Today I am presenting another written interview with David Sammon, he is an entrepreneur who owns various tech companies, does SEO and has one of the biggest Twitter followings out there.
1. What was your first real project or business venture as an entrepreneur? Share your story.
First, I’d like to thank you for your time and speaking with me today. My first project started in 2002-2003. I was hired to create 25,000+ photos/quotes for a group of Myspace comment/wallpaper websites that were emerging onto the scene. This was a task that went well beyond the scope of my abilities. I quickly learned more about outsourcing and found a dedicated team in Bangladesh. I worked with them to deliver the entire 25,000 portfolio of photos and quotes within 21 days.
2. What drove you to grow such a huge following on Twitter vs. other social networks?
I’ve always enjoyed the connection that Twitter gives between you and your followers. There is something deeply humbling when someone across the globe that you’ve never met before decides to follow you and retweet something that they can relate to.
3. What is your biggest pet peeve about the SEO industry today?
SEO itself can at times be a pet peeve. Google is an evolving algorithm that will continue to learn and grow. You always need to be involved so that you don’t fall behind on new updates that roll out. It makes it difficult to dedicate time for other endeavors.
4. For those who are just starting out as entrepreneurs, what advice would you give to the newbies and why?
Always have a backup plan to your backup plan. There are many niches that hold no longevity which could leave you out of funds quickly. I have a previous background of mass posting on Craigslist. It would be highly lucrative until a new filter is in place and then your revenue is flat lined. Aim for something that you can eventually scale that can be a long term revenue source.
5. What are your future plans for 2015 and beyond?
I still plan to stay actively involved in social media and build my personal brand. I recently acquired a once powerful Twitter marketing tool Hummingbird Redux. My time will be heavily vested in the upcoming months in a few necessary website updates along with providing a dedicated line of support for current and future customers.