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7 Amazon Alternatives for Affiliate Marketers

If you live in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Rhode Island, or Vermont; you aren’t eligible to joing the Amazon Associates program. Moreover, if you join the Amazon Associates program and then move to any of those states, you become ineligible to participate in the Program, and Amazon will terminate their operating agreement with you on the date you establish residency in that state. … [Read more...]

Google Penguin 4.0

Google Penguin 4.0 was released on September 23rd, 2016. Originally released in 2014, Penguin is one of the algorithms that determine where your blog will appear within Google’s search results. More specifically, what Google looks at is the recency (freshness) of your content, PageRank, region and the words on your site. Here, according to the official announcement about Penguin 4.0 on the … [Read more...]

Affiliate Marketing in October: NOT Scary at All

There is a whole slew of holidays and events during the month of October that present affiliate marketing opportunities. The most prevalent of these include: Yom Kippur Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October) Canadian Thanksgiving Day (2nd Monday in October) Halloween Month Long Observances include: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month American Pharmacist Month Apple Jack Month Awareness Month Breast Cancer … [Read more...]

Panoramio to Die on November 4, 2016

Although I’ve never been a big Panoramio fan, (prefering Flickr), a number of my friends have put all their pictures on the service. It’s time for those Panoramio fans to move thier pics, according to the following notice…. Back in 2014, we announced our intention to retire Panoramio in order to invest our efforts into improving photo-sharing experiences directly inside Google … [Read more...]

Advanced Search Operators For SEO Link Building

First things first, Google has went from being just another “Internet” company to a super sophisticated, advanced and powerful search engine. And while that has apparently improved the quality of search results it offers to its users tremendously, it has also affected the way SEO should be done just as much. With the old spam SEO techniques no longer “cutting it,” … [Read more...]

SEO Optimization Part 1: The Basics and Why It’s So Important

If you're in the online marketing space, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) may be a word you always seem to hear every now and again. And if you want to build a sustainable long-term business online, SEO is something you need to take a closer look at if you haven't already. Why? Online search is the biggest traffic source for online marketers, with 93% of online experiences starting with a … [Read more...]

Good News For Affiliates Previously Affected by Nexus

GREAT news for affiliate marketers in States previously excluded by Amazon Associates. In an email I received today, I learned that as of February 1st, Associates residing in Missouri, Rhode Island and Vermont will now be able to participate in the program. Woohoo! It’s not great news for Amazon customers, as in at least 10 states they will begin paying sales taxes on their website purchases … [Read more...]

Improve Keyword Research and Targeting, SEO Ranking Factors in 2017, Content Marketing Strategy Guide, Speedlink 44:2017

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great and productive week. One of the most helpful functions of modern-day SEO software is the idea of a “keyword universe,” a database of tens of millions of keywords that you can tap into and discover what your site is ranking for. Rankings data like this can be powerful, and having that kind of power at your fingertips can be intimidating. In … [Read more...]

SEO Optimization Part 2: Handling the Technical SEO First

So in the last post we covered the main functions of search engine and how it influenced the need for SEO. In this post, I'm going to cover ways that you can optimize your site using technical SEO. Technical SEO can get pretty complex. There's a lot of depth in this topic, but knowing everything isn't necessary for you as a marketer. You only need to focus on making sure your good with … [Read more...]

Clickbank Whitelist Invitation: Can You Spot the Problem?

A few days ago, I received a Clickbank Whitelist invitation with the subject line, “You’ve Been Added to a ClickBank Affiliate Whitelist”. Receiving a Clickbank whitelist invitation to promote a Clickbank vendor’s product means that the vendor doesn’t allow just anyone to promote their product. They’ve searched through successful affiliates on Clickbank and … [Read more...]

Google Gives Insights on Search Intent, Tools to Simplify Twitter Marketing, Successfully Promote Infographics, Speedlink 46:2017

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great and productive week. When Google isn’t quite sure what a searcher means just by their search query, the results (appropriately) cater to multiple possible meanings. Those SERPs, if we examine them carefully, are full of useful information. In Rand’s Whiteboard Friday below, he offers some real-world examples of what we can glean just by skimming … [Read more...]

