Last month an incident happened that made me realize how dependent I am to Google. It all started when I did my daily check of my largest ClickBank account. It appeared that I had made only 2 sales the prior day, something that rarely (if ever) happens.
Ever wanted to check out your ClickBank accounts on the go? If so, you probably know what a pain in the ass it is, especially if you try to access multiple accounts. There is a new iPhone app available in the App Store called CB Stats that will allow you to check multiple ClickBank accounts in no time. It’s good, it’s fast, and it does exactly what it’s supposed to. But there’s still a few features missing.
I know what I’m doing tomorrow – Friday night – at 9pm. I will be behind my computer, on Facebook, to set up my own vanity URL. Indeed, Facebook is finally allowing users to get their own usernames.
The following is a discussion I started in the San Diego Business group on LinkedIn. So far, no one commented on it so I guess people still don’t get it. I though it was an interesting write so I decided to post it on my blog as well.
Something that freaks me out more than anything online is seeing some of my websites or pages disappearing from Google’s index from time to time. There is generally a good reason for that to happen and troubleshooting the issue quickly and thoroughly can help you save tons of “leaking traffic”. I had a similar problem over the weekend. Let me tell you what happened and how I fixed it.
A few months ago, I finally took the the plunge by quitting my full time job in order to focus 100% on my internet business, and so far, I have to admit it is the best decision I ever made: I don’t have anyone to report to anymore; I don’t have a schedule; I do what I want; and I can work from anywhere in the world. The best is, I make about as much (maybe more) than I did in my full time job. Looks great on the paper, doesn’t it? But is it as great as it seems to be?
If you use Google Analytics to track your websites stats, you have probably realized that Google doesn’t let you see the full URL of the sites referring traffic to you. That’s a basic feature that somehow is not included in GA but fortunately for us, there is a simple trick you can implement to display the full URL of the referring site.
DoshDosh posted a really good article today titled “6 fool-proof steps to make more money with your website“. I suggest you read this article as it is a gold mine of clever ideas. While everything in his post completely makes sense, I actually hadn’t really thought about it before. The point of the article is to show you how to optimize your high traffic pages to generate sales or subscriptions. Right after reading DoshDosh’s article, I implemented some of his advice on one of my sites. Here is what I did.
A little over 2 years ago, I started a website called iPod Media Selection on which I wanted to sell iPod softwares through affiliate programs. It did pretty well for a while because I was marketing the hell out of it, mostly by spamming forums and blogs. I soon got tired of playing the cat and mouse game with forums so I completely stopped marketing it. Then came the iPhone…
We all have a vague idea of how Google Adwords works. You give them a list of keywords, create your ad and and set a maximum bid. But do you really know how the ad auction work? It’s all based on 3 simple criteria: your max bid, other advertisers max bid, and ad quality (CTR, relevance, landing page). Taking all these criteria into account, Google will then give you an ad rank, which will eventually determine your actual CPC. Sounds confusing? Then read on…