Friday, 15 August 2008

Life in France

This is my first blog, so you will have to bear with me while I get to grips with what it's all about.

This time last year I was a technology manager working in the UK for an American company. Earlier this year my wife and I made the move to live in the south of France. We now run a gite and are about two thirds of the way through our bookings for our first season. Couldn't have gone much better really we were pretty much fully booked by the end of February and so far everyone who has been to stay have absolutely loved the place. Just as well really as right now it is our only means of income so quite a big gamble all in all.

If you want to look at our place you will need to go to www.french-holidays-aude.com

So what's next, we are both working hard trying to learn the language so that we can integrate better into our new country, we also have to be getting on with finding new ways to make a crust or two. My wife is a very good seamstress and should be able to find work producing soft furnishings probably for the English community over here.

Myself, its a different story, I have to find a way to use my technical background in a way that can be used here in France, not so easy when you are not a fluent French speaker. I am really getting into website design and have signed up to google adsense and affliliate marketing. Only time will tell if they can be made successful enough to provide an income, although I have to say in between maintaining our 300 year old house, looking after the facilities for the giters and trying to renovate our part of the accommodation I am really enjoying putting my websites together and trying to optimise them for higher traffic and making them potential income providers.

If anyone out there has got some good tips for me on how to optimise my internet marketing techniques, I would be very pleased to hear from them.

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