Yes, you read that title right. In today’s post, we’re going to feature an interview with the man behind The Best Walking Shoes Guide which makes over $500 per month and is built on WordPress. Since a lot of WordPress users use the platform for their money sites, we found it to be an interesting interview for you today. The Best Walking Shoes Guide is run on WordPress and uses Amazon affiliate links as its monetization method.
Q. When did you start The Best Walking Shoes Guide and how much money did it make last month?
A. I started The Best Walking Shoes Guide in August of 2012 and it made $300 in September and it is on track to make $500 in October. The site has only been around for a month and a half at this point, which is amazing considering how much it is earning already.
Q. Why did you choose WordPress as the framework for your website?
I chose WordPress, because it is a platform I’m familiar with. I can knock out a basic website in a couple hours and have it indexed in Google by the next day. I first worry about getting the bare essentials up including some basic content and then I go all out to rank the site. Once I break into the top 10, the good traffic starts to come in. If I break into the top 10 easily, that also means I can probably get it higher. This is the point where I also start to improve the content on each page and create more pages with more content to rank for additional keywords. I also will make more of an effort on the design to put some usability and trust into the design. I like this system because it helps keep costs down low until the money starts coming in.
Q. What are the pages that make the most money on the site?
I obsess over tracking and analytics. I love looking at data, especially when the data is about my earnings. It’s fun to spot to the opportunities and take out the losers. There are two pages that earn the most money and they are both my main guides on the site. One is the best women’s walking shoes guide which is a list of my handpicked best walking shoes for women that includes a lot of different styles. The second best page is my best men’s walking shoes guide that lists all of my best walking shoes for men based on comfort, style, and price. These pages really help the consumer with their buying decision before they buy and that’s why the site has been as successful as it has been.
Q. Any new niches you hope to break into in the future?
After The Best Walking Shoes Guide gets a bit more steady with its rankings, I will definitely expand my niche site portfolio with new websites in new niches, but I have not looked into my next niche site yet. I do know that I’m going to try a lead generation site next, because my research shoes that’s where most of the money is made and I think it’s a better long term investment.
That concludes our short interview with Reggie of the Best Walking Shoes Guide. We hope to feature more case studies of people making money on sites built on WordPress.
It’s really difficult to get a good workout when on the road to a conference. There’s the traveling, the stress of checking into your hotel room, the stress of finding the venue and being well rested, and so much more. With all these distractions, it has become a common problem for many men and women who want to exercise, but can’t seem to find the time while on the road.
Today, we’re going to offer you some exercise tips you can use while on the road. These will only take 30 minutes so you most likely can squeeze some time to do these before your late night shower or before your morning shower. When I’m not traveling, I train with my personal trainer in Irvine at Next Level Fitness, Scotty the Body. He is the one who gave me these tips to use while on the road so remember the following is coming from an expert.
1. Run. Yes as simple as it sounds he told me to go run around the hotel if it’s safe, but with a twist. He said to only run for 20 min, but not just light jogging, but sprinting. Sprinting is a very good method to accelerate the benefits of jogging, plus sprinting helps build leg and core and muscles while jogging mostly just trims fat. Plus sprinting takes a lot less time than jogging. You can do 5 min of stretching and then 15 minutes of sprinting and you will get tired out fast, which means you got a good workout.
2. Hotel Room Exercises. This is the easiest and one of my favorite exercises to do. It’s basically a series of 5 exercises that you do all in a row without stopping. First, do 20 pushups. Second, do 20 crunches. Third, do 20 lunges. Fourth, stretch out your arms perpendicular to the floor with your palms facing down and run in place lifting your knees high enough to hit your hands. Do this until your knees hit your hands 50 times. The last exercise is 120 seconds of planking, which involves getting in a pushup position but on your forearms instead and just holding that position.
What I typically do is do the running in the morning and then I do the hotel room exercises at night before my night time shower. This combination is the perfect exercises and workouts to do on the road. Scotty is one of the best personal trainers I have ever trained with. If you don’t have a personal trainer and living in Orange County, California, you should consider going to Next Level Fitness and signing up with Scotty or one of their other Irvine personal trainers. If you go to their website right now, in fact, you can sign up for a free week trail of personal training to try them out for free. This is actually the same deal I used to get started and now I’ve been training there for over a year. One of the benefits of a personal trainer is how much they push you to get your workouts in and be effective. Plus, they give you tips like these to use when your on the go and need to get that workout in.
I go to many conferences throughout the year and sometimes I have to bring my seven-year-old son with me. Inevitably, he gets bored. He would typically bring his game boy and play games on it while he would patiently sit in the back until it’s over. I sometimes felt bad for him, because I could tell he was so bored and didn’t want to be there. On the way home from one conference I took him to about a month ago, I asked him if he was really bored playing with his game boy. Just as I expected, he was.
On the way home from that conference, I thought a lot about different solutions to my son’s boredom. I figured I would take a look at some of the new tablets that have been coming out the past few years to see if he would be interested in one of them. So, I took to Google and started my search. I found a really great website that helped me with ways to find the best tablet for kids and it compared a dozen different tablets for kids. Each of them had their own pros and their own cons of course.
