Scott shares his personal tips on becoming a blogger and making money with a free WordPress blog.

Investigative Writing

Have you ever thought of yourself as an investigative writer? Think about the countless hours of research that you do from your computer. Sifting through facts and opinions to compile an exciting and organic article on the very same subject others have written on. While, all topics will be written on by various authors, how do you give yourself the upper hand and edge to stand out apart from the rest? Let me tell you a little story about what I found to be very lucrative and provided more facts than any other form of research I had done before.

One day, I was out and about running errands in town and decided to get an oil change with some money I had left over from the bills. As I waited, I pondered on types of articles I could create just from my day in town. The longer I sat there the more I thought about writing about these automotive men; what they did, how much they were paid, type of degrees and experience it takes in their field, etc. Then, I thought about how much research it would take to figure all that out, as I have never really gotten into the automotive sector in my writing.

With my creativity flowing and the overwhelming urge to write, I decided to put that creativity to use. If I wanted to research, what better place to do it than right where I am; in the heart of where it’s all happening. There was no better place than this automotive garage to gather my facts to comprise a masterpiece, but how? Then it came to me, investigative writing. Act like a real life reporter. Question those who are actually doing the job. Here they are right in front of me.

So, this is what I did. They were actually open to the idea and some felt like superstars for being interviewed; a win/win situation all the way around. I interviewed 3 to 4 of the current employees who, were from all walks of life with a common denominator of an interest. I asked about their jobs, salary, work environment, education and home life. No more than about 10 minutes with each of them and I had a notebook full of powerful information. No website was going to give me this firsthand information. I headed home and wrote a great article that attracts endless amounts of traffic. I receive emails from countless people about my article and have landed some jobs from it as well.

Now, when I am out and about, I try to ask more questions and get a feel for people and their jobs. This assists me in my writing, regardless of the subject. You never know where your next great article or eBook will come from. The possibilities are endless.

All it takes is a little initiative on your part to become an investigative writer. Think of it like talking to a friend. Don’t overcrowd your head with thoughts of pulling of a masterpiece; simply look at it as putting together the facts for people. Facts from first hand experiences. Become your own PI and jump into a new realm of possibilities through your writing. It’s invigorating, energizing and good for the soul. Too often, many writers become less social while trying to earn their bucks. This will also give you that opportunity to get out and socialize with others, all the while working on your next article. After all, where do you think the newspapers learn about their subjects? Sure, some are researched on the web but, others are recorded from talking with those who have first hand experience in any given area.

Don’t rule out the possibility of using this method of research and it doesn’t have to take away from anything. If you are already out running errands, you can simply gather your info from the places that you are visiting. Try it and you might be surprised by the results.

Splogger Problem Solved – How to REALLY stop the splogger sign-up on the WordPress bb forum plugin

If the WordPress bb Forum is not the poorest developed thing out-there surrounding WordPress CMS, I am not sure what-is!! This bbpress  WordPress forum plugin fucking BLOWS, or in technical terms has very weak security for it’s signup form! None of the splogger plugins like WangGuard works to really stop the splogger sign-ups at-all. The good news  is I have a fix that works 100% and stops them all! It stops Splogger in their tracks!

First thing I want to point out is – NONE of the WordPress plugins TRYING TO STOP SPLOGGER SIGN-UPS work, because from what I could tell the splogger sign-ups where being emailed in, the programming and the security is so weak on the sign-page on the WordPress bb forum, the sign-ups can just by-pass the signup and be emailed in or skipped in somehow. If I sound a little tense rightnow, it’s because these splogger sign-ups was such a nightmare to deal with in the first-place, I knew other people had to be dealing with the vary same issue.

The first thing I had todo to stop splogger sign-ups I had to actually delete the sign-up files for the WordPress bb forum plugin, as-it-turns-out this was the only way to actually make the splogger sign-ups to STOP happening. This attack was very abusive!! Because up-to that point, we had been unsuccessful at stopping the sign-ups with any type of real success. That is how abusive this Splogger sign up attack was! So I had to engineer a way to stop them, but still allow “the real” people to signup. So what I did is just by-pass the WordPress bb sign-up page, and redirect them to the onboard WordPress sign-up page that regular WordPress users, and using the WordPress sign up plugin pie sign-up form, thinking that this signup has more security to block these splogger sign-ups , with the assistance of plugins like “Stop Spammers” and “Akismet” that have stronger grip on the onboard WordPress signup.

