A weekly look at two content creators on the journey to profitable online content businesses 🎨
Share the pain of 0 views, and the glory of the first dollar 💸
Ben McCarthy is the founder of Discover Earth, a web app with a daily feed about the Carl Sagan-esque wonders of the cosmos. Check out https://discover.earth & twitter.com/benmcc. He lives in Sydney.
Liam Gibson is the founder of Policy People, an article aggregator for communities of think tank professionals. Check out https://policy-people.org. He lives in Taipei.
Join our community: Reddit.com/r/CreateYourWorld
Liam's notes on a bunch of RSS feed plugins as he tries to filter out posts based on authors. Snippets of Ben's notes included too.
Simple Link Directory
WP RSS Aggregator - Premium US$150
WordPress Automatic Plugin - US$18
Youtube Vid: How to Make an AutoBlogging Website with WordPress and Automatic Plugin & Make Money in 2020
YD Buddypress Feed Syndication
Uncanny Automator Plugin
Getting cabin fever under quarantine..? Nothing like good conversation when in isolation..! Liam (almost) finishes his thesis and looks ahead to create new synergies between Policy People and Global Voices, Ben maps out his game plan for the Product Hunt launch.
Recording taken of the night of Policy People's first mini-launch. Check out the site now at http://policy-people.org/ (and please give feedback ;-) In this quick ep, I give an overview of the site's stack plus which users I chose to test out the MVP. Updates on first user feedback due in the next episode with Ben, so stay tuned!
Quick update on cobbling together a basic working free stack for the site. Great to have a set up which can grow steadily from core MVP to additional features and build out as we grow overtime. Check out what I toyed with in the notes below !
https://www.buddyboss.com/ (Free Platform and Paid Theme)
http://rankitwp.com/ (A Promising Link Aggregator but likely abandaned now...)
https://www.quantumcloud.com/products/simple-link-directory/ (Heaps of features if you want to do Lists of Links. Freemium.)
https://www.wprssaggregator.com/extensions/ (Autoposts Pulled RSS Feeds. Free version with paid add ons.)
https://8degreethemes.com/blog/best-free-buddypress-wordpress-themes/ (Bunch of free themes for buddypress)
Create Your World goes on temporary hiatus while Liam completes his Master's degree. Also:
- Biggest lessons learned so far
- Plans for Liam's next project: "Global Voices"
- Podcasting tips
- Reflections on the podcast so far
Liam is out of luck in applications for teaching platforms as he tries to make ends meet with some solid teaching hours while Ben weighs up whether or not learning Python would be more efficient than outsourcing.
- Is this the era of creators?
- Liam's rocky business partnership reaches a conclusion. But as one door closes, another opens
- Referral SaaS companies compared
- Ben helps a small business get on the map
Ben successfully navigates Facebook's support maze. Liam sizes up the leap to Teachable's Pro plan as he grapples with an age-old startup dilemma... he needs money to grow, but needs to grow to make money!
Instagram shopping checklist
DotCom Secrets book
Ben is boning up on SEO with a side-hustle, while reworking his Reddit strategy. Liam gets a run of high-ticket sales and ponders how to negotiate commission rates with his new sales rep, Claire.
Ben's freelancers drop the ball, leaving his marketing strategy in the lurch. Liam launches his conversation classes, to unexpected results.
Automate posting Shopify products to Social Media > Outfy.com
Booking classes/appointments > Simplybook.me
Ben makes some rookie errors hiring a freelance editor while making gains with an SEO analytics suite. Liam's course sales dry up as he mulls over whether to extend the runway by teaching on AmazingTalker or start building out a MVP for his own product.
Discover Earth Podcast
Liam finds a new platform for teachers, and a potential protege. Ben maps out a flywheel and finds a formula to quantify the elusive product-market fit.
America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization.
Tim Wu, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires.
Ben's Product-Market fit tweetstorm
Our first ever guest is Mark Wilbur, the quintessential non-traditional technical founder. He's currently running alchemist.camp, a hands-on subscription website to help programmers learn the powerful Elixir programming language.
Cracking the Coding Interview -> https://www.amazon.com.au/Cracking-Coding-Interview-Programming-Questions/dp/0984782850
Actionable Gamification -> https://www.amazon.com.au/Actionable-Gamification-Beyond-Points-Leaderboards-ebook/dp/B00WAOGY4U
How I Tricked Myself into Being Awesome -> https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/05/how-i-tricked-myself-into-being-awesome/
Alchemist Camp Podcast -> https://alchemist.camp/podcast
Mark's blog -> https://toshou.com
Mark's Twitter -> https://twitter.com/logicmason
Ben unlocks new hashtags by mixing Google’s Vision AI with Instagram while Liam mulls over how on earth his first gamified live show halves the view count but doubled engagement.
Check us out on Indie Hackers ! --> https://www.indiehackers.com/product/create-your-world-podcast
Upvote us on Product Hunt ! --> https://www.producthunt.com/posts/create-your-world-podcast
Wanna save on cloud space? Use Ben's Digital Ocean Affiliate Link --> https://m.do.co/c/13d91f4238b1
Ben does some plumbing work on his subreddit funnel and ponders the creative process. Upsells are the silver lining to Liam’s first disappointing course sale, while his YouTube channels bears fruit.
For a different integration solution try Integromat --> https://www.integromat.com/en
Interested in learning Elixir or Phoenix? Check out Alchemist Camp --> https://alchemist.camp/