Categories
Reviews

Revenge of the Affiliates – Kindle Training

Have you ever wanted to write books and sell them on Kindle? Or better yet, have someone else do the writing for you while you sell the books on Kindle and make monthly commissions?

Ever since Kindle came out I’ve been fascinated with it. So fascinated that I’ve been stockpiling a pile of books that I’ve written so I could one day go upload crazy and list them online.

geralt / Pixabay

I’m glad I held back though… because although I had done the writing I hadn’t done the research. Without research who knows if my little books would ever sell!

When Brian Johnson released his Kindle training called “Revenge of the Affiliates” I knew that I wanted it. Brian always produces quality products whether it’s how to sell halloween items or WordPress plugins – you know that they will be good.

What I really liked about the Kindle training was that there was a whole free pre launch series stepping you through how Brian makes money on Kindle. You’ll be shocked when you realise how little “writing” there is in his books but they are still of high quality and make passive income each month. I was also pretty surprised with how long it took to go through the training, how good it was and that Brian is giving it away!

In the training you’ll learn how Brian first entered the Kindle market over a year ago. He started as a true newbie in this niche and ultimately developed a system where about 10 books (that he didn’t write) earn him monthly passive income. No list, no fancy pants backlinking and starting with no advertising budget.

Here’s my overview of the pre launch video training:

Video 1 – Selling Topics

In this video Brian steps you through the research you need to do to discover topics that will sell on Kindle. Thank goodness I overcame my aversion to videos and watched this because this one video saved me from uploading my stock pile of books and re-thinking the title and category I should be focusing on. Brian also gives away some valuable tips on how to get an instant boost in the Kindle store and the best pricing strucutre for your new book. Less than 30 minutes to watch and well worth watching at least once.

Video 2 – Conversions and Traffic

Brian teaches you how to leverage traffic and get more eyeballs for free to your book. He uses this information that is freely available (just takes time to research) to name his book. Without watching this short 20 minute odd video you could risk losing traffic.

Video 3 – Reviews

Using ethical and white hat methods you learn how to use free sources and more importantly when to use them to get more reviews for your book. Getting reviews on your products and books is always important and Brian shows you how to work smarter to get reviews coming in.

Bonus – Live Training replay

I don’t often like watching webinars anymore. They are usually too long and tedious for my liking. However, I did enjoy Brian’s webinar because you get the feeling he genuinely wants to help people achieve the same success with Kindle he has. In the webinar Brian briefly describes the 6 step formula he uses to create Kindle books.

The most important take away that you get from this training is that first and foremost Brian is a marketer and not an author. Important difference because not everyone likes to write. If that’s you and you are wondering how on earth to publish on Kindle you might be surprised how easy it is to produce a quality product that people love. To support this, check out Brian’s first book on the Kindle store. I don’t want to spoil it, so I’m not going to name it here, but it is primarily images and has very little words. In addition, it has been top book in its category and continues to earn Brian money each month.

If you are a writer then you will save money by doing the work yourself and not outsourcing. More importantly, you will realise the importance of marketing when it comes to getting sales automatically and passively each month for your work.

Certainly well worth watching at least once.

You can follow along and do the free  training yourself here

Theoretically, you could do the free training that Brian provides and get a great book up on Kindle and start making sales.

However, I would suggest that once you’ve completed the training you check and see if the Revenge of the Affiliates training is available and snap it up if you can. Unlike the pre launch series the 6 step training is a pdf. It is packed full of information and expands upon what was in the launch videos. Often Brian removes this from sale so you have to sign up to his list to get notified when it is available.

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own publishing empire then I highly recommend checking out Brian Johnson’s – Revenge of the Affiliates Kindle Training course.   I’d love to have a Kindle book a day challenge where I create a book each and every day for a month and pop it up on Kindle.   With Brian’s method, I can produce a high quality book that will sell, and sell regularly.

