Back in 2005, I came up with the idea for Copyblogger, a site that taught people how to create text content and copy to sell products and services. Right … everyone knows that.
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I vividly remember the first time I heard Black Flag. It was in a kid named Mike Goodman’s bedroom, and the record was called Damaged.
What’s the reality of search engine optimization after the Google Hummingbird update? Can someone destroy your business with negative SEO? Did Google kill the concept of AuthorRank when it eliminated the Authorship initiative?
This week, Robert and I put on our commentary caps to take on subjects that have been in the news. Plus, we reveal what’s in the very near future for Rainmaker.FM (think big).
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. ~ Mark Twain
Last fall, Robert and I did an episode of the podcast where we laid out how content curation could be used to build an audience and even a business. It was one of the most popular episodes of 2014.
2014 was a pivotal year for Copyblogger Media.
Seth Godin is the author of 17 bestselling books. He’s the founder of email marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and the charity-driven publishing platform Squidoo. And he’s the selfless dispenser of daily wisdom via the most popular marketing blog on the planet.
Michael Hyatt is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S. In fact, Hyatt has been involved in the traditional publishing business his entire working life.
It’s the ultimate Internet dream: create something once that sells over and over again, even while you sleep. And what better product than information itself?
Turns out, it’s not that easy for the idle dreamer. And often, Internet entrepreneurs work 16-hour days in order to “make money while they sleep.”
The good news is that the dream has shifted. Instead of hucksters offering “no work Internet cash machine” models to gullible business opportunity types, the concept of an “online business” has become a viable thing that experienced professionals and committed entrepreneurs explore and attain as part of the legitimate business world.
David Siteman Garland discovered this for himself thanks to his popular podcast, The Rise to the Top. He was constantly asked by his audience for the secret to creating a popular and profitable show, and David’s answer was always the same — it’s the art of the interview. So he created a course on the topic, and the rest (including his podcast!) is history.
In 2008, Pat Flynn was happily employed by an architectural firm. And then, like a lot of people in 2008, just like that … out of a job.
It was the best thing that ever happened to him.
Since that point, Pat has built a business that supports his family through blogging and podcasting. And he’s just getting started.
Rather than some “Master of the Universe” type, Pat shares with you that (like most of us in this industry) he was initially scared and winging it. But it wasn’t long until he had the confidence to take the next step, and then the next … all by simply putting in the work and being consistent.
Listen in to Pat’s story and the specific steps he took to go from broke and unknown to running his own new media business. This was my first conversation with Pat, and I was impressed by not only his knowledge and business savvy, but how genuine he is.
You’d expect a guy who’s started five multi-million dollar businesses from scratch to know a thing about marketing that works. And then, of course, he’d write the book on it.
In this case, the guy is Jay Baer, and the book is Youtility, a guide so useful for effective marketing it’s becoming a franchise unto itself. In his spare time, Jay is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster, angel investor, new media personality, and restless entrepreneur who can’t help but add just one more project to his portfolio.
I asked Jay to be the first in a series of Rainmaker.FM interviews that illuminate the path of content marketing into the future. You’ll notice some common themes that turn up time and again among those who have already successfully built audiences, and Mr. Baer sets the stage perfectly.
It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation.
You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others.
Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy:
Before you get down to business online, you need to find the topic(s) and market(s) that can support that business.
And, after answering your questions on digital sharecropping and content curation, that’s exactly what Brian and I get into on this week’s episode of Rainmaker FM.
Listen in and check out the seven-part process for finding the topic market that can fuel your online business …
After answering a couple of your questions (leave yours in the comments below), Brian Clark and I talk about the big picture of digital commerce.
Many of us are now familiar with platforms like Udemy and Skillshare, but in 2007 Copyblogger launched it’s first product, one that was aimed directly at the myth that people wouldn’t pay for digital content.
A lot has happened in those seven years, and a lot of businesses have moved (and been born) online.
What does this mean for you?
Everyone feels fear when faced with uncertainty — especially when starting a new business. But if you have the right mindset — and framework — you will find your own success.
Are you in a creative rut? Well don’t worry, this episode is filled with great ideas to help you repurpose your content.
LinkedIn is rolling out a lot of new features for marketers; including video. If you are looking for creative ways to connect on LinkedIn, then this episode will inspire you.
To blog or not to blog, that is the question … we’ll debate on this episode.
Eric Enge — founder of Stone Temple Consulting — shares his insights on using content marketing to dramatically grow a service business.
An intimate interview with Rand Fishkin – Founder of Moz – on the perils and positives of being a tech entrepreneur.
How you think about your business matters. And in this episode, we delve into the growth mindset you will need to succeed.
Guest blogging is a great way to grow your audience, if you know the right way to do it.
Podcasting is very popular, but not everyone can make money doing it — unless you know how.
Facebook made significant changes to the way marketers organically reach their customers. Does this mean free traffic from Facebook is over?
