Monday, May 31, 2010

Beware of Facebook Phishing Attack

Being the third widespread attack in three weeks to Facebook, this weekend the hilarious video” attack has been discovered. This attack attempts to steal your login credentials while requesting you to log in on a fake Facebook login page. It also requests you install malware named HD Media Player/FLV Player. If you find this video on your Facebook wall, remove it immediately. Mashable also reported today, there is a new clickjacking worm which is spreading via the “Like” feature. For more information, click here.

Oddly enough although not related [I don’t think], today is the unofficial Quit Facebook Day. Now these types of attacks are the inevitable with the Internet, but they do come at a trying time for Facebook as they have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons (i.e. privacy concerns). Do you feel this gives you just a little more of a reason to quit Facebook today?

image credit: Remy Sharp

Friday, May 28, 2010

New Idea To Pitch Female Bloggers

Hey all you public relations studs are you looking to connect with female bloggers in a non-invasive way? Check out, where you can post information about clients and connect with over 2,000 bloggers. This site is helping to distribute news and information about product reviews and companies that offer great services. If they are interested they will be able to contact you and publicize your clients. Presents Strategies for Building Links TO Your Website Part 2

Join Margie Schneider, VP Operations of and Susan Cruz of the SEO team as they present Part 2 of “Strategies for Building Links TO Your Website.”

This presentation will explain the following topics:

- Strategies including .edu linkbuilding and co-citation
- Why it is important to build strategic links
- The importance of building links to directories

This free webinar will take place Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:30pmEST – 1:30pmEST. To register and for more information please visit: Strategies for Building Links TO Your Website Part 2

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Using Your Smartphone In Lieu of A Hotel-Room Key

With applications for a variety of functions such as Ocarina [turns your iPhone into a musical instrument], Zagat to Go [iPhone app for upscale dining establishments reviews] and Ecorio [an Android app that estimates your carbon output throughout the day] the latest we can add to the list is a hotel room key application by Open Ways. How exactly would this app work you may ask? Testing will begin at two Holiday Inns which will provide guests with the ability to unlock their hotel room doors via their smartphones rather than having to check in at a front desk. A sensor on the hotel door will unlock it upon placing a received confirmation email up to it.

Considering all of the various types of applications available for our iPhones,
Androids and Blackberrys, this application will most likely not come as a surprise to you -- there is even an iPhone app to drive your car. Although the app is receiving mixed reviews, I still feel it will be extremely popular for a segment of people; although, that is if hotels are willing to invest in the technology.

Personally, I would love this application to avoid the lines at a front desk. I do understand that some would miss the human interaction or perhaps feel apprehensive of the technology. Would this application appeal to you?

image credit: blmurch

Monday, May 24, 2010

Conversion Optimization - Let Them Speak

Including customer testimonials on a landing page is a great way to increase conversion. Allowing users to add their own reviews can take this a step farther. Reading reviews has become almost a standard step in shopping online. It is now extraordinarily common for someone to read reviews of a product or service before purchasing it online. For this reason, if you are indeed selling a product or service on your website, include reviews, both good and bad, from real people right on your landing page. If someone comes to your landing page and finds interest in what you have to offer, there is a good chance they will exit your website in order to look up reviews. Once they decide to make a purchase, they may find one of your competitors instead. By having reviews available right on your landing page, it reduces the necessity of people to exit your site before making a purchase.

I know many of you are wondering why you would want to include bad reviews of your products on your website. There are actually good reasons for this. For instance, having bad reviews reinforces to the user that these are real reviews from real people. The bad reviews will make the good reviews more meaningful. In addition, there are enough places online on which people can speak your mind. If they can't say negative things on your website, they will say them somewhere else. There is nothing you can do about that.

If you need help supporting reviews on your website, there are third-party vendors like that provide the solutions. Presents Do It Yourself Online Reputation Management

Join host Jay Berkowitz, Founder of, and Co-Authors of “Do It Yourself Online Reputation Management” Craig Agranoff and Herb Tabin, Reputation Management Experts, as they teach the latest tactics and strategies for online reputation management.

