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FREE Coaching for a C# Developer

24-Nov-11

I just invested in a Windows server, and I’m looking for a C# developer to teach me .Net for web development. I like to learn by doing and asking questions, in that order, so I am bartering.

My offer is to teach you how to make money online from home, in exchange for your expert tutelage in Windows web development. You will teach me by helping me to develop a website, and I will teach you by actually helping you make cold-hard-cash.

Interested parties should contact me, and quickly because I only need one tutor. This is a remote tutoring opportunity, and you have to be available by email and Skype chat. Maybe later on a phone call or two.

CPA (Cost Per Action) and the Facts

17-Nov-11

Cost Per Action, also known as CPA is all about conversions. I have discussed CPA in the past on this blog, and I would like to get into more detail here and now for those of you looking to make a long-term residual income.

Timelines from placement to action

The thing about cpa is that it is tricky to make money with if you have no previous experience with it. I am always excited about getting people into cpa, and sometimes get crazy about it when talking about how it works. Just ask Alex Whalley who I introduced a few months back to this wonderful world.

CPA is something I love because it allows me to make good chunks of money with little effort. How you say? Ok, I did warn you that it is hard to make money from with no experience, but when you do have that experience, it is easy as a $10 hooker on a crack withdrawal.

First, you will of course need to setup some niche sites. That’s CPA-101. Without niche sites, you aren’t being all you can be. But you don’t have to have niche sites in order to make money with CPA. I will discuss this more down the road ( I don’t want you skipping out on me early ).

Marketing a CPA niche site

For me, I love the fact that Google is my bitch when it comes to seo. I have been doing seo since 1994 back when Google wasn’t nearly as great as Yahoo!. Unfortunately, this won’t be the case for a bunch of you. So it’s important to get the basics down when it comes to seo.

You can learn more about search engine optimization with these handy articles…

That should be enough to get you started.

Google CPA (Cost Per Action) And The FactsYou will find that seo is vital to your long term cpa strategy. It’s not important to rank for every possible term in your niche, but it’s mighty handy to rank for a few good terms. If this blog were a cpa niche site, I would bank off of it with cpa more than I do. That’s because I get tons of traffic from Google’s natural organic rankings. It’s mostly because I have hundreds of articles on this blog which accumulated over it’s lifetime.

SEO is NOT your solution to short term cpa success! Let me explain…

If you just got into cpa and you are looking to rack up the $$$$$$ right now, you want to push social media sharing like you would push an old Pinto out of traffic. Here’s why I love social networks for cost per action campaigns…

The great thing about social media is that I don’t even need a website to promote my cpa offers. I can create a shortened link, and then have it ‘retweeted’ or ‘liked’ over and over. If you engage on Twitter regularly, you probably have a great solid network that will tweet any message you ask them to. The more friends you have with thousands of followers equals free traffic to your cpa offer.

Not using Twitter? Well you are slacking, and you probably shouldn’t be doing cpa in the first place. Again, this is CPA-101 stuff.

ADS come in all sizes

Are you cheap? I hope not. The next thing I want to discuss is all about ad campaigns. I am not talking about adwords or some other ppc/cpm medium. I am talking about utilizing ad networks like BuySellAds in order to drive traffic to your offers.

On BuySellAds.com, there are tons of websites you can list your banner ad on. Locate a few in your niche or a related niche, and submit your banner to them for a small price. If your ad cost $25 per month to place, and you made $3-4 per action, you only need a few actions in order to cover the cost.

This tactic may take a few tries to get right, but when it happens, you will know it.

Setup Offers on Your Blog

If you have an established blog like mine, you can create an offers page and direct readers there. If you have an seo blog, you can promote MaxBounty links for seo software. If you have a health and diet blog, guess what?! They have offers for that!

I don’t have an offers page on my blog only because I focus more on driving traffic to my consulting services, and other items that make up a good majority of my income from blogging.

CPA is Your Friend

If you haven’t gotten excited about CPA yet, you suck. But if you have, what’s your experience with it? What do you plan to do with it? Let me know below!

Websites for Sale Now Listed on This Blog

17-Nov-11

I just created a new page under the services button, where I will be listing websites for sale. These are turnkey websites, and are priced to sell.

