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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th May 2010, 09:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 383
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Affiliates what do you prefer?

I think you are going to get a different answer from different people. It really depends on what you are selling, how people respond in your market, and if you have conversion stats on the various...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th May 2010, 09:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 579
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Do You Go For The Upsell Before Or After They Buy?

The rule seems to be, if the upsell is more than 50% of the cost of your initial product... put it on the backend. People are more likely to add something up front if it is a relatively inexpensive...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th May 2010, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 488
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Post your Video Ads on National TV for less than 100 bucks!

Yeah, that is a fairly popular video. Google is out to dominate every form of advertising. I wouldn't be suprised if you can buy billboard space at the click of a button :).
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th April 2010, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Graphics Help

I love the guys at MiniSiteFrog.com for this. They do great work at very reasonable rates... check em out.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th April 2010, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By rickkettner
Re: that's why building your own list is important

List building is definitely important. I strongly recommend Aweber with double opt-in..
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th April 2010, 09:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 999
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Computers of Gizmodo Blogger Siezed by Police

Interesting story... I feel bad for Jason, but can't exactly condone his actions either. Will be interesting to see if the whole "journalist" legal stuff protects him here.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th April 2010, 09:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 973
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Contact form for HTML site?

I'd never heard of Google contact forms before... are you guys talking about this?

YouTube - Using Forms in Google Docs

If not, can you provide a more relevant link?
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th April 2010, 09:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 475
Posted By rickkettner
Re: JW player experts

You can put the files in any folder, as long as you reference them correctly in the code. Just keep them all in the same folder...

You can put the files on your S3 server, and directly reference...
Forum: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings 17th April 2010, 11:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,177
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Is Dreamweaver an out of date tool

I strongly recommend Lynda.com. For $25/month, you get crazy access to tons of video tutorials on all things tech (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and TONS more). Yes it costs money, but it's a killer...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 17th April 2010, 09:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 656
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Do you really need to go through SEO?

SEO is just one strategy for getting traffic. It isn't necessary, but it isn't always as difficult as it sounds either (depends on the niche). If it doesn't appeal to you, outsource it (which is...
Forum: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings 17th April 2010, 04:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,177
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Is Dreamweaver an out of date tool

I'm looking forward to DW CS5 coming out soon (few weeks?)... it is supposed to simplify theme modification for most blog platforms.

DW is always a little behind of what is possible, but I don't...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2010, 12:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,342
Posted By rickkettner
Re: If you could start you IM career over again what would you do first?

Step One: Choose Your Passion - Pick a niche that you enjoy, so you have a natural advantage over your competition, and have fun doing what you do.

Step Two: Establish Your Audience - Create...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2010, 11:48 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

Is this thing still going? Wow, I think we created an infinite loop :).
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2010, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 947
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Can You Track Visitors From Free PDFs?

I'm surprised they don't promote it more. I have a buddy that is super tech savvy, and he wasn't using it either. Had all his links setup with just "?source" and it was really messing up his stats...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 947
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Can You Track Visitors From Free PDFs?

Yep, the analytics url builder is exactly what you need for that (if you use Google Analytics). Bit.ly or cli.gs are both solid alternatives... just make sure you setup an account, before shortening...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2010, 11:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 947
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Can You Track Visitors From Free PDFs?

I just wanted to make one more quick note. If you do use a url like www.mydomain.com/?PDFname (http://www.mydomain.com/?PDFname), it will track in Analytics as a separate page. However, this will...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2010, 11:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 947
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Can You Track Visitors From Free PDFs?

I would recommend using Google Analytics and the Analytics URL Builder (http://www.google.com/support/googleanalytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=55578). You can go one more step and shorten the links...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 17th April 2010, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,103
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Are Google SERPS different on different computers?

There are a variety of reasons why this can happen. You could be connecting to a different Google server, you could have custom search results, and yes... search engines are starting to make the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 10:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,565
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Is there a way to reverse engineer a website's traffic?

You can reverse engineer most SEO... However, it's important to realize you won't see direct visitors. Things like: URLs being mentioned in videos on YouTube and other video sites, e-mail links from...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 579
Posted By rickkettner
Re: aWeber question please...

I haven't done it, but it looks do-able. Go into "My Lists" > "Automation"

There you can set it to "Subscribe to list _____ when lead subscribes to ______"

Note, if you have double opt-in...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 07:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,025
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Unfollowing on Twitter?

= long-term business fail. If it can be done purely on automation, with zero expense, from home... it won't be around for long. Everyone will do it, the margins will go to zero, and there will be...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 06:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By rickkettner
Re: What Does It Take To Sell A Site for $1million

Same with Broadcast.com ($5.7 billion) which is now a re-director to Yahoo.com, Geocities.com ($3.6 billion) is dead as well, and MySpace ($580 million) has lost most of it's "value". This is why...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 06:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By rickkettner
Re: What Does It Take To Sell A Site for $1million

This isn't always true. You have to have massive potential for growth, and there are still tons of example of this going wrong (MySpace, Broadcast.com, GeoCities, and many others).
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 05:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 489
Posted By rickkettner
Re: High Opt rate, Low Double Opt rate. Suggestions?

QFT, it's all about the call to action clearly indicating that the e-mail address has to be accurate. That... and solid confirmation instructions.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 05:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By rickkettner
Re: What Does It Take To Sell A Site for $1million

There are so many factors to consider, but one common metric is to value a business at 5x yearly profits. So, if you can make it profit $200,000/year (after expenses), then you could easily get...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 05:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,025
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Unfollowing on Twitter?

