Start SMALL And Work Your Way Up

(This sadly wasn’t the post I wanted to bring to you today, let’s just say I’ve misplaced the sheet of paper that I’d written it on! Saying that though, I think you’re going to enjoy this post just as much!) :D

Just like when I first got started online, all I was looking for was some quick cash! After a week, I was very upset that I hadn’t even made $1. Yip, on measly dollar! – In other words, I was a complete newbie who didn’t really know what he was doing!

Moving on!…

A few days ago I headed on over to my domain registrar, as I wanted to just see how many domains I had exactly. Over my past couple of years online, I’ve gathered a few over the time. I can safely say though, that I don’t own anymore then 20. Considering there are people with 100+ I don’t think I’m that bad, maybe I still am!

So after taking a look at them all, I decided that there were a few I didn’t want to keep, so instead of just letting them expire I decided to sell them on the NameCheap Marketplace. Now remember, at the time of purchasing these domains, they cost me $8.41 or something like that.

I picked this particular domain and set upon listing it into the marketplace. After writing a small description, I set the price I was asking to $12. The default 7 days was just left the same, and I hit submit and there we had it. The domain was successfully listed, and I’d hopefully get $12 for it if someone wanted to purchase it from me.

3 days later I logged back into NameCheap, and there was my $12 (Minus 10% NC take!) sitting there in my account. Now I know it wasn’t much, but there was still a slight smile coming from me. But WHY some might ask?

$12 -$8.41 = $3.59 PROFIT

Now that’s not bad for what turned out to be 10 minutes work.

I still enjoy making these small profits though, even after I made $269.32 through ClickBank for the first time. (As I blogged about here on my blog!) – I mean, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! ;)

Been Looking For A ClickBank Ad Rotator?

ClickBank Ad RoptatorIt was only about 3 weeks ago that I managed to grab this piece of software with my very hands! There were several reasons as to WHY I went and purchased this, but the main one was because I’d never found something I liked before.

OK maybe the fact that it’s another product from Dave Nicholson swayed me towards the decision as well, you never know!

Within minutes of paying, I instantly got access to the members area, and away I was playing with this new product. To cut a long story short, you input certain details into the form, and generate your code! – Not to mention, that before you generate your code, that you can in fact preview what your ad will actually look like. (Nice feature there Dave!) ;)

Now I’ve never used AdSense before, and if I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t even going to use it in the future. At least I don’t think I am! Over the time I’ve been online, I have read many a time when people start complaining about it. Every few weeks they login into their account, and to put it bluntly, they don’t see very much. (Everyone is literately fed-up because it’s taking months upon months to hit the $100 threshold! – The problem is the amount you earn from the clicks. Is this a similar kind of picture with YOUR account?)

Another thing people are often complaining about is how they are the latest one to be banned from placing the AdSense ads on their sites. At the amount of money I’d be earning, I would rather get rid of them myself than be told to taken them down!

The good news is that there IS an alternative, and this is were ClickBank Ad Rotator comes into play. CB Ad Rotator is a new script that has been developed over the last 6 months by Dave Nicholson and his team consisting of John Thornhill and Dan Sumner. This script is a direct replacement to AdSense, but if you like then you can always use both! – Look on the brighter side though, you’ll be able to earn more if the user clicks through and purchases the item. You can check out the comparison chart over on the site, and I’m sure you too will see the differences in a one week period of the two programs.

Because the ClickBank Ad Rotator uses the ClickBank marketplace to advertise commission based products which you will be affiliated too, your earnings potential is far far greater as you will see. Commissions for a product can be anything upto 75% of the product price. (This is a high end commission!) But to be realistic and honest, the average commission is usually set at 50%. So this means, for an average product sale from one lead worth $47, you will receive $23.50. Out of a little curiosity, how long would that take you to earn from AdSense? (I’m guessing that it would take loo long!)

Dave and his team of trusty men, have spent a long time and a lot of effort creating this alternative to make people like you, and me, a little more automated income from our websites. (It’s like Christmas has come early!) – Don’t miss out today!

