Side Hustle Spark 239: acorns.com, Pat Flynn’s Income Stream, ryrob.com, and 7-Day Startup

For today, revisiting well-received posts…

Side Hustle Spark 128: Look behind the curtain at ryrob.com. https://sidehustlecurator.com/2020/11/12/side-hustle-spark-128-look-behind-the-curtain-at-ryrob-com/

Suggestion 78: The 7-Day Startup Dan Norris. https://sidehustlecurator.com/2020/08/26/suggestion-78-the-7-day-startup-by-dan-norris/

Side Hustle Spark 111: Pat Flynn’s Income Stream https://sidehustlecurator.com/2020/10/12/side-hustle-spark-111-pat-flynns-the-income-stream/

Suggestion 79: Check out acorns.com. https://sidehustlecurator.com/2020/08/27/suggestion-79-check-out-acorns-com/


For a subject-by-subject look at sidehustlecurator,
check out my Posts Organized by Topic page.

Forge ahead, side hustlers!

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 ryrob.com 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 205: “Organize your stuff!” Today: Blogging Content

Gee, you’d think after 200+ posts, I might get around to organizing some of the content.

So I’m working on a page where posts are sorted out by tags and categories.

Here is the beginning of my organizing process. More will be added, of course.

For now, I hope the topic-centered approach is helpful.

Topic: Blogging

Side Hustle Spark 204: Bloggers’ reports and best affiliate marketing blogs

Some of the affiliate blogs mentioned in the post

Click the image above for a one-minute peek at two sites delivered in my Scoop.it feed.

I’ve also added a link to Ryan Robinson’s latest income report. People seemed to appreciate a previous post to an earlier income report of his.

Just for grins, here is a look at Create and Go’s income report.

Links to the posts highlighted in the video are below:

18 Best Affiliate Marketing Blogs & Affiliate Marketers Every Beginner Should Follow in 2021

100 Blog Income Reports to Inspire Your Blogging Journey (Note: some reports date back to 2017, but can still serve as a tool for inspiration.)


Side Hustle Spark 176: Chris Guillebeau (Side Hustle School) advises on a personalized journal

As I’ve said before, I could probably just hitch my wagon to and pinpoint good stuff from certain folks or sites.**
Copyblogger, Side Hustle Nation, and ryrob.com come to mind.
And then there’s Chris Guillebeau of Side Hustle School whom I’ve followed since 2014.

Because I’ve also dabbled with a journal prototype, I found a recent episode of his podcast even more relevant than usual.

As Chris points out in the opening, you may have no interest in producing and selling a personal journal, but many of the steps–his word, ‘pathway’– apply to other projects.

Here is the direct link to the actual seven-minutes of audio.

His key points:

  • Projects like this come down to a. design b. printing and c. marketing.
  • Look to team up with designers/contractors [Upwork and Fiverr].
  • Printing options: local, national, or international. At one point, he did use printingforless.com.
  • International printing may be cheaper, but adds variables like lag time [shipping].
  • His advice: For a first project, avoid international printing.
  • Marketing: Think about marketing from the beginning of the project.
  • It’s not just about the product, it’s about the message.
  • Start with message, then explore design.
  • Copyright? Everything that you make on the Internet is automatically copyrighted. It doesn’t mean it won’t be snagged by lazy, low-life toads. [My term, not Chris’s. He’s much more diplomatic than I am.]

Here is a three-page PDF of my own journal prototype–two actual pages that I would have duplicated and a page of links.

** But where’s the fun in that?

Side Hustle Spark 140: 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

In keeping with Side Hustle Spark 138, I found Chris Dritsas’ guest post on ryrob.com helpful and relevant.

Holidays for many side hustlers the holidays are a time when they’re putting in the extra time. But these not-so-normal times may well generate a few extra rationalizations for easing off the gas pedal.

Some favorite takeaways:

  1. Your brain is programmed to accomplish short-term tasks for more immediate gratification.
  2. I like the Warren Buffett strategy of listing several goals, then paring it down to five goals, and then to one goal.
  3. I had heard, but never really learned, the term, ‘kaizen’–small steps toward continuous improvement.
  4. Chris uses Trello for his ‘break it down’ strategy. I went ahead and signed up. I had done so four years ago and never followed up. Gee, seems procrastination really is hard-wired into some people.
  5. “You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
    –Steve Jobs [I just installed the Escape 2 app to keep me focused.]
  6. I liked the quick bullet-pointed review at the end of the post.

Of course, the enduring notion rattling around in my head is: “Am I creating these posts to put off my other projects?”

I’ll just set that aside for another day.

Forge ahead!

Side Hustle Spark 128: Look behind the curtain at ryrob.com

Yep, I’ve never really spent time looking at online entrepreneurs’ income reports. A lost opportunity to learn. [Challenge: Get past the ‘Geez, I’m getting left in the dust!’ reaction and strap on your thinking cap.]

Here is expert blogger Ryan Robinson’s October income report…

What stands out:

  • Net profit: $19,356.67 [a drop in revenue! I’m thinking a number of you might endure that kind of decrease.]
  • Affiliate earnings from Bluehost: $16,750 [whoa!]
  • Blog traffic: 321, 352
  • New email subscribers: 2,476 [also a decrease, which tells you he’s still doing a lot of things right.]

Look for yourself and check out both his earnings and expenses. You may well learn of some new digital tools and pick up hints about Ryan Robinson’s approach and strategies.