Thanks for your help. I have changed the blog setup and added Viglink

Last Update: October 23, 2013

I had originally setup the blog to display 10 posts. I found that comments could only be made on the very first blog page. I went back and changed this to show one page only. It appears to be working now.

I have also added categories to the blog posts. Once the store goes live and I change it to the static home page, this should change the "blog" page so that it then take you to the last post when click on it. For now, I have had to remove the Blog page from the menu, because all it will do is take you to a blank page.

You can see the changes at http://;borncaptivating.com

I still am having an issue with links not opening in a new page and have contacted LinkShare about this, as they state that this should not be happening. No answer yet. However, I have started using Viglink, so I now have the option of just using a url for the link. There are some pluses and minuses to this:

  • First, you give up 25% of the revenue to them.
  • They say that you do not have to register with any other Affiliate network to earn, but you really do. Unlike Linkshare, Viglink has no database where you can download the feed, grab the banners, graphics, etc. I have a few that I really need this for, so I have to go in and get these from Linkshare (or which ever network I am using) to get the links.
  • On the plus side, there are a multitude of affiliate programs my sites do not get approved for, so I can still use regular links and get paid.
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georama Premium
wish you all the Luck.
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famous Premium
Are you using target="_blank" in your link to open in new page? Also, I'm now using a theme at www.famouspoints.com (almost done) that has everything built in - like an affiliate-type store, import items, etc. Mine is a coupon store, but the store -front version is very similar. If interested look at: www.premiumpress.com ,
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bloveds Premium
I does not appear to have this. I am going back and adding this and it seems to be fixing the issue. Thanks so very much. I have been wrestling with this for over a week!
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bloveds Premium
I checked out the premiumpress.com themes. I needed a theme that would use an approved shopping cart so went with one that could use the Wordpress eCommerce plugin. I am going to have my fee managed, as there are about products.
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bloveds Premium
I use Firefox and have added an extension that helps me view the ranking stats for my sites as well as others. http://www.seoquake.com/ may be able to be used with other browsers.

This does change the search results look as it inserts the graph for each result.
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famous Premium
Glad to help. Not sure what you mean by an "approved shop cart." Premium Press and any ecommerce theme lets you choose from dozens of shopping carts. Some other info that you may want to know:

1. WordPress has the capability for blogs and custom blogs. The custom blogs are usually for large number of products, coupons, etc. They are a separate type of blogs. I think you'll need a shopping theme to use custom blogs.

2. On any site, the vast majority of traffic goes to your home page, and no further. As a brand site you have two choices. One, present such a captivating Home Page they click again to enter your site. Two, you make it easy for visitors to buy on the Home Page. In either case, everyone has the challenge of how to get visitors to click a second time.

Inside advice: You're actually studying to be a top-notch Content Producer, an Affiliate Marketer second. Your success will revolve around producing compelling videos, podcasts, etc, - in other words creating captivating content. And, in today's market, your site has to look great on all mobile devices. Only use themes that are Responsive (mobile) compatible.

Some advanced stuff, but I wanted you to know as I may not be a WA member much longer, as I've been feeling it's time for me to move one.
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bloveds Premium
My site is responsive and does work fine on mobile devices.

The company I will use is Inventory Resource and they have a list of carts that can be used. I researched every single one of them. Most of them would only host the products on their site, which took away all control of how it would appear. Also they charge LOTS of money for this. That is why I looked for one that did not host at all. Originally I was going to use Joomla, but decided on Wordpress when I read about this option. At any rate, I have a premium site now, and to not plan to change it at this point.
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