Career in Affiliate Marketing - Wealthy Affiliate

Best Affiliate Programs

A directory to the best, most profitable affiliate programs. Affiliate programs can fuel a highly lucrative career in online marketing, the key is choosing the right program. We take a look at affiliate programs that have been proven to be successful.
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Joe Youngblood

a personal lounge for Joe Youngblood a noted Futurologist, Digital Marketer, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, and SEO - in no specific order. I recently removed the NSFW tag as it was getting annoying.
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Is it good to make career in affiliate marketing?

I am new to affiliate marketing just started several months back. I am confused now from where should i start. Do i start affiliate marketing through SEO or through paid ads?
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Lloyd Knapman | Types Of Online Marketing

Lloyd Knapman | Types Of Online Marketing
In the world where the internet has become everything, it’s not difficult to find ways to earn money online. Those who are manufacturers can get buyers easily; those who are from the service industry can get consumers online without any hassle. Due to the growing popularity of ‘working from home’ trend, more and more people are searching for the ways through which they can earn money by just sitting at home. There are many ways through which you can earn money online; however, without proper knowledge and expertise, you will find yourself standing nowhere.

Online Marketing Solutions by Lloyd Knapman
Luckily there are people like Lloyd Knapman who like to share their knowledge with all those who look forward to earning money online. Lloyd Knapman is the owner of Affiliate academy pro, where he teaches people how they can earn in 6 figures through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is a type of marketing where businesses reward their marketer for each product sold from their side. An affiliate marketer finds the people interested in the product and leads them to the seller, for which he gets the commission. The sellers offer commission because it saves their advertisement cost and perhaps they themselves are not good at marketing.

Types of Online Marketing By Lloyd Knapman
The system that Lloyd has created guides people how can they earn sufficient through Affiliate marketing. Lloyd Knapman started his career in Affiliate marketing in 2013 from his university dorm room. At that time he was under a ton of debt. He started selling things from Amazon to eBay and he made money from it but it was not sufficient enough to pay off his debts. In search of finding ways to make more money online, he took a course and suddenly he came to know about affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing changed his life and he started to earn in 7-figures through it. He promoted lots of courses and software online to make huge money. With that money, he travelled to many countries and stayed in beautiful hotels and villas without having to interrupt his work which he continued on his laptop.
With his course, he is sharing his life experience and knowledge with the upcoming entrepreneurs so that like him, they can also become financially self-sufficient.
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Welcome to Affiliate Guide!!

If you're reading this, glad you're here! The goal of Affiliate Guide is to sort out the good affiliate programs for the bad. We believe that choosing solid affiliate programs is the cornerstone to a successful career in affiliate marketing, and we want to provide the best resources for evaluating potential affiliate programs.
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Is affiliated marketing a good career option in india?

Hi, i am a 25 years old male attorney.
I discovered about the whole online money making thing in the final year of law. I am really fascinated by all the 'independence' factor.
I did some research and found out on some websites that affiliate marketing is the no. 1 thing to make money online but it requires patience and all.
Before i dig into that i really wanna make sure that its worth it. I don't wanna waste my time and money.
So online money makers of this sub, can u please tell me the real truth behind affiliate marketing or the entire online money making business? Are they fraud? If its real, then what are the genuine ways to make money online?
Thanks a ton in advance.. Cheers.. :)
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Affiliate marketer looking for a career in Digital Marketing

Hey guys. I've been doing some reading on digital marketing on reddit, and I see that a lot of the posts are from this sub. So hopefully you guys can take a few minutes to provide some insight.
I've been self-employed for the past 3 years doing affiliate marketing. I know Adwords, BingAds, Yandex and 2nd tier PPC. I have experience with optimizing keywords, ad copies, and traffic feeds (2nd tier PPC). I know contextual marketing like in-text, interstitial and pop ads. I've made Facebook pages and promoted them with Facebook Ads. I've done SEO before for articles that i wrote on those article writing sites (Squidoo, HubPages) and had my articles rank in the top 3 on Google. I created a sub-reddit and was the sole moderatopromoter of it like 3 years ago. It now has 80k subscribers. My college degree is a BS in psychology.
So yeah, I feel like I have a lot of experience with this stuff since i've been doing it on my own for a while now, and I want to turn it into a career. So basically, where do i start? What are my chances of getting hired for an entry level position right now? How do I increase those chances? NYU offers Digital Marketing certification courses, is there a point in taking those? GeneralAssembly also offers a 10-week Digital Marketing course, similar to their coding boot camps i'm guessing.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
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Affiliate marketer looking for a career in Digital Marketing

Hey guys. I've been doing some reading on digital marketing on reddit, and I think this is the right place for my questions. So hopefully you guys can take a few minutes to provide some insight.
I've been self-employed for the past 3 years doing affiliate marketing. I know Adwords, BingAds, Yandex and 2nd tier PPC. I have experience with optimizing keywords, ad copies, and traffic feeds (2nd tier PPC). I know contextual marketing like in-text, interstitial and pop ads. I've made Facebook pages and promoted them with Facebook Ads. I've done SEO before for articles that i wrote on those article writing sites (Squidoo, HubPages) and had my articles rank in the top 3 on Google. I created a sub-reddit and was the sole moderatopromoter of it like 3 years ago. It now has 80k subscribers. My college degree is a BS in psychology.
So yeah, I feel like I have a lot of experience with this stuff since i've been doing it on my own for a while now, and I want to turn it into a career. So basically, where do i start? What are my chances of getting hired for an entry level position right now? How do I increase those chances? NYU offers Digital Marketing certification courses, is there a point in taking those? GeneralAssembly also offers a 10-week Digital Marketing course, similar to their coding boot camps i'm guessing. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
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Am I wasting my time?

So due to personal reasons, I had to leave college at 18 & support myself with full-time factory work. At 20 I managed to go back to college & complete a 2 year course in computing. Decided it wasn’t for me, and realised marketing was - started a BA in Digital Marketing. I’m now 23, with my first year done.
I love marketing, & writing (writing’s a long life passion of mine - eventually I want to write fiction once I’ve got a stable, decent career). Everyday I’m working on my affiliate website, honing my skills, running multiple social medias, writing on Medium/ LinkedIn & have started landing the odd client on Upwork. Nothing fancy but a start. I also study quite regularly, I wouldn’t say everyday but most - whether that’s YouTube videos, articles from successful entrepreneurs or textbooks.
However, there are so many people on reddit/ Twitter that say a digital marketing degree is a complete waste of time, because academia is 2-5 years behind the real world - and that experience matters.
As a result, I’m worried I’m just wasting my life.
I personally feel like I’m on the right path. The way I see it is I’m working hard everyday to gain my own experience in marketing, & that’s being supplemented by having a traditional education degree. I’m putting the experience before the degree, so does that mean I’m likely to be okay?
I’ve done a little Googling & found that, at least in the UK, there are plenty of jobs hiring new graduates from marketing, & some stats I found said that 81 % of marketing graduates are employed within 6 months, with only 18 % of those being in non-marketing related positions.
I’ve got two years left of the degree & with how I’ve grown over this year, I’m expecting to have a decent amount of experience by the time I finish.
Am I on the right path? I want to see the degree out, but I’m aware that being a mature student may mean I don’t have as much time to mess up as others.
If I use it to network/ give me the base, paperwork proof of having seen out higher education, but prioritise building up real experience in my spare time & internships, surely I’ll still land a job?
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Advice here is FREE

Affiliate marketing is the absolute Wild West of the internet. We are the prospectors in the hills of California in 1948 searching for gold.
You know what?
Some of us find it.
I hope you'll indulge me, but I'm a mod, so fuck it.
I guess I think of myself as a smart guy. I got good grades, went to a private college, graduated with honors; all the good shit. Then I went to work for big companies. The biggest banks in the world; I worked for them.
It sucked. In the beginning I was on top of the world. I could tell anyone on the planet, who I worked for and they would recognize the name and maybe be impressed?
The reason that it sucked was that even in 2013, I couldn't believe that we lived in that goddamn future, and my George Costanza of a boss, wanted me to cold call 250 people a day. Do 250 of anything a day, I dare you. It's hard. ( Beers, situps, I can't name anything I can do 250 of a day except hit refresh on my analytics.)
Next, a good friend, who is a very successful real estate agent came to me with a problem. The guy was spending $50K per month in marketing, but didn't really understand which marketing Dollars were leading to his revenue. Fast forward, Yelp was worth shit and his crap website and crazy URL were crushing.
Next, 2014? Another buddy called me and asked me to quit my job. Bro, I have benefits...
"I'll match you salary and pay commission, trust me"
First month I quadrupled my income running Facebook ads. Do I have a course? No. Gurus are bullshit.
Imagine spending 3 hours setting up a landing page and 3 facebook ads for the first time. Actually, I'm pretty sure I ripped the first lander. Point is that we went launched our ads by 10am and after lunch I was $500 richer. Is it the same game now? No. nothing is like it was 6 years ago.
The guys that actually make millions of Dollars will tell you (almost) everything for free. e.g https://twitter.com/garyvee
Why?
Because there are no gimmicks.
Do everything that guy says. I dare you.
He says it softly, but I think it's his most important point.
WORK HARD. THIS ISN'T SUPPOSED TO BE EASY!
If making money was easy, everyone would be good at it.
Affiliate Marketing is business; so treat it like one. Post whatever you want here, but my goal now, is to take all this garbage that I usually ban people for, and use it as a tool to educate people on how to use whois lookups, learn what networks terrible affiliates are actually running traffic to, and generally calling spammers, shittty affiliate networks and the generally lazy out for their behavior.
If anyone actually reads this far, I want you to hear one message.
I thought I was going to have a boring job with a commute to a terrible boss my entire life. It has been the exact opposite, but it hasn't come without a ton of hard work and sacrifice. This is a career, vocation, whatever. If you think a $5000 course is going to make you rich, they deserve your money. Work hard, put in maximum effort and ask any question to me or the community anytime.
We're on the same team.
p.s. stop worrying about keeping your offers or landing pages a secret, put it out there. Ask for some honest feedback.. If you need to create a new account, in order to prevent doxxing yourself, just message me before posting. If you abuse the previous phrase, you'll regret it.
p.p.s: if you got this far and are thinking about asking me for advice, the first thing I'd tell you is to find a group of 4-5, a "mastermind", to bounce ideas from and learn. Of the 5 in my first mastermind, here are 2 absolute geniuses that I think anyone could learn a ton from in very different ways. The others may also be on private jets, but if I asserted that, you wouldn't believe it.
Ralfs Smilšarājs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBsW0BgFZqQ
https://www.malandarras.com/
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From 10 to 14,000 Youtube Subscribers in 3 Weeks. Here’s What Happened, & What I Learned.

