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15 Great Blogger Interviews that Will Blow Your Mind

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In the world of blogging, we all pretty much know each other in one way or another. Most of the time this is through reading each others blogs and seeing names mentioned here and there.

A much better way to meet with bloggers is through meet up events, conferences or if you are lucky… even through face to face conversations.

Content and pictures are always great to help you learn about other bloggers, how they got to where they are today and their life story… but listening to real interviews is even better.

This week I just released my 50th episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur podcast series. Since the first episode I’ve had the opportunity to interview some awesome people, great friends of mine and of course many successful bloggers as well.

As a recap I wanted to highlight some of the best blogger related interviews for you below.

Be sure to check them all out and feel free to leave a review within iTunes to help the podcast grow even more!

15 Great Blogger Interviews that Will Blow Your Mind

Jeremy Schoemaker Shoemoney Check

Jeremy Schoemaker and the “ShoeMoney” Brand

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Jeremy is one of the most well known bloggers in the affiliate marketing space. Once launching his blog at ShoeMoney.com, he started to build a brand for himself and he never looked back. When Jeremy posted a picture of his $100,000+ Google Adsense check, a huge boost of traffic and credibility came to his blog and is still one of the most trafficked areas of his sites today.

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Syed Balkhi, the Wizard of WordPress

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Syed is the main behind the scenes at sites like List25.com, WPBeginner.com and of course OptinMonster — which is one of the best ways to grow your mailing list over night. Each of these sites helped Syed become the mastermind and entrepreneur he is today.

Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary, The Social Media Tools Guy

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With the blogging space already saturated, Ian knew he had to do something different to stand out from the crowd, so he did just that. Ian is now an expert in social media tools to help online businesses and brands grow… take note of how I said “social media tools” and not just “social media”…

John Chow

John Chow, the Master of Blog Monetization

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Probably the most well known blogger in the make money online space, John Chow has a massive following online. What started out as a simple blog to keep his family updated with personal updates and pictures on what he ate, is now a blog business that generates over one million dollars per year!

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor Pays His Mortgage with Google Adsense

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Google Adsense is one of the best ways to make money as a new blogger. It’s actually worked so well for Dave Taylor that his whole blog business is still based around it today… so much so that he started to pay his mortgage off with his Google Adsense earnings from years ago!

Daniel Scocco BlogWorld

Daniel Scocco Shares His Daily Blog Tips

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All bloggers are looking for new ways to grow their blog and take it to the next level. Daniel Scocco created DailyBlogTips and has not only been helping bloggers grow their brand, reach and audience… but has also built a nice business of his own in the process.

Neil Patel Podcast

Neil Patel – Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Analytics Expert

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One of the top SEO and marketing experts in the world, Neil Patel has built out a massive brand of his own while also helping sites like TimothySykes.com and TechCrunch bring their business to a whole new level.

Spencer Haws

Spencer Haws and Dominating Your Niche

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Niche blogging is an excellent way to focus your efforts on a smaller site and audience but reap big profits and success in the process. Spencer Haws is one of the leading experts in this space and is also the creator of LongTailPro, which is currently used by thousands of site owners to find the best keywords to rank their sites.

Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel and the Power of Personal Branding

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When it comes to create a successful blog and business, you also need to think about how it can build your personal brand. This is exactly what Dan Schawbel specializes in. Dan has helped thousands of business owners and individuals build their name and brand through the use of online content generation.

Jeff Bullas

Jeff Bullas and Blogging the Smart Way

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Jeff Bullas is a very successful blogger who has a massive social following online. After leaving his job and looking for what was next, Jeff fell into the world of blogging and has never looked back. Still trying to find your niche and success with blogging, Jeff Bullas can help you out!

Jeni Larson Hott

Jeni Hott and Becoming a Seven Figure Blogger

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Not all blogs need to be in the make money niche or even associated with your name. Jeni Hott created a blog that was focused on the weight loss and diet niche. With the perfect combination of killer information, amazing search results and Google Adsense… Jeni quickly found herself a seven figure blogger.

Mike Thomas Mike from Maine

Mike Thomas Interviews His Way to Success

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Mike Thomas is a blogger that has built a business model around the concept of interviewing other business owners, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Every day Mike interviews a new person on his site and learns more about the products and services they offer. With each new interview, Mike builds up his content and generates commissions in the process.

