Mark Twain Said It Best

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

– Mark Twain

 

Indeed, I like you I had found myself comfortable with working 9 to 5 in a cubicle at a corporate job doing the exact same thing day in and day out with the same exact outcome but expecting a better outcome would come my way eventually or I would stumble upon something that would change my outcome.  Well nothing changes if you don’t change first.  I was comfortable, I paused and reflected, I realized my comfort was actually discomfort.  I needed to change so I did.  I changed how I thought, I changed what I was doing, I made steps in a new direction, I wanted to go away from the monotony, away from the majority.  I dedicate all my spare time to becoming a part of the minority to going against the grain of the majority…

– Matt

Top 30 Young Bloggers List

I keep finding myself on this website called Retire@21 this blog has a ton of info about young successful internet entrepreneurs.  This article written by Michael of Retire@21 is just a great list of successful bloggers, they may not be bringing in millions of dollars every year but they are bringing in millions of readers every year.  What I like about this list is it shows you that having a nice looking blog with quality current content can work wonders.  Where there is traffic there is money to be made.  Notice the “niche” topics of their websites and how they fulfill the need for it.  Granted this list is a little outdated from 2010 but still totally relevant.

Top 30 Young Bloggers

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Over the past 4 years, millions of people have visited Retireat21 to learn how to create their own business online and make money some how from the internet. One thing that stands out to me is the desire of so many young bright entrepreneurs who want to break into the blogging niche. The great thing about blogging is it only requires on thing which is VALUE. Get your content right and driving traffic and making money becomes really easy. Check out these 30 successful young bloggers out and you will see exactly what I’m talking about. Since publishing this post, my younger brother has began his own website about photography called Expert Photography. Check it out and wish him good luck!

30 Greatest Young Bloggers of 2010

#1 Glenn Allsopp
Age:21

glenWhy ViperChill made this list?

Glen’s blog may not have millions of views, but his influence and web authority have proven to be astounding. Every post that goes up is deeply discussed and appreciated by all readers.

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#2 David Leggett
Age:21

david-leggettWhy Tutorial 9 made this list?

With over 58,000 subscribers and a huge amount of traffic, this highly successful blog has become one of the top destinations for Photoshop, photography and web design tutorials.

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#3 Syed Balkhi
Age:19

syedWhy WpBeginner made this list?

WPBeginner is a very popular site that brings tips, tools, and resources for WordPress together. From the looks of WPBeginner its clear that Syed is a master of WordPress.

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#4 Dainis Graveris
Age:21

daWhy 1stWebDesigner made this list?

In the crowded niche of design blogs, few stand out as much as 1stWebDesigner. With killer design content, it’s clear why this blog already has over 59,000 subscribers.

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#5-6 Sam & Zach Dunn
Ages:21

samWhy BuildInternet made this list?

It’s quite impressive that their under 21 and already have a network of successful blogs, BuildInternet being the primary.

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#7 Ryan Imel
Age:21

Ryan ImelWhy WPCandy made this list?

WPCandy is the largest WordPress news blog. Ryan shines when it comes to a beautifully designed site full of awesome content.

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#8 Taimur Asad
Age:21

taimurWhy Redmond Pie made this list?

WPCandy is the largest WordPress news blog. Ryan shines when it comes to a beautifully designed site full of awesome content.

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#9 Liam Goodwin
Age:20

liamWhy Filmonic made this list?

Filmonic is a huge movie blog that was started in 2007. Liam shares reviews, posters, news and trailers, just about everything thats related to the movie industry.

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#10 Alex Fraiser
Age:16

alexWhy Blogussion made this list?

Blogussion is one of the best designed blogging blogs out there. Alex knows what he’s doing and has already sold copies of the beautiful Blogussion Thesis Theme.

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#11 Long Zheng
Age:21

longWhy istartedsomething made this list?

This is mostly a Microsoft oriented blog. Long is a very smart and funny guy which makes reading his blog a great experience for everyone.

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#12 Marco Kuiper
Age:20

Marco KuiperWhy MarcoFolio made this list?

MarcoFolio provides excellent, varying content on design, blogging and programming. Having over 300,000 impressions a month is quite impressive for a 20 year old blogger.

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#13 S.Pradeep Kumar
Age:19

S.Pradeep KumarWhy HellBound Bloggers made this list?

This Mashable styled blog is one of the top technology, social media and blogging blogs out there. With in depth tutorials, reviews and tips, its not something you want to miss.

