The Art of Online Business

[Formerly The Art of Paid Traffic] Are you an online expert working toward the 6 or 7-figure mark in your business? Welcome to your one-stop-shop for practical tips, mindsets, actionable strategies, detailed case studies and everything else you need to build an online business and a life that lights you up. Whether you’re ready to increase your profit through Facebook and Instagram ads or you’re looking to find and focus on the CEO activities that’ll make the most meaningful difference in your business — you’re in the right place. Host Rick Mulready is an online business coach, ads expert and lifestyle entrepreneur sharing his path to building a million dollar business as an online expert and course creator. His specialty? Breaking complex overwhelm-inducing ideas and strategies into bite sized easy to understand pieces. His not-so-secret superpower? Teaching simplified Facebook and Instagram ad strategies you can use to create a foundation for more freedom, leads, and sales in your business. Ready for more income AND impact? Discover why The Art of Online Business has over 4.5 million downloads from ambitious online experts committed to creating profitable and purposeful businesses!
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Dec 30, 2015

On today’s episode, Michael Alaniz, a local marketing expert from Local Loop Marketing rejoins me, this time to talk about Google Call-Only ads.

This is Michael’s second time on the show as he was a guest back on episode 31 talking about Google Adwords for local business.

Call-Only ads are a new-er kind of ad format within Google’s AdWords suite. Michael’s seeing some great results with them for his clients so I asked him to come on and share what these ads are all about, how local businesses can be using them, what to look out for, and best practices.

Specifically, here's what you're going to learn on today's episode:

  • Behind the scenes of Google's Call-Only ads and how they work
  • Step-by-step guide to setting up Call-Only ads and what to avoid
  • How to get the best results from your Call-Only ads for your unique business
  • The best type of ad copy to use
  • What conversion rate to aim for
  • What kind of offer and set up you want in place before starting your Call-Only ads
Dec 16, 2015

On today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic, I've got a really cool case study... I’m talking with Amanda Greville from Rock Paper Gifts, a wedding invitation and paper goods company.

Amanda’s been running Facebook ads for her business for about a year now, doing what most beginners do -- boosting a post here and there.

She decided that it was important to keep learning Facebook ads so that she could keep bringing in new business, so about 6 months ago, she started taking things seriously and began using Power Editor to create her ads.

And that’s when the real fun began!

She started seeing some good results and tested different ad formats until she knocked it out of the park with one ad format in particular.

And when I say knocked it out of the park I mean she got a 5000% ROI!

Here's what you're going to learn on today's episode:

  • What Amanda did to get that 5000% ROI
  • The ad formats that she’s tested and the one in particular that’s given her the best results
  • What kind of ad copy she’s using
  • What her sales funnel looks like, and a lot more...

If you’ve ever doubted that Facebook ads can’t work for a niche higher priced product, you’re gonna love this episode!

Dec 11, 2015

On today's episode we’re talking all about Facebook pixels, specifically the new Facebook pixel and custom conversions.

According to Facebook, the "new" Facebook pixel is what the advertising team is basing all future product development on.

I think this is a good thing as it'll provide some stability going forward (even though, as you'll hear in the episode, there will be lots of iterations and updates).

The Facebook pixel now combines the retargeting pixel AND the conversion tracking.

However, the conversion tracking pixels that we've been using will still work the same way until mid-2016, which means if you currently have the website custom audience pixel on your site, you do not need to change the code.

It's recommended to just get it done, but not necessary right now...

Dec 2, 2015

On today’s episode I’m pumped to be talking about creating automated marketing systems in your business and how paid traffic can drive those systems with my good friends Jason Van Orden and Jeremy Frandsen from Internet Business Mastery.

If you’re not familiar with who Jason and Jeremy are, they’ve been podcasting for 10 years now over on their Internet Business Mastery podcast. It’s an awesome show that I’ve been listening to for a few years now so if you’ve never heard it definitely check it out.

Over that time they’ve built a multi-million dollar business and they’re really smart when it comes to being able to holistically look at a business and figure out where the opportunities are to increase revenue.

