About 5 years ago I sat at a crappy coffee shop in the Stratosphere hotel with Shoemoney.
It was when we were first becoming good friends, and he was really opening up to me.
It will always be one of the most remarkable and influential discussions I have ever had.
Honestly it was more like a lecture. Good enough content to have at any major conference as the Keynote,
but with information that few people will ever know.
It was really the true history of internet marketing. Fascinating stuff, that still blows my mind when I think about it.
Jeremy must have talked for about 4 hours that day before he was done. I was incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to hear what he said.
He pointed out that for most of us, (The out of the box, entrepreneurial, internet marketing rebels), at some point they find a niche where they can make money. From his stories it sounded like most of them found that niche within a short period of time.
I on the other hand have built slowly.
One of the reasons I think is that I built a very, very strong base for myself in this industry.
I literally spent half a decade meeting everyone I possibly could in all of the related industries.
2. Affiliate Marketing
3. The “startup” crowd.
4. WordPress guys
5. Facebook Advertising People
6. PPC people.
7. Media Buy crowd.
9 Local Advertising Experts
10. Reputation Management guys.
11. Lead Generators
12. The info marketing world.
and probably more that I am forgetting.
I had some good early success in link baiting that Matt Cutts wrote about, and have had ongoing requests for my help in that are, as well as requests in every one of the industries mentioned.
I have built my skill set, so I am competent in every one of the areas mentioned.
I just can’t tell you how helpful it is to know how to do all of it online.
In the past two years we have developed three strong link building strategies that are white hat, and Google Compliant, that can develop links in high volume.
We did this because we had one client who really needed this. As we got better and better, we started picking up more and more clients.
At this point, we are very, very busy, and are turning down clients regularly. We now have a very specific client profile we look for, where we can help them the most, and they can help us the most.
Personally I have an breathtakingly amazing girlfriend named Shannon and have acquired the rights to play mermaid with, make stuffed animals with, and create various animal shaped pancakes with her two daughters. The exact title of my new position with the two daughters is still a matter of discussion. It is tremendously fulfilling, and challenging. When you are trying to get two kids to understand the importance of the ones vs. the tens column, and the fact that atoms are made of electrons protons and neutrons, and that nothing else is going to make sense at school until we get this part down, being a world famous internet marketer who helped facebook does not impress them very much.
I spend a bit more time in the Malibu area with Shannon now, and a bit less time in the La Jolla area. I still am seeing patients, but much, much less.
I had a brief brush with death in October, that by December was totally gone. I have a very poetic description of it, but may never release it. If you see me in person don’t be shy about asking about it, it is a great and actually funny story 🙂
My mind is clearer, and I am more fulfilled than I have ever been in my life.
I have been skateboarding a ton, and hitting skateparks.
I have the most aesthetic beautiful life I ever could have hoped for.
I hope that catches you up a bit.
Business is so good, I am a bit reluctant to have as big of a thinktank this year.
I am guessing it is going to be a very, very, very small event, making it even more of a mystery than it has ever been.
I am excited summer is coming, and about to get a new board.