Jim Westergren
A blog about me, my projects, SEO, Web Development and Personal Development.
"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas A. Edison

Fifth Annual Report: My Success

On the 5th of December 2004 when I was 22 years old I changed my life 180 degrees. I quit my earlier very special life and moved back to Sweden to change my life totally.

I had no money, education, experience or connections and some people highly doubted that I could get successful – personally I took it as a great challenge. I started by borrowing my mothers computer and begun to learn HTML and internet marketing.

That is now 5 years ago.

Every year since then I publish an annual report how the year has gone and with future plans for the next year. Every year I try to do more good.

This is the fifth annual report for 2009.

If you are interested, read my 4 previous reports here:

Main highlights from 2009

Our son Alvin arrived!

This was by far the greatest in 2009. Photos of him can be seen here. I am so proud and happy. He was born on the third September 2009 and is now a little more than 4 months old.

5 months in Bolivia

In may 2009 I went back to Sweden after having lived 10 months with my wife in Bolivia. It was very nice to live there and it was also something that further developed me as a person.

Learning PHP programming

During 2009 I learned myself PHP programming using Google and testing. I am still a beginner but I can do it pretty well. More than half of my work time now goes for programming and it is so much more fun than SEO. :)

Built my own CMS (web publishing system), Clesto

I built myself the Clesto CMS which I am using to build my own simple web sites. It has been downloaded 363 times as of this writing. Here are some examples of web sites built with Clesto. I am very happy with the system and it has received some great feedback. I did not only learn PHP while making it but also other things such as web security and web performance.

Created SEO-guide.se

In may 2009 I finished SEO-guide.se which has more than 100 pages on SEO in Swedish. It has it’s own membership system with automatic payment activation. I wrote all text, XHTML, CSS and much of the PHP myself from scratch which was a great learning.

Made the card game Magic Bolivia

I love games and I made a card game that I named Magic Bolivia (web site in Swedish) which I play and enjoy a lot. Not a highlight of the year but worth to mention.

Learned and took over the economy of my company

It used to be my father that administered the economy for my company. But as he could not continue anymore we spent a week together and I learned it. So now I am doing the accounting, pay taxes and so on myself.

My biggest and greatest service during my 5 years, N.nu

The second biggest news in 2009 after my son is the establishment of my free web site service N.nu. It will enable anyone with an internet connection to make his own nice web site and it is super simple. The service will be officially released in some weeks in 3 languages, but already more than 300 people has created a web site in the system and given great feedback. It is based on my Clesto CMS but of course also with other functions such as domain mapping, guestbook, own forum, image gallery, web stats and so forth. There will be a free and a paid version.

Summary of 2009

2009 was a year our lovely son came and a year of learning and establishing a new business project. 2010 will be very focused on N.nu and clients on the side. The profit of my company was not good in 2009 but it was worth it for building the future.

Goals for 2010

Not so many goals but a great effort will be placed to make sure to reach them.

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About the Author Jim Westergren Jim Westergren is a web entrepreneur from Sweden now living in Bolivia. He is happily married and has two lovely children. Some of his interests are web development, SEO and writing. He is the Founder and CTO of TodaysWeb and his current major project is N.nu. Read his . Follow Jim on Twitter or Google+.
  • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

    You have got nice goals for 2010 and i feel for getting those huge number of members for your n.nu project you may try out freebies stuff like offering free wp themes or else ad free setup for the very first year, which can create a buzz on the web.

    Btw how did you learn php? Any online course or offline institutes?

  • http://www.jimwestergren.com/about-me-jim-westergren/ Jim Westergren

    Hi Amit,

    I have some plans on how to reach it.

    I learned PHP using Google and working with it to make my CMS. Testing testing testing.

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    Dear sir,

    please help me to protect my adsense a/c from cheaters.

    I think someone clicked on my ads for cheating me and make loss for me.

    I found that AdsenseClickLock site,but its not free,so please post a new article for solve the problem.

    Thanking you,

  • http://easypublicspeaking.co.uk/ Keith Davis

    Hi Jim
    You say “I quit my earlier very special life and moved back to Sweden”.
    Where did you move from?
    In any event you sound happy with your life and proud of your achievements.

    Sorry to get down to the nitty gritty, but how have you found things financially?
    I’ve decided that without tremendous talent and some good luck… it’s not easy to make a living on the web.