Categories
Reviews

WP Indexer Plugin Review

I initially thought that WP Indexer by Sam Woods was just another plugin to rapidly index your WordPress posts. The purpose of most of these style of plugins is to let the search engines know that you have created some awesome content and to come on around and take a peek. I have many of these plugins already so I wasn’t inspired by this idea at all… plus I don’t have a problem getting things indexed.

But you probably all know that WordPress plugins are my weakness (and of course chocolate and coffee!) so I had to take a squizz.

Seems I had been a bit hasty in writing this plugin off as yet another indexing plugin because it’s actually a lot more (and also a cool little toy to play with as well!)

Before I tell you what the plugin does that makes it such a cool toy, I encourage you to check out the free pdf that has been created on Quick Indexing by the plugin developer. This little 26 page pdf report is suitable for anyone (even people who don’t have the plugin). What the guide will do is quickly and without gobbley gook tech speak educate you on the many ways of search engines including indexes, crawl cycles, tagging and pinging (and also functions as the user manual for the plugin, if you decide to buy it).

I didn’t think the plugin would be useful if indexing was not an issue for you. However, the developer does address these issues in the pdf report.

Installation

When you purchase the plugin you will be taken to a download area. You will need to register the domain that you are using the plugin with and then download the plugin.

I did spend a few minutes looking for a “read me” file so I knew how to drive the plugin but couldn’t find one. After clicking through to the support tab I discovered that instructions for use had been added there. However, the real instructions imo are in the pdf report that you can download.

In order to use the plugin you need to have ioncube loaders on your server. After I had uploaded the plugin through my WordPress dashboard I realised that I didn’t have that setting on the new server I’m using. A quick ticket to my web host and it was installed in minutes.

Back to the plugin …

Now it’s just a matter of configuring the settings that you want to use with the plugin. In order to do that, you really need to consult the little pdf manual.

wp-indexer-settings

At this stage I would also recommend that you install:

  • a cache plugin; and
  • Wordfence (free version)

The reason for using these plugins are to decrease bot activity. You will already be generating a lot of activity from the indexing of posts and older posts, tags, categories and other pages. A massive amount of bots will just slow down your server and website.

When you first install the plugin you set it up with recommended settings. The idea is to index things that sometimes we would normally “no index” for example, tags, categories archives, author page and use exercepts on those pages. Each of these pages gets updated all the time with out latest content when we post so develop their own page rank which can be passed to other pages in your site….. mmmm.

The set up of the plugin allows you to insert relevant tags automatically with each post (you select the number). The purpose in doing this is so it will update your Tag page and give you new pages each of which can get indexed

The plugin also generates keyword links to the tag page increasing the inter linking on your own blog using relevant and themes tags. The goal here is to eventually increase traffic

key-activity

Another feature of this plugin is that with each post you make to your home page it creates a link back to your site from these sources:

  • Authority Pingbacks this allows you to link to relevant blogs and get pingbacks
  • RSS Pinging – whenever you make a post a number of areas on your blog are changed eg the category/tag/archive and author pages. The RSS pinging function means that each of these paages are pinged as well. In addition the plugin pings these pages as well

Over a period of 7 days adjusting the settings on your blog you can basically index all the content. In addition, you can use the Related Posts feature (similar to YARP) to help users discover old content on your blog.

What first attracted me to the plugin was that you could easily see the results of what the plguin does in your dashboard in simple graph form and using a simple color traffic system.

wp-indexer-plugin

There’s a handy log feature that you can use to view the activity as well.

I don’t like to base my reviews on other peoples experience so I installed the plugin and tested it out for myself.   Within hours most of the content had been indexed and within a week all  my existing unindexed content had been indexed.    I then deactivated the plugin for a while (I was testing something else on my site).   As I have been creating new content and had WP Indexer deactivated it hasn’t indexed the new stuff.    Based on its previous performance I expect that will be indexed within hours now that it has been reactivated.

The plugin is currently available at discount here.   If you are interested in the plugin I would suggest that you read the sales page carefully as it covers a lot of features in greater depth than what I have touched on.   If you are not  interested in the plugin I would recommend picking up the little pdf that is very helpful (and free) from the sales page thread.

