Thursday, May 28, 2009


One of the coolest tools I’ve come across is TinyURL.

You know how sometimes the URL to the website you want to direct your clients to becomes so long that it breaks in the emails you send? So instead of simply clicking on it and getting redirected to where you would have them go, they have to cut and paste the URL back together before being able to click. Well, you know some clients have the attention span of a goldfish (i.e. 3 seconds). Make them have to do that little additional work and pssshhhht...they’re out of there.

Or if you’re an affiliate marketer, you may find it desirable to hide your affiliate link. Many article directories do not accept articles with affiliate links. I know Ezine Articles, for one, doesn’t. A lost of readers too are wary about clicking on a link that they’ve learned to recognize as an affiliate link. Right away they think, “Uh oh. Here comes the hard sell.”

Okay, so what to do? You can choose to use a url redirect so that your links don’t look like an affiliate link. A lot of top earning internet and affiliate marketers do this.

So instead of a link with 52 characters that looks like this:

you get a 25-character URL that looks like this:

Cool, huh? Doesn’t look like an affiliate link anymore. And you know what? Doing this helps to increase click throughs and - that thing we’re all targeting – SALES.

And again one of the coolest features of this handy little tool is that it’s FREE!!

There is a backside to using TinyURLs though. As with any good thing that comes along, its subject to abuse. Some unscrupulous people have used the tool to redirect the unwary to completely unexpected and sometimes wholly unwholesome sites. Thus, some websites have responded by blocking TinyURLs and other url aliases from being posted. So be sure to test your links upon submission to any website.

Since your goal is to redirect, not misdirect, you an opt to give your client a preview of the site you're directing him to before he actually goes there. Using the example above, the url for the preview to the redirect site would be: . By clicking to that, a new window with a preview opens up. No nasty surprises for your client.

For those of you who haven’t discovered it, you can try it out here.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Free Teleconference Call

I like to pass on whatever good thing comes my way... so long as it's not illegal, immoral and it doesn't infringe on anyone's rights. So here's another good thing that's come my way.

It's a free teleseminar call hosted by Rich Schefren, the guru to the Internet marketing gurus. He's going to be talking with 12 of the top internet marketers who will be sharing how they went from an average income to becoming semi-famous gurus - people like Yaro Starak, Mike Filsaime, Brad Fallon, Jeff Walker, Frank Kern, Willie Crawford, Joel Comm, Liz Thompson, John Carlton, Tellman Knudsen, Michael Cheney, Keith Baxter, Ryan Deiss, Kevin Hogan and others.

Never before has there been a bigger group of marketing legends all assembled on one call.

It's touted to be "... killer content, stuff you won't find anywhere else. "

It's happening this Thursday, 28 May 2009 at 7:00pm EDT.

Access to the call is free.

Here's where you can sign up:
Register Here - Rich Schefren Live Call

See you there :-)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Free Internet Marketing Program

I got this email today from Yaro Starak's blog tips newsletter and I thought I'd pass it on. If you want to learn how to do something well, the best thing is to learn from those who've already done it. So I've signed up for this course. You may want to as well. First great thing about it is that it's FREE.

Jeremy Schoemaker, otherwise
known as "Shoemoney" with a blog
of the same name, just released
a fantastic 12 week introductory
program, and it won't cost you
any money to join...


You can go straight to the sign-up page for the
no-cost, 12-week introduction to Internet
marketing program, written by the one and
only Shoemoney here -

ShoeMoney Xtreme Internet Marketing Guide

Jeremy "Shoemoney" Schoemaker is a very well
known, self made Internet millionaire. His blog,, is hugely popular and driven
largely by the personality of Jeremy.

I did a very popular podcast with Jeremy a few
weeks back where he gave us essentially his life
story, or at least life story as an Internet

He has done some crazy stuff over the years and he
certainly knows a lot about how to make big money
online, so you need to listen this guy.

Jeremy just let me know that he made available
a 12 week training program that covers all the
fundamentals of Internet marketing.

