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Remove Sidebar from Specific Blogger Page and make full width page in blogger

By Ashutosh Jha → Thursday, November 23, 2017
I have earlier posted about how to remove blogger sidebar but there I explained how to remove the blogger sidebar from the entire blog.

There I received many comments that how to remove sidebar from specific blogger page and not from the entire blogger blog. I searched for some tweaks and finally was able to do so.

In this article, we will see how to remove sidebar from specific blogger page and make full width page in blogger. As we know, blogger platform is not that much customizable compared to other blogging platform like WordPress, Joomla, etc. But if you know some basic HTML and CSS, you can make tweaks to some extent.

Benefits of having full width specific blogger page

One might ask why we need to remove the sidebar from some specific blogger page. Let me share some points where we may need a bigger width page which can act as a landing page. You can use such pages as a landing page which provides better CTR.

  • You may need to show some design which requires more width
  • You may want to hide sidebar from specific blogger page and make it like a landing page
  • You are promotion some offers where you need more spaces and many such requirements

No matter what is the reason behind this, if you are looking to hide the sidebar from specific blogger page, this article is for you.

I will share the code to hide sidebar from a specific page or hide the sidebar from all the static blogger page. By this way depending on your need either you can remove sidebar from a specific page or pages or from all the static blogger page.

How to remove sidebar from specific blogger page and make a full-width blogger page

Please follow the below steps to hide the sidebar from specific blogger page.


Step 1: Login to your Blogger dashboard

Step 2: Backup your existing template (good practice before making any change) by navigating, Dashboard - Template - Backup/Restore - Download Full Template.

Step 3: Again, navigate to template and click on Edit HTML button to access the Blogger HTML code.

Step 4: Find for the term "</b:skin>" . You can simply use ctrl+f to find this pattern. 

 Step 5: Paste the below code right below the "</b:skin>"  line.

<b:if cond='data:blog.url == "your blog page URL"'>
<style>
.main-inner .columns {
padding-left: 0px !important;
padding-right: 0px !important;
}
.main-inner .fauxcolumn-center-outer {
left: 0px !important;
right: 0px !important;
}
.main-inner .fauxcolumn-left-outer, .main-inner .fauxcolumn-right-outer, .main-inner .column-left-outer, .main-inner .column-right-outer {
display: none !important;
}
</style>
</b:if>

Step 6: Make sure to change the URL (paste your page url for which you want to remove sidebar in place of "your blog page URL") in the first line to your blogger page URL for which you want to remove the sidebar.

How to remove sidebar from more than one page in Blogger

The above section explained how to hide sidebar from a specific blogger page. What if the user wants to remove it from more than one page?

Well, just paste the above code once more and make sure to change the URL to the page from which sidebar should be removed. Repeat the steps for as many pages as you want and it will work.

How to remove sidebar from all the blogger page?

Well, so far we talked to hide the sidebar from some specific pages. But what if you need to hide blogger sidebar from all the static pages? You can use the following code for this and hide sidebar from all the blogger pages.

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "static_page"'>
<style>
.main-inner .columns {
padding-left: 0px !important;
padding-right: 0px !important;
}
.main-inner .fauxcolumn-center-outer {
left: 0px !important;
right: 0px !important;
}
.main-inner .fauxcolumn-left-outer, .main-inner .fauxcolumn-right-outer, .main-inner .column-left-outer, .main-inner .column-right-outer {
display: none !important;
}
</style>
</b:if>


How to hide sidebar from all the blogger post?

So far we have seen how to remove sidebar from blogger pages. But what if when you need to hide sidebar from all the blogger posts. Here posts mean when you click on the post title from home page and the next post page opens, how to remove sidebar from blogger posts.

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<style>
.main-inner .columns {
padding-left: 0px !important;
padding-right: 0px !important;
}
.main-inner .fauxcolumn-center-outer {
left: 0px !important;
right: 0px !important;
}
.main-inner .fauxcolumn-left-outer, .main-inner .fauxcolumn-right-outer, .main-inner .column-left-outer, .main-inner .column-right-outer {
display: none !important;
}
</style>
</b:if>


You can use the below codes at the same place to hide the blogger posts sidebar completely and get full width posts.

