eBay Dumps India Affiliates from EPN

eBay has decided it is closing the Ebay Partner Network affiliate program for India as noted in an e-mail I just received.

Publishers in the EPN program will not longer be able to see India as an option within the User Interface. Additionally publishers will no longer be paid commissions for traffic sent to eBay India. For publishers that are only members of the EPN India affiliate program and whom do not drive traffic to other eBay properties will have their accounts closed.

Beginning April 1st 2010 eBay will redirect traffic sent to eBay India to eBay.com

eBay seems to have issue with the people of India. First Paypal now the EPN……

What’s next??

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Google Adwords Click To Call

Google has now made available a click to call feature for iPhones & other smartphones and Adwords. Within the Google Adwords interface you can now use a radio button to select the click to call ads and input a telephone number to be called. No vanity numbers are allowed, if you input one, Google converts it to the true number for display purposes??

You can also use extensions to allow geo tracking of your campaigns as well apparently. This would be something one of my clients who sells well on both coasts, but virtually nothing in Mid Americas could use to further target his campaigns though effective use of campaign metrics allowed us to localize the campaigns from US wide to bi-coastal.

Basically marketers and advertisers can now add clickable telephone numbers to existing AdWords campaign ads displayed on searchers smart phones that have full Internet browsing capabilities (some don’t?). The ads and related phone numbers are displayed based on the caller’s location, unless otherwise specified, so if a user searches for a restaurant or store, the ad will automatically display the closest location to the user.

Additionally I have another client who has staff working for them, who have requested that visitors be directed to call them, as opposed to visiting the website and using the web base contact forms. I will need to add this to their campaigns as well once it is made available. Apparently their day would be more productive talking to the potential client on the phone.

Internet has changed marketing quite a bit and turned advertising upside down in the last 3 decades but a phone call or face to face meeting will not be replaceable any time soon. Tweet all you want to who you want, the phone still rocks.

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Rank Then Pay!!!!!!!

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Rank Then Pay For SEO Results!!!

That’s right, by clicking the banner above you can rank for your keyword terms and then pay for results!!!

I have checked these guys out and they seem to be the real deal when it comes to pay for performance SEO. If you want to rank on pages 2 or 3 and of course page 1 of the search engines then Rank Then Pay is the website you should visit for pay for performance SEOs who put their rankings, where their wallets are.

I would say they are fairly expensive for popular keyword terms but might be very cheap for long tail terms. If you want to rank well for long tail keyword terms you can probably do very well with the guys at Rank Then Pay I would visit them today enter your URL and then enter your target keyword term to see their monthly price once you rank where you choose!!

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Microsoft & Yahoo Search Agreement

Microsoft & Yahoo Search Agreement

Just so you know you read it here first Microsoft and Yahoo have combined to join forces on search, Microsoft (aka Bing) will power Yahoo search, while Yahoo will direct the premium ad sales relationship for both companies. While Google has trumped Pay Per Click, Yahoo dominated display advertising for the past decade at least, and earned quite a bit of money doing so.

What will this mean going forward is hard to say.

Will this effect organic search results on Google for your site?

Will this effect paid search going forward? Yes there is going to be change in paid search now and for a few decades or more to come. Anytime a large corporation can make more money by improving our search for information there will always be change.

If you consider things search as it is, is no different than most products or services, things change, they always offer something “new”, when in reality it’s not really new…just a bit different.

Stay tuned!

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You Suck At Affiliate Marketing When….

You Suck At Affiliate Marketing When….

You need to try and hire someone to drive sales and conversions for you lol..

Do not bid unless you have experience at creating, and have created super affiliates!! I don’t care how much website traffic you claim you can bring me as most traffic is fake and or poor quality, I CARE ABOUT SALES AND CONVERSIONS!! If you cannot make top tested proven products like this:bigcashmama.com
bigmoneykid.com
strikeitwealthy.com

sell then this project is not for you. I will not chose your bid unless you show me happy satisfied clients or proof that you have created and brought super affiliates at least 50-100 sales per day!!

Top affiliates are earning well over $100,000 per month with the above mentioned high converting programs. If you can’t get me there then you are not the ideal candidate for this project.

The funniest part is the brilliant person behind this wants someone who can make him $100,000.00 only to bid on his project and the schmuck wants to pay 1% of what he will earn…..

LOL

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Skateboards In Afghanistan!!!

I have tired of reading all of the problems in Afghanistan till today when I read this article.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/26/sports/skate.1-415677.php?page=1

I loved to skate as a kid and there were a few skate parks where I lived at the time and found a lot of freedom there. This takes that to a level that cannot be reached, I laughed at the site of the children and found hope in them as well.

Now if I could figure out how to help this guy I will and hope others will as well.

Peace!

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Indexing Web Pages and Discovery of Webpages

Indexing Web Pages & Discovery

I wrote a comment to Ann at SearchEngineJournal.com about her article on ensuring Google is indexing pages of your site found at the link below

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/how-to-get-google-to-index-your-site-deeper/7566/#comment-1084520

Ann seems to think there is a scientific method to having pages indexed. This is fine but SEO is not really a rocket science form of advertising online.

When I wrote one needs only to submit a valid xml sitemap to the search engines various Webmaster offerings to have your site or blogs pages indexed, Ann replied that a sitemap only helps with discovery, and not indexing.

I would like to explain to Ann and others that may be reading, that discovery and indexing go hand in hand with one another, as they are part & parcel.

