Week 2 – Reflections

columboBefore I plunge into week 3, I thought I would pause and share my thoughts about the Partnership to Success program.  With two weeks under my belt, I am impressed.  The videos are very well done.  Occasionally, the screens on the videos don’t match what I see.  That is a because of a difference in versions or the fact that I am doing something for the first time whereas John has already used a particular function.  This is not surprising and hasn’t caused any hardship completing tasks.  A couple of times I had to search briefly to find the correct screen but it didn’t take long.

So far, the most difficult task has been joining the Facebook group.  This is a “secret” group which requires Facebook to send an invitation to my Facebook email.  My Facebook email was forwarded to my inbox.com email address.  It worked fine if I sent an email to the Facebook email.  I received the forwarded email where it was suppose to be.  But it sure didn’t work when Facebook sent me email.  It just disappeared.  After 4 or 5 attempts, Facebook won’t send any more to that address.  I switched the forwarding to a gmail account and it worked first try.  Paula, tech support, tried every day for a week.  I am sure she was glad to get me off her list.  Since switching to the gmail account, I have learned I have been missing emails for a long time.

I told you in the week 2 post about my problems deciding what to put in my blog header.  Now, I need to find a picture or graphic for my Facebook page header.  Something other that a big black rectangle at the top would be more interesting.  I am hoping I can find a picture from the Alaska or China trips.  That shouldn’t be that hard for me to find one.  I hope.

I have to tell you, there is a small part of me that does not want to start week 3.  Why?  The program uses Aweber as the autoresponder of choice.  I already have TrafficWave.  Everybody doing internet sales needs an autoresponder but 2?  I might be able to figure out how to use TrafficWave to do the same things but from what I have seen Aweber is more integrated with programs we are going to be using.  Optimizepress has a direct interface with Aweber and so does JVZoo.  I would drop TrafficWave but it is tied to a couple of other programs I am promoting.

The lessons for each week definitely don’t take a week.  So far, they don’t take a day.  I am sure this is partly because I have done most of this before and because John wants us to get used to writing posts.  Somewhere I heard John say I needed at least 10 posts before I can add any Adsense ads to the blog.  This is number 8.  Plus, I need the practice writing.  I didn’t realize how out of practice I was.  I am sure there are lessons to come that will take me longer.

On to week 3!

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Explosive Traffic Co-op

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The addons available are

  • Increase Credit Agent Value – increases the amount of advertising revenue you receive for showing the Explosive traffic url up tp triple
  • Double Commission – increase commissions from 25% to 50%
  • Geotargetting – target your advertising campaigns based on country
  • Branding – have your name and gravatar shown along with your websites
  • More Campaigns – 5 is the basic number of ad campaigns but can be increased to 10, 15 or 20
  • Bonus Advertising – receive $1, $2 or $3 advertising credit per month
  • Percentile Targeting – Target your sites to only our top traffic sources

One last feature that can be useful is the ability to block traffic exchanges where you don’t want you ads shown.  You could use this feature to block the sites that you surf regularly if you wanted.

Of course the biggest reason to use any advertising source is results.  I have great results using Explosive Traffic.  Plus, if I want to change my advertising I do it in one place not dozens of traffic exchanges.  Much easier and cleaner.

The one con I have found to Explosive Traffic is tracking urls only show one site not the dozens where the ad has been shown.  This isn’t that bad since reporting is provided showing the Top 10 and the Last 10 sites showing your ads.

I highly recommend Explosive Traffic. Try it yourself, click on the banner below, and let me know what you think.

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Week 2 – Blog Appearance

This week is about improving the appearance of the blog.  Boy does it need it. The first thing needed was a product called OptimizePress.  This is like a super theme or widget, it can be either.  I guess you use it as a widget if you already have a theme you like.  I purchased the Core Package for now which allows use on 3 sites.   Downloaded the theme version, installed it, activated it and set it up.  Since I installed OptimizePress and set it up, I have watched a couple of training videos.  Just seeing a few of the capabilities is overwhelming.  Knowing how to use the full potential of OptimizePress easily could be a career.  Unbelievable capabilities!!!  Can’t wait to use more of the capabilities.

Now a blog header is needed.  This will really start jazzing up my blog.  The problem is I have no idea what I want for a header.  I went to the P2S forum and looked at many blogs for ideas.  No real help.  I have thought and thought about a header to no avail.  Finally, I was to the point I had to do something.  I finally settled on a roadmap concept.  I realize it is not very original but I needed something.  John suggested using his graphic’s guy or checking out fiverr.com.  I checked out fiverr but everyone was more expensive than John’s guy, Steve.

Scan-130318-0002 (2)While I was trying to figure out a header, I came across a picture from our trip to Yellowstone.  We were all around a sign for Old Faithful.  I ask Steve to use the picture in the header with the other family members removed.  The result is the right side of the header.  Let me know what you think of the header.

Since it took me several days to figure out the header, I completed the reset of the checklist first.  I installed the ShareBar, All in One SEO and Link Manager plugins.  I wrote an “About Bob Caine” page.   I am not good at talking about myself so this still needs work,

I wanted a separate page for reviews and tips.  I needed this page to be a blog like the home page.  A plugin, WP Exclude From Home Page,  which allows the exclusion of specified topics from the home page.  Then I created a page which includes only those topics.  Finally I added the all pages to a menu.

So concludes week 2.

Week 1 – The Foundation

FoundationWeek 1 is about building the foundation needed for the program. This week is not very exciting but very necessary.  First I needed hosting and a domain name for a website.  The recommended hosting service is D9.  I am not familiar with D9 but it doesn’t matter.  I already have hosting with HostGator so I am going to use that.  I got the hosting a couple of months ago but could never figure out what I wanted to do with it.  For a domain name, your name.com is recommended if available.  Bob Caine.com was available so I purchased it and bobcaine.com was born almost.

