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Thursday, September 21, 2006

About Stephen's Trip To Baltimore

Stephen Ayer went to Baltimore for a big shindig last weekend. I had a few questions for him and we'd like to share those with you.

[Bobby Ivie] You recently went to a big marketing event in Baltimore. Who put it together and what was the focus?

[Stephen Ayer] Yes, Bobby, it was The Internet Marketing Main Event II (TIMME II) hosted by Mike Filsaime and Paulie Sabol. The focus of the event was on Internet marketing, business development and marketing in general.

[BI] Do you feel that offline events are beneficial to your online business, and how so?

[SA] Definitely, I think the biggest mistake I've made with my Internet business has been not getting out and getting to these meetings sooner.

Not only do you learn a lot from the presenters, but you also find many friends who are doing things similar to what you're doing, working from home, trying to make money online, and you realize that you are not alone. There are many people with the same problems you have, and people who have solutions to your problems.

I was really amazed at how helpful everyone was. Even the so-called "gurus" are just regular people who want to help others be successful.

[BI] I'm sure you rubbed elbows with some people you already know and made friends with some of the heavy hitters of Net Marketing. Does this help you to come up with some good ideas and potential partners for Joint Ventures?

[SA] Yes, Bobby, but not only joint ventures. Now, I have friends that I know I can turn to when I have problems with certain issues; people who have expertise in areas that I don't.

I now have contacts I can use that will help me solve any problems I come across. There were several times this weekend when a conversation with somebody turned into an idea for a the new product or some kind of venture that we could work together on.

In fact, right now I have so many new ideas that there is no way I'm going to be able to act on all of them. I have new ideas for ways to grow my business, ideas for new products, new marketing ideas, etc.

[BI] Do you find that the mentality of the speakers is different than the average marketer you encounter online, and how so?

[SA] One difference is that the speakers have a much bigger vision than most Internet marketers do. Many people think small and are happy with moderate success, however, these speakers are people who have big ideas and are not content with small or moderate success.

[BI] Do you find a common thread among the successful marketers at these seminars?

[SA] Yes I do Bobby, and I don't think the common thread was in their tactics but was simply that they BELIEVED they could be successful.

Some of the presenters, like Joel Comm, are very successful at making money with AdSense. Some like Adam Ginsberg are successful at eBay, some are highly successful at marketing to their mailing list, like Gary Ambrose. But, the one thing they have all had in common is that they believe they can be highly successful.

[BI] What are some of the thoughts and ideas you brought back with you that will affect your future in Internet Marketing?

[SA] Probably the single most important thing I learned was that I need to be outsourcing more of my work. I need to treat my business like a real business with my job being the business owner and hiring people to perform the various functions. The keynote address by Rich Schfren ( an excellent presentation by Brad Fallon (, really drove this idea home.

[BI] You've had quite a few achievements yourself with your online businesses. What advice do you have for anyone who wants to make a full-time living on the Net?

[SA] Thank you Bobby, none of my achievements came easy it was only through a lot of very hard work.

My best advice? Don't try to go it alone. Find a support network or a mentor and don't be afraid to ask for help. For the first few years, online, I tried to do everything myself and when I didn't know something I tried to teach myself, instead of asking for help; a big mistake.

I would also advise anyone who is serious about a real Internet business, to make plans to attend at least one off-line Internet marketing event in the next 12 months. I know some of these events are expensive and may seem out of reach to many people, but if you really want to get to one you can find a way to pay for.

Let me tell you a little story about someone I met this weekend. His name is Ali, and he's a 16 year old kid from California, who has been working online to help bring in some extra income for his family.

Even though he was only 15 years old the time, he sought out help to find out how he could make it to this event. He's been earning affiliate commissions, by promoting Click Bank products at

So he wrote a report about it and offered it as a special offer to members of the Warrior Forum. By sharing his specialized knowledge, he was able to raise $5,000, enough to cover his ticket to the event, his airfare and hotel costs. Plus, he used the additional money to move is mother get a bigger apartment. His next goal, buy his mom a house.

His story is truly inspirational and it goes to show you that, with a little determination, anybody can achieve their goals. You just need to have a strong enough desire and the belief that you can succeed.

I am sure you are going to be hearing more about my new friend, Ali Maadelat in the future.

[BI] Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing that with us, and let's hope we can all be together at one of the great Internet marketing events soon.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Nickel Mania X - You Need to be Quick

With the political season heating up in the States I have been
seeing many politicians reminding voters how important education is.