How to remove the sidebar from blogger?

We have reached to the last option where someone might want to remove the sidebar from the blogger blog itself. This includes all the pages, posts, homepage etc.

Well, we have already covered this topic in an earlier post and you can follow for reference- how to remove blogger sidebar.

This was all about how to hide sidebar from a specific page in blogger, how to hide sidebar from all the blogger pages, how to hide sidebar from all the blogger posts etc.

Do try these as and when you require and let me know for any issue if you experience.

10 Best Welcome Email Templates for Introductory Emails

By Ashutosh Jha →
A few days ago when I was setting the auto responder for welcome email, I was confused which welcome email templates I should use for the first email.

If you have subscribed to TricksRoad newsletter recently, you must have received a welcome email from my side. You can use any of these best email marketing services to set up the auto-responders.

Such emails provide a great impression to your subscribers, and they feel that you are taking care of them.

Recently, I have started providing one free e-book to all my subscribers, and you must have seen the change in my subscription form in the sidebar-
This is a great way to convert your visitors into subscribers. As from some great research it has been seen that people tend to join your list more often if you are providing some free stuff.

Now coming to the main topic, welcome email templates. When I started designing my introductory email, I was bit confused as for how it should look. That time I just kept it simple and now changing a bit after checking 50+ welcome email templates, here are ten best welcome email templates for you which you can use to send an introductory email to your readers and customers.

Best Welcome Email Templates for Introductory Emails

Here are some of the amazing designs for Welcome email templates which you can use for the introductory emails to readers, customers, and other users.

These are simple, and with basic HTML & CSS knowledge, you can make a similar design. These are attractive and appealing. Also, you can experience some good CTR as well as responsiveness.

1. Airbnb

Airbnb welcome email template for a new customer is simply simple and amazing.
Usually, new users are looking for some basic stuff like where they can search the items, book any hotel or how they can connect. All these sections are in the above email.

The only thing I found missing is social media icons. One should also put social media icons in the introductory emails so that your new users can connect to you on social media.

At the end of the email, you can also put if you have any mobile app like Airbnb has mentioned.

2. Fab

Although Fab introductory email is bit long but contains all the details, a new user want.
The design is simply awesome, and you can see the wordings like-
  • “Discover fun, colorful products.”
  • “Smiles. Guaranteed.”
  • “We promise you will love your Fab purchase.”
If users are reading these lines, they will get influenced, and this is a good sign for influential marketing.

It has everything like site image, mobile app links, social media links, and important pages, etc. which make it a perfect welcome email template for new customers.

3. Kate Spade

As Kate Spade is a shopping site and so their welcome email is directly like a call to action which is quite good. They are just thanking the people to subscribe and then asking if they want to shop.
The design is very lucrative and appealing. They have social media button, important menu items and few other important links like a customer care gift card, etc. These are the things one want as an introductory email.

Just see the wording of the email, after thanking the customers, they are also providing a discount code. Means it has everything one want and is compact. You can use this welcome email template for a new customer.

4. Virgin America

Virgin America’s welcome email is also compact and adorable. It has been designed on their main theme color, and that makes it even more beautiful.
At the top of the email, they have their brand logo and services. Then they are welcoming the subscribers and a call to action button asking to “Grab a seat.”

In the second part, they have put some message and few links. And in the footer part, they have their social media icons and a commitment message.

You can grab this welcome email template for your new blog subscribers. You can adjust the color as per your need and make it more beautiful. There is slight room for improvement is in the area of the font family.

5. InVision

It is a good habit and great marketing strategy to make some introductory video for your new customers. InVision has taken care of that side.
They have their logo at the top and then an introduction video after a couple of lines. This is a great example or modern welcome email template. At the end of the email, a call to action button has been placed.

