From the desk of David Risley, founder of the Academy...
Tech is a "necessary evil" of starting up an online business. Actually, it isn't an evil at all because it is that geeky stuff which allows us to run 24/7 businesses, be location independent, and truly run the kind of business we want.
But, that tech can be frustrating. Especially when you're just not a natural nerd.
Unfortunately, the "do it yourself" route ends up becoming a major roadblock to people. An entire business can be held back because you don't know how to pull off the tech stuff.
Or you waste so much time trying to do it yourself that your business never works.
Maybe we can help.
Any of this sound familiar?
- Can't find anybody good on Fiverr, or don't know who you can trust?
- Tired of those monthly support services who decline your job, saying it doesn't fall within the scope of their service?
- Seems like it would take absolutely forever to find a decent provider on Elance or Upwork?
- Don't know who to hire for that job you need help with, but is too large for Fiverr and too small for a qualified consultant?
The backstory of why this page even exists at all...
Here at the Blog Marketing Academy, I've been teaching the world of blogging and online business for almost a decade now. I've worked with thousands of people, but it has always been as a teacher. My primary job here is and always will be... teaching.
But, it happens all the time...
I show people what to do and how to do it, but then in some cases actually doing it still proves difficult. It is literally overwhelm with all the different tools out there, all the recommendations... all the "shiny objects".
Plus, there's the inevitable need to do some little thing with CSS, HTML or PHP.
If my job is to enable my customers to achieve a real, measurable outcome with their online business, then solving this issue of tech was something I needed to do.
I can recommend tools - and I do. But, to truly SOLVE this problem for people, I needed to back it up with some kind of option to simply DO THE WORK.
Sending them out into the "wild wild west" of trying to find somebody to do these little things for them was basically sending them into a confusion. I needed something better.
It isn't as if offering a service was something I wanted to do. I've been there, done that. I've done a lot of client work in the past and, quite frankly, it was something I was happy to stop.
But, I needed to find a way. The result is what you are now reading on this page.
We're not going to do full, custom designs for you. Go hire a web designer.
We're not going to build your entire site for you. There's talented web developers and designers out there who create full, custom sites all the time. Hire the the people who are best at it.
We're not "on call" monthly WordPress support service. If you want to pay a monthly fee for basic WordPress support, go hire a company that does that.
Samples of the kind of stuff
we can take off your plate...
We're here primarily to help people implement the kind of online business building strategies that I teach here at the Blog Marketing Academy. We're here to help get the pesky tech crap out of the way... so you can move on with business.
Here's some examples of the kinds of things this service is right for...
- Putting a custom opt-in form into a specific location (or building that form to begin with)
- Helping design a landing page or squeeze page to build your list
- Making your homepage look more professional
- Setting up a membership site dashboard or customizing training lesson pages
- Helping to set up membership site software, order pages, funnels
- Helping to get things integrated and streamlined between different systems
- Setting up order processing, backend systems
- Making tweaks to your WordPress theme
- Setting up marketing automation systems
And because we TEACH online marketing and I've been doing it for years now, the work done on your site will be done according to best practices for conversion and sales. I can even offer marketing advice on the task before it is done, as needed.
Right people... for the right job...
One thing that can also be frustrating out there in the "wild wild west" of developers and designers is big, thick walls around their skill sets.
For instance, a graphic designer can make things look great, but they usually suck at marketing and couldn't help you with conversions.
Or a web developer might be able to program like there's no tomorrow, but knows nothing about best practices, what works in terms of marketing, or the various options out there in terms of plugins. And very often, you'll find that web developers have pretty strong opinions as to what software is good or bad... yet it is mostly based only on what they're personally familiar with. You'd be floored at the number of "developers" I've seen say WordPress isn't a serious piece of software for running a business or website. Excuse me? Idiots.
It helps to have somebody in your corner. Somebody who isn't arrogant to tell you that one plug-in is the only way to go because all the others suck. Somebody who knows the field well enough to actually give solid recommendations that fit YOUR business, not limited by lack of knowledge or the desire to upsell you into something you don't need.
I actually have no desire for you to be dependent on me. I just want you to get the tech stuff dealt with so you can work on your business. Clearly, the Blog Marketing Academy is about helping build businesses around your blog. That's my core mission here... not techie crap.
My goal is to help you take the shortest possible path to being as profitable as you can.
And, yes, some techie stuff is necessary for that.
And I'm presenting me and my company as an option to help you alleviate the hassle.
