How I Built It

How I Built It

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Automating Your Life with James Rose
Jul 7 • 47 min
Have you every wondered how some people seem to do so much? Well this week I sit down with James Rose to unlock some of the secrets of one of my favorite topics: automation. We talk about what it is, how it works, and how you can use it to take some tasks…
Growing Your Audience on Instagram with Andrea Zoellner
Jun 30 • 46 min
Wondering how to build a following on Instagram? I was! It’s my favorite social platform and I’m trying to be more intentional about the content. So I brought on Andrea Zoellner, who offered fantastic advice around IG strategy, taking great photos, and if…
Season 8 Wrap Up: Vet Clients and Build Your List
Jun 23 • 30 min
We’re at the half for 2020, which means the end of Season 8. I’m proud to say I learned a ton, and I hope you have too! There were three big topics of focus this season: Find the Right Clients, Productize Your Services (or at least make them more…
Tools Roundup for June 2020
Jun 16
We’re at the halfway mark for the year and I’ve been trying out a lot of new tools and processes. In this bonus episode, I wanted to talk about WordPress plugins, digital products, and analog tools that have helped me be more productive! Show Notes *…
What to Focus on in a Recession with Brad Morrison
Jun 9 • 57 min
With everything happening during the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recession, it’s easy to panic, cut costs, and coast until this all blows over. But that can kill your business. Instead we need to adapt, and in today’s episode, Brad Morrison tells…
Behind the Scenes: Building Podcast Liftoff: Launch
Jun 2 • 36 min
Recently, I launched my brand new course. Podcast Liftoff: Launch. A lot of work goes into creating an online course, and this episode peels back the curtain a little bit. You’ll learn about the journey and decision making that took place, the research…
Improving Customer Relationships with John Vuong
May 26 • 40 min
John Vuong know SEO. But he knows relationships even more. AT a time where connecting with people face-to-face has become harder, John offers some fantastic advice for forging better relationship through communication - both with your current clients, and…
3 Tips for Pivoting Because of COVID-19
May 19 • 48 min
I know what you’re thinking – another podcast doing another episode about COVID-19. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we know it’s not just “a few weeks at home,” I wanted to reach out to some businesses and see what they were doing differently.…
Grow Your Business with a Mastermind
May 12 • 50 min
Let me just tell you right off the bat: my business has grown from my mastermind group. And Ken Wallace…well he really knows what he’s talking about. If you need some extra business support (especially now), you’re not alone. In fact, Ken has bet his own…
Automating to Save Time and Money: My Automation Toolkit
May 5 • 21 min
In August 2018 I was challenged to automate more. Now, nearly 2 years later, I’ve removed myself from core processes because of it. I’m saving lots of time, which allows me to focus on the important parts of my business. While I’m always looking to…
Understanding Customer Journey with Ronald Gijsel
Apr 28
As more businesses are starting to do commerce nearly exclusively online, it’s important to know how your customers are finding you and how they make decisions. Enter Ronald Gijsel, the Community and Partnerships Manager at Yith. He’s going to tech us all…
Productizing Your Service with Brian Cassel
Apr 21 • 53 min
Last week we heard from Maddy Osman about how to make money on marketplaces – and at the core of that is being able to productize your services. Now sure how to do that? Well, Brian Casel has you covered. His advice has inspired me to start offering a new…
Making Money on Marketplaces with Maddy Osman
Apr 14 • 58 min
Maddy Osman has a unique approach to her business and agency – and it’s mostly around getting gigs on FIverr and other marketplaces. When she first told me about that, I was blown away! I didn’t think someone state-side could make a good income off of…
The Importance of Niching Down, Part 2 with Sara Dunn
Apr 7 • 46 min
Sara Dunn is one of my favorite people to talk to, and for good reason. She’s fun, honest, and has a lot of great insight! Today we’re following up on episode 69, where we talked about her starting to niche down. Now, 2 years and nearly 100 episodes…
Growing Your Network through Community Involvement with Vito Peleg
Mar 31 • 44 min
Vito Peleg runs a very popular WordPress plugin called WP Feedback, but did you know he also runs a community under the same name? In this episode we talk all about the importance of community in growing your business. Now, during this episode we talk a…
Growing from Freelancer to Agency Owner with Matt Adams
Mar 24 • 52 min
I’ve known Matt Adams for the better part of a decade – we’ve worked on some interesting projects together, which we’ll reminisce about as we dive into how he’s built an agency out of what started as a freelance career. We talk a lot about something…
Managing Client Relationships with Nathan Ingram
Mar 17 • 57 min
Nathan Ingram is a fantastic freelancer, educator, and coach. I met him doing iThemes Webinars and he always manages to ask the right questions and tee up the right talking points. I’m excited to talk to him today about how to manage client relationships.…
Optimizing Your Time While Running a Business with Erin Flynn
Mar 10 • 53 min
Erin Flynn is one of my favorite people to talk to. We are in a Master Mind group together and her insight and approach is always appreciated. Today, we’re talking about how she’s managed to build a business around literally working 2-4 hours a day.…
Using ConvertKit to Drive Business
Mar 3 • 20 min
Last week, you heard from Angel Marie about the importance of building your list, and how you can use ConvertKit to do it. Today, I decided to pull back the curtain and tell you exactly how I use ConvertKit.
Build Your List Using ConvertKit with Angel Marie
Feb 25 • 44 min
I’m so excited to be talking to Angel Marie, the Creator Educator over at ConvertKit this week. And we’re talking about one of my favorite topics: building your list. I’ve become a huge proponent of this over the last couple of years, and the contributing…
Becoming Location Independent with Ben Collins
Feb 18 • 50 min
Ben Collins’ story is an interesting one! He went from forensic accountant to creating and selling online courses about Google Sheets - talk about niching down! But we talk about more than that. We also talk about location independence, and what it’s like…
Using Systems to Run a More Efficient Business with Shannon Shaffer
Feb 11 • 42 min
Shannon Shaffer is the founder of Purple Finch Studios, a small agency she runs in Pennsylvania, and today we’re talking about the systems and automation she put in place to make her and her team more efficient. Get all of her great recommendations and…
Should You Start a Podcast?