Categories
Reviews

Google Crystal Ball Plugin Review

Wouldn’t you love a crystal ball that tells you how you can rank in Google?

google-crystal-ballGoogle Crystal Ball plugin is a premium plugin that is designed to do keyword research for you based on what the developer has tested for what “google wants”.

According to the author Google seems to be favouring in the search results sites that are using Google Plus Author. Sites that are integrated with Google Plus regardless of size and the usual “seo” seem to rank higher.

Google Crystal Ball is easy to use just install and activate and enter in your own keywords that you wish to rank for. The crystal ball will then check those terms and determine whether you have a chance of succeeding against other sites already using social signals. It will return results for you based on a simple traffic light system where green is good and red is a no go.

The plugin also comes with support for proxies (as you will be calling on Google’s tool and you won’t want to get banned 🙂

You can see how the plugin works here:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/kZ_NYuhMS9M[/youtube]

Veit the plugin developer suggests using the plugin like so:

Step 1: use your normal research tool to find candidates you ‘like’

Step 2: BEFORE you do any of your normal competition research etc, use Google Crystal Ball almost like a ‘second opinion’:
if there are NO results whatsoever that even remotely resemble the target keyword, then it’s alarm-bells ringing. You then need to decide if that’s because it’s sooooo long in the tail that Google really has no idea what to show, or is it because it’s a high-value target and Google doesn’t actually WANT to show specific pages? If you decide to continue anyway OR there are enough ‘exact’ results in the SERPS to make you happy (that Google isn’t screwing with you), then the next step is to check what the “Google+” saturation is:

if it’s totally Google+-saturated, then you’re obviously going to have a harder time getting in there.

if there’s no Google+ competition, then Google+ should definitely be part of your overall SEO-strategy, as it’ll give you a definite boost.

At this point you now have done a quick analysis of what the competition from Google’s side is (and the odds of ‘exploiting’ the Google+-boost).

Step 3: now you continue as normal with your competition analysis (i.e.: what are the other guys up to, in terms of backlinking, on-page etc.

Central Keyword Research Hub

You don’t need to install the plugin on all your sites by the way. You can just install on one site and use it as a central hub for doing your keyword research.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to install the plugin on a particular site at all you could also just install it on your computer using instantwp.com or wamp or similar products.

Results

At this stage I haven’t tested the plugin enough to know whether the author is correct and if I find it useful enough to use.  I’ll report back when I’ve made more use of it.

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Categories
Reviews

Adsense Masters Course – The Final Blueprint Review

If you are looking to make money online with google adsense then having someone to give you adsense training is a good place to start.

There are a lot of adsense courses on the market and information available through google iteself on making money with the adsense program.

One course that I really like is the Adsense Master Course by John Robinson (also known as xfactor). I’ve written about John previously when he released his microniche adsense course years ago.

John has moved from the microniche model and teaches people now via his ebooks, forum and coaching groups how to build a solid auhtoirty site using adsense as the monetization method.

I picked up the Adsense Masters Course when it was first released. In fact, I was on the waiting list for it!

Here is what the course promises:

If you are expecting a short ebook full of fluff then you are in for a surprise. The ebook weighs in at a whopping 512 pages! Whilst there are some pictures and the usual disclaimers the bulk of the book is pure content.

Goal of the course:

To build a sustainable site where you don’t have to worry about Google updates and avoid “internet marketing fads and trends”

One of the things that John has done is divide the course into different phases and steps to make it easier to consume as follows:

Introduction
1) Finding your niche
2) collecting resources
3) creating your 5 point mission statement
4) choosing domain and hosting
5) setting up WP (optional)
6) Adding social media (optional)
7) installing your site management tool
8) keyword strategy
9) content master – articles, curation, keywords, onpage seo
10)publishing articles
11) polishing your site
12) launching, seo and social
13) blog post action plan
14) checklists

Old hands that are familiar with John’s style are advised to go straight to phase 9 (which has a lot of information in it!).

