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Today's show goes over a problem that many of us face: being afraid to be seen.

It covers why so many of us are afraid to let people see the real us, then what we can do about it.

If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com

Notes From The Show:

Part 1: Validation

- Can be very energetically taxing

- Can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, unsafe

- Can be hard in business too: new promotions, programs, etc invites criticism

- It's vulnerable

- Innate fear to go against the tribe

Part 2: What we can do about it

- Talk to your support network first

- Set boundaries around unwanted attention

- Ask yourself, "What's the worst that can happen?"

- Meditate or do EFT

- Start small

- Keep doing it

Links and Resources Mentioned:

How to handle being “energy sensitive” — with Hadley Gustin - This show goes over what you can do if you're very energy-sensitive.

How to build a strong support network around yourself - This show goes over how you can build a strong support network to be vulnerable with.

Change your money mindset and earn more – with Denise Duffield-Thomas - We talk about EFT (tapping) in this show.

RachelRofe.com/questions - Post here if you have any questions you think I can help with

YourGetResponse.com - My favorite email autoresponder.

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Direct download: RRwhywereaffraidofbeingseen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Getting feedback from other people can (sometimes!) be a fast path to growth.

The problem is, sometimes it can be very hard to get constructive, honest feedback from people we trust.

Today's episode shows you how.

This episode was created by special request. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com

Notes From The Show:

- Find people you trust to be honest

- Be 100% forthright with what you want (be very specific)

- Tell people that you really want their honesty

- Ask individual people directly

- Offer feedback to other people

- Listen and don't get defensive

- Dig deeper and ask clarifying questions

- Thank people when done
- Take action

Links and Resources Mentioned:

RachelRofe.com/questions - Post here if you have any questions you think I can help with

YourGetResponse.com - My favorite email autoresponder.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:15am EDT

People always say you're the average of the 5 people closest to you. If you'd like to learn how to surround yourself with amazing people and create a strong support network for yourself, check out this episode.

It was sent in by special request. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com

Notes From The Show:

- Be intentional with who you want in your life.

- Look for those people

- Don't be overly judge-y

- Create reasons to connect

- Make it easy for people to connect with you

- Create consistent connection

- Treat people like they're special

- Do things that are uncomfortable sometimes

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Inspired Hustle - My Facebook group.

Start a great conversation and become good at small talk – with Paul Sanders (part 1) - This is a related podcast that you may enjoy.

Make awesome friends – with Paul Sanders (part 2) - This is Part 2 of the related podcast that you may enjoy.

Make powerful business connections – with Honorée Corder - This is a related podcast that you may enjoy.

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Direct download: RRhowtobiuldastrongsupportnetwork.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Today's show is short and sweet. I wanted to get an important message out there. :)

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com

Notes:

Let your faith be bigger than your fear." - the quote I love (and the podcast title)

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Twitter - My Twitter page.

YourGetResponse.com - My favorite email provider.

Take Control of Your Life - I didn't mention this on the show but if you'd like to learn how to create an actionable plan out of making your goals happen, this $.99 book will help.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

One thing that eludes a lot of people in the podcasting world is how to actually make money from their podcasts.

This is especially true for people who have a “passion” podcast like I do and didn’t start with any kind of monetization plan.

Thankfully, I’ve been interviewing a lot of spectacular people for my Podcast Prodigy course and have gotten some awesome ideas on how to monetize your podcast.

Sponsored by:

PodcastProdigy.com - How to start a popular podcast that gets 1,500 - 3,000+ listens per show

Here are 19 of my favorites:

Bonus: Click here to get the PDF version of 19 Ways To Monetize Your Podcast.

1. Sell sponsorships.

This is a very popular option for many podcasters.

If you have a good amount of downloads per podcast episode (John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur On Fire tells me that the sweet spot for attracting sponsors is 3,000 downloads per episode), you can sell ad space to sponsors.

2. Find coaching clients.

I was recently talking to Michelle Evans of the Breaking Free podcast. She told me that even though her podcast has been around for less than a year, she gets between 4 and 15 emails every week from people who are interested in hiring her. About 70% of those people go on to become clients. Not shabby.

