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Bali Travel Survival Guide: Digital Nomad Edition

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How to travel like a God during your voyage to Bali.

Inspired by an interview with Lydia Lee , who left her six-figure job in Canada “in pursuit of a path less conventional”, I decided to retrace her steps to Indonesia, to the Island of the Gods (Bali) and a place there called Ubud.

What follows is a guide to travel like a God during your visit to Bali, formed from my experiences over a three-week period in late 2016.

Landing Affiliate Marketing Partners

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How to bootstrap a new blog and land marketing partners along the way.

In Initial Commit I explain why I created Hack Cabin. And even though I’ve been blogging for over 8 years on habd.as , Hack Cabin is a new domain and blog, with little content to show for itself at the outset. As a result of being new and not having much content, some initial challenges have arisen while attempting to monetize it via affiliate marketing :

  • Gaining organic traffic requires a link building strategy
  • Affiliate marketing partners may be leery about working with new publishers

Let’s briefly discuss each of these challenges and how to deal with them. At the end I’ll summarize what this all means to new publishers trying to land affiliate marketing partners early in a website’s life.

How to Make a Free URL Shortener for your Blog

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There are many URL shortening services you can use to shorten long URLs for sharing on social media, but it's better to make your own URL shortener.

Tiny URLs. We’ve all used them to shorten URLs. Sometimes for sharing y2u.be videos. Or to make some 🧀 using amzn.to. Perhaps even to view someone else’s analytics data . And although some may lead you to believe short URLs can be dangerous, used thoughtfully they make a useful addition in your link building strategy . Learn how to make your own branded tiny URLs free in 5 minutes.

Become a Digital Nomad in Bali: The Lost Guide

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Everything you need to know to become a Digital Nomad in Bali.

If you live in a First World country chances are you’ve become a wage slave like I was before quitting a six-figure job to gain my independence. Or maybe you’ve already started freelancing and want to become a better freelancer. Whatever your reasons, becoming a Digital Nomad in Bali is not as difficult as you may think. But it takes preparation.

In this guide I will share valuable information and resources to help you decide if Bali is right for you, describe various move considerations, explain how to actually make the move and show you what’s necessary to get settled in.

Becoming a Better Freelancer

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Avoid making mistakes as a freelancer by learning from the hard lessons of others.
Shortly after leaving a six-figure job to gain my independence I found myself scrambling for work. I wasn’t sure who my ideal clients were, and that lead me learn a few hard lessons early on. In this post I will explain the mistakes made and the lessons I learned as a result. I will then share a book I’m reading, and how it can help you avoid my mistakes to become a better freelancer.