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Ya know… it’s been so long since I blogged here, I almost forgot my WordPress password. How’s your 2018 been going for you? Mine has been super busy but extremely productive and more profitable than I expected. So I thought I’d catch you up on lessons I’ve learned with my new site, struggles, personal growth and other insights. The Golden Ticket The year started off on a fun note.
Now that Merch By Amazon has likely frozen the uploads for the rest of the year, that has given me time to catch up on things I’ve neglected… Like this blog! Have you joined Amazon’s Influencer Program yet? It’s been out for many months now, but they recently opened it up to more people and you don’t have to wait as long to get approved.
If you don’t want the Chrome browser scaring your visitors away, here’s what you need to know… Pages with any kind of form field on them should start with https:// instead of http://. The “s” stands for secure and encrypts any data submitted through your website’s forms. If you aren’t using encryption on those pages, starting in October 2017, Google Chrome users visiting yo ...
I received an alarming DM from one of my e-buddies, Darren of Small Biz Geek. This is what it said… Say whaaaaaaaaat? Now, I will say this… I know not to ever use “admin” for my username, and I’m aware of the nickname issue. What’s the nickname issue, you ask? Always change your admin nickname to something else, otherwise the name shown with your comments will be your username.
I have never been more excited about a launch! Why? Because for the first time I feel like I’m doing things in the RIGHT order. Even though 2 Create a Website has had tremendous amounts of success, I always felt like I did a lot of things backwards. For example, I waited way too long to start a list, sell products, etc. That’s largely because I didn’t have to.
Oh boy. It’s time for me to eat some crow. And that’s REALLY difficult for me to do because I have a fear of certain birds. Anyway… There are articles all over the Web about why discounting your products is bad. I ignored them and thought that was odd advice. Some of you warned me about Udemy. I ignored that too.
I sent out a check-in email to my list last week, and I was blown away by how many people said they are stuck in neutral with their sites or businesses. What’s even more interesting is that the underlying reason for the standstill seemed to be the same for most… Fear of failure! Stop Trying to Make Everything Perfect There’s nothing wrong with planning and making sure you ha ...
No one enjoys reading about WordPress malware and security. And if you’re like I was, you skip over many security tips and warnings because you’ve never had major issues. Don’t be like me… Please. In addition to the plugin tech issues I was having with setting up my self-hosted course site, I was also very concerned about malware along the way.
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.