This presentation will cover the following topics:

- How to monitor your Online Reputation
- Building and repairing your Online Reputation
- How to manage your Online Street Cred
- Best Practices for Online Reputation Management

This free webinar will take place Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:30pmEST – 1:30pmEST. To register and for more information please visit: Do It Yourself Online Reputation Management

Friday, May 21, 2010

Facebook Privacy

You would have to be living under a rock not to know about the tidal wave of growing concern over how Facebook is handling your personal information. A recent study conducted by the IT security firm Sophos, showed 60 percent of Facebook users mulling to quit. The online survey showed two thirds of Facebook users were considering leaving and 16 percent claiming to have already stopped using Facebook.

The biggest concern for users is Facebook’s “Instant Personalization” program. Let me give you a quick example of how it works. You head over to Pandora to listen to some jams and the first song you’re fed is one of your favorite songs. How did Pandora do this? Pandora has access to your profile and can use public information – name, profile picture, gender, and connections, plus anything else you’ve made public including the music you like.

The problem with the “Instant Personalization” program is you didn’t opt into the program. Facebook launched the program and the 450 million plus members’ settings were all updated to be included in the program. They should have asked and now there’s a trust issue between Facebook and their members.

Tim Sparapani, Facebook’s Public Policy Director, recently stated that the company would soon release an update to their privacy settings that would simplify the process. I’m hoping they opt everyone out of the program and then give everyone the chance to willingly join. If they do anything less Facebook might become the next MySpace…

TrafficWave - OceanSwell TEAM Update (#49)

Can you get rich with TrafficWave? I believe that you can. It's the theme of my new video! And I'm not alone in this belief. Have you noticed that everybody - and I mean everybody - is using TrafficWave now as their list-builder and mailer? It's also my belief that the Team OceanSwell co-op (that began in November of '09) has had a lot to do with that. It's drawn a lot of attention to the affiliate sales plan of this crucial marketing tool. But our team-promotion idea isn't the first of its kind, nor will it be the last. Other programs are (or were) featuring TrafficWave's affiliate plan - programs such as My Instant Biz, The Big Dogs, Bear Marketing, Free & Powerful, Insomnia Marketing, TE Teams and, of course, Get Referrals Fast.

Now, of all the affiliate programs out there, why would so many focus on TrafficWave? Clearly, it's hot, and (ultimately) the earning potential is staggering. But when you look at the affiliate plan and start scanning the potential numbers on levels nine and ten, you have to ask yourself, "Is this even possible?" Of course it's possible. You just have to stick with it. Personally, I consider it a challenge, such as a great mountain that has never been climbed. Did you know that until May 29, 1953, nobody had ever scaled Mt. Everest? Sir Edmund Hillary proved it could be done. Did you also know that it was considered scientifically impossible for a human to run a four-minute mile before Roger Bannister did it in 1954? What about powered manned-flight or a manned mission to the moon? 'Science' held that both were impossible shortly before they both happened!

I'm mentioning those examples to show that NOTHING is impossible if you put your mind to it. And it's from your mind where your online success must come. The cyber-world of the Internet is a dimension of thought, more than anything else. With it, you can literally 'think' yourself to a fortune. Which brings me back to the affiliate pay plan of TrafficWave. Other than Brian Rooney, nobody is earning 5-figures a month with TrafficWave. And like the top of Mt. Everest or the surface of the moon, it's just sitting there - an elusive dream, just waiting for someone to come up and be the first to plant his or her flag. Now, of course, you need to become an expert at list-building and email marketing. When you're good at that, you can write your own paycheck - and TrafficWave is the tool that will help you get there! But today, I'm talking about the affiliate plan and challenge (the race!) of being the first affiliate in history to earn 5-figures a month with it.

