How to Be a Better Writer & Get a Book Deal Without Trying (with Jeff Goins)

  • January 12, 2012 by Caleb Wojcik

We just recently stumbled across Jeff Goins, who blogs at Goins, Writer, and were impressed by how many big name people read and share his work.

Then we heard he got 1,000 subscribers to his blog during the week he launched The Writer’s Manifesto earlier this year. Then we saw that he was also just featured as one of the top 10 blogs for writers by Write to Done.

We knew we wanted to hear from him about his multi-year journey towards his “overnight success”.

In this video interview you’ll learn how to get a book deal without writing a proposal, why first drafts are always bad, and why you need to focus on becoming a better writer.

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How Two Women Used a Blog to Beat Their Kickstarter Campaign Goal by 227%

  • December 15, 2011 by Caleb Wojcik

In the past few months on Think Traffic we have interviewed bloggers about how they’ve built up 100,000 readers, made a living off their blog in just six months, and how they’ve re-launched their blog to double their readership.  Today, you’re in for something a little different.

Just a few weeks ago, Shannon Whitehead and Kristin Glenn from Revolution Apparel started a Kickstarter campaign to launch their brand new line of clothing. (If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter before it is the world’s largest online funding platform for creative projects.) The original goal for their fundraising was $20,000. After just 4 weeks, they are already have over $46,849 pledged by 583 different backers

That’s over 215% of their goal with a full week left to go. (Update: Their Kickstarter campaign is now closed and fully funded at $64,246. 321% of their goal!)

How did they have so much success? Keep reading to find out how having a blog was a major reason for their success.

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How Scott Dinsmore Re-Launched his Blog and Doubled His Readership

  • November 16, 2011 by Caleb Wojcik

Sometimes you have a website that just isn’t going exactly where you want it to or is growing at a sluggish pace.

One of the best strategies in this situation is to plan a big re-launch for your site. We wanted to show you an example of someone that did just that using the exact launch strategy advice we laid out recently.

Corbett sat down with Scott Dinsmore from Live Your Legend who completely re-branded and re-launched his site earlier this year and is keeping the momentum going with the launch of his first product called Live Off Your Passion this week.

We helped Scott with the relaunch strategy and design of his blog. He was able to nearly double his readership within a few short weeks of relaunching the site (LYL now informs nearly 9,000 subscribers).

In this video you will learn how to plan a complete re-launch of your online brand, how to carry the momentum going forward after launch day, and how to set up your site to retain the visitors you attract.

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How The Minimalists Built an Audience of 100,000 in Just 9 Months

  • November 1, 2011 by Caleb Wojcik

And you thought the minimalist niche was fully saturated.

We sat down with Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists to discuss how they built their audience from scratch since the beginning of 2011 to over 100,000 visitors a month.

They were able to carve out a (profitable) piece of the minimalism audience and quit their six-figure day jobs to dedicate themselves full-time to their online passions.

In this video you will learn whether or not you have to be a good writer to launch a successful blog, how you can replace a full-time job with just a few focused income streams, and how to increase engagement with your readers and customers.

(If you are reading this in an email, click here to view the video.)

If you want to find out more about Josh and Ryan head over to The Minimalists. You can also check out their books on Amazon (non-affiliate links): Falling While Sitting Down: Stories and Minimalism: Essential Essays.

Now we want to hear from you, how can you focus more on building your audience this week?

Also, if you have any questions for Ryan or Josh, please leave them in the comments below.

How Gary Arndt Built One of the Most Popular Blogs in the Crowded Travel Niche

  • October 20, 2011 by Caleb Wojcik

There are a lot of blogs about travel, but how does one stand out in such a crowded niche?

We sat down with Gary Arndt of the Everything Everywhere Travel Blog to discuss how he was able to differentiate himself and create one of the most popular personal travel blogs out there.

In March 2007, Gary sold his house and has been traveling non-stop ever since. He has been to over 100 countries and is not planning on stopping any time soon. He has built up quite the following and we are glad to have him here today to share his story, both online and off.

In this video you will find out how he built up over 100,000 followers on Twitter, makes time to post everyday while traveling, and stands out in a crowded niche.

(If you are reading this in an email, click here to watch the video.)

We love to hear and share with you people who are doing what they want to do with their lives and are able to build a business around it. We’ve got a few more awesome interviews coming in the next month and hope you’ll enjoy them.

If you want to find out more about Gary, check out his blog Everything Everywhere and his podcast This Week in Travel.

Now we want to hear from you, how do you plan to stand out from the crowd and make a splash in your niche? What makes you or your site different?

6 Months to Full-Time Blogger? Find Out Exactly How James Clear Did It

  • October 4, 2011 by Caleb Wojcik

Sometimes it takes well over a year to gain any momentum online, especially in a crowded niche. But it doesn’t always have to.

With a strategic plan, the right tactics, and some hustle some can become an authority on a topic and grow a large community in a matter of months.

We sat down for a chat with James Clear of Passive Panda to discuss the impressive growth of his site so far.

James has built a full-time income from his site in six months, a thriving audience, and has created a sizable list over the past nine months.

In this video you will find out exactly how he built his audience from scratch, the easiest way to make money from your site in the beginning, and how he got featured on Lifehacker and Alltop.

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