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Why Choose WordPress Over Other Blogging Platforms?



Let’s get one thing straight first: WordPress is more than just a blogging platform. It’s the best way to create an explosive website that really gets your message across. 

The fact that WordPress runs 50-60% of the world’s CMS market can attest to that. 

Of course, there are lots of other web and blogging platforms out there that you can choose from. However, choosing a blogging platform that doesn’t fit your needs is among the worst mistakes bloggers should avoid. 

Still, if you’re still torn on whether or not starting a WordPress blog is something you want to get into right now, allow us to make the choice easier for you. 

Here are our top reasons for choosing WordPress:

1. It’s designed explicitly for publishing

WordPress can handle your whole publishing workflow. Yes, right from your first draft all the way until when you’re ready to publish. 

The distraction-free writing platform also automatically saves your work and allows you to go back to previous versions of your content with a click of a button. 

It’s also very convenient how you can preview your posts to see exactly how they should appear upon publishing. 

 Speaking of publishing, you can choose to publish immediately or you can set it to do so at a later time of your choice. 

2. It’s simple and easy to use

Whatever the reason, may it be business or personal, I’m guessing you want to start a blog because you love to write. WordPress allows you to do just that. 

You want to write? Write away!

You need to upload an image or file? Drag and drop or upload via a link. 

As easy as that.

No need to be a coding expert to get the best of the platform. It’s simple, straightforward, and lets you do what a writer’s got to do without having to worry about anything else. 

Unless you want to that is. 

Because then, it’s also customizable with apps and plugins of your choice straight from WordPress’s plugin directory. 

WordPress’s flexibility is one of the things that makes it the top CRM of today. 

3. Top-notch security

WordPress is well known for its excellent security features. You get password protection various levels. 

Examples of what you can do are: 

  • Protect individual posts
  • Protect specific parts of your content
  • Restrict access privileges for anyone else except your choice of members, authors or registered users

It goes without saying that security should be considered as one of the fundamentals of blogging. Especially if you want to get into it as a profession. 

Why, you say? Because you don’t want to lose everything and start from scratch again if ever your blog goes kaput due to malware and other security problems. 

Stable as a web and blogging platform, vulnerabilities in the system are quickly discovered and given solutions as soon as they are found. That’s easy enough to do when you have millions of members in your user base. 

Thousand of skilled users and hundreds of expert web developers who back and support WordPress collaborate with the company to arrive at solid resolutions to recently revealed issues and vulnerabilities. 

These are then programmed into the updates that WordPress rolls out every 3-4 months, regular as clockwork. 

4. Top-of-the-line Search Engine Optimization

By and of itself, WordPress is already an excellent platform for SEO. Compared to every other CMS out there, it’s the best at indexing every single page you create.

WordPress also converts your titles and pages into search engine friendly URLs. 

Although there are a lot of SEO resources for bloggers available on the web, another good thing about WordPress is that you can also get optimum help from search engine optimization plugins. 

Yoast, for example, has been rated 5 stars by more than 16,000 users. It’s the most downloaded SEO plugin on WordPress’s directory. 

With over 5 million active installs, it tops the next plugin on the list by 2 million. That’s a massive number of satisfied users who rely on Yoast’s search engine optimization capabilities. 

As a matter of fact, almost every kind of tool you need, including online marketing tools, is available on WordPress’s directory. 

5. Wider Social Media Reach

For easy sharing of your blog posts to social networking sites, Publicize is one of the most workable among the WordPress’s social tools. 

Tasks such as using Facebook to increase your blog traffic or Twitter to share captivating excerpts from your posts come quick and easy with Publicize. 

In addition to that, there are also a lot of plugins you can choose from that will make it easier to power up your social media presence via your blog. 

Wrapping Things Up

This could easily turn into a much longer list when it comes to reasons to choose WordPress. 

Among them are the awesome design options, flexibility and expandability and impressive ease of access. Using this platform, you can effortlessly create ways to increase email subscribers and grow your email list. 

These, in addition to the above-mentioned reasons, are why you should start blogging using WordPress. 

Experience the convenience that millions of WordPress subscribers enjoy. Make it yours too. Be the blogger that you were meant to be. Let WordPress handle the rest.

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Kevin is a full-time digital marketer and business coach. As a retired marine, he devotes his time helping business owners succeed online.

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1 Successful Blogger Assumption that Needs to Go



I see a lot of bloggers who make excuses as to why they fail.

