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One Dozen Internet Marketing Problems/Solutions

How Can I Support My Family. Minimum wage is not doing it?

How Can I Support My Family. Minimum wage is not doing it?

Introduction:

One Dozen Internet Marketing Problems/Solutions describes 12 problems that we marketers face. I have faced all of them and I still face them. I have listed what I think are good articles that will help all of us solve our problems.

Problems and Solutions:

Problem: I write and write but nobody reads my stuff. My post hit recorder often shows action only on the first day of publication.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/o3u9qq6

http://okdork.com/2014/04/02/how-you-can-create-content-that-generates-40000-targeted-visitors/

Problem: Visitors to my site don’t stick around.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/zrdb2p3 and http://tinyurl.com/hhus25w

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/what-you-can-learn-from-bounce-rate-how-to-improve-it/

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/why-people-leave-your-website#sm.0001h4iwtxctjczny561yqi7bv004

Problem: Site visitors do not comment on my content.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/gnfpotv

https://www.quicksprout.com/2014/05/07/why-no-one-comments-on-your-blog-and-what-to-do-about-it/

Problem: Visitors do not sign up for my newsletter or my email.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/k8zjbvt

http://unbounce.com/email-marketing/increase-your-email-opt-ins-and-subscribers/

Problem: I don’t really know what my site visitors want.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/hn2x7qo

http://conversionxl.com/how-to-identify-your-online-target-audience-and-sell-more/

Problem: I get few or no sales.

Solution: Read the following article: http://tinyurl.com/z3o5d5v

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/79002

Problem: I have no or very few repeat sales.

Solution: Read read this article: http://tinyurl.com/zbs6y3x

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinharrington/2014/05/14/the-3-secrets-of-repeat-business-how-to-make-more-sales-without-finding-new-customers/#3ddd8a0a2ee6

Problem: I have too many customer product returns.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/hauz8zu

http://www.snap36.com/blog/three-strategies-reduce-returns/

Problem: I make too little money for the time that I work online.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/c8m5c2g

http://marketingland.com/7-big-mistakes-new-affiliate-marketers-make-19195

Problem: I get only poor search engine rankings.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/jjl6ze2

https://www.quicksprout.com/2014/02/12/why-your-search-rankings-are-dropping-and-7-ways-to-fix-it/

Problem: Social marketing does not increase traffic.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/j4apjac and
http://tinyurl.com/gvu6f5s

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/ultimate-guide-50-ways-increase-traffic

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/double-your-social-media-traffic/

Problem: Because of my failure as an Internet marketer, I want to quit.

Solution: Read this article: http://tinyurl.com/cazo39y and http://tinyurl.com/zyr2y5d

http://www.marieforleo.com/2010/06/feel-failure-good/

http://www.seobook.com/learn-seo/failure-vs-success.php

I hope that this article, One Dozen Internet Marketing Problems/Solutions, will help you on your way to success.

Hang in there, Pilgrim!

John

John T. Jones, Ph.D. Buhl, Idaho

John T. Jones, Ph.D.
Buhl, Idaho


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Work from Home Jobs for the Disabled

One advantages of marketing on the Internet is that you can work at home in your underware.

One advantages of marketing on the Internet is that you can work at home in your underwear.

Work from Home Jobs for the Disabled

Disabled folks not only have to deal with their ailments, they also have to deal with financial problems. For the disabled person by himself or herself, the problems are multiplied. I have a number of friends who are in this exact situation.

A friend of mine, a horse trainer, was thrown from a horse which injured her spinal column. She lives by herself with her dog. Times are tough for her, but she still is trying to earn a living using her computer.

Another friend was a professional musician. He no longer can work a regular job. He still has to support his family. He does it using his computer.

It sad that too many disabled people do not receive the help they need from family, friends or from the church they belong to.

Actually, it is pathetic.

Many handicap people, some under very difficult conditions, go to work every day outside the home. Some have specially equipped vans for a wheelchair or specially equipped cars so they can drive, some even have a service dog to help them. So they have to get up in the morning, get dressed, find something to eat, and then travel to work. I’m sure that many are exhausted by the time they get to the workplace.

Some handicapped people must stay at home confined to bed or a wheelchair. Some have the use of their hands, but some do not. Not having the use of your hands is a severe complication. However, at this minute, I am dictating into my computer. The main reason that I dictate is because I have carpal tunnel. But others cannot manipulate a keyboard and they must give their computer voice commands to accomplish what they want to accomplish.

Work at home jobs using a computer can be a very good alternative for a handicapped person. Still, he or she needs the ability to write.

Writers can always be hired, but that is an added expense.

