Internet Marketing Blog
The Internet Marketing blog of Mike Merz, Internet Marketing consultant, in regards to what's hot ... and what's not, in the world of Internet Marketing.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
IM4Newbies Forum Update - 4/29/04
Hi, All ..;)
Just a few tidbits of info to help keep you tuned into what's going on in the IM4Newbies Forum.
- Autoresponder services: Pros and Cons
- Recent posts you may find interesting ...
- Top 5 Forum contributors ...
- Options you have if you DON'T want to receive these updates.
I started a thread asking for member opinions regarding the two giants of the autoresponder service industry ...AWeber and GetResponse.
Aaron C. responded ... and so did Tom Kulzer, CEO and founder of AWeber.com ...
Mike "this should be yet another great to and fro! ..;)" Merz
The now infamous "The Coffee Business" thread continues ...
Kevin Robb performed a survey ... find out what it's all about, and put in your own two cents ..;)
What accounts for most, or all, of your Online income?
Vote ... and reply, here:
David has launched a new site ... and would like some constructive criticism ...
Henrik successfully completed his mini challenge!
... who's next?
The Top 5 Forum contributors
Tam - 657 - http://www.ebookmojo.com/
James - 573 - http://www.web-site-power-promoters.com/
Becky - 518 - http://www.marketingauction.com/
Rick - 375 - http://www.cashjunctiontallysheet.com/
Lynn - 244 - http://www.selfstartersweeklytips.com/
Options you have if you DON'T want receive these updates ...
- Email me back with your Forum ID, and I'll remove you from the database ... and the forum.
- Go into your profile, and change your email address on record to one that will keep me out of your main Inbox (free remote account).
Understand that these mailings are used to keep the forum active, NOT for promotional purposes ..;)
< mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org >
That's all, folks!
Mike "see you in the forum!" Merz
The IM4Newbies Internet Marketing Forum Directory
Find out why less than 10% of your subscribers
may actually be reading your email messages …
and what you can do to reverse this problem.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Branding your business, and yourself, with a quality logo graphic.
After much searching, I stumbled upon Draw-Me.com
, which offers personal caricatures and logos (animated, if so desired) at amazingly low prices ...
I actually purchased a new logo for myself ... and can't wait to see the results ..;)
Give Draw-Me a looksee ... it might be what you've been looking for.
Monday, April 26, 2004
Free HTML Newsletter Templates?
That's the basis of a recent forum query I recieved the other day.
A fellow forum member wanted to know if AWeber
made the aforementioned templates available ...
To the best of my knowledge, they don't. :(
Fortunately, I had a response that satisfied them .. ;)
Here's the link to a few cut n paste HTML newsletter templates that can be easily modified to your liking.
Free HTML Newsletter Templates
Friday, April 23, 2004
Small Business Website (http://www.smallbusinesswebsite.com/) Review ...
While searching around the Net for quality Marketing forums to add to my Forum Directory
, I happened upon Tim Kerber's SmallBusinessWebsite.com
, a members only site dedicated to Online Business.
Having found it interesting, on the surface, I felt obligated to ask Tim (who has passed in and out of the IM4Newbies Forum on occasion) for a look inside.
For the short time I had the chance to poke around ... I was extremely impressed.
... and I didn't even scratch the surface of what Tim had to offer.
Needless to say ... I'm an official member, now ..;)
I've paid $99 a month, and more, to member sites for research purposes ... and most couldn't touch the amount of usable info you'll find here.
Check it out for yourself ... I'm sure you'll see that I'm not exaggerating.
Tim Kerber's SmallBusinessWebsite.com
Friday, April 16, 2004
PayCodes.com - The First PayPal and eBay Coupon System ...
It's pretty much a no brainer that you have to remain competative if you want to make it Online.
One way to do this is to offer benefits to the customer above and beyond the competetion ... a few popular ways to do this is to provide discounts, rebates, or other forms of compensation.
PayCodes.com allows internet sellers who process payments through PayPal.com to create custom PayPal coupon codes to use as a promotional tool for online customers. PayCodes coupons are used to reward and motivate buyers who pay with PayPal.
This is the first service of it's kind ... give it a looksee
Monday, April 12, 2004
Peter Twist, Marty Foley, Carl Herold Teleseminar Friday ...
My good buddy Peter Twist (The Internet Marketing Lounge) is holding a teleseminar on Friday, April 16th.
