The Difference Between Winners and Losers

The Difference Between Winners and Losers

Do you cringe when someone says “I could have done that”? Whether it is a blog post, a new startup, or a piece of modern art, people say it all the time.

I have come to realize that there are two kinds of people – those who do and those who say they could. Those who win are the doers and those who don’t never move into the realm of the unknown and thus keep saying “I could have done that.”

The point is, you didn’t.

What separates the doers from the could-have-dones? There are a few key characteristics, which funny enough are the same characteristics that I often see being written about as characterisitcs of entrepreneurs. Read more about The Difference Between Winners and Losers

The Rise to 10,000 Visits Per Month

The Rise to 10,000 Visits Per Month

I finally get to write the “How I built a 10,000 visits/month site” post. This is that post. In February, I finally crossed the 10k visits mark, which was a goal I had set for myself. For some reason, 10,000 visits is the number that a lot of people choose to measure success by, whether it’s subscribers, money made, or visits.

This is actually a difficult post for me to write. Often these posts say “I did [this] and I tripled my traffic and built a huge following”. These posts frustrate me and others because they are such rare occurrences that they are not repeatable, or they give people false hope.

What I hope this post will show you, from my experience over the past year of writing on this site, is that blogging takes hard work. Add on a day job (in my case, switching jobs AND cities), a social life, hobbies, other sites, speaking engagements, and family (if you have one), or even traveling, and blogging gets REALLY difficult to do consistently. Then add on the fears of not doing well and combine that with perfectionism, and blogging becomes even tougher.

What I want to do is show you real numbers. I want to show you the events that have been paramount to my blogging success (if I can even call it that). I’ll show you how the traffic numbers going up is pretty even with the number of Twitter followers I have.

I also want to tell you both the things I have done, as well as the things that I have not done, to build the traffic to my site. What you read may surprise you.

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Don’t Hire Remote Workers

Don’t Hire Remote Workers

This post is outside of my normal realm of SEO writing, but I felt like it needed to be written.

Today I read a blog post on 37Signals called Stop Whining and Start Hiring Remote Workers. I have been hearing people say, at an increasing rate, that “We’re in a global economy, so get with the times and hire people who live far aways, or open an office there.” Last night I was at dinner with Rand Fishkin, Michael King, and a number of others when this conversation came up. It’s something I’ve been thinking about.

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Let’s Be Thankful

Let’s Be Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving. I’m currently on vacation for a few days in Colorado, but I took some time a few days ago to really think about what I am thankful for. While riding on the plane to Colorado, forced to be off the Internet (unless I wanted to pay $15 and let’s be honest, that’s insane for 3 hours of access), I had a moment or two of clarity.

What am I thankful for? I am thankful for so much. I am thankful to have a warm place to live. I am thankful to have a job that I love, in a city that I am crazy about (New York City), with coworkers that I genuinely enjoy and can be myself around, wonderful friends spread around the world both from the SEO industry and my travels, and so much to look foward to in the future.

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Personal Websites – Why every SEO should have one

Personal Websites – Why every SEO should have one

I think that every SEO should develop their own website. I don’t care if it’s an SEO blog, a travel blog, a site about your cat, or a tribute to Metallica.

My argument is:

In order to be a decent SEO and to be able to stay current as SEO becomes more and more technical, you need to have a place to test out ideas that you otherwise may not be able to do on client sites (for ethical or practical reasons, such as making changes yourself/quickly).

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My Top 5 Personal Productivity Tips and Tools

My Top 5 Personal Productivity Tips and Tools

Productivity. We all hear about it constantly and know that we should take steps to make our lives more productive in the time set aside to do so, so that we can enjoy the time where we do not need to be productive. Or, so that we can actually have free time.

I used to to be a productivity loser, but over the past few months have become much more of a productivity ninja. One important thing to note is that everyone is going to need to find what works for them, but here are some of the shortcuts and tools that I use to keep my inbox under control, my writing and drafts synchronized, and my priorities straight.

Google inbox shortcuts

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On Being Afraid of Failure

On Being Afraid of Failure

Can I take a minute to write a personal post on here? This blog is usually all about SEO tactics, but today I’ve been doing some thinking and reflecting.

I come from a family that is really smart and well educated. I mean really smart and really well educated. My father has his PhD in institutional analysis. My mother is working on her second Masters degree, this one as a mathematics specialist. My older brother is in a fully funded MD/PhD program at Baylor College of Medicine, and my younger brother is a genius who will one day be an ambassador or something to a foreign country, helping to keep our country safe.

And I have a Bachelors degree from James Madison University in Virginia (a good state school). I work for the best SEO consultancy in the world, hang out with some awesomely smart people, and am trying to make waves in New York City.

And guess what?

I’m petrified of failure.

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Getting Things Done is about Quality, not Quantity

Getting Things Done is about Quality, not Quantity

I’ve been reading a number of books and blogs recently about business. I recently got sent a copy of Tony Hsieh’s “Delivering Happiness”, thanks to Zappos Service. I’ve also been reading Michael Hyatt’s blog Intentional Leadership, where he shares a lot of tips about productivity and leadership. Both have impacted me in big ways. Let […]

How to Learn SEO and Find Your First SEO Job

How to Learn SEO and Find Your First SEO Job

*Post updated January 2012, originally published August 2011* “I’m an SEO beginner and I want my first job.” Is this you? Are you looking to find your first SEO job, but don’t know where to start? The SEO and online marketing industries are growing rapidly, with an incredible increase in the amount of jobs posted […]

Statistics for Johnfdoherty.com After 6 Months

Statistics for Johnfdoherty.com After 6 Months

Six months ago today, I launched this website, johnfdoherty.com, with the post An Introduction. I didn’t even change the URL, so it’s “hello-world-2”. At least it’s structurally correct, right? 🙂 I’m surprised at how the site has grown. Currently there are 93 published articles, which is an average of 15.5 per month. This number is […]

Do you click PPC ads? [Survey]

Do you click PPC ads? [Survey]

  I recently tweeted out a question asking if SEOs click on PPC ads. Here’s what I asked: [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/dohertyjf/status/95639311361384449″] I actually got quite a number of replies, more than I expected, so I’m doing a poll of SEOs to see how many of us actually click PPC ads organically, not when doing client research. […]

1800 Contacts Form Letter Fail

1800 Contacts Form Letter Fail

I understand that we all make mistakes and emails get sent too early. What I don’t understand, however, is not sending an apology email. The other day I received an email from 1-800-Contacts, who I have ordered replacement contact lenses from before, that clearly was sent too early. Here is the whole email. Check out […]

SEO Cannot Be Done Alone

SEO Cannot Be Done Alone

Is SEO a team sport? SEOs are often known individually in the industry, not necessarily for who they work for (though it is great when the company pushes the SEO into the spotlight, and the SEO gives love back to the company). At the beginning of my SEO career, I assumed that everyone had skills […]

My New Job at Distilled

My New Job at Distilled

*Note – this post contains no SEO tips or tricks or ideas. It’s strictly informational and I am extremely excited about it* It seems that I mention Distilled quite a bit on my blog. I accuse them of stealing my page titles, I recapped their London conference, and today I must mention them again. Why? […]