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It’s my favorite time year.  Once you can look past the terrible Chicago weather, there’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and lots of time with friends and family.  I can’t really think of a better time to make some pretty drastic changes around this blog, so I wanted to write a quick post about what you can expect from me over the next few weeks.

There are some significant things coming soon, and you won’t want to miss them.

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An Awesomely Simple and Free To-Do List App (Review of TeuxDeux)

There are a lot of tools out there, both online and offline, that aim to keep you organized and/or productive.  Some of them are poorly designed and ineffective, while others are fancy and jam-packed with features.

Is it possible for an incredibly simple tool to be more powerful and effective than a complex one with lots of features?  I think I found such a tool, and it has done wonders for my productivity.

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The Ultimate Backlink Tracker (Free Tool)

Last week, Pat Flynn (from Smart Passive Income) posted, in complete detail, the backlink strategy that pushed his niche site to a #1 ranking on Google.  This epic post was very well received, as it immediately spread around the blogosphere and ignited a massive conversation (currently the post has more than 190 comments).  It’s not any kind of “magic bullet” backlink solution – it’s a somewhat complex, highly effective strategy that can profoundly improve your site’s search engine ranking if implemented correctly.

Although the strategy makes sense when you read it, I figured that it’s probably difficult for many people to grasp the entire process as it pertains to their specific websites – in particular, I think a lot of people might struggle with finding a good way to track the process and backlinks that they create.  I think I’ve designed a effective solution for this.

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How I’m Going to Add $20k/Year to My Passive Income Portfolio (Niche Profit Course Review)

As the niche site duel continues, I’ve gotten to the point where, aside from adding periodic content and backlinks, the site has become a passive project for me.  I’ll still share my earnings in my monthly income reports and maybe another post here or there about new strategies I’m using, but the vast majority of my niche site’s configuration has already been publicized here for you to read.

I’m a huge fan of personal challenges, and I think it’s about time to layer another one on top of my already existing projects.  You can criticize me for juggling too many projects at once, but I’ve learned that this is how I keep it interesting and enjoyable for myself.  If I can still produce positive results, I’m not going to complain about it.

I really believe that this new challenge is going to do wonders for my passive income portfolio, as I continue to diversify it.  Let’s jump into the details.

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How To Be An Expert At Buying Domains: A Definitive Guide

When it comes to building a website of any kind, the domain name is one of the most important considerations.  Do you want a keyword-rich domain that works well for SEO?  Or do you want a domain name that is memorable and works with your brand?  Is there a way to have both?  These are the questions you might find yourself asking.  Even if you know the answer, the hard part  is actually formulating the perfect domain name.

On its face, buying a domain seems so simple – type in your word or phrase, decide on your domain extension (.com, .net, .org, etc.), and boom, you’re ready to go.  Unfortunately, it’s not that easy if you really want to achieve astonishing results.  Today’s your lucky day though -  I’ve put together what I think is a definitive guide to expert domain buying.

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Friday Bits & Pieces: Google Attacks, How to Talk to VAs, and Content Isn’t King

I’ve been traveling this week for work, so unfortunately, I’m short on time for blogging.  It does really bother me when I don’t have the time to sit down and write a thoughtful article with my usual detail and analysis, but that’s how things go when you have major obligations with your “day job.”  With that said, I’ve read some pretty interesting articles/blog posts over the past week that I really want to share with you.  Hopefully you’ll find these interesting as well:

  • Your Sites Might Be In Danger…Mine Are – Spencer from the Niche Adsense Challenge site (one of the niche site duel participants) talks about how Google recently changed some part of its ranking calculations (it’s not clear what exactly changed), which has really hurt the rankings of some of his sites.  He links to some good articles that further explain this mysterious change by Google.
  • How to E-mail Virtual Assistants (or Any Assistants): Proven Templates – This was a guest post on Tim Ferriss’ blog that I thought would be extremely helpful for anyone who currently utilizes VAs.  Even if you don’t find these specific templates helpful, there are some important key takeaways that are relevant to any communication you have with your VAs.
  • 5 Ridiculous Myths You Actually Believe About Blogging – This is an entertaining piece written by Murray from, about some very common items that people believe about blogging, but he takes a sort of “devil’s advocate” approach by pointing out the flaws within these common beliefs.  The first myth that he exposes: Content is king.

That’s all for now, as I get ready to head back to Chicago tonight.  Have a great weekend!

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