The 2015 Byte Of Data Advent Calendar

I asked twenty four of my online friends to contribute a 'byte-sized' message for the 2015 Byte Of Data Advent Calendar.

The concept is quite simple - each day from 1st to 24th December I will reveal a new piece of exclusive content that my friends have kindly contributed.


What kind of content will be shared?

There is all sorts of content...

For starters there is an Online Giveaway that will run up to Christmas Eve. Plus there are assorted discount coupons and free downloads.

Then there are some quotes to inspire and motivate you, some stunning original photography and art work, plus some solid advice and tips for making your online presence a success. 

How will the content be delivered?

I've got a mixture to keep everyone happy, from simple words to ​video presentations - all exclusive to the Advent Calendar.

I know you're going to love it.

Tune in each day to see what gifts our stars have to share... #AdventCalendar #contentmarketing #bloggingtips

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Make sure you come back each day to see the latest revelation. 

Byte Of Data Advent Calendar



WPKube is an online WordPress resource which focuses on WordPress tutorials, guides, plugins, news, and more.

Founded by Devesh Sharma, the main goal of this site is to provide amazing information on anything and everything WordPress.

WPKube has kindly donated 2 copies of their Premium WordPress Theme - MyBlog - for our online giveaway!

myblog theme preview page

'MyBlog' is a responsive blog magazine theme for WordPress guaranteed to impress your readers.

The online giveaway has now finished and the winners have been notified. Thanks for taking part!


WPKube is an online WordPress resource which focuses on WordPress tutorials, guides, plugins, news, and more. Check out this recent post on Managed WordPress Hosting.



Wobbly Wombat
Alana Scott

Alana, affectionately known as Wobbly Wombat, is a photographer who has a love of the Macro World; sharing the beauty of the smaller things in life that most people often walk past. You can see more of her amazing photographs over at Red Bubble.



Ian Anderson Gray |

Ian is a speaker, social media consultant and web developer. He is founder of Seriously Social, a popular social media blog where he writes about the latest tools, tips and hacks to help businesses be more effective.



Advent Calendar - Ilka Emig
Ilka Emig

Ilka Emig is a crazy but lovable scientist, writer and practicing counselor, who's on a mission to make science simple and fun for everyone. Join her quirky fun at Simply Ilka and follow her antics on Twitter @simplyilka.



The Most Important Thing When Making a Decision

Whether you are a freelancer prospecting for clients, an entrepreneur looking for business opportunities, or a blogger trying to increase social reach and audience, you should always employ this three-step process:

  1. Gather information.
  2. Test.
  3. Make a decision based on your own experience and goals, not on what others tell you.

- - Don’t do something only because someone told you it’s true - - 

Here’s an example how trying for yourself can make all the difference...

Never follow blindly other people’s advice.

Their experience may or may not be relevant to your situation and goals. Always try things for yourself and make decisions based on your own experiences.


Diana Marinova is a freelance marketing consultant by day, and a traveler by heart. When she’s not exploring the world, she blogs and writes books with one purpose only – to help people all over the world live their dream life as freelancers. Head over to her freelance marketing blog or check out her book on Amazon.



Sylviane Nuccio

Sylviane is a life coach, helping people to understand their subconscious mind, and its effect on their results in life. She also is a writer with over a dozen writing tutorial eBooks under her name, including her latest: How to Transform your Life in 14 Days



Are you building your blog on "rented land"?

It's so easy to rely on a particular promotional channel to send traffic and new readers.

Maybe it's SEO, or maybe it's a specific social network. Whatever it is, you need to make sure that if that channel dries up, your blog won't turn into a ghost town.

Back when Facebook started making changes to it's newsfeed, some bloggers suddenly lost all of their traffic.Facebook posts that were once reaching 100% of their readers were then only reaching around 6%. That's a crazy drop.

Others rely on solely on SEO, or a different social network - either way, the results are the same when a traffic source dries up and it's a horrible feeling.

So what can you do?

adam connell

Adam Connell is the Founder of Blogging Wizard – a blog where he shares actionable advice to help you grow your blog faster. Adam has been featured on the likes of Forbes, HuffPost, CIO and loves to help people grow their visibility online. Click here to download 15+ checklists and guides to accelerate your blog’s growth (they’re free!).



Advent Calendar Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Danny Brown is an award-winning marketer and blogger. His blog has been recognized as the number one marketing blog in the world by HubSpot, and his first non-business book - The Little Book Of Inspiration - has just been released.



Two important things to remember


The first one may seem counter-intuitive, but the most important thing for an entrepreneur, blogger or person in general to do is to fail and make mistakes.

You can only learn from your mistakes. Successes will NEVER teach you anything because they'll usually be based on what you learned from prior mistakes.

That's why it's important to not be afraid of making mistakes because those that are, never achieve success they truly desire.


The second thing I want to share is a four letter word many entrepreneurs and bloggers are afraid of:


That's the main strategy that separates the pros from the amateurs.

