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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

New Website Address

osWorld - I won't be posting on Blogger anymore. Obviously need to update the new site (in terms of functionality and look), but I'll do that as and when.

Blogger -> Wordpress

OK, I made the executive decision to swap from Blogger to Wordpress. Domain Name is registered and hosting is set up. Next up is to wait for DNS to resolve, then I will play with Wordpress (I have very little experience of theming WP) for a while to get a layout that I like. Then I'll attempt to import all the posts and comments from here into my new WP set-up. That should be fun. I expect to have it completed sometime next week. In the meantime, I shall be looking for a WP theme (I can't be bothered to create my own) - anyone know of a good looking theme repository. Don;t mind if it's free or paid-for. Ta.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Anonymous Comments

Due to silly people who would rather play games than post properly, I have enabled comment moderation. Anonymous comments will simply not be shown, unless those comments include your name or URL.

Google Referrals - More Options

If you haven't already noticed, here's a heads-up that Google has introduced "text link" links for the referral programs (adwords, adsense, firefox). So now you can have inline links that llok like a normal link. As an example of inline text: - it's a great internet explorer that's twice as good as Internet Explorer and three times as good as sliced bread. Here's how the "wizard" looks: Basically choose the text you want to use, then copy/paste the javascript into your page. What could be simpler? Nice one Google!

Keyword Avalanche Forum appears to be open again

I just found out that Keyword Avalanche Forum appears to be open for new people - I don't know how long it'll stay like that for though. Scroll to the bottom of the sales page and click the credit cards, this should take you through to Paypal at $57 per month. In recent weeks I've found that Keyword Avalanche has been of less use to me, I think that this is because I have now (after 8 months) read the whole of the forum). There is an interesting ongoing thread entitled "What Do You Want From Your KA Membership?" in which everyone is encouraged to post what they would like to see more of (or less of!)...

I still highly recommend the site and service, but will temper that by saying that you will probably have a 6 month shelf-life (unless some changes happen based on peoples wants and needs)...
I recommend that you sign up if you have at least a passing interest in AIS niche building. Not for the actual product (Keyword Lists), but for the Forum itself. Link: Keyword Avalanche Forum

Monday, April 24, 2006

Blogger just gets crapper and crapper

I've not been able to post for the last 4 days. I'm about to move to a Wordpress set-up I think, as I read that WP 2 has a good blogger->Wp converting script...

Viral Instigator - avoid this one!

Viral Instigator is a new service set up by an australian based entrepreneur named Peter Drew. It basically allows you to set up hundreds or thousands of Blogger Blogs (and lately it's own blog system) easily and quickly. You can then use these blogs with the likes of RSS2Blog to post to in order to build up a Blog Farm quickly and easily. They also offer an upgrade service so that anyone who does not own a Blog posting tool such as RS2b can pay extra to have their blogs populated by Viral Instigators "Internal Posting Service". Anyway, I was intrigued to find out more so decided to sign up. Not really for the purpose of using the service, but more to provide ancilliary services such as templates - and to find out more about the type of people who use these services. Anyway, I signed up using Paypal on 28th March. The terms of service: $50 non-refundable set-up fee and $59 each month. OK, so far. Paid up via the site and then... nothing. No thank you email, no email with log-in details. Absolutely nothing except for the Paypal receipt. I waited a few days then sent email to the Paypal address that I signed up to. No reply. As Peter Drew is a member on Keyword Avalanche, I then contacted him through the Private Message system to let him know that I had signed up but had not received any emails from him. He obviously looked into it, as I shortly began receiving mail from him, but not the important details about my account! I then took it upon myself to cancel the paypal payment myself. To cut a long story short, he refunded the monthly payment, but will not refund the $50 set up fee. This even though my account was never set up. Problems: 1. There is no forum for the product. 2. There are no published email addresses to get in contact. 3. The "helpdesk" will only help people who have been sent log in details. 4. The owner seems to talk the talk when it comes to sales, but not walk the walk when it comes to customer service. My view: avoid this one - however, there are many people within the Keyword Avalanche Forum who use and like the program. Link: Viral Instigator

