How Tim Ferriss Makes Money (and Other Things)

Two days ago, I saw the following tweet:

@tferriss so self-promo by referring to yourself in the third person can work. It’s ironic given the content of this

This was in response to my tweet, which read:

Inc. Magazine – Tim Ferriss on the Pitfalls of Personal Branding:

Ironic? Not really. Let me pose a question: what does a follower need to do if I write “My take on the Pitfalls of…”?

Before they retweet it (even with “RT @tferriss”), many will feel compelled to rewrite “My” as “Tim Ferriss’s” or “@tferriss’s”. Editing means fewer retweets. The same logic applies to some blog post titles, like this one, both for ease-of-sharing and SEO…

I have reasons for most of what I do.

David Siteman Garland dug into some of those reasons recently in an interview on Rise to the Top. He describes the content:

In this interview, I pick Tim’s brain on:

The shift from The 4-Hour Workweek to The 4-Hour Body. Why did he decide to go this route from a business, marketing, and personal perspective?

The business behind his books.

How has his perspective on marketing and promoting changed since the first book became an international phenomenon?

How he spent less than $10,000 and successfully took the 4-Hour Workweek to the New York Times Best Seller List.

The best approach for forming genuine relationships with bloggers.

The difference between hard selling and soft selling (and what it means for your brand).

How Tim Ferriss makes money.

An alternative to the typical “author model” of write a book and then speak/consult.

His advice for creative entrepreneurs like all of us.

Plus, much, much, much more.


Odds and Ends: Advertising Competition

Wow! More than 500 submissions, and there are a lot of good ads. It will take me and my small army a while to get through them all, so please be patient! Some incredible gems were produced and, more important to me, the creativity was outstanding. More coming soon, and thank you for the awesome performance.

The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the most popular podcasts in the world with more than 900 million downloads. It has been selected for "Best of Apple Podcasts" three times, it is often the #1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and it's been ranked #1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on many occasions. To listen to any of the past episodes for free, check out this page.

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150 Replies to “How Tim Ferriss Makes Money (and Other Things)”

  1. Hi Tim,

    what is the blue jacket you are wearing in the video?

    I really like it and would like to get one.


  2. I have both of your books and I got a sixpack now! I am working on my internet business to achieve the same success some day. Thank you for the inspiration you give us.

  3. I would love to listen to this interview but it is not letting me view it. Does anyone have a link to where I could watch it? Thanks in advance.

  4. I’ve been doing well with getting books completed and minimizing debt. But I’m looking to take it to the next level. Especially after reading the 4 hour work week several times. I’d like some face time with a real millionaire who can coach me on how to take what I have and turn it into fried gold. Any thoughts on a place to start?

  5. I really love this man I was able to come up with different ideas when it comes to the world of investing via

  6. Hi – I am a completely different person what I’m going to explain below
    I had started reading books
    I am recording 1-2 mins video (on laptop) for the benefit to speak fluently, on various topics, to face my own-self.

    I want to learn from you how these two atomic habits can help me grow?
    Earlier I was not able to read even a page or say for 10 secs on camera.

    All that has grown in last 6 months to 6 books and 2-3 minutes video each.

    Things are growing, if I can help someone else in someway will be a value to others.