The last day of September in 2003 was almost like any other day. I woke up at 5:30 a.m., showered, got dressed, and began my one hour commute to work in my 1999 Honda Accord. I got there at about 6:59 a.m., sat in my cubicle, and pretended to work for an hour or two. What I was really doing was mentally preparing myself to walk into my boss’s office and quit! But I wasn’t just quitting this job, I was quitting corporate America. I was done with hours or traffic, 12 hour days, cubicles, and bosses. My plan was to start an SEO business out of my kitchen, in my tiny two bedroom apartment in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, IL. What I’m about to show you, is something I never had. A step by step, ultimate guide on how to start a SEO business. I had to learn everything through trial and error, which took an incredible amount of time and energy. I wish someone had posted a detailed guide that would have saved me the time and money I spent … [Read more...] about How to Start an SEO Business – The Ultimate Guide
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Why do I attend search engine conferences? So I can document (for sales & marketing purposes) my close personal relationships with search engine representatives allowing me to show prospective clients how my exclusive insider access will generate top search engine rankings for anybody purchasing my SEM services (Note: Please do not take this seriously and if somebody else makes a similar claim, make sure not to use them as a vendor because they are scamming you). I asked other SEMpdx members the same question and here are their responses: Mark Knowles: I have been to several search engine conferences in several venues and I can honestly say that I have not had one bad experience. Since you asked, there are a number of observations I have made during a conference that highlight the benefits. They come from interactions with some of the vendors, speakers, sponsors, and other attendees during the conference and evening events. Every time I go, I meet companies that are offering … [Read more...] about Ask SEMpdx: What are the Benefits of Attending / Speaking at Search Engine Conferences?
Each month, I compile Search Month— a recap of all the stories that have happened relating to search, categorizedby topic. I thought it would be fun to take all the Search Months over the pastyear and produce this edition of Search Year 2007. It was far more work than Iimagined, but I hope you’ll find this at-a-glance guide to what happened insearch during 2007 to be helpful. At-a-glance might be a stretch. This is a massive post, and I’m sure somepeople might feel a bit of overload. So, here’s some guidance as to how thingsare organized. In many categories, I tried to pick the biggest news story for that topic.This isn’t always the case. With some categories such as SEO, there where manygood, compelling stories. In some of those cases, I went with a catchy headlineor a recent, broadly applicable article. I wish I’d had the time to more closelygo through and pick out the very best in each section, but it was too mucheffort. Below each main story are … [Read more...] about Search Year 2007: Search News, In Review