31
Jan

Have You Joined Pepperjam Network Yet?

Pepperjam NetworkPepperjam Network is the newest affiliate network to hit the net and I joined up a week ago or so after reading the review on John Chow’s blog. It only took about 36 hours for my application to be approved and I even got a personal phone call from a rep at Pepperjam to let me know I had been accepted.

It was pretty easy to quickly find some offers to start testing out and I added a couple here to Affiliate Confession. John Chow’s review states that Pepperjam started their network with more than 100 offers, but I was only able to find 85 and I joined 4 that fit my business model right away.

I initially had a little problem with one of the offers not redirecting to a page I had selected, but I informed tech support and an affiliate manager and they had it fixed in about 24 hours. I wasn’t too impressed though with the fact that neither the affiliate manager or tech support emailed me back letting me know it was fixed. A minor miscue for a new network that claims to be doing something about “poor, unreliable communication tools.” They do however, have a neat tool called Pepperjam Chat where you can talk in real time with various affiliate managers of the programs you belong to, provided they are online. I doubt most will be when many of us affiliates have late night sessions till 2:00 am.

I’m still checking out the interface and was impressed with the layout and ease of getting around. I really liked the fact that of the 4 programs I joined, all 4 had 125 x 125 banner ads to display. This is the preferred size of advertising for most bloggers and I’ve seen several offers from other networks that don’t have these size ads, which doesn’t make any sense at all. Even Google’s CPA network doesn’t have a single 125 x 125 ad. Now, how smart is that?

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Pepperjam also has a neat feature called pepperjamADS where you can display various contextual ads like Adsense from the merchants you have partnered with. You can set up a little widget and have ads display based on your content and your merchants offers. These are not pay per click ads though, so your ads will have to convert before you are paid like any CPA offer.

They do have some unique offers and some that looked interesting were:

Podmaxx– With Podmaxx you can move your music back and forth between your iPod and computer and save your valuable music collection instead of hoping iTunes won’t delete it.

MyNutritionStore.com – Software and an interface to set you up in your own nutrition business with an online store.

Cabin Cuddler – A neat wrap-around blanket you can use for traveling on a plane, in your car or at home. It comes with its own carrying case. My wife would love this because she is always cold.

Jimmy Hendrix Clothing – You got it, clothes in the style Jimmy Hendrix would have worn. If you were a child of the 60’s, or just like the clothes, these are some of the coolest around.

AeroGarden – An indoor smart garden for growing herbs right in your kitchen. Great for those that live in apartments or anyone that loves fresh herbs.

Asian World Of Martial Arts – A great source of martial arts supplies including uniforms, weapons, training videos and more.

Pepperjam has some nice offers and claims to be the “Next Generation Affiliate Marketing”. They also have some nice features that other affiliate networks don’t and who knows, they may give Commission Junction a run for their money someday. I am always looking for offers to promote that fit within my niches, so that’s why I joined Pepperjam.

You can join Pepperjam Network here.

Alan

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31
Jan

Affiliate And Internet Income For 2007 Over $25,000

John over at JTPRATT’s Blogging Mistakes is asking bloggers and affiliate marketers to disclose their 2007 online income, if they choose to, and he will add you to his post reporting on the $16,000 in online earnings he made in 2007.

Many bloggers report their monthly income such as John Chow, but not many report it for the year. I earned $25,964 last year in internet based income. There are a few expenses such as advertising to deduct, but they are minimal and around 95% of the income is profit. I’ll break it down somewhat below, but it won’t add up to the total because there are a lot of little things that I’m not going to hunt down the figures for, so I’ll just stick with the major money makers.

What I earned income from on the Internet in 2007:

Google Adsense – $12,349.64
Commission Junction – $6,436.15
Clickbank – $1,536.00
TripAdvisor – $1,092.43
AzoogleAds – $604.15
and a few more…

Our financial advisor has been pretty impressed with the fact that for the last 2 years I’ve been able to double my online income and asked me this year if I had a plan to double it again. I’m hoping  that will be the case and more and have plans to triple or quadruple it this year. January’s income will be over $3,000, a more than $500, or 20% increase over December. So, it’s going in the right direction.

If you want to report on your income for 2007, contact John at his blog and let him know you’ve posted your earnings and he’ll add you to his post on earnings for 2007.

Alan

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30
Jan

Super Affiliate Jeremy Palmer Gives Away His Ebook

Jeremy Palmer's Free EbookI just got an email the other day from Super Affiliate Jeremy Palmer to let me know the ebook he used to charge $45 for (I actually bought it) is now going to be free. If you don’t know about Jeremy, he is one of the top publishers at CJ and made around $1.7 million in commissions in 2006. Jeremy has over 100 web sites and works pretty much by himself.

I bought Jeremy’s ebook High Performance Affiliate Marketing a couple of years ago and at the time I thought it was pretty good, but now it has gone through either 2 or 3 revisions and is completely free. I was pretty impressed with Jeremy because he wasn’t in the business of just selling nonsense and pushing you to buy his next silly ebook for even more information. He also personally answered questions in his forum and even personally answered some of mine. I thought that was pretty decent of him considering he had more than 100 web sites to manage.