If an individual has the use of his or her hands, she can create products. My granddaughters have a business which hires a dozen or so people. But their employees must have the use of both hands.

However, a person with the use of only one hand who has artistic capability, can produce artwork which can be sold on the Internet or in local shops. Even some souls without hands sometimes do this.

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Even I have an ETSY Store

You can market your own products on the Internet in a free store such as Etsy.

Affiliate Marketing

You can also market other peoples products which you never have to handle. You simply promote products on your website and direct folks to click on a link that goes to the vendor’s site. The vendors ships the product and pays you a sales commission. That is called affiliate marketing.

I suggest two places to go for training in affiliate marketing, not ignoring the fact that you must have a computer to do this. One is Affilorama. They have a number of tutorials there to help you get going.

Another place that is free is ClickBank where they have excellent training for affiliate marketing. ClickBank will provide you with digital products to promote.

The premier place for affiliate marketing training is Wealthy Affiliate. They recently added a free lifetime membership which will give you two free websites and will give you the initial training you need to be an affiliate marketer. From the start, they offer two affiliate programs that can help you pay your way. If you later decide to take out a premier membership which costs $47 a month (cut in half if you pay annually) , you will be trained extensively in marketing.

Although I have always sold products on the Internet rather than doing affiliate marketing, I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2008 which has helped my grandchildren and my son to create very profitable businesses. But now I’m 84 years old and I no longer sell products, I am doing much more affiliate marketing.

How Some Have or Are Hitting the Jackpot

The owner of Afillorama was a college student in New Zealand. A friend of his had a banner on his website and he received $50 a month from that banner, so he made up his own website and learned he could earn money.

Then he made many websites and hired English majors to write content on them. His dad saw that he was earning money and he joined him. Later, he decided to help others become affiliate marketers.

Kyle, the co-owner of Wealthy Affiliate University, began affiliate marketing when he was a college student. He used what is called PPC or pay-per-click, to drive traffic to his websites.

In the first six months he got to the point where he was earning a full-time income. By the end of the year, he decided to go into the business full-time.

Carson, Kyle’s friend, both to live in Vancouver, Canada, was also a student and he was pursuing the same path as Kyle. That’s when they join together and created Wealthy Affiliate.

Steve joined WA a year after I did. He is independent and he and his wife travel around the world with Steve working from his computer wherever he is. Steve earns over $30,000 a year just by using the WA affiliate programs. That is only part of his income.

Dom lives in Taiwan and he very recently took his fiancee to Hawaii, met up with Steve and his wife, and got married. He also makes his living as an affiliate marketer. Both of these gentlemen are good friends of mine.

Another dear friend, is Veronica. She has a  site called ItsVicky.com along with many other sites. She likes to work at home because she can be with her children. She was born and raised in Sweden and so she likes to go there every time she can. She goes several times a year all paid by affiliate marketing which she learned at WA. Vicky has a number of interest but seems to specialize in babies and children and promotes products in that area.

Pot Pie Girl, Jennifer, lives down south had always has made a great income by affiliate marketing. She is a longtime member of Wealthy Affiliate. She is a pro golfer so she likes to play the game and affiliate marketing gives her the time.

Rich, who lives in London, was experienced in advertising before he joined WA. Needless to say, he has been very successful as an affiliate marketer.

Getting Started!

I guess I could go on here all day mentioning people who are making their living as affiliate marketers had have been trained by WA that however, will not help you very much. What will help you is going to WA, signing up for a free membership, go through the Affiliate Boot Camp, starting two free sites and start promoting.

If you like what you are doing and have the ability and time, then I suggest that you become a Premium Member and start a new website using your own domain rather than a free domain.

You will be able to start your website from day one.

WA uses WordPress, as do many domain hosting companies, so you do not need to know any computer language to prepare your website. You will be given every detail in the boot camp.

To start, you will write a privacy page and the details of the page will be given to you. You will also write an about page where you will tell people about yourself.

You will easily import pictures into your documents from your computer. You will be given the links and be told how to promote wealthy affiliate.

You will be shown how to join the JAAXY keyword tool affiliate program. Your sales commissions from WA and from JAAXY will be paid through PayPal so you will need to set up a free account over there you will need an email address to do this.

You’ll be shown how to find a niche market which is a small part of a larger market. You can join the Amazon Associates program and then you can promote any Amazon product that you want to.

For example, say that your niche market is toddler’s. You can go to Amazon and find products and even brands. You can get the links to these products and place them on your website.

Another place to get links is CJ.com.

