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ROTE 045: Cliff Ravenscraft & Going From Hobby To Full-Time Career!

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One of the most exciting things about having your own blog, brand, business or even a podcast, is that you simply never know what new opportunities might pop up next.

When I launched my blog in 2007 it completely changed my life and business for the better. Eight years later and new people are reading it for the first time every day, while new opportunities continue to pour in.

Speaking of which… it would be quite interesting to see where I would be today if I didn’t decide to launch my blog in 2007 and most recently, this very podcast! No need to think too hard… the important thing is that I did take action and it helped me get to where I am today.

Entrepreneurs are known for their amazing ability to stand outside of the norm and what they are comfortable with.. and that’s when things really get exciting — which is also what we are going to be talking about in the latest episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur.

Rise of the Entrepreneur – Episode 45 with Cliff Ravenscraft

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Cliff Ravenscraft is the “Podcast Answerman” — however this wasn’t always the case. Before becoming the go-to source for anything podcasting, Cliff was an insurance guy, a pastor, a fan of various TV shows and somewhere along the way he fell into the world of podcasting. 3,000+ episodes later… and he’s the leading authority for anything and everything podcasting.

Cliff’s story is excellent because it’s one that many of us can relate with, especially in that it took a lot of time, passion and a killer work ethic to turn it into what it is today. The entry into the world of podcasting for Cliff was through his love for shows and movies like Lost, Dr. Who and Hunger Games. Through these outlets he was able to quickly amass a following of thousands of listeners to his podcasts.

However it was until Cliff started making other podcasts about himself, his life and his teachings that he was able to really establish a personal brand for himself. As his podcasting experience and audience grew, so did Cliff’s passion for figuring out a way to do podcasting for a living.

I’d like to say the rest is history… but you’ll have to listen in to find out!

Talking Points Discussed in this Episode:

  • The many different podcasts Cliff has created over the years
  • How Cliff has inspired and helped others lose weight and get debt free
  • Appreciating the value of your audience and not just it’s size
  • Best ways to start, grow and monetize a podcast
  • The opportunity that lies within the world of podcasting right now
  • A day in the life of The Podcast Answer Man
  • Three great Q&A questions for Cliff in the Pit of Fire

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I can’t thank you enough for listening in to the forty-fifth episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur. The podcast is currently available through iTunes (usually ranked in Top 50 in BUSINESS) and has already been downloaded in over 100+ different countries!

Be sure to check back often as a new episode will go live every TUESDAY. You can listen to each of the episodes through the blog or itunes, stitcher etc.

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ROTE 090: Jamie Birch and the Business of Affiliate Marketing

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Of the many different ways to make money online or start a business, affiliate marketing still has to be one of the best and most effective. After all, there is no other industry in the world where you can start a business with literally nothing, while also working with some of the biggest brand names in the world. Throw into that mix that you never have to hold any inventory, deal with customers or even process orders, and you have a clear winner.

Not only has affiliate marketing been an amazing opportunity for individuals and brands who want to make money with it, it’s also been amazing for the millions of businesses who have implemented it into their everyday operations and marketing efforts. Now any business or brand can have millions of affiliates and site partners working for them, while only paying for performance and high-quality leads in the process.

Jamie Birch is an affiliate marketing expert who has been in the industry for nearly 20 years now. Not only does he know the ins-and-outs of affiliate marketing, he’s also created his own business around the concept of helping other businesses and brand implement it into their own business models and marketing efforts. All of this and more, in the latest guest episode of Rise of the Entrepreneur!

Rise of the Entrepreneur – Episode 90 with Jamie Birch

Jamie Birch is an affiliate marketing expert, speaker and entrepreneur.

In addition to being an affiliate marketing expert and industry influencer, Jamie Birch is also the founder and CEO of JEBCommerce, LLC, a company focused on using the internet and affiliate marketing to grow businesses and brands of all sizes. Jamie original got his start in the world of online marketing back in 1999, when he was a search engine guru for a dot-com company in the resort town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Having found success in this area, Jamie then worked his way up to managing a multi-million dollar affiliate program and search campaigns for Coldwater Creek, a top-five national women’s apparel retailer, growing the affiliate channel from several thousand dollars a month to $35 million a year.

Using all of his talents, existing contacts and expertise, Jamie then realized it was time to start a performance-based service company of his own — which is how JEBCommerce, LLC was started. All of that and more in this latest episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur.

Talking Points Discussed in this Episode:

  • Jamie Birch and how he got to where he is today
  • Affiliate marketing and its changes over the past 20 years
  • How to create a business around affiliate marketing
  • Best methods for choosing the right affiliate program
  • Initial steps and pre-planning to find success with affiliate marketing
  • Three great Q&A questions for Jamie in the Pit of Fire

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I can’t thank you enough for listening in to the ninetieth episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur. The podcast is currently available through iTunes (usually ranked in Top 50 in BUSINESS) and has already been downloaded in over 100+ different countries!

Be sure to check back often as a new episode will go live every TUESDAY. You can listen to each of the episodes through the blog or itunes, stitcher etc.

