5 ways to make money podcasting

This post was originally published on Dec. 20, 2018, and was updated on Oct. 29, 2020.

For the past few years, podcasting has seen a phenomenal surge in growth. More and more people are starting their first podcast, whether it’s a platform to share a personal passion, have conversations and interviews with others in their field or simply to build their brand. While we’re seeing an increase in podcasts — especially in the current isolated climate — there is also a rise in the number of ways one can make money podcasting.

5 ways to make money podcasting

Here’s a look at the five top ways to make money from podcasting:

  1. Seek out sponsorship and ads.
  2. Embrace affiliate marketing.
  3. Consider creating protected content.
  4. Accept donations.
  5. Build your brand.

Related: How to podcast — A complete guide to starting and growing a podcast

1. Seek out sponsorships and ads

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5 best WordPress plugins for selling digital courses

With a pandemic currently disrupting in-person learning and conference events, digital learning has taken a center stage. And with over 455 million websites using WordPress, many educators are looking to leverage their existing WordPress sites for digital learning. Luckily, there are quite a few helpful WordPress plugins for selling digital courses to help those educators out.

From former school teachers to local mom and pop business owners, it seems like everyone is getting in on the digital course train these days. And, why shouldn’t they? According to Statista, projections show the e-learning market worldwide is forecast to surpass 243 billion U.S. dollars by 2022.

Digital courses are a brilliant way to monetize your knowledge online.

 

In fact, as luck would have it, while researching to write this very post, an email popped into my inbox titled “12 Reasons You Need to Create a Digital Course.”

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Optimizing communication with web designers

Of course you hope to find the perfect web designer: someone with exceptional technical chops, who is also personable, responsive, detail-oriented, a great business partner, and optimally, a mind-reader who anticipates your every need.

Many pros educate clients around relationship success factors, specifying everything from preferred image formats, to allowable days, times, and methods to contact them. In addition to those expectations, I assure you, the clients who make my A-list are the ones who go above and beyond in how they plan and implement communications with me.

Read on for 10 tips to accelerate your ascension to the top of your web designer’s “Most Favored Client” list.

Related: A web designer’s tips for communicating with freelance designers

1. Be forward-thinking

Certainly you’ll send content updates, but also keep your web designer informed about non-content items affecting the website. What do I mean by non-content? Each of these … Read more

5 places where you’d never expect to get hacked

For every gleaming new IoT device that hits the market, a hacker somewhere is figuring out how to compromise it. Today, even routine activities can land you in the sights of a bad actor.

Imagine what a bad day could look like in these days of ubiquitous connectivity… it’d play like some dystopian grindhouse film.

What an appropriate way to head into Halloween and conclude Cybersecurity Awareness Month! If you’re ready for a good cyber-scare, let’s look at five real-life scenarios where you’d never expect to get hacked — but just might.

1. Waiting to check out

It’s a busy morning at the grocery store and six people are in line ahead of you. The person in front exclaims she’s lost her credit card, and then apologetically moves toward the back of the line. You find it strangely un-Covid as she brushes by you and other shoppers.

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7 small business network security tips

This post was originally published on Oct. 19, 2018, and was updated on Oct. 27, 2020.

Have you ever had your email or social media hacked? It’s upsetting, and the results can be devastating, both personally and professionally. That’s why I’ve put together these small business network security tips to help keep your accounts secure.

Chances are you operate certain aspects of your business from within your home, on your mobile device or through a shared network at your office or coworking space. The beauty of the internet is that it enables us to accomplish tasks efficiently and effectively in the moment, so we can continue to focus on the core functionalities of our business. That being said, it’s important that we understand and remain vigilant of the risks of being connected to the internet.

So let’s talk small business network security.

Related: Understanding Online Security Threats

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