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Ramit Sethi: I Will Teach You To Blog

Ramit Sethi and I both blew our college money on stocks, and neither of us know what sports season we are in. Here’s one way we are different: Ramit’s personal finance blog, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, gets hundreds of thousands of visitors while Lauren and I are still carving out our small corner of the internet. I invited Ramit to WriterViews to find out the specific strategies he used (and still uses) to grow, manage and monetize his blog – which, as you’ll find out, he was incredibly open about.

After this interview, you’ll be able to:

  • write guest posts that bring you tons of traffic [9:53]
  • write higher quality and quantity of posts in less time [26:40]
  • connect with the people you admire [35:35]
  • monetize in ways that pay more than your rent [43:10]
  • run a top blog and become a New York Times Best Selling Author [59:30]

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Interview Resources:

I Will Teach You To Be Rich | Ramit’s personal finance blog

I Will Teach You To Be Rich | Ramit’s best selling book on Amazon

Ramit’s 2007 Guide to Kicking Ass | the first product Ramit offered

Bucks Blog | Ramit’s writing on The New York Times

Sacramento Bee | the newspaper Ramit started writing for in high school

Write like a blogger | a Seth Godin post I like (Seth Godin mentioned at [33:45])

12 Lessons Learned While Marketing “The Four-Hour Body” | a Tim Ferris post including how Charlie Hoehn reached out to him (Tim mentioned at [13:02])

Welcome, Tim Ferris Readers | an example of a “catcher’s mitt” from Charlie Hoehn’s blog (Charlie mentioned at [39:25])

Why You Should Quit Your Job And Travel Around The World | Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Nonconformity (Chris mentioned at [22:04])

Mixergy: How Ramit Blogged (And Promoted) His Way To The Best Seller List | Andrew Warner asked, “Ramit gets a lot done because he’s good at systematizing what he does. I wonder how he does that.” [2:58]

How I Tripled My Blog’s Traffic in Three Months | Erica Douglass told Ramit to launch The Scrooge Strategy [47:55]


Q: Who said “keep your blog traffic high with a catcher’s mitt”? A: http://bit.ly/l7ZQBx | >> TWEET <<

Q: Who said “emails are my laboratory where I test different writing techniques”? A: http://bit.ly/l7ZQBx | >> TWEET <<

Q: Who said “never make a busy person do any work”? A: http://bit.ly/l7ZQBx | >> TWEET <<

Q: Who said “people try to monetize too fast… give people 100x before you even ask them for anything”? A: http://bit.ly/l7ZQBx | >> TWEET <<

Q: Who said “people are willing to pay for value despite those few idiots complaining not everything is free”? A: http://bit.ly/l7ZQBx | >> TWEET <<

Help thank my friends at the Kissmetrics blog for showing me how to do Tweetables | >> THANKS <<

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Want to blog like a lion? Marcus Sheridan shows you how

Today’s guest is Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion.

Watch this interview to learn:

  1. why Marcus avoids rants and what he does instead
  2. why and how to write polarizing posts (bringing in thousands of visitors)
  3. landing speaking engagements to help build credibility
  4. how to achieve ultimate success and balance in your life (it’s about more than money)
  5. where you are wasting time and what to do about it>/li>

Also, be sure to check out how Marcus writes headlines, I’m sure you’ll get hooked by a few.

Enjoy :- )


Derek Halpern: What Actually Matters

If you don’t put a Halpern Header on your site, it’s probably the dumbest thing that you haven’t done.

Derek Halpern is a handsome man. He is also a marketing genius that writes at Social Triggers and the Thesis Statement. You can follow him on Twitter here: twitter.com/derekhalpern.

We recorded the show about a month back. Derek did four interviews that day and still found time to spend an extra half hour with me after the interview. Cool, right?

Watch this interview to learn:

  • how to pick battles and win wars on topics you care about (hint: don’t go polar opposite just for the sake of controversy)
  • the Freakonomics approach to building credibility with data
  • how Derek adapted one cool thing he saw at a conference and SUPER CHARGED his blog
  • the unusual result Derek got when he REMOVED social proof
  • how heat maps helped Social Triggers convert at 18% (you can use Neil Patel’s Crazy Egg)

Simple question today: what was the most useful tip you got from this interview?


