Blog World Expo – Advice from Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is the best selling author of the 4-Hour Work Week and was part of the second day keynote panel at the 2008 Blog World Expo. Tim was one of the people I was looking forward to meeting because we have very closely matched philosophies.

During my meet with Tim, I asked him to give you guys one piece of advice for the up and coming blogger. His answer is both insightful and extremely accurate. If you have never read the 4-Hour Work Week or Tim’s blog, you really need to check both out. It will change the way you think.

39 thoughts on “Blog World Expo – Advice from Tim Ferriss”

  1. Why do you use viddler these days to host your videos John?

    1. Higher quality he says, but it takes so long to load the video on my computer, and I have a broadband connection at work.

    2. John Chow says:

      Higher quality video than youtube.

    3. Tim Jones says:

      I use Viddler, too. You also have a better class of commenter/viewer on Viddler than on YouTube. I also like that you can add comments as a viewer and that you can add a logo to the video as a producer.

      You almost have to use You Tube, also, just because of the traffic, but you can use a service like Tube Mogul to upload to multiple sites.

      1. Tubemogul doesn’t seem to work as well with Viddler as with Youtube, Metacafe, et al. You need to do an extra step, which I haven’t done so I haven’t posted much to Viddler recently.

    4. People can watch vidder at work rather than youtube in which companies don’t allow. It’s great markets and keeping up with technology. I don’t know if this is why John did this but it is working.

    5. jim says:

      Once upon a time, Viddler was one of the only video services that let you comment within a video.

    6. Ryan McLean says:

      I have never used viddler before. I didn’t realise they had higher quality video. This is really interesting and I will look into this for my blog

    7. Mario Chase says:

      I have to agree the Viddler video quality is better. In YouTube even professional videos looks ugly.. but it had to be like that. Web traffic.. is a traffic matter

    8. I’d never heard of Viddler before. I’m going to check into it.

  2. Great advice he has. The first chance I get at meeting other bloggers in person, you bet I’ll be on it. And I love that everyone keeps talking about writing for your readers first and the search engines will follow.

    1. Great advice indeed. It’s the philosophy of, “It’s not who you know, but who knows you.” Also, the last thing that Tim said is the number on rule of marketing. Always offer something of value to the other person before you ask them for something. Give them a reason to speak with you and to help you. For example, Want to get in good with a well known author. Call them up and say, Hey I want to get 10-20 of your books signed by you so that I can give them to my friends.” After doing this a few times what author wouldn’t want to speak with you in person or over the phone. I plan to spend 1000.00 for author signed books. *BTY this author sold more than 5 million books of one particular title) Tell me that he wouldn’t be a great link in my network chain.

  3. Connecting with bloggers in your area on Craig’s List or something might be a good way to network in your local area. Definitely a good way to stand out in someone’s eyes, meeting them in person.

    Hey John, what program do you use to edit your videos? Is it free? I am looking for something free and easy. Just simple editing and text would be nice. Thanks!

    – Jack Rugile
    Simple Sapien

    1. John Chow says:

      I use iMovie. It comes with every Mac.

  4. Acutally I noticed that Viddler is what Gary Vee uses and he has 10s of 1000s of visits a day do it seems to be able to handle the traffic and great video quality as John says.

    Tim Ferris is fantastic. He really forces you to cut the bull of what is busy and what is just busywork

  5. Some good advice that some people really need to take to heart.

  6. Clog Money says:

    Good advice, slight problem with me living in the UK. I would love to attend and meet up with people but it’s just too god damn expensive. Any fellow UK bloggers/IM’s here?

    1. Rafael says:

      He’ll be at Madrid (Spain) next thursday. That’s closer, man.

      I can’t believe I’m going to meet him.

  7. Bobby Rio says:

    Tim Ferris is the MAN. Simple advice but exactly what I realized recently… its too late to try to brown nose the big shots like Jon Chow, Digg power users, and anyone else in the blogosphere that is influential…

    Take advantage of the many outlets of meeting them… Most of them are down to earth people… who you have a much better chance of winning over or charming via in face meeting than email.

  8. 4 hour work week is a great read.

  9. Mario Chase says:

    Yeah… was simple suggestions. But great suggestions. I also like the idea of writing articles for people.. not for the search engine.

    Have read some stuff from Tim.. and wow.. that guy must be very fun to meet in person, and to talk about general stuff.

  10. DamnSmiley says:

    Pictures are better than videos man wake up!

  11. ZK says:

    The review of the book seems good , i ll have to check it out thanks for the info John

  12. I’ve heard of Tim but had not heard him until now. I should check out his book.

    1. Funny thing you have to hear it from someone you “trust” to listen. I’ve heard and seen the book but since I haven’t heard anything from anyone about it I haven’t even given a thought to buying TIm’s book. Well, I went on ITunes and got the audio book. I just finished up the first chapter that it is quite interesting. I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say. Obviously he is doing something right with what he has.
      I also when on tim’s blog and he just did an interview with the author of Vagabonding. Who wouldn’t want to get a book entitled that. Next stop Barnes and Noble’s after the workout.

  13. James says:

    very good advice.. hmmm time to find my passion

  14. Good tips. I especially agree about networking. You really have to put yourself & your blog out there because in the end, no one is going to do it for you. And he has a great blog.

  15. Thiago Prado says:

    John chow,

    Are you publish your videos on viddler because it’s better than youtube?


    1. The quality is way better on Viddler.

  16. Hey, great video, John!

    But, I’d like to do a little suggestion: please, put some text document containing dialogs, because sometimes it’s very difficult to understand what is being talked and I don’t wanna miss any information. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you publish some text file, I can offer my help to translate it to Portuguese, so you’d have a bigger audience.

    I prefer videos and texts in original Language, but some people don’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Torley says:

    John + Tim together? Count them in for the power win! I can imagine the energy you’re generating being so close! ๐Ÿ˜€

    BTW, I’ve used many services including Viddler, and found Vimeo and to have the highest quality. I’d like to use Viddler more, but as you can see in the movie above, it has some vertical aliasing problems which are blocky/ugly.

    Here’s more of my findings, if you’d like to see:


  18. Great advice from Tim. I love his book, it’s a great manifesto.

  19. 100kjob says:

    Great advice. Is SEO consultant’s job in danger? As SEO-All-In-One is all you need for SEOing.

  20. Freeman says:

    Oh man Blog World Expo would have been worth the ticket price just to talk to this guy! I love his book…it fuels my life!

  21. Takumi86 says:

    A very nice advice for people to pay attention for, thanks john

  22. pearlin says:

    It’s so great that you got to meet Tim Ferriss and get a quote from him. I’m a big fan of his book, The 4-Hour Workweek which inspired me to write my first book, Boss of Me!. I live, breathe and eat Tim’s work smart, play hard mantra. Great work!

  23. charles says:

    It is something good to see someone younger than you being so successful in blogging world right?

  24. A nice video interview with Tim. You two do have similar philosiphies! Tim’s 4 hour work week is the bomb too by the way!

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