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.
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.
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.
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...
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.Continue reading
There is one promise, one dream, that is the most alluring of all, in our industry.
The promise of easy money.
The hope for easy money brings floods of newbies into the fold of online marketing, entrepreneurship, digital nomadism etc.
Bold-faced promises of a simple trick to make money easily is the domain of (rather obvious) scams aimed at the naive and underinformed. However, everywhere you look in online marketing, there are echoes of the promise of easy money. From headlines of trending blog posts to the sales messages of even the most serious and enterprised-focused marketing tools, the implication is always that this will somehow make you more money, more easily.
Is it just an alluring trap? Or can making money truly be easy?Continue reading
Google Analytics is a very popular tool for tracking website visitors, but it’s not the only solution and certainly not the perfect solution for everyone.
Depending on your business model and your needs, an alternative analytics solution might serve you far better and be a lot more useful to your business. Whether you’re looking for something supplemental or something to completely replace GA, this post has got you covered.
Read on to discover the best Google Analytics alternatives for your website.Continue reading
If you search for "marketing automation", you might experience some heart palpitations when you start looking at prices. The big marketing automation players like Marketo, Pardot and Hubspot all have pricing plans that range from hundreds of dollars a month to the ominous "contact us". Clearly geared towards large enterprises, rather then scrappy startups.
But don't let that discourage you. Marketing automation is a cornerstone of any successful online business and in this post, you'll discover the tools that are suitable solopreneurs, digital nomads and small teams.
While this site has only recently been revived, I want to continue the tradition of looking back at the past year and extracting the most valuable lessons and learning points from it.
2016 was another big year in my business and despite already being past the "small business" and "startup" stages, we managed to double our revenue again, over the course of the year.
This would indicate that we're doing some things right.
2016 was also arguably one of the most challenging and stressful years for me yet. And if you're familiar with The Grind, you know that this too is a good thing in many ways.
Watch the video to get a closer look at the big lessons and mistakes from this hugely successful year.Continue reading
Follow your passion! Dare to believe in your dreams! You can do it!!
Sound familiar? The areas of entrepreneurship and personal development/motivational stuff and intertwined and "follow your passion" is run-of-the-mill advice in both.
But is it actually good advice or is it just another example of guru bullshit?
In my experience, it's bad advice and the "follow your passion" crowd usually don't last long as entrepreneurs.
So, you should be a hard hitter and chase the money, right? Coffee is for closers and all that.
Well, chasing the money is also a pretty reliable way to fail at the startup game...
So, what exactly is the right approach? Check out today's video to find out...
If you've been following us for a while, you'll notice that the name of this site has changed. What's behind this new name and the re-branding? What will be new, what will be the same, going forward?
Read on to find out...Continue reading
Email marketing is the cornerstone of many online businesses. And the tools you use to manage your email marketing can make a huge difference to your bottom line.
It's no wonder, then, that "which autoresponder do you recommend?" is a question I receive quite often.
In today's post, we'll take a look at the two major cateogries of email marketing solutions and I'll tell you which specific service I recommend (and why).