Archive for September, 2007

September 18th, 2007

New Look Coming And Some Thoughts

Ok, I realize I haven’t posted in awhile here and for that I apologize. I have seriously debated the whole J O B idea and it finally came to my fiance’s decision.  November marks the first FULL year that I have been a FULLTIME Internet Marketer. While I got almost another 2 years in front of that, I still feel like almost 3 years isn’t nearly long enough to give this a true go.

Upon the declination of the offer I discovered exactly what I was going to be writing about. BTW — For some reason some people thought that this was a corporate job offer or something like that. First, most of you know I live in a town of 700 people so a Corporation around here is at least an hour’s drive away and that is something that will NEVER happen. Second, I was really secretive about the offer and information because I was really skeptical. I have made it a point to be as blunt as possible with everything I have done online and with the blackhat marketing reputation, I thought for sure these people would question that and take back the offer. I don’t know why I thought that, but I did.  I let it go until this morning when I asked about it. They really did not care, they basically wanted me to write and be part of their network and what I have done didn’t seem to bother them. Cool, I like people who are not judgemental.

That is over now though, and I accomplished what I initially sought out to do. I was able to figure out what I was going to be writing and documenting and these niches never really did occur to me. I mean, I knew about them but in the way I was going to (attack) them was something I had not thought about doing. Oh, I am doing it now, and the word is that there is some pissed off people. Oh well.

Anyway this blog will be changing. I don’t know how some people will take it, but the look and mostly everything about it will change. It’s not going to be anything fancy either. It’s just going to be a place where I come and lay down what I know, what I am testing and what I am successful with. One thing I should mention is that it’s going to get a bit more aggressive. There are a lot of things that are pissing me off lately, and it’s going to get said.

With that said I love everyone that visits, and I can tell you now that you help me as much as I help anyone else (if I even do). I love the participation and that’s what the blog is going to evolve into. I could not possible manage a forum at this juncture in my life right now. I post a lot in other forums and am in the process of getting my publishing company set up, so I feel if I made a forum and had to shut it down, it would be a huge waste for everyone. I just don’t want to take the chance of doing that to people.

Anyway, the header and template is scheduled for a change and it won’t be anything fancy. Just consider this a place to kick your feet up after a hard day and see what’s happening.



September 12th, 2007

Arrested For Googlebombing (And Insulting The President Of Poland)

I won’t duplicate TechDirt’s content but if you want a good story on what can happen when you think Googlebombing isn’t that bad then go have a read. Try to remember if you have ever engaged in this type of activity or not, but more importantly this dude was tracked down. Scary stuff, but obviously he was an idiot who didn’t cover the prints to well.


September 12th, 2007

Product Launch On A Network Or Do We Dominate And Destroy?

There was a thread in a forum just yesterday that I wanted to publicly address. I have already posted a response there but would like to give the information away here as well. This is no big secret or anything, it’s just a fundamental packet of information you can use when you are preparing a product for an affiliate network.

With all the talk of Clickbank not allowing OTO’s anymore there has been a lot of controversy. They clearly state that the OTO must be on the salespage and what we thought once were brilliant upsell methods after a product purchase have now fallen into “sneaky marketing ploys” Clickbank considers. With this a man asked :

Once they buy the product they get taken to the OTO page to buy another product? Do they have to go through the checkout process over again?

He was followed up with some informative responses but I was waiting to see whether or not he was going to have his product on the Clickbank network. Before launching he made the product available to me to have a read and offer him a review. If I would have had to pay for the information, I would have been more than happy. Imagine that, the guy who hates them dumbass ebooks would have been happy paying for that one. Why? Because he did not make any crappy claims, he gave a step by step method of what he has done and still does. I found the information deeply informative and furthermore, I would to jump in and try it as soon as I read it. Anyway….

Sure enough he was going to put the product on Clickbank. I responded with the information I have gathered and from the own personal email I have received from Clickbank regarding the status of one time offers. I knew it would discourage him, and that was not my intention, instead I wanted to save him from work which ultimately, would have just cost him more time to redo or take away completely.

