About ja114
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Hi, I'm Jordan. I'm interested in building an online business and eventually becoming my own boss. I have some experience with affiliate marketing

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Everything Wordpress
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My website is displaying a horizontal white bar that is covering up the top of my header image, and has an alphanumeric code on the left side (see screenshot). I'm not sure wh

This might be a conflict with one of your plugins if not ask for help in site support and see if they can work it out

Barry

Thanks Barry - ended up checking with site support because I couldn't find any issue with the plugins, and it's resolved now.

Jordan

Hey
You may have recently inputted a wrong code
aioseo>general settings>webmaster tools tab>add the whole code to the miscellaneous verification section and save changes. then i go here http://gachecker.com/ verify my tracking code working.

Thanks Lula!

You're very welcome.

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White bar with alphanumeric code over top of header image?

White bar with alphanumeric code over top of header image?

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Everything Wordpress
Updated

My website is displaying a horizontal white bar that is covering up the top of my header image, and has an alphanumeric code on the left side (see screenshot). I'm not sure wh

This might be a conflict with one of your plugins if not ask for help in site support and see if they can work it out

Barry

Thanks Barry - ended up checking with site support because I couldn't find any issue with the plugins, and it's resolved now.

Jordan

Hey
You may have recently inputted a wrong code
aioseo>general settings>webmaster tools tab>add the whole code to the miscellaneous verification section and save changes. then i go here http://gachecker.com/ verify my tracking code working.

Thanks Lula!

You're very welcome.

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Search Engine Optimization
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I would love to get some advice on something I'm trying to figure out. Based on what I've seen here on WA, the general rule of thumb is to try to have about 500 words per affi

Don't limit yourself to just 1 link/500 words. That's a silly guideline. Put links in where they make sense, where the reader may want to click through for more information or to buy something. Google isn't going to penalize you for putting in 3 links in a 1,000 word article!

The links are a convenience for your reader. You are making it easy for them to get/buy what they want, instead of just saying "it's somewhere on the internet - good luck!"

Yes, if you are doing round-up posts, you can put in more links. Like I said, the important thing is that they make sense. Remember you are writing for your readers, not Google. Google will never buy anything from you.

After looking at your site, I hope you also have a travel merchant or two, since you are sometimes talking about traveling to see away games.

Now, as far as merchants, all of these are available on ShareASale.
https://www.hockeyworld.com/ - ships internationally if permitted
https://www.coolhockey.com/us/
https://skates.guru/

Plus a bunch more niche sites with some hockey products as well.

Thank you Jeannine - this seems to be the consensus among the responses here, which is great.

I appreciate you suggesting those merchants. I'm on ShareASale and already promote some products from the first two. I'll have to check skates.guru, but if I recall correctly I think they were mostly or solely figure skating, not hockey.

And you're right about a travel merchant. I had that in mind when I wrote that post about traveling to games, but put it on the back burner because hockey was paused and now is resuming without spectators. I'm approved for at least one ticket broker on ShareASale, but definitely want to add a merchant for flights/hotels.

I actually have a couple other questions about merchant/network partnerships that relate to what I mentioned in my original question here, about the merchants I want to promote once I meet the requirements for approval. I'll send you those questions in a PM later today or over the weekend - I hope that's ok.

Thanks again,
Jordan

That's great news that you're working with those merchants. Yes skates.guru has more figure skates than hockey skates, but they did have some content on their blog about hockey, and you can always deep link right to the hockey skates. You also might have fun with some of the products on Etsy.com - just search Hockey and you'll see thousands of results.

I'll watch for your PM.

Why don't you put a note in close parentheses (The link for Canada, the link for U.S.A.)? Cheers.

You need to use your keywords in the title and in the first paragraph, then forget about keywords and concentrate on the subject matter. You will probably then put in piles of other keywords without realising. Google will pick them all up, weight them and rank the article.

You never know until you have tried, but be careful not to confuse your audience. Write a few test posts and find out, just be sure your audience knows what goes to Canada and what goes to the US elsewise you risk losing them in confusion which is worse than you losing rank with Google.

