No this is not going to be a travelogue, but so many of my friends out there want to know what the Gold Coast is like.

Just over 50 years ago the Gold Coast was going from a sleepy holiday village to a town where people wanted to live. They didn’t just want to enjoy the beautiful weather only on their holidays, they wanted permanent residence here.

Before this time the area had mainly been used to provide timber for both Brisbane and Sydney. The main timbers were cedar, beech, ash, teak and mahogany. The land had been surveyed in 1934 and there were originally only 70 blocks on offer at Broadbeach. These were mainly purchased by the timber cutters so they could build a home for themselves and their family.

This area is about 60 miles south of our state capital Brisbane. About seventy years ago with the advent of more cars on the road the Coast was discovered by a few more people but one smart developer decided to build a hotel here. It was called the Lennons of Broadbeach.
The locals called it the Broady. Now for those of you who have not a lot to do with Australians we are famous for shortening everything we can.
So before I go on… just see what I mean…

Vegimite ( a spread we have on toast) became vegi. The U turn became the U-E (said as two separate letters). The mosquito became the mozzie and an Australian became an Aussie. The postman became – yes you have probably guessed it – the postie and don’t forget we often do not say we live in Australia but we live in the Land of Oz.

Before that the only accommodation was what you provided for yourself. People would haul their caravans or pitch a tent right along the beach front.

Caravan parks sprung up everywhere and these places provided the basic facilities for just a few dollars per night.
Then some people decided to start buying the beach front land but because we did not even have a council, the land was the property of the state and you had to purchase your land from the state government.

Some clever people bought land for only a few hundred dollars and built holiday homes. This same land some 60 years later is valued at about 6 million dollars a block.


You read it correctly. Most of the original lots were an acre or more. There are very few left at that size now because people have sub-divided and put their newer homes on smaller blocks.

It didn’t take long for the word to get around how great it was to live here and 40 years ago there was a massive development overhaul of the entire beach front area. Then the council turned their attention to the suburbs and started providing infrastructure for the residents who were moving here.

People were realizing that with no pollution and plenty of space, this was the place they were going to move their family to live. Visitors poured in from the southern states, and quickly bought up the land.

Families started moving into the suburbs; house and land packages were around the $50,000 mark. Now around this same area a three bedroom house with two bathrooms and a double garage sells for ten times that amount.

The Gold Coast of today is very much like Miami Florida. Very similar weather and the beach area is covered with high rises.
We have a saying about the Gold Coast – “Here it is beautiful one day and perfect the next.” This really describes where I live.
Is it any wonder we have been named as one of the best beaches in the world! Since the late eighties tourists have flocked here to enjoy what we have to offer. They want to enjoy our sun, surf and sand not only this, but we have a great range of accommodation and great restaurants. We have become a world famous tourist mecca.

The world famous Surfers Paradise has mainly high rises now and at Broadbeach, which is the next beach down, you will find the tallest residential tower in the world – Q1. Prices per condo started at just over one million dollars when it was built 5 years ago.
Mainly people with families wanted to live in the suburbs so their children had a yard to play in and they could even have a dog or cat as a pet.

We live about ten minutes drive from the beach. So if you are ever in my area let me know.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

Choosing a Profitable Niche

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Choosing a profitable niche is one way to sell a product or service online. If you are brand new to the internet and want to make money, there are several ways that this can be achieved. There are several ways to choose your niche but most people will tell you to pick something you know a lot about or you are passionate about. That may be true but if your passion is about something that would not be interesting to others, then you will have to choose something else.

Choosing a Profitable nicheNow when you first start your online business, you have to decide what niche you are going to be working in. There are several very popular niches and if you are just starting out, you may or may not want to try them. Three of the most popular are:
Internet Marketing
Health and Fitness
Weight Loss

Now being popular does not mean that you would not be successful in that niche. You would have to find a sub-niche or a micro niche. If you were going to look at health and fitness and you were passionate about yoga, as an example – you may pick a sub niche like “Staying Fit and Healthy Practicing Yoga.”

There are some really easy ways to ascertain if your passion or interest can be profitable.

1. See if there are already products being sold in that niche – just go to Google and type in your keywords. This will show you how many sites there are when you type in that particular keyword.

2. Check at Amazon and see if there is a magazine and or a book about it. There may be several magazines about your chosen niche.

3. Next head over to Clickbank and see if there are any books about it there.

4. Go to the Dummies book site and see if there is a book in the Dummies Group.

5. Now also use the Google keyword tool to check how many people are searching for that niche keyword.

If you have established that it is a profitable niche, then your next step is to register your domain name.

Let me know if you have found some of these suggestions helpful.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald


This has been a very exciting week – at least it would have been had I not fallen and injured myself and had to go get some treatment. I tripped on the corner of a mat and wham I hit the floor. I consider myself very lucky, because although I have some serious bruising, nothing is broken. The doctor tells me another 10 days and I should be able to move a lot freer.

So again this week we got further training via our weekly webinar, we went though the elements required to write a free report. There are two main parts to the report – there is the presentation and also the “filling.” For a subscriber to want your report, it has to be something that is informative to him/her. It has to provide your subscriber with valuable answers to the questions they have regarding your subject.
Now we are starting to move forward and getting set for the traffic. One thing we were required to do was register a new domain where we are going to offer our free report.

Registering a domain is a very important part of your business. Yes if you are serious about your online success, this has to be treated as a business. To choose a domain name I would like to suggest the following. You will have chosen your niche and you want a domain name to reflect that niche. Always buy a dot com and avoid hyphens. So if you have chosen the sub niche of blogging in the Internet Marketing niche, you want the word blogging to be in the domain name.

Write out about twenty names, 2-4 words long, that you could possibly use and number them from 1-20 putting your most popular choice first. Then go to a name registrar and see if your top picks are available. Remember get the most relevant to your niche – one that is easy for people to remember.

So are you serious about your online business or do you need some help? Do you know how to be the success online you should be? Why not join the List Driven Profits course and guarantee that you will be success in just 90 days. Only one payment of $47 required and you will be well on your way to earning a living online. Do yourself a favor and click on the link -not for me but to ensure your success.
To YOUR success

Sue McDonald