Weekly Roundup

Another week has flown past and boy was it fast. Another weekend is about to start and it feels like the last one has only just finished. When I was employed working in a joiners workshop I couldn’t wait for the weekend but now that I work for myself and enjoying what I do the weekend comes around way too fast. I still have soooooo much to do. 🙂

Still I am going to kick back a bit and do some reading I think, and talking about reading here are our five best articles on the web this week (or ones we have read this week 🙂 )

But just before I get into the list I want to quickly say that if you missed yesterday’s post please take a read of it now “Win Lifetime Membership To The Hive! GIVEAWAY”  We are giving away 3 lifetime memberships to the Hive worth $399.99 each so if you want to learn how to build a website, manage social media better and a whole lot more please enter our fantastic competition HERE. The closing date is 8th February which is two weeks from now, good luck folks.

Ok so let’s get right into it.

How 3 Guys Made $10,000,000 Last Year Without A Single Backlink

I do love a headline that gets your attention, I also love an article that stops you in your tracks and gets you thinking. This is exactly what this article does, Glen Allsopp of ViperChill fame has interviewed the 3 men behind the StackThatMoney forum who made an impressive $10 million last year without using any SEO.

These guys are paid advertising specialists and they are still very young, reading their background stories, their failures and euphoria moments is truly inspiring! Pop over and take a read of this badboy of an article. Trust me when I say you will need a brew, not just for while you read but for the several hours of thinking and contemplation that this article will evoke.

Niche Site Duel 2.5.0 – An Update on FoodTruckr (After 2 Months!)

I love Pat Flynn, if you do not know who he is let me quickly tell you that he is a blogging legend, a very transparent and open fella who is also a very nice guy.  His blog is similar to Glen’s ViperChill site where he will tell you stuff that works or doesn’t work in epic length posts. He does not scrimp on information as you will see when you watch or listen to his videos and podcasts.

In this post Pat gives us an update on how his new website is doing after two months since its inception. Pat has started a website in the food truck niche and he is recording its progress as he goes along in a kind of ‘learn as we go along case study’ This post is full of useful information and ideas too. Who would have thought a podcast about food trucks would be so popular? Well I guess Pat did! 🙂

How to Create and use Custom Page Template in WordPress to Create a Sales Page

This post was put forward by one of our more technical minded bees Mizanur and I am happy to say that he is on the road to a full recovery after his horrific accident last year as well as becoming a dad, so big welcome back and congratulations to you Mizanur.

This post is for those who are more technically minded and do not mind tinkering around with the WordPress coding. This article will show you how to create a useable page template without sidebars ideal for those all-important sales pages.

For those who are not really up on WordPress it might seem a bit complicated but read it and you will see that WordPress really isn’t as big or scary as you might think. We all once thought it was frightening but now we duck in and out of WordPress with no problems.

You can do it too, remember we have a full video course on WordPress in the Hive so if you want to master WordPress we are giving away 3 life time memberships HERE.

So You Think You Know How to Write a WordPress Theme?

Sticking with the technical and WordPress side of things we have another post put forward by Mizanur our WordPress developing specialist. This post on the SitePoint.com website is written by Kerry Butters and talks about the things you need to know before you even attempt to start writing the code.

With over 65 million websites now using WordPress which is an impressive 52% of the world market being able to create your own WordPress themes to sell is a great way to make money. This great article is like a ‘before you start’ check list all potential WordPress theme developers should read.

Key Points To Take Away From Matt Cutts Recent Post On Guest Blogging For SEO

The last post of the week comes from one of our close blogging friends. Fabrizio Van Marciano over at his excellent blog Magnet4Marketing.com. In this post Fabrizio discusses the latest SEO announcement by Google’s head of spam Matt Cutts about guest blogging.

Google are planning to tackle the amount of bad and poor guest blogging that has been happening recently for the SEO method of generating backlinks. Google does not allow the exchange of links to simply manipulate their search results and since the recent Google updates more and more people have been forced to generate links by doing guest blogging.

Unfortunately this has led to a lot of low quality content being offered in exchange for a backlink. Google are going to tackle this head on and Fabrizio has some strong advice to help you make the right decision when it comes to accepting guest posts for your site.

So that is it for this week, 5 very interesting articles covering several different topics.

But Before You go: This week I wanted to bring back the fun wildcard post and share this with you.

An artist in San Francisco called Andres Amador does some seriously amazing beach art with just a rake. The pictures are unbelievable, you have to see them. That is all I will say. 🙂 You can see more of those images by clicking the link below.

A Man Takes A Single Rake to The Beach. And When You Zoom Out And See It… Mind BLOWN.

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