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How to Transfer a Domain from IX Hosting to GoDaddy?

April 9th, 2013 · Blogging Tips, WordPress Tips

Two years ago I signed up to IX Hosting just to try out their Expert Plan and I got a free domain. Time flies! Now it is almost time to decide whether stay with them or not. Their CPanel is different than others. Since I already have most of my domains with GoDaddy and hosted with Hostgator, I will transfer my domain I’ve got free with IX Hosting. Although I am a happy customer with both of IX Hosting and Hostgator, honestly I do like Hostgator better. It is so easy for me to moving things around and do what I need to do. Now Godaddy let me transfer my domain from only $0.99 & Free 1-yr extension. The following steps describe how I transfer my free domain fro IX Hosting to GoDaddy:

On IX Hosting site:

  • I  logged in IX hosting account. From there I clicked on Manage My Domain Reg(s). See below: An Image of Manage My Domain
  • It led me to a new page. I then click to unlock my domain (it is needed for transfer). See below: An Image of Unlock Domain
  • On the same page, I clicked on Settings under Actions, see below: An Image of Actions Settings
  • An extended page open, I then clicked on Domain Overview. See below: An Image of Domain Overview
  • It led me to a page that allows me to get an authorization code (it is needed for domain transfer) by click on a button Send Auth Code. See below:  An Image of Send Autorization Code
  • Now check your email to make sure you get the authorization code.

Next on GoDaddy website.

  • First I logged in Godaddy site, and click on Find Your Domain. See below: An Image of Find Your Domain
  • Next clicked on Transfer Domain link. See below: An Image of Transfer Domains
  • Then typed the domain to be transfer in the text field and click GO. See below: An Image of Type Domain Name
  • It led me to the next screen. See below: An Image of Domain Transfer
  • I clicked on Proceed to Checkout. It led me to a couple of offers. See below: An Image of Offers
  • I just skipped all the offers and clicked on Continue button a couple times.
  • Now I just paid my $0.99 plus ICNN fee $0.18 with GoDaddy code CM99COM
  • After that GoDaddy showed we’ve sent emails to xxxxxx@gmail.com with important information about your new purchases.
  • Login to GoDaddy, click My Account.
  • In the My Account section under Domain Related, select Domain Transfers.
  • Select the transfers to restart, and then click Restart Transfer to proceed.
  • Clicked Launch, it led to the next screen.
  • Clicked Restart Transfer, then it popuped and said “To restart your domain transfer request, click OK.”
  • Then GoDaddy would show this: When we’re done, we’ll send your Transfer IDs to your admin email address. Be sure to check your spam folders. This usually takes less than 5 minutes. However, this can take up to 30 minutes to reach your inbox. These time frames are estimates and not guaranteed.
  • Next click Authorize Transfer button, a popup window showed up. See below: An Image of Authorize Transfer
  • Filled in Transaction ID and Security Code (you should get them from your admin email that GoDaddy had sent to you), and clicked Next
  • A new popup showed up. See below: Another Image of Authorize transfer
  • Next entered Authorization Code that you got earlier from IX hosting, ticked next to “I authorize the transfer of all domains in this list not on hold”, and clicked Next.
  • Next the popup screen showed up: An Image of Final Note
  • Then clicked OK.

In about a week GoDaddy will send an email to you saying your domain transferred successfully.

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How to Add a Top Sidebar to a Cutline Theme?

January 27th, 2013 · Blogging Tips, How to, WordPress, WordPress Themes, WordPress Tips

This site is using Cutline-1.4-3ColumnRight. I have already made many customizations to this theme. As you may already notice, I’ve added a top sidebar to my existing sidebars. The following steps describe how I’ve accomplished this task.

  • First I opened functions.php with my Dreamweaver editor (if you don’t have Dreamweaver editor, using others), then I found this line
    register_sidebars(2)

    I changed the above code to be the following code, see the differences in red:

    register_sidebars(3)
  • Second I opened sidebar.php with Dreamweaver and saved this file as t_sidebar.php (it doesn’t matter whatever name it was saved). Then I found these lines
    <div id="sidebar">
    <ul class="sidebar_list">
    <?php if (!function_exists('dynamic_sidebar') || !dynamic_sidebar(1)) : ?>

    I changed the above code to be the following code, see the differences in red:

    <div id="t_sidebar">
    <ul class="t_sidebar_list">
    <?php if (!function_exists('dynamic_sidebar') || !dynamic_sidebar(3)) : ?>
  • Third I opened index.php, page.php, single.php, search.php, archive.php, archives.php files and scroll each file all the way down to find these lines
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/sidebar.php'); ?>
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/r_sidebar.php'); ?>

    I then added the third line to the above code, see the red line below:

    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/sidebar.php'); ?>
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/r_sidebar.php'); ?>
    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/t_sidebar.php'); ?>

    I then saved all these files.