His guests will include Marty Foley and Carl Herold, and the main topic will be how to increase website income by improving tracking techniques and conversion rates.
Those who wish to be in on the call will also recieve ...
- MP3 audio copy of the teleseminar
- PDF transcript
- Free lifetime membership to The Internet Marketing Lounge (worth £147)
- Secret Traffic Generation Techniques with Terry Dean (worth $67)
- Ewen Chia's RESELL RIGHTS SECRETS (worth $47 + bonuses)
I'll let Peter tell you the rest ..
Sunday, April 11, 2004
Simple PHP redirect - hit notification script
My good friend Adrian Ling (easybiztools.com) offered up a neat little PHP redirect, that sends you an email notification each time it's clicked.
It also provides the referred site ... as long as your site host has that function enabled.
Either way, it's an easy way to redirect an affiliate URL (or one you'd like to shorten), and the email notification is extra handy if you're tracking hits from from an ad run, split test, or download.
Cut and paste the following code into a blank page, and save it as 'whatever.php'
-------- start ------------
/* =========== start editing ========= */
$domain = "yourdomain.com";
$emailto = "email@example.com";
$subject = "Ebook Download Hit Report";
$url = "http://www.theurlyouwanttorediertto.com/";
/* ========= end of edit =========== */
$ref = getenv("HTTP_REFERER");
$today = date("d-M-Y [H:i:s]");
$req = getenv("REQUEST_URI");
$req_url = "http://www." . $domain . $req;
$mesg= "Date: $today:\nURL hit: $req_url\nReferred by: $ref\n";
-------------- end ------------------
Edit only the following lines in the script above ...
"yourdomain.com" - domain name of the site it's being uploaded to (without the 'http://').
"firstname.lastname@example.org" - the email address you want the click report sent to.
"Ebook Download Hit Report" - the subject name of the hit report.
"http://www.theurlyouwanttorediertto.com/" - the URL you want to redirect to.
Adrian is the man behind easyClickMate
, the ultimate ClickBank Affiliate Program management software.
I've arranged for Adrian to give you a special discount, which can only be accessed via this link
(easyClickMate 4.0 was just recently released ... and it's easily the best version yet).
Thursday, April 01, 2004
Boosting Sales Opportunities Through Joint Venture Marketing
Networking with successful Online Marketers is a great way to jump on the fast track to more exposure, traffic, sales opportunities ... and conversions.
Whether it's developing new product ideas, co production, or co promotion, joint ventures are simply a must.
I'm a proud member of Michael A. Woo-Ming, MD and Randy Charach's JVNetwork
, and would love to have the opportunity to see you on the inside. ;)
Give it a looksee ...
Dr. Mike and Randy have some exciting stuff planned for the near future ... read all about it, here
Effective, Free Tool For Pay Per Click Campaign Optimization
Check this out ...
Just punch in a general keyword or key phrase, and this handy tool offers the following info ...
* Lists related keyword phrases from Google™.
* Lists related Keywords from Overture™ with number of searches conducted.
* Lists the number of pages related to that given keyword or phrase in Major Search Engines like Altavista™, Yahoo™, MSN™, AllTheWeb™, AOL™, Teoma™ etc.
* List URLs of Top 5 Ranking WebSites in Google/Yahoo.
* Displays Link Popularity, Meta Keywords and Alexa™ Ranking of 5 Top Ranking sites.
I also recommend ... highly ...
WordTracker compiles a database of terms that people search for. You enter some keywords, and WT tells you how often people search for them, and also tells you how many competing sites use those keywords.
The advantage to using WordTracker is that it instantly tells you what people are searching for, AND the results that these search terms produce ... allowing you to choose keywords that are highly searched, but have fewer results ... bettering your chances of achieving high ranking, and increased conversions.
The Ultimate Marketers Resource ...
I must admit ... the title of this entry, which also happens to be the name of the service that Marc and Terry Goldman offer, is a mighty hefty claim.
Which is why I took the time to check out The Ultimate Marketers Resource
, which offers:
... an advanced shopping cart.
... affiliate management software.
... unlimited sequential autoresponders.
... list server access.
... an email list co-op.
... an ad rotator.
... a form generator.
... a contact manager.
... advanced ad/site tracking.
... a recommend it tool.
... a popup window maker.
... and more.
Basically, it's an all in one Online business manager ... and worth checking out, for sure.
Marc and Terry are currently running a 30 day free trial of UMR ... so it won't cost you a dime to kick the tires.
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