scoreboardIs there a way to calculate productivity? If so, then I’m the perfect person to tell you about it (not to toot my own horn here, of course). You see, it’s late night here in Poland and yet I’m still sitting here, writing this short post, and feeling productive.

To calculate productivity, using my method, you have to follow a simple 6-step productivity scoreboard.

But first, let’s set one thing straight. Before you can start tracking your points you need to learn the difference between being productive and being busy. As there are no points for being busy.

Being productive is a goal-oriented activity. It’s when you’re doing something that brings you closer to your goals, closer to what you want to achieve. It’s doing the high-leverage activities only.

Being busy is a labor-oriented activity. It’s when you’re doing something just for the sake of doing something. It’s doing the low-leverage activities and not being aware that they will probably get you nowhere.

So stay productive, not busy!

Now, the 6-step productivity scoreboard:

First of all, there’s no maximum amount of points you can get each day. This means there are no limitations and that you can be breaking your personal records every day.

Step #1 – setting deadlines

Take a list of all the tasks you want to do and set a deadline for each one of them.

Also, set a reward for completing each task. Something small. Like eating a donut, or having a drink, or whatever.

No points yet, just bear with me.

Step #2 – focusing for 5 minutes

It’s impossible to stay in the “work” state of mind for a longer period of time. We all have our up- and down-times. Whenever a down-time happens just acknowledge it, be aware of it, and immediately after try to return to work by promising yourself that you’re just going to focus for 5 minutes.

Chances are that if you can focus for 5 minutes you will end up focusing for a significantly longer period of time.

Every time you can force yourself to focus for 5 minutes after a down-time +1 point for you.

Step #3 – satisfaction

Feeling some satisfaction after you’ve finished a piece of work is nothing unusual. But feeling it immediately after starting the work is another story.

Try to feel satisfaction right from the get-go, during the first minute of your work routine.

Every time you do that +1 point for you.

Step #4 – no multitasking!

Multitasking is more harmful to your brain than smoking weed (proven fact). So don’t do it no matter what!

You get +1 point for each hour you’re not multitasking. You get -2 for each hour you are.

Step #5 – quick decision making

Whenever you stop and hesitate because you’re not comfortable with making a decision you’re losing time and breaking your productive mindset.

So if you feel that you won’t get any additional data that can help you with the decision then just go ahead and make it immediately.

Every time you do that +1 point for you.

Step #6 – reviewing your work

Go back to the deadlines you’ve set in step #1. Did you manage to get the work done in time?

You get +1 point for every task done on time.

That’s it. I encourage you to calculate productivity, your own productivity, that is. Treat it as a cool quiz, something that’s perfect for a slow Friday at work.


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Earlier today the WordPress team noticed suspicious commits to several popular plugins (AddThis, WPtouch, and W3 Total Cache) containing cleverly disguised backdoors. We determined the commits were not from the authors, rolled them back, pushed updates to the plugins, and shut down access to the plugin repository while we looked for anything else unsavory.

We’re still investigating what happened, but as a prophylactic measure we’ve decided to force-reset all passwords on WordPress.org. To use the forums, trac, or commit to a plugin or theme, you’ll need to reset your password to a new one. (Same for bbPress.org and BuddyPress.org.)

As a user, make sure to never use the same password for two different services, and we encourage you not to reset your password to be the same as your old one.

Second, if you use AddThis, WPtouch, or W3 Total Cache and there’s a possibility you could have updated in the past day, make sure to visit your updates page and upgrade each to the latest version.

Meet Steven.

steven

Steven is 28 years old and he wants to know how to set up an online business. You know, he’s been reading a lot of articles on the internet, hearing a lot of success stories, and now he wants in! He wants a big fat piece of this mysterious internet-lifestyle pie.

Unfortunately, he can’t simply skip some steps and go straight to relaxing at the beach while everything is done on autopilot. Before he can do that, he has to put a number of elements in place.

First and foremost, he has to have the right …

Mindset

Having the right mindset is the most important thing no matter what we do. Whether it’s setting up an online business or learning to play table tennis.

