A tip to finding guest post opportunities
Aug13

A tip to finding guest post opportunities

12SHARESFacebookTwitter Warning: This shouldn’t be your only outreach method. In the near future I will be detailing other ways to find guest post opportunities. Now that I’ve started working as an actual SEO I’ve created this blogging category to share my big tips on SEO and specifically with this article, finding blogs that allow guest posts. This will essentially mean that whatever I’ve found useful during work – I’ll share it. It’ll also be a reference that I can look back to in case I stupidly forget what I’m doing and have a nervous breakdown. (Not going to happen…) How do I find blogs that allow guest posts? The one major part of my work is to link build and content marketing is a very decent method to promote your site. After all, every major digital marketing company is using content marketing to build up links for major brands. To find blogs/websites that allow guest posts I’ll use the aid of Google search operators. You don’t really have to type in anything fancy and you’ll only really need to use the more technical search operators if you have specific requirements. Though I find that the quotation marks usually work well for most search uses. If I wanted to find a blog that allows guest posts that fit, let’s say, “cars” then I would type the following into Google: “guest post requirements” “cars” Result: Those are all sites that you could potentially get guest posts on and the list is endless. Or if I wanted to find financial websites that allow guest posts, I’d change “car” with “finance” and we’ll also change the key term (The first part in quotations): “guest post” “finance” As you can see there is a large list of sites that are potential guest posting opportunities and they fit the niche that I’m trying to target. Now I would not use the term “guest post requirements” or “guest posts” for all your guest post finding adventures and I would vary these searches with the following key terms that I’ve found and they are quite useful for content marketing. You can also be country specific by doing something like the following: “guest post” “finance” “uk” 9 times out of 10 you’ll get websites that are based in the United Kingdom. I guess for the US, you’d simply type in US or “.com” or just leave it blank. However, you can also enter other top level domains or domain extensions to find specific country based sites. Key terms These are the key terms that I’ve found useful and  I’m sure you’ll be able to find more creative ways...

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Biting the silver bullet with AdSense
Jul06

Biting the silver bullet with AdSense

10SHARESFacebookTwitter I very recently cancelled my Google AdSense account; this was to do with not being able to be paid and I slowly built up a significant tab, which I was not able to withdraw or cash-in on. A couple days ago I decided to, essentially, bite the bullet and close the account. I mean, why continue building up cash, when you can’t withdraw it. The only way I could see myself withdrawing it is if I went back to Taiwan. Now, unless they owed me $2,000 then it’s simply not worth going back. I had built up around $100 — which is somewhat significant and is of course something that I worked hard in getting. If you’re reading this, you are probably asking, why did you close your AdSense account that still had around $100 dollars in it? AdSense does not allow you to change countries… … from Taiwan to the United Kingdom. They don’t allow you to change countries due to legal reasons, according to the message that popped up when trying to change  from Taiwan to the United Kingdom in the AdSense account settings tab. While I did reach the payment threshold, – and they did say they’d send payment within 90 days to an address in Taiwan where my friends are living, how will I cash that? I’m guessing I won’t be able to and now and that money will be in limbo. I even posted on the official Google product forums to no avail, so I guess this situation doesn’t happen very often. It doesn’t matter anymore. I now have a UK AdSense account and while I’m posting about AdSense, I’d like to point out the very significant differences in the Taiwan (Asian?) AdSense control panel and the UK AdSense control panel. UK AdSense vs Asian AdSense control panel I’ll be honest by saying that I never really knew there was a difference in control panels until I recently switched over to the UK AdSense control panel; it’s significantly different to it’s Asian counterpart. The Taiwan or Asian control panel version doesn’t have the option to pay direct into your bank account. Instead, you have to either accept a cheque or payment via Western Union. – I, of course, accepted Western Union due to their service not charging any fees. While it seems the UK control panel gives you the option to add your bank account details, so they can pay you when you reach the £60 threshold. The UK version of AdSense looks newer. It looks sharper and it looks like someone spent some time cleaning the old version. Additionally, the UK control panel looks like...