If you like this fix plz add google plus for me.. thanks again.

UPDATE TO THIS STORY – I have had very good success with this!

 

 

15 Popular and Useful WordPress Widgets…

Widgets are addicting. Not only are they fun, but they help to enhance usability and friendliness of any widget friendly WordPress theme. Also, in many instances, they give an instant facelift to your blog. The best part, you can find many of them FREE!

Show off your creativity, gets your readers more involved and/or send them to your social networking site for updates, steals and deals all with the use of WordPress widgets. WordPress even walks you through how and where to place widgets on your widget friendly theme. Yep, it’s really that simple.

No matter your niche or whether you are selling products, blogging about life, selling your services or host an informational website, there are widgets for you.

  1. YouTube Channel Widget– Whether or not you host your own YouTube Channel; this is a great widget addition to any site. From music to tutorials, you can have instant access to videos right on your own website. All you have to do it insert the widget into your sidebar, edit channel name and let the rest default. That’s it! Rock out or learn just about anything right from your own WordPress site.
  2. Sidebar and Widget Manager for WordPress– This nifty tool allows for the control of what widget will be shown and where it will be shown. It also gives you the capability to uniquely layout a page using your widgets of choice.
  3. Navigation Menu Widget– Gives you control over the output of menus. This widget is considered to be an advanced widget. It displays your menus as lists.
  4. WordPress Widget Ninja– Gives you the ability to control your widget visibility based on your conditional tags. This widget eliminates the need for multiple sidebars and allows you to customize placement of your widgets.
  5. Custom WordPress Widget Areas– Need unlimited amounts of sidebars? This is the widget that will help you create them. With the use of Shortcodes, you are given the ability to configure your side bars by placing widgets inside of page content.
  6. Popular Posts Bar Widget– Keep your readers up to date with the most popular and hot topics on your site. This widget allows you to customer create your list.
  7. Authors Widget– Display your entourage of authors for your WordPress site with this widget. You can list them via a list or cloud, along with avatars, RSS feed subscriptions, and number of posts. Your readers will enjoy this.
  8. SEO Tag Cloud Widget– Use a search engine optimized html marked up cloud to display tags. This can add appeal to any site.
  9. Pinterest Pinboard Widget– Join in on the Pinning craze with this widget. Don’t miss this hot social media outlet by not having this widget on your website. It displays your latest Pinterest Pins with thumbnails.
  10. Advanced Categories WordPress Widget– Take total control over the output of your categories. It displays your categories as links.
  11. FCChat Widget– Connect directly with your readers and customers. Through video conferencing, instant messaging and carious other chat features, your readers can reach you to find out more information on any given topic.
  12. AddThis– is a social bookmarking widget. It allows visitors to bookmark and share with others. Another great way to network.
  13. Fancy Text WordPress Widget– Popular with many modern web designs or other fun and catchy themes, this widget offers a refreshing way to grab the attention of your visitors with these post it like notes.
  14. 5Sec Content Scroller– Add a content scroll to your site. This is a fun way to keep the attention on a few posts as opposed to the last post.
  15. WordPress Widget Bundle– A combination of 9 of the most used WordPress widgets/shortcodes. Customizable with various views and templates.

No matter the style or nature of your website, WordPress widgets are exceptional tools for any blog. Many are FREE while, some are premier and require purchase, each can be used and customize easily. WordPress also offers many tutorials for their widgets to make them easier to utilize.

Brighten up your site with these fun and trendy tools. Try them; you’ll be glad that you did.

3 easy ways to make money with WordPress

If you are looking to stand out apart from your competition, WordPress is certainly the platform to get you there. Not only is it user friendly but there are so many things to customize and make personable in regards to your specific niche. WordPress feels like more fun than work, when you get the hang of it.

