CMS Platforms You Should Know Inside Out

Posted by Methylated on August 31, 2012

These are 3 of the most popular Content Management System (CMS) platforms everyone trying to make money online should become familiar with. WordPress, Magento, and Drupal. This is not a competition between these CMS platforms, but common places where each CMS would be ideal.

In the text is an activity to get you up to speed with each CMS. Each activity will be to install the CMS, build an example site, add content, install and setup a theme, and install plugins for some customization. The activities here are essential to learning the CMS because they handle common client requests and get you up to speed right away. They are not in-depth technical tutorials because enough of those exist online already. Some resources will be included.

While the activities do require you to search Google to figure out the next step, the knowledge and experience acquired is beneficial, especially to developers who can customize each CMS, sell plugins, and so forth. Designers benefit from learning each templating system and selling themes or widgets for each CMS. Even if you’re neither, just installing, administering and upgrading a CMS for clients can be a decent fulltime job if you’re willing to push yourself to make the example sites listed for each platform.

To learn, attempt the following exercise before going with each hypothetical user-case below.

  • Install CMS on your server
  • Login to admin panel
  • Install a recent theme without sample content.
  • Add in real content so your site matches the “live demo” of the theme you installed
  • Setup or install plugins to do the following:
      Have a working contact form.
    Make sure RSS feed, sitemap, and SEO URLs are up and working for each theme
    (use plugins for some of these.)
    Customize the logo.
    Make sure slider works (if available in your theme.)

WordPress: WordPress is a robust, intuitive and mature CMS initially built as a blogging platform. Ideal for blogs, small to large static business sites and online portfolios, lightweight e-commerce (handful of items, low traffic), for those looking to build a site around a specific subject (an information site), or for a light CMS to be used as a backend to your landing pages (though specialized CMS’ for this do exist.)
Magento: This open source app is a beast for handling high traffic heavyweight e-commerce sites. While WordPress or Drupal may perform well as eCommerce solutions for sites selling a handful of projects, Magento is fit to handle thousands of products and hundreds of categories, with features like tiered pricing, upselling/cross-selling and everything you would expect in an ecommerce CMS.

This PHP platform features superb inventory management, support for numerous payment gateways (>50), full customization of your store and the ability to build unlimited stores over a single inventory system. One of the best solutions for tackling a big e-commerce project.

Magento uses an XML based templating system that is difficult to adapt to at first, but in the market right now offers an exciting source of revenue for teams willing to theme this CMS.
Drupal: This is a PHP based open source CMS ideal for sites that offer a bit more interactivity than WordPress. While plugins exist to do practically anything in WordPress and Drupal, the latter is built with security in mind, support for user management, to be continued…

 

Marketing Your Custom Layout/Template Online

Posted by Methylated on August 27, 2012

Post your template on any or all marketplaces and forums that contain marketplaces. Be sure to read the item submission rules of each location to make sure you aren’t violating their rules by posting your layout in multiple places (unless you are posting it there exclusively.)

This includes the Envanto marketplace (i.e., ThemeForest), Digital Point, Warrior Forum, WickedFire, and SitePoint. There are new ones constantly popping up. Use your online marketing knowledge (aka your ability to use Google creatively) to find one new places to post your site or buy media space on a regular basis.

Create a small site rich in content about your layout/template in general. List it in different formats that apply to your layout to reach a wider audience. For a resume template, we may use HTML, PDF, ODT, INX (and other InDesign formats), DOC, and so on.

Once you have 4-5 templates on your site with a reliable support/payment system in place, begin finding places to buy media on to send traffic to your site. You may advertise it on Adwords, Bing/Yahoo, forums, Facebook and so forth. Who you’re going to advertise to will have to depend on who bought your layout’s existing templates. There’s a good chance that’s a good place to start, but this is very dependent on your product and many other factors. The key here is split testing as much as you can until you’re profitable, and then scale vertically or horizontally (or both.)

Making Money Writing College Papers

Posted by Methylated on August 23, 2012

(in draft)

Selling Scraped Content to Make Money Online

Posted by Methylated on August 21, 2012

One (of many) popular technique for developers to make money online is to scrape archived content, slap a decent layout on it or make it a WordPress plugin (do both,) then sell it. There are more buyers than developers who do this, and one can get almost all the work outsourced. Most people will not hit it big and will earn (in my experience) anywhere from $20-$50k/year. What’s sweet with this is each site is cut and paste. The developer isn’t so much programming in the sense that they are an engineer, but piecing together cookie cut copies of a specific plugin or template that they believe will be either the Next Big Thing or can be done in enough time to ride this wave of trends out.

