About Megan Dougherty

Megan Dougherty is an alumnus of Mirasee and is passionate about online education, small business and making a difference in the world. You can find out what she's up to and how side-hustles will take over the world at PayingforLife.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MeganTwoCents.

Terrified, Funny, Suck-Loving Humans and a Heartfelt Goodbye

About 6 years ago, I answered a Craigslist ad to become a marketer’s assistant. In doing so, although I didn’t know it at the time, I took the biggest, most audacious step of my life to date, and it meant more change, more personal growth, and more opportunity than I ever imagined. And I’m about to take another one. After many long and wonderful years working with Danny and the team at Mirasee, it’s time …

Bouncing Back After a Business Failure

So you screwed up. What next? There’s something you notice a lot in online marketing – the story of how an entrepreneur tried, failed, recovered and then succeeded. It’s a good story and an important story. But it kind of misses a little something sometimes. Let’s be honest.

Early Signs of Online Audience Business Success

Last month was kind of a special month for me. On around the 15th of April, I celebrated 5 years working with Danny at Firepole Marketing. Now, 5 years may not sound like a lot – but for a millennial who, pre-Firepole had almost 40 different jobs (most of them sucked), it’s kind of spectacular.

Inside Firepole: What We Learned From Our Biggest Product Launch Yet

Last week, we closed the doors on the biggest launch we’ve ever done, for the biggest course we’ve ever put together: the Course Builder’s Laboratory. Now, you’ve probably seen a lot of these launches from the outside. And they look pretty simple: you receive an email (or several!) with  an invite to a webinar or some free content, and then you get more emails about the product itself.

Project ABC: Changes Across the Board

Happy Spring, Beacons! I’ve got some interesting news. Actually, I have a lot of interesting news! A personal change. A Project ABC change. And a change to the team at Mirasee. I’ll start with the update you’ve been expecting. 🙂 In the last Project ABC update I expressed how prioritizing was a challenge for me – and you all gave me some exceptional advice about how to make more time for Paying for Life. I …

Ask the Readers: What is the Value of Online Contests?

Contests are widely regarded as really good ways to increase your online engagement. They come in all shapes and sizes – from the massively detailed and logistically challenging Great Online Marketing Scavenger Hunts – to the quick and dirty book giveaways and random draws you so often see around the blogosphere. Likewise, there are all sorts of reasons that you may want to run a contest, from increasing social media engagement to teaching new skills …

The Great Online Marketing Scavenger Hunt 2014 Winners

It has been an extremely exciting 3 weeks while the Great Online Marketing Scavenger Hunt has been running. Hundreds of participants led by a crew of exceptionally keen high-scorers have, combined, completed thousands of activities to expand their reach and ability online. It’s been a great game. From getting their first guest posts to making new friends and new professional connections, learning new skills, trying new technologies and getting new ideas – I’m pretty confident …

Ask the Readers: The Best of Free or May-as-Well-Be-Free

There’s a lot of cool stuff out there you can get for free, mostly for free, or initially for free. Training, tutorials, information, software, services – lots of it, much of it high quality, and for nothing but the cost of your email address. Some of my absolute favorite free things are: WP Landing Pages, a free plugin for wordpress that let’s you create landing pages on the quick-fast. The GIMP, an open source image …

The Definitive Guide to Writing Blogger Roundup Queries

There comes a time in every blogger’s week, when they open their inbox and groan. It’s not because there are too many emails. It’s not because there are spammy guest post pitches. It’s not because of a pile of reader complaints. It’s another roundup request. You know what I’m talking about – a bright eyed new (or experienced!) blogger with a song in their heart and a gleam in their eye with dreams of massive …