How to NOT make money online: the Paid-To-Click (BUX) sites

Paid-To-Click sites, also known as BUX, are one of easiest (but stupidest) way of making money using internet. With just few minutes per day you can earn… FEW CENTS! This was popular along teenagers looking to make money online.

www.bux.to was one of most popular sites, started in 2007 and still running although not paying members after 2008. Lots of other sites named www.something-bux.xyz appeared in 2007-2009.

I personally used BUX websites in 2007-2008 and earned few dozens dollars, nothing significant compared with money earned by working for people, webdesign and AutoCAD design services.

How the BUX sites pretend to be working

You sign up and get paid usually 1 cent to view 30-second ads, which can be viewed once per day. If you refer friends to sign up you earn usually 0.5 cents for the ads they view. Site is selling ad space for $15 per 1000 visits, meaning that advertisers pay 1.5 cents per visit and you earn 1 + 0.5 cents per ad viewed.

Once you earn minimum payout, usually $5-10, you can request earnings to be paid to your PayPal or AlertPay account. Some BUX sites say in Terms of Service that pay you max in 7 days, others that pays in 30 days. You should never take in serious their TOS.

Sounds a good business? Actually very few sponsors are buying ad space on BUX sites, and most such sites run with self-sponsored ads, and their primary source of income is people themselves who invest in buying referrals (buy people who signed up without being anyone’s referral).

How the BUX sites are actually working (and scamming you)

All BUX sites are actually a fraud. The site admin starts a BUX site and spend few dozens dollars advertising it on other BUX sites and surf sites, people looking to make easy money join the site, some people investing few dollars in buying referrals.

People start requesting payouts and site admin pays few of them usually in few hours, who are posting proof of payments on various forums, and more people gain trust in BUX site and join it.

Soon, more and more people start requesting payouts, which exceed the money people invested in buying referrals, site admin run out of funds, he say in forum that payments will be done in max 30 days because he got sick, PayPal account locked, or other excuse. He is waiting for more people investing in referrals, but meantime so many people request payouts, and he need to stop all payments.

People realize that the site went bankrupt / SCAM and announce this over forums, but some people are not who aware and keep investing in referrals, leaving site admin in profit. Profit depends by how well the site was promoted and how payments were slowed down without giving impression of bankrupt.

You are advised to NOT invest in any BUX site, because by investing you encourage the fraud, more people investing means more people paid which leads to even more people investing who will eventually lose investment when the site admin stop payments.

NeoBux: biggest Paid-To-Click SCAM

www.NeoBux.com was born in 2008, it was the first Paid-To-Click site which offered automatic payouts, and as 2016 it continue to pay, however personally I still define it a SCAM. Actually NeoBux is the biggest fraud of Paid-To-Click industry. The secret of longevity is the referrals they sell.

NeoBux offer 4 or more ads which can be clicked once in 24 hours, each worth 0.5 cents, additionally you get 50% of referral earnings, you can recycle inactive referrals or you can set automatic recycling if they do not click any ad for 3 days. A real person would click all 4 ads each day, or may not click any ad today because forgot to click or don’t have time. The referrals they sell you click daily 1-2 ads, and slow down once you buy more referrals, this proving that they are actually robots programmed to leave you in loss. With other words, you invest $10 and earn back $12, then you invest $100 and earn back $80.

My personal experience in Paid-To-Click websites

I start signing up on BUX sites in 2007, being unaware how fast the BUX sites go into bankrupt, I signed on about 10 sites and clicked ads without having any referral, earning theoretically one dollar per day, but took in average 2 months to reach minimum payout, enough for the sites to go into bankrupt thus I was never receiving the money earned. Then joined a forum and promoted my referral links, got few referrals but still rarely receiving money earned.

Then, I found on forums that some people offer to pay you back what they earn from you if you sign up as their referral. In some cases paying referrals weekly instead of when they receive payout. By this way, in 2008 I made few dozens dollars, being paid not by BUX site, but by members of the BUX site, and sooner or later these members realized that the site went bankrupt and tell us to stop clicking, usually putting themselves in loss, and me in win.

By late 2008 so many BUX sites appeared and they were going into bankrupt so fast, that nobody was bearing anymore the risk of paying back their referrals. I have not made any more money from BUX sites after this.

Other money-making programs

Other money-making programs are the surf websites, they are not designed for making money but as far I see on forums, many people use them with interest of making money. The money you earn is usually less than cost of power bill required to keep computer running and surf websites. For example www.easyhits4u.com guide says “Please note that EasyHits4U is not a moneymaking machine. The site is designed as a traffic exchange, and the bonus that members receive for surfing is simply an added benefit. The site is not designed to encourage people to work full time to make money.

I personally used EasyHits4U in 2009-2010 to get more traffic on my website hoping to increase Google ranking, then realized that traffic from surf sites have no impact. Did not cared about money.

People hate chat pop-up

I use a chat widget on my website since January 2012. In average 8-10 people message me every day, 3000 per year, I helped lots of people thanks to this chat widget, and in a day of 2014 someone thinks that the chat widget invade his privacy… probably he will never visit my website again!


Chat started on Monday, June 16, 2014 1:37:05 PM
Country: Singapore
Page URL: http://www.teoalida.com/

(1:37:05 PM) *** Visitor has joined the chat ***
(1:37:09 PM) chat support @ teoalida.com: Hello from website admin! If you need any help or just wanna chat, drop here a message!
(1:38:16 PM) Visitor: what is this ? invading internet privacy ?
(1:38:34 PM) Teoalida: LOL?
(1:38:34 PM) *** Teoalida has joined the chat ***
(1:38:53 PM) Visitor: how to remove this chat window out of my screen please ?
(1:38:54 PM) Teoalida: This is the way for admins to talk with visitors
(1:39:04 PM) Teoalida: for companies to talk with customers
(1:39:12 PM) Visitor: visitors do no like to be disturbed.
(1:39:22 PM) Teoalida: You never visited any website with chat box before?!
(1:39:32 PM) Visitor: this is terrible
(1:39:56 PM) *** Visitor has left ***
(1:40:02 PM) Teoalida: Some visitors may need my help, some are really interested in my services, this is why I greet everyone. Just ignore the chat window if you don’t need my help
(1:40:02 PM) *** You are not in a chat ***


Chat started on Sunday, May 15, 2016 7:36:19 PM
Country: France
Page URL: http://www.teoalida.com/games/caesar3/

(7:36:19 PM) *** Visitor has joined the chat ***
(7:36:21 PM) teoalida: Hello from website admin! If you need any help or just wanna chat, drop here a message!
(7:36:51 PM) Visitor: could you shut your trap and let me naviguate in peace ?
(7:36:59 PM) Visitor: please
(7:37:10 PM) *** Teoalida has joined the chat ***
(7:37:16 PM) Teoalida: just minimize the chat if you don’t need me
(7:37:25 PM) Teoalida: it it configured to pop-up at everyone
(7:37:29 PM) Teoalida: can’t stop it just for you
(7:38:06 PM) *** Visitor has left ***

Weird customer

I lost a customer because I did not understood what he wants!

Does anyone else understand? Leave comment!

Chat started on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:30:14 AM
Country: Singapore
Page URL: http://www.teoalida.com/singapore/condodatabase/

(10:30:14 AM) *** Visitor has joined the chat ***
(10:30:14 AM) Visitor 80577985: Do you do “clustering”?
(10:30:39 AM) *** Teoalida has joined the chat ***
(10:30:42 AM) Teoalida: what does clustering mean here?
(10:32:58 AM) Visitor: Hmm… like in district 82, Punggol, 600++ HDB blocks, you cluster them by nearby, walking distance, to a cluster of 20 blocks each
(10:33:09 AM) Visitor: hope u understand my quetion
(10:33:20 AM) Teoalida: are you referring at HDB blocks database?
(10:33:53 AM) Visitor: wait i take a look again… moment pls
(10:30:39 AM) *** Visitor is viewing http://www.teoalida.com/singapore/hdbdatabase/ ***
(10:36:07 AM) Visitor: Not really, like with maps and you help “cluster” them by average nearby block of say 20 each cluster, so total for district 82 punggol will be about 20 cluster
(10:36:28 AM) Teoalida: what do you want more exactly from me?
(10:36:35 AM) Teoalida: do you want to make articles or databases in Excel?
(10:37:54 AM) Visitor: I actually wanted a pay service to someone who can do clustering of HDB blocks within a district with maps/blocks numbers…
(10:38:09 AM) Visitor: is there a nos i can call to make enquires?
(10:39:32 AM) Teoalida: I don’t understand what service do you want. articles, excel, drawing maps, or… something else?
(10:40:00 AM) Visitor: is there a nos i can call to talk to you?
(10:40:42 AM) Teoalida: what NOS?
(10:40:54 AM) Teoalida: make enquiries on this chat
(10:41:05 AM) Visitor: your contact telephone nos?
(10:41:15 AM) Visitor: nevermind, sorry to have wasted your time…
(10:41:51 AM) Teoalida: or email me
(10:42:39 AM) Teoalida: BTW, the HDB Database in Excel does have lines (borders) to delimitate clusters of blocks
(10:42:41 AM) *** Visitor has left ***

How I learned AutoCAD & architecture

My dad is using AutoCAD at workplace since I was 5 years old.
We bought the first computer when I was 7 years old, for dad to work at home. I can say that I started using computer since 9 years old. At that age I was using computer by having fun in Paint and playing several DOS games.
I am surprised that in most families, parents do not know how to use a computer and bought it just for their 10 year old kids, admitting that a 10 year old is smarter than them.
I learned AutoCAD just by watching my dad while he was working at our family computer. Later I made myself a drawing and showed it to my parents, they were totally surprised because the dad didn’t reminded to make that!
Next year I started 3D design, while my dad never involved in 3D design, his job is only about 2D design.
I don’t know if I should say thanks to my dad, actually he did not taught me AutoCAD, but I learned myself by watching him. he even discouraged me to use computers, and for several years he never accepted that I am smarter than him.

