This is the last reading list for 2013. Let’s see what great tips are available to you for the end of the year that can help you make 2014 the best it can be!
Product reviews sell, at least, if you’re doing them right. Not sure what works, or new to the blogging community? Take a look at this article on writing better product reviews by Justin Germino.
Looking for places to syndicate your content too that STILL work these days and will give you traffic? Search no more, this articles gives you 8 places to syndicate your content.
Want more tips to improve your traffic? Read this list of 202 bite-sized tips from Ana Hoffman.
We all heard it, Google is cutting down on the spam results in their search rankings, or at least the sites they consider spam. Does that mean that content curation is out? It’s not, you just have to do it right, according to Matt Cutts.
Want to know how your competitors are getting to the top of the first page in Google? With Rank Cracker you’ll be able to get a look behind the scenes. I downloaded it and will be using it for my case study. More on that in the case study posts.
Let’s get to my favorite part of the “Blogging” section: the income reports. Matthew Woodward finally reached his $10,000 goal in November, he’s reaching for $15,000 as his next goal. I’m sure he’ll get that too! Moms Made Money had a great month too: close to $5,000! Jennifer from RatRaceGrad is also seeing an increase in income, a 10% increase to be exact. Well done! Pinch Of Yum did a bit worse than the month before, but still $10,000+ from a business that started as a food blog is certainly not bad. The November income of SmartPassiveIncome owner, Pat Flynn, is once again one to be jealous about. At $55,000 he definitely takes the first place if we were having a contest.
On my case study site I’ll be adding a comparison chart soon. If you don’t know how to create one, Spencer Haws from Niche Pursuits created a great tutorial.
WordPress security has been a hot topic this month too, especially with the OptimizePress theme vulnerability. If you’re using the 1.0 version of the theme on your sites, make sure to read the article.
I didn’t write about it on this blog myself, since I was sick at the time and barely could work, but WordPress 3.8 came out this month. It brought a lot of changes to the backend of your blog. If you’d like to see a WP 3.8 walkthrough, take a look at this article from Nile Flores.
Working with Genesis and looking into how you can add content (or ads) between your blog posts? This tutorial on adding content between posts in Genesis will walk you through it.
Speaking of Genesis, this month they released a few updated themes and even one completely new child theme ready for you to use. Outreach Pro, Streamline Pro and Modern Portfolio Pro are all upgraded to work very well with Genesis 2.0. 411 Pro is the newest child theme in the Genesis family.
Want to use a different theme for certain pages on your site (maybe salespage you have on your blog, for example), and don’t know how to do it? Don’t worry, this tutorial will walk you through the set up of the plugin you need. Another thing you can do is let your users see your old theme when you’re testing and setting up a new one so they aren’t hurt by your work when they visit your site. Very helpfull, especially with sites that already get a lot of traffic.
Adding widgets to your sidebar that you only want to show on certain pages, like your homepage, for example? You could add code for that to your theme, but why bother when you can use the Widget Logic plugin. Check out this tutorial.
Thought SEO is long dead and buried? Think again! SEO is here to stay, it only changed and you need to change too. These 4 tips will walk you through the important parts of optimizing your site for the search engines. Backlinks are still an important part when it comes to getting traffic, and if you’re doing it right, search engines will like them too.
I have often wondered if promoting your sites through social media is worth it. But, according to this article it is. Google (and I’m sure other search engines) are taking a close look at everything you do and your presence on social media is one of them. Read more here. But don’t go in blindly. If you spend all your time on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites in the hopes that it will help your business, and don’t get the results you want, you should take a look at this. The problem is most likely that you don’t have a plan ready for your social media time. Andy Nathan shows you how to spend less and get better results by having a plan.
If Facebook is part of your social media plan, I’m sure you heard the chatter about the decrease in organic reach. One of my favorite Facebook marketers, Jon Loomer, did a few articles on this. The first will help you maximize your organic reach in the Facebook news feed. The second one, he explains why we’re obsessed with the Reach metric and how to use it right. In the last article I want to mention from his this month, he walks you through the steps on how to check the metrics you get from Facebook Insights.
Looking for help to simplify your blogging business? Ericson Ay Mires shows you 7 tools that will make it easier to simplify and organize. One of the things I have trouble with when it comes to running my business, is managing my emails. Amanda had the same issue, but it seems that she’s conquered it now. You can read about what she did here. Speaking about emails, if you’re building a list with Aweber, knowing how to create an email template, set up a split test or how to resend emails to people who didn’t open the first one you sent can be very helpful. Ileana explain you how to do this (includes video instructions).
Another great help when it comes to organizing your business is the free 2014 printable weekly calendar for bloggers.
Looking for web apps to help streamline your business? Take a look at the list of 21 web application Pat Flynn can’t live without.
A big part of your business success are your business processes. If you’re doing that part wrong, it could set you up for failure. Look at the 5 common business process mistakes you can make.
Planning on outsourcing parts of your business in 2014 so you can focus on the things that you enjoy? Elance.com is one of my favorite hiring sites, and with these 10 tips you can’t go wrong.
I’m diving into solo ads in 2014 for promoting my main site (this one) and some of my affiliate sites. That means I’m already doing my research, and I’m not alone. Jennifer already done some research and didn’t mind sharing with us the 5 things she considers important to know about solo ads. Not only that, but she also contacted 11 solo ads experts and asked them some questions. She’s sharing the answers on her blog.
Phew, long list of great content I gathered here, and it’s the last post for the year. I wish you all a Happy New Year and lots of blogging success in 2014!