January 2013 Monthly Report

I’ve decided to post monthly update reports. I was hesitant because I prefer to post extremely in depth articles, and update posts will be shorter/less informative. Also, because I blog so seldom, I don’t want every other post to be an update post. However, I think a good % of my audience is interested in them, so I’ll keep them going as long as I feel there’s enough interest.

For new readers, you can check out why I started my blog here: Welcome to Forever Jobless

Blogging update:

Here’s a traffic screenshot from January:


Subscriber Count:

January 1st: 1,730
January 31st: 1,803

January subscriber growth: + 73 subscribers

There wasn’t much traffic or subscriber growth, mainly because I restarted the blog on January 17th, and only made one post for the month:

UPDATE: Forever Jobless is Back!

Why such a difference from month 1 when I launched the blog?

I didn’t really do much of anything besides that one post. The first month I made multiple posts:

Welcome to Forever Jobless
How to Buy a Ferrari for $20k
How to Get Lucky in E-Commerce

I also did a number of interviews and guest posts on other sites which helped grow ForeverJobless a good amount.

By just making one update post and nothing else, there isn’t going to be much growth since there aren’t many new people finding out about the site.  A lot of full-time bloggers are spending all of their non-writing time promoting their blog. Since I’m not a full-time blogger and am working on other projects when I’m not writing, I depend on the quality of my content to generate most of my traffic and subscribers.

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, there are a lot of flawed theories about how to grow a blog and the incorrect assumption that the blogging market is saturated. I get a number of comments and emails on this, so I’ll be writing a post on it soon. Most people —including a lot of “A-list” bloggers—are doing a lot of things that don’t make sense.

Networking on Steroids

One of the things I wanted to do better at this year was meet more entrepreneurs that are doing interesting things. I’m attending a number of conferences this year, and going to quite a few events. One thing I’ve tossed around the idea of doing is having a relatively small, private, invite only conference that doesn’t cost anything to attend(or would just cost a few bucks to cover costs). There are a ton of awesome entrepreneurs out there, and I think having a small, unique event where a lot of us get in the same room and exchange ideas would be extremely beneficial for everyone. Kind of a cross between a mastermind and a conference, but with a select group where each individual person would help bring value to everyone else in the room. Most conferences are a handful of people offering the value, and everyone else paying to attend. I envision something where the payment to attend is the value you bring.

There are some good conferences(a friend of mine is starting one that I think will be very good), but a lot of conferences feature presentations from ‘big’ names that don’t really say anything new. So, the value you get should be from the networking, but because the majority of the audience is made up of people who came to hear the big names speak, the quality of the audience is extremely watered down. It becomes a job to find high value attendees to network with.

Getting Organized

I finally hired an assistant this month. Her name’s Stella. I’ve been talking about doing this forever, and I think she’s going to help make me much more productive. I’ve always been the worst at following up on things, or remembering to get back to people because I have so much going on. So, if you send me an email and get a response back from Stella, it’s because she’s trying to minimize the number of emails I read through to increase my productivity.

On that note, if you’ve got a question for me, it’s best to leave a comment rather than emailing. I read every approved comment, and I do my best to respond to just about every one. It’s also helpful to others because many people may have a similar question.

Guest Posting

One subject I’ve received a lot of emails about recently is guest posting on ForeverJobless.

One of the reasons I got into blogging was because people weren’t talking about subjects I thought were important. Almost everyone in the blogging world seems to just be regurgitating the same things. There are a lot of words being typed, but not a lot being said.

A 500 word article on how to start a blog is clearly not something I’d be interested in posting, but I’ve gotten several requests like that. Most people are guest posting in an effort to grow their list/make more money, instead of offering value. It’s fine to want to grow an audience or make money, but providing value should be priority #1. That’s the flaw of most bloggers. Same with entrepreneurs. Many think of themselves first, then the customer. That’s not good, and will keep most people from becoming successful at whatever they’re doing.

In short, I won’t publish a guest post on here unless it’s ridiculously valuable, and is a fit for ForeverJobless. Other than the update posts, I mainly write 2-3k word articles on subjects I think are important and haven’t been covered well before. I want to talk about things that haven’t been talked about, or to talk about them from a new angle. Some posts have taken me over 20 hours to complete. So, if someone has something extremely in depth on a subject that’s very important for entrepreneurs to read, I’ll probably be interested in posting that. I really haven’t seen much of that out there, which is one of the reasons I started ForeverJobless in the first place.

