I joined Inside919 in late November, but did not become active in the group until January. I have posted articles, gone to networking meetings and learned a few things along the way. One of the first groups I found on Inside919 was a business networking group called Raleigh Business Connections. I checked them out and noticed they badly needed a better website. I thought it would be a good opportunity for me – perhaps they will let me make their website for them? I really wanted to make their website, partly because I wanted more experience making websites and partly because I knew I could make a great website for them that would bring in new members. So, I joined and they agreed to let me make their website. Cool!
It took me about a week to put the website together and after a few tweeks post-launch, I really liked how it looked. After researching other business networking websites, I felt this one was more professional in appearance than almost all others (most business networking group websites are really shabby!) Around this time, I spoke with Pat Howlett, Martin Brossman, and took a SEO class taught by Bob Walton – one of the Inside919 SEO guru’s. I had also been working with Eric Erikson (also an Inside919 member) with Lizardwebs Computer Services. Each of these people spoke with me and gave me tips, advice, and outright instruction regarding SEO. So, I decided to apply everything I learned (and retained) about SEO to the website I made for the networking group.
I launched the website on February 22, 2012, which is just over three weeks from today and I have kept an eye on the search engine ranking in Google. When I launched it, the website the group previously had did not even rank on Google (it ranked below page 20). Two weeks ago, the website I made for them was on page 8. Last week, it was on page 2. This week it is on page 1! It is currently number 7, after the ads at the top, for “business networking groups in Raleigh” and “Raleigh business networking group.” (Inside919 is #1 – no surprise there).
It’s funny. Last fall I looked at a Wordpressfor Dummies book and shelved it because it was over my head (that was the first time I was too dumb for a Dummies book!). Now, I am popping out great looking Wordpress websites that rank high on Google search engine results. And, most importantly, having a lot of fun doing it! It is just so much fun to make websites for businesses that portray them as leaders in their field! I love helping people in this way!
Here's the link to our Inside919 page. It's a great group, so come check us out!
Thanks again to Pat Howlett (especially for launching Inside919 in the first place), Martin Brossman, Eric Eriskson with Lizardwebs Computer Services and Bob Walton! Also a BIG thank you to Colleen Gray with ColleensREVA!