You will want to promote products that you know about so that you can recommend them or advise people not to buy them. To do this you have to be able to write because your website will not be recognized by the search engines unless you are providing a sufficient amount of quality information to your niche market.

For example, you could write an article about problems with breast-feeding. You could reference government links, Web M.D. links and Wikipedia. The search engines like you to link to these kinds of sites. (Notice that none of these sites will be in competition with you.)

In your article, you could recommend some good books on breast-feeding and link them to the Amazon site. You could also describe clothing for the mother that allows breast feeding and salves for sore nipples, etc.

You will want to set yourself up as an expert.

You do this by writing and advising. You might want to start an email list so that you can communicate further with your niche members.

The more desirable your site is, the higher the search engines will rank you. You want rankings on the first page of the search results for the keywords you are using in your articles.

You probably have the idea by now.

The following chart shows the different memberships at Wealthy Affiliate:

Conclusion:

Finding work from home jobs for the disabled can be complicated for some individuals, but there are ways to make a living using the Internet. You  can even avoid the worries about computer technology. You can do what others are doing.

Using affiliate marketing to earn a living is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work. Each blog (website) must be updated often, at the start at least two or three times a week (later, once a week). You need to learn how use a keyword tool. I use JAXXY but you will have a good free tool at WA. It can take up to a year to generate sufficient income but you should be going in about three to six months or so. After all, it is a business.

Three of my granddaughters have product businesses, two making products and one importing materials and then making them. It is a lot of work and you need to learn a lot about business. Put if you have product and get into an Internet store like ETSY, you can earn money almost instantly.

No matter which way you go, I would have a business plan. You can

Small Business Association. Start a business plan here now.

Small Business Association. Start a business plan here now.

create one at SBA.gov.

A Business Meeting

Right now, I have two of my granddaughters in my home visiting. They live in different states but they  each have a business which sells their products on the Internet. This morning has been one big business meeting between the two. They are very smart business women and it is fun to listen to them help each other in their businesses.

That too is one thing about WA. You will never be alone!

John

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

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Make Money College

Make Money College

Korea 1951. Ted Oellien of Minnesota is on my left. May he rest in peace.

Korea 1951. Ted Oellien of Minnesota is on my left. May he rest in peace.

Make money college is a keyword phrase often used by college students who are in need of income. I went to the University of Utah in 1952 after I returned home from the Korean War. I had the G.I. Bill which lasted for about three years, but I had two years to go.

When I first got home, I worked part-time for an asbestos supply company as a truck driver and mechanic. Later, I worked part time in an engineering laboratory during the day, and in the evenings and weekends, I worked in my uncle Joe’s service station.

When I needed more money, I left the laboratory and drove a taxi cab.

My department head wanted to know why I had left my laboratory job. I told him that I could make about $1.75 an hour driving cab and that he was paying me only one dollar an hour for my laboratory work.

He raised my pay to $1.75 an hour. In my senior year, he raised my pay to $3.50 per hour because he had a better research contract.

I left school after our first child was born. He needed surgery the day after he was born, and my wife would have to stay home and take care of him.

I took a job in a warehouse.

Soon after I started, the company told me I had a call from Dr. Ivan B Cutler at the University of Utah. Ivan told me to get back up there because he had found me some money.

The good folks who owned the warehouse said that I should go back to school.

Ivan sent to the Assistant President of the University. He gave me a check for $1200. (Needless to say, I was then three weeks behind in my school work. I had a B+ on my calculus final but the professor gave me a “D” because it wasn’t fair to the students who didn’t take three weeks off. He did this as an exception to the math’s department’s rule that he had to give me at least a “C”. A “D” meant you had to repeat the class but he make an exception there too.)

During the summers, I worked 13 hours a day plus weekends. But when I got out of college, the only debt I owe was that $1200 loan.

Now It’s a Different Story

All of my children have 8-year degrees. Two of my sons and my son-in-law also had long medical residencies.

My youngest son is an attorney. Like his siblings he incurred large debt in college.

My number three son, who is a veterinarian, put himself and his family through Purdue veterinary school by selling vacuum cleaners and running a fish business.

Skyrocketing Cost for College

College expenses have skyrocketed since I went to college. It’s almost impractical to go into debt for over $100,000 befor graduation. Many graduates do not receive enough income after graduation to handle this terrific debt load.

In my mind, it is not only a national disaster, the problem is hurting the progress of our country. We need educated people.

Not everyone can be a doctor or an engineer or a computer scientist.

They have to go into fields that do not pay enough to meet their needs.

Women, who must take care of their children, have a special problem. It doesn’t matter if they work or stay at home.

Some couples are covering three or four jobs during each work week.

