This That and The MBA Evolution

New LogoYou are not seeing double, this is my new logo. 

Well last night I broke the infamous 200,000 Alexa mark.  I can hear the crowd roaring….like when Bubba Watson won the Master’s yesterday!  If you haven’t noticed by a few mentions in the posts I am an avid golfer or should I say hacker. 

The timing couldn’t be more perfect.  A few weeks back I was scouring the Craigslist ads looking for a graphic designer to design me a professional logo. If you would like to see the old one click here.  What do you think?

If you are anything like me with a site making a few quarters a month you would not want to pay an arm and a leg for a logo.  I use Craigslist for everything; I had someone paint my house last year from the site.  Well I came across a few ads and shot them both an email.  I received a reply from John Meher Jr., and as you can see the rest is history! 

Come to find out that graphic design is not the only thing that he does.  Here is a list of the other services he offers:  Google can’t find you?  No problem, John offers search engine optimization (SEO) consulting and website editing.  He offers a variety of other services including tweaking articles and “link back” consulting to get you to top ranking on Google!  John is in the process of setting up a website where he will begin selling WordPress themes and also a site that will be dedicated to blogging about PHP programming. 

The power of the web is ever present today, I went on Craigslist and found someone in my area backyard to assist me with logo design and found out he offers a wealth of other services. 

Until then, I will find you ranking near the top on Google.  Be sure to give John a shot, shoot him an email and see how he can help you!  I assure you that you will not be disappointed!  He can be reached at: design {at} johnmeher {dot} com.  He will have his website launched shortly, but this will be the address of  John Meher.

What do you think?  Be sure to contact him to see how he can help you!

40 thoughts on “This That and The MBA Evolution

  1. The new logo is pretty awesome, and congratulations on the Alexa score! I’m creeping towards breaking below 1 million and am stoked about that, but 200K, that’s GREAT!

    1. @ TB – thanks I am really happy with the logo. Keep up the hard work and 200k will be in your horizon very soon!!

  2. I noticed your new logo as soon as I saw your Tweet. I think it looks great! Congrats on breaking the 200,000 mark!

    1. @ Monica – thanks, I love how he incorporated the writing in the quarter! He did a great job!! Thanks I think the next 100k will be alooooot slower.

  3. CONGRATS!! That is awesome! I was able to break the 200k mark over a weekend as well. Nothing like signing off on Friday and coming back on Monday to a sub 200k rank!

    I love the new logo and certainly think it’s an improvement on the old one! I never thought about checking craigslist when I was searching. I used an online company called logonerds and loved them (they were super cheap).

    I can’t wait until I make more than two quarters a month so I can start paying somebody to help me with the SEO and design stuff! When that rolls around I might have to shoot Mr. John an email.

    1. @ Jason – It sure was a great feeling to check things this morning. It moves a lot slower downward now though.

      I try to use Craigslist for everything. I like the idea of using local work if I can, if not that is when I take my search to Google!

      Shoot John an email now if you want and you will be pleasantly surprised at what he offers and rates.

  4. Loving the new logo! John did a great job at designing it, and you must be feeling like the Golden Eagle for having it.

    I wouldn’t have thought of using Craigslist to seek services. There have been so many negative news stories associated with the site; the most famous being the murder of the young female masseuse. In any event, I’m glad that you were able to find great service through Craigstlist.

    Congratulations on your Alexa ranking. That has to be a good feeling to finally break 200,000. I plan on reaching 200,000 soon.

    1. @ Anthony – You are right my man….I have been practicing the moonwalk across my kitchen…I have had nothing but great success on Craigslist, hope I did not just jinx myself!

  5. The new logo looks great! I love the detail on the quarter 🙂 Congratulations on the Alexa score ranking as well. I love your posts because you write a lot of relevant content in a very friendly sort of ‘voice’. Keep ’em coming, Chris! Congrats, again!

    1. @ GB – Thank you very much for the kind words. It is nice to have someone listening too 🙂

  6. Congrats on everything!

    1. @ Michelle – Thank you. I notice that every site I go to, you have already beaten me there. You are all over the internet. Even some obscure ones I think I am at, I see you have already been there. You are making great progress on your site, P.S. those meals looked pretty appetizing on your site today!!!

  7. Congratulations on Alexa – it feels great when this happens. What I did next, is pretty much to forget about it because an obsession with rankings is never good for me.

    The new logo looks good.

