Matt Giovanisci and friends drop the gauntlet of truth about being self-employed, serial entrepreneurs. They're not "teaching" how to build a successful company. Instead, they run business challenges and experiments offering a transparent view of what it takes to make money online.
Why I Deleted My Best-Performing Blog Posts
My Online Business Time Machine
If I could tell myself in 2004 what I know now in 2023, I would’ve avoided burnout and built a successful, six-figure online business in half time it actually took.
2004 The Idea: Look, here’s the plan. You’re gonna buy this domain, but you won’t do jack shit with it. Then you’ll have to re-buy it for a higher price in a few years. So buy the domain and use it ASAP. Build the site using WordPress. Keep the design clean and make sure it loads really fast.
2009: The Blackhat SEO Phase: Don’t waste time building s****y backlinks to your s****y articles and don’t use anything called Unique Article Wizard. All you have to do is write the best articles on pool care and publish them consistently.
2011: The First YouTube Video: You need to make at least one video a week. Publish consistently. Try different video styles. You don’t need to be near a pool. Don’t give up on YouTube. Every week.
2013: The Podcast: Just keep writing articles and making videos. And stop making those infographics. They don’t work in the future. Your podcast won’t be huge, but it’ll be rewarding. Just stay focused on what your business does well.
2016: The Software Phase: Software will NEVER be your thing. You’ll attempt to create and sell software over the next few years and fail every time. All of that time would be better spent working on Swim University. And now Roasty and Brew Cabin.
2017: The Airport: There was 2017 Matt staring down at his phone on the verge of tears. He must’ve just read the Amazon email saying commissions were getting cut to the bone.
2004: The Future: You’re gonna make money selling banner ads and putting affiliate links on your site. But the most lucrative thing you’ll do is create and sell your own products. Stay in your wheelhouse. Write articles, produce videos and design graphics. In 2013, you will create an e-book on how to take care of a hot tub. You won’t know it, but that’ll be the most important moment in your business. Just build your website on WordPress, make it load fast, do some keyword research, and publish articles and videos around them. Then, make a few digital products, like ebooks and video courses. Promote them on every page. Make this your focus and treat affiliate commissions as a bonus. If you do this consistently, you’ll be successful in about 4 years or less.
My 6 Favorite SEO Tools in 2023
Ahrefs (keyword research and tracking)
WP Engine & Cloudflare for fast, reliable hosting
Yoast or RankMath
WP Rocket with Imagify for Speed (with Carbonate theme)
Headline Analyzer to improve CTR
Jasper (writing better descriptions and intro hooks)
BONUS: ClearScope/Frase to give you a leg up
My 3 Profitable Business Templates
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 65% of businesses fail in the first 10 years.
And one of the main reasons is money management. I'm going to show the 3 tasks I do every day to control money and boost profits.
My 3 Boring Business Tasks
These spreadsheet templates are available at MoneyLab.co/Resources
ChatGPT May Destroy SEO
The Rise of Chatbots and the Threat to SEO: How Chat GPT could change the game for search engines forever.
In this episode, we dive into the world of Chatbots and how the development of advanced AI language models like Chat GPT could have a significant impact on the world of SEO. We discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of this technology, and how it may change the way we think about optimizing content for search engines.
- This description was written by ChatGPT 3
How I Come Up With Brand Names
This decision could impact your online business forever. You need to consider many factors for it to be successful long-term. But if you get it right, it'll pay off forever in ways you cannot measure. Are you feeling overwhelmed? I get it. But I'm here to tell you that you're overthinking it. Picking a brand name is easy with the methods I created. After listening, you'll come out on the other side with a kickass brand name and domain that'll make it effortless to scale your business in the future.
Great honest no sales podcast on small biz
Great honest no sales podcast. Really appreciate the content and would love if he posted more often. Matt provides concise advice on marketing and small biz topics.
Such a wealth of knowledge! 🧠
This is one of the most insightful podcasts that I have ever come across! Matt does such a great job of sharing his wisdom and I love how he leads meaningful conversations with guests who bring so much experience to the table. Highly recommend checking this show out - you won’t be disappointed!
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