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Choosing The Right Blogging Platform And Host For Your Blog – Blogging 101

Choosing The Right Blogging Platform And Host For You

Once you have chosen your niche your next most important decision when creating an affiliate marketing income is your blogging platform. There are many free and paid opportunities out there, each one of them having their own pro’s and con’s, which I want to highlight for you today.

Free Hosting Platforms

The following platforms are completely free and do not include the free versions of premium hosting services and platforms available.

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WordPress.com
This platform is not to be confused with wordpress.org, which needs a web host such as Siterubix, or Hostgator.  Wordpress.com offers responsive, yet basic free themes, as well as potential upgrades you can purchase – such as a  domain name, and premium themes. The downside is, that you can not add any plug-ins that are essential to monetizing your blog or site. This limits your ability to use this platform as a money making business and is therefore not a platform I suggest you should use.

Blogger
Blogger is similar to WordPress.com, as it is free, and allows you to upgrade your site for money. It is however, a little less restricted when it comes to making money. I don’t like the free themes available for Blogger as much as WordPress. They have a little bit of an “old school” feel to it, but you can change that with a little bit of coding knowledge. It is a decent place for a blog, but can not keep up with the more professional WordPress self-hosted sites, Shopify or even Wix

Related Post: How Book Bloggers Make Money

Paid Hosting Platform

Shopify
If you are looking to create an eCommerce site, Shopify is the best way to go. This platform is easy to turn into a responsive online shop and has visually pretty themes, that are easy to work with. You do not need to know anything about programming in order to set up your site, and the support is friendly and fast.

Weebly
While this website makes beautiful sites, it is not as effective in creating a responsive eCommerce site as Shopify. Yet, it is easy to use, with plenty of design options that make designing an individual unique site easy. No need to know anything about coding, unlike WordPress.org sites, you do not have to worry about installing your site, and the support is also very good, and always willing to help.

HostGator
One of my two favorite hosts for WordPress.org sites. Competitively priced, with great service, and plenty of potential add-ons, as well as the opportunity to buy domain names, domain emails, and other premium services. HostGator is the cheapest way to start building an effective WordPress.org site out there.

SiteRubix
SiteRubix is an all-inclusive webhosting service for WordPress.org sites. You can host up to 25 sites at a time, for one price, which also includes domain email, 24-hour site support and monitoring, free themes, and most importantly it  includes access to the Wealthy Affiliate Universities business building lessons. I host all of my sites there, simply because it makes economical sense, because I don’t have to purchase seperate services for each of my five websites. Not everyone needs this type of support, but I highly recommend this option for someone new to online marketing, or monetizing a blog.

Question: Which platform are you using currently for your blog/website? What are your favorite aspects of the platform you are using? Share your answers with the community below!

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Claudia

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Social Media Tips

How To Master Twitter For Marketing And Business

How To Master Twitter For Marketing And Business

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Twitter is not a social media platform you should ignore if you want to grow an engaged blog or website audience. On top of that, it is possible to make money on Twitter, by being part of social media campaigns run by brands and companies throughout the year. In order to maximize your potential income – and we are on the internet to make money, so this should be our main goal – I have compiled a list of tips and tricks that can increase your potential for both traffic and income generated via this social media platform.

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Increase your twitter following:

1.Do a keyword search on your niche in twitter.
2.Follow people who have real names, and pictures of themselves, or something related to the niche in their
profile.
3.Make sure that they are actually engaged in the niche, by reading some of their feed
4. Do not follow companies, unless it is a company you are actually working with – i.e. as an Influencer, Brand Ambassador and such

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Increase your twitter engagement:

1.Take 15 minutes a day to engage with those you follow and take 15 minutes a day to engage in trending topics, and related to your niche hashtags. This could mean that you offer encouraging advice to questions posted, that you tell someone you enjoyed their post, or to connect in any other meaningful way that is related to the subject at hand
2. Get comfortable with the hashtags for your niche. Make a list, and refer to it every time you are on twitter. You should be not only using these hashtags in your own niche but to find and engage with followers.
3. Respond to comments likes and retweets. Mention those who were engaging on Follow Friday, or thank them throughout the week for being engaged.

