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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Review of JV Giveaway Tactics EBook

In my previous post I talked about building your list using JV Giveaway Events and I received quite a few emails asking me questions about giveaway events.

I've managed to find an excellent EBook called JV Giveaway Tactics by Jerry Iannucci, that explains pretty much everything you need to know about Joint Giveaway Events. The good news is, this EBook can be downloaded for FREE.


Here's a quick Review of the JV Giveaway Tactics EBook:

Summary - This EBook is a great introduction to building your list using JV Giveaway Events. It is 32 pages long and covers everything from list building basics, to creating lead capture pages, thank you pages and download pages, registering for your first giveaway event, how to submit your gift and whether or not it is worth upgrading in these events or not.

The book is easy to read and doesn't require any detailed knowledge of internet marketing to understand.

The author starts by explaining what a JV Giveaway event is and what the benefits are, then goes on to discuss how to choose a giveaway event to join and the benefits of joining early versus joining later. For the benefit of those people who don't have a gift to giveaway he then goes on to cover how to get a gift and how to setup a good lead capture page and create thank you and download pages. For the non techie people there are various options for creating these pages without getting involved in writing HTML.

Verdict - overall a very thorough book on JV Giveaways. It is targeted more at internet marketers who are new to giveaway events, but even if you have done a few events before, you will also benefit from some of the tips inside the book.

Cost - FREE

Download Link - JV Giveaway Tactics

Other Info - You can also brand this book with your affiliate IDs for a fee and give it away to others.

If you are new to JV Giveaway events or looking for ways to be more successful with them I highly recommend downloading this book and then registering for one of the upcoming JV Giveaway Events.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

My World Plus Review

I joined My World Plus at the end of August 2009 and so far I've been hugely impressed by it. They have a very generous pay plan, a product that everyone can benefit from and a very good automatic marketing and follow up system.

If you are considering joining, here is a short FAQ and Review of My World Plus to help you make your decision.

What is My World Plus?

My World Plus is both a business opportunity and a way to save money on groceries, restaurants, shopping, dining, sporting events, movies, golf green fees and more.

The membership includes a discount card and access to a database full of discounts that can be searched on by type and area. The database includes lots of small independent businesses offering discounts and lots of well known brands such as Burger King, The Body Shop, Avis Car Hire, Planet Hollywood, Sea World, RadioShack, Best Western and Domino's Pizza.

The Business Opportunity pays instant commissions whenever someone joins MyWorldPlus using your link and monthly commissions based on all members who joined after you.



How much can I earn with My World Plus?

When someone signs up to My World Plus through your link and purchases a membership you are paid an instant $25 commission.

In addition to this, every month you are paid a share of the profits based on all members that joined after you. This increases every month as more and more members join My World Plus, and it also increases as you personally recruit more members.

Here is a screenshot of my commissions from MyWorldPlus.

How much does it cost to join My World Plus?

You can take a free tour of My World Plus here.

If you decide to join the cost is $69.95 for your first month and $19.95 per month thereafter.

The membership includes full access to all the discounts and the ability to earn commissions on personal sales and company sales.



Am I tied in to My World Plus for any length of time?

No. Once you join MyWorldPlus you can cancel at any time. There is no tie in period.



How do I get paid?

My World Plus pay US & Canadian members via direct bank deposit and international members (outside the USA/Canada) by Global Exchange. US members can also be paid by check if they prefer.

Global Exchange provides a debit card for a one time fee of $10 and this can be used to withdraw funds from an ATM anywhere in the world.



Is this a worldwide opportunity?

Yes, this is a worldwide opporunity, BUT, if your main reason for joining is for the discounts rather than the business opportunity you may be disappointed if you live outside the USA/Canada.

I live in the UK and although there are a good number of discounts for UK citizens, most of them are 50% discount on golf green fees, or 10% discounts on hotels. If I search on a USA location, there are thousands of varied discounts available and you have the facility to by discounted vouchers (60% off) at restaurant.com.

Regardless of where in the World you live, you can promote MyWorldPlus and get paid commissions through Global Exchange.



Is there any training available?

The member center has a training section where you can access a library of training calls and read about how to use the savings and how to make money with My World Plus. There are also six live training calls every week that you can join.



How do I make money from My World Plus?

My World Plus provides you with a number of different lead capture pages. You can view these below:

http://homebizdirect.MyWorldResults.com
http://homebizdirect.MyWorldPower.com
http://homebizdirect.OneLineBuilder.com
http://homebizdirect.BuildVertical.com
http://homebizdirect.MyWorldMoms.com

All you need to do is get visitors to these pages. When someone enters their name, email address and phone number they will become a "Pre Enrollee". They can look around the member center to see if they want to join or not and they will also receive automatic follow up emails from the system, encouraging them to join My World Plus.

There are lots of different ways that you can promote My World Plus e.g. on your own website or blog, through traffic exchanges, classified ads, article marketing, offline marketing (e.g. ads and business cards), forum marketing, email marketing and more.



Do I need to sell to people on the phone?

Definitely not. In fact this is something I have never done in all my years of internet marketing. Just focus on advertising your lead capture pages (like the ones I listed above) and the system will do the rest for you. There is no need to phone anyone unless you particularly want to do this and have prior experience in doing so.



Are there any negative things about My World Plus?

From what I have seen so far, the only negative point, in my opinion is that there are not as many great discounts for people like me living outside the USA! I enjoy eating out in restaurants so I would have loved to be able to get discounts on restaurant vouchers.



What are the main benefits of My World Plus?

In summary, from what I have experienced so far, the main benefits are the generous pay plan, the excellent marketing/follow up system and the wide range of discounts available (in particular to US citizens).



How do I sign up?

Just visit My World Plus to take a free tour.



Can you help me with My World Plus?

Yes, if you join through my link I will provide you with support and answer all your questions. I will also work with you to help you get your first three members and if you have your own website I can help you add My World Plus banners and promotions to your home page.



I hope you found this review of My World Plus helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help. I don't believe in hard selling or trying to get people to sign up for opportunities that are not right for them so you will get an honest answer from me rather than a sales pitch!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Niche Power Group Review


This is a review of the Niche Power Group. We are now accepting members....



The Niche Power Group is an online coaching and mentoring site formed by a group of successful internet marketing coaches who all make a full time income online.


If you are struggling to make money online or if you are just thinking about starting your own website, having a mentor can mean the difference between success and failure. I have worked full time online since 2006 and I believe that having a mentor in the early days made a big difference to my online career.

This short review of the Niche Power Group will help you to decide whether or not it is for you.

What is it?

In short, the Niche Power Group (NPG) is an online mentoring group. This means that you will have daily access to a group of experienced coaches who can answer all your questions, give you personal critiques of your website, give you advice based on their own experience, help you with technical problems, show you where you are going wrong and much more. The mentoring takes place in a private online forum, but unlike many membership sites, the owners and founders (who are also the coaches) are in the forum on a daily basis, interacting with members and assisting them.

What do I get?

