I have been working on this blog since 2011 and have wanted to quit more times than I can count (and if it wasn’t for your guy’s awesome feedback in the comments, I probably would have). But you kept telling me to “keep it up” and that you’re “looking forward to the next tutorial.”

In early 2017, my traffic tripled in just a few days. Now, 3,000 people/day read my tutorials – 95% from Google. For the first time, I’m financially free from the affiliate income generated by my blog.

That’s why I look happy in the picture :)

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And that’s why it’s only fair to spread the love.

You guys trusted me when I recommended things on my blog and many of you intentionally used my affiliate links. I am incredibly grateful for people who do that, so now it’s my turn to pay it forward.

Each year, I make a $3,000 donation. In 2018, $3,000 was donated to a GoFundMe campaign to feed hungry people in Denver. In 2017, $3,000 was donated to American Red Cross at Hurricane Harvey via GoFundMe. I was also able to give $3,000 to my parents (in 2019) and will continue making donations.

My accountant says it’s not tax deductible but WHATEVER, I’m doing it anyway.

50 Random And Disturbing Things About Me


I like falling asleep to serial killer documentaries – Forensic Files, 48 Hours, pretty much anything involving murder.


I once fell 30 feet while swinging on a tree rope. When I hit the ground, it left a scar on the side of my abdomen which grows hair. I need to shave it sometimes.


I once got fined $200 for puking in an Uber. After puking on the driver, my friends and I got kicked out of his car, I stripped down to nothing but boxers, threw my puked-soaked clothes in a Mobil garbage can, and woke up naked.


Here’s a video of me rapping “Lose Yourself” at my brother’s wedding.


I’m a champ in Rocket League and play Overwatch. PSN is twogreenballs if you want to play… but don’t ask about the name. Strictly fun!


I blew up a bully’s mailbox in high school. When he came to my house, he was holding a baseball bat while standing in the back of my friend’s El Camino. After giving his speech on how we was going to beat me up, my friend floored it and the bully fell face first into the bed of the car.


I have the best 404 page on the internet.


I got arrested in high school for growing 16 pot plans on my parent’s roof. My parents bailed me out of a felony via a lawyer who was basically best buds with the prosecutor. I’ve been arrested many other times, but not for murder! :)


While I was on probation from the previous incident, I was walking to a college party with a group of friends when 2 campus police approached me from behind because they saw the beer I was drinking. When asked to see it, I said it was a Coke, pulled it out of my pocket, and chucked it on the ground to use as a distraction while I booked it. It worked!


I almost died from a staph infection and had a creative protein level of 131 when the normal is 14. I was saved by Dr. Perkins at the SIUC health center when he drove me to the ER in his personal car where I got emergency surgery. It was the highest CRP level the doctors had even seen and said I was 1 day away from dying. They did a study on me for medical journals. I’m OK now thanks to Dr. Perkins.


A couple friends and I were flooring his Mom’s Subaru onto what we thought was an on-ramp, but it was a dead end with a guard rail and trees. After seeing it at the last second (it was dark), we swerved off the road, blasted through a concrete-cemented fence, and totaled the car. The reason we didn’t get arrested? Cops said there was a cocaine bust down the street.


I don’t do half the crazy shit I used to.


The only “hard” drug I’ve done is mushrooms, once on my 21st birthday when my friend and I with the same birthday (9/27/1988) had a combined party where half the 50+ people there were on them. Quite the party it was.


I didn’t like Trump before it was cool.


Before being quarantined by Covid-19, I bought 6x 32 oz. Skippy peanut butters from Costco.


The first day I got my drivers license, I got pulled over for going 37 in a 25. As an excuse, I told my parents I had a blocker.


The best concert I ever went to was Tool in Toledo, Ohio. And I went with my Mom! We have seen Tool 3 times together (here’s a pic of us).


My girlfriend took me on a wild trip to Thailand (here’s a pic of us).


I adopted 2 kitties rescued from Hurricane Harvey (here’s a pic of us).


Epstein didn’t kill himself.


I once rented a book from the library and lost it. The title of the book was “What’s Gone Is Gone.”


