Delicious Is About To Move – Why Is That Important For You?

September 16th, 2011 3 comments

If you have a delicious account, you probably got a notice asking you to log in and consent your approval to allow your account to be moved to a new company called AVOS next week.

So why, you ask, is that important enough to blog about?

Well, AVOS is a new internet company being put together by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the creators of YouTube. YouTube has become one of the top websites on the Internet today, and people who have traffic coming to their videos are able to easily profit off of that.

It’s a pretty safe bet that Chad, Steve and their team will work tirelessly to make Delicious just as big.

Social networking is already known as a great traffic source, but can you imagine what it’s going to be like in two or three years if giants like the YouTube founders are pushing at it?

It’s probably going to be huge!

So what’s the point?

The point is that now you have an opportunity to be in the “pre-launch” of the next big thing on the internet. Start using your delicious account now, keep at it, and by the time it’s become even more massive, you’ll have yourself a nice well-aged profile that Google will use to feed traffic to your websites.

Yes, it’s a very long-term investment, but think about where you’d like to be in a few years, and how much traffic you’ll want then.

Do you think I’m wrong? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Conclusion: TrafficSwarm’s Quality is Dropping

September 8th, 2011 8 comments

A month ago I wrote about how excited I was about the silent re-launch of TrafficSwarm, but after a month of upgraded membership, I’ve got to say that I was disappointed with the outcome.  My time-tested banners didn’t convert; my time-tested squeeze pages didn’t work; even copy that rocks on AdWords didn’t perform on-par in TrafficSwarm.

I’m not sure what happened, or if maybe I just had a bad few weeks with them; I honestly wish I was getting the old performance so I could keep paying for their awesome-ness, but it’s not gonna happen based on what I’ve seen the last month.

Such is life, I guess.

On a happier (much happier) note, I’ve recently re-discovered AdSense.  Would you believe that after just one month’s work, starting completely from scratch, I’m already averaging a dollar a day?  That’s with just 2 sites showing up in the top 10 in google for *anything* and as I work on SEO, the rankings are increasing, and so are the daily profits.  Cool!

The next step is to plug in banners for some of my favorite clickbank products.

Banners Bite @ TrafficSwarm

August 18th, 2011 3 comments

The other day, I blogged about the re-launch of Traffic Swarm.  While I still think it’s great bang for the buck (paid or free), I have to admit that I’m very disappointed by the banner results so far.  They’ve been… dissappointing, with the worst click rates on my traffic-exchange banners (like the one below) in the industry – like 0 clicks for almost 15,000 impressions.

To put that into proportion, this particualr banner – as is – usually brings in 0.3% – 1.5% click-through-rates in every other traffic exchange I rotate it in (the better exchanges tend to give me higher clickthrough rates), meaning 3-15 clicks for every 1,000 views.  Meaning I’d have expected at least 45 clicks from Traffic Swarm to stay on par with the worst performing exchanges…

Maybe it’s the fact that the banners are only placed on the bottom of the pages with the surf ads (to choose the next site to click on) combined with the fact that you don’t earn credits for clicking on them (the only 2 links on the page that won’t earn you credits).  Whatever the reason, I’m very disappointed with the results.  Taking into consideration that banners cost 10 impressions per credit in addition to the sucky results, and I personally doubt that I’ll be using banner ads there any more unless some serious changes are made to where and how they’re displayed…

Issac – Mighty Warrior (At Last!)

August 16th, 2011 2 comments

After knowing about it for years, but recently seeing a lot of activity from the WSO world in the last month or so, I finally took the plunge and joined The Warrior Forums.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, the Warrior Forums are an old and pretty respected forums in the Internet Marketing niche.  Once a paid-only forum (when I was first introduced to it, it cost money and I was too careful over every dollar spent to “risk” joining – sound familiar?), it later changed to a free membership.

Currently, it’s still free to join, with many paid-member-only areas on the site.  As Allen said, the incredible PR value of the forums was causing a lot of folks to take unfair advantage of the free membership to spam the system without contributing to the forums.  Even with high moderation, to keep the content high quality and clean, that was making problems.

So this morning, I finally joined (and paid for the upgraded membership that I foolishly turned down years ago) and really hope that it will prove worthy.  If you’re a member there, make sure to send me a friendship request – my username is “issac”

Categories: Informational

One Of My Top 3 Traffic Sources Just Silently Re-Launched

August 14th, 2011 1 comment

If you’ve had a chance to read my Traffic Exchange book, you’ll already know why this is one of my favorite traffic sources, but just in case you haven’t, keep reading…

So, apparantly, a month or so ago, one of my favorite traffic exchanges re-vamped, re-designed and basically re-launched, but pretty quietly. The exchange in question is Traffic Swarm.

If I remember correctly, Traffic Swarm was one of the first 3 traffic exchanges I ever joined – I think this would have been back in 2007, or maybe even 2006 – having learned about them from the then brand-new Magnetic Sponsoring community. (Yeah, I could get sidetracked on Magnetic Sponsoring and talk about THAT for hours, but lemme stay focused).

What turned me on to Traffic Swarm back then was it’s similarity to Google Adwords, in that rather than clicking randomly from website to website (or even picking one based on thumbnails like some newer TEs do), you’re given a page full of “AdWords Ads” and you pick one to visit.

I’ve found that the targetted traffic I get tends to convert several tiems better than at any other traffic exchange that I use, if I can write a real winning ad, simply because the traffic becomes more “direct-response” type traffic, than truly random traffic.

I also found that another advantage is that I can put up more websites that are not so targetted for the “Making Money From Home” industry, and still get great responses – also, because of the filtering that they have.

A final useful tip, like I write about in my follow-up email series to my Traffic Exchange book, is that I love using Traffic Swarm as a great way to test ad copy before using it on Google in my Google Adwords account!

One thing I can say about Traffic Swarm, is that they’re one of the exchanges that I spend the most real money on, because of the quality of the traffic.

According to this post on their blog, they relaunched exactly a month ago. It was done pretty quietly, without much fanfare – at least not that I heard of.  Which is a bit of a shame, because they’be got some incredible deals going on.  Be forewarned that their offers aren’t cheap to begin with, but I personally have been looking for an excuse to get some Traffic Swarm upgrade goodness, so took them up on it anyways.

Let me know if you’re interested in hearing my results from the new Traffic Swarm.