Affiliate Marketing and Property

Businessman working with laptop computer by the poolHey, good to see you here on my site!

I’m Dave. I live in the beautiful city of Durham, up in the North East of England. A University City (Durham University). The River Wear is our main artery, snaking through Durham on it’s way from it’s boggy source in the North Pennines to the North Sea at Sunderland, where they used to ‘Mackem’.

The Norman Durham Cathedral stands on a loop in the river, dominating the skyline views in all directions. It’s a World Heritage Site, visited by people from all parts of the globe. It really isn’t as ‘grim up North’ as some Southerners would have you believe.

Relocating to Durham

I moved here to Durham in 2014 with my partner from a couple of local villages about 6 miles away. (Ferryhill and Langley Park for those who know the area. Good, honest ex-pit villages). It seemed a good idea since we met here and spent a good deal of time supping and socialising in the city anyway.

I was in the final stages of my career in SCADA development and website management for a large chemical company (INEOS). We were making PVC (that’s The PVC bit, and that word should attract the search engines ?). My other half had just started her own commercial cleaning franchise business. It was time for a change, so we took the plunge and found a nice place in Gilesgate to the East of the city centre.

We put an offer in, and within a few months had the keys. Unfortunately, this meant I could no longer cycle to work on my electric bike, but hey-ho.

Early ‘retirement’

At the time of buying the house, I didn’t know that my PVC related job would be made redundant only a couple of years later. Everything came out of the blue. I’d always thought that only happened to ‘older people’. Then I realised I was already 56, prime fodder for the scrap heap.

pension jar and alarm clock

I’d worked in the same place for nearly 37 years and it paid a decent wage (but I was a wage slave). That was me! INEOS decided to restructure and my role wasn’t needed anymore, so I was out on my ear. There were several others who went with me, well over 100 years experience gone.

I eventually decided to take early retirement as I was over 55. It was a wrench to leave, but afterwards I realised I was probably bored and needed something new anyway. I certainly didn’t miss the early mornings, dragging myself to work every day. It was like a long holiday! Still is. That ‘something new’ is affiliate marketing and property investment.

Property Investment and Prosperity

Gathering myself for the new adventure that was the rest of my life, I took my lump sum (Damn you, taxman!). I drew my company pension, paid off all my house moving debts and looked nervously but excitedly toward the future. That was in April 2016 and I’ve never really looked back, other than meeting a few old colleagues for a beer every now and then.

I’ve taken a deep breath and have moved into the world of property investment (thanks Samuel Leeds) and it’s a fascinating subject for sure, with a myriad of different ways to make a good living from property. Did you know you can make money from property without even owning it?  I’ll tell you about this in my posts, as well as my other passions.

Attraction Marketing and Affiliate Marketing

Having spent all those years working for the large chemical business, I also relished the chance to use my website knowledge to help people grow through effective use of affiliate marketing. I looked around to find specialist tools to help. Sure, there were lots of general fragmented tools, but none which focused on the needs of private individuals looking to make money online. So I decided to shape them for myself by training at Wealthy Affiliate and now make my living as a successful affiliate marketer. I can show you how to do it too, just click here.

Affiliate Product reviews and videos

On my blog i’ll regularly post affiliate product reviews. These are typically to do with investing in property and passive income/affiliate marketing stuff. Please check these out because they’ll sometimes include associated YouTube content which will enhance your experience and knowledge (as well as mine).

My Interests and Pastimes

Property Investment – Since retirement I’ve been building a passive income portfolio with my partner. The first million is still a long way off, but we are getting there.

Affiliate Marketing – I specialise in affiliate marketing, improving web presence and earning affiliate income. You need to supplement your income with multiple income streams. My advice is to join Wealthy Affiliate first, then i’ll help you get started.

Meteorology – The summer of 1976 got me interested in the British climate and what it capable of. Phew what a scorcher! Since then i’ve watched weather most days. The British obsession. I now run my own weather site at

Astronomy – The Apollo Moon missions captured my imagination as a kid, so I bought a telescope and started lying on the sunbed in the garden. In Winter. Not a Trekkie though.

