Using Images To Make Your Posts Stand Out

I discovered long ago that images can make a post stand out. The problem is that it’s not always easy to find the right image for a post and sometimes the search for one can take ages. That’s why I use plugins like Zemanta and Insights to simplify the process and speed things along. Images can also help to highlight those specific parts of your posts that you want to draw your readers attention to, say like a call to action such as enticing them to purchase a product or join to join your list.

Unfortunately those sorts of images aren’t always available via those two plugins and so once again you resort to the search engines, wasting a lot of time, or you attempt to create your own, usually coming up with some very poorly designed and unprofessional image, or you pay someone to design it for you. Fiverr is a site where you can pay someone five dollars to design something for you, the only  problem being trying to convey to them exactly what you want. I usually find what I want on Dreamstime and while they have heaps of free images the one I want usually costs me around the $10 mark!  :ponder:

An Image Package Can Save You Money

               No Crap, Andy’s IM Graphics plugin gives you Ninja type powers when it comes to inserting your images!

One of the many reasons why I jumped at the chance of buying Andy’s IM Graphics plugin was because it came with a whole sleuth of professionally designed images. Not to mention it is a fantastic plugin and one that I use an awful lot. I was so impressed I even wrote a post about it, Andy’s IM Graphics Plugin Review.

Probably the best thing about the plugin is that I don’t have to be at my home computer to access the images as they are all hosted online. This means that when writing a post I can access those images easily, no matter what computer I’m using. It also allows me to write things into the images, just like I did with the cute ninja image you see on the left.

What’s that? You like that image and want to know where I got it from? Well, I’m so glad you asked because that is what this post is all about. Read the rest of this entry

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Is There An Alternative To ClickBank?

Since my post on Giving ClickBank The Flick I’ve had quite a few emails asking me whether or not there was an alternative to ClickBank? Truth be told I had found an alternative a little while ago but I hadn’t done a post on them because I was still sussing them out. I think that the time has come to introduce you guys not only to an alternative to ClickBank, but to a site that is a lot friendlier to their affiliates. By this I mean they do not place unfair expectations on their affiliates before paying them the commissions they so rightfully deserve.

Before I tell you all about this ClickBank alternative I’ve going to tell you how I came across them. Do you remember the post I did about the Covert Messenger plugin? Well, I was so impressed with that plugin that I wanted to promote it as an affiliate and it just so happens it’s one of many affiliates under the JVZoo umbrella.

JVZoo, The ClickBank Alternative

I’ve only been a JVZoo member for a little over two months and I’ve already made more money than all the time I’ve been with ClickBank. Not only that but unlike those turkeys I’ve actually been paid twice and it was into my PayPal account. That alone, the PayPal factor, makes JVZoo way better than ClickBank, but it’s not the only reason you may want to join.

Yeah, I put that there for those of you who are itching to join before reading the rest of the post and also to flaunt some of the capabilities of Andy’s IM Graphics plugin. Enough of that, you want to know why you should join.

    • Commissions paid into PayPal Account: I like this a lot better than having a check or something sent out to you that normally takes a lot longer and sometimes even incurs fees.
    • Regular Payments: Rather than having to reach a specified amount before being paid you get paid monthly regardless of how much you’ve earned.
    • Thousands of products to choose from: Some of the categories of products include, Business/Finance, Cooking/Food, Education, Entertainment, Game systems, Health/Fitness, Internet Marketing/E-Commerce and the list goes on.
    • Great Commission rates!: Out of the three products that I use and promote the lowest commission rate is 50% and the highest is 70%!
    • Plugins to promote your JVZoo products!: You can see this plugin working at the bottom of each post, but rather than you scrolling down I’ve place an image of it below. 

  • The ability to offer an Affiliate bonus!: Although I haven’t tried it I’ve noticed that there is a section where you can offer your readers a bonus with whatever affiliate your promoting. This is a great way to make your offers stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Like I said at the beginning of the post I’m a relatively new member so there may be a lot more reasons why you should join JVZoo so if, like me, you’re dissatisfied with ClickBank or your simply looking for another avenue to promote products on your site then I reckon you should give JVZoo a try.
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The Day I Gave ClickBank The Flick

Most people would have heard of ClickBank by now and it’s probably safe to say that the majority of the associate ClickBank as a way to make money online. Unfortunately I’m not one of them and today I have decided that I will no longer be associated with them. Before you get any wrong ideas I want to be upfront by saying it’s not them it’s me. Heck, it’s not their fault that they have come cockamamy crap written into their client contract, one that I failed to read properly before signing up, now is it?

I’ve only ever promoted one product successfully using ClickBank, by successfully I mean I actually made a sale  :laugh_tb: Having made that sale I was under the impression that the commission from said sale belonged to me. Imagine my surprise when if found the proceeds from the commission was steadily decreasing. Just take a look at the image below to see what I mean.

My ClickBank PayCheck Screen

Naturally I thought it was some sort of error so I hit the forums to see if I could get it resolved. What I found was I should have read that damn contract, part of which stated the following.

In addition to the foregoing, and in addition to all other rights and remedies available to ClickBank at Law or in equity and notwithstanding anything in the Agreement to the contrary, in the event You breach any term of this Agreement, or Your account becomes dormant as defined in our Accounting Policy and/or has a negative balance ClickBank will have the right to immediately suspend or terminate Your Account and Your rights to access, use and/or otherwise participate in the ClickBank Services.

I highlighted the word dormant because apparently that is what my account had become.  So, what is a dormant account? For that we need to check their account policy.

Accounts with a positive balance but no earnings for an extended period of time are considered dormant. Dormant accounts are subject to a charge of $1 per pay period after 90 days of no earnings, $5 per pay period after 180 days of no earnings, and $50 per pay period after 365 days of no earnings.

As you can see from the image above my account has been dormant for so long that they are currently deducting $5 each pay period. Apparently after 180 days of inactivity they’re going to deduct $50 per pay period. Yeah, good luck with that  :lol_ee:

Perhaps they figure by doing that they’re going to motivate me to produce more sales but those sort of tactics don’t work with me. Besides, the main reason why ClickBank isn’t working as well for me as the other affiliates I have joined is because I’ve found it way too hard to find quality products that I feel comfortable promoting. Now, I’m not saying you can’t find good products there, they just seem to elude me and I’m not one to waste too much time looking for what I want.

To cut a long story short I’ve decided not to promote their products anymore because I feel my time is better spent elsewhere, with companies that respect what is mine and who don’t put their sticky fingers into my account making what is mine theirs.


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