On Today's Episode, You'll Learn:

  • What Jeremy and Jason refer to as "the traffic myth” and where you should be focusing your efforts instead.
  • What the "choose your own adventure” system is and how to use it to move customers toward spending increasingly higher amounts of money with your business.
  • Six ways to scale a business
  • How to use a "minimum viable funnel" to show quick results in your business
  • How to increase the lifetime value of your customers
  • How to create real wealth from your paid traffic

Lots of gold in today’s conversation from a couple of guys who have been successfully doing this stuff for a long time.

Nov 23, 2015

It’s the worst nightmare when you buy website traffic:

Ending up with a banned ads account.

These days, the biggest paid traffic sources have to go through extra lengths in order to insure quality to play by strict FTC laws.

But, even when you’re playing by the rules, you (and your trusty source of paid traffic) are still at the mercy of the Googles, Facebooks, and Twitters of the world.

Today’s Art of Paid Traffic guest learned that the hard way…

And he’s here today to help you avoid getting a banned ads account from Google.

Charles Kirland is the founder of Media Buyer’s Association.

He’s is a walking, talking, networking blend of credibility and know-how – forged by years of experience of failures, testing, tweaking, and succeeding.

Nov 20, 2015

I've got a really cool case study for you today on The Art of Paid Traffic.

Scott Dawson, who recently started creating apps in the hunting decoy space, joins me to talk about the success he's having using Facebook ads to increase iOS and Android downloads of his app.

He’s now making over $2K per month selling his two apps, which may not sound like a ton, but he’s grown that revenue quickly and his business has taken off so well that he just left his full-time job to focus on his decoy business full time.

He’s getting clicks for as little as 5 - 15 cents and he’s also set up a simple funnel to build his email list where his cost per lead is... ready for this? Around 12 cents.  Ha!  Awesome...

In today's episode, Scott breaks down everything he’s doing with his Facebook ads including his targeting and a smart strategy for where he sends his traffic after people click on the ad.

A really inspiring case study here today with Scott.

Nov 12, 2015

On the show today we’re talking about evergreen sales funnels with David Siteman Garland of

Specifically, we’re going to talk about an evergreen funnel that David created that’s generating $20,000 a week.

If you’re not familiar with David, he's been in the online space for several years now. He’s one of the original podcasters and web show hosts, having started his show "The Rise to the Top" back in 2008. He now focuses on helping people create and sell digital programs and products online.

Today you're going to learn all about David's evergreen funnel, breaking down how he does it, each step in the process, the tools he uses and how you can look to model what he’s doing in your own business.

As you’ll hear, David is high energy and he loves teaching this stuff.

We cover a lot today so don't miss this one!

Nov 2, 2015

On today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic Bryan Harris from joins me to talk about a Facebook ads experiment that he did where his goal was to:

  • Primary objective: Get 500 new email subscribers for less than $1 each.
  • Spend $500 on ads in 14 days.
  • Make sure all new subscribers were interested in the topic of list building (his core topic).
  • Get 50% of them to install his List Goal browser extension.

Bryan loves doing experiments in his business. In fact, over an 18-month period, he's performed over 100 different marketing experiments.

He then reports the results back to his audience with detailed case studies on how you can use the learnings from his experiments in your business -- something he likes to call "Learning Out Loud."

Today Bryan shares his strategy for using Facebook ads to get 500 new leads for less than $1, the funnel he started out with and then the one he moved into, how he came up with his ad copy, images and his targeting...

He takes you behind the scenes of everything that worked and that didn’t work and shares all his results.

Oct 27, 2015

In today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic we're talking about Instagram ads.

Everyone seems to be talking about them, yet I’m not seeing a ton of people use them yet (outside of big brands).

I haven't yet tested them because I feel like there is a lot of conflicting information out there and I've wanted to let things settle a little bit before testing.

So on this episode of AOPT, I’m sharing the most up-to-date info that I have come across about what you need to know about Instagram ads.

