My Website Was Running Slow. Here’s How I Fixed It.

This blog is running fine now, but for the last few weeks before writing this post, it was running so slow.

I finally got sick of the WordPress White Page of Death and aimed to put an end to the slow page loads.

I went to work and I FINALLY figured out WHY it was running slow. I was surprised at what I found. Watch my video below to find out what I did to make my site run faster. It wasn’t what you think.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. And if you have any more advice or tips to share for speeding up websites, please let the world know!

Stuart Stirling

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How To Combat Your Blog Content Being Stolen

Auto-blog systems that run spam blog or auto blogs gets it’s content from other sites around the web using their RSS feeds.

If you’ve got a WP blog then chances are that your content is being scraped and used on auto-blog sites a.k.a. spam blogs.

Most of the time, you don’t even know that your content is being used.

When these spam blogs pull content from your sites, they sometimes keep the link back to your site, which is good and bad. Other times they post your content without even crediting or giving you the link you deserve.

I don’t know about you but if someone is going to steal my content and use it on their site, I want something in return. And especially if they don’t use a link back to my site.

The solution to combat content theft this way is to use a plugin like WP FeedAds.

Here’s how WP feed ads works.

It’s a very small, light weight plugin that does a simple job, but it can have big returns for you.

When the auto-blog (I like to call them ‘splogs’; short for “spamblogs”) plugin pulls your content, they pull in the ad that you set in the WP FeedAds section also, resulting in free advertising and free traffic for you.

Pretty cool idea huh? I thought so too.

You can download a copy of the plugin here.

Let me know what you think.

Stuart Stirling

 

 

Success Starts With Learning The Basics

Too many times, beginners get caught up with purchasing the latest ‘shiny new object’ when all they really need is to learn the basics first.

They try to make money with the latest Facebook App or the latest WP plugin before they even get a simple website up and traffic.

Internet marketing is not a race. Although you might feel like you need or should be making money fast. Believe it or not (and ask anyone) it takes time and a lot of hard work.

Start wth the basicsStart with learning the basics. Learn to walk before you run. You’ll be able to go far with just some simple website building and marketing skills.

Here is a simple lesson about the basics of creating an internet business and online marketing. Learning these skills, you can build yourself a successful internet business.

Step 1. Find or create a product you want to sell online.

This can be a product you’ve created or someone elses you can promote as an affiliate. Ultimately, you should be aiming to create a product of your own. I love and recommend the digital info-product business. It’s how I make 95% of my money online and it’s awesome because it’s 99% fully automatic. No shipping, no products to constantly create. I get paid instantly and my customers download it anytime like clockwork – even when I’m asleep.

Digital products are easy and cheap to create too. Ebooks, audios, articles, videos, graphics, templates, software – these are all examples of hot selling digital products. And once you make them, you can sell them over and over again. Find what people want to buy and create a simple digital product about it. Internet millionaires have been made by following this simple business model.

Step 2. Build a website to act as your 24/7 online sales person.

Don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise. You need a website if you want to be a successful online marketer.

I know newbies get hung up on website set up because of the find it difficult to learn the technical stuff like FTP, domain names, hosting and Autoresponder systems etc. but it’s this basic skill that once you learn, you’ll be able to use to take your internet business far.

To sell your product, set up a website, write a sales letter and place your order button on it. Copywriting is also one of those important fundamental skills you need to learn to be successful as an online marketer. If you really want to get rich, learn to become a good copywriter!

If you’re selling online as an affiliate, create a website centered around that particular niche and position yourself as an expert in that field. Using WordPress makes it easy and quick to build an affiliate site. If you have good helpful content and can build solid traffic to that site using SEO and/or viral marketing, you can make money from recommended products on your site.

List building/marketing is a proven strategy for making sales on demand. It’s easy to build a list at your blog or on your sales letter. Use a pop-up, embed your opt-in form in the web  page itself, or use a squeeze page. When you build a list, you can follow up with your subscriber and recommend products to them -yours and others’ as an affiliate.

Step 3. Integrate an affiliate program to sell more of your products.

This will only work if you’re selling your own product or a product you have resell rights to. There are several sales and download management software scripts you can install on your website that will automate the whole sales and delivery of your digital products.

I like and use the RAP script because it has a ton of features like:

* instant payments to affiliates,
* auto-optin of your customer to your autoresponder,
* multi-product management from one domain, etc.

RAP isn’t not the cheapest sales/affiliate management script but you only need to buy it once and you can use it over and over on any number of domains. The other advantage of using a self-hosted script is that you have complete control over your website and affiliate program. You also save money because you don’t have to pay fees for listing products ora percentage of every sale.

There are a ton of web-based affiliate management services online such as Clickbank, JV zoo, Mooshpay and Paydotcom. The benefit of using these is that you can tap into an already existing JV network. Your product can get spotted and promoted by affiliates who bring you sales.

Step 4. If you don’t have your own product, yet.

I say ‘yet’, because having your own product should definitely be in your plans. You simply need a product to dominate your niche.

If you’re not selling your products from your website and doing the affiliate marketing thing for now, your main job is to get traffic to your affiliate links (merchants order pages). There are several ways to get traffic (as discussed below) but most affiliates go for search engine traffic.

Last year, I started a couple of affiliate blogs and SEO optimized them for Google traffic. It’s a fairly complex game but the rewards are great when you’re on page 1: hands-free, non-stop traffic. Not to mention it’s highly targeted.

The basics of SEO are simple and easy to understand but usually basic SEO will only get you so far. It’s the little extra secret tactics you apply that get you above your competition. I learned from one of the best affiliate/SEO marketers Andrew Hansen how he makes simple $300/day affiliate sites, so I recommend you check his course out if you want to learn affiliate marketing.

Step 5. Market your website.

In other words, get traffic to it. This is the fuel which will power your business. These are some ways to drive traffic…

* SEO (search engine marketing)
* Video marketing
* Social networking (Facebook etc)
* Article marketing (write and submit to article directories)
* JV marketing (swapping ad space on your website or in emails etc)
* Affiliate recruiting (as we talked about in Step 3.)
* Paid ads (PPC, banner ads, ezine solo ads etc)
* Forum marketing (place your links in your sig)

There are many more ways than this to market your website but it really comes down to your budget and amount of time you’ve got. For free traffic, I suggest article marketing, SEO, JV and affiliate traffic. If you want to pay for quick targeted traffic, then ezine/email solo ads are the way to go. I don’t have a lot of experience with PPC but it’s something I’m looking into.

Extra cool tip: With the traffic you generate, send it to a squeeze page so you can build a list. (works for affiliate marketing too ;)).

6. The final secret. In the end, the secret to it all is just going out there and doing it. You probably know all the things I already explained above – but they won’t help you if you don’t take action on them! 90% of success is a result of simply taking action! (10% inspiration, 90% perspiration)

Work out a plan and then break it down into small jobs. Work and aim to complete those small jobs in a time frame you decide. If you just do one small but significant
task a day, you will get a lot accomplished every week. Doing the basics leads to big things.

Stuart StirlingTo your success!

Stu Sensei

3 Things That Make Up A Killer Affiliate Marketing Campaign

Affiliate marketing is and always will be a popular way to make money online. It’s where a lot of newbie’s start out when they first look into the idea of starting an internet business from home.

Although affiliate marketing comes across as being relatively easy (you don’t need to create your own product or deal with customer service, etc) there are still several pieces needed to complete the puzzle than may first meet the eye, if you really want to succeed.

The biggest problem affiliate marketers face is competition. You’ll find that in pretty much EVERY hot niches there is ample competition fighting for sales of the same or similar products in that niche… so in that regard, it can be quite hard to beat them and claim your share of the profit pie.

You can’t control what your competition does, but there are other things you CAN easily control to make your life as an affiliate easier and more profitable.

If you’re trying your hand at affiliate marketing but not seeing any success, ask yourself these questions:

  • Where are you getting traffic?
  • Where are you sending your traffic to first? (i.e. squeeze page? review post on a blog?)
  • Is the merchant offer converting?

If you look at these, you can usually find the weak spot and improve on it. These I consider to be the most important keys to affiliate marketing success.

1. An Offer Than Converts. If I could give any one piece of advice to struggling affiliate marketers, this would be it – choose an offer that converts!

This also ties into choosing a “hair on fire” niche.. but usually, those niches are full of hot converting offers anyway… you just have to find the hottest of the hot!

Choosing an offer that doesn’t convert is perhaps the biggest killer to affiliate campaigns and is very frustrating. I know… I have experienced it many times. I send good traffic to offers I think will convert, but it just doesn’t turn into sales.

It’s hard to know if an offer will convert before you send traffic and test it, so it’s a good idea to send a little PPC traffic to test conversions before you go all out and build a complete website and campaign for it.

2. Your Own Website. All the successful affiliate marketers have their own website. If you don’t have a website and you’re sending traffic straight to your affiliate link, you’re missing out on a  lot of commissions!

Having a website of your own is essential for running a successful affiliate campaign. For one, it’s pretty much impossible to get good traffic (i.e. Google search traffic) straight to your affiliate link and second, you’ll get better results by sending them to your website first if you a) presell them with extra info or spice up the offer with a bonus, or b) collect their names and emails (i.e. build a list) so you can follow up and offer other offers to them.

Getting a website is not that hard and is very affordable. For less than $20 you can get a domain and hosting.. sometimes less! WordPress is free and makes the perfect platform for affiliate sites.. either review sites or list building sites or both!

If you need help getting your website up, my Newbie Start Up Guide and WP Sites for Newbies guides are the way to go.

 

3. Laser Targeted Traffic. There are many ways to generate traffic. Search engine traffic being the #1 choice for many marketers because it proves to be the finest quality source of “buyers” on the web. But Google is not the “be all and end all” traffic source. There are email ads, banner ads, text link ads, video traffic, social network site traffic, etc.

Each type of traffic is made up of a different group of people. Some will be more ready to buy than others so make sure you’re appealing to the right crowd with the right type of ad and call to action.

Your promotional methods you choose i.e. keywords, ad copy, call to action, play the biggest part for determining the quality of your traffic and how well your traffic is going to convert.

So take a look at your affiliate marketing campaigns you’re running now and do a quick evaluation. You might find the weak link in it as I have pointed out above. If you’ve not yet got started in affiliate marketing, remember these points for when you do.

To your success,
Stu Sensei Stirling

p.s. Have you got any other important keys for affiliate marketing success we could add to this list? Please leave them in the comments below.

Newbie Start Up Guide – How To Set Up Money Making Websites

Newbie Start Up Guide is one of my best selling “how-to” ebook guides that show beginner internet marketers how to get a real, profitable website up and running.

I got the idea for it when I noticed a lot of “newbies” were coming to me with emails asking the same questions…

“Where do I start with Internet marketing?” “How do I build a list?” “How do I make a blog?”

Newbie Start Up GuideMy answer was usually “Get a website! Build a squeeze page. Use WordPress to make a blog. Sell PLR and MRR ebooks from your site.”

But there were always more questions to follow like “how do I get a website?”

This led me to think a little more about this and being the savvy (sarcasm) marketer that I am, I saw this as an opportunity to fill a big need in the market place…. especially after a little looking around, I found there weren’t any complete, practical guides to help newbies set up money making website (which was really surprising!)

A few days later, I came out with Newbie Start Up Guide. A simple step-by-step guide for getting your first “money making” website up and running less of a challenge.

It explains things like how to get hosting and register a domain name… then point the domain name servers (DNS) to your hosting and start uploading web pages via FTP and even how to install a WP blog!

This covers pretty much all the techy bits that newbies get confused with. But it goes further onto how to make websites that actually make money too!

There are step-by-step instructions on how to set up a squeeze page, and a sales page with order button (to sell your own or MRR products) and then how to create download pages.

This guide DOESN’T reveal any miracle money making system. If you go to the sales page, there is no headline that promises you’ll make “$3434 in 7 days with 1 mouse click”.

