Join us Live Tomorrow: The Future of Blogging (with Special Guests)

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19th at 2pm Pacific, we’re hosting a free live online event on the Future of Blogging.

We have some very special guests joining us:

We’ll also be discussing the big announcement we’re making tomorrow morning, and we’ll reveal the winners of our Fizzle annual membership contest from last week.

This is also a live recording of The Fizzle Show for episodes airing this week.

To join us, just enter your email address below and we’ll send the link tomorrow. Check back here tomorrow at 9am Pacific for our special announcement. If you’re already on our email list for updates, you’ll get the invite and announcement as well.

Win a Year of Fizzle: Why is this Your Time to Shine?

We have something big to tell you about next week. To celebrate, we’re giving away two annual memberships in Fizzle (worth $315 each). Read on to find out how you can win.

Note: the contest is now closed. Click here to skip to the end to see the winners! Thanks everyone who entered, we appreciate you.

Before I tell you about the Fizzle annual membership contest we’re running, mark this date on your calendar: November 19.

Next Tuesday, November 19, we’re unveiling a big change. It involves Think Traffic, and Fizzle, and everything we do.

To celebrate, we’re giving away two Fizzle annual memberships. This contest is open both to new and existing Fizzle members, and participating is simple. Continue reading Win a Year of Fizzle: Why is this Your Time to Shine?

Start a Blog that Matters: Now with Fizzle Power!

Start a Blog that Matters has been our best selling individual course of all time. Over 3,000 people have enrolled since we released it in early 2012.

And today we’re announcing an exciting change…

Start a Blog that Matters has been completely updated and refreshed, and now it’s included with the Fizzle training library and community!

This means you can get started with Start a Blog that Matters for just $1 AND get access to the full Fizzle training library, community, perks, support and more.

We believe this makes two great programs even better. Start a Blog that Matters students have been asking for community features to accompany the 13-week action plan. Fizzle members have been asking to get access to our flagship blogging course from within the Fizzle platform, alongside all the other Fizzle courses.

Now they’re together at last, like peanut butter and jelly.

Blogging is still an incredible platform for growing an audience, making connections and attracting customers for an online business. Our course will show you exactly how to start not just any blog, but a blog that gets noticed and gains a following from day one.

And the Fizzle community is no small thing. Over 800 honest, hard-working entrepreneurs and independent creatives are in there, putting their butts on the line, forming mastermind groups, finding designers and co-authors, collaborating on projects, hiring each other and more.

Plus, now that Start a Blog that Matters is in Fizzle, you also get access to our full training library including courses like:

  • Essentials of Website Design with Chase Reeves
  • Building Your Email list to 10k Subscribers and Beyond with Corbett Barr
  • Connect with Anyone by Scott Dinsmore
  • Affiliate Marketing the Smart Way with Pat Flynn
  • Essentials of Effective and Engaging Content with Leo Babauta

Fizzle is full of over 40 hours of business-building training across 35 courses and 275+ lessons. With your membership you also get: live Office Hours and Fizzle Friday coaching sessions, the red-hot Fizzle Community, and specially negotiated discounts on services you need.

You’ll also get instant access to the gorgeously filmed, revealing and in-depth Founder’s stories interviews with super-successful indie entrepreneurs like Natalie Sisson, Jenny Blake, Nathan Barry, Brett Kelly, Benny Lewis, Barron Cuadro, Pat Flynn, Betsy and Warren Talbot and many more.

Did I mention you can get started for just $1 today? Seriously, this is the best value in online business training, period. On top of that, we slay business dragons every day of the week AND have more fun than is legally allowed in 13 countries.

Check out the full Start a Blog that Matters course and get started for just $1 »

Note: if you’re a Start a Blog that Matters student, you can still access the original course anytime. If you’d like to join us in Fizzle, we’ll be emailing you today with a special exclusive offer.

Celebrate Small

When you’re small, there is so much to celebrate.

When you’re small, you’re capable of handcrafted experiences, thoughtful details and careful outcomes.

When you’re small, you can personally know every customer. You can afford to do the little things that matter, like calling a customer or spending an hour to understand how you can help them better.

When you’re small, you can ensure every email, every video, every blog post and every status message is crafted with care.