You’ve got to be a bit crazy to leave a cushy job and a stable career to start your own business. Two months ago, I did exactly that when I left my multi-six figure salary and founded Your Auto Advocate with my business partner, AKA my dad.
At that time (the first week of March), it wasn’t clear what effect coronavirus would have in the United States. As the days and weeks unfolded I couldn’t help but get depressed. I’d talk with family or friends, and they’d say, “Boy, don’t you wish you had kept that job just a bit longer?” And I’d think to myself, “maybe?” I was confused, scared, and certainly not making much progress on my new business venture.
Then, amidst all this negative energy, my dad had a great idea; “Why don’t we film YouTube videos via Zoom?” Before working full time on Your Auto Advocate I had filmed a handful of videos with my dad. He would talk about the car business, I would post them on our YouTube channel, and we’d get a few hundred views. I had a vision for growing our YouTube channel into something sustainable and scalable for the business, but it never really took off.
Until… We started recording Zoom conversations like Ray had suggested. Here’s the story (and lessons learned) from growing Your Auto Advocate’s YouTube channel from 0 to 14,000+ subscribers in three weeks. Below you’ll see I am as transparent as I possibly can be, with screenshots from Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools, and Youtube Analytics. I hope you find this valuable.

What is Your Auto Advocate?

To provide clarity on what you are about to read, you need to have a brief understanding of what Your Auto Advocate is, and how YouTube (and content marketing in general) play into the company’s overall growth strategy.
Your Auto Advocate is a professional car buying service.
Let’s say you’re in the market to buy a new vehicle. Odds are, the thought of going into a dealership (or in our current state, going onto a dealer’s website), makes you queasy. That’s because most people do not trust car salespeople. I can’t blame them. Interacting with car dealerships is far from pleasant, and it’s tough to walk away from buying a new car feeling confident you got a great deal.
No one wants to be the guy or gal that makes the dealership a lot of money.
That’s where Your Auto Advocate helps. Instead of going to a dealership, you hire Your Auto Advocate. You tell Your Auto Advocate what vehicle you’re interested in, and they handle all of the dealer outreach and negotiation. Their only compensation comes from you, the client, so you have confidence they’re working the dealers for the best deal possible without a “kickback” of any sort.
That’s Your Auto Advocate in a nutshell. We make car buying simple, easy, and fun.
Now, to gain awareness for this new venture I was adamant that we needed to leverage Ray’s 43+ year career in the car business to teach consumers the ins and outs of how dealerships work. That led us to create videos and write written guides. My thought process was that if we could build trust with our audience early on, and give them the tools they needed to feel more comfortable buying a car on their own, then eventually, we’d find prospective customers that would pay us to simply do it for them.

Before we got traction

It’s important to recognize that Your Auto Advocate’s YouTube success did not occur overnight.
Before gaining traction, I fumbled around with a few videos that didn’t get more than a few hundred views. Those videos were shot in 4k, with professional lighting, a microphone, and more. The “new” videos we created from recorded Zoom calls (using our free Zoom accounts of course!), were in 360p, with no microphones, and no editing.
What changed from those original videos, to the recorded Zoom calls that allowed us to get over one million views in a few short weeks? Here’s what I think happened:
These three characteristics are what I think allowed us to find traction on YouTube.

The growth we experienced

As I wrote about a few months ago, finding your first paying customer is not easy. It was on April 19th, nearly 6 weeks after I quit my job, that we had our first paying customer. This is an important date, because it was just four days later that our YouTube videos began to pick up steam.
Screenshot of YouTube Analytics
As you can see in the screenshot of our YouTube analytics, we saw a massive increase in viewership over the past week or so. Before this spike, we were averaging around 100 views per day across all of our videos. On Thursday April 23rd we knew something was happening, because we spiked to 1,852 views.
I sent my dad this message on that day:
https://imgur.com/l7D5IeJ
Views on Friday the 24th grew to 4,400, then 21,916 on Saturday. This kept going until it reached the top on Saturday, May 2nd at 131,417 views in a single day.
https://imgur.com/tPo35xo
We’ve seen viewership decline since then, and if you asked me “why,” I wouldn’t be able to provide a concrete answer. I don’t know why.
We have a base of 14,000+ subscribers now though, so each of our new videos receives a few thousand views when we upload them. We’ll see if we’re able to grow more rapidly again in the future.
I have a lot to learn when it comes to developing a YouTube channel!

Converting viewers into customers

The goal of content marketing is to generate customers for your business. One of the benefits of YouTube is that you can monetize your content (you may have noticed in the screenshot above it showed nearly $3,000 in revenue from ads on our videos, for example), but the primary goal is to convert readers or viewers into customers.
We saw a huge spike in website traffic in conjunction with our growth on YouTube. People that found Your Auto Advocate on YouTube would then google search our name. Here’s the search data for “Your Auto Advocate”:
https://imgur.com/TXrYqwM
Once traffic reaches your website it’s important to have a clear “flow” for how users can convert into customers. Fortunately for us, the traffic that made it to our website was converting at a high clip! In the screenshot below you can see (to the right) the “goal conversion” for Marketing Qualified Lead. That is anyone that completes our Sign Up form.
Google Analytics screenshot
The bounce rate has been incredibly low, and the time on site has been incredibly high.
About 2% of traffic has converted into MQL, and over two thirds of that traffic has converted into a Sales Qualified Lead.
Those SQLs have converted into paying customers at a high clip too!
The funnel (as of writing this) is:
39% of visitors that fill out our sign up form have gone onto become paying customers!
Anecdotally speaking, the other 61% who are not converting into customers right now, have told us they’d like to work with us in the future, when they are ready to buy their next car. That being said, I anticipate more than 70% of our MQLs will convert into paying customers over the next few months. There really has been limited to no negative reaction to our business model, pricing, or value proposition. People really hate going into car dealerships or dealing with car salespeople, and we can take them out of that pain.
As in any service business, the more you can delight your customers, the better your chances are of gaining referrals and word of mouth recommendations. With that in mind, we created a compelling thank you page after paying your final invoice:
https://imgur.com/AHbmNNu
And, new reviews have been coming in too!
https://imgur.com/gVoXP3a

Where do we go from here?

Well, all this growth has forced Your Auto Advocate to mature more quickly than I had previously imagined. Our first employee will be joining us on May 25th to help us expand and meet demand! If you had asked me if this was possible one month ago I would have said “No way!” But look where we are now.
It’s truly incredible that some Zoom recordings with my dad have enabled our business to grow as quickly as it has. Authenticity goes a long way I suppose. Incredible.
There are a few high priority tasks I will be focusing on over the coming days and weeks:
I hope you found this interesting and valuable. I’ll post another update once I get a chance, sometime in June I imagine. Thanks for reading.
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COVID-19 Updates: Food Processing Edition

Hello everyone! I got a few encouraging replies about a food processing specific thread, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I more than welcome anyone outside of the meat processing realm to provide any updates they might have (since my career is within the meat processing world, some of my links will be more meat focused.) Bear with me, as this is my first mega post!
I'll try to include industry links and mainstream news links. If there's anything that has a paywall, leave me a comment and I can post a TL;DR version! A lot of what I'm finding will be US specific, but I'll try to include international news as I see it. Also, if there are repeats of things found throughout supplychain, I apologize.
If you are in the US and are looking for a local source for meat, please check out the AAMP website and find your state's affiliate site. Many of the state websites have "find a butcher" lists or are providing updates on their social media with any of their members who have product on the shelves or space available in their slaughter schedule.
First up, quick resources for finding updates on plant closures:
FoodDive - Food & Bev Plant Closures (this is probably the most thorough list of closures I've found. FoodDive includes status, plant type, closure/reopening date, and reason for closure. They also include various links to news articles about the plant in question.)
MEAT+POULTRY - Meat Processing Closure Map
The Counter - Meat Processing
Meat industry news:
Three USDA inspectors have died due to COVID-19. As of earlier this month, 197 field inspectors were absent from work and another 120 were under self-quarantine. **Note: the USDA reports that there are 8,000 inspectors in 6,200 plants across the US. It doesn't look like the USDA website with this information has been updated since 2013 though.
To make matters worse, federal inspectors have been raising concerns about lack of transparency surrounding the safety at processing plants and say local leaders are withholding information related to the spread at COVID-19 at facilities. Last month during a tele-town hall, FSIS told inspectors they would need to find their own masks if the plants they were stationed at weren't supplying them and have now stopped taking employees questions during these town halls.
Keeping with inspector news, 40 CFIA inspectors throughout Canada have tested positive for COVID-19. Mentioned in this article is the fact that there are 37 CFIA inspectors stationed at Cargill's beef operation in High River, Alberta - 18 of them have tested positive. There have been 3 deaths of Cargill - High River employees and at least 1,500 positive cases in the area that are linked to this facility. Cargill reopened this facility last week, but was forced to close their Chambly, Quebec location this week after 64 workers tested positive..
US COVID-19 hot spots linked to meat packing plants. Take the state of Kansas, where there have been 8,340 confirmed cases as of this post. In Kansas, these spikes in positive cases are thanks to a massive effort by Gov. Kelly and the KSDH to get these plant employees tested as quickly as possible. Take a look at these counties (these 4 plants represent 25% of US beef production):
Millions of pigs to be euthanized. There have been a few other posts where I and others have touched on why the pork industry is impacted much more significantly than beef. With the short life cycle of a market pig coupled with the mass amount of pigs that are processed a day, there isn't much the producers can do to adjust what's happening with such short notice.
JBS USA CEO tells Wall Street Journal the pandemic will slow meat production in America for several months.
I'm trying to find more information on if this is happening in other states, but the Mississippi Dept. of Agriculture has changed rules on how farmers can sell meat products. This is cutting out the retail portion of the process and is linking up consumers directly with the farmer and their processors.
To make things more interesting, the USDA has announced they will be investigating pricing in the beef industry. This technically started late last year, but with all that has being going on recently, calls from ranchers, politicians, and various lobby groups have increased. There could be some anti-trust violations, if the allegations are true. There is also an ongoing lawsuit for fixing of pork prices.
Story from Waterloo, IA where a Tyson plant has reopened from an employee who recovered from COVID-19. If you're curious about what plants are implementing to keep employees separated, there is some footage. (Side note: we have suppliers reaching out to ask if we would like to buy curtain-like material, since it's cheaper than Plexiglas, to sell to our customers.)
Companies increasing pay, rolling out bonus programs, but employees still don't feel safe. I can't blame employees for feeling this way when I know how difficult it is for me to get things like masks and disposable gloves. Now, we have to compete with business reopening who are telling their customers every employee will have a mask and gloves on during interactions. A brief interview about the current situation in the disposable glove marketplace - takeaway is flexibility is key, if that's even an option. Just today, JBS and Pilgrims Pride announced they will invest more than $50 million into the communities of their employees. This will include donations to alleviate food insecurity, improve infrastructure and employee well-being, and support COVID-19 emergency response/relief efforts.
Other food news:
April saw the sharpest rise in grocery prices in 50 years.
Flour mills are struggling to get packaging to keep up with demand. This article mentions a mill in upstate New York that is running 18 hours a day to keep up. There's another story from a few weeks ago that King Arthur's flour sales increased more than 2,000% in March alone. This comes with the USDA forecasting world record wheat supply and use for 2020-2021.
Driscoll worries the market for berries 'just is not there' amid pandemic.
Onion growers requesting $16 million in direct aid. The National Onion Association has requested that the USDA pay assistance money directly to onion growers in the amount of $5 per 50 pound unit for farmers who have documentation of dumped crops due to lack of market or no other viable options retroactive to March 16th, are currently dumping onions, or are donating onions for use as livestock feed or to food banks.
US food service distributors feeling COVID-19 pain.
What does Momofuku closing locations mean for the rest of the restaurant industry? Interesting write up about what high-end restaurants with billionaire investors closing means for everyone else. Eater has been actively providing updates on COVID-19's impact on the restaurant industry (in the US and UK) if anyone is interested.
Impossible Foods founder wants to re-purpose the meat supply chain for plant-based meat. CEO Patrick Brown has described slaughter facilities as "a feces-ridden public health hazard", but he believes the labor and equipment can be repurposed to support the plant-based meat market in the face of extended closures and wanting to eliminate the meat supply chain.
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Halfway Finished w/ Online MBA through University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iMBA Program - AMA!