As well as online coaching you will also receive:

  • Free installation of your website (using Wordpress, which means that you can update your own website without knowing any HTML)
  • A step by step Action Plan and checklists to guide you from the research stage to a profitable website
  • Videos to teach you how to do common webmaster tasks, market your website, research your niche, give you inspiration and much more.
  • Content for your site - we regularly add articles, ebooks and other products that you can use on your website
  • Big Discounts on products and services (including phone coaching if you need it)
  • Monthly bonuses and downloads

Who are the Coaches?

The coaches are Ken Troyer (founder), Suzanne Morrison (that's me), Jeff Schuman, Cynthia Minnaar and Jeff Casmer. Between us we have over 20 years experience marketing online and we all make a full time income from affiliate marketing. We live in different places around the world - -Scotland, the USA and South Africa and we all have different areas of expertise. We can help you with niche research, building your website, SEO, list building, free traffic, sales copy, conversions, Wordpress, HTML, monetizing your website, organizing your time and much more.

Why Niche?

There are so many people online these days who start a website on "how to make money" when they haven't actually made any money themselves. It can be difficult to teach people what you don't actually know yourself and the "make money"/ "home business" market is one of the most competitive markets on the internet.

The Niche part of Niche Power Group means that you can start a website in any niche that you desire. Most people start a website in something that they already enjoy, something that they are knowledgeable about or something that is of interest to them. This means that you will end up doing something that you enjoy or have a passion about and you will usually find that your niche is far less competitive than the make money niche!

How Much?

You will be surprised at how little the Niche Power Group will cost you. Most online coaches charge $100-$200 (or even more) for an hour of their time. In the Niche Power Group you will get access to 5 people on a daily basis and if you choose the yearly plan it will cost you less than $20 per month.

Is the Niche Power Group Right for me?

That depends... If you want to build your own profitable website on a subject that you enjoy and get help every step of the way. If you are willing to spare a few hours per week to work on your website... If you are open to learning new things.. then yes, the Niche Power Group is right for you.

However, if you are looking for a quick fix or overnight way to make money, or if you don't want to own your own website, then you will need to keep on searching.

How do I sign up?

Just visit the Niche Power Group to join and get instant access.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Review of Free Traffic Bar (FTB)

This is a review of Free Traffic Bar.

If you are looking for low cost or free ways to get traffic to your website, read on to find out whether or not Free Traffic Bar (FTB) is a good option.

When I started testing Free Traffic Bar I didn't have high hopes as I thought it would be similar to Instant Buzz, which I had used for a few days and then uninstalled as I hated it.

However, I was pleasantly surprised.

What is Free Traffic Bar?

It is a toolbar that you can install on your web browser (e.g. internet explorer or Firefox) and it contains a search box, a menu of internet marketing tools (e.g. copyrighting, SEO, website building, lead capture etc) and a text ad that changes every time you visit a different page.



Every time you go to a new page on your web browser you earn a credit. You can then use these credits to display ads on other people's toolbars (over 30,000 members) or for banner and text ads on the Free Traffic Bar site.

There is a downline builder that includes programs such as Traffic Swarm, Home Income Team, GDI, various Clickbank products, traffic exchanges and advertising programs.

There is also a library containing a range of free resale rights products.

Is it easy to install?

I found the installation very simple and trouble free for both IE and Firefox. Once it was installed there were no problems and although I do notice the ads from time to time it is not obtrusive. I've been running it now for 2 weeks and haven't felt the need to uninstall it like I did with Instant Buzz.

Is it easy to use?

The member center has lots of short helpful videos and an FAQ explaining how to set up ads, how to install and use the toolbar, how to exchange credits, how to use the downline builder and more. I found it very easy and straightforward to set up my ads and exchange credits.

Can I make Money from It?

Yes. If someone signs up through your own link and they go on to upgrade to a "Pro" membership or buy some ad credits you will receive 50% commission if you are a Pro member yourself.

Free members and Pro Members also earn credits on up to 10 levels of their downline. So if you don't like toolbars, then you have the option of earning credits purely from your downline.

You can also earn money through the downline builder. If you add your affiliate IDs to the downline builder and one of your downline purchases a product you will receive a commission.


How much does it cost?

Basic membership is free. So you can install the traffic bar, earn credits, create ads and refer people and earn credits from them without paying anything.

Pro membership costs $19.99 per month and you receive 15,000 credits each month.

How Good is It?

This is the part that surprised me. I am no copywriter and writing ads has never been my strong point, so I will probably see similar results to the typical person. From my testing over the period of two weeks I have seen clickthrough rates between 1% and 4.5% depending on the ad I am using.

All my ads have been related to getting signups to my list (both my home business newletter list and my SEO Email Course) and I have been receiving one or two signups per day to these lists from FTB, which isn't bad for a free traffic source.

Is there any Support?

There is a support ticket system, a forum, lots of videos and an FAQ. There is also a support phone number.

How do I sign up?

Just visit the Free Traffic Bar website and follow the instructions to create an account.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ebay Auction Classified Cash Review

I've recently finished reading Tracey Edward's Ebook Auction Classified Cash, which is all about how to make money using classified ads on Ebay.

If you are looking for a new way to get traffic to your website, build your mailing list or sell affiliate products then this may be the guide for you.

This book was especially interesting to me as I have always wanted to use Ebay to try and generate leads for my business, but being quite inexperienced with Ebay (apart from buying!), I never fully understood how to do this.

Here is a review of the Auction Classified Cash Ebook to help you decide whether or not this is something that will be beneficial for your business.

What is in the Ebook?
The main areas of the ebook are:
-Why Classified Ads?
-How to List a Classified Ad
-Types of Classified Ads that make money
- Case Studies

The book is great for Ebay novices as it explains everything you need to know about what you can and cannot do with classified ads on Ebay and there is also a step by step guide to actually creating your ad.

It also has a lot for more experienced Ebay users as Tracey explains from her own experience what the optimum time period for running an ad is, how to choose the right category for your ad, the most profitable layout for an ad and how to get more traffic to your ad - all things that will help you save money if you are listing an ad for the first time.

Case Studies
She also gives an indepth explanation of one of her own Ebay Classifieds that has a 30% conversion rate and shares with you the exact layout of her ad and how much traffic she received.

The book includes a case study of how one of her friends made $200 in a month from placing an ad for an affiliate product on Clickbank. The case study explains how he chose the product, researched the keywords for the ad and created the ad, plus you find out how many clicks that ad received and how many people bought the ebook.

How much is is?
Auction Classified Cash is a 55 page long Ebook currently priced at $29.99 and also includes some bonus classified ad templates for use on Ebay.

My Verdict:
Over all I was highly impressed with this Ebook - it covers everything you need to know without any fluff. I was able to easily use the instructions to create my first classified ad on Ebay, which is now receiving traffic and opt-ins! The case studies included all the details of real successful ads, which was really helpful.

To get your own copy of Auction Classified Cash just visit the Auction Classified Cash website.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Get Paid for Taking Free Online Surveys

Do you want to get paid for taking free online surveys?

It doesn't matter who you are - as long as you have access to an internet connecton and a computer it is easy to get paid for taking free online surveys.

