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Hi all,

I just read an email from Amazon associates and these are the new rules for the contract between associates and Amazon. Is there anything we should worry about o

In short!
If mistakes are made, it´s your fault!
If some benefit comes from your work, Amazon gets the honor and money!

That sounds just like Amazon, too! Lol

Frank 🎸

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New amazon associates contract, anything we should consider?

New amazon associates contract, anything we should consider?

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Keyword, Niche and Market Research

Hi all,

I just read an email from Amazon associates and these are the new rules for the contract between associates and Amazon. Is there anything we should worry about o

In short!
If mistakes are made, it´s your fault!
If some benefit comes from your work, Amazon gets the honor and money!

That sounds just like Amazon, too! Lol

Frank 🎸

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Search Engine Optimization

So for my Africa travel site, everything was indexed about a month ago, and traffic was rising, but now a lot of the posts have been de-indexed.

I tried linking more int

Hi Lizzy

Hang in there & don’t let it get you down!

Make plans to do something you enjoy. 😎

Rock On! 🤘
Frank 🎸

Lizzy, just my two pennyworth, I am not sure that Google knows what it is doing at the moment. To be more serious, it is normal. This is what is called the Google dance. It takes at least 6 months for a new site to settle. It get indexed and then Google doesn't know what to do with it, there isnt enough info to tell Google that you are making an authority site so it deindexs it. Then it gets reindexed and then ranked and then deranked.
As frustrating as it is, it is all completely normal. Years ago I made the decision to start a site, write ten articles, and then leave it for six months.

Have you seen Kyle's training on how to get Google search content to index a particular post or page? Also open a browser and type in

site:insertyourURLhere
and Google will show you how many pages it has indexed.

Don't give up, I am sure you went through this with your dolls site. By the way, I seem to think that Partha recommended not to do any updating at all on a site for six months. I may be wrong on the timeline but if I am I will be created

I do hope you are correct here Catherine!

I haven't updated any posts in the last couple of weeks, just keep knocking out more, so let's see what happens at the 6 month mark!!

Hi Catherine!
thanks for the answer, but what I meant with non established, is that this site has DA of 8 only, but it does have about 100 articles on it, and much longer than 6 months. So I wasn't expecting that many deindexed all of a sudden.
Oh yes, I know how to index a post in GSconsole, but asking for this several times doesn't help and might even be counter productive, don't remember where I read that.
I'm so used about my dollhouse site not get posts de-indexed once indexed, it is frustrating darn lol
But sure, I'll wait haha
thanks
Lizz

I can't remember the exact time and it would take you six months to read all his posts, but It was definitely a long time

I so hear you

I seem to remember the young cockney lad mentioning at least 6-9 months before much would happen and things would settle down...

But... that was a while back and the goalposts seem to be changing size on a daily basis these days Catherine! :-)

Yes indeed, in my own experience about 8 months seem to be average

I hear you Lizzy! Exactly the same thing has been happening to a new site I started just before Christmas...

Posts were getting indexed within a day or two, sometimes sooner... some were even ranking quite well one day, only to drop into oblivion the next!

This is all part of the Google rollercoaster for a new site though, so the fluctuations in rankings don't bother me!

But... in the last two and half weeks around 40 posts that were indexed, now have been de-indexed!!

It just baffles me as to why they were good enough to be indexed before.... but now they aren't!

Check out what I said on Dianes latest post last Friday I think!! :-)

I hear you, it is a roller coaster at the moment! So weird!
I'll just try to ignore it for now I think and go on blogging.
thanks!
Lizzy

Best advice, stop worrying and write like a demon

I'm trying to do the same my friend!

It can be discouraging at times but we all must keep on keeping on!

Happy blogging! :-)

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Keep getting deindexed on my non established site?

Keep getting deindexed on my non established site?

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Search Engine Optimization

So for my Africa travel site, everything was indexed about a month ago, and traffic was rising, but now a lot of the posts have been de-indexed.

I tried linking more int

Hi Lizzy

Hang in there & don’t let it get you down!

Make plans to do something you enjoy. 😎

Rock On! 🤘
Frank 🎸

Lizzy, just my two pennyworth, I am not sure that Google knows what it is doing at the moment. To be more serious, it is normal. This is what is called the Google dance. It takes at least 6 months for a new site to settle. It get indexed and then Google doesn't know what to do with it, there isnt enough info to tell Google that you are making an authority site so it deindexs it. Then it gets reindexed and then ranked and then deranked.
As frustrating as it is, it is all completely normal. Years ago I made the decision to start a site, write ten articles, and then leave it for six months.

