31
Mar

Your ShoppingAds Unaffected By eBay Affiliate Program Change

ShoppingAdsI just got an email from support at ShoppingAds.com  and there’s great news for all ShoppingAds / AuctionAds affiliates, you won’t need to do anything to your widgets, code or links for the big eBay affiliate program changeover. Apparently everything will be switched over on their end so their affiliates can rest easy. Support said that there might be a slight reporting delay, but other than that you probably won’t notice anything.

I can’t tell you how happy that makes me because I have tons of links in USFreeAds.com classifieds, on blog posts and other web sites and I was dreading the switch. This should be quite reassuring for all eBay affiliates and stem the worldwide panic just a bit. If ShoppingAds will smoothly get through the eBay affiliate transition, then we as individuals shouldn’t have too much to worry about. All your present eBay affiliate links go through a redirected eBay domain anyway so I’m guessing all we will have to do is possibly change our affiliate codes in all of our links, but it might even be simpler than that and only require signing up for the eBay Partner Network. Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see.

I received a rather nasty comment just yesterday (which I deleted) making fun of BANS users in regards to the switchover from CJ to the eBay Partner Network. The writer thought Build A Niche Store would now be rendered useless. All I can do is laugh at that kind of thinking because the BANS developers have everything under control and will issue a quick fix probably sometime tomorrow after they sign up for the new eBay affiliate program. The fix shouldn’t consist of more than 2 or 3 files that will just need to be ftp’d to your BANS directories.

I’m kind of looking forward to the change and anxious to see how eBay is going to enhance their already incredible affiliate program. It’s nice to know at least ShoppingAds and BANS will require little to no effort to make the switch. Looking forward to tomorrow.

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30
Mar

Sunday’s Thoughts For The Week – A New Category At Affiliate Confession

Sunday’s around our house are usually a time of relaxing and reflecting on the week and life in general. After we get home from church (I usually spend most of the morning there because I’m in the band) we have a light lunch and enjoy a snack of tea, coffee, cookies, etc., while reading and then take a nap on couch. After the nap we usually go see my parents or take a trip to our local nursing home to hang out with some of the residents there. Consequently, not much work gets done and it’s a bit of a struggle to publish a blog post.

So, Sunday’s posts will be short and sweet from now on, normally not more than just a couple of paragraphs. They will consist of a thoughtful quote that may help you to reflect on life and or business as well, and then a question to make you think and possibly share those thoughts if you choose.

Today’s quote from What A Great Idea 2.0 (a great book by the way):

Life can only be understood backwards; but must be lived forwards.

Soren Keirkegard

This is essential in blogging and affiliate marketing. You must understand your mistakes and successes in order to move forward in your online ventures.

Your thoughts?

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29
Mar

10 Dim Witted Ways To Celebrate Earth Hour Today

Save The Burning EarthLet’s all keep the planet from melting this evening between 8 and 9 pm your local time by participating in Earth Hour. I hope you will get involved in this global marketing effort, turn off your lights for an hour and link to the Earth Hour web site such as I have done to bring more attention to the World Wildlife Fund…er…uh…I mean climate change.

Here are 10 things I am doing today to save the planet in only 1 hour:

1. I’m passing out flyers about this initiative all around my neighborhood to get more people involved. Of course I did use my printer for 1 solid hour and used 1,000 sheets of paper in the effort. I also turned on the ceiling fan and turned down the ac 1 degree because the printer created so much heat in our home office.

2. I’m turning on all the lights at home between 8 and 9 pm this evening. This is actually better for the environment because we will be able to find our way around the house and quite possibly avoid serious injury. I hope hospitals keep the lights on this evening to put stitches in the heads of people who have received gashes caused by tripping on something in the dark. Less head injuries equals less need for electricity in hospital emergency rooms.

3. I will use a gas powered blower instead of our electric blower this evening to blow off our driveway and walk. Of course it will cost me $3 and expel 0.32659 pounds of carbon into the atmosphere to drive our SUV to the 7-11 to buy gas for the blower.

4. We were going to hang out our clothes to dry between 8 and 9 this evening just for show, but the neighbor’s dog got ahold of a couple pairs of jeans off the line the other day and now someone has to make us 2 new pairs in a sweatshop somewhere in China, ship them to us, place them in a well lighted warehouse, ship them to the local store and then we have to spend another $3 in gas driving our SUV to WalMart to get them. Okay, this isn’t working out like we had planned.

5. We won’t be watching TV this evening when CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox spend millions of dollars flying their crews all over the globe in jets to cover Al Gore who will fly all over the globe in a private Lear jet to be at all the electricity burning events celebrating Earth Hour.

6. We just may sit for a few minutes and turn off the lights for show. However, we will be lighting petroleum based candles so we can see in the dark. If you need petroleum based candles, you can find them at WalMart, that’s all they sell.

7. Before we go to bed we will be taking cold showers to save hot water, and then we will snuggle under our electric blanket to get warm again. We wouldn’t want to catch a cold and have to take another ride in the SUV to see a doctor, would we?

8. We will go to bed early tonight so as not to burn more electricity than we need to today. Of course we will wake up early and need to leave the front porch light on tomorrow morning so we can find our way back into the house after taking a walk in the dark, thanks to daylight savings time.

9. We will not use our electrically powered water filter this evening. Instead we will be drinking bottled water imported half way around the world from Fiji.

I was going to write a list of 10 things, but I’ll stop here instead and turn off the monitor to save a little electricity. Beside, I need to hop in our SUV and drive around the neighborhood to finish passing out all those flyers.