When you look at those potential numbers, such as 50,000 people in your downline, it's obvious that you can't recruit them all yourself. The secret, the golden key, is DUPLICATION. Naturally, I think that if you are going to choose TrafficWave as your autoresponder, you should be a part of our Team OceanSwell idea as well. Why not? But did you know that if you - you - referred only one new affiliate a month who did the same (and so on, down the line) that you'd have 6,000 people in your downline within a year? That's why systems that other people can duplicate are so important. Nobody's going to climb Mt. Everest without a plan and a system for getting to the top. The OceanSwell co-op can and will help you over time, but it ain't gonna' carry you to the top of that 5-figure a month mountain. You'll have to find your own way to such heights. For me, it's the great challenge of this new decade. I've already started my climb to the summit. All I want to know is, "Who's coming with me?"

To be a part of TrafficWave and our OceanSwell Team co-op, you will need to enroll contact me (, and I will give you the link to enroll through. Then you can begin your own 'Internet Marketing Journey' with TrafficWave... and maybe even get rich.

Have a good and productive weekend!

iPhone Beats Toilet in List of "Greatest Inventions"

According to a recent poll done by Tesco Mobile of 4,000 UK consumers, the iPhone was voted a better invention than the toilet.

It comes as no surprise that the greatest invention of all time is the wheel. With the airplane, light bulb, the internet and personal computers in the top 5. But the iPhone came out at #8, beating the toilet and combustible engine at number 9 and 10 respectively.

I am shocked by this. I know we all say we couldn't live a day without our iPhone or other smart phone; but when faced with the choice of living without a toilet or going without a phone, I think we might reconsider.

I think it is also surprising that while every household in the industrialized world has at least one toilet, not everyone has an iPhone.

The fact is the iPhone is a fun, convenient communication tool but the toilet is a sanitary necessity.

There is rationality in the fact that the poll was done by a mobile provider and that the toilet may have been overlooked or taken for granted as an invention. It's hard to imagine life without the toilet - I would hate to consider the alternative.

What do you think? Is the iPhone a better invention than the toilet?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Would You Quit Facebook?

I found an interesting website today called which is basically a website that lets people sign up to 'commit to quit,' and sends an email to them to remind them to delete their Facebook page on May 31, 2010. Ever since Facebook changed the way you can manage your personal data, making it difficult for average users to change it, it has frustrated a lot of people to the point where they just don't want to deal with using Facebook anymore. I personally find Facebook changing way too much, and although I do agree it is frustrating, it isn't enough for me to quit.

Another concern is privacy. I think that with any social network, it is easy to just not share certain information. Don't add any personal information on your profile, ignore the requests for games, don't use any apps and just use Facebook for what it was meant to be used for - to communicate with the people you know and for businesses to communicate with their customer base.

So what are your opinions on Facebook's new ways? Would it be enough to just quit?

Some good advice for earning money online

Fast, easy, money online doesn't exist. Well, actually it does, but you need a good opt-in mail list. And to build such a list, you simply have to have a product like TrafficWave. What I mean to say is that if you have a large enough (and responsive) list, you can earn money every time you hit the 'send' button. That's how the pro's do it. And anybody can be a pro, by the way. All it takes is time and determination. But the great, laughable mystery of Internet Marketing is (and always will be) the vast number of people who think that because 'it's online' that it's easy and requires no effort... or no money.

That's funny.

Internet Marketing isn't easy, but it is simple if you let it be. What do I mean by that? I mean that the methods for establishing and growing an online business are well-established. In fact, business is business - online or offline. It doesn't matter. You need a product that people want and a way to tell them about it. That's what I mean by simple. The part that's not easy is learning how to tell people about your online product or service and then DOING it. Below is an email I just received from my sponsor in Stress Free Salary. He's a good guy. I'm publishing it exactly the way he wrote it - typos and everything - because it's from the heart and reinforces what I've been saying in this post. Although it regards Stress Free Salary, it naturally applies to promoting Team OceanSwell or your personal TrafficWave affiliate link as well.

From Mr. Brent Bertsch (enjoy)...

Hello team,

This email is going out to all members in my SFS team so it's not directed at anyone particularly, but you should know if it applies to you or not. I also realize some of you are no longer in TWR, I don't know why not as this is one of the easiest business to build that I have ever been in, but this email also doesn't apply to you, unless you decide to join use again of course, which you are always welcome to do. This email is kinda on the long side but it just contains a few thoughts I had about the mindset you should be in and the general mindset that some people have when they come online as well as a way to improve your business.

