Affiliate Blogging Ninja [Review]

Today I’m doing a review of Affiliate Blogging Ninja, a new blogging training program by Shreya Banerjee.   [video_player type=”youtube” youtube_remove_logo=”Y” width=”560″ height=”315″ align=”center” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”20″]aHR0cHM6Ly95b3V0dS5iZS9qTjF6a0hxa0hwbw==[/video_player]   Affiliate Blogging Ninja is a brand new video training program released by Shreya Banerjee. The front end offer is a training course that claims to show you step by step how to setup your own blog and start making a profit with only taking you two hours of investment every month. With the purchase of this offer Shreya will teach you many things that are essential to setting up your first blog.  Which platform and plugins you need to be successful, creating content that your readers will enjoy, how to drive traffic to your new blog and ultimately how to turn those visitors into dollars. There are...

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Top 4 Ways To Promote Your Blog Post

So you have just finished crafting your latest blog post.  But you don’t know who will ever see it.  The only people that know your new post exists are YOU! If you are relying on search engines to rank your posts for all to see you may be waiting a very long time.  That is why content publishers need to utilize syndication strategies to get targeted viewers to your blog content and get noticed by your ideal customers. Well, here are 4 ways to promote your new blog post…  1. Social Media Sharing This one probably goes without saying but most people don’t do this one properly.  Just by sharing your one line title and description on Twitter doesn’t attract new viewers to your blog post.  You will need to custom tailor your updates to the social media platform your are promoting to. For example if you are posting to Facebook you may want to include an image and a longer description of your post.  For Twitter a shorter description is preferred but using the...

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Get Google Authorship Working For You

So now that we know what Google Authorship is and how important it is to the promotion of our content and branding it’s time to get verified! Here are the instructions from Google to set up your authorship correctly.  The instructions are a little thin so I will take you through the steps below. Google requires: A profile photo on your Google+ account A byline on your content where your name appears on every page of your content You byline must match your Google+ name Have an email address on the same domain as your content If you don’t have one already you will need to create a Google Plus account and ensure it contains photo of yourself.  The photo must be a head shot where you are recognizable.   Step 1: Link Your Google Plus Profile To Your Website Google needs to verify you as an author even on your own site Therefore you must create a link between your Google Plus profile and your website.

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Why Google Authorship Is Important For Your Branding

Have you heard of Google Authorship? If you are a content creator then you need to know what Google Authorship is and how it will benefit you. On the surface Google Authorship will place your photo along with your byline in the search results beside your article title.  Just like how video results appear in the search results.  Most people are drawn to the results that contain images as they really catch your eye. It is pretty cool to see your name in the search engine lights! Here is an example of what you might see. Google Authorship is a highly effective way to promote your content and brand yourself as an authority at the same time. They use what is called “Rich Snippets” to gather the information and show the author’s photo (which is attached to the authors Google+ account), full name and the amount of G+ circles they are members of. Google Authorship ties in your Google + profile and creates a verified connection between content created on the internet and...

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DoFollow Or NoFollow…That Is The Questions!

Have you heard of DoFollow and NoFollow attributes? What do this mean and how does this impact your blog? DoFollow and NoFollow attributes used by Google (and other search engines) to help determine what kind of value these links hold to the community.  Do Follow links are an indication that a webmaster or blogger endorses the site that they are linking to. The NoFollow attribute basically tells the search engines that even though one site is linking to another, there is no endorsement and no page rank flows to the other site. As bloggers this is important.  Most visitors who leave comments on your posts do so because they like your content but also to grow their “link juice” in the search engines as well from authority sites.  So commenting on a NoFollow blog does not help them build their authority in the search engines. Did You Know That Your WordPress Site Is NoFollow By Default! Not that that is a really bad thing but enabling DoFollow attributes for comments on...

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How To Add Sharebar Plugin To Your Blog

Social media and online communities are a major influence on how successful your business can become.  The more visibility and “eyes” on your content the more exposure you will have.  The better quality your content the more chance that your visitors will be engage and want to share your expertise with others. By having an easy way for your followers to share your content the more target audience you can reach. As you can see on the side of this blog post I have installed a Social Sharing bar which makes it very easy for my followers to share and like my content. The plugin is called Share Bar and it is very easy to install and very customizable.  There are many of these plugins available out there but I find Share Bar very easy to work with. This plugin can be installed like any other plugin in WordPress.  Once in the plugin options, select Add New.  In the search bar enter Sharebar and this should be the first plugin returned in the search results.  Click on...

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QUICK UPDATE: Blog Redesign!

    Well I have started the changes to re-energize my blog. First, I have decided to use the Flexibility 3 theme.  This theme is extremely easy to use and customize.  The theme interface is very straight forward and easy to follow.       As you can see there are many options in the Flexibility theme dashboard for customizing your new theme.  You just select the options you want and deselect the options you want to remove. I will update you as I use the more of the themes options. I also installed a social share plugin (as you see beside this post).  Social sharing is a major part of promoting your blog.  This plugin was easy to install and implemented nicely.  The only customization I had to do was add the Google+ button.  The instructions were on the developers website and was very easy. Stay tuned for the next post with more updates.  Please comment below. Trevor

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2014: My New Beginning!

This may sound like a strange title already talking about 2014 even though 2013 is not over yet! Well… 2013 was a tough year for me to try and build my online business.  I had some exciting and challenging things in my personal life that took me off track. All in all it was a very busy year where I lost some focus and traction. With 2013 coming to a close it is time to put the past behind me and focus on the future.  I am excited for 2014 as I have already taken steps to become successful. I have recently signed on as a student of John Thornhill!  John has mentored many successful Internet marketers and I plan on being his next success story. I think it is fitting that by taking this new journey that I use this blog to document my travel along this path.  The first part of my journey will include a major transformation of this blog.  I will be changing the theme and adding some cool things along the way. I look forward to having you on this journey with me as you follow...

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[Marketer Talk Live] Special Guest Appearance

Well it’s been quite some time since I posted on the blog.  I have been busy with the family as we have had some exciting times and enjoying the summer months. I hope you are enjoying your summer with your family as well. I had some fun the other day when i was invited to do a live Google Hangout with my friends and fellow internet marketers Sterling Valentine and John Paduchak.  (if you have heard about Google Hangouts I suggest you check them out) I had a blast as we discussed mobile marketing, online video marketing and trends, the power of community and some other cool stuff! You can checkout a recording of our show here: Marketertalk broadcasts live daily and has a great line up of expert guests.  Check out Marketertalk.com for more great episodes! Talk Soon, Trevor

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[Plugin Review] Optin Skin

WordPress Plugins are a great way to improve and optimize your blog in a variety of ways.  They can improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Automate the back of your blog and enhance the overall look and presentation of your blog. So, I thought I would let you in on the different plugins that I use here at TrevorMcHaffie.com.  I do use free and premium plugins on this site but I do think that these plugins enhance the overall experience here. OptinSkin is a premium plugin I use on the site.  Optinskin creates clean looking opt-in forms and social share boxes on your blog with simple steps. It helps draw attention to your opt-in forms with its 18 customizable templates and cool features like “Fade In” (which I use in my posts).  You can change almost every element of the template within the plugin settings.  You can also create your own custom designs using HTML and CSS. You can be creative and selective as to where your opt-in form is placed.  You can place it...

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