Have you seen Kyle's training on how to get Google search content to index a particular post or page? Also open a browser and type in

site:insertyourURLhere
and Google will show you how many pages it has indexed.

Don't give up, I am sure you went through this with your dolls site. By the way, I seem to think that Partha recommended not to do any updating at all on a site for six months. I may be wrong on the timeline but if I am I will be created

I do hope you are correct here Catherine!

I haven't updated any posts in the last couple of weeks, just keep knocking out more, so let's see what happens at the 6 month mark!!

Hi Catherine!
thanks for the answer, but what I meant with non established, is that this site has DA of 8 only, but it does have about 100 articles on it, and much longer than 6 months. So I wasn't expecting that many deindexed all of a sudden.
Oh yes, I know how to index a post in GSconsole, but asking for this several times doesn't help and might even be counter productive, don't remember where I read that.
I'm so used about my dollhouse site not get posts de-indexed once indexed, it is frustrating darn lol
But sure, I'll wait haha
thanks
Lizz

I can't remember the exact time and it would take you six months to read all his posts, but It was definitely a long time

I so hear you

I seem to remember the young cockney lad mentioning at least 6-9 months before much would happen and things would settle down...

But... that was a while back and the goalposts seem to be changing size on a daily basis these days Catherine! :-)

Yes indeed, in my own experience about 8 months seem to be average

I hear you Lizzy! Exactly the same thing has been happening to a new site I started just before Christmas...

Posts were getting indexed within a day or two, sometimes sooner... some were even ranking quite well one day, only to drop into oblivion the next!

This is all part of the Google rollercoaster for a new site though, so the fluctuations in rankings don't bother me!

But... in the last two and half weeks around 40 posts that were indexed, now have been de-indexed!!

It just baffles me as to why they were good enough to be indexed before.... but now they aren't!

Check out what I said on Dianes latest post last Friday I think!! :-)

I hear you, it is a roller coaster at the moment! So weird!
I'll just try to ignore it for now I think and go on blogging.
thanks!
Lizzy

Best advice, stop worrying and write like a demon

I'm trying to do the same my friend!

It can be discouraging at times but we all must keep on keeping on!

Happy blogging! :-)

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Getting Started

Hi all,

Having a little decision-crisis here lol. Stuck between choices.

As some of you might know, my first niche when I joined WA, was dollhouses and miniatures

What I hear you say is "I really want to get out of miniatures and focus on travel but I'm frightened to do so". What about all the work I've put into it? Would I regret it?

Well, the work isn't wasted. It's all contributed to your learning and is transferable to your new passion.

My advice would be to cut the apron strings. You've got a pretty site that you're no longer passionate about. Sell it to someone who can take it further.

Pour your talent and enthusiasm into your new business. Sell high-end tours and luggage to go with them. Make it a huge success!

Something you said resonated with me. And it reminded me that when we write about what we love, its easier.

You love your miniatures.

What I heard you say is that you dont like the miniature kits, you'd rather create crom scratch. Ok, thats about you.

Your readers WANT the mini kits...the kits may not be to your liking, but you have a huge stream of people who are looking for them.

I personally have a friend who has built a huge collection of miniature guitars, many of them kits.

You could consider to make and sell your own kits....

You like to make things from scratch, yet you must collect the items needed, right?

As some have already mentioned, keep your mini website updated (plugins, etc) so it stays current, and work on your Africa website.

Websites flow up and down, and we must ride the waves, stay current and go with the flow.

Just my thoughts. .

Rudy

Fantastic advice Rudy especially about the ebb nd flow of traffic

thanks Rudi for your thoughts!
(yes, I thought about producing my own kits and buying a laser cutter machine, but sadly I have no (ventilated) room for that in my house and as a small business, this is hard to do, I have seen these types of business not doing well on the market. It's tough out there :-)
Lizzy

Thats where 3D printing could help!

Then you could design a kit and have someone with a 3D printer, print up the pieces.

Just an idea, maybe for later...grin.

Rudy

Thanks, Catherine!

Rudy

yeah, but then 3D printed doesn't interest me as much personally as laser-cut wood haha. It just looks better with wood instead of resin lol
Lizzy

I get it...grin.

Africa sounds amazing too!

