Not Making Money Blogging

I'm just not cracking this blogging gig. I can see how I'll make money eventually but I NEED money NOW. I don't have the money to continue paying my Wealthy Affiliate membership fees. I can't afford to invest in Jaaxy. I need these tools. I need this Training. I'm stuck. I need to prove to my husband I can make money blogging so that he will support me... Oh no, I may have to go get a job and then all these hours I've put into my blogs may be wasted. All my Domains are hosted at Wealthy Affiliate. Where would I move them to? What would that cost? What if I lose my blogs? I've worked too hard to lose my blogs now. I have too much invested.

I HAVE to find a way...

These were the thoughts running through my head 8 months ago when I knew my Annual Membership Payment was nearly due and I knew I HAD to find a way to pay for it myself.

Desperation was setting in.

By this time I'd been blogging my heart out for nearly 2 years. I had followed the training so I'd done all of these:

  • Created a Website (or 3)
  • Built Rich Content
  • Chosen Low Hanging Fruit Keywords
  • Shared Posts on Social Media
  • Signed up for Affiliate Programs and Added Affiliate Links into Posts
  • Written Reviews for Wealthy Affiliate and Jaaxy
  • Signed up for Google Adsense and added Google Adsense and Gourmet Ads to one site to test Advertising Income

But something wasn't clicking into place.

I just wasn't getting enough traffic.

  • None of my posts were shooting it out of the park, going viral and drawing visitors to my site.
  • None of my keywords were bringing in masses of organic traffic.
  • None of my Social Media Channels were really ROCKING.

I wasn't making NOTHING. I had one or two affiliate sales here and there and I was earning money on Fiverr.

I had sporadic income... but

I wasn't making ENOUGH yet.

Not nearly enough.

In October 2017, I earned a Total of $136,94.

And that was my personal best, the month before that I only earned $29,10 and the month before that, even less - $11,22.

I knew I couldn't beg my husband to pay for my Annual Membership on the Black Friday Special for a second year running.

And then... just in the nick of time - Two weeks before Black Friday....

Everything changed.



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jvranjes Premium
You say that your site is not a high authority and you needed this as a stream of income. So you are now adding many (paid) links to low authority sites (otherwise those would not pay for links in your own site which is as you describe it).

My concern is that your own authority will only decrease in time. You already have 76 links to low authority sites, so your PageRank will be going down in time. As your authority decreases, you will have offers for such backlinks from even lower authority sites.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster. In long terms, you might be ruining your site. Did I misunderstand something?
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mrschippy Premium
I see your point here certainly, but I don't think it has to always be a blanket 'bad' thing doing a paid sponsored post/paid links.

I recently agreed to a sponsored post on my blog, which included 2 natural 'do follow' links. The links were both UK brands (which I know some people will scoff at) but they were added in a very natural way and the article was well written and in keeping with my content and style. The domain authority of the sites I linked to were 63 and 62, respectively. So both pretty good authority sites, with DAs much higher than my own blog, which is 30. So it's not always the case that paid links are low authority.

But I totally agree - 'a lot of links to low authority sites isn't going to help rankings/DA long term, which I appreciate is what you're saying.

Sarah
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jvranjes Premium
You did a great job, increased your authority by linking to stronger sites, and got paid for this, better it cannot be. I wonder why they wanted something like that, but they must have had some reasons.

But here, it is an industrial-scale backlinks building with presumably low-authority sites, this cannot be good. This will kill the authority and with it the ranking, and this will result in a lower traffic, which contradicts the initial idea ("before you have significant traffic"). The traffc might never come due to this.
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mrschippy Premium
yes, I absolutely see you point. Best to be selective who you link to.

re the bigger brands linking to my blog - I think agencies offer tiered link building services. E.g. they'll find a brand DA30+ links on quality relevant blogs for a set fee. I guess its hard to get consistent quality backlinks for some less 'sexy' brands and links from DAs over 20/30 must count on some level or I guess they wouldn't do it. I'm far from an expert on DA, but that's my guess.
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jvranjes Premium
So you describe why buying backlinks is a bad idea. Those people were paying to get a link from a lower authority site. This means working against themselves. Backlinks should come naturally.

