The $100,000 Challenge: August Update

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We just wrapped up the fifth month of the $100,000-a-month challenge, and traffic-wise, it was a great month. In August, we had 40,870 visitors with 13,431 coming from search.

I know this is an August update, but from the beginning of September, we’ve already been averaging over 800 visitors a day from Google, which means September should be a big month for from a traffic perspective.

August showed an over 54% traffic increase compared to the previous month. Here’s what happened…  [click to continue…]

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The Complete Guide to Google Penalties (Both Manual and Algorithmic)


It’s your worst nightmare…

You wake up one morning and check your analytics. But something’s wrong…where’s all your traffic?

Whether you like it or not, websites in most niches rely on Google for a large percentage of their traffic.

If you get hit by a penalty, 10%, 20%, or even more of your business can be wiped out overnight. That’s a pretty scary thought.

There are two types of penalties that can hit you: manual penalties and algorithmic penalties.

Algorithms get most of the attention because those types of penalties affect tens of thousands of sites all at once.

However, there are over 400,000 manual penalties that are applied every month, according to Matt Cutts—that’s a lot.   [click to continue…]

28 WordPress Plugins That Increase Profits and Save Time


Starting up and running a small business is not easy.

Even if you have all the knowledge and skills you need, it still takes a ton of time and effort to give the required attention to all parts of your business.

You need to create a website, get leads, convert leads into customers, create products, and so much more.

You’ll reach a point when you just can’t do it all, and that’s when you’ll need some help.

Sometimes, you can hire people. Most of the time, it’s more cost efficient and practical to see if a product can reduce your workload.

The first time you run into this is likely when you’re creating your website.

For most businesses, getting a website created from scratch is a waste of time and money. Instead of spending thousands of dollars and weeks having one created from scratch, you can use WordPress.

But as you start marketing and sales, you’ll realize that you need even more help.

This is where WordPress plugins come in.

Plugins are built to make your life easier. They make difficult tasks simple and tedious tasks automatic.

Most are free, and even if they aren’t, they’re cheap (much cheaper than hiring someone in most cases).

There’s one more challenge:

Which plugins does your business need?

The marketplace of WordPress plugins is huge, with tens of thousands plugins available.

To make your life easier, I’ll show you some of the most popular and useful plugins so you can pick the right ones for your site.

I’ve divided the plugins into 5 different sections:

  • SEO-related plugins
  • Plugins to speed up your site
  • Plugins to help you get more leads
  • Content marketing related plugins
  • Plugins to help you sell products (i.e., list products and handle payments)

Before we dig into these, I need to give you a few words of warning: plugins are tools. Although they can help you, they can also hurt you. Installing too many will have a significant impact on your security and loading speed, so only use the ones you need (aim for 10 maximum).   [click to continue…]

6 Advanced Google Analytics Tricks That All Site Owners Should Know

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When it comes to free analytics software, nothing comes close to Google Analytics.

Over 28,365,107 sites use it, which makes it the most popular analytics solution on the market.

Although it has some limitations, it’s fantastic as a free product.

However, most webmasters see the basic graphs and stats that Google Analytics (GA) gives you and never dig any deeper.

This is a shame because there are some really useful advanced features just waiting for you to be used. And I’m about to show you what they are.

And although they’re advanced, they aren’t that complicated to implement or use. I’m going to break them down step by step in this post, and I encourage you to start using as many of them as you find useful.   [click to continue…]

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Be a Better Copywriter: 7 Lessons From 4 Legendary Books


Although digital copywriting is relatively new, copywriting has been used for hundreds of years to sell products.

Some of the best books on copywriting I have ever read were written decades ago. Some are even older than that.

And it’s a shame that they don’t get the attention they deserve—mainly because we often equate new with better.

But a lot of the new marketing and copywriting lessons and techniques you read about on blogs aren’t new at all.

In this article, I’m going to break down seven lessons from the following four books:

In my mind, these four books have all achieved legendary status.

Every section of each book is gold, which is why I encourage you to read them.

That being said, I’ve picked out some of the most important lessons that I think will apply to your online marketing and business. I’ll bring any dated advice into the 21st century with some current examples of it in action.

Let’s get started…   [click to continue…]