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Check Out This Cool Online Internet Marketing Quiz

July 13, 2007

I just got an email from someone in Stompernet about this new free software program that looks pretty interesting. It’s a new way of doing website landing pages that increases conversions (something I will need when I launch my next product).

Also, they have created a free online quiz that is similar to what both Andrea and I thought about doing. The quiz analyzes your business and gives you a custom five page report with valuable tips for growing your business.

Anyway, you can go take the free online quiz by clicking here.

I haven’t gone through all of the site, but it looks like they are going to have some interesting videos and marketing lessons. After you check out their site (getaltitude.com) let me know what you think about it.

3 Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Web 7/13/2007

July 13, 2007

In this Friday the thirteenth version of my Internet marketing tips from around the web, I am only going to write about 3 posts that I read this week. This is in keeping with Daniel’s Big Three Project, which caused me to read through 115 posts to come up with a top 20 list. If that wasn’t enough blog reading, I went ahead and read three more posts this week:

1. What is a Blog Post Really?
This post was prompted by Jakob Nielsen’s article “Write Articles, Not Blog Postings” that kind of disses blogging. I don’t think that Jakob get’s that blogging isn’t just about the article, it’s about the conversation.

2. Comment Spammers the End of Do-Follow Movement?
Based on the comment I left, I obviously agree with Chris’ final decision on the matter. Whatever he decided, I would still be a reader of his blog, because it is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs to keep up with.

3. Why Text Link Ads Work For Me!
Amanda has had some really great results with selling text link ads and doing paid reviews to make money on her blogs. If you are interested in blogging for money, I highly suggest you keep an eye on what she is doing with her blogs.

In case you missed it… here is my top 20 list from Daniel’s project.

Analyze & Optimize

July 12, 2007

Guest Post by CoolioJones

What’s the best way to get traffic to your site? There are thousands of websites with many lists that tell you different techniques for gaining an audience. But one thing that often goes overlooked is this question: are you giving your readers what they want?

Short of doing a survey, how can you tell if your readers enjoy your site and content? This question necessitates that you constantly analyze your site for anything that could make it better and give your readers an increased experience. A lot of owners optimize their site for the likes of Google and advertisers, but it’s the people clicking on the ads that really generate the revenue. Your content can be amazing, but how hard is it for your viewers to read it? Do they have to fight through advertisements to get to the meat of the story? How many links do they have to click to get where they really want to go?

In addition, things like colors, layout, and the amount of scrolling greatly affect how much time a person stays on your page. Readers don’t want to scroll the equivalent of Mt. Everest, so keep the finger-Olympics to a minimum. Paying attention to your comments are direct clues as to your being on the right path in the eyes of your viewers. Let them know you appreciate their feedback as well. A big overlooked factor is the size of your fonts. Too big, and you’ll feel like your in grade school, or using a magnifying glass. Too small, and the sheer frustration will cause many readers to bolt. Again, talk to your readers to see if these settings are okay, and tweak if necessary.

The internet is a big, impersonal place, but your site doesn’t have to be. Make it feel like home, and your visitors won’t mind kicking back and putting their feet up for a while.

My 20 Favorite Posts From Daniel’s Big Three Project

July 11, 2007

Wow, it was really hard to pick my 3 favorite posts from Daniel’s group writing project... so I didn’t. Instead I chose my top 20 favorite posts. It was still hard to pick a top 20, but I gave it shot. Here is the list of my 20 favorite posts from the project:

  1. 3 Ways to Track Your Comments by David
    This was UNBELIEVABLY useful. I hate keeping tracking of comments through my email. These sites are a great find! Thanks David.

  2. 3+1 Things Blogger’s Should Never Ever Do. by Arpit
    This one had really good advice for new bloggers.

  3. Why I am Still Addicted to Blogging After 3 Years by Ajay
    When I took the test I got errr…. I just can’t admit what I got, let’s just say it was higher than Ajay’s score and less than 101% addicted 🙂

  4. L’Amour De Blog: 3 reasons why blogging is like being in love by Phil
    If my score from the test above was any indication, I am in love with blogging (that sounds better than “addicted to”).

  5. 3 Tips to Increase Blog Readership by Kyle
    Excellent tips by Kyle on increasing your blog readership.

  6. 3 Reason Why Entrepreneurs Succeed! by Ray
    This list is so true. Very important points.

  7. 3 Costly Internet Business Mistakes to Avoid by John
    When I started I made mistake number 3 quite often. You should definitely take action on what you learn from the gurus, instead of just reading it and ignoring it.

  8. Three Steps to Keeping your RSS Feed Readers by Matthew
    Good advice on keeping people subscribed to your RSS feed.

