Look What Dave Found

Spam For Dinner Again Tonight
August 8, 2006, 7:31 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous
OK, so I registered for a variety of marketing newsletters and freebies.. trouble is, now that I no longer have any interest, I can’t seem to get them to stop sending the emails despite clicking the “unsubscribe” buttons, etc. Very frustrating and annoying!
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Meanwhile, the high temps continue unabated here in the Great Plains.. the humidity is ridiculous! You can’t walk to the mailbox without coming back drenched with perspiration!
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Off to work in a bit.. closing tonight! More tomorrow!


Gamecube Fan
August 3, 2006, 5:54 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

I’ve officially become a Gamecube fan!

While I’m normally not much of a game player, I like to play games on a console when I do play vs the PC.

Recently I bought a Nintendo 64 system and now have 11 games for that. And just bid on and received a Nintendo Gamecube through eBay.

The Gamecube is awesome! I love playing Mario Kart Double Dash on it and also have Luigi’s Mansion. I’m looking for more games on eBay!

Got a Gamecube? Let me know how you like it!

Looking for Nintendo 64 Carts
July 12, 2006, 7:02 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

Just bought a Nintendo 64 and am looking for good, reliable (read: trustworthy) sites online that sell Nintendo 64 games and accessories in the US. Anyone suggest anything (other than eBay)?

Why You Should Promote Residual Affiliate Programs
April 7, 2006, 4:37 am
Filed under: Commentary, Miscellaneous
Are you a webmaster in need of additional income?  Or are you planning to set up an online business but you still don’t have any product to sell?  If so, affiliate marketing may be the best solution for your problems.  With affiliate marketing, you won’t need to worry about the products you have to sell.  All you need to have is a website with sufficient contents that are related to the products of a certain online company offering affiliate programs.  By becoming a member of the program, or by becoming an affiliate, you can start earning a certain amount of money right away!
Affiliate marketing is special type of cooperative business relationship established between a merchant and his affiliates.  In affiliate marketing, an affiliate agrees to direct some traffic to a merchant’s website.  If that traffic is converted into some type of action, like a visitor purchasing a product on the merchant’s website or a visitor becoming a lead for the company, the affiliate who directed the traffic will be compensated.  Compensation may take the form of either a percentage sales commission for the sales generated or a fixed fee predetermined upon the application of the affiliate on the merchant’s affiliate program.
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Promising a lot of benefits both for the merchants and the affiliates, affiliate marketing has become one of the most popular online marketing methods today.  In fact, almost every merchant or retailer site today offers an affiliate program that any one can join into.  Most retailers would entice people to become affiliates or members of their program by promising great benefits like large commissions, lifetime commissions, click through incomes and a lot of other benefits.  But would all these affiliate programs bring off the same benefits?
Most affiliate programs would pay you, as an affiliate, a one-time commission for every sale or lead you brought to the merchant’s website.  Commissions for this kind of affiliate programs are usually large, ranging from 15% to a high of about 60%.  Other affiliate programs would pay you a fixed fee for every click through or traffic you send to the merchant’s site.  Programs like this often pay a smaller fee for every click through, usually not getting any larger than half a dollar.  The good thing about this kind of program, however, is that the visitor won’t have to purchase anything in order for the affiliate to get compensated.
Another type of affiliate program is the residual income affiliate program.  Residual affiliate programs usually pay only a small percentage of sales commission for every sale directed by the affiliate to the merchant’s site.  This commission often comes only in the range of 10% to 20% sales commission.  Because of this, many people ignore residual affiliate program and would rather opt for the high paying one-time commission affiliate program.  Are these people making a mistake, or are they making the right decision?
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We can’t tell, for sure, if people are making a mistake by choosing a high paying one-time commission affiliate program.  But we can definitely say that they are making a large mistake if they ignore residual affiliate programs.  Residual affiliate programs would indeed pay at a lower rate, but merchants offering such kind of programs would generally pay you regular and ongoing commissions for a single affiliate initiated sale!  That means, for the same effort you made in promoting a particular affiliate program, you get paid only once in a one-time commission program, and a regular and ongoing commission for a residual program!
So, are the benefits of promoting residual affiliate programs clearer to you now?  Or are they still vague?  If they are still vague, then let’s make them a bit clearer with this example:
Suppose there are two online merchants both offering web hosting services on their sites.  The first merchant offers a one-time commission type of affiliate program that pays $80 for every single affiliate initiated sale.  The second merchant also offers an affiliate program, but this time a residual affiliate program that pays only $10 for every single affiliate initiated sale.  As an affiliate, we may get attracted at once at what the first merchant is offering, as $80 is definitely a lot larger than $10.  But by thinking things over before actually getting into them, one may be able to see that the second merchant is offering us more opportunity to earn a larger amount of money.
Supposed you have directed traffic to the merchant and it converted into a sale, you’ll get paid once by the first merchant for the sale you have initiated.  But with the second merchant, you’ll get paid monthly for as long as the customer you have referred to the merchant continues to avail of the web hosting service.  That means that for the same effort of getting one customer to avail of the merchant’s service, you get paid monthly in residual affiliate programs while you only get paid once in a one-time commission type of affiliate programs.
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So, are residual affiliate programs worth promoting?  Definitely yes, because you virtually get more money from these types of affiliate programs in the long run!  And would residual affiliate programs work best for you?  Probably not, probably yes.  It is not really for me to tell.  But with the benefits that residual affiliate marketing can provide, it would really be unwise to ignore such programs.

