How to Earn From Your Social Media Reach: Referral Programs

Social media may have started as a way to improve communications between family and friends, but it has weaved itself closely into the marketing and advertising landscape. Brands would be missing a critical piece of their marketing strategy if they don’t have a strong presence on at least two social media channels. Today, brands are … Continue reading How to Earn From Your Social Media Reach: Referral Programs

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Which Hosted Shopping Cart Solution Should I Use?

In a previous post, I analyzed non-hosted shopping cart solutions by comparing their Alexa, Google Trends and Delicious data. The findings were pretty insightful and it turned out that there was a clear winner – Magento. What about hosted shopping cart solutions? It’s time to find out which hosted solutions are leading the pack. To … Continue reading Which Hosted Shopping Cart Solution Should I Use?

Ecommerce Copywriting Length – Is Long Copy Good For Ecommerce Stores?

The short answer: yes. Surprised? Trust me, long copy sells. I know, I know: “shorter is better” and “less text, better design” blahbity blah. Mile-long websites filled to the brim with text might offend your sense of Internet decency, but the fact remains that those kinds of sites convert visitors to paying customers like nobody’s … Continue reading Ecommerce Copywriting Length – Is Long Copy Good For Ecommerce Stores?

The BFCM Shopify App Bundle: The best apps for eCommerce stores for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Black Friday sales are here. Christmas sales are coming. That’s why you’ll need the best eCommerce apps, tools and services guaranteed to help drive sales during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. Give yourself the best chance of success with these incredible tools and apps used by the best Shopify stores. With this app bundle, you’ll … Continue reading The BFCM Shopify App Bundle: The best apps for eCommerce stores for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

How to Get Reviews For Your Ecommerce Store

Getting reviews for your ecommerce store is one of the ways merchants and online retailers can add value and create a point of differentiation to their online store. In this article we’ll be taking a look at ways to get those reviews, how to use them to your advantage and what are some of the … Continue reading How to Get Reviews For Your Ecommerce Store

Get More Customers: 10 Ways to Increase Sales By Optimizing Your Ecommerce Site [Updated 2017!]

When you have a product to sell online, designing the website can often feel like an afterthought. You might think that how the website looks doesn’t really matter, so long as users can add the product to cart, key in their credit card number, and ship it. And you’d be wrong. When it comes to web … Continue reading Get More Customers: 10 Ways to Increase Sales By Optimizing Your Ecommerce Site [Updated 2017!]

Okabashi Referral Program Case Study

Largest US manufacturer of sandals and flip flops sees boost in sales with ReferralCandy. ReferralCandy is one of the top 10 drivers of referral traffic Referred customers spend 13.2% more on average Founded in 1984, Okabashi is the largest manufacturer of sandals and filp flops in the United States. Named in honor of the Japanese … Continue reading Okabashi Referral Program Case Study

How Rent The Runway Created a Multi-million Dollar Clothing Rental Legacy

Attention all ladies: Ever wanted to go for a party but had trouble figuring out what to wear? Something cool, sexy, and most importantly, never been photographed before? Rent the Runway has you covered. As the name suggests, they allow women to rent designer dresses and accessories, fresh off the runway, for any occasion you … Continue reading How Rent The Runway Created a Multi-million Dollar Clothing Rental Legacy

WordPress SEO: The Definitive Guide for Bloggers

Get More Traffic From Google and Other Search Engines Through WordPress This guide is about WordPress SEO and the reason why this guide exists is because you love the attention of people. I don’t know many people that start a blog with the intention of having nobody read it. Blogging without an audience is nothing … Continue reading WordPress SEO: The Definitive Guide for Bloggers

The Blogging to Make Money Conspiracy: Why So Many Bloggers Fail to Make Money with Their Blogs

How You Continue to Decrease Your Chances of Making Money with Your Blog I’m going to get a little personal in this post. Not about my personal life but I’m going to pretend it’s just you and me sitting in a quiet bar enjoying whatever libations you like. I’ll have a dirty martini with blue … Continue reading The Blogging to Make Money Conspiracy: Why So Many Bloggers Fail to Make Money with Their Blogs