Although I didn’t find the social media buttons, which can be placed for a better result.

6. Amazon

Amazon also has one of the notable welcome email templates for new customers. It is simple and possesses all the required details one need to get started with Amazon.
All the initial stuff like Orders, settings, Payment, etc. have been taken care in this email which initial users need.

Few important links related to account management have also been provided. Only social media links have not been mentioned, which you can include.

7. Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo uses a perfect welcome email template any blog owner will want to use. Although there are no images in the email, still it fulfills the requirement for introductory email.
Even my current email template is also somewhat similar to Buzzsumo.

First, they have thanked the new user and have placed a link to get started and then an email id for contact. At the end of the email, the Twitter handle has been placed and written appeal to say hi. When you ask your reader to say hi/or to ask a question by replying, gives a positive vibe.

8. Sumday

A small and appealing welcome email by Sumday can also do wonder.
The company has welcomed the new user and then added one button to add funds. In the end, there is an offer. The company has highlighted the social media here and wanted their user to connect their as well.

9. Michaels

If you are looking for some fancy email, template for new users. It has been beautifully designed, and different sections have been incorporated here.
For normal blogs, this can be too heavy, but if you have store section in the blog, then you can use such template.

10. TricksRoad

I am using a basic yet appealing welcome email template for the users. Newbie can use this and can get some good CTR.
I have first thanked the user and then welcomed them. Then I have given the link to which they have subscribed using this form.

Then at the end of the email, I have asked them to join me on social media. So this is also a compact welcome email template for new customers.

Wrapping it up!


These were some of the best welcome email templates which you can use for the new customers as introductory emails.

Depending on the kind of business you are doing, you can use any of these introductory email templates. Take an idea from these email templates and tweak your own with the help of little HTML & CSS designs.

Do let me know which email template you use for welcome email.

5 Tips To Stay Organized at Work During Holiday Season

By Ashutosh Jha →
The holiday season is upon us. It’s the one time of year when many people find it hard to focus on their work, thanks to all the distractions going on in their social lives. It is also a time when people exhibit some of the worst office habits that may have a long-term effect on their brand. To help you navigate the festive season without hurting your office reputation, here are 5 tips to staying organized at work during the holiday season.

5 Tips To Stay Organized at Work During Holiday Season

1. Stay off of social media

The holiday season is a time when people post about their glamorous social lives for the world to see. Others even send you tempting offers that might lead you to leave the office early and dis-organize your work schedule. To stay organized and focused on work, switch off social media and save yourself from unnecessary distractions. You can always switch it on after work, and catch up with your friends and family.

2. Avoid social interactions after work

During the holiday season, people want to meet and catch up on lost time. Such gatherings may sometimes involve alcohol and might go on until late night. Thanks to these gatherings, you might end up waking up late and as a consequence, have a disorganized day at work. That’s why you need to stay away from evening social meetings if you want to stay organized at work during the holiday season. By avoiding them, you get to work as per your set schedules. You get to stay fresh without having to deal with hangovers and sleeplessness, two main characteristics of most people's’ lives during the holiday season.

3. Decorate your office with holiday themes

Working during the holiday season can leave you feeling sulky and unhappy, which might make you disoriented and disorganized. That’s why you need to decorate your office with a holiday theme, to help you feel like you are part of the festivities. Doing this can uplift your mood and enhance your level of organization at work. This way, you will stay focused, and achieve more.

4. Keep gift cards away from your office desk

The holiday season is a time when people send their loved ones lots of gift cards. As such, you might find yourself with lots of gift card trash all over your office desk. To stay organized, make sure you store all gift cards away from your office desk. You may store them in a file and carry them home after work. This way, your office can stay organized all through the holiday season.

5. Send e-gift cards

Even though you are at work, you will still need to send your friends and family gift cards. Paper gift cards can litter your office and make it hard for you to stay organized. To avoid this, send electronic gift cards to those you love. This way, you avoid clutter that may make you disorganized and inefficient as you work through the holiday season.