  • Finally I opened this file style.css and styled the t_sidebar the way I liked.

Check it out at the top right corner! What do you think? Would you like to add a top sidebar to your Cutline theme blog? Tell us why or why not in our comment section.

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How to Make a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog Dofollow?

August 22nd, 2011 · WordPress, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Tips

How to make a self-hosted WordPress blog dofollow? There are many articles out there on the Internet talking about it. Basically a dofollow blog is a blog that will give you link juice when you comment on it. Search engines will follow your link back to your blog. Each link will be counted as a vote. The more votes you have the better.

The following plugins can help you enable dofollow attribute. Some of them allow you to manually turn it on or off. If this is what you want to do, then check them out through this link: DoFollow Plugins

For me, I prefer to make my self-hosted WordPress blog dofollow without a plugin because too many plugins will slow down my blog. Speed matters nowadays. If you like to change nofollow attribute to be dofollow attribute without a plugin, then these steps will help:

  • Sign in your hosting cPanel or use FTP as I do
  • Access this file through File Manager in cPanel
  • It should lead you to public_html/
  • Then locate this file as /wp-includes/comment-template.php
  • Before you make any changes to comment-template.php, save a backup of it first
  • Next hold Ctrl and hit F at the same time to bring up a search bar.
  • Copy and paste the following code in the search box to find it:
    $return = "<a href='$url' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>$author</a>";

    Change the above code to be the follow code:

    $return = "<a href='$url' rel='external' class='url'>$author</a>";

    You can see the differences in red.

  • Last make sure you save your file

That is it. If you want to know whether it works or not, Checking Whether A Blog is Dofollow or Nofollow can help. Or you can use a tool called SEO Toolbar to find out instantly.

Would you like to change your nofollow blog to be dofollow blog? Tell us why or why not in our comment section.

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How to Monetize Your Web Content?

March 10th, 2011 · How to, Make Money Online

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions for webmasters has to be: How do I monetize my web pages? How do I earn revenue from my online content?

As a full time online marketer and webmaster, this is a question I have considered many times and found my own answers through many years of trial and error. Of course, I have taken the passive route in my quest for that online income. This means instead of producing my own products, I market and promote affiliate goods and services. I do no direct selling on any of my websites. I collect no money and I don’t even have a payment program or system in place.

All my income and commissions come from referring traffic or clients to the affiliate companies which I promote. Totally passive.These companies do all the selling, delivery of products, customer support, everything… I just get a small percentage for having referred that customer or client. This passive method has worked extremely well for me but keep in mind, selling your products and services will be much more lucrative since you will receive the majority of the income instead of just a small commission or referral fee.

However, if you’re like me and want a more “hands-off,” passive income from your web content, here are some of the things I have learned over the years. You might find some of these tips helpful in your monetization. I have placed these tips in the form of a “q and a” format…

1. Should I use Google Adsense?

While placing Google Adsense ads on your site or blog is very easy, the rates are extremely low. You can make 10 to 100 times more by using affiliate links instead of these ads. For example, for one Adsense clíck you could get anywhere from a few cents to several dollars, whereas with an affiliate program you can get from $10 to $100+ for a click which turns into a sale. However, Google is one of the most respected and reliable companies on the web. They pay on time and should not be ignored. I have used Adsense for years mainly because you can’t always find affiliate programs for some content and besides, you can place both affiliate links and Google Adsense on your pages.

2. Should I use Amazon?

Another very simple way to monetize your content is to place Amazon products and referral links on your pages. Amazon’s referral rates are slightly better than Google Adsense especially if you have high volume sales, but they are still lower in general. However, I have found users tend to really trust Amazon and purchase from them more frequently and more often so conversion rates are much higher than any other affiliate program I have used. For this reason alone, Amazon should be on your list if you want to earn money from the web. I have been using them for years and find building your links is really easy. So too is building whole “A Stores” on a particular topic or line of products.

3. What is ClickBank and Should I use It?

ClickBank is one of the biggest affiliate networks for downloadable products such as ebooks and software. They pay some of the largest commissions. 40% to 50% or more is very common. Very reliable. I have been using them for years and you should include some ClickBank products on your pages. Please note that ClickBank does deduct a small percentage of your commissions to cover any returns, but it also means you don’t have any dropped commissions – once you make a sale, you will get paíd for it.

