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Random Bits Podcast with Peter Flaschner

Monday, June 11th, 2007

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Episode 4 – 6/11/2007

Guest: Peter Flaschner, Creative Director and Founder of TheBlogStudio.com

Background: designer, entrepreneur, ski bum

Total Time: 28 minutes

I have been a fan of TheBlogStudio.com and their business model for over a year now so I jumped at the opportunity to interview Peter!

Peter is someone who has experience in running a business in the B&M sense, and he took his dream of an online business and made it a reality. He points out some great things to consider when starting an online business. The Blog Studio is a web development company based in Toronto, who work globally! They have set themselves apart from other web dev firms by targeting a niche market which we discuss. Have a listen and enjoy some of his insight!

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:30 – We learn a little bit more about Peter and The Blog Studio
  • 5:07 – I ask Peter about the effect of having a niche business on his success
  • 7:50 – Which blogging platform does The Blog Studio prefer to develop for?
  • 9:05 – Find out why Peter is so passionate about blogs
  • 14:30 – Find out some things NOT to do when you blog
  • 17:35 – Find out how Peter learned from his mistakes
  • 24:34 – I get personal with Peter

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Random Bits Podcast with Matt Mickiewicz and Mark Harbottle of SitePoint.com

Monday, May 28th, 2007

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Episode 3 – 5/28/2007

Guests: Matt Mickiewicz and Mark Harbottle, SitePoint.com co-founders

Background: developers and entrepreneurs

Total Time: 30 minutes

To say I was excited to speak to these two gentleman would be an understatement. I discovered SitePoint.com about 5 years ago while I was still in college, but finally joined 4 years ago. Since then I have been a pretty active member there and haven’t felt the need to join any other web development forums. The thing that really made me stay there was the community feel that exists. I’ve always been impressed at how strong the community is when they have over 150k members.

In this interview, Matt Mickiewicz and Mark Harbottle tell us how SitePoint.com started and how it grew from its grassroots to the thriving web community it is today. They really do demonstrate why the forum has retained such a community feel by showing that members come first.

Podcast Highlights

  • 1:20 – Matt explains how SitePoint got started
  • 3:50 – How Matt and Mark came together
  • 6:10 – Matt and Mark discuss the goals of SitePoint
  • 7:30 – Sara asks how they manage their work when they are located oceans apart.
  • 9:48 – Mark and Matt discuss the accusation that SitePoint is becoming too “commercial”
  • 14:05 – Sara asks the guys to tell us what the plans are for the Marketplace
  • 19:00 – Mark goes into details about the Contests section of SitePoint
  • 23:02 – Sara gets personal with Matt and Mark… Do Corona and Robbie Williams go together?!?

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Random Bits Podcast with Dan McComb

Monday, May 14th, 2007

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Episode 2 – 5/14/2007

Guest: Dan McComb, Co-Founder of Biznik.com

Background: developer, entrepreneur, indie professional

Total Time: 20 minutes

Rand Fishkin is a hard follow-up for an interview, but Dan McComb, was definitely a great choice!

bizJam Dan shares his experience from starting out as a developer with a great idea to how he made that idea a reality. That is something a lot of us developers want to do!

If you don’t know Dan, you soon will. Dan is the co-founder of Biznik.com, a site that offers “Business Networking that Doesn’t Suck”. Biznik.com is growing rapidly from a local Seattle group to a global community and it’s definitely getting noticed. Biznik is hosting Seattle’s first indie business conference, BizJam on June 9, 2007. If you’re in the Seattle area, definitely check it out.

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:26 – Dan McComb talks about his vision of an Indie Professional
  • 1:45 – Dan tells us what makes Biznik.com different than other networking sites and organizations
  • 6:57 – Dan tells us about going from a local community to a global community
  • 9:57 – Sara asks Dan how as a developer, he took his idea, and made it a reality
  • 10:49 – Dan discusses bootstrapping vs. venture capital and growing organically
  • 13:37 – Sara asks about Bizjam
  • 17:25 – Sara gets personal with Dan

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Random Bits Podcast with Rand Fishkin

Monday, April 30th, 2007

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Episode 1 – 4/30/2007

Guest: Rand Fishkin, CEO & Co-Founder of SEOmoz.org

Background: Search Engine Optimization, Internet Marketing

Total Time: 21 minutes

In this, our inaugural podcast, we talk with Rand Fishkin – Search Engine Optimization specialist for SEOmoz.org. Rand gives some optimization advice to help you optimize your website. He also explains the new Premium Membership that SEOmoz.org now offers and finishes with a few personal questions! Who knew that Rand Fishkin would be iPod-less!

This being our first podcast we did have some technical glitches. The volume on my phone is a bit low at times, so click the webPod wheel on the right and turn it up!

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:30 – Hear Rand’s thoughts on reporting paid links to Google
  • 04:18 – Rand tells us his opinion on .gov and .edu links
  • 07:20 – When optimizing, is what’s good for one good for all?
  • 10:21 – Rand gives us some pointers on how to optimize
  • 12:14 – Rand tells us some of his favorite keyword tools
  • 18:32 – Get to know Rand a little bit better

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Introducing Random Bits Podcast

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

We at Search-This.com are excited to bring you Random Bits, a podcast that will share with you the personalities behind the web.

The Random Bits podcast will feature conversations with some of the biggest names in the wide world of web.

Our goal with the podcast is to discuss hot topics with each guest in their specific field as well as Random Bits of more personal questions allowing the audience a closer look at their personalities! Random Bits will be hosted by our very own Sara Smith so it’s sure to be fun and informative.

Here is what we need from you!

  • Tell us who you would like to have interviewed!
  • If you have any other ideas for the podcast, please share.

We will try to keep each podcast between 15 and 20 minutes so you can listen to them while reading your email or checking your feeds!

Are you excited?! I hope so – but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait too much longer. In fact, next week will be our inaugural podcast with none other than Rand Fishkin, CEO & Co-Founder of SEOmoz.org! Rand was a very brave man for agreeing to be our first guest and we want to thank him for it. Thanks Rand!

So check back Monday for the very first episode of Random Bits!

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