About 10,000 new visitors to the site yesterday. If you're new here, welcome. In addition to the blog posts here, one of the nicest things about the site is we have a pretty great community of smart people who make smart comments, share knowledge, and generally treat each other great.
You can see some posts in the Community Section, many are smart discussions.
In this thread here, I'd like to invite you to share what you're working on, and what's holding you back right now. What knowledge are you missing, or skills, or habits? What's not clicking and you're not sure why?
Veterans of the site and new people, you're all welcome. What are you working on?
Hmnn..well GOOD MORNING Sebastian! everybody!!!
To the person with CD...it's all in the immune system..Build up your immune system first. Infact, this is the best way to fight poor health. Proactive instead of defensive...There are many herbs and natural foods that will help your body fight disease. Pharmasudicals will only wear your system down. The enviorment you live in may be contributing to your CD. Boost. boost the immune to cope with it. Also try to be real with yourself and your stresses. Be what you really are and don't overdo.
Hope that's okay, me talking here..
Have a great morning everybody!!
Sebastian, what are you working on? How can we help you? What are your biggest challenges with GGW or your other projects?
Our of curiosity what do you actually do? I love the blog but I've never come across what you actually do in terms of making money etc? Just wondering out of curiosity :)
I've been working as a partner at a specialist contracting company. I'm in the process of selling most of my stake there, and will most likely be fulltime on philanthropy (GiveGetWin/Children's Plaza) for about 3 months. I want to get GGW to be running at 80% capacity, stably. I have a few consulting clients I still do work with, and people I do miscellaneous projects with. I'll ramp up consulting after GGW is running smoothly at high capacity.
Oh thank you Michael:-) Just played a gig last night , which keeps a musician ..."healthy"...
Back to the studio:-)
I'm working on curating a top quality blog on audio production. [www.frasermurray.org]
I intend to charge users for private tutorials and mixing / composition and such.
I have no idea how to find clients though.
You don't need to do pure online -- you can try doing some sales in person, and doing customization to the client's needs. Take cut rate rates to get clients if you have free time, and build a happy client base and get repeat business. Try doing some research and calling people who are a natural fit to work with you, and offer to do a brief gratis cool thing, or work at least 30% of normal rates as part of a promotion. Not everyone will say yes, but some will. Of the people you get, some will repeat buy and many will give you testimonials if you do a great job.
Hey Sebastian and all! I'm sorry, I think I got on the wrong blog for me....I am mostly creating in the studio,and not so brilliant like all of you on computers. I just want to wish you all great success in all of your endeavors and if you ever want to come say Hi! Please do! @ email@example.com
Have an AWESOME day!!!!!!
Now..back to the studio...:-)
I've been the marketer/salesman of a two man video production team. I've found Ramit Sethi's book, "finding your first profitable idea" to be very helpful, but not enough information, and I can't afford his earn 1k program. Currently, I'm targeting the middleman, web development and graphic design firms to recommend us to their clients, and have been sending cold emails to these firms.
If anybody has freelance sales knowledge or scripts that would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anybody can give me some feedback on my cold email, I'd be happy to PM it to you. Thanks!
Sebastian, I love the conversation and questions happening around here. So, I suppose I'll take the liberty of answering a couple of them.
Outside of my 'corporate' job, I'm working on building a website called howdoisound.net, a platform which I hope will bring more care and attention to detail to the process of providing artists with honest and constructive feedback on their music. The purpose is to create a supportive environment which encourages and facilitates open dialogue between artists and listeners about specific pieces of music, uploaded by artists, and to bring honest and constructive feedback to those artists who wish to receive it.
I came across this need personally, when I began singing and playing guitar about a year ago, and was looking for honest feedback on my songs. Problem I ran into was that my friends and family were too nice and wouldn't provide (or didn't have the skills to provide) any actionable suggestions, feedback, or advice to help me improve.
To the point, the challenge I face is that my programming skills are very limited, at least for the type of functionality required for the site to have any meaning. As I recently mentioned in the comments of Daniel Odio's "Managers: Learn to Code", I'm struggling to move forward with the idea. I know what functionality must exist at minimum. I will even admit that I've begun building a prototype on Wordpress (I have experience with front-end web development, as well as significant knowledge in the marketing and design domain), however, I'm feeling frustrated, in that, I know what is needed, but don't have the skills to create it. Sure, I could outsource, but, when you're dealing with the transfer of digital audio (transcoding, encoding, etc) things get pricey fast. Do I learn how to code? I'd love to hear other's advice, stories, or experiences learning to code, how long it took to achieve some low level of mastery, and any tips you might have for myself, the enthusiastic entrepreneur coder newbie.
If you decide to code, Code Academy has been highly recommended to me by several coders I really respect.
Funny, there's been no shortage of high recommendations for CodeAcademy. I've been having a discussion about coding on another thread with Daniel Odio, and surprise, surprise, another CodeAcademy recommendation. I'll be diving deeper into it.
