Noah Kagan: 10 Life Lessons From the Guy That Lost $100 Million on Facebook

Noah Kagan is an entrepreneurial machine.

  • his “deals on products” site, AppSumo hit 500,000 customers in less than 18 months;
  • his company Kickflip Inc. was the #1 largest Facebook App developer;
  • his payment company Gambit reached $150,000/day in revenue with clients like Zynga, Tagged, Gaia Online, and Disney;
  • his new business, SumoMe, free tools to grow your website traffic, is already reaching 965,720,950 visitors – damn!;
  • and yes, he worked at Intel, was #4 at Mint, and #30 at Facebook (where he got fired and missed out on $100 million+).

This article is about the man behind the machine and how he operates day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year to get results like these.

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Write Better Copy

This is another recording in the series where readers interviewed me about a wide variety of topics. Many of the questions are about freelance writing, how to earn money online, marketing and learning Chinese. This interview with Alex Vasquez is a little different.

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How to Write Epic Posts

The first articles I published online were kind of drab. I basically just emulated what many other people were doing: short articles with content that wasn’t unique. I was a good writer so these articles weren’t terrible, but no one read them. Then I interviewed Ramit and discovered the 6 Minute Rule, i.e., “If Ramit talks for six minutes I can write a pretty good article about it.”

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Advanced Freelancing Tactics – Robert Williams

I met Robert Williams a few years back when I interviewed him about his success as a freelance designer.

Now, Robert runs a cool online business, Workshop.

Basically, Workshop is a platform that connects designers and other service providers with business owners via streams of project leads. This service is especially valuable for people who are talented at their craft, but don’t have time or interest to do marketing. You pay the quarterly membership dues and Robert turns on the fire hose of project leads.

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How to Get High Paying Clients So You Can Travel The World

Karen Woodin-Rodriguez interviewed me to learn more about freelancing. We ended up doing a deep dive into a tonne of topics. This video interview includes, step-by-step guides on:

  • learning ANY complex skill, with specific examples: Chinese, programming, cooking, etc.
  • getting your first freelance clients, pricing, etc.
  • how to get paid for what you are already doing for free
  • connecting w/ anyone (including the story of how I connected w/ Ramit)
  • finding your direction in life, seeing 5 years into the future, overcoming insecurities
  • getting better grades by doing less work
  • making lots of money, savings lots of money, and living abroad for 1+ year at a time

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Email List Building

This is not a blog post. It is a 5016 word Master Guide that will show you step by step how to get your first 10,000 email subscribers.

It is based on:

  • proven strategies from Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers;
  • proprietary techniques developed by Derek and his network of experts; and
  • academic research from the world’s top scholars

In case you are skeptical about the whole 10,000 subscribers thing, let’s start with the credentials…

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Danny Iny on How to Build a “Content Machine”

If you frequent ProBlogger, Copyblogger, Freelance Switch, Passive Panda, Traffic Generation Cafe or Think Traffic then you know today’s guest: Danny Iny of Mirasee. In the last year, Danny made 80-something quality guest posts on these top blogs (and others), which helped propel his old site, Firepole Marketing, to the Alexa 50,000’s and earn over $25,000 in the first year. Somehow Danny also found time to get married and write his book: Engagement from Scratch.

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Ana Hoffman – What?! There Really Are Secrets to Getting Millions of Page Views?

Ana Hoffman registered the domain for Traffic Generation Cafe on June 08, 2010. Just 1.5 years later, her Alexa ranking is 8,764 (that means she gets a whole lot of visitors to her site). Impressive, right? I kind of thought that someone who has figured out the secrets to getting millions of page views would want to keep those secrets to herself.

I was wrong.

In this interview Ana shares the precise tactics she has used to bring enormous amounts of traffic to her website. We even broke those tactics down into actionable steps, so that anyone who watches the video can replicate them.

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How to Ask Good Questions – David Igono

I love this interview! Often, when people ask to interview me it’s about business, entrepreneurship, productivity, money, etc. David Igono is a savvy businessman, sports expert and skilled communicator. In this interview we talked about how to do better interviews. If you host a podcast, or have been thinking about using interviews to network or to get new clients, then this is the interview for you.

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Pace Smith on Creating a Mission Based Business

We often think of business and charity as mutually exclusive, i.e., that pursuing one means setting aside the other. Pace believes you can have your charitable cake and eat it too. This interview includes specific advise to write a manifesto and build a community around your mission; whatever that is.

Lori Deschene on Building a Passionate Online Community

Lori Deschene’s tiny buddha is one of the coolest blogs online. Why? Because Lori has cultivated one of the most engaged and well intentioned communities I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of guest posts written by non-writers – they don’t even have a blog to link oo. The comments are often very personal and insightful responses to the articles. Basically, tiny buddha IS NOT about self promotion, getting “hits” on Google Analytics or earning a lot of money. Instead, it’s built from the ground up to be a community where people are safe to share wisdom that enriches our lives.


Me too.

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Ramit Sethi: How to Earn $10 Million+ Online

In this post, I’m going to show you the exact steps Ramit Sethi used to earn over $10 million.

Not long ago, I did a series of private interviews with Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and Growth Lab. In these interviews, Ramit revealed his step by step processes for:

  1. Building a massive online audience
  2. Creating multiple $1 million+ product launches

I’ve included Ramit’s advice below…

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