  9. 3 Useful Del.icio.us Tags, Life Quotes, & Traffic Generators by Adam Pieniazek
    I really liked this post, but technically it is a list of 9 things (3 lists of 3 things).

  10. 3 Huge SEO Mistakes I have Made by Jeremy
    Good list of things to keep in mind when you start blogging.

  11. How I built 10,000 links in 3 weeks by Patrick
    Pretty good post on link building.

  12. 3 really simple ways to speed up your blog by Hans
    This is a good list of things for beginners to be aware of. I think another really important way to speed up your blog is to optimize your images and use gif image files instead of jpg files when possible.

  13. The 3 P’s for Creating a Successful Website – Passion, Persistence, and Patience by Sarah
    The title says it all.

  14. Three things I want my kids to refrain from saying on our upcoming road trip by Juggling Frogs
    This was one of the funniest ones (especially if you are a parent like me).

  15. Three bad foods that are really good by Graham
    I am only including this one because Graham lists chocolate as a healthy food. Any post that lists chocolate as a healthy food gets my vote 🙂

  16. 3 Times A Blogger by Rich
    One of the funniest entries.

  17. 3 Things you can do to have a great sick day by Rich
    This was pretty amusing.

  18. Three Things to Do Before You Click Publish (and One Thing to Do After) by Jacqueline
    Good advice for new bloggers.

  19. Top 3 Ways to Avoid a Crowd at Disney World by Winnetta
    Having grown up in Florida, I quickly learned these rules. When we went this past January to Disney World, we also followed all of these rules. Good advice if you are planning on visiting Disney.
  20. 3 Reasons Why You Should Use Storytelling
    This was Daniel’s entry. I thought I would mention it, because it’s a really good read.

In case you missed it, my entry was “Top 3 Reasons You Should Stop Reading Blogs”. I didn’t exactly follow my own advice this week. Maybe I should go back and read what I wrote 🙂

Here’s Why You Should Try The Affiliate Classroom

July 11, 2007

After going through the Stompernet trial, I decided to compare it to other membership programs that I have tested out. There were two membership programs that I felt beat the pants off stompernet in terms of bang for your buck. One of the programs is the Affiliate Classroom (the other is Easy Profit Auctions).

Here’s the deal. The Affiliate Classroom gives you everything you need to succeed as an affiliate marketer.

They have recently revamped the Affiliate Classroom to make it even better than when I first I checked it out. One of the best new features they have added is a complete step by step online system for creating successful affiliate sites. This brand new system even tracks your progress all the way through and you can use the system for as many projects as you want. In my opinion, it is a perfect way for beginners to start making money online.

My personal favorite part of the Affiliate Classroom is the case studies. The case studies review various affiliate marketing products/techniques and give honest feedback on their results. If you join the Affiliate Classroom, you have to read the case studies. They are VERY helpful.

Another thing I like are the monthly interviews. They provide lots of solid Internet Marketing information in the monthly interviews.

The Affiliate Classroom also has live conference calls, which I found to be very unique and definitely excellent for beginners.

It also provides free ebooks and information that teaches you everything from HTML to Search Engine Optimization. With all the tutorials and books available in the Affiliate Classroom, a beginner really has everything they need to start up a successful affiliate marketing business.

You can ask questions directly to the affiliate classroom coaches or you can ask questions on the private forum and get back answers directly from the owner Anik Signal.

If you are new to affiliate marketing, I suggest that before joining the Affiliate Classroom you read through the free sitesell book The Affiliate Masters Course. Then if you are still interested in affiliate marketing, but you feel like you need more help and/or personal coaching, then you should join the Affiliate Classroom.

While there are some pretty interesting tidbits of information for seasoned affiliate marketers, I think the Affiliate Classroom is best suited for beginners and intermediate level affiliate marketers. However, if you’ve been online for a while making money in other ways, but you’re ready to add affiliate marketing to your arsenal, this product would definitely make it easier to make that transition.

The price is pretty awesome, especially for a program that is loaded with so much information. Right now, you can get a 2 week trial membership for a dollar. That’s a pretty hard deal to pass up…

Click here to learn more about the Affiliate Classroom

The Biggest Step Most People Miss

July 10, 2007

Why don’t more people chase their financial dreams?

You know they have them. Who wouldn’t want to beat the rat race? Does anyone really aspire to work for a company, retire, and hope it all goes well? Or if you ask, will they want a better life/house/car/whatever that more money could get them? I didn’t choose the rat race either.

So what’s the step they miss? They may have financial dreams, but they don’t act.

Everyone wants to make more money, but when most people get right down to it, they don’t want to do anything about it. A lot of them won’t even try to find a plan, much less work it. But if you’re reading this right now and are thinking of using the Internet to make money, here are some things that can cause you not to act.

