Sunday, August 9, 2009

Don't chase every opportunity

I've been rather 'cheating' the past few weeks,
with all of the videos I've been posting.
Even at that, I've had to do a bit of
in order to offer the video pieces that I have.

Even if they appear rather 'random'
I assure you
they are anything 'but'.

I wanted to give you some information...
that will keep you from becoming
discouraged or chasing your tail.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Best Ways to Make Money Online

I went out "in search" of what other people thought were the
'best ways to make money online'
and found this site.

Several of the suggestions offered there...
1. Build an authority site.
2. Network
3. Affiliate Landing Pages
4. E-commerce
5. Create and sell your own product.

Of the 63 'opinions'...there were many repeats...
but most of them agreed...
making money online takes time...
if you're not in it for the 'long-haul'
you may want to 're-think' a venture into
making money online.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Try Etsy

Whether you have the skills of
an artisan or craftsman...or not...there
are still ways that you can offer
items for sale on Etsy.

The list of Etsy catagories include...
Bags and Purses
Bath and Beauty
Ceramics and Pottery
Dolls and Miniatures
Paper Goods
Plants and Edibles

Here are links to some items
in a couple of different categories...

In Plants and Edibles
including these yummy candies.

In Everything Else.

In Geekery.

In Vintage.

Or go to the Etsy home page...check out the front page
display...and all of the other information
that can be found on Etsy.

It is a good little site and growing very quickly.

NOTE: -- This post was updated July 25, 2009.
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Bum Marketing -- Article Marketing Tutorial

I wanted to share this tutorial by Travis Sago with you.
I really do enjoy his videos.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Check your page rank.

Ever wonder how to find out the
page rank of your

I usually check my
page ranks if I
stumble across a page rank checker
while searching for something

Here is a site that you can
check your page rank in

Free page rank check.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How Do You Plan to Get There

Align Center
The world of internet marketing
might seem like a giant 'maze' to you...
I know it does to me.
Take all of the emails I get..each and everyday.

So far, today, I've received emails for:

1. Micro Continuity (x 5)
2. Free Traffic System
3. Underground Training Lab
4. SitePal (for a "Virtual Employee")
5. Longtail Articles
6. Instant Lead Magnet
7. (3) Separate survey requests (non-paying)
8. A couple of 'up-grade' offers on free website submission sites.
9. A video from Travis Sago on Clickbank Links
10. Four or five emails from people/sites I've never heard of.

And...this is in just one of my email accounts (I have 7.)

It's enough to overwhelm anyone.
Most of the emails are
real lessons in sales letters. They all
seem like the 'next best' thing!
And...almost all of them cost money!

In my plan to get through the 'maze' of opportunities
(and confusion)
the first step I am taking is

I can't afford to be distracted,
or tempted in any way.

I won't unsubscribe to everything!

I'll continue to receive those emails for programs
that I am most interested in...
'One Week Marketing'
'Niche A Day'
'Bum Marketing'

anything that falls into the plans I have
mapped out
to get through the maze
as quickly as possible.

So, how do you plan to get there?
I'd be interested to hear
what others are doing to muffle
the 'noise' from all of the
opportunities you receive.
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

More on How to Sell on Ebay

I like to run visuals every so often...
just reading things can get a bit boring and
I don't want to be 'accused' of "being boring"...even if I am..a bit!
Anyway...I ran across this
"how-to" video
and found it to be somewhat entertaining...
as well as...informative...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

One Week Marketing Review

I first 'mentioned' One Week Marketing back in December. Basically, this program is a 'how-to' on bum marketing. This means writing articles, blogs, Squidoo lenses, and promoting other people's products for little or no money out of pocket.

The 'One Week Marketing' program was written by PotPieGirl, also known as Jennifer Ledbetter. Not your typical guru in that, once you buy One Week Marketing (for what I consider a very low cost of $47), she doesn't 'hit' you up to buy anything extra.

I can't tell you how many programs, including the 'freebies', hook you up with their 'opt-ins' and literally FLOOD your email inbox with new offers, joint ventures and pushing the products of all of their 'guru' friends. Most of these programs charge you 'such and such' for their program and then, low and behold, you find out you need additional products that cost even more money, or you have to sign up for a program in which you will incur a monthly fee. Often you don't even find this out until after you've parted with your hard earned money.

What I like most about One Week Marketing ... once you own the course, you have all you need to know to begin making money online immediately. You have no additional products to buy. But wait! There are a few costs that you will want to consider. Web hosting and buying is a domain name…it isn't required, and I've run across a number of free sites that have hit page 1 of Google in their niche, so it really is up to you which way you want to go.

One Week Marketing takes your work week and breaks it down into days. Each day has an action plan with a given task for each day.

Once you've completed day 7, you will have created a targeted campaign that will be up on the internet and generate money for you 24/7.

After the first week, you move on to the second week and start the process over again. PotPieGirl's techniques are straight-forward, easy to understand, and easily duplicated from one niche to the next.

I think this is one of the easiest to learn and most honest programs currently available and I am confident that once you see this program you will will not only love it but, see the potential for making money straight away. If you are looking for something simple, free website traffic, a step-by-step and day-by-day plan, you have found it. If you want to pay one time only and not incur monthly fees, this is the best program I have found.

I really like PotPieGirl's concept behind One Week Marketing, the one time only cost of the program. It is perfect for the beginner just starting out because of the low cost and the easy to follow step by step plan.

If you still aren't 'sold' that One Week Marketing is for you, go ahead and get the first 18 pages free to see if it’s something you want to know more about.
The course contains 5 PDF’s and one notepad file.

* One Week Marketing Guide Book #1 - Days 1 - 7 explanation
* A Conversation With Nick - Nick was her guinea pig. He made 3 sales in his first week.
* One Week Action Plan
* One Week Marketing Mind Maps
* One Week Marketing Checklists

For a sampling of her work, go and check out Pot Pie Girl's Squidoo Lensmaster Page
and you'll learn a bit more about her. If you are looking for a way to make money online, it really is hard to go wrong with this course.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Eight months ago

I started this blog with the idea in mind that I would find out how to make money online without spending any money.
That was over 8 months ago!

