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Entreprogrammers Podcast

Entreprogrammers is the podcast for developers that are striking out on their own! Join John Sonmez, Josh Earl and Derick Bailey and be a fly on the wall as they talk about everything that they are going through - the ups and downs, the highlights and depressing lows. Nothing is spared in this no-holds-barred look at what it really takes for 3 developers to engage in entrepreneurial activities!
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Feb 28, 2017

Episode 156 “Selling Magic Twigs”

0:15 

Josh is wondering why he is the default thumbnail for every episode. Trying to change it up today. John says he is skipping the Disney Princess run this time around. John talks about getting around the tickets for the run. John thinks nobody has ever seen the Yoplait Yogurt lick breast cancer campaign some 10 years ago. 

6:00

Derick talks about scheduling he webinar. It’s not free..wink, wink. Derick mentions that 80 people are signup.  Derick says he has been wearing out his email list lately. 

10:00

John talks about getting compliments on Josh’s ad copy, but sales are down. Josh says he can not find a correlation in the issues with sales and email lists.  John says that they probably need to do a test purchase to make sure the sales page is working. Might that people are paying taxes? Rather than buying products.

13:00

John says they need to hire a WordPress developer and sell on WooCommerce. Josh says that the emails are only going to the top 25 percent of their list, with a 50 percent open rate. 

17:00

Josh and John talks about pulling together a possible course on marketing called “Cracking The Coding Course.” Josh thinks they need a 99 dollar course in help them in the tiers of sales. John talks about what Derick should have done help those along for paying for the webinar fee. John suggests that Derick be funny about it whole situation. 

23:00

Derick thinks that there might be my issues with the payment system into the webinar. Derick talk about some issues this week with his car and getting a tube put in his ear. Beside all the challenges, he finally got is webinar script done. 

27:00

Derick says he is take a break from his health care client. Derick mention the slow pace and not getting working for this particular client. Now his is trying to find ways replace that income. 

31:00

Derick talks about missing out the the Copy Hours stuff. He mentions that he did not like the secret leads stuff. John ask what a dowsing rod is all about. John talks about making your way to sell magic twigs.

35:00

Derick talks about getting an interesting compliment on his new marketing skills. Josh says he is getting close to the point that market with not be his problem anymore. 

41:00

Josh and John talk about getting ready to launch John’s new book, and getting help from an individual to make it successful. Josh talks about the growing email list for the book. 

47:00

Josh talks about reading the new book, and mentions how this could have really help him coming up as a developer. Josh talks about doing a review on the book and getting 500 applications. 

50:00

Derick mentions that he like Wes Boss’ marketing strategy, and might implement that same setup. 

Thoughts of the Week

 None   

Feb 21, 2017

Episode 155 “Painful Lessons” 

0:15 

John and Chuck are out. Josh and Derick talk about Derick’s sales at Watch Me Code. Derick shares his frustrations with some of the marketing emails. 

3:20

Derrick talks about the email he sent on Monday. Derick talks about the discount code his sent out 160 people that had a wrong link. Derick said that even with all the trouble, he had at least 50 people sign-up. 

7:19 

Derick talks about the negative charges on the discount system. Derrick says he is now sitting out zero dollars  for the registration, and might be at zero for sales. 

12:40

Josh talks about the email list they have at Simple Programmer. Josh talks about the engaging customers and marketing tactics. Derick talks about his strategy on getting people to signup. 

17:30

Josh talks about using a plugin to update pages for Derick’s situation. Derick talks about how this webinar is apart of the rest of the bundle for Docker. Josh talks about how Derick should maybe have not give it away of free, but that lease discount it. 

22:00

Derick talks about how participates can use Docker and other products. Derick says that he got a interview lined up. Josh asks about what Docker is, and a about. Derick talks about how the Open Standard came about of Docker. 

26:00

Derick mentions how to approach someone for an interview. Derick explains how to build interest to get people on the line for podcast interview. Derrick and Josh talk about their open ended email that build interest for a response. 

31:00

Josh ask if this person form the Docker company, could connect him with other things. Josh say that all you can eat models are difficult to measure.

35:00

Derick talks about the Master Minds that he is active in. He realize that Josh was part of one of the groups.

39:00

Josh talks about how they are reaching their super fans with product like the T-Shirt. Derick talks about the different sources of income to support projects and ideas. 

43:00

Derick mentions that in the middle of the week he did not now what to do to respond to his situation. Josh says to look at how much he is doing with this core audience. Josh thinks that Derick is get traction, but he does not see it yet in his income.

48:00

Derrick talks about his retirement working for him, and he will be a multimillionaire at some point. Derick mention how that pass year was taxing on his income. However the copy hour was a good investment. 

50:00

Josh talks about the things Derick could do to gain traction and build sustainable income. 

Thoughts for the Week 

Derick - The most important lessons are always the most painful ones.

