If you’ve landed on this page after just browsing around my site, this is a background about me, rather than information about this site. In short, this site is just my personal blog I use for posting content that doesn’t fit on other sites and doubles as my portfolio.
If you’ve found this page after using the link from resume, you’re in the right place.
My name is Brian Fischer. I was born in South Korea in 1995 and was adopted at 2 months old. I’ve grown up in Jeffersonville, Indiana and attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School K-8. For high school I attended the area’s public high school and became a Red Devil, a Jeffersonville Red Devil that is. While I’d love to list off my soccer stats from high school and college and list my records, they don’t really matter. Point is I made a ton of plays and scored a lot of memorable goals (like the one in the video below).
I earned a combination of academic and athletic scholarships to the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN where I played from Fall 2013- Fall 2017 (freshman redshirt).
I graduated Cum Laude with 2 degrees, one in Finance and one in Marketing from the Romain College of Business (AACB Accredited) with a 3.62 GPA.
Okay, so there’s my life story. I kept that section short and boring, because well… it doesn’t really matter a whole lot. My soccer, at this point, is pretty much irrelevant and I believe my skills and experiences are lot more valuable than a degree.
Let’s get onto the more technical aspects of my skills.
My specialties lie in content creation and optimization across a number of mediums. Since I was about 12 or 13, I have been creating content. I wrote an eBook at 13 about how to sell on Ebay and sold that guide for $19.99 a pop. Surprisingly I ended up getting some good feedback on the eBook since I had been selling various things on there a year or two prior. At that age I was introduced to HTML and sales copy, since I had to create the description and post for the guide itself. I made a main image for the listing in MS paint and used Ebay’s native WSYIWIG editor to create the description. All of this I wrote by myself without any help.
Ebay was just the start.
Over the next 10 years I created dozens of sites. I started with an drag-and-drop website builder and then ventured into WordPress where I could really begin to customize things.
Nowadays, my focus lies primarily in SEO work to spread and rank my content. To me, the SEO game is a giant melting pot of writing, storytelling, public relations, videography, photography, graphic design, and lots and lots of editing. You’ve heard the term “Content is King,” but to me content is only king if it’s written, supported, and distributed correctly. The best story that’s never been heard of is worthless until the right PR and distribution has been performed on it.
As of writing this, August 2018, my latest project is working on an expired domain I purchased from a distributor for about $800. I’m developing my plan to monetize this domain and I should start to see a positive return on it in about 24-30 months. To me, I look at websites as virtual real estate and an investment that can produce ‘dividends’ without me actively working on them.
This website is one of my ongoing projects and a bit of a portfolio of my work at the same time. While I won’t give the exact number, this site generates somewhere over $150 a month (in profit) for me with little management.
So in short, while I say I specialize in content creation, that really is just a broad term I use to describe everything I work on online.
Throughout my experience I’ve had the opportunity to leverage of ton of different software and platforms. Here’s the most exhaustive list I can think of. Naturally I’m more proficient in some than others, but at the very least I have a basic understanding of how each operates and can work from templates.
My knowledge with coding is limited to be honest. I know how to write and edit HTML, but beyond HTML I’m not as proficient. I have enough of an understanding of PHP that I can manipulate how it renders a WordPress site and that’s the extent of it. Additionally I have basic knowledge of how to navigate through a database in SQL.
Lately, I’ve become much more proficient in email marketing. Specifically with the coding of emails so they appear correctly when opened by different browsers on various devices. This relays back to my HTML experience, but I think of it as you’re simply trying to speak the same language to someone from a different region – the language is the same, but there are regional quirks and dialects to account for. I’ve learned email HTML is finicky to say the least. In order to learn how to better optimize the emails I have been sending out, I studied the code from emails sent by Walmart and Adidas to learn what they do. I poured over their code and applied similar methods and tactics so my emails would appear clean and as intended.
I’m sure I missed some things on this “About” page, so if there’s anything you’re curious to know. Please feel free to ask. Add me on LinkedIn here.
“So what do you do for fun?”
“What do you do in your free time?”
I hate those two questions.
It’s nothing against the people asking them, I typically just have a not-so-run-of-the-mill answer I have to further explain. As far as my free time in concerned, I don’t really have any ‘free time’ to speak of. After I get home from work, I’m right back at my computer working on my websites – creating content, optimizing them, tracking rankings, planning the next video, outlining the next post, etc. At some point I know I will ease back on some of this and do more ‘fun’ activities, but I want to be able to build a collection of websites that generate a substantial, mostly passive income. An income I can live and further invest from.
If I’m not at my computer, I’m probably working out or in the garage.
I really started to enjoy running around 7th grade and in 8th grade I completed Louisville’s Triple Crown of Running. A 5k, 10k, and 10 miler. I still run now, but I also like to incorporate weight lifting, yoga, and lately swimming into my routine for some variety.
If I had more money and space, I’d work on cars and/or build things out of wood more often. I learned I enjoyed working on cars after my grandpa taught me how to change the oil in my 1994 Saturn SL1 (which by the way, still runs like a champ to this day). I began to learn how to do more routine maintenance and tackled other problems as they arose. Now I drive a 2004 Mazda 3, and I’m comfortable doing other work on it. Changing the shocks and struts, wheel bearings, rotors/brakes, coolant flush, etc. See the article I wrote on how to change the wheel bearing in an 04 Mazda Here.
Now with woodworking, that desire started around the age of 12. I picked up skateboarding, to my parents’ dismay, and taught myself how to build ramps. They were incredibly simple at first. A piece of plywood on top of some 2×4’s, but I slowly taught myself how to build more and more complex ramps with a limited set of tools. Then by the time I was 15, before I could even drive, I was selling these ramps for $800 to $1000 or more and having my dad drive me to the job site. It was a nice income for a 15 year-old considering I could knock out a $1500 ramp in a weekend and profit a little under a grand. Here’s a few pictures from one large build in New Albany, IN. This was in August of 2010
Unfortunately, I live in an apartment right now so I don’t get the chance to work on my car or do any woodworking projects. Thus most of my time is devoted to my websites and working out.