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“Not found” issue with WordPress
May12

“Not found” issue with WordPress

12SHARESFacebookTwitter I recently started a few new blogs and I used an automated installer to install WordPress via cPanel. However, when I created the site I noticed a few issues had arisen and that had made it impossible for me to login to “wp-admin” and “wp-login.php”, so I wondered what could have gone wrong, as every time when I tried to access those URLs, I encountered “Not found”, even though the directory does indeed exist. I knew it was a .htaccess issue, so I looked at one of my older blogs where I have none of these issues and copied my .htaccess file into the directory of my new site. I copied this .htaccess: # BEGIN WordPress <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^index.php$ – [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteRule . /index.php [L] </IfModule> # END WordPress … into my blog’s new directory and the problem was fixed. If you have this problem then this is most likely the...

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WordPress’ Photon – Slow
Apr08

WordPress’ Photon – Slow

5SHARESFacebookTwitter WordPress’ Photon – Slow WordPress has a content delivery network called “Photon” and what this content delivery does in WordPress’ own words: Give your site a boost by loading images in posts from the WordPress.com content delivery network. We cache your images and serve them from our super-fast network, reducing the burden on your Web host with the click of a button. I’m not sure what the issue is. However, on the site that is having the issue with Jetpack’s Photon module, well, it only has 600+ images and that’s including generated thumbnails. So, I’m really not sure what the problem is. Also, after scouring Google to find out if others are having issues, I found results suggesting that I was not alone. From what I gathered the WordPress staff or people who’ve worked on WordPress plugins were saying the issues could range from a wide variety of issues. It could be that my site has another plugin which is conflicting with the Photon module, it could be that the design of my website is not compatible with Photon, or it could be that my images are too large. It could be anything essentially, which doesn’t really help. So for now, I’ve disabled it until I can find or come up with a...

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No longer using Infolinks
Sep13

No longer using Infolinks

7SHARESFacebookTwitter I’ve totally stopped using Infolinks, I don’t think the return is worth it, especially for websites which don’t receive as many visitors that I’d like, thus equaling not so much profit. I think it might also make my sites a little off-putting and without any big results, it has become more or less a waste of time. Perhaps in the future I will use them again, however I’ve taken a screenshot of my entire earnings since last year. As you can see, earnings are negligible, which is why I have decided to drop Infolinks altogether. However, that’s just for now. As for AdSense, I’m making a bit of money, unfortunately for Infolinks, not so much money. The results and testing that I’ve done with Infolinks over a 9 month period has been a huge failure. I remember blogging before saying that Infolinks can be an extra source of revenue, however perhaps you should really have a large website to get any real gains out of...

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Secure your website, don’t neglect it!
Jun03

Secure your website, don’t neglect it!

12SHARESFacebookTwitter I wrote an article about this around two weeks ago, and website security is paramount, especially so when leaving your website unattended for a while. I did this an faced the consequences of having my sites hacked/cracked and I regret neglecting my website in such a way, as it was such a pain to sort this mess out. I lost a lot of my Google rankings in search results, which hit my traffic big-time, however considering I don’t worry about that much it isn’t much of a problem. However, for others who won’t know how to fix an infected site, it is better to totally re-install whatever script you’ve got installed. For example, most of my websites run on WordPress, and when my sites became infected as I hadn’t updated the latest version, the best thing to do was totally re-install my WordPress installation. – This takes care of the following: You can be at ease and know that whatever virus which has infected your site has been removed. So as long as you have totally replaced all your files, other than your images in your WordPress installation. You get rid of any back doors the hacker may have injected into your website because of any script vulnerability. Trust me on this, don’t neglect your website. It is much easier to first take care of your website rather than have to worry about it later, as it will become much harder to ‘fix’ the longer you leave...

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