I’m James, and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to Buzzy Marketing.
I’ve been in and around technology for the better part of 30+ years.
You’re probably here because you are interested in learning a little something about Internet marketing, starting an online business, or perhaps you just stumbled in because you’re among those morbidly curious souls that like to sail through the ocean of photons that is the Internet.
Regardless your reason for visiting, I welcome you. Thank you for spending a little bit of time on my humble typographical island.
The purpose of this page is to tell you a little bit about me, the reason I created this site, and thus the serendipity that ultimately brought you and I together.
Well then, let’s get on with it shall we?
What does Marketing Have to Do with It?
I’ve always found the concept of marketing to be a fascinating one. Many people get marketing and sales confused, and that’s understandable. They are related; they are not necessarily always found together in the wild, and they need not cohabitate.
Often though, when they do come together and can find that elusive synergy that so oft evades realization, the results can be explosive.
I’ve witnessed it, been party to it, and have benefited from it. We’ll get into some of that on this site, and we’ll focus primarily about marketing and building businesses online, ideally without becoming one a part of the statistical many that fall prey to the shadier folks that dwell in the underbelly of the Web.
The Many Faces of Technology
As I indicated before, I’ve been in and around tech for a long time. I started out when I was 15 years old on a Commodore 4 Plus (bet you’ve never heard of that one).
I voraciously dove into learning the language that commercially primeval machine understood and promptly, day one, outgrew its whopping 64 Kilobytes of memory.
My folks graciously agreed to take it back (one day later), and upped the ante by replacing it with a Commodore 16…that one took me a week to outgrow.
My parents were annoyed, until they realized they’d discovered something I had an aptitude for. With that dawning revelation fresh in their minds ~ along with the memories of all the pain, agony and antics of my previous 14 years ~ they practically fell over themselves returning that and getting me a Commodore 64.
I’m sad/happy to say that I did not spend all my teenage years in front of a computer. Sure, I dabbled with my first love off and on, and I could regale you with thousands of words about the various trysts I had with my circuit-board beauties, but you see…they were competing with the other aspects of teenage life, and for a time those beauties won out.
Fast Forward a Bit
Needless to say, as I grew out of the blissfully ignorant years, and I started getting deeper and deeper into the bowels of technology.
I’ve been a:
- Help Desk Dude
- Computer Technician
- Network Technician
- Application Programmer
- Web Programmer
- SEO Engineer
- Technical Writer
- Development Architect
- Systems Architect
- Network Architect
- And just about everything in between and around the fringes
I’ve written programs on and off the web, I’ve designed entire networks not just for individual schools but entire districts.
I’ve architected entire systems from the data-center through the user interface, I’ve developed online 3-D representations of underground strata having to do with infrastructure for the government, I’ve worked within the budding dial-up ISP market, and I’ve been a part of a small-time computer manufacturer.
I was playing with the Internet when the very first web page ever was born.
I’ve spent countless years explaining technology to strangers, and people that were both friend and family.
The Hostile Take-Over of the Internet
With a heading like that, surely I owe you a story, no?
Just like doctors get asked, “hey, you’re a doctor, can you tell me what you think this is”, as the person points to some growth sticking out of their neck.
“Computer guys” get sucked into all manner of conversations, unlike doctors, many think they are experts themselves because they can “click and clack” on a keyboard.
I have a relative that I see rarely, typically only during family gatherings. This person, we’ll call him Billy Bob, started a conversation with me about the Internet and the World Wide Web.
He was telling me all about it (it was still pretty new back then), and how these things called web browsers were going to revolutionize the world and that because of that…the Internet’s days were numbered.
In fact, he had it on good authority that the WWW was planning a hostile takeover of the Internet.
We were walking while he was “informing” me of this, and when he dropped that last statement I stopped in my tracks and stared at him ...desperately looking for some sign of a smirk or something …there was none.
I cautiously said, “did you just tell me that the World Wide Web is intending a hostile takeover of the Internet?”
He indicated, “Yes” with a nod, uttering "Yep" with conviction.
With an effort that Hercules would appreciate, I swallowed my laughter while I calmly said, “You realize that’s like saying that a car is planning to perform a hostile take-over of the road, right?”
Now it was his turn to look at me like I had two noses. He replied, “I’m not sure what YOU are talking about, but I have it on pretty good authority."
This “discussion” continued, degrading further and further until both of us got to the point where we were both tired of the conversation, and I stalked away in utter frustration and disgust.
To this day, I have no idea if he still believes that the evil empire of web pages “took over” the conduits and machines that make up the Information HIGHWAY that encompasses the globe.
It’s frustrating for those of us in the know to deal with the questions like, “where’s the any key?” and statements like, “I broke the drink holder on the computer”.