Never become complacent with things. Always test, test and retest to see if you can do things better and get better results. It can be time consuming, but the results are usually rewarding.


Andrew M. Warner is a blogging junkie and the founder of, where he helps bloggers and entrepreneurs grow their blogs from nothing into something amazing with practical advice.



It's that time of the year again and there's nothing better than helping others.

Today, I have a couple things to share with you.

1. I have a created an SEO Checklist that you can download and print out. Your team will love it.

2. Here's a Google Analytics Dashboard Template that you can use to track your site's SEO. (David wrote a guest post recently and this will go great with it.)

I want to thank David for this opportunity. It's great to be able to give back.

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

Happy Holidays everybody! 🙂

dennis seymour

Dennis Seymour is a Digital Marketing Consultant and the Co-Founder of LeapFroggr Inc. an SEO & Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines. He's on a mission to let everyone that know that SEO is not boring!




Zsófi is an artist and interior designer, a certified yoga teacher and founder of createyourlifechange. Her mission is inspiring people to develop their creativity and supporting them through art to find balance living a happy and fulfilling life. Follow her work on Pinterest and Instagram @createylc.



Poverty Sucks

It's the last day of Advent and time to reflect on those less fortunate than ourselves.

advent calendar - mad dogs

Mad Dogs Street Project is a local initiative that our   family are involved with. Perhaps you have a similar organisation near you who could do with a hand?


Mad Dogs Street Project is a community-led secular initiative, staffed by volunteers, providing food & clothes to the homeless of Manchester.

Follow on Social Media: Twitter | Facebook



Promote Your Content
ron sela
"Great content does NOT promote itself on merit; this is the greatest fallacy in content marketing." ~ [Kenneth Waldman]

Ron Sela, Profit Driven Marketer at



Here are some words of wisdom following a very interesting year for me:

After searching long and hard, I have found that there is no silver bullet in marketing and business (trust me I looked).

Instead, there is only hard work, trial and error and going with what is working for you right now.

So don't waste your time looking for more content to read, more courses to consume or more gurus to follow.

Find something that sounds like it could work for you and your business.

  • Try it.
  • Measure if it works.
  • Move on to the next thing if it doesn't.
ashley faulkes

Ashley is the founder of Mad Lemmings, and their chief website builder. His goal is to help bring awesomeness to your website, attracting more leads, customers and money as a result. Get his free guide: How To Get Started With Your Own Website



Advent Calendar - Yolanda Crowley
Yolanda Crowley

Yolanda Crowley helps entrepreneurs in the health and wellness industry save time and money by outsourcing their administrative tasks. Grab your free time-saving guide here.



Increase Your Online Earning Potential with Your Own Product

The best way to increase your earning potential online is by having your own product.

Here's 4 reasons why...

Private Label Rights

What's the easy way to have your own product? PLR or private label rights of course. They allow you to edit, change and call it your own, in many formats, ebooks, video and more.

Now is the best time to get started!

Head to The PLR Store and grab all you want.


Then at the checkout, enter the coupon code of bod50 and get a huge 50% discount.

Limited time for David's Readers.

ron-killian |

Ron Killian is an online marketer and owner of The PLR Store - the one-stop shop for all your PLR products. Having started with affiliate marketing he is now focused on selling digital products, mostly Private Label Rights.



Advent Calendar BreathsNDreams
marianthi |

BreathsNDreams is the online lifestyle journal of Marianthi, where she shares all her "Athens Out & About" discoveries, Travel Experiences, Cuisine Crafts & all Life in between.



3 Blogging Gifts

- - Quote - -

 Just as you do not judge a person by her or his face, do not judge a hosting by its name.

- - Strategy - -

Try to hit many goals with one post - get traffic, make money, develop relationships, do a favor, seek a favor, enhance authority, build your list, increase your blog rank, reach out to the new audience, and make irresistible offers.

- - Tip - -

Do not try to hatch the egg before time; let your blog mature and then think of money.

Harleena Singh

Harleena Singh is a freelance writer and passionate blogger bestowed with the title of "Commenting Queen" by her fellow bloggers. She is the founder of the very popular self-development Aha!NOW blog. 



Brent has kindly agreed to give away his excellent infographic-style eBook on Email Marketing >>>

A Visual Guide To Email Marketing Mastery

Email Marketing 3D Magazine Version

Here's what you get inside:

(No email address required in this case.)


Brent Jones is a freelancer, blogger and internet marketer. He lives in Fort Erie, Canada with his beautiful wife and two dogs.



Advent Calendar - Tim Bonner

Tim Bonner is a Stay At Home Dad, Blogger and Internet Marketer.This little piece of inspiration is a photo from one of his trips to Switzerland a few years ago...before he became a Stay At Home Dad!



