Podcast episode number 16 is now live on iTunes. In this podcast episode I interview Jeremy Schoemaker aka Shoemoney as he is more commonly known online.
In this episode I speak with Jeremy about how he used the platform of his blog to help launch and sell an ad network for millions of dollars. We also discuss his failures as well and how losing focus on some projects cost him millions of dollars. Overall Jeremy is one of the most open entrepreneurs that I know of and this shows through in this podcast episode.
In early 2013 I really wanted to flex my writing muscle and write a book once a month, but I was always busy with other business opportunities. With that said, I do plan to write more marketing books because I really do have a lot to teach but also because I enjoy writing.
Yada yada yada you just want me to tell you how much my Kindle book made in the past year right? Ok let’s dive in.
One of the most important decisions I made for my business was to start selling products (“Wow what a revelation Chris. Create a business that sells products – you’re a genius” is what you are probably thinking).
Sarcasm aside, this decision applies to all aspects of my business from the Kindle books I write about marketing, to the software products I spend tens of thousands of dollars developing and the products I’ve created in other non marketing niches.
I wasn’t always comfortable selling and most certainly not in the beginning.
Four years ago I was fired from the last “real job” I’ve ever had as an inside sales rep for a technology company. At the time I was earning more than the average household at $60,000 per year (after salary and commissions) so I had little to complain about other than that I really wanted to be building my own business instead of working for someone else.
In any case, although not officially recognized as a word – yet 😀 – today is an occasion I’ve marked each year on my blog (fireversary year 1, 2, and 3 here) as the best thing that ever happened to my career life.
I first started this blog because my websites made more money in less time than my day job, and I wanted to use my extra time to share what I was learning with others. That was nearly 4 years ago, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that because of my professional ADD I continue to enjoy finding new money making methods.
So for the next 30 days I’m going to see how much money someone can really make with paid surveys by completing them in my down time (watching TV, just sitting around bored etc).
Podcast episode number 15 is now live on iTunes. In this podcast episode I interview Josh Dorkin founder of BiggerPockets.com – a real estate community website with over 110,000 members. His community also receives over 500,000 unique visitors per month.
But it’s not all about big membership numbers and traffic for Josh, instead it’s about the community. In this interview Josh shares the successes and failures he’s experienced from working on BiggerPockets.com for over 8 and a half years! There are great lessons to be had here so listen in.
Just because you’re approved doesn’t mean you should buy it photo source
This isn’t going to be a post detailing my experiences with making money online using some new method, but it indirectly relates to business success as a whole so keep on reading. Hopefully I’ll help prevent you from making one of the biggest financial mistakes of your life as well – buying a house when you can’t rent it for at least the cost of the monthly mortgage.
As an Amazon affiliate I’ve sold thousands of products and for years have tracked my results from links clicked and where people buy. I discovered that the links people clicked the most that resulted in the most sales were from in content simple text based affiliate links followed by image based affiliate links. Continue reading →