Website Tips

  • How to successfully monetize your website

    How to successfully monetize your website.

    For obvious reasons, I know you built your website so that you can make money from it. So in this blog post, I will show you how to successfully monetize your website.

    If you’re already offering services on your website, either as a

    Freelancer or

    A virtual assistant

    that’s fantastic, but there are other ways you can successfully monetize your website so that you will continue to earn passive income.

    So here are the three things I’d recommend that you do right way that will help you monetize your website with ease.

    Create A Resource Page on your website

    People are constantly looking for tools and resources all the time. Your website should have a resource page where you can list all relevant resources for your visitors. This will save them hours of research. Also remember to update your resource page as you add more tools to your online business.

    Here’s an example of mine which includes affiliate links to all the tools that I use and love.

    Blog with Purpose

    Every blog post you write should be done with a purpose. Your blog post should lead people to your products and services. So before you write any blog posts, iron out what you want to achieve from the blog posts and of course the take away for your audience as well.

    Join An Ad network

    If you blog consistently, then you should consider joining an ad network to monetize your website. Popular ad networks includes:

    • Google Adsense
    • Media.net
    • Mediavine
    • Adthrive

    Mediavine, Adthrive and Google Adsense have some requirement.

    But if you’re just starting out, you can easily sign up with media.net and begin monetizing your website from day one. You can join media.net here.

    If you still sitting on the fence about building your website and you don’t want to spend hours trying to piece together 10 different blog posts just to build your website. My Ebook is exactly what you need. I know how overwhelming and frustrating building a website from scratch can be, so I created this Ebook as a handy tool for you so you ditch the excuse and build your website because if you’re serious about earning an income online, then having a website is a must and you don’t need to stress about it with my Ebook

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  • How to set up your pinterest Business account To Grow Your Website Traffic

    Pinterest is great for content marketing right now. I used it to start gaining traffic on my website immediately after building my website and publishing two blog posts. I will teach you how to set up your pinterest business account today.

    You can become an overnight success with a viral pin on Pinterest.

    It is an important tool for driving massive traffic to your website and making money too.

    But how do you use Pinterest to grow your traffic?

    Alot of new content creators and website owners find it challenging trying to figure out how to use pinterest to drive traffic to their website.

    They open an Instagram Account, Youtube channel in search of traffic, and then no result.

    If you are new to content marketing or just started your website, I will suggest that you focus on Pinterest and Facebook first as the best tools to drive traffic. Your audience are very much on these two platforms and you will make money when you start driving the right traffic to your website.

    Essentially, pinterest is a search engine, where people are looking for things to make, use, try and buy. You can pin your blog posts, content, products, and services on the platform. When people click on your pin, and go to your website, you generate website traffic.

    All you need to do is create beautiful pins using templates, use an approved scheduler, and describe your pins with words that people are searching for. But to get the many benefits of using pinterest, you need to do the following:

    Set Up A Pinterest Business Account

    A business account gives you access to important analytics, allows you to enable rich pins(which are high quality pins than the regular ones). And allows you to connect your website directly to your pinterest account.

    Your Pinterest Business account needs to be set up differently than a personal account.

    If you have a personal account, you should convert it to a business account. To do that, login to your pinterst account, click on the three dots at the top right, navigate to account settings, scroll down and click on convert to business account.

    But if you don’t have a personal account at all and you just want to create a new pinterest business account, then follow this link and create your account.

    When you click the button to sign up, you will enter your email address and the password that you will use for your pinterest account.

    Then follow the prompts:

    • Choose your language and country
    • Choose a business name and business type for your account
    • Insert your website url
    • Connect your social media platforms (optional)

    And that’s it you have successfully created your pinterest business account.

    Now, that you have your pinterest business account, you need to claim your website.

    How To Claim Your Website On Pinterest

    Claiming your website will give you those important analytics about pins that are saved from your site. It helps you know what type of content your audience are saving from your website.

    After claiming your website on pinterest, you will also get a profile picture next to all the pins that come from your website.

    Follow the steps below to set up your pinterest business account.

    Step 1

    To claim your website, go to your pinterest account, navigate to settings, click on the tab “claim”, type your website url into the box, and hit the red claim button.

    How To Set Up Your Pinterest Business Account

    When you click the red “claim” button, a window will pop up with two options to choose from: Add “HTML tag” or “Upload HTML file”.

    Choose Add HTML tag and copy the code.

    Don’t hit NEXT, not quite yet!

    Just copy the code and move to the next step(keep your pinterest tab open)

    Step 2

    Login to your wordpress dashboard. Click on the Yoast SEO tab on the left side of the screen, then click on Social.

    In the Yoast SEO social page, click on the Facebook tab, and hit on the “Enabled” toggle button under Add Open Graph Meta Data.

    Scroll down, and hit save changes.

