Blogging, Technology
The GoPro 4 Silver, was my first GoPro camera. An while it’s no longer the latest model of GoPro action cameras it’s still a great camera for those looking for the ‘perfect action shot’. Which is exactly why I decided to still review it on the blog today.

Go Pro 4 silver
I’m not going to bore you with the specifics of this camera. There’s better websites, that go into much more detail than I ever could on that topic. Instead, I want to talk about the basic features and what the camera is like to use for someone who’s really only used to shooting on a mobile phone or maybe the occasional point and shoot camera.


The camera can be a little fiddly to use at first. However, with practice it becomes simple and straight forward. The non-official accessories such as mounts are usually very good and very affordable, the same goes for additional batteries, meaning you should never have an excuse not to capture any moment.

The camera takes a micro SD card and can both record in a full HD resolution (1080p) up to a rate of 30fps. Finally, I think it goes without saying and is the reason most of us buy this particular brand of camera. The camera is fully waterproof up to 40metres, shockproof and is absolutely amazing for capturing moments from all sorts of different activities.


So, if you’re looking to advance into action and underwater shots with your blog / vlog. There really is no better brand and with the release of the new GoPro 5 the price of the GoPro 4 Silver has dropped significantly making this a much more affordable camera for newcomers to the ‘action camera’ market.

If you’re still unsure then check out how the GoPro 4 Silver stacks up to the other GoPro cameras on the market right now using this table below;



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Blogging
So you’re looking to take your blog to the next level. One way to really stand out from the crowd is to install one of the very best paid WordPress themes on the market. However, with tens of thousands of options it can be hard to find the option that’s right for you. Which is exactly why I’ve put together this list of the very best paid WordPress themes on the market.

Feminine

Feminine WordPress theme is aesthetically designed with girly concept, colour and careful consideration for everything you need to build the best feminine website. This best feminine WordPress theme comes with three uniquely designed post layouts and three slider layouts that give you enough customisation choices.

Best paid wordpress themes on the market

Smart Passive Income

Designed off the back of Pat Flynn’s highly successful website Smart Passive Income. The Smart Passive Income Pro theme weaves together these essential elements. It features striking design and strategic content areas that will make your online business unforgettable.






Simply Pro

Simply Pro is a very modern theme following the design trends set by the top bloggers. With it’s simple, minimal style, your content will look amazing. Simply Pro comes packaged with customisable colours, so you can change to fit your needs.


Pretty Creative Pro

Pretty Creative is a theme for creatives. It was designed by a creative, with creatives in mind. No matter what it is that you create, the Pretty Creative theme will showcase your work in a polished way that allows your creativity to shine.



Wellness Pro

Do you focus on mindful living? Your attention to health and well-being can now extend to your website. Wellness Pro is here to offer a holistic theme solution for your Genesis-powered site.
 



There we have it. A complete collection of the very best WordPress themes – at least in my opinion. As always, I’d love to know what you think of all of these WordPress themes in the comments below. Do you have a WordPress theme that you believe should be on this list? – Let me know!

 

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Blogging, Technology
After a short few – albeit fantastic months with the DJI Phantom 3 drone I decided to upgrade to the newly released DJI Mavic.

Around a quarter of the size and weight of it’s phantom alternative. The Mavic seemed like the obvious choice as we moved into more long term travel. However, was the decision a good one? This is a complete DJI Mavic Drone review.


I’m not going to bore you with the specifics of this drone. There’s plenty of other websites for that. Instead I’m going to talk about the basic features. From one drone novice to another. 

This drone is compact, it folds into something that can fit comfortably in your hand and it weighs around a quarter of the phantom 3. In fact it’s so small I’m able to carry it around in my 20l backpack while travelling the world.

It’s got a 4k camera on a stabilisation gimbal that allows for high quality photos and videos. It supports a micro SD card and allows for mobile phone playback.