Also offering backlinks from a site like in the case described in the training looks like burying your own site into a deeper and deeper hole. I hope I am wrong.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Jovo, there was a time that I thought I was harming my sites Authority by accepting contributed posts. Initially, my DA dropped a bit.

However, the moment I realised that I need to treat paid posts exactly as I treat any post I'd write myself, my sites Authority and traffic have started increasing, rather than decreasing. That's why I decided to give you my entire process into this training.

If you follow the steps I've outlined you should see your DA increasing as mine did.

I'm not sure it's a black and white as you think. This is not about me gaining backlinks to my site - that is a completely different process. I may be wrong of course. Time will tell.

So far, I have not lost but gained by accepting paid posts.
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jvranjes Premium
In the trainings by Jay here you see him frequently mentioning linking to authority sites. What makes me concerned is that it appears that what you are doing is just the opposite, and in a very long run this cannot be good.

Of course it is not about you getting backlinks, this is the whole point here, this is about dispersing your own authority by linking to sites that are below your own level. I understand that you do the usual SEO, but linking to possibly low authority sites cannot have positive effects in the long run. Though those sites might even become authority and you might get your own authority increased, but my guess is that most of them will not, or you will always have many of low authority sites linked to you as you continue with all this. You simply have no control of their status and you cannot get out of it once you take the money, have to keep their posts regardless what happens with them.

So I would not do this, I would rather develop the business in such a way to have a control over it, by writing my own texts. But in any case, I wish you success with it.
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laurenjean Premium
Maybe we're not quite understanding each other Jovo.
There are two different sides. Me adding links to other people's posts on my site. And others linking to my site on theirs.

By accepting paid posts, I'm doing the former - allowing links to other's sites. The links within most of my paid posts are to High Authority Sites as well as medium or low authority sites.

As far as I understand it, building my Domain Authority is more based on the latter - others linking to my site on theirs. As I go about my business, other people link to my site, naturally. I'm not paying for backlinks.

Either way, my Domain Authority just went up another point (Inspiring Mompreneurs is now at 32) and it's been going up steadily as I've been adding posts. So, as I make money and add content to my site, my DA grows. It's a win-win for me. I'm not losing anything as far as I can see.
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jvranjes Premium
No, we understand each other properly. You provide backlinks to other sites. I doubt that those are high authority sites simply because they would not need such backlinks. By connecting with a lover authority they lose their own authority. Of course some of them may be higher than you because they are cheated by the agency which sells them backlinks, but my is guess most of them are not. Good luck, nothing more to say.
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MelaniLukito Premium
Thank You, Laureen for your sharing. DA is my question too in relation with contributing post.
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laurenjean Premium
Yes, clients check my sites DA first before deciding whether to post or not.
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TeamIceCream Premium
Hi Lauren
Thank you for this really great tutorial! The step-by-step instructions makes it really useful and I have saved it for future use. With the exchange rate from Pound/Dollar to Rand, earning on the internet is even more lucrative, isn't it? ;-)
Wishing you all of the very best Lauren!
Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)
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laurenjean Premium
Absolutely Sharlee! And conversely, when the Rand strengthened for a while, my salary took a major dive. I really felt it.
Happy to hear you enjoyed my step-by-step training.
Wishing you all the best.
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TeamIceCream Premium
Oh yes, that is the downside of it, of course.

Can you guys use Paypal, or what do you use? At least in Paypal you can leave your money in there, until YOU decide to convert it over.

But then on the other hand, when one needs the money, you need it, regardless of the exchange rate at the time, eh?

