27
Oct

Taking A Little Break At AffiliateConfession.com

Life is getting crazy around the LeStourgeon household. We’re moving into a time of the year when it seems like every week we have something additional to do beyond what’s already going on in life. Jean and I are both in the Christmas musical we’re doing at our church and need to spend time practicing that, I’m playing in the band at our church’s Harvest Party this week, we’re progressing on our addition to our home and on, and on, and on.

All that to say I’m going to be taking a break here from blogging on a regular basis at Affiliate Confession until the first of the year. I’m not going away and will still be posting at the very least once a week, and even as much as 4 times a week if there is pertinent news and affiliate marketing info to publish.

One of the other things I need to be spending time on are to find additional successful PPC campaigns because some of my highest traffic generating campaigns will be going away after the upcoming election. You can generate a bunch of traffic on the Adwords content network by capitalizing on current events, but unfortunately current events only have a life cycle that lasts for so long and then you need to find additional events to take advantage of. Some things, personalities, events or political figures can generate enormous amounts, but the majority of things you think would be great for traffic, usually aren’t. So, it takes a bit of trial and error to find the ones that work well.

Anyway, If you don’t see as many postings from here until the end of the year, don’t be alarmed, I’m still here, I’ll just be working on other things and still posting occasionally.

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23
Oct

Checking Stats – Like Watching Concrete Dry

When it comes to checking stats too much, (Adsense, Adwords spend, eBay, Neverblue, etc.) I’m probably the worst offender. I usually check them early in the morning for the previous day, some stats after lunch and then do the rounds again before I go to bed.

That’s what I plan to do, but it rarely is limited to only those 3 times per day. You might know what I mean. You go to check email and while you’re waiting for it to download, you’ll just run over to your Google account and see how Adsense is doing or how much you’ve spent so far today with Adwords. I do that a lot and then I see something and decide to delve a little deeper and find that one of my sites isn’t giving me the usual Adsense revenue I’m accustomed to, or I see lots of clicks on one of my Adwords campaigns, better check the CPA company to see if I’m earning more than I’m spending.

Pretty soon I’ve spent the last hour over-analyzing everything, stressing out about some little anomaly I’ve run across and I’ve forgotten I just wanted to check email. Funny thing is, my stats will be the same at the end of the day whether or not I check them every time I download email, wait for a Photoshop file to save, wait for a browser reload after leaving a comment on someone’s blog or anyone of a hundred other things where I think I can just “check this one stat here.”

Pouring, then watching concrete dry

It’s kind of like waiting for concrete to dry. We had our slab poured early this morning for the extension on our home and it was kind of cool to watch the whole process take place. The concrete came out of the pump looking kind of thin but I was assured that it would set properly, it’s just a little thinner than normal so it can be pumped through a hose from the front yard to the back yard.

Even though we have thinner than normal concrete setting right now, no matter how many times I walk out of the home office and go watch it dry, it’s still going to cure at the same pace and at the end of the day we’ll be able to walk on it. There might even be some weird kind of mental-wave-mind-meld sort of thing going on that actually causes it to cure slower when watched. You know that creepy feeling when someone is watching you.

Maybe this will be a good reminder not to log into my Adsense account 10 times a day.

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22
Oct

Give Your Affiliate Business The High Five!

The following is a guest post by Jim from theNetFool.com. He writes a popular blog that is all about how to make money online, especially in a down economy. So check it out if you are interested!

Affiliate businesses are all over the internet.  Lots and lots of people are now profiting from doing business across the internet… whether as wholesalers, retailers, or affiliate marketers. Unlimited income can be earned from affiliate marketing. As an affiliate marketer, you and the product or service merchant share in the revenues from any sale or visit that you originate. There are several ways by which an affiliate marketer can earn from his business:  pay per click, pay per sale, and pay per lead. An affiliate marketer can do any one or all of these types of affiliate marketing to earn loads of money.

Not all affiliate marketing programs are guaranteed to be successful… and affiliate marketing is not all about the numbers. Oftentimes, affiliate marketing is advertised as an easy way to make profits. Being “easy” does not mean that you just let things be, and just do the minimum that is required of you. An easy and, more importantly, efficient way to earn from affiliate marketing is to do it strategically. Give your affiliate marketing business the Net Fool “High Five” with these strategic marketing tips on making money on your online business:

  1. Choose your affiliate partner carefully. 
    There is a huge amount of money to be earned in the internet – both legitimate and illegitimate.  You would not want to besmirch your site’s reputation by affiliating your site with a merchant that is bogus. Make sure that the affiliate program you are joining is reputable. Go for those programs that have customer service centers or affiliate support programs. It would also be good to be able to actually talk to a representative from the company offering the program to ensure that you are dealing with a real company and with real employees.
  2. Review your 3 Ps.
    There are 3 Ps in marketing namely:  product, price, and promotions. Your affiliate program should be for a great product that is reliable. It should be a product that is actually proven to deliver what it claims it can do or result in. The price range should be reasonable, although not necessarily cheap since large ticket items would most definitely have expensive price tags. There has to be an incentive for your site visitors to click on a merchant’s link. A promotional link versus a static link would enjoy more clicks.
  3. Write relevant articles.
    This works like public relations. Articles that do not directly sell the products that you are advertising but tell readers about the advantages of purchasing such products in general terms will tweak the readers’ fancy and would most likely prompt them to click on the links. And, since your article was able to convince the reader of the benefits of the product you are selling, the chances of that particular reader buying are higher.
  4. Choose a tiered affiliate program.
    Tiered affiliate programs give you more earnings in pretty much every circumstance. Aside from earning from the products sold from those linking from your site, you also earn from the earnings of the recruits of your recruits and so forth.
  5. Opt for higher commissions.
    Commissions from affiliate marketing programs differ depending on the type of program you choose. Revenue sharing can be anywhere from 10% to 75%. That’s a lot of in-betweens. To maximize your income earning potential, choose marketable products that have higher commissions.