Rudy

that's because it is! haha!
thanks
Lizzy

Hi Lizzy!

I would work on the Africa site and put the miniatures site on hold, for now.

In the meantime, you could do a little "spy work" and see what's hot in high-end miniatures.

Use what God gave you. People who prefer to craft from scratch rather than from kits have talent! You could build your own costly miniatures and market them directly to collectors. Find out who's buying them and start an email list in that direction.

Just my two cents. 😎

Rock On & Have an Excellent Weekend! 🤘 🥳
Frank 🎸

Thanks Frank! I thought about that for years, but I think I would get tired of that as well lol, producing in quantities in short periods of time, under pressure, and what I make, is sometimes very hard to ship, if not impossible. But thanks :-)
Rock on!

You're welcome, Lizzy. 😎

Rock On! 🤘
Frank 🎸

Obviously, Lizzy, you must make up your own mind so others opinions are just that, opinions. So in the spirit of support, here's mine.

I think you've answered your own question, but I take on board the idea that Google algorithms might also change, so it's worth being patient and, in the meantime, focusing on your travel site.
:-)
Richard

my sentiments entirely Richard

Thanks Richard, yes the decission is mine indeed, but I like to listen to peoples thoughts 😊

Great advice, Richard! 👍😎

Just my two pennyworth and it is truthfully not worth much, but I would do what makes my heart sing. Dance to the beat of your own drum, and I have never seen a miniature drum in a doll's house. However, I do agree with Partha, keep your first site and look at it again at the end of this year, but in the meantime follow your heart

Thanks Catherine!

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Move on or not? what would you do, I need to think this over seriously?

Move on or not? what would you do, I need to think this over seriously?

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Getting Started

Hi all,

Having a little decision-crisis here lol. Stuck between choices.

As some of you might know, my first niche when I joined WA, was dollhouses and miniatures

What I hear you say is "I really want to get out of miniatures and focus on travel but I'm frightened to do so". What about all the work I've put into it? Would I regret it?

Well, the work isn't wasted. It's all contributed to your learning and is transferable to your new passion.

My advice would be to cut the apron strings. You've got a pretty site that you're no longer passionate about. Sell it to someone who can take it further.

Pour your talent and enthusiasm into your new business. Sell high-end tours and luggage to go with them. Make it a huge success!

Something you said resonated with me. And it reminded me that when we write about what we love, its easier.

You love your miniatures.

What I heard you say is that you dont like the miniature kits, you'd rather create crom scratch. Ok, thats about you.

Your readers WANT the mini kits...the kits may not be to your liking, but you have a huge stream of people who are looking for them.

I personally have a friend who has built a huge collection of miniature guitars, many of them kits.

You could consider to make and sell your own kits....

You like to make things from scratch, yet you must collect the items needed, right?

As some have already mentioned, keep your mini website updated (plugins, etc) so it stays current, and work on your Africa website.

Websites flow up and down, and we must ride the waves, stay current and go with the flow.

Just my thoughts. .

Rudy

Fantastic advice Rudy especially about the ebb nd flow of traffic

thanks Rudi for your thoughts!
(yes, I thought about producing my own kits and buying a laser cutter machine, but sadly I have no (ventilated) room for that in my house and as a small business, this is hard to do, I have seen these types of business not doing well on the market. It's tough out there :-)
Lizzy

Thats where 3D printing could help!

Then you could design a kit and have someone with a 3D printer, print up the pieces.

Just an idea, maybe for later...grin.

Rudy

Thanks, Catherine!

Rudy

yeah, but then 3D printed doesn't interest me as much personally as laser-cut wood haha. It just looks better with wood instead of resin lol
Lizzy

I get it...grin.

Africa sounds amazing too!

Rudy

that's because it is! haha!
thanks
Lizzy

Hi Lizzy!

I would work on the Africa site and put the miniatures site on hold, for now.

In the meantime, you could do a little "spy work" and see what's hot in high-end miniatures.

Use what God gave you. People who prefer to craft from scratch rather than from kits have talent! You could build your own costly miniatures and market them directly to collectors. Find out who's buying them and start an email list in that direction.

Just my two cents. 😎

Rock On & Have an Excellent Weekend! 🤘 🥳
Frank 🎸

Thanks Frank! I thought about that for years, but I think I would get tired of that as well lol, producing in quantities in short periods of time, under pressure, and what I make, is sometimes very hard to ship, if not impossible. But thanks :-)
Rock on!

