12 Oct 2006

I’m Feeling Lucky – Thanks WBP Team!

Lately I’ve been walking on air – and Feeling Lucky. I’ve assembled the biggest and best We Build Pages team to date. We’ve got 22 employees, including 13 Link Ninjas – and still hiring more future link ninjas!

Also a few months ago we did that move to the 5th floor (top floor) – For the suburb we’re in; we’ve got killer views and killer work space for us.  We got a ping pong table a few weeks ago and there’s active tournaments with everyone involved. For the employees we’ve got outings each month – this month it’s to see a play one of our employees is in, next month to see the local ice hockey match, then an employees kick boxing tournament, then sledding at a local ski area….then? (WBP pay’s for all tickets).

Next week the employees are getting the official meeting introducing them to the new 401k plans we’re offering, as well as profit sharing. 

Our employees include:

1. Me: CEO, SEO, Planner, Trainer, Dreamer

2. Rita – Our Office Manager and Manager of 64 content writers.

3. Virginia – our Accountant.  We’ve great records and I get regular updates and analysis.

4. My wife, Mary, also oversees the books, and handles some bookkeeping.

5. Chuck, our Link Team Manager, Old Site Finder, SEO Reporter, and more.

The web design Room has 3 employees:

6. Steve – SEO Designer, Affiliate tracker, Advertising tracker, hosting issues.

7. Louis – SEO Designer, Contextual Advertising

8. Eric – SEO Designer, more.

9. We’ve got Patrick the Programmer in our office for a few months before he goes traveling again. (Patrick wrote a few of the webuildpages tools last year), and he’s building some Killer internal tools for us now….killer!

And now…..our crown jewel – The Link Teams! There’s 3 link teams here. Each team is a room of 4-5 people.

We’ve got:
10-13. For the Link Ninja Link Building Rooms, we’ve got Marc, Todd, Rob and Tony as Link Building Team Leaders.
14-22.  And SEO Link Ninjas in Training: Shawn, Matt, Dave, Bruce, Rob, Jen, Gary, Sarah, Patience.

The best thing is that all the players are in synce with all that we’re working on. Another nice thing is that the link team is kicking ass. They have to record their links each friday on the wall for all to see. There’s also a total for the room as well. At the end of the month, the winning room gets to keep a 3 foot trophy in their room – there’s also amazon gift certificates for the winning room.

Sometime I’ll have to some post on some of the things we’re working on….like the killer database of natural sites willing to give great contextual advertising or citations…..the Video Training……the Link Ninjas! (Yes, I’m pretty sure it’s coming back…stay tuned…invite only)….the SEO Pow Wow at the Grand Canyon in April or May of 2007…..so much good stuff coming along!

I’m really feeling lucky in that I’ve got the biggest, best, smartest team we’ve ever had here! Thanks Team!

Look out World – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

Comments

  1. Nick October 12, 2006 at 7:48 PM

    Wow it seems like you’re doing great.

    You’ve got a really groovy business going on there.

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  3. Brett October 12, 2006 at 10:08 PM

    Jim… I am surprised you have so many employees… Have you tried using independent contractors?

  4. Matt McGee October 13, 2006 at 1:03 AM

    Congrats, Jim — enthusiasm is infectious and I’ve no doubt your gang have caught yours. Hats off to all involved. 🙂

  5. Nick Wilsdon October 13, 2006 at 2:20 AM

    Well done Jim, I always like hearing how you are doing (inspires me to do better!).

    Good luck to the whole team

  6. Igor M. October 13, 2006 at 11:49 AM

    Jim, what I am impressed about is that you’re adding “evangelism factor” to your company not just from your clients but employees as well.

    Creating a “family like” work place is a great idea. Sharing profits and providing 401 is a good move. At the end … your employees will do better.

  7. Rebecca October 13, 2006 at 1:22 PM

    You seem to be building a good morale at the company!

  8. other jim October 13, 2006 at 2:27 PM

    Hey Jim, any chance you’ll post some pictures?

  9. Jim Boykin October 13, 2006 at 3:56 PM

    Other Jim….I should…I’ve got “Hat Day” pictures and “Tie Day” pictures on my computer here…we’ll get them up sometime.

  10. Brian Turner October 14, 2006 at 12:32 PM

    Sounds like you’ve got a great team there, Jim. 🙂

    Got to admit, as a sole proprietor who’s a team worker, I really miss not working more closely with people. Maybe if anyone opens up a big agency in the Scottish Highlands I might have a few options open. 🙂

  11. David Wilson October 16, 2006 at 9:25 AM

    Jim

    Interesting ratio of seo reps to ninja teams. On average, can you share how many sites does one seo person/ninja team handle?

    David

  12. seopractices October 16, 2006 at 6:48 PM

    Hi Jim, congratulations, I have been reading your articles for a couple months now, I am relatively new to SEO, SEM. In the process of building my way up as you guys did one day. Thanks for all the good information.

  13. Christoph C. Cemper October 18, 2006 at 5:01 AM

    Hey Jim

    cool beans – congratulations on your immese growth… isn’t that at least 5 new people since we talked in August…

    you are really becoming a manager of an enterprise… !

    great job on hiring Patrick inhouse… I totally agree that inhouse coding skills rule – you were right, most of my external projects are cancelled now

    best regards,
    Christoph

  14. Charles Richey December 1, 2006 at 6:04 PM

    Sounds like a cool place to work. I bet you have almost no turnover. You coming to PubCon in Las Vegas next year?

  15. kamal January 5, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Hey Jim…..u r doing realy nice work………..can u du me a favour, Plz give me some more tips on linkbuilding or how to get my sites at the higher rank on google, yahoo & msn

    Waiting for your reply
    Thanx
    kamal

  16. Jay Valento February 1, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    We love your SEO tools…they are the best. Thank you for allowing us to use them for free.

  17. Cooper Murphy April 3, 2007 at 3:51 AM

    Yes the tools are excellent and it is great he allows people to use them for free. I wish you every success for the future with your business.

  18. kamal bhakuni September 18, 2007 at 3:49 AM

    …Moreover, At the end of day you bet on people not on the strategy, I like the page title…” I’m Feeling Lucky”…
    Best of Luck.

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