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The most effective method to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners

Plugins enable you to add new elements to WordPress, for example, include a display, slideshow, and so on. There are a large number of free and paid modules accessible for WordPress. In this well-ordered guide, we will demonstrate to you best practices to introduce a WordPress module.

Before You Start

If you are using WordPress.com, then you cannot install plugins.

We often get complaints from users saying that they can’t see the plugins menu in their WordPress dashboard. It is because you are using WordPress.com, which has its limitations.

In order to use plugins, you will need to use self-hosted WordPress.org.

Install a Plugin using WordPress Plugin Search

The easiest way of installing a WordPress plugin is to use the plugin search. The only downside of this option is that a plugin must be in the WordPress plugin directory which is limited to only free plugins.

The first thing you need to do is go to your WordPress admin area and click on Plugins » Add New.

Install a WordPress Plugin

You will see a screen like the one in the screenshot above. Find the plugin by typing the plugin name or the functionality you are looking for like we did. After that, you will see a bunch of listings like the example below:

pluginsearchresults

You can pick the plugin that is best for you. Since in our search, we were looking for Floating Social Bar which happens to be the first plugin, we will click the ‘Install Now’ button.

WordPress will now download and install the plugin for you. After this, you will see the success message with a link to activate the plugin or return to plugin installer.

A WordPress plugin can be installed on your site, but it will not work unless you activate it. So go ahead and click on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your WordPress site.

That’s all, you have successfully installed your first WordPress plugin.

The next step is to configure the plugin settings. These settings will vary for each plugin, therefore, we will not be covering that in this post.

Install a Plugin using the WordPress Admin Plugin Upload

Paid WordPress plugins are not listed in the WordPress plugin directory. These plugins cannot be installed using the first method.

That’s why WordPress has the Upload method to install such plugins. We will show you how to install WordPress plugin using the upload option in the admin area.

First, you need to download the plugin from the source (which will be a zip file). Next, you need to go to WordPress admin area and visit Plugins » Add New page.

After that, click on the Upload Plugin button on top of the page.

uploadpluginwpadmin

This will bring you to the plugin upload page. Here you need to click on the choose file button and select the plugin file you downloaded earlier to your computer.

pluginuploadpage

After you have selected the file, you need to click on the install now button.

WordPress will now upload the plugin file from your computer and install it for you. You will see a success message like this after installation is finished.

plugininstalledmanual

Once installed, you need to click on the Activate Plugin link to start using the plugin.

You would have to configure the settings to fit your needs. These settings will vary for each plugin, therefore, we will not be covering that in this post.

Manually Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP

In some cases, your WordPress hosting provider may have file restrictions that could limit your ability to install a plugin from the admin area.

In this situation, your best bet is to install the plugin manually using FTP.

The FTP manager method is the least friendly for beginners.

First, you will need to download the plugin’s source file (it will be a zip file). Next, you need to extract the zip file on your computer.

Extracting the plugin zip file will create a new folder with the same name. This is the folder that you need to manually upload to your website using an FTP client.

You would need to access your host through the FTP manager. If you do not have your FTP username and password, then contact your WordPress hosting provider and ask them.

Open the FTP client on your computer and connect to your website using the login credentials provided by your web host. Once connected, you need to access the path /wp-content/plugins/

Next, upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to the folder on your web server/wp-content/plugins/.

ftppluginupload

After uploading the files, you need to visit the WordPress admin area and click on the Plugins link in the admin menu. You will see your plugin successfully installed on the plugins page.

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You need to click on the Activate link below the plugin. Upon activating, you may need to configure the plugin settings. WordPress plugins come with their own settings which differ from one plugin to another so we will not describe them here.

We hope this helped you learn how to install WordPress plugins.

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How to Install Google Analytics in WordPress for Beginners

Would you like to introduce Google Analytics in WordPress? Knowing how your group of onlookers communicates with your site is significant to your prosperity. An ideal approach to knowing your group of onlookers is through your movement details, and this is the thing that Google Analytics accommodate FREE. In this article, we will share why Google Analytics is essential, and how you can introduce Google Analytics on your WordPress blog (well ordered).

Why is Google Analytics Important for Bloggers?

Once you start a blog, your #1 goal is to get more traffic and subscribers. Google Analytics help you make data-driven decisions by showing you the stats that matter. You can see:

Who visits your website?

This part of analytics answers what is the geographical location of your audience, which browser did the user use to visit your site and much other important information such as screen resolution, JavaScript support, Flash support, language and more.

This data is extremely useful, and it can help in numerous ways. When getting a custom design, you can use the user data to make sure that your site will be compatible with your audience.

If most of your users don’t have Flash support, then you should avoid adding a flash element in your site. If most of your users are on 1280 screen resolutions, then make sure that your design is compatible with that resolution or smaller.

What do people do when they are on your website?

You can track where the user is going on your website, how long do they stay on your website, and what is the bounce rate (the percent of users exit your site on the first visit).

By using this information, you can decrease the bounce rate and increase your page views.

When do people visit your website?

By looking at the hottest hours in the day for your site, you can pick the time when you publish your post. If that time zone is not compatible with yours, then you can schedule your post to meet that hour.

How do people find your website?

This section of the analytics show you where did the user come from (for example Search Engines, Direct Links, Referral links from another site).

It also shows you what percentage of your visitors came from each of these sources. Google analytics gives you the breakdown of each of these categories. If it is the search engine category, then it shows you which search engine got you the most traffic, Google, Yahoo, Bing etc.

The breakdown of referral sources shows you which sites you need to work with the most. If your top referral source is Facebook, then you need to have exclusive Facebook content to make your Twitter audience feel special.

If your top referral source is an external website, then you might want to consider having a partnership with that website (guest post exchange or something else).

How do people interact with your content?

Google analytics shows how your users interact with your site’s content. It shows you what percent of the user clicked on which link on your site and much more.

You can run A/B split tests by creating content experiments in Google Analytics to understand what works best to meet your goals.

By seeing the user interactivity, you can work your content around your users. By seeing the answers to the questions above, you can focus on the strategies that work for your site and eliminate the strategies that don’t work.

Simply put, eliminate the guess work and focus on stats that matter, so you can make data-driven-decisions.

How to Signup with Google Analytics

Step 1: First you need to create a Google Analytics account. To do this, visit Google Analytics Signup Page.

You will see a screen like the one below. If you already have a Google or Gmail account, then you can use that to sign-in. If you do not have a Gmail account, then you would have to create an account for yourself.

Google Analytics

Step 2: Once you sign-in with your Gmail account, you will be prompted to a screen like the one below. This is where you will signup for Google analytics with your Gmail account.

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Step 3: On the next screen, you will be given choice to choose between a website or mobile app. Make sure you select website.

After that, you need to enter account name (It will be the Google Analytics profile name for this website), Website name, website’s URL, country, and the time zone.

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Once you have entered this information, click on the Get Tracking ID button. You will be presented with Google Analytics terms and service which you must agree to, so click on I Agree on a button.

Step 4: Now you will be presented with your Google Analytics tracking code. You can copy this tracking code because you will need to enter it in your WordPress site depending on the method you use below.

gatrackingcode

We suggest leaving the analytics browser tab open as you may need to revisit it, once you have installed the code on your WordPress site.

Now that you have setup a Google Analytics account, let’s take a look at how to install Google Analytics in WordPress.

How to Install Google Analytics in WordPress

There are many different ways to setup Google Analytics on WordPress. We will show you three different methods where the first option is the easiest and the last being the hardest.

You can choose the one that best suits your needs.

1. Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights

MonsterInsights is the most popular Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. Over 1 million websites use it including the likes of Bloomberg, PlayStation, Zillow, and more.

It is the easiest and by far the best way to add Google Analytics to WordPress (for all users beginners and experts).