A Year Old And I Hadn’t Even Noticed! (Let’s Party!)

Can you believe it, cause I really can’t! Mark-McWilliams.com is just over 1 year old! Our official birthday should have been 8th August 2007 when I first registered the domain name. However the first post I made, was actually done on the 4th October 2007.

So over that time period, I’ve written 63 blog posts and have about the same number on ‘draft’ just waiting to be finished writing, and published.

I have received 1,344 spam comments, which have all been stopped by the amazing Akismet plugin! (Which comes by default, just ready for you to activate!)

Between the total number of posts, my blog too has 175 comments! :)

In actual fact, I’m really looking forward to this year and have a handful of things planned. So make sure you keep updated, and if you haven’t already then I’d suggest you get onto the blog notification list that you see to the right of this post!…

The last thing I’d like to do is thank YOU. Yes without you coming and reading my posts, then I don’t know were I’d be. My only hope is that you enjoy what I talk about, and hopefully learn a thing or two.

WordPress 2.7 And A Demo From Matt Mullenweg

Just a REALLY quick and short post from me today. You see I’ve just come accross a video from Matt, co-founder of WordPress, were he gives us a little demo of the new version which is due to be released/launched in November!

When I started this blog, I’m 99.9% sure that we were on version 2.4 – Now that just shows you how quick WordPress is evolving, and my blog isn’t even a year old actually I just spotted it is! – Just were do you think they will be in 5 years time, even 10 years?!

There are a few ‘big’ changes in this version, one of them being the fact you can have Threaded Comments. A few people had developed plugins for earlier versions, but WordPress is finally making it a default thing. From what I believe, you can decide if you do want this enabled, and/or decide WHO can actually use the ‘threaded’ part.

I guess all will be revealed when they launch the new version. :D

Enjoy the video!…

WordPress Is A Machine, So Use It’s POWER!

When I first got started with WordPress, back when this blog was first started, I really didn’t know what many of the functions were or even what they did than what I do now! If I think about it though, it was because I was just a ‘newbie’ and was just getting started with WP. I would still say that I’m a ‘newbie’ even though others might think otherwise! (There was a lot of trial and error used, and I’m pretty good at learning from any mistakes made!)

I bet most of you would be shocked if I was to say that WordPress doesn’t just run a blog! There are many more things that you can do, and blogging probably isn’t even half of it! After visiting many different sites over the past 6+ months, it’s amazing to see what can be done! – One person I enjoy watching is Brian Gardner!

So what about the other things you can do with WordPress?…

  • You can turn a normal site into one that’s managed with WP. Means you can easily ‘add’ a blog, but manage it all from the SAME WordPress installation. That in itself is pretty cool, and there are more and more internet marketers doing this kind of thing. (I’ve seen it!)
  • Create some kind of community were you have many authors publishing content for your readers, informing them, and helping them. There is no need to setup multiple blogs for each author, all this can be managed from inside the one installation as well!
  • Install, and activate some plugins in which you can turn a blog installation into a Review Site. You could even turn it into an article directory if you liked, people create these kind of plugins for the simple reason that they love working with WordPresss and want to do MORE with it!
  • Plus many others!…

Are you starting to see the bigger picture here? This amazing content-management system really does live up to everyone’s expectations. It continues to be updated, and it’s always for the better. Many people have requested some features, and the WP developers are providing us all with them. Each time a new version is released, I look forward to seeing what new has been added. (Did I say I love WordPress? LOL)

In a matter of a few days, maybe even a week, you could see a site go from absolutely nothing to something all because of WP. Google loves seeing new content, but I also believe that they like WordPress. So are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Proudly Powered By WordPressLook at it this way, I’m happy enough to display that picture here on my blog! For the simple reason that it does what I want it too, and more!

Instantly change the look of your site, and give it a unique style, simply by clicking on a few buttons. While the basic one is as it sounds, with a little time you can have your site looking just as it would have if you decided not to use WordPress! For me, that’s a big plus, and therefore means it’s less to worry about.

