So, my advice for most people is a) let go of any of these domains that you’re sitting on that you don’t really need. Unless you think there’s a competition thing or a trademark or a branding reason to hang on to it to stop someone else having it. Secondly, you might get something if you want to sell them to someone else who sees the opportunity in it if you don’t need it.
Thirdly, just keep them and redirect them all to your mothership and put your focus on the mothership. Get your mothership or your authority domain, the strong one, categorized properly, build it out, make it strong, get it on a fast server and that’s the best focus.
For most people, it’s just not worth developing these hundreds or dozens of domains that we’re sitting on that we’re never going to use and I can tell you someone with a couple of thousand domains, I am an expert in acquiring domains and not all of them are useful and these days, I’m just dropping off a lot of them.
Just hundreds of them I just let go because I know that I’m never going to develop them. They cost money to hold and that’s just a resource management nightmare. So there you go, I hope that really helps you, Craig.
Listener 4: James! John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire. Hey man, keep kicking out these great content. I’ve been loving your podcasts. Loving your posts. I was kicking myself for not being on stage with you and Ezra at your event. Next year, guaranteed, I’ll be out there lighting the stage on fire. Thanks for all these great content man. You are definitely igniting me.
Entrepreneur On Fire
James: John, that is a fantastic news. You’re coming to FastWebFormula 5 to talk about podcasting and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have talking about it because of your phenomenal success over there on Entrepreneur on Fire. I encourage my listeners to listen to that.
Go and observe what John has done with the dedication and the powerhouse application of doing one thing super, super well and with focus. I’m really excited to see you rolling up that to community as well, John.
So, thanks for sending me a message. I hope you’re enjoying your jog today because I know you listen to these things when you’re running and if I could be a fraction as successful as you are with my podcast, I’ll be doing well. Alright, take care. Speak soon.
Listener 5: Hey, James. What’s up buddy? It’s Kev Rogers. Great video. Very inspiring. You know it did remind me of a story when I was in high school.
Drama Club Back In High School
I wanted to join the Drama Club production on the night of January 16th and the… I thought I was quite qualified frankly because I had taken a little bit of acting even outside of school. I was quite “The Actor.” And the drama department and the director did not see it that way and offered me a lustrous spot on the production crew.
As you know, helping build sets, not even designing sets, James, building. They handed me a tool belt for all my acting prowess and it was… throughout the production I accepted that role and that OK, this will be kind of cool. I can learn some things and at least I’ll be around the production.
But to be honest with you, I really felt shunned and a little bit rejected by that group as a whole. It really felt like they looked down on me. Maybe even went out of the way a little bit. Maybe… I wasn’t picked on but I was certainly not welcomed and you know I think that’s a big reason why I ended up becoming a stand up comedian because it was a solo gig, right?
Becoming A Stand Up Comedian
I never tried to join a comedy troupes or I didn’t go to Improv classes. It was very appealing to me to be a lone man with a lone mic on the stage. And as I became successful as a stand up comedian, became something of a local hero, the same actors used to come to my shows and I always got sort of a secret pleasure out of thinking you know, it’s “Thanks to you pricks that I became a stand up comic because if you would have accepted me, I might sitting out there with you.”
You know, starting to grow a beer gut and cheering on me, the guy who made good. So that was kind of cool and ironically, my daughter who is 6, begins her first acting class today. Thanks for the video James. Talk soon, buddy. Bye.
James: Hey, Kevin. Hey man, great to hear from you. Thanks for your comment.
Dealing With Rejection
Listen up, Kevin was talking about the episode that I did called Dealing with Rejection. It was about when I went to get a job and I was rejected and what happened after that. I’ll put a link to that in the show notes. The Dealing with Rejection video, which was shot by my 10-year-old son actually with an iPhone.
So, If not just for the fantastic cinematography, take the lesson from that. And If you want to also find out more about Kevin Rogers, he’s doing a podcast now called Psych Insights for modern marketers with another buddy of mine, John Carlton, who I’m having back on the show soon.
