it’s all work, no play. But I suppose that’s
what it takes when your aim is to surpass
all the competition. Once I reach my per-
sonal target, I then have plenty of plans
for spare time activities.
What did you dream of doing, both pro-
fessionally and personally, when you
were a kid?
Like many other kids that
grew up in the ’80s, an air force pilot. It
was the generation of action movies, and
was my favorite.
If someone from out of town were vis-
iting you, what’s the one place you’d
take them to see?
It would have to be the
old town in the center. Great architecture,
great weather, and authentic Spanish food
When you need to get as far away from
work as possible, where do you go?
have not reached that limit, but when I
do, it will be Asia. It’s one area I have yet
to see, but I would like to experience it as
a lifestyle, not a holiday.
If you could invite any five people, living
or dead, to dinner, who would they be?
First on the list would be David Bowie.
His music is the first thing that gets
switched on before commencing work.
It helps with my creativity, and I found
him to be an intriguing character. Then it
would be Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain, Axl
If you could change one thing about
the industry, what would it be and why?
The way affiliates are sometimes treated
with contempt: Late payments, non-pay-
ments, shaving, hacking. Erroneous soft-
ware is rampant and needs to be cleaned
up, which is another great thing about the
GPWA. It’s a great resource to find out
who is doing what.
What do your family and friends think
of your work as an affiliate?
don’t really understand it. I live quite
far away, so when we talk it’s usually
just family related.
How do you manage your to-do lists?
Do you use any special software to help
I have a daily routine, which I
complete after updating the sites. Any-
thing important I do straight away. For
instance, if I add a new program, I will
have five to six new pages completed for
it within a few hours.
How much time do you devote social
networking for your sites?
We do a little, but I have so far found that
our time is better used creating organic
results and repeat visitors.
What’s the most difficult thing about
running your sites?
Time. There is not
enough in the day, and I wish I could
replicate myself. As many owners know,
it’s hard to find someone like yourself to
take on responsibilities. If they do exist,
they are usually already in competition
What’s the best thing about running your
I get to choose who I work with, so
I get to choose the best. No arguments. No
stress. Just a great working team.
What do you do to stay in shape —
both physically and mentally?
I used to
work out regularly for many years, but in
the last year or so I have dedicated more
and more time to the work, mainly due
to the increase in traffic. But I still aim to
walk around 10 kilometers a day. Mentally,
working keeps me focused and sharp.
What do you do with your spare time?
Spare time? What is that? At the moment,
Rose and Eazy E, as they have entertained
me so much in my lifetime and I would
like to repay the favor.
Name three things that people reading
this magazine don’t know about you.
1. I left school and home at 15.
2. I have five cats.
3. I am a great cook.
I had seen so much information —
most of it wrong or based on old
methods, or even on what others
had heard or read — that I wanted
to show it was possible to build a
site adhering to Google’s terms and
conditions, and at the same time lay
down a roadmap of progress on what
to do and not what to do.
Mark rocks some
in his adopted
country of Spain.
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