  • Procrastination: This used to be a big problem for me, and it’s still the best way I know to accomplish absolutely nothing. There always seems to be that endless stream of tomorrows to do something you should do today. There are also a lot of excuses as to why you should wait until tomorrow, and neither of them ever seem to run out. So get rid of the procrastination and the excuses, or your aspirations will stop before they start.
  • Fear: If you’ve never considered working on the Internet before, it may be a bit intimidating. It could be as simple as ‘stepping out of your comfort zone’ (which sounds like a lame catch phrase to me, but it does describe it), or it could be ‘Oh man, information overload!’ or ‘Am I going to need a PhD in Web Design to start? Augh!’

    I’m not going to say ‘throw all caution to the wind’ because a little fear can give you good sense. However, a lot will paralyze you and bring your dreams to a halt. Learn before spending, show some skepticism if someone’s asking for a big chunk of your budget, and know your options first before acting. But you must still act, and this will require overcoming your fear.

  • Despair: Yes, you can do it. Your circumstances aren’t so bad that you can’t. A lot of other people making money online started from humble beginnings. Some of them started broke and it still didn’t stop them. There are plenty of things you can do that don’t cost a thing (referred to lately as Bum Marketing) to build an income even on a shoestring budget. And yes, you are good enough to learn what you need to know. So don’t despair if you don’t have your own mint or a PhD in Computers, because you don’t need them to begin.

Do you want to go online and see if you can make your financial dreams a reality? Then you’ll have to go out and attempt it. Yes, there is some risk involved, and you might fail. But there is no chance of success at all unless you try.

And if you have your own online income already, feel free to comment about how you finally made yourself act.

Seriously, how do you make a beautiful, sellable ebook? Find your answers today with The Ebook Walkthrough!

My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m the co-author of Can I Make Big Money Online.

List Of June’s Guest Posts

July 9, 2007

Every month I plan on publishing a list of the guest posts for the previous month. If you haven’t checked these out yet, go check them out now:

1. Modern Day Approach: Finding Success With Adsense by Garry Conn

2. Do You Really Want to Make Money Online? by Ryan Ambrose

3. Can I Make Big Money Online? by Matthew Henrickson

4. Does Web 2.0 really drive business? by Sourav Sharma

5. Are You a WordPress Blog Theme Tweaker? by Ryan Ambrose

It looks like there are quite a few more guest posts (including new guest bloggers) scheduled for July. I hope you have been enjoying them…

China – A new target for Web 2.0 sites

July 8, 2007

Guest post by Sourav Sharma.

There is a wave of Web 2.0 sites flowing towards the Chinese market. Since China is the world’s second-largest and fastest-growing Internet user population, the move looks logical.

We have already seen MySpace, Yahoo! and Google making inroads into the Chinese market by either launching local versions of their sites or investing in China-based technology or social networking startups. The recent news, published in Business Week and The Wall Street Journal, shows many experts and VC’s has shown interest in the Chinese market. Rumors are that Intel Capital, the financial services unit of the US semiconductor giant, has already invested millions of dollars in fast-rising Chinese social network 51.com.

The market in China is expected to grow to 246 millions by 2011. The people in China are now more educated about internet usage and taking advantage of the Web’s collaborative potential.

So what is the reason for this wave in the Chinese Market?

If we look closely we will see there is more than a handful of reasons to support this movement. First, the growing number of people using internet. It’s growing with an annual rate of 13% for the five year period. Second, usage of online-generated content by the Chinese adult at home is appreciably greater than users in the US, Japan and Western Europe.

The only barrier which many small companies can face is government censorship. Even big giants like Yahoo, Google and eBay hit roadblocks in their efforts to extend their empires in the most populous country on earth.

Top 3 Reasons You Should Stop Reading Blogs

July 6, 2007

Here are the top three reasons you should stop reading blogs:

1. Reading Blogs Is A Waste Of Time
Do you know how much REAL work you could be doing instead of reading blogs? My guess is that if you were to cut your blog reading down from 12 hours a day to 4 hours a day you would get a lot more accomplished.

2. Reading Blogs Is Addictive
Once you start reading blogs you can’t stop. It’s like a drug, only worse, because you don’t have good slogans like “just say no to blogs” to make you think twice about doing it. Hmmm… I wonder if justsaynotoblogs.com is taken?

3. There Are Too Many Blogs To Read
Do you know how many blogs there are to read? Technorati claims there are around 100,000 new blogs created every day! There is just too many of them. Since they waste your time anyway and reading them is addictive, you should just say no to blogs and spend some quality time with your family, get more work done, get in touch with that old friend, or just go get some sleep …

But first be sure to add MY blog to your feed reader by clicking here... You know you want to 🙂

Note: This is an entry in Daniel’s latest blog project.

