Techhound’s Tech Corner Debut

My user name on Wealthy Affiliate is @techhound. I used that name primarily because I have a technical background. I was a Comp Sci major in college and have worked as a programmer for almost 25 years.

So I thought it would be useful to you for your online business to have a Tech Corner that highlights short but easy (hopefully) tips that you can use that can enhance your business. Not all of the tips will be applicable to your situation in every Tech Corner. But I will try to keep things as relevant to many people as possible.

Today's tip I will show you how to redirect from a Blogger.com blog. This tutorial uses a computer programming language called JavaScript. Although this is not a tutorial on how JavaScript works, knowledge of JavaScript is not needed to make this tip work. You only need to follow the steps as specified. At the time of this writing, I tried out the steps and it does work.

Why Would You Want to Do This?

Simple. Because Blogger is owned by Google. Other authority websites trust Google links. So if you have affiliate links or other links that you would like to cloak, this can be a good way to do it while staying under the radar.

Word of Caution: Google changes the rules all the time. And even other authority sites (Craigslist, Amazon, etc.) may discourage redirects, especially if they are abused (spam, etc). If your intention is to use this technique to spread affiliate links all over the place, you run the risk of getting banned from authority sites and penalized by Google. Plus you could ruin it for everyone else. Besides, there are better methods to use that won't get you banned. (see below).

SlideShow Version - Here is a slideshow presentation of the entire training:


Video Version - I also created a video version for your convenience:


How to Do It

Step 1- Log into Your Google Account

This is the same as a gmail account so if you are already logged into Google, when you head on over to Blogger.com, you should already be logged into that. If you are not, log in from there.


Step 2 - Create a New Blog Within the Account

Create a New Blog in Blogger

Name the blog whatever you want. It is probably best to make it relevant to your niche. So if you are selling products for quitting smoking, use that phrase in the blog name if it is available.


Step 3 - Go to the Dashboard of the New Blog

If you happen to be taken to the Create Post section (which can sometimes happen), simply hit the Close button.


Step 4 - Click the "Layout" Link on the Left

Layout Option in Blogger

Step 5 - Click on "Add a Gadget" Link

Add a Gadget in Header

Step 6 - Scroll Down and Select HTML/JavaScript Option

HTML-JavaScript Option in Blogger

Step 7 - Type in the Code Shown or Copy and Paste From Below

Code to Copy and Paste:

<script type="text/javascript">
window.location.href='http://www.AnySiteYouWant.com';
</script>

You'll need to change the http://www.AnySiteYouWant.com to an actual valid website.


Step 8 - Click the "Save" Button


Step 9 - Click "Save arrangement" Button

Save Arrangement

Make sure that the HTML/JavaScript gadget got added. You may even want to hit the Edit link just to make sure that it saved the code that you entered. After that, hit the "Save arrangement" button.


Step 10 - Click "Preview" Button to Test

NOTE: If you copied the code exactly from the Copy and Paste section, you will notice that it will redirect to a non existent page. You will need to change "AnySiteYouWant.com" to a valid page, presumably your website or affiliate link.


Step 11 - Hover Over "View Blog" Button to get Link to Use

The link should appear in the status bar on the lower left of the browser.


Are There Any Shortcomings to This Approach?

It's definitely not perfect. You will notice that whatever header text is included will appear as it is redirecting. It only happens for a second or two but it looks a bit awkward. Also, whatever theme you are using will shown for that same time periods. There are some improvements that could be made.

Improvements

Change the header text to something that is relevant to your niche. In my blog, I have the word Redirecting... as you can see in the screen shot. You may want to use a different message. Following the quit smoking example before, perhaps you could use "Your Ticket To Quitting Starts Now..." or something like that.

If there are components of the theme showing up, considering using a much more basic or simple theme that doesn't contain many components on it. Also, remove any unnecessary gadgets. If they are deletable they will have a Remove or Delete button when you edit them.

