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

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

ImageShack sucks

I had used ImageShack free image hosting service before and was utterly disappointed. It does work for most of the time, but they often have downtimes or periods when your images take ages to load, if at all. And I don't mean they have 95%+ of uptime, oh no (else I wouldn't be complaining) - it's more like 70% or so. The worst part is, of course, putting hosted images on your websites or online forums and then finding out that they are slowing down the page for every visitor..

Alternative? Buy some cheap hosting package that offers unlimited or big amounts of bandwidth and a reasonable amount of disk space. That's all you need to worry about if you only want to host pictures.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Personal Tax ID Number required by e-gold

It is pretty interesting that e-gold, as a part of their recent "transformation" to conform to US laws better, has started requiring a "Personal Tax ID Number" from all members:
For US persons, this must be your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Non-US persons enter your national tax ID number. This number cannot be changed so be sure to enter it correctly.

This kind of sucks for me and for some other international members, since my country doesn't use a tax ID number system like US does. Furthermore, I won't ever be able to change it... Talk about stupid.

Anyway, I'm thinking of just entering my full name or something along those lines. Supposedly, I could just enter my social insurance number, but I'm not sure that's what e-gold wants from me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

6dgr social network

It seems the list of paying social networks just keeps increasing. I just found this new site called 6dgr which is a social network that too pays you cash for using it. It's a little bit different than, say Yuwie or Zenzuu however. 6dgr does not pay you for page views, it pays you for referring people and using their financial "products". Don't worry - everything's 100% free, it just merely means that 6dgr will only pay to their own debit card; you get paid for each referral that signs up for this (free!) card, and you also get a few cents each time he or she uses it. It all adds up pretty quickly!

What a huge ad ^^ Anyway, here's the basic info of what 6dgr pay you for:

$4 for your 1st level referrals
$3 for your 2nd level referrals
$2 for your 2nd level referrals
And, your monthly residual income (whenever someone uses a 6dgr MasterCard to pay for something).

Remember, you only get credit for referrals who have activated their WaMu (Washington Mutual) payment accounts, since that's the payment processor that 6dgr uses - but, as I said before, it's free.

Note however that at the moment only US members will be able to get paid at 6dgr, since WaMu is US-based payment system only. However, international members can still join, recruit, and earn money once an international payment processor is added (should be in a few months, according to the site admin, so you'll have plenty of time to build those downlines).

The site doesn't seem very finished yet, but look at this as your chance to 'get in early', so to speak!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

List of best traffic exchanges for you to use

Hello, my name is Andrew, and I'm a traffic exchange junkey! Hehe. Seriously though, I love how much traffic TEs can drive to your site, and that's usually with very little to no cost at all! Sure, it might not be as effective as using Google AdWords, for one, but if you know what you're doing, you will soon learn how to capture the attention of the traffic exchange surfers and make them look at your site or the product you're promoting.

An important part of your traffic building strategy is choosing the best TEs. Some are just better than others: they offer better features (such as geotargeting), they have more members (wider audience!), they deliver more traffic, and so on. Now, I've reviewed a number of traffic exchanges on my blog, but that's still far from the number I use regularly. The thing about TEs is, you have to surf and promote a lot of them at once, building downlines until the whole thing just takes off by itself!

So getting to the point now, here's that list of best traffic exchanges that I was talking about. I hope you will find it useful and it will aid your marketing efforts. Don't forget to use splash pages to capture the attention of those zombie clickers!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Is Liberty Reserve Scam?

If you're looking for an asnwer to whether LibertyReserve online payment system is a scam or not, I'll let you know. Quite simply, it doesn't seem to be. On the contrary, it looks like a trusted payment system with highly advanced security features and low fees - sometimes even lower than those of e-gold, which was a long time leader in this industry when it came to offering the lowest transaction costs.

So, if you haven't already, you might as well create a LR account right now. Their cool Wallet system makes it really easy to pay for goods and services offered by the growing list of merchants accepting this type of online payment.

Do note that there are a number of so-called "HYIP investment" programs that accept LibertyReserve. In over 99% of cases they are scams. Do NOT waste your money this way! They have nothing to do with LibertyReserve payment system itself, however. HYIP programs simply choose to use LR due to anonymous nature of its transactions.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Free URL rotator with no ads

If you are looking for a free URL rotator that can be used in traffic exchanges, shows no ads whatsoever, redirects directly to the site instead of showing it in a frame, and also tracks statistics, look no further than TEToolBox. I've been using it for a while and I must say it's one of the best URL rotators I've ever seen. You can also create subrotators (basically, more rotators if you need them), make splash pages and even filter domains.

Yes, domain filtering... That has to be one of the best features ever! If you are promoting your TEToolBox rotator on StartXChange, for example, then if there's a StartXChange referral URL entered in the rotation, it will not be shown, in order not to waste your credits! StartXChange users won't see StartXChange referral URLs, and so on. Pretty smart, huh?

Now, I'm an upgraded member there, but upgrading isn't really needed. Even the free option of the rotator can be used without any ads! The only perk is up to 200 URLs instead of 5. The price is $10/mo which I think is a bit too high. That's why I upgraded at StartXChange traffic exchange instead for a mere $6/mo, got all the benefits of the upgrade there, PLUS a free upgrade at TEToolBox... $4/mo saved, plus, I get upgraded features both at StartXChange AND TEToolBox! Remember, you saw this tip here first ;)

Edit: it so happens that I've created a Squidoo lens on this topic. So if you're looking for more info about free rotators, feel free to visit. Yes, rotators in plural, since I've listed an online URL rotator service (TeToolBox) and a free rotator script (one from LJScripts) there, as well as some explanations about what are rotators used for.