My 2016 Year in Review

My 2016 Year in Review

Last year I wrote a recap of my 2015, looking at both the wins and challenges throughout the year. From depression to a job change to a few off-the-grid vacations to being laid off and starting my own company and being more-than-able to pay my part of our bills in San Francisco, 2015 was a […]

What Snorkeling in Costa Rica Taught Me About Productivity

What Snorkeling in Costa Rica Taught Me About Productivity

I am currently in Costa Rica with my family for the holidays. Every day my wife and I (and sometimes a family member) do something active – stand up paddle boarding, surfing, hiking to a waterfall. It was a very active yet very relaxing vacation.

One day this trip taught me more than the others, though. That was yesterday – the day we went snorkeling.

As I floated in the Pacific, looking downwards to coral reefs to watch fish (parrot fish! clown fish! small yellow fish!) I felt myself drifting. I was headed in a general direction of “with the group” and “away from the rocks” and “toward the fish”, but I was still drifting, with only a life preserver tied around my wrist in case I wanted or needed it.

As I floated, I found myself wanting to go in a specific direction and to a specific place to see a specific fish. But when I started to swim, I felt myself staying in place because the tide decided it was going out right then. As hard as I kicked (with fins) and swam with my arms, I simply didn’t make progress.
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Why I Built DidTheHolocaustHappen.co

Why I Built DidTheHolocaustHappen.co

I’m a believer in taking action. Too many people stand around and complain and point fingers. If we all did more and talked less, I think the world would be a better place. Recently, both Google and Facebook have come under fire for fake news – Facebook for spreading it and Google for ranking it. […]

The Week in Links – December 4-11

The Week in Links – December 4-11

Happy two weeks before Christmas! Q4 is always a busy time for marketers, but hopefully you’re finding some downtime to hang out with your family, remember that life is pretty darn good, and do some good reading! I read this Jim Rohn quote recently that resonated: “Poor people have big TV’s. Rich people have big […]

Why Marketplaces Should Create Content for PR Purposes

Why Marketplaces Should Create Content for PR Purposes

My business specialty is marketplaces. I’ve worked with close to a dozen marketplaces over the last few years, including founding my own and building and running marketing/growth teams for two. The others I have worked with specifically on acquiring more customers on the demand (buying) side through SEO, content marketing, and outreach. One of my […]

How To Grow Your Business

How To Grow Your Business

Are you an entrepreneur looking to grow your business fast? Or maybe you are a Director/VP of Marketing and struggling to get to that next level of growth, as you’ve reached a current plateau (that we all hit, by the way). I contributed to a roundup post on E-Myth blog all about this: My tip? […]

The Week in Links – Thanksgiving 2016

The Week in Links – Thanksgiving 2016

Reminder – I send a weekly email rounding up the best entrepreneurship and marketing content I find online. Sign up in the right rail of this site! And if you’re in the marketing space and want a discount to Distilled’s SearchLove conference in San Diego in February 2017, you’ll get it next week 🙂 Happy […]

The Week in Links (Nov 23)

The Week in Links (Nov 23)

Happy Thanksgiving!  Every week I send a newsletter to my email list (you’ll find a signup in the bottom right of posts as you scroll) with the best links I’ve found during the previous week. Sometimes they’re articles, sometimes they’re podcasts, but they’re always geared towards building your business. I’m going to start publishing these […]

Why I’m Not Building A Search Marketing Agency

Why I’m Not Building A Search Marketing Agency

Most of my friends are building their own search marketing agencies these days, and they’re succeeding beyond their wildest expectations. Many of them have 5-15 employees, are doing seven figures a year in revenue, and are doing fantastic work for their clients. I often get the question (I was asked it twice just this past […]

My Entrepreneurial Journey = PermissionLess Podcast

My Entrepreneurial Journey = PermissionLess Podcast

I love storytelling and helping other entrepreneurs build their own lives. But at the same time, I’m also laser-focused on building my own businesses and learning as many new things as I can. Just this month, I’ve learned a ton more about AdWords (and still quite the newbie) and Facebook advertising. I’ve also jumped into doing some Local SEO with a family member to bring them more business.

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Why Doesn’t ESPN Own 538.com?

Why Doesn’t ESPN Own 538.com?

I’m (unfortunately) pretty outspoken about politics this year, as any of my friends on Facebook will tell you and most of my Twitter followers know. I’ve avoided writing about politics here so far. And I’ll continue that with the brief mention that you should have a plan for voting tomorrow. With that out of the […]