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The Unspeakable Horrors of Black Hat SEO

By | Awesome Content | 21 Comments

Early last year, a monstrous, radioactive Panda crawled it’s way out of a dark pit hidden deep in the darkest jungle on earth. The world watched in horror as it traversed the globe leaving a wake of death and destruction the likes of which George Romero couldn’t even imagine. The bloodshed was legendary and many fell victim to this merciless killer. The world mourned their dead. Some sang ballads in honor of those that were…

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The Baffling Black Hat Baron of Search

By | Search Engine Optimization | 18 Comments

As an online entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be building a substantial presence in the results pages of popular search engines. The ultimate goal is to drive targeted traffic (people who are specifically seeking exactly what you’re offering) to your site. If you go at this blindly, you’ll accomplish nothing. It helps to look at this task as a challenge that online entrepreneurs will be perfecting for years. You’ll likely not find…

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A Developer’s Review of Share A Sale

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On my most recent project, Coupon Crop, I’ve been spending a lot of time working with data feeds from mainstream affiliate networks like Share A Sale, AvantLink, OneNetworkDirect, Linkshare, and several other affiliate programs. Of those, most have been incredibly easy and enjoyable to work with. Share A Sale, however, has stood out from the crowd, but not in a good way. Their data feeds are a developer’s nightmare. Let me a share a few reasons…

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A Journey Through An Online Partnership

By | Awesome Content | 12 Comments

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends approached me with an idea for a new website. As you might imagine, I get a lot of proposals from people for partnerships in new ideas, but I decided to hear him out. His idea was to create a new website to compete with retailmenot.com. He explained how the combination of coupon codes and affiliate links and very carefully executed search engine optimization could lead us…

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The Elegance of the Snowball Effect

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Earlier today, I jokingly sent out a tweet that said, “You want to know something fun about passive income? The later I sleep in in the morning, the more money I make in my sleep.” Although I was somewhat joking, it’s very true. I make a lot of money through passive affiliate commissions. In fact, I’ve now gone for over a year without working a job and I make far more money today than I…

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Revolutionizing Your Blog’s RSS Feed

By | Awesome Content | 3 Comments

Last week I got the opportunity to peek through MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors Back and as I did, I learned how it changes our customary approach to an RSS Feed. Your RSS feed, although a very useful tool for allowing subscribers to stay connected to your blog content, has its own drawbacks. The subscribers stop visiting your blog because they get everything from the RSS Feed that they want from the blog. This leads to…

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A New Type of Community at Site Sketch 101

By | Awesome Content | 16 Comments

I’m pleased to announce the launch of The Forums at Site Sketch 101. This should provide us with an easy way to discuss a lot of important issues that we face as bloggers. How often have you been working on your blog and wished you had someone to ask a question about adjusting your WordPress template? Or how often have you had a question about growing blog traffic, growing subscribers, or optimizing your site for…

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5 Steps to Boost Your Online Productivity

By | Practical Business Strategies | 44 Comments

Most bloggers, or rather, most people are plagued with a seeming lack of adequate time to accomplish all the tasks with which they are bombarded.  Of course, the ideal and most practical solution would be that we all stop eating and sleeping. The time saved from these activities alone would add something like 6 to 10 hours per day giving us all more than enough time to get everything done. It would be something like…

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10 Powerful SEO Tips for WordPress Users

By | Search Engine Optimization, WordPress Tips & Tricks | 34 Comments

Bloggers and webmasters are constantly wondering why Google is such a bully to some websites and why they are so positive toward others. What are the keys to building a successful presence on the search engine results pages? What are the most important SEO tips for WordPress users to get their sites discovered by Google’s search bot and how can we get in on that action? In the paragraphs below, I’ll answer these questions and provide…

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Are You Looking for Solutions or Handouts?

By | Practical Business Strategies | 23 Comments

Nearly ten years ago, when I was fresh out of high school, I drove myself down to Kentucky and enrolled in college. Of course, as you already know, that stage where you step out on your own is often filled with a pretty drastic learning curve, and I’m not just talking about the material you learn in school. For the first time ever, I was responsible for creating an income, balancing a budget, and making…

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