Were do I start and how do I gain a following

So I want to get into this business to see what all of the rage is about and to make some money. But were do I start and how much of a following do I need. Social media wise I have 2 YouTube channels one is a gaming channel that has 92 subscribers and a music channel with 15 subs. I also have 2 instagram accounts 1 for stuff about my life with 70 followers and I have 1 for reposting car content. I heard that you need a big following in order to do affiliate marketing and I heard that Amazon will ban you from their affiliate program if you dont get any sales unless you fix the issue. I'm so confused on how I can start

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Made My First CJ Sale

On August 25th, I made my first sale for $14.75! I had turned off Google AdSense to my website and switched to my blog to give it a try. I'm happy with my first sale because I wasn't making anything with AdSense.

A little bit of info for my blog: it's a BuzzFeed type of site and with 2.1k traffic monthly.

I wanted to share with you all because my first CJ gave me motivation and I hope it will for you too!

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How to pick WordPress plugins like a pro

WordPress expert David Vogelpohl from WP Engine answers questions from the Wealthy Affiliate community around WordPress and strategies for hosting WP sites.

With affiliate optimization experience as a publisher, affiliate, and in outsourced program management, WordPress expert David Vogelpohl shares a unique and very informed point of view on how you can use WordPress to help drive success in your affiliate business.

In the second part of our interview series, we spoke to David to get more of his take on answers to the most common affiliate questions around WordPress plugins (you can read part 1 here.)

What should I look for when choosing a plugin? What are warning signs to not use a specific plugin?

DV: Choosing a plugin for your site can be a great way to add much needed functionality; however, choosing a plugin is like choosing a partner in your business. Their success is your success, but their failures are also your failures. Because of this, it’s a great idea to choose your plugins carefully.

The criteria I use to choose a plugin for the sites I manage cover four key areas.

The functional review

I ask myself, “Does the plugin do what I need it to do, and am I using most or all of the things the plugin does?” For example, if all you need a plugin to do is generate a sitemap, perhaps Yoast is more than you need. Yoast does indeed create sitemaps, but it does much much more than that. For someone who only needs to create a sitemap and doesn’t need all of Yoast’s other wonderful SEO features, I might recommend they seek out a plugin more focused on their specific use case. In some cases, installing plugins that solve problems outside your target use case might still be the right call, but think long and hard about if the plugin you’re evaluating does more than you need it to do.

The business audit

The second area I focus on is understanding the importance of the plugin to the person or company which made the plugin. The goal here is to understand the role of the plugin in the plugin author’s business. The reason this is important to me is that as WordPress evolves, plugin authors need to release updates in order for the plugin to work properly with new features released in WordPress itself. If a particular plugin was a weekend project or part of a failed business venture, then I might not have confidence that plugin will be maintained.

Click on the people and company names under “Contributors & Developers” in the plugin’s listing (example) to see who is involved in the project. Research the companies or individuals listed in “Contributors & Developers” and see if you can figure out if the authors’ businesses are aligned with keeping the plugin you’re considering up to date. If the plugin seems like a weekend project or unimportant to the author’s overall business, it might not be the best plugin for you.

The audit

Most plugins in the WordPress ecosystem will be listed on and each plugin’s listing can provide you with valuable information on the quality of the plugin. When looking at a plugin in, click on the “Advanced View” link in the righthand side of the listing. Here is an example of that view for WP Engine’s automated migration plugin.

When auditing a plugin, I typically look to see if the plugin is “Tested up to” the most current version of WordPress, the last time the plugin was updated under “Last updated,” the number of “Active Installations,” and the “Ratings & Reviews” for the plugin to get a sense of how popular the plugin is and how dutiful the plugin’s author is at keeping the plugin up to date. Plugins with very little users, bad reviews, or with infrequent updates may be a plugin worth avoiding.

The functional tests

After finding a plugin that I think will do the job, where the author seems to be invested in keeping the plugin up to date, and has a healthy profile on, I’ll then install the plugin on a staging or local copy of my website and start to test. Of course, part of this testing is to see if the plugin I’ve selected truly will do the job I need it to do, but to also see if the plugin introduces any conflicts with other plugins or negatively affects my website’s performance.

Run all of your normal tests for the functionality of your website after installing a new plugin (e.g. Do my forms still work?, Does my slider still work?, and so on.) Once you confirm the plugin works as expected, there are no conflicts with existing plugins, and that any hit to your website’s performance is acceptable, you should be good to go to live.

For your convenience, you can also check out the WP Engine Solution Center, which is free for anyone to use and includes a list of plugins where WP Engine has performed similar audits to the methods described above. We also also perform code quality reviews of plugins listed in the Solution Center. While informed recommendations like those found in the Solution Center can be a helpful shortcut to discovering quality plugins, always make sure to do your own homework and be comfortable with the plugins you add to your site. Remember, choosing a plugin is like choosing a partner in your business.

Should I ever pay for a plugin?

DV: The answer here depends a bit on the site you’re building and your strategy, but my general answer here is “Yes!” There are tons of free plugins in the WordPress ecosystem that are typically found on While all of these plugins/themes are free to download and use, many will still require some form of paid service in order to use certain features.

For example, MailChimp has a free plugin on, but that plugin requires a MailChimp API key in order to send data between MailChimp and WordPress. The plugin itself is free, but access to the needed API functions requires a paid account of some kind.

There are also plugins that are not listed on which may be free or paid.

So why would you ever pay for a plugin when you may be able to find a 100% free version that offers similar functionality?

DV: The answer here is simply quality. If a plugin or theme author receives payment for their software (in one form or another) they are more likely to invest in keeping that software up to date, adding new features over time, and generally building a quality product. If the author has no financial benefit, they might not feel the need to continue to invest in that plugin. If you’re going to rely on a plugin to support your digital business, choosing plugins with a clear financial benefit to the author likely means that software is as valuable to the author as it is to you.

While many free plugins are maintained by responsible authors without any form of direct financial compensation, choosing premium plugins can help provide you assurances the author will continue to invest in the software you’re choosing to rely on in your digital business.

How many plugins are too many plugins?

DV: People are often concerned about the number of plugins that run on their site and the effect of multiple plugins on their website’s performance. This is such a common question that a student in my son’s 3rd grade class asked me this very thing during my career day presentation on WordPress.

The answer to “How many plugins is too many?” is nuanced. The way to think about this is that each plugin you have installed performs a collection of actions, and each of those actions can (but not always) tax your website’s performance. A plugin’s tax on your performance might be necessary (e.g. processing a lead form) or might include actions you don’t even realize the plugin is performing, which may or may not be necessary.

The answer to “How many plugins is too many?” is more of an analysis around the actions the plugins you have installed are performing vs. a raw number of plugins.

For example, If you have 100 plugins that individually perform a single simple action each, then 100 plugins might be just fine for you. If you have even just one plugin performing 100’s of inefficient and complex actions, that one plugin could be too many plugins.

In general, I don’t worry too much about the number of plugins I’m using, but I do spend a lot of time wondering if a specific plugin would add value or continue to add value to my website.

When you choose a new plugin, test your site’s performance (in a staging copy of your website) before and after you add the plugin. If the plugin slows your website down a bit, then ask yourself “Is the value that plugin is adding to my site worth a performance hit?” In many cases, a plugin won’t slow down your site at all. But if it does, be aware of the performance cost of introducing the plugin in the first place.

I recommend using for testing the performance of your website’s speed.

If your site is slow now and you have a lot of plugins, try disabling each plugin (in a staging copy of your website) one-by-one and test the performance of your site before and after you disable each plugin. Using this approach can help you isolate the plugins that have the biggest impact on your performance and help guide you on the need to possibly remove a plugin, replace it with a better plugin, or find other alternatives.

Plugins are a wonderful way to add functionality to your website, but make sure you understand the impact a plugin will have on your performance before you add it to your live website!

We will continue to speak to David on WordPress in part three, which covers more popular Wealthy Affiliate community questions including:

  • What is Gutenberg?
  • How do I pick the best WordPress theme?

If you’re looking for other insights into how to optimize your affiliate business, we encourage you to register for the Wealthy Affiliate community, as well as read more of our Market Insights.

These insights were brought to you by David Vogelpohl. David serves on the senior leadership team at WP Engine, where he leads WordPress ecosystem strategy and its Genesis business unit. David is a digital vetern with over 20 years of experience leading teams building, growing, and scaling digital businesses. David also owned and operated an advanced WordPress agency serving clients globally including marquee clients like WP Engine, Pioneer Electronics, and Esurance.


Sell my sterlizer

Ya’all i need help in selling my sterlizer! [ecofy ](

What can i do inorder get started

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Using Site Search Reports in Google Analytics to Improve Product Selection

Internal site search is the equivalent of someone walking into a physical store and asking for a product. The storekeeper would develop an understanding of what shoppers want based on these requests. In the digital world, Google Analytics can store all of these questions.

In this post, I’ll address how to configure site search in Google Analytics to improve your ecommerce product selection.

The first step is to capture site-search data in Google Analytics. We’ve addressed how to do this. Google’s Analytics help explains the process, too. Once configured, your internal site search data will show up in Google Analytics at Behavior > Site Search. Allow up to 24 hours for this to occur.

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<p id=Once configured, your internal site search data will show up in Google Analytics at Behavior > Site Search.

Site Search Data

When the data appears, you can establish if visitors use your site search and if it generates revenue. Go to the usage report in Google Analytics, at Behavior > Site Search > Usage for:

  • The percentage of your visitors use site search.
  • The percentage of your revenue that comes from visitors who use site search.
  • The average order value of visitors who search vs. visitors who do not.
  • The conversion rate of visitors who search vs. visitors who do not.

This info is a good starting point to know the importance of site search for your business.

Search terms. Next, determine what visitors search for and how often. Analyze, too, their phrases and terms. Do they query, for example, “kitchen supplies” or “cooking utensils”? Get all this data in Google Analytics at the Search Terms report, at Behavior > Site Search > Search Terms.

The Search Terms report shows what visitors search for and how often. Click image to enlarge.

The Search Terms report shows what visitors search for and how often. Click image to enlarge.

You might find a few hundred terms or a few thousand. Scan the list to get a sense of the phrases your visitors are using.

Remember that Google Analytics, by default, shows only 10 terms on the first view. Scroll to the bottom of the table for a drop-down menu to expand the list to as many as 5,000 items. Alternatively, expand the list by choosing a broader time range. You can export this data to a spreadsheet for further analysis.

If you have at least a few thousand search phrases, you could also see this data by segments, such as search terms from visitors by state or a certain campaign.

Problem terms. Once you have a sense of the search terms, look for the ones that are not working. The Search Terms report contains a column called “% Search Exits” — the percentage of people who leave the site after searching for that term.

Say, for example, that “kitchen utensil set” has a search exit of 70 percent. That means that 70 percent of visitors leave after they see the search results.  There are several reasons for this, typically.

  • Zero search result. If they can’t find what they are looking for, visitors will leave.
  • Fewer search results than what visitors were expecting.
  • Wrong search results. The results are not what the visitor was looking for.

Look at all search phrases with more than 50-percent exits. And pay special attention to all phrases with 100-percent search exits.

"% Search Exits" column in the Search Terms report contains the percentage of people who leave the site after searching for that term. Click image to enlarge.

“% Search Exits” column in the Search Terms report contains the percentage of people who leave the site after searching for that term. Click image to enlarge.

Revenue from site search. Next, determine whether your site search is generating revenue. This requires implementing Google Analytics ecommerce tags in Google Tag Manager to track your sales.

The default Search Term report does not show revenue. Create a custom report with the following columns:

  • Search term.
  • Total unique searches.
  • % Search Exits.
  • Revenue.

The custom report will reveal many interesting patterns, such as:

  • The search phrases that generated the highest revenue.
  • The phrases that produced zero revenue. (Address the search results for these phrases.)

Trends. The Search Terms report can indicate how products and product categories are trending.  Click on any term for a graph of the number of unique searches for a given date range, which you can adjust.

Repeat the process for all terms to see which products are gaining popularity and which are on their way out.

Click on any term in the Search Term report for a graph of the number of unique searches for a given date range. This can indicate a trend for that item or category.

Click on any term in the Search Term report for a graph of the number of unique searches for a given date range. This can indicate a trend for that item or category. Click image to enlarge.


This Just Works: Create Live Content that Engages and Converts your Audience into Paying Customers

According to Demio co-founder Wyatt Jozwowski, live content is a conversion game changer – and he had lots of insights to share at This Just Works.

Creating live content – like virtual events and webinars – that not only converts your audience but builds relationships and engages your audience is something that every business should focus on. Webinars can create a personal connection from anywhere.

Live content, like webinars, can be a great asset to you if:

  • You sell your expertise as a freelancer, coach, consultant, entrepreneur, author, or trainer
  • You have leads and traffic but struggle to convert your audience into paying customers for your digital products
  • You want to build a strong relationship with your audience and not burn any bridges by being too pushy or using “slimy” sales tactics

“I’ve seen webinars taught as kind of like relationship burners, and they’re really focused just on conversions or sales. And I don’t love those because they’re very short-term oriented. And webinars are going to be something that you’re going to be doing ongoing and you want people to come back to your business and not just feel like they were just being sold to for an hour,” says Wyatt.

This post will show you how to sell your digital products and grow your business while providing value to your audience through live webinars.

This session was presented at This Just Works, the digital anti-conference. You can see the full session (and 14 other talks) by registering here with code TJWAG2020.

Every marketer does this…

Lots of marketers focus on top of funnel and middle of funnel content, but the bottom of funnel content – where live content like webinars typically lives – shouldn’t be ignored.

“I’ve found, when talking to a lot of internet marketers, that they really focus on top of funnel stuff and middle of funnel content. And this was me when I got started as well. I had an SEO company and I was doing kind of all these things – blog posts, social media, videos, running ads to my free downloads and quizzes – and I was getting leads. But I wasn’t really converting any of them, “says Wyatt.

“I was struggling to actually maximize the value from those. And then I realized that I was missing something at the bottom of the funnel. I was missing some kind of conversion mechanism. And, you know, I think a lot of people starting out are really missing that and I would actually start there today, if I was kind of starting over at the bottom of the funnel and then work my way backwards from there up to the top of the funnel,” says Wyatt.

Bottom of funnel content – like webinars – is the missing piece between you and your users.

This is the webinar conversion machine.


Webinars work well for many types of businesses. They aren’t cost-heavy or very hard to scale. It’s something that really anybody can do.

Why do webinars work so well?

Webinars are a more useful marketing channel than you may have previously knew:

Live webinars:

  • Are the most powerful conversion mechanism at scale
  • Shorten the sales cycle (Education becomes Conversion)
  • Sell to hundreds of people at once
  • Provide high value and position you as an expert
  • Create scarcity and a sense of urgency that works to produce engagement

“They were always one of the most powerful conversion mechanisms at scale. You’re able to connect with maybe 1,000 people at a single time at only an hour of your leveraged time, and potentially convert 10 or up to 100 people in a single set setting. So you can really shorten the sales cycle as well,” notes Wyatt.

But what’s the best part about webinars? You can automate everything (depending on your platform).

The 2 secrets to creating a 24/7 conversion machine

The 2 secrets to getting constant conversions through live content are…

  1. “You don’t have a traffic problem. You have a conversion problem.”
  2. “A perfect webinar script delivers a ton of value while selling your offer at the same time.”

Secret #1: you don’t have a traffic problem, you have a conversion problem.

There are lots of different traffic sources out there:

  • SEO
  • Facebook Ads
  • Google Ads
  • Capterra Ads
  • Affiliate and PArtners
  • Social Media
  • Conferences

And there are a lot of things being taught and people can get overwhelmed looking at all these different traffic sources. And the reality is all of these traffic sources work.

“Some are better for certain business types or certain average customer values. But the reality is you can make any of these work. So there’s no really right or wrong answer with these. It’s just how you’re using them,” says Wyatt.

The most important thing to remember is to not become too dependent on one solitary traffic source. Your ability to convert leads into customers directly affects how much you can pay for traffic.

“You can kind of get as much traffic as you want. And what this depends on is how much those leads are worth to you. So let’s say you have an average customer value of $500. But the ability to convert those leads makes those leads more valuable,” says Wyatt.