You can find the latest listed websites at http://www.brandonconnell.com/service-bartering/websites-for-sale/

The first website I posted is a lead generating website for the moving industry. If you have a moving company, this would be perfect for you. If you run a lead sales company, this website will be perfect for you.

Check out the page and keep it bookmarked, as new websites will be listed there regularly.

OIOPublisher Coupon Code for $10 Off

15-Nov-11
  • How would you like to get the BEST ad manager in the business?
  • How would you like to save $10 in the process?

I have a coupon code for OIOPublisher in the month of November, 2011. Use this code at checkout.

Code: CRINGLE-TINKLE

If you are unfamiliar with OIOPublisher, let me tell you this. The sponsor ads I have on my site are managed by it. OIOPublisher takes care of everything for you in an automated way, and allows you to generate revenue for your sites.

The cool thing about this script is that it’s not only a WordPress plugin, but a standalone script. This means that you can use it on your static niche websites as well! Or perhaps you want to use it on your oscommerce website? No matter what, you can have total control over your ads and their placements on your website.

The OIOPublisher script also supports various payment options. These include:

  • PayPal
  • AlertPay
  • Authorize.Net
  • 2Checkout
  • Google Checkout
  • EntreCard
  • and offline payment methods.

Don’t hesitate to grab this OIOPublisher script and plugin, and save $10 bucks at the same time!

Click on the banner below or click on the word OIOPublisher to buy the ad manager, and don’t forget to use the coupon code CRINGLE-TINKLE.

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Hostgator Coupon Code for 25% Off

15-Nov-11

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If you don’t currently have a hostgator account, now is the time to sign up!

With my coupon code below, you get 25% off!

I have been with hostgator for awhile now, and the support is the greatest out there for a hosting company. In addition, a business account has unlimited domains, bandwidth, space, you name it for under 20 bucks! You really can’t beat that.

Before I give you my coupon code, let me tell you why hostgator is necessary. Any serious affiliate marketer or blogger is going to want to play with various income methods. A lot of the time, this involves setting up niche sites. It can be very costly to setup multiple websites with any other hosting company.

In addition to saving money, the ease of use for many of you will be well worth sign-up. The administration of your hosting account will allow you to install various scripts such as wordpress, oscommerce, drupal, and many others with the click of a button.

Head enough? Ok. I will give you my coupon code now.

Use: BCON25HOST while signing up, and you will get 25% off your already low price!

To go to hostgator, simply click on the banner image, or click on the word hostgator.

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Free Web Template: Bold N Blue

14-Nov-11

This is a very simple web template in PHP, and includes a contact form on the contact page. To change the email address that the contact form submits to, simply change the email address in the contact.php page from yourname@youremail.com to your real contact email.

The template includes the PSD source file for the logo, and the font.

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Pages include: Home, About Us, Contact, and Services. The template has a global navigation and footer link file. That means you can easily add new nav links and footer information on the entire site by editing a single file for that area.

Download Free Web Template: Bold N Blue

Tips for Establishing Partnerships With Clients

10-Nov-11

I decided to write this today because I was recently ripped off by a client who was also a partner of mine. I am not identifying the client here by name because I have pending legal action against them. But I want to share my experience so that you can avoid having similar issues in the future.

HOW I become a partner

Back in early July of 2011, I was engaged for seo services by someone on Craigslist. I was told that if I was good at seo, then he wanted to hear from me. We proceeded to correspond through email, then setup a phone call.

In the phone call, this co-partner in the company promised me 10% of all future sales when the site became established. I told him that it’s a brand new website, and could take awhile to start selling products, so I would need to be compensated a minimal monthly fee on the front end in the meantime. He agreed.

My mistake was that I never got the agreement in writing. It was 100% verbal. While that is binding in court, the client is now denying that the agreement ever took place. This is not stopping me from suing him for defrauding me out of thousands of dollars in fees that he would have been charged if I wasn’t a “partner”.

HOW I was ripped off

My most recent invoice to the client was ignored on the due date. This wasn’t the first time though. the previous 2 months, the client waiting a week or more each time before he paid the invoice. I started smelling something fishy at that time, because he previously paid on time every invoice.

