The Return of Self Made Minds


Firstly I’d like to welcome you (back) to Self Made Minds, an entrepreneurial blog where we share the various activities, ideas and stuff we’ve been involved in. We’ve had something of a hiatus from this site, where Scott and I have been up to various business and life experiences and changes. However Self Made Minds is now BACK…

For new readers my name is Al Carlton, I own and run numerous websites and have made a healthy living online for the last 7 years or so. The last couple of years most of my sites ran on auto-pilot giving me a nice passive income and I was able to travel (some what excessively) and get myself married twice to the same woman in different countries, all fun stuff.

I’m now at the point were I want to start concentrating again on my business and as I did early on, document my successes and failures here on Self Made Minds. Scott will also be providing updates various updates on what he’s been up to the last few years.

Some of the upcoming posts that we have planned include:

  • Losing a 6 figure revenue stream (this one was scary)
  • Do you need to register for VAT, the procedure and outcome of a VAT Compliance Audit
  • Profiting from generic twitter usernames
  • Maximizing mobile traffic and profit
  • Optimizing your email list with WordPress

As before we will be very open with what we do. If there is anything you’d like us to cover or have suggestions (or encouragements) please let us know in the comments.

The best way to follow Self Made Minds is via our email newsletter, however we’ll also link to all new posts from our twitter account and facebook page, so what ever suits you best.


About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.


  1. Nice to see you back Al! I missed your content during these years, so I’m very eager to read about your recent success.

  2. It’s good to have you back… now hurry up with the new posts 😉

  3. Welcome back. This was one of my favorite blogs. Looking forward to the new posts.

  4. Andy in Tenerife says:

    Best IM / business blog on the net! Good to see it back, gave me a heck of a lot if inspiration a few years back when I was just starting out. Things have changed a lot since then, thankfully for the better. Looking forward to seeing how you two have been getting on and your plans for the future.

  5. About bloody time too! Looking forward to the coming posts… :)

  6. Great to see ya back!

  7. Great to see this blog back chaps, I’ve been in moaning.

  8. Mourning 😉

  9. Al, this was one of my favourite blogs to read, actionable, from the heart posting.

    We are so overdue a meetup, hope you are well my friend!

  10. Welcome back guys, good to hear you back in action, used to read a lot of your old posts, a new site design In see too!

  11. Wow, great to hear you’re restarting self made minds. Loved every post you guys did!

  12. I did wonder after getting emails about old posts, probably due to updaing the site. Welcome back anyway.

  13. Awesome to see you back…your posts inspired me back in the day

  14. Thanks for the well wishes guys. I’m quite excited about some of the posts we’ve planned and ideas to test out (and document). If you’re on the email list you may get an extra copy in your inbox as we complete the migration away from feedburner (there’s a post in that too).

  15. Welcome back Al, ’bout time too! A great motivational blog, which I look forward to reading once more.

  16. Richard Harper says:

    Great stuff! Good to see you both back and blogging again. Your posts were always informative and full of (enough) detail, so here’s to hoping the new ones follow that up too.

  17. Move that Join Now! button a bit, ta.

  18. Great news! Looking forward to the posts

  19. Welcome back and thanks for the update, I look forward to reading your new posts as they get released.

  20. One of the few sites I continue to subscribe to…was hoping you’d come back!

  21. Great to know your inspiring posts are back!

  22. Great update! Welcome back, looking forward for your excellent post!

  23. Oh good. Kettle on, good read awaits…

  24. Great to see the site being updated again. It’s one of the very few sites that I bookmarked actually, looking forward to all the new articles already (especially the one about Twitter usernames!).

  25. Can’t wait to read your post. As it has already been said… You were missed!

  26. Great to see you back, looking forward to finding out what you have been up to over the last year or two! Lots of catching up to be done :)

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