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January 24th, 2010

ASW 2010 Is Over And I’m Ready To Rock

Well… Affiliate Summit West 2010 is finally over and I’m ready to get back into the grind.  Before I do though I want to tell you about the event.  I’m sure you have seen everyone else posting about it, and while I’m sure they have a lot of great things to say about the conference… I unfortunately do not.

The Affiliate Summit conferences in general are very good.  I enjoy them and I will continue to attend them.  BUT… I honestly do not like going to the main event.  The summit is way too crowded.  It’s hard to walk around the meet market. I walked in… Tried to get to the back of the room… Got half way and turned around.  It wouldn’t be so bad if the tables were just a little bit farther apart.  The problem arises when you have 10 affiliates (for example) trying to stand in front of one table. You can imagine the congestion that arises. I think the problem with the meet market could have been alleviated if there were multiple entrances to the event.  I think affiliates need to also realize that the meet market is where you go to meet new contacts that you can go back to during the actual event. It’s called a MEET MARKET.  Not a STOP AND DO BUSINESS RIGHT THEN AND THERE MARKET.  Okay… So I might be blowing this out of proportion.  But seriously the meet market is way crowded and way hot on the inside.

The actual exhibit itself is awesome.  It’s not as crowded as everything is spaced apart pretty well.  The point of the actual exhibit is where you can go to meet those new advertisers or new networks that you found during the meet market.  It is a place of business where million dollar deals are being made.  Some booths do it better than others by creating an environment that affiliates want to be at.  Convert2Media has this down to the “T”.  They know what affiliates want. Other networks… Unfortunately don’t know what they are doing.

I’ve been apart of exhibits at convention centers for YEARS.  From the time I was a little kid I remember my mom taking me to the PDX Convention Center to help her in a booth at the craft shows.  Granted a craft show is different then an affiliate show the same concept of “GET PEOPLE TO YOUR BOOTH” still applies. If a booth has people sticking around then they know whats up.  Next time you are at a convention take a good look at who is in the booth and who isn’t.  Walk down the isles and take a peak at which booth has a bunch of people around it.  You can almost look at networks and their booths are your affiliate landing page.  Which network gets it?  Which network is getting the traffic and which is getting the conversions? eh… It’s a silly analogy but it makes sense to me…

If you want to learn you can definitely learn a lot by going to one of these events.  There are plenty of speakers just make sure you get the right pass so that you can sit in on a session.  Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get up and talk about PPV advertising.  I don’t go to the sessions though so I wouldn’t be able to tell you which ones are good to sit in on. Just don’t go to a session that you don’t feel would apply to what you are trying to accomplish… Common sense but it had to be said.

My wife came with me to this event and I was excited to show her around and introduce her to many people that she has said “Hi” to over skype. We arrived on Friday morning and just putzed around Vegas.  We caught a show and really just had a good time before ASW on Sunday.  Unfortunately for her she dislocated her shoulder on Saturday.  She’s dislocated her shoulder before but this time she couldn’t get it back in.  I was freaking out.  I know what it feels like to have your arm pop out and just dangle there.  Anyways… We got her to the hospital and they got her all fixed up :)

On Sunday I went to the meet market (By myself cause my wife was hurting)… You already heard about the joy that was so I’ll skip those details. I met up with Ian Fernando and Benny Tejeda.  Were were standing around trying to figure out what to eat when Naomi from Bloosky showed up.  So naturally we convinced her that it would be a good idea to have Bloosky take us out to lunch.  We went on a hunt though.  Apparently everywhere in Vegas closes early on Sundays.  Eventually we found a pretty good sushi bar called Sushi Roku.  It was pretty good and I thank Bloosky for the good food.

Later on that night I headed over to CraftSteak for the Ianteract dinner with Elite Clicks Media.  That was some GOOOOOOD food.  Steak, chicken, salad, and a bunch of other good food.  It was a feast and I thank Ian for having that dinner and ECM for sponsoring it. While at the dinner I sat at the ballers table.  There was Jonathan Volk and his wife (Sorry Maria… Next time my wife will come I promise…), Brandon Hoffman (AdHustler), Ian Fernando, Matt Wasserman, and Logan Thompson. Behind me was Andrew Wee, Kyle Hannah, and some other guy… Across the room was the ECM crew and a couple of their affiliates.