One of the best ways to do this is to sign up with a company such as Maximum Paid Surveys.

Maximum Paid Surveys is basically a big database full of paid opportunities. By joining them you will get instant access to a massive resource of over 760 paid surveys and mystery shopping companies.

Maximum Paid Surveys also has a very straightforward and easy to navigate website and it is not difficult to quickly find the companies that work in your own country and/or state.

You can search for a wide variety of assignments including online surveys, focus groups or mystery shopping jobs or search based on what kind of reward yo want to get. The most active and the best paying companies are listed first so you can get into profit quickly. New paid survey companies are added regularly to the database so there is no worry about using an out of date list.

Maximum Paid Surveys also has a very good customer support facility and you will find it easy to get started with your new paid survey business by using their step-by-step guides including a Paid surveys introduction guide, a mystery shopping introduction guide and more.

New members also get access to some excellent bonuses. These include additional get paid databases, work at home ebooks and more.

In summary, Maximum Paid Surveys has everything you need to start getting paid for taking free online surveys. From a larhe collection of online surveys, focus groups and mystery shopping jobs to a state-of-the-art website and an excellent documentation and customer suppport. For a limited time you can get a 56% discount. Don't wait!

Get Paid for taking free online surveys now and join Maximum Paid Surveys.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Learn how to be Successful on Ebay with PlanetSMS Monthly

PlanetSMS Monthly by John Thornhill is a new mentoring program with a difference

Many new online marketers are joining programs and sites that claim to 'mentor' people to success, So is PlanetSMS Digital Monthly Mentorship any different to so many that don't provide value, Or is is one of the few that do?

I may be slightly biased in favour of this program - because I have bought products from John Thornhill in the past and he always over delivers and offers great support for those, You might want to check some of his products such as Auction Profit Streams to get an idea of the quality of his products before commiting to a monthly fee...


The first thing I noted from reading his site is that John Thornhill, known on ebay as planetsms, isn't just promoting it as another 'make money from ebay' type of product. He does use his Ebay id as part of his credentials as a person qualified to teach others, as well as the fact that he has authored some best selling ebooks and is an ebay powerseller.

What he says about 'the secret to success' being to follow someone who is successful at internet marketing can't be argued with, (provided they are teaching what they know and do to make money on the internet)

This monthly membership goes a lot further than just the mention of selling on ebay though.It claims to teach exactly what John does to generate multiple streams of income from the internet marketing arena in general.

What is included in the membership?

Audio/Video Training - to show and 'walk us through' what he does and the strategies he employs.

A Digital Newsletter Delivered to Your Inbox Each Month - in which he reveals methods he actually uses to make money, and admits many of them are not just from ebay.

The Tools Required to Help You Succeed - he includes in the package the tools and private label/ brandable material he says will be needed for some one to start their own online income.

A Monthly Question and Answer session - this promises to answer any marketing related questions

The Opportunity to Get Personal Help - offering to have direct contact with subscribers/members to help them where needed (but only on a limited number basis) - so I would assume this may be removed at some point?

And Also - Almost Guaranteed Income. Where he is offering to promote members products to his subscriber base, in order to help generate them some sale. (I note he does have some small print in there - only promising to promote appropriate products)This presumably covers him against any obligation to promote poor quality or non related products?

Finally his price for membership is set at $10 per month. (this is where I believe he differentiates himself from many mentoring programs I have seen - most go for the higher end price ticket - this does seem exceptional value if he lives up to his claims) For which he also offers a money back guarantee. (presumably with it being a clickbank product - he will have had to offer such a guarantee) Never the less it is comforting that one can 'Try' him out without risk or fear of loss, knowing that if he doesn't provide quality and value he would soon be out of pocket.


See the site for more details

So that's the sales page and claims outlined, with a few comments from myself where appropriate. As a brand new service - time will tell if he continues to provide value...But I can say this much - I have had access to his first Video Newsletter and can confirm that he does go into great detail of a strategy he is currently using. He gives details of exactly how to set it up for maximum profit, with a step by step follow along video that any new marketer could easily follow. Clear and simple and with a full explanation of where he did what he did, how to do the same etc.

He then went further than expected and showed exactly how much income and sales this strategy provided from his own business and also for comparison, a new marketer with a smaller list and less experience and no product of his own.

I do believe this will help many and was sufficient to justify the first months subscription without any of the other benefits quoted.

I genuinely believe this could be a valuable resource and it certainly looks as though planetsms digital monthly mentorship will be a keeper for me.

My recommendation would be to join and try it out. with the money back guarantee the small $10 risk is removed. I believe new and intermediate marketers will find value and benefit in the first issue.

Visit PlanetSMS Monthly Mentorship for more information.

Please feel free to post your comments if you found this review useful.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Review of Success University

I no longer promote Success University. Shortly after they merged with World Ventures, a travel MLM opportunity I decided to cancel my membership.

If you are looking for a membership that provides excellent online training, a step by step
action plan, videos, monthly bonuses and online coaching I highly recommend joining
the Niche Power Group.

It is half the monthly cost of Success University/World Ventures and you can make a 50% recurring commission.

You can Try the Niche Power Group for just $4.95



Niche Power Group

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Cashcrate Review

I just joined a program called CashCrate a couple of weeks ago and I am pretty excited by both the fact that I have (a) already earned money from this, with very little effort and (b) the potential for earning money from this is HUGE. The fact that this is completely FREE to join and doesn't even have an option for paying any kind of membership fee or upgrade makes it all the more exciting.

Here is a review of the CashCrate Program, which you can join now for free and make a good $20 or $30 in the next hour while sitting on your bum in front of your computer (watching the TVat the same time if you like :-)

What is CashCrate?
CashCrate is a free to join "Paid To" program that will pay you money (in US $$) for completing various offers in the form of short surveys, competitions, forms, trail offers etc. As soon as you sign up you will be presented with a selection of offers along with a link to the offer and a payment. Payment can be as little as 0.40, as much as $35. Typically a payment is around 50-70cents and will usually take you a few minutes to complete.

Who can Join?
CashCrate is open to everyone over the age of 13 years old. Despite the fact that the payment is in US $, you do not have to be a US resident. I am based in the UK and found that there were plenty of offers.

Why do CashCrate pay people to Complete Offers?
Companies need to advertise and/or get people's opinions on new products and services. They often do this using short surveys, prize draws, opinion polls, competitions, trial offers and so on. Cash Crate are paid by these advertisers and will pass on the majority of their earnings to you.

Is there a charge for membership to CashCrate?
No, absolutely not. CashCrate is 100% free and there is no charge for joining.

Do I get rewarded for referring others?
Yes, referring others can make you a lot of money. You will earn up to 30% of the earnings of all the earnings of people whom you refer. Note that this does not impact their earnings - they will still earn the same amount as you would for completing the same offer. Since CashCrate is free, it is much easier to refer others to than a paid program would be.

Do I need a credit card?
No. A few of the offers involve signing up for a trial of something using a credit card, but most of the offers are completely free and you will never be asked for credit card details.

