Welcome, newcomer! Before you go any further, if it interests you at all, I’d like to share a little background on who I am and what this site’s all about. The SEO / Marketing / Niche blog world is FULL of
spam rich, high-quality content. Unfortunately, there’s also a hefty bunch of spam, misinformation, outdated info and money-hungry stuff too. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to sift through the rubbish and end up with a shortlist of awesome SEO blogs. In fact, it’s those blogs that inspired me to follow through with this site and make it happen.
Fresh out of uni I worked as an in-house SEO guy for 4 years, before moving to an agency. Now, in 2014, I’ve decided to break away from the office and go it alone as a full-time SEO contractor. This website is the hub of all my research, tutorials and advice for anyone looking to improve their website marketing skills and/or make an independent income online.
InternetFolks.com was established in 1999, but sadly not by me. I bought it on GoDaddy auctions in 2013 for a ‘new project’ I was planning to start (you can read more about buying aged domains for SEO if you like). Armed only with the domain and (what I thought was) a catchy slogan (“ranking online since ’99”), the site sat idle for a while before I wrote my first post, which was shortly followed by my second post. Not really having a particular direction, I decided to use the site to test a few 301 redirect tricks (short version: Domain Authority is really easy to boost). I also grabbed some unique content for the site using a little archive.org technique (thanks Moz)and backdated posts. To top it all off, I employed another Wikipedia backlink hack to get a nice permalink to the site (again, using archive.org for material). Happy with the experiments and busy with other work, I let the site sit for a while. Until now, that is.
Internet Folks as it is today is all about transparency. Yes, I make a full-time living online (freelancing mainly), but I’m not blogging here just to sell stuff and make a quick buck. In the spirit of MoneySavingExpert.com (the site I wish I’d made as a teenager), here’s how I run this site and make money.
I test, tweak and report on a multitude of SEO topics and all data/findings will be published openly (aside from personal details). I think it’s just as important to show what doesn’t work in SEO, so you’ll sometimes get to hear about my failed experiments. Where appropriate, I will use affiliate links that will be marked with an asterisk* just to make things extra clear.
In addition to sharing with the rest of the SEO community, 10% of all profit from this site and my other online projects goes straight to Unicef. It’s nice to give back when you can.