Ok, so, lets talk about spillover. Over the past few weeks I have gotten a lot of you quite a bit of spillover, some a lot more then others, and some not so much, and some of you are yet to get any. However, just because you are getting spillover doesn't mean you sit back and watch the signups come in without doing anything. This is not some ponzi scheme where you pay money without doing anything and the owners take money from the people who join after you to pay you. This is a real business and if you aren't doing anything then don't expect to gain much in return. After all, you reap what you sow, and if you don't sow, or don't sow very much, then you are defiantly not going to reap anything. I don't mean this to upset anyone or anything like that, I am not even angry or anything as I write this. I just realize that relying on someone else to build your business for you is not sustainable and ethical and in the end you will lose out.

I try and get everyone spillover, but it's impossible to get spillover for everyone as I can't recruit the thousands of people necessary to do that. SFS allows me to see how many leads you bring in and how many signups you have brought into SFS, so I know exactly those of you who have spillover under you but have 0 leads and 0 signups. If you haven't gotten a signup with Yahoo yet, then you should really go through the instructions again and make sure your account is setup and that you are getting clicks and impressions. I personally setup an ad in my Yahoo account after hearing many of you having troubles and I assigned $30 to my account and got leads and a signup, and over 10,000 impressions in just under a week from first setting up my account and that is not even counting the the few extra tricks I sent out the other day as I ran out of funds before I got a chance to fully implement them . Of course, I don't qualify for the $100 free credit as I already had a Yahoo account previously but with $100 you should easily be getting those 4 signups with that $100.

Bringing in a new member into TWR is VERY easy, so if you are having trouble doing so, then you defiantly aren't doing enough or are doing something wrong, not trying to offend anyone, just making a point. Over a week ago I sent out an email to all of you about the EXACT resources that I am using to build my team to over 180 members. And let me repeat that, EXACTLY, what I am doing to build my team to over 180 members. Well, there you go, there is no secret to getting tons of signups. It takes, money investment, hardwork, dedication, and also maybe giving up on a few luxury's in life to build your business and attain that goal of working from home or earning additional supplemental income. You don't start a McDonalds franchise with 0 investment, and you don't start any brick and mortar business with no investment, so why should it be any different online? The idea that people think the internet is full of free money is quite shocking to me and that people come online thinking that they can get money for doing next to nothing is mind blowing, but then when these people don't get their money for doing little to no work they get angry, and what's even more astounding, is that THEY actually think they earned the right to receive money for doing next to no work! How does that work out? On top of that people have to realize that just because they are paying monthly for a product or service with an income opportunity attached that they earn the right to earn whatever arbitrary number a company mentions without doing any work. I have had more then a few people email me saying, " I just noticed I have been paying so and so company for the past few months but this hasn't payed me any money yet. Is this a scam?" I reply back asking them what they have been doing to advertise and if they have been trying safelists, listbuilders, solo ads or whatever and most of the time I won't get any reply and in a few days they cancel there accounts. Other people seem kinda shocked that they have to do work, and they will ask me what a safelist is and what they have to do and I will see them send a few hits for awhile, but not enough to get any signups and they will reply back and complain after a few days that they get no signups and then they too will quit.

If you decided to not work at your day job, you get fired! If you own a business and decide you don't want to go out do bids for jobs, guess what, you won't get any job, and you won't earn any money! I recently been seeing biblical quote from a traffic exchange guy, and I have to say I agree with it fully. ".....that if any would not work, neither should he eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Some of you might be saying, well, it's easy for you to upgrade in all of those listbuilders and send out the solo ads as you probably are making a ton of money already! Well, I work as a landscaper and I make less then $2000/month doing that AND my online business, so it's not like I am rich or anything like that and I also juggle landscape side jobs, and also fix computers on the side as well and still earn less then $2000/month. Back in 2006 and 2007 I was like most of you and struggling to get signups into my business and I thought I was doing a lot, I was posting to about 10 safelists a week and doing some traffic exchange surfing, when in reality I had no idea that what I was doing wasn't even close what I had to do to even start seeing success.