Quality over quantity is what I prefer. There are obvious benefits to posting multiple times per week and letting lots of people guest post on your blog.  On the other hand, the content tends to gets watered down and becomes like most other blogs.

Could I grow faster that way? Yes. Am I going to start doing that? No. My goals are different than most bloggers.

I plan to continue posting a few times per month max, but I want to write material that people read and gain enlightenment from.

I want to be THE blog you subscribe to if your goal is making money. I don’t want to be just another blog that posts the same stuff as everyone else.

ForeverJobless Podcast?

I’ve thought about possibly adding a podcast to the blog. If I did, I’d probably do it similar to the way I do the blog. Very few shows, but very in depth. I’d want it to be different from what’s already out there. If there’s something you’d love to listen to, but it isn’t currently being offered, let me know. I’d love to hear your ideas.

Shark Tank


(note: This next part actually happened in February, but I thought it would be interesting to share in this post since it just happened)

I attended a really cool event on Friday. It was a private viewing party of Shark Tank thrown by one of my friends Yuen who was on the show. He ended up getting a $1 million investment from Kevin(aka Mr. Wonderful) for 20% of How Do You Roll. It’s a pretty unique concept—custom sushi(think Chipotle for the sushi market).

I think it’s important for entrepreneurs to look at businesses like that, that are doing something other people aren’t doing(filling a need in the market), and are extremely scalable. That’s why Kevin invested at a $5 million valuation. Because there’s no reason they can’t be worth $100 million in the future. Filling a need in the market + being endlessly scalable = the potential for a lot of profit.

Most entrepreneurs start businesses that don’t have both of those traits. Some don’t even have one.

There’s nothing wrong with starting a business that doesn’t scale if you’re happy with it. A lot of successful entrepreneurs do.

However, even if you aren’t interested in a large scale project like that, I think it’s extremely important to learn from entrepreneurs who are doing things differently.

Yuen is clearly doing something different here.  He took something that didn’t exist, and is attempting to scale it all over the country, and potentially the world. If you’re not used to thinking on that scale, there may be amazing opportunities you’re passing up because you don’t see the potential vision for them.  I’m sure I’ve missed things in the past because I just didn’t see the scalability of an opportunity.

How can you improve at this?  Learn from others who are doing it successfully.

Are You Networking Correctly?

Most bloggers/internet entrepreneurs are saying the same things and then agreeing with each other.

I notice people who network a lot often trick themselves into thinking they’re improving with all of the networking they do. However, everyone in their network thinks the same way, so no one in their group is bringing a new perspective. It’s almost more dangerous than not networking, because at least then you know you’re not learning. If you have a large network, you might feel like you’re improving. In reality, if these people have your same exact mindset, all you’re doing is digging yourself further into the hole of what you already know.

Final Thoughts

In closing, please let me know your thoughts on the monthly update posts. Do you find it interesting/helpful seeing traffic and subscriber stats? Is that something you want to see on a monthly basis? Is there anything specifically you want to see in the update posts?

Would you be interested in a ForeverJobless podcast?

Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on these things.

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80 Responses to “January 2013 Monthly Report”

  1. Vincent

    Sounds promising your podcast. Thank you for the insider information.

    Stats can be very interesting as we know from poker! 🙂

    I vote for a podcast about how to find new business ideas and then scan them and find out wether there are good or bad. An article for that would be nice as well.


  2. Joe

    Am I gonna be the first this time?
    Thanks for this post Billy,
    I’m actually interested in your stats, but not in the podcast.

    To be honest, I’m really looking forward your post about growing your blogging audience, since mine is really small and I’ve been founding troubles expanding it.

    Thank you for this bit here:
    “Same with entrepreneurs. Many think of themselves first, then the customer. That’s not good, and will keep most people from becoming successful at whatever they’re doing.”

    That sentence only was worthy the time and energy to read your post.

    • Billy

      So close Joe!

      Thanks for the great feedback.

      Really appreciate you pointing out which part hit home for you. Super helpful for me knowing which parts are beneficial.

  3. Stefan Nilsson

    Guest post has become a real problem. Back in the old days people published others post because they knew that they could bring amazing value. Whenever a university brings in a guest speaker you know they will share years of experience. Nowadays a guest post often consist of an obvious and simple tip or a roundup together with 500 words of fluff.

