Archive for May, 2009

May 31st, 2009

Finding your Direct Track CD Number

Sorry guys… Nothing special about this post. This is in response to the emails and instant messages. It’s just a video of how to find your CD number in the Direct Track networks.

May 25th, 2009

Just a little update on EVERYTHING

Hey everyone. I just wanted to give a little update on what is going on in the Cashtactics world.


First off we have our second Meetup202 going on tomorrow at 11:00 am.  If you are in the DFW area and want to join us for a little networking then please feel free to stop by.  Here is the link to the group so you can find out where we are eating, what we are doing, and who else is going! >>CLICK HERE<<

———————————————- t-shirts have been made and sent off to the printers.  This has actually been in the process for a long time now and I just need to get to the phone and call them with the sizes that I need. The shirt was originally designed a few months back and due to some busy schedule I have had I just never got it to a printer.  Well the design is now at the printer and just needs a phone call from me to say DO IT. I changed the design colors so I could drop this on a black shirt.  I’ve played around with a few colors and this looks the best.  A white shirt looks good to but just reminds me of a plain old “T”. Here is a pic of the shirt for those of you who haven’t seen this yet.


BAM… I know… it’s sexy don’t lie.


Okay moving on. Wednesdays we are going to continue the live uStream cast.  It was pretty fun jumping on a cam and talking with other bloggers and readers of Cashtactics.  We really didn’t talk about anything good we just kinda messed around and chatted about nothing.  When I jump on this week I do want to spend some time talking about some stuff.  And every week I’ll try and talk about a few things I find are important and give some tips. Then when its done we’ll just hang out and chat about nothing at all.  We had some fun people jump on even some well known people in the marketing industry.  Jump on Wednesday at 6:30 PM (Central) to see who we have partying with us! I’ll post updates on my twitter account throughout the day to count down to the live cast.


The MarketLeverage contest is almost over.  I’m not going to give a full break down like I did a couple weeks ago.  The only person right now that is going to win a prize is CD7964. Kinda makes me laugh this guy is almost guarenteed to win 1st prize…a Dell 24? Flat Panel LCD Monitor. I’m not going to praise him as the winner yet as there are a couple people in close second/third.  Two people that don’t win anything from MarketLeverage will be given $50 from Cashtactics.  If you want to know more about the contest then… >>Click Here<<


The PPC Mentoring that we release 3 months ago seems to be going pretty well.  Several success stories have emerged from people that just got started to people that have been trying to make money online for several months.  The key to our mentoring program is the people inside.  They are helping eachother to success and Andrew and I are there to guide them as well.  This has become a great community with people sharing their campaigns so that we can break them down for you.

If you would like to join in the PPC mentoring then… >>Click Here<< For those individuals that don’t want to join the PPC mentoring but want to learn more about Internet Marketing or want to learn some tricks of the trade that don’t make it to the blog then jump on in to the membership forum and get reading! The members forum is your opportunity to chat with other Marketers and Affiliates.  If you have questions and I can’t get to it then jump into the forum and see what others have to say.  Don’t worry… You won’t get hazed in there. If you want to join the forum or check it out then… >>Click Here<<


That’s all of the news that I can think of right now.  I’m sure their is more but I’m busy busy busy and can’t remember anything else.  Oh hey… I’ve had a few people ask me when Andrew is going to post a PPC suicide post.  I don’t know the answer so stop asking LOL.  He has been visiting his parents and should be back in a couple of days.

OH another thing… recently I have been getting a lot of comments in the blog from what appears to be spam but they are legitimate responses.  The problem I’m having is they are definitely attempts to get some SEO links to sites.  If I see these I will do 1 of 2 things.  1.  I’ll erase the URL in your comment or 2. I’ll delete your comment if you make a bunch in 2 minutes.  Posting things like that is like shitting on my blog… You don’t see me going over to your place and taking a dump on your front porch.  GTFO.

That’s all I can think of right now. :)

May 19th, 2009

Live uStream Wednesday night!

ustream-logoYou heard that right.  May 20th, 2009 I’ll go live on  My uStream channel is: . At 6:30 Central Standard time I’ll jump on there for about an hour to talk and chat with you guys.  There isn’t any set topic right now.  I’m hoping to make this weekly or at least bi-weekly. I’ll start tweeting a count down tomorrow around noon so that you won’t forget :).

Here is my twitter accout:

If you want to be able to comment you can sign up with a ustream account or you can add me to your skype and talk to me on there.  My Skype username is its_kris.

I’ll see you there!

May 18th, 2009 – Multiple RSS feeds in one easy location

affbuzzI don’t know about you… But in my spare time I like to see what other people are talking about.  I like to read blogs and forums and find out what the “buzz” is in the Internet/Affiliate Marketing community. was created by Justin Barr of San Francisco, CA. A few days ago I asked Justin why he created the site and this was his reply: “CAUSE I’M GOOD LIKE THAT!”… No I’m just kidding I never asked him that.  But I must say… I wish I was the one who thought it up.

