Desire, Taking Action, and Getting Results

Striking Match

This is a guest post by Jeff Rose from Good Financial Cents, a personal finance blog and hub for Jeff’s CFP business in Illinois. Jeff is a great friend of mine and a long time SPI reader and supporter (we became friends through the blog), and it’s been great to watch his progress online over the last few years. We met in person for the first time at the Financial Blogger Conference this past October and he’s just as genuine and nice offline as he is online.

This particular post is about his experience with taking action, diving right in and making things happen even when you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. He also shares his success with an “old school” strategy that still works in order to get more traffic and better SEO rankings, and ultimately in his clase, more clients.

My November monthly income report will go live this coming Monday, but in the meantime, please enjoy this post by Jeff.

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” -Napoleon Hill

When I launched my blog in 2008, I had a mission.

The mission of the blog was marketing myself online, gaining more exposure and reaching potential new clients.

When it came to the technical aspects of blogging: SEO, keywords, backlinks, I was clueless. (Pat’s blog had just launched about the same time so I didn’t have his epic backlinking post to lean on). In the beginning I wrote a few articles a week and waited for the new clients to come in.

Unfortunately, they didn’t.

It finally dawned on me what I needed to do.

I had to make it easy for people to find me – duh!

The strategy that I needed to implement was to be found when someone in need of financial planning services Googled “financial planner Illinois”.

While the statement sounds simple, as I mentioned there was one slight problem – I was clueless.

I had recently joined a forum and I started asking other personal finance bloggers how to do it.  I was quickly educated on how to build a landing page, how to get back links and how Google works.  While it sounded easy enough, I had a feeling there may be complications.

Shortly after posting my thread in the forum I received a direct message from a supposed SEO expert.  His message read,

“Jeff, I noticed your thread in the forum and I just wanted to let you know that ranking for those terms is nearly impossible.  With you being a one man shop and one website, you will never be able to compete with all the bigger investment firms located in the Chicago area. Sorry for the disappointing news.”

My translation: Give up. You don’t have a chance.

Tell Me I Can’t.  I Double Dog Dare You.

Now the story could have ended there.

I could have given up and accepted from the expert that there was no hope, that I would be forced to buy Adwords and pay for clicks that could cost me hundreds per month with no conversions.

But see, there was one HUGE thing that the SEO expert didn’t know about me – I had a strong desire. I wanted to grow my business, I wanted to build my brand and I wanted to reach more people.

When I started blogging I knew that I would do everything that it took to make it happen. Not to mention, I feed off pessimism. I love it when somebody tells me I can’t do something.

”Really?”, I thought.  ”We’ll see about that!”

Now I wish I could tell you how I did massive keyword research to truly see how competitive my keyword was, and that by using the Google AdWords Keyword tool or Market Samurai I was able to truly understand what I was up against.At the time, however, Market Samurai wasn’t even in my vocabulary.  And the Google Adwords tool? Well,  I tried to understand what I was looking at, but I’m pretty sure I would  have had a better chance memorizing the periodic table.

As frustrating as it all was, I knew that there had to be a way to figure it out. Thankfully, I had a good contact.

Battle Buddy

In SPI Podcast #26, Pat talks about the importance forming online relationships in building your business.

I was very fortunate to have a battle buddy at the beginning, Ryan, from Cash Money Life that showed me exactly what I needed to do.

He told me to build a separate landing page targeting my keywords in the URL. I chose:

…also adding “Certified” and “IL” to help out with Google searches.

Building the landing page was fairly simple since I already purchased the premium WordPress theme Thesis (the same one that Pat uses for SPI), which makes it super easy to create a page with no sidebars.I made sure to optimize the page for my keywords inserting it in the text and headings, and also using the <alt> tags of the pictures on the page. The only thing I’m (still) missing is a video which would have sealed the deal.

Good Financial Cents Landing Page

While I know this is basic for many of you, and thankfully it is for me now, at the time this was gold.

