Friday, 22 October 2010

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Thursday, 15 July 2010

Get more signups with team builds - but be choosy

I have been enjoying a rush of new GDI signups in recent days with a couple of team building sites I joined.

There are a lot of websites around that claim to help you build an income with GDI but many of them have a basic problem that could get them into serious trouble with GDI if they aren't careful. The reason for this is simple. The ones I joined are both happy to take me on and put my existing GDI username into the 'back office' for my site to be advertised in rotation.

However, other teams require you to do one of two things.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

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Saturday, 10 July 2010

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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

New Looks!

If you are one of my regular followers or an occasional visitor, don't be surprised if the blog looks different every time you visit for a while. Aliens have not taken over. Blogger has introduced a new template customizer and I am experimenting with all the myriad new looks to choose from.

Now, back to business. Still looking for and finding nice little earners. Now here's a suggestion for you. Pick a couple of them, maybe MyLikes (if you have at least 50 Twitter followers) and Readbud. Watch your earnings rack up, maybe wait for a payday. Then instead of frittering your money away on treats, use them to go into a paid program. I'm suggesting GDI because it is relatively cheap and reliable. You could equally choose VWD (e-lottery) if it is legal where you are, or Sendoutcards or whatever other paid program you happen to be promoting.

Your aim should be to get your prospects into a solid business with a REAL product or service, of value to them personally, that they will stay in for the forseeable future, not a fly-by-night matrix or cycler.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Sweeving to success

Continuing from my last post when I talked about a number of 'little earners', it's all been going hunky-dory. MyLikes - the Twitter advertising moneymaker, is proving very popular, and people are signing up every day as well as clicking on my ads, but that has a lot to do with some new methods of promotion.

Swom is certainly one of them. Everytime I check my SWOM dashboard, there are people who want to connect with ME and I have made it a habit to choose a couple of their contacts to request connections with.  From those connections have come some signups and also some budding friendships and business relationships.

One of those is with a guy called Mark Gartrip. Mark has written a book which kind of follows on from the ideas I had already latched onto in 'The Secret', but it develops the ideas into something far more self-empowering. Mark is keen to get the book into an ebook format, something I know a little about and to find new ways to market it. For the moment you can buy 'How to Fix your life' in hard copy format - highly recommended reading, and you can test drive the first two chapters here on Mark's blog.

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Thursday, 3 June 2010

A Little from a Lot have a bunch of really brilliant free-to-join opportunities which are not taking off as much as I thought they would do. The reason is, that on the surface they don't look like they are going to make millions for you. This post explains why you have to look at the bigger picture.

In one case, Geostring, you are only making just $0.01 from every person who signs up with you, but it goes down a massive TEN levels! Plus you do have to wait a while to get the payback. Just stop and think about it and use the calculator on the site to work out your returns if you only sign up 3 and they only sign 3 and so on - I promise you, it is STILL massive - so don't ignore it please, it takes a moment to join and so easy to explain to potential referrals.

Three of the other opportunities revolve around Twitter, one way or the other, Two - RevTwt and Twivert are straightforward ad tweeters, You get an email or go on the site to receive the ads they want you to tweet and you are paid per click, They also pay for referrals, Yes, the revenue looks tiny, but you have to think in terms of how much per month you earn from each one.

The latest Twitter-related opportunity I've found also works with Facebook, blogs and websites, MyLikes gives you a 'menu' of opps and services to choose from and, different to RevTwt and Twivert, YOU get to talk about the products in your own words. MyLikes also pays per click and in some cases per TWEET at a much higher rate and for referrals, What is so nice about it is that it pays WEEKLY and you only have to accumulate $2 to get paid, by Paypal, so a $4 referral will guarantee, straight away, that you'll be paid that week.

Then, there are paid-to-read like Readbud and paid to click like Clicksense, Neobux, Wordlinx  and Cashium - in the last 3 you can rent referrals to help you earn, this can pay off, but keep an eye on the stats. It is certainly working with Neobux. In the others I have a small but loyal following of referrals who click regularly. You could make $3-$4 overall daily just while you drink your first cup of tea in the morning.

Then there are my mystery shopping trips and online surveys. Once again, you have to be diligent, do all the jobs you are offered and look at what you are getting per month. I wrote about the companies I work for on Squidoo - the mystery shopping ones are UK, and ROI, but you only have to google where you are to find similar ones, Some of my survey companies like Toluna and Lightspeed are international, others are UK. Some pay and some don't and some take the mickey by getting a load of data from you then telling you that you 'don't qualify' for the survey. Ciao is particularly bad in this respect and when you do qualify, you get peanuts so don't bother with them, I've also taken part in focus groups on and offline which have paid travel expenses and as much as £30 for participation, through these same companies.

Taken together, the mystery shops and the surveys usually pay my grocery bill and my gas and electricity which are, for the moment on rechargeable key-meters. If I reach a payout threshold on the surveys (and one, Pinecone pays me separately for each one) I might also get £10 or so in Paypal, or as an Amazon voucher which, for an avid reader is most welcome. Valued Opinions include paper vouchers for John Lewis stores in its reward scheme - these also work in Waitrose supermarkets.

What I am really getting at here, is that even though what you are getting from these activities on their own, may look tiny and not worthwhile, you don't have to spend much time and effort each month on all of them together to accumulate a sum worth having. So, if the rewards look tiny to begin with, don't overlook these little earners, regard them as part of a bigger picture of online rewards. Look at my previous posts too, for more free-to join moneymakers.

