My Kinsta Hosting Review After 8 Months (22 Sites Hosted)

My Kinsta Hosting Review After 8 Months (22 Sites Hosted)

UPDATE NOVEMBER 21, 2017 First, I'm still with Kinsta hosting and still delighted with their service.  All my biggest sites are with them. The main point of this update is to tell you that Kinsta recently rolled out lower cost ...
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10 Reasons It Rocks to Be a Blogger

10 Reasons It Rocks to Be a Blogger

Funny doctor's note to employer: my friends work requires a doctors note if you call in sick About 2 years after I went full time as a blogger and website publisher I was watching the TV show Californiacation. It's a ...
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15 Ways You Can Make Money on Facebook

15 Ways You Can Make Money on Facebook

This post was dramatically updated September 18, 2017.  The updates include additional ways to make money from Facebook, specifically Facebook pages. This post originally focused on option #3 below, which is my NUMBER 1 method for making money on Facebook ...
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How to Use Quizzes to Increase Affiliate Marketing Commissions

How to Use Quizzes to Increase Affiliate Marketing Commissions

At no point during my years as an affiliate marketer have I enjoyed as great of a boost in affiliate commissions for one merchant so quickly than I have this year (2017) using quizzes. Writing this post makes me wonder ...
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10 Pitfalls of Affiliate Marketing You Need to Know Before Getting Into It

10 Pitfalls of Affiliate Marketing You Need to Know Before Getting Into It

The website monetization method that grabbed me by throat way back when was affiliate marketing. I loved the concept of being rewarded for my efforts without having to come up with a product to sell and all the hassles that ...
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What is the Blogging Business Model?

What is the Blogging Business Model?

While some people suggest that blogging and publishing websites is the same thing, I think there is an important difference. Yes, I sometimes use the terms interchangeably, but when getting technical and analyzing the business models of blogger vs. publisher, ...
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The Best Ad Management WordPress Plugin (Extensive Testing)

The Best Ad Management WordPress Plugin (Extensive Testing)

It's funny when I think back about some of the dumb stuff I did when starting online. I had a niche site with which I had no idea how to monetize.  I had little traffic and no clue how to ...
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The Simplest Way to Build a Successful Amazon Affiliate Website

The Simplest Way to Build a Successful Amazon Affiliate Website

One of my biggest problems as a blogger and niche site publisher is I too often needlessly complicate things. I've repeatedly throughout this blog discussed keeping things simple; those are equally good reminders for me. With the launch of a ...
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20 Signs Your Niche Blog Is On the Verge of Success

20 Signs Your Niche Blog Is On the Verge of Success

I don't publish income earned from Fat Stacks because I don't think it's relevant to the reason behind reporting niche site income.  I report niche site income to demonstrate that niche sites, in niches other than "how to make money ...
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What's the Best Laptop for Blogging and Internet Marketing? Windows vs. Mac

What’s the Best Laptop for Blogging and Internet Marketing? Windows vs. Mac

I've been blogging and publishing niche sites full time since 2012.  I can't believe it's been 5 years. Since I started, I've blown through 4 laptops which puts me on track for ripping through a laptop about every 1.5 years ...
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The Best Business Directory Software for Websites

The Best Business Directory Software for Websites

Over the past six months I've spent $500 on business directory software, including plugins and a theme. Amazingly, not one plugin could do the job properly for me and while I didn't try all the directory themes, not one offered ...
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The Best Q&A Website Software for Your Website (I've Tested a Lot)

The Best Q&A Website Software for Your Website (I’ve Tested a Lot)

After investing 12 hours monkeying around with question and answer plugins, I came to the realization that no plugin was going to do what I wanted it to do. In fact, if you're adding a Q&A section to your niche ...
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9 Online Business Ideas I'd Love to Build If I Had the Time or Money

9 Online Business Ideas I’d Love to Build If I Had the Time or Money

I'm willing to bet you've had more ideas for online businesses than you could reasonably do in your lifetime. I know I have. It's a bit annoying, isn't?  All these great ideas, but not enough time and/or money. The allure ...
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How to Get Professional Product Review Videos Made for $75 (or less)

How to Get Professional Product Review Videos Made for $75 (or less)

I'm not very good at making videos. Sure, I can do the video screen capture videos to demonstrate something.  That's pretty easy.  Nearly impossible to mess that up.  I just need to remember to put a little excitement in my ...
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How I More than Doubled Email Subscriber Rate in 1 Month (without much traffic growth)

How I More than Doubled Email Subscriber Rate in 1 Month (without much traffic growth)

I cringe to think how many more subscribers I would have had if only I'd implemented this simple email marketing technique years ago. I'm going to preface this article with these results are not from Fat Stacks Blog.  It's from ...
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7 New Experiments that Could Make or Break 2017

7 New Experiments that Could Make or Break 2017

I can't help myself these days. I'm turning into a tinkerer; the eccentric guy in the lab coming up with hair-brained concept after hair-brained concept. If I were smart, I'd dig in and focus on stuff that's working.  Instead, I've ...
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The Best Ways For Lazy People to Make a Fortune Online (with No Investment)

The Best Ways For Lazy People to Make a Fortune Online (with No Investment)

"Money for nothin' and chicks for free." Iconic lyrics from Dire Straights. I'll leave the chicks for free bit alone.  Let our "dating" niche colleagues cover it. I'd like to discuss money for nothin' from the internet as best as ...
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Is Diversifying Traffic a Waste of Time?

Is Diversifying Traffic a Waste of Time?

"Don't put all your traffic eggs in one basket" "Don't rely on Google for traffic" "Don't count on Facebook for traffic" "You gotta control your traffic source" The more I do this IM gig, the more I realize all of ...
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Whatever Happened to Passive Income Riches from the Internet?

Whatever Happened to Passive Income Riches from the Internet?

When I grow up I want to write "how to get rid of acne" product reviews. I bet that wasn't your childhood dream, was it? Funny when you think about it, though. Many-a-folk broke into IM penning such work with ...
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22 Clever Ways I Increased Pageviews Per Visit On My Websites

22 Clever Ways I Increased Pageviews Per Visit On My Websites

Striving to increase page views per visitor is ironic because most website publishers want to ultimately maximize revenue, which means for many publishers, we want visitors to click an ad or click an affiliate link. In a perfect world a visitor ...
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