I wrote and wrote and wrote content, uploaded by just copy and
paste from my Microsoft Word program. If you would like to see exactly how easy it is
to build your own website, just copy and paste, just go to SiteBuildIt to learn more.
To make a long story short, just as we were beginning to break even on this Internet
business, my wife was diagnosed with Cancer! OMG! The last thing I was expecting!
I had to abandon our website to care for my wife. It was up for renewal when we decided it best just
let it go away. I didn’t have the time nor the drive that I used to. My hindsight though tells me that
was not the wisest decision I made, nor was it my last bad decision to make. That was 2009.
Susan died on valentines day of 2010. My world was forever changed on that day.
No longer would I come home to a wonderfully prepared home-cooked meal. No
longer would her family, my in-laws, consider me a part of their family. I was all
So my life as a single, overweight, middle-aged man began. I had learned so much about
eCommerce, about building websites, SEO and affiliate marketing. I decided to build this website
out of necessity, because I no longer had the benefit of a second person’s income.
I had so much to do and so little time. I made a lot of mistakes, more than I care to admit.
But what I learned is that the Internet is full of thieves, as well as hard working, honest people.
After a couple of years I was finally getting the touch to this wealth building. The best thing I ever
did was to join the best affiliate program on the planet. My Wealthy Affiliate.
So if you want to make it as an Internet Marketer, build your own multiple streams of income, and
build a legacy for you and your family, click on the my wealthy affiliate link above. you will be so
glad you did!
This is my goal for all my website visitors to learn what I have learned. You too can
live the life that God has intended you to live, without worry of dying a poor man
because of poor money habits or living above your means.
So what , where, and how do You start over, again, and get moving forward again?
Internet Marketing, of course.
I had accumulated a lot of ‘guru advise’, mainly in E-books, from the past, still
sitting idle, on the computer. So I began reading, and reading, and reading. I was
devising a plan. How could I use all this valuable information, and make money with
it? It was useless just sitting there on my computer.
The Internet, which is evolving everyday, had changed a lot since my “copy and
paste days.” CSS programming, which was just beginning to rise when I left the
scene, was now a necessary item to use in your coding. But wait, now their is this
new, PHP code. What the hell? OH NO! The learning curve now seems so much more
than my previous experience had ever known!
Now it is 2011, and the world of Internet users, as well as websites are exploding!
Over one-thousand websites are created daily. There are so many markets to cater
to, niches, micro-niches, services, referrals, on and on. With the advent of
Word-press, you don’t have to be a webmaster to build your own website anymore. It is done
for you automatically! But to be a step ahead of the crowd, I would suggest
Socrates. It is a Word-press Theme that will give you the power that all other
Word-press themes do not: the control of the look and feel of your site. It is what I
am using here. “Click here” for more information on Socrates and how to use it.
So in summary the reason I told you all of this is not to receive your pity, but to
explain there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is not a “get rich quick” scheme. It
is a business for the long-term. I am now making money using the Internet. You can
too. You have to have a plan. You have to work your plan constantly and
consistently. You have to study it, revise it, and work it some more. There are no
short-cuts. Even Google will tell you, content is king.
Merrick Global Industries LLC