Keep testing and tweaking just because something has worked in the past doesn't mean that things cant change and be as good or even better going forward.

Martin

Good advice, thanks Martin.

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Words per affiliate link dilemma - any suggestions?

Words per affiliate link dilemma - any suggestions?

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Search Engine Optimization
Updated

I would love to get some advice on something I'm trying to figure out. Based on what I've seen here on WA, the general rule of thumb is to try to have about 500 words per affi

Don't limit yourself to just 1 link/500 words. That's a silly guideline. Put links in where they make sense, where the reader may want to click through for more information or to buy something. Google isn't going to penalize you for putting in 3 links in a 1,000 word article!

The links are a convenience for your reader. You are making it easy for them to get/buy what they want, instead of just saying "it's somewhere on the internet - good luck!"

Yes, if you are doing round-up posts, you can put in more links. Like I said, the important thing is that they make sense. Remember you are writing for your readers, not Google. Google will never buy anything from you.

After looking at your site, I hope you also have a travel merchant or two, since you are sometimes talking about traveling to see away games.

Now, as far as merchants, all of these are available on ShareASale.
https://www.hockeyworld.com/ - ships internationally if permitted
https://www.coolhockey.com/us/
https://skates.guru/

Plus a bunch more niche sites with some hockey products as well.

Thank you Jeannine - this seems to be the consensus among the responses here, which is great.

I appreciate you suggesting those merchants. I'm on ShareASale and already promote some products from the first two. I'll have to check skates.guru, but if I recall correctly I think they were mostly or solely figure skating, not hockey.

And you're right about a travel merchant. I had that in mind when I wrote that post about traveling to games, but put it on the back burner because hockey was paused and now is resuming without spectators. I'm approved for at least one ticket broker on ShareASale, but definitely want to add a merchant for flights/hotels.

I actually have a couple other questions about merchant/network partnerships that relate to what I mentioned in my original question here, about the merchants I want to promote once I meet the requirements for approval. I'll send you those questions in a PM later today or over the weekend - I hope that's ok.

Thanks again,
Jordan

That's great news that you're working with those merchants. Yes skates.guru has more figure skates than hockey skates, but they did have some content on their blog about hockey, and you can always deep link right to the hockey skates. You also might have fun with some of the products on Etsy.com - just search Hockey and you'll see thousands of results.

I'll watch for your PM.

Why don't you put a note in close parentheses (The link for Canada, the link for U.S.A.)? Cheers.

You need to use your keywords in the title and in the first paragraph, then forget about keywords and concentrate on the subject matter. You will probably then put in piles of other keywords without realising. Google will pick them all up, weight them and rank the article.

You never know until you have tried, but be careful not to confuse your audience. Write a few test posts and find out, just be sure your audience knows what goes to Canada and what goes to the US elsewise you risk losing them in confusion which is worse than you losing rank with Google.

Keep testing and tweaking just because something has worked in the past doesn't mean that things cant change and be as good or even better going forward.

Martin

Good advice, thanks Martin.

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A post that I published 9-10 months ago was hovering pretty consistently around position 15-20 in Google, but over the last couple weeks it has fallen by about 15 spots. When

as you have found in search console google will add and subtract keywords from your page
it is constantly going through its algorithm - once your page is indexed - for up to 34 weeks to get to its 90% final rank.
i have found this as the algorithm changes i get new keywords - some unrelated ( although this can be a bad sign if they just popup and then disappear then it is ok)
it can show you opportunities for other keywords to target for your site.
it may not improve the rank of the page for the keyword you are after, but may add some more interest from the added keyword.
so it maybe worth promoting it again with the new keyword in social media and see if that helps it even more.
good luck
phil

Thanks Phil. Can you elaborate on the 34 weeks and 90% final rank that you mentioned? I haven't heard that before, but I'm intrigued.

i heard that from income school
they state that there are three stages of ranking
first is just through a quick algorithm to give an initial ranking
then there is a second deeper look with another algorithm which goes through, i think their ai
and finally a real person looks at your site and validates the algorithms ranking
can't remember which vid it is - but will try to find it as am going through their course at the moment....