4. What are Affiliate Networks?

Affiliate networks, like Commission Junction and LinkShare, are major players in the online affiliate world. These affiliate networks represent thousands of companies which provide products and services that webmasters can promote. They handle all sales transactions and send out your commission checks each month. Most of my affiliate programs are through these affiliate networks with CJ being the top one mainly because they have excellent feedback and tracking.

5. How do I Find a Profitable Affiliate Product or Service?

Regardless of what you’re promoting, you must be very careful to pick quality products that are closely related to your content. These two factors will mainly determine your conversion rates, although product ads and display images do play a small part. If you use a network like Commission Junction, they will indicate which company is making the most sales and will also tell you which ads are getting the highest return with the actual dollar amount (EPC earnings per 100 clicks). I always use this data when picking which companies and products I promote on my sites.

6. Why do I Need to Create Different Income Streams?

The real beauty of running an online business is that you can have many different income sources which pay you each month. You should plan on having at least 10 to 20 income streams. If one should dry up, you will have the others to depend upon. Once you have quality traffic coming to your website, it is just a matter of placing different affiliate links on your pages. I like including at least three or four different companies on a page, this way you can easily create different income streams for the same page. Don’t just rely on one company or product. Have many different affiliate links and companies throughout your site.

7. What Should be Your Main Strategic Objective?

Don’t make this mistake – instead of making one sale and getting paid for it once, pick products and services which give you a recurring or residual income. You do the same promotion and work but get revenue for years to come. I am still earning income on sales I made five years ago. This will significantly improve your bottom line or your return on investment. Products and services which have a monthly billing element are good candidates for residual income… such as web hosting, autoresponder services, telecommunications and so on. Don’t rule out forming partnerships with businesses in the same niche as your website. You might be surprised at the response you get.

Effectively monetizing your web content will largely determine if you succeed or not, so try some of the tips above. Of course, there are many other ways to monetize your traffic such as selling direct ads and links on your pages. The list above is not my full list but does include some of my top-performing programs and should also work for you and your web content.

About The Author
The author is a full time online affiliate marketer who operates numerous niche sites, as well as two sites on Internet Marketing, where you can get valuable marketing tips for free: www.marketingtoolguide.com or try here www.bizwaremagic.com/Free_Marketing_Courses.htm Titus Hoskins.

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Do You Use These WordPress Plug-ins In Your Online Business?

June 10th, 2010 · WordPress Plugins, WordPress SEO

It is no secret that a lot of online marketers are turning into the WordPress platform for business sites of all kinds. The reasons are that it is free and it is very simple to customize and use. People are no longer to be afraid of dealing things such as CSS or HTML in order to make a great site. Moreover you don’t have to bother with buying an expensive theme or template. If there is something specific you want to do, then you can do that with the help of plugins. Choosing the best and most effective plugins for you online business is important. So let us get into it and talk about some excellent plugins for your IM business.

For 301 redirect management, there is a plugin called Oddly Enough. It will also log and track all your accumulated 404 Errors, so that is very cool to have. This plugin will help you with your site functionality without having to worry about pesky 404 errors and etc. It is very easy, just make your setting to execute a 301 redirect to any URL destination should your visitor get a 404 error. Having 404 errors makes you look smacked unprofessional, and that is not a good thing. With this plugin you don’t have to worry about all of these anymore.

If your site use a lot of images, then SEO Friendly Images is for you. On-page SEO for various items, including your text of course, is an important part of the optimization process. Were you aware that you can optimize the images on your site? SEO Friendly Images will speed-up your image SEO by assigning proper image alt tags and the title tags. This handy little plugin will sense if your image tags are not in place, then it will alert you and you can tell it what to use. Great way to save time if you use a lot of images.

You can optimize your links for the search engines with SEO Smart Links. It will optimize your site links so the search engines will recognize the keywords or phrases you want your site to be indexed and ranked for. The way it works is SEO Smart Links will find those words in your site, then it will create links to other pages that have the same words on them. You can set it up to link to individual pages, posts, categories or even other tagged words.

Millions of bloggers and marketers have discovered how powerful and versatile this platform really is. Internet marketers are constantly discovering the versatility of this platform in their IM businesses. Perhaps there are those who believe WordPress is just for the casual blogger. This is absolutely not true! You can use this for any type of site and for any purpose. Moreover using all of the plugins that are available, you can make it do whatever you want.

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