My Passive Income Report [June 2013]

There’s one word I can use to describe June: consistency.  As you’ll see with my bottom line, it really wasn’t any better or worse than May.

In some ways, I view a month with no growth as a poor month – after all, who wants things to remain steady, especially when you’re not at a high level?

Anyway, let’s get right to the report (and you’ll see below why the header image for this income report is different than usual).

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5 Interesting SEO and Link Building Tips I’ve Read Lately

Now that I’m in the middle of building a niche site, one of the most important things that I need to do is figure out how to get the site to rank well (on the first page of Google).

Keyword research is obviously a big part of that, but once you’ve started building the site, your focus really turns to content and SEO.  Although the SEO environment continues to evolve, it seems that most of the same old principles still apply.  When I refer to “SEO” here, 90% of what I’m referring to is link building.

I’m not an SEO expert, which is why I went on a search for tips from those who are (or who are at least really experienced).

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A Sneak Peek at My New Niche Site

As you might recall, about a month ago I set out on a challenge to focus on one project for 31-days.  The idea was that I would eliminate some of my larger distractions and really kick my productivity into high gear.

I originally gave myself the option of doing two projects (one for the first half of the month, one for the second half), however I decided to just focus on one project for the entire month.

Overall, it was a success, and I wanted to share with you the details of what I created.

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If You Use Google Reader…

You’ve probably heard this already, but because I have thousands of RSS subscribers on this blog, I feel somewhat obligated to put out a brief message about it.  Google Reader is going away effective July 1st.

What does this mean?  You need to move your subscriptions somewhere else if you don’t want to lose them! Right now, I am using Feedly.   It’s a cool-looking alternative to Google Reader, has more customization features, and a pretty robust mobile phone app.

Rather than reinvent the wheel here, I’ll just point you to an article on SEOmoz (now called “Moz”) that explains how to get your feeds off Google Reader and onto another service.  The article also reviews different RSS readers (a new one each week), ranking Feedly as #1.

If you want to subscribe to My 4-Hour Workweek via e-mail (so that you can all new blog posts sent to your e-mail – and I promise, you won’t get anything else!), you can put your e-mail address in the top bar at the very top of my blog’s homepage.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here.  Otherwise, be sure to move your subscriptions sometime this month.  

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My Passive Income Report [May 2013]

May, unfortunately, was my first “whole” month where my top income sources were down significantly.  The drop started in April (where only the early part of the month performed well), and probably hit its bottom in May (I hope!).

With that said, I’ve got a new project in the works that I’m excited about, to go along with a new outlook on productivity that I think will pay off over the next few months.

Let’s get to it.

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6 Awesome WordPress Plugins I’m Using on My New Niche Site

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently working on a new niche site.  It’s been over a year since I’ve created a true niche site from start to finish, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to tackle this challenge again.

As with most other websites I’ve ever created, I’m using WordPress.  And if you’ve ever used WordPress, you know that a lot of the “magic” happens with plugins.  They’re what allow you to perform complex functions without knowing a single thing about web development, coding, etc.

And although I’ve reviewed plugins in the past, I thought it might be useful to some people if I went through the plugins that I’m using on a new site, as some of the plugins recommended in the past may now be outdated.

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