Education IS important and is always a hot political item.
Education is also important to your business development.

Without continued educating your business may never reach its
potential. That is why it is important to attend offline events.

The problem is, not everyone has the time or resources to get to
these events and receive that needed contining education.

That is why two highly successfull Internet marketers have decided
to make this valued training available too you at a ridiculously
low starting price.

Who ever heard of a physical product, shipped to your door,
starting at ONE NICKEL?

Well Gary Ambrose and Keith Wellman have done just that with Nickel
Mania X.

The thing is... You need to act fast if you want to
get the best price.

Because with each sale the price goes up 5 cents!

Don't let me waste another minute of your time. Go to this page NOW
and discover for yourself why I am so excited.

I know you will be excited too.

Do it NOW!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Untapped Linking Tactics

Links are the pathways by which all information on the Internet is connected. Whether you are traveling your preferred search engine or your favorite website, your paths are directed by the links you come in contact with.

Because of this, links have become the lifeblood of the Internet. Major search engines like Google evaluate your incoming links to help determine your search engine positions.

However, a link is much more than just a ranking factor. A quality inbound link can bring your website a steady stream of targeted traffic and buyers.

In this article I will reveal the untapped methods of obtaining quality inbound links. We all know that reciprocal links are dead. Smart internet marketers also know about the power of article marketing and rss syndication. This article looks to explore beyond those techniques, unveiling linking tactics that are largely undiscovered.

Read on to find out about which links you can gain to build buzz, how to leverage the power of wikis, why everyone needs an affiliate program, and how to use the web 2.0 craze to garner hundreds of high quality inbound links.

We will begin our journey with editorial link opportunities.

The right links can generate massive buzz and word of mouth marketing. This type of marketing can occur from links like Yahoo Picks, Forbes Best of the Web, and USA Today Hot Sites. Get listed on the following sites and you've certainly got a winner.

Yahoo Picks of the Day/Week

Forbes Best of the Web

USA Today Web Guide/Hot Sites

NY Public Library Best of the Web

Exploratorium Ten Cool Sites

Librarians Internet Index

Reference Desk


Wikis are some of the best sources for link building. With a bit of digging, you can find plenty of wiki pages with high link popularity and PageRank. Not to mention, many wikis rank well in the search engines. This is especially true for Wikipedia.

However, like everything, there is a wrong and right way to go about it. Many people try to spam wikis with hundreds of links. Because of this, there have been strict measures taken to find and eliminate these culprits.

To benefit from the Wiki community, you must be an active participant adding quality and relevant information to their collection of content. You must add value to a page. Once you have done this, you can then incorporate your link if it's a good fit.

However, don't just add information to pages that present linking opportunities. You should also be contributing to the wiki just for the sake of adding great content to the database. When appropriate, add quality links to articles, even links you do not control. Using this strategy, it is much more likely that you will be able to benefit from the many wikis available online.

To find potential linking opportunities, simply go to Google and type in %22your keywords%22 inurl:wiki. This will help you to find sites that have wikis related to your keywords. For example, if you are looking for wikis related to search engine marketing, you would type in %22search engine marketing%22 inurl:wiki.

For a comprehensive list of wikis you can start contributing to , go to

Library Sites

Ok. Are you ready for the MacDaddy of all links? You may be surprised to hear that some of the best links on the Web can only be obtained from public shool library Web sites. Yes I know, it's hard to believe that an unattractive school website that lives out in the .us or .org jungle would be of value to you. But in fact, these are some of the most trustworthy links you could ever hope to obtain.

Library web sites are some of the most trusted sources on the Internet and Google knows it. So, if you have an extremely valuable site that would prove a valuable resource to people around the world, then you should certainly get in contact with a librarian to suggest your site as an addition to their list of resources.

Below is a list of library sites to get you started:

Virginia Pubic Library Websites

Ohio Public Library Web Sites

Affiliate Links

Affiliate programs are one of the best ways to obtain thousands of inbound links to your site. With the right software, you can use an affiliate program to super charge your search engine rankings.

Using an affiliate program, you can get hundreds and even thousands of other people to promote your products with no risk on your part. Your affiliates send visitors to your web site using banner ads, text links, articles, and email promotions. For every visitor who decides to buy, you pay your affiliate a percentage of the sale.

The beauty of this system is that it allows you to create extra revenue without spending any additional advertising dollars. You can use affiliate marketing to explode your online sales and catapult your search engine rankings with no risk to you.

