Friday, October 28, 2005

Why PayDotCom?

PayDotCom is the new paypal-based alternative to ClickBank. As an affiliate you can promote the products listed at PayDotCom just like you can at ClickBank - it's simply a new affiliate network that you can join for free and earn money through product sales. The only major difference is that you dont have to wait for a check to arrive in the mail... they payout via PayPal.

As a merchant, PayDotCom has a lot of features that make it a more appealing option than ClickBank. For starters, your merchant account is free (unlike ClickBank which charges a $49.95 activation fee).

And again, you dont have to wait for a check - in fact, when one of your products sells (either directly, or through one of your affiliates) the money goes directly into your PayPal or Stormpay account. There's no waiting period at all.

Another perk is that you can sell an unlimited number of products through your PayDotCom account. With ClickBank you can only sell one product per account (unless you purchase EasyClickMate software to get around this) - which means you pay $49.95 to set up each product on ClickBank. PayDotCom does have a one time $29 activation fee for multiple products, but that one fee will allow you to set up an unlimited number of products.

You can also sell both physical and digital products through PayDotCom. You can even set up subscription based items, such as a membership-based site or ongoing service. ClickBank only allows you to list digital goods, such as info products.

It just makes sense to choose PayDotCom over ClickBank. There are tons of reasons why... but another one of the big differences is that PayDotCom allows you to email all of your affiliates - ClickBank does not. That has been one of the major problems with ClickBank - that you had no idea who your affiliates were, and no way to contact them. Add in the fact that you had no control over refunds, were forced to offer a specific guarantee and had no real stats to work with... and ClickBank was extremely restrictive. However, it was the best option for a long time because it was one of the only options (outside of setting up the software to manage your own affiliate program in-house).

I signed up for a free acount myself, so I've had an opportunity to check things out behind the scenes. It's very easy to use, and they offer a lot of features to both the affiliate and the merchant. I was impressed with it, myself - and am surprised I havent heard more talk about it than I have.

Check it out for yourself: Click the Vendors button there on the main page, and then click the "check it out to compare..." link.

I'm not sure why anyone would even choose ClickBank anymore, now that PayDotCom is available. For years now there has been talk about inaccurate reporting at ClickBank, "dry spells" where no sales were reported at all in accounts that get consistent sales otherwise, etc. With all of that in question, and all of the features lacking that any good affiliate program manager should offer... I see ClickBank needing to make major changes, or phasing out altogether.

And I'll give you one more reason to sign up for a free account, if you havent already: You can refer other people to PayDotCom and earn $5 for every new free account that results from your recommendation. I remember when PayPal first appeared on the scene... and offered a $10 referral commission. Since the accounts were free, a lot of people signed up when they were introduced to PayPal by someone else... and many people made hundreds - even thousands - of dollars on those referrals! This is another such opportunity ;)

The link I gave above ( is my own referral link. It will cost you absolutely nothing to set up a free account - through which you can promote other people's products, or set up your own to sell - and I will earn $5 when you do that. From there you can share your own link with others, and earn $5 for every referral (in addition to selling products for commission, or kick-starting your own affiliate program).

PayDotCom stands to benefit YOU in several ways... and by signing up (again, at no cost to you) you can also support all of my work here online at the same time. A win/win for us both ;)

Monday, October 24, 2005

My RoboMaid - I Love This Gadget!

Last week I ordered a RoboMaid online. I had originally seen it on TV, checked out the website, did a quick search for consumer reviews... and then headed to eBay, which is where I ended up ordering mine.

You can click here to watch the commercial (link opens in a new window - hold down your CTRL key if you have a pop-up blocker). It's pretty fuzzy if you view it full screen, but you can adjust your browser size (minimize it) for better quality.

Look up RoboMaids currently listed on eBay --> This is a search results link, so it will show you any current auctions on eBay for the RoboMaid. I purchased mine from anygifts (powerseller with 3426 positive feedback score), though I see that there are some there for lower prices now. I still saved over $10 by ordering through eBay, and the item was new in the box as stated -- and shipped very quickly, I might add ;)

My RoboMaid arrived on Saturday morning and I have to tell you... I was really skeptical that it was going to work. My house is all hard wood floors and linoleum, and even after sweeping twice in two days I still felt like my floors had a layer of dust on them. It's been incredibly dry here in Tennessee for the last few months which just makes it worse. It's maddening really if you're home all day in your sock feet! Or worse - barefoot - ack!

So I charge the little sucker up. It's really neat - it comes with a ball that charges like a cell phone. You charge it 3 hours the first time, let it die all the way down and then recharge it. My first thought was very nice, no batteries to keep replacing!