What have I learned in the past 8 months?
Yes, you can make money online without spending money but, if you are learning from all of the 'bits and pieces' of free information may take a lot longer.

Do I have screenshots of big money 'paydays' to show you?....Not exactly....but, I decided that I would "come clean" and show that I am making some money online. Most of it is from my online shops but, I'm also earning money from the articles I write and from my affiliate marketing.

I've been making money from my online shops since 2004, so I have that "down". It might have been easier and happened faster if I had known there were "how-to" books available but, I was such an internet 'novice' that I ended up teaching myself and learned the 'hard' way, by trial and error.

Looking back over the past 8 months, I will admit now that I wished I had spent money a bit sooner on just a few of the programs I will be sharing over the next few weeks.
I don't get any program that costs too much...I don't have that much to spare. But, these are the programs that have helped me turn things around in recent weeks and months...and I would have begun making money much sooner with my affiliate and bum marketing had I started out with them
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Step 5 -- Rinse and repeat

Step 5...Repeat steps 1 through 4! --- With a brand new Niche!

Go back to Step all of the 'searches' again...find a niche that appeals to you and has high interest/ low competition and repeat steps 1 through 4 all OVER again.

Keep doing this and you'll find....some are winners...some not so much..........but, overall..the odds are in your favor that you will begin to earn an

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Step 4 -- Build a List

Step 4...Start building a list.

Here are a few methods you might try in order to start building your lists.

1. Scatter a number of subscription boxes throughout your website and/ or blogsite. Believe it or not, it's very easy to 'overlook' a subscription box if you only have one available, unless it is BIG and BOLD.

2.Offer a really good bonus or gift...for FREE! Just make sure your 'freebie' has something to do with your site(s). For example, don't offer an ebook on "How To Make Money Online" if your sites are about 'Growing Prize Winning Chickens'.

3. Pop up windows is another way a lot of marketers are building their lists. Personally...they annoy me and I have never signed up through a pop up. But, maybe I'm in a minority, so I thought I'd, at least, mention this one.

4. Send your articles to a landing page that has an opt-in, to collect emails of interested subscribers.

5. Purchase a list. Here again, quite a few marketers do purchase lists....I for one, want to be sure my customers WANT my I do NOT use this method. But...I wanted to offer it as a suggestion.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Step 3 - Build a site

Step 3...Put up a little website or blogsite. (You need to be able to link your articles to one of your own sites. This will translate into a bigger conversion rate than to just link directly to the merchant page.)

You can choose to put up a blog right here on or get a hosting site like

I personally use both.
I have several Blogger blogs...that do get some traffic. This is a little more time consuming and takes a little longer.

I also have a couple of Wordpress blogs hosted on Host Gator....this 'does' cost money for hosting and domain...but the Wordpress blog themes are free. going with sub-domains, I only have the monthly cost of web host and the price of one domain.

The best thing about having your own is YOUR site...not a shared site...and you have a lot more control over your own site...and you can host numerous domains and sub-domains on one Host Gator site...saving a ton of money on hosting.

You can also set up a free website at or
I have sites on both and find they are so easy to use that it only takes about 15-30 minutes to set up a starter site, as long as you have the information ready to upload.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Step 2 -- Write More Articles

Step 2....Write some more articles in niches you are already having some success in. (Okay...unless you have lots and lots of FREE time, you may need to consider finding someone else to write these (and the other) articles for you.

I personally like to learn new things...writing articles gives me a reason to learn. So, I prefer to do my own articles...however, you can get some pretty good articles written for you, for a reasonable fee.
Since I like to write so much, this is something I do quite regularly. I have written articles for clients through Textbroker, I get paid for articles I write for Associated Content (many of those articles serve a duel purpose as, I not only get paid to write the article, I also include links to my niches, so I can drive traffic back to my 'bum marketing' efforts.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Step 1- Find A Hungry Market - Part 2

So...let's suppose that by now, you've got your (1) niche. (Mine is 'waterwheel play table')
You've done all of your searches.

You've got, at least, 10 good least half of them, long tailed keywords (three or four words in length.)
I'm using: waterwheel play table, 2 waterwheel play table, step 2 waterwheel play table, sand and water table, naturally playful clubhouse climber, step 2 playhouses, step 2 sandbox, step 2 naturally playful climber, step 2 playhouse, home playhouse step 2, step 2 naturally playful playhouse, step 2 naturally playful sandbox, step 2 welcome home playhouse (Each different play item will have an affiliate link, a separate short article and blog post...for highest optimization.)

You've found two or three affiliates so that you can make some money. (I had to stick with Amazon for now...which is I can use all of the 'sub-niches' to monetize each of those, this will make up for only having one affiliate program linked to the niche.) it's time to write a few articles.
Here's a fairly easy way to write your own articles...

Type your niche (mine-'waterwheel play table') + articles into Google. (niche+articles).
Copy and paste the article(s) you find into your wordpad.

Rewrite every sentence of the article into your own words. -- Remember that if you copy content word for word, your articles will not get to the front pages of Google as they will be seen as 'duplicate content'.
As you rewrite each sentence, be sure to delete the original sentence, so that all you'll need to do when you're finished is to copy and paste.

Do NOT put any affiliate links into your articles, then you won't have to worry about which directories accept them and which ones do not. Instead, include a link to your blog in the author's resource/ bio box.
For Go Articles and Associated Content you can put text link, to your blog, within the article if you can work it in.
Best to leave them out of Ezine Article submissions.

GoArticles will publish your article immediately, Associated Content and Ezine Articles must approve them first.

If you really do not like to write articles, you can either Use the articles in GoArticles, Ezine, etc...which you must include the author's name and bio box...including links to their sites.
(Since I don't want to re-direct any traffic....I don't use this method.)

You can outsource your articles, which will cost you a small fee...but you will have all rights to these articles, as well as the author title.

I'll cover article writing and marketing more in Step 2.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Step 1 - Find a 'Hungry' Market

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post..."5 Step Bum Marketing"...and I decided to expand on each of those 5 separate posts..hoping it might be a little more helpful to you.