Hey Reddit,
Wanted to start this AMA because I'm more than halfway finished with my MBA, going the online route through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with their iMBA program, and wanted to give perspective on the online MBA experience so far, and answer any questions about online MBAs in general, and/or about the program specifically.
Guidelines & Disclaimer for AMA

Background
Earned my BBA in marketing and have been working at Dell Technologies for the last 8.5 years with roles ranging from sales, go-to-market analytics, merchandising, to having been a product manager for the majority of my team. Currently work as a business manager for one of our high performance compute lines of businesses.
I've been fortunate enough in my career to be able to work diligently and deliver results, to then be able to pursue interesting and higher responsibility roles throughout my time at the company. As a result, I've been able to advance at a fairly quick pace.
The MBA Program
In 2018, I applied to the iMBA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (you can find out more info here) and was accepted to start in the Fall of that year. Among the major appeals of the program was:
Goals
Unlike what I see being discussed more often than not in this forum, my goal of getting an MBA was not to go into investment banking or consulting. For one, at this juncture in my life, neither of those appear to offer the work/life balance I'm looking for, and two, I really enjoy what I'm doing at my company and the people I work with, so I don't have any intentions of looking elsewhere after my MBA.
My goal is to refine what I know, learn from others in other industries, and apply it back to my current role, with the expectation that I may be able to produce better work and give myself a better chance of continuing to advance in my career. Second to that, while the lack of an MBA has not held me back in my career thus far, nor would I see it holding me back in the near future, I believe it is prudent to have as I never want it to be a reason that a hiring manager decides on another candidate.
Additional Content
I've been producing a few recent videos on my channel on the topic of online MBAs to bring more awareness to those in my network around the options they have. Everyone will have different goals for why they want an MBA, and everyone will value an MBA program differently, but if there's anything that is clear to me, is that the cost of an MBA, in many cases, is higher than it is worth, IMO. So when there are options that are less expensive or more economical (by virtue of being able to continue to work), even if the school isn't a Top 10 school, there is a huge pool of applicants that will find value here.
Among the initial few videos I've produced on the topic that I think might be of good value to everyone:
Feel free to ask away!
RW
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The most repulsive part is the royal fetish

EDIT: Ok yea obvi it’s not the actual worst thing about her, but I still think it’s really gross and I hadn’t seen a thread on it
The most repulsive deranged part of CC (and there is a lot to choose from) is the idolatry of royals - it’s just disgusting they’re a stain on society and I don’t know how anyone can be deranged enough to think they “want to burn the mother fucker to the ground” and “decolonize / dismantle” anything while fetishizing the royals, they are the literally the queens of colonialism??? How can you be so far up Swedish princess asshole while saying LETS GOOOOOO like this chasm in understanding systems of supremacy is just mind boggling.
Honestly all of her modern day exhibitionism is very very sad and all just seems like she’s miming / going through the motions of what she thinks a cool adult woman is like but that image is entirely crafted by collaged early 2000s princess themed rom coms and she is entirely unaware this is all very cringe to anyone who progressed out of the twee category and she should have outgrown this very unreal idea of adulthood looks like
I for one just wish she’d get bad plastic surgery and join a real housewives of sarasota spin off so she can parlay this into an acceptable and honest career in reality cringe - rather than coercing herself into this petulant idea that she’s an ARTIST?
I just keep thinking why can’t she be a regular influencer that hawks an amazon code why is she always inventing these dumb weird and expensive roundabout ways to make money? I know that brands aren’t working with her but it be so easy to just be an affiliate marketer and link amazon products she likes?
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CloudTemplar's Thoughts on LCK 2020 Summer

Biggest Changes from Spring to Summer season:

 
  1. Griffin Disband: Because of Griffin's relegation a lot of the S players are released. This prompted many teams to snatch them up causing many changes.  
  2. One-year Contract: Usually there isn't many changes in Spring to Summer transition because the contract is annually based. Since many teams/players' goal is to reach Worlds or not get relegated it made little sense to sign contract in the summer. So there isn't many changes compared to Spring.

Some Notable changes to Roster:

-Viper to HLE and reunite with Lehends
-Smeb and Ucal rejoins KT
-YamatoCannon joins Sandbox as Head coach
-Mickey joins SHO Prince
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Team Dynamics: The Last Challenger Team To Be Promoted

For people who watched Challenger this team should be quite familar. This team did really well in the regular season and put out a surprising performance at the summer promotion. They are like the T1 and GenG of the LCK challenger.

TLDR: Typical LCK playstyle. High potential Top laner and highly experienced Support. Probably won't do very well.

Key Points:  
Rich: I praised him a lot during the summer promotion. The thing I got from watching him is that there is something special about players who reached the pinnacle of competition. He was called the Faker of HOTS and I saw the potential of that transition in that tournament. To be honest though, he didn't perform well in the regular season. There were many things he lacked and was not very consistent but he showed up when it mattered.  
Team Color: A lot of people have been asking if they are like APK(who are now called SHO Prince). They are more like the typical LCK team. Their style might be more established the more games they play so we will see.  
GuGer: GuGer and Secret on SHO are the veterans of veterans. They are similar to Joker and Gorilla where they have a lot of experience and spent a lot of years in league. And kind of like Joker and Gorilla I think the storyline around them would be interesting. I hope they do well.
 
Last team to be promoted(LCK): Now that LCK are implementing franchising Team Dynamic will be remembered as the last team to be promoted. And Griffin will be the last team to be relegated.

Sandbox: Tradtional LCK team

 
"Typical LCK Team": Recently being called a typical LCK team are usually seen as a bad thing. The image of LCK team are the slow, controlling, and unexciting playstyle. When Sandbox is doing well they are doing what LCK teams are good at. Playing around dragon, the laners were solid, and focusing on the Macro rather than the micro. It was pretty good when Sandbox was doing well but now they are not doing so well so now the "Typical LCK team" becomes a bad name.  
First Western Head Coach in LCK: For people who watched Challenger Korea would know there was once a western coach called LS. He brought many western players like Malice and although he caused some troubles it was an interesting and fun example. So it is not like there isn't a western coach ever in Korea but it is first in LCK.  
YamatoCannon: This decision are a bit mixed. I personally welcome YamatoCannon and hope to see him do well in Korea. I hope to say Hi to him"Hello YamatoCannon. BattleCruiser. I play Terran" YamatoCannon is a good coach. Is he a super coach like Coach Kim? No, but he is a solid good coach. It might a bit too much to call him a super coach but I am not saying he is going to crash and burn. He is just a solid coach.  
Result and Image Problem: Two big reason why Sandbox recruited YamatoCannon is first of all their result wasn't very good. By introducing a western coach they bring their pick/ban and strategy with it which could help Sandbox. Another reason is that I think Sandbox want to build a fun and exciting team image.
Image Problem: About the image problem I am affiliated with Sandbox on YoutubeStreaming with AfreeCa, and Riot with casting but to be honest their team image is very bland(no color). Their marketing/PR wasn't done very well. I mean to be fair team image? Team color? If you win you get fans regardless of your marketing however it is hard to win. I mean only one team wins. So to be realistic a lot of teams are trying things to attract fans aside from their result. Sandbox was a bit lacking in this department and hopefully, with the addition of YamatoCannon this would be solved.  
Brother Culture: It is kind of funny that YamatoCannon are younger than Gorilla and Joker. There are good and bad in Korea culture but it would be interesting to see how they can overcome the "Brother" culture and build synergy. The "Brother" culture isn't all bad. It is good when you are young. When I first started working I didn't have to worry about buying food because of my "old brother"(not blood related) would buy the meal for me. However, I think I don't think it is good to always takes and not give. The younger one should buy 3 meal out of 10 meals. Imagine if someone always takes and not give nobody like that.  
Ten Men Team: During the Spring season Sandbox was a bit random in their roster. They tried pretty much all combination of their ten men roster. I personally think it is ok to have member fight their spot. I think it is okay to have a six-man "Joker pick". I think it is okay to practice with a ten men roster. However, I don't a true ten men roster works. Tell me any ten men team that succeeded. It might seem good to have a big roster but realistically it only dilutes the practice time. Six-men are okay maybe even seven but it is better to lock in a roster and practice around it. You can't get a good practice with ten men roster(ten men roster not two 5 men roster)
Prediction: Just looking at the lineup I don't think they are a playoff team. I mean we will see how much they improve with the new changes but...

