Take a Smort from Smorty!

Hey all…

I’m still experimenting with various review tools to raise the awareness of this blog and make some money. I’ve seen Smorty ads just about everywhere on the internet and decided to give them a try.

Smorty

So if you’ve seen the Smorty ads, you know a few things already… It’s a get-paid-for-reviews kind of system that helps drive ads and revenue back to your site.

Smorty connects advertisers with bloggers. Advertisers, just like in some of the other review-related sites, pay bloggers to write opinions about their sites or products and provide links back to the advertiser’s site. Basically we bloggers do what we do best, which is write blog posts, and we get paid for blogging. What more could you ask for?

Once you sign up and get your blog(s) approved, you get a list of opportunities to write about. After you accept and write a post, you get paid for it via a PayPal account. The more blogs and opinions you write about advertisers on them, the more money you can make. Easy enough, right?

So we’ll see how this works. Check out Smorty for details if you haven’t already! Blog for money at Smorty!

–Fitz

I found my new Gooroo at Effing the Dog!

Hi all!

At the beginning of the year, Mike Vardy created a new blog called “Effing the Dog,”Effing the Dog Logo which, in his own words:

…I’m all about taking personal productivity and getting things done to a whole different and exciting level. I’ve discovered through years of painful process and heartache – which has not left me scarred in any way whatsoever – that you can accomplish everything you need to and be happy without doing much at all.

It’s what I like to call Effing The Dog™.

He describes himself as a “gooroo.” “Gifted Outstanding Orator who is Results-Oriented in an extraOrdinarily new way.” Gooroo. I love this acronym.

What have I learned from my new gooroo?

Mike Vardy is my new hero in the world. I shall strive to Eff the Dog in little ways every day until I fully grok his learning. 🙂

Please join me in worshiping at the feet of this eventual productivity expert as he guides us to new levels of getting things done without doing much at all!

–Fitz

Virtually Foolproof Method of Choosing Slam Dunk Markets

Hi there…

Discover an expert that has entered and profited from 17 radically different markets successfully in the past 2 years.

Click HERE!

Yes, that’s right. I said 17 different markets. Not just 17 different products….17 different
audiences. This means his lists do not crossover in these markets.

He quietly enters a market…peeks inside the heads of customers and competitors…and builds an irresistible marketing machine.

And he does it over and over again in different markets.

He did a 65 minute interview with Terry Dean where he shared his system of finding profitable markets, examining from the inside out, and then making sure he was going to be successful before he ever entered the market.

They even get down to the nitty gritty where they discuss some ways to estimate just how profitable a market will be…and compare the difference between niche markets and general interest markets.

How to pick the right one for you personally…

There’s been a debate going online about niche markets versus large general interest markets.

Here’s a little secret. Of his 17 markets, he has some of both which are quite profitable.

There are reasons to enter each one…

Find out more here: Click HERE!

The price is only $7. I know this is ridiculously low…and you may be wondering just how valuable it is when I’m sharing it for this price.

It’s simple really. If I can help you find a profitable market for your business…you’re going
to have more money to buy my other products and services.

Once you see just how much you can learn from this simple low cost product, you’ll be first in line for all my other offers. I’m building a list of buyers…instead of just a list of subscribers.

Why should you jump on it now? There are two reasons. The first is there is a 100% commission affiliate program on it for the moment (not promising if I will leave it this high). Only buyers can participate in the program.

You can promote the product to your list for as long as I have it available from my site and you keep all the money.

The 2nd reason why you should take advantage of this now is because of how much it will save you by helping you choose the right market. If you’ve ever chosen a wrong market (sometimes referred to as a niche), you know just how costly of a mistake that is.

Save yourself the time…the frustration…and the expense by knowing exactly what to look for…and how to compare different markets.

The price is only $7.

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Terry Dean

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AddThis… Great way to get Social Bookmarking to your site or blog!

Hey all…

There’s this cool free service that I found courtesy of Nick Stamoulis’ blog – Blog Marketing Journal. AddThis.com provides a way to simplify the bookmarking/sharing methods for your readers/viewers. I’ve looked at a number of different options and the AddThis widget is the simplest/easiest to use one of all of them to this point.

They provide several options for how to get it into your site or blog, including a WordPress plugin, which I’ve added to this blog.

You can add their widget to your blog or RSS feed, select which style of widget you’d like, and then select one of several options:

on a Website

  • on a Blog
  • on a MySpace page
  • on an Ezine or Newsletter

Cool enough you can also add it via:

  • A Feedburner Feedflare
  • WordPress Plugin (2 versions)
  • And Widgetbox

But wait, there’s more! You also get free stats showing what visitors are bookmarking, which can be useful for monitoring traffic and so on.

So give them a look — at Addthis.com.

Until next time…

–Fitz

What I learned from the Blue Man Group…

Hey all…

I had an opportunity to go see the Blue Man Group in concert this weekend at the Pepsi Center in Denver. What an amazing show! (You can see my review at my other blog here.)

