It’s July of 2017 and I’ve just realized I don’t have an about me page…
… Better late than never.
Here’s a quick summary, just to have something here.
My Musical Beginnings
I went to school for trumpet performance.
I realized that I’d be broke forever and I have responsibilities so I tried to get a job, but there were no opportunities in my small town. I even applied at places like Wal-Mart, Olive Garden, and other chains, but everyone was full up and nobody was hiring.
This was the first lesson that I would have to create my own opportunities and find my way, rather than rely on getting hired by somebody else and relying on someone who’d never seen me, who could decide my position was worth cutting.
For a couple of years, I DJed in Austin Texas’ clubs, and even got booked a few out of state gigs for warehouse parties and small festivals.
Getting Started In WordPress
During this time I met another entrepreneurial DJ who had a local web development business, and eventually we discussed the possibility of me providing support to his daily operations. This was my first foray into legitimate website work. Through my teen’s I had several small projects in the gaming world, running a couple of servers and forums, so I had experience but nothing professional.
We worked together for a while and I started to get really comfortable working with WordPress, and my buddy started to pass his extra clients over to me, and it started to grow from there.
Movin’ On Up!
A while later I had another opportunity from a friend in the industry: A big supplement company was looking for SEO & PPC help, and they would pay me while training me how to manage and optimize the accounts.
I took the gig, and my trainer immediately left to a new opportunity, putting me in the driver’s seat of a huge ad account and website network to learn in real time.
I got really good really quickly, working 60-80 weeks to study everything I could find around direct marketing, landing page optimization, copywriting and advertising.
As a numbers guy, I took to it all pretty naturally and weirdly enough fell in love with paid advertising. I find it so interesting how many moving parts and aspects there are to troubleshoot and optimize in order to create a winning campaign, and once you nail it, it really is like printing money.
On a side note, I’m writing this right now with an injured hand, but I do want to get something up here instead of a blank page…
But I’m going to summarize the rest for now.
I continued to study paid advertising and user-optimized website design.
I also launched a business, an audience building platform for musicians called Followgate
Later I got into dropshipping and affiliate marketing because of the semi-passive nature of the business model. Got out of dropshipping because I don’t like managing the orders and physical products, and continued on with my website and ppc campaign services, along with consulting.
Continued to study business, entrepreneurship, marketing, and psychology while testing business ideas. I found that I really enjoyed consulting and helping people with their businesses and tried my first group trainings earlier this year, with great results!
Got a few other websites out there in the SEO/affiliate space along with other small-online-business projects that I’ll talk more about later (especially how to validate these ideas quickly and on the cheap)
These days I’m consulting, emailing my list, writing blog posts, and creating tech products alongside new trainings and courses to show entrepreneurs the best of what I’ve found and learned.
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