What’s an “aha” moment? You’ve experienced it. It’s that moment of connection, the moment of realization when finally someone explains something in a way that you can understand.
My name is Ross Barefoot and I love conducting SEO workshop training for the Rocky Mountain Search Engine Academy because I love helping business people have those “aha” moments about their website and the world of online marketing.
I’ve been active in web development for 15 years, and I’ve been active in small business for 35 years. I can relate — as a business person and not as a “geek” –to the struggle you may be having: You need a glass of clarity but someone has a firehose of information pointed at you.
I spent the first decade of the new millennium as the owner of FLEXISS Digital Design, a web development and internet marketing firm I founded to bridge the gap between business people and technology. My mission at FLEXISS was to help businesses discover and achieve their website goals, and we take that seriously (and by the way, Scott Callas, a friend of mine who is the current owner of FLEXISS, has the same goal, so look him up if you need web development expertise).
For the last several years I’ve also served as the CTO of Horizon Web Marketing in Las Vegas, and currently I serve on the board of directors of the Search Engine Academy. As you might imagine I’ve worked with hundreds of business in developing their websites and the Internet marketing and have learned a few things in the process. Here’s an overview of what I’ve learned, and what I’d like to share with you:
- SEO training can be fun and interesting
- If you build it, they will not come (at least not without some skill, time, and effort)
- Search Engine Optimization can be learned by anyone with the proper instruction
- Rules that work for magazine, newspaper, television, and radio don’t work for website audiences
- The landscape changes rapidly and it requires constant learning to stay abreast of the latest trends
- Results on the Internet are not easy, but they are possible, and they can be highly rewarding
Let’s face it, to succeed in the world of Google, Bing, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Linked In and a constantly changing world of competitors it’s not enough to have a good website. It’s also necessary to connect with the right audience and in the right manner.
That’s a skill that I’ve been working on since 1996. In 2002 I took my first formal search engine optimization training with John Alexander and Robin Nobles, the founders of the Search Engine Academy, and was so happy with their approach I returned for their advanced course in 2004. As of 2011 I became an instructor with the Search Engine Academy and so it seems I have come full circle.
Whether it is through leading workshops, mentoring students, or consulting with business owners, my ultimate desire remains the same: to help you discover and achieve your website goals. It will start with that first “aha” moment.