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Free Stock photos for your blog

Stock photos are photos that are available for immediate use. They are cost effective alternative to hiring a photographer to go out and shoot the photos.

If we had to go out and hire a photographer for every blog post, that will be a handsome load of work on our shoulders. So an alternative is to visit a website and download already existing and related pictures for out articles.

There are almost unlimited number of stock photo websites out there offering both free and paid options. Generally, the difference is in terms of size and resolution.  But before I give you a short list of some of the stock photo sites I use, we are going to see some important points. Continue reading

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4 ways to write blog posts that make money for life [ Like Pat Flynn ]

Being able to write blog posts that make money on consistent basis is a strong point in transforming your blog into a money generating machine. Many bloggers depend on advertising, sponsored posts, Adsense, etc, but in this post, I want to reveal the secret of the pros that can transform your blog into heavy money machine gun.

There is no exaggeration in the statement I just made above. I have studied income reports of some successful money making bloggers like Pat Flynn and Matthew Woodward and there is powerful money making post type these guys create that constantly generate huge amounts for them even while they are away. Continue reading

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What to write in your first blog post!

Congratulations! You finally decided to blog. Now you’ve chosen what to write about. You got your domain name registered and bought a hosting plan. You also have installed WordPress/Blogger and the necessary plugins and theme. You’ve created these 5 or more essential pages. All is set and it’s time to write your first page.

In this part 11 in the series of creating a money making blog, I want to dish out some essential ingredient of a winning first blog blog. If you missed the past 10 parts in the series, take a short trip back to this front page for a list of contents .

Many people starting a blog for their very first time don’t have a clue what to write about in their first post. I remember my first article was absolutely out of place. Yes! I didn’t read any guide about how to start. It was really off. You know I had a burning desire to make money blogging so I started off with a review post that failed so bad. Continue reading

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The 5 Most Important Pages On Your Blog!

Do you know the most important blog pages you need on your blog? If your old blog is meant to generate income or if you are about creating a new money making blog, there are quite a good number of pages you can create to give out specific information. While these pages are all important, 5 of theme are more crucial. These are more strategic in helping you generate more income and earning more trust for you from your community.

Before I move any further, this is part 10 in the series of creating a blog that makes money. If you missed out the first 9 parts in the series, you may want to check them out. Continue reading

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WordPress Performance and speed optimization tricks that work!

Optimizing your blog for fast loading speed and high performance is a must in WordPress. Of course, that doesn’t mean every other site is left out.

As long as search engines and human readers are involved, high speed and usability are top priorities. Generally, if your blog takes over 2 seconds to load, this is considered slow. 3 seconds and above is very slow. With the mad rush for plugins, your new blog which should normally load under 1 second will soon be graded “very slow”. That’s why I highly recommend being so selective when installing new plugins is concerned.

This blog (at the moment of writing this post) takes less than 1 second to load and it’s graded 99% by Google PageSpeed. There are actually 13 active plugins, 7 of which are listed and recommended in this post Continue reading

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Top 7 essential Plugins for new WordPress blogs

Today, I want to talk about the most essential plugins for new WordPress blogs. Plugins are good for their purposes but the more you get them on your blog, the more the chances of running into trouble.

NB: This is Part VIII in the series to create a money making blog. If you missed the previous parts, click here to go to the table of contents.

Why some plugins are bad!

Before I show you my most essential plugins for new WordPress blogs, let’s see why we have to apply a huge degree of caution why adding plugins to our blogs:

  • Some poorly coded plugins can break your blog. Some get incompatible with your server configuration and may crash the server.
  • Some plugins have some monitoring scripts to gather some critical information from your blog and submit to some remote location, exposing your blog to security dangers.
  • Some poorly written plugins have weaknesses that can be exploited by hacker to bring down your blog.
  • Some plugins make your blog very heavy and that’s bad for search engines and human friendliness.
  • Some plugins are too unnecessarily complicated. Their authors have not clew what it means to be user friendly.
  • Some plugins can just be so annoying and will keep kicking your visitors away with popups.
  • Some will not want to cohabit with others and this may cause you a whole lot of uncertainties. Continue reading