To be honest, when someone wants to know how to set up an online business it can be a lot more difficult for them than mastering some traditional activities (like sports, for example). That’s because not everyone knows what an online business is (in oppose to table tennis), and what the exact steps that need to be taken are. Hence:

Online business – It’s every business venture where the internet is the main vehicle of: attracting customers, marketing, advertising, processing payments, delivering products (usually), and managing other vital business components.

…How do you like my definition? Anyway, back to the topic… Online business is very different from his offline older brother. You can find out why here: Why Running an ONLINE Business is so Utterly Different Than Running an OFFLINE One.

Now that Steven knows what the difference between online and traditional offline business is, he needs to realize one more thing since we’re talking mindset. And that is: What Mind-Shift You Need to Take When Starting Your First Business. It’s not strictly an online business thing, although it touches upon business in general.

mindset

“There’s a lot to think about” – says Steven – “I don’t know if this whole online business thing is for me after all.” Don’t worry, Steven! It will all become clear in a moment, but for now here’re some entrepreneurial quotes to keep you motivated: 12 Quotations on Success That Are Sure to Change Your Life.

The Roadmap

First stop – finding a niche

Steven suspects that he needs to focus his efforts on a specific market. He has some passions but he doesn’t know if he’s going to be able to monetize them, so he’s kind of stuck here.

Indeed, selecting a niche is the most important thing to do. You can be a slash, there’s nothing wrong with that, but your online business should focus on one thing and one thing only, at least at the beginning stages of its existence.

There’re many ways of finding a perfect niche, here’s a good starting point: 12 Creative Ways to Find Your Niche. Steven doesn’t look like a ninja but in case he wants to put his wise guy hat on, here’s a more cunning tactic: Can’t Find a Niche? Create a Fake One!

2nd stop – finding out if there’s an audience and some competition

Deciding upon a niche is not sufficient if you want to say that you’re all set to go, Steven. Sorry…

You need some solid data about your future audience and competition. The best place to obtain it from is Google.

Since you already have some niche ideas you can put them into Google Keyword Tool and find out if there’s anyone interested in it. Here’s how. Just visit the tool and input your desired niche (for example, Steven’s favorite thing in the whole wide world – “medieval swords”). In return Google will give you some data on the number of global searches done every month.

At the time of writing this, “medieval swords” receives 9,900 monthly global searches, which is 330 a day. I would advise to aim for results between 50,000 and 10,000 a month, so our medieval swords niche almost makes it.

Now it’s time to find out how big the competition is. In order to do that just go to Google and input “medieval swords” as your search term (including the quotation marks). Then note the number of results. Right now there are 524,000 competing sites, which is a big number. I would advise to aim at numbers lower than 300,000. In the end, it seems it’s “back to the drawing board” for Steven to find a new niche.

3rd stop – domain and hosting

Ok, Steven’s back, he’s selected a niche that fits perfectly within the advised amounts of searches and size of competition, unfortunately he doesn’t want to share this niche with me. Anyway, it’s time to get him some online real-estate.

There’s no online business without a domain and a hosting account. So pay attention Steven because it’s a vital step if you want to learn how to set up an online business.

First, you have to realize that there are 3 main types of domain names and there are 6 important factors when choosing a domain name. Once you have some ideas lined up you can proceed to a tool like Domain Typer to find out what’s available.

Registering an actual domain is not difficult at all. Just go to GoDaddy and you will have a new shiny one in no time. When it comes to hosting I recommend a company called HostGator – they’re both affordable and reliable. Now how to put it all together (connecting your domain to your hosting and everything)… well, it’s too boring for me to write about, so show me some dedication and Google it on your own.

4th stop – setting up a website

website

Steven hasn’t been sitting under a rock for the past decade, so he knows that everything you need these days is a WordPress blog. Point for you, Steven!

WordPress is a great platform. You can use it to launch your website in minutes, and you don’t have to be a programming specialist or anything.

I won’t describe in detail how to install WordPress because again, it’s boring and there are hundreds of resources online, so you’re on your own, but I do have two pieces of advice for you.

Here’s a little WordPress glossary to help you understand all those strange WordPress terms. And here’s a set of must-have WordPress plugins.

Of course, using a standard WordPress theme is lame. So you want to get something more interesting and better looking. If you don’t have much money to spend on a professional designer (which is totally fine) you can get a cheaper theme from a place like WooThemes (you can even get some free themes there too). The themes are beautifully designed and well engineered. Highly recommended.

