7th Year Anniversary Giveaway Special – Day #2

In continuation of our 7th Year Special Giveaway Package, I’ve put together invaluable resource for you today.

If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog you’ll understand that I’ve always shared my concern about the failure rate of online businesses, especially blogs.

It really beats my imagination that despite the many tools and information out there, only a small percentage of those who the dream of building an online business go beyond the starting stages. Over these years I’ve spent valuable hours researching this topic and in my research I’ve uncovered the top reasons Why Some People Fail At Internet Marketing.

As a way of helping you avoid being one of the failure stats, I’ve packaged this information in today’s gift. I’ve also shared some insightful ideas and suggestions on how you can leverage this knowledge.

Whether you’re just getting started out or you’re already making some money online, this special report will help move you to the next level.

Enjoy and profit!

“Why Some People Fail At Internet Marketing”

Why Some People Fail At Internet Marketing

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[NOTE: If you’re already subscribed to the WebIncomeJournal.com you should have received the link to download this special report]

If you have any questions post them in your comments below.

 

 

How to Cash In On the Billions of Dollars Being Spent On Amazon This Christmas Festive Season!

Make money on Amazon.com this christmas season!
Do you know that the total expenditure for this Christmas 2013 holiday season is predicted to reach in excess of $220 billion?

Now, do you know that a large portion of this money will be be spent on Amazon.com?

Yes, Amazon.com is one of the most trusted brand worldwide. It is the #1 most popular shopping destination on the net. Amazon.com already has millions of loyal customers who spend truckload of cash everyday on this online shopping marketplace.

If you are an affiliate blogger and you desire to make some extra cool cash this Christmas holiday season, then Amazon Associates program is what you should turn to.

Believe it or not many shoppers are already turning to Amazon.com for their Christmas shopping. This is because many people have realized that they can actually do their shopping from the comfort of their own homes and get their purchases shipped to them without any hassles. So, as an affiliate this is a plus for you.

But, how do you lay out your acts to make money with Amazon.com this Christmas 2013?

For some time now I’ve researched and tested different ideas on this. Surprisingly enough, it is not really different from what you have heard over the years. Making money on Amazon or on any other platform online demands having the right product, having a system to sell that product and knowing how to get your product before the right audience! Now, as much as that sounds a lot too simple, only a few are actually making any success with it.

In this post, I want to focus on how to set up a niche blog that will help you cash in on this Christmas season sales. So let’s get started.

Make Money on Amazon This Christmas in 3 Simple Steps!

1. Get Top Selling Christmas Gifts Products on Amazon

Christmas is definitely a time when people love giving gifts to their loved ones. This is therefore the perfect time to set up a niche blog promoting Christmas gifts. The good thing is that getting red hot Christmas gifts on Amazon.com to sell is not really difficult. In fact, Amazon is very much prepared to help us out. Check this page:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/holidaytoylist

Right on that page Amazon has listed the top selling, hottest Christmas toys for you. You own part is, knowing how to pick the right ones to promote on your Christmas niche blog.

Here is a simple suggestion on choosing the right Amazon product to promote on your site:

>>> Consider the price – Promote something that can pay you a good commission.

>>> Consider the customer reviews – The more the better.

>>> Consider the demand – Do your market research (a simple keyword research will do). Is there a demand for this?

2. Set up Your Niche Blog

The next step is to set up a niche blog for each gift product that you have chosen from the Amazon list. For this you will need a domain name and webhosting account. If you are going to set up different blogs for each product chosen (which I advocate) then getting a webhost where you can host different domains without any extra cost to you is definitely something you should consider.

Personally, I’m using BlueHost.com. Check it out here.

Now, I’m sure you already know how to set up a blog and so, I’m not going into details about that here.

Online Shopping this christmas seasonHowever, you must understand that for your niche blog to get traction on the search engines, you need to target the right keywords. Yes, optimizing your niche site for the right keywords still matters despite all that has happened as a result of Google’s recent changes. The truth is, optimizing your niche sites for organic traffic is the best thing you can do for your niche sites.

3. Populate Your Niche Blog with 3 Types of Content

From my research and the tests I’ve done so far, you don’t really need much content for your Christmas niche sites to perform wonders. The basic content you need to set up your niche blogs are: a product review page, a features page and six to ten pages of informative articles.