    1. @ Maria – Thank you, I used to check it every hour when I first started not knowing when it updated. I think it updates over night now, so I just check in the morning. I know the obsessing as I used to do it too!!!

  8. Congrats on the alexa ranking milestone and the new logo.

    Sorry but I’ve gotta go against the crowd a bit on the logo. I’m probably just a lot more picky having been involved in managing websites for so long.

    On its own it looks great, but in my opinion it is a bit too tall, especially with the slogan underneath. It creates a lot of awkward white space in the header. I personally like a header to take up minimal space so that the prime screen real estate is used to its full advantage.

    As for outsourcing, I prefer other sites other than craigslist for website work. I find there are usually better prices when you are willing to hire someone who isn’t local. John seems to do good work though. Maybe get him to see if he can fix the white space issue though.

    1. @ Jeremy- thanks for the criticism. I agree with the line underneath. I didnt know where to put it, maybe I will get rid of it. The logo itself is just the quarter with the words next to it. I will work on the text below. I will run it by him to see what he thinks..thanks for the feedback!

  9. I love Craigslist. Every piece of furniture I own, that didn’t come from relatives, came from Craigslist or Freecycle.

    1. @ Edward – finally someone else who has the same passion and love for Craigslist that I do. I browse the site sometimes just looking what people are selling. It has become an addiction!

  10. Congrats on all of it! I can’t wait until my alexa ranking drops. And I love craigslist for everything–it’s how I found my house.

    1. @ BogofDebt – That is great that you found your house that way. We started renting the house we eventually purchased that way as well!! It is a great site, more people should definitly check it out. Thanks for checking it out. Keep up the good work and your site will be around 200k in no time!

  11. Congrats on the Alexa ranking! I like the new logo. I would like to have some sort of new more professional looking logo that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I might check him out.

    1. @ Katie – drop him a line and see what you two can work out!! It never hurts to get a quote!! Thanks I am glad you like the logo!! When we started I had no idea what I wanted and somehow we came up with this and I am very happy!!!

  12. Congratulations on busting the 200k barrier, and in lightning speed! Best wishes for more success.

    1. @ Kurt – Thanks my man!!! Many late nights and sitting at work thinking of the next post for the site!! Who knows where the site will go now, hopefully successful like some of my mentors out there!

  13. Yay on 200k (198,478) according to my toolbar! I think the logo looks very sharp. As several others have said, most of my furniture, my former roommate and tennis buddy, and my dog walking clients have all come via craigslist. Gotta love that site.

    1. @ Kari – It is a great site, I am in shock when people haven’t heard of the site. I like to try new things. So I have bought and sold snowblowers on there just to see which one I liked. Sometimes I buy low and sell them in a week or so and make a decent profit.

      Hmmm Roommate ??? How did that work out for you?

  14. Congratulations on your breaking 200k barrier(This is an average rank of 3 months) . I see that last month you have ranked about 100k so you have still not fulfilled your potential 🙂

    In Chris we Trust !! so keep up the good work

    1. @ Karunesh – Thanks it was a lot of hard work to get down to that elusive 200k!!!

  15. Congratulations on getting below 200k! Our site just went below as well.

    Just to let you know, when I saw “In Chris we trust” on the right side of the new logo I read “In Christ we trust.” So realizing I misread it plus the obvious play of putting you in the place of God… It’s kind of leaving a bad taste in my mouth, honestly. You probably didn’t think much about that but I just wanted to let you know.

    1. @ Emily – Thanks for letting me know. I never had any intention of being sacrilegious. I am using it as advertisement to come visit This That and The MBA and that you should trust the sound financial information provided by me. The quarter is a monetary symbol of finance and money and that is why I chose it.

    1. @ Frugal – Thank you!! I love the new logo and it came at a great time dropping below 200k.

  16. Congratulations on the Alexa rank! The new logo looks great! Isn’t it great what you can do on Craig’s List?

    1. @ My Money Design – It sure is. Craigslist the possibilites are endless on there. The best part it is free!!

  17. Great logo, when i came to your site, I knew something was different. i just couldnt pin it down. Coooool!

    1. @ Lorilla – Thanks, I love the logo as well. I need to do a little tweaking at the top of the page. I just need to find some time!

    1. @ Dannielle – Great post about J this past week. Thanks!!!

  18. Hi, I just found your blog through a comment on Michelle’s blog. Glad to be following you!

    1. @ Savvy – So am I!!!! THanks!! I hope you enjoy the content. If you have any suggestions or would like to see anything covered let me know!

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