Category: Affiliate Marketing

Using Jaaxy to Research Keywords

I recently wrote a blog on the The Placebo Effect. Even though most of the  articles in Google only dealt with how it worked with regards to medicines and diseases. To separate out this power of positive thinking and some other variables from a drug’s true medical benefits, companies seeking governmental approval of a new treatment often use placebo-controlled drug studies. If patients on the new drug fare significantly better than those taking placebo, the study helps support the conclusion that the medicine is effective.

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But I was interested in how The Placebo Effect could also effect the changing long held beliefs we hold about ourselves, and with this line of inquiry the information was very sparse I was forced to go to other sources to come with enough supporting documentation to support my hypothesis.

But what I really want to talk about in this blog is how by using Jaaxy I was able to find keywords that were not only relevant but had a QSR that was rated as a great prospect when you relate it to how many other websites are using the same keywords.

The beautiful thing about Jaaxy is that it has a QSR function, or a Quotes Search Result that is a fancy term for how many other websites are trying to rank using the exact same term. I’ve attached this screen shot so you can see for yourself.

You can see that the Keyword search Placebo Effect Research has 128 searches a month, 22 hits if you are on the first page and only 99 competing sites using the same keywords.


What is Gravatar; Create Your Own Avatar

What’s an Avatar

In order to understand Gravatar you first need to know what an Avatar is. An Avatar is an image that represents you on-line. It’s a little picture that appears next to your name, when you interact with other websites.

What’s a Gravatar

A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. Using you create your profile and upload it along with the picture you select,and it automatically uploads to any Gravatar-enabled site, anytime you leave a comment.

It’ Free

Gravatar is a free service for site owners, Developers and users. It is automatically included in every account. If you want to be identified on the web, then you should use an Avatar from Gravatar.

It Looks Professional

A primary essence of building your personal brand, is to engage with topics and niches,in your industry. Using Gravatar puts a face to a name and eventually people, who see you repeatedly, will visit your site. Many feel that it looks professional and adds credibility, and that using Gravatar makes your comments stand out.

WordPress themes already come with Gravatar integration, if your theme doesn’t have it consider adding it as a plug in.

Primary Reasons to Use Gravatar

  1. You can link your social media profile links and boost their search engine credibility.
  2. You can add your personal website links to increase traffic, from your engagement activities.
  3. You can add multiple sets of images that you generally use on social media to enhance your image search optimization.
  4. Able to add logo to help build brand authority.

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Privacy, because you signed up in Gravatar your image will show up in all comments you make.
  2. Negative impact on site speed.

If your concerned about privacy you can still select a generic landscape or cartoon image. As far as the speed concern, while it’s true that Gravatar could potentially slow down your site, it would take 100s of comments to do so. Slow speed can negatively impact SEO, since Google ranking factors include site speed. If you suffer from too many comments to your posts, a plug in you can implement is WP User Avatar.

These drawbacks may not be a huge concern, but you never know when a post will attract an unusual number of comments.

I’m interested in hearing any comments pro or con dealing with Gravatar and the use of an Avatar in general. And as always, thanks for visiting. Dave









How Important are Using Keywords in your Blogs

Keywords are not Obsolete

If your looking for a good home based business for baby boomers, you need to know about keywords. Despite what you may have heard about Keywords being obsolete, let me assure you that they are actually more important now than ever, what has changed is the way Google and the other major search engines track and interpret them.

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Today you have to look beyond the explicit, literal translation of a word and pick up on the implicit clues, to gain the true intent of how the keyword is being used. This is what the major search engines are doing and it’s why it’s even more important today, to have a search tool, that understands that it’s more than just the word it’s the intent.

Good Content is not Enough

I’ve been thinking about the importance of Keywords, ever since I started blogging, and there are a couple of ways to look at it. I’ve talked to Bloggers who never worry about Keywords, they insist that it’s all about content, and if you are writing good, informative content than people will find your posts. The thing that I’ve come to realize is that while content is Paramount, if the technology is there, and makes it possible to fine tune, the way you present your content, and it’s freely available, why not use it, it’s like a golfer never using a tee, he is just making the shot harder.

Keywords give better relevancy

The other thing to take into consideration is how it helps in optimizing you site. SEO is important to consider, when you’re starting a website, and Google and Bing etc, all love when you use popular searched Keywords and how you phrase them. They are interested in how relevant your sight is, and when you use Keywords within phrases, that are highly searched for, it’s obviously going to make your website that much more relevant, you generate traffic, and the chances of getting indexed by one of the major search engines are increased proportionally.

