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It was a dream (almost) come true.

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You’re probably expecting something to rock your world here, but I don’t have it. Unfortunately, the story is much simpler than the one you probably already weaved inside your head before clicking on the title.

I asked.

Yup. That’s the solution: I asked people to give me money just for being a nice dude, and IT FUCKING WORKED!

So, a week ago, I was SO fed up with my life. Everything was always challenging, and I constantly needed things to cheer me up.

The problem was that I couldn’t afford them.

So, one night, before going to bed, I posted…


It’s not as glamorous as you think but it’s the perfect side-hustle.

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In September 2020, I was terrified when I clicked on that orange “Open a Shop” button. I didn’t know if this would work out, and I knew I could potentially lose a lot of money if things didn’t. Now, seven months later, I know that my Etsy shop could be a huge income stream for me.

This article will show you how I made $1423.02 from a single design on Etsy, which I ordered on Fiverr. That amount is unique to me, and nobody can promise you’ll see the same results. But if you follow the steps laid out below…


I’m so happy you’re here!

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Ever since Dropout.tv launched in 2018, I’ve been an avid follower of the streaming service. I recently renewed my subscription for another whole year, and I’ve even interviewed some incredible people like Mike Trapp and Brennan Lee Mulligan.

And then it dawned on me: I should make this a thing.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than expecting a new episode of D20, watching Um actually during lunch, or getting the next episode of Game Changer. I engage with the community, and I share many of their values, thoughts, and emotions about the streaming service shows.

There was never an episode…


Let’s talk about what makes Eden Alene’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest so appealing.

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Next month is the annual Eurovision contest, and I think it’s time for me to introduce you to Eden Alene.

Before we even begin talking about her, please make up your own mind by listening to this song:

Eurovision Song Contest official YouTube Channel

Finished? Mind-blown? Me too! Let’s dive right in!

She’s 20 Years Old!

Many YouTubers have compared Eden to Rihanna, and for a good reason. Although she’s so young, her voice reaches the highest of notes, and that’s incredible—no other word to describe it.

Her young age puts her firmly in Gen Z territory and with wisdom beyond her years.

If…


If you’re struggling with accountability, this 15-minute prep work will put you on the right track to productivity.

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Demanding ourselves to work more after a workday is always challenging. If you’re anything like me, you eat something, take a shower, and dive into YouTube or Netflix for the remainder of the evening. And the following day, we’ll be mad at ourselves for our lack of accountability.

We all heard by now that if you give your goals actual deadlines with real consequences, you are more likely to accomplish them. In this article, I want to share how I took this idea and used it to transform my publishing strategy.

Let’s dive right in!

I Scheduled All of My Posts Until Dec. 2021

And when I say schedule…


Use this practical guide to set up an email in the form of yourname@yourdomain.com.

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It’s time for you to look professional, and you want to set up a custom domain email address. Imagine the credibility that comes with writing and receiving an email with the structure yourname@yourdomain.com.

Opening your custom domain email address instead of using Gmail or Outlook is a small step, but it significantly affects how you are perceived.

Let’s get right to it.

Buy a domain

If you already own a domain, you can skip to the next section of this article.

Websites like GoDaddy will let you buy a domain for anywhere between $2 and $20,000 (or more!) for a single year. …


Here’s what happened.

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Imagine having a dream that feels distant, and at the same time, everyone around you seems to have achieved it so quickly.

It’s frustrating.

For me, that dream is living a stable financial life. Yes, I have a job. Yes, I have a roof over my head. Yes, I’m not in any danger. But do I have any savings? Not any I can use before pension time. Do I achieve any of my financial goals? Not for the last decade of my life. And not for lack of trying.

I’m sure any student or post-grad with lots of debt will…


The Future of online communities lies with Circle.

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A couple of weeks ago, the good people at Ghost.org invited me to join a new Circle community for Ghost website owners. At first, I was surprised to see a new community tool for creators that I didn’t know.

Then it hit me like it hit people in 2008 that Bitcoin is the future. Circle communities are the next best thing. The product is in active development, and yet it’s so polished! So much promise all around. Let’s dive into five reasons you should start your own community on Circle today.

Disclaimer: Circle did not sponsor this article.

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The best way to increase traffic to your blog is by being helpful.

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Increasing traffic to your blog doesn’t mean that you have to wait for Google’s SEO to show your articles in search results. Nevertheless, there’s one core idea I want you to keep in mind as you go through this list: Your content’s goal matters.

If you genuinely help people through your words, you’ll see progress. But if you do everything I say in here and your content is clickbait or self-promotional — you’ll see people running in the other direction.

With that in mind — here are some more ways to increase traffic for free!

Capture Email Subscribers

Email subscribers could be the…


Set it up once, and see it work for you with each new article published

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A month ago, I paid my second annual Zapier subscription fee. I’ve been using this platform for more than a year now, and it baffles me how little writers use it to save their precious time.

I’m using Zapier for lots of things: creating accounts for my ConvertKit email subscribers on my Ghost blog, automatically create Medium Drafts for my published pieces on Ghost with the canonical URL already set to the original post, etc.

You might think — why bother automate things that take a minute? But if you count those minutes that you spend on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook…

Oren Cohen

Engineer, Dragon lover, and Blogger. He/Him. Reach out: inquiries@thegeekwriter.com Get my 10-step Blog publishing checklist: https://thegeekwriter.info

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