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The Rich Jerk is Really a Jerk

OK, I said it. The Rich Jerk describes himself appropriately. He really is a jerk. I had not read this jerk’s ebooks before so when I saw The Rich Jerk Making Money on the Internet ebook for just $9.99, I figured I had nothing much to lose. If there is just one small tidbit of information that helps me make lots more Internet money, then it’s well worth the purchase.

First let me say that The Rich Jerk is not for the faint of heart! He is brash and direct, a very hardcore Internet money making guy. He tells it like it is. So if you like fluffy, cute advice about how to make money on the Internet, then don’t get the Rich Jerk ebook.

If you are new to making money on the Internet, The Rich Jerk may not be for you, although he does include a supplemental chapter for beginners (and at $9.99 for a 65 page ebook, it’s a steal). Many of his tactics assume you know a thing or two already about Internet affiliate marketing, he just gives you a few of the pieces you are missing.

I won’t (and can’t!) give away all the secrets of The Rich Jerk ebook, but I will talk here about the chapters that were valuable for me and why.

Creating an Affiliate Website that Sells Like Crazy

The Rich Jerk provides some sales letter strategies that really lit a fire under me. Writing good sales letters is paramount to your success as an affiliate marketer. How many times did you get lazy and just copy and paste someone else’s crappy text onto your affiliate sales page? I know you do it. The Rich Jerk and his brash methods will definitely get you motivated to write sales copy that SELLS! He showed me how to think outside my box that I have fallen into.

Unique Search Engine PPC and Strategies

Everyone thinks they know everything about PPC Strategies. But I bet your ads look just like the other eight on the page. The Rich Jerk provides some good strategies for PPC ads and making money with Adsense. I started using some of his strategies for my PPC ads and guess what? They work!

Websites You Can Make Profitable Right Now

If you are not already using ClickBank, then read this chapter. The Rich Jerk gives some good information about creating profitable niche ClickBank websites.

Summary

All in all, just half the chapters were useful me (I didn’t mention them all here), but again, it was well worth the $9.99 for the ebook. You probably spend that much for two Starbuck lattes or three snacks in the junk machine in your workplace breakroom.

Honestly, I would not have paid $98 for this ebook (the original price when it was first published) but at $9.99 it was worth the price of admission. Plus you get access to The Rich Jerk forums to discuss, what else, MAKING MONEY ON THE INTERNET.

If you are out of ideas, your profits have plummeted, or you just want to increase your monthly checks, The Rich Jerk ebook will definitely keep you busy thinking outside the box.

StumbleUpon Traffic Surge on My New Blog

My inner gadget lover got me thinking that I need to start a gadget blog. With that thought, SmartHomeGadgets.com was born at the start of January 2008. With just a few posts and a fantastic WordPress Revolution Tech theme, SmartHomeGadgets.com entered the blogosphere along with the other 150,000 blogs that are born everyday! Do the math!

I heard that StumbleUpon gives great traffic and Smart Home Gadgets was the perfect blog to test the theory. On January 19, 2008, Smart Home Gadgets was Stumbled and within a couple of hours, the traffic surged in.

275 Stumble visitors later, I checked my Google Analytics to find the most amazing bounce rate! My Stumblers bounce rate was 33.09% with 1.80 pages per visit!

stumbleupon traffic surge

At least some of my StumbleUpon traffic looked beyond the first page of my Smart Home Gadgets blog. With a fabulous magazine style theme, one must look beyond the cover to see what’s inside.

On January 24, 2008, my blog was Stumbled again to the tune of 85 visits and a 36.08% bounce rate.

I thought I couldn’t have enough of a good thing so I decided to try StumbleUpon’s advertising campaign program. I figured that if the free traffic was so good, the paid traffic ought to have a similar result. And it’s a bargain at 5 cents per visitor!

On February 5, 2008, I got my StumbleUpon Advertising campaign going at a nickel per view. 157 visits and $7.85 later, my bounce rate was a whopping 82.80%. Wow, that was much higher than the free StumbleUpon traffic. I found it hard to believe and I am a glutton for punishment, so I continued a limited ad campaign over a three-day period.

