Hey my amigos!
I just arrived back from Japan a few days ago. After spending 11 days there, I found out that Japan is one of the most visited countries in the world! I really enjoy Japanese food, attractions, people, and the weather.
The transportation in this country is also good. You can go anywhere by bus or rail. I thought it would be difficult to understand the Japanese rail map, but I was wrong. It’s not that much difficult from my own. If you can’t understand the map, you can use the Hyperdia website. You just insert the origin and destination station you would like to go to on the website, and it will show you the rail route you need to take. Then, you just follow it.
Japanese food is also what I wanted to try in this country. I’m a fan of sushi. Although there are many sushi restaurants in Thailand, I think the taste and price are different. For example, the taste of premium sushi in the Tsukiji market is very delicious. I had to wait for 1 hour to eat it because there were so many people waiting to try it too. The price was only 3500 yen or $32. I ate this kind of sushi in Thailand, but it was more expensive and the quality was not good as it was in this market.
Not only sushi, but I also tried local food like Gyudon and Ramen too. I read about the behavior of people here and found that they don’t have sushi too often. They usually have sushi on special occasions such as birthdays or as a gift. It’s quite expensive compared to other kinds of food. Gyudon, the beef bowl, was what I ate many times there because it’s very cheap and also delicious. I usually ate it with raw egg. You should try it when you visit Japan. It only costs around 550 yen or $5.
Kobe steak was really superb! The reason I went to Kobe was just to eat Kobe steak. I lost my JR Pass in Kyoto so I had to pay more in order to go to Kobe, but that didn’t stop me from trying Kobe steak! I ate it many years ago when my family took me here and I’ never forgot how delicious it is. You gotta try it when you come here. It costs only 3,000 yen or $27.
I think I’ve written too much about food lol.
There were also many attractions I visited. After visiting Tokyo, Nikko, Shimoyoshida, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Kobe, I found that I love many places in these cities. The castles and temples in Japan are very beautiful and unique. The Japanese park is also awesome. One of the attractions I visited in Kyoto was the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The walking path is very long and made of Red Torii. I spent over four hours there getting to the top. It was really tiring but also extremely fun.
As I told you in the previous post I started learning to create time-lapse videos. I took more than 10,000 shots in many cities, especially Tokyo. Since there are many crowded places in Tokyo, it’s great for time-lapse videos. I took many photos in the beautiful intersections in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Osaka, etc. I personally don’t like a time-lapse of cloud moving because it requires long intervals for each shot. For a people walking clip, the interval can be only 1-2 seconds so I don’t have to wait so long.
Something funny happened in Osaka. It was my fault that I was too lazy to not bring my MacBook Pro with me, so my memory cards weren’t large enough to contain all the photos for my time-lapse. Even though I brought about 10GB of SD cards, it still wasn’t enough because I took photos in raw format. So, I ended up needing to purchase 14 SD cards during my trip. Needless to say, the cashier was surprised when I brought so many cards up to his counter!
Actually, there were many nice places I went to, but I can’t write them all in just one post. Let me just show you the photos instead.
A long journey without working was really awesome. I’m so lucky to have been in Affiliate Marketing for such a long time. During this trip, I didn’t work for a single day aside from checking my earning stats. My PPV campaigns were still running while I was traveling. Some offers were paused during the trip, but it’s not a big deal. I can still make money from other offers. A little amount of traffic might be sent to expired offers though.
This is what I found when I arrived home 🙂
Anyway, you can’t find success within one night. I have been working for years to find winning campaigns. Moreover, as I wrote in the old post, welcome to the roller coaster business! Doing internet marketing is like a roller coaster ride. It’s an up and down business because you are not the owner of the offers. My winning campaigns can disappear any time the advertisers don’t want my traffic, so I can’t have this baller lifestyle for too much longer. I still need to do a bit of work to keep my campaigns alive.
As this year is almost over and my next trip to Taiwan will be in December, I’ve decided to use the next two months to create new winning campaigns and some mobile apps. Also, I have to create time-lapse videos from photos I took in Japan and submit them to iStockPhoto. If there is time left, I plan to write my new book about PPV too. Hopefully these can be done before I travel again.
This is what living the Affiliate Marketing Lifestyle is all about. Earning money and enjoying life.
Bank has been working in the affiliate marketing industry since he was an undergrad in 2008. His favorite traffic source is PPV (Pay-Per-View). In 2013, he started sharing his journey on this blog AlcheBank.com and developed AffLanders.com to help people create PPV landing pages.