Grammarly is an amazing service that is pretty essential for writers, bloggers and basically anyone looking to improve their grammar. While there is a free version, the premium version offers even more features that are very useful for everyday life. Grammarly for bloggers has become a very important tool and one I personally use. It may not be better than a personal Proofreader but for some people, it’s the best option on a limited budget. Without further ado, let’s take a look at how Grammarly works, the benefits and more. Grammarly Premium Features The premium Grammarly membership includes just a few more features than the free membership. It’s time to have a quick run-down of what they are (including what you will be able to access with a free membership too.) Grammar and punctuation checker As the name would suggest, the main purpose of Grammarly is that of a grammar and punctuation checker. It is easy to make little mistakes, especially if you write on a regular basis. Alternative suggestions are offered that might make more sense in your sentences and with the premium version, you will get more in-depth information on how to correct frequent errors. Spell checker A simple spell checker is provided on all Grammarly accounts so that you can correct any typos at the touch of a button. Plagiarism checker A plagiarism checker is included, which is really important if you create content for a living. You can learn more about this feature later. Additional writing insights and goals Available only on the premium version, there are further writing insights and the ability to set goals with your writing. This is very useful for many professional writers and can definitely help you become better with your words over time. While you might think you are an expert with the English language, it is amazing how much more you will continue to learn when you have a tool like this at your fingertips. Grammarly Premium Prices A one-month subscription to a premium account is $29.95It is $19.95 a month for a quarterly subscription with a single payment of $59.95The annual subscription is $11.00 per month with a single payment of $139.95. The yearly subscription package would obviously save you a lot of money but it depends on how long you plan on using the service. You also get a free trial membership of the premium services. This allows you to see if you find the extra services useful before you make a financial commitment! If you are a professional writer or aim to become one in the future, you can definitely spare just over ten bucks a month to help it happen. Academic writers and bloggers have claimed that Grammarly has helped them become so much more confident with their writing and you might only need to use it for a few months. How Grammarly Helps Bloggers There are so many bloggers out there who use Grammarly on a regular basis, so how exactly does it help? You might be thinking that if you are a good blog writer, there is no need to use Grammarly but that simply isn’t true. Grammarly is there to improve the skills that you already have. A great writer can become an amazing writer with the help of Grammarly. Below you will see some ways that the platform helps all kinds of different bloggers out there. It is amazing how many errors you’ll notice you’re making when you start using Grammarly with your blog writing. These might be small grammatical errors or even a certain word you have been spelling wrong but just didn’t realize. When Grammarly informs you of this mistake a few times with the spell checker, you should automatically start writing it correctly.Grammarly is super easy to use on different browsers. Some other ways that you can use Grammarly as a writer can be found in the next paragraph.Your vocabulary is sure to improve by using Grammarly. It is really important to change up your writing style from time to time and generally add words to your own vocabulary. The vocabulary enhancement feature is available with a premium account and it will check your content for words you use too often and suggest alternatives. Readers might get bored with your blog if you rehash the same content/words over and over again, so this is less likely to happen if you have Grammarly.If you have any problems with the feature, there is a support team available 24/7. They are a great team, with customer satisfaction their number one aim and will do their best to get any issues sorted right away. Grammarly works on many platforms not just WordPress How Can Grammarly Be Used? Since Grammarly was first created, it has evolved in terms of all the different ways that it can be used. There is a Chrome extension that allows you to use Grammarly online whenever you need it. Many bloggers/writers use Google Docs to draft their documents and with the Chrome extension, you will see a little icon; any corrections needed when you are working will be alerted to you.You can also download and use it on your Windows device. This allows you to work offline while still having 24/7 support from Grammarly.You can use Grammarly with Microsoft Office, which is actually the number one software for creating different documents. This is such an important tool that you can utilize on all your Microsoft Office projects as required. How Does Bad Grammar Affect Sales? If you have an e-commerce website or indeed any website where you are selling products, bad grammar is not going to work in your favor. Good grammar and spelling are the very least you expect from a company that portrays itself as professional. Think about it this way, if you click onto a new shop and you notice the page littered with mistakes, are you going to see them as a professional and trustworthy company? The answer is probably going to be no. Appearance is EVERYTHING and online, this largely comes down to the way that you write and portray yourself. You will notice such a boost in sales with such a simple detail as having correct grammar/spelling throughout your site. About Grammarly’s Plagiarism Checker As a content creator, it is really important that you are posting original and unique content. Not only to stand out from the crowd but to make sure that you are not breaking any laws with what you are putting out there. The premium version has a plagiarism checker so you can make sure your writing is original. Grammarly’s plagiarism checker is part of the subscription Perhaps you work with other writers and want to make sure their work is 100% their own before publishing it. So how does Grammarly’s plagiarism checker actually work? It is an online tool that compares your writing to 16 billion online pages and even academic paper databases. If there is found to be the same writing elsewhere, you will be notified about it right away. Conclusion: Grammarly Review For Bloggers We hope you have benefited from reading this Grammarly Review. You literally have no reason not to give the free version a try. It’s totally free to try and use live on your blogs today. I would seriously consider the Premium Service if you can’t afford a proofreader. Any good blogger knows the importance of good spelling and grammar. When you see how amazing it is and how much it improves your writing, you will definitely feel inspired to go for the premium version. However you like to write online and whatever your situation might be, the advantages of Grammarly are extensive and I think this has been made quite obvious. We are so lucky to have these kinds of tools at our disposal so why not take full advantage of it? Sign up today and you’ll wish that you’d discovered it sooner!
