Mar 24, 2012

Feeling very pleased

I'm feeling very pleased with myself. I decided I needed to learn how to put a link behind a picture in a blog. So I spent all afternoon learning how to do just that.

I love learning things on the Internet, you can Google what you want and work at your own pace. Sometimes it's a little frustrating, but eventually you get there. If only calculus could be taught like that!

Anyway, every photo on the following blog should have a clickable link. And now I need to change the links on all my other blogs and websites too!

Mar 18, 2012

Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is someone who earns a living online, and then helps others do the same. Here's his book

Mar 14, 2012

Looking back at February

Yesterday I told you about my Amazon earnings. I expected high earnings in December and January, but February beat January. My highest single earner was my Homeschooling Boys Kindle book. I have plans for more Kindle books, I think I do better with those than I do with Google or Amazon.

My google top 3 earners during February were
in that order.

The bad news is that two days ago Best-Reviewer had all their Google ads removed by Google and the owner, James, doesn't know why. This is one more reason why you should write on your own site and not someone else's, but I've always done well on Best-Reviewer.

I'm currently working on getting my Living Simply Kindle book in paperback form with CreateSpace. Hopefully that will be completed in March.

One more thing to mention, I sold a bikini on Shareasale from my webpage, The bikini cost $347 and I got 10% - that's $34.70 for just one sale. now I just hope they don't return it!

Mar 13, 2012

Amazon Results for February

I got really excited in February when someone clicked through using my Amazon referral code and bought an $800 bunk bed AND the matching dresser for $300. I tried not to count my chickens, but I did, and I calculated $72 worth of commission for me. But it never happened.

Some products which are advertised by Amazon are not in the Amazon Associates referral program and these products are two of those. But if we don't get the commission, why does Amazon show them as sales? I really don't know.

Apart from those sales, I had a really good month on Amazon. I sold a rowing machine, a Digital Analog Converter, a portable water heater and a high definition television. The total I made in sales commission was $135 and I missed my goal of $180. If only that bunk bed set had counted. Ah well, I now know what to look for when advertising Amazon products.

So that's the reason February stats are late, I was waiting for the payment to show up for the bunk beds, but now I've decided it never will.

In February I discovered Pinterest and spent a lot fo my time working out how it works and also trying to make some money from it. I'm not yet convinced that the money will be worth the time spend, but I'm currently investigating. I did get 4 Amazon sales from Pinterest, one of which was the television. So that was $23 for about $20 hours work.

My goal for March is $200, let's see if I can make that or if I'll get too sidetracked with Pinterest.

Mar 9, 2012

Commission Evolution: Affiliate Marketing Tips - The Complete Guide to Winning the Affiliate Game

I just read this book to gain some knowledge in my quest to earn money with Amazon Affiliates.

The book is about affiliate marketing and mainly talks about Clickbank, but the principles are the same. I liked that it didn't discuss making a webpage with WordPress as the only option for affiliate sales.

The book took me an hour to read. I got it free with Amazon's library lending system. I'm glad I didn't pay $8.93 for it, but had I paid $2.99 I think it would have been worth it.

I felt I already knew the information in the first half of the book, but I gained a few suggestions from the second half. They are as follows:
- make a youtube video advertising a product and put your affiliate link in it
- use PowerPoint in your youtube video to make it look more professional
- advertise on myspace, it's not used as much as Facebook, but it's still used a lot

I have already used Camtasia to make youtube videos and love the suggestion. I already make videos advertising other people's products and sites via Fiverr, but somehow didn't think to make any for my own sites. Watch this space, I'll make some soon.