Category: Working From Home

HREFLANG tags: Can They Help Your Rankings?

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What are HREFLANG tags, and can they boost your SERP results?

What is a Good HREFLANG Tags Generator?

And more importantly…

Do We Need to Have HREFLANG Tags on our Websites?

In this post, I’ll answer these questions and more. Hreflang tags are something every webmaster needs to understand – even if you decide not to use them yourself.

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.

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Hreflang tags will help show your website to the right audience. (Image courtesy of Pixabay)

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.

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Amazon Affiliate Opportunity EN

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Would You Like to Build an Online Business as an Amazon Associate?

(It may be easier than you think)

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.
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Fast forward fifteen years, however, and the company’s 2016 revenue was almost $136 billion in the US alone!
amazon services llc associates programToday, 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.
 (More info here, if you need it, from Wikipedia)

What does this mean to you?

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Amazon Australia – Open For Business!

The Amazon Australia Store is Now Open.

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The Amazon juggernaut continues to dominate the online retail world.

Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational.

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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.

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What does this mean to you?

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The Best Affiliate Training

What’s the Best Way to Learn Affiliate Marketing?

and Join the Digital Nomads?

In another post, I’ve written a detailed review of the Wealthy Affiliate group.

(There’s a link to that review here.)

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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.

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Make money scams are everywhere

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.

What is affiliate marketing?

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How to Earn Money With a Blog Website.

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So you’d like to become a Blogger, and you’re wondering …

How Can I Earn Money From My Blog?

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Maybe you already have a blogging website, or perhaps you have, like I did not long ago, made the decision to investigate blogging as an alternative income stream.

Perhaps you’re just wondering if the Blogger’s Life is for you. Let’s face it, we all love to share our knowledge and experience with others. Why shouldn’t we jump at the chance to earn a little money from our life knowledge and interests? Or better still, turn our interests and/or hobbies into a thriving online business?  Seem too good to be true?

Can you really make money by Blogging? 

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Wealthy Affiliate University – Is This Scam or Legit? us

Can You Really Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate?

Do You Want to Learn to Make Money Online?

Join Wealthy Affiliate to learn internet marketing

 

This post was written in Dec 2016, and updated in 2017, and 2019.

  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. In this Wealthy Affiliate Review, I’ll explain what WA is, how it works, and just …

Why Wealthy Affiliate might not be right for you.

Yes, you read that correctly. Affiliate marketing is not for everyone. (I’ll cover this further on, or you can jump straight to the relevant section by clicking here.) I’ll also explain just why WA is my choice of training and support platform for online business success. But first …

What is Affiliate Marketing?

   learn to build your own online businessFor 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

Scams to Avoid

Internet Scams come in Many Forms.

How to earn money online without getting scammed
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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.

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Money Traps are Everywhere

 

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.

I have a motto: Believe Nothing, Trust No-one, Check Everything.

Below is a list of some common scams.

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Setting up an Online Business

Starting an Online Business

Thinking about starting an online business?

 Wondering Just What is Involved in Establishing a Business Online?

 

Making money online is much the same as making money anywhere. It matters little whether you have a dress shop in a mall, an online clothing store, or a fashion blog. You have to be prepared to put in the effort, and establish your business gradually.

If you open a coffee shop, for example, you will get some passing trade right away, and your business (assuming you are doing things correctly) will grow over time.

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The difference with internet marketing is that you will have ZERO passing trade to start with, and probably very little for quite a while. Not understanding this fact is one of the main reasons many internet-based businesses fail. Actually, fail is probably incorrect. The truth is, many people go into online trading with unrealistic expectations and simply give up when these expectations are not met. (Often, just as they were close to success)

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