Oh well... at least when the Rand is weak and everybody are moaning, you are smiling! ;-)

May you enjoy a lovely day Lauren! Wishing you all of the very best!
Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)
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laurenjean Premium
Haha. Yes, Sharlee. Payment is almost always via Paypal although Reserve Bank rules in South Africa dictate that funds received in Paypal must be transferred within 30 days (but yes, I transfer on a weekly basis no matter what the exchange rate is, to keep up cash flow).
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StefanieT Premium
Hi Lauren, just a quick question. I have never uploaded my images to canva and created a blog title. Usually when I publish posts on social media I just let it naturally upload the first pic on my blog. What are the benefits of using canva for this? Thanks, and thanks for your training :-)
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Stefanie, the main benefit is that all my featured images are the same size. I use the Blog Title Template in Canva for all my featured images.
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StefanieT Premium
I see, makes sense to do that, thanks Lauren :-)
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laurenjean Premium
Pleasure Stefanie.
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StevenEsser Premium
Nice tutorial. If the writing style is similar to mine, I could probably accept it. How do you find these agencies? That wasn't in the tutorial I think, unless you meet them through fiverr. I would prefer a direct link with the agencies instead of paying all the fees to fiverr.

Steven
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Steven. Mostly they find me. Once you've published a number of guest posts on your site, agencies and business owners start emailing you with offers.
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verna8767 Premium
Lauren,

This is great training. However, I had a lot of questions about your strategy.
1. You said you change the title, add your own keywords, add an opening and closing paragraphs of your own. If you are allowing someone to guest post or contribute a post, why would you alter their articles? Does the author agree to that or what?
2. You mentioned that you put the keyword in all the images and sometimes you use different images that you use instead of the author's. I thought I learned here that we should not use the keyword in all of our images.
3. Have you ever encountered articles that were plagiarized? If so, how did you handle that?
4. On Fiverr you have to pay for the service you are getting and once the service is provided the payment is released to the seller. At least I thought payment was released to the seller. Why would it take Fivver so long to pay you since Fiverr gets the funds and holds them until the service is received?

I still think this is good information and I am definitely bookmarking it.
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RAFStuart Premium
Agree I too have some questions about your strategy:

If I was a guest blogger would not be happy about the content being altered without my agreement, as it could alter the meaning of the blog.
Would not be happy about the images being changed.
Could be wrong be thought whilst the use of keywords is important that they should not be over done.
Cannot come up with an answer regarding fivver.
Despite my comments thought the lesson was good.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Verna, Thanks a mill. Glad you enjoyed.

Okey dokes...Here are the answers to your questions.

1. Yes. I ask permission first and those who guest post on my site readily agree to this.

It is my site, not theirs. It is my audience, not theirs and I do this in order to protect my asset.

I get in more guest posts than I can possibly write myself. I cannot even match them one for one.

So I do this in order to personally connect with my audience on every post. My aim is to enhance their content, not detract from it.

2. For the same reason, I will find better images for the post if I'm not happy with the images they've chosen. I will always ask permission first (if it's a new client).

For example, when my target audience is Mom Entrepreneurs and someone sends an image of a man in a suit, I will look for an image of a woman in a suit instead.

I didn't see training saying not to use keywords to name our images. Will look into that. Can you refer me to training on this?

3. I received one article that was duplicate content on Fiverr. I went back to the client to let her know I was not able to publish. She apologised profusely and explained that it was published before but the post had been deleted. In the end, we worked together to repurpose the post for publication.

I've received 3 or 4 posts that have had a few sentences here and there plagiarised. I always get back to the client to either ask them to edit it themselves and resubmit, or if it was quick and easy to edit, I show them which part was plagiarised and what I did to rectify it.

4. I am guessing Fiverr would say they are holding the money for 2 weeks to protect the buyer and seller in case there are any disputes. However, I have my own theory about why they hold the money.

It's none of my business though, its theirs. I simply have to tow the party line. And be grateful for the opportunity to be a tiny part of their massive marketplace.

Every company has their own rules. Affiliate companies usually pay once a month on a certain day. Companies pay salaries once a month a certain day. And Fiverr pays money out 2 weeks after an order completes.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Stuart,

I hear your point. Please see my answer to Verna.

Glad you enjoyed the tutorial.
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Sorayacge Premium
Thanks so much for this training. I had no idea that this was possible. Still a bit nervous of fiverr but I have time to let the idea grow in my mind because my site only has a domain authority of 8. This is definitely something for me to think about.
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laurenjean Premium
Pleasure Soraya. Yes. Fiverr is a great place to start.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Lauren,

This was a great lesson, I really enjoyed reading it. What you explain gives the burger faith for the future. If I will ever reach this point or go in this direction I do not know. I will keep this for future use if I do decide to try it. Brilliant how you got the payment solved I bet your husband is proud of you.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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laurenjean Premium
Hello Taetske,
Thanks for taking the time to read my Tutorial and leave such a lovely comment even though this path is not for you right now.
I think my hubby is happy to see me earning, though he'd like to see me earning more than this.
Wishing you all the best.
Lauren
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laparra1 Premium
I see it coming! He wants to be a gentleman of leisure.

