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Are you active on social media?
My primary methods of communication are through blog comments and email. I don't consider myself "active" on social media.
Here is a complete list of B&D related pages on social networks:
Facebook - This page is maintained by B&D staff at my direction. I do not comment or post here. It is always updated with the latest news however comments and messages sent here will only be read and replied to by staff.
YouTube - My YouTube channel.
Google+ - I do have a Google+ account.
You said college is a waste of time, but...
I know you said college is a waste of time and young men should skip it and get a real world education. But what about ME, should I skip college? Should I pledge a frat?
College has been pushed on the masses as the solid path to a successful career. Meanwhile most schools are not able to keep up with the fast paced real world and the curriculum reflects this. Spending years obtaining a degree could land you in a pile of debt and leave you with knowledge that is not necessarily useful towards achieving your goals.
Do I think that is a waste of time? Yes!
Do I think there are exceptions? Absolutely.
There are some occupations where having a traditional education is required. There is no shortcuts. A Medical Doctor can't earn his degrees in the school of hard knocks.
It's often said that some of the most successful people dropped out of college or formed their company with fellow students. This lends credibility to the idea that a certain type of person goes to college in the first place and it is an ideal place for networking with other intelligent people that also want to achieve things.
Like most things there is a nugget of truth in this statement. University does tend to thin the herd a bit but it still comes down to a conscious effort by the attendee to forge beneficial relationships. You could also do the same by eliminating distractions and negative influences from your personal life, finding a mentor, joining a mastermind and/or seeking out aspiring and successful entrepreneurs in your area or online. You could intern, volunteer, or get a job at a startup or something related to the area you want to pursue. There are plenty of ways to gain real world knowledge and experience outside of traditional education.
It's been X weeks since your last post. When is a new post coming?
Bold & Determined is not a part-time business for me. I'm always working on it. If I go a stretch without posting it's not because I'm taking a break or busy with other things. I don't have a posting schedule set in stone but I'm always writing.
I write wow makers. When I can't "WOW!" people I don't hit the publish button. I have 200+ unfinished articles sitting around.
When a new post appears on Bold & Determined it has been written and re-written many times over. Countless hours are behind each post. When I pull the trigger on a post that has "by Victor Pride" on it then it has met the high quality standard that I have set for myself.
How much money do you earn online?
Bold & Determined is not a 9 to 5 job. There is nobody that cuts me a steady paycheck. My month to month income varies but I never have to worry about money. They goal is always to make more money this month than the last.
Although How I Make 10K Per Month Online is an older post and I've long surpassed the 10K monthly mark, it's still a good view into some of my income streams and how they work for me.
Bold & Determined
When and why did you start Bold & Determined?
I registered boldanddetermined.com on November 19, 2010.
You can read more about the history of Bold & Determined in my 3-Year Anniversary post: 3 Years of Pride (Happy Birthday to Bold & Determined)
I also covered a lot of history in my first audio post. You can listen to that here: How I Started the Best Blog in the World and Made it Profitable
Can I write a guest post for Bold & Determined?
Probably not. But the opportunity is not completely off of the table.
Read how Ludvig Sunström broke the streak and became the first-ever guest poster on B&D: The Shockingly Easy Way to Get People to do What You Want
There's a follow-up post on VictorPride.com by Ludvig on How to Pitch Your Content to an Influencer
If you have read those and you are still serious about writing for Bold & Determined then start here.
What are your future plans for Bold & Determined?
I'm in the business of empire building. Bold & Determined will continue to evolve and expand.
Click here to read the most recent post about growth and future plans.
I'm having trouble downloading your books onto my iPhone/iPad. What do I do?
Downloading to iPhones and iPads has been widely reported to me as problematic but I have been unable to reproduce anything that would suggest a technical error. I have set up an instructional download walk-through page HERE.
If you still have difficulty after following the walk-through then please contact me and provide information that might prove helpful such as the device type/iOS version and email client, web browser, and PDF reader used.
When will you re-release Spartan Entrepreneur?
Spartan Entrepreneur was a time-limited release and will not be offered again.
The online and affiliate marketing world is in a state of constant change and the book has lost much of its relevance. It will not be re-released nor will it be refreshed and resold just to make a quick buck.
I do intend to release new relevant and actionable content under the Spartan Entrepreneur banner in the future.
The first release was The Blog Artist's Handbook which is available as a free download.
Future volumes will follow covering other facets of earning money online. You can stay updated by visiting SpartanEntrepreneur.com
Bodybuilding and Diet
What do you eat?
I have experimented with a few different diets and it varies from any given time depending on what I am trying to accomplish. Many times I write about it. You can check out all of the diet related posts to see different diets and foods I have tried and recommend.
Mostly I eat what I want, whenever I am hungry, and try to avoid processed foods.
Sometimes I share photos of my meals on Instagram.
How often do you go to the gym? How much time do you spend in the gym?
I usually go 4-6 times per week and work out for 30-45 minutes each time. I get in and handle business and get out.
My book, Body of a Spartan provides outlines for routines from beginner to advanced levels that allow you to achieve the body of a statue without turning the gym into a second home.
What time of the day do you work out?
This varies depending on the person and individual circumstances.
Personally, morning workouts leave me feeling tired and can reduce my productivity. Late afternoon/evening workouts are better for my daily routine.
You'll have to experiment to see what works best for you.
Business and Productivity
How do I start a blog?
This is a vague question. Starting a blog is easy. Building a successful blog takes hard work and dedication.
I have started a FREE blog setup service to help those that are concerned with the technical aspects of starting a blog.
There are several blog-related posts on Bold and Determined:
I’d recommend starting with my 3-part series, So You Want to Be a Professional Blogger.
You can also download my free ebook: The Blog Artist's Handbook
If I start a blog what should I write about?
Your approach will vary depending on your goals. Are you trying to build a full time sustainable income or just put a little extra money into your account each month?
The content and value provided will help determine the success of your blog. You can build the most comprehensive site on the internet on the subject of shoelace collecting but that doesn’t mean it can generate income.
Start with things you are knowledgeable or passionate about. Move on to things you know other people are passionate about. Write them all down.
Research these ideas using the Google AdWords Keyword Planner tool.
Are thousands or even millions of people searching for information on that subject/product?
Can your content be monetized?
Can you create your own product and sell it?
After you have identified a market, you can build a solid blog that targets the market effectively by researching what people are looking for.
If they have questions, give them answers.
If they have problems, give them solutions.
If they are looking for a product then create it or point them towards the best source.
Again, The Blog Artist's Handbook is a good, free resource for someone considering creating a new blog or trying to develop an existing blog.
Travel and Lifestyle
Why do you live in Asia?
I don’t have any “hard feelings” about America but I find my choice to live abroad to be one of the better choices I have ever made.
I live a life of choice and I chose to live abroad.
I've worked to build an empire that gives me the freedom to live and work from anywhere. I chose to live a Spartan lifestyle so that I could live well like I do today.
After several years away I recently announced my decision to move back to the United States of America.
Why don't you travel more often?
When I travel my productivity level drops. It is important for me to have a dedicated workspace.
B&D is not a personal travel blog so you aren’t going to see posts about tourist spots or meals I ate. This lack of travel talk maybe lends to the idea that I don't leave the house. Sometimes I will post from the road or make mention of a locale I’m visiting but for the most part I enjoy my vacation then get back to the home office ready to work.
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