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My 2018 Year in Review (Successes and Failures) + My Plans for 2019

And just like that, another year has gone by. And lucky for me, 2018 was quite a good year business-wise.

The December festive season is always a good time to reflect on the previous 12 months and to look ahead and start planning for the next 12 months.

And that’s what I am doing in this personal 2018 year in review. I am sharing my wins AND fails, and I will also be revealing my plans for the coming year.

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Should You Start a Blog? 8 Important Things to Keep in Mind

Not too long ago, blogging was a bit like maintaining on online diary. Bloggers would write stories about their daily lives and share them with their friends and relatives.

But over the years, blogging has turned into a real industry. An industry where money is to be spent and earned.

Driven by the many inspiring stories of bloggers making money online and enjoying the digital nomad lifestyle, lots of people have tried to get a piece of that blogging pie.

But starting and growing a blog is not as easy as some may think. And in a way that’s a good thing, because only the best blogs and websites will survive.

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How to Choose a Good Blog Name (And Not Regret It)

One of the most important steps in starting a new WordPress blog is choosing a good blog name. Far too often, new bloggers pick a random name too quickly, register a domain and start publishing content. Only to find out months, or even years, later that their chosen blog name is not the right one.

There can be various reasons why, in hindsight, a blog name needs to be changed. Perhaps the blog name doesn’t reflect the niche you’re in well enough. Or maybe the name is a bit awkward or simply too long and complicated for people to remember. Or worse, it could be that (part of) the name is also a registered brand or trademark.

To avoid having to deal with the enormous hassle of changing the name of your blog, you need to get it right from the start. I have personally made quite a few mistakes when choosing blog and domain names and with below tips I hope you can avoid making these same mistakes.

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Best Blogging Tools for Beginners and Pros (WordPress)

The Internet is overcrowded with blogging tools, software, resources and other goodies that are meant to support you as a blogger or digital marketer. With so many options available, it’s tough working out which ones you should use and which ones you should avoid.

While a lot of this is related to personal choice and cost, there are tools out there that just aren’t as good as others or don’t do exactly what you expected it to do. I’ve used (and paid for) many tools over the years and I now know what works for me and what doesn’t.

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How to Start a WordPress Blog (Step by Step Guide)

Friends often ask me how to start a WordPress blog properly and how to actually make money with it. The answer to that question is actually not that simple.

So I’ve decided to dedicate an article to this topic that you can use as a helpful resource in case you also want to start a WordPress blog of your own.

Running a blog for most people is not much more than a hobby. It’s a medium that you can use to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with the rest of the world.

For others, a blog is a business that requires hard work. A good quality blog that attracts targeted traffic can indeed generate a full-time income.

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