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Top Three Do’s And Don’ts

Earlier in the week I was reading a Tim Bossie’s blog, with his article titled 60 Quick Dos And Don’ts For Online Advertising. This is a great list, and I hope everyone goes over and absorbs this entire list, as it pertains to online advertising, affiliate marketing, internet marketing, MLM marketing, network marketing, email marketing,… well, you catch my drift.

Anyway, I decided that, out of this great list, I’d say what I felt were the three top do’s that he mentions, and then what I feel are the three top don’ts on his list. By the way, I’m not sure if that’s how and where one would put the “s” after “don’t”, but I did search on the internet and it seems this is how other people are doing it, so I’m going that route.

First, let’s do the don’ts first (wow, that looks weird, doesn’t it?), to get those out of the way:

1. Don’t comment on blogs with “Great Blog!” and leave it at that. It’s comments like that which makes it harder these days to determine what’s spam and what’s not. As you know, I hate spam, but I’ve also talked about how it’s getting sneakier and smarter these days. Our friend Peter talks often about people who drop by and leave lots of one line comments just to move up the lists of those people who have top commentator listings, like mine over there on the right (and look who’s at the top). Whether or not it’s truly spam, it looks like spam, and it’s disingenuous to the person who’s writing the blog.

2. Don’t limit yourself to just one advertising method. Y’all see all the things that I test here, then tell you about, but I know I still have a lot of methods that I’ve yet to try. There is no one way that will work for everyone; man, I’ve proven that! If you’re not making $500,000 a year, you probably need to change something around, keep tweaking, and keep learning. Yeah, I know that’s a super lofty goal, and most of us would be happier with a lot less than that from blogging, or from our websites, or from any other internet marketing in general, but I like to dream big.

3. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see overnight millions. Let’s face this fact; there are a lot of dead blogs and websites out there. A good number of those folks tried to make money online and failed. Some of those people participated in programs like Jeff Paul’s Internet Millions or Stores Online programs.

Think about it this way; just how many blogs are there out here that consider themselves “Make Money Blogging” blogs? Folks, in one way or another I’ve been at this for four years, and it’s not until this past year when I’ve actually started making any money at all. I feel it’s because of things I’ve learned since I started writing this blog. Obviously, it’s a long process. The best part about all of it is that it doesn’t cost a lot to try these things out, and to stick with it just a little bit longer. As Jesse Jackson used to say, “Never give up; never stop trying; keep hope alive.”

And now, the do’s:

1. Be persistent in continuing to learn advertising and marketing. Now that’s really what this blog is all about. I try to learn more and more about affiliate and internet marketing, and as our friend Steve says, I tend to process a lot of information.

Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of information that I probably don’t put into practice for one reason or another, so I’m not making the kind of money I should be making. That doesn’t mean I’m not always learning. If things so well, we’re going to get some specific questions answered from a big time internet marketer soon, which I think would help everyone out.

Still, you see me testing things and telling you about them; you see me sharing my stats; you see me sharing websites I find; and you see me sharing ebooks I’ve obtained here and there, free ebooks that I’m allowed to share with you. And I try to write something different than what everyone else is writing.

You saw my rant on this idea of massive traffic; well, since I wrote that, in Twitter, I’ve probably seen at least 20 new posts that have said the same exact thing as everyone else. Is there something new? I don’t know. But I do know that there’s always something new to learn, a different perspective, a different tactic, and I’m going to continue trying to learn more and more; I hope you keep coming back to learn, and to teach me some things.

2. Comment, Comment, Comment on other blogs in your niche. Actually, I want to extend this one further to say comment any place where you feel you can make a contribution in some fashion. I actually do understand the tactic of commenting only on blogs that fit your niche, in that it presupposes those people will see your comment, figure you’re some kind of authority, and decide to come by.

But I’ve had more fun and met some great people on blogs that have nothing to do with my niche; heck, do I have a niche anyway? I write three blogs, and this is probably the only one that doesn’t really have a niche, as much as a concentration. I have varied interests, so I comment on blogs every and anywhere. And I try to offer something with each comment, even if it’s only two lines. There’s a lot of great stuff out there; take the time to look at it, then comment on it, and finally,…

3. Spread some link love in your own articles and blog posts. Well, that’s what started this article to begin with, isn’t it, acknowledging the great job Tim did in writing his post, then expanding on a few points of it for my blog. For those of you who say there’s never anything to write about, you’re just not trying.

