The blog of affiliate marketer HeavyT

Where I get my business cards, and you should too.

Where I get my business cards, and you should too.

May 12, 2011

This past adtech I got new business cards, it was time for an update to my old ones that I’ve had for a couple years. Everyone who got one of my cards loved them and commented on them and how nice they were. A couple even asked me where I got them from. The company I used was called Taste Of Ink. Now Taste of Ink is a full service company. They designed my card gave me a couple revisions, and then printed them. The overall process took a month from start to finish from submitting the initial design form to reviewing the revisions to printing them and getting them delivered. They do offer an expedited service but I choose not to use it. I ordered a sample pack of the types of cards they can do and the different design elements, I’ve included pics of the sample pack below. The service I received was nothing but stellar. They were always in constant contact every stop of the way and always answered my emails within a prompt amount of time. The ability this company has to design and print everything allowed me to keep everything in house. When I first submitted my design proposal they ask about your company, what you want to convey about your company, and any samples in their gallery that you like the design of. They also ask if you have any company logos or previous psd or ai files to help in the design. Design process takes about a week to week and a half and then the printing takes about the same amount of time. Overall I’m very pleased with the results, I really couldn’t be happier. If you are looking for a new redesign of your cards I highly suggest giving these people a try. For 15% of any online purchase on their site use the promo code “maypromo” and that code is valid until...

How to make tons of facebook pics instantly!

How to make tons of facebook pics instantly!

May 2, 2011

There is a pretty nice way of being able to make tons of images for facbook really fast. When you open up photoshop create the size that facebook allows max, which is 80×110. From there add the images that you want creating a new layer each time as you go. From there resize each image so it only shows what you want it to in your ads. Now just follow the instructions below and it will output every layer to its own images quickly and automatically. Wallah now you were able to create a mass amount of facebook images for your dating, game apps, or any other fb campaigns you are running.   You can export and save layers as individual files using a variety of formats, including PSD, BMP, JPEG, PDF, Targa, and TIFF. Layers are named automatically as they are saved. You can set options to control the generation of names. Choose File > Scripts > Export Layers To Files. In the Export Layers To Files dialog box, under Destination, click Browse to select a destination for the exported files. By default, the generated files are saved in the sample folder as the source file. Enter a name in the File Name Prefix text box to specify a common name for the files. Select the Visible Layers Only option if you want to export only those layers that have visibility enabled in the Layers palette. Use this option if you don’t want all the layers exported. Turn off visibility for layers that you don’t want exported. Choose a file format from the File Type menu. Set options as necessary. Select the Include ICC Profile option if you want the working space profile embedded in the exported file. This is important for color-managed workflows. Click Run.  ...

Vegas after Adtech? Yeah thats where I been.

Vegas after Adtech? Yeah thats where I been.

May 1, 2011

So a couple friends and I decided to head to vegas for a week after adtech, which turned into two weeks. I been chillin working on some projects for others while also working on some personal stuff while here. Tying up loose ends form adtech has been a challenge since I had so much I actually did at this adtech and I’m still not done. Since I been in vegas I been playing hotel hop scotch jumping to a handful of hotels. I’ve stayed in baller two bedroom suites, suites, and single rooms. The places I’ve stayed ranged from 100-1k a night but its nice to be able to experience everything from a normal room to something of luxury and just pure epicness. I’ve stayed at harrahs, mandarin oriental, planet hollywood westgate, planet hollywood, and the palazzo. I must say that out of all the hotels, for my age and being fun planet hollywood westgate had the best room with a 3 person tub in the bedroom and a home theater in the livingroom with projector and full on kitchen. As far as elegance and just the sheer refinement the mandarin oriental was the best with separate elevators, everything handed to you with two hands, and the whole room from the lights tv ac and sound on a touch screen controller. But as far as accommodating, open space, and overall wow factor the palazzo hit it on the head. Some have said that two weeks in vegas is too long but as long as you keep it interesting and work during the day and play at night, two weeks isn’t really a long time. There are so many shows, so many things open, so many places to eat, and just so many things to do with someone if you come with anyone that you really can’t get bored here. It is nice to have someone here with you, friends or SO, but doing two weeks alone wouldn’t cut it for me. Here are some pics of me in vegas and ph westgate and the palazzo. I got a video of the mandarin but I didn’t have time to take...

Are you optimizing? How much revenue are you losing?

Are you optimizing? How much revenue are you losing?

Apr 27, 2011

When it comes to servers, landing pages, and content, optimizing is everything. Finding the best places to host your servers, finding the best places for your content, and finding the best plugins and modules on your servers for delivery. Just recently as I’ve been in vegas since adtech I’ve had some time to sit down and talk to my aff friends about this into some detail. We’ve gone over the datacenter discussion with some talking about liquidweb, others rackspace, some even hostgator and the planet. Whatever your preference is the one thing is common has been performance and optimization. Server wise its good to have a host that have alot of upstream providers, you want to host with someone who is well connected and uses tier 1 bandwidth providers. A lot of the good ones mentioned above are on backbones and can give greater availability and smaller access time for the content you are serving. If you are running a huge buy or advertising on ppv traffic and your host goes down you only really have yourself to blame. I’ve heard countless stories where affs get shitty hosting or don’t really allow themselves to understand the difference between a vps and an actual server and the big differences they have. Content delivery is another thing to consider. With CDN companies popping up all over its worth it to take a look around instead of just staying with a big guy like Amazon s3. There are so many networks out there which can do it better, just because its amazon doens’t always mean they know fully what they are doing. I’ve tested a coupel and found that s3 isn’t the best, its good but who wants to be good when you can be great. Look around there are better cdn’s out there. What http client are you using on your server? What modules have you installed? You’ll hear people talk about nginx, lightspeed, lighttpd, apache, and a couple more but which is better, what if you don’t install the correct caching module? The problem is all of these can be a great strength or it can be a great fault depending on how you configure...

Adtech San Francisco and the Heavyt Recap.

Adtech San Francisco and the Heavyt Recap.

Apr 18, 2011

So as I type this I’m in vegas sitting in a hotel room grinding away relaxing after adtech. This years adtech went pretty well. i feel I made more connections and did more business this adtech than any other I had been to. Surprisingly tho my only gripe at the show was that it was two floors and over half the people I talked to didn’t know there was a second floor. I flew into san fran on sunday and got in around 3pm. I headed over to the clift where I was staying and was immediately greeted by a couple of my friends who didn’t even give me a chance to shower before we went out for drinks. We walked down the street to the daily grill, which had amazing food by the way, and talked for a bit and had an appetizer or two in order to fill my stomach. Afterwards I had a dinner meeting with Lead Cola and a couple other affs. I must say for the next couple hours it was non stop fun, laughing, jokes, and good talk. I never seen so many people have such a good time at a dinner. My impressions of Lead Cola and the people who work there were thoroughly changed. I know alot of people have given them shit about their name but after getting to know them on a one on one basis I’ll be working with them in the future for sure. I read alot of stuff about them on affiliatepaying but what stuck out the most about the reviews were the pay schedules and was payouts, I’ve never known a company to give the highest payouts right away but these guys all you gotta do is ask. Everyone is really streated off the bat and people talking about getting 5 or 6 leads and complaining about payment schedule I’m sure people can be put on weekly wires if they do some volume. I wanted to thank Lead Cola for inviting me to the dinner and paying for the 80 some shots of patron we all had lol. After the dinner the affs and Lead Cola crew along with me...