A quick note on your landing page:

Think really hard about about what (and who) you are targeting. I did good about adding the two additional words, but had I done some more research, it would have been wise to add “Independent” and “Advisor” or “Adviser” in the URL, as well. A tool like Market Samurai could have helped eliminate some of these mistakes.

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.” -Napoleon Hill

Game On

Okay – now that the landing page was set, it was time to get some links.

At the time I had already made some good connections in the personal finance blogosphere so it was easy contacting them for potential guest posts.

The only hurdle was finding the time to write.

Remember that thing called desire I mentioned before? It was time to get to it.

Most of my writing was either done late at night or on the weekends. It was brutal finding the extra time, but I knew it would pay off.

Here’s most of the guest posts that I did over a few month time period.

In addition to guest posts, anytime somebody interviewed me for their site, I would always ask if they would link to my landing page.  Most everyone was nice enough to oblige.

Here’s a sample byline that I used for most of my guest posts:

Guest Post byline

Show Me Some Results

I think back to what the SEO expert told me that I would never rank for that search. That I was basically wasting my time.

When I think about that I laugh when after less than two months, sure enough, there it was: Financial Planner Illinois, when Googled, returned my landing page.


After the cracking the top 10 I also worked on getting links to my business site and also filmed a welcome video for my blog optimized for those keywords that I uploaded to YouTube.

According to a recent search in Scroogle, I have 3 of the top 10 results. That’s what we call a Trifecta!

Ranking in Google - Trifecta

First Conversion

While that was definitely a victory, landing in the top 10 is all for nothing unless the desired result is obtained. I needed to get some clients.

Sometime had passed since cracking the coveted top 10 and I received the following email (I’ve cut some out to protect the identity):

Client Conversion from Keyword

For my contact form on my site I have the Yoast Enhanced WordPress Contact Form Plugin installed so that I can see what the person actually typed to find my site. (and an added feature is that it shows what other pages they visited).

As you can see, the keyword that they typed was “Financial Planner Illinois”.


Wait, It Get’s Better

I exchanged emails with the person and we ended up scheduling an appointment for the following Friday not realizing it was Good Friday and our office was closed. It was okay because they needed help and I was happy to assist.

When they laid their financials in front of me, it was all I could do to not left my eyes pop out of my head. Being my first online prospect, I didn’t expect much. Heck, just having somebody in the office was an accomplishment.

This person ended up becoming my largest client to date (and still is) generating over $30,000 a year in fees to my firm. And added bonus is that we are now friends on Facebook.  :)

That was the best Good Friday I’ve ever had!

Be Persistent

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” -Napoleon Hill

My blog officially launched July in 2008 and other than some impressive media mentions and Adsense revenue, I didn’t get my first client until April 2009.

It seemed like an eternity, but I had desire and faith that it would eventually work out.

Sure enough it did.

Jeff Rose, is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner who authors the blogsGood Financial Cents and Soldier of Finance. He is a father of 3 awesome boys, husband to the coolest chick on the planet, In-N-Out Burger junkie and Crossfit addict.

  • Sarah Russell

    Jeff – Great post, and I love that being told, “You can’t do that” made you try harder. I don’t know if there’s anything more motivating in the world than someone telling me no :)

    Also, a huge thanks for sharing the Yoast contact plugin – I haven’t used that one before and am definitely going to go put that on a few of my sites.

    • Pat

      Agreed – that plugin is gold. I’m definitely installing it soon too. Thanks for the comments Sarah, and thanks again to Jeff for the motivating post. Cheers!

    • Jeff Rose

      Thanks, Sarah!

      Yes, not a big fan of the word “no”.

      Actually, if you head over to my blog, you can read another story of where I was told “no” and what I did about it :)

      The Yoast plugin has been pure gold on many occasions.

  • Jon Cooper

    Wow! Great inspirational post Jeff! Glad to hear an awesome success story like that.

