“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” I share this experience with Michael Jordan. In SEO and internet marketing, I have had failure after failure on my way to building precious knowledge, experience, and success.
Years ago, I learned about SEO the hard way. In order to build backlinks, I used the following methods: an automatic blog commenting program, an automatic forum commenting program, an automatic forum profile creator, and finally, memberships in private blog networks. Each one of these methods eventually led to failure. As you know, Google is awfully good at what they do.
While performing black hat experiments, I used one web property to utilize authentic link building practices. With Tiepedia.com, a niche website about neckties, I wrote guest posts. Most notably, I had an article published at SEOmoz.org. I hired artists and created original and engaging content in order to gain link placements. Tiepedia was created January 2010 and rose to #3 in the U.S.A for the search term “how to tie a tie.” In 2012, I sold Tiepedia to a competitor.
Through the pursuit of genuine backlinks, I tackled social media, which is quite connected with SEO. After becoming a power user of Digg and Reddit, I worked as a social media contractor promoting content for CBSnews.com, MySpace.com, TV.com, CNET.com, and many others. I also gained valuable relationships by working alongside and communicating with contributing authors for The Huffington Post, Forbes, Mashable, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and more.
I love internet marketing. I am an entrepreneur with the creativity, education, drive, experience, ambition, and values that you seek. On May 4th 2013, I graduated cum laude from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University with a BS in marketing and a BS in business administration. I hope to hear from you soon!
Matthew D. Schmoldt