I could hardly wait to try it out! Once it charged I put it on the floor and let it loose in the kitchen. It took about 3 seconds, and then it was off - just like they showed on the commercial. It went under the kitchen table, around the edges of the floor (under the cabinets, under the edge of the stove)... and then it went under the microwave cart. It was fast, and I was impressed! Not only did it pick every little thing up off of the floor, but it got in little places you dont even think about!

I was completely sold on it before it even finished the kitchen, so I let it loose in the rest of the house and went on about my business. After it finally shut off, I recharged it and then let it clean each of the bedrooms (under the beds, in the corners, you name it!). This morning is day three with my new RoboMaid... and I LOVE IT!

I got up this morning and headed for the coffee pot - from one end of the house to the other, in my bare feet. I had to smile. It's funny what a small price I had to pay for such a luxury.

As for the broom - that baby is retired. All she ever did was kick up dust and get me into a sniffly sneezing fit. Besides, using a broom is work. The RoboMaid is "passive housework"... and every bit as nice as passive income ;)

If I keep this up, I'm not going to know what to do with myself ;) :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

$2.99 for Top Level Domain Names

Yahoo! has a special running where you can get domain names for only $2.99 ea! Better grab as many as you can while they're cheap ;)

Here are the details:

  • The most popular domain name extensions
    (.com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .us)
  • 24-hour toll-free customer support
  • Domain name registration terms from 1-5 years
  • Easy-to-use control panel with DNS management
  • Domain forwarding so you can point to an existing site
  • Email forwarding to a free Yahoo! email address
  • Bonus starter web page to post online until you are ready for a web site
  • Domain locking helps prevent unauthorized transfers
  • Private Domain Registration helps protect you from spam by blocking your contact information from the public WHOIS (+$9.00/year at signup)

Click here and grab a few while they're cheap!

I'm off to register some dot-com's ;) :)

What's Your Personality?

Check out this online personality test:

It's quick (seriously - 3 to 4 minutes, tops!) and the results I got were really interesting! Here's what they had to say about me:

Entrepreneur! That's the word that best represents your Style. You are an equal combination of aware thought and realistic action. In other words, you'll see something unusual, think about it, organize your thoughts around it into a realistic goal and then, immediately act on it. Sometimes you're successful and sometimes you're not. That's what makes your life exciting.

Here's what's different about what you do compared to other people. You're an applied risk taker! You are not afraid to take action on your awareness.

Another process of yours that is different compared to others is that you'll incubate your thoughts for a longtime and then, out of nowhere, want to apply them directly. The plus is that your thoughts are original and when applied correctly, they can be very successful. The problem is that others around you have not been clued into your thoughts until you're ready to run with them. They have not been prepared to assist you. This dichotomy between thought and action can sometimes create confusion to those around you.

You're thinking process is a combination of intuition and concrete, applied logic. Yes, you can think and even express yourself theoretically and strategically. But, when push comes to shove, you'll want to take these ideas and develop them into active, participatory thoughts that can lead to specific actions.

You vacillate from procrastinating to finishing something to wanting to get it done ahead of time. The compromise is that you usually finish what you start out to accomplish on time. That's why it's important for you to set deadlines for yourself and your projects.

Right on target ;)

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Niche Blogs Make Money

Blogging has become very popular over the last couple of years... and taken a turn from "an online journal" to a powerful marketing strategy for the online business owner.

There is a lot that you can do with a blog, or with an RSS feed. As an online journal (mine being an example) it is a great way to communicate on a more personal level with your target market... and also to reach new people who may be interested in what you do or what you offer.

You can also set up a "product feed" to go along with a product-based site, and use this as an additional method to get quality inbound links and gain exposure.

You can use a blog to syndicate content across the web, to gain a whole new group of "subscribers" and increase your total readership... or just to gain hundreds of new inbound links that are set up specifically for bloggers or those with a 'feed'.

Out of all that, Niche Blogging has become very popular. Word is getting out that people are earning astronomical amounts with their blogs. Check out Darren Rowse or Jason Calacanis. Jason has blogs in a variety of niches - babies, cancer (not related - separate niches) among many others.

Until now, the only way to really accomplish that on a large scale was to hire freelance bloggers to continually update your blogs with fresh unique content. Certainly not a bad business model... but I have to admit, it really got my attention when I was introduced to Gary Huynh's product titled Power Your WordPress . You can read more here.

Learn how to create a $1,000,000 a year income by setting up niche blogs - Click Here

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one ;)

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Just my luck

So I decided to have a couple of drinks last night. A few, actually. Three, to be exact... and I'm not a drinker. No big deal, right? The last month has been really difficult and I figured it would do me good to unwind and have a good nights sleep.

I did, and it was :)

This morning I was up at 5:30am as usual... with a nice little vodka hangover. Nothing major, just a dull persistent headache and a fleeting thought of going back to bed :p

6:40am - the electric company arrives. It's now almost lunch and they are still trimming the trees in the front yard. And that wouldnt be so bad except they have this huge and incredibly loud grinding machine thingy running non-stop right along side the trimmers.

