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Rank #1: 15 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of TV

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Are you bored and looking for something productive to do instead of TV? Need some spare time ideas?

Watching TV has been and continues to be a favourite past time for many households. Let’s look at the statistics around this activity.

In 2017, the average US consumer spent 238 minutes daily watching TV. However, in the UK, the average is 19 hours of TV every week.

It appears that the older you get the more time is spent watching TV because the average American over 65 spends 4 hours and 20 minutes on average watching TV every day.

Here is a recent study by Neilsen and Statista that shows the average number for older adults is closer to 7 hours a day.

If the average time spent watching TV by US adults is 4 hours and 27 minutes a day it works out at 1,869 minutes a week.

This equates to over 31 hours a week. Wait, that is a whole day and 7 hours spent watching TV every single week.

In this post, we will look at a few things, what could be harmful with this activity over the long term and what you can do to be more productive.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

The Effects of TV on the Brain and Body

If the only challenge around watching TV was a matter of a loss of time alone then it would not be such a big problem.

However, according to a study conducted across 3,662 adults over 6 years, it was discovered that people who watch 3.5 hours of TV every day had a decline in verbal memory.

This decrease in verbal reasoning was as much as between 8 to 10 per cent according to Daisy Fancourt, PhD at University College London.

A study by Harvard Health found that prolonged TV viewing is associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death.

Strangely enough, watching 20 hours or more of TV was found to reduce sperm count by close to 50% in males aged 18-22 in a different study by Harvard Public Health.

The most disturbing of all is the fact that too much TV also reduces the rate of colon cancer survival based on an article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Changing a Habit is Hard

You might be thinking at this point that it is so hard to give up on TV. The fact is that you are totally correct.

Firstly, watching TV has been classed as a hidden addiction according to a study and findings in the National Center for Biotechnology.

In fact, it goes on to talk about the prevention and treatment of this addiction. One such treatment is for individuals to keep a diary of time spent watching TV.

Other types of treatments include socialising in places where there’s no access to a TV. Also, developing non-TV hobbies is mentioned as being important.

A health psychology researcher, Phillippa Lally, and her team conducted research and discovered that it takes approximately 66 days to form a new habit.

Are you willing to switch off the TV for 3 months so that you can form a new healthy and productive habit?

If you are wondering what you can do instead of TV then let’s look at a list of possibilities.

Instead of TV Activities for Adults

As a parent, I learned a long time ago that in order to help children to give up unhealthy or bad habits it makes sense to replace them.

Instead of telling your child to stop drawing on the walls you sit with them and show them how drawing on paper is more fun.

The same concept applies to us as adults. The moment we stop doing one thing there is a need to fill that gap.

You may already have a list of things that you can do instead of TV. However, here are spare-time activities if you are stuck.

1. Baking + Cooking

You have always wanted to learn to bake cakes, cookies or extravagant casseroles but you never seem to have the time.

Instead of TV grab your favourite recipe book or hop on to YouTube and focus on finding specific recipes.

If using YouTube fuels your TV habits then stick to your favourite food blogger or even a recipe app on your tablet.

These two are also great non-tv activities for couples.

2. Science Experiments

A great spare-time activity, if you are scientifically inclined, is doing experiments. There are so many hobby shops selling kits that are suitable for adults.

Of course, you need to ensure that you don’t take these experiments so far as to blow up the house.

So, if you are looking for things to do with no tv or Internet this could be a good one as the instructions come in the box.

You can even get together with friends with similar interest and make it a competition or even start your own YouTube channel.

3. Learn to Play an Instrument

This one may not be the first thing that comes to mind but it is such a productive hobby. I have been to so many places where there is a need for a musician.

Is it me or is the world more interested in instantly listening to music rather than becoming a creator?

I never thought that I would have the ability to play the guitar but I have started learning thanks to my daughter.

Believe it or not, I also performed a piece for my neighbour this past weekend. Sorry, there are no photos or videos to prove it. 🤣

4. Start a Bullet Journal

This may not sound like a very productive idea at first but bullet journaling is something that has become quite popular over the last few years.

A big secret as to why you should start a bullet journal is that you can track your life as well as your goals.

Do you have any goals that you may have wanted to achieve over the last 3-5 years but you failed?

If the answer is yes then you need to also check out my resource on how to set and achieve goals.

5. Create a Bucketlist

One of my favourite things to do is make plans for the future and check those items off the list. This is a good substitute for watching TV.

Recently, I wrote about 50 things to do before 50 and I am already surprised about how much progress I have made.

Have you ever thought about making a realistic bucket list? Did you manage to achieve many things on your list?

Check out my crazy 50th birthday bucket list here for some inspiration and motivation.

6. Plan a Menu for 30 Days

You probably think that I have gone crazy but hear me out as I explain this idea. A great way to get more time in your life is through planning.

I am always trying to find ways to save time at home and one way I did it is by creating meal plans for long periods of time.

My supermarket has a list of items every week that is on special offer which is accessible online. I would plan meals based on those offers.

Purchased these items in bulk and make an extra batch and freeze it. The week that there offers are not attractive or you are stretched for time use food from the freezer.

This will save you so much time and you also save tons of cash because you don’t need to order a takeaway meal.

7. Volunteer in Your Neighbourhood

Do you know the people in your neighbourhood? In every community across the world, there are always groups of people.

In my neighbourhood, there is a local magazine to let you know what’s happening. They have support groups for the elderly.

There is also a group for separated and divorced people and one for hikers. If you are stuck just turn up at your local community centre to learn more.

So, if you are still wondering what to do instead of watching TV, think about how you can help your neighbourhood.

8. Improve a Skill

We all have talents that were developed as a child with some new ones that came into being as a teenager.

Recently I was speaking to a friend who is a nurse and she is also a talented artist. She told me that she is too busy doing her makeup to find time to draw.

This does require a bit of self-evaluation and emotional struggles. What are those talents that you can take to another level?

9. Start a Business

Have you ever dreamt of starting a business but you were too scared? Now is a good time to revisit that dream.

You are probably thinking that starting a business is too hard. It is possible that you don’t have $20,000 lying in a bank account somewhere.

Did you know that it is possible to get started in business with very small investment?

Check out my resource that shows you how to start a business with no money in a weekend here.

10. Plan Your Retirement

At what age will you retire? Maybe you are thinking that you are way too young to consider or plan for retirement.

Did you know that 87% of the elderly living in poverty are women? I found out about this in Kim Kiyosaki’s book, It’s Rising Time.

Kim goes on to say that many women refuse to get actively involved in their financial planning for the following reasons.

  1. They have little knowledge
  2. Find the topic confusing and overwhelming
  3. They have no time

Many years ago I decided that I did not want to be part of that statistic and I started educating myself financially.

You should do the same. It does sound and even look scary at first but it can be a lot of fun.

This definitely falls into the category of things to do with no TV.

11. Become a Creative

Two years ago if you asked me to create a graphic for something I would be totally stuck.

I am not an artist at all but I decided that I needed to learn if I wanted to be a marketer.

Fast forward two years and I have created images, ebooks, cheat sheets and checklists.

You may not think that it would be possible for you but trust me. It was not easy for me but it is so worth it.

My daughter is an artist and she always says, “Better takes time”.

12. Start a Blog

Have you ever wanted to become a writer or put those thoughts from your head on paper?

It has become so easy for anyone to start a blog because the Internet has levelled the playing field.

Although a blog can lead to a business it is a less scary way to get into business and it is a brilliant career for introverts.

Check out this free resource that walks you through starting a blog in 10 days or less.

13. Meet Old Friends

When was the last time you met with friends from high school, college or old jobs? Many of us are so busy that we have no time to socialise.

If you decide to start a bullet journal this could be one of your goals for the year. High School Reunions can be quite intimidating.

However, you can meet with friends for a snack or meal and avoid those high-pressure environments altogether.

The Meet-Up website also has so many groups with special interest that you can even meet new friends this way.

14. A New Group Sport

Another cool way to re-ignite those old relationships is by getting involved in a group sport like the following.

  1. Tennis
  2. Badminton
  3. Golf
  4. Canoeing
  5. Rowing

You will be ‘killing two birds with one stone’ (not literally I love birds). You will not only kick the TV habit but also improve your health and build strong friendships.

Remember that running, cycling, walking and hiking can also be done in groups of two or more.

15. Round the World Trip

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 52 weeks? Any idea why you have not done it yet?

Many of us have these big dreams to do amazing things but we fail to execute these plans for one reason only. Lack of planning.

Planning is what makes things happen. Yes, travelling around the world cost money so start saving and mapping your route.

Stop using the kids as an excuse because as soon as they get big enough and move out you’ll find another reason why you can’t travel the world.

I was looking at the new and improved Skyscanner over the weekend and you can find flights at ridiculously low prices.

They have this new feature called ‘Mashup’ which is so cool. Now is a great time to start planning your dream trip.


You and I are given approximately 70 years of life on this earth. That equates to 3,640 weeks or 25,550 days.

If you watch 31 hours of TV every week from the age of 25 it would mean that your TV is stealing 2,340 days of your life.

In fact, 2,340 days is equal to 334 weeks or 28 months of your life. Are you really going to let 28 months of your life be dedicated to watching TV?

After all, we already spend 204,400 hours of our life in bed every night sleeping over a 70 year period.

It makes more sense to use the time you have left wisely to accomplish your purpose or develop meaningful friendships.

What is your favourite productive thing to do instead of TV?


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Sep 09 2019



Rank #2: 21 Celebrities Give Their Motivational Quotes for Work Success

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Have you ever used motivational quotes for work to help you achieve a goal or task? Do you remember which one worked best?

Thomas Edison said that success or genius is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Does this ring true for you?

In contrast, the Pareto Principle states that for many events about 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Is it possible to work smarter rather than harder so that 20% of the work you do will consistently bring us 80% results?

The path to success is riddled with memories of failure before figuring out how to overcome obstacles.

Many entrepreneurs struggle to achieve their goals every single day, week, month, quarter and year.

The truth is that if it was possible to remove all the setbacks, failures, obstacles, mental and emotional struggles from your life what is left may surprise you.

Instead of the process lasting 3, 5 or 10 years it may only take 6-12 months however the personal growth and maturity would be lacking.

In this post, you will learn why motivational quotes are important for work. Also, you will experience 21 motivational quotes for work from celebrities.

Why Motivational Quotes?

For the first time in life, I want to take a step back to get a better understanding as to why motivational quotes work so well.

I never considered it an oddity because it just seems to be something that has been in existence for a long time.

In an article on Fast Company by Gwen Moran, she with Psychologist and motivation expert Jonathan Fader revealed that not everyone is inspired by motivational quotes.

This came as a big surprise to me as I always assumed that people are inspired by quotes across the board.

Jonathan goes on to give a reason why quotes are so powerful to those that find them meaningful.

The coaching factor which applies to someone who has a mentor or a coach using a motivational quote to get them to perform.

Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law, talks about the power of language.

He believes that people have an appetite for language that is expressed in a good way. Especially when the wording is written in a memorable way.

Scott Sobel, the founder of Media & Communication Strategies Inc., talks about the Primal Aspect.

Words from leaders hold more dignity because as humans we believe that these leaders are accomplished so we should listen to them.

Motivation Quotes Boosts Performance

Do you think that motivational quotes have a direct impact on your performance? Let’s take a look at what we can learn from research.

Professor of Sport Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, Ian Maynard says that top tennis players apply this strategy (reading motivational quotes) to regain focus.

He goes on to say that most athletes worry about winning or losing, however, the one thing that they can control is their performance.

Vin Chaitanya Ganta in Motivation in the Workplace to Improve Employee Performance says that “Employee motivation has always been a central problem for leaders and managers.”

“Unmotivated employees are likely to spend little or no effort in their jobs, avoid the workplace as much as possible, exit the organisation if given the opportunity and produce low quality.”

In his book, Drive, Daniel Pink talks about motivation 3.0 which involves the use of intrinsic motivation to get employees to achieve goals.

One of the key sources of intrinsic motivation is the personal pursuit of knowledge. Motivational quotes are like tiny nuggets of knowledge that causes a thirst for excellence.

Let’s spend some time looking at these tiny nuggets of knowledge that will help as a source of intrinsic motivation.

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1. No Secrets to Success

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” Colin Powell

Colin Powell is a man that is speaking from experience and you can see this based on the roles where he served in politics and the army.

He is an American politician and is the retired four-star general of the US Army. He is also the author of 7 books including ‘It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.’

His most famous role was serving as the 65th Secretary State General under US President George W. Bush from 2001 – 2005.

2. Success Isn’t Always About Greatness

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” Dwayne Johnson

Also known as ‘The Rock’, Dwayne is an actor, producer and former wrestler. He was wrestling professionally for 8 years before becoming an actor.

If you look at his early career, he was involved in college football but he only got as far as being signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

When he did not get very far with football he decided to get into wrestling where he signed his first contract in 1996.

3. There is No Substitute for Hard Work

“There is no substitute for hard work. Never give up, Never Stop Believing, Never Stop Fighting.” Hope Hicks

A Public Relations Consultant, Hope served as the White House Communications Director from August 2018 to March 2018.

She was also the White House Director of Strategic Communications from January to September of 2017.

Prior to this Hope was a model for various publications and magazines. At one point she posed for a Ralph Lauren campaign with her older sister Mary Grace.

4. Through Hard Work and Perseverance

“Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.” Ben Carson

Looking back at the story of this Neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, it is amazing to follow his story through the years and admire his heart.

He serves as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since 2017. Before this, he was the Director of Paediatric Neurosurgery at the John Hopkins Hospital from 1984 to 2013.

In 2008, he received the highest civilian award in the US called the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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5. A Lot of Hard Work

“A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things.” Ralph Lauren

Where do I start? He is a fashion designer, philanthropist and business executive. Ralph Lauren stepped down from his role as CEO in 2015.

He remains as the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the Ralph Lauren Corporation.

I had the opportunity to purchase clothing from his collection in 2001 and 2002. They are still good and wash quite well considering their age.

6. Three Great Essentials

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are; hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense.” Thomas A. Edison

One of America’s greatest inventors and businessmen, his inventions included devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording and motion pictures.

The one invention that continues to have a real practical impact on the world is the electric light bulb.

He also established the first industrial research laboratory. He held 1,093 US patents in his name.

7. I’ve Had to Learn to Fight

“I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things work out.” Serena Williams

As a child growing up I never had a keen interest in tennis except for the few occasions when McEnroe broke his tennis racket out of rage.

That is until the Williams sisters entered as professional tennis players. Serena is a professional tennis player and was formerly the world’s number 1.

