If you want people to pay attention to you, it helps to be an expert.
But as you know, becoming an expert takes time. You must amass knowledge, apply it and then develop a strong record of practical success before the internet will consider you an authority.
It’s hard to shortcut that process, but today we’re going to look at a business that managed to do just that.
Whenever people talk about entrepreneurship, they usually discuss groundbreaking businesses. You know, like Tesla, SpaceX and Amazon.
It makes you feel like you need to be an Elon Musk level super genius to start a successful online company!
The truth is that straightforward products solving basic problems create fantastic business opportunities. In fact, a lot of businesses are successful because they KEEP...IT...SIMPLE.
That's why we're going to start analyzing some simple businesses to show that you can succeed through simplicity too! If that feeling of "I can do this!" sinks in, you'll finally take action on your own ideas to break through the crippling wantrepreneur phase.
So you finally managed to finish your first eBook? That’s great...congratulations!
After all those months of struggling to turn your first writing idea into an info-product reality, it’s done and you’re ready to start reaping the benefits of your hard work with some online sales.
Now you just have to find a way to accept money from your audience and you’ll literally be in business.
The problem is that online payment systems can be complex and tough to integrate smoothly with your website. You’re also handling people’s credit card digits so it’s important to get this sales step right.
Read on to learn about the 3 major online payment systems (Stripe, PayPal and GumRoad) so you can launch your eBook now with the payment gateway that’s right for you.
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...
This Monday, we're here with another Mixup podcast episode. The topic for this episode is rarely discussed on the web, yet we find it extremely important: true ownership of your platform and business.
Owning your platform is one of the three main pillars we talk about on ActiveGrowth. We find these three pillars so essential that it's the first thing you can read about on our homepage.
So, what exactly does "owning your platform" mean? And what are the mistakes entrepreneurs make, that leave them with a business they don't truly own? Listen to today's episode to find out!
It turns out that marketing teams and online business owners don’t have superhuman hearing when it comes to detecting whispers about their products and services online.
So how do they manage to always respond to comments every time their company or products are mentioned in blog posts or forum discussions or social media blasts?
Well, it’s not by manually scrounging for data on a daily basis.
Instead, they have automated tools that listen to buzz on the internet for them.
Now, you might think a fancy automated monitoring system costs a monthly fortune to deploy and would be super complicated to setup...but you’d be wrong!
The leading keyword monitoring tools are FREE and only take a few moments to get up and running.
If you have an online business, this quick post will teach you how to start listening to the internet to help manage your brand and product perception in real-time to boost your online authority and make more sales!Continue reading
If you run an online business, you know how much it sucks to schedule meeting after meeting, across multiple timezones, through your email.
Here's a typical back-and-forth email scheduling thread you're probably much too familiar with...Continue reading
Habits. A simple word that describes such a powerful and complex thing. In today's podcast episode, Paul and I discuss the habits we've created in our lives that most directly contribute to our effectiveness as entrepreneurs.
Plus, you'll discover the best brain hacks that allow you to build new habits as effectively and effortlessly as possible.Continue reading
This is a quick post to define the kind of business model I most frequently refer to in posts, videos and podcast episodes.
We can call this business model a “value based business”, although that’s not the only term I use. When I talk about “product and service based businesses”, I’m referring to the same thing. And when I talk about products, services and offers, I’m usually talking about it in the context of a value based business.
So, what exactly is a value based business?
In all of the online marketing/blogging/work from home niche, there seems to be a crucial topic that everyone’s silent about: basic financial sense.
It seems that we’re all so preoccupied with the idea of getting rich over night that managing finances is deemed unnecessary. Hey, by next week, I’ll be so rich it won’t matter anymore, right? I’ll just go ahead and put this $4,000 course on my credit card…
Here’s a dose of reality, for anyone who dares take it:
This post is all about teaching you everything you need to create your own videos and use them on your site. We’ve decided to create this post because despite video being an incredibly powerful tool, we couldn’t find a single comprehensive resource that explained the fundamentals of video creation, video players and delivery in a simple, easy-to-use guide that anyone can pick up and run with. We expect that you’ll need to bookmark this page and refer back to it as and when you go through the process of creating your first video.
Even if you’re a beginner, by the end of this post you’ll know more than 90% of people about how to create, upload and play videos on your web site for increased engagement, conversions and connection with your audience.
YouTube offers a free and convenient video platform, for anyone to use. What a great opportunity for the frugal online marketer, right?
There are certain uses for YouTube, but it also comes with substantial risk. In fact, there are some kinds of videos that absolutely don’t belong on YouTube, under any circumstances and if you run an online business, you need to know about this.
Read on to learn about the risks of using YouTube and discover exactly what kinds of videos do and don’t belong on YouTube.