All the best, Taetske
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jwaffil2018 Premium
FANTASTIC POST! You are an internet-marketing/blog-writing genius! I know none of us gets there overnight, but I will take what I have learned from you here today step-by step. My one and only site, has only been recently indexed. You are showing ways here that will help increase ranking and help to make money sooner. Again, thank you for your training Lauren.
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laurenjean Premium
Aw, Thanks for your enthusiasm James! Yup... it really helps on both sides as long as you follow the formula I set out. I lost rankings and Domain Authority initially when I was just publishing posts without focusing on SEO and without sharing on social media. It's important not to let anything slip.
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jwaffil2018 Premium
Lauren, can you give me a list of teachings and tutorials involving SEO ? I think the more that I can learn about it, the less likely I will be to miss anything important along the way. Thank you :) Jim
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Jim... you really have all you need if you follow Kyle's Online Certification Training and click on the link I provided to Jay's training.
However, here's how to find more training on SEO:
Click on the Search Bar at the top of the screen (next to the WA logo) and type in "SEO" or "SEO Training" and voila! You'll be able to pick and choose from all the Training we have at Wealthy Affiliate.
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jwaffil2018 Premium
Thank you Lauren, I will use that search-bar more often :)
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laurenjean Premium
Cool Jim.
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amyr2017 Premium
My head is spinning. I have to figure out what to do first. Plus, if I am charging $5.00 and Fiverr takes their commission plus fees, what's left? Not the point, I know.
Anyway, I have to read this again, and figure this out. Thanks for opening up a whole new world for me. I love Lynne, too...!
/a.
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newmarketpro Premium
I have ordered some services and products from Fiverr. The fees will be on the customer and not the seller i.e. if I order something of 5, I will be charged 6usd, 1usd being their fees. Not sure if there is other fees at the back-end.

5usd is the starting price. I can see people are charging a few hundred dollars for one services/product.

Definitely something to consider to add to the income stream.

:)
Joe
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amyr2017 Premium
Good thoughts and thank you...!
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laurenjean Premium
Sorry to make your head spin Amy.
Here's an example of what I meant:
Sell a gig on Fiverr for $20.
They take 20% so you earn $16.
When you transfer it into Paypal, you land up with $15,68.
I'm trying to find the example of $4 but I don't seem to have transferred funds when I only had $4 in my Fiverr account.
The lowest amount I ever transferred was $8 which amounted to $7.84 once it cleared in Paypal.
I've also incurred Paypal charges when money has cleared from some of the Link Building Agencies/Clients I've worked with but when I publish contributed posts for my main supplier the entire £20 clears.
Then I do a balance conversion within Paypal to change it from Pounds to USD and it amounts to anything from $25 to $27 depending on the exchange rate.
Sorry... now your head is probably spinning more.
I think the point is... in time, this can be lucrative. $4 doesn't sound like much but it's a process to grow your blog to point where you can demand higher rates.
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amyr2017 Premium
Got it thanks — but feeling very overwhelmed and frustrated. I was away for only 4 days and can’t even find the time to finish my next blog post. It’s endless and working full time is just exhausting...
Aside from that my financial situation is tenuous at best and I just don’t know how I will negotiate my way through all of this.
Sorry to vent but thank you in advance for listening...!
Not sure what the answer is — there aren’t enough hours in the day and I can’t even afford to pay anyone to help me so I am feeling so trapped. Ugh.
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laurenjean Premium
Aaaaw... so sorry to hear that you're feeling this way, Amy. I've been there and feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, exhausted and trapped is the pits!
Shoo, sounds like you need to take a moment to step back and look at what's working for you and what isn't.
Have you ever tried EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to shift emotions? It works wonders for me when I'm in emotional turmoil.
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amyr2017 Premium
Sounds like cognitive behavioral therapy? Yes -- I have learned to shift my emotions with CBT, and understand that I can make choices about how I feel, and that my thoughts don't define me.
A lot easier said than done, sometimes! Sorry for venting and thanks for listening,
/a.
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Heyday Premium
Hi Lauren,
Very informative and a nicely detailed step by step action plan to boot.
I think the only thing you forgot to mention, is that you need oodles of enthusiasm and the organisational skills of Kim Jong un’s PA and President Trumps PA....combined!!
Oh, and an able mind, I’ve come to realise that writing blogs are a brain drain in a good and bad way. It’s great that you can outpour all of your thoughts and ideas into text, but it can also drain your thoughts to the point of requiring further inspiration or stimulation.
Don’t for one second, misinterpret this as a rant, I love and admire AND appreciate the work and the effort that you apply here, I’m just a little frustrated that I’ve been soooo busy outside of WA that I haven’t had time to work on my latest blog or add worthy content or replies of late.
Please keep on driving us forward as you know how to, and if anybody else would like to give me the proverbial kick up the backside, then please do so!
Best wishes
Heyday
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laurenjean Premium
Haha Heyday... sounds like you are very chipper even though you're stuck dealing with distractions outside Wealthy Affiliate. Sometimes real life takes front stage and we have to move blogging backstage for a bit. It's all good. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is an online empire. WA will be here when you're ready to dive back in.
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davehayes Premium
WOW... What a very inspirational post, with some amazing tips, all of which I am going to follow, because what you mention, I already have accounts with, or do in some form

