October 10, 2008
I have had a few problems this week with my site so I decided to wait until next week to get back to a regular posting schedule. I wanted to go ahead and end the week by letting you know about two very cool news items…
The first one I heard on Twitter from my friend Garry Conn and Internet marketing guru Joel Comm (almost at the same time). According to CNET Google is adding support for Adsense in video games. That is very cool news for game developers. While there are already ways of monetizing games with in-game advertising, Google Adsense entering this market is really good news for game developers.
Secondly, I heard from Michel Fortin that YouTube will soon be introducing the ability to add “Buy Now” links to videos. Video has become an excellent way to market products and services and YouTube is about to make it even better. This is great news for video marketing.
Next week you can expect my second to last post in my Getting Started series. Have a great weekend!
April 16, 2008
Joel Comm has just released a completely revised and extended AdSense Secrets 4.0 for 2008. It includes all the latest techniques that Joel used to earn over $500/day in passive income.
For a limited time (you knew that was coming, eh?), Joel is allowing you to get your hands on AdSense Secrets v4.0 for just $9.95!
If you are new to making money online with Adsense or you want to learn Joel’s latest strategies for making money with Adsense then you should click here to go check it out for yourself.
January 22, 2008
Guest Post by Matthew Tutt
Although this was announced on the 8th of January 2008, some people may not have been aware of the changes that will soon be implemented by Google regarding the Adsense referral system (I had only noticed an e-mail from Google the other day mentioning their changes), and some of you may not have realised how/why Google is changing the system.
Basically, Google have decided that the Adsense referral system isn’t working well enough for them (not making them enough money, no doubt). Therefore, they have decided to scrap the referral system for those of you who are based outside of Latin America, North America, and Japan. This hardly seems fair that someone should be favoured based on their geographical position, but that’s the stance that Google has taken.
If you do live in Latin America, North America or Japan, then congratulations. However, there is still some bad news for you. Google will be reducing the payment structure to that of previous years. You will now only be earning $100 when your referrals earn $100. Obviously this is quite a drop from the previous system, but at least you can still earn from the referral system. A lot of people will be forced to remove their Adsense referral units from their websites and will probably end up resorting to promoting other advertising programs, too.
Obviously, this won’t affect everyone. Not all people will have Adsense referral units on their websites, but I’m pretty sure that those of you who do will be pretty annoyed with Google. As of yet there seems to be no real alternative, so it seems that some webmasters will simply have to suffer a drop in revenue from their website. However, it appears likely that the main blogs and sites that will be affected are those who discuss ways to make money online, just like the Can I Make Big Money Online blog does.
October 19, 2007
Wow, where do I start?
John Reese is an Internet marketing genius who has been making tons of money online for a very long time. If anyone’s site should be ranked number 1 for the term “make money online” it would be his.
I have been a Reese Report subscriber now since March of 2007 and I LOVE THE REESE REPORT! Did I say that loud enough?
If I could have access to ONLY one Internet marketing product it would be the Reese Report.
Every month John puts out a new edition of the Reese report and every month my brain absorbs everything he has to say.
What Do You Get When You Join?
The Reese Report is a monthly subscription site that offers a monthly video newsletter and pdf file. You also get a CD with the newsletter video and printed copy of the pdf that goes with the video newsletter.
John lays out his newsletter with a new lesson every month. Each newsletter includes:
- An in-depth Monthly Internet marketing Lesson
- Hot New Tool Reviews
- Website Marketing Make Overs
- Virtual Real Estate Ideas
- Info product Ideas
- and more…
His site also includes a membership forum where you can ask questions and get good answers from members, moderators, and John himself.
Once John releases his paid membership section of income.com, Reese Report subscribers will be grandfathered in and will get both the Reese Report and the income.com membership for the same price as the Reese Report alone. I am really looking forward to that!
If you aren’t already a member, then click here to download a free preview of the Reese Report. Check it out and let me know what you think…
October 12, 2007
There were some rather interesting posts and developments this week. Most of them were about Google. So instead of my normal “Internet marketing tips from the web” post, this post should be titled “Internet marketing tips from the Googlesphere”.