The numbers were similar, with a much higher bounce rate.

So now that I am down about $25, I hope that a few Stumblers from the paid advertising will make a repeat visit to my blog again, but judging from the high bounce rate, I’m not so sure.

I also learned that free StumbleUpon traffic brings quality visitors who are more likely to go beyond the surface of a blog or website, and may even return for a visit or two or more. The paid traffic results, while seemingly inexpensive, were dissappointing.

What else could I have bought with my $25? More Smart Home Gadgets, of course!

Leave Typos Alone and Get Some Internet Traffic

Blogging to the Bank

Are you one of those people who carefully spellchecks your blog or website and makes all the necessary corrections? If so, you can be missing out of my favorite kind of Internet traffic, that is, typo traffic. I know, all the “Pro” bloggers tell you to check for those typos in your blog postings. Don’t bother with corrections. Chances are, you did type something wrong that can benefit your site.

Did you know that AT LEAST 17% of all Internet searches contain typo variations of the real keywords? Wouldn’t you like to steer some of those search results to your website?

There are two types of typos:

  • Domain
  • Regular words

Domain Typos

Now even though we all have a Favorite menu in the Internet browser, many people still enjoy typing a domain name to reach the Internet destination. This result in lots of domain typos. Imagine if you owned a typo domain of a real domain that gets tons of traffic? You would end up getting lots of free traffic too.

Take JohnCow.com for instance. First you have to know the real domain name. Everyone knows who JohnChow.com is, don’t you? If not, scoot right over there and then come back and finish reading this post. Well, JohnCow.com is a typo domain version of JohnChow.com. The bloggers over at JohnCow.com have a had a lot of fun with this one. Do you know in their first month of owning the domain, they had over 67,000 new visitors? And the visitors just keep on coming.

How about Gamil.com? They were around about eight years before Gmail.com came into the Internet picture. Gamil.com gets tons of free, new traffic due to all of us who can’t type Gmail.com correctly.

There are two good examples of typo domains. See, typos can drive enourmous traffic!

Regular Word Typos

Now that we covered domain typos, let’s talk about regular words in blog postings, web pages, title tags, and meta description tags. I first discovered typo traffic when I typed a product name incorrectly on an affiliate marketing web page. I didn’t realize I typed it wrong and was pleasantly surprised when my sales for that particular product went up suddenly. I checked my site statistics and found that all these Internet surfers were typing the product name incorrectly into the search engine. My site was number one for quite some time due to that little mistake.

Lots of people use typos now on purpose to drive traffic to their sites. So give it some thought before correcting it next time you find a typo in your blog post or web site article. People have built entire blogs or web sites around typos (domains and words.)

Serve Up Ads and Profit with AdEngage

Although AdEngage has been around since 2004, I just became aware of the company. Where have I been?

Anyway, AdEngage is a service that connects publishers who want to sell ad space on their websites with advertisers who want to purchase ads on their websites. AdEngage is also particular about what publishers they allow into their network of publishers – preferably, quality sites with real content!

AdEngage serves up text and PhoText ads in a variety of customizable sizes, both vertical and horizontal formats. A PhoText ad displays a photo with text, and both are clickable.

Once you create an account, and place the HTML code in a key location on your website, your site will be listed in the AdEngage directory. Once it’s listed, advertisers browse through the thousands of sites to select one or more on which to display their ads.

Then the ad shows on your website and you make money! Yeah!

The Success Space signed up as a publisher recently and placed the HTML code in the right most column.

The amount of money that an advertiser will pay to advertise on your site is directly related to many factors. You can see in the example below of a random site that I selected from AdEngage. For this example, the fee is $320. per week to advertise on that particular site. Excellent paycheck! And that is just for one advertiser. It’s likely they have many rotating at the same time so do the math fellow bloggers!

Adengage for advertisers and publishers

Since I just got started with AdEngage, I am still waiting for an advertiser to purchase ads to display on The Success Space. In the meantime, they display some random ads to fill the space. I am hoping that AdEngage will prove more lucrative than Adsense. I’ll let you know how it goes.

