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Tips of the Month

August 2007

  1. Find out as much as possible about your customers. If you know what they like, you’ll be able to make them come back.
  2. If you don’t have time to write articles from scratch, buy some PLR articles and personalise them.
  3. Use a tool like AdSpyTracker to get the real inside track on your AdSense stats.

July 2007

  1. Do a disc cleanup on your PC at least once a month.
  2. Do not put AdSense code on pages you intend to use in the traffic exchanges. AdSense will close your account without warning and retain any balance of funds that you have.
  3. When you’ve finished surfing each traffic exchange, be sure to log in and assign your credits.

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June 2007

  1. Use Google Sitemap – your site will be spidered much more quickly.
  2. Avoid programs which insist that you have to act immediately. Take your time and make a reasoned decision.
  3. Always write down your ideas, even if you don’t want to use them right away. You never know when they might come in handy.

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May 2007

  1. Make time to write at least one article a week and submit it to at least four article directories.

  2. Remember to devise a timetable for your week and stick to it.

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April 2007

  1. Before joining any program, do your own due diligence. Find out about the company, ask around, search in forums – don’t just join (especially if you have to pay).
  2. Design yourself a really hard-hitting splash page to use in the traffic exchanges.
  3. Have a plan for designing and building your OWN website, rather than making money for the owners of affiliate programs.

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March 2007

  1. Before you fall for that ad which promises you you’ll never have to spend more than ten minutes writing a completely original article, ask yourself if this can possibly be for real.
  2. Submit your newly written article to at least six directories, as soon as you’ve written it.
  3. Spend at least fifteen minutes a day researching what’s hot on the internet. This could be the subject of your next hightly-read article.

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February 2007

  1. Brand yourself. Use your real name, not some daft pseudonym. After all, what are you trying to hide?
  2. Develop your own niche site. It will be far more fulfilling and build you a much better business than any number of affiliate programs.
  3. Upgrade in a few of the traffic exchanges and watch your subscribers flood in.

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January 2007

  1. Plan your days so that you have time for more than just work. You need time for leisure, friends, family …. oh and a little fresh air and exercise won’t hurt either!
  2. Do a plan for your business. Make it stretching but not too ambitious or you will fail. If you find you just can’t stick to it, revise it until you can show some success.
  3. Treat your list members as you would wish to be treated yourself. Don’t bombard them with offers.

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December 2006

  1. If you use traffic exchanges, make time EVERY day to surf at least a couple of them for say 15 – 30 minutes or 25 – 50 page views. If you don’t surf and you don’t upgrade, no-one is going to see your offer.
  2. If you don’t have any luck promoting affiliate pages, why not build your own highly monetised website.
  3. Don’t forget to track all your advertisements, links in newsletters, etc. In fact track everything in sight or you won’t know what works and what doesn’t. My Favourite is Click Tracker. This is a script which can be easily installed on your web server and which has a one time cost of less than $20. That has to be better than paying a similar monthly fee!!

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November 2006

  1. When submitting to article directories either for advertising purposes or for payment, always keep a copy on your PC in whatever text editor you use. The online forms often time out and all your hard work will be lost, if that is your only copy.
  2. When choosing a website to advertise in traffic exchanges, make sure it’s a fast-loading splash page. Pages that contain flash or audio can take ages to load and the surfer may well have moved on before he or she even sees your page.
  3. This can’t be stated too often. Never, never advertise a page containing Google Adsense on traffic exchanges. You risk your Adsense account being terminated.

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October 2006

  1. If you have your own newsletter, check out a few ezines. A good place to look is The Ezine Directory. If you like them, contact the owner and ask if they’d like to exchange advertisements.
  2. If you have a downline in any program which allows contact with them (and why would you be a member if they didn’t?), drop them a note to say hi and offer your help. Building a team spirit in this way can be invaluable.
  3. Surf your chosen traffic exchanges at least once a week. Many of them have increased surfing ratios for active members. If you let more than a couple of weeks go by without surfing, you will get out of the habit.

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September 2006

  1. While working on specific tasks for your business, such as your newsletter or website, don’t let yourself be distracted from your main purpose by checking out any and all email offers, banner adverts, etc. They may or may not be any good, but keep a file or bookmark the web page and make some time to go back to them later.
  2. Take the time to check out all the tools that Google have on offer. Many of them are very worthwhile and will aid your business.
  3. Don’t forget to populate the Links page of your website. Search for complementary websites with a good Google page rank and contact the webmaster requesting a link exchange.
    and you will be able to see the page rank of a website at a glance.

