It’s official … sorta … I am no longer a faculty member of StomperNet … keep reading.

Depending on who you ask, this will result in some combination of congratulations, condolences, condescension, cacophony, cat calls, cussing or other c-words befitting of my long held c-level position with the web’s best known Internet Marketing Education conglomerate (ok, ok, I’ll stop with the c-words already).

But wait … official how you ask? The sales letter of course! Live 9 Lineup. Duh. I’ll admit that I have a mixture of feelings about leaving … but my accountant doesn’t.

So what now? Well, it’s not like I was exactly on vacation all this time. In case you missed the memo, Dan Thies and I have been happily running our own mid-6 figure business since October doing pretty much what we did at StomperNet for the last 3 years — just better, thanks to less help. 😉

So what about Live9? We’ll see. I do live in Atlanta after all. I have spoken at every single Live event — in fact, I am the one in December 2006 that came up with the name, but I digress — so the habit to at least attend might be too strong to resist. And it is at the W Hotel Midtown which is hard enough to resist anyway. Sigh.

But the real treat of the Live events for me (and Dan too I’m pretty sure he’ll agree) has always been mentoring and networking with the literally hundreds of Internet Entrepreneurs it has been our blessing to be involved with in the last three (plus) years.

You know who you are. We know you too. Many of you have joined us in The SEO BrainTrust. Everyone else … please stay in touch.

It has been a weird and wild ride and if there is one thing that sticks out as a recurring impression since November 2006 when I shook hands with Brad and Andy it is this: “The question”. The one everyone asks at some point: “Why in the hell are you doing this?”

Good question. Took me months to form the answer.

There are many easier ways to make money than running a coaching program — you could argue they all are! Ultimately the only reason is people. Yes, it is hard to believe that someone as irascible (look it up) as me might also be gregarious, but that is my curse. The only good reason to coach is because you care about the impact you have on people. In all other respects, affiliate marketing is a better play.

So Dan and I, the first two StomperNet faculty members, continue doing what we were doing before, during and after StomperNet, for the same reasons, with many of the same people, and many more each day. The one constant is who we are.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

SEO Brain Trust – What’s that You Ask?

Dan Thies and I are doing a free webinar tomorrow (Sept 16, 2009).  See the talking points here and opt-in to get the login details emailed later today!  Stay put to the end — like how could you leave?!??  🙂 — and we’ll tell you about the BrainTrust.