Suncoast Internet Marketing Masterminds Website Re-Vamping
Ahhhh…the re-vamping of the Suncoast Internet Marketing Masterminds site – SuncoastIMM.com – was truly a labor of love. I say that because my good friend, Andre Kasberger, organizer of SIMM, aka The Chief Dot Connector, invited me to his Internet Marketing Mastermind meetup in August of 2010. I went there not knowing what exactly to expect.
Network Marketing Junkie Turned Internet Marketing Junkie
When I arrived at Andre’s meetup, there were only about 6 or 7 people there and they met in a local restaurant. At that time, I was selling insurance part-time and I was also a network marketing junkie. So, I went there hoping to meet new contacts and possibly recruit them into my network marketing company. Because Andre and I had been involved with a few network marketing companies in the past, he was wise to my motives and was quick to let me know that absolutely no opportunity pitches would be tolerated.
At that first meetup, there was a gentleman there who said he was making money on the Internet by giving away free ebooks. That got my attention and I wanted to learn more about what he was doing. He showed me his earnings from his Internet account for a 3 month period and they were over $18,000!!! That really got me interested and that’s when I got hooked!
Not Knowing How to Build a Website to Building a Successful Web Design Business
Everything discussed at the meetup was foreign to me, but I wanted to understand it all! They kept talking about WordPress and hosting and HostGator and SEO – all terms that I knew nothing about. I just kept going week after week and after attending for four months, one of the members asked me to check out the site he “threw up over the weekend”. “What???”, I said, “I want to know how you ‘throw up a site over the weekend’!”. He then gave me a website to go to and had me sign up for a program that cost me $67 a month for training.
I locked myself in my office for one week with two monitors on my computer and played tutorial videos on one monitor while creating my first site on the other monitor. You often hear people talk about (including myself) WordPress being so “user friendly”. Well, I do agree that it is user friendly, but only once the initial set up of your site has been done. It’s not that easy getting it all set up and looking good and it can be very time consuming.
Anyway, as I was learning more and more about WordPress, I naturally wanted to share what I was learning with the members of our meetup. At the same time, our meetup was growing because so many people were hungry to learn how to make money on the Internet and how to market their businesses online. As I was helping the members in the group get their WordPress websites set up, a couple different people came to me and suggested I make a business out of building WordPress websites and helping others with their WordPress sites. So, that’s the story of how CloudBloomers Web Design came about and how I became a web mistress!
The Success of the Suncoast Internet Marketing Masterminds Meetup
In a few short years, SIMM has grown from a half dozen members to a roomful of 50-65+ entrepreneurial minded people who meet on a weekly basis at the local ITT Tech campus. The room is packed full each week with people who are hungry to learn about marketing online. We have fabulous expert presenters who share valuable information on all types of marketing topics including Search Engine Optimization, Google and all its products, WordPress, Keyword Research, Blogging and more.
Grateful to be a Part of the SIMM Community
In my case, I unexpectedly got a whole new career out of SIMM. So, I am forever grateful and felt honored to be able to do the re-vamping of the Suncoast Internet Marketing Masterminds website. There are so many members just like me who have gotten so much from the SIMM community and whose businesses are thriving as a result. In my opinion, the key to success online is to use what you learn. You can do that by implementing what you’ve learned yourself or by hiring someone who specializes in what you need done. Just knowing what you need is very empowering!
If you are in need of a new website or a re-do of your existing website, I invite you to complete my website questionnaire.