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The Blog is Dead, Long Live the Blog

It’s official: blogging is dead. Because of this, I’m shutting down this site immediately and deleting everything I’ve ever written. I’m also taking my books off of Amazon. Instead of self-publishing like some loser, I will spend years trying to get one of the big New York publishers to accept one of my manuscripts. The […]

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Rethinking KDP Select

Last week, I enrolled all of my books, including Three Years of Hate, in Amazon’s KDP Select program. As part of this, I had to take the Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords editions off sale. People who’ve already paid for those editions will still be able to download and read them, but no one else […]

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The Perils of Putting Too Many Links in Your Blog Posts

When you’re first starting out in the blog world, you will likely feel tempted to obsessively insert links to related articles, YouTube videos and other Internet pages in your posts. The reasons are threefold, and on the surface they all look like good ones: Linking is easy and ubiquitous. Back in the bad old 56k […]

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An Easy Way to Get More Hits on Your Blog

If you have a self-hosted WordPress site, here’s a little trick you can use to increase your internal site traffic by about 10-20 percent with little to no effort on your part. I suppose Blogger and WordPress.com users can also use it, but it’s more difficult and cumbersome for them. 1. Install the Yet Another […]

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How to Start a Blog in Thirty Minutes or Less, Part Two: Working with WordPress

Read First: How to Start a Blog in Thirty Minutes or Less, Part One: Finding a Web Host So you’ve set up a site using WordPress.com or WordPress, and you’ve got a name and URL for it. You’re staring at the Dashboard of your brand spanking new blog, the “Hello World!” exclamation silently mocking you. Where to […]

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How to Start a Blog in Thirty Minutes or Less, Part One: Finding a Web Host

So far, I’ve been talking about the intangibles of blogging: why you should do it, how to make money with it, and how to get better at writing. This little mini-series will focus on the technical aspects of blogging and web design. I’m not going to go in excessive detail, because you don’t need a master’s […]

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Mailbag: There is No Easy Money

Anon1 writes in response to my article on the tiers of online hustling: Hi Matt, found your blog by way of D & P and Frost’s work. I am a regular commenter at ROK and quite impressed with your posts. I have a couple questions about your online hustling model (Tier 3 is brain farts […]

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The Worst Reasons to Start Blogging

At this point, after reading my previous articles on blogging, you might be thinking to yourself, “Well gosh Matt, this stuff can’t be that hard! All you do is write!” If you think like that, I’ll bet you’re the same kind of person who looks at the percussionist in a band and thinks, “Man, drumming […]

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The Three Tiers of Online Hustling

Last week, I gave you a brief outline on how to join the online hustle. I also gave you the caveat that your first few hustles are likely to fail. This isn’t a commentary on your intelligence, work ethic or whatnot; it’s just a statistical reality. We all know that line about how anywhere from […]

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Confessions of an Online Hustler

Last week, Danger & Play had a good post on making money online: If you are broke, you do not have the right to do things that feel good. Besides, having money feels better than talking about social problems. Write about something that makes you money, not something that gives you a short-term dopamine rush. Basing your […]

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