Finally, I want to tell you how I came to write this post. I've been reading Rhonda Byrne's book 'The Secret'. This is a self-help book that NO online marketer can be without. It totally transforms your attitude to life, to relationships and moneymaking and is the basis of all those other 'attraction marketing' e-books you may have seen or read. The contributors to 'The Secret' go back hundreds of years. They all knew the power of saying 'Thank you' and being grateful for small things in your life, as a step on the way to greater achievements. Please, click on the link and buy 'The Secret' and you will understand. It is just a few dollars and you WILL thank ME for the rest of your life.

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Thursday, 27 May 2010

More little ways to free cash

Apart from Geostring which is ticking along nicely, I have found a couple of other good moneymakers this week.

Of course I have been Tweeting about them a lot and I have learned a very neat trick to get my tweets noticed. What you do is to look at the 'trending topics' list in your Twitter sidebar. See if there are any topics that you could use in a tweet that would connect in anyway with your marketing message.

For instance, I found a hashtag #Yougottaloveitwhen. I used this in a tweet about Sendoutcards and hey presto, just minutes later, someone visited my SOC website and signed up for a free gift account - if they like the service - which of course they will, they can simply buy more points and postage on the site to convert the gift account to a retail account, or that could be the start of a new distributor on my team - see the power of watching hashtags?

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Found on SWOM!

I've been making loads of new contacts in the few days I have been on SWOM, and the requests to be a 'connection' keep on coming.

Took a step sideways today to check out some of these new acquaintances and found a really great and genuinely helpful blog.

Penny Cannon is a Brit, she lives in Devon and her blog is called 'Wiggies Warren'. Apart from a VERY comprehensive writeup on SWOM, she talks about getting a nasty PC virus and how she fixed it. I am currently owner of a virtually dead laptop. I'd been all through the steps that Penny mentions and was on the point of giving up and wondering when I was going to be able to buy a new lappy, plus wondering about getting my files off it. It seems there is hope, so will try Penny's suggestion and see if it works.

There is a lot of other information on the blog making it a great resource for any Internet Marketer.
A definite thumbs up and recommendation.

Wiggies Warren

Monday, 10 May 2010

Congratulations Squidoo - you listened

After all my moaning about it here and on Squidu, the Squid Forum, the home page has finally been fixed. There are still some anomalies, but I think it may be a timing issue - at some times of day, you can look at the Top 100 lens list, then when you look at one of the lenses, it may have a ranking above 100.

Along with some other angry Squids, I have been making war on 'live streaming' sports lenses that link to spammy blogs, and sometimes worse - to a page that tries to sweet talk you into giving them your email address for 'offers' then you find you are expected to PAY for an offer before you get access to the live video.

It's been a kind of busy week elsewhere, what with the UK election  and doing a lot of mystery shopping or accompanying a friend on his mystery 'shop' excursions, two free meals thanks to our market research company Retaileyes, a good curry and a trad. Sunday roast lunch. More about mystery shopping here.

I have a blog post to create over on 'Angry Button' before I release this one, so do please hop across and read that one too. Right now I need a cup of tea and a think about which of several subjects on the drawing board will emerge as the next lens. I note that I didn't publish a link to the last one about Noah's Ark being found in Turkey - an experiment which proved that my theory about watching Google trends and Twitter trending topics actually works.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Squidoo progress and why not

I've been pretty busy during the last couple of months creating lots of new Squidoo lenses. It's been hard work and to be honest the income so far has been disappointing. Only one of my lenses has really taken off, and I am becoming a bit disillusioned with some of the ways that Squidoo works.

For example, the Top 100 and the lenses on the front page. The Squidoo home page is supposed to reflect the Top 5 in each category. Most of the time it doesn't. I've posted in the forums about this and had no satisfactory answers from those who are in a position to do something about it.

If the lenses that WERE displayed were representative of the high quality work you can find on Squidoo, I wouldn't mind. Problem is a lot of them are spammy and junk, and contain very little original thought or work at all, and even more of a problem, some are by Squids who have been around a long time and seem to think they can break all the rules of what is and is not acceptable content.

For instance, there have been a steady stream of lenses in Sport and Recreation that highlight sites where you can stream sports events. Some of the sites linked to require you to complete 'offers' before you get the video content, not free offers either. What they are after is affiliate income.

Now look at the Squidoo landing page and compare the supposed top 5 lenses. No correlation. In fact the lens listed as No. 1 on the home page is way down in Sports and Recreation top 100 and hasn't been No. 1 for over two months.

I have a theory about choosing lens subjects which I will be experimenting with in the coming months.  Yes, it is fantastic that you can write about whatever you like on Squidoo, but if your choice doesn't line up with flavour of the month on Google, you might be better spending your time elsewhere.

On the plus side, I am getting lots of visits for some recent lenses and there is one lens that is constantly top of my lensranking list, even if within Squidoo it hasn't made the category top 100.

These are the ones doing well:
Save endangered animals fro extinction  (also top Amazon earner)
Why I love 'Top Gear' - the top BBC TV motoring show
These are the latest ones:
My food and cooking lensography - collecting all my food and recipe lenses together
Should marriage be rewarded with tax breaks? - a topic for the UK Election campaign
Quick tiramisu for cheats - Because you just love desserts
A Biog of 'Chocolat' author Joanne Harris -find out about all her books and buy on Amazon
Now, just a note about my other online activities.
I'm not allowed to mention this on Squidoo but it is a very easy business for anyone in the UK (or other countries where its allowed) - VWD

Sendoutcards is so easy to promote - your home page offers the chance to send an absolutely free greeting card anywhere in the world - not e-cards - real cards - send someone some love today!. SOC have recently started up a new way to join the business that you won't want to miss. - my SOC home page
 MyWorldplus - this is a great discount card that everyone needs - and you make money too!