How To Start A Blog Without Knowing How To Code

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A 3000+ word guide that contains everything I’ve learned about starting a blog: In 10 simple steps. Updated for 2019!

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When I started my first business in 2010, I asked a few people and companies for estimates to build a website for me.

And like most starting entrepreneurs without much cash, I thought, “are you kidding me? 10K for a website? I’ll do it myself!”

Of course, that’s flawed thinking. It cost me a lot of time. But fortunately, I had a lot of time back then. I also made a lot of mistakes that cost me additional time to fix. For example, I had to learn the hard way that you need to back up your website regularly.

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How To Create Products That Sell For Decades

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Every single book that I’ve voluntarily read in my life is because someone else recommended it.

That’s true for most of us. Think about it. What’s the last book you finished? Why did you read it? Most of us read books because others told us about them.

It’s a great way to learn about good books. Because no one goes out to recommend a bad book or product.

When I think about how I found out about classic non-fiction books like How To Win Friends and Influence People, The Intelligent Investor, Man’s Search For Meaning, I must say that I read these books because others told me about them.

These books still sell well, decades later.

Any creator that hopes for that type of lasting success must accept that it starts with creating something that’s worth it. Why is not everyone making great products? The honest answer is that it’s hard.

Ryan Holiday, the author of Perennial Seller, and who has written six books, put it best:

“To be great, one must make great work, and making great work is incredibly hard.”

But it’s also not impossible, as I’ve learned from Ryan. In his latest book, Perennial Seller, he outlines his system for creating books and products that stand the test of time.

Because who doesn’t want to create something that people love? Or write a book that thousands of people read? And more importantly, who doesn’t want to make something that sells for years to come?

Ryan’s process for making a perennial seller goes like this:

  1. Adopt the mindset of a creator that makes classics
  2. Create a great product that stands the test of time
  3. Perfect, package, and position into a compelling offering
  4. Promote it through different marketing channels
  5. Capture an audience and build a platform that stands the test of time

To learn more about the above framework, listen to my interview with Ryan Holiday:

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I was impressed with Ryan’s mindset. And he inspired me to set even higher standards for my own work. I truly enjoyed this interview and learned many useful things about entrepreneurship, marketing, and the act of creating.

Ryan is excellent at simplifying what it takes to be successful. And I think this interview is a must-listen for every entrepreneur, creator, and marketer out there.

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7 Fiction Books That Change The Way You Think

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Over the past three years, I’ve read more than 200 non-fiction books. I’ve dived into Philosophy, Marketing, Productivity, Evolution, History, Biographies, and many other books you read to learn something.

Because that’s the main reason most of us read non-fiction, right? You read a book to get something out of it. And after reading a lot of similar books, you start noticing patterns.

One thing I’ve noticed is that non-fiction books of the past ten years are not boring to read. I think Malcolm Gladwell played a huge part in that development. His book The Tipping Point, published in 2000, also seems like a tipping point for non-fiction books.

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