I finally decided, that it wasn't the programs fault for me not getting signups, but it was my own fault and that I was doing something wrong. Back then I was unemployed for about 8 months after the company I was working for went out of business so I literally had zero income, but I decided to take an upgrade in ListJoe so that I could mail to 5000 members every 3 days. So mailed to list joe, added some more safelists to the mix, ALOT more, and sent out a solo ad or two, and low and behold, I got signups and in my first month I made $700 minus the $200/year for Listjoe and $20 or so for the solo ads. Cool!

Since, figuring that out, I have slowly been adding new listbuilders to my list as money allows and my income has slowly been growing as well with each new resource I add. And now, I have a list of over 2 dozen sites that I mail too every 2-5 days (as often as they allow me to mail) and I get signups pretty much every time I mail. So, the moral of all this is that if you don't have any cash what so ever you need to be posting to over a dozen free credit safelists on a DAILY basis and using that $100 Yahoo ppc and doing everything you can to get those signups. If you are posting to less then a dozen sites a day, well, you probably already know what kind of results you will get. So, just keep that in mind when you are working online and just remember, that most of the time it's not the programs fault, though I do realize that SFS isn't perfect and that there has been some issue with the Yahoo lately, but it's no excuse not to get out there and post on to some of the thousands of safelists that are out there.

To your success,

Brent Bertsch

Will Best Buy’s New Video Streaming Service Compete with Netflix, Hulu and Others?

Yesterday Best Buy announced their new video streaming service branded as CinemaNow. Although with the intent of remaining competitive in the space, the service is already receiving unpromising reviews. CinemaNow provides digital downloads for Internet connected devices such as an Xbox and other entertainment boxes, but is limited with its mobile offerings. Right now it is only offered on the Windows Media Player platform, therefore limiting the selection of mobile devices that can use
CinemaNow for renting. Just one more note to bear in mind though, you can’t actually watch the movies from your mobile device, you can only select which movies to deliver to your PC. For additional details, click here for an article from TechNewsDaily.

CinemaNow has stiff competition in Netflix and the like. Their price point will have to remain extremely competitive too. I feel the service has lots of details and features to work out, but perhaps it’s worth looking into once it develops further.

image credit: richardmasoner

Twitter On Primetime Television

Based off of the Twitter feed, $**tMyDadSays, there will be a new television show on CBS this fall. William Shatner will play the dad in this role with all of the quirky comments he has made. I can't believe writers have turned to Twitter to generate the next set of TV shows. I guess I'm glad there will be one less reality show, and if they follow the sayings of this dad, we are all in for some great laughs.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Use Google Insights To Keep Your Keywords Up To Date

We live in an age of constantly changing technology, economic conditions, etc. Therefore it is no surprise that 20% of the phrases searched in Google every day have never been searched before. With this in mind, it is important to constantly update the list of keyword phrases you focus your search engine optimization and search engine marketing efforts on. Don't think that you can do some keyword research at the beginning of a campaign, come up with a list of targeted keywords, and be done with it. If you do that then you are missing out on a great deal of search traffic generated by newer, more trending phrases.

A good way to ensure you are keeping up with the most recent searches within your industry is to run some of your most targeted keywords through Google Insights. This free tool will return both the current most popular searches related to the phrase(s) you input and the phrases that are gaining volume at the fastest rate. Take advantage of the latest searches in your industry by optimizing for them before your competitors do.

Stress Free Salary is the real deal.

This is a hot, little money-making program. An easy 2x8 matrix, the affiliate pay plan doesn't have the gigantic earning potential of TrafficWave, and the $30.00 monthly charge is a turn-off for those who like to do everything on the cheap. But, your first level (i.e. two referrals) cover your costs and the spillover is really happening right now. Your first level pays $15.00 each and everyone else basically pays a dollar each... except on level eight. There, they pay EIGHT(8) dollars each - and this thing is starting to catch fire. I don't want to 'over-hype' this deal, but it's actually working, and that's a fact.