Sales happen on Envanto’s marketplace, social networks, on “making money online” forums like SitePoint and WickedFire, and on a dedicated website promoting and selling the software by affiliates and the developer. The higher tiered technique is to build a marketplace for this cookie cutter content. While the sources I mentioned sometimes offer quality products and at very cheap prices, the trends are late in the game if you expect to earn a living doing this. The key to starting and maintaining this business is to create and release superb products. Developers must realize that design matters and that they can’t lay their eggs into one basket like plugins and themes for only one or two CMS markets. The wordpress, joomla, drupal, magento, and zencart markets are saturated. Can you make good money? Sure, especially Drupal and Magento right now.

This business model improves your focus on upcoming trends in software. You begin to see everything as being able to make money if you “just” turn it into a plugin for WordPress or design a new template. You begin to see trends in the area between people who sell other people’s software for a living, and people who’s business is primarily to host a gathering of buyers and sellers, digitally or otherwise.

Making Money Selling E-Books

Posted by Methylated on August 04, 2012

Can you make money just selling what you know? Maybe.

When most people hear the word “ebook”, they imagine having to write a table of contents, an entire 250-500 page book, along with designing a back and front cover. Perhaps the book would require illustrations too. In reality, it’s more accurate to imply that “ebook” just means a words you’ve written that somebody can read on a screen or print out. The closer you aim for writing a real book in terms of content, the closer you are to building a lasting quality product. This means the book becomes 80% research and 20% writing or illustrating.

Authoring an ebook is no more work than writing text, putting the title in big letters on the “cover page” along with your name or alias and diving your content into logically defined parts. Start with talking about the topic, make some points and then dive into each point in a separate “chapter.” Don’t flake on the content and you might make a few sales.

Actually know you what you’re talking about. Sell your knowledge.

Don’t write get-rich-quick scheme such that the point of the book distills to “do exactly what I did.”

You can make your book interactive using Adobe Indesign, or you can use anything from Microsoft Word to Adobe Acrobat to export to PDF. I don’t recommend anything other than PDF because of its strong portability. I’ve seen “ebooks” come in .txt or .doc files.

Ultimate Affiliate Marketing / SEO Glossary 3

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

This is obviously Work-In-Progress

Autoresponder=An application that automatically responds to an email, instant message, text message, or any other form of communication, though it is usually referring to email responses. More advanced autoresponders have features such as scheduling responses, responding based on initial message, or split testing messages between groups of recipients.

Demo=Short for demographic, or audience.

White Label=See Host and Post

Media Buyer=Media in this context refers to ad space on a site. A Media Buyer is one who negotiates with a webmaster or agency to buy ad space on a site.

Direct Response (DR)=

Insertion Order (IO)=

Media Kit=

Rate Card=

Advertorial=This not-so-new type of advertisement is made to resemble an essay or an article, with the intention of appearing to have more authority than a standard ad. This is commonly seen in magazines, and now online, where it is uncommonly known as a farticle, or fake article.

Itinerary=

Farticle=Fake article – See Advertorial.

WSO=Rehashed Information Sold on Warrior Forum

Media Planner=

Ad Planner=

Guru=

Yield Optimization=

Run of Site (ROS)=

Run of Network (RON)=

Contextual Targeting=

Behavioral Targeting=

Pay Per Post=

Pay Per Tweet=

Retweet=

Co-Reg / Co-Registration Leads=Coreg leads are leads obtained simultaneously when a user is registering for another product. For example, a user signing up for a mailing list who may check a box for additional information on another product, is signing up as a coreg lead for that product. Co-registration leads are sometimes sold to marketers in the form of subscriptions to your mailing list. Your mailing list is piggy-backing on another (or multiple) lists.

Host and Post=Refers to creating and hosting a landing page yourself, and then sending the data (POSTing) from the form on that landing page to the advertiser; Also known as White Labeling or Deep Linking. The “deep link” is a link to the checkout page.

