Small Business WordPress Theme Overview Video

While this isn’t really a Blogging ABCs specific video, it is a presentation about a really great WordPress Theme.

First in a series of merchant spotlight webinars from Team Loxly is Small Biz Theme by Don Campbell.

This theme is unique in that it can be used by consultants to easily build sites for clients, or for clients to have the site set up once and then not be able to “mess it up” when they need to make updates. The blog is secondary (you can change this) with info pages for the company instead.

Built in are sections to create the mobile version of the theme… no extra charge or extra plugins… and a really cool ability to add content to facebook pages right from within your blog! There are some free apps that allow you to create pages that you have to change on facebook, but this function within small biz theme hosts the pages for your facebook tabs right on your own site. Plugins for that type of functionality start at around $40-50.

If you can make the time to watch the video you will see all kinds of goodies and get info on what’s under the hood so you can better sell this theme as an affiliate. There were many good questions asked and answered throughout the video and we welcome more questions and comments from those of you watching the replay!

Watch the video on the Team Loxly forum at the Affiliate Summit Networking Forum The theme affiliate program is run on Shareasale and is 30% commission, 60 day cookie and managed by Team Loxly ūüôā

Live Webinar: 5 Affiliate Marketing Benefits For Bloggers

Are you a blogger who isn’t quite sold yet on the benefits of affiliate marketing? Do you know just enough about it to be curious but are wondering if you will really benefit from it? Have you started adding affiliate links to your blogs but want to make sure that you are maximizing your benefits? If any of these sound like you, I need to show you “Five Affiliate Marketing Benefits for Bloggers.”

Based on the great feedback I received speaking at Blog Indiana last month, I have tweaked my presentation from there and will be giving it again via a free live webinar on Blogging ABCs. Deb Carney will be adding additional ideas from the merchant and affiliate manager perspectives. Both of us will be available for Q&A as well.

Whether you are a mom blogger, have a non-profit site, are a consultant or focus on content curation, you can benefit from affiliate marketing.  Join us September 8 from 1-2pm Eastern to learn how being an affiliate will not only earn you money but also help you generate content, grow your network, and drive traffic to your site.

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Upcoming Webinar on Blogging ABCs

Thanks to some great feedback at Blog Indiana 2011, I’ll be hosting a free webinar the first week of September on the basics of affiliate marketing for bloggers. We’ll be covering terminology, creative types, how to choose merchants to work with, tools to integrate affiliate marketing into your site, and more. We’ll talk everything from how to sign up with a network to how to build relationships with merchants and affiliate managers.

Sign up for our newsletter to be notified about upcoming podcasts as well as the details of the webinar. It was great meeting everyone and I look forward to sharing more with you.

BloggingABCs #23 – Why Don’t Many Bloggers Want to Monetize Their Sites?

Rick Calvert and Karen Garcia join Blogging ABCs hosts Tricia Meyer and Deborah Carney to discuss the dilemmas faced by bloggers about whether or not they should monetize their blogs and if yes, how. It’s a candid discussion covering both sides of the issue.

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ABCs Plus – Being Prepared for Worst Case Scenario

Blogging ABCs and AffiliateABCs hosts¬†Deborah Carney, Liz Fogg and Tricia Meyer discuss what bloggers and affiliates can learn from Tricia’s experience being unexpectedly dropped from two networks (described in her post The Ugly Side of Affiliate Marketing). The issues discussed apply when you have problems with the Affiliate Nexus Tax, Google AdSense, merchants closing, and many other aspects of affiliate marketing.

Our Four Main Tips:

1) Diversify. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.¬† Have different types of sites in different niches. Work with different merchants across different networks.

2) Separate Accounts. Use separate network accounts when you have multiple sites or especially different types of sites (incentives, coupons, gambling, etc). It will come in handy if one of your sites gets flagged or if you decide to sell a site.

3) Use link redirecting. Redirecting will help you change out links quickly if you need to. In addition, you can use shorteners so that your domain shows up instead of someone else’s when you post your links in other places.