She was ranked world number 1 tennis player from 2002 until 2017. So far she has won over US$90 million in prize money for all of her professional career.

8. Your Most Important Work

“Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.” Stephen Covey

Known for his most popular book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ Stephen was an educator, author, businessman and keynote speaker.

Times magazine has named him as one of the 25 most influential people. He was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Although he was interested in sports at a young age an accident made him change his focus to academics.

He has an MBA from Harvard Business School at Harvard University and he was awarded 10 honorary doctorates.

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9. Nobody Ever Drowned

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” Ann Landers

Her real name was Esther Pauline ‘Eppie’ Lederer and she was an advice columnist and eventually became a media celebrity.

She had a column called ‘Ask Ann Landers’ that started in 1955 and ran for 47 years. The total readership of the column was 90 million people.

One of the things she did was raise the profile of medical charities. This led President Carter in 1977 to appoint her as an advisor to the Cancer Board for 6 years.

10. You Don’t Have to Be Somebody

“You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right.” Michelle Obama

Being married to the 44th President of the United States of America could be one of the toughest jobs on the planet.

However, Michelle Obama took her responsibility in stride. As a lawyer, writer and university administrator she had her fingers in many pies.

She campaigned for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating in schools while being the First Lady between 2009 and 2017.

11. We May Encounter Many Defeats

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou

As a civil rights activist, poet, singer and memoirist Maya had what can only be described as a very full and rewarding life.

She wrote a series of 7 autobiographies. Her first one is called, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. It covers the period of her life during childhood and up to the age of 17.

Maya had the privilege of working with Martin Lurther King Jr and Malcolm X. She recited her poem, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

12. It is the Ultimate Luxury

“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” Sheryl Sandberg

As a technology executive, author and billionaire Sheryl could have every reason not to be interested in the welfare of others.

However, in 2012 she was named on Times 100 annual list as one of the most influential people in the world.

Being the COO of Facebook can mean a lot of pressure for one person especially following the antitrust issues with Cambridge Analytica.

Sheryl founded the non-profit organisation called ‘Lean In’ that offers women ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.

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13. Set Realistic Goals

“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating and be consistent.” Venus Williams

As a professional tennis player, Venus was ranked number 1 three times by the Women’s Tennis Association.

She won 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles with her sister Serena Williams and reached 16 Grand Slam finals.

Her total prize money from all her winnings has reached over $US41 million and she has won 4 Olympic Gold Medals in tennis.

14. What You Get by Achieving Your Goals

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar

Author, salesman and motivational speaker, Hilary Hinton ‘Zig’ Ziglar was the 10th of twelve children.

He had every excuse on the planet to settle for less since his father died while he was still young and his younger sister died only two days after his father.

However, refusing to let circumstances decide his fate he became one of the key speakers for the National Association of Sales Education.

He was also a major sales trainer for Mary Kay Cosmetics and he was the author of 30 books. His first book, ‘See You At The Top’ got rejected 39 times before it was published in 1975.

15. Your Goals Are the Road Maps

“Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” Les Brown

Motivational speaker, author, radio DJ and former television host are the key titles associated with Leslie Calvin ‘Les’ Brown.

He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1977 to 1983 after leaving his job as a DJ at the radio station.

His struggles while young included being declared educable mentally retarded while still in grade school but he was determined to achieve his goals.

16. I Don’t Stop When I’m Tired

“I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.” Marilyn Monroe

She was an actress, model and singer. At birth, her name was Norma Jeane Mortenson but her early life before the age of 16 was spent in several foster homes.

To escape being placed in an orphanage she married her 21-year-old neighbour’s son, Jim when she was just 16.

In 1945, she signed her first contract with the Blue Book Model Agency. Although she was born a brunette Marilyn straightened her hair and dyed it blonde to make herself more employable.

Her first few months were dedicated to acting, singing and dancing classes. All this eventually paid off with the box office hit, ‘The Seven Year Itch’.

A top-billed actress for only 10 years, Marilyn’s films were able to gross $US200 million in her short film career.

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17. The Greatest Discovery of All Time

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Oprah Winfrey

As a philanthropist, actress, talk show host, media executive and television producer Oprah was not always this successful.

She was born into poverty, molested during childhood and became pregnant at the tender age of 14.

Oprah landed a job while still in high school and became co-anchor of the local evening news by the age 19.

Best known for the Oprah Winfrey Show, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2013.

She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Harvard and Duke. She has also been labelled as the first black multi-billionaire.

18. No One Has a Right

“No one has the right to consume happiness without producing it.” Helen Keller

Helen was a lecturer, author, political activist and the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She campaigned for women’s suffrage, socialism, labour rights, antimilitarism and travelled to 25 different countries giving motivational speeches about the conditions of deaf people.

The illness that left her both deaf and blind occurred when she was only 19 months old. She has 12 published books and had speech therapy to help the public understand her voice better.

19. Everyone Has Inside of Him

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” Anne Frank

The first time I encountered Anne Frank’s writings was while reading the book, ‘The Traveler’s Gift’ by Andy Andrews.

I got goosebumps and could not believe how one so young can have such profound knowledge. Anne was born in Germany from a Dutch-Jewish background.

Her name at birth was Annelies Marie Frank and she was a diarist. If you never encountered her before she is one of the most discussed victims of the Holocaust.

She because famous after her death when her writings were published in the book, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’. There were two versions of her diary.

The book documents her life while in hiding in Amsterdam from the German army between 1942 to 1944 because she lost her German citizenship in 1941.

20. There Are Basically Two Types of People

“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” Mark Twain

Personally, I find his quotes are some of the most hilarious of all time. You can feel the wit and charisma in almost everything he wrote.

His name at birth was Samuel Langhorne Clemens but he is better known by his pen name Mark Twain.

Samuel was a writer, publisher, entrepreneur, lecturer, humorist and called the father of American literature.

Two of his famous books are, ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’.

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21. A Person Who Never

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

A German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity and is best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc2

He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for the law of the photoelectric effect as it relates to the quantum theory.

During his career, he published over 300 scientific papers and received several other awards for his work including the gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Science.


As a way to summarise all that we have learned from these 21 celebrities here is a list so that you can view it at a glance.

  1. No secrets to success
  2. Success is not always about greatness
  3. There is no substitute for hard work
  4. Through hard work and perseverance, you can live your dreams
  5. A lot of hard work hidden behind nice things
  6. Three great essentials
  7. I’ve had to learn to fight
  8. Your most important work
  9. Nobody ever drowned in sweat
  10. You don’t have to be somebody
  11. We encounter many defeats
  12. It is the ultimate luxury
  13. Set realistic goals
  14. What you get by achieving goals
  15. Your goals are the road maps
  16. I don’t stop when I am tired
  17. The greatest discovery of all time
  18. No one has a right
  19. Everyone has inside of him
  20. There are basically two kinds of people
  21. A person who never made a mistake

What an amazing list of motivational quotes for work or to help you achieve goals every day of the week as well as for special projects.


Creating this took a lot longer than I expected because I am one of those people in the population who get inspired by motivational quotes.

You will notice that there are so many other popular quotes by celebrities that I have not included as I wanted to make this piece of work as succinct as possible.

A lot of time was spent choosing female influencers in the majority since this resource was created to inspire women on their journey.

Looking through the list it is so difficult to choose one that is the best above all others because depending on your journey or obstacle at that moment you will need a quote that is relevant.

What about you, did you find these quotes inspiring at all and did you make a connection with any of the authors?


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Sep 16 2019



Rank #3: 21 Insanely Practical Gifts for Bloggers to Finally Move the Needle

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Are you looking for gifts for bloggers especially the blogger that deserves to get results faster? Ever thought of buying him or her something practical?

If you or someone you know is new to blogging or you just seem to be spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out this thing called blogging, keep reading.

You look around and see many other bloggers who started the same time as you and they seem to be getting ahead quicker.

Of course, you should not really be comparing yourself with others but you only use it as a form of benchmarking.

Many bloggers continue to struggle to get the kind of results they were expecting because they prefer to re-invent the wheel rather than learn from others.

The truth is that the path to success is not necessarily straightforward simply because there are so many niches, topics, personalities and audiences.

However, there are some tools and resources that all bloggers can use in spite of their niche, passion and topic of interest.

In this post, you will be able to look at a list of tools that make perfect, practical gifts for bloggers who really want to break that glass ceiling.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

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Non-Traditional Gifts

Each time you think of a gift the first thing that normally comes to mind is something that can be wrapped inside a gift box.

When it comes to blogging this may be very different because the things that bloggers need are normally intangible.

These things are normally service related because when you think of a blog it is something online that cannot be touched.

Except in the case of a conference that is being held at a physical location many other products that bloggers need are 100% intangible.

To give you an idea these things can range from hosting to coaching to courses and even software.

There are one set of gifts for bloggers that can be classed as tangible and these are books that mainly help with mindset and personal development.

Depending on where you are in the blogging journey some gifts will appeal to you now while others would be advanced or you already passed that stage.

Gifts for Bloggers

You will notice that I have broken down these gifts for bloggers into categories in an effort to keep things organised as well as easy to find.

Here is a list of all the categories as they appear.

  • Hosting
  • Themes
  • Plugins
  • Niches
  • Blog post ideas
  • Planners
  • Keyword research
  • Images
  • Landing pages
  • Pinterest
  • Email
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Course creation
  • Podcast
  • Books

As you can see I covered a broad range of products and services that are essential to the success of your blog.

Now, let’s take a look at each category in detail as you get an insight into the best services that are available to get you the results that you need.


If you already have an established blog then this may not be of interest to you unless you are unhappy with your blog host.

For complete beginners, I would recommend this host as the best place to start and purchase your hosting through them.

It is possible that you were also looking at Bluehost as an option but before making a decision have a look at my SiteGround vs Bluehost review here.

However, if you are a more advanced blogger and you noticed that your site has become really slow over the last 6-12 months then check out these professionals. They have fast hosting for bigger blogs.


If you are justing starting your blog and you have a tiny budget you may want to start with a free theme using

Stay away from as it is not a self-hosted option and although it may seem attractive right now in a few years time it will cause you a headache.

Advanced bloggers would appreciate a theme that is more professional looking. I would recommend a fast, super lite theme like this one here.


The beauty of using a platform like is that you can use plugins to customise your blog to look and behave the way you want.

If you are a new blogger this may not be something you want to do straight away as it will take you time to get your head around WordPress.

As an advanced blogger, you will realise that you want to add functionality that will allow you the ability to add social media images or email capture forms.

One important aspect is the need to have social media images of different sizes embedded in your post to allow your readers to share your content.

The best plugin to help with this is a delicious plugin which is great for both food bloggers as well as non-food bloggers.


When it comes to blogging there are several opinions on the topic of choosing a niche or not. Some believe that focusing on a niche is important.

As a new blogger, it is so easy to choose a niche and run with it if you have a good understanding of your audience.

More advanced bloggers sometimes need to rebrand and transform their blog to focus on a different niche which can be really challenging.

No matter your situation you can take a look at how to find untapped niches here as well as learn about the most profitable blog niches using this resource.

Blog Post Ideas

Whether you are a new blogger or you have been blogging for a few years. One thing that always seems to cause stress every week or month is finding blog topics.

Depending on where you are in your blogging journey your challenge around blog topics can be different from others.

Here is a list of resources that will relieve a lot of your stress.

  1. For a big list of blog topics related to food go here
  2. If you are a lifestyle blogger then this is your resource
  3. Inspiring ways to research blog post ideas can be found here
  4. Get over 700+ blog topics across 10 niches here

It is quite stressful when every week or month you need to come up with another blog post in order to blog consistently and maintain your audience.

So, I hope that these blog post ideas will make great gifts for bloggers that you know or for you personally.


The one thing that comes in handy for every blogger is a way to plan your blog content in advance so that you are not rushing.

Once you have a big list of blog topics for one quarter or a year then you will need to place that list somewhere and starting working through it.

A great way to keep organised and still be creative is by using a blog planner.

If you need one that is flexible and can be accessed via your smartphone then this one will help.

If on the other hand, you need a physical planner with pages that you can write on and you don’t mind purchasing a new one every year then try this one.

Keyword Research

As an experienced blogger, you know how important it is to get readers to your blog consistently on autopilot.

One way to achieve this is by getting your blog to show up on Google. This is achieved by doing your research using keyword tools.

The two best tools for keyword research based on my experience depends on your level of expertise.

For beginners, I would recommend using low-cost one as it is not only good for keyword research but it is great for brainstorming niche topics.

More advanced bloggers who would like to go after more difficult key phrases should take a look at this one for pro-bloggers.


On the topic of images, you will notice that it is probably the most used resource that you need when it comes to marketing your blog.

The average blog post will need anywhere from 4-10 images when the post is first published. If you are using Pinterest for marketing then every month you will need another 2 images per post.

In reality, that is a lot of images when you get to 100 blog posts. You will need about 200 images a month.

There is the option to take your own photos at home if you have the time as well as the resources available.

You can use a good resource like this membership which starts at $25 a month. If you are on a low budget you may want to consider using images from this low-cost one instead.

Landing Pages

As you progress through your journey as a blogger you will soon come to realise that you need to create offers for your readers.

These offers cannot be done through a blog post so you will need to find a way to create landing pages.

I still remember many years ago how much I wanted to learn how to create one of those fancy looking landing pages.

The first time I did it felt like I finally arrived and it was such a big accomplishment for me.

If you are in the same situation the good news is that it is now easier than ever before to either create your own landing page from scratch or use an existing template.

The three tools that I have used and continue to use to this day are:

  1. The folks at Elementor created this which is a plugin for WordPress
  2. The one from Thrive which is also cool
  3. This one from Russell for the advanced blogger

Elementor actually has a free version which you can try out before committing to the paid version of the plugin.


Another quick way to get readers to your blog is by using the Pinterest platform to place your content in front of your potential audience.

If you are new to Pinterest there are several resources that are available for free that you can use to get started.

Here is a list of Pinterest resources for you:

  1. Grow your Pinterest Business Account
  2. Pinterest tips to get to 100,000
  3. Secrets to Pinterest SEO
  4. A review of Pinterest courses
  5. Joining Pinterest group boards
  6. Explode your Pinterest marketing
  7. Pinterest vs Facebook a detailed comparison

Of course, going through these resources one by one will take a lot of time so if you want a step by step guide from A to Z then grab this resource.


When your blog starts receiving a consistent flow of traffic you will realise that you should have set up your email marketing.

To grow an email list you will need an email marketing provider as well as a way to capture those leads.

The top three email marketing providers on the market are ConvertKit, MailChimp and AWeber. Many bloggers tend to use MailChimp but it has its disadvantages.

