Starting an Affiliate Marketing Business during COVID-19

I've fielded SO many queries about how to start an affiliate marketing business since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started, that I feel the need to come out of my 5-year retirement. So many of you who have contacted me, have lost your jobs or are on an indeterminate layoff due to the pandemic and are looking for ways to make money online quickly and thinking that affiliate marketing is the … [Read more...]

Dump the New Year’s Resolutions!

It's time to DUMP New Year’s Resolutions! As the current year is nearing its end, many people are thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. Not me… or at least not anymore. I’ve blogged about New Year’s resolutions numerous times over the years, but like 80+% of New Year’s resolutions ever made, the majority of my personal resolutions have usually gone by the wayside (read ‘failed’) by … [Read more...]

Is Your Blog Showing a “Not Secure” Warning in Google Chrome?

Have you noticed that your blog is showing a “Not Secure” warning in Chrome browsers? Mine was. Site with ‘Not Secure' warning I was concerned about what that “Not Secure” warning label meant and how visitors would perceive my site by result, so I started doing a little research to find out why that was happening and what I could do about it. The reason you see a “Not Secure” warning is … [Read more...]

Super Affiliate Handbook Updated for 2019

A lot has changed since I started affiliate marketing in 1999 and wrote the first edition of the Super Affiliate Handbook in 2003. Back then, there were no blogs and no Google. I coded every bit of my first web site in Notepad. Dancing babies, spinning globes and the whole nine yards of ugly elements. In 2019, new webmasters can install their first blog in just minutes and creating content is now … [Read more...]

WPForms: A Better Contact Form

I was more than tired of seeing the ‘configuration errors detected' on my Contact 7 contact form. It didn't matter what I did to try and fix the errors, I still got the notification. Granted, the form actually worked, but the error notice bugged me. So, I decided to find a new plugin and the WPForms Contact Form came up second in the search results. You'll notice that although the top … [Read more...]

Google+ Closing on April 2nd, 2019

Back in December, Google announced its intention to shut down Google+ (Google Plus). On February 1st, they sent an email out to consumer (personal) account users notifying them that the service would officially close on April 2nd due to low usage. Low usage indeed! While Facebook reports 2.2 billion monthly and 1.4 billion daily active users, it's estimated that Google Plus had only 2 billion … [Read more...]

Is Your Blog GDPR Compliant?

GDPR, which stands for General Data Protection Regulation, is a law covering data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and also the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas. Although the GDPR regulation was implemented on May 25th, 2018, I’ve seen many blogs that are NOT GDPR compliant. My guess is that bloggers … [Read more...]

WordPress Plugins and How I Use Them (2019)

WordPress plugins enhance the capabilities of your WordPress blog. There are literally tens of thousands of WordPress plugins from which to choose, but I'll make this easy on you. Below is a list of my most frequently used WordPress plugins, along with descriptions of how I use them. Each of these plugins can be accessed through your WordPress Administration Panel by clicking Plugins > Add New … [Read more...]

What is Affiliate Marketing?

In simple terms, affiliate marketing is the promotion of products and/or services to earn commissions through an affiliate program. An affiliate program is a program that facilitates the relationship between online merchants and their affiliates — allowing the affiliate to promote that company's products or services for a commission. Affiliate programs may also be referred to as: Associate … [Read more...]

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners You’re interested in affiliate marketing as a way of making money online and I know that’s a great choice for SO many reasons. I started affiliate marketing in 1997 and my online business as an affiliate marketer has provided me with a lifestyle that I would never have even dreamed possible had I continued working at my day job. So, let’s get you started… … [Read more...]

Profitable Niche Markets as Revealed by WordPress Theme Sales

The latest affiliate newsletter from StudioPress provided some really nice profitable niche clues for 2019. StudioPress reports that their Top 10 Best-Selling Themes for January 2019 were as follows: Foodie Pro Theme Essence Pro Theme AgentPress Pro Theme Author Pro Theme Magazine Pro Theme Mai Lifestyle Pro Theme Refined Pro Theme Wellness Pro Theme Business Pro Theme Corporate Pro Theme Most of … [Read more...]

Guest Blogging Pitch Mistakes

Guest blogging is a great way to establish yourself as an expert your field and can bring more traffic to your blog through search engine optimization by increasing the number of inbound links to your site. But, only if your guest blogging pitch succeeds in getting your guest posts accepted. I receive numerous guest blogging requests each and every day, and I’m sad to say that 99% of the … [Read more...]

