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Learn About the Tires on the New BMW M3 and M4

One of the more forgotten aspect of performance and how it progresses over the years is tire technology. Tires have become so much more advanced than they were even five-to-ten years ago. With modern performance cars, manufacturers work so closely with tire manufacturers that the rubber they actual use is every bit as specifically engineered for that car as its engine and suspension components. For the new BMW M3 and M4, the M Division worked incredibly closely with its tire suppliers, namely Michelin, to develop a tire that can not only withstand the power and capability of both cars but actually improve their performance.

In this new video from BMW M, we learn about the new tires offered on the BMW M3 and M4 and how they’ve changed versus the previous-gen cars. The first thing you notice is the size difference. Up front, the old F80 M3 ran a 235/35/19 tire but the new G80 M3 runs a massive 275/35/19 tire. So the new tire is significantly wider than the old car and when you see them next to each other, the difference is staggering.


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What’s interesting is that the prototype tires used in development get a certain numeric marking, which tells BMW’s engineers and developers what the tire’s make up is. The numbers signify certain rubber compounds and constructions, so that BMW engineers can provide feedback to the tire manufacturer about what they liked and what they didn’t. This way, the tire development is a joint venture.

BMW also drastically changed the tire sizes from front to rear. So the front tires get a smaller wheel with a taller sidewall and narrower size. The taller sidewall is most important, as it provides a better balance between comfort and grip. However, at the back, the tires are wider, have shorter sidewalls and sit on larger wheels. The reason for that is to provide better lateral grip, or “oblique running stiffness” as BMW calls it.

There’s also an option for track tires, a first for the standard BMW M3 and M4. Previously, the only M cars to be available with genuine track tires were the M3/M4 CS, M4 GTS and M2 CS. Now, though, your run of the mill M3 can have them.

I you’re in the market for a new BMW M3, check this video out as its a must watch.


How I Made $36,257.04 Blogging in December 2020 (Blog Income Report)

Looking back, the past year has been marked by great change in my life. I’m now living down by the beach in Los Angeles (Santa Monica), enjoying a winter that looks & feels a whole lot more like summer… it’s sunny and 80ºF outside as I’m writing these words—and the beach is calling my name this afternoon. Here’s a quick glimpse of my sunrise run from the other day:

The last six months in particular have been a time of intense, meaningful personal growth and a deepening of relationships with good friends & family that I’m extremely grateful for. Much more on that self-discovery journey to come soon, but we’re here today to talk a little more about the numbers 😉

This income report is (once again) coming a bit later than usual, but I’ve continued to enjoy a lot of offline time focused on non-work activities, being outdoors and carefully seeing a few family members during the holidays. December saw another pretty consistent drop across the board with numbers for my blog—with the exception of revenue increasing—but with a dip in traffic and drop in email subscriber growth. Income came in at $36,257.04 and I brought in 142,137 readers—with 198,986 unique sessions.

Examining the numbers for December… blog income increased a pretty sizable amount over last month (due largely to a delayed affiliate payout coming through), though I’m still seeing consistent commissions from my guide about how to start a blog and ramping up longer-term oriented gains with other monetized articles. I had another great month of enrollments in my comprehensive blogging course, Built to Blog: How to Get Your First 10,000 Readers and Earn Six-Figures Blogging (enrollments are still open, so come join us 👋).

Overall, I generated $36,257.04 in blog income during December of 2020—while spending very little time at my keyboard, which reinforces that my blog has been one of the most rewarding payoffs of a time investment in my entire life… and something I’m incredibly grateful for.

Expenses stayed pretty low for the month, and profit for December came in at $32,760.70.