Sep 28, 2015

Today’s episode of the Art of Paid Traffic is a case study of food bloggers, Dustin and Lacy Baier from

We talk all about how they’ve leveraged Facebook ads, specifically video ads, to create a business that’s now generating over $11K per month.

With over 150K visitors a month to their site and 1 million video views, they’ve done a fantastic job building their brand.

In Today's Episode, You'll Learn:

  • About the evolution of their food blogging business - from a slow start to attracting big time sponsors today
  • How and why they started incorporating video into their business
  • Their monetization strategies
  • When and why they started using paid traffic to grow their business
  • The one catalyst that REALLY allowed their business to take off and then accelerate it even further with Facebook ads
  • And the strategies behind how using Facebook video ads specifically, has been a complete game-changer for their business.

Today's Paid Traffic Bonus Case Study

For a complete case study of what made Facebook ads a success for Dustin and Lacey, and to apply them to your business, visit to download the case study. 

Sep 21, 2015

Want to be a better copywriter? You're going to love this episode.

On today's episode of the Art of Paid Traffic is Joanna Wiebe, co-founder of Copyhackers is all about helping you write more persuasive, believable and usable copy so you can boost your website & email conversion rates.

And that’s the type of copywriting we’re going to talk about today - conversion copywriting. As you’ll hear in the episode today, Joanna is a master at it.

What I loved about the conversation with Joanna is that the strategies and lessons you’re about to learn are relevant whether you’re writing ad copy, email marketing, or copy for your landing page or sales page.

Joanna breaks down how to be a better copywriter from a strategic level but then also gets into the tactics and tricks for implementing the strategies.

Your words are directly tied to your business's success... or its failure.

Sep 3, 2015

On today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic, we dive into proven copywriting strategies that convert with Ryan Johnson.

Ryan is a brand and content strategist and also the head of editorial for Ramit Sethi at I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

I met Ryan in July in Portland, OR and after spending an hour with him, I quickly saw why he's one of the most respected people in the copywriting space, especially when the focus is on creating copy for a consistent brand and content message within your business.

Here's a taste of what people have to say about Ryan: 

"It's rare to meet someone who can write so well — and be so strategic — as you are. Your ability to visualize the exact experience a reader is going through -- including the words, the tone, the frequency, even the invisible threads -- is phenomenal. Your copy is f#@$*&^ good. And the way you deconstructed and quickly improved the launch outline was amazingly impressive." -- Ramit Sethi, I Will Teach You To Be Rich

"This is great stuff, Ryan, and I think you're dead-on on 99% of it."  – Ryan Deiss, Idea Incubator / Traffic & Conversion Summit

"Ryan, your writing is so good that I've been struggling to find a way to express how awed I am by what you sent me. It's amazing." – Andrew Warner, Mixergy

I also announce a NEW scholarship winner for my FB ADvantage Facebook ads training program.  It's kind of a funny story for why I'm announcing a new winner and I explain what happened here today.

In Today's Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Ryan breaks down how he recommends setting up a launch -- from the email copy, the ads, the sales pages, landing pages, etc.
  • What’s the very first thing someone should consider when they sit down to write copy?  Ryan talks about the framework he recommends working within.
  • What are some big mistakes novice copywriters make and how to avoid them.
  • Tips for writing headlines that convert.
  • Strategies for writing in your own voice.
  • How writing copy for an ad is different from writing copy on a landing page.
  • Copywriting resources Ryan recommends if you  want to improve your copywriting skills.

There is GOLD here in this conversation with Ryan!  Enjoy...

Aug 24, 2015

On today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic, I'm sharing a paid traffic newbie case study.

Mary Fernandez shares her story of how she generated almost 550 cold leads from Facebook ads for as little as $0.19, yet still didn’t profit from her spend.  Today you'll learn what happened, look at what went wrong in her sales funnel, and hear the lessons she's now taken into her most recent paid traffic campaign.

Aug 21, 2015

In this week's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic podcast Amazon PPC expert Scott Voelker joins me to share how to use specific PPC strategies to make more sales on Amazon.

