Traffic Travis Version 4 Revealed -Caution-

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Traffic Travis Version 4 is offered by Mark Ling and sold through ClickBank. You may have heard about Mark Ling from his other products like AffilioBlueprint, Affiliroma and AffiloJetpak. In fact if you’re not familiar with Affiliorama it would be worth your while to check it out as there is a ton of free info there. You’ll have to give your name and email address but it’s worth it.

Mark Ling is a respected member of the internet marketing community and you may have already guessed is pretty much all about affiliate marketing. Search for his name or any of the listed products and what you’ll find is mostly positive. I can’t think of anyone who gets all positive reviews. So anyhow he seems to be one of the good guys in the internet marketing business.

Ok, on the Traffic Travis. Traffic Travis has been around for some time and version 4 is an update to a previous version. Traffic Travis is a tool that among other things will help you find out why competitors are out-ranking you and help you get an edge on them, uncover mistakes you may be making on your website and tell you how to fix them and help with the task of link building. Keyword research is another big part of the functionality. If you’re not aware of it, the use of proper keywords or phrases plays an important role in your marketing efforts. 

All in all over the years since its creation Traffic Travis had received good reviews and has been well received by the internet marketing community.

However this doesn’t seem to be the case with Traffic Travis version 4. From all the reports I’m getting version 4 seems like it was released to soon. Meaning there are bugs to be worked out and not just a couple but a lot. It seems that version 4 has all the right things that are important to internet marketing they just don’t seem to be working properly.

So what does that really mean. We all or most of us have been exposed to software that has been released to early and has flaws, anyone with a Windows based computer can attest to that. Reading through the forums Mark Ling has been on record stating that the problems showing up hadn’t occurred during the beta testing and I have no reason to doubt that statement. As I said previously Mark is well respected and one of the good guys.

Would I suggest updating to Traffic Travis version 4 or purchasing the product at this time? That depends on your experience in internet marketing and using tools such as this. If your new I’d say no, hold of until the bugs are worked out and then go for it. If you have some experience under your belt and feel adventurous I’d say it’s your call. Experience or not I personally don’t care to buy things that aren’t working, I also don’t like packing my own groceries or using the self scan thingies at the super market either, but that’s just me.

It seems that some who have purchased are asking for refunds and those who are fans of the previous version of Traffic Travis are sticking it out and waiting for the bugs to be fixed.

Either way this is a ClickBank product so you have the 60 money back guarantee option if you choose to do so. And Mark Ling has also stated in the forums that all who have purchased Traffic Travis version 4 will be taken care of.

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Popup Domination – A Review Of Popup Domination

Popup Domination is a software tool that allows you to place a popup lightbox opt in form on your website or blog. An opt in form is a way to capture a visitors information. Popup lightboxes are generally regarded as more effective at capturing visitor information than a static optin form residing on one of your website pages. Why, you may ask. In advertising or internet marketing it’s all about creating interference. You may also be asking yourself; why would I want to interfere with someone who’s visiting my website. The short answer is because it’s really really effective. And here’s a good rule of thumb when it comes to internet marketing, if no one else is doing it, it’s probably not worth doing. Popup optin forms are used a bunch.

There are many popup optin forms to pick from so here’s what Popup Domination has to offer.

  • 7 themes
  • 15 different colors options
  • works with any mailing list provider
  • page selection
  • can be used as an exit popup
  • has an impression counter

As you can see in the above description Popup Domination gives you more that what you can get by using the standard Aweber or GetResponse offerings.

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Here is a screen shot of a Popup Domination popup lightbox:

 

One thing I like is the option to select what page the popup appears on.

I also like the fact that Popup Domination can remember who your visitors are so they aren’t subjected to the same popup appearing everytime they return to your site.

With the purchase you receive:

  • Popup Domination Word Press plugin
  • Popup Domination stand alone (integrates with any system)
  • Email Domination System
  • PSD source files

FYI, a PSD file is one that is relevant to Adobe’s Photo Shop. PSD = Photo Shop Document. I didn’t know so I thought I’d look it up.

The asking price for this is $47.

The word on the street is this is a tool you should have. No negative comments found. I did see a couple of comments about Popup Domination not working with IE8 but that was only from one source and ended up being a non issue.

To review, if your in internet marketing or network marketing you need to have an optin form and the most effective type is the popup lightbox.

For $47 I think it’s a good deal and comes with a 60 day money back guarantee.

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Niche Finder – A Review of Niche Finder

Niche Finder, a Brad Callen offering, is all about keywords and how to find the best ones to fit your marketing plan.

What is a keyword? Think of a keyword as a central theme. It is used by search engines to find relevant search results. Keywords are used by those doing a search to find info on a specific topic. They are also used by internet marketers to discover what words are being searched for most. The importance of this is to assist the internet marketer in having their website visible to those doing the searching.

