How I Got Rand Fishkin and Michael Hyatt to Shoot a Video on My Behalf (Having Never Talked to Them Before)

Note from Sean: This is a guest post from Vincent Nguyen, who has one of the coolest stories I’ve seen in the last year. Moral of the story, it’s amazing what sending a couple emails can lead to. Just a few months ago I was trapped in the college system. My family had the traditional mindset that college degrees were magic and had the ability to bestow the gift of a financially sound career to anyone who graduated. I argued and fought against wasting four years of my time and money with no luck because hey, they’re my family. Respect your elders and all that, right? So I slaved away in classes that I didn’t enjoy while tossing away money

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The Post Launch Slump (And How to Recover)

Earlier this week, I was staying in a multi-million dollar mansion outside Phoenix. I mean, this place was insane. 8 bedrooms, a pool, putting green, and some of the most incredible desert views you could ever hope to see. I was sitting in the hot tub by myself around sunset drinking a Corona, and was having trouble articulating exactly what I’d been feeling for the past few weeks. By any standard, it should have been an unbelievable month (and honestly, it was). It was my highest grossing month ever in my business, I’d just played 4 of the best golf courses in the country, and now I was spending a few days hanging with fellow entrepreneurs in what was probably

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How To Make $150+ Per Hour as a Freelance Blogger (And Why That’s Not Good Enough)

This is a guest post by Tom Ewer, he author of Paid to Blog, a comprehensive freelance blogging course. He is also the founder of Leaving Work Behind. Although it may not seem like it at times, there are many different ways to make a living online. When I decided that I wanted to quit my job, I knew I wanted to find something that afforded me freedom and flexibility. After many months of trying and failing, I eventually stumbled upon freelance blogging and never looked back. This post contains a comprehensive overview of how I became a successful freelance blogger, and by extension, shows you how you can follow a similar path. It’s part biography, part instruction manual. If freelancing is something

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My Best Secret for Killing Procrastination and Getting Stuff Done

I’m pretty sure there is absolutely no new information you could ever come up with as it relates to productivity and procrastination. Just about anything I could tell you has been written about at some point, by someone, and in many cases at many points by many someones. So with that in mind, knowing that you’ve heard some variation of this advice before, I’m going to share what works for me personally. One of the most common questions I receive is “how are you productive when you’re working for yourself.” Let me tell you, it’s not easy – and no matter how polished someone looks on the outside, I have yet to meet anyone who has it completely dialed in. I’ve tried

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How to Set Useful New Years Resolutions (And My Personal Goals for 2014)

Like almost every other person in America, I like to set goals or create New Years resolutions at the end of each year. Sure nothing really changes when the calendar tips over from December 31st to January 1. It could make just as much sense to start over on May 7th. But you can’t deny the fact that mentally, there’s something about the new year that makes us want to change. That’s why this is such a good time to set goals. Because any other time of the year you might want to make a change, but you don’t have the proper catalyst to get out of your bad habits and actually make something happen. On New Years you’ve probably been eating like crap

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10 Things I Rocked at in 2013 (And How You Can Rock Them Too)

So even though #10 in my last post stated I need to be more humble, after telling you about all of my shortcomings as a business owner this year, I’ve gotta come back and talk about the positives as well. After all, I’ve got a reputation to uphold! I can’t be a total shlub, right? Is that a word? My spell check tells me it isn’t. Anyways. Previously I’ve stated that this past year has seen Location 180 as a business more than double in revenue, and considering my overhead is very low, we’ve been pretty darn profitable too. So to do this despite all the things I sucked at, there must be something good going on too. This year

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10 Things I Sucked at In 2013

Every year as part of my annual review process I look at my travels for the year, the things I did really well, and the things that could have gone better. This post is focusing on the latter. While in 2013 my business more than doubled and I had some fantastic experiences, I’m the first person to recognize that I could have done a much better job in a lot of areas. This is one of the hardest posts I write each year, but at the same time one of the easiest. It’s not hard for me to come up with 10 things that I really sucked at, the hard part is admitting it to so many people. Some of these, as

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The 10 Coolest Offices of 2013

Way back in 2010 after I had my first real year of travel, I noticed that I’d not only had the opportunity to visit a lot of cool places, I worked in a lot of cool places. Part of the draw of being a Location Rebel is your work can come with you wherever you go. To some this might sound like a curse, but when you don’t have to worry about taking days off or asking permission to travel, it can be life changing. So in 2010 I started what has now become one of my favorite blog posts of the year: The Location 180 Coolest Offices posts. At the end of every year I look back at my

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Introducing Pioneer Nation: The Leading Event for Independent Entrepreneurs

Want all the details on Pioneer Nation? Just click here. Being an entrepreneur is an inherently personal thing. Sure you might have other people around that are helping you build your business, but often it can be a lonely place. It can require long hours, financial investment, risk, and the potential to alienate the people around you. This is completely amplified when you’re an independent or lifestyle entrepreneur. You’re not trying to build a huge team, get funding, or seek a buy out from a big company. You just want to do your own thing. You want the freedom to live your life. You want to do what you want, when you want…and you want to do all of this while making a difference

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How to Create a Sales Page That Converts (Using Optimize Press)

One of the absolute most difficult things to do in online marketing is to write and create a sales page. Not only do you have to think about being persuasive and writing effective copy, but the technical hurdles of it can be completely overwhelming to many people. I’ve spent dozens of hours trying to create sales pages that look good, and I always seem to come up just a little bit short.  The tools out there for helping the less technically inclined are relatively few and far between. Over the last couple years however we’ve seen a slew of tools come out to help people create better sales pages.  Lead Pages, Optimize Press, ProfitsTheme, all of one goal – to help you

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