Who are you Terry Kyle?
I’m an Australian SEO and Web entrepreneur living in Eastern Europe and owner/creator of Bluechip Backlinks, SEO Traffic Hacks, Traffic Planet, WPX Hosting (yes that is the world’s fastest WP hosting company), Cloudboss.pro and Wayback Rebuilder. I was also a co-founder of Backlinks Forum back in 2009.
Other past products/services also include Backlinks Black Belt, Backlinks Hydra, SEO Experts Academy and Homepage Backlinks.
Previously, I have worked as a copywriter and creative director in Sydney, Australia, for brands including Pepsi, McDonald’s, Thomas Cook, Commonwealth Bank, IBM, Kellogg’s, Panasonic and Coca-Cola.
While doing a BA at Griffith University in Brisbane from 1992-1994, I wrote and directed the truly awful science-fiction TV movie, Terrain, which was screened on the Nine Network in Australia in the late 90s.
I am also one of the expert trainers on Warrior Forum’s 2016 ‘The Vault’ project:
and recently appeared on this local podcast for entrepreneurs:
Where exactly do you live?
Though I’m originally from Australia – I grew up in the Brisbane ‘burbs and spent the last 9 years in Australia in Sydney – today I live in Sofia, Bulgaria, with my wife, Julia, and 3 cats, Sasha, Misha and Gigi (added July 2016) plus a golden retriever girl, Joey – pics below.
You can read my thoughts below on what it’s like for an Australian to live in a former Soviet-bloc Eastern European country like Bulgaria.
In early 2016, my then staff of about 24 (now 31) and I moved into a new office adjacent to this street in Sofia, Vitosha Boulevard, it’s kind of the main street of Sofia:
I get back to London (lived there from 2004-2012) for business stuff as well too.
Here are my first 2 ‘daughters’, (ginger) Sasha and (black & white) Misha, they’re awesome cats by the way and I’m a born dog lover, they’re that damn good – Gigi pic below!:
and the 2015 addition to the family, a golden retriever girl called ‘Joey’ (that’s Australian slang for a tiny baby kangaroo in the mother’s pouch):
What motivates you in business?
Finding new solutions to problems previously thought unsolvable, especially with software, innovations like this with WPX Hosting:
Plus, I’m into empowerment, especially for one-man/woman entrepreneurs. Has it ever been easier, faster or cheaper for us entrepreneurs to build businesses (online)?
Technically, I’m also a qualified teacher (MTeach from Sydney Uni) and love seeing my students achieve things they didn’t think possible before.
Empowerment + figuring out new stuff, love it.
What about in life?
I’m a huge animal lover and would love to set up a place like this or this one in Bulgaria where they have a big homeless cat/dog problem and animals have a much harder life here than in Western countries.
Our first major WPX Hosting-sponsored project is on a former Socialist era ex-industrial site called Kremikovtsi, a 25 km2 site on the outskirts of Sofia, where roughly 300-350 homeless dogs ‘live’, in pretty awful circumstances.
Thanks to the truly heroic and tireless work of the Dana Foundation here, the dogs there were getting some food and medical care. In November 2016, WPX Hosting started substantial financial contributions to the Dana Foundation so that all the dogs could be fed daily and medical care significantly improved.
Our long term goal is to move all the Kremikovtsi dogs to our own no-cage, no kill dog shelters in Bulgaria, away from here:
Given our aging populations, I am also a passionate believer that we must all take full financial responsibility for our own lives and not rely on the flawed hope that governments and pensions will be a viable option for comfortable living later in life.
Isn’t Eastern Europe scary – what’s your life like over there for an Australian in Sofia?
Bulgaria – for better or worse – is part of the EU so it is rapidly modernizing and there are also many HUNDREDS of software companies in Sofia where I live including HP (the city’s biggest private employer), IBM, SAP etc here now so the competition for good tech staff is now FIERCE.
Before Sofia, I lived in London for 8 years so I’m pretty much Europeanized now and Sofia is roughly about the size of the city I grew up in: Brisbane, Australia.
And though it’s an undiscovered secret in Europe, Bulgaria has astonishing natural beauty (see below), especially in the many mountainous areas.
Outside work, life is pretty normal, cue self-indulgent ‘Terry’s life in Bulgaria photo’ montage.
The newly adopted street kitten, Gigi (black and white spotty cat like our Misha as it turned out – another Daddy’s girl in training):
During a recent wedding in Plovdiv (very nice city), the groom wanted some IM advice, turns out he didn’t like what I had to say about retargeting and email marketing:
2 hours drive from Sofia is Bansko, a major Bulgarian ski resort that is still beautiful in summer for a weekend getaway, photos don’t get remotely close to capturing the scale of it:
15 minutes drive from home in Sofia is the forest of the Vitosha mountain range so my wife and I like to get up there for a big walk with Joey most weekends (good way to switch off from computers!):
And in one of the smaller Sofia parks that Joey and I walk through (quite incredibly, we currently clock up about 50-70 kms a week total on our walks) on the commute to work every day, this is Olly (Olivia), a street dog who semi-lives there.
She’s kinda the queen of the park and can be pretty feisty with some dogs but I love her to bits:
What are your main online businesses today?
Bluechip Backlinks (opened April 2015), SEO Traffic Hacks (opened December 2013), WPX Hosting (also opened December 2013), Traffic Planet (opened late 2011), CloudBoss Pro (opened September 2015) and Wayback Rebuilder (opened April 2016).
I also have a bunch of affiliate sites and am a partner in this London SEO agency.
What have been your biggest business mistakes so far?
- Not being more ambitious sooner
- Not embracing email marketing sooner (and losing out on a ridiculous amount of money in the process)
- Not taking the Internet more seriously sooner
- Becoming too emotionally attached to one product as ‘the one’ to succeed – an entrepreneur’s loyalty should be to her/his success (within ethical boundaries) and not any one specific product or service
- Trying to develop too many projects at the same time
Things that bug you?
- Cruelty to animals
- The utter failure of education to prepare today’s kids with proper financial knowledge for their future
- Excessive taxation
- Celebrity gossip
- Bad manners
- Pointless, insanely expensive wars
- Mediocre businesses
- Obedience to ideas or beliefs that clearly don’t work
- Endless IM launches of deeply flawed products
- People who make money online only by teaching other people how to make money online (with promises of work-free, insane wealth)
Things that you celebrate?
In no particular order:
- The jumping and climbing ability of cats and their playfulness (depends on the cats – ours demand up to an hour of play with us every day!)
- Thai stir-fry food
- The way that the Internet brings together like-minded people in countless interest areas from all over the world
- Golden retrievers – hence the puppy above!
- TED talks on YouTube
- Musicians who sing (well) with just a guitar and nothing else
Favorite film/book/TV show/band?
Anything witty or really good, whatever the genre of anything – from early Coldplay to No Country For Old Men to Vince Jones, the under-rated Australian Jazz singer. Best concert ever? Marty Wilson-Piper from The Church doing a one-man show in Newtown, Sydney. Superb.
Current favorite business books?
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
What is your life ‘motto’?
Nothing original here: “treat everybody in business and life how you would like to be treated”.
What are your plans for 2017 and beyond?
To build several new, incredibly useful software tools for small business and SEO with even more impact than Bluechip Backlinks, Cloudboss.pro and Wayback Rebuilder while continuing to develop SEO Traffic Hacks for our awesome community there.
How can I contact you Terry?
You can email me on personal(at)terrykyle.net but be aware that I get a daily flood of emails so sometimes I’m slow catching up with them – nothing personal.