“I can’t even imagine other alternatives other than my passion”- Aykut Pehlivanoglu, Creator Of Worth Of Web!
“I can’t even imagine other alternatives other than my passion” is what he said when asked him, “If not entrepreneur, what you would have been?”. He is a Turkish guy who graduated from Middle East Technical University in the year 2005. By the year 2007, he founded “PB Bilisim” a website, applications, games and animation developer company. In the year 2011, he created the world’s most famous “Worth Of Web” academy, which helps improve your website with different sections like Calculator, Forum, Blog & eBooks. Let us know more about this passionate Turkish entrepreneurship. Here is an exclusive interview with “Aykut Pehlivanoglu”, the creator of worth of we. Let us know more about his success story.
Hi Aykut!! How is the journey as an entrepreneur?
We found a software company, PB Bilisim, at 2007. I and my partner had some project ideas for Turkey, and we had some clients who want us to develop their websites. Our journey has started at that time. Since then we published lots of projects for ourselves and for our clients. Of course, there have been more unsuccessful projects than successful ones, and that is the summary of my entrepreneurial jorney.
Throw some light on your background, childhood and education!
I am Turkish, living in Ankara. I had my education here. I graduated from Middle East Technical University as a chemical engineer. I started to involve in software industry after university. It was a hobby, then it turned out to be my profession.
Have you worked for any company before starting up “worth of web”?. If you had worked, do you think having prior corporate experience helps one in starting up?
During my university education I worked at 2 factories as an intern engineer. One is producing ceramics, other is producing defense electronic systems. After university, I was a team commander at Turkish Navy. After these times, I started the company I mentioned earlier, PB Bilisim. Of course, all these experiences helped me to decide what to do in my life.
What’s the reason behind your love towards websites and seo? Is there any situation that motivated you to launch worth of web?
You code something, you create content and it is available immediately to all world. This thought attracted me to creating websites. When you are involved with websites, you want to show them to more people and you aim for search engine traffic. Then I realized that every time I work on these things, I forget the time. This passion brought me here.
How were the early results after the launch. Were they fruitful?
Actually, Worth Of Web is a little bit different in terms of launch. It was only a fun project I coded and designed in one weekend at 2011. First version was only a simple website value calculator. So, there were no target numbers for launch. I published first version, then moved onto other projects we were dealing that time. However, after couple months it started to attract many people.
What are the biggest challenges you have faced while launching “worth of web”?
When I realized that this project is really helpful for people and it can be much more, I started to spend time developing it and shifted my resources on it. We tried to listen users as much as we can. Although you can have technical or financial difficulties, starting small and listening to users give you a boost. Now it is an academy which helps website owners, webmasters, bloggers and internet marketing people. This concept includes thousands of tiny iterations spread throughout years.
Do you have a founding team?
As I told, I coded and designed the first version. My partner gave ideas at that time. When it started to be a project that we are interested in, we got help from designers, programmers, marketing people. Now, we have an editor and writers team for our blog. We have friends who helps us in lead generation. From time to time, we got help for design and coding.
How are you planning for the future?
Couple months ago, I had the chance to apply what I dreamed about Worth Of Web. Now, it is Worth Of Web Academy. I imagine it as a virtual academy, a place which people can improve their websites. There is a library which you can download eBooks. There is a test area which you can track your progress and know your place among your competitors. There are classes which you can follow daily posts. There is a social area which you can meet with new people (including me), ask their ideas, help each other. We will continue to develop current concept.
If not entrepreneur, What you would have been?
Difficult question I am passionate about what I do now. I have hard time imagining other alternatives.
What’s your favorite quotation?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain
Helping other people gives me a genuine feeling. This feeling is my fuel to keep my passion to create, help, share. Recently, I read, watch, share Derek Sivers and Simon Sinek. For the ones who are interested, I share their wonderful inspirational ideas on our blog and on my social channels.
Anything would you like to add for the readers.
If you have a website, if you want to improve it, I will be glad to help you. Come and check out our academy: www.worthofweb.com . If you are stuck at something or you want me to review your website find me at our forum: www.worthofweb.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=1