Step 1 ....Find your 'hungry' market and then...write lots and lots of articles for that 'hungry' market.
---So..where do you find that 'hungry' market???
*Find out what people are looking for. Search eBay pulse, Top searches for day, week, month and year, Amazon hot picks, etc.
---Then, find product. You can check clickbank, affiliate sites (like Pepperjam) and Amazon associates. (You need to be able to monetize your efforts.)
(NEW)---use Adsense!

Here are the top five 'hungry' markets in each of my searches.

I. Ebay Pulse
1. cursor
2. ipod touch
3. ipod
4. iphone
5. xbox 360

II. Yahoo Top Search
1-Scarlett Johansson (1)+5976141Missing PlaneBreakout!
22New Moon (11)+105431210 Worst Hurricanes In HistoryBreakout!
36MTV Awards (2)+10428732010 Ford Taurus10261%
435Eminem (23)+1492244Lance Stephenson8403%
5-Air France (1)+1811885Toy Story 3 Trailer6122%

III. Amazon Bestsellers
1. Bailout Riches
2. Kindle
3. Waterwheel Play Table
4. Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred
5. The Sims 3

IV. Google Trends
1. candace cameron bure
2. pseudocyesis
3. cake farts
5. selachophobia

V. Niche A Day - Subscribe to Niche A Day. It's FREE and they will send you (1) niche everyday, via email. Check it out! here we have -- 25 DIFFERENT possibilities....just doing a couple of quick searches. (Time spent....10 minutes.) These are the 'hungry' markets....the TOP searches.

NOW....time to see which (1) possibility would work best for a specific niche ... for our bum marketing. a couple of searches. (For examples' sake, we will go with....the 'Waterwheel Play Table'..)
The first place I search is the Google Keyword Tool ... I find that it has an average monthly search volume of 12,100 for the keywords...'waterwheel play table' and 1600 monthly searches for 'Step 2 waterwheel play table' and 1600 searches for '2 waterwheel play table'. (You'll want to use all of those 'long tailed keywords' in your blog and your articles.)

Now I go back to Google and type in "waterwheel play table" quotes...there's 79,700 sites covering 'waterwheel play table'...not optimal, but there's a chance to get an article or two on the first page with the right keywords.

There's a new FEATURE now in Google to help you find 'just the right keywords''s called...'wonder wheel'.

To get to the wonder wheel click on the 'show options' .... I have it circled in this screen shot will bring you to a second page...on the left side...about midway down the second page you will find 'wonder wheel' in the STANDARD VIEW section. Click on the 'wonder wheel'.

In this example there are several keywords that might work as 'sub-niches' for your 'waterwheel play table' niche such as,
"little tikes"...within this 'sub-niche' there are...'little tikes log cabin'..'little tikes playground'....'little tikes jungle climber'.
"naturally playful sandbox"... for which there are ... 'naturally playful playhouse'...'naturally playful lookout treehouse'...'naturally playful sand and water'.

See how this one 'top five search' produces at least a dozen different ways to 'monetize' on this specific niche!'s time to find some affiliate programs that carry the 'waterwheel'...'little tikes'...and 'naturally playful'....


Pepperjam Network Referral Program



I'll let you work these first steps....and I'll continue with the rest of Step 1 in the next post.

Friday, May 29, 2009

How do you make money online?

I have a number of things online
'going on all at once'.

A couple of Etsy Shops,
(for my art related businesses)
an Imagekind Shop,
a Zibbet Shop,
Three Zazzle Shops
and it doesn't stop there.

I have about
ten mini-websites, all of which
I have attached some affiliate marketing links
somewhere on each site.
And, at least that many blogs,
also with affiliate links attached.

Each site is very 'niche-specific'...and the intent
is not as much about making 'lots' of money per...
but rather, a little of money on a lot of different sites.
My mindset....the more streams of income I have
going...the better. top all of these sites...I also have
about 15 Squidoo Lenses and a couple of Hub pages...
and I write numerous articles,
some for my 'bum' marketing
and some for CASH.

The point I'm trying to make here is...
not that I am advocating seeing how 'thin' one can 'spread' themselves...

I NEED to make $57.00 a day/ 7 days a week....
not all that much..right???

A few years ago I was sticking to pretty much
one venue...
selling my original art on eBay...
and everything was going just fine and DANDY.
I didn't need to make as much in those days...
and I was making what I needed turn...made me an eBay Power Seller.

Okay...sounds great...and then.......?????
eBay changed the rules in the middle of the game.
Not only could I not afford
to 'play with the big boys'...
I saw my sales take such a plunge
that I could no longer afford to continue on eBay.

So...what happened?

I put all of my eggs into
(1) one eBay basket...
and when it dropped...
my eggs broke!

I learned not to trust any (1) one thing
for my entire income.

Now...I work my behind off...
trying to get everything all set up.
I've stumbled a few times...and fumbled a few more...
but, I'm finally seeing income coming in
from multiple sources.
Once all of the set up and promoting of each site
has been taken care of...
most of the hard work is out of the way...
then, it's just a matter of maintenance.

So...I've got money coming from
Etsy (from art sales)
Zazzle (three shops worth)
Affiliate sources (as affiliate items begin to sell)
Referral fees (from buyers who click on my affiliate links and then buy something else)
Article marketing (directing buyers to my sites and blogs where they purchase something through my affiliate links)
Article writing (outright article sales)

It's what I have to do to
make a living.
But...I'm finally beginning to get it all down
to a science!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Free Affiliate Convention in Denver

To find out more information and register
for the convention, if you are interested,
just go to the Affiliate Convention website.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sell your stuff on Zibbet

Zibbet is a relatively new site where you
can sell your
handmade crafts, jewelry, paintings, supplies,
even vintage products.

You can "set up shop"
list the items you want to sell...
and it won't cost you anything
until you sell something.
Then, the commission is a mere 7.5%.

They've recently started a referral program
on Zibbet...where they will take 2.5% of
their commission and give it to you
for LIFE.

I have one shop on Zibbet and I'm
seriously considering opening another.

To learn more about their program,
and I give the site owners 'kudos' for their
'hands on' customer service,
go to Zibbet and check it out!
It's one of the most affordable ways to
start an online business.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I had to look elsewhere.

