Online Business Productivity: May Link Roundup


It’s May and time for another great online business productivity link roundup.

Yes, you have plenty of reading to do (again), but don’t leave it there: take immediate action after reading those articles! That’s the only way to see the results in your own online business.

General Productivity

How To Make Positivity a Habit: 4 Simple Steps to a Happier Everyday Life (Buffer)

Positivity makes a big difference in how we handle everyday situations. Let this post be your guide to adding more positivity to your life.

How to be Happier and More Productive by Avoiding ‘Decision Fatigue’ (Buffer)

Making decisions can sometimes be difficult, but hopefully this post makes the process a bit easier.

The Secret to Marketing to Busy People Who Don’t Have Time to Read (Infographic) (Entrepreneur)

Keep your readers engaged in your content by telling stories.

Explaining Startups and Entrepreneurship Visually (Funders and Founders)

A lot of helpful infographics on one page. Find information for everything from entrepreneurship to productivity.

21 Things You Could Do in Just 5 Minutes (Time Management Ninja)

Some ideas on what to do in 5 minutes. It’s not a lot of time, but you can definitely get a lot of smaller tasks out of the way.

Web Design and Usability

How to Measure and Improve the Readability of Your Website (Qlue)

Are you paying attention to your blog’s readability? This is a good article to help you get started.


73+ Pivotal Blogging Shortcuts, Tools and Tips for 2014 (Blog Tyrant)

Short and actionable tips to improve your blogging in 2014 and beyond.

39 Blogging Tips From the Pros (Social Media Examiner)

Yet another list of blogging tips. This list provides some great advice that you can use on your own blog.

How Long Should Each Blog Post Be? A Data Driven Answer (Quick Sprout)

It doesn’t matter if he gives you the exact figure. Test this with your own audience and adjust your posts accordingly to watch your user engagement skyrocket.

The Ideal Length of Everything Online, Backed by Research (Buffer)

This time we aren’t just talking about blog posts, but every piece of online content – from Facebook updates to Tweets.

The Perfect Posting Schedule Revealed (Adrienne Smith)

Adrienne shares her thoughts on what the perfect posting schedule should be.

122 Epic Case Studies from My Top Bloggers & Blogs (Rank Tactics)

A huge list of case studies from different blogs, all listed on one page

12 Types of Blog Posts to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog (Social Media Examiner)

Keep this list in mind when creating your next blog post.

13 Authority Hacks That Give You Instant Expert Status Online (Boost Blog Traffic)

Great ideas on how to build authority and distinguish yourself from the rest of the crowd.


Traffic Hacking: How to Find (and Focus on) Your Top Sources of Web Traffic (Steve Scott Site)

A great article on finding your top traffic sources and focusing on them.


Local SEO Guide: 19 Simple Steps to Dominate Local Search (BrisbaneSEOPro)

An in-depth post about local SEO. Also available as a PDF.

Repurposing Content

Blog Posts to Ebook for $123 & 6 Hours of Work (Kevin Dewalt)

Create your next ebook by repurposing your old content.

Get 100s of New Subscribers in 1 Month with an Email Course (Kevin Dewalt)

Another nice way to repurpose your old content.

The Ultimate Guide to Repurposing Content: 12 Ways to Extend the Life of Every Article You Write (Buffer)

If you were wondering about any other ways to repurpose your old stuff, here are 12 suggestions for you to use.

Email and List Building

17 Advanced Methods for Promoting Your New Piece of Content (KISSMetrics)

A lot of unique ways to share your content. Don’t limit yourself to just Twitter or Facebook.

10 Ebook Ideas You Can Use Today (With Examples) (Inbound PRO)

Are you about to start writing your next ebook? If so, don’t skip this post!

1 Simple Blog Tweak Doubles Conversions (Buzz Blogger)

Improve your conversions by giving something extra to your subscribers.

4 Hacks You Should Know Before You Craft Your Next Email Subject Line (KISSMetrics)

Interesting ways to improve your email subject lines.

How to Add a Custom Thank You Page and Survey for Email Subscribers (Side Hustle Nation)

A nice way to take advantage of your thank you page.


The Quick & Easy Guide to Putting Your Podcast on Auto-Pilot! (Chris Ducker)

Use this guide to move your podcast to another level.


12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered (Michael Hyatt)

I haven’t used EverNote much yet, but I plan on getting into it more this spring. Let’s see if I become an EverNote convert. :)

How a WordPress Plugin Has Simplified Online Sales (Jeff Bullas)

How to use and configure Selz for selling products through your own blog/website.

Social Media

The Big List of The 61 Best Social Media Tools for Small Business (Buffer)

Yes, this list is really big!


27 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Should Utilize the Power of Virtual Staff! (Chris Ducker)

27 reasons why you should hire virtual staff. If you have the budget, go for it!

  • Oh wow Timo, what a fantastic list.

    I spent my day yesterday reading posts and getting caught up. I’m seeing several I’d like to check out so I guess my new lists begins today. Thank you for not only sharing these posts but including one of mine as well. I so appreciate that.

    Thank you and be sure to have a great day.


    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Adrienne!

      Thank you!

      Sure, I liked your article so I wanted to share it with my audience too.