Blog 2 BLING!
A curiosity-fueled path to the online business only YOU can build
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Has something felt “off” with the online business advice you’ve received?
The basic gist is usually, “follow these exact steps, and you’ll have yourself an online business!”
It sounds great in theory. In practice, it’s a whole other deal.
The problem with most online business advice is that it assumes perfect motivation.
It assumes you can simply follow a series of steps, and end up with a validated idea.
Nevermind whether that idea interests you. And these validation tricks don’t always translate to success once the business launches.
Most importantly, who is to say you can follow these steps? If you are a curious person with hair-trigger motivation, it’s not just boring – it’s darn near impossible.
My name is David Kadavy.
I woke up on my first day of self employment with only one mission: to follow my curiosity.
Twelve years later, I have written best-selling books, and my podcast has been downloaded more than a million times. I’ve spoken in eight countries around the world, and I live in South America.
Reading books and having conversations with heroes such as Seth Godin and James Altucher is a big part of my job. Nearly any topic that interests me, I can find a way to follow it, and incorporate it into my work. My business is my own “personal PhD” program.
I did not get here by following a series of steps.
I did not carefully build "Minimum Viable Products," “validate" my ideas, then “pivot” to a new idea whenever that didn’t work.
I got here by trusting that if I followed my curiosity, it would all work out in the end.
Honestly, this is definitely not the "optimal" way to build an online business. To this day, I try things all of the time that don’t work. To this day, I get interested in new projects, only to abandon them for another, more interesting project.
But, for me, this is the only way to build an online business. Because it’s simply the only way the work will get done. It might be the best way for you, too.
Does this sound like you?
- You’re hopelessly curious. You have a wide variety of interests.
- You get “shiny object syndrome.” You sometimes feel guilty for not being able to “focus” on one thing at a time.
- You have hair-trigger motivation. If you get excited about an idea, you can go at it full force. If you get bored, you’re done.
This is what I’m like. I spent many years beating myself up for not being more “disciplined,” or “conscientious.”
I watched jealously as one friend after another became wildly successful. "Why can’t I be more like them?," I thought. It took me a long time to learn something very important:
Your curiosity is not something to be ashamed of.
Your curiosity is powerful fuel that you can harness to build a life and business that nobody else can build.
In Blog 2 BLING! I share my secrets to building a business driven by your curiosities. It’s not a step-by-step formula. It’s more of a framework.
The Blog 2 BLING! methodology works like this:
- Follow what interests you.
- Through the process of following those interests, you collect valuable market research.
- “Stack" one skill at a time, while building income streams.
- Iterate, rinse, repeat, and follow your whims to becoming an unstoppable solopreneur.*
*Individual results will vary. This takes a lot of work, and it will be different for everyone.
Blog 2 BLING! isn’t about "following your passion."
It’s also not about trying to find the most profitable idea, your curiosity be dammed.
Blog 2 BLING! is about building the business in the intersection of your Love + Money Venn diagram.
If something has been “off” with your previous attempts to build an online business, Blog 2 BLING! may be more your style.
Enroll today, and start following your curiosity to the online business only you can build!
David Kadavy has been a solopreneur for more than a decade. He's the best-selling author of The Heart to Start and Design for Hackers, and the host of the Love Your Work podcast.
Start1.1 - Starting a business is easy. Self-motivation is hard. (3:25)
Start1.2 – What holds you back? (2:34)
Start1.3 – The neuroscience of self-motivation (1:28)
Start1.4 – How "the metropolis paradox" intimidates you from even starting (1:54)
Start1.5 – Making progress is all about "skill stacking" (2:00)
Start1.6 – Overcoming "perfection paralysis" to start blogging (1:29)
Start1.7 – Your subconscious mind already knows your destiny (0:58)
Start1.8 – Give yourself "the puppy" (1:05)
Start1.9 – Why it doesn't matter what you blog about (5:48)
Start1.10 – Using Google Webmaster Tools to find topics to write on (4:25)
Start1.11 – Why you are an "expert" on something (4:05)
Start1.12 – Why things you JUST LEARNED are the best things to blog about (2:53)
Start1.13 – Q&A: "How often should you blog?" "How important is design?" "How important is content?" (6:38)
Start2.1 – Review: give yourself the puppy, start where you are, use WordPress, focus on content (1:53)
Start2.2 – Stages of email list starting (2:13)
Start2.3 – Why is it SO important to have an email list? (4:42)
Preview2.4 – How much $$$ can you expect from your email list? (3:40)
Start2.5 – Don't feel like a SPAMMER (& how to deal with HATERS) (4:08)
Start2.6 – Why it's your DUTY to send emails to your list (1:09)
Start2.7 – Don't waste your time A/B testing (1:17)
Start2.8 – How to entice sign-ups to your email list (1:02)
Start2.9 – Pick the RIGHT Email Service Provider (ESP) from the beginning (11:26)
Start2.10 – Crunching the numbers: 40X your email sign-up rate (10:21)
Start2.11 – Q&A, next actions, free email courses (2:27)
Start3.1 – Recap of previous lesson (1:52)
Start3.2 – The importance of EXPLOSIVE traffic, why not have a quota (2:10)
Start3.3 – The anatomy of an EXPLOSIVE blog post: Why Monet Never Used Black (8:08)
Start3.4 – Create the "brain tickle": Write something worth sharing (4:40)
Start3.5 – Explosive post teardown: Why You Hate Comic Sans (3:39)
Start3.6 – Use tension for compelling writing (4:45)
Start3.7 – Finding the right audience for your writing (2:04)
Start3.8 – Research tools for making your post explosive (3:09)
Start3.9 – Get press coverage for your EXPLOSIVE post (3:59)
Start3.10 – Recap/Q&A: how much time, 10-minute hack, editorial calendars, guest blogging (12:31)
Community and Camaraderie in the Facebook Group
The Premium level of Blog 2 BLING! comes with access to the community Facebook Group for the lifetime of the course.
Wondering if any other students have tried an audience growth or monetization strategy? Pose the question in the Facebook Group. David is there, too, to provide his advice and expertise.
Direct Support in Monthly Office Hours
For more nuanced questions and support needs around the course material, hop into an office hours.
These monthly live video chats are an opportunity to talk directly with David, and other classmates. Bounce ideas, get feedback, or get help making product and growth decisions.
The time of office hours trade off month to month, so that wherever you are in the world, there will be a time that works for you.
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