BUT, the best thing about this is... Its been achieved by following and applying the training and live webinar training here at WA

What a testimonial, brilliant
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks a million for your positive response Dave. Very cool.
Yes! Where would we be without Wealthy Affiliate's Training and Tools? And I know I'm leaving money on the table every day by not completing Affiliate BootCamp. That's definitely a very urgent item on my to-do list right now.
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davehayes Premium
In respect of the Affiliate Bootcamp and after reading your brilliant training, plus some other equally good posts, this is my take on it

WA is split in 3 sections, the OEC, the Affiliate Bootcamp and the Live training webinars, which are a mix of what I would term training suitable for offline SMEs worldwide and social media content

Which means that while the bootcamp is very useful for those who want to learn properly about online marketing, they can do so, where others such as yourself, myself and one or two others ,may be happier and enjoy the SME side of things

In other words, with what your earning through your method, AB is not as much a priority for you as some.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Dave. I really want to crack Affiliate Marketing too as I see this path to Wealth as more of an interim measure. Because it will never be passive. It amounts to being paid by the hour.
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davehayes Premium
Ah, got you, now I understand your thinking
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LynneHuy Premium
Lauren I am so glad that you managed to fly with the things I shared with you, it has been an absolute pleasure sharing tips and information with you and watching you grab it with both hands and fly with it each time.

And thank you for returning the favour always and sharing anything you think will help me too!
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laurenjean Premium
Heya Lynne, Thanks for your lovely comment. I hope one day I will manage to share something with you that you hadn't already discovered for yourself. You are always 10 steps ahead. :)
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StefanieT Premium
Hi Lauren, this is brilliant as I am in exactly the same situation as you were in. I'm not making any money yet and my membership is due, so I'm going to give this a go. If the posts are going to fit in with my website then it sounds like free work!

Just a couple of things I'm confused about, what do you mean about changing the blogs title after publishing? Do you make it completely different from the permalink? I never knew we could do that, but then I'm still learning.

Also, I'm having a nightmare with understanding Alt text and titles for images and I have spent many hours changing things over and over again. I started out using my keywords for the post in every image alt text instead of describing the actual image but then got told that was keyword stuffing. I now just literally describe what the actual image is and nothing else and am in the process of changing everything again. I don't know if it's coincidence but I have seen my position rise in google webmaster tools since doing this. What do you think?