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28
Mar

Cool Telescope Affiliate Program

Telescopes.com Affiliate ProgramSometimes it can be a difficult decision to think about what affiliate programs you should join. If you are like me, you may get several emails or few phone calls a day alerting you to the latest merchant offering an affiliate venture. Out of those many emails, one landed in my inbox the other day that really piqued my interest.

The email was about the new Telescopes.com affiliate program and came from one affiliate company, but after checking into the program, specifics of linking and payouts, I decided to join through another company. Why was I interested in this program? It’s a good lesson for finding those possibly hidden affiliate gems when you don’t really know what programs to join.

Astronomy has always been an interest of mine, I took 2 semesters of astronomy in school and even though I haven’t looked through a telescope in years, every time I see a nice telescope I wish I had the money for one and time to enjoy it. The thought of looking at something up close and in great detail, that may be millions or billions of light years away, brings up an incredible sense of amazement in me.

I ended up joining the Telescopes.com affiliate program through NetShopsAffiliates  instead of PepperJam Management because with NetShopsAffiliates you can link to any individual page on the Telescopes.com web site, with PepperJam you can only link to the home page. It is absolutely essential to be able to deep link with any merchant’s affiliate program. If you are going to blog or write a page on your web site about a certain class of telescopes or even a specific telescope, you need to be able to link directly to that item. Sending visitors to a merchants home page drastically cuts down on conversion rates so much that I normally don’t join any affiliate program I can’t deep link with.

If you are interested in astronomy like I am, Telescopes.com is a very cool web site. They have every kind of telescope and optical magnifier you can imagine from simple spotting scopes and binoculars costing less than $100 up to large Mead 16 inch advanced coma free reflecting telescopes costing in excess of $13,000. And with an initial payout of 5% you can earn some pretty decent commissions on the sale of these optics. Telescopes and binoculars are a perfect fit for an outdoors or hobbies type web site, a camping web site or a science and astronomy website.

It’s interests you may have like this in your past that you haven’t been into for some time, that make you wonder what you could to with such an affiliate venture given the chance. It may be something entirely different that commands your attention instead of telescopes, but I’m sure there are several experiences in each of us that could turn from just an interest into a money making venture.

What’s cooking on the back burner of your life experience?

You can join the Telescopes.com affiliate program and may others through NetShopsAffiliates.

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27
Mar

Super Secret Flickr Link Building Technique

I don’t usually divulge some of the more gray hat techniques I use to get traffic and build links, but I messed up this one and through trial and error it seems to be perfected, so I thought I’d share it. It is based on Collin Lahay’s Link Building With Flickr technique and this one takes the process just on step further getting you links on pages with a PR of 3, 4 and even a few with a PR of 5. Flickr has recently implemented the dreaded “no-follow” tag, but I am still getting links in Google using this technique as show below for one of my blogs:

Flickr Links

If you don’t have a Flickr account it’s easy to sign up for one at Flickr.com. You will actually need a Yahoo account (the same as a Yahoo email address) first and then you sign into Flickr and create your account in about 10 seconds.

The nice thing about Flickr is that it lets you leave comments on other people’s photos and what you may not know, is that you can put some basic html in your comments. That basic html allows you to even place an anchor text link. See how this is getting better?

Now, Collin’s technique in a great one because he shows you how to find Flickr pages that will potentially have hundreds or maybe even thousands of links coming in to them. These links will be from people who found the photo through Digg because it reached the front page and had maybe ten of thousands of visitors, consequently people will link to that photo. Eventually these Flickr pages will rank high and get some good PR because of all the links coming in. You can learn how to find those photos by reading more on Collin’s link build technique.  

But what if you want to find pages at Flickr that have high PR already? After using Collin’s technique I started thinking about that and it hit me like a ton of bricks how simple it would be to do. And it gets even better because these pages may give you a relevancy benefit in the search engines as well. (I don’t know this for sure, it’s just an educated guess) Even if you don’t get a relevancy benefit, at least your comments will be relevant to the picture with what I’m going to show you.

How do you find hi PR photo pages on Flickr? It’s simple, you just use the site: command the www.flickr.com url and a keyword. For example, if you had a site about cats and wanted to find high PR photo pages in Flickr about cats, you just plug this into Google: site:www.flickr.com cat . It’s that easy. Then what you want to look for is a search result that says, “on Flickr – Photo Sharing!” at the end of the title. These are the only results that are individual photos rather than groups of photos, a photographer’s page, discussion groups, etc. You may have to click over to a few of these kind of results before you find one with PR. you do all this while you are logged into your Flickr account and there will be a box at the bottom of all the comments for you to leave yours.

A Word Of Warning

As I said at the beginning, I messed this one up, and yes I did it good. I’ve had 2 Flickr accounts banned because I got a little overzealous and posted a few too many links. I always leave comments relevant to the photo I’ve located, but leaving too many seems to be grounds for banning. No big deal, just go get yourself a new Yahoo ID and a new Flickr account and you are good to go. I now make sure I create a Yahoo ID strictly for a Flickr account and do not use the Yahoo ID for any important email because if it gets banned, Yahoo takes away your ID as well. I also limit my comments to 6 or 7 a day and open a new account after leaving around 40 to 50 comments

I don’t know how much longer this will work, but it still seems to be working even after the “nofollow” tag implementation. I just put up 3 or 4 links today and I’ll report back in a couple of weeks to see if I get a backlink in Google.

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