With the help of the site, I ended up just picking the iPad Mini for him. In the end, you can’t go wrong with Apple. Instead of just bringing it home one day for him, I made it an adventure for him. We went to the mall and went to the Apple Store. At this point he had no idea what we were there for. Just outside the Apple Store I stopped him and bent down on one knee so we’d be face to face. I looked at him and said, “Hey, I really love it when you come to the conferences with me, but I hate seeing you bored with your old Gameboy. So, we are here today because we’re going to get you something new and special.” His face began to light up. “I’m going to get you an iPad Mini. Would you like that?” Before I could finish my sentence, he was screaming, “Yay!”
We both had smiles on our faces as we walked through the Apple Store’s doors. We immediately looked at the table with the iPads and let him play with them. I wanted to make sure he was “making the choice” because I want him to really appreciate it and take care of it – not just a here you go type of gift. He ended up really liking the iPad Mini and picked the black one. So, we bought it and took it home. He couldn’t wait until we got home to open it so he was playing with it on the car ride home.
Over time, we downloaded some apps for him and by the time the next conference came up, he as actually excited to come with me because he knew he could play with his iPad Mini all day. I really do think it’s the best tablet for kids that has really great long term value thanks to the App Store. If you have a bored kid that you have to take to conferences or events, consider buying him an iPad Mini. He or she will have years of use out of it. You can also find them used on eBay or Craigslist at discounted prices. You won’t regret it!
Last week we hosted the open source telecommunication standards conference for 2013 and there were a lot of great presentations. The topic of this year’s convention was the changing face of technology in the telecommunication industry and how open source solutions are evolving to meet the needs of the business community. One of the more interesting presentations was put on by Primus Business, who spoke about bex technology and how businesses can take advantage of it in the future. Bex has come on strongly over the past 5 years and more businesses are implementing bex solutions as time goes on partly because they can implement bex using open source solutions (saving a lot of the upfront costs) and partly because the state of the internet has provided a place for most businesses to take advantage of a customer base that wasn’t there just 10 years ago.
If you want to see more on the presentation of Primus Business go to
primus.ca/business/internet-and-data/business-ethernet/ to read the handout material and watch the presentation videos. It was a very interesting subject that spoke about the implications of the shifts in technology and how the open source world can step in to lead the charge for the adoption of bex technology and the technologies that surround it. The best part about that particular presentation was the fact that they had a live workshop to help open source solution providers with some out of the box solutions to present to companies that could benefit from bex and similar products. So they presented a working theory on how to drive open source in to the mainstream as a viable business model and then hit it home with a live workshop showing providers out of the box solutions they could sell to businesses that would benefit them and their client’s businesses.
There were some other innovative presentations as well. Some that touched on the home user desktop market, so this wasn’t just geared to business owners like it has been in the past. Open source has made some great strides in the desktop market in recent years but has never quite broken through to the next level. The conference unveiled a few innovations from the open source community that they hope will help break the use of open source solutions to the next level in the home user desktop market. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out in the next year or so.
One of the most interesting parts of the conference was the section devoted to open source in the mobile technology market. News of continuing use of open source software by giants such as Google and the phone manufacturers brought a glimmer of hope to the community as well as the recent strides made in to the software security sector which was mainly driven by adoption of the open source encryption standards by the banking industry worldwide just this year prior to the convention. The consortium said that they expect other industries to follow suit rather quickly which is another piece of good news for the open source community.
One of the best ways to ensure your large conference runs smoothly is to establish proper security. By establishing a security plan, you can reduce unforeseen negative impacts of having a large number of people from many different companies gather. Especially if the conference contains trade secrets or information that is not for the general public, a security plan is essential. The security plan should include reviewing the existing systems of the event location, comprehensive ID badges for attendees, key/card access installed for rooms where confidential information will be shared, and sharing your security plans with attendees prior to the event date.
The first step to establish security at your conference is to review the location. When contacting prospective host locations, be sure to have a “security checklist” of must-haves to review with management. Choose a location with limited entrance/exit points which will allow for easier monitoring and control over who is attending. Put locations with established security systems at the top of the list. Systems to look for include video security systems, smoke and fire alarm systems and a sprinkler system in case of fire. Locations which offer either an on-site cafeteria or the ability to provide catering should also be a priority. By limiting the number of people entering and exiting the event location, the opportunity for undesirable guests to attend is minimized.
In order to control who has access to the conference, establish an identification system. The days of sticker “My Name Is” tags are over. Picture ID badges clearly identifying the attendee and the company he or she represents are a great way to ensure safety at your conference. In addition, the visual reminder that the attendee is representing his or her company may cause the employee to act more professionally, eliminating the “rowdy” element at your conference. Having security officers at all egress points, to monitor incoming guests for proper identification, may slow down the traffic flow a bit, but is vital to ensuring safety for the conference.
The next step is to consider having the venue be accessible only after swiping or scanning a key card or fob. Although “piggybackers” may still find a way in, this will dramatically reduce the number of uninvited attendees. “Piggybackers” are those who follow an authorized user in through a secured door. If the conference contains information that shouldn’t be available to the general public, a card access control system is the answer. Although this can be a complicated undertaking, companies such as SoCal Access and Video are able to provide security system installation. By outsourcing your conference security to professionals, safety is all but guaranteed.
The final step is to include the comprehensive security plan as part of your advertising. Let prospective guests know their safety is a priority. By showing that every step is being taken to ensure safety at the conference, a sense of community is established and the conference is off to a great start before it even begins.