I’m a woman who, after 25 years of working in office cubicles, has found her comfortable place in life. After spending my youth chasing adventure in San Francisco, I finally moved back to my homeland (southern Louisiana) to settle down. Wondering how to pronounce my maiden name? It’s 2 syllables that sounds like FONT-KNOW. Now you know.
I was brought up to believe that good food and good fun went hand in hand, and that hard work and a strong education would enable the good food and good fun to be had. I work hard but I enjoy the work I do. I enjoy life and the people in my world. These are the things that make me who I am, and they contribute to both my work ethics and my personal life.
Author / Novelist
My most recent career move involves writing novels. My first is a mystery / suspense novel called The Grave Blogger, but it won’t be the last, so if you like mysteries, read The Grave Blogger and then stay tuned for future books! I’m a Cajun from the bayou country of Louisiana, so all of my books will have a strong regional and cultural influence that I personally think makes for a good read. Spend a little time with the stories I tell and you’ll find yourself in a place as intriguing as it is haunting.
What I Also Do For A Living
I’ve been making my living working from home for several years now. The Internet has given me the opportunity to do the things I love to do, while still earning money and paying the bills. Much of the last few years was spent educating others on the subject of SEO (search engine optimization), but I did that mainly as a way of giving back to the industry. On a day to day basis, I’d estimate that half of my work time is spent engaging in a mix of freelance and marketing services, while the other half involves creating my own sites for fun and profit.
SEO and Inbound Marketing
I’ve been an SEO since the early days, and I can help your site obtain relevant, organic search and social traffic. I offer SEO audits, social marketing guidance, and content marketing. Much of your success depends upon your content and website copy. You already know I’m a novelist, and it’s that same kind of story-telling and creativity that I combine with my long history of online marketing skills that gives my clients the edge they need to compete.
Over time, I’ve fallen in love with WordPress. It has become the best way for many people to build an online presence. It’s no longer just for blogging. It can handle a variety of website needs (although it’s not right for every site). I’ve become familiar with every aspect of WordPress and I use it extensively, not only for my own sites, but also for clients. I’m often asked to migrate an old existing site into WordPress, so the client can easily update and add content to their site without needing to struggle with code or pay a webmaster to do it for them. Sometimes, this migration involves creating a WordPress theme that mimics their current site design, and other times, I create an entirely new design or even create a new plugin for the client. Either way, the client gets a fresh new site, that she can easily maintain on her own. For more on what I do, keep reading, or just get in touch if you need a WordPress specialist.
eBusiness Coach and Consultant
When I realized that I could finally break away from the grind of going into an office five days a week, no matter how sick I might be, or how important a family event might be to me, I found my version of true success. I was able to make that dream come true because of the Internet. The web has enabled millions of people to make money online, and there are many more who would like to do so as well. My goal is to help a few of them turn their goals, their dreams, and their skills into a successful online business. I’ve coached quite a few people who always find that their path to success was much easier with a little help from someone who has been through it before.
As your eBusiness coach, I’ll give guidance and support as you work towards your online success goals. That includes advice and expertise as well as helping to keep you motivated and focused. We work on your goals through weekly one-on-one phone calls, with each lasting about an hour. We’ll end each call with action items for you, and after each call, I’ll give you a written summary of what we discussed. This helps you remember details, and provides a checklist for the coming week.
Between phone sessions, you can email me if you need help or guidance to accomplish the action plan we set previously.
Because I have a broad background in working online, I can help in many ways — from planning the business, to building your site, to marketing it. The people I coach and consult with come from various backgrounds, and they all have different plans and ambitions. Some are only looking for a way to earn some spending money. Some long to walk away from their day jobs to run their own businesses from home. Others already have a successful online business, but need help understanding SEO or navigating the new world of social media marketing. What they all need is someone they can turn to for support; someone who will be in their corner as they make decisions. That’s what my ebusiness coaching is all about.
I believe that the one-on-one relationship I have with my clients is beneficial because of the personalized path we take. Instead of automating and scaling this business so that I can make tons of money with very little work, I prefer to work with just a few clients so they get my full attention. I won’t become rich by running my business that way, but I’ll be richer for the experience of working with a few great clients. If you’re interested in having me coach you one-on-one, get in touch!
To hire me, or see a list of prices for services I offer, head on over to my “hire me” page.
My LinkedIn Recommendations
One of the best ways to get insight into someone is to hear what others have to say about them. Below is a list of recommendations given from people I’ve worked with over the years, in some capacity. You can either read them here, or click the link to see them on LinkedIn itself.
“Donna is one of the few cross trained people I know. She brings her expert skills with the technical side of design, setup, servers, and programming, along with her strong, long time work in search engine marketing. She was my lead help when moving Cre8asiteforums to a new server, which was a complicated task. Donna’s is easy to work with, prompt, very smart and an asset to any company smart enough to hire her.” June 21, 2011 – Kimberly Krause Berg, Owner/Usability Consultant, Cre8pc
“I’ve known and worked with Donna since 2005. Back then I barely new what the letters SEO stood for and Donna was always willing to take the time to help me learn the basics – and not just about SEO but also about blogging, online marketing and running a business. I’ve always been impressed with her work, knowledge and ability to explain difficult concepts in and easy to understand way. But most of all I’m impressed by her commitment to the people she works for and with. I recommend Donna wholeheartedly to anyone looking for an SEO audits or coaching, consulting and training.” June 21, 2011 – James Cook, Web Developer/Owner, studioJMC.com
“Donna is a veteran SEO professional. I remember reading her blog when I first started learning about the industry, and that was about six years ago. She is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. This makes it easy for me to feel comfortable sending clients her way, as I know they will be taken care of and get fantastic results.” June 21, 2011
– Everett Sizemore, Director, Search Marketing, Kinoli, Inc.