3. Promote a membership site.

I recently interviewed Don McAllister for my Podcast Prodigy course. He told me that he has “several thousand” members in his Screencasts Online membership and that the overwhelming majority of his traffic came from his podcast.

4. Build a mailing list.

Offer some kind of gift to entice your podcast audience into signing up.

Even if you don’t have something to sell them right now, creating a list is a very powerful monetization method for down the line. You can use it to sell affiliate products, your own products or services, or even just tell people about new episodes so you can build your numbers up for sponsorships.

If you use EasyAudello, you can even have opt-in forms show up during different points of your podcast – i.e., in minute 3, at the same time you mention a gift that people can get for signing up.

5. Sell services.

Denise Griffitts’ show, Your Partner In Success, gets between 4,000 – 6,000 listens a week. While she doesn’t directly try to monetize it, she tells me that many people reach out to her and inquire about hiring her for her web development and/or virtual assistant services.

6. Sell mastermind slots.

If people are interested in your podcast topic, it likely means they want to hear more about it. Create a mastermind of likeminded individuals who want to learn even more about your show topic and/or get individual support.

7. Create information products to sell.

Survey your audience and find out what they’d like to learn more about, then create products to serve them.

When I interviewed John Lee Dumas, he told me that he created his premium course after getting feedback from his audience that they’d be interested in learning more.

To date, he has sold well over a million dollars with that product.

8. Create relationships with potential affiliates.

Besides monetizing your podcast directly, you can also use your platform to create relationships with people who would be excellent affiliates.

Spending an hour on an interview with someone can help create a lot of rapport. If you can nurture relationships with the people you interview, you can end up with a lot of excellent affiliates.

9. Sell books.

In many ways, selling books is harder than ever. There are more and more authors entering Kindle by the day.

If you build a relationship with your book readers via podcasting, you create an excellent way to stand out from everyone else.

A few months ago, I interviewed a gal who said that her key to Kindle success (she’s currently making $80k/month+ with her books and became a NY Times Bestseller – starting from scratch, with zero list) was having consistent communication and interaction with her book readers.

Podcasting is an excellent way to cultivate a relationship and build a loyal following of people who want to buy your books.

Bonus: Click here to get the PDF version of 19 Ways To Monetize Your Podcast.

 

10. Sell products as an affiliate.

There are many ways you can promote products as an affiliate with your podcast.

For example, if it makes sense, Audible has a partner program where they pay you $15 per person who signs up for a free trial account.

11. Have affiliates come on and sell products.

You can interview people on your podcast and then have them offer special discounts (with your affiliate code) to your audience at the end of the interview.

12. Ask for donations.

Before Don McAllister (see #3) created his membership site, people were contacting him and asking how they could donate for his efforts. If you directly ask for donations, it’s very likely that you will get some.

13. Give some content away for free, charge for the rest.

There are a few podcasts – Don’s included – where the host gives away some content, such as the first few minutes of a tutorial (which is still helpful), then people need to pay an upgrade fee to get the rest.

14. Build your brand.

Even if you don’t directly sell something, you can raise your perceived value by aligning yourself with experts.

In this interview, John Jantsch says that he was a “complete unknown” when he started podcasting. That didn’t stop him from asking people like Seth Godin to be on his podcast though.

From the interview: “Since starting the podcast, things have changed dramatically. Jantsch estimates that his business has grown more than 500 percent and he works a lot less.”

15. Sell an iPhone app.

In this interview, Elsie Escobar of “Elsie’s Yoga Class Live and Unplugged” explained how her podcasts offers free yoga classes. She sells an app for $3.99 on that podcast.

When people buy the app, they get anytime access to 70+ yoga classes as well as PDF’s that show the sequence of each class.

16. Repurpose content and sell it.

With some finesse, you can take podcast posts and put them into a book or ebook.

As an example, Nick Loper made money from a podcast that he didn’t even host. (Crazy, right?)

He simply went through 500+ previous episodes of John Lee Dumas’ Entrepreneur on Fire and compiled a listing of the interviewee’s favorite books. (John asks every guest what their favorite book is.)

His book (Work Smarter) became a bestselling book.

17. Brag about your numbers.

If you’re getting great download numbers, you can leverage them when trying to land traditional publishing deals, get sponsorships for events, or book paid speaking gigs.

