TMBA 074 (LBP74) – 4 Content Business Blueprints for Fast Monetization

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Are you interested in content businesses? Dan and Ian certainly are and plan to focus more heavily on web properties like blogs and niche communities in the future.

In this episode Dan and Ian talk about 4 ways to monetize an existing content site starting today. If you don’t already have a site, you’ll get inspiration and information on what kind of projects you should tackle next. They don’t just talk theory, Dan and Ian also announce their latest content site (which is not related to lifestyle/business) to the world.

Other topics discussed are the new Tropical MBA internship #9, Bali and an iPhone game that Ian is addicted to.

Do you want to take your business to the next level? Check out DynamiteCircle, our community for entrepreneurs.

Have fun. Leave a comment. Give us a ring. 888-554-8428. Go make it happen! :)

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Episode length: 22:27

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Published on 09.29.11
  • http://twitter.com/SuperLinkJuice SuperLinkJuice

    Dan & Ian

    You guys offered some super cool Ideas in regards to Rapid content monetization

    *Ning = Bling
    *Put a Cash Register on it, I love the idea of Monetizing Everything
    * I love the Idea of charging $100-$200 Bucks for Coaching/Consulting Calls, I think I will put this idea in motion with a few of my ebook sites…..

    Regards From Your Fellow DC member,

    Brian ThinkBig Cliette

    PS : Meetingburner.com is an alternative to gotomeeting.com
    PSS:Cold Call Made for the Day.. Yeah Buddy

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    YEAH BUDDY, thanks for the meeting burner tip Brian! Really appreciate that checking it out now.

    I’m stealing Ning=Bling :) Cheers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phitches Patrick Hitches

    Yo Dan & Ian! Thanks for a killer podcast…

    Question for you guys: I hosted a shopify store for a year and had to eventually pull it offline for datafeed issues. The datafeed I need to use is in xml (as the csv doesn’t support the nutrition labels) and shopify requires the csv format upload.

    Do you guys know if there is a way to either convert the xml to csv or potentially another platform that supports this type of feed?

    Thanks for the continued solid content guys!

    Patrick

  • http://profiles.google.com/lis33esh Elisa rodriguez

    Hey Dan and Ian – thanks for sharing this invaluable, free content.  I’ve been struggling with the balance of keeping my business manageable for my non-tech savvy self and yet increasing my profit margin for a while now.  Admittedly, I read/listen to your strategies which make perfect sense (when I grasp what you’re saying), but I become paralyzed by the HOW to make it happen due to financial means and the simple know-how on my end.  I have an online nutrition consulting business with “package” options but I’m barely breaking even.  Do you know of anyone who I might afford to hire to walk me through some of the strategies discussed in today’s podcast?  Thanks kindly for your time and insight ;-) 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Cheers Patrick. I’ll send an email to Lewis Q. I don’t tech and therefore cannot properly understand your question.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Are you willing to make your blog a case study for the audience? If so we can hop on the horn next Wednesday and discuss options. I can record it and put the video up on this blog post for extra resources for everyone. Good timing would be 9:30PM Tuesday evening EST thats 9:30 Wednesday AM my time. We can email out a time that works otherwise. Send me a brief email before the call letting me know what you are trying to do and I’ll work out some options.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lis33esh Elisa rodriguez

    Dan, 
    That would be fantastic, I’m more than willing to make my blog a case study.  I’ll plan to chat with you Tues Oct 4th at 9:30p EST.  I’ll put together a very brief email with my scenario this weekend.  Thank YOU!!! :D

  • http://www.ecommercenerds.com Lewis Quartey

    Hey Patrick, I had a look at this and unless you’re willing to get a xml to csv script custom coded (possibly by a freelancer on elance or odesk), there is nothing as standard that allows XML data feeds (I’m assuming this is directly from the supplier) to be imported in to Shopify. Shopify have improved their CSV upload functionality recently (http://www.shopify.com/blog/3030402-product-bulk-import-updated) so it might be worth setting up a test account and giving it another go, or talking to their support team.

    Off the top of my head, I have seen a very good data feed importer for Cubecart (view here: http://www.sitesmartuk.com/store/Cubecart-Services/XML-/-CSV-Stock-Update-CC3-or-CC4-/prod_12.html), a solid e-commerce platform that is easy to use, is powerful enough to run a big store and is backed up by an excellent support team. However, it is self-hosted and is nowhere near as quick to get running as Shopify.
    There are several brilliant data feed import extensions for Magento as well, but as an e-commerce platform Magento is one of the clunkiest out there. Kind of like taking an oil tanker for a weekend cruise on the high seas.

    Email or DM me if this is causing you sleepless nights Patrick, I’d be happy to help out.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Balla. Look forward to receiving it. I’ll set up the Go to meeting and send out the details. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/lis33esh Elisa rodriguez

    Sounds good, thanks for coordinating.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lis33esh Elisa rodriguez

    Sounds good, thanks for coordinating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phitches Patrick Hitches

    Thanks for passing this on Dan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/phitches Patrick Hitches

    Lewis – Thank you so much for the response brother! … After running the shopify platform for a year and having to continually be behind the times on my data feed, I decided to pull the site down. The feed was directly from the supplier and as of now they don’t offer the complete info in the csv format (only xml).

    I would definitely be willing to have a script custom coded in order to get back into the game and use my shopify platform again. It definitely tied in all my services and allowed me to capitalize on the passive (actual product) income of my business. Do you write these types of scripts or would posting on elance be the way to go?

  • http://www.lifestylebusinesspodcast.com/ Ian

    Looking forward to talking with you guys then!

  • http://www.lifestylebusinesspodcast.com/ Ian

    Brian, thanks for the shout and tip!

  • http://www.EatUrVeggies.com Elisa Eshelman Rodriguez

    Oh nice! Looking forward to meeting you Ian ;-)

  • http://www.ecommercenerds.com Lewis Quartey

    No probs Patrick,

    Posting on elance or odesk with a project like this is the way to go. Ideally you want something that ties in with the Shopify API so that you upload the xml file or it is grabbed from some online source on a scheduled interval, the file is converted to CSV online (there are PHP frameworks that can do this already e.g. http://www.magicparser.com/) and then submitted to your shopify store. There are issues like checking for duplicate entries on upload but I’m assuming that you have solved this already.

    Email me (Lewis [at] ecommercenerds.com) if you just want to hand this off and see it done quickly, I will manage and implement a solution for you.

  • http://www.ecommercenerds.com Lewis Quartey

    No probs Patrick,

    Posting on elance or odesk with a project like this is the way to go. Ideally you want something that ties in with the Shopify API so that you upload the xml file or it is grabbed from some online source on a scheduled interval, the file is converted to CSV online (there are PHP frameworks that can do this already e.g. http://www.magicparser.com/) and then submitted to your shopify store. There are issues like checking for duplicate entries on upload but I’m assuming that you have solved this already.

    Email me (Lewis [at] ecommercenerds.com) if you just want to hand this off and see it done quickly, I will manage and implement a solution for you.

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