the way I read your promotion was that you were using a2k programing in part to demonstrate your superior search engine optimization skills, amongst other things, in the attempt to sell your for profit business.
You must mean either able2know.net or horiztontalverticals.com. In the entire history of a2k I've made less than $1000 on either. And it wasn't because of showing off a2k, that is just there to fill the content on those sites because portfolios are expected if you claim you can do anything.
The clients I got were members on a2k, Squinney, and a few others (a couple of people came from the free phpbb code I published here, and asked for installation of the code for $50). Most of them came because I answered their questions well enough that they thought I was competent or because I distributed free code on a2k that millions have downloaded. But I realized I was working for less than a dollar an hour because I was maintaining a host for very few clients. I lacked the scale to make it profitable and when I started getting 5 a.m. calls from guys in Germany I realized that a handful of clients at $10/month of hosting isn't worth it. I helped each onto separate hosts and don't do that kind of work anymore (ask BPB, he asked me recently for this kind of thing).
I did put up the information on horiztontalverticals, because in the last year I've lost over 70% of my revenue and needed to keep the doors open but I've never been even contacted there, and the jobs would have to be significant to be worth working on. It's one of the business names we operate under, and I needed something talking about what we do. The clients we currently have do not come from there. We pay for advertisements (Google Adwords) in the verticals we specialize in, and route them to sites specifically about the B2B services we provide. HV is just our generic name, and needed generic information about our abilities.
It's very misleading to portray it as making me money. I even put observationalism up on the site because I made it in a day and had nothing else to say, and can't list some of my other projects there for various reasons (business stealth etc). Putting a2k there also has a bit to do with promoting a2k, as my promotional efforts are the only advertising we have.
It seems to be a promotional expense, covering the small out of pocket expense with the small add rev is largely besides the point. The cost is primarily in time, and the projected rev from it is generated outside of a2k.org.
Why are you willing to make this stuff up hawkeye? If you go to able2know.net, which used to be my consulting front you'll note the contact form is disabled. It has been for years. I lost tons of sleep and made no money worth speaking of off of that.
Doing one-off sites for others isn't fun for me, I get paid once and don't get to grow the sites and cultivate them. I'd much rather work on our own sites than be paid poorly to work on someone else's.
On horiztontalverticals we have had not a single client come through. That just isn't our business model. It's there and ready if we need to rely on it, but that's pretty much it. We are still living off stuff that predates that site and that came from other projects I work on (I am active in the health care employment fields).
Oh, I forgot, we have had one recent client from a2k (a long time a2k member), but it is on hold and we haven't started there yet. It's also something we will take because we need the money right now, but isn't something we'll be willing to do once our own projects are doing well enough.
So in short, in the entire history of a2k I've made less from side consulting gigs that came from a2k that a2k costs in two months.
Any other things you want to make up about me hawkeye? The truth really is that I get a lot of technical satisfaction out of working on a2k, it's the most special hobby I've had. It's not something noble or charitable, it's a geeky hobby thing. I don't get why you insist on reading financial motivation into it when geeky is just as plausible.