    I reckon that blogs publishing a lot of guest posts lose value over time due to lack of quality and lack of connection with the reader. I subscribe to blogs depending on the person behind the blog – not to get hundreds of anonymus authors that are mainly looking for links to their own blog.

    • Regev

      100% agree.
      I also like the way this blog advances, Bill. Quality over quantity is what makes your readers drooling, knowing that golden nuggets are about to come.

      Keep up the great work!

    • Billy

      You’re right Stefan. Fluff rules the blogging world right now. However, it makes it that much easier for good content to stand out, since there’s not much of it right now.

  4. Alex McClafferty

    Hey Billy, G’day from Sydney, Australia. The points you make about providing value being priority #1, the networking ‘sheep’ mentality and having the guts to go after scaleable ideas are refreshing. What I’d like to see from you is some extremely specific case studies and examples of successful business ventures you’ve been involved in or driven, of course, made vanilla so as to not give your businesses away… I’ve tried to track down your e-commerce sites! If you’re going to do podcasts, make sure you get a transcript produced… will help your SEO and you’ll double your content! Cheers mate, Alex.

    • Billy

      Thanks Alex! Will definitely try to get some in depth case studies up here in the near future.

      Any recommendations as to the best transcription services?

  5. Tudor

    Hi! i really like this site and content, i think doing 1-2 updates per month is perfect. It’s important to not overload with informations.
    I’m neutral about podcast and stats ( maybe stats every 3-4 months?).

    I had some good income with poker in the past 2-3 years, and now i’m thiking about getting in the internet, i gathered informations in the past weeks. So I’m kinda diving into a new thing, what u think is the non mentioned Abc? 🙂

    • Billy

      Thanks for the feedback Tudor.

      What is your game of choice? What’s making you want to leave poker?

      Not sure what you mean by what I think the ‘non mentioned Abc” is— can you clarify?

      • Tudor

        I play HU nlhe up to 5/10, i admitt that last year i was a bit lazy.. and i’ll like to get in some “real world” business, where there is more room to grow, and also i’ll like to give some good service and/or value to the world.

        Ahah i don’t really know either, I guess something basic of what to consider when starting a business, that is not easy to find and read about. btw it doesn’t matter

        Thank u, very available!

  6. Matt L

    Whatup Billyboy!

    Yes, these update posts are good.
    Yes, a prodcast would potentially be very valuable. Give it a whirl.
    And I, personally, would love to learn more about your networking ideas/events.

    All the best,


  7. Sachin Bille

    Billy your writing is addictive ! (Every time I read I end up feeling ‘I want more’)
    Yes… ‘podcast’ idea will be great ( as it does not require to sit in front of laptop to read, we can listen it while working out too !) I would like if you talk about the ‘How to choose new business ideas that really become successful’.

    Monthly updates will be okay with stat, will you please focus on writing how are you increasing subscribers??

    By the way your thought on networking are really thought provoking, thanks for updates! Send us some more Billy !!

    • Billy

      Thanks Sachin! Glad you are addicted— I think it’s a healthy addiction 🙂

      I’ll try to write some on how I’m increasing subscribers, sure.

  8. Austin

    Hey Billy,

    I think there is some value in posting these updates, but I think the value comes from seeing how you’re doing things and what you’re learning vs. something as simple as blog growth. It should be pretty apparent to any intelligent person that what you’ve learned and your mindset about what you’re doing is what results in the blog growth anyways. But it also never hurts to share how you’re growing.

    I do like your mindset regarding the ‘saturation’ of the blogging industry. It’s the exact same as any industry where room will always be made for the person or people that can provide genuine value. There will always be an infinite amount of needs to be filled in any market place, as we progress and move forward in certain areas that causes new needs to spawn up. It’s all a matter of being to locate those needs and providing some genuine value to address it.

    I also enjoyed your idea about the networking conference. When you think about it, all that money is is an exchange of value. When you earn money, you’re receiving value because of the value you’ve provided others. It therefore reasons that the more value you provide the more money you will earn. I like the idea of eliminating money from the value equation of a conference. Instead of being able to lean on money as the value you provide, you’re forced to get creative and offer something of real value to those involved. That’s how improvements are made and that’s how we move ahead collectively. 100 brains working in perfect harmony is always better than 1.

    Keep up the good work my friend, I enjoy what you have to say.

    • Billy

      Thanks for the awesome response Austin. You seem to have a great grasp of the concepts I’m trying to get across here.

