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    Arrow NOTE: Limited Free Consulting from Linda

    I built this place to support the industry and am SOOO excited it's taken off so well. This is now truly a community with MANY strong leaders and tons of knowledgeable pros!

    More than anything I am so very proud of the "feel" of this community and the helpful attitude of all the members. Anyone who spends lots of time at forums, realizes we really have something very special going on here and it's thanks to the loyal, giving members we've attracted.

    This forum is a PEER SUPPORT COMMUNITY. I've been working 60 hours a week for 7 months to generate content, build traffic & membership - BUT now that it's thriving, I need to step back.

    Basically the forum is getting so busy now, I just can't personally try to answer every post and help every single person like I've been trying to until now. So I am going to be pulling back just a tiny bit and start letting more of the pros here help each other.

    So I'm announcing...

    LIMITED FREE ADVICE from LINDA in the HELP forum

    I'll still be EXTREMELY active and basically here all the time! But where I'll be cutting back noticeably on, is the help and support forum. I'm like a dog with a bone and once I start digging into a complicated problem I can't let go. (It's a gift and also a compulsive curse at times.) Then before you know it I'm doing 3 hours of free research, when I don't even have time to finish the consulting other consultants have PAID me to do for them.

    Additionally I need to jump around helping as many folks as I can, here PLUS at the Google forum. So if I get tied up in a big long complicated problem that eats lots of time for ONE PERSON, that takes time away from 5 other people I could be helping.

    So I won't be jumping into every help thread any more or if I do I will be limiting how deep I will go. Some of these super complicated AND CRITICAL problems like suspended Attys or ClusterF* merges should not even be trying to get scatter-gun advice in a forum anyway! You need a full consult with detailed deep dive and complete history and my undivided attention AND a call to explain it all the problems and recommendations. Playing 20 questions on a forum just does not get it.

    PM AND EMAIL SUPPORT - as the forum grows I'm getting more requests for help via PM and email. Due to severe carpal problems AND limited time, I don't offer free one-on-one or private support. If you want free help you need to post in the forum. The main reason I offer as much free support as I offer here, is because if I take the time to explain something to 1 person it may help 5 or 20 or 100 others that read the public thread.

    If you want in-depth one-on-one help, you will need to become a consulting client. Please note that I only accept certain types of SMB consulting clients. Primarily I focus on helping consultants with THEIR client issues.

    If I could afford to work for free full-time giving advice in forums all day long, trust me, that is exactly what I would do because I love it! But I can't keep working 60+ hours a week for free and need to carve out more time for my paid consulting and training clients.

    Additionally I also REALLY NEED TIME FOR SOME BIG PICTURE STUFF I NEED TO DO ON THE BACK END TO HELP TAKE THIS PLACE TO THE NEXT LEVEL. There are additional forums I need to build, better categorization to help make it easier for you guys to find things and I have a big re-branding growth strategy plan that will require lots of my time and includes moving the forum to it's own domain.
    I can't do all the big picture stuff, if I'm constantly working in the trenches.

    So there you have it! As always I'm very transparent, too verbose and am just sort of sharing my personal thoughts out loud. But I'm also writing this in part for my own benefit, to help me break some habits and in order to try to shift gears just a tad, to let this community be a little more self supporting.

    I appreciate you guys and all you do. And I LOVE this place!
    I'm so proud of what we're building here & know it fills a huge need in the industry.

    This is YOUR community! I'm just the host and facilitator!
    Is Our Content HELPFUL? Please pay the community back by sharing!

    LocalSearchForumLinda Buquet .:. Google Local Specialist

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    re: NOTE: Limited Free Consulting from Linda

    Hey Linda. Thanks so much for this transparency and detailed explanation of your thoughts.

    It all makes sense to pass the "baton" onto other folk here who can assist on the overall local search discussion. We are in a position to do that (or getting there) so it's the logical next step. You've really grown this forum very quickly in a short space of time with LOTS of hard work. I think the 3,740 posts (at time of writing) speaks for itself. So, thank you so much for all you've done, and continue to do.

    For me personally, it's so exciting to hear about the "next level" that this place is going!
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    re: NOTE: Limited Free Consulting from Linda

    Thanks so much Nick for the kinda words.

    And thanks again to all the members too!

    In less than 7 months we have 10,496 posts. There is a whole lot of local expertise and there are tons of the best local tips inside these walls. You guys ROCK!
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    LocalSearchForumLinda Buquet .:. Google Local Specialist

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    re: NOTE: Limited Free Consulting from Linda

    Good for you, Linda, for writing this. A 12 hour day is still a REALLY long day, and you've got so many pots on the stove. You are a phenom here and everywhere you go, but time constraints are a reality for every single one of us.

    I totally empathize with wishing I could spend all my time volunteering, but I can't earn my living that way and neither can you. I'd love to be way more active here on a daily basis, but with calls to make, audits to write, sites to design, Google to grapple with, I try to manage to stop in a couple of times a day and that is as much as I can manage. You, on the other hand, have answered almost every thread that has ever been started here and I can just see a picture in my mind of little streams of steam coming off your head from exhaustion!

    You are super, Linda, and you have fostered a young but awesome community. I'm sure the community will totally understand what you are saying and that this forum will continue to grow in a great direction.
    Local Business Website Design, Professional Copywriting and Consulting at Solas Web Design!
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    re: NOTE: Limited Free Consulting from Linda

    Thanks so much Miriam and I can totally relate to all you say.

    Wouldn't it be great if we could both make a good living just by helping everyone that needs it at no charge???

    But yes, this place has taken on a life of it's own now and it's so exciting to see it start to be so self sufficient. I'll still help to nurture and grow it and be here for whatever you guys need, just can't continue trying to answer every post and don't need to any more.

    Now we have so many active members here to help one another, which was the whole goal of starting the community - sharing the wealth of knowledge you guys all have, with one another!
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    re: NOTE: Limited Free Consulting from Linda

    Oh and as always, just let us know what you need. We are always open to suggestions!

    The team and I are working on some exciting new features in the background as we speak…
    many of which are great suggestions that came from the community.


    So please start a new thread here in the "Forum News & Suggestions" section with any feature requests and we'll try to make it happen!
    Is Our Content HELPFUL? Please pay the community back by sharing!

    LocalSearchForumLinda Buquet .:. Google Local Specialist

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