Ready for New Challenges…

20 Oct

Time goes fast, especially online. It’s already been about four years ago since I started working at Tribal Internet Marketing, and I’ve learned a LOT in these four years. Tribal gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge, to attend (and speak at) several search marketing conferences, and to work with lots of amazing colleagues and very interesting clients. It was great to set up a completely new service at Tribal, and to hire and coach a team of very smart link marketers.

Although I still love working at Tribal, I felt it was time for a new challenge, which is why I decided to leave the company. Until the end of January, I will still do some work for Tribal. As of February, I’ll be completely independent.

So what’s next?

That’s what I asked myself when I decided it was time for something different. I love being creative, I enjoy testing & tuning, helping others gives me a boost, and trying new things is awesome as well. And all of this had to be part of whatever my next step would be.

A few months of thinking, brainstorming and talking things through, resulted in an interesting combination of developing & running a few (publishing) projects, taking on a few link building clients on my own, and teaming up with the brightest Dutch link builder I know. He happened to have a great link building domain name laying around, which is where you can see both our faces now.

The next few months will tell how this combination turns out to be, but I’m definitely looking forward to it :)

23 Responses to “Ready for New Challenges…”

  1. Wouter Blok October 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    De Wiep is uitgevlogen!
    Gefeliciteerd man, en heel veel succes, aan het domein en jouw kennis zal het niet liggen.

  2. Seth Rietdijk October 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    Wiep, I wish you luck with starting your own business. It is a big step to start something new.

    Is it possible for you to contact me about your services and some pricing information about getting more exposure in other countries in Europe and in the USA/Canada?

    We hope to hear from you soon.

  3. Eduard Blacquière October 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    Again I wish you (and Martijn!) a lot of luck and especially fun with this new challenge!

  4. Bartjan October 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Nice looking site, but again… choose another picture ;-)

  5. Youri October 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm # looks very neat, nice job. And good luck with your new challenge :)

  6. Hobo October 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    All the best Wiep! I’ve no doubt you’ll crack it!

  7. Ramon Eijkemans October 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm #


  8. Martin Joosse October 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    Congratz and all the best!

    I guess this will be the end for Onetomarket ranking #1 on the term link building in the Netherlands ;)

  9. Leon Gerrits October 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Congrats, Wiep. All the best with your career switch and I am looking forward to meet up soon!

  10. Wiep October 20, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    @All – Thanks :)

    @Seth: Will drop you a note!

    @Bartjan: Hey, I’m no Brad Pitt ;)

    @Martin: I surely hope so :)

  11. SEODr October 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    Good luck Wiep, freelancing is the way to go! Though I do miss office banter.

  12. Joni October 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    Mooie domeinnaam, ben benieuwd wat jullie ermee gaan doen.. Succes met je nieuwe job!

  13. André Scholten October 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    Succes met je nieuwe uitdaging ;)

  14. Remi October 21, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Congrats, good luck and have fun!

  15. Wiep October 21, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    @Gareth: That’s why I’m looking for shared office space now, I really think I’d miss that too.

    @Joni, André & Remi: Thanks :)

  16. Dave October 21, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    Congrats man, good luck! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

  17. Dave Harry October 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Just got to this in my reader… or woulda been by sooner. A huge congrats to you on the great news. As I am sure you know, anything I can do to help, just drop me a line. Welcome to the fun that is the life of a maverick…hehe..!

    Best of luck (and hopefully U won’t need it)

  18. Yoon Sterkenburg October 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    Gefeliciteerd met je nieuwe uitdaging!

  19. Wiep October 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    @ Shark-Dave & Yoon: Thanks :)

    @ Huomah-Dave: that’s what you get with a name that starts with a ‘W’: you always end up at the bottom of everybody’s feed reader. I should rebrand to ’23 Link Building Blog’ :)
    Oh, and thanks ;)

  20. Bas van den Beld October 26, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    The best of luck Wiep! From my own experience I can say: once you’ve started doing “your own thing” you never want to go back :). I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you guys are up to.

  21. Mal Milligan October 27, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    I just went solo again 6 weeks ago. About a month into the projects I got through my own networking… I realized my own websites had to be completely re-engineered for my new target keywords to bring in new customers not just to serve readers. It’s been fun moving phrases where I was ranking in the 400’s toward the Top 10 but just a head’s up, the cobbler’s children are sometimes the last to get new shoes. I really had to stop what I was doing and focus on my own internet properties for a couple weeks.

  22. Bill Rowland November 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm #


    I’ve enjoyed your blog for some time, although I’ve been a bit of a lurker.

    Good luck with your new endeavor. I’m sure it will be a lot of work, yet exciting.

  23. Gab Goldenberg November 10, 2009 at 5:12 am #

    Best of luck with it man! I’m sure you’ll do great work for your clients!