Microblogger Interviews: Online business, blogging, entrepreneurship and wealth building
By Jim Wang: blogger, online entrepreneur, investor
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Jim Wang from Microblogger interviews fellow entrepreneurs to discover the secrets and strategies they used to build successful online businesses. Learn how to start your own business in your spare time, build a successful blog that makes a full time income, and the social and business strategies you need to take it to the next level. Jim Wang has done it before, building personal finance blog Bargaineering into a full time business that generated over half a million dollars a year in income and was eventually acquired for even more. This is a no fluff, no bs show with only the best experts in ecommerce, affiliate marketing, public relations, writing, podcasting, outsourcing, search engine optimization, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, ebooks and everything else you'll need to know to build a business you can be proud of.
||MBP #38 – How to Dominate Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing with Steve Scott||Do you know that there are folks out there making five figures a month publishing books directly via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing? There are and today we talk to Steve Scott, who makes anywhere from $15,000 to $60,||11/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #37 – Reverse Interview – Jim Wang Answers Questions from Two Blogging Veterans||A few weeks ago, Rob Berger, whom I interviewed for podcast episode 35, and Greg Go, whom I interviewed for podcast episode 2, suggested a “reverse interview” where they ask me some questions. Why not? We jump around on topics but we talk about my bac||10/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #36 – New Business Pitfalls You MUST Avoid, with CorpNet’s Founder Nellie Akalp||Nellie Akalp is the CEO and Founder of CorpNet, a document filing service company. CorpNet is Nellie’s second document filing service business, the first of which celebrated a liquidity event back in 2005. In this episode,||10/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #35 – Lessons Learned from 100+ Podcast Episodes, with Rob Berger||Rob Berger founded Dough Roller many years ago but has only been podcasting since November 2013. Despite how relatively “new” it is, he’s been prolific… releasing over a hundred episodes (including one each and every day in January).||9/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #34 – How a Professional Hobo Works and Travels the World since 2006||When I started Bargaineering in 2005, the words “location independent lifestyle” had not yet been put together to mean what it does today. Lifestyle design and Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Workweek had not yet been published (April 2007).||9/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #33: How Tom Drake Built, Bought, and Partnered His Way to a 40+ Blog Network||Many years ago, internet marketers around the world shouted this “incredible” strategy from the rooftops: “If you could build a site that made $50 a month, all you had to do was make 100 of them and you’d create yourself a nice little income.||8/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #32: Jonathan Milligan on How to Launch, Promote & Grow Membership Sites from Scratch||One of the most popular ideas in all of business is known as the Lean Startup mentality. It applies to nearly everything in life, let alone business. While we never actually say the words “lean startup” during our chat,||8/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #31: Learn the Secrets of Million Mile Secrets with Daraius Dubash||Daraius Dubash was working for a big Fortune 500 manufacturing company, traveling the world and accruing airline miles and hotel points, when he left to go to business school. After business school, he began working for another company but he missed al...||7/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #30: How Jaden Hair Built the Steamy Kitchen Empire (then scaled it back!)||One of the most important qualities of a successful entrepreneur is the ability to learn quickly and learn a lot. Tim Ferriss has often said that it doesn’t take a lifetime to master something, “based on my experience and research,||7/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #29: Chip Chinery, Life as a Stand-up Comic, Television and Commercial Actor||Does that guy look familiar? Unless you haven’t watched anything on television ever in your life, you’ve seen him. He’s been in a commercial or television show you’ve watched. He’s the dumb guy. The clumsy cop. The dumb white guy who can take a||7/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #28 – How Taylor Flanery Got 125,000 Facebook Fan Page Likes in 2 Months Without Paying a Cent||Say what you will about the value of a Like on Facebook, especially with Facebook controlling how many of your followers get to see your posts, but you can’t deny that more Likes is better. Today’s episode is with Taylor Flanery,||7/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #27: How Bob Lotich Married His Faith & His Finances to 55,000+ Subscribers||Everyone agrees that differentiation is crucial. If you want to avoid being another face in the crowd, you have to stand out. This means you have to figure out what makes you different and showcase it to the world.