My Favorite Jaaxy recently wrote a blog, where they ranked the 15 best Keyword Research Tools of 2018. I was pleased to see that the Keyword Research Tool that I personally use was ranked #2.

Jaaxy has helped many Bloggers grow their business by 25-54% within six months. What makes Jaaxy unique is that it gives their users lots of different Keyword ideas, including some you won’t find in other tools. Plus you get helpful data on every keyword that it gives you, including competition, search volume and potential traffic.

But by far, peoples favorite feature is their QSR index. Quoted Search Result, is a fancy way of saying, how many other websites, are trying to rank with the exact same term? Obviously the lower this number the better chance you have of ranking #1.

I just happen to have a link where you can try the Jaaxy Search Tool for free. So check it out for your self, and tee up your Website, like the pros do.

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As always, thanks for visiting. Dave





A Newbies Review of the Shareasale Network

Being new to the on-line affiliate marketing business, I wanted to give you my insight of what I found when researching and joining my first Affiliate Network. Remember that an Affiliate Network is not the same as an Affiliate Platform. A Network is a group of Merchants that carry an assortment of products. An Affiliate Platform provides you Website Hosting and related tools you need to promote the products you select.

Who’s being Reviewed

Name: Shareasale


Price: Free to become a member

Owners: Awin

Overall Rank: 4.5 out of 5.0

Product Overview

Shareasale is one of the largest Affiliate Marketing Networks currently running. It competes with giants like CJ Affiliates and Clickbank and more than holds its own. They have been in business for 17 years, and have worked hard at becoming one of the top Networks in the business. In doing my due diligence about this company I found their reviews to be very positive. They all stressed how honest and fair they are. They all commended their excellent customer service, efficient tools and accurate reporting.

My personnel experience (limited as it may be), is that their sign up procedures are very simple and direct. They send a welcome aboard e-mail immediately, and tell you how long it will take until you approved. In my case being a brand new Affiliate Publisher, it took two days, at which time I was giving very easy to follow instructions on how to get started.

In 2017 Shareasale was acquired by the Awin Network (an international Affiliate Network) which gives them even more credibility in the business. At this time the two companies continue to run separately, but bodes well down the road, if they ever decide to merge.

The Pros

  • Reputable Company: Being in business for 17 years means you doing something right. Excellent reviews and reputation both on and off-line. Their accusation by Awin further enhances the companies standing in the industry.
  • Free and Easy to Join: As mentioned I found their sign up procedure to be much easier than a couple of their competitors. They were easy to follow and straight forward, especially when you brand new to the biz. They send you a welcome aboard e-mail and follow up with you approval or denial within days. Once, approved they provide simple step by step instructions on how to begin.
  • They allow multiple websites: You don’t have to separately sign up each website, just list all you website, once approved they all become active.
  • Number and Variety of Merchants: Shareasale has over 40 categories to choose from. This ensures that whatever you want to promote will most likely be available within their network. They currently have over 4800 merchants and are increasing that number almost daily

The Cons

  • They don’t use PayPal for pay outs. From what I’ve been seeing a lot of the big Networks don’t currently use PayPal, for whatever reason. Luckily I’ll accept a check mailed to my home.
  • High Payout Threshold: Currently its $50.00 before they send a payout, this is a turn off for new Affiliates, who are just getting started.
  • Threat of Fees and Account Deletion: In doing my research I came across this, that Shareasale might impose a fee of $25.00 if you account stays under $50.00 for an extended period , I’ve also read that they may delete you account if there is no activity after 90 days. This could be problematic to new Affiliates.
  • Separate Merchant Sign up: I was surprised after being approved by Shareasale that I still had to get separate approval from the Merchants that I wanted to promote. I originally applied to five different merchants and was accepted by three.

Who’s the Product For?

I think all Affiliate Publishers should include Shareasale within their portfolios. With over 4800 merchants to choose from the chances are excellent that you’ll find products you’ll be happy to promote. They offered one of the most balanced product mix that I saw.

Tools and Training

As with all the Networks I looked at they have a wealth of tools and training materials that you can access, it actually is almost overwhelming. No matter what you skill level maybe you can find the training right for. Although I didn’t go to deep into this area, I was not hit with a lot of up sells coming out of the gate as I was with a couple of Shareasale’s competitors.


I feel that Shareasale offers a great Network to the new Affiliate just breaking into the business. The wide variety of Merchants almost insures that you’ll find something you’ll be proud to promote. They have an easy to navigate platform and at least initially seem to be more interested in helping you get started as opposed to up selling you additional products. Their training resources are extensive and they encourage you to join their on-line community. I would rank them a must have network, as part of you portfolio 4.5 out of 5.0

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As always thanks for visiting, Dave