I Woke Up To Frost This Morning…

October 27th, 2014

So, I must be one of the few people that is still old school enough to enjoy a real fire. By “real fire,” I mean not that fake flip the switch and fire crap so many of the newer homes have. Simply flipping the switch on a gas fireplace just doesn’t provide the same experience as building a true fire using kindling and split logs. Maybe it’s the Boy Scout in me, but there really is no substitute for the crackling and popping of logs in a traditional fireplace.

It dawned on me that I better check up on my wood pile to see if I can actually make it through the winter with the wood that I already have. Something tells me that after last winter and our relatively cool summer, I should probably plan on using about double the logs of a “normal” year. One of these years, I’ll have to try to escape with my family to somewhere warm for a change of pace. Problem is that pretty much all our family is nearby and it would be hard to leave. Maybe I could be one of the snowbirds if I play my cards right and invest wisely. Here’s hoping!

Turns out I’m extremely light on firewood. I guess I did burn a fair amount in the firepit I built with my kiddos this summer. It was fun being able to invite over the neighbors and their kids for proper s’mores and conversation. I’ll never go back to microwaving the marshmallows as long as I live. Since my buddy sold his farm and moved to Colorado, I lost my free supply of wood. He used to bring a pickup load of logs whenever I asked. I’m big into homebrewing, so I would just trade him a keg of homebrew for a pickup truck full of firewood.

Firepit Project

Since I’m starting to learn more about the world wide web operates, I decided that I would  throw some keywords in the Big G and see what I could come up with. I stumbled upon this tree service company. Totally makes sense to me why they would want to sell firewood. It’s like selling your trash. Instead of using a wood chipper and turning trees into compost, they were selling the larger logs at a rockin’ price compared to some of the others I found online. Now, that’s what I call smart business! Seasoned firewood that’s delivered and stacked for free, umm, yes please!

Everyone talking about global warming surely didn’t spend last year living anywhere close to the Midwest. I’m certain they would be singing a completely different tune. Hell, I’m lucky that I made it through the winter with all my digits. I might need to invest in those heated gloves with the battery packs specifically for when I’m out shoveling my driveway.

All I know is that it’s not even Halloween yet and I swear I saw some snowflakes falling the other day. Didn’t winter just end? Lord help me if I ever see an air temperature of -25ºF again. Last year was the third coldest winter in the last 100 years. Global warming, smh!

Well, all this to say I’m not really looking forward to winter. Hopefully many others out there feel the same way. Just make sure to fill up your heating oil and propane tanks before the prices are through the roof. I have a sinking feeling like the heating industry is going to capitalize on fear this winter.

-HP

Local Internet Marketing Is Wide Open

October 7th, 2014

Some guy that I ran into on an internet forum was telling me just how exciting it was to do lead generation for local businesses. He told me to check out a limo website that he stumbled upon in Des Moines, Iowa of all places. The interface is really cool and he was thinking about trying to generate business for them.

In my research I have found a few tools that help me determine how difficult it is to rank a website. One of the things that I have learned is that local internet marketing is so easy that it’s not even funny. So, I ask the question, “why would anyone want to compete on a global level?”

Think about it, with global sites you are literally one person in a vast sea. Competition is everywhere and it is so difficult to get any actual results. The beauty with local marketing is that there are so many fewer people to compete with. You can get traction just by having a comprehensive, authoritative website.

Local companies often don’t have the financial resources to pay the top SEO companies for their services. Nor do they really need to invest that much money with a national SEO company.  Well, unless they want to annihilate their competition. You see, local business owners are busy running their business. They generally pay someone to put a website up for them and it’s not updated for years.

Why? Well, many owners believe that once their website is published they don’t need to do anything to it ever again. Why pay money for something that’s already done, right? The reality is that if owners want to grow their businesses and set themselves apart in the marketplace, they should be updating their websites on a consistent basis. The struggle is finding the time or the right person to do it for them.

Not that I’m the first person to have the idea, but partnering with a local business can be lucrative for both parties.

More and more people first turn to the internet for information or reviews on certain businesses. Word of mouth advertising is still effective, but the internet allows people to search for information so quickly and so easily. By establishing a dialogue with a local company, you can figure out if the company is hungry for more customers and just how well they assist their current ones.

On a national level, lead generation is a billion dollar industry. Why not take some of the tactics that are used by lead generation companies and apply them to the local space and help the residents of your community generate more business?

That’s definitely what I’m going to be looking into. I’m searching for a direction right now, but I’m confident that I can learn how to be a great local internet marketer if I apply myself.

Enough blogging about it. It’s time to get my learn on.

-HP

Heath Pearce has a blog. You’re probably thinking, “how original.”

September 23rd, 2014

Hello there and welcome to my foray into the world wide web…

Although I’m not new to the internet, I am somewhat new to blogging. My goal is to keep this blog updated with interesting tips, tricks, and things I’ve picked up during my travels through cyberspace.

I’m just your average American male. I love beer, football, and making money. I thought to myself, what if I had more time to drink beer while watching football? What if I could make money while drinking and watching football? Is that even possible?

Well, it appears that it is actually possible. I’ve been looking into SEO (or search engine optimization). It’s quite complex, but nowadays if you want your business to succeed, your website has to rank at the top to be noticed.

If I can actually figure out how to get websites ranked at the top for all sorts of keywords, I know that there are people that will pay for that skill and knowledge. The beauty of the internet is that you can make it work for you while you are doing something else.

My ultimate goal is to document trials and tribulations and I hope to blog about my learning process. I would love to inspire others to learn something new. I feel like so many of us stop learning as soon as we are done with school. Complacency is evil. Being content in your job will never get you anywhere. Challenge yourself to learn new things and focus on helping others as you go.

Please feel free to comment on what you see. Check back every so often and see what I’ve published. If there is something that you want me to blog about, don’t hesitate to get in contact with me. There probably aren’t too many of you out there that are actually reading this right now, but I hope to have  some awesome followers sometime in the near future.

That’s about all for now.

Oh, check out some great college football catches from the 2013-14 season.

Enjoy this YouTube video:

I could replay that video all day.

Stay tuned for more.

-HP