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Seek the Help From a Board of Advisers

I was skimming through an old book called "Off the Wall Marketing Ideas". The book is now 16 years old (at the time of writing this) so the ideas are no longer really "off the wall". But I did pick up on a kind of juicy morsel of an idea that could be tailor fitted so to speak, to work in today's marketing environment.

I don't necessarily recommend you pick up the book as the concepts really are outdated. However, if you are so inclined, it is available on Amazon for purchase. Who knows? Maybe you'll pick up something in the book yourself that can be retrofitted for current use.

The idea stems from an idea that a business owner named Doug successfully implemented. He needed help for his business and wanted to obtain advice from a group of mentors. Thus the term, "board of advisers". How did he accomplish this?

He perused an issue of CIO Magazine which is a trade journal for Fortune 100 companies. The leaders of these companies are up and comers. This means that they are so big as to be unapproachable. Doug would get the names and phone numbers of several of these CEO's and call before office hours. Most CEO's get to work well before office hours. Which usually means they are there before their secretary's, i.e., no gatekeepers.

Doug kept calling these CEOs and when he connected with them, asked if they would be willing to mentor him. He told these CEOs that he would like to meet with him once every six to eight weeks to offer advice on what to do and give him feedback. Many agreed.

And so was born Doug's Board of Advisers...

Doug attributes much of his success to this group as they kept him on the straight and narrow. They held nothing back and anytime they felt he strayed, they whipped him back into shape.

"...they've really beaten us up to stay on a straight path."

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Why Not Do This Yourself?

If this concept of a board of advisers worked for Doug, why can't it work for you? And here's the rub - it's much easier to get in contact with people today than ever before thanks to the internet. You could seek out people on Meetup.com or you could find forums where these people may frequent. Or you could see if they exist on Twitter and Facebook. The possibilities are endless. And because of advent of Skype you don't even need to be in the same geographic area as these mentors.

How to Take This Concept Up a Notch...

What if instead of going through all that contacting of people and arranging, you could use a resource that already has thousands of these mentors all willing to help you on a moments notice? You won't have to wait weeks or months to connect with them. You simply sign in and ask your questions. As you may have figured out from the name of this website, the resource I am referring to is Wealthy Affiliate.

I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since January 2009. I am particularly good at helping people get an online business up and running with a great potential at making money with it. I have built several successful websites and want to help you do the same!

Getting Help Speeds Up Success

As you can see from Doug's situation above, he sought out help from knowledgeable people. He attributes a good portion of his success (his business grew) to reaching out the his board of advisers. It's an awesome feeling to know that someone (or several people) have your back and that is the feeling you get when you join Wealthy Affiliate.

Are you ready for your Own board of advisers?

It's time to push forward and let others (including me) help you get your business rolling full steam ahead. We can offer the training and the advice
you need to make it happen.

Common Questions About Wealthy Affiliate

Disclosure: I am a premium (Paid) member of the Wealthy Affiliate program. The links and banners on this webpage may result in a commission paid to me if you purchase through them.

The following are common questions I get asked all the time about being a member of Wealthy Affiliate.

Is There a Trial Period?

Do I need to Use My Credit Card to Sign Up?

How Much Training is Included with the Free Membership?

Will I Need to Purchase a Domain Name?

What About Hosting My Domain Name?

What Kind of Support is Available?

Is There a Paid Membership?

What's Included in the Paid Membership that isn't included in the Free Membership?

Will I Get Pressure to Upgrade to Premium?

Do I Have to Be Savvy in Technology to Be Successful at Wealthy Affiliate?

What If I Have More Questions That Aren't Covered Here?

Comparison Between Free and Premium Memberships

Other Resources

How To Succeed

Wealthy Affiliate Evaluation

Free Keyword Tool

Training Modules for Pay Per Click

Pay Per Click advertising can be a great way to get traffic to your website really quickly. But doing it wrong can cost you hundreds of dollars (and even thousands!). The following modules will help you get on track on exactly how to implement pay per click.

