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Avoiding The Downward Spiral

Back in college, I was working on a group project. Everyone in the group had different ideas on how to solve a problem, and for some reason the discussion got very personal and heated. A couple of us lost our cool and said some things that shouldn’t have been said. I ended up storming out [...]

How MedHelp Attracts 11 Million Visitors Each Month

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to interview John DeSouza, CEO of online health community Medhelp. Medhelp is an amazing online success story; with more than 11,000,000 unique visitors per month, it is one of the most visited sites on the internet and a powerhouse in the medical answers space. It also generates millions [...]

Zappos and the “Right People”

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, is one of my all-time favorite people. In 1998, he sold his first company, LinkExchange, to Microsoft for nearly $300 million. A couple of years later, he took over the helm at Zappos, and grew it into the largest online shoe retailer in the world. The company was eventually bought by [...]

The Secret To Overcoming Your Lizard Brain

Have you ever really wanted to do something but had this strange resistance holding you back? I've had this feeling all too many times, and I've never been able to understand it, until I read Seth Godin's “Linchpin.” in Seth’s words, a Linchpin is an “…an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, [...]

TME Podcast Episode 003: Rapidly Building A Profitable Internet Presence with Tyler Tervooren

Today’s episode of the TME Podcast features Tyler Tervooren from the Advanced Riskology blog. Tyler caught my attention because of his meteoric rise from unknown to big-time blogger; in its first few months, Advanced Riskology has managed to grow from a few readers to more than 2,000 subscribers. Tyler has also monetized his traffic effectively [...]

Monthly Outsourcing Report: March 2011

It’s time for the second monthly outsourcing report! I started this report last month to share some of my experience and projects in outsourcing, how much I’m spending, and the types of things I’m accomplishing. After publishing my first report last month, I received a flood of questions, and I want to take a moment [...]

A Detailed Analysis of Google’s Recent Algorithm Change

As many of you know, search engine optimization (or SEO) has been a big business focus for me. I’ve built a portfolio of niche websites and also worked in SEO for larger businesses, and have seen a ton of data on what works and what does not. In the last few years, the world of [...]

How DonorsChoose Maximizes Donations To Schools In Need

I recently made a donation through DonorsChoose, a wonderful nonprofit that allows public schools to raise money for high school projects. Here’s how it works: teachers at public schools (usually in underprivileged areas) make requests on the site for projects they want to do but don’t have funds available. Donors can browse the list of [...]

TME Podcast Episode 002: How Chris Ducker Built A Multimillion Dollar Outsourcing Empire

In today’s episode of the TME Podcast, we feature Chris Ducker, who owns and operates the Live2Sell group, an outsourcing company that employees more than 250 employees in the Philippines. Last year, Chris started the Virtual Business Lifestyle blog to document his journey of becoming a “Virtual CEO” by the end of 2010. Over the [...]

Six Amazing Interviews That Will Change Your Life

Happy Valentine's Day! It sucks to be single today, and if you are, I'd love to help you cheer up with some great interviews (note: you'll enjoy these even if you aren't single). How To Promote Yourself Through Blogs: Tim Ferriss, author of the Four Hour Work Week, was an unknown just four short years [...]