2017, the year I finally hire some help

That’s it!  It’s time to get some help.  If you haven’t noticed, the Penner Web Design website hasn’t been updated in ages.  Basically, 2015 and 2016 presented some serious challenges that prevented me from doing any sort of work on it.  So, It’s January 2nd and I posted a craigslist ad to see what I can find. If you’re looking for work in the Triangle, here’s the ad:

I need a full time worker to help me with my business. This is a work from home position, but you must live in the Triangle or within driving distance.

Penner Web Design designs and develops WordPress websites. I’ve run this company for 8 years by myself, and I need some help! Here are the skills you must have. Design experience, photoshop, html, css, php, WordPress, and basic social skills so that you can talk to my clients. Anything else is a big bonus (app design, SEO, marketing).

Pay will be relative to experience. I will consider a full time position or a part time position. I’m flexible, it sort of depends what works for you. Chances are that you won’t get health insurance with this job. But on the bright side, I’m cool and pretty chill. We’d probably meet in person once a week to go over projects and what needs to be done. Otherwise, we’ll chat via skype or slack. You’ll be pretty independent, I don’t care what you do as long as you get your work done. So basically, it means you need to be a self starter.

If you’re interested, send me a resume, but more importantly, some examples of your work. Tell me what you’ve done and what you’re interested in doing.

New Years Resolution Achieved

Back on January 15th, I mentioned that getting my site on page one of Google for the search term “Durham web design” was one of my goals. I put a tonne of SEO work into the site in January and part of February. But at some point in February, the fruits of my labor began to work in my favor. Work has been very busy since then and I haven’t had a chance to update my site. Well, I checked a couple of weeks ago and realized that my site is on page one of Google for Durham web design. I’m pretty excited about it. Business has been picking up because of it, and it gives me a great example of what I can do for my clients.

So… it’s April, and I don’t have any more resolutions to achieve. I guess it’s been a good year. Business has been so good that I’ve been throwing around the idea of hiring somebody to help me out. It’s a tough decision. On one hand, my business is me. And if I introduce somebody else into the picture, it starts to become less me, and more out of my control. Also, I feel as if hiring somebody adds a lot of responsibility on my part. If I want my business to grow, this will be the next step. But I’m just not sure I’m ready for it. It might take a few months/years for me to warm up to it.

Durham Web Design, I am owning you

My work on getting ranked for Durham Web Design is going splendidly. I’m #1 for Durham web design on Bing, #3 on Yahoo, and I’m at the top of page 3 on Google. That’s a pretty big leap in 3 weeks. I started out on page 18 of Google three weeks ago. So I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve changed a lot of the structure of my site and placed key words in strategic places. I’ve worked on my incoming links and removed all errors from my code and optimized it for all the search engines. I’ve done xml sitemaps, registered with all the search engines, registered for maps and local searches and done a million other things. It’s all paying off, literally (I got a phone call today with a new customer in Raleigh, NC).

Need to rank for a keyword? I suppose now, I can tell people I really know what I’m doing. Do a search for “Durham Web Design”, and see where I come. Then do a search for what your customers are searching for, and see where you come up. If you’re not happy with that result, give me a call and I’ll help you out.

SEO work is paying off

I’ve spent the last week or so optimizing my site for the key phrase Durham Web Design. I’ve had some good success on Yahoo, and Bing, and now Google is starting to come around. I went from the bottom of page 18 last week to the top of page 14 this week. Update: as of Sunday morning, I’m at the top of page 9. Google apparently takes 3-6 months to fully “catch up”. But I’m making good progress.

My other key word is WordPress. And now I rank #1 in Google for Durham WordPress design, Durham WordPress help, and Durham WordPress customization. I’m pretty pumped about this. Call me if you need help with your SEO

So far, I’ve been concentrating on doing a lot of rewording of my site and link building. My competition has literally thousands of links coming into their sites. Ya, so pretty tough to compete with that. I’m still showing around 88 links from 8 root domains, which I know is incorrect, but that will come around in the long term. Not sure how long that takes, but it’s an important measurement in determining your Google Rank. One important thing that I’ve changed is my anchor text. I’ve been including the words Durham web design and WordPress in as many of my incoming links as I can. That way, the search engines will associate these terms with my site.

SEO page one quest… update. Penner Web Design: 1, Yahoo: 0

Yup… it took me 5 days, and I’m on page one of Yahoo for the search term “Durham Web Design”. At the very bottom of page one, but I’m there none-the-less. This all happened while I was trying to optimized for Google… not Yahoo! The point is, when you do SEO the right way, all the search engines will find you. Google will take much Continue reading “SEO page one quest… update. Penner Web Design: 1, Yahoo: 0” »