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| Jan 19th 2003
Mad Fish and Englishmen
Mini Site in one afternoon
Talking of ebooks
And here's a free book for you
Amazon affiliate changes
Aweber's new spamcheck tool
Hope you find something useful and interesting
1. Mad Fish and Englishmen.
last week I wrote about a friend who lives in
town at the foot of my mountain.
My friend, let's call him Mike, has been a successful
salesman and businessman for many years, but for over a year now
he's been trying to establish himself in an online business....and
Well Mike drive up to see me the other day and we spent the afternoon
discussing where he was going wrong, and how he could change things
After we'd got all the "going wrong"
stuff out of the way, we started talking about the importance of
I took him inside Corey Rudl's "Secrets
To Their Success" site and watched his excitement build
as he saw all the things people were successfully selling online:
Global Positioning Systems, binoculars, truck bed covers, 1950's
Memorabilia, baseball gloves, hair restorer, handbags....
"handbags? handbags?," Mike yelled.
"why would anyone buy handbags on the net when they can walk
into a store?"
But they do. Katherine Desbrow Wagner is clearing
$10,000 a month profit with her site at http://www.handbagdiva.com/
and explains how in one of the interviews on Corey's
Anyway, not really being a handbag carrying type
of guy, Mike wanted to explore other niches.
So we opened a bottle of Mad
Fish and went trendspotting concentrating on technologies. By
the time we'd finished ideas
were tumbling through our heads...though perhaps that was the Mad
When you're casting around for things to build mini sites on, but
you've really got no ideas in mind, it helps to go trendspotting.
Top 50 is a useful start.
It shows you a weekly list of the most popular
search terms, but importantly it also shows you last weeks position,
and how long the
search term has been in the top 50.
For instance, in this weeks list, "Tattoos"
(not to be confused with t.A.T.u in 32nd spot) is in 5th place,
which isn't all that exciting until you see that it's been in the
top 50 most searched for words for over 3 years.
I'm not really into tattoos, so I haven't taken
a look at any tattoo sites, but there must be plenty of ways to
profit from them.
And here's another useful trendspotting guide:
plus an article here at Clickz.
This site is also worth a look http://www.trendsetters.com/
3. Mini Site in one afternoon
Anyway, Mike asked me to partner with him on a
site following the techniques detailed in my Mini
Site Profits book
So on Wednesday afternoon we're going to sit
down and, in just one afternoon (and probably well into the evening
if we open a few bottles) build a site that will be soon be pulling
in at least $1000 a month, which is around 5 times what Mike is
making online now.
And that's just for starters.
I'm developing a new way of thinking about mini
sites, and this site with Mike is going to put all my research into
If my lets me (he's into keeping quiet about his
business ventures) I'll follow the site's progress in updates of
Version 2003 will be out soon, and will be free
to all current owners
of the book.
4. Talking of books...
the book "The
Whole Truth" which I wrote about last
week after a reader request, has been creating a bit of a buzz
all week long.
I hope it's not going to become one of those over-hyped
products that briefly flare and then die, because it's packed with
solid, useful info and deserves a long life.
You can read more about The
Whole Truth here. The author makes around $30,000 a month selling
info products online.
5. And here's a free book
Chuck McCullough, author of the excellent beginners
guide to profiting from affiliate programs
Mistakes: Maximizing Your Profits From Affiliate Programs"
has put together a free trial version of his book.
It's only a small download, and gives you the
table of contents, a lengthy introduction, and the first chapter
"Affiliate Mistake #1.
You've got nothing to lose and a lot to gain by
downloading it from
(sorry, it's not available for Mac users)
6. Amazon affiliate
I'm not keen on the Amazon affiliate program,
but perhaps I'll change my mind because you've now got a chance
to earn more.
Agree to some strict terms and conditions and
they're willing to increase your commissions from 5% to 8%.
Just one snag...to get the whopping 8% you have
to make around 384 sales a week....every week of the year.
I know I can't do it. Can you?
They're also reinstated the $10 earnings cap on
7. Aweber's new spamcheck
Back in issue
249 I wrote about the free Sitesell Spamcheck tool which lets
you pre-check the content of any email to see if it's likely to
be blocked by server based spam filters.
Since then I've been sending this letter to have
it checked for potential delivery problems (and it's saved my bacon
a couple of times), but now I don't need to use it.
I use the broadcast delivery services at Tom Kulzer's
Aweber service to send
this letter and when I went to mail it last week I discovered that
the same spamcheck tool has been built into the aweber
Any message (newsletter or autoresponder) that
you prepare for sending is automatically checked and given a spam
If your message moves into the problem zone (5
and up) you can click on it and see the offending words hi-lited.
It's then very easy to
make the necessary changes, and as soon as you click save, you're
given a new score.
Very useful, and it goes to show just how customer
oriented, and far thinking, this service is.
I've never promoted their affiliate program but
I've been using them for quite a while now with no problems at all.
They offer a very impressive autoresponder and
newsletter delivery service. Highly recommended if you're in the
market for a
reliable service of this kind.
new Spam Analyzer demo here