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If You Give Content Away, Will Anybody Pay? (FS135)

The whole idea of content marketing is predicated on one core belief. We’re all screwed if it’s a bogus belief.

“The model proposed in blogging seems to be that you show what you know, people sign up, and then you sell them what you know.”

This is Steve Fossey writing in the Fizzle forums recently.

“I almost NEVER pay for anything on the web when I have been attracted by free content. Why would my audience?”

Steve’s question is a good one, a question most of us ask at some point in the journey of building a blog or podcast with the hopes of eventually earning revenue from a product of some kind.

So on the show today we dissect this issue. You may have an idea of what the results are, but how we get there will surprise you.

Corbett’s ideas and experience here are especially insightful.

Subscribe if you haven’t — and please, enjoy the show.

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““People don’t buy what you know; they buy a result for themselves.””


Show Notes

How to Decide Which Content to Sell and What to Give Away for Free – Copyblogger

The Technium: 1,000 True Fans

The Passionate Podcaster's High Quality Microphone Shootout

How Stress Makes You Sick – The Atlantic

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk: The World's Raddest Man – Wait But Why

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The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business

Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between.

One topic that comes up over and over again with both groups is mistakes made in starting businesses. Newbies love to learn about mistakes so they can avoid them. Veterans love to talk about what they wish they had known when starting out.

These conversations have been fascinating, so we compiled a list of the 10 mistakes we hear most often into a nifty lil' guide.

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