    Quick question – beside guest blogging, what other types of link building did you implement?

    • Jeff Rose

      Thanks, Jon!

      Guest posting has been the huge link building strategy for me. Other than that, Twitter and Facebook have done well.

      As a personal finance blogger, there are also sites like and that are good places to submit articles to potentially get links back.

      Networking with other bloggers in your niche, too. All the blogs that I mentioned in the post have been kind enough to link to me on more than one occasion and not just in my guest posts.

  • Stephanie

    Wow I never read a blog post so fast before. Awesome content! I’ll definitely have to give that plugin a try. It’s great though to see someone everyday beating the odds – of course, this statement is almost always true in almost everything.

  • Sean Davis

    This is the kind of post that gives fuel to those trying to accomplish what others call impossible.

    It has that underdog feeling to it… and everyone loves an underdog. I especially like the fact that your blog ran for almost a year before you got your first client. It seemed unfortunate for you but it taught you a valuable lesson that Napoleon Hill hits on in the quotes from your posts.

    It just goes to show that we all know what we are supposed to do. Only a select few are willing to pay the price, though. I admire your dedication to greatness. It’s definitely inspiring and I hope to tell a similar story some day.

    And like others have said… that plugin is sexy!

    Sean Davis

  • Ampi Castano

    Thanks for the great post. It’s nice to hear an inspirational story.

  • Mark Mason

    Nice. My takeaway – aim higher. Great post.

  • Steven Davis

    Great post on focus and hard work. No one cares about your market more than you. Pick a niche, own it, and the SEO guys be damned.

  • Patrick Allmond

    I have several blogs, and several hundred blog posts I keep up with. But I love getting yours Pat. I read it ASAP whenever it comes out, and I’m definitely glad a I did this time. I refer to Yoast all of the time for SEO but had no idea he had this plugin. I am so on this.

    • Jeff Rose

      Awesome, Patrick. As a blogger that still feels clueless about everything, I’m glad that I was able to introduce a cool tool to you :)

      • Patrick Allmond

        My foray into the world of financials can be found at . Warning: It is ugly. But I am always open for guest bloggers. Hot me up at patrick.allmond @ gmail

  • Peter

    Great post Jeff! I remember that we both started blogging around the same time, learning the ropes as we go. Your site and presence has definitely come a long way since then – and I’m so happy for your success. By the way, thanks for the mention in your post – of your guest post on my site! :)

    On a side note, that yoast plugin can be funny as it can show you when guest post spammers are being dishonest. For example, often they’ll say they’re a regular reader when you can plainly see they came directly to your guest posting information page from Google or a page that linked to it.

  • David

    good stuff!

  • Steve Wells

    Great insights. My personal revelation: guest posts on other blogs are really valueable and don’t lose value post Panda compared to articles on article directories. However, speaking of linkbuilding – would be interesting to know whether you have submitted articles to directories such as ezinearticles etc. (and if so how many)?

    • Jeff Rose


      I’ve wanted to try the Ezine approach but haven’t really had the time, too. Luckily, my wife is going to be working with me now and one of the first tasks I’m going to have her do is read Pat’s epic backlinking post and see if we can apply those strategies to my site.

  • Jerry

    Hey Jeff, I really enjoyed your post – way to go after that ranking! I think your story proves so many things at once, the power of guest posting, networking in your niche, and sheer determination. I look forward to tackling your archives over the weekend =)

    • Jeff Rose

      Can’t wait to have you over. You’re more than welcome anytime :)

      If you like a good burger, then my MUST read is my In-N-Out Burger post. It’s one of the most fun posts I’ve written. Right after this one for Pat :)

  • Patrick Allmond

    All readers: Please read about the contact form above. As cool as it is, the author himself is no longer using it. He is using gravity forms plus some other mods to accomplish the same thing. Read the 2nd paragraph:

    • Pat

      Thanks for the heads up Patrick. If you have Gravity Forms (which is a paid contact form plugin), then I totally recommend downloading the extension. If you don’t, then the plugin as mentioned before should suffice. Cheers!