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#14 Brian Lovin
Age:18

brianWhy Elite By Design made this list?

With a sleek design and excellent interviews, themes, resources and web design content, it’s an obvious hit. Having this kind of blog at 18 isn’t too bad.

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#15 Carl Ocab
Age:18

carlWhy CarlOcab made this list?

Known as the Kidblogger, his blog is the first search result for “make money online.” His experience at such a young age, shows that he has the authority to teach others the same.

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#16 Sushant Risodkar
Age:14

sushantWhy SmartBloggerz made this list?

SmartBloggerz is one of the top blogs on making money online and blogging. Considering that its run by a mere 17 year old, it’s a must see.

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#17 Adam Horowitz
Age:18

adamWhy AdamHorowitz.tv made this list?

Adam shares “what they should teach in school” and he’s absolutely right. He’s on his way to making a million dollars in a year by 21, and he “vlogs” exactly how he does.

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#18 Ben Lang
Age:16

Ben LangWhy EpicLaunch made this list?

EpicLaunch is an up and coming multi-author entrepreneur blogBenjamin Lang recently rebranded this blog from Ben-Lang.com.

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#19 Onibalusi Bamidele
Age:16

adamWhy YoungPrePro made this list?

A rising “young entrepreneur blog.” Onibalusi certainly knows what he’s doing, look at any other blog in the niche and you’ll find his guest posts and comments all over the place.

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#20 Prasanth Chandra
Age:20

adamWhy PC’s made this list?

Prasanth provides some great PC tutorials, tips and freebies. Definitely worth taking a look at if you need help with your computer.

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#21 Shankar Ganesh
Age:18

adamWhy Killer Tech Tips made this list?

This popular tech blog has been mentioned on Lifehacker and Yahoo Tech Blog. The blog has over 200,000 pageviews every month and keep growing.

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#22 Musab Zain ul Abideen
Age:19

skizWhy Skidzopedia made this list?

A gadget, news, reviews and software blog is no easy feat to run. This 19 year old software engineer makes it look quite easy.

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#23 Aditya
Age:18

adityaWhy TechRavings made this list?

Here’s another popular tech blog run by a mere 16 year old from India. He also has huge following on Twitter, with more an 50,000 followers.

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#24 Ravi Lachireddy
Age:16

raviWhy Chotoan made this list?

This Vietnamese blogger not only manages a “make money online” blog but also a successful forum. He may be young but he certainly is smart.

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#25 Melvin Dichoso
Age:20

melvinWhy MelvinBlog made this list?

Melvin Blog is a growing marketing tips blog. Melvin, from the Philippines, shares his knowledge that he’s learned throughout his online career.

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#26 Norman John
Age:20

normanWhy SymbianWorld made this list?

This blog was founded over 3 years ago and is now one of the biggest Symbian blogs in the world. It’s full of tutorials, freebies and resources.

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#27 Stefan Vervoort
Age:18

stefanWhy DivitoDesign made this list?

This is a nicely designed blog with “everything for the web professional.” Stefan has a lot of experience on the web and truly shows it through his blog.

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#28 Jim Regan
Age:20

jimWhy Jimvesting made this list?

It’s not often that you see young bloggers blogging about stock investing. Jim, a college student majoring in finance, is one of the few and certainly seems to be doing well.

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#29 Thilak Rao
Age:20

jimWhy TechBuzz made this list?

This blog shares great tech advice and news. Thilak founded this blog as a result of an overwhelming Internet and tech addiction.

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#30 Abdulrehman Agha
Age:16

aghaWhy 3arn.net made this list?

There may be a lot of blogs in the “make money online” niche but here’s another one that stands out. Abdulrehman shares great tips that he himself implements.

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Who’s your favorite Top Young Blogger?

Michael thank you for this list.

-Matthew Steven

P.S.  Let us know of any exciting young bloggers that didn’t make the list in the comments below.

 

 

On Using Your iPhone Abroad Without Getting Totally Screwed Article

Hey Readers,

Whether you have an iPhone or not I came across an interesting article on Gizmodo by Adam Clark Estes called “On Using Your iPhone Abroad Without Getting Totally Screwed”, I thought it had some good insights and definitely brings up some issues you can encounter while traveling abroad.  No one wants to come home to a 4 digit phone bill…

On Using Your iPhone Abroad Without Getting Totally Screwed

When I stepped off the plane in Mexico I got that sinking feeling. My iPhone wasn’t going to work.