You can check out my review of ConvertKit vs MailChimp here. For a list of other free email marketing services go here.

If you want to create really attractive lead forms that get 1-9% conversions then check out my review of Thrive leads here.

Affiliate Marketing

As a blogger, your end goal will be to generate an income online. While there are several ways to achieve this one of the most automated options is affiliate marketing.

If you never heard about it before affiliate marketing involves placing links with your affiliate code to products or services that your readers can buy.

When you advertise someone else’s products and services and a purchase is made you get paid a commission for this service.

There are some tricks and tips to get the most out of your affiliate marketing and the two courses that I recommend are this one by Robin and Lesley and this other one by Chelsea.

What I like about both courses is that they come in at very reasonable prices that will not break the bank but you still get results.

Course Creation

At some point, you will realise that it makes sense to create a course so that you can teach others in a more effective manner.

Finding the perfect platform to deliver your course can be a bit daunting.

As someone who has been there and done that I would like to give you my recommendation.

Start by using the free version of Teachable as it is a great way to help you get your head around creating courses.

It also helps you get accustomed to mapping out the content of your course ahead of time.

After having success with that platform you can then move to Thinkific where you can get a free 30-day trial.

Feel free to check out my review of Thinkific vs Teachable here so that you can get a step by step guide about the differences.


Are you an advanced blogger thinking of creating a podcast? All I can say is go for it because ‘voice search’ is becoming more popular.

Maybe you don’t want to have a blog at all just a podcast and you have no idea where to start or what tools or resources you need.

It is actually a lot easier to create a podcast compared to creating a blog post (in my humble opinion).

Podcasting is a lot of fun because it is a brilliant way to express yourself freely and your personality is more apparent.

If this is something you want to do then check out my resource on how to start a podcast here to get started.

Also, read my podcast hosting review here so that you can choose the right podcast host.


Recently, I was reading an article where someone mentioned the fact that they liked the smell of old books.

I am on the opposite end of that experience because I like the smell of new books. The first place I go when I am in the airport or in the city centre is the bookshop.

The latest books in the business and entrepreneurship section are what intrigue me the most because I enjoy reading books on a long haul flight.

For me, books need to be practical and actionable. In the past, I read books that gave me an adrenaline rush but nothing changed after reading them.

Now, I need a return on my investment so practical business books are the ones I know will work for me. Here are my gifts for bloggers when it comes to books.

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Choosing gifts for bloggers that are your friends and family can be difficult if you don’t really know what to get them.

Hopefully, this post has made it a whole lot easier for you because it not only gives you a list of ideas but explains what each item can do for the blog.

If you are purchasing a gift for yourself it makes the task of purchasing really simple because you will know what your blog needs next.

Sometimes having a birdseye view of what is available will help you to plan your investments in a structured way so that you buy what you need for now.

The good news is that there are so many celebrations that occur during a 12-month period that it is possible to pool all monetary gifts into a lump.

You will celebrate a birthday and possibly, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, Mother’s Day and even Easter.

What has been your experience in purchasing gifts for bloggers?


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Sep 23 2019



Rank #4: 25 Slick Places to Sell Your Stuff Online and Make Money Fast

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Are you looking to sell your stuff online in a hurry? If you are a self-confessed hoarder and you need to get rid of the clutter then keep reading.

The range of stuff that can be sold online is amazing. I saw puzzles, bicycles, used smartphones, jewellery, t-shirts and even kittens.

If you are like me you are probably wondering where did all the stuff in your house come from in the first place.

Having children is such a blessing on one hand. On the other hand, it does mean having a lot of bits and pieces that attaches itself to your home uncontrollably.

Many years ago the popular thing to participate in was a car boot sale to get rid of the unnecessary items from the house.

Now, there are several local sites that allow anyone to either walk into a warehouse and sell their goods for cash or use an app to sell your stuff online.

So many people struggle with finding ways to generate emergency cash in a hurry to fulfil a need when their homes can be a great cash generator.

In this post, you will be able to learn about 25 awesome places that you can make money online by selling your stuff to people who want them.

Why Sell Your Stuff Online?

If you have ever found yourself in a situation where you need a cash injection of funds to work on a project or make an urgent purchase then you will find this useful.

One of the best ways to raise funding or a small capital for any project is by liquidating your existing assets.

In other words, you can sell your stuff online that has high commercial value or high demand in order to come up with the money.

For example, you may have valuable items that you no longer use like designer bags, accessories or clothes.

Electronics like computers, tablets, cameras, lenses and TVs also have a re-sale price tag that you can use to make money fast.

Depending on your experience this may sound a little uncomfortable to you simply because you think of terrible experiences that other people had.

The truth is that there are several platforms that will allow you to sell your stuff online from the comfort of your own home.

The good news is that it can be done without the experience of swapping goods for money with a perfect stranger.

How To Get Started

The best way to get started selling your stuff online is to make a list of items that you would like to sell.

If you have a lot of stuff you can start by putting them into categories like ceramics, clothes, electronics, soft furnishings, etc.

Decide if you would like to meet the buyer in person or if you prefer to do the complete transaction online.

Check the list of possible places that you want to sell the items and take a close look at the fine print like shipping, listing and associated fees.

For items in the designer label category, you may want to take special care when selling these items as you don’t want to be caught selling a fake.

Also, taking a return and offering a refund on these items can pose a risk as the buyer might do a swap and send you a fake version.

Some items may take longer than others to sell so when coming up with a selling price this is something you will want to consider.

Now that you are aware of possible risks let’s look at the list of available platforms to sell your stuff online.

Sell Your Stuff Online

I have put together a huge list of platforms that you can sell your stuff online almost hassle-free. In the past, the go-to places were eBay or Amazon FBA which have a lot of strict rules.

However, this list has such a wide variety that you can set up your account and have your listings go live in less than 24 hours.

Let’s take a look at the fun platforms.

1. VarageSale

It is an app that is available on iOS and Android that gives you the ability to buy and sell locally. It currently has users across Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, USA and the UK.

The worldwide phenomenon was started by Tami who calls herself the chief mom at VarageSale.

In 2012 while she was pregnant and at home on preventative leave, she discovered several communities across the world buying and selling using social media.

She decided to join the fun and discovered the process was very cumbersome and got her husband to build something better.

So, VarageSale was born as a better way to buy and sell locally online.

2. Decluttr

Their slogan is the smart way to buy and sell tech. They have apps for both iOS and Android smartphones.

When I first saw this site I was a bit apprehensive because most technology items have a limited warranty.

However, on closer investigation, they offer some amazing promises like:

  1. Free shipping on all orders
  2. A 12-month warranty that is free
  3. Over 2 million happy customers
  4. Fast next day payments

You will be blown away by all these promises. If you have any piece of technology at home that you no longer use and need then now is your chance to make a quick buck.

I still cannot believe that they buy DVDs and CDs from you.

3. Vinted

Upon hearing this name the first thing that comes to mind for me is vintage items. However, the site does offer the opportunity to sell all kinds of clothes.

It is currently available in Czechia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom and the US.

They also have apps for both iOS and Android. What is surprising is that, at the time of writing this post, they don’t charge a fee for selling on their platform.

I really like the way their site is laid out in a very organised fashion. The quality of each listing is very crisp.

4. Rebag

If you are into luxury designer handbags then you will love this next option. Upon visiting their store online you will instantly feel at home.

Their store does not feel like a 2nd hand swap shop but more like an upmarket store selling original designer handbags.

You don’t even need to find a buyer yourself. You simply need to send your previously owned designer handbag into them using their prepaid shipping label.

Of course, they have apps for both iOS and Android. Each bag goes through a white-gloved inspection and is vetted.

Once you sign up you have the opportunity to get up to $200 off your first purchase.

They even have a 6-month fling option where you can resell their bag to them for a credit of 70% of the purchase price.

I nearly fell off my chair when I noticed that they also offer financing plans (for a handbag!!).

5. ThredUP

They claim to be the largest online consignment and thrift store with a fun tagline of “secondhand clothes, firsthand fun“.

Upon first inspection, there are two things that stand out to me. There is a section where they outline a list of wanted items for the upcoming season.

The next eye-catching area is where you have the option to create a ‘goody box’ of items where they charge a $10 deposit for this service.

You will be impressed by the fact that the store is laid out by several categories.

  1. Brands – Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Free People, Madewell, Lululemon, J.Crew
  2. Sizes – Extra small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra-large, Plus
  3. Departments – Sale, Clothing, Premium, Designer, Maternity, Plus, Juniors, Shoes, Handbags, Accessories, Jewellery
  4. Price – $10, $20, $50
  5. Style – Boho, Edgy, Designer, Preppy, Casual
  6. Age – women, kids

They also offer free shipping and easy returns.

6. Apartment Therapy Marketplace

By now, you have managed to make some money for you and the family. It is time to spruce up your home with 2nd hand deals from Apartment Therapy.

I have to say that I am already impressed by the quality of the listings as it is not quite what I was expecting from a 2nd hand marketplace.

You will be happy to know that everything is listed in one of the 5 categories.

  1. Lighting
  2. Furniture
  3. Tabletop
  4. Accessories
  5. Rugs

Each photo of the item just seems to be a professional shot taken by an expert or according to specific requirements.

All items fall into two broad areas namely, ships or in-person pickup. Like many other platforms, they offer apps for both iOs and Android.

7. Chairish

If you are looking for something that is more vintage for your home then Chairish may be a great option for you.

Everything seems to be well organised with prices ranging from $10 to $49,500. I just saw a vase by Giampaolo Seguso for only $26,000 (pricey!).

I might actually pay them to keep it in the shop as I am so afraid that it will get damaged during transit.

You have the option to shop by the following categories.

  1. Price
  2. Location + Shipping
  3. Style
  4. Colour
  5. Pieces or Sets

All that’s left for you to do is to dig out those vintage pieces from your grandmother or great grandmother and see if you can top that price of $49,500.

8. Wallapop

With headquarters in Spain, Wallapop caught my attention due to the fact that it is a classifieds website selling everything including property.

Many of the listings are in Spanish while some are in English and list places for sale or rent in London.

Like many platforms, they have apps for both iOS and Android.

Although, it is very much a classifieds site the design of the site is neat.

For residents in the US, this may not be an attractive option unless you are looking for an item that is difficult to find.

9. Bookoo

Yet another intriguing option when it comes to finding a place to sell your stuff online. With a name like Bookoo, I was expecting to find lots of books.

However, the option to sell almost anything is available. The list of countries covered include:

  1. Kuwait
  2. Japan
  3. Portugal
  4. Korea
  5. Belgium
  6. Italy
  7. USA
  8. UK
  9. Germany
  10. Spain

They claim to cover over 2.6 million neighbourhoods in total. It makes me wonder what is the criteria for a place to be considered a neighbourhood.

There is a section on the right-hand side that shows you a list of the hottest searches so you can almost know if people are already searching for the items you want to sell.

When you first arrive at their site you are presented with a list of neighbourhoods rather than a list of items for sale.

You can easily pick up a 4-bed 1700 square foot house in Korea for 320,000 Yen.

10. Sell Your Stuff Online with Mercari

They seem to pride themselves in the fact that there is no need for meetups with strangers in strange places.

Just list the item and when it is sold you get a printable shipping label emailed to the seller.

You will need to pay a flat fee of 10% for each item that is sold. Insurance of $200 is included with items using their prepaid shipping.

Apps are available for both iOS and Android.

For sellers, they are very focused on your success so they actually give you a list of items that are selling like hotcakes.

They even offer a moneyback guarantee which is very interesting.

Buyers can shop by brand or by category. They even have a dedicated handmade section as well.

11. Tradesy

Another platform that is very focused on women. Tradesy has apps available for both iOS and Android.

Their tagline at the time of writing this post is, “sell what is in your closet today to buy what you crave tomorrow.”

All the prices include shipping which is great news for your buyers. They claim to offer the safest and most stylish place to buy, sell and even connect with fashionable women.

One thing I noticed that stands out about this site is that they do have a section for weddings which is awesome.

Of course, I had to head over to see what the prices were like for their dresses.

I never knew something like this existed so I must be very ignorant as I found this one size wedding dress as shown below.

They also have veils, jewellery, shoes, tablecloths and accessories.

If you are feeling too lazy to pick and pack your items for shipping they offer an in-home closet concierge service.

Tradesy charges 19.8% commission fees on transactions over $50.00. There is also a 2.9% safe transfer fee for withdrawals.

12. LetGo

At first, I thought it was a standard buy and sell used stuff classified website but upon closer inspection, Letgo also has a section for services.

It reminds me of Craigslist but a more modern version of the platform. It is very colourful and seems to be easier to use.

The images within the listings are very amateur giving this platform a very local feel.

There is even a section for free stuff with a lot of listings for paid services. Depending on what you are selling you may or may not like this platform.

13. BookScouter

Finally, a platform dedicated to books. I wished I knew about this two years ago because I gave several boxes of books to charity (they were very hesitant to take them).

You will get the best price for your books because they allow you to compare the price across 35 other vendors.

The good news is that BookScouter actually gives textbook scholarships to college students so you’ll be supporting a good cause.

They offer a recently searched high-value books list but you will need to be logged in on the pro account to gain access to this precious list.

As you can see from the above screenshot you get to see the potential price of the book from a list of vendors as well as their ratings.

14. The Real Real

The name for this consignment platform is a bit strange. I spent time scrolling through the site to figure out why they use that name.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that they work with a lot of branded items as well as fine jewellery. I am not really sure.

I must say that their jewellery section is very attractive because you get these fine items for something like 75% off the retail price.

If you want to sell your stuff online for buyers that are more interested in high-value items then this is a great option for you.

15. Carousell

With headquarters in Singapore, Carousell is a marketplace offering a consumer to consumer connection that’s available on both iOS and Android.

They offer a wide range of things including property to buy or rent, cars for sale, fashion, home furnishings, electronics, hobbies + games as well as jobs and services.

Areas served only include areas in Southeast Asia like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

16. Re-See

Their motto is to keep the best, iconic pieces of past fashion in circulation. These fashion experts will bring your beloved items back to life.

Take for example this 1991 Fall Butterfly Dress, only 4,200 Euro.

I am starting to wonder if I have any vintage pieces in my closet because I can be sitting on a fortune.

The good news is that they ship worldwide to the US and Europe with zero duties on orders which is quite attractive for buyers.

However, the process for submitting your quality item can only be done via appointment or by proposing your item via an online form.

17. Wish

I have to admit that I never knew that there was an option to sell your stuff on Wish. I always saw it as this annoying place that sold fast fashion items cheap.

