If you are an Amazon affiliate you know what a pain in the ass it can be to find the right product, build your link and display it on your site. Then you can’t forget the affiliate notification that each post should contain.
My friend Tung Tran from Cloudliving.com sent me this new plugin and wanted to know what I thought of it. So first, let’s see what its many features are:
Connect to the Amazon Product Advertising API.
Search for products by keyword or ASIN.
All 11 Amazon store locations are supported.
Create affiliate links right within your WordPress post editor.
Pull Amazon’s product images directly from API. Never have to worry about losing your account again!
You can adjust the width and alignment of any images.
Create & insert fully customizable call to action buttons.
Display affiliate disclaimer when visistors hover over every affiliate link. This can be turned on/off.
The best part?
It’s completely free.
So if you run Amazon affiliate products on your website and you want a simpler way to find the right products for your niche then I suggest downloading this plugin and follow the instructions for setting up! It doesn’t get easier than that!
You download the plugin HERE OR you can simply go to plugins section on your website and then click<ADD NEW>. In the search box type in
Affiliate Link Builder Plugin for Amazon Associates – Review Engine
Have tried any good plugins lately? Some not so great ones? Tell us about them in the comments below and we might use them in a future post!
Voice search technology has developed rapidly in the last 5 years. In ages past, the technology was limited and the underlying speech recognition software was rudimentary. This meant that the devices struggled to interpret what we were saying, and using such technology was mostly a waste of time.
Fast forward to today and the same technology now works beautifully! The speech recognition software has been drastically improved and voice search functionality is now something that can truly enhance our lives. Young people are especially partial to the advantages of voice search, and according to Harsha from SEO Tribunal, an entire 35.8% of millennials use it on a regular basis.
The following are some of the ways in which this technology is being used.
Mobile Phone Navigation / Searching
One of the most prominent ways that voice search technology is used is through mobile phones. Most modern smartphones have voice search functionality. Apple’s iPhone, for example, has the speech recognition AI technology known as Siri, and Android and Google phones have Google Assistant which works in a similar way. Consumers can use this technology to search the phone or to search the internet for practically anything they want.
Automobile Central Console Navigation
Practically every modern vehicle now has a central console that provides functions such as navigation, entertainment, and other settings. Some of these consoles can actually be controlled by voice search/speech recognition technology.
You can activate the voice search function by pressing a button (usually on the steering wheel) and then speak to your car to change radio stations or even use your in-car hands’ free system for your phone.
Finally, we have smart speakers. You will have undoubtedly heard of devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home Bot. These speakers are home assistants that you can speak to and perform searches to find out information on the web.
Furthermore, you can use speech recognition to add items to your calendar, create appointments and reminders, and even play music or create playlists.
As you can see, voice search technology really has taken off in a great way and we should only see an increase in its usage in the future as developers create new and interesting ways to utilize speech recognition.
It’s not enough to dream of success. It’s not even enough to set goals.
The only way to truly achieve your dreams and build the business you’re meant to build is to sit down and just do it.
And that’s where many of us…well, fail is a strong word. But it’s the doing that trips us up more times than not.
We overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past dues. We procrastinate on the things that are important while attending to things that are merely “nice to do.” And sometimes we simply take on too much—even when we know better.
The answer? Embrace these five productivity hacks that top coaches use to get more done in less time.
Rituals and Habits: Simply put, a ritual or habit is a consistent way of doing something. You have a morning ritual (wake up, brush your teeth, work out, shower, and head to your office), evening ritual (check homework, tuck the kids in, watch the evening news, and hit the sack), weekend ritual (sleep late, mow the lawn, catch a movie, visit your mom), and many others.The trouble is, if you’re not careful with your rituals, they can turn into productivity killers. Is checking Facebook or email a part of your morning ritual? Is turning on Skype a part of your at work ritual? Distractions such as these can turn even your best intentions into hours of wasted time.Take a good look at your rituals. What are you doing that you should not be—or that should be moved to another part of your day? Make your rituals more efficient and you’ll automatically get more done.
Calendar Management: Want to know how much time you really have available for that new project? Try blocking off time in your calendar for all your existing projects. Fill in all your client calls, your business administrative tasks, time for meals and breaks, outside appointments, and everything else you’re committed to. What’s left might just shock you.Make it a habit to block time in your calendar for every commitment, and you’ll never again over-promise or over-commit.
Learn to Let Go: Here’s a news flash. You do not have to do everything in your business. You can (and should) hand off those low-level tasks to someone else. Hire a VA to create your documents and manage your calendar. Let your tech support person manage your blog and email. Turn over your bookkeeping to an accountant. The time you free up will allow you to work on what’s truly important—and that only you can do.
Work Hard, Play Harder: You are not a machine. You cannot work all day every day and hope to be at your best all the time.Take a day off. Get some rest, or relax on a long, slow hike. Take a friend out to lunch. Go shopping with your kids. See a movie or a play. Do something—anything—other than work.Not only will you return to the office feeling much more refreshed, but you’ll find yourself more creative and productive than before as well.
Focus: Multi-tasking is impossible. You cannot efficiently create a new coaching program while you’re simultaneously surfing Facebook, keeping an eye on the kids, and answering the phone every time it rings. Instead, use your calendar to block time off for important tasks, then turn everything else off so you can focus. No phone, no Facebook, no kids or husbands or neighbors or pets demanding “just a minute” of your time. Tune everything out, and you’ll find your work getting done much faster. Here’s a great article on productivity APPS from Cloudwards.net that I think you will enjoy!
