Friday, November 18, 2011

Affiliate Program: Money Making Opportunity for Website/Blog Owners

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Those who don't have the time to sign up for the numerous affiliate programs out there - well this opportunity may be just what you've been waiting for. The program is not new - just new to me and possibly to you.

How does this affiliate opportunity work you ask? 

With this program it is quite simple. You don't have time to sign up with dozens of affiliate programs so this site does it for you. You add a simple code to your website and they will optimize your links or add links to content related affiliate products or programs. 

Existing Links 

If you have existing links on your site that are not affiliate optimized this code (program) that you added to your site will go in and optimize those links with an affiliate ID. You can also request (via a checkbox on the account page) the code to overwrite your current affiliate links with links they believe will preform better. 

No Existing Links 

A new addition to this automated affiliate program is the ability to link existing anchor text with an affiliate company, product or link. 

What's the Catch? 
No big catch. They take 25% of the commissions you make through the affiliate links and they do all the work. Seems like a decent trade and if you ever decide to sign up for all those affiliate programs yourself all you have to do is delete the code and optimize your own links. 

But I use other Optimization Programs (Adsense etc)? 

No worries, this program won't interfere with other monetization programs such as Adsense, Chitika etc. You are free to use it in conjunction with these other programs. 

A forum of frequently asked questions and a quick responding customer service team will help you with any other questions you may have. 

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You got it here is this new Affiliate Opportunity- check out the program, read about it and tell me what you think! 
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Outsourcing Your Content Writing

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Life too busy? Not a great writer? Lose your passion to write but not your passion to make money online? Whatever the reason may be that is keeping you from getting fresh content online outsourcing may be just the thing you need.

Pro's and Con's of Outsourced Content 

One of the biggest benefits of outsourced content is the fact that you don't have to do it. Outsourcing articles, blog posts and other web content needs takes the stress of getting it done, off your shoulders - no need to spend hours finding the right words to create an article or researching facts, SEO or keywords .

Whether you want a single article or 100 articles you can find writer's ready to take on just about any writing task you can throw at them. You are not the only one looking to make money online, so there will be little effort required to find someone to fill your writing needs. Another good thing about outsourced content is that when you are paying for someone else to create your content  - you can be in control of what you want as far as word count, quality, quantity, topic, keyword density - you name it - you are in the driver's seat. So, if you are looking to get a lot of good content online and making you money all it takes is the right writer's (or resources) and a little investment.

Now on the other side (that'd be the con's) of outsourced content -- some of the obstacles that you may encounter are plagiarism and low quality content. Luckily both of these can be checked and prevented if you do it right and don't just randomly hire any old Joe to handle your outsourced articles. It may be hard to pass by the writer offering to write a 500 to 1000 word article for $1 or $2 but chances are at that price you'll get exactly what you paid for -- which is low quality, stolen or error filled content.

To be safe check out the reviews of any site that offers these services (don't forget to ensure that you retain full rights to the articles you buy as well) or stick with tried and true sites such as Elance or ODesk that provide somewhat of a safety net for transactions/jobs listed through the site as well as allowing you to add specifications for quality, originality and anything else you may need to your listings.

No matter who you outsource your writing needs to be sure to run your finished work through CopyScape or a similar program to ensure that the articles your are getting are unique and not plagiarized.

Article outsourcing should be researched and thoroughly thought through before jumping in, but once you have done your homework this can be a great way to get a lot of good quality content online and ready to start making you a regular residual income without all the time consuming tasks that come with creating the content yourself. .


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to find the name of your sidebar in Blogger (Blogspot)

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How to find the name of your sidebar in Blogger (Blogspot).

The process is actually pretty simple for most people whether they are experienced or not. Simply go to the "Design tab on your blogs dashboard. Then select Edit HTML. Now hold down the control button and hit F. This should bring up a search box that will enable you to search out your sidebar name(s).

In the search box type in sidebar and you will probably get a small handful of results. Simply use the up and down arrows to scroll through the results provided and ignore any that contain the word "wrapper". Your sidebar name(s) will look something like one of the below:

#lsidebar
#rsidebar
#rightsidebar
#leftsidebar
#sidebar1
#sidebar

Want to Know How to Remove the Sidebar from a Static Page in blogger?