There Are Two Problems

The first problem is that while you are in college, you have to pay tuition and books, room and board. Some students are actually living at the starvation level. After our first child was born, my parents somehow got word of our situation, and brought us boxes of food. And things are worse now.

The second problem is the one I have been talking about, the tremendous post-college debt load which suffocates families.

Some families have lost their homes or cannot afford permanent housing because they can’t meet mortgage payments. This is true for some because they have excess college debt.

It’s a national disgrace.

College expenses have increased over 1100% over the last 40 years. Some students leave the country to find an affordable college education.
PART TIME JOBS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Was your search phrase: Make money college? I hope the following helps:

College students don’t have a lot of time for off-campus part-time jobs. There are too few hours and the pay is too low to help much with college costs. Many of these jobs are minimum-wage.

I know a number of people who have been able to support themselves and college, but they didn’t do it by slinging hamburgers.

They worked at home using their computers so they not only conserved time, but conserved energy.

There is nothing like going into a final exam after having worked into the night in a warehouse or flipping hamburgers in a fast food joint.

You Don’t Have Much Choice

You almost have to use the Internet to earn enough money for college. Here are some ways that folks are doing it or have done it:

Luci and Jenni are my granddaughters. They are not going to college, but their husbands are. One is still an undergraduate and the other one is in graduate school working on a PhD. Luci and Jenni make baby hats. So do their dozen employees.

Right now they are making baby hats to be sold much later in the year so they don’t go crazy in the fall try to keep up with orders. I told them to start in January, not July for the fall markets.

Candace is making bibs, dying quilts, and making all kinds of children’s clothing. She just lost her full-time job, but her part-time job is paying her more than when she was working, leaving her baby at my house every day (her mother is my wife’s caregiver), then having to take care of him at night. She no longer pays the expenses to drive to work, buying dresses so that she looks pretty in front of the public, or eating out.

How to Start Such a Business

If you know how to make products,–college men or women can do this–you can sell them on the Internet. You can use a site like ETSY or your Facebook page to promote products.

You can buy your own domain and build your own website easily if you want to save money. The problem there is that you may not be able to get enough traffic.

What Others Have Done and Are Doing

Mark, from New Zealand, saw that his friend was earning $50 a month from a banner that was placed on his website. He started a website, put on such a banner, and sure enough made about $50 a month.

Mark then started many websites, too many to maintain while he was in college. He hired English majors to write the content for his websites, each bringing in significant income.

He had to rent a large home to accommodate his business and his father was so impressed that he join him.

Mark is now showing other marketers how to do what is called affiliate marketing. His site is Affilorama and you will find free training there.

Ryan, who is being sent to school by his single mother, earned his money also by promoting other people’s products (affiliate marketing). He built a number of websites and he used pay-per- click (PPC) to drive traffic to his sites. He earned over $500,000 while in college and still is a prominent figure on the Internet.

Ryan is using Amazon’s fulfillment program, Amazon warehousing his products which he buys from various suppliers, marketing them and shipping them and handling customer relations. So all Ryan has to do is find a good product, prepare the Amazon sales page, and help to bring traffic to the page.

Kyle began Internet marketing is attending college in Vancouver, Canada. After six months he was earning enough money from affiliate marketing to pay all of his college and living expenses. In a year, he was earning more than any college degree pays right after graduation.

He joined with Carson, another student who was doing the same thing, paying all of his college expenses by marketing on the Internet. They formed Wealthy Affiliate University which is now the premier training site for affiliate marketing.

I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2008. I use some of the training I got there to start my son into business on the Internet. He was selling flutes and he had a mailing list. We set up a website called the Irish flute store, (which he sold last year), and he started selling worldwide. Recently he started and herb business with the website: homegrownherbalist.net. Is a veterinarian, but today he’s off in Utah giving lectures and promoting his products.

If you are interested in affiliate marketing, I suggest that you go to Wealthy Affiliate and sign up as a free member. Take the lessons in the affiliate boot camp. If you want to continue to pursue wealthy affiliate training,  I suggest that you join as a premium member. The cost is $47 each month (If you can pay annually, you can save about half).

You can start with the two free websites they give you head should be able to earn enough money to pay your monthly tuition. It is much cheaper than going to college. There are two affiliate programs that you can join that will help you are available right on the site. One is to promote Wealthy Affiliate memberships, as I’m doing here, and the other one is to promote JAAXY which is a keyword tool developed by wealthy affiliate. Keywords are very important in marketing on the Internet. (You will have a free keyword search tool on the WA site.)

Kyle and Carson are not gurus. There is no up-sell from the site. They will not pester you with one offer after another. That will make no offers to you.

