What I learned from Matt Smith – Q&A with The Online Income Teacher.

What I learned from Matt Smith – Q&A with The Online Income Teacher.

This is the third edition of the What I learned  interview series.

Don’t miss the last interview with Ana Hoffman the founder of Traffic Generation Café.
This week I’m pleased to feature Matt Smith – The Online Income Teacher:

Exclusive Interview featuring Matt Smith


I first discovered Matt’s site last year when I was reviewing blogs for the #IBCT – The International Blogger Championship Tournament.

I wanted to share his story because of how inspiring it is to see what he has accomplished since last year.

Here’s some quick stats about

The Online Income Teacher:

  • Domain Registered:  May 2011

  • Alexa Traffic rank:  44,142

  • Twitter followers: 3,426

  • Facebook page likes: 926

  • Google+ users have him in circles: 1,716

What I found most impressive was how fast Matt grew his blog and cut his Alexa traffic rank.

Last year when I first reviewed his site his Alexa ranking was 111,654.

Today it’s improved by over 60% in only one year, WOW.

What’s more impressive is that he’s done all of this starting from scratch in less than two years.

*633 days if you want to be exact.


…Enough of me let’s get to the interview with Matt Smith – The Online Income Teacher:


DARNELL:  This spring will mark the 2nd anniversary for OnlineIncomeTeacher - they say to teach is to learn twice, can you name two things that you learned from your audience over the past 2 years? 

Wow, 2 years seems to have flown by!  I have learnt SO much over that time that it is hard to single out two points to talk about.  I guess if I was pushed, I would have to say that from my audience I have learned that, “the more you put in, the more you get out” and  “always, ALWAYS produce the best work that you can because you never know who is reading”.
I think it is true in everything that you do in life, but I have noticed it specifically over the last few years that I have been blogging – the more you put in, the more you get out.  The more work you put into your making your site the best it can be, the more your site will get noticed.  It sounds obvious I know, but I see bloggers all the time (even some clients that I have worked for) who expect instant results, despite the fact that they have only done a couple of half-hearted posts.  
It doesn’t just apply to your site though, how you interact with people (whether it’s in your comment section, via emails, on other sites/forums, etc.) has a lasting effect.  For example, if someone leaves a comment on your site, it is in your best interests to put some effort into a genuine response.  If someone asks you a question, make sure that you answer it fully.  I try to do this with all the comments that I get on my site and by doing that I have built up some great relationships with other bloggers across the world.  Remember, the more you put in, the more you get out!!!  
You should always make sure that you publish the best work that you can on your site because you never know who is reading your content.  I have been offered work, interviews, opportunities, etc. from people who have got in touch with me after they have read my site.  That simply wouldn’t have happened had I approached my site in a half-hearted way.  

DARNELL:  T or F.  It’s easier to find success online than it is to deal with the corporate grind?  Please explain.

That is a very tough question to give a true or false answer to!  I think yes & no, if that makes sense.  
Working for yourself online is hard work.  There is no one to fall back on and give you a wage, you make your own money based on the work that you do.  That said, these days it can be hard for people to simply find work at all, especially people my age.  Ultimately, I chose to work for myself because I like it.  If I am going to work everyday, then I may as well work for myself and put my destiny in my own hands.  
But again, working for yourself, either online or offline, is hard work.  It’s not for everyone!

DARNELL:  What’s the most popular bad advice for blogging that you’ve noticed floating around the interwebs these days?

Well this one is easy.  I constantly read on sites, all over the web, that blogging is easy.  This is just not true and anyone that says that is lying!  Blogging is not easy, it is hard work.  You have to produce the content, you have to manage the site, you have to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and updates that can effect you – and even then you may just not have what it takes.
I am not trying to put people off blogging, far from it.  I am just trying to be honest.  Blogging is hard work, but it is also enjoyable.  In the last few years I have learnt SO much about business, met loads of people from around the world that I otherwise would never have met and have started to create a business that I can grow over the coming years.  That all took lots of work, but in my eyes, it has been well worth it.