Scott Gerber, author of Superconnector, shares his insight on building — and maintaining — world-class membership communities.
Annie Cushing (@annielytics) discusses how to avoid the most common mistakes with Google Analytics.
Google AMP represents a fundamental change to website development. But should you implement it?
A smart and simple framework that will help you achieve your online goals!
In this very special year-end show, Katy and Sean cover the big changes in online marketing for 2017 and what to look for in 2018.
A behind the scenes discussion on how — and why — you should create a digital marketing agency.
Lee Odden from TopRank Marketing shares his insights on the intersection of PR and online marketing
An in-depth discussion on the intersection of search, social, and the open web, and how you can prepare for the future.
Tony Wright from WrightIMC shares his insight and tactics for protecting your online reputation when it matters most.
A power-house round table discussion with three of the most influential women in online marketing.
Many online marketers are frustrated with social media as a sales driver. But if you approach it the correct way, it can have huge impact.
Have you ever considered selling your online business? If so, then there is a lot to consider, and this episode gives you the details you will need to know.
Struggling with how to sell the benefits of your online products? Then this episode will help.
Thinking about using chatbots for your online business? Then you will want to listen to this episode.
An interview with Jonny Nastor and Jerod Morris, creators of The Showrunner.
A comprehensive review of the tactics and strategies you need to create an engaging community site.
Negative reviews can have disastrous consequences for your business, unless you are prepared.
Online entrepreneurs must overcome many factors to succeed online. But one challenge stands out the most.
Ever wonder how all those online experts became famous? This episode reveals their secrets.
This episode helps you address the most important question of being an online entrepreneur – Why does it matter?
Being an online entrepreneur can be stressful, but this one technique can make a huge difference.
A revealing look at the emerging marketing trends of 2017, and what you need to do to be prepared for them.
If you have ever considered writing a book for printed publication, then you must listen to this episode.
Every online business faces competition for its product or service. But competition does not have to be a bad thing, if you look at it the right way.
Finding the right people to join your growing online business is not easy. But, with a little effort, you can create a compelling offer that does not require you to spend a lot.
It can be intimidating hiring contractors or employees for your online business. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you know how to do it.
Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown from GrowthHacker.com join us for an in-depth look at how you can grow your online business.
PPC advertising can seem intimidating. But the truth is, it doesn’t take a lot to generate significant results … if you know what to do.
Do you struggle with how to price your online products? Well, this episode will help.
The Amazon publishing ecosystem is a great way to build your online audience — if you know what to do.
Running an affiliate marketing program can be tricky, especially when selling digital goods. So is it worth it?
Email marketing has been the bedrock of online marketing. But with so many options available, can it still perform? Listen in and find out.
Sure, getting traffic from search engines is important. But is it worth investing time in SEO to get that traffic?
When it comes to creating a profitable online business, there are many options to consider. But is WordPress the right way to go?
Are you looking for smarter ways to engage people in your online business? Then you will want to listen to this episode.
If you think that innovation is derived from a deep understanding of your customer, think again.
This week’s guest is a self-learner. She aspires to help people’s small businesses succeed beyond their wildest dreams by making social media marketing plain and simple to understand and implement. She is Laura Roeder, and she is a Digital Entrepreneur.
This week’s guest is a visionary strategist for the digital age. She helps brands reach the next level by leveraging digital opportunities to drive meaningful results. She is Shama Hyder (aka the “Zen Master of Marketing”), and she is a Digital Entrepreneur.
This week’s guest specializes in helping small business owners and bloggers take their businesses to the next level. He wants to assist others in creating a strategy for long-term success. He is Seth Spears, and he is a Digital Entrepreneur.
This week’s guest aspires to help you get your money right. He wants to assist others in taking back their purchasing power. He is Jarmar Dupas, and he is a Digital Entrepreneur.
This week’s guest is obsessed. She has a burning passion for creating freedom in not only her life but also in the lives of others. She is Raubi Perilli, and she is a Digital Entrepreneur.
What do advanced sports analytics have to do with digital commerce? Well, everything — at least when it comes to the story of Ed Feng and his site The Power Rank.
Sarah Morgan may rub some people the wrong way with her dedication to naps, her casual approach to online interaction, and the occasional curse word in an email. But make no mistake: she’s serious, works hard, and has found a way to create a lucrative digital business that keeps her, above all, entertained.
This week’s guest on The Digital Entrepreneur remains wholeheartedly enthusiastic about captaining her own ship … even if, in her words, it’s a “rowboat” compared to the larger vessel for which she is an Executive VP. She’s spent the better part of this decade teaching savvy business owners how to boost their marketing skills, and in this episode she discusses some lessons she has learned along the way.
This week’s guest on The Digital Entrepreneur is all about vitality. His focus is educating dog owners on natural practices that prevent pet illness effectively and sensibly. He helps people who want the best for their animals.