It doesn’t cover all aspects of internet marketing like product creation or any secret sales technique… there are a few tips for traffic generation, so if you’re looking for a magic bullet to make you money online fast, this guide isn’t for you.

It’s just a straight forward guide about getting your website up and ready to take sales or collect subscribers.

It’s great if you’ve got your own idea for a web site, your own product you want to sell or got a heap of MRR or PLR products lying around that you want to sell.

Here is some feedback from some happy customers:

Your new newbie guide is so simple and straight forward that anyone who reads this and still DOESN’T know how to build a money making website must be (in my most honest opinion) either a blithering idiot or armless.

“What I really liked about it was the concise, clear instructions. Nothing is left to the imagination nor are you left to wonder about your next move.”

Stu, I love your no-nonsense approach and you’ve out-done yourself again here with Newbie Start Up Guide.

So if you’re in need of help to get your website up and running, give my Newbie Start Up Guide a try. It’s designed to help the most clueless beginner internet marketer get started without stumbling and wondering what to do next.

There are 16 easy to follow steps over the 50+ pages written in plain English and with images and diagrams to show you exactly how to do everything.

It’s a small investment to make but it will be the best one you’ll make for your online career.

Having your own website is the best thing you can do for your internet business….I can promise you that.

Stu Sensei Stirling

Want More Blog Comments? Use Disqus

UPDATE: August 13 2014! I have pulled the pin on using Disqus commenting system and gone back to using Comment luv! Why? Two main reason. 1) people can’t be fruited to log in to Disqus to be able to post a comment. 2) Spam comments were hitting me almsot daily. 3) I suspect that Disqus was slowing down my site load speed inside the WP admin and on the outside. I don’t recommend Disqus. Stick with regular WP comments and Comment Luv. If you want to get really fancy, use Facebook comments as well.

If you scroll down, you might notice that I’m now using the Disqus commenting system on this blog. Cool huh?

For about 12 months, I was using the standard WordPress commenting system here and it was working ok.

I had Comment Luv installed and Spam was under control from the use of Akismet, and had Gravatars enabled so it was a little tweaked.

But because I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my sites better, i.e. easier to use, more interesting etc., I had no choice but to switch to Disqus!

Why is Disqus so much better?

Disqus offers so much more than the standard WP comment system.

The fact that readers can post a comment without having to fill out the 3 fields of boredom (name, email, website) is the biggest point why I made the switch.

Commentors can leave a comment by simply clicking one button to be signed in with Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, OpenID or Disqus itself and typing their thoughts away!

It just makes it easier for readers to comment, and the easier it is, the more likely more people will comment. It also almost entirely eliminates spam!

How easy was it to integrate Disqus into my blog?

A piece of cake.

All I needed was the Disqus Commenting System plugin and a free account with Disqus. A few minutes later I was up and running with my old comments still in place.

The downside?

The only thing I’m worried about (a little) is that the comments will no longer benefit my blog by way of SEO.

All comments are actually stored on the Disqus website and just ‘appear’ on my blog through some internet magic so I have a feeling Google will never know when I have new comments 🙁

But that doesn’t bother me really as I don’t rely on Google for my traffic. 95% of all my traffic comes from OTHER places besides Google, luckily 🙂

So try it out! Leave a comment about your thoughts on Disqus or just to say ‘hi’.

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Just some random info: It’s about -3C outside and the wind is so strong it feels like my roof is going to fly off! That’s what you get when you live n the side of a tall mountain in Japan in the winter.

My Brand New WordPress Blog

After blogging about my personal internet marketing career on my Blogger blog for over 3 years, I have finally pulled my finger out and built this WordPress blog.

And it’s on a much better domain name too – www.StuartStirling.com

My blogger blog is on the domain www.StuartAStirling.com (A is for my middle name “Alexander”)

Anyway, I’m glad I finally have this new WordPress blog set up because Blogger just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore…it never really did.

WordPress kicks butt and I’m looking forward to what I can turn this site into.

It’s nearly 2010 so with the new year, comes a new blog and lots of new info about making money online to share with you!

Lots more improvements to come soon so check back at any time!

Best wishes,

Stuart Stirling