Remember this guy?



That was me, Mark Thompson, 15 years ago. I worked for several international banks and major tech companies, working 12- 15  hours a day was normal.

I often only saw my family at weekends for around 36 hours most of which I slept as I was so exhausted. After a few years, the nice car and the nice home meant nothing.

I hardly saw my daughter and you can only miss so many birthdays before you realise that there are more important things in life.

I finally flipped out one cold Monday morning at 5am in a traffic jam outside Manchester. Over the next few months, I sold everything and moved to Spain.

I didn't have a clue what I would do when the money ran out. I thought something would come along.. it didn't.

So one fateful day I typed the following words into Google, "How To Make Money Online."

The rest is history.

Building A Lifestyle Business - One Crisis at a time

I'd like to say I was an overnight success but that wouldn't be true.

I worked 16 hours a day  for 4 months until I finally had my big break generating $20,000 in the space of a few days from 1 article.

I knew nothing when I started and had to learn everything as I went along,

After that, I took what I learned, and I consistently generated enough income to maintain a great lifestyle here in Marbella, on the Costa Del Sol in Spain.

That experience taught me a lot, you need to get lucky to make it online but the more work you do the luckier you get.

This aim of this blog is to help you shortcut those 16-hour days and build the business you want in as little time as possible.

Lifestyle Marketing

When I refer to lifestyle marketing, I am talking about building a business, or series of businesses, that allow you to live the lifestyle you want.

Some Lifestyle Marketers like to travel, some like to have a lifestyle that allows them to watch their families grow up. Others like to indulge their hobbies as much as possible.

I honestly believe that the best way to achieve what you want is via online marketing and that anyone can do it if they are prepared to take action.

The aim of this blog is to bring you tips and advice that will help you become a lifestyle marketer. Hopefully along the

Hopefully along the way, if you like what you read, you'll join my list and maybe even purchase one of my products.

If you're looking to live a lifestyle that gives you time to do what you want, whilst generating an income that allows you to live that lifestyle, you've come to the right place.

Achieving Your Dreams

It doesn't matter what you want you can achieve it if you apply yourself to it.

Seeing your family grow up.

Paying for a dream home.

Saving for your retirement

Supplementing your income

All of this is possible if you approach it in the right way and commit to achieving your goals.

I missed no more of my daughter's birthdays; I saw her every single day until she moved away to start her own life.  Because of Internet marketing I stopped being an absentee father and had the joyous (most of the time!) experience of watching a small girl become a confident woman.

There are many ways to reach your goals, some methods will suit you some won't. Step one is to come up with a plan and stick to it.

My philosophy is simple: create a simple online business that's easy to run, that generates leads and that doesn't require every new shiny object that comes out.

A coaching client of mine recently sent me a story, it sums up my philosophy perfectly:

The American Tourist and Mexican Fisherman

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long he took to catch them.

"Not long," answered the Mexican.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch sufficed to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you,"!

"You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.

Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? That's when it gets interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can sell stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?"

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"

Where to Start

Why not join our free community designed for people like you

Have a browse around the site and I am sure you'll find articles that will point you in the right direction.

Start at the front page and see if any recent articles appeal to you: 

Here are 3 of the most popular to start with:

How to Start A Profitable Blog

How To Come Up With A Blog Name

How To Get More Traffic And Leads

Contact Me

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  1. PETER on February 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Hey Mark ,

    I greatly appreciate your inputs unto helping such guys like me who want to really make money online. Currently i’m an online forex trader cum an author. In the of writing , i ahve gotten tips from you that will carry me forward a great deal into marketing my work. Thanks once more and be blessed.
    Let keep in touch buddy..



  2. Vlad on February 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Mark,

    This marketing niche can be so overwhelming sometimes. I like your blog and I follow you on twitter. I hope I get new ideas for my blog from you. I want to build an entire network based on one product #Empirebusiness

    • Alextg on February 24, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Vlad, Focus on One blog, create 3 Giveaways about the best parts of Empire business use them as Content upgrades on your articles, create at least 1 article a week and distribute that widely.. you’ll do well just sticking to that

  3. kimberlyn underwood on April 10, 2016 at 4:34 am


    I’m looking for bloggers for an internet marketing company in Sweden. Is this something you do? Thanks and appreciate your help! 🙂

    • Mark on April 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Hi, I am afraid not I have my plate full with all my own sites, someone may see this though

  4. Erik C. Johnson on April 29, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Hey Mark, like your big break story after four months. I’m a little jealous. Blogging full-time myself. It’s doing okay, but Google still doesn’t love me. Your an inspiration. Will come back here and there to see your killer content. May I ask what that one article was and did you use any paid advertising for it?

    • Mark on April 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

      It was about a new range of Ugg Boots that was coming out, no paid advertising whatsoever.

  5. Jordan on November 11, 2016 at 10:43 pm


    I am in the early phases of online business startup and appreciate the free course on activecampaign. I hope to sell online courses and liked the simplicity of your course layout. Which LMS do you use? I couldn’t find a blog post on your site about this.


    • Mark on November 12, 2016 at 4:24 am

      Jordan, Glad you liked the course, I use Teachable, I’ve used many others but I’ve found it to be simple to use and it saves me hours of work!

  6. Aamir on January 15, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hi Mark,

    I am landing here from the comment you posted on, you said that you will assist in Affiliate marketing.
    Its nice to read your blog, its a first time I am here and read some post regarding Affiliate and it sounds good but my blog problem as it has no traffic.
    Affiliate / earnings depends on traffic, so is there any opportunity to do best with affiliate without any blog or website?
    Yes, I am working on my blog but it looks like takes too much time to stand in front of audience.
    I want some tips and tools to at least start earning some $ with affiliate marketing.
    One more thing, as I am new in this work so I don’t have a penny to spend now but I am willing to spend some once I earn some.

    • Mark on January 16, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Hi, Aamir welcome.

      I didn’t actually say that I’d help with affiliate marketing I said that If people wanted the full income details from sites I had them :).

      To get traffic without spending money you need to do the following.

      1) write great content that people will want to share, look at what is already in your niche and create better content.

      2) use outreach marketing, contact influencers and offer to write guest posts.

      3) Comment on other sites

      4) be helpful answer questions on Quora or Reddit.

      Basically build up a network of contacts& backlinks and over time you traffic and organic traffic will build.

      Unfortunatly it’s not an overnight thing it will take time. But if you spend 80% of your time promoting your blog then your site will be successful

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