All posts by Shane Melaugh

Do You Feel Like You Aren’t Ready Yet?

A failure to get shit done is a very common problem among entrepreneurs. We're all better at coming up with ideas than at seeing them through to completion (as we've discovered in various previous posts).

When you procrastinate and deliberate instead of finishing and publishing, you always have good reasons. At least, they sound like really good reasons when you tell them to yourself...

One of the most common reasons to put things off is the feeling of being unprepared. You're just not ready for this yet. You just need to get a bit better, learn a bit more,...

In this video, I reveal something about myself that will help you change your mind and get more done.

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The 80% Rule – Unraveling Our Culture’s Greatest Myth About High Performance

You've been lied to.

I'm sorry to be the bearer of such bad news, but you've been lied to. And it gets worse: you've been lied to by some of the people you admire and look up to, the most.

Specifically, you've been told that you should always give it your best. That you should always give 100%. Perhaps even 110%.

That is the path to success and excellence, is it not? That's how the rich and famous managed to climb to their position in life.

In reality, this is an idea that, if followed in earnest, will keep you small, weak and frustrated.

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15 Reasons You Need to Create & Sell Your Own Product

15 Reasons

If you want to make money, you gotta sell something. And that means creating a product of your own. We call this creating a value based business and it's a simple proposition. However, the suggestion to create your own product probably causes a feeling of resistance inside you.

"Isn't creating your own product too difficult?"

"What if I'm not good enough to teach something in an info product or offer a service?"

"And stuff like payment processing and memberships and all that? Isn't that too complicated?"

If various gurus and the ever-passing parade of online marketing trends is to be believed, there are far easier ways to make money. So, why should you go the path of (seemingly) greater resistance and get your hands dirty creating your own product?

As you'll discover in this post, there are many reasons...

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“Instagram Created a Monster” – On the Inevitable Decline of Social Channels

Monster Instagram

Every social network that gets popular inevitably declines. They all decline in the same way. And the decline happens for the exact same reason.

If you don't know about this, you'll fall into the "trending traffic" trap again and again. You'll be lured in by "social starlet" success stories, jump on a new platform when it's already too late and experience yet another disappointment.

Read on to discover what drives the inevitable decline of social platforms (and why you need to own your platform, instead).

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Should You Publish (or Even Sell) Something When It’s Just Not Good Enough?

This is a further video in my series about why publishing lots of stuff is more important than publishing great stuff.

One of the things that holds entrepreneurs back from publishing content and launching products is this creeping feeling of "it's just not good enough".

Is this a justification for not publishing? Isn't it better to spend more time working on your content or product, so that what you will eventually release will actually be good?

The answer depends on why you hesitate to publish in the first place, as you'll see in today's video.

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Revenue Engines: Upsell, Downsell & Every Other Way You Can Build a Deeper Funnel to Make More Money

Revenue Engines

It costs up to 25 times more to get a new customer, compared to turning an existing customer into a repeat customer.

Qualified buyer leads are infinitely more valuable than just leads. The most surefire way to qualify if someone's a buying lead for your kind of business and your kind of product is if they've already bought something from you.

This is why the most effective thing most (already running) businesses can do to increase revenue is to get their existing customers to buy more stuff from them. In fact, it's one of only 3 possible things you can ever do, to make more money in your business.

Read on to see the exact strategies and funnel setups you can apply, to use this principle in your business.​

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Highlights from the ActiveGrowth Podcast Launch Webinar

Podcast Highlights Launch

As part of the launch of our new podcast, we held a live webinar on launch day. During the webinar, we discussed the content of the first episodes with our audience and everyone who attended could ask us questions.

We got questions about the Forget Traffic/Customer First topic form the podcast, as well as many other questions about business building and marketing.

For this post, we picked out some of the highlights for you.

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Podcast Mixup Episode: Why Ego is Bad for Business

Today's episode is the first one that isn't part of the "Forget Traffic!" series. Instead, we discuss a problem that can undermine a business in subversive ways.

Simply put, that problem is: ego.

We've all got it, but the more you succumb to your ego, the lower your chances of success.

Listen in to discover the 5 ways in which ego will hurt your business and the strategies we've employed to outmaneuver our egos in these situations.

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Why You Need to Create More Stuff: Ideas Expire

If you're a creator (whether you're creating written content, videos or anything else), you need to focus on creating a lot and publishing fast.

In this previous post, I've laid out why you should focus on quantity instead of quality for your content marketing and here's a mental reframe you can use if you're stuck in the perfectionist mindset.

Today's video adds another reason why publishing often and fast is so important.

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You’re Being a Perfectionist About the Wrong Thing…

This is a follow up to my post about quality vs. quantity in content marketing. In that post, we came to the conclusion that you can only create good, high quality content through practice. And practice means creating lots of content.

You may agree with this premise, but still struggle to put it into practice. Today's video is a reframe that will help you overcome this problem.

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Gary Vaynerchuk vs. Ramit Sethi – Who’s Got the Best Approach to Content Marketing?

In content marketing, should you focus on quality or quantity?

In other words: should you spend a lot of time creating fewer pieces of content, but make each of those pieces as epic as possible? Or is it better to publish a lot and get your message out there as often as possible, in as many places as possible?

The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask. But in today's post, we'll settle the debate, by asking the right question...

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The Only 3 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Revenue

Building a business can often feel quite overwhelming. One of your most important tasks is to make the business grow and it seems like there are unlimited possibilities and an endless list of tasks.

Well, I'm about to make this a lot easier for you. When you get right down to it, there are only 3 things you can do to make more money. In this post, you'll get the big-picture overview of these 3 things, so you know what to do next, no matter what your current situation is.​

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