    How To Set Up Your Pinterest Business Account

    Click on the “Pinterest tab” in your Yoast SEO that is still open.

    Remember the meta data that you copied from your pinterest profile in step 1, paste inside the pinterest confirmation box.

    How To Set Up Your Pinterest Business Account

    hit save changes.

    Next, go back to your pinterst account, the tab that you left open in step 1 and hit the NEXT RED BUTTON.

    When you complete this step, a window will pop up that says “Submit For Review?” Click Submit, then wait for the email confirmation that says your website has been claimed.

    You should get an email within 24hours.

    How To Apply For Rich Pins

    After claiming your website on Pinterest, the next step you should take is to apply for rich pins.

    Rich Pins provide more context about an idea because they show extra information directly on a Pin. 

    Rich pins gives your pinterest pins more information that will make your readers and other pinners(pinterest users) to click on your pin and read your content or save your pin to their boards.

    There are four categories of Rich Pins and they are:

    • Product
    • Article
    • App
    • Recipe

    Product Pin: Product Pins make shopping easier. They include real time pricing, availability and info on where to buy your product.

    Article Pin: Article Pins help Pinners save stories that matter to them. Each article Pin shows a headline, author and story description.  

    App Pin: App Pins show an install button so people can download your app without leaving Pinterest. For now, app Pins are only compatible with iOS.

    Recipe Pin: Recipe Pins get cooks excited with all the right info: ingredients, cooking times and serving sizes.

    How To Set Up Rich Pins With The Yoast SEO Plugin

    You can easily apply for rich pins using the Yoast SEO plugin in a two step process. The Yoast SEO plugin makes the entire process a breeze.

    Step 1 – You will add some metadata to your site using the Yoast SEO Plugin

    Step 2 – You will apply for rich pins using the rich pin validator.

    NOTE: If you followed my step above for claiming your website, then you already completed step 1.

    For Step 2, you will go to Pinterest Rich Pin Validator.

    Copy the url of any of your website blog post, and paste it into the box and click on the “Validate” button.

    Once you do that, you will see a pop that says “Apply“. Click on the button and you’re all set.

    How To Set Up Your Pinterest Business Account

    If your website is not self hosted on wordpress, I highly recommend that you do. As it will enable you to add more functionality to your website without writing a code. Plugins are your website friend. It makes your job as a website owner easier.

    If you’re interested in building your website on wordpress, check out this blog post to help you get started with ease.

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  • How To Create Your Own Website

    In this time, anyone can create a website without the knowledge of coding, web development or design.

    Having a website is the very first step to generating passive income for yourself especially if you want to set up an online business and make money online.

    If you want to be earning significant passive income online, you need to create a self hosted website that belongs to you.

    Creating a website where you can earn money even while you sleep is not complicated.

    And it can be done in under an hour.

    Just follow the instructions in this blog posts and your own website will be up and running.

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    What You Need To Build A Website

    Here’s what I recommend:

    • Buy your domain name at namecheap
    • Host Your site at bluehost. It’s fast, affordable and you get 24/7 support
    • Use WordPress.org. It gives you more options to customize your site.

    To build a fully functional website you need to secure your domain name and a hosting account. They both make sure that your website is accessible to others. If you don’t have any of the two, you cannot setup your website.

    Once you secure your domain and hosting, you can create a wordpress website. WordPress powers 30% of the website on the internet.

    Setting up a wordpress site is usually a simple, one-click process through your web hosting service.

    Follow this guide and implement the steps, and you will have a fully functional wordpress site.

    So let’s get started.

    Steps To Build A Website:

    • Choose a domain name
    • Register a domain and Sign Up For Hosting
    • Install WordPress
    • Install A WordPress Theme
    • Add important pages to your website

    Step 1. Choose A Domain Name

    Choosing a domain name is the very first step you must take to build a website. Your domain name is the address your website visitors will type into the search bar when they want to visit your site. Example,my domain is – loismelikam.com

    Having your own personalized domain shows that you’re ready to build a serious business. And it’s just $10-15 per year. 

    The only challenge you may have is finding or choosing the domain name you want because most names are taken. It’s getting tougher and tougher to find one, but don’t worry I will give you a few suggestions to help you out.

    You’ll see a few different endings out there – example .com, .org, .net and others. I highly recommend the .com. This is because everyone still assumes it is a .com (and I don’t want people not being able to find you).

    You also want to make sure that the social media accounts are free for the name that you’re thinking of. Go to namecheckr and see if the domain and social media accounts are available. You certainly don’t need ALL social media accounts, but I’d think about the top 4 – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Even if you don’t start using all of them immediately, reserving them for the future is a great idea. 

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    Tips For Choosing A Domain Name

    • If you are building your personal brand website, then use your name. (http://www.yourname.com)
    • If you are building a website for your business, then use your business name. (http://www.yourbusinessname.com)
    • Use the general domain name extension, such as .com, .org
    • Keep it short and simple, to make it easy for your readers to remember.

    Check if your name is available

    Was it Available?

    Once you have found a name, it’s time to snatch it up!

    I use Namecheap and I love their services. It’s cheap, easy to use & has fantastic customer support. I also recommend it because it easily integrates with other tools. 

    Click the button below to buy yours.

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    BUY YOUR DOMAIN NOW

    My domain name registrar is not the same as my host. That’s a personal preference.

    If you decide to buy your domain name from namecheap follow namecheap’s guide on how to change DNS for a domain name and point your domain name to bluehost.

    You can still get a free domain name for your first year when you purchase your hosting from bluehost. And if you’re on a budget that’s an awesome offer to help you not stall on building your website.

    Step 2. Register A Domain And Sign Up For Hosting

    In addition to having a domain name, you will also need a web host.

    Web hosting is the service that stores the content of your site securely on a server. Without a web host, your website will not be accessible for others.

    It’s important to choose a good host for your website. Because the last thing you want to deal with when creating your website is a slow loading site and poor support.

    I have done alot of research, and bluehost is the best you will find if you want to create your website with ease and it’s also budget friendly.

    It’s only $3.95 per month and you will have a free SSL and HTTPS to protect your site and a free domain name for your first year.

    Disclaimer: I am not a siteground affiliate, I only recommend siteground because I used their service and I love it. So if you use my link, I will not earn a commission, but I will be compensated as a user.

    How To Create A Website With Bluehost

    1. Choose A Plan

    Bluehost has four (4) plans

    1. Basic
    2. Plus
    3. Choice plus
    4. Pro.

    To choose a plan and get your hosting account, click here and be taken to bluehost.

    You will see the screen below, click on “Get started” button.

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    The “BASIC”  plan is a good option if you want to create only ONE website and is suitable for a beginner. 

    With the “PLUS” you can create unlimited number of websites and enjoy some of bluehost premium features. 

    The “CHOICE PLUS” plan gives you access to most of the that has to features and highly recommended if you want to host multiple sites. 

    The “PRO” plan is for the PROs, I just made that up by the way. It obviously offers all the amazing features of the bluehost hosting plans.

    Now, click on the “SELECT” button for any of the plans that you choose.

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    2. Enter Your Domain

    We discussed about domain name earlier. If you already have one, click on ENTER your domain on the right side “Use a domain you own” and enter your domain name. 

    If you don’t have an existing domain, enter your domain on the left side box that says “Create A New Domain” and then “Next

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    Remember that bluehost gives you a free domain for your first year.

    3. Fill In Your Account Information

    When you click on the next button, you will be directed to fill in your account information and then purchase your hosting.

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    When filling your purchase information, make sure to pick 36 months or more in order to get the 60% discount.

    Next you select your package extras.

    Bluehost automatically selects some of these package extras. But you can deselect them but make sure that you select the “domain privacy protection”.

    It cost’s $11.88 a year. The Domain Privacy Protection is a service Bluehost offers that will hide your personal contact information that you used in registering your domain like your phone number and email address from the public WHOIS database and replace it with generic Bluehost contact information instead. You are still the owner of the domain name, but your personal contact information is kept safe.

    Next, enter your payment information.

    Scroll down and tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions and then click on submit.

    Click Submit.

    Once you pay for your hosting, you will see this screen.

    Check your email, bluehost will send you a welcome email confirming your account and FTP information.

    Whoop whoop whoop, and that’s it, your website is now hosted on bluehost. That’s a great feat!!

    Next, create a password for your account. Make sure you follow the guidelines for creating a password and also write it down somewhere, as you will need it to login.

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    STEP 3. INSTALL WORDPRESS

    To install wordpress is very easy and you don’t need to be techie.

    With bluehost, after your hosting account is created, WordPress will install automatically.

    Bluehost makes it easy for you to create a wordpress site for your passive income hub especially if you’re not tech savvy.

    Start by picking a theme. Bluehost offers some free theme from the wordpress.org.

    Note, you can always change your theme later, which I will show you how to do that in this blog post.

    For now, pick any of the free theme, and get started. And everything will be installed for you.

    Click on the “start building” button lets start building your website.

    Next, choose if your website is for business or personal. But since your goal is to build a passive income hub and make money, choose business.

    Here, you will see an overview of WordPress and bluehost integration.

    Next, enter your site title and tagline. For example my site title is currently: Freelance writer, blogger and website creator. And my description is “Learn how to create your own website and earn passive income consistently”.

    Note, you can always change your site title and Tagline.

    If you’re struggling to give your website a title and description, leave it blank as you can always fill it in later.

