5 Essential WordPress Plug-ins You Should Be Using

There are over 18,000 WordPress plug-ins. How are you supposed to know which WordPress plug-ins you should be using? 

That’s what we are going to help you with in today’s post. All of the below plug-ins we use ourselves and we highly recommend that you use them too.

Let’s dive right in.

Backup Buddy

What if you woke up one day and all the work you’ve done on your website or blog was gone? Talk about worst nightmare.

The most important WordPress plug-in that we use (and you should too) is Backup Buddy. It is not a free plug-in, but it is worth way it. It can save you a ton of time and headaches if something goes wrong with your site.

This plug-in will backup through WordPress the different parts of your website daily.  Continue reading 5 Essential WordPress Plug-ins You Should Be Using

Ask the Readers: Do You Blog to Make Money or to Make Meaning (or Both)?

It has been a while since we’ve done an ask the readers post, so we’d love to hear from you on this one.

Does your website exist simply to make money or are you working to create something that matters?

Obviously the two options aren’t mutually exclusive. Also, the definition of “what matters” is up to you.

If you can’t think of your answer, think about it this way: When you first started out blogging or creating your website, what was the main driving force? We’d love to here your answers in the comments below this post. Continue reading Ask the Readers: Do You Blog to Make Money or to Make Meaning (or Both)?

6 More Priceless Lessons You Can Learn From My First Year of Blogging

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As we rolled into 2012, my main blog Pocket Changed turned one year old. (No, there wasn’t a party or even a solitary candle on a cupcake.)

In honor of the first year, I looked back at 14 Lessons I Learned From Blogging, but a few weeks later I’ve realized there are even more lessons that I didn’t cover in that post that shouldn’t go unshared.

This post will add six more key lessons and delve deeper into the what you can learn from the last 13 months I’ve spent blogging.

Let’s jump right in.

1. If you genuinely help others, they will help you.

This lesson was brought up by Jeffrey Trull in the comments of the previous post and it is definitely true. When you are just getting started with your blog it is easy to publish something that you think is sliced bread reincarnate, hop up on your social media soapbox, and pray that people will start to listen.

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Amazing Case Study: How Sarai Mitnick Attracts 380k Pageviews a Month and Built a Business Around a Sewing Blog

A common misconception is that you can only make money blogging when you write about blogging or making money online. We disagree.

We’ve featured bloggers who use blogs that matter to do some incredible things:

(If you know of any other amazing stories of people that have used blogs to make a living, email us and let us know. We love featuring people that are doing amazing things because of their blogs.)

Today we’re happy to interview Sarai Minick from the sewing pattern company Colette Patterns. Sarai uses her blog as a platform to share her expertise on sewing, give people free patterns, and grow the audience for her sewing pattern store.

In this interview you’ll find out how you can create a valuable product, give away great content to get traffic, and convert that to sales. No tricks, no shortcuts. It just works. Continue reading Amazing Case Study: How Sarai Mitnick Attracts 380k Pageviews a Month and Built a Business Around a Sewing Blog

How to Be a Better Writer & Get a Book Deal Without Trying (with Jeff Goins)

We just recently stumbled across Jeff Goins, who blogs at Goins, Writer, and were impressed by how many big name people read and share his work.

Then we heard he got 1,000 subscribers to his blog during the week he launched The Writer’s Manifesto earlier this year. Then we saw that he was also just featured as one of the top 10 blogs for writers by Write to Done.

We knew we wanted to hear from him about his multi-year journey towards his “overnight success”.

In this video interview you’ll learn how to get a book deal without writing a proposal, why first drafts are always bad, and why you need to focus on becoming a better writer.

Continue reading How to Be a Better Writer & Get a Book Deal Without Trying (with Jeff Goins)

Best of Think Traffic 2011

2011 was a big year for us at Think Traffic. We launched Traffic School, the Hustle Project, the Million Dollar Blog Project, and Expert Enough.

Over 640,000 people visited our sites this year.

To start off the new year we thought we’d highlight some of the most popular and insanely useful content from 2011.

Let us know in the comments if you have any ideas for content you’d like to see in 2012.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 posts on Think Traffic in 2011.

1. 21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success

The most popular post last year, both in traffic and in social media shares, was this quick action post inspired by Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt. Twenty-one different steps that will only take from between 5 and 90 minutes to complete.

If you complete them all you’ll be well on your way to having a successful blog. Continue reading Best of Think Traffic 2011