Written By : Carl Broadbent Website building and affiliate marketing can be very viable and appealing sources of income. I’m sure you’ve read blog post after blog post of online content creators, convincing you to take their course on how to become an expert at monetizing your content. They make it sound like they have the answers to all of your problems. Soon you’ll be making thousands of dollars and quitting your day job before you know it, all thanks to their colorful PDF documents. But did these people just have a random stroke of luck? Have they actually tried their method more than once? Why would you model a potential business after someone who hasn’t done further research? I’m here to introduce you to a company and a program that I HAVE tested. Income School and their Project 24. I have personally met the owners (Ricky & Jim) and had the great privilege of learning directly from them in my own home, where I received two full days of 1 to 1 personal coaching from them. A privilege not many get from these world-leading niche website affiliate marketers. In this article, I’ll share with you my personal experience meeting with Ricky and Jim. We’ll also talk about the passive income I’ve made through using their tried and true methods, as well as how you can get started in building a profitable niche/authority website. Let’s get started! Personal Relationship With Income School Before we discuss Project 24, I thought I’d share with you how I met Ricky and Jim and why I endorse them as much as I do. A little over a year ago, Income School had a contest on their YouTube channel. They would travel to whoever won and help them create and optimize their niche site for monetization. It was fairly simple to enter, all you had to do was comment on one of their videos. So I did it. I commented and low and behold, I won! https://youtu.be/TwTHIl1EhTg Ricky and Jim packed their bags and flew all the way from the US to the UK to meet with me. We sat down over the course of two days and discussed my already existing site. Together we took a look at my niche, what content I had already created and how it was performing. After analyzing my current work, it was clear that with some tweaks, my site had the potential to increase exponentially in traffic which would then increase in monetization. I saw fairly immediate results and even just a year later, I’m earning much more online than I was prior to meeting Ricky and Jim. Overall, I’d say it was a very eye-opening experience and one I won’t soon forget. Just one of my sites alone has seen traffic increase by over 200% and is now very close to earning me a full-time income. Just from that one site! Why am I telling you this? Because I know how genuine Ricky and Jim are. I know first hand that Project 24 works. Perhaps most importantly, I’m the only reviewer who has had this personal experience. While I could sit back and keep all of this information to myself, I have chosen to share it with all of you. It was a stroke of luck that I won that contest and now I want to help point all of you in the right direction to creating a profitable niche site of your own. That’s what a creative community is all about. My experience with Income School and Project 24, was lifechanging and it could be the same for you! Ricky and Jim arriving at my home What Is Income School? Ricky Kesler and Jim Harmer founded Income School in 2013. To be clear, they purchased the domain in 2013 but they didn’t see success until a few years later. Ricky and Jim have been friends since high school and have a long-standing friendship and business partnership. The two had built several niche websites up to success and thought they should create a platform sharing their method. They started off with a podcast that didn’t take off quite as they’d hoped, but persistence is key. Their successful websites, some of which are listed below have been used to showcase their system and methods. Some of which they sold for large sums of money and some they continue to grow and use as case studies. ImprovePhotography – Sold 2019 for an undisclosed sum. Reported to be a 7 Figure sum! Knifeup.com – Sold in the region of $250,000+ CamperReport.com – Earns $8,000+ per month Emborapets – Gets over 100,000 page views a month after only 12 Months If you’re unsure of their credentials to make and run an affiliate marketing course then check out the sites above. Instead of giving up and selling their domain, they decided to exhaust all of their options. That’s where Youtube comes into the picture. They hadn’t yet tried marketing their program via Youtube. It started off a bit haphazard just posting here and there but pretty soon after, they had amassed a fairly large audience, hungry for SEO and marketing tips. Before they knew it, Income School was a 7 figure per year business. As previously stated, persistence is key! Did you know in Hollywood they use a phrase “overnight success is 10 years in the making”? That’s because when you see a big star suddenly appear on screen, they’ve probably played much smaller roles before. You just never knew their name before. Keep in mind persistence is key and overnight success is 10 years in the making when starting your business. Back to Income School and Project 24. This is a resource designed to give you a step by step guide for creating a niche and authority site. What is an authority site? When you google a topic, you’ll be given a little snippet or blurb at the top of your search page. That brief summary of your search comes from an authority site. Wouldn’t you like to have your content ranked so high that it is considered an authority site by Google? Ricky and Jim promise to teach you how to make money online so that you can support your family. If you want to earn a passive income via blogging or niche sites, I couldn’t recommend Income School and Project 24 more highly. Essentially, this program will take you step-by-step through the process of creating either a niche or an authority website. After completing the course, in 24 months, you’ll have a full-time online business. That’s actually how Project 24 got its name. the goal of Project 24 is for you to be able to replace your current income with passive income within 24 months. It really is possible to have a full-time income from home within 24 months. No gimmicks, no tricks just solid proven SEO methods that work. I am living proof that anyone with little to no experience can do this. I had no computer or internet skills, I could barely use the TV remote. A lot of other programs will tell you it’s possible within
the first month. While it is possible to see some revenue in the first month,
it’s much more realistic to look at a program with longevity and realistic
timelines. Remember, overnight success is ten years in the making! There are no