The 9 Best Skills for Digital Marketing Manager in 2017

By Ashutosh Jha → Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Digital Marketing is one of the most lucrative industries currently. A manager with correct skills for digital marketing manager can play a vital role in the growth of business.

Skills for Digital Marketing Manager
All you need to have is a laptop with internet connection and passion for doing well, and the result will be regarding growth.

But digital marketing is not a niche topic; it is an industry like we have offline marketing. It is a broad term which is further divided into multiple sub-terms which are being taken care by their specialists.

For example, a complete digital marketing can comprise of-

  • SEO
  • Email Marketing
  • SMS Marketing
  • Video Marketing and many such niche

Here is a small graphic showing the current trend of digital marketing-

Skills for Digital Marketing Manager
If you are good in any of the sub-niche of digital marketing, you can earn some handsome money every month. You can either start working in a company as a manager or consultant which can be of any size starting from a startup or an established company or even can start working for yourself.

Recently the digital marketing domain has seen a huge growth regarding business and opportunity. Here is a graphic showing the percentage increase and average package of people associated with digital marketing niche.

Skills for Digital Marketing Manager
But as I mentioned above, the term Digital Marketing is huge and needs lots of skills and experience to get the most out of it.

4 Tips For Being A Coupon Saving Maven

By Ashutosh Jha →
All savvy shoppers know how important it is to save money during shopping. Money that you save will go a long way to cutting down your household and personal item expenditures and bills in general. Companies and groceries that offer you discounts and coupons that you can use are available and are a great way to shop.

Get yourself coupons and deals online from companies like DontPayfull who offer free online coupons and promo codes for shopping in various stores. This is a great way for you to shop at your favorite stores and will at the same time offer you an opportunity to save some money. Let’s look at some tips that you need to implement to become a maven savvy shopper.

1. Regularly visit websites

Pay visits to your grocery’s website once in awhile to check for coupons or discounts that might be offered. If you haven't signed up, you can also sign up and login to access any cash rewards and coupons. Registering and having accounts with stores enables you to take advantage of the loyalty rewards offered to members or account holders. Membership programs are usually free with many additional advantages such as double points and cash back programs for every payment that you make while shopping.

2. Check the location

Find out how far the store is from where you are. It would not make sense to go to a store that’s located far from your home and yet you can get the same products from a nearby store. Many people go to particular stores because they might want a specific brand of product. However, if you can still get the product with the same specifications or which serves a similar function in a nearby store, it would save you time and fuel.

3. Buy offseason

Purchasing products and groceries during offseason is a great way for you to save. As one season comes to an end, another one is set to begin. Knowing upfront what you require for the next season needs to be a top priority in your budget. Plan earlier before the season begins and do some window shopping.

Most products tend to be cheaper during the offseason and this will cut down the cost of having to purchase products with an expensive price tag. Also, take note of the time of the day that you go shopping. Shopping in the early morning is fun and you can do a lot compared to shopping later on in the day. This is because other times most parking spaces are full and many people are shopping making the stores packed.

4. Make a list

Write down a list of the items that you need to shop and find. Having a list and sticking to it instills discipline, preventing you from purchasing what is not on the list. Check to see if any of the products that are on the list are on sale, have discounts or coupons which will reduce the cost.

You can be good at planning, but it takes a lot of discipline to become a great coupon saving maven. The above tips go a long way and there are so many more others that will help you in your money saving journey.

5 Best Google Fonts for Blogs & Websites for Better Readability

By Ashutosh Jha →
When it comes to readability, Website and blog fonts along with font size and line height play very important role.

There are many best Google Fonts for blogs and websites which can increase the readability and user experience a lot.

You may find many sites those have excellent content and design but as they are not decorating their fonts and text and so the whole site looks ugly.

Below are some of the things which you should consider apart from the blog design to have a good user experience in terms of text-

• Good and easily readable fonts
• Spacing between words and lines
• Font colors

For a better user experience and readability, you must work on all these above factors and believe me these are not hard at all. You just have to spend a couple of more minutes to all these.