How do I get Paid?
You will get paid by check once your earnings have reached a minimum of $10. $10 is pretty easy to achieve and shouldn't take you long. You can increase the minimum payment if you prefer. I set the minumum to $50 for myself since I am in the UK and we get charged for paying in US$ checks. Payments are processed on the 20th of the month, so all of your July earnings would be sent to you by August 20th.

Do I need to refer people to earn money?
No, not at all. You can earn money by completing offers yourself. Referring people gives you the potential to earn even more.

How do I Join?
Just click here to join CashCrate and fill in the signup form. Within a few minutes you can be earning money.


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Sunday, August 12, 2007

James Martell's Online Affiliate Bootcamp

Online BootCamp Gets Affiliate Marketers Making Money Quickly By Reducing Learning Curve And Providing Answers

By Kellie Fowler


If you're struggling to keep up with busy schedules, growing time constraints, escalating financial issues, and a family that you yearn to spend more time with, you're not alone.

Like you, more and more people are fed up with the 9-5 grind and with putting in overtime hours and efforts that go above and beyond only to receive disappointing paychecks.

Understandably, they feel they are missing out on life and looking for legitimate ways to generate additional revenue without resorting to just another low-paying part-time job.

And, as many of these people have found, the answer they are looking for can be found in affiliate marketing.

With little start-up costs and the only resources needed including just a computer and Internet access, this online publishing business is freeing people up to live their lives to the fullest, all
the while finally achieving financial freedom, while simultaneously spending more quality time with family and friends.

It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not.

Better yet, you can learn the techniques and strategies used every day by James Martell, a successful affiliate marketer, in his online course, to be conducted one evening per week for eight weeks.

It’s called the Affiliate Marketers BootCamp - Online "Night School" Edition and “seats” do fill up fast!

Why? Because Martell has been successfully teaching students how to create profitable affiliate marketing businesses for years.

See for yourself what one Martell student says about the BootCamp training:

“In the past, I've attended several seminars with multiple speakers. None came close to James' powerful, articulate, hands-on, gritty presentation. He's by far the best Instructor I've been privy to hearing... and grasping.”

Martell BootCamp student Darryl Ruff agrees:

“I’m a slow learner, but James makes things simple to understand. Would I attend another BootCamp as a refresher? In a heartbeat!”

Martell’s BootCamp students consistently give the training an enthusiastic thumbs-up, with BootCamp student Sheldon Smollan calling the BootCamp “a genesis opportunity.”

But never before has this “opportunity” been offered online, allowing Martell’s students to save time, money and the associated travel, which means everyone now has the chance to achieve true online success – and from the comfort of their own homes, with Martell looking over their shoulder every step of the way and available to answer questions, address concerns, and more.

So, even if you already have Martell’s top-selling Affiliate Marketer’s Handbook, or listen to his engaging weekly audio newsletter, the Affiliate Buzz, this online course curriculum may be just what you need to propel your online efforts to sure-fire success.

And if you are not familiar with “Martell’s book, buzz and bootcamp” (as they are referred to throughout the industry), you can get everything you need now in this exciting and informative first ever online BootCamp course.

“I believe my experience at (Martell's off-line) BootCamp was the best investment I've ever made in myself, in my family, and in our dreams, explains BootCamp attendee Denis Vaillancourt. This opportunity has energized and motivated me to get to the next level of my affiliate marketing career. I'm confident in my future success now because of me BootCamp experience.”

Understanding from students like Vaillancourt the overwhelmingly positive impact the BootCamp has made on their personal, professional, and financial lives, Martell has searched for some time for a way to personally deliver his training “live” to his worldwide audience, but it wasn’t until recently that he found the robust technology he felt truly mirrored the personal training he painstakingly delivers through his off-line BootCamps.

So, just a few weeks back when Martell was exposed to an online conference room that would allow him to present the entire BootCamp using his PowerPoint presentation, live videos and live audio feeds, he knew he found the answer - and the first ever online affiliate marketer’s course curriculum was born.

Structured much like a night-school course, the curriculum will be delivered by Martell “live” in eight classes.

Martell will dedicate each class to covering one of the eight steps outlined in his recently refreshed Affiliate Marketer’s Handbook - "2006" (THIRD EDITION).

Students can watch via the Internet as Martell personally delivers the powerful tutorials that allow students to watch him as goes step-by-step through all the stages of building a website, finding products to promote, determining which companies to partner with as affiliates, adding keyword-rich content to his site and submitting his site to the search engines.

What’s more, Martell’s online students will participate in live, interactive question and answer sessions, and be on track to complete weekly assignments all of which, when added together, make the online BootCamp experience as effective as the off-line BootCamp experience.

And because you’re learning from someone who uses these same eight steps day-in and day-out to maintain his own enviable success, you bypass the steep learning curve associated with affiliate marketing and can be up and running and making money in a matter of weeks, after implementing Martell’s proven eight steps - which have more than withstood the test of time,
much like Martell himself.

What this means for you is that you can get your online business up and running faster and you can be assured that, once you implement the eight steps just as Martell details them, you’ll be on your way to making money – be it part-time or full-time – from the comfort of your own
home.

Now, you really can take control of your future and your family’s future and steer it in the direction of financial freedom, allowing you to determine how much you work and even how much you make.

So, the big question is: What’s stopping you?

You and your family are worth it and this online training is, as Martell’s students have pointed out, the chance of a lifetime.

All you have to do is grab it.

For more information, and for class schedules, visit Affiliate Marketers's Bootcamp


About The Author

Kellie Fowler is a successful freelance writer and a seasoned professional providing valuable insight and advice to those wanting to create work at home business for themselves. Her numerous articles offer real-life tips and techniques to those looking for a way out of the rat race.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

A Review of Leisure Audio Books

Leisure Audio Books is a brand new affiliate program that allows you to promote downloadable Audio books from a store of over 6000 books, including fiction, health, history, self help, business and more.

You can join Leisure Audio Books for free and there is no need to have your own website. Leisure Audio books provides a link which you can use to send people to your own audio bookstore for a 15% commission on all sales.

Since Leisure Audio Books is so new I thought it would be worth writing an FAQ style review of this affiliate program/business opportunity. Here are some answers to questions you may have about Leisure Audio Books.

What sort of products are available from Leisure Audio Books?
As mentioned there are a huge range of downloadable audio books available in MP3 or WMA format. Categories include arts & drama, biography, business, crimes & thrillers, fiction, foreign language study, health & recreation, history, humor, juvenile, radio shows, religion & spiritual, self help and TV & Film.

You can look at the full selection of over 6000 books at the Leisure Audio Books Retail Store.

How much to I get paid?
As a basic free Silver member you will be paid 15% commission on all Audio book sales. Gold Members are paid 20% and Platinum members 25%. You are also paid a recurring commission on memberships. The rates for this are 15% for Silver members, 25% for Gold members and 50% for Platinum members.

How and when do I get paid?
You will be paid by paypal in the first week of every month. If paypal doesn't suit you it is possible to be paid by check for an administration fee.