Thankfully not all Australians are as poor at customer service as this bunch => my Kath & Kim DVD's turned up in less than 72 hours. Look at moiye, look at moiye.
Having said all this, this type of tool does look to be quite useful if you are into creating many hundreds of sites with least amount of effort. I am considering going straight to Paypal to dispute the service offered. However, they did say the $50 was non-refundable, and even though I consider them to be 100% at fault (ie, take a set-up fee, then set up nothing) there's really no way I am entitled to that $50 back.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The beauty of being self employed

One of my friends called me up earlier - I hadn't seen him for a couple of years. We just spend a nice couple of hours in a nice country pub having a bite to eat and a couple of pints. Catching up on old times and so on. It was nice, and this is the beauty of being self employed (particularly in the AIS field) - you can just take off whenever you like without having to worry about what your employer will say or earning money etc etc. I highly recommend not working ;)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Article Miner is closing it's doors

A few months ago I spoke of the need to use articles on AIS sites, and recommended a program called "Article Miner". I usually use articles that I have purchased which are known as PLR articles - this type of article allows you to change the text and add your own attributions. The other type of article is the type that "Article Miner" scans through and presents in a good format ready for use on AIS sites. These are the type of articles found at the likes of articlecity and ezinearticles (amongst others)... I have just learned that Article Miner is closing it's doors to new customers as of May 1st. If you did not already purchase it, now is the time to do so. Link: Article Miner

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Emails received on Easter Monday

Hello I'd like to have one UNIQUE NPB TEMPLATES! Please tell me the price for 1 Unique templates. Thanks bye
A few hours later
And today
My reply
Impatient people I have no time for people who cannot understand that the world does not revolve around what they want. I'd prefer to lose a $500 deal than have to do work for people like this.

Adsense as time goes by

I was working out a few figures over the weekend, and started delving into my Adsense history. Basically I am still making progress, though this has been halted in recent months as I've been working on product AIS sites rather than Adsense based sites. Still, it's interesting to view some figures: March 2005 Adsense Earnings: $29.14 Daily Average: $0.94 March 2006 Adsense Earnings: $824.40 Daily Average: $26.60 Over the course of 12 months, I increased my Adsense earnings 28-fold. This is due to a number of factors; ~ I have more sites which have adsense on. ~ I have honed the way that these sites show adsense. Had I been more willing to build many hundreds of sites, I know I would have been earning much more by now. My next aim is to build a network of good content sites which will carry adsense and a product to sell.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Extra Monetization Methods for AIS Sites

Whether you are an old AIS'r or a new person to this world, you'll most likely have realised that you need to give your sites extra income streams over and above Adsense. There are many ways to do this, I've found that writing eBooks is one good method. Only problem is that an eBook takes a lot of time to research and write. I ended up paying someone £99 (about $180) to write me one eBook to suit one of my sites, as I did not have the time or inclination to do it. Anyway the point of this message is to make you all think about what would happen if your Adsense account was terminated tomorrow - would your sites survive ? By adding extra monetization streams you can go some way to at least make your sites viable whilst you look for an Adsense replacement. Here's the pitch Get 8 eBooks with Resell & Rebrand Rights - the first 3 are downloadable immediately, 1 will be available next week, and the remaining 4 will be available next month. The seller is limiting this to 250 sales, so if you are after a very easy income stream to add to your sites, have a look! There are also some nice extras such as articles, a guide showing how the author make niche sites, sales letters and so on. It's good value! I've bought the package and can tell you that the eBooks are very well written - it would be worth you spending an extra hour on each to customise them to your liking, but once done, you'll have a nice little earner. I can tell you that eBooks (in general) sell very well! If you would like to see an eBook before you purchase, please feel free to buy an example eBook from the pack; The Natural Dog eBook Every day thousands of people do things to their puppy that they think are GOOD for their puppy – and the vet says so too! Then when their pup gets horribly sick they find out the hard way just how wrong they were...

This is payable via Paypal at just $5, and is instantly downloadable (for verified Paypal buyers). If you go onto to purchase the full eBook pack through my affiliate link, I will refund the cost of the eBook you bought directly from me (so long as your order shows in my login of course!). Can't say fairer than that! Please note that I have not modified the text in this eBook at all, so it is exactly as supplied in the download...if I was building a true site, I would pretty the eBook up by adding in pictures, pretty borders and so on. I would also create a Box Cover to use on my sales page as this has been proved to increase the buying ratio. Affiliate Link: 8 eBooks with Resell & Rebrand Rights