How Fonts affects the user reading experience?


Some time ago, a study was done on Wikipedia user on the different font size and below is the result. This graph shows how font-size impact the accuracy of reading. They also checked the line spacing but fount it not impacting big.

Choosing the best fonts for your blogs and website is bit tricky and you should think about it before finalizing. The best way is, think from a user perspective or ask your friends how they feel by looking at your web page.

In an another research by Hyunjin Song and Norbet Schwartz, it was found that if you have to take action or have to complete some work, simple fonts are far better than the fancy fonts.

Let’s see what they did-


Two groups of people were given set of directions to complete. One group received directions in a simple font and the other group received direction in a fancy font.

The experiments reveal that the group which was given the directions in simple fonts just took 8.2 minutes to complete the work compared to 15.1 minutes taken by another group who had fancy fonts. So the group with fancy fonts took 86% longer than the group with simple fonts.

So while reading simple fonts works better compared to fancy fonts.

Again they conducted a research on the printed card. The first card was having simple fonts while the other one was having fancy fonts.

People thought that the designer who designed the card with simple fonts are lazy or less skilled compared to the designer who designed with fancy fonts.

So what’s the conclusion?


From the above two experiments, it is clear that-

• Different situation has different need of fonts
• If it is a text just for reading purpose, Simple fonts work better
• If you are designing any card or menu etc. fancy font works better

So now let’s start with some best Google Fonts for blogs and websites. Also, you should not change the fonts very frequently and so while deciding any font, stick to it.

5 Best Google Fonts for Blogs and Websites

All these fonts can be easily found on Google Fonts and can be used on any site just by incorporating a single line of code. These fonts are free to use.

I have incorporated both heading and body text in the example so that you can get an idea what you want exactly.

So let’s start with the best Google Fonts for blogs-

1. Lato Bold + Lora


I personally love this font and am using it at multiple places. Let’s have a quick look at the heading and body font design using this font-

2. Bitter + Muli

3. Playfair Display Bold + Droid Serif

4. Oswald + Cabin

5. Raleway Semi-bold + Roboto Light

Wrapping it up!

These were some of the best Google fonts for blogs and websites and you should use these for better user reading experience.

Just give a try and let me know how your blog turned out after using these awesome Google fonts.

How to Find High Authority Expired Domains Free

By Ashutosh Jha → Saturday, November 11, 2017
Due to increased competition in search engine ranking, high metrics expired domains are in huge demand. You can often find people posting on social media like how to find high authority expired domains free.

A couple of days ago, I was also searching for a high PA DA expired domain and was able to get many quality domains. This tutorial is for all those who are looking to find high PA DA expired domain free.

How to Find High Authority Expired Domains Free
At the end of this topic, I will assure that you’re going to find some high quality expired domains with great metrics.

But before starting with this how to find high authority expired domains free, let’s talk about where you can use this high authority expired domains.

What you will learn in this guide
  • How to find high authority expired domains free
  • The easiest way to find powerful expired domains in any niche
  • How to buy that high authority expired domains
  • Where you can use that high authority expired domains
We will talk each of these points in detail in the coming section.

Why find high authority expired domains?

If you’re wondering why bloggers and internet marketers are so mad about this high authority expired domains, then keep on reading. I’ll discuss several advantages and uses of this high authority expired domains.

#1. Building Authority Sites

It’s no longer secret that higher metrics domains perform better in search engine compared to new domains. When we say high metrics, that means high DA, PA, TF, etc.

You can increase the domain authority of website but that takes time. So, if you want to get those high figures quickly, you can hunt for high authority expired domain.

Whenever I start a new authority blog or website, I try not to go ahead with the brand-new domain. It takes a lot of hard work to make it rankable in search engines.

Better find high authority expired domains and avoid the initial search engine submission and link building. You can directly start with your real work and get your target achieved quickly.

Another great thing about the expired domains are, it will cost you the same amount of the new domain cost.

