Archive for September, 2007

Choosing A New CPA Affiliate Part I

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Currently, I employ Maxbounty, Azoogle and CJ as my affiliates but decided that I should try to expand a little bit and see what else is out there. Instead of going by what everyone else says is good, I’ll take a look see for myself.

Last night I applied to Primary Ads, and after I applied I was sent an email from them that I’ll be approved within 24 hours, and that I should try out their sister affiliate, Kolimbo. I did. I applied to Kolimbo, and after I was automatically approved, (felt a little wierd) I started browsing through the merchants.

One of the first things I noticed with Kolimbo, what that every merchant that I browsed had a low payout limit of about $25. Does this mean that I have to generate $25 from that merchant in order to get paid anything? I think it does. Screw that. Oh-by the way – After I came back later I got an email from them, stating:

Welcome to the Kolimbo ‘I Need Help!’ email series. This is a series of 30
short emails which you’ll receive everyday. Each one contains a small
nugget of information to help you succeed in becoming an effective
affiliate and earn revenue from your web properties.

I’m not much for spam either, so I probably won’t mess with this one.

Just because it’s Blogspot or Wordpress, doesn’t make it a blog.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

As you may or may not know, I run a blog directory and receive thousands of requests for addition to the directory. I have some rules, and one of them is that it has to be an actual blog.

It amazes me how many people register a quick blogspot url, copy and paste a couple of articles, plaster it with tons of ads and call it a blog.

While dictionary.com describes a weblog as

(wÄ›b’lôg’, -lŏg’) n. A website that displays in chronological order the postings by one or more individuals and usually has links to comments on specific postings.

I think it should be taken a little bit further. Sure sites are technically blogs, but I like Dictionary.com’s other definition better.

Splog:

Definition: a fake web blog containing links to sites affiliated with the blogger, set up to boost the search engine rankings and ad impressions for those sitesExample: The purpose of a splog can be to increase the PageRank.

Definition: a web blog created solely to spread spam; spam links added to the comments section of a blogExample: Report splog to help protect and clean up the blogosphere one splog at a time.

Pay for Blog Posting Schemes.

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Quite often, I find myself reading the Links for Sale forums in DigitalPoint for a good deal and to keep up on market link pricing. Lately, I’ve been noticing more and more blog owners selling blog posts. These range from $5 to $25, and the shocking part of it is you write the post yourself.

Please don’t get me wrong, I have written reviews for websites and software for hire, but I always write them myself. It just doesn’t seem right to do otherwise.

For a webmaster, two things rule – Money and content. In this case, the blog owner is getting both with no work on his/her own.