MonsterInsights has both a free version and the Pro version. In this tutorial, we will be using the MonsterInsights free version.

You can use the MonsterInsights Pro version if you want more advanced features like Ecommerce tracking, Ads tracking, Author tracking, etc. The process of setting them up is the same.

Let’s get started.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the MonsterInsights plugin.

Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item labeled ‘Insights’ to your WordPress admin menu. You need to visit Insights » Settings to configure the plugin settings.

On this screen, you need to click on ‘Authenticate with your Google account’ button to connect Google Analytics to your WordPress site.

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This will bring up a popup where you will be able to authenticate with your Google Account.

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Click on ‘Next’ to continue.

Now you need to click on ‘Click to get Google code’ button.

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This will bring up another popup with the message ‘MonsterInsights would like access to your Google Analytics data’.

Click on the ‘Allow’ button to continue.

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The authentication popup will now show you a line of code which you need to copy.

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Next, you need to enter this code in the MonsterInsights popup and then click on ‘Next’ to continue.

The final step is to select the profile you want to track. You need to select your website here and then click on the next button to continue.

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That’s all you have successfully installed and setup Google Analytics on your WordPress site.

Remember, it will take Google Analytics sometime before showing your stats.

The best part about MonsterInsights is that you can view your Google Analytics report inside your WordPress dashboard. Simply visit Insights » Reports page to check out a quick overview of your analytics data.

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You can go also go in the Tracking tab to customize the tracking settings based on your needs:

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Note: MonsterInsights was formerly known as Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast. WPBeginner’s founder, Syed Balkhi, acquired the plugin in 2016 and rebranded it to MonsterInsights. Now it is part of our family of premium WordPress plugins.

2. Insert Headers and Footers Plugin

This method is not as not as good as MonsterInsights because you will not be able to do advanced tracking configuration, and you will not be able to view Google Analytics data in your WordPress dashboard.

First, you need to install and activate the Insert Headers and Footers plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Insert Headers and Footers page. Here you need to paste the Google Analytics code that you copied in step 4 into the headers section.

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3. Install Google Analytics in WordPress Theme

This method is for advanced users only who are familiar with the code. It is somewhat unreliable because your code will disappear if you switch or update the theme. We almost never recommend using this method.

Add code in header.php file

Simply edit the header.php file in your WordPress theme and paste the code you copied in step 4 right after the <body> tag.

Don’t forget to save your changes and upload the file back to your server.

Add via Functions File

You can also add Google Analytics tracking code to WordPress functions file. It will then automatically add code to every page on your WordPress site.

You will need to add this code to your theme’s functions.php file.

1 <?php
2 add_action('wp_head', 'wpb_add_googleanalytics');
3 function wpb_add_googleanalytics() { ?>
4 // Paste your Google Analytics code from Step 4 here
5 <?php } ?>

Viewing Reports on Google Analytics Website

Google Analytics is capable of showing you a treasure of data collected from your stats. You can view this data by visiting your Google Analytics dashboard and clicking on the reporting tab.

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You will see the built-in Google Analytics reports in the left column. Each section is divided into different tabs and clicking on a tab will expand it to show more options.

  • Audience tab will show reports to help you understand your users.
  • Acquisition reports explore where your users came from.
  • Behavior reports summarize what your users do after they arrive on your site.
  • Conversion reports show how well you’re doing against your goals.

We hope this article helped you learn how to install Google Analytics in WordPress.

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How to Earn 3500$ from Bluehost Affiliate Program?

Affiliate marketing is an insane source to create an astounding measure of income from your web blogs. The genuine online business is the ones who either have their own particular items, advance outsider items (affiliate marketing) or offer administrations to their customers.

Bluehost has been my first ever web hosting that I counted on Alhumdulilah! Very soon, as I trusted their service thoroughly, I become their affiliate and decided to recommend it to everyone around me.

This post goes out to all the brothers and sisters who look forward to jumping into affiliate marketing and can’t figure out what to promote and earning a decent amount while doing so.

To set up a self-hosted website, you need a web hosting. So web hosting is one of the most common affiliate products that people promote online and making a living.

The following post is structured in the form of a FAQ which helps understands the topic better InshaAllah.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is when you promote third party products and when you make a sale, you earn a commission out of those sales.

For example, Bluehost offers 65$ to start with, on every sale a person makes for them. That is a one-time payment that they make to you, in a response to a life long customer that you gave to them.

How Do They Track The Sales You Make?

When you become their affiliate, they would give you a dedicated affiliate link, that is unique to you. When you share that with your readers on your blog or anywhere online, and when someone’s click that link, they’re redirected to Bluehost’s website.

Now if the visitor buys Bluehost’s hosting, you would get an email that you just made a sale!

That is a great moment! <3 So all of your sales are linked to your affiliate link and you get to see all the statistics and sources that brought you sale in your Bluehost Affiliate Dashboard.

How to Become Bluehost’s Affiliate?

You can simply head over to the following link and signup for their affiliate program.

bluehost affiliate program

You’d see the following form that you have to fill up. After that, you hit ‘Sign Up’ button and that’s all. Your application then goes into approval mode. They’d get back to you via email once your application is approved.

Valid Website/Blog
 Make sure that you have a valid website/blog URL that you have to put in the form. This shows them that you’ve a serious online presence.

Meanwhile, your application is under approval, you have to fill up Tax Form, which is required to withdraw your earnings.

How to Withdraw Bluehost Affiliate Earnings?

You can withdraw your affiliate earnings via:

  1. Paypal
  2. WireTransfer (For higher incomes)

How Much Does Bluehost Offer Per Sale?

By default, Bluehost offers 65$ per sale that you make for them. Though, there are odd cases. They often offer more amount per sign up like 100-125$ per sign up to a limited amount of blogs that they feel would be able to bring back more sales initially.

Also, once you start making 5-10 sales per month, they would increase your per sale bounty to over 150-200$ +. You can request that to their customer support and they happy do that 🙂

Though they need to see the sales stats that you made for them since few last months.

What does it take to Make 3500$ per Month With Bluehost?

Step #1 Increase per Sale Bounty (Optional/Request)

You can request their customer support to increase you an initial bounty to 100$ per sale. (A simple request)

Step #2 Plan to make 35 sales per month. 35 sales = 3500$ per month. (With 100$ per sale).

To make 35 sales, you have the following options:

Use Your Blog

#1 Place Banners

You can use different banners on your blog as shown below. I’ll share my personal banners in the following screenshots that I use and also there are tons of free banners in Bluehost’s affiliate section that you can use.

How to Earn 3500$ from Bluehost Affiliate Program

You can go to Dashboard >> Banner Or Widgets and find out various banner designs you of various dimensions that you feel would be suitable for your blog.

#2 Write Bluehost Reviews

You can write high-quality Bluehost reviews on your blog and use your affiliate links within the post. The more visitors would read your blog, the more sign up would you get. Generally, on average, you need 100-150 readers to your blog post (that talks about Bluehost) to make a sale.

Now you can do that maths. Though these numbers are not a surety. If you’re into a relevant niche where people would like to sign up for the new web hosting, you’d be surprised to see how many sales you can make easily. InshaAllah.

#3 Write Instant Reviews On Sales

Bluehost often sends the affiliates emails on various holiday occasions for massive discounts that you can offer to your readers. On moments like Christmas, Black Friday, 4th June etc Bluehost sales are amazing!

Even like more than 60-70% off. 🙂

SO by making the most out of these sales, you can get a huge spike in your affiliate sales by writing a quick blog post on these moments by offering your readers massive discounts 🙂

#4 Use Google AdWord Ads To Drive to Your Landing Page

I’ve seen so many people making the most out of Adwords ads to drive traffic to their blogs, that are actually meant to convert that traffic into the sales.

Though this can take quite some iterations to find out the best ad banner that you could use that would convert into your sales.