Diversity Is The Key To Monetizing Your Blog (David Gridley)
April 5, 2006, 6:45 pm
Filed under: Commentary, Miscellaneous
Diversity Is The Key to Monetizing Your Blog
by: David Gridley (dgridley)

Banned by Google Adsense? It could happen without warning and has to many unsuspecting (and some not quite so unsuspecting) Adsense publishers who’ve somehow managed to run afoul of the Adsense TOS (terms of service).

It’s beyond the scope of this article to discuss the possible reasons why your blog or web site might be or has been banned but suffice to say that if you’ve put all your eggs in one basket by using Adsense as your only or primary source of revenue, you could be temporarily bankrupt, cast adrift in a sea of mistakes you could have easily avoided.

Sure, as a contextual ad server, Adsense is far and away tough to beat. Their range and depth in advertisers is their strength making them the top choice for monetizing the average blog or web site.

Ok, now re-read the preceding paragraph and take a closer look. I’ll repeat: (Adsense’s) range and depth in advertisers is their strength.

It’s the diversity in the sheer number and type of advertiser and ads they offer that make Adsense numbero uno in their field.

So, in other words, if you’ve been banned by Google, you’ve just lost access to that huge database of ads and advertisers. What do you do?

And, maybe you haven’t yet been banned from the Adsense program and just want to “hedge your bets” and add some additional streams of revenue?


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Let me tell you this: the absolute key to monetizing your blog (or web site) is DIVERSITY.

Everyone likes a choice and the more choices you can offer your visitors translates directly into those “additional streams of revenue” we mentioned earlier.

Let me suggest a few no-cost ways we can accomplish this quickly and with the least amount of “muss and fuss”, using my favorite blogging platform, WordPress.

(By the way, if you’re not blogging as a way of branding either your name or product, you should be. Blogs tend to get more traffic and page rank, as well as faster indexing by the search engines, than almost any other online platform. A regularly updated blog with relevant content can easily go from PR 0 to PR 4 (or better) in just a few months. Higher page rank translates into more $$ for you!)

First of all, why use WordPress? Three reasons: reliability, free support, and loads and loads of free WordPress themes and plugins to choose from. In addition, WordPress itself is free and is included in most hosting packages as part of the Fantastico module in your CPanel. For most of us, WordPress is readily available and can be installed with just a few clicks of the mouse.

If you don’t have hosting of your own, you can also sign up for a free WordPress blog at www.wordpress.com.

Because this article is primarily about methods you can use to monetize your blog or web site, we won’t go into adding themes to WordPress other than to say there are hundreds of free themes available, allowing you to literally change the look of your WordPress blog with the click of a button.

Let’s say you just installed WordPress (or even if you’ve already been using WordPress), what can you now do to add those additional streams of revenue to your blog?

Here’s a short list of essential plugins you’ll immediately want to install to monetize your blog and why:

1. Martin Laine’s excellent Audio Player
Martin’s plugin allows you to easily add MP3 audio files to your posts allowing visitors to feel your enthusiasm as you explain the benefits of visiting your blog, or using your service or product. Audio increases visitor interest and promotes sales by allowing you to personalize the experience of visiting your site or blog. Adding audio to your site is as easy as uploading the audio file to a specified directory, then posting the link to your post. Laine’s Audio Player plugin automatically transforms your MP3 links into an audio player.