Hanwha Life Esports: The Most Anticipated Team

 
The Most Anticipated Team: Not just those who are involved in the scene but I think in general a lot of people are excited about this team. The biggest reason for the excitement is probably the addition of Super Star Player DuDudududunga. When I saw his name I knew he is going to be a super star.  
Mr.Viper: All jokes aside the biggest reason is probably Mr. Viper. There is something a lot of casteanalysts have been saying is that team have to as many S tier player as possible. How you define a S tier player vary from person to person but all agree the importance of having a S tier player. It is kind of like a mobile Gacha game. S tier are the reason you reset again and again to get that one S card. And just like a Gacha game you need a lot money to get a S tier player.  
S Tier?: The way I define a S tier player is if you ask ten analyst and eight or nine of them said S then that player is S player. If only three said S then I don't think that is a S player. What I am trying to say is that you may have some doubt in Viper but he is a S player. Almost everyone actually not almost, everyone I know said Viper is a S tier player. And Lehends is also a S tier player. So now HLE's bot become a SS bot lane.  
Simplicity of Power: To put everything in really simple terms the more S player team have the stronger the team is. Why does everyone think DRX is good? Because they have Chovy and Deft. To oversimplify, oh DRX have super star mid and adc? They must do good then. Please don't take this too far. A lot of people are going to ask me "Is this player S tier? Why are you ignoring this player? I think this player is overrated/underrated". I am not a mobile game developer I don't have time to rate them all.  
Griffin's Release of Dragon Balls: I mentioned before but because of Griffin's relegation their "dragon balls" are released. The biggest one is Viper and Tarzan. Viper is a solid S tier and Tarzan is at A~S tier. This is the only one I will rate so please don't ask me to do more.  
Where is Tarzan?: I don't know. He is currently under Evelynn's passive so no one knows where he is going. We might get a surprise announcement soon but I don't know anything about it.  
Weak Top side: I have been talking only about the positive of HLE but their top side looks a bit weak. Usually subs don't have a chance to play but in this case I think we might see some sub play top side.  
Continuing the LCK Playstyle?: When HLE first appeared they were a expolsive team however they later transitioned into a more traditional LCK team. But the result wasn't after the transition so I wonder if they would continue that playstyle or innovate. Viper was good with nonmarksman so I wonder if they will do something special.

SoelHaeOne Prince(Orginally APK Prince): The Most LPL-like LCK Team

 
Mickey: The biggest change if probably the addition of Mickey. I remember the old time when I duo Qued with Mickey. It is a bit amusing that Mickey are the one replacing Cover because when Cover was in Challenger Korea I said that he was a bit similar to Mickey. Mickey is a dice roll(coin flippy) player either going 1 or 6 but it wasn't actually used as an insult but a compliment to Mickey when he first started. I remember when he solo killed the opponent with Zed and although it wasn't as impactful as Faker solo killing ambition it shows that there is another mechanical god on the rift. Then he flops a few games which are when we realize he is a coin flip player. For people wondering what he is doing between these time he was at LEC and did pretty well. If you look at LEC highlights Mickey were in many of them. But his result wasn't very good. APK always had a mid problem so Mickey might be able help that.
 
Hybrid: There are two kinds of S tier player. One is a player that are S tier the first time they went on stage. This is probably the best kind of the two. But there is also a S tier player that start off slow. This where the influence of coach shows. When Hybrid was in Challenger I thought he lacked many things as a adc but last season he really showed up. I don't think Hybrid is a S tier yet I think there is still a lot of things he have to prove.  

Afeeca Freecs: Kiin and friends

Beating a Dead Horse Again and Again: Everytime I talk about Afreeca I feel like I am beating the same horse I just beat a few months ago. I think for Afreeca to do well Kiin should not be in the discussion anymore. Everytime it is "Kiin won lane but they still lost" or "Kiin have to carry the team with this lead". Afreeca really need to be able to play around other lane aside from Kiin.  
Too many cooks in the Kitchen: They are similar to Sandbox in this aspect is that there are too many players in the roster. They should just make up their mind and work around the roster. I don't think I want to say who stay but for sure Kiin. Kiin is S tier btw. Some might disagree with this but I don't think my opinion are very out there many people think the same too.  
Fly: Fly is a quite unique player as that he get both compliments and criticism. Some people would say that he never won lane in his entire career and wasn't able to carry his team. I think that is a bit overexaggerated. Looking at his career he did shine a few times and is a overall a good player. He is part of GenG roster that went to Worlds. The thing about Fly is that he is consistent, doesn't have carry potential, and are reliant on the meta. If the meta suit his playstyle then he does really well but if it doesn't he struggle a bit. As for his carry potential, carry potential is typically defined in being able to dominate a lane during laning phase. He isn't a strong laner and his strength comes outside of the laning phase. He is more of a team fight player, team player, unorthdox player, and a supportive player.  
Everyone Have to level Up: As I mentioned before everyone has to level up and not just rely on Kiin. I thought All in would be good supplment to Fly but they actually play quite similar. In fact a lot of the subs play very similarily. Mystic and SS aren't that different in their playstyle, I think Jelly is a bit better than Ben but not by much, and Dread and Spirit are different but not different enough.  
Peak Afreeca*: Do you guys remember the series against T1? I still remember it till this day. It was probably the most LPL like series I have ever seen. Unfortunately, that was the only time we saw Afreeca on their fullest potential.

LCK MID

Mid Competition: Faker, BDD, Chovy, Showmaker, Kuro. The mid player in LCK are very strong right now and the competition is huge. Right now you can divide the players into two groups. Faker, Kuro and BDD, Chovy, Showmaker. Faker and Kuro are the consistent, experience play maker mid. They are perfect for big stage being able to lane while making plays. BDD, Chovy, and Showmaker on the other hand(to put it simply) are lane kingdom.  
Lane Kingdom: The biggest feature of those mid laners is that all five of those mid are at 95, 97, 98 however if they face a 80 opponent then they destroy the game off that one lane. If you are below 80 and you are against these three players you can basically lose the game by yourself. Fly somtime dips below 80 so when he face them he can't breath(do anything) the whole game. But to be honest this isn't just Fly a lot of mid also collapse when they play against these three players.  
Faker: The most powerful part of Faker is his ability to make play on the stage. He is like the SSR character. His playmaking skill, being able to show up in important matches, and being able to make plays that define the whole game. If the lane kingdom players are able to do those things on top of being good in lane... It sound easy but in practice it is actually really difficult.

KT: Return of the Kings(?)

Smeb and Ucal: Smen was at the wilderness(Unknown; Not retired but not playing) and Ucal was from the even harsher environment(Griffin). I wasn't sure where Smeb is going but they both came back to KT. I think they came just at the right time.  
Aiming: If APK has hybrid then KT has Aiming. I think Aiming did really well last season. He had a really nice synergy with Kuro with Kuro providing safety for Aiming to grow and letting Aiming carry afterward.
 
Top Side: I think the biggest weakness of KT is that their top side doesn't have the carry potential. Their top and mid are not the carry threat. I said the beginning of the year KT will make playoff but they probably won't win.  
CloudTemplar's Prediction: I think right now my image is a bit distorted. A lot of my prediction was right and if you look at my career prediction they are pretty good. Then summer promotion happened[He predicted GRF and Sandbox]. A lot of people asked me if I made predictions without watching the Challenger games. I was the one casting them and not just one of them but all of them...  
Ucal: Like I said I think they came just in the right time. Ucal and Kuro complement each other very well. Ucal is a bit inconsistent and are dependent on the meta while Kuro is very consistent but lacks the carry potential.  
Smeb:SoHwan to put it simply need more time to grow. So Smeb is great here to help him grow while being a carry threat. Of course, I don't know what level Smeb is at right now so it is a bit unknown.  
Legacy of the Void: In the history of League of Legend there isn't a single player that always stayed on top of the position aside from Faker. Especially Top, there is a lot of competition of being the best top laner. Marin, Smeb, Khan, Cuvee, TheShy, and Duke are probably the top contester of the position. The reason why it is hard to pick the definite best is that they all lack something.  
  1. Marin: Playtime was too short. His one year was very impactful but it was just too short.
  2. Smeb: When it really mattered he wasn't able to show up(like Worlds).
  3. Khan: Overall very good and has good results domestically but falters on the international stage(Worlds, MSI).
  4. Cuvee: Really good performance on the international stage but falter on the domestic stage(LCK).
  5. TheShy: If he kept up his performance he probably could become the greatest player(competing Faker)but he wasn't able to keep it up.
  6. Duke: He can carry and team fight but his map awareness is a bit of a trauma.
Right now the competition in the top lane(LCK) are a bit lacking. There is a void on top in LCK and hopefully Smeb's return could fill that void.
 

Damwon:

Worlds: Does people remember when Damwon went to Worlds? There was little talk about Nugri and it mostly about Canyon and Showmaker. Just like Afreeca you know Damwon did good when Nugri isn't mentioned. Nugri was Nugri but Canyon and Showmaker were the ones that sent the team to Words.  
Bot and CanyonThis season Nugri and Showmaker was good and Showmaker was good but Canyon and bot didn't perform that well. The support's prescene was near inexistent. They made some plays but they weren't very impactful and the support are a bit worrisome. I think it is good to have Nuclear and Ghost compete for the spot letting them grow but their support are worrisome. As for Canyon I think last season was a slump for him. I am not sure how long this slump would last.
 
Nugri and Showmaker: I think these two players are at A+~S. I think they are going toward S tier and I don't think it is weird to put them on S tier. I forgot to mention this but Aiming is also at S tier

Is There too Many S Tier?

I think every strong teams have at least 3,4 S players and sometimes even 5. So it shouldn't surprised that there are a lot of S tier players. This is also why it is hard to win at Worlds because pretty much everyone is S tier at Worlds.  

DRX:

 
Top/Jungle/Support: There isn't much DRX wanted to do aside from letting their top/jungle/support level up. Right now in terms of growth I think support grew the most followed by Top and then Jungle. I still think Keria needs to get better and all three of these player has to be at least A tier for them to move up. To be honest though they did great as their first spilt. Third place isn't that good as their first spilt playing together.
If there isn't much to say about DRX isn't that the same for T1 and GenG?: Yes. Goodbye

Top 3 in LCK

LCK's G2: The reason it is hard to talk about DRX and GenG because it ends with "But can they win T1?" Everything starts and ends with T1 so there isn't much to talk about. Remember a while ago I disagree that G2 is the only good team in LEC because then it can be applied to LCK. T1 in LCK, C9 in LCS, G2 in LEC right now there is a big difference between first place and second place in each of the regions. It doesn't mean the whole region is bad but that the 1st place teams are really strong. Right now the only major region that has a tight competition is LPL where the top 3 can beat each other.
 
