I built my first website back in 1998. Back then I worked for an IBM Business Partner selling printers. As a commissioned salesperson good quality leads were extremely important to me. And the company’s website wasn’t bringing in any leads. No one could find the company website on the search engines — until I built and promoted a website for them.
That first website ranked high on all the search engines and brought in a bunch of leads every week. Soon my first client wanted more. So I built 4 more websites for my first client. All of them brought in a lot of leads. This was my first taste of helping a business dominate their space on the web.
In the beginning I believed I could help a few clients and make a good living. I was wrong.
I worked very hard for a few small businesses. Several clients told me that hiring me was the best thing they ever did. I wrote copy for the websites. I did search engine optimization for the websites. I updated the websites. I designed them. I did everything.
But I wasn’t making a good living with my handful of clients. So I decided we needed more clients. Clients who didn’t need all the personal attention I was giving those first clients.
We would build websites like other website design firms. I wouldn’t spend all my time writing and personally getting them to the top of the search engines. And I hired other people to help me.
Here’s what happened when we started writing our own software —
We created our own search engine friendly e-commerce software. We built our own lead management software to manage leads from multiple websites. We created our own software to give customers the ability to update their own websites.
I still wasn’t making much money. I was putting all the company profits into building software. We’d get the software right. Then it would get hacked. Or customers would find more bugs. I still poured more profits into the software. My wife and I were fighting. I wasn’t very happy.
My marriage finally ended. I lost all of my help. I was burned out. I didn’t want to help my customers anymore. Many of my clients left. That brings us to 2009 . . . a little over 10 years later.
That’s when I decided to get back to doing what I enjoyed.
I would help business owners dominate their niche online again. But I would help more than just a handful of people. I would help a lot of business owners dominate their space on the web. That’s the purpose of this blog.
I will give you everything I can to help you succeed online. But I won’t do the work for you. You’ll have to do it. Or you’ll have to hire people to do the work for you.
I’ll recommend people and resources. I’ll give you tools and training. But in the end, you’ll be responsible for dominating your space on the web. If you win or lose, it won’t be because I did the work for you. But I will be right here fighting for you.
“Giving You the Power to Fight the Big Boys!”The Power to Fight the Big Boys Story by Doug Stewart