I recently updated my 'Wealthy Affiliate' post.
With nothing really negative to say about the program, it just wasn't the 'right' fit for me.
First....I don't have any extra money to purchase the extra 'info' I wanted. Much of their program focuses on PPC....and I am not yet in a financial position to go 'there'.

I still needed to work the program though. So....I decided to give this program a's a little more 'user-friendly'....with all of the step-by-step "how-to's" that I really needed to relieve a lot of the confusion I took away from the Wealthy Affiliate program.
Here is the program I signed on cost me half as much each month...and I already have a website set up...following her step by step instructions. I REALLY needed these instructions to set up a site over at WA, and could not find them.HTML code: Visit

I'm sticking with 'Bum Marketing' for now. I'm signed up with several affiliate programs and currently have over 100 different accounts with links to include in articles, mini-sites and the like.

For an 'un-biased' support system, I have elected the 'Warrior Forum'. It's free to join, and you have to be a member to participate.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

5 Step Bum Marketing

5 step Bum Marketing....

Step 1 ....Find your 'hungry' market and then...write lots and lots of articles for that 'hungry' market.
---So..where do you find that 'hungry' market???
*Find out what people are looking for. Search eBay pulse, Top searches for day, week, month and year, Amazon hot picks, etc.
---Then, find product. You can check clickbank, affiliate sites (like Pepperjam) and Amazon associates. (You need to be able to monetize your efforts.)

Step 2....Write some more articles in niches you are already having some success in. (Okay...unless you have lots and lots of FREE time, you may need to consider finding someone else to write these (and the other) articles for you.

Step 3...Put up a little website or blogsite. (You want to be able to link your articles to one of your own sites.)

Step 4...Start building a list. (See this for more information.)

Step 5...Repeat steps 1 through 4!

I subscribe to Travis Sagos' Bum Marketing emails, have downloaded much of his material and watched all of his videos...and these steps are not mine...they are his. I follow these I share them with you.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Social Networking ---- Best Web 2.0

Social Networking Means Being Social

On MySpace, it's important to build up your friends' list and get comments on your MySpace page.

On Squidoo, while you don't have a friends' list, per se, you 'socialize' by leaving reader feedback and marking your favorite 'lenses'. There's also the forum at SquidU, where you can 'get better acquainted' with the other lensmasters.

The biggest difference on these Web 2.0 sites....if you try to blatantly market anything on MySpace, you might get banned. It's best to use their 'blog' feature, write a brief article about 'what' you are trying to market...and include a link to your site, where you are free to market to whomever visits.

On Squidoo, there are multiple ways to monetize. You can make money off of their 'share' system, which doesn't usually equate to a whole lot...unless your lens is highly ranked and getting hoards of visitors (and there are quite a few lenses that can boast this) are also able to put direct links into your lens so that your visitors can click and buy...or at the very least, visit your site.

Finally....niche specific Forums. Where better to 'social network' than with a group of like minded people? To find these forums, go to Google ... type in your niche...i.e... golf + forums.
But, get acquainted for a few days...before you start 'hawking your wares'... folks will tend to 'avoid' you if they think you're trying to 'sell them something'.
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Monday, May 11, 2009

I started this an find out if there were any 'honest to goodness'...programs that will give the information and direction needed to start a viable 'work from home' business. I have run across several....that I am currently signed up with...and pursuing.
In the 'course' of doing all of this research...I have signed up for so many 'offers' that my in boxes are always full. I've had to 'unsubscribe' to quite a few, leaving only those that I felt had something to offer that I could actually read the email that comes in.
Through one of the few emails I now receive, I went out and downloaded "200 Affiliate Programs" that pay 100% immediate commissions through PayPal.
Here is a link to that site. Since the site is just taking names, to be notified when their site is up...which is 'genius', as they are also building a list before 'opening their doors' I'm including a few of the programs from the list I received.
I haven't checked any of these out yet, (I just downloaded the list and wanted to share it right away) and I didn't have the time to 'link' each program, so you'll have to copy and paste the url into your search engine.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

This program really does sound "too good to be true"...really...copy your campaign and make money from that????

It doesn't sound like something that was really "on the up-and-up" and I was pretty sure I'd probably be requesting a refund but, I believe in 'being fair'....and besides, how would I know if something worked..or didn't...unless I gave it a shot?

So, I took one of their campaigns, copied and pasted it, as laid out in the ebook. Within 24 hours I had a few sales. Granted, I wasn't planning my retirement (just yet) but not too bad for only 30 minutes of effort, seriously. I made less than $100.00 but...$80 for 30 minutes of work....I can 'live' with that amount.

Copy and Profit provides traffic generating methods... free and paid. Of course, the paid methods is Google AdWords...which I still have been reluctant to use. (To be honest...I don't have a big enough budget to 'gamble with something I haven't fully studied yet.)

For those on a ZERO spend me.., there are other methods you can use for traffic generation.

Some daily work is required, basically to see which campaign is generating sales and then fine tuning those. Often, in internet marketing, you will find a "magic" keyword that counts for 50% or more of your sales. With Copy and Profit, these keywords are given to you up front.

I think, Copy and Profit is well worth the small price of the program and if you follow the should recover your investment within one or two days of trying just one of the many campaigns there are to copy. If it doesn't, for whatever reason, work for you... you are protected by Clickbank's 100% no questions asked money back guarantee.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Affilorama Review

Once again I have 'stumbled' upon something that I think is worth's a program called...Affilorama.

You have two (which is always my first choice.)
or premium...(which gets you much more than free.)

A few of the things you can learn at Affilorama.

There's much...much more that they cover...both in video and written

I really recommend this the very least, I do think Affilorama is worth
a 'look'.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Scam Alert - How to Spot a Survey Scam

There are so many surveys scams on the internet today. You can spot them easily if they are asking you to pay them in for a list of companies to do surveys for. They tell you their hard to believe promises to make $125 an hour. They might even tell you that you can quit your job and do surveys full time.

The truth is that, not only can you "not get rich" doing surveys, chances are pretty good that you'll spend more time cleaning the spam out of your email in-box taking so much time away from filling out surveys for cash. It is possible to make some money, but nothing close to $125 an hour.