However, you have to make sure you have the right software to do this. Some affilate tracking software doesn't lend any link popularity back to your site.

Go to to find out about some very powerful affiliate software.

Press Releases

As I wrote about in a previous article, press releases enable you to tap into multiple news sites across the Internet, including Google News, Yahoo News, and MSNBC Searchbot.

In addition to attracting thousands of targeted visitors to your site, press releases can also create thousands of quality inbound links.

However, to realize the full potential of your press release campaign, you must take time to optimize your press release properly. Press releases should be optimized in much the same way that search engine optimization specialists optimize ordinary web pages to achieve higher rankings. By optimizing your press releases for the search engines, you will receive much higher visibility.

For example, one press release from resulted in 2,200 visitors and 5 interview requests by journalists. This is the power of a highly optimized press release.

Some of the best places to distribute your press release online include:

Start your own press campaign to begin creating invaluable buzz, attracting targeted visitors, and gaining thousands of inbound links.

Social Search Engines

With the growth of Web 2.0, social bookmarking services have become extremely popular this past year. However, these search engines are much more than simply a tool for searching and saving your favorite websites. These social communities can also drive massive amounts of traffic to your site and build brand awareness.

Popular submissions can expect to receive an onslaught of traffic. In addition, popular sites also receive an abundance of link love. These social search engines influence bloggers, publishers and journalists. On average, a website that is Dugg receives an average of 500 to a thousand new inbound links within a short period of time.

If you have a very informative site, your traffic may increase permanently after being Dugg. The key to succeeding with social search engines is to be a true contributor to the community. You must have quality content if you want to submit any of your links. Otherwise, you are simply wasting your time.

In addition, don't just submit your own links. Share the love and submit other sites that you feel would provide a great resource to the community.

Some of the best online social communities include:







In today's generation of web 2.0, publishers have been given multiple outlets for their work. It's time that we start taking advantage of the changes occurring in the online publishing world.

Podcast Syndication

Another publishing opportunity that is undergoing rapid growth online is podcasting. The Internet is changing. Broadband Internet connection is allowing millions of Internet users to start downloading podcasts on every imaginable topic, from search engine strategies to the adventures of parenting.

According to Forrester Research, podcasting will reach 12.3 million households by 2010. Unfortunately, many webmasters are not taking advantage of this amazing opportunity.

To begin marketing your own podcasts, submit them to the following directories:

Integrating these new distribution models can vastly increase your exposure online.

New Forms of Article Syndication

Article syndication has become quite popular among internet marketers. It has enabled writers and website owners to gain hundreds of quality inbound links simply by syndicating their articles to article directories, article groups, related websites, and newsletter publications.

However, web 2.0 has transformed the publishing platforms that are available today. Because of this, there are now many more outlets for your articles and your valuable resource box. Fortunately for you, many online marketers have not spotted these opportunities so I advise you to jump on them quickly.

One of the most exciting new publishing platforms is Squidoo.

Squidoo was created by a revolutionary online thinker named Seth Godin. At Squidoo, you can create your very own lens, which is simply your view on a particular topic. This is a single web page that can point to blogs, favorite links, RSS feeds, Flickr photos, Google maps, eBay auctions, Amazon books and other resources.

Best of all, these lenses are getting traffic, credibility, and even showing up in top Google results. You can use a lens to increase the number of authoritative inbound links to your site, position yourself as an industry expert, announce the latest news within your niche, or promote your podcasts.

I've seen lenses ranging from a pagerank of 3 to 5. Below are some great examples:

FxBootcamp : PR4

Cool Laptop Bags : PR5

To start your own lens, go to

The last linking opportunity in this series taps into one of the largest sites on the Internet.


Craigslist was founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark and serves billions of unique visitors each month. So, how can you use this to your benefit?

Classified ads can be very lucrative when used correctly. Since Craigslist is free, this is a great place to start with absolutely no risk.

Your presence within this massive site will increase your exposure and link popularity. Many of the ads also appear in Google and Yahoo. This is especially true for those who optimize their ad properly.

I would highly suggest that you incorporate CraigsList into your overall business plan. You can begin placing your own ads at CraigsList.

Now that you know about many of these untapped linking techniques, I urge you to begin your own campaign. Just remember, if you're not distributing quality content, you are simply wasting your time. The first step is to become an authoritative site. After that, you will find that links come quite naturally. In fact, many of them will come without ever asking for them.

About This Author

Kim Roach is a staff writer and editor for the SiteProNews & SEO-News newsletters. You can contact Kim at

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