15
Sep

Affiliate Marketing Training

As affiliate marketers it is important to be constantly learning and improving our skills and of course learning that from the people who’ve gone before you and have been successful. While you can get a bunch of that training for free from everything that’s available on the net, sometimes you come across something that’s worth paying for. Shoemoney does Elite Retreat for I think it’s $4k, Affiliate Summit ranges from $900 to $1,700 depending on when you register and there are other courses that are as much or more.

A few days ago I invested in a training course of sorts that’s not quite as expensive as some of the ones mentioned previously, but it is quite a bit more than your regular $49 or even the $97 ebooks that are so prevalent these days. I call it a training course because it’s much more than just a simple ebook. It consists of about 50 videos, 20 short ebooks and guides, and 9 tools including those for keyword research, Adwords spying, keeping track of your search engine positions, an article submission tool and so on. Plus there are bonuses within the course and some coming out on an ongoing basis.

So far the course looks pretty good. There are things that I love about it, there are things that are just okay and there are things that either need to be fixed (which the developers are working on) or that seem kind of cheesy probably because they are already familiar to me. This course is huge and with anything like this there will definitely be things that are old news to at least a few people. Fortunately the developers have taken that into account and have labeled the content for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.

Right now I’m going to refrain from telling you exactly what the course is because I haven’t fully worked through it yet. Quite frankly, the course is overwhelming because there is so much material. It is organized very well into modules such as seo, ppc, article marketing, building sites, sales conversions, keyword research and more, but there’s so much stuff it’s hard to know where you should start .

In the next few days I’ll be doing a complete review of the course and may do more in-depth reviews of some of the modules and tools as I get a better grasp of what you can do with them. There isn’t any way you can get through all the training has to offer in just a few days. Of course this will be an honest review of it mainly because that’s what I do here and yes, I actually invested the money necessary to purchase the course. No fake reviews here, I own the product. Stay tuned.

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18
Apr

Freaky IP Switch Leaves Me Unable To Blog Comment

I had a strange thing happen to me this afternoon. Actually, it’s still going on. Perusing through a few blogs as is usual most every day, I tried to comment on a Shoemoney post and my comment didn’t show up. WTH(heck)? Then I went over to John Chow and commented, same thing? Problogger, Entrepreneur’s Journey, all the same. I can’t comment anywhere.

By this point I’m thinking, what the heck is going on? Has the Akismet database identified my email address as spam? It certainly shouldn’t, because my spammy days are over, and I’ve never done any spammy things with this email address in the first place.

I then wen’t over to WhatIsMyIPAddress.com and saw that my IP address is different that what it usually is. How did that happen? It also shows my location as being somewhere near Kissimmee Florida instead of Palm Bay, around 60 miles away.

Apparently since my IP address has been changed, every blog I’ve been commenting on no longer recognizes me for who I am and requires that my comments get prior approval before being published.

This is a drag. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long before I’m able to carry on the conversation again. I’m still who I am and no one is impersonating me, at least I don’t think so?

Freaky…

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17
Apr

Explaining Twitter Is Like Explaining Sex To A Virgin

TwitterSo I took the plunge and signed up for Twitter yesterday. Why? Simply because everyone else is doing it. Every time I turned around I was reading another post where everyone from Problogger to Shoemoney to Zac Johnson were singing the praises of Twitter. I probably wouldn’t jump off a cliff with these guys, as the saying goes, but I figured with Twitter it was time to get my head out of the sand and just sign up.

The reason I signed up was because I figured it must be important if all the top internet bloggers and affiliate marketers are Twittering. However, most of the explanations of the way Twitter works or what the benefits are, don’t really do it justice. Trying to explain Twitter, is like trying to explain sex to a virgin. You don’t really get it until you do it.

My thinking on Twitter had been, it’s probably something that’s just going to take time away from other things that I already don’t have enough time for, but once you sign up, you see the obvious benefits. The best explanation I can give is that’s it’s like a mini blog that you post to whenever you are doing something that you may want to tell your subscribers, or followers as they are called, about. You can also keep track of what others are doing and follow them and you can even reply to those you are following.

It’s funny how this whole Twitter thing evolved for me. Like I said, I kept reading about it everywhere and read about Shoemoney going from not getting it at all, to being completely into it. I made a comment on his blog yesterday about it and then probably 10 minutes later Wordvixen left a comment on yesterday’s post about Elance saying she would be tweeting the post. I thought cool, what’s that? I checked it out and bingo, the compact fluorescent bulb went on. Wordvixen had informed all her Twitter followers about the Elance post. I have seen the light

Really, don’t even think about it. Stop being a virgin, sign up and follow me on Twitter.

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2
Apr

Big Prize Scored In The Latest Blog Contest

Aaron Wall's SEO TrainingThe Craziest Internet Marketing Contest Ever ended yesterday and the winners were picked in a marathon Excel spreadsheet session by Gyutae Park early this morning. I can’t imagine having to figure out all the points everyone accumulated. The good news however, is that I won a very substantial prize in the contest, a 3 month membership, valued at $300, to Aaron Wall’s SEO Training Program which includes a copy Aaron’s SEO Book, the authority on SEO. I though I would have had a good chance to win an H2 Hummer, but that turned out to be an April Fool’s joke, which I hate to admit that I fell for.

I’ve checked out Aaron’s site before and had it in the back of my mind to spend more time there, but since there’s only so much space in my brain I can rent out at one time, I’ve never really gone beyond a superficial look. Now I have a good excuse to spend some serious time looking into SEO and learning it. This has definitely been a weakness of mine since most of what I’ve learned has been the basic, write good content, meta keywords, meta description, keyword in the title and keyword on the page stuff. Honestly, I think if I read another article that tells you to use these 4 or 5 things and then your site will be SEO’d, I’m going to scream. There’s more to it than that.

I have a couple of vacation related sites that do very well with affiliate programs and Google Adsense with the little traffic they get. If I could get 1,000 to 2,000 people per day to each of these sites, I could probably retire and do nothing but write this blog. I’m sure there’s something I’m missing with these sites and I’d like to find out what it is beside that meta tag thingy. Hopefully, I’ll learn some info through Aaron’s training program. I’ll be blogging about what I learn and the results I get through the training, but only to the extent that I won’t be giving away any proprietary info.

I am so looking forward to getting into this.

Getting into contests on the web has proven to be quite successful lately. I’ve probably won more by entering blog contests in the last 3 or 4 months than I have in the previous years of my life. I’ve always held out for the $10 million prize from Publisher’s Clearinghouse, but I’ll take what I can get. A $300 prize suits me just fine, especially when it has the potential to earn me a lot more than that.

On another note I want to say congratulations to Michael Zebold of Real Estate Loop who won the prize I sponsored in Gyutae’s Winning The Web contest. Michael will be getting two months of free advertising on my sidebar with a 125 x 125 banner. I’ve sent Michael an email and he can contact me here as well to set things up.

Congratulations to all the other winners including those who won some sweet cash prizes of $50 to $650. It might be a good thing to let the contest mania subside in the blogosphere for a while before the next one, since this latest contest will be hard to top, unless you really do have an H2 Hummer to give away or maybe a MacBook Air, Shoemoney?

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