Wait A Second
You see that guy right there?
Attempting to entertain you with unoriginal phrasing in a vein attempt to win your approval and entice you to read the rest of his life’s story; while also looking like he’s been sponsored by A&W?
Well, that guy’s actually me. Believe it or not.
I bet you’re wondering how I got in this wacky situation?
It all started back in the Fall of 2012…
The year was 2012.
I was quietly contemplating the puzzling prospect of cultivating currency while in High School.
My resume containing 0 work experience for the past 14-years, no degrees or certifications, and my tendency to write poorly constructed attempts at alliteration meant I had a lot of options.
So, I did what everyone who’s desperate for money does.
I Googled “how to make monies online”
The results were ripe with
scams 100% legitimate opportunities.
So many ways to become a millionaire. From filling out surveys, multi-level marketing, money printing machines, entry-level home employment for $50,000/week.
I knew it was all 100% real because every landing page page had someone holding proof, a lot like this.
No way someone could fake something like that!
Rather than take the easy route to riches, I signed up for article writing services.
Basically, I got to write content for often less than $0.01 a word.
Through this bountiful endeavor, I discovered “SEO content”
AKA: stuff these 3 phrases into my 500 word article 5 times each so I can get some of that sweet sweet Google juice.
Naturally, this introduced me to the concept of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
I read maybe 1-2 articles on the topic then forgot all about it for a couple years.
…Fast forward a couple years.
It’s now 2015. I’m 17, halfway through college, and working in corporate America.
As you can see, my life wasn’t going anywhere.
Corporate bureaucracy wasn’t my thing and not everything my employer did was exactly “legal”.
Remembering that “SEO” thing, I did a little more digging.
Eventually, I created a profile on Upwork.com
So began my marketing career as a marketing whore, as I did just about everything.
From SEO, Ads, email, design, writing, strategy, you name it, I’ve touched it one way or another. Working for a humble $5/hour while I figured out how to actually do this online marketing thing.
About a year later, I was hired as a full-time contractor (employment laws are mostly a suggestion, I guess) for a marketing agency.
Goodbye corporate, hello agency life.
Over the course of two years with that agency, I was promoted to be their Lead Strategist.
But, as an “overachiever who is going to get burnt out and learn the reality of the world one day” I was also building up a portfolio of freelance clients on the side.
I went from full-time, down to part-time, and eventually to no time.
How I went about that landed me on the Lion Zeal Show with Daryl Rosser.
Within 72-hours of recording that interview, I fired about ~50% of my clients.
From December 2017 – February 2018 I was “figuring out what I wanted to do”
Being young, dumb, and full of charisma. I decided to give starting my own agency a go.
I founded my agency, Blue Dog Media on the principal “do it better”.
The methods and systems I put into place at my agency is 20% the reason why I was able to speak at the Chiang Mai SEO Conference in 2018.
The other 80% was obviously my good looks.
Here are some other things I’ve done that I haven’t had the inspiration to add more details for:
- Started investing in websites
- Started doing more media appearances
- Expanded from a heavy SEO focus to a heavy SEO,PPC, and CRO focus.
- Got a cat!
- Studying business and personal finance heavily. Which excelled personal and business growth
- Spend a lot of time building automations