A Massive Guide on How to Choose a WordPress Theme

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Don’t chop and change every few weeks. Learn how to choose the right WordPress theme for your blog the first time around!

While a self-hosted WordPress set up will allow you to change your theme whenever you want, we really want to avoid the common situation where we select a theme and run with it for a little while only to discard it because we realize it’s missing some function.

In this guide we’re going to look at: some important WordPress theme terms, how to install a WordPress theme, how WordPress themes work, what you should look for when selecting one, and how to make sure you choose the right one for your blog’s needs both now and in the future.

It’s my hope that this guide will give you some good ideas on what a good theme looks like. Let’s take a look!

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Revealed: 5 Online Industries Set to Explode in the Next Decade

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Job markets around the world are changing. Entire industries are drying up as automation and artificial intelligence cut costs increase efficiencies.

Brands that have always been made in one country are being shipped offshore as globalization and cheap labor prove to be too attractive for profit-driven corporations.

And that means a lot of people who have always done one job are looking for new ways to make money to support their families. And one of the big places people are looking is online:

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How I Made My First $1,000 Blogging

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This is the second post in my little series about how I started to make money online using blogs and other online businesses.

In the first part, we looked at how I made my first dollar online and how a lazy university kid figured out that a few AdSense ads on your blog could make a decent income.

This post is going to focus on how I managed to get that up to $1,000.

If you’re looking to start a blog or build a business online, I genuinely hope this post gives you some inspiration and ideas that make you really believe that it is possible.

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How I Made My First Dollar Online

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For many of us, making a dollar online doesn’t seem like a big win. But to the millions of people out there starting new blogs and online businesses the idea of earning that first buck is a very hot topic.

I will never forget the feeling of making my first dollar online and how it changed my life forever.

That simple act caused me to drop out of college (sorry mom!), travel the world, and work full-time from home for almost a decade without needing to get a “real” job.

I have been so lucky and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that blogging has given this dumb, lazy kid.

In this post I want to share that story with you in case it helps someone out there who is just getting started and wants to know that it is actually possible to build a new life online.

This is the first post in a 2-part series. Next I’ll be sharing how I made my first $1,000 online and then we’ll take a look at getting to the $10,000 mark. Make sure you’re on the mailing list so you don’t miss it! I’m really hoping it’s going to be useful.

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Do Not Give Up on Your Blog Just Yet

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Every year millions of people start new blogs with dreams of making an income to help support their family or to just pursue something they love. But, as we know, a massive portion of those blogs fail in the first year.

So when should we give up on a blog? How do we know that this isn’t as good as it’s going to get in terms of traffic, subscribers and earnings? And when do we throw in the towel and just cut our losses and run?

My thoughts…?

Don’t give up on your blog just yet…

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376 of the Best Royalty Free, Creative Commons, and Public Domain Websites

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Want some “free” resources? Here’s a massive list of Royalty Free, Creative Commons, and Public Domain websites where you can find photos, images, sounds, music, backgrounds, fonts, icons, logos and more.

When you run a blog or website it can be a little difficult to find the resources you need without paying a fortune for them.

Lucky for us, there are hundreds of Royalty Free, Creative Commons, and Public Domain websites that provide all sorts of goodies that you can use on your blog (and sometimes without a credit!).

Hit Ctrl-B (Windows) or Command-B (Mac OS) to bookmark this post for later!

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108 of the Best Online Marketing Blogs to Follow in 2018

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Looking for some new online marketing blogs to read this year? We’ve got a big ol’ list to help you out!

It’s broken up into a few rough categories to keep it somewhat organized:

Blogging, copywriting, social media, graphics and UI and web design, analytics, SEO, WordPress, branding, affiliate marketing and eCommerce, email marketing, hiring and staff, videos and photography, and sales.

When you read these blogs you’ll get ideas and inspiration, and sometimes just a little bit of research on a new blog can change your whole career for the better. That’s our hope with this collection.

Please consider giving it a share if you enjoy it!

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Why 99% of Blogs Will Fail in 2018

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Almost every one of the millions of blogs that are started in 2018 are destined to fail and die a slow, boring death.

This is not meant to be depressing (although it probably is…) because there are some practical solutions that we can apply in order to ensure that our beautiful blogs don’t end up in that sad category.

But before we look at those solutions we need to recognize the main causes of blog failure, and we need to face those problems head on.

Unfortunately, most people don’t even know it’s an issue that is likely to occur and so end up getting a big old surprise down the track.

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What to Do When Your Child Wants to Be a Blogger

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How would you react if you son or daughter said that they wanted to be a blogger when they grew up? For many parents, it’s unfamiliar territory.

The other day I had a fascinating comment over on my Facebook page from someone who was concerned that their grandchild wanted to become a blogger.

It was an interesting moment for me because, like many of you reading this, my family wasn’t always supportive or understanding of my chosen blogging career path.

I realized that a lot of parents or grandparents might be a bit confused about this issue so I decided to do a post with my own thoughts based on my own experiences, and I’d love you own input in the comments below.

Let’s take a look.

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101+ Actionable Blogging Tips, Tools and Shortcuts

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Last Updated February 2nd, 2018 — When you first start a proper blog it all seems simple. The deeper you go, however, the more complicated it becomes.

Bloggers have to know about design, content creation, SEO, servers, security and so much more. Sometimes it can all feel pretty overwhelming.

Today’s post is an enormous list of actionable tips that you can bookmark (just hit Control and D) and refer back to when you’re having one of those days where you’re just not sure what to do next.

I’ve tried to break them up into rough categories but there will be some overlap so make sure you have a read of the sections that you think might not interest you.

Let’s go!

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