Monthly Archives: November 2015

Content Cash: Make Easy Money With Content

Getting Paid For ContentYou’ve likely heard of Alice Seba’s Content Cash Flow program by now. If not, I’ll give you the details. But what I really want to share with you in this post is the HOW TO – or some real examples of how you can make easy money with content. :)

My coupon code and bonus (10 Ready-to-Sell PLR Products) are still valid. You have to use my link to get the bonus, and use coupon code ccf25off for a substantial discount on the step-by-step training & checklists.

Now let’s dig in to some creative ideas and live examples…

The whole premise behind the Content Cash Flow program is how to turn Private Label Rights (PLR) content into fast cash. There are three sides to this: 1) cashing in on all the resale rights content you probably already have on your hard drive, 2) selling your own content with private label rights, and 3) paying writers once to create content you can sell – over and over.

You can find writers “on the cheap” all over the web! Fiverr is just one source. But you likely already have tons of content you can use for “quick cash” – this week!

Earlier this week I bought the 6 Instant Profit Stream Products super cheap. It’s on a limited time dime sale, and includes six already-created products you can sell – complete with sales pages.

You can also piece these products up however you please. As a list builder for example. Just use one part to entice visitors to opt-in, use other pieces to create a HOT email followup series, use one of the related products as an OTO or upsell, etc etc yada yada. They also make GREAT bonuses to your own products, or products you promote as an affiliate.

Anyway…

Make Easy Money With Your Own Content

I got really inspired by Alice Seba’s Video & Talk on how to “generate a burst of extra cash when you need it or even create a reliable steady full time income” using content you’ve already created. That’s where the wheels really started turning!

I immediately thought of all the articles I published on EzineArticles.com years ago, and the tons of unfinished pieces of content/reports/etc on my hard drive. I also have some great content I wrote as webinar talking points over the years, talking points for podcast & radio interviews, and of course TONS of archived blog content. I even have content from “old blogs” I don’t use anymore!

But then I thought of a BRILLIANT $$ idea…

As I was looking through the variety of content I’ve written (and it’s A LOT!) I realized I have tons of social media articles on my blog and other places around the web. That’s just one single topic out of the mountains of content, but it stood out to me.

I could package those up as a topical “PLR Pack” of social media articles, and include the affiliate signup for my Social Marketing Results course for an easy way to monetize those articles. :) Or I could repurpose them into a checklist & short report to sell or build a list, and use some of the other content to create an awesome email followup series. I would simply repurpose the content and create a package (or two, or three) and offer Private Label Rights to it. That would be a GREAT product to sell!

So not only would I make money selling the Private Label Rights to the content, but it would also recruit affiliates for my Social Marketing Results course & make more product sales. :) Sweet, right? Yes!

That’s just ONE example, but it’s a great idea if you have a product of your own and if you’re looking to recruit more affiliates and make more sales.

Here’s another idea that occurred to me while I was listening in to CCF:

I have interests & experience that have nothing to do with the two blogs I write. If you follow me on Facebook you already know I foster/rescue/love Great Danes for example – and that I shop online A LOT (lol). That’s just two examples, but those are two topics I have a lot to say about – obviously. 😛

In the past I have written guest posts / reviews for fashion blogs based on the cool shoes I’ve purchased online. That doesn’t really benefit me in any way since it doesn’t reach MY target market, but I mostly just do it for fun – or to help out a fellow blogger I like. I’ve been asked to write for “dog blogs” too, based on my experience and passion for rescues. Again, even a link on those blogs wouldn’t really benefit me.

But now I have an outlet for those “passion topics”. A profitable outlet! :) All those conversations on Facebook? I can pull them all together, flesh them out into “articles”, and sell them as content with private label rights!

$ BINGO $ – Smart! Brilliant really. Consider all the topics YOU could write about, or that you talk about anyway. Maybe you have things you share on Facebook that aren’t related to your blog or business, or participate in groups & forums and you’re constantly answering questions or participating in discussions there. There are bloggers in those niches that would definitely pay you for your content & reviews!!

