How To Make Money Blogging About Video Games

Imagine if you could make a living off talking about your favorite video games online? This dream is a reality for many bloggers and webmasters around the world, who have already put forth the effort to enter the video game niche and succeed with it. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy it sounds – the market is very competitive and you’ll have to take a unique approach if you want to stand out for your competitors.

This approach will require patience, and a slightly different method of making money. Based on my own experience, this is what works best if you want to make money blogging about video games. [Read more...]

Do Amazon Product Review Sites Still Work?

Amazon affiliate sites used to be extremely popular. After all, how nice would it be to set up a product review website, write up some articles, and then sit back and collect nearly passive income from search engine traffic? It was great, and many people capitalized on this opportunity to do exactly that. Recently however, many of these sites started disappearing, and fewer and fewer have been starting up. What happened? Can you actually still make money off of Amazon product review sites? Do product review sites still work?  [Read more...]

How To Get Started With YouTube

Getting started with producing videos for YouTube can be an incredibly daunting task. While the service itself is free to use, preparing to use it can take a lot of resources. It can take your time, preparing you to make the best videos possible. It could take your money, in the form of video equipment and editing software. It can also force you to change yourself, and overcome certain personal issues you may be facing, such as shyness or nervousness.

Honestly, the hardest part of producing videos on YouTube is simply getting started. Once you learn the ropes, and have all the things you need to actually begin producing videos, the entire process only gets easier. However, this will require managing the resources mentioned above. Let’s tackle them one by one, and create a plan to get your YouTube channel up and running as soon as possible.  [Read more...]

5 Free SEO Plugins Essential For Any Blog

One of the features that makes WordPress one of the world’s best content management systems is the fact that it is so changeable, so easily. With only a few clicks, webmasters are able to install plugins that can completely change the website’s functionality: adding new features, tweaking your design, or even improving your sites search engine optimization. While it’s not a good idea to clutter your blog with unnecessary plugins (as these can slow down your pages load time or cause bugs and security issues), there are a few plugins that every blogger can benefit from. In this article, I will share 5 plugins with you that are essential for any blog to reach its maximum potential.

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Are You Spending Too Much Time With Niche Selection?

Niche selection is often the hardest part of starting a new website for beginner webmasters. After all, it’s the first step in the entire process – you usually can’t even buy a domain without first deciding on your website’s topic. It’s also one of the most stressful. Typically, if you get the niche selection wrong, the majority of the time you spend on that site will be a waste. You usually can not change the website’s niche after it’s been started, and it ends up being a huge waste of time.

However, perhaps an even bigger waste of time is worrying too much about the above issues. Let me quickly share with you my story. [Read more...]

Changes Coming To HelpStartMySite.com

I’m constantly striving to make HelpStartMySite.com the best resource to you all that it can possibly be, which is why I’m pleased to announce that there will be several upcoming changes to Help Start My Site within the upcoming weeks.

First and foremost, I’m looking to up the posting schedule from 1-2 posts a week to 3-4 posts a week. Now that I’m out of school, I have much more free time to dedicate towards writing content to publish while also having additional time to market the new content. This means more great articles for you to read!

Secondly, I’m going to begin selling my services by allowing the ability to hire me for various tasks. This will range from consulting to full-on custom programming. Prices will only get more expensive as the demand for my services increases, so it’s highly recommended to purchase early if these services interest you. Of course, if you’re already signed up to my email newsletter, you’ll be the first to know and will be eligible for subscriber discounts.

Finally, I’m going to be tweaking the design a bit within the next few weeks. I’m a bit dissatisfied with the blandness of the website, and would like to make it a little more colorful. I’m also going to have a custom logo made as I’ve been putting it off for far too long, and it’s time to change that.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing how it all plays out and I hope you’re as excited for the changes as I am!

The Benefits Of A YouTube Channel For Your Website

Are you taking advantage of the world’s 2nd largest search engine?  Are you utilizing potentially the biggest entrance door to your website in existence? Chances are, you’re a regular user of this site. But are you profiting from it?

The fact of the matter is, YouTube is an incredibly powerful resource for your business provided you’re utilizing it as you should. In this article, we will discover the potential benefits of having a YouTube channel for your website.  [Read more...]

Should You Start A Blog In The Sports Niche? A Quick Analysis.

With the start of the 2014 World Cup, I thought it would be a perfect time to write an article geared towards sports blogs. People absolutely love sports, and new bloggers are often urged to blog about something they are passionate about. But would it actually be a good idea to start a sports blog? If so, what would be the correct or most profitable way of going about it? Let’s take a look.  [Read more...]

How To Invest In Your Blog Long Term

Imagine if you could turn a little bit of money into a lot more, simply by making a few small investments into your blog. Whether you think about it or not, your blog is a business. I’d hope you would want to make this business as profitable as possible. By making a few small investments for your blog, you can rake in even more money for the long term.

Here are five things you can invest in to make your blog even better than it already is now. [Read more...]

Why Spam Can Sometimes Be A Good Thing

From time to time, I hear people say that dealing with spam is one of the worst things about being a blogger. While that may be true for some people, spam can actually be a very good thing as well. Would you believe me if I told you that I actually love seeing thousands of spam comments each day for all of my websites? It’s true. Spam can actually be a good thing, and here’s why.

First, we have to understand how spam works, and how it’s getting into your comment moderation queue. Most spam is done automatically – that is, there isn’t actually a human visitor on your website that is writing it out by hand. Rather, these spammers tend to use automated software which sends out the same comments to thousands of blogs almost instantly.

This software works by querying Google with certain keywords, then compiling a list of all the websites that come up for that keyword where comments can be left. So what does this mean?

It means your website is ranking on Google. And that is a GREAT thing. If your website is ranking well enough to be found on Google for keywords so competitive that spammers are targeting them with their software, you’re doing something right, and that’s something to be proud of. The more spam comments you’re getting on your blog, chances are, the more competitive keywords your ranking for.

…And it REALLY says something about the quality of your website if manual human spammers are coming to your website to spam. That takes time and effort!

So next time you look at your WordPress dashboard and see 2000 spam comments, rejoice! After all, think back to the days when you were getting no comments at all, spam or not. I bet the spam doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?