Rich Schefren Has REALLY Ticked Me Off!

July 5, 2007

UGGHHH! Rich Schefren really ticked me off with his latest free ebook, “The Attention Age Doctrine”. Do you want to know why?

He is telling EVERYONE they should get into the SAME market that I want to go into with my new business idea! Uggh!

Sure, my new project is only targeted to address part of the problem Rich discusses in his new ebook, but I was brainstorming ways to solve some of the other problems, as well. I thought I’d have the corner on the market in this area, but now Rich is telling EVERYBODY that they should be providing solutions in this area because it’s going to be the next big thing…

UGGHH!

Did I say that loud enough for you to hear?

On a positive note, I guess if Rich says it is a good area to address, then that just serves as confirmation that it’s a good niche.

I have to reluctantly say you should go read his free ebook, because it is really EXCELLENT reading. I just wish he released next year, AFTER I had time to make a dent in the market.

Now, there were a few things about the book I didn’t like. For instance, Rich talks about ADD as if it were just a habit. It’s actually a physically verifiable condition. In fact, you can get a brain scan to diagnose it. However, although most professionals will agree that between 2-3% of children have Attention Deficit Disorder, as many as 6% of children are being treated for the condition. Why are so many people diagnosed with a medical condition that they don’t actually have? Many have developed habits that makes it look like they have ADD. Others may be exposed to environmental factors that affect their ability to focus.

I was also surprised the book didn’t talk about the role personality types play in a person’s level of attention. For instance, I have an INTP personality type (the same as Thomas Edison). This personality is much more easily distracted, whereas some personality types are much less easily distracted. I have been planning on talking about personality types for a while, but the blog traffic challenge and my stomper net trial membership distracted me from it 🙂

Despite what I found as deficiencies in Rich’s new FREE ebook “The Attention Age Doctrine”, it is quite possibly another business/life changing ebook for most of us. I recommend you read it from cover to cover and don’t let yourself get distracted. Just read it all the way through.

Click here to get it now.

How Can I Automate My Blog Posting?

July 4, 2007

Andrea asked me a couple of questions in the comments of an earlier post. I answered some of her questions, but I decided to answer her second question in this post. Andrea’s second question was:

“... if you use wordpress, how do you set your blogs to go out on time…”

Here are five easy steps to set your posts to appear at a future time on your wordpress blog…

Step 1:
Write your post, but DO NOT PUBLISH IT.

Step 2:
Scroll down and look for the “Post Timestamp” navigation bar on the right side of your wordpress dashboard. It will look something like this:

post timestamp before

Step 3:
Check the box to the left of the words “Edit timestamp”.

Step 4:
Change the date and time you want the post to be published on (the date you want it to appear on your blog). The time is in military hours and is based on the time where your web host resides. If you wanted to change the date and time to July 4th, 2007 at 7:00am, then the wordpress timestamp screen would look like this:

post timestamp delay

Step 5:
Click on publish to publish the post.

That’s all there is to it. Now, your post will publish on the day and time that you chose. In the example above, it would publish July 4th at 7:00am.

You may wonder where your post went to when you changed the timestamp. Well, when you set the post time and/or date to the future, your post won’t show up on your blog until that date/time. You can however see it by going to Manage – Posts, and looking for it on your list of posts.

Make Big Money Online by Taking Surveys

July 2, 2007

Guest post by Matthew Henrickson

In my previous post, I asked the question, Can I Make Big Money Online? Simply yes. The best way to do so, is to create multiple revenue streams, so you can continuously make money online.

Can Big Money Be Made Online with Surveys?

Ultimately, no. I don’t think BIG money can be made here, but you could use surveys as another revenue stream. I reported my girlfriend Emma usually makes about 30$ every 2-3 weeks from SurveySpot alone. Sir Jorge left a comment stating he has won prizes and usually earns 40-50$ on SurveySpot alone.

Using More Survey Sites

By using more survey sites, you can increase your earnings and possibly reach “BIG Money” Status. I recently requested my check at GlobalTestMarket for 50$ and I am expecting it soon. We are also waiting on another check from Your2Cents. By using different websites and trying to find quality you can make upwards of 100$ per month just by taking 5-15 minute surveys. If you are after affiliate money, try SurveySavvy which is one of the few legit survey sites I have found that offers an affiliate program.

Why Do They Pay for Surveys?

Getting real opinions on real products can be a huge benefit for companies. I always try to answer surveys truthfully and thats exactly why companies will pay for that input.

Will you be using surveys to try to earn money?

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