This Table Shows the Two Memberships.

Conclusion of Make Money College Search

If you are going to earn income on the Internet, it will not be easy. You will have to work hard. But you can choose your hours and work from wherever you are if you have computer access.

It will take several months to make money. You will have to work to a niche market(s) which is a part of a larger market. You will need to provide quality information often to your readers.

You many not be selling. If you are promoting other people’s products, you will be sending them to the vendor’s site where he will sell them. You get a commission on every sale. (In affiliate marketing, the vendor ends up with the customer.) You need to promote what you know about.

Good Luck!

John

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JAAXY Keyword Tool Review

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

I have been using the JAAXY keyword tool since it was first introduced by the owners of Wealthy Affiliate University, my friends Kyle and Carson. This tool is specifically designed for affiliate marketers. In just a few words, tool gives the following properties of each word on a list of keywords that come up during your search. The best way to see this is by simply opening the window to Jaxxy.com.

1. Here you will find a list of your keywords.

2. The average number of keyword searches the keyword receives each month.

3. The number of visits that you receive on your website if you rank on the first page of Google.

4. Search results: the number of competing websites ranked Google for this exact keyword.

5. A keyword indicator light which is color-coded to show you which sites are best (green) to market your site.

6. Your SEO score which shows how likely you will write for this keyword on the first page of Google. A high score (90 – 100) indicates that an article written based on a particular keyword will be successful in ranking on Google.

7. The availability of a domain with your selected keywords.

8. A list of related keywords that will help you improve your search results.

If you’re a member of JAXXY like me, you will be able to promote JAAXY and receive commissions for others to join. This has always made taxi profitable to me.

My rating for JAAXY: ***** or 5 Star.



John

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Easy Affiliate Marketing

John T. Jones, Ph.D. Buhl, Idaho

John T. Jones, Ph.D.
Buhl, Idaho

Introduction

There is no such thing as easy affiliate marketing. At one time, it was easy. Folks were clicking on banners and if you linked a banner to an affiliate link, you could make a sale for which you would gain a commission. Placing banners on your website will not make you rich as an affiliate marketer.

The search engines upon which affiliate marketers depend, hate affiliate marketers. So they do everything they can to make life miserable for them. The search engines want folks who are using their search function to find information that is relative to the information they are actually looking for. So crappy websites geared simply to pushing a product are dumped from the listings or buried so deep that it would take a month of Sundays to find them.

Affiliate Marketing Is a Business

If you’re going to go into affiliate marketing you need both training and a business plan. In my opinion, since I’ve been a member since 2008, Wealthy Affiliate is the premier site for learning affiliate marketing. You can join for free but if you want the whole shebang, you will need to be a premium member which costs $47 each month. I suggest that you pay annually where the cost is about one-half.

You can go to SBA.gov and prepare a business plan at no cost.

You really need to know where are you going before you take your first steps to success as an affiliate marketer.

Advantages to Being an Affiliate Marketer

There are some advantages to being an affiliate marketer:

1. You can work at home, if you have a computer. If you don’t have a computer, you can use a computer at the library.

2. Once the you have made enough money to leave your day job, you can save money on transportation, clothing, union dues, child care and other costs associated with working a day job.

3. Affiliate marketing can lead you to selling your own products, or products for which you have an exclusive, on the Internet.

4. The startup cost for affiliate marketing are low. The minimum cost are for purchasing a domain and having it hosted.

5. You have the potential of making a substantial income.

6. If you have a portable computing device with Internet access, you can work wherever you are.
7. You can work in your underwear if you want to.

Disadvantages of Affiliate Marketing

1. You do not have control of your own products. You are dependent upon vendors who may discontinue their affiliate programs or even compete with you.

2. You do not have control of your customers. Your vendor will pay you a high commission, often up to 100%, for your first sale. But you don’t know who the customer is and the vendor will make all of the back sales where the big money is.

3. You need to give your readers, the visitors to your website, a free gift to get them to sign up for your mailing list or newsletter. You probably will have to pay some like AWeber or GetResponse to maintain your list. You must sell (promote) to this list.

4. You must attract traffic to your website which can be either a lengthy or expensive procedure.

Writing Relevant Content

To be an affiliate marketer, you must supply continually information that is relevant to the niche you are working. A niche is a small segment of a larger market. You must work within that market to learn what people are like, what they want and what they need. Your job is to promote, not to sell. Selling is the job of the vendor.

