It's already mid-June! The first half of 2021 has flown by.
I look at where I had wanted to be at this point and I've hit some goals, but also missed some. My illness took me out of the game for a few weeks the last couple of months and I'm just starting to get back into a flow. It's hard when getting derailed, but all I can do is get back on the saddle and keep going.
The good thing about building niche sites and passive income is that even though there hasn't been as many new site updates, I'm still earning money from the sites.
That's something that we all have to look forward to. If you ever need to take time off, you can. Get away for a week or two. You'll know that your sites will still be earning you money while you're getting some well-deserved R&R.
Keep writing. Keep publishing. Keep growing.
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Income Reports for May 2021
Alex at WP Eagle sold his public case study for $70K - BESTROOFBOX.com. He shares his final update on the site along with the details of the sale.
Other May income reports that I saw out there:
- Jon Dykstra - Fat Stacks
- Ron Stefanski - One Hour Professor
- Chris - Niche Safari
- Carl Broadbent
- Shaun Marrs
- Tortoise Cash Flow
I need to catch up on my income reports. Still have April and May to do.
Best Rank Trackers: Choosing the Right One for You
Ahrefs takes a look at rank tracking, how to choose the best rank tracker, and how to use a rank tracker to improve SEO.
It's obvious they're going to look at the advantages of what Ahrefs has to offer, but it's a good look at how what rank trackers can do.
I currently use Brand Overflow for my main rank tracking, but do have Ahrefs too. I mainly use Ahrefs to see new keywords I'm ranking for.
Brand Overflow gives me the daily rankings for all my keywords plus other features, while Ahrefs doesn't update all the keywords daily. BO also has some great keyword research tools for a young and lower-priced platform at the moment. If you're on a budget, SerpRobot is the way to go.
Tools and Resources
Exclusive Offers and Deals
Hockeystack - Google Analytics and Hotjar alternative. Actionable Site Analytics and Insights. Deal ends in 6 Days.
Attention Insight - See Heatmaps for your site and graphic designs. Increase conversions by drawing your visitors' attention where you want it. Deal ends in 2 Days.
Acadle - Create your own online courses in this lifetime deal.
Flowlu - Project and customer management platform. Deal Ends in 2 Days.
Nifty - This is the project management platform that I use. A nice combination of Trello and Asana, along with private and team chat areas. Has Zoom integration if you prefer video chatting. Also love their Google Docs and Sheets integration.
22 Top Hotel Affiliate Programs In 2021: Get Paid To Travel!
As people in some parts of the world are starting to make some travel plans, Niche Pursuits released an article with 22 hotel affiliate programs for travel bloggers.
If you're in the travel niche, you'll want to check this article out to see if there are better affiliate programs out there for you.
10+ Best SEO Tools in 2021 DON’T BUY Until You Read This Guide
Ron Stefanski's list of the 10 Best SEO Tools, Paid and Free. It's a good list, but I don't use everything he does.
For my list of Free and Paid tools, check out my SEO and Content Tools page.
What Are Outbound Links? Why Are They Important? And How Do They Work?
When it comes to links, the majority of the time is spent on talking about backlinks / inbound links. But don't forget about the outbound links that you're putting on your sites.
Outbound links also carry weight and are just as important for user experience and SEO. Bruce Clay gets into why outbound links are important, how they work, and his top tips.
Google Search Central Unconference
Google's 2nd Search Central Unconference with discussions, panels, and interactive sessions.
There aren't any presenters in the Unconference, so it'll be more interactive with attendees. Googlers and Product Experts will lead the sessions.
Spots are limited, so you'll want to apply ASAP if you want to get in.
The 100% Free Tech SEO (+Beyond) Site Audit Checklist
Moz put out a SEO audit checklist using Free tools or free versions of tools. It's an exhaustive checklist.
Learn the tools and tactics you'll need to pinpoint technical issues on your site and turn them into wins for your users and your rankings with this free checklist from Moz.
How to Promote Your Blog: 21 Strategies
Brian Dean at Backlinko gives 21 proven strategies for getting more traffic, email subscribers and social media followers from your blog.
This is a nice collation of many of the strategies out there, including ones for link building.
Case Study: How I Turned $15,811 into $908,104
Great look by Matt Diggity at a site that he acquired and grew to a sale of $625,591.
In this video, you'll find out the techniques and strategies that he used to rank, monetize, and flip the site. He also covers 10 Crucial Affiliate SEO Strategies and how to maximize a website flip.
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