Best Blog Posts January 2017

january 2017 reading list

We’re back with another installment of the Red Pill Reading list.

This list has evolved over the past years as my own interests evolved. Hopefully, you still find these suggestions interesting and helpful.

Once again, there’s a clear focus on business and making money. If you build websites – or you’re wanting to start in 2017 – definitely pay attention to these suggestions.

9 Reasons to Look at Website Auction Sites – Jamie McSloy

This is a cool little trick I’ve been using for a while now.

Website auction sites are great because you can see exactly what type of websites are making money.

If you see tons of niche sites in XYZ niche bringing in over $1000 per month, you should consider entering that niche.

Also, seeing the amount of money you can earn with fairly simple sites is incredibly motivating. You might think making $500 per month is hardly worth all the effort, but remember that the same site could be sold for $10000 or more.

Seeing the earnings multiples has completely changed the way I think about online businesses.

6 Reasons Not to Become a Programmer – Maverick Traveler

“Just learn to code and become a programmer! Those are always in demand.”

Crappy advice like this – usually from people who haven’t done it themselves – gets thrown around a lot.

The truth is, there is no perfect job or career. Everything has upsides and downsides – and yes, that includes building your own websites for a living.

James worked in Sillicon Valley and can tell you about it firsthand. If you’re considering entering that job market, you have to give this a read.

It doesn’t just apply to Sillicon Valley though. I think you can draw parallels to most industries…

Bottom line: Develop your own skills and learn how to leverage them for profit in your own business.

You might have to work a job to get there and that’s OK. Working for yourself should be the end-goal.

How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever – Empire Flippers

Ah, yes. The classic end of the year post…

To be fair, this one’s really good. That’s why I’m including it in this reading list.

Makes this the only “New Year’s post” that you read.

A lot of people hate on the resolutions. And for good reason, if you need an outside event to get you started on the right track, it’s unlikely that you’ll stick to your plans.

However, the best time to start is always NOW.

If you’re reading this, it’s probably the beginning of January. So if you haven’t started working towards your goals – whether they be related to fitness, wealth or relationships – use the January effect to start now.

Manage Your Information Flow – Mikael Syding

I’ve been reading a lot of Mikael’s old posts recently.

They are all excellent and definitely worth a read if you’re into finance.

I chose the post above because it literally applies to everyone. You need to think about where you get your information from.

Simply reading a lot isn’t the right way to go forward. You need to read with a clear target in mind.

This is also the topic of one of my first daily newsletters. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here.

Why You’re Affiliate Site Isn’t Ranking – Charles Floate

This is a great post about ranking in Google.

Many people – and I’ve been guilty of this in the past – put out niche sites that look like crap.

Just put in a little effort and you’ll be rewarded in the long run.

Google does take note of how well people react to your site. You want to make the user experience as good as possible.

This post isn’t a beginner’s guide to niche sites, but rather a reminder for those already building their websites.

Case Study: Building an Authority Site From Scratch – CloudLiving

Here’s an old case study I stumbled upon.

The updates are short, but there is a nugget of golden information in every one of them.

I found it particularly interesting because he’s outsourced large parts of the process.

That’s something I’ve been working on and will continue to do so in 2017.

Learn how to make money online first. Then, leverage your unique knowledge into a process that you can outsource.

Closing Thoughts

2016 was an amazing year for me. I’d like to thank all of you for making this possible.

I’ve somehow stumbled into mediocre success online. Now, I want to give back to all of my readers.

If you have questions about niche sites, just drop me an email or leave a comment.

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Until next time,

James