Most people who are just starting in a business website or blog are looking to earn any way that they can. WordPress allows you to do this very thing in a variety of ways. Once you have decided on a plan of action, it is merely time to get a website or blog up and running. This is the easy and/or fun part of things.

Let’s go over a few of the basics in regards to putting a great website together on WordPress. These tips are set fourth in general with no specific niche in mind and are almost fool proof for every niche.

Traffic- it is important build a social network of blogging buddies via, comments, guest posting and activity. It is a huge plus to not only have readership and their activeness on your blog but other influential members of the blogging community.
Research and understanding of your niche. Research is a critical aspect of blogging. When starting a blog or web based business, it is important for you to be considered legit and an expert within your specific niche. You will need to stay on top of the latest news and trends within the niche.
Consistency- this is another critical aspect of your new site. Readers will not frequent your site if you the same unpolished content up for months at a time. You need fresh, crisp, quality and interactive posts. Posting daily is not necessary though okay but, it is important to keep a strict schedule for posting new content. The search engines like this.
Optimize- keywords, keywords, keywords. Keywords are a large part in how the search engines find you and report back to an internet searcher. Back linking and proper placement of keywords within your article and its title, your site may be easier to find.

Once you have the concept down, you are ready to jump into figuring out how to earn. Whether or not, you provide a service, specific product or are strictly an informative website, these three ways of earning on WordPress can work for you.

1. Adsense- One effective way to earning money regularly is through Google Adsense. This program posts relevant ads onto your site. If you have a steady and large amount of visitors, this will be very lucrative. If you have a brand new website or are still gaining traffic, you are still able to make money but it may be lower numbers until you build up more traffic. The Google Adsense program pays per visitor click from your website.
2. Affiliate Marketing- another lucrative way to earn money through WordPress. Though, you are selling other people’s products this way, you have the ability to choose the products in most cases like with Amazon Associates. This allows you to keep everything related to your niche and not turn potential readers in a state of confusion or completely different direction. To be a top earner, traffic to your blog will be essential.
3. Direct Advertisements- advertising directly for another company or individual can be highly lucrative. You again, will be selling and promoting someone else’s products or services, you have the potential to make a great income from doing so.

No matter the method(s) you choose to earn through WordPress, you can make each work specifically for you. And, don’t worry, if you are selling homemade orange juice, the advertisements would not be about foot cream. It is all relivent to your site.

Also, it takes great readership of a site to make top profit. The more clicks you get the more money making potential that you have to earn. WordPress is set up so that it is very user friendly and comfortable to move about. The settings of ads, etc will be important and WordPress can help you to eliminate a cluttered site. Everything is one hundred percent customizable. Once your site is set up, set your schedule for posts and sit back, WordPress can do the rest.

Unemployed? Scott R. Asher shares how to make money with a personal WordPress blog.

In recent years, so many people have been unemployed and for a long durations. It is not easy to get your foot back in the door of the work force and this forces many to get creative in finding ways to earn money. There are a variety of ways to make money and one is through blogs and websites using programs like, WordPress. To those of us already in the business, WordPress is a way of life. For those that are looking for a way to earn some cash without spending a ton out of pocket, WordPress is a great step forward. The best part about it is you do not necessarily have to be a website developer to utilize this fantastic money making tool.

There are many angles to making money using WordPress. Whether you blog about your backyard barbeques or have a product to sell, WordPress has the right themes and set up for you to start earning in no time. While, it may not happen over night, there is massive potential to earning using WordPress’s platform.

Here are a few methods to success with WordPress:

Selling your own products, whether you have a product that is informational, freelance services or a physical product that a consumer can purchase; a WordPress blog is a great and very beneficial option for you. It is understandable that since you have been unemployed, money is tight and you may not have a lot to put into a business right away. WordPress offers a free platform for users. While, I would recommend self-hosting your blog through platforms like HostGator, WordPress leaves that decision up to you. Either platform you choose with WordPress will give you endless options. There are an abundance of great perks to a self-hosted WordPress such as, plug-ins for shopping carts and so much more. Using WordPress to spread the word about your product or service is as effective as old fashioned word of mouth business. Not only can you build a reputation locally, your business has to the potential to reach other countries, not just counties. You can also become an affiliate for a variety of places or products, use Adsense or advertise directly for other businesses or products, on your blog. This also helps to generate additional profit for you.

