If you don’t want to be de-indexed from search engines — you’ll need to avoid this HUGE affiliate marketing mistake. Thankfully I caught it before I lost too much traffic.
Thrive Market has been my biggest source of revenue from my Reformed Health website. Learn about Thrive Market here. But recently I noticed that even though I was showing a lot of click throughs in my blog stats, I was NOT registering any clicks on my Thrive Dashboard.
That’s when I noticed that the Thrive Market $100 grocery give-away had EXPIRED! So I clicked on one of the links, and sure enough it was a broken link that went nowhere.
Broken links are big NO NOs in the cyberworld — especially among search engines.
Unfortunately, I had recently changed almost ALL of my Thrive links to the $100 give-away because the landing page was more interactive and engaging. This meant I had a LOT of broken links to deal with. These links had been offline for almost TWO WEEKS! I almost panicked. Instead I cast my cares upon the Lord and sought answers how to resolve the issue in the shortest time possible.
I ran my website through the FREE website Broken Link Checker and found over 800 pages of broken links. This startled me because I have less than 300 pages on my website (but WordPress organizes those 300 pages into around 1500 pages). Then I remembered that I had one Thrive link that appears on almost all my pages — a vertical banner ad in the sidebar of my blog. That was the first link I changed.
Changing that ONE link reduced the broken links to under 100.
Then it was just a matter of changing them one by one until all links were fixed. In the process, I found a dozen or more broken links that were not attached to the Thrive Market.
So, as usual — it turned out to be a blessing is disguise. One broken link is one too many.
Note to self: Run Broken Link Checker monthly or even weekly!
If you are a blogger looking to earn some affiliate commission, make sure to check your links regularly. Also, if you are interested in earning affiliate commissions, check out Thrive Market’s Affiliate Program. It might be a fit for you.
Well, if you think blogging is a quick way to make money — you are wrong. Blogging is hard work that may pay big dividends someday. For me the current dividends are very small — but the reward of sharing what I am passionate about makes it worth while.
Since the money is not rolling in quickly (you’ll remember money is not my primary focus anyway), I had to take a job! Fortunately I think this part time job will help my blogging more than if I spent the time writing. Why? Because now I can pay other people to do what I don’t do well anyway — like graphic design.
I am committed to not going into debt over blogging — so I have not been motivated to purchase services such as logo design etc. However, I knew I needed a logo, and I knew I couldn’t do the work myself. Believe me I tried.
So today I hired a designer from Fiverr to make a logo for my Reformed Health blog. It was only a $6.00 investment. If I like it, I’ll probably order a premium package. This was a big step for me. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
I’ll share it when I do.
Also if you are looking for a logo design — you can get your first one for FREE by Clicking Here. I wish someone had told me about the free offer. I had to pay for my first gig. Don’t make that mistake. Get your $5.00 logo for free now.
Also, I had my first guest post this week by Simple Life Mom. Read it here: The Natural Solution to Toxic Skin Care Products.
Thanks for following me on my journey.
Blog long and prosper.
If you don’t follow Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, you are making a huge mistake.
Not only does he tell his readers how much money he makes each month (last month he earned 115 thousand and change), but he gives away great content.
And he is letting me share some of it with you!
Of course, he is doing it for a reason: he wants more blog traffic. And he deserves it. Click on the link and check out what he is doing. I am not getting paid in any way to share this. I just think it is great information.
I’ve written about how Pixabay has helped me in the past. Read about it here.
But now that I’ve discovered Canva, Pixabay has become even more valuable. I am not a designer. I don’t have an eye for colors or fonts. But I can learn. And Canva has a free design school. Check it out.
In fact, Canva doesn’t only have a free design school, they allow you to make graphic designs for social media for free. Yes, there are elements that you CAN pay for if you want. And if you are a big time designer, you might need that. But I don’t. I just need a simple way to make pins and blog images and various other things.
I learned about Canva from Etsy, where I sell under the name Uniquely Boutiquely or Vintageopoly. Etsy partnered with Canva to create headers for our Etsy shops. With the help of Pixabay, I was able to create a decent header — despite my lack of skill. Check it out.
But, even more important are the great pins I can now make. I wasn’t even using Pinterest seriously — and had never really thought about designing nice pins. But that recently changed. Now I create new pins for my posts at ReformedHealth.net that match the images on my blog post.
I will share a few pins I have created using Pixabay and Canva together. Notice they are different sizes. Canva allows you to make custom sized graphics. It is so easy and fun. No experience necessary. I get all my inspiration from pins that stand out to me, and I save them in my “Pins That Pop” folder on Pinterest.
You can follow me or check out all my pins on Pinterest here. You’ll notice, not all of them have been updated to “pop.” And I am still learning.
The following pins, I have updated. If you click on any of them, they will take you to the website to see the matching blog graphic.
Hi, Mischelle here. For 10 years I have wanted to share the message of healing through applying biblical principles to health and life-style.
I have started and stopped the process too many times. Finally I plunged in with both feet. The trouble was, I could not confidently communicate my message in a succinct way so people could get interested and quickly understand what I was about.
Thankfully Donald Miller came along to help. I’ve never Continue reading
I have been working on building my platform for the last several months. I have felt like I hit a brick wall — locked in at about an average of 50 visitors a day. I was about to give up out of frustrations.
My husband reminded me that I need to apply all the principles I have been learning. So I re-evaluated. I had recently written a post about how to turn failure into success. I knew I needed to practice what I was preaching. Whatever I was doing wrong, I needed to learn from it and change course. And I did. Literally overnight I had over 1000 unique visitors on my blog ReformedHealth.net.
Here’s what I did! Continue reading
Almost all aspiring bloggers, entrepreneurs, and creatives have one thing in common: fear of failure. I know it is a constant struggle for me. Fear inspires two options: quit or overcome. I want to be an over-comer.
These five attitudes have the power to turn every failure into a success. What one calls “failure” must been seen for the reality it is. These five “realities” will help you leave the pain of failure behind and embrace the real success they embody.
Don’t see failure as failure, see it as an opportunity to:
- Learn — every time something goes wrong or doesn’t work out as you expect, you are given an opportunity to learn what went wrong. This will help you do better next time.
- Leverage Change — did you make a blunder? See it as an opportunity to redirect your course. Keep seeking your goal and eventually you will hit your target.
- Laugh — sometimes we have to laugh at our mistakes. The sooner we laugh over them, the sooner we can move on. Don’t weigh yourself down with past failures. Laugh, learn, and use the failure to leverage change.
- Labor — they say practice makes perfect. Rather, practice makes permanent. Every failure is an opportunity to practice your techniques, casting aside the bad and holding on to the good.
- Live — embrace failure: it is a necessary part of life. It ain’t going away anytime soon. It is the road to success. Live knowing that some form of failure will come your way each day. But know you have the power to call it something else: a learning experience, a leverage to change, something to laugh about, a labor of love.
Embrace these five principles and you will control your failures and turn them into successes.
As Thomas Edison said after 1000 unsuccessful attempts perfecting the lightbulb: “I did not fail 1000 times, I found a 1000 ways it wouldn’t work.”
These five attitudes are inspired and adapted from Tom Hopkins’ book How to Master the Art of Selling. I highly recommend it.