Jun 1
Giving Up Is Not An Option

I figured I better post these photos before  they become non relevant, since I am in Vancouver now. Well it was fun while it lasted. We stayed in Vegas for almost 6 sun filled weeks, it was awesome! We walked daily for about an hour, felt great with the sun in our faces, wearing shorts and t-shirts.  Buying that condo in Vegas was one of the best decisions I have ever made, it feels so good to be able to getaway anytime we want.

I’m back in Vancouver looking at the rain outside and wondering why the f*ck we even came back to the “most beautiful city on earth” (Vancouver?!). In any case now I can focus on the work tasks as hand with no distractions of nice weather, LOL. Driving wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, 20 hours to get there, with a night in Boise, Idaho in between Vancouver and Vegas.

Now it’s to get off my lazy ass and make some money!

I don’t like not making my goals and it seems the last time I blogged about getting back to my $1500 profit per day it didn’t happen. Why not?

  1. Part of it really has to do with me and my relaxed work ethic. Psychologically I think I am happy with the success I have achieved so I don’t work as hard as I should be or did in the past.
  2. I don’t push myself like I used, the end result is lower income.  Another reason is feeling sorry for myself because I’m not making as much (stupid I know…). Money screws with your head, when you making tons of it you want more, when it comes in less amounts you get pissed off, angry etc..  Human beings are strange creatures, always wanting more and more, never being satisfied or happy with what they have already.
  3. Lastly the internet is constantly evolving and changing and many opportunities that I made hundreds of thousands of dollars from in the past aren’t there. Competition comes in and pretty soon you aren’t making money. Google chances how the rank websites and your AdSense earning dry up and so on. Surprisingly I still make about $1,100 month from Ad Sense, from informational websites I built in 2003-2006. I haven’t touched them in years since at least least 2006. $1,1000 isn’t a ton of cash but I get check for doing nothing. Back to the changing Internet, I found loopholes in search engine like Google, Yahoo and MSN that allowed to get very cheap targeted traffic to my sites and made a killing for years. Most of those loopholes are now closed unfortunately, however the money I made from these tactics has been invested in real estate safe and sound.

I made at least 2-3 million dollar in revenue  from many, many loopholes that  I found that will be forever closed. I am very grateful for being in the right place at the right time in many situations for many years. I basically milked every idea I had as long as I could, and still milking some now as I write this. Being resourceful has helped to cement my financial freedom for as long as I am alive and my kids (and grand children) will be taken care of long after I am gone 50-60 years from now, for that I am so VERY grateful for! I feel like  I have done my duty as a provider, and it feels great to have achieved it.

Don’t count me out yet though, not even close. I still have some tricks up my sleeve I’m not going to slowdown and retire. I have too much energy to stop!

As for the local affiliate marketing I tried it with a local plumbing company, I made a website for them, I set up phone tracking so my client (plumber) knew that these calls were coming from me. So far from what I know he got 1 customer from it in about 1 month.

  1. The problem is this, he doesn’t answer the call every time because he is busy being a plumber, if he calls a few hours later then that potential customer may have gotten another plumber lined up for the job.
  2. I am paying for all the online advertising, so I get screwed because he isn’t on the ball!
  3. Also some plumbing  jobs are just too small for this plumber to do, for instance changing a leaking faucet isn’t really worth it to him. I get 10% of each job, but it hasn’t worked out too well.
  4. Traffic for local marketing campaigns is much lower than a dating site where you can target millions of people. For instance for this plumbing client, I get anywhere from 5-13 clicks a day. This is enough to get a job per day you would think but apparently lots of the phone calls are people asking questions more than booking jobs.
  5. He has poor communication skills and takes him forever to call me back (many days usually).

