Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at
I have always wanted and decent online store but have never really had the time to start one up. The reason for having an online store is that if you set one up and market it properly you are almost guaranteed a passive income. The difference with putting a link on your blog advertising a product and having that same product advertised on your store is that the chances for a sale is greater at your store than on your blog. The reason being that people who are browsing your store are potential buyers where those reading your blogs are just browsing through.
Today I’ve finally realized my dream because I’ve just found out that RegNow has now got an Affiliate Site Builder Tool! This tool allows the affiliate to create a search-friendly affiliate site populated with up to thousands of RegNow products quickly and easily. It was so easy that I was able to setup my store in no time. All I had to do was select my template and then customize it with my logo. I then used their simple drag and drop system to install the content widgets of my choice. Once I was happy with the way the store looked I just downloaded the files to my computer and then uploaded it to Top Software Online, my new online shop.
At the moment the shop is fairly basic and I have a bit of work to do with it when I get the chance. Even though I’ve only got three pages that I’ve configured, including a section for bloggers, the standard set up has already got hundreds of products ready for online sale. I have complete control over what product I sell and the knowledge that my margin from sales can be as high as 70% is a pretty good feeling. I was even able to add Google Adsense to it and later I will use it to promote other affiliates.
The next step is to market it and I reckon I will use the normal methods that I have used to promote my blogs. I think it is also time that I start getting stuck into my Squidoo Lenses, something that I have been meaning to do for a long time now but have been too slack to do anything about it. I remember that John Dillbeck wrote a post on Promoting a CafePress Store On Squidoo, so I feel that would make a good start. It’s times like these when I wish I didn’t already have a full time job so that I can devote all my time on several online enterprises.
Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at
Whether you treat your blog as a business or as a way to express your thoughts the most important aspect of your blog is your reader. The way to keep your readers returning is to make sure that your blog is continually updated with new material, whether it be thought provoking or merely for entertainments sake.
A blog’s success can be determined by the comments that people leave and replying to them in such a fashion that shows you are interested in what they say is another important aspect of blogging. It is important that you treat all commentators with the same respect that you would treat a visitor to your home. This can sometimes be a little difficult especially when you have those obnoxious commentators, but treating them civilly will only improve the way others think of you.
Actually this is no different than the way you should act when you are in the real world and there can be serious consequences when you forget this, especially if you are in the position of some power. I want to share a story with you that I feel should punctuate the importance of treating others the way you would like to be treated. It all began when;
A Missouri Sheriff stopped at a ranch in rural MO to talk with an old farmer. Rather abruptly he tells the farmer, ‘I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.’
The old farmer says, ‘Okay, as long as you don’t go into that field over there.’
The Sheriif verbally explodes saying, ‘Mister, I have the authority of the Sheriffs Department with me.’ Reaching into his rear pant pocket and removing his badge. The officer proudly displays it to the farmer. ‘See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish..on any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?’
The old farmer nods politely and goes about his chores.
Later, the old farmer hears loud screams and spies the Sheriff running for his life and close behind is the farmer’s bull.With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer. The Sheriff is clearly terrified.
The old farmer immediately throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs….. ‘Your badge! Show him your badge Smartass!’
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at
The good thing about being a blogger is that not only can you share your experiences with others you can also share theirs. This is all possible through interaction with those who visit your blog and by visiting the blogs of others. I believe that interaction through commenting is the key to a successful blog which is why a lot of my posts are dedicated to different facets of commenting.
Blogging is also a great way to discover new things which brings me to the crux of this post. In South Australia we have a phenomena known as the Whispering Wall which is a great little stopover when visiting the Barossa Valley, our premier wine region.
Work on the dam commenced in 1899 and was completed in 1903. The design was so new it even made the Yanks sit up and take notice. At a height of 36 meters and length of 144 meters it was remarkable for the time, but although the wall offers great views of the Barossa Reservoir and surrounding area that is not what makes it one of the most visited attraction in South Australia.
What makes The Whispering Wall so popular is its unique acoustic effects that allow you to whisper at one end, and have your friend hear your whisper 144 meters away. If you were to continue the dam it would form a perfect circle and it’s the perfect curve of the dam wall that bounces the sound waves, along the wall.
I believe that other phenomena exists in other parts of the world and I am asking you, my readers to enlighten me as to what they are and where they can be found. Perhaps, if you are a blogger, you may want to do a post about it and link back to this post. I will then add a link to your post within this post.
Just to finish off, a little poem that I put together.
The Whispering Wall
Stands strong and firm
For many years its waters held
Many a word it has heard
A lover’s promise
A villain’s curse
A child’s laughter
A bully’s boast
Yet careful you must be
What one end says
The other end hears
No secret does it hold dear
Follow this link if you would like to learn more about the Whispering Wall.