Here is the weekly breakdown of the program -

Week 1: The Beginner's Guide To Internet Marketing
Week 2: Affiliate Marketing 101: Everything You Need To Know To Start Promoting Products
Week 3: Market Research: How To Crush Your Competitors And Discover Hot Niches
Week 4: Pay Per Click: How To Earn Cash With Each Click
Week 5: SEO: How To Rank Higher And Increase Traffic
Week 6: Site Creation: How To Build A Site With Zero Programming Knowledge
Week 7: Content Creation: How To Create Articles That Attract Users And Increase Sales
Week 8: Marketing: How To Use Social Media To Spread Your Brand
Week 9: Make That Cash: 10 Ways To Monetize Your Site And Increase Profitability
Week 10: Testing & Tracking: How To Optimize Your Site & Make Sense Of The Figures
Week 11: Building Your Team: How To Network With Others And Find Long Term Partners
Week 12: Launch Day: How To Kick Start Your Business And Manage Your Projects

Jeremy was planning on releasing a book, but
decided instead to release his lessons through
this course, and best of all, he's giving it away.

I've just signed up for the training, so it really
doesn't matter if you're a newbie or an oldie
to Internet marketing like me. There's always
more to learn, especially from experienced experts
like Jeremy.

If you have some time available over the next 12
weeks for some very practical training from
Jeremy, you can sign up for the program here -

ShoeMoney Xtreme Internet Marketing Guide

Here's to your online success,

Yaro Starak

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Back links: A Cool Tool to Help You Build Lots of Them

I know that, like me, you’re all working your butts off to build backlinks. We gotta show those search engines that our sites are popular and receive lots of traffic to get them to pay attention to us. We’re writing articles, submitting them to websites, joining forums, posting in other people’s blogs, doing exchange links and just about everything we can think of to get those all-important backlinks that will push our sites to 1st page ranking.

Well, good news, fellow article marketers. I’ve found a really cool tool that can help you (it already has helped me) get free traffic and increase your backlinks. It’s called – wait for it – Free Traffic System. I find the name very apropos for two reasons: (1) They’ll give you free traffic and (2) the system is FREE. I love free. No fees to pay. Almost too good to be true, I know.

But there’s more. FTS doesn’t just deliver loads of junk backlinks from irrelevant (to your site) sources. They ensure that the traffic they deliver is quality traffic from blogs related to yours that belong to real people.

You can submit an unlimited amount of articles a day and each article receives 60 one-way links. You get to select 30 blogs where you want your articles to be republished. FTS gives you a list to select from. That doesn’t mean, however, that all your articles will be republished in the 30 blogs at one time. To ensure that your backlink building looks natural, FTS submits each article at the speed of 3 to 4 republications per day. That way you don’t get a spectacular spike in your backlinks all of a sudden. We know how suspicious those search engines can get when they see such a phenomenon.

Oh, one other thing. Well, there’s a lot more actually, but I’ll mention one last thing. If you’re interested to look into this further, I’ll give you a link below so you can check it out for yourselves. Regarding the one other thing, it’s this. We’ve heard how Google devalues duplicate content. Well, in the submission process, Free Traffic System teaches you how to tweak your article in several ways so that every republished article is not a duplicate of the others, thus avoiding that problem.

Anyway, I find this tool really useful. I believe you will to. If you want to look further into it, go to

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Keyword Density: A Formula to Help You Arrive at Your Optimal Density

We all know how important keyword density is in our websites, blogs, and articles for search engine optimization. Now I know that there are all kinds of keyword density tools and analyzers out there, but I recently came across this handy formula for measuring keyword density really quickly. I’ve found it to be very useful, especially when I’m writing articles. Thought I’d share it with you as it may be helpful to you as well.

The formula is:

(Nkr * Nwp / Tkn) * 100

Nkr = the number of times you use the word or phrase in your article.

Nwp = the number of words in the phrase. (So "make money online" has an Nwp of 3).

Tkn = the total number of words in the article or webpage. Thus, your article of 600 words that mentions “make money online” four times would have a keyword density of 2%.

Cool, huh?

Currently, search engines prefer a keyword density of 1 to 3 percent. Using the formula, I see I’ve gone way over that in this blog.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Paid Surveys: Scam or Not-Scam?

The financial crisis, with its attendant layoffs and reduction of personal income for many, has sent people scurrying, looking for new income sources. Many have turned to the internet, in hopes of making money online. In times of deep economic hardship, it is tempting to go for the offers that promise quick and easy income. If you have been looking, you no doubt have come across ads that promise you $100 per hour in exchange for your filling out survey forms.

