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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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Mar 28, 2018

0:15

We’re live. John jokes about being lazy and talks about hurting his shoulder. Josh talk about his wrist issue call “Mommy Thumb.” Josh talks about having to wear a cast or band to help rest and heal his thumb. Josh talks about ordering special ergonomic mouse to get through work.

3:00

Mani talks about he past issues he was experiencing with his hand and shoulders. Mani talks about his exercise to help his hands, surprisingly Mani talks about stretching his Hamstrings to help his back and shoulders. John suggests building up the quads. John mentions that he has to lay off lifting in order to recover.

9:00

John talks about 90 percent adherence rather than 100 percent. EntreProgrammers talks about the benefits of exercise but practicing it a safe manner to prevent injury. Mani talks about his new publishing pace with YouTube and collaborating with speakers. Mani talks about the viewer numbers when he does “colabs” rather than not.

14:00

John talks about watch time on Youtube and the value a channel provides to the views. John mention search volume and gaining subscriber-ship. John talks about the benefit of guess blogging or commenting on other people’s blog sites. Mani mentions plans to do a summary for Pat Flynn’s book. Mani and John talk about end cards and analytics.

21:00

More talk about how End Cards work and best practices and use cases. John and Josh joke about inserting their own cat videos as viewer lose interest in the videos. Mani suggests Reddit postings and how they should Reddit post there to get traffic. Mani calls Reddit the school of copywriting.

28:00

EntreProgrammers talks about posting videos about not giving a fuck about the Reddit police. Josh talks about be blacking list posting link on his own site.

30:00

Chuck talks about what he wants to do on YouTube. Chuck talks about what he learned about using YouTube in another coaching call he does. Chuck mention wanting to do 5 minutes videos a day on small developer topics, and a recap of episodes. Chuck talks about new hot ideas about growing the subscribers and incoming from sponsorships.  Most of these ideas are coming from trying out the  Alexa flash briefings.

35:00

Josh mentions that he should give it several months for this Flash Briefing tactic to take off. Chuck thinks that this will help other areas of the podcast to grow. Chuck mentions being elected as a chair of the local Republican party. Chuck talks about not having any time, while he has been taking care of his family.

40:00

Chuck mention Michelle talking over some areas and task that were on Chuck’s plate. John mentions talking to Flippa, and the market in buying online businesses. John talks about Flippa courses, and how to start a business and have Flippa sell it.

46:00

Josh mentions working with David, who he is taking Brian Deans marketing course. Josh talks about working with an SEO team to help him with a project. Josh mentions he needs help making a decision on doing a pilot project with this SEO team.

55:00

Chuck gives a suggestion on waiting till there is a payoff before taking on the team to do the SEO. John says the results and length of time till they see an ROI, but how long do they have to wait.

1:00:00

Josh says he could shape or have some sort of control and time to see if the SEO agency is worth the time to optimize site or project. More talks about how well this agency is known in the industry.

Thoughts for the Week!

John - 90 adherence!

Josh - Being patient

Chuck - If are not there, do something productive

Mar 21, 2018

0:15

We’re Live. Mani’s breakfast is in progress. Chuck mentions seeing politics on the TV behind Mani. Mani talks about going “whole hog” on YouTube and having some issues with production. Josh ask about the lengths of Mani’s videos. Mani describes the production process on his book summary videos.

4:45

Mani talks about the marketing tactics at Focus at Will. Mani mentions that John does on like the process. John says growing the company is better, that making money now. Josh mention two things Mani needs to do if thing works out well. Mani says this could grow his list and potential boost company growth.

10:00

Josh suggests retargeting to Mani and watching for specific growth numbers in order to determine the worthiness of marketing tactic.

15:00

John talks about doing a series of how to build an online business. Mani jokes about John stealing his product idea. John continues his process of creating these videos. Mani suggests that John coming on to his channel to include books in this video project. Josh asks about subscriber numbers for Mani and John’s channels. More talk about how company names help subscribers, rather than the person. Mani shares his subscriber numbers.