Follower/Following Ratio:

Your follow count does not have to be low – it should not be more than about 2/3 of your follower rate, BUT
most importantly those should be, targeted people! Do not randomly follow people, make sure each of them count!

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Share other people’s stuff- but only when it is high quality. Use automation tools like Buffer to share some of these posts, considering that you might find quite a few posts in one setting, but will overwhelm your followers if you share too many posts after each other.

Twitter Images:

1.Change the variety of your twitter images – your images should not always be the same type. I fell for that in the beginning, all of my blog posts have the same type of images as a starter image, which is boring for followers. Make them different, engaging have about 5 different styles that you switch up on.
2. Be sure they are the perfect size for twitter – which is 440 pixels wide and 220 pixels tall.

Twitter Goals:

Do you have twitter goals for 2017? My twitter goals are currently to grow my followers to 12K by the end of the year and be listed in 2500 lists. What are your goals?

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Claudia

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Blogging 102: Rework Your Old Content

Blogging 102: Rework Your Old Content

In order to maximize page views and with that your ability to maximize your potential to monetize your blog,  I find it wise to contemplate reworking your old content, especially the content that has in the past gained some interest with readers. One of the biggest mistakes a new blogger can make is to have the write it and forget it attitude and ignore this potential.

Some of these posts though might need some serious reworking. Links might no longer be functioning, the content might not be optimized to fit today’s reading habits, or your blogging goals have changed, and your content from 2 or 3 years ago does not fit into that picture.

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No worries, here are a few steps you can take in order to optimize the content and make it shareable again:

1. Does your blog post have a call to action?
Your call to action should reflect your current blogging goals, therefore you might want to change your previous CTA to fit your campaigns of today. Examples of effective CTA would be to ask people to share your content, to add a comment,  or follow a link to a related blog post. You can also ask people to subscribe if you are trying to grow your email list.

2. Images
Does your blog post have an image that is optimized to be shared on social media? Ideally, you have two images to share per post, one at the beginning, and one further into the content. Each of those images should have a solid description, as well as an ALT description that features the keywords you are trying to rank for. Make sure you are using a consistent style and font for all of your images, so that they are easily recognized as your brand. If you do not already have created a style guide for your blog and brand, do that before you optimize your images and posts.

3. Optimal formatting
Your blog posts should be easily scannable with multiple subheadlines, in complementing colors (see my thoughts on style guide above). While people appreciate a long-form content, it is much easier to read it if it is not written in a long blob of text. Enter bulletin points whenever necessary and possible, and break up the text by using images, as well as a click to tweet box.

4. Links
Add relevant affiliate links to your post, and check those you have already added to your content. If you have written relevant content since writing the old post, add a link to it.

Make it a habit reworking your content on a regular basis, in order to optimize your page views.

Question: What are your best tips for optimizing old blog content? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Claudia

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Pinterest Tips And Tricks: How To Make The Most Out Of Pinterest

Pinterest Tips And Tricks: How To Make The Most Out Of Pinterest

Pinterest is a fun and potentially profitable social media platform. It is not as hard to navigate and make  money from as you might think. In order to make it even easier, I have compiled some Pinterest tips and tricks to help you navigate this versatile platform.

5 Quick Pinterest Tips And Tricks:

1. Follow 300 people a day interested in your niche.
Pinterest has a daily follow limit of 300 people, but if you work smartly with this follow limit, you can use it  to grow your audience with relevant followers that are already interested in your niche. Finding these followers is
easy: Find boards that are relevant to your niche with a large following. Follow all of those followers (up to your 300 per day follow limit). Repeat daily. I have grown my audience from 800 followers to 9500 followers in a matter of 6 weeks, using this  trick.