User Generated Content (UGC)=Any content that is generated by the user rather than by the machine. Some examples include reviews and comments, wiki pages, forum posts, etc.

Earnings Per View (EPV)=Synonymous with PPC’s Earnings Per Click, this refers to the amount earned per view.

Advertiser=

ACRU=Active Confirmed Registered User (eBay Partner Network, EPN). When a user signs up, confirms their account, and places a bid.

Bing=Formerly known as MSN Live Search.

AZN=Azoogle Network

Chargeback=

Cost Per Order (CPO)=Total or specific cost for fulfilling an individual order. A $1,000 ad campaign that yields 5 sales means the Cost Per Order is $200. A $1,000 ppc campaign that yields 1000 sales means the CPO is $1.

QCP=Quality Click Pricing (eBay Partner Network, EPN). See announcement on the EPN blog.

CRU=Confirmed Registered User (eBay Partner Network, EPN). When a user signs up and confirms their account. If they bid within 30 days, they become an ACRU.

Payout=Amount earned per lead or sale from an offer. Usually refers specifically to the affiliate’s cut. On many networks, if you’re pushing a high volume of leads, this number is negotiable.

Scale / Scaling=Expanding a campaign

Social Media=Vague term that refers to sites that provide user information in real life, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Hi5, etc. May also refer to the Social Network advertising platform SocialMedia, which uses a PPC model to display ads on Facebook and MySpace applications.

Tracking=Refers to using apps and/or other parameters (log files, query strings and other data) to determine the performance and status of a campaign. A campaign can be tracked extensively, giving you info such as the demographic, type of individual user (browser, country, time of day, etc), keywords used, or just tracked in terms of how profitable the campaign is. Also see Google Analytics and Prosper 202.

PPC-Coach=Paid Pay Per Click Affiliate Marketing forum.

Campaign=A project or work with an intended goal. A marketing campaign usually has a list of strategies and tactics, with an expected end result (profit!)

Landing Page=Usually referred to simply as “LP,” a landing page is where the visitor reaches after clicking your link in the search engine. This term is sometimes used interchangibly with Bridge Page.

Ad Copy=The words (either written or spoken) used in an advertisement; The body of the ad.

Adwords=Google’s advertising network: Official Site

Analytics=This may refer specifically to Google Analytics or to any web analytics programs (Quantcast, Mint, etc). These programs are used to record and analyze web page statistics such as visitors, Bounce Rate, pageviews, etc..

Conversion Path=A path laid out on the landing page that takes the visitor to a more specific landing page. Could be as simple as a question that asks the prospect to choose between two options, each going to a different landing page.

Conversion Rate=A ratio of clicks vs conversions. A 10% conversion rate means that out of every 100 visitors, 10 will [convert][#conversion]

PPC=See Pay-Per-Click

EPC=See Earnings-Per-Click

LP See Landing Page

YSM See Yahoo! Search Marketing

CJ See Commission Junction

CB See Clickbank

Clickbank=A marketplace for buying and selling intangible products (software, ebooks, etc): [Official Site][http://clickbank.com]

CTR See Click-Through Rate

Click-Through Rate=Also known as Click-Through Ratio

SEO See Search Engine Optimization Adsense

CPA=See Cost Per Action

CPC=See Cost Per Click

QS=See Quality Score

Quality Score=A score between 1-10 given to your landing page in Google Adwords. The score is an average of several different factors and have a big influence on your Cost-Per-Click. Generally, a higher relevancy = higher quality score = lower cost per click.

Keyword

Keyword List

Conversion

Lead=A lead is a connection between a prospect (customer) and a merchant (retailer). It can be an email submission, a big form to fill out, or any other means by which the prospect can gain more information about a product or a merchant. This is not to be confused with a sale, in which the prospect buys a product or a service. These generally have a higher Conversion Rate because they don’t require the user to submit a CC number.

Affiliate Network

Rate of Return=See Return-of-Investment

Return=See Return-of-Investment

Rate of Profit=See Return-of-Investment

ROI; ROR=See Return-of-Investment

AM=May mean Affiliate Marketing, Affiliate Marketer, or Affiliate Manager, depending on context.

Return Of Investment=The amount…

Outsource

Ebook=Electronic book. An intangible book. May or may not be available in print. Usually distributed in PDF format, but doesn’t have to be.