Blue Man Group

But I learned a few things from them that I thought I’d share. Though an oddball way to cover the topics of marketing and publishing, it’s applicable to many disciplines, hobbies, and jobs, so I thought I’d see where it led…

  1. Don’t JUST think outside the box… Think WAY outside the box.What do I mean by that? Take what we know from simply living in a media age. How do we make music? How do we behave if we’re rock stars? Turn that on its head… Approach it like you’ve never heard music before. Take what’s in front of you and make it yours – beat on it – experiment – have fun – and see where it leads. Or take the behavior you know you SHOULD do (like if you’re a rock star, you have to be on stage jumping around, singing, and playing music) – and break it down to its component parts, then look at each of those like you’ve never seen them before.Try it… You might come up with something new and unique. I’m working on some new ideas now for the game to see what shakes out. I’ll let you know how the experiment goes.
  2. Take an established idea (like writing a roleplaying game) and turn it inside out.What do I mean? Well, in the game case, traditionally roleplaying games are like Dungeons and Dragons or Vampire – you have a character, the character interacts with the world and changes as a result. But what if the character maybe… creates the world? Or perhaps the experience for the players becomes more interactive — there IS no game master maybe. Perhaps there’s a set of ground rules, a character for each player, and an idea and each player runs with it for a while.The same applies to blogging or writing. Take an established idea and turn it inside out. So we need to do SEO and marketing. Why? Break it down. Build it back up again. Maybe we’ll come up with a totally new paradigm that will change life as we know it!?
  3. Have fun!This applies to the Blue Man as well as the rest of us. We can’t just go through the motions. If we don’t enjoy what we do, something’s wrong and we need to fix it, change it, or at least figure out WHAT’s wrong. We spend too much time in our lives working to not enjoy it. Maybe find the one aspect of your job that you want to have fun with or find a hobby to enjoy — but we MUST find something to squeeze some enjoyment out of life or it gets very gray very fast.

So that’s it. I’ll be interested to hear what you have to say. How will YOU become a Blue Man and turn life upside down?

Let me know!

–Fitz

rssHugger… the hunt for more traffic…

Hey all…

Have you hugged your RSS feeds today?

rssHugger

Traffic is the killer for most of us in the blogosphere. There’s lots of ways to generate traffic. I’ve joined a number of blog networks, been working to establish community, and so on, like everyone else. But rssHugger is a new one on my radar, so I thought I’d give it a shot also.

According to the rssHugger website:

rssHugger is a unique website that aims to bring bloggers and readers together. rssHugger aims to provide blog owners with a unique easy-to-use way to promote their blogs by sending them traffic, building backlinks for search engine optimization, as well as attracting new rss subscribers if the content is interesting to the reader. rssHugger aims to help visitors be able to easily find blogs that write about subjects they are interested in. These subjects include: internet marketing, making money online, charity, sports, gambling, and many more. If the visitors find a blog that they had not previously heard about, they can easily add it to their RSS readers or bookmark it.

So the goal here is to get folks to see your feeds, which generates traffic and backlinks, which generates more traffic and back around again. So we’ll see if this works. I’ll let you know. 🙂

It appears that the entry used to be $10 plus a review of rssHugger on your site, but they have dropped the $10 charge to help out the little fish like myself. But you can skip that step and pay $20 to just join the network without the hassle of a review. (Personally a review is a minor thing, so I don’t mind.)

So let’s hope that this viral blog network is truly viral and I catch some of the benefit!

Thanks!

–Fitz

List of Free Internet Marketing Books from Caroline

Hi all!

I don’t know if you know who Caroline Middlebrook is, but she’s been on this road of monetizing a blog for longer than many of us just starting out and seems to have her act together. Hers is one of those blogs I check out regularly!

Anyway… She posted a great article on Tuesday this week providing a list of 20 free e-Books covering internet marketing and monetizing blogs in preparation for putting out her own e-Book. This is a great list that includes some of the big names in the blogosphere, including Yaro Starak (another blog I check out regularly) and Jack Humphrey (yet another great blog).

You can check out her list here. I will certainly be working my way through the list.

Caroline also noted that she’s actually starting to see some income from her efforts now, which is great. I wish her the best of luck. Maybe some of it will rub off on the rest of us. 🙂

Happy reading this holiday weekend!

–Fitz

I’ve caught the Flux! BlogFlux!

Hey all…

BlogFlux

I thought I’d try and add my blog to another blog network, this one called Blog Flux. According to their site, they have more than 95,931 blogs listed on their site and have been getting quite a number of hits on a daily basis. Yesterday, based on their statistics page, they had more than 2,318,010 unique visitors and 4,451,527 page views. I’d say they’re generating a good deal of traffic!

They also offer some cool services like e-mail obfuscation, a button maker, and so on.

So we’ll see if it helps out traffic to Fitzy Business and the Lair of the Green Knight. One can only hope!

–Fitz

Are you ever at a loss for words? Try these sites!

Hi there!

Are you ever at a loss for words? Sometimes the words flow like honey… and other times, they flow like cement it seems. Well, here’s a few cool tools to help you find the words to say what you’re trying to say:

  • Dictionary.com: A very easy to use and comprehensive online dictionary
  • Wikipedia: Yes, I still use this sometimes maligned site, but it provides great depth in some areas that can take you in unexpected directions with an idea
  • Thesaurus.com: A more traditional thesaurus done by the same folks as the Dictionary.com site
  • And Thinkmap’s VisualThesaurus.com: A very cool visual tool that will help you SEE some options for the words you’re looking for

If you haven’t played with the last one… Here’s an example. You enter your word — in this case, I entered “excessive” and it provided a variety of options… You can click on any of them and get a whole new range of options, and so on. It’s a great way to brainstorm for headings or titles or even if you find yourself using the same adjectives or adverbs over and over again to get out of a rut!

Visual Thesaurus

So check them out… I use them on a regular basis! What tools do you use? Leave me a comment and let me know!

–Fitz