Archive for November, 2008
Posted on November 30, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
Like many Internet Marketers, I often find myself going in too many directions at the same time. When I catch myself doing this, sometimes projects get shoved to the back burner for a few weeks so that I can refocus on my primary stuff.
About five weeks ago I had a little time, so I thought I would try to set up a review site as suggested in Chris Rempel’s “Conduit” method. I played with some templates myself, but finally picked up his package of conduit-style templates, which included a WordPress theme.
I picked a niche with lots of affiliate products, and after setting up WordPress and the theme, I spent a few minutes entering the information for the first product. This is right about when I put this project on the back burner.
I didn’t set up analytics.
I didn’t bookmark my post (I did have the WordPress pings turned on).
In fact, I didn’t do anything other than create a single page/post using the methods Chris teaches.
This afternoon I pulled up my ClickBank tracking code summary and noticed the code from that single link on the lone page has had 17 hops this month and one $70 sale! Obviously the number is statistically insignificant, but it proves that Conduit style review pages do in fact pull in long-tail traffic – buying traffic.
I’m going to move this project up in the queue so that I can see what it will do with 20, 30, or even 60 pages.
Posted on November 28, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
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Posted on November 22, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
I’ve been using Google Docs, but while the convenience of online document storage is nice, the interface is often just unresponsive enough to be bothersome.
Microsoft Word has everything I need. Unfortunately, it also has TONS of features that I will never use. It’s serious overkill for my writing.
I often find myself using Wordpad just to avoid issues with smart quotes and to ensure that I have clean text.
Today I found a great alternative.
Jarte is a word processor that has been built from Wordpad. It’s lean, fast, and responsive, like the framework it was built from, but it also has a few more features that makes it more functional. Its interface is clean and easy to use.
For me, the handiest feature is that it’s completely portable – it can be run from a flash drive. This makes it simple for me to work at either my desktop or my laptop without dealing with file syncing or such.
It seems like a small change on the surface, but it really makes writing easier and a little more enjoyable. We could all use a little more of that.
Posted on November 6, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
As I often find myself doing, I was starting the process of social bookmarking a couple of blog posts on my niche sites. I loaded up SocialMarker.com, entered the keywords for the first article, selected which social sites to use, then clicked “Start Now.”
As many times as I’ve used SocialMarker, I was pulled in by the placement of the action button on an ad placed next to the site selection area instead of clicking on the “submit” button/tab at the top. Take a look at the screenshot below to see what I mean:
I have to wonder just how many clicks this particular ad has generated on the SocialMarker site.
Almost looks planned.