If it ain’t broke … don’t fix it!

Instead of enjoying the weekend with my family, I had to scramble to fix a broken script because Paypal decided to make some subtle changes to their PDT return data.

Sigh … as an end-user, I love Paypal because of the convenience it gives me as a buyer to buy stuff.

But as a developer, Paypal is a nightmare!!

In contrast, ClickBank rocks! Never had any problem with them. Even with the numerous changes and upgrades, ClickBank makes sure that all the changes are backward compatible with existing APIs and scripts. I look forward to the day when ClickBank overtakes Paypal!

…. rant over … time to get back to coding ….

Adrian

Important EasyClickMate Update

It was brought to my attention a couple of days ago that a feature of easyclickmate actually contravenes one of ClickBank’s TOS, i.e.

“The automatic insertion of an affiliate ID into the purchase flow who had no prior interaction with the vendor (eg. those using ECM) for the sole purpose of raising the gravity”.

This is found in your easyclickmate control panel – under the “Optional Fields” section, you would see:

“Additional ClickBank IDs (optional, if any)”

If you have listed any ClickBank IDs in this field, please remove them as it is against their TOS.

Directly from ClickBank’s email:
——————————————-
Quote:
“We only want affiliates who are actively promoting our products to receive credit. Inserting an affiliate into the flow who had no prior interaction with the affiliate for the sole purpose of raising gravity is not allowed.”

The hardcoded affiliate link is just to allow an affiliate to get credit if he has a special agreement with the vendor to have the customer click an order link from somewhere other than the vendor’s pitch page.” – end Quote.

An updated version of Easyclickmate (ver11.8) has been released and is available in the download area. An email has been sent to all customers of EasyClickmate. If you have not received it, please open a ticket at Helpdesk

Thank you!

Best wishes,
Adrian

CBStarter Affiliate Program

If you are an established ClickBank vendor, you will no doubt have a bunch of affiliates promoting your product(s). But if you check your stats, you’d probably notice that only 1%-5% of your affiliates are consistently making sales.

What about the rest of the 95% of your affiliates?

Typically many of them are not getting any results because they simply plug their affiliate link into a traffic exchange or a forum signature or an ad.

Ideally they need to have a pre-sell page with content which entices the visitor to click through to your sales page.

You could provide these services to your affiliates yourself, or ask them to sign-up with hostgator or one of the hosting packages and hopefully, they can find their way around.

Alternatively, you could point them to CBStarter package which provides them
a blog on their own domain, where they can create their pre-sell pages, coupled with all the help they need from a team of marketing experts.

Then you would profit in two ways:

1. By getting commission on this product (in this case a monthly recurring commission)

2. By the resultant improved performance of those affiliates in selling your product

And for your better affiliates who already have pre-sell pages and don’t need a blog you can profit when they in turn promote the package.

But wait – I hear you say.

“If I tell a customer about a ClickBank product I get affiliate commission when he buys it.

But if I tell someone about the affiliate program for that product I don’t get anything”

That’s true for the typical ClickBank product but this is an exception.

You’ll see why when you check it out here: CBStarter

Best wishes,

PS: And check out the one dollar deal – a brilliant viral strategy by the author Harvey Segal which is bound to send recurring commissions your way. Harvey tells me that 18% of sign ups go on to upgrade to a paid account.

Blessed Christmas 2011!

 

Wishing everyone a Wonderful and

Blessed Christmas

“And He that sat upon the throne said,
Behold, I make all things new.”
(Revelation 21:5)

JV Marketing 101

As the name implies, Joint-Venture marketing is where you seek out other marketers to be your “partners” in your marketing campaign or product launch.

If you are a seasoned marketer, you already know the immense value of JV marketing, and you probably have your own jv network or belonged to a one or two jv membership sites.

So, this article is not really for you – unless you want to widen your circle of JV partners.

JV Marketing For Newbies

Let’s say you have just started your online business and your first product is ready for sales. What is the next step? How do you market it?

The most obvious step is to find other (seasoned) marketers who already have a list of subscribers/customers that they can email to.

But since you are new – and you don’t know many people online yet – where and how do you find these JV partners?

And once you’ve found them, how do you persuade/convince them to participate in your marketing campaign/product launch?

Here are 2 quick tips:

1. Be Part of A Group.
You need to be a part of a JV group/membership – and one of the best sites that I know of is www.jvnotifypro.com – and owned and run by a seasoned marketer – Mike Merz. It has been around since 2004 and it has been the launchpad for many successful marketers today (who were once ‘newbies’ like yourself)

2. Give first, Ask Later
Many newbies make this mistake – they join JV membership site, and started posting their offers and expect the veterans to jump in and promote them. WRONG! It doesn’t work that way.

You need to prove your worth to them, get to know them, be helpful, bend-backwards, and offer your help without expecting return.

And some (not all) of the veteran marketers will respond.

That is OK – even if only 1 or 2 agree to help you/promote your product, that will give you a jumpstart – and put your name out there.

Then, as you build your reputation in the group, more and more marketers will notice you and contact you instead of you contacting them.

Hot JV Tip
You must need to provide complimentary review copy of your product to the JV partners AND, provide a quick executive summary:

  • What is it? (What does it do?)
  • How does it benefit the customers (the JV partner’s list/subscribers)
  • How does it benefit the JV partner

This will make you stand out from the other newbies.

I have received many JV requests – with the complimentary product attached – but unfortunately, most of them are lengthy videos (a series of videos 20-30 mins long), 200 page ebook, etc.

And frankly, I don’t have the time nor the inclination to wade through all those stuff.

BUT, if someone takes the trouble to give me a brief synopsis, and tell me why their product is good match for my readers/subscribers/customers – then, yes, I would be more incline to check it out.

Make sense?

Anyway, I’ve rambled on long enough – if you’re not part the JVNotify group yet, I strongly recommend that you check it out. They have a free membership level as well as the Premium level.

Here’s the DIRECT link again: www.jvnotifypro.com

Here’s the page where you can do a quick comparison between the free & paid versions:

http://v3.jvnotifypro.com/basic_vs_vip_comparison

I’m NOT using my affiliate link. I’d rather forgo my commissions than have you think I’m writing this for monetary gain.

Best regards,

Paypal PDT and Auth Tokens (easyclickguard settings)

Just discovered that Paypal interface has changed since I last logged in.

If you need to locate the Paypal Auth Token, and PDT (Payment Data Transfer), login to your Paypal account and click on:

My Account (main tab) –> Profile (sub-tab).

On the left navi (box), click on “My Selling Tools”.

On the right panel –> “Website Preferences” (click on the update link)

See the screenshot below:

Remembering Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

When I first received a text message saying that Steve Jobs has passed away, I thought it was just a joke. A few hours later, the news were buzzing all over the Internet …

At 56, visionary innovator and Apple founder, Steve Jobs had succumbed to cancer.

What were Steve’s last words?

Did he know the end is near when Tim Cook took over as CEO?

Here’s one of the best text/speech that I have found by Steve Jobs.

Standford Commencement Speech by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

He talked about:

  • Connecting the Dots
  • Love and Loss
  • Death


Here’s a snippet that I find very encouraging …

Steve Job’s Commencement Speech
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.

And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.

Don’t settle.

Full text here:


Rest in peace Steve.