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I have been working for more than 40 years in Chemicals and Plastic industry. I have retired since 2015. I have created an online website

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Can anyone advise what datas need to add to the Redact data?

i'm sure you have read this

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/13544947

it appear to be able to remove the name and email of the data collected...
as shown in the example you can add the data if you want to...
i suspect most don't use it.

Ok. You mean I can ignore it at the moment. Thank you.

yeah i would ignore it at the moment...
you will know when you need it...

At least you have helped me clear the doubtful worry. Thanks again.

Here is the screenshot.

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What to add in google analytic redact data?

What to add in google analytic redact data?

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Can anyone advise what datas need to add to the Redact data?

i'm sure you have read this

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/13544947

it appear to be able to remove the name and email of the data collected...
as shown in the example you can add the data if you want to...
i suspect most don't use it.

Ok. You mean I can ignore it at the moment. Thank you.

yeah i would ignore it at the moment...
you will know when you need it...

At least you have helped me clear the doubtful worry. Thanks again.

Here is the screenshot.

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I found one of the affiliate link has a high number of clicks as compared to the Analytics clicks on the same day.
Is it something wrong on the 1st party cookie settings? C

Google analytics was not designed to track affiliate clicks. Period.

Never trust Google for anything it says about affiliate activities. Google was designed to track Google-related activity. Your affiliate activity takes place and is tracked by the affiliate network or perhaps the in-house program tracking system. The criteria to count a click or a sale is different between the two. Google won't send you a check for any affiliate sales. Only the advertiser will do that. So, who's numbers will you choose to believe?

Appreciated your reminder. I trust advertisers record once they send me the congratulation message.

Tim,

I have a problem! I have the premium package and it only provides for one domain name! What do you suggest?

Is it possible to give up one domain and trade it for another? I can’t afford to go to Premium + which provides two domain names.

I’m stuck first crack out of the box!

I did decide to name the second domain pettravel. com, if it is available.

Hey Ariella,

Where are you seeing that you're only allowed 1 or even 2 websites?

You're allowed 3 websites! See screen print below...

Hope you find this helpful.

You can purchase another domain

Catherine,

How is that possible? My premium plan only allows for one domain I’m assuming because of hosting costs. If I buy a second domain will WA host it for me?

I just don’t want to get caught up in something that will throw a wrench into the smooth running of my website!

I don’t mind buying another domain name and start adding content, but I want to make sure I’m following WA rules!

I really want to get a full explanation on how to proceed with this from Kyle as he’s the boss!

It said so in the training module on building my website. I believed it!

Then it said I could have two domain names in Premium +, but I can’t afford that right now.

That's another here Cpt. :)

Appreciated your assistance. I have completed adding the exclude internal IP. Thank you.

I have done the excluding the internal IP address before. My issue is replacing a new laptop has to replace the IP address. Thank you very much.

I see, okay :) But looks like Jeannine has you covered.

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Affiliate link has more clicks than the google analytics?

Affiliate link has more clicks than the google analytics?

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I found one of the affiliate link has a high number of clicks as compared to the Analytics clicks on the same day.
Is it something wrong on the 1st party cookie settings? C

Google analytics was not designed to track affiliate clicks. Period.

Never trust Google for anything it says about affiliate activities. Google was designed to track Google-related activity. Your affiliate activity takes place and is tracked by the affiliate network or perhaps the in-house program tracking system. The criteria to count a click or a sale is different between the two. Google won't send you a check for any affiliate sales. Only the advertiser will do that. So, who's numbers will you choose to believe?

Appreciated your reminder. I trust advertisers record once they send me the congratulation message.

Tim,

I have a problem! I have the premium package and it only provides for one domain name! What do you suggest?

Is it possible to give up one domain and trade it for another? I can’t afford to go to Premium + which provides two domain names.

I’m stuck first crack out of the box!

I did decide to name the second domain pettravel. com, if it is available.

Hey Ariella,

Where are you seeing that you're only allowed 1 or even 2 websites?

You're allowed 3 websites! See screen print below...

Hope you find this helpful.

You can purchase another domain

Catherine,

How is that possible? My premium plan only allows for one domain I’m assuming because of hosting costs. If I buy a second domain will WA host it for me?

I just don’t want to get caught up in something that will throw a wrench into the smooth running of my website!

I don’t mind buying another domain name and start adding content, but I want to make sure I’m following WA rules!

I really want to get a full explanation on how to proceed with this from Kyle as he’s the boss!

It said so in the training module on building my website. I believed it!

Then it said I could have two domain names in Premium +, but I can’t afford that right now.