That just gave me another idea…

I was saving up all of my Amazon receipts with good intentions to go in and write reviews on everything I’ve purchased this year. I’ve placed 124 orders on Amazon this year alone. You can log in to your Amazon account and go back for YEARS and see all the products you’ve ordered.

It’s nice to go back and leave reviews there. And do that! But then copy that review, flesh it out more, and put those reviews together for an “Amazon Product Reviews” content pack with private label rights! You could group your reviews by topic or category (home decor, electronics, pet supplies, etc) to sell to niche bloggers.

How/Where Would You Sell Your Content?

Even if you just package up content to sell with Private Label Rights as a standalone product – for a quick buck – you’re probably wondering how and where you would sell it. Especially if you don’t have a “marketing list” or an audience of people looking to buy content. No problem!

There are places like the Warrior Forum that you can sell PLR packs to people who want & need niche content. You can also set it up on a platform like JVZoo or ClickBank so that you have an affiliate program – then simply let people with PLR lists promote it for you as an affiliate! That would be the fast & easy route, since they already have the market and list for niche content sales.

See? It’s not complicated at all. The options are truly endless. It’s all about getting creative, and considering how to best cash in on your content…

Do you need the Content Cash Flow training program?

I’ll share some things with you to help you make your decision – if you haven’t already. It’s $179, but with the “ccf25off” coupon code it’s only $134.25 – which is a great deal.

You can check it out here.

Listening in to the training, and going over the PDF version and the checklists & downloads is how I came up with my profitable ideas above. That alone is worth $134 ALL DAY LONG. Consider how much money I could earn on the ONE idea, in immediate content sales and then in product sales. Right – great investment. :)

The more I go over the training, the more ideas I get – which means the more money I could churn out of it!

It’s not just “training” though…

In addition to all of the “how to”, which is behind-the-scenes training from Alice Seba’s YEARS of experience selling content, you also get:

  • 20 Ready-Made PLR Products to Sell
  • Alice will promote your content to her PLR Customer Lists!
  • Product Release/Launch Checklist
  • Shadow Alice Seba for An Entire Month and Get Full Access to Her Planning, Creating and Marketing Diary
  • Detailed training in both Video & PDF format
  • Email Promotion Templates
  • Promotion Calendar, Content Creation Templates
  • PLR Product Sales Page Template

… and tons more. Click Here to see everything that’s included.

Remember to use the coupon code: ccf25off

You get 10 ready-to-sell products from Alice as a bonus, and 10 more on your JVZoo download page when you use my link!

The bonus that Alice will promote your unique PLR content package to HER customer list of niche content buyers is HUGE. Consider my example above. It’s a unique PLR product I’ll create myself, out of my own content, and she’s agreed to review & promote it for me – as a Content Cash Flow member. Nice!

That’s a BIG incentive for me to put that content together, lol…

She also has a list of affiliates, and said that if your offer converts well to her list, she’ll recommend her affiliates sign up to promote for you as well. (Did you just hear “$$$$” in your head?! You should!!)

So YES, this is an amazingly awesome investment because you simply cannot get that kind of exposure anywhere else – or as easily. Seriously.

Here’s the link: Content Cash Flow

Here’s the coupon code: ccf25off

Mark your calendar for the Live Q&A on Tuesday. If you’ve already signed up for Content Cash Flow, I hope some of my ideas here proved useful for you.

I encourage you to not just learn from all the great training she’s offering, but to USE it – implement it – and make some serious cash!!

I’m going to get to work on my social media PLR content product, and my Niche Amazon Reviews packages. Those were brilliant ideas, if I do say so myself (lol).

You can sit back and watch me make all the money, or you can follow my lead and use this awesome resource to cash in on your own content WITH me.

I’m not sharing these ideas with you just for fun. I want you to get out there and make some great money!! :) *cheers*

Best,

p.s. You have to sign up this weekend to get to shadow Alice Seba for a full month while she runs her own PLR business, and to get on the live call this Tuesday.

