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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

Apr 16, 2019


Alex Nerney, co-founder of Create & Go, an online blog that teaches others how to start a blog and eventually make money blogging. Alex and his partner Lauren quit their jobs, sold almost everything they owned and went all in on blogging. Within their first year, they made $100,000 blogging and now, by year three, they are currently making over a $100,000 per month online. Alex grew up in Colleyville, Texas and attended the University of Arkansas for his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He worked in corporate America and as a personal trainer before starting blogging.

In this episode:

3:22 – When Alex realized traditional jobs didn’t work for him and how Tim Ferriss’s “The 4-Hour Workweek” changed his life.

4:00 – What jobs Alex had that helped him hone in on what he wanted to do – from a bouncer to a writer at

5:00 – Would Alex change anything if he could do it differently or does he value the mistakes he made?

6:23 – How social media helped Alex meet Nancy Marshall.

7:00 – How Alex finds networking and PR more difficult than social media.

7:30 – Which social media platform he and Lauren use to drive 200,000 visitors to their blog every month.

8:53 – How Natalie Bacon convinced them to go to an expo that was a rewarding experience and great for networking.

9:49 – How Google’s algorithm changes have made a big difference to online content.

11:00 – Nancy talks about authority marketing.

12:19 – Alex talks about the time it takes to become skilled at something.

13:30 – How wanting everything now may be a function of the millennials.

13:52 – Nancy describes Google as Santa Claus.

14:37 – How to become the expert and not pretend.

17:40 – Which key performance indicator Alex thinks is important.

19:19 – What mistakes they made blogging in the beginning.

20:08 – How Seth Godin’s blog and podcast has made an impression.

21:34 – Alex talks about what hurdles he’s faced and overcome.

22:33 – How one of their first students became successful.

24:00 – How YouTube is an excellent resource.

24:30 – Which book with a cheesy title has great content.

27:52 – Who told Nancy to stop talking and start sweating a little more.

28:12 – Tips to help you stop overthinking your business plans.





Create and Go:

Millionaire Fastlane

How to Start a Blog 

How to make money with a blog


Tim Ferriss

Natalie Bacon

Seth Godin

Pat Flynn


How to be successful: “I think when your focus is on helping other people, you are successful in your own right and are doing positive things in the world.”  Alex Nerney, co-founder of Create and Go.

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