Any person or program telling you that you'll get rich quickly and easily... really is just trying to sell you something.

Always remember the ONE most important rule when it comes to spotting a paid survey scam, you shouldn't have to pay money to make money. Do not confuse this with, "it takes money to make money"...that's a whole different story...

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Maverick Money Maker Program

Have you hear about the Maverick Money Maker Program?

If you have read any of my posts I'm sure that you familiar with the term, affiliate marketing. For anyone who hasn't heard the term, it is basically a way to sell or refer someone's product or program for a commission. It is a popular way to make money online and there are a number of affiliate opportunities if you know where to look.
For those who have 'figured out' the fine art of affiliate marketing, they are considered "Super Affiliates". With the right marketing, the right product and some 'know how' there are a LOT of Super Affiliates who make thousands of dollars a day.

During the last election we heard the word 'maverick' bantered around all over the place. If you don't really know what a Maverick is. It's basically "someone who doesn't do things in the expected way or some one who strikes out on his or her own against all odds."
When you take this attitude and team it with affiliate marketing, you have the "Maverick Money Maker".

It's easy to falter and even fail when we try a new venture that we don't know a lot about. Many of us get discouraged and we're afraid to ever try again. Not the Maverick Money Maker.
It takes a real 'Maverick' to pull together the courage in the face of fear and failure and become determined that they WILL matter what!

Becoming a Maverick Money Maker may not be for everyone, especially for the easily discouraged. But, with a willingness to try and an eagerness to learn, it can be very lucrative and extremely satisfying.

Take a minute and learn more about the Maverick Money Maker Program, it might just bring out the 'Maverick' in you!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Vinefire - A new program to make money on the internet

Vine Fire is a program I recently signed up with. It's FREE to join, but, if you want to make even MORE money, you can sign up for their really inexpensive upgrade.
Vinefire is an experiment and it is a work in progress. Fun, profitable, exciting.

Basically, it is a website where you can earn money for posting and clicking on links to news, videos, savings offers and more. The best links rise to the top and the worst are buried as their members vote on links submitted by everyone else.

Ways to Earn

* Click Posted Links: Log in, then go to the home page and click on any of the links posted by members. You'll currently earn $0.05 for each link you visit. The links will turn gray once you have visited them.
* Click Sponsor Links: Visiting their sponsors helps the website grow. Sponsor links are currently worth $0.50 per click.
* Vote on Links: Use the icons on the home page to vote up links you like or vote the down links you don't like. You'll currently earn $0.35 each time you vote.
* Add Links: If you have a link to an interesting web page that you think people will like, just visit the Add Link page. You'll currently earn $0.02 every time someone votes "up" on your link. (Until you reach your daily earnings limit).
* Share with Friends: Have a friend that would like our website? Visit our Share page to get your personal referral link. You'll currently earn 50% of your friends earnings every time they click a link, vote on a link, or add a link.

Currently, new members can only earn up to $3.00/day. If you would like to earn more, you can verify your account for a small fee ($5). Verifying your account takes about 2 minutes and will instantly raise your daily earnings limit to $25.00/day.

Above and beyond the earnings possibilities on Vine Fire, is the traffic that is being brought in to my own niche websites. Even if Vinefire didn't pay it's members, the increase of site traffic would be worth the time spent visiting the site and voting.

Join Vinefire!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Get Paid To Troubleshooting Tips

If you signed up for CashCrate and it appears that your offers are not clearing, consider the following possibilities:

-Your computer is not accepting cookies.

To do GPT offers it is important that your computer is set up to 'accept' cookies. Cookies are little files that are put onto your computer by the websites that you visit. Cookies are meant to follow what you do on those websites, and report back to the advertiser server when you complete an offer.

If your computer does not allow cookies to function, the advertiser that you are trying to complete the offer for does not know that you have completed the offer.

To see if you are accepting cookies, go to your IE, Firefox, etc toolbar, check the Tools, Options and Privacy (you'll see the cookies settings in the Privacy Tab.) Occasionally your virus protection programs may also be blocking access, check those programs, just to be sure.

Other reasons CashCrate give, for any offers that did not clear, include;

• You didn’t complete the entire offer. If you quit half way through a survey or don’t finish an offer, you won’t be credited. For example, many sites require that you confirm your email address at the end of the registration.

• Fake or inaccurate information was used. If you use fake information when completing an offer, you will not receive credit. Using fake or misleading information is also against our Terms of Service and will result in the termination of your account. If you’re not interested in having a company know your real information, don’t do the offer!

• You’ve done the offer before. Advertisers aren’t interested in paying for the same person to try their product or service multiple times. If you’ve done the offer (or possibly even an offer from the same company) outside of CashCrate, we won’t receive credit for it if you do it again.

• You used a gift card or prepaid credit card to do the offer. If you do an offer that requires a credit card, some companies will not credit us if you use a gift card or prepaid credit card. This is because they don’t want you signing up for a trial, only to find that your card gets declined if you continue with them after the trial period.

• You canceled the offer immediately. If you sign-up for a product trial and then immediately cancel your trial, you won’t receive credit. The point of our program is that you get paid to try products and services that you’re interested in. By canceling immediately, you’re indicating that you weren’t even interested to begin with. If you’re not interested in an offer, don’t do it!

VERY Important!!

Something that I learned, because I wasn't using my head, was that you MUST always read the fine print on the offers that you complete. I ended up signing up for a monthly entertainment subscription for taking three new IQ tests weekly, for 9.99 extra on my cell phone bill. I didn't read the fine print and just went ahead and gave my cell phone number so that I could receive my score....DUH!!
So...PLEASE read the fine print before you submit anything. If you want to (receive 3 new IQ tests a week for 9.99 a month...that's okay...I personally don't need that much entertainment in my life:)

Keep a Notebook Handy -- and -- USE it!

Whenever you sign up to complete an offer, write down who the offer is through. You'll quickly discover that company A has a survey about Brand X soft drinks and you fill that out. A few offers later you see a similiar survey and wonder if you've already filled that one out...or not.
Keep your notebook handy and fill out EVERY offer that you do...and whether or not it was completed...I may start an offer, get a ways into it and discover that they want me to sign up for something for free and all I need do is pay for shipping. If I do complete the offer...I need to make a note of what 'transpired'.
And..if you do complete the Brand X soft drinks survey through company A and you try to complete it again through Company F, you will only get credit for one. No sense in wasting your time.

