My Go-To Resources

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First time here? If so, I have some GREAT news! Below is a super simple roadmap to follow for beginning bloggers, all the way to expert bloggers!

Start Here

How to Start a Blog — Ultimate step by step tutorial that delves into extreme detail on how to set up your blog from top to bottom. Be sure to start from the very beginning since there are countless tips and suggestions to help you avoid mistakes. This is only the start and when I’m done with you, you’ll be a blogging professional.

Why You Should Start a Blog — Still on the fence about moving forward with your blog idea? Here are 10 mind-blowing reasons why it’s a no-brainer to buy a domain, register hosting and start blogging today!

How to Come up with the Right Blog Name — Names are everything. The name of your blog can be the first good or bad decision you make so be careful when choosing and reference this article.

Blog Comparison Chart — I put together a helpful chart to decipher which blogging platforms are best suited for your blog. While, I highly recommend you begin with a self-hosted WordPress blog, there’s certainly more options out there in the sea. Let’s see what works best for you.

What You Need to Know Before Starting a Blog — A complete guide on the most important elements to consider before you take the leap and start your own blog. I’ve made many mistakes starting out, read this guide to avoid making the same mistakes!
Skyrocket Your Content Marketing & Blogging Strategy in 2016 — An easy guide to help you establish a proven blogging & content strategy that will help you visualize how you’ll reach your blogging goals

Now That Your Blog is Live…

On Blast Blog — The central location for my blog. You’ll find insightful tips, tricks and shortcuts that are guaranteed to position your blog posts for success.

Blog Post Ideas — 151 of the very best ideas you can use for your next blog post. Engage and excite your loyal visitors with fresh ideas.

Promoting Your Blog / Grow Traffic — Your personal go-to guide on promoting your brand new blog and growing daily visitors by TWO FOLD. If you want to dominate Google’s index and grow traffic to your website, this resource is for you.

Blogging Best Practices — Expert tips on how to blog the right way. Learn from the best on how to approach almost every situation when it comes to your blog.

How to Write a Perfect Blog Post — Learn what ingredients are needed in the recipe of a flawless blog post.
The Holy Grail of Link Building Like the Pros — Learn the top strategies to build authority and relevant links to your website, to help increase your rankings.


How to Work From Home — A detailed guide that’s super easy to follow along. Creating a perfect balance between your work life and your personal life can be challenging. Read this guide to learn how to find that balance your life needs!

The Next Step

Ultimate WordPress Cheat Sheet — A collection of charts and tables to help designers and developers with WordPress functions from a technical perspective.

Joomla vs WordPress vs Drupal — A CMS showdown to find out just which platform is right for you. Learn more with this technical analysis into Content Management Systems (CMS).

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Blog — A detailed guide to show you how you can increase the speed of your WordPress blog… the same way I sped up On Blast Blog so it’s super fast!

Social Media

Social Media Cheat Sheet for Everything — Find the most up to date image sizing for each social platform, the best days & times to share socially, the top tools the experts use, secret tricks for each social network and a proven method on how to write irresistible headlines to capture more readers.

Monetization Avenues

How to Make Money with Google Adsense — This step by step guide will help you leverage the monetization avenue of Google Adsense. One of the best and easiest ways to earn revenue from your blog, Google Adsense is a money making beast that can be tamed.

WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO – Easily optimize your WordPress website with just one plugin. This free plugin should probably be the first one you download

Gravity Forms – Advanced forms for WordPress just got super easy. Over a million different blogs use this plugin, it isn’t free but it’s real powerful.

WP Rocket – You need a fast website. Thanks to this plugin, your blog couldn’t be more efficient.

WP – Sometimes images can be too large and slow down your blog. Reduce image file sizes with this free plugin and improve your blogs performance.


Web Hosting Hub – Don’t waste your time with other hosting solutions. Take it from me, Web Hosting Hub has the most innovative hosting solutions that will allow you to focus more on what’s important – your blog. Through this link you’ll receive over 40% off!

Professional Themes

InkHive – A refreshing mix of free and premium themes with exception design. I’ve been using and recommending these themes to my students for years now.

Free Bootstrap Landing Pages by AZMIND – These are some nicely designed HTML templates made with the Bootstrap framework that you can download for free and use as landing pages to test your new products that you’re about to launch on your blog.

Theme Forest – Premium WordPress themes that are affordable for anyone. Site templates and themes start from $3.

WooThemes – eCommerce Themes and Plugins for WordPress. They have a wide selection of themes that add powerful options to your WordPress site.


Ninja Outreach – Reaching out to others and forging relationships is an absolute necessity. From research to managing relationships, this tool will take you to the next level of blogger outreach. Ninja Outreach is blogger outreach made easier.


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