Now it’s true that companies do pay people for taking their surveys. But these companies are not the ones putting out the ads you see. Most of the time, the ads you see are put out by – I don’t want to be uncharitable here but this is really what they are – SCAMMERS. What they’ll do is ask you to pay a fee that ranges from about $35 to $50. In exchange for this fee, you get access to a database of companies that pay people to take their surveys.

Where does the scam come in?

1. Most of the time, by doing a little research, you can come up with these lists for free. No need to hand over your hard earned bucks.
2. The list is outdated or many of the surveys listed do not actually pay.
3. They compile information from the people who pay to access their lists and then sell the information to marketers.
4. Many of the testimonials from satisfied customers are phony.

You will find that most paid survey offers do not live up to their promise. You may be lucky enough to make money online from taking paid surveys, but you can most likely find the surveys to take without having to shell out some money beforehand. Let your fingers do the walking and do online research. I wouldn’t, if I were you, expect anything like $100 an hour though. At best, taking paid surveys is a good way to supplement your earnings, but don’t depend on it to provide you with a steady income stream.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Don’t Waste Time Chasing Fables

Those of you who are dipping their feet into internet marketing for the first time are understandably gung-ho about the whole idea. You’ve read all those testimonials and articles about the huge potential for profit that this form of e-commerce affords, and naturally you can’t wait to make your first online income.

I completely understand and relate. But I’d like to offer a word of caution to any newbies reading this. When you make the decision to get into e-commerce and you start doing your research on the subject, you will very soon find yourself deluged by offers of a host of money-making products and programs. Many of these are even offered to you for free. And of course you’ll grab them. Who doesn’t love free? But it’s going to be easy to get flustered with all the resources that you now have and to decide which one to follow. Everyone’s saying something different.

A common cycle that beginning online entrepreneurs go through is something like this: They buy an e-book that promises to teach them how to make quick money online. They then realize that with the methods propounded in this book, they might make some money quickly but only if they invest in some costly advertising or buy some expensive resources and tools. So they ditch this book and look for something else. They give the replacement a few weeks, but soon get dissuaded from following through because the methods it lays out take too much time and effort. So they swing back into looking for something that promises easy riches. Somehow this product fails to satisfy, and so the search is on again for something better, something different.

This scenario may sound ludicrous but, believe me, many have fallen into this pattern. Only after having spent a lot of time and money do they eventually wise up and get down to business for real. Others quit the whole idea as a pipe dream, believing that this whole internet marketing thing is a scam.

But it’s not a scam. People are making good revenue from online marketing. It is, however, important to realize that the people who are successful in this are those who have taken the time to learn tested and proven skills, techniques, and strategies essential for establishing a profitable online business. They took the time to sit down and separate the hype from the real. It took them effort and diligence, but in time they mastered it.

You can too. But take the time to learn. Don’t go running and chasing after every fabulous promise of easy money that comes your way. Like any business, a successful online business requires discipline and diligence.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Recession Blues Hitting You? Think Online Business.

If you're one of the many who have been hit hard by this horrific economic downturn, I commiserate. I'm sure I'm talking to the majority of you reading this right now. (For those who can't relate, how is the air up there in your ivory tower?)

There's no denying it. Times are hard. But as wise men like to point out, difficulties are opportunities to better things. Lee Iaccoca paraphrased John W. Gardner when he said: “We are continually faced by great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” Hallmark would phrase it in this manner: When a door closes, a window opens.

Okay, enough of the aphorisms. I'm sure you get my drift. (Aside from aphorisms, you will also catch a fair dose of clich├ęs in this post. Let's play a game. Count how many you can find.) But seriously, losing my traditional sources of income has compelled me to look for other, fresh income opportunities. And one of the avenues I have been exploring is online business. I've been doing a lot of research into this, and it's for me a new, wide world that inspires excitement and hope. There seems to be thousands of ways to make money online. Daily, new markets are cropping up. There's so much to learn, but also such an enormous potential for profit.

I know there are many of you out there who are considering doing internet marketing or some form of online business as well. I will be blogging about my experiences in this area, posting resources I'm discovering, things I'm learning, questions I may have, etc. I invite anyone who's venturing into internet marketing or some other form of making an income online to join me and share your experiences too. And please, if you have extensive experience in this field, share your knowledge with some of us who may need it.

One last aphorism before I close. It's been said that opportunities are never lost; they are taken by others. I, for one, am taking this exciting opportunity.

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