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Most small businesses can't afford to hire in highly specialised roles, as useful as those roles might be. While your business might have a website it probably doesn't have a full time content creator, and despite your healthy Facebook, Twitter and Instagram presence you aren't likely to employ a social media manager. But have you ever considered using services, rather than people, to fill those knowledge gaps?

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm thinking about starting my own blog. I don't expect it to make me stinking rich, but what are the chances I can quit my day job and make a living just by blogging? I see all these success stories, but how much money can I really make?

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Depending on your setup, it may be a challenge to get your site working fast enough when you post lots of media. I've experienced themes before that didn't respond well to multiple embedded Youtube videos, for example. But if your site is heavy on the images, you'll definitely want to look at ThemeIsle's advice.

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Capturing crystal-clear audio with an external microphone can be tricky -- especially if you're recording from a cluttered desk. Here's a simple sound-vibration hack from IKEA Hackers designed to make the life easier for bloggers, journalists and bedroom musicians.

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I hear every single day from readers who want to know exactly how I've made money with my blog, The Simple Dollar, or how they can make money doing a similar thing, whether it's starting a blog or posting YouTube videos or writing ebooks. I'm going to spell all of this out in detail so that the reality of it is as clear as possible.

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Every day we see it. People seemingly coming from nowhere and finding their way onto your crowded radar; they're carving out a reputation for themselves as an expert or authority in a particular space and then over the journey you watch them get bigger and more influential as their star rises with each new blog or video post.

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Running (or planning) a WordPress-based site and want to improve your knowledge? WordCamp Melbourne is on 27-28 April, with streams for both developers and content creators, and the cost of admission is a super-reasonable $50. Hit the link to find out more. (I'd be attending myself if my travel plans weren't already slightly on the insane side.)