Architecture was my own passion, learned myself. I did not had friends working in architecture, is unexplanable how the architecture passion appeared at me.
When I was 12 years old, my family proposed to move to a landed house. We wanted to sell our apartments of parents and grandparents and build a single house for all 5.
Each one proposed some house designs… parents design were 2-storey houses, unequal semi-detached, or one above other, 2 bedroom for us and 1 bedroom for grandparents, with different entrances… I came with an intelligent design with a 3-storey house with 1 bedroom for grandparents at ground floor and 3 bedroom for us at upper floors, plus garage (I was already designing several houses and apartment buildings, without any professional training), you can see the improved version of my 12-year old house in House Design page as House for my own family.
My proposal was the biggest and of course the most expensive to built, anyway ALL were too expensive, so decided to look at existing houses and buy one.
We visited each cheap-enough house that we found… but with the price gained by selling both apartments plus a bank loan we could afford only ready-to-collapse houses at city outskirts where roads are not paved (we lived in earthquake zone), no sewage, plus poor people and bad guys around… this forced us to continue living in apartments, and today the density of our neighborhood of apartment blocks makes me happy.

Parents wished to live in a landed house to have own land, this is why we seek for 500 square meters of land. But such big land in a city is expensive. Why they needs so much land? No idea, maybe for keeping chickens and pigs in backyard (who have time to take care of them?) and have barbeque near home.
Look at my current House Designs, especially Terrace ones which have built area double than land area.

Website page stats

Since 2012 I am copying in Notepad the contents of website pages, for backup purpose, but primarily for statistical purpose, to track how much my website is GROWING over years.

This website is NOT a blog. Although I use WordPress platform and write Posts, the updates are done by adding more info in existing posts rather than adding new posts.

Optimum articles should be between 1000 and 2000 words, which means pages sized about 10-20 KB or more in case of pages with many images or tables (as HTML codes use bytes but do not count as words). I split up some pages when they became too long, but pages like HDB Floor Plans and List of BTO projects should not be split.

Probably this is why numerous people complain that website is cluttered, too much text, too much info on each page, etc. Since 2013 I try to avoid enlarging pages unnecessarily, but some times I cannot resist adding more info as new ideas came in my mind.

 

PAGE Date
published
Webs.com website WordPress website
Jan
2012
Aug
2012
Oct
2012
Dec
2013
Jan
2015
Jan
2016
Total number of pages 31 50 54 60 66 75
Total page size (KB) 578 775 875 738 896 1315
About pages
About me (home page) 2009 10.2 10.7 10.3 17.3 20.4 22.4
About my life Aug 2012 11.4 17.4 17.9 25.4 26.4
Biography 2010 10.1 5.7 7.1 4.8 4.8 4.7
Contact 2015 5.3
Etymology 2013 1.4 1.4 1.5
Website changelog Oct 2012 ? 24.0 29.6
Website page statistics Jan 2016 8.1 ?
Website traffic statistics Mar 2012 1.9 5.5 ? ? 13.2
Bad website design? You can help! 2015 8.5
Chatting with website visitors Jul 2013 ? ? 12.5
Portfolio design
Architecture Design Rules 2009 12.0 12.0 12.0 22.9 24.0 24.3
Architecture Design Archive 2009 29.2 29.2 33.3 36.3 39.9 43.2
Architecture Apartment Design 2009 34.0 43.9 44.1 52.5 51.3 56.5
Architecture House Design 2010 16.2 21.7 29.8 46.6 51.2 59.7
Palace Design 2009 14.1 14.1 16.4 16.9 22.3 23.3
Car Design 2009 4.4 4.4 4.8 5.5 5.7 5.7
Interior Design Mar 2013 ? 2.9 3.6
HDB Floor plans > AutoCAD .DWG Jun 2013 2.3 2.4 3.9
Miscellaneous Design Oct 2012 3.4 3.8 3.8 3.8
Webdesign Dec 2013 1.9 3.6 3.6
AutoCAD Settings 2010 4.1 4.1 4.1 deleted
Portfolio databases
List of databases 2015 15.0
Car Database 2011 10.0 15.0 18.7 separate website
Skyscrapers Database Nov 2015 11.6
Geography Databases Jul 2015 4.8
Music Database
(split from Biography)
Apr 2012 2.4 2.4 ? ? 2.7
Screen resolution statistics Jul 2014 ? 15.1
Screen size calculator Jul 2014 ? 5.8
Portfolio gaming
Games (NFS and GTA,
split up in Nov 2011)
2010
Age of Empires Sep 2012 4.6 5.0 5.0 5.1
Beetle Crazy Cup Nov 2011 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.7 2.7 2.6
Caesar 3 Nov 2011 12.8 24.9 24.9 26.1 26.3 28.2
Grand Theft Auto Nov 2011 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.3 1.3 1.3
Need For Speed Nov 2011 1.1 1.4 1.4 2.3 2.3 2.6
The Sims 2 2009 37.0 61.4 61.4 1.5 1.5 1.6
Housing around the World
Best Cities in the World 2010 11.4 12.4 12.6 11.9 12.4 12.6
Housing around the World Dec 2009 77.5
North America May 2012 (10.4) 14.6 17.1 9.4 9.8 16.2
South America
(split up from America page)
Oct 2012 14.9 17.1 18.2
Europe May 2012 (12.0) 15.2 16.8 21.1 44.1 46.6
China May 2012 (2.7) 4.8 4.4 4.2 5.2 7.8
Hong Kong May 2012 (15.3) 16.2 16.6 17.5 19.2 19.4
Japan May 2012 (3.78) 4.4 4.5 6.5 6.5 6.6
North Korea May 2012 (2.34) 4.7 4.5 12.5 16.4 28.1
South Korea May 2012 (8.7) 16.7 19.2 20.5 26.3 31.0
Singapore May 2012 (15.9) 20.6 21.8 22.4 24.4 27.4
Malaysia May 2012 (2.48) 3.6 4.2 4.9 8.1 11.5
Philippines May 2012 3.3 3.2 8.9 18.0 20.0
India May 2012 2.8 3.3 4.8 9.4 16.9
Africa Jul 2015 5.8
Hong Kong floor plans Jan 2011 40.5 42.4 40.6 47.0 47.5 48.8
Hong Kong statistics Jan 2011 7.5 4.4 8.7 8.3 8.4 8.4
Housing in Singapore
HDB floor plans Dec 2009 64.7 84.9 94.8 106.0 105.1 99.5
HDB flat types 2012 4.5 6.4 7.3 10.8 11.7
HDB flat sizes analysis 2013 6.5 7.0 7.6
HDB price trends
(split up from HDB floor plans)
Nov 2012 8.8 10.3 9.0
HDB statistics 2011 8.3 10.9 11.6 7.9 9.1 16.5
HDB uncommon facts
(split up from HDB statistics)
Nov 2012 5.9 8.2 12.7
HDB database
(split up from HDB statistics)
Nov 2012 ? 14.6 43.6
HDB resale database
(split up from HDB statistics)
Nov 2012 ? 3.6 3.3
Condo database Oct 2015 11.4
List of BTO & DBSS projects 2011 59.5 76.9 84.4
List of BTO projects Nov 2012 54.5 58.7 64.8
List of DBSS projects
(split up from List of BTO projects)
Nov 2012 9.0 9.3 11.8
List of BTO brochures 2014 ? 66.6
List of SERS sites 2011 19.0 21.0 22.1 17.0 26.8 33.9
List of SBF launches 2014 2.8 4.1
List of SIT estates
(split up from HDB floor plans)
2015 13.9
List of HUDC estates 2011 6.3 6.3 8.8 6.7 7.4 10.3
List of Executive Condos 2012 6.0 6.3 9.5 11.7 13.8
List of major condos 2011 17.0 17.0 17.4 11.6 12.2 deleted
List of pre-BTO precints 2013 3.2 3.2 3.3
Map in AutoCAD Jan 2016 2.7
Most beautiful houses 2011 12.0 12.0 11.9
Romanian-language section
Despre mine Dec 2012 ? ? 15.3
Harta Ploiesti 2009 5.7 9.6 9.8 ? ? 15.9
Micul Trianon Floresti 2009 18.0 18.0 18.2 ? ? 30.8
Geografia Romaniei 2009 3.0 3.9 3.9 ? ? 8.3
Salina Slanic 2014 ? 10.6
Biografie Dec 2012 ? ? 3.55
Statistics trafic 2014 ? 1
For Webs.com users
Webs Review 2012 10.3 remained on Webs.com website
Webs Tips & Tricks 2012 3.0 5.5 remained on Webs.com website
Webs Credits Toolbar 2012 3.8 5.9 remained on Webs.com website
Webs template list 2012 6.5 6.5 remained on Webs.com website
Other pages
Life in my country 2011 29.2 27.4 31.0 remained on Webs.com website
Funny chat 2011 29.8 29.8 remained on Webs.com website

Notes

I created my website originally on Webs.com (free hosting) in April 2009, I created a new website using WordPress platform on paid hosting in August 2012 and I moved content from former website between October and December 2012.

