[Journey] $1.2 Million/year revenue within an 18 month period... Sharing the tech ;) you decide where it fits in your method.

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  1. I am beginning a professional, big boy pants project.
  2. Thought I would share as I put it together.
  3. Do not let the title fool you into some type of premature funny business. This is revenue, not profit.
  4. I get a variable of 5% to 30% / revenue depending on my "role" in transactions.
  5. Case use financial planning varies. My numbers mean nothing to you.
  6. Not everything I will talk about is free, but most is FLOSS.
  7. I may mention or show code that I have created for a use case on the fly. This is not a "product" that I wish to promote to you, but an example implementation only. (so no one claims I am promoting my own scripts in a journey)
  8. There are no affiliate programs to join (creating them is smarter) and no membership/ventures involvement.
  9. For me this will be white hat, but may not be for others. I am operating in an industry that has flexibility in certain areas that standard commerce does not (telemarketing and solicitation regulation being an important one), so some of the tactics I use may violate the TOS of platforms you utilize or conflict with legal restrictions in your industry or region... it is your job to know this shit, not me. Not my fault.
  10. Enjoy. (This doesn't end here, I promise)
 
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Do you have have investors? Why 5%?
No, it is my own biz, but I always start my businesses with many roles, but later want to release those roles to others as I scale, so i plan on the payouts from the start. As time goes on, I "remove" myself, and take a smaller percentage or a larger revenue. As I said, my numbers will mean nothing.. but the ie: structure for me if it were an oversimplified pie chart...

60% goes to core project expenditures
5% to chair (me) caps at 120k
5% to treasurer (me) caps at 120k
5% to financial transactions
5% to tech
15% to tier 1 sales (affiliates sales reps fundraisers etc)
5% to tier 2 sales (tier 2 affiliates, sales managers, fundraiser recruiters etc..)
equals 100%

Change industries or markets and these numbers will sound stupid, but they work in mine ;)
 

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No, it is my own biz, but I always start my businesses with many roles, but later want to release those roles to others as I scale, so i plan on the payouts from the start. As time goes on, I "remove" myself, and take a smaller percentage or a larger revenue. As I said, my numbers will mean nothing.. but the ie: structure for me if it were an oversimplified pie chart...

60% goes to core project expenditures
5% to chair (me) caps at 120k
5% to treasurer (me) caps at 120k
5% to financial transactions
5% to tech
15% to tier 1 sales (affiliates sales reps fundraisers etc)
5% to tier 2 sales (tier 2 affiliates, sales managers, fundraiser recruiters etc..)
equals 100%

Change industries or markets and these numbers will sound stupid, but they work in mine ;)
I understand the math now.
 

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OK, I am just going to vomit out a bunch of stuff that will either scare you away, intrigue you, confuse you, or deem me mad and/or an idiot. Just peruse and see if this is a follow or forget about it journey...


Just some agenda points:
  • I run windows10 in a VM for scrapebox, browser automation studio, and power automate. This will be implemented in this journey at some point. Do not let that mislead you into thinking that you can CMD or PowerShell your way through this.... I live a Unix-like life.
  • Cloud computing is popular, but I live on the edge... so to say... we will be installing a multi time zone K8S cluster to base this project on but will not be using scaling cloud services initially but installing on bare V-metal. I will only pay a buck an hour for scaling that pays for itself.
  • This is not a single method journey. I am sharing a base of tech that can fit almost any product/genre. Just a few of the "tactics" books I would have to write for this...
    • Telemarketing
    • Robocalling And IVR
    • Email
    • Social
    • Direct Mail
    • Affiliate Management...
    • Membership Sites
    • AutoBlogging
    • SMS Marketing
    • Cold Webinar Closes
    • Blah Blah Blah ...and they would all be crap, because "tactics is utility futility"... I hope to offer you a "framework for YOUR STRATEGY", regardless of the niche.
  • When I am not talking tech, I will be noting on boring "How to plan a logistics plan" crap or some other dull sounding but very integral (I will not say important, as that is sometimes only known in hindsight) info. I will suggest that it is usually more important than it seems thrilling. I hope you read it as well as the juicy titles.
Some other pertinent info...
  • Languages/Standards predominant in this project (though not in order).
  • HTML5
  • CSS
  • SQL
  • JSON
  • Javascript
  • sed
  • awk
  • bash/zsh
  • SFTP
  • TFTP
  • XSD
  • RDF
  • OWL
  • Java
  • Ruby
  • XML
  • Markdown
  • PHP
  • YAML
  • GraphQL
  • etc...

