I’m so excited to be back into podcasting on my own turf. This episode mentions a number of affiliate marketing related topics, so I don’t mind posting here as well: ThinkingDaily: I Am a Breathing Time Machine: Thinking.FM Exciting (for me at least)! Here’s the mp3 or click above to listen to the stream (and/or … Continue reading Back to Podcasting
It seems like a no-brainer that blogs should have comments. Blogs, by their nature, are spaces of dialogue and personal viewpoints. However, Daring Fireball and platforms like Tumblr have paved the way for an acceptance of blogs sans-comments. During my first attempt to reboot CostPerNews with the ill-fated adverbs.FM, I had a “no commenting” policy … Continue reading Should Your Affiliate Blog Have Comments?
I frequently use and love Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack Pro app for recording audio from Skype or my Mac to use on my podcasts. However, Rogue Amoeba has a great new “lightweight” app for folks that don’t need the full power (or cost) of Audio Hijack Pro called Piezo ($10)… Mac App Store – Piezo: … Continue reading Piezo for Podcasting
Last week I posted about the rise of “Like-Jacking” on Facebook and why digital literacy is so important. The WSJ covers the issue this morning as well… Spam Finds a New Target – WSJ.com: “A common social-spam attack on Facebook, known as “like-jacking,” involves duping users into clicking on an image that looks as if … Continue reading More on Like-Jacking and Quality Traffic
It’s fascinating to me that mobile ad networks are making the same mistakes that we made with web-based performance advertisements 10 years ago… Airpush – Developers: “Developers are paid on a CPM basis (cost per thousand impressions) rather than CPC. An “impression” in the case of Push Notification Ads includes any time an ad is pushed to a … Continue reading Some Things Never Change
I’m working with a group of 6th-8th grade girls in our Middle School who easily blew past the first five or so lessons on CodeAcademy today. I was impressed how quickly and easily they groked ideas like substrings and declaring variables. Turns out they aren’t the only ones interested in coding… Codecademy’s CodeYear Attracts 100,000 … Continue reading The Kids Are All Coding; Why Aren’t You?
Interesting concept for a company looking to posit itself in the already heated analytics space… Parse.ly Will Launch Its Pageview-Generating Machine Called “Dash” This Month | TechCrunch: “Dash aims to help publishers increase pageviews by providing insight into what topics are trending and what topics they should write more about or less about, among other … Continue reading Dash and Affiliate Pageviews?
One of the questions I get the most frequently from folks new to affiliate marketing is which host to use for affiliate sites. There is no one true answer to the question, of course. The answer will vary depending on the person. However, it is not a decision that you should arrive at quickly or … Continue reading DreamHost is Down; Affiliate Sites and Hosting
I was on this week’s show and had a blast reminiscing with Daniel and Drew and looking ahead to what’s around the corner for affiliate marketing, gaming and social media… Always Made My Jumps – Geek Dads Weekly #106: “In which Daniel and Drew welcome Sam Harrelson back to the show for our New Year’s … Continue reading Geek Dads Weekly 106
Awesomely Simple TinyLetter Admin Page… Yesterday, I wrote about the seldom discussed differences between RSS subscribers and email subscribers to websites. It’s an interesting discussion when you ponder what it means to actually engage visitors and create sustaining revenue channels and interactions beyond just a one-time visit. One tool that I’ve been using on my … Continue reading I Love TinyLetter
Good show this week from Lisa and Shawn… The Great Affiliate Summit West 2012 Preview Podcast: “This week on the Affiliate Thing podcast, Shawn Collins and Lisa Picarille preview Affiliate Summit West 2012, covering the list of parties, tips for first time attendees, and how to get a free massage in Las Vegas.” My middle … Continue reading Falling Off a Segway
I love my RSS feeds that I’ve been curating over the last six or so years. I still think that as a delivery medium RSS is part of the future of the web. However, RSS has always taken a back seat to other ways of capturing and engaging visitors to other tactics such as email. … Continue reading RSS is Still Important for Marketers
Thousands of affiliate marketers will be traveling next week on the way to Las Vegas for Affiliate Summit. We affiliate types are notoriously compulsive about checking our stats on the affiliate and cap networks, on Google and in our various analytics packages (as we should be). I can check my Google stats, email subscription numbers … Continue reading Why Are There No Affiliate Network Apps?
I use MarsEdit more than any other app out there. If you write content for the web and have a Mac, MarsEdit is a must. Its developer, Daniel Jalkut, has a fantastic post on the topic of programming as the literacy of the 21st century… Red Sweater Software Blog – Learn to Code: “Literacy isn’t … Continue reading Time to Learn to Code
I do most of my own SEO but when I have an affiliate site on WordPress (as most of mine are), I like to use the great SEO Ultimate Plugin. There are a few others out there (probably equally as good) but this plugin is my go-to when it comes to quick link masking, 404 … Continue reading My Favorite SEO Plugin
If you take seriously the appearance of your affiliate site (as you should… design is how it works), this is a must read thought piece… State of the web: of apps, devices, and breakpoints – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: “When I see fragmentation, I remind myself that it is unsustainable by its very … Continue reading Web Design and Fixed Screen Sizes
Interesting piece by Tac Anderson on the concept of Path as an Upstream Social Network (USN below) compared to traditional networks like Twitter and Facebook which he terms Downstream Social Networks (DSN below) and how USN’s could affect the engagement of marketers with lucrative data-rich networks: What Path Teaches Us About The Future of Social … Continue reading Why Freemiums Aren’t the Future Path