Grammarly: A Must-Have Tool for Blog Content Creators



This post includes affiliate links.   There are two tools I use when creating blog content: Grammarly HemmingwayApp Grammarly fixes my writing mistakes. HemmingwayApp makes content easier-to-read. Use both and you’ve got all you need to create better blog content. Typos and grammar mistakes aren’t the end of the world, but they don’t look good when you’re attempting to appear professional. You don’t want to complicate subjects either, using heavy words when simple works better. Grammarly has a free and paid version HemmingwayApp is totally free Let me share why I like these two tools, and why I think they’ll...

The 7 Steps to Writing SEO Friendly Content



SEO friendly content gets more traffic... and this means more actions (like sales). You want that, right? Let's get into it. Step 1: Choose the Topic’s Difficulty Difficulty depends on: Keyword Competition You could attempt to capture single-keyword topics but you’re up against big brands with huge budgets. Instead, I’d recommend you choose a topic based on long-tail keywords. These are keywords with fewer searches but tighter search queries and intent. Example: Easy: DIY Stencil Guide Hard: Stencils The topic’s difficulty will shape the content’s scope, keeping the content ‘tight’. Step 2: Measure the Keyword You’ll want at least some...

Bluehost vs HostGator: I’ve Used Both, Here’s My Review



For the past few years, I’ve been using Bluehost for my online projects. I wanted to get a real feel for their services to provide you with a better comparison. Prior, HostGator was my preferred hosting service. I used both for niche affiliate sites to my personal portfolio and blog. There are hundreds of Bluehost vs HostGator reviews – they do a great job, but I think they cover a bit too much information for beginners, appealing to word count. Instead, I wanted to give you my thoughts from an affiliate marketer perspective. What I’d like to cover: Pricing Features...

Google’s Webmaster Tools (Search Console): The Best Parts



This isn’t a complete guide to Google Webmaster Tools (aka Search Console). It’s an overview sharing its best bits. Plus, how you can use it to improve website and marketing efforts. Submitting Your Site to Google for Faster Indexing Launched a site? Get it submitted to Google. Google will find your site as you’re building links. Or, sharing content and getting mentioned on social. You can claim your site and submit it to Google through the Webmaster Tools interface. This includes submitting a sitemap! Doing so tends to index your site faster. Open Search Console -> Select Property -> Add...

Who Doesn’t Want to Get More Clicks? Here’s How.



You have all these tactics to improve your site traffic and reach. You can obsess about them trying to squeeze every bit of performance. Let’s bring this back to basics… Effective affiliate marketing is simply getting more people clicking your links. That’s it? The idea is letting the landing/sales page do its thing. A company will spend tons of money refining their website, UX, and sales funnel. They’re working tirelessly improving conversion rate optimization. A good landing page is one of the factors you look for when choosing affiliate programs and its offers after all. What this means: Get more...

How to Use a Social Media Name Checker to Lockdown Your Profiles



You’ve got a business idea and you’ve got a name for the brand. You register the domain and business aaaaand…. Oh phooey! Someone already has your name on social media sites. Looks like that Facebook page is no good. Gah! Someone also has it on Twitter, too! Surely Instagram? Nope, not there either. If someone tried searching they’d get mixed messages about you. That could hurt the business. Not good. Checking if your name is available with a social media username search tool is commonly overlooked. Suppose your business got popular but the social was an afterthought – you: Won’t...

SEO Toolbox: The Ahrefs SEO Toolbar is Back in Action



The Ahrefs SEO toolbar is available again after shuttering from a prior Google update. The toolbar provides competitive analysis and SEO metrics in Google SERPs and on-page. What is this thing and why should you care? Well… What is Ahrefs? Ahrefs is one of several industry-renowned SEO tools professionals include in their toolbox. The premium service provides detailed SEO and competitive data to help website owners gain an edge. Using Ahrefs provides: Organic Search Metrics – Discover the ranking keywords of your competition Keyword Explorer – Discover keyword data and suggestions (including trends and difficulty) Backlinks – See where you...

How to Track Your Brand’s Mentions with Google Alerts



Google Alerts is a handy tool to watch your name online, so you don’t miss opportunities to build or manage your brand’s reputation. It’s also handy for spying on the competition. The tool provides mentions as they come through or a daily/weekly roundup. The use case we’re talking about is how you can set this keyword to your name, brand, and website. Sounds beneficial for your online activities? This article explains how to set up Google Alerts and use it for a variety of beneficial media monitoring capabilities, for free. How to Set Up Google Alerts: The Free Social Media...

These 3 Registrars Have the Cheapest Domain Names



You got to have that domain before someone grabs it. You’re itching to get something started because you’ve found that perfect domain name. Then you realize you have a couple dozen domains and things are getting costly with the renewals. Is this you? Because it sure is me! The year rolls by and most of those domains you’ve still haven’t set up a site. You’re paying tons of money holding them because you keep telling yourself, “this is the year I start project X”. This domain hoarding is the reason you should use cheap domain name registrars. Note: This post...