The whole set-up and flight process is much smoother in comparison to setting up the phantom 3 (unfortunatly I have no other drone to compare it to) generally it’s much more sleek.


Unfortunatly, the battery is still not where, personally, I’d like to see it. You’re going to get around 30 minutes of flight time from one full charge. Considering I might be going somewhere specifically to fly my drone and capture some awesome shots I’m going to need to spend another £100 – £200 on one or even two replacement batteries

In fact, that would be my one and only drawback of the drone. That, and it to become smaller. Which all thing considered although the DJI Spark has since been released, it still doesn’t pack the power that the Mavic does – which in my opinion still makes it the very best drone on the market.

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Blogging

A big part of blogging is photography. However, due to the creative commons licence you can’t just take any old image from Google and re-use it within your own content. Instead the image needs to be approved for commercial use by the owner. 

This is where stock photos come in. Stock photos are pre-approved photos that can be used without seeking the rights from the owner. Over the years stock photo websites have become more and more established. However, many of them charge a one off or monthly reoccurring fee for accessing these stock photos.

Which is why today I’ve put together this directory of 99 free stock photos websites. Regardless of your niche or topic there’s images within this list for you. Sorted alphabetically scroll through and find the best free stock photos websites for you and your audience!

 

123RF

A Digital Dreamer

Ancestry Images

Barior

BigFoto 
CreativeCommons.Photos 
Crow the Stone 
Dreamstime 
Epicantus 
Free Media Goo
Free Range Stock
Free Stock Image Point 
Good Free Photos 
Moveast 
Photober 
Pickupimage
Re:splashed 
Skitter Photo

CreateHer

Cupcake

Death to the Stock Photo

Foodie’s Feed

Free Stock Photos
RGBStock

Freestocks
FotoDiSpalle

Getrefe

Godot

Gratisography

IM FREE

Imagebase

Jay Mantri

Je Shoots

Kaboompics

LibreShot

Life of Pix

Little Visuals

Lock & Stock Photos

Magdeleine

Negative Space

New Old Stock

Pexels

Photo Collections

Photype 
Fancy Crave 
StockPhotos
Stocka 
Startup Stock Photos
Made In Moments
Travel Coffee Book
DesignersPics
FindA.Photo 
Albumarium 
The Light Painters Loft
RawPixel
ISO Republic
MMT
Free Nature Stock 
Stockolia
Pattern Pics

Picjumbo

Pixabay

Pond 5

RaumrotRaumrot

Snapwire Snaps

Splitshire

Stocksnap

Stokpic
Photocrops

Superfamous Studios

The Amazing Pattern Library

Tookapic Stock

Ultra HD Wallpapers

Unsplash
MorgueFile 
FreeImages 
Picography 
Public Domain Archive 
Kozzi 
EveryStockPhoto 
Openphoto
Stockvault 
Unprofound
Cepolina 
Abstract Influence 
Photo Rack 
Freepixels
Freefoto 
Image After
Free Digital Photos
Public Domain Photos
Free Historical Stock Photos
Kave Wall 
Budgetstockphoto

UPICM

WikiMedia
FreeRange
Visual Hunt

Wylio

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Blogging
It’s all a little ironic that I’m using a plugin to review, the very plugin I’m reviewing. That said, I felt as though WP Review Pro deserved a serious mention within the topic of blogging.



However, before we get started I always like to cover the free alternative. In this case WP Review has a free version. So you can find out if the plugin is going to be right for you and your website. I tried four or five similar free plugins before finding ‘the one’.

WP Review: Free

WP review is simple in the terms of it’s aesthetically customisation options. However it includes a vast array of features that are required to create an effective review;

– Multiple rating systems including; star, percentage and points.
– Google rich snippet support to show a preview of your review in the Google search results.
– Supports short code to allow you to choose where to include the review within your page / post.