Be Aware
You can easily loose quite some money on this one, as Google Adwords is pretty expensive and you can easily loose quite some on that if you don’t have the most converting banners.

Conclusion

Hope these insights helped you out. Even if you aim to make 1000$ with Bluehost, I would recommend you to first set a goal. When you’d have a clear goal in mind, you can work on it and create more blog posts, more video content to market.

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Launch A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog In 20 Minutes Or Less

Step 1: Collect Your Resources

To set up a self-hosted WordPress blog, you will need:

  • A domain name
  • A credit card
  • 20 minutes

It’s less demanding in the event that you haven’t officially enrolled your space. It’s likewise less expensive. I will demonstrate to you proper methodologies to get one for nothing, utilizing the administration I suggest in Step #2.

Be that as it may, on the off chance that you have effectively enlisted your space, no sweat. You will just need to include an extra stride. I will clarify the procedure toward the finish of this post.

Step 2: Set Up a Hosting Account

This is the place your blog will “live.” This is a server in the cloud (i.e., a remote PC), where you will lease space to introduce the WordPress programming and deal with your blog. It’s far less demanding than it sounds. Remain with me.

There are several facilitating administration accessible—maybe thousands. Nonetheless, in view of my experience and research, I prescribe Bluehost. I trust it is the best choice for a great many people for the accompanying seven reasons:

Reason #1: Support. Bluehost has incredible 24–7 support by means of telephone, email, or visit. I have by and by utilized it a few times and observed the care staff to be brisk, affable, and educated. The greater part of the organization’s care staff is situated in the U.S.

Reason #2: Reliability. Bluehost is super dependable. It brags an uptime normal of 99.9%. That is about more or less great.

Reason #3: Ease of Use. Bluehost is super-simple-to-use (as you can witness in the above video). Truth be told, shockingly so. You’ll ask why you haven’t set up a facilitating administration before now.

Reason #4: WordPress. Strikingly, WordPress itself just authoritatively prescribes three facilitating administrations. Bluehost is number one. It has more than 850,000 WordPress web journals.

Reason #5: No Limits. Bluehost offers boundless plate space, boundless transmission capacity, boundless areas (i.e., you can have various websites or locales on one record), and boundless email accounts.

Reason #6: Affordability. Bluehost is modest—about $3.95 to $5.95 a month, contingent upon which arrange you select. The more you will submit, the less expensive it is.

Reason #7: Values. In its Terms of Service (see Section 10.03, Bluehost denies obscenity, bareness, and other grown-up substance. It entirely authorizes this standard and erases destinations that damage it. By and by, I don’t need my blog sitting on an indistinguishable server from some pornographer. In the event that you feel a similar way, you might be shocked to realize that the greater part of the most well known facilitating administrations permit obscenity on their servers.

Note: I am a Bluehost associate, which implies the organization pays me a commission each time somebody joins through one of my connections. However, this didn’t impact my suggestion, since all facilitating administrations have comparative projects. I prescribe Bluehost in light of the fact that I sincerely trust they offer the best facilitating accessible.

Disclosure: I don’t utilize Bluehost for dreamsspark.com. My site is too enormous and convoluted. It requires a committed server with a reflected reinforcement. Nonetheless, I have my different locales on Bluehost, as do a few of my relatives and companions. Bluehost works on shared servers and it is the correct decision for 95 percent of bloggers.

Coincidentally, Bluehost offers a thirty-day, unconditional promise, which is built into their Terms of Service. I have by and by tried this and recovered my cash inside a couple of hours. So there’s truly no hazard on your part.

Approve, so on the off-chance that you are still with me, go to the Bluehost landing page. Tap on the Get Started Now catch.

Presently you have to settle on your arrangement. I need to propose that you select the Plus Plan. This is Bluehost most well-known alternative—and in light of current circumstances. It’s just fifty pennies more a month than the Starter arrange, BUT it gives you the capacity to have a boundless number of sites on this one record. I feel that makes it an easy decision.

Regardless of the plan you pick, my guidelines will work for you; the math will simply be distinctive. Proceed by tapping on the Select catch.

Presently you have to choose whether you require a space name or you as of now have an area name. Will expect that you haven’t beforehand enrolled an area, utilizing some other space enlistment benefit (e.g., GoDaddy.com). On the off chance that you have, I will disclose what to do the finish of this post.

Presently enter your area name in the furthest left box, pick the suitable expansion (com, net, business, whatever) and tap on the Next catch.

Launch A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog In 20 Minutes Or Less

Fill in your record data and after that look down to choose your bundle. As should be obvious, the costs run from $3.95 to $5.95 every month. (Once more, this is for the Plus Package.) It all relies on upon the length of your dedication.

Remember, you will be required to pay the yearly rate ahead of time. That is the means by which Bluehost can offer these super low costs. Here’s the math, in view of utilizing my affiliate link.

12 months at $5.95 every month is $71.40 every year and $71.40 upfront.

24 months at $4.95 every month is $59.40 every year and $118.80 upfront.

36 months at $3.95 every month is $47.4 every year and $142.20 upfront.

I would not agree to accept any of alternate administrations recorded on this screen, yet that is dependent upon you.

Presently enter your charging data. Affirm that you have perused and concur with Bluehost’s Terms of Service, and after that tap on the Next catch. The framework will now confirm your Visa data.

Bluehost will next request that you “Select the Upgrades that Best Suit Your Needs.” I would avoid these. Tap the Complete catch at the base of the page. Be quiet. This may pause for a moment or two.

You ought to now observe the “Welcome to Bluehost” screen, alongside a “Congrats” message. Presently you have to pick a secret key for your record. Tap on the Create your secret key catch:

Utilize the Password Generator choice to make a solid, hard-to-hack secret key. Duplicate this to the clipboard by squeezing ⌘-C in the event that you are on a Mac or Control-C on the off chance that you are on a PC. Presently tap the Paste catch to glue the secret word into the fitting fields.

Presently tap the checkbook that says, “I affirm I have perused and consent to the Terms of Service … ” Then tap the Create catch. This makes your new Bluehost account.

Cautioning: You may get a mistake message here. It is just in light of the fact that it now and again takes a couple of minutes for the Bluehost robots to make your record. Try not to freeze. Most dire outcome imaginable.

This will convey you to the Bluehost login screen. Here you will be asked to log into your space. Your space ought to be naturally embedded for you. In the event that it is not, sort it into the field gave.

Presently utilize the secret word you simply chosen in the watchword field. Since you already duplicated it to the clipboard, you can glue it with ⌘-V on the Mac or Control-V on the PC. Presently tap on Submit.

You may see yet another redesign offer, maybe for Optimized facilitating. Don’t hesitate to disregard this for the time being. You can simply include it later. Rather, tap on the Hosting join in the upper left-hand corner.

This will take you to the fundamental Control Panel. You may get another fly up. This one is putting forth to walk you through the way toward setting up your site. You can close this screen by tapping on the X in the upper right-hand corner. I will walk you through this myself.

You ought to now be at the Control Panel, here and there called the cPanel.

Step 3: Install WordPress

Try not to be scared by the quantity of catches in this progression—it’s incredibly straightforward. The procedure used to be confused, and you must be a semi-nerd to force it off. In any case, Bluehost now makes it super-straightforward. Confide in me, anybody can do this.

Look down the page to the “Site” segment. Tap on the Install WordPress logo and sit tight for the new page to stack. Be persistent. It may pause for a moment.

Another “WordPress” screen shows up. Just tap on the Install catch. That will convey you to another screen. Presently select the area on which you need to introduce WordPress. It ought to default to the right one. Tap on Check Domain.

The following screen will state ” the evetuallyLast step, you are practically there.” Click on “Advanced Options.” Type in your site name or title. (Try not to stress. You can simply change this later.) Accept the “Administrator Username” and “Administrator Password” that Bluehost proposes.

