About James McAllister

James is the owner of Help Start My Site. He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. Here on HelpStartMySite.com, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, like him on Facebook .

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How To Quickly Create A Minimum Viable Product For Your Blog

One of the biggest mistakes I see so many bloggers making is the fact that they aren’t selling any products of their own.

Sure, you may be promoting somebody else’s product as an affiliate, and that’s certainly a good way to monetize your blog, but the benefits of selling a product of your very own are enormous.

So why aren’t more bloggers creating their own products?

It tends to come down to one of two reasons – either they feel they don’t have a good idea for a product, or they are concerned about the amount of time it takes to create something and are worried that the investment of their time will not be worth it.

These concerns are understandable – after all, who wants to spend months creating something they feel is amazing only for it to ultimately flop?

Fortunately, the risk of this can be dramatically reduced by creating something called a minimum viable product, or MVP for short. Using the advice laid out for you in this article, you’ll be able to elminate these concerns by creating and bringing a product to market far quicker than normal, and you’ll be able to verify it’s a product that your audience is interested in purchasing before putting too much time into it.

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You Wouldn’t Believe How Blogging Has Transformed My Life

You ever have those nights where you just can’t fall asleep because you can’t stop thinking?

This is what it’s like for me every single night. It’s both a blessing and a curse.

I’m sitting here listening to Bob Dylan and Beatles songs and I just can’t even fathom how unbelievable my life is. The opportunities embracing entrepreneurship has brought me. I can’t believe what has happened.

You wouldn’t believe how emotional I am as I write this post. You can already tell it’s not one of my normal pieces. But really, I have no idea if I want to laugh, cry, or faint right now. I invite you to join me on this emotional roller coaster as I reflect on how starting my first blog all those years ago changed things beyond my wildest imagination.

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In Blogging, The Most Important Investment You Can Make Is In Yourself

When’s the last time you’ve paid good money to purchase a product that will make you a better blogger?

When’s the last time you’ve ordered a book, purchased a training course, or signed up for a program that will grow your knowledge of business, marketing, or entrepreneurship?

How much time do you allocate towards growing your own personal skill set?

If you’re like most people in the world today, you ignore these things completely. And by doing so, you end up like most other people in the world today – unsuccessful, unhappy, and in huge financial trouble.

Now let me ask you one more question – is that the type of life you want to live?

I didn’t think so.

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Massive Action In Blogging Leads To Massive Results

What have you done today?

No, seriously. I want you to sit and ponder this for a moment. From the moment you woke up to right now, I want you to think about what you have done today. Don’t just say you worked. Be specific.


Now I want you to think for a moment about what your goals are. What is it you want most out of life? Why did you start blogging? What is it you are looking forward to?

One last thing – I want you to ask yourself one final question. Are the actions you’ve taken so far today helping you achieve the goals you’ve set out for yourself? Are you taking action in great enough quantities to be certain beyond a doubt that your dreams are going to become a reality?
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2016: Goals, Plans, And Outlook

As 2015 comes to an end, it’s time to look forward towards the new year.

2015 was a huge year for me. I came out with 5 new products for Help Start My Site, and went through a lot in my personal world that has fundamentally changes how I have structured my life.

When we grow so drastically in a given year, it’s very hard to keep that pace up and continue accelerating into the future. While I doubt I will ever have another year as significant as 2015 for a very long time, that does not mean I can not continue to grow and make 2016 extremely impactful.

2016 is going to be a very interesting year for me, both within Help Start My Site and outside of it.

Without any further ado, here’s what I’m expecting in 2016. [Read more…]

7 Universal Life Lessons That Blogging Has Taught Me

When you decide to do something big, it has a serious impact on your life. It changes who you are, and the lessons you learn from such a huge experience become invaluable to you.

When I started blogging all of those years ago, I had no idea what I truly had in store for me. I have changed so much as a person, and I have no doubt that I would not be the person I am today if I had never began this journey.

As I’ve taken time to reflect on this year, I’ve realized that there is a lot blogging has taught me about life – very important lessons that are universal to all of us as human beings.

While you read through this list, I want you to really think about the lessons I share with you. Think about how they’ve arose in your lifetime. Tie them to your own unique experiences. We are all different individuals, and some of these will pop out to you more than others. Some will become more apparent in the future.

Understand the significance of these 7 truths, and you will find much more success in both your professional and your personal life. [Read more…]

Members Weekly News: Facebook Takes On Periscope

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2015 Year In Review: How Was Yours?

2015 isn’t yet over, but it’s getting pretty darn close.

Because I plan to talk about my 2016 goals as the first post of 2016 and I want to make sure there is some nice actionable information inbetween, I’ve decided to publish my own review of the 2015 year now, and invite you to share your story as well. [Read more…]

Members Weekly News: Twitter Shakes Up Feed, Facebook + Google Introduce New Ad Options

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These 5 Common Blogging Mistakes Are Killing Your Profits

Do you ever feel like you’re doing exactly what you should be doing, yet you’re not getting the results you were expecting?

I know I have experienced this feeling many times before, especially earlier on in my blogging career. I was taking all of the advice I was reading everywhere and applying it, yet the results just didn’t come.

While this was nobody’s fault but my own, I honestly didn’t feel I was making any mistakes at that time. If you are not getting the results you are expecting, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t making one of the common mistakes I am about to share with you. It’s not always obvious these are bad things, so really think about them.

After all, the point of a business in the end is to make money. [Read more…]