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Using Facebook Advertising to Sell My eCourse

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About a month ago, I finished my first online course on Internet Marketing - and I'm super excited.  The course discusses 7 different strategies that I've successfully used on both Blind Surprise and Cool Things Addict to drive hundreds of thousands of visitors, without any SEO skills.  The course goes into detail on how to run a successful email marketing campaign, affiliate marketing, social media marketing, and others. Right as I launched the course, I received over 1,000 student sign-ups, Read more [...]

How I Grew My Email List from 0 to 700 in One Week

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I've been playing around with social media contests and tricks to grow my email list for months now.  I've read lots of blog posts, tons of advice from 'experts' explaining the best way to use Facebook to grow your email list.  I'm not somebody who looks to grow their email list with SEO (just too slow), and I didn't want to use any SoloAds (just because that all seems expensive and scammy to me).  I've spent WAY too much money trying to promote posts, run contests, and other ways to give money Read more [...]

The Best Social Plugin Ever

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They say that for every post you write on your blog or website, you should spend triple the amount of time marketing the post as you do writing it.  This of course includes sharing it on all your social media pages, and sharing it on all the networks you're involved with in order to drive traffic. I've tried probably 20 or so social plugins to help optimize the time spent on sharing across all these platforms, and finally found one that is freaking awesome to use and saves me hours and hours Read more [...]

The Launch of My New Website – A Stab at Affiliate Earnings

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As a reader of my blog, you know by now that I run a company called Blind Surprise – a subscription box that works with up-and-coming product designers, artists, and unique brands.  As part of our sourcing, we spend countless hours every month researching the internet for cool products to feature in our subscription box, and we only select 4 or 5 products monthly.  We have very specific needs – a product that fits in our 8x8x3 box that MSRPs for around $25.  Along the way, though, we find Read more [...]

The Day I Quit My Job – A Reflection

Thanks to Josef Grunig on Flickr
"I notice such a big difference in you since you told your work that you're leaving.  I think you handled it extremely well and I love seeing you so happy!" I received this text from my girlfriend a few days after I let everybody at my job know that I had plans to move out of town.  I didn't firestorm into my boss' office, slam down my laptop, and stomp my feet out the door.  Rather, I went out to lunch with my boss, told him that I planned to move out of town, and that I would stay at work Read more [...]

Web Development – US vs India

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When we first conceptualized Blind Surprise, the first step was to put our website idea down on paper.  We didn't really know how to start a subscription box company, but we figured web design was the place to start.  How we wanted the homepage to look and feel, where all the buttons were going to link to, and then we drew out the next 4 layers of the website.  It was time to hire a web development firm and get our store built.  I reached out to a colleague in web development who suggested a Read more [...]

Signs that it’s Time To Start a Business

Is it time for you to take that leap of faith?
I'm sure everybody can relate - you have friends that say things like "Hey - listen to this idea!" and spatter off a decent idea and then forget about it. And then occasionally, they'll see that idea come to fruition and come back with "They stole my idea!!! I told you that was a great idea!" There's a massive difference between entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs.  There's people that occasionally think of a neat idea and then move on with their life, and then there are those who constantly work Read more [...]