Saturday, June 28, 2008

Top Level Domains Now OPEN To All - For A Price Of Course

Just in case any of you missed this I wanted to post this article. What do you think about this news? Do you think it will catch on or will it be more of a novelty for large corporations to market and protect their brands?



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Friday, June 27, 2008

Blogger Pictures Now In Picasa Web Albums

Google has made another very nice little improvement to Blogger. You can now access all of the images you've uploaded to Blogger on Picasa Web Albums. Blogger albums are unlisted by default, but you can make them public and even add them to Google Search for Images.

Having all of your images pre-sorted by blog is so awesome. It saves so much time when searching for an image and also the trouble or uploading an image twice as you can use the html code from Picasa to embed the image right into your site. You can also pick the size of the image you want so that is nice and comes in very handy. They have also upped the free storage quota to 1GB which is enough for roughly 4000 pics which is more than enough for most bloggers.

I haven't used Picasa much in the past and just recently started using this feature in blogger. I like the option very much but again don't understand why Google doesn't just take it one step further and simply make the albums accessible from within the add picture button when you are creating posts. There is one small note as well. If you delete a picture in the album it gets deleted off your blog so you have to be a bit careful in that regard.

Anyway I applaud Google for this new feature. They have been adding a ton of new and very useful features to blogger as of late and are really turning this platform into the web based standard for blogging.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blogging At The Intersection Of Preparation And Opportunity

Milton Berle said that, "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." Learning, seeking, taking calculated risks, these are all about creating opportunity and getting yourself prepared. I am sure you have probably heard they saying, "I would rather be lucky than good." I wholeheartedly disagree. The difference between a lucky person and an unlucky one almost always comes down to preparation and attitude.

I frequently hear people that aren’t successful saying about those that are, "they are just lucky." Successful people aren’t just "lucky." They were prepared and in the right mindset when opportunity presented itself. A big part of this is associating with and befriending successful people you can learn how to be prepared when your opportunity comes.

I have seen people with tons of potential and countless opportunities waste it all because of poor decisions in picking their relationships. I have watched as person very close to me destroyed our relationship for a fleeting moment of fun with new friends. I have seen the hurt in her eyes, heard the regret in her voice, as she wished that time could be reversed and different roads traveled. Unfortunately the past cannot be undone, but mistakes in it can be learned from.

Trust me I know how easy to get caught up into a highly social unproductive lifestyle. It feeds on itself until you don't even realize how non-productive you really are. I would encourage you to examine your relationships and choices and ask yourself if they are beneficial and constructive. Honestly ask, Do they make you a better person? If not end it. I know that sounds harsh but in the end it will do you good.

Find people that encourage you, make you better, and inspire you to be better - to be great. Seek out people of like mind, with similar ideals and goals. Develop relationships with people of high moral character that have lofty goals. Find risk-takers, not reckless individuals, as you will find that taking more calculated risks, and through focused action "luck," that intersection of preparation and opportunity, will find you.

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PPC Advertising For Lazy Bloggers

Okay...It isn't just for lazy bloggers...

How many of you have wanted to run a PPC advertising campaign for your blog or other online or offline venture, but you didn't know how to begin? Were you afraid of sinking a lot of money into an ad campaign with limited return? Well there is a company that offers a solution. You can connect your blog or any other business with readers and customers looking for your information, products, and services.

A company called NetworkSolutions has a new program called PerformanceClicks! It is basically a one-stop website promotion solution for any small business from blogging to landscaping. They will do all the work for you. They will research keywords, analyze your website, create your ad copy, purchase keywords and report on your campaign.

You can choose from two types of affordable, fully-managed pay per click marketing plans based on your budget and needs. They have pre-packaged plans that start from $125 a month all the way up to fully customized packages that include custom landing pages, daily monitoring to maximize your return, local business ads on google maps and more.

The pre-packaged Performance Clicks - Guaranteed option is designed to send traffic to your site and to allow you to try out PPC advertising without laying out huge up front expenses. You purchase just the amount of clicks you want to send to your Web site on a monthly basis and the traffic is guaranteed. Now just to note so there is no confusion that guarantee is after 3 months. Which if you ever have run a ppc campaign makes sense. It does take a bit of time to refine and maximize a campaign.

