The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs - yangwang.infohttps://yangwang.infoThe Rise To The Top is all about helping aspiring/rising mediapreneurs (peeps who create online media, experts, authors, thought leaders, personal brands, coaches, Internet marketers/information marketers) grow their biz like a weed & dominate online creating/hosted by David Siteman Garlanden-USTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:05:09 PSTWordPress https://wordpress.org/Introducing Author Cats - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/nqZkj4nHaV8/David's BlogDavid Siteman GarlandTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:05:09 PSThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13464Wanted to do something a little bit different today and share with you the story behind our new piece of software that’s about to drop like it’s hot:

So, um we have a new piece of software coming out and it is going to change the game for authors…

(aka what we’ve secretly been working on behind the scenes for nearly two years)

It all starts with Nick Stephenson.

Nick is a successful author out of jolly ole England who writes crime thrillers (including the Leopold Blake series):

A few years ago Nick enrolled in my Create Awesome Online Courses course and decided to put together his first online course: Get 10k Readers. As a successful author, Nick knew the ins and outs of building a readership for books and wanted to teach authors to do the same.

The results were a SMASHING (I like to picture “smashing” being in a British accent) success. Nick’s course did $130,208 in sales when it launched and since then it has now done well over 3 million dollars and continues to grow and grow (not a typo there 3 million+).

Along the way, Nick has worked with thousands of different authors. Fiction and non-fiction. Everyone from up-and-coming business authors to seasoned Romance novelists.

And he discovered throughout the years a MAJOR problem and pain for authors: Technology.

The mere thought of websites and the like are enough to cause heart palpitations, sweats, and uncontrollable mumbling.

Because authors want to grow their readership. Sell books. Get their message out. Change the world. They don’t want to be tinkering with annoying websites that don’t work or spending an arm and a leg for designers and developers.

More specifically in the words of Nick:

“As authors, it’s our job to ask ourselves ‘What if?’. After years of developing online strategies for selling and marketing books, and after helping tens of thousands of authors grow their careers, that question became, “What if there were one online platform that could handle all your book marketing and audience growth needs in one place?”

Specifically, an amazing author website that turns visitors into subscribers, paying fans, and lifelong readers…without needing a designer, web developer, a psychiatrist, or a team of 1,000 nerds.

Nick was obsessing over a series of “what ifs” when it came to creating the perfect author website.

For example…

        What if you no longer had to duct-tape together a dozen different pieces of software to create something that’s just going to break all the time (or not look or function the way you want it to)?

        What if you could create a beautiful website, without needing an expensive designer or years of training?

        What if you could get set up from scratch to a full online marketing platform in 24 hours?

        What if you could make the whole “growing your audience and selling your books” thing easy – with software that’s designed just for you?

Nearly two years ago, Nick called me up and told me about this problem and asked if he knew where he could find a “Brad” to bring his vision to life and solve this major issue for authors.

Brad who is not just a person we put in air quotes…is a real live human and the mastermind behind our Cats software. for online courses and for your “main” website/blog, etc.

(Side note on Brad: Brad and I met about 7-8 years ago when he was working for a web development agency in St. Louis. He was the lead developer on my site before he went out on his own and continued to work on it and other projects. He got so sick of me sending him clients that he created software so people can build their own online course websites, blogs, etc. hence our different Cats software products)

Anyway…Nick’s passionate plea definitely sparked me, both as a lover of books and an author myself, and I told him…

“Well instead of finding someone like Brad…let’s get Brad himself!”

And that’s how Author Cats was born as a triple-trifecta team up of Brad, Nick and myself with a larger mission of removing one of the biggest barriers for authors…that freakin’ technology.

And with that barrier removed authors can sell more books, change more lives, spread their message and make a better living.

Over the past nearly two years, Author Cats has been in secret-underground-development in coffee shops in the US and England to make sure it was best darn cat it could be (conversations with authors, research, testing, testing and even more testing followed by slightly more testing).

Then came beta testing and more improvements to nail the exact features authors need.

Then came our first mini-launch which is always an anxious time for any entrepreneur.

Nick created a waitlist and what we did is offer special lifetime access to 20 people (meaning they purchase once and get access forever).

We didn’t want to let in too many people at first in case there were secret bugs we missed or other chaos.

What happened?

20 spots were gone in 9 mins the day we opened it up October 20th.

And the response from those first 20 has been huge including many getting up a fully functioning (and extremely well designed) site in just a few hours.

Check these babies (and by babies I mean killer websites) out:

(whoop that’s Nick’s!)

We are tingly with all kinds of happiness. Especially excited about the high-quality design AND speed (meaning from scratch to website for many in less than 8 hours…ready to grow readership and sell books).

What happens now?

Just around the corner is the grand opening on November 29th. We will be offering one opportunity for a few days to get lifetime access for a crazy price and after that (just like Course Cats and Conversion Cats) we move to nice affordable quarterly and yearly plans.

I’ve been told I’m not allowed to reveal more 🙂

If you are an entrepreneur/biz enthusiast…I hope you enjoyed the story behind the company and maybe it sparked some ideas and inspiration for you. If you are an author and want to make sure you are in the loop and get access you will definitely want to sign up for the waitlist to make sure you get the special grand opening deal:

Cat are taking over the world,
DSG

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Wanted to do something a little bit different today and share with you the story behind our new piece of software that’s about to drop like it’s hot: Author Cats.  So, um we have a new piece of software coming out and it is going to change the game for authors… (aka what we’ve secretly […]https://yangwang.info/davids-blog/author-cats/
Team RISE is hiring - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/8FExPvGxVPs/David's BlogDavid Siteman GarlandMon, 13 Nov 2017 13:49:38 PSThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13452We’re looking for the newest member of our team: Marketing Coordinator

We’re looking for someone who thrives on the feel-good satisfaction of seeking out new lead generating avenues, believes they are a master of cold-emailing, and laughs in the face of danger (ahem, analyzing marketing data)…

If you think that describes YOU… then read on, my friend.

This is a completely virtual position. This means you can work wherever your heart desires, whether that be your kitchen table, the coffee shop, or your Grandma’s basement. 

Ultimately, this position is a starting point for the Marketing Coordinator role. If we feel you’re a great fit to the team, there is definitely room for growth. We welcome applications from those looking for full-time gigs, as an internal member of the RISE team.

 

About The Rise To The Top (& me, David Siteman Garland)

You can find the long version story over here, but here’s what it’s all about:

I help people create & sell online courses, with thousands of students in over 100 countries who have created successful courses on everything from kindergarten teaching to snowboarding. I have created a proven system to help awesome entrepreneurs escape the world of trading dollars for hours, and instead create freedom-based businesses (so they can live their freakin’ life).

To keep things rolling with our products and programs, we come up with short and long-term marketing plans, run strategic ad campaigns, and we offer KILLER affiliate program opportunities (and join up for webinar parties-of-fun).

That’s where you come in.

 

Here’s what we need:

  • KILLER attention to detail, to analyze existing sales funnels as well as marketing trends within the industry and recommend changes to marketing based on analysis and feedback.
  • Engage our target peeps on social media and deepen relationships with all media to ensure the most effective messaging and positioning of the RISE team and mission.
  • Lead direction of all areas of content generation and production across all media platforms.
  • Management and creation of promotional calendar, ensuring there is a healthy, consistent stream of internal live promotions and joint ventures scheduled.
  • More-than-a-little background in marketing, with some copywriting savvy thrown into the mix, so we can speak effectively to the unique audiences you help us find.
  • A team player, who doesn’t take life too seriously (only serious enough to be a marketing master, of course). Our Marketing Coordinator will be working with pretty much all of the RISE team members on a daily basis, and we like to like the people we work with. Jerkfaces need not apply.

 

Here’s what you need…

  • You are self-motivated, and can get your work done effectively and independently. Our team is fully virtual, and we all rely on each other to get things done with great time management skills so we can put it all together and deliver the best products and service possible.
  • You are confident in your ability to make decisions on your own, and in turn know when to ask for advice or direction.
  • You are technologically savvy, nimble, and open to learning new online platforms. We use very specific platforms for all of our processes, and we need you to hop on board.
  • You are a solution seeker. Our valued customers rely on you find them, speak to the problems they are facing, and help them find our products and programs to give them the freedom they are looking for.
  • You identify problems and do your best to solve them. This industry is constantly changing, and Team RISE works together to stay on top. No matter what position you hold on the team, we want you to be invested in the future of The Rise To The Top, and work with the team to put our best foot forward.

 

Why work with The Rise To The Top?

  1. We love what we do, and bring passion and fire to the table every day. This is anything but a boring desk job.
  2. The Rise To The Top was named the 938th fastest-growing privately owned company in America by Inc. Magazine on the 2107 Inc. 5000 list (not to brag or anything).
  3. You have tons of freedom. When I say you can work from anywhere, I kid you not. All you need is reliable internet connection, and I’m happy.
  4. We are constantly striving to better the company, our mission, and move toward healthy, happy growth. We want you to invest in the company; we’ll invest in you.
  5. You will join the mission to help thousands of people build a business to allow for a life they really love and deserve. It’s life-changing, and the success stories never get old (ever).

 

Your next steps:

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Please send your updated resume over to Alyssa@TheRiseToTheTop.com (our Operations Manager), with the subject line “Marketing Coordinator Resume”

 

Hope to see you on Team RISE soon,

DSG

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We’re looking for the newest member of our team: Marketing Coordinator We’re looking for someone who thrives on the feel-good satisfaction of seeking out new lead generating avenues, believes they are a master of cold-emailing, and laughs in the face of danger (ahem, analyzing marketing data)… If you think that describes YOU… then read on, my friend. This is […]https://yangwang.info/davids-blog/marketing-coordinator/
How to get out of a rut - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/-ASQJPaBc6o/David's BlogDavid Siteman GarlandWed, 04 Oct 2017 14:31:10 PDThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13420Inevitably it is going to happen.

Maybe once or twice a year. Maybe more often…but there is that ever-so-not-fun…RUT.

You know the feeling. Not as motivated (which is a nice way of putting it…). Staring at your computer screen and getting a warm glass of nothing done. Taking 2 days to respond to an email that should take less than 30 seconds. Moping around. Feeling the ole burnout.

While having an online business is seriously the best thing ever, there are also challenges. You have to be self-motivated like. All. The. Time. Sometimes you might not interact with people for, well, days. Or who knows what else.

So, how do you get your sexy back?

1. First of all, deep breath and remind yourself…this happens to EVERYONE that has a business. I don’t care who you are. I don’t care how much energy you have. I don’t care if you are just getting started or a gazillionaire…it happens.

2. Also, realize no matter what that this is temporary and a test. Like working out, not every day will you feel your best. I was joking the other day imagine if you ONLY worked out when you felt literally 100% (perfect diet, perfect sleep, perfect time of day, etc.). How often would workout (spoiler alert: not much)? Like everything, the moping and rut will pass. And remember that when things AREN”T going so well that’s a real test of strength (when everything is perfect….everything is easy).

3. Get back to focusing on your WHY. WHY are you in business and doing what you are doing? I bet it is a combo of wanting financial freedom, schedule freedom and helping people. But remember to reconnect with it. Read through success stories or nice emails people have sent you. Revisit big and small goals you are working towards. Have a coffee with someone that wants to learn from you and just give freely (you’d be surprised how much this can energize you). Rekindle that spark and motivation. Just be honest with yourself. Whether your motivation is to buy some bling bling, have time to sit and watch paint dry or to tell people that said you couldn’t do it to shove it…own it.

4. Switch it up. While good habits are great to get into (i.e. working at the same time every day or working from the same place), switching it up when in a rut has powerful results. Change is the spice of life. I’m sure someone said that at some point if not I’ll take credit 😉 That means (depending on your situation) changing the coffee shop you go to or even working from a hotel lobby or a park or floating on a raft (not recommended as that will mess up your laptop). If you are ALWAYS on your computer first thing in the morning, switch it up and do something else and switch the part of the day you work. These small changes can be jolting (in a good way as in bye-bye rut).

5. Go after other passions and things that bring you joy. Yes, I know you are busy. *Golf clap* We are all busy. I never run into anyone that says “I’m just so NOT busy I have so much time and energy for everything!” But, is there a hobby you can bring back or a new one to try? A sport? An activity? Dancing lessons? For me, I love playing softball and now about once a week my dad and I go out and hit batting practice together in the middle of the day. It’s fun, a stress reliever and gets the brain off work. How does that help you get out of a work rut? When you do things that energize you, you’d be surprised how it affects everything else. For example, yesterday after hitting with my dad and having lunch, I did about 5 hours of work in less than 2 hours. Try it.

And finally, don’t expect overnight results (and rut be magically gone) but I promise you if you focus on those 5 things that rut will be outta here before you know it and you will be back to your sexy self.

-DSG

PS: If you like this, remember to save it for next time you are in a rut (print it out, tattoo it, whatever) #rutbusting

PPS: Join me for my most popular course creating FREE webinar/masterclass: 7 Steps To Creating, Promoting & Profiting From Online Courses.

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Inevitably it is going to happen. Maybe once or twice a year. Maybe more often…but there is that ever-so-not-fun…RUT. You know the feeling. Not as motivated (which is a nice way of putting it…). Staring at your computer screen and getting a warm glass of nothing done. Taking 2 days to respond to an email […]https://yangwang.info/davids-blog/rut/
The Passion Controversy - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/g583egLg1qM/David's BlogDavid Siteman GarlandMon, 02 Oct 2017 11:36:41 PDThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13410As I was sipping (READ: draining) my iced coffee today I was thinking about one of the age-old debates:

Money vs. Passion.

Some folks REALLY believe you don’t have to be passionate about your business to be successful. You just have to be passionate about…well…being successful.

Others REALLY believe that you better be freaking passionate about your business or you will go down the tubes faster than…um something that goes down the tubes fast.

When it comes to this, I take a very hard line SPECIFICALLY when it comes to an online personal brand (or “expert”) and online course business (mediapreneurs…hey that’s all of us).

Ready for it?

You better be freaking passionate about your topic & your business…or you will be out of business.

My quote from 2010 that “money follows passion and not the other way around” is as true today as it ever was.

Why?

Because this business is YOU. You are teaching. You are creating content. You are forming relationships with people on your email list (and real life of course).

If you aren’t passionate about the topic you are teaching? Someone else is and they are going to win. Meaning if you are teaching how to jump higher but you don’t care that much about jumping higher…there is someone else out there who eats, sleeps and breathes jumping higher. He has read every book. He talks endlessly to anyone who will listen about it. He is out there practicing himself. He is creating cool videos on jumping higher. He has a jumping higher course. When he sees something up in the sky he tries to jump and touch it. You get the idea.

If you aren’t passionate about building a successful business on your terms? Then you will skip things like “marketing” and “making money.”

That’s no good. No good at all.

How about people that are passionate about building a business but not passionate about the topic they are teaching…what happens to them? Those are the folks you see skipping around from topic to topic month after month, year after year. This month they are teaching dog training and next month they are teaching water aerobics. They have zero traction.

So what do you do?

-If you’ve found that passionate topic…stay there in your zone. For example, I love showing people how to create freedom-based businesses through online courses (work from anywhere, on your terms, not trading time for money and helping people get results). That’s where I focus 100%. Things like creating online courses, building a passionate audience/email list, etc. That’s my happy place. Are there days I face burnout when facing the same question for the 4,000th time that week? Absolutely. But I’m talking LONG TERM here.

-If you haven’t found that passionate topic…keep looking. I hate to say “when you know you know” but it is so true. Same with a significant other. Best way to do it is by continuing to experiment, create content and products, etc. All will become clear and when it does become clear…you have to STICK WITH IT.

And next time someone tells you “you don’t have to be passionate” politely smile, slowly turn around and run away. Fast.

-DSG

PS: Join me for my most popular course creating FREE webinar/masterclass: 7 Steps To Creating, Promoting & Profiting From Online Courses.

Learn that same process I used to go from 0-$5,000,000+ in online course sales in the last few years (even though I had no clue what to do when I was getting started and had every doubt in the world LOL) and what over 3,500 of my students have used to create profitable courses on every topic under the sun from clarinet lessons for adults to teaching English to Hungarians.

 

 

 

 

There is a killer Q&A session, giveaways, surprises and MUCH MORE (I’ve got all kinds of goodies up my sleeve of fun).