The Forecast ☀️For January, I’m expecting my blog income to go down quite a bit, landing revenue somewhere between $20,000 – $26,000. I’m expecting to stay in that general range over the coming months, while I continue spending more time away from traditional “work” and keep focusing more on my own personal growth. That being said, I’m still updating my most important content, implementing SEO improvements and keeping a cadence of new content coming out with the goal of rebounding traffic over the next few months. I’ll keep my business expenses pretty light for the months to come while I invest more of my time into ramping traffic back up.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind. When you use one of my affiliate links, the company compensates me, which helps me run this blog and keep all of my in-depth content free of charge for readers (like you).

Now, on to the details of my December blog income report…

Blog Income in December 2020: $36,257.04

In these monthly reports, I track my total income every month, including each individual source of that income, and associated expenses with running my business. This is the good and the bad.

Next, I break down the traffic to my blog which heavily impacts my income, including what’s performing best and how I’m working to drive in more readers. I also cover how many email subscribers I’m at, the number of new subscribers acquired during the month, and what that growth trajectory looks like.

Finally, I cover updates on any other side projects I’m working on for the month.

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Blog Income Breakdown for December 2020

Freelance Clients & Sponsorships




Expenses Breakdown

Web Services: Hosting & Storage

SmartWP Hosting
RightBlogger Hosting
Google Drive





Professional Services

Freelance Writers
Technical Consultant
WordPress Development
Rev (YouTube Transcriptions)
Business Insurance



Travel, Office Supplies & Misc

AT&T Service Plan (iPhone)
iPhone 12 Payment Plan
Internet (Comcast)
Amazon (Office Supplies)
Health Insurance
Transaction and Processing Fees




Net Profit Breakdown

Now, on to my blog and email-related statistics for December.

2. Blog Stats for December 2020: 198,986 Sessions and 153,275 Total Email Subscribers

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December saw another drop in traffic from the previous month, bringing me to some of the lowest readership numbers I’ve seen on my site in at least a couple of years. While I’ve mentioned a few times recently that this is due largely to increased volatility in my key organic search rankings (fueled by several major Google algorithm updates over the past 6 months), I’m now spending most of my limited work time on experimenting with technical SEO tweaks and exhaustive content updates to halt the decline I’ve been seeing.

I mentioned in last month’s report that I’m certainly concerned & monitoring this activity as best as I can, it’s also important for me to hold the context that short-term volatility has always been the norm within my extremely competitive niche, and I know exactly what works best for maintaining high-ranking content over the long-term.

While occasional thoughts of doom & gloom can still enter the picture, I’m grateful that I can zoom out to see a clear pattern (with 8+ years of traffic history) that peaks and valleys are truly the norm. With that in mind though, it requires a healthy dose of proactivity and willingness to experiment in order to rebound from the low points. I’m continuing to implement some key technical SEO improvements that I can identify—of which I rely primarily on Google’s PageSpeed Insights Tool for actionable insights and specific fixes—while regularly updating my key articles to make sure they stay fresh and helpful for readers.

As we’ve talked a lot about in these reports, I’m the first to tell you that blogging is a very long game… and short-term hits can’t discourage you from investing in creating resources that’ll lead to a brighter future. One of my takeaways from this sustained decline I’ve seen, is that I need to more thoughtfully diversify traffic sources (away from primarily just Google search) and revenue sources (away from affiliates as my top channel). You can expect to see a renewed focus on updating & promoting my Built to Blog course as we head further into the new year.

I was down 23.40% in Sessions from November as my traffic decline continued last month. Pageviews fell by 24.22%. The good news is that my decline appears to be leveling off.

Here are my top 15 most trafficked posts from December, ranked in descending order of which drove the most readers:

Most of the short-term volatility I’m seeing right now is from major search algorithm updates, and that isn’t fully in my control—but I’m adapting to interpret what the search engines are suggesting they’re trying to reward most… so you may notice some small layout changes to my blog already (like colors, fonts and more technical tweaks under the hood).

Throughout this all though, readers to my 25,000+ word guide, How to Start a Blog and Make Money have remained pretty steady—which still holds rankings in organic search for competitive terms like how to start a bloghow to blog and such. As usual, when more readers land on that guide… more are joining my free course, How to Build a Blog in 7 Days and they’re offered an opportunity to join my more comprehensive paid Built to Blog course that’ll help level up their blogging skills even more.