Pages saved from Webs.com website include all HTML codes. Pages saved from WordPress website lack some HTML codes, thus some pages in December 2013 appear to be smaller size than in October 2012.

There was a single page “Housing around the World” dating from 2009, reaching 77.5 KB in January 2012, split up in 9 individual country / region pages in May 2012.

The Sims page was split into a sub-website (separate WordPress installation) in February 2013, reaching 60+ pages at end of 2013.

Car Database page was split into a sub-website (separate WordPress installation) in April 2013, having 10+ pages.

Website changelog & summary of my activities

WordPress postsAre you wondering when the website was last updated?
Every week I do changes on website, often small changes such as correcting typos or change page titles for search engine optimization.
However, certain pages of website remained unchanged since few years ago, because they are perfect and there is nothing to update.
If you think that a specific page needs update or have ideas for new content, please leave a comment!

Even if the website use WordPress platform with posts like a blog, it runs like my old website (2009-2012) with static HTML pages. I update regularly by adding more info in existing posts rather than publishing new posts, and the post date is manipulated so the 1st page display 10 most important posts rather than 10 most recent posts, like on real blogs.

This page shows only major updates on website or major activities in my life.

Note: you will NOT see any significant updates on website itself. The website is simply complete, traffic is rising slowly, business works well, is not needed to add more pages. I spent most of time updating the products that I am selling via website, the databases, as well as pages that needs periodical update, like List of BTO projects every 3 months.

2017

January: a variety of small projects, databases and AutoCAD design

February: I worked most of time at main yearly update for European car database.

March: I worked most of time at main yearly update for American car database.

April: A variety of small projects including apartment statistics in my city

May: I worked most of time to expand European car database into 1970s.

June: new project: Australian car database, and a variety of small projects.

July: I worked most of time to expand European car database into 1970s.

August: updates for European and American car database.

September: a variety of small projects, but also a large work at HDB Database.

November: updated website theme to Graphene 2.0 launched in October. Finally I have a responsive website that looks good on both computers and mobile phones.

New section: Web design articles

For those who did not visited website in the past, see screenshots how it was looking BEFORE October 2017.

 

2016

After the 2015 year was mostly dedicated to Excel databases, the 2016 year may be dedicated to architecture.
Since January 2016 I re-started the “Virtual City” hobby, designing floor plans and 3D models for artistic purposes, after 4 year of little activity. But I no longer enjoy designing houses for customers, is hard too convince people to pay for services.

As January 2016:
Apartment Design page have 27 paragraphs, 43 black floor plans (old style), 27 colorful floor plans (new style), 46 3D renders.
House Design page have 30 paragraphs, 18 black floor plans (old style), 36 colorful floor plans (new style), 28 3D renders.

January-February: a variety of small projects in architecture and databases.

March: most of days spent expanding European Car Database.

April-May: a variety of small projects, database and gaming.

June: a large update for HDB Database.

August: an update for European Car Database, also improved World city database and published purchase buttons for first time (instead of “contact me if you are interested in the FULL database”)

September: most of time I spent learning about data scraping.

November: Skyscrapers Database page renamed into Buildings Database,because original skyscrapers database did not got any customer and now I got a customer asking me to create database of all buildings from USA listed on Emporis, a job that took about 2 weeks.

2015

Starting from November 2014 some personal/family problems reduced the time available for business, and left me with psychological trauma. I re-started working full-time since June.

January: more sample plans in House Design page. And I’m gonna take a break for few months, I will NOT post update the page with more house designs because each update pushed up the page in Google search results, and I was getting too many customers for my available time.

March: moved to a Virtual Private Server… bye bye Shared Server which started causing errors “508 Resource Limit is Reached” due to rising traffic. The drawback… I am paying 4x more $$ for hosting.

March to May: most of day spending to expand European Car Database.

June: large amount of work done at HDB Database, completing also the number of units for every block.

July: some new floorplans and 3D models in House Design and Apartment design pages. The Apartment Design remained unchanged since 2 years ago, period in which I concentrate on houses. For the first time I posted apartment plans in the new colorful style invented in 2014.

August: I created the first ever database for Indian car market available for purchase. I learned to scrap data from websites and this was my first web scraping project.

July-October: intensive work at Car Models & Engine Database, expanding it from 20 to 45 columns, once launched in September it doubled my monthly income.

November: the American car database, I updated it for the first time since original launch in 2014, better to say I recreated from scratch the database. I also started a new hobby: Skyscrapers Database, making an Excel table with 15000+ buildings over 100 meters from all over the world, thanks to web scraping abilities learned in August.

December: main yearly update for European car databases, remember that European database is manually-made (no web scraping).

Other updates

  • (UNDECIDED) Redesign of Architecture & Design section into a separate sub-website and post every house/apartment project on a separate page, instead of 20 projects on each House Design and Apartment Design pages (this was suggested by website visitors, but I DISAGREE. I am already experiencing this system on The Sims section, and I got mainly NEGATIVE results).
  • (UNDECIDED) Split the Hong Kong page into separate pages for public housing, private housing, statistics, etc… and put them under a separate category as I have for Singapore (this risk to confuse visitors regarding where I live).
  • Gradually move the images to my own server – half of images moved during June 2013 and the rest in the following months, moving up to 10 images per week to keep a constant supply of new content, which supposedly increase Google ranking (I am no longer hosted on Webs.com FREE hosting with limited bandwidth, instead I am paying for a hosting service with UNLIMITED bandwidth, so why I keep image hosted on third-party websites like Imageshack and Photobucket!!??)

November 2014

  • I resumed working at HDB Database of blocks… after 4 years of pause, after I came in conclusion that there is some market potential, professionals interested in purchasing such database.

October 2014

  • Main yearly update for Car Database undergoing!

August 2014

  • HDB Floor Plans – Most images re-made, using floor plans from March 2012 SBF instead of the old floor plans with cream background taken from October 2009 SBF plus floor plans collected from random forums. About 15 images removed (least-clicked floor plans), image thumbnails created, page size reduced with 60%, from 20 MB to 8 MB. This was necessary job, because of the rising website traffic, people were occasionally getting error messages “Resource limit reached”.

July 2014

  • New Section: Miscellaneous Works (later renamed to Database Works), to put in it the Music Database (currently in OFF-TOPIC section), plus few other works done during last years that I am planning to publish on website, such as Screen Resolutions study.

June 2014

  • 5 more floor plans in House Plans page, 3 old floor plans removed.
  • The “services and prices”, previously being at bottom page, plus a summary at top of page, were regrouped and placed at middle of page just below the first house project…. hope that by this way I will reduce the number of time-wasters, people contacting me without being interested in my services and people who thinks that I offer unlimited free services.

May 2014

  • Website template enlarged from 1000 to 1200 pixels wide and fonts from 10 to 12 pt, although I am afraid that is too early to do this change, 3% of visitors still use 1024×768 screen, 99% of websites are designed for these screens. Main column enlarged from 680 to 840 pixels wide, so I can add two 400px photos or three 256px photos.
  • I spent over 50 hours improving and redesigning The Palace, which was dating back from 2009 and was still considered most impressive piece of art done by me. I will use it to promote my graphic design & 3D modeling services.
  • 9 new floor plans in House Plans page. All fture floor plans will use white/gray background instead of black (due to surveys done along website visitors), plus some additional changes in drawing style, line thickness, font sizes, dimensions in meters instead of millimeters, etc.

April 2014

January 2014

  • Posted “Philippines Townhouses” in House Design page, the first project including 3D design since 1 more year ago. This because during 2013 I dedicated most of my free time to develop Car Database instead of architecture hobby projects. Beside hobby projects, the customers are usually interested in 2D drawings only.
  • HDB Floor Plans page reoptimized, parts of page deleted.
  • Half of funny chats pages removed.
  • Google penalty was lifted on 10 Jan 2014 after doing a number of changes removal of keyword-stuffed ALT tags which I suspect that it have caused this penalty. Soon I was re-penalized twice, until March.