Writing these pages doesn’t have to be a pain either. You can get most of the content idea from the product’s sales page on Amazon.com. Simply read through the product’s description and the customer reviews on the page. Take a few of the points raised and write your own product review. For the features pages, grab a few points from the product features and rewrite them briefly.

Using this method you can easily create the necessary pages for your Christmas gifts niche blog. always remember to include a call to action at the beginning and at the ending of each article.

NOTE: It is important to note that you are not building an authority blog. You may therefore need to take a different approach here.

I’ll suggest you make the home page a static page. Set the product review page as the home page and let the other pages link back to it. If you can get an Amazon specific wordpress theme, that will be a plus for you. If not, a customizable and ad-ready wordpress theme like the ones you will find here, will just be okay.

The purpose of your niche blog is to make you money at the earliest possible time. Christmas is only a few weeks away and there is no better time to get started than now. I hope this few tips will help you get started right away. If you need any further help don’t hesitate to contact me.

Over to You: How are you planning to cash in on this Christmas season as an affiliate marketer? Is Amazon.com one of the places you are looking into? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

A Step By Step Guide on How to Migrate WordPress Site like A Pro!

Now, ask yourself this question, if anything happens to your wordpress blog right now and there’s the need either to re-install the blog or to migrate your wordpress site to another server, will you be able to handle it, seriously?

Of course, I know you could depend on your webhosting company to move the site to new server but as many of us do know,  many of these hosting companies could disappoint or most times takes too much doing what you want. Besides, it is really not a good idea to depend on your webhost to do this for you every time. There are times you would want to tell your host, bull sh*t and just do it yourself!

Anyway, whether you want to depend on your webhosting company or not, I think it is not a bad idea to have some knowledge of what to do if you need to move your wordpress site/blog to a new host or you just need to reinstall your blog because of one problem or the other. That is why in this post I have decided to reveal a system that I’ve used at different times to move my personal and my clients’ blogs without fail.

If you search Google for the phrase: “how to move your wordpress blog to a new host,” you’ll discover that different people use different methods to do this. The last time I did I actually received about 4 different methods! Unfortunately, most of these methods are very complicated. Some of them do not only require you to change some codes in the database but they also take hours or even days to get your site/blog up and running again.

However, the method I want to reveal in this post is simply the easiest and quickest I’ve found to migrate your site or blog without any hassle. You can actually move your wordpress blog in under one hour – from installing the new blog to making it live. I can say this with confidence because I’ve actually tried the other methods before settling for this one. Right now, it is the only method I use whether I’m working on my own or on a client’s site.

How to migrate wordpress site with ease!

Why Would You Want To Move Your WordPress Blog?

There are actually different reasons for this. For example, within the past 4 years I have had to move the Web Income Journal at different times. Here are some of the reasons (I’m sure you will relate to one of them!)

1. Move WordPress Blog To Another Domain Name

This was actually the first reason why I had to move the Web Income Journal. The blog started under the domain name www.themarketingmouse.com but after a couple of years when I discovered that that domain name was not doing well in the search engines based on the target audience I decided on a new domain name – www.webincomejournal.com – but instead of simply doing a redirect, I removed the old domain name and moved the files to the new one. [You can read that story here.]

So, this could be one reason why you want to transfer your wordpress blog.

2. Move WordPress Blog to another Webhost

This is another reason why moving wordpress may become necessary. Again, about a year ago, I had to move to a VPS hosting account after my previous host informed me that my blog has grown too big for a shared hosting package. Moving to that VPS plan was done seamlessly by the webhosting company (this was the only time my  web host did this for me!) but after about a year of running that VPS hosting package, I discovered I was not really getting what I paid for (in fact, the site was down most days and at a time it was offline for days. Here is the story!) and I had no option but to look for another host. That was when I moved to my present webhost!

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Let me quickly say here that though my present hosting plan is a shared plan, right now I’m more satisfied here than when I was running the VPS plan!  My blog now load faster and there are less outages! Besides, the problem of CPU (which was the main problem with my former host) has now become a thing of the past. I now have more bonus features which I never got even with a VPS package!