After the dinner I headed over to the PPC.BZ/Nickycakes party.  From there Matt Wasserman and I left to head over to the Karaktr Media party. Hung out there for a few minutes and then Matt and I left back to the PPC.BZ party.  Once that party was done I headed back home.  I was tired…

Monday was a good day.  I woke up late, got to the show late and basically walked to a couple of booths to discuss some business. Stopped by C2M, Clickbooth, MundoMedia, and a few other booths.  Also had a little chat with Ryan Eagle. Around 3:30ish I had a meeting with Adperio and Experian in one of the suits. That went pretty well.  When I left that I just headed home.  Talked with my wife for a bit (She was still hurting so she hung out at the condo), ordered some Chinese food, then headed back out for some more parties.  One of the biggest things that you have to realize is that networking is the best thing you can do for your business.  That’s the only reason why I go to the parties. Networking is key to the success of my business.

Anyways, the evening started out with the Meetup202 event at the Palms. Wes Mahler (Founder of T202) and the owners of Bloosky spoke about the T202/Bloosky merger. At the end several meetup202 organizers gave out tips.  Wes asked me if I would give a tip but I said no.  I wasn’t sure I was going to go to the event because the poor wife was still hurting. Ian’s tip was pretty good.  He gave a tip on PPV. Some weirdy named Ryan basically said to be compliant or die and another guy just started whoring out his product.  Jasper also got up and spoke about … well I honestly don’t know… some lady was sitting next to me and wouldn’t stop talking…

After that event Ian and I headed over to the Mundo Media party. It was good times there.  I finally got to meet Yousif the owner of Profit Kings Media. He wasn’t anything like I expected.  But that’s what happens when you work with people online… You just never know what they are like in person. Todd my business partner also joined me at this point.  From the Mundo Media party we headed over to the CX Digital party in the same tower at the Palms.  That was a pretty decent party.  Hung out a little with Emil from PPC Bully. Emil is a pretty crazy guy… but he is definitely good people.  Also saw Igal Pines there.  He is like the Shoemoney of Israel. I’ve met him at a few events before but never really had the opportunity to talk with him.  Anyways… After the Mundo party Ian, Todd, and I headed over to the Clickbooth Hangover suit party.  That was in a completely different casino so we made our way over there.  Took a bit of time but it was a good trip.  Saw Nick Throlson there and I swung my arm around his shoulder and asked him straight up… I said “Nick… tell me the truth… Do you actually make money online or do you just whore your affiliate link to everyone?” And he told me “I make my money from referrals”.  Had to do the same thing to Murray Newlands as he was at the party as well.  He admitted it.  I just wish I had my video camera. No wonder networks like MarketLeverage and Clickbooth want their nuts so bad. Oh well it’s decent money and I’m not going to knock them for doing it.

Around 3 am Todd and I left the Clickbooth party to go play some Craps.  We meet up with a couple of AMs from Epicenter.  We played till about 4:30 and honestly we all walked away with some money which is always nice.

So… That was my adventure at ASW.  I know I am missing the last day… but that is because I didn’t go.  I told my wife I would spend the day with her and that is what I did.

Honestly I think these types of events are something that you should experience.  Some people say that they don’t want to go because they don’t do that well online… WHO CARES!  The point is to go and network with people that can help your business. I challenge you to go to the next Affiliate Summit event. I promise you won’t regret it.

January 5th, 2010

A New CashTactics Exclusive Series!

It’s the beginning of a new year and I wanted to start this off right for everyone.

While everyone is giving you BS posts on PPV marketing I’ll be taking you down a real road for profit! Let me explain some things first.  I’ve been making a full time income from PPV for quite a while. If you have questions on PPV feel free to post them in the members forum.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try PPV I’m just saying there are other more profitable ways to generate money.  Unfortunately not everything you do with PPV will make you rich.  Don’t buy into the hype of it all.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to cover a method for making money online that you can use for ANY niche! Best of all it is GUARANTEED to make you money. How many people can GUARANTEE you that you will make money.  I’ll tell you what… If you follow this course and can’t make money after putting in some honest effort then I will pay back any and all expenses that you incur (just make sure to document everything that you do)

This method isn’t a one hit wonder that will die out in 2 weeks so you have to pump it back up and start all over again.  I’m going to show you how to build a profitable online business.

I once paid $5,000 for what I’m about to teach you. So why am I going to give this away?  Let’s just say that I am tired of all the bullshit that goes around online.  I’m tired of people saying “HEY YOU CAN MAKE $14,597 A DAY WITH PPC”.  While it may be true… You won’t start out making that much money.  And most of the time the courses are full of holes.

