MI40X (Fitness Blog Update)

My readers here (both of you) know I have a fitness blog.  Of the latest bodybuilding programs that has come out is Ben Pakulski's MI40X.  So far this has been a pretty good seller and I understand why: it is an excellent bodybuilding program and I think it will help you put on some muscle

Like many of the programs I promote, this is purely a digital product.  If you decide to order it you'll be taken to a main members page where Ben himself will give you an explanation of how to get the most out of this program.  I always advise those who purchase MI40X to watch it carefully and follow his advice instead of just rushing into the workout videos.  A lot of thought has been put into Mass Intentions Extreme 2.0, so you need to follow it as precisely as you can in order to reach your goals.

Once you've watched the introduction you'll see this program starts with a 3-week primer phase.  After that there are 7 different phases.  You will not be using the same volume and intensity for every phase--each one is different, and there is purpose in this.  Some workouts, for example, are less strenuous than others.  This cyclical training is based on a principle called periodization, and this is very important for more advanced trainees to understand.

I think you'll also be impressed by the videos you can download.  MI40X comes with a complete video library, and the quality/resolution is really good.  The videos pretty much took up the whole screen of my laptop so I usually played them at 50% screen size.  Ben will explain the proper way to do each exercise, and it's the closest you can get to having him as your personal trainer without paying thousands of dollars. 

MI40X also comes with a supplement and nutrition guide.  Be sure to plan out your eating/nutrition so you can grow.  Some beginners overlook the importance of nutrition when it comes to building muscle--don't make this mistake.  As far as supplements go I'd encourage you to stick with the basics, like a protein powder (and maybe creatine monohydrate).  Don't get caught up in spending a lot of money on supplements because most of them are a waste of time.

Hopefully this review has helped give you and introduction.  You can check out my Mass Intentions evaluation for more information (and you can also learn how to get a discount--just click the link to learn more). 

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Backlinks XXX Review


Let me start with this: the product I'm reviewing is in no way connected to any form of explicit or adult material.

I've been reading the Viperchill blog for several months.  I'm not sure exactly when I started following it, but it is one of a handful of blogging/marketing sites I read pretty regularly.  The author won my respect when he wrote an honest review of some of products being promoted on a popular affiliate marketing forum.  I've also bought some crummy products with the hopes of getting more traffic, increased sales, etc, and most of them just didn't live up to the hype.

I actually have been underwhelmed by the vast majority of the stuff designed to increase your traffic.  I was so cynical, in fact, that I was reluctant to try Backlinks XXX.  But curiousity got the best of me and I bought it.  I was pleasantly surprised.

Summary:

This program is basically a video course on how you can improve your website's rankings in search engine results.   Here's what you'll learn:

*How to choose/analyze keywords and the competition for specific keywords.  I hate to admit this, but I was doing some of my keyword research incorrectly, despite the fact that I've been blogging for years.  I realized this after watching their videos.

*How to build a backlink profile that will help your website to rank well.  The authors do a good job of showing you how to vary your anchor texts and the types of backlinks in order to send the right signals to google.

That's a short summary, but it's as simple as that.  The videos are very thorough.

Review:

You'll notice I don't have many reviews on this blog.  That's because so much of what I've bought/tried just isn't worth promoting or reviewing.  But Backlinks XXX was a breath of fresh air--it is the most helpful SEO course I've ever seen.

After the training I decided to change the title/name of one of my blogs and target a specific phrase.  I've also started following the steps outlined in the program to improve my rankings.  What I've learned makes more sense than anything else I've ever seen.

Let me add something here:  you can do most everything in Backlinks XXX on a minimalist budget, and you can do even more if you are willing to spend a little money.  The time, effort, and money required will depend on how many websites you own.  I just have a few blogs, so I have gone with a low-budget approach. 

Just click here if you'd like to purchase Backlinks XXX.  Please use my links to buy it if this review has helped you. 

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Blogger vs Wordpress (self-hosted)

Note: I'm mainly comparing Blogspot vs a self-hosted Wordpress blog (Wordpress.org). 

I first started making web pages back in the mid-90's.  One of the challenges back then was to find a way to create them without having to do much html coding.   I was exploring a relatively new way to do things because not many people had their own personal websites.