Feb 4
As tools for podcasting have evolved, the question of, “Can I start a podcast” has changed to, “should I start a podcast?” And importantly, will it help you grow your business? We’re going to talk about all of that and more in today’s episode. Get all of…
Growing Your Business Through Podcasting with Matt Medeiros
Jan 28 • 41 min
Today I’m talking to my good friend Matt Medeiros. We both share a passion for podcasting and content creation in general. On top of talking about getting involved in local businesses, and legacy, we dig deep on putting content out into the world. First…
Advice Roundup: Things You Wish You Knew Before You Start Your Business
Jan 21 • 30 min
If you’ve been freelancing or running a small business for any amount of time, you’ve learned a few things you probably wish you knew from the start. In this episode, I’ve asked a few of my freelancing friends (as well as Twitter), “What’s one thing you…
Get More Clients Using Content, with Jessica Lawlor
Jan 14
Jessica Lawlor is a content manager and strategist. Your content plan is integral to your small business, as I’ve learned over the past couple of year. I’m being a lot more intentional this year, and in this episode, Jessica talks about how you can too.…
Preventing the Famine with Jason Resnick
Jan 7 • 55 min
This year, 2020, the show is going to focus heavily on Freelancers and small business owners. And to kick things off, I’m talking to long time freelancer and educator Jason Resnick. He’s the founder of the Feast community and Live in the Feast podcast,…
Forget Resolutions. Here’s My 2020 Yearly Theme
Dec 26, 2019
Lots of people like to make resolutions around the new year. Fresh calendar, fresh start. I’ve gotten away from doing that and instead talking about a yearly theme - an idea I got from the Cortex podcast. In this episode, we’ll talk about my yearly theme,…
Getting the Right Audio Gear with Ryan White
Dec 3, 2019 • 43 min
I’m ending this season of How I Built It by geeking out about audio stuff with my guest, Ryan White. He’s the US Product Specialist for Rode Microphones – a company that makes great gear, and who has an increasingly bigger presence in the podcasting…
Getting Back to Basics and Blogging with Colin Devroe
Nov 26, 2019 • 55 min
I was excited to reconnect with my friend Colin Devroe on this episode. We met through the WordPress community in Scranton and I just the co-working space he and his business part Kyle created. In this conversation, we get back to basics, and talk…
The 2019 Gift Guide!
Nov 21, 2019
The 2019 holiday season is here! Many of you are business owners, remote workers, and freelancers – so I thought I’d put together a bonus episode based on my 2 popular gift guides. Here are some great gifts for podcasters, and people who work from home!…
Improving Accessibility for your Events with Svetlana Kouznetsova
Nov 19, 2019 • 23 min
This interview is a little different than most. See, Svetlana Kouznetsova is an accessibility consultant who’s also deaf. Our interview was conducted completely using Google Docs. The voice you’ll hear on this episode is Erin, my wife, who graciously…
Exploring VC Funding with Nathan Beckord
Nov 12, 2019 • 45 min
Nathan Beckord is the CEO of Founder Suite, a group of tools to help those seeking venture capital, as well as tools for venture capitalists. We talked all about how he built this after spending a decade helping startups raise their own VC. We also cover…
Repurposing Your Content with Jaclyn Schiff
Nov 5, 2019 • 45 min
Jaclyn Schiff made her way onto the show because she’s authentic. She reached out recommending another guest, in a real way. Then, throughout the course of the conversation, we decided she’d also be a good guest for the show! She’s a master of making the…
Using Social Proof to Improve Your Sales with Tevya Washburn
Oct 29, 2019 • 40 min
Tevya Washburn reached out to me over the summer and asked if I might be interested in having him on the show – it turns out his timing was great. See Tevya created a WordPress plugin to help gather and display social proof, and I had just finished read a…
Using Escape Rooms for Team Building with Greg Koberger
Oct 22, 2019 • 49 min
Greg Koberger is easily one of the most interesting guys I talked to this year. Not only do we talk about team building with escape rooms – a super cool concept, by the way – but we touch on mental health, the startup culture, venture capital, and lots…
Onboarding Employees with Micah Rowland
Oct 15, 2019 • 49 min
Micah Rowland isn’t your everyday builder. He doesn’t build homes, cabinets, or even software. As COO of Fountain, Micah builds people, teams, and processes. He offers a wealth of advice on building and scaling teams, and the importance of documentation.…
Stop Losing Your Data with Brian Gill
Oct 8, 2019 • 49 min
Brian is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and angel investor. Due to his firm belief that data recovery shouldn’t be a prohibitively expensive service, Brian founded Gillware, where he and his team specialize in cyber risk assessments, data recovery,…
A Better Way to Spend Your Calendar Time with Woven and Tim Campos
Oct 1, 2019 • 46 min
I had the pleasure of speaking to Tim Campos, former CIO of Facebook and founder of Woven – a calendar that actually accounts for your life and your free time. We talk about his experience at Facebook and how it lead him to the idea of creating Woven,…
Developing a Mailing List Tool on top of GMail with Ajay Goel
Sep 24, 2019 • 44 min
Recently Pat Flynn talked about the “new, hot marketing tool” that isn’t new but is often forgotten: email. Well today’s guest, Ajay Goel, has built a business around the fact that there are lots of people who haven’t forgotten it, and for the scores of…
Write Better Copy and get More Leads with Josh Garofalo
Sep 17, 2019 • 47 min
That was Josh Garofalo and let me tell you: I loved this conversation. He’s a marketer and research and we dig deep into the latter. He tells us how important it is to do your research when you’re writing copy for you website. You want to solve your…
Building Better Marketing Automation through WordPress with Adrian Tobey
Sep 10, 2019 • 43 min
Adrian Tobey is a young, energetic entrepreneur who’s build a pretty cool WordPress plugin in Groundhogg – something to help with yout marketing automation. On top of creating the plugin we talk quite a bit about college and higher education. He talks…
Building the State Department’s Website with Tracy Rotton
Sep 3, 2019 • 47 min
Tracy Rotton is a longtime friend of mine from the WordPress space – we met because we happened to be writing similar books around the same time! Well, Tracy has gone on to do some very cool things – one of which is leaning a WordPress development team…
5 Biggest Takeaways from Podcast Movement 2019
Aug 27, 2019 • 16 min
Podcast Movement is a giant podcast conference and expo where 3,000 attendees come from all over the world to talk podcasting. It’s 4 days of events, talks, and networking opportunities. If you’re never, been, I recommend it. I had a few goals going into…
Gordon Stannis & Twisthink
Aug 20, 2019 • 40 min
Gordon Stannis, like last week’s guest, Colin, helped create a smart lighting system. But where Colin wanted to improve our homes, Gordon wanted to improve our experience in parking garaging. This is a super interesting conversation where we cover both…
Colin Billings & Smart Home Lighting
Aug 13, 2019 • 40 min
Colin Billings has built something that I’m incredibly interested in generally: hardware that contributes to home automation. He built Orro, the first truly responsive lighting system, out of his own frustration with lighting’s adverse impact on his…
Jessica Hall & 3Pillar Global
Aug 6, 2019 • 50 min
Jessica Hall is the VP of product strategy and design at 3Pillar Global, and today we are going to talk about something that made a bunch of news a couple of months ago – the Accenture/Hertz case, where Hertz paid a bunch of money (like $32M) and got…
Alex McClafferty & Productize.co
Jul 30, 2019 • 53 min
Alex McClafferty has a wealth of business experience to share with us this week. Not only did he build a successful business within the WordPress space – WP Curve – he ended up selling it to GoDaddy. That experience showed him that the number of resources…
Kirsten Bunch and Changing Careers
Jul 23, 2019 • 43 min
Over the last 2 weeks, we discussed mental and physical health as it relates to freelancing and self-employment. To round out this trilogy of overall happiness in your career, I’m talking to Kirsten Bunch, who is a reinvention coach. She helps those folks…
Michelle Schulp and Staying Fit While Freelancing
Jul 16, 2019 • 41 min
Michelle Schulp is a fantastic web designer in the WordPress space – you make have seen her work on the WP Hierarch chart. Recently she’s launched a new initiative talking about fitness and freelancing. Last week we touched a bit on mental health. This…
Allie Nimmons and Freelancing / Mental Health
Jul 9, 2019 • 58 min
Allie Nimmons is a freelance web designer with an unique perspective to my own. She made the transition to freelancing after losing her job, but still needing to make money. We talk about what that’s like, as well as how she’s be able to hone her…
Season 6 Wrap Up (Bonus Episode!)