If you are used to building sites around keywords then John’s insight into finding your niche may be a bit of a slap in the face. Truth is people have been building sites (very successfully) around that method for years. In fact, John has a little study on a guy that did the exact same thing whose site makes $500 per day (adsense and contextual ads) from a niche not based on keyword research and link building.

When most people think of building up an authority site one of  the first sticking points is how to write all the content. John has already got you covered there with some 45 template ideas on content creation.

Who is it suitable for?

[unordered_list style=”star”]

    newbies and more advanced users

[/unordered_list]

Any upsells?

[unordered_list style=”star”]

  • Yes, there is an upsell to a forum to get more hands on help and guidance. The forum is by application only and charges a monthly fee. I did not take the upsell.

[/unordered_list]

Pros

  • Really well laid out information that is “doable”
  • Step by step plans to guide you through all the phases of the bluprint
  • checklists to make it easier to action the steps (daily, weekly, mid year etc)
  • The 48 hour fast track plan is great for those that want to dive in straight away, rather than follow the checklist for slower results. The good thing is that John has considered the pace that people like to do things.

Cons

  • You will NOT make money overnight! Like all things you need to work and be committed to reach the figures discussed in the sales letter.
  • The ebook is set up for Google Adsense monetization. However, John does state (page 15) that no matter “what your monetizing interests are (Adsense, Affiliates, Product Owners, Etc.) this course is for you.
  • Adsense is not the biggest payer in the world and is known to be quirky (ie banning people). Think of the type of niche and if there are programs that could be used to replace adsense if you get banned or that could be used in conjunction with adsense.

John’s course is quite thorough so it would be impossible to give it a massive review without giving away too much of his information.

If I’ve whet your appetite [ilink style=”info” url=”http://y5y.info/amm”]click here to find out more[/ilink].

Categories
Reviews

CMS Commander Review

Having a central dashboard to manage all your sites is something of a dream come true. When Manage WP came out it was the answer to a lot of webmasters prayers. Finally, the one spot to see what sites you have, update them, clone them and back them up. Unless you were a WordPress network user you probably had never experienced that before.

The only problem with Manage WP is that it manages WP (beautifully I might add). But what if your site (or your client’s site) is not made from WordPress?

Well usually, that means that you need to keep a spreadsheet or something similar with all the information in it. If you are in charge of maintaining the site you need to keep all the logins safe and handy and if you are backing up …you are backing up each site individually *sigh*

Well there had to be an easier way and of course some bright spark has done it

The bright spark in this case is Thomas Hoefter. Now that name may already be familiar to you because Thomas has been around and active in the WordPress community for some time as the creator of the WP Robot autoblogging plugin, amongst other things.

Thomas has created a platform called CMS commander to make it easy for webmasters to have a central dashboard to manage sites that are WordPress (of course) but also sites created in Joomla, Drupal and phpBB.

Managing the Sites

Having the central dashboard in CMS Commander you can manage all the sites under the one roof, cloning, logging in, updating the sites – no problem at all.

And, of course, WP Robot users will find that the CMS Commander platform integrates with WP Robot making it super easy to update those niche sites.

Here’s a quick  video review of the cms commander platform:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZuo9aItBoE&feature=share&list=UUeLBbxdKqIhqF8hABC5EYtA [/youtube]

Features:

  • Manage your sites – check comments, add content
  • Clone – your website including the data, content, plugins and settings in a flash.
  • Update – plugins and themes across all your sites using the handy Bulk Actions feature
  • Backup – each site and restore it if needed
  • Add Content – if you are a WP Robot user then you will love the integration
  • making it easy to add content across all your sites
  • Stats – Thomas is adding in integration for Google Analytics statistics

Pros

  • Great set up for people that manage sites created from a number of platforms;
  • Internet marketers with a number of niche sites that want integration with WP Robot
  • Currently it is in beta so you can sign up for free and manage 50 sites.
  • Thomas is very responsive to feedback and suggestions for improvement

Cons

  • The platform is in beta so there are still a few tweaks and bugs to be ironed out.
  • No word of what the pricing (if any) for the platform will be when it is released.