Keyword Destination URL

Display URL

Direct Track / Directtrack=A popular third party Affiliate Network Service. Used by big names such as Copeac and Ads4Dough

Tracking

Tracking Pixel

Third-Party Tracking Pixel

Tracking URL

ToS=Terms of Service

Dynamic Keyword=The keyword the prospect used to find the ad, inserted/passed to your landing page automatically by the ad network (such as Adwords or YSM)

Viral

Guerrilla Marketing

WF=Short for the Internet Marketing forum WickedFire

DP=Short for the Internet Marketing forum Digital Point

Contextual Link=A text link used between other words, like this link.

CPM=Cost Per Impression, or Cost Per Thousand (1000 impressions)

Creative

Banner

Suppression List=A list of email addresses of users who have opt-out of receiving ads from a specific network or for a specific offer. This is necessary for CAN-SPAM compliant mailing.

Commission Click Fraud Blog Affiliate Link / Affiliate URL Real-time Tracking Affiliate Agreement Affiliate Manager

Above The Fold=

Keyword Density=The ratio a specific word is used with other words. If the word “pie” has a keyword density of 5% in paragraph X, it is used 5 times within every 100 words.

Prosper202=A free, open source, standalone version of the [Tracking202][#tracking202] tracking software: [Official site][http://prosper202.com]

Tracking202=A hosted tracking service. Standalone is available as [Prosper202][#prosper202]

Cookie Stuffing

Meta Tags

h1 / header tags

Multi-Level Marketing

Linkbait

Linkback

Niche

PPL

PPS

Pay Per Lead

Pay Per Sale

Privacy Policy

Terms of Service

Recurring Commission

Reciprocal Linking

Keyword Tool

SPAM

CAN-SPAM Act

Mailing

Super Affiliate

Linkbuilding / Link Building

Do Not Follow / donotfollow

Do Follow / dofollow

Sitemap

Text Link

Bounce Rate

Tier-two PPC Networks

Unique User

Pageview

Server

Host (sometimes referred to as ‘Web Host’)

Managed Hosting

Unmanaged Hosting

Domain name (may be referred to as just ‘domain’)

Registrar

GoDaddy

Namecheap

Hostgator=A popular hosting company, particularly for shared hosting. Official Site

VPS=Short for Virtual Private Server. This is basically a dedicated server as far everyone is concerned, but shares hardware with other clients on the system. Each client has their own portion of the system’s resources, and each is given complete access to these resources, including choice of OS (usually) and apps running on the server. This is a good compromise between the limitations shared hosting suffers from, and the hefty price Dedicated Hosting generally goes for.

Dedicated Server

Webmaster

Admin

Associate

Publisher=Another name for an Affiliate. If you’re reading this and you’re interested in affiliate marketing, there’s a good chance you are or plan on being, a publisher.

Auto-Approve

Charge Back

Refund

Cookies

Cost Per Order (CPO)

CPO

Opt-in

Double Opt-in

Opt-out

Merchant

Advertiser

Impression

Performance-based Marketing

Spider

Google Slap

Tracking Code

Minimum Bid

Copywriting

Elance

Coding / Programming

Redirect

Apache

PHP

CPV

Customer Bounty

Google Cash=The name of an ebook and method which was one of the first to describe affiliate marketing with PPC advertising with [Google Adwords][#adwords]. It used Direct Linking and may now refer to the technique of Direct Linking.

Direct Linking

SocialMedia

Social Network

Directory

Hit=A visitor to your website. “I got 3000 unique hits today!” means “I got 3000 new, unique, visitors to my site today!”

Nameserver

Brick-and-Mortar Business

Bandwidth

Traffic

AIDA Attention, Interest, Desire, Action

ADIAS AIDA + Satisfaction

Social Bookmarking

SERP=Short for Search Engine Results Page.

Search Engine Results Page

Search Marketing

PPC Coach

Wordtracker

Keyword Elite

Wordze

Google Dance Presumably it’s during an update of some sort(or sometimes it’s just random), but there’s no rhyme or reason to it that’s discernible.

Squirt

Madlib

Supplemental Links

PR

PageRank

TSPR Topic Sensitive Page(the thing) Rank

Sitewide Link

Google Bowling

Algo / Algorithm

inbound link

outbound link

splog

Blog Farm

White Hat

Black Hat

Blue Hat

Grey Hat

Syndk8

WMW (webmaster world)

BHW (Blackhat world)

bad neighborhood >> better neighborhood >> money neighborhood.