They do offer the fully customizable packages that start at $400. These aren't a bad option for mid level blogs which already have a decent following but are looking to take it up a notch. The $400 might seem a bit steep but if you are monetizing your blog you should see a pretty good return. Overall I think the packages are a pretty good option for those of you looking to get your feet wet in the ocean of PPC advertising.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Exchange Blog Posts With Smorty

Smorty is a blog advertising network along the lines of PayPerPost but with a bit of SocialSpark thrown in. I have used Smorty in the past for a few posts on some of my various blogs and really liked the payment setup as well as how they handled the posting requirements. The biggest drawback for me at the time was the community was small and the opps were limited. Because of this I gravitated to PPP and other mediums for earnings through posting and links.

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to Blog

During this time PayPerPost became IZEA and launched SocialSpark. Well Smorty is not just sitting around being passed by SocialSpark and PayPerPost. They have launched a great new option for Smorty members. Smorty has a new Post Exchange Program that is growing the Smorty community to become stronger by helping each other. It aims to build a strong and ongoing inbound link structure and increase your online traffic. It is completely free to use and all approved blogs can participate. Post exchange works on a point based system. For every post you write, a different blogger can write a post for you in return. Exchange as many posts as you can until you have used up your chosen category of bloggers. For every post you write, a post will be written for you by a different blogger, one for one.

This is very similar to the sparks on SocialSpark. You don't get paid for the post but you do get to help out a fellow blogger in the process. If you haven't had a chance to check out Smorty you should stop over and give them a shot.

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to Blog

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Monday, June 23, 2008

I Am Giving Away Free Gas And Making Money Doing It

I just wanted to write to you all today about one of my most recent successful affiliate marketing campaign. I am having great success simply giving away free gas. With all the headlines, as if it isn't obvious to anyone that drives a gasoline powered vehicle, about high gas prices people are searching for ways to save money on gas. What better way to capitalized on current conditions that to give a way FREE GAS. I wrote an article about this time last year titled Boca Java, Rush Limbaugh And Affiliate Marketing, and it was all about how to capitalize on existing national advertising and buzz about a product to make yourself a lot of money. This article still drives a lot of traffic and earns me quite a bit. I am still running my Boca Java ad campaigns across the net and earning a good chunk of change from that campaign alone.

I am also doing very well still with my most successful campaign of all time Mr. Beer. You wanted the best coffee or the best home brew kit....you searched for it you probably clicked on one of my links. My newest campaign that I am having great success with is giving away free gas.

With the soaring price of gas everyone is looking for ways to save money on gas. What better way to save than to get your gas for free? You can capitalize on all the news and hype surrounding the high gas prices and make yourself a little bit of gas money along the the way.

This is a campaign from NeverBlueAds which not only is it one of my favorite affiliate programs NeverBlueAds is one of the best out there. This campaign can be promoted using Web, Email, Search, or DLS. The offer IS NOT incentivizable, but it does have a great payout. The offer converts on a very quick and easy 1st-page zip submit. That is it...All the person has to do is enter their zip code and you get paid. The payout is a decent $1.25 / lead. With such an easy action leading to such a good payout you almost can't lose. So why don't you head over to NeverBlueAds, sign up if you haven't already, and begin making money giving away free gas!



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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Free Ways To Market Your Online Business Offline

I just wanted to share a few free or low cost ideas on ways to market your online ventures offline. Many bloggers overlook the benefits of promoting offline as well. If you can implement some offline marketing strategies with little or no money that is even better. If you are trying to make money online you certainly don't want to be spending large sums of money offline it just isn't practical for the return you get.


Free Offline Marketing Method #1

Do a Google search for customized ink pens, customized promotional items, or something along those lines. You will obviously get a ton of results. Just start clicking on some of the results focusing on sites that offer free samples, or that have a print catalog. In my experience you have the best luck with those. Remember you want free! Okay now that you have found a few go ahead and register with the site. You want them to send you their catalog in the mail. The reason why is that every month or so they also send free samples of featured items from pens to calendars. The cool thing about most of them is that the samples sent are imprinted with your business details. Voila free marketing materials. If you do this for several you can build up quite a nice collection of pens and such. Now granted I have actually ordered a few small lots of customized pens to market various business, but I receive anywhere from 5-10 customized promotional items a month. Passing these along to folks is a great way to garner new visitors to your site and to spark conversation about what you are doing.

