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Simon András Péter, a.k.a SimonTheSorcerer

Hi! I’m Simon. I also go by SimonTheSorcerer online and my real name is Simon András Péter, but just call me Simon for short. You are on Simon’s Blog Park, the home of my blogs and everything else.

What I do: I create and manage successful blogs in difficult niches. And I do not use spammy marketing techniques, I’m doing this as ethically as I can. All of my blogs are dedicated to responsibility, safety and I’m committed to providing genuinely useful information to my visitors.

Why I do it: Difficult niches (gambling, legal highs, binary options, viagra etc…) should not be synonymous with SPAM and us, website owners can make a difference!

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You can find interviews and important press mentions of me and my websites here.


 

Simon’s Blogs

Simon's Legal Highs

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Simon’s Legal Highs

Simon’s Legal Highs & Entheogens is a blog focusing on the natural, herbal legal highs which are legal in many parts of the world. We are not strongly against dangerous research chemicals and you won’t find any designer drug on the website, only natural psychoactive plants.

The blog consists of:

Simon's Duty-Free Online Shopping Blog

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Simon’s Online Duty-free Shopping Blog

Simon’s duty-free online shopping blog focuses on online duty-free & tax free shopping opportunities and methods. These opportunities are not very well known, few people know that you can actually buy duty free products online.

 

The following topics are covered so far:

Duty-free and Tax Free Cheap Cigarettes Online

Cheap Duty-free Spirits & Liquor Online

Simon's Self Defense and Weapons Blog

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Simon’s Self Defense and Weapons Blog

Simon’s Self Defense and Weapons Blog focuses on the various self defense techniques, methods, objects and weapons.

Coming soon!

 

 

FAQ – commonly asked questions

These are the answers to the most commonly asked questions I got over time.

What are difficult niches?

Difficult niches (e.g.:gambling, legal highs, binary options, Bitcoin gambling, viagra, e-cigarettes etc…) are industries notorious for black hat marketing techniques (SPAM, link buying, hacking websites etc…). They are also unwelcome on most platforms (e.g.: most social media network) and they are barred from many other forms of advertising. This is why they are difficult to market niches, and hence the name.

Why are you only focusing on a few difficult niches and ignore payday loans for example?

Because I’m doing it ethically. Payday loans are never a good idea and you should avoid them. Even if you need cash fast, your local credit unions are always a better option. If you are doing it ethically that’s all you have to say about payday loans, this does not require a whole blog.

Will you ever create adult blogs?

I will not create porn blogs. But yes, I will create adult blogs. These blogs will not contain explicit pornography or even nudity, but they will tackle adult topics e.g: live cam sex sites, poppers & aphrodisiacs, sex toys. They will answer such questions, like “Which live webcam site offers the best price per value? (It’s Cam 4 gold membership btw…) Which aphrodisiacs are scientifically proven to work? (poppers and some other plants, most of them are already on my legal high blog) and similar questions. You can expect this blogs to be ready sometime 2017.

 

Do I need to be 18 to visit this site?

My websites do not contain pronography. Sure, some of the topics are mature or adult, but in most countries it’s fine if you are 14-16+. However, none of the stores I work with sell anyone under 18 anything and none of the websites I talk about let anyone under 18 register, so there is not much point visiting if you are under 18.

Why are you focusing on difficult niches?

It’s easy, I was always drawn to the “dark side” of the world. And I always wanted to show people that these things are a natural part of our world, not something to be swept under the rug. Just like in your personal life you shouldn’t dismiss and try to suppress negative emotions (anger, hate, jealousy etc…). Instead you should ask: “What can I learn from this? Why am I feeling this way? What does it tell me about myself? What can I learn from this?”. So too should we approach these difficult nices.
If we accept these “dark” niches, approach them with an open mind, focusing on responsibility and value creation, we can change the seedy image and integrate them fully into society, for the benefit of all.

Why do you name everything after yourself?