Managing your time and turning up your productivity is not something that comes naturally to most people but when you learn to master this skill, you’ll find your business grows right along with you.
Pinterest is by far my most favorite social media platform even though it’s no longer called a “social platform” per say. They want to be known as a search engine just like Google only more visual. It makes sense because I do search for lots of things from inspiration to Photoshop tips & tutorials, but it is also social so maybe they should be known as a “social search engine”.
No matter what you call it, certain niches get most of their traffic from Pinterest and lately there have been lots of changes that you may not know about. Did you know that Pinterest keeps a list of companies that it partners with to allow bloggers or business owners to automate their blog posts and if you’ve been using Boardbooster, like me, you may be in trouble.
Boardbooster is not on this list of partners and according to a very reliable source(JackieIson.com), any accounts using it are subject to suspension or termination. I have used Boardbooster for the last year, and this broke my heart because I loved so much about it, but I couldn’t take the chance and canceled my subscription.
As you know Pinterest is a visual search engine and if you sell a product or service you really need to use it to its full potential. Pinning consistently is one way to do that. Jackie Ison created the 2018 Blogger’s Guide To Pinterest which you can see by going to the link above.
Today, though, I want to talk about why you should hide images for Pinterest in your blog posts. This is new to me and something I’ve been doing a few posts at a time. Taylor from CodeLoveCreative.com says, “One way to encourage people to save your post on Pinterest is to give them options for which pinnable image to save.”
When you look at the post you only see one image because it would look weird with three or four large Pinterest-sized images in your blog posts! Please don’t do that! It’s very simple to hide your images. You just need to put in a piece of CSS.
The first thing you’re going to do is to create your post and then after you save it click over to the text view. You will find that above your blog post in one of two tabs that say “Visual/Text”. You need to put the code in wherever you want to hide the image.
If you don’t do it correctly or use too many it will slow down your site speed which can hurt your SEO. Because Google penalizes for slow site speeds, especially on mobile.
If you updated your website in the past few weeks you should have seen WordPress 4.9.6 and with that update came brand new privacy features to correspond with the GDPR updates that became law recently. I thought I would take this time to point out some of these new features.
Logged in commenters will be given a choice whether their name, email, address, or website information is saved in a cookie on their browser.
Site owners can now export a .ZIP file containing a user’s personal data, using data gathered by WordPress & plugins.
Site owners can erase a user’s personal data, including data collected by participating plugins. Site owners also have a new email-based method that they can use to confirm personal data requests.
95 updates were made in this latest WordPress update. Here are some of the highlights:
The word “mine” has been added as a filter in the media library.
When viewing a plugin in the admin dashboard, it will now tell you the minimum PHP version.
TinyMCE has been updated to the latest version 4.7.11
Ask nearly anyone who runs an online business what their biggest struggle is, and chances are they’ll say “more traffic.”
You need traffic to build an email list.
You need traffic to make sales.
You need traffic to fill your coaching programs.
So the big question is, where do you get all that traffic?
Sure, you could buy ads, but if you aren’t careful, you might just fill your list with less-than-ideal audience members and that will do nothing for your sales. You could focus your time and energy on search engine optimization but unless you have years to build your business (and who does?) then SEO should not be your top choice.
Good thing you have other options.
Be a Guest
Everyone needs content. It’s the one thing that remains consistent among all content creators—there is never enough. That’s where you can help.
By guest posting on other blogs, you can “borrow” some of their traffic.
You can’t simply regurgitate old content and send it out in a dozen directions though. To get the best results, you’ll want to:
Create custom content designed with your host’s unique audience in mind.
Provide stellar value with actionable ideas and strategies not found everywhere else.
Inject your personality so those new to you will instantly connect with you.
Offer a compelling reason to click through to your website or blog for more information.
No list? Here’s a quick way to “borrow” someone else’s list to kickstart your own: Schedule a free event with a partner.
Here’s how it works.
You (as the one with the small list) create a compelling, free training which leads naturally to a low-cost, no-brainer product.
Install an affiliate tracking system such as a Member, Infusionsoft or 1Shopping Cart.
Offer your best affiliates a higher percentage of profits in exchange for co-hosting your webinar and bringing their traffic along for the ride.
This is a win/win for both of you, as you gain the traffic while your affiliate gets a bigger payday. Just be sure you have a good funnel in place so that your new list members can benefit from all that you have to offer.
Want to really show off your expert status and bring traffic back to your site, too? The easiest way is to get on the interview circuit. Just like authors with new books and actors with new movies, coaches and service providers can get in front of new audiences simply by answering questions about what they know.
Of course, you’re probably not going to appear on the Today Show or Oprah (although that’s not impossible), but there are still plenty of opportunities out there for coaches and consultants in every niche.
Look for interview and speaking opportunities on:
Periscope and Blab
Start by reaching out to your colleagues and to podcast and blog hosts you most admire. Get the word out with your friends and your list that you’re looking for opportunities.
Even if you don’t yet have a list of your own, it’s easy (and fun) to kickstart your audience growth simply by making yourself available for these and other opportunities. Each guest post, podcast interview and webinar is another chance to get in front of a whole new market, so take advantage of it!