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007 Paying guests, Podcasting on a Budget and Driving Traffic with Youtube

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In this episode of Learning With Leslie, I cover the following Topics . . .

I'm In Florida, and I share a little about how much fun I'm having. Went to Busch Gardens yesterday, went on an "African Safari", and going to Discovery Cove tomorrow to swim with Dolphins.

It has always been a dream of mine to swim with Dolphins and I finally get to do it. Here's a quick video of my African Safari Adventures.

Should you Pay Webinar Guests

Ryan from RyansTopShelf.com calls in to ask a question about whether it is common courtesy to pay someone if you feature them in a webinar or a product you make, in exchange for them agreeing to be on your show.

I respond by talking about the different ways you can offer value to your guests, including (but not limited to) promoting their products, having a joint venture arrangement and providing them with free content in the form of articles or videos.

The take home message is - Offer them value in exchange for the value they are providing for you.

Podcasting on A Budget

Chris Deals calls in to ask a question about how to podcast on a budget. He listened to a past episode where I showed my brand new Podcasting Studio and recommended for me to talk about how someone can get started if they can't afford to start on such a grand scale.


In response to his question, I first talk about why I love Podcasting and why I think it's a good way to expand your business. These were the reasons I gave:

  • It Allows you to strengthen your relationship with your subscribers
  • People can take it with them on the go.
  • They can also listen to it while doing something else.

I talk about why I decided to get such an elaborate setup. The main reason is that it allows me to deliver a high quality podcast VERY quickly.

To answer his question specifically, I make the following recommendations for the beginner Podcaster:

Recommendation #1 - Use a USB headset. Here are two great examples of all-in-one solutions:

Example #1: The Plantronics Audio 655 USB Multimedia Headset
Price: $29.99

Pantronics Audio 655 USB Multimedia headset

If you are a podcaster on the go, here's a great portable Solution:

Example 2: Plantronics DSP400 Foldable Media Headset
$41.55

Plantronics DSP400

Recommendation 2: For those that want to go with a slightly more elaborate setup, I would recommend a USB microphone (with a separate headset). The one I've used for over a year now is called the Rode Podcaster. It's great Mic that delivers a pretty good quality. However, the price point is $229.

Recommended Software:

Using Youtube to Drive Traffic

I then get into the main content for this episode, where I share how I've been using Youtube to drive traffic to my Biology Website. I've been able to grow the traffic from 2,672 Unique Visitors in December to 7,507 in the last 30 Days.

Here are the things I've been doing that I share in the episode:

What I Recommend:

  • Post videos regularly with high quality content (3 - 5 times per week)
  • Link back to my website on Every Video
  • Respond to every comment/question
  • Thank Everyone who subscribes to the channel and tell them about your website
  • Make sure to have a way for them to opt in to my list


You can check out my Biology Youtube Channel to see how I implement those things.

That's pretty much it. Hope you enjoy the content of this episode. Leave me your feedback in the Comments below and by calling the hotline at (888) 835 - 2414.

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Leslie Samuel is the guy behind Become A Blogger, the Learning With Leslie podcast, and the creator of Interactive Biology. Follow him on twitter @LeslieSamuel.
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  • http://www.daveflys.com David Allen

    My family and I live in Florida and love going to Busch Gardens and SeaWorld. We have never been to Discovery Cove but hope to some day. I hope you have a fantastic vacation with your family! The weather has been fantastic!

    I haven't listened to this podcast yet. I hope to soon. All the best!

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie, The Freebie Guy

      Hey David, you are right. The weather has been amazing, especially when you are coming from Michigan. Busch Gardens was awesome. Can't wait for tomorrow.

      Hope you enjoy the podcast!

      • http://www.outsourcinglive.com Tyrone Shum

        Hey Leslie,

        I've just started listening to all your podcasts whilst I'm out and about and I love everything you share! Just coming over to grab your Youtube thank you for subscribing script and can't wait to use it. Will be interesting to see how it will boost my traffic. Anyway, will catch up with you on Thursday for our interview.

        Talk soon!

        • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

          Hey bro,

          Glad to know you're enjoying the podcast man. Hope you're feeling better. And hey, if you're enjoying the podcast so far, you'll LOVE episode 31. I got this really cool guy on that one ;)

          And yeah man, since I started sending that message to my new subscribers, I'm amazed at the response. A lot of people are actually surprised when I send it and it definitely shows them that I care about them.