If you’re having problems with your present host or you just want to move your wordpress blog to a server that will help your blog load faster and that has amazing webhosting features, then I recommend you click here.

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From the above, you may need to move your wordpress blog if at any time you want to change your webhost.

3. If Your WordPress Blog Was Hacked, Or You Suffered a Crash!

This could happen anytime without any warning! Yes, I’ve been faced with these two situations at one time or the other. For example, one of my several blogs was hacked sometime ago and I had to reinstall the blog after cleaning up the damage. Also, I have done this for some clients who, while they were trying to do something on their blogs, mistakenly “touched” the wrong thing and suddenly everything came crashing down and re-installing the blog was the only solution!

NOTE: For you to recover from these two situations and get your blog back online in record time, you need a backup of your blog. So if you do not have a backup system right now it is important that you setup one. One thing I must point out here is that it is not advisable to have your backup folder in the same directory where your blog is installed. Using a backup system like Dropbox.com is a better alternative. Dropbox.com has a wordpress plugin that makes it easy to set and forget the backup process. Click here for more details about Dropbox.com.

Ok, so the above scenarios may warrant your moving your wordpress blog at anytime in the course of your blogging career. The good news is whatever the situation the method I’m about showing you here can take care of your need!

Besides, with this method you will be able to transfer your wordpress site to another server without any lose of rankings, link juice or worry about re-installing each and every plugin manually. Every blog customization was done on your blog before the movement will be maitained without fail!

You’ll definitely love this …!

How to Migrate Your WordPress Site without Any Hassles!

Before looking at the step by step guide let’s look at what you will need:

(a) A backup of your old MySQL database.

(b) A backup of your old wp-content folder.

(c) A backup of your uploads/images folder.

(d) A backup of your old wp-config.php File.

Please Note: – If you’re setting up your Dropbox.com account (or any other backup system) always make sure that the above files and folders are included in your backup. This way if you suffer a crash or any such thing, you’ll have them handy.

And so, let’s get on with the step by step guide:

Step #1: Take a Backup of Your MySQL Database

This is your current MYSQL database. You can either get this from your Dropbox.com backup or you can take a backup manually.

Here’s how to take a backup manually:

1. Log into your current hosting account. This is where the wordpress blog or site you are moving is located.

2. Locate the backup wizard. Click on this and take a backup of your database. Here’s a graphic of what is involved:

BackUp database using file manager

then,

Choose backup

Choose to backup database and not root folder:

Select MySQL database and not root folder

Please note: If you have different blogs installed under your hosting account you will need to select the particular blog you are moving.

3. Save the backup in a place where you can locate it later. The backup should be saved as a .sql.gz file.

Step #2: Download Your Needed Files and Folders

Again, these can be retrieved from your Dropbox backup or downloaded directly. Now, if you are to download the files directly,  you can use a third party file upload utility like Filezila (Free) or use the file manager in your cpanel.

Download using file manager:

1. Locate and click to open the file manager.

2. To download any of the files simply select the file and then click on the “Download” icon at the top of the page.

Download a file with file manager

3. To download a folder (for example the wp-content folder), first compress the folder by selecting it and then clicking on the compress icon at the top of the page:

Compress and download a folder

Confirm compression of folder:

confirm compress of the folder

and now the result:

The compression result

Once that is done, download as above.

Save all downloads where you can easily access them.

Step #3: Update Nameservers for Your Domain in Your New Hosting Account

If you are moving the same domain name to a new hosting account, the domain name must be setup under your new host. To do this, login to your clients’ area (that is, where your domain name is registered, and then change the nameservers to point to your new host.

Please make sure you do this after you have taken all downloads in step #2 above.

STEP 4: Update the Domain Name in the Downloaded Database File (Optional)

This is only necessary if you’re changing the domain name. If you are using the same domain name simply skip this step and move on to the next step.

1. To update the domain name, locate the database zip file you have downloaded and unzip it.

2. Open the file in your text editor.

3. Open your find/replace tool and then type the name of the domain you want to change in the “Find” area then enter the new domain name in the “Replace with” area.

