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Best Of The Rise To The Top: Social Media Examiner’s Michael Stelzner

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Today is the last of the “Best Of The Rise To The Top” series, highlighting some great conversations with great guests that you may have missed. They’ve all gone live while David is off enjoying his wedding and honeymoon.

About Today’s Guest, Michael Stelzner:

Michael StelznerToday’s guest, Michael Stelzner, is an incredible example of smarter, faster, cheaper entrepreneurship. He created Social Media Examiner a couple years ago for around $5,000. And take a look at what has happened since:


  • 50+ “A-List”, high-quality bloggers contribute high-quality articles, videos, etc. monthly.
  • They have literally millions of page views and nearly 61,400 email subscribers.
  • Social Media Examiner went from an unknown to a powerhouse in just a few months.
  • They are running successful online events that thousands of people pay for.
  • Revenue went from $0 to over $1,000,000 in less than one year.
  • Michael is having the time of his life and is excited about his business every day.
  • …and the list goes on.

In This Interview:

Here’s what’s covered in this interview:

  • How did this happen?
  • Is Michael some kind of superhero?
  • Was this really an overnight success story or is there a back story we don’t know about (spoiler alert: there is a great back story)?
  • How did he get the site going?
  • What were the keys to growing the audience and community?
  • What are some of the mistakes and lessons?
  • How did he get so many amazing people to contribute to the site?
  • What are the future plans?
  • What are lessons learned and tips for hustling entrepreneurs like all of us?

This is definitely a detailed-packed interview and you will find some inspiration for your business.

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