A few TIPS to know...

If you do the GPT and Survey Programs, do get a new email through Yahoo or Gmail that you use only for these programs. You'll be getting a lot of email and you don't want to fill up your regular mail box.
Be sure that you do not use an email address that contains any obscenities or the word spam in it, or you may not be able to do many of the offers.
Also, do not have a period (.) in your email as it is something a lot of spammers have begun to do and the advertisers are beginning to catch on and not allow offers to be completed with such emails.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Make Money With No Money

I have searched, for months, for ways to make money with no money.

I found a company that I wanted to let you know about, perhaps you have heard of it, CashCrate.

CashCrate is one of the better programs I have found in all of my searching for legitimate programs that will help me in my 'quest' to earn a living online. It hasn't been that long since I signed up, but so far I am finding it pretty easy to make money with no money spent on a daily basis just by doing some surveys and free offers.

As you know, from my previous posts, I have been searching for legitimate and honest ways to make money on the Internet, with no money to spend for expensive programs, software and the latest and greatest 'secrets' to success. I started doing this, several years ago, before all of the hub-bub about the economy, because I needed to find myself a way to make a living. If it costs me money, (more than just a few dollars a month), then I simply have to 'move on'..see...I need to MAKE money...not SPEND it.

Cashcrate is 'similiar' to Project Payday (and you know what I thought of that program)..but, it is different enough, and simpler enough, that I thought I'd give CashCrate a go.

Basically, the way it works is, companies need people who are willing to try and review products, services, and websites and they are willing to pay to have them do so. Think of the phone calls you've gotten from poll companies who ask your opinions on a number of topics, they want your feed-back but you're asked to do this without any compensation. But, CashCrate takes the money companies give them for our participation, and give us back up to 75% of it! That's what I'm looking for, ways to make money with no money!

The amount of money you can make is dependent on what country you're from (there are more offers for English speaking countries but, there are offers for other countries, as well) and how much time you're willing to spend to making money. Most members do have the opportunity to make more than a thousand dollars!

What I like about CashCrate is that it is free to join, I don't have to complete any credit card offers to earn money and through CashCrate I have found a couple of other
companies that I've made even more money through.

I will have a follow up post to this one...that goes into GPT tips and need to know info.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Getting Backlinks

If you want higher conversions traffic
you'll need to be getting backlinks that are
RELATED to your niche.
Here are some of the ways you can create backlinks:
1. Social bookmarking
2. Commenting on blogs and forums
3. Pinging and RSS feed
4. Video submission sites
5. Backlinking to the same sites as your competition
6. Submitting your url - linking to other websites
7. Backlinking from your blog
8. Backlinking from your articles

Friday, April 17, 2009

Article directories

Article directories are places where anybody can submit their articles for free. With each article you can provide a resource box with information and links about yourself and your websites.
By submitting your articles,
you are also allowing the directories to allow other ezine
and content publishers the rights to reprint your articles.
Anybody reprinting your articles have to
provide your resource box with the article.
Here are a few article directories to get you started.

Bukisa - Submit Article - Syndicate - Make Money
A new article publishing site that will pay you to submit your content to them.
Another search engine directory for articles.
Allows ezine or email list publishers to upload or download
free expert content that can be used within email newsletters, blogs or websites.
Find free articles for your website, blog, eZine or newsletters.
Free article directory where you can submit your articles
with unique content
to get search engine friendly backlinks

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Niche Market Example

Here is a small video on a Niche Marketing example.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Niche Hunting

Here is a video I found on 'Niche Hunting'. (The video volume was a little low on my laptop...just an F.Y.I., so you can adjust your volume accordingly.)
This is part of the Thirty Day Challenge program, of which I am not yet familiar with, but have provided a link for anyone who wants further investigation.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A Niche Experiment

I want to let you in on a niche experiment
I have going.
It's actually one of several, following the bum (affiliate) marketing
To begin with...I set up a Squidoo Lens
that is about the advantages of becoming Energy Independent.
From the Squidoo Lens I have a link
to my
and my
which have my affiliate links to the
Earth 4 Energy product.
I also have a couple of other affiliate links
to Amazon based products...that might produce a sale or two
for me.
After building the Squidoo Lens
and writing the couple of blogs...
I wrote a couple of articles for Ezine Articles
linking those
back to my Squidoo lens
and my Home and Garden blog.
I put up a small website
that I need to finish...but once finished
will link all of the other
sites together.
Now..I haven't had a whole lot
of traffic yet...though I haven't visited any forums...
I am going to take this experiment one step
further and see if
I can get some traffic moving.
If I succeed...I'll let you in on that secret.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Find a Niche and Fill It!

We've all heard the saying..
"find a need and fill it"...
this post is a small sampling of some folks
who took that literally...
their mantra...
"find a niche and fill it!"

There are a bunch of regular folks, like you and me,

who are doing product launches in all sorts of regular markets

(or even some tiny little obscure markets)

and making small fortunes.

John Gallagher did it teaching people about "medicinal and edible herbs and plants."

Todd Brown did it in the massage therapy market... with a list of only 312 people.

Jane Savoie did it in the "dressage" market

(for those who don't know....dressage is HORSE BALLET --- really) -

and she made $140,000 launching a product to 817 people

What is YOUR Niche???

Are you ready to...

'find a niche and fill it'?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Setting Up a PayPal Account

Video tutorial on how to set up a PayPal account and link it to your eBay account.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Making Money Online

Are you making money online yet? If you are still struggling and looking for someplace to get might want to consider...


I know that everyone has heard of eBay...and you may be already saying..."oh, I already know how to sell on eBay."Maybe so...but, did you sell enough to make 'Silver Power Seller' status?

To reach this level you have to sell $3,000 - $9,999 worth of product, each month, for three consecutive months and have more than 300 feedback that is, at least, 98% positive.