5th stop – signing up for an email delivery service

This might not make much sense to you right now, but trust me. Email is the most effective way of promotion and marketing on the internet. To be able to use it fully you need to sign up for an email delivery service.

Such a service takes care of delivering emails to your customers or prospects. What I’m using, and what I advise you to use as well is MailChimp. Not only are they one of the leaders on the market but they also provide a free account – a perfect starting point.

To be honest, in my opinion, their website is one of the most user friendly websites on the internet. The number of exceptional training videos they provide is just incredible. Just go there, sign up for a free account and see for yourself.

6th stop – content is king (sorry for the cliché)

Once you have your website set up you need that mysterious quality content. Why do I call it mysterious? It seems like every day I stumble upon a post that tells me to produce quality content all the time. However, no one can explain what this quality content is exactly.

And you know what? I don’t have a clue too. The truth is that there’s no one-size-fits-all kind of a solution. It all depends on your niche, type of audience you’re attracting, your personal style of writing and so on. All of this means only one thing – quality content is not something that happens overnight, it’s something that evolves over the months or years of your blog’s existence. You need to keep producing what you consider being valuable and monitor the impact it has on your audience. Measure the response and you will be on the right path to improving your content.

And yes, every website needs good content. Especially when you’re in a niche market trying to kick-start your online business.

If you need some advice on how to get started check out these posts:

7th stop – traffic and promotion/marketing

If you build it they won’t come.

no traffic

…sorry to be the one to break this to you, but it’s true in the online world. It’s one of the most important things if you want to learn how to set up an online business.

If you want to attract some real traffic to your website then there are two main paths: the free path, and the paid path. The free path requires more time to see any results, while the paid path requires money to see any results.

There are many possible sources of traffic. In one of my posts I present a list of more than 9,200,000 blog traffic sources. Feel free to check it out.

If you want quick results you can start advertising your business online and get traffic within minutes. There is one thing to understand though – people essentially hate advertisements and sometimes it’s not easy to get pass this.

Google AdWords is probably the best place to begin your advertising career. But be careful, it’s not that easy to use as Google says it is. You need to learn the basics first if you don’t want to lose your shirt. Like for example: How Does This Little Money-Sucking Machine Work? or 3 Facts About Setting Up Your Google AdWords Campaign Which Google Is Not Telling You and 4 Common Mistakes People Make While Managing Their AdWords Campaigns.

8th stop – networking and being a part of a community

networking

Sitting in a closed room and speaking to no one probably won’t get you very far in terms of business. You need to go out there and be a part of a community.

What’s the easiest place to start? Join a forum within your niche. Browse some threads, ask questions, answer questions, participate in discussions… simply engage.

But wait, there’s more! Comment on blogs within your niche. Engage in twitter conversations. Join a LinkedIn group. Join a Flickr group. Join a Facebook group. Make some friends on StumbleUpon and YouTube. Just get out there and be visible.

Networking can be fun. But you need to know exactly what you’re doing. Finding out how to email important people might be a good idea.

9th stop – monetization

You’ve all been waiting for this, haven’t you? It’s what we’re here for.

There’s a number of ways to monetize a website. The most common ones are:

  • Selling ebooks or other digital content (like audios, videos, apps, etc.).
  • Charging for membership to a service or a VIP section of a website.
  • Selling in-depth online courses.
  • Running ads on the website (selling them individually or being a part of a larger ad network like BuySellAds or AdSense).
  • Offering consulting or freelancing services.
  • Offering speaking engagements on conferences.
  • Selling physical products (like books, t-shirts, posters, etc.)
  • Being an affiliate and selling other people’s products for a commission.

Selling your own products is often quoted as the most profitable approach. Unfortunately, it’s much more complicated than being an affiliate. Apart from the marketing side (by the way, did you know that you can learn marketing while sunbathing?) you also need to take care of the product creation and customer management side. Skills like copywriting and upselling come handy as well.

Being a super affiliate is usually seen as the holy grail of generating passive income. When in fact it requires much work to achieve any kind of results. So don’t get excited. Every path requires a big amount of work.

