briankindsvater

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  1. Amazon Affiliate Program Changes

    Gonna have to be more creative and careful with links. Found a silicone ball gag listed under home, clothing, health and novelty: 8, 7, 4.5 and 4 percent commissions respectively.
  2. Amazon is changing payments in its affiliate program. Instead of rewarding successful affiliates who refer more sales with higher commissions, it is all a flat rate. Guess where Amazon put the default flat rate - at the low or high end of the commission tiers? Yep - 4% default for products. Some categories are even lower. A couple categories are higher, such as apparel and home products. Depending on product selection, and how many sales were referred, some affiliates could see up to a 56% loss in income. Ouch. New affiliates previously at the 4% level will make more by promoting clothing. Here is the current fee agreement: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/operating/policies#Associates Program Fee Statement Here is the new fee agreement effective March 1st: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/operating/compare
  3. When advanced SEO isn't advanced

    I've seen $300 to install Wordpress with an autoinstaller. $60 yearly domain registration fees. People just don't know any better.
  4. Facebook Competing With Craigslist

    This has been a growing issue in eBay's affiliate forum - especially with FB not allowing some outgoing direct affiliate links thereby forcing everything to be on FB. eBay is a company with loads of troubles.
  5. Traffic from Pinterest?

    I was reading a report suggesting Pinterest as a way of getting good traffic to your website. Pinterest pages can rank well from what I've seen. Well, it turns out a bunch of my sites which are product heavy with lots of graphics have already had their pages and pics pinned all over Pinterest and have Pinterest generated pages such as https://www.pinterest.com/source/chocolatiers.co.uk/ (example only, not my site). So maybe I don't need to do anything because others have already done the pinning. Looking at server log stats for the year, though, I'm seeing negligible referral traffic. What's your take? Pinterest waste of time to get traffic to website? Or doing my own pages would better target info and get good traffic?
  6. Just Made 41 Cents

    Up to 82 cents aka DOUBLED MY MONEY! I'm thinking a good Kindle Select strategy would be to have whatever is most valuable in your ebook at the end. At the beginning make sure readers know it is at the end so they will scroll to the end to read it. Who cares if they read what is in the middle. Maybe a freebie. Whatever it is - put it at the end and make sure the reader quickly knows they need to check it outl
  7. Amazon Wins

    New studies are showing amazing stats for Amazon: 38-55% of holiday shoppers will start their shopping on Amazon versus search or anywhere else. 94% of holiday shoppers will do at least some of their shopping on Amazon. (See references at http://searchengineland.com/report-amazon-grows-lead-product-search-engine-choice-259985). For the bazillion affiliates who put up sites telling visitors to go shop at Amazon, you got your wish. Your site is now no longer needed.
  8. Changes to Keyword Planner

    Reflects Google's philosophy. All that matter is AdWords and big spenders. Little guys not wanted. Freeloaders with websites only wanting natural search rankings are not wanted. That's why the Google search pages continue to eliminate and reduce actual search listings.
  9. Stories here: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-penguin-4-live-22737.html http://searchengineland.com/google-updates-penguin-says-now-real-time-part-core-algorithm-259302 Brief overview: Panda is a Google on page quality control algorithm. Thin, short, poor, spammy content on your web pages can trigger "Panda" which drops your search rankings. Penguin is a Google off page quality control algorithm. Poor, irrelevant, spammy backlinks to your web pages can trigger "Penguin" which drops your search rankings. Previously, Penguin was manually run and the last time that happened was in October 2014. What does that mean? 1. If your site was penalized by Penguin in 2014 that penalty has remained in effect until today - even if you cleaned up your backlinks a year ago. 2. If your site has been happily ranking from spammy backlinks acquired after October 2014 there is now a potential penalty and your site may be toast shortly before the biggest shopping season of the year. Both Panda and Penguin now run in 'real time' which means no more manual updates. Improvements and 'dis-improvements' in your backlinks can immediately impact your rankings. Notes: - These are Google algorithms. Important ones, but not the only ones impacting your search rankings in Google. They are irrelevant to Bing / Yahoo. - With 'real time' results happening to rankings after Google finds new links or discovers old links are gone, it may be possible to test ranking results on a link by link basis. Remember - finding backlinks which penalize a site means you need to disavow them for your site but also try to get them linking to your competitors.
  10. Changes to Keyword Planner

    The Keyword Planner has always been terrible and provides few keywords. On the other hand, creating page targeting keywords and using Google Search Console to see the exact search phrases and search counts is amazing. You don't have to rank to use this data as the "impressions" Google provides are the search counts.
  11. The Rio Olympics is Crap

    The online streaming (and playback of completed events) is awesome. I haven't watched the NBC broadcast because the volume of commercials is ridiculous. Not only can you see complete events, but the British announcers are light years better than what NBC puts together for a couple events to show in prime time.
  12. I was going to suggest inserting homo sapiens as a gender replacement since it is accurate. But, looking at Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens I see " sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo" so technically just using "homo" will suffice. Instead of businessman, policeman, and freshman we can have businesshomo, policehomo, and freshhomo.
  13. If you'd develop your psychic abilities instead of messing with php this wouldn't be an issue.
  14. The Warrior Forum

    1.1 million claimed members ... and the copyright challenged bonus #1 is still available for the first 100 buyers of the vault. Has there been a first buyer?
  15. Olympics

    I turned on the Olympics during the opening ceremony and it was a commercial break. Then NBC showed a minute of pictures of the womens gymnastics team. Not sure why, but then it was back to commercials. That was the last my TV has seen of the Olympics. Shooting - one of the oldest events. It's a skill - not like some events with overgrown humans on steroids, or other events where you're too old once puberty hits.