Work at home on
the Internet: internet marketing and affiliate program help.
| Feb 23rd 2003
ok, what am I writing about today? Well apart
from the usual ramblings and rubbish you'll find lots of info on
some new tools I've been using lately.
There's a look at
useful tool for encrypting Paypal "buy now" buttons
a great spam solving program
Well just my ramblings, so I may as well start
them now :)
Pic from the kitchen window
today, of more low flying clouds
heading towards the house. When the clouds hit the garden
they roll up the hill like fog and through, or around the house.
It's the middle of summer here in Australia,
and the middle of the day, and the sky is supposed to be beautifully
blue. But it's not.
I just stepped out of my home office to make some
coffee and found a cloud in the house.
It sounds nice, and it is in a way, but clouds
in the house are a real problem. They're very wet and if you let
them play around inside the house they turn everything moldy.
So here we are in the middle of a hot day and
I've had to close the windows and light a fire to dry things out.
Still... it's really nice standing outside and
feeling it on my face.
Hope you find something useful and interesting
1. NicheFinder Keyword Research
Last week I wrote, briefly, about some software
which is a marketing tool to speed up your market research.
It works by researching and analyzing the potential
profitability of keywords and phrases, helping you come up with
profitable niches to develop mini sites and businesses around.
At that stage I hadn't bought it, but around 25
of you wrote to tell me how great you thought it was.
Well 23 said it was great. 2 of you were not so
keen saying it didn't match Site Build It's research tools.
So I bought it from the affiliate link of the
first person to write to me, Gary Harvey, who should know what he's
talking about because he runs a niche marketing site and sells a
book called Niche
Marketing Explained which is a big collection of articles about
finding and profiting from your niche. Gary was full of praise for
Daniel Hardt from www.lifepathnum.com
said: "I have been using the NicheFinder
for several months and have found it to be a quick and easy way
to come up with killer keywords. I have dismissed several ideas
because the NicheFinder
results did not indicate a strong enough market and have renewed
my efforts in a direction that had more solid support than I had
thought it would."
So Daniel, Gary, and 21 other people, gave good
reports on NicheFinder.
But what do I think?
Well my initial thoughts match the two of you
who think the keyword research tools aren't as good as those in
Site Build It.
The problem I found is that you're not given the
chance to delete unwanted keywords so plenty of them are useless.
Also there are quite a few zero figures, and I'm not sure what that
The main keyword I was researching came up as
zero potential, when all the other keyword tools I've used say it
has lots of potential.
However I ran 4 more tests on different subjects,
and was very impressed with the detailed reports.
uses a lot of sources for the research, rather than just analyzing
what comes up in a couple of search engines.
So do I recommend it? Yes, but with caution. It
seems to do a good job on most keywords but went off the rails with
my first one.
On the big plus side is the one-off low cost.
So yes, if you're building mini sites, or doing
other keyword research it's a
tool worth investing in.
2.Paypal Tool - Paylock Generator
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a clever new
automatic headline writing tool, and because I'd bought the resale
rights, I linked to it via a Paypal "Buy Now" button.
However, I stuffed the link up by getting too
You might not know it, but whenever you sell something
via Paypal, and don't use a script to scramble the download link,
people can look at your source code and go straight to the download
page without paying for the product.
I'm not saying you'd do it, and I know I wouldn't
(in fact I bought a best selling ebook this week where I could have
stolen it in this way)
Anyway, being dumb (as usual) I scrambled the
download link to the headline tool using a script designed to hide
your email address from robots. What I didn't know is that it added
a mailto: link at
the beginning of the scrambled code. So the link didn't work.
As soon as I found out about the linking problem I went online and
started hunting around for the best tool to make encrypted Paypal
A few pieces of software would have solved the
problem, but after evaluating them all, the one I ended up selecting
was Robert Key's Paylock
Generator 3.0 - and it works to perfection.
Why did I choose Robert's? Well apart from him
having the same name as my best friend when I was seven or eight,
he's a member of The Paypal Developer Network, which made me think
his product would be reliable.
It was also just $27, shows clear screenshots
on the sales page, and promised to simply and quickly do everything
I needed it to.
Working from your desktop you can quickly create
all kinds of encrypted Paypal links/buttons including recurring
subscription buttons, and shopping cart buttons.
Do you need something like this?
Well you do if you buy resale right products and
sell them via your Paypal account. And you also need it if you sell
your own products through Paypal.
Just one strange thing. Robert
doesn't sell it through Paypal :)
3. Mailwasher Pro Anti Spam
You might like to sign up for a brand new affiliate
program for some spam fighting software called Mailwasher
isn't new, though this current pro version is, but the affiliate
program is only just launching. It's 2-tier paying $12 per sale
and $3 on your sub affiliate sales.
There are at least 10 other spam fighting tools
around, and I've tried most of them, but in my opinion this one
beats the rest hands down.
I've only been using it for a week, but it's considerably
lightened my load and the time needed to spend sorting and deleting
spam from my inbox - it appears to work perfectly, and is going
to be a monster hit for a long time to come.
I'm not saying it's going to be easy to sell,
not unless you build a mini site reviewing all the latest spam fighting
What I'm saying, or trying to say, is that spam
fighting tools are going to become an essential - so it DESERVES
to be a monster hit.
It's already become an essential for me. I'm only
using a trial version, but I'm going to buy before it expires.
So why is it so good?
Pro works by letting you delete spam before you even download
it. Instead of using your usual email program to get your mail you
start Mailwasher instead and it lets you look at the mail on your
You can then decide whether to delete, bounce,
or blacklist messages. You then just click on the Process Mail button
and it goes to work deleting messages you don't want, and returning
spam to is sender so that you fool them into thinking that your
email address is not valid.
Anyway, if you decide to sell this program, don't
expect immediate returns. You're going to have to be patient because
there's a 30 day free trial.
As far as I'm concerned all you've got to do is
get people to sign up for the free trial because there's going to
be a big conversion rate - after using it for just a few days I
don't see how I can conduct business on the web without it.
You can try it out for yourself here by using
working month long free trial version
Or just sign up for the affiliate
I suggest you do both.