What’s the Best Affiliate Marketing Course

There are courses out there to teach you the basics of Affiliate Marketing and there are courses that will lead you to a very successful career within the Affiliate Marketing industry.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing allows you to sell someone else’s product and receive commission for that sale. That’s as simple as it is, really.

People are fairly cautious about buying things that they don’t know much about, so they tend to do a bit of research rather than just buying something.  They check out reviews, if they like what they see and follow an ‘affiliate link’ and purchase it from, let’s say Amazon.  They pay for the product.  But as a thank you from both the owner and Amazon, they pay you a commission for that sale, typically 5%. So, if you have been reviewing Smart TVs, and that TV cost £499 – you’ve just made £24.95.

The benefit Amazon gets is that you have introduced them to a new buyer, or will become more loyal.  The benefit to the product owner is, especially if they are new or a small business will get more business, therefore growing their business.  Everybody wins.

There are many benefits to Affiliate Marketing and with more people online than ever, it is a great time to get started in Affiliate Marketing.

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How to Automatically Update WordPress Plugins

How to Automatically Update WordPress Plugins

Hey everyone, today’s post is all about automatically update WordPress plugins. Depending on the plugins you use, there is normally an update or two that drops quite regularly.  This is an important step to improve the security and remove any bugs that may have been in the previous version, but it can be annoying to have to update plugins every time you log in.

It does depend on your personal view, I prefer to control the updates and install them myself, and know what they are updating them for, but then I am a bit of a control freak.  It is totally up to you how you run your WordPress site.

When & Why Would You Should Automatically Update WordPress Plugins

If there is a major security update or big change from WordPress themselves, your WordPress version may automatically update. But most major updates will need to be manually updated, and this will be visible when you log-in to your WordPress editor.

How to Set up Automatic Updates for All WordPress Plugins

If you wish to set all of your WordPress Plugins to automatically update, then there is a command you can add to your theme.php file or a site-specific plugin. See below.

All plugins –

add_filter( ‘auto_update_plugin’, ‘__return_true’ );

You can also add a command that will keep your WordPress theme up-to-date too.

Update your theme.

add_filter( ‘auto_update_theme’, ‘__return_true’ );

I would add caution with this one, that if an update does go wrong, it has already installed, so you will still need to log in regularly to check that the update hasn’t gone wrong.

How to Set Up Automatic Updates for Some WordPress Plugins

Setting up updates with major WordPress plugins with high trust ratings can be beneficial, but if you use plugins made by smaller developers, it may not be a good thing.

So, this way may be the way to go, with a plugin called Automatic Plugins Updates you can choose which plugins you will allow to be automatically updated and those that you would rather manage yourself. Check out this post to learn how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note – if you are using this plugin, you will not need to add that command to your theme.php file.

Once installed, you can go into the settings and select which plugins you would prefer not to automatically update.

How to Automatically Update WordPress Plugins

There May Be a Need to Undo an Automatic Update

Even manually updating a WordPress plugin may result in problems arising, that is why I suggest 2 things.

  1. Manually back up your WordPress Site once a week, check out how here
  2. Install a Plugin called WordPress Rollback Plugin.

If you ever have a problem with your site, you can restore it from a back-up. But with this plugin you can just rollback a version of a plugin. Some would suggest uninstalling the plugin and reinstalling it, but that would just install the latest version and that may have been the problem version.

With Rollback, when you go to your plugin lists, there will be a new option there, which allows you to roll back the version of the plugin to the previous version.

WP Rollback Plugin

Hope you found that useful, if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.


How to Update a WordPress Plugin

How to Update a WordPress Plugin

Hey Everyone, this post will be describing how to keep your WordPress Plugins update.  Having any kind of website will require you to keep elements of it up-to-date for a number of reason, including keeping it secure for you and your readers.  For starters, I will be describing what a WordPress Plugin is and then I will describe how to update a WordPress plugin

What is a WordPress Plugin?

A WordPress Plugin is software that allows you to add features onto your website to improve the functionality of it for yourself and your visitor.

There are literally thousands of them to do all sorts of things, from monitoring social media engagement, capturing email address for those who want to sign up for newsletters to being able to add photo galleries to your website.

There are free versions and some paid versions. If you want a bit more information on WordPress Plugins including how to install a WordPress Plugin, then check out this post.

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Why is keeping your Plugins Up-to-date So Important?

OK, anyone who is already using WordPress, will realise that there are normally updates available most times you log in to your website. So why is that?

If it is a brand-new plugin, then there will be a number of updates as and when problems arise that need addressing.

But the majority of updates will be to help keep you safe online. New updates will typically be to improve the security features of it to protect the information there of the owner of the website and the user visiting the website.

They also do updates to increase the performance of certain elements and remove any bugs that may have been in a previous version.

There can be a slight risk when updating a WordPress plugin, so it might be prudent to back up your website, but this would be a good habit to get into on a weekly basis anyway. But I haven’t experienced any issues updating any plugin I have had.

How to Update WordPress Plugins

I will be describing how to update WordPress plugins both individually and by bulk.  If you have updates available for a number of plugins and they are plugins you have used for a while and haven’t experienced any issues in the past with updating them, you could typically select them to update.  But if it is a new plugin for you, or one that you have experienced trouble with, it may be best to do this individually. Alternatively, have a look at this video below:

Step 1 – Login to your WordPress Editor

When you log into your WordPress Editor, you will see on the left-hand side menu you will see any updates highlighted as in the picture below.

How to Update a WordPress Plugin

Clicking either of the links will take you to the plugin menu where you can see which Plugin is due an update, what version it is and whether it is compatible with your WordPress Version and theme.

In this example, I am updating WP Product Review Lite.

