“Let the silence do the work.”
– Cal Fussman
Many of you have asked me about strategies for building a popular blog and podcast. I’ve covered some aspects of growing a podcast in a previous post, and then Mari Takahashi (@atomicmari) — a successful ballerina, gamer, and content creator — sent me some very good questions that I haven’t discussed before.
This episode goes into detail about how I’ve built The Tim Ferriss Show into a podcast that has almost 300 million downloads, and how my blog receives between three and four million unique visitors per month.
There are certainly bigger podcasts and blogs, but I share how I’ve been able to grow both with only a couple full-time employees and a few part-time assistants. Enjoy!
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Want to hear another solo episode where I answer your questions? Listen to this episode where I discuss how I would update The 4-Hour Workweek today. I discuss common questions and misperceptions, and how I would adjust certain chapters and recommendations. Listen to it here (stream below or right-click to download):
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
Selected Links from the Episode
- Connect with Mari Takahashi:
- Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder
- XLR 3 Pin Microphone Cable (6 feet)
- Shure KSM8/N Dualdyne Vocal Microphone
- Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Vocal Microphone without Cable
- Panasonic Eneloop Rechargable Batteries
- Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
- Ecamm Call Recorder
- Yellowtec: iXm
- Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow
- Tribe of Mentors Intro
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
- How I Built a #1-Ranked Podcast With 60M+ Downloads
- The 4-Hour Chef Official Trailer
- Contextual Advertising
- Native Advertising
- Disclosure — The Full Monty
- Wait But Why
- Broken Windows Theory
- What equipment do I use on the road; does it differ from what I use at home? [09:32]
- How do I set myself — and my guest — up for a good interview? [14:08]
- What does Cal Fussman mean when he says “Let the silence do the work?” [23:57]
- Questions I’ve stopped asking in interviews. [25:32]
- How far ahead do I bank content or episodes? [27:34]
- Do I recommend seeking out a podcast network? What are the advantages and disadvantages of belonging to one? [30:15]
- Different approaches to monetizing and ranking. [34:02]
- Is it better to name a blog after oneself for recognition, or use a company name to reach a broader audience? [38:40]
- What do I suggest for a blogging platform? [40:20]
- Pointers for getting started blogging without worrying about it being perfect. [43:40]
- What should be outsourced in the interest of saving time? [45:28]
- How do I handle scheduling/automating social media or podcasts? [47:11]
- How much revenue can you get from ads on your blog? [48:20]
- Do users stay longer on a blog that has no advertisements? Is embedded affiliate income a better strategy to bring in revenue? [49:28]
- At what point is it necessary to seek out guest editors to contribute to a blog? [51:05]
- Are there any widgets I can’t live without? [52:37]
- How do I handle comments? [53:20]
- Final thoughts on what it really takes to build popular — and sustainable — podcasts and blogs. [55:11]
- Mari Takahashi
- Bryan Callen
- Brendan Schaub
- James Lipton
- Edward Norton
- Terry Crews
- Cal Fussman
- Mikhail Gorbachev
- George Clooney
- Muhammad Ali
- Derek Sivers
- Elon Musk
- Steve Jobs
- Tony Robbins
- Barack Obama
- Brian Lam
- Tim Urban
- Seth Godin
Posted on: February 10, 2018.
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Who was interviewed? Here's a very partial list: tech icons (founders of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Craigslist, Pinterest, Spotify, Salesforce, Dropbox, and more), Jimmy Fallon, Arianna Huffington, Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York), Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ben Stiller, Maurice Ashley (first African-American Grandmaster of chess), Brené Brown (researcher and bestselling author), Rick Rubin (legendary music producer), Temple Grandin (animal behavior expert and autism activist), Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Dara Torres (12-time Olympic medalist in swimming), David Lynch (director), Kelly Slater (surfing legend), Bozoma Saint John (Beats/Apple/Uber), Lewis Cantley (famed cancer researcher), Maria Sharapova, Chris Anderson (curator of TED), Terry Crews, Greg Norman (golf icon), Vitalik Buterin (creator of Ethereum), and nearly 100 more. Check it all out by clicking here.