Jun 24, 2019
We got lots of great advice over the course of Season 6. Over the course of about 10 minutes, we’re going to distill all of that advice into 3 overarching themes. Take a listen to find out what they are. Here are the best trade secrets of 2019. Show Notes…
Susan Goebel and Bringing Drugs to Market
Jun 11, 2019 • 40 min
It takes the right combination of bioscience knowledge, marketing intelligence, lead generation strategies, operational insight, product R&D expertise, and personal drive to fuel the business development of any life science firm. For almost 2 decades,…
Patrick Campbell and ProfitWell
Jun 4, 2019 • 45 min
Patrick Campbell was curious about how people price products, and how pricing affects conversion – so he built ProfitWell. We discussed pricing, estimating time, tech stack, and so much more. His insights into how to price are fantastic. Show Notes *…
Jan Löffler and Plesk
May 28, 2019 • 38 min
Jan Löffler is the CTO of Plesk, which is fantastic server management software. They’re rapidly growing set of sophisticated tools is inspiring., In this episode we’ll talk all about the history of Plesk, as well as what it’s like to manage software that…
Jay Gibb and CloudSponge
May 21, 2019 • 53 min
Jay Gibb is the founder and CEO of CloudSponge – a B2B SaaS company that sells an address book widget. We talked about growing an audience, research good opportunities for building a product, and Jay gives some fantastic advice for cold outreach. Show…
Lindsey Miller and Partnership Programs
May 14, 2019 • 53 min
If you’ve ever wondered what goes into creating a fantastic affiliate program, Lindsey Miller from Liquid Web has the answers for you, starting with one simple rule: your affiliates are partners. We talk about lots of stuff like content creation and…
Brad Touesnard and SpinupWP
May 7, 2019 • 47 min
Brad Touesnard is a well known developer in the WordPress community, and CEO and Founder of Delicious Brains, a company that makes fantastic WordPress products. You might know them best from WP Migrate DB Pro, but they do lots more! Brad tells us all…
Mihran Papazian & Brushette
Apr 30, 2019 • 42 min
Mihran Papazian is the CEO of Brushette, a company that plans to revolutionize…toothbrushes! In a rare episode, we cover what it’s like creating a physical product, from the deep research they did, to visiting over 1,000 factories in China to find the…
James Kemp and Iconic
Apr 23, 2019 • 46 min
James Kemp is the founder and lead developer of Iconic, a popular WooCommerce extension shop. James has managed to do well in an increasingly saturated space. His approach to solving problems and determining if there’s a market for his new ideas is an…
Stephanie Scapa And WEYV
Apr 16, 2019 • 34 min
Stephanie Scapa is the Co-Founder and CEO of WEYV, a platform that aims to compete with Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon. They have a unique business model to help them do it! We discuss running a large-scale project, what deep product research looks…
Yuriy Popov and A Solid VPN
Apr 9, 2019 • 37 min
Yuriy Popov is the Customer Success Manager at KeepSolid, where they make a suite of apps. The most popular is VPN Unlimited. We dive deep into how KeepSolid pivoted to focus on where they saw the industry going, from the Snowden revelations to the…
Sam Brodie & Selling Your Business
Apr 2, 2019 • 46 min
Before Sam Brodie founded OffSprout, he successfully sold a niched business that focused on websites for lawyers. Sam generously shares his advice and experience with us, from niching down to how to properly keep your books. There’s tons of great advice…
Andre Gagnon and ProjectHuddle
Mar 26, 2019 • 34 min
Andre Gagnon has SaaS/Subscription fatigue and decided to do something about it. He helped create and launch ProjectHuddle, a WordPress/plugin-based competitor to the likes of InVision. At least, when it comes to getting design feedback. The tech in this…
Jan Thielemann and Selling WordPress Plugins
Mar 19, 2019 • 40 min
Jan Thielemann is a plugin developer who got his start as a digital nomad who wanted to make enough money to fund his adventures. So he started a small side business selling plugins for Divi, where he found a good niche. He offers great advice about…
Amanda Lundberg & Live Captioning
Mar 12, 2019 • 43 min
Every so often on this show, I will have somebody who knows lots of something I know very little about, and Amanda is one of those people. She is a live captioner. We talk all about what it’s like being a live captioner, her the stenographic keyboard, and…
Brennan Dunn and RightMessage
Mar 5, 2019 • 41 min
Brennan Dunn is a freelancer, educator, and founder of RightMessage, a personalization platform used by people like Pat Flynn to make sure their website is targeting the proper audience. We talk about how he built RightMessage and the importance of…
Dan Stocke and Buzz Frenzy
Feb 26, 2019 • 46 min
Dan Stocke knows marketing, and knows the pain of using the Facebook Ads Manager. So he created an easier way to do it. We’ll talk about how he took his idea from need to launch, talk to developers, and refined the process based on feedback.
Laura Elizabeth and Design Academy
Feb 19, 2019 • 41 min
Laura Elizabeth is a fantastic designer who wants to “teach design to developers.” Her story from consulting to products is fantastic, and her method for building buzz and tension around her course worked perfectly. This is a fantastic case study for…
Mike McDerment and FreshBooks
Feb 12, 2019 • 34 min
Mike McDerment is the founder of the incredibly popular accounting software FreshBooks. His story is an interesting one – where he started with an MVP and then built it up from there. His journey relatable, and I’m really excited to talk to him today.…
Nathalie Lussier and AccessAlly
Feb 5, 2019 • 40 min
Nathalie Lussier is has created a unique, fully hosted LMS Saas that people seem to love. That’s because Nathalie, on top of using the product herself, listens to her customers.
