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Earning money online is a dream of many people these days. However, unless you have a plan, it’s likely to remain just that – a dream.
Yeah, I know; I’m stating the bleeding obvious. But have you really thought about it? There are loads of folk earning what can be a very good living with internet marketing. What all these successful people have in common though, is a plan. (And the willingness to work at it)
I’ve talked quite a bit elsewhere on this site about Affiliate Marketing. Another avenue that lots of internet marketers choose to invest their time into is Drop Shipping.Read more
When I first started learning how to build a website, there wasn’t a whole lot of choice when it came to page building.
My first sites, and all the content, were assembled using the basic WordPress Editor. For its time, WordPress Editor was the be-all and end-all so far as content editing was concerned. Let’s face it – WordPress is the one platform that’s enabled more mere mortals like myself to build our own websites than any other. WordPress truly is simplicity itself!
Then along came the Wealthy Affiliate Site Content editor. To those of us associated with the WA group, Site Content Editor was a boon indeed. It was a huge jump from what I’d become used to and made page building and content management a breeze by comparison. (Thanks, Kyle and Carson)
Not heard of Wealthy Affiliate? There’s a review you can check out here.
Look no further. I’ve compiled a list of eight tried and tested keyword tools for you right here.
Keyword research has to be possibly the single most important aspect of successful internet marketing. Unless we get the keyword research sorted before we even begin to write, we’re going to be behind the eight-ball from the start.
If you’re new to internet marketing, I suggest you read this post first. In it I discuss and explain just what a keyword tool is, and why you should be using one. Read more
How can we know what is the best free keyword research tool?
We all know, or we should, just how important Keyword Research is to any online business. Without it we won’t be able to write the sort of content people are looking for, and we’ll stand little chance of appearing prominently in the Search Engine Results Pages, or SERPs.
Unless we do our homework on this, our valuable and well-researched content runs the risk of being buried forever beneath all those well-aged and authority sites that control most of the top rankings.
If we seek, find, and qualify good low competition keywords, however, we can rise above the tide. To do this we need at least one good Keyword Finder.
For the purpose of this article I’ll assume you understand the basics of what a keyword research tool does. If not, please read this post for a detailed explanation.
What is a keyword research tool, and why do we need one?
Keyword research is the cornerstone of successful internet marketing.
Imagine this: You’ve spent hours building your website. You’ve written informative, engaging copy. You’ve added images and diagrams, internal and external links. In fact, you’ve built a web presence you can really be proud of.
You publish the site, promote it on social media, get indexed by the search engines, and you wait for visitors. And you wait… Nothing! Six months later you’re still waiting.
So what went wrong?
In all probability, you failed to perform proper keyword research.
It’s one thing to know what items you wish to promote, and what sort of things internet users may be searching for. It’s another thing altogether to know precisely what they are entering into the search box and how to utilise that knowledge.
It’s also another thing to know just how many websites there are out there competing for the same search terms, or keywords. Read more
A friend of mine was thinking of investing in Digital Altitude, and asked for my opinion. I hadn’t heard of it, so decided to do some research.
Now, I have to be honest and say from the start, that the fact that this is a Multi-Level-Marketing scheme acted like a red flag for me, but nevertheless I agreed to review the scheme with an open mind.
I signed up for the $1.00 “free trial” so I could access the program and be able to make some informed comments.Read more
Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created way back in 2005 to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers.
Since that time, literally thousands of people have been able to become financially independent with the help of the team at Wealthy Affiliate.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
For the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement. The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read.
When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”. Read more
What are they, and can they boost your SERP results?
Hreflang tags (pronounced aitch-ref-lang) are a Google initiative. They were developed in 2011, and intended to advise Google when websites have identical or similar articles aimed at visitors in alternate languages.
It makes sense then, that Google would want us to implement them whenever and wherever appropriate.
If you write posts or page articles that are directed exclusively towards one audience, eg. en-us for English speakers living in the USA, then you needn’t bother with hreflang at all. This would also apply if your site wasn’t directed at any specific zone, and only written in one language. Search engines are perfectly capable of working out what language your website is written in.
(There’s a bit more information further on in this article dealing with Geographic Targeting using Google Search Console)
However, if your site has articles with similar content written in various languages or dialects, you should be using these indicators. Read more
Amazon Continues to Dominate the Online Retail World.
Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational as of Dec 2017.
Amazon.com, Inc., was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994.
After a slow start, during which they made no profit at all, Amazon showed its first return on investment ($5 million, on revenue of more than $1 billion) in late 2001. This amounted to just 5c per share. It was Bezos’ plan to start slowly, but I can’t help wondering if he knew it would be that slow.
Fast forward fifteen years, however, and the company’s 2016 revenue was almost $136 billion in the US alone!
Today, Amazon has separate retail websites for the US, the UK and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, China, India, Mexico, and now Australia.
There are also Dutch, Polish, and Turkish language versions of the German website and they also offer international shipping to certain other countries for many products.
The Amazon juggernaut continues to dominate the online retail world.
Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational.
Dec 2017. Up to now, Amazon Australia has only marketed books and digital products. The full service Amazon.com.au store was originally expected to open in time for the Black Friday sales on Nov 24. Some behind the scenes issues delayed the launch, and no doubt the back room boys were frantically burning the midnight oil ironing out any glitches. (Much better now, rather than later, I guess) As of December 5th we now have an (almost) fully stocked and functional Amazon Australia store.
There’s an informative article here from Wikipedia on Amazon’s history.
Back in November 2016, I’d recently retired from my business in the transport industry, and was at a bit of a loose end. Not being the type of bloke to spend my days playing bowls or going fishing every day, (not that there’s anything wrong with that, if it’s what suits you) I decided to look into online marketing. I’ve been a writer of sorts for many years, although I’d never really taken it seriously. It was, along with music, my main creative outlet. Stories, articles, poems – I’ve been published once or twice, but never really set the world on fire. Let’s face it – I’m no Hemingway.
Anyway, I researched ways to make money online, signed up for a few schemes, and got ripped off more than once! It seemed that everywhere I looked, someone was trying to separate me from my hard-earned money. Mostly promising huge returns for little effort (but at a cost, of course) while delivering very little genuine advice or guidance. Eventually, I decided to try Affiliate Marketing, also sometimes referred to as Blog Marketing.
Would you like to know how to start an online business?
These days, it seems everybody is either doing business online or knows someone who is. Many of us would love to make the move to a Work from Home situation but with all the scams and frauds out there it’s hard to know just where to begin. (If you haven’t yet done so, read my Scams to Avoid page here)
The first, and arguably most important, thing to stress here is the old adage: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” I’d elaborate on that and say almost certainly is.
Some internet scams will offer you unbelievable financial success for minimal effort. Some will attempt to trick you into downloading malicious software. Some will simply appear to be legitimate online transactions where the goods you ordered never arrive, and possibly never existed in the first place.
Believe me when I say you would not be the first, nor will you be the last, to fall for a clever trick. I’ve fallen victim to a few myself over the years and I’m always on my guard whenever dealing with someone I don’t know.