    Good luck with 2010.

  • http://www.thepraveen.com Praveen

    Jim,

    It’s wonderful to see how good you are doing. Happy for you and happy that you finally learnt the “wretched” PHP ;)

    Good luck with 2010 and my Best Wishes to you and to the Family :)

    Take Care Buddy,
    Praveen

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    Great surprise to see you again with PHP Knowledge. All the best for your career opportunities.

  • http://ostnan.com Ostnan Mk

    Hi,Jim
    See your “My Success” I am pleased for you
    Your children are beautiful, especially when he read
    I put his picture put on my blog and personal website
    True for you and your family happy.

  • http://ostnan.com Ostnan Mk

    hi.Jim
    This is about yours Baby on My baidu Blog.

    Album:
    http://hi.baidu.com/ostnan/album/%CE%D2%B5%C4%C5%F3%D3%D1jim%BA%CD%CB%FB%B5%C4%B6%F9%D7%D3alvin
    Article:
    http://hi.baidu.com/ostnan/blog/item/5a9816da43e052e538012f31.html

    yours n.nu is great! A Chinese version will let him better!

  • http://www.jimwestergren.com/about-me-jim-westergren/ Jim Westergren

    Hi Ostnan Mk!

    Thank you for your words. I didn’t know I had readers from China. :)

    I left a comment in your blog as well.

    Do well.

  • http://ostnan.com Ostnan Mk

    Of course, He could bring us good luck!
    oh,I’m Sorry, Don’t told you.Yes,aha!!
    Mk is chinese! This is a good News !

  • http://www.ishantechnologies.com Jim

    You been an inspiration for many young business people and sharing your success and future plans is very helpful..

    You know its never easy for young person in early twenties to work with out any distraction.. i really appreciate your efforts and wish you more success in up coming years.

  • http://www.nyabella.se Nabil

    Hey there, Jim! Nabil here. I’m 17 and I’ve been working with SEO for about a year now. It’s really fun, and very rewarding. I’ve got friends working for companies like Mc Donald’s. They make some money. I make even more money, and I do that on the internet thanks to SEO.

    In two months, I will have my own ‘internet-based’ company up and running. The company is already running. Sort of. It’s just that it hasn’t been registered in my name. But it will be!

    It is great, and truly inspirational to see someone become ‘something’ out of ‘nothing’. That actually reminds me of my social life.

    Three years ago I didn’t have any friends at all and I was bullied in school. I also got beaten up badly by a bunch of guys (grov misshandel).

    Today, I have over 700 friends on facebook and I’m considered to be the school’s most popular guy according to a lot of friends.

    I also write. A lot. I write poems, and ‘sensitive texts’ on a daily basis. I do not publish them all, but I write ‘em and that’s what counts. You can see some of those texts on my blog. Just visit the blog and scroll all the way down to the “läsvärda inlägg”-section of my blog. I’ve written about a lot of (good) stuff. Make sure you check it out!

    Have a nice day, Jim! I really hope you reach all your goals. Not only money-related goals. I’m talking about personal goals too.

    Best of wishes,

    Nabil.

  • http://www.jimwestergren.com/about-me-jim-westergren/ Jim Westergren

    Hi Nabil,

    Thanks for your comment and nice to hear that it is going well for you to.

    I checked out your blog which is nice and I sent you a message.

    Good luck for you!

  • http://www.sem-service.com/ Gloria

    so nice everyone have their own life i am so happy you have a so nice life , i will learn from you so that i can have a nice life like you

  • http://www.clickbyclick.eu/ seo boss

    Good blog, thanks!

  • http://tagabukid.com Carl

    I’m glad I found your blog! I do a lot of things, too. Except unlike you, Jim, I may not be doing “very” well. I think. I’ll make it up. I’m still 22. I’ll be a true genius like you. I hope you will reach your goals for this year. :)

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    Of course, He could bring us good luck!
    oh,I’m Sorry, Don’t told you.Yes,aha!!
    Mk is chinese! This is a good News !

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    You know its never easy for young person in early twenties to work with out any distraction

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  • http://www.seochester.co.uk/ Stuart

    Fantastic story Jim, it’s great to hear not only someones online success but more that they are happy :D Congratualtions!

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    Thank You
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