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ROTE 089: Jeff Goins Explains Why Real Artists Don’t Starve

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Why do some people find success when others continually fail? They seem to be great at whatever it is they do, but they can’t stand out from the crowd of even make money from their efforts. This is something we often see and refer to as the ‘starving artist‘ — but still, why do some artists fail, when others become world-renown icons that are known throughout history?

Take Michaelangelo for example. Not only is he one of the most famous artists of all time, he was also one of the richest (especially during his time). So, what made Michaelangelo stand out from the crowd when there were likely other artists with comparable skills and willing to put the work in?

In the end, it usually comes down to a set of principles that focus on an individual’s work ethic, thought the process and how they approach the ‘business and marketing’ of their talents. It’s these same timeless strategies that prove time and time again why some artists find success, while others are left to starve.

Jeff Goins is a perfect example of someone who’s been able to take their talent of writing, and turning it into a successful business — which is why he’s the latest guest episode of Rise of the Entrepreneur to find out!

Rise of the Entrepreneur – Episode 89 with Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is a best-selling author, blogger, and entrepreneur.

In addition to being the writer of four different books, including “The Art of Work”, Jeff always had a passion for writing and learning how professionals can make a living at what they do best. Through his blog and latest book “Real Artists Don’t Starve”, Jeff not only covers the topic in great detail, he does it in a way that many of us can relate to and enjoy — which is through stories of past artists who we are all very familiar with. At the same time, Goins has come up with a list of timeless strategies for thriving in the new creative age that we live in today.

In short, through the power of the internet and how accessible technology and everyone is in the world today, there really is no excuse for not turning your passion and expertise into a real money-generating business.

All of that and more in this latest episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur.

Talking Points Discussed in this Episode:

  • Jeff Goins and how he got to where he is today
  • Why it’s important to build a platform before publishing a book
  • Five Timeless Strategies for Success
    – steal from your influences (don’t wait for inspiration)
    – collaborate with others (working alone is a surefire way to starve)
    – take strategic risks (instead of reckless ones)
    – make money in order to make more art (it’s not selling out)
    – apprentice under a master (a “lone genius” can never reach full potential)
  • Why is Jeff Goins so successful, when others are struggling
  • Three great Q&A questions for Jeff in the Pit of Fire

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I can’t thank you enough for listening in to the eighty-ninth episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur. The podcast is currently available through iTunes (usually ranked in Top 50 in BUSINESS) and has already been downloaded in over 100+ different countries!

Be sure to check back often as a new episode will go live every TUESDAY. You can listen to each of the episodes through the blog or itunes, stitcher etc.

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ROTE 088: Michael Hyatt and How to Have Your Best Year Ever

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You know that feeling you get at the end of each year right before midnight on December 31st? Yes… the few minutes right before the clock hits midnight on New Years!

It’s usually a pretty good feeling… a fresh feeling, where you are ready for a brand new start and are on your way to making the new year one of your best yet!

However… just a few days into the year, many of your hopes, dreams and resolutions are already shattered. It happens every year, and billions of people fall into the same trap of simply ‘making a resolution’ without have a real goal or plan of action in place.

Michael Hyatt is a man of action and he wants to help you make 2017 your best year ever. How is he going to do that? You’ll simply have to tune into this latest episode of Rise of the Entrepreneur to find out!

Rise of the Entrepreneur – Episode 88 with Michael Hyatt

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Michael Hyatt is a best-selling author, public speaker, blogger, and entrepreneur.

With more than 40 years in the world of traditional publishing, Michael has both seen and experienced the transition of power from offline to online. In the process, not only has he been able to build a successful business, brand and following for himself, he’s also been able to reach millions of people around the world in the process. Having already found success in the corporate world as the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, Hyatt now focuses his time and efforts on his latest ventures made possible through his writing, blog, podcast and personal mentoring.

In addition to being a best-selling author and one of the best speakers I’ve personally had the opportunity to see, Michael is also an expert at teaching others how to take action. Through his latest project ‘5 Days to Your Best Year Ever’, Michael walks you through the process of how to take a look at where you currently are in life, where you’d like to be and how to create an action plan to bring it all together.

All of that and more in this latest episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur.

Talking Points Discussed in this Episode:

  • Michael’s career in traditional publishing to digital content
  • The 5-day process to making this your best year ever
  • Real-life examples of turning a passion into profits
  • Actionable time management tips and how to accomplish more
  • Why it’s so important to take care of yourself first
  • Three great Q&A questions for Michael in the Pit of Fire

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I can’t thank you enough for listening in to the eighty-eighth episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur. The podcast is currently available through iTunes (usually ranked in Top 50 in BUSINESS) and has already been downloaded in over 100+ different countries!

Be sure to check back often as a new episode will go live every TUESDAY. You can listen to each of the episodes through the blog or itunes, stitcher etc.

Subscribe in iTunes

Please subscribe through iTunes by clicking here. Until next time, be sure to share your comments below and spread the word around about the podcast — as you, the listeners are the future and voice of the show!

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