You kept asking, here are my answers

You kept asking, here are my answers

About 100 people subscribe to Okdork every day and they each get a welcome email that asks:

“What is one thing I could write about that’d make your day better?”

Since there are certain topics that come up over and over, I figured I’d go through YOUR most popular questions and answer them for you.

By the way: I HIGHLY recommend you add a question like this to your auto-responder. It’s an amazing way to connect with your subscribers and figure out what content they want you to write.

 

Here’s the top questions you ask ranked by popularity:

Question 1: How do I land an awesome job?

Most people email me asking for a job or ask how they can work for me. 100% of these emails have a permanent home in my trash folder.

It’s needy to just beg for a job. Instead, go to the person you want to work for and give specific suggestions on how their business can be improved. Provide some value and show them you’re the best person to improve their business.

Here are a few examples:

1- Bring a plan. At Mint.com I was not hired immediately. Aaron (the founder) said I did not have the experience. So I went back home and worked for a week on a 90 day marketing plan. I brought that plan to Aaron and asked for a minimum amount to execute it. I told him that if he liked it after 90 days then he could make me a full time offer. It reduced his risk and helped him see vision of the results I’d be bringing to the company. I got the job.

2- Work for free. Yeah, you read that right. You might be thinking: But Noah, I have bills to pay.Okay, whiner. That’s exactly why you don’t have a job you like. Ayman, who now runs all of AppSumo, worked for Charlie Hoehn for free who ended up introducing him to us and he now has his dream job. It’s a great way to build a relationship and prove yourself.

3- Resumes are dead. Make a PowerPoint presentation or something visual and email that instead of a resume. I only care about what someone has done, not any of the lies on their resume. If 99% of people are going to send a resume, you should be in the 1% and send something like a PowerPoint or custom website that helps you stand out.

 

Question 2: How can I build $1,000 a month business?

Anything else you want me to answer? Meaning of life?

Okay, here’s the answer. Luckily, it’s completely doable.

Think about it. $1,000/month is just $33 a day. That’s damn near close to nothing. So how can you earn $33 a day?

1) Go on Craigslist, Fiverr, Freelancer, mturk and bid on projects people are already paying for.

“But Noah, that’s not one of those sexy passive income businesses.”

HAHA, yea, like those just happen overnight.  FINE!

2) Find a product on Amazon that is > $100 and doesn’t have some huge blog that is following that item / product category.

For example, Amazon Echo sells for $190. After a quick Google search you can see there’s only 1 blog dedicated to it (and it sucks).

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​You get around a 5% commission in affiliate income from selling these products.
So let’s do some basic math…

$190 * 5% = $10 or so.

So you just need to sell 100 units a month (or 3 a day) to earn $1,000 a month.

If you write a few articles, guest posts and promote them in FB groups, it’s possible after a few months to make $1,000 a month. Read this article by Sarah or this one by Nat on how to grow a blog.

3) Buy Monthly1k.com where I’ve documented exactly how I’ve started four 7-figure businesses.

4) Ask your network what is on their to-do list that has been there longer than 7 days. Tell them for $33 you will take it off their to do list by completing it. Do that once a day with a different person you know. That’s $1,000 a month right there.

 

Question 3: How do I prioritize all the things in my business?

Do you realize that priorities stems from the word priority? Singular.

But somehow we want to have multiple #1 priorities. Instead, do this…

Make a list of all the revenue that comes in from your business. Add the % of total next to it.

Advertising revenue $500 (75%)
Affiliate revenue $100 (15%)
Direct sales revenue $50 (7.5%)
Digital product $10 (1.5%)
Subscription revenue  $5 (.7%)
Total: $665

The $15 from Digital products and subscription revenue is only 2% of the revenue in the example above.

Sure, that number could grow but I like to focus 80% on what works and remove everything else. In the example above I’d ONLY spend time on advertising and affiliate revenue. Ignore everything else.

DO MORE OF WHAT WORKS. [click to tweet]

This will help you prioritize and make sure you only spend time on things that really make an impact.

 

Question 4: Can I date you? Please!

Taken, sorry. =)

 

Question 5: How can I get an influencer to respond to my emails?

Make the email about them. We ALL know this but we don’t do it.