Presently tap on the thing that says, “I have perused the terms and states of the GPLv2.” Now tap on the Install Now catch. The establishment procedure ought to start and will keep you refreshed on the procedure. Be persistent, this will pause for a moment or two.

Bluehost may then offer you another upsell. (I understand this gets irritating. Keep it together. You are practically done.) Just close the fly up if there is one. You can normally do as such by tapping on the X in the upper right-hand corner of the fly up.

You ought to now see an improvement meter at the highest point of the screen. Once more, this will pause for a moment or two, contingent upon how bustling the Bluehost robots are.eventually say, “Your introduce is finished!”

Presently tap on the View Credentials catch. This will take you to the Notification Center. Tap on the View catch.

When it is done, you will get a screen with your Blog URL, Login URL, username, and watchword. Bluehost will likewise email this data to you, yet I jump at the chance to have a reinforcement. I would record it or take a screenshot. Likewise, duplicate the secret key to the clipboard (once more, utilizing ⌘-c on a Mac or Control-C on a PC).

You’re gaining awesome ground! You have finished the most troublesome piece of the procedure. Presently things will accelerate impressively.

Step 4: Log into WordPress

Click on the “Admin URL” link. This will take you to the WordPress login page.


Now enter your username and password. (Remember, you wrote these down in Step 3. You also copied the password to the clipboard.) Click on the “Remember Me” checkbook and then click on the Log In button.

You should now be looking at the WordPress “Dashboard.” Sometimes, bloggers refer to this as the WordPress back-end. The front-end is what your readers see—your normal blog site. The back-end is what you see—how you control what appears on the front-end.

Step 5: Write Your First Post

Click on the Posts | Add New option in the left-hand side menu. You should now see the New Post screen.

Step 6: Load Your New Blog

Simply click on the “View Post” link. Your new blog should load in a new browser tab.

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Convert Any Static HTML site to a WordPress site

In the beginning (of the web) all websites were made with nothing but text and static HTML. Now though, over 20 years later, the web is a much different place. Web sites are much more complex. They provide richer and more enjoyable experiences for site creators and visitors alike.

Convert Any Static HTML site to a WordPress site

This is in large part thanks to open source projects like WordPress. Which, over the last ten years or so, has succeeded in its core mission to democratize online publishing (and a lot more in the process) so that anyone with a WordPress install and the right theme/plugins can have a modern website with advanced design and functionality. No coding–not even HTML!–required.

divi

This is Divi by yours truly, Elegant Themes. This is one of the most advanced WordPress themes on the market today. And it requires zero coding ability to use!

This is why to avoid WordPress users like myself, it’s almost hard to believe that in 2015 someone might still be operating a static HTML website instead of a WordPress website with a theme and plugins. But the fact is there are still a significant amount of active HTML only sites out there. (Or HTML with a bit of CSS.)

Granted, these site owners may have good reasons for not upgrading or converting. Maybe their site content never changes and the simple formatting and design already in place is serviceable? Or maybe it’s less of a hassle than worrying about keeping a WordPress site updated? Both are valid reasons (among others). Prime examples of, “Don’t fix what isn’t broken.”

However, I have a feeling that these might not be the primary reason some (perhaps many) haven’t made the leap. The most obvious one being that they simply don’t know how to convert their HTML site into a WordPress site. Especially without losing content or needing to do excessive formatting on a page by page basis.

Thankfully, as is often the case with WordPress, there are a number of ways to go about solving this problem. I’ve compiled some options below.

Your Options for Converting a Static HTML site to a WordPress site

How you choose to convert your static HTML site into a WordPress site will no doubt depend on your personal preference, desired time/monetary investment, and skill level with code. You will have to be the one to decide which is best for you, but with the summaries below you should be able to decide quickly and skip straight to the most relevant information in this post for your specific situation.

There are three main options:

1. Manually create a WordPress theme based on your current static HTML site.

This will require you to get into your code. You will have to access your current site directory via FTP and use your existing code as a starting point. From there you will need to create the necessary files for a WordPress theme and copy bits of code from the WordPress codex. This is fairly simple and straightforward if you have some experience with HTML, CSS, and a bit of PHP.

2. Install a pre-made theme and simply migrate your content.

This is probably the best option at the intersection of simplicity and value. Assuming you already have to host your current website, you will only need to spend money if you choose to purchase a premium theme. The plugin we will use for importing content is freely available in the official WordPress Plugin Repository.

3. Paying to have an HTML to WordPress conversion service re-create your site.

This is the easiest solution, as it doesn’t require you to do much of anything. However, it will not do much for familiarizing you with WordPress and the cost will vary depending on who you choose to hire. I won’t be covering this option in the sections below because if this is the route you are interested in, you can simply do a quick search for service providers and they will take care of the rest.

Preparing for HTML to WordPress Conversion

No matter which route you decide to take below, there are a few things you will want to do before diving in.

The first is choosing a hosting plan. You’ll want to look over the options that are out there and decide on a package that best fits your needs. Or perhaps you’d like to create a local WordPress installation instead? You can always migrate it to a hosting service later.

Once you’ve chosen, you will need to install WordPress and log into WP Admin. This is the point at which our two possible paths divide.

Manually Converting Your Static HTML Site to WordPress

If your goal is to not only get your content from your static HTML site into WordPress but also duplicate your current design, this means you will need to create your own custom theme. Thankfully, that is not as scary as it might sound at first. It only involves creating a few folders and files, a bit of copy and paste, and then uploading the result.

You’re going to need a code editor such as Sublime or Notepad++ and access to both your HTML site’s directory and your new WordPress install’s directory.

Step 1: Create a New Theme Folder and Necessary Files

On your desktop, create a new folder to hold your theme files. Name it whatever you’d like your theme to be named.

Next, create a few files (which all go in your new theme folder) in your code editor. Don’t do anything to them just yet. Just leave them open for further editing.

  • Style.css
  • Index.php
  • header.php
  • sidebar.php
  • footer.php

Step 2: Copy Existing CSS Into New Stylesheet

If you’re looking to duplicate a design, this probably means you have at least some CSS that you want to save. So the first file you’re going to want to edit is your Style.css file.

To begin, add the following to the top of your file.

/*
Theme Name: Replace with your Theme's name.
Theme URI: Your Theme's URI
Theme URI: Your Theme's URI
Description: A brief description.
Version: 1.0
Author: You
Author URI: Your website address.
*/

After this section simply paste your existing CSS below. Save and close the file.

Step 3: Separate Your Current HTML

Before we get into step three, let me give you a quick note on how WordPress works. WordPress uses PHP to call and retrieve pieces of data from its underlying database. Each file that we’re using in this little tutorial is designed to tell WordPress which part of your site content is to be displayed and where.

So when I say we are going to “chop up” your existing HTML, what we’re actually doing is simply cutting and pasting parts of your existing code into the different files we’ve just created, so that WordPress will know where to display them.

Here we go.

First, open your current site’s index.html file. Highlight everything from the top of the file to the opening div class=”main” tag. Copy and paste this section into your header.php file, save and close.

Second, go back to your index.html file. Highlight the aside class=”sidebar” element and everything inside it. Copy and paste this section into your sidebar.php file, save and close.

Third, in your index.html select everything after your sidebar and copy and paste it into your footer.php file, save and close.

Finally, in your index.html file, select everything that’s left (this should be the main content section) and paste it into your index.php file. Save, but do not close yet.

You can close your index.html file now however and move on to the final steps. Almost done!

Step 4: Finalize Your Index.php File

In order to finalize your new theme’s index.php file, you need to make sure it can call up the other section (besides the main content) that are housed in the other files you’ve created. Or in other words, put back together the elements we just “chopped up”.

At the very top of your index.php file, place the following line of PHP.