Chris Bintliff & The Automated Consultant
Jan 29, 2019 • 47 min
I focused a lot on automation in 2018, so I was really excited to talk to today’s guest, Chris Bintliff, on how he used automation for his client-onboarding process. Chis is a fantastic, energetic guy and offers a lot of great advice here. If you’re…
Anton Kraly and a Drop Ship Business
Jan 22, 2019 • 36 min
Anton Kraly is the founder of Dropship Lifestyle and has an incredibly story of how he got to where he is today. I’m grateful for Anton’s time and for sharing both his story, and his tips on how we can get into dropshipping.
Myke Hurley and Relay FM
Jan 15, 2019 • 44 min
Myke Hurley is a well-known podcaster and founder of Relay FM. To kick off Season 6, he gives us some fantastic advice on starting shows, sponsors, and lots more. His story is incredibly interesting and I think it’s a great way to start this season and…
Turning the Tables: Joe Casabona & How I Built It
Dec 24, 2018 • 56 min
In the last episode of the year (and a bonus one, to boot), my friend Jeff Large interviews me as a follow up to the 100th episode. Jeff is a great interviewer and I really enjoyed the conversation we had – he even gets me to say, “trade secret…” I think…
Bonus: 4 Interviews on Implementing Gutenberg
Dec 18, 2018 • 68 min
In the run up to the release of WordPress 5.0, I created a mini-series on Implementing Guteneberg on my YouTube channel. This episode combines the 4 interviews for your listening enjoyment! Justin Sainton In Episode 1, I talk to Justin Sainton about how…
Vova Feldman and Freemius
Dec 4, 2018 • 38 min
Vova Feldman started one of the most popular plugin marketplaces in the WordPress space. His story is one that came out of filling a need, but also a realization: while there are a lot of people selling plugins in the WordPress space, we can be doing…
Kim Gjerstad and MailPoet
Nov 27, 2018 • 38 min
Kim Gjerstad is one of the founders of the popular newsletter plugin, MailPoet. In this episode we talk about how he’s been able to build a successful product and company with a fully remote team. Kim gives great advice about on boarding, tools, and…
Daniel Espinoza and Wearing Many Hats
Nov 20, 2018 • 37 min
Daniel Espinoza is a man who wears many hats: agency owner, product seller, family man, and more. In the episode we get into how he manages keeping everything running smoothly. This is a fantastic conversation for anyone who wants to diversify what they…
Liam Martin and Time Doctor
Nov 13, 2018 • 36 min
Liam Martin is the founder of Time Doctor. In this episode, we talk all about how he founded the company, from idea to how it’s grown to the massive user base it boasts. We also talk about how long it takes for companies to become overnight successes, and…
Chris Lema and Managed WooCommerce Hosting
Nov 6, 2018 • 44 min
Chris Lema is a man who knows how to build a good product. And in this episode, he’s going to tell us all about how he helped build Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting. We’ll talk about what eCommerce shops need, the importance of performance, and…
100: How I Built My Podcast
Oct 30, 2018 • 31 min
I can’t believe we’ve reached episode 100! This episode is an introspective (retrospective?) on how I built How I Built It. I’ll go over the idea, what I’ve learned over 2 years of podcasting, some pretty sweet automation, and more. I want to everyone…
Joe Howard and WP Buffs
Oct 23, 2018 • 44 min
Joe Howard is the founder of WP Buffs and has lots of experience managing a fully remote team, building a business on Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR), and of-course, offering top notch support to those who need it. In this episode we get deep into a lot…
Brian Richards and WooSesh
Oct 16, 2018 • 46 min
Brian Richards is officially the first repeat guest on the show, and this time around he’s talking about his online conferences, WordSesh and WooSesh. Brian talks logistics, speaker selection, and of-course, the tech stack. It’s a super interesting…
Max Seelemann and Ulysses
Oct 9, 2018 • 39 min
Max Seelemann is one of the founders and developers of Ulysses, one of my favorite Mac and iOS apps. I am excited to talk to him today because it is a different perspective on the software developing process. Ulysses is software I use nearly every day to…
PJ Taei and Uscreen
Oct 2, 2018 • 38 min
PJ Taei is the founder of Uscreen, a video on demand service for people who are serious about selling videos. Whether it’s your online course or a video series, they have you covered. In this episode, PJ and I talk about controlling your platform and…
Mark Zahra and EDD Bookings
Sep 25, 2018 • 32 min
Mark Zahra, among other things, recently released the EDD Bookings plugin for Easy Digital Downloads. I was excited to talk to him about this because it’s something that I thought of doing myself back when I was teaching multiple classes at the University…
Jeremy Green and Leaky Paywall
Sep 18, 2018 • 29 min
Jeremy Green is a developer and founder of Zeen 101. They created an interesting product called Leaky Paywall, which is a plugin that allows you to put content behind – you guessed it – a paywall. Jeremy also has some really interesting insight on how…
Lindsay Halsey and Pathfinder SEO
Sep 11, 2018 • 34 min
Closing out this miniseries on SEO is Lindsay Halsey. She’s the co-founder of Pathfinder SEO and in this episode we talk about how her product basically combines a lot of what we talks about over the past month – automated tools and stats, with a coaching…
Pam Aungst and SEO Process
Sep 4, 2018 • 41 min
So far this season we’ve looked at starting an SEO agency and an SEO product. But what we haven’t looked at was a good strategy – especially when it comes to Pay per Click and the like. Well that changes this week with our guest, Pam Aungst. She’s an SEO…
John Doherty and Credo
Aug 28, 2018 • 38 min
John Doherty is the founder of Credo. I met John at CaboPress, an incredible business mastermind week, and we got to talking about the marketing and SEO side of things. Know I don’t know much about that, but Credo is definitely something that can help me…
Jeremiah Smith and SimpleTiger
Aug 21, 2018 • 40 min
Jeremiah Smith is founder of SimpleTiger, an SEO company that focuses on SaaS companies. This episode is going to kick off a miniseries about SEO and I’m happy that Jeremiah is starting it off. He offers so much incredible advice about SEO and life in…
Zach Tirrell and Loxi
Aug 14, 2018 • 30 min
Today we’re talking to Zach Tirrell from Modern Tribe. We talk all about how they re-imagined that plug-in as Software as a Service called Loxi. We go over how they decided on which features to support, the importance of good design, and the tech stack,…
Bryce Adams and Metorik
Aug 7, 2018 • 44 min
Bryce Adams is creator of one of my favorite tools, Metorik. Bryce tells us about the path the led him to making Metorik, his view on e-commerce, GDPR, and how he’s using some cutting edge tools. We also talk engagement and stats. Be sure to stick around…
Tessa Kreisel and Teaching Development
Jul 31, 2018 • 34 min
Tessa Kriesel is a developer, community advocate, and educator. In this episode we get into our approaches to teaching, why it’s important, and the importance of giving opportunities to underserved areas and groups. We also discuss our “aha” moments –…
Jennifer Bourn and Profitable Project Plan
Jul 24, 2018 • 28 min
Jennifer Bourn is the founder of Bourn Creative and creator of the Profitable Project Plan. She’s also a freelancer who’s doing it right. She has worked out the perfect system to get and manage client projects; in this episode we’re going to talk all…
Abbey Perl and Diverse Gaming Coalition
Jul 17, 2018 • 30 min
Abbey Perl started the Diverse Gaming Coalition to help combat online bullying through video games and modern pop culture. In this episode, I talk to her about why she started it, how she went about starting a non-profit organization, and much more. Show…
Seth S. Scott & Membrane
Jul 10, 2018 • 34 min
Seth S. Scott’s story is an interesting one. He up and moved to New York City to pursue a career in game development. He tool a game design boot camp and left with his first commercial game, Membrane. In this episode we talk about risk and how he built a…
Scott DeLuzio and PrivacyWP for GDPR
Jul 3, 2018 • 34 min
Scott DeLuzio is a WordPress plugin developer who likes to scratch his own itch on some pretty heavy topics, and his latest is no exception. We talk about one of this summer’s hottest topics: GDPR. Scott and I spoke about this just days before the…
Rachel Cherry & WPCampus
Jun 26, 2018 • 44 min
Rachel Cherry is a front end developer and lead organizer of WPCampus, a WordPress conference focused on Higher Education. In this episode, we talk about what goes into putting on this conference, from scouting a location to day-of logistics. Show Notes *…
Season 4 Recap
Jun 13, 2018 • 19 min
So we just wrapped up Season 4 a couple of weeks ago and it was my favorite episode for a lot of reasons. I got to talk to great people, the sponsors were fantastic, and we even had a miniseries on starting your own business. Plus, there were a lot of…
Beka Rice and Jilt
May 29, 2018 • 42 min
Closing out Season 4 is Beka Rice, Head of Product at Jilt! After an entire season about hearing about Jilt, Beka and I dig deep into how it was built, how to be effective with your abandoned cart emails, GDPR, and much much more. It’s a great way to…
Thomas Umstattd and Crowdfunding Plugins
May 22, 2018 • 44 min
Thomas Umstattd is a plugin and agency owner who’s has great success in crowdfunding his products. His take is a fantastically interesting one and he offers lots of great advice – so much that we even have a bonus over on Patreon. This is definitely one…
Stacy Kvernmo and Development Process
May 15, 2018 • 37 min
Stacy Kvernmo is a UX/UI Developer at OddBird. I met Stacy on another podcast and was really excited to talk to her about a number of tools and views she has about creating good code while working on a team. We talk about process, UX, and more in this…
Evan Calkins and Hoban Cards
May 8, 2018 • 37 min
Evan Calkins created Hoban Press & Hoban Cards after he bought his first letterpress machine. He’s a master of his craft and I was really excited to talk to Evan because I’m very interested in that creaft. He creates fantastic looking business cards and…
Nancy Hildebrandt and Creating Great Documentation
May 1, 2018 • 35 min
Nancy Hildebrandt has a lot of experience in documentation and software systems, starting back in the Sun/Java days. In this episode, we talk all about building out a good support system and what that process looks like. We also talk about the importance…
The Social Web Suite Team
Apr 24, 2018 • 29 min
Dejan Markovic and Tina Todorovic are two halves of the Social Web Suite dream team. They are some of the hardest working, passionate folks I know in the WordPress community and an absolutely joy to talk to. I love the tool and and hearing the evolution…
Craig Hewitt and Castos
Apr 17, 2018 • 29 min
Craig Hewitt is a guy who knows podcasting, so I was super excited to talk to him about his acquisition of Seriously Simple Podcasting. He took a relatively focused WordPress plugin and turned it into a SaaS, and that’s what we talk about in this episode.…
Beth Soderberg and Learning Development
Apr 10, 2018 • 41 min
Beth Soderberg is a self-taught Front End Developer and speaker, and in this episode I get to talk to her about how she learned her craft. It was fun exchanging stories of our different learning experiences. Beth offers truthful and encouraging words for…
Brad Williams & Client Relationships
Apr 3, 2018 • 44 min
Brad Williams of WebDevStudios knows a thing or two about client relationships. In this episode, We start at the beginning with finding a client, the proposal process, and touch on things like having a Discovery phase. It puts a nice cap of what we’ve…
Jen Jamar and Marketing
Mar 27, 2018 • 38 min
Jen Jamar is a marketing strategist who currently works for Modern Tribe. Jen really knows her stuff, which I loved because I learned a ton. And the best part? We talk about a strategy for marketing that won’t cost you thousands of dollars in Facebook…
Nicole Kohler and Content Strategy
Mar 20, 2018 • 44 min
Nicole Kohler is a Growth Marketer at Automattic; most of her job revolves around building and publishing content for her team and her main product, Jetpack. So in this episode, I talk to Nicole about Content Strategy. This is something I struggle with,…
Rian Kinney and Trademarks
Mar 13, 2018 • 32 min
Rian Kinney is an intellectual property lawyer and today we talk about the legal side of starting a business She’s been on Office Hours to discuss contracts so I wanted to talk about IP – copyright and trademark. How it works, what the process for getting…
Sara Dunn and Niching Down
Mar 6, 2018 • 36 min
Continuing our series on How You Build a Business, today I get to talk to Sara Dunn about niching down. She’s been pretty public with her process, starting a YouTube channel to discuss her decision making. I loved chatting with her about this because it…
Sherry Walling & Choosing Self Employment
Feb 27, 2018 • 41 min
This is Part 1 of our mini series, “How You Build a Business” In today’s episode, I get to talk to Dr. Sherry Walling. She’s kicking off our miniseries on how to build a business and she helps us answer a very important question: “Am I ready to start my…
Josh Koenig and Pantheon
Feb 19, 2018 • 39 min
Josh Koenig is the founder of Pantheon. He is energetic, passionate, and knowledgable in his field. That’s a killer combination you love to see in company leaders. We talk all about the technologically cool stuff Pantheon is doing, so if you’re a…
Blair Williams and MemberPress
Feb 13, 2018 • 34 min
In today’s episode, I chat with Blair Williams, a WordPress veteran with lots of great plugins. We’ll talk specifically about MemberPress and what it’s like creating that, the decision making that went into their pricing, wp-cron, and lots more. Show…
Peter Hollens and Creating Online
Feb 6, 2018 • 50 min
Peter Hollens is an incredible artist and creator. You may have seen some of his videos on YouTube. Today we’re going to talk about what goes into making them, as well as his online courses at Hollens Creator Academy. Peter’s incredibly passionate about…
Patrick Rauland and Building a WooCommerce Shop
Jan 30, 2018 • 32 min
Patrick Rauland is a WooCommerce expert who joins us today to talk through everything you need to think about when setting up an e-commerce site. So this is less asking, “how did you build that,” and more, “how would you build that?” It’s a great…
Brad Dowdy and Nock Co.