Tools We Work The Best With
Obviously, there's a ton of tools, apps, and plugins out there for online businesses and bloggers. And I'm not going to sit here and say we're the right fit to help with all of it.
This service will work the best if you are using tools on this list:
- WordPress (obviously)
- Thrive Themes (or any of their tools)
- Leadpages, Leadboxes
- Genesis Framework
- Memberoni theme (since we use it here)
If you like anything implemented here at the Blog Marketing Academy and would like to see about doing it on YOUR site, we can talk.
This isn't to say we can't help you if you don't use those tools, however we will be fastest if you do since these are the tools we have significant experience with. We can also help with integrations between systems using services like FuzedApp, Zapier, etc. We can work with other email list hosting providers, too.
Where we cannot help you is if you use non-Wordpress site builders like Wix, SiteBuilder, etc. Also, if your business is primarily ecommerce and you sell physical products, we're probably not your best bet. Our main focus here is on WordPress sites, information marketing and membership sites. Since that's what we do around here ourselves.
Here's How This Will Work...
This is not some monthly support service. At the same time, this is not a custom shop where you have to request an estimate and we do this big back-and-forth on it. I like to keep things simple.
So, we start off with a flat rate of just $100. That purchase will cover most any job that could be pulled off in an hour or less. And keep in mind, we work fast. This isn't amateur hour around here, especially if you use the tools listed above. A lot can get done in an hour. Plus, I'm allowing for the inevitable back-and-forth that will be needed to clarify the job, exchange logins, etc.
My policy isn't to nickel and dime on minutes here. If the job takes a little over an hour... fine. No biggie. If it happened a lot faster than originally thought... I'll probably even hit you up to see if you have anything else you'd like me to "throw in". I like to over-deliver. It's just good karma.
If the job you request will obviously be a larger job, there are two potential outcomes. #1 - I'll give you an estimate and you'll purchase the remaining time upfront, or I'll invoice you via Paypal. Or... #2 - I simply decline the job and I'll refund your $100 and we part as friends.
I have 3 Rules In Order To Use This Service:
- Don't be in a massive hurry. We'll try to get the job done as quick as possible, but if you're expecting instant service, don't bother. This service isn't our bread and butter. Teaching is.
- Don't be an asshole. I'm sure you know what I mean. I like to work with cool people, based on mutual respect.
- Be open to suggestions. Remember, I've been doing this a long time and I've generated millions of dollars online. Work done here is going to be based on that experience. If something I suggest is a little different than what you told me, you should be open to it.
LET'S GET STARTED
You will pay $100 now to add one service credit to your account. If the scope of the work requires more, you will be given an estimate and have the opportunity to move forward. If you choose not to, the $100 will be fully refunded.
Do you have a refund policy?
I will gladly refund your money as long as the service hasn't been performed yet. Once the job is done, no refunds.
Keep in mind that the first step is to review what you want done. If I determine I can't do it for you, I will automatically and immediately refund your money.
What happens after I purchase this?
A notification ticket is immediately sent to our support desk of your request for work. You will be immediately sent to a form to tell me about the job you want done.
I will then be in touch with you about moving forward.
What happens if the task is beyond the scope of this purchase?
Since we're not a monthly service who is trying to cram easy jobs into overseas labor, I'll just give you the option.
I'll let you know in advance if I think the job is too big. Then, you can either agree to the higher estimate and pay the difference... or decide to cancel the job and get your money back.
How do you handle logins to my server?
You will need to pass login details to us via email and it is kept securely attached to your support ticket in our secure helpdesk.
You are more than welcome to send us temporary login information if it makes you feel better. Once the job is completed, you can simply delete the account and we'll no longer have access.
Trust me, we have better things to do than try to monkey with your stuff. Plus, we have a reputation here and a pretty public presence. So, we're not interested in doing anything stupid.
Who will actually be doing the work?
Well, lucky you. But, since this service is so new, it will most likely be me personally doing the work on your site. So, if you're also a Lab member, this can be your opportunity to have the person who teaches it do it for you. 🙂
Obviously, as a business owner, I don't intend for it to stay this way. As demand increases, I fully intend to hire a qualified developer to work under my umbrella and execute these kinds of jobs for me, with my guidance.
Can I talk with you first?
If you have a question, you can use the Messenger box at the bottom of this page to ask in Facebook Messenger. And I'll get back to you as soon as I can. But, keep in mind...
I'm not willing to have a big long back-and-forth conversation to work out all kinds of details until after you've made your purchase on this page. It takes time. So, basic questions... sure thing. Something more in-depth, I ask that you put a little skin in the same first.