If I look at any five blogs, I can find something to write about, and probably get 500 words out of it. I’m a genuinely curious person, and I haven’t even brought up my interest in psychology, the universe, quantum physics, poker (well, I have talked about poker), history, music, and the like. But I’ve shared tons of links with y’all, even on this post; have you noticed that not all the links here are to this blog? Well, I’ve also done a lot of internal linking within my own blog, as well as this post. Internal linking is important to your own SEO (oh yeah, I’ve talked about that also), and it gives those who might like what you have to say more pages to explore if they like even a little bit of what you’ve written. Last night, for instance, I liked this one blog so much that I read 10 of his posts, though I only commented on one of them; I wish I could remember right now who it was, because I’d share it with you.

But there you go, my top three of each category. All that, and if you go to Tim’s blog, there are 54 more gems for you to absorb. Who could ask for more than that? Oh yeah, lots of links on this one, aren’t there? Well, I wanted to do something special for post #399; I hope you enjoy some of them; take care, and enjoy your Saturday.

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Verify Your States Dispute Laws

Clickbank has a new contract which everyone who participates with them has to digitally agree to. I know most people don’t take the time to even look at these contracts. I’m a little better in that I do usually glance at them, looking for something to stand out that I might not like.

Anyway, I’m not going through the entire contract here, but only one small piece of it. And, since I read the entire contract and saw nothing which said I can’t repost it, this is the clause I’d like to talk about:

# Governing Law; Dispute Resolution. You agree that Idaho law will govern this Agreement, other than such laws, rules, regulations and case law that would result in the application of the laws of a jurisdiction other than the State of Idaho, and that any action, suit, proceeding, or claim arising out of or related to this Agreement must be brought exclusively in federal or state courts located in Boise, Idaho. You hereby submit to the in personam jurisdiction and venue of such courts and waive any objection based on inconvenient forum. YOU HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION, SUIT, PROCEEDING, CLAIM OR COUNTERCLAIM ARISING UNDER OR IN RELATION TO THIS AGREEMENT.

Dispute resolution is something that most companies would rather have than having to go to trial. They do this for two main reasons. One, costs are greatly reduced. Two, because juries tend to initially be on the side of potential victims, not companies that seem like they’re piling on the “little guy.” So, going to dispute resolution, they feel, gives them not a balance, but an edge, because they can still send as many lawyers as they wish, while the plaintiff usually won’t have the resources to mount a real challenge, nor feel they’re going to get any sympathy from the judge, which may or may not be true.

Anyway, you can see above that Clickbank uses Idaho as their base for dispute resolution. Companies usually look for a state where they feel they can get the best deals from the law. Many companies use Florida also; maybe it’s just statistics, because I know no one is saying these guys are on the take. However, they may be pro-business; I’m really not sure. However, the main point in the above clause is this one: “other than such laws, rules, regulations and case law that would result in the application of the laws of a jurisdiction other than the State of Idaho“. Why is this so important to know about?

Because some states, such as New York, don’t allow that law to apply. So, if I have a complaint against anyone, I can still file a claim against them in this state and it totally invalidates this clause in the contract. I pointed out that little piece of law a few years ago when my wife was going to sign a contract to do some part time work with this one company, and got them to alter the contract acknowledging it. I could look up the law if need be, but since I know this one, I feel pretty secure in putting it out there.

Anyway, my hope is that everyone else knows at least this portion of the law for where they live, as a “just in case” backup should something negative occur. After all, many of you reading this blog are hoping to make money off some of the products you sell, but, as you saw in my post about the one affiliate not paying me, you just never know.

Fun Indian Dance Video

A friend of mine put this video up on Facebook. I have no idea what they’re saying or what the song is about, but it’s infectious and this guy, or guys (I’m not really sure) is having a great time. So, very short post, some quick fun, but if anyone can translate this for me I’d appreciate it; I don’t even know who this is. Actually, the most I watch, the more I’m starting to think it’s not Indian, but possibly Arabic, Saudi Arabia; I just don’t know. No matter; I think you’ll like it:

Update! Thanks to Khaled, I got some information on this song. It’s called Tunak Tunak Tun, and it’s by an Indian artist named Daler Mehndi. It’s also from 1998, so no wonder I can’t get a clearer copy of it. Also, I can’t find a translation anywhere, even though I did find lyrics. I’ve seen 3 different English lyrics, which is why I don’t trust any of them. So, I guess we’ll just enjoy the song and move forward.
 

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March Statistics; A Dichotomy Of Success

A new month, some new statistics, and, as I said, a dichotomy of success to talk about.