Niche Finder basically works like this:

What you see is basically laid out like a excel spreadsheet. Column 1 is the colored indicator, Column 2 is the keyword variable, Column 3 is the parent keyword, 4 is numeric value of difficulty, Column 5 is the global searches value, Column 6 is the local search value, Column 7 is the cost per click value for that particular word, Column 8 indicates adwords website density, Column 9 is the total results and then continues into the availability of .com, .net or .org.

Here is a screen shot of the software interface:

There are many iterations of this type of software available from many sources. However is you do any research on Brad Callen and I encourage you to do so, you’ll find he is a successful internet marketer and has developed many software tools to help automate the internet marketing process.

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The price for Niche Finder is $97 and comes with an 8 week money back guarantee.

Take a moment and read Brad’s story here.

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Paid Surveys Etc – A Review of Paid Surveys Etc.

Paid Surveys Etc is a work at home business that revolves around taking surveys. From my understanding the role of Paid Surveys Etc is to connect you with companies that want your opinion on products or services.

The cost to join this program is $69 however I see there is a 50% off coupon you can apply to your purchase. All the reviews say there is a monthly fee to remain in the program after the initial investment although I didn’t see that on the sales page. They do offer a 100% money back guarantee.

The word on the street isn’t all that great for Paid Surveys Etc. I’ve looked long and hard and didn’t come up with any two thumbs up kind of opinions. The best I could find were “yes I’m making money” but mainly in reference to pocket change. Not the kind of money you think of when you hear work from home business.

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In general there is a negative tone associated with most paid survey sites. The biggest thing I’m finding is people saying that you shouldn’t have to pay someone to work for them. And that may seem right in principle but I challenge anyone to find an MLM company that doesn’t have a monthly commitment to maintain if you expect to build any kind of business and receive any commissions.

Take Melaleuca for example, ok technically they consider themselves a consumer direct company, they have two levels of commitment. Of course there is no monthly commitment if you want to be a customer only. But at the first leadership level they expect you to maintain a 35 bonus point per month commitment and that equates to about $58. The next level of leadership commitment is 75 bonus points and that equates to about $110 per month. On top of the monthly product purchase you have to maintain a certain amount of personal and organizational downline to stay in the money pool.

Personally I think Melaleuca is a top notch company with 20 plus years of growth and strong leadership.

They don’t call it paying the company to work for them but isn’t it kind of the same thing?

In my opinion this is a buyer beware opportunity. If you feel strongly about giving it a try it might be just what you’re looking for. But like any other purchase don’t be afraid to ask for a refund if it’s warranted.

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Article Marketing Robot – A Review of Article Marketing Robot

Those new to internet marketing quickly come to the realization that writing articles and submitting articles isn’t just a good idea it’s mandatory. Not only do you need to write these articles you’ll need to rewrite them to some degree when submitting to different article directories. Sounds like a lot of work and it is. But anyone who tells you that internet marketing is easy was just plain telling you wrong.

Article submitting and spinning software can automate this process. There are many to choose from, lets take a look at Article Marketing Robot.

It is described as The Ultimate Article Marketing, Spinning and Submission Tool – EVER, their words, not mine.

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Before moving on lets talk about why article marketing is so important. Articles supply you with backlinks. Backlinks are important to make your site more popular. The more popular your site is the higher it gets ranked in the search pages. Think of your articles as salesman for your site. Someone searching for dog potty training advice types that long tail keyword into a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the search results appear they spot your article. Your article has good relevant content that they like and they see the link to your website at the end of the article. Congratulations, your salesman (article) just introduced a potential customer to your dog potty training website.

Here are some key features of Article Marketng Robot.

Submitting your profile to the many article directories. There are literally hundreds of places for you to submit your articles. You can imagine that signing up to each place one at a time might take….close to forever. Article Marketing Robot automates this step for you.

Spinning your articles. Some say duplicate content will get you penalized, others say it won’t but your duplicate content may not get counted. However almost all agree it’s a good idea to change your articles up at lease some prior to submitting them. Article Marketing Robot automates this step also with an intelligent spinner.

Schedule your article to “dripfeed” or be “blasted” all at once, whatever you prefer. Most agree that a big article blast can appear as spam and that the “dripfeed” method is preferred. For example you could schedule your article to be submitted to 5 directories a day for 20 days.  Article Marketing Robot allows you to do that.

What does it cost? It’s a one time $97 purchase and because it’s sold through Clickbank you can benefit from the 60 day money back guarantee.

