We all make mistakes… that's for sure. The less used to something we are, the more we'll slip up. As a new blogger, I know I stepped on plenty of banana skins in the early days… and the truth is, I still step on them sometimes. Making mistakes is one way we learn, and it's important to accept … [Read more...] about 12 Commercial Blogging Mistakes Beginners Make
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Scratching your head wondering why your Pinterest impressions are going down? Pinterest is a strange beast in my experience. I was seduced a long time ago by all those bloggers claiming to drive massive traffic from Pinterest. They made it sound easy and suggested that the same magic that … [Read more...] about Why Are My Pinterest Impressions Going Down? My Latest Challenge!
Maybe it's too business-like to set yourself blogging goals? A major reason for starting a blog is to get away from the rigid structure of employed work and do something you want to do whenever you want to do it. Right? Blogging is freedom... why would you want to become a slave to objectives, … [Read more...] about You’ve Got Blogging Goals, Haven’t You? Haven’t You?
As a new blogger you'll be coming to terms with a stack of new concepts and technical terms. You'll be learning lots of blogging specific ideas and at the same time come into contact with SEO. In this post I'm going to touch on domain authority, an aspect of SEO that plays an important role in how … [Read more...] about What is Domain Authority & Is It Really Important?
It's no surprise that people are looking for hustles and earning opportunities outside of traditional "9 to 5s" currently. This has inspired me to create this ultimate guide on how to make money blogging in 2021. My plan is to walk you through what I would do if I was starting a blog right … [Read more...] about How Can You Make Money Blogging in 2021? Ultimate Guide
My 13th traffic stats report and as you'll see, July has been a tricky month for me. It all began in June actually. I'd pushed myself hard to work on a 30 day blogging challenge in May: I worked everyday for 30 days to publish blog posts and the experience took its toll. Most days throughout … [Read more...] about SideGains July 2020 Blog Traffic Stats
There are gazillions of blog posts indexed in Google for every search phrase imaginable. Think of anything and search for it… there will be a result for it in Google. Getting your posts ranked is one thing. Getting a click on your indexed posts in search results another. Once you're over these … [Read more...] about 17 Ingredients for Blog Post Format Perfection
Are you using a free blog? How's that working out for you? It may be you feel you're ticking along just fine thank you very much. But that doesn't mean you couldn't be doing better and this is where a self hosted blog will be a real game-changer for you. If you haven't yet started your blog and … [Read more...] about 11 Powerful Reasons Why You Need a Self Hosted Blog
Pinterest is kind of an obsession for me. Seriously... I’ve given more hours to Pinterest over the past months than I have any other social media platform. Not only is it a place I enjoy purely for visual inspiration, it’s a great place to find other bloggers. It's also a source of traffic to my … [Read more...] about Essential Pinterest Questions and Answers for Bloggers
My 12th traffic stats report sees the SideGains blog reaching it's first birthday. A full year of blogging deserves it's own post detailing the entire journey... this will come later this month. June was a really hard month for me in blogging terms. After completing my 30 day blogging challenge … [Read more...] about SideGains June 2020 Blog Traffic Stats