How much is it to join?
It is free to join as a Silver member earning 15% commission. If you wish to upgrade to a Gold or Platinum level it is $12.95 per month for Gold and $24.95 per month for Platinum. Discounts are available when you first join or if you pay annually

Do I need my own website?
Having your own website helps, but you can join Leisure Audio Books even if you don't have a website. You could promote it on your blog, or advertise the link in a forum or email signature, use pay per click advertising or just let your friends and family know about your store.

What help & promotional tools are available?
Leisure Audio books have an extensive selection of helpful tools in their back office. There is an extensive help/faq page, a promotional page with suggestions on how to promote Leisure Audio books incuding sample classified ads, blog posts, emails, business card templates, splash pages, squeeze pages and more. There is also a section on "Getting Started" explaining step by step what you need to do to promote Leisure Audio books. If you want to promote specific sections of the store e.g. business audios only or self help audios only you can easily generate links for these sections, as well as graphical and non graphical links to specific products. They also provide a good range of promotional banners and a banner rotator. Overall I was pretty impressed with the back office. There is a lot more there than I normally find when I join an affiliate program.

How do I Join?
You can signup to Leisure Audio Books from this link

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Review of NiceOffers.com (NOC)

NiceOffers.com (NOC) is a division of Carson Services, the parent company of the well known affiliate program, Strong Future International (SFI).

The primary aim of NOC is to provide offers for consumers to save money on products and services that they are looking for either online or offline, anywhere in the world.

This review of NOC will explain what NiceOffers.com is about, how it can benefit consumers, affiliates and merchants, what the costs are, what the drawbacks are and how to sign up.

Nice Offers for Consumers

The NiceOffers.com website is a place for consumers to get discount or special offer coupons for many things which they buy locally or online.

The NiceOffers.com site has a search facility to help find offers in many different categories including electronics, entertainment, flowers and gifts, advertising and marketing, books, travel and more. You can search by state or by country and browse through a selection of offers. Once you have found an offer of interest you can tell a friend about it or enter your name and email address to have the coupon emailed to you.

Next, just visit the vendor and use your coupon, or enter the coupon code online if it is an online offer.

To search for offers just visit NiceOffers.com.

Nice Offers for Merchants

NiceOffers.com is a zero risk method of advertising for businesses online and offline. Advertising a business on NiceOffers.com is free and works on a cost per action basis i.e. you only have to pay when someone actually uses a coupon at your store, restaurant or online business.

The cost to the business is the discount amount for the customer + a fee called a “bounty” which you set yourself.

To register and setup a coupon just visit NiceOffers.com


Nice Offers for Affiliates

As an affiliate you have the opportunity to make money by:

* Referring consumers to NOC - You can give away coupons to your friends and family, refer people to the NOC website or advertise NOC offers on your own website or blog. Every time someone uses a coupon you’ll receive a portion of the bounty offered by the merchant.

* Referring new merchants to NOC – If you refer a new merchant to NOC you will earn commissions on every coupon that is used at that merchant for life.

Anyone can sign up as an affiliate of SFI for free and start promoting NOC straight away. SFI also provides merchant prospecting packs including professional postcards, letters and leaflets to attract new merchants. One good strategy is to look through your local newspapers for coupons, as businesses that are already using coupons are more likely to be interested.

The Cost of Nice Offers

NiceOffers.com is free to join for affiliates and free to use for consumers. It is also free for merchants to list their business and they need only pay a fee when a sale is made.

Disadvantages of Nice Offers

At the moment, although NiceOffers.com is an international opportunity and can be used by affiliates, consumers and merchants worldwide, the majority of the offers on the site at present are US focused. For example, at the time of writing there are only 3 UK offers on the site and 34 Canadian offers.

The marketing material also tends to be slightly more US focused, with 1-800 numbers.

How to Sign Up

Consumers and Merchants should visit https://www.niceoffers.com/8647031

Affiliates should visit https://www.ezinfocenter.com/8647031/MRA


About the Author:
Suzanne Morrison works from home on the internet full time. She is an affiliate of SFI and the webmaster of Business Ideas Online

Note: You can publish this article on your own website or blog and replace all the SFI affiliate IDs with your own. Please keep the about the author box intact.


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Friday, June 08, 2007

Review of Free Article Submitter Software by Brad Callen

With lots of expensive article submission software on the market, it's great to see some free submission software being released (although slightly ironic, since I just paid for some new article submission yesterday, can you believe it!).

The new free article submitter software has been released by Brad Callen, the author of SEO Made Easy and can be downloaded for free here.



Free Article Submitter Software - Click to Download


Install
The software is pretty straightforward to install - just click the download for free button, put your name and email address in a box and submit, then press the "click here to download" link to download and install your software. It installs in a few seconds and there is no need to restart your PC.
The download includes the software itself, which will submit your articles to up to 100 article directories, plus a user guide in PDF format. The user guide is a quick and easy read at 10 pages long, but it covers everything you need to know to use the software.

Adding Articles
The first thing you need to do is add an article that you want to submit to the directories by pressing the add article button. This is pretty straightforward and you just need to type in the article title, your name, email address, author bio and you can also add an email (autoresponder) for the article and a URL for the article. The last two aren't necessary as a small number of article directories ask for these.
Next you enter your article resource box in both HTML and non HTML (as some directories accept HTML and others don't). Be sure to put your keywords in the anchor text. You will also need to add the keywords for the article and an article description. Finally you enter the text of your article, first with no HTML and secondly with HTML. If you don't know HTML I would just stick to using a BR tag at the end of each paragraph and that will suffice.
All the article information was straightforward to enter and you can easily enter multiple articles by hitting the "Add an article" button, or edit existing articles using the "Edit Article" button. There's a nice drop down box where you can quickly select which article to submit if you have multiple articles.


Submitting Articles
At this point you are ready to start submitting your article and you just need to select the article directory from the list by double clicking on it. Note that many article directories require a login and if you are not a member of some of these article directories already you will need to create one. This is a very time consuming process, but remember that you only need to do this once, so the next time you submit an article it is much quicker. Article Submitter will save your login details for you so you don't need to remember them for your next article submission.
At this point it's just a case of logging into each of the directories and letting Article Submitter auto fill each of the boxes for you. usually you will have to select the article category yourself, but apart from that it's automatic. You should be able to whiz through the article directories very quickly, compared to doing it manually.


Pros
  • Free to use
  • Although the free version has only 100 directories, it doesn't expire and 100 is a good amount.
  • Easy install
  • Very easy to get started and simple to use
  • Looks nice :-) (there's a lot of ugly looking software out there)
  • Allows you to sort directories by Page Rank and Alexa Rank
  • You can sort directories based on whether or not they need a login
  • Keeps track of when you last submitted to a directory
  • Allows you to enter HTML and non HTML versions of articles and resource box
  • Upgrade to the full version which has over 600 directories is very reasonable at $67

Cons

  • Doesn't allow any automatic submission of articles (although this could be a pro for some people, who want to be sure to double check things before submitting).
  • Although I entered an HTML version, in some of the directoires which I knew accepted HTML, the non HTML version was used (e.g. Article Dashboard allows an HTML resource box, but the non HTML one was used)
  • Although I entered my non HTML version of the article with line breaks between each paragraph, in some of the directories e.g. Article Dashboard and Article City, the article that was entered had no line breaks whatsover
  • The last submission date is recorded for each article, which is good, but this is filled in when I visit the article directory, not when I submit the article.

