Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Hope to see you over there. Thanks for reading.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Squidoo remains my favorite place to write and with affiliate sales included is still the most lucrative of all my online adventures. Squidoo remains free to join, and free to build on. There are several ways to earn money with Squidoo.
- First is the adshare revenue Squidoo splits with you based on a tier ranking system.
- Second is eBay and Amazon affiliate sales that you split with Squidoo if you use their interface modules and their affiliate program. That's not such a bad deal for you if you're a small time seller, though, because half of their rate is still more than the base of your own affiliate account rating.
- Third is your own affiliate sales that come through the traffic from Squidoo.
However, I've recently started writing on Webnuggetz.com and am finding that to be extremely promising. (Click on my Webnuggetz profile tab above to check it out.) An interesting aspect of Webnuggetz.com is that you keep all of your own adsense revenue and affiliate sales. That's unusual for a web 2.0 site.
Webnuggetz.com is built on a WordPress Platform, and behind the scenes are several powerful tools that writers can use including inbound writer, which helps you ramp up your keywords for Google juice. It seems to do a good job, as some folks have gotten sales within a couple of days after posting a "nuggz" as we fondly refer to the individual posts. I have seen an increase in adsense earning since I started posting there, so it's very high on my list of places to play.
Pinterest is the newest toy I've been having fun with. I've started pinning lots of cool things, and today I experimented with pinning things directly from Amazon.com - because there's been talk of Pinterest skimming affiliate links, but not touching regular links ... so I made up a new tracking ID and will be posting a few things and watching the clicks to test it. You can see the first pin below.
Amazon Bestselling Books
I've also been exploring the world of Linkshare, an affiliate management program. Joined it because a friend is having such excellent results using links to Walmart.com ... although I haven't used it as I thought I would. They have some good deals, but I just can't wrap my mind around how to use it effectively. This is an example of the kinds of links they provide. Looks pretty good, I think.
I've been accepted as an affiliate for Buy.com via Linkshare, so now I will be figuring out how to use that in my overall action plan. Their Deal of the Day looks promising. You can see it below.
Some of my other adventures have included selling fudge and working in a huge fullfillment center, visiting an amazingly huge trade show last year, selling at a spanish flea market, and living through the hottest summer on record while surrounded by the worst fires in Texas history. I was rather glad to wave goodbye to 2011, and am looking forward to some traveling in 2012.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Larry Wingert calls himself, among other things,
"The Pit Bull of Personal Development"
I think those are pretty good descriptions. He pulls no punches, so I like to call him a "kick-ass" kinda guy.
I don't always agree with everything he says - because I've raised a disabled child as a single mom not by choice, and I KNOW how hard life can be - but most of the stuff he says is true to some degree.
He really calls it like he sees it, and he sees it pretty clearly. If you're tired of hearing the same old, same old self-help stuff, maybe it's time for you to meet Larry ... he's not the cable guy, but he CAN help you "getter done!"
In a hurry to see?
There are some things that neither Squidoo nor WordPress can do.
Yes, I've finally come to the realization that I really DID make the best choice when I bought XSitePro, and got the upgrade to XSitePro2. (Too bad I got distracted by Squidoo and WordPress.) Time for me to get back into building sites using the software that's best for what I want to do.
Is it time for YOU to rethink your online strategy? Do you want something that will build pages quickly (lots of templates) and even upload them to your server so you can forget about needing a separate .ftp software?
I could write for hours, but I'll save the rest for some eZine articles.
In the meantime, check out this software - it's not super cheap, but it sure beats paying for a premium wordpress theme, in my opinion.