Did I mention it was loud??

Of course, you know what they say: When it rains, it pours. The plumber showed up around 9am to check out the problem that popped up in the bathroom. A drain line or something had busted... I dont know - whatever it was, we were without water yesterday. Or rather, I should say, we did have water but using it caused some kind of volcanic activity in the bathroom. LOL Oh brother.

So along with the electric company and their beeping trucks and rumbling grinder out front, I now have plumbers digging up the entire yard out back :)

Nice. I gave up on the notion of sneaking a cat nap, and decided to catch up on some work instead. No big deal :p

By the way - did you catch Dr Phil yesterday?? I dont watch very much tv myself, and I'm certainly not a Dr Phil fan... but Mary Goulet was on the show yesterday! Actually it was both Mary and Heather, partners in the site & show.

They joined Dr Phil on a quest to help Moms get more organized and cut the chaos and clutter out of their lives. It was a pretty good show... and funny, too - or at least I thought it was ;)

Anyway, it was great to see Mary & Heather... and the kids too. I guess it's been 2 1/2 years since my last trip to San Diego (since before I moved here to take care of Grandmother full time). Portia (Mary's youngest daughter) looked so BIG on the show!! The last time I saw her she was just a cute little bundle with a big cheeky smile sitting in my lap :)

Not much else to share on this end. I've been keeping busy, enjoying the fall weather - oh, and... well, doing a little shopping of course :) I'm not shopping for "back to school". I'm not shopping for "holidays". But yet I'm still in the mood to shop lately it seems... Must be the Fall weather, or just the subliminal "shopping season!" messages floating around everywhere I go.

I noticed affiliate sales are back up the last week or so, too... so I'm not the only one :)

Anyway I'm a big FranklinCovey fan, so I was surfing their site over the weekend. I checked out their new products, clicked around to see what they had on sale. And then I decided to check for Franklin Covey products on eBay. Wow - what a steal! I Won a classic size leather zipper binder for 99 cents! LOL (and, um, I still have 2 or 3 bids out on other items that were just too cool to pass up hehe) - you've gotta admit, the binder/purse combos are really nice!

Speaking of which... you can even surf Wal-Mart's clearance aisle online! There are lots of great deals online these days -,,, just to name a few of my favorites.

I'll definitely be doing my holiday shopping from right here at home again this year ;)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Viral Marketing Made Easy!

I got an email last week from Harvey Segal about his new book, The Ultimate Supertip. I took a look at it, ended up reading it cover to cover - - and I was completely floored!

Of course, it didnt hit me until the very last page (you'll see why when you read it), but when it did... I knew that Harvey's book was quite simply the greatest viral marketing idea of all time!

You absolutely must check this out. It's free, it's quick & easy to read... and it will open your eyes to an idea and opportunity that is truly unlike anything you've seen or heard on the 'net lately.

What is 'Viral Marketing'?

Viral marketing describes any strategy that encourages individuals to pass on a marketing message to others, creating the potential for exponential growth in the message's exposure and influence. source

To give you some ideas to ponder, creating a free ebook or guide to give away is a perfect example of Viral Marketing. Yes, you could put a price tag on it and sell it to earn money... but you can also earn money by giving it away!

How? Create a guide, report or ebook that appeals to your target market. You'll want to choose a good title with a catchy tag line, and really impress your readers with information or content that will leave an impression on them. Throughout your content you can weave in links to your website, or even affiliate links... or you can even promote the option to subscribe to your newsletter. Of course, nothing is stopping you from mentioning all three ;)

You can give the book away as a bonus to your subscribers, which serves as an incentive for visitors to subscribe to your list - building a powerful targeted follow-up system.

You can allow other webmasters and newsletter publishers that reach your target market to give your book away to their own visitors and readers... allowing you to gain massive exposure with no advertising cost.

You can submit your download link to every freebie site, ebook site, etc - giving you another marketing strategy that will land you hundreds of free inbound links.

For even more great ideas, you really should take a look at The Ultimate Supertip. It's a free download... and I promise you, you won't be disappointed! ;)

You'll also find an incredible little opportunity weaved into this book that will allow you to have your own Viral Marketing campaign... without even having to write your own book! And you wont just get exposure or clicks out of it -- you'll earn CASH!

Check it out - like I said, it's free... Harvey doesnt even ask for your email address:

Download The Ultimate Supertip Here

Enjoy! ;)

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Michel Fortin Proposes

Did you see this? If not, take a peek - it totally blew me away!

==> Michel Fortin Proposes On Stage

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If that brought a smile to your face... you'll also be happy to know that Alice Seba has made some interesting discoveries in life and love as well:

Congratulations are definitely in order!

Is it Spring? I thought it was Fall... but it's sure feeling like Spring around here lately ;)