The Verdict

If you don't already have an article submitter, this is a fantastic tool, which you can download free and start using straight away for your article submission. I recommend this for anyone who wants to speed up their article submission. Some of the cons listed above may put you off, but hopefully these are just initial teething problems will be sorted out.

The Competition

You can also read my reviews of:

Article Post Robot (favourite so far) and Article Announcer.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Review of the IAHBE (International Association of Home Business Entrepreneurs)

I have been a member of the International Association of Home Business Entrepreneurs(IAHBE) for 3 years now and have found it to be an invaluable resource for the latest home business related news, tutorials, tips sofware and books, as well as a great way to get your hands on a number of valuable books, audios and software for free!


IAHBE


The IAHBE was launched back in January 2002 and has thousands of members from all over the world.

I've put together a brief FAQ style review of the IAHBE so you can decide whether or not it is the right home business resource for you.

What are the benefits of an IAHBE membership?

The general benefit of the IAHBE is the huge wealth of information and resources for your home business. Your membership includes the following:

1) An Intropak worth over $1000
Everyone who joins the IAHBE receives a pack of information, gifts and discounts worth over $1000. At the time of writing this includes:
  • A free book "The Home Business Revolution's Greatest Entrepreneurs"
  • A free subscription to the Home Business Connection magazine
  • A free audio cassette "Underpaid and Overtaxed?"
  • Free 30 day trial of Affiliate Mastery
  • 15 Free Leads
  • Five books by Fortune Now author and world renowned business speaker and trainer, Tom "Big Al" Schreiter for the price of one
  • Generous Discounts on various other books, advertising, business cards and more

2) Access to the IAHBE Learning Center
This is a huge password protected collection of articles, audio tutorials, seminars, home business E-Books, software for PCs & Macs, marketing courses and various other tools to help you with your home business and it includes both US specific information and international information.

3) Freebies each month
The IAHBE membership also includes physical freebies each month. For example, this month the membership included a book worth $26 "The New Culture of Desire" by Melinda Davis and a year's subscription to the magazine "PC Magazine" worth $131!

Are there any drawbacks?

Although the majority of the resources in the IAHBE membership can be used by anyone regardless of their location, the free magazine subscriptions are generally only available to US residents and the free books have a higher shipping charge for those who are not based in the US. Despite this, there is still enough there for international members to make their membership worthwhile.

What is the cost?

The cost of the IAHBE membership is $29.95 per month. If you are a member of SFI this will also qualify you as an Executive Affiliate (EA) for the lifetime of your membership.

Are there any guarantees?

There is a 30 day money back guarantee. If you don't like what you see you can just cancel your membership within 30 days, no questions asked and receive a full refund.

How do I sign up?

Just visit IAHBE or become a member of SFI and purchase the IAHBE through the affiliate store.


IAHBE

About the Author: Suzanne Morrison is the webmaster of Home Business Ideas and is a successful work from home internet marketer.

Note - You may republish the above article in your blog, website or ezine provided you retain the "About the author box". You may replace all the IAHBE/SFI affiliate links with your own.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Day Job Killer Review

At the time of writing the E-Book Day Job Killer (DJK) is the top selling ebook in the Business to Business category in the Clickbank Marketplace.

The Day Job Killer is written by the same person who wrote Adwords Miracle and Affiliate Project X, which broke the Clickbank record for sales when it was released (selling over 6,000 copies in only 1 week). The reason for the huge success is simple: people who bought it and used his methods made money, so the success spread and went viral all over the internet.

So, with that in mind I decided to buy the book myself and find out what all the fuss was about...

First of all here is a summary of what to expect in the 69 page E-Book:

1) Techniques that are are "stolen" from real internet marketers and gurus who have been using them against the average affiliate. By learning these techniques you can beat these gurus at their own game.

2) Techniques described that are simple to learn. You don't have to be a computer genius or learn lots of new skills to use them to make big money in affiliate marketing.

3) Methods that have actually been tried and tested on 12 test subjects just to prove that the techniques will work for any affiliate, regardless of level of experience (the test subjects included newbies and advanced affiliates).

4) You don't have to be rich or have a lot of money to invest in order to start making money with the Day Job Killer techniques. You will learn tricks and short-cut ways of using Google Adwords to maximize your income while avoiding any potential losses in the process.

5) Some people find it far more beneficial to learn something by watching something visual rather than reading. With this ebook, you'll not only read about the techniques and how to copy them...but you can also see a sample video of it in action.

6) The Day Job Killer is written by a guy who himself was a struggling affiliate too, not so long ago. So the techniques are designed to be brutal towards the gurus, but devastatingly effective for the long-suffering affiliate to make fast, easy cash from the internet.

I read the book in around 2 hours, visiting some of the resources mentioned in the book and trying out some of the techniques as I went along. The majority of the methods don't require you to have your own website, nor do they require you to be an expert in any particular internet marketing techniques, but it would probably help to peruse the Google Adwords help pages prior to starting the book if you aren't already familiar with it.

A couple of weeks after reading the book for myself I have managed to profit from a few of the techniques mentioned in the book, by spending a couple of hours each week on it. Now it is just a case of duplicating my effort and doubling and tripling my profits.

Overall I was extremely happy with Day Job Killer. The book has paid for itself in the last couple of weeks just by me putting the techniques to good use. Often I buy ebooks and I am disappointed after finding that they don't live up to all the hype on the sales page, but I felt like this one contained some really good original information and I hadn't come across the majority of techniques used in the book before. Yes, there were one or two techniques that didn't seem quite ethical to me, so I don't think I will use them all, but all in all it has certainly opened my eyes!

As with most things, it will take some time and effort to read the book and apply the techniques, so don't buy it if you are just going to have a quick glance, hope for a miracle then let it gather dust on your hard drive :-)


Order Day Job Killer Here.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Review of the Home Income Team (HIT)

The Home Income Team (aka HIT) is a Free to join system created by Internet Marketer Michael Cobb and a good choice for those who are just starting out in Internet Marketing with a low budget, or for those who are looking to consolidate their downline building into one place.

It is essentially a free to join membership site which gives you access to a downline builder, a website builder and internet marketing training.

The downline builder includes premium business opportunities such as Global Domains (GDI), Success University and Empowerism; free to join affiliate programs such as Clickbank, The Second Tier and the Internet Marketing Center; plus a whole bunch of free to join and pro traffic exchanges. It's entirely up to you whether you'd like to join all these programs, a subset of them, or perhaps just the free to join programs.

The internet marketing training, otherwise known as "The HIT Success System" walks you through the steps you need to take to setup your downline builder, advertise effectively in traffic exchanges, build a list and use an autoresponder. There is also an excellent selection of marketing material for you to use including some great splash pages, banners and email advertisements.

In addition to this you have the option of building your own website using the free website builder tool. You can build your site very easily by just checking a few boxes and answering a few questions and the HTML will be generated for you at the click of a button. You can then choose to host this site anywhere you like, or use the GDI system recommended by HIT.