Affbuzz is where I can go in the morning for 15 minutes to see what everyone else in the IM/AM blogosphere is talking about.  I can immediately see which posts are new so that definitely saves me some time. I can also see what the buzz is in certain forums.  The best thing is… I can do it all without opening up 100 different windows.

If you have a blog that you would like to see on don’t be afraid to let Justin know.  Infact… I’ll help you out. Click Here and make a suggestion to Justin.

Here is my own little suggestion for Justin (Lets see if he takes this and runs with it or runs the other direction).  Set up CATEGORIES!.  Tabs at the top of the page that people can click to see just forums, PPC blogs, SEO blogs, Justings “Fav” blogs, Corporate blogs (CPA Networks and Search Networks).  Just a suggestion.  Might make my morning go a little quicker.

Justin you out did yourself on this one.  Excellent job and keep up the good work!


May 14th, 2009

PPC Suicide – Part 3 – Must Read

jump_off_cliffOk, so I decided to scratch the idea I had for this post and write about a new idea that literally EVERYONE struggles with, even those so called Super Duper Affiliates. As I write this I am presently on a plane flying to visit my family for a few days and if I’ve never told you so, I completely enjoy the ability to work from almost anywhere. I am a bit frustrated at the moment as my flight was not only delayed for almost an hour but once we did board we had to turn around and de-board 20 minutes later and wait on a totally new plane altogether. No worries, by now I am calm and collected and don’t mind sacrificing time for safety. Moving on…

The issue of today’s discussion is something everyone has heard before (repeated tips doesn’t mean it’s outdated or bad) but not everyone understands the life or death effects that can result from the decisions encountered, at least relating to PPC marketing. I bet you’re asking, “Well, what the heck is it…” and I say, “PATIENCE!”. No, I’m serious, PATIENCE is the tip. Why? How come? What for? I’m not a patient person, I can’t have patience, and what should I do? I’m not going to lie to you, I’m not the most patient person in the world and in some cases I have no patience at all but being an entrepreneur that is a characteristic you MUST develop in order to succeed. Quick decisions usually result to be your biggest mistake, that is, until you’ve developed enough experience and skills to know how to follow through with a good decision even if it’s made quickly.

Many of you know about the Free PPC Mentoring Forum we have here at and even my private mentorship. Every time I look at a scenario presented by a student there are two things that typically pop in my mind. One, I can tell that they need to be more patient or two, they need to better understand the metrics and data that needs to be collected to make appropriate decisions. Let me outline a simple scenario for you and the reasons I suggest looking over your own performance and decision making.

Scenario #1:

Lets say Marketer 1 has setup a campaign with a daily budget of $100/day on Google Adwords. Great, he’s excited, he has a mentor or part of the free mentoring forum and he’s confident he can get this profitable and fly around the world helping others through his blogs posts. He’s starts the campaign by split testing two ads per adgroup and two landing pages, per instructions and as common sense lays out.

Day 1 Results:
Spent: $104.00 (his max budget is $500 for this ‘test’ campaign.)
Revenue: $0.00
Avg. CPC: $2
Total Clicks Purchased: 52
Landing Page 1: 20% CTR – (a total of 5.2 clicks came to this page.)
Landing Page 2: 23% CTR – (a total of 5.98 clicks came to this page.)
Offer payouts range from $30-38 per lead but with 0 conversions, he has $0 revenue. So he loses $100 and a total of about 11 clicks even made it to the offer. * Side Note – And some of you wonder how come you don’t get a conversion after spending $104+ on a campaign. It’s because you don’t focus enough attention and patience on your landing pages to get them improved enough, so you waste 80% of your budget by just throwing it into the Google Trash can. * He then makes drastic changes such as, changing his daily budget to $50/day, adds new keywords thinking the ones he does have don’t convert, pausing keywords before they reach a certain cost/conv stat and many more. Marketer 1 repeats the above results all the way through Day 5, discarding attempts to improve his landing page or ad copy and lowering CPC costs.

Scenario #2:

Marketer 2 actively reads CashTactics, joins the Free PPC Mentoring forum or gets some form of good mentoring, follows the advice given coupled with their own desire to succeed. Take all of that, dip it in PATIENCE and you will be profitable before you know it.

The most terrifying thing to people is the fact that they log on every day and see that they are losing money, perhaps your optimization strategy is flawed or do you even have one? But rest assured that every PPC marketer has had to deal with that same issue of patience, and some still have to keep their self in check. That is why I suggest you set aside a budget of at least $1500, do your research, set up tracking, setup the campaign, and launch it with a fixed daily budget of say $50/day. Then you can compare one day’s data and results to the previous day’s data and results. Slowly making improvements on your landing page, ad copy, filtering out bad keywords that get 2x payout and 0 conversion, adding in new keywords in small batches, and slowly you will develop a group of converting and profitable keywords. So what if you spend $5,000 in two months and lose $3,500 of it, if by the end of 60 days you are profitable doing $100+/day in profits. Isn’t it worth the wait? The agony? The horror? But of course!

A very reasonable goal of $100/day net profits is achievable within a 3-6 week period. You just have to dig in and be mindful of the decisions you made. Another tip I want to leave you with, if you launch a campaign, only to rebuild and relaunch the same campaign a week later, it’s basically like starting over from scratch and you will end up losing more overall.

