I am thrilled to have Jeff Sieh with me today. Jeff is well known in the online space as the ‘Manly Pinterest Tips guy’. But he didn’t get his start in Pinterest marketing. He was as intimidated as the next man when it came to the platform.
Taking His Own Business Advice
Jeff got his start in computer design after his first child was born and he knew he needed a ‘real job’. He soon joined a photography firm and did design work for them until it was clear that they were about to fold. His firm, His Design, was Jeff’s next project and still provides web design, social media marketing, and SEO to help small businesses succeed online.
After a while, he decided to take his own advice and jump into social media. He heard Michael Stelzner talking about driving traffic to your blog through Pinterest and he decided to see what it was all about. So he wrote an article called Manly Pinterest Tips #1.
That article led to a series of articles on how a man was using a female dominated platform to drive traffic to his blog. That series of articles led to a video based show on Google+ which was hugely successful.
And the show eventually led to a website and a podcast called Manly Pinterest Tips. The success of the podcast led to many podcast interviews and live speaking.
Trying Out A New Idea
A man on Pinterest? It was unheard of when Jeff began his blog and podcast, and it was scary to try an idea that hadn’t been tried before.
One of the scariest aspects of his podcast is that it is live. He can’t batch episodes; he records a live show and turns it into a podcast. And he still gets nervous every single time he goes on camera.
The fear of not making it, of looking stupid, of trying to figure out what your strengths are…all of these things can be limiting beliefs for all of us.
“Pushing through every time, that’s the key…and consistency…” ~Jeff Sieh
Evaluating Strengths and Weaknesses
Some of us aren’t great at knowing what we are good at or not so good at. Jeff says that the best way to learn what those things are is collaboration.
Jeff gave a lot of content away for free when he got started without asking for anything in return. He commented on other blogs and shared posts whenever he could. Through this, he made friends that he can run ideas by and get advice on projects.
One thing that Jeff highly recommends is getting involved in a mastermind. He is involved in 2 of them and credits them with getting his business where it is today.
“Having people you can bounce ideas off of and receive feedback can really change your business.” ~Jeff Sieh
The Ability to Say No
Being in charge of his schedule and doing the things he loves are what define success to Jeff.
When he started out, Jeff’s main goal was being able to stay at home to be with his kids and he has accomplished that. He isn’t a rich man by any means, but he did what he set out to do while doing work that he enjoys.
He freely admits though that as his kids grow up, his definition of success will change. His success revolved around being there for his kids and his family, to take vacations together and to be able to be at plays and other activities.
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Mentioned in today’s show-
- Jeff's site: https://manlypinteresttips.com/
- Jeff's podcast: https://manlypinteresttips.com/podcast/
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