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Michael Dunlop Interview: Voted ‘Most Likely to be a Millionaire’

Growing up with dyslexia in the United Kingdom, Michael Dunlop never much liked school. Michael DunlopThat didn’t stop him using it to earn him big money.

As an eight-year-old, Michael sold Pokémon trading cards to his schoolmates – often for ten times the price he paid for them. It was the beginning of a passion for business that earned him a handful of young business awards and his class’s vote for the student ‘Most Likely to be a Millionaire’.

At 16, Michael dropped out of school and began to develop websites, including RetireAt21.com. Today, Michael is 21 years old and, though he isn’t retired, he is netting six figures a year with his websites. His latest, IncomeDiary.com, has attracted over 10,000 subscribers – all eager to hear Michael’s hard-earned advice on how to turn everyday blogs into to profit powerhouses.

 

The following is a short excerpt from 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Volume 1).

Q: What has been the impact of personally meeting some of the top internet entrepreneurs – such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Yanik Silver, Carrie Wilkerson, and Bob Parsons?

A: Some of it is confidence. You feel like if you’re friends with these guys, there’s nothing really to be afraid of talking to anyone else. A lot of it is power by association. If you’re friends with one person, you’re friends with the others.

We [internet entrepreneurs] all have the same interests. We all want to work hard, make lots of money, and then enjoy it. So a lot of us click really well. They’ve also taught me plenty, recommended me to people, and opened doors for me. But I’m not friends with anyone just because of what they can do for me.

You can’t always get a real connection over the internet. I have some good friends online, but it’s different. Putting a face to someone really helps. It makes networking a lot easier. I don’t sell myself too well on the internet, because I’m really laid-back and I don’t really want to hype myself up. But at events, I get to meet loads of great people really quickly and I can call them friends because I’ve met them face to face.

When I got into the business, a lot of people gave me a lot of their time and they helped me out. Now, I like to do the same for other people. It’s a trait that you see in a lot of entrepreneurs. So you don’t usually have to have any traffic to interview someone. Then, once you’ve got that first connection with an interview, it’s really easy to keep that relationship going. I would call most of my interviewees friends.

Q: If you had to battle a giant, what weapon would you use?

A: I’m not someone who would want to kill him, so I couldn’t use a gun or an axe. I would set a trap with some rope and sort of use my knowledge. A lot of times winning is just about having more common sense than the competition.

IncomeDiary by Michael DunlopI think that’s something I apply to business. The choice with IncomeDiary.com is that you can subscribe or you can click on an affiliate link and make me money. I give you two options. I don’t give you options to go to a friend’s site or to some advertiser. It’s called the no-leakage rule. Then, if I get you in my funnel system, I will give you great knowledge, lots of great tips, and updates. I give you a lot more than anyone else would. I sort of make you my friend.

Perhaps I would do that with the giant. After a while, I could use him to do something for me. I could sell him something.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: Especially with blogging, there is practically no risk. It’s about eight bucks for a domain and you get your first month of hosting for about a cent. So, give it a few months. If you fail, you’re down 25 bucks, maximum. There’s no better feeling than knowing that you don’t have to rely on anyone for money.

Everyone out there, if you are starting off and you need a hand or just want a question answered, you can contact me or just check out my entrepreneurship forums. Get in there and start.

This is an abridged version from Michael’s interview in our latest project, 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. When I was picking my way through Michael’s interview, I wanted to post the whole darn thing ;) . In my opinion, Michael is the iconic young entrepreneur and his advice only solidified that opinion.

Michael’s Product

Michael Dunlop’s Top Quotes

“You’ve got to stop doing all the things that people have tried, tested, and found out don’t work.”

“If you start with nothing and end up with nothing, there’s nothing lost.”

“I like computer games and I treat business a bit like a computer game. I count money as points. I’m doing really well: making lots of money and lots of points.”

Alex Fraiser Interview: World’s Most Successful 16-Year-Old Blogger

 

Interview: Alex Fraiser, World's Most Successful 16-Year-Old Blogger

In January 2009, at the age of 15, Alex Fraiser used his web design know-how to start Blogussion.com, a blog about blogging. As the year went on, Blogussion thrived – bursting not just with insightful articles but also with an ever-growing, increasingly enthusiastic community of subscribers.

In January 2010, Alex and his business partner, 24-year-old Seth Waite, launched their first product – a web theme modeled after Blogussion’s unique style – to immediate success. With an Alexa ranking under 20,000, Blogussion is now the highest ranking blog by a 16-year-old on the Internet.

When Alex isn’t helping people around the world make their blogs as popular and profitable as possible, he’s just a normal high school junior in New Jersey. He lives with his family and enjoys camping, playing ping-pong, and cheering on the New England Patriots.

 

The following is a short excerpt from 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Volume 1).

Q: What drove you above and beyond, towards entrepreneurship?

A: My dad is what really inspired me to start [Blogussion.com] up. He lives in Florida and owns two seafood restaurants. Obviously, blogging and owning a restaurant are two very different things, but the fact that he’s his own boss really inspired me to go out and do it myself.