When you’re small, you can make sure everyone is on the same page. And if they’re not, you can find out why just by asking.

When you’re small, you can change directions in a hurry, because you feel like it or because a new opportunity just has to be explored.

When you’re small you can afford to care.

When you’re small, you can affect people deeply.

Once you’re big, everything changes.

Once you’re big, you can’t know all your customers (or even everyone you work with).

You lose the critical feedback loop between customers’ honest, human needs and the folks at the top with revenue goals and shareholder demands.

You can’t create the little details that matter so much, that create love and trust and delight in your audience.

There’s just not enough time. It’s all too big.

More importantly, once you’re big you can’t get small again.

Getting big is a one-way journey.

Staying small is a journey too. It’s just not an obvious one.

Staying small takes work. You have to choose to find better ways to do things instead of just throwing money or people at problems. You have to grow quality over quantity.

Small is great.

Big can be great too, but big gets too much attention. Big likes to make people doing small and meaningful work feel inadequate for no good reason. The latest IPO gets first page news headlines for months. Today’s venture capital raise is always a big deal.

Big is celebrated because it’s easy to explain. Biggest revenue, most powerful brand, most employees, fastest growth. There is always one of each category.

Big is fun to talk about (“Did you see AcmeCorp’s revenue this quarter? Wow.”), but big doesn’t mean better. And big doesn’t always matter.

It’s hard to separate big from greed. A few people get rich when something goes public. Investors and founders get rich. Employees and users aren’t better off.

Small is not so easy to explain. Without big numbers to compare, you have to pay attention to the details. You have to read past the headlines and rely on your experience.

Details matter when something is small. The details are why the people who matter love small things.

Small is great.

Big can rarely stay great, even if it started great when it was small.

We should celebrate small.

Celebrate small companies and ideas and projects.

Celebrate entrepreneurs who understand how hard it is to stay small and choose to do so anyway.

Celebrate the small and profitable in a world of big and wasteful.

Staying small is an art. Constraints guide greatness.

You don’t have to put down big to embrace small. Big is what it is. Something will always be the biggest, and sometimes big is done right. Some things are supposed to get big, to change the course of human history or bring good to every person.

Big isn’t really the enemy. The real enemies are the invisible assumptions surrounding big, the gravity of big, the sense that if what I’m making doesn’t get big then it’s not good, I’m not good. That’s not true.

Small doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Let’s change that.

Celebrate the small thing you’re building. Acknowledge it’s importance. Pat yourself on the back. Enjoy the moments with the details and the customers that big can never have.

Appreciate the small entrepreneurs and businesses and projects and organizations around you that make your life better because they care about the people and the craft more than the growth and market share.

Small matters.

Celebrate small.

A version of this article appeared at Medium.

Is Your Work Changing Lives? Here’s How to Tell

The greatest compliment we can hope for as entrepreneurs is to find out what we’ve built actually means something, that what we’re doing matters.

A few days ago, a Fizzle member wrote a post in the forums titled “What I really think about Fizzle.” When you see a title like that about your work, you can’t help but feel a little nervous to read the judgement that follows.

In this case, the post was from Tom Ross, one of the most ambitious and generous members in the Fizzle community, so I was even more anxious about reading what Tom had to say. His opinion is important.

This kind of feedback is what really matters. Traffic, followers, signups, and even revenue can all lie about your progress, but having an impact says something important.

Continue reading Is Your Work Changing Lives? Here’s How to Tell

What Publishing 500 Blog Posts Taught Me About Rocket Science

Building a successful blog only requires two steps. Earning a living doing what you love requires two more steps. Publishing 500 blog posts taught me this and more.

A couple of weeks ago, we crossed over a big milestone here at Think Traffic. There are now over 500 blog posts published on this site. 500!

I don’t know how many bloggers out there have published 500+ posts, but I’ll guess it’s not many (compared to the hundreds of millions of blogs that have been started), which is a shame because it’s impossible to publish 500 posts without accomplishing something significant or even life changing.

For me, publishing 500 posts has helped attract an audience of 100,000+ unique visitors here per month, which directly led to building the little 3-person business now known as FizzleCo. My life and career has literally changed because I published my first blog post in March 2009, and kept publishing every month. Continue reading What Publishing 500 Blog Posts Taught Me About Rocket Science