Advent Calendar - Brett Wood
Brett Wood

Brett Wood is an acclaimed Australian landscape scenery photographer, with a burning passion for capturing images from Australia & New Zealand, and even the world beyond as he travels further afield. Discover more photo art at Brett Wood Photos.



If you're the boss you don't have to look for a job​

Advent Calendar - Donald McLeman

I don't think anyone will really be looking for a job after an office party…

But if you've got the freedom of being your own boss, enjoy that too.

Have a Merry Christmas!


Donald McLeman

Donald McLeman of writes about business ideas, internet marketing and creative thinking. Take a look and download your free ebook.



Entrepreneurs need to eat too!

Eating breakfast is one of my big wins this year. Seriously, I used to skip it…like, often.

Then I discovered...

  • If I make it in advance, I WILL eat it
  • If I eat it, I will be nourished
  • If I’m nourished, I’m more productive
  • If I’m more productive, I win

I know…wayyyy too simple!

So, what are good make-ahead-breakfasts?

I have two favorites:

1) Crustless Quiche

2) Steel Cut Oatmeal for Two

...Let me know if you have any questions, or want to share your own breakfast wins. I will love hearing from you in any capacity.
traci antonovich | thekitchengirl

The Kitchen Girl is Traci Antonovich, recipe/blog author, food photographer, and chief girl in charge. is an online source of simple, real food recipes, product reviews, and kitchen tips for busy professionals.



Crush Your Goals

Howdy guys!

As an online entrepreneur and blogger, I know that in order to succeed online with your business, it`s essential that you know:

  • The best tools to use
  • The best technology to use
  • The best step-by-step system to crush your goals in your online business

Since David is taking care of the first two parts, I will step in and help you guys with the last part.

The only thing that will set you apart from your competitors... you applying massive action to set the right goals for your business and then CRUSH them as fast as you can.

- - Gaining momentum lies in the speed of your execution - -

I am offering David`s awesome readers my free "Crush Your Goals" course.

Want to crush your business goals next year? 

Happy Holidays!

Tor Refsland

tor refsland

I help online entrepreneurs SKYROCKET their productivity and EARN MORE money in their BUSINESS. Please visit

Wrapping Up

I hope you like the content that has been shared in the 2015 Byte Of Data Advent Calendar.

Please show your appreciation by sharing the content and leaving your comments below.

Seasons Greetings!


David Hartshorne

I'm David and I'm the guy doing most of the writing around here. I'm a freelance writer helping solopreneurs and small businesses build their online presence through friendly, engaging and shareable blog posts.

  • Thrilled to be included in your calendar, David! Thanks!

    • Thrilled to have you Brent, and I know folks will love your free gift coming up soon!

  • Hey David,

    I’m so excited for your readers to see what all you have for them this month. I apologize that I couldn’t participate, just way too much on my plate to get this to you on time but was so honored to have been asked.

    Dev is a great guy and I see from the comments that Brent is participating too. This is going to be fun so I can’t wait to check back each day to see who has what for us.

    I wish you the best with this and I’ll be sharing it too.

    Good luck and have a fabulous new month.


    • Hi Adrienne,

      Thanks for stopping by to lend your support and don’t worry about not having time to contribute – I understand and I’m glad you’re busy in a good way!
      I wanted to try something a little different and I just hope that people enjoy this idea.

      All the best
      – David

    • David did a great job here!

  • Awesome presentation!

    • Cheers Dennis! It’s all down to the awesome Thrive Content Builder!

  • Good stuff already David.

    And as Dennis said, it’s SO fancy dancy. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see the rest. Thanks for including me, appreciate the opportunity.

    • Thanks Ron!
      Trying something a little different and glad to have your contribution included here!

  • Hi, David, I am so pleased to be included in your calendar.

    Already seeing a lot of interesting advent-sized chunks.

    Thanks for including me!

    • Hi Donald,
      Glad you like what you see and its great to have you on-board for the advent calendar!

  • Hey David,

    This is a great idea. Sorry I didn’t participate, I had some other things going on.

    I know quite a few of the participants like Ashley and Ron who are always delivering great content and ideas. This is definitely a great way to end the year and start fresh with the new year!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey Sherman,

      No problem, it’s a busy time of year for folks and I know you would have contributed if you could. So sit back and relax and enjoy the other brilliant content that is being shared!

      – David

  • Hi David

    So sorry that I could not participate. This is an awesome presentation and very creative.

    I love your idea of a give away and it just so fun. Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    • Hey Ikechi, no problems my friend, but glad you like the overall presentation. Still only Day 10 with so much more to come!

  • Hi David,

    Awesome indeed! 🙂

    I loved the whole idea of the way you presented this unique advent calendar, and it’s wonderful to see and learn so much from what each one of us has to share with everyone. Thank you so much for including my tips and strategies here, so appreciate it. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • Thanks Harleena,

      Great to have you sharing your blogging wisdom on the advent calendar and I’m sure everyone will heed your advice.
      – David