Why Blogging Is Scary as Shit

You're Scared About Blogging and That's Okay I came across this excellent post post by Marlena the other day and it reminded me that I wanted to talk about blogging and why so many people get scared before they hit publish on their first post. Most people that get into blogging have never started their … Continue reading Why Blogging Is Scary as Shit

Pinterest Traffic: How I Got Over 400,000 Pageviews in 60 Days for My Brand New Blog

Use the Pinterest, Love the Pinterest, Marry the Pinterest Generating Pinterest traffic to your blog is one of the best ways to grow it early on. I spent a long time trying to understand exactly how Pinterest works and how to make the most of it. Granted, not every niche can do well on Pinterest, … Continue reading Pinterest Traffic: How I Got Over 400,000 Pageviews in 60 Days for My Brand New Blog

The Ultimate Guide to Shopify SEO in 2018 (With Templates)

You’ve carefully looked at your Google Keyword Planner. You’ve found the best spots on your site to place your keywords. You’ve even changed a few titles to include your carefully selected keywords. You sit back in total satisfaction and wait for the organic traffic to flow in. But the traffic is more like a trickle. … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Shopify SEO in 2018 (With Templates)

Once Upon a Time… – 12 Examples of Narratives Used in Marketing

The last principle from the STEPPS model is Storytelling. Why do we all love to tell and listen to stories? We share stories for several reasons: To gain social currency To share a certain emotion with someone else To pass on useful advice or tips Stories aren’t just interesting; they’re useful vessels for carrying important information. So … Continue reading Once Upon a Time… – 12 Examples of Narratives Used in Marketing

Viral Ad Examples – Why These 6 Ads Went Viral, According to Jonah Berger

When we talk about viral content, what usually comes to mind? What Does The Fox Say? Gangnam Style? Cat videos? These are videos that have been watched and shared millions of times worldwide, and are great examples of viral content. But how exactly did these videos become viral? And how can you create content that … Continue reading Viral Ad Examples – Why These 6 Ads Went Viral, According to Jonah Berger

How to Turn Your Blog Into Your Full-Time Job

Because Writing In Your PJs Is Awesome The 9-5 is killing you. You want more freedom. You want to spend more time with your friends and family. You are tired of your salary having a ceiling that you don’t control. There are a ton of different things that can help with these problems, but I … Continue reading How to Turn Your Blog Into Your Full-Time Job

5 Shopify Hacks to Growth Hack Your Store to Peak Sales

Everything else is done; but that’s not enough for you. You’re looking for an edge, one weird trick that’ll instantly skyrocket sales. You’re looking for Shopify hacks to turn your store into an overnight success. That’s not how reality works, and you won’t find any magic beans here. Our Shopify hacks are more like regular … Continue reading 5 Shopify Hacks to Growth Hack Your Store to Peak Sales

How to Write a Powerful Blog Post That Your Audience Loves

One That People Love, Share, and Devour Your blog isn’t a special star that shines brighter than the others. It’s another blog in a world where 160 million other blogs exist. You need to change that and that can only happen when you learn how to write powerful blog posts. Most of the people that … Continue reading How to Write a Powerful Blog Post That Your Audience Loves

Fashion Referral Program Examples: True&Co

Now, we’re taking a look at True&Co. True&Co is an online lingerie store that uses a special algorithm to figure out a lady’s bra size, and then recommend lingerie that cater to their personal sizes. They even provide a home-fitting service, so that totally eliminates the trip to the dressing room. Here’s what we felt after … Continue reading Fashion Referral Program Examples: True&Co

How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog: A Guide to Reaching More People

Because Writing for an Audience of One Gets Boring So you’ve finally started a blog and are now wondering how to get more blog traffic. I can tell you right now the only difference between the bloggers that get to blog for a living versus those that continue to wish they could blog for a … Continue reading How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog: A Guide to Reaching More People

We are made of Stardust

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Nebulae, among the most beautiful and awe inspiring forms in the universe, are found woven throughout the spiral arms of our galaxy. They are the most active star making regions. These nebulae are giant clouds of gas and dust which gather from the mateones. blown out by dying stars.

