I've been gone for several weeks, been rough and for the first time in weeks I have turned on my computer. So don't yell at me please if I missed a topic here. I have looked.
First thing I find is this sponsor thing when I open FAA. I look around for some discussion and only find a couple discussions about 2 weeks ago. Loads of people don't even know we have it, even Abbie didn't know. It's there. Lots of is it real, it doesn't work, etc.
I followed the instructions tried adding both CODE and Short Code. Code does not link back and appears just as code (looks dumb) at http://beyondessential.com/ and Short CODE will say "landscapes" as an example and links back to FAA landscapes.
I submit it and get an error code from FAA saying "We could not find the link on your page" in red.
Probably legacy code turned back on when they rediscovered that old war bunker in the basement of the site, the one from the 1940's... They bumped into a switch which turned on old functions we no longer use... That's my best educated guess.
It is working for me, I have sponsored multiple pages, e.g. Winter, photographs, Greece, throw pillows. There is a limit of 3 sponsored page links to each of my web pages, but so far I have not hit a limit on total pages sponsored overall.
My web pages are long gone. It became very fussy when each and every single thing had to be linked, mike posters, mike framed prints, mike this, mike that. It became old. Then it was limited on each page etc... And in the end, I put them all on blind pages anyway, the google didn't know they were there, only the site. Its a lot of work to be seen only on that line. So many fighting for that space. It worked better when there were less people, but now? Boy that would be a long line.
Rebecca, I should have said in my previous post - sorry you have been feeling rough, and welcome back! Re "what are you missing" - I see your site is a blog, and as I don't have one I am not sure how you edit this - so, dumb question; did you insert the FAA code in the blog's HTML source code, rather than copy and paste it into a page as if you were writing text?
@Paul I remember a problem when I used the sponsorship years ago ... try to do the search both when you are logged in and when you are not or simply from another browser ... you will see that your sponsored words affect only when you are "recognized" : /
Thanks Stefano, I just checked and my sponsored search results do show up when I am logged out. I tried both Chrome and Firefox on my mobile phone. On some searches I was not visible, but it looks like that is because other artists were also signed up for those searches - in which case FAA will rotate the artists, as it were. I don't know if there is a limit to how many artists can sign up to each search.
If anyone wants to verify my results, try a search for "natural abstract" and you should find me there in some or all of places 17 to 20.
@Paul It goes into a widget. Building a blog is much easier these days. You just plug things in and add your text. A widget is one of those things you just plug in where you want it. So where you see the code, that's one widget. It is a code widget. Then where you see the word "landscapes" that is a short code widget. I inserted the FAA code into the widget, saved it and it placed in the word "landscapes" which is working and does link back to the appropriate FAA page. However FAA gives me a big warning saying they can not find the code. Just had a thought, that widget is in the side bar. I am going to put it on a specific page and see if that works.
This is the message I get after I posted the link on a specific page. Same I got when it was in the side bar.
OOPS... SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT We could not find the link on the page that you provided: https://beyondessential.com/weekend-in-death-valley/ Please double-check the page to make sure that the link is present. Only it's all in RED. The link is there and it works. Go to that page and it says "landscapes art". It's clickable.
@David That very thought crossed my mind. Having link backs to FAA does them a ton of good. So far they have a backlink from my page but I have nothing.
They would also stop working, and you had to be updating them constantly.
But the more significant issue for me was they sent people to a page where I was only two (?) images on a page full of other people's artwork. You are advertising for FAA's 500,000 artists, NOT for yourself.
It goes directly against the idea of only promoting your Premium Web Site where you are the only artist.
It was and still is my opinion that the time spent to keep those things working would be significantly more successful posting links from specific images that go back to your Premium Site where you are the only artist.
Floyd is absolutely right. It does you no good to advertise FAA and all the other artists who come with it. Create your own marketing link or banner that leads to your own AW to put on your other sites.
It worked like a charm for me. I never considered it "advertising" because it was just for the bots. It moved my images to the top at least some of the time, which is way better than none of the time. There was really no downside. There was no reason for anyone to click on it if they even found it.
Floyd, I think the point is that those of us who are doing this do not mind if the links to FAA searches, that we place on our websites, are ever clicked on or not. Putting those links there gets us some exposure near the top of some search results on FAA, irrespective of whether anyone ever clicks on the links on our own websites.
That's a bummer, Rebecca. But I agree with Floyd...your time is probably better invested in marketing that leads to your own premium website and not to FAA. I used to have plenty of sponsored links on my blog (when it existed) and I don't think it did me any good at all.
Oh well, still frustrating that it even showed up first thing when I logged in, like it was something new. Apparently I wasn't the only one who saw it, because there was a discussion about 2 weeks ago about and Abbie had not been informed (obviously because it wasn't real). So must have been some sort of glitch or error. A time waster but, things could be worse :}
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