Which programming language should you learn first? See my next post... (will link when izdunit)

Some database bank/tools for native forms
  • Omni-DB (Designer)
  • Leveldb for key:values
  • Mongodb for JSON
  • KSQLdb for Kafka stream structured queries
  • NEO4j for labeled property graphs
  • Mariadb for SQL
  • Postgresql for SQL
  • BaseX for XML
  • Jena TBD for RDF
Version Control CI/CD
  • git
  • gitlab-ce
  • Jenkins (possibly, still eval choices)
A few ML tools (may change)
  • MediaPipe
  • FeedPushr
  • 2UDA for Omni-DB (based on Orange)
Web Servers
  • Nginx
  • httpd
Main User Facing Platform
  • Container Cluster Manager - Kubernetes
  • Container Runtime - Containerd
  • Container Development - Docker/Portainer
  • Container Networking - Traefik
Main User Facing Services
  • CMS - Drupal
  • CRM - CiviCRM
  • ERP - BlueSeer
  • Profile Data Platform - Unomi
  • Marketing Automation - Mautic
Semantic Tools
  • Jena - Framework
  • Protege - Ontology Editor
  • Open Semantic Search - Lucene, Solr [by default] (I will be using Elasticsearch)
Other Shit I thought of to note
  • Quick Setup Mail Server - iRedMail
  • Remote Config Management - Ansible
  • SSG - Nikola
This is by no means a coherent list. But you will know if it is up your alley or not...
 
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Which programming language/Toolset should you learn first?


I have never learned to program in any specific language. I have always approached programming as the skillset, and the language as merely a tool. No one becomes a "hammer specialist" before framing on the job....

I will have to hit w3c up to correct an unordered list in html and then bang out some obscure sed/awk/perl mess by heart into my term to complete something I know it does..... makes no sense if you look at it in the usual language fluency paradigm.

If you have 4 years to learn a specific code set for a boss you want to sign your checks for the next n years... then do NOT take my advice....

Fuck a language.... what's the problem? The language you learned on sololearn might not be the right tool for that problem.

Look at the word vomit in the above update... think you got time to know all that in the depth needed to be considered "fluent" enough to head off a corporate project on paper for each and every item listed?

Some truly are. Some aren't but have a team that does. I am not. I do not. So if you are new to the power button on your PC, have a masters in neural network technologies that you piloted, or anywhere in between... if you can cut and paste, you can code.

Forget about the language, you might learn French and get shipwrecked off digital Brasil. Quoting Demain, dès l’aube verbatim will do you no good, but one little word of Portuguese, Ayuda, could change everything.
 

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This is the Workstation Base I will be using for the Office PC...

I. Workstation Hardware
250GB SSD
32 GB DDR4
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor

II. Workstation Base - OS/Desktop Distribution Software

Install Debian 11 core - every tasksel unselected
* output install info here

+ tasksel utils using "tasksel --new"
* output install info here

tasksel ssh using "tasksel --new"
* output install info here

apt install kde-plasma-desktop (core only)
* output install info here

apt install kde-config-systemd (configUI)
apt install kde-config-cron (configUI)
apt install synaptic,gdebi,aptitude (pkg mgmt)
terminator (terminal emulator)
keepassxc (Passowrd, secrets, notes, bookmarks)
tor,torsocks,tor-geoipdb,torbrowser-lancher (better browsing)
freeplane (mindmap)
thunderbird,lightning (Email and Calendar)
p7zip-full,ark (archiving tools)
persepolis (Download Manager w/GUI)
formiko (restructured text, markdown and text editor/previewer)
libreoffice,mariadb,sql connector for libreoffice (Office Suite/Linked Structured Storage)

