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Reader Question about Stolen Blog Post

Reader Question about Stolen Blog Post

I recently received an email asking me what to do when a blog post or some part of your content is “stolen” and used by another blogger. In this case, my reader assumed the website was a spam site and she wanted to get the post removed right away. Here’s my response to this reader’s concern about their content being stolen…

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URGENT: The Future of Linky Blog

URGENT: The Future of Linky Blog

Once in a very great while, I BEG people to read a post and give me a few minutes of their time. You’ve have subscribed to Linky Blog or are visiting, so I assume you are genuinely interested in the future of it.   Take the survey here… The link will take you to a survey that will only take you a few minutes to help me determine the future of Linky Blog.  There’s a free gift for everyone who completes the survey… And a “hundred dollar question” that I cannot wait to see your answer to. Linky Blog has really grown fast, to over 8000 subscribers in just over a year. This is YOUR blog. Without you, there is no reason for it. So I ABSOLUTELY want your opinion about the future of Linky Blog. Please, please, please (that’s begging via the keyboard) take a few minutes to do this survey. I’m ready to work my butt off for you but I want to focus that effort on the stuff YOU want. Take the survey here… get a free gift and answer the Hundred Dollar Question...

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Best of LinkyBlog 2013 – and a Preview of What’s in Store for 2014

Best of LinkyBlog 2013 – and a Preview of What’s in Store for 2014

  In 2013, I released three books to help you create a successful blog and generate passive income online:  Over 50 Ways You Can Make Money Online:  A reference list of 50+ ways you can make money online; followed with a detailed look at ten of the more popular options.  LinkyBlog Guide to Writing, Designing, Publishing, Marketing, and Automating, a World-Class eBook And the monumental EPIC Book (over 400 pages packed with information, experience, knowledge, tips, advice, lessons learned, and practical instruction) Here are links to some of the most popular LinkyBlog posts for 2013: Build A Blog, Write a Post and Start Making Money Online Before You Finish a Cup of Coffee Read This If You Feel Like Quitting Your Blog Annoy Your Audience The Snowball Effect of Gaining Momentum You Aren’t As Important As You Think You Are 15 Suggestions to Immediately Improvement your Blog Writing Cheap Hosting Will Cost You LinkyInfographics.com launched in 2013 with the release of my first Infographic about email marketing tips As the Owner/Creator of Linky Tools , I have spent the year introducing people to LinkyTools and helping my existing users make the most of this traffic building tool.  Linky Tools is a suite of content and linking tools for your blog.  A “Linky List” is a list you insert in your blog post (a simple snippet of code) that allows your readers to enter a link on your list right on your blog. A Linky List might be a text link or an image link (thumbnail).  Users have total control over their Linky List (when they appear, when people can enter, editing/deleting entries, etc. – there are many options you can control).  If you don’t have an account, get your free trial account here. I also created Linky Followers which allows people to follow your blog and you can follow theirs.  Options for this tool include the ability to view all your followers, visit their profile and their blog, view the blogs you follow, read follower posts, and mark your favorites for quick access and viewing.  For 2014, I’ve already got some projects in the works to help you reach your financial goals through creating passive income through a blog or online business.   I am putting the finishing touches on several eLearning Modules (online training workshops) filled with tips and advice on topics such as: blog design, website hosting, email lists and communication, writing ideas and tips, dealing with comments, advertising and affiliate links, perseverance, and personal growth.  I’ve got a bunch of workshops at various production stages and look forward to sharing them with you in the next couple of months.  So that’s a flashback...