This time, 2 days after the invoice was due and payable, the client emails me late at night and tells me that he hired 4 more people to take on the seo from here forward. He told me that my services were no longer needed.

When I received this email, needless to say I was surprised that:

  1. He no longer needed me. There was no previous discussion that he was considering leaving my services.
  2. He made no mention that I was getting any compensation for his cancelling of our agreement.
  3. He assumed that because he was no longer using me, that he didn’t have to pay an existing outstanding invoice in the amount of $400. (I would have charged him $1,000 per month for the amount of work rendered if I was not a 10% stake partner in the business).

It’s no surprise to you that I responded to his message and demanded additional information, as well as explaining that his invoice was due and payable. There were 2 issues at stake here.

  1. I did not get paid for my current invoice.
  2. You can’t just walk away from a partnership without compensating the partner.

The client refused to respond to 2 emails requesting a conversation, and multiple invoice reminders. It was on the 5th day of being late, and 3 days after him breaching our agreement that I decided to send him a final notice to respond or I would have to get my attorney involved.

He finally responded… which I knew he would at that point. He claimed that I was a work-for-hire, and he was not satisfied with my results. Mind you that I not only performed as agreed, but also got him tons of top 10 rankings which he did not have on a brand new website (which I can prove in court), along with many traffic sources and backlinks which are showing up in Google’s index on a daily basis.

Regarding his new “seo resources”, I advised him that they added a reciprocal links page which is now damaging his website. He did not need the reciprocal links, as he has many one-way backlinks and growing, and reciprocal would take away from his PageRank and bleed to whomever he is linking to.

The client now owes me $3,400 which includes the amount I would have charged for my services, plus the existing outstanding invoice. In addition, because he refused to settle, I am pursuing damages and legal fees which will likely go into the 6-digit range…. all because he refused to pay me an exit fee of a minuscule $3,400 fee.

HOW you can avoid being ripped off by a client

When you decide to go in for a percentage, make sure you not only charge a minimal fee monthly to ensure the client is “serious”, but also make sure you get something in writing.

You do NOT need a written contract. You can simply type up the terms of the arrangement in an email, and require him to respond with “agreed” in the body all while leaving the original text in the reply. This will be a serious plus for you when compiling evidence.

If you are like me, and you didn’t get this agreement in writing, then you are still in luck. You can compile all of the “proof” that you not only performed according to their expectations, but beyond by providing evidence that they have the many top 10 rankings, or whatever other work you performed. Make sure you go to court with enough paperwork to make the judge and jury blush. That’s what I;m going to do, and it’s going to be fun…

How Would You Like FREE Advertising?

31-Oct-11

Let’s get straight to the point. I have been busy writing books, and selling them. My most successful platform for selling ebooks is through Amazon.

My latest project is a book of interviews from the top “work at home” gurus out there, and some of the lesser known ones. Here’s where you come in…

You have a chance to be in my next book!

I am compiling a list of at least 40 people that are successful working at home, with no other job to provide their main source of income. If you are currently working from home and making your entire income this way, then you are someone that I want to talk to.

Your story will be included in a large ebook with some top names in the business. You will receive a link with your interview in the ebook, which will drive traffic your way as well.

Interested? Tell me your basic story in 1,000 words or less via my contact form. If I am interested in hearing more, I will contact you and arrange an interview.

My timeline for completing this book would be one month from now preferably. You will receive a review copy of the book when it’s complete.

Creating a Successful E-Magazine

20-Oct-11

1204769 isolated blank magazine  2 Creating a Successful E MagazineOver 1,000 new print magazines are created every year. Out of those, less than 5% actually make it past the first year, and 1% make it beyond that and become successful. All the rest close up shop with a loss.

It takes at least $15,000 to get the first issue out to stands, regionally or nationally. Chances are, you won’t make a profit from that first issue. As a matter of fact, it can take a magazine a year before they turn a profit.

With those statistics, its no wonder why many people choose to publish exclusively online these days. I am one of the people that actually plan on starting a print magazine on marketing. But I am a special case.

What makes emags the way to go?:

  • The cost – It’s much cheaper than print magazines.
  • The publishing – It’s much easier and faster to publish content.
  • The marketing – While I always recommend using paid advertising, it’s really easy to drive tons of traffic to an online magazine.

