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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

September 9th, 2009 posted by · 3 Comments

Now that summer is over (not officially, but the Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to summer), it’s time to get back to the grind.

I had a pretty relaxing summer, as this was the first year in many that I didn’t go on a big trip. I took many day trips and the odd overnighter to the lake, but pretty much stayed around home for the most part.

Now that fall is upon us, this is when I get the real work done. I’ve set up a list of projects that will be occupying my time over the next few months and they include spending more time on affiliate marketing.

Project #1

I haven’t touched eBay in several months as far as selling goes. I’ve made many posts here over the years on how successful eBay has been for me in the past, and now it’s time to get back into the action. Because eBay no longer allows the sale of digital items, I’ve been working on a series of website businesses to sell on CD, which include all the files, graphics, text, etc. The auctions will pretty much run the same as before, but instead of digital delivery, I’ll have to physically ship a CD — which isn’t that big of a deal. I’ve already started digging into my archives and pulling up some of the bigger sites I’ve sold in the past and are currently in the process of tweaking them and updating the code to today’s web standards, which include some fancy schmancy SEO-like upgrades.

Project #2

As I said at the beginning, I’ll be spending more time on affiliate marketing than I did over the summer. One of the big reasons for this is because I’ve been slacking a bit, especially with the U.S. traffic offers. Lately I’ve been running strictly Canadian targeted offers on one of my other sites, which have been doing fairly well, but not overly great. After my little study on which make you the most money, it’s clear that American traffic is more lucrative and offers the highest payouts. I’ve already started designing some new landing pages, which will have a generic style allowing me to use them for any offer that comes up. One of the big things I’ll be doing is writing a new terms of service and privacy policy page. After speaking to someone at Google, I picked up some pointers on what the search engine looks for on those two pages when deciding how high up your site will rank. Surprisingly, it’s a few little adjustments I needed to make, but they will make a world of difference on the SERPs. I used to have days when I’d log into ClickBank and see I made $500 that day, but then I got so distracted with other long term ventures, that I let that slide. Not anymore.

So here’s to the start of a new season, which I’m banking on to be lucrative and successful. I’ll keep you updated along the way, both here and on Twitter (follow @ChrisJacobson).



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3 Comments so far
  1. Mitch MyAvatars 0.2

    I’d been wondering why it seemed so silent around here. I’m waiting to learn more from you over the coming season. But I guess I missed something; you live in Canada?

  2. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    Yep. I thought you knew? 🙂

  3. Mitch MyAvatars 0.2

    Nope. I have to admit that I always assume people are in America until I’m told, unless I notice a different extension, which of course you don’t have.