||6/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #26: How to Raise $962,575+ on Kickstarter with Michael Mindes||Michael Mindes owns board game publisher Tasty Minstrel Games, publisher of hit titles such as Eminent Domain, Scoville, and Dungeon Roll. You may not have heard of some of their titles, they’re not household names like Monopoly (who actually like Mono.||6/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #25: How an Everyday Nomad Travels the World Armed Only With a Laptop||Location independent living is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. The basic idea is that when you earn a living online, you can live anywhere. You are location independent. It’s a romantic notion and an obviously fun one,||6/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #24 – How to Sell $1,190,560 in Ads: Ad Negotiation Strategies with Crystal Stemberger||Crystal Stemberger loves to negotiate. And she’s good at it. So good that she negotiates with advertisers on behalf of other bloggers (to the tune of 400+ blogs) and she’s brokered $1,190,560 in sales (as of the end of May 2014).||6/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #23: Agatha Kulesza on Being All Powerful, Authentic, and Fearless||Be authentic. That’s a common piece of advice most bloggers hear and read over and over again. I know I say it all the time. But what does it really mean to “be authentic?” To be true to yourself even in the face of adversity?||6/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #22: Ashley Jacobs, How to Throw a Successful #Trending Twitter Party||Wise Bread is extremely active in the personal finance blogging community and the cornerstone of that outreach strategy has been Ashley Jacobs. She joined the Wise Bread team in 2011 as a community coordinator and her role has expanded over the years,||5/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #21: How Lauren Greutman Gets on TV All The Time||Four years ago, Lauren Greutman started iamthatlady.com and has grown it to be a massively popular site through media appearances. In this episode, she gives a great collection of actionable strategies you can use to get more exposure for your blog thr...||5/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #20: How Todd Tresidder Used Great Content to Build a Successful Financial Coaching Business||At 35, Todd Tressider sold his share of a hedge fund and decided he’d become a financial coach. He registered a domain, FinancialMentor.com, in 1998 and has, over the last 16 years, built up a very successful practice that includes five published books.||5/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #19: The Brilliant Strategy Used to Lift Consumerism Commentary to 7-Figures||Luke Landes is most well known for building Consumerism Commentary, one of the grandfathers of personal finance blogs, into a business that was acquired for seven figures by Quinstreet in 2011. What isn’t as obvious is that Luke raised the profile of C.||5/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #18: How to Build a Prolific Freelance Writing Career, with Miranda Marquit||There are many paths to building a business and today’s chat is with Miranda Marquit, a prolific freelance writer who is very well known in the personal finance blogosphere. She has, in several years, built up an impressive freelance writing career tha.||5/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #17: Want to start a conference? Phil Taylor did it and had no idea what he was doing.||What do you do if you think it would be fun if two hundred of your closest internet friends go together? If you’re Phil Taylor, you throw a conference… despite having never done it before. Then you do it again… and again.||5/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #16: Chris Guthrie shares how he made $127,817.68 as an Amazon Associate (and that’s just the icing on the cake)||Remember back in the day when people would build websites and blogs just to earn a few dollars a month in Google Adsense? While make money blogs all over the internet talked about building vast blogging empires of 10 sites each earning $50 a month,||4/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #15: When She Makes More w. Farnoosh Torabi||Farnoosh Torabi is the primary breadwinner in her family. Her husband, Tim, is a software engineer but earns less than Farnoosh, which is an increasingly common dynamic. When I first started talking to Farnoosh,||4/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #14: Toni Anderson, The Happy Housewife, on How to Build a Rockstar Team to Run Your Blog||What if I told you that you could put into place a system that made it possible for you to leave your blog for several months and it would still be here when you came back? Take a quick peek at The Happy Housewife. Started by Toni Anderson in 2008,||4/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #13: John Corcoran on How Relationships Helped Him into the White House (and Beyond)||Jim Rohn once said that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” and I believe it. Much of my success, both in business and in life, can be credited to the people around me. It’s a fact I try to remember every single day||4/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #12: Erin Chase, $5 Dinner Mom, on selling 150,000+ copies of her books||A few years ago, when I was interviewed for the New York Times, a