US Supreme Court After Sales Tax Losses From Internet Retailers

When the Internet started e-Commerce in April 1984, there was no specific legislation about Sales Tax when a sale would happen across state lines, so the existing legislation applied: No Taxes.

At first, the existing brick and mortar retailers probably did not see that as being much of a problem since they probably did not even think that Internet sales would ever go anywhere.

However, the truth is that by the late 80’s, Internet sales had already grown to staggering numbers. So large that many associations started lobbying the governments to have people pay state taxes as if they were purchasing in a brick and mortar store in the state where they live.

Such a law tried to make it, but failed. That was in 1992 when a legislation resulted. Legislation which clearly said that if selling in a state other than the business location—as in where the business is registered—then no tax were owed.

This was good news for all Internet Stores. However, that has not just been good to avoid taxes—which in 2018 are evaluated at around $11 billion a year—it was also a way for tiny and small business owners to avoid having to drive through a maze of regulations about Sales Tax.

In Europe, all countries have their own rules too. However, it is per country. Wherever you live in France, the Sales Tax (called VAT) rules are exactly the same.

In the US, that’s not the case. The Sales Tax is defined per state and within the state you have additional rules on a per county and at times per city basis. This is easy enough if you have a brick and mortar location. You determine your Sales Tax for that one exact location. For Internet Sales, you will have to determine the location of the purchaser and apply the purchaser’s city, county, and state regulations.

This is less likely a problem with Internet Affiliates. That is, it’s not really your problem whether taxes are being paid or not. This is the problem of the resellers you are working with. However, it certainly could mean that you will have less opportunities to offer to your readers or the only opportunities are not as appealing.

As a side note, if you are an Amazon Internet Affiliate, then you won’t be affected since already charges taxes in most places. This is because they have warehouses close to most large cities to offer fast services to all customers in those areas.

At this time, only a few states are looking into forcing Internet resellers to pay taxes. It is not unlikely that will spread to all states very quickly… or with a little luck it will be overturned back to normal

6 Points on Selecting the Best Domain Name for your Affiliate Website

A photo of the Domain de Chaumont in France (by the Loire river)

As I often see people wondering what domain name they should use, I decided that I should have a complete page with various points about what is good and what not so good as far as domain names go.

In a jiffy: I have had some experience and a quick answer is: use a “dot com”, make it simple, readable or abbreviation, but in all cases, memorable is best. Continue reading “6 Points on Selecting the Best Domain Name for your Affiliate Website”

Valley SEO

Waterfall with luxurious forest and a local valley

Search Engine Optimization

On my Internet Affiliate website I speak quite a bit about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This is really important because SEO is what gives you traffic on your website and thus shows credibility and gives you more and more hits and more credibility as people start sharing your content, creating links to your content from their own website, etc. Continue reading “Valley SEO”

Can’t I be an Internet Affiliate without a website?

Lone Tree on a Hill

Well, yes. There are actually ways to do Internet Marketing without the need for an actual website. However, there are a few arguments why I would not do that before I give you some ideas floating around about this topic.

Here is why you should have your own website:

Potential Returning Readers

In most cases, having a website gives you a great chance of having returning readers. If your content is felt as being worth the read, there is no reason for someone to come once, read one of your posts from top to bottom and then just leave forever. Continue reading “Can’t I be an Internet Affiliate without a website?”

The New Google Search Console

New Google Console -- Index Coverage Section

You may have noticed that the Google Search Console gives you a link to a new version. Well! This new version is great for at least one thing: it actually tells you about your excluded pages, not only a link to them but the reason why they decided to exclude said pages from their index. This is super practical in order to be able to fix your pages quickly. Before there was no such information about why some pages would not make it and it was 100% guesswork to apply fixes. Since you did not even know which page, on a large website, there was close to no way to know what was happening. Period. Continue reading “The New Google Search Console”

The Importance of Accessibility of a Website

The pictograph of a person in a wheelchair on the pavement of a packing lot.

In order to increase your reach, keeping accessibility in mind is a good idea.

Accessibility is a way to offer people with a disability access to your website. There are mainly two to consider in this area:

  • Blind People
  • Deaf People

There are other disabilities that also affect the content on a website, but they are generally less likely to impact your specific Niche Website. Continue reading “The Importance of Accessibility of a Website”

SEO: No Categories & Tags. Why?!

(Important Note: This is an advance topic, please make sure to get your website ready before you delve in this topic and enhance your website even further.)

If you trust me, just jump to Completely Getting Rid of the Categories & Tags on a WordPress Niche Website and follow the steps to remove your categories and tags. If you need strong proofs for why, read the whole post. There are two main points if you want to cut to the chase: Your Readers Don’t Care and How Do Categories & Tags Do in Search Engines?

What Are Categories & Tags

Whenever you work with WordPress, it offers you to:

  1. Categorize your pages
  2. Add tags to your pages

In general you would create a small number of categories. One category represents what the article as a whole talks about. For example, for this website I could have created: Continue reading “SEO: No Categories & Tags. Why?!”

Niche Websites for Sale!

One way some people are making big money is by building a viable business, such as a Niche Website, and then selling it. The following should help you understand what to look for before selling or buying a Niche Website. Once you’ve done it 2 or 3 times, you’ll have a good feel for it and know exactly what to do. If you’ve been in business for only a little bit and are not sure how to proceed, this post helps you understand the various points to look at when contemplating a Niche Website transfer.

Note that when you are a beginner, you may want to first create your own website. You may have the money to purchase an existing website, but know that you may run into various problems that you would avoid, were you to create a new Niche Website from scratch. That being said, having a website with existing traffic and good content is not a bad decision to make. Creating your own website, though, may be helpful to you as a valuable learning experience. Continue reading “Niche Websites for Sale!”