Five (FREE) WordPress Plugins To Monetize Your Blog

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I’ve been a very naughty blogger recently. Not much consistency and definitely neglecting the GeeeksDoingStuff.com audience. Things have been crazy at work and between travel, new team members, getting married and the two bulldogs – this blog somehow got pushed aside. It’s not you, it’s me, I promise!

One of the projects I’ve been so busy on at work has been launching new technology for influencers. I recently wrote about why we built new technology here if you’re interested. If you’re not interested in the why, but more interested in the what, then the research I’ve been doing around ways to monetize your platforms and WordPress plugins available to bloggers, might also interest you too.

Being a WordPress blogger means we have access to all sorts of new technology, mostly for free too. WordPress plugins are by far my favourite things and there are tons to choose from – from tracking, to planning, visualizing and monetizing. All tools to help you do more as a blogger, without having to learn a single line of code. Isn’t technology grand? Many sites post about ways to Monetize your platforms, like

I decided to compile five of my favourite, most useful plugins into an infographic. If you’re a blogger, this content piece is for you. Please feel free to share!

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*Disclaimer – I do have an association to Webfluential.com for those who don’t know.

Lego is awesome

I haven’t done a blog post about Lego in a while. So here you go!

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I don’t often post videos of Skateboarding… but when i do!

Watch this live action take on Mario Kart. Created by the guys over at Corridor Digital.

Totally should have used Mario but lets not argue over the detail 😉

Watch it!

The Weapons Of Star Wars [Infographic]

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Created (believe it or not) but a company called BuddyLoans?

I don’t often post pictures of babies, but when i do…

It’s been a while since i shared some geek magic on this blog. I didn’t think my next post would be highlighting teeny tiny little babies but then some parents went and dressed their kids up like famous sci-fi heroes and cartoons. And it’s amazing.

There is a whole series of photos which can be seen here, but i’ve gone and selected the top nerd babies and curated them all in one place for you. Moms will love this, nerds will love this. Moms who are also also nerds might just claim this as the best internet discovery of 2015.

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Anchorman inspired tips to help you blog your way to the top

There are a million and one articles online that talk about how to earn money blogging. They all have the same tips, talk about the same things and usually just teach us things we already know.

The truth is. People like you and me (i’m assuming you’re a blogger if you’re reading this) didn’t start blogging because we wanted to be back link experts, banner ad salesmen or tech gurus. We had a passion for a topic, and we wanted to talk about it. A lot.

All the articles online educate us to become masters of everything in order to succeed as a blogger, and successfully monetize our audience. I don’t really agree with that thinking. My thinking aligns more with being the best you can be within your niche – and partnering with others to help you monetize your audience.

If you want to be the best and in turn earn an income from your passion, you need to be the guy that everyone wants to be friends with. And that means being genuine and on the ball with your content. It means you need to be, well, kind of a big deal.

As ridiculous as Ron Burgundy is, he mimics many traits of an internet celebrity. As influential bloggers, Tweeters, Facebookers and Instagrammers we need to stand out from the digital crowd. We need to be to the internet what Ron Burgundy is to the News Network of America.

Below are five Anchorman inspired tips to help you blog your way to the top:

 

  1. Start to think of yourself as an influencer. Brands want to work with people who can influence consumers within their target market. In order to be an influencer you need to work towards being an authority in your chosen blog category (or niche).

 

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  1. Partner with the right people. The same way that Ron Burgundy relies on Brick Tamland to deliver the weather, and Champ Kind to announce the sports results – is the same way you need to think of your blogging network. Partner with people to do the things you don’t specialize in – like monetizing your audience for example. Part of my day job is running the webfluential.com team, together we are helping influencers across the globe connect with relevant brands. Partnerships like this will allow you to spend your time doing what you do best – blogging.

 

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  1. Say what’s on your mind – even if it creates a stir. If you’re going to be a thought leader in your niche, it’s important that you speak up. If you’re a tech blogger and you think a new phone is terrible, say so. In the long run, being authentic is more important than pleasing the brands around you. Creating a stir has Ron Burgundy written all over it!

 

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  1. PR yourself. If you work hard, write great content and consider yourself a credible source within your niche – then it’s ok to let others know that you’re kind of a big deal.

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  1. Stay in shape. Ron Burgundy takes his personal fitness extremely seriously, you should take your online fitness just as seriously. Know who the other bloggers are, know where the best information comes from, research and write weekly. Stay in shape, on the internet!

 

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As bloggers, we focus on a growing a community around something we’re interested in. We need to start thinking of ourselves more like brands. Brands that need marketing, tech support and other things to help them rise to the top.

Even though Ron Burgundy wears incredible suits, throws the best parties and is always on top of his game. Without the rest of the Channel 4 news team he wouldn’t even have a news show.

 

#FACT.

Tips from Tyson on how your pup can be the next ambassadoggy!

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So, the guys over at M-Net Movies Family are running a competition to find South Africa’s most fancy dog. When i first heard about this competition i was confused to be honest – because we all know that my Bulldog Tyson is the king of being fabulous. Right?