Direct Advertising on your blog can be very lucrative. Though, this is typically used on an established blog, this is certainly something to work towards. These are ad spaces that are bought by various companies to advertise on and spread the word about their company. Companies looking to advertise will choose blogs that have been in place for a good length of time and have a good amount of traffic. If you by chance pick up and advertiser for your blog early on in the game, you may not get top dollar for your ad spaces. Once you hit higher ranks, you are then in a position to negotiate pricing for your ad space. This can also be a great source of income once you are in the proper position.

Amazon associates- is one of the most popular ways to earn with WordPress blogs. Amazon offers multitudes of products to consumers. No matter the subject of your blog, chances are you can find products to advertise and sell on your blog. You earn a percentage from each Amazon sale. This is an easy money maker to incorporate into each of your blog posts and anywhere on your site.

Google Adsense is another popular money maker via WordPress blogs. Once installed onto your WordPress blog, Google Adsense then displays relevant ads throughout your blog. Each ad is a chance for you to earn a percentage for each CLICK of an ad from your visitors.

Affiliate marketing is another powerful and popular earning tool on many top earning WordPress blogs today. Affiliate marketing is simply that of advertising other people’s products on your blog. Each sale can earn you percentages that will increase as your blog gains popularity.

No matter the tools or plug ins that you use, one common denominator for having a successful blog to earn with is, Content. It is important to not only have words to read but to have enjoyable, interactive, organic and quality articles posted onto your blog. It is also highly important to ensure that you are consistent with your posting. A fun, crisp theme and catchy photos will also entice readers to stay for a while and see what you are about.

Get into blogging communities and see what it is all about! Start your road to financial freedom, one click at a time.

Scott R. Asher’s auto blog theory

On this website I will discuss my experiences in owning a massive Auto-blog network. This massive network of blogs came to a count of nearly 60 plus blogs. I will talk about my mistakes, my feelings about the blogs and best of all, and what I am doing these days.

About the only good idea that came from it was, I made a blog with most of the details of what happenedhere

My quest to Auto blog immortality

The network was getting bigger by the minute; my business partner was wanting to get even bigger! We where at 50 live blogs and for the most part, running strong. Adsense was going full-blast and the work load was intense and enormous. The plan was to keep most of the settings global and uniform, throughout the entire Auto blog network as a potential time saver. To be honest, the theory seemed flawless.

So here come my feelings, you knew this was on its way! While, I appreciated the thought of making a ton of money; this was closely compared to a prison sentence. Sitting, watching and waiting. Fucking miserable. While, watching and waiting, I often questioned if we would in fact be the fucking mega bloggers we hoped to be. All we can do it hope, right?

Auto blogging spam?

Yes – When you are running an auto blog, you are republishing information from the web on your blog. I am not saying that this is not profitable, but don’t be confused, auto blogs are in fact 100% worthless.

My reasons:

  • It is misleading to the reader.
  • You are profiting from someone else’s hard work.
  • Most of the content is not that great anyway.

My personal opinion: I am not sure how much longer auto blogging will be allowed to continue. I am sure at some point Google will mount a campaign to start to possibly sandboxing suspected auto blogs. Organic content is what any blog needs.

About the only good idea that came from it was, I made a blog with most of the details of what happenedhere

The best result

I found that you have the best result with auto blogging, when the blog has been aged. Your blog has by then, already gotten readership and followers on a consistent level.

My past auto blog project

You can read about the details of my past auto blog project – 

It is called The India Project and we succeeded in making 77 auto blogs all more or less at about 25% capacity.

My current auto blog project

I am currently working on my own blog network without using auto blogged content. You can see the list of blogs on the lower sidebar of this site. Because I am the only one working on it, many of the blogs are in different stages of development. I will post the differences when I get a bit further into my new venture. This will allow me to accurately compare the pros and cons of each way.

Scott R. Asher – How to write an article for your membership site

Scott R. Asher gives you great WordPress blogging tips. When starting your first site, you will probably be writing a lot of the articles yourself. Knowing what to write, how to write it, and how to format it will keep your members longer.

