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Blogging. Is it dead, or is it still a viable business strategy?

For the mighty goal of answering the question above, I’m joined by Yaro Starak. Yaro is one of the most famous bloggers out there, and has branded the term “live the laptop lifestyle”. Over the years, he has helped thousands of people launch successful businesses. All of which, had a blog as their core.

Yaro consistently makes $10-40K a month from his blog, which is now set on auto-pilot. Starak still puts in a few hours a week into it, but even when he doesn’t – business continues as usual.

Yaro Starak

In today’s episode we discussed how to choose a market with buyers, find your unique selling proposition, and offer your first product. Click play now:

How To Start A Successful Blog – Episode Highlights:

  • Is blogging still a relevant business building strategy in 2015? (01:10)
  • How to validate that there’s money in the market you’re considering? (03:25)
  • Figuring out the language your target audience will resonate with (04:25)
  • Creating your first product when you have no customers, no list, and no money (05:40)
  • Should you be using paid traffic? (08:50)
  • What you need to do to get noticed (10:05)
  • How Yaro learned to be less negative, and why it’s crucial for your success to do the same (14:06)
  • Skills every blogger needs to develop (19:15)
  • How to get unstuck (20:10)
  • Ask yourself this question, and you will stop quitting, and start winning! (21:36)
  • What should your content product include? (23:29)
  • Get Yaro’s book – Blog Profit Blueprint – in PDF and audio format… for free! (25:33)

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How To Build A $1M Business By FORGETTING EVERYTHING You've Been Told!

Forget everything you’ve learned about making passive income online. Forget about guest posting, link building, and social media. Let’s go back to the basics. To the core of what being an entrepreneur means: becoming a successful business owner.

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In today’s episode you will learn:

  • How to stop delaying the “money getting” process
  • Why building your first online business around “a personal brand” might not be the best option for you
  • How to streamline your marketing & sales by tapping into existing channels where money is already being made
  • How to do effective market research and uncover trending markets with little competition
  • How to learn your competition, and outdo them
  • How our guest built in 18 months a business generating over $250,000/month (including the exact steps he took!)

“Personal branding” is the biggest hype right now. Many are obsessed with turning themselves into “the product” that people buy. This is no little due to many gurus giving advice like:

“There is no one like you in the world. That’s why your unique selling proposition should be YOU! Then, no one can copy it!”

This advice is hard to follow and extremely time-consuming. But more than that, by definition – it’s not scalable!

Think about it. Say you go ahead, and build a successful personal brand. Well done! Your coaching, your books, your courses, your DVDs, and your membership sites are selling well. That’s amazing!

But… hold on one second…

The entire sales and marking process is based on people buying “you”! Congratulations, you’ve just cemented yourself into your own business. Is that a bad thing? Only if you ever want to enjoy the money you’re making – without the business crashing while you’re away!

This is why in today’s episode, my guest and I go back to “business 101″:

  1. Choose a rising market
  2. Find an existing channel where money is already being made
  3. Learn what products are doing well in the market and what problems they solve (or what desires they meet)
  4. Find the shortcomings of those products, and to make something that solves it better
  5. Put your product in the market
  6. Promote it using the existing channel where the customers already are and are accustomed to spending money

This is exactly, to the dot, how Chad Mureta built his app empire. And it’s also how today’s guest, Ryan Moran, built in 18 months a business that’s making over $250,000 a month.

I also seen Ryan mentor a good friend of mine recently. That friend went on to building his business from zero to 5-figure monthly income – in just a couple of months!

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll want to scroll to the top of this post, and click play right now! Don’t miss the information on today’s episode!

BTW, if you enjoyed this episode, please leave Ryan a comment below, or Tweet him (@RyanMoran) to let him know :)

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Are you ready to finally build the relationships that will make your success a reality?

I used to hate getting into rooms full of people I didn’t know.

I used to think I’m pretty good with people… but when you’d put me in a room full of strangers… all that confidence evaporated.

Have you ever felt the same?

Every entrepreneur worth his salt attributes a large portion of their success to the people around them. In fact, they met most of those people first at a party, or some conference or meetup.

When I think about it, I met 95% of the core of my professional network in 3 events!

Everyone I interviewed on the show, I reached through this core network. Every person on my masterminds, I met through this core network. Every joint-venture I was involved in, came from this core network.

3 events. That’s all it took.

Well, 3 events, and working the room to actually make those events count!

Two months ago John Corcoran shared with us the 10 Steps To Becoming A Business Networking Superhero. After than interview, John introduced me to Susan Roane.

John referred to Susan’s book, ‘How To Work A Room’, as “the bible of networking”. And today, she will show you how you can put your best foot forward next time you enter any room.

