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Episode #194: Making LinkedIn Part of Your Sales Process with John Bellamy

Many of us have a love-hate relationship with LinkedIn; we’ve all got profiles, and we get connection requests, sure—but do we really know what we’re doing with it? With a decade of experience, todays’s guest, John Bellamy is here to show how to profit from LinkedIn and turn it into a money making machine. Background A fellow Aussie, John Bellamy is from the Gold Coast, and while recording this episode he confirmed he was actively wearing board shorts. Apart from that, his career...


Episode #193 - From Freelancer to Starting Your Own Agency with Alex Price

How do you go from dropping out of university and paying bills by doing odd freelance jobs to running an award-winning WordPress development agency? 93Digital founder and managing director Alex Price is here to tell us how. After breaking into the world of freelance development at just 19 years old, Alex has rapidly expanded his one-man WordPress business into a thriving agency in the heart of London, where a team of developers and designers create websites for such high-profile clients as...


Episode #192 - Bet On Your Strengths and Find Your Community with Nathan Ingram

One of the best things about WordPress is the tight-knit, supportive community of designers and developers that has sprung up around it over the years—so how can you make the most of it for your business? Nathan Ingram, WordPress business coach and head of training at iThemes, is here to tell us. Appearing on this episode with a wall of lanyards from past WordCamps behind him, Nathan is a familiar face at WordPress community events all over the US these days. Even though he fell into...


Episode #191 - Colin Hewitt and Float Have the Answer to Your Cash Flow Problems

Cash Flow Problems Colin Hewitt is no stranger to the struggles business owners face in trying to manage cash flow. That’s how he came up with the idea for Float six years ago. After graduating from university with a degree in Computer Science, and after a year of freelancing, Colin decided to launch a digital agency. It was here that he gained first-hand experience in the issue he would eventually solve. In order to get a sense for his business’s cash flow, Colin first managed his...


Episode #190 - Fixing Your Mindset and Achieving Greatness with Nick Cownie

Neuro-Linguistic Processing, or NLP, is one of the many psychological coaching tools out there that some people completely swear by, while others think it’s just another pop-psychology fad. Our guest Nick Cownie, armed with a clinical background, has made a name for himself by distilling a lot of overwrought NLP techniques down to just their most essential components, and he’s here to tell us about how to put them to good use—and tell us a harrowing tale of being kidnapped and left in the...


Episode #189 - Dominate Your Niche and Become an Authority with Matt Johnson

So many of us take pride in offering high-touch, customized service experiences for our clients, where everything is tailored to each client’s specific needs—so why is this week’s guest finding so much success doing the opposite with his product? Matt Johnson, of Pursuing Results, is a former WordPress developer who pivoted his business into a podcast production company, and he offers his production services as a full-package, standardized product. He sat down to talk with us about what...


Episode #188 - Entrepreneur Adam Jelic and The Power of a Paper Planner

In a world with more distractions than ever before, people are flocking to productivity apps and organization tools to try to keep themselves on-task from day to day. With messages, articles, ads and notifications competing for our attention every minute, it’s no surprise that we’re jumping at the promise of a high-tech solution to help us manage our priorities. However is getting your life together really a matter of finding the right app to do it for you? Entrepreneur Adam Jelic doesn’t...


Episode #187 - Exploring Risks and Rewards with WordPress Instructor Dave Foy

You can’t be a successful entrepreneur without learning to love sleazy sales tactics and marketing yourself like crazy, right? Wrong! It really doesn't have to be that way. This week's guest, Dave Foy is nothing short of an icon in WordPress design circles, and he’s pretty popular with us here at WP Elevation. Despite his humble beginnings as an HTML hobbyist in the late 90s, he’s made a serious name for himself as an instructor with his Design Build Web online courses and YouTube...


Episode #186 - Mike Michalowicz and the Importance of Putting Profit First

Watch the video of this podcast here. Profit First: A Lesson Learned The recording above is a lengthy one, but I’ll try to do it justice by summarizing the essential bits for you here. Be sure to watch it in full as Mike not only digs into his history as an entrepreneur but also tells the story of what motivated him to begin writing books about profit. I suspect many of you will have experienced similar lessons of your own at some point. Mike’s Story Money matters a great deal in the...


Episode #185 - Meet Our Elevators - Jamie Hill

Watch the video of this podcast here. A Brief Intro to Jamie Hill Jamie Hill considers himself a dad (to three kids, two dogs, and two cats) first and a business owner second. He and his wife partnered together six years ago to purchase and operate iNovate Marketing, a web design and marketing agency. While it’s seen lots of success in that time, it wasn’t allowing Jamie to focus on his top priority very well. Before the Blueprint Like the influencers he follows (Gary Vaynerchuk and...