Also in December, I published one new long-form article for my growing audience of bloggers:

I’m continuing to find that the majority of my time spent on content goes toward maintaining my existing library of 300+ articles. It’s a lot of work updating and expanding these guides on an ongoing basis, so new long-form content will come a lot slower this time of year as I focus mostly on 2021 content updates for the next couple of months.

This is all with the continued mission of signaling to Google (and other search engines) that my blog’s niche is clearly focused around the topic of blogging and I’m expecting that intense focus to keep delivering more readers looking for tactical blogging advice over the long-term… this is an investment for the long game!

2. Email Subscribers

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I’ve used ConvertKit to manage my email subscriber community and deliver my emails for several years now and I absolutely love the product.

December saw the addition of 1,450 subscribers to my community with my total email list growing to 153,275 subscribers.

This was another drop in email subscriber growth from November’s figures, which isn’t a surprise after seeing another down month in traffic, too. Email list growth is directly impacted by a few of my key articles getting less traffic than than they’d received in previous months (due to the many Google algorithm updates, which sent fluctuations in organic traffic).

As with previous months though, most of my new email subscribers came from the influx of blogging-related content and free downloads I have across my site (like my blog business plan, blogging books, outreach email templates and blog post templates)—which is my ultimate goal to remain focused on, as that’s the niche I’m all in on serving for the years to come.

A significant chunk of my new subscriber growth continues to be fueled by my free course, Build a Blog in 7 Days which is well-optimized for both affiliate revenue—and for offering my more advanced paid course (Built to Blog) for those looking to get more hands on help in growing their blogs.

That’s it for my December blog income report

As we touched on toward the beginning of this report, I’m predicting blog income to dip back down next month (and likely remain a bit suppressed for the next few months), landing somewhere between $20,000 – $26,000 in January as I experience continued fluctuations in traffic and corresponding affiliate commissioned that are directly related to the volatility in traffic I’ve been seeing for the past several months. My main focus still remains on updating in-depth blogging content that’ll pay off over the course of the months and years to come.

If you’re looking for some additional reading to help grow your own blog, I’m always updating my ultimate guide to building and scaling a profitable blog right here that I’d love for you to read 😊


2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid – The World Is Changing

It’s the same 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 you’ll find on a number of other cars made under VAG’s roof. From the RS5 to other Porsches, this is a good engine that’s here to stay. It makes the same 440 HP you’ll get on other cars and normally, that would be enough for a car, even one as big as the Panamera. But here’s where the real upgrade comes in. The Panamera 4S e-Hybrid also has a 136 HP electric motor on board, to help out from time to time. This electric motor sits right inside the eight-speed automatic transmission and it takes over as soon as you set off.

Driving off in a Panamera 4S e-Hybrid (provided you charged it) is done electrically. It reminds me a lot of the Taycan, but the Panamera is a better built car with a better-quality interior. That electric motor adds a whopping 300 kilos, including the 17.9 kWh battery pack, located at the back. The position in the boot floor takes away some of the luggage space.

30 Miles Of Electric Range

According to Porsche, with a full battery, you could drive this car up to over 30 miles on a charge, without ever tripping the internal combustion engine. During my time with the car I saw an average of 25 miles which was influenced by the cold weather.

You can choose from a number of driving modes too. The car sets off in Normal, hybrid mode. This means it will rely on the battery for most of your trip, if you live inside a city. The car’s systems uses geolocation services. Therefore, if you live in rural areas, for example, and daily drive from and to work, the car will use its internal combustion engine on the way, charging the battery if need be and warming up the cabin. It will switch to electric power alone automatically, as soon as you enter the city.

