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It was my birthday, so I went to VEGAS…..

It was my birthday, so I went to VEGAS…..

Aug 11, 2010

So it was my birthday this past weekend and as I type this I’m having room service eating pizza making a post on the blog and taking a break from working. I flew into vegas on Friday of last week and due to aircraft maintenance I missed my connecting flight in philly. They put me up at a hotel and luckily they had first class seats available again the next day to Vegas. Though I am IN Vegas this week I’m not actually partying and drinking it up. I been working on alot of new things and researching offers and traffic sources for new campaigns. I been working during that day in the room, then going out to dinner at night hitting up the strip and then back to bed to do it all again the next day. In addition to doing this I’m also putting together and organizing an ASE affiliate dinner in nyc. My plate is pretty full up until ASE this week as well as the planned events and meetings I have at ASE. Right now I’m staying at the four seasons in vegas. Its a really really nice hotel. It was just as good if not better then the one in NYC I stayed at recently. Well back to the grind. Here are some pics below of the...

If Facebook’s ever changing tos isn’t bad enough…..

If Facebook’s ever changing tos isn’t bad enough…..

Mar 18, 2010

I’ve come to learn through one of my good friends, who works at the college I graduated from, that their new web security appliance not only filters content like torrents and illegal downloads but it is now filtering all Facebook advertisements.  I know that alot of income that comes from those of us who advertise on Facebook comes from individuals in schools, colleges, and universities across the country. College students can be some of the most profitable traffic when it comes to Facebook if you angle it right. So now in the midst of Facebook doing away with the “Free” offers you see on the adbar mentioning free ipads, iphones, macbooks, etc some colleges are looking to blocking this content. Now the question is if the user clicks on the ad and is redirected to a page with the message below like my my alma mater do you get charged to the click? Something to think about. The website or link you are trying to access contains malware or a virus and has been blocked. *********** Employees and Students, please proceed to the********************************* for more information on safe computing. Contained in the ITS Department Site is a page dedicated to ******************************* Instance Information: Your IP: undefined Target Site: undefined Block Code: undefined...

Some of the best firefox plugins for affiliate marketers.

Some of the best firefox plugins for affiliate marketers.

Mar 17, 2010

Over the years I’ve come to rely on different firefox plugins that help me in my daily routine as an affiliate marketer. Every plugin is used for different tasks or different abilities and I will explain them to you and what I use them for. Some of these you will find useful and some you might not but they have all been added to my list of adons for every computer I use. 1. Live Http Headers I use this plugin to see where links are redirecting to. It allows me to find tracking links, jump links, and whre offers are redirecting or where they are having problems. 2. Down Them All I use this program to download lots of images from a directory that may be open or from a page or website wehre I want to pull all images or a certain file type. 3. Snap Links Plus This nifty little plugin allows you to highlight a section of a webpage with links and open up every link in a new tab. I love this plugin I use it daily. 4. Unlinker Sorta does what snaplinks does but when you are on a forum that has alot of images linked you can right click and unlink them and it will open up all the images in the page you are on. Its really handy for some of those picture threads on wickedfire. 5. Telify This plugin turns any phone number on a webpage into a click-able link to use with skype and making calls. I use it alot when I want to call a phone number that is located on a website and don’t feel like grabbing my cell or making an overseas call. 6. And most important of all Morning Coffee. Morning coffee is a plugin where you can set tabs in your browser like a bookmark with tabs. Say every morning I wake up and open up a tab for prosper maybe 3 or 4 networks and a couple places where I’m doing media buys I can save each tab to Morning Coffee. Then instead of having to type each address in I just hit the morning coffee button and...

Business cards for affiliate marketers. What to know, where to get them, what to do about them.

Business cards for affiliate marketers. What to know, where to get them, what to do about them.

Mar 15, 2010

Adtech is coming up soon in San Francisco and the Ads4Dough Meet-Up is taking place in just under two weeks. One of the most important tools an affiliate marketer can have is a business card. A business card should represent your name or brand and what you do. Throughout many of the conferences I’ve been to I’ve seen so many crappy business cards or ones that just weren’t worth a shit. The worst type of card you could get or even pass out as an affiliate marketer is a metal business card. I mean come on the edges on that stuff is sharp and its usually poorly embossed or stamped. And frankly I’ve been cut by metal business cards being handed out by some douche walking the floor or something. You might think its cool but hey its not and all the ones I got went right into the trash. Just say no to metal cards it isn’t impressive and doesn’t work well for you if you are an affiliate. Now my card, if you look above,  is double sided color and glossy. First this is a bad thing and a good thing being glossy. Some people who you talk to at conferences especially network owners or affiliate managers talk to so many people its hard to remember every single person. Typically the people who you talk to at booths will take your card scribble something about you on it and then stick it with all the other cards in their badge holder. Shawn Collins has figured this out and provided everyone at the Affiliate Summits with large id holders which can take about 30-50 cards and hold them pretty well. Unless you pretty much know alot of people in the industry already and they know you by face and name then by all means get a double sided glossy card. But if you are just starting out or haven’t been to shows before its a good idea to stick to a card that allows people with pens to write on them. Not everyone has a sharpie to write on glossy cards and if its a metal card forget it. Second this isn’t really...

Spend more time making money and less time refreshing stats with Stats Remote

Spend more time making money and less time refreshing stats with Stats Remote

Mar 4, 2010

Stats Remote located at http://www.statsremote.com/ is a program that runs in java on a mac and a pc that will log into all your affiliate accounts and update your stats every 15 minutes. Its a great program that I’ve been using for over 2 years now. They not only have some of the top affiliate network out there but they also carry alot of adult affiliate programs as well. Just to name a few it has Sybarite Elite, Convert 2 Media, Ads 4 Dough, Copeac, Azoogle, Advaliant, Ads Direct, Firelead, Gets Ads, etc etc. The best thing about this software is you can try it for free. It does happen to be subscription based though. I love this software and any new networks that popup just talk to your am and have them approve the account statsremote creates and you can have your stats updated with all your others in a week. Now I must mention this is a subscription based service but I’m happy overall. Its also nice to have when you have over 10 accounts at some networks to seperate campaigns or just when you have alot of accounts ;). It doesn’t use alot of resources and I can tell you at one point I did have over 100 accounts loaded up in it and it ran fine without a hiccup. Below are some screens of what it looks like (this is the screen from their website and not my...