|Headline:||Web Design and Internet Marketing|
|Description:||Most of my friends and clients would call me a jack-of-all-trades, because if there’s something that’s needed, if I currently don’t know how to do it, give me a week or two and I’ll teach myself how to do it or I’ll reinvent the wheel to make it happen. I’ve been designing websites for personal use since 1994, when you used a handful of images sparingly because loading a site took forever as it was. Then in 1999 I started designing sites and marketing them online professionally to help a friend start his own business. That lasted for a few years and then I decided to take the plunge and start my own business. In 2002, a good friend partnered up with me and we started freelancing our services to people while we planned out launching the business to the public. We kept planning and planning to launch our company, Xtreme Site Design (www.xtremesitedesign.com), but kept putting it off for various reasons. Then in 2004 I was offered a job at Data Resource Consulting creating sites, and marketing to obtain leads for MLMs, Debt Consolidations, Mortgages, and more. Eventually I worked up through the company and became the Sr. SEO Officer and was responsible for ranking many sites during my time there. I finally reached a point where I decided it was time to finish what I started; it was time to launch Xtreme Site Design. I left my job and started marketing the business and it didn’t take off right out the gate as I had hoped. A few months into launching, my partner decided running a business wasn’t for him, so he opted out leaving me alone to do everything that was needed, all the marketing, sales, content writing, support, programming, and graphic design. I held to my resolve and kept going, though being a one man operation at the time meant I couldn’t take on to many clients at a time. |
I worked the business solo for a year and a half before I was asked by In Touch Media Group, which used to be Data Resource Consulting to come back to help promote so video games, some social networking groups, and other things that were right up my alley in 2006. I agreed to come back as long as I was able to continue working my business, to which they agreed. I worked for them for a year and a half building several sites, promoting using social media groups (earning me the title of Social Media Marketing Guru by our clients), Google Adwords, link building, and many other methods, and programming needed software, all the time keeping Xtreme Site Design going, but only taking on a client every month or so. In September of 2007, the company decided it was time for a change, and the partners split off into to separate companies and everyone who wasn’t a partner or had a voting share of stock was let go. Disheartened, I tried to get another job and go back to the 9 to 5 because I didn’t want to deal with having to manage Xtreme Site Design all on my own.
In October of 2007, I wound up talking to my neighbor who was a founder of DesignEuropa, a web design company in Europe that has handled many major companies’ websites. After talking over skill sets and experience, he asked me to work with him. I agreed and things started off slow as I learned how he did things. Over the next month, we started talking more and more on ideas and how we both wanted things to run. The more and more we worked together, the better we seemed to mesh. He’s a born salesman, a great writer, marketer, and coach, as well as has ideas that don’t stop coming. On the flip side, I’m the technical one, with lots of experience in online marketing, graphics design, and have ideas on how to build bigger and better sites, applications, and scripts. Then Gummi launched RedKnight Marketing (www.redknightmarketing.com), which took the best of both of us, and our teams of programmers and designers, and made those services available to the public. In addition to servicing business and coaching people on various topics, we’ve also branched out and starting offering our own services for small and growing businesses. A great example of this is our 10make90 site (www.10make90.com), which is aimed and giving everyone an online presence through knowledge and an actual site. Several other things are in the works, such as reformatting Xtreme Site Design to focus on a particular market, and more things are sure to follow. At this point, I know that no matter what tomorrow brings, I find myself happy that I have found the situation I am in, but also that I’m able to meet new people and share my knowledge and experiences in order to help them succeed.