Auto-follow is not social proof... all it proves is that you are gaming the system to artificially boost your follower-count.

Social media is about building real relationships with people, not...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 03:46 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

And to think... this conversation would have taken 10-20 minutes in real life. Good thing we have the Internet to really enjoy the entire process :).
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 03:33 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

I certainly don't feel as though I've made personal attacks. It may come across that way, but all I was really trying to do is explain that I get the notion of outsourcing (honestly, I do).

When...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 12:41 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

All excellent points. You hit it right on the head. The VAST majority of truly successful people started at the ground level. All this "theory" stuff doesn't work if you don't have the direct...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 12:34 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

There is nothing wrong with having a backup plan, and I think it's incredibly irresponsible to recommend against it. I am not suggesting you become over-reliant on your backup (though your inaccurate...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 11:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 974
Posted By rickkettner
Re: How many articles should I post per day?

Don't think about quantity, think about quality.

The right question is "how can I provide value to my audience?"

The Internet doesn't need more stuff... people that search Google don't ask "why...
Forum: Mind Warriors 16th April 2010, 10:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,209
Posted By rickkettner
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By rickkettner
Re: What should I do about this? Please help....

In this specific situation, Hostgator should be able to help you out directly. Have you asked them if the mail function is disabled? You need that information to take the next step.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 10:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,618
Posted By rickkettner
Re: How long do you work daily? does it pay?

I try to get in two hours of focused work each morning. I find that the more hours I put in, the longer it takes to get things done. So, limiting that time forces me to be more productive. Might...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 09:45 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

The big disconnect here seems to be based on a lot of people still ignoring the OP. There are people that think they need to spout off advanced theory to sound smart, and then people that understand...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 09:36 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

Nobody is saying there aren't exceptions to the rule...

If you are having success with that method... that's great. However, I don't believe that challenges the point being made here. Life is...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2010, 08:48 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

You have completely missed my point and taken my words WAY out of context. Your stuff sounds great, but has NO application for the absolute beginner... which is what I am talking about (please see...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 11:06 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

Basic web design skills would allow you to: edit it directly, upload it yourself, make changes at will, customize minor things to improve conversions for your unique niche, setup Google Website...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 10:31 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

Well, there are also people that under-quote and then dramatically under-deliver. There is no question, having knowledge about the task does simplify the outsourcing process on some level. It may not...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 10:25 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

It does simplify it... in that you can test stuff on your own, at will, without waiting for someone else (with zero delay, and zero expense, which is HUGE when getting started with no budget). How is...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 15th April 2010, 10:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,952
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do rants get the most views on this forum?

I see many views in this threads future...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 09:50 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

Your examples are far from applicable (shockingly far). None of those things overlap or have value for someone doing Internet marketing. Surely you can see the difference between listing...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 09:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,338
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Is the IM business collapsing? The hypocrasy is showing...

Making money online is simple, but it's not easy. (http://www.rickkettner.com/online-success-is-not-easy/) There is a big difference. Simple means everyone can do it, but easy means everyone will do...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 09:27 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

Ever consider that he might know how... and that might have made it easier to get started in the lower leagues when he was young. I don't know if that is true, but the point is... having that ability...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 09:23 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

Aha, I love how you took the one paragraph that supports your point, and then ignored the rest... while it kind of killed that argument.

Also, extra points for throwing in a shameless promo.
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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 09:12 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

I didn't say that... I said "web design" isn't any easier with marketing skill. Nothing about getting clients. Big difference.

Now, having said that... I do agree that anybody that is in business...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By rickkettner
Re: This is REALLY how people are making money on Facebook, isn't it?

Um... apparently that's not possible.

- Help Center | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=839#!/help/?faq=1290)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 08:39 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

Because marketing doesn't make web design easier... on the other hand, basic web design does make online marketing much easier (especially when you are just getting started and don't have a budget...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 08:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,268
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Why Do So Many Newbies Think They Can Just Make a Website and Start Getting Paid

I think the "casino" mentality plays into this a lot. Everybody talks about their success, but few people talk about their failures/losses. This means that the average conversation is all about...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,420
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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 08:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,496
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Gmail Tricks- Let's create a new A in 1 thread :)

Great tip (from both of you) for testing opt-in forms, etc. Thanks!
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Can I price my product in CAD?

Just be very clear on your order form, so there is no confusion when customers potentially get billed an exchange fee from their CC provider.

On another note, I think most Americans prefer to pay...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 07:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,496
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Gmail Tricks- Let's create a new A in 1 thread :)

I also strongly recommend checking out the "Undo Send" and "Canned Responses" features under Gmail Labs. Both killer features that I couldn't do without.

Edit: Nearly forgot the "Send & Archive"...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,496
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Gmail Tricks- Let's create a new A in 1 thread :)

They just added drag n' drop attachments today...

- Official blog post from Google (http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/drag-and-drop-attachments-onto-messages.html)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 05:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,420
Posted By rickkettner
Re: Web 3.0 coming into action!

I don't really understand the point. Why do it all at one site when you can easily navigate to a few specialized sites? Maybe that question will sound dumb in 10 years, but I can't think of the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th April 2010, 04:01 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 7,382
Posted By rickkettner
Re: RANT: Why do so many IMers lack basic web development?

That reminds me of something...

I remember hearing about someone that outsourced a rather large project overseas. He got updates for a few months, but never actually saw the end product (clearly,...
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