Usually, I go to PA, DA above 10 whenever I look for a new authority blogs and you can also do the same. Don’t worry I will explain how to find high authority expired domains free step by step here.

#2. Create PBN

If you’re into Blogging/SEO, you must have heard this term!

If not, then PBN stands for private blog network and is a set of different high metrics websites used to take links for the money website. Here money website means your main website.

Although ranking with PBN is not legal as per the Google T&C but still, it works like a charm and helps you rank faster.

If you will buy the PBN links from the companies, it may cost you some good amount of investment which is not possible unless you have a sound budget.

I was just looking at few PBN links providers and see their plans. None of the good PBN services provides links lower than $100 which is not less for the newbies.

How to Find High Authority Expired Domains Free
So, it’s a good option to find high authority expired domains free and then build your own PBN. But note that PBN is not legal as per Google terms.

#3. Sell the High Authority Expired domains

If you’re looking for the quick money, selling the found high authority expired domains can be a better option.

Just find the high authority expired domains free using the methods I will explain below and sell those at some good profit.

As I remember I have bought the expired domains from the sellers at $50-$60 also and so is a good profit.

You can use Facebook groups/pages to sell those expired domains easily. Just see the below screenshot to see how people are mad about the good expired domains.

How to Find High Authority Expired Domains Free
Such domains easily get around $50-$100 depending on the link profile, niche, and negotiations.

You can also choose Flippa or Godaddy auctions to sell such high authority domains and earn money.

#4. 301 Redirect

This is just a simple method. Register the expired domain with high PA DA you found and do a 301 redirect to your money site.

By this way, a portion of the link juice of the high authority domain will be passed to your money website. The things will be even better if your expired domains have some existing traffic. For example, see the below domains-

How to Find High Authority Expired Domains Free
The first domain in this screenshot has over 20 Million traffic as per SimilarWeb. If you’ll buy and do 301 redirects of such domains then you can expect some traffic also redirecting.

But don’t do 301 much as this may lead to search engine penalization. 1-2 domains redirect is fine but such links can be harmful.

There can be many such uses of such high authority expired domains and you should use it very carefully for maximum benefits.

Now as you know where to use high authority expired domains, it’s time to look for the exact methods to find high authority expired domains free.

How to find high authority expired domains free- step by step guide

One thing you have noted that I am using consistently the word “Free”.

Because I mean so!

If you will look into the majority of the articles on finding high PA DA expired domains on the web, those explain the use of the tool DomCop.

And DomCop is a paid tool for finding the expired domain. You can search for expiring domain for free but the expired domain section if paid one.

How to Find High Authority Expired Domains Free
And the pricing starts at a minimum of $74 per month which is not less at all. And this is the reason I decided to reveal the exact method I use to find the high authority expired domains here.

I will explain each method in detail so that you will be able to find high authority expired domains FREE. When I say free, it means completely free.

Let’s start with the main work- how to find high authority expired domains free!

Step 1: visit Expired domains website.

Step 2: Here you’ll find different sections like-

  • Expired Domain Names: Thousands of domains are getting expired on daily basis. But remember there is a grace period for these domains to be available for the public. And so, if you are looking to register such domains, chances are you may have to pay more.
  • Dropped domains: All the expired domains which have not been renewed in the grace period also, are finally deleted and are available for the public to register. These domains cost the same amount a fresh domain cost. We will mainly focus on these domains.

Visit the site and on the home page, you’ll find different sections like below.

How to Find High Authority Expired Domains Free
For this article, we are going to hunt for high authority .com expired domains. Click on the “deleted .com domains” link and all the deleted .com domains will be available to you.
How to Find High Authority Expired Domains Free
As you can see, there are 22 Million such domains and we can’t check each domain for the best fit and so we will do some filtration.

Step 3: Make sure you are registered on the website to get the filtration criteria. Here we will apply some filter as per our requirements.

I will be looking for the tech related domains which have at least 50 backlinks and has been deleted in the last 7 days for the better result. You can check the filter I have applied below. Also, select only available domains so that registered will not come in result set.