apt purge kdeconnect* (Android Connect)
kaccounts* (online acct/DT integration)
khelpcenter (self expalnitory)
kwalletmanager (metadata profile manager)
konsole*.termit* (terminal/telnet)
kwrite (word processor)
kate (text editor)
konqueror* (worst of file/www browser/file management)
anything left mentioning nextcloud or owncloud
plasma-discover* ( pgk manager recheck removal and do not confuse it with discover - the hardware discovery tool)
* output install info here

*bash this for outputs
sudo apt update
sudo apt autopurge -y
audo apt clean
sudo apt upgrade
sudo compgen -c | sort | uniq > out.txt (tells you the commands avail as root user)
compgen -c | sort | uniq > out.txt (tells you the commands avail as non-root user)
sudo apt list --installed > out.txt (outputs installed programs)

This will give you a minimal core Debian system with only standard utilities and an SSH server, a minimal KDE desktop and my own opinionated selection of swaps I make to feel more at home.

The data exported in between installation sets will give you a small set of snapshots that are simple to reference and a lot lighter than slogging through all the docs of all the apps.

Now you have a core system reference template. There is plenty of non-repo software to come, so if it seems really minimal for the battles described above, have no fear. Small and documented steps are your friend.

When the time comes to really get to work on some content, the above workstation when filled out should do the job... on to the Public facing Infrastructure...

I got what I thought was a decent deal on some SSD VPServers... specs

4x
48GB RAM
960GB NVMe
12 vCPU (single vcores of unknown RealCPU % allocation)
24TB transfer

I got them for a year... cost.. around $600.

Locations
1 East Coast
1 Upper Midwest
1 Lower Midwest
1 West Coast

I am working a USA national market only, so I covered the timezones nationally without going for worldwide redundancy. This will become our Leader and 3 Contributing Nodes For Our Kubernetes Cluster. I slapped Ubuntu 20.04 VPS provider default server install and there they sit...

Got a few domains from Godaddy to Cover my namesake for .com .net .org .info and one alt TLD that had a name match... about a C-note a year (not counting baiting discounts on first yr registration offers)

Paid for 10 devburn proxies monthly... skipping Starbucks covers it.

Anybody say good job? LOL.

Alrighty then...
Now that we have "Work" station, it is time to do some work. Over and over again, I hear the question... How do I do keyword research?

Often This question leads to the creation of a BWH SEO research tools thread (and there are some good tools), but I feel that this often leads someone with true research goals far away from the intended target and off instead on a feature hunt without knowing the needs or uses of any of the features. So I will answer this a little differently. We all learn different. Maybe my method will work for you.

I start by breaking down my keyword project needs into a few scholastic types;
  1. Entity - Think of this as anything "fillable" like a field on a webpage or a empty field in your CRM...
  2. String - This is the text representation of values that relate to Entities
  3. Vocabulary - List, a topic header string and related strings
  4. Taxonomy - Group of lists and single strings that complete a genre of information germane to a domain
  5. Ontology - Your overreaching umbrella of semantics used to define, describe and classify your domain

That is a about as specific as I get before I start collecting standard (not thinking IM but business planning related) research data and decide on a marketing trend to pursue...

Pull out a pen and paper and start explaining your business domain as you do online research (books, videos, whatever you like), not in full articles of text and images , but as single entities, strings, lists, and groups. Skip the GBs of BHW downloads and whitepaper signups for now. Just search. click, search, jot, smoke, search. After a while the various info-types will all need reshuffling, combining, splitting and reordering to make better sense to the untrained eye as well as the expert... Before your wife kicks you out of the house and before you feel the need for string and pushpin involvement...

plop all of the data into a business entity template mind map using FreePlane. I have a scaffold business entity template I developed for this very thing. I will share it in the next update (after I remove some project specific data from it).