Feb 14, 2017

Episode 154 “All Kinds Of Shady…”

0:15

We’re Live! Chuck talks about his extra stuff he had to do with Toast Masters, and teaching WordPress. Chuck says no go for Go Daddy website builder. 

4:00

Chuck mentions that he almost got scammed trying to sell his desk on Facebook or Classified sites. Chuck talks about being over ambitious with his help. Chuck says he says he is trying to organize things for his conferences about 6 months out, but his employees are occupied with regular work and emergencies. 

10:00

Chuck ask what he should do with his situation. Chuck says he may have to hire another person to help with his conference organizing. Josh mention that Chuck might want to use Fivrr  for extra help on web searching. Chuck says he initially hired Grace for this job, but he may bring on some one from previous interviews. 

15:00

Chuck ask what he should do when it comes to going to a Mastermind. Josh compares this to a roundtable talk with John at Simple Programmer. Josh talks about how to look a the growth of the business verses the projects you do to 10X business. 

20:00

Chuck talks above the things or plan he want to put into action to scale the podcast business. Chuck mentions talking to people about starting at WordPress podcast and Dev Ops podcasts. Also, started back up the news podcasts for JS and Ruby. Josh says to chart out the growth.

25:00

Josh mentions the second podcast Simple Programmer is doing by just turning videos into another show. Chuck think he might do video at some point.  Josh ask how many podcast show he releases a week. 

32:00

Derick talks about the things Chuck could do with video or YouTube podcasts, as far as show notes and annotations. Derick talks about why good tags, title and descriptions, are important for videos on YouTube and you website. 

40:00

The EntreProgarmmers talks about how and what Chuck can do to hire someone to handle a new video podcast project. 

47:00

Derick talks about working toward not relying a clients for main income source. Derick is looking into doing smaller projects and sales pages. Derick shares things he has learned form the Copy Hour. Derick says that he is now not getting any work from his clients. 

53:00 

Josh and Derick talks about how to go about doing a sales page launch. Derick ask how much of a buildup he needs to do before the launch. Josh suggest a 2 week, but not much of an announcement. Josh call this an impulse buy for Derick’s audience. 

59:00

Josh says that Derick now is getting to a good place with all the new information he is learning from the Copy Hour. Derick says he is handwriting all his research, which is helping with training himself. Chuck says he is seeing a change in Derick as fas as learning how to do copy writing. 

Thoughts for the Week

Chuck - Bitting off more then you can chew… 

Josh - People complain even with free content.  

Feb 7, 2017

Episode 153 “Biomarkers for Inflation” 

0:15

We are live. Josh is cutting carbs and wants to destroy stuff. Chuck talks about his allergies to Wheat and Milk. John talks about only drinking human breast milk. John explains why drink milk from a cow is  a bit odd, compared to human breast milk. EntreProgrammers describe their allergies to dairy products. 

9:55

Chuck says he really enjoys having people do work for him. Chuck ask for advice on what he should do about targeting his audience for his “Get a Coder Job” book. Josh suggest doing a paid webinar about the book. 

15:40

John suggest to Chuck that he has to do something he wants to create or is passionate about. 

19:00

Derick suggests that if Chuck is going to do multiple books, and that he should not flip the order and confuse his audience on which book is first in the process of job hunting. Chuck talks about systemizing  his employees, which will help his focus for the book and  other products.

25:00

Derick says he likes Josh’s idea about doing paid webinars. He says this is something he could do. Derick asks Chuck about his WordPress setup for paying of webinar access and membership. 

32:00

Derick says he want to have his first paid webinar in February. Unless you bought the presale book or an annual subscription, you will have to pay. 

34:00

Chuck talks about switching from Drip to Active Campaign. Chuck says he needs a CRM. Derick suggest Zepier for a CRM. John suggest pretty links instead. EntrePorgarmmers talk about ways Chuck can get around promoting affiliates while using Active Campaign. 

42:00

Josh talks about how Amazon will ban you if you have affiliate link in an email or pdf. Chuck talks about putting Amazon affiliate link in show notes. 

45:00

John suggest doing more podcast in stead of affiliate links. 

47:00

Derick says to 264 people bought the pre-sale.  Derick explains the question he is incorporating in the book for the Docker Project. Chuck suggests that Derick need to be on the phone with people more often, for the Docker Project. 

52:00

Derick ask if 29 dollars is a good price for a webinar. John suggest going a higher price, because you want to make it worth your time.  Josh suggest promote it for a week, don't just send out an email. 

55:00

The EntreProgarmmers talks about the price tag of a webinar, and how that relates to the pain the custom is experiencing. 

57:00

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59:00

John talks about how his daughter is selling Girls Scouts cookies. John says he like the idea of starting entrepreneurship early. The EntreProgarmmers talks able the scams schools and clubs get children into. 

Thoughts for the Week

Chuck - If you think you need help, do it. 

John - Do it like Elon Musk. 

Josh  - Carbs make you happy. 

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