Hmmm… Did I just create a new term?
I will have to go “Yahoo” it… back in a sec.
Nope, Yahoo shows 999 results for Googlesphere, rats!
Anyway, the biggest news of the week across the blogosphere was that Google is lowering the pagerank of sites that sell text link advertising. I don’t know if this includes buying and selling banner links or not, but it should since banner ads normally don’t use the no-follow tag.
I think that those who made this decision at Google don’t understand how powerful the blogosphere really is, or they expect most bloggers to act like sheep and fully support Google.
Here are some of the many posts I have read this week about paid links causing websites to lose Google page rank:
Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google (I read it here first)
Last, but not least, Aaron Wall pretty much takes the words out of my mouth on this topic:
So, what am I going to do about this issue?
In other news…
Tiny start-up rival to Google?
A new company called Proximic has come up with a very cool new technology. From the sounds of things it might become a great way to monetize your site and be a huge competitor to Google’s Adsense. Microsoft, Yahoo, Google… let the bidding wars begin!
Lastly, I got an email from Google’s Adsense program last night about a new service that lets you make money from YouTube videos. I am very excited about the possibilities for some of my other blogs.
That’s it for now…
October 4, 2007
I meant to mention earlier this week that I got an email from Russell Brunson about a new report he has released called the IM-Myth Report. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but so far it is a very good read (I am about half way through it). In the report, Russell reveals how offline marketing has made a huge difference in his online success.
The other cool thing about the report is that you can make money online from this report by letting other people know about it. When they download the report using your affiliate link you earn a dollar. Russell is using the same technique that Scott Boulch introduced to the Internet Marketing community when he released (and others copied) “The Death of Adsense Report“. It seems like a great technique for building a list… if you have the money to pay for that many people to join your list.
Anyway, I suggest you go check it out and pass it along to your friends if you like it.
June 5, 2007
Introduction: Who Is Garry Conn?
Hello. My name is Garry Conn. I have been following George’s blog for quite some time now. I own and maintain well over 100 various dot Com ventures. However, my heart and soul gets spilled into my personal blog. I enjoy helping people. I hate to see people down on their luck. And when people, especially bloggers, who work so hard to achieve a goal but can’t succeed, I totally feel for them. I want to see people achieve success. I want to see people reach their goals. And I know from experience what it feels like to be down on your luck and I don’t wish that upon anyone.
Agenda: Why Am I Blogging Here?
George and I have known each other for over a year now. We communicate back and forth between our blogs and through email. George and I have a lot in common and I am here to provide some breathing room for him. We all know how busy of a guy he is… and I am too for that matter. However, in May of 2007, I have set a goal to venture out and make guest appearances on other successful blogs. And after talking with George about this, he invited me to come on board and help pull some of the weight here on his wonderful and highly successful site. It is a privilege to be here, and I want more than ever to see George lead the way in teaching thousands if not millions of people about the many different ways you can make money online.
A Modern Day Approach: Finding Success With Google Adsense
I spend quite a bit of time visiting other blogs. Typically these sites are authored by bloggers who share a very similar interest: Making Money Online. However, on so many of these sites, when I contact the authors and get to know them better, they typically say the same thing: “I want to make money online, I have joined and participate in many programs that are supposed to make money, but none of them do!”
Because I am such a caring person, I really feel their pain and in most cases I spend time with them and show them what they are doing wrong and provide solutions to help them gain success. The most common rant that people talk to me about is their failures with Google Adsense. And with that being said, this is what my first article is about here on Can I Make Big Money Online.
The root of most failures with Google Adsense is caused largely by the fact that most people who participate in the program also roll out and launch the program on their sites that attract readers who already know about the program. Think about it… when was the last time you clicked on a Google Adsense ad? Granted, it happens, and I click on a few here and there as well. But because I know about the program, it is human instinct for me not to click.
...When Was The Last Time You Clicked On An Adsense Ad?
Why Don’t I Click On The Ads? Well, I am not sure what your reasons are, but for me, the main reason why I don’t click very often is because I know that they are advertisements. They are sponsored links that have nothing to do with the owner of the site. Yes, they are relevant… but they are ads that link to pages outside from the site I am visiting. I don’t do this on purpose… it’s just an instinct or habit.