Free Offline Marketing Method #2


You may have heard of VistaPrint and their free business card offers, but did you know VistaPrint offers a wide array of printing services including, business cards, checks, rubber stamps, announcements, return address labels, and car magnets! You can customize all of their products to your liking! Getting some of their basic business cards made up for your blog is a great offline marketing tool. You can pass them out to friends and family or to people you meet. See the last one on the list? It is that time of year and if you or a child are graduating getting some free announcements is a great deal. If you are interested in the free stuff here are some things VistaPrint does offer for free.

Free Business Cards
Free Rubber Stamps
Free Sticky Notes
Free Checks
Free Logo Design

In addition to the free stuff VistaPrint offers a wide array of printing services including: business cards, checks, rubber stamps, announcements, and car magnets! You can customize all of their products to your liking! Their premium printing services are very affordable and the service is great. If you have only ever done the free stuff and haven't tried out any of VistaPrint's premium services you really should check them out and you won't be disappointed.


There you go....two ways to get some great offline marketing materials for your blog. The best thing is they are free and customized marketing and promotional items.

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Linking A Picture To A URL

I noticed this little tweak early last month sometime. Using the Picture page element from within the Blogger Page Layout you can now optionally link the picture to a URL. Before if you wanted to do this you had to have the image hosted somewhere and do a manual link using in your page code. That was just not something many were comfortable with. This addition is a great and long needed tweak for Blogger. Not really being able to link an image to an outside URL was a hassle and frankly a boneheaded oversight in the first place. I do mean that in the most respectful way. Hey Google, now you just need to add this functionality within the post editor Add Image function. If I want an image in a post to link to a URL I still have to go in and manually edit the href="" tag for images I add through the post editor. Again it is silly not to have that functionality.

Over the last several months especially Google has been really working on adding features and upgrading the functionality of the current features in Blogger. I just wrote about another upgrade a few days ago. Google has a new Blog List page element for Blogger Page Layout. While overall Blogger still isn't quite up to the level of Wordpad I certainly feel that for most bloggers it is certainly a great option.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Have A BlueDial Father's Day

I don't know about you guys but I love watches. The watch you are wearing can be a statement about who you are as a person. For any of you reading that just might be purchasing a father's day present for me skip the silk tie and head for a watch instead.

My favorite online watch retailer is BlueDial.com. They have a huge selection of watches and more options and brands than you will find in any store. I was just browsing around the site shopping for a present for a friend and ran across a beautiful ladies watch. It was the Ladies Coutura Mother of Pearl with Diamonds watch. It is priced pretty good and while not quite as "prestigious" as a few other brands it is a beautiful watch and would make a great lower cost gift alternative.

They sell only genuine and authentic watches of the highest quality by Movado, ESQ, Bulova, Citizen, and Seiko watches - each guaranteed - with free sizing and 2nd day shipping. They are still guaranteeing delivery by Father's Day so you still have time to shop for your dad.

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Blogger Finally Has A BlogRoll & More

Over the last several months Google's Blogger has been rolling out some great new tools that is putting them closer and closer to WordPad in features. Around the middle of February Google finally rolled out a post scheduling option for Blogger. Late last week Google announced that they have added a Blog List widget to the page elements available in the Layout of Blogger. The big improvement from using the Link List from the past is that Blog List uses RSS feeds instead of a simple link. This allows you to go beyond a simple blog roll and use the feeds to show update times, post titles, and snippets of articles.

Here is a basic list of the Blog List features courtesy of Google
  • Link to blogs, web pages, and feeds from your blog’s sidebar, with an optional favicon

  • For pages with RSS and Atom feeds, Blog List can show last updated time, post title, and a snippet of the latest post

  • Sort links alphabetically or by last update time

  • Show all links, or hide some behind a “show all” link

  • Import subscriptions from Google Reader

  • Blog List links are visible to search engine crawlers, so your blog’s and reputation flow to those you link to


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    Monday, June 9, 2008

    Little Vacation Coming Up!