Thin Site

Thin Affiliate Site

De-Index

Scraped / Scraper / Scrapping

Spinning Content / Article Spinner

RSS

Feed

Atom

Fire sale (or Firesale) – Something going for a significantly discounted price, usually not for much profit, as in selling assets when going out of business (an “out of business” sale).

Pingback

Traceback

Exploit

XSS

MySQL Injection

API

Script

Automate

Parked Domain

Domain Parking

Captcha

MySQL

database

LSI

Parasite Hosting

BANS

WordPress=A popular blogging platform. Official site: [http://wordpress.org][http://wordpress.org]

Joomla

Drupal

htaccess

Aged Domain

Quality Citations: (Aaron Wall)

PR Silo

Interlinking

Internal Link

Anchor Text Tunneling Anchor Text Tunneling… Site A => Site B => Site C if Site A links to Site B with the “widgets” keyword, and site B links to C with “widgets”, there is added benefits

Synergy Links

reciprocal link exchange

Link Authority

Subdomain

Subdirectory

Submission

3 Way Linking

301 Redirect

302 Redirect

mod_rewrite

AJAX=Asynchronous Javascript And XML

Referer (Referrer)

Anchor Text

Peel-Away Ad

Skyscraper

Redirect

Whois Info

Permalink

Slug=Synonym for Permalink

Pretty URL=Synonym for Permalink

SEO URL=Synonym for Permalink

Robots.txt

TLD

Top Level Domain

Link Velocity

CMS

Content Management System

Page relevancy

Site Relevancy

Ping / Pinging

Uptime=Amount of time a computer has been on (”up”), minus any reboots. Uptime is important for web hosting, as any downtime on the host means your site is inaccessible.

Trustrank

MFA=Made For Adsense. A Made For Adsense site is a site that primarily contains AdSense ads, or that contains content but aims for the goal of getting the user to click Adsense ads. This can take the form of having content with an AdSense block that resembles the sites native layout.

YPN=Yahoo! Partner Network

EPN=Ebay Partner Network

TOS=Terms of Service

Keyword Density=A measurement of how often a keyword is repeated in ratio to every other word in the doc. For example, the word “blah” has a density of 10% in essay that is 1000 words long and has the word “blah” in it 100 times.

KD=Short for (Keyword Density)[#keyworddensity]

RPV=Short for (Revenue Per Visitor)[#revenuepervisitor]

Organic traffic=Traffic that comes naturally, from search engines. People finding your site via search, without your active promotion.

Payout=The commission or amount per lead you get for each conversion

PPV=Short for (Pay Per View)[#payperview]

Pay-Per-View=Raw is War

Content Network=A network of websites that display (relevant) ads. An example of this is the big network of sites that run Adsense. Enabling your PPC campaign on the content network will mean your PPC ads show up on revelant sites in the Adsense network.

Search Partners=Ads will show up on the results page of these other search engines that the specific SE you’re using is partnered with, usually meta-search engines like Dogpile.com or Mamma.com

Meta-Search Engine=A search engine that shows results aggregated from other search engines in its results page. Examples are Dogpile or Kayak.

Ask (or Ask.com, or Ask Jeeves)=The search engine that never was.

Placement Ads=A featured in (Adwords)[#adwords] to have your ads placed on categories of sites (football, etc), or specific sites (NYTimes.com, About.com, etc)

Revenue Per Visitor=An rough estimate of how much revenue each visitor is bringing in. Can be used to predict outcome of traffic fluctuations. RPV = Revenue / impressions.

Profit margin=Synonym for net profit

E-gold=Digital Gold Currency. A form of currency that fluctuates with the prices of gold, and backed up by gold. Everything is handled online, with no tangible gold being exchanged between members. Excellent for Money Laundering.

Drop Shipping=Having a product shipped directly from a manufacturer or supplier to a customer, bypassing the retailer. Amazon is an example of a drop shipper (or at least they in the beginning). Products you order from their are processed by them, but sent over to you by a drop shipper.