How Do I Find Success With Google Adsense?
I find success with Google Adsense simply for the fact that I author and maintain numerous dot Com websites that attract people who don’t know about the program. The fun part of this is the fact that most of my sites don’t even generate over 100 visits per day. But because of the time I invest into each of my sites by providing creative, unique and strategic writing, I generate extremely relevant ads. Having all this coupled with well thought out and very strategic placement of the ads in addition to highly micro-managing my content and incoming/outgoing links, I produce an unbelievable click through percentage. And to be honest… I have only been doing this for a few months now. On the flip side, it has taken me three years to discover what I have learned. I have participated in many programs on the Internet that make money online. However, Google Adsense has been my golden brick. And three months ago, the blind was removed from eyes and today, I know how to be successful using Google Adsense. I stand by the program 110% and now that I know how to use the program, I am now starting to reap the benefits.
Again, my name is Garry Conn. I write primarily about successful blogging tips. I am a guest writer here for my friend George who runs a very successful, useful and informative blog. If this is your first time visiting the site, or if you are a regular reader and haven’t already done so; I strongly recommend that you subscribe to his feed. Sit back and join the fun and witness George Manty archive his goal of making big money online. He wants to make $1000 dollars a day! This blog documents his progress and also draws you a map so you too can make money online and follow along the way!
May 7, 2007
Joel Comm is launching an online reality tv show that is kind of like Donald Trump’s Apprentice tv show. Joel is calling it The Next Internet Millionaire.
If you don’t know much about Joel, he is the guy who has several popular Adsense products (The Adsense Code, Instant Adsense Templates, etc). Before making money with Adsense Joel co-created Yahoo! Games, which he sold to Yahoo! for over $1,000,000.
Anyway, he is launching the site on Wednesday. After I check out the rules, I might enter the contest. I don’t really want to be away from my family for two weeks, but it could be a great opportunity. The winner gets a $25,000 cash prize and an opportunity to become Joel’s next joint venture partner.
You can learn more by clicking here.
May 4, 2007
I mentioned earlier that I read a lot of good articles this week. Well, I read so many good articles this week, that I decided to post a second group of articles for your reading enjoyment…
How to Make Money with a Video Blog: An Introduction and Guide
I haven’t read the guide that Maki talks about yet, but I can tell you from experience that this is an excellent way to make money with blogs. Like I said in the comments, “...I have been considering turning some of the blogs that I don’t have time for, into mostly video posts. I also tend to get more links to the posts with videos. I highly recommend testing this out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.”
Copy Is Not About Selling, It’s About Serving
Excellent post by Michel Fortin on the future of copywriting.
Should You Build a Blog or an EMail Newsletter List?
I totally agree with Chris’ conclusion in this post.
Interview with Search Engine Guide’s Jennifer Laycock
Excellent interview with some solid SEO advice.
Stay Away from In-Text Advertising
I removed Kontera ads from this blog, but I am continuing them on my other blogs for now. I might discuss this more later. Come join in on the argument (errr… discussion).
Clicking Adsense Ads
Interesting discussion on clicking Adsense ads. Do you click on them or ignore them?
Unique Content – Where to Find Topics and Ideas
Good post by Gayla on places to find topics to write about. I currently use all of them.
There were other good articles that I read this week, but between part 1 and 2 you should have plenty to read…
April 4, 2007
This week I had the privilege of interviewing Affiliate Marketing guru Allan Gardyne of Associate Programs. When I was first looking into online opportunities, Allan was one of the first extremely successful Affiliate Marketers I read about. Allan owns many websites, including PayPerClickSearchEngines.com a directory of pay-per-click search engines and KeywordWorkshop.com, the first website to give comprehensive reviews of keyword research tools.
Allan I am honored to interview you. I have been a regular reader of your newsletter since I signed up for it 2 years ago.
Q. On your site, you say that you’ve been making a good living from affiliate programs since 1998. Did you do anything before that to make money online? What led you to affiliate marketing?