  • Module 1 - Pay Per Click Marketing - Classroom Overview - Access here.
  • Module 2 - An Introduction to Pay Per Click - Access here.
  • Module 3 - The Proper Way To Use PPC With Your Website - Access here.
  • Module 4 - The Key to Killer Click Through Rates - Access here.
  • Module 5 - 10 Common PPC Mistakes - Access here.

Keyword Mastery Tutorial

Proper mastery of keywords is crucial to getting traffic to your website. Think about what you do when you search for information on the web. You use keywords. And so does the majority of web users.

Disclosure: Website owner may receive a commission resulting in a purchase from the links and banners displayed on this page.

Keyword mastery is not always easy. That's why I put together this resource. It is geared towards giving you the best of the best in keyword tutorials.

Tutorial # 1 - Keyword Mastery - Keywords are the Foundation of your Success

This is a great training module (free) that helps you learn how to find potential keywords that you can use as the basis of your content. You will learn the proper ways to search as well as how to properly incorporate those keywords into your blog posts. This increases the effectiveness of those posts and helps searchers find your website.

To start the training click here.​

Tutorial #2 - Keyword Research 101 - What are Keywords and Why do they Matter?

This tutorial gives a great overview of what are keywords and why they are important. It is a quick tutorial but nonetheless comprehensive. You can access that tutorial by clicking here.​

Tutorial #3 - The Ultimate Keyword Checklist

Okay, while technically not a tutorial, it is a useful resource just the same. It gives you how exactly you should incorporate your keywords into your blog posts.

To access the checklist, use this link.

Tutorial #4 - Using Keyword Planner to get Keyword Ideas and Traffic Forecasts

This training comes right from the horse's mouth, i.e., from Google. Obviously, any kind of keyword research should take what Google says into consideration. Besides, the Keyword Planner is a useful tool that offers insight into search volume and competitiveness. Much of its data returned by Keyword Planner should be considered a guideline only. To access this training, click on the following:

https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/2999770?hl=en

In order to use Keyword Planner, you will need to sign up for an Adwords account. Don't worry, you will not need to leave your credit card information in order to start using the Keyword Planner.

Other Resources

The creators of Wealthy Affiliate have created a keyword tool known as Jaaxy. It is a very powerful keyword tool that incorporates cutting edge technology not seem in other keyword research tools. It is web based so there is nothing to install. You have the ability to try it out and it is worth it to at least see what it is all about.

Training on How to Choose Your Niche

Niche selection can be one of the more difficult aspects of creating an online business. It helps to have some guidance. That’s why I’ve decided to include a free training module for you on how to choose a niche.

Disclosure: Website owner may receive compensation as a result of clicking through the links and/or banners contained on this page and purchasing the product or service.

The training is really quite comprehensive and you will get something valuable out of it. If you want to go right to the training, simply click on the image below:

 How to Choose a Niche

The training is given by my friend Kyle (shown in the picture) who is a co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate. He includes both an explanation of what a niche is and shows why it’s important to choose the right one. The video will show you exactly how to do that.

As with most of the training at Wealthy Affiliate, this module includes some tasks to perform as well as a checklist for when you have completed the tasks. As mentioned, it includes a video describing the exact process to use to choose your niche. At the end you will notice that there is a discussion.

One really great aspect of Wealthy Affiliate (among many) is that if you are stuck on selecting a niche you can choose to promote Wealthy Affiliate itself and get paid a handsome monthly (recurring) commission for that. If you get enough people to sign up it can amount to a sizable income that could even replace the income you make in a regular job. There are several members who make serious incomes from just recommending Wealthy Affiliate.

Many members choose a niche outside of affiliate marketing and also choose to promote Wealthy Affiliate. My suggestion is usually to choose one or the other in the beginning as to not get overwhelmed but that is quite up to you.