Strength of T1: T1 is just really good. It is not like before when SKT will always win but now T1 still has a very strong possibility of winning. Right now the top3 teams in LCK have almost guaranteed to go to the international stage so their goal is to grow as much as possible before they go oversea. Of course, the domestic league is still important but I think their focus is more on fixing their weak points than winning necessarily.
 

GenG:

Mid/Jungle Power: Remember what I said about Chovy, BDD, and Showmaker and how they can destroy the game if their laners are below 80? This is doubly true in GenG because Clid and BDD often duo together. So they are 190 and if their opponent is below 170 they can destroy the game. If their mid/jungle are at 170 or below? They basically already lost.  
The Problem of GenG: The problem of GenG is that they struggle against team that as strong or stronger than them. Especially in LPL where their jungle/mid starts at 195. Let's say they were able hang on their other lanes just collapse without their help.  
Bot/Top: The legendary Ruler I know is more explosive and aggressive so hopefully he would go back to form. As for Rascal I think right now the top lane pool of LCK are the weakest. They really need to level up...  

T1:

Clozer: I am a bit excited to see Clozer since I saw him in highlights a lot. But I am not sure if he would play much games on stage. I mean there is probably a reason they put him on sub so they are probably planning to do something with it.  
T1 on the International Stage: I think T1 realized this too but although they won LCK pretty convincingly the international stage are a completely different story. Because other international teams are so good I think they realized that it is going to be a difficult journey.

Prediction:

Top 3: I think top3 will stay the same.  
Middle 4:Damwon, KT, Afreeca, HLE  
Bot 3: Sandbox, SHO Prince, Dynamics  
I think they are self explantory but I think I have to explain Afreeca and HLE. To be honest I am a bit biased toward Afreeca I still can't forget the peak league of legend they showed against T1 so I have high hope for them. As for HLE because they now have a SS tier bot with the addition of Mr. Viper I think they will do good. I don't think there is a big difference between Middle 4 and Bot 3.

 

LCK News:

Surprise incoming: I can't reveal too much but don't be surprised if something shocking is revealed soon.  
Last Challenger Korea: This will be the last Challenger Korea and I know a lot of people pay more attention to LCK but please come watch Challenger as they try their best in the final Challenger Korea Season. I have been casting Challenger for a very long timeAlthough people still ask me if I watch Challenger and I wish fans will support the challengers team one last time.  
I will be casting LCK for 4 days and Challenger for 2 days every week like usual

Q&A:

How Many Teams are Going to be in LCK?  
A: I don't think anyone knows right now they are still in the process.  
Where is Tarzan?  
A: I don't know. I would say I don't know even if I know but I really don't know.  
Why aren't Riot catching trolls? Riot's Server issue?  
A: I am frustrated with it too but I am not a Rioter so I can't really give you an answer even if I want to. I get angry hearing people not being punished too but I don't have any power in that.  
How are interviews going to be conducted?  
A: I don't know that either
What do you even know?  
A:I don't know
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How would you manage operating in the wedding industry today

Long story short: My wife and I are wedding photographers (this is year 4), and as a result of the coronavirus our industry has basically been left with very little to do. Our core business model (that has been effective up until March) was booking ~30 weddings/yr at around 4k per package. We've always supplemented this with smaller photo session works (mostly family + couples portraits).
Due to the continued shutdowns (even as our state "reopens"), the weddings that normally pay the bill still remain disallowed (or at best come with a long list of restrictions which is turning off most clients we work for who invest ~35k on their wedding day on avg.). We've made some efforts to shift towards smaller weddings and elopements, but the inevitable trouble is the market will not allow for wedding packages that cost as much as we'd normally like. Short term, this isn't a big deal, but it's hazy at best what the future will look like for weddings - my biggest fears being if things continue in lockdown mode as we enter into 2021 (we've fortunately been financially prepared for a "rainy day", but not so much prepared for 2-3 rainy years with limited work).
For us, this particular career path has been one made more out of passion than a strict desire to "make money" (we know we need it to maintain our simple lifestyle, but can live with not much), and as we continue to gauge current/prospective clients we feel pretty strongly once coronavirus restrictions go away, the industry will boom and we will continue to be in demand (to be honest - we remain in demand even now as the past few months have seen very high revenue, it's just not "guaranteed" if weddings become impacted by restrictions a year from now, which makes future planning very difficult). This is what makes me not want to throw in the towel as I'm pretty confident demand will be there when we're allowed to properly operate, but I'm also struggling with what to do between now-and-then (whenever that is) to better diversify.
Some things we have done in the past few months already:
The biggest challenge we have is the smaller session work and small wedding packages require a very high level of volume to make the same type of revenue (3-4x the number of clients, which is problematic for many reasons). The digital offerings are good, but more long term plays to grow revenue.
I've talked with others in my industry, but the thinking tends to be pretty insular, a little dramatic at times (understandably so), and many I've worked with are basically preparing to shutdown (if they haven't already) due to lack of money or (frankly) mental dexterity to see through the current situation. Like I said, I'm being driven by passion and it's just a weird time to still be experiencing the demand while just unable to perform most of my work, so it's not like I'm in an industry that was necessarily dying as things evolve (like movie theater chains), but it's one that is being reshaped but I expect will be around post-pandemic.
I'm posting here for advice and thoughts on how to make the best of this shoddy situation, and to actually "make it through". Maybe there's something else you think we could be doing or considering, I'd love to hear it.
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Looking for a mentor.

Hi guys!
(not sure if this type of post is allowed? Sorry if so..)
I'm wondering about the best way to find someone to provide mentorship (whether it be here or elsewhere), something i've always struggled with through out my career as an Entrepreneur.
I'm not a beginner. I've got around 6 years+ in online ventures, affiliate marketing and so on.
So why do I need a mentor? I'm looking to connect with someone who is advanced, a lot more advanced than myself. I understand that to progress in an ever changing industry and throughout business in general, the value of mentorship and someone to bounce ideas off. I've also been out of the game for quite some time while focusing on my hospitality venture. I am now completely emerged back into the wonderful world of the internet and affiliate marketing.
I've come into a pretty unique opportunity with 2 talented people and we have developed a pretty incredible website throughout the Covid period.
I appreciate you guys taking the time to read this and would love the opportunity to chat.
Edit: To the right person, there could be a % of profits or company down the track, this all depends. To give a little more insight, its in the gambling niche. We're also fortunate to have some extremely big connections who could play a part in its success in the future..
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We just compiled a huge list of learning resources for digital marketing. We thought this sub would appreciate it!

Hey guys! With the whole self-isolation thing going on, it’s an awesome time to learn a new skill (or ten). I've been hoarding some of the best guides / resources on digital marketing for the past ~5 years or so, and recently decided to transform it into a guide.
To make it an awesome read, I also created learning paths for most of the digital marketing channels. So, it's not like, "go read 4835 articles," but more like, "Read A, then B, then C," and so on.
Enjoy!

Before we start talking about specific channels, though, let's discuss HOW you can learn digital marketing best.

First things first - you need to decide which channel to start with.
If you have a knack for writing, we’d recommend going with Content Marketing or Copywriting. On the other hand, if you’re more analytics-oriented, go for Search Ads or PPC.
As a given, you DON’T have to learn all the channels. You can just pick one that you like, and specialize in it!
Once you’ve decided on which channel to roll with, you should also establish a learning methodology.
As with most things in life, reading on digital marketing won’t take you far. You need to also put everything into practice.
We usually recommend going with one of these 4 options:
  1. Create a test learning environment. Basically, you create a website for a basic product or service (heck, even a blog would do!), and start applying whatever you learned about digital marketing to get leads and customers. Even if you have ZERO budget, this can be an interesting learning experience. And yes - it’s possible to start w/ a zero budget.
  2. Get an internship. This can be a bit painful if you’re in the middle of your current career, but hey, swallow the pride. If you do your best, you’ll be doing some real work 6 months after the internship.
  3. Offer a local business to help them with marketing for free. Find a business you think you can help in your area and reach out to them!
  4. Create an affiliate blog. Pick a niche, create an affiliate blog, and start pumping out some content. This is mainly relevant if you want to learn SEO or content marketing.
And here’s what you SHOULD NOT DO:
Read a guide or two, buy a course, whip out your own website, repurpose the course and start pretending to be a marketing expert to potential clients.
There’ are way too many people doing this as-is. Please stop! You’re setting yourself up for failure.
You’d be surprised how many people we see on Facebook Ads groups asking, “hey guys, I closed my first client, now how the heck do I deliver on my promises?”
...Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get to learning some digital marketing!

How to learn content marketing

Most traditional advertising channels are focused on directly selling a product. If you turn on the TV, you’ll see a TON of ads for this product, or that product or service.
Content marketing is a form of indirect advertisement.
The idea here is, instead of directly pitching your product to your target audience, you create content (article, video, infographic, etc.) around the problem your product solves, and pitch that instead.
To make this a LOT clearer, here’s a practical example.
Let’s say you’re a marketing agency that specializes in helping SaaS companies with their digital marketing (meta, right?).
Instead of directly running ads yelling “We help SaaS companies!” you create a mega-guide on the topic and advertise that.
...Which is what we did.
We created a mega-guide to SaaS marketing and promoted the hell out of it all over the web. This netted us around ~10,000+ traffic and 15+ leads in the first week, and we STILL get traffic to the piece, 2 months later.
We even posted it on this sub and got around 600 upboats.
Sweet, right?
Now, you’re probably wondering, is this option better than just running ads to your service / product?
Yes, yes it is. Here’s why:
  1. It’s free (ish). The only resources it took was our time to write the post, edit it, and promote it. Ads, on the other hand, can be super expensive.
It builds your brand authority. Who’d you trust with your marketing? A random guy that popped up on your Facebook newsfeed, or the guys that wrote the most comprehensive guide to SaaS marketing you’ve ever read? Exactly!
If you want to learn how to do content marketing, here's what we recommend:
  1. First, learn the basics. You can find a ton of online courses or articles on this. Here are some of our favorites:
    1. HubSpot’s Academy content marketing course
    2. Neil Patel’s guide to content marketing basics
    3. Content Blogger’s guide to content marketing
  2. Learn how to create and promote authority content
    1. Hubspot’s guide to content creation
    2. Copy Blogger’s guide to creating epic content
    3. How to promote your content
  3. Learn how to create SEO content (more on this in the next section)
    1. How to use the skyscraper technique
    2. How to create SEO content
    3. How to create top content with the Wiki Strategy
  4. Learn how to do content marketing for a local business with Google’s course
  5. Read some case studies. Some of our favorites include:
    1. How Chris Von Wilpert made $100,000 by creating and promoting a single blog post
    2. How Mint grew to 1.5 million users (a big chunk of the credit goes to content marketing)

Learn SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is another super popular digital marketing channel.
In a nutshell, SEO is the act of optimizing your web pages and content for Google so that your website pops up when people look up certain terms.
For example, let’s say you’re a project management software. Would it benefit you if you popped up #1 when people Google for your keyword?
Yes, yes it would. You’d be getting highly qualified leads for your software every day, for free, with ZERO ad spend.
Cool, right?
Here’s what an SEO specialist does on a daily basis:
Now, here’s how to learn SEO...

