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When I was younger I used to read a lot of productivity blogs. I have thousands of hours logged reading and learning about productivity. These days, I’ve cut that time significantly, to the point where I’ll typically only read those types of books and blog posts for around 35 minutes a week. Can you guess what’s happened to my productivity? It’s skyrocketed.
It’s for this reason that I’ve always been hesitant to write blogs. As good of a marketing tool as a blog is, I’ve always kept in the back of my mind that I’d like to do something more with SMR. I’m proud that up till now, I’ve kept SMR as actionable as a career advice blog could possibly be. In fact, SMR is the only blog I know that has todo lists on most of its posts, bolds all actionable content in orange, and organizes it’s posts by the goals they help you accomplish. Not to mention the bonus section, which since day one has had some of the most actionable and useful free career downloads I’m aware of in the career-blogging space.
But today, is the first step to truly making SMR go from merely a blog to something more: a complete job search tool you can use to create stratospheric career success.
Introducing Self-Made Renegade 2.0
Today, I’d like to introduce the Self-Made Renegade membership. It’s a completely free members area that takes the idea of the private SMR mailing list and bonus area, and makes it into much more. You can now log on to the site, and actually INTERACT with the various content in order to land your dream job.
Here’s a tour of some of the new features:
The first thing that I thought was important to add was some way to take all the different information you got here, and know how and when to use it get your dream job. I have over 15 in-depth blog posts, and even more free downloads in the bonus area, so it can get really overwhelming. To that end, I created my in-depth guides (TM). These are interactive guides that organize all the content on the site not only by goal, but by different steps in the process to reaching your goal.
To use the guide, simply click on the Next>>> or <<<Previous button to view the step you’re interested in. Then, click on the resource or blog post you’re interested in, and it will take you right where you want to go.
The first one is on How to Get a Job Without Experience, and more are on the way.
I honestly believe that following this guide could be just as good or better for a liberal arts grad than reading some of the more popular career books out there.
In-Context Bonus Content
It used to be that once you joined the private SMR mailing list, you’d be unceremoniously dumped onto a bonus page with a whole list of different downloads, presentations, and videos. Not only is this overwhelming, but it encourages content consumption over action. In addition that, if you ever lost your bonus link, you get totally stuck if new bonuses come out. You can’t resign up to the mailing list because it won’t let you, and you have no way to view the new content.
In SMR 2.0, we do away with all that and simply allow you to click on the link for any page that has a bonus. A small window will pop up, allow you to view the bonus content, then go right back to the original post by clicking back to the main window.
Interactive Todo Lists
So often it’s easy to read a blog post, resolve to take action, and then forget about it the next hour, day, or week. With an SMR membership, that will never happen to you. I’ve created some interactive todo lists that will save the actions you want to take, and let you know as you complete them. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Find Your Todo
Simply scroll down to the bottom of any post with a todo list, and hover over any todo item. You’ll know you’re doing the right thing when the checkbox turns into a plus sign.
Step 2: Add Your Todo
Once you’ve found the todo you want to add, simply click on it to bring up the todo adding page.
On the todo adding page, you can simply click Submit to add your todo item. If you have more than one task you’d like to add, simply select the next todo from the dropdown list, and click Submit again.
Step 3: Do Your Todo
Now, your todo is up in your my todo sidebar. You can hover over the todo to mark it as completed, view the original blog post it came from, or delete it.
That’s Not All
I have even more exciting features planned, included an interactive tool to plan a career change, a career analyzer tool, and more. When you sign up for SMR 2.0, you’ll automatically be added to the exclusive mailing list, and I’ll occasionally post updates about new features and content.
But How Can You Give So Much Away for Free?
It’s a fair question. Most bloggers simply make money by taking their existing content and making it step-by-step, actionable, and interactive.
In my case, I’m doing all that for free. This is intentional. I want my premium content to be much more than just repackaged blog posts with todo lists. I think my premium coaching students would agree that no amount of blog posts can ever add up to the value that I’ve provided, including powerful accountability, mentorship, and personalized advice.
I’ll also be launching my first premium product in the near future, and I think you’ll see that it is going to go far, far beyond simple written content, videos, and checklists.
In short, I’ll make money by offering even MORE value than I already do with the website, and that’s the way I want it. It’s a challenge that can only push me to put out more value into the world.
So… How do I sign up?
Good question. Simply click here to sign up for the New Free Membership and get access to all of the features and benefits mentioned above. I can’t wait to see you on the inside…
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