That's another here Cpt. :)

Appreciated your assistance. I have completed adding the exclude internal IP. Thank you.

I have done the excluding the internal IP address before. My issue is replacing a new laptop has to replace the IP address. Thank you very much.

I see, okay :) But looks like Jeannine has you covered.

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I am facing suppliers requested to post on my website. What can I do?

Any impact to my website? Please help with your advice. Thank you in advance.

Good question

Interesting question, informative answer.
Bux

You are right. The response is helpful to me.

Guest blogging is a great way to build natural organic links.
Before you start guest blogging, determine your objectives. Are you looking to establish yourself as an industry expert, drive traffic to your website, build backlinks for SEO, or increase your social media following? Having clear goals will help you tailor your guest blogging strategy.
Identify reputable websites and blogs in your niche that accept guest posts. Look for websites that have a strong online presence, good domain authority, and an engaged audience. Tools like Google search, social media, and guest post directories can help you find potential targets.

When you are writing for other blogs, the following are pointers

Write an exceptional, informative, and well-researched article that adds value to the target website's audience. Ensure that your content is original, engaging, and free from grammatical errors. Consider including visuals like images, infographics, or videos if appropriate.

The reverse is also true make sure you accept posts with all of the above.
Keep track of the impact of your guest blogging efforts. Monitor website traffic, backlinks, and social media engagement related to your guest posts. This data will help you assess the effectiveness of your strategy and adjust your approach if needed.

TheCatherine,
Thank you for your post on guest posting. I have thought about this but was not sure if it a viable strategy. I like the idea.

Thanks a lot. Appreciated you detailed advice.
I will handle it with cautions as you have mentioned. If the guest posts do not have any helpful information for my visitors, I will reject it. And I will only accept guest post from the source I know well only.
I still need to learn how to analyze the impact of the guest posts. Thank you very much for the helpful information.

As Abie has said, it is important first to do your due diligence to verify the guest blogger's credibility and objective to ensure you realize the full benefits of guest blogging.

Guest blogging is an effective way to build links.

Landing guest posts can help you improve your reputation, draw extra traffic, and develop stronger ranking signals.

However, it’s only effective if you follow the proper process. If you get sloppy, you could end up attracting penalties instead.

Please read the resource Abie has provided, and PLEASE do your homework,

-Mike

Hi! Mike, Thank you for your advice. I have read the attached post, but not mentioned about the incoming guest post. Still waiting for more advice.

What specifically are you looking for? I did address incoming guest posts.

-Mike

Ah! Is it you means the landing guest post, Appreciated you additional advice. I will handle carefully.

When incoming, I would do my due diligence. Are they acting on their behalf, or is it through an agency? If it sounds too good to be true, I walk away. Also, if the client's website isn't up to standard, they may drag your website downhill.

If outgoing, I would want to know who I am publishing with and if it will help my business, provided they've accepted my guest post.

The resource below has some ideas.
https://neilpatel.com/blog/guide-to-guest-blogging/

Thanks Abie, you are number one helper. It is an incoming guest post from one of the product supplier. He is a popular brand e-bike seller. My last guest posts are using me as the author, so it is like my own post but backlink to his website. Should I accept this guest post?

My advice? Take the opportunity, but set some ground rules. Review the post closely and tweak anything overly promotional. Mark their links as no-follow. Be clear on expectations for links, exclusivity, payment, if any, etc. As long as the guest post aligns with your goals and adds value for your readers, it can be a win-win! But if your gut says it's not a fit, don't hesitate to ask for changes or decline. You have to protect your site's best interests.

Thank you very much. Now I know what to do. Your reply is clear and good to me. I will limit the guest post from the popular sellers only. Those who are agents represent his clients, I will reject them.
I have a grandson at home, taking away on my time and can attend the website when he is sleeping. I hope the guest post can help to entertain my visitors.
One more question, should I add the writer as one of my website author? Thanks a lot for your time.
Wish you a happy and successful year in 2023.

Again, I'd weigh my options and see if that's feasible.

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Is guest post accept for our website?

Is guest post accept for our website?

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I am facing suppliers requested to post on my website. What can I do?

Any impact to my website? Please help with your advice. Thank you in advance.

Good question

Interesting question, informative answer.
Bux

You are right. The response is helpful to me.

Guest blogging is a great way to build natural organic links.
Before you start guest blogging, determine your objectives. Are you looking to establish yourself as an industry expert, drive traffic to your website, build backlinks for SEO, or increase your social media following? Having clear goals will help you tailor your guest blogging strategy.
Identify reputable websites and blogs in your niche that accept guest posts. Look for websites that have a strong online presence, good domain authority, and an engaged audience. Tools like Google search, social media, and guest post directories can help you find potential targets.

