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

By | Awesome Content | 6 Comments

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

By | Awesome Content | 21 Comments

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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HTML Tutorial #1: What are HTML Tags?

By | Web Design & Development | 7 Comments

Welcome to your first class on understanding the HyperText Markup Language (HTML). HTML is the language used to build websites. When a web page is delivered from a server to you, your browser doesn’t see what you see. Instead, it sees a series HTML tags, interprets them according to specific standards, and then displays a graphical representation of that code on your screen. In this HTML tutorial, I’m going to focus on answering one simple question…

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A Gentle Reminder to Return to our Core Values

By | Tribes & Communities | 3 Comments

About a year or so ago, I wrote an article called The Golden Nuggets of Negative Feedback. It was in that article that I stated, “When those people who dislike our sites are willing to tell us why they won’t be back, it is then that we can take that negative feedback to find out what elements we’ve been overlooking.” Recently I received a very tactful email complaining about something I had sent out on…

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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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The 15 Best WordPress Plugins to Use in 2012

By | Web Design & Development, WordPress Tips & Tricks | 827 Comments

Updated for 2012: One of the reasons that I’m so madly in love with WordPress is the thousands of plugins available. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish on your blog, there is probably a WordPress plugin that will allow you to do it. This list will provide you with 15 of the best WordPress plugins available today. Only the 15 best WordPress plugins have made it while anything less than amazing has been…

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A Look at How Facebook is Worth 100 Billion Dollars

By | Social Media | 28 Comments

It’s just after one o’ clock on a cold, rainy Tuesday afternoon in north central Illinois, and in the other room I can hear the sound of Thumbellina entertaining my three-year-old daughter. In front of me, I have my web browser opened to Facebook as I chat with a friend using Facebook’s built-in instant messaging feature. According to their company information page more than 450 million people world-wide will log on to this social media…

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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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