Monday, April 14, 2008

Not Saving Under Expand Widget Templates

I've been having some problems with my template not saving under Expand Widget Templates in blogger, instead I receive a full page error message. I can save when Expand Widget Templates is un-checked.

A solution.

I've realized the problem is I've added some code to my template that blogger can't save, or produces an error page.

For me the main problem was the Google Analytics code I added to my template, once I removed it everything worked perfectly.

So if your having this same problem, you may want to check out the codes, widgets etc that you've added to your template, the solution may be as simple as a few lines of code.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Blogging your Yuwie Downline

Introduction

Yuwie is a social network just like Myspace only Yuwie pays their members to use it.

One of the best ways to earn more from Yuwie is to refer new users, the more you refer the bigger your downline and the more money you'll make.

Earnings are based on page views. As well as the pageviews you gather, your referrals pageviews count towards your end of months total pageviews to.

So, more referrals equals more pageviews which equals more money for you.

The Bloggers Advantage

As bloggers we have some pretty close relationships with other bloggers and the trust that is built up over time lends itself to sharing ideas with each other very quickly.

So as you can see a post like this could potentially spread like wildfire.

Getting referrals is actually pretty hard, but for us bloggers the process could be a whole lot easier, the more people that share this post the bigger all of our downlines will be and we could all potentially be part of the biggest Yuwie downline ever.

Here's the instructions

Step 1: sign-up to Yuwie.

Step 2: Copy and paste this entire post (change the introductions you like) into a new blog post on your own blog.

Step 3: Remember to replace the link in "sign-up to Yuwie" with your own Yuwie referral link, you can find this web address in the control panel of your Yuwie account after signing up.

Step 4: Post it, promote it and pass it along to your blogging friends. The more bloggers that repeat this post the bigger all of our downlines will get.

Step 5: Because we are sharing this post we will all be connected in a "Blogging your Yuwie Downline" Army, it starts here and onto infinity. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride and I'll see you on Yuwie.

*Please feel free to change the introduction before the instructions.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Join the Yuwie Army

Yuwie Army



I've been looking into Yuwie for a few days now and what I've found is that they really do payout, the earnings are decent, the place is very active and the people are very informative.

But to make the serious cash you're going to need an ARMY of referrals.

So that's why I've started the Yuwie Army, I have a plan of attack for this service and it should really payoff.

I'm looking for just 5 dedicated people to sign-up under me (every things free by the way) through the banner above. My mission is to multiply our referral trees by 5 on each level all the way to the tenth and beyond, that's where the real money is.

That means every individual referral only has to refer five new people to Yuwie, not a lot of work at all.

And by the tenth level you should have nearly 10 million referrals.

Here's a great example for you to project the numbers.

For a detailed look at the numbers take a look at my blog post on Yuwie.

If the Yuwie Army achieves it's mission of multiplying by 5 on each level all the way to level ten and beyond, we could each possibly be sitting on $30,000 plus a month in earnings.

What are you waiting for join the YUWIE ARMY now.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Yuwie wont make you rich, well...

...unless you know how to use it.

I signed up after a long time of avoiding it, I thought it would be full of nothing but spam, judging by my first impressions I was wrong.

You could say Yuwie is much like Myspace and you'd be right, though there's a slight difference, Yuwie is actually useful. Every other page I encountered on Yuwie was packed full of information, videos, blogs all seemingly written by actual real people, unlike Myspace which seems full of junk.

I'm actually excited about using Yuwie.

What's Yuwie all about?

In a nutshell it's a social network, just like Myspace, you can add your friends, meet new people, blog, add photos and videos, leave comments, join groups and a whole lot of other features. The one major difference with Yuwie is they pay you for using their service.

Now there seems to be two different camps when it come to making money with Yuwie, there's those who add as many people as they can as friends in hopes of getting their pages viewed, which will earn them money.

Then you've got the recruiters.