Thanks for this training it could be a life saver for me too! By the way I'm a Brit too, from Kent :-)
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Stefanie
Oh goodness... actually, I have no idea how to answer your questions. Can you give me some time?
Both tips I learned from Rina @Fiftarina - I'll go back and look for her email and find out exactly what she taught me.
I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Hopefully, I'm doing this correctly. Hehe.
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newmarketpro Premium
If I can chip in... you can change the title but not the url or the slug or the permalink (depends how you call it) as it would cause the 404 error.

Example:
Your blog post title now is "Bootcamp Training" with url https://myblog.com/bootcamp-training --> you may change the title with say The Best Bootcamp Training 2018 without changing the url.

As for the image, I would leave it as it is unless you see big impact for changing it. Again, you don't want to change the url, only the title.

Hope that make sense.

:)
Joe
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wendyg53 Premium
Alt text and titles for images are really there for the visually impaired. It enables whatever device someone is on to read the description of the image aloud.

Google gets annoyed when people stuff keywords into alt text, and rightly so. It is there to help people who are struggling to see the content - not make a sale.

If you stick with organic descriptions and titles that explain the image in a non-salesy way, you should be fine. If a keyword fits organically that's fine too.
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StefanieT Premium
Hi Lauren, thanks for that, though I don't want you to put yourself out too much on my account as I know you're very busy, but I am very grateful for your time.

All I know is I have changed my image Alt text 3 times now (which is a lot of work as they all have to come completely off and then on again). It was such a nightmare for me in the end that I really set about asking the right people exactly what I should be doing, both here at WA and other sources. It turned out I was keyword stuffing, and as soon as I realised it it all clicked into place as making absolute sense.

So basically, you literally just write exactly what the image is in the title, and in the alt text go into a little more detail about exactly what the image is. This is what the search engine wants to know as it can't actually 'see' that image.

Please do let me know if you find out information different to this but it definitely feels more right to me now.

Thanks :-)
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StefanieT Premium
Hi Joe, thanks for the info and yes I totally get it with the title/URL thing now.

Thanks again for your help,

Stefanie :-)
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laurenjean Premium
Oh goodness, Wendy, I did not know that... The thing is... when I pin to Pinterest the Alt Text automatically becomes the description of the Pin so I always add a splurb and some hashtags. I don't do this with my other images.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Joe.. yes, that's what I do - change the Title but not the slug/permalink.
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laurenjean Premium
Aah, Awesome Stefanie! Joe to the rescue again.
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StefanieT Premium
Hi Wendy, yes I am glad I finally learnt that when I did as so many people I think put their keywords for their actual post in there. I have recently had to change every image on my website because I was doing the same and it was a long task (I have hundreds of images on my site).

Anyway, I'm just glad I know now, it's all such a learning process on here but I love it! :-)
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lamelslissa1 Premium
Hi Lauren,
What a great training! I am sure many can relate to the idea of waiting for traffic and wanting ways to make money before that snowball gets rolling, so this was very motivating. I thank you for sharing this info as it has been very beneficial to me and I hope many take advantage of this great opportunity.
All the best,
Melissa
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Melissa, thanks a million for your lovely comment.
I'm so happy you gained something from my tutorial.
All the best to you too. You're doing a fantastic job.
Lauren
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anusuya1 Premium
Hi Laurenjean,

This one is a very healthy-feel post because it made money. The best one for me from you at this point in my life. Look at the amazing e-mail thread. I see more money there. I bookmarked it. I need more training to get there.

I am inspired.
Thank you and wish you lots of success.

Anusuya
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laurenjean Premium
Oh yay, Anusuya. So happy to hear you're feeling inspired after reading my tutorial. Wishing you all the best as you apply these tips.
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LaylaJay Premium
This is just what I needed! I'm in the second phase of training and already having some trouble creating content for my next post.
I have been on a LOA for almost 5 months, finances are tight and I really need to bring in some extra money while I am still training.

Thank you sooooo much for sharing, Lauren!
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laurenjean Premium
Yay, that's fabulous news. I know that feeling so well and will be really happy to hear if this tutorial helps you earn some buckaroos.
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LaylaJay Premium
I'll definitely let you know how it goes :)
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mrschippy Premium
Ah great training Lauren! I know we've had this conversation already but I used to be bit funny about guest posts. However, I've just been offered $100 for a paid post and it was actually v well written and in keeping with my niche, so I agreed, sold my soul (just kidding) and published it.

