-June 11: Publish my 100th post on this blog.
-May: Accept invitation from Wiley/Sybex to serve as technical editor of Five Stars: The Smart Business Guide to Online Reviews, by Jennifer Grappone and Gradiva Couzin (co-authors of SEO: An Hour a Day).
-February 27: Feature first-ever guest post on this blog.
-January 30: Become a Top Contributor at Linda Buquet’s Local Search Forum.
-January 14: Invited to speak at SMX West in San Jose, CA.
-January 1: Acquire first client of the year exactly 40 minutes into the new year.
-September: Named a GetListed.org Trusted Company.
-July 16: Nominated for the 2012 Small Business Influencer award under the “Experts” category.
-June: David Mihm’s annual “Local Search Ranking Factors” study released; I have the honor of being one of 41 contributors.
-May: Begin offering my “Local Visibility X-Ray” service on site. Google Places becomes Google+Local.
-April: The number of new clients I’ve acquired in 2012 alone equals the number of clients I acquired in the entire year of 2011.
-February: First guest post: “How to Pimp Your Google Places Listing.”
-January 18: First blog post in a month (on New Year ’s Day I moved to a new place and got bogged down with unpacking and “settling in”).
-September: Begin offering the “Google review handout” on my website. Publish the “Definitive Citations List.”
-July: My first “big” blog post: the “1st Annual Google Places Freak Show.” First mention in Matt McGee’s monthly “Best Search Marketing Posts” roundup. I launch my charitable “Visibility for Veterans” program.
-June 1: Launch of the new-and-improved LocalVisibilitySystem.com. I give my kit (the local SEO infoproduct I’d sold since 2009) the 21-gun salute. Begin offering my “Done-for-You” service to the general public. Long-time clients and email subscribers become the first readers of my blog.
-May: Announce to my clients and email readers that I’ll be revamping my entire site. Start and complete the free guide, and build my new site using the Genesis framework for WordPress.
-March: Last sale of the Local Visibility System kit.
-February: Complete work for my first “Done-for-You” client, who went on to attract over 1000 local customers in a 3-month period (resulting in a record year of profits for his company).
-December: Begin work for first “Done-for-You” client – a service I initially only offer to people on my email list who inquire about it.
-October: Have a one-hour consultation with one of my heroes, Howie Jacobson (perhaps the best money I’ve ever spent). This leads me to several epiphanies. Stopped advertising on Google AdWords. Begin planning the “new” LocalVisibilitySystem.com, which would be centered around a blog. Daunted, but excited.
-May-September: Add materials to the kit. Work closely with a handful of my buyers/clients on further local SEO projects. Read everything about local search that I can get my hands on.
-April: Google Local Business Center becomes Google Places – an event that I capitalize on with a bunch of strategically-placed AdWords ads, leading to a meager bump in sales.
-October: First sale of the Local Visibility System kit – shipped to sunny San Diego, CA.
-September 3: LocalVisibilitySystem.com goes live. First trickle of people to join my email list. Only traffic comes from AdWords ads and Ezine articles.
-August: Complete the Local Visibility System kit.
-December: Start building what would become the “Local Visibility System kit” – a $300 collection of reports that showed business owners step-by-step how to improve their rankings in the “Google Local Business Center”
-June: My first-ever piece on local search appears in The Sun Chronicle – the local newspaper.
- Not much happening between me and local search yet. Still in college – studying Japanese language and literature at Boston University, rather than local rankings.
-December: Begin learning how to build websites.
-June: Begin learning how to build and run Google AdWords campaigns. My fascination with Google search begins.
-Born. Phone books and mullets will reign supreme for many years to come (well, at least the phone books).
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