Social media, affiliate programs, and writing...oh my!
Last Updated: May 9, 2014
(Two month update) Phew, I made it through Level 4 of the certification training! I'm slowly, but surely, adding good content to my site. I'm trying to not be too tough on myself for not being able to crank out content faster. I made a rookie mistake and applied to TripAdvisor's affiliate program too soon (before having good content, traffic and rankings) and was rejected :( Hopefully I can re-apply later when I have improved these things. I think I could really make a money-making machine a
Surprise, you've got money!
Last Updated: April 26, 2014
So, a couple of years ago I set up a couple of sites and put Amazon Affiliate ads and Google Adsense on them. I just checked my accounts and see that I've earned about $50 total. It's not much, but considering I haven't done much on the sites and certainly wasn't doing SEO, that's cool. Very encouraging that I'll be able to make money when I actually learn what I'm doing?
I fixed the "read more" link for post excerpts (in Iconic One theme)
Last Updated: April 16, 2014
Yay, I fixed it! I'm using the Iconic One Theme. I like it, but one problem was that on the home page (blog page), after each excerpt of a post there was a [read more] "link" that was not clickable. Visitors could click on the title of the post to get the full post, but I wanted them to be able to also click on "read more" "button" to go to the full post. I found a plugin (Read More Link) that seemed to be what I needed, but I couldn't get it to work. Then I found out that the Iconic One the
I think I conquered Google+ Authorship and Publisher
Last Updated: April 15, 2014
[UPDATE May 12, 2014: I was just watching a video where Jay (magistudios) says that Google is no longer showing the Google Authorship picture if the picture is from a Google+ page rather than a Google+ personal profile. Hmmm...I'll have to re-think this strategy.] I spent a lot of time on getting Google+ set up! As you can see below, some of my approach was trial and error. I think (I hope!!) I finally have it! I'll be optimistic and mark this post as a "success post". I haven't ever used