I said it before and I’m going to say it again so you fully understand what I’m doing here…  I’m going to walk you through step by step what I have done to build a huge online business that has allowed me to work from home.  I’m not just going to cover PPC, PPV, SEO, Media Buys, but other forms of marketing.  Plus I’m going to show you how to set it up from the beginning so that you can capture emails and market to a group of people over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over… Okay you get the point… and over again.

This is for the beginner.  This is for the person that isn’t making money right now… This is also for the person who wants a more stable online income something that isn’t going to die away once the FTC says something…  This is for YOU. I’m going to start out slow with the most least amount of expenses possible.  But as we move along with the series we will be opening the doors to some more costs as we grow.  Don’t worry.  You don’t have to spend money until your ready to.  No need to buy into PPC until you are ready!

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That’s it for now!

To Your Success!

January 1st, 2010

The Beginning of a New Year – Starting Fresh

As we have come upon the close of 2009 I had to take some time (like everyone else) to reflect on what I have accomplished thus far. While I am quite pleased with the goals I have reached I am also disappointed with what I have not accomplished.  So instead of telling you about the monetary goals I accomplished in 2009, I am going to tell you what I am going to do different in 2010.

  1. I have purchased HUNDREDS of domains with the hopes of eventually putting something on them. I literally spent over 5k in URLs alone.  That’s a substantial amount of money just sitting there. So in 2010 I will not be renewing the majority of the URLs.  In fact for the domains that have nothing on them I will be setting up my own version of a parked domain and then selling them off to private buyers and domain auction sites. In the end I’ll be keeping about 23 domains… No more domain buying sprees for me.
  2. I need to blog more… What more can be said.  I blogged a total of 65 times in 2009.  That comes out to just over one post a week.  That’s not enough if I want to make the blog bigger and better. So to start out I am going to blog two times a week.  I’m going to try and get blog posts out on Tuesday and Thursday of every week. Some weeks will be more.  By the end of the year I want to be blogging four times a week.
  3. No new businesses.  I currently am a “Managing Member” of 5 LLCs plus I have 3 partnership agreements out there.  It is time for me to focus on the 3 businesses that are generating money right now.  2010 for me is all about cutting the dead weight out of my businesses. I can’t jump on every opportunity I see anymore.  It’s time to take a better approach to things.  Focus is the key here.
  4. I’m going to build my “Internet Marketing” mailing list.  I have mailing lists for other niches but the one I currently have for IM is quite small comparatively.  I learned a lot from the MassPPVTraffic launch and because of it I decided that my IM list HAS to grow… No choices about it. This means that some things on the blog are going to change.
  5. 2009 for me had no structure.  I was all over the place in terms of when I would work.  In 2010 I will be focusing more on a working schedule.  My poor wife almost never got to spend time with me.  But things will change in 2010.  I look forward to setting working hours as well as using better time management in what I currently do.  I (like most) spend way too much time surfing the Internet. To help me in this effort I will be moving into an office as soon as possible.  In fact I am going to look at office spaces in the morning. Also, my working hours will most likely be set at 9-5.  I know that the occasion will arise where I need to be on after my set hours and that is ok… As long as it isn’t every day.

Hmmm…. Focus… That sounds like an excellent goal for 2010… I am going to Focus more.

That sounds like a decent start for 2010.  What do you want to do differently this year?

October 1st, 2009

Top 5 September Posts

Well… Its October 1st now so I thought I would get this out to you right away :)

Here are the top 5 posts in September.

  • 40 Minute Video on Niche Research– Once again…  This is a hot hot video.  I frequently get told about how people are refered to this video by their affiliate managers.  This is an EPIC video! It’s a great video that covers some very basic techniques in researching your niche before you jump in to it. Watch it… and please leave a comment!
  • CPA Offer Search– This is a new one to the top post list.  It’s actually not a post but a tool for searching CPA offers.  Here you can compare different offers in the same niche. There are currently over 25,000 different offers that can be search with this nifty little tool!
  • Check out Revolution 202 Right Now– This is a post I wouldn’t have expected to make the list.  But it did.  With a couple thousand visitors too… I was surprised.  Anyways, this post is short and just explains how the Tracking202 team has started their own CPA network.  Not only do they provide you with quality tools to use in your marketing efforts, but now they provide you with a place to find offers.
  • 9 Marketing Methods– I think this is the only post from September that made the list. This was posted on 9/9/2009 so I had to play on the 9s theme and post 9 different methods for marketing. This post very briefly touches on PPC, SEO, Media Buying, Social Marketing, and more.
  • The Landing Page Example-Just a simple little example of a very basic landing page.  This isn’t rocket science, but you can get an idea of some of the landing pages that I use and have success with.  The biggest contributor to this post is 5 star affiliates.  Thank you Linda for sending people to the blog :)

Thats it guys and gals.  Those are the top 5 posts in September.  Please remember we have a members forum.  There is a lot of good information in there.  If you have questions please post them in there.  If you have comments please post them here.