  9. Remco

    I am interested in the podcast, but at the same time feel that nowadays “Almost everyone in the blogging world seems to do that”.

    I like your quotes on facebook, and would be interested how much traffic you generate from social media.

    • Billy

      I agree that a lot of people are doing podcasts. Most of them are the same podcast though. In other words, they’re saying the same thing and having the same guests on. If I did end up having one, the goal would have it be unique from what the other people are doing. If you have any ideas for how I could make that happen, I’d love to hear them.

      I’ll plan on including stuff about social media traffic in the February report 🙂

  10. Bryan

    I can say the one reason I subscribed to this site is because of the different approach you take and the quality you bring.

    Also, I think that guest posts have become a major SEO factor, which as we all know when that happens it dilutes the quality for the people that do real quality guest posting.

    Thanks for offering your unique perspective, Billy. I am excited for more posts as you keep trucking.

  11. Jenda

    Hi Billy,

    I have to agree with you about that value thing. Lot of bloggers who’s writing about making money online just write the same thing with no extra value or their very own thoughts.

    I’m glad I have subscribed to your blog and I’m really looking forward to read/listen next content on Foreverjobless.com

    Keep it up!

    • Billy

      Yes, most bloggers specialize in regurgitation. There’s no reason for them to exist because they’re just copying what the thought leaders are saying and focusing on marketing it and creating their own audience. They’re essentially ‘affiliates for the thought leader’; without the thought leader actually getting anything.

  12. Graham Rowe

    Hey Bill,

    It’s pretty obvious from your post quality that they aren’t first/rough drafts that you rushed out. Thank you for taking the time to make them quality.

    I’d love to hear a foreverjobless podcast. I’d also love to see what your idea is of the progression from unsuccessful to successful – mentally and financially…I know it’s not a steady climb up a mountain, but I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on what the progress looks like.

    Is there much difference in the principles in running an ecommerce store and a brick and mortar store?


    • Billy

      Thanks for the feedback Graham. I’ve never run a brick and mortar store before, so I don’t know all the specifics of running one. However, for the most part in my opinion the principles will remain the same as an e-commerce store, it will just take different things to achieve them.

  13. Robby

    Great post. Loved the part about networking correctly.

    I’ll add another vote for podcasts. That would be awesome.

    Look forward to meeting you at one of those “conferences” later this week. 🙂

  14. Rivka

    Great post! I agree not just about networking, but work in general. Often business owners are doing lots of “work” but avoiding those one or two things that would move them dramatically forward.

    Would love to connect more (just followed/liked you), and I am known for telling people what I think, lol.

    • Billy

      Agreed, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of working on things that aren’t helping you much. Happens to me plenty. Lots of people are working 10+ hours/day and about an hour of it was very productive.

  15. Mardy

    I’m enjoying reading your blog thus far. And I can relate to how long it takes you to bang out a post. It takes me 2 days sometimes.

    Updates are cool. I’m a subscriber now so if you write about it, I’m likely to come across it at some point. However, more detail on whats going on (context) with your blog fluctuations would personally be more engaging.

    You talk a lot about being different in the blogging world and we need more of that… I’m waiting for you give specifics on what’s the same “out there” and whats different and unique about the way you go about blogging here.

    What should one be doing differently, focusing on etc. Similar to these great examples:



    If you have a twist or something from left field of these examples, I look forward to what you have to say.

    And to be honest, I’ve been coming back to to your blog specifically looking for that post. I trust that you’ll provide something of immense value (actionable).

    As for podcasts – I’m a skimmer (I consume an unhealthy amount of content everyday) so transcriptions would be great. Blog posts are easier to share and file away in evernote though. Speaking personally.

    Thanks for the update and keep up the excellent work,


    • Billy

      Thanks Mardy! Appreciate the specific examples.

      I promise I’ll have a post on blogging coming up soon 🙂 It will take me a bit of time to compile. I have a number of topics that are partially done blog posts that I need to get done. That one’s still got a ways to go, but it’s coming.

      Btw, you mention evernote- I haven’t used it yet, but am planning to. Would love any unique feedback/insights on the ways it’s helped you most.

      • Mardy

        Evernote is awesome.

        As an aspiring marketer, college student, and currently planing my attack for small biz, evernote has been instrumental in assisting me organize my research and ideas. – [IMG]https://i45.tinypic.com/6qlc9f.jpg[/IMG]

        I put all my sh_t in there!!!