It is very easy to sign up and get started. What are you waiting for?

Have you used AdEngage? Good experience? Bad? All comments are appreciated!

Introduction to Email Autoresponders

email autorespondersIf you’ve reached the point of exhaustion trying to keep up with answering the mountain of emails that threatens to bury you alive every single day, you’re ready to learn about autoresponders.

The bad news is that people expect prompt replies to their email inquiries. However, unless you can figure out how to work continual twenty-four hour shifts, or hire enough people to constantly monitor incoming emails (while they’re eating up your revenue), you have a problem. The good news is an autoresponder is an inexpensive – or even free – method of quickly responding to emails. What these programs do is automatically respond to incoming emails as soon as they are received.

Emails are essential to your business for many different reasons. Most importantly, these invisible email voices give you their feedback about your website – for free! However, if you spend all your working hours answering these emails, how are you supposed to run your business? The answer is simple: use autoresponders. Autoresponders are programs that automatically respond to your emails without you so much as having to click on your mouse.

There are a number of good reasons why you need an autoresponder besides just answering your email. For example, autoresponders can be used if you need a way to send information about your services or products, price lists, or if there are repeated questions asked across large numbers of emails. Maybe you want to offer your site visitors a special bonus of some kind, such as advice or relevant articles. All of this can be handled by an autoresponder. Additionally, you can advertise your business and then build stable relationships with your customers by using autoresponders.


Unlimited Email Autoresponders by AWeber

Autoresponder programs vary from software that runs with your email program to a specialized script that runs on your web hosting company’s server. This kind of script may use a web page form or simply operate with your email account. This kind of script is programmed to send out a standardized message whenever an email is received. The message is sent to a particular script or email address.Some autoresponders can do more than simply send out standardized messages. They can send out an unlimited number of follow-up messages sent at predetermined interval of time. For example, you can set your autoresponder to send out a new message every day for as long a period as you desire.There are numerous companies who offer autoresponders free of charge. Your website hosting company often provides autoresponders as a free service. If this is not the case with your web hosting company, there are numerous companies who offer this service for a small fee, or free of charge, providing you attach an advertisement for their company to your emails.

To personalize your autoresponder messages, you can attach a signature. Signatures in this case are much like business cards. You can include your name, company, all your contact numbers and addresses, and a brief message.

It’s a good idea to attach a signature to every email that is sent out. This works as a repeated reminder of your business identity every time a customer sees it. The more they look at your signature, the more likely your company will spring to mind when your particular service or product is needed.

You can create a standardized signature that every employee in your business uses, or you can go wild, and let every staff member create their own personal signature. Of course, like everything in life, there are some rules and guidelines to creating a personal signature.

Keep the length of your signature between four to six lines of text, with no more than 70 characters in a single line. Make sure that your email program does not cut off your text! The content should include your name, your company name, your email address, fax number, and any other contact details, such as 800 numbers. Lastly, always include a short personal message about your company. It should be a subtle sell of your services or your products, and possibly your company’s reliability and longevity.

Another specialized use of autoresponders is to create courses that you can then offer your site visitors for free. You must choose a topic in which you are an expert and that precisely targets your potential customers.

Once you have carefully chosen your subject, divide it into a number of different sub-topics. Then offer your site visitor a free 10 or 15 day course, each day offering a different sub-topic. The first topic should always be a welcome message to your site visitor and an explanation about what is to follow. Your explanation should be enticing, getting the point across that you are offering free, quality information that your target audience will find of great value.

With every lesson, include the number of the lesson, the topic title, information about your company and its services or products. At the end, include a few blurbs about the next lesson to entice the subscriber to continue on.

Make sure each topic is packed with essential and valuable information, and leaves the visitor lusting to know more. Otherwise, you may lose them in the very beginning.

Of course, you have to write up your course before you can offer it. Once you have done this, and gone over the material carefully, employing a professional writer or editor if necessary, you must transfer your text to your autoresponder.