Rules for creating articles:

  • Make your article timeless – You want your content to last as long as possible on your website. Don’t write any articles at first that are tied to current events or give how-to instructions for a system that will work today but will be obsolete next week. This way you can build up a library of content that will be relevant for years to come.
  • Make your articles sell your website – I know, your member’s have already been sold, but you need to keep selling them so they don’t cancel their membership. Make each article you write benefit driven, and don’t be afraid to tell the reader what benefits they are getting out of the article.
  • Know your members – If you have a membership site geared towards stock trading and your members are already savvy traders then don’t write a lot of content with “common knowledge”; things like “How to Open a Brokerage Account”. But if your members are newbie investors, then write articles that would be considered “common knowledge” for a more seasoned investor.

 

Elements of an Article

An article needs to have just a few simple elements to be effective.

1. Headline – Put the benefits of the article into the headline. If it’s the transcript of an interview you did, don’t have a headline that says “Transcript of Interview with John Smith”. Make it say something like “How John Smith gets a 47% annual yield with commodities using a simple checklist that will work for you!”

2. Introduction – Make your article start with the description of a problem that most of your member’s are probably facing. Then begin a story about how you or someone else had the same problem. The introduction doesn’t have to be a single paragraph.

3. Body – Discuss all the solutions to the problem outlined in the Introduction. Continue the story telling them how they can fix the problem, or how someone came up with a solution to the problem.

4. Conclusion – Wrap up the article to give the story an ending. This would be a good place to put a link to an affiliate website if you have one.

5. Provide Resources – Try not to send your reader outside of your site unless it’s an affiliate link. Post links to related resources at the end of the article. If you have to, create some resources to match the article and put them into your site.

Format the Article

You can have the greatest content in the world, but if it’s hard to read, your member’s will cancel their membership. You need to format all the content that goes up onto your site whether it was written by you or submitted by someone else. Here are some basic guidelines for formatting your articles:

1. Make the headline stand out – The headline is what attracts the member into reading the article. Don’t make the font the same size as the text of the article. Make it bigger, bolder, or in a different color… or all three. However don’t go overboard and make it fit the look and feel of your site.

2. Use short paragraphs – Make sure that most paragraphs are no longer than 5 lines long; 3 is even better. Long paragraphs are hard to read, so your members will skip the article instead of reading long paragraphs. Don’t be afraid to break apart longer paragraphs, even if it means breaking some grammatical rules.

3. Use lots of sub-heads – No matter what you do, not all of your members will read the articles. Many of them will just skim. So add benefit driven sub-heads to highlight the important parts of the article so the reader knows the article is filled with valuable content even if he doesn’t read it.

4. Create bullet lists – When possible, take content from the article and turn it into numbered or bulleted lists. Studies show that people will take the time to read lists even if they don’t read the article. People seem to find lists more valuable than article content.

Join the dofollow movement today

The dofollow movement is in full swing and the ultimate dofollow list is in motion on our site.  Right now, you can check out our dofollow list and see that there are almost a hundred page ranked sites that dofollow comments.  Kickstart your back link campaign and leave great comments at these sites and you will be rewarded.  These sites benefit from your relevant, keyword rich comments as well so it’s a win-win situation.  If you’re not sure what dofollow is, don’t be alarmed, it’s just a rel=”nofollow” tag which is the default code in blogging software and until the writers of the software disable it, you have to do it yourself and it’s not so hard.  There are many free resources to easily disable the nofollow attribute value so that you can give some link love to the people that comment on your blog.  Check out the list, and consider spreading the word so everyone will know where they can find a dofollow list for free – there are still people charging for this information!

Another way to advance the cause of the dofollow movement is to not comment on sites with the nofollow attribute.  Right-click and view the source code if you see rel=”nofollow” before your comment, you know it’s a nofollow site.  You might send them a friendly email suggesting that they check out the dofollow movement.  Hey, there are many people that have no idea that nofollow is the default setting.  Don’t bash – just educate.  “I love your site and would likely comment if you would consider disabling the nofollow default attribute for comments like I’ve done on my blog.”  A movement necessarily involves educating people and frankly, it’s just not yet widely known about this nofollow situation.  When people are informed, they’ll see that there’s nothing to be afraid of being a dofollow blog.  It’s a win-win for bloggers everywhere!