The friend adders I feel would have to be at it 24/7 to make any decent cash, so the best option to make money with Yuwie would be to become a recruiter, this involves getting as many people as possible to sign up to Yuwie through your special referral link and then teaching your referrals to do the same. This way you earn a percentage of what your referrals make and you also earn a percentage of their referrals and then their referrals and so on 10 levels deep, by this time you should have a network of hundreds if not thousands of referrals and you earn a percentage from all of it.

As far as I can gather having an army at level 10 has the most earning power.

So if you want to make money with Yuwie, sign-up and start spreading your referral link any where you can, friends, other social networking sites, forums, blogs, anywhere and advice your referrals to do the same and to advice their referrals to also do the same and so on.

Otherwise if your not into making money with it, use Yuwie as you would any other social networking site.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chitika really is as good as Adsense

I'd put off using Chitika for awhile mainly due to their recommendation that your site should have more than 10,000 page views a month, I've been exceeding that for awhile now on some of my blogs, so I started implementing the eMiniMalls code and nothing happened, I wasn't making any money, so I went back and adjusted my tags to relate more specifically to my blogs, once I did that I started making just as much as I would have with adsense.

The great thing is, I'm still earning the same with adsense per day plus I'm now making equal that with Chitika, I've doubled my earnings in that respect.

The other great thing is Chitika pays through paypal as well as checks, I choose the paypal option as the minimum payout is $10.

My experience so far is that if you're earning with adsense you'll likely earn with Chitika, most probably about the same amount, and with their low payment threshold and payments through paypal, way more convenient than adsense.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Paid to search deal

I just signed up to the best of my knowledge a pretty newish paid the search program called "My Search Funds", now they say they're partnered with Ask.com so it seems pretty reliable, but I think the program is to new to see any proof of payments.

So here's the deal, when you sign up you're asked to install a browser add-on which replaces the search box in you internet browser, when you use this search box it counts your searches which in return earn you a few cents per search (well pence I think they call it, British money). That's all you have to do, use the search box for your daily searches and earn cash, the search results are provided by Ask.com.

I've been using it a few days now, doing my routine searches, a couple dozen searches in total and have made pretty good earnings, works out to a couple NZ dollars. I've worked out that if I just use it for my daily searches I should make 20 quid a month from what I've seen so far, that's about 60 bucks NZ cash.

The only problem now is if they pay, haven't seen any proof of payments, but that's probably due to the long wait periods and the program being pretty new.

UPDATE: Earnings are calculated on My Search Funds once a day, so you'll have to wait until the daily update to see how much your searches have earned you.

There have been rumblings of payments been made, but I'm guessing that because the user base may still be small and not a lot of people are eligible for payment yet due to the age of the program not a lot of people have been posting "proof of payments" online.

Though on the other end, I haven't seen anything about people not getting payed.

My guess is that by April 15, the next payment period, the user base will be enough that people will be on a rush to post their "proof of payments" online or shout "they don't pay".

So it's still early days and I'm going to keep using it, well because 100 searches is equal to a couple pounds in earnings and that ain't bad at all, that's about 6 bucks NZ money.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Project Wonderful Thoughts

I tried out something called Project Wonderful the other week, PW is an advertising network, you can buy and sell advertising space across a network of sites and blogs, what you try to do is outbid the advertiser that is already filling an ad space you desire, if you outbid them you'll take over that ad space for as long as you set it for or until someone else comes along and outbids you. You only pay when you win a bid and only for how long your ad is served.

I tried it as an advertiser.

The directory of sites you can choose isn't really that varied, the majority of sites seem to be for online comic strips, but I found it great for a few of my blogs topics. What I found interesting is that literally most of the sites have very low bids, maybe 10-20 cents each and with the amount of sites you could possibly buy a lot of cheap advertising pretty fast.

I tried out a couple cheap bids along with a higher bid, I did get traffic from all of them, though not a huge amount, but what I'm thinking is that if you buy a lot of ad spaces the traffic will ad up.

