July 2010

Quick Ways to Utilize These 4 Non-Google Search Engines

Non-Google search engines are a beautiful thing - and no, I'm not talking about Yahoo or Bing. I'm talking about other search engines that you can use to discover a ton of valuable information about the niche you're in. I guarantee that you've heard of these search engines before, although you probably never thought of [...]

Subscribers Magnet WordPress Plugin—Awesome?

Note: This is a review for a WordPress plugin that is no longer available. For a current list of recommended plugins, check out my Resources page. Over the past week, I've received at least 15 emails from SPI readers asking me whether or not the new Subscribers Magnet Wordpress Plugin by MaxBlogPress (makers of the [...]

Why Some Procrastinators Succeed and What We Can Learn From Them

When I was in Architecture school at Berkeley (Go Bears!), my classmates and I suffered long, hard nights at the studio drawing massive plans, building detailed models and drinking lots and lots of caffeine. Some of our semester long projects required over 60 hours of work per week, in addition to our actual class time [...]

A Typical Monthly Expense Report

This is something a little different...So far, I've published 20 monthly income reports, and 1 annual income report. However, I've never posted anything in detail about my expenses, until today. I don't know exactly why I have never included them in my reports. Maybe it's because when I first started doing these reports there were [...]

How to Get Explosive and Targeted Traffic—An Alternative to Guest Posting

We all know that guest posting is one of the best ways to get highly targeted traffic to your website. Everyone makes it sound so easy too: write a killer post, deliver it to a fellow blogger in your niche, and then BAM...instant traffic, and some new subscribers to boot. Although I wholeheartedly believe that [...]

SPI 001: Introduction | Show Formalities | What to Expect

It's here! The first session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here on the blog. Click here to subscribe in iTunes. Since this is our first session together, I spend a little bit of time introducing myself and how I define passive income [...]

How Well Can You Describe Your Website in Just Three Words?

This is a short post, yes, but a powerful one. It involves a little bit of participation, so please don't be shy… A couple of weeks ago, I shared this little exercise on my Facebook Page. I asked my followers to share a link to their website and describe it using only three words. Any words, [...]

How to Hide a Page from Google

This is a short tutorial about how to hide or remove a page from Google. Well actually, we're not "hiding" anything from Google, we're just telling Google not to index certain pages on our site so they don't show up in the search engines. Why would you want to do this? There are some instances [...]

The Power of Social Proof and Putting Your Readers First

Last week, I posted a question asking all of you whether you prefer a full post or a partial post in your RSS feed. The argument was that a full post is what most subscribers favor, but showing a full post keeps people off of your site. On the other hand, you could get more [...]

Ask the Reader: Partial or Full Post in RSS Feed?

Recently, a number of people have been asking me for my opinion about how much of a post one should show in their RSS feed. On Feedburner (which I know has been on the fritz lately as far as numbers are concerned), you can choose to have either your entire post shown, or just a [...]