It’s rather embarrassing to think that it has been 3 years almost to the day since my first and only post on this site. But this is a new beginning and I have every intention of giving this blog the time it deserves, and hopefully in the process, adding value to you.
So let’s start with an update of what has happened over the past 2 years.
I decided to try my hand at SEO (search engine optimization) about 2 years ago. I got an old client and friend to agree to allow me to try optimize their property website for the local keyword ‘houses for sale in Mitchells Plain’ (the area in which that they sell properties). The agreement was that I would do all the upfront work for free at my risk. If I got it right to get them to page 1 of Google, they would then pay me a monthly management fee for as long as I kept them there (initial 1 yr agreement).
I came so close to giving up at least 5 times while trying to get them optimised. It was in the time that Google released the Penguin and Panda algorithms and I new just enough to make one mistake after the next.
It took about 8 months before I got the site ranking on page 1, but I got it there and have since managed to rank it for ‘houses for sale in Cape Town’ which is a far more competitive keyword. It has ranked in position 1 of page 1 of Google for this keyword for over a year now.
After many courses on SEO, and a few clients later… in September 2013 I was able to quit my rather well-paying day job and start my own company that focuses on SEO, Online Reputation Marketing, and related internet marketing services for ‘offline’ clients. This was the start of my dream to have a business that I could operate from anywhere. I say the start, because I still need to go out to meet with clients, so I can’t truly work from anywhere.
Ultimately, I still want to have an online business that serves an online ‘audience’ as this will give me true freedom to operate from anywhere. While the SEO services business is going well, I still feel very lost at creating an online business. Short of a single annual affiliate check of $50 that cost me $20 to deposit into my bank account, I have really made no money through selling anything online. I’ve simply not given this the focus it deserves, because, truth be told, I did not have a good plan to follow through.
But that has all changed today. It is 2 am in Cape Town, South Africa as I write and I have just come off the first of a 5 week webinar. It is a coaching program called “The Quick Start Challenge” and over the next 5 weeks, I will follow very specific weekly ‘challenges’ that are the stepping stones or practical step-by-step blueprint to starting my online business.
Writing this post was my first assignment and I made a commitment to do it tomorrow, but I’m so fired up that I decide to do it right now.
So over the next few weeks I’ll be updating this blog to share how it’s going. I’ll keep it real so you’ll get to hear about the highs and lows. I’m hoping that the highs seriously outweigh the lows, but come what may, this is a new beginning, the big beginning of my online adventure.
Please take some time to leave your thoughts below. I would love to hear how things are going with you -highs or lows- and where you are at or would like to be at. 🙂