As an entrepreneur, I’m always thinking.
If you are a business owner or self-employed, you know the feeling. You can’t help but wonder if you’re using your time wisely. You wonder what direction your business should take. You wonder when you should quit and when you should shift gears.
This year has been a banner year for me. I’ve been owning an e-commerce business and doing Internet marketing since 2003. Yet, 2014 is the one year where I’ve gained incredible clarity as to what direction I should take.
HERE’S AN UPDATE ON MY AMAZON BUSINESS
I’m mostly working with my Amazon business these days. But because I’m still consulting on SEO, several times this past year I have trained Keyword Research to several groups of people.
Keyword Research is difficult to teach. There are tools and principles. But to do deeper keyword research, experience and a thorough understanding of the nuances is important. Below are the tools and principles I’ve been teaching. I’m posting it so that I have it handy in the future and so that any readers can benefit. Read More
For the past few months, I’ve been focused on Amazon Marketing. It’s been fascinating and I’ve learned a lot. You can read my review of Amazing Selling Machine, which is where I began my learning. But here’s a list of other resources, tools, and software that can help you with Marketing on Amazon. Read More
Now that you know what I’ve been doing so far this year and why I’m focused on Amazon Marketing, let’s talk about how I learned. As such, I’ll give my honest opinions about “Amazing Selling Machine” by Matt Clark and Jason Katzenback.
To start, just in case you don’t know me, here’s what you need to know. I’m not some gullible wimp online who enjoys throwing money at anything that makes hyped up claims about how I can get rich quick. (No offense to anyone who is.) I’ve been doing Read More
I started a new business (with my business partner) that focuses on Amazon this year. But I think I had different reasons than most others do.
Most people focus on Amazon because of the money and the appeal of working from anywhere. That’s cool. I like those things just as much as the next guy (or girl). After all, everyone knows that Amazon is huge. You probably buy more on Amazon this year than last year. But even more importantly, your family and friends are too. It’s not just geeks that buy from Amazon. EVERYONE does.
I don’t want to dwell on this. Everyone else does. But you should know the numbers…
It has been six months since my last blog post.
I started blogging (on this domain) 8 years ago and this is the longest I’ve ever gone. Here’s why…
Already, 2014 is looking good for Internet Marketers in Charlotte. I can’t believe how many Marketing Agencies, businesses, and other entities have contacted me. They are looking for anyone to hire that knows Search Engine Optimization, Google AdWords, or Inbound Marketing in Charlotte. There are several agencies hiring and several businesses looking for “a good SEO guy (or gal)”.
So I’m making a list of Internet Marketing Jobs in Charlotte!
First and foremost, it’s only fair to mention Read More
I often set goals for myself and my business all throughout the year. But it’s always good to write them down when a new year starts. If nothing else, it helps you to remember to look at them at the end of the next year.
1. STAY FOCUSED, STAY BALANCED
As always, I have personal goals that are more important than my business or financial goals. They are top priority and always will be.
My primary business goal for 2014 is simple… Read More
In just two months, it will be the five-year anniversary of the Charlotte SEO Meetup about Twitter. I remember moderating that event with Roy Morejon, Lisa Hoffman, Jason Keath, and Lyell Petersen. They seemed to be the most active Tweeters in Charlotte at the time. It’s hard to believe that Twitter is now public and has been at the center of this huge thing that the entire world uses now called Social Media.
Like most of you, I’ve had my highs and lows with regard to social media, especially Twitter. I’ve loved it and hated it. I’ve started and stopped many times. Most recently, I have barely used Twitter over the past year. But I’m ready to jump back in with both feet! I’m going to give it another shot, especially as I’ve felt awfully disconnected with the marketing community in Charlotte.
This may seem strange coming from someone who was the “Director of Training” for Social Fresh for two years. I also wrote two posts on the Top 100 and Top 300 Twitter Users in Charlotte. But that was 2008 and 2009. I’ve been gone for a while.
So I have some questions… Read More
For those of you that read my occasional email newsletter, you’ve probably figured out by now that I’m starting to work with Knowmad. I’ve known the good people at Knowmad for quite a while. In fact, I first met them years ago when I was teaching my Internet marketing classes in the Charlotte area.
Knowmad is what I consider a “boutique marketing agency” in Charlotte. They are a small group of smart people that work hard (and intelligently) for their clients. Over the years, I’ve felt they were one of the small agencies in Charlotte that did not get the attention they deserved. Why? Read More