18. Host an event.

Identify the type of people who you want to attract to your events, then create content that they would respond to.

In your podcasts, mention the (online or offline) events you’ll be holding.

19. Sell physical products.

Onnit, a supplement company, is a big sponsor for some very popular podcasts. If they’re continuing to sponsor, they must be making money doing it. What’s to stop you from selling your own physical product?

Bonus: Click here to get the PDF version of 19 Ways To Monetize Your Podcast.

 I hope this list helps your mind get going with great ideas on monetizing your own podcast.

And if you’d like to learn more about podcasting, please check out Podcast Prodigy.

Direct download: RR19waystomonitzeapodcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Today's show covers how you can unwind after a long day at work.

It was sent in by special request. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com 

Notes From The Show:

- Digest (possibly journal).

- Relaxation ritual to change from day to night

- Set boundaries around work

- Get into your body

- Relaxation goals

Links and Resources Mentioned:

YourGetResponse.com - My favorite email provider.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Today's topic was sent in by special request. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Anonymous writes:

"Hey rachel,

I know i have a great product but I hate everything about marketing. it feels sleazy and i hate it! how can i sell without being salesy?”"

This question is a great one and the answer can be used for all things - selling products, services, or even selling yourself in terms of communicating your value.

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com 

Notes From The Show:

- Marketing doesn't need to mean sleazy.

- Who do you love to buy from? Can you emulate them?

- Are you blocking yourself?

- Focus on helping, not on making $.

- Tell stories wherever possible.

- Give lots of value.

- Incorporate lots of content.

- Go hard when you need to.

- Treat people like your friends.

- Overdeliver.

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Getting out of a financial rut and creating a schedule that includes time for play - This is the podcast with Jordana Jaffe that I mentioned.

I spent $13.33 for 60,483 product views… (here’s how) - This is the Pinterest blog post I was referring to that I sent out in the middle of my promotion.

How to get quick results in business and in life - This is the blog post/podcast I mentioned where I had the hype-y sounding pin that I thought I justified well.

Did you like this?

Thank you for listening to this episode! If you enjoyed it, please feel free to share it using the social media buttons on this page.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Today’s topic was sent in by special request. If you have a question you’d like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Anonymous writes:

“I’m building an Amazon FBA business and I’m considering getting help from a consultant, I’d be interested in hearing about your experiences with getting consultations, if you have, and with finding and choosing consultants.  If you use this question I’ll just be  anonymous, thanks.”

I answered this person’s question in terms of hiring either a business consultant or some kind of life coach, as I’ve worked with both.

As always, everything I express is my opinion and there may be many others who disagree. :)

Sponsored by: http://rachelrofe.com/shopify

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Shopify – I recently hired someone to help me with my Shopify business and talked about that.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

Today's topic was sent in by special request. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Shannon writes:
I've loved following your different ways to make income online. My question might be a little off topic but it's about your courses.

My name is Shannon my website is shannondepalma.com and I've recently launched an online course about Etsy through my website. Now I'm going through the 2nd round of launching it again and it's exhausting.

Is there a reason why you chose Udemy and not to host it through your own site? How do you manage to get more sales after it's  gone live on Udemy?

Thank you, I've appreciated all your income projects!

Best,
Shannon

I very honestly answered Shannon's question inside this quick 7 minute show. And of course, everything I express is my opinion and there may be many others who disagree. :)

Sponsored by: http://rachelrofe.com/shopify

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Udemy - The site we're talking about. If you want to learn new skills, Udemy's pretty awesome as a customer, especially with all the coupons they give out.

How you can take 1 product and turn it into 9 profit streams - My original intent with Udemy

My Udemy page - This is where you can find some of my courses.

Direct download: RRshouldyouuseudemy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

I recently started selling physical goods on Shopify. I was able to make my first $5k in gross profits within 8 days and $8800 in 14 days (7 of which I was on vacation).

In this episode, I share how I was able to get such quick results.

You can use the same 7 step process I used for anything that you want to accomplish in business or life.

Sponsored by: http://rachelrofe.com/shopify

Direct download: RRHowtogetquickresultsinbusinessorlife.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT