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I finally finished my first podcast episode which is now live on iTunes (please review it). In this first podcast episode I share my story on how I got started earning money online. I cover how I got started building an online business way back in the late 90’s while selling Pokemon cards on eBay all the way up to discussing some of the ways I make money today by using Amazon’s affiliate program, Google Adsense, creating and selling information products, buying and selling websites, and running a variety of different blogs and websites.

This first episode is just me and a mic, but in almost every future podcast episode I’ll be talking with other internet entrepreneurs who are killing it online in various markets. On the podcast my goal is to encourage you to build and improve your own online business through the lessons gleaned from these episodes. I had a lot of fun recording this session and am looking forward to doing many more in the future.

Items Discussed In This Episode:

Google Adsense
Amazon Associates
Selling Websites
Niche Profit Course
Information Products

How To Get The Podcast:

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or via RSS to get future episodes automatically

Download the podcast MP3 here (Right Click + Save As)

What I’d like from you:

Final request, after you’re done listening please leave me an honest rating or review on iTunes. This will help get the podcast out to more people to listen to and I really appreciate the feedback. Feel free to share some comments in the blog below as well.

Review the podcast on iTunes

Special thanks to Doug Turkel over at Unnouncer for the podcast intro beats and voicework!

Read The Transcription:

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46 comments… add one

  1. Fascinating stuff, Chris!

    Nice intro and extremely inspiring talk on how you make money online, starting out.

    Looking forward to more podcasts from you.

    I’m a transcriptionist and looking for ways to make money online using my skills.

    I think it’s not realistic for people to try and replicate successful bloggers and online entrepreneurs. They have to look at themselves and figure out what skills they have that they can offer to others online.

    That’s my approach to making money online rather than trying to be the next Problogger or Copyblogger or Chris Guthrie!

    1. Hey Carey, I just emailed you via the email you used to comment here. That was something I was thinking about adding later but frankly I just got so burnt out on all the other steps it took to set this up that I didn’t do it this time. I do think I should get them transcribed. Will talk to you via email.

      1. Hey Chris, just replied your mail.

        1. Sounds good thanks!

  2. Hey Chris, I enjoyed your podcast =)

    I think building an online business is attractive to gamers because there’s so many tools to “keep score” like analytics and obviously amazon and adsense earnings.

    1. Hey Jerry,

      Yah it’s like a real world version of monopoly :D lol

  3. Great job Chris, loved the first episode and have already subscribed for more! Well done, excellent content and really good sound quality. You just made my morning commutes easier!

    Thank You

    All the best and good luck.

    Marty Green

    1. Hey Marty,

      Glad you enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to future shows for sure. I have a couple shows already recorded with guests that I’ll be releasing that were more fun to do than just talk by myself hah hah, but I figured that’d be a good way to start the show off at least.


  4. Chris I thought the podcast great, I’m not a big reader so the audio presentation is a bonus for me. Looking forward to more, you have a great product and this old dog wants to learn new tricks. Five stars in my book. As Hancock would say, “Good Job!”

    1. Hey Robert,

      That’s great I’m glad you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing some more comments from you as well. :D


  5. Hey Chris,

    I thought the podcast was great and it is going to be good for all your readers. I really like the idea of podcasts because I can listen to them in the car, shower, or even while I get ready for bed at night.

    You really had a lot to say when you were on the podcast with Pat Flynn and thought that one was way too short. There is so much you can cover with a podcast and I am glad you are doing this.

    I can’t wait for your next podcast, Amazons affiliate program has always been my hardest thing to master and I am just starting to make regular sales so I hope your podcasts will really help me with building my Amazon business just like you have done here.

    1. Hey Adam,

      Yah the future podcasts will be a little longer. I just didn’t want this one going over on time as I was doing my entire history and I could talk a lot about various failures and successes in the past but then it’d go forever.

      Thanks for the feedback and if you’ve haven’t done so yet don’t forget to review the podcast on iTunes for me too :) the more reviews I get the more people should see the podcast in iTunes.

      1. Chris,

        I understand what you mean and it was great to hear where you came from and what we might expect to hear from you in the future.

  6. Great stuff Chris!

    Your delivery is very straightforward and to the point. I especially like the point you made about getting rid of clutter and focusing on building the business. I’m still struggling to stay focused. Hopefully these podcasts will keep me moving in the right direction. I’m looking forward to more podcastings in the future.