SEO Learning Path

  1. First off, learn the basics.
    1. SEO Basics by Backlinko
    2. SEO in 2020 by Backlinko
    3. Awesome SEO tutorial on Reddit
    4. What’s DA/PA
  2. Then, learn how to do technical SEO, set up tracking, and optimize your website
    1. Setup Google Analytics and Search Console
    2. Improve load speed. Check out this article by Moz
    3. Optimize your web pages for SEO. For this, you can use RankMath if you’re using WordPress, and Content Analysis Tool if you’re not
    4. Losslessly compress all your images. This should save ~75% of space for your images and drastically increase site load speed (which improves SEO). If you’re using WordPress, you can use Smush to automatically compress all images on your site.
  3. Learn how to do keyword research
    1. Top guide on How to do keyword research
  4. Learn how to create SEO landing pages
  5. Learn how to create SEO content
    1. Our own guide to creating SEO content
    2. Backlinko’s skyscraper strategy (i.e. how to create and promote epic SEO content)
    3. How to create top content with the Wiki Strategy
  6. Learn how to do link-building
    1. Learn link-building basics
    2. Learn how to do outreach
    3. Discover ALL the link-building strategies out there
  7. Learn how to optimize article headlines
  8. Read some case studies
    1. How Nat grew a website to 10k+ visitors per month
    2. How Pipedrive ranked on a high-volume keyword
If you’re learning digital marketing because you own a local business, then the game is a bit different. While 90% of the principles above still apply, you should also read about local SEO and how it works.

...And other channels

So we already tried making this post a bit back, but Reddit shadowbanned us for having way too many outbound links. If you guys want to get the full list of resources (and marketing channels to learn), you can check out the complete blog post.
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Online long term business / career

So my goal is to grow online, and in the long term, create a business and career.
I've been working for the same client on upwork for more than a year now, unfortunately the pay is low but the job is easy, and I have a fixed schedule.
I've been reading and researching ways to start business etc. I'm interested in dropshipping, affiliate marketing, ads, marketing.
As I see how the world is evolving, it becomes clear that online marketing and businesses is the way to go.
So right now I'm just looking for some advice on where to start.
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CASE STUDY. Month Zero: Attempting to start, and build, a PROFITABLE website with ZERO experience or knowledge.

Alright, let’s do this!

...but I’ve never done anything like this before. I mean, I’m not even starting from ground zero,
I’m levels below that.
I have limited computer knowledge. I can fumble my way through an excel document and help my mom make an occasional post on Facebook—it’s been over a decade and she still can’t figure it out.
I fear I’m gonna be a lot more like my mom going forward. This is all new to me.
But! I have an idea, I have a dream, I have free time...
...and I even have a little bit of money.
I can spend countless hours obsessing, learning, researching, thinking, and dreaming... or I can take action right now and learn as I go.
If History has told me anything, it’s that I’m the King of Inaction. I’m 32 years old, and I’ve let many opportunities pass me by. No more. Time to do this shit.
Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty of Month Zero, The Birth.

The Niche

I thought about what niche I wanted to tackle for less than two days before I made my decision. The blessing (and the curse) is that I have a lot of hobbies. A lot of interests.
I regularly partake in five-or-so outdoor activities that seem to be rather profitable niches, at least to my untrained eye. A couple are rather obscure, the rest far more popular. I have personal interest in the big niches too—weight loss, fitness, supplements, diets, self improvement... like, I really enjoy those topics already.
My suggestion for anyone searching for, and struggling to find, a niche is this:
Just look at things you do in your daily life, your hobbies, and google them. See what’s out there. Find one that you already partake in at some level. It will make the whole process more enjoyable if you have an interest in the niche yourself (at least that’s what I’m banking on).
There are niches everywhere! My “9-5 career” is, actually, rather fucking niche. Hell, my life style, in and of itself, is a niche.
I made a list of 10 niches, I like most of them and will tackle the rest if the one I picked works out.
Without giving you too many details, here’s a pro’s and con’s list I came up with for the niche:
PROS
CONS
Needless to say, I’m rather excited about this niche and that’s definitely a good thing.

The Goal

I would like the website to become profitable in 9 months. I believe that is an extremely tall order considering my lack of experience, but I like to aim high. I am prepared to sink some money into the project (more on that in The Budget section).

The Plan

I’m going to create an affiliate market based website, mainly focusing on amazon and eBay, and try to become an authority in the niche.
After doing further research I have discovered that Amazon Affiliates might not be the best option so I will begin to identify other options. I have found two affiliate programs specific to this niche.
I will try and build a strong email list through some sort of opt in program. Most likely I will create a short “how-to” e-book about a specific common problem in this niche.
If all goes as planned I will then use the email list to help market a much more detailed ebook down the road.
Outside of affiliate links, I also plan on running specific/targeted ad’s on the page. I will have to do more research on this, and it won’t come until later.
As I’ve stated multiple times, I have zero experience in the following: website creation/design, content creation, affiliate marketing, SEO/keywords, pretty much anything outside of browsing reddit and watching endless YouTube videos. This leads me to a very keystone concept to my business model...
I’m going to outsource... as much as possible. I will focus my energy and time on creating systems and models for my freelancers to follow. In addition, I will learn as much as I can about SEO and keywords in the following months.
This is my general timeline, broken down in 3 main phases.

Phase 1: “The Birth” Month 0-1 

Phase 2: “The Growth” Month 2-3 

Phase 3: “The Takeover” Month 4-9 

Hiring the Freelancers

I will be doing all the initial website creation. After exactly one hour of research, I have decided that it doesn’t seem too difficult to figure it out and get it at least up and running.
I will hire 2 content writers and I’m planning on paying them (no more than) $30 / article. These will typically be simple 1500-2000 word articles. Mainly focused on product reviews and buyer-like “best x-product” type lists, and general informative content. I will write 1-2 lengthy and informative how-to articles (4000+ words) each month, but that’s about all the time I’m willing to commit to content creation.
I have two possibilities for the hiring outlet for these writers.
  1. Use a third party freelance network like Upwork.
  2. Reach out to the four online communities I am a part of that are in this niche. There are a lot of people out of work right now that are looking for extra side income. Although they probably won’t have any experience in content writing, they would be very knowledgeable about the niche and that would allow me to give them more involved and informative content to create.
Either way I go, I will have to properly vet the potential freelancers. I will ask them to either provide an example of their work or write a 500 word story about a specific topic. I will ask them to put [insert random word here] in the title of the email to screen out anybody that didn’t follow the directions.
If I like the writing, I will pick 4 and give them a trial article to write, which I will pay them for. Then, I will pick my two favorite and draft up some sort of contract for them to sign relating to the content usage and pay. I will let them know what to expect and how to submit their work, probably using something like Trello.
At first I think I’m just going to cap them out at one article per week each. I will do very brief google/amazon research to identify a topic. Then I will assign it to a writer along with a general and rough idea of what I’m looking for and a few keywords to use (although I’d only be guessing at this point). They will have the rest of the week to turn in the article.
Virtual assistant... not sure if I need one at first, or if I will have enough work to even warrant one. However, there are just some tasks I don’t want to and don’t like to do. If the VA could take the content and format it properly, upload it to the website, and add the affiliate links... that would be great! But, with only two articles coming in a week, how much time would that take? 1-2 hours?
I do have a personal project that would be perfect for a VA. It’s something that I have been putting off for over a year and would take approximately 5-8 hours of work. I figure I could hire a VA for this, and for the website, to test the waters.
Whatever I end up doing, I plan to find a VA for no more than $10/hr. They would have to be familiar with Excel for the personal project and Trello and Wordpress for the website. I would eventually like to have him/her do some basic research on competition and possible content topics for the writers.
I will have to hire a freelance graphic designer for a headebanner and logo design. I will use fivver and I’m looking to spend no more than $50 for this service.
By phase 2, I plan on starting the social media campaigns. I think I can manage those myself, at first. Facebook and Instagram are the two biggest social platforms for my niche, and I am very familiar with those. The third big one, however, is Pinterest... and I know NOTHING about that. I will evaluate the need for hiring a Pinterest social media VA in Phase 2.
If I can’t figure out SEO and keywords by Phase 3, I will have to hire a SEO guy... I don’t know exactly what that entails or how much that will cost me. I’ve read that I can get a VA experienced in SEA and keywords, which is probably what I will do if I need to.
Website design... same as the SEO shit. If I can’t figure it out I am fully prepared to outsource or at least hire a one time consultant to optimize the site. I will evaluate this need during Phase 3.

The Budget

Now I don’t even know if it is crazy or not to drop a chunk of money on starting a website when you have no clue what you are doing, but I’m prepared to do it.
I’m only going to focus on the budget for the first two phases. I don’t expect to make a single cent in revenue from the website during (at least) the first three months. That means it will be all out of pocket.
disclaimer: I am fully aware that I have no clue what I’m doing. These numbers are just my best guess. I will adjust accordingly as it plays out.
1) Phase 1: Month 0-1 “The Birth” (This phase will have a lot of up-front costs
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Cost Notes
BlueHost $125 (for 1 year) Choice Plus plan 1 year. The 3 year plan is cheaper, but I’ve heard bad things about BlueHost and I don’t want to commit that much in case I decide to switch.
WordPress** $120 Premium plan 1 year. I don’t know if this is the plan I need or not. They offer a free plan, is that sufficient? Or, do I need the even more expensive business plan for the plug-ins and themes?
Content Writers $240 2 articles a week, $30/article. This will give me 10 articles the first month (8 + the two I write)
Virtual Assistant $120 $10/hr x 3hwk I didn’t include the personal project and I don’t actually know how much (or if I even will) hire a VA, but this would be my budget for one if I did.
Graphic Designer $50 One time fee
Total $535
^(\*i was informed that I do not need to pay for Wordpress, so I will be cutting this out of my budget)*

2) Phase 2: Month 2-3 “The Growth”
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Cost Notes
Content Writers $240 /mo x 2mo = $480 Same as before, which will give me a total of 30 articles by the end of month 3.
Virtual Assistant $160/mo x 2mo = $320 $10/hr x 4hwk Might start ramping up the work (adding some search reports) if I end up hiring a VA.
Pinterest social media campaign $240/mo x 2mo = $420 (hehe) I didn’t know how much a Pinterest VA cost, but a quick google search showed me $15/hr. I didn’t know how much a Pinterest VA would work, so I guessed about 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week, rounded up to 4 hours /week. After looking at this cost, I don’t know if it would be worth it.
Total $610/ mo = $1220
Like I said, I don't know if I will spend the $420 on a Pinterest VA at this stage. I think it would be best put towards the writers and generating more content. The overall budget will stay the same, however.
This means, over three months, I will plan on spending $1755

Additional Costs

Shit, I almost forgot.
A lot of those SEO and keyword tools cost money. If I was to allocate $100 total to this category, what would your suggestions for tools be? What would get me the most BANG for my buck?