I've gotten a lot of requests to discuss Amazon PPC on the podcast so I'm psyched to welcome Scott so he can share his tips and strategies for using PPC to sell things on Amazon through their Fulfillment by Amazon program.

Today's Amazon PPC topic is something I knew nothing about before talking with Scott and now that I’ve had this conversation with him I think this is a really interesting strategy for creating a business for yourself.

I think you're gonna feel the same after hearing the episode.

On Today's Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Scott’s 3-step approach to launching a new product ad campaign
  • How to use Amazon PPC to get more reviews of your product
  • Best practices for how many reviews you should have on your product before turning on your PPC
  • The key length of time to test your PPC campaign when starting out
  • At what point you determine winners vs losers
  • Strategies for getting the highest ad ranking on Amazon for the lowest costs

Free Live Facebook Ads Training Week of August 24th

I want to invite you to a brand new upcoming live Facebook ads training I’m doing.

One is going to be on Tuesday, August 25th at 10am PST and the other is Wednesday, August 26th at 5pm PST.

To register for the Tuesday, August 25th at 10am PST, go to

To register for the Wednesday, August 26th at 5pm PST, go to

On the training I’m going to be sharing what’s working right now with Facebook ads to create an automated stream of leads and sales for your business.

It's all about creating security and predictability in your business with paid traffic.  Facebook ads are the easiest and most effective platform around today.

Hope to see you on one of those live trainings!

Aug 13, 2015

I've got a different kind of Art of Paid Traffic episode for you today.

This is an episode where I was interviewed by Joey Kissimmee for his podcast which is called the Income Press podcast.

And the reason I wanted to share it with you because even though I was being interviewed I got to ask Joey some questions about what he’s currently doing with Facebook ads in his business.

If you recall, I interviewed Joey, who is a student in my FB ADvantage training, back in episode #4 here on AOPT where we talked about Facebook ads retargeting and the very specific retargeting strategy he uses in his business to see huge ROI.

Today you’re going to hear:

  • Joey talk about how has now tripled his income using Facebook ads and what he does with that extra revenue 
  • Joey also talks about the effect that Facebook ads have had on his family
  • We also get into the Facebook retargeting strategy that Joey is currently using and the results he’s seeing from his ads.  How he uses retargeting as his auto-responder
  • We get into what kind of ad copy Facebook doesn't like and how to write copy especially for retargeting.
  • We then talk about pricing strategies, including how to determine how much you should spend on your ands and what point you should consider scaling your ad spend and how to go about doing that without ruining your cost per-lead.
Aug 6, 2015

Today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic is Part 2 of a Facebook Ads Q&A where I’m answering your questions about, well, Facebook ads!

If you've been listening to the show for a while now, you know that I do these Q&A episodes every so often and today I'm answering questions about:

  • Targeting and how to improve an ads campaign for a veterinary niche
  • How to avoid using destination URLs for your Facebook ads that might be considered spam by Facebook
  • How to focus and leverage your targeting when you're a service based business and offer a variety of services
  • How authors can get the most out of their advertising when sending traffic to Amazon
Aug 3, 2015

Today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic is Part 1 of a Facebook Ads Q&A where I’m answering your questions about, well, Facebook ads!

If you've been listening to the show for a while now, you know that I do these Q&A episodes every so often and today I'm answering questions about:

  • What's up with Facebook ads pixels these days? I heard there was a new "upgraded" pixel?
  • What are some big, overlooked or unknown “Gotchas” associated with running Facebook ads
  • Explain why you don't reach the full # of people that your target audience suggests
  • Can you explain how to use Business Manager? Who should be using it and what's the big deal about it?
Jul 27, 2015

On today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic I’m really excited to welcome "the web psychologist", Nathalie Nahai.

Nathalie is the best-selling author of 'Webs of Influence, the Psychology of Online Persuasion', and I invited her on to the podcast to talk about how understanding some simple web psychology can go a long way in improving your online advertising efforts.