If you get stuck along the way there is also a very friendly HIT forum where members ask questions and help each other out.

Michael, the owner of HIT is very active at updating the site, and participating in the forum. Periodically he will also send out offers to all the members of HIT and may recommend products. The good thing about this is that he will use your affiliate ID (if you have entered it in the downline builder), so you will benefit from commissions from products purchased by any members of your downline.

Overall I think this is a fantastic site and it's definitely worth signing up and having a look to see what's on offer, especially since he isn't charging a penny for this!

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Review of Article Post Robot

Updated in June 2007

A while back I bought some software called Article Announcer and reviewed it on this blog. One of the drawbacks of Article announcer is that it is pretty expensive, costing over $300!

Article Announcer now has a few competitors on the market, one of these being Article Post Robot. I've just used this software to submit my latest article titled How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online. Article Robot is kinder on the wallet and is currently priced at $127. The question is, does it do what it says on the tin? And how does it compare to Article Announcer?

Unlike Article Announcer, Article Post Robot is a downloadable product, so once you've purchased it and your account has been created you can download it instantly. It doesn't come with any fancy videos, audios or polished user guides - there's just an 21 page PDF manual. The manual isn't written in perfect English, but it's pretty straightforward and tells you what you need to know quickly.

The software is easy to install and is supported by Windows 2000 and Windows XP. You'll also need Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher and you have to to download Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. I managed to install everything on my PC without any problems within a couple of minutes.

The User Interface for Article Post Robot is clean and simple and the product is very easy to use. There's a total of 501 Article Directories in the list. Some of the directories don't require a login, but most of the directories do. This is probably the most time consuming part of the article submission process, but is necessary regardless of whether you are using software or submitting manually. The good news is that you only need to do this once, for your first article. Article Post Robot lets you view the list of article directories and sort them by page rank or alphabetically. You can right click on any of the article directories and add login details or visit the directory in a new browser window. You can choose to select all 501 directories or manually select a subset of the directories. I decided to start with the directories that didn't require a login.

The next step is to enter the information about the article itself. I clicked on the Article Options tab and enter the article title, sub title, keywords, summary and choose up to 5 possible categories in order of preference. I then clicked on the Article Content tab and pasted in the actual content of the article in text format. Finally I clicked on the Author Options tab and entered my author resource box. You have the option of entering as many author resource boxes as you like, which is very useful.

Once you've set all the article details up and chosen which article directories you want to submit to you need to decide whether you want to submit to the directories manually or automatically. Being a bit cautious, I decided to submit manually to a few directories first. This was very straightforward - I just clicked on the "Next Article Site" button and Article Post Robot automatically filled out the article submission form with details of the article title, keywords, summary, article body, author resource box and catogory. Manual submission gives you that extra bit of control over your submission and allows you to change the category and check that all the details are correct before pressing the submit button to submit your article. Once I've submitted the article I just need to hit the "Next Article Site" button again and watch while Article Post Robot fills out the next article submission form. Everything worked perfectly and I didn't need to change any of the details that Article Post Robot filled out for me.

After about 15 manual submissions I decided to trust Article Post Robot to submit automatically for me. I stopped the manual submission and checked the automatic submission box. I then left my computer, made a cup of tea and watched some TV while Article Post Robot worked hard submitting my articles to the remaining directories. Once it was finished I just needed to check the log file to make sure that my article had been submitted to all the directories successfully.

The automatic posting feature of Article Post Robot is excellent! Unless you need the control to select a very precise category or to modify some of the fields manually there is no need to use the manual submission.

If you want to increase your article marketing success by submitting slightly different versions of each article, then Article Post Robot has a great new feature that helps with this. It allows you to have multiple versions of your article title, article summary, artice and resource box.

It also lets you have one copy of your article or resource box and put a choice of different words between curly brackets. Article Post Robot will randomly choose one of the words between each of the brackets {{{ and }}}.

A few days after I submitter my article a quick search in Google for "How to start a blog and make money online" revealed 747 results.

Article Post Robot also has the ability to send your article to article announcement lists and has a list of 53 lists to email your article to. Setting this up just involves adding information about your email server (SMTP) and hitting the start button.

Overall I would highly recommend Article Post Robot. It's easy to setup and use and will save you a huge amount of time when submitting your article to directories.

If you are debating whether to purchase Article Post Robot or Article Announcer, here are a few comparisons:


  • Price - Article Post Robot is almost a third of the price of Article Announcer
  • Number of Directories - Article Post Robot has around 50% more directories to submit too
  • Number of Announcement Lists - Article Post Robot has more than twice the number of Announcement lists
  • Number of Ezine Publishers - Article Announcer has the ability to send your article to over 100 ezine publishers. Article Post Robot doesn't have this facility
  • Features - Both of these software products have similar kinds of features, but there are a few differentiators. Article Post Robot has an automatic submission feature, whereas Article Announcer doesn't. Article Announcer has the ezine publisher submission feature, whereas Article Post Robot doesn't.
  • Ease of Use - I found Article Post Robot slightly easier to use. The automatic posting option also makes it faster.
  • Documentation - Article Announcer has better documentation, including videos and a polished user guide. It also comes with extensive audios on article marketing stratigies.

You can find out more about Article Post Robot here.





Article Post Robot



You can read the review of Article Announcer here.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Review of The Insider Secrets of an Ebay Millionaire


Review: "The Insider Secrets to Selling on eBay" by Derek Gehl and the Internet Marketing Center's Advanced eBay Mentoring Team

I've just finished devouring the brand-new "Insider Secrets to Selling on eBay" by Derek Gehl and his team of expert eBay PowerSellers, and I've got to tell you, it is by FAR the best system for making a life-changing income on eBay that I've come across!

For years, Derek's elite team of eBay PowerSellers have been working one-on-one with hand-picked students, teaching them how to build successful eBay businesses.

(Many of their students start making $1,000 to $10,000 a month in a matter of weeks! Just imagine the difference that kind of money could make in YOUR life.)

And for the first time ever, these expert eBay PowerSellers have agreed to let Derek put their proven eBay success system down on paper, so anyone can use it to claim their share of the incredible $158,000,000 spent on eBay every single day!

You'll discover top-secret eBay strategies on how to...

I'm talking about information like...



  • Where to find in-demand products that you can buy for cheap and resell for massive profits!

  • How to attract TONS of bids and make HUGE profits on every single auction you list!


  • How to CREATE stunning listings that grab the eyeballs of eager bidders!


  • How to easily rake in even MORE cash by establishing a glowing feedback rating!


  • How to eliminate 90% of all eBay headaches by setting up foolproof payment and shipping systems!


  • Techniques for driving 1,000s of qualified bidders to YOUR auction listings!


  • And much more!

And if you have an existing Internet business, they can show YOU how you can use your current business to tap into the 8,000,000 visitors who come to eBay every day!

I give this eBay profit system the highest rating possible!


This totally redesigned course includes a huge 339-page guidebook PLUS a comprehensive 6-disc Multimedia Action System...