DARNELL.  In regards to blog promotion please finish this statement: 

I used to spend my time _____________… but, now I  ________________.

That’s another tough question!  I guess I used to spend my time worrying and analyzing what my site was doing in relation to other sites and what they were doing, but now I try to concentrate on my own thing.  
When I first started, I constantly found myself checking my Google analytics to see how my site was doing and trying to compare that with what other sites were doing.  Was I getting enough referrers from Twitter, were my Facebook status updates engaging enough, were my social icons in the exact right position for people to see, etc.  
What I realized (eventually) was that, in the end, it doesn’t really matter.  There is no right way or wrong way to do things, the important part is that you just crack on and DO things.  I still monitor my analytics, but only very occasionally.  I try to be more focused on my own thing, rather than trying to follow what others are doing.   

DARNELL:  THE MEME QUESTION.  Using an internet meme image please portray your reaction to realizing your site was down last year.  Also please explain what you learned and how you are better from this unfortunate event.

"We've all been there."
The reason why my site went down last year was a hosting problem.  It was frustrating and at the time I was just about pulling my hair out, but ultimately I couldn’t do much about it.  There are plenty of precautions that you can take to make sure that your site is up and running 24/7, but sometimes things happen that are out of your control.  I learned that you should prepare for the worst and expect the worst to happen (in regards to your business), but don’t worry about the things that are out of your control.



DARNELL: Fav phone?  Android, Iphone, other?

I have an Android at the moment, so I would have to say that.  

DARNELL. Fav social media platform?  Google+, Fb, Twitter? 

I am a big Google+ fan myself.  I use most social media platforms, but I think that is my personal favourite.  I just like the way that it works with everything (search, Gmail, Drive, Calendar) and lets you share, follow, search for things/people easily.  Some of the other platforms feel like they have things bolted onto them to make them work.  Google+ just seems like a well thought out platform. 

What I learned from Matt Smith the Online Income Teacher:

  • Online success doesn’t happen over night, but it doesn’t take a DECADE either.  No, you won’t be the king of the internets by next Wednesday, but if you are consistent and you focus your efforts in the right places you can obtain impressive results in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Help people.  No, this doesn’t mean that you should sign up as someone’s personal assistant.  It just means that you should help people out when you can.  Recently, Matt hooked me up with a tip that I used and it helped me increase my statistics substantially.

*Thanks for everything Matt, I really appreciate it.


Don’t miss the first interview in the what I learned from series featuring Steve Scott – The Six-Figure Affiliate Blogger. You can also browse all the latest interviews here.


There’s no telling who’s coming up next.

All I can say is think GLOBAL act LOCAL. :)



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What's up! I'm Darnell the founder of Your Online Biz. I believe "We come from absolute greatness. Accomplishing the extraordinary is the least that we should expect from ourselves." In 2012 I launched TruckLicense.net which redefined how to get a CDL without expensive trucking school. I also created the #IBCT - International Blogger Championship Tournament which features the top 64 blogs worldwide in a competitive comparative analysis. When you support me you help #PayItForward as I contribute 10% of my online income to help children in need.

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4 comments on “What I learned from Matt Smith – Q&A with The Online Income Teacher.
  1. Darnell,

    Great interview with Matt Smith. This is such an inspiring interview.

    Charles Crawford recently posted…10 Strategies for Dental MarketingMy Profile (dofollow)

  2. Great post Darnell about Matt Smith, he is a real top pro blogger!
    Robert Connor recently posted…Demian Farnworth – Pro Series Q & AMy Profile

  3. Matt Smith says:

    Hi Darnell,

    Thanks again for getting in touch with me about this interview, I really enjoyed doing it. Still can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 years running my site, seems to have gone so quickly.

    I just hope that I can show to people that building a site can be done if you are prepared to stick with it.

    All the best
    Matt Smith recently posted…How ‘One Step Checkout’ Can Improve Your eCommerce WebsiteMy Profile

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