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Syed Balkhi used to get online at three o’clock in the morning to trade stones for a game called Neopets.

When he was 12, his cousin pointed out that he could do the same thing with domain names – all while pulling in a handsome profit. Soon he was developing websites, designing them, and running a paid domain name directory.

Originally from Pakistan, Syed is now 19 and attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Along with a handful of college friends (Amanda Roberts, David Pegg, and Mohammed Karim), Syed has started a successful web service company called Uzzz Productions. His blog for WordPress beginners, WPBeginner, has been up since July 2009 and already attracts an incredible 145,000 unique visitors each month.

Maybe it’s genetic: Syed’s six-year-old brother is running a successful blog of his own with Syed’s help.

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I love interviewing young entrepreneurs. Being able to use those interviews in our book and on our site is just a bonus.

But convincing people to give you an interview is challenging. If you want to attract world-class interviewees, you have to make the process as painless as possible.

To do that, I have developed a scientifically-provien process for getting the big guns to talk to me.

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Growing up with dyslexia in the United Kingdom, Michael Dunlop never much liked school. That didn’t stop him using it to earn him big money.

As an eight-year-old, Michael sold Pokémon trading cards to his schoolmates – often for ten times the price he paid for them. It was the beginning of a passion for business that earned him a handful of young business awards and his class’s vote for the student ‘Most Likely to be a Millionaire’.

At 16, Michael dropped out of school and began to develop websites, including RetireAt21.com. Today, Michael is 21 years old and, though he isn’t retired, he is netting six figures a year with his websites. His latest, IncomeDiary.com, has attracted over 10,000 subscribers – all eager to hear Michael’s hard-earned advice on how to turn everyday blogs into to profit powerhouses.

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Over the last few weeks JuniorBiz and I have been featured in two major local newspapers, The Fort Collins Coloradoan and The Longmont Times-Call.

In this JJ Entry I’ve included links to both of those articles, as well as described how and why both reporters contacted me for my story.

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