How To Create An Infographic And Gain Quality Backlinks

There’s no doubt infographics have grown to become a key strategy in many bloggers’ marketing strategies. It’s no surprise why posts with infographics are 30 times more likely to be read than a purely textual article. In fact, according to from 2015 to 2016, the use of visual content presented in articles increased by a whopping 130%, with 41.5% of marketers agreeing that … [Read more...]

7 Reasons I Ditched Your Pitch

I get pitched several times a day, every day, by writers and SEO ‘specialists’ who want to “help me improve the visibility” of my various blogs. Granted, with thousands of visitors per day, I wasn’t aware that my blogs had a problem with visibility, but OK, I’ll bite to see what they are offering.:-) Sadly (for them), I ditch their pitch for one (or many) very … [Read more...]

The Importance Of Keywords For Online Sales

In the digital age, not having an online presence established for your business is what some might consider now as business suicide. It’s almost unthinkable as to why businesses would forego making a mark in the online stream due to the many great benefits that being online presents to them. Customers no longer are just restricted to hearing about and being influenced by the trimedia (TV, … [Read more...]

SEO Optimization Part 4: Simple Strategies to Boost Off-Page SEO

In the last part of this series we'll cover how to improve your SEO strategies by focusing utilizing off-page SEO. And the term is pretty much explains itself... ...Search engine optimization, off of your web page. But specifically speaking: Off-page SEO is focused around in building backlinks to your page from other high authority websites. When Google sees that other high authority sites are … [Read more...]

Clickbank Product: Was the Problem Solved?

I asked readers if they could spot the problem with a Clickbank product for which I’d received an affiliate whitelist invitation in my “Clickbank Whitelist Invitation: Can You Spot the Problem?” post. Everyone was asked to leave a comment on the article if they saw an issue with the product mentioned. Boy, you folks are smart! You picked up on more issues than the one that caused … [Read more...]

Timeless Link Strategies, Social Media Tools For Success, Monetize YouTube Video Content, Speedlink 45:2017

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great and productive week. This week, we pay a special tribute to the late SEO pioneer Eric Ward. His link strategies formed the foundation of many of today’s smartest approaches to links. In Rand’s Whiteboard Friday below, he covers several that are as relevant today as they were when Eric first started talking about them. Link Strategies that Stand the … [Read more...]

SEO Optimization Part 3: Simple Strategies For On-Page SEO

So we got all the technical SEO out the way in the last post. Which if you haven't read, I suggest you do so before reading this. In part 3 we're going to be focusing on on-page SEO strategies to enhance your user experience. This is solely based around offering highly relevant and authentic content to the user. Content that is perceived as 'high-value' to both the user and search … [Read more...]

Why iStock vs. Free Stock

Are you looking for a better way to grab your audience’s attention? Get the impact you need though visuals – images, videos, illustrations, and even simple vectors can make webpages, documents, and presentations exciting and more interesting. If you’re not a professional photographer or illustrator, don’t worry, it can be free or easy, or top quality and easy, the choice is up to you, but I … [Read more...]

SEO Value from rel=”nofollow” Links, 6 Technical On-site SEO Hacks, 7 Google My Business Q&A, Speedlink 41:2017

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great and productive week. Plenty of websites that make it easy for you to contribute don’t make it easy to earn a followed link from those contributions. While rel=nofollow links reign in the land of social media profiles, comments, and publishers, there’s a few ways around it. In Rand’s Whiteboard Friday video below, he shares five tactics to … [Read more...]

Easiest Link Building Tactics, Guide to Structured Data for SEO, Deoptimize Over-Optimized Content, Speedlink 37:2017

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great and productive week. Without a solid base of links, your site won’t be competitive in the SERPs — even if you do everything else right. But building your first few links can be difficult and discouraging, especially for new websites. In Rand’s Whiteboard Friday video below, he shares three relatively quick, easy, and tool-free (read: actually … [Read more...]

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