How Much Does It Cost?

This particular training module is free. In fact, it is part of the Online Entrepreneur Certification series of training that is also free. If you go through this training series and perform all the specified tasks, you will actually have a fully working website capable of earning a decent income. There are no guarantees, mind you. But you certainly stack the odds in your favor when you learn how to do it correctly!

Learn How to Choose a Niche Here

The free training mentioned contains everything you need to learn the proper
way to choose a niche. When you choose the right
niche, you have a better chance of actually making money online.
Click on the button below to get started!

What is Your Sustainability Factor?

One of my biggest goals in life is to earn enough money to live comfortably.  But an even greater goal for me is help others by teaching them how to earn money in such a way that they too can live comfortably as well.

I know we all have differences of opinion about what comfortably means, but I can assure you that I live well within my means and I don't have overly extravagant tastes.  At the same time, I don't believe it's wrong for me to desire the capability to live a bit above the impoverished level and I certainly don't believe it's wrong to help others to do the same. 

I call this the sustainability factor.  Obviously, I need to be able to sustain my own existence (and of course my family).  But that's not enough for me.  I truly believe I can help others learn how to make money to sustain themselves as well.

My philosophy goes against conventional wisdom which suggests that you should give to others in such a way that perhaps someday, you will get something in return if you should ever find yourself in a situation where you need it.  It's the whole Karma concept.  I believe in Karma completely.  But that doesn't mean we cannot teach others to be self sustaining in their own right.  In fact, this does more for the "Karma continuum" in my opinion than to simply give away your money in exchange for that elated, but elusive feeling that comes from the temporary handout that you have been pressured into believing will help.  This type of help is a temporary band aid, but does nothing to help those in need become self sufficient.

If what I say is true that I can help others sustain their lifestyles than I think it only fair that those same people to return the favor and help yet other people as well. I can not only teach people how to earn an income, I can also help people teach others how to do the same.  In this way none of us will necessarily become monetarily wealthy in the truest sense of the word, but we will have less to worry about in the long run, at least from a financial perspective.  It reminds me of the old adage, "teach a man to fish..."  What's even more important is that we can continue to sustain ourselves in such a way as to pass this knowledge on to future generations.

 

Life Trend Observation: It’s Getting More Expensive

Is it just me?  Or has anyone else noticed that life keeps getting more and more expensive.  Between higher fuel prices and food, which the government conveniently leaves out of its inflation numbers, and higher taxes, it's no wonder we all seem to be struggling more.

But why is this?  Some blame it on excess printing of dollars (or whatever currency you happen to be dealing in).  Others blame it on greedy manufacturers.​  Then there are those who cite globalization being the problem  Who knows the reasons.  These are all factors that we as average citizens, have little control over.

What is Within Our Control

While we can't control whether corporations will give us jobs or allow us to keep the ones we have, we can control our own destinies with respect to generating self sustaining incomes.  We have the ability via the internet to connect with others ​to offer them our products and services.

And there are plenty of buyers with respect to internet customers.  Our job is to reach them.  That can be the challenging part.​  But it becomes less challenging when we discover how to properly do it.  It's all about finding solutions to problems.  That is after all, how many people use the internet.  They seek solutions to their problem.  Our job is to simply offer that solution to them in such a way that others have never done before.

It's Not Necessary To Become Wealthy

If you learn how to create passive methods of generating income, you never need to worry about becoming wealthy.  These income streams will help you combat any wealth destruction caused by others, i.e., governments, corporations, etc.  And if you can help others to do the same, and get paid for it as well, then it gives everyone a lift during tough economic times that we are currently experiencing.

What About Competition?

There's always going to be competition no matter what you decide to do.  The fact is, competition in online business can actually be used to your advantage.  When you see someone else doing something that is working, you can piggy back off that success.  Their activity is public knowledge.  You only have to emulate (not copy) what they are doing.