What’s the word on the street about this product. Most of the reviews are positive. Some are saying that only 65% to 80% of the articles are finding their destination. However take into consideration they were talking about submitting to 1000 sites give or take a few, so your articles are still getting well distributed.

For a one time price and a software that does both the spinning and submitting it sounds like people are liking this product.

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Scams And How To Avoid Them

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I’ve never tried to quantify this figure but for arguments sake lets say there are thousands of online money making opportunities available. The bulk of which are legitimate. Although some are full of hype and lean toward the bad side of fraudulent they are not illegal. However just because an opportunity isn’t illegal doesn’t mean you want to be involved with it.

Fortunately there are agencies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that are concerned about consumer protection. For instance did you know that if you make an income claim that you must back that claim up with what percentage of customers make the income. And at any given time you may be asked to provide the names, phone numbers and addresses of at least 10 of those customers who you claim are making that income?

Check out the FTC website here.

A step beyond the “nearly illegal” marketers are the flat out scammers. Those who want nothing else than to seperate you from your money.

What is a scam? Merriam Webster defines a scam as a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation.

The internet provides the perfect environment for scams to operate. A scammer can easily hide behind the facade of a legitimate looking website remaining faceless to all. And don’t think they aren’t smart about it either, there are experts in all fields that wear both white and black hats.

So what is the consumer to do? How do you separate the good from the scam?

To start with use common sense and don’t let desperation cloud your judgement. The old saying “if it looks to good to be true, it usually is” still rings true today. Desperation is an emotion and those who know how to play the game will capitalize on those emotions if your guard is down. Here’s an example; You’ve just joined an opportunity that claims you can make x amount of dollars in x amount of time. You think this is great because your checkbook seems to be bleeding money and you can’t find a bandage to patch it. Your opportunity tells you now that you’re in you need to buy their expensive leads or learn marketing. Your desperation tells you that a quick fix is needed but your common sense tells you to be frugal. You consult your “Guru” and they say it’s fine to take the time to learn marketing, if you can afford to. Bingo, you buy the leads you can’t afford burying you deeper in debt you didn’t need. Somewhere along the line they sensed your desperation and jumped on it. You’ve got to stay sharp. 

Who’s to blame in the above scenario? You are of course. Where you scammed; most likely but it’s still your fault.

It’s important to note here that I do believe there are people out there that truly want nothing more than to help you succeed. Unfortunately their numbers seem to pale in comparison to their evil counterparts.

Be an educated consumer, visit sites like the FTC and the Better Business Bureau.

Also visit forums relevant to your area of interest and see what’s being said about a particular opportunity.

Stay safe, stay smart and promote ethical behavior in your internet marketing endeavors.

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Internet Marketing / Network Marketing Terms

Affiliate – one who promotes a product or service with the intention of gaining a commission when the product or service is sold

Affiliate Marketing - is when a business and or product creator rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or    customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

Super Affiliate - is an affiliate marketer capable of generating a significant percentage of an affiliate program’s activity.

Marketing – The activity of creating the transfer of products or services to a customer.

AutoBlogging – A technique where content is created for one blog by pulling content from other sources and republishing it.

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Profit Jackpot – A Review of Profit Jackpot

This recently released software created by Anik Singal can be bought through Clickbank or one of the many affiliates promoting it. You should have no trouble finding this as Profit Jackpot is currently leading the list at CB-analytics in the area of top gravity gain.

At the beginning of the sales video Anik Singal is very adamant about the concept of push button wealth being nothing more than an illusion. That making money online takes time and diligence. And although he rejects the push button overnite wealth theory he believes that automation is a key element to building an online business.

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That’s what Profit Jackpot is about, automation. The big selling point is creating 10 blogs in 10 minutes. That sounds all well and good but you might be asking where does the content for these blogs come from? The content comes from the automation part of Profit Jackpot. To my understanding this works using the principles of auto blogging. In other words either the software or a plug in that’s integrated in the blog setup searches for content related to the niche the blog is created around. The content is then imported into the blog meaning you don’t have to create the content just have Profit Jackpot find it and display it on the blog.

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The basic cost for this product is just shy of $50 and with the upsells you could spend in the neighborhood of just a bit over $500.

So what’s the word on the street about Profit Jackpot? Well Anik says this is not a get rich quick push button method and that seems to ring true. I can say that it’s being promoted in a big way but in my opinion that’s because of the prizes being given away to the top affiliates and has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the software itself. In all fairness the same could be said about any new product being released.

One thing I’m hearing that a lot of marketers don’t like is that Profit Jackpot will not integrate at all with GoDaddy or Hostgator. These are two of the main sites marketers go to when purchasing domains and hosting. There are certainly many other options out there for domains and hosting but GoDaddy and Hostgator are the ones you seem to hear the most about.  There has also been some examples given where the content being drawn in isn’t really relevant at all to the intended blog.

