Darren Dake of the Coroner Talk podcast started a podcast in 2013, and started a podcast, but it didn't last. He really  loves being a death scene investigator so he started the Coroner Talk podcast 2014. This lead to numerous opportunities:

He started to make connections with people

He now gets around 15,000 download a month

He was asked the be the trainer supervisor for his state.

He wrote a few books that has lead him to speak at conferences multiple times

He includes going to different states to talk

He created online courses for his “Coroner School” and is now taking off and now he is on track to make a six figure income from his speaking and his online courses.

Please Notice:

This wasn't overnight

This wasn't easy.

Your audience must always come first.

Some Thoughts On Opportunities

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston S. Churchill

“We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”
Thomas A. Edison

“Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.”
Henry Ford

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.”
Oprah Winfrey

Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.
Thomas A. Edison

There comes a moment in every life when the Universe presents you with an opportunity to rise to your potential. An open door that only requires the heart to walk through, seize it and hang on. The choice is never simple. It's never easy. It's not supposed to be. But those who travel this path have always looked back and realized that the test was always about the heart. …The rest is just practice.
Jaime Buckley

Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.
Brian Tracy

Missed Opportunities

I do a show called the Alexacast that is all about getting the most out of your Amazon Echo, Dot, etc. So I have an audience that is tied to Amazon. One might say they are Amazon “Super Users.” Yet then Amazon Prime day came, and I have an audience that is tied to Amazon, and I barely promoted it. I should've made a big deal about this, and made it an event.

Know What Opportunities Are Coming Up

I found two sites that show special days. These are:



By knowing when all these special days that come up, you might be able to make a special event to encourage your audience to interact with the show.

Sometimes You Need To Ask

I heard Dan Klass from the Bitterest Pill is being inducted into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. I'm a HUGE Dan Klass fan. So I asked if I could do the induction speech to introduce Dan to an audience that may not know Dan like I feel I do.

Sometimes Opportunity Are Based on Previous Actions

Because Jared and Dan from Podcast Movement had called on me in the past and I delivered “the Goods,” and I had acted professionally in the past when I worked with them, I was given the opportunity to induct Dan. This puts me on a big stage. If I show people that I can handle the big stage (I've been a keynote speaker at some conferences) I can show the world that I can bring value to your event.

Mentioned in This Podcast

Podcasters Roundtable

Grammar Girl Podcast

Philip Keller from Blind Faith Live (here Phillip on last week's show)

Podcast Awards

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About the Author
Owner of the School of Podcasting. Also produces the "Ask the Podcast Coach." He is also the author of the book "More Podcast Money" and is a regular speaker at podcasting and media conventions.
1 comment on “Three Years After Starting a Podcast He Has a Six Figure Income
  1. Gary says:

    Thanks, Dave, that daysoftheyear.com looks like a great thing to talk about at the beginning of our shows.

    On the show release date find what day it is and relate that back to what your show is about.

    Our next release is on “Fight Procrastination Day”, so we can talk about getting ready for the Bee swarming season. Which starts in Spring here, beekeepers need to get ready by building more gear to house the new bee colonies.

    Cheers for the idea and say hi to Bernie from us.

    Gary and Margaret

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