TMBA 084 (LBP80) – How to Speed Up Your Learning by Years, Plus an Exciting New SEO Tool with Rob Walling

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This week’s episode features Rob Walling from Software by Rob and Startups for the Rest of Us. Rob runs several online niche businesses (mostly software). Dan and Ian are huge fans of Rob and are super excited about having Rob on the show.

Listen to this episode and learn:

  • How you can speed-up your (entrepreneurial) learning by years
  • Rob’s favorite books
  • An exciting new SEO tool for bloggers and e-commerce store owners – get more traffic with little effort

In the quick-tips you’ll learn of a Mac software tip, Ian’s favorite headphones, the best mic for audio recording and a plane-travel hack.

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

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Published on 11.10.11
  • http://www.ecommercenerds.com Lewis Quartey

    The stupid sexy Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is the 636 bike?

    I registered DeskGuys.com a couple months back to build out a standing desk affiliate/dropship site – you think there’s legs there (excuse the pun)

    Great interview concept though guys, discussing viewpoints around book recommendations. Built To Sell is an excellent quick read, and if anything it encourages you to focus on 4HWW type processes with your business from the get-go.

  • http://thevceo.com Ian Borders

    Great as usual.

    I agree! The Beats by Dre rock my world. I grabbed the over-ear Pro Studio’s and the in-ear. Killer sound, and I’ve tried them all.
    Also Lion, once you get the full hang of it, is not a 1-5% productivity increase, but IMHO closer to 20%+ (especially once you get a handle on the gestures for Spaces and Mission Control). Also suggest Alfred app for keyboard shortcuts, and Sparrow to hook up all your email accounts and my productivity is through the roof.

    @leweq22:disqus  Love the domain.

  • http://awebsitedesigner.com.au Dan Norris

    Another great ep. I’m very interested in hittail. The vid on the site seems to indicate that it picks up keywords that you are already ranking for (but ranking badly) by looking at analytics data and suggests that you target the term directly in order to rank better.

    I’m interested in knowing whether or not it can (or perhaps in the future) look at keywords that you haven’t addressed on your site and you can’t getting any traffic for at all but terms that could potentially be easy to rank for.

    My long tail strategy is hit and miss. I look for keywords with a small amount of searches and write a page for them hoping I might rank. But the strategy doesn’t take into account the competition for these keywords (even lont tail keywords sometimes can be covered by the big sites and impossible to rank for). There are too many to do manually. In addition to analyzing current traffic, if hittail could take keywords you aren’t ranking for and analyse competition for those words and include those in it’s keyword suggestions it would be as you say the boss’ socks!

    I’m going to try it anyway, it looks cool.

    Totally agree with the emyth, everyone says it’s the best book for starting a business, I didn’t get a lot out of it.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Dan this is my understanding of how hittail works as well. I don’t know what the product roadmap looks like, I’ll ask Rob quickly. 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Damn now I gotta get the beats. There goes 300 bucks! :( I’ll stall for a few months….

    It’s tough to believe you actually mean 20%. So…… I guess that means I’m out 330…. I’ll get on it…

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Cheers Lewis, I’ll let Ian get to you on the bike. I think there is room in the market for a product approach with an angle, perhaps like a custom designed desk just for internet marketers etc, but I don’t think the opportunity is exhausted by any means. Good to see you are scooping up domains like a madman like the rest of us.

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

    On the domains, David said this a while back, had me cracking up:

    “My namecheap account is like the boulevard of broken dreams”

    So true! 100s of opportunities and ‘when I have times’ in my account. I think building out basic, 5 page minimum wordpress sites for every domain bought is a good way to force myself into thinking twice about some of those purchases, and potentially reveal some opportunities through analytics.

    Productivity guru Benjamin Franklin (didnt expect that reference eh!) used to use a standing desk, I think you are right on taking the angle approach. “The Franklin Desk added 2 naughts to the bank balance of several internet gooroos in 2011, can you afford to miss out on that extra cash & productivity?”

