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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The 31-Day Workaholic Challenge

I’m excited today to kick off a personal challenge here, and hopefully some of you will join me.

If you could tell by the tone of my last income report, things weren’t looking all that great.  My income was down for a variety of reasons, and even though April as a whole didn’t turn out too badly, I could tell that a further decline was in store for this month.

As result, I’m launching this personal challenge to see if I can get myself back on the right track.  If everything goes as planned, I’ll have some great things to report at the end of the 31 days.

Let’s get into the details…

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My Passive Income Report [April 2013]

As expected, April was the first “down” month that I’ve had in a long time. Not to say it was an extremely poor month, but I definitely took a bit hit (I’ll explain why below).

Fortunately, there are some new projects on the horizon for me, as I continue to try and diversify my online income portfolio.  If there’s anything to learn from my April income drop, it’s that diversification is so important.  This really can’t be understated.

Anyway, let’s move on to the good stuff

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Crafting a Plan for Success [A Public Brainstorm]

IdeaNow that I finally find myself with some free time again, it’s time for me to get back into productivity mode.

As I previously mentioned, April’s income is probably going to show a very large drop from March’s, thanks to a big loss of traffic from one of my top income sources. With that in mind, I wanted to take this time to revisit some of my 2013 goals and come up with a plan to take my online income to the next level.

This will be more of a public brainstorm post, where I’m just going to write about what’s on my mind with respect to my passive income projects.  I encourage you to do the same, either on your own blog, or in the comments below.

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