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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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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13
Oct

Where Do You Work At Home When You Can’t Work At Home?

Very shortly, probably within the next few days, our home will be turned into a construction zone. We’re having our back porch enclosed and the bedroom across from the home office redone. Once the porch is enclosed and a new window put in the bedroom, our sliding glass doors leading to the porch will be removed, half the wall knocked out, the kitchen extended a couple of feet and all new flooring will be put in the porch, bedroom and a third of the kitchen.

While my wife has been wanting to do this project for years because we don’t really have a proper dining area in our small 1,300 sq ft home, the next couple of months (at least) will be rather stressful around the LeStourgeon home. It will be great when the project is finished, but in the mean time it will be nearly impossible to get any work done with the demolition, hammering, sawing, dust and general noise that goes along with an undertaking such as this.

I’m looking forward to having all the work done as well, but in the mean time, I’m going to have to have some place to carry on my blogging and affiliate marketing duties for several hours a day where interruptions will be kept to a minimum. There are a few places around the Palm Bay, Melbourne FL area that have “free” WiFi, but at many of them you should buy at least a cup of coffee or something every hour or two so as not to be a complete bum. That can add up when you end up spending $4 to $6 a day, plus gas, just to work away from home, plus I don’t really need to be drinking coffee and rotting out my gut every day.

As I’m writing this I’m thinking of at least two places where you don’t need to buy anything and can work as long as you need. One is the local library, but the connection there slow and you keep having to log in every 20 to 30 minutes. The other is the Calvary Chapel of Melbourne cafe, but they keep it so cold in the cafe you need to buy coffee every 30 minutes to keep warm or go outside to thaw out.

It will take some adjustments and planning to work away from home for an extended period of time. I do occasionally go to one of my favorite spots 3 or 4 times a month just for a change of pace, but this is going to have to probably be at least 3 times a week for a month or longer, so that makes it a different matter.

Maybe I could just rent a corner of an office or a cubicle somewhere for a couple of months. If I could find a nice space for $100 a month or so it might be worth it. I wouldn’t save any money over the cost of coffee and those tempting macadamia nut, chocolate chip cookies at Calvary Chapel Cafe, but I’m sure the office space and my water bottle would be much healthier.

I’m open to suggestions.

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1
Sep

Harsh Realities Of Affiliate Marketing Review, Parts 1-7

I finished up the Harsh Realities of Affiliate Marketing series a few days ago but wanted to write a short review and have 1 single post where you can find all 7 posts in the series and get a quick summary of what each one is about.

I did the series to let mainly new affiliates know that as much as the ebook pimps want you to think how easy affiliate marketing is, it takes lots and lots of work, there really isn’t any shortcut. But as long as you are willing to put in the time, it can be very rewarding and can give you the freedom from a job that so many look forward to, you just may want to be aware of the obstacles in the road ahead though.

The post titles and a short summary of each are listed below:

Harsh Reality 1 – Ranking For Keywords That Get Zero Traffic Means Nothing
Don’t make the mistake of spending time getting your blog or web site to rank for keyword phrases that don’t bring you any traffic.

Harsh Reality 2 – You Will Lose Money Starting In PPC
If you are going to try your hand at PPC, be prepared to lose money before you make money. Set a budget you can afford to lose before you get started.

Harsh Reality 3 – You’ll Never Make A Living With Banner Ads
We’ve all seen those websites plastered with nothing but affiliate banners. If you own a site like that, I can guarantee you aren’t making enough money to buy yourself a decent dinner once a week, probably not even once a month.

Harsh Reality 4 – There Will Be A Major Setback In Your Affiliate Career
If you don’t get slammed at least once in your affiliate marketing efforts and have a disappointing setback, you aren’t trying hard enough.

Harsh Reality 5 – No Risk Equals No Reward
If you’re going to make money at affiliate marketing, you will have to risk time, money or other goodies until you get the whole thing figured out. Even when you start making some money, you’ll have to take risks to get to that next level.

Harsh Reality 6 – Those Who Analyse The Most, Do The Least
If you’re stuck in the perpetual cycle of over analysing and planning, the only way out is to actually do something. Ultimately it is the action part of affiliate marketing that earns you the money.

Harsh Reality 7 – Don’t Count On Your Blog Making Money
If you are blogging about how to make money online, it’s probably a good idea that you go out and make some money first.

The real harsh reality of affiliate marketing is that you can make some very good money having an online business, you just have to watch out for the lazy work habits, stupid mistakes, bad advice, deceptive marketing and false dreams that can end up hurting you in the end. However, some of these trials are a good thing to work through, that way you know what not to do. The better perspective you have on the truth about being an affiliate, the better chance you have of making a living at it.

I hope you enjoyed and benefited from the Harsh Reality series.

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27
Aug

20 Question Interview On TheAtHomeCouple.com

The nice thing about blogging is that you meet some really great people from them leaving comments on your blog and by you leaving comments on other blogs throughout the net. A frequent reader and commentator at Affiliate Confession has been Elijah from TheAtHomeCouple.com. Elijah and Veronica write about their journey into the realm of internet marketing to document the struggles and victories and also give advice on what’s working for them. Their blog is a refreshing change from much of the usual mess that clogs up the blogosphere.

Elijah recently asked if I’d be willing to to a 20 question interview for his blog, I gladly accepted and he published the interview today. The questions deal with all the important things in affiliate marketing like my shoe size and who my favorite superhero is and he also managed to slip in a few that deal with boring stuff like making money online. I had a great time answering the questions and tried to be as informative and witty as possible.

So instead of me writing a long-winded post today, just head over to The At Home Couple and read the interview. And don’t forget to leave a comment, cause that’s how this blogging thing works.

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