Here’s my sequence for emailing anyone.

1- Send an email NOT about you.

Subject: Huge fan of your work

Body:

Noah,
{flattery} Really love the email you sent last week.
{result} I bought that product and it made a huge impact in my life.
{thanks} Keep doing awesome stuff.
{your name} Noah

2- Send follow up a week later (this one is key and where you can ask for something)

Subject: Quick question Noah

{compliment} Hope you are doing amazing.
{ask} Had a 9-second question about marketing. Mind if I email it over?
{your name} Noah

Things to note:

1- Anyone worth reaching is getting TONS of random emails.
2- Keep emails brief and digestible in under 10 seconds.
3- FOLLOW UP is key. If they don’t respond, send a reply email saying BUMP. This has been crucial for me.

Pro tip: Before you send your email, post it in a google doc and have a couple friends review/edit/leave comments. I do this often. Thanks Sarah and Anton!

 

Question 6: My business / life sucks. How can I make it better?

The “power of 1” is what I do.

Go help just one person, right now.

If you run a business, make one customer’s life better.

If you don’t have a business, just reach out to someone on your favorites list and offer to help them with something. Every time I’ve done this I’ve felt better.

 

Hope one of these answers instantly made your day better. Keep the questions coming! I love making YouTube videos and answering your questions. If you have more questions, leave them here so I can make more fun stuff.

 

xo
Noah “tacos” Kagan

P.S. I did an amazing interview with the founder of Quest Bar, watch it here.

P.P.S. Also, they are hooking y’all up with a ton of free bars. Enter here.

P.P.S. Come work with me. Check out our openings.

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10 responses to “You kept asking, here are my answers”

Wanda Luthman
April 14, 2017 at 7:05 am

Hi Noah, I like the idea of asking your subscribers what will help them. I’m going to implement that right away! You’re funny. Thank you for making a suggestion list fun to read
BTW, the email subscriber on here kept not liking my email address. If you can add me, I’m at wandalu64 dot Gmail

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Mark smith
October 23, 2016 at 5:06 am

2- Work for free. Yeah, you read that right. You might be thinking: But Noah, I have bills to pay.Okay, whiner. That’s exactly why you don’t have a job you like. Ayman, who now runs all of AppSumo, worked for Charlie Hoehn for free who ended up introducing him to us and he now has his dream job. It’s a great way to build a relationship and prove yourself..

Reference to this above content. i am totally agree with you that we cant do always work for free because we want to live a smoother life.So it requires money for it. Good post.

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Ashish
September 28, 2016 at 8:18 am

Great questions and answers. I’m struggling to make 1000$ a month a business as I have never sold anything before. I’ve always been dependent on ad revenues.

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Kenneth Ashe
May 29, 2016 at 6:11 am

Resumes are dead. What kind of PowerPoint or custom website would you send? Can you provide any examples? Thanks!

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Alexandra Shadle
May 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Fucking awesome specifically Question 2 number 2

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Tauseef Alam
March 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Hi Noah,

I can feel your pain. I myself ask the one question similar to yours to my new subscribers and most of them ask me for a job, at least as a content writer. I do not know why people think asking for a job directly in the first email itself is a good idea. I think the approach you mentioned that they should come up with plan is the right one. I think if I like their plan, I may consider them to hire.

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Andrew
March 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

Noah, been missing your posts. Just wanted to thank for everything that you are doing.

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Steve Cunningham
March 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Noah – great post, and thanks for all you do here.

I’m especially love your thoughts on emails to influencers.

Quick question – have you found yourself responding more to people who use the “double email” strategy with you?

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Marta Toftgard
March 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

Your thoughts are very interesting, keep up the good work! 🙂

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Robert Hopman
March 3, 2016 at 6:01 am

Hey Noah,

This is exactly how I started:

4) Ask your network what is on their to-do list that has been there longer than 7 days. Tell them for $33 you will take it off their to do list by completing it. Do that once a day with a different person you know. That’s $1,000 a month right there.

Especially if you really fix it for people within 15 minutes, they start to add more to do’s 🙂

Going to work with sumome subscriber / social plugin for my own blog. Can I send you a case study with some results around january 2017?

Have an awesome day!

Robert

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