So if your not using WordPress, then I ask you why not?! All it takes is for you to try it out and you’ll be hooked instantly. Well at least thats what I would hope happened, it basically did with me!

== >> Download WordPress, And Give It A *Try* For Yourself!

Go do it now, then come back and let me see what you have done! Just post a comment, and I’ll get something nice sorted out for you! You never know, you could be starring in my next post if you act quick enough. I absolutely love WP, and want you to as well! :D

Interested In Using Kunaki, But Still Not Quite Sure?

You know, ever since eBay changed their policy were you couldn’t sell any more digital products, I think even more and more people have moved towards creating multimedia products instead!

And if you can get in ‘first’ so to say, then you will be able to dominate the niche. Or at least I’d hope you were able to do that, if it’s done right then you WILL succeed, but then as always if it’s done wrong… (Well, you know what happens!)

Take me for example, not very long ago, I didn’t even know who/what Kunaki was! How embarrassing don’t you think, someone’s starts talking about it and I come out with a silly question, ‘Who actually is Kunaki?’ (Can you imagine the response?)

Anyway, a couple of weeks back I was sent an email with a link to an interesting PDF. It was called Quick Start Kunaki, and had been written by none other than Lee McIntyre.

As always, I started reading this 27 page and was almost blown away at how easy it actually was to create your physical product! OK so I know how to create my physical product, what I maybe should have said was setting up Kunaki.

Check out this FREE report today!

== >> http://www.mark-mcwilliams.com/grab/kunaki

Without really knowing exactly who/what Kunaki was before reading this report (Well I had an idea!), I first thought that there would be a lot more work required. But boy was I way off the mark! :D

So I am now definitely looking forward to creating my first ever physical product in the near future. It’ll not only be fun, but an exciting experience at the same time!

Go grab your copy of the report if you haven’t already done so, and you can let me (Along with everyone else!) know what you think in the comments section below.

Looking To Clean Up Your Links, A Smart Move!

Before we begin, lately there has been a few things that really irritate me and as I see it, this COULD well be hurting your business! One of the things happens to be regarding affiliate links, so sit back, relax, and enjoy what I have for you today! (If you’re a popcorn lover, then grab some, but remember to leave some for me.)

Cloaking Your Affiliate Links

So it’s time for a product promotion to your subscribers whither it be a broadcast of just a followup message, and you get to the stage were you’ve written an absolutely amazing email, but it’s not time to insert your own affiliate link. Meaning that if one of your subscribers likes what they see, then you can get credited as the referring affiliate.

Now, a little question!…

“What would you think of a marketer, if all you had to click on looked something like http://markmcw.smsdigital.hop.clickbank.net and worst of all you had a few placed throughout the whole email?”

…To start with, it doesn’t appeal to me! It looks very messy, and completely unprofessional considering the fact that you can cloak your links. Just think about it, if you went that extra mile to make things look clean and professional, then will it not increase your reputation and possibly earn you a little move?

I’d much prefer to go and click on a link that looked something like http://www.mark-mcwilliams.com/recs/smsdigital and see what the marketer promoting the product is actually saying in their email. Does that last sentence make any sense, I hope so anyway!

The beauty here (Or the way I at least see it anyway!), is that you can set all this up however you like. You don’t need to put all your links into a ‘recs’ folder. Take a look at the following examples and you’ll quite easily see what I am talking about!

  • http://www.mark-mcwilliams.com/discount/whatever – Say this email was going out to all your newsletter subscribers, you might have been able to get a discount page setup. What better than TELLING your subscribers in the link, that it is a discount?! Smart move or what?
  • http://www.mark-mcwilliams.com/grab/kunaki- If you follow this link yourself, then you’ll find that it takes you to a FREE report all about Kunaki.com showing you basically how to get all setup, and ready to ship off your first physical product.
  • http://www.mark-mcwilliams.com/video/trafficblast - You can see from this, that it must be some kind of video, probably talking about traffic. Well if that’s what you thought, then you’d be right! :D

Well I hope you’re beginning to see what I mean when everyone creates these kind of links. Would you not rather click on one of them instead?