shortcuts and it will be entirely worth it in the long run. Me and Ricky having a chat about everything affiliate! My Stats And Results I still can’t to this day believe that in the month of March 2019 I got a knock on the door. On opening it I was greeted by a very tired looking Ricky and Jim after they’d traveled from the USA to my home town in the UK to share their knowledge and work on one of my niche websites. I’m sure you’ve just watched the video about it, so I won’t go into too much detail. But I can tell you several months later the site www.fishkeepingforever.com has gone from strength to strength. I haven’t seen a huge spike in traffic nor any overnight success stories, but I have seen a strong growth which is around 1500 organic page views a month consistently since their visit. I only had one month where I saw a small decline and this was due to me changing hosting, server and SEO plugin. But after a couple of weeks, the traffic growth was back and continues to grow. Revenue has been a carefully planned strategy, again thanks to their advice. Our plan was to target traffic before monetizing and chasing ‘Buyer intent Keywords’. Like the famous quote says ‘Build it and they will come’ Well, it’s the same for commissions and earnings. Once the traffic started to rise above 5000 page views a month I added Ezoic Ads. We had a few issues with setting this up and using their DNS servers (which I don’t recommend), but once it was set up correctly, I started to see some nice earnings from ads. If your site is new, I would say just start with Google Ads, then as your traffic grows, switch to Ezoic. You’ll need 5000 page views a month. Once you hit that number contact them. Here’s my Ezoic affiliate link, I would be grateful if you use it. Thanks. The next stage of our monetizing strategy was to increase traffic before adding ‘Buyer Intent Keywords’ Or ‘Money Keywords’ as some people like to call them. These are keywords like, Best, Top, Review, Sale, Cheapest… and so on. These are harder to rank for keywords but will bring you more sales and affiliate clicks which equals more in commissions. This screenshot is only organic traffic. We also have around 7000 views a month from social. Total 20,000+ monthly Once we had hit 15,000 page views a month we started to add these types of articles. We instantly saw our revenue increase significantly. All as planned! As your domain age and authority grows and your traffic increases you can start to focus on revenue as we are doing now. Going after those ‘Buyer intent keywords’. As you can see from the screenshot above, traffic still increases week on week and so too does our revenue. So, what’s the plan going forward… Continue with the hit list of articles Income school and Project 24 came up with and increase traffic and add more buyer intent articles and keywords. If you follow the Project 24 Modules step-by-step, there is no reason why you can’t do the same. How Project 24 Works Project 24 is broken up into 12 modules to make the information easy to digest. Master one before moving onto the next. Modules include things like a 60 step guide, search analysis, email marketing, hiring writers and much more. I’ll briefly breakdown each module below. It’s also important to note that Ricky and Jim update their content constantly to make sure everything is up to date. They also have an hour-long seminar video, along with a wealth of knowledge on their YouTube channel. Let’s breakdown each of the modules to give you a better idea of the course. Module 1 The first module in Project 24 breaks down 60 steps to creating a successful website. This is the groundwork for everything else you’ll be doing and arguably the most important step. Essentially it’ll breakdown what makes a website successful in things like selecting a good niche, keyword research, generating revenue through your website, and even setting up a WordPress site. WordPress can be a bit tricky but they break it down in a very user-friendly fashion, so no need to be intimidated. This course alone is worth its weight in gold. Ricky and Jim went through the process with me in person to see where I could fix my site and it truly made a world of a difference. Module 2 Module 2 focuses on search analysis. Can an audience find your content if they search for it? This step breaks down your niche and helps you find the best keywords and topics to focus on to make sure your content is unique. It also ensures that you won’t run out of topics to write about in the future. This part of the course was especially helpful to me. I had content on my site already but I was just writing the same guides over and over. Once Ricky and Jim helped me come up with new subject matter to expand upon in my niche, I saw a definite increase in traffic. Module 3 Module 3 focuses on choosing a profitable niche. Rick and Jim know a thing or two about selecting a profitable niche. They’ve created a list of over 350 niches for you to sift through. It’s important to take a good look at what you want your niche to be. Will it actually have the potential to be monetized? Is it too specific? It would really be a shame to invest heavily in a niche website only to find out that your niche is not profitable. Taking the time to really investigate if a specific niche is worth your time will be worth it in the long run. This module has a 50-minute video explaining how to select a solid niche. Project 24 modules are easy to follow and there’s lots of other helpful information within the course Module 4 SEO or search engine optimization. This essentially makes sure your content is visible in search results. Many people find SEO intimidating. Although it is a lot of information, it’s really not that difficult. In this module, the video breaks down methods to increase your organic search engine results and ideas to increase traffic to your site. Many SEO optimization courses teach what are called ‘black-hat’ tricks. These are against the rules and you can be penalized by Google. Ricky and Jim are not interested in taking shortcuts, so you don’t have to worry about any of their tactics being against the rules. They focus only on white-hat tricks. Their course also focuses on creating a site that will work with any Google algorithm changes. Instagram changes their algorithm all the time and you’ll hear people complaining about a decrease in traffic. You’ll avoid a decrease in traffic on your site should Google change their algorithm. This ensures you have a steady stream of income. Module 5 This module focuses on web traffic. You can have the best content centered on your niche, but if you don’t have an audience, then what’s the point? Throughout this module, Ricky and Jim break down the best way to drive traffic to your site through social media. Not only do they breakdown which social media platforms are actually worth your time, but they’ll discuss which ones are most time-efficient. Time is money. Time efficiency is key. This course teaches you how to focus on social media strategies that take up the least amount of your valuable time so you can spend your time doing more important things. It’ll also ensure you have the best chance possible to receive a return on your investment. Module 6 Email marketing. This module will discuss whether your site may or may not need to have an email marketing plan. For some niche sites and blogs, a subscriber list is of the utmost importance. If your website is more of an authority site, then this might not serve you very much. This course is valuable because it breaks down how to use email marketing in a way that will encourage audience engagement. Increasing genuine audience engagement can turn your audience into potential buyers. It’ll also help you decide if email marketing will be beneficial for your site or not. Module 7 This module breaks down common