I mean it was, but, you know, it’s expensive to use a cell phone abroad. It’s even more expensive to use a smartphone abroad. A few years ago, I took a work trip to Paris and did a dumb thing. Long story short, I get off the plane, forget that both my voice and data plans are standard and end up with a four-figure phone bill. AT&T was actually really great about getting the number down to around $50, but they told me very clearly that this was my one get out of jail free card.

I’ve not been back to jail. Every year, at least once a year, I try to leave the country. I like traveling and have spent a decent amount of time living abroad. So when I go now, I still don’t get the data plan. I either forget or can’t be bothered. This is more or less what happened when I went to Mexico. It was a hastily planned trip, and I was on my own. I was even thinking about quitting the Internet the whole time I was there. “You’re just gonna wanna lay on the beach and read books made of paper,” my friends said. My friends were wrong. I love technology*.

So after one expensive phone call to sort out a rental car situation (Pro tip: Don’t buy the insurance, through Kayak. It’s a ripoff.), the iPhone went into airplane mode. It was the only time I used my data plan, and I didn’t miss it one bit.

My first survival instinct was also probably the most obvious: I basically spent every free minute I had hunting down Wi-Fi hotspots. Luckily and quite surprisingly, the tiny beach town where I was vacationing was pretty damn wired. So Internet wasn’t hard to find, and it was almost always free.

It was not, though, available on the beach, or in my rustic little cabana. But that’s where a little ingenuity—and a few handy apps—came in.

I developed a nice little routine of using Wi-Fi at the bar and loading up things to do offline when I went wandering. If I really needed to call someone, I would take the phone off airplane mode and try to talk fast. If I really needed to check my email, I couldn’t because my carrier is Sprint (don’t ask) and Sprint is horrible. Data wouldn’t work at all.

So when I was out of Wi-Fi zones, my life was full of offline playlists and preloaded longreads. Spotify is buggy lately, but it’s still the best music app, in my humble opinion. Pocket, my go-to save for later app, fixes everything you find frustrating about Instapaper. And it’s free.

There are obviously other apps that work great offline.

If you’re going to a city, you’re definitely going to want a map, especially one that includes public transit. (Google Maps doesn’t work very well abroad, even if you have a data plan, and Apple Maps, well, don’t get me started.) Try the iTrans family for transit maps. There’s a handy offline app for most major American cities, and they cost between $0.99 and $3.99 each.

If you like words—who doesn’t!—download Dictionary.com’s fantastic app. It’s handy if you’ll be somewhere that you don’t know the language (you can get a translation upgrade for a buck), but dictionaries also make for surprisingly entertaining beach reading. If you need a straight-up translator, go with Jibbigo. It’s slick, and ten times better than the lame Lonely Planet translator apps that cost $7.99. Jibbigo is free free free.

If you’re going abroad, you’ll also want a currency convertor. Get XE Currency. It comes in a free version and an ad-free pro version. Don’t waste your money on the pro version unless you really really hate ads, in which case, you should probably not have an iPhone.

If you get all of these apps, there’s really no need to buy and expensive data plan. I met a couple from Los Angeles, while I was down in Mexico and one of them had gotten the data plan and the other hadn’t. We had a fun debate about the perks and perils of staying totally connected while on vacation. Basically what we ended up agreeing on was that it depends on your personality. The man was a total surfer and said he like unplugging because, well, it is really relaxing. The woman used to work in the media, so she liked to be able to keep up with what was going on. In a way it would’ve been more stressful for her not to have a phone. (I’m the same way.) If you plan ahead, it’s not that expensive either.

Oh and one last thing. Get Star Walk. Whether you’re picnicking in Paris or lying down on the powdered sugar sand in Tulúm, stars are still amazing, and it’s really such a blast to use. It’s best on a retina iPad, but the iPhone version is excellent.

When I stepped of the plane at JFK, it was raining. I flipped the Airplane mode off, dropped my phone into my pocket laughed as it rattled with all the missed calls and texts that I didn’t let myself see while I was away. It felt good.

Let us know of any Apps you find useful when traveling that work offline or tricks for staying online, etc.  Leave a comment below.

– Matthew Steven

Teen Retires At 19 Years Old!

I wanted to share this inspiring motivating video.  This young man is doing it and living the life.  We have an opportunity available to us now that wasn’t available when I was 19.  The internet, online marketing, and affiliate products have created an opportunity that anyone can do.  Take advantage you’re not getting any younger.

Teen Retires At 19 Years Old!

 

Is this inspiring or what?  Let us know what you think in the comments below…