Đặng Bích Hạnh
Hơn 8 năm trước, khi tôi chuẩn bị học xong Đại Học, như bao sinh viên khác, tôi luôn ước ao khi ra trường có một công việc đúng lĩnh vực mình học là kinh doanh – tài chính.
Tôi đã suy nghĩ về các lĩnh vực như chuyên viên chứng khoán, chuyên viên ngân hàng, chuyên viên ô tô, tiền số… Có một hôm, tôi cùng một chị đi tìm hiểu mua nhà cho chị đó, ngay từ lần đầu tiên tôi được tiếp xúc với các bạn sale bất động sản.
Công việc của tôi
The early days of my online career were not exciting. I did a ton
of grunt work because I just wanted to make extra cash to help my family.
One of my cousins pointed me to an online forum where I could pick up tasks like
forum posting, directory submission, data-entry, etc. I took the money I made
and reinvested some of it into buying / selling domains.
As a high school kid with no life, I spent majority of the lunch breaks in the
library trying to play games. Since most gaming sites were blocked by my school
firewall, I learnt how to code and built a web proxy to bypass the firewall.
In the process, aside from learning how to code, I also learnt a lot about
monetizing websites with advertising revenue and driving traffic.
This led me to create a large proxy network supported by ads, a suite of flash
game websites (online arcades), and a network of web directories to promote my
websites (old school SEO).
During this time, I started getting consulting requests from other businesses
(some small and some very large). I decided to start a small agency to offer SEO
and web development services.
Fast forward few years, I graduated high school and attended University of
Florida — Yes, I did graduate with Honors in Anthropology and Religion.
Through out college, I further expanded my online businesses, but I couldn’t keep
In 2008, I decided to migrate all of my clients from static websites over to
WordPress, so I can get rid of the maintenance part of our business.
Next thing you know, all of my clients were asking questions about how to use
In 2009, I created WPBeginner, the
largest free WordPress resource site!
In 2011, I created an entertainment site, List25, with my college roommate and best friend David
Pegg. It got to over 2.3 Million YouTube subscribers and over 550 million video
views. Update – I sold List25 in October 2018.
In 2013, I launched a product called OptinMonster that helps businesses convert
website visitors into email subscribers and customers. Now its the leading
conversion optimization toolkit used by top brands like NBA, McAfee,
TripAdvisor, American Express, etc.
In 2013, I acquired ThemeLab where we
sell high quality premium WordPress themes. We decided to shut this down in
In 2014, I became a partner in SoliloquyWP, the fastest
responsive slider plugin for WordPress. I also became a partner in Envira Gallery – a responsive WordPress gallery
plugin to help you showcase your photos. Update – We
sold Envira and Soliloquy in Dec, 2017.
In 2016, I launched WPForms, a drag & drop
WordPress form builder with a single goal: make the most beginner friendly
WordPress forms plugin. Currently it’s being used by over 2 million websites.
In 2016, I acquired the largest Google Analytics plugin for
WordPress and renamed it to MonsterInsights.
Currently it powers over 2 million websites.
In 2017, I launched IsItWP, a useful WordPress
tool that tells you what themes and plugins a website is using.
In 2017, I acquired the largest WordPress SMTP plugin, WP Mail SMTP. Currently over 1
million websites use it.
In 2018, I acquired Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress and
rebranded it to ExactMetrics. Currently
it’s being used by over 1 million websites.
In 2018, I acquired SeedProd, the most
popular coming soon & maintenance mode plugin for WordPress. It’s being used
by over 900,000 websites.
In 2018, I also invested in MemberPress, PrettyLinks, Affiliate
Royale, and Formidable
Forms through my Growth Accelerator Fund.
In 2019, I launched a giveaway and contest platform, RafflePress, to make it easy for
businesses to unlock viral growth.
In 2019, I relaunched Blog Tyrant, a website I acquired in 2018 from a fellow
online blogger. My goal with this site is to offer exclusive blogging tips.
In 2019, I also invested in Wholesale Suite, Advanced Coupons, and Thirsty Affiliates through my
Growth Accelerator Fund.
Through my entrepreneurial journey, I had several failures (not-listed above). I
simply learned from those and kept moving forward.
Cố vấn, chia sẻ
I am happily married to my beautiful wife, Amanda Balkhi. She is
super smart and has a p.h.D in Clinical and Health Psychology.
We currently live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
We have one kiddo, Solomon Balkhi. He has been a true blessing, and I’m
definitely learning a lot. As they say, parenthood isn’t always easy, but its
lots of fun.
We also have two loving and sometimes annoying dogs. Want to see their picture?
Head over to my article: 6
important business lessons I learned from my dog.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling and hanging out with my family.
You can keep up with my travels through the yearly recaps (2018
or by following me on Instagram for
Đào tạo, hỗ trợ
I believe that the only sustainable way to fight inequality is
through education. That’s why I created the Balkhi Foundation
through which we support communities by building schools as well as offering
Schools I helped Build:
Chuche Primary School
Syed Balkhi Center of Learning
Vijolom II Primary School
Villa Hortencia Antigua Primary School
aThank you for taking the time to read this. I know I have an inspiring story, but
I want to inspire you in the right way.
Everything I say is from my personal experience. None of the things I share on
this blog will make you “get rich quick” — far from it.
Building an online business takes a lot of time, hard
work, patience, and a little bit of luck.
My goal is to share my experiences, lessons I learned, case-studies, and
resources to help you build a successful online business.
I hope that you enjoyed the story of my life.
Once again, thanks a lot for taking the time to read this. I look forward to
connecting with you.