In middle school, a group of about 20 guys used to meet at 1:14 sharp in the men’s bathroom to watch my friend fart on command. This went on for a good 2 weeks until the principal caught on.


I can play the SVU theme song on the piano. Plus a ton of Beatles songs. Oh, and Jaws.


I had a lisp, buck teeth, 6 wisdom teeth, and a massive overbite. My mouth was completely janked.


I grow my own microgreens and highly recommend it; they’re healthier than adults plants and cheap to grow.


I painted houses at an Indian reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, the poorest place in the US.


I play the drums (favorite drummer is Danny Carey from Tool).


My Dad and I did a 2-week road trip to Southern Utah and Colorado. My favorite place was San Juan National Forest. It’s stunning in the fall (see for yourself). You have to go!


My friends and I play the game Trouble… for money.


Over 3 million people have read my tutorials.


How old I am.


I was awarded SiteGround’s affiliate of the month in July, 2016. Unfortunately, they went downhill.


I was interviewed by Cloudways, my new favorite hosting company and where most my affiliate income now comes from.


I opened up a ramen restaurant but eventually sold my shares.


I built 15 custom beer pong tables and thought I was going to make a business out of it.


I kicked a 60 yard field goal multiple times.


I don’t answer random SEO questions through email; that’s what consulting is for.


I got my Google Anaytics certification in 2017.


One day, I stayed home from school claiming to be sick only to eat an entire box of oatmeal creme pies.


I have 2 brothers (Mike and Erik) who I couldn’t imagine life without.


I pick my nails. Not because I’m stressed, but that’s just how I keep them short. Yep, disgusting.


I love slickdeals.net (thank me later).


I live in Denver and don’t smoke pot.


I played soccer in the Barcelona Cup. Our team also won the Disney cup in Florida.


During a high school lunch break, a group of 4 friends and I traveled to the Wisconsin border (from Illinois) for McDonalds just to see if we could do it. We did, and we were going 100MPH nearly the whole way. We were idiots.


I went kayak surfing on the ocean’s white caps in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. My brother tipped his kayak and it was almost a disaster.


My favorite job was a Home City Ice delivery driver because I got to drive all over beautiful Southern Illinois.


I passed the GMAT and had a full assistantship for a Masters in marketing. I built this blog instead. Glad I did.


I graduated college from SIUC with a marketing degree (Go Salukis!!!!).


If you made it this far, you know too much.

Interview Me!

I love sharing my story! Email me at tom@onlinemediamasters.com with your list of questions. Videos and podcasts work too! I can talk about affiliate marketing, WordPress, speed, and SEO all day. And yes, I will link back to you.

Learn From My Mistakes

My Google Analytics has an interesting story.

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I started blogging by publishing 3 mediocre articles/week. Things were going well until my analytics took a huge dip. Looking back, the plummet was likely due to mediocre content, bad links, and using a ThemeForest theme which got discontinued.

My analytics went into a flatline for 2 straight years. During this time, I redesigned my site, removed and disavowed links, and constantly worked on improving content. I made my site faster, look better, fixed technical errors, and did everything listed in my tutorials. Suddenly, traffic skyrocketed and eventually grew to 3,000 visitors/day. I immediately packed up my stuff and moved out of my parents house to Denver, CO.

We all make mistakes, but I don’t want you to go through this with your own website… a penalty wasn’t fun and it can ruin your business. It almost did for me :/

This tutorial will help you avoid many common WordPress SEO mistakes:

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Why Your WordPress Site Isn’t Ranking In Google

Thank you to…

Pronaya My WordPress Developer

Can you believe I’ve been working with the same overseas WordPress developer sine 2011? I’m telling you if you need development help, hire Pronaya. He’s skilled, timely, affordable ($40/hour), and has awesome communication. He helped me build this website even when I was too poor to afford him, he just said “pay me back later.” That’s the kind of person Pronaya is. Pronaya you are SO AMAZING!!!!!​


About 90% of my affiliate income comes from them. It used to be SiteGround until I stopped recommending them. I still appreciate what SiteGround did for me and really jump started my affiliate income, but times have changed.