myths surrounding website building. A lot of people will tell you to focus on something called the keyword golden ratio or KGR for short. Some people find this to be a very valuable tool, others would tell you not to waste your time. Jim and Ricky explain it in depth. They’ll also discuss the pros and cons to ensure you can make an educated decision when it comes to deciding if you want to utilize KGR in your site. Module 8 Quality content is of the utmost importance if you want to have a successful niche or authority site. Quality content also takes time to write. This all goes back to ‘time is money’. Ricky and Jim discuss the importance of hiring quality writers who can step in when you don’t have the time to write your own content. This module will break down how to find the right writers as well as how to communicate with your writers about exactly the type of content you’re seeking. It also breaks down teaching your writers how to post their content on your WordPress site. Module 9 Professional photography is an area that’s often overlooked when training people on how to build a quality niche or authority site. Audiences are very visual, which makes photography a very important element of your site. This module teaches you how to take quality photographs that your audience will enjoy. It includes 22 lessons on topics ranging from selecting the correct aperture to finding the best lighting landscapes. Module 10 This module dives into website reviews. Ricky and Jim take the time to review sites that have been developed by Project 24 students. You can learn an awful lot by seeing critiques of other people’s work. Module 11 As previously stated, quality content is key. Module 11 introduces a post structure for your content that will ultimately increase your speed as a writer. It’ll also delve into selecting the right topic to write about. Module 12 Last but certainly not least, this module focuses on
advertisement monetization. Many people are drawn to creating websites with the
goal of monetization. It takes a while to build a quality website that
ultimately will be successful with monetization. Readers are smart. They’ll be
able to tell if you’re writing to create quality and engaging content or if
you’re writing just to make a buck. This course breaks down how to use
advertisements for immediate monetization so you can focus on creating quality
content. What’s The Cost Of Project 24? The cost for membership to Project 24 is currently listed at $449 for the first year, then $199 per year after that. since the course is always being updated and add-ons are ongoing. Compared to some other courses, which I have reviewed in detail but not tried (so I can’t comment), it does seem very good value. Some other courses are listed at $899, $1500 and the highest we found was $2400. So as a price comparison we believe $449 is well placed in the market place. If I had to pick one reason why I would recommend purchasing Project 24 – it is the time-saving element of the course. Yes, you could search Google and Youtube and find a lot of this information for FREE. But it would take you a lifetime to learn! For $449 you get everything you need in a simple step-by-step guide with realistic time scales to speed up the success of your niche website. This course, in my opinion, will save you years of testing and guessing. I know that after my 1 to 1 coaching with them and their course, I’m about 12 months ahead of where I would have been if I had done it all alone. Buy Project 24 here! Testimonials It’s not only my own success that is proof that Project 24 works. I also have other friends like Paul who is featured on their website as a success story. He has not only created a great niche website using their course but he has also used their Youtube Modules to help start and build a strong Youtube channel which is growing week on week. He now has nearly 10,000 subscribers! Click here to visit his channel. Who Is Project 24 For? Project 24 is truly for everyone. Ricky and Jim say that beginners, people who have dabbled and have yet to see success, as well as experienced internet marketers, can all learn something from their course. Whether you’re just starting out and need to set up a WordPress site or, if you’re a seasoned veteran looking to make some smart tweaks to increase your revenue, you’re sure to find value in this course. One of my biggest questions was… Is the course suitable for someone who already has a website and already makes money online? Yes, the content within the course also offers information perfect for intermediates who would like to expand on their success. Maybe you want to start ranking for single, high-volume keywords, rather than long-tail keywords. Or maybe you’d like to expand into Youtube to gain a second income revenue. ‘Income School’ are experts in Youtube content and Video SEO. Project 24 not only gives you exclusive content, but it also gives you a community to rely on. It’s important to have people who will support you in your endeavors. The online forum is a great place to ask for advice or even just to chat. Ricky and Jim are online very often as well and are more than happy to help with any issues you might be experiencing. They’ll also breakdown topics further if you’re having trouble understanding something. Additional Project 24 Features Now that we’ve broken down the course a little let’s move onto some of the other features of Project 24. In this section we’ll cover: The Forum – DiscordYoutubeConstantly Updated ContentThe Acabado Theme The Forum – Discord Personally, I’m a big fan of the Project 24 Forum. It’s worth its weight in gold. Not only do you receive fantastic training through the modules, but you also gain a wonderfully supportive community. Let’s say you have a question about something you’re writing. Does it make sense? How does the layout look? Is the content thought-provoking and captivating? Hop onto Discord and consult your community in the forum. People are more than happy to provide feedback and suggestions. Remember that a community requires give and take. If you want valuable feedback, then be prepared to give feedback to others as well. You’ll learn a lot from providing constructive critiques to your community. Not only are Project 24 members always active on the forum, but Ricky and Jim are constantly online as well. They love answering questions and strive to provide you with encouragement along the way. YouTube YouTube is predicted to be the future of search queries on Google. Video format will grow and take over in the next few years. Ricky and Jim were very transparent in the fact that Income School didn’t take off until they utilized YouTube. Because they’re firm believers in the platform, Ricky and Jim include many YoutTube strategies in the Project 24 course. They answer all of your questions from SEO guides to what makes content informative and engaging. You’ll receive tips and tricks for your video content and gain access to exclusive Project 24 videos. Ricky and Jim are very giving with their knowledge. They love sharing what works for them and how you can implement their methods. Their YouTube channel offers a wealth of information for free to non-members. As a member, you’ll gain access to even more exclusive content. Constantly Updated Content Most online guides consist of a