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The Myth of Multitasking and Constant Connectivity

The Myth of Multitasking and Constant Connectivity

Now that just about everyone has a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop, Google glasses, Buck Rogers watches, Star Trek Communicators, embedded chips in the brain, etc., it’s no surprise that the average person is doing too many things at once, elegantly referred to as “multitasking”. We are slaves to connectivity. Here are some suggestions for managing this new lifestyle of the 21st century…

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Jazzing Up Your WordPress Blog

It is hard to imagine life without blogs. They have become the voice of millions of people who want to document their life and adventures, or just speak their minds. Blogs have made the world a smaller place, allowing news and ideas to be seen and heard from anywhere on the globe. One of the most popular sites for free blogs is WordPress.com. According to the site, more than fifty-eight million blogs worldwide have found their home at WordPress.com. WordPress Themes What is a theme? Think of a theme like a cellphone. No matter how high-tech the phone might be, its basic function is to make calls and send SMS messages. The difference lies in its design, specifications, and brand. In the same way, a blog’s basic function is to share a thought or a message. What sets a blog apart from another is its look and structure. A blog is a blog. But a WordPress theme adds functionality and design elements to a blog. For anyone who has started a WordPress blog, one of the most exciting experiences is choosing a theme. There are many themes available to choose from, each reflecting the blog’s personality and branding by providing templates that add to the site’s aesthetics. Indeed, with a wide array of attractive themes, there are no more excuses for bad blog designs. Free Versus Paid Themes  There are also two kinds of themes: free and paid. Free themes are usually the first choice for new bloggers. These are pre-designed and generic themes that usually follow the same structure of the default theme. Paid or premium WordPress themes allow the user to configure the look and feel of the blog. You can choose the color scheme of the theme, plus get access to an options panel. However, their uniqueness and quality comes at a price of up to $30 or more for a premium WordPress theme. What’s the Difference?  Premium themes show more of an investment of time and resources. Because of this, the design is better than most free themes. Considering that many free themes are already appealing, having a paid design offers a much higher quality theme. Great designs are fueled by codes, and paid themes are generally well-coded compared to their free counterparts. Theme designers have to provide quality to their premium themes; otherwise designers face angry complaints from buyers, an onslaught of trouble-shooting concerns, and reputational risks to their names. One of the limitations of a free theme is that it will not include an options panel which easily allows a blogger to update a theme.  This is an especially helpful feature for the blog newbie. The bottom line:...

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Monetize Your Website

There are many reasons why people start blogs. Here are the five most common motivations for doing so: A blog is place to speak and be heard by expressing thoughts and emotions online. Blogs are a creative way to promote a product or business. You can create a following just by focusing on your brand. Blogs can establish you as an authority figure. It is no secret that many personalities have reached celebrity status through blogging. Blogs are fun. Blogging is a way to make serious money. In fact, you would be surprised to learn how much can be earned online if you can provide your readers with valuable content and use profitable monetization strategies. Monetization Through AdSense  Have you hear of pay-per-view? Putting it simply, this is pay-per-click. Through the AdSense program, Google puts banner ads on a website that is related to the website’s content and geographical location. You can see these ads by looking at the results on top and on the right side of a simple Google search. AdSense is one of the most popular ways that small websites can generate income. You just have to generate traffic and encourage viewers to click on the ad. With AdSense, the website owner will usually earn 60% of the amount that advertisers pay Google per click. That translates to anywhere from two cents to about a dollar per click, depending on how much the advertiser is paying. The way to maximize earnings with AdSense is by targeting your traffic and matching ads with your audience’s interest. The way to do this is through experience. A successful blog does not happen overnight. Like everything else, it takes time and a lot of hard work. To join AdSense, you need to build about thirty pages on your site then submit an application on adsense.google.com. Once you have been approved, copy the HTML code on the specific page that you would like the ads to appear. Make-A-Sale Affiliate Ads  Similar to AdSense being a pay-per-click program, Affiliate Ads is a pay-per-sale program. It lets a website earn commissions when a reader clicks the affiliate link and buys the product. It is only available for blogs within the United States hosted on Blogger.com. Affiliate Ads focus on your interests and passion. For example, if you write about beauty or fashion, you can have Google Affiliate Ads that are related to these segments. The potential to earn is higher than AdSense, since it is a commission.  Starting up with this program is simple: log in to the Blogger account, match your content to ad categories, and select an affiliate ad to feature on your site. The amount...

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