Use this link to get my bonus + use the ccf25off coupon code!

p.p.s. Did you know you can sell private label rights to your photos too? Yes! That just one more way you can easily make some quick cash. That makes “Easy Idea #4” you can use immediately. Just grab the tools & training and get started!

Disclosure: I use affiliate links. That’s what I do. :)

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How to Show User Registration Date in WordPress

Do you want to show the user registration date in WordPress? Often popular membership sites and forums display the user registration date on profile as “member since 2015”. In this article, we will cover how to show user registration date in WordPress.

Showing a the date of a user's registration in WordPress

Where and How You Want to Show User Registration Date?

Some of you may just want to display a user’s registration date in the admin columns of the Users page. This will give you a quick overview of when a user joined your website and allow you to sort by registration date.

Another usage scenario is to display a user’s registration date on the ‘Edit Profile’ page. This will allow any administrator and the user themselves to see when they joined your website.

Last but probably the most popular usage scenario is when you want to display the user registration date on their public profile on the front-end of your website.

Let’s take a look at how you can do all of them.

Adding Registered Date Column on Users Page in Admin Area

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Admin Columns plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Admin Columns to configure the plugin.

Add registered column in users table

Under the admin columns tab, click on users and then click on add column button.

Next select ‘Registered” in the Type drop down menu and click on store updates button.

You can now visit the users screen where you will see a new column labeled ‘Registered’ showing the date when a user registered on your WordPress site.

Users table with registration date column

See what other things you can do to add and customize admin columns in WordPress.

Showing Registration Date Field in User Profile

For showing registration date on the edit profile page, you will need to upload a custom plugin to your website.

Simply create a new file on your computer using a text editor like Notepad and save it as membersince.php on your desktop.

Next open the file and paste the following code inside it.

 <?php /* Plugin Name: Member Since Plugin URI: http://www.wpbeginner.com Description: Adds registration date on edit user profile screen. Version: 1.0 Author: WPBeginner */ namespace ShowMemberSince; add_action( 'plugins_loaded', 'ShowMemberSince\init' ); /** * Adding needed action hooks */ function init(){ foreach( array( 'show_user_profile', 'edit_user_profile' ) as $hook ) add_action( $hook, 'ShowMemberSince\add_custom_user_profile_fields', 10, 1 ); } /** * Output table * @param object $user User object */ function add_custom_user_profile_fields( $user ){ $table = '<h3>%1$s</h3> <table class="form-table"> <tr> <th> %1$s </th> <td> <p>Member since: %2$s</p> </td> </tr> </table>'; $udata = get_userdata( $user-ID ); $registered = $udata->user_registered; printf( $table, 'Registered', date( "M Y", strtotime( $registered ) ) ); } ?> 

Save your file and then upload it to your WordPress site.

Finally you can connect to your WordPress site using a FTP client and then go to /wp-content/plugins/ folder. Select the membersince.php file from your computer and then upload it.

Now you can go to your WordPress plugins page and activate this plugin on your website.

That’s all. Verify everything is working by editing a user profile on in your WordPress admin area, and you will see the user registration date.

Showing member registration date in WordPress user profile

Showing User Registration Date on Your Website

In this method, we will be using a simple shortcode to display any users registration date on the front-end of your WordPress site.

First you will need to add the following code in your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.

 function wpb_user_registration_date($atts, $content = null ) { $userlogin = shortcode_atts( array( 'user' => FALSE, ), $atts ); $uname = $userlogin['user']; if ($uname!== FALSE) { $user = get_user_by( 'login', $uname ); if ($user == false) { $message ='Sorry no such user found.'; } else { $udata = get_userdata( $user-ID ); $registered = $udata->user_registered; $message = 'Member since: ' . date( "d F Y", strtotime( $registered ) ); } } else { $message = 'Please provide a username.'; } return $message; } add_shortcode('membersince', 'wpb_user_registration_date'); 

Next, you can display a user’s registration date by simply using the shortcode like this:

[membersince user=peter]

Replace peter with the username that you want to show.

We hope this article helped you show registration date in WordPress user profiles. You may also want to see our tutorial on how to add additional user profile fields in WordPress registration.

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How to Spread The Holiday Spirit with Xmas Widget in WordPress

Do you want to show personalized holiday greetings on your website? One of our users recently asked if there was a way to add a Christmas card in WordPress? We did some research and found an easy solution. In this article, we will show you how to spread the holiday spirit with Xmas Widget in WordPress.

Christmas widget plugin for WordPress

What is Xmas Widget for WordPress?

Xmas Widget is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to display beautiful holiday greetings on your website. It is fully customizable, and you can add your own greetings, background images, and control animations like snow fall and snow accumulation.

While the name says Xmas Widget, you can display it anywhere on your WordPress site including posts and pages. It is fully responsive, and you can also manually adjust its width if you want to.

Most importantly, it works with all themes and plugins.

Xmas Widget can be used to just simply greet the users, or you can use it to greet and tell users about special offers on your website.

Preview of a christmas greeting

Setting up Xmas Widget in WordPress

First you will need to purchase the Xmas Widget plugin. Prices start from $14.99 with one year of support and updates.

WPBeginner users can get an exclusive 34% OFF by using the coupon code wpbeginner60.

Note: we don’t get any commission if you buy this plugin. We liked the plugin and asked the author to give our users a discount instead.

After you purchase the plugin, you will need to install and activate the Xmas Widget plugin. Upon activation you need to visit Appearance » Widgets page to setup the plugin.

You will notice that the plugin has added a new sidebar called ‘Xmas Widget Hidden Sidebar’, and a new widget labeled Xmas Widget. Simply add Xmas Widget to the sidebar where you want to display holiday greetings.

Widgets page after installing Xmas Widget

You will be asked to provide your plugin license key. After verification, you will be able to see widget options.

Xmas Widget settings

First you need to provide a title for your widget. After that you need to enter your greeting message in the content area. You can use HTML in the content area to add links or format text.

Xmas Widget comes with 15 built-in backgrounds that you can choose from. You can also use your own background colors if you want. There are five choices for text fonts and unlimited colors.

You can also add an icon and adjust its position and appearance. Lastly, you can enable Snow build up and Snow animation option. These options would show snow fall animation on your Xmas widget.

Don’t forget to click on the save button to store your widget settings. You can now visit your website to see the Xmas Widget in action.

Preview of Xmas Widget

Add Xmas Widget in WordPress Posts or Pages

As we mentioned earlier, you can add Xmas widget to your WordPress posts and pages as well. Here is how you can do that.

Simply go to Appearance » Widgets page. Add Xmas Widget to ‘Xmas Widget Hidden Sidebar’.

Now you need to setup the widget options like you did earlier and save your widget settings. At the end of the widget, you will find a shortcode like this:

[xmas id=”3″ width=”250px”]

Copy and paste this shortcode to any WordPress page or post. You can even adjust the width of the greeting message to meet your needs.

Xmas Widget in a WordPress post

That’s all, we hope this article helped you spread the holiday spirit with Xmas Widget on your WordPress site. You may also want to see our guide on how add points system in WordPress to ignite user engagement.

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Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2015 WordPress Deals – Big Savings

It’s that time of the year again, where we share the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on your favorite WordPress products. This is the best time to buy WordPress plugins, themes, and hosting because all providers usually offer their best deal of the year. To help you locate those deals, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for 2015.

Black Friday Deals for WordPress

These offers are for LIMITED TIME only. We’ve indicated the expiration date next to each offer.

Also make sure you bookmark this page because we will be updating it throughout the week as we find new deals.

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There are tons of other case studies like Yoast doubling his signups and adding 10,000 subscribers in a month and more.

OptinMonster allows you to create beautiful popups, slide-in forms, floating bars, full screen welcome gates, and several other high-converting optin forms. It comes with great features like built-in analytics, A/B testing, exit-intent, smart user and page targeting, and much more.

