Why I Dumped Storm on Demand for Hosting

With the number of website hosting companies springing up all the time, one would think it would be simple to find one that takes care of its customers. Well, I found one, but I went through a horrible experience to realize it. I put my largest website on Storm On Demand servers after the company was recommended by Pat Flynn. …

Stop Making Your Blog Nicer

This morning I walked into my office with a full day scheduled. In the morning I would spend a few hours writing a blog post. This particular post would take several days to prepare because I wanted it to be truly excellent. After working on the blog post, I would spend an hour writing emails to the students in my …

Selecting a Podcasting Mic: USB or XLR?

I cannot tell you how many podcasts I have unsubscribed from because the audio quality was not up to snuff.  Like many podcast listeners, I listen to podcasts at 1.5x speed.  This helps me to get through a lot more podcasts each week, and it’s actually very easy to understand what people are saying as long as their audio quality …

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50 Niche Site Ideas Ripe for the Taking!

Whenever a friend or family member decides to create an online business, they first ask me what to do if they don’t have any ideas for a site.  For them, for you, I have created this list.  These are the niche sites I would build today if I weren’t already busy with other online businesses. IMPORTANT NOTE!!!  BE CAREFUL in …

What Kind of Posts Get the Most Traffic?

That’s what you really want to know, isn’t it? You feel like you already know how to blog, but you aren’t quite sure how to develop a following. I have written over 300 articles online this year and have seen the statistics for each one to know what resonates with people, and what doesn’t. I’ve learned over time how to change my website …

SEO Basics

Any nerd can tell you that SEO means “search engine optimization” but in a more practical sense it means that you have to do a lot of unexpected things in order to be ranked high on Google. Since Google traffic often amounts for over 80% of a website’s traffic, SEO is as big of a deal as you can imagine. SEO is the …

What You Didn’t Know About Social Media

It can be easy to think that running a social media campaign is as easy as setting up a Facebook Fan page and posting your stuff, but you will soon recognize that this method is less than effective. In fact, we really shouldn’t discuss social media at all until we discuss the objective for a social media campaign. Your purpose is to capture …

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iTunes Podcast SEO: What’s working right now

Internet marketers spend so much time discussing Google search SEO that I think we often overlook some of the other large and valuable search engines.  Podcasting is the core of my brand, so I care very much about how my podcast ranks in iTunes. Over the course of the last year, I have watched my podcast go up and down …