        Separate “note books” for separate interests can be made and tags applied to individual “notes” so you don’t lose them throughout your various note-books. Incredibly useful feature.

        Once you’ve had it for a little while and loaded all your crap in it, it becomes indispensable. I came across Evernote following a couple of successful online marketers who said similar things.

        The chrome plugin for clipping portions of web pages or entire blog posts is an ADD kids dream. Dont have time to read now, just “clip it” so you dont forget to read it later.
        Legendary blog posts, info-graphics, key points with in an article.. they all get “clipped”… it’s addictive.

        I use the Word processor/note-taking feature to dump all my raw ideas out for business, content, and other hobbies. I can then easily turn those notes into links and share them with my various communities.

        The mobile app then makes all this accessible on your ipad or smart phone for editing and viewing. Very productive.

        Get it.

  16. Ute

    As to the conference/networking idea. You could organize it as a barcamp. Could be invite-only but the idea is that everyone contributes to the conference by giving talks, sharing ideas … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp

    Barcamps are quite popular here in Germany and I do get a lot of valuable ideas/contacts out of it. Because everybody wants to shares his/her experiences/ideas/knowledge about a certain topic, you don’t get sales presentations. And as everybody has a different background, you get a variety of topics.

    • Rivka

      Love that idea! I am working on planning a biz meetup in Toronto when we visit there this summer and this might be a good thing to try. 🙂

    • Billy

      Cool, thanks for sharing Ute don’t know that I’d heard of a BarCamp before.

  17. Mason L


    Here’s a couple topics I would gobble up:

    1) Productivity. How do you maximize yours? How are you specifically utilizaing your new assistant? Some out of the box, bizarre approach would be something I’d be insanely interested in. For example, Tim Ferriss talks about how he outsourced online dating once. Entertaining and practical.

    2) I know this may be a tad generic, but I’m always most interested in an entrepreneurs favorite books, blogs, habits, daily routines, etc. things that make you the way you are. The more unique, the better.


    • Billy

      Awesome feedback Mason. I’ll definitely touch base on these topics in some future posts, or the podcast if I end up doing it. If you think of anything else let me know, these were good. Thanks!

  18. Rio

    hi billy, i really like your blog, especially the site name! i like the idea of guest post and guest interviews. hope to be able to do one with u one day! 🙂

  19. Victor E. A. Silva

    Hi Billy.

    The stats part is a cool read, since we, as your readers, are part of what is being shown. The launch of the blog, back in ’12 interested me for the marketing strategies you used, specially appealing to poker players, who are people usually looking for new and creative ways to make new money. The bluefirepoker advertising e-mail did really catch me, as I know how good the site is and therefore can trust whatever they recommend – since they are not frivolous with advertising.

    The second part of the post, which covered being smart as an entrepeneur, caught me more. I can see passion in your writing, so it didn’t startle me that you might take such a long time writing posts. Good writing usually requires time. There’s this secondary effect to reading your posts that I’m sure to hold your audience to it, even though some people won’t actually think about it, which is the pupils dillacting experience of seeing oneself making money (the actual educational experience being the primary effect).

    And then you mentioned you might start a podcast, which made me wonder how you feel about video posts. I know a video post would be shorter for your audience but still as challenging to produce (maybe even more) as the written posts. Once I answered an e-mail from bluefirepoker suggesting a video post on doing the due dilligence (actually doing the dilligence, not talking about how to do it – just like the poker videos where the instructors are actually playing the game) you discoursed about on your first or second post on this site.

    I trust whatever educational content you intend on producing, but I know your international audience (and I mean the people who don’t have English as their first language) might have a bit of a harder time with non written content, specially if it’s audio only, although people who read well in English usually will be able to understand a clean well spoken audio file as well.

    As I said, I’d like to read, see or listen to whatever make money content you release, so I can’t say much more than I have right now about the podcast, as I’ve not heard it yet. I believe it will all be good stuff.

    • Billy

      Wow, heck of a comment— thanks Victor!

      I’ve actually looked into making some video blog posts. Something along those lines should be coming sometime soon.

      I’ll have a post or video on due diligence for an e-commerce store sometime in the near future, but it may take a bit more time. It’s coming though.

      Thanks again for your awesome feedback.