Let’s have a good October!

September 29th, 2009

My Interview with Clickbooth!

Nuff said.

Click here to visit ClickBooth

September 1st, 2009

Top 5 August Posts

Hey guys and gals. I totally forgot to share up the top posts for June and July so I’m going to jump in and do the August ones right now. The last set of tops posts was shared in June for the top 5 May posts. So with out further adieu… Here are the tops posts in August.

  • 40 Minute Video on Niche Research– I get more comments via email about this one video. It suprised me how many people didn’t know about Google Insight. I’m also amazed at the lack of using Google Sponsored Search. It’s a great video that covers some very basic techniques in researching your niche before you jump in to it. Watch it… and please leave a comment!
  • The Famous Question– In all honesty I didn’t remember this post… Until I read it. I still get asked the question posed in this post. Now that I remember this exists… I’m going to begin referring people to read it when they ask the question. The main point of this post can really help you grow your business 10 fold.
  • $25,000 drawing – What would you buy if you won?– This is the only post actually written in august that made this top 5 posts list. Here I was giving some information on a contest we are running with Karaktr Media for $25,000. Everyone can win. This isn’t one of those contests that is slanted towards the “biggest fish” in the industry. The great thing about this contest is that the sign-up forum is now even shorter!
  • The Landing Page Example!– This post is always in the top somewhere. This is a very basic example of a landing page. I’ve provided a link to download the actual landing page from within the “Free Reports” section of the blog.
  • Sneaky Links – Meta Refresh Vs. PhP Redirect– This post is a Ruck original. During the end of 2007 beginning of 2008 many people were asking the questions on using a meta refresh. So Ruck went ahead and created a pretty useful post on using Meta Refresh or PHP redirects. Maybe I should create a post on different methods for blanking the referrer…

That’s it guys and gals. Those are your top 5 posts in August. What did you think?

August 23rd, 2009

$25,000 drawing – What would you buy if you won?

This contest has been canceled due to lack of interest. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Hey guys. This has been a long time in the works. I’m just going to jump right into it an explain whats going on. For about 6 months or so I have been trying to find a network that would allow me to do a contest for $25,000. This isn’t just any old contest though. This is the real deal where every affiliate has a chance to win. Not just those affiliates that make the big bucks. Let me explain.

Karaktr Media and I have teamed up to present a contest that awards a ballot to individuals for certain actions. Each ballot will allow the individual to enter in a drawing for $25,000 at the end of the contest. This is our way of “leveling the playing field”! Those affiliates who don’t promote in big numbers will easily be able to generate one ballot a day, while those who generate huge numbers can earn up to 5 ballots a day. Does this not make it fair for everyone? Now you have a chance to win even if you are just starting out in this industry!

So who exactly is Karaktr Media? How are they different from other “networks”?
Well to be honest with you … They aren’t a network. They are the advertiser. That means that they own the products. They create them. They distribute them. This is good for you because you can potentially generate a higher payout than the network can give you because there is no middle man. You can also take advantage of their REOCCURRING COMMISSIONS!!!…WTF… Yeah it’s weird… I’m not going to lie… Reoccurring commissions for pushing Berries or Pipe cleaner (colon cleanser). Can you imagine how much you can generate from this one little perk on a month to month basis? Crazy I know… Oh and… Payouts START at a whopping $42!

Now what do you have to do to join? Well… That’s the easy part. There are 4 ways to win. And in all honesty you can learn about them by going to the contest page. http://www.cashtactics.net/karaktr/
Click on one of the “Four ways to win” to be taken to the proper section on the page.

Good luck and happy fishing!

July 24th, 2009

MarketLeverage contest and a Thank you to Dina!

Here is the link to the contest:
Market Leverage Yacht Party!

Here are some other things you can do to enter:

  1. Tweet: I want to be on the @MarketLeverage A-List @AffiliateSummit (1 additional entry)
  2. Blog about the contest and link to marketleverage.com and marketleveragetv.com (5 additional entries)
  3. Send us a video to MLTV@MarketLeverage.com telling us why YOU should be on the A-List (10 additional entries)