About Marla Hunter-Bellavia
Welcome fellow sensitive solopreneur,
I’m Marla Hunter-Bellavia (Marla HB for ease). I help introverted, highly sensitive, and empath women with online service-based businesses to use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) so that their blog posts and websites PROACTIVELY help them attract NEW CLIENTS (without having to rely so much on social media).
As an introverted, private, non-lover of social media, I totally understand the inner struggle you face in promoting your business each day. It’s ALL about energy!
I consider myself to be a “non-energy” type person. A bit of a hermit. Always thinking and quite serious in nature (big toothy smiles are much less common than my smirk and so-called resting b*face). I prefer to respond than push.
So hustling, “doing it all”, and trying to cram more into my days is NOT my style. To me, LESS is MORE.
I also have a rebellious side. I don’t like doing what I “should” do if it doesn’t feel right to me.
Since I value quiet and don’t talk constantly in real life, why would I on social media? If I have something to say, I’ll say it. Because I WANT to. Not because some marketing guru or algorithm told me to.
I believe that strategically using SEO can create the best of both worlds.
You can PROACTIVELY set up your website and blog posts to be doing the work of ATTRACTING new ideal clients to you without having to be actively engaged.
AND you can show up on social media if and when you choose (not forced by algorithm requirements – so you can avoid the overwhelm).
Marla Hunter-Bellavia | Experience:
I’ve been working online for over fifteen years. Much of that time, I have worked on Elance/Upwork projects as a freelance writer using SEO to help clients grow their businesses.
Along the way, I popped in and out of “regular” jobs where I continued to utilize my intuition and skills in strategic thinking, research, writing, editing. But I was always drawn back HOME to the FREEDOM of my own business where I could do my own thing (from wherever I wanted to do it).
This freedom included the ability to work on my own SCHEDULE, according to my ENERGY levels. I have learned along the way, as I attempted different versions of my own online service business, that showing up consistently on social media is NOT something I can commit to.
So I have continued to learn, experiment, mess up, fine-tune, take courses, and participate in various group marketing programs to find my right fit. That includes doing MORE of what naturally feels easy and enjoyable for me (so I can sustain it).
Here’s what I know. My right fit is NOT necessarily your right fit. That’s up to YOU to uncover.
But if some basic yet strategic SEO to proactively help your ideal clients DISCOVER YOU online (so you can set yourself up to serve vs push) is something that you’re interested in exploring, I can help you with that.
Marla Hunter-Bellavia: On a more personal note…
- 💰My first “business” was when I was in elementary school. I’d load up my WAGON with items that I no longer wanted and roam the streets searching for buyers. (Now I’m lazier. No roaming (ok, debatable). No wagon or unwanted items (they get donated). Just a laptop, WIFI, intuition, and ideas.)
- ✈️I started traveling SOLO right after I graduated from high school (and that didn’t stop when I got married or became a mom. I love the space to remember myself and move to my own natural rhythm. It usually involves searching for treasures on a beach somewhere warm and sunny!).
- 👓My degree is in Anthropology (cultural) which expanded my understanding that there is more than one ‘right way’ and led me to question things more than I already did. I switched out of Psychology (because it felt like I was learning more about brains than people at the time).
- 🐈CAT person. Definitely! (Dogs are sweet but too slobbery and active for me)
Are you INTERESTED in some basic yet strategic SEO to proactively help your ideal clients DISCOVER YOU online (so you can stop chasing them on social media)?
I invite you to CONNECT with me behind the scenes
Marla Hunter-Bellavia lives in British Columbia, Canada and delivers her SEO Coaching and Consulting services for other women-owned online businesses 100% virtually (often without ever seeing or talking to her clients around the world, making time differences a non-issue).