Why You Need a Community to Successfully Build Your Platform

When I was young, a boy could get a copy of D.C. Beard’s American Boy’s Handy Book, and girls could get The American Girl’s Handy Book (though I knew less about that one for obvious reasons).

Platform University Members Home Page

Platform University Members Home Page

Books like these and many others, including the more recent Dangerous Book for Boys, provide tons of information on all sorts of projects.

5 Reasons You Can Build a Platform Faster, Easier, and Bigger Than Ever Before

A little over a year ago, we launched Platform University. Since that time, it has been fascinating to watch how the world of platform-building has changed.

Michael Hyatt Working at His Desk

Working at the Desk in My Library

If you want the short version, it is this: platform building is getting easier every year. For the first time in history, ordinary people can build a real business or take their existing business to a new level.

Which of These 5 Platform-Building Stages Are You In Now?

If there is one frustration that I hear more than any other from people working on their platform, it’s that they’re not going far enough fast enough. They get stuck on being stuck and discouraged whenever someone goes flying by.

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My grandson, Jonah, age three

If you’re one of these people, you’re in luck. My grandson Jonah has the answer.

He’s only three years old but zooms past older kids at the park on his little two-wheeler. Unlike a lot of those older kids, he doesn’t have training wheels on his bike. They’re astonished when he zips by, peddling like he’s going to win the Tour de France.

How I Increased My Income by 250% While Spending More Time with Family and Friends

When I left the corporate suite at Thomas Nelson I planned to write and speak full time. And that’s exactly what I did at first. One year in fact I gave over 40 keynotes. It felt great! It also felt totally, utterly, completely exhausting.

Me with My Wife, Gail, and Five Daughters

Six Reasons to Stay Home More—My Wife, Gail, and Five Daughters

I had come to the realization that, even as an executive in a major corporation, ultimately all of us are freelancers. Some just have more customers than others. And the more customers you have the better chance you have at thriving in uncertain times.

5 Reasons You’re Not Getting Traction with Your Platform

Whenever I talk with bloggers, podcasters, and other online platform builders, they express a common frustration: they are not seeing their audience grow. They seem to be stuck at their current level.

Can’t Get Any Traction

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For example, one of the most popular features at Platform University is our “Member Makeover.” This is where my daughter Megan and I review one of our member’s platforms, including their website(s) and social media channels.

5 Insights from My Reader Survey and What They Mean for You

Last November, I launched my most recent Reader Survey. This is the fourth year I have gone through this exercise. I have benefited enormously each time. Ultimately, I think it also benefits you, because it helps me improve the content I create, whether on this blog, my podcast, or elsewhere.

My Reader Survey Results

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More than twenty-eight hundred people participated in the survey—almost double the number that took my last one. This was particularly surprising given the fact that I asked almost twice the number of questions (fifty-three as compared to thirty).

#076: An Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk [Podcast]

This is something I have never done on my podcast—an interview. However, this opportunity was too good to pass up.

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image courtesy of Gary Vaynerchuk

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Gary Vaynerchuk, author of the new bestseller, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.

This is one one of the best social media books I have read in a long time. In fact, I had a hard time getting through it, because I kept stopping to implement Gary’s step-by-step recommendations.

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Wanted: WordPress Setup Testimonies

Thanks for your help. We had a tremendous response to this request for help. We have all the testimonies we need for right now.

I am in the process of creating an audio ad for my free screencast, “Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less.” I plan to run this in my podcast and possibly some radio ads.

Make My Phone Ring

I want to include some short audio testimonies from real users in the ad itself.

If you used my screencast to setup your own WordPress blog, I want to hear from you. This is a chance for you to promote your blog to my audience.

Replay of the Platform-Building Teleseminar with Jeff Goins

Several months ago, I hosted a teleseminar with Jeff Goins. If you don’t know, Jeff is a full-time author, blogger, and speaker. I wanted to re-post it here as a way of introducing you to his Tribe Writers course (more about that in a minute).

Jeff Goins at the Platform Conference

We had some technical challenges in the call when we were both suddenly dropped by Skype—twice!—but we kept forging ahead. Regardless, Jeff shared some powerful content for anyone who is serious about building an online platform.

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Specifically, Jeff explained how he:

3 Simple (but Powerful) Website Design Tips for Any Business Owner

This is a guest post by Brian Casel. He is web designer and author of Design for Conversions, a book to help startups design a better marketing site. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Your business’ website is everything. So how do you make sure it’s designed to perform its primary duty—converting visitors to customers? Let’s find out…

Website Design Tips For Any Business Owner

Whether you’re designing your own website from scratch, using an off-the-shelf theme, or hiring a designer to create your website, you’ll need to end up in the same place: with a website that performs for your business.