October 2013

  • Main yearly update for Car Database is undergoing!
  • Google penalized my website, aka suddenly drop in ranking and traffic felt down from 600 to 150 daily visitors, since 12 October 2013. For moment I though that I did nothing wrong, but after asking for help in a forum and via few SEO experts, I realized that over time I made numerous mistakes in maintaining this website. I fixed several possible causes of penalty.
  • Until I realize what was the EXACT cause of penalty, I’m gonna put ON HOLD some of the planned website updates and changes.

September 2013

  • More images moved to own server, including all from The Sims subwebsite.

August 2013

  • 90% of images were moved to own server, except the ones in The Sims subwebsite and Funny chats (unessential stuff)
  • Added 3 more house plans.

July 2013

June 2013

  • New page: design/hdbflats (HDB floor plans in AutoCAD), after 2 people asked me to convert HDB images to vectorial drawing, I decided to promote this service for everyone.
  • 1 more project in Apartment Design, 3 more projects in House Design.

May 2013

  • Nothing major, just few new stuff in FUN section.

April 2013

  • Car Database has been converted into a separate sub-website, URL remained the same. The page layout has been totally changed, thanks for numerous suggestions from website visitors, plus personal monitoring of visitor behavior.
  • My customers / business partners’ activity slowed down, I am quite FREE… so I am going again in The Sims 2 and 3. Few new stuff posted in www.teoalida.com/thesims

March 2013

  • ew page: Interior Design which I planned since 2011 but I did not had enough training so I let it for later.. I posted now after several praises from website visitors.
  • Further updating of Car Database and extension to 1980s.

February 2013

  • The Sims 2 section, instead of being a category , now is a separate subwebsite, URL remained the same: www.teoalida.com/thesims. The decision was taken after I notice that most visitors are not interested in the rest of website, in fact most are not even browsing more The Sims posts than the landing one. The new website should facilitate navigation between different posts of my favorite game.
  • I am in doubt if I should do the same for Car Database.
  • For the first time I compiled car databases for North America market in attempt to expand my business to rest of world.
  •  Then, my life should get back to normal… back in architecture. 2 more floor plans posted in House Design.

January 2013

– For the first time in last 4 years, architecture & studying real estate is no longer the main activity in my life! I am working full-time in Excel for Car Database. However, this is just temporary…
– Car Models Database expanded from 1174 to ~1350 models, Car Versions Database expanded to 12000 models.

December 2012

  • The last section of my website, the Architecture & Design portfolio has been moved to the new website.
  • teoalida.webs.com will be not closed, but it will no longer serve as personal website to present my works!
  • BIG update for Car Database: I bought a collection of german AutoKatalog magazines and I updated “The BIG Car Database” after 4 years of hiatus, model count raised from 7866 to 10754 and later renamed to “Car Versions Database”.
  • North Korea page expanded until doubled in size.
  • House Design got 2 new sample houses.

November 2012

  • Singapore section (that contribute with most of website traffic, about 60-70%) transferred to new website on 2 November, friday night to minimize visitors confusion that last 3-4 days, as traffic is lower over weekend.
  • BTO list and DBSS list list are now two separate pages, as people voted, analysis of Shrinking HDB flat sizes and of Will prices drop? are now on own page instead of HDB Floor plans page, HDB Records also on own page instead of HDB Statistics page, Most Beautiful HDB / Condo / House split in 3 pages. With other words, 8 pages have been converted into 15 pages!
  • EC list updated with under construction condos. HDB Statistics updated after Annual Report 2012 has been released on 15 November.

October 2012

  • New page: Miscellaneous Design (this was the LAST new thing added to the former website).
  • Remaining gaming pages has been transferred to new website.
  • Housing around the World section transferred to new website on 25 October. On Hong Kong I added Living in Hong Kong, also I expanded info about America, Malaysia, and Romania.
  • Singapore HDB Floor Plans updated with 4 floor plans from mainstream types that were missed, corrected the year range for some blocks.

September 2012

  • My new, secretly-developed website works well, I made public announcement on 24 September. Rest of The Sims 2 content transferred to new website, former The Sims 2 page deleted.

August 2012

Started what will be my future personal website: www.teoalida.com using WordPress platform on a professional hosting service, to replace the website under Webs.com.
I start testing the WordPress platform by posting The Sims 2 stuff, before transferring more serious content, because in case something goes wrong and I have to turn website offline for reinstall, to lose gaming visitors instead of architecture customers. I have no reason to speed up the transferring the content, my business works well with the Webs.com website.

New page: AboutMe.htm containing the history of my life and website purpose, placed at top of page, rather than the (uninteresting) biography that was in the former About Teoalida page. Both Biography and Website purpose were on INDEX (HOME) page since 6 months ago.

Hong Kong page was split, two new pages created: HongKongFloorplans.htm and HongKongStatistics.htm, similar with what I have for Singapore (beside the main Hong Kong page under World menu.
Although I don’t know if was a good decision to create so many pages. 75% of visitors do not browse other pages than the landing page. Singapore HDB Floorplans page gets 100 daily visitors of which 90% are locals, while Hong Kong page gets max 5 daily visitors, of which 80% are foreigners. Possible reason: Hong Kong being dominated by 95% chinese, they don’t bother to learn english, they type in chinese when search on Google. Without having a page in chinese I can’t get many visitors.

July 2012

GREAT NEWS: got a partnership with some people for AutoCAD-related work, which means MONEY!!
Bad news: I rarely have time to design new houses and apartments buildings for fun and artistic purposes, as well to play games.
But, if you want to work and design something for you, feel free to contact me!

Big update for The Sims 2, as I played it a lot during june and now I updating the page by posting one new house per week.
For Singapore section I added offer to sell PDF brochures, as well as preview screenshots of HDB Database and HDB Resale Transactions, maybe someone will be interested to buy them? Also I added 3 more floor plans.

June 2012

BIG updates!
I finished splitting the Housing around the World page, 9 new pages created (except for Hong Kong that I mixed with existing Hong Kong page with floor plans, resulting a messy page, I will decide later how clean it). China and Philippines pages were also expanded.
Singapore HDB Floorplans got text updates and 2 more floor plans. Currently are 90 floor plans and 42 photos.
I added 2 more houses in House Design page.
Nothing new in Apartment Design but I am still working at something that will be my greatest project!
In Car Database I added a 7th file: Automobile Production.
I kept playing The Sims 2 and updated its page once again with new info.

After doing the Housing around the World update, I am experimenting again a drop-down navigation bar placed at top of page, together with the sidebar’s expanded navigation bar.
Also I added flags on sidebar list of countries studied by me.
Webs.com introduced drop-down menus in 2010, I implemented them on my website on the right side, but it was a bad experience, 9 of 10 people did not click a page which have subpages (once the menus with subpages appear, visitors click the subpages only).
At the current experiment. I added empty header pages and put all real pages as submenu items.

May 2012

I expanded the sidebar’s navigation bar to include links to every paragraph of Housing around the World page. I do not know if was a good idea, I am curious to see the effect on visitor behavior, before splitting the page in separate pages for each country/region.

Also South Korea and Brazil sections were expanded with more text and new photos, thanks of big love for these countries and intensive studying.

Sorry for lack of updates or delay in updates in Games section!
My favorite games are still GAMES and I don’t want to waste my life playing games.
Past week I was bored so I made a perfect city in Caesar 3 and built 2 more lots in The Sims 2, also expanded the tips and tricks section.

Facebook dilemma:

In March 2012 I left myself this comment in Singapore page: Every several days I get a bunch of visitors coming from Facebook. Can someone tell me how I can find the Facebook page from where they are coming, or if you came here from Facebook, give me the exact link? I am curious how visitors promote my website!
Someone replied: If only there is a facebook like button… i will happily click that button.
My reply: I don’t understand how a Facebook button may help me. People simply posted the page URL on Facebook.

That was a misunderstanding, he was referring at Facebook’s LIKE button.
I do not really use Facebook. All what I have is a profile made to register my name, no photos in it. I don’t want to have public photos of me. Most of my friends use Facebook to exchange photos. I do not understand how to promote a website using Facebook.

Someone told me to create a Facebook PAGE, that would not be related with my Facebook PROFILE where is supposed to have personal photos. I did, and posted a Like button on Singapore HDB Floor Plans page (most visited page of my website). Got 3 likes. But still, some visitors were still able to find my Facebook profile.
In March I started the Blog application of Webs.com, to post website updates. I have noticed that Blog posts come with Facebook LIKE and other social media buttons added automatically. I just copied the source code of these buttons on all pages of my website. I noticed that HDB Floor plans page already got 60 likes (people posting manually URL on facebook, in the lack of LIKE button. NO Facebook page was necessary!

April 2012

I updated the Hong Kong page: XLS file updated with new developments, 2 new floorplan links added, removed the “More photos SOON” that I forgot to remove 1 year ago after I added all best photos. Also corrected numerous spelling mistakes.

I did a full update for my Car Database. Added 10 more brands in Models List, added asian and american brands in the Database (which originally had only European cars), expanding it from 500 models to 1100 models. New preview files are posted, full files available for sale! First sale done next month!