Register up right here and join the party.

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As I was sipping (READ: draining) my iced coffee today I was thinking about one of the age-old debates: Money vs. Passion. Some folks REALLY believe you don’t have to be passionate about your business to be successful. You just have to be passionate about…well…being successful. Others REALLY believe that you better be freaking passionate about […]https://yangwang.info/davids-blog/the-passion-controversy/
What’s a “good” conversion rate for an online course? - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/_AUmONtCFSI/DSG TVDavid Siteman GarlandMon, 16 Oct 2017 13:35:50 PDThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13337This one comes up….alllllll the time. 

What’s a “good” conversion rate for an online course? 

Meaning, when your promote your course…what % buying would be considered good?

Is it 1%? 5%? 1-million%? Something else?

Find out in today’s DSG TV!

Want to know how to create, promote & profit from your own online course (even if you have no idea what you are doing and are super scared of technology)?

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This one comes up….alllllll the time.  What’s a “good” conversion rate for an online course?  Meaning, when your promote your course…what % buying would be considered good? Is it 1%? 5%? 1-million%? Something else? Find out in today’s DSG TV! Want to know how to create, promote & profit from your own online course (even […]https://yangwang.info/dsg-tv/conversion/
How to Deal with Unsolicited Feedback & Advice - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/Pj22C3kPOkA/DSG TVDavid Siteman GarlandMon, 16 Oct 2017 13:35:26 PDThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13321Only thing as sure as death and taxes… is unsolicited feedback.

Inevitably you are going to get some. Someone will offer their big fat opinion without you asking for it. It could be on anything…your hair, your online course, your website, your email, your dog.

So…what do you do?
Do you listen to it? Ignore it?

My big tip in today’s DSG TV.

Want to know how to create, promote & profit from your own online course (even if you have no idea what you are doing and are super scared of technology)?

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Only thing as sure as death and taxes… is unsolicited feedback. Inevitably you are going to get some. Someone will offer their big fat opinion without you asking for it. It could be on anything…your hair, your online course, your website, your email, your dog. So…what do you do? Do you listen to it? Ignore […]https://yangwang.info/dsg-tv/feedback-advice/
Online Course Tips: - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/oZIfxo6zlc4/DSG TVDavid Siteman GarlandMon, 16 Oct 2017 13:35:06 PDThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13312

Want to know how to create, promote & profit from your own online course (even if you have no idea what you are doing and are super scared of technology)?

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Want to know how to create, promote & profit from your own online course (even if you have no idea what you are doing and are super scared of technology)? Sign up for my free training right here: TheRiseToThetop.com/learnonlinecourses Shazam. Sign up HERE to get new episodes sent straight to your inbox!https://yangwang.info/dsg-tv/findtime/
Online Course Tips: - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/NwVjkB7lA38/DSG TVDavid Siteman GarlandMon, 16 Oct 2017 13:34:48 PDThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13296

Want to know how to create, promote & profit from your own online course (even if you have no idea what you are doing and are super scared of technology)?

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Everything In Business - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/GJiTb8-asEw/DSG TVDavid Siteman GarlandMon, 16 Oct 2017 13:31:32 PDThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13274

DSG TV is #*{^’n back!
Talking biz, online marketing, online courses, webinars, #mediapreneurship 
and oh so much more. You better tell yo mama or someone like your mama.

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DSG TV is #*{^’n back! Talking biz, online marketing, online courses, webinars, #mediapreneurship and oh so much more. You better tell yo mama or someone like your mama. Sign up HERE to get new episodes sent straight to your inbox!https://yangwang.info/dsg-tv/slow/
A big tip for entrepreneurs: It’s OK to say no - yangwang.infohttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRiseToTheTopBlog/~3/NmNOfohP0BI/DSG TVDavid Siteman GarlandWed, 21 Jun 2017 14:32:37 PDThttps://yangwang.info/?p=13245

WHOOP bringing videos back 🙂 Let me know if you want to see more of ‘em as I’ve got all kinds of tidbits for you.

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WHOOP bringing videos back 🙂 Let me know if you want to see more of ‘em as I’ve got all kinds of tidbits for you.https://yangwang.info/dsg-tv/ok-to-say-no/