    How To Change Your Site Title And Tagline

    From your wordpress dashboard, go to settings >> General and enter the title and tagline.

    Below is what your bluehost control panel will look like.

    From here you can login to your wordpress website. Just click the “log in to wordpress”.

    4. INSTALL A WORDPRESS THEME

    Themes control the appearance of your website. 

    They make your website look beautiful or unappealing.

    So choose the right theme for your website.

    WordPress has both free and premium themes. 

    Some free themes are poorly coded and can affect the search engine optimization of your website. Before you use any free theme, make sure to check the ratings and also if it has thousands of downloads.

    I have personally used the Astra theme and I love it. The Astra theme is lightweight, simple, built with SEO and can be easily customized. 

    But if you have some bucks, then go for a premium theme you will save time and money if you use a premium theme. 

    For premium theme, I recommend these ones:

    1. Bluchic: They have great feminine wordpress themes for female entrepreneurs and bloggers. So if you want that female touch to reflect on your website, then bluchic is your go to place for beautiful themes. 
    2. 17th Avenue: They offer stylish, chic, affordable feminine WordPress themes for business owners, creatives, and bloggers.
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    HOW TO INSTALL A WORDPRESS THEME

    To install a wordpress theme(free). From your wordpress dashboard, click on Appearance >> Themes >> Add New. Type in the name of the theme you want to install in the search box. 

    Click Install and once your theme is installed, click activate

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    If you purchased a premium theme, go to your wordpress dashboard, click on Appearance >> Themes >> Add New >> then click the Upload Theme button. 

    Upload the theme you purchased. After uploading it, activate and install.

    And that’s it you now have a beautiful website.

    STEP 5. ADD THE NECESSARY PAGES TO YOUR WEBSITE

    There are pages that are necessary that you have on your website from day 1.

    To add pages on your website, go to wordpress dashboard, click on Pages, >> Add New to create a new page, add the relevant content and then hit publish.

    Here are the 3 pages you should create immediately.

    About Me : Let your audience know who are you and how you will help them.

    Contact Me Page: Here you will add a contact form, so that your readers can contact you.

    Privacy Policy: You need to protect your website legally from day 1. When you freshly install wordpress, you will see a privacy policy page, edit it to suit your website by adding your website URL to it and then publish it.

    Congratulations it’s now time to Launch Your Website

    And now finally, you have built your website, you put in the hard work and should be proud of yourself. Building a wordpress website is not scary.

    I know first hand how challenging it can be to build your own website from scratch without feeling overwhelmed, and so I put together this Ebook that will show you step by step all that you need to do to have a fully functional website and launch your online business without being stressed.

    You can grab it HERE

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  • How To Add Your Website To Google Search Console

    Google Search Console is a must have tool for every website as it gives you an incredible amount of information. It helps you track how Google is indexing your site. You can improve your performance on Google Search by adding your site to Google Search console.

    What Is Google Search Console?

    Google offers several free tools like Google Analytics and Google Search Console to help you collect and analyze data of your website.

    Google Search Console tools and reports help you measure your site’s Search traffic and performance, fix issues, and make your site shine in Google Search results.

    It shows you how your site is doing and also how searchers see your site in the search result. You will get information on keywords and queries that brings traffic to your site. You can also see if Google can access your content.

    How To Connect Google Search Console To Yoast SEO

    With the Yoast SEO Plugin, you can easily add your website to Google Search Console. It just requires you to follow a few steps : First you need to sign up for a Google Search Console if you don’t have one already.

    How To Add Your Website To Google Search Console
    • To start with, select your property type. There are two types of property types the “domain”or “URL prefix”. Type in your domain name and click continue. Please make sure you enter your complete URL. For example, if your site is https://yourdomain.com/ it needs to be that exact URL. Don’t forget the / at the end of the URL. If your site uses WWW or is using HTTP you need to add properties for those as well. Google provides multiple ways of getting your site verified and they even suggest adding multiple ways because of security. If you are not sure what your site has, please speak with your host provider.
    How To Add Your Website To Google Search Console
    • Next, you will verify your site ownership by adding an HTML file at the backend of your site.
    How To Add Your Website To Google Search Console
    • Click the arrow next to HTML to expand the option. There are several ways to verify your site, but with the Yoast SEO Plugin, you only need to get the authorization code, so that you can paste it Yoast SEO.
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    • Copy the meta tag. You can highlight the entire meta tag code and click on copy.
    • Login to your WordPress website.
    • Click on SEO
    • Click on General, The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘General’.
    • Click on the “webmaster” tools tab. This page has all the fields to past the verification codes for the various webmaster tools.
    • Paste the code in the Google field and click “save changes”.
    • Go back to Google Search Console and click “verify”

    Whoop, congratulations you have successfully added your website to Google Search Console.

    How To Add Your Website To Google Search Console

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