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Weekly accountability thread for July 16-22

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by macdonjo3, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. macdonjo3

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    Little late getting this going, but figure better late than never. @BassTrackerBoats guilted me into staying accountable to my productivity this week. So I'll give it a shot.

    So if you're new to our threads, we just share our answers to: what did you accomplish this week?

    This was a less productive week for me. While I did load on 2 new clients, one low 4 figures and one mid 4 figures, I feel I haven't done a whole lot.

    I've been doing a lot of programming for myself to automate some stuff I do, and for clients. I've been really tinkering with mobile app reverse engineering for both Musically and Pokemon Go. A bit of learning there. Also doing a lot of C# stuff, as I'm not an adept with that yet.

    I'm still steadily involved with Amazon/Ebay stuff and my domaining business, which I'm expanding to higher end clients, away from the <$20 peddlers, and more towards mid 3 figure domains. Been reading a lot about ICANN stuff. @accelerator_dd and I have been talking a lot about the depths of catching domains and the big fish in the game.

    Did some local client stuff. Been reading some Ryan Holliday.

    Spent Tuesday and Friday entirely boating, so working on the loss of tan from my productive weeks. Gotta love the water and hot sun. It's mid 30s (celsius) here in southern Ontario, Canada today.

    How about you? What have you been up to? Anything cool?
     
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    Went to beach today, mid 30s as well. Productive enough?
     
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    Deleted a lot of videos on my channel, so a big chunk gone... :( However that means that all my videos are monetized now so that means maybe more profits in ad revenue in the future.
     
  5. macdonjo3

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    That is a pretty productive, for a Friday.


    Right on. Swift is neat. I don't know much about obj-C, mostly just C.


    Why did you delete them?
     
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    Decided I wanted to learn how to code. Picked up a few courses from Udemy.
    First language but I'm generally a quick learner so hopefully C# won't take to long to get the hang of, well the basics anyway. That's my weekend sorted.

    Been eyeing up some road bikes. Used to race BMX & Downhill but due to health issues, have not done that for many years.
    Would love to get back on a bike not only for the pleasure but fitness as well. My cardio sucks
     
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    Glad I found this thread again.

    - I made my $10 daily goal every day this week on a platform that I have been testing.
    - Got a new product created that I want to start selling on Monday. I still need to make the website, so I may go ahead and get the domain and hosting done tonight before I go to bed. But getting the product made was the biggest hurdle. Glad that part is done.

    All and all, I am pretty happy with my progress. I made some goals and was able to complete them.
     
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    That's awesome! $10 per day online, that puts you in at least the 90th percentile (or top 10%) on this forum, congrats! You can either do what everyone else does, and scale that income to a point where it cannot be easily scaled anymore, or do what @BassTrackerBoats and I would do, and start another income stream to compliment it, and stabilize your income.

    Good hustle. Weekends are the best time to get ahead. I usually get a lot more done on the weekend but I live in Canada, and good weather is only a few months long, so I'm taking advantage of it. When October rolls around, I'll be back to the weekend grind of productivity.
     
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    Sold 1 verified IG for over 1500 bucks, went to a weird funeral, caught 1 gypsy trying to steal a guys phone, bought a book "The Pragmatic Programmer", booked a holiday to Italy. That's all folks.
     
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    I explored catching dropped domains and getting the premium domains, both SEO and branding domains, is insanely competitive. You basically need to purchase a few hundred ICANN approved registrars (~15k per registrar) and point them all at a few domains per day. Even with access to $500k in registrars, you're still going to get mediocre results.
     
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    completed a project and now ready to go live. Feedback has been good from beta testers since last update so i'll probably look to create a BST in next week or so.

    Been playing with pushing an old product of mine with paid traffic which has been fun as I've not started new campaigns form scratch in a while.

    Found a source for list of domains updated daily it was becoming a real pain trying to get approval for every single domain zone files. Most of the country specific won't play ball. will be useful for a later project.
     
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    That is really really solid advice. I usually have 3 or 4 irons in the fire that may or may not pan out as I move along. You can really build on a base like that as you end up with a variety of revenue streams so that if one goes south you are not punching yourself in face.

    This week I played with a KW tool that I own and found about 40 or so pretty hot KWs, easy to rank and very timely and had @sam.hunt0710 set up a site for me based on those KWs. I'm going to operate a little differently than I usually do with a site as I wanted to act fast on this one but I expect it to be a fruitful endeavor.

    I also spent a fair amount of time with @accelerator_dd about a project he and I have in the works together. He is not as visible as many here but the man has some skills that make Pele look like a 10 year old learning how to dribble and is a great guy to work with on any project. Our ETA on that being live is inside of a month and has been ongoing for about 3 months.

    Other than that I took my canoe out when the conditions were Air temp - 93 Degrees Fahrenheit and Water temp - 89 Degrees Fahrenheit because I missed my morning workout. I shared with friends that surely there is a village missing their idiot.
     
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    I got a lot of writing done, both for myself and others. Built a new site with some kickass keywords that get me very excited about the future. With four different revenue streams I might finally become a successfull IM'er and not just a "getting-by" one :)
     
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  15. PetalumaFlower

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    Thanks!

