Successful Affiliate Marketer – A Lifestyle of Your Making

One of the distinct advantages of building a successful online business is the freedom you gain. The ability to travel is one of those freedoms I love and one of my favorite destinations is Las Vegas.

Recently I attended the Blog World & New Media Expo, and decided to arrive a few days early for a little break-ation. Basically I was able to relax a little, work a little on my laptop and in general enjoy myself immensely. Break-ations allow you to enjoy life to the fullest; you work a little, relax a little, and enjoy life and the world around you. This creates balance in your life and is one of the biggest benefits of building a successful online business.

In this most recent of my many trips to Las Vegas I decided to try the Four Queens, which is located on famous Fremont Street. This old style, gangster era hotel has been fully renovated. Featuring beautiful rooms with a flat screen TV and high speed Internet, it was the ideal place to be productive yet have a relaxing couple of days before the Expo started.

After a relaxing Thursday evening in the hotel, Friday morning saw me up bright and early in order to rent a car so I could head out toward the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to visit the Shelby American factory. With my video camera in-hand, I shot some great footage for my kit car site ( and which I will also have up on YouTube shortly. The Shelby Museum is getting a face lift, and since they were preparing to start the renovation on October 1 the place was in a bit of turmoil. Needless to say, I am looking forward to seeing the new look. Despite the construction and poor lighting, I still had the chance to see all of the cars and even bought a Shelby T-shirt for my son Justin.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a huge Shelby fan. So much so that I even have a daughter named Shelby. Thanks to my success in affiliate marketing, I have even attained my 25-year dream of owning my own Shelby Cobra replica, which is now sitting lovingly in my garage at home. Success online allows you the ability to make your dreams come true, whether it is traveling the world or acquiring that classic automobile you have always desired. Whatever your dreams, they can be met thanks to an online business.

Friday evening I was back in the city for some room service, a little TV, and then decided to take in some live entertainment on Fremont Street. But as I had a busy weekend I was back in bed at a reasonable time.

Saturday was another early day, as I headed over to the Las Vegas Convention Center to take part in the Expo. These events are always a great way to get away for a little break, but also an opportunity to learn more and keep abreast of the latest in the industry. As you build your online presence and start to see success, events like the Blog World & New Media Expo allow you the benefit of learning more ways to improve your business but also allow you to travel and enjoy the fruits of your success.

I like to work hard, but also enjoy playing hard and I already have my next trip booked and confirmed to San Diego for the ShareaSale Think Tank. My wife Arlene will be joining me as we plan to stay at The Grand Del Mar, and as we will be getting there a couple of days early, we plan on taking in some of the great sites to see including Sea World and the San Diego Zoo...stay tuned.

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  1. Marie F. says:

    Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I'm thinking about setting up my own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions? With thanks

    • James Martell says:

      Hi Marie,

      Sure. It is relatively simple to do. The most popular blogging platform is WordPress. I would suggest registering your domain name with a hosting company that gives you the functionality to install WordPress by pushing a button or two (I.e.

      You will need a theme to give you the best look and feel. I recommend They offer great looking theme for $20-$40. You can beat them.

      You can also find all kinds of video tutorials on YouTube that'll walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up a WordPress site.

      I hope this helps.



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