Below you’ll find the EXACT code that I use to create what could be called ‘powerful links’ if you used the right kind of text when creating the links!

So here it is!…

<?php $URL="http://markmcw.smsdigital.hop.clickbank.net";
header ("Location: $URL");
exit();
?>

Now I better explain exactly what I do with that code. (It would probably help!)

Firstly I open up a blank txt document and insert that code, as shown, but changing the link that I want to redirect too. Then when you go to save it, make sure you type index.php into the box and click save. So assuming that you’ve just saved that file to your desktop, the next step is to create an empty folder. For that we’ll go with ’smsdigital’ and it’s now simply a matter of moving that index.php file into the ’smsdigital’ folder. We then need to decide what the main folder is going to be called, but we will just go with ‘recommends’ and then, yip you guessed it, move the ’smsdigital’ one over into it. We now just need to upload the ’recommends’ folder to our webspace.

Why Use A TinyURL On Your Salespage?

I recently came across this on a few salespages that I’d visited for various reasons, and thought… “Hey, come on, are you NOT trying to act professional?!”- Don’t get me wrong though, there is a time and a place to go using TinyURL.com services, this however isn’t one of them!

Now we all appreciate that if you are using a service such as ClickBank, then the payment link will ALWAYS look something like http://1.smsdigital.pay.clickbank.net but believe it or not, there still is a way to make things look professional here!

Look, does http://www.whateverdomain.com/order.php that redirects to that same ClickBank payment link not look 10 times better? I have mentioned several times now about making your links look and feel professional. But it’s true, and you’ll see marketers like John Thornhill and Lee McIntyre use this very same technique. So why not go and follow something that works?…

The only difference here with the code is that instead of your affiliate link being inserted, you simple use the payment url. Then instead of saving it as an index.php file, you can go and use order.php and link to that from your salespage.

As I mentioned a couple of paragraphs ago, DON’T go and use a TinyURL as the payment link on your salespage! It’s going to put more people off, than it will encourage them to make a purchase. Don’t make the same mistake others are making.

What Do Comment’s Say About Your Posts?

So you’ve got the blog all setup and it’s filling up nicely with new fresh content, but that’s it?! You sometimes don’t even know if people are visiting and if they are enjoying what you write. Everyone gets that feeling, and I’ve had it before! While you may be driving loads of traffic, is there anyone out there that appreciate what you have spent that particular afternoon writing.

The topic I’m on about is comments. I love it when I’ve just posted something new on Mark-McWilliams.com and a few hours later when I check back in, I find that a few people have commented and added some value to the post in question.

I visit Robert Plank’s whenever he posts something new, and was really fasinated when he came up with this kind of rule. Now at first it a little strange, but with the amount of posts that can be found on his blog now, I can actually see why Robert did this! It’s called ‘The 10-Comment Rule‘ and can be found at the link on the left(ish!)

Comments will hopefully encourage new visitors to comment for their first time, and not only show other people that it’s a blog that gets visited often, but just add loads of value for everyone to see.

Now for that comment rule, is it required or not? Well I encourage all my readers to post a comment if they wish, I don’t force them into it, I don’t want to drive people away! Doing that would be pointless in my eyes as I could have just lost out on a potential new reader or even subscriber.

You’ll be glad to know that I won’t be implementing anything like this, although I’ve got nothing to do with what Robert is doing, and you are free to post a comment whenever (And if!) you like. I’ll always be posting new content whether I’ve received 4 comments or 44 comments!

Back to the content, and here’s an idea to generate comments for yourself!…

  • Have some unanswered questions, allowing the readers to answer the question for themselves. This is what could be classed as a call-to-action which encourages the reader to leave their thoughts and feelings.

In my last post, (Don’t You Just Hate It When People Won’t Reply?!) you can see that the title is asking my readers to tell me what they think! Before they even see what I’ve spent 30 minutes writing, you are getting them into the spirit were they WANT to reply.

There you have it. So what kind of ways to you like to encourage readers to post a comment on your blog. Do you just mention it at the end of each post, or just even turn your comments off completely. Now that’s something I wouldn’t do!

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