Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Virus Stompers is open for business!

It's official everyone... Virus Stompers is now open for business!

This is very exciting for me and Brandon as we have been working very hard this last month on setting this up. I had no idea starting a new business was such a challenge. I'll share that story with you in a few days.

But right now, I am going to once again beg ask you for your help.

If you remember, last May I published this depressing post where I told you that my job was at risk and I didn't think I would be employed much longer (which unfortunately is still true). In response, you all replied with generous offers to help out, which was unbelievably touching and very much appreciated.

A few days later I sent out a plea asking for logo designs for Virus Stompers, and you came through with flying colors. Literally! After reviewing several excellent submissions, we finally settled on this great logo by Daniela from Seafood Punch. Thank you Daniela... we love this little guy!

Make sure to look Daniela up if you ever need any graphic work done. She's an amazing artist.

Now I'm going to ask for help one more time...

What we really need now is help getting the word out about our new business, and help with increasing our Google ranking.

So if you have a spare minute... here are 5 different ways you can support us.

1. Put our logo widget on your sidebar
Nothing jacks up the Google ranking higher than a direct link back to a website. By putting this widget on your blog, Google will see it and elevate our rank status. And to make it easier, I'll even give you the code:

<a href="http://virusstompers.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="Virus Stompers!" src="http://virusstompers.com/vsbannersmall.jpg" border="0" /><br>Virus Stompers</a>

2. Find us on Google
Another great way to increase our Google web ranking is by accessing our site through Google searches. You can help by simply copying and pasting these phrases below into Google and clicking the "next" button until you find us - and then opening up our page. The number in parenthesis tells you the minimum number of pages you might have to click through to get to us, but that should become lower as the ranking increases DUE TO YOUR MOST EXCELLENT HELP!

One thing that makes this easier is to open the find feature (Ctrl/F) on your browser and search for the word "stompers," which will show you right away whether we're on that page or not.

(found on page 2) online virus removal $50 virus, malware, adware
(found on page 9) online virus removal Conficker, Antivirus 2009, Vundo
(found on page 12) online virus removal $50
(found on page 13) unable to run a program or access the internet
(found on page 14) connect to computer to remove viruses
(found on page 15) online virus removal Conficker Vundo

It will be fun to see how much all this searching lowers what page we're found on!

3. Submit us to one of the popular web review sites
We all know the power of Digg and StumbleUpon. A few weeks ago, JD submitted this post to StumbleUpon and the next day I had nearly 6,000 people stop by - and that was when only 4 other people Stumbled it! Imagine how many hits we'd get if 30 or 40 people did this.

So, if you have a second please click these buttons and give us a thumbs up. Or even better... write us a glowing review.

4. Include our link in a post
If you're like me, it's hard to find the right place and time to promote somebody else's stuff, so I really don't expect you to squeeze us into a story. But if you do, it will help our ranking significantly, and we will most definitely appreciate it. Once again, the link is www.virusstompers.com

5. Word of mouth
This is by far the easiest thing you can do for us... AND probably the most effective. All you have to do is simply remember that we're here and to tell your friends and family about us the next time one of them needs help with their computers.

So thank you in advance for your help. We really believe we are providing a great value. Computer viruses are nasty and can be expensive to clean up.

But Virus Stompers can do it for only $50!


JD at I Do Things said...

Wheee! Congratulations!!! I've had your logo in my sidebar for a little over a week -- oops! I didn't know you weren't official yet. But now you are! And I will do everything I can to help spread the word. Tomorrow. I'm going to bed now.

Congratulations again! SO EXCITING!

Heather said...

Congrats! The logo is great!

Jaffer said...

Hey Congratulations Jeff ! Wishing you well and hoping this venture pays off for ya !

Jason said...

Hey great site!

I was wondering if you wanted to exchange links with us. Let me know if this is possible.



Jeff and Charli Lee said...

jd - I know you did... and it was very cool of you to put it up. Don't worry, that was helping the whole time too.

heather - I agree... Daniela did a great job.

jaffer - Me too! Thanks. :-)

jason - So soon? I hardly know you. What would people say? ;-)

Brandon Lee said...

If you guys are doing the Google searches, then you might notice that even though VirusStompers.com is on page 12, ViewFromtheCloud.com is the first result when searching "online virus removal $50".

Ed said...

Jeff, I wish you all the luck on your business! It looks good and everyone knows too well how messed up our computers get. I'll definitely spread the word and try some of these suggestions (of course I don't put ads on my blog but you'd be the first if I did).