2. Share your videos
You do not have to only  pin images to the platform, but also videos from youtube. Post your video to your relevant boards. Because people on Pinterest are usually ready to buy or consume content, so this is especially useful for guides on how to use products, unboxing videos, and review videos.

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3. Share direct affiliate links.
Pinterest allows direct affiliate links. You can take advantage of that fact by sharing items from a variety of products  that are related to your niche, by adding them to your boards or create specific boards, such as a Mother’s Day Gift board, or gifts for her board, or a fashion board. I have a board that includes home decor, another that is solely for pillows, as well as a popular board containing business cards from Zazzle designers. Be creative.

4. Pin relevant quotes, linking them to your content.
Quotes that are related to your content (which you can also use for Instagram and Twitter) are very popular on Pinterest. Quote boards are often group boards and have a large following because everyone looks for inspiration, and motivation at times. This universal appeal can help you promote your blog and website without seeming spammy to a wide audience.

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5. Add a humor board to your collection.
Just like quote boards, humor boards have a wide appeal. In order to draw a wide variety of people to your Pinterest account, and to keep the content light you can create a board that contains funny content related to your niche. Sports humor goes well with fitness niches while parenting humor is much appreciated in lifestyle and parenting, as well as education and homeschool niches. Again, be creative, but keep the content relevant.

I hope these quick Pinterest Tips and Tricks helped you to utilize the potential of this versatile social media platform.

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Best Paleo Affiliate Programs – Opportunities For Bloggers And Marketers

Best Paleo Affiliate Program - Opportunities For Bloggers And Marketers

Health, Fitness, and Weightloss are those evergreen niches for affiliates that are always profitable for bloggers and marketers  and tend to draw a large amount of readership looking for constant up to date info and products. Paleo affiliate programs fall perfectly into this niche. I have compiled some of the best paleo affiliate programs for you, to assist you in monetizing your niche  blog and website: (This post may contain affiliate links) 

Primal Palate
Primal Palate offers a 30 Day Guide to Paleo Program, which is an interesting resource for those who are new to the diet. Affiliates can take advantage of their program by joining Clickbank, and then following this link. Primal Palate  Affiliate website has plenty of banners and images to choose from, that will make promoting the program easy. If you want  to try out the program yourself (which is what I highly recommend), sign up here. Your commission is 50%, per sale.

Best Paleo Affiliate Program - Opportunities For Bloggers And Marketers

Paleo Plan
Paleo Plan is a more extensive paleo program with monthly memberships ranging from a comprehensive meal planning program with recipes, to a Paleo Workout plan. They offer a 14-day-free trial to all members, no matter which plan you choose. The downside for affiliates is that the commission is paid only for the free trial sign up – 5 dollars per new member, but  no reoccurring affiliate commission as it is common with many subscription plans (Wealthy Affiliate, for example, pays a  reoccurring commission of over 22 Dollars month, every month)

. To sign up for their affiliate program, click this link,  then you will be redirected to ShareASale. This program does not auto approve their members, but will let you know within 2 to 3 business days, if you have been approved or not. But, like I mentioned above, take advantage of the free trial, to try out the program before promoting it, to see if it fits your audience.

Paleo Magazine
This company offers a 10 % commission to anyone directing sales toward their store, which includes issues to their magazine, eBooks, and Paleo gear (which is basically T-Shirts and other accessories, with their logo on it). What I do not like about this program is that they payout threshold is high – you have to reach 100 Dollars, in order to get paid. Unless you have a large readership, and/or large email list, I would recommend to try your hands on the other two mentioned above, due to that fact alone. They do payout via PayPal, which is very convenient, and the application is short. There is no auto approval, so you have to wait till they get back to you.

