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Meet Robert Blankenship of WebFindYou in Brickell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Blankenship.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Robert. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 16 when I started a window washing business. I was able to land an account with a shopping center making $1,500 a month, which was a huge amount of money for a teenager. I’ve always had a passion for entrepreneurship, I attended many leadership conferences when I was young, and I always strived to be the best employee wherever I worked.

I got my degree in computer science from the University of California, San Diego. When I attended UCSD, I had my first real experience in the industry with a paid internship as a civilian software engineer at Camp Pendleton, a U.S. Marine base. This was an amazing experience. After college, my entrepreneurial spirit was at its peak. In 1997, I started a company alongside two partners called ConnectionX, where we would build websites for companies. However, business was a little tough since many organizations didn’t make a website their priority. This then drove me to seek other opportunities where I landed a job working for a company called ClassiFind Network, a digital version of the traditional newspaper classifieds. I was one of the first employees and came in as the lead programmer and IT manager. I then proceeded to build a team of developers, writers, and designers and was later promoted to Vice President of Product Development. I’m a firm believer in the motto, “If you want it, work for it.” With that in mind, I would come into work at 4 a.m. on my own accord and would work until 11 p.m. sometimes. If there was something I wasn’t an expert at, I would study it to become the expert. This mindset, my hard work, and long hours helped to propel me in my career.

Working at ClassiFind Network presented me with great opportunities for career growth. Our technology was used by the TV and radio station websites of Clear Channel Communications and we worked with AutoByTel and NBC on various projects. We were also approached by the Los Angeles Times to build a dating channel service. At the time, we didn’t have any staff available to build it because they were occupied with other projects. I, therefore, took it upon myself to build it and make it a success.

ClassiFind Network was later sold and then that company lost funding like many companies back then and this then led me to seek my next opportunity. I received a great job offer to be a Senior Software Consultant for Intel in Chandler, Arizona. While simultaneously working at Intel, I decided to pursue my next big entrepreneurial venture. Using my past experience with the Los Angeles Times dating channel, I decided to develop a dating service in Spanish since I was fluent in it from studying abroad in Spain during college. This led to the birth of MejorAmor.com, the first Spanish matchmaking service for Hispanic singles serious about finding love. I eventually left Intel to focus on MejorAmor.com and grew it to an international sensation with over 100,000 new profile creations per month.

MejorAmor.com is what led me to heavily study Search Engine Optimization, and having had received various quotes from SEO companies, it was amazing to me how complicated and expensive it was, and how everyone was building websites and then applying SEO versus building out their SEO while building out the website – it was like everyone was doing it backward. It was also amazing to me how people would build websites and no one could find them. It was then and there I knew I needed to create a better model – a quicker, more efficient, less-costly means to build a website with search engine visibility, or an SEO website, but also coupled with all the other digital marketing components a company would need to maximize brand awareness, leads, and sales. This led to my idea of WebFindYou – All-In-One Digital Marketing Technology.

I began developing WebFindYou in 2008 and then formally launched it in 2009. I knew I had to prove the concept of the technology before I could bring it to the masses, which is why I’ve spent the last ten years further improving on the technology and doing proof of concept for hundreds of companies here in the USA and other countries like Colombia and Chile, where we have created hundreds of amazing success stories. Today, WebFindYou has established an international presence with clients all across the globe and offices in the U.S., Chile and Colombia. Our technology is unlike any other, and it’s now ready to help change the Digital Marketing Industry and greatly simplify the process to help companies maximize revenues, lower costs and drive better quality leads and sales in a far more efficient and less complicated way using the power of the Internet.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I wouldn’t say anything is ever a completely smooth road. With any company, you have trials and tribulations. Learning to overcome these struggles leads to growth and helps you to be successful. When developing WebFindYou, one of the most difficult tasks was creating every component that goes into the technology. There were many moving parts, and it took ten years to perfect it. I wanted to make sure that I was providing businesses with a way to seamlessly grow their brand without any hassle, so we tested and retested everything to ensure that we could offer a proven product. We didn’t take any shortcuts, and the hard work has paid off. We are now able to achieve what we set out to do. My vision when creating WebFindYou was to revolutionize the digital marketing industry because there are too many companies selling a bag of goods to people and not delivering on promises. I want to help businesses get on the right path with digital marketing. This is especially true amid a pandemic. With a majority of businesses now operating partially or solely online due to COVID-19, a company’s strong digital footprint has become vital for its existence.

Please tell us about WebFindYou.
WebFindYou is the first and only All-In-One Digital Marketing Technology, which helps companies, agencies, and freelancers achieve True Digital Marketing with less hassle, reduced costs, and increased revenues. WebFindYou is revolutionizing the Digital Marketing industry by greatly simplifying the entire process. I’ve always had a passion for helping others and lending a helping hand when they need it the most. I created WebFindYou with people in mind. I wanted companies to be successful, and this day in age it all comes down to your online presence and the ability to market yourself as a business. The purpose of WebFindYou is to help businesses implement digital marketing in the right way and at a price point that fits their budget. Their budget shouldn’t affect their ability to be successful online. If they don’t have the budget then they just have to allocate the time and follow the simple steps with easy to follow video instructions that WebFindYou provides.

One of the things I am most proud of is the amazing team that we have developed. A company is only as successful as the team behind it. Each and every team member plays a crucial role in helping us to grow and continue to be successful. I am also extremely proud of the technology that we’ve built and how it is helping businesses across the country to grow revenues and be more successful while saving them money.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
When starting any new business, you often have to do the job of 10 people at once while you’re getting your feet on the ground to build rapport with your clients. I probably would have taken on less clients in the beginning stages of WebFindYou so that we would have had more time to focus on the technology and bring it to the market a couple of years before we did. However, I believe that our timing ended up being great in the long run.

Pricing:

  • For informational websites, we charge $499 paid once and then $49 per month for the licensing fee to our technology.
  • For e-commerce websites, it starts at $599 paid once and then $59 per month for the licensing fee to our technology.
  • This cost gives you access to everything our digital marketing technology offers, so you will no longer need different providers for Search Engine Optimization, Online Reviews, Email Marketing, Pay-Per-Click, Social Media Management, Tracking Data, etc. With WebFindYou, you have access to one single integrated technology that makes every step more efficient and easier to implement and manage so you can improve your search engine rankings and maximize brand awareness, website traffic, potential clients, and revenues.

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