  20. Andy

    Hey Billy, just wanted to say that as your blog gains popularity, you are only going to get more and more of these guest post requests because they are [or at least were] great for SEO purposes. Somebody already linked Neil Patel’s blog, but I would check out this relevant post he just made an hour ago: https://www.quicksprout.com/2013/02/18/dont-accept-guest-posts-unless-you-follow-these-7-rules/

    You guys have a similar philosophy of treating content as king, so I think you could get a lot from checking his posts out.

    • Billy

      Ya, I read that, thanks Andy. Neil Patel is one of the few bloggers putting out good content. His content is always high quality.

  21. Frank DelPidio

    It is really cool that you are friends with Yuen. They made an unusual deal with Kevin regarding the cash flow of the company as it expands. It was kind of confusing. Is it possible you could do a post about the equity of making a deal like this vs. giving up a higher percentage of your company? You could even have Yuen make the guess post! I was also curious how long it was between them making the deal and the show being aired.

    I enjoyed your post. I don’t listen to most podcasts because they are not very good, but I think if you pick the right topics to discuss in detail it would be a must listen. I’d really like to see you give it a try.

    • Billy

      If I end up deciding to do the podcast, I’ll invite Yuen on and if he’s interested he could chat about the pros/cons of a deal like that.

  22. David Kimbell

    Hi again Billy,

    I really don’t have a strong opinion on To podcast or Not To Podcast. What attracts me to this site is your emphasis on:

    – Value
    – Quality
    – Opportunity-spotting (and EV)

    The choice of medium should be driven by those factors. If a podcast does it best, fine, but otherwise blog posts are quite satisfactory.

    So to a large extent, I’m quite happy for you to choose the medium that you think conveys the message best and most comfortably for you.

    Podcasts do have one advantage: They make it easier to tell a story, and I think people learn more from personal stories than they do from textbook-style instruction.

    Your “mastermind” conference idea is brilliant. I am really keen to see that happen, though being a family man in the UK, I’d have to plan far ahead to attend a US-based event. (That can be done.)

    The value of the monthly stats and updates won’t really be clear until there are several months’ worth of stats. So better go for it! Worst thing that happens is, We don’t draw much value from them, and they get ditched. No problem.

    Hope this is helpful.

  23. Kate Phillips

    Intriguing conference idea… tho the selection process for attendees sounds labor intensive. (But hey, you have an assistant now, right?)

    I hear you, Billy… I mostly get requests for “guest posts” from people who can hardly write the request for the guest post (Doh!) and although I hate to be rude, I rarely even reply anymore. It’s just a link-building scheme. Even when they offer a little $ for the link, I have to ask myself, will I sell out my blog and inflict some lame regurgitated crap on my readers for $40? No thanks. Although you’ve got clout and I suspect you actually get requests for real bloggers who can write!

    Anyways, I’m so relieved to hear that someone else labors over their posts like like I have… except I’m pretty sure you have me beat at 20 hours! But aren’t we all sick of “five keys to writing great blog posts” and “three mistakes you might be making with your business” and blah blah blah. The headlines are irresistible sometimes, but the content is always such a let down, I get mad at myself for wasting my time on another disappointing read.

    Anyways, I’m not even going to ask if I can write a guest post, but I decided to be bold and link my name to my best and favorite article (that I see now has 11k views!) that is my manifesto about business ownership/ self employment (and why I am also forever jobless.) It’s a tad dated but something you or your readers would appreciate, yes… even get real value from, dare I say.

    If I spent 20 hours per post, I’d rather podcast, too, tho I appreciate the speed of reading rather than listening. (transcription, please!)

    Love Shark Tank, great show. Glad your friend got funded.

    • Billy

      Haha, I agree, those blog titles are everywhere.

      Haven’t got a chance to read your post yet, but I’ll check it out. What were the main sources of traffic that helped you get 11k views?

      • Kate Phillips

        Biznik.com featured it in an email to their members, that generated 2 – 3,000 views quickly, and it got linked, liked and tweeted a bunch of times, which helped. It generated 100+ comments which made it one of their most-commented on articles of all time, and as people can search articles by different measures (including most-commented on), I think that has helped it continue to be read. So it was really just the traffic they attracted to their own site, the fact it was a featured/hot/active article for so long, and was shared by readers as well.

      • Billy

        Any tips on how to get biznik to feature an article their email? Never heard of them

      • Kate Phillips

        (hmm, didn’t see how to reply to your last q, this might be out of order)

        Biznik is a network of indie biz owners/ solopreneurs/ freelancers. It started here in Seattle and has strong membership here, but also thousands if members elsewhere.