“I’ve worked with Donna in several capacities over the years, from Cre8asite Forums to my client work and personal projects. She is professional, speedy, knowledgeable, resourceful, trustworthy, easy to get a hold of in a crisis and overall a delight to deal with. Rely on Donna for SEO audits and advice, solving WordPress problems and as an eBusiness coach.” June 20, 2011 – Elizabeth Able, SEO Specialist, integrating design and content, LiBeck Integrated Marketing
“What I like best about Donna is her hands-on approach. She communicates well and is willing to teach “up” as your project becomes more detailed and you wish to learn the steps yourself. Donna keeps her sense of humor while still hitting her deadlines which makes it a real pleasure to work with her. You just can’t go wrong with her project recommendations and her promptness.” June 20, 2011Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative – Christine Metzger
“Donna knows an incredible amount about how to code a website so that it looks just right. She also knows a great deal about SEO and how to make sure the perfect website is found by the perfect people. She is generous with her knowledge and good to work with.” June 20, 2011 – Stephanie Smith, Owner, Freelance writer
“Donna Fontenot is incredibly helpful. Her knowledge and grasp on it is such that she’s able to convey and instruct on information in such a way that it is simple and actionable enough for those outside of her fields of expertise to act on, yet never “dumbed down”.” June 20, 2011 – Ruud Hein, Senior SEO, editor, Search Engine People
“Donna Fontenot has been, and always will be, a WordPress diva. Working with her on a project made me realize what a valuable professional she is; my team and I still have her in our “go-to” rolodex. Her ability to cut to the chase and deliver timely projects is second to none. It has been my pleasure and honor to work with such a widely respected professional in our industry.” June 20, 2011 Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative – Gabriella Sannino
“Donna is one of the best partners I’ve been working with. Although she is working remotely, she is able to communicate very effectively and has excellent client management skills. She distinguishes herself by proactively reaching out to clients and making sure every project is well-prepared in advance. Any potential employer would be lucky to have her on board.” June 16, 2011 – Jonny Chan, Analyst, Blitzlocal
“I absolutely love working with Donna – her work and dedication speak for themselves. I look forward to working with her in the near future on many a project – if she’d have me as her business partner!” May 12, 2011 – Ana Hoffman | Traffic Generation Cafe, Founder | Social Media, SEO, Internet Marketing, Blogging Consultant, Traffic Generation Cafe
“Donna is one of those few folks you can give a project to and not worry about whether it’s going to get done. She knows how to deal with tough clients, deadlines, and ambiguity. How often do you find someone with programming chops, client finesse, and a caring heart?” May 9, 2011 – Dennis Yu, CEO and Co-Founder, BlitzLocal.com
“Donna’s proficiency at getting things done – anything required of her – is amazing. Her skills involving any sort of web application are incredible. She’s comfortable, friendly, easy to work with, learns new things quickly, and seems to be awake 24 hours a day grinding away on a project well before it’s due date. I highly recommend her for any web administration, IT, or any other role that fits within her ever expanding skillset – she gets the job done, all with a smile.” May 8, 2011 – Matt Parnell, Senior Server/IT Administrator, Blitzlocal
“Donna is one of the most knowledgeable, insightful, talented and hard working people I know. She works tirelessly to get the best results for her clients and has a way of approaching problems that I envy. Her insightfulness and willingness to share has meant that I have learned a great deal from her over the years and I value every bit of knowledge I have gleaned. She is the only person I would trust with a usability issue as her SEO expertise and skills as a web developer make her the perfect person to balance everything.” April 12, 2010 – Judith Lewis, Blogger, SEO Chicks
“Donna has tons of experience and expertise, and could teach most of us a thing-or-two, yet she is still one of the most approachable people in the SEO and Internet Marketing World. Would always jump at the chance to work with her.” March 7, 2009 – Patricia Skinner, Freelance SEO Consultant, Wellwrittenwords
“Donna’s got the SEO knowledge you need and always responds promptly to any problems that may arise.” January 7, 2008 – Geoffrey ‘G-Man’ Faivre-Malloy, Owner, Purple Duck Software, Inc.
“Donna undersells herself too much in my opinion. She has some great ideas that are the very reason that readers of her blog are having success, yet gives them away for free. Im sure if she looks back in a few years and sees how many people have been influenced by her, she will be very happy.” October 14, 2007 – James Welch, Head of Research and Development, Just Search
Still Need To Know More?
If you are curious and want to read anything else I’ve written, you can check these out:
- My home page gives a nice summary.
- I founded SEO Scoop, which has now been folded into the SearchEnginePeople blog.
- I was a staff columnist for Personal Branding Magazine.
- I’m a forum moderator at Cre8asite Forums.
- On Twitter – DonnaFontenot
- On Linkedin – Donna Fontenot
- On Google – Donna D. Fontenot
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