  • Christopher Knopick

    I certainly can identify with having to wait for a site to take off. I’m still waiting but hopeful and your post helps with the anxiety. I’ve been using Contact Form 7 on my site but it doesn’t have those same features. I think I’m going to have to take a look at Yoast.

  • Hans

    Hi Jeff and Pat, I work for financial advisors in Berlin/Germany. Thank you very much for sharing your story. Very helpful stuff for me and my clients :) Danke und viele Gruesse aus Berlin. Hans

  • Dan @ I Would Coach

    Jeff – great story! To be honest, I never thought anyone would trust a financial planner they found online, but you proved me wrong. Great story about working against the odds and finding a way to win. Congrats on your success, and thanks for sharing your motivational story. Best of luck to you.

  • Md

    That plugin is awesome because you see how someone found you by typing in “personal finance blog for college students” and then they claim to be a long time reader.

    I can’t believe that we all started around the same time (mid to late) 2008. Where has the time gone? Time for me to catch up!

  • Philip

    What a great post, Jeff! Well done with this breakdown and for landing the top spot. I always assumed this worked for you, but it’s nice to see you share it all. What was your secret to getting guest posts on all of those sites? Did you know them all beforehand?

    • Jeff Rose

      PT! Hey all, PT is “Da Man” by the way. If it wasn’t for him setting up the Financial Blogger Conference and getting Pat to speak, I never would have met him and, most likely, this guest post would never have happened. And not because Pat’s a mean dude (I love Pat!), but I actually got the inspiration for this guest post on the drive home from the conference. I digress…..

      What was your secret to getting guest posts on all of those sites? Did you know them all beforehand?

      If I recall, one of the big advantages I had was being a CFP. I remember Pinyo from telling me that he was ecstatic to have a professional guest post on his site. Which is hilarious because I was pumped to be able to guest post on his! (we just confessed this to each other at the conference)

      I also tried to be opportunistic with my posts, especially on the bigger sites. For example, I really wanted to get a guest post on Get Rich Slowly, but I knew it would be difficult. I made contact with J.D. but was informed that there was a long waiting list. I happened to find out he had a smaller site, Get Fit Slowly, so I offered a guest post on that site. He thought that was the coolest thing. While I can’t say for sure, I think the fact that I was willing to post on his smaller site opened the door for me to write for GRS.

  • Tram Tran

    You go, Jeff and Pat! I’m excited for a generation of not taking no as an answer. Yay

  • Stephanie Sammons

    Jeff, you’re a model online marketing citizen for financial advisors!

    • Jeff Rose

      Thanks, Steph! We still need to catch up.

  • Andre Garde

    Great post, Jeff! Faith and desire seem to be a common theme. I notice a similar sentiment from Cliff Ravenscraft when I’ve listened to his podcasts. You guys inspire others to work hard and keep at it, including me!

  • Wasim Ismail

    Jeff great stuff, it shows if your persistent it pays off, never take no as an answer, as they say, if there’s a will , there’s a way.

  • Glen Craig

    Great article Jeff.

    One thing to note about your guest posting, it’s not just that you posted on great, established sites. You also write awesome content for those sites!

  • Mia Luisa

    Great paintings! This is the type of info that are supposed to be shared across the net. Shame on Google for no longer positioning this submit higher! Come on over and consult with my website . Thank you =)

  • Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire

    Jeff this is awesome! I’m so glad to learn more about how far you’ve come. We should chat again soon :)

    • Jeff Rose

      Thanks so much! I’ve really enjoyed seeing the direction your blog/biz has gone, too. Your millionaire interview series is very cool; inspiring to me and others. Keep up the good work!