First, here are the actual numbers, only talking about what made me money:


Adsense – $101.63
Paid Advertising – $25.20
Kontera – .84
LinkXL – $2.50
Chitika – .06
Infolinks – .32
Commission Junction – $0, with qualifications
Grand Total – $130.55

Let’s look at a couple of things above. This was my first month making at least $100.00 with Adsense, and I’m proud of that. Almost all of it came from my Medical Billing Answers site, and as long as that one stays prominent, it gives me something to build on. The Commission Junction thing, well, if you remember yesterday’s post about the affiliate who hasn’t paid me, you see that I actually made sales that I didn’t get credit for, and if I’d gotten credit I’d have made at least $60 this month, which would have prompted my receiving a check in April; that’s irksome, but I’m doing what I can there. Overall, February was still my best month ever, but this month easily could have been.

I still have my gripes about Chitika and Kontera, with the low sales, but I’m going to make a change. I’m going to remove Kontera from this blog, which has been somewhat irritating for some visitors anyway, and I’m going to use it on alternate pages on my Reviews Of Everything site instead, as I already have Infolinks on that site. I haven’t even had Infolinks a month yet, but that’s not the issue here. I’m thinking that type of site is more geared towards this type of text marketing, so that’s where I’m taking it.

Also, though I don’t want to do it, I’m thinking that I may move my leadership book and my leadership CDs lower onto the page, while still keeping my one internet marketing book up there at the top, and moving some other things around. We’ll see about that one, though; after all, traditional wisdom still says it’s always better to market your own products first, but talking about leadership and motivation may not work as well with this kind of blog, although it should! Yeah, I said that!

And there we are. Not so bad, a slight step back, but with qualifications, and it’s on to April.

Hank Aaron Hand Signed 8x10 Photo - 3000 Hit

Hank Aaron Hand Signed 8×10 Photo – 3000th Hit






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Not Getting Paid By A CJ Affiliate

While I sit here fighting my urge to go to the store and buy a package of Double Stuff Mint Oreos, I thought I’d talk about one of my latest issues with an affiliate.

It’s bad enough that I had another affiliate drop me this month because I live in New York. I belonged to Newegg only three weeks before they decided that I didn’t qualify for them anymore; oh well, as least they didn’t string me along for months, even though they did send me something saying that I had agreed to some contract in 2008, then, when I wrote them to inquire about it, they acknowledged they were wrong. Maybe it was proving them wrong that got me bounced; oh well,…

In this case, though, it’s about money, and legitimate sales. The affiliate is part of Commission Junction, and they’re called Football Fanatics; yeah, I’m naming names. They’re a company that has all kinds of products with both professional and college football teams logos and colors, and, as America is in love with football, I thought that would make a great addition to my listings.

Then I got lucky, and had someone ask me if I knew where they could purchase some football related items. She told me what she wanted, and I sent her the specific links to each of the products. These weren’t cheap things either; I knew that, if she bought, I was going to make a nice little chunk of change, and it would have made for my best month ever with CJ.

Well, I didn’t get credit for any of these three sales, and that’s just not right. I waited a week just to make sure, but saw nothing. I first wrote CJ, who said I should write the company. I then wrote the company, giving all the information that I knew they needed, because CJ told me what they’d need. After a week of not hearing anything, I wrote CJ again to mention that I hadn’t heard anything from the company. They wrote me back saying they’d contact the company, but reminded me that all payments have to come from the company themselves, and that CJ is basically a go-between. The actual response was:

Please be aware that is it there (sic) responsibility to maintain their affiliate program. If they are neglecting it, you may wish to promote a different advertiser.

And there you go. Of course I knew that part, but a big part of my thinking is that one doesn’t get to totally abrogate responsibility from someone they represent just because that someone isn’t acting properly. In my mind, I may not ever get my money, but CJ should seriously look at these people and decide whether they wish to sanction them being a part of the CJ “family”, if you will.

Of course, a big part of me is hoping that I get my payment, but I will be looking for another football items related affiliate, though it looks like I’m going to have to find out outside of the CJ family. Too bad, since they offer the ability to post products also, but hey, I’m not doing this just to promote a business that’s not going to follow through on their fiduciary responsibilities. Yeah, I know, big words; so sue me. 🙂

Overall, I know that CJ is a reputable company, and I’m not leaving them any time soon. But I guess this does point out that companies like CJ and Clickbank, who I’ve also talked about before when I was warning people to verify product links, are really just conduits to the ultimate prize, which are the advertisers whose programs and products we hope to market and make a little bit of scratch from. Affiliate marketing can be tough enough as it is. Be ever vigilant; it’s your money, after all.

Update I ended up voicing my displeasure on another blog, and was contacted by the affiliate manager for Football Fanatics, who promptly looked into my situation, and I ended up getting credit for my sales; yay!

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