few literary agents emailed me to ask if I’d ever considered writing a book. I passed, knowing that my audience wasn’t large enough to support it,||4/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #11: How Matt Jabs took 9 posts and created a DIYNatural empire||When you have a passion, sometimes it shines through. Matt Jabs’ first blog chronicled his journey in getting debt free. As he was writing that, some of his most popular posts involved him making natural home products,||4/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #10: Billy Murphy on building a seven-figure poker training membership site||I met Billy last year at FINCON, the personal finance bloggers conference, and we got to talking, as one does at a conference, and I had no idea he built up such a hugely successful business in such a short period of time.||4/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #9: How Josh Dorkin Attracted 160,000+ to the Bigger Pockets Real Estate Community||I remember the first time I met Josh. It was at a conference in 2012, FINCON, being held in his hometown of Denver. I forgot how we got to talking but he mentioned he started a site called Bigger Pockets. I’m not a big real estate investor but one of m.||4/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #8: Jason Leake on how to grow a real food blog to 5 million pageviews (and monetize it!)||Jason is one-half of the team behind 100 Days of Real Food, along with his wife and site founder Lisa Leake. Together, they’ve grown 100 Days of Real Food into a real food blog that had over five million page views in January of 2014 and supports both .||4/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #7: Paula Pant, How one ex-journo uses humor to write compelling and engaging content||Paula Pant is a former journalist turned personal finance blogger who runs a freelance writing business and a personal finance blog Afford Anything. Funny story, I met her at FINCON in 2012 but forgot. When I saw her again in 2013,||3/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #6: How Lindsay & Bjork Built a 6-Figure Food Blogging Empire||You know how sometimes you just look at a site and just instantly fall in love? That was my reaction to Pinch of Yum the first time I saw it. Everything about it is beautiful. I swapped a few emails with Lindsay and Bjork in the past,||3/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #5: How Jason Glaspey Built a Paleo Meal Plan Powerhouse||Jason Glaspey founded Paleo Plan in 2009, after he discovered it after joining his local Crossfit gym. It was based on a simple idea – produce a weekly meal plan and shopping list so members could eat Paleo, waste less,||3/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #4: How J Money, an Anonymous Mohawk, Became a Recognizable Money Blogger||Picture in your mind your average financial planner or money expert, what do you see? Whether it’s a man or a woman, chances are they all look the same – corporate. Professional. That’s what we’ve come to expect from our experts.||3/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #3: Steve Chou explains how a total ecommerce novice launched a six-figure online store||What if your future wife to be wanted a beautiful hankerchief on her wedding day and none of the ones you two found would do? If your name is Steve Chou, then you and your future wife would order twenty dozen from a manufacturer in China.||3/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #2: How Greg Go at Wisebread Used Collaboration to Reach 2,000,000 Visitors a Month||Think about two of your friends from high school. Any two will do. Now think about starting a business with them and how that might turn out. Oh, did I mention you all work virtually? That’s exactly what Greg Go, Will Chen,||3/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||MBP #1: JD Roth on Getting Rich Slowly, How a writer built a blog that transformed his life||I’ve known JD for many years and he’s a modern rags to riches story. I first met him in person at an event thrown by moneyStrands in San Francisco, a meeting that JD mentions in the chat, and we’ve been friends every since.||3/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent, practical advice
I've listened to 2 of Jim's podcasts so far and I'm hooked. Jim is obviously well-acquainted with his guests and they're comfortable discussing business with him on air. It was really interesting hearing how these businesses got started. As an newer blogger, I'm looking for all the help I can get and Jim doesn't fail to live up to his promises.
Quickly becoming one of my favorite podcasts
I’ve listened to the first 12 Microblogger episodes and continue to learn something actionable from Jim and each of his guests. Jim experience running online businesses for many years makes this podcast stand out as he often asks insightful questions and has good rapport with his guests.
One of my favorites!
I listen to almost every epispode that comes out. Jim never fails to interview interesting guests and I like his laid back but inquisitive style. I also like the fact that he really focuses on his guests. not that Jim doesn't have a lot to share as a successful blogger, but I get the feeling that the podcast isn't all about him - it's about what we all can learn from his guests . My only criticism is that I want more episodes to listen to!
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