Sign up for the beta release here:     http://cmscommander.com/

 

Categories
Reviews

Push Button SEO Review

It seems every 5 minutes that there is a new  push button SEO WordPress plugin promising great things to users.      WordPress SEO plugins tend to come in a few different flavours there are those that make it easy to complete your SEO meta data on each post and page, those that track your ranking and link building efforts and those that teach you to optimize your content for the search engines for maximum effectiveness.

We know that if we want to rank our sites in search engines like Google and get their coveted first page position organically then we need to optimize our content for the search engines.         SEO means different things to different people.       Some people have set rules about keyword research, keyword density, content formula and links.      It can all result in a lot of time being spent to perfectly optimize your posts for search engines and engage visitors as well.

push button seo review

Rules of  Engagement

Nowadays in the changing content delivery and engagement world (or blogging as I call it!)  it’s important to have different modalities for visitors to consume your content and  for search engines to spider.    A combination of  text, images and video/audio is an effective way of ensuring that the visitors that hit your site have a way of consuming the information in the way that they want.      Add in some social media share buttons and your truly  on your way to the first steps in creating an engaging blog.

The problem ….  

The problem is that:

a) most of us don’t like to think too much when creating our content about keyword density, LSI, related tags and the like; and

b) we don’t have time to create multiple forms of content for each post that we write across multiple blogs.   Heck some of us even struggle with writing the post!

WordPress Solutions to the Rescue

WordPress plugin developers have known this for years and have created plugins that can pull in content in the form of video, images and the like.    Other plugins have been created to teach us SEO by use of a plugin.     The problem with both those solutions is that there was never ONE easy to use solution that allowed you to quickly optimize  your content and bring in related content for more engagement.

Push Button SEO Review

Problem Solved 

A new WordPress plugin has hit the market the brain child of  successful internet marketer Brian Johnson.    The plugin addresses all the common SEO issues and makes SEO  push button easy for newbies and experienced users alike.    The plugin allows you to quickly add in your  Primary keyword for your post.   It then gets busy and analyzes your content.      It uses a simple traffic light system of red, amber and green.    If  your content is green your keyword is in the content sufficiently.       You can then pull in related keywords so you can either incorporate them in your post or use them as tags.      Now there are all already plugins that do this on the market and they are good.     There are two main differences with this plugin.    The first difference is that it is easy to use.     It doesn’t complicate things by telling you about keyword density and lots of other stuff it just gives you the relevant traffic light.

The next difference with this plugin is that it allows you to pull in SEO friendly content to add more engagement, interest and SEO value to your content.      You can quickly search using your keyword for images, video or snippets in the form of blogs on that topic or news.     Click the content to add it to your article.    It really doesn’t get any easier.   A simple refresh of your browser will let  you know if  your content has now been given the green light or if you still need to add a bit more content in.

Push Button SEO WordPress Plugin

Pros

The plugin has a number of  features in short it:

  • builds a  database of incoming search terms from search engines.   In the admin screen you can see the keywords that  you are ranking for.   You can then use that information   to optimize the content for even more traffic
  • improves internal linking
  • allows the user to choose additional seo friendly content from Flickr, You Tube, News and Blogs to import into your posts or pages.
  • allows users to show snippet content for trackback love
  • shows related searches and keywords that you can use to incorporate into additional LSI content in your posts or use as tags
  • prompts you to change meta data
  • easy to use with simple but effective interface and little, if any, learning curve
  • comes with SEO training

Cons

  • You still need an SEO plugin for your meta data.   I prefer Yoast SEO and it works well with that
  • if you use Yoast SEO it already has inbuilt related keywords (but not as comprehensive as Push Button SEO)
  • there are about 3 plugins that you could use (most premium plugins) that you could combine to get the same effect (although one has heavy server load)

From the blogosphere:

Push Button SEO Review – Using Your Key Phrase

Placing your key phrase in notable positions will help you to get a excellent rating in the research engines. copy the snippet content and link to the result to click the sippet

Push Button SEO

Push Button SEO is a WordPress plugin that will help you automate the SEO process

WordPress SEO

And, yes I used the beta version of Push Button SEO in conjunction with Yoast SEO to create this post.