I’m not too bummed out on this because I knew there were be problems that I wouldn’t be able to foresee until I actually had a campaign running. Local affiliate marketing definitely does work, because I track the phone calls the plumber is receiving. He is getting the calls but a factor of a few things really isn’t making this deal work out for me. Currently I lost around $250 roughly on this test, you live and learn. I don’t regret doing this project at all, I learned lots and I can use what I have learned on other clients that will pop up. I will be pausing the phone tracking as well as all my online advertising for this client. I wasted enough of my own time and money to try this out. If the client doesn’t want to put in much  effort then I have no alternative. I don’t like chasing clients for their input or money. There are way too many other people who would love an opportunity to have a chance at expanding their client base and only pay for actual clients. Whatever, you live and learn…

Watch this video below it is very inspirational Will Smith is the man he is a driven man, so awesome!!! He never gives up he would rather “die on a treadmill”. This is how you achieve success, so simple but yet SOO POWERFUL. He understands the universe and a crazy work ethic. AWESOME. This video sums up how I feel…

heading out on the 20 hour drive from Vegas to Vancouver

stopping for gas in some Nevada desert gas station

through the Nevada desert..

cool rock formations in the Nevada desert..

Nevada highway patrol

creepy little town in Nowhereville, Nevada USA

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Once you get to Western Idaho, it all changes and looks like Vancouver…

cool looking winding road…

Almost home!!



May 10
If You Can’t Pay Your Mortgage, Hmmm

I have been pretty lazy with blog posts but whatever, the great thing about blogging is that it’s NOT something I need to do but something I do when I want to. I’m still down here in Vegas where the temperature is between 25-33 celcius every single day. And there are still 50 foreclosures in my complex alone. It seems lots of investors from California speculated that the prices would rise higher and higher when they bought 2 years ago, now they are loosing condos in Chateau Versailles (my complex) left and right, and it seems many out of state and out of country investors such as myself have found highly discounted vacation homes because of it.

Take a look at the Chevy Trail Blazer SUV below. You would think from the photos some thieves came by and stole the rims of this SUV, not so.  This house is being foreclosed on because the owner couldn’t pay the mortgage, my guess (and it’s a good one) is the owner vacated the premises and also left SUV because he couldn’t make payment on it either. He took of his custom rims and sold them probably on Craigslist to make a  bit of money. I can almost guarantee I’m right because when I got my place I had to buy new wash/dryer, as well as my fridge because the previous owners took them and sold them to make some extra cash.

Those pictures below show how bad it is down here, new subdivision and there is a 2 year old SUV on concrete blocks.

The Mirage volcano show, every night at 8 pm, it looks pretty damn real…

really vibrant cactus flower plants at Lone Mountain (3 blocks east of me)



Apr 29
Las Vegas Pawn Stars & More

This is one of the more random posts that I have done so far, but the people who know, know that I am very random and all over the map sometimes. This post is all about the pictures, because I don’t have to much to say today. Let’s let the photos speak for me today, shall we?

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If you ever have watched Pawn Stars, then you know who Chum Lee is. For the rest of the world he is just some dude who became famous because he works at a pawn shop in Las Vegas. The pawn shop just happens to also be a reality show, and now he’s famous just because he works there. Isn’t life funny that way?

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The old man always looks half asleep, and he does sleep half the time (watch the show to see what I mean…).

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This chapel was in the film called “The Hang Over”, funniest movie ever!! You go watch it now!

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Vancouver graffiti from “Hoser”

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caught in front of WalMart in North Las Vegas.

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These clouds look insane, like a bomb blew up. They are shaped that way for no reason at all, except that Mother Nature wanted it that way.

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graffiti tunnel in Burnaby, B.C.

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Apr 22
Cash Flow Properties Everywhere You Look In las Vegas

I mentioned in another post that I bought 1 condo in Las Vegas to rent. The condo was a 1300 sq ft 2 bedroom with 1 car private garage. I have a property management company that is taking care of it for me. Since I am down here in Vegas I wanted to see the condo before it gets rented out and see the upgrades that the management company did. Overall they did a nice job of touching it up before it is rented out. From what the management company has told me they have 2 people wanting to rent the place, I will found out shortly. As for rental rates they are pretty decent, this condo is going to get rented  for either $795  (with no dog) or $825 (with 2 dogs). Considering I bought the place for $64,000, that is pretty damn good cash flow. I know friends in Vancouver who bought a new 1 bedroom in Surrey for $200,000 and are renting it for around $8-$9o0. That is horrible cash flow honestly, but better to invest in something that nothing at all. However you cannot purchase too many condos with negative cash flow, because they can’t cover themselves. Your properties always should cover themselves…

This condo is located just down the hill  (literally 20 second drive ) from my own vacation om here in Las Vegas. which is kinda nice in a way. If you’re thinking of investing in Las Vegas the timing  could not be better, with the Canadian dollar worth more than the US dollar (last time I checked), and such low prices combined with people looking to rent because they have lots their homes it’s a win, win, win situation, for real estate investors.

