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David’s Diary

More personal posts about what I am up to with my online business and other stuff.

Before I get into the best online business ideas in 2017 I’d like to wish all my blog visitors a Happy & Prosperous New Year! I’m kicking off the new year with a “David’s Diary” post in which I take a more personal look at what’s up with Internet marketing…

David Hurley Internet Marketer

David in his den attempting to make a point about something or other…

How Was 2016 For You?

2016 was a particularly eventful year in the online affiliate marketing arena as well as in the world at large. It can sometimes be a challenge to stay focussed on your own goals amid all the news and chatter about events outside of your control…

Don’t expect 2017 to be any less eventful “out there” than 2016 was…

That makes it essential that you get some clarity about your goals for the coming year and WRITE THEM DOWN. Then narrow your focus to exclude as much of the outside chatter and other distractions as possible.

One of my goals is to make 2017 the best ever year for my online business so far. To help me achieve that goal, I have set out a list of my best online business ideas for the coming year. These are the programs and strategies I will focus on during the year.

Of course, things may change as the year progresses, and I will adjust accordingly. But right now on 1st January, here is my recommended course of action for online affiliate marketers:

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I recently returned to Japan from a three-week trip to the U.K. with my 13 year-old daughter. In today’s blog post I’ll tell you a bit about what we were up to, and then a bit about how my online business funded our time in the U.K.

The main purpose of the trip was for my daughter to spend a week on a drama course, rehearsing for a production of Aladdin with TheatreTrain in Ipswich. She is very keen on musicals ( as I have mentioned before ) and ballet, so the TheatreTrain course offered a great way for her to do some intensive training in an environment where she also had to speak English (her first language is Japanese).

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Every day I walked past this memorial to Red Arrows pilot, Flt. Lt. Jon Egging (d. 2011) on my way to and from my hotel in Bournemouth. I was moved by the inspiring message: ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS.

2016 British Chess Championships, Bournemouth

While my daughter was busy with TheatreTrain, I went down to Bournemouth to take part in an afternoon open competition at the 2016 British Chess Championships, just as I had done the last time we were in the U.K. in 2013.

My performance in the chess competition was not so great (just one victory out of five games), but I had a lot of fun hanging out with some of the U.K.’s leading chess players, drinkers and sports fanatics.

The highlight of the week was our Wednesday evening game of football in the park. Old chess players versus young chess players. I’m pleased to report that the old geezers won the game, although I probably spent more of my time fishing the ball out of the stream that runs through the park than actually playing football.

TheatreTrain Put On Aladdin at Ipswich

At the end of the week, my wife arrived in London and we went to Ipswich to see our daughter perform in Aladdin.

Everybody had done a great job to put the show together in such a short time. It must have been an intense week and there were tears when it was time for everybody to go their separate ways, which I was actually happy to see as it meant my daughter had had a great time.

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My wife & daughter outside the Umeda Arts Theatre, Osaka, after seeing Prince of Broadway.

My wife & daughter outside the Umeda Arts Theatre, Osaka, after seeing Prince of Broadway.

Last Updated: 11th September 2016

Let’s face it, day trips in Japan can be expensive. (In case you were not aware, I live in Japan!)

For example, it will cost a family of three going on a day trip on the bullet train from Hiroshima (where I live) to Osaka to see a musical around ¥100,000 (about $1200):

  • 3 x Bullet Train Tickets Hiroshima-Osaka: approximately ¥10,000 each way per person = ¥60,000
  • 3 x Theatre Tickets: approximately ¥10,000 each
  • Food and Drink: approximately ¥10,000

TOTAL = ¥100,000 ($1,200)

That is indeed what it cost, more or less, for my wife, daughter and I to spend a day in Osaka to see the World Premiere of Prince of Broadway, a musical directed by, and celebrating, the work of Harold Prince, whose career as a Broadway producer of musicals spans seven decades.

Daytripping to Osaka is not something you can afford to do too often on an English language teacher’s income, but I was able to do it thanks to my online business, and more specifically, thanks to income from MyAdvertisingPays revenues funding my trip.

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