4) Network. Meet in person with as many people as possible. Further, after you connect with them, follow up, reinforcing your connection. When you need help, those connections may be the difference between keeping and losing your business.  .

Some Resources we mention:

Pretty Link Lite

YourLS Open Source shortener that you can install on your own website

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Blogging ABCs #22 – Blogger Profile – Epilepsy Moms

Blogging ABCs hosts Deborah Carney, Liz Fogg and Trica Meyer are joined by Arlene Martell of Epilepsy Moms.

Arlene started her site over 3 years ago in order to pay forward the information that she has gained over the years.  Her son was diagnosed at 4 years old with both Epilepsy and Autism and has been drug and seizure free for over 10 years.

Arlene’s Free Ebook
Information on the Ketogenic Diet
Information on Neurotherapy

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Why Bloggers Should Pay Attention to Affiliate Nexus Tax (Amazon Tax)

This is an ABCs Plus Special edition podcast that is being posted to Affiliate ABCs, Blogging ABCs and Merchant ABCs because of the importance of the issue. Your hosts Vinny O’Hare and Deborah Carney are joined by Karen Garcia, Outsourced Affiliate Program Manager to try and explain the Affiliate Nexus sales tax laws that states are enacting to attempt to get more companies to collect their state sales tax even though the companies do not have a physical presence in their state. States are trying to establish that affiliates and affiliate marketing gives companies a physical presence in their state, making the merchants liable to collect sales taxes in states they shouldn’t have to.

Some Resources we mention:
Coffee Talk with James Martell, Karen Garcia and Jeannine Crooks

PMA List of States and their status and links to their bills.

NexusAware – a listing of what companies already have to collect sales taxes in what states

There is a lot of information out there and much confusion by affiliates, merchants, bloggers and even the legislators themselves. If you are in a state that hasn’t passed this tax yet, check and see if they have a law drafted or on the table. Basically states are treating this as an amendment to their state sales tax laws and not as new laws, so they pass easier and sometimes with no press about it at all.

Please feel free to contribute additional information in the comments. We are not lawyers, so you need to check with a local lawyer familiar with internet law if you are in an affected state.

What we also discuss in this podcast is how affiliates can find merchants that already collect sales tax in their state, what types of merchants that sell items that are exempt and how to talk to your merchants to find out how they are going to handle it if their state passes such a law.

Bloggers Want to Know – What IS Affiliate Marketing? Blogging ABCs #21

Blogging ABCs hosts¬†Deborah Carney, Vinny O’Hare, Liz Fogg and Trica Meyer discuss what affiliate marketing is.

Vinny attended Blog World and had many bloggers ask what affiliate marketing is. Simply put affiliate marketing is affiliates (bloggers) putting special tracking links (affiliate links from a network or merchant) on their websites (blogs). When a visitor to a blog clicks an affiliate link and makes a purchase, the blogger makes a commission on that sale. That is the simple explanation ūüôā Listen for lots more great information and how affiliate marketing can be one way to possibly monetize your blog.

Links to some affiliate networks.
ShareASale
Commission Junction
Linkshare
buy.at

We would like to challenge you to find one network or merchant that you would want to work with and see how it would fit into your blog.

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Blogging ABCs #20 – Why Bloggers Should Attend Affiliate Summit

Blogging ABCs hosts Deborah Carney, Liz Fogg and Trica Meyer discuss why bloggers should attend Affiliate Summit.

Attending Affiliate Summit is the dividing line between dabbling and going full time for many people.  Networking happens more in the follow up after the conference. Meet Market is most important day if you can only afford to be there one day, that is Sunday afternoon from Noon to 6pm.

If this is your first time attending, be sure to sign up for the Newcomers Program where you will be paired up with a mentor who can answer general questions and introduce you to people.  Be sure to visit the Affiliate Summit Forum to start meeting people before the conference.

The deadline for Affiliate Summit Scholarship Program submission is Friday, November 4, 2011 for passes for Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas in January.

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