This week’s guest on The Digital Entrepreneur is focused. Her focus is on creating a one-on-one relationship with every one of her customers. How? She’s doing so by utilizing Twitter to personally connect with her target customers. And those connections have driven the growth of her online business.
This week’s guest on The Digital Entrepreneur wants to hug you … even if you hate him! 😉 He founded one of the world’s most popular online resources for marketers and business owners, hosts one of the world’s most influential social media and marketing podcasts, and is the author of several exceptional books. He is … Jay Baer
This week’s guest on The Digital Entrepreneur is determined. His goal is to help five billion people with their efforts to grow a business. How?
This week’s guest on The Digital Entrepreneur is motivated. And he’s not just motivated to achieve his own goals, he’s motivated to help others achieve theirs as well. He’s uncovered two big secrets to getting more of the right things done. One is putting his back up against the wall. The other takes place every night …
The freedom of digital entrepreneurship means something different to all of us. For Andrea Vahl, it has meant the freedom to be unafraid of being different, and build a business that shines a light on her talents. And she loves helping other people do the same.
What are you trying to chase down right now in your business? This is a question my guest on this week’s episode asks himself constantly. And he’s here to share some wisdom that will help you chase your it down faster and better.
This week, we talk to a man who describes himself as “unable since birth to settle for how things should be.” He’s a proud dad, a husband, and an online entrepreneur who loves creating, marketing, and selling cool things online. And he’s learned that simplicity and depth are the keys to consistently working on what matters so you can make the impact you desire.
Joanna Penn was a self-proclaimed “cubicle slave” who had a nagging feeling that she “should” be happy with her life, even though she wasn’t. So many digital entrepreneurs face similar feelings on their path to freedom. How did Joanna get from there to where she is now as a very successful, bestselling author entrepreneur? In this episode, Joanna shares her digital entrepreneur origin story.
It’s not enough to just be doing content and email marketing anymore. Those are merely the prerequisites to join the game.
Joanna Wiebe of Copy Hackers joins us this week on The Digital Entrepreneur to offer up a handful of simple copywriting hacks that work especially well for digital products.
Are you thinking of launching a membership site built around education? Do you already have one, and are looking for ways to take it to the next level? If you answered Yes to either question, then this episode will be for you.
This may come as a shock, but Brian Clark is going to start publishing articles on a site other than the ones he owns. Find out where, his reasoning, and why this isn’t what you think it is.
What is the biggest difference between a perpetually aspiring digital entrepreneur, who has all the ideas in the world … and a successful digital entrepreneur, who actually goes out and gets things done?
It might be time to adjust how you’re approaching your social media strategy — especially if your approach is focused solely on top-of-the-funnel activities like building awareness.
On this week’s episode, we expound on the topic of WordPress product development by picking Brian Clark’s brain on the topic. He’s spent the last decade developing themes, plugins, and now, of course, the Rainmaker Platform. So he has some lessons to share …
Virtual Reality (VR) has been theorized and fantasized about for decades, perhaps even longer. Many of us have considered it a part of some still-off-in-the-distance future. But what if we told you … that the future is now?
Chris Lema knows plenty about creating successful digital products. He’s been doing it himself, and coaching others on the underlying process, for years. In this episode of The Digital Entrepreneur, we get some insight from Chris on the importance of starting your product development with the problem.
When you inject paid advertising into a content marketing strategy, the fundamentals that helped you succeed with content marketing don’t go out the window. In fact, your ad strategy and your content marketing strategy will be more similar than you think.
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: don’t build your online business on rented land. From the world of online course marketplaces we get yet another example illustrating why this is so important.
Do you need a mobile app that is separate from your website? If you’ve built an audience online, you’ve probably pondered this question a time or two. The answer (still) hasn’t changed.
This is the fifth episode in our 5-part series on the essential elements of the modern marketing website. In it, we dive into the importance of testing and tracking when it comes to making the best decisions about the future of your digital business.
This is the fourth episode in our ongoing series on the essential elements of the modern marketing website. Today we take the next step after access, and break it down by using free online courses as the perfect lead magnet for digital entrepreneurs.
When your website delivers the right piece of content at the right time to the right person — and in the right format — you create experiences that pull people in and increase your chances of compelling registrations and driving sales.
Today, we begin our five-episode series breaking down the elements of the modern marketing website. We begin with an element that remains incredibly powerful, despite still getting overlooked far more than it should.
Danny Margulies went from “wantrepreneur” to digital entrepreneur. First, he taught himself how to succeed as a freelancer. Then, he turned those lessons into a basic online course that taught others how to succeed as well. In January of 2016, his online course generated over $25,000 in revenue. (And that’s not even the best month he’s had.)
What are the essential elements that a website must have to create a user experience that leads to successful digital commerce? We introduce them in this week’s episode.
Are all entrepreneurs really digital entrepreneurs? A recent research paper posted this idea. We decided it would be the perfect jumping off point for the newest show on Rainmaker.FM: The Digital Entrepreneur.
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