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065 Ten Ways to Make Money while Giving Away A Ton Of Free Info

By Leslie Samuel

Can you give away info for free and Still Make Money?

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Yes indeed. In fact, it's the model that I've been using over the last few years to build my successful online businesses – both with my Biology Blog and here at Learning With Leslie. It's the model that I love, and is the model that many people from all over the world have used to build a bunch of successful businesses.

Free (1)There are different ways to accomplish this, and that's what I'm talking about in today's episode.

Your Calls

Before I get into the main topic for today, I take a call from Butch Gibson, who wanted to provide feedback on what he has been learning from the show, and from my 7 Day bootcamp. I play his feedback and then respond with a call for YOU to take ACTION.


As of today, I will be posting a new episode of Learning With Leslie once weekly, instead of twice. This is something I've been thinking about for a while, and I finally decided to give it a ago. Not only will this allow me to do other things that I'm working on, but it will allow me to focus ALL of my energy for learning with Leslie into one episode and make it as good as it gets. My hope is to deliver even more value as I move forward.

Also, if you ever have feedback, a comment or questions that you would like me to deal with on the show, you can call the hotline at (888) 835 – 2414 or you can click on the tab all the way to the right of the screen and record your comment right there.

The Feature Segment

Alrighty, lets get into the meat of this episode. In this section I cover 10 different ways that you can make money while giving away free info. But first, I talk about the benefits of giving away free info:

  • It helps you to establish credibility and build trust
  • People are more likely to share stuff when it's free
  • You can take advantage of sites like Youtube and directories like iTunes
  • In general, it makes it EASIER for you to get traffic.

Then I give a few reasons why you should be making money from your site:

  • It helps you to be able to accomplish more
  • It gives you the ability to outsource (and yet again, accomplish more)
  • It helps with the development of your website
  • Your business is not a business unless you're making money
  • Not to mention, it gives you the ability to take care of your family, yourself, and to do the things you love.

Then, I go into the 10 ways to make money in details. Here are the ways I cover:

  • Take your free stuff and repurpose it into an ebook
  • Record an audio version of your ebook
  • Create an iBook
  • Use a service like Kunaki to make your videos into a DVD
  • Promote affiliate products
  • Sell Advertising
  • Use Adsense
  • Get Sponsors
  • Have Premium Content
  • Bonus Tip: Accept Donations.

Of course, in the episode, I go into a lot more detail on each point, so go ahead and have a listen.

Resources Mentioned in this episode

For eBook and iBook Creation

Audio Resources:

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  1. Hey Leslie! I was about to ask you for more info on the iBook point that you covered in your podcast, because currently I have 9 e-Books up on That iBook idea sounds AWESOME! But after viewing the actual blog post I already noticed that you put up the link. So thanks for helping before I needed help (if that makes sense)!
    God bless!

    1.  @RicardoButler Not a problem man. Yeah the link takes you to the page and it gives all the details. iBooks are definitely a good option, especially now that the competition is still relatively low. Now’s the time. I’m working on mine at the moment!

    2.  @Leslie Samuel I just tried to download the free app. But it’s a no can do. My MacBook Pro is not compatible with it yet. I want to upgrade, but I can’t until I find out from Full Sail University whether the upgrade with effect our LaunchBox school operations on the Mac. I think last time they told us that they haven’t upgraded the courses and Full Sail platform to the Lion yet. The whole school is still operating on the Snow Leopard. So I have to hold off for a moment. I’m pretty sad about that for now. But I’m going to find a way! That site looks awesome!
      Thanks again!

    3.  @RicardoButler Ahh mann, that sucks. That’s just like apple – not making it backwards compatible. They want more money. Ahh well, it’s all good though. There are always more options!

    4.  @Leslie Samuel I might have to either talk to Full Sail Tech support to see if I can upgrade to the Lion or just wait until I graduate next year. Hand’s itching to try it out. I don’t think I can wait that long! lol! I like cool stuff!

  2. WOW. OK a ton of resources here. Sigh. I’m working on the outline for me new ebook today. I know you mentioned that I should use the smoothies from my smoothie feast… but I have a question. If I put them in a book, will I have to take them off my site?? I like being able to send my clients links with the recipes. And even random people on facebook. What do you think?  Can I have them both??

    1.  @Rochelle Hanson DEFINITELY both. The content that’s in my study guide is mostly on my site. What they are paying for is a well-packaged version of what’s on the site – something that they can download to their computers (or mobile devices) and have in a good format to consume.
      Btw, if you are already working on one, you don’t have to switch to this idea. It’s just another idea to add to the list 🙂

    2.  @Leslie Samuel  @Rochelle Hanson You know I talked to Pat Flynn the other day. He gave me a similar idea. I have a 12 part series I’m about to close up in a couple of weeks and a 11 part series on another blog that I am about to start. I think it would be a great idea to compound it into one e-Book and sale or give away for free so that people can get to it easier than trying to find each part and copy/paste, copy/paste, copy/paste to have. Plus the flow wouldn’t be right if they did that. So I would have to transition each part from chapter to chapter so the flow goes well.

    3.  @RicardoButler  @Rochelle Hanson Yep, there’s a lot of value in doing that. Repackage it and put it out there. Simple, yet effective!

  3. @ConsultantHead going to be selling school licenses for the ebook at £99 a go too- something you could pursue in your school perhaps?

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