View-through Conversion Tracking – Tracks the number of conversions within 30 days after a user has seen your ad (saw ad once but did not click. came back 30 days later etc).

http://adwords.google.com/support/aw/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=160784

Motivation. It’s What’s For Lunch.

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

##There’s no secret to success##
Starting a business in general is very hard work. It requires making sacrifices, learning how to manage your time, taking risks, working long hours, failing countless times, and of course, the actual tedious work.

It’s a lot easier, laid back, and probably more fun to work nearly any 9 to 5 job than to spend money and hundreds of hours, just to make back $2 in AdSense. This is when people quit. First important thing to realize is that this is exactly what’s going to happen, for a very long time.

##Things you don’t believe, yet##
- You don’t have ADD. Your attention span is as good as 99% of humans.

- You aren’t the only person who can’t get things done. Most people can’t, and this is why self-help books will always sell well.

- You don’t know how to manage your time. This is not something we’re taught, and unless forced to (rare), most people never pick up this habit.

- You can’t multitask. There’s no such thing.

- You aren’t the only one that **Thinks** but doesn’t **Do**. The 1% of people that Do are the successful ones.

- You can become a millionaire if you wanted to. You can own a Ferrari and an island. But only until you start believing you can’t.

- You can do something and not be productive. Doing=productive is a mentality procrastinators and nearly everybody else has in some severity. You can work 18 hours a day for two years straight, and you would not have accomplished much if you didn’t do the 5 hours of work you were supposed to do.

- You have more ideas than you can implement. And that’s OK. Focus on getting 1% of them out and you’re ahead of most people.

##If you don’t start right this moment, you never will##
Humans can rationalize anything. Any of us can go out right now, and murder 10 children, and we can all rationalize it to ourselves eventually. It’s a survival mechanism.

Your intellect will probably be your biggest distraction. You can always find an excellent reason not to get something done. You end up pushing things aside because you don’t feel like doing them. But you assume that you WILL feel like doing them **later**. Later comes, and of course, you don’t feel like doing it, so you push it aside again. Here’s a basic scenario we’ve all been through:

__(I get idea)__ I will start this project on the weekends. I have no time now. I’m a full time student.

__(School)__ I need to study for a final. After finals I can begin.

__(Break)__ I need to sign up for next semester, and find a part time job to pay for it. I’ll start after that.

__(Found a job)__ I need to work to pay for college. I’ll start after I get enough money to pay for this semester at least.

__(Semester starts)__ I have no time because of school. I will start during my vacation (or when I graduate if it’s coming up)

__(After graduation)__ I’m too busy finding a job, after I’m settled I can begin working on it.

__(After landing a job)__ Let me just get used to this job and living on my own, then I can relax and focus on the project.

__…__

If you find a reason to avoid doing something right this moment, you will always find a reason to avoid doing it. You avoided it in the first place due to the fact that it probably sucks. It will never not-suck. Taking out the garbage? Homework? Writing a blog post? Linkbuilding?

##Other people will talk, but never do##
You will notice that you only depend on other people because you’re hoping they would motivate you to get going. This almost always results in a deadlock. See the Dining Philosophers Problem.

##There’s no such thing as luck##
__Luck__ means that countless events took place which resulted in a specific outcome. If you were to artificially alter the properties that came about to create the result, you can recreate this result again and again. Using a time machine and going back and living life EXACTLY the same as you had lived it the first time, the exact same scenario would occur.

Another way to put it would be to say that when you crumble up a piece of paper, the folds are random. Are they? No. If you had measured the force applied to the paper, exact gravity and electrical field, exact hand shape, and so every other possible factor, you could (in theory) recrumble the paper exactly the same way.

I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction, but being positive and actually putting in the work, is far more productive and likely to make you successful than just brushing off every single success story as luck.

##Your ideas suck. Copy others.##
We think we know how things work, and on top of this image in our heads, we can make assumptions for what would become popular (“oh shit, this idea is gonna make me rich!”) and what would fail, but most of our ideas fail. They fail because we have no experience and therefore cannot predict the outcome of an event as accurately as somebody in the industry.

Nearly every idea you have, will not go further than a single sentence in a textfile or scrapbook. And out of the ideas that you do pursue, almost all of them will fail miserably.