WP Review Pro: Paid

After just an hour using the free WP Review plugin I decided to upgrade to the pro version. By upgrading you’ll receive all the features from the free version as well as the following;

– Circle rating system. In addition to star, percentage and points.
– The ability to change the review width and alignment
– Enable user reviews on comments
– Animated review loading
– Premium support

While every WP Review plugin I trialled was similarly easy to use. What really works for the WP Review plugin is the aesthetically pleasing design. As well as the additional features that can really help make your review stand out from the competition.


As always, I’d suggest trialling the free version before opting to upgrade for the paid pro version (should it be necessary). That way you can be confident that this particular plugin is the right one for you and your website.

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Blogging, Make Money

Last year, I received an email into my inbox that was set to change my life. It was from pro-blogger Michelle from Making Sense of Cents. Michelle started blogging as an outlet (like the most of us) in August 2011 but quickly grew her part time blog into a full time income. 

Right now she earns upwards of $100,000 PER MONTH from her blog. Yes, you read that right!

The email was all about a course she’d just launched called ‘Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing‘. Designed to teach you how you can make money from your blog just like she does. The cost of the course was $197 (around £150) so I thought about it, not for days but for the best part of two weeks.

Then I remembered – To make money you need to spend money.

A blog is no different, so if you want to seriously start earning money from this you need to invest in your education I thought. So, with one GIANT gulp – I bought it.



What Is Affiliate Marketing?

So before we start it would help if you knew what affiliate marketing actually is… Affiliate marketing is where you earn a percentage of all sales for a product that you promote. 

From the readers perspective; they’ll gain information about a particular product or service. Enabling them to make an informed purchase decision.

From the bloggers perspective; they’ll be able to earn money by honestly recommending particular products and services that are going to help their readers.
 

 

Course Materials

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing includes 6 modules, 30 lessons, a number of worksheets, bonuses and a exclusive Facebook group. The course is structured as follows;


What affiliate marketing is and how it works

Why affiliate marketing is great

The exact steps Michelle’s taken to earn over $300,000 from a single blog post

How to pick the right affiliate products to promote

How to increase conversions

*How to build trust and not lose followers*

Required disclosures that you need to know about

The one major tool you need for affiliate marketing

Different strategies to use to promote your affiliate products

How to use Pinterest to succeed at affiliate marketing 

* I want to draw your attention to *How to build trust and not lose followers* further up you were probably thinking… How can I recommend products and services without just looking like I’m in it for the money… Even if you’re intentions are good, it’s hard to be honest, trustworthy, stay true to yourself – and your blog. While also achieving sales & conversions. However, Michelle teaches you how to do just that that (and more!)


Structure

The Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course has been designed to be easily digestible. Despite having no video or audio content the short paragraphs, bullet points and headings make everything easy to understand and follow along with. 

The course is designed for busy bloggers. So you can save and exit the course at anytime and you wont loose where you are. The format of the course looks good on mobile so it’s easy to do the coursework during your commute or while waiting for an appointment.

Who Is Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Designed For?

This course is designed for people who want to start earning passive income from their blogs, by promoting products and services – without selling their soul!

Who Is Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing NOT For?

New Bloggers

This course doesn’t teach you how to set up a blog – I do that here. However after around three months of blogging and 10+ posts you might consider purchasing this course. 

If You’re Already Making £1,000+ Per Month From Affiliates

This is a basic – advanced course. It will teach you how to go from £1 to £100 a month, maybe even £100 to £1,000 a month. However, if you’re already earning upwards of £1,000 I’d advise you to look at a more advanced course than this one. 

People Who Don’t Want To Work Hard

Don’t be fooled.
Passive income from affiliate marketing maybe passive BUT it takes work to set up. You need to write the posts in the first place, you need to A/B test, you need to market, research promote… and remain relevant.

The course could easily be read from start to finish in one day, however it’s the implementation of the course that is going to take the time. Researching relevant affiliates, applying for each and every programme, adjusting every blog post, creating new Pinterest pins. This can take WEEKS depending on the amount of content you have (which is why I’d recommend doing the course sooner rather than later).

