It’s time for another internet marketing interview, and this time we have John Rampton, who has had a ton of success in the world of online marketing and pay per click. One of the many exciting things about John is that he actually moved from Utah to Silicon Valley where he gets to live the true internet lifestyle and mingle with some of the biggest names in the industry, while also running mega funded ppc campaigns with some of the largest brands in the world.
Well, first off I’m a pay per click guy for Maple North that loves to blog about everything PPC on PPC.org. I also am the Editor for Search Engine Journal where we cover everything that is going on with the search engines and how you can get your site ranked. In addition to everything, I work with Zac on Blogging.org a site dedicated to help bloggers around the world.
I’m around things that are happening. I see friends becoming millionaires and raising millions of dollars. There is a lot of money in Silicon Valley. If you have a good idea and can get some traction, you can raise a couple million no problem. I’ve got Google, Facebook, Yahoo, HP, Oracle, Salesforce, Twitter and 1000’s of other big companies in my backyard. The talent here for people is amazing (though it’s hard to find someone not working on their own thing).
I personally love Startup Grind, they have them in most big cities around the world as well. They are by far the best places to learn from Entrepreneurs that have made it. You should check them out and attend one of their meetings. There are many other big conferences as well including every Tech Crunch event known to man as well as any conference out there typically has a SF show. (except affiliate summit, weird)
Guest blogging will change over the coming months, I see bio links as being slapped and devalued. I also see the places you blog as going down without credibility. You need good content, if you don’t have killer content, you site will start to get devalued.
Make sure you’re blogging on sites that are relative to your niche. Don’t just post your content on any old site. Also, make sure that the site you’re posting on are legit sites with good links pointing to them.Â In the next few months Google will go after crappy sites and ping them.
I don’t think guest blogging will ever fully be smacked down. I think authority will be smacked down. Work on building up your authority. Build amazing sites that people love interacting with. Build sites that have a slick UI and convert easily.
Just start, there are tons of free blogging services out there where you can setup and host your own blog for $1 a month. Find something you’re passionate about and go for it.Â Don’t quit as it takes 8-12 months to start seeing anything.Â You’ll be blogging 2-3x a day and not see any results, seriously.
A special thanks to John for taking the time to answer our affiliate marketing questions. If youâ€™d like to get in touch with John, be sure to do so through is social networking contacts above.
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My name is Zac Johnson and I have been an online entrepreneur for the past 18 years and blogger since 2007. This is my personal blog and I welcome you to the site. In full disclosure, it is safe to assume that I am benefiting financially or otherwise from everything you click on, read, or look at while on my website.
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