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Here’s My Podcasters’ Paradise Bonus

December 8th, 2016   |   By Tom Woods

I’ve been talking podcasting with my email list this week.

Podcasts can help you grow your audience, your skills, your connections, and your income.

And it can really help your business, both in terms of positioning and sales. Your competitors do not have a podcast. Woods’s Law — nobody ever does anything — is your friend here.

I mentioned John Lee Dumas, whose Podcasters Paradise website I myself joined two years ago, and who earns a six-figure MONTHLY income from podcasting.

This replay of John’s podcast masterclass will be taken down within 24 hours, so set aside the time to watch:

http://www.eofire.com/podwebinar

If you do decide to join me at Podcasters Paradise, John’s excellent podcasting community, here’s a special bonus: if you use my affiliate link, I’ll jump on Skype with you for a 30-minute Q&A session about your existing or future podcast. After over 800 podcast episodes I’ve learned a thing or two, and I’d be glad to help you for free.

Watch the masterclass first, by clicking the link above. When you’re ready to join and if you want my bonus, use this link:

http://www.happyearner.com/getparadise

If Feminists Can Earn This Much, Maybe You Can, Too

December 7th, 2016   |   By Tom Woods

I want my kids to see their parents helping other folks out.

On the local level we enjoy giving anonymous help to people we know who need it. And my kids and I have started taking time to look through sites like DonorSee, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo, and we decide on causes we agree are especially compelling.

While on one of those sites with the kids over the weekend, I found myself looking through the entrepreneurial section. Lots of really clever ideas are being funded, sometimes very heavily, by a consuming public that sees their merits.

And it was there that I discovered the business idea I mentioned to you yesterday: card decks.

Here are some decks of cards (of all kinds, most of which aren’t traditional playing cards or even games at all) that generated interest on Indiegogo and Kickstarter:

Remember, this money is raised from BUYERS:

  • Writer Emergency Pack, a deck of cards to help people cope with writers’ block, raised $158,109 on Kickstarter
  • The Shorter Catechism Deck, of interest to Protestants, has raised 238% of the money it was seeking (with 16 days still to go in its Kickstarter campaign! It’s still running as I write this)
  • A deck of feminist playing cards raised nearly $13,000
  • Dan Ariely’s Irrational Card Game raised $314,870
  • Lightbox Photography Cards, a 52-card deck to inspire photographers, raised $35,590

And believe me, I chose these pretty much at random. There must be hundreds of successful examples.

I had no idea decks of cards were a genuine business idea.

I’ll bet you could think of a good deck idea. Then what the heck: test it out on Kickstarter to see if there’s an audience for it.

But Woods, it’s not that easy — don’t I have to be an artist? And how would I produce the cards? Where would I sell them?

All good questions.

Answers:

http://www.happyearner.com/decks

Exploding Kittens = Profit

December 7th, 2016   |   By Tom Woods

I’m thinking of writing another eBook, this one called: Instant Online Business Ideas.

I’ve got a big idea I’ll be writing to you about in the coming weeks. One of my kids (Regina) and I intend to start in on it next year, and I think we have an excellent chance of making it a success. It certainly won’t hurt her college application, that’s for sure.

But here’s one I’ll bet you never thought of.

Card decks.

Not just card games, though of course some of those are quite lucrative: Exploding Kittens raised over $8 million in funding on Kickstarter, all from buyers.

But I’m talking about cards of all kinds. There is a huge market for cards in all sorts of genres: spirituality, self-help, humor, education, and more.

Thanks to lots of free online tools, creating a product like this is much easier than you think.

And if you think hard enough, you probably have one of these decks within you.

How about: questions to ask each other before getting married? I always thought that should be a thing.

There are plenty of possibilities.

You can find a bunch of proposed card decks that raised at least six figures on Kickstarter. In this area, the right idea can spread like wildfire.

I just finished reading Amy Harrop’s new guide to how to create and sell a card deck. Everything from coming up with ideas and content to design (you can do this even if you’re the world’s worst artist, like me), publishing, printing, pricing, sales, and more, is covered in detail.

The whole process, in other words, is laid out before you.

Could this be your hobby project that earns you a few bucks?

You won’t know until you give it a shot:

http://www.happyearner.com/decks

 

How a Business Can Profit from a Podcast

December 6th, 2016   |   By Tom Woods

I know precisely one thing about knitting. And it’s this:

Kathy and Steve Elkins own a store that sells knitting, crocheting, and weaving supplies. But they do most of their sales online.

Why? Partly because they started a weekly podcast about knitting.

I first read about their podcast in early 2011. I remember thinking it was a good idea for a business to do this. Just for the heck of it, I checked last week: they’re on episode 468, and still going.

When they discuss a particular yarn or pattern on the show, they see a spike in sales on the relevant pages of their website.

It’s a great idea, and it works especially well because of Woods’s Law: Nobody ever does anything.

By which I mean: how many of their competitors have a podcast? The question pretty much answers itself.

There are all kinds of ways you or your business can benefit from a podcast. I have an extremely successful podcast, so take it from me: the guy you need to listen to is John Lee Dumas.

He’s the creator of his own wildly successful podcast, as well as the premier training and support site for podcasters: Podcasters Paradise, of which I am a happy member.

He earns six figures a month from his podcast. He knows what he’s talking about.

Be prepared to take notes at his free workshop for the curious tomorrow (Wednesday). You’ll learn a ton.

Grab your spot:

http://www.happyearner.com/paradise

(That’s an affiliate link, by the way. But if you sign up with it and then decide to join John’s Podcasters Paradise, which I myself belong to, I’ll hop on Skype with you for 30 minutes at your convenience and answer any questions you may have. Just drop me a note on my contact page.)

How He Became a Somebody in Under a Year

December 2nd, 2016   |   By Tom Woods

“It has brought me from utter obscurity to a recognizable figure within my niche in under a year.”

That’s what one of my listeners just said about his own podcast.

In fact, he just told an A-List potential guest, “I’ve finished up my interviews for the year. Let’s touch base in January.”

That’s a boss.

He can make sales to his audience (affiliate products or his own), all while giving away content for free. Everyone wins.

Where did he figure out how to do it? From John Lee Dumas, naturally, whose Podcasters Paradise site I myself joined over two years ago.

John’s the master: he went from sitting in traffic listening to podcasts on his way to a job he hated to making podcasting into his full-time living.

Curious? You should be. Attend John’s free workshop, as I did two years ago.

Remember Woods’s Law: Nobody ever does anything.

OK, I know that’s not literally true. But it’s close enough. Most people think writing books, launching podcasts, creating courses, or whatever, are all things other people do.

And that means you’ll have less competition than you would if Woods’s Law weren’t true.

Successful people are the doers.

First thing to do: check out John’s free workshop, where you’ll be impressed with how much you learn:

http://www.happyearner.com/paradise

(That’s an affiliate link, by the way. But if you sign up with it and then decide to join John’s Podcasters Paradise, which I myself belong to, I’ll hop on Skype with you for 30 minutes at your convenience and answer any questions you may have. Just drop me a note on my contact page.)

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