When looking to affiliate yourself with any of the programs in the internet, keep in mind your High Five. Instead of wasting your time joining all affiliate programs that come your way, rationalize your affiliate marketing activities. These strategic marketing tips can help focus you on programs that really deliver and give your affiliate marketing business’ earning potential a boost.

-The Net Fool

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21
Oct

Blogging At The Local Coffee Shop Ain’t That Sexy

Like Some Hott Coffee?I discovered something last week while trying to find an alternative place to work while one-fourth of our home is being renovated, blogging at the local coffee shop isn’t really as sexy as you would think. While it is nice for a change of pace once a week or so to relocate for the afternoon and hang out with other mobile office-mates, doing that for an extended period of time for an entire week or longer, is actually quite a drag.

Here’s how it went last week:

Monday - Headed over to Calvary Chapel WiFi Cafe and after working for 3 hours had to leave and sit in my hot car for 10 minutes with the windows rolled up to thaw out. It’s a great location to work because there are little to no interruptions and you get a huge workspace, but the temperature is so cold you had better dress for winter or buy lots of hot tea or coffee.

Tuesday – Went to SunShoppe Cafe in downtown Melbourne and spent about 4 hours surfing the net, reading and responding in the forums at PPC Coach and working on a BANS site. Not a bad experience, but the temperature was a bit on the chilly side again and the seats were somewhat uncomfortable. However, it was a pretty good deal to be able to use a table for half of a regular work day and only spend $2 on an iced tea. It’s kind of a hip place to spend some time and I’d rate it as the best place I went last week.

Wednesday – Went back to SunShoppe Cafe and hit the lunch crowd…bummer. It was loud and distracting, but at least I wasn’t such a bogart today because I did buy lunch and only stayed 2 hours.

Thursday – Went to the local library. This wasn’t a good experience because I had to contend with some guy sleeping in a chair and snoring loudly near the nice desks with sides panels to help avoid distractions. The snoring was a huge distraction. Moved across the library to the magazine section and sat in front of the music CD table when 5 minutes later someone decided to look through every CD in the rack. Endured click…click…click for 15 minutes.

The biggest drawback I experienced in goin’ mobile last week was simply not being able to get up and take a walk, get some fresh air or take a restroom break for the 3 or 4 hours at these various locations. It’s a bit of a hassle to pack up your stuff and take it to the boys room with you so someone doesn’t walk off with your laptop while nature calls.

The second biggest issue is just the temperature. I can only sit for so long in an ice box before rigor mortis sets in and I can’t move. The only place I’ve found so far where the temp is absolutely perfect is Java Surf on the beachside, but that’s about a 15 minute drive away from the house and you have to buy something every hour to get “free” internet access. 

Unfortunately, the hunt for the perfect office away from home continues…

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20
Oct

EzineArticles.com – Strict On Linking To BANS Sites

EzineArticles.com has always been one of the more popular directories to submit your articles to for picking up those much needed incoming links. It has been my favorite for some time now, but recently, as of the last article I submitted a few days ago, they have become extremely picky in allowing live links in your author’s box.

I’ve never had a problem with EzineArticles.com after submitting nearly 50 articles over the last 3 years or so, but with the last one the scenario went something like this - I went through the usual process and sent in my article only to have it rejected for “linking to a website that violates our terms of service.” Since I have never had a problem I wrote to support and asked for a better explanation. The answer came back that the website I was linking to, a Build A Niche Store site, was nothing but auctions and I needed at least one page of content before they would consider it a legit site.

Obviously the noobie editor that went to my site didn’t see any of the 10 article pages featuring no auctions at all. I sent him a list of of those 10 urls, and while he thanked me, he still wouldn’t allow me to link to any auction page on the site, even though the specific one I wanted to link to had 3 paragraphs of text and an information widget. I had to link to article pages only! While this is still an good incoming link, it totally defeats the purpose of using anchor text to get a particular page quickly ranked in Google by using EzineArticles.com.

While there are plenty of other article directories to use for the intended purpose of links to very specific pages, EzineArticles.com was definitely the best in my book. I will continue to use them for many of my other niches, but not any longer for BANS related sites. Maybe it was a new editor or maybe they’ve just developed a snooty attitude towards certain types of linking.

EzineArticles.com is still a great place to work your article marketing efforts, just be warned that they’ve apparently adopted a stricter policy towards linking to BANS or eBay auction related sites.

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