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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

Top Gun

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

and wine.

When you need to get as far away from

work as possible, where do you go?

I

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?

They

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

you out?

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?

Not much.

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

with me.

What’s the best thing about running your

sites?

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

fashionable stripes

in his adopted

country of Spain.

GPWA

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