Welcome to the Blog Marketing Academy.
I’m Here To Help You Build An Online Business You Truly Own.
I believe too many online businesses have gotten too impersonal. Treating customers like a number to be driven into a buy button and measured. My goal is to help solopreneurs and small businesses use their blog to scale their humanity. And to build a platform you truly own rather than rent from “big tech” companies.
Hi. I’m David Risley.
I’m a bit of an “old man”, in internet years. I founded a technology blog in 1998 and grew it into a six-figure, multi-author business which was found in publications like PC World, PC Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. While it started as a college hobby, I turned that blog into a commercial success using a combination of advertising, affiliate revenue, online courses, writing and selling books and CDs, and even a membership site before it was cool.
In 2008, I founded the Blog Marketing Academy and launched my first training course for bloggers with an $80k launch. Since then, I have created multiple training programs, worked with thousands of students, spoken at conferences, and helped build a bunch of different websites. The Academy continues today in my quest to simplify online business and the tech that powers it.
I’m a big believer in keeping business human. In transparency and keeping things personal. I also believe in using modern tools to scale and serve better.
We are based out of sunny Florida. One of my biggest passions is traveling in our RV with my wife and kids, living a balance of work and play. I’m a shorts-and-sandals guy, and I’m most at home sitting in a folding chair, in a campsite, smoking the occasional cigar.
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What You Will Find Here
What you will find here is a mix between business strategy and technical walk-throughs. I cover topics such as membership sites, site building, marketing automation, traffic, entrepreneurship, and more. Additionally, you’re going to see that I routinely provide tool and plug-in reviews so you can build the “plumbing” to make it all work.
The Blog Marketing Academy contains hundreds of articles, hundreds of hours of training videos over multiple courses and workshops, a document library, community forums, and much more.
For those who want more direct personal help, I offer technical services, coaching calls and even an ongoing membership where I will be your webmaster.