So, my question is why are these items so cheap? If I were to sell something on Wish then it will obviously have to be priced quite low.

Anyway, to sell on Wish you will need to go to and sign up for free. Bearing in mind the kind of prices buyers expect from this platform.

As you can see in the example above a pair of warm winter boots is priced at 25 Euro plus an additional 7 Euro for shipping.

Have you ever purchased anything on Wish? What was your experience like?

18. Depop

Based in London, Depop also has offices in Milan and New York. They have over 13 million users in over 147 countries.

I read an article that suggests that teens are making up to $300,000 selling clothes on Depop which sounds crazy.

After downloading the app I decided to explore it to see what is available that might be of interest to me as well as to experience its features.

As you can see from the screenshot of the app you have the ability to like, bookmark and message the person selling the item.

The prices may not be as low as Wish but it certainly gives you the option to have a very engaging shopping experience.

From the point of view of the seller you actually get immediate feedback should you decide to use this platform to sell your stuff online. Depop will take a 10% cut of your sales.

A great way to do a background check on Depop is to check out their reviews on Trust Pilot here. Also, grab their sellers manual using this link.

19. Poshmark

If you ever wanted to make $1 million dollars selling clothes online then Poshmark seems to be the perfect app to sell your stuff.

Founded in 2011 by four founders, Poshmark now has over 5 million sellers on the app. They offer apps for both iOS and Android.

Sellers and buyers from the US and Canada are the only ones who can use the app.

Posh protect is available for buyers which means their payment is kept safe until they receive delivery of the order.

Sellers are given a prepaid shipping label that they can use to ship items to buyers.

20. Shpock

The name Shpock derives from the ability to shop from your pocket. It is really designed for locals buying from each other or selling to each other.

So items will need to be hand-delivered or collected in person. There is the option to ship the item with the express permission of the buyer.

When you download the app you will notice that it relies heavily on the location services of your smartphone to show you a range of products in your area.

It is free to list and sell your stuff on Shpock so they don’t charge a commission or fees for listing or selling your items.

Here is an item for sale on the Shpock app. You have the ability to also see communication between the seller and all the interested buyers.

21. 5Miles

With apps available for download on both iOS and Android, 5Miles is one of those platforms that allow you to sell your stuff locally using a twist.

They have a feature called the 5Mile Dash where participants are encouraged to bid on an item before the time expires.

So, it is quite a fast-moving sale as users would need to remain engaged in order to get their item at the desired price.

Bids are free, so you only pay if you win. There are 40 items being auctioned at once so a very high adrenaline experience for those involved.

There are over 1.5 million active users on the platform and there is a process involved to sign up as a seller.

Each item that you want to sell needs to go through an approval process before it goes live. All bids start at $1.

5Miles only seem to cater to buyers and sellers based in the US. My only concern is that the purchased items need to be done by in-person delivery in a public place.

22. Trove Market

Another great platform if you are specifically looking to sell used furniture online. Apps are available for both iOS and Android.

It has a very local focus showing you used furniture in your local area for sale. You also have the ability to list electronics and art on the platform.

Buyers can only pay cash for the items that they want to buy on Trove. Of course, items will also need to be collected from the seller.

At one point Trove did accept credit card payments online but this is something that they no longer do.

So, a very basic platform when it comes to selling your stuff online. It is only open to people in the US for now and can be found at

23. Vestiaire Collective

As you probably can already tell from the name, this platform specialises in luxury 2nd hand items for sale.

There are apps available for download on both iOS and Android so that you can sell your stuff on the go.

Similar to the folks at Tradesy, Vestiaire also offers a concierge service which offers free pickup, expert pricing and professional photography.

Hmm… I wonder what I did with that old Fendi bag? I am sure I already gave it to charity 2 years ago. 🤣

Apparently there is a curation team on hand to help optimise your product listing for you when you list the product yourself.

Prepaid shipping labels are available for over 30 countries including the UK, USA, Canada, Austria, Belgium. You can check their list of countries here.

The one thing that stands out most to me about this platform is that they cater to buyers and sellers worldwide.

Vestiaire charges what is called an authentication fee to buyers which is how they generate an income for the use of their platform. It is normally 2%.

As a seller, they charge a commission as well which is somewhere between 20% and 25%. Check out this link for more information.

On the low end, they charge GBP13 for anything priced up to GBP130 and GBP1,300.00 for anything priced over GBP6,500.00.

Buyers are also given the option to make their payment in 3 instalments using Affirm loans. It is a very sophisticated platform altogether.

24. Swappa

This platform is very similar to Decluttr in that it gives you the opportunity to sell technology items.

Two main differences stand out which are they also allow you to sell cameras and home technology which I find quite surprising.

Imagine being able to sell things like Alexa, Echo dot, Apple TV, Roku, Google Home, Nest thermostat and even your home cameras.

I suppose people move, upgrade and move on to bigger and better things. There are also those who downgrade as well.

When it comes to warranties Swappa offers protection plans via a 3rd party but only for smartphones and Macbooks.

Free shipping (or shipping is included) on all goods in their shop. There is even Paypal protection included for buyers.

Swappa is only available in the US for now which makes sense due to the differences in plugs, electric currents and power outlets globally. Sellers can choose to ship internationally.

25. Reverb

Where are my musicians? You will be happy to hear that you can finally sell that old guitar, keyboard and violin thanks to the services offered at Reverb.

I cannot show this site to my daughter or she will go crazy. She already has close to 10 instruments and they all have names and I cannot remember them all (shh!).

You would not believe it but I just saw a podcast microphone on there at such a low price, it’s ridiculous.

Okay, you are not going to believe me but this platform is global and so far you can find instruments available across 80 countries.

They also have their very own Reverb Payments and sellers can assist buyers by offering finance options using Affirm Financing but only for US residents.

There are mainly four types of fees that you can expect as a seller using the Reverb platform. These include:

  1. Selling Fee – 3.5%
  2. Payment Processing Fee
  3. Bump Fees – boost exposure to listing (nothing to do with pregnancy🤣)
  4. Reverb Shipping Label Fees

So far, this is one of the best sites I have seen when it comes to encouraging a global economy for sellers.


I really enjoyed researching and writing about these 25 platforms to sell your stuff online.

By far the best way to make $10,000 or even $100,000 just from the stuff in your house and thrift shops.

Think of all the fun you will have to find treasures and selling them only a few days later.

I did not include places like Craigslist, Amazon FBA, eBay or Facebook Marketplace because you can easily find that information elsewhere.

If you have any experience like me doing Amazon FBA you know it can be fun but the things needed to get consistent can be stressful.

So, what has been your experience to date with this kind of gig? Did you manage to sell your stuff on any of these platforms?


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Sep 30 2019



Rank #5: 21 Places to Sell Handmade Items Online to Make Money From Home

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Do you want to sell handmade items online? Are you looking for a way to make money from home using your talents?

If you are like me you probably had the opportunity to make a lot of handmade items back in school.

However, it never crossed your mind to sell handmade products to start an online business from home.

In today’s economy, it continues to surprise me the kind of things that you can make and sell online.

Many people struggle with the idea of having to go into the office 5 days a week from 9 to 5. They hope that they would stumble upon an opportunity.

Some even wonder where to sell handmade items or how to make money selling crafts.

What you need to know is that you don’t need to have a degree or special skills to make 50% of things being sold online.

Actually, the number one thing you do need is a lot of patience as well as a good sprinkling of perseverance.

The key to your success will be for you to be creative which simply means that you need to think outside of the box.

In some cases, you can even hire out the talent if there is a requirement for design.

All that is left is for you to find marketplaces where you can sell those items that you made.

In this post, you are going to be blown away by the 20+ places where you can sell your precious creations online.

How to Get Started Selling Handmade Items Online?

The one thing you need to do before deciding to sell anything online is to do your research.

Spend some time learning what is currently in demand on these handmade sellers platforms.

In order to help you with your research here is a list of items that are bestsellers on Etsy at the time of writing this post.

  • Gold plated brass cable chain
  • 10 pcs gold lobster claw clasp
  • Bridesmaid tote bags
  • Natural diamond heart ring
  • Clay varnish
  • Boho bracelets
  • T-shirts
  • Weekender tote bag
  • Body butter
  • Etsy online course
  • Honeycomb connector pendants
  • Infant beanie (hospital hat for baby)

As you can see there is a wide variety of things from items to help artists with their craft to ready-made products.

Also, head on over to Craft Count to see the top 10 Etsy sellers then click over to their profiles to get an understanding of their best selling products.

Of course, this list is not exhaustive but only a small representation to give you a flavour of what’s possible.

After completing your research you need to make a shortlist of 5-6 items that you believe that you can make or supply on a consistent basis to customers.

The next best thing is finding the best low-cost supplier of the raw material or design services that you need.

If you are like me the one thing that you will find intimidating is coming up with a selling price for your finished product.

You can take a look at this amazing, free handmade pricing calculator from Deb the founder of Tizzit here.

Marketing Your Items

One of the fastest ways to get sales when you list your items is to promote your items on social media.

Before looking at marketing though one thing that you will need to keep in mind is the presentation and images of your products.

If you don’t have great photography skills and you have a budget available then you may want to consider hiring a product photography expert.

However, if you don’t have sufficient budget available then you will need to spend time improving your existing skills and knowledge.

There are tons of product photography courses available on Udemy for as low as $15.00 so you can easily get started.

Here’s a list of items from Amazon that will help you take your product photography to the next level.

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If you decide to do print on demand products, like t-shirts, coffee mugs, phone cases, etc., then your best option will be to use mock-up services.

Some of these services include:

  1. Mockup World
  2. Behance
  3. Proto
  4. Moqups
  5. UXPin
  6. Place It
  7. Media Modifier (day ticket available)

Once you are happy with the presentation of your products then you can use a platform like Pinterest to start promoting your creations.

Remember to use a tool like Marmalead to optimise your Etsy listings for great SEO results.

Platforms to Sell Handmade Items Online

You now have a good understanding of what you need to do before choosing an online platform to sell your handmade products.

Let’s spend some time looking at all the available marketplaces in detail so that you can make a shortlist of 5-6 where your potential clients can be found.

1. Redbubble

A platform of over 700,000 creatives from all over the world making things like phone cases, shirts, pillows and stickers.

The cool feature of Redbubble is that you choose a piece of artwork that you like then you get it printed on a product that you like.

Your choice of product is then made and shipped responsibly to you as a buyer.

As a seller, this concept may seem quite weird because it is very focused on the artwork rather than the product.

2. Aftcra

This platform is focused on American handmade items. The range of things that can be sold on Aftcra includes clothing, accessories, baby items, home furnishings and paper goods.

There are no listing fees for sellers which is great news.

All the listings appear to be so neat and perfect on this platform. As a buyer, it seems to be a very attractive place to buy goods.

One thing that I noticed is that there does not seem to be any social proof like reviews or likes, etc. It is good news for new sellers.

3. Zibbet

The proposal from Zibbet is that as a seller you can list your products once and sell it across many sales channels.

It essentially helps you to keep all your products in sync so that you will not need to log in multiple times to check or update your listings.

You will need to pay $6 per month per channel and the minimum requirement is that you sign up for 2 channels.

In terms of marketplaces, they connect to Etsy, Stitch websites, the Zibbet marketplace and A.C. Moore.

I am a little bit disappointed as I expected them to have connections to at least 10 channels where you can sell your goods.

4. Uncommon Goods

Oh wow! My first impression of this site is just amazing. I am blown away because of the quality of the site and as a seller, the prices are more up my street.

If you spend time creating a quality product you would not like to charge $20 for that item which is what you can see on other sites.

It is probably one of the best places to purchase gifts that are unique and thoughtful. You can really experience the difference in quality on this site compared to many others.

For example, check out the screenshot of this item.

Do you have any idea what it is? I feel like a kid in a candy shop except I can’t have any sugar. (haha!!)

The good news is that if you pay $14.90 a year, you can get free 3-5 day shipping on all orders within the US.

How cool is that?

I am so blown away by the sheer beauty of this site that I almost forgot to mention that they have the following categories.

  • gifts
  • fun
  • home
  • kitchen + bar
  • art
  • jewellery
  • women (this category includes; mom, grandma, wives, girlfriend, teens)
  • men
  • kids

Here’s one item from the grandma section that I thought was the coolest gift ever.

My mother would have loved this one but she is no longer with us.

She was the one who always fed the birds.

However, the neighbours were annoyed because there was birds’ mess on all the cars. (hehe!!)

Oh wow!! Look what I found in the serveware section. I know one member of my family who will find this absolutely entertaining (okay, maybe 2).

By far one of the best places to sell handmade items online that is quite attractive for buyers.

5. Turning Art

If you are looking for art pieces for corporate or business clients then this platform is just the one to use.

Their tag line is, “we’ve got you and your walls covered”. This is a brilliant idea if you are a business or have a mall and you want to give that artistic feel to the interior.

What is really amazing is that they work with both local and national artists so that you can feature their work in your business place.

Isn’t that such a cool idea? You can even get the community engaged by having members of your area vote on pieces of artwork that you can use.

It is like having an experienced artist on your team who would help to keep your environment infused with inspired pieces of work.

They even kit out multi-family apartment complex buildings. Check out their Instagram account for more insight.

6. CafePress

You may have heard this name previously but CafePress has been around for a while.

It is a great platform to sell your everyday and funny items for any occasion. Prices are standard though so don’t spend too much time designing one-off pieces.

There is the option to design your own t-shirt, mug, etc. using the services available on the platform.

One aspect that I find deeply intriguing is the ability to design your own curtains and rugs. I never thought of personalised curtains before.

I guess there is a first time for everything because there is also the option to have your very own personalised pyjamas.

You need to be aware that CafePress is not a great platform for low-cost print on demand items. Unlike other platforms the less you buy the higher the price per item.

This item below was so funny that I just had to share it. (hehe!!)

7. Society6

Just when I thought that getting custom curtains was unusual here’s another platform that does normal curtains as well as shower curtains.

I am not sure how I feel about getting handmade or specially made shower curtains since they get dirty so quickly.

Would you get custom made shower curtains? Maybe I am just weird.

They offer such a wide range of goods it is crazy to think that these are all in the handmade category.

Their list of categories include:

  1. Home decor
  2. Furniture
  3. Bed and bath
  4. Tabletop
  5. Office
  6. Tech
  7. Apparel + bags
  8. Outdoor + lifestyle

I headed over to tech because I was curious (who isn’t) to see what they had on offer. There was a range of laptop, phone and tablet cases and skins.

In the office section, there were acrylic trays, notebooks and stationery cards. I saw this one and I thought it was cute. They even have stickers with the same design.

