I’ve been doing a lot these past few weeks and I’m realizing more and more that, I know a lot of stuff. 😀
Seriously though. When it comes to online strategies, I, and I’m sure a lot of you as well, tend to take for granted the things that we’ve learned in our experiences.
Things that we deem as incredibly simple or assume that everyone knows, ends up being not true.
What’s simple to you and all the things that you know, many people don’t. You can help a LOT of people of you just share advice here and there and get them to understand your world just a little bit.
In this episode, I talk about strategies. Basic online strategies that are essential for the growth of a website.
What you’ll learn in this episode:
- The strategies I’m implementing in SureFire
- Strategies being implemented on this site (JonPerez.me)
- And much more insight!
About the AuthorWhat's UP! This is my site, I write 99% of the articles on here. I'm also the owner of SureFireWebServices.com. I help out a lot of developers and designers getting into the web game. Helping is fun for me, so feel free to ask me any questions! I've made courses and have a membership as well to help get you on your feet!
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By Jonathan Perez — 3 years ago
In this episode, I speak with Carrie Dils. Carrie is such a sweet heart and speaking with her was such a pleasure. She’s a developer primarily in the Genesis Framework and is currently working at Crowd Favorite. When she’s not knee deep in code, she’s doing an awesome live video podcast called OfficeHours! Used to be called Genesis Office hours, but times have changed and it’s amazing how Carrie has grown in her career.
In this episode, there’s a ton to take away. This was recorded last year when Carrie was in the middle of a transition with her career. She drops some knowledge bombs about freelancers, finding the right audience, and so much more.
I like the fact that this interview is a year old because you can here a lot of what she was doing compared to what she’s doing now, which is a pretty incredible transition. Applying the right steps, talking to the right people, and networking in general really pays off.
- Are you calling yourself a freelancer?
- Leverage your Network
- Leverage your audience! – This was one of my favorites.
- Importance of Accessibility in Web Development
- What is mobile first?
- We get into Dev Talk, tips for all you devs listening 🙂
Carrie also goes over her top 5 favorite plugins, a must use for all developers!
OfficeHours.fm – Carries Podcast
CarrieDils.com – Her Main Site
Utility Theme – Her Starter Genesis Theme
Stream – There’s another one too that I was going to sign up for and totally forgot what it was called.
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By Jonathan Perez — 3 years ago
Seriously? Do you have any idea? You mite. But I’m willing to bet that you don’t. You’ve been doing the same thing for so long, that whatever you do, just makes sense in your head. It may work, it may not, but to you, it makes sense.
I have no idea what I’m doing. At least I didn’t. It took me a very long time, in fact, for one of my businesses, I’m still figuring it out. That business is SureFireWebServices.com. I mean on the front, I think it’s pretty obvious. The site is a blog, and we do development and design for clients, and we sell courses. Do you see where the “I have no clue what I’m doing” falls in?
When you have one focal point on a site, it’s much easier to market and much more effective. For example, wpcurve.com, they only do WP maintenance. OptinMonster only has one plugin to focus on. WPMU Dev – WP Themes and plugins. And the list can go on.
What about us WebPreneurs? WTF Are we doing!? We sell our services. Notice the plural. We do so many things that it’s hard to pin point what’s going to make you stand out or what exactly your going to market.
What about your email list? Why are you building one? Did you even put a strategy in place? Are you planning on eventually selling your services?
My whole point is it’s time to start thinking about WHY we do things as oppose to just doing them. Yes, on occasion, just doing works. But I believe that the ‘just doing’ and having a plan is the difference between a few extra 0’s in the bank.
There are a ton of us that just do. I was definitely one of them and to this day, I will still say that I am. Planning takes time and when you don’t have the time, you tend to just do.
However there’s a mind shift that’s taking place. Pause for a second, and ask yourself, what’s the point.
Using SureFire as an example. I took a look at the business, which I’ve changed 100 times over (exaggerating), and I asked myself, what am I doing.
Why am I still offering a service that will eat up my time?
Why am I continuing to try and get new customers and build new relationships for projects that are undervalued by my lifestyle? Meaning, taking on a $5,000 project but having it last 2 months, which breaks down to only $2,500 a month, which no where near covers my expenses, but still adds all the stress of managing that project.
How many projects do I need to take on in order to live how I want?
Why am I building an email list with no direct strategy in place to sell something?
What am I selling?
Do I expect people to just read the content and that’s it? Do I want my users to take action? Can I expect my customers to hire me after just seeing a few emails? Do I want my users to hire me for service work, or do I want them to buy something?
All of these questions. I have a few answers, mainly money and comfort, but what’s the real reward.
Don’t get me wrong. Some people love this stuff. Some people would rather code for hours and collect a check. That’s cool if that’s what you like. Personally, I’m kind of done with that. I’ve been doing it for 10+ years, and was stuck in the same spot for quite some time.
Once I shifted my thinking, that’s when things started to fall into place and make more sense. That’s where I’m at right now. Coming to a realization that there’s a lot more out there then just trading in time for money in more than just the hourly sense.
There are people out there that are making a TON of money, and can barely use WordPress. As a developer, how many 100k jobs can you take on by your self?
Take a look at David Siteman Garland. He’s the course guy. All his marketing, all his emails, etc., they all have that one thing in common. Amy Porterfield, she’s the FaceBook chick. That’s where all her emails are marketed to.
So the next time you feel annoyed, burnt out, or just wondering if there’s something else that’s out there. Just know that there is and it’s waiting to be discovered. You have the potential to find your passion and make a ton of money doing it.
I made this cheat sheet for you so the next time you go to write your next post, or tweet your next tweet, or even get a new project, ask yourself, why?
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By Jonathan Perez — 2 years ago
This post is in response to Johan Gouws.
The question was (paraphrased and summarized): How do you side hustle with kids and a full-time job? How do you schedule meetings, etc?
I answer this question on this episode and I also share a realization that I’ve come to after starting to do this full time.
Entrepreneurs control their schedule, wink wink.
Enjoy the show!
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