I think transparency is something a lot of businesses would benefit from if they committed to it.
If you don’t know what transparency is, it’s basically being open with the goals of a business and how it conducts everything. This doesn’t mean that you have to know every time the CEO farts, but if you start seeing big changes in a website… it may be nice to learn why they are doing it.
I’ve been an affiliate for Tiger Fitness for a while and I wanted to let you guys know whenever you buy from there using my link I will get a commission of the sales which will go into paying for the website and ultimately help me get to the point of doing this for a living. That means I can spend more time serving you – my readers.
I also got accepted to LiftingLarge.com as an affiliate. They sell some gear and equipment and I’ve had good experience with them so I wanted to share the love with you all. I’ll be writing more articles soon to highlight the benefits of some of the equipment there.
I’m not going to turn this into a “buy this” type of website, but I put about 30 hours a week at least into this site and my other websites (which I love to do) and I frankly I need to start earning more of an income so that I can start doing this full time.
I do plan on writing books and offering paid services soon as well which will help me provide more value to my readers.
There are a lot of things that are new and coming up. Check em out.
Changed the menus
I’ve changed the menu up and I am killing off some of the categories to make browsing much easier. There’s no need to have 7 categories for workouts when I have one or two articles in most of them.
I mentioned earlier that I have been accepted as an affiliate for Tiger Fitness and I will be adding links to products that I support.
I refuse to push supplements that I do not believe in or creating rogue links to trick you into buying something.
I will however, offer links in reviews, in articles (more about that in a minute), and in social media.
If you do not want to click an affiliate link to help me out (which is fine), my link will look like: http://www.tigerfitness.com/?Click=152035
So if you see the ?Click=152035 in the link when you rollover it, that’s an affiliate link.
In some articles I may include product links to Amazon in which I will also get a commission if you buy it. Again, I refuse to sell shit to you, but I will give advice on things I’ve bought and recommend.
I get asked quite a bit about supplementation that I recommend for a specific workout or in general, so I plan on adding a “recommended supplements” section in the workouts that I write. Once again, all using affiliate links.
Another article change you will see is I am going to go through and fix every single workout that I’ve written to fit into a strict template that will create a uniform workout and should help cover more questions.
More in-depth articles are coming; even the workouts will have more content and I am going to start adding in a table of contents to make navigation easier. That way if you don’t want to read some of the nutrition and cardio information I’ve posted and just want the workout routine, you can skip right to it.
Why the changes?
I feel that I need to provide better articles to my readers and if I can set up good habits now, I think that it will make it easier for me to create non-linkbait genuine articles about training, powerlifting, and nutrition.
The added affiliate links will hopefully help pay for the hosting fees as well as support other projects (see below) that will help grow the community.
I am working hard to chase my dreams and get out of the regular 9-5 job that keeps me working for someone else doing something I don’t particularly like.
I like helping, motivating, and teaching people who are eager to listen and I want to make it my full-time job.
You guys probably don’t notice how many views this website gets daily, but it’s actually quite a lot – Over 1000 views a day and climbing fast.
As a matter of fact, out of over 860 million websites out there… here’s how Cutty Strength ranks:
This is no small feat and it honestly brings a tear to my eye to see how all of my work is paying off. This plus all of the “thank you” emails and messages I get, it really makes putting all of this time and effort into this worth it.
I didn’t want to mention these projects at all until they are done, but I am falling 3 months behind on them so some accountability is needed.
I have 4 new websites that I am working on slowly that will all integrate and work together.
Note: None have any content.
I also have another project that I am trying to decide which way to go that I want to create that will give the powerlifting scene a better website to use than PowerliftingWatch.com and it is called Powerlifting Source. I own the domain but I have not set up a presence yet.
There are a lot of projects and it seems extremely ambitious, but I’m serious about helping others and creating a full-time job from this. I have other websites that I write for as well, including a start-up business I’m trying to get going.
Non-Fitness Related Websites
Obviously if you are here, you are interested in some sort of fitness. Many of us have hobbies outside of the fitness industry and here are some of the websites I’m launching for that.
Speed Readers – This website is a newly launched (launched 8/1/15) website about speed reading, accelerated learning, and book recommendations. If you follow the Pinterest account, you’ll see I’ve been making pins there in the “What Cutty is Reading” board.
Because Bass Head – A popular hashtag in the audio industry, #becausebasshead is how we explain why we do things or why it’s okay that I skipped a mortgage payment to buy another 10000 watts of power. There’s not much here yet because I’ve had to put this on the back burner while I work to make writing and freelancing my only job. #nomore9to5
Team IAK – This is in the “barely online” phase. This is the car audio team I’m on and while I haven’t been able to participate much in audio or developing the site, it’s going to come. This site is going to be more or less a “showcase” of our team’s rides, installs, etc.. I want to be able to have a public page for them to show off and link to in forums, etc. It’s a gift of mine that I want to give to them.
The Little Details – Believe it or not, even though I haven’t finished the website and I’m taking a little bit of a change in what I want to do, The Little Details is my registered business name and I plan on creating a presence there to show my portfolio and help find more clients and freelance work. There’s nothing much there yet.. again, another that’s been put on the back burner.
Believe it or not, I have dormant domain names and the plans on buying more in the future; I’m just holding off because I am having a hard time keeping up with what I have out already!
Why is this important?
This probably isn’t important to most people, but to those who really follow the site and make this the community that I enjoy to engage with, I want to show you I’m not some fly-by-night book reader and that I put my money where my mouth is and I want to help everyone reach their goals.
I started Cutty Strength in early 2012 and I’m starting to pick up the steam that I’ve been working to get so be prepared for the ride.
While none of this is important, if you’ve made it this far into this article, I want you to see that I put it all out there and I’m willing to go all out to achieve my dreams… and I want to help you achieve yours.
To me, being open about everything and giving my own personality on everything is the only way I can do business. Some people tell me my posts are not professional or something stupid and I just have to laugh. If someone doesn’t like my writing, articles, or posts because I put my own personality into it, then I don’t want them reading my information anyways.
My goal is to create a network of friends and websites that everyone can use to reach their goals and help their friends reach theirs.
I’m not about that shady shit, so stick with me.
As always, leave any comments or questions below.