You're welcome, Lizzy. 😎

Rock On! 🤘
Frank 🎸

Obviously, Lizzy, you must make up your own mind so others opinions are just that, opinions. So in the spirit of support, here's mine.

I think you've answered your own question, but I take on board the idea that Google algorithms might also change, so it's worth being patient and, in the meantime, focusing on your travel site.
:-)
Richard

my sentiments entirely Richard

Thanks Richard, yes the decission is mine indeed, but I like to listen to peoples thoughts 😊

Great advice, Richard! 👍😎

Just my two pennyworth and it is truthfully not worth much, but I would do what makes my heart sing. Dance to the beat of your own drum, and I have never seen a miniature drum in a doll's house. However, I do agree with Partha, keep your first site and look at it again at the end of this year, but in the meantime follow your heart

Thanks Catherine!

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Search Engine Optimization

I was checking out traffic for my Africa site and it seems I'm not the only one seeing this traffic coming from a link from Poland. At first I was like, my husband sent my webs

Hey Lizzy,

Personally, I say NO, ignore them.

Okay, Google typically IGNORES toxic backlinks nowadays.

The Penguin Update of 2012 did "punish" a huge amount of websites for poor backlinking practices.

However, since then, in the main, Google will just ignore these types of backlinks.

The disavow tool is realistically an absolute last resort, but you would generally only use it if you have had a HUGE amount of "negative backlinks" or you have had a manual penalty placed on your website for "toxic backlinks".

Now, the main reason that people would receive a "penalty" associated with backlinks is because it is OBVIOUS that they are paying for, or manipulating those backlinks.

Let me give you a few examples, and then hopefully you'll be able to SEE how Google can spot the difference.

So, most backlinks services provided by freelancers (not so much SEO agency<--- WHO SHOULD KNOW what they're doing) it is obvious it is pure manipulation.

Firstly, your website is "used to" getting a certain amount of backlinks on a regular basis.

So, as an example, let's say that you share an article to Facebook, creatine 5 pins pointing to that article, and then use the share/canonical feature of Medium.

That effectively is 7 backlinks.

(I'm just using basic figures/numbers to give you an idea)

Essentially, your website is used to getting about 7 backlinks a day.

Then you may find that when you share your content, or it ranks in Google, that a few other webmasters "link" back to your article, and you gain more backlinks.

BUT

This still wouldn't be a HUGE amount.

So, the first mistake with buying backlinks is that often people do it as a one-off.

"Buy 5,000 DA90+ for $20" <----- Good luck with that 🤣🤣🤣

Suddenly your website gets 5,000 (poor and spammy) backlinks in ONE DAY, possibly it's stretched out over a week or so, but then NO MORE backlinks AT THIS LEVEL OF NUMBERS comes in again.

Your website goes back to "receiving 7 backlinks" per day.

Furthermore, those "5,000 backlinks" will typically come from 5,000 different websites.

This will be obvious.

You receive a certain number of backlinks daily, perhaps even a few more here-and-there, you maybe even get 50 other sites linking to on that day, but it's still NOT 5,000 links daily.

So, it is obvious THIS HAS BEEN MANIPULATED.

The second OBVIOUS thing about people buying backlinks is that most services will ask what your keyword is and what anchor text you would like.

So, let's say that you pay for a GOOD BACKLINK SERVICE (it's not good, regardless of how much you pay if they don't advise you about anchor text), and then you want some backlinks to your article

15 Blue Birds in South Africa

and your keyword is "Blue Birds in South Africa"

What most inexperienced people will do is to ask for their anchor text to be the EXACT KEYWORD or even a VARIATION OF THE KEYWORD.

When people link to your site they don't often use the EXACT KEYWORD.

Think about how many EXTERNAL links you have in your articles.

Do you always link using the EXACT KEYWORD (that the external website is targeting) as your anchor text when linking to an EXTERNAL WEBSITE?

NOPE!!!

So, when you suddenly have lots of links coming to your website using EXACT KEYWORD ANCHOR TEXT it is OBVIOUS to Google that this has been manipulated.

As for your actual issue now, keep an eye on that thread, BUT, don't forget it is an OFFICIAL Google webmasters forum, so there will be "Google People" who will see, and perhaps even respond, to that thread.

Therefore, the name of this TOXIC website is now known, and it is OBVIOUS to Google that they are spamming external links to LOTS of websites.

So, the likelihood is THAT website will get "punished" and any external links they have pointing to other websites will be IGNORED.