Step 4: After all these 7 filters I applied, I ended up with 96 quality domains among which I can find the best fit high authority expired domain.


Step 5: Now we have the list and from this list, we need to find the high authority expired domains. Here we will select the domains which have DA greater than 10.

For this, export this list in a text file from the icon shown at the top and it will export all the domain names in a text file.

Step 6: Check PA and DA of that high authority expired domains

For this visit any bulk DA checker website. I am following this one- http://www.bulkdachecker.com/moz-domain-authority-checker

Here you can check the domain authority of 20 domains at a time. Just paste the first 20 domains in the box and it will fetch the DA of those domains.
Click on submit and you are done. It may take few moments to show the result. Export those result in the CSV file and apply the filter. I did the same and selected all the domains which have domain authority greater than 10 and see the result below.


So, out of 20 domains we checked, 6 domains have domain authority greater than 10 and you can consider these domains. Please note all these have backlinks greater than 50 as we selected while filtration. You can further use any domain metrics checker tool to do further analysis of the domain.

Step 7: Once you will finalize the name, go with any cheap domain name registrar and register that domain. In most of the cases, these domain names will be available at the normal price.
By this way, you can find high authority expired domains free easily.


Wrapping it up!

This was all about how to find high authority expired domains free. I hope you are able to hunt a quality expired domain now. Also, we talked where you can use these domains for the best result.

Starting an authority site or selling it for some quick money can be an ideal use of such authority domains and should be used for high benefits.

Apply these steps and share your feedback. Also, let us know if you need any other help while hunting for expired domains.

How I Made $100 with Just a Single Post [Detailed Guide]

By Ashutosh Jha → Friday, November 10, 2017
This is my own story on Affiliate Sale which gave me a lot of confidence last month. This gave me a good reason to think blogging as a full-time career option. Yes, it was my first affiliate sale and after few days my second affiliate sale. These two Affiliate sales made me $100 in just a couple of days. I know this is not much but to give a start it was a decent income.

As a beginner, I was using only AdSense and my own services like web development and support. But as we know if we don't have a good amount of traffic, AdSense will not give you a decent amount and so I was searching for other means of income and here it came. Let me tell you my story behind this.

How to Make Affiliate Sale

I think it was somewhere on November'14 when I was reading a blog post and found Hostgator Affiliate gives a very good commission on the sale and I registered for the Hostgator Affiliate program. But I didn't use my link anywhere for a month.


Also Read: How I got AdSense Approval in First Attempt

How I wrote the post

One day (15th Dec.) I was checking my email and found Hostgator is providing Holiday Dash sale at 75% discount. I thought about this and found a single hosting will be available just at $1.24 and decided to write a post. This offer was in couple of slots for few hours and a first slot was already started. So quickly I started writing on it.

It didn't take much of my time as earlier I used HostGator Hosting for one of my client and so I knew this hosting very well. It took around couple of hours to write a short review about HostGator and explaining the offer. This was the first time I was trying for an affiliate program and sale. Below is the link of the post that I wrote-

HostGator Holiday Dash Sale-75% Discount

So within couple of hours, my post was live and I did well on page SEO so that the ranking can improve a bit.

I logged to Facebook and found there were more than 50 people promoting this offer already and then I decided not to waste time on ranking the article and was searching for the other way for sale.

How I promoted the offer

After looking at the social media I realized some big blogs are already ranking for this offer and within a short span of time, it was almost impossible me to rank mine. And so I thought of other means of promotion.

How to Promote Affiliate Sale
I targeted Social Media for the promotion first and so posted on facebook, facebook groups, Google+ and Google+ groups. Believe me friends; Google+ groups are a great source of traffic as well as leads too.

So finally I was having around hundreds of traffic on that post but no sale. I was worrying about the sale and finally I targeted few more options of promotion.