8. Ruby Lane

I saw the name, Ruby Lane, and I had no idea what they could possibly be selling compared to other platforms.

They offer antique dolls, art, vintage and jewellery items. Now, when I say antique think of pearls and old chinaware.

As a child growing up I saw a few of these around people’s homes. I never imagined that these things would be so valuable today.

The saying goes that hindsight is 20-20 which can be too late.

To get a feel for the items available, I went to have a look at many items.

As far as I am aware I don’t have anything in the house that can be considered antique.

This dress caught my attention.

It is easily something that I can wear to a tea party with Alice in Wonderland accompanied by the Mad Hatters.

I will label this platform as one of the more curious places to sell handmade items online as you can find a lot of historical items here.

9. Artfire

There is something warming about the Artfire platform that conjures images in my head of artists working out of little cottages making unique pieces.

They cover a wide range of items that will suit every taste. Their categories include:

  1. Jewellery
  2. Wedding
  3. Clothing + Accessories
  4. Children
  5. Home + Living
  6. Entertainment
  7. Craft supplies + tools

Each time I see a site doing weddings I cannot help but take a peek.

One of the hardest things for many couples is coming up with ideas for wedding favours and this site has a few cool ideas.

For example, check out these cute mini cactus white buckets.

It is a great idea for a small intimate wedding where you don’t have guests from out of town or from another country.

To list your items you just click on open your shop and Artfire will charge you a listing fee of 0.23 cent per item.

You can avoid listing fees if you have hundreds of items by paying $20.00 a month plus a final 4.5% valuation fee.

10. Cargoh

Just when you thought there is no way for people to get even more creative along comes an online platform to knock down that assumption.

Cargoh is another platform full of curators bursting at the seams with creativity. I mean check out this beauty below.

Yes, you read that right. It is currently sold out so you’ll need to wait for it to get back in stock.

It is truly amazing what the human brain can come up with if you can take some time to think outside the box. (What box? hehe!!)

Allow me one more indulgence but I came across this dress and fell in love. Indigo is one of my favourite colours as well.

They carefully select their sellers as they want those with a great electic feel and aesthetic design that compliments the platform.

Go here to learn more about becoming a seller on Cargoh.

11. Spoonflower

A platform fully focused on fabric designers. It means that if you are into designing prints for fabric then this is right up your alley.

Upon visiting the site I instantly felt like redecorating my home from top to bottom. They have fresh designs available for all areas of your home.

Their categories include:

  • Fabric
  • Wallpaper
  • Living + decor
  • Dining
  • Bedding

They also do curtains, napkins and throw blankets.

There are over 16,000 designers on the platform and they get over 600,000 shoppers every month.

I have tried to understand how they pay you as a seller. It appears that you get 10% on every sale, every day.

You simply need to upload your design and they provide the fabric or associated products and printing.

You can go here for a detailed explanation of how it works.

12. Saatchi

Stuff just got serious, either you are an artist or you are not. Saatchi provides a platform where artists can get more exposure for their artwork.

My art appreciation skills are not that great so I will need to bring my daughter with me. (hehe!!)

You don’t believe me? Check out this piece below… It will grow on me somehow, someday.

As an artist, your artwork will gain exposure to collectors in over 80 countries. The Saatchi platform gets over 12 million page views a month which is amazing.

If you would like more information on how to get started on Saatchi then grab the artist handbook here.

The only drawback is that you get back only 65% of the price of the artwork sold. It is not so bad for newcomers.

13. Zazzle

A great platform for all the Disney lovers because you can get personalised Disney gear that has been officially licensed.

Zazzle also offers a design platform that is similar to Canva. It allows users to create images for Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, Etsy and Twitter.

You can also use it to create memes.

Initially, I thought it is more of a print on demand site but it is not at all. The prices for items are quite high.

The service they offer is very similar to Spoonflower and Redbubble. Each designer uploads their work and chooses products then list their items for sale.

Sellers then get a percentage of commission for each item sold with their design on it.

You will be glad to know that they offer this service to designers from all over the world.

14. Folksy

With a name like Folksy, it is difficult not to imagine the likes of Mr Hooper on Sesame Street with his little store.

I think I just dated myself when I mentioned the name Sesame Street. I would reference scenes or sing songs from that program all the time and my daughter would be confused. (Anyhoo!)

Before I go too far off-topic, on the home page you are greeted with scenic array of items that look like they came from a set on Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood.

From beeswax honeycomb candles, tiny ceramic houses, cross back aprons and everything in between.

One cannot help but feel like they just stepped into grandma’s house expecting to find freshly baked cookies and of course no sneaky fox in her bed.

I mean take a look at this gorgeous linen bread bag below that would just tempt you to go on a baguette diet for 6 months.

The poor guy behind the counter at the bakery would be wondering if you finally noticed him giving you the eye as to why to visit his bakery more often than usual (haha!!).

For just GBP5 a month you can sign up to become a seller and pay 6% plus VAT commission on all sales.

As you can probably tell it is very focused on British craft (she said in a queenly accent) so unfortunately if you’re not based in the UK you may not qualify.

15. Absolute Arts

So, you are probably thinking that you not quite ready to display your art on a site like Saatchi just yet.

In your head, you believe that your art looks like pre-kindergarten when compared to the Leonardo Di Vinci pieces that you saw on Saatchi.

The good news is that there is this site called Absolute Arts that will help you start slowly using baby steps.

I mean look at this adorable beach wedding in the screenshot below. There is hope for all artists.

They give you the opportunity to create a free artist portfolio on their website and even give you the tools to develop as an artist. A charge of 35% commission is levied on all sales.

When you get the confidence needed you can upgrade to their midlevel package which is $55 a year. You only pay 25% commission on all sales.

16. Bonanza

Okay after taking a single look at this website my eyebrows are still in the ‘surprised’ position on my head.😳

Their tagline is, ‘everything but the ordinary’. Believe me when I tell you that they are true to their word.

They sell face tattoos, body skeleton costumes, vitamins, dietary supplements, fabric adhesive and human hair.

I am not sure why this was even recommended as a place for handmade items but I am not going to be the one to tell them that they are not.

It also appears to be a great place to sell your stuff online especially if they are unique and not necessarily handmade.

Here is an example of what you can find on their site, see screenshot below.

You will be happy to know that Bonanza was rated as the most recommended marketplace from 2013 to 2018 by over 60,000 independent sellers.

As a seller, you can list your stuff for free as there are no listing fees and there is zero setup cost.

They integrate with Google Shopping which is great news and they automatically keep your product listings in sync.

You are even encouraged to bring your listings over from Amazon, eBay Shopify and Etsy using their easy import function called Spark Lister.

I have to say that I am simply blown away by this platform as I never heard of them before and they seem so genuinely interested in seller success.

In terms of other seller fees, you can go here to see details of their complex costs for items that are sold on their platform.

17. Cratejoy

If you are into monthly subscription boxes then you have probably heard of Cratejoy. A service that allows you to create, market and ship goody boxes every month.

This is another one of those sites that you feel like Mary from Little House on the Praire rolling through the hills.

Just when you thought that all the ideas for a niche subscription box were exhausted you will find another one.

I found ones for the following:

  1. Date night
  2. Generations box for the elderly
  3. Paranormal activities
  4. Saltwater and sand
  5. Grandma
  6. Survivors of trafficking
  7. Coffee supporting animal rescue

As a seller, you can simply sign up for free and get access to their over 4 million page views a month and powerful integrations.

You can also create your own custom website on their platform for $39 a month plus transaction fees.

Okay, I never thought it was possible to have a subscription box for house plants but I was obviously very wrong.

What will they think of next? Arguably one of the most exceptional places to sell handmade items online.

18. Shop Handmade

Part of the Shop Handmade slogan is ‘100% fee-free.’ This is great news for sellers who are just looking to dip their toe in the water for the first time.

Their departments include the following:

  • Health, beauty + food
  • Jewellery, beads
  • Custom
  • resupplies
  • Artwork
  • Apparel
  • Children + pets
  • Cards + invitations
  • Paper gifts
  • Material art
  • Home decor
  • Painting, photography + wall art
  • Crocheting + knitting + sewing

Being a photographer, I wondered into that department to see what can folks like me sell on this auspicious platform.

The site seems very slow to browse so it takes time to get from one listing to the next. Here is a tie-dye scarf that I found that ships from India.

If you are interested in getting started for free go here. They seem to be strict on crafts and handmade items so read the rules.

19. Hyena Cart

At first, I thought it was a shopping cart platform. However, Hyena Cart offers buyers the ability to buy handmade items that are eco-friendly.

Items include cloth diapers, unscented goats milk soap, hand-dyed yarns, batik fabric bags and handmade jewellery.

The user experience at the time of writing this post is not great as the store can do with a little more TLC.

As a seller, there is a $10 set up fee plus a $5 per month charge to keep your store available. I just wish they can do something about the technology and user experience.

20. iCraft

A Canadian company developed by web professionals who are passionate about the web and handmade items is the backbone of iCraft.

Have you seen the terry bathrobes for dogs? It is the sweetest little thing ever. I don’t even have a dog and I have the urge to buy one just because. (Lol!!)

Their categories include jewellery, clothing, accessories, toys & games, artwork, crafts, home decor and bath & body.

You can also decide to list your items by seasons, special occasions, collections or for someone special like Mom.

They even have the store categorised by sellers. There are Canadian sellers, US sellers, European sellers, top sellers and stores with sales.

As a seller, you can access their Sellers Bootcamp where you will be given assignments. It only takes 30 minutes a day to complete the tasks.

To sign up as a seller you can choose a monthly package for $15 a month, a 6-month package for $12 a month or a 12-month package for $10 a month.

The good news is that you would not be charged any listing fees or commission fees on each item listed or on each sale.

21. Etsy

Everyone has heard about Etsy unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last few years. It has always been seen as a big competitor of Amazon except that their speciality is handmade items.

Of course, Amazon has since launched Amazon Handmade to compete with the Etsy marketplace.

The benefits of being a seller on Etsy can be amazing because they have the annual Etsy Design Awards for creatives.

They also have popup shops at Christmas time and they do amazing collaborations and exhibits with design shows, wedding fairs, craft councils and the Natural History Museum to name a few.

So, there are lots of opportunities where your talent and goods can gain exposure at local and national levels.

As a seller, your items get exposure to over 33 million buyers globally. To get started, you just need to list your item and pay a fee of 0.20 per listing.

I have been reading about how to become successful on Etsy as a newbie and I learned that you need to have a minimum of 50 listings to gain momentum and sales.

The best advice I have seen so far is to ensure that you have a collection of entry-level, no-frills options included in those 50 listings like prints.

Essentially, for a $10-dollar initial outlay (50 items x 0.20 cent) you can expect to start seeing sales on your Etsy listings once you have done your homework in terms of finding out what’s popular.


The ability to sell handmade items online has been made easy and almost irresistible with the kind assistance of modern technology.

Although the world can be considered flat for the future the biggest hurdle that can be a struggle is the cost of shipping.

On the one hand, you have ethically produced items while on the other there is the possibility of leaving a terrible carbon footprint due to shipping.

Yes, you should encourage all your friends, relatives and loved ones to choose gifts that will reduce one’s carbon footprint.

However, does that mean not selling the best gift possible for the occasion to customers 5,000 or even 10,000 miles away?

I guess this is a personal and individual decision that no one can force on someone else. Maybe one day a logistics specialist will find a way to solve that problem.

What has been your experience with selling handmade items online?


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Oct 07 2019



Rank #6: The Best DIY SEO Tools for Bloggers to Increase Your Serotonin Levels

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The truth about DIY SEO tools is that…

They come with advantages as well as disadvantages. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Let’s find out…

If you have been publishing posts for a while but your blog posts are not ranking in Google fast enough. Or…

Maybe you are just running out of keywords that are easy to show up in Google and you now need a resource to find keywords that are low hanging fruit.

There are several schools of thought when it comes to doing a competitive analysis. These schools can be narrowed into two broad camps.

The first camp believes that there is no need to do any research using free or paid tools because you can rank based on the way people think.

On the other hand, the second camp are mostly those who use free and paid SEO tools as they believe it helps to give them guidance.

Many bloggers continue to struggle with getting readers to their blog from Google on autopilot. This is due to their limited understanding of SEO.

The reality is that both camps are right (I know that sounds crazy). It really depends on the objective or focus of your blog post.

In this post, you will be able to get a better understanding of the various tools available. The goal is that you will choose the best DIY SEO tools when the time is right.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

What is the Anatomy of a Good SEO Tool?

A good SEO (search engine optimisation) tool is one that gives you the information needed to increase your chances of gaining readers to your blog.

Here is a list of things that most DIY SEO tools have as standard:

  1. Relevant topic detail
  2. Search volume
  3. Ranking factors
  4. Social activity
  5. Reliable statistics

As you can imagine there are a range of different types of results that SEO tools retrieve and display based on your query.

Therefore the items listed above are quite generic because there are several different types of SEO tools.

The reason for this is because Google has a very complex algorithm that no one knows for sure 100% of the time.

In fact, Google updates their algorithm 3,200 times every year which gives you an idea as to the complexity of Search.

Types of DIY SEO Tools

Now you know broadly what kind of requirements DIY SEO tools have as standard. Let’s spend some time looking at the different types available.

  1. Keyword Research
  2. Backlink Checker
  3. Authority Checker
  4. Top Social Engagement
  5. Content Optimisation
  6. Rank Check
  7. Web Analytics

This may or may not surprise you but some SEO tools include all 7 types of searches. While others are limited to 2-3 areas.

Of course, if one tool incorporates all 7 types of tools then it is safe to assume that the monthly pricing is likely to be higher compared to others.

To get a better understanding of all these tool types I will spend time explaining each type as well as what you can expect to see in the results.

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Keyword Research

The most popular type of SEO tool is one that does keyword research because that is where most bloggers begin their journey.

As the name suggests, keyword research involves the process of searching for a list of specific phrases that are related to a certain topic.

The goal of keyword research is to find the least competitive key phrases that can be used to write a piece of content.

A great way to know if a key phrase has low competition is by the rating given by the keyword tool as well as the volume of searches every month.

For example, if a key phrase has a volume of 1,500 every month that shows that there are roughly 1,500 people searching for that word or phrase which is good.

Depending on your blog or website, it would be better if there are less than 1 million results for that same key phrase is the search engine results page.

How to Do Basic Keyword Research?

Let’s look at a real-life example, before writing this blog post I decided to look up the key phrase ‘DIY SEO tools’ using Ubersuggest.

Here are the results of my search.