(To be frank, the desired passive income does not happen by itself unless you devote some serious time to working on it. “Working on passive income” … it barely makes sense, doesn’t it?)

10th stop – grow and improve

grow

Running an online business is a never-ending journey, and it starts right after you learn how to set up an online business and actually apply this knowledge. You need to be learning new things, improving your skills and growing your business constantly. If you’re not growing you’re dying.

If you want to improve anything about your website, first you need to learn how to use Google Analytics. Installing it on your website is not difficult, and Google provides some simple how to guides on how to get it done in no time.

But remember that not every metric is important, and not everything is worth tracking. One of the first steps to improvement is learning what is a conversion and what it means to your business.

The next step is doing some split testing. You can get started by creating some tests in a tool called Google Website Optimizer. This is not surprising but Google provides some great training videos here too.

One more thing that’s usually overlooked by many marketers – the importance of statistical significance of an A/B split test. Sounds fancy, but actually it’s not that difficult to grasp. Here’s a quick explanation: How to Check the Significance of an A/B Split Test.

This concludes this guide. As you can see there’s a lot of work to do if you want to learn how to set up an online business and be an overnight success… You shouldn’t get discouraged though. Just start by believing in yourself and you should be just about fine…

“Whether you think you can or you can’t either way you are right.” –Henry Ford

What’s your advice? Feel free to share your own ideas or experiences regarding setting up an online business.

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So I got this video from a friend, and I wanted to post it on my site, but I wanted to do it without using any Flash, or any plugins, and I wanted it to work on the iPhone, and Chrome, and Firefox, and IE…

Step 1: Convert the file.

First I took the file and used Miro Video Converter to make two versions of the file. The first version I made was using the “Theora” format. This is an Ogg format, and you basically only need to make it for the video to show up in Firefox. Future versions of Firefox will support the WebM format instead (Chrome supports it now), so when Firefox 4 comes out, use that format.

Next, use Miro again and this time make a version using the iPhone preset. This basically creates an MP4 version of the file, but at the right resolution to have it show up on the iPhone. Annoyingly, the original file was from an iPhone, so it should have played, but it wouldn’t on mine. I suspect that the resolution difference between the iPhone 4 (used to make the video) and the iPhone 3GS (which I have) is the problem. Regardless, I just used the preset to downscale the video resolution.

Step 2: Adjust WordPress’ settings

WordPress didn’t like me uploading these files. Turned out that it was because I’m on multisite. In the Network Admin screen, find the Network Settings menu option, go to the bottom of the page, and add the mp4 and ogv extensions to the list of allowed files. Also add webm while you’re there, for the future.

Note: If you’re not on multisite but still have problems uploading the files, then add this line of code to your wp-config.php file, to turn on the unfiltered_upload capabilities for administrators:

define('ALLOW_UNFILTERED_UPLOADS',true);

Step 3: Check .htaccess settings

One of the things WordPress relies on to know if it’s a video or not is the MIME Type. Some servers have these properly configured, some don’t. Doesn’t hurt to help the process along by explicitly defining some of them in the .htaccess file. For good measure, I added a bunch of common ones, just to be sure:

AddType text/xml .xml
AddType video/mp4 .mp4 .m4v
AddType video/mpeg .mpeg .mpg
AddType video/quicktime .mov
AddType video/ogg .ogv
AddType video/webm .webm
AddType audio/mp4 .m4a .m4b .m4r
AddType audio/mpeg .mp3
AddType audio/playlist .m3u
AddType audio/x-scpls .pls
AddType audio/ogg .ogg
AddType audio/wav .wav

Step 4: Upload the videos

Easy one. Go into the Media->Library and upload your two videos. After doing that, get the URLs of both of them.

Step 5: Make the post

Make a new post and type in everything you want to type in. Then make sure you’re in the HTML editing mode, and add this code to the post:

<video width="640" height="360" controls>
  <source src="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/video.mp4" type='video/mp4'></source>
  <source src="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/video.ogv" type='video/ogg'></source>
</video>

There’s a few things there you’ll need to manually edit.

Obviously the URLs need to point to your files. Also, it’s important that the MP4 one is first, some older iPad software doesn’t like it otherwise.