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How To Remove the Sidebar from Specific Pages in Blogger

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How To Eliminate the Sidebar from Specific Pages in Blogger:

Warning: Always backup your template before making any changes and always preview before you save changes. This way you don't lose all the contents and layouts applied to your site.

The first thing you want to do is go to your Blogger Dashboard. Then find the blog you are wanting to make changes to and click on the "Design" link for that specific blog. Now up towards the top of the page you will most likely see: "Page Elements", Edit HTML and "Template Designer". Click on Edit Html.

Now that you are on the page hit Control F - this should bring up a search box function that will allow you to search the content of the page you are on for a specific query. Now type in /head . What should be highlighted in your pages HTML is the following tag/code </head> . Ok, don't do anything just yet - you will need the code below. But there are a few notes before we get there.

Sidebar names - many themes have different names for their sidebars - you may have to change the sidebar names to fit the names of your themes sidebars. Since my theme has 3 sidebars (named Sidebar, Sidebar2 and Sidebar3) I had to add additional "conditional tags" for each sidebar. Not everyone will have to do that.Not sure how to find the names of your blogger sidebar? Read here.

Removing the sidebars is misleading what it does basically is makes the contents invisible but the space used by the sidebar is still there. So to increase the width of the page so that the content spans the entire width of the page you will need to add a conditional tag. That is why you see the following code below
#main-wrapper{
width: 900px;
}
If you do not want to increase the width of the page where the sidebars are being removed then simply remove the code above from your code snippet below. 


Next Highlight the following code snippet: 
<b:if cond='data:blog.url == &quot;http://your pages url goes here for the page where you want sidebar removed&quot;'>
<style>
#sidebar{
display: none;
}

#main-wrapper{
width: 900px;
}

</style>
</b:if>

Here is what the code on my page used here (check out the difference between the main page and the Boutique) looks like and what I used to remove all three sidebars from my static blogger page and increase the pages width for this particular page:
<b:if cond='data:blog.url == &quot;http://my pages url here&quot;'>
<style>
#sidebar{
display: none;
} 

<b:if cond='data:blog.url == &quot;http://my pages url here&quot;'>
<style>
#sidebar2{
display: none;
}
#main-wrapper{
width: 900px;
}

<b:if cond='data:blog.url == &quot;my pages url here&quot;'>
<style>
#sidebar3{
display: none;
}
</style>
</b:if>



Now go back to your page and right above the tag </head> paste the code. So it should look like this:

Pasted Code
</head>

If for any reason the above code does not work on your "Blogger" (blogspot) pages and you need help use the Contact me link at the top of the page to send me an email and I will do my best to find the code that will work for your pages. 
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Creating a Website for the Newbie: Sites

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A lot of the real work from home jobs you will find out there will call for (or be enhanced by) having your own personal website. A personal website can work to promote what you do, whether that be articles or products, it can also help promote the service or services that you offer.

Today I will be discussing some of the different site options that are available to you to create a website both free and paid. I will also briefly touch of the pro's and con's of the different options that you have available to you when you decide to create a website. Later on I will follow up with the following topics that will help you with your website creation; customizing your sites with CSS (for noobs - easy shortcuts), widgets, html and resource sites that can help you find what you need to create a completely personalized and customized site.

Where you can Create Free Websites

There are several free options that you have available to you. With most of these sites the url for your site will not be what is considered a pretty URL and will often be a subdomain of the site you are creating with  i.e. yoursitename.blogspot.com. The best thing about these sites though is that a lot of them allow you to upgrade your site - meaning purchasing a hosting plan and or having your own domain name attached to the site yoursitename.com(.org, .net, .biz etc). <-- notice that the free website sites name is no longer a part of your domain url.

Anyways here are some of the best sites that allow you to set up a free website and offer a decent amount of customization.

