About Mike

Mike Darling Portrait in BLMHi. I am Mike Darling.

Introductions are always interesting.  How do I tell you about myself, and why I believe that I can help you with your online efforts, without sounding like I am bragging?

My Personal Life

I live in Bend, Oregon, and have two wonderful sons.  Bend, Oregon is located in Central Oregon, what is called the high desert, at an elevation of approximately 3,500 feet (1,066 meters) and is probably the best place to live in that I have experienced, and I will live here as long as I can.

I love the climate, the location, the small city experience, and the friendly people.  The fact that we now have 12 microbreweries for a city of barely 75,000 people, well, that is another good reason!  Give me the dark, complex porters and stouts right out of the tap!

Another great reason to live here, is that Bend is located a 30 minute drive from downhill skiing at Mt Bachelor, and less of a drive than that, from many hiking and mountain biking trails.

Sunny Central Oregon offers year around outside experience.  There is always something you can do outside.  A healthy active lifestyle is why I live here.

I enjoy hiking, traveling, going to the Oregon Coast as often as I can and fishing the streams and lake for trout or salmon when they are running.


I am a Registered Geologist in the State of Oregon, and my geology experience is with quarry source development, groundwater investigations, cleanup of subsurface hazardous materials, and project management.

The geology of Oregon is rather fascinating.  There are a lot of lava flows, interesting minerals, and lots of empty land that you can explore and search for fossils and minerals.

Just east of where I live, past the Badlands, you can find petrified wood made of jasper.  Some of the petrified wood is a beautiful translucent blue-green jasper, really drop dead gorgeous.

I won’t tell you where you can find it in this bio, but if you take the time to come to Central Oregon, and you are willing to travel far from the beaten path, maybe just maybe I will show you some pretty cool rocks.

I will give you one hint:  Just look on the southeast flank of the Crooked River Caldera.  Good luck!

What I Do Online

I own a business based here in Bend, Oregon, called Smarter Web Solutions, LLC.  The foundation of my small business is to show others how to create an online business based on a laptop – that you can conduct business where ever and when ever you are, if you have a computer and an internet connection.

I strive to create an online business that is OS agnostic.

The way to do that is to create passive income streams through the development and proper nurturing of lots of niche websites.

My goal is to help you achieve what you want from an online business, and create more time and money in your life, by showing you what I do.

I promise to show you what I have found works and what doesn’t’ work.

My online specialties include niche market research, search engine optimization, direct response marketing, and creating and selling digital products on-line.

I have created and manage a number of websites that include resources for helping you create and build an effective presence online.  These resources are websites that offer free content, e-courses, and membership sites.

What I Want to Accomplish

In a nutshell, what I want to accomplish online, and in life, is to help people succeed at starting and running an online business. I want to leave behind footprints that other people can follow.

What are your goals?  What do you want or need to do online?

Getting started online can be almost overwhelming, especially when a beginner.

There are a lot of moving pieces that you have to connect to getting a viable niche website up and working. To the best of my ability, I will show you how to do this and try to be understandable and clear in my explanations.

How I Can Help You

I really believe in step by step instructions, and step by step progress toward your online goals.  And I want to help you accomplish that.

You have probably already encountered a lot of information, and some of it conflicting and confusing.  And tried one thing.  Then another.  Chasing Bright Shinny Objects.

Been there.  Got the T-shirt.

What I have found is that getting online and building niche websites for your business is really pretty straightforward.  It just requires you to have a plan and a strategy for implementing that plan.

Step by step.

My courses, information, and training, will help you get clarity and focus.  And get you to work succeeding day by day.  I am a big believer in practical application, not just learning.  In this business, it is easy to become stuck in a learning mode.  There is SO much information coming at us that we think we have to process and know and use.

I can help you get through the fog of information and focus on what really is a simple business model for succeeding online (building niche websites), and I will try to show you step by step the practical steps to make that business model succeed for you.

I am available for interviews or guest blogging on the following topics:

  • Finding profitable niches;
  • Building niche websites with WordPress fast;
  • Automating the online business; and
  • Traffic and conversions and sales.

Let’s connect!

Mike Darling
Smarter Web Solutions, LLC
Bend, Oregon, USA