It was not my intention to become a SEO Specialist.
All the way back in 1996 when I first had the Internet in my home, I knew that I could make a living from it. I was not sure how, but I knew there was a way.
Shortly thereafter, I started learning how to build web pages. Then Websites. Then I had a plan.
I have been an avid follower of the stock markets since high school. I had developed a strategy for trading stock options. I had no money to actually trade but I knew from my paper trading that my “trading system” was sound and could be used by others to trade options successfully. I decided to create an option trading ebook and a website to market the information.
For about a year, I made very little progress. I decided to make some changes to the site and my “landing page” for my Pay Per Click ads on GoTo.com. I also decided to test different selling prices. I was selling this ebook for $29.95.
The results was somewhat surprising to me at the time. It turned out that my ebook was too cheap. I increased me sales by over 300% by increasing the price to $79.95. Suddenly, I was making serious money from a website.
I then decided to expand my offerings.
I created other ebooks for other financial markets. I started services for traders who wanted contact with other traders. I started trade call services, I started day trading services, trading chat rooms and trading forums.
During this process, I discovered something. A new search engine; Google, started sending me traffic. A little at first, but soon, I was able to reduce drastically my ppc spending because I was at the top of page one on Google for many of the most expensive keywords I had been paying for. I started researching how to do what I had done because my rankings were literally an accident. I discovered that my first websites were build in a way Google favored. I also soon learned all of the “secrets” to ranking on Google.
Many of those secrets worked, very well. Those days are over.
SEO has changed much since those days.
Long story short, the hassles of marketing services for traders burnt me out and I decided to work on the websites of others. I was able to keep up with the knowledge and information needed to successfully rank websites. I have now been actively performing SEO for over 10 years.
SEO became a part-time “career” for me as more and more small businesses sought me out and contracted for service.
I am currently a one man operation and plan to stay that way. I had dreams of building a search agency in my youth, but I really enjoy working from my home office.
If you need SEO for your income, part-time or full-time, if you need SEO for the livelihood of employees or the future of your business, you have found the right man for the job.
Life sure does fly!
Unless you are twenty something, you know exactly what I mean.
Somewhere, over the past 10 years, I lost track of time and one day realized that I am 40 plus. How did that happen? What did I miss? Holy cow, my life is almost half over and I think I may have missed some of it!!!
Then one recent morning while getting dressed at the Franklin Tennessee YMCA some “older” men were quizzing another about his recent birthday. He stated that he had just turned 40. One of the older gentleman standing closest to me said “Why your life ain’t even started yet.”
I hope he was right.
As long as I don’t look in a mirror, I still feel like I did twenty years ago. I still lift weights, I still like to have fun and I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up. Actually, I hope I never do grow up.
Honestly, I am happier now than I was 20 years ago.
Some of the greatest times of my entire life have occurred over the last 10 years. I married my best friend in 1998 and watched my step-daughter grow into a magnificent, beautiful young woman. Her father has always been one of my most loyal friends and has always been there for her and me. The relationship between my wife, him and myself has been had tremendously positive effect on the daughter we share.
In 2002 I became a Christ follower. I was at the bleakest point in my life financially and professionally when my wife, Mandi, began attending a local church at the urging of a friend. Mandi grew up in church, I did not. For many months she attended service without me. She was involved with a women’s group on Wednesday nights and the women in this group had been praying for our situation and for me. On Christmas eve, their prayers were answered and I was offered a position that saved us from financial ruin. Shortly thereafter, I began attending service on Sundays and Wednesdays and have never stopped.
Between 2002 and 2003 several things changed in my life and at the same time my life changed fundamentally. I dove into Christ with complete confidence that He could do a better job with my life than I had. Since then, I have literally made no conscious decisions about my future. I pray about things and wait for the answer. It was this trust that has provided me my greatest joy.
Allow me to explain.
In November of 2003, Mandi suggested that we bring in her Sister’s boy who was 18 months old. He had been living with her mother since birth due to a prison sentence her sister had been handed just before he was to be born. She had been sentenced to five years for various charges brought on by a probation violation.
BC – Before Christ, I would have exploded on her as to how crazy she was to even think that we should bring a child into our home under those circumstances. I know this because that is exactly what I was thinking at the time. However, I did not say a thing. I told Mandi that I would think about it and I told God that if this young man was to be a part of our lives then I needed to know from Him that this was the right thing to do. This was literally my first non-decision after becoming a Christ follower. I got my answer soon enough. Two weeks before Christmas, Alex walked right through my front door and I knew in an instant that he would never leave our home. He is now legally my son.
Another very important thing happened during that same time. I finally started making serious money from several web sites I had been playing around with. By serious money I mean that I was able to quit a full time position and replace that income with the growing profits of one of my web sites.
Funny thing about success, once you have a little other opportunities seem to fall out of nowhere. My experiences building and marketing my websites turned into requests from others to build their web sites and to teach others about pay per click marketing, search engine optimization and landing page creation. In literally no time at all, I had decided to pursue this opportunity full time.
I soon started search engine consulting for small businesses seeking an affordable solution to their SEO needs. I specialize in local small business SEO and providing SEO services and consulting for businesses of all sizes.
This may be more than you really wanted to know about me but I feel if I am going to offer services to the public, especially over the Internet, a full description is needed. I make myself personally available to businesses of all sizes for their Internet marketing needs. From search engine optimization, pay per click marketing, landing page creation and optimization, I have years of experience and will share that experience with businesses at a very affordable cost.
Give me a call or send me an email today.