Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Ten Years of Internet Marketing Power Blogging

Posted by Simon Leung in Inspirational, Personal, Updates on April 30th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Hard to believe, but today marks 10 years since I wrote my first Internet Marketing Power Blog post, entitled “Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life.” That was the day I started my blog and began my Internet entrepreneurship adventure. In fact, the time of publication for this post is exactly 10 years to the minute. Where does the time go?

Back on April 30th, 2004, I was still working at Google Headquarters (my first day at the company was two years prior to that), and SimonLeung.com wasn’t even an active site yet. For those of you who have heard my story, you would know that my Internet Marketing journey began on Blogger.com. If you didn’t know, well, now you do ;) You can view my original Blogspot-hosted blog post by clicking on its screenshot image below:

simon leung first blog post

(You can also view the imported version of my first blog post in this website’s archive by clicking here)

I know it’s only Wednesday, which means I’m one day early for #ThrowBackThursday, but how’s that for a blast from the past? :P

That’s right. Before I was known as the “Google Insider,” I was the “Little Marketer.” Before the “Internet Marketing Power Blog” existed on SimonLeung.com, the “Internet Marketing and Affiliate Marketing Power Blog,” also known as “The Little Marketer That Could…,” was born on Blogger.com. And before I found success as an Internet entrepreneur, I was a Google employee struggling to learn the ropes of Internet Marketing and entrepreneurship, all of which you can read about on this blog as the entire journey has been meticulously documented

Over the last few days, I have been going through my old blog archives in an effort to transfer them over to this website. As you may recall, I had a SQL database issue a while back. As it turns out, the original export from two years ago was corrupted, and I have no other way but to manually copy the posts over one-by-one (give me another few days to get all that completely done, por favor :). Even though I’ve continued to run into issues with broken links, lost image files and unarchived content, I found the process rewarding because it gave me the chance to read through some of my posts from the past ten years. These posts gave me a nostalgic reminder of where I came from, as well as all my personal challenges during those times. Consequently, and most importantly, they have convinced me not to take anything for granted.

Entitling my first blog post “Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life” was originally meant to be symbolic to my Internet entrepreneurship voyage, but little would I know how accurately it would illustrate my personal life, as well. I obviously can’t speak for the future, but the first 10 years since that “first day” have been one heck of a roller coaster ride, with more ups, downs, and loops than I would have ever wanted or expected. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing for the world, as each climb, drop and hoop has shaped me to the person I’ve become today.

You may have struggled long and hard to get started. You may have had difficulty making your first dollar. You must have felt so excited after you finally made your first sale. You were undoubtedly ecstatic beyond words when you had your first taste of success. Your world may have all crashed right in front of your very eyes the moment it was all taken away. You thought of giving up on humanity and disappearing off the face of the Earth so no one can ever find you. You then “wake up” after various life events and slowly pick up the pieces, standing back tall where you once fell and make an ultimate comeback. You have a new appreciation for life and rebuild an even better one.

For me, I experienced all this plus a whole lot more during the last 10 years. Through the highs and lows, each experience gave me the reason, encouragement, inspiration and motivation to make each passing day better than the day before. Not only have I discovered that the “today” of every day is the first day of the rest of your life, but I have also learned that each new day is another new chance for a new beginning in whatever you want to do. Life is full of surprises, and it is up to you to welcome each new challenge and reward with open arms.

Personally, there are many things I would still like to do, skills I want to learn, and accomplishments that I will continue to strive to achieve. At the same time, I also discovered what kind of lifestyle I want, and have never regretted a day or a decision because I would always wake up every morning (or afternoon, sometimes late afternoon haha) with a clear itinerary to focus on the things that are most important to me. I’m very fortunate to have the freedom to make this choice every day.

Today is the oldest you have ever been. This means that you can turn all of your experiences of yesterday into everyday lessons moving forward. Today is also the youngest you will ever be. Take this as an opportunity to make tomorrow better. It’s never too late to make a fresh start, as we are all bright lights full of hope and dreams with any desired future at our fingertips. Just make sure you start today, right now.