When I originally got my HostGator account I purchased the smallest package available which only handles a single domain.  Now I had to upgrade my hosting to allow multiple domains.  There was about a 36 hour delay before I could activate bobcaine.com.  After the delay, activating my new domain was a piece-of-cake.  When I was doing my research for hosting and domain registration, I read that for security reasons your hosting and domain should not be purchased from the same place.  This also saves some money but makes connecting the two a little more complicated.  I had already done this once, so, no problem the the second time.

The domain is up and running.   I created a directory called “blog” and installed WordPress in that directory.  John provided instructions to accomplish these tasks.  I watched his instructions but modified them because I was using a different hosting service.  On HostGator, installing WordPress requires clicking an icon and in a few seconds installation is complete.  I am really curious why WordPress is installed in the blog directory and not the home directory.  I am sure I will find out eventually.

Now, we suppose to create our first post.  I had used WordPress (WP) before so between the video instructions and previous knowledge this was not a problem.  You can read my first post, Hello World, by clicking on the name.  The last task in week 1 was setting up an email account.  You can now contact me at bob@bobcaine.com.

Advertising Co-ops

Do you use Traffic Exchanges?

Do you surf dozens of Traffic Exchanges so your ads can be seen on as many TEs as possible?

Do you have 4 or 5 favorite Traffic Exchanges?

How would you like to only surf your favorite Traffic Exchanges and have your ads seen on dozens?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should be using an advertising co-op.  The purpose of an advertising co-op is show your ads on a large number of traffic exchanges.  Your ads will be shown on these traffic exchanges whether you belong to them or not.  That’s right!  Your ads will be shown on traffic exchanges that you don’t surf or even belong.  A good ad co-op will get your ads on more traffic exchanges than you could possibly surf or if you did you wouldn’t accumulate enough credits to get your ads shown very much.

How is this possible?  The ad co-op provide a URL which you will advertise on the sites you surf.  This URL will show the ads that the co-op members are promoting, a rotator.  Since the co-op members belong to many different traffic exchanges, your ads are seen on many different TEs.  Also, co-ops may purchase credits on TEs and promote the URL themselves.

The biggest benefit to an advertising co-op is how easy it is to change your ads.  You can control all your advertising from a single place.  No more going from site to site changing URLs and assigning credits.  Go to one place.  Much easier.

What makes a good advertising co-op?  That is a hard question to answer.  I like ad co-ops that are open about the traffic exchanges they use.  I also want to know where my ads were shown.  Some ad co-ops will provide a list of TEs where they won’t advertise because of poor performance.

My favorite ad co-op is Explosive Traffic.  Explosive Traffic meets all the criteria I mentioned above plus has some very unique features.  It has a menu of upgrades that you can earn by showing their URL.  Another ad co-op that I like and use is the Legacy Team Co-op.  It also meets all the criteria but treats upgrades in the standard way.

If you aren’t using advertising co-ops, I would strongly suggest that you do.

Beginning the Journey

wandererAs I said in my first post, I had to change what I was doing if I am going to make an income from the internet.  I have committed to changing.  I have learned that I am extremely susceptible to jumping from one internet opportunity to another over a very short period of time.  Basically, I found a fantastic opportunity or program; I sign-up; I advertise the heck out of it and I wait.  When a lot of people didn’t sign up in a week or so, I am on to the next opportunity.

That is not the way to succeed on the internet.  It takes patience and perseverance.  For whatever reason, I don’t seem to have either with my own internet business.  I tell myself over and over with a particular program I will be patient and persistent.  Guess what?  After 2 or 3 weeks with minimum or no success, a new program attracts my attention  and off I go.  I obviously have to find a different way to do things and stop being like the guy on the right side of my header.

I love helping people.  I really love helping people succeed and learn.  How do I do that?  I started looking into product development.  I found John Thornhill and his Partnership to Success program.  John is extremely successful training people in product development.  What I like most about the program is the 52 week training program and John’s commitment to everyone’s success.  You must do the training in sequence since you only have access to 1 week at a time.  I need that kind of structure to keep me focused.

I am committed to this program for the duration.  I signed up September 15, 2015 and am ready to start.  (I have provided a count down in the right hand column.)

I am announcing to the world that I will complete the 52 weeks of training one week at a time.  This blog will help keep me on track.  Please follow my progress and provide comments to help me improve.  All comments welcome.  Constructive criticism is always helpful.  I appreciate your help making this the best blog possible.

Hello world!

sm_rotating_globeI realize that most people delete this post and its title because it is just a sample page created when you install WordPress.   But, I thought it was a very appropriate title for my first post as I restart my internet marketing career.  I use the term restart because I have tried this before – twice – with no success.  This time is different.

You may have heard the definition of CRAZY which goes

Crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

That definition applies to my experiences at internet marketing.  I have surfed traffic exchanges and clicked safelist emails 1000’s and 1000’s of times.  In return, I have received small payments here and there, but nothing I would call income.  Finally, sanity has prevailed and I am switching to a new approach.

I am learning how to produce an internet product using a program called Partnership to Success with John Thornhill.  This is a 52 week program with weekly lessons.  I will talk about my experiences as I go and I will share what I learn.  I will also talk about products I have used, both good and bad, to help you make smarter decisions.

I hope you will follow my journey learning product development.  I am anxious to get started, scared of some of the things to come, and eager to share my experiences with you.

Look out here I come.

And So It Begins,
Bob Caine

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