Friday, September 29, 2006

Earnings Update

A whole, wait for it . . . . . . . 16 cents! Woo hoo, better than nothing!

Have to read the fine print, but I'm thinking about giving away a couple copies of The Rich Jerk ebook to people who want to come along for the ride. Would be more fun to go through this in real time with someone else. Any takers? Prefer a stay at home mom like myself who is really interested in working the program.

I don't think I have much traffic right now and I may be talking to myself but, if you're out there and are interested, comment.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

And the winner is . . . Clickbank!

After checking out the top four affiliate networks that RJ recommended, I ended up signing on with only one. Clickbank was the easiest to sign up for and also seemed to match my site content the best. Commission Junction, BeFree and Linkshare seemed to have more commercial and brand name companies who just wouldn't fare well on my little website (and if they don't fare well, I make no money). I mean, c'mon, even if I had those cute little swish logos plastered on my page, no one visiting my site is going to buy Nike shoes from me, lol.

I guess the lesson to be learned here is:

Keep in mind your site content when choosing your affiliate network and programs.

Now that's my own advice there. In the Rich Jerk, RJ says to just find the top paying programs from each affiliate network and join those that convert the best. That to me seems like a waste of time because like I said, no one visiting a site about making money on the internet is going to click a Home Depot link (one of the featured advertisers on Commission Junction). And if your visitors don't click, you don't make a dime.

So that takes care of Chapter 1A. Relatively easy and painless. But am I making money yet? Nope! LOL.

Next up in the Rich Jerk Walkthrough series - Sales Letters

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Rich Jerk Walkthrough - Chapter 1

So this Rich Jerk dude says it worked for him, let's see if it'll work for me. I'm going to go through his chapters one by one, implementing his methods as I go. Let's see if "RJ's" promises ring true. In his opening lines, he says, "You can begin using these strategies for immediate results, with minimal effort." Yeah? we'll see.

Chapter 1A - Creating an Affiliate Website that Sells Like Crazy

[For those of you that are new to the term, there's a very good definition of "affiliate marketing" on Wikipedia (I've included a link to it in my articles section]

Here, RJ lists no less than 13 affiliate networks that you can join. His top four are Clickbank, Commission Junction, BeFree, and Linkshare. Being the perfectionist that I am, I'm going to have to research these a little before I sign up with any of them. I'll let you know which ones I've decided to join and why in my next post. Ta ta for now.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Rich Jerk

If you've ever researched making money on the internet, you've probably come across "The Rich Jerk" ebook. I downloaded it, read it, and am posting a short review:

Though the author's writing style may not be suited to everyone's taste (he really does live up to his title), the book delivers very informative internet marketing strategies that have been tried and tested. You'll learn how to create successful websites, drive traffic to your site, make your own ebooks to sell to the masses . . . there's even a chapter dedicated to wholesale buying and selling on Ebay. Some of his methods might raise an eyebrow or two, but if you're out to make money, these methods work. I've already begun implementing some of them myself.

If you're interested, you can get a copy by going here.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Still Tweaking, lol.

The thing is, I'm a bit of a perfectionist. If you've been here before, you'll notice the new colors, much more pleasing to the eye. Probably going to make a few changes to the links as well. Once I'm satisfied with that, I'll get back to the business of making money ;-) Oh, I also added a guestbook.

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Be the first to sign it! It's over there by my profile pic. Let me know I'm not alone. Anyone?

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Tweaking My Site

Well I've spent the better part of the morning trying to add AdSense stuff to my site. It really is time consuming since I'm learning HTML on the fly.

Shame this site doesn't really exist, lol. I need a break! No wonder people create 'affiliate in a box' programs like this one.


Affiliate Marketing

As I've been searching for information on how to make money via the internet, the term "Affiliate Marketing" repeatedly shows up. So I check it out and apparently it's another avenue I can use to bring in the money.

"Affiliate Marketing is a popular method of promoting web businesses in which an affiliate is rewarded for every visitor, subscriber and/or customer provided through his efforts. It is a modern variation of the practice of paying finder's-fees for the introduction of new clients to a business. Compensation may be made based on a certain value for each visit (Pay per click), registrant (Pay per lead), or a commission for each customer or sale (Pay per sale), or any combination."

Read the full article here.

Lots to do, lots to do. So much for making money the easy way. This is work, lol!

Friday, September 22, 2006

AdSense on your site, but you can't click?

So I'm all excited about getting approved for AdSense. I'm checking out the little box of ads Google has placed on my site and find some links that I'm interested in. Like one called, "Building a Blogging Empire For Profit." Since profit is exactly what I'm after, naturally, I want to visit the site. The irony of it all is - it's against AdSense rules for me to click on that ad. I think that's hilarious. I mean I understand the reasoning behind it, but I find it funny nevertheless (didn't I tell you I was a little off-center).

So I have to open a new window and navigate to the site to discover that it's an ebook selling for $19.95, not bad, but I want to make money, not spend it, lol. Probably a negligible cost if it saves time but since I'm a stay-at-home mom with teenage kids, time I've got. It's money I need, lol.

If you want to check it out Click here

I'm Learning So Much

This is great! There is so much information out there it's crazy! In addition to learning how the internet money making machines work, I'm learning HTML too.

Now let's see if I can actually create a link to one of the articles I read about AdSense.

What is Google AdSense?

Yay, that worked. Now here's the site I used to figure out the code.

HTML: An Interactive Tutorial for Beginners - Learn to Code HTML!

Pretty cool stuff.

I just want to take a minute and give a shout out to all the nice people out there who share their knowledge with the rest of the world. You guys rock!

Well, I know I'm going to come across a lot of useful stuff. If there's something particularly pertinent, I'll link to it in my post. Otherwise, I'll place it on another page called Articles and Info which I've created a link to under my Link section.

We having fun yet? Lol, I really am!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Yippee Skippee!!!!!

I just checked my email account and it's official - my site was approved for AdSense! I'm so excited, lol.

I've been scouring the internet for advice . . . there's so much out there. Takes forever to read through, but knowledge is power. Hopefully, I'll be able to figure out how to link to some of the stuff I find useful. Then you guys can make money, too!

And away we go . . . .

Did I just stub my toe?

Ok so you all know how this blog is about making money the internet way, right? Right. And of course one of the first things I do is sign up for an AdSense account because right there on the sign up page for Blogger.com is this cute little pic with the words "Quick Cash" above it. So I'm just pleased as punch about what I've done because I figure the bucks will start pouring in, right? Wrong!

You see, I decided to do a little research on AdSense and came across an e-book, "AdSense Revenues Exposed."

My site actually has to get approved. Approved? Whatever happened to "easy?" It's practically a virtual interview.

I better get to studying. I wonder if I can re-take if I don't pass?

*** Big, heavy, drawn-out sigh ***

I'm baaack

Alrighty then, so that was easy - signing up for AdSense. Apparently, Google will place little ads on your site and pay you when people click on them. Brilliant, lol.

I am so underway. ;-)

Where to begin?

Actually, I have begun . . . by starting this blog. In fact, I kind of remember Blogger.com saying something about . . . something. Better check that out. BRB.