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Ramit Sethi: I Will Teach You To Blog

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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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20 responses to “Ramit Sethi: I Will Teach You To Blog”

  1. Ramit Sethi: I Will Teach You To Monetize (In 6 Steps)

    [...] to display ads, run profitable courses, and launch a best-selling book. I invited Ramit to do this audio interview to find out exactly how he grew his blog, inspired the kind of readers that begged him to sell to [...]

  2. Antonio Centeno


    Excellent interview! You asked the right pointed questions and then let Ramit do what he does best – give amazing advice and insight. You can tell he was prepared, knew his subject matter, and he provided actionable steps that any writer can use to become better and step up their exposure to a larger audience.

    Found your site through Mixergy, sounds like we have a friend in common with Andrew W. Keep up the excellent work!



  3. Julie @ The Family CEO

    Thanks for sharing this interview. I heard Ramit speak at a conference last fall and he’s a wealth of great information.

  4. Switch

    Looks like your videos are self-hosted. What program do you use?

  5. Aaron

    You did a great job with this Ramit interview, Michael. Keep em coming! Thanks.

  6. Tom Treanor


    I just re-listened to this one. Great interviews and very rich content. Thanks for doing them!

  7. Ramit Sethi: What are the 5 most essential steps you took to build such a thriving community surrounding "I will teach you to be rich"? - Quora

    [...] Alexis Ramit and I covered his blog growth/community strategy in this interview:http://www.writerviews.com/ramit…In a nutshell:1: guest posts on blogs with desirable audience – write a post so good that the host [...]

  8. Ehsan Ullah

    I’m really a big fan of Ramit. I have been reading his blog from long time, willing to grab his E-book from Amazon.

    Thanks for interviewing him Michael.
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  9. James

    You mentioned an interview with Andrew Warner but I don’t see it up here. Are you going to post it?

  10. James

    I’ve really enjoyed these interviews. You’re doing a great job of trying to pull out actionable content. Keep at it.

  11. Ramit Sethi: I Will Teach You To Guest Post (In 5 Steps) - The ComLuv Network

    [...] he’s used it to launch courses, products and his New York Times best selling book. When I did this audio interview with Ramit, he told me, “guest posts have been one of my best strategies for growing my [...]

  12. Milo Bozovich

    LOL @ him saying he studied cults and mind control. Great interview as usual.
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  13. Navid Moazzez

    Hey Michael,

    Awesome interview, thanks for sharing this with us!

    I learned a lot of things I can implement in order to take my site to the next level and boost my traffic. I also interview a lot of successful lifestyle entrepreneurs and lifestyle designers over at my site and looking into starting a podcast in iTunes soon.

    Keep up the good work!
    Navid Moazzez recently posted..Building a Lifestyle Business with Rasmus LindgrenMy Profile

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