      Oh, and I LOVE the new layout of the site. I know it’s not “new-new”, but never got a chance to tell you. :)

  • Steve-Personal Success Factors

    Hi, Jeff! I’m a fellow Illinois blogger, and I live in the Des Plaines area. I absolutely love your story and your blog: I’ll be visiting it more often. Thanks for sharing the strategy of the landing page, the guest blogging, how you found the time, how you thrive on pessimism :), and the great results your getting as a result of your Desire and Persistence.

    • Jeff Rose

      Hey Steve,

      Isn’t cool that Pat, in San Diego, can bring 2 Illinois bloggers together? The web is a small world :)

      Look forward to having you stop by!

  • Howie

    Great post, Jeff, as well as, your post about “Managing Money While Deployed” (the 2nd link). It immediately peeked my interest, and I clicked through. Being in Kuwait now as an LT, my first go-around with deployment was as a Private way back in Afghanistan in ’03. I’ll pass THAT article on to some of my buddies here. Could be very useful to them.

    • Jeff Rose

      Awesome, Howie.

      If you didn’t get a chance, check out my other blog Soldier of Finance. It’s my book project that I hope will get done next year. I’m sure your Army buddies will love it!

      Be safe! Hooooah!

  • Larry Lourcey

    Nothing like a little competition to kick your skills up a notch. I’m in the middle of a blogging competition right now and it has really forced me to up my game. I’ve made the final four, so I guess it is working so far!

  • Devesh @ WPKube

    Hi Jeff & Pat,

    Great and very inspirational post. So glad to hear your awesome success story. I think guest posting is really a great way to get traffic, backlinks & build relationship with author of a blog.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome & inspirational story. Have a great weekend.

  • Sammy

    Thanks Jeff for this wonderful post. It is very inspiring, especially for a person like me who is just as clueless as you were. However I must say, that you picked up the clues pretty fast.

    • Jeff Rose


      I seriously can’t take all the credit. If it were not for Ryan from Cash Money Life, it would have taken me that much longer to figure it out. I spent the first 5 months blogging really having no clue what I was doing. I linked out to his site and he was nice enough to email me back (we both were in the military so we had that in common).

      He seriously showed me the ropes and I’ll forever be thankful.

      Join a forum, find a mentor, read, read, read….all contributed to “figuring it out”. Although, I still learn something new everyday :)

  • Cassie | womenswaytowealth

    Great post Jeff and very inspiring. I’m amazed at how many guest posts you wrote but you persevered and now look at how successful you are.

    It’s great that you’ve successfully combined online and offline business. One of my coaching clients is in a similar situation and can’t see how she can transition to a virtual service, but she could follow your basic tips (not to mention all the great advice on Pat’s site) and be very successful. Thanks!

    • Jeff Rose


      Yes, I was definitely determined. One thing you have to realize is that the guest posts I wrote were over (I believe) a 6 month period. And that was at the beginning of my blogging adventures.

      Since then I have guest posted exponentially much more and it continues to have positive effects.

      Regarding your client, yes; have them take a look at Pat’s site. And if she has an iPhone, have her download the SPI app. I find myself checking it on Tuesday and Thursday even though Pat doesn’t usually post on those days. :)

  • Dexter

    +1 for mentioning the Yoast comment form plugin – I wasn’t aware of that.

    As for being motivated by pessimism…

    When I hear that something can’t be done, that pushes my button too, but my first button is marked “WHY?”.

    As a freelance Graphic / Web designer in London, surrounded by world class agencies, I’m in a very similar boat, but your story is very inspirational.

  • Restored Relationships

    I definitely have a strong desire and every time I read something from you, it’s like placing another log on my fire! Thanks Pat for sharing such wonderful, helpful information. I’m determined to be successful! I’m 51 and my desire started back a long long time ago. I’m not a quitter for sure.