  • http://twitter.com/robwalling Rob Walling

    Nice one.

    Currently the algorithm only works with existing traffic, but I’ve been hashing out a workflow to try and attack other/related keywords, including assessing competition. This is no easy task, as you can imagine, but I have to think that once I get this thing re-designed and have every bug fixed (26 down, 2 to go :-) that I’m going to be cranking on this kind of functionality.

    There is definitely room to expand and improve the tool, and I’ll be focusing on how to do that in 2012.

    Thanks for the suggestion, Dan.

  • http://twitter.com/robwalling Rob Walling

    Nice one.

    Currently the algorithm only works with existing traffic, but I’ve been hashing out a workflow to try and attack other/related keywords, including assessing competition. This is no easy task, as you can imagine, but I have to think that once I get this thing re-designed and have every bug fixed (26 down, 2 to go :-) that I’m going to be cranking on this kind of functionality.

    There is definitely room to expand and improve the tool, and I’ll be focusing on how to do that in 2012.

    Thanks for the suggestion, Dan.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    haha yes the boulevard of broken dreams line is classic. 

    Ben Franklin eh? Good company. 

  • http://awebsitedesigner.com.au Dan Norris

    Sounds killer. If you’re looking for beta testers hit me up!

  • http://awebsitedesigner.com.au Dan Norris

    Sounds killer. If you’re looking for beta testers hit me up!

  • http://thequeue.net Jeff Schoolcraft

    Hey Dan, good stuff I’ve been a fan of Rob’s and LBP for a while now.

    I included a link to this podcast in my first issue of Freelancing Weekly.

    http://freelancingweekly.heroku.com/issue-1 but should be http://freelancingweekly.com/issue-1 once DNS updates.

  • http://twitter.com/tullibo tullibo

    +1 for emyth being overrated….personally also think keith ferrazi’s book is the most overrated book on the internet. I struggled through it, anyone who’s been successfully selling stuff for a few years is already doing 90% of the stuff he recommends in the book. 

  • Anonymous

    Tips and Tricks- great advice: 
    I don’t book a flight without checking out http://www.seatguru.com or similar sites to with seat maps to figure out the best seats and which to avoid.

  • Anonymous

    Excited about the Blue Yeti…it’s on its way to us here in the Philippines now.  Interesting book recommendations…especially that for Dan Kennedy’s book.  I don’t really like the hyped sales letter, “guru” type stuff, but Rob made a pretty compelling argument for picking up the book, heh.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    not only a very very useful book, but highly entertaining too. would recommend it. Yeah just listening to EP2 right now. Regarding the Yetti– If you guys have a good room in your house with plants, carpet, or not too much echo (I’ve got tiles and huge ceilings at my house) or if you can create something with padding on the walls, your sound quality will at or surpass what you did in EP2. 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    BALLA

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    ha, well it’s next in the buy now list on Amazon for me! i’m assuming you’d say i should take a pass? yeah when ‘entreprenerus’ start creaming about emyth a red flag always goes up for me. are you gonna try and sell me some lame automation product!?! 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Cheers Jeff great mention there thanks for the shout! and for listening. 

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

    agreed.

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

    agreed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Luke/100000696840336 Stephen Luke

    How does a standup desk suit a 6’4 guy? How do they work?

  • http://twitter.com/DynamicLife Joe Hughes

    Just caught up with this ep.  Awesome, as always!  FYI just checked those headphones on Amazon – right now they’re $249 (US).  Tempted…

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    they are a whole nother level fo sho. i’m unwilling to drop the loot myself, but i love borrowing them from Ian when he’s not looking.

  • http://www.timdmoon.com/ Tim

    I saw a Facebook ad for HitTail and remembered it was mentioned in this podcast. Sounds like a sweet tool and it starts at only $9.95/mo!

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