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An Informal Non-scientific Poll of Posties Stats

Posted on: October 26, 2007 I Written By

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I decided that I would start a little poll of various posties to get an idea of what kind of traffic posties are generating to their site. So, I’m going to try and gather the following info:
Pageviews
Visitors
Visits
Google PR
Alexa
Most page views in a day (basically the most page views your blog has experienced in a day)

For the statistics ones, just do the average for a week. Preferably choose a “normal” week that didn’t include a big spike in traffic. Feel free to leave the information anonymously in the comments or email them to me if you don’t want them as part of this post.

It would also be interesting to know how much you’ve made with PPP, but that’s definitely optional.

Of course, I’ll be soliciting people I know to get even more data.

AIMPromote Announces New CRM Offering

Posted on: October 22, 2007 I Written By

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I’ve been taking a keen interest in CRM products recently. There are so many choices out there that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Today AIMPromote offered a new version of their CRM product for lead management. It looks like they have a decent product offering for a pretty low price. I also` love that they offer a 14 day free trial. It’s always nice to be able to kick the tires before you purchase something. It’s never fun to change your CRM after the fact. If all goes well, then I’ll be needed a good CRM for my new business soon.

Here’s the full press release.

Traverse City, MI October 19th 2007 — AIMpromote, provider of lead management and customer relationship management software, has launched a significant upgrade to their CRM offering. The newly added white-label CRM software feature enhances the value that lead aggregators can offer to their lead purchasing customers. The enhanced reselling functionality provides an intuitive interface to completely manage the selling of a privately labeled CRM as their own.

Lead aggregators operate in the highly competitive B2B space, and need ways to add value to their offerings. Michael Myles, President and CEO of AIMpromote said “The significant added value provided by the AIMpromote white-label customer relationship software gives lead aggregators a way to differentiate themselves in what has become a highly commoditized market.” He went on to say that “this product also provides an easy way to leverage existing client bases to more rapidly increase sales.”

The close tie-in between the selling of leads and the powerful sales management functionality of the AIMpromote customer relationship software enables the end-users of the system to easily purchase leads that are then available to be worked directly in the system. There is no importing necessary. Billing is also consolidated, providing an easy way for the end-user to manage their funds and billing profile. The system has been designed from the ground-up to offer high levels of customizability and advanced functionality for everyone involved, while requiring little investment in time.

The CRM reselling and lead sales functions functionality includes the ability for lead aggregators and CRM software resellers to completely customize pricing, including setup fees, discounts, and free trials. This flexibility empowers the resellers of the system to enhance their profit margins as they see fit. The CRM reselling system allows lead aggregators and consultants the ability to brand their system with their own logo and contact information. Integrated Authorize.Net payment processing gives an interface to take credit cards automatically, and have the funds deposited directly into their bank accounts. The advanced accounting and reporting pages in the AIMpromote system give a top-down view of the business as a whole, as well as for each individual account.

The tiered approach that AIMpromote has taken to the reselling of their powerful customer relationship management software gives even the end-user clients the ability to also resell the system. The billing and accounting system automatically takes care of everything for them, even automatically setting up accounts. “The ease of use and flexibility of the AIMpromote CRM for those providing business-to-business consultation services and those selling leads has created an opportunity to significantly improve the bottom line, with very little time or expense,” said Matt Wolfe, Vice President of Operations for AIMpromote. Wolfe added, “The service and functionality of the system is unique in that customers are supported through an integrated support ticket system by their parent account. The end-users of the system will never know that the service they are using is being resold, or that the company from which they are licensing the software are not the actual manufacturers of the software. To them, it won’t be AIMpromote at all, it will be ‘ABC Software Company CRM’, or whatever name the company reselling the software chooses.”

About AIMpromote
AIMpromote leads the market in growth and technology for on-demand lead management and CRM reselling solutions. AIMpromotes enterprise lead management software empowers companies in any industry to more effectively generate, delegate, and report on leads and the teams that manage them. AIMpromote is the only solution that integrates detailed web analytics with sales and marketing analytics to provide a complete closed-loop view of the sales process. The AIMpromote lead management software offers a completely customized solution that can be tailored to fit any organization’s customer acquisition workflow. The unique combination of having the most functionality, and the lowest total cost of ownership, AIMpromote is the most cost effective solution for improving close rates and marketing efficiency.