Blogging came along a few years later, and sharing your life online became much, much easier. 

I began my blogging "career" on the blogger/blogspot platform about seven years ago.  I'm not sure exactly why I chose it--maybe because it was simple and free.  I created a custom domain blogger when I decided to target a specific niche.  Needless to say, I've had extensive experience with Blogspot.

I decided to start my first self-hosted Wordpress blog about a year and a half ago.  I was interested in starting another niche blog and I wanted to see if it was really that much better.  It took me a little while to adjust to it, but Wordpress did indeed win me over.  I've since been moving my custom url Blogspot sites to Wordpress.  I may eventually make that move with this one.

I've shared a little background just so you'll know I'm speaking from fairly extensive experience.  I'll explain what I see as the pros and cons of each platform and why I'm using Wordpress more now.

Your Argument is Invalid

I've seen some concerns/criticisms of Blogspot/Blogger that just never have bothered me.  Here are a few:

1. A blogspot url is spammy and/or not authoritative.  
I understand this concern, but I've seen a ton of spammy websites with their own url and slick designs.  I tend to judge a blog based on its content, not the platform.  I believe most people do the same, and there are some incredible, highly successful Blogspot blogs out there. 

2. Content ownership
Technically speaking, Google does own whatever content you post on the Blogger platform.  This has only been an issue one time for me in over seven years of blogging.  I had a copyright complaint about one of my posts because of an image (a picture of an ant, if you can believe that).  Blogger temporarily took my post down and asked me to remove the image.  I had it back up immediately (minus the image), so it really wasn't a big deal. 

But I'm skeptical about Google shutting down entire blogs that don't have illegal content.  They'd kill their own business if they did this.

Advantages of Blogger/Blogspot

I believe there are two main advantages for using this platform. 
 
1. Ease of Use (Front End)
Without question, Blogger/Blogspot is incredibly easy to set up (compared to a self-hosted Wordpress blog).  You can sign up and start within minutes (literally), which makes it a good choice for those with limited technical skills.

2. Monitizing Free Blogs
The biggest advantage for Blogger/Blogspot from a financial standpoint is the ability to create as many blogs as you want and monetize them with zero financial investment.

Advantages of Self-Hosted Wordpress

I've mentioned switching many of my blogs over to Wordpress.   Setting up things with Hostgator was pretty simple, and it's even easier now that I've done it a few times.  It took some time to get used to the new platform, but now I love it.  Here's why:

1. Ease of Use for Writing/Posting
Blogspot is easier to set up, but I've had a much easier time with copying and pasting something from Microsoft Word into the Wordpress platform.  With Blogger I was having to paste it into html mode, then go back and insert paragraph breaks using html code (you can copy/paste into compose mode, but then you end up with a ton of formatting from Word).

I also really like Wordpress' distraction free writing mode, which allows you to go to full screen in the window while composing.

2. Themes
The most aggravating part of using Blogspot was trying to find attractive themes that actually worked.  I usually had to test them on a "dummy blog" just to make sure it wouldn't be a complete disaster.  Finding and changing themes in Worpress is much, much easier in my opinion.

3. SEO
In theory you can optimize both Wordpress and Blogger, but this is something else I've found to be much easier to do with Wordpress.  I usually use the SEO Ultimate plugin. 

4.  Plugins
I've just mentioned plugins, which is another advantage to Wordpress.  There are hundreds of them, and they can help with everything from security (BulletProof Security is good) to setting up a contact form (I like Fast Secure Contact Form). 

Those are just a few of my thoughts on the two platforms. 

Maybe it won't take another seven months for me to write a new post . . . . maybe.

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Vagex Review: Increase Youtube Views

You should be using Youtube as part of your strategy if you are trying to make money blogging or do any kind of internet marketing.  I've heard that it is the second largest search engine--thousands of people go there to look for information about products and services.  Speaking of search engines, Youtube videos also tend to do very well as far as google ranking goes.

One serviced I'd highly recommend for this is Vagex.  You can use credits from this website to increase video views, which is one in how they rank within Youtube.

One important note:  you cannot directly monetize videos you put into the Vagex system.   But there are no limitations in the kind of links you put in the video descriptions (affiliate links, links back to your blog, etc.).  Just click here to check out Vagex and increase your Youtube views. 


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