<?php get_header(); ?>

Then, at the very bottom of your index.php file, place these lines of PHP.

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

And finally, we have to add what’s called The Loop. This is the primary bit of PHP that WordPress uses to display your post content to visitors. So the final step in creating your new theme’s index.php file is adding the code below within the content section.

<?php if ( have_posts() ) : ?>
<?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
  <div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>>
    <div class="post-header">
       <div class="date"><?php the_time( 'M j y' ); ?></div>
       <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
       <div class="author"><?php the_author(); ?></div>
    </div><!--end post header-->
    <div class="entry clear">
       <?php if ( function_exists( 'add_theme_support' ) ) the_post_thumbnail(); ?>
       <?php the_(); ?>
       <?php edit_post_link(); ?>
       <?php wp_link_pages(); ?> </div>
    <!--end entry-->
    <div class="post-footer">
       <div class="comments"><?php comments_popup_link( 'Leave a Comment', '1 Comment', '% Comments' ); ?></div>
    </div><!--end post footer-->
    </div><!--end post-->
<?php endwhile; /* rewind or continue if all posts have been fetched */ ?>
    <div class="navigation index">
       <div class="alignleft"><?php next_posts_link( 'Older Entries' ); ?></div>
       <div class="alignright"><?php previous_posts_link( 'Newer Entries' ); ?></div>
    </div><!--end navigation-->
<?php else : ?>
<?php endif; ?>

Save your index.php and close. Your theme is now finished! All that’s left is to upload it to your WordPress website.

Step 5: Upload Your New Theme

Now that you’ve created your theme files and have them all stored within your new theme folder, you’re going to need to access your new WordPress install’s directory.

Place your new theme folder inside /wp-content/themes/. Then navigate back to WP Admin > Appearance > Themes and your newly created theme should appear there. Go ahead and activate it!

All that’s left to do at this point is populate your new WordPress website with your old site’s content. Follow along with the section below (skipping over the part about using a pre-made theme) to see how that is done.

Using a Pre-Made WordPress Theme and Importing HTML Content

If the steps above seem too intensive or time-consuming to you then rest assured, there is another way. Instead of converting whatever design you happen to be working with right now into a WordPress theme, you can take advantage of any one of the thousands of themes available in the broader WordPress marketplace.

There are free themes and there are premium themes. Before deciding which is best for you, you may want to read upon which themes are designed to cater to your needs and browse by theme category here at Elegant Themes and elsewhere.

Once you’ve chosen a theme you like (and have its zipped file package downloaded) you’ll want to head back to WP Admin > Appearance > Themes > Add New and install/activate your new WordPress theme.

Once this is done, you will have a new WordPress website and theme–but little else. When you preview your site, it will be empty of content and probably look sort of boring. That’s ok because next, we are going to import your old site’s content.

In WP Admin go to Plugins > Add New and search for a plugin called HTML Import 2 by Stephanie Leary. Once this plugin is installed and activated, follow its handy user guide to import your entire directory of HTML pages. Complete with images!

After this, you will have all of your old content living on WordPress and formatted by your new theme. Or, if you created your own theme above, your site should pretty much look like it did before–just running on WordPress.

In Conclusion

If you’ve used this post as a guide for migrating your website onto WordPress then you’ve just joined one of the largest open source communities in the world. Welcome! It’s a fun place with lots of developers, designers, bloggers, DIYers, and more–all building, playing and creating with WordPress and WordPress themes/plugins.

If you’ve “caught the WordPress bug” the official WordPress.org website is chock full of useful themes, plugins, and other resources. If you’d like to further tweak your theme files, explore the Codex for seemingly endless tips, tricks, and variations.

And of course, we hope you’ll stick around to chat in the comments below and subscribe to more blog posts in the future.

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Increase AdSense Revenue in 2017

Google AdSense is still the leading ad network for publishers in 2017. With an estimated 33% market share, publishers cannot ignore what AdSense has to offer. Getting approved for AdSense can be difficult. It can also be a challenge to maintain an account without getting banned. That said, using our guide can help you increase AdSense revenue in 2017.

1. Avoid The AdSense Responsive Ad Unit.

The AdSense responsive unit is an attractive option because of its simplicity. However, there is a price to pay for the convenience in lost revenue potential. It is essential that you use a custom ad unit size for all the different screen sizes your website is designed for. We’ve put together a simple javascript code that you can safely implement on your website to replace the responsive ad unit provided by Google.

<script type="text/javascript">
    var width = window.innerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth;
    google_ad_client = "ca-publisher-id";
    if (width >= 800) { 
       google_ad_slot = "ad-unit-1"; 
       google_ad_width = 728; 
       google_ad_height = 60; 
    } else if ((width < 800) && (width < 400)) { 
      google_ad_slot = "ad-unit-2"; 
      google_ad_width = 300; 
      google_ad_height = 250; 
    } else { 
      google_ad_slot = "ad-unit-3"; 
      google_ad_width = 468; 
      google_ad_height = 60; 
    } 
</script> 
<script type="text/javascript" 
       src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script>

2. Occasionally Rotate Your Placements

Have you noticed that your AdSense RPM tends to decrease over time? This is thanks to a phenomenon known as banner blindness. That’s why even the best test will only yield short-term results. One of the best ways to counter banner blindness is to rotate your placements a few times per month, even if those placements didn’t perform as “optimally” during your initial tests. In the long run, you should generate more revenue through rotations than static placements.

Sometimes instead of changing the actual placement, you can change the skin of your site occasionally so your visitors don’t become accustomed to the design. This way they can’t use tunnel vision to focus only on your content without also noticing the ads. The more your visitors notice your Google AdSense ads, the more you will increase your revenue.

3. Pay Attention to Colors in Text Ads

The majority of AdSense Publishers don’t pay much attention to the theme of the text ads provided by default in your ad units. The crucial mistake is that in general users have become so used to what this style looks like, they rarely even notice them anymore (due again to Banner Blindness).

Here is an example of an AdSense Publisher who understands that making the text ad colors match your website theme will increase the likelihood that the user will click on the ad.

BrightColors

4. Use The Built-In AdSense Experiment Tool

AdSense provides a very simple but powerful experiment tool to test basic variations to your ad units. On some of our websites running AdSense we have seen an over 20% increase in revenue (over a 6 month test period) by testing different text ads only, text ads/banners and banners only. In one case for one website, the text ads only performed significantly better than banner ads/text ad blend.

Increase AdSense Revenue in 2017

Google has put together a fantastic overview of using their experiments tool, you can read more about it here.

5. Leverage Anti Ad-Blocker Solutions to increase AdSense revenue

Ad Blocking technologies are still subject to hot debate and laws regarding them vary country to country, state to state. There are good arguments on both sides. For the user blocking the ad, they have the right to block and/or control any request coming into their network/device. For the website owner, they have spent time and money to build the website and content and have earned the right to generate income and even increase AdSense revenues.

There are several solutions available for publishers that allow you to detect if someone is running AdBlock. These solutions allow you to deny access to your content until Adblock is disabled for your website. This seems to be fair on both sides. The user can agree to view ads if they really want to see the content, and the website owner earns their income from users who have willingly chosen to have ads shown to them.

Some studies have shown that up to website publishers may be missing out on up to 30% of their revenue lost to Ad Blocking scripts.

6. Increase your organic rankings and traffic

Traffic from organic search is considered by advertisers to be the highest quality traffic. The user has strong intent to consume content and serving a highly relevant ad is a good proposition for advertisers. Many website owners, who do very well on social media tend to ignore SEO without considering that their AdSense revenue would increase with organic traffic.

7. Plan high CPC keywords on AdWords Keyword Tool

Using the AdWords Keyword Tool, you can actually see what advertisers are paying for various keywords. Even if your website has a specific niche, there will be keywords within that niche that will pay much higher than others.

We put together a simple example of a blog about cars. When we input cars into the planner tool, and sort by highest CPC.

If you were to write an article about concept cars, you could expect up to $5 (60% of $9) per click for a contextual ad from AdSense. This is a guaranteed way to increase AdSense revenue.

If however, you chose to write an article about the movie cars, you would be more like $0.05 per click.

8. Consider hiring an AdSense optimization specialist

We’ve recently seen an influx of AdSense Partners that use tools to automate the optimization of placements, ad sizes and types and colors. We recommend you review the companies on Google and give them a try. Some of these tools can do a far better job than doing it manually, but you do have to pay for it usually by sharing 10% of your AdSense revenue with the optimization partner. We have seen mixed results, some publishers have performed better using them while others did worse after having to provide the 10% payment. All in all, it’s worth giving it a try.

9. Remove poorer performing Ad Networks

It’s common sense that the more ads you have, the more clicks will be diverted away from your AdSense ads. Often times, you would have been better off only running AdSense ads and removing the rest. This is yet another area that requires testing and tweaking to fully understand. As a rule of thumb, you should put your AdSense ads in the highest positions and your CPM ad networks towards the bottom of your pages.

10. Consider Dropping AdSense All Together!

There are plenty of publishers who have successfully transitioned from AdSense income to affiliate income. It usually requires a niche that has strong affiliate offers. Some examples are web hosting, education, and car loans. If you are willing to take the risk and experiment with offers while not earning any AdSense income, you can earn a huge payoff.

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6 Best WordPress Plugins To Create Responsive Tables (2017)

Utilizing tables in the blog entries is the current fever in the blogging scene. Because of the wide accessibility of WordPress table maker modules that make tables making madly simple. Presently you can make tables with no HTML or CSS aptitudes.
Tables make things easier to find and understand. Having a table in the blog post increases your chances of being featured on the “Featured Snippet” area of Google SERP’s. It also helps you to increase your affiliate sales. For more traffic and sales, you should seriously think about adding tables to your blog posts.
If you want to insert a table in your content, you are in the right place. In this post, I am going to share some best table creator plugins for WordPress.

Now let’s see some details of these plugins.

1. TablePress

TablePress is the most popular plugin for creating beautiful tables. The built-in shortcode of the plugin makes it very easy to display the tables on your posts, pages, widgets, or the sidebar. You can edit the table without writing any code, which is useful for anyone.

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The plugin also allows you to export or import table data to and from other websites respectively. You can provide advanced features like filtering, sorting, pagination, etc. by adding an extension. There are lots of other extensions which allow you to make the tables responsive, allow PHP code in the table, automatic URL conversion, etc.

2. Table Maker

Table Maker is another popular WordPress plugin for creating tables. It is especially useful for creating and displaying comparison tables. Once you install and activate the plugin, it will automatically create the first table for you. You can edit the cells by clicking on them.

As the plugin supports HTML and custom shortcodes, it is possible to display any data in the table. The plugin comes with a few icons which can be used inside the cells. Each table has its own shortcode. You can use the shortcode to place the table anywhere you want. You can enable or disable responsiveness for the tables. It is also possible to export or import table content.

3. Thrive Content Builder

As you can guess from the name, this is not your regular table builder plugin. Rather, it’s a fully featured content builder system which you can use to create any layout for your blog. You can use Thrive Content Builder to create fully responsive tables.
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Thanks to the visual WYSIWYG table builder, you can create exactly the type of table you want. Clicking on any table cell allows you to edit the content. The built-in table of contents feature will be very helpful for making your longer posts skimmable. It also lets you create Pricing Tables too.

The conversion-oriented features of Thrive Content Builder can be the missing keys to taking your blog to the next level. You can get the single site license for $67.

4. wpDataTables

WpDataTables is an incredibly powerful table creator plugin for WordPress. This premium plugin allows you to create and customize beautiful tables without writing any code. It is also possible to create tables from various existing sources like Excel, Spreadsheet, CSV, MySQL, XML, or JSON files.

The built-in formula column will make your life easier by showing auto-calculated values. You can edit the table from both the front-end and the back-end. The customizable pre-set conditions will automatically highlight the relevant cells and rows.

wpdatatables

WpDataTables can also be used to create interactive charts. As the plugin is fully compatible with Visual Composer, you can use the plugin with any premium theme. The documentations and step-by-step video tutorials will be useful to utilize various theme features. You can get wpDataTables for $35.

5. League Table

League Table provides a premium solution to create complex tables like leaderboard, ranking chart, comparison table, etc. You can use this plugin to display detailed statistics about various sports teams, gadgets, educational institutions, medical institutions, etc. The visitors can sort the chart by using multiple columns.

league

It is possible to choose custom colors for various sections like header font, background, even and odd row font, background, border, etc. The fully responsive table plugin comes with dedicated shortcodes. You can use the shortcode to display the table in various places on your website. You can get the plugin for $23.

6. Pricing Table Builder – Easy Pricing Tables

The name clearly indicates that this plugin is specially developed for creating pricing tables. This plugin also allows you to create and publish fully featured comparison tables. The fully responsive tables look great on any screen size.

You can choose a featured column as the popular choice. The columns can be dragged and dropped to change location. The available customization options include choosing the font size, color, border style, etc.

7 Best WordPress Plugins To Create Responsive Tables (2017)

There is also a premium version of the plugin. The Pro version comes with 10 attractive templates, advanced customization options, tooltip, premium support, etc. You can get the personal license of Pricing Table Builder Pro for $29.


Wrapping It Up

Using tables can significantly improve the user experience of your website. As this post has introduced you to the best WordPress table creator plugins, I hope you will be able to choose the best one for you.

However, if you are still confused, here are my suggestions –

Now that I have made my recommendations, let’s find out which one is your favorite. If you had to choose one of these table creator plugins, which one would you choose? Let me know your choice via comment.

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How to Edit & Optimize WordPress Robots.txt File for SEO

Have you optimized your WordPress Robots.txt petition for SEO?

On the off-chance that you haven’t, you are overlooking an essential part of SEO. Robots.txt document assumes a critical part of your site’s SEO.

You are fortunate that WordPress consequently makes a Robots.txt petition for you. Having this record is half of the fight. You need to ensure that Robots.txt record is advanced to get the full advantages.

Robots.txt document advises internet searcher bots what pages to slither and what pages to stay away from. In this post, I will demonstrate to you best practices to alter and streamline Robots.txt record in WordPress.

What is Robots.txt File?

Robots.txt record is a content document which trains internet searcher bots how to creep and list a web page. At whatever point any web index bots go to your web page, it peruses the robots.txt record and takes after the guidelines. By utilizing this record, you can indicate bots which some portion of your site to slither and which part to maintain a strategic distance from. Be that as it may, the nonattendance of robots.txt won’t stop web search tool bots to creep and list your web page.

Editing & Understanding Robots.txt in WordPress

I’ve as of now said that each WordPress site has a default robots.txt document in root registry.

In the event that you don’t have a robots.txt record, you’ll need to make one. It’s anything but difficult to do. Simply make a content record in your PC and spare it as robots.txt and transfer it to your root index. You can transfer it by means of FTP Manager or cPanel File Manager.

Presently how about we perceive how to alter your robots.txt record.

You can alter your robots.txt document by utilizing FTP Manager or cPanel File Manager. In any case, now is the ideal time to expand and somewhat troublesome.

An ideal approach to alter Robots.txt document is, utilizing a module. There are a few WordPress robots.txt modules out there. I incline toward Yoast SEO. This is the best SEO module for WordPress. I’ve officially shared how to set up Yoast SEO.

Yoast SEO permits you to adjust the robots.txt record from your WordPress administrator territory. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you would prefer not to utilize Yoast module, you can utilize different modules like WP Robots Txt.