  • Rob

    Man – this is an amazing post! I love seeing how Jeff made things work with hustle, determination and wisdom. There is a lot of wisdom in this post and I would recommend that anyone who is looking for success for their site pay careful attention to what Jeff is doing. Outstanding – I’m inspired!


    • Jeff Rose

      Dude, that’s awesome. Seriously.

      When I decided to write this post I never thought of the inspirational side of it. I’m glad that it has had a positive influence.

      Hustle baby, hustle!

  • Natalie

    This is hugely inspirational, Pat. You’ve given such solid information and resources that I find myself wanting to learn more everyday. Thank you a million times over!

  • Robert

    Great story Jeff, and congrats on getting Pat to host your post!

    • Jeff Rose

      Thanks, Robert. I already have another guest post I’m thinking of, “How to get a guest post on Smart Passive Income”. :)

  • Thanh Pham

    I recently reread Think and Grow Rich and it’s great to see that quote put you to work. Thanks for sharing this Pat and a great inspirational post by Jeff. Hard work does pay off. Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is far away but if you have faith in the process it will pay off!

  • Gordon McNevin

    Great post! I love it when people say I can’t do something, they have just made a grave error! I heard a quote once that came to mind while reading this. “Never tell the enemy they are doing something wrong”. Very true!

  • Scott Miller

    Thanks for the post. I feel a lot like Jeff… I don’t know exactly what I’m doing, but I’m just diving in!

    • Jeff Rose


      That’s the only way to do it. :) Good luck!

  • Jermaine

    Great article! Besides your website being a template inspiration for mine’s, your article is inspiring for me to keep continuing writing for my blog and reaching out in the future. (No, this isn’t spam…lol)

  • Timmy

    So inspiring!

    Lesson learned: Keep that nose to the grindstone when it comes to writing and promote, promote, promote, especially through guest posting!

  • LaTisha @YoungAdultFinances

    Awesome guest post Jeff! Perseverance is key in life but especially in blogging. Way to get back up after someone tried to knock you down with negativity!

  • Hank

    Great post, Jeff. You’re an inspiration as always.

  • Jeffrey Trull

    Awesome post, and a true testament to going after what you want and using SEO in guest blogging effectively! I’m big into SEO, but I haven’t spent a whole lot of time thinking about my blogging SEO strategy like this. Your results prove that it’s okay to be ambitious and go after something that might be hard to achieve.

  • SB @ One Cent At A Time

    Great Jeff! You are an inspiration. You are a horse for long race. Keep it up!

  • Harrison

    Love it Jeff! I always love feeding off positive energy and your post did just that. Makes me want to work now :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Jackie

    Awesome post here, and an impressive list of your guest posts elsewhere too. Most of all, great job on the can-do attitude :)

  • Garrick Dee


    Inspiring post! Cheers to your success.

    You mentioned the importance of having a battle buddy, agree with you on that. I’m just starting out in Internet Marketing field, and a friend (David Tong) who got me into this field also is a battle buddy. Talking and bouncing off ideas helps a lot, not only to inspire but also guide you in the right direction.

    Yup there are days where I want to give up, or question myself whether this is worth it but reading up on the success stories here gives me a boost.

  • Ryan

    Great article, Jeff. It’s always inspiring to see the “behind the steps” scenes people use to reach their goals! The best part about your story is there wasn’t any “secret sauce.” You had a goal, created a plan to achieve it, and followed through.

    OK, maybe there was a little secret sauce – great content and genuine enthusiasm. A lot of people look for shortcuts and try to promote mediocre content they don’t really care about. And I don’t think anyone could ever accuse you of taking shortcuts or producing poor quality content! Great work, Jeff!

  • Emily

    “You can’t.” Yep, definitely fighting words. And lack of persistence is probably the #1 reason most people drop their home biz’s within a few months.

    Great reminder and encouragement.

  • Rose

    Your story just goes to prove that guest posting really works. I guess the reason most of us do not do it is because we’re too shy to approach someone else to ask if we can write for them.

