Growing the Blog

Now that I have a blog site, I have started to add analytics and monetization options…

1. Google Analytics

This is probably the most important item I added to the site. Google Analytics let’s you see how much traffic is going to your site, where it’s coming from, and how users are spending time on your website. You start over at Google Analytics and setup a new site. I also setup Google Tag Manager to make administration easier. Then I used the WordPress plugin “Google Tag Manager for WordPress” to easily add the tracking code to your blog content in one place. Then you can go to the Google Analytics website to see charts and graphs. I setup a dashboard of my favorite graphs. Basically at the moment I don’t have any users, but I have had a few visitors from China and Japan. And a few search results for Amazon have brought up my site!

2. Google Search Console

I also went to Google Search Console to see information on how Google Search views the performance of my site. These results can affect my search result ranking. It requires adding a TXT record to your DNS settings of your webhosting company. So far I haven’t found this information to be at all useful, but maybe as the site grows….

3. Amazon Native Ads, Bounty Program, Etc

See any Amazon ads at the bottom of this content? Cool right? I get paid if you click them and buy things! First you setup an affiliate account for yourself at Amazon Affiliate Program. It was pretty easy to setup Amazon recommendation ads in there. Then add the content to this blog using the “Ad Inserter” plugin. You can also look through the bounty program for other ways to drive traffic to Amazon and make money.

4. Amazon Affiliate Links

You know what’s cooler than Amazon ads? Amazon affiliate links! First you setup an affiliate account for yourself at Amazon Affiliate Program. Then you find a product and it will generate code you can include on your site. If anyone purchases through that link, I get a percentage!

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