If you’ve been involved in internet marketing, especially affiliate marketing, you’ll likely have heard someone talking or posting about the Google Sandbox.
What is Google’s Sandbox?
I’m so glad you asked!
When you build a new website, one of your main objectives will be to get your site ranked in the SERPs.
(SERP is an acronym for Search Engine Results Page, and refers to the results shown when you do an internet search)
Everyone knows that a new website will not show up in these results for some time. How long it really takes will depend on a whole heap of things, from the amount of competition in your particular niche to the quality and information value of your articles and loads more.
How Will WordPress Gutenberg Affect the Way we Write?
There’s been a fair bit of hype lately about the WordPress Gutenberg update. Is this really going to be a great leap forward as promised – or just another level of confusion?
One thing’s for certain, we won’t be able to avoid it, so we’d better learn how to use it – and quickly!
I’ve been experimenting with Elementor Builder for a bit. (you can read my review here) I’d hopefully be excused then, for thinking I’d have a bit of a head start at understanding Gutenberg. There are some similarities, and I’ve already found a couple of pros and cons. As I did with the Elementor review, I’m using Gutenberg plugin to write this post and learning as I go. 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
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. In this Wealthy Affiliate Review I’ll explain just why WA is my choice of training and support platform for online business success. But first …
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
So you’d like to become a Blogger, and you’re wondering …
How Can I Earn Money From My Blog?
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?
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.
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 business 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.
Don’t despair, however, as there are things you can do.
You can tip the scales in your favor in a number of ways. The most important aspect of online trading however, is getting TRAFFIC to your site. Without traffic, you could have the best, most appealing website in the world, offering the absolute best deals anywhere, and you would just be spinning your wheels.
They say “Content is King”, and whilst this may be true to an extent, the most well-written content will be wasted if nobody gets to read it!
There is a term you will see everywhere these days in relation to online content: SEO Copy.
It stands for Search Engine Optimized Copy. That is, copy written with special regard to attracting rankings in search engines, predominantly Google.
You could simply employ a Copywriter to take care of this for you. Many online entrepreneurs do just that, preferring to put their efforts into other aspects of their business. If you feel you may like to go that way, please send me an inquiry at ThomasG@my-buzz.com and I’ll be happy to discuss your needs. If you’re just dipping your toes in the online pond however, your budget may not stretch that far. It’s not that I charge high rates, I’m very reasonable in fact. It’s just that I’m assuming you’ll want to remain as DIY as possible. Never fear, you can write your own copy. Just take it slowly, make it relevant, and keep your grammar and spelling precise. I do offer an editing service, at an affordable rate, if you feel you need it.
I also offer a Website Creation Service at very reasonable rates.
Of course, all this is irrelevant until you have a web presence of some sort.
Now, you can spend several hundred dollars or more (sometimes much, much more) building a website or having one professionally created for you.
Again, depending on your type of business this cost may be justified. The best way to start, however, is with a dedicated website creator such as Wix, Shopify, WordPress etc.
This site, my-buzz.com, was created with WordPress. I can definitely recommend WordPress to anyone unfamiliar with website design. (which, until recently, included myself) It was originally designed for blog pages, but with thousands of templates available you can create great looking sites for just about any type of business in just a few minutes. There is absolutely no need to know anything at all about coding, links, etc.
Around 25 – 30% of web pages are currently created using WordPress.
Now for some Extra Good News!
If you follow this link and sign up for the free trial offer, you’ll be able to create two websites of your own FOR FREE, and have them hosted on the Wealthy Affiliate platform. Again, For Free.
Wealthy Affiliate is all about getting you started as an affiliate marketer. They offer free access to all of the support and training for a trial period, and if you prefer you can stay indefinitely as a free subscriber and retain the free websites you created. This has to be the best offer going for someone wanting to get established online.
If you want to really make your mark as an online business person, you can upgrade to Premium Membership (which is great value, by the way) for loads of extra benefits. There’s no compulsion to do so however, and you can set up your websites for any type of business you choose. My writer’s site https://write-for-u.com was my first attempt at building such a website. Should you visit, you’ll see the site is still under construction as I diverted my attention to my-buzz.com. and also my other affiliate niche sites. Rest assured, when time permits I’ll be getting back to work there too.
You will need a domain name of your own. That goes without saying, but there, I’ve said it anyway.
These days, it’s getting harder and harder to find a “good” domain name. One that shows at a glance just what your website is all about, and has that little catch, or hook, that will make potential clients want to visit. In my case, with both this site and my other, write-for-u.com site, I had to search for some time before I found what I thought was a good fit for myself personally and also conveyed what I wanted to offer.
All my first choices were taken. I wanted a .com domain as I didn’t want to be seen to be tied to any particular geographical area. You may prefer to use a domain that shows the country your business is based in. It’s all personal choice, but it’s something you will need to give a lot of serious thought to. Read my e-booklet on SEO copywriting before you make the final decision on a domain name. I say this, because it’s always a good thing to have a keyword or two within the domain name. You’ll understand what I mean when you read the book.
Keep in mind that your website is a business tool. It shouldn’t become an extension of yourself, except on a business level. Sure, if you write copy your personality will come through, to an extent, but don’t fall for what I call the vanity trap. That’s what your FaceBook page is for. It’s unlikely that your friends will be inclined to visit your website regularly. (Unless you can turn them into clients, of course)
Hosting is something you will need to take into account. While not super expensive, it is, however, an ongoing cost to be considered. (unless, of course, you’re taking up the Wealthy Affiliate deal above)
You should research this a little. Remember that all online content belongs to somebody, and if you post media (photos, videos etc) without approval you could find yourself in legal hot water.
Never cut-and-paste from another site. It’s called plagiarism. It’s illegal, and in any case Google will penalize you for having duplicate content so it’s simply not worth the risk. And anyway, it’s just not cool.
Anyway, that’s it for now. I will be updating as time goes by. If you have a query or comment, don’t hesitate to email me ThomasG@my-buzz.com
Comments? Questions? Join the discussion vis the comments Box below. I’d love to hear from you.
Bye for now.
Thomas (AKA BusyBee)
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