Five Minutes With Jack Ramblings Of An Insane Internet Marketer

May 1, 2012

Jack on Making Money with Podcasting at Podcast Squared

Filed under: Industry News — JackSpirko @ 1:38 pm

Recently I was featured on a panel over at Podcast Squared, the topic was a really exciting panel all about the one thing most podcasters find elusive: monetization.   I was featured along side Chris Mancini from Comedy Film Nerds  and together we quickly dispelled the myth that no one makes real money from podcasting.

We covered topics like…

  • The idiocy of the “pay wall” for older episodes
  • Why community is more important than the method monetization
  • Why the “supporting member” model is so powerful
  • How advertising revenue can play a role but won’t likely make you totally free
  • Using drop shipping and affiliate sales
  • The power of “owning the product” vs. selling someone else’s

There likely won’t be a ton of episodes in the next two weeks as I will be in Montana for a week of training with Sepp Holzer and Paul Wheaton but this is an hour long panel that I think will really help you monetize not just a podcast but frankly any blog or forum.

You can Listen to the Panel Discussion Here

March 19, 2012

Response to Mark Cuban on My Personal Blog

Filed under: Industry News — JackSpirko @ 7:04 pm

Mark Cuban put out a post today that stated that “following your passion is bad advice”.  I guess he got a hold of MJ Demarco’s book?  I find this ironic as Mark is a poster child for how following your passion can make you very rich.  Cuban would not be a billionaire today with out following his passion for basketball and that well predates the ownership of the Mavericks!

See that little thing called all had its roots in basketball games being syndicated on the internet via radio stations.  The full story is on my personal blog.

Mark Cuban Says “Don’t Follow Your Passion” – But Didn’t His Make Him a Billionaire

August 6, 2010

Anyone Going to “Open Camp”

Filed under: Industry News — JackSpirko @ 11:28 pm

What is open camp, well the short version is a place where a bunch of techy types that are into open platforms like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla get together, learn and party.  The more accurate explaination from the Open Camp website is,

“From the people that brought you WordCamp Dallas and DrupalCamp Dallas, OpenCamp is the SouthWest’s first multi-platform web conference. With top speakers covering topics ranging from social media to technical development, content creation, revenue generation and more, webmasters and web developers, bloggers, podcasters and technologists on any platform are welcome.

WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, and .NET sessions will all be available as well as tracks that will appeal to all attendees. We expect over 1,000 web professionals to be in attendance, making OpenCamp Dallas one of the largest multi-platform web content-creation and development events on the planet.”

In any event I plan on going, it starts Friday night (August 27th), with a mixer and runs with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.  Even though I am local I plan to get a room and stay in the area at least Saturday night, perhaps Friday too.  I would love to hang out with some of you guys there.  It isn’t cheap but it isn’t expensive either compared to a lot of conferences.  I figure I have been out of the scene for to damn long and need to get back into some networking with other bloggers and podcasters.  So if you are going to Open Camp let me know and we can hang out together.

I am also looking for folks bringing “non techy wives” that may want to hook up with some other non techy wives to shop at the Galeria or what have you and get a break from the conference.  Translation – I am trying to get my wife to go with me and enjoy the parties and hotel and any help is appreciated.

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