    1. Hey Michael,

      Nice to hear from you again and hope you’re doing well. Yes staying focused is a tough thing for me to do at times. I’m always thinking of new projects to work on and it can slow me down quite a bit :D


  7. Chris! Awesome Job on your first podcast episode. I think it’s great to take a step to the next level with a podcast now on your blog.

    I think its a really smart move as it will make your content more accessible and visible to readers like us!Im thinking of starting a podcast too, what you think?

    But before i start with podcasts, can you please tell me what sort of equipment do you use.. Like which Mic and softwares of edits??

    Awesome work


    1. Hey Hasan,

      To be honest it’s been a huge pain actually lol. I will write a blog post about my office and podcasting here very soon – thanks for the idea :)


  8. Chris,

    Congrats on the new podcast. Looking forward to hearing more as well as the interviews. Are you going to have a somewhat consistent release schedule? What frequency?

    1. Hey Jason,

      My plan is to do around 2 per month. It’s really dependent on just making sure I have stuff lined up and I’m not too busy working on the stuff that pays more of my bills. I’m primarily just doing the podcast for fun and because I get tired of sitting around in an office all day by myself hah hah so it’s just as much for me as it is for my listeners.

      I think if I did anything more than 2 per month that it’d be too distracting to my core business. Then again, perhaps people would prefer I do more – we shall see.


      1. For me, more is always better. I devour this stuff in 45 min each way commute. But if it means in 4 months, you’re burnt out or have run out of material then most definitely space it out. I think about every two weeks is good.

        1. I am confident I can do every two weeks or faster. I already have two podcasts recorded that I’m waiting to publish.

  9. Great first episode Chris. I listened to it before I went to bed last night. Really looking forward to the next one :)

    1. Hey Brendan, glad you enjoyed it and I’m very excited about the future episodes where it won’t just be me blabbing away :)

  10. I got started on eBay as well. I had 4 “niches” there where I totally new what I could get for certain things and I constantly looked for underpriced auctions that I could turn a profit on. I also was addicted to garage sales every weekend and selling my finds on Ebay.

    Those were fun times with LOTS of trips to the post office. But I make tons more doing IM and I haven’t sold anything on eBay for about 3 years. I even still have stuff I collected that I could sell but I am too lazy to put them up.

    1. Hey Jack,

      Yah I feel like a lot of people got started on eBay lol. I had a price list in my head for what every single NES game would sell for and I’d look for lots to buy and quickly calculate up the totals based on what I could piece them out for. Garage sales is still a good way to find stuff to sell as well particularly if you know a lot about prices on a wide range of things.

      Yah I remember the post office people always giving me a hard time when I’d come in with 50 plus envelopes.

      Side note: Any chance you’ll ever reveal your identity to us all? :D


  11. that was a really interesting podcast. I really like how you didn’t hide your failures or where it didn’t quite work out for you, those are the things where people can learn from! great to hear your successes too! :-)

    Looking forward to hearing your next one.

    1. Hey Andrew,

      How’s it going? – been a little while :) I’m really excited about the podcast and I’m glad you enjoyed it as well.


  12. Loved your podcast, I have heard your story many times and was happy to hear it again, very inspiring. I heard you on pat flynn’s podcast, who I love love love. I am so happy to have found another podcast to get completely addicted too! ThNks, keep at it!

    1. Hey Jordan,

      Thanks I’m glad you’re going to be listening regularly as well :)


  13. Hi Chris,
    Great first podcast. Good sound quality and nice background. I found your site through Pat Flynn’s podcast and I’m excited to see that you’re starting to podcast as well. I’m signed up.

    1. Hey Matthew,

      Thanks I’m glad you’re here :) – yah I spent a lot of time trying and buying various types of equipment until I finally found what I was looking for.


  14. This is David. Hello to all. As I am new to the internet and blogging in particular,I have a lot to sort out and to learn. Thankfully, bloggers are some of the classiest and most informative people anywhere. I need all of the information I can get and this post helps a whole lot. Thank You for posting this.

  15. Congratulations on the podcast, Chris! I have it bookmarked to listen to later today.

    Your sage advice is what’s helped me put my first membership site/online info product together – so I know there’s going to be some great and useful information for me to absorb here…

  16. Excellent podcast, Chris! I will be leaving some feedback on iTunes shortly, but I just wanted to comment and tell you how great your first show was. I really enjoy hearing about people’s stories… especially those of humble beginnings.

    By the way, since this is my first comment on your blog, let me just say that found you first through the Warrior Forum. After that, I heard your interview on Pat’s Smart Passive Income podcast. Then, I looked up your blog.

