0 to 80m Monthly Unique Website Views and Millions in Revenue by 31 with Gerard Adams of Elite Daily

Gerard Adams

In Episode #228, Nathan speaks with Gerard Adams, Millennial thought-leader and founder of Elite Daily—an online publication that caters to the interests and needs of the Millennial Generation. Listen as Nathan quizzes Gerard on the revenue model of Elite Daily, their acquisition by Daily Mail, and the key to keeping content creators happy.

Famous 5

  • Favorite Book? – Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain
  • What CEO do you follow?— Elon Musk
  • What is your favorite online tool?— Fifteen Five
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— Yes
  • If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?—Build the right team.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:03 – Nathan’s introduction
  • 01:33 – Welcoming Gerard to the show
  • 01:45 – 31 Years old
  • 02:00 – First million made through establishing a PR and Marketing company for small businesses
  • 02:32 – 10M a year in revenue across a team of 5 people
  • 03:00 – EliteDaily.com
  • 03:48 – Roughly $20M in revenue in 2015
  • 04:40 – One of Elite Daily’s 1st native ads
  • 06:25 – Partnering with T-Mobile
  • 07:21 – Elite Daily was at $80M unique visitors when they were acquired by Daily Mail
  • 10:15 – Writer compensation and incentives
  • 11:25 – Reach out to people who have native following already…offer them small cash amounts, swag, etc. but the KEY is helping them BUILD their profile
  • 13:33 – Seeding the initial topics—driving the foundational traffic
  • 15:27 – GerardAdams.com

3 Key Points:

  1. Keep the people that create your content HAPPY and ENGAGED.
  2. A great TEAM is indispensable.
  3. You don’t need cash to incentivize your employees.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible
  • Leadpages – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+
  • Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5 hour drive) to listen to audio books.
  • GerardAdams.com – Gerard’s Website
  • EliteDaily.com – Gerard’s latest venture…recently acquired by Daily Mail
  • Mallard Creatives – Provider of Show Notes


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