How to Make a Living in Web Design Through the Coming Online Transition

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Sounds weird. Most people think the online explosion has already happened.

But, I don’t think we’ve seen anything yet.

And, I firmly believe that what we’re about to see is going to blow open the web design and development world and fundamentally change the way developers succeed forever.

Starting around 2003-2004, a similar shift happened.

I was a young web developer… in my first year learning code. Back then, everything was primarily text-based and built with tables (a sin today).

What hit me was a fundamental change to how the web worked.

It wasn’t a change in specification or some governing body getting together and making the change… it was really more of a unwritten consensus on how people wanted the web to work.

Google, WordPress, Facebook and whole slew of today’s tech giants were born out of this shift.

And, I was wiped of the map… by Web 2.0.

But, the coming shift is less about how sites are built and more about WHO is building them.

The source of this shift: the legitimacy of the web.

See, when I started everyone laughed at the web.

When I said I was going to learn to code and make my living off the internet, my family and friends thought I was crazy.

Nobody’s laughing now!

And more and more people are seeing the internet as their “way out”. In fact, it’s beyond that… they’re beginning to see it as required.

I think we’re in the middle of a global economic transition… from the industrial age into the high-tech age.

In the United States, before the Industrial Revolution… roughly 50% of all workers were involved in agriculture.

Today, as a result of the industrial revolution, only 2% of the U.S. population is involved in agriculture.

I think the same thing is happening now.

Soon, it’ll be robots doing most of the industrial manufacturing… and we’ll all be working on the tech that makes it happen.
Sounds a bit sci-fi, looney bin crazy, right?

Try going back to 1995 and explaining to someone then that we’d all be carrying around wallet-size phones, with touch screens that are connected to this thing called the “internet” which is like this virtual data and connection store……..

You might get committed.

Anyway, what all this means for you…

More and more people will be losing their jobs. More and more people are wanting freedom from their 9-5. More and more people want to secure their livelihood in this tumultuous time. More and more people will be willing to take risks as freelancers and entrepreneurs. And, as a result, more and more people will be coming online.

Your competition.

Not necessarily as web developers… but competitors for your potential clients’ attention.

Attention is the lifeblood of online success.

You have to get it and keep it.

Gary Vaynerchuk often says this about the internet:

“At the end of the day all we’re doing is: 1) getting people’s attention, 2) telling our story and 3) selling our stuff.”

I’m paraphrasing… but it’s 100% true.

A lot of developers will read this and think: “I don’t have to do this. I’m just going to get hired at a tech company. I’m not a freelancer.”

Not going to work much longer.

The competition for those jobs is increasing… and those companies are looking to hire developers that have proven they can succeed outside the infrastructure of a big tech company.

You have to get them to notice you.

And, the way you do that is the same way a freelancer gets clients.

So, what should you do as a result of all this?

  1. Get over this notion that you don’t need to learn this.
  2. Learn how to market yourself and build a personal brand.
  3. Start building your online presence NOW

You have an advantage because you’re ahead of the wave. In fact, by starting now you can set yourself up to profit from it.

To be a leader in your field FOR the millions coming online.

And you can secure your future and your income while everyone else around you is running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

Because this shift is not only a threat… it’s also an opportunity.

That’s why I constantly recommend Gary Vaynerchuk’s personal branding course. It’s like learning how to paint from Michaelangelo.

Gary has built two 60 million dollar businesses using the internet and social media and has a knack for really driving home the critical skills you need. Start the course here:

And look, some of this might sound scary to you. You might have to put yourself out there in a way you never have before. But, trust me, you can do it!

I was a construction-working, football-playing “meat-head” before I started all this. You’re likely much smarter than me. So, if I can do it… you sure as hell can. Your future as a full-time web developer may very well depend on it:

P.S. By the way, that IS an exclusive deal on that course I got for you. Be sure to jump on it before it expires.

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