When you are writing for other blogs, the following are pointers

Write an exceptional, informative, and well-researched article that adds value to the target website's audience. Ensure that your content is original, engaging, and free from grammatical errors. Consider including visuals like images, infographics, or videos if appropriate.

The reverse is also true make sure you accept posts with all of the above.
Keep track of the impact of your guest blogging efforts. Monitor website traffic, backlinks, and social media engagement related to your guest posts. This data will help you assess the effectiveness of your strategy and adjust your approach if needed.

TheCatherine,
Thank you for your post on guest posting. I have thought about this but was not sure if it a viable strategy. I like the idea.

Thanks a lot. Appreciated you detailed advice.
I will handle it with cautions as you have mentioned. If the guest posts do not have any helpful information for my visitors, I will reject it. And I will only accept guest post from the source I know well only.
I still need to learn how to analyze the impact of the guest posts. Thank you very much for the helpful information.

As Abie has said, it is important first to do your due diligence to verify the guest blogger's credibility and objective to ensure you realize the full benefits of guest blogging.

Guest blogging is an effective way to build links.

Landing guest posts can help you improve your reputation, draw extra traffic, and develop stronger ranking signals.

However, it’s only effective if you follow the proper process. If you get sloppy, you could end up attracting penalties instead.

Please read the resource Abie has provided, and PLEASE do your homework,

-Mike

Hi! Mike, Thank you for your advice. I have read the attached post, but not mentioned about the incoming guest post. Still waiting for more advice.

What specifically are you looking for? I did address incoming guest posts.

-Mike

Ah! Is it you means the landing guest post, Appreciated you additional advice. I will handle carefully.

When incoming, I would do my due diligence. Are they acting on their behalf, or is it through an agency? If it sounds too good to be true, I walk away. Also, if the client's website isn't up to standard, they may drag your website downhill.

If outgoing, I would want to know who I am publishing with and if it will help my business, provided they've accepted my guest post.

The resource below has some ideas.
https://neilpatel.com/blog/guide-to-guest-blogging/

Thanks Abie, you are number one helper. It is an incoming guest post from one of the product supplier. He is a popular brand e-bike seller. My last guest posts are using me as the author, so it is like my own post but backlink to his website. Should I accept this guest post?

My advice? Take the opportunity, but set some ground rules. Review the post closely and tweak anything overly promotional. Mark their links as no-follow. Be clear on expectations for links, exclusivity, payment, if any, etc. As long as the guest post aligns with your goals and adds value for your readers, it can be a win-win! But if your gut says it's not a fit, don't hesitate to ask for changes or decline. You have to protect your site's best interests.

Thank you very much. Now I know what to do. Your reply is clear and good to me. I will limit the guest post from the popular sellers only. Those who are agents represent his clients, I will reject them.
I have a grandson at home, taking away on my time and can attend the website when he is sleeping. I hope the guest post can help to entertain my visitors.
One more question, should I add the writer as one of my website author? Thanks a lot for your time.
Wish you a happy and successful year in 2023.

Again, I'd weigh my options and see if that's feasible.

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Dear WA members, please share your knowledge and experience to me on sponsored post.

The mail as below, how should I reply him? Looks like good things, am I right?

Hi - the client will be hoping to obtain backlinks from your website. He will have employed the company who sent the email to search for suitable websites.

If you were to agree, then the company would write a post for your site, and it would include links to their client's website.

There can be problems with this. You will not know the name of their client or details of their website until they send you the post ready to publish.

You may find that it doesn't align with your views or way of thinking, and you may not wish to be associated with that website. Or the post could be poorly written.

Or the website could be brand new and have a much lower domain authority than yours which could drag your site down.

Thank you Diane, your advice adds more pound to me not to accept the sponsored posts. You have elaborated more information about what is the possible happen later. Thank you very much for your time and experience sharing.

Hey Stephen, I get at least one email like this per day and I always trash them. One out of a hundred will be a genuine guest post request. Others are simply selling low-quality content in exchange for backlinks to their own or their client's sites.

Hi! Ivan, thanks for your comments. You are forever my coach. I will always follow your advice.
Your web site performance improved a lot since last year. I see your number of backlinks, ranked keywords, and visibility of 36% is really impressive. My website visibility is only 2.88%, but traffic is increasing to 300 per day.
If the reason is just backlinks, I think it is not worth to spend the time.
Thank you very much.