You need to begin with keyword research. I use JAAXY because it was designed by affiliate marketers for affiliate marketers. Your keyword should be in your domain name and in the first paragraph of any post or article that you put up on the web. Using more keywords may be considered to be “stuffing”by the search engines. However, relevant keywords will come up natural as you write in the search engines will use these two characterize your article. Articles need to be at least 500 words for the search engine to determine its relevance.

Many affiliate marketers purchase content from writers at Elance.com or other sites. Whoever does the writing, it must be checked for proper spelling and grammar. Fiverr.com is a good place to purchase banners, logos and many other functions related to affiliate marketing.

How To Get Started in Affiliate Marketing

1. Find a niche market. Sometimes the best niche markets are based on your own skills, talents and education. Avoid the money-making niche at least to start. It is very competitive. It is better to look in a niche in relationships, expensive hobbies and health and beauty. But don’t limit yourself. A good niche should have magazines associated with the niche. Then you can see what the niche members are looking for by reading the magazine and am looking for related advertisements.

2. Go to SBA.gov and start preparing your business plan.
3. Learn how to do affiliate marketing. Just stay away from the gurus who will give you a gift and then sell you one thing after another and may actually give you harmful information that will delay your progress. Remember that the gurus are your competition in the money-making niche. I suggest you start at Wealthy Affiliate. If I were you, I would pay for a one-year premium membership because of the low cost. That also will help you to make the required commitment that you will have to have to be successful in Internet marketing. There will be no up sales or back sales by the owners, Carson and Kyle. If you don’t have the money, then use the free membership at WAU to get started.

4. Go to the affiliate networks for the companies themselves to obtain affiliate links. CJ.com is very popular. For Digital Products, I suggest that you use ClickBank.com.

5. Develop your own products or get access to products that you have an exclusive on. You can start with a free web store at Etsy.com to sell products that you make or older products that you may pick up at garage sales. My story is MyStuffy and my granddaughters’ store is YumBaby.
Having your own little store can bring you some extra cash that can be used to get you established in Internet marketing.

6. Buy your domain name, get it hosted, and build your website. Namecheap.com is a good place to buy your domain names and HostGator.com is a good place to host them. I use Wealthy Affiliate for my hosting because I’ve been there since 2008. Most all hosting companies provide WordPress.org themes and plug-ins. You will learn to do all of these functions if you join Wealthy Affiliate.

7. Keep updated on what is going on in the Internet. That is one reason it is nice to be part of a community of Internet marketers such as WAU.

John

P.S. If you visit WAU, my ID there is tjbooks.


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WordPress Tutorials for Beginners

new memberWordPress Video Tutorials for Beginners

When I switch some years back from using pure HTML to WordPress, I had quite a few questions. I had several ways to find an answer to a question. I could simply ask someone or I could post a question on a search engine. I also could go to YouTube to find a video. I could buy a book on WordPress.

Come to think of it, I still use those methods. Here are some questions that come up:

1. What is WordPress?

WordPress was released in 2003 and is a free logging tool and content manager that does not require the user to know HTML. WordPress is the most popular system used on the web. For more details go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress

2. How do I install WordPress on my site?

Your hosting company will provide WordPress for your sites. They will give you simple instructions to follow. If you have to install it yourself, the WordPress site will show you how to do it.

Here is a video if you must load WordPress manually:

3. What is a WordPress theme?

The WordPress theme is a template for your website with adjustable headings, menus and other features. The video will give you a better idea.

4. How do I install a theme?

WordPress has a large number of themes for you to choose from. My friend will tell you how in this video:

5. How do I configure the heading of a theme?

The header is what you see at the top of a webpage. There may be a banner, image and/or logo. Each them is configured differently buy you will get the idea from the video.

6. How do I configure the menus of a theme?

Most themes are similar in the configuration of menus. You go to Appearances and then to Menus. Now follow the video:

7. What is a widget and how do I configure widgets?

Widgets are like menu items. However, they are little snips of information that you can place inside bars and such. To do this you go to Appearances and then to Widgets. Now you will see widgets along the left column that you can move to a particular area of your website. You can also create a widget very easily in your editor. Just use the text area for a post or for a page, but do not enter a title or such. Just create a widget with text and pics as you like. Now click on HTML or text (not visual) and copy or cut the code. Now go to the widget section, click on Text, and move it to your widget location. Now name your widget and place your content in the description box. Now follow the video for more information:

8. What is a page and how do I create one?

Pages contain the major content of a website. A rule of thumb is that pages should be at least 2500 words or as long as needed to convey the information that your site visitors are looking for. It is easy to add a page. Just go to Pages and select New Page. You can add your information in Visual or Text (HTML) mode. It is much like a word processor.