Click play now, and learn how to build the relationships that will make your success a reality:

How To Work A Room – Episode Highlights

  • The 3 most important traits of savvy networkers
  • How to introduce yourself to new people in an engaging way… in 9 seconds or less!
  • The 4 magic words that help conversations flow with ease
  • How to segue from the small talk… to the big talk!
  • Three ways to get out of a conversation… graciously!
  • How to remember the people you met at events and meetups
  • The main don’ts of networking that you should avoid

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Have an amazing weekend, my friend!

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P.S. Next week we’re switching gears as we’ll talk about a business model never before covered on the show… don’t miss out. It’s HUGE!

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In this episode you will discover how to plan, set up, and present a money-making webinar… with ease!

On our previous episode, Amy Porterfield and I discussed the power of webinars. We talked about using Facebook ads combined with webinars to turn any business into a money-making machine.

Even in 2015, webinars are still among the best ways to drive online sales and create a sustainable income. This is true whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer, or even a brick and mortar business owner.

But how do you create a webinar that sells, without being overly salesey? How much of your content should you be sharing? How should you structure the webinar? What tools and systems should you use to set it up? All great questions!

That’s why I asked the world-leading webinars expert, Steven Essa, to join us today!

Steven Essa

In the last 7 years Steven has helped hundreds of people make tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars through webinars.

If you’re interested in driving more customers and sales to your business, whether it’s an online or not – this episode is for you.

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How To Create A Webinar – Episode Highlights

  • What systems are available and which one should you use?
  • How to structure your webinar?
  • How to make you webinar engaging?
  • Are automated webinars right for you?
  • How long should your webinar be?
  • How to structure an effective pitch?
  • What to do if a webinar isn’t selling well?
  • Why is the webinar’s title important, and what should it focus on?
  • What makes the audience decide they want to buy from you?
  • The #1 biggest mistake people make on a webinar

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In this episode, Amy Porterfield and I examine how to turn a business that has no list, into a money-making machine.

Due to audience demand, the brilliant Amy Porterfield is back on the show! Find out how by spending less than $10 a day, any entrepreneur can use Facebook to turn his business into a money-making machine!

… And did I mention already that’s you only need to spend $10 a day?!

Listen now:

Episode Highlights

  • Why the livelihood of your business is in your list, and not in your social media strategies
  • What to expect from social media this year… and what not to!
  • How $10 a day can turn your business into a money-printing machine (and why spend even that!)
  • Amy’s tried-and-tested 4 step system to supercharge the sales of any business. Whether it’s online, or offline!

Little things to remember

For the ad:

  • The image of an unpublished page post ad should be 1200×627 px. It’s also better that you use PNG and not JPG
  • Officially, only 20% of your image can consist text. In practice, you can usually get along with up to 25%
  • Targeting is what will make or break the campaign.Experiment with it and see what works.
  • Make sure that your ad makes it clear that the resource is free!
  • Include the benefits of the lead magnet in your ad’s text

For the webinar:

  • If you’re running a webinar, you should know that EVERYONE starts with a small list of attendees and build themselves up!
  • Ditch the chat room option until you have at least 100 attendees. Chat room only helps when it’s functioning as social proof. Your audience will be none the wiser, and you will sell better without it!

Generally:

  • Your lead magnet MUST target your own product, otherwise you’re building an irrelevant list!
  • A good initial conversion rate from Facebook ad to your list is 10%. (optimal performance is around 50-60%)
  • Ideally, you should be paying $1 or less per lead. If you’re paying more, play around with your targetting.
  • Remember that the most powerful part of the strategy is not the webinar, but the email marketing that comes after it!
  • By building a healthy mailing list, you are building a solid lifetime foundation for your business. This is much better than relying on Facebook or Twitter for leads!

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Episode 88 with Kimanzi Constable

He was $180,000 in the red. His business was driving him to an early grave. Fast forward less than two years: his second book sold over 82,000 copies. He’s living a life of freedom in Hawaii with his family, and could not be happier.

How is it possible to turn your life around so fast and in such an immense way?! What secrets can we learn from Kimanzi Constable, to make 2015 our most successful year yet? Find out in today’s episode!

Episode Highlights

  • How to segue from complete anonymity to writing for the biggest websites on the Internet?
  • How to tap in to existing traffic source to start making passive income and introduce more freedom into your life!
  • How Kimanzi build a career as writer, public speaker and sought-after coach – without even having a college degree!

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Making a full time income selling t-shirts on Teespring

In today’s episode we share how you can start making a full-time income by selling T-shirts online on a new platform called Teespring!

Making money on Teespring – Episode Highlights:

  1. How Benny Hsu segued from an app business to making full time income by selling T-shirts on Teespring.
  2. Where to find designers for your T-shirts, and how much should it cost?
  3. How to get traffic to your Teespring campaigns without breaking any sweat (or the bank)!
  4. How to find and tap into the hottest trends and themes that already work on Teespring .
  5. How to get started right now!