Brian Warner

Brian Warner Talks Celebrity Networth

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Some of the biggest sites in the world are running off of WordPress. One such site is CelebrityNetworth.com, which is also one of my favorite sites. I reached out to the site owner, Brian Warner, and we did an awesome interview on how it all came together and grew into the mega celebrity site it is today.

Chris Guthrie

Chris Guthrie & How to Make Money with Amazon

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Everyone is a customer of Amazon.com, so wouldn’t it be perfect if you could make money from their site as well? Good news… you can! Chris Guthrie has been making money with Amazon through their affiliate program for years, then he created his own software to help site owners make more money with Amazon by making it easier to do niche keyword and product research. Today Chris is working with Amazon again, but this time he’s created his own product and is selling over figure figures worth every month!

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John Lee Dumas’ Seven Figure Podcasting Empire

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John Lee Dumas is a very well know podcaster, who started Entrepreneur on Fire, a podcast that interviews a new entrepreneur daily. In addition to his podcast, he also has a blog that showcases each episode and documents his business success in the process. With over 700+ episodes recorded and a private members program to help inspire his audience, John is now generating over $300,000 per month in sales!

Awesome Blogger Interviews…

And that’s it my friends… 15 awesome blogger interviews that are sure to inspire and blow your mind!

If you loved any of these episodes, I would love to hear about it. Feel free to leave a comment below and also be sure to leave a review within iTunes and help the podcast reach an even larger audience.

Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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What Bosch Products and Dishwashers Can Teach Us About Business

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Business is what makes the world go round. It’s not just about the money that is generated from a business, it’s the service provided and also learning how to better cater to the needs of your audience, while also evolving over time.

Whether you have an offline retail or service business, a website or blog, or even working as a freelancer to start making some money on the side and doing your own thing — they are all unique in their own ways, and also providing you with a journey that you learn from day after day.

Bosch, one of the most popular electronics and service businesses in the world today has created some of the more important products in millions of households around the world, while also building quite the reputation for themselves.

With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at their latest Bosch 800 Series Dishwashing Machines, and comparing it’s features to that of an online business, or to the life of an entrepreneur.

After all, these products are all created for the ideal usage from their customers, which is the same way your blog, brand, or business should be built as well.

What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from a Dishwasher

When you think of a dishwashing machine, you probably just think about how you have to load dirty dishes into and then click a button.

Much like a business or a marketing strategy, there are many different components to a dishwasher to make sure it’s always working, cleaning as much as possible, and also worth the monetary investment that someone has to make to acquire one.

With all of this in mind, lets take a look at some of the more important features, settings, and factors in place that make Bosch’s line of dishwashing machines not only top of the line, but also for comparing a business to a dish washing machine as well.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Highlights and Features:

• CrystalDry™ (only available in 800 Series) | The ultimate clean. The ultimate dry, including plastics. The new Bosch 800 Series dishwasher delivers a sparkling clean and dry with advanced PrecisionWash technology and patented CrystalDry technology. Patented CrystalDry technology transforms moisture into heat up to 176F for the ultimate dry, even for plastics
– Not all dishwashing machines are the same, nor are the millions of businesses in the world today. With Bosch, they put a ton of work and effort into making sure their machine provide the ultimate cleaning experience, while also having implement advance trying methods and the ability to place plastics for wash in the machine as well. In short, if you are looking for a dishwasher, it’s a name that is going to be associated with top rated products. Now in reference to your business, this is something that one should be striving for as well — not just to provide the best service possible, but to be able to boast about it, and deliver every time.
• With PrecisionWash, intelligent sensors continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, and powerful spray arms target every item of every load, for the ultimate clean.
– If you were to look at the history of washing machines over the past several decades, it would be quite amazing. From just having a bucket and soap to manaually washing your dishes, or using any of the first generation washing machines, it’s been quite a journey. Now through the power of great advancements in technology, dishwashing machines are even better and more computerized than ever before. Just like how Bosch is creating dishwashing machines that use intelligent sensors to scan the progress of it’s washings, businesses also need to rely on advanced artificial intelligence, the internet of data, and automation to get more done. If you are, then your business or brand might quickly find itself lost in the mix.
• Extremely quiet operation (42 dBA)- incorporates 18 unique sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound absorbing base. Large interior provides the loading flexibility to easily accommodate 16 place settings, and Bosch’s largest 3rd rack- the MyWay rack provides additional loading space for cereal bowls and large utensils. Every Bosch dishwasher is ENERGY STAR qualified and meets or exceeds federal guidelines, for year-round energy savings.
– Look at any of the top dishwashing and home appliance brands today, and you will find some common ground with all of them (in the eyes of the customer). We all want them to be quite, energy efficient, and also to work for many years to come. This is nothing new, but it is something that might be hard to find when comparing so many different products and solutions out there. Bosch makes this process easier by highlighting these features and letting the end customer know exactly what their products have to offer. As a business owner or entrepreneur, this is something one should do with their own services or products as well. Remember, it’s not just about getting a new client, it’s about also making sure they completely understand everything they are getting and what they are paying.
As you can imagine, these are just a few of the many features and highlights that are available from Bosch’s extensive line of products, but just a handful that we wanted to highlight today in this entreprenuer and business comparison guide.