The second one is the width and height. Now, like with posting images, these don’t have to exactly match the actual width and height of the video. The browser will use these sizes and scale the video accordingly. However, you’ll want to get the aspect ratio correct, so you don’t stretch or squish the video into the wrong sized box. And you can leave the height and width out entirely to not scale it, if you got your sizes correct in the video itself. But it’s a good idea to have them there regardless, to clue the browser into the size beforehand and speed up page rendering. Also note that the iPhone doesn’t care about those width and height tags, since it will just show the video full screen when you tap on it.

Sidenote: Do NOT switch into Visual mode. TinyMCE will muck up this code, badly, and try to add a SWF player to it and Flash and a bunch of other stuff. This is probably by design, but I wanted to do this without Flash at all and see how that worked. Turns out to work fine in the browsers I tested.

Finally, preview and publish as normal.

Wantlist

One thing I haven’t figured out is how to target the iPhone specifically with a separate file. With this setup, Chrome and IE are now showing the iPhone file, which is lower resolution than the OGV file (which is at original resolution). In this specific case, the video was poor and so it doesn’t make much difference, but I’d prefer to have a separate file specified that only iPhones used without having to resort to user agent targeting.

EDIT: Turns out you can do this with a media query on the source that targets the iPhone. So here’s my new code:

<video width="640" height="360" controls>
  <source src="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/video.iphone.mp4" type='video/mp4' media='only screen and (max-device-width: 480px)'></source>
  <source src="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/video.mp4" type='video/mp4'></source>
  <source src="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/video.ogv" type='video/ogg'></source>
</video>

The media attribute lets you specify a CSS3 Media Query. The max-device-width of 480px = iPhone. So desktop browsers will use the video.mp4 while the iPhone uses the video.iphone.mp4. I’ve confirmed that this works properly with Chrome.

It’s interesting to see that browsers can do this reasonably well, even if you do have to make a few different versions of the video.

Shortcode Plugin

At the suggestion of ipstenu in the comments below, I made this into a shortcode plugin. You can download it here:
HTML5 Video Shortcode.

This plugin has the advantage of being ignored by TinyMCE. :)

For me, May was the month of WordPress. A lot of interesting posts have been written and many of them have gone straight to my bookmark collection. And now it’s time to share some of these posts, so here’s a list of 6 valuable posts from the past month (May 2011) which I regret I didn’t come up with myself.

Today’s theme: WordPress comments

How to Attract Comments on your WordPress Blog and Increase Interactivity? by Lax

Let me start by linking to a post that explains why blog comments are important and gives some tips on how to attract more of them. A quick and worthy read.

WordPress Comment Plugins You Will Need For Your Website Success by Mitz Pantic

In this post Mitz shares a list of some really valuable plugins, divided into three sub-lists: ones that show the love, ones that encourage return visits, and ones that stop spam.

Advanced commenting systems for WordPress by Cameron Chapman

It’s where the real fun starts. In case you’re not aware of this, you can choose to ditch the native WordPress’ commenting system and go with something else. In this post Cameron gives a nice list of alternative commenting systems and describes their main features.

Top 3rd Party Commenting Systems, Platforms for WordPress and Why I Don’t Use Them by John Saddington

In this post John shares his opinion on what the top 5 commenting systems are. He also explains why WordPress native system might be better for most users despite all the features of other commenting platforms.

Migrating Your WordPress Comments to Disqus by David Lohmeyer

Disqus is one of the most popular commenting systems in the blogosphere. To be honest, I’m considering switching to it myself. Check out what David has to say on abandoning native WordPress commenting system and switching to Disqus.

How to install Facebook comments on your WordPress blog by Marko Saric

In this short post Marko shares his thoughts on why installing Facebook comments on your blog might be a good idea. He also gives a quick 6-step guide on how to actually do this.

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Was trying to upload some photos and noticed that the captions I had set on the photos in Picasa showed up as titles in WordPress instead of as captions. Examining the core code, I found that it’s a known issue, but that fixing it in the core isn’t so easy, since WordPress has to support a number of different image editing programs and such. Different programs use the EXIF fields in different ways.

