I noticed something with the Adwords Content Network the other day, it’s primarily served up through GMail, and only about 10% of the clicks come through the different content sites. Now this is pretty nifty, as you have the ability to get a lot more clicks to an offer, but whatever clicks you do get won’t be targeted at all. After spending a couple hundred dollars with a test offer and getting a few hundred clicks, I only made 1 sale at $20.
The lesson learned is that the content networkÂ (gmail) can give you a lot of traffic, but if you’re not targeting the general audience then you’re going to lose money it seems. I’m still trying different offers, so I’ll have more to report later.
I’m really starting to dig Google products. And I usually don’t give into new things so easily. I don’t even have a MySpace or Facebook because.. well.. a couple reason, I just don’t like to try new things at times because I have so much other stuff to work on.
Anyways, if you have a Google account already. From Google’s home page, after you sign in, select My Account from the top of the page and you’ll see all the products you currently have with Google. Scroll to the bottom of your account, and click more to see more products.
Right now I’m using Adsense, Adwords, Analytics, Checkout, Docs, Finance, Gmail, Groups, iGoogle, Knol, Reader, Talk and Webmaster Tools. Sorry for the long list.
I’m really coming to love Webmaster Tools, as it’s helping alot with aspkin.com indexing and ranking.
Adsense and Adwords are a must for any webmaster.
Gmail is a joy compared to old lagging Yahoo! mail.
I haven’t used Google Talk yet, I already have MSN, and Aim.
Docs has come in handy a couple times when Word was acting up.
I’m still trying to get into Reader and Knol. Reader could come in handy if I’m too lazy to read my favorite blogs, and Knol seems like it would have been a good marketing tool, but I just never put the time into it.
All in all Google products continue to amaze me. If you haven’t yet, I recommend you sign-up for a Google account and start exploring.
Aside from the few Google products I mentioned there are dozens more worth your time.
I’m down to 15 more websites to create out of my goal of 35 new sites! I’m working on my 16th site now as I type. Just taking a break, and reading some forum post before I finish!
By the way, if you haven’t seen to my eBay suspension’s forum, check it out! If you’ve ever been suspended by eBay, then this is the place for you. It’s a place where like minded people can share their experience when dealing with eBay suspensions. This forum started after my 3 eBay suspension guides started to become popular with eBay fans. 😉
Anyways, I have 15 more sites to create before I head to California for business, in which I’ll be away for a few days. I leave hopefully in 1-2 weeks, or once these sites are done!
Wow, I haven’t posted for awhile; Google must not like me now. 🙁
A message from a fellow eBayer about phishing emails.
“These damn phishing scammers have become *extremely* good
in the last few years. They can produce emails that look
very authentic and are quite compelling. Their main goal
is to get you to click on a link in the email, supposedly
to log in to your account, but really it’s a link to the
Their site looks like the real thing, but all it does is
collect your login information. Then the scammers can use
that however they like (it usually involves stealing your
I fell for this recently myself. The other day I
(thought) I received an email from eBay. It included a
message from an eBay user, in the standard format that
eBay uses for their member messaging system.
Even the content of the (supposed) user’s message was
believable: it was a vague question asking about their
order and why they hadn’t heard from me. This is the kind
of thing I act on ASAP. So, I clicked on the “log in”
link in the email and tried logging into (supposedly)
After successive failures and making sure I was using the
right login info, I realized I had been taken for a ride.
I frantically brought up a new browser window and logged
into the REAL eBay and quickly changed my password.
*** THE BOTTOM LINE ***
Never, ever use a link in an email to log in to ANY
online account. Instead, bring up a brand new browser
window and type in the website by hand, and then log in.
I’ve seen so many of these emails in the past… I’ve even been tempted to almost login… but at the last second… I see something that isn’t right, mostly with the URL.
I would estimate 1/5 eBayers have had their account’s stolen. Be careful out there, there are more scammers out there then you think.
It’s 12:38 AM 11/22/2006, and for the past 10 days DMOZ has been offline? You mean I can’t submit my sites to wait months to get my high PR links from them? Hopefully they’ll be live again soon. 🙁
Some News from Shoemoney, “Ok on to the last big thing I saw. The DMOZ has been down evidently for over 10 days. Down meaning no editors or anyone can log in and do anything. Some of the editors I met at pubcon say its totally Fï¿½ed up.. like AOL is telling them its a bad hardware failure. Now I do not know anything first hand but I gotta think that if AOL really cared about it they would not let it be down to its editors for 10 days. I mean how are they going to approve their friendsï¿½ MFA sites? Anyway as usual when anything happens to dmoz people always wonder if this is the thing that will push Google over the edge to start their own directory or more likely buy an existing well established directory.”
If you are ever expected to handle a huge task of creating, marketing and monetizing 40+ websites, you’re in a world of hurt if you aren’t organized!
First off using a solid FTP and website editing software is key! I personally use GlobalSCAPE – CuteFTP and Macromedia Dreamweavier to handle all my websites, which now total around 50 including this one. This website is built using WordPress, which I’ve come to love! WordPress is simply the most powerful free CMS out there with an endless supply of useful plugins!
The good thing about WordPress websites are if you have the right tools, you’ll be able to set it and forget it. You can schedule new articles to post days, weeks, months or even years ahead of time. Using the right software can fully automate your CMS needs. That’s why most of my websites are WordPress blogs, if I had the choice all of my sites would be.
Well that’s it, just thought I would post something while waiting for a CuteFTP to finish uploading some files.