I kind of felt like keeping the default title to this blog post because—I cannot believe I am saying this but—this is my first blog!
I have been online for more than half of my life. I’m 31 as of writing this post. When I say online, I mean I have been using a modem inside a computer and a phone line for over sixteen years, longer than I have had my drivers license. Well, that’s not 100% true. I did lose my license after I participated in the Players Run back in 2002 and 2003 for too many speeding tickets. More on that in the coming weeks and months ahead as I figure out where this blog will take me. No, in all seriousness, I was a computer geek back in 1994 on a Packard Bell that I set up as a 2 node BBS called The Dark Side. Over the next few years, the Internet came to Maine. I worked on setting up my high school’s website, one of the first in the state. Archive.org still has one of my first websites from 1998 that was for one of the games I installed on my BBS called Usurper. However, I haven’t been designing and programming websites for the last sixteen years straight. Back then, it was difficult to convince a business they needed a website, especially in Maine; heck it’s still hard today! Being the technology freak that I am, cell phones sparked my interest out of college and I began to work for the now defunct Circuit City selling analog cell phones, before there were apps, gps, web browsers, text messaging, caller id or even voice mail. They were just phones and I sold the hell out of them. I also worked for Sprint PCS and later AT&T/Cingular. At one point in my ten year career selling cell phones, I started a video production company called RPM Video. I traveled around the world from Montreal and Las Vegas to Tokyo filming auto shows and a behind the scenes look at the speed shops and street racing culture. It was quite amazing. I still have a You Tube Channel up with a few videos.
So, back to the reason for starting this blog… Well, let’s go back three years, when I was out of a job. I left Cingular because I was sick of working in retail, especially at the mall, during the holidays. You get the drift? So, I applied to work at Legacy Publishing Company for inbound telesales. The company was growing, as it still is today and I got hired. I worked the telephones for about 30 days and noticed a new job posting on the intranet website for an “online partnerships professional”. I inquired about the position and interviewed and was hired for the position the next week. I was thrilled! One thing though that I found out on my first day was that they had tried this before with two other people. Here I was in a 90 day temp to hire situation knowing that two people before me had failed to be hired full time. I relied heavily on my experience with the web from as far back as I could remember. I would also say that my communication and people skills from working in retail has really helped me reach my full potential.
Internet Marketing including SEO, Affiliate, Social Media, Link Building all require one to build relationships. These relationships are all very different, but have very similar qualities at the same time. I’m hoping my readers will stick around here and follow my blog. I hope to build a relationship with my readers to help them and me, reach our full potential. We are all in this together so we might as well make some friends, hopefully, someone that will link to you 🙂