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Derek last won the day on June 16 2012

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  1. Sort of off topic - Following Rich Dad's advice?

    I'm not overly familiar with Kiyosaki, but a few of my good friends from college work as financial advisors, accountants for hedge funds etc. That's more or less the same advice I've gotten from them. They all have their opinion on how to diversify investments, but the common view is to invest money, rather than to spend it. For the most part.
  2. Another question: When you say you have $10k in your bank, is that all you've got, or $10k of extra money that is sitting there and you're fine paying your rent etc without it?
  3. I like the change, but I don't really care whether it costs advertisers money or not. If they can't optimize their ads and get their budgets smoked with useless clicks, that sucks for them. I'm more concerned with the integrity of organic search. I'd be interested to see data on the number of clicks going to paid vs. unpaid listings with each setup. Don't know how anyone would get that done, but I'm sure if you could peek behind the curtain at Google, it would be pretty interesting to see the data they've compiled on click-thru rates.
  4. That's all old news. What's the point of this thread other than to rail against Google for coming out with a product for a specific niche market? Google doesn't care about anyone but Google, and they have no need to change that. Don't like it, don't play their game.
  5. Right, you're not their target market. I think it's pretty nuts too, but then again, I don't have any sites getting 45 million visits per month, like Huffington Post (grain of salt on that number though, I got it from Compete) apparently does. I'm not fan of Google, but I could care less if they offer a product to a part of the market that I'll never be in and don't really want to be in.
  6. Yeah, they're not really thinking about niche marketers with this. Their target clients are the mega traffic sites like Huffington Post, Breitbart, the Gawker Media Network, Mashable etc. Nothing wrong with them, just trying to serve a really high dollar part of the internet. The webmasters behind sites like that will probably love something like this, but I do wonder whether those sites have it in their budget to pay for this. It's surprising how little profit some of those sites make.
  7. This forum isn't really much on affiliate marketing through social media. A few people seem to be doing it, but it's not really the direction of many here. If you want to see people who DO use FB ads for affiliate marketing, you may want to look at Stack That Money, but it's almost $100/month to join.
  8. This is only part true. Expanding beyond one traffic source is not just profitable, but smart. But you can sell through FB ads and on fan pages. Don't think that you'll sell products to cure hemorrhoids or something, but a well done FB ad can certainly turn a nice profit in the right market. Yup, testing is the key to any and all marketing success, IMO. Just splashing a bunch of money into the pot isn't going to cut it. I've seen a few campaigns that have generated clicks for less than $.01. That's insane, and not something I've pulled off, but it happens and it often comes down to testing several ads. The first is rarely the winner. I'd have a hard time believing that someone could generate traffic at that price and not turn a profit in almost any niche.
  9. Yeah, this isn't true at all. You had a bad experience, and that's not good, but I've built a fan page to over 1,000 fans in the last week for less than $100 and am generating a steady stream of traffic and opt-ins on a new site. FB ads, just like Adwords and other networks takes some learning, but it's no where near completely useless. You can make a ton of things socially appealing if you know what you're doing. I'm far from an expert, but I am good enough to get a positive ROI and almost entirely free of Google's whims on this project. I'm looking for other ways to push traffic to the site since there's not much activity on Twitter or Pinterest, but once I get a couple more steady traffic streams, I will pay even less attention to SEO than I am now, which isn't much.
  10. Facebook can be awesome for direct linking to affiliate products. You've got to be advertising the right products though. There is also a bit of a science to ad creation beyond effective copy writing that most people fail miserably at with Facebook. Same with Adwords, but Facebook can be unbelievably fun and profitable if you get it right. Lead gen, list building, fan pages, affiliate marketing... they're all good on Facebook if you are in the right niche and know what you're doing.
  11. Backlinks XXX - ViperChill

    I do buy the occasional course or report, often to see what other people think passes for a product, but I've picked up a few things on copywriting, Facebook advertising etc that have served me well. Regarding SEO... There are two training courses that have been very good, given where I was at the time. I wouldn't buy anything else now.
  12. Backlinks XXX - ViperChill

    It's a course, and it's not unlike a lot of other "beginner" SEO courses out there. I like his stuff and trust his recommendations, but if you've been doing this for more than a couple months, there isn't really anything in there that'll be new.
  13. Can't Google track bounce rates based on whether someone is signed into their Google Account? I would assume that if they're tracking activity for ad and to personalize results, they can, or do, track bounce rates. Of course, if people don't have a Google account, or aren't signed in, then it doesn't matter. edit: Also, with Chrome holding such a large market share in terms of browser activity, isn't that just more opportunity for them to track usage, with or without Adsense, Analytics or some other Google Code on a site?
  14. Reading the first sentence, I would guess it has to do more with the poor writing than anything else. Textbroker is supposed to have all American writers. I write there now and then to get money together for advertising campaigns on FB, and had to submit info to prove that I'm a US citizen. If the content is cleaned up, then it's important to understand that Bounce Rate is not the be-all-end-all of visitor satisfaction. AJ Kohn wrote a good article on "The Time To Long Click": http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/time-to-long-click. It's still not great when you're looking for click thrus to products or on ads, but it's not always a big deal in terms of whether your pages are seen as high quality or not. Still though, longer visits increase the chances that a visitor will click a product link or opt-in to a subscriber list. Experimenting with different sidebar locations, changes to navigation, interlinking, images, video, audio etc can all be effective at reducing high bounce rates. Before you do anything else though, clean up the writing.