I finally reached 5000 songs in my Music Database, by adding 1000 songs over LAST 2.5 YEARS!! What a snail I am! (better to say, I know that it is one of the most USELESS things made by me, so do not dedicate much time for it). I posted the new version of table on a dedicated page MusicDatabase.htm (previously, it was posted on Biography page, hard to be found).

March 2012

Webs FREE accounts give me 500 MB monthly bandwidth. In January I exceeded bandwidth with 5%, in February with 8%, now as 8th March I exceeded bandwidth once again with 31% and Webs.com don’t care about suspending my website (bandwidth reset date is 8th each month).
I will expand Singapore HDB page and add new stuff in the next days! This time I really want to see my website suspended, to buy extra bandwidth and restore it immediately!
Update May 2012: seems that Webs.com suspend websites when they exceed bandwidth with 100% aka using 1000 MB of 500 MB. I got suspended on 7 May so I upgraded the bandwidth in May, bought 1 GB monthly bandwidth with 1000 Webs Credits accumulated over past months.

URLs of Singapore-related pages changed, for example HDB%20Statistics%20-%20BTO%20&%20DBSS%20list.htm renamed as hdbbtodbsslist.htm. Main page about Singapore also renamed from Singapore.htm in SingaporeHDBFloorPlans.htm. I put redirect pages on old URLs.
The reason for that long and bad-looking URL was the low webdesign knowledge one year ago, the List of BTO projects was intended an annex, was uploaded like a FILE, like the HDB Statistics .XLS file, I made the BTO list by copying the Excel table in Word and from Word saving as HTML, then opened with Notepad and cleaned it of unnecessary html codes, set a descriptive file name then uploaded it, spaces being converted in %20.
Later I realized that I can use TITLE attribute to set a descriptive name, and the file name can be short.

New projects
One of my biggest artistic design projects, the European Housing was finished and posted today 24th March in both Apartment Design and House Design pages. Including full-detailed 3D designs!
I got addicted to Malaysia and now posted 2 more house plans inspired from them. Plus “A different Terraced house” designed in january and never posted.

Caesar 3 page updated. I wasted some of my life and remade 2 cities, Excel file updated and text rewritten.

January 2012

I had a poll on sidebar:
What theme do you prefer? White text on dark background / Black text on light background

Voting result was 5-0 for changing into black text on light background. So as january 2012 I installed the new theme. My original theme with blue background is no longer!
My personal reason for changing theme was not the colors, but the old template was narrow as 780 pixels. The current template is 1000 pixel wide.

Now, do I should change the AutoCAD floor plans too to white? Black is the default background color in AutoCAD!

Website traffic re-exceeded 100 daily visitors, thanks to November 2011 revamp.
I also found accidentally a LIVE CHAT software to add on website and talk with visitors! This proved very effective way to make new friends, get feedback from website visitors, understand what people are looking for and do necessary improvements on website… which boosted website visitors and later leaded into conversion to customers!

November 2011

I did a full revamp of my website during october and november.
Countries and Cities page has been renamed as Housing around the World.htm and more countries added.
Singapore HDB page has been expanded, added more floor plans as well as a list of SERS sites and HUDC projects.
Added new projects in Teoalida’s Housing.htm.
I re-started to play The Sims 2 after 3 years of inactivity, I added 2 new houses, plus First apartment block and a decorative Condominium, as well as Tips & Tricks.
The former page http://teoalida.webs.com/games.htm page containing NFS and GTA was deleted, I made new separate pages Need for Speed and Grand Theft Auto, as well as little page Beetle Crazy Cup, but most important I started a BIG Caesar3 page on 15 october 2011.
In the future I will add a Age of Empires page, another favorite game!

My computer

1995-1998

486 DX-2 20/40 MHz, 4 MB RAM, 210 MB hard disk, a huge hard disk for that times and we never though that we can fill it. DOS, FoxPro, AutoCAD R10 and R12. We had no mouse, no Windows, etc. We had 13″ monochrome monitor.
Upgraded to 100 MHz, 8 MB RAM, 14″ SVGA color monitor, mouse, Windows 3.1, Office 4.0, and a lot of games. We ran out of disk space. We were using a lot of floppy disks to keep stuff. What a nostalgia!
Note: I started using it around 1997. Previously my only touch with computers was watching my dad working.

1998-2001

AMD K6-II 333 Mhz, 32 MB RAM, 2 MB video card, 4.3 GB hard disk, Windows 95, Office 97, AutoCAD 14.
Later upgraded to 500 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 8 MB video card, 20 GB hard disk, installed Windows 98 and NT too because my dad was using a software requiring NT platform.
17″ CRT monitor bought in 2000.

2001-2004

AMD K7 Athlon, 850 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB video card, 20 GB hard disk kept.

2004-2009

AMD Athlon 2500+, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB hard disk, 32 MB video card kept, Windows XP.
Later upgraded to 512 MB RAM, 128 MB video, and an additional 120 GB hard disk.
17″ LCD monitor bought in 2005.

The first 4 computers had to be replaced after only 3 years, not only because were getting outdated, but because in the period I lived with parents they did not wanted to lose warranty, computer case being sealed, so we never cleaned them from dust, causing overheating over years and damage on motherboard. With a vacuum cleaner put in reverse (to push air) is possible to clean from dust without opening case, but my parents never though about this. I use vacuum cleaner since 2009 computer, sealed too, allowing it to run undamaged to present times. Or maybe INTEL motherboards are more reliable than AMD?

2009-present

Pentium Dualcore 2800 Mhz, 2 GB RAM, 512 MB video card, 500 GB hard disk, still using Windows XP.
Later upgraded to 4 GB RAM and additional 1 TB hard disk.
24″ LCD monitor bought in 2014.
A bit outdated computer, because of low budget, was paid using grandparents pension as I moved away from my parents in 2007 and did not developed yet my own income.

2016-present

Intel i5 3.2 GHz, 16 GB RAM, no dedicated video card, 250 GB SSD, 2 TB hard disk, Windows 10.
This was my first computer bought from my own money. Despite that I was making money constantly since 2012, I did not rushed to buy another computer because I was still happy of the 2009 one, and I am not using any new software and also I am not playing any recent game that would require high video performance.
Because my favorite game, The Sims 2, don’t work properly on this computer, I am keeping the 2009 computer too.

Biography

Even if this is a serious, business-looking website, with some FUN parts, some people especially local friends requested to write a biography and even add photos with me (is this really necessary?).

Ask what else you want to know about me? Leave comments!

Where I live: Terra, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy (I am a GLOBAL person who does not live in any specific country of this world).
I have high knowledge of lifestyle and architecture about multiple countries, I offer my services worldwide, so don’t be afraid to work with me, regardless of your country!
Keep browsing my website and you may see where I live.

Birthday: 17 February 19xx.

Nicks used in the past: Teoalida (Majestatea Sa Teoalida) in local community. Somebody and Future for rest of world and in games (from 2009 I decided to promote my name Teoalida for entire world, today I am doubt that was a good decision).

Languages known: full of english, half of spanish, a little half of portuguese (fastest-learned language), plus the mother-tongue language.

Most loved at school: mathematics, geography, science.
Most hated at school: chemistry.

What I like today: making friends with high IQ like me, from as many countries is possible, becoming a TV star, exploring local cities by walking, exploring rest of world via internet, watching buildings, going in nature, forest, mountains, as well as doing useless and stupid things.
What I hate today: smoking, drinking, violent, arguing, racist, retarded, handicapped people, everything that segregate communities, creates war and destroys a peaceful world, or lowers the global intelligence level of humanity.

Favorite car: this marque (I have a lot of knowledge about cars, although I don’t like to drive, cars are too dangerous for me, I prefer to use rail transport as much is possible).

Favorite color: all colors takes part in my life, I love red-orange for buildings and pink-blue for clothing and cars.

Favorite sports: probably walking and shopping (I am not a sporty person).

Favorite animal: this one, anybody know if is possible to have one as pet!?

Favorite music artists: Alan Jackson, Angelica, Aqua, Bambee, Belanova, Eliana, Fandango, Garth Brooks, Hannah Montana, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Pasarea Colibri, Peter Maffay, Rednex, Rionegro & Solimoes, Sandy & Junior, Shakin Stevens, Shania Twain, Tatiana, Taylor Swift, Thalia, Timbiriche, Xuxa, Yuri… so mostly in pop-rock-country zone, I never listen to genres like electronic, hip-hop, or manele. For details, see Music Database.

Favorite TV productions: I watch some things on TV but they are more like entertainment shows rather than mainstream movies, I love movies which shows the life in realistic ways, without being directed or excessive fake scenes. Also I hate to see violence, guns, explosions, crimes, or sex and porn.

Favorite (computer) software: I have too high knowledge about computers and too many software to fit them in a list. Since childhood I know everything about Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, AutoCAD, etc… I can learn new software in days.

