I run a small website publishing business called Digital Internet.
The business started in 2007 after I left full-time employment as head of a 15-strong SEO/tech department with a leading online marketing company based in Manchester.
At the time, I had several websites making a few grand each month from AdSense and I wanted to see if I could grow the sites and the business further.
Everything went well for a few years.
Then everything changed.
- In 2011/12, Google updated its algorithms so some of my sites tanked. I lost heart and binned them instead of fixing them. Big mistake.
- People grew wise to this making money online thing and thousands more joined the party.
- Social media.
These days, I run several established websites and have more in the pipeline.