1) Could you describe what you do and
how you earn your living Aaron?
am a blogger, book author, consultant,
and webmaster. I own and/or partner in
building high quality websites that are
monetized via adsense, affiliate programs,
and/or direct sales. I make a living through
connecting supply and demand online, and
helping others do the same.
also have a number of low quality sites,
but the bulk of my revenue is derived
from the higher quality sites.
2) How long have you been doing what you
are doing, and how long did it take before
your business was profitable?
have been on the web for nearly 4 years.
The first year of being on the web I didn't
profit (but didn't lose a bunch either).
The second year I made more than enough
to cover living costs. The third year
I made more than most people do. This
year is looking better than the last on
the profit front, but I still like to
invest a lot in learning.
3) If you started again now, what would
you do differently?
think I am pretty hard headed, but I also
think some of my biggest failures are
what forced me to learn quickly.
think the biggest thing that would have
helped me if I was more focused and passionate
off the start. Another thing I wish I
would have done is take better care of
my general health, but I think I am starting
to eat healthier and exercise a bit more
4) What has been your most challenging
moment in business, and how did you deal
think my most challenging moments are
not usually business related. That stuff
sorta just fell into place by making friends
with great people who were honest enough
to tell me if and when and how bad I am
screwing up. I think I worked hard enough
to show I cared, and others who were a
bit more experienced, well rounded, and
better at business (and life) helped me
far more than I deserve.
most challenging moments are probably
more about understanding my role in the
world. It is a pretty unjust place, and
many people just struggle to survive each
5) Could you share some basic steps that
a small business owner should take to
market his/her website online?
you creating something that is unique
and shows passion? Would you value and
share it if you were not related to it?
If the answer to those questions are yes
then you are ahead of over 90% of competing
offline relationships. If you get to know
the right people in your field and listen
to your field it becomes easier to create
useful / desired things, and it is far
easier for people to like a person that
they had a chat with than it is for them
to like a person that nobody knows.
6) What goals or plans do you have for
the future of your business?
a bit of high end consulting stuff.
also have more content site ideas than
I could possibly put in place.
7) What advice would you give to people
just starting out with an online business?
look for a single person or a single packaged
solution to be your competitive advantage.
Create your own competitive advantage
by picking a topic you are passionate
about, and investing your time and energy
into making yourself an expert.
be afraid of giving things away. If your
field is already competitive you have
to give a lot away to build up enough
authority to catch up.
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