Quite a smart move from Porsche, one that reminds me of BMW’s own geofenced e-Drive zones. If you don’t want to use the internal combustion engine at all and squeeze all the power out of the battery, you can do that, by choosing the pure EV driving mode in which the car can be driven at speeds up to 140 km/h. Impressive but keeping up that speed will probably deplete the battery in no time. After all, we’re talking about a 136 HP motor driving around a car that’s well over 2 tons.

Most of the time though, you’ll let the car do its thing and choose for itself which power source is more efficient. The transition from that roaring V6 to electric mode is smooth but you will notice it, as the internal combustion unit does have a particular sound to it that is hard to miss, even in Normal mode. What you should know is that you get a total of four new driving modes compared to a non-hybrid model: E-power, Hybrid Auto, E-hold and E-charge.

60 mpg Average Consumption


Samsung announces new digital car keys for BMW cars

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BMW unveiled earlier this week a new iteration of their digital key – The Digital Key Plus. This latest incarnation of the service is based on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, the technology found on the U1 chip of iPhone. The BMW Digital Key Plus feature will be first launched with the all-electric BMW iX for iPhone. Today, Samsung makes a similar announcement. According to The Verge, the new digital key for Audi, BMW, Ford, and Genesis may be available as soon as August 2021. Furthermore, the digital car keys are compatible with both iPhone and Android-based smartphones.

The engineering achievement comes from the FiRa Consortium and the Car Connectivity Consortium where Samsung and Apple are current members. “You’ll even be able to share your digital key across smartphones, regardless of brand or platform,” Samsung’s Kevin Chung announced during the company’s Galaxy S21 event today.

The new features enabled by the Digital Keys are based on Ultra-Wideband technology. This is a short-range, high-bandwidth digital radio technology that is characterized by an exceptionally precise localization with the greatest possible security. UWB’s precision also ensures that relay attacks, where the radio signal is jammed or intercepted, are not possible. Yesterday’s press release said that Apple and BMW have been working closely with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to establish the Digital Key specification 3.0 for UWB, providing a global standard for the automotive industry. The digital key also has a fallback system – the NFC – which allows you to tap the car with your phone to unlock it.

Furthermore, Samsung also showed a new feature which will enable you to find your car in a crowded parking lot, thanks to the augmented reality (AR). This feature only works with UWB-equipped cars and UWB-enabled phones. The latter list includes the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra and the Galaxy Note 20+.

[Source: The Verge]


2022 BMW X4 M40i LCI Facelift Seen with Bigger Grilles

We know that the BMW X3 LCI facelift is on the way, giving current X3 customers something to trade their car in for. Along with that newly nipped and tucked X3 is going to be a facelifted version of its sportier sibling — the BMW X4. In some new spy photos, we can see the upcoming BMW X4 LCI facelift wearing some camouflage on its front and rear ends, obscuring its changes. (We don’t own the photos, so click on the blue words to see ’em)

Up front, it’s clear that the BMW X4 LCI will gain a new face, with bigger grilles and sharper headlights. The new grilles won’t be as mahoosive as those found on the beaver-toothed 4 Series but they’ll still make the old car’s look small. It also gets sleeker headlights but you don’t notice those as much with the monster grille taking all of the attention away.

Out back, the camo covers up any significant changes, so we don’t know if there will be any. That said, there aren’t likely to be many changes. We can see that this specific car is a BMW X4 M40i, due to its trapezoidal exhausts.

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One oddity on this particular test mule is its mirror design. Rather than use the same standard mirrors that all M Performance cars use, this test mule seems to have BMW M mirrors. Obviously, this could just be for test mule purposes; slapping whichever mirrors they had in a bin onto the car just to make it road legal; but we’re hoping that BMW isn’t going to start giving M Performance cars proper M Division design elements. While that might draw some more customers to M Performance cars, it would also ruin the specialness of those designs. So let’s hope the M mirrors seen here are just parts-bin testing equipment.