After he read thru my information he asked if Paydotcom allowed OTO’s. Yes they do. Furthermore, I decided to give this guy a little boost in the legistics of product domination. Now there are tons of things to do, but regarding that I have read his product this is what I told him to do. There is tons you can add to this, but use this as a starting point.

Alright you have a product, we’ll say it’s a digital download you ebook writing SOB’s. While I have nothing against you personally, from a business standpoint I have found that everything can be found for free. While you may put it together in a nice and neat (ordered) fashion, I still hate it. Nonetheless, if your an information seller, he is a great starting point to build off of when you have created a product.

  1. Put the product on Clickbank. Your goal here is to gather Clickbank’s massive affiliate base. They handle all refunds, and payments to your affiliates. It does not get any easier than this. Your at the disposal of 100,000+ affiliates and you do not have to do much (granted) you have a converting salespage. Grab their affiliate base, it’s important :)
  2. Put a replica that is slightly altered on the Paydotcom workplace. This is great because this brings immediate payments to your Paypal account. There are no check cashing fees like with Clickbank and Paydotcom is becoming more and more recognized everyday. The drawback is that you need to process the refunds from Paypal and you need to pay your affiliates. With the mass pay button, you can select to pay ALL affiliates at once, leaving the only work to being the refund processing.
  3. Reinvest your profits from both networks and get you a few advertiser accounts setup on networks such as Commission Junction and Linkshare. There are many, many more out there, but these two networks carry a  lot of (high rollers) and can bring you tons of profits in a short amount of time.
  4. Invest profits into lead generation. This tactic is very easy. You already have a product so now you could offer a condensed version or something like that on networks like Azoogle, Copeac, or even Maxbounty. These networks contain affiliate powerhouses as well. All you need is a lead capture page and pay the advertising costs out of your profits you are already making. Once you get going, if your promoting backend profits from your autoresponder to targetted prospects, your lead generation account will be able to run itself, and you will probably be making quite a substantial profit from it.

These tactics are not secret, and there are tons of other things you can do here, but use these as a general guide to get going with or even to get other ideas from.

September 11th, 2007

Achieving The Dream Or Taking It

I know when I first started online I was only narrowly focused on making big money and living my days out in happiness and financial independence. Oddly enough when your making good or money (or at least its this way for me) there are some things that do not seem so important as other things. Take paid advertising and affiliate marketing for example. I stopped this awhile ago as I got into lead generation pretty heavily. I stopped building lists and selling front end/backend products from my autoresponder altogether. Why? I really do not know, but I can tell you that my level of interest in doing that was just not there.

Is there some cause for this? Absolutely! I was watching at times 35-40 campaings a day on Google. While I could let MSN and Yahoo run, it seems that Google had to change their tampons at least 2-3 times a day. I would find inactive keywords, jacked bids and just overall dumb shit like that. It is a retarded problem to have especially when you have spent two years studying paid advertising, SEO and PPC techniques. On top of that your researching keywords/phrases and engaging in social encounters to get a feel of the market. While I was making money and often REALLY good money, it was just something that caught up to me and I got tired of it.

So moving along I turned to lead generation. This is probably something I will yet again stop doing. I got a cool email the other day but it was sort of a “job offer”. This is something I said I would never do but when “A big boy” comes knocking at you with an offer to blog for them on a subject you have knowledge in, this is really hard to turn down. I just don’t like the idea of being a part of this group. I am sort of a loner and prefer to work by myself, but something is telling me that going to work for them would be a great experience and also maybe get me away from some of the things I have not really enjoyed doing over the last year.

So do I achieve the dream or do I take it?

Do I go and blog and keep working by myself and in the end achieve what I always wanted or do I go do it for someone else and get a QUICK jump on taking it and branding myself? I have not really thought about this. While engaging in blackhat SEO and “other things”, I have never really wanted to brand myself, but now the opportunity is just an email away from turning my head away from all my “so called blackhat ways” and start becoming someone that offers a little more value on the web than an individual skilled in taking over Google Search Results and exploiting loopholes in sites and systems.