The way I'd approach that kind of project,if you're thinking of doing it yourself, is to break it down to the simplest possible product.
For at least the uploaders you need some kind of account system. they can sign up and get an email confirmation for an account with a unique name - I think wordpress can do this.
Then you need to allow account holders to upload music, lets say mp3s only to begin with. Can this be done via wordpress posts? Maybe with a plugin.
Users need to visit those posts and play the music. I'm sure embedded mp3 players can be added to a post possibly automatically with a music attachment plugin.
Finally you need a rating system, perhaps thumbs up, thumbs down to begin with. This could be anonymous or require an account and can also probably be done via wordpress
So i think a minimum version could be made via wordpress to test the idea. For a more final version you can use these same milestones, even with an outsourcer and get it done in php or (my preference) ruby on rails or django.Custom built will take longer but be easier to add features
Hope thats a little help in breaking it down into programming milestones!
Look into using SoundCloud to host your files. I'm working on a similar site (for ESL speakers trying to improve their English pronunciation) and I think this is the approach I am going to take.
I just self-published my first book on kindle, The Simple Art Of Bodybuilding. Now I am working on increasing traffic and subscribers to my blog, HowToBeast.com. My focus is on getting guest posts on other blogs (that are non-fitness related). Any other tips on growing a blog? Thanks all.
I've been consistently surprised by how easy it is to get in touch with someone who is generally looking for something like what you're doing, vs. how difficult it is when cold pitching.
Look for people asking fitness questions, or explicitly wanting information on those lines, or inviting guestposts, etc. They're going to be about 1000x easier to get in touch with than people you cold contact (though it's worth it too). At the very least, keep your eye out for it and jump on it right away when you see something.
Guest posts are a great way to build traffic. You should give something away for free to your readers in exchange for their email address. Example: "Sign up for the the 5 part email series on how to retain muscle." They sign up and every two days for the next week they get an email with great tips. At the very end of your series you say "Thanks for reading, if this was useful you might like this book where I talk about all this other stuff." Or you could give away a free PDF or video course or anything. People like free, and they'll be more likely to sign up for your email list if you offer them something.
I'm curious, what's your approach to scoring guest posts on other blogs?
I really like the idea of an email series as incentive to sign up! Thanks a lot. I have seen other blogs/sites do this but never thought to do it myself. I will set something up this weekend for sure.
In terms of scoring guests posts I honestly have not had tremendous success. The biggest site I have been featured on I just used their built in guest post submission form. Luckily it led to subsequent posts. Aside from that, offering to cross promote has worked for me. Derek at socialtriggers.com has several good posts on this issue, however.
Trying to find something of value to offer to larger bloggers is the challenge, I believe.
Trying to meet a lot of people. Any tips? It doesn't have to be long term or for networking. It's for the story that I want to build in my personal life. Some of it is random acts of kindness, other parts are just meeting people to see how they are.
This is a great goal and for a great reason. You might like Networking Awesomely by Colin Wright. Probably half the stuff is common sense, but at least for me it was common sense stuff that I wasn't doing, so I think it's still useful. I recommend reading the whole book (or any other book on the subject) and taking notes of what could be applicable to you. Then, go through your notes and try applying one thing at a time. After a few weeks you can decide if you want to continue using the technique.
I took a look at you blog (cool stuff, by the way). It seems to me like you might also like Tynan's stuff about pickup, if you haven't already seen that.
Finally, I think this community is a great place to meet cool people. I'm always down to meet interesting people and share stories. Who else is in? Skype: AustinKWood
Has it only been a few months since we started? It feels like much longer, there's already a strong and vibrant and insightful group of people communicating here at SebastianMarshall.com - I'm really pleased and happy to have a good crew reading, commenting, emailing me, getting into good discussions and thinking.
A tricky thing for most people building a website is to nail down these questions - "Who is this website for? What do I want to do with this?"
It's easy for me. The site is for people like me who wish to do a lot of important things, to communicate, to think more clearly, to become prolific, to grow in strength and virtue. I create on the topics that are important to doing important things.
The people who this resonates with are always welcome to come visit and gain in strength and knowledge here, to build, to hopefully be inspired, to communicate, to do good things. The people who the site appeals to are its audience, and I won't be trying to persuade anyone to join us who these topics do not appeal to at the current stage in their life.
I've got a number of good comments I'd like to share. This was the second half of a comment from yesterday's post, me wondering about technology.
Last week I was having dinner with my friend Daniel Odio. He's a successful tech entrepreneur whose given me a bunch of good advice on SETT, and will be the first person who's not named Tynan to switch his blog to SETT. In other words, he's a dude who knows what's up.
He asked me how SETT was going, and I told him that everything was going great-- the site is functioning really well, the discussions following each blog post are far more substantial than before, I'm enjoying blogging more than ever, and people are embracing a bunch of the new features we've rolled out. The only thing I was hoping for, I told him, was for the community section to be more active.
"Hmm... what's that?"