This can be because you underestimated the amount of work involved, or you made wrong assumptions about your product or demographic, or the idea just ended up not being feasible. A lot of times many excellent ideas fail just because they aren’t ready for the market. Other times the most idiotic ideas go big (I Can Haz Cheezburger is garbage. Nobody could have predicted it would get anywhere).

##What to expect##
Making sacrifices. This means cutting down on your job hours, hanging out with friends, or doing anything recreational.

- Whatever motivation and enthusiasm you have will die very quickly, no matter what the project is. This is important because nublets tend to let go of ideas altogether when they get the “eh, what was I thinking, that’ll never work…” feeling a few days after being excited about something.

- **Long hours** You will work your ass off at your job, and come home tired, and then you’ll stay up for 5 hours working on your projects, which will probably consist of 4 hours trying to fix one tiny problem, and after the project is done (it won’t be), it will probably fail. If this doesn’t cause you to quit, you’re doing **very** well. Keep it up!

- The stress, stimulant abuse, and sleep deprivation, will take a serious toll on you physically and mentally. You will be psychologically FUBAR

- Things will always take much longer than expected. Simple tasks that should have taken 20 minutes will take 2-8 hours. This **always happens** by the way, for numerous reasons:
- Programs will fail to install.
- Programs will have dependencies.
- Dependencies will fail to install.
- Hard drives die, and ISPs go down.
- Work is underestimated.
- Manpower, energy, and/or time, are overestimated.
- Personal issues come up.

- Most people won’t support you. This is especially true if you’re taking big risks or making big life transitions (deciding to drop out of college).

- Most people you depend on or plan to work with will disappoint you. Most of the time they won’t even get started. See note below about depending on others.

Learn Ad Copy By Example

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

Create a new [Gmail](http://gmail.com/) account and register for some popular newsletters. This helps you figure out what bloggers and marketers are pushing, sometimes ahead of everyone who’s not subscribed to the list, and gives you copywrite and promo study material. You’re going to get a LOT of educational **spam** so again, don’t use your own email address.

Here are a list of newsletters you can sign up for. It might seem like a lot but it doesn’t take too long. Just paste your new email into each one and within a few days you’ll have more than enough copy data to study.

## Form is usually on the top/right and asks for firstname and email ##
- [Steve Pavlina (Good copywriting/niches)](http://stevepavlina.com)
- [CashTactics](http://cashtactics.net/)
- [CDFNetworks](http://cdfnetworks.com)
- [Rosalind Gardner](http://www.netprofitstoday.com/support/)
- [NickyCakes](http://nickycakes.com)
- [Copyblogger](http://copyblogger.com)
- [Shoemoney](http://shoemoney.com)
- [Dosh Dosh](http://doshdosh.com)
- [John Cow](http://johncow.com)
- [John Chow](http://johnchow.com)
- [Super Affiliate Mindset](http://superaffiliatemindset.com)
- [Zac Johnson](http://zacjohnson.com)
- [Full Tilt Blogging](http://fulltiltblogging.com)
- [Uber Affiliate](http://uberaffiliate.com)
- [Directory of eZines](http://www.directoryofezines.com/)
- [Thinkseer](http://www.thinkseer.com/blog/)

### There are countless others. Got any you recommend? [Contact me](/contact)! ###

Affiliate Network FAQ

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

## Getting Accepted By a Network ##
The networks want your business, but also need to keep the scammers out, and there are A LOT of scammers. This means the networks are increasingly vigilant about who they accept. Here are some frequently asked questions:

### What site do I put down? ###
Not all Affiliate Marketing is done using [Pay-Per-Click](#). The network by default assumes you’re going to put their ads on your website(s). If you do have a site or two, put them in, but you can also just put in “N/A (PPC)” or hell, put up a page that explains your situation and link to that if you feel it necessary.

The networks don’t hate PPC/SEO. Admitting that you’re using PPC will not get you rejected. The network will understand that you’re going to direct link or create landing pages for the offers. In the comments section (if available), simply explain that you’re driving traffic to the offers using PPC and will be using multiple sites.

For pageviews or monthly hits, you may pull a number out of ass, (put in 50k), since the field doesn’t apply to you.

Ultimately the networks would prefer if you’re honest about your traffic sources, so there’s no need to go into any elaborate scheme to fake a website.

