Since Ruck just whipped up an awesome post highlighting 2013 I decided I would weigh in on some things that have happened throughout my career and what the future holds. Today officially marks my 15th year working online (yes I started at 13 and I’m 28 now).
I don’t think a lot of the people that recently started working online understand how challenging it was in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. There were no sites like IMGrind. I had to learn HTML, Perl, Photoshop, etc. by trial and error. It wasn’t fun and success wasn’t instant.
Ruck and I started IMGrind in 2011 because we wanted to provide a hub where we could save people of all skill levels countless hours and “show them the ropes” without having to buy some high dollar, coaching program, that doesn’t really teach much of anything. For $99/mo we take members under our wing inside our Private Forum and have helped thousands find success.
In 2014 we plan to take our training one step further. It makes a lot more sense to bring those that are already working with us across all of our properties and bring them to our office on a regular basis where we can all collaborate to greatly increase revenues and speed up the learning curve.
We’ve moved our concentration into mobile. Much like the WEB was in the late 90s/early 2000s, mobile is growing at a much faster rate. For the average Joe it doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy a big computer that’s going to take up an entire desk or even a room (remember the “computer rooms” if your house was built in the 90s) when you can do everything from your smart phone/tablet. The reach for mobile is much greater because there is not just one phone per household. I’m shocked to see the number of children under the age of 12 that have an iPhone!
So look at it like this… The WEB grew rapidly throughout the 90s and 2000s and there was no one there to help you monetize the traffic/develop your businesses. With the growth and expansion of MOBILE we’re going to be workings HANDS ON with our partners to ensure nothing gets overlooked. MOBILE is a much different beast than WEB and that’s why we’ve developed our patent-pending mobile tracking solution, iMobiTrax. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching many of our partners grow even further.
As we close out 2013 I want to thank all of our loyal blog readers and forum members. You all continue to amaze me daily and are what drives me to continue to produce content that will help you leverage your business to the next level. You all rock and let’s dominate 2014!
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.