When you think of a teenager nowadays, you think of some lazy kid who has no direction in life. I don’t want to be like that. I like to look deeper into things and I can’t stand just sitting around. I like the idea of working hard now, so you can earn big later. I’ve worked in my dad’s restaurants before, so I know what that’s like. Manual labor sucks, dude.

Q: How do you balance your business with other priorities?

A: School has to go first. I’ve always been taught that if you don’t succeed in school, then you’re not going to succeed in life. But [given the success of Blogussion.com], sometimes I think that maybe school’s not what I should be focusing on the most.

I’ll be honest – I was so eager to develop my theme that I might have missed out on a couple of homework assignments. But if I want to keep my business going, I’ve got to do well in school. It’s as simple as that. I love high school. I’m not about to drop out.

I’ve definitely been trying to balance my schoolwork and my freelancing stuff. For instance, we have all these mid-term projects for school right now. It has been crazy. But with useful productivity tips I’ve learned from blogging, I can manage all these different projects at once.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: If you want to learn more about me, check out Blogussion.com. It’s built around my personality and my thoughts and it also has some crazy-awesome content. There’s also a contact forum if you ever want to chat. I also have a more personal blog, Asnio.com.

This is an abridged version from Alex’s interview in our latest project, 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. Alex and his blog have inspired me more than any other person or site on the Internet. In fact, if I didn’t come across his site, you’d still be looking at my crappy, old design. His interview is saturated with insight on the blogging world and it provides a detailed account of what it’s like to be a successful, internet entrepreneur.

Alex Fraiser’s Top Quotes

“Manual labor sucks, dude.”

“I like the idea of working hard now, so you can earn big later.”

 

Interview with Young Blogger and Founder of Blogussion Alex Fraiser

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An excerpt of Alex Fraiser interview with Ian Carnaghan:

I’ve always been a huge fan of blogs, namely up and coming stars. Blogussion caught my eye a few months ago, and I’ve been following their articles ever since. Jam-packed with blogging and internet traffic-related SEO articles, Blogussion is one of the top blogging resources on the web today.

It’s young creator Alex Fraiser has agreed to hold a short interview with me, sharing some of his inside secrets to blogging and the creation of his ever-expanding network. Alex also runs a young entrepreneurs blog Asnio where he writes about similar topics, and you can find him on Twitter @alexfraiser.

What made you want to get into blogging, especially blogging to earn a living online?

I originally started out as a freelancer for web design. I built static HTML pages for a while, but never for anyone else! I was always trying to build a website for myself, like a portfolio kind of site, and sell the designs I made on DigitalPoint. I did that for way too long with very little profit, but I learned so much about designing, and even blogging.

I started making blog designs and trying to sell them on DigitalPoint, without even having a blog of my own. I knew that blog designs sold pretty well on that site, and I thought I was pretty decent at designing. One day I designed the Blogussion theme, and rather than sell it, I thought I would make a blog out of it. I really liked how it turned out, so I wanted it for myself. I can’t imagine how my online career would be different if I did sell that design to someone for the $20-$30 I sold my past designs.

But ever since the start of my own blog and seeing the success of others, I knew I wanted to give it a shot. And I think I’m doing pretty well for a 16 year old blogger, so we’ll just see where I end up in a few years!

Traffic and awareness of the blog has grown heavily over the past couple of months. Any tactics or tips you can share for blog marketing?

I don’t think of myself as a great marketer, and I really rely on guest posts and Twitter for traffic. A lot of the traffic that comes to my site through search engines has been from the Blogussion Theme I sell, but I really rely on Twitter as one of the largest sources of traffic.

Take advantage of Twitter, that’s all I have to say.

Where can you see Blogussion going within the next 6-8 months?

I hope to have achieved quite a few things by then. I want to get a newsletter of some sort going, and maybe even a forum community up. I would really like to see Blogussion bring in more traffic, and even have a higher RSS count. There are just so many things I want to happen for the blog, and I plan to make them all happen.

A lot of your articles are clear quality and provide great information to your readers. Where do you get the inspiration for your articles, and do you have any secrets for keeping on-point and constantly churning out great articles?

Here I thought I was talking about the same stuff over and over again, glad you think otherwise. :D

I usually spend about 15 minutes a week coming up with post ideas. Some ideas just come to me easier than others, and some are a little trickier to come up with. But it’s important that you take time to just relax and brainstorm.

I try to tie in life with blogging. Most of the ideas I come up with are based off of a personal experience. Just to give you a little idea of how my brain works, here is how I came up with the idea for an article I wrote a few weeks ago: The Easy Blogging Life.

I’m in High School, and one of the things I hear from my teachers everyday is that “you have to work hard for your grades, I won’t just give you good grades for nothing.” That’s a pretty powerful idea, my teachers are basically saying that “nothing in life is easy, and things aren’t just going to be handed to you.” That sounds a lot like blogging too, doesn’t it? You aren’t a successful blogger unless you put in the work, and no one is just going to come by and do everything for you to make you successful.

So really, a lot of my ideas are based off of things I hear or read about in real life. That’s why I think my content is so well-received by many people, as there are some topics I talk about that can be turned around and help you in your own life.

Any final words of advice for aspiring professional bloggers out there?

You better love what you’re doing and never stop doing it. That’s all you need to hear.

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