I reached out to the forums where I am active and posted the link in my signature and on few answers too where ever I found relevant. I repeated this for good number of times, few in signature and other in relevant answers and this gave me good amount of traffic.

Also Read:5 Social Networking Sites you Must Join

How I made first sale

The forum posting worked for me and I got my first sale. Yes as I talked before also, forum is a great place of promotion, this give good amount of traffic as well as leads.

Forums have always helped me. I remember the time when I was handling one lead generation project for one of my Delhi based client from Law niche. My SEO guy was on leave and leads were decreasing and it was around the month end and so to get payment we had to complete the target. So after some digging on the net I found forums and great news was within 3-4 days, we completed the target well in advance.

So I would suggest you all especially if you're a newbie to target forums for traffic and sales too. You can read my articles on the benefits of Forums-

How to Promote Website using Forums
Increase your Backlinks Using Dofollow Forums

Yes this was my first sale and I was more than happy that with few hours of work made me $50. I know this was not much but as a starter this was decent money, especially if you'll compare with AdSense.

Also Read: Tips to Increase AdSense Earning

How I Made Second Sale

Yes again this was from Hostgator itself and again Holiday Dash with 75% off :) On 22nd December I again found this great offer by Hostgator in my Inbox and this time I didn't worked more and just edited my older post and changed the date and time accordingly. Then by using the sticky post option took this post on the top of the home page and promoted using the same strategy.
I also mailed to the guy who made my first sale and told that the offer is again live and if you need, you can grab the offer again. No doubt this didn't make a sale as he needed only one but this gave me a loyal reader and he is now a regular visitor of TricksRoad. So maintaining a good relationship is also a crucial point in online business. I am not expert but whatever I have read during this short time, this is what pro bloggers says.

Within couple of hours I made the sale but unfortunately that was declined as that was not the valid sale. But later on, again I made the second valid sale and earned my second $50.

So in total, few hours of my work made $100 in just couple of days. This was my first and second affiliate sales.

How to Make Sale

With my experience below is what I learnt-

• Sale only those items which you have already used or likely to use and have good knowledge, so that you can solve the query, if asked by any user.
• Take buyers in confidence. Of course you have to do this through the post that you've written. So write a good review.
• Give a valid reason to buy through your link.
• Give some extra spice so that visitors will have a good reason to buy.
• Maintain good reputations with your previous buyers and readers.

What I offered

No doubt, I simply promoted the offers provided by the company but I gave some extra spice too. As you can see in the below image, I gave many other benefits to the buyers to buy from my affiliate link. This gave a positive impression to the buyers.

Affiliate Sale
As a blogger, the above offers will not cost you much and you can easily fulfill these. Many bloggers have already written a good posts on all the above points and just you can give the links and can ask to reach out to you in case of any confusion.

But this means a lot for the newbie bloggers. So try to offer what you can.

What you should not Do

There are many ways to make to make affiliate sale but I would suggest you not to cheat your visitors and buyers. Promote only those products which you've already used. Also while writing the reviews, write your experience not what company says on their site.

If you'll write the same thing which company tell, then what's the need of reviews? I hope you'll agree to me here. Also after the sell don't break the communication to the buyers. This will help you to make further sales.

Also Read: Common Mistakes that Every Bloggers Should Avoid

Over to You


This was all about my journey of first affiliate sale. Hostgator is not the only company which provide the good commission, there are much more than this. Like BlueHost provides $65 per sale. Just join and promote the products you like and do with dedication.

Many bloggers have a dream to earn from Affiliate marketing. I too had the same but initially for couple of months didn't get into that. But I would advise you all to sell the products from the very first day itself.

Build a good blog with good content. This is the first step in affiliate marketing or for any money making blog. Getting visitors and converting them into loyal readers comes to second. And then selecting market place and promoting products comes the third. If you've worked well in all the three steps, you can be the next affiliate star.

I know you guys are also trying for affiliate sales and must have earned a lot from it. Do share your experience with me regarding your sales and strategies. I will love to hear that. Also if you have any question from the same, you're most welcome.

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