I started online in 1996 with a hobby business website aimed at people like me who have an intolerance to gluten. My wife, Joanna, and I had spent a lot of time experimenting with gluten-free recipes so I wrote and sold a gluten-free recipes ebook – although I’d never heard the word “ebook” in those days. I called it a “digital book”, which probably puzzled most of my visitors!
That old site still exists but I give the recipes away now.
Selling the book wasn’t terribly successful, especially at first, so I spent a lot of time studying how to market on the Internet. One of the books I bought had an affiliate program. I found the book useful, so I started promoting it on a niche website and received a few commission cheques.
I thought “This is great!” and wanted to find more affiliate programs. I searched for an affiliate directory and couldn’t find one, so I started my own. That’s how AssociatePrograms.com was born, early in 1998. Apparently there was already one affiliate directory, but I didn’t find it.
In a fairly similar way, in 1999 I saw people on a discussion list asking for a list of pay-pay-click search engines. I couldn’t find one, so I created PayPerClickSearchEngines.com and handed it over to an employee to manage.
Q. What were you doing before you started your online business?
I was a journalist – reporter, sub-editor, chief of staff – for daily newspapers in New Zealand and Australia.
Q. Who most influenced you when you were starting out?
My boss. I’d grown to hate my job and was striving to escape from a control freak boss. That was mighty powerful motivation.
I was broke when I started and made the time-wasting mistake of trying to do things purely by trial and error. As soon as I could afford to, I started buying marketing manuals and read voraciously. The first marketing book I read was written by Jim Daniels. I learned a lot from Corey Rudl, Ken Evoy, Marlon Sanders… and lots of other people.
Q. What was the best thing you did to increase your online income?
I sat down and analyzed my skills and interests and decided to build a business around them. I’d wasted a couple of years online before doing that.
Now I always advise people to design their own businesses to suit them. For me, starting websites and newsletters in fast-growing niches was a really good decision.
Q. How has affiliate marketing changed in the past ten years, and how do you see it changing in the next five years?
Whew! It would take books to answer that, because there have been so many changes, so many hyped up fads. However, in all those hectic years, one thing has remained constant: If you build a truly USEFUL, interesting website which genuinely helps your visitors, you’ll have a very good chance of success. I don’t see that changing much in the next five years, although things will inevitably get more intensely competitive.
I think it’s inevitable that search engines will get better at sorting out the junk and auto-generated stuff. They’ll have to.
The whole “Internet marketing” scene is crazily competitive now. Wise affiliates are getting themselves established in less competitive niches.
I think affiliate merchants will have to work much harder to reward successful affiliates and encourage them to stay loyal.
We’ll also see a lot more video, more effectively used – I hope.
Q. In your last newsletter you mentioned how video is helping people sell their products. How can affiliate marketers utilize video to improve their conversions promoting other people’s products?
Yes. It’s good to see people pioneering the use of video for affiliates. I really must make the time to get more involved in video. I’ve seen some good videos created by affiliates who use Camtasia to show you how to use software or they take you inside a membership site – with the merchant’s permission, of course.
There’s fantastic potential for affiliates to do more of this.
It’s the old story. The affiliates who do some work instead of just pasting a link into their site, are more likely to get sales.
Q. Are there any questions you ask yourself about a product before promoting it?
I nearly always test a product before I promote it. I’m swamped with offers to promote stuff, so I can choose only those I strongly believe in. As well as being sure that the product is high quality, I like to know as much as I can about the people behind it. That’s really important to me. I like working with merchants I know and trust.
I’m also keen on programs which pay residual revenue, the sort we review at LifetimeCommissions.com. I like doing the work once and being paid over and over again.
Q. What kind of sites does affiliate marketing work best for? Are there any types of sites that should avoid affiliate programs?
They work well on review sites, where someone in a buying frame of mind types “product XYZ 478659” into a search engine and finds a favorable review just when they’re considering buying the product. That’s powerful.
Affiliate programs work well on any sites where the affiliate has gone to the trouble of researching the products thoroughly and writing in-depth case studies describing in specific detail how the product has helped someone.