The question remains. Do I stay and keep doing what I have been, or do I take the opportunity and try something completely new that involves a group of people smarter than me in journalism, but definitely not so sharp on the marketing side. While I do not claim to be some badass journalist, I feel that I can write pretty well, but most importantly I am a fast learner. Do I take the skills I possess now and try to merge them with the skills they want to teach me, or do I just keep waking up every morning doing the same routines?

I think I know the answer, but defintely some heavy thought going into it tonight.

September 8th, 2007

Using Forum Posts As Unsolicited Reviews In Niche Blogging

As the title reads I said “used in niche blogging”, and I said this for a purpose. While it might be alright to take forum posts and use them as unsolicited reviews on websites, sales-letters..whatever, I personally have never done it. The reason for this is that bloggers quote whatever other people say, it’s plain and simple. So let’s put the pieces of this puzzle together.

I am going to use a generic health topic as an example here. While I hate entering niches for which I have absolutely no clue about, my marketing prowess seems to sometimes take over and I jump in ballzonies first. Case in point, I am getting my tail kicked in the anime niche. So many uniques and so little money coming in. I am working on trying to monetise better but so far, it’s been a rough ride. The easy part is traffic, how retarded is that? (Rant over)

Now we have us a blog on a general health niche. I used this ALOT back in the heavy blogging days. I say “back then” but it was just last year. I am gearing up to start it up again if I can hire some damn writers. The deal is really to just hang out in forums over the niche. No big secret but the trick is to find thread or post specific examples of products that have helped others. Utilizing the search function for thread topics and posts is one of the best weapons you can use in early research of entering a niche.

When you find these posts, make real careful note of them. Your next blog post, sales-letter or review can be right in front of your eyes. Seriously, how many times you seen the same rehashed crap on Internet Marketing Salesletters? It’s grown quite ridiculous, and while most people gripe about (as I am doing here), there is so much to learn and take away from these marketers. They are quoting or generalizing information that is already on the net. The same goes here when jumping into a new niche.

Just get over to the forums and start searching, heck if you have ideas already then you got search topics already in your mind. Get to searching as the social interaction going on is going to give you key points when trying to provide a solution at hand.

Now the cool thing about this is say you went to a forum where some had say toe nail fungus. Getting into this niche for me would be just as bad as anime. I have zero clue as to what goes on with toe nail fungus. If I head over to a forum that it is being talked about it in, I guarantee you within hours I have enough information to go make a website/blog or at least start doing some keyword research.

Another plus is that going to these forums, your going to get specific product names. Some of these products are so new that they are not even online yet. Now this is where you strike it hot. A lot of people miss so many keywords just because they do not show up in a keyword research tool. This does not mean it’s not being discussed. There are gems lying about and if people are talking about how something has helped them, you better bet your donuts that it is worth paying attention too.

Normally I do not participate in these forums. I just join and do my research. Quoting posts or reviews from there and providing a link back is basically the extent of what I have done. I bet you could easily get unsolicited testimonials from over there though. I know for a fact that some marketers just write ebooks based around doing this. It’s not a big secret, just a general tip on the possibilities.


September 8th, 2007

When In Doubt – Be Mysterious!

Alright a lot of you already know that I live in a town with less than 700 people in it. It’s an extremely rural community in the Southeast part of Kansas. It has its up and downs, as I have considered moving away a lot over the last year. Having 2 sons and a third child on the way the though, me and (L) really do not want to have to go and stake out other places to live. There is always the idea that if we did move it could be a huge mistake for the children. I mean seriously, we have been here most of our lives so moving would actually be a tremendous change. I think with everything I have accomplished this past year and all that her and I have gone thru, staying put is the best option right now.

Anyway, living in a small town people always have their assumptions. For the most part I was a good kid in high school so a lot of that translates into people and keeps most of their judgements at bay. Which is good because after some of the things I am going to reveal to you here, your going to know exactly what it means by people “are always watching you”.

Alright here’s the first question I will go over.      Do you sell drugs online?