The statistics for the publishers sites was also pretty cool, they have daily and weekly estimates of traffic for each site in the directory along with graphs showing bid performance and previous traffic reports over previous months, it gives you a sense in knowing how an ad of yours could perform.

I haven't used PW to try and sell advertising space on any of my blogs yet, but I'm thinking about starting soon. Even with small bids on your ad space, if you can fill em you could regularly make a couple bucks a day and even more if your in demand.

What led me to PW was that I was looking for a cheap easy alternative to adwords, and it's certainly cheap and easy, still got a few bucks in my account and I can withdraw that back into my paypal account anytime I want as long as it's over ten bucks, I can even use money earned from selling ad space into buying more ad space myself.

It's a very flexible easy and cheap service to use and actually pretty fun, I never knew how big the online comic strip niche was.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Time at the Races

With betfair you can play the horses live, while the action is on, place your bet and be part of great fun that is horse betting.

I've never been to the track myself, the closest I have gotten is placing a bet and watching the race on Television.

I think it's a pretty interesting idea batting on the horse online, all the races forms at your fingertips, ease of placing a bet and the ease of collecting your money, but as with any betting, you may come away empty handed, the thrill of the race should still be there.

Betfair also has bonuses for signing up and winning and also by referring your friends, they also have a number of other opportunities for betting such as sports, poker.

The site is very extensive and is frequently updated with all the latest betting opportunities.

Whenever I decide to have a bet I usually bet small but I really get into it even though I have little on the line and it's always such a thrill when I win. I usually try to follow my brothers lead as he is always winning, he doesn't play much but when he does he wins, trifectas and stuff, that's really exciting.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Noobs Formula to Affiliate Marketing

In my first attempt at promoting products from Amazon I concentrated on a small niche, had a pretty good conversion rate, the market wasn't that big though and the commissions weren't that great as the products were in the price range of about $5 to $20.

It really was my first test, the formula seemed to work, so I repeated the formula again slightly different though and this time I concentrated on a product worth around $500.

Today it payed off, I sold my first targeted $500 product, commission to me about $30.

The thing is I don't think I'll be selling this product on a daily basis, I've only been getting traffic to this page for about two weeks now so only time will tell. I'm repeating the process again with another product but I'm still in the promotion stages.

All three have pretty much the same setup.

Product research - I try to find things I like and that I can talk about without getting bored.

Affiliate Research - Finding programs that fit really well with your product choice. Amazon is well known, but what I've realized is that there are many more affiliate programs out there that are willing to pay me a better percentage for the same products I can find on Amazon. With my second test, along with Amazon ads I have a pay per lead program running, when a user clicks through from my site and fills out a form I get payed $1 for the lead, it's converting pretty well, it's offering something for free and there's little effort on the users part.

Keyword research - I try to find the most non competitive keywords/phrases I can, but also have at least some daily traffic, I use this tool to gauge it. It presents a list of alternatives to your main keyword along with daily traffic estimates, that's handy in itself, what's better is it also uses Google trends to gauge traffic and competition for the keywords/phrase, just click on the little bar graph graphic next to a phrase to get the results.

What your wanting and what I find doable is a phrase or bunch of related phrases that have competition under 60,000 and for it to pay off, traffic estimates of at least 60ish.

Less competition equals easier promotion.

Just make sure the phrase you choose is what you'd think most people wanting to buy your product would use.

Building the site - Title it your best found keyphrase, the URL should be the same, sprinkle your found keywords/phrases throughout your site within meaningful content. Make sure you content is geared towards your chosen product but not just selling it, make it interesting, fun and informational, and because you also like the product you chose you should be able to talk about it all day long with glee.

Make your site visually appealing and easy to navigate as well.

And don't add any ads yet.

Promotion - Mainly link building, this should be the same old stuff, link trades, social boomarking etc, basically gaining links that use your keywords/phrases as anchor text and/or surrounding text. Because of your research in finding a low competition phrase it shouldn't take to long to rank within the first few pages of results, if not the first.