Favorite (computer) games: Age of Empires 1 and 2, Caesar 3, Railroad Tycoon 3, The Sims 1 and 2, Worms… so mostly I like real-time strategy and city-building games (Too old games? Because today I am a serious person and I rarely play a game, if I don’t have what to work and I want some fun, I prefer to play creatively in AutoCAD rather than search for a newer game).

Supreme phrase: I want to live in Singapore with a Japanese wife in an apartment with Korean home automation, drive a German car and eat Italian food while watching Mexican movies and listening to Brazilian music…

Facebook, Twitter, Hi5, etc… I have accounts, but why I should use them since I have this website?

Note: favorite car and animal are clickable links for purpose of tracking how many people actually READ biography.

PS: don’t try to put any of above things as answer at Secret question for password recovery at any of my accounts… because you risk to waste your time trying and trying!!

Story of my life – from childhood hobbies to business!

Have you wondered what is the story behind this website and all projects displayed there?
Have you wondered why I choose to offer services on my own rather than getting employed in a company?
Have you wondered why I do have a great portfolio of building designs but don’t offer such services anymore?
Read this page in whole…
Read About me if you did not read already, BEFORE going into very detailed life story.

Note: I have rewritten this page several times during 2013 and ever year onward after few WEIRD and RUDE questions from visitors (example). You can compare with original About Me page… hope now it is clear and will avoid inappropriate remarks, if is not, please contact me and ask more specific what else I should write about me!

My life in pre-internet era

I am born in 1989 I was from young age a highly talented kid, creative and artistic talents, I love drawing and writing, studying, researching and collecting info, I am doing such things since before computers age, on paper. In my kindergarten years I already knew multiply and division. At 12 years old had an IQ test and the result was 130. In conclusion, a genius little boy that my parents did not know how to treat properly.

My mom is in finance, dad in engineering, grandma from mom in pharmacy, grandpa also in engineering. Other relatives were not involved in my life. I do not have brothers and sisters and my parents also do not have.

But unfortunately I lived under a tight-regulated familiar regime, my parents “love” me and guide me in life but doing more bad than good, according local friends as well visitors of this website.

My family was very private, neighbors were not knowing much info about my parents, and I was wondering who is living behind our apartment walls. My family monitored me to know every person I interact with, sent me to school, took me from school, discouraged me from making friends in school, for many years supervised me all time when I was outdoor supposedly to protect from “bad guys”. However, we had about 40 friends, other families with children (people trusted by my parents). They were spread around city so we were meeting (in best case) one day per week when my parents arranged meeting. This was my only chance to play and socialize with other children.

So, most of day I was staying home, alone or with family, social interaction only with my BUSY parents, annoying them.

What else I shall do, rather than staying at computer and develop various hobbies? These hobbies turned me into an internet entrepreneur earning more money than my parents. But this took few years because I did not had anyone to help me and the restrictions imposed by parents just made my life harder.

My dad bought first computer in 1995 to work in AutoCAD, but that times I was living most of time at grandparents home. I can say that I started using computer in 1997, and until 2005 I did not had internet connection.

Note: someone commented why I got internet connection so late? There are rumors that was a way for my parents to limit / control my education and prevent me to interact freely with the world (why?), another rumor was to protect me from BAD side of internet (example: porn websites), but actually they protected from a lot of GOOD things. They said that internet is expensive, but we were spending more money on books and magazines “to educate me” than the cost of internet connection, not counting incomparable amount of educational material on the internet. Thus, my parents controlled the info I had access to. Today even if I am legal age and I have full freedom of using internet, I never look for porn… simply because I hate porn!

Despite of limited access to information, I made numerous creative works on computer (or maybe limited access encouraged me to create things myself instead of downloading from internet). I had a special interest for collecting data, writing book-like stuff in Word and tables in Excel, also drawings in Paint and AutoCAD (actually I started writing and drawing on paper before buying computer). Playing games was a boring activity (unlike most teenagers who buy computers only for gaming, chatting and watching porn).

I was working voluntarily, as hobby to fill up my time, with NO intention to earn money. I always wanted to learn new things, other than what we are taught at school, but I was limited to the information my parents were giving me. I had no knowledge about business or marketing, did not knew that there could be people willing to pay my works, but anyway during childhood my parents would not let me to have own money (read below Road to online business).

I asked my dad if the things I was drawing on paper can be done on computer, he said yes and we were “working together” by telling to my dad what to write in Word or draw in AutoCAD. But shortly after this, dad allowed me to use computer myself. I learned AutoCAD by watching my dad working.

  • In 1997 I was drawing in Paint and already decided that when I will grow up, to get a job as “Paint designer” (that’s funny!).
  • In 1998 I surprised my dad showing a drawing in AutoCAD that he did not remembered to make, it was made by me! I hoped that some day I will have a job in graphic / CAD design like him. Note: grandpa brought me a lot of engineering drawings (blueprints) from his workplace, which further increased my interest for CAD drawing.
  • Since 1998 I made a geography encyclopedia in Word and Excel, tables with country data, city population, list of natural features, etc. This because I had a passion for studying geographic atlases that I had at home. Since I connected to internet in 2005 and discovered Wikipedia offering same kind of data, and up-to-date, I abandoned all my geography works.
  • Since 1999 I got an interest for cars. I made a Car Encyclopedia in Word and Excel collecting technical specs and do data analysis, and also I designed my own car models in AutoCAD. I continued working even after connecting to internet because no comparable stuff do exist on internet, and in 2012 I had a surprise discovery that I can do a business from selling car databases to companies and web developers, but only after extensive transformation from the original hobby into a format usable for commercial purposes.
  • Since 2001 I design buildings in AutoCAD (and I am not referring at drawing floor plan of my own home or existing homes, but at making new building concepts, although the drawing itself was quite simple, only wall axis and doors, 3D models also simple). I lost the interest for architecture in 2003 due to lack of educational material, but returned in 2008 with Teoalida’s Virtual City, made by researching housing via internet, which was so impressive, that people now hire me to work for them, turning this hobby into architecture business since 2012.
  • Since 2003 I got a passion for urban explorer and real estate. Being unhappy of the maps available in bookstores, I made myself better maps using AutoCAD and colored in Paint, and this evolved in 2008 in studying Housing in Singapore and Housing around the World for purpose of learning architecture and developing my Virtual City. This included writing articles with my research shown on this website, plus an Excel database with buildings from Singapore, which I turned into business in 2014 by selling it to real estate companies.
  • I love (listening to) music and since 2005 I compiled a music database in Excel, rating songs and making top of best artists using complex mathematical formulas. Rarely updating after 2012 considering an useless project.
  • Since 1998 until 2002 I was watching and playing football, and again making in Word and Excel database and analysis about matches. In 2002 my parents throw away my collection of football magazines, putting an END to this hobby. Even if this did not happened, I would have abandoned it in 2005 due to content existing on internet.
  • Since 1995? (before having a computer) I was writing stories from my real life, something like a diary/journal, but very different that today blogs looks like. A dream diary was added since 2002.
  • Since 1997 until 2003 I also wrote few series of fictional stories, something like a novel, funny adventures, stories inspired from stupid things done by schoolmates and friends, but not using people’s names, even replacing human characters with animals to avoid relating with reality and upsetting anyone.

Why I was doing all the above things? Some people may say that I had too much free time, blaming for wasting time doing stupid hobbies instead of spending time to work for money. This was TRUE, unfortunately.

When friends were visiting us, I was showing my works (is this a good or bad behavior?). I was often praised so I continued to do same things (there are rumors that the friends were TOLD by my family to praise me whatever stupid things I do, to make me happy) instead of constructive critics to do something more useful. However few friends said that I am talented, my works should be published, sell a book, etc. But my parents NEVER encouraged me to do something productive or to charge money when someone ask me help. They were against making my name public to the world. They encouraged me to continue the creative hobbies on computer, promising that some day we will publish them in a book, but this never happened. Just showing them to our friends circle (note: they may wanted to give me a solitary occupation to stop me disturbing them, instead of letting me to have a social life).

During childhood, the only form of professional activity was helping my parents at their work. Nothing in my name.

My family installed internet connection in 2005, after we connected to neighborhood LAN. I was 16 years old, was a total surprise for me. For first time I could speak freely with people unsupervised by parents and make own friends, and play multiplayer games in LAN. In contrast with the family’s friends which were (told to) praising my works, my new online friends criticized me for doing useless works, plus a lot of critics towards my parents, assimilating my family with North Korean dictator, accusing my parents for being too conservative, keeping me behind technology, limiting access to information, discouraging me to use internet properly and make a living, etc.

For the first time I realized that I had numerous misconceptions about LIFE, what is a normal life and how BAD are my parents. But the internet connection means unlimited access to information and this allowed me to lead towards BUSINESS…

Moving away from parents and starting a second life

In 2005 dad scandals made my mom to flee away. Most people thinks that divorce is a bad thing, but actually it was my chance to do things never imagined before. I also abandoned my parents and I do not want to see them anymore. In 2007 I moved in another apartment to live alone, and being 18 years old I was looking for a job to support myself, meantime grandparents were visiting me regularly to bring food and paying utilities.

