website design

What’s on Deck for Smart Passive Income in 2013

Things have been busy in the Flynn household, which as many of you know doubles as my office space. With an almost 3-year old and a 3 month old in the house together, things can get pretty wild. My wife and I make a decent tag team and surprisingly managing two kids hasn't been as hard as [...]

Top 10 Things to Consider When Designing Your Blog

I'm taking a mini-vacation this weekend so I'm going to keep this kind of short, but I wanted to do a follow up post to Wednesday's Blog Redesign Exercise. In that post, I shared 3 different blog designs iterations that a fellow blogger, Vik Tantry, had done for a design overhaul he's doing for his [...]

Blog Redesign Exercise: What Do You Think?

Designing a blog from scratch is very difficult, which is why we have things like Wordpress's theme library and WooThemes to help us start blogging right away. Re-designing a blog, however, can be even more difficult - and scary too. Especially if you've been stuck with the same design since the beginning and have grown [...]

An Underrated Skill That All Bloggers Should Have and I Would Like To Teach

I'm not even going to beat around the bush with this one. One skill that all bloggers should possess is Graphic Creation and Manipulation - or as some like to call it, "Photoshop skills" (although the term "Photoshop" is actually just the name of one piece of software where graphic creation and manipulation can be [...]

How to Not Be a Newbie Blogger When You’re a Newbie Blogger

Blogging = survival of the fittest. It's seriously a jungle out there, and for newly hatched blogs, it's even harder to survive. But, there are a number of things you can do right away as a "hatchling" to immediately gain ground "in the wild" and transform yourself from a newbie, to what may seem like [...]

Content Without Design is Dumb

Content is King. You've probably heard this statement before. If not, Wikipedia (yes, Wikipedia) illustrates the idea of "Content is King" as: "...without original and desirable content...any media venture is likely to fail through lack of appealing content, regardless of other design factors." You can have the best-designed, coolest, most functional website around, but without [...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Newsletter and Email List

At the beginning of the year (2010), I started a newsletter here on SPI and used an eBook I wrote, eBooks the $mart Way, as a free gift to help generate more leads. Three months later, I now have over 2,250 people signed up for the newsletter and it averages about 30 new subscribers a [...]

What You Ought to Know About Screenshots

A screenshot is a snapshot of something you see on your computer screen. If you're doing any kind of online business or blog, more than likely you're going to want to use a screenshot for some reason. I use screenshots a lot. You can see a number of them in my last post, where I [...]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Custom Website or Blog Designer

Using a custom blog theme or website design is not necessary to succeed online. In fact, when I started doing business online, I used a free wordpress theme and was still able to generate a great income from both Adsense and selling information products. So, if you're worried about how much money it takes to [...]

A Step By Step Plan To Rank Higher in the Search Engines

Today, I'm going to outline a plan to rank higher in Google for a certain keyword phrase. Before I tell you exactly what I'm going to do, we must first understand how things work. In my experience, there are three primary ways that search engines (namely, Google), will determine the rank of your website relevant [...]