Yea sure I run all my needles, spoons and pipes thru my Multi Circuit T1 Line. LMAO…As stupid as that sounds if I had replied back with that statement, people would have went for it. Yes to us that is some of the dumbest crap to hear of, but to people not “net savvy” that’s as open minded as their brains allow them to get. So no I do not sell drugs, but sometimes I think about what it would be like, I hear it’s profitable :)

This next one is not a questions, this is just a general statement I get when I refuse to go somewhere or do something. I tend to be a workhorse, especially going into the fall. I can’t take cold weather (literally tendinitis, arthritis, broken bones), so I tend to stay in more. But people (mostly friends) get pissed when I don’t want to do something because I say “I have to work”. I do not know how to put it more plainly, this business is my passion. I have lived paycheck to paycheck with two kids before, and I will never go back, so I work and I work ALOT. To them having the finances to lead the life I do, seems like that I should and would do anything I want to. Most of the time I do, but seriously, I cannot go hang out with people and talk about things I love. Nobody is going to be interested in my network of blogs I just created or my new PPC campaign on Halo3 that is kicking ass. They just don’t get it, so turning them down is something I have to do sometimes.

Am I getting fat because I work from a computer?

Ok first off I would like to thank all my friends that respectfully asked that question. I’ll have to remember to throw eggs at your house on Halloween. Indeed, I am getting LARGER but I am working my tail off on an exercise and diet plan. My soda pop intake is a huge influence on my weight gain and I have cut that tremendously. Unfortunately living the life I love and doing work I actually like comes with putting on a few extra pounds. Who is bringing desert to the Christmas Party? :)

What Do You Do Exactly?

This is the one question that is so broad it irritates me when people ask it. I used to be a real big prick and start talking really fast to make them lose interest. I love it when their eyes start to flutter, and they start looking around. They are always looking to escape the very consequence that spawned from their ill thought social interaction. Now, I just give the mysterious role. It’s not uncommon for 10-15 questions a week when I go out and about of what it is that I do exactly. I just say to them “I work online” and “that’s all I can discuss right now”. This is hilarious because I get to watch human nature search for ways to have their eyes interrogate my with their prejudice. They always want to know more, and realizing that, you can truly have a lot of fun with people.

Well, What Exactly Is Google?

Basically right at the end of this question, if I am feeling froggy I either pether them with petty (often disguised) insults or I take off running like a llama after a hotcake. Seriously, if you do not know what Google is, then you really do not need to hear the mechanics of my online businesses.

This post is not a shot at people who ask me this. These are direct questions and conversations I face offline on a weekly basis. I never intend on being a prick but sometimes it is required. If people are asking dumb crap with negativity in mind already, chances are no matter what you say they will probably walk away with some of left in them. Anyway, I think it is kind of amusing because nobody around here has a clue to what marketing online is. I really do not think it is the marketing part that is hard to understand, I think it is all the steps beforehand of having your automated businesses up and running. In any case, I get a kick out of this crap a few times a week.

I won’t even go into the amount of people that doubted me when I first started online. That is a whole new can of worms right there. Things are different now though. People are not telling me I won’t ever make my living online or even saying I won’t make a cent online, now all they want to do is learn how to do it…………CLASSIC.

September 6th, 2007

General Categories Or Niche Specific Blogs

I got this question in a forum this evening. People sometimes stretch their niche blogs so wide that they don’t know where it begins and ends. A little example would be something like this.

Instead of having a blog on a topic with 10-20 categories, try to dig a little a deeper. The deeper you dig, the easier it is to get ranked for the keywords. What I try to do is take a domain and for this example I will use DVD Players as my example.

So we would have –> (probably someone’s domain :) )

Then we would setup folders and yes I say folder. I am not a big subdomain type of guy. We could argue all day on the aspects of folders and subdomain in terms of SEO but if your using WordPress difference then WTF is the point? Anyway…. would be our “mama” site. This is the site that needs updated the most actually. While all your niche specific blogs will need constant updating, generally speaking those would be like review type blogs. In essence, I have found that getting product reviews in mass quantities is a lot easier for writers than having someone working on your mama blog. You can actually just work on the mama blog and have the niche specific blog reviews outsourced, and this will cut yor time tremendously, it’s almost AUTOMATIC :)

Ok now and then we have folders like this:    

Don’t even know if those are DVD brands, I just use an Xbox 360 :) Anyway, the point is to keep these blogs topic related. You don’t really want a blog where you have reviewing every single category of DVD players because it’s quite possible to get overwhelmed. Besides if your outsourcing the reviews, then you can have a writer work on one blog a piece. It gets much easier when you get into it yourself, I promise.