I'll be honest and tell you that I no longer sell on eBay. For one thing, in order for ME to keep up this level of sales, I had to work...literally...24/7. But, that was because I was selling original paintings...all painted by me. It would have been easier, if all I'd had to do was paint..but, there was all of the 'behind the scenes' work that go along with having a brisk eBay business.


-Photographing your product. (And you really do need to take as good a picture(s) as possible. Since the buyer can't examine the product in person, you should make it as close to the 'real' thing as you can.

-Finding a good template that 'compliments' your store theme. Auctiva has a large selection of free templates, in an assortment of different categories, that you can use. And you can set up your listings to automatically 'list' in eBay at pre-specified times. All of FREE! (I wished I had found Auctiva when I first saves soooo much time!)

-Layout the listing in the most complimentary and inviting manner. Wording the listing so that the descriptions are as complete and accurate as possible. Be positive and 'invite' the buyer to purchase your product and 'come back for more'. This requires a little 'study' of your competition. What makes their listings so appealing that you want to buy from them? Emulate but NEVER...EVER copy their descriptions word for word.

-Answer questions from buyers and potential buyers. Do this in a timely and friendly manner. If ever you receive a message from someone, that is less than friendly, 'sleep on it' for 24 hours before responding. Let your 'immediate reaction' have a chance to cool and then word your reply in a mature and appropriate manner. (I was once 'accused' of copying another artist. Truth be told, I had been painting in that fashion for years...probably while the 'accuser' was still in diapers. My immediate response would have been 'downright bitchy' but, I applied my 24 hour rule and simply responded, "Titles cannot be copyrighted (and included a link for proof of fact) and as for the similarities of styles, since I have been painting in this style for many years and have published evidence of same, I can only suppose that perhaps I have influenced your style of painting, rather than the other way around." ... I have never received a reply.)

-Marketing. If you list your items and leave them to 'take care of themselves', you might as well take a toddler and let them 'fend for themselves'. Your business is your 'baby' and needs to be nurtured. Don't leave it to 'chance' that your buyers will find their way to you. They'll find your competition...the ones tending to their marketing (like a mother tends to her child)...long before they find you. And, chances are more than 70% that they'll buy from the nutured shop first.

-Packing and shipping. In a cost effective and timely fashion. If you don't want to get low marks in your 'detailed seller ratings' - shipping costs and shipping times (these are two separate categories..and low marks in both could be a real 'killer' to your business)

- you'll want to have your shipping supplies on hand. A membership to a Sam's Club more than pays for itself in what you save on Bubble Wrap. I haven't found it online any cheaper, in quantities that I am able to store in limited space. As for boxes, it's cheaper for me to order boxes through Uline and ship USPS First Class or UPS Ground than to get the free priority boxes through USPS and pay the extra charge for Priority Mail -- unless, your merchandise is something that NEEDS to be shipped Priority.

-Customer Service. Email your customer when their item is shipped. If possible, give them a tracking number. Let them know to email you with any questions. Thank them for their business and let them know that you really do appreciate it. Do all of this through eBay, unless the customer has specifically instructed you otherwise, so that you are not accused of 'spamming your buyer.' People tend to get a little put-off if you direct mail them without their permission. So, don't do innocent as it might be...that sends any kind of warning flag to your customer. You want as much repeat business as possible. Repeat customers tend to send other customers your way and that is great for business.

-Thank you 'gift'. This isn't required and I didn't do this on eBay. I started doing it when I moved my business to Etsy. I still sell original paintings but, now I've added prints and a few other things to my inventory. I have much more inventory and much less work. And, as a 'thank you' I include a magnet of one of my art prints. I use a letter size magnet sheet and print a dozen magnets per sheet, using my own printer. It costs me very little to include one of these little 'thank you's', it personalizes the 'gift' by using my own art prints, and it's something I don't offer for sale. I like to think it is one of the things that bring me a lot of repeat business.

If all of the 'behind the scenes' stuff didn't chase you are a few other things you need to know, BEFORE you decide to 'set up shop' on eBay. There will be fees associated with listing each and every item you post there.

Some of the fees will be charged, whether you sell anything or not. The 'up-front' fees include:

=Insertion Fees (the fee for 'inserting' a new item into your eBay 'shop'.) -- If you don't sell your item the first time, you can relist it one time, and not have to pay the second insertion fee. This does not apply to the Gallery Fee or any Listing Upgrade Fees, however.)

=Gallery Fees (it's hard to sell anything online without a photo, so your customer knows what it is that they're bidding on. So you'll need to be aware that these fees are separate from the Insertion Fees.

=Listing Upgrade Fees (these are fees that include such upgrades as; subtitles, Featured items, Reserve prices, etc.The 'back-end' fees:

=Final Value Fees (you will be charged a percentage of the actual sale price. If your starting price was $100.00 but the final sale price was $500.00, you will be charged a percentage of the $500.00 actual sale price, rather than the starting price of $100.00. For this reason, it is a little more difficult to determine how much your eBay bill is going to be each month.)

- Do note that the Final Value Fees are only on the final sale price and do NOT include shipping charges.Sometimes you won't be paid, (that's the price of doing business online.) You will still be charged the Final Valuation Fee unless you request a final value fee credit. It doesn't always come before your Bill is due, so you'll want to go ahead and pay your entire eBay Bill, but you should normally receive the final value fee credit without waiting too long.PayPal FeesPayPal will charge a fee as soon as a payment is made through PayPal. Fees range from 2.9% to 1.9% (according to their fees chart

- I did check my PayPal and note that on sales I have made very recently, the fees charged were closer to 4.5% to 5%, per sale depending on your amount of monthly sales. Please note that, PayPal charge their fees based on the amount they receive from the buyer, which also includes shipping charges.

Six Ways to 'Survive' on eBay .. during Economic Slowdowns.

1. Price it right! Lower prices aren't ALWAYS better prices. People will pay more for quality, even in the toughest economic times. Key here is, to keep the price as low as you can while still being fair to both buyer and seller.

2. The right 'stuff'! If you want to sell in volume, switch to items that you can sell for less and still make a profit. You can still make a good living from your eBay business, if you learn to adapt to the economic trends and adjust your inventory accordingly.