As you can see the search volume is at 90 and the search difficulty is 31. This means that trying to rank for this key phrase will not be easy.

Looking at the results for ‘best SEO tools’ I see the following information in the screenshot below.

There are 6 other key phrases that I would have an easier chance to get better results. These other phrases can be considered low hanging fruit.

However, you will notice that these phrases do not have as much search volume when compared with the key phrase best SEO tools.

They do have more search volume than DIY SEO tools but many are one dimensional in their meaning.

Backlink Checker

Another tool that is great to use when doing keyword research for very competitive key phrases is a backlink checker.

It is not always a rule of thumb but a piece of content that is ranking on page one for a specific key phrase and it has thousands of good backlinks is difficult to outrank.

A backlink checker can help you to do in-depth research on the strength and quality of those backlinks.

Looking at the example key phrase DIY SEO tools let’s look at the results on page one as well as the backlinks for each result.

As you can see in the screenshot above, this time I am using a different tool (Keysearch). It shows you more detail in terms of backlinks.

One way to help you to determine if you will write a piece of content on the key phrase is by looking at the strength of backlinks of the competition on page one.

The results range from 22 links up to 1,890 links. I needed to ask myself can I get 65 links to outrank those in positions 10, 6, 5 or 2?

If the answer is yes then I may go for it.

Authority Check

Conducting an authority check on those sites competing for your chosen key phrase can be helpful. It shows you their domain strength.

Without getting too technical, an authority check can be as simple as checking the page authority (PA) and domain authority (DA).

So, going back to my previous example, you can see that the tool that I am using gives you a rough idea of an authority check.

The question I need to ask is if my blog or website has similar or higher page authority (PA) and domain authority (DA).

If the answer is yes then I have a good chance of beating the competition. If the answer is no I may want to rethink my strategy.

Historical Social Engagement

In the last few years, social media has grown in popularity. It is a great asset to be able to check the social engagement on a specific topic across platforms.

The reason why this is important is that it will give you immediate insight as to which platforms get the best engagement for your topic.

Let’s look at a real-life example for the topic of best SEO tools. This time I will use Ubersuggest again to check the results.

As you can see these 7 articles get a lot of engagement on the Facebook platform when compared to Pinterest.

To keep the results as unbiased as possible I also decided to use Buzzsumo to check social engagement. It is a bit like getting a 2nd opinion from another doctor.

This time my results also include results from Twitter as well as an evergreen ranking. There is one article that managed to get over 3k repins on the Pinterest platform.

Content Optimisation

Now that you have a good enough understanding of what the best key phrases are to use for your project it is time to write your content.

Content written on the platform has the advantage of several on-page optimisation tools.

My personal favourite is the Yoast SEO plugin. It is so simple to use and does not require any certified qualifications to understand the system.

All you need to do is write your entire article from start to finish. Upon completion, you can make a few simple tweaks to ‘optimise’ your content.

I like the fact that there is a section of the plugin that covers the readability of the article. It includes the Flesch Reading Ease.

As you can see it also highlights the fact that I have a number of sentences that are too long which I can easily adjust.

For a more detailed tutorial on how to use the Yoast WordPress plugin why not grab this Yoast SEO tutorial here.

Also, to help you with your on-page content optimisation make use of this in-depth and priceless SEO checklist here.

Rank Check

The average time it takes for your published article to rank in the Google search results is anywhere from 1 week to 4 months.

During that time you will want to check every 4 weeks or so on the progress of that article. The best way to check the ranking is by using a rank checker.

I wrote extensively about the SERP keyword checker here but let me give you a brief summary now.

A rank checker not only gives you the opportunity to see where you are ranking in the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) for a specific keyphrase.

It also shows you other related key phrases that you might have picked up along the way. Think of it as the 3D view of a keyword research tool.

While the keyword research tool may show who is ranking for a specific keyphrase. The rank checker shows you many other key phrases held by that domain.

For example, let’s look at the domain who is the owner of You can see below the results of doing a rank check on that domain.

As you can see the phrase that gets the most visits is ‘translated from into’ which as you can imagine is not a valuable keyphrase.

However, the second most popular is ‘Google search’ which is great as it tells us that his website shows up on page one for that term.

I wanted to get a 2nd opinion so I decided to use Keysearch to run a rank check on the same domain as well.

As you can see the domain is ranking for the phrase ‘LinkedIn’ on page 4 of the SERPs and getting over 27,000 page views a month.

Web Analytics

Probably the most important DIY SEO tool is the one that gives you information about your website analytics.

For example, the number of daily, weekly and monthly visitors. Where your visitors are coming from and where they are going to next?

What phrases or sites they are using to find your content? What countries, devices and browsers they are using to engage with your content?

You will agree that this information is important as it helps you with your growth plans as well as lets you know how well you are doing.

It is also a great way to ‘spy’ on the competition to see what they are doing to get the number of visitors that they receive to their content.

Of course, the best tool for a website traffic report is Google Analytics but it will only show you information for your own web properties.

For third party sites that you don’t have access to you can always use SEMRush and SimilarWeb to do your analysis.

If you need help understanding those reports feel free to use the in-depth reports that I have over here.

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What are the Best DIY SEO Tools for Bloggers?

Now let’s look at a list of the best DIY SEO tools for bloggers and small business owners that can be used to get results fast.

While writing this blog post I did not want to confuse you by using a wide variety of tools but you will see that it is possible to use 5-6 tools before you decide to write your content.

Keyword Research

  1. Ubersuggest (free)
  2. Google Trends (free)
  3. Pinterest Search Bar (free)
  4. Answer the Public (free)
  5. Google Search Bar (free)
  6. Keysearch (paid)
  7. SEMRush (paid)
  8. Ahrefs (paid)
  9. KWFinder (paid)

Backlink Checker

  1. Moz Link Explorer (limited free)
  2. Keysearch (paid)
  3. Ahrefs (paid)
  4. SEMRush (paid)
  5. Linkminer (paid)
  6. Majestic SEO (paid)

Authority Checker

  1. Moz Link Explorer (free)
  2. Keysearch (paid)
  3. SEMRush (paid)
  4. Majestic SEO (paid)

Social Engagement

  1. Ubersuggest (free)
  2. Buzzsumo (limited free)
  3. Similarweb (free)
  4. Keysearch (paid)
  5. Ahrefs (paid

Content Optimisation

  1. Yoast SEO plugin (free)
  2. Keysearch (paid)
  3. TextOptimizer (paid)

Rank Check

  1. Google Search Console (your own website/blog only) (free)
  2. Rank2Traffic (free)
  3. Keysearch (paid)
  4. SEMRush (paid)
  5. Ahrefs (paid)

Web Analytics

  1. Similarweb (free)
  2. Google Analytics (free)
  3. Majestic SEO (paid)
  4. Ahrefs (paid)
  5. SEMRush (paid)
  6. Keysearch (paid)

When you get to an advanced level in your SEO game you would want to do a thorough SEO analysis once a year and again every quarter.

This is when you decide on implementing a better SEO strategy to achieve long-term goals for your business.

I have included the tools that you would use for web analytics so that you can do this in-depth analysis and SEO strategy plan.


As you can see there are many advantages to using DIY SEO tools. So, what are the disadvantages? They come with a somewhat steep learning curve.

Although the best DIY SEO tools can seem intimidating to use it is by understanding them and what they do so you find them easier to use.

In fact, after using these tools the right way your serotonin levels will be up and so will be your traffic stats.

Is it possible to get your blog posts to show up in Google for some of your content without using SEO tools?

The short answer is yes but with a hit and miss approach as opposed to employing a strategy with long-term goals.

These tools are there to support you and your business so that you can grow and make a great impact in your niche.

Using the process outlined above can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. The bottom line is that you want to get results.

What has been your experience with using SEO tools for your blog or business?


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Oct 14 2019



Rank #7: The Lazy Man’s Guide to Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

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Very few people know the list of must-have WordPress plugins because…

No two WordPress blogs are created equal. It really depends on the objective of the website owner at the end of the day.

You may argue that there should be at least 5-6 WordPress plugins that every person on the platform needs.

In many cases, the answer is yes. Until something terrible happens like your blog gets hacked or images become corrupted there could be a handful of needed plugins.

Many bloggers continue to struggle with many challenges when it comes to creating their website on WordPress.

The truth is to take a layered approach. Build the basic functionality and security measures into your blog it should be fine.

In this post, you will learn what those basic plugins are and why you need them. As well as another 5-6 plugins that add the cherry on the top.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

What is a WordPress Plugin?

Let’s spend some time looking at what a WordPress plugin is and why you will need to add them in the first place.

The best way to describe a WordPress plugin in layman terms is for you to see it as an add on feature (a piece of code packaged). It gives formatting and/or functionality to your website.

There are a lot of things that come as standard when you install your WordPress site. For example, the block or Gutenberg formatting is there as standard.

These WordPress add-ons help you to save time. In many cases, they also give you the ability to improve the reader experience.

A great example of this is the plugin that allows you to place a Table of Contents on each blog post. This can be really helpful for longer blog posts.

As you can imagine each plugin comes with advantages as well as disadvantages.

It is generally accepted that a website with a maximum of 8 plugins runs more efficiently compared to one that has 30 plugins.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin?

If you never had the opportunity to install a plugin before, the process is pretty straight-forward to get done.

Simply head over to plugins in the left side-bar and click on that link. You will then see the ‘add new’ button on the top left, click on that button.

You then have two options which are to search for one from the standard plugins directory. Or upload a new plugin that you might have saved to your hard drive.

When uploading from your hard drive, navigate to the folder where the plugin is stored, select it and click upload. After the upload process is complete then click activate.

However, if you are choosing one from the WordPress directory of plugins simply click install. Then select activate after the plugin has been installed.

Ensure that the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress. Also, the total number of active installations plus the review rating gives you a good idea of its success.

Depending on the plugin that you are installing you may also need to configure the plugin settings to suit your specific needs.

Essential WordPress Plugins for Business

There are at least 5 plugins that can be considered essential for any small business owner or blogger.

You will notice that these plugins are classified as essential because they offer basic safety, security and reporting functionality.

The features covered by these 5 plugins include:

  1. Back up
  2. Security
  3. Website content delivery speed
  4. Reporting
  5. Trust

WordPress Backup Plugin

Have you ever written a 10,000-word article and you forgot to keep a back up of it somewhere? Then you will understand the importance of having a back up of your site.

The WordPress backup plugin that I recommend that is free to use is called Updraft Plus. It offers a set it and forget it functionality where it does weekly backups for you on autopilot.

WordPress Security Plugin

Earlier in this article, I mentioned the possibility of your site getting hacked which unfortunately is a reality for many people.

Yes, there are many people constantly trying to log into your site just for fun to see if they can do it. If they succeed they can delete all your content and even lock you out.

The WordPress security plugin that I have used for many years is the plugin called Wordfence Security. It gives you the ability to customise the settings to suit your specific needs.

You can use the free version to monitor your site 24/7.

WordPress Cache Plugin

One of the best ways to get your site to deliver your content as fast as possible is by using a caching plugin.

It essentially stores temporary, fast copies of your most requested pages on the server so that when someone visits your site they get quick access to the page they requested.

The WordPress Cache Plugin that I recommend is W3 Total Cache. It is free, reliable and easy to use.

Google Analytics WordPress Plugin

The industry standard when it comes to website analytics reporting is Google Analytics. You will need this because it will show you how many readers are coming to your site daily.

It also shows you which countries they are coming from as well as which pages are the most popular ones on your website.

There are several Google Analytics plugins available in the WordPress plugin directory but the plugin that I recommend is called GA Google Analytics.

It is one of the fastest available and it does not slow down your website.


Your readers and Google need to trust you as someone who cares about their needs and will not scam them out of their money.

In February 2018, Google activated a functionality in its Chrome browser that marked websites as secure or not secure.

If your website is not secure then readers will not trust you as much as one that is secure. A campaign was launched by Let’s Encrypt to offer free SSL certificates.

Many web hosting companies have facilitated this in their service however everyone on WordPress needs to use a plugin to activate this on their website.

I recommend using the plugin called Really Simple SSL to help you get this done quickly and efficiently.

Other Must-Have WordPress Plugins

After you have these plugins installed and activated it is time to look at another 5 must-have WordPress plugins that will bring you results and peace of mind.

Of course, you will need to create the 5 essential pages that every website needs which are home, about us, contact us, privacy policy and terms and conditions.

Before writing your first article or blog post or before clicking publish, it is a good idea to consider these 5 features.

  1. Social sharing
  2. Blocking spam comments
  3. Image optimization
  4. Landing page builder
  5. Content optimization for SEO

Social Share WordPress Plugin

One of the best ways to get more readers to your website is to encourage your current readers to share your content.

This is word of mouth marketing at a basic level but it is considered as the most powerful form of marketing in the industry.

A great free plugin to allow you to get this done is Shareaholic. Other plugins that offer the same features and functionality include Social Warfare and Social Pug.

Blocking Spam Comments

You may notice that when you installed your WordPress site it came as standard with a plugin called Akismet which can be used to block spam comments.

If you are wondering why you are being advised to use something different it is because Akismet is notorious for slowing down your website.

There are many other options available that you can use that are quicker. The Anti-spam plugin that I recommend is called Anti-spam by Cleantalk.

The paid version is only $8 per annum which is great value.

Image Optimization

Other items that can slow down your website include rich media like images and video. Of course, these are essential content items to improve the user experience.

Before uploading any image to your website consider optimizing it off-site by using an application like Kraken Image Optimizer.

The only drawback is that there is a size limit of 1MB for image files that need to be compressed.

After compressing your images using Kraken then you can also use a 2nd image optimizer like this one here.

It is a WordPress plugin that helps you by compressing every image size that will be needed for your users based on their device.

Landing Page Builder

At some point, you will come to realise that you need a separate page to display your offers. These pages are called landing pages.

They are great for getting your message across to potential buyers and they even help with converting readers to buyers.

The plugin that I recommend for building these landing pages is a plugin called Elementor. It comes with a free and paid version which is good news.

Best SEO Plugin

The last must-have WordPress plugin on the list is, of course, one that helps you with content optimisation which is helpful for SEO.

If you want to get readers to your blog or website on autopilot then SEO or search engine optimisation is crucial for that success.

Over the last 10 years or so I have used a number of WordPress SEO plugins. However, the one I recommend to you is called the Yoast SEO plugin.

It not only makes Google love your posts but it also helps you to tweak your posts for readability.

For an in-depth and detailed Yoast, SEO tutorial check-out this resource.

Nice to Have WordPress Plugins

There are a number of plugins that are not essential but they are nice to have especially if you decide to monetize your blog.