... and contains every tip, strategy, and secret there is for getting started on eBay today, earning your first profit by tomorrow -- and making a life changing income of potentially $120,000 or MORE in your first year!


PLUS -- you'll have access to an exclusive Online Resource Center packed with additonal information, printable worksheets, and research spreadsheets you can customize to fit your own personal needs!

AND -- you'll get case studies and interviews with people just like you who've taken the leap and built their own successful eBay businesses... you'll get a Quick-Start Video Series that features Derek's eBay experts walking you through the basics of selling on eBay... and you'll get a huge library of tools, links, and resources that will save you time and make you money!

And if that's not enough, there's even an easy-to-follow guide to selling digitally delivered products and eBooks on eBay, including the resale rights to sell their very own eBook on eBay!

I strongly urge you to check out this all-new eBay profit-generating system as soon as possible! Click here for a FREE preview.

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Monday, July 11, 2005

Article Announcer Review

Writing articles is one of the best ways of promoting your website. Benefits include increased targetted traffic to your site, higher search engine ranking as a result of the increased backlinks and increased credibility. Have a look at my article How to use Articles to Boost your Online Presence if you want to understand more about the benefits of article writing.

One of the headaches of using articles for promotion is the time that it takes to distribute them to article directories and ezine publishers. It's easy to spend hours and hours finding article directories and ezine publishers, filling in all the forms on each of the websites using cut and paste and keeping track of which directories you have submitted to your article. I usually manage to submit to about 50 or so directories gradually over a period of a few days and then I end up getting bored and stopping there. I would rather spend my time doing something else! There are some services whom you can pay to distribute your articles for you, but I feel that the charges for these services are a bit steep if you are on a tight budget.

For this reason I felt pretty excited when I heard that Jason Potash was releasing a product called Article Announcer to automate the article submission process.

At $379, this would be the most expensive internet marketing purchase that I have ever made, but the thought that this could save me hours and hours of time was enough to convince me that it was worth it.

So on the day of release I went straight to the site and ordered the Article Announcer package, which consisted of 4 Audio CDs & a transcript of the CDs, the Article Announcer Software itself, a user guide and video tutorial.

I paid by paypal and received the goods just a few days later, despite the fact that I live in Scotland and it was being shipped from the US.

My first instinct was to install the software immediately, but I took the advice on the letter that came with the software and decided to listen to the "Article Blueprint" Audio CDs first and spent the next 5 car journeys to and from my work listening to Jason Potash and John Reese talk about everything under the sun related to writing articles.

I've been using articles to promote my websites for just over a year now, but I found the CDs really informative and although I already knew about a lot of the stuff they were talking about I definitely learned a few things that I didn't know about before. The CDs cover all the basics of writing articles plus how to get articles ghostwritten for you, the best ways and places to submit articles, what to put in your resource box, how to approach ezine publishers, search engine optimisation for articles, keyword density, writing a good headline, copyright issues, strategies for getting the most out of your article and lots lots more. If you've never done any promotion with articles before this will tell you everything you need to know. If you've done lots of article promotion in the past, this will reinforce what you already know and you'll probably learn a few new things too.

I've still got to watch the video tutorial to so I'll update this review once I've done so, but I have installed and started using the software so I can now get to the important part of reviewing the software.

The installation of the software onto my laptop (Windows XP) was quick and easy. I then used a "Download Latest Update" button to get the latest version.

The first thing I did after installing Article Announcer was to fill my "Company Info". This basically consists of my name, address, website URL, website name etc. I then filled in the name of my SMTP server, email address and login details to allow the software to send emails to announcement lists and ezine publishers on my behalf. You can also set up an optional "wait" period to avoid sending all your emails simultaneously.

Since I didn't have a new article I decided to use one of my old articles, but only submit it to places that I hadn't done so already. This was pretty straight forward. I just pressed the "New" button in the Article List view and entered my Article Title, Category, my name and email address, Article URL and autoresponder address, keywords, resource box, short description and the article itself. You basically enter all the information that you would normally enter when you submit your article to a directory.

You then go on to the "Article Submission" part. There is a list of almost 100 article directories, 21 Announcement lists and around 1000 ezine publishers

So far I have only used the Directory submission part and plan on using the ezine publisher submission and announcement lists submissions for my next new article. I'll make an update to this review once I've used these.

To submit to the directories you just need to go through the list and check the box beside all the directories that you want to submit to. For each directory you can look at the URL, name of the site, rating of the directory from 1-10 and comments about each directory. You can sort the list on any of these fields, delete any of the directories that you want to or even add your own directories to the list.

Once you've selected the relevant directories is just a case of pressing the submit button. You'll be taken to the correct page of each article directory in turn and Article Announcer will automatically fill in 95-100% of all the required fields, using the information that you entered earlier. It's just a case of reviewing the information to make sure that you are happy with everything then pressing the submit button. Once you've done that you press the "Submit Next Site" button and your off to the next directory. I managed to submit to around 40 directories in an hour, probably about 4 or 5 times faster than doing it by hand. I've also found a whole host of other directories that I never knew about before, so the article that I used is now submitted to 40 directories on top of the 50 or so that I submitted it to previously.

As I mentioned, I've not used the announcement lists or the ezine publishers list yet, but this will also save you heaps of time as the Article Announcer software will automatically send all your emails for you, once you've filled in the necessary templates. The list of Ezine publishers is pretty impressive and you can sort them by category as well.

I am very happy with my purchase, but since I work as a software developer by day, my review wouldn't be complete without making a few suggestions for future enhancements :-)

(1) For the benefit of those who have multiple websites on completely different topics e.g. internet marketing, travel, health etc it would be good to have multiple "views" within the software e.g. a view for my internet marketing articles, a view for my travel articles etc. I could then have different company information and different "Other Settings" rather than update these settings every time I want to write an article in a different area.

(2) The idea of additional "views" would also help when submitting articles to all the directories. Currently I have to review the list of article directories before I start submitting my article, just to make sure that I don't submit to a directory that doesn't cater for my topic. E.g. I don't want to submit my travel article to a home business article directory. I then check the boxes of all the articles that I want to submit to. None of this is saved and I can't just delete the article directories that I don't want to submit to as they may be relevant for another article that I wish to submit at a later date. Either extending the "views" concept to this or allowing the directories to be sorted based on the type of directory would save time.

(3) Currently if I skip a directory due to the site being unavailable, the checkbox beside that directory is then unchecked. This means that if I return to my article submitting the next day I can't see a list of the directories that I didn't manage to submit to. I know that it is one of the directories without a recent date in the "Last Submitted" box, but I'll have to read through the list of article directories again to find them.

In summary, this software is a MUST for anyone who wants to use articles to promote their website. You will quickly recoup the cost of the product as a result of the combination of the time that you save submitting articles and the extra traffic you receive by submitting your article to the comprehensive list of directories, announcement lists and ezine publishers.You can also read a review of a less expensive competing product called Article Post Robot here. This review includes a comparison with Article Announcer.



If you have any comments on my review or want to add your own experiences, please feel free to submit a comment to my Blog!

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