  • Chris R. Keller From

    thanks for the reminder to guest post and be persistent.

    It is a great reminder.

    If you ever want to guest post on my blog let me know. I can tell from this article you are a great writer with some great stories. I would be more than happy to feature you. My blog is no where near this blog in terms of traffic but it is a PR 4. you can check it out at

    P.S. if anyone else is interested in guest posting just send me a note as well and we can discuss to see if there is a fit.

  • Wills Peter

    I am really enjoying the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems? A handful of my blog readers have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

  • http://underconstruction Charles Badenach

    Thanks Geoff some great content there appreciate you sharing this with someone on the other side of the world.

    I was sent this quote today and i thought you might like it “A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else. The routine is exceptionally powerful.”

  • Peter Clark

    I appreciate the inspiration. sometimes we wait until we are totally ready, but that is just too late, and such a waste of time. time to get going.

  • Brad Dellair

    Winners never quit and quitters never win! It is about taking the hits, learning the lessons, and keep moving forward. I agree it’s important to simply dive in, you learn so much more.

  • David

    Great: desire, the starting point of everything.

    Unfortunately I came across Napoleon Hill just this year, at age 33. How gerat it would be if I had come across ‘Think and Grow Rich’ as well as ‘Outwitting the Devil’ already 10 years earlier (ok, the later one was just published this year).

    Look at people like Elon Musk and you’ll see what a burning desire can achieve. I am sure that guy will indeed reach his goal of making space travel possible for humans. But that’s another story :)

    Way to go, Jeff!

    Regards from Greece,

  • Recessed Lighting Guy

    Awsome post Jeff…very encouraging and inspirational! Pat-thanks for having Jeff on the blog!

  • Omar Negron

    Thanks for this wonderful post Jeff. Many of the wordpress plug ins that you shared will most Def come in handy since I am a bit new when it comes to wordpress ( I started with xsite pro)

    Thanks a bunch!


  • Akos Fintor

    Hey Pat,

    This is a content packed blog.
    Surely bookmarked.

  • Alex Marsh

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

  • Tom Ewer

    Hey Jeff,

    I really enjoyed reading your story here. I personally major on the concepts of determination, persistence and patience. I truly think that those three things can lead us to achieve great things (relatively speaking).

    Having the knowledge up front, but little desire, is nothing compared to little knowledge and bundles of desire.



    • Jeff Rose

      So true Tom! So very true.

  • Orton Kenny

    Thank you so much for sharing these. There are a lot of good resources here. I am sure I will visit this place again soon.

  • Dean Ethridge

    Jeff Great Post and where I am now. I’ve launched an affiliate program, and two other sites. My goal is a solid article a day, and it’s paying off for me. I’m attracting people from all over the world into the program today, but I sure did question what I was doing early on! I had no SEO clue either. Again, thanks for the post, and best of luck to all of us!

  • Diego

    Good story, and it confirms that one can’t reach an objective unless he *really* wants to. I have a similar experience, although the outcome is the opposite: I started several projects, but I’ve never been really interested or passionate about any of them. I even put good effort in a few, but results have been poor and, at the end, I abandoned them all. Besides, I’m one of those people who often say “you can’t”, or even “I can’t”. Maybe, if I had a battle buddy, or a mentor, I’d have been more persistent, but I admit I didn’t even look for any. Now I’m back to square zero (one step behind square one), which means I can only go ahead from now on!

    • David

      Hey Diego! How’s it going? We have yet to meet over skype to talk about your experiences :)

      Don’t give up, man! From what I can tell, you have the desire – which is a major or the major corner stone for achieving things. I recommend joining or creating a mastermind group, either in your are or online (I have created a master mind group with 3 other guys in Germany and we meet every 2 weeks for about 1-1,5 h over skype, and I have never met these guys in person).

      Best regards from Greece,

  • Jen

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