Exhaust pipes don’t lie, though. So this car is indeed the BMW X4 M40i, which means it’s packing a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6. We don’t know if BMW is going to give it a power bump but it’s likely to make around 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. In the current X3 and X4 M40i, that engine is far more than enough to be fun.

When this facelifted BMW X4 M40i LCI make its debut, it’s going to have some competition. There’s the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe, the all-new Audi SQ5 Sportback and the all-electric Tesla Model Y. So those new grilles need to work.

[Source: Motor Authority]


There is now a BMW 3 Series called the “3 Series Gran Limousine”

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For years now, premium German car companies have been developing specialized long-wheelbase version or relatively ordinary cars for the Chinese market. Now, it seems as if India wants in on the long-wheelbase party and so BMW is developing a longer 3 Series for the Indian market. However, it goes by a different name. Rather than just being called the BMW 3 Series LWB (Long Wheelbase), the Indian-market model will be known as the 3 Series Gran Limousine.

Admittedly, Gran Limousine sounds a lot better and more interesting than “LWB”. Given BMW’s penchant for absurd names, we’re actually surprised it took this long for BMW to give its longer-wheelbase models a funky new name. Alas, the Indian market 3 Series LWB will be known as the BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine and it actually seems quite good.

What’s nice is that it doesn’t look like a typical long-wheelbase model. BMW has done a good job of stretching the wheelbase out without ruining the design. So with almost no visual trade-off, the 3 Series Gran Limousine gets a significant rear legroom gain. So rear seat passengers can get similar legroom to something like a 5 Series, despite being in a smaller car.

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There’s also a driving benefit as well. Or there is one if you care more about comfort and composure at speed over outright agility. Due to its longer wheelbase, the 3 Series Gran Limousine has a significant boost in straight-line, high-speed stability over the standard 3 Series. There’s admittedly a trade-off, as the longer wheelbase actually reduces the 3 Series’ ability to be a proper sports sedan. Still, you don’t by a BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine for its handling characteristics. You buy it because it’s nice to be in, has a great interior and impressive technology, while also boasting better back seat space.

Plus, if you’re sitting in the back and not behind the wheel, you really don’t want to be driving that quickly anyway.


How to use the BMW Reversing Assistant

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In this video, we will teach you how to use the BMW Reversing Assistant. The feature was first introduced in the G20 3 Series and has since emerged in other BMW models as well. In the United States, the feature is called Backup Assistant and is included in the Parking Assistant Plus package. In some cases or in different markets, BMW Reversing Assistant might be standard or be available as a separate item. We first sampled the feature in G20 330i and we decided to put together a quick guide on how to use it.

Step 1

  • Shift the gear into Reverse
  • Push the Reversing Assistant icon on the navigation screen

Step 2

  • Let go of your steering wheel, but keep a foot near the brake pedal and control the speed
  • Always stay alert and mindful of your surroundings

Basically the Reversing Assistant offers you the option of automated reversing in confined spaces or situations where the driver does not have a clear view, such as multi-story car parks or entrances to courtyards. To do this, it stores the steering movements for any section the car has just driven forward along at no more than 36 km/h (22 mph).The system is then able to reverse the vehicle for distances of up to 50 meters by steering it along exactly the same line it has just taken when moving forward. The Reversing Assistant can back the car up at a maximum 9 km/h (5.5 mph).

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BMW M2 and BMW M2 Competition Get 3D Design Parts

If you own a BMW M2, and it doesn’t really matter if it’s the standard M2 or the M2 Competition, you can turn your car into a track-ready monster thanks to 3D Design. The Japanese-based BMW tuners create some of the very best aftermarket BMW parts you can find and their catalog for the M2 family is seriously impressive. This new video from 3D Design shows off the parts for both cars on track.

Admittedly, the video doesn’t show off what the cars can do on track, or if the parts make them better driver’s cars, as the video is mostly just comprised of rolling beauty shots. However, the parts shown prove that they can make any BMW M2, be it the Competition model or not, look fantastic.

