My Wedding Songs officially launched in January 2017. However, that is not the whole story. Our business and domain started as WeddingMuseum.com on July 31, 2003. It took us a long time to make the switch, better late than never, to My Wedding Songs. Therefore, January 31, 2017, marks our 14th Anniversary online.
The past three years have been a rollercoaster ride. We were on the verge of closing the business and calling it quits in 2014. As the saying goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.”
So, we created new relationships, started a new job in web development and search engine optimization, joined meetup groups, expanded skills, and never stopped learning. As a result, in the past 3 years, we have increased unique visitors 10 times – from ~1,000 daily unique visitors to ~10,000 daily unique visitors.
Our growth is not possible without others. It took a village to help us grow our business. We would like to send 10 thank you’s to those who have helped us get where we are today
1. Mom & Dad
At the age of 75, my Mom opened a brick and mortar gift shop in Butte, Montana – Beautiful Butte and Beyond. She is an inspiration to others that you can always live your dream no matter your age. Dad is her biggest supporter and works just as hard.
2. Horizon Web Marketing and Ross Barefoot
After 14 years as a purchasing manager in electronic component distribution, Roy and Carolyn at Horizon Web Marketing gave me an opportunity in the digital marketing field and blessed that it has worked out. Ross from the Search Engine Academy taught me the best SEO practices to grow my website – and it works!
3. Las Vegas SEO Meetup
Kenny from NeONBRAND runs a great SEO meetup teaching current SEO techniques that can be implemented to increase rankings.
4. Las Vegas Bloggers Meetup
Scott of Vital Vegas, Andrew of Big Boy Bamboo, Kitty Lusby and so many more presenters and participants I have learned from since first joining the Bloggers Meetup. Blogging is an ongoing process and you must always improve your skills and the blogging group has helped my enhance my blog skills.
5. Las Vegas WordPress Meetup
Russell Aaron of Russell Envy, Robert Gillmer of Shiny 9 Designs and so many more presenters and attendees that have grown my skills in web development. Do you know what a child theme is? Do you know basic steps to help prevent hackers on your website? If not, join your local WordPress meetup.
6. Woocommerce Meetup
Mike and Manny offer great advice for any website that is selling a product or service. Woocommerce is the most popular e-commerce platform. If you want to learn more, search for your local Woocommerce Meetup.
7. Kim from A Perfect Wedding Dance
Kim has been an inspiration for Sharon and I and bringing us into her dancing family learning lots of different ballroom dance styles. In addition, Kim operates A Perfect Wedding Dance and teaches bridal couples a choreographed first dance. She has a wonderful personality and has been a pleasure to work with in business too.
8. Joni from LV Wedding Connection
Joni is another business woman with a great personality that will go out of her way to make sure your Las Vegas Wedding goes on without a hitch. You will have a wedding EXPERIENCE if you hire LV Wedding Connection to celebrate your wedding or party.
9. Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce
We are one of the charter members of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Being the USA’s first local wedding chamber has been a great experience while creating other wedding professionals and sharing a common goal to improve our local wedding businesses.
10. Vital Medias
Brittany and Justin offer a free Mastermind Group for business owners to help each other with business challenges in a friendly and healthy environment.
Special thank you for Sharon
Operating My Wedding Songs is not possible without the support and common sense of my wife, Sharon. I saved the best and most important for last as she makes life more enjoyable.
Thank you to all mentioned above and sorry to those who I did not mention but believe me you are not forgotten.
Until next blog post, I will be sitting at the computer, laughing at the Minions, hitting my Easy Button and planning my next blog post on making your wedding just a little bit better to help you find the perfect songs…
Matt loves listening to any music style he can understand the words. He lives in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas, with his wife Sharon. Matt's other likes include craft beer, baseball, and traveling.