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


I have just finished a massive clean up of my office. Well what I am saying, I de-cluttered it. There was so much paperwork, that I had printed out over a matter of time that I really had to go through it and I ended up throwing a lot of it out. But while I was doing this I came across the skeleton of a blog that I was going to write and when I looked at it I thought why not write it now.

The thoughts were about what were the qualities you needed to become a success in any endeavor your ever attempted. Believe it or not, it really is your “mindset” but let me expand on that because not everyone understands that.Can you achieve your dreams

Your beliefs are the most powerful of forces. Henry David Thoreau puts it so well:
“What lies before us and what lies behind us
Are small matters compared to
What lies within us
And when we bring out what is within
Out into the world
Miracles happen.”

You must be committed – remember be committed not interested. YOU must be prepared to do the hard work. You must take the time to acquire the knowledge to be able to do whatever it is you want to do. Now a word of warning here, knowledge without action is useless. You have to have the inner belief in yourself that what you have conceived in your mind can be achieved. You have to set goals (a goal is only a dream with a definite time line.) If goals are not set down in writing, how do you know you are following the right path? By reviewing your goals, you can see what you have achieved and what the next step is.

What this comes down to that you are persistent and focused and that you do not stumble at any hurdle. If you come to a problem, whatever it may be, find a solution.

I remember as a child (I played the violin) being told – “practice makes perfect”. Sorry, I must not have practiced as well as I should have because I never reached the point of perfection there. But as an adult, this saying takes on a whole new meaning. The people who are successful are the people who will, if necessary, perform the same task over and over till they achieve the results they desire. No one is a success overnight –but we hear that many times, but later we hear the true story of how they have achieved their goals. There has been a lot of hard work before they were a success but one common thread, in every story like this, is they believed that they were going to achieve.

So if you have the desire to be successful, you may need help along the way. You may need to get a mentor to help you and keep you on track.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald


ScreenHunter_10 Jan. 27 13.11If you ask any marketer – what are some things that you find the hardest to do? You will receive a lot of different answers but most will tell you getting traffic and list building. It is not just a matter of building a list you also have of cultivate a relationship with that list.

Here are some ways that you may already be aware of and you may even be using them. You want the maximum traffic you can get. When you are writing for any platform always read their terms of service and be aware of the value of SEO.

Go to Squidoo and write a lens and create a back link to your site. Then go to Hubpages and write a post there. Both Squidoo and Hubpages are favored by Google.

If you are blogging – re post your blog on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Google+ and Delicious. Add you latest blog to Google bookmarks. These all point back to your site.

Go to forums in your niche and make sure you include your site in your signature link.

Now they are the most know ways to get traffic and there are other as well but I have found some recently that I never knew existed. So I would like you to grab my free report that tells you some other methods.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald


Well this is now the second week of the List Driven Profits Course and we are all loving it. One thing I particular like about the course is that we are set homework assignments so Craig can assess how we are individually progressing. Now that is dedication from Craig because he is devoting his time to assess where we are at and steer each person in the right direction.

Last week we picked a niche and next week we will begin to create a product for that niche. Once the product is created we will start driving traffic to our site. Can you imaging how this is going to feel when you see at least 4,500 new subscribers on your list?

Craig has guaranteed that this is the amount of subscribers we will receive within 90 days. If it doesn’t happen you can ask for your money back. What I would like to stress here is you join this group for a life time and the course material is all recorded and there for you to watch and review as many times as you like. There are also a lot of tools and other material provided to you free of charge.

Think about this – 4,500 subscribers for a total cost of $47USD. This is the total price for you to join List Driven Profits and it is not too late for you to join and do what I am doing. If you were buying solo ads to get this amount of subscribers you would be paying between 35-50cents per click – not per subscriber. By my calculations, and knowing a little about building a list, you would end up paying thousands of dollars.

So if you are keen and want to build your own business online come and join the group. All you have to do is be prepared to do your homework every week and forward it to Craig. Don’t let this opportunity pass – if you are serious about become a success online, you and only you can do something about it.

I look forward to having you join and we have an active skype group that never sleeps. There are always people there who will answer your questions if Craig is not available. You are never left by yourself trying to fathom how you should do anything online.

So click on this link and do yourself a favor. Hey don’t do it for me do it for yourself and you could be making money by Christmas. Come and join and succeed further and faster than you ever thought possible.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald