I Purchased An Affiliate Marketing Kit Thingy

So, I purchased an Affiliate Marketing Kit. This kit is called 1 2 3 One Hour Affiliate. 

Anyway, it is pretty interesting. The instructions state to create a blogger site that you connect to Amazon using your Amazon affiliate account and create a targeted gift site that targets a specific group such as teens, or knitters or hunters. 

I'm giving it a try and so far I have created a blogger site called GiftStoreForTeens.blogspot.com. I'm hoping it will get some traffic and I will have it built up by the time people start shopping this year. 

I'll be sharing the results of this experiment. I really want to find out if it works and if it does then I'll report it here. I don't have much to say so keep an eye on this space if you want to know who this turns out.. 

Update on Affiliate Marketing Kit Thingy

In a previous post I wrote that I had purchased an affiliate marketing kit. Now, to be fair I did not spend a lot of money on this kit and it is a do it yourself kind of kit where it guides you through creating the site and picking a subject matter and setting up your products that you are planning on selling. However, as I have gotten further and further into the website development I have found that my greatest challenge is going to be getting traffic to the site which is the same problem that I have this this site. Overcoming  lack of traffic and lack of buying customer is a huge challenge. 

I have created the website. I'm not going to give up because I believe there is a path to getting affiliate marketing up to a point of actually earning money and having that be enough money that it can be called an "income".  Stay tuned for the next update on the "Affiliate Marketing Kit Thingy".

How can I help you?

Since day one that I started Work at Home Boomer, my challenge has been trying to figure out how to help you.

Today, right now, the writing of this post I actually don't know if I have any readers. I could look at the google webmaster reports and see if I have any unique visitors but there is a part of me that I think I would just be discouraged. 

So I have decided to just keep writing and building and coming up with more content and trying to offer value to anyone that comes across this blog. If they like it I have to trust that they well return. 

I am determined to figure this out and I don't have a lot of money to pay for many of the affiliate marketing coarse that I see offered online. Some of them you can hire as a coach but the cost is way out of my budget. I have a little money to work with and I hope to learn from those and pass that information at a low cost on to you. 

You can take this journey with or without me but I am going to make affiliate marketing work. I don't know what it will look like when I get there but I will get there and I'll share it from nothing which is where I am at today, which is July 19th 2017.

I hope that reading my journey you learn what works and what does not work and as we go along I am going to keep posting recipes crafts, methods for doing affiliate marketing and just doing the things that I love.

Try Try Try Try Try Again!

Work at Home Boomer has languished as I have tried to find myself again.

cartoon_terminalI am a woman with a background in technology. I can walk circles around most people when it comes to computers. I have a background as a Programmer Analyst, System Administrator, Program designer, Technical support engineer, Operations engineer, network engineer.

Basically, I have done about anything you can do in computers. Which sounds great but, and here is the but, I can’t know every computer language out there. So even though I can program, the language that I know doesn’t apply to many of todays computer needs.

Yes, I can administer computers and I know networking but at this time in my life I am over 50 and in the corporate world I tend to be treated like the older lady that doesn’t know anything.

Many many boomers are experiencing the same problem in the corporate world and the challenge is finding myself again. Finding my niche that I can be productive and create a living.

Sure I can go back into the corporate world but the pay scale is on the downturn and I am making less and less at jobs instead of making more and more for my experience.

Because of this down turn I am trying to reshape using my skills I have developed over the years of working in the corporate world and create an income and career that allows me to survive with dignity and at the level that I desire.

I started with trying to master affiliate marketing. I have tried to get it going about 3 times now. Because of necessity I have had my focus moved to something else.

My last focus change I ended up building a business repairing computers, cell phones and tablets. That has been profitable but not as profitable as I would like. I have had to add developing of website to that business and now it is getting closer to creating an actual business that may be able to sustain us. (us as in myself, my husband, and our canine)

I have gotten to the point where I am managing my time better and I have a kind of system worked out and the repair business is growing.