Blogger.com has one of the easiest platforms to customize a site and have it look just about any way that you'd like it to (just as an example you can see some of the different layouts and styles you can create by viewing the sites I've created personally using this platform: here, here, here, here, here and here (and of course this one that you are on). Yes, I know that is a lot of sites, the sad thing is that is not the complete list. Unfortunately I am a bit addicted to creating different sites - keeping them updated on the other hand is not such an obsession.

Pro's:

  • Thousand of template/theme options both generic and theme specific (recipes, blogging, products, photography and more) 
  • Customization/personalization of most any template (width, colors, layout, display...more)
  • Good selection of Sidebar widgets and content (links, pages, archives, blog roll, ads, html/java, text, pictures, 3rd party code...more)
  • FREE
  • Upgradeable - you can purchase or have your own domain pointed at your site for complete personalization
  • Offers 10 static pages and unlimited posts. 
  • Free domain hosting
  • Can add Amazon and Google Adsense ads (and other 3rd party affiliate programs and adverts)
  • No site ads displayed on your page even with the free version
  • lots of professional looking templates
  • Create unlimited blogs
Con's
  • A lot of the customizations to templates is done through code. So can be difficult if you don't know what you are doing. (However, there are hundreds of cut and paste or step by step tutorials that are easy to understand)
  • All free sites set up through blogger without a personal domain will include .blogspot.com in the url.

Wordpress.com (not .org) offers free blogs with a lot of extra. 

Pro's: 
  • Like Blogger offers an enormous amount of templates a.k.a themes to choose from
  • Professional looking templates
  • Easy personalization through widgets
  • Free site stats to monitor traffic etc
  • Utilizes Askimet which reduces spam made to comments section etc
  • Large forum for questions and help
  • Offered in 50 languages
  • Can transfer over current blogs hosted on other sites 
  • Make your blog private or open
  • Unlimited blog creation
  • Upgradeable
Con's
  • Can not add your own Google Adsense, Chitika or Amazon ads or affiliate links to a dozen specified programs (However if you get more than 25,000 monthly visitors they may allow you to display ads from Google Adsense, Chitika or Amazon but you have to split revenue with them 50/50 but you must first apply for this opportunity and be approved. 
  • Displays their own self serving ads on your free sites and pages 
  • Customizations can be difficult for a newbie. Most is done with CSS coding and what is required for one simple change can call for different code from one theme to the other. 
  • Forums are full of unanswered help questions and some members are quite rude when responding to questions. (However, there are a few really great forum helpers)



Weebly.com is a drag and drop site builder that offers a free website platform. It comes with pre-made site templates. There are a couple dozen site templates to choose between but it offers less customization in its free form than sites like Blogger. However, this site requires little to no knowledge of website design or creation as you simply drag an element onto the page (most are self explanatory: Paragraph w/ Title, paragraph, media, html and so on).

Pro's

  • Easy page and element set up using the drag and drop feature
  • No html or css coding knowledge needed
  • Free Version
  • Upgradeable with personal domain and hosting options
  • free hosting
Con's
  • When editing an element sometimes the edit box gets placed too far up which prevents you from successfully editing the element in question. (I've used Weebly for a couple of sites and this was an ongoing frustration)
  • Not enough options to customize certain elements and aspects that help make a website personalized (not all templates allow personal/custom logo's, header customization is limited and not available on some templates, limited design styles, generic font customization, media limitations on free accounts) 

Webs.com is another option for those who want to set up a website without investing any money into it. Like the other options mentioned above set up can be quick and easy.

Pro's

  • No HTML/CSS code knowledge required
  • Easy click to add and edit elements
  • Several templates to choose from
  • Can preform simple customizations to layouts and pages
  • Upgradeable to premium paid services
  • Decent looking site creations with both free and paid versions
Con's
  • Can not utilize Google Adsense and some other 3rd party affiliations on free account
  • Limited customization on free accounts
  • Site displays self serving ads on your free website pages (unable to opt out of this it comes as a condition to using the site for a free site set up). However these can be removed with an upgrade to the paid premium services which also opens up more customization options. 
COMING SOON: Customizing your site CSS, Widgets, HTML and more for Noobs or Newbies. Will include resources. 
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