Even if I escaped from parents, I continued to have same kind of troubles with grandparents, giving me orders and threatening me that will send me in foster care if I don’t obey all orders, for example don’t go outside home alone, don’t invite friends when I am alone, they wanted to supervise me all interactions with other people. They never gave me money so anything I wanted to buy I shall request them, effectively having control what to buy and what not.

But living alone allowed me to have a secret second life, violating grandparents rules, creating my own social life by inviting friends at home and leaving home without family consent, making money online, going shopping for first time, etc… things normal for a 10-year old but in case of me, even at 20-year old, my grandparents made a huge scandal when they found at home things not bought by them, accusing me for interacting with strangers.

My computer and internet was the only place where I could do what I want without being caught, so let’s make money online. I was not familiarized with freedom, despite that I had connection to internet since 2005, first 2 years I interacted only with people on my LAN’s chat, where I earned reputation of “computer guru”. I shared computer with my dad and afraid that will upset him if I interact with foreigners. After moving, in 2007-2008 I started looking for friends all over the country and playing games on international servers. Most of early overseas friends were met in gaming. I became fluent in english thanks to gaming. Since 2007 I started looking for ways to make money over internet, posting in forums under fake names getting mini-jobs that can be done without legal contract (to make sure that my family will not be aware), earning several hundred dollars in 1 year. Until 2009 did not had a personal website.

Despite of having internet connection, I continued showing my works to friends by sending e-mails and instant messaging to each person. Sometimes I took a laptop with me when I visited friends, especially to ones with no internet connection, to show my works.

I sent emails to various companies, showing drawings made by me in AutoCAD, hoping to get an online part-time job. But they were looking for full-time employees which I could not do without family consent.

In 2009 grandparents offered me to open a bank account in their name to get paid for working online so they can withdraw money and buy stuff. These idiots want to manage my money! I refused, because had already a PayPal account since 2007, and for reason I keep my business secret from family, being afraid that they may take my money.

My first website – teoalida.webs.com – free hosting

Friends encouraged me to publish my works on internet, so friends (also potential business partners) to view my work anytime, also to access my works from friends’ computers when I visit them.

So… this is how I started this website, that has to represent my image!
(despite of fear that my family will cut my internet connection if they see what I did)

I choose to host my website on Webs.com free hosting, under address http://teoalida.webs.com. By 2012 I realized that this was a huge mistake, Webs.com lack SEO features and limited the growth of my website.

I made this stupid choice because I had friends with blogs hosted on Blogspot and WordPress, posting their diary and stupid stuff, personally I wanted something more professional, a WEBSITE with static pages rather than a BLOG with posts sorted by date. Later I saw numerous professional blogs. Still, blogs are good if they cover one topic, newsy websites updated regularly, while my website cover multiple topics.

I started website in April 2009, originally having 5 pages, with a small example of works:
– Home page, with a list of the following pages.
– Teoalida’s Housing (floor plans and 3D models of apartment blocks).
– Teoalida’s Palace (3D model in AutoCAD).
– Teoalida’s Cars (again 3D models in AutoCAD).
– Teoalida in The Sims 2 (house models built in a game).
By August 2009 my website was completed, with 10 pages.

The purpose of website was originally to show off my hobby works to friends, NOT to promote services directly via website, instead I tried to get jobs in CAD design in forums and freelance websites where I linked my website for portfolio.

Because too few people are interested in my works and floor plans of imaginary buildings (perhaps architecture students and companies hiring AutoCAD designers), I decided in late 2009 to add more pages, to get more traffic and increase website ranking. Pages writing about real world: Countries & Cities (now Housing Around the World) and Singapore HDB housing study which included dozens of real floor plans.

I constantly added new pages and more content on existing pages.

My first website with blue theme (2009-2011)
Left photo show my custom-made navigation bar vs Webs’ default navigation bar (right photo)

My first website with white theme (Jan-May 2012)

My first website after expanding navigation bar (since Jun 2012)
Was a good or bad idea?

Each page began with an introduction about myself, the first page was the “About Me” itself… this became a TROUBLE as the website grew beyond its original purpose. Many visitors were not interested to see personal websites, personal stories, etc, this leaded a high bounce rate.

in early times I sucked at SEO, the visitor traffic was rising but Google sent the visitors in wrong pages and they quickly left (example: searching “Singapore 4-room floorplan” and landing in Apartment Design page, searching “100 sq m house plan” and landing in Singapore page).

Webs.com lack SEO features, I could not set different page title than URL or META description, the pages were originally named to look best in the navigation bar. But in 2010 I got idea to make custom HTML navigation bar, I could write anything as navigation links, and changed page title (which is URL too) to more SEO-friendly, as seen in above screenshots (example: Teoalida’s Cars > Car Design, Housing-Current > Apartment Design). Traffic went over 100 visitors per day and bounce ratio was reduced.

New website – teoalida.com – paid hosting and .com domain

Webs.com is one of the most-limited hosting services. See my own Webs.com Review. Beside lacking SEO features, free users get 500 MB monthly bandwidth (if you exceed bandwidth you warning messages to upgrade or you risk to be suspended, the actual suspension happens only if you exceed twice the limit, and last until end of month). My website reached again 100 daily visitors in January 2012 and exceeded these 500 MB). I upgraded the bandwidth to 1.5 GB in March… but in September 2012 I reached over 200 daily visitors and exceeded bandwidth once again. I had enough Webs Credits to buy 1 GB bandwidth 3 more times, BUT… is this is the RIGHT thing to do?

In 2011 I bought domain name www.teoalida.com then realized that I cannot put it on Webs.com-hosted website unless I pay premium account. See also: a Funny chat with a IDIOT who blame me for not putting teoalida.com on Webs website!

In August 2012 I started to develop a new website based on WordPress platform, using domain name www.teoalida.com and hosted on 000webhost.com (free hosting with PHP support) but they suspended my website 3 times due to too high traffic and high CPU usage so in November I upgraded to PAID hosting hosting24.com. I was very happy with Hosting24 services, for just $4.84 per month my website was running with over 1000 daily visitors.

On the former website, the main landing pages were Singapore HDB Floor Plans (35% of total traffic) and Singapore BTO List (25%), all other pages were max 10%. The home page was the About Me page (because website was originally intended as personal portfolio) but it was landing page for just 3% of traffic (as 2012), mostly my friends or people who bookmarked the URL. This turned into a PROBLEM: many people reading articles about Singapore (60% of total visitors) though that my website is an encyclopedia or a real estate agency, being not interested in the person behind it, if they remember the URL and next day they simply type teoalida.webs.com, they will see the About Me page shows my portfolio, may go away thinking that typed wrong URL.

SOLUTION: for the new website I made About Me as a subpage, while on home page I put articles about Singapore real estate, to make home page main landing page and get ranking in Google, planning that after a year to put my architectural designs on home page, to do business. But architecture never been a successful business so the articles about Singapore will remain on home page… forever!

Sub-websites:
In February 2013 I rebuilt The Sims 2 (a category with 53 posts) as sub-website, separate WordPress installation, with own banner and own menus. Same thing done in April 2013 for Car Database (3 pages, which grew to 30+ pages as 2016). Why? Because people looking for a car database are not interested in the rest of my works such as architecture and real estate. Someone who is interested in American cars may accidentally click the menu World > North America, which is a page about real estate, no cars.

Screenshots of my website from May 2014
 

And from October 2017 (just before changing theme to Graphene 2.0)
 

The road to online business

My family was providing me basic needs to be not necessary to work and have own money. Moreover they did not allowed me to have a job or earn money in my name. However, some things my parents refused to buy, this is why I was dreaming to earn my own money.

During childhood, my parents asked me to do various works, but did not rewarded me with anything, thus I lost interest to do their job instead of my hobbies such as drawing in AutoCAD and compiling car databases, both distributed freely via friends (probably this made my parents to not trust me that I can perform at work thus banned me from having a job).

Probably the most useful work was the city maps made in AutoCAD in 2005-2007, which today I regret distributing freely. Were used also by companies, for commercial purposes, who shall pay the rights of use. Several people offered me money for rights to use the maps, but due to my family regime, although I could meet people (strangers) under parents’ supervision and get paid, my parents would not let the money in my hands, so I had no reason to charge money.

Since 2006 I got also few legal job offers, but getting employed without family consent was impossible so I had to say NO to any job that could not be done from front of computer.

First money earned was in 2007, when PayPal allowed unverified accounts to send money (previously you could only receive money, was no reason to receive money if I cannot spend it). I started posting in forums, looking for work. Although my dominant activity was making drawings in AutoCAD, it was a non-profit hobby, and the little money earned was from webdesign-related services. I was not designing websites, but rather got paid to add content in someone’s website, create backlinks, submit it to directories, translate articles, etc (boring jobs). I also tried freelance websites where I linked my portfolio website and bid about 10 projects without winning any so I aborted. Paid-To-Click (BUX) sites brought some money too. Having no credit card, the PayPal money could be spent only online, and in 2008 I went shopping for first time.