20:00

Josh shares that they have over 400 reviews on the new book. John talks about a one-star review that hurt the numbers. EntreProgrammers talks about Amazon review and how they may not be relevant later on as reviews grow. More talk about Amazon reviews and how they might work.

26:00

Josh talks about doing a Kindle 7-day Promotion for 99 cents. Josh talks but the sweet spot pricing for Kindle books. John talks about doing a YouTube video on thing people sent him as a joke.

31:00

Mani talks about how he is still getting Grant Cordone emails. John talks about getting a call from a medical marketing company for Viagra. John talks about his joking ways with this company. John talks about how they need to school Mani on his audio.

34:00

Chuck talks about assigning tasks in Asana for Michelle. Chuck talks more on the website update and people having issues with subscribing. Chuck talks about getting DMs and twitter messages about subscribing. Chuck about still being about to get things done even when he was sick.

39:00

Josh talks about an outreach program and learning new online marketing strategies. Josh continues with his project with backlinks. Josh talks about using PipeDrive. Josh talks about more backlinks and emails.  Josh and John discuss backlinks and emails on their website. John suggests other kinds of ways to do the links and mentioning production in their email.

50:00

Josh talks about reaching out and fixing broken links. Josh continues with looking deeper into these blogs sites and finding ways to add value. Josh goes on to talk about how he could build a list on content with these bloggers. Josh talks about ways these emails could not be spammy to the blogger.

55:00

Josh talks about how he could outsource this project and build a list at the same time. Josh says he is going to do the Clever Programmer affiliate deal. John talks about a potential issue with the people understanding the value of the product.

1:00:00

John talks about the Stack Overflow survey. John says he learned a new word “Genderqueer.”

Thoughts for the Week

Chuck - Planning and Coordination

Josh - Create space for yourself to create

John - Sometimes you can’t fight your nature

Mani - Structure leads to freedom

 

Mar 13, 2018

0:15

We’re Live! YouTube live discussion in progress.  EntreProgrammers attempt to do a live stream with chat. John talks about a how he an Chuck have a sickness to feel sick and eat junk food. Bad STDs according to Mani. John talks about his recovery strategy of resting a fasting. 

6:45

John talks about learning new lessons when you get sick, and how to maintain without throwing your health down the drain. Mani takes John’ suggestion to do more videos per week. Mani talks about committing to doing two videos per week and do updates and announcements. 

10:00

John talks about sending an F-U to Moscow. Chuck talks about how people are approaching him about starting new shows, possible new shows starting in the next few months. Mani talks about how he can do more videos, regardless of lighting and equipment. 

15:00

Mani’s voices his concern with quality. John talks about how to start out with video recording and keeping up with consistency. Chuck talks about how he knows a friend who records his podcasts from the car, because the content is more important, compared to the quality. 

20:00

EntreProgrammers talk about podcast production ahead of time for the month. EntreProgrammer talks about strategies for war or crude behavior on videos. Mani talks about meeting with someone who knew his podcasts. Mani talks about getting invited to speak at Podfest. 

25:00

Chuck talks about releasing the new Vue and React podcasts, during an update on the website. So there were some issues with subscribing and listening. Chuck talks about using the Smart Play podcast to listen to shows on the website.  Chuck talks about the new features on the podcast page. 

30:00

Chuck continues with details about the podcast page update. Chuck talk about an update for the course and delaying recording because he was sick. Also more on automation on test coding process. Chuck talks about going to an upcoming Meetup Event in Denver. 

35:00

Mani mentions to Josh that they need to do another promotion. Chuck mentions that he could probably help sell some of Mani’s products on his network. 

40:00

Josh talks about doing one more affiliate offer and working with another programmer who does Python. Josh talks about the many different features of this particular course, and how he wants to do a launch. John talks about further discounting the product. 