P.S. Since we’re taking a trip down memory lane today, I thought you might be interested in exploring the visual historical evolution of SimonLeung.com over the last decade:

2004 (Redirected to Inactive Yahoo Website)

simon leung 2004

2005 (SimonLeung.com Parked Domain Page)

simon leung 2005

2006

simon leung 2006

2007

simon leung 2007

2008

simon leung 2008

2009

simon leung 2009

2010 – 2012

simon leung 2010

2013 – Present

simon leung 2013

And by the way, always remember that each new day we are able to wake up and enjoy life is truly a gift. That’s why we call it the “present” :)

Four Years Ago Today…

Posted by Simon Leung in Educational, Gurus, Launch, Personal, Promotion, Resources, Seminars, Updates on April 30th, 2008 | No Comments

Four years ago, on April 30th, 2004, while I was still working at Google, I created my first blog.

In fact, you can read my very first post on this blog by clicking here => April 30th, 2004

Two years later almost to the day, I was presented with an opportunity to attend my very first Internet Marketing seminar.

You can read about that here => April 28th, 2006

Today, four years later, I am running my own successful Internet Marketing business, and I have been lucky enough to befriend a lot of fellow entrepreneurs in the community.

And just like most of them (if not all of them), I started my Internet Marketing business with a blog.

For the past four years, I have been consistently, tirelessly and even eagerly documenting every single step of my Internet Marketing journey…

Why?

Quite frankly, it was because I didn’t learn the secrets to Internet success overnight – and I KNEW I wouldn’t – so I wanted to record it all (for myself, so I can remember my successes and failures, but also for you, so you can learn from my positive examples as well as mistakes).

From just a general business idea that I had with a few friends while still working at Google and getting mentored by the late (and great) Corey Rudl, to attending my very first Internet Marketing seminar and continuing on to speak on stage for the very first time, it’s all there every step of the way.

You can read about how I began and went through my trials, struggles, fears and frustrations (just like everyone else), to where I am today – my victories and success stories – all documented on my blog, right here at www.SimonLeung.com.

When you have some free time, or when you want to take a break from your work, I want to invite you to read my entire story on this website.

It’ll make you laugh; it’ll make you cry…

But more importantly, it may even be inspiring, as well as a great read, if I do say so myself ;)

What has blogging my story done for me, and why do I continue to do it after all these years?

Well, as you can see in my various posts, I am not only telling stories, but I’m also teaching and providing good information.

More importantly, I make it fun with text, photos and even videos.

These elements help attract new visitors to my blog, and keeps them coming back to read more.

What does that mean to me?

In addition to loyal readers, I get traffic, traffic and even more traffic :)

I have dozens of websites, but the one that gets the most new and returning visitors is my blog, by far!

As my reader, I want to get you to understand the importance of having your own blog.

Actually, I was talking to Sterling Valentine about this the other day on our drive to San Diego…

Your blog is your tool to not only get traffic, but to also build your relationship with your readers.

Tell them good stories, give them good content, and make it fun for them, and they will come back again and again.

Personally, I blog cuz it connects me to you, and I want you to get to know ME, and not what I’m “known as.”

Yes, my blog brands me as an expert and a speaker (which is all very cool), but I want talk to you as a friend, and I want to tell you what I’m up
by sharing my experiences with you.

That’s the kind of blog that I want to run, and that’s the kind of blog you’ll continue to get for many more years to come when you come back and visit :)

And the great thing about a blog is that it’s the fastest way to start your Internet business.

I did it in about two hours, but with the new Anik Singal and Rosalind Garner’s Blog Classroom, you can probably do it in 10 :)

Technology these days has made starting your own blog as easy as a mouse click, and all that’s left is for you to plug in a little bit of yourself
and introduce yourself to your new fans!

The Blog Classroom shows you exactly what you need to do in order to brand yourself online and tell your story.

And before you know it, you’ll be all over the Internet (trust me – it’s really cool haha).

I hope this has encouraged you to start your own blog if you haven’t already started one…

Or if you have, I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can change or move forward that gives your readers more of yourself.

By the way, attending Internet Marketing seminars is a great way to meet other entrepreneurs, and it gives you something really interesting to blog about.

You can blog about your experience, what you learned, who was there, and you can even post photos and videos, which many people enjoy.

If you are interested in attending an Internet Marketing seminar soon, some upcoming ones include Ross Goldberg’s Xtreme Business Makeover Workshop in Sarasota, FL, Ken McArthur’s JV Alert Live in Philadelphia, PA, Mark Hendrick’s Internet Superstars Conference in Baltimore, MD, and Lynn Pierce’s Women’s Business Empowerment Summit in Scottsdale, AZ.

Let me know if you’re going to be at any of them and maybe we can meet up for lunch :)