So it is the first week of 2016 and I have been reading a lot of “2015 in review” posts. This got me thinking and looking back at everything that happened to me over the past year, both personal struggles and accomplishments I have had. So I thought I would share them with you. I see now how I took obstacles in my way, pushed through them and have become stronger because of them. I consider myself very blessed and look forward to an amazing healthy and successful 2016!
Note: I normally don’t write personal posts like this, so don’t worry, the next blog post will be right back to “how to fix this” topic.
Battle with Ulcerative Colitis
In early late 2014 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. It is an autoimmune disease that is very painful and currently there is no cure. Going into 2015 I was still battling through this and was on different medications that just weren’t working. So I decided to go completely against what my doctors said, stop the medication and go completely gluten-free and organic. I have now been completely medication free for over 7 months, against what all my doctors told me. I had an obstacle, I conquered it. It wasn’t easy by any means. I had to re-learn how to eat, where to shop, what actually goes into food, etc. And of course, being an internet marketer, you guessed it, I started a blog!
You can visit my blog over at nogluten.io. It is all about eating gluten-free and living a healthy lifestyle. I also have lots of great information about Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, and Celiac Disease. I was super frustrated at my lowest points not being able to find all the information I needed in one place, so because I am now healthy, I am devoted to sharing what worked for me with the over 1.6 million people who currently have Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s disease. I also personally give money to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America who is searching for a cure! You can read more about my struggle and what worked for me.
Yes this site does make me money. But the best money making sites are the ones you are passionate about! I live and breathe gluten-free on a daily basis and will be for the rest of my life. That is one reason why the site will be successful. Check out the Google Analytics traffic since October 2015. This is 100% organic.
This Blog – brianjackson.io
I’m sure you are all curious about this website. Back in February 2015, this website actually used to be okaymarketing.com. I migrated all the data over and registered brianjackson.io. So I haven’t even been running on this domain for a year yet. You can read more about why I switched to personal branding. In March 2015 I had a total of 16,000 visitors. This last month I had over 45,000.
I won’t tell you how much I made from the site, but I can tell you this last month I earned 60x what I was earning in March. I only share what I truly use and personally believe will help people. I realize I could probably be making a lot more money if I focused on certain products, but I refuse to refer people to BlueHost. I’m sorry, but you won’t see crap on here!
I also migrated this website from HTTP to HTTPS. KeyCDN now has an integration with Let’s Encrypt which means you can get SSL certificates for free on the CDN side. You still need to buy one for your web host, but at least there is another portion which is now free. I migrated because there is a slight SEO boost from Google for running over HTTPS as well as HTTP/2 web performance improvements. I wrote a whole guide on how to migrate from HTTP to HTTPs if you are curious about the process. In fact I have migrated all of my sites to HTTPs, so I have gone through my own guide quite a few times now and I will make sure to keep it up to date.
I want to thank all of you for reading my blog this last year and for commenting. I love chatting with you and look forward to chatting more this year.
Towards the beginning of 2015 I started looking for a new job because I was no longer happy working for my previous employer, Pain Doctor. Don’t get me wrong, they were a great company and I made some good friends. But it was an agency environment, somewhat corporate, and was becoming a daily grind. I would spend half the day in AdWords and half the day doing SEO all in the medical niche. First off, you can only advertise back pain so many ways, and even then it’s not like a party. After those health issues I realized life is too short not to be doing what you love! So I went on the hunt for a new job. You can read my post on “Best Websites to Find Remote Marketing Jobs” to find out how I applied and got the job.
But fast forward and I am now doing inbound marketing for KeyCDN, as most of you already know. It really is a match made in heaven in my opinion. I was already obsessed with web performance and to be able to market it day in and day out was awesome. Also, doing content marketing when you love the topic makes a world of difference! I am blessed to be working with such a smart and talented team over there. If you are are looking for a way to speed up your website, well… you know what to do!
92 Keys was started by a personal friend, Trevor Loucks, who I have known since grade school, back in Boise, Idaho. He is a musician, a very talented one. He is like me in the sense that he will keep pushing and do whatever it takes to get there! He will be touring one day, you can count on that. I built his website, 92keys.com and also helped him market his first three videos. In 2015 we were able to accrue over 700,000 views and with some hustle, we were able to get on GodVine, ViralNova, LifeBuzz, LDS.net, and many more sites.
You should definitely check them out! Here is our most recent one.
Acquired WP Seer Which is Now Woorkup
In November, I happened to acquire WP Seer (a WordPress blog) via a Rise Forum’s post. Rise Forums is an awesome internet marketing forum where I am a moderator. It is run by Kevin Muldoon. You should definitely check it out. Anyways, after the acquisition of WP Seer I ended up just recently turning this into what is now Woorkup. I am in this for the long haul and have a lot of great content planned for this site. Everything ranging from WordPress, to SEO, to blogging, to marketing, and even productivity.
Here’s to 2016
I can’t wait to see what 2016 is going to bring. 2015 was definitely a busy year and I had my struggles as well as some great accomplishments. Let’s all hustle and make 2016 the most productive year yet! Do you have any awesome 2015 accomplishments or perhaps struggles? I would love to hear about them below in the comments.