At the end of the day, we are all looking to make a livelihood here and all income streams add up. I really liked your tips about targeting a keyword for guest posts - I hadn't thought of that. Great tip. Yes, guest posts are advertising I guess as main thrust behind most of them is link building, but affiliate posts are advertising too. So long as guest posts add value and are well written, I don't personally have a problem with them.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Sarah, wow! Awesome that you've already received a $100 paid post. You're onto something.

I definitely don't feel you're selling your soul if the content is well written and targeted to your audience.

Glad you picked up a helpful tip from my Tutorial though I'm guessing if someone paid you $100 to publish their post they're probably a pretty savvy client and they already had chosen a great Keyword of their own.
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MikaelM Premium
Think it would be great to mention in the training that accepting money for posting a post with a link with the intent of someone getting a backlink is against Google's guidelines.

Just so people are at least aware of this and do not see this as the holy grail of making money online, but also are aware of the potential risks of it.

All the best,
Mikael
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Mikael, okay... sorry... been meaning to look into that because posts I've read about say this is a grey area. I haven't read anywhere that this is definitively against Googles guidelines. Can you send me something on a PM that verifies your statement please? Then I will gladly add the info to my post.
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MikaelM Premium
just send you a PM Lauren
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks a million, Mikael. Really appreciate you going to the trouble to share that information with me.
I have just updated Lesson 5 of my Training. All sorted: I will also blog about this update as soon as I get a mo.
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Roybretton Premium
Thank you for a great and interesting blog post Lauren, it never fails to amaze me what can be done on the Internet to receive traffic to your website. This is a great lesson Lauren and I am going to save this post to my favourites.

Enjoy your day.

Roy
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laurenjean Premium
My pleasure Roy. Yay... so happy to hear you liked it so much you're saving it to your favourites. What an honour, Thank You.
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TonyMonzon Premium
hi Lauren,
First of all amazing post! I knew companies paid money to post on blogs but never thought about it for mine. I might give it a try though, you never know until you give it a shot. By the way, the highest domain authority I've seen was a DA 47. That domain is over ten years old. Hey thanks for the info.
Cheers,;0)
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laurenjean Premium
Wow, Tony. Awesome! I did a blog post on Top 10 Mom Bloggers and the Top Mom Blogger in the world (Dooce) has a DA of 71.

Thanks. Glad you got something out of my Training.
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TonyMonzon Premium
Yikes, a DA of 71 is amazing. I bet they can rank the toughest keywords. i guess it pays off to be a mom blogger.
thanks for the info Lauren.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Everyone, Thanks so much for bearing with me while I solved this problem. It was not my intention at all to only publish 1 Lesson of this Training and leave you all hanging.
Not sure what went wrong.
I think all 6 Pages of this Training are published now.
Seems to be from my side. Please can you confirm?
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newmarketpro Premium
I confirm it's all good now Lauren.
In fact I have just finished the 6 pages training and it's great one!
There a lot goodies there.
Bookmarked as I need to read it again on "contributed post' which I find very interesting.

Great training, Lauren.

:)
Joe
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laurenjean Premium
Aw, Joe... you rock!! It was clearing my cache that did it!
THANK YOU so much for coming to my rescue - and so pleased you enjoyed the entire Training.
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newmarketpro Premium
My pleasure Lauren.
I enjoyed the training and the goodies presented there.

:)
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Druiz77 Premium
Hi, Laurenjean
Please see if this info could be of any help for you.
Monetize with CPC or CPM Ads

One of the most common ways bloggers make money is through placing ads on their site. There are two popular types of ads:

CPC/PPC Ads: Cost per click (also called pay per click) ads are usually banners that you place in your content or sidebar. Each time a reader clicks on the ad, you are paid for that click.
CPM Ads: CPM Ads, or “cost per 1,000 impressions,” are ads that pay you a fixed amount of money based on how many people view your ad.
Perhaps the most popular network for placing these types of ads is Google AdSense. With this program, you do not need to be in direct contact with advertisers; you simply place the banner on your site, Google chooses ads relevant to your content, and your viewers click on the ads. There are countless similar programs available if you find that AdSense doesn’t work for you, such as Chitika, Infolinks, and Media.net.