E-Publishing Makes Sense

I am a believer that print magazines will be around for a long time. An iPad or Kindle is simply no substitute for that glossy paper running through your fingers. But there are many good reasons why you will want to go with a web-based magazine instead.

First off, its much cheaper. Starting an e-mag costs 10 bucks per month for hosting with hostgator, 10 bucks per year for a domain through godaddy, and some of your valuable time spent creating and promoting content.

You can get some pretty good subscription plugins using the wordpress platform, and have a money making magazine fairly quickly.

Print editions have massive costs:

  • The content is usually created by employees who have to do lots of research before it reaches newsstands. Employees are expensive.
  • The printing costs themselves are pretty much out there…
  • Mailing to subscribers is a hefty expense.
Print editions have more work:
  • It takes a lot more research for print because the laws are quite different. Freedoms are less free when it comes to print.
  • Contacting and managing advertisers is a job in itself. On top of that, you have to get graphics approved before the print date.
  • Print requires a larger marketing budget in order to get a minimum 100,000 subscriber base which attracts national advertisers – the same amount of subscribers can be had in e-mags with totally free marketing methods.

E-Mags Are Easy

1290864 ethernet cable Creating a Successful E MagazineConsider the fact that I am writing this entire article from my Blackberry as proof that’s its easy to publish content on the web.

With a print magazine, you will spend a lot of time researching content, placing it with graphics and layouts, and trying to get all of the advertisers setup in time for the printing.

With an e-mag, you simply write and publish articles, have contributors looking for exposure help with content, and have an automated advertising system in place like with the oiopublisher plugin for wordpress (which is also standalone for non-wordpress sites).

The Key To Successful E-Magazines

Just like blogs, e-mags require you to choose a niche. With magazines, its actually more important to take this step and drill it down. Consider what you want to write about and stick to it!

Your niche will eventually make your magazine stand out because its going to become the industry mouth for all things relevant in that chosen niche. Its what makes your magazine worth reading. Just because you are drilling down to a niche doesn’t mean it has to grow old and boring. Many topics can be written about within your chosen niche. Everything from industry news, to reviews, to opinions can be written about.

Are you starting an online magazine?

If you are on my blog, then I know you either own a blog or are starting one. But are you interested in starting an online magazine? Do you already have one? What experience or questions do you have?

Tell us below!

Cemented Pitch, Blackberry Theme

09-Oct-11

CPhome Cemented Pitch, Blackberry ThemeJust last week, my two new themes for Blackberry were published on App World. They are Cemented Pitch for Facebook, and Cemented Pitch for Twitter. These themes were created because I wanted to have Facebook integrated into my home screen of my Blackberry 9800 Torch, because the regular notifications sucked ass. With Cemented Pitch, you have your latest 4 notifications on the home screen, underneath your 6 most important icons.

I created Cemented Pitch for Twitter for those of you that are addicted to Twitter as much as I am Facebook. I also use Twitter, but not daily like I use Facebook. As an internet marketer, both social networks are very important to me.

Both themes are $1.99 a piece, and are that low of a price because I haven’t yet designed custom icons for them. I am doing that now though, and will be upgrading the themes soon. When I upgrade the themes, they will cost more. If you are going to buy it while it is at this low price of $1.99, you will get the FREE UPGRADE when I publish it!

bbhmscreen Cemented Pitch, Blackberry ThemeNOTE: The screenshots here don’t do the theme justice at all. The theme is actually a bit lighter, and has a custom background on the home screen, and another on the apps screen.

The bad thing about the regular Facebook and Twitter apps are that they show a notification on top with the logo, but you don’t get to see what the notifications are about.

Cemented Pitch shows you who is sending the message, chat, invite, or whatever right there on your home screen. I hate opening up the apps just to get this basic information!

This integration uses the actual official Facebook and Twitter apps. It just makes them prominent on your Blackberry home screen so you can save yourself some time from having to check who sent what. After-all, we all need to borrow some time back from our Crackberry icon wink Cemented Pitch, Blackberry Theme

Cemented Pitch for Facebook

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Cemented Pitch for Twitter

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