98: From $100 to $30,000 in Nine Months

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This week I’m chatting with John Corcoran from SmartBusinessRevolution.com. John is well-known in online business circles for being “the connections guy,” but I was more curious in how he’s built his own online business than networking tips.

Today he sells his own premium course on Connecting with Influencers, plus earns money as an affiliate for other high-dollar, high-value online products.

In January, he earned $30,000 in one month, primarily as an affiliate for Ramit Sethi’s Zero to Launch course. Since John had gone through the course himself, and was seeing success with its methods, he was the perfect spokesperson for it.

In this call we get into building and selling a course of your own, the best ways to get it done, and maybe a little bit about building the partnerships to make a powerful impact.

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  • How he leveraged guest posting on big sites to build his email list and influence.
  • John’s never-before-revealed first product.
  • How John “soft-launched” his course to a small email list as a live training.
  • How he surveyed his audiences and made adjustments and changes based on the feedback.
  • How one webinar resulted in $1000 in pre-sale revenue.
  • The technical goodies: the hardware and software John used to make and sell the course.
  • Why he’s put so much energy into side hustling despite a high-paid career in an affluent area.
  • Why he chose to sell the course “direct” rather than through a third-party platform like Udemy.
  • Why he thinks he’s seen five-figure success as an affiliate, and the bonuses he includes to incentive sales.
  • Starting over, what he’d do differently <– this was a very interesting one.
  • John’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.


What do you think? Could you follow John’s lead of building an audience by writing for big sites, and then building a premium course around a topic you’re an expert in?

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Nick Loper is a side hustle expert who loves helping people earn more money and start businesses they care about. He hosts the award-winning Side Hustle Show, where he's interviewed over 500 successful entrepreneurs, and is the bestselling author of Buy Buttons, The Side Hustle, and $1,000 100 Ways.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Forbes, TIME, Newsweek, Business Insider, MSN, Yahoo Finance, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times, Bankrate, Hubspot, Ahrefs, Shopify, Investopedia, VICE, Vox, Mashable, ChooseFI, Bigger Pockets, The Penny Hoarder, GoBankingRates, and more.

10 thoughts on “98: From $100 to $30,000 in Nine Months”

  1. I can personally attest to John’s relationship and “connecting” skills. He’s introduced my wife and I to numerous people that have had a serious impact on our bottom line. He certainly practices what he preaches. Great interview!

  2. Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

    At NMX a couple years ago, I sat across from John at Pat’s buffet meetup and chatted with Antonio for about 15 minutes before Pat’s presentation. Both really nice guys. No surprise of their success since.

    Guess I’ll get up for work tomorrow.

      • Not going to NMX. The ROI for me is not there knowing that I would just go to the sessions and barely talk to anyone. That money would be better invested in my site.

        Comparison trap does suck. I don’t do it at a monetary level, just total output. We all have the same 24 hours and knowing I usually spend my non full time working hours doing non optimal things is frustrating.

        Though these past few days I’ve been more productive than usual. Perhaps a little Side Hustle Subconscious is tipping the scales.

  3. This was great to listen to on my way to work! I wish I could get more info on building a list as that is my struggle right now but this was great content. I will definitely be tuning in more.


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