Thanks, Stephen! I'm thrilled to hear about your progress! 300 visitors a day is a great result. I'm sure this time next year that number will be much greater so keep up the good work.

I assume that that's the deal (low-quality guest posts + backlinks). If you want to build high-quality backlinks to improve your off-page SEO, you should check out HARO. https://ahrefs.com/blog/haro-link-building/

Thanks for the useful links. I am not lacking of backlinks. Your website has 500+ posts and 494 backlinks while my website has 200+ posts and 355 backlinks. My backlinks have a higher ratio than yours because some of my affiliate links not added "nofollow" to it, thus getting 2% spam.
When the spam at 5%, my website traffic cannot goes up until I start to reduce backlinks from 500+ down to 355. Now the traffic is hiking up. I will continue to add "nofollow" to the affiliate links.
Thanks Ivan.

Sounds like you’re doing great job with content and backlinks. Keep up the good work! It’s better to have a fewer high quality backlinks than tons of spam and hurtful links. Once again, keep up the good work and keep us posted!

I will do as much as I can. Thanks for always following up my issue.

I would be very cautious with this. the company PRchitects is real with the first two letters being capitalized and Prashant Sharma, is the Founder & CEO, PRchitects

I have not found this Pradumn Agrawal anywhere

They are a Digital PR and Marketing Agency and also do SEO.
Their website has a high authority rating.

You can go to their website and go to contact us and ask if this person works there and let them know that you got an email which you can give to them as you did here.
This way you will find out if the email is valid and if not it will help them know there may be a scam out there using their name.

There are many scams at the moment coming from India so always beware.
Just look up PRchitects on Google and check it out first before you send them an email.
Hope that helps
But judging from the letter I would be very cautious.

Thank you for your helpful feedback, I will check first the identity of people who send this mail to me. I appreciated your sharing.

You are welcome Stephan don't respond to the email itself but go through the real website.
Wishing you well

Andre

Good call Andre, I would also look and ask for some of their other social platforms. LinkedIn or Quora.
It may very well be above board and just a fairly new website.
If you do, Stephen, accept him as someone who can post to your website, put them on as a writer only..
Stephen, I hope it is above board for you. Maybe you could ask Pretam , from WA, if he can look at the social media platforms in India for this person or company.

Stephen

Thanks Stephen and agree if this is above board and works well for his website would be a great idea. Definitely only as a writer and no admin authority either.

Thanks Stephen. Good advice to me. I will act accordingly. Thank you.

It appears they are interested in a post exchange. I would check into this first. If that proves successful, then you could look at sponsored posts.

Also you could request to view the post, before allowing it to be posted A veto.

Alex

Thanks Alex. In fact, I am not sure why need sponsored posts from them, I have to write posts per my plan.
I do not want to exchange posts with any website because my post format is unique to my website as compared to the competitor.
Any benefit I have to exchange posts with them?

The only benefit would be if they have a reader base that might follow his readers back to you when you post there and or if he tells his readers to go to your site when he does a post.

It would depend on how big his site is and if you think you need it.

From reading further comments, you probably do not need the hassle.

Alex

Thanks Alex, The majority of experienced members do not favor to go ahead. Thank you again.

It depends, I never got an email like the one Rowe described. I had one request from a tech site and we exchanged guest posts. I posted on his website and he posted one on mine and it worked out great.

But then there are other people who just email me to ask me if I can link to an article on their website, which I don't do.

Thanks Christine, It looks like he is asking for exchange guest posts like yours. From your experience, what are the benefits you get after you have exchanged a guest post with them? Can you share some light to me?

We both established guidelines for what we wanted in the guest posts, word count, how many internal and external links, affiliate links, - yes or no ., amount of images, etc.
He wrote a good post and made it relevant to my niche; and he let me post an article about how to build a website on his technical site, I was allowed to include an affiliate link to WA. So, I thought that was great. It was a one-time thing, though. We agreed to stay in touch.

I have received similar emails from other people, but they never offer an exchange, they're always asking me to post their links ... which I don't like. They seem fishy to me. I guess I got lucky with the guy from the tech site.

Thanks for your detailed sharing with the good guy. The person approached me look like a good guy too. But the benefit does not look good to cover the risk so I have decided to give up.
Thank you very much.

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Sponsored post request - should I accept or not?

Sponsored post request - should I accept or not?

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Updated

Dear WA members, please share your knowledge and experience to me on sponsored post.

The mail as below, how should I reply him? Looks like good things, am I right?

