I started my business in the later half of 2004. In early 2005, I had created a website and registered it with Google. However, when I performed Google searches (even for my specific name) there were no results. I felt like I didn’t exist on the Internet.
Google published information on how it ranked websites and how to improve your search rankings. The most important factor was “inbound links” from quality websites. If other legitimate websites linked to your website, it suggested that you had something of interest on your website.
I decided to begin publishing charts of tax cases and rulings on my website. I told several people about these charts. Professor James Edward Maule, a tax blogger from Villanova University Law School, kindly created a blog post that linked to my website.
With that one link, all of a sudden I could be found in Google searches. I felt like it was my Internet birthday.
As of today, I am 17 “Internet” years old. Thank you Professor Maule!