Updating the domain name using a search and replace tool

4. Click “Replace All” and wait for it to update the records.

5. Save the file. Remember not to “save as” but simply click on “File” and then “Save.”

NOTE: Some text editors may break the serialized DB data stored in the file. To avoid this it is better to use a serialize-aware tool like Search-Replace-DB (https://github.com/interconnectit/Search-Replace-DB).

Step #5: Install New Blog

This will take you a couple of minutes using Fantastico or Softaculous.

I want to assume that you know how to do this already so I’m not going to give you another tutorial about that here! However, here’s one VERY IMPORTANT thing you must do:

1. Open the wp-config.php file you’ve downloaded from the old install.

2. Locate the “WordPress Database Table Prefix” and take note of the table prefix. This is usually in the form of wp_. For example, in the graphic below the table prefix is, “pa_”

Wordpress Database Table Prefix

3. Now when installing the new wordpress blog deliberately enter a different table prefix. For example, instead of the “pa_” you can use “be_”.

STEP #6: Upload Downloaded Files from the Old Site

These files include:

1.    The zipped wp-content folder containing all themes and plugins from your old installation,

And,

2.  The zipped uploads/images folder

Please do not upload the wp-config.php file from the old installation.

To upload these files you can use FileZila but just as we did in step #2 above we can also use the file manager in your cpanel to do this.

1. Open your file manager and then delete the wp-content folder in the current installation. Simply select the folder and then click on “delete” at the top of the page.

2. Click on “Upload” and select the files to upload.

3.    Once the folders have uploaded, unzip them by selecting the zipped folder and then clicking on the “Unzip” icon at the top of the page.

Please note that you must do this before moving on to the next step.

Step #7: Drop (Delete) the New Database

This is the database of the new site you have just installed.

1. From cpanel locate phpMyAdmin and click to open

MyphpAdmin graphic

2. Select the database you want to drop.

3. Click on the “Structure” tab.

4. Locate the “Check All” link at the bottom of the tables and click on it. This will select all the files.

5. In the drop-down menu which says “With selected,” select “Drop.”

6. Click on “Go” and confirm when you are prompted to do so.

NOTE: This will remove the database of your new installed blog.

how to delete the database - graphic

Step #8: Upload New Database

Still working in phpMyAdmin, upload the database from your old site:

1. Click the “Import” tab.

2. Click “Browse” to select the .sql.zip database file you backed up earlier.

3. Click the “Go” button at the bottom of the page.

4. Wait for this to upload. Depending on the size of your database, this will take some time so be patient until it successfully uploads.

Upload old Database file

Step #9: Update wp-config.php File

At this point your wordpress site should be ready to go but you need just one more thing to make everything work.

Remember in step #5 we intentionally used a different database table prefix for our new installation? Now is the time to put in the correct thing.

Here is how to do it:

1. Open the file manager from cpanel

2. Locate the wp-config.php file and open it. Simply select it and click on the “edit” link at the top of the page.

3. When it opens look for the “WordPress Database Table Prefix” section and then change the prefix to what is in the old installation. For our example above we changed the prefix “pa” to “be_” We can now change it back to “pa_” and then save the file.

Step #10: Update Permalinks

At this point if you open your blog on your browser you will discover that your site is live with every customization and detail before you moved the site to a new host. However, if you try visiting any of the posts or a page you will discover that instead of opening an error will appear. This is because you have not updated the permalinks structure.

So, login to the blog dashboard (use the login details of your old blog) and update the permalinks structure.

Please note that the custom permalinks structure from your old blog would have been pre-filled in the box. All you need to do is click on the update button and you are done!

Step #11?

Congratulate yourself, seriously! You have just accomplished what many people will never attempt. So go on, pop some Champaign because you’ve just joined that special group of WordPress Pros! 🙂

Alright, this is the easiest way I’ve found to migrate your wordpress site/blog from one host to another without losing ranking or going through the pains of re-installing the plugins  one by one and also not working your blog customization again! I hope this is useful to you.

Recommended: The Untold Truth About Web Hosting That Every WordPress Blogger Must Know!

Now it’s Your Turn: This indeed appears to be the longest post ever on the Web Income Journal and I’ll love to know what you think of this post. Was it helpful? Did you learn something new from it? Do you need some more clarifications on the topic discussed? Feel free to share with us in the comments below.