9. What is a post and how do I create one?

The post is created the same way as a page is created. Posts are of immediate value and provide newer insights into your niche to inform your readers. See the above video if you still have questions.

10. How do I put pictures on a page or post?

When you create a page or post, menu bar will allow you to add pictures or other images. Just make sure you have the rights to the image. You may want to edit your image before you put it on the document. The WordPress will let you place the document and size it and add a caption to it. You can also add a description. Add your own images if you can.

11. How do I put a video on the page or post?

I use a plug-in to place videos, but WordPress has a build in way to place a video. If you copy the video from YouTube, go to Share, it may be an icon that looks like a motor governor or two small spheres together in a V like to cherries picked from your tree. Right-click on on the share icon to copy the embed code. If it says Share, when you click on it some code will come up. Click on Embed and paste it into your document but only after you have clicked on the Text or HTML mode.

12. What is a plug-in?

WordPress is open to the public and anyone can add a plug-in to amend the functions of WordPress. Plug-ins add certain features to WordPress. The video shows 10 plug-ins that you should have, according to your objectives, on your site. A number of plug-ins are are installed on WordPress when you get it. All you have to do is activate them. I have a number of plug-ins that duplicate WordPress functions. You need to decide what is important to you.

13. How do I add a table to my page or post?

There is a table function in your page editor. I use the TablePress plug-in because it seems to suit me. If you want to change the width of a column, just google it and you will get the needed code.

14. Is there an easier way than WordPress?

Yes. My son uses Shopify.com because he is too busy to mess with site building. He went from HTML, WordPress and then the “work was done” sites like Shopify.com. I used one of these sites years ago when I needed a ready make e-commerce store. I think it was Bishosting.com.

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SFC John T. Jones, Korea 1951

John

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Tool of the Week: The Blog Process

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

Korea 1951. Ted Olean of Minnesota is on my left. May he rest in peace.

Korea 1951. Ted Olean of Minnesota is on my left. May he rest in peace.

 Lesson Objectives:

What is the purpose of your post? What is the objective of your blog post? How long should it be? How often should you post on a new site and on an older site and on a seasonal site? How should you attract readers to your post?

When you write a blog, what is your purpose?

Your purpose should be to give your readers useful information that they want or need. So let’s look at that first. Let’s consider:

● Content: What information do you want to impart?

● Length: How long should my blog post be.

● Purpose: What is my objective.

Your blog should start with a keyword search. If you are an affiliate marketer, I recommend that you use JAAXY. It was designed for affiliate marketers and it is more accurate than other keyword tools. It was developed by Wealthy Affiliate, the premier affiliate marketing training center on the Internet. (I’ve been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since May 29, 2008 although I started affiliate marketing long before that.)

You should have some idea of the subject you want to cover before you start. Do a keyword search. Enter this topic in the JAAXY search bar (the link will give you 30 free searches on Jaxxy). Now a fairly long list of keyword searches will come up. Click on QSR and look for a green light. Stay away if there is a red light think twice, if there is a yellow light. A green light will meet that you will have less competition.

JAXXY Clip 4

I also look at the number of visitors each month, the higher the better. So with a green light at a high visit count, you are in business. But don’t stop there. Look at the suggested keywords too. Click on the good ones and save them at JAAXY or download them. Now you have narrowed your topic down. You will be more focused in your writing.

eyeglassesNow how long should your blog post be? I have a tendency to write short post. However, that may be fine for my thought of the day, the it is probably not long enough if I am really trying to teach. A friend of mine, a longtime member of Wealthy Affiliate, suggested that I make my blog posts 1000 words long. I started that recently, but I am long-winded when I get started and my first blog post after learning that was 1500 words. But that is okay too. I suggest that you very your post late just to keep your readers in a good mood to follow your post. (This post is about 900 words.)

Now you know your topic and you know how long it will be. Good for you! But we also need to think about our objective. There should be two objectives. First you should follow the objective of your website. I suggest that you go to SBA and set up a business plan for your site. It is free to do so, you just have to fill in the blanks, and when you are finished, you will know what your business (site) is all about.

traffic 4Now you decide what the main objective of your post really is. Again, there may be more than one objective. The obvious one is that you want to teach your reader about your subject. Another purpose might be to introduce your readers to you. You also may have the purpose that you would want readers to click on one of your affiliate links or perhaps an e-book that you wrote.

SBAHow Often Should You Post

In my opinion is an old man who’s been on the Internet for a long time, I suggest that you blog on your site every day if it is a new site. You should do this for a year and you should watch the traffic on your site to make sure that it is growing. If it is not growing, then you must think again about your niche, the market that you have focused on, and your content.