So, if you want to do some prep work, these guys are great copywriters, terrific businessmen and it’s worth listening to. And thanks for sharing that story with us, Kevin.
I hope things are going well with your daughter’s acting class and in fact acting classes are great skill for any kid or adult to take on, to cope with fear and to get more out of life so I highly recommend that.
Listener 6: Hey, James. This is Captain Lou, producer/planner of Mike Filsaime’s Amazing Annual Marketerscruise.com. And my question, thing that I saw this voice message applet come up on your blog is how many people actually send you a voice message through this applet? Because if many do, then it’s time to add SpeakPipe to my sites.
Let us know and of course, come and network and JV with hundreds of the world’s top marketers this coming January on the Marketers’ Cruise. Shameless self-promotion. OK, thanks, James.
James: Hey, Captain Lou. Thanks for leaving a message and enjoy your cruise, I’m sure it’s a lot of fun. Still not quite round the old cruise mindset yet as being the ideal vacation but I’m sure it works for most people.
Alright. Now, SpeakPipe, I highly recommend it. I’ve recently changed, as of this episode, the widget. I’m not got the big bubble pop up. I’ve just got a link in the footer and here’s the reason why.
I get about 30,000 visits a month and I’m getting about 30 messages a month, so that means probably the great majority of people aren’t leaving a message and on the click map or the heat map clicking, it’s a very, very clear hitting the cross to close that bubble so I don’t want to inconvenience people with that anymore.
People know where to leave a message because I tell them on this episode. So, with each site that I have SpeakPipe on, there is a different purpose.
Audio Podcast On My Sites
On ThinkActGet and FreedomOcean, I do have the bubble and it’s a very common thing that people will leave a message because it’s an audio podcast. People want to be part of the show. ThinkActGet gets the most by far. We tell people about it. We train them to leave a message.
And they do and we play them back, every single one of them, we play back on air and people love being part of the show and rightly so because they’re actually able to contribute and make it better for everyone. So I would recommend you do use SpeakPipe.
Displaying Speak Pipe
I would consider how you want it to display. I think the one on the right hand side is very intrusive. The one in the footer is less intrusive and now I’ve just got a link to where people can leave a message rather than having a bubble on SuperFastBusiness. Because the point of SuperFastBusiness is simple, I want people to opt-in and I want people to buy my products, that’s it, rather than leave a message.
Leaving a message is an additional extra nice thing but it’s not the primary goal of my website. So think about that when you’re considering what the point of putting this on your site would be.
On my products sites, I actually don’t have SpeakPipe. When I’m trying to sell something, it will have instead a live chat to my team that pushes a ticket to ZenDesk using LiveChatInc and ZenDesk and we make a lot of sales from that. So the primary action is to sell something.
Reason For Adding Speak Pipe
So I’m just wrapping up here. The reason to put SpeakPipe on a website would be if it is a podcast, primarily, and if you really want to have that audience interaction and let them be part of the show, that’s the main reason I use it. Now I’m sure that people use it differently.
If you don’t have a support team, if you don’t have a ZenDesk, if you really do want people to be able to just leave a message for support inquiries and you use it that way, it might be quite useful but that’s not how I use it. I just use it to have people on my show such as you.
Solution For Podcasters
So thanks for asking that question. And interestingly, as soon as I changed that bubble, the owner of SpeakPipe sent me an email asking if there’s anything that I could help them explain why I changed it, was there any feedback that would make it a better product. They’re so responsive. Vladimir is right behind the product. I talk about it all the time on ThinkActGet and I think it’s the best solution by far for podcasters.
Leave A Voice Message
So that’s a wrap for the Listener Comments Episode Number 6. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. We’ve had some interesting discussions. If you’d like to be on the next episode, go down to the bottom of SuperFastBusiness.com, click on the link where you can leave a voice message and I’ll be responding to your comments in the next episode. Take care. I’m James Schramko.
For more episodes, subscribe to the show on iTunes
Feel free to comment below: