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Empire Flippers Podcast
59 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
Rank and Rent: How to Build a Passive 6-Figure Monthly Income With Luke Van Der Veer [The Opportunity Ep.110]
Building and maintaining a handful of websites is enough to keep most SEOs extremely busy. But is there a way to build a large portfolio of sites that can generate a passive monthly income? As Luke Luke Van Der Veer discovered, this can be achieved using the rank and rent business model. Luke builds high-ranking, lead-generating websites that target profitable niches. He then rents these sites to business owners who can take advantage of the leads. After investing a few hours into building and ranking the sites, the majority of Luke’s work is done. He can then sit back and enjoy the recurring rental income that the sites bring in. In this episode, Luke sits down with us to discuss the rent and rank business model in detail. He walks us through how he scaled his business to include 100+ rank and rent sites, how he outsources work, and the fee structure he used to get to a 6-figure monthly income. For those who are just starting out in rank and rent, Luke breaks down how to source clients for your sites, which niches can be money pits, and the mindset entrepreneurs need to adopt to make a success of this business model. Luke also sheds light on the strategies he uses to get his sites to rank, including using Google My Business, the ins and outs of citations, and how to use blog comments and PBNs to build up his sites’ backlink profiles. If you are skilled in SEO but don’t have the time or resources to maintain a traditional content site, then rank and rent may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Grab your notebook and pick up invaluable tips and tricks from the industry leader in rank and rent websites! Topics Discussed in This Episode: Luke’s background and how he ended up in the online business world (03:30) A breakdown of how the rent and rank business model works (06:50) How Luke goes about finding clients to rent his sites (12:40) Why Luke prefers to work within the home services niche (15:55) The common mistakes people make with rank and rent (17:25) The benefits of ranking on Google My Business (20:06) Why you should wait until your address is verified before doing citations (28:22) How Luke uses blog comments and PBNs as a backlink strategy (30:25) How Luke structures the fees for his services (35:26) Examining the earning potential of rank and rent (39:35) Why Luke is diversifying his business with brick-and-mortar real estate (45:15) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Luke's Website Rental Coaching Side Hustle Nation Online Jobs CallRail Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to build a passive income using the rank and rent strategy!
43 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
How to Turn Your SaaS Site Into a Conversion Machine With Chris Silvestri [The Opportunity Ep.109]
Attracting a high volume of traffic to your site means very little if your traffic isn’t converting into sales. So, how do you turn window shoppers into paying customers? According to Chris Silvestri, it’s all about positioning. Chris is the founder of Conversion Alchemy, an agency that combines copywriting and UX design with clever digital psychology tricks to help SaaS business owners improve their website conversions. In this episode, Chris joins us to reveal what he believes is the root of most conversion problems - many SaaS entrepreneurs don’t fully understand their audience. Chris explains that achieving product-market fit is not enough on its own. You need to narrow down your target audience and truly understand what drives them. This knowledge feeds your positioning, helping you create a website that clearly communicates why consumers should purchase your product. Chris goes on to explain the different categories he covers when compiling audience research and how to use this data to inform the copy on your site. According to Chris, “There are three categories of messaging that you should have on your site. First, is motivation - what brings customers to your site, and does your product provide what they need? Second, is value - are the features and solutions your product provides made clear on your site? Finally, address consumer anxiety by countering objections and instilling trust.” Chris also sheds some light on the common mistakes SaaS owners make when writing copy for their sites and the essential features every good SaaS site should have. If you’re looking for that extra push that will convince consumers to stop browsing and start buying, then follow Chris’s advice on how to optimize your SaaS product positioning. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Chris shares a brief overview of his entrepreneurial journey so far (02:06) The unique challenges SaaS owners face when it comes to copywriting (06:08) Why many SaaS owners don’t fully understand their audience (09:20) The framework Chris uses to conduct audience research (10:26) The features every good SaaS site should have (13:05) How often you should revisit your brand positioning (18:00) How to narrow down which audience you should focus on (19:40) Common mistakes SaaS owners make when writing copy for their sites (25:55) Product problems are often audience problems in disguise (30:59) The toughest obstacles Chris faced when building Conversion Alchemy (33:50) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Conversion Alchemy Capterra G2 Alchemy by Rory Sutherland Hotjar Conversion Crimes Fathom Copy Hackers The NN Group MECLABS Institute Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to correctly position your SaaS product to increase conversions!
54 minutes | Nov 8, 2022
Neuromarketing: How to Influence the Behavior of Your Consumers With Nancy Harhut [The Opportunity Ep.108]
Sometimes, consumers need a little nudge to convince them to add your product to their checkout cart. You could try using discounts and promotions to lure consumers in, but these techniques aren’t always sustainable and can eat into your bottom line. So what strategies can you use instead? Nancy Harhut believes the answer lies in neuromarketing. Nancy is the Co-Founder and CCO of HBT Marketing, an agency that blends creativity with behavioral science to drive consumer engagement. Through many years of research, Nancy has learned that consumer behavior often isn’t rational. Instead, people are driven by hard-wired, instinctive and emotional responses. By tapping into behavioral science techniques, entrepreneurs can trigger these instinctive responses to boost conversions. In this episode, Nancy joins us to explain the science behind consumer decision-making and walks us through how to use concepts like the authority principle, social proof, and loss aversion to increase purchase intent. According to Nancy, “Behavioral scientists have found that people are twice as motivated to avoid the pain of loss as they are to achieve the pleasure of gain. So as a marketer, you should inject a little well-placed loss aversion. Instead of saying “Take advantage of”, try saying “Don’t miss out on”. That’s what people really pay attention to because people hate to lose out.” Don’t risk missing out on any more sales! Use Nancy’s expert advice to gain an advantage over your competitors and stand out from the crowd. (See what we did there?) Topics Discussed in This Episode: Nancy’s entrepreneurial background and the origins of HBT Marketing (03:45) Neuromarketing and behavioral science and how it applies to marketing (08:43) The topics Nancy’s book covers and how it can help marketers (15:40) How Nancy created a 13% increase in purchase intent for one of her clients (17:41) Top techniques to trigger emotional responses in your customers (20:54) How different demographics respond to neuromarketing techniques (31:17) Common mistakes people make when attempting to use neuromarketing (35:01) Cringy marketing techniques you should avoid (37:47) What inspired Nancy to write her book Using Behavioural Science in Marketing (44:38) Changes and trends that have influenced marketing over the last few years (48:35) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors HBT Marketing Using Behavioural Science in Marketing by Nancy Harhut The believing Brain by Michael Shermer Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to increase purchase intent through behavioral marketing.
57 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
The Secrets to Seismic SaaS Success With Marvin Liao [The Opportunity Ep.107]
While every business faces its own unique challenges, many early-stage SaaS startups share common characteristics that can dictate their success or downfall. Figuring out what makes these startups thrive and what causes them to crumble requires years of expertise and industry knowledge. Having invested in and worked with over 450 pre-seed & seed stage SaaS startups, Marvin Liao has certainly earned his stripes when it comes to identifying and nurturing profitable and sustainable SaaS businesses. In this episode, Marvin joins us to discuss everything early-stage SaaS founders should be doing. He provides actionable tips and advice including focusing on a narrowed-down, niche audience, remembering to listen to your gut instead of relying solely on data, and waiting until your business is more established before raising growth capital. According to Marvin, “I’ve found that, in general, bootstrap founders are better at running businesses. Money can be a crutch. You figure out business basics faster when you don't have a lot of money. It forces you to not waste time. So, bootstrap first, and then once you’ve gained traction and have a better sense of what you're building and who you're targeting - that’s the time to raise funding.” Marvin also touches on the common mistakes that SaaS founders make, like modeling themselves after industry giants, spreading their focus too thin instead of doubling down on what works, and undercharging for their software while it’s still a work in progress. If your SaaS business is still in its infancy, then you can't afford to miss out on Marvin’s expert insights to help your business reach its full potential. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Why startups shouldn’t model themselves after business giants (02:00) Marvin explains why he’s the Forest Gump of Silicon Valley (15:04) Why early-stage SaaS founders should focus on bootstrapping instead of VC funding (20:55) How to balance data-driven decisions with creative “gut-driven” decisions (28:58) What SaaS founders get wrong when pricing their products (31:26) The benefits of focusing on a narrow, niche audience as a startup (35:34) The common mistakes SaaS founders make when trying to scale (38:54) The criteria Marvin looks at when investing in a business (40:20) It’s easier than ever to create a successful SaaS startup (45:37) The best professional advice Marvin has ever been given or heard (50:38) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors The Hard Fork by Marvin Liao The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding Conversion Crimes Wayback Machine Justine Musk’s Quora post Sit back, grab a coffee, and listen in as we pick the brain of an early-stage SaaS expert!
50 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Going Public: From Broke Bootstrapper to Nasdaq Listed Business Owner With Dom Wells [The Opportunity Ep.106]
For many entrepreneurs, the road to success is a long and winding one, with each milestone helping you prepare for the next leg of your journey. Dom Wells's journey is no exception. Unsatisfied with his job as a teacher, he began building websites. This led to the creation of Human Proof Designs, a business that creates done-for-you starter websites for people looking to get into the content site game. The success and eventual exit of that business allowed Dom to begin acquiring higher-value websites. As he built a portfolio of his own, Dom was inspired to create Onfolio, a holding company that buys, grows and operates online businesses, particularly in the content niche. In this episode, Dom joins us to reflect on his 10-year entrepreneurial journey, walking us through the process of selling Human Proof Designs and explaining how he knew it was the right time to exit the business. According to Dom, “Many entrepreneurs build successful 6 or 7-figure businesses because they’re really good at one thing, or they’re driven by sheer passion and force of will. The tough part is when you reach a plateau. Then you have to decide if you’re willing to push through and learn a new skill and think more strategically in order to level up, or if you’re going to use your existing skills to start over again.” We then shift our focus to Onfolio as Dom describes the evolution of his business’s service offering. Dom also explains the dangers of spreading yourself too thin and shares advice on how to structure your team to make sure nothing falls through the cracks as your business expands. Finally, Dom reveals what motivated him to take Onfolio public and the process involved in listing a business on Nasdaq. With a decade of experience under his belt, Dom has a wealth of knowledge to share, so make sure you don’t miss a minute of this fascinating episode! Topics Discussed in This Episode: Dom reflects on his 10-year entrepreneurial journey and how he founded Onfolio (02:22) The reasons why Dom decided to leave Human Proof Designs (08:56) A breakdown of what Onfolio offers, and how it has evolved over the years (14:20) The criteria Dom looks at when buying a business for his portfolio (19:05) How Dom grew a $1.1 million business’s net profit by 50% in three months (24:31) The pros and cons of cross-business synergies and operating leverage (26:53) How Dom has structured his Onfolio team to make the best use of their skills (29:41) How Dom balances marketing the businesses in his portfolio vs marketing Onfolio (33:27) Why Dom decided to list Onfolio publicly and what the process involved (35:22) Dom’s goals for Onfolio moving forward (40:41) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Onfolio Human Proof Designs Empire Flippers Capital Before The Exit by Dan Andrews Ahrefs Semrush Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn valuable entrepreneurial lessons from a 10-year industry veteran!
40 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
SaaS Link Building: Transforming Content Into Conversions With Alan Silvestri [The Opportunity Ep.105]
When creating content for SaaS sites, “build it and they will come” is no longer an effective strategy. In today’s competitive landscape where Google Algorithms rule the roost, SaaS owners need to employ clever SEO techniques to make sure they drive the right traffic to their content. According to Alan Silvestri, link-building or “digital PR” is one of the most effective ways to get eyes on your content and boost your brand recognition. Alan is the Founder and CEO of Growth Gorilla, an agency that provides high-quality, no-nonsense content distribution and link-building outreach for SaaS companies. In this episode, Alan walks us through the tried and tested framework he uses to build high-converting links and how to modify this framework to suit the needs of different businesses. Link-building doesn’t exist in a black hole, and if you want the best results, you’ll need to employ additional marketing and social media strategies to support your link-building efforts. According to Alan, “Effective link building starts with the preparation you do before you even start building links. The first thing, which is often overlooked, is to make sure that your content is top-notch. Then, focus on optimizing your internal linking structure because that can really help to make the most out of the links that you build.” Alan also warns that not all backlinks are good, explaining the desirable qualities and red flags SaaS owners should keep an eye out for, and why quality trumps quantity every time. If your blog content isn’t getting the recognition it deserves, then take note of Alan’s expert advice on how to open the traffic floodgates and build brand authority through strategic link building. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Alan shares insights into his background and how he ended up working in the SaaS industry (02:51) The unique challenges SaaS companies face when it comes to link building (08:33) The framework Alan uses to build links for SaaS businesses (11:11) How Alan adjusts his framework to suit individual business needs (16:14) The red flags SaaS owners should be aware of when it comes to link building (17:45) The effectiveness of quality vs quantity (22:28) The common link-building mistakes SaaS owners make (24:03) Alan’s take on the power of social media vs SEO for building brand authority (27:12) The interesting trends Alan has seen in the SEO industry (31:09) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Growth Gorilla Growth Gorilla Chrome extension Pitchbox Ahrefs Hunter.io Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to use link-building to drive more customers to your blog content!
47 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
What No One Tells You About Buying a 7-Figure Online Business With Nate Ginsburg [The Opportunity Ep.104]
When it comes to navigating the twists and turns of acquiring a business, particularly one in the 7-figure range, even the most seasoned entrepreneurs often find themselves in unfamiliar territory. In this episode, Nate Ginsburg, a 10+ year online entrepreneur and investor gives us a behind-the-scenes look into his 7-figure acquisition of Centurica, a due diligence service that guides buyers through the complexities of assessing and purchasing web-based businesses. Nate walks us through the biggest pressure points of the acquisition, including how he approached the previous owner with an offer to purchase Centurica, how he financed the deal, and the support structure made available to him as a buyer. He shares the biggest lessons he learned from the purchase and reveals the advice he would give himself if he had to do it all over again. According to Nate, “My advice to buyers is, during your due diligence, spend some time looking into the nitty gritty parts of the operation to understand the deliverables you’ll have to build out when you take over the business. You should also try to engage the seller in as long of a transition and support period as possible.” We also dive into the different categories and components of buyer due diligence, how to overcome key-person risk, and we break down the hidden risks and opportunities that buyers can uncover with the right research. If you’re considering buying an online business you can’t afford to miss out on Nate’s first-hand knowledge of the ins and outs of the acquisition process. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Nate walks us through his entrepreneurial background (02:14) A brief overview of Centurica and why Nate was inspired to acquire the business (06:30) Nate walks us through how he went about acquiring Centurica (09:22) The SBA loan process and how Nate determined the value of Centurica (12:41) Key-person risk and importance of hiring the right team (15:33) The different categories and components of due diligence (29:54) Hidden risks and opportunities that can be uncovered during buyer due diligence (34:40) Why online businesses are a great investment (36:31) The biggest changes Nate has seen in the online business industry over the past few years (37:33) The advice Nate would give himself if he started his online journey all over again (40:13) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Centurica SellerPlex Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn the importance of buyer due diligence when acquiring an online business.
50 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
Revisited - Buyer-Seller Roundtable: A 7-Figure Deal From Both Sides with Wilson Dos Santos and Kevin Flaherty [The Opportunity Ep. 62]
This week we revisit one of our most eye-opening episodes where we learn first-hand what it's like to buy and sell a 7-figure online business. Many entrepreneurs dream of making a seven-figure exit from their online businesses, but few people understand the logistics, high emotion, and intense negotiations that go into a successful sale. In this episode, we'll have a round table with the buyer and seller from a recent seven-figure deal to give you some unique insights into what it's really like to buy and sell an online business with Empire Flippers. The seller, Wilson Dos Santos, owned a rapidly growing FBA business and was ready to quit the rat race to enjoy the spoils of his hard work. The buyer, well-known FBA aggregator Thrasio, represented by Acquisitions Manager Kevin Flaherty, saw the business as a prime opportunity for investment. Wilson walks us through his journey as a seller, explaining what prompted him to sell his business at the height of its success, the ins and outs of the listing and negotiation process, and ultimately, how his life has changed for the better since selling the business. Kevin gives us an insider’s perspective on what kind of FBA business catches the eyes of aggregators, how Thrasio vets potential acquisitions, and how they structure their offers to stand out from the competition. If you’re considering buying or selling an online business, you don’t want to miss a second of this special behind-the-scenes episode! Topics Discussed in this episode: Wilson shares a picture of the business he sold (4:12) The shadow of success - the stress that comes with building a profitable business (6:12) The moment Wilson realized his business had outgrown him (7:43) Wilson walks us through the valuation process (12:56) Why Thrasio enjoys working with Empire Flippers (15:02) What qualities will make your business attractive to an aggregator? (16:29) The high emotions when a seller's business goes live on our marketplace (21:23) The metrics Thrasio looks at when vetting a potential business acquisition (24:20) Vetting potential buyers and the negotiation process (27:58) What made Thrasio’s offer stand out from the rest (31:51) Why Wilson’s business caught Thrasio’s attention (33:54) How Wilson’s life has changed since he sold his business (36:53) The benefits of using a broker when selling your business (44:32) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Free valuation tool Schedule a call with one of our expert sales advisers Sit back, grab a coffee, and get ready to take a sneak peek at the Empire Flipper’s buy and sell process!
48 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Revisited - Building a Million Dollar Business Portfolio by Age 24 With Simon Treulle [The Opportunity Ep75]
While Greg gets his bearings after weeks of travel, we revisit another of our most popular episodes. Successfully scaling one online business is hard enough, but building out an entire portfolio of businesses is a challenge few entrepreneurs are able to overcome. Not only did Simon Treulle knock this challenge out of the park, but he achieved this entrepreneurial milestone before the age of 24! Simon is the founder of Pangolia, a business with multiple high-value brands and content sites under its umbrella. In this episode, Simon explains how building a strong network of mentors and fellow entrepreneurs helped him accelerate his success, and why maintaining good relationships with suppliers is key. According to Simon, “If you want to grow your content site, build good relationships with your affiliate managers. They are humans and they are in the business of relationships. Talk, help each other, and you’ll see your business grow.” Simon gives us insights into his entrepreneurial journey, including what inspired him to move from Denmark to Chaing Mai, the epicenter of SEO, when he was just 19. He walks us through the hard work and sacrifice that helped him achieve success, and why he chose to hone in on the pet niche when building out his portfolio. Speaking of his portfolio, Simon also discusses how he transitioned from building sites into buying them, what he looks for in new business acquisitions, and the benefits of consolidating multiple small websites into one big site. He also explains why he made the jump into eCommerce through his latest acquisition, Hepper, and reveals how he grew Hepper from 100 visitors per day to 40.000 readers per day. If you want to know how to make the leap from owning one business to owning several, this episode is the perfect place to start! Topics Discussed in this episode: Simon walks us through his experience entering the world of online business (02:14) Why Simon decided to build a portfolio of businesses in the pet niche (12:14) How Simon transitioned from owning one business to running several (14:17) The benefits of running eCommerce and content site businesses in synergy (16:36) What qualities Simon looks for in a new business acquisition (18:46) How Simon adapted to running an eCommerce business alongside his content sites (23:53) How Simon grew the traffic on his eCommerce site from 100 daily visitors to 40,0000 (27:11) The key to successfully running multiple businesses simultaneously (31:22) Simon’s advice to entrepreneurs looking to replicate his success (32:04) Simon reveals what’s next, and his plans for growing his businesses further (37:23) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Pangolia Hepper Ahrefs Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to grow one content site into a powerful portfolio of online businesses.
41 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Revisited - Why Buying Unconventional Businesses Will Help You Gain Financial Freedom With Codie Sanchez [The Opportunity Ep. 68]
Greg has spent the last few weeks traveling around the US attending several conferences, so he was unable to record a new episode this week. Instead, we'll be revising one of our favorite episodes where Sarah chatted to Codie Sanchez about how to build wealth the unconventional way. On their journey towards financial freedom, many investors hone in on assets like real estate and stocks, often overlooking the power of purchasing online businesses. Buying unconventional businesses is contrarian investor Codie Sanchez’s bread and butter. Codie has acquired a personal empire of cash-flowing assets across multiple business models. She teaches investors how to do the same as the founder of Contrarian Thinking, an educational resource where investors and entrepreneurs can learn about how to create an ocean of wealth through different income streams. In this episode, Codie explains why buying businesses is a great way to fast-track your way to financial freedom. She walks us through the first steps to diversifying your income through online business acquisitions and the common mistakes many entrepreneurs make when trying to achieve financial independence. According to Codie, “The number one reason people don't achieve financial freedom is they do not spend the time thinking about it, they do not spend the time learning about it, and then they do not spend the time taking action on it.” Codie also discusses the philosophy behind being a contrarian investor, and how to effectively manage a portfolio of businesses. If you’re looking for ways to kickstart your journey to financial independence, you don’t want to miss a minute of this episode! Topics Discussed in this episode: What it means to be a contrarian investor (02:07) Why business ownership is a great way to achieve financial freedom (05:20) The first steps to achieving financial freedom through business ownership (09:53) The benefits of diversifying asset classes (14:48) Managing time and leadership across multiple income streams (19:53) Common mistakes investors make on their journey to financial freedom (22:08) Out of date investment advice that investors should be wary of (26:09) Current trends that are driving the investment industry (29:34) The lessons Codie has learned throughout her career (35:36) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Contrarian Thinking newsletter Contrarian Cashflow Unconventional Acquisitions business buying course Mint Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to diversify your income streams through purchasing unconventional businesses!
48 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
How to Get a 60% ROI on Your Website in Less Than 6 Months With Zach Zorn [The Opportunity Ep.103]
Building and acquiring websites is a great way to make money online. But growing these sites can be a slow process if you don’t know which levers to pull to improve your traffic and conversions. Luckily for Zach Zorn, he quickly figured out which key areas to focus on - a discovery that lead to a 60% ROI on his website in under six months! After making a successful exit from that site, he decided to share his online business knowledge with the world. Zach is the owner of Money Nomad, a website that provides digital entrepreneurs with tips and strategies on how to grow their businesses. Money Nomad also collaborated with Empire Flippers to open up an online business marketplace selling businesses that fall below our minimum valuation threshold. In this episode, Zach joins us to discuss the origins of Money Nomad and how it evolved from a simple content site into a fully-fledged marketplace. We dive into the techniques and frameworks Zach uses to grow his website portfolio, including making the best use of different monetization methods, and optimizing the website’s CRO to maximize profits. According to Zach, “When it comes to content sites, making sure you have the correct affiliate offerings and creating call-to-action buttons are quick wins that buyers can take advantage of. Literally adding blue, red, or green buttons that tell people what you want them to do really helps with conversions. If possible, you should also update your theme to a faster, cleaner theme.” Zach also walks us through his acquisition strategy, his experiences using the Empire Flippers marketplace, and the pros and cons of buying businesses privately vs through a broker. Whether you’re shopping around for your first website acquisition, or you’re an experienced content site owner, this episode is jam-packed full of valuable information that can help you accelerate your website’s growth. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Zach explains how he became involved with the online business industry (02:37) What attracted Zach to the first content site he bought from Empire Flippers (07:52) How Zach got a 60% ROI from his website in less than 6 months (09:56) The techniques and frameworks Zach uses to grow his portfolio of websites (16:22) The pros and cons of buying businesses privately vs through a broker (23:00) The evolution of the Money Nomad website and marketplace (26:40) The Money Nomad marketplace commission structure (32:07) The online business trends Zach foresees in the near future (35:05) Zach’s goals and vision for the future of Money Nomad (39:38) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Money Nomad Ahrefs Surfer SEO Short Pixel Rank Math Link Whisper Sit back, grab a coffee, and discover a few simple tips and tricks to increase your website’s traffic and conversions.
65 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Systematizing Your Business: The Key to Regaining Your Freedom With Lauren Tickner [The Opportunity Ep.102]
Sometimes, it’s an entrepreneur's ability to neutralize their weaknesses that paves the way to their success. By prioritizing important tasks and removing themselves from activities they aren’t skilled at or simply don’t like, entrepreneurs can focus their talents on areas of their business where they can make a measured difference. Implementing systems like these helped Lauren Tickner turn her side hustle as a fitness coach into a 7-figure online business by the age of 21. But Lauren didn’t stop there. She realized that the systems she used to grow her fitness coaching business could be applied to all industries. This revelation inspired her to create Impact School, a 7-figure coaching company that helps digital entrepreneurs implement systems that allow them to free up valuable time and scale their businesses to new heights. In this episode, Lauren joins us to discuss the advantages of systematization, the steps business owners should take to systematize their business, and how implementing systems has helped her own business thrive. According to Lauren, “As a business owner, you have to fill your weaknesses. I became so systems oriented through my own lack of organization. A big lesson for me was hiring someone who was my opposite, who could ensure that those systems were set up. But only by being honest about my weaknesses was I able to find the right person.” Lauren also sheds some light on the bad industry advice that entrepreneurs should avoid, how she diversifies her income streams without succumbing to shiny object syndrome, and some of the biggest challenges she faced when building and scaling Impact School. Topics Discussed in This Episode: How Lauren helps people detach their personal brand from their business (05:06) Lauren walks us through her origin story as an entrepreneur (07:55) Hiring people who compliment your weaknesses (13:48) How systemization can benefit entrepreneurs (15:10) The right time to implement systemization in your business’s lifecycle (18:03) The V.I.L.E. system Lauren uses to prioritize tasks (24:33) The bad advice Lauren has heard floating around the industry (29:41) How Lauren plans to diversify her income streams moving forward (39:35) How Lauren avoids shiny object syndrome when acquiring businesses (44:05) Why Lauren decided to exclude investors from her own business (50:35) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Impact School Notion Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how systems can help you scale your business without losing your freedom.
53 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
The Benefits of Becoming an Empire Flippers Capital Operator With Mohit Tater [The Opportunity Ep.101]
Some entrepreneurs are gifted with a talent for taking run-of-the-mill businesses to new heights and turning them into stable, cash-flowing assets. Empire Flippers Capital offers a unique opportunity to these talented entrepreneurs - the chance to operate and grow businesses to generate profit for themselves and investors while EFC takes care of the behind-the-scenes logistics. Mohit Tater was one of the first entrepreneurs to qualify for this opportunity. Mohit is the Founder & CEO of BlackBook Investments, a successful private equity firm that specializes in website investing. He has also been an operator for EF Capital for two investment rounds. In this episode, we take a peek behind the curtain as Mohit sheds some light on his experiences as an EFC operator. We discuss what drew Mohit to this opportunity, his acquisition strategy when building his EFC portfolio, and how his portfolio has performed over the last two investment rounds. Mohit walks us through the various tools and resources that EFC operators have at their disposal and shares the productivity hacks he uses to stay on top of his game as he juggles being a business owner and an operator for EF Capital. Lastly, Mohits reveals some of the sure-fire tactics he uses to boost content site revenue. According to Mohit, “When it comes to scaling content sites, the best-hidden growth opportunities often lie in plain sight. Focus on conversion rate optimization. It’s helped us get up to 80% more revenue from the same amount of traffic.” Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how EF Capital generates profits for its investors. If you’re inspired by Mohit’s story and would like to become an operator yourself, check out the operator interest form in the links below. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Mohit shares how he became involved with online businesses (04:04) What led Mohit to become an EF Capital operator (14:53) How EF Capital operators are compensated (18:15) How raising funds differs for a Mohit’s personal business vs EF Capital (20:20) The productivity hacks Mohit uses to effectively manage his portfolio of businesses (23:50) Mohit shares insights on the type of business he operates for EF Capital (26:23) The qualities Mohit looks for in a website acquisition (29:07) How Mohit’s EF Capital portfolio has performed under his management (37:50) The milestones Mohit wants to reach as an EFC operator (42:34) Mohit’s advice to entrepreneurs looking to become operators (44:56) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Empire Flippers Capital EF Capital Operator Interest form Blackbook Investments Rich Dad Poor Dad The 4-Hour Work Week Ahrefs Surfer Copyscape Grammarly Sit back, grab a coffee, and take a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be an Empire Flippers Capital operator.
52 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
7 Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned From 100 Episodes of the Opportunity Podcast [Ep.100]
The 100th episode of The Opportunity podcast is finally here! To celebrate this milestone, we’re mixing things up. This extra special episode revisits a few of our most memorable interviews to review the top 7 lessons learned from the last 100 shows. You’ll hear many familiar voices as some of our favorite entrepreneurs and industry experts share their top tips for building, running, and scaling successful online businesses. Greg acts as our guide, walking us through each lesson and sharing his own unique insights and pearls of wisdom. One of Greg's top takeaways includes, “If you want to build wealth, don’t focus on making money today. Focus on making an experience that will create fans of yours for years to come. Because if you make enough of those fans you’re going to create a snowball effect that’ll carry you far into the future.” Join in the celebration by letting us know which episode or guest has been your favorite so far! Be sure to share this episode with your friends and family so that they can join us for the next 100 episodes where we’ll continue to uncover all of the hidden growth opportunities in the online business industry. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Lesson 1: Creating a Machine of Leverage by Knowing the Value of Your Time (02:07) Lesson 2: Learning to Love Risk to Create Wealth (10:30) Lesson 3: Spending 9 Hours Sharpening the Axe, and One Hour Cutting Down the Tree (17:07) Lesson 4: Creating Value While Respecting Your Audience’s Time (26:33) Lesson 5: Communication and Thinking in Four Degrees of Impact (31:43) Lesson 6: Why the Best Marketing Isn’t a Tactic, It’s an Experience (39:45) Lesson 7: Persistence Through Adversarial Wins (44:23) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Jobs to be Done Framework Featured Guests: Kevin Espiritu (Ep #87) Matt Diggity (Ep #23) Sushee Nzeutem (Ep #59) John Hefter (Ep #19) Emma Shermer Tamir (Ep #49) Doron Wolffberg (Ep #41) Perrin Carrell (Ep #79) Alexis Grant (Ep #84) Chelsea Cohen (Ep #42) Fabricio Miranda (Ep #91) Chelsea Jones and Rachel Saul (Ep #74) Nicole Baqcai (Ep #55) Ben Donovan (Ep #71) Bill Szabrak (Ep #6) Sit back, grab a coffee, and take a trip down memory lane as we discuss the valuable lessons learned from the past 100 episodes.
63 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
How to Get the Most Out of Your 3PL Fulfillment With Taylor Smits [The Opportunity Ep. 99]
As you grow your Amazon FBA business, so too should you scale your fulfillment. Employing a 3PL service opens up a wealth of opportunities and helps shield your business from Amazon inventory limits, stockout penalties, and supply chain delays. But not all 3PLs are created equal, so how do you find the right 3PL to suit your business’s unique needs? Few people are better qualified to answer this question than Taylor Smits. Taylor is an Amazon seller and the Co-founder of My FBA Prep, a SaaS-based 3PL service that helps eCommerce brands scale their operations by streamlining logistics and fulfillment. In this episode, we dissect the eCommerce supply chain. Taylor explains the different fulfillment options available to FBA sellers and the common pain points sellers encounter when prepping, packing, and shipping their inventory to Amazon warehouses. We discuss the many benefits of outsourcing fulfillment and outline the important questions sellers should ask when choosing a 3PL. According to Taylor, “As an Amazon seller, the biggest question to ask a 3PL service is “What’s the turnaround time for getting inventory prepped and into Amazon warehouses.” That time period is going to directly affect your cash flow cycle. It’s also important to ask if they have experience working with businesses similar to yours so that you know they can meet your expectations.” This interview will provide you with the information you need to break free of your fulfillment restrictions and watch your FBA business thrive! Topics Discussed in This Episode: Taylor’s entrepreneurial journey and how he founded My FBA Prep (03:33) The difference between first, second, and third-party logistics (12:37) How Taylor got a foot in the door with large eCommerce clients (20:26) The questions sellers should be asking 3PL service providers before hiring them (25:05) The trends Taylor is seeing in the current eCommerce fulfillment ecosystem (41:38) The biggest obstacle Taylor faced when building and growing My FBA Prep (48:13) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors My FBA Prep Netsuite Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to get the most out of your 3PL fulfillment!
61 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Amazon DSP Advertising: How to Unlock Its Full Potential With Mina Elias [The Opportunity Ep. 98]
It’s no secret that Amazon’s marketplace is growing incredibly quickly. With so many new brands entering the fray, how can sellers make their listings stand out in such a saturated market? For Mina Elias, a 7-figure Amazon seller, the answer lay in making efficient use of Amazon’s advertising platforms. As his expertise in this area grew, so did requests from fellow sellers asking Mina to optimize their advertising campaigns. This inspired Mina to create Trivium Group, an Amazon advertising agency that specializes in PPC and DSP advertising campaigns, helping sellers get their products in front of shoppers, earn more money, and grow their businesses. In this episode, Mina joins us to discuss Amazon DSP campaigns, an often overlooked advertising option. He guides us through the differences between DSP and PPC campaigns, the best time for businesses to start making use of DSP, and the risks and rewards of using this promotional tool. We also dive into the secrets behind Mina’s entrepreneurial success, including how he grew his business from 3 employees to 30 in one year and the systems he uses to help him manage his team. According to Mina, “The number one hack I’ve figured out as a business owner is that using consultants is a great time-saving shortcut that can help you grow your business incredibly fast. For example, I can learn how to do Google Ads in three months, but with just six one-hour consultations with a Google Ads consultant, I can be just as good.” If you want the inside scoop on how to create a winning Amazon DSP strategy, then this is an episode you don’t want to miss out on! Want a free PPC audit from Trivium? Follow the link below to learn more. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Mina discusses his background and how he became involved with Amazon (02:55) The benefits of attending business conferences (11:14) An explanation of Amazon DSP and how it differs from PPC (19:05) The criteria sellers need to meet in order to use Amazon DSP (24:35) How long do you need to run DSP ad campaigns before they become profitable? (30:26) How to segment your DSP marketing funnel (33:40) The success stories Mina has witnessed DSP have on Amazon brands (38:40) Why Mina grew his team from 3 people to 30 in one year (41:44) The key to hiring the right person for the job (46:04) The lessons Mina wishes he know when first starting out on Amazon (55:14) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Schedule a call with our expert sales advisors Trivium Group Free PPC audit from Trivium CXL Digital Marketing Courses Zoom Slack Notion Salesforce Helium 10 Data Dive Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to grow your Amazon business using DSP campaigns.
63 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Going Global: How to Expand Into International Amazon Marketplaces With Jana Krekic [The Opportunity Ep. 97]
International expansion is a great way to scale your Amazon business, but many sellers don’t speak the local language of the market they are trying to infiltrate. To solve this problem, sellers use software like Google Translate to help them translate their existing sales copy, but according to Jana Krekic, this approach often hurts sellers more than it helps them. Jana is the founder and CEO of YLT Translations, an agency that helps Amazon sellers translate their listings, sales copy, and keyword research to suit various foreign markets. Jana believes that human-based translations help sellers to better navigate the nuances of foreign languages in a way that software cannot. In this episode, we discuss the language differences that often trip sellers up, the pros and cons of using AI to generate your sales copy, and the international rules and regulations sellers should be aware of. We also discuss the risks and rewards of international expansion, which countries to expand into first, and the steps sellers should take to ensure a smooth transition into foreign marketplaces. According to Jana, “If you want to enter an international Amazon marketplace, the number one thing you should do is market research. That is crucial. After that, you should focus on creating keyword-driven content. The Amazon content rules are less strict in Europe than in the US, so you can use that to your advantage.” Lastly, Jana shares some insights into Amazon's expansion plans, including the new countries they will be launching marketplaces in, and the opportunities this creates for Amazon sellers around the world. If you have set your sights on global expansion, then listen in to this conversation to find out how to conquer foreign Amazon marketplaces. Topics Discussed in This Episode: The services that YLT Translations offers Amazon sellers (03:22) Jana walks us through her background and entrepreneurial journey so far (05:34) How AI competes with human-based translations (11:13) The opportunities Amazon sellers can tap into by expanding internationally (16:55) Nuances other than languages differences that sellers should be aware of (28:39) International rules and regulations that often trip sellers up (34:14) New Amazon marketplaces that will be opening in the coming year (39:14) The foundation's sellers should have in place before they expand internationally (40:34) Risks sellers should be aware of when moving into foreign FBA marketplaces (44:43) The European countries you should expand into first (48:21) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace YLT Translations Helium 10 Data Dive Tools Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to adjust your Amazon listings to suit international marketplaces.
58 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
How to Strengthen Your Online Business and Outlast Your Competitors With Greg Elfrink [The Opportunity Ep. 96]
It’s been a tough year for the online business industry. Competition remains steep, aggregators are battening down the hatches, and Google algorithm updates continue to plague entrepreneurs. But Greg Elfrink, the Director of Marketing at Empire Flippers, believes that these challenges hide a plethora of golden opportunities just waiting to be seized by eagle-eyed entrepreneurs. In this episode, Greg explains how online business owners can build a moat around their businesses to help them ride out the storm and outlast the competition. He discusses how AI will impact marketing and content creation moving forward, and the best way to shield your business from pesky algorithm updates. According to Greg, “The number one thing you can do to protect your business from Google algorithm updates is to build an audience you retain. So, whether you’re growing an affiliate site or an eCommerce store - build an email list. That is your biggest asset that the algorithms can’t do anything about.” Greg also shares his expert marketing knowledge, revealing the latest clever marketing trick that caught his attention, the bad marketing advice you should avoid, and some quick wins that will take your marketing efforts from good to great. If you're looking for the inside scoop on the current state of the online business industry, then this is the episode for you. We close out the show with an exciting announcement about the future of the podcast, so be sure to listen to the end of the episode! Topics Discussed in This Episode: The events that impacted the online business industry in 2022 (04:24) The opportunities to be found in the doom and gloom (08:17) What the online business landscape looks like for sellers (10:37) How to protect your business from Google algorithm updates (17:56) How AI will impact content creation (22:28) The most recent clever marketing strategy that caught Greg’s attention (27:20) The challenges online entrepreneurs are facing at the moment (30:20) The quick marketing wins business owners can use to move the needle (33:54) Bad marketing advice you should avoid (38:23) An exciting change to The Opportunity podcast (48:28) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Descript SparkToro Affiliate World Conferences Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn about the latest industry opportunities you can take advantage of!
45 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
How Donation Incentives Can Increase Your Conversion Rates by 20% With Andrew Forman [The Opportunity Ep. 95]
On the surface, discounts may seem like a great way to boost sales, but over time they erode your profits and can have a negative effect on consumers’ perception of your brand. So, if not discounts, what tool can you use to entice consumers to increase their average spend? Andrew Forman believes donations are the ideal incentive. Andrew is the founder and CEO of Givz, a tool that gives eCommerce sellers instant access to hundreds of different charitable donation incentives without the endless red tape and paperwork. In this episode, Andrew explains how replacing discounts with donations increases conversion rates and boosts average order value. It also enhances customer loyalty by helping brands to be more authentic and socially conscious. According to Andrew, “Discounts hurt growth and come straight off your bottom line. More importantly, you run the risk of becoming known as a “discount brand” or becoming reliant on discounts to drive sales. Alternatively, donation incentives help to increase your average order value and drive social impact in a genuine and authentic way.” Andrew shares insights into the challenges brands previously faced when partnering with charitable organizations and how this inspired him to create Givz. We also discuss how the growing demand for social impact will affect the future of eCommerce, and the various tools and techniques brands can use to meet this demand. If you want to learn how to bounce back from your discount dependency, then this is a conversation you can afford to miss out on! Topics Discussed in This Episode: Andrew walks us through his entrepreneurial journey so far (02:36) What inspired Andrew to create Givz (06:23) Andrew explains the service that Givz provides (08:17) How Givz helps businesses increase engagement, ROI, and more (16:57) The “discount drug” and why brands should move away from discounts (21:39) Various ways eCommerce brands can be more socially conscious (23:50) How the growing demand for social impact will affect the future of eCommerce (25:45) The advice Andrew wished he had when starting out as an entrepreneur (27:46) How creating Givz has changed Andrew’s life (33:25) Real-world examples of how Givz has benefited businesses (38:39) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Givz Inveterate Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how to attract new sales and increase your bottom line through the use of donation incentives!
52 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
First-Mover Advantage: How to Own a Piece of EF Capital With Mike Vranjkovic [ The Opportunity Ep. 94]
Online businesses are a great investment, but many people haven’t been able to cash in on this opportunity because they lack the time or skills needed to effectively manage an online business. The creation of Empire Flippers Capital provided a solution to this problem, allowing investors to buy fractional shares of online businesses and gain access to this unique asset class without any of the work associated with running a business. Now, EF Capital is offering you a one-time opportunity to own a piece of EFC itself and benefit from the company’s first-mover advantage. In this episode, Mike Vranjkovic, the Managing Partner of Empire Flippers Capital, joins us to discuss the rise of the online business industry, what makes it such a powerful asset class, and the inspiration behind the creation of EF Capital. According to Mike, “Our goal is to make online businesses an accessible asset class for individual investors. Empire Flippers Capital gives you online business exposure without the need for a specialized skill set, you don’t need to spend time running the business, and it’s an easy way to build a diversified portfolio.” Mike also discusses why EF Capital is splitting from Empire Flippers, how EFC plans to spend the growth capital raised, and the rewards investors can expect to receive from investing in EFC directly. After you’ve listened to the podcast, check out this webinar where Mike and Empire Flippers co-founder Justin Cooke dive deeper into the EF Capital story and the details of the direct raise. Topics Discussed in This Episode: How the online business industry has changed over the last few years (05:51) Empire Flippers Capital explained (08:30) The benefits of investing in online businesses over other asset classes (09:09) The barriers to entry that EF Capital seeks to remove for investors and entrepreneurs (12:39) The results achieved from EFC’s first three rounds of investments (16:36) How long investors will have to wait before seeing a return on their investment (19:09) Why EF Capital is splitting from Empire Flippers (21:56) The risks and rewards of investing in Empire Flippers Capital (28:11) Details of the raise and how EFC aims to spend the growth capital raised (31:47) The type of investors that would benefit from this investment (40:04) The effect EF Capital may have on the online business industry moving forward (43:26) Mentions: Empire Flippers Podcast Empire Flippers Marketplace Empire Flippers Capital Direct Raise Investor Interest Form Direct Raise Deal Page Direct Raise Sales Presentation Operator Interest Form EFC Investor Relations Call Link Sit back, grab a coffee, and learn how you can own a piece of EF Capital and profit from its future growth!
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