Company A: 1% of leads become customers at $500 each means that at 1% conversion = every lead is worth $5

Company B: 10% of leads become customers at $500 each means that at a 10% conversion = every lead is worth $50

“Company B has the ability to pay a lot more for the same leads. And so it makes Company B again, be able to go out there and use a lot more traffic sources than Company A would be able to and scale faster than Company A would be able to with the same customer at the end of the day.”

The company that can pay more is the company that’s going to get more traffic and leads at the end of the day.

When you put all of your other content through this webinar conversion machine – AKA repurpose your content into webinar content – you make that original traffic much more valuable than it was before.

Secret #2: a perfect webinar script delivers a ton of value while selling your offer at the same time.”

“You don’t want to just necessarily sell, sell, sell. You want to make them excited about your business and what you teach – regardless of whether they become a customer or not. There’s a healthy balance in the middle where you can blend education and conversion. This is the beginning of a relationship, not churn and burn,” warns Wyatt.

The outline for any great webinar presentation

At a high level, the outline for a webinar looks simple. It includes:

  1. Intro
  2. Content
  3. Transition
  4. Offer

Each of these components have some rules and considerations that you need to pay attention to.

1. Intro

Your webinar intro has one major job: make a good first impression.

People are going to come in with an impression of you whether they actually know you or not. Your job is to make sure that you set the groundwork for a good, long lasting impression as soon as they arrive – the impression of your business that you want them to have.

To establish that impression, your webinar intro has a few other tasks to complete:

  • Confirm your status as the expert
  • Collect commitments
  • Crush major objections in advance
  • Inspire hope for a better future
  • Give at least 3 reasons to stay

Your intro should be approximately 5-10 minutes long – people are there for your content so you don’t want to create a big delay in getting to it.

The 3 things that need to happen at the beginning of every webinar you host are:

  1. Demand their attention – get ahead of short attention spans
  2. Create a connection – don’t just follow a script and make sure to keep your camera on
  3. Get their permission – you don’t want to pitch people that don’t want it

2. Content

“With the content, you need to realize that less is really more – especially when it comes to webinars,” says Wyatt.

Your webinar content should follow these rules:

  1. Further the sale
  2. Give you the chance to show proof
  3. Keep people engaged
  4. Give a clear perceived value

The key to any great webinar is to teach and sell, not teach then sell. Great webinars content teaches and sells at the same time – not teach and then transition to selling. And the key to making that work is to teach them what to want.

“If you’re selling webinars, for example, you would teach people why they want to be running webinars, and why they work so well. And that would get people excited and wanting to run webinars. So you’re not necessarily getting into the details. In that case, you’re just teaching the audience what to want. It’s still important from a high level because that’s what gets people to take the next step and move forward with webinars,” says Wyatt.

3. Transition

Although your content should simultaneously teach and sell, there’s going to be a moment of shift where you transition into an official offer. It doesn’t have to have a pushy sales vibe – and it shouldn’t – but that transition does happen eventually.

Here’s how Wyatt smooths that transition:

“I usually start with just a quick recap recap of the content – what people learned, what they’re walking away with. And then usually ask a quick set of questions to get the audience in kind of the right state. It helps them kind of realize the value of what they just learned as well.”

“And then you’re going to go ahead and close the open loop at the beginning that you created, letting them know that you’re going to have an offer or place where they can go to learn more after,” shares Wyatt.

4. The Offer

The offer has what Wyatt calls, “the 3 Easys” when sharing an offer through a webinar.

An offer should be:

  1. Easy to understand
  2. Easy to use
  3. Easy to buy

If you check off these boxes, then you won’t lose any conversions at this step.

Your offer should be revealed in 5 minutes or less. You need to reveal the price and show them where they can go to buy it.

This is also the point where you reveal any available discounts or bonuses as well as how many people are after the same offer to create scarcity and urgency, which compels people to accept your offer. But whatever you do, don’t create fake scarcity. You want to earn a long term customer, not relinquish their trust right away.

And then, you start the party.

All this means is that maybe you start to mention names of people who have already bought, or showing pictures or a demo of the product to excite them about what’s waiting for them.

“In other words, create a little FOMO,” says Wyatt.

