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Haaaaaaaapy New Year!!! Hope you had a fabulous Holiday. Mine was filled with food, family, friends and fun! I went on an Internet detox after Thanksgiving and greatly limited the time I spent online in the last month of the year. It always feels very weird when you first disconnect because you feel like you’re missing out on so much, and I didn’t like not updating my blog for so long.
Being an affiliate marketer can be tricky sometimes. You want to make money, but you don’t want your audience giving you the side-eye every time they see a recommendation with a link. It’s about striking a balance, and here are some effective tips to help you promote your links in a more credible way.
Canva is, without a doubt, one of the best, free online image creation sites. They have tons of stock photos, shapes, beautiful fonts, and you can create very modern graphics for your site without any design experience. But do you fully understand their terms for commercial projects? Many people don’t, and I guarantee there are some using Canva images illegally without realizing it.
Earlier versions of The 2 Create a Website homepage weren’t too inviting. Let me be blunt… Some of my homepage designs were a wreck — especially the first several years when only part of my site used WordPress. I recently gave my homepage a cleaner look thanks to the Visual Composer plugin, and my analytics tell me it was a good move.
It feels weird to launch a blog post on Tuesday instead of Monday, but I’m a day late because I HATE launching posts on Holidays. Anywho… let’s get to it. No doubt you know about Amazon’s affiliate program by now. It’s been coined “The Web’s #1 Affiliate Program” by many, but do you know about the other 4 ways you can make money on Amazon? In the video below, I go over all 5 ways.
Your Traffic Struggles & My Candid Comments Filed Under: Build Traffic, New Leave a Comment I can’t believe I managed to pull myself away from the Olympic coverage long enough to get this post up. 🙂 I typically get into the Summer Olympics, but this year, I’ve found myself watching sports I’ve never given a second thought to like rugby and judo.
I received a pleasant surprise after checking my email opt-in stats, and it’s all thanks to YouTube Annotations. I must say… I’m not a huge fan of how YouTube Annotations and Cards function. Both features allow you to overlay a link on top of your videos, but they are both pretty limiting in terms of design and functionality.
Starting a Website in 2016 – A Guide for Beginners Filed Under: Getting Started, Web Hosting Leave a Comment It’s long overdue for me to create an updated, introductory video about starting a website today. If you already have a website, you might be tempted to dismiss this post. Please don’t skip this — especially not the first video.
If I were trying to accomplish what I’m doing with the new site ten years ago, it probably would have cost me in the upwards of 4 figures to set this all up. Just think… Before WordPress and other CMSs, you had to hire programmers to setup complex databases. Today, you can just choose a plugin that does what you want.
Share Tweet +1 I could tell by a few comments on my last post that a few of your were worried. I think the word “messaging” scared people because it sounds unnatural, and you may have wondered what I meant by all that. I was vague because I wasn’t 100% sure how I would approach this (a new niche site or use this one), but I’ve made up my mind.
This journey of hosting my courses and creating a membership site (phase II) has highlighted things that have bothered me about this site. The biggest issue is it covers too much ground. You may have even heard me mention in podcasts that this is not really a niche site. Well as I embark on this big project, I won’t ignore it anymore.
Over the past few months I’ve seen several posts about blogging being dead or dying. And I’m not talking about people who stopped blogging for other business/life priorities. I totally get and respect that. I’m referring to those who say people don’t read blogs anymore. Oh geez… here we go with the generalizations! That sort of reminds me of email marketing.
What the heck has taken me so long to sell products from my own site? Honestly, it was FEAR — which created massive amounts of indecision, analysis paralysis and procrastination! The idea of being completely responsible for the orders, payments, etc. really did intimidate the crap out of me, but I’ve chosen a plugin (MemberMouse) that helped eliminate that fear because of th ...
Whoa… How did I not know about this plugin for over two years? I’ve tried many different drag and drop themes and/or visual editors/plugins, but I’ve never featured them here because they were either: Buggy Difficult to learn Design elements weren’t mobile friendly/responsive Well, I’ve finally found one that’s beginner-friendly and I feel confident recommending it.
Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that make the biggest differences. How many of these practices are you implementing on your blog right now? Is Your Site Fully Responsive? Just because you have a responsive theme, doesn’t mean every part of your site is mobile friendly. Look at the image below… This is an iPhone 6 screenshot from an article on my hair site.
Share Tweet +1 Pin People often perceive traffic building as a one-size-fits-all process that everyone can follow and receive similar results. Sure, there are basic principles and guidelines you can follow such as… write great content develop social media strategies start a YouTube Channel But at the end of the day, traffic building is typically a unique journey for every person.
Not only is this a quick & easy read, but I guarantee you’ll discover at least one trick that you’ll want to implement on your WordPress site. Insert a Link Shortcut Geez. How did I miss this shortcut for so long? The next time you add a link to a post or a page, highlight the text and hit Control – K (Command K on Macs) and the “Insert Link” box will appear like magic.
Why I’m Not on Periscope – Are You? Filed Under: Social Media, New Leave a Comment Periscope is smoking hot right now! Bloggers and marketers are singing the praises of the budding app, and I’ve been asked why I haven’t started live broadcasting. After all, I’ve had some success with YouTube, so wouldn’t this live streaming video app be the next logical step for me? What ...
I’m continuing with my theme of responding to your emails about your biggest site issues. A handful of you mentioned that you are struggling with ranking and optimizing your pages (specifically meta tags and understanding how on-page factors influence your rank). Meta tags are descriptors within your page’s code. The search engines read them and also display them in the results.
AdSense has a new feature and I reeeeeeeally don’t get it. This has got to be the oddest monetization model I’ve seen in a while. Apparently Google believes some people hate ads so much, they’d actually pay AdSense Publishers monthly NOT to see them. This new AdSense product is called Contributor.