In Conclusion

Thank you so much for reading this.
I know it’s been a long, long write up. It was mostly for my benefit to hash out the idea and create a plan, but I hope somebody might get some use out of my thought process.
And please...
If you have ANY opinions or suggestions, I welcome them with open arms (just maintain that 6 feet).
Cheers.
ps, I tried to format the best I could.
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I (25M) cannot let go of my anger about how my ex-bandmate (27M) and I treated each other for 10 years.

Foreword: this is really, really long and complicated (TL;DR at the bottom). I'll do my best to keep it as simple and digestible as I can. Any musicians out there will likely understand how complex band dynamics can be. This is a particularly lengthy and complicated situation from my perspective, so I will do everything in my power to clarify all aspects of it. I am struggling to move forward and I don't know any other resources that might be able to help. The relationship is largely over; we don't speak anymore except to wish each other happy birthday. I'm just so haunted by this and I don't know where else to turn.
So I was in a band for about 10 years with this guitar player. I'm a drummer and a vocalist, and for years, music was my dream. We met through local means and started a metal project together after a week of jamming (me on drums, him on guitar, and a few other members over this period), one in which he largely had creative control. He even had a name picked out for the band already. He had always gravitated towards being in the spotlight at the time - when the band started, he wanted to be the guitarist as well as frontman. He tried to do it but didn't have "it," and wasn't a very good singer as well. He also developed a passion for songwriting that gradually drifted closer and closer towards pop techniques. This would eventually become a rift between us.
There was a fundamental difference in the way that we both approached being in the band - at my core, I always wanted everything to be a collaborative approach. I always envisioned the sound of the band being a product of multiple people putting their unique musical voices together in a way that was authentic and, as I developed musically, served their shared vision of the music and how it made them feel. I also felt this way about collective band decisions, marketing, branding, etc. He was decidedly not that way at all; from the beginning through the end, he has always been a visionary and has always tried to approach everything about a creative project from the camp of "get a clear vision in your head and execute it," assuming I understand him correctly. To him, there was a clear set of rules to follow for the desired outcome, if you could figure them out. He would ultimately prove to me just how effective that approach could be.
A couple bits of important context here: first thing is that I'm the extreme stubborn-jackass type of person that cannot stand being told what to do in any way, shape or form whatsoever, and that he is a huge control freak. The second thing is that we both have a diagnosis of Asperger's - I was diagnosed when I was 3 and he got his at 18. This means 2 things; first is that we are both hypersensitive to dealing with things that make us uncomfortable, and our temperament in that sense described above routinely drove us completely and totally fucking crazy. It can also mean that our blind spots are absolutely fucking massive and we tend to really really really piss people off, really badly. Having seen my own reprehensible behavior in this band, as well as throughout my life, plus having dealt with people across the entire autism spectrum from all walks for basically my entire life, I can say with confidence that we can (but do not always) completely fucking suck. Sorry to my fellow autistic folks out there. I consider myself fortunate to have had the experiences I've had to be able to shrink my blind spots as much as I can, but I never feel like it's enough.
Anyway, so I gave all that context to set up the dynamic between us, which was basically 10 straight years of toxicity. In the beginning he would come to rehearsals with songs already written, and was so obsessed with trying every possible approach to serve the song as much as possible. I was much more instinctual and preferred to rely on my gut to make (musical or otherwise) decisions. He ultimately would decide on decisions, both for the songs and the band's direction, that were fundamentally at odds with my approach. At some point he ultimately decided that I should be the frontman of the band, and after I carefully weighed the decision I agreed, and we changed the band name. It was around this point that he really became obsessed with great songwriting - reading books on the subject and listening to multi-hour-long panels on YouTube about pop musical trends and paying the kind of attention only a hyperfocused Aspie can to all of it. I became so resentful of his control freak pathos that any time he would try to instill a good songwriting principle into a lyric or a rhythm or melody, I would resist and try to write a section or entire song and stick the landing without using that principle. This would come to backfire on me, hard.
It’s also worth mentioning that throughout these 10 years, we released 2 EPs, a full-length album, and a handful of singles, each becoming progressively more polished than the last, and we moved from the hard rock genre into an alternative/pop type of sound. We also briefly toured around some of the US and worked with producers affiliated with major labels, released music videos, and had generally made something of a name for ourselves, in large part on the back of this guitarist’s songwriting & production techniques and branding ideas, particularly in the latter half of the band’s days. Basically, he was doing everything, competently as hell, because he didn’t trust anyone else to be able to do it, especially me. At least, it feels that way.
One huge mistake I made in the band was not try to say how I felt about things. This is something I big time regret - instead of being an emotionally mature person and just taking the leap of faith that telling him his controlling approach was making me feel unheard and upset without damaging our relationship beyond repair, I bottled it up. And it came out in all these disgusting ways that still make me cringe and want to kill myself tbh. I constantly made passive aggressive comments, I never accepted his musical decisions, when we lived together in a dorm in college (we both went to the same college and got the same music degree) I would literally scream extreme, dramatic profanities in my morning shower about how angry I was with the way he was running the band, not realizing he was literally in the next room within earshot, and so much more that it pains me deeply to remember. To put it in the best possible light, I was a colossal fucking dick. More succinctly, a monster.
This was behavior that he ultimately reflected back on me - by the end of the band, I would try to bring a song to him, and he would inevitably, every single time, tell me that it doesn't tick off certain boxes of pop songwriting. Either the song would be shelved, or he would deem it worthy of his edits. It still bothers me immensely that I couldn't get an unedited idea past him. It is true that he had, in his mind, the band’s best interests at heart, and that he literally studied pop songwriting and became amazing at it by this point, and I understand that. This isn't about that - it's, more deeply, about power. I would voice my concerns about where I thought the band was headed and what we should do, and it felt like the thing that was guiding his decisions was to go the route opposite to the one I was advocating (at one point I voiced strong opposition to him removing our debut album off our streaming services, which was a rock album, and by now our sound had become more alternative/pop, and he tried to make the case that removing it was the smart decision and ultimately did that anyway). By the end of the band, this constant opposition to each other (which I had started, so it was my fault) had turned him into a more subtle monster of his own - he was treating me like I was crazy, like I wasn't capable of a good idea of anything for the band (even though other band members were huge fans of the songs I was bringing to the band, and resonated with a lot of my ideas for the business direction), like the only thing I was good for was my voice and ability to perform. That behavior is still something he hasn't ever even so much as acknowledged. It still makes me so angry.
So at the beginning of this post, I said I was still haunted by “this.” I was referring to something specific, and that is this (tw: suicide):
Back in late summer of 2016, a local musician who was the frontman of his own band, who had somewhat taken us under his wing (after I became the singer of my band and we had really started to gain some local momentum), asked me to join his band as the drummer. I had filled in for them a couple times and I really enjoyed jamming with them. I also consider myself to be a drummer before a vocalist, so having to drum is something of a need for me, and I wasn't getting that need met in my band. I decided to bring this question to my band - I wouldn't join them unless it was okay with them. This proved to be a gigantic mistake, as they were extremely displeased with the fact that my reaction was not to turn down the offer immediately. I had a conversation with them, in which the ultimate decision I came to was to not join their band. Later on, our own drummer at the time told me that they'd had a separate conversation about it without me, and that both the guitar player and the manager (his mom) hadn't really expressed a lot of empathy for my perspective about why I might think about joining them.
Anyway, that local musician killed himself a few months later, after I'd played an out of state show with his band. I deal pretty regularly with suicidal ideation; this fucked me up pretty good.
Then, 2 years later, I saw on Facebook my guitar player in another band's photos. As if he was a full-time member of the band.
I was confused, hurt, and furious.
I asked him about it at our final show and he confirmed that he had joined that band, and reassured me that they wouldn't interfere with our band. I had already decided I was going to quit our band by that time, which I did a couple weeks later; my suspicion is that he knew and was saving his own musical career.
There's another important piece of information, which is this; since I had become the vocalist of the band, we tried for 6 years in a row to enter this radio competition in our home state, in which 10 bands are played on an FM radio station for a week. The winner gets to play the opening spot of a show held at an arena, recording time at one of our state's best & most famous recording studios, and a bunch of other awesome prizes, plus lots of clout, which, as musicians reading this will know, is basically the most powerful currency there is if you're trying to break into the mainstream. In the entire 6 years we tried to get in, we never once made the cut. The first time he entered this contest with his new band, they won the whole fucking thing. If COVID didn't happen, he would definitely be playing that show when it's scheduled later this year. The promoters & radio station may still try to make the show happen, I don't know.
I was reluctant to quit for so long, despite my deep unhappiness with him, because I was afraid it would ruin his musical dream if I left him. Turns out, I was dead ass fucking wronger than shit about that. I couldn’t have been wronger if I’d tried. Now it just feels like I was holding him back for 10 years. In the end I merely proved to be the final stage of the rocket that put him into orbit. He must feel so vindicated. It hurts so fucking bad.
The fact is, I acted reprehensibly for the majority of the 10 years we worked together. It is also true that at a point before I quit, I did sit him down in his living room, look him in the eye, and apologized from the bottom of my heart. I told him I felt horribly guilty for all these instances of uncalled for aggression, and that I understand a mere apology cannot undo a long past of emotional abuse and there is never any excuse ever ever ever for acting so shittily, and that I wanted to commit to better behavior in the future, and he was forgiving of me at the time. There was also a time after this apology when I became so angry and resentful, that I sat down and wrote a letter out on my laptop, drove up to our rehearsal space, and read it out loud to him, as an attempt to reject my previous approach of bottling up all my feelings. I tried to phrase it as clearly as I possibly could that I needed an apology without literally asking for one - phrases like "I don't feel heard or valued," "I have been hurt by things you have done and said," etc. Perhaps I should have asked for one verbatim. At the time, he justified his behavior to me with the fact that one of his autistic obsessions is making a creative project as good as it can possibly be. The closest I have ever gotten to an apology from him is a separate instance of "that's just how I am."
This is chewing me up and spitting me out. Especially that we showed ourselves to be different people when confronted with the same situation of joining a different band. The fact that he seems to be completely oblivious to his own behavior and how he was capable of hurting me, from treating me like I'm a crazy idiot incapable of good ideas to the massive betrayal of joining another band that he would go on to win the contest with that I couldn't even participate in for 6 years, especially after he’d seen me handle the same situation differently, has me so resentful and rageful. I can feel it eating away at my heart. This is no way to live, but I don't know how to let go. Or, more accurately, I don't want to let go.
This is where my emotional stunting lives, and I see that an inability to let go of shit is a pretty giant stunting of maturity. There are literally millions of people who have been (and regularly go) through things orders of magnitude worse than what this guy did to me, and that’s not lost on me. Hell, between the two of us, it should be abundantly clear that he’s been through worse trauma than I have, at the hands of fucking me. That certainly is clear to me. But this is my weakness, and I’m trying to own that, and I’m hurting and I need some help. I just want the pain to stop, which I know means forgiving without forgetting, but I have no knowledge or desire to get there. Has anyone else been in a situation like this? How do you go from where I'm at to a place of forgiveness and moving on?
If you've made it this far, wow, props to you. This was a big'un. I don't know that I've ever spelled out this situation this clearly before, but I realize it may not be clear to everyone who reads this. If there's anything confusing to anyone or if there's a piece that needs more context, please comment and let me know.
TL;DR - Bandmate and I treated each other like shit for 10 years straight. When both of us were presented with the opportunity to join another band, I asked our band if it was good with them, while he just turned around and accepted the offer. I cannot join the band that asked me to join because the guy who asked me to killed himself. We tried to get played on the radio for 6 years and couldn't get in. He then won the radio competition with his new band on his first try with them. I've sat him down and apologized for my shitty treatment of him, while he has never once even acknowledged that he has a piece of it. I don’t know how to forgive him and I still don’t really want to honestly, but I have to figure out how to start because this is making me miserable and I can’t keep living like this.
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Some future DLC options