Carve Out Your Space in the Cybersphere

According to Wikipedia, it's estimated that there are 7.16 billion people living on our planet.  Many of these billions have yet to get on the internet.  But many of them eventually will.  The population is trending up, not down.  That can only mean that there is room for many of us to introduce our services to those newcomers. 

Even if you are currently employed, it can't hurt to start generating extra income.  While you may not have the time to commit to a full time business, you certainly can take steps to have others do much of the grunt work, while you are at the office.  Outsourcing has made it very easy to manage both creating an online business while continuing to be employed.  This can help you sleep better at night, knowing that once you start producing that extra income, you are not at the mercy of some rogue corporation that  treats its workers like cattle.

Learning Can Lead to Earning​

If you are just starting out with creating your online business or you've tried it before but didn't know how to make it work, follow this simple advice.  Learn how to do this right by mastering the proper techniques.  And the great news is it doesn't have to cost you anything to do this.

But if you try to do it all on your own it's going to take you much more time, cost you way more money and possibly get you in trouble with the law (I'm not kidding!)  It's not just a matter of creating a website and throwing in a sales page here and there.  That kind of thing may have worked 10 years ago but it definitely WILL NOT WORK today!  ​Take a look at an article I wrote about "How to Stay in Google's Good Graces".  You'll see by reading this that there are plenty of time bombs for online businesses to be aware of.

What Are Your Concerns?

Perhaps you've seen many of these mentor programs that charge thousands ($$$) of dollars and promise you mega riches within short periods of time.  That's all nonsense.  I have been doing this for a long time and I know what works and what is pure crap.   Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is a program that has been around since 2005 and is based on solid techniques that actually work.  You may have heard of the program or perhaps you haven't.  But people often ask the following questions:

  • Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam?
  • Do I have to give out my credit card to get started?
  • Will I be left on my own after signing up?
  • Is the training difficult?
  • Does it cost money to get started?
  • Will I be called a Woosie if I try to leave? (Empower Network does this)

The answer to all of these questions is no!  I have been a member since 2009 so I can honestly state it's not a scam.  You can get started for free. You don't have to give out your credit card. There is plenty of support for you when you sign up. The training is not difficult at all (but it is thorough).  We will never call you a woosie if you decided it wasn't right for you (contrary to Empower Network who calls its members woosies if they try to leave).

Not being required to give out a credit card is one benefit that many people have stated they truly appreciate. I've heard enough people complain about these programs that make you give out your credit card number when you sign up.  Those programs make their money by relying on the fact that many people forget to cancel before the trial period is up.  Wealthy Affiliate is not like that.  You can sign up without any credit card information and stay a free member for as long as forever, if you wanted to.

What To Do Next

Hopefully, you get the feel that Wealthy Affiliate is a great program.  If not, then take a look at an article I wrote that gives more detail about what the starter program is all about.  The article is, "Wealthy Affiliate Starter Membership - Is It Worth It?"

How I Can Help You Succeed with Wealthy Affiliate


You are viewing this because you have either heard of Wealthy Affiliate or you want to know more about it.

If you have heard about it you probably want to know whether it works.

If you haven't heard of it, you want to know is what it is and whether it is legitimate, and you too want to know - ​does it work?

I am going to answer all these questions and show you EXACTLY HOW I can help yo​u succeed with the program.

For a More Detailed Look at How To Succeed with Wealthy Affiliate...​

I wrote an article about How To Succeed.  You can see it in the menu above or simply click the link.

You Already Know About Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate has existed since 2005 so it wouldn't be a shock to me if you have already heard of the program.  But you may be wondering does it work?  I have been a premium member since January 2009 and I can guarantee that if it didn't work, I wouldn't be still paying for it.

