Archive for May, 2008

MASSIVE Affiliate Manager AIM List

I just ran across a pretty handy website called The Affiliate Aim List.

This site lists the aim username of all the different affiliate managers at the different networks out there.  It has a LOT of people on there I was pretty surprised.  Although it doesn’t have everyone, and I noticed a wrong username…it is still one really sweet little site to bookmark.

Go check out the site, add your affiliate managers, and request a pay bump on any campaigns your hammering!

If you know of any other similar sites PLEASE comment and let me know!

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Finally got myself a dedicated server!

Well I finally switched over to a dedicated server instead of this shared hosting nonsense.  I didn’t expect things to get to the point where I would need to switch over but that day has cometh.

I would encourage any of you who are on a shared account to upgrade to a VPS or dedicated server if you plan on being in this business for some time.  Its much easier to start out right instead of have to migrate a bunch of stuff over and adapt to the new environment.

I noticed that when I started pushing some really large amounts of traffic, my shared account just couldn’t cut it.  I was getting load times that were much slower than before and we all know that is something we DO NOT want in our industry.

I also was having trouble running certain php scripts because of restrictions in place at my current host.  I would run scripts and they just didn’t run, or would produce errors.  Now that I am on a dedicated server, everything is running smooth.

Anyways, I would love to hear any stories of why you have switched over to a better solution…and how it went for you.

UPDATE: I would like to add that I now have a private network with multiple dedicated servers.  The upgrade was mostly because I needed a much more powerful server for my tracking script’s database.  I was simply pushing way to much traffic for the dedi I had….so now I have a few servers, each for different tasks.  The nice thing about all this is that I get my servers from Softlayer and you can upgrade very easily there.  This is BY FAR the best company I have ever dealt with when it comes to this kind of stuff.  Any problem I’ve ever had I submitted a ticket and within minutes recieved help from Softlayer.  If you are looking for somewhere to get solid hosting/servers from…this is the place!

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My Thinkpad “keyboard beeps” bug made me think…

The other day my brother was down for a visit and we out of the blue decided to trade laptops.  He has a Lenova Thinkpad T61 which is actually a pretty decent little machine.

After having it a few days I noticed that certain things trigger the computer to beep at me.  What I had found was anytime you would press 3 keys down it would beep…but not ALL of the time.

After googling a couple phrases I came across Elliot Lee’s blog where he had written a post about this problem.  He also posted a fix to this problem which DID fix the problem for me.  After reading through the simple fix and what EXACTLY causes the problem….I realized this MAY be useful information for us internet marketers.

What actually causes this crazy beep to happen is when you press any three key combination all in the same row including at least two of these keys: 4567rtyufghjvbnm.

I noticed other posts on other blogs and forums about this problem…and EVERYONE was wondering why would Lenova have something like this integrated into the thinkpad.

My guess is that it is something to alert you when you are possibly making a typo.  I have done extensive studying into misspellings and typos and have made quite a pretty penny from applying that information into the keywords I bid on and even the domains I buy.  When looking at this information, it seems to apply to many of the typo rules or theories that I have found.

If a company like IBM knows that sort of information and actually integrates it in to alert the user (if that’s really what its for)…it is something I think we can learn from even more.  I now know that a very common way to figure out and find new typos is to follow that little “algorithm” that is bolded above.

Hopefully this can help some of you brainstorm some new keyword or key phrase for the current campaigns you have up and running.

If any of you want MORE info on typos and misspellings, please do comment and let me know… If you have anything to add to the table…also…please do comment!

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ChaCha sends answers straight to your cell phone!

Quite some time back I had checked out this human run search engine called ChaCha.  It was ok but in my opinion somewhat of a flop, if anything it was useful only for complete internet newbies.

More recently I found out that ChaCha changed the way they work.  The way ChaCha works now is that you send off a text message with the question that you need answered to ChaCha (242242).  ChaCha is run by paid human searches to find the answer to your texted questions.

In case text messaging isn’t your thing, you can also call ChaCha at 1-800-2ChaCha (1-800-224-2242) and ask your question.  ChaCha will follow up with the answer to your question in a text message.

I wanted to pass this on to some of you because this service actually does come in pretty handy for me.  I mean come on its like having a personal assistant that you can text any question you have to and he will reply back with the answer!

If anyone knows of any other similar services to this please comment and let me know!

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Blog Monetization using OpenX

I have recently been getting more into doing media buys.  I think its a great way to open the floodgates of traffic, and you can go barter a deal with ANYONE who has space on their site.

One thing that has bugged me is the fact that all the 3rd party ad servers are quite expensive, like $500/month to rent.  I wanted a solution so that I could still do professional media buys, but by hosting the ad server platform myself.

After doing just a bit of research and asking around, I came to the conclusion that OpenX would be the best route to take.  OpenX is a free open source project so you don’t have to worry about any hard hitting costs when starting fresh with this stuff.

I dug through OpenX the last few days playing around with it and I would have to say its a pretty powerful script.  One of the things I wondered was if it could handle tracking pixels, which I was a bit surprised to see that it does.  This will help me automate some of the things I’m doing right now even more.

I decided to test out OpenX a little bit by adding some "zones" to a few of my websites.  One of the sites I integrated this into is this blog.  The reason I added this ad section was to start to do some testing with AdSense and some of its competitors for a case study that I will be conducting.  The adserver will keep track of all the data and optimize the ads according to the best performer.  I will be testing quite a few different things, but I had to get started so I got the adserver setup and two different companies in rotation: Google AdSense and Bidvertiser.

If you use OpenX and have any good resources or tips, please post a comment and let me know!  If there are any companies similar to Google’s Adsense that you would like me to include in this monetization study, please also comment here with the company name and any other info!

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Thank you Google!

I noticed today that Google has done another Pagerank update this year. 

Since I had started my blog days before the first PR update, Google gave me an initial PR0.  However…after Google’s new update I am now up to a PR2.

Site Pagerank

It is nice to see a bit of pagerank spreading through my pages now.  It also gives me the ability to start structuring how I want my link juice to flow 

On a side note, I figured while I was grabbing a screenshot of my PageRank, I would also grab a screenshot of the blogs Alexa rank incase anyone was curious.

Site Alexa Rank

Last of all, I know I will get a ton of emails asking what I am using to show the PageRank and Alexa rank in these screenshots so I will answer the question now and save us both some time.   This is a firefox plugin called SearchStatus that can do things like highlight nofollow links, check keyword density, show indexed pages or backlinks, and many many other things.  SearchStatus is a free plugin so give it a go if it looks of interest to you.

Hope everyone else had a great experience from Google’s PR update.  Please post with your comments and let me know what happened with your site!

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