There are a number of free autoresponders you can use. Try http:/www.getresponse.com, or http://www.fastfacts.net. Or go onto Google and you will find a long list of free autoresponder companies. Then sign-up for your chosen autoresponder. Once you do, you will receive instructions as to how to set it up and transfer your text.

Email is an excellent marketing tool; it is inexpensive and it is fast. Use it to advertise your business by choosing your email address carefully. Your website should contain different email addresses for different contact requests. For example, use info@yourdomain.com for information requests, or sales@yourdomain.com for questions about sales. It’s a good idea to set up one for the owner, such as president@yourdomain.com. This presents your company in a personal, approachable light and insures that direct contact is provided.

Autoresponders are an effective and powerful marketing tool, allowing you to make contact with thousands of potential customers. This is an invaluable asset considering how many potential customers you usually have contact with before you make an actual sale. Essentially, an autoresponser allows you to automate part of your marketing campaign.

Key Email Autoresponer Stategies for Blogging

If you are doing business on the Internet, then you need an autoresponder, a simple yet essential marketing tool. Email  autoresponders help you grow your online business. With autoresponders, you can remind customers about your products, website and everything inbetween. Autoresponders send out email communications to visitors that opt-in to receive them.

If you are looking for a great promotional tool for your business, then take a look at email autoresponders. Email autoresponders reply to Web form mail requests with a sequenced automatic email reply, making autoresponders a great time saver for you.

Just think, when a potential subscriber fills out a form on your Web page while you are sleeping, they get an instant email response — from you! You can set it up so that you “drip” on your subscriber. In other words, the subscriber will received another follow up email 3 days later, and another 7 days later. You can set it up anyway you want.

Stick with these three key strategies to get started with a successful email autoresponder campaign and increase your Internet business profits.

  • Make sure your email responses are well written, provide quality information, and something clever to keep your subscriber interested. If you don’t take the time to write quality responses, well, you can expect your unsubscribe rate to increase dramatically. So, if you are wondering why your subscribers are dropping out, take a look at your email responses.
  • Strategize on a well-structured follow up sequence of email autoresponder messages. For example, each message sent should follow up to the previous message, and create anticipation for the next message. Make sure you send messages in an order that makes sense.
  • Include links back to your Web page in your autoresponder. Many of the better auto responder programs will keep track of how many subscribers open the email and click on the link. If you sell a product, provide a special offer and link to the offer page. If you sell information, attach an eBook with a teaser to the “real” eBook.

Email autoresponders will help you reach more people than ever! You can start branching out the well-written monthly newsletters and much more. Now get started on writing those autoresponder emails and start increasing your online profits!

Not sure what to write or how to write it? Check out this massive collection of winning autoresponder messages to model, copy and swipe!

Try AWeber risk free for 30 days. If they do not help build your opt-in list and convert more website visitors AWeber will give you a 100% no questions asked refund.

Try it out, you have nothing to lose. I use AWeber and really pleased with the AWeber Email Autoresponder service. But I will confess that the learning curve was a little on the steep side. Now keep in mind that I don’t like reading through tutorials (AWeber has plenty to choose from) and prefer to just dig in.

I suggest you dig into some of their free video tutorials before you start and save yourself some time on the learning curve.

You want to capture Website visitor subscriptions, right? AWeber makes it easy to do so with the integrated Web Form Generator. You can choose unblockable pop-ups or the standard forms that you can install on your Website without any programming experience!

Once you create and install your form, you’ll need to create some follow up emails (or newsletters) to send to your opt-in subscribers. Of course, you want to configure these follow up emails to be sent automatically.

One of my favorite features is the click thru and open rate tracking. It gives me some insight into how many subscribers actually open my emails, and better yet, how many click thru to links I have cleverly embedded in my newsletter. The ability to add attachments to email is very nice! You can send along eBook reports without storing them on your server.

With over 51 pre-designed templates to choose from, creating eye-catching newsletter is easy and fun.

Ready to start building better relationships with your customers? Give AWeber a spin, for a mere $19.95 per month.

Email Autoresponders