In order to index a sites pages, those pages must be discovered. Once discovered, the pages would then be indexed. Pages that are discovered and not indexed are typically due to html errors, otherwise once discovered the page would be indexed. In fact it may be indexed many times especially if the content is changed and the sitemap has the proper settings to ensure continual crawling.

However pages cannot be indexed that are not discovered. If the page is not discovered, then there would be no way possible to have it indexed within the constraints of logic.

Hence it is best to submit a valid xml sitemap. Build a sitemap for your users as well, and then send high PR one way links from other relevant sites to your visitor sitemap page, and pass PR to your internals.

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PepperJam Rocks Inc 500

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Made For Affiliates, By Affiliates. Pepperjam Network.

One of my favorite things is seeing others succeed. I like seeing others who started an online business quite a few years ago truly succeed and grow, and it is great to see a business near your own have great success so its great to see another Pennsylvania based business being recognized. Another is sitting on the Small Business Council of the company that recoginizes business achievement Fortune Inc.

Kris Jones President & CEO is the man who built his company into a Fortune 500 company. Pepperjam is a multi faceted company offering marketing services combines with technology services to assist businesses in meeting their online marketing goals.

Pepperjam has been featured on The Inc 500s fastest growing company list for the last three years and it is fun to see them on this list. What is amazing is the list is for 2007 and as such does not include earnings from 2008 and the launch of the PepperJam Network.

PepperJam Network brings together an impressive list of Advertisers with top quality publishers bringing the Internet community fantastic offers that people want. Top name brands turn to PepperJam to build their Internet business.

As an affiliate marketer and having websites built that feature many of the PepperJam Networks offer. PepperJam has top quality backend that is easy to navigate and feature todays hot Advertisers so your offers will convert and make you money. I encourage everyone to hook onto the rising star that is PepperJam.

Join Pepperjam Network today!

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Introduction to Google Ranking -From GoogleBlog

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Introduction to Google Ranking -From GoogleBlog by Amit Singhal

Everyone who is interested in SEO should be salivating at the mouth on this news as Amit is part of the search rankings team and is blogging how Google determines which pages deserve to be at the top of the organic SERPs. Google says they are going to give us the information as to how they determine good webpages for upper results rankings in the Google SERPs.

Amit is a Google Fellow who has been working within the Search a.k.a. Information Retrieval (or IR) field for over 18 years. He has been with Google since 2000 and knows a great deal about how their search algorithms work.

Understanding how the Google Algoritm works has allowed me to dominate Google Front Page results and as such I feel it is a competitive edge that I have over other SEOs.

So if you want to compete in the SEO field it is critical you read what Amit has to offer and learn as much as you can about algorithms.

Today Amit covers three topics

1) Best locally relevant results served globally.
2) Keep it simple.
3) No manual intervention

I have written about each of these concepts myself and am glad to see that Google is going to touch on them as well.

I will run down my thoughts as to how each affects your search results and goals.

1. Best local results served internationally is really quite simple, I am in Italy and search Google.com for ‘Italian Pizza’ Google will typically know I am looking for a place to order pizza in Italy and serve me the most relevant local establishments first followed by regional results then national and then international.

2. Keep It Simple - Not much to go on about here - it is a derivative of Keep It Simple, Stupid! Google the term if you have further questions.

3. No Manual Intervention - No hand bans - I have said this a few times over the years, 1,000,000,000s of webpages prevents the company from manually placing sites at the top or other such non-sense accusing Google employees of nepotism.

Again it would be a logistical nightmare to manually try to manage the SERPs. Google seems to have a hard enough time keeping the Paid Search side under control.

They can hand ban those sites caught doing malicious or illegal acts. enough said.

So make sure to stay tuned to Googles Blog for the next installment.

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Google Affiliate Network

Google Affiliate Network

I just received an E-mail from DoubleClick Performics that they are now Google Affiliate Network.

This should really be interesting as many affiliate marketers will want to join Google now as another way to further earn revenues.

Here is the E-mail

We are pleased to introduce Google Affiliate Network . Effective Monday, June 30, 2008, DoubleClick Performics Affiliate will operate as Google Affiliate Network. The integration with Google’s brand is a reflection of efforts to quickly assimilate our business and teams, as well as reinforce Google’s commitment to the Affiliate channel. Together with our new colleagues at Google we are creating new opportunities for monetization, expansion and innovation in Affiliate Marketing.

Within the next couple of weeks you will see some exciting changes to the user interface reflecting the new brand. The platform will continue to be hosted at www.ConnectCommerce.com, but will eventually migrate to a google.com product url.

As noted in earlier communications, DoubleClick Performics’ Search operations are being spun off and sold to a third party. While many advertisers have relationships with both DoubleClick Performics’ Affiliate and Search, there have always been separate account teams and product-specific specialists servicing clients’ search and affiliate programs. These teams remain intact. While the formal separation will occur when the Search business is sold, the businesses are functionally separate today.

We are proud of what we achieved as Performics and this name change signals a new milestone. Google provides world-class resources and enables us to continue to attract the best talent to support our advertisers and publishers. Now as part of Google we have an exciting and unprecedented opportunity to advance our industry. We remain committed to ensuring you receive the quality service you have come to expect from us.

We appreciate your business and look forward to doing great

To say the least this definitely gives food for thought as to what can be accomplished once all the pieces are in place!

I would really like to see comments on this and what others think of the new Network!

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