January 2009

Pursue Your Passion, But At What Cost?

by derek on January 26, 2009 · 104 comments

There is no question that I have a passion for blogging and all things related to the Interweb – writing code, sharing knowledge, helping people, and building relationships. The ideal that many of us strive for is to find work that we love while still being able to provide for ourselves and loved ones. Shortly […]


In this next step of our case study on getting started with affiliate marketing, we will examine how to automate the process of adding affiliate products from LinkShare to our site. Merchandiser Data Feed Program LinkShare offers a service that they refer to as the Merchandiser Data Feed Program that allows publishers to maintain a […]


Whether you are building an affiliate store or simply want to include affiliate products in a post, one of the first decisions that has to be made is how to actually add the affiliate product links. There are three basic methods: Manually add product links (which can be extremely time consuming) Create your own script […]


Lately we have had a fair amount of discussion surrounding affiliate marketing and how we can leverage affiliate links to increase our bottom line. During all of this conversation, we’ve even been fortunate enough to receive a few comments from top affiliate marketers such as the one and only “ghetto affiliate” and Garry “He Called […]


Speedlinking – Be Successful

by derek on January 19, 2009 · 42 comments

Ask someone if they want to be successful. No really, ask someone – I’ll wait. If the person you ask is like most people, they will look at you funny and then answer that of course they want to be successful. Now ask them what steps they are taking to be successful. Chirp…chirp…chirp. While just […]


Enforce Your Brand With Your Avatar

by derek on January 16, 2009 · 47 comments

With all of the work we have been doing to increase our comments, add more readers, and make sure we are send a clear message, you might be tempted to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. However, we do need to look at one more thing first. Your brand. When I first […]


Whether you are a beginning blogger or a seasoned veteran, one thing stands true – we all enjoy seeing the traffic to our blog increase. We agonize over the content of our posts (are we sending the right message) and regularly examine new plugins that might bring more readers to our blog. With all of […]


The message that you are sending to your readers is crystal clear – at least in your mind. Are you sure that your readers are receiving the same message? While you will get a fairly good feel for whether or not you are on the same page with your readers based on the type of […]


When the calendar turned to the new year, we talked about how that signifies an opportunity to start fresh and that the possibilities are endless. Steve, our trade show displays guru, left a comment during that discussion that mentioned a quote that he was going to try and live (more) by this year: Yesterday is […]


Speedlinking – Affiliate Marketing

by derek on January 12, 2009 · 49 comments

Affiliate marketing – two words that can make your heart race and your head hurt, all at the same time. As you strive to make money online, you will undoubtedly come to the realization – if you haven’t already – that you need to learn and experiment with affiliate marketing. Not too long ago, we […]