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Multi Millionaire Blogger Michael Arrington Shares His Success Advice

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington was running a $10 million business that had over 9.2 Million visitors per month. How did Michael Arrington manage this you may ask? Well, we have some advice from the man himself on how to create and run a well known Multi Million dollar website in the blogosphere. 

Success Advice From A Multi Millionaire Blogger

 

  • Break stories. It will give you +1 point, and everyone else who links to it -1 point.

 

  • Sleep until 9 AM every day. Arrington says his sleep used to be out of whack and it messed up his life. He’s under doctor’s orders to start his day at 9:00 AM. He recommends others do this too to keep their sanity.

 

  • Follow up on rumors and respect your sources.  Talk with reputable people to get a story straight, and then respect what they ask of you in return. If you need to hold a story to keep their trust, do it. People won’t tell you things if they don’t trust you.

 

  • Don’t develop relationships with people you don’t like. Entrepreneurs are Arrington’s rockstars.  This makes developing relationships with them (and getting information from them) much easier. He never develops relationships with people he doesn’t actually like.

 

  • Get information via texts, phone calls…and skype? The video quality is great, he says, and it makes the source feel like they’re in the room with you.

 

  • PR people are lame. Usually, Arrington isn’t a fan of them. He’d rather chat directly with the CEO and save chit chat for people he actually knows and cares about.

 

  • Update your content/product frequently. Then read customer feedback. Arrington typically posts content several times per week and enjoys reading the comments.  He uses reader feedback as his reward system. Commenters are like fans! And their opinions help develop your product.

 

  • Have parties. For Arrington, parties are how he meets sources, and they get people to interact with his brand.

 

  • You’re going to have enemies.  This has been a difficult concept for Arrington to grasp.  Having public enemies made him recluse for a while, which then made him seem arrogant.  It escalated to where Arrington had a death threat and someone spit on him at a conference. After taking a month long break from writing, Arrington learned an important lesson: he’s not as important as he thought he was.  And neither are most CEOs.  The teams they hire should be, and probably are, very capable with or without them.

 

  • It’s hard to be a coach and a player.  Arrington says he’s not good at managing people. He’d rather be writing than coaching others about their stories. If you’re this type of person, hire people who are stronger managers to help wrangle your staff.

 

  • Work late at night. There aren’t as many interruptions.  You can get a lot done, then fall asleep happy.

 

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Jhasketan Garud

    May 31, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Joel,

    That was great. I loved it. It gave inspiration and wisdom at the same time.

  2. Ayietim

    Dec 9, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Great tips, very important and very invaluable. I think time and patience are really very important too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Judy B.

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I hope Michael doesn’t mind if I take the liberty to point out #2. If one works until late at night- 10pm, 11pm, or 1am, and sleeps until 9am- the sleep cycle allows for about 8 solid hours of rest. Working late at night prevents interruptions that occur up until 8pm or 9, such as children (still up,) phone calls, and/ or a spouse wanting attention. I’d add one more item that’s quite important, please check spelling & proper usage of grammar and so on. I can’t express enough- how sometimes an individual has great content & the info. is pertinent , but the sentence structure & basic errors makes the thought hard to follow. That can easily turn off potential prospects. Thanks for sharing Michael, continued success always.

  4. Piyush

    Apr 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    nice advice for success …

  5. Earnest

    Mar 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Great tips from someone who had done it and is doing it. No need to reinvent the wheel.

  6. CyParks.Com

    Jan 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Great article there, I actually like the “work late at night” point. It is true when you work let at night, you will escape lot of distractions. But remember to sleep well after then. That is why he said start your day at 9am.

  7. Alyssa

    Jan 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I am also jumping on the bandwagon for sleep! One of my goals this year. I think the last point and #2 work perfectly together. I think working till midnight is my best creative and productive time. Then sleep from 1 am to 9 am. Too bad people want meetings at 8! :/

  8. Usman

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    nice, they really earned a lot

  9. Iroko@Creating Millionaires

    May 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    How I wish every wannabe millionaire blogger will read these tips though I do not agree with #2, I just you just have to manage your time well and know when you are most productive!!!

  10. Toya | The Limerick Lane

    Dec 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Wow!!! Very useful tips. I love the sleeping in tip. I also agree with not developing relationships with people you don’t like.

  11. Roman

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Great article! I’m just a bit confused about Point #2 an the last point. I particularly struggle with maintaining a proper sleep schedule and wonder how to deal with these two points contradicting?

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