David Siteman Garland on the Infinite Scalability of Online Courses

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.

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A Preview of Rainmaker Professional (And How to Lock in a Steal of a Deal)

In case you missed it, back in September we introduced Rainmaker, the complete website solution for building your online marketing and sales platform. With Rainmaker, you can:

  • Create powerful content-driven websites on your own domains.
  • Build membership sites and online training courses.
  • Sell digital products like software, ebooks, and more.
  • Perform sophisticated online lead generation.
  • Optimize your content for search engines and social networks.
  • Absorb cutting-edge tactics and strategy with included training.
  • Avoid a patchwork of plugins, themes, and complicated code.
  • Forget about upgrades, maintenance, security, and hosting headaches.
  • Take your content and domain to WordPress at any time you choose.

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Pat Flynn on Entrepreneurial Inspiration and His Profitable Content Strategy

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.

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How to Use Customer Experience Maps to Develop a Winning Content Marketing Strategy

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Customers. Complex bunch.

They pull out their wallets and purses to trade hard-earned dollars for stuff. Stuff we design, organize, grow, program, or manufacture.

Stuff like curved TVs. Endurance events. Spicy vodka. Graphic design textbooks. Massive multiplayer online games. Lilac bulbs. Tax preparation software. Workout regimens.

If customers buy the stuff you make, then you got two things right:

  1. You built a healthy audience.
  2. You built products they love, which, of course, explains their buying behavior — if they have the money and they want it, they’ll buy it.

It’s not magic. There’s a blueprint. A faithful roadmap.

But that’s not all of it.

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The Most Important Lessons You Should Have Learned in 2014

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For so many of us, the end of every year revolves around holiday celebrations and spending quality time with friends and family. As it should.

But the end of the year is also a time for purposeful reflection — for considering the successes and failures of the year gone by, and for making sure that lessons have been learned and that plans are in place to hit the ground running in the new year.

On this episode of The Lede, Demian Farnworth and I spend a little time purposefully reflecting on 2014 and the most important lessons we will carry forward with us into 2015.

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Against Attention: The Pre-Thanksgiving Manifesto

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Attention is not a fixed resource. Thank goodness. This means the little guy and gal can rise above the crowded skyline.

Just because Seth Godin has 400 million eyeballs, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of those eyeballs, too …

Doesn’t mean you can’t attract some of that interest and loyalty. We all start at the bottom. In obscurity. In the mud. In the dark.

But because of the nature of attention, you too can become a skyscraper. You too could rise out of the dark.

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