PDF booklet and that’s about it. These become dated rather quickly when algorithms and social media platforms change. It’s important to note that Ricky and Jim constantly update their content. This means you’ll always have the latest info regarding internet trends and SEO practices. For instance, Income School received a ton of questions regarding Pinterest. Pinterest is a great social media platform for promoting your blog posts and products. Not only does the platform have great analytics but the site receives tons of traffic. It’s quite simple to market yourself and your brand if you know the right tips and tricks. Ricky and Jim listened to the questions and recently released a new module centered on Pinterest and optimizing your account. What a wonderful example of listening to your customers. Project 24 gives access to all of their personal apps before releasing them to the public. They have a plugin in the works currently for internal linking within your content. Internal linking is incredibly important when it comes to audience retention. The plugin will be made available to Project 24 members before anyone else, which is very exciting. Currently, we use LINKWHISPER to interlink all our articles. But I’m sure once Income School releases their plugin we’ll be trying it out! Acabado Theme Not everyone realizes just how important website response time is when it comes to website traffic. Google considers response time as one of the main factors in ranking your site on Search Engine Result Pages (SERP). Most WordPress themes and plugins are pretty bulky files. They might look appealing, but they aren’t always designed for function. This makes it difficult to optimize your site’s speed. Ricky and Jim acknowledged that this is a problem. They set out to create a solution. After a lot of researching and testing on their own websites, the Acabado theme was born and was first offered to Project 24 members. Selecting a theme is of the utmost importance for your website. It’s essentially the entire foundation for all of your content. Your readers will judge your content and brand largely on the overall attractiveness of your site. This effects how your site is perceived and will ultimately help or hinder your business. So when looking for a theme, consider the needs of your business. Are you more of an affiliate site? Are you an authority site? Do you need the capabilities to sell products? Acabado has the capability to support all of these things. Not only is Acabado multi-functional, but it’s also designed to give incredible website speed. With its customizable and attractive design, you’re sure to impress your audience. Ricky and Jim were smart to consider the mobile site design first since most traffic comes through mobile devices. We’ll go more into depth about that in just a bit. We’ll also take a look at their built-in SEO and easy setup process. Why is it called Acabado? It’s Portuguese for “finished.” We wanted to focus on the speed and clean design which makes it easy to do a site redesign in under 3 minutes with Acabado. The REAL reason, though, is that it’s just so fun to say. It’s pronounced “Ah-cah-bah-doe.” See how clean and fast the Acabado Theme is on www.outdoortroop.com Enhanced Speed Google scores your website speed from 1 to 100. It’s nearly unheard of to have a 100% score on their Page Speed test. On average, most WordPress sites have a score of 50% or less. The Acabado theme was tweaked until it regularly tested at 100%, which is just incredible. Note that your score will not be affected by the number of images you feature on your site. The theme promises quick response time on both desktops and mobile devices. SEO Adding plugins to your site oftentimes slows things down. With such high importance placed on SEO, many sites activate second party SEO plugins. These plugins analyze your content and offer a sort of checklist to ensure your content is optimized. While those are great tools to have, is it worth negatively impacting your Google speed test? With the Acabado theme, you can have SEO optimized content while also maintaining the integrity of your website speed. The theme has built-SEO capabilities to ensure your content is consistently optimized. Overall Appearance Many WordPress themes require hours of customization to enhance the appearance of your site before it can be launched to the public. Acabado was designed to save time keeping appearance in mind and requires no customization. However, if you’d like to make adjustments to the theme, you most certainly can. This theme is especially ideal for those with little coding or website design experience. Just set it up and go. Decreased Bounce Rate We’ve all been there, you’re reading an intriguing article on a site and suddenly your screen is covered by a popup asking you to subscribe. Or perhaps its an offer for some sort of class or informational guide. The interruption takes you right out of what you were initially reading. This is not the intention of the popup. The desired intention is to retain a reader’s attention and prevent bounce. What is bounce? Bounce is when a reader leaves your site. As a website owner, you want visitors to stay on your site for as long as possible. This is why creating internal links is so important. Give them more to read! Acabado works to prevent bounce by doing away with big annoying popups. Instead, Acabado utilizes minimal messages that won’t interrupt the reader’s experience. There’s nothing an audience hates more than feeling something is being pushed on them. Keeping messages minimal will encourage your audience to stick around and read more content. This can also lead to an increase in your income and who doesn’t want that! Buy Acabado Theme Here! Mobile Optimization Did you know that on average, more than half of your website traffic comes from mobile devices? This makes having an optimized mobile display absolutely necessary. Ricky and Jim took note of this fact and worked to design the mobile layout before creating the desktop display. Acabado is one of the few, if not the only theme to place such a high emphasis on mobile optimization. Your overall mobile site appearance and efficiency won’t be compromised with the Acabado theme. In all likelihood, your mobile website might look even better than your desktop design. Pinterest We already discussed the new Pinterest module developed by Ricky and Jim. Well, they didn’t stop there, they also made it possible for you to add Pinterest images to your site. This is great for increasing your organic traffic. Now, what do I mean by Pinterest images? Images that your audience can “pin” to their Pinterest account. Pinterest is essentially a giant bookmarking site or library of links and images from all over the internet. Users sort these links like recipes and travel guides into boards. Having a pin button with all of your images allows your readers to save/pin your images to their Pinterest boards. This is free, organic marketing for you and your content. Acabado Preview & Purchasing If you’d like to see this theme in action, Ricky and Jim have implemented it on a few of their own niche sites. Check out Camper Report and Outdoor Troop to see the functionality and customization of this theme. When it comes to purchasing Acabado, Ricky and Jim offer two different buying options. The first option is a yearly recurring payment of $50. The second option is a 100-year license which is a one-time payment of $99. I’d definitely suggest the 100-year license as it is the biggest bang for your buck. Project 24 members will also receive added incentives and discounts for utilizing the Acabado theme. See their incredibly fast and clean theme here! Conclusion: Should You Buy ‘Project 24’ Course? Income School and Project 24 have made a world of a difference to me and my income. I’m so thankful to have won the contest last year and to have had the opportunity to meet Ricky and Jim in person. I truly hope my personal account and review of the program is beneficial to you and the creation of your business. Keep in mind that overnight success is ten years in the making. Ricky and Jim have designed a course that will take 24 months but those 24 months will be well worth it in the long run when you have replaced your desk job with a full-time business passive income. Check the price of the Project 24 Course Here
