Affiliate marketing is like a twitter app developer: not a business

I read almost everything about twitter and his new plan to fill up those holes. The new twitter plan may kill many twitter app start-ups as soon as now.

The main problem is building a business on top of a platform. The best example is twitpic or bit.ly.

They create a great feature for twitter and twitter noticed it. Twitter decide to have their own short url service and I bet they will have their own photo service too.

There are only three options for those developers:

Innovate fast and become more independent from the platform.

Hope twitter will acquired them

Kill their project and move on to the next thing.

Anytime you build on top of a platform your business is at risk to disappear at anytime.

Now what’s the link with affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a service on top of a service or product just like 3rd parties for twitter.

For example affiliate marketers were among the first to test out to the limit PPC marketing. Now most services limit what an affiliate can do with PPC.

I can talk about SEO etc. affiliate marketing was looking for the next thing to grab as much traffic as possible.

Anytime someone changes the rules for an affiliate marketer there are only 3 options left for them:

Innovate fast

Hope you did so good that the business owner will hire you as an online marketer

Kill and move on to something else

Of course I believe in innovation.

Innovate fast is the only option:

This is exactly what I will do this year.

I give some example:

Imagine you promote electronic products from a company X. that company X decides that his affiliate programs is not profitable and move on.

Your option: find another good electronic product company to promote.

That’s the weak option. The best option is to create a website that promote the best price from electric products from many companies (affiliate or not) but on top of that you sell guide to use to product 10 times better. Or you can create a better user experience.

Now almost every electronic company will hope to be on your website and become a partner and even help you create better guide.

The whole idea is to create a bigger picture. Always imagine the worst case scenario.

why I did not post your guest post

Guest post is the most powerful way to drive online traffic to your website right now. Now you know the so called secret.

However you need to play your card right. Never sale pitched me. I will refuse it right away.

It happened yesterday and it wasn’t fun at all.

You must add value to me and my readers. I spend over 3 years to build this brand and I don’t want to scratch it for nothing.

It’s off my chest now I can give you great content again.

Update your Facebook privacy level now before Facebook sell your stuff

It is clear that facebook will make money through advertising and they know they have the best data information on the web. Yes it is your personal information.

By default, your facebook privacy level is an open bar to everyone. I love facebook but you need set up your privacy options now.

As an Online Marketer, I saw what type of information I can get. Trust me you want to protect your information as much as you can.

You should do this now.

Go to account to hit this page:

blackysky facebook privacy

Click profile information:

blackysky facebook profile privacy

You should put everything at only friends.

Important: if you have “facebook friend” then you should use the customize option and select only your “REAL” friend.

Go back to privacy and now click applications and websites

blackysky apps facebook privacy

I’m sure you have at least one friend that uses those facebook apps. Make sure you edit what kind of information about you those apps can use and own.

Go back to privacy and click search

blackysky facebook search privacy

Be search invisible.

Uncheck everything.

I share this information to my friend first and I feel that everyone need this information too.

I want you to protect your information and enjoy facebook without focusing in facebook privacy. Share this information with your friend too.

This is one of my most important messages because personal information is important.

If you don’t act now your personal information might go everywhere and identity thieves will love it.

Do it right now

How I fake check in on foursquare

Last week, the only words I saw on my timeline are Foursquare and location.

You may use this service or not but you should not trust the information out there. (not all the time but most of the time)

The other day I could not use internet on my blackberry. (nightmare I know, and yes I use a blackberry)

Guess what? I was able to check in on foursquare anyway ….

How is it possible? I use the mobile site on my desktop browser. It is no secret that Foursquare do not enforce geo-location when you check in.

I login to foursquare.com/mobile

That’s the magic website to fake check-in . Normally you need a mobile phone to check in. However on this webpage you can check in as often as you want and where you want.

It’s too easy. It is sad because foursquare is less attractive now.

It is too easy to cheat.

That’s the reason I use less foursquare now…. Don’t worry there is better service out there.

How do you feel about this problem?

 

update: foursquare is active now to fight fake check in …but if you use the trick without excess you should be fine…

Free Mobile marketing service by SMS

I recently got many e-mails about mobile marketing. I read some post and report about it. They say it is the next big thing. “Here you go have a course to teach you how use it now.”
You know what… you can have your own mobile marketing service for free.I notice it the other day. For some reason no one is talking about it.

The solution is twitter.

Nothing new there, you probably hear about twitter all the time.

There is something special about twitter because you can send message by SMS.

The idea is to create a twitter account only for SMS updates because we don’t want to spam nobody.

Once you create this special account, you are ready to rock and roll.

Your only goal is to make people subscribe by SMS by clicking this icon on twitter.

free online marketing SMS

(They need to put their phone number on twitter if they don’t go on twitter from their mobile phones)

Sounds pretty easy but you need a great reason otherwise no one will trust you.

In my town, the local metro service uses it.

You can subscribe by SMS to receive update when the metro has a problem.

This is a great example.

At my university they use it too.

You get update when there is a major problem in the university only. ( security problems)

To make sure everyone sign up they did a contest and someone randomly might win a prize.

As you can see there is plenty example out there. The service is there and it’s free.

As a restaurant you can use it to give away very sweet and nice coupons ….

Go out there and use it but please do not abuse it and spam people on their SMS