You see, the universe wastes nothing. Stars die and many more are born from it. Nebulae contain the raw ingredients of both the stars and of us.

The primordial atomic elements of the universe were hydrogen and helium. These light elements are able to make a star, but not us. For life like ours to be possible, additional heavier elements such as carbon, oxygen and nitrogen are required. These elements were forged inside the nuclear furnaces of the first generation of stars, where the temperature was sufficient to cause smaller elements to fuse into larger ones.

When these first generation stars…

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The Biggest Holiday eCommerce Sales Ever: Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Single’s Day

The ecommerce holiday shopping season is here! This year is set to be the biggest ever for Amazon’s Black Friday sales, as well as Alibaba’s Single’s Day sales. You might be wondering why the Christmas decorations and holiday sales banner ads keep going up earlier every year. There’s a reason for this. Across America, Europe … Continue reading The Biggest Holiday eCommerce Sales Ever: Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Single’s Day

9 Reasons Why Your Blog Makes No Money

It's Not Because of Your Bad Breath If you’re reading this and have started a blog or want to start a blog then you are doing it for more than just a hobby. You want to make some money with your blog. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We all need money to live … Continue reading 9 Reasons Why Your Blog Makes No Money

9 Things You Need to Know to Become a Full-Time Blogger

Because This Thing Isn't Going to Be Handed to You on a Platter It’s really hard to think of a better at-home job than blogging. You get to work anywhere in the world. You get to meet a lot of great people. Most importantly you have the opportunity to help people who are looking to … Continue reading 9 Things You Need to Know to Become a Full-Time Blogger

19 Things You Need To Do To Every Blog Post Before, During, & After You Hit Publish

The Checklist You've Always Been Missing It’s easy to think that the only thing you need to do is write some blog posts. Sit down. Write some words. Press Publish. Rinse and repeat. You can definitely tackle blogging that way but it won’t get you very far. Super bloggers (I just made that up) understand … Continue reading 19 Things You Need To Do To Every Blog Post Before, During, & After You Hit Publish

How to Make Money Blogging: A Beginner’s Guide to Working at Home

How to Make Money With a Blog and Live a Happy Life So you’re wondering how to make money blogging. That’s awesome. Before we dive into this mega guide I want to give you some background on why I believe I’m a good person to write a guide like this. My First Blog I started … Continue reading How to Make Money Blogging: A Beginner’s Guide to Working at Home

How to get 17,000 Pageviews in One Week Using Pinterest

Find the Right Audience and Give Them What They Want   Nobody wants to write a blog just so they can read their own writing. They want an audience and to get an audience you need traffic. While there are a lot of different ways to generate traffic to your blog, the one that I … Continue reading How to get 17,000 Pageviews in One Week Using Pinterest

15 Non-Obvious Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging That Every Blogger Should Follow

Things You Should and Shouldn't Be Doing with Your Blog It can be a way to introduce new people to your products and services. It can be a way to continue to build strong relationships with your audience. It can be a great outlet for sharing your knowledge. When it comes to blogging, we are … Continue reading 15 Non-Obvious Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging That Every Blogger Should Follow

Why Blogging Is a Complete Waste of Your Time – You Might Be Better Off Doing Something Else

Many of you that read this will be the people that are wasting their time blogging. Some blogs make money. Some blogs get good traffic. Most don’t however and these end up being the people in Facebook Groups talking about how they’ve spent 6 months blogging but can only get 20 people to their site … Continue reading Why Blogging Is a Complete Waste of Your Time – You Might Be Better Off Doing Something Else

33 Tips to Help You Crush It on Pinterest and Get Massive Traffic to Your Blog

Conquer the Best Free Marketing Platform for Your Site Pinterest helps you skip over the boredom of having to wait for Google to bring you traffic. Instead, you can get an instant burst of traffic right away from Pinterest if you do things right. When we work with clients on their Pinterest profiles we often … Continue reading 33 Tips to Help You Crush It on Pinterest and Get Massive Traffic to Your Blog

Blogging Bullsh*t: Why Do Bloggers Keep Lying About Money?

