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

Scott’s free tips for marketing your blog

When it comes to jump starting the launch of a blog, you will find it much easier than marketing a traditional website. Not only are there various blog based communities available to you, but just by using your blog’s built in search engine optimization options, RSS feeds, pinging and track backs can easily generate an incredible amount of traffic quickly and easily.

Here are the quick start traffic generation strategies that I personally use to jump start my niche blogs:

Social Marketing

With the popularity of websites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s no secret that promoting your blog within these social communities is an easy way of generating instant traffic at absolutely no cost. Use socializing to the best advantage. Network with those who have similar interest in music or hobbies.

Twitter

http://www.Twitter.com

Linked In

http://www.Linkedin.com

MySpace

http://www.MySpace.com

Other popular blog communities include:

http://www.Bumpzee.com

http://www.BloggerTalk.com

http://www.BlogCatalog.com

http://www.BlogLines.com

http://www.BloggerForum.com

http://www.BlogCarnival.com

RSS Feed Traffic And Advertising

Opportunities:

Bloggers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed that is made available to anyone interested in becoming a subscriber. If you plan to offer advertising on your blog, many sponsors will take the number of RSS subscribers you have into consideration when deciding to promote their products or services on your blog as well, so the more readers, the better chances of landing advertisers and sponsor partnerships. The great thing about RSS is that you do not have to create it manually, it’s built into the WordPress system, and each time you create a blog post it will be added to your RSS feed.

However, In order to offer your visitors the ability to subscribe to your RSS feed, you will want to subscribe to a free service such as http://www.FeedBurner.com

Here are some other useful resources concerning RSS feeds:

Feedster: http://www.Feedster.com

Feedster was created as a search engine for finding content that has been published on blogs and websitesutilizing RSS feeds.

Blog Lines: http://www.BlogLines.com

Bloglines is a community dedicated to finding and aggregating RSS feeds from blogs and websites. You can use their search engine to quickly locate blog posts on specific topics. With Feedburner, you are provided with an easy option for publishing RSS content as well as providing your blog visitors with the ability to subscribe for future delivery of all released content. Feedburner also provides useful statistics and data relating to your blogs activity that can be used to determine how popular individual posts or pages are, where your traffic is coming from as well as where it ends up going to, and within one single Feedburner account, you can set up and manage multiple blog websites.

Once you have your Feedburner account created, you can instantly implement a tiny portion of code that will automatically showcase a RSS subscribers box, wherever you place it in your blogs theme.

Promoting With Technorati

To create your free Technorati account, head on over to http://www.Technorati.com and click on the “Join Now” link to register and set up your account. Once you do, you will have the opportunity to submit your blogs URL and claim it so it can be added into the Technorati search engine directory.

Confirming a claimed blog on Technorati only takes a few minutes by creating a new post that will feature a custom link provided by Technorati that when published verifies you are the owner of the blog. Be sure to notify Technorati’s search engine of your new blog submission once you have claimed your blog by

pinging it at: http://technorati.com/developers/ping/

Other communities and traffic generation methods that are worth looking into as a way of creating backlinks to your blog as well as introducing it to the world:

http://www.MyBlogLog.com

http://www.Twitter.com

http://www.Facebook.com

http://www.HubPages.com

http://www.Squidoo.com

Want more blogging tips? Checkout Scott’s blogging tips. Click here

WordPress plugin for excluding gallery pictures for adding to post.

If you want to add a gallery to your WordPress post and exclude pictures from the gallery to post in other places in your blog post. I have made a plugin for WordPress that will allow you to just this.

The problem is this, if you have a post and would like post a gallery and a picture in the same post that you don’t want to show in the gallery, you have an issue.  This option currently not available in WordPress.

Example of the current WordPress gallery issue:

I don’t have the plugin working on my website. But if you want to insert a photo (outside the gallery) in the post it will also show in the gallery as you can see above. This is a problem.

Example Pic:

*As you can see above posted in the gallery is this image

Screenshot of the example of the fix in place:

Video: How to use the fix

Free Downloads:

 

**Version 1.3 addresses gallery changes in how images are handled in the latest version of WP (3.4.2).

*New version for the plugin addressing this error (“Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /*folders*/wp-content/plugins/gallery-hack/gallery-hack.php:1011) in /*folders*/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 868″
***Please note – we have installed this on many blogs, not many need this update.

Here is the plugin that address this error gallery-hack 1.1: download here
***Please note the plugin up-loader for WordPress admin area requires .zip format.
***Please make sure WordPress blog is currently running the most up to date WP version.

Gallery-Hack 1.2 (This plugin is WordPress 3.0 compatible)

Authors of gallery-excluder plugin for WordPress:

Scott Asher of ScottRAsher.com

Hey,  to download Scott’s free premium WordPress theme, the same one posted on this blog! click here

Donations:

All donations go to Raj and Scott, thank you for your support.

***For support please use comment box. Please provide email in your reply, and link to the issues us to the issues you are having.

Also we are now offering custom support for our plugin, for $15.99 we install the plugin, fix any errors and make sure it is running properly. Please make sure to provide us with FTP and Admin area access to your blog. All your stuff is 100% safe. We are the good guy’s 😉

For WordPress custom layouts, fixes or support please: contact us

How to make a million dollars on the web?

The formula for making money on the internet is simple – Advertising + Traffic = Money Earned

Ads and Traffic. Yes that’s right, just add traffic to your properly monetized website and you can make all the money you’d ever want while you do something else.

If you’re asking yourself how to make more money with your website you might be asking the wrong question.  The right question is how much traffic do I need? How much web-traffic do you need to make a million? Well, I can answer that question.

