Ten Basic Marketing Tips For Bloggers

Written by Bec on December 12, 2011 – 7:00 AM -

1. Once you have a week or so of good posts on your new blog submit it to blog directories and blog link lists. Also submit the blog url to paid directories with categories for blogs – Yahoo, BOTW, bCentral, WOW, JoeAnt.

2. Optimize your blog for good search engine ranking by using keyword meta tags, meta descriptions, alt tags on all imagery, font treatments of specific keywords: H1, H2, H3 or bold, underlined, or italic, etc.  Also: Install and learn to use the All in One SEO plugin. You should also install and configure a Google Sitemap plugin.

3. Initiate an ongoing link building campaign. Do free blogroll trades with other bloggers (find some similiar niche bloggers to trade with at places like www.linkspun.com) Get some A/B/C links happening with these trades as well as A/B style links. Also do some paid listings with sites that have a PR2 or higher ranking. Be sure to request feedback or reviews of your blog in relevant forums, blogs and discussion threads. If you have a resource post that will help others, point to it. Monitor inbound links, traffic, comments and mentions of your blog at sites like Google Alerts, Technorati, Blogpulse, and Yahoo News.

4. Assign tags to each post (in the area where you’re writing the new post on the right hand column you’ll see an area to put some into your post)

5. Show a tag cloud on your sidebar or in the footer (easily done with your widgets). This cloud is created from the tags you put onto your posts, so use good niche keywords and don’t forget to mention model’s by name, sites by name, or a product by name. A search for a particular model could get you in the top ten search engine results!

6. Go do comments on similiar niche blogs: it gets you a free inbound link and traffic to your blog’s url. Always respond to comments on your blog and when you detect a mention of your blog on another blog, thank that blogger in the comments section of the post.

7. Enable automatic trackback and ping functionality and then add additional sites to the ping list in Settings -> Writing -> Update Services *Note: Be sure to delete the one ping site url that is there before copy/pasting in a new list and each url MUST be on its own line or it won’t save or work properly. Install the CBNet Ping Optimizer plugin that prevents over pinging of the services if you need to do some after posting edits to your articles.

8. Create a Feedburner Pro account and enable feed tracking. Install and use the Feedburner Plugin. Learn more about Using Feedburner from an article on the WordPress.org.

9. Using a link cloaking plugin like Ninja Affiliate will stop surfers and link thieves from changing or removing your affiliate code and also removes the reluctance of a lot of surfers from clicking an affiliate link.

10. Upload and configure a Social Sharing plugin for surfers to quickly spread the word about a post they like. Also use the Social Networking to your own advantage on forums and discussion threads to connect with other bloggers. If they like your stuff, they will link to you.

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Prevent Affiliate Commission Theft Using Ninja Affiliate

Written by Bec on September 2, 2009 – 8:03 AM -

Affiliate Identity theft;  affiliate link theft;  affiliate commission theft;  – whatever term you use, it means without link cloaking abilities, you, as an affiliate marketer, are being ripped off.  You’re being robbed of your affiliate commissions.

Is affiliate commission theft a serious problem? I really don’t know with absolute certainty. Searching for an answer on the internet has coughed up conflicting information. However, the way I see it, whether you’re losing 5% or 40% of your commissions, a loss by any percentage is still a loss.

Can you prevent affiliate commission theft?

Yes, you can, but not by using any of the free scripts.

There are several methods available, some with free redirect scripts and with some using commercial software. While free methods may reduce the incidence of affiliate link theft or affiliate commission theft, they are unreliable and do not cloak your link, making bypass of  your links really easy. To get full link cloaking you will need to spend some money. The bright side is that the very first affiliate commission theft you prevent will probably pay for the software a couple of times over.

I’m sure you’re aware that simply cloaking or hiding your links isn’t going to bring you ‘rivers of cash’ flowing into your ‘bank vault.’ Link cloaking may merely lessen the frequency of affiliate commission theft, and could reduce the amount of commissions you would have lost.

Now back to those long, ugly and in-your-face affiliate links,  just how do you go about shortening and cloaking them, and how can you prevent commission theft?

1. Some people recommend using free services by websites that shorten your link.  I disagree totally with this method.  These are actually for links to be included in emails, and are not for online website linking purposes.  But, if you insist on trying them, use these services with extreme caution.  They are just re-directing services, and store your information on their servers.  If they go out of business, or remove your link for whatever reason, your links are kaput, gone, ground to dust.  If you’ve used those links in article marketing, blogs or any other media that has been syndicated, you’ll have your links on perhaps thousands of sites all leading nowhere. What a colossal waste of your marketing efforts!

2. Use a re-directing script yourself and upload it to your own domain. This means you’ll need your own website and know how to use ftp, and know how to create a link. Your host server must also allow php. The re-directing script is simplicity itself.

However, note that while this shortens your link into something more attractive, and gives you full control over it, it does NOT cloak your link.  When your visitor lands on the redirected site, your full affiliate link is visible, allowing your visitor to bypass your affiliate ID to deny you your commission.  Why?  I really don’t know either.  But it happens.  Some people simply don’t want anyone earning a commission from their purchase even though they pay the same price with or without using your link.  Go figure.

You need to remember that you cannot cloak or re-direct links for every application. Some affiliate networks and Google Adwords do not allow re-directing or cloaking.  Carefully study the terms and conditions of affiliate publishers before signing up with them or you could be expending a lot of effort for nothing.

3. You can also choose to buy your own cloaking software which gives you more options and complete control not only over link cloaking but commission theft from parasite software as well.  This is the recommended method for serious affiliate marketers – those who actually plan on earning real income from affiliate marketing.

Effective cloaking software not only hides your affiliate links but also protects you from parasite software.  Simple redirects do not offer this protection.

Parasite Software [which apparently is covertly installed on 80% of PCs,] activates after your visitor has landed on the merchant’s web site.  Since the parasite software strikes only after the visitor has arrived at the merchant’s site, redirects are totally ineffective as a protective measure.

It is well worth the cost and effort to keep your affiliate commissions out of other people’s pockets and put it in your own.  After all, you’re the one who spent so much time marketing the product.

To protect your affiliate commissions against link hijackers, link bypassers and parasite software with a comprehensive affiliate link cloaking system, I suggest you check the advanced features and complete cloaking function of Ninja Affiliate, a WordPress plugin that will hand you full control and management of all of your affiliate marketing links.

Besides link cloaking you’ll find that Ninja Affiliate provides you with a terrific combination of link management tools:

  1. Easy Affiliate Link Management – You can easily give each affiliate link an easy-to-remember name.
  2. Flexible Link Management – Accepts every affiliate link format out there, so you don’t have to waste time with various affiliate marketing tools.
  3. Create Professional Redirect Links – Use professional looking redirect links that let your prospects know you’re a pro marketer.
  4. Manage Links by Groups – Too many affiliate links? Ninja Affiliate allows you to easily create different groups to manage your links..
  5. Prevent “Affiliate Theft” – Cloak your affiliate links to prevent link theft and affiliate sabotage. No one will ever steal your hard-earned commissions again..
  6. Insert Affiliate Links Directly – Add your affiliate links directly for your WordPress blog editor – you’ll never have to hunt for links again.
  7. Transform Keywords to Links – Automatically turn keywords in your blog to affiliate links. You can set a limit too, so your posts don’t look like a spam blog!
  8. Advanced Display Options – Ninja Affiliate allows you to display any text you want in your web browser’s status bar.
  9. Use “No-Follow” Links – Control your link juice and escape punishment from Big Daddy Google with ninja precision. In fact, you can control your links any way you want to.

Co-Author: Ashutosh

MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate

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