Is the Game Hard or Do You Just Not Know the Rules? This is one of those posts that people in the blogging scene think about writing after they’ve had a couple of drinks but never get around to it. Lucky for you, I have a nice drink here on my desk so I figured … Continue reading Blogging Bullsh*t: Why Do Bloggers Keep Lying About Money?

Screw Your Income Reports – The Dangers of Income Reports on New Bloggers

I used to really love income reports. I remember when I read Pat Flynn’s first income report a thousand years ago. It really opened my eyes up to the potential that blogging had. I had seen larger media outlets do well with blogging, but for me blogging was always a four-figure a month thing which … Continue reading Screw Your Income Reports – The Dangers of Income Reports on New Bloggers

Do Referral Programs Bring You Better Customers? (Wharton + Goethe German Banks Study)

Are referred customers more valuable than non-referred customers? This is the question that researchers from Goethe University Frankfurt and University of Pennsylvania set out to answer in their paper “Referral Programs and Customer Value” (pdf here). The researchers tracked 5,000 customers that a leading German bank acquired through its referral program. Reward: A 25 Euro … Continue reading Do Referral Programs Bring You Better Customers? (Wharton + Goethe German Banks Study)

5 Ways to Maintain or Grow Revenue Even During a Recession

Are you sick of hearing about the recession? Do you wish you could beat the odds and grow your revenue while others struggle to stay in business? Good news — you can! It’s an “adapt or die” market, but if you adapt you can still thrive. Here are five things you can do to increase … Continue reading 5 Ways to Maintain or Grow Revenue Even During a Recession

Why Blogging Is Perfect for “Stupid” People

You probably clicked to read this post due to the insane title and because you believe that you aren’t stupid. I have bad news for you. Blogging makes everyone stupid and that’s why it is such a great business for people. When most people hear about how others start a business and make it successful … Continue reading Why Blogging Is Perfect for “Stupid” People

Stop Wasting Time Guessing What Niche You Should Join

Here is the general advice you usually get with blog niches: Follow your passion. Or… Find a niche that you truly love and you’ll find yourself in a great position. Funny how all of us how to make money bloggers always advise you to go find a niche you are passionate about instead of just … Continue reading Stop Wasting Time Guessing What Niche You Should Join

Social is Just the Beginning

You know how you keep hearing that social media is the future of marketing? And how social networks are changing the way people behave? There’s clearly something going on here, but it’s only the beginning. Marketing is all about figuring out what influences purchasing decisions. And being able to tell who a person knows and talks to is … Continue reading Social is Just the Beginning

WalmartLabs: A Glimpse Into The Future Of Ecommerce

Earlier this year, retail megastore Walmart bought Kosmix, a Silicon Valley based startup that’s been powering technologies like TweetBeat and RightHealth. The company has since been renamed @WalmartLabs. In case you’ve never heard of Kosmix, they specialize in semantic analysis of the web. One of the founders, sums up what they did in a blog post … Continue reading WalmartLabs: A Glimpse Into The Future Of Ecommerce

6 Evergreen Strategies To Drive Traffic To Your Shopify Store

Launching a new e-commerce business on Shopify is an exciting accomplishment. Even with quality products, however, your sales may fall flat. If that’s the case, then you might want to take a look at your organic traffic. It may very well be that your website traffic is low. After all, the fewer visitors that you … Continue reading 6 Evergreen Strategies To Drive Traffic To Your Shopify Store