For older sites, you should post at least once a week. If it is a site where you’re promoting seasonal products, then you should post every day throughout the season. For example, I am an affiliate of Amazon.com and I have been for many years. Right now is a holiday season so I post every day on that site which is my gift site.

Attracting Readers to Your Site

When I write a post and publish it, I send it to the social networks. I use the Sociable plug-in on WordPress. I always make sure that there are illustrations in my post, even if it is only my mug, so that I can pin it to one or more of my boards.

business manYou can advertise your post, pages or your sites by purchasing advertising. Buying ads from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are low cost ways of promoting your site. You can also use paid ads from Google, which I do not recommend because of changes they have made on their site, or Yahoo/MSN. Need to learn how to use pay per click, PPC, and pay per action, PPC ads. You must have a budget and you must set your limits so that they cannot put you in the poorhouse. You also will want to narrow down your market when you use a PPC site. If you can write in a second language, then consider posting to countries where that language is spoken. Check on that with your affiliate manager to see where the market is for your product. You might be surprised at the affiliate manager’s answer.

Well that should be long enough!

Good hunting!

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Join Wealthy Affiliate

jtj04jtjpicI joined Wealthy Affiliate on May 29, 2008. You can read my profile if you like. I’m known as tjbooks: Click Here! My  profile will show what I tell new members to WAU.

Wealthy Affiliate was started by Kyle and Carson some years ago. Each had worked his way through college by marketing on the Internet. Like many Internet marketers, they decided to show others how to do it.

Carson and Kyle are not the only ones to work their way through college by marketing on the Internet. Mark Ling is a good example.

Mark saw that a friend was making about $50.00 a month just by having a banner on his web page. Mark asked if he could do the same thing. Soon, he was hiring English majors to write pages for him and he ended up with many profitable sites. He said that was a  lot better than making $5.00 delivering pizza. Mark Ling is a New Zealander.

Affilorama

Mark also teaches Internet (affiliate) marketing at Affilorama. There is a lot of free information on Mark’s site and it is very useful to marketers.

Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy is an online university and is called Wealthy Affiliate University. It is a university because:

1. It charges a monthly tuition of $47.00 or whatever you started with because it never rises after you join. The annual tuition is a much better way to go and the only way I have ever paid. It comes out less than $25.00 a month. A Lifetime Starter Membership is Free and teaches you how to make money on the Internet and helps you build two (2) free websites. It also teaches you how to earn your membership as I have done for four years. Kyle will show you all about that in the video.

2. It teaches online courses that will show you how to chose a market, how to build a website, how to add content to your website and how to draw a continuous stream of traffic.

3. Tutoring is available to to all members on Chat. You can also ask a question in a question box at the top of each page and get the postings and tutorials you need to move ahead.

4. Members teach members in the Open Education Project. Many post are made each day discussing some aspect of marketing on the Internet.

5. Premium (paid) members have access to all tutorial and they can PM each other for more answers or perhaps just to have a fellow member review a website. Members can earn enough as a free member to become a Premium member in the future.

So you can see that the community of WAU is very much like a regular university except the tuition is much lower. A one-year subscription cost less than many 3-hour university courses.

You can earn commissions as a free member by promoting WAU. Your commissions will be doubled when you become a Premium member.

toolboxI suggest you watch Kyle’s video and go from there. Give the program a try as a Free member and if you see a future, quickly upgrade to Premium member paying annually if at all possible to save half of your annual tuition.

John

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Get a Free Website

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Ph.D.

Wealthy Affiliate University offers two free websites on their .siterubix.com server to FREE Lifetime Startup Members. Some disillusioned soles think that these sites are not valuable because they are set up on the .siterubix.com domain. Not true. I am a Premium member of WAU and have been for almost five years and I can have as many .siterubix.com sites as I want and I use them to test marketing ideas and concepts.

For beginners, this is a way to get started at NO COST whatsoever. You can have a site up and running in minutes and you will be using the WordPress format which makes adding content easy. Click Here to learn how to do it from Kyle, one of the owners of WAU.

John

P.S. Try JAXXY, the premium keyword tool for Internet marketers. You will get 30 free keyword searches that really mean something because JAAXY has accurate data. CLICK HERE for your free trial!

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You Need to Write but Can’t

10123428-man-working-on-a-laptopThis is a perpetual problem, especially for those who need to put content on websites, in articles, in emails, in blogs, etc.

Some folks can write but they just don’t know it. So I wrote a blog at Wealthy Affiliate University to give the new members there a hand, to teach them how to write.

Maybe it will help you.

It is called So You Are Not a Writer. Click Here to read the article.

John

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