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Online home business tutorials, tools and reviews

This site contains around 300 articles on learning how to work online and develop your own home business, primarily through affiliate marketing.

If you’re a retiree, a Baby Boomer who’s looking at retirement or a Military Veteran, and you need to supplement your pension or other retirement plans, then this site is for you

As well as an entire section on developing an Online Home Business, I’ve also covered tutorials on using WordPress and tips on Internet marketing

If you have any questions on anything you read on here do please contact me – I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.

Summary (full details below): Product name:WPML WordPress Multilingual Plugin What it does:Enables you to create a professional multilingual WordPress website. Best quality translations, it brings probably the highest level of efficiency to managing multilingual WordPress websites – full details below Where to buy:WPML Rating:4.90/5.00 Price:From USD29.00, with other options DisclosurePlease assume any links on this… . . . Read more

I saw an interesting question today while browsing the queries for which this site has been returned in the search results: What is the difference between WordPress pages, WordPress posts and WordPress categories? Being able to use these three elements in the way they are intended can make a big difference to how your site… . . . Read more

Summary (full details below): Product name:Aweber Automated Email Marketing What it does:It is an automated email marketing system, collecting subscribers’ email addresses and sending out emails as defined by you. It offers extensive training and cutting-edge technologies, ensures you’re in compliance with current legislation and protects you in the event of problems. Full details below… . . . Read more

An affiliate marketing business is an excellent, low-cost way of developing a long-term income stream. No inventory to worry about, no customer support worries – just recommend your favourite products and earn a commission each time someone buys. Key facts: Product name:Wealthy Affiliate – affiliate marketing training What it is:An easy way to learn how… . . . Read more

Things to consider when changing your theme

The short answer is ‘Yes, it can do’, but not necessarily always for the worse. It could improve your SEO or it could make it worse, and the effect it has depends on a few things:How you set up your META tags (SEO title, SEO description, index/noindex tags, etc)How good the coding of the new… . . . Read more

Since I’ve been an Independent Trivita Business Owner I’ve occasionally been surprised at the reaction I’ve got from people when they’ve found out. They’ve ranged from me being told I’m promoting something illegal, to being called an Avon Lady promoting an unverified product. At first it came as quite a shock, especially as those reactions… . . . Read more

This is a guest post from Emma J Fox, of Pitstop Media. Most, if not all, SEO companies today include social media marketing in their SEO packages for clients. There’s no doubt that social media is already closely intertwined with Internet marketing and website optimisation. Social media sites have become the playing field where businesses… . . . Read more

Living as an ex-pat in Hong Kong I’m often asked to create websites in dual languages (Chinese and English). Creating dual language functionality if you’re building a static HTML website is very straightforward, and that is what is covered in this article. Creating dual language functionality on WordPress websites is covered here. Dual language sites… . . . Read more

This is a guest post by Ashlee McCullen, a staff writer on Apron Addicts. I’m sometimes surprised at the sheer number of people I meet who blog or write for the web and yet don’t know HTML. While you don’t need to know web technologies in-depth to make money online, you’ll find that knowing at… . . . Read more

With the ever increasing emphasis on quality-of-content in the search engines’ algorithms, making sure you update or clear out articles which are either out of date or of little value is important. So I spent a lot of time recently reviewing and either updating or trashing old articles on this site. I wrote back here… . . . Read more

Does Your Site Pass the Website Speed Test?

For some time now Google has taken website (or, rather, page) load-times into account when ranking pages in their search results. The reason is simple: fast page-load speeds give your visitors a better experience, and Google is all about improving web users’ experience. Because of this, I’m not surprised to see questions in the forums… . . . Read more

I love flying, but I hate travelling by air. The entire process becomes more unpleasant every year. So when I had to travel to the UK recently for a family emergency, I determined to use a different approach: instead of taking a direct flight with mediocre service and uncomfortable seats, I decided to break the… . . . Read more

The Great Keyword Density Hoax

I see an awful lot of bad advice in some of the forums I visit – advice that, at best, will deliver no benefit and at worst may be harmful. One such is on the question of keyword density, and the advice I see so often is to have a density of anywhere between 2%… . . . Read more

I spent some time analysing my Google Webmaster Tools crawl errors this week and tidied up some of those pesky 404’s that keep showing up. There was a time when I had zero 404 errors on this site, and very proud of it I was too. But my pride was misplaced. As this site has… . . . Read more

The higher the number of page-views-per-visit, the more engaged your readers are. And the more engaged they are the more easily you’ll be able to sell stuff from your site. But you know that already. The question is: how can you increase the number of page-views-per-visit? Here’s what I did recently: A while ago I… . . . Read more