45:00

Josh talks about testing with internal backlinks and doing outreach with a particular product. Josh mentions doing some cold call for the first time. Josh goes into the time it takes to finish the testing and other kinds of extra detailed tasks to make these backlinks work properly. 

50:00

Mani suggests a cold call video tool Bonjour . Mani explains how the tool is connected. More talk about how the tool works.  Josh talks about keywords and marketing tactics for their current products. Also some info on long tail keywords. 

1:00:00

Josh talks about moving EntreProgrammers over and talks about teams sets up for invoicing and keeping account separate but easily payable. More talk about traffic and funnels. 

1:05:00
Josh mentions generating urgency and doing promotions. Josh gives example with the interview cake promotion. 

 

Thoughts for the Week

Chuck - Look back at what you accomplished 

Josh - Figure when the extra effort is going to pay-off 

John -  Riding the horse is fine, being dragged by the horse is bad 

Mani - Free content!

Mar 6, 2018

0:15

We’re Live. EnterProgarmmers joke about why there was no episode lates week. John talks about the Grant Cardone event last week. John mention it was a motivational rant. John talks about some interesting things they heard. But it was really for the younger generation looking to become entrepreneurial. 

5:00

Mani talks about some other events they’ve attended. John talks mention an event for influencers and brands selling their product via YouTubers. Chuck mentions he is not charging enough for sponsorships. Mani mentions CPM numbers. John mentions a strategy that is similar to Chuck’s podcast sponsorship, which confirms that Chuck is headed in the right directions with his podcasting network. 

12:00

Chuck shares his screen and talks but how he runs his sponsorship slots. Chuck mentions getting somewhat depressed and did not have motivation. Chuck said he is thankful he did not blow anything up. Chuck talks about having to take care of his father more closely. Chuck says his family thinks he is retired because runs his business from home. 

17:00

Chuck is redoing the video for a Job course. Chuck mentions he can’t wait to get to work with Josh about selling/marketing a course on How To Get A Job course. Chuck gives a rundown on the different topics this course will cover for those in the job market. 

21:00

Josh talks about being contacted by the person who run the Clever Programmer.  John says he is going a great job growing his network and audience. John talks about being sick. Mani says John needs to wear a jacket.

26:00

Mani talks about people trying to take down he business. Mani mentions being contacted by an attorney about copyright infringement. Mani talks about writing an email about how is was not an infringement. John talks about him an Mani doing some research on the attorney and making some changes on their strategy to make amends and defuse the situation. Chuck joke about a course on flattery. 

30:00

Mani mentions things he could do to avoid more situations like this. John talks about making a case and praising the person will make light of the situation. John says, the bigger the ego, the more they can be flattered.

40:00

Josh talks but some issues with Thrive Cart. Mani asks about the pitch on a recent product. Josh talks about an example promotion with the book last year. John talks some email course information or analytics. Josh says that their customers don’t buy anything without creating urgency. 

45:00

Josh explain some of the analytics of the promotion products or courses. Josh talks about increasing the blog traffic last week. Josh talks about indexing and correcting pretty links to increase these traffic numbers. 

53:00

Josh continues with other sources of traffic and pushing other ways to increase. Josh talks about signing up for Brian Deans course. Josh talks about interesting research on this topic of outreach. 

1:00:00

More talks about Brian Deans course and backlinks. Josh talks about sharing the course info with their content writer. More talk on outreach and responsiveness of the customers. John says no matter what people say about SEO, it still comes back to backlinks. John talks about his strategy to gain traffic when building Simple Programmer. 

1:07:00

Josh talks about wanting to take the top 10 posts. Josh mentions working on some Dev Ops stuff and cleaning up. Chuck ask about the cost of the course and planning his next 12 weeks. 

Thoughts for the Week! 

John - Be persistent at the wide scale.. 

Chuck -  You are going to hit a wall.. but you can get through it

Josh - Negative values…cut the bottom 20 percent.

Mani - Learn to negotiate 

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