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Which Outbound Links Are Visitors Using To Exit Your Site?

Google Analytics doesn’t automatically track and report on which links people use to leave your site. How lame is that? When I worked for a small agency in Dallas, we had this data at our fingertips because we used log-file based analytics instead of GA. There were other upsides to Google Analytics, of course, but this one out-of-the-box feature made our SEO efforts much more potent.

Why Do You Need To Track Exit Links?

At some point, you want your efforts to generate revenue. As a blogger, you’re probably an affiliate for many brands & sites, including Amazon. But how do you know if visitors are interested in those links and products? How do you know whether your efforts are effective?

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Turn Your Blogging Vacay Into a Contest!

I hate to break it to you, but you look like you need a break. 🙂

If the idea of a break from blogging doesn’t resonate with you at the core of your being, you don’t have a pulse. Especially if you’ve been doing this full-time for more than a couple years.

Feeling a little claustrophobic? Chained to your blog? Believe it or not, you CAN get away. We all need a break from the norm. Even bloggers deserve vacations, sabbaticals, and moments of solitude. But it takes too much extra work to have posts ready to cover a vacation!

So let your readers write for you. Why should you have to work extra hard before your time off just so you can be too tired to enjoy it?

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Introduction to Aquaponics

Ever heard about Aquaponics and wondered what it’s all about? You can buy aquaponic lettuce at our local Whole Foods Market, though I doubt many customers know the difference. I got my first taste of aquaponics back in 2011, and wanted to share this introduction with you in case you’re the type of person who really wants to grow your own vegetables but have limited to no available soil for planting.

If that describes your situation, then this is for you! However, if you don’t want to read an article but really want to learn more about aquaculture, scroll down to the bottom and watch the TEDx Talk by Charlie Price on how to get more out of less with aquaponics.

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Five Ways To Monetize Your Blog

You’re going to start a blog and replace your income, right? Of course you are. And I’m going to help you do it.

But first, you gotta have a message and a reason for sharing that message. Without a clear desire, passion, interest, or mission, you’ll share a couple boring journal entries and then abandon your newborn blog just like hundreds of thousands who’ve gone before you.

That’s not you, though, right? You wouldn’t club a baby seal. And you wouldn’t birth a blog just to let it die on the vine.

Since you’re not going to make that same mistake, let’s talk about five ways to monetize a blog so you can start mapping which approach you’re going to tackle first.

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PREDICTION: A NEW ANTI-WIFI TECH INDUSTRY WILL EMERGE

Apple leads the way with non-negotiable wireless technology built into more and more of its products. Wireless charging, Bluetooth headsets, wifi file sharing, streaming everything from “The Cloud.”

As the innovator and tech brand people can’t seem to live without, Apple has continually set new standards before the market was ready to adopt. But Apple doesn’t care. Apple tells you what you want and what you need.

Remove DVD drives to make space, reduce hard drive storage space, and promote a new Cloud-based system for accessing data.

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I SWITCHED OVER TO MEDIUM THEN FEAR PARALYZED ME

Every time I get halfway through a post, this lump forms in my chest and I can’t think clearly enough to complete another sentence.

A few weeks ago, I published an article announcing my switch from WordPress to Medium. It’s not a popular move, let me tell you. Most people who blog professionally (read “makes lots of money blogging”) think I’m being foolish.

But it doesn’t matter to me whether they’re wrong or they’re right, because whether search engines rank my pages isn’t my biggest problem. No, my biggest problem is that I’ve had to wrestle with myself to get anything written.

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WHY I SWITCHED TO MEDIUM AFTER 11 YEARS OF SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS

I began my WordPress odyssey one year after Heather and I married on an island beach in the Caribbean. So when I say that I’m leaving WordPress for another CMS, a lot of emotions are involved. It’s an odd predicament, transferring my 11 year-old blog from WordPress to Medium. It feels like quitting a job in which I’ve achieved mastery in order to do something entirely fantastical and, at least in the minds of some, entirely impractical.

I want to take you briefly through the history of this site’s evolution and wrap up with some reasons why this change had potential to work.

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Why I’m Building Another Goat Tunnel And The Story You Missed

The story you haven’t heard since the last post about goat tunnels is that despite four wheels Version 1.0 wasn’t very mobile. And not knowing any better, I dragged it 50 yards through five foot tall vegetation.

A month later I couldn’t get out of bed without falling. I had severely strained multiple core muscles and couldn’t even lift my baby boy without searing pain.

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We Bought a Zoo! Or a Pod. And a Deck

Only slightly less exciting than joining Matt Damon in a California zoo adventure is building a pod on the hill behind our house. Yes, friends, though our house may be tiny, our office space is now mighty. And rather than fight for peace and quiet in our tiny house, we built a pod. And eventually a deck. And BOOM! We’re business professionals once more.

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Today We Had the Spring Water Tested

How do you know whether your spring water is safe to drink?

Before we put an offer on this property years back, we gathered water samples inside from each faucet and sent them off to be tested. It was a deciding factor in whether or not we’d consider buying.

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