Hey Jordan,

There are no set rules that Google will provide. It truly does depend on how many people actually click on a post's title and stay reading at that website as to whether Google will bother to provide that post in search results for that keyword search in the future.

I do hope that you are not constantly searching your posts else you could be causing your own issues with a loss in rankings.

Here's a post I wrote sometime ago, and is STILL relevant today: Hope you find this helpful.

Thanks Trish - no, I'm not searching in Google itself, just checking in search console.

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Old post suddenly getting impressions for a query?

Old post suddenly getting impressions for a query?

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Keyword, Niche and Market Research
Updated

A post that I published 9-10 months ago was hovering pretty consistently around position 15-20 in Google, but over the last couple weeks it has fallen by about 15 spots. When

as you have found in search console google will add and subtract keywords from your page
it is constantly going through its algorithm - once your page is indexed - for up to 34 weeks to get to its 90% final rank.
i have found this as the algorithm changes i get new keywords - some unrelated ( although this can be a bad sign if they just popup and then disappear then it is ok)
it can show you opportunities for other keywords to target for your site.
it may not improve the rank of the page for the keyword you are after, but may add some more interest from the added keyword.
so it maybe worth promoting it again with the new keyword in social media and see if that helps it even more.
good luck
phil

Thanks Phil. Can you elaborate on the 34 weeks and 90% final rank that you mentioned? I haven't heard that before, but I'm intrigued.

i heard that from income school
they state that there are three stages of ranking
first is just through a quick algorithm to give an initial ranking
then there is a second deeper look with another algorithm which goes through, i think their ai
and finally a real person looks at your site and validates the algorithms ranking
can't remember which vid it is - but will try to find it as am going through their course at the moment....

Hey Jordan,

There are no set rules that Google will provide. It truly does depend on how many people actually click on a post's title and stay reading at that website as to whether Google will bother to provide that post in search results for that keyword search in the future.

I do hope that you are not constantly searching your posts else you could be causing your own issues with a loss in rankings.

Here's a post I wrote sometime ago, and is STILL relevant today: Hope you find this helpful.

Thanks Trish - no, I'm not searching in Google itself, just checking in search console.

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Search Engine Optimization
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I noticed in Google Analytics this morning that my site visitors spiked up yesterday to more than 10x what my daily average had been over the past month.

When I looked a

Thank you all for the input. After going back and looking at my stats more closely, I found that I had a similar one-day jump back in June. The only difference in that case was that the city location for the visitors was not set.

There are a couple other things that I think may have some connection to this, but it's a little long to get into here, so I'm going to write a blog post about it.

In any case, thanks again for your answers, I appreciate the feedback!

Jordan

I'm not sure its a good thing, but I don't know enough yet to tell you. Cautiously celebrate until you find out more!

Jeff

That is not real traffic, it's probably a bot like you rightly said. You can see the bounce rate is 100%.

the chances are it's a bot

How to explain this sudden spike in site traffic?

How to explain this sudden spike in site traffic?

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Search Engine Optimization
Updated

I noticed in Google Analytics this morning that my site visitors spiked up yesterday to more than 10x what my daily average had been over the past month.

When I looked a

Thank you all for the input. After going back and looking at my stats more closely, I found that I had a similar one-day jump back in June. The only difference in that case was that the city location for the visitors was not set.

There are a couple other things that I think may have some connection to this, but it's a little long to get into here, so I'm going to write a blog post about it.

In any case, thanks again for your answers, I appreciate the feedback!

Jordan

I'm not sure its a good thing, but I don't know enough yet to tell you. Cautiously celebrate until you find out more!

Jeff

That is not real traffic, it's probably a bot like you rightly said. You can see the bounce rate is 100%.

the chances are it's a bot

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