7
Jul

Black Ink Project 2.0 Starts Today

Black Ink ProjectIf you have heard of or followed the Black Ink Project, you are in for a treat because Jeremy Palmer will be starting the second set of classes today in the appropriately named Black Ink Project 2.0. If you don’t already know Jeremy, he consistently brings in well over $1 million a year in affiliate revenue and with those kind of results, is probably someone you should listen to.

The first Black Ink Project was loaded with information from the very basics on how to find a profitable niche and how to set up your affiliate business to more advanced topics such as building a sticky site that people come back to and pay-per-click mastery amongst many other topics. Jeremy also included some rather high profile internet marketers in his training sessions such as Amit Mehta and Aaron Wall and all this info cost participants exactly nothing.

What I got most out of the Black Ink Project was seeing Jeremy set up an affiliate web site and hearing his mindset on how he builds sites so as to give his visitors the whole experience of the product he’s promoting, not just a landing page and then sending them off through an affiliate link. While Jeremy does build nice quality landing pages, he also has lots of other value added info for his visitors who want to stick around for a little longer and learn about the product they are considering.

Where Black Ink Project 2.0 is going to differ from part 1 is it will be laser focused on building one website promoting one and only one product. Jeremy will include a detailed step-by-step process on how to build a site and how to launch a PPC campaign to get traffic to it. The 15 part training course will be 10% theory and 90% work as we get to see exactly how Jeremy builds the site through high res videos. Black Ink Project was live and BIP 2.0 will be recorded and each days session will be available at 4pm Pacific time for download. A chat session to answer question and discuss the training will be available at the end of each of the 3 weeks of sessions.

And to top it all off, when you participate in the class you get a free copy of his affiliate tracking and cloaking software, Optimize My Site. This is a self hosted program that will help you track your PPC campaigns to achieve maximum profitability, and you get it for free just for participating in the free training.

Again, the course is completely free, limited to only 1,250 participants and only requires that you sign up for a free trial of the Meet Me Now WebEx web presentation and meeting system. You can cancel the free trial at any time as I have already done and can still participate in the class. Meet Me Now is a robust system that allows you to hold PowerPoint and computer screen video like presentations and training sessions on the web with your customers, prospects or other participants. I gave it the once over and although it is a nice system for those needing to do online training and classes, it just isn’t something I’m going to be using at the present time.

The Black Ink Project 2.0 starts today and is something you should definitely participate in if you are serious about your affiliate marketing career. Don’t forget it’s completely free and you can sign up for the classes here.

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2
Jun

May 2008 Affiliate Income Report

Another income report for Affiliate Confession shows a significant increase over last month to the tune of about 22% even though expenses were the highest they’ve been this year. Total expenses including advertising, PPC and outsourcing to Elance.com came in at $304.73. PPC advertising is paying off for my BANS stores and my single best store earned $658.44.

Significant gains were made this month at eBay and Clickbank and total earnings for May were $3,334.72 and after expenses, net earnings came in at $3,029.99 for the month. The breakdown of earnings is as follows:

Google Adsense – $1,375.97
Commission Junction – $150.47
EPN – eBay – $893.54
Meal Planner Ebook – $102.00
TripAdvisor – $191.97
Auction Ads – $43.50
Clickbank – $399.24
Private Advertising – $70.00
AzoogleAds – $46.85
Other Affiliate Programs – $61.18
 
Total Revenue – $3,334.72
 
Advertising & Expenses – $304.73
 
Total Income – $3,029.99

Commission Junction sent out an email last month stating that some past due and under reported eBay member sign-ups as far back as February were to be paid this past month, but I have yet to see any revenue from that.

The month of June should turn out well as I have $750 from the Webmaster-Talk contest winnings to spend on PPC or other advertising plus I’ve budgeted anything over $2,500 in earnings to go to advertising as well, giving me a total of $1,279.99 to spend. As long as I keep earning that back the advertising budget should be very nice. Most of that will be spent towards pay per click.