About comment spam – yes, we hate comment spam immensely and the rel=”nofollow” attribute was intended to cure this problem.  However, it didn’t.  Spam continues and we’ve found that the Askimet plugin is a very efficient spam catcher.  Also, you can manually delete the occasional spam leakage that Askimet doesn’t catch.  It’s not at all hard to set up Askimet and it’s even easier to install a dofollow plugin.  Please help the dofollow movement today and disable your nofollow attribute.  Show your readers you care about their comments!

An SEO Dream Come True

A webmaster who found this site on the Digital Point Forum messaged to say that this site is an SEO dream come true.  Why so?  we asked – I mean, we just put this up basically to collect a list of dofollow sites in one place so we could concentrate our back link efforts in one place and instead of hording them for ourselves or selling them, we thought, hey let’s give them away.  We were surprised by his response – he said what he meant was that only a webmaster would like our site – that it’s perfect for someone who just wants a list of dofollow blogs, that it wouldn’t reach mainstream bloggers.  We appreciated the feedback and here’s our thoughts on what’s going on.

1.  There seems to be confusion out there about whether dofollow comment links hurt your website.  One theory is that having dofollow comments siphons off your page ranking.  At least that’s what some nofollow bloggers are saying.  For example, this guy with a great dofollow list (which we recommend you check out for even more dofollow blogs) suggests that the actual links on his site to the list were set to nofollow because it lowered his page ranking.  Curious this relationship between linking and page ranking but indeed, there is an issue to be explored.

Other resources we’ve noticed and agree with are:

CommentLuv – a sweet plugin used in conjunction with the dofollow plugin to join a community of like minded bloggers

KeywordLuv – another sweet plugin even though the guy who wrote it (and obviously a genius) is a proponent of nofollow – the plugin allows for anchor text in comments for additional linkey love to those valuable comments

dofollow – of course, you need this plugin to get rid of the nasty nofollow attribute in the first place

Another resource seen out and about is this site with a large dofollow list .  Here’s the deal with this site (and to be fair, I’m still waiting on a response from him.)  Yesterday I tried to submit my site under his reciprocal link submission – I added my link to the front page of my blog and attempted to submit my site.  After multiple attempts to submit, I thought either I was in error or the submission form was not working (this can happen to anyone) so I changed browsers and tried several more times without success.  I then went to his contact form and could not successfully submit a contact so I sent him an email about it – I haven’t received a response yet – hopefully it’s coming soon as we would like to recommend this site for doing good work.  Will update either way in a couple of days – we’re generous in response times as we know people are busy (but no response will kill you.)

Links as Internet Currency

We’ve been out and about, looking at blogs, viewing their source code to reveal the rel=nofollow attribute and here are some of our observations:

If you’re busy bloggers like we are, ie.  you maintain several blogs, you write internet articles for several sites, you likely have a limited time to read other blogs.  In fact, we have to budget a certain amount of time for this activity.  This time can be used wisely by commenting on some great posts but to kill two birds with one stone the blog needs to be dofollow.  A comment on a nofollow blog has only one positive attribute – the possibility of natural traffic from the link – there’s no link juice coming to your site by making the comment.  Why would we want to do that?  We wouldn’t when there are thousands of blogs that do give you link juice for making a comment.