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August 2006

  1. If you subscribe to a newsletter or join an online program, be sure put their email address on your “white” or “friends” list.
  2. Use the “alarm” facility on whichever calendar or diary system you use to remind you when subscriptions are due. That way you can be sure that you have sufficient funds in your account to pay for them.
  3. Just because this is the holiday season, try to keep up your online presence. Those who are still advertising during this slack time will attract the customers.

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July 2006

  1. Keep a To Do List. It doesn’t matter whether you use pen and paper, Notepad, a Word document or some sort of special software, just be sure you do it.
  2. Following the theme of my last article, be sure to join a forum and participate in the posts.
  3. If you need an online payment processor (and surely you will), Paypal is both the best and most widely used. You can get a fair indication of the legitimacy of a program by whether they accept Paypal or not, although this is not 100% reliable as Paypal have recently declared against businesses such as traffic exchanges rewarding recruiters at more than one level.

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June 2006


  1. Use Roboform to fill in your online forms or even submit articles – it saves such a lot of time.
  2. Don’t forget to make use of the free spyware cleaners out there. I recommend Spybot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware – both are free downloads.

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May 2006

  1. Attract MLMers – they know what to expect of an online business.
  2. Better still, attract Super Affiliates – they will bring a huge downline with them.
  3. Make use of free downline building programs and build trust with your downline. That way they will want to follow you to your major program.

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April 2006

  1. Use testimonials. If you can get together a collection of appreciative comments about your website or product, it will help your credibility no end.
  2. When you’re tempted to enter into an email slanging match because you have been accused of spamming, or someone denies having requested information, just don’t! It won’t help and may even provoke them into formally complaining to your ISP.
  3. Make sure your antivirus software is up to date. There are new, viruses, worms, etc. being invented daily – even a weekly update isn’t enough.

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March 2006

  1. If you have your own website, put a Subscribe form on every page so that you can capture your visitors’ contact details.
  2. Create a contest and put a form on your site or in a pop-up box. The entry “fee” is your visitor’s email address.
  3. When you place advertisements, display your email or Autoresponder email address rather than your url then you can send subscribers your url and keep in touch for ever.

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February 2006

  1. Give people facts – they like to know that their judgement is backed up with proof and facts.
  2. If you’re chatting to people, don’t lose the opportunity to tell them about your business (and get their email address to add to your list).
  3. Offer something free to attract people into subscribing to your ezine or buying from your website.

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January 2006

  1. Personalise your emails. People are more likely to open them if you use their first name in the subject.
  2. Get people’s attention – the subject is crucial to whether your email is opened or not. Don’t forget though, it must be relevant to the content of your email or it is SPAM!
  3. Use bullet points – they avoid the use of lengthy sentences and make your emails easier to read.

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November 2005

  1. Never, ever, ever SPAM, it may result in the suspension or termination of your email account. If you’re not sure what SPAM is, see next weeks article for a full definition.
  2. Offer something free to attract subscribers to your list. There are plenty of free ebooks out there – or you could write your own
  3. AOL uses a different system to create a live link.
    If you want to promote is “http://www.mydomain.com”,
    you need to type it as:
    Your Text
    (where “Your Text” is anything you want – maybe
    “Click Here” or something similar.)

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October 2005

  1. Use Hyperlinks for your email or autoresponder address and any website you want to include in an email (next week, I’ll tell you how).
  2. Always use a signature block – it’s an ideal opportunity to advertise a secondary business.
  3. Start your email with a catchy headline and finish with a P.S. Research shows that those are the parts of an email which will really grab people’s attention.

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September 2005

  1. Don’t use brightly coloured or odd fonts – they can be very difficult to read. Black text on a white background is best using Courier, Arial or Times New Roman, even if you think it’s really boring.
  2. Don’t fill your emails with, flashing buttons and banners – it will drive your potential customers away.
  3. Be friendly. Write as if you’re having a conversation, not writing a formal business letter. People respond better to a friendly tone.

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August 2005

  1. Wrap email text at 65 characters or less – some email clients automatically wrap at 60 – 65 characters and if your line format
    is longer it will arrive looking a mess!
  2. Don’t use all capital letters in your heading or text. Internet etiquette has it that capital letters are the equivalent
    of shouting at someone.
  3. Run the spell checker and/or get someone to check your ad copy. Your email is your image and if your email is full of
    grammar and spelling mistakes, you can guess what impression that will have on your prospective customers.

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July 2005

  1. When you’re looking at a network marketing business, make sure they have a product that you can and would use yourself. It’s nearly impossible to be enthusiastic about something that YOU think is useless.
  2. Beware of gifting schemes, money doublers and the like.
  3. Search Google for the name of the company – check out what people are saying about them.

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