Once you’ve installed and activated Yoast SEO plugin, go to WordPress Admin Panel > SEO > Tools.
How to Edit & Optimize WordPress Robots.txt File for SEO
Then click on “File editor”.

Then you need to click on “Create robots.txt file”.

Then you will get the Robots.txt file editor. You can configure your robots.txt file from here.

Before editing the file, you need to understand the commands of the file. There are three commands mainly.

User-agent – Defines the name of the search engine bots like Googlebot or Bingbot. You can use an asterisk (*) to refer to all search engine bots.
Disallow – Instructs search engines not to crawl and index some parts of your site.
Allow – Instructs search engines to crawl and index which parts you want to index.
Here’s a sample of Robots.txt file.

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Allow: /

This robots.txt record teaches all web crawler bots to slither the web page. In the second line, it advises web crawler bots not to slither the/wp-administrator/part. In the third line, it educates web crawler bots to creep and list entire site.

Designing and Optimizing Robots.txt File for SEO

A basic misconfigure in Robots.txt record can totally deindex your site from web crawlers. For instance, in the event that you utilize the order “Deny:/” in Robots.txt record, your site will be deindexed from web indexes. So you should be watchful while designing.

Another essential thing is an enhancement of Robots.txt record for SEO. Before heading off to the accepted procedures of Robots.txt SEO, I’d get a kick out of the chance to caution you about some terrible practices.

  • Try not to utilize Robots.txt record to conceal low-quality substance. The best practice is to utilize no index and no follow meta tag. You can do this by utilizing Yoast SEO module.
  • Try not to utilize Robots.txt record to stop web indexes to file your Categories, Tags, Archives, Author pages, and so on. You can include no follow and no index meta labels to those pages by utilizing Yoast SEO module.
  • Try not to utilize Robots.txt record to deal with copy content. There are different ways.

Presently how about we perceive how you can make Robots.txt record SEO amicable.

  1. At to start with, you have to figure out which parts of your site you don’t need internet searcher bots to creep. I incline toward forbidding/wp-administrator/,/wp-content/modules/,/readme.html,/trackback/.
  2. Including “Permit:/” subordinates on Robots.txt document is not all that critical as bots will slither your site in any case. Be that as it may, you can utilize it for the specific boat.
  3. Adding sitemaps to Robots.txt document is additionally a decent practice.

Here’s an example of an ideal Robots.txt file for WordPress.

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/
Disallow: /readme.html
Disallow: /trackback/
Disallow: /go/
Allow: /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php
Allow: /wp-content/uploads/
Sitemap: https://test.com/post-sitemap.xml
Sitemap: https://test.com/page-sitemap.xml

You can check RTB Robots.txt file here: https://test.com/robots.txt

Testing Robots.txt File in Google Webmaster Tools

After updating your Robots.txt file, you have to test the Robots.txt file to check if any content is impacted by the update.

You can use Google Search Console to check if there is any “Error” or “Warning” for your Robots.txt file. Just login to Google Search Console and select the site. Then go to Crawl > robots.txt Tester and click on “Submit” button.

A box will be popped up. Just click on “Submit” button.

Then reload the page and check if the file is updated. It might take some time to update the Robots.txt file.

If it hasn’t updated yet, you can enter your Robots.txt file code into the box to check if there are any errors or warnings. It will show the errors and warnings there.

If you notice any errors or warnings in the robots.txt file, you have to fix it by editing the robots.txt file.

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Step by Step Guide to Monetizing Your Blog With Affiliate Marketing

How do you monetize your blog?

If the answer is Advertisement, then I know you have a hard time generating money from your blog unless you have tons of traffic.

When I started blogging, I thought Adsense is good enough to make some serious money from my blog. But the reality was different. Adsense requires a lot of traffic to generate some good amount of money.

As I didn’t have a lot of traffic, I started looking for other monetizing methods. Then I came to know about Affiliate Marketing.

At that time, I didn’t find any step by step guide about monetizing blog through affiliate marketing. However, I was able to learn some basic affiliate marketing tips from different blogs (for example, for Amazon affiliate marketing, I’m following Market ever).

After having some ideas about affiliate marketing, I started trying it on my blog. It took almost six months to get my first affiliate sale. It seemed a slow process to me.

Recently I’ve bought a new blog and monetized it through affiliate marketing. I followed some steps that I’ve learned from my four years of blogging journey.

If you want to monetize your blog with affiliate marketing but don’t know where to start, this post is for you.

In this post, I am going to share those 7 steps that I followed to monetize my new blog through affiliate marketing.

Step #1 – Check If You are Already Promoting Products/Services That Offer Affiliate Programs

If you’ve been blogging for few months, chances that you’ve already linked to a number of recommended products/services on your blog posts that have affiliate programs.

The easiest way to get started with affiliate marketing is to find those products/services and join their affiliate programs. As you are already sending traffic to those products/services, it will be easier for you to earn affiliate commission from them.

Now let’s see how to find those affiliate programs. Follow these simple steps…

At first, you need to find where you are sending traffic from your blog. You can use Jetpack stats to see which links users clicked to leave your blog. Just install Jetpack plugin and connect it with your WordPress.com account. Most of the features of Jetpack including ‘Site Stats’ will be activated automatically. You need to give it few days to collect data for you. However, sometimes one-day data is good enough to get started.

If you are already using Jetpack plugin, that’s awesome. Just go to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Site Stats” from Jetpack.

You will find a “Clicks” section there showing external links that users clicked.

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Then click on “Summaries” to see the overall clicks.

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Now you have the list of sites where you are sending traffic. Make a list of those sites that offer products/services. Then go to those sites one by one and look for a link (mostly on the footer) that says “Affiliates”, “Affiliate Program”, “Become An Affiliate” or “Referral Program”. Follow the link and sign up for their affiliate programs.

You can also search on Google to check if there is any affiliate program for a particular product/service. Just search for terms like “[Product/Service] Affiliate Program” or “[Product/Service] Referral Program”

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If there is an affiliate program for searched term, just join the affiliate program. If you haven’t found any affiliate program for the product/service, just set up a Google Alerts for the terms “[Product/Service] Affiliate Program”. You will get notifications about the affiliate programs.

I hope you’ve found some affiliate programs. But remember, just because it has affiliate program doesn’t mean you should promote it. You have to make sure that you are promoting the right products. If you end up promoting a bad product, you will loose TRUST of your audience which is very important for affiliate marketing. So choose wisely.

Now join the available affiliate programs that seem right to you. It might take some times to get approved by Affiliate Program.

Keep a list of the affiliate programs that you’ve joined.

Step #2 – Find Relevant Affiliate Programs

If you haven’t found any affiliate programs (or just found a few programs) by following step #1, don’t worry.

In this step, I will show you how to find relevant affiliate programs for your blog.

Finding relevant affiliate programs is very important to get success in affiliate marketing. Just because someone makes huge money from Web hosting affiliate programs doesn’t mean this will work for you too. You have to find products/services that are relevant to your blog.

Here are some ways to find out the right affiliate programs for your blog.

  1. Think of some relevant products/services you like and check if there are any affiliate programs for those products/services.
  2. Do some research on successful blogs on your niche. Discover what products/services they are promoting on their blogs. Take a look at their sidebar banners and resource/tools page. Check if there are any product review posts on their blogs.
  3. Search on Google. If you are running a health blog, search for the term “Health-related affiliate programs”
  4. Use an Affiliate Network. It acts as a mediator between publishers (you) and merchant affiliate programs. It’s a marketplace of affiliate programs. You will get thousands of affiliate programs on a single affiliate network. There are a lot of affiliate networks and here are some best affiliate networks.
  • Shareasale is one of the most popular affiliate marketing networks that has over 3900 affiliate programs. It has affiliate programs for almost every niche.
  • ClickBank is the best marketplace for digital products. It has digital products for every niche.
  • CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction) is one of the oldest networks.
  • Impact Radius is very popular for tracking, reporting, and payment.
  • Amazon Associates is the biggest affiliate program offered by Amazon. If you are planning to promote physical products, join Amazon associates.

