Thursday, August 18, 2016

Still Breathing and Blogging

This is an update posting.

Hi everyone. I want to post a quick update on what I'm doing these days.

I'm working on transforming my main blog into a book review blog - It is here: Linda Jo Martin. This means I'm reading a lot and I need to start posting book reviews there.

I've been inventorying all my books - to see what I can review, and what I need to read. I have less than 500 books - in fact, it is looking more like around 300. I'll know the true count soon.

I have had a problem with paper clutter for years. I tossed out a lot of my paper clutter in 2013 when I moved from Happy Camp, CA to Northern Idaho. However - I am collecting more. I've set up a table in my office for filing, and am making progress on battling the paper tiger. (I love that book.)

Every morning I get up and make coffee then pray and read the Bible. Then I move into my home office and vote, vote, vote for people on the Free Charity Cars website. I am desperate for a car and it has to be donated from someone in my local area... so I'm devising ways to advertise. This is somewhat hindered by my lack of a car. There are a lot of needy people, families, students, seniors, workers, disabled and sick people, and more, who are unable to buy a car and have therefore fallen out of society, in many ways. If you have an extra car you don't need, please consider a donation at 1-800-Charity Cars, where 94% of all donations are passed along to the people who need cars. They use 3% for administration and another 3% for advertising.

While voting, I listen to podcasts. Right now I'm listening to all of ProBlogger's podcasts. They are so inspiring for those of us who blog.

Today, Thursday, I have a group of friends coming over for our weekly women's Bible study. Always a wonderful time... We're currently studying a book called Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets.

I walk. I ride my bicycle.

I took my A to Z marketing articles off this blog and am reposting them over at Write Web Now.

Well, that's enough for today.

The photo at the beginning of this post is one I took while out walking.

Until later - happy blogging!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Affiliate Network Marketing #AtoZchallenge

I've been working online in affiliate network marketing for twenty years. My first experience with it was in 1995 when I set up my first version of Literature For Kids with book sales links provided by Barnes and Noble.

Since then that site has been rebuilt three more times, with the most recent version beginning only a few months ago.

I'm building an affiliate network marketing business.

In the meantime, I've switched my book links to Amazon and made a considerable heap of money from online work. It is my main income source. I've tried other affiliate marketing programs with limited success on various sites.

I believe it is dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket - so I do get income from other sources - but affiliate marketing continues to challenge me. It helps that I like to write articles.

It takes time and focus to build a career in affiliate network marketing. Essentially it means putting links to products on your blog, such as the book image I've included with this article.

Not only does a blogger have to write great articles to go with their affiliate links, the blogger needs to have a strategy for attracting people to their blog. That is most effectively done with good keyword research, effective writing, and search engine optimization... which essentially means, doing everything Google and Bing like, and avoiding what they don't like.

You could do what I did and learn from trial and error over the course of many years, or you could get guidance from experts like the bloggers at Pajama Affiliates, where they offer informative and effective online courses and affiliate network marketing opportunities. If you're not sure you want to pay for a full class, try out their $1 fast-pass sampler of some of their video tutorials.

This is my first article for the 2016 A to Z challenge. I chose to use this blog because here, I can write short articles without feeling pressured to write more. On some of my other blogs I prefer to write at length, but I can't commit to doing that daily for the A to Z challenge.

My articles will all be focused on my affiliate marketing career. I hope bloggers will find them helpful.

Here's what I've written so far, during the month of April 2016:

A: Affiliate Network Marketing
B: Brainstorming - Learn Creative Brainstorming Techniques
C: Create a Content Inventory Spreadsheet for Your Blog
D: Domain Buying Considerations
E: Embed Pinterest Pins Tutorial
F: Facebook: How to Set Up a Facebook Page for Your Blog
G: Google Plus Communities Tutorial
H: History Timeline - Affiliate Marketing
I: Images: Ways to Create Images for Your Articles and Social Media
J: Jaaxy: Keyword Research Search Tool

Next: Keywords

Have a great day.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Some Recent Articles I've Posted

I haven't written here lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been writing.

Today I wrote about how God takes care of us:

When Things Don't Go Right

The past two weeks I've been working on the 2016 rebuild of my Literature For Kids website, posting some of my inventory of articles about how to write for children.

Place Children's Story Characters in Unusual Settings - Literature For Kids

Themes in Children's Fiction - Literature For Kids

And more.

I also posted three new articles at FightCPS last month, and three at Klamath Design.

There are others....

At I wrote: Mocha Coffee Fashion and Basic Blogging Instructions.

At my River Girl site I wrote The Chinese Prospectors of Happy Camp and River Girl by Kelley Mickwee, A Song.

I wrote other places too. I started an archive of art products I like at Artista

Well, this is the work that I do. Writing is apparently my "passion" in life... that and my savior, Jesus Christ, who keeps me happy and provides all I need.