Why am I reviewing another intelligent linking plugin? Well, GeniusLink was recommended to me by a friend who stopped using Amazons ‘Onelink’ service. So, I thought I would give it a go and show you my findings. I have used many linking software programs and apps over the past few years and had mixed results. This Geniuslink review and teardown should be interesting….. So, will this one be any better? Let’s find out! Why Do You Need Linking Software? I’m sure you’ve all seen or heard of Amazons OneLink software, right? You add a piece of code to your site and when someone from a country other than the one where you added the link from ie: Amazon UK or Amazon US, they automatically get redirected to the Amazon where they live and to the product they clicked. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong…. Unfortunately Amazon’s ‘Onelink’ will send them to the Amazon in their country but more often than not to a different product. Boooo! Redirections convert way less than any direct click than the actual product. I had to re-install Amazon ‘Onelink’ to try and find you a good example. It didn’t take me long to find an Amazon Onelink that didn’t work. This is a perfect example of why I now use GeniusLink. Example: I searched for a common product – ‘Dog Bed’ – and found this lovely product on Amazon.com I was logged on with an address in the Google incognito mode and clicked the link to see if it would send me to the right product from Amazon US to my home store of Amazon in Canada (PS: I don’t live in Canada – it was just for test purposes). Here are the results: This is the lovely dog bed I wanted to purchase as a customer found on Amazon US And here is the product that Amazon sent me to over on Amazon.ca Now, I’m no dog expert but I’m sure my dog wouldn’t like to sleep in this ‘dog bed’. Poor thing! As you can see from the results which I found after 45 minutes of testing over 10 incorrect re-directions that Amazon’s own software has some issues. Anyone who gets re-directed will simply bounce from your product and website – unhappy. Building Trust I was once told in my retail training a really good piece of advice: It’s 9 time more expensive to get a new customer than it is to get a sale from the ones you have. This is so….. true. You have done all the hard work by creating a niche website, you’ve written some awesome content and you’ve hooked the customer into clicking one of your products. But unfortunately, they live in a different country and Amazon sends them to something they don’t need or don’t want. They are instantly disappointed. They may even think you’ve tricked or fooled them into buying something they don’t want. The trust you had with them has now gone forever. You now have to spend more time and money trying to find new customers or more traffic to get sales. What’s Different About GeniusLink? Geniuslink works on lots of different platforms like Youtube and WordPress websites. You no longer need to worry about broken links; with GeniusLink you can now use a link with a particular destination in mind for your entire audience. GeniusLink transcends across countries, devices, and operating systems. In short no matter in which country your customer lives when they click a link from your niche website which was made from Amazon US as an example, they will be sent to the exact product in their local Amazon Store. Making the chance of a sale more likely. Geniuslink will help send your shoppers to the page where they have the best chance of making a purchase. Therefore increasing your sales commission percentage. On one site mine went from 2.3% to over 7% which is insane. Any niche website that gets a lot of traffic and 7% Amazon Commission percentage will be smashing it and making a ton of money. That’s one benefit of Geniuslink but there’s more…. Get your 14 day free trial today! Broken Links The main reason I purchased Geniuslink was for the ‘Broken Link’ part of their software. I thought to myself after someone told me I had a broken link to an Amazon product ‘How many other broken links do I have?’ One of my niche websites in the pet market has over 250 articles and each one will have 3-4 Amazon links and it made me wonder how many of them had broken links? How many times have I sent a potential customer to a product that doesn’t exist or sent them to an Amazon 404 message? I dread to think. So I searched around for a program or plugin that would find broken links. I was shocked by how many options I had. Very little! I tested one or two but they performed really badly… And when I say badly – I mean it! Then I tested Geniuslink. After seeing an example of how their program finds the right product in all countries I was hooked. Watch their video below before you read anymore. https://youtu.be/YBeQBJ5WpQo How Does The Broken Link Checker Work? This function is very simple. Every time someone clicks a broken link you’ll receive an alert on your dashboard. Geniuslink will inform you of the link that’s broken and the website page it’s on. This makes it easier for you to jump straight over to the page and start changing the link for one that works. Maybe the product has sold? Well, simply find another seller on Amazon that has some in stock and swap out the link quickly. Yes, you have probably lost that one customer but you won’t lose any more – thanks to Geniuslink. Once you have updated the link to one that works, you can click the ‘Ignore’ button on the alert on your dashboard and it’s done. A simple way to be alerted of broken links and a simple method of fixing them. Fixing broken links is a vital part of affiliate marketing. If you think it’s boring and not worth doing just remember: All the time you put in researching your blogThe time and money you spent writing great content All that effort and expense – only to have a broken link within the content. WOW what a shame, all that hard work for nothing. As you can see from this screenshot from one of my niche websites, I have been alerted to 4 issues with broken Amazon links on the site. So, that’s 4 people who wanted to buy a product, clicked the link to Amazon and the link didn’t take them to the products they wanted – resulting in no sales. I would now, simply click the ‘Show’ button and it will tell me which products and which page they are on