One phrase came up over and over again: “follow your passion.”
People are tired of hearing “follow your passion.” You’ve heard it. You know you should to do what you love.
The real question is: now what? How can you follow your passion AND earn a living? How can you know if your “passion” is worth following? How can you know if it will make a good business or career idea?
What if you want to don’t want to risk ruining your passion by turning it into a business in the first place?
The “follow your passion” model is more complicated than it first appears.
Imagine if your site was featured regularly on some of the biggest sites on the web related directly to your site’s topic.
What might that do for your profile and your traffic?
What if you were featured 83 times in less than a year on huge sites like CopyBlogger, Freelance Switch, ProBlogger, Get Rich Slowly, Smashing Magazine, DIYThemes, Stepcase Lifehack, Daily Blog Tips, KISS Metrics and even little old Think Traffic?
That’s exactly what happened to Danny Iny in 2011.
Actually, I shouldn’t say “it happened to” Danny, because all of this was very planned and intentional. Danny figured out how to get his content and his site featured regularly on all these sites and suddenly he was everywhere.
It’s no wonder Danny’s site Firepole Marketing has become so popular lately. Your site would probably be pretty damn hot right now if you were featured in so many places in a short time.
How did Danny pull off this incredible feat?
I decided to sit down with Danny to ask that specific question, and the answer might surprise you.
Watch below as Danny reveals his not-so-secret strategies.
Well, there’s one surefire way to still publish epic content on a regular basis without getting burnt out.
Start running interviews on your blog.
Just look at blogs like BlogcastFM, RiseToTheTop, and Mixergy that only do interviews and have even built an entire business around it.
Besides, if you are the only person who ever writes on your site it will be refreshing for your audience to hear another person’s perspective.
In this post we’ll discuss our experience with and advice for doing interviews in all sorts of mediums (audio, video, text) as well as some tips for how to reach out to A-Listers and land an interview with them.[Continue reading…]
(If you know of any other amazing stories of people that have used blogs to make a living, email us and let us know. We love featuring people that are doing amazing things because of their blogs.)
Today we’re happy to interview Sarai Minick from the sewing pattern company Colette Patterns. Sarai uses her blog as a platform to share her expertise on sewing, give people free patterns, and grow the audience for her sewing pattern store.
In this interview you’ll find outhow you can create a valuable product, give away great content to get traffic, and convert that to sales. No tricks, no shortcuts. It just works. [Continue reading…]