        To get articles featured on Biznik.com, be a paying member (only premium members can write content now, tho Ive been a paid member all along), write great content (limit 1500 words), and interacting on site helps… even better, get to know article curator Matt Lawrence on Biznik staff and find out what he’s looking for, and how you can help each other. As youll see on website, they feature chosen articles and send an email weekly with some of those articles. They might feature an article about how you attracted traffic to your new blog so quickly (tho I’m guessing the key is that you weren’t starting from scratch). And the Ferrari for $20k topic is a definite winner…

        The readership isn’t as active as it once was, in terms of comments, but Biznik is still an excellent tool for SEO and online networking. Oftentimes member profiles will rank higher than their company websites, so it can essentially place visibility of a business or blog higher in google.

  24. Philipp Grunwald

    Personally, I do not care for silly subscriber stats.

    But you could – and probably should (as part of your – publish them on a separate page of your blog, maybe with it’s own RSS feed.

    Secondly, Podcast: There are two problems with this.

    1. First, however good your podcast may be, it may be hard for me to concentrate on it or get around to it! Mobile usage (in the subway etc.) would be good, but podcast apps are still not usable on both iOS and Android and I tend to forget about the app. But furthermore, often one is unable to taken notes on it, unless one owns a Galaxy Note.
    The question then is: Can there be really so much value?

    2. From the podcasts I heard (mostly of wantrepreneur / blogger douchebags), people get into chit-chatting and off-topic extremely fast, even in supposed interviews! Often it’s just complementing each other or bragging or a lot of talk about stuff I’d be able to scroll past, if it would be text! But it ain’t, so the last time I listened to a podcast (two days ago), I had to waste 20 minutes of my time, to get four (or maybe rather one) piece of information, which then wasn’t even detailed out as much as I would’ve needed it! (And I’m sure, if it would’ve been written, they wouldn’t have omitted the parts I was looking for.) So all in all, without a pre-made script and rather strict adherence to it, a podcast is a loss-loss! (A lot of work for you, low conversion and doesn’t provide – sufficient – value.)

    The only good podcast I recently listened to is the one of “ViperChill”, but even his podcast was often more of a “oh I did that the last three months” instead of eternal wisdom. And I don’t remember much, because I didn’t have the chance to write sth. down at the time, which happens if you’re in the car or crowded public transport.

    • Mardy

      When it comes to the podcasts I’d have to agree with every word, Philipp.

    • Billy

      I agree there’d have to be some sort of a script/plan for the shows if I did it. I wouldn’t just wing it. Any ideas for a ‘show plan’ that would be interesting to you?

      Also, if I did the podcast, I would probably have it transcribed, so you wouldn’t have to listen to it in just audio format.

  25. Jonathon Barton


    One thing that I would be ALL OVER would be some discussion on “where do you find your inspiration” – practical tips for actually spotting that opportunity, particularly when you’re too close to your own subject matter to recognize your own strengths…that you’re “good enough” at something to turn it from something you’re DOING to something you’re TEACHING, for example.

    • Billy

      I’m going to try to talk some about that in future posts. Example- how I find an opportunity in the market — is that what you’re looking for?

      • Jonathon Barton

        Exactly that…
        How do you build the ‘vision’ skill to know where to look for those sorts of opportunities, and how to recognize them and act on them once you’re reasonably confident that you’re monitoring the right places to discover them.

  26. Thomas

    I gotta say it is a relief reading a blogger saying he do not want to create posts saying what everybody else are saying. Look at inbound.org (That i really like and read everyday) where there is alot of great content, but much of it is basically people writing the same thing over and over.

    Many posts follow a template that looks a little like this:



    Alot of words but very few steps for small business owners to take. The problem is that alot of the guys writing are professional SEOs that cater to big brands who have huge twitter followings and the ability to spend money on great content. It is not that easy for small e-commerce startups.

    I would however say that Inbound.org is a great resource, but I think there are too many of these types of articles popping up. My favorite article from inbound might be this one, a perfect one for the beginners: https://pointblankseo.com/link-building-strategies

    Looking forward to your next post!

  27. Chanté

    “Most conferences are a handful of people offering the value, and everyone else paying to attend. I envision something where the payment to attend is the value you bring.”
    You are right, and that’s why I prefer not to attend a lot of conferences. I’ve been thinking too, about ways to get a lot of bright people in one place and just have great exchanges of thoughts and ideas. I like your idea and will be excited to see how it goes…if you decide to move forward.