When I made my own website in 2009 to publish my portfolio online, I wrote on home page (About me) “most of works are made for passion, but I am ready to work for you” and contact email below. But the potential customers were coming from Google in subpages and very few clicked the About me page to see my contact info. Only in 2012 I added on every page BIG RED messages with what services I offer, plus contact email in website banner. Only now customers started contacting me. But the business was still not successful, for example many people looking for house plans do not realize that I am CAD designer and I can work for them, they confuse my personal website with the websites who are collecting floor plans found in Google Images, they rely only on what they see on website, if they cannot find a suitable house plan at me, they go away instead of contacting me to design a house for them (and pay me for the architectural design service).

In 2010 and 2011 I had almost no income, spending my time on AutoCAD design hobby and playing games. I realized that making money online is difficult, my friends encouraged me to call authorities to take action against my grandparents, so I can get a job. But authorities considered that if my family give me food, everything is OK, ignoring my request for freedom to get a job.

First major work done for a customer (opposite of works done from personal interest) was in 2011, an insurance company requested to expand my Hong Kong Public Housing Database made voluntarily, by adding private housing estates. I made the mistake to work voluntarily without agreeing about price. Only after I spent about 100 hours I decided to sell the database for $200 but the customer didn’t agreed to pay, so I kept the database for myself and after one year I posted for sale in Store for anyone else. PS: I do not complain for the time spent. In 2011 I did not had many customers to work for, working in Excel is a pleasure and I made also the Singapore Housing Database since 2009 voluntarily, without having any customer requesting to do this job.

The business success came in 2012 after I discovered the chat software in January 2012 (a MUST-HAVE for websites that sell products or offer services), allowing me to interact with website visitors and engaging them to request work from me, understanding market demands.

In 2012 an architect impressed by my 3D models of buildings invited me to collaboration and wanted to promote me in his directory of architects despite that I did not attended architecture university, but he put me on wrong track (read full story). I changed my page from “AutoCAD graphic design services” to “architectural design services”, making some money from this field too. In 2012 I earned for first time a 4-digit sum, mostly from AutoCAD drawings made for Michael Lee. That architect leaded me to a stressful business which I never enjoyed.  After working for few people for free, I started charging money for services that takes more than 1 hour, but I rarely got paid, some people insulting me for refusing to work for free.

The chat software helped me to discover something never imagined: lots of companies are looking to purchase my Car Database. I spent a large amount of time transforming my hobby-made databases into a product usable for companies, and in 2013 car database sales dominated my revenues.

Moving to paid hosting and WordPress platform, expanding website content and doing SEO increased traffic from 100 daily visitors in early 2012 to 500 daily visitors in 2013. In late 2013, due to incorrectly adding ALT tags to all images on website (keyword stuffing), Google dropped my website from search results, traffic felt down to 150 daily visitors, I asked help on Google forums, the “helpers” mislead and distracted me from finding cause of problem and only few months later I figured out that ALT tags were guilty and once removed, traffic was restored. In these months I read a lot of SEO articles, becoming myself a SEO expert, once penalty was removed, website hit 800 daily visitors, biggest rise being in car database section.

The situation became clear: making databases is more profitable than architecture, a database require major initial investment of effort but once created it require a minimum of effort to update regularly, and thanks to SEO and volume of sales, the effort is paid off over time.

In February 2015 I discovered some things done by my family without my consent, lying me, lying authorities, doing a number of things that I do not want to talk about because would damage my image, this caused psychological trauma and sleep disorder, losing interest for living and working for people, I did not made new projects in architecture for few months and delayed database projects to contact authorities and save my life. Finally, authorities involved into family scandal.

Two projects started in late 2014, expanding European car database from 20 to 40+ columns to sell at double price, and reviving the Singapore Housing Database (made in 2009-2010 with no commercial purpose and left unfinished), each one taking few hundred hours of manual data entry, when finished in late 2015 they doubled my income, reaching 5-digit sum for whole year, exceeding my parents salaries. Monthly earnings are variable, about 20x difference between poorest and richest month.

In August 2015 I learned about web scraping (making a script that visit automatically all pages of a website, extract specific data and put it in an Excel table), allowing me to create new databases much faster than entering data manually. I created additional car databases for America, India, Middle East, as well as real estate databases, mobile phones database, etc, for purpose of selling via my website. In addition of this I offer web scraping services, creating new databases at request in any field. All these further increased my income.

My real life friends as well as visitors of my website thinks that I got rich from architecture and wish me to pursue this career, but it was filled with badluck. I am happy that I did NOT went to architecture university, I would have been a poor architect, in 2015 nearly 100 clients paid me for databases, while in architecture, despite of being contacted by over 100 people, only 5 clients paid me, the rest wasted my time with free consultation and sketches. Less than 10% of income came from architecture.

Architecture became pointless due to rising database sales, I disabled chat greeting and no longer make free sketches to convince people to work with me, doing just few simple projects for people who paid in advance, saying NO to many projects. In architecture I deal with private people often with no ethics, 1 of 10 people is paying, in 90% cases I waste in average 30 min chatting to realize that the customer is not paying for requested work. In databases, I deal often with company managers, 1 of 3 people contacting me is making a purchase, the 60% non-paying people waste in average of 10 min answering questions, most do not request work. In web scraping services I also had several customers running away without buying the database they requested me to create for them, but database posted on website made other people to purchase it, generating a passive income. In architecture, I need to make new projects all time to have income, chances to resell past projects to other people are very low.

Another scandal broke up in 2016 when my family figured out that I have a large sum of money, had to admit that I am running a secret online business for 8 years, my mom and dad who never allowed me to have own money, lied people and done illegal stuff in attempt to gain access to my bank accounts, without success. Seems that living away from my parents don’t protect me from being abused.

After all this bullshit, my fucking parents told me that I CAN go out of home alone and have a legal job, under some conditions. Too late! I am no longer looking for a full-time job because my hobbies makes more money than salaries in my country. Note: I was leaving home alone occasionally for 5 years while family know nothing.

Whenever authorities will take more actions against my family, so I can enjoy my life without conditions and restrictions, we will see…

Today life

Currently I can leave home anytime I want, but doing this I would not be able to answer chats, losing sales and customers. I avoid projects that require travelling, I try to stay home as much I can, going out for social life or leisure activities max 1 day per week, but when I had a must-do activity such as driving school I had to leave home daily.

I love walking around the city, malls, parks, mountains, etc, taking myself photos in every trip, but not selfies from arm length, rather put my photo camera on various objects so most photos show me from feet to head. But my visual appearance is not very good from business point of view. Due to this reason I prefer to NOT make my photos public on this business website or to appear in front of video cameras. I love meeting as many people is possible, but only after we chat online, so people will know what kind of man I am and do not judge by visual appearance.

I am also looking for a woman, but need to be careful to choose one active at work like me and not a bitch who stay with men just for men, wasting my time and eating money.

Conclusion

My parents gave me high IQ and a computer at an early age, and I turned into a businessman earning more than parents in my 20s. But I could have been a businessman at much early age, if these idiots would have helped me instead of putting restrictions to make my life harder, and making me to suffer whole life from psychological trauma. Or at least, if I found chat software earlier and move my website from shitty Webs.com to paid hosting and WordPress platform earlier, I could be richer now.

Should I be thankful to my parents or blame them?

I wish to have another family, a family that help me improving my life rather than restricting it, continue my education, and live in a house with many people rather than living alone.

I would like to know if reading this story make you more willing to work with me, or contrary…leave comments!

Etymology (meaning of Teoalida)

When I was around 6 years old I wrote stories with several dozens of characters with names invented by me, most of them hard to spell, my friends asked me what are these names, I liked how Teoalida sounded, so I started using this name for stories with myself. At 12 year old decided that everyone should call me Teoalida rather than on real name.

When I connected to internet in 2005, my parents told me to never disclose real name, so I signed all my products as Made by Teoalida. Sometimes in business is required the real name, but probably they are against me doing any kind of business.

I made this website in 2009 and launched Teoalida name/brand worldwide. Some friends said that was better to use real name in web domain name, but if I started as Teoalida, continue this way. What is the problem of using a business name different than real name?

Using such unique name is at advantage in business. Proof: in 2005 when I got internet connection, I did a google search and, surprisingly, were 0 results for Teoalida name. In 2008 were still few results, only from the forum of my town. On all other forums and websites where I registered, I used generic names such as Somebody or Future (common words for purpose of preventing people to search and find things posted by me), meantime my real name is too common and a Google search give thousand results, people won’t be able to find me, also may be hard to spell for foreigners.

Some negative impact is due to using same name both for business and for local friends. I have unwanted popularity through neighborhood bad guys, low-educated people sending messages or leaving comments on Facebook but I don’t want such friends in my business name.

Since I am known internationally, I have seen people who cannot spell Teoalida name correctly. I get sometimes emails addressing me as TeoLida or TeoaLinda. WRONG! It should be spell Te-oa-li-da.

Do you have any suggestions?