And Finally - Once your placement has settled down in the search engines and your seeing steady traffic, start adding the ads and test test test.

So that's basically my formula, it seems to work and I'm rolling with it for the time being.

It's free and easy, it just takes a little time to get setup, I definitely won't be making mad cash with just a few of these sites floating around what I'm hoping is that with a hundred of them I will.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I'm already making money online doing this

I've been trying some new things lately, namely finding affiliate programs and products to promote. In the past I've relied heavily on PPC programs such as adsense and paid to post programs such as .

The thing is I've gone off doing paid to post deals some what, even though it's really good money, I find that I can never find assignments that really relate to my blogs involved.

And PPC programs, the amount of money I'll make will increase as the traffic to my blogs increases, so it's just a waiting game with PPC programs.

That leads me to promoting affiliate products. I've had some pretty good success selling products for amazon, especially taking into account how much traffic my affiliate site gets, I think in 5 months I've had a total of 2,000 visits to that site, not much at all, though it's a very small niche and wouldn't expect much more than that. The thing is I've made a total of $1,442.95 in sales for amazon with my cut being $73.21.

I make about 20 sales a month with traffic to the site being about 400 visits a month, that's a 5% conversion rate, which means 5 out of every 100 visitors buys something through my site.

The product I'm promoting is something that I think the only reason anyone in their right mind would be searching for it would be to buy it, so that works out great.

The niche is so uncompetitive that I pretty much dominated the search engines for my keywords over night, but I only targeted it because I knew there was a trickle of searches for the keywords I was concentrating on.

What I'll do differently though is to research alternative affiliate programs, what I found with my test product is that Amazon were the only place selling it and frankly their commission rates suck.

At the moment I have a page that is ranking well for a few choice keywords, what I like to call a "buying phrase", the only reason people would search it would be to buy it. Because of this I've been looking for Affiliate programs to promote on the page, I know I won't find it on amazon, so I've been using Affiliate networks to find products.

Affiliate Networks bring together a big number of affiliate programs, programs selling anything from cellphones to ebooks.

Here's the networks I'm using at the moment.

Shareasale - Huge list of programs, I find pretty much anything I'm looking to promote.

Commission Junction - Good collection of programs, though I've heard if you're not active they'll close your account.

Join Pepperjam Network today! - A pretty new network, not as many programs as the above two, but super cool looking.

- Just signed up to these fellas, quite a few programs to promote, they had what I was looking for and after a day I'm already making cash, $1.00 a lead and I've made a few, see how it goes.

So at this point I don't actually know what I'm doing, all I know is there seems to be huge potential in promoting affiliate products, for example you have a home loans site and you rank number one in google for the term "home loans" and you find an aff program that pays $300 per lead, say a signup form, why not promote it on your home loans site and make bank. Huge example and I'm no where near going to compete in that niche, but you get the picture.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Niches and news

Been awhile since my last post here, nothing much has been going on, traffic is slowly sliding up on most of my blogs, what I've found is all I have to do is post to them regularly, lol just kidding, kind off.

As a blogger I'm pretty slow at putting what I know into practice and at the moment I'm going down two paths, one is what I've been doing the whole time, just blogging about what I like, the only difference being is concentrating on new stuff to the net, for example a new video that appears online that no one has written about that has the potential to become viral, I'll blog about it, gain some quick links to that post and appear first in google for the keywords and when the video catches on I'll be there to reap the benefits, well until someone else gains more links than I do.

The second path is finding niches to sell affiliate products in, these are low work sites, set them up and forget them, but for me I'm trying to find topics that interest me so I can write on a regular basis, but the main emphasis is catering to a buyers need.

The niches I've found so far are very tiny and specific, low traffic, with very low competition. I know this works because I've been selling amazon products through a very small site in a very small niche with maybe 20-30 hits to the site a day. The niche is so that the only reason anyone would be searching for it would be to buy it.