Today’s Guest: App developer & T-shirt Entrepreneur!

I first met Benny Hsu at the 2013 New Media Expo in Las Vegas. Back then, he was the latest and hottest app developer success story. I’ve just interviewed him as a cover story for the Inspiring Innovation magazine, and we became good friends.

Benny’s story became a mini-legend. After all, he went from working at his family’s restaurant, to developing apps. Then, his first app, ‘Photo365′, generated over $31,000 in sales in under 30 days!

Benny went on and created more apps, mostly following his “365” theme. None of them was as successful as the first one, and last I spoke with him he was dabbling with app re-skinning.

From App Re-Skinning To Selling T-Shirts On Teespring

App re-skinning is an easy way for anyone to get into the app development game. By buying one ready-made app and only changing its graphics, you create tens if not hundreds of apps… fast.

With each app generating a few tens, or even hundreds, of dollars every month, the more apps you re-skin – the more money you make.

The problem is that as app re-skinning is just changing the graphical design of an app. You’re not adding any value to the end user. That makes it too easy for competition to grow… and that’s exactly what happened.

Competition in the re-skinning world grew quickly, and exponentially. Today, using app re-skinning as a business model to generate a full-time income has become hard.

Seeing where the market was going, Benny resolved to pivot. He had a business re-birth, and created something completely new.

Making A Full Time Income By Selling T-Shirts Online

It all started with an interview Benny was listening to. Some guy was making a six-figure monthly income by selling T-shirts. What interested Benny was that he was using a new platform called ‘Teespring’.

You should know that Benny has been thinking of selling t-shirts ever since he read the 4 Hour Work Week. He just never had an option to make it happen; The set-up costs were always too high, the profit margins too low.

But listening to that interview, Benny knew that Teespring will change everything.

What Is Teespring

Teespring is for apparel what Kickstarter is for startups. It allows anyone to create a t-shirt design, and set up a fundraising campaign to get it made.

When a campaign meets its sales goals, Teespring handles everything. They take care of the charging, producing, manufacturing and shipping of the t-shirts to all the buyers. All the designer has to do – is to collects the profits.

If not enough people agree to buy the shirt, the campaign failes. In such case, the customers doesn’t pay a penny, the t-shirts are not made, and nobody loses any money.

This new model removes all the old risks of manufacturing first, validating later. With Teespring, you confirm the market wants it, before you make it. And when they want it – you don’t need to worry about producing it. Teespring takes care of it for you!

Launching A Successful Teespring Campaign

As you will hear in today’s episode, Bennie’s start with the platform was far from perfect. In fact, his first 21 campaigns failed to get funded(!).

But perseverance paid off… big time. Campaign 22 was a hit, and Benny has cracked the code. Once he had his first win, Benny repeated what worked and ditched what didn’t. He was quickly making a full time income selling T-shirts online!

Listen to today’s episode to learn:

  • How Benny managed his experiments
  • What stats did Benny measure to determine what designs he should pursue
  • How Benny kept his experimenting costs to the bare minimum.

It is extremely possible that you can sell your first hundred T-shirts online before New Year’s! But if will happen ONLY if you don’t miss out, listen to today’s episode, and then… take action!

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I’ll be taking a short holiday until 2015. I want to wish you happy holidays, Merry Xmas, happy Hanukkah, and a fantastic and exciting new year!

Yours always,
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Kevin Cann acquired 9 properties while working a regular factory job and earning $10hr. Listen to find out how he did it, and how you can do the same!

Build a Real Estate Empire While Working A $10hr Job

Episode Highlights

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • How Kevin Cann acquired 9 properties while working a regular factory job and earning $10hr
  • Lessons learned from Kevin, and how you can apply them to your own journey!
  • Entrepreneurship, the sacrifices Kevin had to make, and what he got in return

I e-met Kevin when he was taking my free video course, Podcast Starter Kit. We were chatting about his new show, and I asked him for his background. When he shared his story with me, I was gobsmacked.

“There’s no way something like this is even remotely possible!” I thought.

Nonetheless, here, standing right in front of me (virtually) – was a man who achieved it. But how?

Was he more qualified than others? No. Did he have the perfect upbringing or previous experience? No, not at all.

It’s sheer determination to get out of the hamster wheel that powered this amazing feat. It was the will to lose sleep, work hard (very hard), make mistakes and learn from them, and reach out for help.

It was everything that makes an aspiring entrepreneur into a successful one.

And today, I’m very thankful for Kevin opening up and sharing his unique story with the audience. It’s his first interview ever, but I’m sure it’s the first of many.

I hope you tune in to today’s inspiring episode, and if you have a minute, check out Kevin’s website or leave him a few words in the comments section.

I also want to use this day on which America is celebrating Thanksgiving, to thank YOU – for the ongoing support, for reading, tuning in, and spreading the inspiration. Thank you.

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