Get to it! Join our Free PPC Mentoring Forum and take the pain!

*I shall not be held liable for any of your successes or failures. I am simply a contributor of information gained from my personal experience, which most have done very well with.*


May 12th, 2009

Did you hear about Google’s NEW rule?

That’s right… Effective June 4th Google will no longer be protecting trademark terms. That means you can now bid on your favorite music artists, celebrities, and brands. This is HUGE if you run polls or even competing company offers. Here are my three favorite picks from the list of over 150 countries that Google will no longer investigate.

  • United States (US)
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • Canada

BAM That’s money right there. Unfortunately my #1 country isn’t on the list.

Click here to see Googles official list!

Click here for the article in Search Engine Journal!

Get those campaigns ready. It’s going to be a dirty fight to take over some of those trademarked terms!

You will need to remember to look at the original TOS for the offers that you are running.  Some offers make their own rules and you will still need to follow their rules on bidding on trademarked terms.

May 10th, 2009

The Next Big Step

foot_stepsAfter you have your little work space set up. You then need to form a game plan.  Every successful business has a game plan.  They have a direction they want to take their business and they know what they need to do to get it done. Now is your turn. This is like goal setting, but it is also about structure. You can do this really formally with an official business plan or you can do this informally with some notes on a piece of paper. I suggest writting a business plan as that will get you pumped and motivated to get some work done.

This first thing you want to do is identify what exactly it is that your business does.

Do you:

  1. Run PPC campaigns
  2. Run PPV campaigns
  3. Perform SEO for others
  4. Build websites for others
  5. Build personal websites
  6. Web design for others
  7. Copy writing for others

There is a whole list of things that you business can do.  My suggestion as you are starting out is to pick only one or two things that you know how to do and learn to do them really well.  Once you get that down then branch out.  Look at how my business was structured.  I started doing PPC for myself.  Then I started to do PPC for small businesses.  Then I did SEO for small businesses. And lastely I added webdesign for small businesses.  That means that I went from doing PPC for myself to a full on PPC, SEO, and design service for small businesses.  Just because you are an Internet Marketer does not mean that you have to ONLY do your Internet Marketing.  Some of my best clients paid me $10,000 just to perform SEO, and set up (not manage) a PPC campaign. That’s a lot of money for a little bit of work. The great thing is that they were happy because they didn’t know how to do it… But they found someone that could do it well.

When you start out though you don’t want to jump right in and do PPC for other people.  First you should learn how to do it yourself.  Once you get the basics down and you can set up your campaign, split test, and overall run them, then you can run them for other people.  Think of it like this.  You are new in the industry… You don’t have a lot of money to spend.  But with the little money that you do you have you begin to consistantly make some money online. Someone in your area hears through the grape vine that you market websites online.  So they approach you and say, “I have a $15,000 monthly advertising budget.  How can you help me?” BOOM.  Instant and easy money for you.  You can get even more practice in online marketing WITHOUT using your own money.  I kid you not when I saw there are people out there with rediculous budgets that have NO clue what do to with it.  And they will look for the person that can do it.  They are out there.  Sometimes it takes some digging to find them… But they are there.

Sorry I went on a little rant there.

Figure out what your plan of attack will be and go for it.  Whether its for yourself or for others you need to know and have written down what exactly you will do.  That will help to keep you more focused.

DO NOT take on too many projects at one time.  I tell this to a lot to people that I talk with.  If you do you will only get discouraged as you have NO completed websites making you money.  Slow and steady wins the race.  I promise you this: If you work on one project to completion, then you WILL NOT get discouraged and you WILL begin to make money online. Completion isn’t just a built website… It is also getting traffic to the site and optimizing the site to the traffic.

May 5th, 2009

Market Leverage Contest Update

Hey Guys and Gals,
Here is your update for the ML Contest. This is a direct copy and paste from my MarketLeverage account.

CD7971 $12.63
CD8306 $0.06
CD14782 $13.95
CD15126 $12.83
CD15145 $0.65
CD15152 $8.57
CD15182 $6.56
CD15248 $5.65
CD15258 $0.23
CD15455 $4.12
CD15533 $5.85
CD15552 $3.20
CD15638 $0.24
CD15657 $9.00
CD15691 $0.81
CD15701 $3.92
CD15775 $23.03
CD16177 $0.60
CD16274 $7.00
CD16731 $6.44
CD17369 $1.19

Now remember… In order to be eligable you need to make a minimum of $1000 in your Market Leverage account over the months of April and May. In that table I have shown you will see the commissions that I have made from them.  When someone is eligable you will see my comissions from them is $50 or above.  So from looking at this table… No one is eligable for the ML prize.  BUT… If you remember at the end of the contest I will also be giving away $100.  $50 to two different people that didn’t quite make the $1000 minimum.

So for now… Keep on trying to get your ML earnings up so that you can take home these:

I’ll keep you updated on the 15th or 16th of this month so that we can see who is getting closer to claiming the prizes.

Good luck everyone!  Keep up the good work.  And remember… If you have questions just join the Forum and ask away!