To the seasoned I have probably explained less than nothing. To one with no direction I have pointed and pushed. Will everyone laugh as you realized you were just hurled into a wall... or will trust an honor save the day?... stay tune for the next update of..... whatever... I need a cigarette. BBS.
 
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Here is a skeleton view of my base template... only a few areas I left populated, just to give you the gist... The endgame map probably usually rolls out to about 100 full tree views with this being a branch of one with 20 to the tree view. And of course you get them all tied into a spaghetti ball before you find a sane way to make sure IT ALL makes sense as a tree flow, just part of the process....

Core Ps.png

speaking of little maps, I would like to interject here another useful tool to keep track of the dependencies to the various apps that you install on your systems using the install output lists above...
Gist to make two tier deep dependency graphs for your notes.

append an executable sh with this to the workflow of the gist...
Bash:
while IFS= read -r line; do
    ./apt-rdepends-tree $line > $line.txt
done < input.txt

Funnel your install lists to a folder of depgraphs...

Want to remove the dupes from each snapshot folder?
try this AWKful piece
Bash:
#! /bin/bash

#I have taken example of 2 directories dir1 and dir2
#First i will save the output of p1 and p2 directories filenames to 2 output files

find /my/Documents/apt-dependency-tree/kde-min-install -type f |awk -F "/" '{print $NF}'   > /var/tmp/dir1.txt &&
find /my/Documents/apt-dependency-tree/deb-min-install -type f |awk -F "/" '{print $NF}'   > /var/tmp/dir2.txt &&

#Now i will find the common filenames in both directories and delete in one of directories.
#I wish you delete the duplicate files in /rootdir/dir1 and keep the files in /rootdir/dir2

awk 'NR==FNR {a[$1];next}($1 in a) {print $1}' /var/tmp/dir1.txt /var/tmp/dir2.txt  |awk '{print "rm -rvf" " " "/my/Documents/apt-dependency-tree/kde-min-install"$1}' | sh

This seems like a side step, but trust me, having a folder of depgraph visuals and a cup of coffee can make our future container work planning a breeze.
 

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Very detailed, good info
 

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Newbies... yeah you, I see your post count. You need to know this.

This method is not a sticky because its not burned out.

There is a number one GOTO weapon in a solid BHW member's arsenal that:

Can help you score you more bare-naked, un-indexed content than owning a Wayback Time Machine
Churn out more Cold Call Cash leads than anyone here can afford outright from DialAmerica
Turn you into a fearless headhunter with more verifiable influencer leads than LinkedIn,


but wait...

That's not all...


How would you like speed dial access to more
valid refurb/resell opportunities
than you will find in 10,000 "excellent"
BulQ cargo containers of Amazon returns?


If this sound like the type of firepower

that you deserve
you desire
and you know you could ethically handle

continue to read...


In the age of commodity data saturation
even the largest of marketing agencies
has to wade through false information,
repetitive information,
useless information,
meta-attached data we struggle to carry
all throughout our networks
without even a reach around for the disk write access

and worse ...

try to find information that is not shoved
directly down our G-hole without inspection.

Starting off on your first make $10/day
then scale to $100/day goal
against such odds must seem devastating..

Wait, maybe I should keep my mouth shut.
Sorry. Forget it.
I'm not sure if I should spill this here.
I'm giving out a lot of info here, second guessing...

I'm really not that lame. LOL, just needed a cig and to beat the 30 min edit clock here. I'll spill in a minute.

any guesses?

I'll wait for some guesses. Think black and white and red all over.. what do YOU think fits the description in your toolset?

While we're awaiting some supertool assumptions, I will be seeing if I can get banned for abusive usage with a little dd command magic and see if my provider plans on throttling me now... and thus probably when it matters. How to do a simple benchmark for your Unix-like provided private servers (and your provider too).
 

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Had fun writing, but I will need to provision some servers sometime... get a library card folks. ;) Seriously, if you have access, grab it... we will be using it to mine for my million $ (and yours too if you wish).

PS.. its for database access, so if your card gets you access to books only, that's OK, done it that way too. Reach out to me and we will learn dewey decimal together.
 
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