I feel that maybe I can turn my attention back to affiliate marketing again. I still believe that this is a viable way to bring in income. Maybe not great income but some income that I can add to what I have coming in with my repair business.

Time will tell. I’m just going to keep writing and keep on trying to make traction.

Stay tuned for more. My goal it to try and write every Sunday about my experience and what I am trying.

Online Again

Many many months have gone by without any posts to this website. At one time I found that the website had become so slow and unusable that I couldn’t even post because of my neglect.

I finally have gotten around to posting once again but in order to do so I had to completely rebuild the site and start again from scratch. I copied every post and page I had created to make a kind of backup and then I just deleted the whole thing.

Anyway, after much work and time I again have a site that I can post to again.

I just want to bring you up to speed on what has happened over the past year.

About March 2014 my daughter got laid off from her job. At one time we had imagined what it would be like to join together in a business. I have a technology background with computers that goes back about 20 plus years. She has a technology background that goes back about 7 years in cell phone troubleshooting and repair. When she was laid off she asked me if I would like to add cell phone and tablet repair to my already existing business that I was working on. I said, yes to this and she taught me what she knew about cell phones.

We decided that we did not want to open a repair store because then we would be married to the store and not be able to develop the kind of business that we envisioned. Which was to serve the public that is trapped in cubicle on a daily basis. We worked hard, very hard for 6 months to try and get the business off the ground enough to fully support her salary but we just could not manage to create a full time income for her without opening a store.

At the end of the 6 months she decided that going back to a corporate job was the best solutions for her needs and I continue to build the cell phone, tablet and computer repair business.

Now I finally have some time in the evenings to build on this site and see if I can get it going. My goal is to just see if I can make this profitable and then share my experience with others. We are all in need of multiple streams of income and I am not going to depend solely on my repair business.

I’ll keep sharing my experience. Maybe someday ill have some readers.

And if you are reading this right now. Thank you for taking the time.

Content is King

We have all heard the saying, "content is king" but has anyone ever really taken a good hard look at the content on the internet? In this article I decided to do my own study of internet content. My hope if to provide you with my findings.

In my personal experience when I want to learn something fast I usually go looking for video content. When I want to learn something leisurely I look for audio content that I can listen to in my car while driving about in daily activities. When I am looking for step by step or troubleshooting a problem I look for written content.

Since Pinterest has become a big player on the internet we now have infographics which also provide information content and not just a bunch of pretty pictures.

So when it comes to content on the internet there are four main kinds of content on the internet: text, graphics, audio and video with each having benefits and drawbacks and each appealing to different audiences.

Here's an overview of each of these four kinds of content and when they are frequently used.

==> Text-Based Content

This is by far the mother of all internet content. Before there was Youtube, before there was Facebook, and before there was the mighty mobile phone, there was written content starting primarily with email.

What a confusing time for people, email was a wonderful tool that connected us instantly through the written language. We could respond instantly or we could respond when we got around to it.

Every webpage, every piece of information on the internet either audio, video, or graphic, is backed up by some kind of written content.

Content is easily understood by search engines and is a huge part of any website.  So, if you are writing content on your website and spraying various content with your signature to your webpage, out on the www, chances are you will be found by the search engines and have a ranking.

Content is the least demanding to produce. No special microphones or video cameras, no special editing software, just a good grasp on spelling, grammar, and a decent words-per-minute typing speed.

==> Graphic-Based Content

Graphics have come a long way on the internet. We started out with simple clipart to help with emphasizing our point and to add interest, to complex graphic-based content online called, infographics.

Infographics are essentially graphics that contain progressive information on a multitude of topics such as how to's, statistics, and advertising.

Infographics have benefits since they are entertaining and informative at the same time. I have seen infographics as decorations in a office framed on the wall with the content very detailed or general.

For example, if you're illustrating the history of the internet, it's much more alive to actually have graphics than just to describe it in words.

==> Audio

Audio content has really taken off ever since the iPod became popular. The popularity of the iPod actually created new terms that we added to the dictionary called a podcast.

  1. A podcast is a digital medium consisting of an episodic series of audio, video, radio, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device.

The advent of podcast, made it where I could download a podcast to a thumbdrive, plug it into the radio in my car, and play it back while driving about town. No need for a cd that had to be tediously written or a special player. I just plug in this little thumbdrive, that I had in my pocket and it played podcasts or my favorite Christmas music, while I tooled around doing errands and taking care of my offline business.

Today, people can listen to audios anywhere they go. In the car, on the bus, walking, or at lunch, using their cell phone. It saves time and is extremely convenient. Audio content is easily transportable, and if your like me you always have your phone, so it is always handy.

==> Video

Video is probably one of the strongest of contenders for content on the internet. Once streaming media became smooth people began dropping their cable and satellite subscriptions to have just internet feeds for television viewing. Video is a dynamic method of distributing content on the internet. You can put funny content, informational content, interesting content, high tech content, personal content - just about anything you can think of.

Video also crosses the also crosses the language barrier and has some of the strongest "share culture." With many of us having the ability to capture video with our cell phone it is very easy to share video content with friends on Facebook. If something is to go "viral" on the internet, chances are it will be a video.

Creating high quality content does take effort such as special equipment to shoot the video, edit the video and finally render the video. The whole process could take many hours, rather than just 30 minutes to write an article.

At the end of the day each type of content has it advantages and is convenient for different circumstances. It really depends on what kind of content you're creating and who your market is. The best rule of thumb is to try and have all four different kinds of content and seeing which one(s) your audience responds the best to.

For me...well I don't really like being in front of the camera, I would rather be behind the camera. I might try and get some audio content created but right now I'm still not feeling real brave about it.

I love writing so for now I'll keep writing content. Sooner or later I'll get the rest done.

I hope this article got you thinking about what you can do to add to your content on your website. If it did then that is the whole purpose...to get you thinking and to remind me that I need to get brave(r).

Find Great Blogging Ideas

This is a great blog post from http://skyhitblog.com/find-blog-ideas/

I felt it was worth keeping and sharing.

She shares:

1. Why these places are hot?
2. How can they bring more traffic?
3. You can know what people want at that very time by going to this places.
4. You can get blog ideas and cool information  to write your next blog post.
5. Your next blog post goes viral because you just wrote what people want.
6. People will recommend your content to others as it’s the current hot topic.

Read the entire post via 6 Hot Places to Find Great Blog Ideas and Attract Huge Traffic.

Finding Products As An Affiliate Marketer

6 Steps to Implementing Big Ideas

Finding products as an affiliate marketer can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. In this post I’ll share my sources.

Affiliate marketing consists of 4 players: the merchant who produces a product, the network who handles merchant products and payment, the affiliate which is the site that displays the product for purchase, and the customer who makes the purchase.

Assuming you have found a niche that has a demand for information and products then your next hurdle is finding products as an affiliate marketer can be easy peasy. Additionally you will find many information reports, services and e-books that you can sell as an affiliate marketer. Keep in mind when choosing your products that you want to provide a solution to a problem.

If you don’t know what the problems are for your niche you can find out by checking online forums for your keyword or your longtail keyword. Pay attention to what kind of problems keep cropping up on the discussion boards. Make a note of problems, solutions, other products suggested, other websites suggested, other forums and discussions that pertain to your niche. You are sizing up your audience and you are sizing up your competition.  ( I would suggest that you also bookmark the discussions and revisit they when you get your site up and running so that you can create some backlinks)

Another source to locate products to offer, is your local book store magazine rack. If you have chosen a niche that there is a print magazine available, buy one and look at what kind of products and services are offered in the magazine. Pay close attention to the back of the magazine where classified ads can be commonly found. Many of the classified ads will reference a website and there you want to see what is being offered, read comments.

Next check Amazon, Clickbank, Barnes and Noble, and my favorite the Novice to Advance Marketing System , just to name a few, for products, services, reports, and e-books that can be offered to your chosen market to resolve the problem(s) that people are discussing.

Like anything worth while, affiliate marketing requires effort and persistence.

Finding products as an affiliate marketer can be difficult or it can be one of the easiest things to do as you build your niche. Developing a great web site that contains the elements to help drive targeted traffic is the next step.

First Things First, what is WordPress and do I want to use it.txt

What the heck is WordPressWhen I first started entertaining the idea of starting a website/blog about building an online business. There were areas in my knowledge that were gray.

My expertise is in computers but not in the world-wide web systems. Whether you are computer literate or not, you don’t know what you don’t know. Are you willing and able to learn? So as I learn you can learn also and we can make this work together.

In the past I had heard a lot about WordPress. I knew WordPress was a blog site where you can create a blog for free. What I did not know, was that WordPress is a complete CMS (Content Management System).

Wikipedia defines CMS as the following: A content management system (CMS) is a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content as well as maintenance from a central interface. Such systems of content management provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment.

I am the kind of person that I have to know exactly how everything works and functions and even with that definition I still did not understand exactly what WordPress was. So here is my definition and maybe it will help you.

WordPress is a template system that provides all kinds of layouts for your site and has a nice friendly interface for modification of the template.

You can choose basic layouts from hundreds of choices and then modify the settings by adding plugins and then drag and drop to change the basic interface.

If you want to learn it without any cost you can start by creating a blog on the WordPress website for free. I personally learned how to modify similar templates by creating a free blog on Blogger which is the Google free blog site.

I personally like Blogger because it allows the adminstrator to monetize the blog. To create your own free blog on Blogger click How to Create a Free Blog using Blogger

The best way to learn is just jump in and try it out on one of the free ones out on the great world-wide web.

The next question was, do I want to use WordPress and the answer is “Yes”. The reason to go with WordPress is it has become an industry standard. Another compelling reason is the alternative options to WordPress such as Frontpage, HTML, PHP, Joomla, and that is just a few. All of which have a significant learning curve.

With WordPress, you can and may use some HTML and possibly even PHP but even if you do not know one lick of either, you can create a great looking and professional website with just the WordPress interface.

If you have any questions I will be happy to help you so just post your comment and I’ll do everything I can to help you.

How I Decided What My Niche was going to be

MagazineThe very first decision any affiliate marketing business owner must do is, decide on a niche. 

Choosing a niche, can be a challenge but there are some simple rules and techniques that can help with making a final decision.

First, would be to keep in mind that whatever niche you choose, you will need to be able to  write about it for a long time and ask yourself if you can come up with enough material.

Many online training programs ask the reader, can you write about the subject week after week and not lose interest? Are you passionate about the niche in question? Do you truly enjoy the topic?


Second, is to consider if the niche may become obsolete over time or do you want to find a niche that is timeless.

An example of a niche that could quickly become obsolete is anything that has to do with technology. Just in the past 5 years or less computers, cell phones and tablets have changed drastically. This does not have to be a problem as long as you are being very specific in the material you provide so that the reader can determine if the information is up to date.

If you would rather have a niche that is timeless then consider something like crafts, woodworking, cooking, barbecue and grilling, landscaping, the list can be endless. 

Additionally, can you be an expert on that subject and provide information that is interesting and valuable to the reader.

If you can answer yes, to each of those questions, you may have found your niche. If your answer is, I’m not sure, and then maybe keep on looking.

One of the best resources for exploring niches is any book store that has the biggest magazine rack you can find. 

Magazines are one of the best resources you can have when it comes to picking a niche, coming up with article ideas, and locating affiliate offers.  If there is a magazine on a subject then there is an audience and there are ads.

Find a few magazines that you really, really like and buy them. Then sit down and take the time to examine them.

Here are a few things that you want to look at:

What kind of information is being provided in the articles? Look at the table of contents, subject matter, and classified ads if available.

What kind of ads are in the magazine and do the companies have an affiliate program?

If there is a classified section, what kind of offerings are there?

How long has the magazine been in print and what is the circulation?

Next, check Amazon online and do a search on the niche you are considering. Can you find products and materials about it and does it appear to be popular? Are there reviews about the products? And make sure you check in Amazon where it says, “customers who bought this item also bought”, since that will help to develop your site.

If you think you have found your niche then forge ahead. Don’t let fears or the possibility that someone else is already doing your niche stop you.

Think about this, what if an automobile dealership decided not to open because there was already an automobile dealership in the area. That would not make sense, right.

Just because there are already bunches of cooking sites or bunches of hot rod sites, does not mean you cannot compete. Your voice is unique and people will connect with you, just give them what they want.

You can always change your mind down the road and make another niche on another site.

The important thing right now is to get started.

Top Online Marketing Affiliates That I Follow and Why

ElementstoOnlineMarketingIn this article I thought that I would share with you some of my favorite websites that I go to for learning about affiliate marketing and building an internet presence.

These are my very favorites and I am sure that you too will find these sites interesting.


Novice to Advanced Marketing System
NAMS is an acronym for Novice to Advanced Marketing System. The owner of this site is David Perdew. In the past David was with the newspaper industry. He started teaching affiliate marketing and MyNams.com is on of the top website to learn about affiliate marketing. Become a non-paid member and there are alot of perks. make the sacrifice and pay you will get more and more benefits. There are several layers of membership with each layer having additional benefits. Another added benefit is on this site you can signup as an affiliate and make a little bit of income to boot. Now before you go and type in the site manually and bypass any affiliate links…I just want to remind you that we are all in this internet thingy together and it does not benefit anyone to bypass an affiliate link.

Click Newz
Owner Lynn Terry is another stay at home mom that found she had a knack for affiliate marketing. At the time of this posting Lynn has been an affiliate marketer for 13 years and shares her knowledge through her website. I am sure Lynn has multiple sites since I know somewhere she has a site where she sells bobbleheads but I still don’t know what her site is. I really like reading Lynn’s posts since she really does not put any fluff on her stuff and just tells it like it is.

WP Security Lock
Regina Smola is the owner of this site. She fhas carved out a place on the internet providing information, education and services about the hidden hacker dangers that are abounding on the world wide web. I first found out about her through MyNams and I have since been keeping up with her and just checking on what is going on when it comes to securing your website. If you are looking to have your own website then you will want to learn more about Regina’s site.

Smart Passive Income
Pat Flynn is the owner of this site. When he started his site he had no experience with affiliate marketing. He is now very successful and shares most of what he knows for free. I first heard of Pat Flynn from his podcast that I listen to while driving down the road or when I am vacuuming my house. He always has great advice on a number of topics that are all about affiliate marketing. You can learn alot about buiding a site, driving traffic, different ideas
additional income, creating Facebook pages and twitter tweets.

Late Night Internet Marketing
Mark Mason has a daytime, fulltime job, that he works during the day. At night he works on his website and shares his knowledge.
Just like Pat Flynn he also provides advice for affiliate marketing in general. He is different from Pat Flynn in how he explains things. Great infoamtion and this past few years he has added a podcast.

Nicole on the Net
Nicole Dean is a stay at home mom that jumped into the affiliate marketing arena way back when affiliate marketing was just getting started. Nicole has a lot to share for free. She also coaches startup affiliate marketers for a fee. Nicole has many different websites that she earns a nice income from. Some of Nicole’s websites include justaddsweat.com, easyplr.com and blogcpr.com. Those are the ones that I know about and there could be more.

Fizzle or aka Think Traffic
Corbett Barr is the person that I know about. He had a website for years that was all about how to build traffic. He still is all about traffic but has added some partners that I am not as familiar with. I mostly follow Corbett for the traffic advice.

Those are the sites that I frequent. Of coarse there are hundreds but these are my favorites.


Triple Your Success Rate By Finding a Well Planned Affiliate Marketing Program

OnlineMarketing250x155We all wish for it, something that is simple, something that is easy, and something that is successful. When it comes to affiliate marketing it needs to be simple and if you put in the work you will be successful, but it is not necessarily easy. Finding a good affiliate marketing program can be the closest thing to plug and play business in Internet marketing. 