Some outside condition or circumstance holds sway over these folks.

But even worse; said bloggers tend to say successful bloggers did not have to face any hardship or traumatic circumstances on their way to becoming established, pro bloggers.

I cannot tell a lie; I made a similar assumption as a new blogger. I believed millionaire bloggers took an easy journey while bum me had to face obstacles millionaires never had to face.

I discuss why you need to let this assumption go to build a successful blog:

OK guys.

I live a dream life.

Spending months or years in places like Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica, I have seen some of the most spectacular places on earth.

But I faced many obstacles along the way. I ran into financial hardships. OK; let me rephrase that. I lost all of my money LOL! I also had a difficult time with family at points during my blogging journey, some of whom questioned my decisions.

Blogging confused me. Being an entrepreneur baffled me. I became terribly frustrated with my blogging trajectory a few times during my blogging career.

My mom has suffered through a terminal illness while I built my blog. I battled depression earlier during my blogging career.

But here I am. Blogging From Paradise.

Established, pro bloggers usually face and embrace far more difficult obstacles on our blogging journey. Doing so makes us more fearless which helps us grow like a weed while most bloggers feel weighed down by fear, doubt and anxiety.

I can almost guarantee you that assuming successful bloggers had an easy, bump-free, smooth journey is a root cause of your blogging struggles. Even if you succeed on some level you stunt your blogging growth by assuming successful bloggers had it easy while you have it much harder.

Not true, guys.

Diving deeper into obstacles and strong fears, you begin to see why nudging into these energies feels highly unpleasant but also helps you develop a type of fearlessness. Being more fearless than the average blogger helps you create prolifically, build new connections and most of all, you avoid panicking and being shaken out when your blogging results don’t seem to be growing too much.

My life became easier after I nudged into deep blogging and life fears because after these unpleasant but brief experiences, I no longer feared burning out, being criticized or failing. Letting go those 3 chief fears made me work more persistently, more energized and more focused than most bloggers, promoting my success.

Excuses Are For Losers

Excuses are for losers. If you make excuses that you cannot succeed because you face difficult obstacles that top bloggers did not have to face, you only hurt yourself because the statement is untrue.

You lose traffic and profits because you don’t do the uncomfortable but freeing things successful bloggers do to succeed.

Guys; this journey is fun and quite fascinating. Sometimes this blogging journey feels scary. Move forward through scary moments. Do not make excuses. Do not explain away your struggles and failures because you assume successful bloggers would not have succeeded if they did not face the same struggles, because this assumption is untrue.

You probably have yet to face the really deep, scary fears we all need to face before gaining blogging success so release your excuses, move forward based on your passion, be generous, open and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

Blogging gets easier if you cease making excuses and start getting things done.

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Why Bloggers Need to Start Paying More Attention to Your Pay Stubs



It’s payday, and you’re ready to go out and celebrate with your coworkers, friends, and family. For bloggers and internet marketers, the concept of a ‘paycheck’ might be something totally new — or something they actually issue to themselves on a monthly basis. However, even for those in the workplace, fewer people are getting actual paychecks and paystubs, as automation is now key.

If you’re asking, “What is a pay stub?,” then congratulations on getting paid via direct deposit. As of 2016, 82 percent of American workers received their paychecks that way.

With direct deposit, you only have to check your bank account to make sure the money was credited. You should still receive a payroll stub from your employer, though, and you need to pay attention to it.

Read on to find out more about why paycheck stubs are important — even for bloggers.

What is Gross vs. Net Pay?

The biggest and most obvious thing displayed on a pay stub is the amount of money you made. But looking at your pay stub also allows you to figure out how you made that money.

There are two types of pay displayed on that stub: gross pay and net pay. The gross wages are the overall amount of income you earned over that pay period, regardless of if it’s biweekly or monthly.

Do you get paid hourly? If so, you would take the number of hours you worked and multiply that by your hourly rate. Both of those things should also appear on your paycheck stubs.

In the world of blogging and affiliate marketing, you might be getting paid a $100 commission on every new hosting referral made, but after taxes, you could be looking at another 30% cut in actual profit made.

As an example, let’s say a worker named Bob makes $20 an hour and worked precisely 80 hours the last two weeks. That means the “gross pay” amount on his check should be $1,600.

