7 Great Resources to Help you Grow an Online Business

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Here are a few amazingly comprehensive resources that I have discovered that are important to anyone trying to build a blog or online business. All are completely free and will have a huge impact in your life and business.

Pat Flynn’s Niche Marketing Duel.

Pat is sharing, in incredible detail, exactly all the steps in finding a niche business idea and turning it into a profitable business. He already has a six figure passive income and is proving that his success is replicable.

Follow his progress right from choosing a topic. He shows how he got to the number one listing in Google in less than 3 months. His site made $151 from Google Adsense in November and $62 in October. This is after 4 months of part time effort.  Pat has plans to sell ebooks and other advertising that will definitely deliver much higher earnings. Start from the beginning and check out this series of posts. It really is amazing content that is completely free.

SEO Advice: How to get to the Top 5 in Google within 40 Days

Joseph Archibald wrote a series of detail posts titled, “40 Day Challenge  “Top 5 in Google within 40 days!”” It is a little hard to follow because it is written in a discussion forum with other commentors contributing, however it is first rate SEO advice. (Pat Flynn references the 40 day challenge in the niche site duel.)

Both Pat Flynn’s and Joseph Archibald’s series of posts are generating huge traffic. There are some good lessons here about how to attract people to your site with quality content.

How to Build an Internet Business

Karol Gajda of RidiculouslyExtraordinary.com has a great email newsletter, The Freedom Fighters that walks you through the steps of finding a niche, affiliate marketing, writing an ebook, getting traffic to your blog and more. It is a concise and motivational series that I recommend to anyone trying to build a blogging based business.

If you read this post within two days of posting you might also want to check out Karol’s Only72.com deal. “23 Business Courses From 23 Successful Entrepreneurs, Normally $1,052, On Sale For $97.” It is only available for 72 hours. (Again, the idea of packaging many ebooks from different authors into one discounted offering is a fantastic idea that other bloggers can learn from.)

Ramit Sethi of Iwillteachyoutoberich.com also offers a great email newsletter of content that doesn’t get published on his blog. Some of the emails are incredibly in-depth offering case studies and practical advice to earning extra money online. There is a sales pitch for his training program which I haven’t purchased, but the free content is first rate. Pay close attention to how Ramit sells his program, even if you are not intereseted. He is definitely someone who knows what he is doing.


If you read this blog you probably know that I am a big fan of interviews. I particularly like interviews that get into juicy details with practical lessons on how you can build your business or improve your life. Two great sites that I highly recommend are:

GreatWorkInterviews with Michael Bungay Stanier
There are many fantastic interviews with some huge names from all types of backgrounds like Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Gretchen Rubin and Chris Guillebeau.

Srinivas Rao and Sid Savara interview several bloggers every week. This is a great source of ideas and inspiration for all of us struggling to grow a blogging audience.

If you know of any other resources that I have missed, please let me know in the comments.

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

12 Responses to 7 Great Resources to Help you Grow an Online Business

  1. Robert says:

    Awesome post, I’ve scanned a few of these already but they are such solid things to mull over and implement! I’ve been following Pat’s little adventure, so authentic and useful….and if anyone else decides to take on some of these resources and the doubtless technical hurdles, feel free to drop me a line, glad to help anyone reading this out.

    • John says:

      Greetings Rob,

      Thanks for the comment. Pat really is doing some amazing things. He puts so much time and effort into his posts and gives them away for free.

  2. Tony Ryan says:

    I can vouch for Pat Flynn’s Niche Site Duel – IMO, it’s one of THE best resources that’s come in 2010, and it’s completely FREE…

    Great post John, I’ll be sure to check out the others on the list.

    • John says:

      Hi Tony,

      I agree. You can’t do better than Pat’s Duel. There are paid niche marketing products that don’t come close to the content that Pat share’s for free. He is a very generous person.

  3. Jannell says:

    Howdy John! I snagged Karol’s 23 Biz Courses from Only72.com last night and can’t wait to sort through it all. Quite exciting. Since I’m starting from the begining I’ve got a LOT to learn. Adding Pat Flynn’s Niche Marketing Duel to my list as well – thank you for the links 🙂

  4. Chris Alta says:

    Hey John what’s up brotha! I like the layout of your blog, very simple and easy on the eyes..maybe I should take the same approach with mine. I’m just starting out and so I’m really out there on the net checking out everyone’s sites and posts about what the talk of the digital town is about. I too checked out Pat flynn’s niche site duel and I’ll definitely be taking some knowledge from Pat whenever I decide to create a niche site. Until then it’s building the online community. This seems like something you’ve started to do pretty well. Anyways just dropping by to say what’s up and that I enjoyed the post brotha. Keep on keeping on.



  5. Awesome collection of useful information sources, exactly what I need with my blog. But I got a bit confused with this: \His site made $151 from Google Adsense in November and $62 in November\ $151 in November and $62 in November? . Thanks for great list =)

  6. These are all great sources! I can’t wait to try some of them. I’ve already done the others and they are indeed effective!

  7. Brian says:

    Great resources for anyone who is looking to build their online business. It can be tough work but it is definitely worth it in the long run. Thanks for sharing.

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