Sailing the seas of online marketing and plundering the riches as an affiliate pirate.

Friday, April 25, 2008

New music community

I just discovered a new site which is a blend between a social network and an online radio. It lets you to listen to streaming music for free, plus, it allows the artists to create their profiles, write blogs and such, and fans can leave comments and beg for a spot in the friends list of their gods (ah, the good times). The site is named Cyloop, and this is my Squidoo lens I'm linking to which contains the info I was able to find about this social network/music community.

So, what's the big deal you say? It's true that there are many online radios (like the famous last.fm) but this is the first one that lets you connect with the artists (which many rabid fans will be happy about) and also create customized playlists and actually choose what exact tracks you want to listen to. Of course, there are the good old radio channels as well (Rock, Hip Hop, Dance, etc).

Seems like this one has a potential to grow huge!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Qassia - backlink building and ad revenue sharing

I have read about this new site on a Squidoo lens and decided to signup. Qassia proudly names itself an 'Intelligence Engine'; it's basically a collection of random pieces of information (they call them 'intel') about anything and everything - be it articles, guides, a few lines about your favorite pet, or even poetry. After you submit your 'intel', it will be screened and rated by other members, and then linked from your profile page. It will also be added to Qassia's directory, where people can find it when browsing the topics.

Qassia offers two things to it's members: free backlinks, and ad revenue sharing. First of all, you can place a link to your sites next to each of your 'intel' pieces. It's a good idea to write an article and link it to your website which speaks about the same topic. The backlinks aren't worth much right now, but when Qassia becomes more popular (it's still in closed beta right now) they might become quite beneficial from SEO point of view.

Ad revenue sharing is the second reason to join Qassia. If you enter your Google AdSense publisher ID, all ad revenue from clicks on AdSense shown in your pages (intel and profile) will go straight to you. However, I am still a bit cautious about Qassia, and I'm not sure if I'd feel too comfortable entering my AdSense ID with them. Perhaps it's wiser to wait till they quit beta at least.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Feedburner Sucks

Seems like a great tool to track your subscribers, as well as add other cool things to your blog, right? Wrong! FeedBurner has been down lately way to often, and if you have their FeedFlare added to your blog (a little neat script that adds automatic social bookmars to the footer of every post), it makes your blog load extremely slowly. It takes a few minutes for most browsers to 'realize' that the FeedFlare isn't loading and to stop attempting it. The end result is you loosing your visitors.

Screw FeedBurner. In the butt.

Edit (April 22nd): It hasn't been down since (or I didn't notice it). And apparently this problem might only be limited to specific geographical locations. I wouldn't want to badmouth something which otherwise is a great service - but I still think making my blog unloadable is the worst thing such service could do!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another new blog

Ah, it seems I'm starting new blogs pretty often nowadays (even though it's only my second one). This time it's closer to the topic of Andrew Owns Agloco (making money online), but much more specific. Squidoography is my new blog dedicated to Squidoo social network that lets you build small, simple web pages on a specific topic, and make money from them. The idea is great: just write about anything you like (everyone's an expert on something, right?) and get paid for the visitors you get and the sales that your lens (that's what they call the pages on Squidoo) generates.

With Squidoography, I will be tracking my progress by posting my monthly payouts, as well as sharing interesting ideas and reviewing my own and other interesting lenses. If you are interested in making money by writing about topics you like, or getting more visitors for your own blog or website, consider joining Squidoo. I believe I already had mentioned this project a number of times on AoA, which just proves how much I like it :-)

Friday, April 4, 2008

My new blog

I'm glad to say that after a long period of inactivity in this area, I finally started a new weblog! Following the 'blog about something you like idea', I thought, why not write about the MMORPG I'm looking forward to playing? Thus, my brand new Age of Conan blog was born. It is hosted by Blogger too, since I don't want to worry about server costs right now - only to post some of my thoughts about the upcoming game. Even if my new blog has a completely different topic from this one, I think several months of writing to Andrew Owns Agloco was a great and educating experience (seeing how this was my first blog ever). Hopefully the things I learned will help me with AoCBlog too.

I suppose I should tell you more about the game, too. Or not. You can find out everything if you just go to my blog, or even better, the official site for Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Suffice to say, it's one of the most anticipated games in 2008 and the first one of the big three MMORPGs coming out this year.

On a different note, you might remember that I used to have Bidvertiser ads in this blog. I tried adding them to AoCBlog, but their idea of "games" were online casinos and poker. Ugh. So, I decided to test out AdBrite instead. I'll post an update of how it turned out later.