    WOW! That rocks that Yuen is your friend. I don’t watch tons of television (besides sports & foodie shows), but I can’t get enough of the Shark Tank. I’m intrigued by all of them, and I do learn a lot from those who are brave enough to go on the show! So, I said all that to say, “Kudos” to your friend. I love sushi, and that name killed me “How Do You Roll” Classic!

  28. Justin Mares

    Great idea about the networking conference, I’ve been thinking of doing something similar actually.

    Just curious – what types of blog content would you like to see more of that isn’t being talked about? What are the types of things that interest you?

    Just wondering, as I think there are some really strong blogs out there (Patrick McKenzie’s being one), and I guess I don’t come across as much fluff anymore.

    • Billy

      I like reading from successful people about how they’re executing. Unique ways people are making money. People who think very far outside the box.

  29. Alex

    Hello Billy,

    I personally am not really interested in either monthly incomes or podcast, but that’s just me.

    I liked the post overall, but not so much due to numbers. I like the content and value you provide.

    What I would like to see is 1 post per week or 15 days, but on a specific day, so we can expect it (like shark tank which is on every 1 or 2 weeks on Friday)…

    Hope this helps. Good luck with your projects!

    • Billy

      Alex, are you subscribed? It will email you so that you’ll know when new content is posted. I probably won’t be able to post on specific days only because I’m not blogging full-time like many bloggers. Some months will be busier than other for me, so don’t want to have specific days and let people down.

  30. Kate Phillips

    Posts can always be “scheduled” for certain days/times, but I hear you about not wanting to make promises or keep a writing schedule, especially as you put so much time into your posts.

    Though I predict that “monthly report” posts are not going to generate interest/ traffic like “How to Buy a Ferrari w $20k” (I mean, that title seriously rocks, and the “monthly report” has readers primarily because of the value generated in other/previous posts, so I predict you’ll have some readers that may skip the monthly reports altogether – tho wise in your part to do “reports” rather than let blog sit dormant.)

    Speaking of “how to buy a Ferrari…” Ive been trying to locate an old article in my database (maybe from someone who taught real estate investing?) about how, if they wanted a BOAT, they would buy a HOUSE w the money instead, rent out the house, as buy the boat on payments w the rental income. Then when boat is paid for, they can buy something else w rental income, and eventually, the rental income will reimburse them for buying the house, too! Classic “rich dad” philosophy, buy assets not liabilities, tho I liked your spin and title on it.

    • Billy

      Ya, I think the monthly report posts are interesting to a certain % of readers. I try to include extra info/update to try to keep it interesting. I’ll see if people stay interested in them over the next few months.

  31. Alex

    Yes I am. Sure I understand.

    Good luck with your projects!

  32. Siegfried

    Thats not bad traffic you get here considering that the blog has only 6 posts 🙂
    and tons of comments as well 🙂
    best regards!

  33. Graham Rowe

    Hey Bill,

    Any advice on choosing a bigcommerce web designer?


    • Billy

      Never used one there before. When hiring anyone- ask good questions and check past work.

  34. Andrew

    Hi Billy,

    Nice blog. I found you via the TMF forum.

    Podcasts would be great. Maybe talking about what people are doing wrong in business and what they should be doing instead. You could go in depth each podcast on one topic trying to address people at different levels of business – no idea, just starting, mid level, high level.

    Keep up the great work.

  35. James

    I’m very interested in the concept of combining a need in the market with scale. To me scaling seems to be something that seems to be an ingredient to success and for some can lead to reaching potentially billionaire territory.

    A few more examples of this might be nice to get an idea of what this looks like.

    Although they don’t charge for it, one example I know of is a company called Kahn Academy. They may not charge, but they definitely provide value and at massive scale. Basically, the guy (now team) do videos on university concepts such as maths and science and it is done so effectively that the audience is far far more likely to actually understand complex concepts compared with watching the lecturers version. On top of that, the one video will scale out to millions and can often be re watched by following generations, where with lecturers, they might reach five hundred per lecture and then redo the lecture. So much for intellectual elite.

    So there is an example of scaling value massively, though where else? Historically or currently?

    Also, how to effectively find and know if there is a need in a market where resources are tight, that’s something I’d like to know.

  36. James

    Perhaps something you could do in some update posts is provide examples of the concepts in action where you find them.


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