But it requires dedicating yourself to making it work.  When I first started, I really didn't take advantage of the training modules and even the ones I did, I really didn't follow the advice given.   You can't succeed that way in any program that you try.​

But about a year ago, I decided to really put forth a full effort in making this work and I've come a long way.  I am making sales now and the websites that I have are all gaining in the search engines as well as increased traffic.

​You Have Never Heard of Wealthy Affiliate Before...

Wealthy Affiliate is a program set up by two entrepreneurs (see below) where they instruct you on how to create an online business.  There are many training modules available with three paths that you could follow.  These paths are described below (click on the + sign):

Promote a Niche Market

Promote Wealthy Affiliate

Promote Services to Local Businesses

The founding members of Wealthy Affiliate Kyle and Carson, are dedicated to helping its members succeed with setting up an online business.  I know their motivations are true because I have been working with them for several years now.​  They have proven that they want to help through their actions.

How I Will Help You

Now that you can see that Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal and that it works, you probably want to know how I can help you.  Since I have been doing this for a while, I have learned much about creating websites and marketing them.  There isn't too much that I haven't stumbled across in the course of my IM career.  My knowledge is there for you to help when needed.  Specifically, I monitor all of the people that I refer and check in with them on a frequent basis.

This mean if I see something that you are doing that may need improvement, I will ask if you want my help and offer up solutions to get you where you need to be.  ​I don't know if other members do this with their referrals but that is not my concern.  My concern is to make sure you have everything you need to be successful.

Next Steps...

There is nothing to lose by signing up for Wealthy Affiliate.  It is free and they don't ask you for a credit card.  Plus, they won't pressure you to upgrade and you can stay a free (starter) member for as long as you wish, even if that means forever.  When you do sign up, be sure to look up my profile which is @techhound

Top 5 Tips For Working With Affiliate Managers

I have been working with affiliate marketing for some time now and during that time I have talked to several affiliate managers.  On the whole they are really nice people.  When you first start out, you may get overwhelmed about the idea that you have to talk to an affiliate manager.  It's not a bad experience and these 5 tips can help you get over that fear.

Tip #1

They want to know that you have their best interests at heart.  There are plenty of people that use affiliate marketing as a way to spam people.  Affiliate marketing makes it easy for spammers but this causes problems for the affiliate companies.  Usually a manager wants to talk to you to find out what your promotional methods are going to be and that you won't be one of the many spammers.

Tip #2

Affiliate managers want your business.  The more legitimate affiliates they have the more sales they will get.  This is the number one reason why they are easy to talk to.  They want you to succeed.  They just want to make sure you are on the level.

Tip #3

An affiliate manager has to make money to justify the costs of the affiliate program.  There are going to be occasions when you get cancelled from a program.  This is usually due to low sales volume or lack of activity.  In many cases, contacting the affiliate manager can get you reinstated.  But you'll want to really start promoting in order to get sales.

Tip #4

Don't be afraid to hit up the affiliate manager for advice.  Affiliate managers know their business and the products that they sell.  As I already mentioned, they want you to succeed.  Ask them which campaigns used by other affiliates have worked the best.  If you need some kind of custom banner or something like that, they will often be happy to help.

Tip #5

Don't sign up unless you are going to promote.  Services like Commission Junction, Linkshare, and Share-a-Sale, have multiple affiliate programs.  People often sign up for pages of affiliate programs at a time and then wonder why they start getting deactivated.  It's usually due to inactivity on your part.  If you are not planning on promoting something, don't sign up for it.

A Bonus Tip...

One of the quickest ways of getting dropped by an affiliate manager is to break their rules or terms of service.  An affiliate manager needs to make sure that the company doesn't get in trouble.  That is why they have those rules in place.  Make sure you read over and understand the terms of service.  Ask questions if you don't.

Affiliate Managers are Approachable

If you follow the rules and you work with your affiliate manager, you will see that they are easy to get along with.  Remember, you are the one making them money for them, not the other way around.  So there is no reason to be afraid to contact them and ask them for help.  It's in their best interest to see you succeed.​

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