Hi - the client will be hoping to obtain backlinks from your website. He will have employed the company who sent the email to search for suitable websites.

If you were to agree, then the company would write a post for your site, and it would include links to their client's website.

There can be problems with this. You will not know the name of their client or details of their website until they send you the post ready to publish.

You may find that it doesn't align with your views or way of thinking, and you may not wish to be associated with that website. Or the post could be poorly written.

Or the website could be brand new and have a much lower domain authority than yours which could drag your site down.

Thank you Diane, your advice adds more pound to me not to accept the sponsored posts. You have elaborated more information about what is the possible happen later. Thank you very much for your time and experience sharing.

Hey Stephen, I get at least one email like this per day and I always trash them. One out of a hundred will be a genuine guest post request. Others are simply selling low-quality content in exchange for backlinks to their own or their client's sites.

Hi! Ivan, thanks for your comments. You are forever my coach. I will always follow your advice.
Your web site performance improved a lot since last year. I see your number of backlinks, ranked keywords, and visibility of 36% is really impressive. My website visibility is only 2.88%, but traffic is increasing to 300 per day.
If the reason is just backlinks, I think it is not worth to spend the time.
Thank you very much.

Thanks, Stephen! I'm thrilled to hear about your progress! 300 visitors a day is a great result. I'm sure this time next year that number will be much greater so keep up the good work.

I assume that that's the deal (low-quality guest posts + backlinks). If you want to build high-quality backlinks to improve your off-page SEO, you should check out HARO. https://ahrefs.com/blog/haro-link-building/

Thanks for the useful links. I am not lacking of backlinks. Your website has 500+ posts and 494 backlinks while my website has 200+ posts and 355 backlinks. My backlinks have a higher ratio than yours because some of my affiliate links not added "nofollow" to it, thus getting 2% spam.
When the spam at 5%, my website traffic cannot goes up until I start to reduce backlinks from 500+ down to 355. Now the traffic is hiking up. I will continue to add "nofollow" to the affiliate links.
Thanks Ivan.

Sounds like you’re doing great job with content and backlinks. Keep up the good work! It’s better to have a fewer high quality backlinks than tons of spam and hurtful links. Once again, keep up the good work and keep us posted!

I will do as much as I can. Thanks for always following up my issue.

I would be very cautious with this. the company PRchitects is real with the first two letters being capitalized and Prashant Sharma, is the Founder & CEO, PRchitects

I have not found this Pradumn Agrawal anywhere

They are a Digital PR and Marketing Agency and also do SEO.
Their website has a high authority rating.

You can go to their website and go to contact us and ask if this person works there and let them know that you got an email which you can give to them as you did here.
This way you will find out if the email is valid and if not it will help them know there may be a scam out there using their name.

There are many scams at the moment coming from India so always beware.
Just look up PRchitects on Google and check it out first before you send them an email.
Hope that helps
But judging from the letter I would be very cautious.

Thank you for your helpful feedback, I will check first the identity of people who send this mail to me. I appreciated your sharing.

You are welcome Stephan don't respond to the email itself but go through the real website.
Wishing you well

Andre

Good call Andre, I would also look and ask for some of their other social platforms. LinkedIn or Quora.
It may very well be above board and just a fairly new website.
If you do, Stephen, accept him as someone who can post to your website, put them on as a writer only..
Stephen, I hope it is above board for you. Maybe you could ask Pretam , from WA, if he can look at the social media platforms in India for this person or company.

Stephen

Thanks Stephen and agree if this is above board and works well for his website would be a great idea. Definitely only as a writer and no admin authority either.

Thanks Stephen. Good advice to me. I will act accordingly. Thank you.

It appears they are interested in a post exchange. I would check into this first. If that proves successful, then you could look at sponsored posts.

Also you could request to view the post, before allowing it to be posted A veto.

Alex

Thanks Alex. In fact, I am not sure why need sponsored posts from them, I have to write posts per my plan.
I do not want to exchange posts with any website because my post format is unique to my website as compared to the competitor.
Any benefit I have to exchange posts with them?

The only benefit would be if they have a reader base that might follow his readers back to you when you post there and or if he tells his readers to go to your site when he does a post.

It would depend on how big his site is and if you think you need it.

From reading further comments, you probably do not need the hassle.

Alex

Thanks Alex, The majority of experienced members do not favor to go ahead. Thank you again.

It depends, I never got an email like the one Rowe described. I had one request from a tech site and we exchanged guest posts. I posted on his website and he posted one on mine and it worked out great.

But then there are other people who just email me to ask me if I can link to an article on their website, which I don't do.