Get yourself a piece of paper and I will show you how to make a million with your website.

First thing I want you to write down is – The total amount of money your website has made up to this point (a round number).

*even if it’s only made a dollar, that is fine.
*If the website has made nothing, I will address this issue.

Next I want you to write – The total amount of transactions. (This means – Pay-Per-Click, Affiliate sales, Paypal, everything.)
*Example: Let say the website has made, $3.50 from Adsense (5) clicks and you sold a PayDay Loan for $6.50, for a total about of $10.00 dollars. (keeping the numbers round so this is easy for you to follow.)

So we have 6 total transactions 5 from Adsense and 1 from the affiliate sale from the payday loan that have taken place, for a total of $10.00 this would be a avg. of about $1.60 per transaction made on your website.

Now that you know your total earned – I want you add the number of hits that your websites has received.
*In this case we are going to just say 1000, again to make this as simple to follow as possible.

This is how it is calculated:
If the website has had 1000 hits, you have converted a sale 0.06% of the time  from your traffic, at a average rate of $1.60 per sale.
*standard conversion rates for online sales are 1-5.5% (these numbers fluctuate, based on how targeted your traffic is.)

So if you are wondering where the million comes in, based on this sample data I provided and if this conversion rate is maintained.
You will need approximately ten thousand visitors to make 100 bucks
100,000 visits to make $1000.00
1,000,000 visits to make $10,000.00

Web traffic times sales times conversion factor equals earnings.

If your website hasn’t earned anything, you haven’t properly monetized it.  Look over my blog at examples of monetization.  Google ads, affiliate ads, sponsors, partners.  Pick what fits with your blog’s niche, ad them and you should start earning.  Then you can apply the formula to determine how much traffic you need to make the money you want to earn.

You get the idea…  Now go get yourself some traffic.

I wave goodbye to another WordPress project

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I let another website go! Sticking to the plan to only develop a limited amount of website. Recently, I decided to part with HTMLpostings.com, in about four days from now the domain will expire.

One thing that I find very interesting about being able to develop WordPress blogs, if I get an idea, I can have another WordPress blog up and running and making money in a few days. The best part is the cost for my troubles, is under ten dollars! The HTMLpostings.com website was on the back shelf for a while, but now, I am letting it go, but with a little hesitation. Because if you know how to use PhotoShop, this business idea would be very profitable, with almost no money invested!

My idea for the website was to make HTML advertisements for online classified postings for small businesses that post on Craigslist. I would charge $10-$25 dollars and on the website. I would  make a little “How to Guide” that explains how to insert html posing into online classifieds using Photobucket or any image hosting website. It would cost nothing to market the website. You would just reply to the posting placed on Craigslist telling them how they can save money and time, and give a better presentation of their business, and the best part, its free!

Scott R. Asher shares how to get free traffic to your WordPress blog or Website, it’s quick easy and best of all it’s 100% free!

This is the first of many blog post about how to get free traffic to your WordPress blog. I own a ton of WordPress blogs and I make many free marketing campaigns and execute them all the time. If you are looking to get traffic to your website or blog, I am your man! I am hoping to give you the information you need to get free visits to your website or WordPress blog in as little as a few hours. Your website is all ready to go, and now you find yourself looking all over the web trying to get the best and quickest way to getting good quality traffic to your website. I got good news, it is simple, easy, and best of all it’s free. The bad news is, its going to be a little bit of work.

Blog Commenting is a very simple and effective way to get a good amount of targeted WordPress blog traffic.

How to get started:
First you will need to open a word .doc and write some ad copy for your advertisement. Something to think about when you are writing is to make something that is not real threatening. You always want to keep this in mind, you are wanting this “other person” that owns this WordPress blog to add your link-back to your website, on their website. A lot of blog comments are viewed as spam so you want to make something that adds to their website, but short and catchy. If I was going to do a blog post for this website for example, I would say “Hey checkout Scottrasher.com where I help you get traffic to your website, for free!” So when they see this, it tells them, hey… I’m just telling people free things, I am not trying to make money off your blog. There are lots of people trying to make money on their website, so be ready for when someone cusses you out, because they feel you are trying to make money off what they got, this is normal. I get tons of spam on my WordPress, penis enlargement, tons of silly crap, more than I can count! I don’t mind comments on my blog at all and in the long run it is going to be better for you and them!

Next, make sure you have a link back to your WordPress blog, or you can use the website field to add the website.

Now that you have all your text in a word doc, you can save the working copy, and make multiple postings. This will raise your approval chances and you can save your work, copy and paste as you visit blogs.

Finding blogs to comment on.
This is really simple, start by going to google blogs search. Then you search for blogs related to your website. If you do happen to venture out, you will find that you will not have as high approval rate. For example, I went out to do baby bloggers, wow grouchy! These lady got nothing to do but search “Oh my God… My baby burped, now what?” or “What is the easiest car seat to take in and out of my mini van.”

How many hits on my website will I get?
This depends on about how many approvals you get, but if I post in about 100 blogs I get 25-500 hits, over a span of seven days. If you get an approval on a good website, then your in luck because you will get some good traffic for a long time.

Key blog posting tips:

  • Don’t go over-board, too much of a good thing is a bad thing! Blog posting brings me good hits, but doing thousands is dangerous. On a average I do about 30-300 posting a month adding them in my spare time.
  • My kids are getting older, so when they get in trouble I make them blog post… lol! I make them do 10 pages for the run of the mill disobedience.
  • If you get few hundred approvals on some high-traffic blog you can to can start getting some really good traffic.