If you decided to start a blog in order to generate an income then depending on your choice of monetization you will soon realise that you need more tools or plugins.

Two key plugins that would be important is one to cloak your affiliate links (not recommended for Amazon links).

The other will be to help you to insert codes for Adsense or your chosen Ad network.

The plugin that I recommend to help you to cloak your affiliate links is a plugin called Pretty Links. While the one to help you insert codes is called Ad Inserter.


As you can see out of the 54,000 free WordPress plugins available on the official plugins directory. Only a handful are considered must-have WordPress plugins.

The good news is that as a blogger or small business owner you don’t need to install 100s of plugins to get WordPress to work for you.

It does not mean that you will only install a handful of plugins either but you need to be aware that plugins can slow down your site.

Consider that having a WordPress site is the same as you would look at a lego project with children.

If you want a castle, a bridge or even glass windows in your lego building it is very possible to achieve it with the right pieces in place.

Over to you, what are your top 5 must-have WordPress plugins that you can’t live without?


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Oct 21 2019



Rank #8: 13 Ways to Find the Most Popular Blog Topics Faster

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You may never be able to find the most popular blog topics because…

The technique you are using to find them is not resourceful or you are looking in all the wrong places.

Writing on the topics that your readers are interested in right now can prove to be an extremely difficult task.

One of the keys to getting readers to your blog consistently is by knowing what they want to read this month.

Yes, it does make sense to write on topics that are evergreen as well to keep your content fresh and relevant.

Many bloggers continue to struggle to find a way to find content that is popular because it is virtually impossible to climb into the brain of your readers.

In this post, you will learn how to find out what is popular in your niche right now and just which topics to choose and what to leave out.

What are Popular Blog Topics?

You may be wondering how to decide if a topic is popular or not for the readers in your niche. The simple answer is to look at the votes or engagement.

Who decides whether a piece of content goes viral or gets the most popular votes?

Unfortunately, it all depends on your audience or readers. In other words, there isn’t a group of judges, a board or viral body in place.

It all comes down to engagement on a particular piece of content.

The more shares, likes, retweets and comments you get the more popular your content will be. For many years, experts have been trying to hack virality.

However, they have not managed to nail down all the elements that make content become viral.

Therefore it would make sense to see what is already popular in your niche then write on something similar.

Which Topic Should I Choose for My Blog?

The best topics to write about are the ones that are evergreen because you tend to get more mileage out of evergreen content.

Evergreen content is anything that is relevant today and will continue to be relevant in 3, 5 or even 10 years.

Choose a topic that can extend to over 1,000 words so that you can give your reader a good experience. As well as a complete answer to their question.

Ensure that you exclude absolute dates. For example, avoid giving a specific day like Monday, also avoid seasons like Easter or Christmas unless the post is deliberately seasonal.

If it is a seasonal post for Christmas avoid including a year like ‘Christmas 2016’. Instead, just be very generic and say things like ‘this Christmas’.

Avoid mentioning specific events and conferences that will date your post as well like Brexit, Gulf war, Black Friday Sale 2018, etc.

Always, ask the question, will this be still relevant 12-24 months from now? If not, then how can I make it evergreen?

How to Find Trending Blog Topics?

Before I dive into answering this question it is super important to clear up one thing. Current affairs and trending topics are not one and the same.

Just because a topic is trending does not mean it is not going to be evergreen. Every year the world depends on trends in order to predict human behaviour.

For example, during the summer people tend to do the same things like spend more time outdoors, go on picnics, go swimming and even go on vacation. This is a human trend.

The best way to find trending topics is to do a search on popular platforms where the content engagement takes place.

You need to go where your audience hangs out and see what is happening there.

Let’s look at a few places to find the most popular blog topics so that you can never find yourself suffering from writer’s block.

Where to Find the Most Popular Blog Topics?

This list of places to find the most popular blog topics is not exhaustive but it gives you 13 great places to start your search.

Once you know where to find popular topics you will soon notice that you will have so much to write about but with very little time.

1. Google Trends

One of the best, well-known places to find trending topics is Google Trends. You will find a mix of evergreen, seasonal and temporary hot topics using this tool.

There are so many ways to use Google Trends that it could be compared to drinking from a fire hose.

The best way to use it is to search using your overall niche topic. For example here are the results for the phrase vegetarian food over the last 5 years.

Scroll down to the section that shows you related topics as well as related queries. You will see that there are a number of subtopics that potential readers are searching.

Take one of the related topics and do a search for it in Google Trends. In this example, let’s search for keto vegetarian.

It’s amazing that with a little bit of digging you can pull up a good list of potential topics to write about from using just one tool.

By searching keto vegetarian we now have a list of potential topics like keto vegetarian meals and Indian keto recipes.

2. Tailwind Tribes Insights

A clever place to find the most popular blog topics is by using a cool feature in Tailwind called ‘Insights’ inside of Tailwind Tribes.

Of course, you need to have an account with Tailwind in order to access this functionality. Simply head over to Tailwind Tribes and click on ‘Insights’.

If you are new to Tailwind and need to get the full details then head over to this resource to check out my full review.

Scroll all the way down to Tribe Highlights and you will notice that for each tribe they would give you a summary of Tribemates with the most re-shares.

You will also see the most shared pins in the tribe. It means that you get a view first hand of the content that gets the most engagement broken down by tribe.

The good news is that you can re-pin these to your Pinterest boards to see how your audience on Pinterest responds to this content.

Which brings me to the next awesome popular topic hack.

3. Pinterest Notifications

If you have been on Pinterest for a while you will notice that you get notifications whenever someone follows your boards and when someone re-pins a pin from your board.

It is a great way to know what is of interest to your audience.

You will feel as if someone is tapping you on the shoulder to let you know that this pin is popular because it got re-pinned again.

Many of the notifications are for other people’s content that is on your boards.

4. Twitter Search

One of the best sources when it comes to keeping your finger on the pulse is social media. Twitter search is great for finding topics that are trending.

For example, you can do a search on Twitter using a specific hashtag like #vegan or #vegetarian. I did try to find #ketovegetarian but it does not seem to exist.

Here are the items that I found in the feed.

As you can see in the results the kind of posts that gets awesome engagement from a vegan audience.

The same goes for Instagram. Check out what I found below.

Take a look at the comment with the arrow. It is surprising how readers and followers can tell you precisely what they want and why.

5. Pinterest Trends

On the topic of trends, Pinterest also has a section in the search bar where you can see the top 8 trending topics.

At the time of writing this post, the 8 topics trending on Pinterest are as follows:

  1. pumpkin carving ideas
  2. writing prompts
  3. dream house
  4. Halloween art for kids preschool
  5. zodiac signs
  6. pencil drawings
  7. prom dresses
  8. small bathroom ideas

As you can see they are not necessarily related to each other.

At least you can use these ideas as a base to get popular blog topics.

6. Amazon Movers and Shakers

If you thought it was not possible to find popular blog topics from one of the world’s busiest e-commerce marketplaces, think again.

Just head on over to Amazon here and do some research on the top movers and shakers in any category.

This special category is great for finding topics that can be considered trending. It is almost like a trend within a trend or a micro trend.

Check out these top 8 books that are moving up the ranks on Amazon.

If you are an Amazon affiliate you can use this as a way to write about products that are about to become popular.

7. Amazon Bestsellers

Right next to the movers and shakers on Amazon, you can also find the bestselling items.

If you take a look at the top 8 bestsellers by year, you will notice a trend in the books that sell the most.

Here is an example of the top bestselling books for a specific year on Amazon.

It is interesting to see that the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is there among the top 8. The fact that it has over 12,000 reviews is just awesome.

8. Google Featured Snippets

There is one place that is often overlooked when it comes to finding popular blog topics. That place is Google Featured Snippets.

I believe that the reason most people ignore it is that it is a list of questions. Let’s head over there now and check it out.

If we use the example of 5 Love Languages let’s see what questions show in the results.

Sometimes the questions seem weird or even hilarious but according to Google, they are real questions.

Here is another example using keto vegetarian this time.

These questions can easily be converted into a popular topic or trending topics on your blog.

9. Pinterest Smartfeed

Another great place to get inspiration for popular blog topics is Pinterest Smartfeed. It is not as reliable as the Pinterest trending ideas.

This is because Pinterest Smartfeed caters to each individual user based on their historical engagement on pins.

At least it can still be used for inspiration on topics that are popular now.

You will also notice that there are more ads showing up in the Pinterest smart feed following their IPO.

10. Feedly

One of my favourite places to look for the most popular blog topics is using Feedly. You will need to set up an account on this platform.

It is great to see the amount of engagement on each blog post which is visible in the feeds.

For example, my feed is set up to see all the popular blog posts from sites like Copyblogger, Search Engine Journal, Hubspot, Marketing Land, Mashable, Moz and Neil Patel.

Here is what I see in the results.

I focus on topics that are getting upwards of 500 people engaging with these blog posts. You also have the option to add them to a specific board.

If I cannot find something in the 500+ category I then look in those that are 300+ and 400+ in the results.

11. Scribd

Just when you think you have enough resources to find popular blog topics, think again. After visiting I noticed that they also have a section for popular content.

Their categories include the following.

  1. Career + Money
  2. Personal Growth
  3. Politics + Current Affairs
  4. Science + Tech
  5. Health + Fitness
  6. Lifestyle
  7. Entertainment
  8. Biographies + History
  9. Fiction

In each top-level category, there are several sub-categories. For example, under personal growth, there are 5 sub-categories.

  • Happiness
  • Psychology
  • Relationships + Parenting
  • Religion + Spirituality
  • Self-improvement

Let’s look a little more into self-improvement. Here is what I found in the best-selling section of this sub-category.

Also, here is a list of curated content from influencers, (like Time Ferris) experts and the editors themselves.

12. Tumblr

This post will not be complete without adding one of the most used platforms to find popular blog topics.

Tumblr gets over 300 million page views a month so some of the people using this platform can easily be classified as your readers.

If you want to know what content interests them then head on over and check out what’s popular.

You do need an account to get visibility on popular topics.

Find a popular blog that is focused on your topic on Tumblr that has over 50 notes. Take a look at the comments as well to get a feel for the feedback.

You may notice that some of them have a number of spam comments as well. Ignore the spam comments and take note of the real comments as well as the blog topic.

13. Reddit

The last resource for finding popular blog topics is of course Reddit. There is no need to have an account on the platform at all.

You just need to know the specific subreddit that is suitable for your topic or niche.

It is important to exercise a lot of caution using this platform as it can be very explicit in nature if you take a wrong turn.

My subreddit of choice is /r/blogging which is great to garner feedback on different topics when it comes to the blogging niche.

Here is an example of what I found from the questions on Reddit.


There are so many options available when it comes to finding the most popular blog topics for your niche.

In many cases, it feels like if you are a fly on the wall observing what is happening on each platform and taking notes.

Although it does take some time to go through each option yet it is well worth the effort since you can easily find close to 100 popular blog topics in one sitting.

Yes, you would need to pick and choose the results since it would be virtually impossible to write on everything you find.

At the end of the day, you now have a way to find topics that are trending in your niche right now.

Over to you what has been your experience on finding trending blog topics in your niche?


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Oct 28 2019



Rank #9: Get More Results With a Big List of Catchy Titles Using These Hacks

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You’ll never believe how easy it is to generate a list of catchy titles…

Until you understand how important these are in getting readers to your blog every single day of the week.

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you.

You spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect focus keyword or keyphrases for your next blog post.

After completing all the necessary research and spending a few hours writing the first draft of over 2,500 words you make a startling discovery

There is a big need for a title that will grab the attention of your readers who are using Google to find your content.

Your first, second and third attempt leaves you feeling hopeless because you are not a copywriter by any stretch of the imagination and…

The resulting titles resemble autumn leaves on a damp day after a light rainfall. If only you can grab an extra-large hair dryer to restore their burnt orange glory.

You see many bloggers struggle with the ‘lack-lustre blog title’ disease, including me. Simply because we aren’t naturally great copywriters.

If only there was a shortcut to getting a list of catchy blog titles.

In this post, you will learn what you can do to drastically improve your blog titles. To get your audience excited about your content like a puppy for a doggie biscuit.

Why Are Catchy Titles Important?

Before looking at a solution to that ‘lack-lustre blog title’ disease let’s spend some time understanding why catchy titles are important.

There are 70 million blog posts published every single month.

It means that there is a good chance that there is a blog post with similar content to yours and you need to compete for your reader’s attention.

Here is another shocking statistic. By the year 2020, there will be 31.7 million bloggers in the US alone.

So, you will need to only compete with only 31,699,999 other bloggers on various levels to grab your share of blog readers.

On the topic of blog readers, did you know that 61% of Americans spend 3 times more consuming blog content compared to reading their emails?

Email continues to have strong conversion ratios. It is important to remember that the first thing potential readers see is your content and not your email newsletter.

13 Types of Blog Headlines

Did you know that there are 13 types of blog titles? Without getting too scientific or even psychological on you let’s spend some time looking at these headline types.

No need for me to have to reinvent the wheel here’s is a list that was done by Hubspot that outlines the 13 blog headline types.

Hubspot Headlines Type

As you can see they can be very straight forward in terms of their short description but let’s dissect them a little bit.

Most people know about the clickbait headline type so let’s take that one first.


It is a very exciting headline type that is the same as dangling a carrot or even a fake rabbit in front of hyped-up hounds.

The only drawback with this type of blog title is that you need to ensure that the content delivers on what the title has promised.


This type of headline basically compares 2-3 different products or services against each other. You can see two examples one here and the other here.

It normally contains a comparison of one thing vs another.


This headline type reminds me of the fact that I am always the last to know about something that is happening in my family (hehe). Check out this example.

You can spot it from far as it have the phrase something like, ‘You Need to Know‘.

Avoiding Stupidity

We all make mistakes and we would give anything to know or learn about something to avoid looking stupid in public. Take a look at this sample.

A great example of this is a title that contains, ‘Mistakes You Should Avoid‘.

List Posts

You know that list posts are essential to generating tons of traffic to your blog. In case you need some inspiration check out this post.

An example of this is, 21 Awesome Things To Do This Winter‘.

Learning from Experience

This has to be one of my favourite types of posts to read because it allows me to learn from other bloggers.

A practical example of this is, ‘What I Learned After Creating 100 Blogs In 10 Years‘.

Why X People Do X

In some respects, this sounds very similar to the previous post type except it gets very specific. Click here to see an example of this headline type.

Why The Swiss Love Eating Cheese More Than Chocolate‘, is a great example of this title type.