You might think I’ve pulled these out of other people’s discussions, no…I’ve personally answered these questions and kept a straight face as I replaced CD-ROM drives that were forced to hold a beverage.
You Need to Know Nothing About Technology to Run an Internet Business!
I know a lot about technology. There are those that know more than I do by far.
So what does all this have to do with Internet marketing and being an online entrepreneur?
In fact, knowing as much as I do about technology can actually be a negative. People like me get bogged down with the stuff “under the hood”.
The unfair, frustrating irony is that Billy Bob (from above), is more likely to be a successful Internet marketer than someone like me.
How much do you need to know to become a successful Internet marketer, or online entrepreneur?
You need to be able to:
- Operate a computer
- Get around on the Internet well
What’s the Deal with Wealthy Affiliate?
At various points in this site, you are likely to come across information that has to do with Wealthy Affiliate.
There’s plenty of other information on this site, and more coming all the time, but you’re going to see this (WA) referenced quite a bit.
The reason for that is because it is one of the best opportunities out there for “normal” people to make a go at an Internet business without having to worry about all the technical stuff that intimidates people like Billy Bob.
What is Wealthy Affiliate?
It is quite simply unlike anything that I’ve ever seen on the Internet. Let me explain…
At its core, it’s a hosting platform. What this means is that it allows you to create web pages and build a business online.
Is it the fastest hosting platform in the world? No, but it’s fast enough.
Is it the easiest way to build a website on the Web? No, but it’s easier than most, and unlike those other systems, you’ll likely get traffic.
Does it do everything for me? No, but it will take away a lot of the scariness allowing you to focus on your business.
Does it just work? No, it requires a large commitment from you.
Will I earn millions overnight? No, WA isn’t a scam or MLM that is going to blow hot air in places you’d rather not have hot air blown, it’s a legitimate business.
Well, If Wealthy Affiliate is None of That What is It?
Wealthy Affiliate is a platform that will get you up and operating a website almost immediately.
It’s also kind of like an online college that has two main lines of study in, and around, marketing online. In these lines of study, there are multiple courses, each with multiple lessons that are hands on, at your pace, and once completed (assuming you haven’t cheated) you WILL have a working web site WITH TRAFFIC!
Additionally, it’s a community. Meaning that there are hundreds of thousands of people just like you that will be asking and answering your questions.
Unlike many communities, the employees and owners of Wealthy Affiliate also take part in answering questions.
Basically, they have all the capability of a registrar (a place you purchase domains), a web hosting company, an online school, a community of thousands all rolled up into one.
They also have countless new branch courses and trainings coming online every day.
This community based learning center can help get you started in just about any direction from traditional SEO/SEM concerns, to social marketing.
I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate. If you sign up and decide to “make a go of it”, I will get paid …and so will you.
I say that because we are going to teach you how to do it, and we’re going to start you down that road, and it's not going to cost you a dime to test it out, you won't even be asked for a credit card during registration!
I won’t lie to you though. You’ll find comparisons to other services that are like-minded on Buzzy Marketing, and I’ll often compare them with Wealthy Affiliate.
If I find services that are good services, I’ll tell you. If I ever find anything that is like WA, I’ll tell you. If I ever find anything BETTER than Wealthy Affiliate, not only will I tell you, I’ll likely start using their services.
But that’s kind of my point, remembering how long I’ve been around technology (from above), it means something for me to say: I’ve never seen anything like Wealthy Affiliate and you should learn more about it, now!
If you’re thinking about building a website, you’re going to have to host it somewhere, and it’s going to cost you some coin.
My point with that statement is that you will have costs associated to hosting your own website, and whether you’re serious or not, you are going to have to pay them to somebody.
So, thinking about it from that perspective. Why would you pay $100, $200 or more a year to host a single, or even multiple web domains and be left “swinging in the Internet jungle”?
Especially knowing that you could have not only a website, and hosting, and email, and a step-by-step course built for NON-TECHIES, but an entire community to help answer questions and launch you on your adventure.
That’s like getting a whole car with a chauffeur for the price of a tank of gas!
In fact, we are the ones that point out the scammers online. There’s a whole army of us that are constantly scrutinizing the web to find the “opportunities” that will more likely than not, just help you part with your cash.
Anyway, this little “blurb” about me has kind of taken on a life of its own, I’ll stop for now and I hope you’ve found this little novella entertaining at the very least.
However, if you are interested in Internet marketing, building a business, or making money online, you can check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate or check out my profile at Wealthy Affiliate for more information.
Oh, and by the way, if you decide to take the leap and start building an online business of your own, I'll follow you right away so you can contact me whenever you want to.
Thanks for stopping by,