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That’s all for now. We will be adding more deals and updating this page throughout the week. Aside from these, we also have tons of other deals and discounts for WPBeginner readers.

Hopefully, you can take advantage of some of these limited time deals. Have a happy thanksgiving.

P.S. If you’re a WordPress company offering discount or know of one that is having a deal, then please let us know, so we can update this article.

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How to Auto-Schedule Your WordPress Blog Posts

By default WordPress allows you to schedule your posts to be published later. But we’ve often seen people forgetting to schedule their posts. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a to automatically schedule WordPress posts? In this article, we will show you how to auto-schedule social sharing for your WordPress posts.

Auto-scheduling WordPress posts

Why Auto-Schedule WordPress Posts?

Most bloggers schedule posts to be published at a fixed time. However, sometimes you may forget to schedule them.

One way to deal with this situation is to use an editorial calendar that shows you when you have posts scheduled to be published.

We use Edit Flow on our websites to manage our editorial workflow.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could just setup an automatic system that can schedule blog posts for you? Think of a feature like Buffer or HootSuite auto-schedule for your social media.

Publish to schedule is a WordPress plugin that can automatically schedule your posts.

Let’s see how you can set it up and configure it.

Setting up Publish to Schedule

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Publish to Schedule plugin. Upon activation, simply go to Settings » Publish to Schedule to configure plugin settings.

Choose days and number of posts to publish

First you need to choose the number of posts to publish on each day. Enter 0 for the days when you don’t want to publish any posts.

After that you need to choose the time interval. By default this schedule is set to 24 hours, but you can change it based on your needs.

The plugin will automatically do the scheduling. You can see when your post will be scheduled to appear, or you can choose not to see it. Select all information or just do the magic under the information section.

Choose how much information you want to see next to publish button

Don’t forget to click on the save all changes button to store your settings.

Writing Posts with Publish to Schedule Plugin

Create a new WordPress post or edit an existing draft. You will notice some changes under the publish metabox.

Publish meta box with Publish to Post plugin

The most obvious different is the replacement of publish button with Pub. to Schedule button.

If you selected to show information in the plugin settings, then you will see when your post will be scheduled as you press the publish to schedule button.

Remember, you can always override this schedule by defining your own schedule like you would normally do.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you auto-schedule your WordPress blog posts. You may also want to see our tips on mastering the WordPress visual editor.

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3rd Party Facebook Publishing Tools Aren’t Penalized: Debunking An Age Old Social Media Myth

If you search for information on how Facebook’s Newsfeed algorithm treats posts from 3rd party publishing apps, you’ll find plenty of content suggesting that reach and engagement will be lower through 3rd party posting.

As a subject very close to our hearts here at Buffer, we wanted to dive in and share our own thoughts and experiences in this area.

The TL;DR version, is that posts from 3rd tools are not penalized and will perform just as well as posts shared natively to Facebook.

If you’d like to dig a little deeper, I’d love to share our research and reasoning with you here.

Let’s go!

Facebook study

3 key reasons why Facebook 3rd party tools aren’t penalized

1. Our own (anecdotal) 3rd party posting test

As the idea for this post arose, we decided to run a quick experiment of our own to see whether posting from a 3rd party app (Buffer) or posting natively would have any affect of the reach and engagement our posts received on Facebook.

(Granted, a two-week study of one page doesn’t prove anything concretely and simply provides some anecdotal evidence).

Posting natively to Facebook

From November 15th-21st we scheduled every post natively through Facebook’s own scheduling tool.

The average post in this week reached 1,357 people (3.2% of our audience). And an average of 66 engagements (Post clicks, Likes, Comments & Shares).

Here’s the data from Facebook Insights:

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Posting using Buffer

The average post in this week reached 1,595 people (3.8% of our audience). And an average of 70 engagements (Post clicks, Likes, Comments & Shares).

Here’s the data from Facebook Insights*:

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*During this week we launched Buffer’s Social Media Calendar — due to the high engagement we see with a new launch (and paid boost) we excluded this post for the dataset used.