Alexis Grant / a post from the middle of nowhere

I’m posting this interview from the comfort of a long haul sleeper train in Inner Mongolia. And while I’m not certain that it’s a world first – it is definitely something new for WriterViews.

Anyway, what better way to introduce The Traveling Writer – Alexis Grant. I found Alexis when she was featured on ProBlogger’s bloggers to watch in 2012 list (others from that list coming soon). They called her a publishing powerhouse.

Enjoy the show. :- )

Lori Deschene grew a Twitter following of 40,000+ before she even had a blog

Lori Deschene’s tiny buddha is one of the coolest blogs online. Why? Because Lori has cultivated one of the most engaged and well intentioned communities I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of guest posts written by non-writers – they don’t even have a blog to link oo. The comments are often very personal and insightful responses to the articles. Basically, tiny buddha IS NOT about self promotion, getting “hits” on Google Analytics or earning a lot of money. Instead, it’s built from the ground up to be a community where people are safe to share wisdom that enriches our lives.


Me too.

Watch this interview to learn:

  • how Lori built a Twitter following of 40,000+ BEFORE she even had a blog
  • how to appeal to an audience of all ages from all over the world
  • how to sell ads without even trying
  • the metric that matters way more than “page views” (it’s not what you think)

Additional Resources:

lorideschene.com – Lori’s personal homepage
Tiny Buddha | Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions – Lori’s book

How Neil Patel Makes Millions From Quicksprout

How do your blog’s stats compare to Neil Patel’s Quicksprout?

  • Alexa 10,565
  • Annual maintenance cost of $160K to $200K
  • Annual revenues of $1 million+

Impressive, right? And if you are ready for another shot of envy, Quicksprout is just a part time effort. Neil writes blog posts on weekends and holidays, since his main focus is his companies: KISSmetrics, KISSinsights, and crazyegg.

Now, I wish I could tell you this interview includes step-by-step instructions to achieve what Neil has. The truth is it took him over 10 years to reach this point, and is a combination of natural ability, relationships, A LOT of work, and maybe even a little bit of luck. But still – this interview is packed with inspiration and actionable strategy.

Here are a few of the resources we mentioned:

Quicksprout: 10 Ways to Get More Retweets
Retargeter: an ad platform Neil uses for personal branding
Timothy Sykes: who Neil referenced as being able to sell information for thousands of dollars
Ramit Sethi: Neil says he’d gladly buy from Ramit – because of the focus on value and getting results

Enjoy the show – it gets really good towards the middle/end.

Eric Clapton ruined these two bloggers (but they made $20,000 anyways)

Kyeli and Pace are leading the Connection Revolution, a path with heart to help idealists that want to change the world. I invited them to speak at WriterViews because I was curious how to go about structuring a website as a “do-good” mission while still running it as a for profit business. A great big hook of the Connection Revolution is the honest and open voice of the writing, and I’m sure you’ll appreciate that same openness in this interview. So, whether you are on a mission to earn more money, gain more influence, or save a few lives – please, enjoy the show.

Watch this interview and you will learn:

  • turn visitors to readers with a hook-punch combo
  • assembling a manifesto from idea to writing to design
  • how to put together a course that earns $20,000 in revenue the first year (and almost $40,000 the next)
  • pricing products so they are actually marketable
  • the mid-boss & the advisor: practical steps for building a business with your partner

I also learned the word addle, which the default Apple dictionary tells me means something along the lines of: make unable to think clearly; confuse : being in love must have addled your brain.

Want to help me thank K&P for this interview? Link to the Connection Revolution using the keywords “change the world”. Thanks!

Oh, and I recorded this interview at 5am China time – so apologies for the dim lighting (and somewhat dim Michael).

How did this procrastinator get 342 comments on one blog post?

David Cain of Raptitude.com started blogging 2.5 years ago with zero experience. Since then, he’s built a dedicated following of readers. His average post gets 30-50 comments, which are long, detailed and insightful. True reader engagement.

In this interview, David shares the specific tactics, strategies and choices that engaged and grew his audience. Specifically, you will learn:

  • The smartest thing David ever did for his blog (hint: he jump started his community with this one simple tactic)
  • Writing titles that get 1 million clicks
  • The secret to overcoming procrastination
  • Ways to encourage deep, insightful discussion
  • How to connect with just about anybody
  • The opportunity you are missing if you aren’t building participatory content

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