Jeremy has since renamed his ebook Quit Your Day Job – A Blueprint For Affiliate Marketing Success and not only is he giving the 2007 version away for free, he is working on a version for 2008 and giving that away free as well. The book is filled with his insights, techniques and lot of resources that are a huge benefit to the affiliate marketer. And you can’t beat the free price. He decided to give the book away because he no longer wants to sell info products and as he quotes in the email:

The fact is, making money on the Internet isn’t easy. It takes a lot of knowledge, hard work, and above all – persistence. But it’s hard to get people to understand that on an e-book sales page.  Many think that if they just buy this one product or service all of their financial problems will be solved. This thinking is completely unrealistic and a recipe for failure.

I think that statement is quite revealing and says a lot about the get-rich-quick ebook industry, especially coming from one of the top publishers at Commission Junction who’s ebook wasn’t about getting rich quickly at all. 

Jeremy is also redesigning his QuitYourDayJob.com web site to add new content, an updated member forum, scripts and more. His goal is to have the site be a more community driven one than it has been in the past.

If you want to learn from the very best affiliate marketer in the business, then check out Jeremy Palmer’s free ebook. You can also get a sneak peak at the new design of his web site here.

Alan

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29
Jan

Improved Commenting At Affiliate Confession

Just a short note to let you know that thanks to prompting by John at JTPRATT’s Blogging Mistakes, I’ve installed the Subscribe To Comments plug-in so you will now know when someone responds to a post you’ve commented on if you sign up to be notified by email.

I had planned to do this at some point because I respond to comments fairly regularly, but unless you come back to the blog, you don’t know that I or anyone else may have left a response. Now you can sign up to be notified on a per post basis and don’t worry, you can also unsubscribe from any post anytime you want. I hope this will foster even more communication at Affiliate Confession.

I also tried to install the threaded comments plug-in but because of the way IE 6 parses certain pages, my sidebar drops down to the bottom of the page on single posts. It looked okay in Firefox, but not in IE 6 which I use 90% of the time as do 35% of web users. I think it’s a simple CSS fix, but I messed with it for about 30 minutes and couldn’t get it fixed. If anyone knows how to prevent this, please leave a comment or contact me on my About page because I’d love to have comments thread so everyone can respond to an individual comment.

Alan

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29
Jan

Build A BANS Spam Site And They Will Not Come

After my post yesterday about version 3 of Build A Niche Store being in beta and how there will be some significant SEO benefits to v3.0, I received a good comment on a topic that needs to be addressed concerning how you build a BANS store and how they will appear to search engines.

Jean from Popular Wealth said:

Any SEO benefits from any improvements will be wiped out 12 minutes after the launch. Bans sites are insta spam any way you use them and no widely used automated site can escape that fact.

Unless! unless you actually write solid reviews and quality articles. I’ve read about 100 bans reviews today, all pushing insta eBay sites to make you rich, eBay will eventually ban this practice…Write good content!

While I don’t agree with Jean’s assessment that BANS sites are insta spam and that the SEO benefits of version 3 will be wiped out 12 minutes after launch, I do agree that Build A Niche Store could be used in a spammy way. In fact, there are several BANS stores that I have come across lately that could fit the profile of a spammy site, but saying that BANS sites in general are insta spam is like saying Blogger or WordPress is insta spam.

If you haven’t noticed, there are tons of WordPress sites with the default template that are either nothing but nonsense content edited by hand on a daily basis or they are content scraping sites. That doesn’t mean Google is going to ban WordPress blogs from their index or eBay is going to ban WordPress blogs from displaying auctions. In both cases, sites or users will be banned by eBay or Google on an individual basis.

However, if you think you are going to get rich by putting up a BANS store or two or three and in a cookie cutter fashion, you have another thing coming, and it won’t be visitors to your site. BANS should not be used to display only eBay auctions and I would never recommend anyone do that. I can’t tell you how many sites I’ve visited from the Build A Niche Store forums that use a standard template with no tweaks, have no content, no H1 tags, no product descriptions that are nothing but links to eBay. And the people who have built these stores don’t have the slightest idea why they can’t get their sites indexed and why they have no visitors.

BANS is only a tool as is WordPress, Blogger, Joomla and other content management systems. Notice those tools are content management systems and Build A Niche Store can be used in the exact same way. You can build as much content into your store as you want or feel is necessary. I would never put up a site that was full of nothing but affiliate links and expect it to do well. Being a successful affiliate just doesn’t work like that.

The most successful BANS stores are ones that are well designed and pleasing to the eye, give their visitors lots of information about the subject they are representing, title, H1 tag and describe the products listed on each page and possibly let the potential customer know something they didn’t already know about the products that interest them.

If you want to build a successful BANS store, you would be wise to do the same.

Find out more about Build A Niche Store. Hey, that rhymes!

Alan

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