Episode #184 - Meet Our Elevators - Monique Dubbelman

Watch the video of this podcast here. A Brief Background for Monique Dubbelman Monique Dubbelman has played a role in design for a few decades now. Back in the late ‘80s, she trained to be a graphical engineer. That role eventually led to management positions in the print industry, which eventually gave way to the digital world we all know and work in now. After print died down, Monique made a decision to move away, both literally and figuratively, from her work. She moved to the...


Episode #183 - Meet Our Elevators - Shane Syddall

Watch the video of this podcast here. A Brief Introduction to Shane Syddall Shane Syddall unofficially entered the digital marketing space nine years ago when he began designing websites for clients. The number of clients who asked for help outside of web design was increasing, so he pivoted his business three years ago to focus on digital marketing services such as SEO. He currently owns and operates Sparta Digital which brings digital marketing and web design services to small...


Episode #182 - Meet Our Elevators - Bret Phillips

Watch the video of this podcast here. A Bit About Bret Phillips Bret Phillips began (like so many of us do in this space) believing he could launch a full-service agency and handle it all on his own. As we all know, however, that can be a very difficult feat to pull off. Eventually, he decided to scale his Web Devils agency back to something smaller and more focused; specifically, it became a custom WordPress development business. It wasn’t until he entered the Blueprint program and got...


Episode #181 - Peter Freeman Talks About Tourism, Tools, and Task Delegation

Watch the video of this podcast here. Introducing Peter Freeman… Again Peter Freeman is no stranger to the WP Elevation podcast. He first made an appearance back in episode 36. He joined Troy in this latest episode - the first one ever filmed live in the Silence Is Golden studio - to talk about his experience as the Director of Digital at an Australia-based tourism marketing agency. (How is that for a niche?) Why Tourism Marketing? Woof Media didn’t initially begin life as a tourism...


Episode #180 - Meet Our Elevators - Jasmine Andrews

Watch the video of this podcast here. Introducing Jasmine Andrews Jasmine launched her business (now dubbed Brain Candy Consulting) back in 2011, around the time her first child was born. She didn’t have much experience inside of WordPress aside from personal projects she used it for, but she was able to leverage it in one of her first major projects. Her Big Break Jasmine’s first client (a referral from her technical writing days) wanted help updating a book and converting it to Kindle...


Episode #178 - Meet Our Elevators - Jennifer Dopazo

Watch the video of this podcast here. A Bit About Jennifer Dopazo Jennifer Dopazo is the Founder and Creative Director of Candelita, a branding and design studio that serves female business owners and influencers who want to take their companies to the next level. Before Blueprint Before implementing the Blueprint course, Jennifer worked mostly in isolation and was highly protective of her agency’s processes and services. Since joining, all that has changed. These days, she works fewer...


Episode #177 - Eugene Terk Talks Scaling Business with Align Today and Rock Habits

Watch the video of this podcast here. An Introduction to Align Today Eugene starts by telling us a bit about Align Today which is a cloud-based solution developed by a New Orleans-based entrepreneur and his business coach. The founders attempted to implement Rockefeller Habits for the purposes of scaling business, however, they struggled with the limitations posed by tools like Microsoft Word and Excel. As a result, they took the Rockefeller Habits and developed a SaaS solution that would...


Episode #176 - Meet our Elevators - Tara Johnson

Watch the video of this podcast here. A Bit of Background Tara's business, AlchemyThree, is a small business that she runs out of an office in Massachusetts. Tara and her small team concentrate on small to medium sized businesses particularly female-owned businesses as she loves helping women to step into their power and succeed. Her business focuses on digital marketing, web design and maintenance. Tara started as a photographer and hated computers for a long time. She only wanted to...


Episode #175 - Meet our Elevators - Joe Howard

Watch the video of this podcast here. About WP Buffs Joe has a team of nine people doing everything from the tech work to content marketing across five time zones! He says it's fun and challenging. Troy and Joe start the conversation off by talking about remote teams and why it’s a game changer to meet up with your virtual staff. They then move onto why Joe chose to join the Blueprint course six months ago. The WP Elevation Community Joe thinks that as he has grown WP Buffs that one of...


Episode #179 - Kirk Deis Talks Client Feedback, The Bug Squasher, and Rap Music

Watch the video of this podcast here. A Brief Introduction to Kirk Deis Kirk Deis is the founder and CEO of Treehouse 51, a digital marketing agency based out of Newport Beach, California. Although the company is relatively young, Kirk and his team have already experienced many of the issues that most of us in the web development and marketing space face with clients. This is how The Bug Squasher came to be. The Bug Squasher Origin Story Kirk was building a website for a client who...