my blog. Easy! Quick fix! As you can see – today I had two warnings of ‘Out Of Stock Products’ Losing Revenue Another great feature is the lost revenue part of the software. Geiuslink will tell you who and where your customers are coming from and where they click so you can target them better. From the screenshot above you’ll also notice a section that warns me that I’m losing commissions because I had readers in Canada clicking my links and wanting to purchase something from my store but I don’t have a Canadian Affiliate Program with Amazon. So again, that’s a lost sale. I simply applied to Amazon’s Canadian Affiliate program, got approved after 3 sales and started to earn more revenue from there. You can do the same for all countries. Every time Geniuslink says I have missed some sales from a certain country I instantly apply for their affiliate program and start earning more. Some countries, I don’t apply for as the number of customers I would get wouldn’t be worth the time applying. In addition, Amazon may not approve my program as I’ll have little sales and may not even get the three you need to get approved. But some, like Australia and Canada, I would never have applied for and now get plenty of commissions monthly. That’s thanks to Geniuslink for alerting me to missed sales and opportunities. Get Your 14 day free trial today! How To Create Tracked Links There are a couple of ways to add affiliate links and track their progress. Geniuslink will automatically change all your affiliate links to their short links (don’t worry, it doesn’t truly override them), so if you decide to stop using Genius link they go back to normal without any issues. One of the issues with Geniuslink is that you can’t track the progress ie: number of clicks for all the links it overrides. Yes, it will inform you if they’re broken but it won’t tell you how many people clicked them. For that, you would need to add a new affiliate link to that product, generated from Geniuslink. You simply copy the URL from Amazon and enter it into the box you can see below which says “NEW”. This will generate you a short affiliate link which you can add to your product as per normal. Because the link was generated from Geniuslink you can now see global data from that link. You can track how many clicks it gets, where the link came from and when. All the data you need to target the performing post to the right people and countries. As you can see from the image below, the fish tank has 7 clicks and the fishnet has none! You can then click into each product for more information and data. Important factor: If you stop using Geniuslink and cancel your subscription, you’ll lose the link generated from Geniuslink. You won’t lose the original Amazon link but you’ll have to replace the Geniuslink manually. What Does It Cost? Geniuslink works on clicks per product not per visit to your site. So, you may have 1 million page visits but if only 3000 product links have been clicked then that’s all you’ll pay for. This is a great system as you know you’re only paying for potential customers. You can get a free 14 Day Trial by clicking this link. Prices start from as little as $9 for up to 5000 product clicks. This will cover most small niche websites. How do I know what to expect from my monthly invoice? You can keep an eye on your spend by viewing your real-time click volume and view an upcoming invoice at any time from the dashboard. You can also stay informed about link health and monitor the growth of your traffic with their mid-month performance reports! When is my bill due? You will receive your bill/invoice on the first of every month. Geniuslink will email you an invoice and then auto-bill the payment method they have on record. Of course, you won’t be billed for any traffic during your free trial and never for ‘bot’ or junk clicks. What Happens If You Want To Close Your Account? If you choose to close your account, the following will happen: Your links may no longer work.Any custom destination rules will be removed.Any affiliated links will no longer be affiliated with your IDs. The links generated through Geniuslink will no longer work but they will revert back to your Amazon or other Original Links without the need to change anything. You Can Use It Across Many Platforms Unlike other plugins and programs, with GeniusLink you pay for the clicks, not the number of sites you use it on. This means you can add links across multiple platforms WordPress, Youtube, Instagram, etc., without paying for each one separately. Just one account is all you need. Remember you only pay for genuine clicks – no matter where you place them. You don’t even pay for spammy bot clicks which is awesome. Just real customers looking to be directed to the best affiliate program. Get your FREE 14 day trial here! Would I Recommend You Buy GeniusLink? I test many products and services and many of them I simply don’t keep or buy. I like to keep things simple on my blogs and niche websites. Too many apps and plugins will slow and kill your website speed. They also open the gateway to security issues. However, Geniuslink is one that I have kept and I’m currently paying $9 a month for. Why? Because my sales have increased by targeting other countries that I wouldn’t normally have gone for. But Geniuslink showed me that I was missing out on sales from Canada and Australia. So, I quickly joined these affiliate programs and started earning far more than the $9 cost. Also, my websites mainly target USA traffic so my UK Amazon sales never really did very well. However, since Geniuslink started sending UK traffic to the correct products on Amazon UK my sales and conversions have gone through the roof. It’s up from 1-2% to 3.5% This isn’t amazing I know but it’s a massive improvement because as I say the website targets the USA. So, it’s extra money I was leaving on the table. Compared to my USA account you can see it still falls far short. Conclusion: Geniuslink Review And Teardown And Why I love Geniuslink. I mainly run niche websites so I haven’t gone into too much detail about the other benefits of Geniuslink. One of the main benefits I can see is also tracking affiliate links through other social media channels like Youtube description links and Instagram. Something that I may write about as I test more features in the coming months. So, watch out for updates. But the main reason I’m still using it is the increase in cross country sales. It will send your readers to the right product in the Amazon store nearest them and to a product that is ‘In Stock’, this will increase your sales and commissions from day one. Secondly and probably just as important, it will give you an instant report for all the links people click on that are broken. So you can fix them quickly and prevent losing sales. After all, no one will buy a product from a link that takes them to a 404 Error or an ‘Out Of Stock’ message. One of the most important parts of being an affiliate marketer is to spend your time wisely. Nothing is more valuable than your time. I make checking broken links a part of my daily routine. With Geniuslink it only takes a few minutes and will save you time and money. Check out what my daily routine involves in one of my other blogs. I hope this has helped you and if you try Geniuslink please let us know your thoughts.