The key to success in any business is having a ‘system’ and that is what is needed with a well planned program. Think about it this way, not only do you have a great product and sales letter, but the very well planned programs are jammed with ready-to-go support materials. 


These can include banner ads of all shapes and sizes, text links, ready-to-go emails, blog posts, and even a short report that the affiliate can use as a freebie incentive for auto responder sign-ups.  You can certainly make your own, but why do that if you can find a set up already to go?

It pays to look into the affiliate programs simply because a good one saves you time not having to design and write all of the promotional materials.  Even the blog posts just need to be tweaked a bit to make them different from others like them.

Aside from that, many top product owners run contests between affiliates just to make it interesting.  These incentives can range from gift certificates to actual gifts like computer software or even flat screen TVs. 

To find out if a certain product has an affiliate program, you do one of three things: look for a link either at the top or at the very bottom of the page that says “affiliates” or “partners” and click.  Or you can type into Google “the name of the product + affiliate program” and if there is an affiliate program it should return near the top of the list. And of course, check out places like ClickBank or PayDotCom to see if it’s listed.

It will save you time and money in the end if you take the time to look for a strong affiliate marketing program.

What I am Using to Learn Affiliate Marketing on the Internet

What I am Using to Learn Affiliate Marketing on the Internet

I am learning affiliate marketing and my tool of choice for learning is NAMS (Niche Affiliate Marketing System).

Early on I was blessed to find a website that I feel is indispensable when it comes to learning affiliate marketing. Every time I go to this site I realize the money I spent to obtain a lifetime membership was worth every penny. In this post I just want to share with you what is available on NAMS that makes it so remarkable and indispensable.

Right now, for me, the most valuable asset on NAMS is the learning dashboard. As a member of NAMS there is a learning dashboard available that has different levels of learning. These levels are setup like college levels and starts and level 100 through 400.

Inside each level there are 14 modules and in each module are learning courses such as videos or exercises to develop an effective affiliate web site. This training is a huge value to anyone that is developing an affiliate website.

As you go through the training, if you find there is something that you have a question about there is a forum that you can post your question and get an answer. The people on this forum will not only answer questions about the courses but they will also help if you have a problem figuring out something on your own website such as use of tools and plugins.

There is also a library that contains thousands of videos. This is not an exaggeration there are literally thousands of training videos in the library, another huge asset.

As a member there are graphics, audio tracks, and plr (private label rights) articles included at no additional cost.

The value of this membership can quickly pay for itself as your site grows and your pocketbook grows.

Oh, and one last thing. NAMS has an affiliate system that you can participate and they are fair and of value.

Which Free E-Mail Service is Right for You

Email If you are trying to build a business online and find that you need some kind of e-mail or auto-responder, then this post may help you in your research.

Right now, as of the writing of this post I don’t have very much need for a paid e-mail responder. In fact, I don’t think I am getting 10 visits a day to my webpage. What I have decided is that I a simple e-mail system just for the purpose of learning how to create one so that when I do get a paid responder I am not wasting my money. 

I struggled to find an appropriate free e-mail system. Like I said, my goal was to start with a free offering that I can build and ultimately turn into a paid subscription either with the free service or export the list and find a paid one when the need arose. (positive thinking). 

I did my research and it took me a really, long, time, to get the information gathered. Once I had completed my research, I felt that I would share it since it seemed that no one else had ever shared what I had discovered. 

The easiest way for me to convey my findings was to create a comparison chart. You can view that chart below. 

Here is how I came to my decision and maybe this will help you. First, I wanted to make sure I could always move to another service if necessary so being able to export the list was an important provision. 

I first tried Imnica Mail. I signed up and got all the way to creating an opt-in form and found that I could only create a link to a form. I wanted a signup box on the page that people could subscribe to a newsletter without having a separate popup that could potentially be blocked by a popup blocker. I checked to see if Imnica Mail had a WordPress plugin and I did not find any. There might be one but I did not find it. 