Whenever someone on here asks for the Nordschleife to be added we get a long list of reasons why it shouldn’t. The most solid reason is that ACC is licenced by SRO, which technically is true (maybe not as clear cut as we think) but it isn't particularly constructive. So I had a look at what we COULD have as future DLC once the British pack launches (and a good round of stability/enhancement patching).

Conclusions
To me it makes most marketing/business sense to tick off the two other “World Challenge” series, starting with the American, then assess completing the triforce with Asia later down the line. Not only will this massively boost sales in America but building those tracks ticks off more “racing series” which can then be incorporated with a few livery/driver changes (unified GT3/4 standards are handy). Kunos then has the option of adding a new starter level with the Touring Cars when the vehicle teams could support it - which would massively add to the SP career experience. The only negative here is there’s a lot of upfront dev work as all the tracks will need to be created (and there are a lot of them).

Alternatively, Kunos could also pick off some of the smaller EU series, like the German ADAC or French GT series, which aren't the same marketing goliath but combine a couple of new sought after tracks (Red Bull Ring / Magny-Cours) with tracks that are already available, minimising track-dev work. Also the circuit licensing fees would likely be cheaper (if this isn't already handled by SRO), and strategically there are a number of them which could be on the verge of a popular resurgence in the bigger series.
Which tracks/series would you like to have?

Caveats/Info

Google sheet with the whole list
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zWVZCh3IeSqwZLhQ6PuK74fOTBqYCuoQ2dz_WTk7qfg/edit?usp=sharing
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We just compiled a huge list of learning resources for digital marketing. We thought this sub would appreciate it!

Hey guys! With the whole self-isolation thing going on, it’s an awesome time to learn a new skill (or ten). I've been hoarding some of the best guides / resources on digital marketing for the past ~5 years or so, and recently decided to transform it into a guide.
To make it an awesome read, I also created learning paths for most of the digital marketing channels. So, it's not like, "go read 4835 articles," but more like, "Read A, then B, then C," and so on.
Enjoy!

Before we start talking about specific channels, though, let's discuss HOW you can learn digital marketing best.

First things first - you need to decide which channel to start with.
If you have a knack for writing, we’d recommend going with Content Marketing or Copywriting. On the other hand, if you’re more analytics-oriented, go for Search Ads or PPC.
As a given, you DON’T have to learn all the channels. You can just pick one that you like, and specialize in it!
Once you’ve decided on which channel to roll with, you should also establish a learning methodology.
As with most things in life, reading on digital marketing won’t take you far. You need to also put everything into practice.
We usually recommend going with one of these 4 options:
  1. Create a test learning environment. Basically, you create a website for a basic product or service (heck, even a blog would do!), and start applying whatever you learned about digital marketing to get leads and customers. Even if you have ZERO budget, this can be an interesting learning experience. And yes - it’s possible to start w/ a zero budget.
  2. Get an internship. This can be a bit painful if you’re in the middle of your current career, but hey, swallow the pride. If you do your best, you’ll be doing some real work 6 months after the internship.
  3. Offer a local business to help them with marketing for free. Find a business you think you can help in your area and reach out to them!
  4. Create an affiliate blog. Pick a niche, create an affiliate blog, and start pumping out some content. This is mainly relevant if you want to learn SEO or content marketing.
And here’s what you SHOULD NOT DO:
Read a guide or two, buy a course, whip out your own website, repurpose the course and start pretending to be a marketing expert to potential clients.
There’ are way too many people doing this as-is. Please stop! You’re setting yourself up for failure.
You’d be surprised how many people we see on Facebook Ads groups asking, “hey guys, I closed my first client, now how the heck do I deliver on my promises?”
...Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get to learning some digital marketing!

How to learn content marketing

Most traditional advertising channels are focused on directly selling a product. If you turn on the TV, you’ll see a TON of ads for this product, or that product or service.
Content marketing is a form of indirect advertisement.
The idea here is, instead of directly pitching your product to your target audience, you create content (article, video, infographic, etc.) around the problem your product solves, and pitch that instead.
To make this a LOT clearer, here’s a practical example.
Let’s say you’re a marketing agency that specializes in helping SaaS companies with their digital marketing (meta, right?).
Instead of directly running ads yelling “We help SaaS companies!” you create a mega-guide on the topic and advertise that.
...Which is what we did.
We created a mega-guide to SaaS marketing and promoted the hell out of it all over the web. This netted us around ~10,000+ traffic and 15+ leads in the first week, and we STILL get traffic to the piece, 2 months later.
We even posted it on /entrepreneur and got around 600 upboats.
Sweet, right?
Now, you’re probably wondering, is this option better than just running ads to your service / product?
Yes, yes it is. Here’s why:
  1. It’s free (ish). The only resources it took was our time to write the post, edit it, and promote it. Ads, on the other hand, can be super expensive.
It builds your brand authority. Who’d you trust with your marketing? A random guy that popped up on your Facebook newsfeed, or the guys that wrote the most comprehensive guide to SaaS marketing you’ve ever read? Exactly!
If you want to learn how to do content marketing, here's what we recommend:
  1. First, learn the basics. You can find a ton of online courses or articles on this. Here are some of our favorites:
    1. HubSpot’s Academy content marketing course
    2. Neil Patel’s guide to content marketing basics
    3. Content Blogger’s guide to content marketing
  2. Learn how to create and promote authority content
    1. Hubspot’s guide to content creation
    2. Copy Blogger’s guide to creating epic content
    3. How to promote your content
  3. Learn how to create SEO content (more on this in the next section)
    1. How to use the skyscraper technique
    2. How to create SEO content
    3. How to create top content with the Wiki Strategy
  4. Learn how to do content marketing for a local business with Google’s course
  5. Read some case studies. Some of our favorites include:
    1. How Chris Von Wilpert made $100,000 by creating and promoting a single blog post
    2. How Mint grew to 1.5 million users (a big chunk of the credit goes to content marketing)

How to learn SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is another super popular digital marketing channel.
In a nutshell, SEO is the act of optimizing your web pages and content for Google so that your website pops up when people look up certain terms.
For example, let’s say you’re a project management software. Would it benefit you if you popped up #1 when people Google for your keyword?
Yes, yes it would. You’d be getting highly qualified leads for your software every day, for free, with ZERO ad spend.
Cool, right?
Here’s what an SEO specialist does on a daily basis:
Now, here’s how to learn SEO...
SEO Learning Path
  1. First off, learn the basics.
    1. SEO Basics by Backlinko
    2. SEO in 2020 by Backlinko
    3. Awesome SEO tutorial on Reddit
    4. What’s DA/PA
  2. Then, learn how to do technical SEO, set up tracking, and optimize your website
    1. Setup Google Analytics and Search Console
    2. Improve load speed. Check out this article by Moz
    3. Optimize your web pages for SEO. For this, you can use RankMath if you’re using WordPress, and Content Analysis Tool if you’re not
    4. Losslessly compress all your images. This should save ~75% of space for your images and drastically increase site load speed (which improves SEO). If you’re using WordPress, you can use Smush to automatically compress all images on your site.
  3. Learn how to do keyword research
    1. Top guide on How to do keyword research
  4. Learn how to create SEO landing pages
  5. Learn how to create SEO content
    1. Our own guide to creating SEO content
    2. Backlinko’s skyscraper strategy (i.e. how to create and promote epic SEO content)
    3. How to create top content with the Wiki Strategy
  6. Learn how to do link-building
    1. Learn link-building basics
    2. Learn how to do outreach
    3. Discover ALL the link-building strategies out there
  7. Learn how to optimize article headlines
  8. Read some case studies
    1. How Nat grew a website to 10k+ visitors per month
    2. How Pipedrive ranked on a high-volume keyword
If you’re learning digital marketing because you own a local business, then the game is a bit different. While 90% of the principles above still apply, you should also read about local SEO and how it works.

...And other channels

So we already tried making this post a bit back, but Reddit shadowbanned us for having way too many outbound links. If you guys want to get the full list of resources (and marketing channels to learn), you can check out the complete blog post.
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