In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast we have another success story interview for you, and once again the focus is on a building business outside of the blogging and make money online industries.
Today’s guest is Anthony Vennare, an SPI fan who has incorporated a lot of the strategies that I’ve taught to a business that he and his brother have started in the fitness industry.
Now, I’m sure a lot of people could easily put online fitness into the same category as Internet Marketing and Make Money Online as far as how aggressive (and often times scammy) and infomercial-like marketing tactics become, however Anthony and his brother Joe are two truly genuine and honest guys who have a totally different approach to online business. Their approach focuses on giving away their training programs for free, and by doing so, they make an average of $400 – $600 per day simply by asking people to pay what they want.
I dive deep into how they got started, how this business model works and other strategies they use to take their online business (which was once offline in a 12,500 square foot facility) to the next level. While their “pay what you want” business model may not work for everyone, it’s a model that is very much like the model I use here at Smart Passive Income, and is very effective for certain industries as you’ll hear.
More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:
- A different model for making money and why Anthony and Joe decided to use it even though it goes against conventional wisdom.
- How a family emergency changed the course of their lives — for the better.
- How they transitioned from working for others to working for themselves.
- Their later transition from a 12,000 square foot gym to completely making money online.
- The primary sources of the traffic to their sites.
- How Anthony and Joe made 6 figures by giving away things for free.
- The ongoing effectiveness of guest blogging.
- Their SEO and social media strategies.
- How they were impacted by the Google Penguin update, and how they recovered from it.
- How leaving money on the table for the short term can lead to more long term income.
- Mistakes Anthony and Joe made along the way and how to avoid them.
- Plus a whole lot more…
Items mentioned in this podcast include:
- The Hybrid Athlete
- Race Day Domination
- Kettlebell Cardio
- The Hybrid Athlete Facebook Page
- Philosopher Notes
Additionally, in this session Anthony and I talk about how his site was hit by a Google Algorithm update and what he did to get back in the rankings. I tried to dive into how they were able to crawl back however Anthony basically told me that they hired someone to do it for them and clean up their backlinking profile, so he was unable to give me a ton of information about that.
He did send me a report that a person he hired created that included a list of Tier 1, Tier 2 & 3 backlinks, very similar to what I outline in The Backlinking Strategy that Works, and after diving into those links for a little bit I believe the major change was the anchor link profile of his site. In other words, the anchor text from links pointing to his site were probably changed to be much more diverse, only using the primary keywords as the anchor text for those links less than 20% of the time – other times using anchor text that was both related and not related to that particular niche (non-related being anchor text like “click here” or “find out more”).
I do plan to dive deeper into post-panda/penguin backlinking strategies by having experts come on the blog to share their wisdom, as well as test all of this out in a new niche site duel type challenge, which will probably happen at the start of the 2nd quarter this year.
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