Still Losing Affiliates

Back in May, I wrote a post about New York state’s new law to force affiliate programs to start collecting taxes from those of us who market their products, and how I started having affiliates dropping me from their programs. I followed that one up a couple of weeks later with this article talking about how six affiliates had dropped me, and I wasn’t happy about it.

Well, after the initial round, nothing more happened, and I moved on, not thinking about it again. Suddenly, however, this week I’ve had three more affiliates drop me, mentioning this same thing about New York state. All I can conclude is that New York had thought about backing off of it a little bit, but with the big budget crunch because of the failing of the financial markets, which impacts New York more than other states because part of the budget is based on receiving residuals off positive stock market returns, they’ve come on full force and made these demands without reservation.

It puts one in an interesting position. After all, it’s not like I’ve been making money hands over fist with some of these affiliates, and yet I feel as though that next sale might have been just around the corner, and now this. Frankly, I don’t like it one bit, but there’s obviously nothing I can do. Well, there’s also something I have to do, that being going back through all my posts, looking for those particular ads, and removing them. I also have to look at a couple of my other sites and remove those advertisers there. It’s irritating, but if anyone purchases something from them I won’t get paid for it, so why keep promoting them, right?

Yup, it’s tough doing business in New York, no matter what type of business one is trying to do.

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November Report; Be Very Scared

Time for the November blog report, which of course details how this blog did for the month of November. It should be interesting to compare it to the October report, because I added a bunch of programs, but it’ll be interesting for a different reason than one might imagine.

I do want to start with this, though it has nothing to do with the blog. I made just over $42 in general from Adsense in November, which is easily my best month. I made most of it from my medical billing site, which I introduced on this blog in early November. I didn’t quite double my best month to date, but I came very close. So, niche sites can generate pretty good monthly income.

Now, to this blog and its stats, starting with income. For the month of November, this blog earned $20.37, which is up almost $11 from last month. I made $12.00 from Text Link Ads, $6.83 from LinkXL, $1.31 from Adsense, .13 from Kontera, and .10 from WidgetBucks before I pulled it from this blog because it was affecting the speed of the blog. So, it’s going in the right direction, but I obviously have way more work to put into it.

Now, some other stats. Per Google Analytics, I had 1,602 visitors to this blog in November, up 432 from last month, another high for me. Per my ISP, I had 19,105 unique visits, up almost 7,000 visitors from October, which had been my previous high. That’s not so bad, if you ask me. I also added this widget, which you can see to the right, and as of right now it’s saying that this blog is ranked 284th under the category of internet marketing blogs; I’ll take that also. I’m ranked at 119,551 on Technorati, 163,921 on Alexa, and 445,334 on Compete, which I still don’t care about. LOL

So, everything’s moving in the right direction, and I can only have high hopes as we move into the holiday season, but based on my own analysis, December stats usually go down because people are concentrating more on the holidays than on being on the internet reading stuff. Still, I’m happy with the progress, and hope y’all continue helping to support me on my ventures. And I’m really close to post #300, which I’ll hopefully have an opportunity to hit at some point in the next two weeks. I could have hit it by Friday if I hadn’t had to go on the road; the things we’ll do for money.
 

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Time Is Always A Factor

For the next few months, some of you are going to be disappointed, while some of you are going to be extremely happy. The frequency of blog posts are going to slow down a little bit, and it’s possible that I might only be able to get a post in every couple of days instead of my two posts a day pace. One never fully knows, of course, but there’s a reason for it all.

As y’all know, I’m a health care consultant who lives in New York state. As of yesterday I am all the way across the country, Reno Nevada to be exact, where I’ll be working on a long term consulting assignment, which doesn’t include the last two weeks of this month, which is the holiday season. I’m not saying where I’ll be at, but I will say that there’s going to be some major adjustments as it pertains to time.

Time is an interesting thing, isn’t it? For instance, I’m writing this at 6:15 in the morning where I am, but if I were home it would be 9:15 and this would all seem normal to me. In flying here yesterday, I left at 7:30 my time and got to Reno at noon their time, which means my travel day was seven and a half hours. It’s amazing that one can get across the entire United States in such a relatively short time.

But time will play havoc with your life, even while in the same country. For instance, I wanted to order dinner from the hotel last night, but in this time zone it was too early for anyone to deliver, even though at home it was 7:30 in the evening. So I had to alter plans and go to find food. Then I was really exhausted last night and thought I’d go to bed early, then realized that going to bed early here would have had me waking up at probably 2 in the morning here, as I usually only sleep 6 hours at a time, and that wouldn’t do because it’s going to be a long enough day for me today, the first one on a new contract, so I forced myself to stay up until 11PM, which, at home, would have “only” been 2AM, a time I regularly stay up past, but without the “luxury” of flying across the country.

And, now that I’ve flown across the country, I realize that I’m going to have to change all of my time pieces to reflect where I am, since I’m going to be here three weeks, otherwise I’m going to drive myself nuts. This means my watch, my laptop, my Palm, and my phone. Well, actually, not the phone, which automatically reset the time when I made my first call home to tell my wife I was here. When I changed the time in my Palm, I then had to remember to go back in and change all the alarms that I’d set for this upcoming week, which I’d originally set for 3 hours ahead.

But eating is going to be the hardest thing to deal with. Luckily, the hotel breakfast starts at 6AM, so I’ll catch that easily enough. But dinner,… I usually eat dinner around 6PM, but here that’s 3PM, and being diabetic and trying to stay on some kind of schedule, waiting another 3 to 4 hours to eat isn’t going to work for me. So, I’ll have to figure something out there. Luckily, I’m staying in a Homewood Suites, which means that once I find a grocery store, I can at least make some prepared meals, but I’m also going to have to buy containers, disposable ones so I won’t have to worry about trying to transport those things back and forth across the country.

By the way, just to talk about my first day here a little bit, I drove under the famous Reno gambling sign last night, though it wasn’t planned, while I was out on one of my excursions, scoping out where I’ll be working. Oddly enough, for me anyway, I’ll be working one block away from three casinos; ouch! On my drive to where I’ll be working, on one road I passed two casinos, and on another I passed 5 more. For a poker player like myself, this is going to be an interesting place to be on the weekends. Reno itself is very brown; no grass to speak of, or at least no real grass. When you come into town, all you see are mountains, some with snow on them, most no snow, but brown everywhere. How people decide to live in a desert is beyond me, but at this time of the year the temperatures are pretty much the same as where I live. The only difference is that yesterday here the sun was out all day, whereas at home they had a flash snowstorm, then a flash ice storm, and they’ll see very little sun over the next five months.

Anyway, this is my explaining why I won’t be around as much. This doesn’t mean that I may not have one of those creative bursts and write a bunch of articles and future post them; that’s one of the beauties of WordPress, I must say. And, occasionally I may tell a story or two about my adventures here; I hope you won’t mind.


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