Sadly, I looked further and examined Listwire. This service was, well, OK but did not have pre-made templates for opt-in or creating an email campaign. Everything had to be made from scratch email, opt-in, etc. At least that was what it looked like. There were a few nice features of Listwire. First, it was always free but there was no upgrade for future growth. The lack of templates only made me imagine spend an entire day just to create an e-mail campaign and I don’t want to spend a huge amount of time creating emails. 

Sendfree was another free email. This one had a lot of what I was looking for…export, templates, free service that could later turn to a paid service. The free service was up to 250 subscribers which was ok. I tried to signup. In fact, I tried to signup 4 times. Each time I got a verification email with a link to click on and then was prompted to login. But I could never login. That’s why the services in the comparison chart have “unknown” for many features. I could never login to find out if the feature was available. 

That left MailChimp. Which I have heard of many times and is a reputable company. A rumor I read on some forums was that MailChimp would not let you use their service for affiliate marketing. I read the the terms of service and I did not find anything like that. What MailChimp restricts is spamming. If you spam they will close your account. 

Now, I don’t like spammers anymore than the next person so I don’t have a problem with the TOS that MailChimp put out. 

MailChimp did not have a readily available opt-in form that could be put on a website but they did have a WordPress plugin that had the capabilities of creating a form with some limited editing. I’m good with that. 

The final critical question was, can I entrust the safe-keeping and security of my business’s greatest, most important and least replaceable asset (my list) to a company whose business model is that of being a free autoresponder. 

I am confident that MailChimp will work for me. After all it worked for Cliff Ravenscraft of Podcast Answer Man. Who used to use MailChimp but has now switched to AWeber. You may want to read his article “Taking Yourself To The Next Level And So Much More!”, which is about why he switched to AWeber from MailChimp. 

So, there you go. I am using MailChimp for now.

Free Email Comparison

P.S. One last thought….my BlueHost account includes email with my hosted account. Which is another option.

Understanding SEO Basics and How to Make it Work


Today, I am now working to tackle SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Wikipedia defines SEO as, Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a serch engines's "natural" or un-paid ("organic") search results.

Driving traffic to your website through SEO is one leg of having an effective website that can bring in money. Without the natural traffic that comes from SEO, the only other big traffic drivers are word of mouth and social media. Internet traffic that is driven through SEO is necessary to the life blood of website growth. 

One of the plugins that I use is, All in One SEO,  and is a free plugin from the WordPress site. This plugin has, no doubt, helped me to better understand SEO and how to build articles and meta tags to optimize my website. 

One piece of advice that I can offer when struggling through the multitude of plugin settings or even the available plugins is to use the internet for research about the plugin and the settings. Search for unfamiliar terms and settings. Find out what the term means and research it until you are confident that you have enough understanding to implement the feature properly. 

If you don't know or don't understand, don't implement the feature until you do understand.


Having keywords in your post is obviously important for SEO, but did you know that your graphics are also important. Especially when it comes to the title of the graphic and the alternate text. Search engines will scan the text part of the graphic but cannot see the graphic and it will therefore be ignored.

You also want to make sure that you are using keywords effectively. This can be a balancing act because if your content is too keyword dense the search engines will stop crawling your site. This can be reversed just by editing the content and removing the excessive density.

You do want to include your keywords in the title, and your first few lines of your article. Also make sure that you edit your first paragraph of your article to a heading of h2, this will tell the search engine that this information is important.

Finally, creating links. Linking to other sites is encouraged, especially if you feel the website you link to may have importance to the search engines. Additionally, having links to your site is important too but you cannot to go to someone and ask them to link to you unless you have an already established relationship with them.

One of the best ways that I am learning to get backlinks to your site is through something called curation which requires another post for another day.

P.S. Be sure to take a look at the Boomer Index on this site. I just added it this week and I think it will be a valuable resource for Baby Boomers.

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