What if Bob has an annual salary of $50,000 instead of an hourly wage? Then he would need to divide $50,000 by the total number of paydays in the year. If he’s paid every two weeks, then that adds up to 26 annual pay periods.

Net pay is how much money you’re actually going to see in your bank account after various deductions get applied. Those deductions can include things like taxes, health insurance, and your 401(k).

Employer Contributions

When looking at your payroll stub, you’ll also see a space for something called “Employer Contributions.” What does that mean?

If you work a full-time job with benefits, then your employer pays for a significant portion of your health insurance. You might pay $50 every two weeks, but your employee might pay the other $100. This will be on your stub as “health insurance” or maybe “medical.”

If you’re lucky enough to work at a company that provides 401(k) matching for your retirement, then that will be under “Employer Contributions” as well.

Generating pay stubs used to be more complicated, but nowadays, companies can use an online pay stub generator. It may take a while to create a pay stub for everyone in the building, but the actual process isn’t nearly as arduous as it could be.

Most Bloggers Will Probably Ask ‘What is a Pay Stub?’

Answering the question “What is a pay stub?” is critical, but it isn’t all you’ll need to do to stay on top of your finances. More often then not, pay stubs are still being used, but since we are living in an electronic age, it’s usually all happening behind the scenes.

Avoid the temptation to throw away your pay stub as soon as you look at it. Keeping your pay check records will help you look for any patterns or problems at work. It’s also the best way to provide proof of income.

Don’t forget to put some of that paycheck in a savings account, too. For more on that topic, be sure to check out our top finance and stock market blogs to follow online.

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Why All Blogging Metrics Are Vanity Metrics




Made ya look, right guys?

I did a Facebook Live Broadcast recently discussing this concept.

Check it out here:

All blogging metrics are vanity metrics because you check any blogging metrics to see how YOU are doing. Who cares? What about your readers? How are your readers doing? How are you helping your readers? How are you assisting your readers? If I see one of my videos nabbed a few hundred views I realize my video nabbed a few hundred views but this is entirely unrelated to how my readers are doing, because numbers and human beings are different concepts. Numbers are inanimate objects. Humans are humans.


I love to blog. I know how I am doing when blogging because I feel passionate about blogging. Do I need to look at a number on a screen to verify that I feel passionate about blogging? Nope. Any time I check a metric I think about how I am doing but checking numbers on a screen has nothing to do with how my readers are doing.

I serve my readers not by checking stats but by writing this guest post. I serve my readers not by checking metrics but by creating a video. I serve my readers by commenting on their blogs and by promoting my readers, not by trying to get bigger and bigger numbers after poring over metrics for minutes or hours on end.

All metrics are vanity metrics because all metrics are about you; you never check metrics to see how your readers are doing but you do check metrics to see how you are doing.

Stats Can Serve a Useful Purpose If……

….you spend a few seconds or a few minutes gauging stats, to see if you want to head in a different direction.

Emphasis on seconds or minutes, guys. Stats can be a little stopover, indicating you may need to let go an activity or maybe you need to expand an activity. Beyond those few seconds or minutes, give the rest of your attention and energy to creating helpful content and building meaningful connections.

Stats never bought my eBook so I do not check metrics. People buy my eBook so I do serve people every day, for hours a day.

Stats are all about you and service is all about other people.

Stop obsessing over how you are doing. Exit survival mode. Exit self-service mode.

Focus on other human beings. Write your next blog post. Create a video. Comment genuinely on a blog, personalizing the comment after reading the blog post. Promote another blogger on social media or via your blog. Be a servant; not a stat checker.

Develop some skills and meet a ton of people daily. That is my blogging mantra.

If you don’t focus heavily on blogging outcomes/stats and trust advice from seasoned pro bloggers you will see increasing success eventually. If you believe in yourself and help people and hone your skills through persistent practice you will succeed through your patient generosity. No need to obsess over numbers because obsessing over numbers is obsessing over yourself. Obsessing over yourself is a recipe for failure because you will run a cyber diary and sell nothing by focusing on yourself; you need to serve human beings to grow your business, not yourself.

Be patient. Be persistent. Be generous. Create and connect. Don’t obsess over stats. If you follow your passion – and you better – you know exactly how you are doing. You’re doing great! No need to verify that feeling with numbers on a screen. You’re good. Ask other folks how they are doing and serve them. Help solve their problems.

Get out of your head into a life of service.

Blogging success will be yours.

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