I know my tutorials are about WordPress, but can we be real for a sec?
Many of us, including me, have been struggling financially. I have personally been broke most of my life.
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.”
You guys rock.
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 :)
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.
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.
I’m a champ in Rocket League. 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.
Epstein didn’t kill himself.
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 we an on-ramp, but it was a dead end with a guard rail and trees. After seeing this 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 that was.
I didn’t like Trump before it was cool.
Before being quarantined by Covid-19, I bought 6x 32 oz. Skippy peanut butters.
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.
I adopted 2 kitties rescued from Hurricane Harvey (scroll down for pics)!
The best concert I ever went to was Tool in Toledo, Ohio. And I went with my Mom!
I live in Denver and don’t smoke pot.
I have a 40 gallon aquarium housing 3 bettas with separators and ghost shrimp.
I played soccer in the Barcelona Cup. Our team also won the Disney cup in Florida.
I can play the SVU theme song on the piano. And a ton of Beatles songs.
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 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 – so glad I got to do this with my Dad. My favorite place was “San Juan National Forest.” It’s stunning in the fall.
Over 3 million people have read my tutorials.
How old I am.
I was awarded SiteGround’s affiliate of the month in July, 2016.
I started learning WordPress when I interned for a mobile coupon company in college and they told me to “start a blog.”
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 once rented a book from the library and lost it. The title of the book was “What’s Gone Is Gone.”
I don’t answer random SEO questions through email; that’s what consulting is for.
I got my Google Anaytics certification in 2017.
I take long breaks from work to focus on my personal life.
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).
Once, I stayed home from school claiming to be sick only to eat an entire box of oatmeal creme pies.
A group of about 20 guys used to meet at 1:14 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.
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.
I love sharing my story! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
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!!!!!
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