Side Hustle Spark 209: 16 Marketing Strategies for 2021 (ahrefs.com)

Once again, the pure act of my version of curation pays off with new sites, new terms, and new acronyms…

I learned lots from this post by Michal Pecánek.

From the ‘Yes, I am and probably always will be a newbie’ department: Stuff I didn’t know or hadn’t thought of–newsjacking, featured snippets, more alternatives to Google, Quora marketing, brand codes, and HARO (‘Help a reporter out’) requests.


And now, time for book recommendations…or shameless commercialism…or both. Okay, there are definitely book recommendations…

These seven books are go-to sources of inspiration and valued experience. These are affiliate links which, if you use to preview and buy the product, won’t raise the product’s price and will earn me a commission. At that point, I’ll be that much closer to buying that unclaimed island in the Caribbean. Please don’t ask for the island’s coordinates. It is mine and you can’t have it. ;->

These books cut across so many lines of productivity and accomplishment. Whether you use these links or go elsewhere, get your hands on these.

Side Hustle Spark 201: Sharpen your blog posts with Copyblogger’s checklist

More quality content from Copyblogger and Stefanie Flaxman.

Here is the link to the one-minute video curation. The image above is also linked.

It’s meant to give you an overview of the checklist items, but I encourage you to hit that ‘pause’ button to read the entire post.

Why no audio? I’m figuring if you’re looking at this on your phone in a public setting, you may not want to mess with volume controls. And the writer’s words do just fine without my commentary.

Why not just click to the post? Absolutely, but some folks might just want the device to guide them through the content.

This post raised plenty of points to explore and clarify. I have to better understand ‘featured images’ and the ‘more’ tag.

Hope this gives you a little help as you create your own content.

This content works for folks in all stages of their side hustles, so, by all means, pass this along.


Side Hustle Spark 197: System to Generate Content Ideas

Click the word cloud above for a two-minute curation of the post from socialmediaexaminer.com’s Matt Johnston: Social Media Content Ideas: A Perpetual Idea System

Why do I silent video curation when you could easily read the post?

  • Just a different approach to content.
  • Everybody learns and remembers differently.
  • I add a little highlighting which some of you may not want to mess with on your phone as you balance the scone and coffee. [In my case, it would be, while I spill the coffee as I break off a piece of the scone and watch the phone drop to the grimy floor.]
  • I am pointing out content more than directly teaching it.

Feel free, of course, to send request for content, links, freebies, resources.

Side Hustle Spark 188: Commence the avalanche (Curation by Scoop-it)

I used this tool–Scoop.it–a while back when I provided instructional and tech support for teachers. (A great job with great people, by the way.)

And I thought to myself, “Self, you’re now spending even more time curating. Why aren’t you using Scoop.it?”

And so I am, right here.

I’ll be adding to this regularly. And if I don’t, let me know.

Note: I’m using the name jr mays. Nothing hinky here. Just for other writing reasons.

Forge ahead, folks!

Side Hustle Spark 181: Check out themanifest.com

While reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Publishing on Medium.com, I learned about themanifest.com.

You can subscribe to their how-to guides, here.


A realization: It’s entirely possible that the more resources I send you to, the less you’ll need to check in here. While I’m not trying to steer you away, hey, if the destinations help you more than this blog, then I guess ‘mission accomplished’.

Forge ahead!.

I promise I’ll keep plugging, myself.

Side Hustle Spark 180: Ali Mese and growthsupply.com

I liked this tagline found on growthsupply.com’s ‘Studio’ page.

I ran across Ali Mese while reading the post The Do’s and Don’ts of Publishing on Medium.com. (Note: You might need to sign in on medium.com to read that post. Otherwise, this article written by Rhonda Bradley can be found at The Manifest.

The writer noted that Ali (at the time with 64,000 readers) consistently uses bold statements, easy-to-read strategies (subheaders, numbered/bulleted lists), quotes, video, and social media posts in his pieces.

I followed up on Ali and his growthsupply.com site. (“Get smarter at building your thing.”)

Some relevant titles on the front page include:


A realization: It’s entirely possible that the more resources I send you to, the less you’ll need to check in here. While I’m not trying to steer you away, hey, if the destinations help you more than this blog, then I guess ‘mission accomplished’.

Forge ahead!.

I promise I’ll keep plugging, myself.

Side Hustle Spark 177: Daniel Pink’s Jedi Mind Tricks

I was recently looking for YouTube videos for side hustlers and up came Daniel Pink’s four minutes on How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions video from the Big Think channel.

Key point: “When people have their own reasons for doing something–not yours!–they believe those reasons more deeply and adhere to the behavior more strongly.”

In a side hustling context, say a potential customer is an almost lost cause. Ask him/her ‘What would it take for you to at least hear a 10-second pitch from me?’ or ‘What is the biggest obstacle to your considering my request?’.

And more from Daniel Pink: a quote from his book To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others


This post contains one affiliate link. If you use the link to buy the Daniel Pink book, I will earn a commission and I’ll be that much closer to buying that unclaimed island in the Caribbean. Thanks. Please don’t ask for the island’s coordinates. It’s mine and you can’t have it.

Side Hustle Spark 165: Copyblogger: “Connect Your Content!”:

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Coopyblogger Editor-in-chief Stefanie Flaxman shares advice on using internal links to create a ‘web of content’.

Title of post: One Ridiculously Easy Blogging Ingredient that Satisfies Hungry Prospects

The post’s three suggested strategies:

  1. Plan your links. Look for/aim for/point to connections between your posts.
  2. Choose intriguing words and phrases. Use terms that match or pique your visitors’ interests. (Ex. ‘call to action’ and ‘selling points’)
  3. Let your content inspire more content. Link back to previous relevant posts and add a reminder to further explore a concept in future posts.

** Because of the nature of sidehustlecurator, this post is a prime example of do as she says, not as I do.

Also due to the nature of my blog, most posts are merely pointers to the better stuff. DO follow the links!