Side Hustle Spark 262:–a treasury of knowledge and resources

Syed Balkhi’s resource-filled wpbeginner website is a testament to his inside-and-out knowledge of WordPress.

A few of his more recent posts:

How to Increase Ad Impressions in WordPress with Ad Refresh (2 Ways) He credits Buzzfeed with this technique.

How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages (Post Pagination)

How to Start a WordPress Blog the RIGHT WAY in 7 Easy Steps (2021)

Experienced and novice WordPress users alike will benefit from a ten-minute visit here.

Keep plugging!

Side Hustle Spark 253: Topic ideas from Blog Tyrant–hack list, expert roundup, and more

I really do appreciate Blog Tyrant.

This 2019 post19 Different Types of Blog Posts That Work For Any Niche is a prime example of evergreen content that you might want to revisit every month.

I know I’ve been banging the ‘blog post’ drum a bit lately, but I’m hoping one or more ideas will resonate with you.

Forge ahead!

Side Hustle Spark 248: One-topic Series, Content-Locked Post and other blogging ideas shares this lengthy infographic of 60 Blog Post Ideas For Entrepreneurs, Marketers, And Businesses.

*DO* scroll below the image as Elna Cain comments and includes relevant examples for each suggestion. She also encourages visitors to save and reuse this helpful graphic.


Question: So, SideHustleCurator, you’ve already offered other lists of blog post ideas. Why repeat this topic?

Answer: Every resource resonates differently with each visitor. Each list includes at the very least a few notions unique from the others. Each of these posts most likely shows up on varying results pages.


I hope this helps!

Forge ahead!


Side Hustle Spark 243: Blog Topic Generator from


I know there are other blog topic generators out there, but I really preferred this one over the others.

It didn’t limit me to a single week’s worth of possible titles and it was seamless in its delivery.

The ‘Google This Idea’ button is another plus.

And think of it…you don’t have to limit yourself to your side hustle topics.

Use it to come up with new product and service ideas.

If you dabble in fiction, why not enter ‘Big Bad Wolf’ and see what ideas emerge?

Side Hustle Spark 228: Blog layout tips from Ryan Robinson

Ryan Robinson covers blog layout with a post that could easily qualify as a mini-course.

In fact, this is a ‘pour yourself some coffee, sit back, and take notes’ kind of post. (Suggestions: Open a Google Doc and copy/paste the tips most helpful and relevant to you. To further cement the information, read it aloud. Record yourself, even.)

My goal after reviewing this post: Make at least three immediate changes to sidehustlecurator’s layout.

As you can see, I have not been overly invested in layout and design.

I want to deliver the content to you folks and move on.

But who’s fooling who(m)? (The grammar gods are annoying at times.)

A better design will more effectively provide content for the audience.

For now, because I want #228 ouit there today, I’m sticking with my utilitarian design for this post and plan for improvements next week.

Sections of this post that I will click to first:

Ryan also covers building engagement, calls to action, branding, page load strategy, image quality, and designing a relatable layout.

Finally, use the comment box to let me know if there’s a more helpful way that I can curate/present content like this for you.

Side Hustle Spark 207: Create and Go Quick Tour

STILL with the Create and Go folks.

I finally settled in and visited this winning effort by Alex Nerney and Lauren McManus.

Click here or on the image for a 90-second tour of the site.

That baby is chock-full of valuable content. Much like Copyblogger, the site itself provides multiple courses within the free content.

Favorite items (so far):

  • The ‘Tools’ section
  • The free Blogging Bootcamp email course
  • The 4 Phases of Online Blogging Success

Side Hustle Spark 206: Building a Multi-Million Dollar Blogging Empire (Lauren McManus)

I first heard Lauren McManus on an episode of’s podcast. She and her partner epitomized what I would call ‘the thoughtful pivot’.

Then while writing Side Hustle Spark 204, I once again ran across Create and Go and Shannon Mattern’s 2020 chat with LaurenBuilding a Multi-Million Dollar Blogging Empire with Lauren McManus of Create and Go.

A few highlights:

  • “I think about nine people, including both of our mothers attended this webinar to try to sell a product and that didn’t end up working out.”
  • “we targeted a few different other weight loss, affiliate products at them just to see what kind of products they were interested in. And it was from this whole process that we…learned a lot more about our audience and what they wanted.”
  • “we were getting…all these different responses that allowed us to kind of create this customer avatar. And we used these things to then create our own product again. But this time we knew who we were talking to and how to sell it…so that was the biggest turning point.”
  • “we try to tell our (Create-and-Go) students all the time is that our YouTube channel for the first like two or three years…it was just the most unpolished casual.”
  • “they can just relate to you a lot more. And I think it [the ‘unpolished casual’ vibe] is so, so, so important in everything that you do…it just helps you connect with your readers better…I think we’re a bit more approachable than, than some people.”
  • “Yeah, absolutely. I think that the biggest, the biggest hurdle to overcome is honestly just getting started.”
  • “figure out kind of what you want to do, and then just start it because no matter what this project, this business, whatever you’re starting, it’s going to end up drastically changing in the first, you know, six months to a year.”
  • “And…the longer you put it off, it’s like all those things that you want and all those fears that you have…all you’re doing is making them come true by sitting on this information and waiting around, waiting for perfect opportunity to arise.”

Here also is Shannon’s interview with Lauren’s partner, Alex Nerney.