Imagine for a moment that you’re an A-list blogger and your site makes you an annual six figure income – nice thought huh?  Why would you care about nofollow?  You wouldn’t since people come anyway and they comment and are likely unaware or don’t care that they don’t get any page rank credit for their comment.  They are star-struck and just want to bask in the presence of celebrity.  The A-lister probably believes that giving a dofollow comment link would siphon page rank away from his or her site – which after research, we believe is false – but nonetheless, it is believed by many webmasters.  So the popular site has the juice but doesn’t want to spread it around for fear that it will diminish their site in the eyes of Google.  So we say this – DON’T GO THERE!  STAY AWAY and by all means, don’t waste your precious time commenting on these sites.  Leave it to the spammers to comment them and the ridiculous star struck, celebrity seekers and such.  If you’re a conscious blogger, find a network of blogs to read and comment on that are helpful to you.  This is easy – there are at least a hundred blogs listed on our site that are dofollow blogs.  Get connected with the CommentLuv community and you’ll have enough blogs available that will be helpful to you and by commenting on their sites, you’re being helpful to them.  It’s a win win situation.  If you run into a blog that you’d like to follow but they’re a nofollow blog, ask them to explain to you why they are that way – it’s possible they’re unaware of the situation.  They’re most likely to tell you it’s because of comment spam which you should know by now is nonsense.  Comment spams are easily caught by the Askimet plugin and it takes the same amount of time to delete or approve a comment.  If someone is that concerned with comment spam, they should simply disable comments.  But why wouldn’t they do that?  Because a blog without comments is a one-sided conversation.  Comments = social proof.  A blog with lots of comments gives the appearance of a community so really nofollow blogs want their cake and to eat it too.  They want real comments, they just don’t want to share the link currency.

Simple tip for selling more books on Amazon

I was talking to a friend on the phone today. He was telling me how he was selling more books on Amazon. He said that he listed his book for free for a few days, offered it as some kind of promo and it stimulated sales of just about hundred of his books in about 48 hours. I was already blown away by the success he’s had selling his book to begin with. He has two books for sale on Amazon currently and he tried this with both books. One of the books sold more copies when the promo ended, but it’s also been listed on Amazon longer than the other book has, but I’m not sure it that had anything to do with the result. I’m not sure if there’s anything to this statistic, but I found it very interesting. I’m looking forward to publishing my book on Amazon in about 30 days, to see what kind of results I get and look forward to implementing his marketing strategies.

This blog post was written with Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software.

My experience with WordPress Member – membership plugin

This is a 100% non-paid review for WordPress membership plugins. I had been working on some of my clients WordPress websites, and I purchased WordPress Member  plugin for the Authorize.net gateway.

The WordPress website was currently using WordPress’s eMember  plug-in and I was very impressed up to this point, but the client wanted to add Authorize.net payment gateway to their website. So we decided to switch to the WordPress Member plugin

So back to what happened, I was switching membership plugins from the WordPress eMember to the WordPress Member and I could not for the life of me get WordPress Member plugin working. The problem was that I was getting a white screen anytime I went to login to the WordPress CMS or update the changes I made to the plugin or refresh the page. And the way WordPress Member plugin was made, there was nothing I could even do to troubleshoot the problem – the WP Member plugin code was encrypted.

The other thing I didn’t particularly care for was the poor technical support offered for the WP Member plugin. From what I could tell, WP-Member was trying to charge for support of their own plugin, which in my opinion was just crazy.

The price for the plugin was $29.99, I am not sure it was worth much more than that.

Most of the support I found for the WordPress Member white screen issue was online and was telling me to deactivate plugins one-by-one in an attempt to find the problem plugin. But the problem plugin was in fact the WordPress Member membership plugin. My guess was the WordPress Member worked poorly in a shared hosting environment or I could of had some theme conflicts. But one thing is for-sure, once I got rid of the WP Member plugin, my problem was gone.

The WordPress Member plugin was crap. I never got the plugin working, so we just decided to stay with the eMember plugin. I have yet to get a reply from the developer or technical support on the “white screen” issues I was having. The good news is my client is going to stay with WordPress eMember, and add the Authorize.net WordPress plugin.

I found a solution for membership websites looking to easily add the Authorize.net payment gateway to their membership website, check it out http://www.danielwatrous.com/authorizenet-for-wordpress

My Very-Own WordPress Theme

Using Thesis I was very impressed on it’s flexible and the SEO qualities the theme had, but I had to make something for my network of blogs. I felt if I made this massive network of WordPress blogs, that I would be giving up too much away by publishing all these websites with Thesis’s back-link on everyone of my sites. So I had to make my own WordPress theme!

I called mine the WordPressBuddyTheme

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