It is easy for Google to see that they have spammed external links to LOTS of websites, and therefore THEY are at fault, NOT YOU.

As I say, keep an eye on that thread, I have a feeling someone more "official" may eventually get involved.

Only disavow as a last, last, last, last resort.

Partha

great, thanks Partha!
Lizzy

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"news.gret.store" spammy traffic on ga4,should I dissavow it?

"news.gret.store" spammy traffic on ga4,should I dissavow it?

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Search Engine Optimization

I was checking out traffic for my Africa site and it seems I'm not the only one seeing this traffic coming from a link from Poland. At first I was like, my husband sent my webs

Hey Lizzy,

Personally, I say NO, ignore them.

Okay, Google typically IGNORES toxic backlinks nowadays.

The Penguin Update of 2012 did "punish" a huge amount of websites for poor backlinking practices.

However, since then, in the main, Google will just ignore these types of backlinks.

The disavow tool is realistically an absolute last resort, but you would generally only use it if you have had a HUGE amount of "negative backlinks" or you have had a manual penalty placed on your website for "toxic backlinks".

Now, the main reason that people would receive a "penalty" associated with backlinks is because it is OBVIOUS that they are paying for, or manipulating those backlinks.

Let me give you a few examples, and then hopefully you'll be able to SEE how Google can spot the difference.

So, most backlinks services provided by freelancers (not so much SEO agency<--- WHO SHOULD KNOW what they're doing) it is obvious it is pure manipulation.

Firstly, your website is "used to" getting a certain amount of backlinks on a regular basis.

So, as an example, let's say that you share an article to Facebook, creatine 5 pins pointing to that article, and then use the share/canonical feature of Medium.

That effectively is 7 backlinks.

(I'm just using basic figures/numbers to give you an idea)

Essentially, your website is used to getting about 7 backlinks a day.

Then you may find that when you share your content, or it ranks in Google, that a few other webmasters "link" back to your article, and you gain more backlinks.

BUT

This still wouldn't be a HUGE amount.

So, the first mistake with buying backlinks is that often people do it as a one-off.

"Buy 5,000 DA90+ for $20" <----- Good luck with that 🤣🤣🤣

Suddenly your website gets 5,000 (poor and spammy) backlinks in ONE DAY, possibly it's stretched out over a week or so, but then NO MORE backlinks AT THIS LEVEL OF NUMBERS comes in again.

Your website goes back to "receiving 7 backlinks" per day.

Furthermore, those "5,000 backlinks" will typically come from 5,000 different websites.

This will be obvious.

You receive a certain number of backlinks daily, perhaps even a few more here-and-there, you maybe even get 50 other sites linking to on that day, but it's still NOT 5,000 links daily.

So, it is obvious THIS HAS BEEN MANIPULATED.

The second OBVIOUS thing about people buying backlinks is that most services will ask what your keyword is and what anchor text you would like.

So, let's say that you pay for a GOOD BACKLINK SERVICE (it's not good, regardless of how much you pay if they don't advise you about anchor text), and then you want some backlinks to your article

15 Blue Birds in South Africa

and your keyword is "Blue Birds in South Africa"

What most inexperienced people will do is to ask for their anchor text to be the EXACT KEYWORD or even a VARIATION OF THE KEYWORD.

When people link to your site they don't often use the EXACT KEYWORD.

Think about how many EXTERNAL links you have in your articles.

Do you always link using the EXACT KEYWORD (that the external website is targeting) as your anchor text when linking to an EXTERNAL WEBSITE?

NOPE!!!

So, when you suddenly have lots of links coming to your website using EXACT KEYWORD ANCHOR TEXT it is OBVIOUS to Google that this has been manipulated.

As for your actual issue now, keep an eye on that thread, BUT, don't forget it is an OFFICIAL Google webmasters forum, so there will be "Google People" who will see, and perhaps even respond, to that thread.

Therefore, the name of this TOXIC website is now known, and it is OBVIOUS to Google that they are spamming external links to LOTS of websites.

So, the likelihood is THAT website will get "punished" and any external links they have pointing to other websites will be IGNORED.

It is easy for Google to see that they have spammed external links to LOTS of websites, and therefore THEY are at fault, NOT YOU.

As I say, keep an eye on that thread, I have a feeling someone more "official" may eventually get involved.

Only disavow as a last, last, last, last resort.

Partha

great, thanks Partha!
Lizzy

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