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ShareASale is an Affiliate Network that is used by thousands of bloggers.

Make a list of relevant affiliate programs for your blog. And start joining them one by one.

Step #3 – Cloak Your Affiliate Links & Add Those Links Automatically into Your Posts

I hope you already got approved by some of the affiliate programs you’ve joined.  If you haven’t got approved by all programs immediately, don’t worry. While some affiliate programs approve immediately, others might take some times.

Every affiliate program provides you a unique affiliate link to track your sales. This link may look something like this:

http://partners.xyz.com/c/214426/177309/3094

This is pretty ugly and scary. You’d not love to add this link to your blog posts.

What you can do is cloaking the affiliate link. It means masking the affiliate link. Your cloaked affiliate link will be something like this:

http://dreamsspark.com/go/xyz/

It looks good and it’s easy to remember.

Like everything, you can do it by using a WordPress plugin. There are a lot of affiliate link manager plugins out there.

I am using ThirstyAffiliate to manage my affiliate links. It’s very easy to use. Just Install the plugin and go to WordPress Dashboard > Affiliate Links > Add New.

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Yes, it’s that much easy.

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers not to cloak affiliate links. It’s a huge mistake!

If you don’t cloak your affiliate links, you’ll be in trouble when one of your affiliates decides to change its affiliate link. Recently HostGator has moved its Affiliate Program to Impact Radius from in-house. As an HostGator affiliate, I have to update all HostGator links with the new affiliate link. It’d be tough for me if I wasn’t using an affiliate link manager plugin.

So cloak your affiliate links right away.

Now let’s see how to add affiliate links automatically to your blog posts.

As you weren’t in affiliate marketing from day 1 of your blogging journey, chances that you’ve linked to recommend products/services several times. But those were just plain links, not affiliate links. Those won’t generate commission for you.

It’d be tough for you to find those links and replace those links with affiliate links one by one.

Here’s an easy way. Thirsty Affiliate has an add-on named Autolinker that will do it for you.

ThirstyAffiliate Autolinker scans your all blog posts and replaces all specified keywords into affiliate links. Just setup your affiliate links with a list of Keywords and it takes care of the rest.

However, it’s a premium addon-on which costs $49 AUD (about $35 USD). But it worths your money.

Once you’ve installed the add-on, you will notice “Autolinks Keywords” section when you’re about to add a new affiliate link. Just specify the keywords that you want to replace with affiliate links.

You can also add Keywords to your old affiliate links. Just edit those links.

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You can select the number of times you want Autolinker to add affiliate links.

Automatic affiliate linking will surely increase your revenue.

Step #4 – Use An Affiliate Aggregator Service

If you write about many topics on a single blog, then you will have to join a lot of affiliate programs to monetize your blog properly.

It will be time-consuming. On that case, you might consider using an affiliate aggregator service like VigLink which will automate access to thousands of affiliate programs.

VigLink is connected with more than 30,000 affiliate programs. It converts your website’s outbound links into affiliate links. It also adds links to products or brands within your content.

For example, if you mention the word “iPad” on your blog post, VigLink will automatically add an affiliate link to this word. You don’t have to join any specific affiliate program for that. VigLink will take care of that.

If you mention lots of products name on your blog posts, I’d suggest you to start using VigLink on your blog.

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Step #5 – Update Your “Most Popular Posts” With Affiliate Links

No matter how you have been blogging, some of your posts will be generating more traffic than others. Those are the most popular posts of your blog.

These posts can help you to generate affiliate sales. All you have to do is adding affiliate links properly to your most visited posts.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. At first, login to Google Analytics/Jetpack/Clicky or whatever you are using to track your visitors.
  2. Find the most visited posts of your blog. If you are using Jetpack, just go to WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack > Site Stats and click on “Summaries” from “Top Posts & Pages”.

Step by Step Guide to Monetizing Your Blog With Affiliate Marketing

3. Make a list of top 10 posts and start with the first one.

4. Review the post and look for affiliate opportunities. But don’t be aggressive.

5. Check how other bloggers are monetizing the same topic post.

6. If you haven’t found any relevant affiliate links for the post, at least, try to link a post which you’ve monetized with affiliate links.

7. Do the same for other posts.

I’d suggest you not to be aggressive while adding affiliate links to your most popular posts. If there is no relevant affiliate link for the post, just keep as it is. But you can optimize the post for subscribers, social exposure etc.

Step #6 – Write Blog Posts That Generate Sales

By now you should have a good idea of what products/services to promote on your blog. But if you don’t know how to promote it properly, you won’t be able to increase your sales.

Now I’ll be sharing few blog post types that generate sales.

Review Posts – Though product reviews shouldn’t be written just for the sake of affiliate sales, but you can expect some sales from your reviews. Just make sure that you are honest with your reviews. No product is perfect. So don’t hesitate to write the cons of the products.

Here are some essential tips for writing product reviews.

  • Write pros and cons of the product/service.
  • Share your personal experience how you use the product.
  • Use keywords like price, problem, and review to generate traffic from Search Engines.
  • Give rating to the product. I use WP Rich Snippets Plugin to do that. It will increase your CTR.
  • Add a clear recommendation.
  • Share special discounts or free trial if there is any.

Comparison Posts – These posts are very effective for affiliate marketing. People often search for comparison between products. You can take this advantage.

Just pick two products that are very similar and people get confused about which one to choose.

For example, HostGator and Bluehost are two best web hosting companies. People often search for the term “HostGator Vs Bluehost”. You can help people to choose one and expect some sales.

‘How to’ Posts – These are the most popular posts on the internet. You can use these posts to generate affiliate sales from your blog. For this, you have to find out how your affiliate products/services can solve others’ problems. And write ‘How to’ posts based on affiliate products.

You can also write List Posts, Alternative List Posts etc to generate sales. Just be creative.

Step #7 – Drive Traffic to Your Affiliate Links

The more traffic you drive to your blog, the more affiliate sales you’ll generate.

The key to getting success in affiliate marketing depends on driving relevant traffic to your affiliate links. When I say driving traffic to affiliate links, I mean driving traffic to your blog and it will automatically increase your affiliate link clicks.

Here are some tips for driving traffic to your blog.

  1. Write better titles.
  2. Do keyword optimization.
  3. Write SEO Optimized posts.
  4. Blog consistently.
  5. Leave comments on other people’s blogs.
  6. Be active on social media.
  7. Be creative.

Your Turn

Affiliate Marketing can be the best way to make money from your blog if you can do it rightly.

If you follow the steps in this post, I guarantee that you will get your first affiliate sale very soon.

However, learning affiliate marketing monetization in one post can be a little overwhelming, so leave a comment if you have any questions.

 

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The most effective method to Start a Blog in 10 Minutes or Less

Need to begin a blog? You’ve gone to the perfect place.

Many new bloggers simply get overwhelmed with how to correctly set up their blog. Follow the steps below and you will be up and running in 10 minutes or less!

How would I begin?

Just follow these steps in order.

Step 1

Go purchase your domain name from goddady.com (using this link).

(If you already have a domain name purchased, just skip to step 2)

Step 2

Go sign up for a hosting package at HostGator.com (using this link). When the HostGator homepage loads click the button labeled “View Webhosting Plans” as seen below.

The most effective method to Start a Blog in 10 Minutes or Less

Next, you can select a hosting package. If you are just starting out the Hatchling package should be fine. You can save more money by signing up for a longer term.

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Now if you have already purchased your domain name you can enter it like seen below…

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Step 3

Start blogging your passion!

Here to check all deep steps:

6 STEPS TO HAVING A SUCCESSFUL BLOG