Interview

The PayPal Killer? Sell Anything Online in Seconds with Gumroad

  • May 23, 2013 by Caleb Wojcik
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Selling what you make online is more complex and frustrating than it should be.

Platforms like iTunes and Kindle take a huge cut of your profits, well-known payment processors freeze funds with no explanation, and most shopping cart software looks like it was built in the 90′s.

Not to mention that these solutions are hard to use, take your customers off your site, and make it nearly impossible to reach an actual human being for support.

And even some of the best payment processing companies (such as Stripe, who we use for Fizzle.co) can still be complicated to implement without a developer. [Continue reading…]

Education vs. Software: Which Is a Better Business Model?

  • November 15, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Which business model is better for an online startup: selling education or selling software?

Clay Collins ran an online education business that was on track to do 7-figures in annual sales, but this year he switched his entire business model over to selling software.

In this interview with Clay, you’ll find out:

  • Why Clay changed his entire business model despite having so much success selling information products
  • The pros and cons of software vs. education as a business
  • Clay’s tips for getting started as a software development company
  • What Clay thinks is wrong with the way information is marketed and sold today
  • Why being “the expert” can get tiresome
  • And a whole lot more…

And of course, after you watch this I would love to hear your thoughts on selling information vs. selling software in the comments below.

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How David Siteman Garland Used Web Interviews to Grow a Massive Audience

  • July 24, 2012 by Caleb Wojcik
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We’ve talked before about how you can spice up your blog with interviews. Now we’re going to hear directly from someone who has built a six figure business by interviewing over 300 entrepreneurs.

David Siteman Garland runs the web show and blog The Rise to The Top and is the creator of the course “Create Awesome Interviews.”

In this exclusive session with David, you’re going to learn exactly:

  • Just how big David’s audience has grown over the past few years (wait till you hear this, it’s incredible)
  • How you can get started doing your own interviews quickly and easily
  • Why having a web show is so important for your online reputation
  • How to get in touch with the biggest people in your industry (and get them to agree to be interviewed by you)
  • How David turned an interview-based web show into a multiple six-figure a year business (you won’t want to miss this part)

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Behind the New Think Traffic Design (Results + How We Did It) with Chase Reeves

  • July 19, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Think Traffic was completely redesigned less than two months ago. Today we’re introducing our very talented designer and friend, Chase Reeves. We’re also going to share some results about how the new design is helping Think Traffic grow faster than ever.

We’ve often talked here about the importance of design online. You have precious seconds to make an impression on new visitors. A great design can buy you time because it stands out and gives your visitors a warm fuzzy feeling about your site long enough for them to get hooked on your incredible content.

After two years with the same design, we wanted to do something new. It was time to differentiate Think Traffic through a new design and time to put more focus on converting visitors into email subscribers.

We’ve hinted a couple of times about our “secret weapon” web designer. Today it’s time to introduce Chase Reeves, the man behind our new digs.

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How 10 Instructors Earned $1.6 Million on Udemy in One Year

  • June 29, 2012 by Caleb Wojcik
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What if you didn’t even need a blog or audience of your own to bring your courses to the masses and earn a living from them?

What if you could earn six figures teaching to a quarter million users on a single online learning platform?

Well, people are doing just that with Udemy.com.

Corbett had a chance to sit down and interview the VP of Marketing at Udemy, Dinesh Thirupuvanam, in San Francisco to find out how it can be done. [Continue reading…]

How a First-Time Filmmaker Raised Over $100k on Kickstarter for an Unconventional Film

  • June 20, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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So many incredible things are possible now that weren’t possible just a few years ago. Technology and online social platforms are changing lives giving life to interesting new creative projects that gatekeepers of the old guard would have denied.

How exactly does a first-time filmmaker raise over $100,000 from thousands of individual new fans for an unconventional and touching documentary about complacency and the choices we make in life?

That’s exactly what Adam Baker and Grant Peelle and team have done over the past few weeks. Their new documentary I’m Fine Thanks has attracted over 4,000 individual backers and has raised more than their goal of $100k on Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are making it possible for anyone with a compelling story and drive to create something interesting to get their dream projects funded by true fans and generous strangers.

In this interview I shot with Adam Baker, you’ll find out: how they put this project together, why they decided to shoot a documentary (and travel the country making it), and exactly how they crafted the campaign that raised over $100,000.
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