How to Fix Broken Scroll Links in StudioPress Themes

I wouldn’t have known that there were broken scroll links on my Affiliate Blogger PRO site, if not for an email with the subject line “I KEEP PRESSING THE SIGN-UP BUTTON! ARE others having this problem?!”. Sure enough, when I tested the scroll links on the homepage, none of them were working – which doesn’t bode well, especially folks can’t get to your purchase … [Read more...]

My Dog Knows How to Make Money on YouTube

When YouTube changed its Partnership Program eligibility requirements in January 2018, and I received the dreaded email confirming that I’d been kicked out of their program, I figured that I would no longer make money on YouTube, or more accurately, through Google Adsense. Here is a portion of that dreaded email… “Under the new eligibility requirements announced today, your … [Read more...]

Online Donations: Make the Process Simple for Donors

A very good friend of ours recently passed away and in lieu of flowers the family asked that donations be made to a local charity which does fund-raising for colon cancer awareness. Being that Lester is my 3rd third friend / colleague to succumb to the disease, I was SO on it. Unfortunately, trying to make a donation on the site was a convoluted and frustrating process, so I gave up the first … [Read more...]

DRAM Class Action Lawsuit – Get Your $20

Canadians will get $20 back (maybe more) as part of $80 million dollar class-action settlement for overpriced electronics. Here’s the Press release: MONTREAL, TORONTO and VANCOUVER, Feb. 23, 2015 /CNW/ – If you bought an electronic device between 1999 and 2002, then you almost certainly paid too much for it. Now Canadians can get their money back simply by filling in a form on … [Read more...]

15 Virtual Conference Advantages

Between 2004 and 2010, I attended/spoke at a number of conferences, traveling from my home in semi-rural British Columbia to places such as L.A., Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., New York, Montreal, Miami and Dubai. As much as I love meeting my colleagues and students in person, I found the rigmarole of business travel exhausting. Contributing to the frazzle, is the fact that we spend 4 to 6 of the … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning for Your Blog

The birds are singing, the posies are popping and spring rains are making everything look shiny and new. Here are 10 tips to dust off your blog and give it a fresh spring feel. Update Your About Page Have you gained experience or earned new credentials since you set up your blog? Has the objective for your blog changed? Have YOU changed? One of the most frequent complaints that online daters have … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Sale at HostGator

Starting today – Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 12am CST, HostGator is running a St. Patrick’s Day Sale, featuring 55% off all new hosting packages, plus $8 domains! The St. Patrick’s Day Sale will run for a full 72 hours and end on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:59pm CST. Your Coupon Code is: GOLD NOTE: The offer is only valid on new hosting packages, not applicable on renewals or … [Read more...]

280+ Spam Filter Words and Phrases to Avoid

Do you ever wonder how many of the emails you send to your newsletter subscribers get caught up in spam filters and junk mail folders? While checking my Gmail today, I was surprised to see how many marketers’ messages – to which I’d subscribed – were in the spam folder. A quick scan down the list and it was easy to see why Gmail deemed those messages to be junk… they … [Read more...]

Responsive WordPress Themes for 2015

I had a problem on one of my blogs this week that I (wrongly) assumed was due to over-tweaking of its WordPress theme. To fix it, I went in search of a new theme to install on the site. Boy, was I surprised by the number of beautiful themes available, particularly the responsive theme designs and those with parallax scrolling. Parallax scrolling is where background images move slower than … [Read more...]

Former Student Hits it BIG

I feel like a proud mama every time I hear how one of my students has taken what they learned from me (and others) and gone on to become uber successful affiliate marketers. In this case, Jamie is a 38 year old musician — but it’s affiliate marketing that has put bread on his table. Really BIG bread. There’s an Aston Martin in his garage thanks to the 12 million bucks he’s … [Read more...]

Get Mobile-Friendly by April 21st or Risk Lowering Your Rankings

In February, Google announced that it would start favoring mobile-friendly sites starting on April 21st. Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. Contrary to some bloggers’ interpretation of Google’s latest algorithm change, your site will NOT be de-listed if it is not mobile friendly. (Oh yes, all sorts of doom and gloom was … [Read more...]

Watch this Copyright Infringing Site Disappear

Since registering his domain in mid-February, James Reinhold has put a LOT of effort into building and marketing his new blog. He has already signed up 1390 subscribers to his newsletter by offering a copy of his new e-book. In the last week alone, James has created a new header graphic, replaced the theme’s standard favicon and added links to his social media sites. He also installed the … [Read more...]