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How to Minimize Spam to Your Facebook Group in a Few Steps

Last Updated on July 22, 2020 by Jeremy

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Last Updated on November 7, 2022 by Jeremy

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Oh Facebook spam, you are never-ending. This is especially true in popular Facebook groups where spammers and bots like to take advantage of loose entry rules to put their garbage in front of the eyes of thousands of users in just a few clicks.

But if you're suffering from Facebook group spam in your own group, don't worry! We've got some ideas on reducing spam postings significantly in just a few setting changes.

Note: This article describes how I manage spam in my 50k+ member Facebook group for our city blog. Your mileage may vary on whether some of these are necessary and how you may want to approach spam differently depending on your group setup. As such, treat this as a starting point for ideas and not a complete list of spam reduction techniques.

Does Upscaling AI for Images Work? Testing Popular Services

Last Updated on November 2, 2022 by Jeremy

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When I went on safari in Africa, I got a wealth of amazing photos with my rather expensive mirrorless camera and telephoto lens.

But perhaps the best photo of the ~10,000 shots my wife and I took was not on my professional camera, but rather on my cell phone. This shot could only have been taken on my phone as the subject of the shot, a lion standing on a rock a la the Lion King, was so close to our vehicle that my 150-600mm camera lens was far too tight to do the full scene justice (even the 50mm lens on my wife's camera was not wide enough as well).

But there was one problem- my phone's camera wasn't in the best mode when I got this shot.

Instead of being on the 104 MP camera mode, I was set on a ~9 MP camera setting as I played around with other modes before coming into this quick scene. The photo looks great even at this lower resolution, don't get me wrong, but when it comes to blowing up the image to larger file size for print, it wasn't perfect the way a 104 MP shot would've been.

So I wondered, can upscaling AI help me get a better photo after the fact, ultimately to print a larger photo for my house? This seemed like a great opportunity to test out several services!

Note: Side-by-side images used within the article may not be perfect overlaps. That being said, visible improvements (or lack thereof) are reflective of the final results even if the exact level of zoom is not perfect.

Niche Product Site Case Study #4 – Changing Targets

Last Updated on September 26, 2022 by Jeremy

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Welcome to the fourth entry into our niche product site case study series.

In this case study, we are tracking the performance of niche product sites I created between 2020 and 2022, what is working, what is not, income and traffic changes, and lessons learned along the way.

The first site we will look at is The Grape Pursuit, a wine blog I started in early 2020. The second site is Hipster Homesteaders, a home & garden plus food & beverage blog we started in late 2021 (where we merged two lagging product sites, a coffee blog and sous vide blog, into a broader umbrella branding to allow for more content to be produced with other topics).

While we are seeing some growth in the sites in a few categories, some stagnant areas have us changing our targets ever-so-slightly.

3 Ways to Find a New Affiliate Program to Join

Last Updated on October 3, 2022 by Jeremy

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We've talked a fair bit about affiliate marketing here at This Week in Blogging, ranging from how to improve your affiliate marketing to product reviews (like the Pretty Links Pro link cloaking plugin), and so much more.

But for this one, we wanted to take a step back and answer a rather pressing question- “how do I find affiliate partners to begin with?”

Thankfully, there are numerous ways to do this that we can discuss today including direct programs, 3rd party affiliate networks, and via customized partnerships!

How to Define Your Blogging Strategy – Keeping Your Goals in Mind

Last Updated on August 29, 2022 by Jeremy

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For the last few months, I felt like I've been spinning my wheels on growing my blogs. My sites are doing well, but I'm not seeing as much growth as I would like (especially for my new niche sites).

It wasn't until I saw a comment in our Facebook group from our friend Mariellen (of the amazing travel blog Breathedreamgo) about the differences between strategy and tactic that it made me really stop to think about what I was doing with my brands. In fact, I thought of this one so much that it helped inspire me to change how I approach producing content moving forward.

So in this one, I thought I'd share a bit more about defining a blogging strategy and how my new angle helps keep me in line with my site goals.