Why You Should Use an Affiliate Link Cloaker on Your Blog

Generally speaking, when you grab an affiliate link to use on your blog you’re going to get a long ugly piece of code like this: http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/3398498/type/dlg/https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g56003-d99010-Reviews-JW_Marriott_Houston-Houston_Texas.html Yuck, right? I just wrote a blog post about the 5 Best U.S. Cities to Visit on a Budget and included a bunch of links to hotel reviews on TripAdvisor, including the link above, which goes to my favorite hotel in Houston. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that link. My main concern is

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5 Tools That Will Make You a Better Writer

  Writing, whether it be for your job or a hobby, can be time-consuming and downright anxiety-inducing. Sometimes you can’t come up with ideas and other times you don’t know if your article sounds good. You proofread, fix, proofread, fix, and then proofread some more, never really knowing if it is a good enough. Sometimes you just have to submit it or press “Publish” and hope for the best. It doesn’t have to be like that, though. Thanks to the

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Invest in Your Business: Blogger’s Guide to Pitching Brands

There’s a certain irony in me posting about something you can buy to improve your blog right on the heels of my (epically long) post about how to start a blog for free. While it is entirely possible to start a blog without spending money – and yes, to even make money on your free blog – I do recommend investing money back into your blog as you start to make money. I especially recommend investing in educational tools that will teach

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Black Friday Deals for Bloggers You Won’t Want to Miss

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day of the year. Retailers tend to offer huge discounts and many people head out to the stores (or shop online) in hopes of snagging the best deals on their holiday gifts. I’m not going to lie: I typically use Black Friday as an excuse to stock up on things that I know I NEED because I don’t want to be pressured into buying extra junk just to snag a

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‘Tis the Season: Gift Ideas for Bloggers

The holidays are just around the corner, which means many of you are either working on gift guides or have already published them. While you’ve been searching for the perfect gifts to include on your own guides, have you stopped to think about what to include on your own personal wish list? When it comes to blogging, I’m a firm believer in two things: Blogging need not be expensive. You don’t need to go out and invest in the best of

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