Backed by Research

Nothing gets more attention than posts or articles that claims results from solid scientific research. If you have it then you should flaunt it.

Recent Research Shows Why Vegans Should Avoid Certain Types of Sugars‘, I know I would click on that title.

What We Do When

This headline type can be done in a positive or negative version. For example, ‘Why I Unfollow Bloggers That Are Advocates of Bluehost‘.

Why You Should

Thinking of this headline made me laugh out loud because it reminds me of a playground prank at the water fountain.

I don’t know if you ever experience this at school but when someone is drinking from the water fountain or bottle or jug someone else will shout out this phrase.

Peter 1: “Don’t drink from that”, the person drinking will ask.

Susie 1: “Why?” The other person will say…

Peter 2: “Because you’ll get what I got”.

Susie 2: “What did you get?”

Peter 3: “Water” 🤣

Here is an example showing how to write this title type.

The Fastest Way

We live in a world of instant. Instapot, microwave popcorn and instant coffee have many of us spoiled for choice.

When your reader sees that you can get them to the end goal faster they will click-through to learn more. ‘How to Plan 30 Days of Healthy Meals In 20 Minutes or Less‘.

Making Life Easy

Do you know a way to make life easier for your readers? Well, I bet you they would love to know how to plan their meals easier even with twin toddlers.

Here is another example if you still need inspiration.

The Best Way to

Have you ever been faced with a problem or a combination of problems like your car has a flat tyre and you’re low on gas? Wouldn’t you like to know the best way to solve it?

Take a look at my example title here.

How to Generate Catchy Titles Fast

If you ever suffered from writer’s block you will understand how refreshing it is to get assistance from a third-party tool.

Using technology to help you reach your goals faster is a bit like 3rd-party insurance without the ridiculous fine print and reams of paperwork.

Some tools will require you to have an existing title that can be tweaked while others only need you to have a keyword or key phrase to get results.

It is important to remember that these are only tools and it will take a little bit of common sense and tweaking to get the results that you want.

Here are 6 of my favourite title generators that will help me when I am stuck.

  1. Hubspot Blog Title Generator
  2. AMA Headline Analyzer
  3. Sumo Headline Generator
  4. Portent Headline Generator
  5. Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer
  6. Title Generator

HubSpot Blog Title Generator

HubSpot offers a fun way to generate titles for an entire week on the fly using their blog title generator which accessible online.

You simply need to enter your main key phrase or topic and hit enter. In fact, you have the ability to do 5 in one go.

In the above example, my key phrase is ‘curated content’. Go here to get started.

AMA Headline Analyzer

As the name implies this is a tool that analyzes your existing blog headline to give you a rating as well as the type of audience that resonates with it.

You will notice that the first draft of this blog post contained a very long title with very little appeal. It got a neutral score. You want to aim for 20% and above. Give it a try here.

Sumo Headline Generator

This headline generator is a little bit more complicated compared to the others on this list. It requires you to enter a lot of detail for you to get results.

As you can see there are several different types of headlines to choose from. Let’s choose strong/controversial and see what happens.

After choosing strong/controversial you will be presented with something that looks like this screenshot below.

Just complete the blanks and the results will show. You may or may not like it but give it a go here.

Portent Headline Generator

One of the most hilarious and outrageous generators of headlines would have to be the Portent headline generator.

You will notice that you may need to tone down many of the suggested results that show up.

In this example, I have entered ‘curated content’ as my subject. Check out one of the results in the screenshot below.

Like I said, sometimes the suggestions are downright hilarious. Have fun trying it out here.

Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer

One of the more popular headline analyzers is the one from the folks at Co-Schedule. It does require you to have an existing title that can be tweaked.

In many cases, I would generate my headlines using the other 4 tools then use the AMA and Co-Schedule analyzers to do the final polishing.

The tool comes looking something like this. All you need to do is enter your headline in the box provided.

Here is a result that I got based on initial analysis.

Your aim is to get a score above 70. Why not give it a try here?

Title Generator

This tool is not very well known but it is so good at generating over 700 titles in one go. I like it because I get ideas from looking at the generated titles.

At the time of writing this post, there is no specific brand associated with this title generator which is fine.

When you navigate to the website this is what it looks like. Just enter your main keyword or keyphrases.

Click ‘Get Headlines’ then boom. It automatically generates 700 headlines for you instantly.

In the above screenshot, you will see the first 19 titles for the keyword ‘curated content’.

Simply find three that you like then tweak them to your liking. To polish them off head over to the AMA or Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer and see how you can improve them.

Finally, pick the best one of the three headlines.

The good news is that you can update old blog posts using these tools to improve your click-through rates.

Split Testing Headlines

Have you ever wanted to know in advanced which headline is best or will get the most response?

Well, now you can, using a piece of software called Pickfu. It lets you create a poll so that you can literally ask the audience which headline is better and why.

Using this kind of technology does come at a cost. You will need to pay $1 per respondent.

If you are short on cash you can always ask the same question in your favourite and supportive Facebook group.

They may get tired of you asking for feedback every week or few days for every single blog post so be aware that it is not nice to annoy people.

Split testing your headlines does help you reduce the potential for errors and increase your click-through rates.

There is also the option to install a headline split testing plugin. It would allow you to have three different headlines that you can test against each other.

After each one gets 100 views you will be able to see which one gets the most clicks and pick that one.


It is easy to underestimate the importance of the title of your blog. The fact that it is the first thing a potential reader sees says a lot.

If you want to continue to make a great first impression then do spend time creating great headlines for your blog posts.

Unless you are a great copywriter creating awesome headlines can be difficult.

However, the tools outlined above will help you to bridge that gap and give you the sparkles you need to win at catchy titles.

You can also outsource this task to a virtual assistant or marketing company with the experience so that they can create them on the fly for you.

Over to you, what has been your experience in generating a list of catchy titles for your blog.


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Nov 04 2019



Rank #10: How to Write Blog Posts Faster In 11 Easy Steps

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Have you ever wanted to write blog posts faster but…

You thought that it is not possible because you are afraid the quality would not be good?

As a blogger, you only have so many hours in the day to get stuff done. In fact, if your blog is just a side hustle then the struggle will be to find time to write regularly.

Tell me if this process sounds familiar.

You think of a topic then do some research in terms of the competition and gathering the statistics.

Next up, you write the first 500 words but get distracted with other urgent or pressing matters in life or at work.

A few days later, you write another 500 words. It may seem like a chore as you thought that writing this topic would be fun.

Finally, you rush the last 500-1,000 words as the publish date is approaching and you need to get this post completed.

If you wish that there was a better, faster way to get your content created then keep reading as I might just have a solution for you.

Goals and Objectives

Creating content regularly is hard work for you as a blogger or small business owner. I am not going to pretend that it is easy at all.

In fact, it makes me sad when brands approach me via email asking me to link out to their content from an existing post with no benefit to my business.

What’s worse is that they want to pay $20 for a sponsored post. That price is downright crazy considering the amount of work that goes into a single post.

Over the years I have learned that understanding the goal or objective of each piece of content helps me to create it faster.

In other words, decide on what the goal is for that specific piece of content. It will help you to write or create it quickly.

Your goal could be to grow your email list, increase sales to your entry-level offer or raise awareness of your products and/or services.

The good news is that you get to decide on a single goal for each blog post.

Topic Research

It is so easy to run off and start writing when you choose a topic for your blog post. However, doing some level of research will improve the quality of the post.

Depending on your chosen topic it will be a good idea to do a little bit of digging. Check out the topic on several platforms to get a feel of the user intent.

For example, while doing research for this blog post I made an interesting discovery. There are many searches for writing blog posts faster as well as creating content faster.

Some searchers were also very interested in creating good quality blog posts fast.

The moment that you believe that you know everything about a topic and you don’t need to do any research is the moment you have deprived your readers of aha moments.

Use your research time to gather statistics, examples and even case studies to help bring home your point.

Write an Outline

It has been my experience that when I write an outline of a blog post that I speed up the chances of writing content quicker.

Writing an outline not only helps you ensure that you did not forget something from the content but it also gives it some structure.

I like the fact that when I write an outline that I can clearly spot any gaps. I can see stuff like missing paragraphs, in the content as well.

After writing an outline you will have a clear idea about which areas you need to do more research on compared to others.

1-2 days after writing an outline you will notice that even more ideas pop into your head about what to include or re-organise.

Remember to include an introduction and a conclusion in your post outline.

Read Content Every Day

Initially, this may sound counter-productive but hear me out for a second.

Have you ever noticed that when you are reading an article, post or piece of content it gives you ideas for similar articles?

There is a reason why Warren Buffet advises that everyone should read 500 pages a day. You may not retain all the information but key points will stand out.

You may not be able to read 500 pages a day right now but start with 5 pages and work your way up.

I got so many ideas from reading over the years. I have 100s of pages, articles and posts stored in my bookmark manager.

While reading the same book for a few weeks can be boring instead try to read several blog posts daily.

Take advantage of audiobooks as well as they will help you consume books faster.

Socialise Offline and Online

There is no need to become a complete book worm and hide out like Harry Potter under the stairs.

You can also get a lot of ideas by socialising with friends and family.

In case you find yourself in a situation where you are short on time remember you can join groups on Facebook.

Getting ideas from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is not something that is uncommon.

Feel free to also conduct a bit of market research while you are on Facebook and stay away from big rabbit holes.

Create the First Draft

After completing all your research it is time to create your first draft. Depending on your circumstances you can either write or dictate the first draft.

Recently, I met an elderly mental health professional who dictated everything for his entire career using a dictaphone.

He now needs to learn to use a computer and he is finding it super difficult.

I discovered some technology in the last few days that would make life easier not only for him but for my fellow bloggers.

Did you know that there are 5-6 apps that you can use to dictate your blog post instead of writing it?

If you ever found yourself in a situation where you don’t have access to a computer to write a blog post then consider dictation.

Let’s look at a list of dictation apps that you can use from your smartphone to create content on the go.

Dictation Apps

In order for a dictation app to make this shortlist it must be flexible enough to give you the ability to record on the fly and easily export the recording in text format.

Here is a list of 3 apps for you to consider.

  1. Reason8
  2. Otter
  3. Scriby


This app is designed to take in-person meeting notes. Nothing beats having a meeting with yourself and taking notes (hehe).

The good news is that it comes with a free forever plan that allows you to record 15 minutes at a time with an unlimited number of meetings.

It is available for both iOS and Android devices. The recordings can also be easily downloaded as audio or a transcript.

I heard about Otter from one of my coaches so I just had to take a peek. Available for both iOS and Android it comes with 600 minutes free transcription minutes every month.

What I found interesting is that you also have the ability to import audio and video. You can also generate summary keywords and even search by keywords.

You can export in audio or text format.


Scriby seems to be only available for Android devices however, it integrates with 15 other applications including Asana, Evernote and Trello.

For personal use, you can get a free forever account. It even comes with meeting templates if this is something useful for you.

Content Curation

Have you ever come across a piece of content that is so good that you want to incorporate it into your blog post for your audience?

Well, the fact is that taking a small section of someone else’s blog post and adding your twist to it is totally legal and above board.

This process is known as content curation and you will see it on several blogs like Chasing Foxes, Mashable, Social Media Today and many others.

The key to doing this correctly and not getting into trouble is by repackaging a small piece of existing content but adding value to it.

Also, ensure that you give credit back to the content originator.

A great example where it saves you time is by using comprehensive statistics and/or infographics created by someone else in your post.

Edit Later

A massive time saver when it comes to creating content faster is by choosing to edit the written version later.

You will lose a lot of time and energy if you try to create and edit at the same time or even on the same day.

Personally, I find it very beneficial to write out everything I want to say on one day then come back in 24-48 hours to do the edit.

Of course, it is humanly possible to write and edit on the same day but there are so many things that you miss while doing the edit.

It is almost as if you give your brain a rest from the first draft with all the errors.

Doing the edit later is like having a fresh pair of eyes going over that piece of content that you wrote.

Create a Mind Map

You are probably wondering if I have gone completely mad but keep reading so that I can explain this concept.

As part of your website optimisation strategy (not SEO), you should have a mind map outlining the topology of your website or blog.

At the risk of losing you altogether let me explain it from a content marketing perspective.

Each blog post you create should be part of your overall sales funnel. Which normally looks something like this.

Your customer journey consists of 5 stages generally speaking.

  1. Awareness
  2. Interests
  3. Consideration
  4. Conversion
  5. Retention

It is during the stage called interest where blog posts come in handy to help move them along to the next two stages of the journey.

The Buyer Journey

Take a look at the typical buyer journey in the diagram below.

Typically your blog post should lead them to a webinar or ebook or other freebies which then leads them to a Masterclass, case study or 5-day challenge.

The Masterclass or 5-day challenge is designed to convert them to customers.

In other words, by creating a mind map you will know the journey your buyer will take and even where they will be coming from at the awareness stage.

Call to Action (CTA)

It is super important to include a call to action on as many blog posts as you possibly can. Even if it means adding it at a later date.

Remember that it only takes one reader to move through the buyer journey to become a customer.

Think of your blog posts as several fishing rods hanging off a small boat on a very large lake. If there is no bait at the end of the rod you will not catch any fish.

The call to action can range from simply a free checklist all the way up to a webinar.

After creating your mind map and seeing the big picture you will know where each blog post fits into the grand scheme of things.

Using a plugin like Ad Inserter will help you save a lot of time implementing a CTA. This is especially true if you have a signature freebie for the majority of your blog posts.

Write Blog Post Faster Step by Step Guide

Let’s take all this information and break them down into steps so that you are not more confused when you first started reading this post (haha).

  1. Decide on your goals and objectives
  2. Create a mind map of the buyer journey
  3. Conduct topic research
  4. Read content in your niche
  5. Socialise with potential customers and partners
  6. Generate the first draft
  7. Dictate the post if this is quicker
  8. Consider content curation
  9. Edit later
  10. Include a call to action and connect to the overall buyer journey
  11. Schedule post

At first glance, it may seem to be a lot to accomplish to write blog posts faster. Do remember that you only need to create your mind map once.

Deciding on your goals and objectives is something which is done annually and quarterly.


Now that you have a good idea of what you need to do to create content faster it is up to you to tweak it to suit the way you work.

Once it becomes a habit you will notice over time that it takes less time for you to write a blog post.

In fact, you will create shortcuts to getting everything done faster without compromising on quality.

Remember to check out this post that shows you how to come up with ideas for popular blog topics fast.

If you have never considered your buyer journey before, now is a good time to revamp the process so that you can get a higher return on your investment of time.

Over to you, what hacks have you used or are you using to write blog posts faster? Share it in the comments below.


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Nov 11 2019