Don’t Spend Your Time Exclusively on Your Blog

Developing a successful blog has a lot to do with building relationships. That can include relationships with sponsors, affiliate partners, or simply other bloggers who will direct traffic to your blog. Be sure some of your time is spent on forums and other blogs (or whatever works for you) to build these relationships and your blog.

Good luck!!
Daniel
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much Daniel. You have reminded me that I really must complete Affiliate Bootcamp as that's where this is covered in the Training, right?
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Druiz77 Premium
That's right. Bootcamp training. Do it! it'll make the difference. Be patient and don't get discouraged. On its due time you'll rip good fruits.
Daniel
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks a million Daniel. Much appreciated. I'm on it.
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ahuff2013 Premium
Gah! the suspense! I literally got mad when it brought me to the other page..
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laurenjean Premium
So sorry Adam! Totally unintentional! I have no idea how I published the 1st page of 6 at first. Problem solved. Hope you enjoy the rest of the training.
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ahuff2013 Premium
Hats alright! Thank you for posting the rest
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Sammy-B Premium
This is a great cliff hanger, Lauren. We are all eager to find out what happened next. Look forward to part 2.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Sammy. So sorry about that, you should be able to see all 6 Lessons of this Tutorial now. STRESS!!
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Sammy-B Premium
What an amazing tutorial, Lauren! That was well worth the wait!
I didn't have a clue you could get paid for publishing someone's post even if you are not one of the 'big boys/girls' yet. I think it's a real win-win situation. After all, you only have to accept posts of a suitable standard and quality. Definitely something to consider once the DA is high enough.
Thank you for sharing this fantastic information, Lauren.
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laurenjean Premium
Absolute pleasure Sammy. Thanks for coming back to get the rest. :)
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Bimby Premium
oh! What next Lauren..................
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Beatrice... so sorry about that. Problem solved. You can now access all 6 Lessons. Enjoy!
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Bimby Premium
Wow! congratulations Lauren. Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us.

i have bookmarked this post.
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laurenjean Premium
My pleasure Beatrice. Thanks so much for coming back to get the rest of the training.
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davehayes Premium
DOH!... Like others in this thread, I'm left hanging

What chnaged!!!
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laurenjean Premium
So sorry Dave!! Didn't mean to, I promise. All fixed now.
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misschellie Premium
You left us hanging...tell us more!

MIchele
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laurenjean Premium
All there now Michele. Hope you enjoy!
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Demonte Premium
Wow cliff hanger real cool smh
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laurenjean Premium
Hehe... I love your response! Total accident. You can now access all 6 Lessons. Enjoy!
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Give It A Go Premium
You've left us hanging Lauren. The second page is not to be found. Thought we'd better let you know. Hope you get it sorted, can't wait to read 'what next' :)
Ange
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks for letting me know Ange. Problem now solved. Hope you enjoy the rest of the Tutorial. So sorry about leaving you hanging!!
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MelaniLukito Premium
What next? Great title and sharing.
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laurenjean Premium
All 6 lessons are accessible now, Melani. So sorry about that! Not sure how I published only 1 page of a 6-page Tutorial. Eek. Super stressful moment.
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PoppaJoe Premium
More, more, more....author, author, author...

I just want to read the entire article before I follow you. But alas, nothing there to read.
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laurenjean Premium
It's all there now PoppaJoe! Enjoy!!
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newmarketpro Premium
You caught my attention Lauren. I am interested to 'what next'...
But the 'next page' was not there LOL.
Will check it out again.

Awesome sharing.

:)
Joe
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks again for coming up with the solution, Joe. I didn't have any intention of only publishing page 1 of a 6-page Tutorial. Complete accident... but now in hindsight, it seems to be a very clever strategy.
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newmarketpro Premium
I am glad it worked out Lauren.
I knew something was not right when I can't reach the next page. I don't think you wanted to publish something 'half-cooked'. :)

And it's all worth the waiting. Great training and tips.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Joe. Appreciate you coming back for the rest of the training and leaving another comment.
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