With a background in psychology, web design and digital strategy, Nathalie coined the term ‘web psychology’ in 2011, defining it as ‘the empirical study of how our online environments influence our attitudes and behaviors’.  Don't worry, we talk all about what this means during the episode.

Nathalie helps businesses apply scientific rigor to their website design and content marketing, and has worked with Fortune 500 companies, design agencies and SME’s (clients include Google, eBay and Unilever).

She also lectures internationally on the subject of web psychology, and writes for Marketing Week and Psychology Today.

In Today's Episode You'll Learn

  • What web psychology means and how it can improve your online advertising campaigns.
  • The psychology behind persuasive story-telling and how you can use it for better Facebook advertising results.
  • How to leverage some persuasion principles in your advertising campaigns.
  • THE most important aspect you need to be looking at when you’re creating your ad campaigns and when you’re writing ad copy.
  • We talk about one of the best books she’s come across recently that she recommends reading if you want to learn how to better use psychology and emotional triggers in your advertising.
  • And a whole bunch more...
Jul 21, 2015

On The Art of Paid Traffic today Neil Patel joins me to talk about a bunch of different paid traffic strategies including email marketing, how to create epic content more quickly, copywriting, headlines, the importance of long term customer value, up-selling and cross-selling and more...

For those of you who don’t know who Neil is, he's the co-founder of Crazy EggHello Bar and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web. Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations.

Jul 15, 2015

On today's Art of Paid Traffic episode we're talking all about copywriting and email marketing with Neville Medhora.

Neville’s an entrepreneur who writes at and where he’s also the founder of a great copywriting course aptly named the Kopywriting Kourse.  He's also done a lot of copywriting for where he’s a minority owner.

In Today's Episode You'll Learn

  • The copywriting triggers that make people buy
  • The #1 thing you MUST remember when you’re writing any kind of copy
  • Neville shares his formula for great email copy including his top 3 tips for writing better copy
  • What percentage of your email marketing should be content and value vs. selling
  • He gives specific examples of how he would approach email marketing for different niches
  • And he shares the best resource he’s ever come across that will make you a better copywriter

Also I do want to want to give you a heads-up there is swearing in the episode today so just be aware of that. If you’re listening with kids around or at work, you may want to put some ear buds in.

Jul 10, 2015

On today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic, Talia Wolf, founder and CEO Conversioner, joins me to talk about using emotional triggers and user behavior to grow your business.

This whole episode comes down to really understanding your customers or your target customers better so that you can appeal to them on an emotional level with email writing, ad copy, landing pages - basically how you communicate with them to sell your products or services.

Talia and I discuss how you might look at solving your customer's emotional needs and then using these triggers to split test different points in your sales funnel based.

When it comes to paid traffic, we talk a lot about not focusing on the features of what your service or product can do but rather focus on the benefits for your customer.

As you'll hear today with Talia, she talks about taking it beyond benefits and addressing the emotional needs of your customer that your product or service can solve.

In Today's Episode You'll Learn

  • The very first place someone should start with conversion and optimization
  • The importance of creating a hypothesis for your ad campaign when you first start out
  • How to use psychology for better conversions
  • Email marketing tips and strategies for increasing conversions
  • How someone might use this concept for their Facebook ads and other forms of paid traffic
  • Why we should all be split testing and how long we should let a split test run before making any determination about it
Jul 3, 2015

Today we’re talking about one of my favorite topics - sales funnels.

I’m gonna take you behind the scenes and share details of my own business and how I’m working to create funnels in it.

If you’ve been listening from the beginning of the podcast, you know one of my goals here is to share my own personal experiences with paid traffic and such, and today’s episode is an example of that.

Jun 26, 2015

On today's episode I share tips and strategies for how to grow your podcast with Facebook ads.

I get lots of questions from podcasters like:

  • Would you use Facebook ads to direct people to a specific episode, or to your podcast in general?
  • How might Facebook ads help me launch my podcast with a bang?
  • Do you direct people to your podcast show notes page for a specific episode using Facebook ads? 
  • How often should you run ads for your podcast?
  • Should you do an ad that leads people to an opt in to help build your list?