Best Paleo Affiliate Program - Opportunities For Bloggers And Marketers
Paleo Treats
Now, here is something for those of us who like to snack. Paleo Treats offers, as its name suggests, treats and snacks for those who adhere to the Paleo diet. Affiliates can make 7 % per sale, with a payout minimum of 50 Dollars, which is a lot easier to achieve with consumables, such as snacks. I like the variety and quality of their products, so I highly recommend them as a potential affiliate marketing partner.

You can sign up for their program here. Again, no auto approval but they get back to you quickly. Paleo Treats has their own affiliate program, so you do not have to sign up for ShareASale or Clickbank to join.

 

 

Best Paleo Affiliate Program - Opportunities For Bloggers And Marketers

 

I hope you enjoyed this list of paleo diet affiliate marketers. The list is current as of August 2016, and I will update
it if there are any changes with the individual programs. If you are new to Affiliate Marketing and are not sure where to start, I have the perfect solution for you.

Free basic affiliate marketing training is available to you, via Wealthy Affiliate. Not only will you receive support, and two free websites with your free membership, but I am in the  community daily, and always available for questions, concerns or if you just want to say hi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you there!

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Claudia

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Best Affiliate Programs For Bloggers: Subscription Boxes

 

Best Affiliate Programs For BloggersSubscription boxes are on of the best affiliate programs for bloggers, simply because some offer  reoccurring commission, as well as plenty of upsells. Due to their popularity, there are now boxes available in just about every niche. I have collected a few of my favorites for you today. Check them out!

candyclubCandyClub.com 

This sweet website offers the perfect boxes for someone who loves their candies. This is a great affiliate program for Mom/Parenting and Lifestyle Bloggers, as well as those in the food niches. Your commission is a flat $17.50 US per sale. Sign up for their program via ShareASale. Click their link labeled on the bottom of their home page – which will take you directly to ShareASale

Hatchery

Another food box (a niche that still dominates that industry), but of the gourmet kind. Hatchery offers a tasting box filled with unique food products, ranging from specialty mustards to amazing spice rubs. Hatchery is our personal favorite for home use, and I have never been disappointed with the quality of their foods, or their service to me as an affiliate. They pay 10 US $, and work with ShareASale. You can find out more about them here

Related Article: Best Affiliate Programs For LifeStyle Bloggers

PupJoy

Now here is a unique box for your dog! This subscription box and shop offers a wide variety of dog treats, as well as toys for your furry friend. This ShareASale Affiliate program allows your customer to choose from a variety of boxes and subscription option, which makes it perfect for a pet-centric blog. They pay 5 US $ per sale. Find out more about them here.

Best Affiliate Programs

Cooper And Kid Subscription Boxes

Cooper And Kid

Another very unique take on the subscription boxes, is Cooper and Kid. Offering a “kit” for Father and Child interaction, this affiliate program speaks to the modern man, who wants to engage with their child in a meaningful way. If this is your target audience, you should connect with them on ShareASale. They offer a 15% commission. Find out more about these unique kits here.  

 

 

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Question: What is your favorite affiliate program or network?

 

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Tools

Jaaxy Free Keyword Search Tool

Jaaxy Free Keyword Search Tool

 

You have probably heard about keyword search tools, and that you really should begin using one. Well, I am
giving you access to Jaaxy, a free keyword search tool right now!

 



Here are some tips on how to make the most out of this tool:

You will see the terms “Monthly Searches”, KQI (Keyword Quality Index), QSR (Quoted Search Results), and SEO Power.
This is what they stand for:
1. Monthly searches
how many people are searching for the individual keyword you have chosen – your most important indicator of the relevance of a topic
2. KQI – a real-time up-to-date info that tells you what the quality of your chosen keyword is.
3. QSR – your competition number. It tells you how many other pages are writing about this particular keyword. Ideally, you want this number to be under 300 when searching for a keyword to rank on.
4. SEO Power – a very cool tool to use to see if you can get this keyword to rank easily or not – it is based on the
traffic, the nature of the keyword, the competition, and the keyword quality.

Give the tool a try, and if you have any additional questions, let me know in the comments below.

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