What this tells us

From this experiment it seems that posting using a 3rd party or natively won’t affect your reach or engagement on Facebook.

The week we posted with Buffer was a little higher on average but there could be a multitude of reasons at play here.

2. Facebook’s official statement (3rd party posts are not penalized)

A lot of the stigma around this subject probably comes form the fact that 3rd party posts used to be penalized on Facebook.

However, this is no longer the case. Back in 2011, Facebook’s Matt Trainer explained:

“…we recently made a fix that added more signals to detect good quality posting behavior. This should improve the situation with the distribution of posts coming from third-party apps in the News Feed.”

Facebook have also removed attribution from 3rd party posts, so a Facebook user now cannot tell whether a post has been shared natively or via a 3rd party.

At the time of announcing this Facebook again stated that it does not penalize Pages that make posts from 3rd party publishing tools, but said it was unclear whether mention of where a post is coming from had an effect on how users responded to it.

With the post attribution removed a few years back, it now feels clear that Facebook indeed do not penalize brands who post through 3rd party tools.

3. Most of the data on this subject is misread (and what to focus on instead)

Most studies we’ve read on this subject take a set of brands and measure performance of posts made by Pages that used a specific 3rd party tool, to the performance of posts made by those same Pages that did not use a 3rd party tool.

That’s a very rational approach, but some of the things these studies don’t account for is the types of brands using each 3rd party app:

For example, comparing data from a brand that uses an enterprise level piece of software like Adobe Social or Spredfast vs a brand who use PostPlanner or Hootsuite feels a little skewed to us.

Let me explain a little here…

What should we focus on with these studies?

Some 3rd party posting tools are deemed to get more reach than others, but really it could be any number of factors that mean brands using Buffer or Hootsuite or Adobe social, get more reach than other tools.

For example, many of the enterprise level brands that use products like Adobe Social will have large, highly engaged audiences — as well as strategic and creative teams behind their social content.

This means they’re likely to receive higher engagement than your average Facebook Page, whether they post natively, through Adobe Social, PostPlanner, Hootsuite or any other 3rd party tool.

In order for these studies to get more accurate findings from their results, we feel it’d be better to measure the same brands and way of posting across various tools (e.g. one brand using Buffer, Adobe Social, Hootsuite, etc).

Though our gut feeling is that this approach wouldn’t show any significant variations in reach or engagement no matter which tool is used to post.

Facebook knows what we like

We have that gut feeling because Facebook’s timeline prioritizes content from the pages and people we regularly engage with.

For example, I ‘Like’ The Next Web’s Page on Facebook. And because I regularly engage with their content, Facebook deems that I have an affinity with that page and ensures I see more content from them.

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So whether a post is sent from a 3rd party or natively it’s still likely to show up in the timelines of more Facebook users as more people regularly engage with their brand and like to see their content (this helps to explain why we saw very little difference in our brief native posts vs Buffered posts experiment).

By penalizing 3rd party posts, Facebook would essentially make their timeline less engaging for their users.

Bonus: pay close attention to the content

Any drops in engagement or reach seen via 3rd party posting, could also be attributed to the type of content shared.

As Buzzsumo, who studied over 500 million Facebook posts, cautioned, is the same care put into the posts shared natively versus those shared through third party tools? It could be that 3rd party posting may simply cause users to create less engaging, and timely posts. Thus resulting in less engagement.

If you’re using a 3rd party tool – or even Facebook’s own scheduling feature – try to be mindful of your audience and ensure the content doesn’t come across as ‘automated’.

If you’re sharing a timely post about something real-time, it’s not a good bet to schedule it 12 hours later when the story is old.

Over to you

Over 2 million people use Buffer (including 2,500+ large businesses and agencies) and no customer has shown us data alluding to less reach or engagement on Facebook due to 3rd party posting.

Have you ever noticed a difference in reach or engagement for your posts shared via Buffer (or any other 3rd party tool) vs posting natively?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and the data used in studies below. Excited to jump in and join you in the comments.

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