Grab your copy of  Push Button SEO 

or pick up the lite version of the plugin to try it out.

Categories
Plugins Reviews

WP Robot Autoblogging plugin Review

People often think of auto blogging as a fast way to easy cash.   That’s just not true (although I’m sure that there are some successful autoblogs to prove me wrong).   Like any other blog you need to do your research, have a hot niche and the right market.   In order to have a blog that both the search engines and visitors like you need a blog with content that appeals to your visitors as well as constant content.

What is autoblogging?

Autoblogging is basically the concept of content that has been syndicated on the internet being automatically fed to your blog. In am always  experimenting with auto blogs, drip fed blogs and hybrid blogs to try and find the system that  produces the most  income for the least effort  on a niche blog.   So far what I have found to be the best performers are what I call hybrid blogs.

A hybrid blog is a  blog where I have done my keyword research and I have added at least 20 original articles written by my lovely US writer.    These are for  little niche blogs only and not on a money or authority site.  When I add my original content to these blogs I add it as pages for two reasons.  One of the reasons is that it makes it easy for me to figure out what content in the blog is original should I ever need to remove some auto blogged content.   The other reason is that it seems in my experiments that pages are considered more important by the search engines.

I then add further automation to this mix including plugins to automate SEO, tags, rss distribution, article distribution and link building.     It sometimes becomes a complicated mix and often things break and plugins  won’t play nicely with each other.     The automation process is something that I’m constantly experimenting with on test sites to see what mix produces the best results in so far as automated link building, quality content, visitor value and monetization methods and conversion.     I then add some automated content as Posts.    Again, the reason I add it as posts is if I notice that I have been slapped or penalized in some way it’s a simple matter to identify and remove the offending content.

I have a number of auto blogging plugins that I play with to generate the automated content for me.    One of my long term old faves is WP Robot.      What I like about WP Robot is that it retrieves good quality content and has excellent support.      So many plugins sound so good, then once you buy the support goes and you are left emailing a cyberspace void.    WP Robot has been out for years now and the developer shows no signs of going anywhere.  In fact, the product is being constantly improved and shows no signs of slowing down.

WP Robot has the option of buying additional modules (20!) to incorporate different things and money making streams in your blog. You have a choice of buying the entire package of 20 modules plus bonuses or you can pick and choose which modules you want to use. The different modules include Clickbank, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo Answers, YouTube videos, Commission Junction products, Shopzilla comparisons, articles and lots more.

One of the modules is a translator which is a great way of  getting extra visitors and SEO value by translating your blog into another language.    Have a look at your site statistics one day in cpanel you may be surprised at the countries where your visitors are coming from and their native language.

The ability to add  articles and rss feeds mixed in with other content automatically is great to keep your blog fresh and give the search engines a reason to visit.   A good blog post that is interesting to a reader usually has some text content, an image and a video.   WP Robot makes it super simple to integrate all those things effortlessly.  Although, initially it’s expensive to buy if you use it over a number of blogs you will quickly see that it’s a cheap way to get fresh content to your blog.

Finally, a handy feature that WP Robot has for over achievers with multiple blogs is the Control Centre.    Basically you can log in to the Centre and administer all your blogs from the one dashboard.      This makes it easy to add new features or remove them from multiple websites quickly.

One caveat that I should mention is that you absolutely MUST have some unique content on your site that your visitors actually are interested in and want to read.  Otherwise you really are just polluting the web with more rubbish that one day will be slapped in these post Panda days.        There’s a right way and a wrong way to autoblog.   Use caution, add content naturally, mix it up and always think about what your visitor, those real people out there, actually want to know and read about.

You can try a demo version of  WP Robot here