    I love to get away, even if it is only for a few days. Now that summer has finally arrived and the kids are finishing up the last days of the school year I figured it was time to pack up and have fun. Not only that my daughter's birthday is coming up, the big 11!(gasp..I'm getting old ;-( ), and I want to do something special.

    I love vacationing with my kids. It means for at least a brief time I get to act like one!! I think that too many parents try and plan a vacation they would like and then throw in a few things for the kids here and there. Big mistake! Instead plan for the kids and then throw in a few things here and there for yourself. That way you can act like a kid have a ton of fun and forget about the stress and worry of all the "adult" responsibilities for a while. You know, actually take a vacation.

    We are going to be heading up to Chula Vista Theme Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. This is by far and away my favorite resort in the Dells area. There are bigger water parks like Kalahari, but none offer the combination of resort, waterpark, golf, and grounds like Chula Vista. The resort is nestled along the Wisconsin river and you can actually catch all the boat attractions right from a pier on the resort grounds. We have stayed there quite a few times before and just love it. Probably one of the best options, and one that really differentiates the resort, is their All-Inclusive option. While not quite as nice as what you get in the Caribbean or Mexico, gratuity and one restaurant are not included, it is one of the best overall deals I have found in the Midwest. The kids love it because they can get snacks. I love it because I can get snacks and adult libations :). It is so nice that once you get on the resort grounds you really don't have to spend money. They have a large indoor waterpark in addition to the park outside. There is a great mini-golf course, beautiful 18 hole course, scenic walking trails, spa, adults only hot tub area outside that has a beautiful 2 story fireplace and spa-side beverages. I have to say that I am sooooo looking forward to fun and relaxation with the kids next weekend.

    I think later in the summer we may head over to New Jersey. I know you are probably wondering, "Why New Jersey?" Well Wildwood, New Jersey is the home of Morey’s Piers a top 25 amusement park and voted one of the best Things to do in New Jersey. Morey's Piers operates three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks that are located on the Boardwalk and Beachfront. It is a very fun and beautiful area and we have been there before as well. They are also running a Disney concert series in July that my daughter, and son, would love. The Radio Disney Summer Concert Series finale with Raven-Symone from Disney Channel’s “That’s so Raven” is going to be there at the end of July. I don't have a set place to stay when we head to that area but you can usually find some great deals on the Internet for Wildwood NJ motels.

    I am really looking forward to my coming vacations and the entire summer season in general. Next to the fall this is my favorite time of the year. I hope you are taking time this summer to laugh, have fun, and really "live" with your spouse and kids. In the end they are really the most important things.

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    Sunday, June 1, 2008

    Just Some Rambling...

    I just wanted to say a BIG THANKS to all of the folks still taking some time to stop by and read a bit here and at my other blog Cman's Cognitive Content. After starting out the year with a bang earning almost $1500 in January from this blog and close to $500 from Cman's Cognitive Content, the wheels fell off. I got very sick for about 2 weeks and that was the start of the snowball. Now here it is almost June and I feel like I haven't done any "real" blogging in forever.

    My dad is recovering from triple bypass surgery and is due to go home tomorrow, and I am hoping his recovery is the light at the end of the "crazy times" tunnel. Between my job, my family, my personal time (you have to always maintain that!), and all of the issues that arose blogging just didn't get the attention it deserved. I was able to maintain my affiliate marketing as that is quite a bit more hands off than blogging and certainly doesn't require the time.

    I have to admit that I have missed blogging. honestly it probably would have been a good outlet at times for some of the gook (the technical term) that was inhabiting the space between my ears. For example while a great friend of mine, whom I must apologize to for my lack of correspondence, used her blog for a bit of much needed venting. Lori over at A Cowboy's Wife dot com has been going through a bit herself and let her feelings be known. She comes through so genuine and that is what has made her blogs so popular. I wish I had a bit more of that in me.

    Well...I just wanted to say hello, thanks, and to just blog to get back the game...enough rambling for now.

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