Hanging in Hotlanta

There’s this little thing called StomperNet Live. Next week will be the 9th one and I have been a featured speaker at every single one … except this one. For Live9 I’m just showin’ up for the drinking and socializing with the (literally) hundreds of people I’ve helped over the last three years in StomperNet, in my own coaching business before that, and with my partner Dan Thies for several months now since.

And hell, the bar is where I do some of my best one-on-one coaching anyway. 🙂

If you are planning on coming, great, I will see you there. Follow me on Twitter so you can keep track of me in real life while you’re on site. I’ll try to provide a running text, photographic, and maybe even video commentary.

And if you’d like to spend some quality time with Dan and me, and find out just what it is we do … come join us for dinner. Catch up with me in person and I’ll hook you up.


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.


There is a new StomperNet in town, same name, but a very different game.  The first was a company devoted to teaching and community.  The new one is not.

"StomperNew" is really a software tools wholesaler with an attached speaker’s bureau. Some of the tools themselves look really good and it is my intention to use a couple of them extensively.  Others, not so much, but the line-up when taken as a whole should have really wide appeal. And speaking of wide appeal, the speaker’s platform (currently 21 in number) has everything from the world’s youngest Internet Marketer to the founder of MarketingSherpa. You’re bound to be able to find something you like in there … occasionally.

Frankly, StomperNew is an untested model in my experience, so we’ll see what Brad can do with it. I hope it works for him. I have more than a few friends that depend on it working.

But what about me? StomperNew certainly is not going to evolve in the direction that convinced me to move to Atlanta Georgia 2 years ago, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be involved at some level — just not to the level I was.

I’ll speak at the live events if asked to because I really enjoy the people, but the routine development of teaching content within the new structure is at an end. The content that is there now will no doubt remain, but anything new will have to specifically contract and such has not yet been suggested. Instead, I’m back to teaching on my own … sort of.

Back in January of 2007, Dan Thies and I announced our retirement from coaching to go focus on StomperNet.  Since then we have both retired from our retirement.  Or maybe we’re still retired and are just moving into a different old folks home.  One with a way better meal plan.  🙂 Anyway, maybe we’re just arrogant, but something we’ve figured out these last three years is that what we do really well we can do a lot better with a bunch less help!  We also figured out we sorta like each other and complement each other’s style … or lack thereof, we are guys after all … hence, The SEO BrainTrust.

Our "highest and best use" is teaching web business owners how to get more out of their existing businesses. That’s what we were both doing independently before StomperNet, it was what we were originally retained to do for Stompers in November of 2006, and it is what we are continuing to do today in our own structured training program. Emphasis on structured.

We are now just a few days away from being live and open for business so if you are reading this and have not opted-in, uh, why not? 🙂 Do so now and you can take a look at some of our videos and join the discussion of what we plan on offering.

The SEO BrainTrust

“I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it Bob”

For more than two years now I have been working "full time" – a common euphemism for not sleeping – in StomperNet operations.  Just last week I turned over the last of these  responsibilities to other people.  WooHoo!

Now I am just a faculty member so I get to wax rhapsodic with members and do actual SEO research instead of chasing infrastructure cost reductions.

Of course, I still have a lot I am doing with StomperNet, including some bit parts in the upcoming launch starting on the 9th – you will definitely want to watch that!

My comrade Dan Thies made the same transition of late and beat me to the post – like tell me something new – so be sure to read his post as well.  He’s on my blog roll.

Looking forward, I’m finally working on my own damn software for a change and working on some product plans that have long been on hold.  Stay tuned.

Welcome to My [stomper] World

As many of you know, in addition to running Windrose Software and continuing my search engine research, I’m also a faculty member at StomperNet. For about the last year or so, we have been closed to new students, but today that changes. At 3 PM Eastern time today we reopen. Not sure for how long. As I write this, we have a pool going in the office for how long it takes us to fill up.

If you are new to what we teach, checkout the freeline videos at http://www.stompernet.net/goingnatural3/ and if you are interested in getting this sort of help every day, get in line at http://www.windrosesoftware.com/snredux.