Simple. Personal branding. I hope to create some sort of cohesive brand across all my blogs, some brand awareness. When it comes to difficult niches, you need every help you can get. And people trust people, not websites.

How much money is in difficult niches?

Much less than what you probably think! After 4 years of hard work I still only make between $5,000 – $10,000 per month (before taxes, and taxes are quite high here in the EU). And I started out with a lot of specialized online marketing knowledge. Seriously, if you don’t have specialized online marketing and content manager knowledge or you don’t have a lot of money to invest, just don’t start. The competition is unbelievable, and it’s just getting worse year-by-year.

Which CMS do you use?

WordPress, on all of my websites. It’s the best CMS right now. If you don’t use WordPress already, you should.

What is your email address?

Due to the extreme amount of SPAM I received (automated marketing outreach), my email address can no longer be found on any of the websites. If you wish to contact me I prefer G+, but if you manage to find my email address on the internet somewhere (it’s actually not that hard to find),  you can still write me an email (this ensures I don’t get automated SPAM, and cold calls).


I'm an affiliate manager, can I contact you about our affiliate program?

Sure. I prefer G+, use that. Please do not call me on the phone! My email address is floating around on internet so if you manage to find it you can use it as well. It’s not on any of the websites on purpose (this way I don’t get automated SPAM, and cold calls). If I don’t respond it means I’m not interested

 

About Simon

Born: 1986-11-01 (yep, that’s Halloween, but we do not celebrate Halloween in Eastern Europe)
Sex: M
Nationality: Hungarian, Eastern European, citizen of the EU
Living in: Budapest, Hungary

Education: College, Economics – Budapest Business School

Languages spoken: Hungarian, English and some German

Interesting facts about me:

  • I was born in a communist country, in the USSR (Hungary was communist till 1990), just shortly after the Chernobyl accident in neighboring Ukraine.
  • My parents were really poor and only had high school diplomas and we lived in public housing.
  • I have learned to speak English when I was around 9, watching TV, Cartoon Network, which for some strange reason was available only in English (no subtitles) in Hungary for years.
  • I had to miss out one year to go to work abroad (in the Netherlands and in Germany, working in factories, sometimes 50+ hours per week) to get enough money to pay for my college education.
  • I studied in a German-hungarian bilingual high school, and then I studied Economics in English at college, which means elementary school was my last Hungarian only school despite the fact that I never studied abroad.

 

Career:

2011 – 2012 ING Insurance (now NN) Trainee, then briefly Content manager – I started my career as an intern in the online marketing department of Europe’s biggest life insurance provider. Then, after my internship, I worked briefly as a content manager. I was responsible for all of the content on the company’s website (and the internal website too), which I managed, edited, uploaded, fixed according to on-page SEO factors and the needs of other departments and supervisors. I learned to use two CMSs, basic online marketing and how to navigate the workplace environment in a multinational corporation.

2012 (about 6 months) Freelance SEO – After I quit I needed to make some money and I had plenty of free time so I started doing SEO freelance jobs online. The pay was horrible, Indians and freelancers from other third-world countries bring the prices down extremely. The marketplace is full of cheaters and scammers. However, I did learn a lot about different ways to make money online and what works and what not, what is a scam and what is not. And  I had time to experiment with a whole lot of these methods. Being an online freelancer is a horrible job and I did not really learn much about SEO or online marketing. Online freelancers are mostly hired to do various forms of spamming.

2012 – 2013 HigherClick Kft. (Online Marketing Agency) Online marketing professional, then Online marketing manager – I got lucky and landed a job in Budapest at a then startup online marketing agency run by a Scottish and French guy working exclusively with English companies. This was a great job and I ended up staying here for almost two years. I learned a LOT about SEO and online marketing in general. We worked with huge US and UK companies (Fortune 500) but because we were contractors we could remain independent, flexible and innovative. We were really at the forefront of SEO and online marketing, and we made miracles happen. When I was promoted to an online marketing manager I was able to delegate tasks to 15 people and managed a budget of about $20,000 monthly and was solely responsible for one of the biggest clients of the company.