Conclusion: Is there a downside to webinars?

The only problem with webinars – which is barely a problem – it’s just that you’re going to be doing a lot of webinars. It can feel tedious to teach something over and over again.

One of the things that can be really helpful when doing webinars is to automate part of it or all of it – something that is possible with Demio.

“Not only can you run live events, but you can also do hybrid events where you upload part of your presentation, play it, and do a Q&A live. Or you can just fully automate events where the whole webinar is pre recorded, but you’re still chatting with people and answering questions.

Automation can be a huge asset in the webinar process. From early reminders to post-webinar follow-ups, automation can help you create a scalable webinar process for your business.

To download the full recorded This Just Works digital event, go here to register with code TJWAG2020!


AM website content quantity

Is there a margin to the number of words in an AM website for it to be successful, aside from the content quality ? When can we say that it has too many or not enough words ? Thanks

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August 2020 Top 10: Our Most Popular Posts

Our mission since 2005 is to publish articles, webinars, and podcasts to help ecommerce merchants. What follows are the 10 most popular articles that we published in August 2020. Articles from early in the month are more likely to make the list than later ones.

Banned by Google Ads, Ponders Alternative Channels

Ecommerce entrepreneurs understand the need for multiple revenue channels. Relying exclusively on, say, Facebook or Amazon or Google can lead to disruptions. And that’s what happened to Allen Walton’s company, which depends on Google Ads for most of its traffic and revenue. Read more… Founder: Day of Reckoning Is Coming for DTC Brands

Patrick Coddou launched with his wife, Jennifer, in 2015. The company, which sells razors and shaving supplies, is bootstrapped — no outside investors. He has little patience with the concept of lifetime customer value or paying more to acquire a customer than he can recoup on the initial purchase. Read more…

13 Platforms for Shoppable Video

Video is increasingly impacting ecommerce. Consumers use it for purchase decisions. Influencers live-stream product endorsements. And brands deploy video for engagement and product offerings. Here is a list of platforms for shoppable video. Read more…

‘Buy On Google’ Opens to All Merchants

Google Shopping has made its second significant change in the last few months. The first change was implementing free Google Shopping listings. The second is opening the “Buy on Google” program for all merchants, commission-free. Read more…

2PM Founder: Successful Entrepreneurs Are Polymaths

Having founded and sold multiple ecommerce companies, Web Smith believes broad economic trends determine entrepreneurial success as much as tactical execution. Successful entrepreneurs, Smith asserts, must be polymaths to understand opportunities. Read more…

5 Content Marketing Ideas for September 2020

Content marketing is the act of creating, publishing, and promoting articles, podcasts, and videos with the intent of attracting, engaging, and retaining customers. Here are five content marketing ideas your business can try in September 2020. Read more…

Google Lighthouse SEO Scores of Every Shopify Theme

This post addresses the SEO capabilities of every Shopify theme, using Lighthouse, across various page types — home, products, collections, blogs — for desktop and mobile. Read more…

Is Apple Entering the Payment Acceptance Business?

In July, Apple acquired Mobeewave, a relatively unknown payments-technology startup in Montreal, Canada for, reportedly, $100 million. For nine years, Mobeewave has been developing technology to convert conventional smartphones into payment-accepting devices without requiring additional hardware components. Read more…

Ecommerce Product Releases: August 2, 2020

Here is a list of product releases and updates for late July from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live commerce, installment payments, cross-border sales, packaging, targeting, and omnichannel services. Read more…

23 Chrome Extensions for Productivity

Looking to supercharge your workflow? Consider installing productivity extensions on your Chrome browser. Here is a list of useful extensions from Google’s Chrome Web Store. There are tools to keep you on task and block distractions, utilize video and audio, distribute content, automate, and reduce digital clutter. Read more…


Marketing Guide

Hey guys i have been given an ebook if you want a copy leave a comment. I will send it your way. It covers the basics affiliate marketing, article marketing, email marketing, blogging, ppc, search, pop up and banner ads, social and media marketing.

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Any other forum about Affiliate Marketing with paid traffic?

Hi guys,

I'm doing paid traffic with FB ads and looking for a good forum or FB group to share opinions, answer questions… Would you recommend some?


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