Besides, I’ll appreciate it if you will use the share buttons below to promote the post with your online networks.

Resources:

1. Reliable WordPress backup resource – Dropbox.com

2. Reliable WordPress hosting company with great features and wonderful support – Arvive.com

3. Still don’t want to migrate your wordpress blog by yourself? Get professional WordPress help here! I’ll personally help you with this.

Webhosting Giveaway – 1Yr Guaranteed Optimum Hosting, Yours FREE!

[UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Please read the details about the winners here.]

In December of 2011, I gave out a special Christmas gift appreciating our esteemed readers! It was indeed something unusual as I gave away a free link to all who posted a comment on this blog for the whole year!

Since then many, mostly those who are new readers, have been asking if I would do the same thing this year.

Well, as much as I truly want to appreciate all my blog readers in the spirit of the Christmas celebration, I also know that I should do something different this year.

Free Webhosting Giveaway - Christmas thank you gift!

And so, as the Christmas season drew near, I had to put on my thinking cap!  Of course, many ideas came to mind but I wasn’t really satisfied with them. However, when a few weeks ago I got an email from Mr. Khuram, the Marketing Director of Zyma Technologies (www.zyma.com) a hosting company based in the UK , asking if I would be interested in hosting a webhosting giveaway, I immediately checked out the site and after a few questions about the features, I was satisfied that this is simply good enough as a “Thank-You-Gift” for our esteemed readers!

But Why a WebHosting When You’re Going To Pay For It After 1yr?

Now, you may be womdering why a webhost when after the one year you are going to pay for it? Or what another webhost when you are already hosting somewhere else?

Frankly, I believe that one thing you must get right about your online business is your webhosting company. This blog is running on a VPS hosting account and I know how much that takes away from my pocket every month. And so, offering you a one year free web hosting account to me is really something great.

Here are few things you could do with the free account:

1. Get a new domain and host it on the account – If you are thinking of expanding your business, maybe with a few niche sites (like I’m thinking of doing in the coming year!)

2. Host your existing domain – As much as I don’t want to suggest you move your money site right now, but if you have been having problems with your present host, then this is an opportunity to move house!

NOTE: You are getting a whole 1yr free which to me is really enough to evaluate this company. If after the 1year you are not satisfied with their services, you can always move to another host but if you found them to be good, you would have made enough money for the year to pay for another year ahead!

So, What Are You Getting In This Webhosting Giveaway!

I’m sure you want to know what you will be receiving from this free giveaway, right?

Alright, here’s what you get:

Unlimited Web space
Unlimited Traffic
Unlimited Email AccountsZyma Webhosting graphic
Unlimited SQL Databases
Unlimited Sub-domains
99.9% Uptime Guarantee
Free Transfer & Setup
Free Tech Support
cPanel Web Hosting
Fantastico De Luxe
Softaculous Premium
Attracta SEO tools via cPanel
CloudFlare CDN Support

Plus These Ecommerce Features:

FREE  Shopping cart software
Paypal integration
Accept credit cards on your site

And much more!

Please read more of the features here.

 

How to Enter For the Giveaway

As an appreciation contest, I want to make this as simple as possible and so I’m using Rafflecopter. To enter you simply need to sign into the widget below.

Once you are signed in, you will be presented with a few options which you can actually do in a few minutes, like posting a comment, tweeting and sharing on your favorite social media. Of course, to increase your chances of winning you definitely want to do all of the options available.

Coming around once a day to do more of the options will also be a plus to your garnering more points necessary to make you one of the winners!

Declaration of Winners

We expect that you have the whole of 2013 for your free webhosting and so this contest will be ending on the 31st of December, 2012 while the winners will be announced on 2nd of January, 2013.

Please ensure that you enter the contest using a working email address because that is the only way winners will be contacted.

Winners will be by simple majority of points as reported by Rafflecopter at the end of the contest. Please note that some of the actions require validation so where this is required in the Rafflecopter giveaway widget, please ensure you input the required action.

The Prizes

There are 3 slots which will go to the first 3 lucky winners. Like I have said above, these are the people with the highest points at the end of the contest.  The 3 slots get one (1) full year of free hosting with all features included.

And so, let the fun begin!

free webhosting giveaway results

Good luck to everyone!