Jan 23, 2018 • 42 min
Brady Dowdy is a podcast, manufacturer, and most important, pen addict. I’m a big fan and Brad and everything he does, and in this episode, we’re wading into very non-techie waters. Brad and I talk about what it’s like building a physical product – from…
Cody Landefeld & Mode Effect
Jan 16, 2018 • 36 min
Cody Landefeld is the co-founder and director of Mode Effect, a company that specializes in WooCommerce. In this episode we talk about how he and his company built those Disney quizzes that are so addicting. On top of that, we discuss working with…
Special Episode: Live from WordCamp US 2017
Dec 22, 2017 • 50 min
In this very special live episode, I had the opportunity to interview WordCamp US attendees and ask them 3 questions: * What advice for Frontend Development optimizations do you have for us? * How do you level up your skills? * If you could go back in…
Episode 61: Morten Rand-Hendriksen & Teaching at Lynda
Nov 28, 2017 • 60 min
Morten Rand-Hendriksen is an incredible developer and teacher who brings it all to his online courses. In this extra long Season 3 Finale, Morten and I run the gamut on topics, including courses, empathy, technology, WordPress, and more. I strongly…
Episode 60: Neill Feather & SiteLock
Nov 21, 2017 • 35 min
Neill is the President of SiteLock, and has spent a lot of time building a successful company. They are not only good at what they do, but deeply dedicated to the community. In this episode, we talk all about security for your website, who’s most at risk,…
Episode 59: Nathan Tyler and Staging Pilot
Nov 14, 2017 • 31 min
I met Nathan at WordCamp DC over the summer. We got to talking about a really cool project of his, Staging Pilot, so I asked him to be on the show. It’s a very interesting conversation because we get pretty developery, which I totally love to do. We talk…
Episode 58: Jeff Large & Podcasting for Your Brand
Nov 7, 2017 • 33 min
Jeff and I talk about one of my favorite topics: podcasting. Jeff is a professional podcaster; he does it for other brands, so he doesn’t just have his own. He is hired to help people set up their own podcasts. Whether it be to promote their brand or…
Episode 57: Jack McConnell & Better Notifications for WordPress
Oct 31, 2017 • 32 min
Jack McConnell of Made with Fuel talks about his plugin, Better Notifications for WordPress. We talked about scratching your own itch, and getting in there and coding. We also talked about the long game a little bit, so he talked about how he front-loaded…
Episode 56: Amir Salihefendic & Twist / Doist
Oct 24, 2017 • 33 min
Amir Salihefendic is the founder and CEO of Doist, maker of the popular Task Management app, Todoist. Today we are talking about their new chat app Twist, which was create as a way to combine email and Slack-like functionality. We talk about all sorts of…
Episode 55: Alex Cancado & Gravity Forms
Oct 17, 2017 • 33 min
Gravity Forms is one of, if not the, oldest premium form builders for WordPress. Alex Cancado, one of the founders, and I talk about the research that went into creating such an integral part of any website. We also talk about refactoring, automated…
Episode 54: The GiveWP Team
Oct 10, 2017 • 35 min
GiveWP is a plugin that helps you accept donations on your WordPress site. I got to talk to Matt and Devin about all sorts of other stuff though, like collaboration on a large team and the importance of great support. Show Notes GiveWP GiveWP on Twitter…
Episode 53: Ben Meredith and Better Click to Tweet
Oct 3, 2017 • 33 min
Ben Meredith is a WordPress man about town, working with lots of great folks in the community like GiveWP, and putting out his own plugins. In this episode, Ben and I talk about Better Click to Tweet, a fantastic and free WordPress plugin he created. Show…
Episode 52: Brian Hogg & Plugin Development, Part 2
Sep 26, 2017 • 40 min
Brian Hogg is a Canadian, WordPress Plugin Developer, Educator, and more. He has a few great courses on how to create WordPress plugins and a very informative newsletter to go with them. In part 2, we talk all about what to put in free vs. paid, build…
Episode 51: Brian Hogg & Plugin Development, Part 1
Sep 19, 2017 • 28 min
Brian Hogg is a Canadian, WordPress Plugin Developer, Educator, and more. He has a few great courses on how to create WordPress plugins and a very informative newsletter to go with them. In this 2 part episode, we discuss his plugins as well as general…
Episode 50: Mike Rohde and Sketchnotes
Sep 12, 2017 • 41 min
Mike Rohde is a designer and founder of the Sketchnotes Army! He’s also a twice-published author and Green Bay Packers fan. In this episode, we talk about how he came up with sketchnotes, why it helps with retention, getting published, and tons more! Show…
Episode 49: Andy Wilkerson & Theme Developer, Part 2
Sep 5, 2017 • 28 min
Andy and I continue our conversation from last week, about general theme development. We discuss our favorite tools and learning resources, plus much more! If you’re interested in making WordPress themes, these episodes are must-listens! Show Notes * Part…
Episode 48: Andy Wilkerson & Theme Developer, Part 1
Aug 29, 2017 • 32 min
Andy Wilkerson is a theme developer and theme shop owner that made a name for himself on Theme Forest. Now he’s working on all sorts of projects, not just for themes, but for podcasts and more! In this 2-parter, he and I talk about his story and general…
Episode 47: Sean Blanda & Journalism Platforms
Aug 22, 2017 • 34 min
Sean Blanda is a long time friend, journalist, and Editor-in-Chief of GrowthLab and I Will Teach You To Be Rich. He has an excellent newsletter that focuses in on specific topics and takes an objective approach to writing. In this episode, we discuss what…
Episode 46: James Rose & Content Snare
Aug 15, 2017 • 35 min
James Rose is an Australian agency owner who creates websites for a living. In this episode, we talk about his brand new product, Content Snare. Content Snare is a software product built to drastically cut down the time and headache wasted on chasing up…
Episode 45: Ryan Sullivan and WP Site Care
Aug 8, 2017 • 33 min
Ryan Sullivan is the founder of WP Site Care, a business that helps service and maintain WordPress sites. In this episode, we talk about building a business that meets a need and defines expectations, some great tools for running a support business, and…
Episode 44: Russell Aaron and Maintainn Tools
Aug 1, 2017 • 40 min
Russell Aaron is a backend developer working for WebDevStudios and working out of Reno, NV. He’s done lots of work within the WordPress community, including work on the plugin Maintainn Tools, which he uses to help troubleshoot websites. Show Notes…
Episode 43: Justin Ferriman & LearnDash
Jul 25, 2017 • 34 min
This is the second of a 2-part series called Educational WordPress! In the last episode, I spoke to Chris Badgett. Today, it’s Justin Ferriman Justin Ferriman is the owner of the LearnDash LMS for WordPress. In this episode we talk about building an…
Episode 42: Chris Badgett & LifterLMS
Jul 18, 2017 • 30 min
This is the first of a 2-part series called Educational WordPress! Over the next 2 episodes, I talk to two of of the biggest names in a WordPress LMSs and WordPress in the educational space. Today, it’s Chris Badgett. Chris Badgett is a software company…
Episode 41: Kiko Doran and Tuniversity
Jul 11, 2017 • 27 min
Kiko Doran is a veteran, developer, musician, teacher, and so much more! In this incredibly interesting interview, Kiko and I talk about how he created the iBook, Learn Pharrell Williams’ Happy for Apple’s new Tuniversity project. We talk about how the…
Episode 40: Jeff Matson & Heartbeat Control
Jun 27, 2017 • 36 min
Jeff Matson is a WordPress man about town, making contributions to several big plugins and projects, and even WordPress itself. In this episode, we talk all about development, knowing when to cut your losses, developer tools, and much more. It was great…
Episode 39: Stephanie Wells & Formidable Forms
Jun 20, 2017 • 31 min
Stephanie Wells is a nurse turned coder who launched her own WordPress-based online business. Starting off in client work, she quickly moved into the product space, where she makes Formidable Forms. I was stoked to have Stephanie on the show and we talk…
Episode 38: Tracy Levesque & Easy Forms for Mailchimp
Jun 13, 2017 • 34 min
Or: “How I Met Your Mummers” In this first episode of Season 3, Tracy and I talk about doing client work vs. product work, owning an agency in Philly, and moving from the free to freemium pricing model. We also talk all sorts of non-computer stuff like…
Episode 37: Michael Sacca & Crew/Unsplash
May 23, 2017 • 32 min
We close out Season 2 talking to Michael Sacca of Crew and Unsplash. Crew has since been acquired by Dribbble, but the story of how they got to where they are is great! We discuss startups, finding the right balance, and how a simple side project can be…
Episode 36: David Bisset & WordCamp Miami
May 16, 2017 • 34 min
David Bisset is a WordPress developer who also happens to plan one of the biggest WordCamps in the United States. Their 9th one happened recently so I sat down and talked to David about what goes into planning a WordCamp, especially one this big! Show…
Episode 35: Diane Kinney & Writing an eBook
May 9, 2017 • 28 min
Diane Kinney is a WordPress Developer, Designer, and Marketer. And soon, she’ll be adding author to that biographical line. She and Carrie Dils are working on a book called Real World Freelancing that talks all about what it really takes to be a…
Episode 34: Shawn Hesketh & WP101
May 2, 2017 • 39 min
Shawn Hesketh is a good friend of the show and an excellent educator and mentor. His widely popular site, WP101, teached thousands of folks how to use WordPress. In this episode, we get pretty deep into the woods on how he built WP101, and in typical…
Episode 33: Erin Flynn & Teaching Freelance
Apr 25, 2017 • 27 min
Erin Flynn is a freelancer and educator based on Colorado. In this episode we talk about how she found her way into the product space, all the twists and turns of freelancing, and how she creates courses and keeps her sales funnel on point. Show Notes *…
Episode 32: Tom McFarlin & Page Template Dashboard
Apr 18, 2017 • 31 min
Tom is a man of many hats! He’s a WordPress user, avid blogger, developer, editor for Envato, and much more. He also takes the approach that he’ll scratch his own itch if he needs to. In this episode, we talk about how he tackles problems, why and how he…
Episode 31: Ty Fujimura & Building Client Relationships
Apr 11, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode, Ty and I discuss a few great topics! His company, Cantilever, focuses on strong client relationships that elicit enough trust to try cool, experimental projects, like what they did with Rustic Pathways. We talk about integrating the REST…
Episode 30: Andy Stitt & WordPress for Non-Profits
Apr 4, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode, Andy and I discuss some of the specific challenges and rewards of developing WordPress sites for non-profits, why empathy is so important, and why you should never say never when choosing the right tool for the job. Show Notes * Andy…
Episode 29: Jonathan Kay & WP Stagecoach
Mar 28, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode, we get pretty heavy into servers and server setup! Jonathan talks about how he got the idea for WP Stagecoach. We also discuss some of the difficulties with spinning up and simulating multiple server setups, how good coding can go a long…
Episode 28: Daniel Bachhuber and WP-CLI
Mar 21, 2017 • 38 min
In this episode, Daniel and I get pretty heavy into development tools and using WP CLI, automated testing, and the future of WP-CLI and Open Source. We go a little long, but it’s a great conversation no matter what your background is. Show Notes * Daniel…
Episode 27: Troy Dean & WP Elevation
Mar 14, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode, Troy and I have a great conversation about developing online courses, creating scarcity, and keeping students engaged. If you’ve been looking to start an online course or develop a great online community, this episode should not be…
Episode 26: JJJ & Publishiza
Mar 7, 2017 • 37 min
It’s Episode 26, and JJJ and I talk all about getting an idea and running with it. His plugin Publishiza has a funny origin story that decided to develop. We also talk about publishing where you’re comfortable, seeing your work get used by actual people,…
Episode 25: Bob Dunn & Blogging
Feb 28, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode, Bob and I get back to WordPress basics and talk all about blogging! Bob talks about how he built his blog, using plugins (60+!), coming up with good content, and a lot more. This is an excellent episode for anyone who uses WordPress or…
Episode 24: Logan Nickleson and Music for Makers
Feb 21, 2017 • 34 min
Logan and I talk about what it’s like to sell royalty free music with Easy Digital Downloads, as well as the music-writing process, good sound editing, and tips for recording. This is a great episode because Logan is not necessarily in the WordPress…
Episode 23: Scott Bolinger and AppPresser
Feb 14, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode, Scott and I talk all about extending WordPress beyond the web, Javascript frameworks, the REST API, and a lot more! It was great to hear about AppPresser’s transformation and where it’s heading! Show Notes * Scott Bolinger * AppPresser *…
Episode 22: Topher DeRosia and HeroPress
Feb 7, 2017 • 30 min
In Episode 22, Topher and I discuss building HeroPress, sticking with a project when it’s important enough, and giving a voice to people in the community who don’t always feel like they have one. Show Notes * Topher DeRosia * HeroPress * Kickstarter *…
Episode 21: Liam Dempsey & WordPress Meetups