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Trying Out Some Video Advertising

Posted on: July 16, 2007 I Written By

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Today I came across a TechCrunch article about a company called Prerollr. They have a really simple way to put advertising on top of video content that is posted on a third party site. I thought it was a really interesting concept around monetizing videos. We’ll have to see how the company evolves. A quick look at their blog shows that they are a very new company. I love being part of new companies and watching them evolve. However, the real key with Prerollr will be how well they can sign up advertisers and therefore monetize blogs. Targeting the ads to the videos will be a challenge and signing up enough advertisers to make it worth a websites time to use Prerollr will be a major challenge they will have to overcome. Should be an interesting ride.

Here’s an example of a YouTube video with the Prerollr ad. By the way, this video is of the dance Benji Schwimmer choreographed for Pasha and Sara on So You Think You Can Dance.

I am a little concerned that it doesn’t say how much the pay will be and whether it will be an impression model or a click through model. Although the terms of use seem to indicate impression. I assume some of these details are because the site is so new. Hopefully they’ll get this information out soon. Also, they really need to have a stats page on their admin panel so we can watch our impressions and know how our sites are doing. Maybe they aren’t ready for that kind of traffic. You know we are stats junkies.

Now if Prerollr only had an affiliate program. Either way, I’ll at least give them a little bit of link love.

$1000 for One Blog Post

Posted on: February 24, 2007 I Written By

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PayPerPost is taking getting paid to blog to the next level. You can now get paid $1000 for one blog post. Granted, you have to have a blog with a Google Page Rank of 8 and an Alexa score higher than 10,000. That pretty much cuts out most bloggers. Even the mighty Scoble’s blog is only a PR 6. He does have the Alexa ranking, but that is because he is a tech blogger with a lot of his readers having the Alexa toolbar.

Regardless I think the trend of Payperpost paying more for their opps is great. The segmentation that they recently started is a great move forward. It’s what advertisers want and the more advertisers there are the better. A lot of people have spoke out about how they don’t like segmentation, but I like it. You can read more about it on the Payperpost blog. We’ll see what Payperpost does now. As long as they can continue to get advertisers then they’ll be in a great position. If they lose a few bloggers then from a Payperpost perspective I think that’s fine. It is easy to find more bloggers. It is not easy to find more advertisers.

I have recently been looking a little bit at other paid to blog companies. I’ve heard some good things about ReviewMe, but I also heard that they don’t have many blog opportunities. That proves my point. A good system with no advertisers is just a hole. I heard that ReviewMe charges a 100% markup while Payperpost only charges a 35% service charge. That might be the reason that ReviewMe can’t get advertisers. The question then becomes can Payperpost cover their costs at only 35% or will they need to increase that amount to match ReviewMe? Should be interesting to watch blog marketing methods battling it out.

Affiliate Marketing for Businesses

Posted on: September 8, 2006 I Written By

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I’ve participated in a lot of affiliate marketing programs in my days. From what I’ve found the company offering the affiliate marketing is the one that really reaps the benefit of affiliate marketing. It is a great way to get exposure to your product or business for a very low cost. In fact, it’s one of the best marketing strategies there is because the cost of the marketing is directly related to the revenue that is generated. Something could be said for the pay per click affiliate programs, but from my experience if people are only getting clicks to your website and not generating revenue for you then you won’t have to pay them anything. The pay per click is usually so low that it is a mute point.

What is important is that you take good care of your affiliate management. It takes knowing someone who is skilled in that area and knows where to get and how to configure the right tools.

Discounts, Coupons and Coupon Codes to Gap, Frederick’s of Hollywood and Eddie Baurer

Posted on: September 6, 2006 I Written By

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I don’t know how many people out there have started purchasing a lot of clothes online, but if you have then you need to learn a little secret. There are tons of online coupons available for even some of the most common clothes stores. Here’s a few examples of ones I found without even really looking:

Gap Coupon Codes and Deals

Fredericks of Hollywood Coupons, Deals and Discounts

Eddie Baurer Coupon Code

If you haven’t figured out how a coupon code work, it is really simple. The above websites will give you a code that you can enter when you are ready to purchase an item at the respective website. As you get ready to pay it will ask for a coupon code. Just enter the code and then it will take care of giving you the appropriate discount, free shipping or whatever the deal may be.

Stop paying full price when a simple search for coupon codes can save you money so you can buy more clothes.

Selling a Website and Domain

Posted on: September 4, 2006 I Written By

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I’ve always been interested in the idea of selling a website or domain to another person. If you don’t have a website that is a very well known name or company than it is sometimes difficult to sell your website. I previously posted about a company that was selling their website on ebay. That seemed like a decent idea, but how many people really search for a website purchase? I think that still leaves most of the marketing to you.