The Black Ink Project continues this week with the first session being taught by Amit Mehta entitled Pay Per Click Mastery. With all the money I have to spend on PPC, I will be especially interested in today’s class. With another 22% increase in affiliate income in June that would be an all time record.

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2
May

April 2008 Affiliate Earnings Report

It’s time for another affiliate earnings report and income was down a little bit from last month mainly because expenses were about $200 higher this month. I’ve been doing a little more advertising, experimenting with PPC and paying for some services over at Elance.com. Hopefully these things will produce an increase for this month’s earnings. I also discovered that Microsoft Adcenter affiliate program is now run through the Microsoft Partner Program as it has been for some time, so I signed up for that again and that should increase revenue as well. Currently Microsoft AdCenter is offering $75 in free clicks for new sign-ups. It’s a great way to start off learning how to do ppc without risking your own money.

April total earnings came in at $2,602.64 and after much higher advertising and other expenses, net revenue was $2,352.31 for the month. The breakdown of earnings is below:

Google Adsense – $1,298.93
Commission Junction – $335.99
EPN – eBay – $361.56
Meal Planner Ebook – $136.00
TripAdvisor – $183.68
Auction Ads – $77.19
Clickbank – $164.29
Private Advertising – $35.00
Other Affiliate Programs – $10.00

Total Revenue – $2,602.64

Advertising & Expenses – $250.33

Total Income – $2,352.31

I did get an email from Commission Junction earlier in the month stating that they were going to include a make good adjustment in our next check for ACRU’s (new members) earned through eBay because of reporting problems that go back as far as February. We’ll have to wait and see how much that might increase income at $25 a pop. I have no idea whether I’ll get several or none.

Combined earnings from CJ and the new eBay Partner Network came in better than just CJ did last month, so it looks like the new EPN is going to be a good thing although myself and others are still seeing some anomalies in EPN reports.

This month will continue to see expansion of my Build A Niche Store network as there are 10 stores now online and more content is being worked on by writers hired through Elance.com as I write this. The Black Ink Project with Jeremy Palmer starts on Monday and I continue to work my way through Aaron Wall’s SEOBook learning much about SEO, PPC and other marketing info. If I get nothing more than a better education on how to build successful PPC campaigns out of these 2 courses, I’ll consider that a success.

Looking forward to a busy month of May.

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21
Apr

Twitter Doesn’t Suck Like I Thought It Did

Twitter BirdI can’t think of anything in the last several years where I’ve completely changed my thinking about it in 24-48 hours. I’m talking about a 180 degree change from thinking this is the dumbest thing ever to, wow, this is great and everybody should be using it. I’m now a total Twitter believer.

Probably the biggest thing that convinced me as to how useful Twitter could be, was when people started tweeting my posts. First Wordvixen tweeted a post, then Jeremy Palmer tweeted my post about Twitter being hard to explain. Then I discovered I had nearly twice as many followers on Twitter as I had friends on Facebook, and it only took 2 days to do that. The light bulb is on at level three now.

And not only that, I like Twitter much better than I like Facebook because I can get a quick rundown of what everybody is doing or if they have an interesting article I might want to read on their blog. I don’t get assaulted with ads, or lame applications to install, or people contacting me that I have no idea who they are, or repeated friend requests that I’ve ignored over and over, or stuff that I’m just not interested in. I am a full time affiliate marketer and Facebook seems like a playground, whereas Twitter seems more serious and if I see tweets I’m not interested in, it’s simple, I just don’t read them.

Also, Twitter can actually save you time if you don’t abuse it. I’m trying to follow the major bloggers I read on a consistent basis by watching their tweets and most of them will tweet a new blog post, which keeps me from unnecessarily perusing their blogs and wasting time. Since you can have multiple accounts, Twitter can also be used to send out updates to a specific group of people such as with Jeremy Palmer’s Black Ink Project where he is mentoring a group of 1,000 people on how to be profitable in affiliate marketing, which he is graciously doing for free.

No, Twitter definitely does not suck like I though it did.

Follow me on Twitter.

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