Anonymous said...

Congrats and applause for taking the leap. I am in a similar situation job wise and have been considering a business also (different field) It inspires me... and if you don't mind I may ask for an opinion or two at some point...

Elizabeth said...

Good luck with your new business! How exciting!! I just put your logo on my blog's sidebar (not that I have a lot of visitors though)

Brandon Lee said...

Hey thanks Elizabeth. One of the main reasons we are asking for people to link to us is because Google ranks its pages based on a number of things. One of the things it considers strongly is how many links to a page it can find. Google also tends to consider Blogger blogs very highly. So your link in the sidebar will help very much.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on getting your business off the ground, and a great choice of logo !

Dan said...

I've stuck a lnk in my mini blog for you. Hope everything goes well with the business.

United Studies said...

Yay! Congratulations! I wish you success!

You are the second bloggy friend today that has announced a new business venture.

Anonymous said...

Brother brother!
Sent your ad page to every person in my address book! Whew! I'm exhausted! Hope that brings you some work! Good luck to two of my favorite people! sis

Babs-beetle said...

Congratulations! I stumbled it and will put your logo on my blog when I get a minute :)

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

ve - Oh, you don't have to consider this an ad... I'm not going to pay you. ;-)

lunatron - Please do. I'll be publishing a post later this week on what it took to set this thing up. It wasn't as easy as I thought!

elizabeth - Yeah, what Brandon said. Thank you!

jerrychicken - It was a tough choice. There were many excellent submissions... YOURS included!

dan - Excellent. Thank you for your help.

jacki - Thank you for adding my widget to your blog. That is most helpful. :-)

sis - I bet that will bring in some business. If I know your friends, their computers will have LOTS of viruses.... KIDDING!

babs - You're awesome. Thank you very much. :-)

Roger Miller said...

I'll do what I can, can't put it in the sidebar until I get home (dang IT dept), but I'll see if I can send a little business your way. Love the critter, it's a shame you have to stomp it out of existense. :)

Roger Miller said...

Oh, and congratulations!!

Maureen said...

Awesome Jeff! Wishing you all the best in your new venture.

Now I know who to go to when I need some help (which may be soon...)

mom said...

Congratulations! You have a mighty proud mother here. You have continued to amaze me over the years, with your accomplishments, and now you've done it again!!!

Leeuna said...

My blog is now wearing your new banner. Hope it helps out.

absepa said...

Congrats and good luck, Jeff! I have added your button to my sidebar...and Dugged, Stumbled, and Reddit-ed to the best of my ability. I hope it helps bring you guys some business.

On an unrelated note, your whole family seems so sweet! :)

Michelle said...

Hmmm. Interesting. My parents are complaining that their computer has suddenly started crashing every thirty minutes so they can do nothing with it... I'm thinking I may have to steer them your way. My poor dad.

United Studies said...

No problem! I am just glad to be of help....now you just have to remember the name of your business. :-P

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

roger - You're the best. You were one of the first (and few) to put my Receders CD on your sidebar. Thank you for being such a great blog-buddy!

maureen - I can help speed up the process for you. Just let me know if you need a list of risky websites to visit.

mom - Oh geez, here come the mom-pliments again. Now knock if off... you're embarrassing me!

leeuna - Oh, and it wears it so nicely. And yes... it helps immensely. :-)

absepa - Holy cow... a support trifecta! Thank you! And by the way... my banner looks awesome against your black background I must say. :b

michelle - Yes, we must help out your dad this very instant. Poor poor sad, very sad, very poor dad. :-(

jacki - Ya... about that. I still stumble on that every now and then because that was our first name of choice, until we learned somebody else already had it. But thanks for bringing that up! ;-)

Mrs4444 said...

Congratulations! I love the logo, too; it's perfect. I wish you luck in your new business.

I Stumbled you! :) (Don't be afraid to poke around on my blog and return the favor :)

Susan said...

I've added you to my sidebar too.
You didn't mention Twitter at all...you may want to try that to spread the word as well.

Windyridge said...

Jeff I will add you to my Gizmos site as that gets way more traffic than my farm blog. But give me a week or so, we are going away and then I'm back to work. If you can become an editor at Open Directory Project, you can add your site eventually. That's a biggy to get into. I was an editor on and off for awhile.

Mooselet said...

There you go, in my sidebar! Best of luck Jeff and Brandon.

April said...

Okay, so it's in a terrible spot, but I've got too much crap going on, and it's the best I can do right now. I hope it's going well!