And finding similar type niches to explore isn't that hard at all, you just have to do your research and think outside the box, sure I'd love to be selling HDTVs but imagine the work involved in trying to compete in that market.

Friday, December 21, 2007

ScratchBack Tips, Gice a tip, get a link

Seen these ScratchBack widgets popping up lately so I thought I'd give it a try, the widget is just to your right, I don't expect to get any tips, but I'll leave it up as an example.

If you have a paypal account, buying a place in "Get In My Top Spots" is easy as, click it sign into paypal, pay and your all done, your link should appear in the widget.

I've tipped a couple sites and the process was really easy, though the selection of sites to choose from at the moment isn't the best, but I'm guessing that once the user base increases the market will become pretty competitive. It also seems to me that most people are opting for the autobump option, where your link slides down the widget and eventually gets bumped off the list. They also have daily, weekly and monthly options available and you can set you own prices, I've set my widget up for $5 for a month.

Other than that I don't know to much else about the service, seems like an interesting idea though.

Is Entrecard traffic any good?

I've been using Entrecard for a few days now and the traffic sent from them is pretty decent, checking over my google stats it's number 5 on my traffic sources.

The traffic has mainly come from I guess people searching for sites to advertise on, I haven't bought many advertising spots myself, taking things slow. My feeling is that traffic would be next to useless as they are probably looking mostly for if your site is worth their credits.

The whole deal reminds of sites like blogexplosion so far, I guess once I have enough credits to buy ad spots on some bigger sites I'll get a good picture on if it's worth the time.

My advice for Entrecard is to move slowly once you've signed up, all my ad spots were full within minutes of signing up, 5 in total all worth 2 credits each for a days advertising, I've been rejecting them ever since and now a days advertising on my blog will cost you 22 credits a day.

Take it slow, because it looks like the sharks on it already know the ins and outs of it, kind of taking advantage of the newer users, though not in a mean way.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Three kinds of traffic and how to monetize it

What I've found is all you need is traffic to make money online, varying forms of traffic mind you. Most of the examples below deal with traffic from search engines and not referrals from other sites, but if you can find sites that give similar results to search engine traffic, all the better and please let me know lol, though they'd probably be niche specific.

Three kinds of traffic.

First is what I like to call "all traffic" this is all the traffic coming to your blog, if your blog is focused then "all traffic" is "targeted traffic" this would be greatly suited to contextual advertising like Adsense and because your blog is focused any traffic you get would likely be interested in much of the rest of your blog and the targeted ads displayed.

Second is the age old "targeted traffic" this is traffic that arrives at you blog because of your focus, a post you wrote or a specific topic. Targeted traffic works well with adsense on a site wide level, targeted traffic also works wonders on post level with affiliate and referral programs, for example if you write a post about a product e.g chewing gum and you have an affiliate link in there that sells chewing gum and the traffic you get to that post wants to buy chewing gum, then you've got yourself a winner. The thing is that traffic came because you targeted it and you did your research to make it happen.

Lastly for now is "long tail traffic" this is traffic that would come under "all traffic" but is not specific enough to be hugely "targeted traffic", it could work well with adsense but probably wouldn't be so great with affiliate and referral programs, mainly because you haven't targeted what they are looking for. The upside to this is if you notice a pattern in you long tale traffic you can write a targeted post concentrated on it and turn it into targeted traffic, adding in a few aff links or what not, if it suits it that is.

How would you go about getting these types of traffic?

All Traffic - You get this traffic as you keep on keeping on. Keep your blog focused and the rest will be a lot easier to achieve.

Targeted Traffic - Takes work, research and testing. Research your keywords, competition, get targeted backlinks to your posts and blog, then look into how you can monetize you efforts.

Long Tail Traffic - These are happy accidents in my opinion that you can turn into targeted traffic sources.

So there's three kinds of traffic that you can monetize, do it, increase it, repeat it and make more money online.