Now you could have a reviews blog setup with a ton of categories, but it’s quite possible your going to lose your buying prospects due to the overwhelming amount of information. Keep it really freaking simple as I like to say. Besides on your mama blog is where your notifying your readers that review updates are available in your niche specific blogs. Interlinking is always a good thing, no matter what kind of bullshit you hear from people saying interlinking on your domain is bad. They are blogs and that is what they do….they link.

But look at the possibilities here now. This is how we setup for TARGETED readers, prospects and ultimately buyers. You are able to funnel them into their passions. If they are passionate about Sony DVD Players and that’s all they want, then they are not going to want to sort thru a bunch of bullshit about Orion DVD Players. It’s as simple as that. Use your funnel and you can build mailing lists, send them to niche specific affiliate links, whatever it is you want to accomplish. But, keep it simple and split up into specifics and I bet you get much better results.

September 5th, 2007

Introduction To StumbleUpon Advertising For Your Blog

StumbleUponI was checking out StumbleUpon’s Ad Campaign Service today and was actually starting to take quite an interest in it. There are many benefits to a service like this, and if you have a blog that is extremely popular you have the potential to pull some really good traffic numbers. I would say that your blog topic and writing style are going to have huge effects on the nature of such a campaign. Is it worth or not? I really do not know as I am just gearing up to run a campaign on one of my Video Blogs (Vlogs).

Here are a few site testimonials from a couple of large sites:

“By advertising on StumbleUpon, Farecast has been able to reach an audience that is actively looking to find new and innovative websites like ours. An added bonus is the ability to target based on a user’s geographic location or interest in a specific category. This has allowed us to land users on highly targeted and relevant landing pages, resulting in positive Stumbles.”


“StumbleUpon proved to be a wonderful channel to drive targeted, cost effective traffic to our website. Furthermore, their vocal community helped us to further understand how to better position our product.”


“We are a new site that needed some promotion and found Stumbleupon to give us almost instantaneous results.”

Pretty lame testimonials if you ask me, but it is an ad service intended on bringing blogs traffic. I don’t know for sure but it is in my opinion that StumbleUpon users are very finicky and particular as to what they like in a blog. I have always found that the “bizarre” tag when submitting a page to StumbleUpon always seems to bring the most traffic. I guess trying to cater to that would be an effective weapon, but if your blog is not catered to that, then I guess your only going to get a fraction of the StumbleUpon traffic. At least that traffic will be better targeted right?

Now you should know that StumbleUpon Ads allows you to submit a PAGE from your blog that allows users to to stumble the page over and over again as they go about their business on StumbleUpon. Furthermore it cost about $0.05 an impression, so for about $5 you can get 100 visitors to your page.

Now like I said there is going to be a huge strategy involved here. If you have a dud page then your not going to get much into it. After researching the bizarre tag in StumbleUpon I have found a lot of stuff that I can use to my advantage. Funny videos, weird pictures of people and places seem to be the biggest motivators of users Stumbling your page over and over. So for $5 you can take the chance and use it as a means of research. If your page is shit then you will know right off the bat, but if you have a page that takes off and people start to Stumble it over and over, you can use this as sort of a marketing weapon to cater blog posts around one of the largest networks of Social Bookmarking. Catering to what their users want is a great way to take a blog from “Zero To Hero” in a short amount of time.

If you would like some tips on how to make StumbleUpon Advertising work for you then go over to Problogger and check out Darren Rowse’s tips that he posted here. I would give you the tips right here but Darren went to great lengths and research to come up with his tips and I don’t want to dupe his content or take anything away from him.