This is the second post in the Reading List serie. I got a lot of positive feedback on the first article, so I decided to keep it going for the future. The one I published early November with interesting blog post from October can be found here.
Let’s start this month’s reading list with my favorite part: the income reports. Honestly, if you’re looking for motivation or great tips of what works for other bloggers to create an income with their site, that’s where you need to be. First one this month is Matthew Woodward, early November he posted his October earnings and it seems that he’s close to $10K. Wondering how well November did for him. Someone else who did great in October is Moms-Make-Money.com. Jennifer from RatRaceGrad.com is getting back on track with her income and put in some great tips for affiliate marketing. If you’re a foodblogger, I’m sure you’re happy to learn that you can make a killer income if you’re doing it right. Pinch Of Yum made over $15K! This month I found someone new (well, new for me, but he’s in this business for a long time already). I read through all his income reports, and wow, doesn’t he do well? Pat Flynn over at SmartPassiveIncome.com sure knows his business. The Dollars and Roses couple is back too. They had another great month, and to be honest, they make me jealous. Not about their income, but the fact that they both are in the same “business” even if they are in different niches. My husband is not much of an entrepreneur, I miss that from time to time.
More from Pat Flynn: The Niche Site Duel 2.0. Maybe you remember the first edition of this duel (if not, check out his blog, he has the info on there). If so, he’s doing it again and this month he revealed his new niche: here and here. I’m definitely keeping track of what he’s doing, he shared great tips the first time around and he already did it again in those first articles. Another tip? Check out his podcast and sign up for his list, you won’t be disappointed.
Stuck finding resources to help you expand your blog/business? Jennifer put together a complete list of resources she uses and recommends.
Looking for proven money niches? Lewis Ogden published a guest post at MatthewWoodward.co.uk that tells you exactly how he does it.
One of my favorite bloggers is Nile. This month she published an interview with another great blogger on her site, and it’s filled with great tips. Be sure to check it out for some awesome blogging tips.
Want to grow the traffic on your site? Take a look at Nicole’s Expert Brief on getting traffic. Great tips from people who know what they’re doing.
Looking for more information on your site traffic? Google Analytics can be a great help if you know what to track and how to use it. Finding out which is your busiest day in the week or busiest hour in a day could be a great help. More about that at Terrapin Marketing.
Once you know more about the traffic you’re getting, it’s time to make sure your investment is paying off. Here you’ll find 7 tips to get the best ROI from your blog posts. Another great article that has a similar topic gives you information on writing blog posts that pre-sell your customers. Number three in this category comes from Ana Hoffman over at TrafficGenerationCafe.com where she gives you three tips to optimize your conversion.
Something I’m learning more about because I want to add it to my blog model in 2014 is video blogging, so this article with 5 tips for recording outstanding video blogs was right up my alley.
Have a hard time coming up with new ideas for content? Read. Yes, the best place to find ideas is in books. I often find great ideas to use as content when reading a book or even reading other blogs in my niche. Here are 5 tips on how to do that. Still want more ideas? This article gives you 10 more places to look for ideas to write about on your site.
Building your blog besides a regular day job? Feeling burned out at night and want to give up? These tips will help you find the energy you need to keep your blog going.
Deciding about whether or not you should allow comments on your site? Read why Chris Lema allows them on his, it might help you decide.
Do you have a craft or cooking blog and are looking for some extra advertisers? Check out this informational article on Craftsy.
Never used WordPress before and want to know more about it before you decide to use it for your own sites? Nile has a great introduction article on the WordPress backend, complete with video. Another way to learn more about how to use WordPress is by getting a free blog through WordPress.com. Just don’t use it for any serious blog you’re creating as a business. And here’s why.
One of the questions I’m asked often by clients is what theme a site they like is using (if that site is using WordPress) or who created it (if it’s custom). Learn how to find out yourself here.
As a plugin vendor, I certainly can understand the pain when it comes to support requests or feedback that requires you do something, but they don’t give you the info you need to get that done. Chris Lema talks about how to give wrong feedback on the free plugins listed at WordPress.org and how to do it right.
Thought you knew everything you needed to know when it comes to coding WordPress themes when you knew CSS, PHP and HTML? Think again. There’s a new player in town and it’s called SASS. Buckle up, it’s going to be a busy time learning new things. Same goes for plugins, changes are coming there too. People don’t just want plugins anymore, they want plugin platforms they can easily adapt to their needs. If plugins are a part of your business, then make sure to read about that here.
Looking for a way to improve your site loading time? Plugin organizer can be a help for you.
Need to set up a way book appointments on your site? Ever thought about using WooCommerce for it? Chris Lema checked out the addon WooCommerce Bookings & Appointments. More WooCommerce can be found at MatthewWoodward.co.uk where Charles Floate published a guest post with a 12K word tutorial on how to create and market an E-Commerce site.
Studiopress updated their News theme to News Pro. If you don’t have it yet, be sure to check it out.
I can’t stress this enough, but please, please, PLEASE, be careful when adding plugins to your site that you don’t know. Sucuri shows you an example of a fake plugin, one that is only created for you to add to your site so they can add malicious code to your blog.
Another year, another theme. WordPress 3.8 is around the corner and with it a new default WordPress theme will be introducted. WPMU.org checked out TwentyFourteen and tell you what they like and don’t like.
Need help with WordPress? This article shows you where to go to find the answers you need.
Want to make social media an important part of your business promotion in 2014? Check out the trends that might surprise you, but that surely will help you get your message in front of the right people. Personally, I’m trying to improve my social media skills myself. Facebook and Twitter is going better already, but Google+ still gives me a hard time. I found this article from BasicBlogTips.com with tips on how to cultivate a relationship on Google+ for improving my skills.
Read an article on Forbes about the top 7 technology trends in 2014. Want to stay in the loop to know what is important to integrate in your business, this would be a good place to start.
Are you a SAHM looking for a little extra money? Or just looking for a little extra income beside your main business? Then an article that was originally posted in September (but that I found in November) would be an interesting read. Become a website reviewer and get paid a minimum of $10 per review. More about it here: Become a Website Tester. Planning on checking it out myself. I love to earn a little extra besides my main business that I can splurge on myself.
Feeling like your stuck growing your business? Maybe you should rethink your priorities: do you have an online income or do you grow an online income?
Had a killer year and you’re worried about taxes? Nicole Dean asked other experts and online marketers how they reduce their taxable income with the end of the year in sight.
She also did an expert brief on managing your personal and business calendar. Believe me, not so easy as it sounds, so if you’re stuck with that, head over there for tips. Adding to that you can check out Tiffany Lambert’s Work-Life Balance challenge for December. I’m in, are you?