Here’s a bad use of affiliate programs…
If I’m promoting product A, I hate seeing affiliate links on the sales letter promoting product B, on which I don’t earn a commission. I saw an affiliate merchant site the other day which had a pop-up which not only included an AdSense ad – against the AdSense rules! – but also promoted a third-party product. That sort of behavior isn’t fair to affiliates.
If affiliates spot this sort of thing, I think we should not only avoid the affiliate merchant but also tell them why.
Diverting traffic to non-commissioned sales is a really dumb thing for an affiliate merchant to do because experienced affiliates – the ones most likely to produce good sales – will see what’s happening and not sign up.
Q. What is the most important thing to remember when promoting an affiliate program?
The affiliate’s job is to help someone decide what to buy. You have to make a conscious decision to do this, not merely present a few facts.
Try to see things from your visitor’s point of view. Try to imagine what is going on in your visitor’s mind, and help him or her decide what to buy. This may sound simple, but it’s so easy to forget to do it.
Obviously, it’s really important to promote high quality products so you can enthusiastically endorse them. Enthusiasm sells.
Q. What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to promote an affiliate program?
The most common mistake is for an affiliate newcomer to create a site about how to do Internet marketing – when they know almost nothing about Internet marketing.
There are tens of thousands of affiliate programs and millions of products you can choose from. New affiliates often overlook the fact that it’s easier to succeed if you choose a less competitive niche. I own a bunch of websites in non-Internet marketing niches.
Here’s an article I wrote describing 12 mistakes affiliates make:
Q. What are your favorite affiliate marketing tools?
My mind and my fingers on the keyboard. Sorry if that sounds flippant, but it’s so true. When I look at how I spend most of my time, that’s what I do – answering questions on our affiliate forum, writing my affiliate newsletter and writing articles.
Of course keyword research is hugely important when you’re researching a new site or writing an article. I have an annual subscription to Wordtracker and dip in there every now and again.
I’ve never really been one for in-depth tracking and analysis, but I know it’s hugely important. That’s why I teamed up with Jay Stockwell, who created KeywordWorkshop.com for us. He loves doing that stuff.
Q You are one of the most recognized names in affiliate marketing. If you were to write a formula for affiliate marketing success, what would it be?
I think far too many new affiliates try to run before they can walk. They should start with something fairly easy and earn while they learn.
That’s why I strongly recommend that every new affiliate should start by creating a useful niche content site, weave in a few affiliate links and AdSense ads, and get good links to it. By doing this, you gradually learn all the main facets of Internet marketing, while generating revenue at the same time.
Who knows? You may do so well with this formula that you never venture beyond it.
My Affiliate Program Tutorial, which I wrote when our bookkeeper started asking questions, explains this in more detail:
Q. One last question. What is the best way I can learn more about affiliate marketing from you?
Thanks for asking! Explore the hundreds of articles on AssociatePrograms.com, explore our affiliate forum, subscribe to my newsletter, and explore the newsletter archives. If it all seems too overwhelming, start with my free Affiliate Program Tutorial. It sums up years of experience – and a lot of hard work.
February 28, 2007
I am just starting to catch up on my email and I noticed someone selling a viral tell-a-friend script and someone else giving the same functionality away for free. So I thought I would let you know about the free viral tell-a-friend script. It is by Scott Boulch (Death of Adsense author). You can click here to get Scott’s free viral tell-a-friend script.
I haven’t tried it, but it looks interesting. I may use it to help build my next email list.
Warning: Scott uses some colorful language when describing his tell-a-friend script.
February 5, 2007
I have decided to go ahead and test placing Google Adsense ads in new positions on one of our blogs. It has been a while since I tested Adsense placement on any of our sites and maybe the results will be different now.
Anyway, I moved the ads from inside the posts (like on this blog), to a banner above the first post and a skyscraper ad in the left navigation bar. I actually like the way it looks better, so I might keep it that way. Anyway, you can check the new look on our Positive Sports News blog by clicking here. Depending on the results of the test, I may make more changes and/or change some of our other blogs.
PS. We have a new writer on our sports blog and I will write about that later today.