All Posts by Gary Korisko

52 One Simple Thing You Can Do to Monetize Your Blog Today

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The tears welled up in her eyes. Sharon, a woman I’ve always known to be steady as rock, was falling apart right in front of me.

“What am I going to do, Gary?” She asked. My friend looked lost. Broken. Pitiful.

“What about the bills? The house, the cars… everything.”

I didn’t know what to do for her really, other than sympathize and listen.

Sharon is a wonderful person. She’s smart, honest, a hard worker, and she’s talented.

Sharon has worked in marketing for many years – and has been successful at it.

She also runs a blog which began as a hobby or a kind of side project that she hoped would eventually produce some income for her… or maybe not.

Initially, it really didn’t matter either way. She had a good job that she liked and that paid her very well.

But, as happens more often than not, Sharon’s life changed. Dramatically.
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448 Is Disqus Killing Your Blog? Why (and How) I Pulled the Plug

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I recently made the decision to remove the Disqus comment system from my blog.

And it wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction.

I did quite a bit of research first and got a lot of feedback (both solicited and unsolicited) from others.

In this post, I’m going to walk you through my experiences with Disqus as a blog owner, my readers’ experiences with it, and the advantages and disadvantages of Disqus.

We’ll  also cover how it could affect you in your online efforts.

*After 445 comments (thanks!), we’ve closed new comments on this post. Keep an eye out for an update!
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22 What to Do When Success Bites You in the Ass

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Your relentless pursuit of success is a lot like trying to hunt a wild animal.

To pull it off, you have to know when to be aggressive – and when to be stealthy.

Your prey, success, is smart and elusive. It’s skilled in dodging people like you and me whose goal is to catch it, tame it, and keep it as a pet.

Eventually, if you have a smart strategy – and a ton of intestinal fortitude – the planets will align and you might just catch success by the tail.

But even after it’s caught, success retains it feral instincts. It plays possum. It temporarily bends to your will, letting you think you’ve decoded all its secrets.

Over time, you begin to believe that you’ve mastered it – which is exactly what it wants you to think.
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37 A Letter to Long-Winded Keyboard Jockeys (From Everyone)

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Dear content creator:

I’m writing to you today because of a disturbing trend I’ve noticed lately.

The online world seems to have recently become more long-winded.

Long-winded can come in handy from time to time when, say, establishing the founding documents of a newly formed country – or maybe when writing safety manuals for equipment in nuclear power plants.

Long is also useful in certain articles, books, and ultimate guides. Scratch that… those things aren’t just long. They’re thorough, and that’s a whole different thing. A good thing.

But long for the sake of long… cut it out. Seriously.
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19 The Easiest Way to Create an Endless Stream of Blog Post Topics

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There comes a time in every content creator’s life when the idea well runs dry.

Or at least we think the well has run dry.

The pressure of coming up with great blog post topics can jam us up mentally over time. And when we get stuck, we tend to overlook the simple answers. We get so flustered and confused that we fail to see the solutions that may be right under our noses.

The truth of the matter is that your audience, followers, and customers have given you more ideas than you realize. You probably just weren’t paying attention. I’ve been there myself. More times than it’s cool to admit as a matter of fact.

I made the video below after several readers brought up this very problem to me. My advice helped get them out of their funks – let’s see if it opens the floodgates for you, too.
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18 How to Reboot, Rejuvenate, and Reload For the New Year

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As the holidays pass, we each have a fresh, new calendar in front of us.

Another 365 chances to grab opportunity by the throat and wring every last bit of potential out of it.

That’s exciting to think about, isn’t it?

Recently, I wrote that the holidays are a good time to sit back and do nothing.

A time to just be. To appreciate, relax, and soak in the season. And I really hope you took that advice to heart.

But that advice is only one third of my New Year Formula that will get you ready to take on the year of opportunity that lies in front of you.

Today you get the rest of the story.
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17 Why the Most Productive Thing You Can Do Right Now Might Be NOTHING

 

I’ll bet your life’s pretty crazy right now, isn’t it?

I’m right there with you. The end of the year, family coming into town, traveling, the whole holiday thing – it’s nuts.

For most of us the end of the year is a bustling blur of activity. Personal and professional deadlines rain from the sky and we’re all trying to make something happen right now.

It gets overwhelming – and it can distract us from a special growth opportunity.

That opportunity I’m talking about is spending some time in quiet reflection looking back over the last year with gratitude for another 12 months of conquered goals, survived failures, and amazing experiences.

In other words, I’m trying to sell you the value of spending some time at the end of this year taking it slow.

Stop and take a look around you, and even if what you see isn’t quite what your dreams are made of, appreciate it for what it is.
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33 Why Originality is Less Important Than You Think

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If you’re anything like most aspiring mega-entrepreneurs, you probably spend a lot of time agonizing over content.

You have things you want to say and lessons you want to share that you feel can legitimately help other people to live happier, more successful lives.

But somewhere in the process of creating, it happens: The Doubt Monster rears its ugly head and plants the thought…

Someone wrote a book about this 5 years ago.

or

You know so-and-so just wrote a post about a similar topic last month, right?

And unless you’re an unashamed plagiarist, you start second guessing yourself.

Maybe you shouldn’t write about Topic X  because someone did something similar recently.

Maybe you shouldn’t create a Product Y  because there are at least a dozen books on the subject.
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18 What You Don’t Know About Pie Might Just Kill Your Business

I know why you’re frustrated with your online business.market-creation-2

You sometimes feel that every day your chances of making it erode away bit by bit.

You see other people succeeding and every time another one does, you die inside just a little bit.

Not because you’re one of those ogres who hates when other people succeed – but because you believe that each new success in your market takes another little piece of the available pie.

The pressure to reach out and grab your piece of the pie right now while there’s still some left is immense. Whether real or perceived… the clock is ticking and you find yourself pushing to make things happen now. Not later. Right now.

On the other hand – you’re not quite ready to break out yet. You still have things to do and learn before you can make a run for your ambitious goals.

As you prepare and learn, there goes another piece of the pie. And another… and another.

It’s a feeling of desperation and hopelessness. You begin to wonder if you stand a chance at all.
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36 It’s Not My Fault I Never Learned to Accept Responsibility

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As Chief Influencer here, I feel entitled to administer the occasional lecture. Some would say my lectures are more like rants. So be it.

Have you ever known a person who seems to have bad things happen to them again and again and again? You know – their relationships constantly fall apart, every job they get comes with a horrible boss, it only rains in places where they stand, and killer bees are attracted to them like they’re made of sugar?

And when those things happen, what is the first thing that comes out of their mouths?

“It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t do anything. Why do these things keep happening to me?”
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40 Want to Sell More From Your Blog In the Next 5 Minutes? Here’s How.

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You don’t have time to waste when you’re running an online business.

You need certain things to make your business run: specific plugins, software, or payment gateways – but many of them are so complex (and so hard to get support from) that it’s almost not worth the effort to use them.

You know exactly what I’m talking about. Fill in this blank for me…

“I hate dealing with __________. If there were a better option, I’d use it.”

When you’re a one person show, you can’t afford to spend your time on complex technology setups or waiting for so-called support specialists to get back to you  – and you sure as heck can’t afford to be paying high prices or expensive recurring fees for it.

What you really need is for your technology to be fast, easy, and inexpensive.
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