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Today on The Rise The Top: The #1 Show For Mediapreneurs: The creator of Nerd Fitness, Steve Kamb, is in the house (cue Revenge Of The Nerds music). And boy, oh, boy does he have some insights on his journey to become a successful mediapreneur. In this convo, we jump into everything from how he got started, his keys to building an audience, his biggest mistake, thoughts on his business, and much more. Enjoy!

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Steve KambNothing better than learning from successful mediapreneurs, don’t you agree? Want to connect with Steve and check out even more? Definitely head over to Nerd Fitness and peek around. One of my favorite posts he has done recently was his James Bond experiment/quest where he lived like James Bond for a weekend. Also, make sure to check him out on Twitter @stevekamb.

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  • Wow, just 3 guest posts?

    Steve is one of the very few bloggers who didn’t depend on guest posts to grow their traffic. It’s good to know that the rule has exceptions. Content is king!

    • David Siteman Garland

      Maria – Great point. Proof (as usual). MANY ways to build an audience and draw a little (or lot) of attention 🙂

  • Just wanted to leave a comment to say thank you for this interview, it was engaging, interesting, entertaining, I like you interview style. I found your blog through the NerdFitness fb page, will have to check out more of your posts. Steve Kamb comes across so down to earth and genuine, you both stand out in this crazy, Wild West internet world. Anyway cheers and keep up the great work. 

    • David Siteman Garland

      Chloe – Awesomeness! Great to meet you on here. That’s awesome. He is a great guy. Hope you enjoy MUCH more. 

  • K. Alan Martin

    THis was a great interview. Steve really did a nice job of focusing on the key factors that lead to success, or at least the possibility of it. Poke the Box by Seth Godin was a fun read, and I admire the man, but really it was 80 pages of fluff on a single concept, that he knew he could market. What Steve Kamb had to say was, for me anyway, was more on the lines of. here’s what the experts say, but here is how you actually get in the trenches and DO IT. Great interview.

    On a side note, to follow up with the audio vs. video debate, audio only folks that couldn’t see the reflection in the glass are not wondering what your wife was cooking in the microwave. 😉

    Keith Martin

    • David Siteman Garland

      LOL Keith re: microwave.

      Yah, that’s exactly what I try to bring to the show is people who have done stuff that we can learn from. Simple. Hah. Glad you enjoyed it. Steve rocks! 

  • Joshua

    Hey David. I absolutely loved this interview. Thanks for bringing Steve on. He was super insightful and transparent. I think this is no fluff at its best. Thanks again. Keep them rollin’! 

    • David Siteman Garland

      Joshua – You got it. Thanks so much for tuning in. 

  • David:  As both a nerd and as a fitness buff — and as a middle-aged nerd fitness buff — I can’t thank you enough for the interview with Steve.  He was great!  Really, really great.  And after scanning through his blog for the past half hour, I can tell that I’ll be making regular visits to his site just to see what new adventures he has in the works.

    By the way, I’m loving the new direction that your own show has taken.


    • David Siteman Garland

      M- That’s awesome to hear. Steve is the man. What are you loving about the new direction so I can continue to do it? 🙂

      • D-  There are several things about the show (and you, yourself) that really stick out to me. 

        First of all, your own personal transformation during the past few months has given you — and the show — a new sort of energy.  I’m not quite sure just how to describe it, though I can tell that you’re a bit more amped up (in a good way) and that you’re also sharper/quicker when carrying on a conversation with one of your guests.

        Secondly, it’s pretty obvious that you’re now choosing guests, businesses, and topics which are of personal interest to you, rather than just interviewing people who happen to be “entrepreneurs.”  This personal interest has made the show more diversified, and you sound much more engaged with the people who you’re talking with.  Many of these new episodes sound as though they’re chats between two or three friends (or drinking buddies), rather than being just straightforward interviews.  I think that this more relaxed format also allows your guests to open up more.

        Lastly, the show just seems to flow better.  Again, this is something that’s hard to describe, though I think that the more conversational aspect of the program — and your own personal interest in the people you’re interviewing — has smoothed out some of the “clunkier” moments that had popped up in the past.

        Keep up the good work.  I’m really interested in seeing who and what you have planned for 2012.


        • Yeah, when you see his interest come through it definitely makes the whole thing feel more natural. 

          Not that there’s anything wrong with any of the interviews. I spent what turned out to be a ridiculous amount of time in the archive here shortly after discovering the site.

          • David Siteman Garland

            Rob – Appreciate the insights as well. I made a rule recently and that was if I wasn’t 100% interested/excited about a guest, it might not be the right guest. And that sort of self-curating has helped a lot I believe. Excited you’ve spent so much time in the archives!

        • David Siteman Garland

          Matt – Awesome this comment made my day and taught me a lot a well.

          I definitely “feel” the same way as you mentioned (meaning better rapport with guests, more energy, better flow). I agree with all the reasons listed. One thing I’ve done lately behind the scenes is prepare LESS questions which allows more in depth convo and actually listening to guests better as opposed to just going on with the next questions.

          And the mediapreneurship puzzle is exactly the one that was solved. I had the same feeling as well that “entrepreneurs” were way too random and it was time to go more specific on this show to focus on bloggers, show hosts, broadcasters etc. and some other shows might pop up soon focusing in some different areas.

          As always appreciate it my man!

  • Keep it up, David. Love the video interview format. 

    btw you’re beginning to look more and more like Cesc Fabregas. It’s a compliment, dont worry 🙂

    • David Siteman Garland

      Had to Google that one. Thanks man! Hah.

  • Hey David, just a heads up. Your studio microphone isn’t working during the Skype interview, only during your intro. During the interview it uses the computer mic.

    • David Siteman Garland

      Anthony – You always pick up on things like this 🙂 I forgot to plug it in for the interview LOL. Impressive, right?



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