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.
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
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
Step 5 - Click on "Add a Gadget" Link
Step 7 - Type in the Code Shown or Copy and Paste From Below
Code to Copy and Paste:
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
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.
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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