Build Your SaaS Podcast

I got a chance to be on the Build Your SaaS podcast with Justin Jackson and share my journey building side projects over the past 10+ years. I’ve been following Justin for years; it was awesome chatting with him! We dived into multiple topics around:

  • What guardrails did I put in place with a family, full-time job, and building side projects
  • What’s the sales funnel of T.LY URL Shortener?
  • How family motivates me
  • Strategies for building a business with a full-time job and family
  • The pressure of going full-time on a side project
  • SEO strategy of T.LY
  • SaaS pricing: is it ok to be the cheapest?
  • What’s it been like being full-time on T.LY?

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Don't Shave The Yak

Staying Focused on Your Goals

Have you ever been trapped in a seemingly never-ending cycle of tasks that lead to more tasks, leaving you spending hours on something completely unrelated to your original goal? If so, you’ve likely fallen into the frustrating trap of “shaving the yak.”

Writer Seth Godin coined the term “shaving the yak” to describe the frustrating experience of getting sidetracked by a series of tasks necessary to complete a larger goal. It stems from the hypothetical scenario in which you plan to wash your car, but you end up needing to shave a yak because you get sidetracked from the original goal. To wash the car, you need to fix the hose and to fix the hose, and you need to go to the store, and so on, until you’re so far removed from the original task that you forget what you were doing in the first place. Read More

Financial Security Tips

When I think of security, the first thing that comes to mind is hackers online. I worry about compromised passwords, credit cards, accounts, and protecting servers. I already have several best practices to stay safe online to combat digital security.

Digital Security Tips

  • Unique passwords
  • Use a password manager (1Password, Lastpass)
  • Always enable Multi-factor authentication
  • Firewalls
  • VPN
  • Up-to-date software

When it comes to physical security, I already do the standard things like locking the doors, security cameras, etc. But for the most part, I did not worry much about being robbed. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were hiking in the mountains. We parked in a safe parking lot for a short 2-mile hike. We were gone about an hour and returned to our car window broken and my wife’s purse and laptop stolen. We immediately called the police and credit card companies. Due to being in the mountains, cell phone service was poor, and it took a while to cancel everything. In the meantime, the thief had made it to the closest Walmart and bought over $2,000 worth of prepaid Visa cards. They were experienced and planned to get as much untraceable money before the cards were reported stolen. After countless hours on the phone with the bank, insurance, and police, I wanted to share some tips to help you in this situation. Read More

T.LY Affiliate Program

I’m a big fan of affiliate programs for the products I use and recommend. It’s a great way to make some extra cash if you have a popular website, a significant social media presence, or a large YouTube Channel. Some people earn a living just from affiliate programs! I’ve been using Amazon Affiliates since the creation of this blog, and it’s a win-win for bloggers and readers. Amazon Affiliates was how I made my first money online when my first post made over $500 in a few days back in 2015.

T.LY is the best URL shortener on the market, and I just added an affiliate program to help grow awareness.

  • You can earn a 20% commission for every T.LY customer you refer for the first three months.
  • The cookie will last for 60 days. As long as your referrals come back within those 60 days and convert to a paying account, you’ll still earn the revenue on that sale.
  • We have an affiliate dashboard where you can view your total visitors, leads, and conversions. You’ll also be able to see how much commission you’ve earned.
  • You will be notified, by email, whenever you earn a new commission. The payments will be made monthly through PayPal.

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