But I mostly use Picasa for photo management, so I don’t care about those other programs. So I wrote a quick plugin to fix the problem with WordPress and Picasa photos. Basically it just rejiggers the attachment when it’s added (but not when it’s edited) and puts the caption in the right place.

<?php
/**
Plugin Name: Picasa Captioner
Description: Fix up WordPress to read Picasa Captions from EXIF info properly.
Author: Otto
Author URI: http://ottodestruct.com/
**/

add_filter( 'wp_read_image_metadata', 'picasa_adjust_caption' );
function picasa_adjust_caption($meta) {
	if (empty($meta['caption']) && !empty($meta['title'])) {
		$meta['caption'] = $meta['title'];
		$meta['title'] = '';
	}
	return $meta;
}

add_action( 'add_attachment', 'picasa_adjust_attachment' );
function picasa_adjust_attachment($id) {
	$attachment = & get_post( $id, ARRAY_A );
	if ( !empty( $attachment ) ) {
		$attachment['post_excerpt'] = $attachment['post_content'];
		$attachment['post_content'] = '';
		wp_update_post($attachment);
	}
}

The first release candidate (RC1) for WordPress 3.2 is now available.

An RC comes after the beta period and before final release. We think we’re done, but with tens of millions of users, a variety of configurations, and thousands of plugins, it’s possible we’ve missed something. So if you haven’t tested WordPress 3.2 yet, now is the time! Please though, not on your live site unless you’re extra adventurous.

Things to keep in mind:

  • With more than 350 tickets closed, there are plenty of changes. Plugin and theme authors, please test your plugins and themes now, so that if there is a compatibility issue, we can figure it out before the final release.
  • Users are also encouraged to test things out. If you find problems, let your plugin/theme authors know so they can figure out the cause.
  • Twenty Eleven isn’t quite at the release candidate stage. Contents may settle.
  • If any known issues crop up, you’ll be able to find them here.

If you are testing the release candidate and think you’ve found a bug, there are a few ways to let us know:

To test WordPress 3.2, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

Happy testing!

If you’d like to know which levers to pull in your testing, check out a list of features in our Beta 1 post.

I know you hate being criticized. Everyone does. But you don’t have to take it personally or even seriously every single time. Criticism is not something that should keep you from doing what you’re doing. The truth is there will always be people who want to stop you just for the sake of it. Sometimes you can deal with criticism in just one single step… check out my guest post at Lifehack.org to find out how.

How to Deal with Criticism in One Single Step

Focusing too much attention on absurd criticism destroys your productivity even more than answering emails does. I guess what I’m trying to say is that perfection is not such a brilliant idea as it may seem.

P.S. If you need some inspiration on having the right mindset check out what the Achuar Tribe can teach you about overcoming obstacles.

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Whether you think you can or you can't either way you are right.

 

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

 

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

 

The best way to have a good idea is to have a LOT of ideas.

 

It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.

 

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

 

We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

 

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

 

Selling to people who actually want to hear from you is more effective than interrupting strangers who don't.

 

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.

 

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

 

 

12 best quotations on success in plain text

“Whether you think you can or you can’t either way you are right” -Henry Ford

“Winners never quit and quitters never win” -Vince Lombardi

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm” -Sir Winston Churchill

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a LOT of ideas” -Linus Pauling

“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do” -Elbert Hubbard

“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” -Lao Tzu

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will” -Chuck Palahniuk

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” -Thomas Edison

“Selling to people who actually want to hear from you is more effective than interrupting strangers who don’t” -Seth Godin

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed” –Michael Jordan

“We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents” –Eric Hoffer

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” –Eleanor Roosevelt

(images from Wikipedia)

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So you want to be a blogger… But what should be the topic of your blog? Is it OK to blog about your dog? Well, why not. Since people are finding success tweeting shit their dads say then why wouldn’t you be successful blogging about your dog…

Anyway, maybe doing a little research is a better idea after all, hence this post. To find out what I’m on about feel free to check out my guest post at YoungPrePro.

12 Audacious and Creative Niche Searching Ideas for Your Blog

Once you have your niche there are still some things yet to do. For example, you have to decide which domain is right for you, you have to find a WordPress theme (remember, free WordPress themes are evil), and last but certainly not least – you have to find some blog traffic sources.

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