Building Your Business Like a High-Quality Dishwashing Machine

Sure, the idea of business your business off the same elements of a dishwashing machine might seem a little off the wall or crazy, but it actually isn’t.

Think about all of the moving cogs and components that make up some of the most important electronics and appliances in your house today. Now think about your business and how many different moving parts are built into that as well.

The more efficient and optimized your business is, like that of a quality dishwashing machine, then the more likely you are to find success with your overall business.

The next time you are loading up your dishes and about to turn the dishwashing machine, why not think about how each peice is similar to that of your business as well?

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Do You See Yourself as a Struggling Blogger?

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Yeah. Good luck succeeding if you see yourself as a struggling blogger. You cannot outrun your self-image. You cannot outmaneuver your energy. How you see yourself is how the world sees you. If you emit a struggling blogger vibe then people will see you as a struggling blogger and choose to stay away.

In essence, you wave a big red flag that tells people to avoid you because nobody wants to get advice from a struggling blogger. What does a struggling blogger know how to do? Struggle. Why would bloggers want to learn how to struggle? We want to learn how to succeed. We follow successful bloggers. But in the same regard, do not brag about yourself all day long as the most successful bloggers put their attention on their readers most of the time and allow their community to spread their successful word for them. People who brag about themselves all day long just do not believe in themselves. This is low self-esteem at play.

Bizarre bloggers carry some weird idea that bragging about their struggles makes them proud, or attractive, or someone to follow, for other people who struggle. This is a stupid idea. Guess what happens? You and hundreds of other struggling bloggers all get together and complain, whine and moan about your struggles as you struggle forever because nobody is teaching each other How To Succeed. Does that sound like a fun blogging career? I do not think so. I sometimes see these groups on Twitter and Facebook. Struggling bloggers crying in each other’s beer. Who cares? I have compassion for struggling bloggers but I have enough respect for them that I see them in an empowered light. The problem is they are a little bit lost. As a matter of fact, it is because I have compassion for these bloggers that I see them in an empowered, not struggling, light.

Ultimately, nobody cares that you struggle because people want to win. Nobody cares that you struggle because people want to succeed. People will simply exit your blog and follow a winning, successful blogger to learn how to succeed and how to live your dreams. Sure you can share some of your struggle but don’t build your entire freaking brand on being a struggling, broke blogger or you will get to be a struggling, broke blogger for your entire career because where your attention and energy goes, grows. You create your blogging struggles and you create your blogging success depending on where you put your attention and energy. A hundred percent of the time you are the source of your blogging struggles and you are the source of your blogging success. What would you rather do? Struggle or succeed? Any sane human being would rather succeed and live their dreams and live a fun, freeing life over struggling.

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Lose the struggling image. Adopt a new, fun, freeing, successful image. Focus on abundance. Count your blessings. Release the starving artist image and you will also release fellow struggling bloggers who only hold you back, in your comfort zone. These are not true friends. These are fear filled folks who say they mean well but only hold you back because they are not teaching you how to succeed, but how to struggle like them. Let them go. Allow them to find their own way. Your job is to be an empowered, abundant, grateful, generous servant who creates and connects their way to the top of your blogging niche. Why? You get to help other struggling bloggers in increasing numbers leave their struggles behind so they can live their dreams.

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The Blogger’s Guide to Launching an eBook

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eBook marketing is a powerful way to build your personal brand, optin list and even some income (if you do your job right!)

Therefore many bloggers write eBooks in an effort to come up with alternative and self-serving blog monetization method.

However writing an eBook is only first part of the task, arguably the easiest one.

What happens next?