    I've been deciding on how I want to scale the $10 a day platform. I think I might be able to outsource it a bit so I can do less work and still make $10 or more a day, but I haven't been able to put my finger on it yet.

    I did end up buying my domain last night like I wanted so I could get to work on my website this weekend. Unfortunately, I decided to take the cheap route and now I've been waiting over 24 hours for my domain to "register" at 1&1 Domains. :rolleyes:

    I bought a domain from them last year despite the bad reviews and did not have a single problem the entire year. I also do not remember a long registration period. I really hope this does not drag out till Monday, but my instincts tells me it will.

    Since I no longer have a website to work on, I went ahead and enjoyed the day. It was 99 degrees here in California. Like you, I saw no point in letting it go to waste.
     
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    That means, all my videos are monetized, also deleted a lot of videos on my channel.
     
  17. macdonjo3

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    Why delete unmonetized videos? It'll just boost your channel popularity. You could have done an annotation to send people to a monetized video. Free traffic.
     
  18. JustUs

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    Better late than never.

    Got my normal work done, and a little extra weeding on a property. Will have to finish Wednesday to fully prep the property for new tenants. When a tenant pays $3000 month for a rental, the property better look good when they move in. Friday I was doing some extra work trimming and killing trees. The client asked to have a nuisance tree next to his garage killed. He had arbors out. Well they cut trees - they do not routinely kill them and they make the assumption that cutting an established tree down will kill it. That is not true. I kill trees with Copper Acetate. It is a hack and pour method that kills the roots. You hack the bark to expose the cambium and pour the solution into the fresh cut. The client tore some of the branches in front of the garage off and this complicated my job because I had to find new points to cut instead of using the branches he tore away. Really tough when the only place left to cut with a pole saw is next to a wire fence. The saw contacted the fence and was torn out of my hands. Scariest tool I have too. A 12 inch chain saw on the end of an extendable pole. There is little room for error. As I completed the tree murder, my heart began acting up, I telephoned the client and let him know that I had to go home, and perhaps the hospital; and that I would haul the branches and other cuttings away Monday.

    Fortunately, after a few hours, my heart calmed down at home, though my chest still hurt. So I decided to go to the post office and check for mail. When driving out of the parking lot, the car began acting up - shuddering, jerking, surging - when the AC kicked on and at a stop. I could smooth the car out by giving a little gas. Well, I had been having problems and been attempting to determine whether the problem was an O2 sensor, or the Mass Air Flow sensor. The car would throw a 186 engine code under certain intermittent conditions, nothing else. 186 can be either O2 or MAF, although each also has its own code. Spending quit a while online, I finally found a Ford service bulletin that indicated that a failing MAS would throw a 186 and a couple of other codes that I had occasionally seen. Yesterday, I started the work on the car. In went a $200 MAS. This did not completely smooth the idle. Down to the parts store and come away with a can of throttle body cleaner and an air filter. I cleaned the throttle bore and then removed Idle Air Control and cleaned it. This smoothed the car out a little more, but not completely.

    Sunday morning, I went to Harbor Freight and bought a meter with a tachometer on it. Came home, removed the negative battery cable and shorted it to the positive cable for half an hour to completely erase all stored and long term trim information in the computer. I then set the baseline idle without the IAC connected. Let the car idle for ten minutes, shut the car off, connected the IAC and run the car for another ten minutes will all accessories on. The car was acting normally, but I figured in for a penny, in for a pound. I removed the distributor. I have seen some bad distributors and rotors in my years, but this was one of the worst.

    Off to the parts store again after sanding the rotor enough to run the car smoothly. This time it was $50 for distributor cap, rotor, and spark plugs. When I pulled the plugs, they were in almost as bad of condition as the distributor. They were badly corroded and fouled, but the color was good which indicated no internal problems. Replaced the cap and rotor. When removing the #1 spark plug I had to move a hydraulic line to the power steering. When I moved it, it broke and I never noticed. I started the car and power steering fluid shot all over. Shutting the car off, I looked for and found the problem. Apparently, the original owner had the plugs replaced and broke the reservoir inlet. Rather than replace the reservoir, the jerk used JB Weld to repair the break.

    Back inside and a call to the parts house. No reservoir for sale any where. So, I am running around to all the neighbors waving a $10 bill to drive me to the junk yard. All the neighbors were not home and the one that was had 6 hours or so of work to do on a computer that has to be done in the morning, so he could not take me. Finally, one of my neighbors comes home and could take me. At the junk yard two screws and two hoses removed and $15 later, I arrive home with the reservoir. 20 minutes to clean the junk out of it, ten minutes to install and refill.

    The car now runs smoothly and quietly. It only took nearly $300 and several hours worth of work.

    SEO is just like that car repair. Things run smoothly, they they turn and bite you unexpectedly. The work and the time you invested are upended and they turn into money sinkholes. However, if you persevere, and use your mind, you will eventually prevail over the obstacles in your way. When you succeed, you end up asking yourself - Why did I not do that first? You have learned and succeeded in your goal.

    May I please go back to watching a movie or staring at long lines of computer code now?
     
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  19. The Scarlet Pimp

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    1. started a new blog.

    2. making a new affiliate web site.

    3. got another lead for my client.