3. The 'Laws' of Attraction. They work both ways. If you put a 'positive' spin on your shop and your listings, it will work FOR you and for your sales. People will buy from someone who seems happy and trustworthy. On the other hand, if your shop has any kind of 'negative' undertones, like 'bargain basement' prices or 'times are tough' wordage, the buyers will 'sense' this and won't be as willing to buy from you.

4. Be Budget Minded and Frugal. Don't utilize Listing Upgrades that aren't 'absolutely necessary'. Why spend extra on the cost of a 'sub-title' only to use it to list the name of your shop? They can find out the name, when they click into your listing.Use free listing templates instead of paid ones.Recycle packing supplies and switch to First Class or Ground Shipping.Cut inventory to items that you believe are, or will be, your best sellers. Don't hang on to items that just 'waste space' and fees.

5. Offer 'high end' items too! If you've got them, list them! Don't avoid listing higher priced items, because you don't think there are any consumers left who will pay the price you would need. Go ahead and list them. If they don't sell on eBay, then get yourself an e-Commerce shop that doesn't charge listing fees and list them there.

6.!! You CAN list an item on eBay, set the price and the length of the auction and HOPE for the best. You may or may not get a nibble! You'll improve your odds 'dramatically' with the RIGHT marketing however.

--The Right Title. Make sure your title is 'marketing friendly.' For instance, you want to put as much 'pertinent' information as possible, into the title.If you're selling an original oil painting of a Rooster, don't title it 'At The Break of Dawn'..(even if it is the title of the painting)...that doesn't tell the buyer anything.Keep in mind that many buyers will type in more specific 'keywords' and none of those will include 'break' or 'dawn'.

--Put a 'face' on it! Many people want to 'know' who it is they're buying from. It's easier to purchase from someone you 'know and trust'. Listings that are worded properly can help, but you'll probably need to take it a step beyond and write a blog. You can help your buyers get to know you and what you have to offer in a more 'personal' manner. There are several free blogsites that are very good, including Wordpress and Blogger. If you want a good example of a seller who really 'sells herself' through her blog...visit this blog.

GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE IS VITAL TO YOUR ONLINE SUCCESS! Consumers can get an original painting, an Apple iPod, and, occasionally, even that rare PEZ dispenser from a number of other Sellers.Maybe your prices are the lowest, but if that potential customer takes a peek at your feedback and at your detailed seller ratings and finds that; your shipping prices are high, shipping times are slow, your products were not as described and you didn't offer good communication...they'll move on to another seller, even if the price is higher.I have only disregarded these factors once and it was a purchase that I ended up, not only regretting, but also without product and most of the purchase price. With really GOOD Customer Service, you can be a step above the competition. Most of the time it doesn't cost anymore to offer good customer service as it does Not to. Often times, poor customer service costs More.

What to Sell?I frequently look at the eBay Pulse to keep on top of what items are best sellers. Almost all of the items currently in eBay's Top 10 have been there for months.EBAY TOP 10!

1. wii

2. ipod

3. xbox 360

4. iphone

5. wii fit

6. coach

7. psp

8. bakugan

9. digital camera

10.ipod touch

Here is a link that explains, in further detail, almost everything you need to know to start selling on eBay.But, WHATEVER you do...don't put ALL of your eggs into One eBAY Basket! Whether the economy is booming...or on the 'down-side'...with all of the opportunity that is out there on the internet, having 'multiple streams of income' just makes good 'cents'.

If you are an artist, a crafter, a dealer of 'vintage' goods, a scrapbooking supplier or ...well, there's a lot of categories you might not have ever thought of before, over on Etsy. Take a look. It costs $.20 a listing and each listing is good for four months. It's not an auction site. When a sale is made, payment is almost always immediately received through PayPal.

Whatever you choose to do, to start making money right away, the TWO most important things to remember:

1. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE - is money in the bank!

2. MARKETING IS KEY -- you are your own best public relations expert! Don't be bashful...bang your own drum!! Take a look around and you'll see those that are selling well do that very thing!

Friday, March 27, 2009

21 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Sites

One of the biggest problems I have encountered, in my 'quest' to "make money online" is...traffic!
How to get it!
How to keep it!
How to convert it!
I absolutely REFUSE to 'buy into' any program that I know little about. One of the biggest problems I am encountering...even as a 'bum-affiliate' marketer ALL of the 'info' sites that are just 'bum-affiliate' sites. Of course, these are going to give good reviews....they're all trying to sell the product....just like me. (Well...not that product...but, since this is what I'm 'into' right now...I'm recognizing the 'pitch'.)
Anyway...I decided to take a trip to 'You-Tube' surprise there...and I ran across this little video.'s an 'automated' audio...meaning that the voice is 'automated' it's a bit boring! However...there are some good 'tips' for getting more traffic, so I thought it worth a post.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Writers Beware!

Writers Beware of Freelance Home is a Scam!

In these unsettling times, when folks are losing jobs or needing more income, just to make ends' meet, it is easy to be taken in by some clever advertising and end up the victim of a scam.
Recently, it ALMOST happened to me.
I received an email, from one of the 'what seem like "millions"' of work-at-home opportunities, advertising Freelance Home Writers.

It seemed to offer a great service for people who are interested in earning money from writing and the money sounded very good.

Be careful of their 'special' low cost registration fee. Take a closer look at the small print and you'll find that this is ONLY a seven day trial period. Then they will charge $49.95 every month. Even though they also state that" if you are not satisfied", there is an 8 week money-back guarantee. I've learned that others sent them a message through an online 'contact form' asking them to cancel the account and refund their money. None of them received a reply, even though several follow up emails were sent.

Most of the material on their site can be easily found on other sites for free. And, they do not have any 'connection' what-so-ever with employers, or anyone 'looking for writers'. They provide the same kinds of lists that you can find for free on Elance.

Here is a forum thread where I found folks who are having problems with this company: You might also find a few links to some free sites if you have an interest in freelance writing, with or without the Bum Marketing.

Unfortunately there are a lot of sites and offers like this, they really are timeless, and these people can make these offers look absolutely genuine.

Careers In Writing - Freelance and Creative Writing(ebook)
Writing Feature Articles (ebook)
Write To Publish (ebook)