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Like most other products in this entry level price range, expect to get what you pay for. It appears the upsells are kind of important to Profit Jackpot especially if you are new to marketing. The intermediate and above marketers will likely already have similar tools or the know how in their arsenal to make Profit Jackpot work.

Anik Singal is a very experienced and successful marketer and I think he’s a good guy to follow for internet marketing knowledge.

Because Profit Jackpot is purchased through Clickbank you’ll have no problem getting a refund if you do purchase this software and end up not liking it.

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Confessions of an Email Junkie

While most people hate getting anything extra in their inbox I usually sign up for any mailing list I can find as it relates to internet marketing or network marketing.

I am always amazed by all the new and creative products and services that are being offered daily. Not to mention I enjoy seeing how everyone is doing their copy writing. The email subject lines run the gamut from downright dull to ones the really grab your attention to ones that even make you laugh. 

It’s also interesting to see the trends come an go. For a while the MLM scene was all about energy drinks, then travel companies were a big thing. Then everyones attention seemed to shift to gold and silver. It’s hard to keep up at times.

The internet marketing crowd is no different when it comes to variety and trends. For a while every product launch seemed to be big money launches on how to do affiliate marketing. Info marketing also had a big spike in interest not long ago. As soon as that happened someone got the bright idea that physical product marketing was the way to go. There were even product launches on how to do product launches. And launches on how to do effective webinars. Then the push button no work involved systems started showing up, each one making more ridiculous claims then the last. Along came the truth in advertising guys saying the push button theory is nothing more than a gimmick, follow me and I’ll show you solid marketing strategies that work.

For those getting into internet or network marketing the choice of which field to focus on can be really confusing. I mean, really, who should you listen to. Do you want to join an MLM or be an affiliate marketer, or do you prefer high ticket direct sales? The experts from each field all make very compelling cases for their way of life. It’s easy to get caught in a trap of doing nothing but buying the next shiny new thing that comes up to bat that particular day.

Most of the successful people utilize multiple streams of income to create wealth.

So what should you do to get started? Great question and one that’ not easily answered. You have to ask yourself a few things. What is my current financial status? Do I work well with other people? Am I a leader capable of directing a downline to duplicate the actions necessary to become successful?

There is no easy answer and there is certainly isn’t a one size fits all answer either.

In a later article we’ll take a look at the pro’s and con’s of some of the more popular internet marketing / network marketing disciplines and see where you might fit in.

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Satellite Direct – A Review of Satellite Direct

Satellite Direct is a software that allows you to watch tv on your computer screen. The advertised regular price $149.95 but it can be bought for a 70% discount making the price $49.95.

The $49.95 is a one time cost meaning no monthly fees or subscriptions. There is also no hardware to install. If you have a Mac or Windows machine and an internet connection you are good to go. The one exception is the possibility of a cable to connect your laptop or computer to your tv.

For the $49.95 you receive access to over 3500 channels from over 85 countries.

That’s where Satellite Direct comes in. Satellite Direct is a tv show, movie streaming site. If you have a desktop or laptop and an internet connection you are good to go. You may want to get a computer to tv cable to make viewing on tv possible.

Satellite Direct also boasts no bandwidth limits, 24/7 unlimited access and auto channel updates. Three steps is all it takes to be able to watch tv on you computer. First thing to do is register, second is to download the software and third is to watch and enjoy.

Satellite Direct is one of the most popular tv to computer streaming sites available on the net meaning it’s one of the most advertised.

The price is right and being a Clickbank product it does come with a full money back guarantee. Clickbank is very reputable.

Ok, I don’t own this product however I did a lot of review research and here’s what I’ve found. It’s one of those 50/50 kind of things. I found as many likes for Satellite Direct as I did dislikes. Some of the negative comments I’ve found were “not every channel worked” and “picture is ok but it’s not HD”.

So really it’s like most other products for sale, if you’re promised a ton for a small price it’s buyer beware.

Being someone who really really likes tv the concept of this is interesting. I also like the idea of being able to watch other channels from around the globe. And really if I’m promised 3500 plus channels from Satellite Direct and some don’t work I’m probably going to be ok with that.

I’m no electronics expert but I wouldn’t expect this product to be a replacement for my cable. I have no complaints about my cable other than the price. It’s up and running at least 99% of the time and the signal is clear and menu software works just fine. 

To me it’s not really an apples to apples comparison as I don’t believe the technology that drives Satellite Direct and Comcast are the same. But like I said I’m no expert, just someone who likes to watch tv.

So yeah, I think I could have some fun with this, the price isn’t bad and there is the guarantee that’s backed up by Clickbank.

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