Images can make or break a website without a doubt. A website full of images that have not been optimized will slow your site down dramatically. We examine how to optimize images quickly to enhance the speed of your site. Have you ever clicked a link then had to wait for ages for the content to load? No one wants to wait these days, especially when you’re searching content on the go from your mobile. FACT: 90% of people looking at content will bounce straight off if the content hasn’t loaded within 5 seconds. Ensuring all your images are perfectly optimized is the key to having a fast loading website with beautiful images to catch the attention of your audience. In this blog, we’ll help you optimize your images quickly and simply with one simple plugin called Shortpixel. What Is Shortpixel? Shortpixel is a simple-to-install WordPress plugin that optimizes all your old images at the click of a button. All new images you add to your site, after installing Shortpixel, will automatically be optimized for you. Shortpixel improves website performance by reducing the image size of all images either on, or uploaded to your website; without losing any quality compared to the original. The plugin is simple to install and activated via an API code that you’ll receive once you purchase the software. Shortpixel is perfect for beginners and experts. There’s minimal setting up involved. It’s almost a one-click install so you don’t need to worry about installing and setting it up. Even I managed to do it within seconds! (must be easy then!) Buy Shortpixel Here! How Does Shortpixel Work? Once you have installed the free plugin – which you can use to optimize a limited amount of images – you simply select and pay for the plan you want and then add the API code that they send you. Then you simply select the BULK option and off it goes. Once you’re setup and running you have three different optimizing options to choose from: Lossy – 99.9% of WordPress bloggers use this one. It optimizes your images as small as possible without losing any picture quality.Glossy – This one keeps the quality and size of the original image more or less the same. It only compresses them very slightly to improve website performance without any loss of quality.Lossless – This one is mainly used for photography websites, where the image remains exactly the same but the overall footprint is smaller, which still helps your website run smoother. Step-By-Step Guide To Installing Shortpixel Signup for a shortpixel account herePick a plan that suits your needsPay for the plan and you’ll receive your API activation codeAdd two plugins: Shortpixel Image Optimizer & Resize image after upload pluginActivate both plugins and add your API purchase codeClick bulk process and all your old images will be reduced in size – increasing your page speed Select both plugins and one optimizes all your old images and one will automatically resize all your new ones. You only pay for one payment plan for both plugins. Click activate on both WordPress plugins once you have added them to your dashboard. Add the API purchase code Shortpixel sent you in the API KEY box and click SAVE SETTINGS. Tick the box to reduce all images to your selected size. We go for a maximum of 1024 x 1024; the software will then make all your images fit perfectly into your blog. All the same size to physically look at but with a much smaller file size making your website load faster. Then simply click Save and Go to Bulk Process. The software will then start to optimize all your current images. There’s no need to do anything from now on. Once Shortpixel has done its thing your site will run much quicker. All new images will now automatically be reduced in file size. What Type Of Images Work On Shortpixel? Shortpixel supports JPG, PNG, GIF, WebP Filetypes. The major benefit I have found is it has the ability to automatically convert PNG images to JPG. These suit WordPress blogs better. The other benefit is that Shortpixel will automatically resize the image to perfectly fit WordPress blogs. I personally set the resizing button to 850 x 850 maximum; which I find fits my blog with a sidebar perfectly. Shortpixel will also optimize and compress your PDF files and ebooks. I have found this to be a great feature on Shortpixel and I witnessed a massive reduction in file size without any difference in the quality. I also saw an increase in site speed. This plugin will also optimize your thumbnail which can affect your load speed. Many people think that because the image is thumbnail size that it will not be a large file. This is not true, behind that small thumbnail image could be a huge file size that is slowing your site down. Shortpizel will optimize all your thumbnails. Restore To Original Size Should you ever need to restore your images back to their original size and format, that isn’t a problem with Shortpixel. You can restore individual images or bulk de-compress all of them in one go. However, this is not a feature I have ever used and I can’t imagine many WordPress bloggers using this feature. ShortPixel Plans & Pricing Shortpixel offers a monthly payment service or a one off service charge which suits everyone’s budget. Most people will try the free plan first which comes with all the features but is limited to 150 bulk image compression. I would suggest going straight for one of the monthly or one-off plans. Monthly Plans Monthly subscriptions that auto-renew each month. FREE: up to 100 150 images/month5000 images/month. for $4.9912000 images/month for $9.9955,000 images/month for $29.99 One-Off Plans A one-time payment plan, choose the best plan that suits your needs. 10,000 images for $9.9930,000 images for $19.9950,000 images for $29.99170,000 images for $99 Buy Shortpixel Here F.A.Q If I stop using ShortPixel will my images remain optimized? Yes, Once optimized the images will remain optimized unless you choose to restore them. Do I have to pay monthly or one time? Shortpixel has both options available. One-time credits never expire but with monthly plans, you pay less per credit.Can You Cancel your subscription? Yes, you can cancel at any time and any remaining credits you have will still be valid.Can I add any image to my WordPress website? Yes, any image you add to your WordPress website is automatically optimized and resized to your specifications. Once I use the free 100 image credits what happens next? After you click ‘BULK OPTIMIZE’, Shortpixel will do its stuff; after 100 images have been optimized, it will stop and let you know your limit has been reached. You can then leave it at that, or purchase a plan and continue optimizing all your images. Or just take the FREE 100 images and run! Conclusion: How To Optimize Images Quickly I could go into lots of technical details about Shortpixel as it has 100’s of features. However, as a small niche website owner, I simply needed something to speed up my website. Images are the biggest killer of niche website speed. It is far too tempting to choose a lovely image and add it to your post. It looks fine and your speed seems the same. Several posts later, you’ll start to see your site slowing down. After 20-30 posts your site will be dead in the water. Unless you have individually optimized each image your site loading speed will be terrible. I used to spend literally hours optimizing each image then resizing it and then loading it into the article. WOW, I can’t believe I did that. Now, I add any image I want and forget about it. Shortpixel does all the hard work for me. Don’t waste time, buy Shortpixel. It is probably the number one plugin on my niche website. If I was given the choice of selecting one plugin that I couldn’t live without, it would be this one.