For those that don’t know, the 1-Day Business Breakthrough podcast allows online entrepreneurs like myself to call in and leave a message for Pat and Chris about a particular issue that we are currently struggling with in our online business.
From there, Pat and Chris will have a recorded discussion about what they feel the individual (in this case, it was me) should do and what things need to change in order to be successful.
These two are some of the best minds in the “creating online businesses” space and I respect them both so much, so it was great to be featured.
If you’re wondering how my episode went, I think that a tweet that I got from a new acquaintance sums it up pretty well. P.S. Thanks, for letting me know Ryan!
In this blog post I will cover the following:
First off, let me reflect back and explain that when I left that voicemail I was literally in a complete panic.
I remember pacing back and forth and recording the message for Pat and Chris at least a dozen times trying to get it absolutely perfect.
However, a lot of things have changed since then.
I didn’t end up moving to Arizona. As much as I would’ve loved to soak up the sun all year round, I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and was unable to leave my roots. In other words, I chickened out at the last minute and decided that it would be better to stay close to family and friends while I embarked on my entrepreneur journey and I want to say that it was probably one of the best decisions that I have made.
I’ve discovered in my short time of being an entrepreneur, that there really are a TON of ups and downs (Imagine that?!?! I heard it a million times…but didn’t believe it till I experienced it) and it’s always great to have loved ones near who will support you when you’re in one of your down phases.
For that I’m incredibly grateful and I want to sincerely thank my parents and friends for being there for me during this challenging pursuit.
In terms of how I am “getting by” as an entrepreneur, I’m incredibly busy and I’m blessed that my income hasn’t taken a downward spiral as I anticipated. When I decided to become an entrepreneur, I offered to be a Marketing consultant at my old employer as I didn’t want to leave them in a bad position. Luckily, they took me up on that.
In addition to that consulting job, I have a friend of mine who (unbeknownst to me) had been following my blog and asked me if I wanted to help out as a Marketing consultant for the new company that he works at. Obviously I took him up on that offer.
After that, I had an old coworker who does some internet security stuff contact me about running a Google Adwords paid search program for a client of his in Texas. I also decided to take him up on that opportunity.
If you’re wondering, as of now this is the only consulting income that I include on my income reports. I do this because although it isn’t passive income, it was a direct result of people following my website.
At the time of the recording I was losing money every month and my most recent income report shows that I made just over $1000 in April. If I didn’t have my website, I’m sure I never would’ve been contacted about any of this consulting work and would still be in the negative on my website.
If you recall in the podcast episode, Pat realized that I understood Internet Marketing from my posts and YouTube videos and suggested that I do consulting. Lucky for me, these opportunities fell into my lap but I don’t think I would’ve gotten them without my website.
I’m going to use bullet points in this section of the blog post because I want to make sure that I respond to each suggestion that Pat and Chris had in the podcast episode.
Reply: Guilty as charged.
When I originally created my website I modeled it very carefully after what Pat was doing because he has shown that his website design works so well. I did make a few tweaks here and there, but I figured it didn’t make sense to reinvent the wheel when designing my website and to base it off of a model that already proved itself.
I appreciated the fact that Pat mentioned how his first blog was designed so carefully after ProBlogger.net and it sounds like him and I have made the exact same mistake.
ACTION ITEM: I’m not going to drastically redesign my blog at this point, but I will figure out a solution for making it a little more unique (especially with the name tag, but Pat…I have to give you props on that, I love that idea).
Reply: This is true and it also isn’t the first time that I’ve heard this criticism.
The reason why I went this route in the first place is because I knew that when I started my blog it would eventually be profitable. It may sound like I was far too confident, but realize that I have over seven years of Internet marketing experience in the corporate world and I am also a professor at four different colleges where I teach Internet marketing to students.
To sum it all up, I’m very confident in my abilities and feel strongly that I will figure this out. With that being said, I don’t think that everybody could follow this exact same model and feel like Chris brought up some great points.
ACTION ITEM: I will be changing the messaging on my website to focus more on letting my visitors know that they are following me on my journey while I create online businesses and they will learn different marketing tactics I use and mistakes I have along the way.
Reply: As much as I agree with the points that Pat and Chris made, I disagree with this one.
Pat and Chris are saying that I need to establish a different online business before I portray myself as an online business expert.
While I agree with this point, I see the issue as a messaging problem and not necessarily that the OneHourProfessor.com website isn’t worth continuing and updating.
I would much rather be someone who is starting from the bottom with negative income reports as opposed to someone who posts a few thousand dollars of profit in the first month.
The reason for this is because I remember when I began researching this industry I noticed that very few bloggers talked about those beginning months which are definitely a struggle. I want my followers to be able to see me go from the negative earnings in my first income report, to eventually making over $10,000 per month from my website
On a daily basis I get people who have signed up for my newsletter thanking me for the great content that I provide and have the opportunity to answer numerous questions that I know have helped people out.
In essence, this website is kind of like an online journal of things I am trying to do to make money on the internet while I also write posts that help people with their own online businesses from my marketing experience until I figure things out.
For example, here are some of my more popular blog posts that I have written which were a result of my stream of consciousness while I embarked on my entrepreneur journey.
I’m focused on being very transparent and explaining many of the problems that I’ve had along the way because I know that eventually I’m going to get this all figured out.
Some may think that I already have it figured out because I’m pulling in money month after month with consulting, but my true goal of this website is to have a passive income lifestyle and I know I’ll get there eventually, but I want to document it all while I go through it.
One last thing that I think is important to mention is that I’m incredibly passionate about two things in life; Internet marketing and online businesses. (I literally just smirked after I wrote that because it sounds so dorky.)
But really, I wish I could sit here and say that I have some sort of niche hobby, but this website truly is my hobby and what I really enjoy writing about.
Because of that, it makes it incredibly difficult for me to create some sort of niche website because I’m just not all that passionate about anything else other than what I write about here.
ACTION ITEM: I’m going to fix my messaging and make sure that it’s clear that people are following my journey and will learn along the way. I’m going to continue trying different methods of making money online.
By the way, if you’re new to my blog, please realize that I’ve already tried two online business ideas that haven’t work out too well.
The first was my failed YouTube experiment.
The second was my 90% outsourced Niche Website experiment. I actually still think this one has some potential, but I need to work on it more or get a content developer to write for me.
I’m presently in the process working on launching a course on Udemy that is about How to use Google Analytics to increase Udemy Course sales. While I’m not sure if it will succeed, I have high hopes that it will and will let everyone know if it doesn’t. If you have a course on Udemy, you may want to sign up as I’m offering an early bird discount of 75% for those who get in before my official launch.
Pat and Chris, nothing but love for you guys as well, but I’m not going to completely follow your advice.
I really appreciate everything that you guys said and think that you pointed out some major flaws in the way that I’m doing things, but I put too much work into OneHourProfessor.com and it is already progressing into something much bigger than I could have ever imagined.
The things I will do are as follows:
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So, what do you think? Should I just shut up and do exactly what Pat and Chris say? Or, should I go with the plan I have laid out in this post? Let me know in the comments below!