Apparently not. Apparently there are more fancy dogs out there. Say WHAT!?

Then i though to myself, maybe this is the perfect opportunity to let another dog shine, a chance for Tyson to inspire other dogs around South Africa. To take some of those positive vibes from M-Net Movies Family and share them with you and your furry friends. I got Tyson to share a few tips below, for those of you looking to enter the M-Net Movies Ambassadoggy competition.

1. It doesn’t matter where you go, what matters is that you go there in a convertible.

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2. As an English Bulldog, sometimes you have to work a little harder to blend into SA.

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3. If you’re struggling to blend in, try a disguise. Possibly an Engrish Bulldog?

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4. If you (as a dog) get invited to a kids party you should hide!

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5. Not hiding leads to this…

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6. Claim any bed, bought for any animal in the house, no matter the size.

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7. Because after a day of crime fighting, you’ll need it!

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It’s no secret how much I love my bulldog, none at all.

But what this campaign has taught me is that there are other crazy dog people, just like me, out there in SA!

Don’t believe me? Check out this video made by Derick Watts and the Sunday Blues. This marked the launch of the ambassadoggy campaign.

 

So if you have a dog that has what it takes to be adorable, entertaining and adventurous, help him or her become an Ambassadoggy! M-Net Movies wants to see your pooch showing off its personality to stand a chance to be the face of M-Net Movies Family. The contest gives your dog the opportunity of a lifetime, not to mention the unbelievable prizes up for grabs for you. Whilst you walk your doggy along the path of fame, you could win big! A flat screen TV, a DStv Explora decoder and a pampering voucher for your pooch. The runner up will win a DStv Explora decoder.

Having an awesome dog is something I’m no stranger to, obviously, and I am so keen to see how other dogs handle the spotlight. As a member of the judging panel, we have the enviable task of going through all of the entries and narrowing them down to our top five. After we have a top five, the public gets a chance to get in on the action by voting who they think is the cutest, smartest and most entertaining furry best friend to be the face of the channel.

So what are you waiting for? Enter your dog here and prepare to be the proud owner of a real life ambassadoggy!

The grand prize winner will be announced on 27 May 2015, and be required to be available for a session with the Puparazzi and to sign pawtographs from the following week.

Follow @mnetmovies on Twitter for all the scoop.

Top 3 tech trends marketers should watch in 2015… thanks @Google!

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How much are our favourite social Superheroes Tweets worth?

Being a celebrity geek isn’t easy. Being a social Superhero is even harder. Some of our favourite TV, Movie and internet friends have incredible Twitter accounts. Even though us, as fans, are particularly hard on our online Superheroes. Watching their every Tweet. Waiting for something to pounce on. I guess it’s the price you pay to be an internet hero hey?

The question is, how much would people actually pay. I was messing around online last night and decided to compare some of our favourite geek profiles on the Webfluential Influence Estimator. If you’re reading this blog i’m sure you know the likes of Will Wheaton, Batman himself, Stan Lee, The Mary Sue and even Tony Stark.

Lets run a little comparison and see what the price of social superhero life really is?

1. A Tweet from The Batman – @TheBatman

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2. A Tweet from The Mary Sue – @TheMarySue

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3. A Tweet from Will Wheaton – @WilW

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4.  A Tweet from Stan Lee – @TheRealStanLee

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5.  A Tweet from Dr Sheldon Cooper – @TheRealSheldonC

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6.  A Tweet from Darth Vader – @DarthVader

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7.  A Tweet from Bender (from Futurama) – @Bender

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8.  A Tweet from Frodo Baggins – @FrodoBaggins

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9.  A Tweet from The Joker – @The_J0KER

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10.  A Tweet from Tony Stark – @Iron_Man

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Stan Lee and Will Wheaton are cleaning up. Guess thats the value of being the real person behind the Twitter account.

You can estimate your own value by visiting Webfluential.com and using the estimator tool.

Technology makes for good internet hey 😉

#StartOver with @22seven

This is an interesting campaign [sponsored]. Coming from a brand i’ve been watching over the last few months grow from strength to strength. Highlighting two things that get all of us excited: money and technology!

You might have seen the Tweets yesterday talking about the big SORRY in the sky. People all over JHB were talking about this…

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What you might have missed is why.

Apparently your hard earned cash-dollas want to say sorry. Money itself makes the first move and asks South Africans to accept its apology and rekindle their relationships and #startover with the help of 22seven.

I was sent this letter myself from 22seven just yesterday as well.

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The amount of young people i see and know carrying immense debt at a young age scares me. And not student loan debt. Living beyond your means debt. I grew up in a family riddled with debt. My parents were not stupid, nor were they irresponsible. They just never had a financial education about the real life consequences of debt. I’m always been tight with my money, and i think that mentality is based on a fear of debt.

And that is why i feel financial education is important, to teach people the bad and the good about money. 22seven is a money management tool that helps you do more with your money. It helps you to clearly understand where your money is, in easily understandable graphs and visuals.

It’s a very cool app. Whether or not you feel you need help managing your money i recommend you have a look around. If not just to explore the tech behind it!

CLICK HERE to learn more about it.