Jan 31, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode, Liam and I discuss what goes into making a good meetup. As the organizer of one of the most popular (and active) WordPress meetups in the Northeast, and a 2 time WordCamp US organizer, he shares lots of wisdom about what works, what…
Episode 20: Nathan Ellering and CoSchedule
Jan 24, 2017 • 25 min
It’s episode 20! Woo! This season has been pretty developer heavy so far, but my chat with Nathan is anything but, and there’s a ton of great stuff I learned. We talk about CoSchedule, coming up with content, and all about marketing. It’s definitely…
Episode 19: Dre Armeda and Sucuri
Jan 17, 2017 • 28 min
It’s early in the year and something to think about is security! Dre Armeda is here to tell us all about that – the full history of his company, Sucuri, where they’ve been and why they are kicking it up a notch. Super informative and important to anyone…
Episode 18: Pippin Williamson & Restrict Content Pro
Jan 10, 2017 • 32 min
It’s the first episode of Season 2 and I’m glad to be back! Leading off, I got to talk to Pippin Williamson about resurrecting Restrict Content Pro, what it’s like being in the WordPress product space, pricing, developing, finding balance, and lots more…
Episode 17: Jackie D’Elia & What We Learned Podcasting, Part 2
Dec 13, 2016 • 28 min
It’s the end of Season 1! In this 2-part episode, Jackie and I cover everything we’ve learned while starting a new podcast. In this part (part 2), we go over finding guests and sponsors, choosing the right tools, using iTunes, and more. Show Notes * Part…
Episode 16: Jackie D’Elia & What We Learned Podcasting, Part 1
Dec 6, 2016 • 27 min
It’s the end of Season 1! In this 2-part episode, Jackie and I cover everything we’ve learned while starting a new podcast. In this part (part 1), we go over the ideas for each podcast, some early trial and error, pre- and post-production, tricks of the…
Episode 15: James Laws and Ninja Forms
Nov 29, 2016 • 28 min
In this episode, James and I talk about breaking into the WordPress forms space, early decisions and pivoting, and building 3.0 from the ground up. Learn about how they built a following, evolved the product, and how they tested and migrated their…
Episode 14: Corey Maass and Kanban for WordPress
Nov 22, 2016 • 33 min
I get to talk to Corey Maass, a WordPress develop who’s delved into several different products. His most popular plugin, Kanban for WordPress, turns WordPress into a project management system based on the popular Japanese method of displaying cards and…
Episode 13: Jeff Sheldon & Ugmonk
Nov 15, 2016 • 28 min
Jeff and I talk about picking names, following your passion, and his great attention to detail in this episode of How I Built It. In a usually saturated market, Jeff has build a great business on t-shirts and other clothing. His insight is fantastic! Show…
Episode 12: Chris Lema and Beyond Good
Nov 8, 2016 • 34 min
Chris and I talk about all sorts of stuff in this episode, all surrounding his site Beyond Good. We talk about tools, automation, and being a one-man show doing the work of a small company. Chris also shares some exclusive advice on creating content. Make…
Episode 11: Brian Richards & WP Sessions
Nov 1, 2016 • 38 min
This episode goes a little longer than normal, but it’s chocked with some great information! We discuss hacking systems (but not in the way you’d expect), how he created WPSessions by basically asking, and why he wanted to bring the WordCamp feel to the…
Episode 10: The Beaver Builder Team
Oct 25, 2016 • 26 min
In this episode, Robby and Justin from Beaver Builder discuss creating a great product, the importance of feedback from your users and the community, and where they see page builders going. Show Notes * Beaver Builder * Pippin’s Page Builder Review * Gulp…
Episode 9: Zac Gordon & Javascript for WordPress
Oct 18, 2016 • 35 min
In this episode, Zac and I get deep about how he built his online learning course, Javascript for WordPress! We discuss the tools he used, coming up with content, and how often the best course of action is to pay the pros to get the high quality work.…
Episode 8: Joost de Valk and Yoast SEO
Oct 11, 2016 • 28 min
In this episode, Joost and I talk all about his incredibly popular Yoast SEO plugin. Running one of the most popular plugins globally is hard work and it shows in the Yoast SEO team’s development process. We talk about everything from good readability and…
Episode 7: Matt Medeiros and PluginTut
Oct 4, 2016 • 30 min
In this episode, Matt and I discuss how he built PluginTut, coming up with content, choosing the right tools for the job, and more! Show Notes * PluginTut * PluggedIn Radio * Matt Report: Nathan Barry * Matt Report: Rob Walling * Canva * My Business Card…
Episode 6: Chris Coyier & CodePen
Sep 27, 2016 • 37 min
In this episode, I get to talk to Chris Coyier, we talk all about CodePen: the idea and execution, the interest tech stack and how it was coded, the challenges of certain features, and even a bit on taking VC funding. Definitely a great one to listen to!…
Episode 5: Carrie Dils and Office Hours
Sep 20, 2016 • 26 min
In this episode, Carrie and I talk about the evolution of her podcast, the Office Hours Community, and the value of just trying stuff and see what works! Take a listen. Show Notes * Carrie Dils * Office Hours FM * The Office Hours Community * Real World…
Episode 4: Cory Miller & iThemes
Sep 13, 2016 • 30 min
In this episode, Cory and I have a great conversation about all of the things iThemes does, how they got there, why they do things, and the most important aspect of any business. Show Notes: * iThemes * BackupBuddy * iThemes Security * iThemes Sync…
Episode 3: Brian Krogsgard and Post Status
Sep 6, 2016 • 36 min
In this episode, I talk with Brian Krogsgard about how he started Post Status, deciding to take full time, getting members, making decisions, and of-course, the tools he used to built out the website! One of my favorite parts of the interview is around…
Episode 2: Rebecca Gill and DIY SEO Courses
Aug 30, 2016 • 24 min
Rebecca and I talk about building an online course, the necessary dedication you need to be able to teach, and some great tools for setting up your own online course! Links from the show: * DIY SEO Courses * SEO Bootcamp * LearnDash * Follow Up Emails for…
Episode 1: Jason Coleman and Paid Memberships Pro
Aug 23, 2016 • 32 min
Jason Coleman, CEO and Developer of Paid Memberships Pro talks about what he did to get started, some of the challenges of breaking into the WordPress plugin scene, how talking to others helped him set revenue expectations, and offers great advice on how…
Episode 0: To Become a Good Carpenter, Learn from Other Carpenters
Jul 27, 2016 • 3 min
Welcome to Episode 0 of How I Built It! In these few minutes I introduce the show, what my goals are, and what to expect. There’s a wealth of knowledge out there from people who went through what you are going through. You just need to learn to ask the…