Plugin Update list

Step 2 – Selecting & Updating the WordPress Plugin

You can select each update individually or you can choose to select them all to update. Then you can select update.

Select and Update a WordPress Plugin

This will take a few seconds and when the update is completed you will see the following screen showing it is complete

Confirmation of Update Complete

That’s it, You’ve Now Updated Your WordPress Plugin

That’s it, a nice simple 2 step process on how to update a WordPress plugin. Some would advise you to wait a week after the update has dropped down just in case there are any issues with them, but I haven’t experienced any issues from updates yet. But I would advise you to check out what the update is for and read the comments prior to it, if you are unsure on a newish plugin.

There is a way of setting WordPress plugins to automatically update, but I personally prefer not to do this, just in case it automatically updates and messes up your website and you haven’t been able to log on and are not aware there is an issue.  But for those who would like to set them up to automatically update, I detail it in this post.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, if you have any questions or would like to share your experiences, please leave them in the comments below.


Survey Junkie Review

PRODUCT_NAME: Survey Junkie Survey Junkie

RANKING: 63/100

PRICE: Free Signup

OWNER: Blue Media Ventures, Inc.

WEBSITE: www.surveyjunkie.com


Hey Everyone, today I will be going through my experience with Survey Junkie.  As the name suggests, you get rewards for completing surveys, completing profile questionnaires so they get to know you for suggesting surveys and there is also an affiliate program or refer a friend which rewards you for getting others to sign up with them.  Very similar to Swagbucks or iPoll, in this review I will let you know my honest opinion.


Survey Junkie is owned by Blue Media Ventures, Inc. Their website explains just how rewarding you makes a difference to the businesses that pay the survey websites like Survey Junkie to do this.  Companies spend a fortune on Market Research and this is one of the ways that you as a consumer can benefit whilst they benefit too.  Initial Sign up is easy, use your Facebook or Google+ profile to sign in, or use your email.

Once you are in, the first thing to do is confirm the email their sent you toSurvey Junkie - Profile Surveys confirm you are human.  There are also some profile questionnaires to complete, so they can get to know you and can sent you surveys that you will qualify for.


One thing I did notice is, these do gain you points. By the time I had completed them, which took about 5-10 minutes, I had $1.65 already notched up.  But then, I didn’t qualify for any surveys, even after 4 hours after signing up.

Survey Junkie - No Surveys

The minimum amount that you need before taking the money out is $10, which is good compared to some of its competitors and you can take it via PayPal or e-gift cards.

Another way of earning money with Survey Junkies is signing up for their affiliate program.  This is a fancy name for a ‘Refer a Friend’ program.  This requires you to apply to their affiliate program, which I have to admit is a little more complicated than say Swagbucks.  They just assign you a link to use, this required an application form.  But if you have a few friends could be a great benefit to earn money from them all applying.


First of all, there are a few restrictions to who can sign up with Survey Junkie.  You need to be 18 years old and live in the UK, US, Canada or Australia.  The currency is standard US Dollars, I live in the UK and the balance is displayed in dollars.

Survey Junkie is for those looking for a little bit of extra money ready for Christmas or to top up a salary.  There are great ways to work towards earning a living online, but this wouldn’t be one of them.

Having said that, I saw a great article discussing how these survey sites are a great way to keep the mind active.  If you are in a situation where you haven’t got a lot of stimulus, these can be great to get you thinking.  These has given me a different point of view on them.  The same could be said for games like Sudoku helping those with Alzheimer’s.


The design of the website is simple and easy to navigate. In a way Swagbucks has too much to navigate around, whereas Survey Junkie has one dashboard for you to look at as you sign in.  If there is a green tick next to the word Surveys you have them available for you to complete.  The profile surveys give you rewards, you earn $1.65 just by completing your profile.

They are very honest about the fact, this is not a money-making opportunity.  They start you out with realistic targets.  Earning $10 to withdrawal makes it easier to deal with.  If you earn that a week, then at least that is better than a lot of others.

The $10 limit is relatively low compared to its competitors which is another great positive.

The affiliate program is great for those with the ability to influence a number of friends to sign up earning you some additional money.


OK, there are always negatives with these types of sites.  The main one for me is not being eligible for many surveys.  It must be something to do with my interests, or my day job, but I didn’t receive a survey at all on the first day and still haven’t.  Although it may do with living in the UK, as a number of the profile questions had to be tick as no, as I didn’t vote in the presidential election (yes, that was a question) and a lot of the shops, phone networks, etc. are different over here.

But it does make me wonder why the UK is eligible if that is the case.

I will update this post, with if this has changed, but it doesn’t look promising.


There is an in-depth FAQ which covers the majority of questions that I think most would ask.  There is also the ability to send them an e-mail which will be responded to shortly.


There isn’t an issue with cost, as it is a free sign up. Apart from the restrictions on country and age, anyone can sign up.


Survey Junkie offers people a way of earning genuine money through completing surveys.  It is a way of earning casual money, although not a way of it being a full-time career. They are very honest on their site about that fact, which is something I like as others do advertise it as a money-making past-time.

It has a low threshold of $10 before they pay out which is better than some of its competitors.

Depending on your demographic it can be difficult to be eligible for surveys, which is hard to determine prior to signing up.  Although the opposite can be said that someone had there is the prime target for these types of survey sites and will earn considerable more than others.

They offer an affiliate program as most do, although this one seems a little harder to get into than others.

If you are after a little bit of extra money ready for Christmas, this might be for you.  If you are looking for ways to replace your day job, I wouldn’t suggest survey sites.

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Completing Surveys is great for those with a lot of time on their hands, students maybe.

Thanks for taking the time to read this review, please let me know what you thought with a comment below.  If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer.






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