Hi! I'm Michael Wong and welcome to my website. I'm a web marketer, author, developer, and producer.
I live in Sydney, Australia, with my wife and two young boys.
This About page has grown into a monster, so use these quick links to navigate the page.
Like I said on the homepage, I wanna teach you how to make money online. I've been in this business a long time. I've been making a healthy living online since 1998.
The internet has given me the freedom to live and work where I want and when I want. I have lived and worked in 4 continents: London, North Hollywood, Hong Kong, and Sydney, Australia.
Friends and family often ask me to teach them how to make money online. I wish I could. But it's not that easy - there's so much to learn.
I was finally inspired by Salman Khan's incredible KhanAcademy.org to take action. He apparently created most of the 2,800+ lessons on his site. And they're all available for free.
He's helping millions of kids with their education. I thought I could do that and help thousands of adults make a better life for themselves and their family.
I'd also do something I've wanted to do for a long time - pass on my knowledge and experience to help others before I die, like people used to do in the old days.
My dad was a talented chef and chinese chess player. After he died, all his knowledge and wisdom died with him. That is such a waste. But that would happen to me unless I put what I know into writing.
I also came from a dirt-poor background. Our family of three (mum left when I was young) lived in a small room for years. After high school I struggled on a waiter's pay for years. I thought I'd always be poor.
Luckily, I discovered the internet in '98 and worked out how to make money online. During the best years I've made more than ten times what I earned as a waiter.
That has meant I could give my wife and two young boys the lifestyle I always wanted to give my family. It's lucky I could otherwise the missus would probably leave me. Just kidding babe! Hahaha! :-)
You may wonder why I don't tell you exactly how much I earn. You see it everywhere, right? People throwing around huge income figures to impress people.
Frankly I don't like that. I also don't want to give you the idea that it's easy. It's not.
I work hard. I wake up early to help my wife get the kids ready for school. I then work until 5 in the afternoon. I used to work until 8 or 9, but now stop at 5 to spend time with the wife and kids in the evenings - like all good fathers/husbands should. ;-).
The opportunity to make a very good living online is there if you want it. But it takes a lot of work and a bit of luck. I want you to know that.
This site is open to everyone, no matter your age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, color or where you live. But I really want to help those who really need help.
I really want to help the long-term unemployed who have given up on finding a job. I want to give them hope because I know what it's like not to have hope. It's awful.
I want to help the millions of young people who can't find a job in this awful economy. In the United States 18.4% of workers aged 16 to 24 are unemployed. In the UK 21% of 18 to 24 year olds are not in education, work or training. In countries like Spain and Greece almost one in two 16-24 year-olds are jobless. Those numbers are terrible.
I really want to help the millions of people who struggle to pay their mortgage or debt. The fear of picking up the phone or opening the mail because banks or creditors are chasing you for money is a terrible experience. I know - I've experienced it.
I want to help moms who prefer to stay at home to bring up their kids rather than go out to work. The family shouldn't have to suffer financially because of it. But we all know they do.
That's the decision my wife made when we had our first kid and it was fine for years. But my business went through a bad patch at the beginning of 2011. I told my wife she'd have to go out and work if things didn't pick up.
She said she'd prefer to stay at home to look after our new born and make money online. But I didn't know what to teach her because there's so much to learn. So I'm doing this for her and stay-at-home moms like her.
Luckily business has picked up since then and she doesn't have to work now. But I know other moms either have to or want to work, and would prefer to make money online working from home.
I also want to help students struggling with college tuition expenses, because school shouldn't mean you have to survive on instant noodles. You know what I mean if you've been to college.
I want to help the millions of people who have a "go-outside-the-home" disability which prevents them from pursuing traditional employment.
Not being able to go out to work shouldn't mean you can't work. People with disabilities can do all kinds of worthwhile jobs from home: writers, graphic designers, project managers, programmers, bloggers, etc.
The internet is full of useful information. But there's also a lot of rubbish that will waste your time, or worse, scam you out of your hard earned money.
It's difficult to know what to believe. I know - I've been scammed once or twice. Luckily I didn't lose my shirt. But I've learnt from those experiences.
I can now tell pretty quickly what's good, what's a waste of time, and what's probably a scam.
When my friends and family asked me to teach them how to make money online, I realized that there aren't any trusted websites offering information on really how to make money online. At least none I'd recommend to my friends and family.
There are websites that may list a bunch of opportunities. But you can't tell who wrote the articles. They were probably outsourced to freelancers for five bucks an article in India or the Philippines who have no expertise or experience on the subject. Do you really want to rely on information like that?
And they don't tell you which opportunities you should pursue. Or which ones you should stay away from. And they don't show you how to really make money from them. Or provide any support.
These websites also usually bombard you with ads for business opportunities and affiliate programs, which only confuses you even more. You could waste a lot of time and money trying to work out which opportunities to pursue.
This is why I am creating the Michael Wong Academy for anyone who wants a trusted resource that will show them how to make money online.
I want to build a resource that offers good honest information on genuine job and business opportunities online. That shows you what's worth pursuing, and what to stay away from. I put my name on this website because I stand by every word I write in it.
The information I share is just part of it. I want to build a community where we help each other succeed. I don't know it all. The internet's far too big. There's too much going on.
Listen: I need your help to share your findings and opinions on what's good and what's bad. The more information we all share with the community, the more we all benefit.
You can expect:
You must follow these house-rules. This ensures we provide a safe and friendly environment for all community members. Repeat offenders will be banned.
So what's the catch? Well I can't afford to teach you for free without getting something back in return. I'm not rich. And I'm not running a charity.
I do have to work to pay the bills. I have a family with two young boys to support. You won't begrudge me trying to make an honest living helping you, will you?
Here's how I intend to earn an income from this website:
How's that for openness and honesty? :-)
Because I'm a nice guy. Haha! :-) Okay consider these ten facts about me:
IBoost was a start-up funded by SoftBank, a forty billion dollar Japanese telecom and internet company, which also funded Yahoo! and E*Trade.
Unfortunately iBoost shut down in 2001 during the dotcom crash. It wasn't my fault - honest! Haha! :-)
Mike's Marketing Tools attracted 56,222 visitors, generating 209,290 page views in May 2011. Search for 'mikes marketing tools' and 'mike's marketing tools' in Google and you'll find over 55,000 results.
I treat others how I like to be treated - with respect. That's why you won't find a bad word said against me if you search around the internet.
Well, there may be one or two. It's hard to do business for fourteen years and not upset one or two nincompoops. Haha! :-)
I smoked my last cigarette in December 2004, the day she flew back from Hong Kong where she worked as a United Airlines flight attendant. I haven't smoked since then.
If you promise to give me your undivided attention, I'll promise to show you how to make money online.
But I know not all kids are so lucky. That's why I want to help you. Allow me to help you make a better life for yourself and your family, starting today.
I hope you see I have what it takes to show you how to make money online.
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