The BMW M2 Competition in this video is black, with more subtle aero. It has some carbon fiber exterior bits, a lower suspension, new wheels and even yellow headlights, which looks interesting on a modern car. While the standard M2 in this video is silver, with more aggressive aerodynamics, chief of which is the massive fixed rear wing. It also gets carbon fiber exterior bits, a lowered suspension and different wheels.

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To be honest, you really don’t need aftermarket parts to make the BMW M2 Competition look aggressive, as it already has a muscular, butch design. However, the standard M2 could use a bit of sprucing up, so as to make it look as aggressive as its successor.

One thing you notice in this video, as with 3D Design parts in general, is that all of the exterior additions look perfectly cohesive with the design. They don’t look cheap and they seem to fit perfectly. 3D Design is known for the highest quality aftermarket parts in the business and it shows in this video. Despite being heavily modified, these cars look like they’re built with the same quality as you’d find from the factory. So if you’re looking for some upgrading for your M2, give 3D Design a look.


Peterhansel’s First win extends his lead in Stage 9 of 2021 Dakar Rally

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The ninth stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally brought good news for MINI fans. Stephane Peterhansel and his X-Raid MINI buggy managed to extend his lead in front of his main rival, Nasser Al-Attiyah, following the first stage win from the Frenchman. It took nine stages for him to get a win but he finally did it and is heading towards a record-breaking run once again, with the 14th title in the line of sight.

It was a good run from Peterhansel from start to finish. In the first part of the stage the two top drivers in the competition were separated by just six minutes but the consistency of Peterhansel was hard to match for Al-Attiyah. The Toyota driver also had some bad luck, two punctures and a navigation error forcing him to settle for second place. The Quatari driver is now 18 minutes behind the Frenchman in the overall standings.

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Third-place Carlos Sainz also had a difficult day, with some technical issues hindering his performance. Fixing a brake problem on his MINI X-Raid buggy meant Sainz crossed the line 22 minutes behind the leader. And yet, he wasn’t third. The podium on Stage 9 was completed by Giniel de Villiers who crossed the line just 19 seconds after Al-Attiyah did, putting in a great performance in his Toyota Hilux.

At the moment Peterhansel is still in the lead, with 17 minutes and 50 seconds to spare compared to Nasser Al-Attiyah who is in second place. Carlos Sainz is still third overall, with 1 hour, 2 minutes and 25 seconds to make up for. Jakub Przygonski with his Toyota are fourth while Nani Roma comes in fifth at the moment, being 2 hours 42 minutes and 38 seconds behind the leader as we’re heading into the final three stages of this year’s Dakar Rally. 2021 could very well mark the moment Peterhansel wins his 14th title.


BMW iX will come with the Digital Key Plus with Ultra-Wideband

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The gimmicky, yet cool BMW Digital Key gets a new upgrade. Ahead of the CES 2021, BMW has just unveiled a new iteration of their key – The Digital Key Plus. This latest incarnation of the service is based on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, the technology found on the U1 chip of iPhone. The BMW Digital Key Plus feature will be first launched with the all-electric BMW iX for iPhone.

The new, additional features enabled by the BMW Digital Key Plus are based on Ultra-Wideband technology. This is a short-range, high-bandwidth digital radio technology that is characterized by an exceptionally precise localization with the greatest possible security. UWB’s precision also ensures that relay attacks, where the radio signal is jammed or intercepted, are not possible. The press release says that Apple and BMW have been working closely with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to establish the Digital Key specification 3.0 for UWB, providing a global standard for the automotive industry.

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The CCC has already been joined by several automotive constructor, so the further development of the future digital key technology will gain more traction and momentum, as it opens the gate to a very attractive, pan-industrial solution, which works suitably on a variety of digital devices such as smartphone, tablets, intelligent watches and other wearables.

Just like with the previous iteration, you will no longer need to position your smartphone in the close vicinity of the door handle. Opening the car will work simply by approaching the vehicle and keeping your digital device in your pocket.