This is an opportunity that will not be around forever, and then you will kick yourself when you didn’t do it. Easier said than done, I know however you need to push yourself if you want to get ahead. Nothing comes by watching TV, go out and make your life happen.

Action = $$$$

sincerely,
Cosimo

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the entrance is located on the side of the building. My rental condo is right across from the clubhouse that has a full gym as well as an outside pool

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living room

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dining area

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view of kitchen from outdoor deck area…
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view from patio of Lone mountain…
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view from patio of parking area…

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view of kitchen area…

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view of wrap around kitchen area (the stove is gone, need to buy one)

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view of closet

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view of bathroom in master bedroom

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view of tub in master bedroom

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view of the washroom in the master bedroom

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This condo cost me $64,000, is that insane I think so!! Every time I think of Vancouver real estate I just shake my head (still doing it now)….

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Apr 17
The Drive To Las Vegas From Vancouver

Yah, we arrived safe and sound at 7pm on Friday night! The truck was full of bugs and we were all tired but we arrived. Overall the drive from Vancouver to Vegas wasn’t that bad actually. We woke up at 6 am but didn’t leave Vancouver until 7 because having 2 kids always takes more time to do anything. The Peace Arch border was empty which was great. I got a speeding ticket  just before Seattle, fuck. It cost me $96, which sucked but whatever. I wasn’t trying to speed it just kinda happened. After that little fiasco I kept my truck on cruise control the rest of the road trip, so I couldn’t go over the speed limit.  We drove though the Cascade Mountains and Enumclaw, Washington, where it was pissing rain.

The drive from Vancouver to  Boise, Idaho was 10 hours, we  got to redneck Boise at 6 pm. We stayed the night in a really nice hotel that was basically brand new, and it only cost $63. We stayed in a town called Meridian which is a suburb of Boise. I found the hotel on HotWire.com and it was a 3 star hotel that had free wifi through out the hotel, as well as a complimentary breakfast for the whole family! It was well worth the price. If you want the best possible deals on hotels as well as airfare, then check out HotWire.com. I’ll get the name later, can’t recall it right now.

I should also mention that every few hours my son would have a meltdown and start crying, so he would be let out of his car seat. He would cry for at least 30 minutes sometimes, and he cries really loud, lol. We did try to stop and give him what he needed (breast milk, diaper change or just comforting), but it wasn’t always an option. I knew driving 20 hours with small kids isn’t the easiest way to travel, but what the hell I like taking chances! Overall the kids were pretty damn good, I must say. The DVD players playing “How To Eat fried Worms” on the backseats might have something to do with their overall good behavior, lol.

The drive from Boise to Vegas started to drag the last few hours, since I just wanted to get there, unpack and relax. As we kept driving south in the desert towards Las Vegas the temperature kept creeping up and up.  By the time we got into Vegas the temperature was  27°C, it was perfect. Now I can relax in the sun for a month, work and not worrying about the rain.
Oh yeah for gas, I spent around $250 from Vancouver to Las Vegas which is pretty damn good considering I drive a V8 Escalade  that isn’t really economical. Gas in the USA is at $0.80 per liter compared to Vancouver that is at $1.12! Being Canadian we play allot more for gas, housing, you name it, compared to the Yankees. Now I can tell people I drove through Idaho, wee I am so proud, haha.

Ok that’s enough for now, time for an espresso.


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driving through Washington, rain and more rain….

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someone watching a DVD, with a lollipop..
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driving over some bridge in eastern Washington…

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A house on the move!
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Idaho = farm country & potatoes for miles and miles.

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Yes, there was still snow all over Nevada mountains

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We stopped in this creepy little town in South Nevada, to get some gas. I swear to god everyone was in bred lol.
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Having some food at the gas station…
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little town of horrors….

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I drove that truck for 20 hours in 2 days. I’m still tired thinking about it! I would never make it as a trucker!

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creepy town, USA.. Horror movie anyone? Reminds me of that cheezy movie called “House Of Wax“, with Paris Hilton in it.

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miles and miles of scenery like this..

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Palms trees in the middle of no where. Palm trees are not native to the desert FYI…



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