I answer these questions and more on today's episode.

One of the best things I did for my business was start a podcast in 2013 called Inside Social Media.

I loved podcasting so much that when my business later shifted to focus on Facebook ads and paid traffic, I started my second show aptly named The Art of Paid Traffic

It's a blast. I love teaching and being able to connect with people through their ear buds.

But you know what? It not always easy.

You gotta come up with topics, get guests, outline episodes, editing, show notes, etc...

And then there's promotion.

We're always looking for ways to get more listeners, more downloads and higher rankings in iTunes, right?

One way that's really effective in promoting and growing your podcast is through Facebook ads.

The ability to advertise your show to your exact target audience on Facebook is SICK.

So if you've currently got a podcast, the following tips and strategies can help you crank up your listens and downloads.

Or, if you're tossing around the idea of launching a new show, this can also help you launch with a bang and better position your show for that coveted New & Noteworthy on iTunes.

For a full written tutorial and how-to videos on today's episode, visit

Jun 16, 2015

Today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic is a Facebook ads Q&A!

I've received a ton of Facebook ads questions lately so rather than do one super long episode today I'm answering some questions here on today's episode and then I'll cover the other questions on the next Q&A episode.

Here are the questions we cover today:

  • How do you track conversions when using Facebook video ads?
  • I've heard Facebook is now building retargeting audiences based on people who watch our video ads. Is that true? If so, how does this work and how can I turnaround and target these audiences?
  • When creating Facebook ads, I primarily target pages. I've targeted based on professional title a few times and not gotten the best results. What is really the best way to target? Only use ONE targeting option such as Interests, or a combination?
  • Also, I've heard from some FB gurus that you should only target one country at a time for best results. I typically don't do that but have done it more recently.
  • I know it's not typically a good idea to send people directly to a sales page on FB - especially with a cold audience. I tried that a couple of times with no success. However, I recently heard it can possibly work with low cost items.  What are your thoughts on this? What about sending straight to a sales page if you're retargeting website visitors or another custom audience you've used before? Appreciate what you do Rick!
  • If we want to run Facebook ads for one of our businesses but don't have a Facebook page for that business, do we have to build that page up before advertising?
  • After I launch an ad, how do I figure out where to adjust to improve performance? I've been in marketing for 20+ years so I can think of a dozen reasons why an ad isn't working, but changing things up to test each of those hypotheses in a funnel seems arduous.  I'm wondering whether there are more telling ways to figure out whether it's the lead magnet, the Facebook ad or the landing page that is causing poor performance.
  • What's the latest on using LeadPages URLs, the LeadPages WordPress plug-in Custom URL and Privacy Policy links on your landing pages?

Lots of fun today answering these questions.

Jun 11, 2015

On today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic we’re revisiting the topic of LinkedIn ads, this time with LinkedIn expert Josh Turner, to talk about how to get the most out of your LinkedIn ads.

We've talked about LinkedIn ads recently in episode #40 and one thing I like to do is to give different perspectives from different people when it comes to specific strategies and platforms, so I've invited Josh Turner on the show today to give us his perspective on LinkedIn ads.

In Today's Episode, You'll Learn:

  • About who LinkedIn ads will work for and how to get the best results from using them.
  • Why getting more granular with your targeting actually lowers your cost.
  • We talk about the pricing of products and services that tend to do the best with LinkedIn ads and Josh gives an example of where if he spends $1000 on LinkedIn ads, he'll see $3000 in sales from the traffic.
  • We get into ad types and which ones you should definitely be doing and those you may want to ignore at first. Josh also talks about LinkedIn's version of Facebook's unpublished ads, something I didn’t even know existed.
  • You’ll hear tips if you’re a more advanced marketer, what kind of 3rd party tools you should be using in conjunction with LinkedIn’s ad platform.
  • And a whole lot more!

And make sure you listen until the end because Josh has put together a special giveaway for AOPT listeners, something I had no idea he was doing. It’s very cool so make sure you check that out towards the end of the interview.

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