Today I found a site that might solve some of the pain of marketing a website you want to sell. It’s called DealASite.com. It’s a nice clean concise website for DealASite.com“>buying or selling a website.

Making Money Blogging – Digg This Guy Already

Posted on: August 24, 2006 I Written By

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If you haven’t found the great website called Digg then you should go and check it out. Today I came across a an article on Digg that talks about Making Money Blogging.

The best point this article makes is: “The Consumer Generated Advertising revolution has begun and it’s time to choose sides.”

I personally side with being able to make money blogging. In fact, I’m so interested in the idea, I’ve been considering creating a blog to take care of that simple idea. I’m really just trying to decide if I should create a blog that is just called Make Money Blogging or if I should be more corporate and call it Consumer Generated Advertising.

Either way, I was really impressed that a Venture Capital blog was talking about the impact of Consumer Generated Advertising. I wonder if he might want a piece of the action. I wonder if Ted is going to let him in on PayPerPost. I wonder if Ted paid him to post that.

Ted’s got a good thing going. What I want to know is when Ted and PayPerPost are going to reach a point that they have enough advertisers signing up with PayPerPost that it is self sustaining without Ted’s company providing the advertisers. If you’re reading this, I’m letting you in on one of Ted’s dirty little secrets. Many of the PayPerPost advertisers are also clients of Ted’s from MindComet. No, I haven’t talked to Ted about this, but go to the Mind Comet website and you’ll see that many of the same clients at Mind Comet are the advertisers on PayPerPost.

Don’t misunderstand me. Ted’s a genius for seeing this opportunity. It also means that Ted truely believes in the power of PayPerPost. Otherwise, he wouldn’t risk having his clients use PayPerPost for internet marketing. So Ted, since I’m sure you’re an avid reader of my blog, how many advertisers aren’t associated with MindComet?

Either way, I think the being able to make money blogging using PayPerPost is genius. I even suggested for another blogger to use PayPerpost‘s service.

Good Online Coupons – Dell, Sears, Target, Old Navy, Best Buy, CompUSA and More

Posted on: August 9, 2006 I Written By

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When you search around the internet you can find TONS of websites that offer online coupons. Unfortunately, most of those websites have coupons for places where you would never purchase a thing. That’s why it was such a relief when I came across online coupons from the Coupon Chief It actually had a selection of coupons from companies that are worth purchasing products from. A few of the companies include: Dell, Sears, Target, Old Navy, Best Buy, CompUSA and More. You can even find coupons by category so I don’t have to waste my time on all those girly coupons that I will never use(except around Valentine’s day).

Selecting an Internet Marketing Agency or Interactive Agency

Posted on: August 5, 2006 I Written By

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Every business is doing or looking at doing internet marketing. If you aren’t doing internet marketing yet then you are making a very big mistake. I can’t think of any significant business that couldn’t benefit greatly from the right internet marketing campaign. However, I’m guessing that only about 1% of people should try to do their internet marketing on their own. The rest need to go out and find an Internet Marketing Agency. In fact, many should look for an Interactive Agency to cover all of their online marketing needs.

How do you choose between the myriad of Interactive Agencies? You could look at testimonials on the agency’s website. You could search google and see what google says is the top agency. Really, I’m not sure there is ever a sure fire way to cover all of your bases.

However, let me offer 2 things that I found one Interactive Agency called MindComet. First, if you are looking for an Interactive Agency to handle your online needs then you need to take a look at how that company has implemented online strategies on their website. If you look at the MindComet website you can see right off that their website is optimized to hit the keywords that are important to MindComet. Look at the list of important links that not only direct people to their services, but also show search engines what this website is about.

Many people may not know how to tell if a website is search engine optimized or not. If you don’t know then just ask the company some examples of things they do to optimize websites. Then, check the interactive agency’s website for those things. Do they as a company practice what they preach? If they don’t then maybe you should keep looking. If they do then you’re on the right track.

The next thing I liked about the Interactive Agency called MindComet is that they were recently inducted into Marketing Sherpa’s 2006 Viral Marketing Hall of Fame. Sherpa is a fantastic organization that puts out some of the best marketing material out there. The fact that Sherpa recognizes this companies skills is a good sign that this company might just be right for you.

Finally, talk to an interactive agency’s past customers. Those will be the best sources of information. It’s important that you research and pick the right company. Otherwise, you might be missing out on customers finding you online.