Extras

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing comes with some pretty nifty blogging related extras. These include;

1: Access to the private Facebook Mastermind group

This exclusive Facebook group will help you connect with others who have taken the course so that you can get feedback, ask questions, learn from others in your community, and offer help of your own. It’s the best blogging related Facebook group I’m part of (and I’m part of like 100!!!).

 

2: Free Group Coaching Sessions

Michelle hosts “Ask Michelle Saturday.” exclusively for the members of this course. Here you’ll gain feedback and support, and you can ask any questions related to your business, course material, your affiliate strategy, blog, and so on…


3: Pinterest Strategy – How To Receive Hundreds of Thousands Of Visitors From Pinterest a Month ($34 value!)

My second favourite extra has to be access to the Pinterest Strategy course. Designed by Rosemarie Groner from The Busy Budgeter. Michelle believes that Pinterest can completely change your page views and affiliate income, therefore she’s asked only the best to help us!

4: 9 Things You Must Do When Something Goes Viral

Access to a PDF document outlining exactly what to do and how to benefit from something going viral.

5: How To Increase Your Page Views

Michelle believes that you do not need millions of page views per month to make money blogging, but it is something you will want to increase if you hope to improve your income.

Once you understand what your readers want, understand how to effectively reach out to companies for partnerships, and know how to charge the correct rate, you can make a good income online, regardless of the number of page views you receive. Increasing your pages view is necessary to make money blogging, but there are many different ways to grow that number. You’ll receive a PDF outlining exactly what you must do in order to increase your page views.

I’ve paid up to $50 for similar PDF documents and courses that wasn’t as good as this one extra!

6: My Affiliate Products And Services

This is a worksheet that will help you keep track of the affiliate programs you are in. This way, you can easily reference it and include affiliate links in new social media and blog posts.

7: The Perfect Affiliate Link Checklist

Use the worksheet “The Perfect Affiliate Link Checklist” to make sure your affiliate link is perfect. A perfect affiliate link will lead to higher click-through-rates and conversions.

 

Value For Money

Finally, value for money. I believe this course is great value for money. At the time of purchasing it I was petrified but I managed to earn the cost of the course back (and more!) in the space of one month.

It’s the only course that I’ve been able to say has done that for me.

You get access to the course and Facebook group for life! So you can constantly go back and reference sections when writing future posts – I do it all the time…



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Blogging

World Travel Market London is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals. However, as the travel media industry continues to explode bloggers and social influences have been invited to get in on the action.

My review of the World Travel Market London is therefore going to be based on my blogger perspective. Rather than a business one. 






Location

The event is located at the Excel in London. This is the premier venue for events of this size meaning it has all the transport links and amenities required.



There’s plenty of accommodation options near the Excel but their location also comes at a premium. I decided to stay in a budget room at the EasyHotel in London city centre and saved myself approximately £70 a night.

Speakers

There’s a whole host of different sessions through out the event designed for industry, market and press.

With such a variety it’s hard not to find something that doesn’t suit you’re niche. If all that wasn’t enough Travel Massive and Traverse also held events over the World Travel Market London event time period with advanced sessions just for bloggers and social media influencers. 

Atmosphere

The atmosphere was amazing!

I joined the WTM Blogger Crew Facebook group around two months before the event. It was a great way to get to know people before the event so I had some friendly faces once I arrived.

Once I did arrive I headed straight for the press centre. There was a complimentary cloakroom, plenty of press releases, a small café and some seating for sitting and working and networking with others in your profession.

There was plenty of different demonstrations by different brands and tourism boards all of which were highly engaging. 

Value For Money

The World Travel Market London tickets are FREE for press. 

Which is of course, great value for money. Especially considering the sheer number of networking opportunities and events. 


That’s my complete review of the World Travel Market London event. If you’re looking more for what to do when you get there, how to pitch to brands and what to take then check out Pack Your Passports take on the event.

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