In short, you can commercialize, brand, and monetize your blog by using audio effectively.

2. Rich Manalang’s WP-Amazon plugin for WordPress
Amazon.com associates should immediately install this handy plugin. WP-Amazon allows you to easily search for and add branded Amazon links and images to your posts right from within the WordPress control panel.

3. Wayne Walrath’s WP-AdSense-Deluxe plugin
Assuming you haven’t been banned from Google Adsense, WP-AdSense-Deluxe lets you define one or more Google adsense ad blocks (or Yahoo Publisher Network-YPN ads) which can then be easily inserted into any post (including multiple ad blocks per post) simply by adding a pre-defined comment within your post.

4. Angsuman Chakraborty’s Ad Rotator
Ad Rotator is an ad rotating solution for your ads, including Adsense, Clicksor, Chitika, etc. Ad Rotator displays an advertisement (which is randomly selected from a group of advertisements specified in a text file) at your chosen location.

5. Thom Skrtich’s Auto Translator
Here’s a No-Brainer: translating your blog automatically into one of several different languages can significantly increase readership and sales. Auto Translator helps you accomplish this by allowing visitors to select a flag from your WordPress sidebar and automatically translating your post or page into the visitor’s language. Think of the possibilities!

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6. Edna Melendez’s WPCashLinksLite
This is my personal favorite tool and WordPress plugin. Available as both a free or paid version, WPCashLinksLite (free version) allows you to enter up to ten keywords with destination URLs that you want linkable throughout your blog posts and comments. What makes this so great is your destination URLS can go anywhere you specify for any keyword or keyword phrase you choose. For example, on my www.iPlayGolf.info, I’ve used WPCashLinksLite to direct the keyword “swing” to a specific golfing-related Clickbank ebook affiliate link. Best of all, WPCashLinksLite can be used in addition to Adsense so it’s a win-win situation.

So there you have it.. six of the best, in my opinion, ways you can diversify and monetize your WordPress blog.

But before I go, let me suggest just one more application you’ll definitely want to add to your revenue enhancing repertoire, Qumana Desktop Blog Editor with Adgenta.

First of all, Adgenta (or Q-Ads) is an easy and powerful way for you to enhance the revenue potential of your website or blog. Q-Ads is a unique way for you to embed ads anywhere you can place an image. These images will look “familiar”.. in fact, they are images similar in appearance to the text ads served by Adsense and Yahoo Publisher Network.

Two things that make Q-Ads an awesome revenue tool: YOU choose the keywords used to display the image ads AND Q-Ads can be used in conjunction with your Adsense! Q-Ads and Adsense equal “the best of two worlds” in my book!

Downloading and using Qumana Desktop Blog Editor allows you to write, save, and post your blog entries to a variety of platforms, including WordPress. Q-Ads (or Adgenta) is integrated into the application, allowing you to insert Q-Ads anywhere into your blog with the click of your mouse.

To sum up, using these tools I’ve described will allow you to expand and diversify your blog’s revenue streams and free you from depending on Adsense alone!


About The Author:

David Gridley (dgridley) is a daily visitor to www.webloggers.org and the Namepros.com domain discussion forum (with over 8000 posts) and has been selected NamePros Member of the Month twice. He is also author of the www.lookwhatdavefound.info blog and a host of others. To reprint this article in whole or part, request permission by email to dave@davidgridley.com .

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Use Blingo Search, Win Prizes
April 5, 2006, 7:14 am
Filed under: Miscellaneous
I can personally attest to the fact that Blingo does indeed award some great prizes to visitors who use Blingo to search the web. I won two Blingo movie tickets so far, one on my own, and one because a Blingo Friend won.
Did you know Blingo gave away 20 $50 Visa Gift Cards in less than 30 minutes Monday during their Blingo Frenzy.
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Did you also know that if you win a Blingo prize, you have the option of either the prize OR the cash value in a Visa Gift Card?
Megan won an iPod Nano recently and opted to take her Blingo prize in the form of a $149 Visa Gift Card.
You can learn more about Blingo (it’s free, no registration is required) by clicking the button in this post. Join Blingo with a friend.. if your Blingo Friend wins, you win too!

Good Gosh! 1,000,000 Guaranteed Visitors Free? You Bet! Find out How!
March 30, 2006, 6:21 am
Filed under: Freebies, Miscellaneous, Shameless Plugs
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