Affiliate Programs: Read The Fine Print

by JL Beeken on 1-13-2015

Affiliate ProgramsWhen you sign up for an affiliate program, they are generally more than happy to have you if your website is in order and at least moderately relevant to the products you want to sell. They do, after all, need people to sell their products and the more the merrier. …[continued]

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How Not To Do Business

by JL Beeken on 2-09-2013

A recent experience showed me something about how not to do business on the web. Or anywhere, really. …[continued]

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Google Analytics Overview

by JL Beeken on 12-02-2012

Google AnalyticsOn the Google Analytics Overview screen you’ll see a synopsis of your traffic for the past month. Or you can change the date range. …[continued]

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Alt Tags For Images

by JL Beeken on 7-13-2012

This is an easy and important part of your on-page optimization for the search engines. This will affect the ranking of your pages and could affect the resulting traffic to your site.

Simply add alternate text (commonly called ‘alt tags’) to your images. …[continued]

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Besides other reasons you may have for removing image metadata, it can also increase your page load speed.

Images are one of the main factors that affect how fast your website loads. In other words, how long it takes for a page on your website to show after a visitor clicks on it. According to studies, people’s patience levels are quite low which can lead to quick exits. …[continued]

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Why Not Date Archives?

by JL Beeken on 3-24-2012

Google Webmaster ToolsUsing Date Archives on your posts and pages can give the search engines a false idea of your site content.

If you have a Google Webmaster Tools account you may have noticed the section called ‘Keywords’.

As Google indexes and re-indexes your site, it provides an analysis of the words used in your site and lists them in order of significance. …[continued]

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Open Link In A New Tab

by JL Beeken on 2-10-2012

When people click an external link on your site, there are two choices. Either the link will open in the same tab, or the link will open in a new tab.

If the link opens in the same tab this is adversely affecting your site in two ways; by visitors leaving your site and by increasing your bounce rate. …[continued]

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After months or years of running affiliate ads on your blogs, you might wonder why you’re not making money.  I’ve often wondered why various companies keep me on their books when I’m not making money. What use am I to them? …[continued]

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Moving from Blogger to WordPress, Part 2

by JL Beeken on 12-21-2011

WordPress.orgAs noted in the last post, I do think it’s better to have a self-hosted blog on WordPress than use a free site. I think it’s better to start that way.

But, if you haven’t started that way, there are going to be issues moving from Blogger to WordPress. You can easily import your posts and comments from Blogger. You can use the default theme in WordPress, or change it easily. Carrying on in WordPress with new posts is straightforward. …[continued]

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Moving from Blogger to WordPress, Part 1

by JL Beeken on 12-17-2011

WordPress.orgMoving your site to paid hosting, and a more secure platform, (like WordPress) might be something you’ve considered from time to time.

There’s news floating around lately about Google deleting ‘spam blogs’ from Blogger, part of their ongoing campaign to clean up the Internet. …[continued]