I was hired when the company had only 5 employees and I watched the company grow to having 30 full time employees and around 20 part-time employees.

Without this experience I would not be able to make a living online as a entrepreneur/webmaster today.

2013 – 2014 Simon’s Online marketing Kft.  – Startup online marketing agency – I quit and I started my own online marketing agency. I was really good at what I did and my prices were really affordable. However, SEO in a B2C agency format is not a good business opportunity for various reasons (ROI problems, constant algorithm changes, Indians bringing the price down, rampant outsourcing, scammers, absolutely horrible clients, complex on-page optimization made impossible by non-cooperative clients and lack of access to backend, more explaining than actual work etc…).

Yet somehow, I managed to grow my startup from a one man company to having 2 full time employees and 5 part time employees in just 8 months. However, I’ve burnt out and my websites (,which by this time I was developing for two years on the weekends) started to bring in more than pocket change. I scaled down, and started focusing on my websites full time.

2014 -> Simon’s Online marketing Kft. – Simon’s Blogs  This is where I am now. Working full time on my websites and trying to grow them.

UPDATE: Recently I hired two employees and an intern, but one of them (after three months) left for college and the other one decided (after three months), that he was not comfortable working with difficult niches. And the intern was not up to the standards I expected. This was a devastating financial blow to a small company like mine. I spent 3 months training, helping, correcting them and when they were ready for independent work, they left. So I’m doing it on my own again and I’m saving up money to buy a small office somewhere in Budapest. Once I bought a small starter office I will start hiring people again.

 


 

What I’m capable of:  Basically right know I’m capable of building up a small online B2C online marketing agency from the ground up and to do every type of client work that needs to be done, and also administrative/background tasks (accounting, finances, legal stuff, sales etc.) .

I’m also capable of coming up with great affiliate marketing ideas and creative online marketing solutions, which I then put in a business context. I analyze the market and find potential niches and adapt my ideas to the needs and opportunities of the market. Then I make a detailed plan with a focus on ROI milestones and quantitative data. Then I can create all the actual content, the website from the ground up, WordPress frontend, backend. Then through various online marketing techniques I turn this fresh new affiliate blog into a profitable business.
Idea -> Plan ->Execution -> Marketing -> Profitable Business

What are the things I’m really good at: “Business thinking” (quantitative management, with a strong ROI focus) – that’s the only way to grow a small business.

What are my biggest weaknesses: I have no patience for people, whom I deem intellectually inferior. I also can not stand people making fun of me and I often think that people are bad mouthing, talking about me behind my back at the workplace, even when they are not. When I have the opportunity to take it easy I do it. I only work hard as long as I have to. I like when my employees know who is the boss and the final say is always mine (they can comment, ask questions, have ideas, or make remarks, but I decide, always). I think this is called top down and control style management, but I’m aware of this and I’m balancing this out with flexible working hours, telecommuting opportunities and by using performance management software instead of micromanaging.

What I’m working on right now: I’m trying to quantify the ROI of hiring one person and the turnover point. This is extremely difficult considering that almost every variable is subjective and unquantifiable. A mathematical analysis is impossible, but I can make a fairly good assumption.

I will be working on hiring people (after I bought the office) and I will work on creating a self-sustainable, self-controlling system. Coworkers should be able to work independently (after a sufficient time of course) and the company should run like a well oiled machine even without my day-to-day management and oversight. This will probably take years to achieve.

 


 

About Simon’s Online Marketing Kft.

 

Simon’s Online Marketing Kft. : This is my company (Kft. is LLC. in English) and it is registered in Hungary, Budapest. It is a one-man company currently. The company was registered in 2013.

 


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Charity

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Join Kiva and start helping people

Microloan websites are fantastic. You can help out a lot of people with very little money, AND you get it all back at the end. It’s unbelievable, but it is indeed true.

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Name
Simon András Péter
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(SimonTheSorcerer)
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Job Title
Webmaster/entrepenuer
Company
Simon's Online Marketing Kft.