    Although I have already had my own success with Amazon, I am tempted to purchase your course to see if I can glean some nuggets of wisdom from your techniques… maybe I can ratchet my sites up a notch. Do you still offer the Azon theme with purchase, or has that offer expired?

    1. Hey Brad,

      Thanks for the comment and I’m glad you listened to the podcast and stopped by my blog. Yes the Azon Theme is currently free. I’m looking at potentially doing a second version of Niche Profit Course and expanding out some areas for people that wanted more info and when I do that I may remove the theme as a free bonus.


  17. Great info I really enjoy the 10 day email course. I’ve listened to a few of your podcasts and you seem like a genuine good guy that is just trying to share his knowledge and help others. Keep it up your doing great..

    1. Thanks Marc!

  18. This stuff is great Chris. I am just now getting started with Amazon as an affiliate. Your story is very inspiring and I am hoping to build a stay at home job with affiliate marketing focusing on Amazon. Thanks for the great content, including the podcast.

  19. Hello,
    thank you for taking a moment to read this. Before I buy another domain name, ah jeez again, I want to make sure I understand,” I buy a domaine, I write articles, post’em in info barrel and such with links back to similar products in my website. I do this a hundred or so times about quality items I’ve reviewed (I am going to be an Amazon Associate as you are) continue to post new info on the site and the article sites and “THEY WILL COME”? Yes?”
    It would not surprise me if I’m getting wrong. Please help me if you can. I’ve got to get this one right. I really do.
    Kindest Regards,
    P.S. The web site I noted above is just one of mine that I used to fill in the blank. It is not the one I’ll be using for Amazon TV’s and such. I have yet to purchase a domain and am frustrated trying to learn Market Samurai. Thanks

    1. There is more to it than that. Just go through the free course I have on my blog that’s why I have it :)

  20. 23rd August, 2014

    Hi Chris,
    Enjoying your book, about to listen to your podcast for the first time, actually it will be the first podcast I’ve ever listened to, but thats just semantics.
    I noticed that all of the mail from happy readers/listeners are dated three years ago. Chris, would you be a gentleman and reassure me that the you’ve kept the book up to date, along with the podcast?.
    I would greatly appreciate it f I knew that you were still around incase I got myself stuck, and that you aren’t lying on a beach someone nice, living off a bank account held by yourself under a shell company or three?
    Actually Chris it would be great news, proving beyond all doubt that your publications work!.
    I’ve not entered a url as yet due to my chosen name sites are sat in a trolley/cart over the bank holiday weekend. I’m not expecting to be a milionaire, but I would be more than happy with enough to pay the rent! I use that term to mean I would be content to make sure that I c a n pay the bills as nd, still have a few quid in my pocket. Anything more than that is a bonus!.
    Im taking a lot of info at the moment abd I have to admit I prefer your operating model over using a bulletproof viral marketing techniques to drive traffic where needed. Do you think viral marketing could be used to supplement my sites?, when I launch them I mean?
    kind regards Lynda

    1. Hey Lynda, probably updated that book about half a dozen times now. The thing that is always changing that isn’t really in the book is SEO strategies etc as those aren’t best covered in a book. But proper structure of a website etc is all fundamental stuff that is covered.

      I didn’t update the podcast episode though as that’s something that just covers my history and isn’t really meant for updating. I do new podcast episodes and those serve as updates to what I’m doing. Looking at doing more with just me and not just with a mic.

  21. Hi Chris
    Great job on your podcast.Looking forward to all your other info.My wife and I are retired and attempting to make some online income without much success and have tried about everything including Amazon.We are anxious to get into your Amazon training and find out what we are missing.We both feel our big miss is in traffic.We don’t have any problems with domains keywords etc, so maybe you will get us going in the right direction.See what you think of our blog.
    Max and Fran Thweatt

  22. Hello Chris,

    I am struggling and really neeed your help please I am new at this and ver confused.



  23. Hello Chris,

    I just signed up for your 10day course – Day1. I enjoyed listening to your podcast and is very inspiring for a starter where making money online is very new to me.
    My dad passed on his hobby of collecting used postal stamps that date back to WW1 from my country [PNG] and around the world. I have heaps of copies and I know are not around anymore, very rare that people would be interested to see, like antics :) I would like to start up a website that displays all these stamps. I am looking forward to your course outline that helps me put up a credible and interesting website on this.

    Thank you for helping me take the first step.


    1. Awesome :D

      You could probably make some money from the eBay Partner Network by auto displaying other stamps people can buy on auction sites.


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