It is time to start preparing your ebook launch… yay! Is there anything more exciting or nerve wracking? The excitement of what could be on the horizon for you. Will the book sell well? Will people like it? Could this be the beginning of something incredible for you?

All of these questions are probably filling your head, and you have every reason to be giddy by the prospect.

But don’t let that giddiness stop you from taking advantage of the moment. There is a lot to consider when preparing for a book to launch. You can improve your visibility, which is turn will improve sales and hype, weeks before your book hits shelves (or ebook databases).

Here are some tips for your pre-launch, which are just as important as the launch itself.

Be prepared for disappointment

It is sad but true: first time authors are rarely given a leg up. Sure, you hear about these writers who publish a novel and explode onto the scene. But they were writing well before that point and already had a foot in the door. Their publishers, whom they had gained before hand, took care of a lot of the work in the PR category.

Besides, the landscape of publishing has changed a lot, thanks to the Internet. If you are publishing digitally, don’t expect a sudden rush of fame and recognition. That has to be worked diligently towards.

Set realistic goals

This goes along with the above tip. When you are preparing to launch, you should have a clear set of goals in mind.

What do you want to accomplish? What are you hoping for, in terms of readership? Profits? Eventual payoff in the long term?

Keep your goals manageable and small (especially if this is your first ebook), and then build on those successes later.

This will keep you from getting discouraged and will motivate you to keep moving forward.

After all, the Internet has given everyone an ability to become a published author, so it is not easy to stand out. It will take a lot of time, work and possibly investments.

Create a powerful landing page

This is crucial. Everything else you do to market your eBook needs to start and end here. You need an ultimate resource talking about you, your book and which problems it solves.

The page needs to be compelling enough for your future readers to optin to receive a free chapter (or to buy/download the book right away).

It is a good idea to get the page ranked in Google for it to become a traffic sources of its own. For that, you will need to identify keywords and optimize its copy.

Use Text Optimizer to build your landing page copy. Text Optimizer is the semantic analysis and search intent optimization tool helping you write content that matches Google (or Bing) users’ expectations. It’s also a great way to optimize your content for it to rank higher in Google:

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Get hype started early

The earlier buzz begins to build for your book, the better. Whether you are a blogger launching an ebook, or an author publishing a novel, you want people talking about it.

A couple of months is a good starting point, but a couple of weeks can make a lot of difference, as well. Use social media platforms.

  • Share with Facebook followers little excerpts.
  • Brand a hashtag. Hold a tweetchat.
  • Have giveaways so a few people can get free, advanced copies of the book.
  • Share a free chapter.
  • Set up an email newsletter to build a community of your loyal readers
  • Ask for people to share your updates, and remind them regularly about the coming book.

Get your readers excited.

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Remember that gaining readers is more important than profits

This is especially true for first time writers. If your book is good, it will sell. But in the beginning, it is a lot more important to get your work out there and build an audience first.

For example, 1000vultures was a Reddit user who began a long term story on the subreddit NoSleep. He gained a large following and buzz continued to build about his story.

One day, he announced that he would be selling a more complete version in novel format on Amazon, under the name Dan Auberbach. His novel, Penpal, has become quite popular and exists in a physical format.

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But he gained his readers before he ever made a profit. That is why so many Amazon ebook writers will allow their works to be lended out as part of the Prime library, or sell for $0.99

Focus on building community and your optin list (while keeping GDPR regulations in mind) rather than getting rich overnight.

Take advantage of connections

Do you know some other bloggers or social media influencers? Start cashing in those favors, because they are going to be important to getting the word out about your work.

Ask bloggers to read and review the book ahead of its release. Offer to write blog posts and include information about the book in your byline. Ask pages to promote it on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

Even better, if you have the skills or resources to create sharable content, you will see even better results.

A perfect example of this can be seen in this Guide to Google Analytics, which is presented in a unique infographic form.

Look at the type of industry you are in, and then compile a ton of stats and create a unique infographic of your own.

Do something quirky

When Random House was promoting the book Zone One by Colson Whitehead, they began to post Twitter updates featuring the hashtag #RHZombies that had to do with the undead.

This quirky little bit of promotion was popular, and led to thousands of favorites and retweets.

Likewise, don’t try to get published. You can start selling your ebook without ever publishing it. There’s no need to follow a traditional route. You can come up with your own!

Think outside the box, and you will be more memorable, and successful.

Have you ever tried to write an (e)book? Do you have you got a tip or two for an ebook pre-launch? Let us know in the comments!

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