Sunderland AFC – My beloved football team. Been a long suffering fan since 1972, and it has been a LONG trip. It’s getting harder all the time, but my blood is still Red and White.

Genealogy – Tracing my family tree since being taught the skills by my old boss in the early 1990’s. Not as lucky as Danny Dyer, but solid roots in Ireland.

SCADA and PLC – I spent 23 years developing control software for my employer. Very boring for a blog, so I’ll not be going there, but my skills are transferrable, including the web stuff.

Photography – Since buying my first SLR (a Canon AV-1) in 1980 I’ve been a keen amateur photographer. Mostly landscapes and weather.

Gadgets and Tech – My other half tells me I have way too many gadgets. It’s true, of course. I’m an Apple fan boy and spend too much time on my iphone.

Classic Rock – I grew up in the 1970’s, with such hairy influencers as Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’ll never be influenced by disco, and if a guy who can’t play an instrument calls himself a musician, I’m Out! m/ m/

Lastly, if you’d like early notification of new stuff I post here, including some exclusive interviews and reviews of courses and experiences we’ve had in affiliate marketing, property and elsewhere, just leave a comment below and subscribe. Thanks. 


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13 thoughts on “Affiliate Marketing and Property”

  1. It’s nice to hear that despite getting thrown a “curve ball” latter in life you were able to find something that worked. I have known so many people over the age of 55 that have been downsized and have struggled to find a new job or a solution like you did. Thanks for the information

    • Thanks for your comment Trish. I’ve always been interested in online stuff and the property thing i’d educated myself on, but never really had any money for. The education has revealed that there are ways and means of buying property WITHOUT USING YOUR OWN MONEY. i know, it’s incredible.

      Wealthy Affiliate was also a great find for me as a way to learn and structure an affiliate marketing strategy to operate alongside the property investment (never keep all your eggs in one basket). Property also needs marketing knowledge, so there’s a perfect synergy there.


  2. Wow!!!! So many different things to read about! I really enjoy this!!!! I’m lost in words but I keep going back up to look at more!!!! Definitely bookmarking this page!!!!

  3. I really enjoyed reading your post. It looks like you have your way with words while expressing yourself. There are many insightful things in the post. I will surely keep them in mind.

    • Thanks Samita. My website really started when I was made redundant, that’s when I knew I had to do something with my knowledge. Hopefully it will help someone realise that when this happens, it’s not the end, you can change tack and start a whole new career for yourself.


  4. Hi, Dave. I enjoyed reading your post. You certainly have a wide range of interests! It is great that you have discovered affiliate marketing. I truly believe it is the wave of the future. More and more people are looking to the internet as a way to make a living. Besides, it is so nice to be able to do the business where we want and when we want, and to be our own boss.

    I wish you a ton of success in your new business venture. I will be watching your progress as you climb the ladder. May good things happen to you!

    • Wow thanks Fran! You are a bit of an inspiration and prove that even at 80 years young you can do it online too. There are no barriers to living and earning online other than ourselves. As i’ve said elsewhere, if we invest in ourselves and continue to learn, it can be so enriching.

      Keep doing what you’re doing. I’ll be sure to drop in on you regularly.

      Best wishes, Dave

  5. Wow so inspiring! I am trying to make it online myself and my family thinks I’m crazy right now. Though I have already started to make a little money lol.

    • Thank you Holly. We have to get over those ‘family thinks i’m crazy’ moments because they can be demotivating. Once you start to make money they’ll soon sit up and notice!


  6. Oy!!

    Thank you for a refreshing page from a wonderful place! (I just watched Durham on History channel.. river divers and all.. magical! )

    All the best of luck to you and your hard work!!

    WA is the best, what a fantastic opportunity!

    Greetings from across the small pond; Oslo, Norway.

    • Hi Anya, best of luck with your own ventures. Quite fitting you should comment since I spent 30+ years working for a Norwegian company.

  7. Hi Dave,

    Loved your story, you have had an incredible path. Sorry to hear that you had to stop commuting by bike. I’m a avid cyclist, and like yourself fellow WA premium member.
    I love the freedom affiliate marketing gives, and have always wanted to get into reality. I will be bookmarking our site for sure.

    Thank you

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