### What does _incentivized_ mean? ###
Most offers will be ***non-incentive***. This just means that you cannot give the user something in return (an incentive) for completely an offer. If an offer is non-incentivized for example, you cannot put down in your site, “click this link and put in your email and I will send you $1 with paypal.” If the offer can be incentivized, then by all means, go ahead and offer sex, drugs and money if you want. Remember Gratis, the dudes behind FreeIpod.com? That site worked on the basis of giving users an incentive (ipod) to complete offers. Brilliant eh?

On the network sign up form, sometimes you’ll be asked if you plan on offering incentives. Answer honestly, but be prepared to go into detail about what you are offering users and where exactly you’re promoting specific products. Most people will choose NO for this field (if available).

### What do I choose for email/solo/opt-in etc? ###
The networks are usually hesitant about their offers being promoted via email. Opt-in means the user has agreed to receive email from you. To promote via email, you cannot send the offer to users who have chosen to opt-out of receiving further offers from that network. Without getting technical, NO you do NOT plan on promoting using email. Keep that blank or just hit ‘no’ where necessary.

### Is it mandatory/safe to put in my SSN? ###
Sometimes the SSN is mandatory on the sign up page, and other times it’s optional until your first payment. Your SSN is required for tax purposes and could probably give you some authority as well, since many scammers are overseas and will leave this blank.

In general, if the network is known and trusted, go ahead and submit your SSN. Sometimes it’s asked for on the tax form (usually page2 of the registration process), in which case it’s mandatory.

If the network doesn’t support SSL (left of toolbar is green or blue, and says certificate is valid, in Firefox, or a little yellow lock in IE), the connection isn’t secure and can be intercepted. Most networks do support SSL, and this really isn’t much of a problem unless you don’t trust that network (it’s new, unheard of, etc), or you have enemies.

### Is a phone interview necessary? ###
Most of the time, yes. But the word _interview_ makes it sound overly intimidating. When you pick up the phone, you’ll get a dude or dudette that will usually be your affiliate manager after you’re accepted. They will simply want to know how you plan on getting traffic to their offers, and your experience level with promoting/PPC etc. They won’t reject you for being a nub, nor for using PPC.

Common questions are, _Do you have a site you plan on using?_, _What kind of offers are you interested in?_, _Are you currently registered for any other networks?_, _Do you plan on using Social Media (MySpace, Facebook, etc)?_, _How did you hear about us?_ or _Who referred you?_

Your answers will probably be along the lines of: Yes I’m using PPC to send traffic to your offers. I’ll be using Adwords and Yahoo! Search Marketing. I’m interested in weight loss and grant offers. I’m signed up with COPEAC and Ads4Dough. I’m new to Pay Per Click. I heard about you guys on [PPC-Coach](http://ppc-coach.com/) or saw your link on [Digital Point](http://forums.digitalpoint.com/).

### Application taking too long / No phone call ###
Don’t sweat it. If you get no response within 48-72 hours, just call them, or have a network rep haste the process. If you know anyone signed up for the network already, you can ask them to put a word in to their affiliate manager about your application (all they need is your email usually). But ***if it really bothers you or you’re in a hurry, just call them***. You’ll be accepted in 5 minutes.

### What if I get rejected/denied? ###
Usually no biggie. Call them up and they’ll almost always accept you on the spot (after asking some questions, see above). If you know an affiliate manager for that network, or you can get somebody (i.e., super affiliate) to vouch for you, you can go that route also. [WickedFire](http://wickedfire.com) has a lot of network reps crawling about that can push your application through.

But, it’s easier if you just drop the fear and call them. They aren’t going to reject you because they hate your voice or because you’re a newbie.

### What if I’m inactive? ###
Networks hate this, but it’s common. Most of the time, nothing will happen if you’re inactive. Sometimes, your affiliate manager might give you a ring to see what’s up or if they can help in any way. Some networks might flag your account as inactive (or so I’ve been told) but it doesn’t do anything. If you’re worried, then just tell your manager that you’re going on vacation, or need some time off for another reason (no money, school, etc).

### How many networks should I join? ###
The more the merrier. At least diversify, and join most of the [popular networks](#).

## [Ready to join? See a list of Affiliate Networks](#) ##

Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Methylated on January 01, 2009

## What Is SEO? ##
## What Is Affiliate Marketing? ##
## What If I’m Computer Illiterate? ##
## What The Deuce? ##