Of course, Stress Free Salary isn't the product or the company. Stress Free Salary is simply a system for promoting it. I like systems. I believe in them. Another thing I believe in is being open to earning money from more than one area, whether it's Internet Marketing or life in general. I realize that (currently) most visitors to this blog are interested in our TrafficWave downline and what's going on with our OceanSwell co-op promotion. I understand that. But at the end of the day, we're all in this for the money. We want the money! As I've said in the past, I'll take it any (legal) way I can get it - stuffed camels, bottle tops... I don't care.

I plan to earn my online fortune with TrafficWave - both through the amazing affiliate program and by growing my opt-in list over the coming months and years. I'm a 'lifer'. I'll be building my TrafficWave business for as long as it's around and I'm around. But, I will occasionally be adding new programs to my affiliate portfolio as well. If you can afford it and can get your mind around promoting more than one thing at a time, then you should definitely include Stress Free Salary in your promotions. This one's a winner.

Monday, May 17, 2010 Presents Affiliate Marketing for Affiliates: How to Become an Elite Affiliate Marketer

Join Affiliate Marketing experts Jay Berkowitz, CEO of and guests Carolyn Tang of, James Martell of and Lisa Picarille of Affiliate Thing Podcast as they present, “Affiliate Marketing for Affiliates: How to Become an Elite Affiliate Marketer.”

This presentation will cover the following topics:

- Learn how to establish yourself as an elite Affiliate Marketer
- Understand how to create compelling content for your Affiliate site
- How to select profitable products and offers to promote
- Best Practices of Affiliate Marketing

This free webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 12:30pmEST – 1:30pmEST. To register and for more information please visit: Affiliate Marketing for Affiliates

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Facebook Backlash?

You've probably heard the rumblings...."What about my online privacy?" "Why does Facebook seems to read my mind?" "Why can't I control what I put in Facebook?" "What? My tweets are being stored by the Library of Congress?!"

For months now, people have been asking these questions, sparking conversations that are almost always polarizing.

Well, now we're going to see what happens when people stop just talking and start making up their minds to do something about it.

"Diaspora" is one such result. Students from NYU have decided they are going to create the "anti-Facebook" and although they set out to raise only $10,000 to do so - they have actually raised over $100,000! And you can contribute to the project too, right here at (for as little as $5, you get stuff in return).

Their project aims to provide you complete control of a "seed" of your data - photos, posts, reviews, tweets, etc. And from this seed, YOU control what happens with it. No other website OWNS your data - and therefore - cannot benefit from its existence.

The students are planning to "take the summer" to do the work - then release what they create. I can't wait to see what they come up with.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How Fundamental Website Attributes Potentially Relate to Local Search Rankings

I recently found a great article that really takes you back to some of the basics of website usability or what many consider common sense. Unfortunately, a lot of websites nowadays forget classic website attributes that really help consumers find what they are looking for. Are you trying to find more ways to potentially improve your local search rankings? Below are 5 elements to include on your website which are believed to aid in generating good quality scores in turn making it a more helpful visit for consumers:

1. Contact Us / Location Pages. Often consumers would prefer a form of communication outside of a contact form. When possible, include your business contact information.

2. Maps [Ideally Google Maps]. This gives Google an additional way to connect your site with local searches.

3. Telephone numbers in a standard format. Providing this in a flashy format or embedded in an image only makes it harder for search engines to read.

4. Testimonials. Many consumers feel more comfortable knowing your product or service has satisfied customers.

5. Product & service descriptions. Make sure to describe your products and services clearly for your potential customers.

Google has not confirmed that these 5 elements are part of their algorithms. But at the end of the day, these elements will only make a consumer happier by making their visit to your site more helpful and hopefully resulting in conversions.

A Fun Tool to Measure Your Facebook Page Value

A fun tool to help marketers get a better understanding of a Facebook Page's value is called the Social Page Evaluation tool. It currently measures the value of a Facebook (Fan) Page based on different metrics such as the number of fans, posts per day, interactions per day and so on. Other features of the tool includes a way to compare your Facebook page with other brands, a value predictor called "Fan-tasize" and the ability to view a Page Value's history. Another feature that I especially like is the Best Practices area to help figure out what to do to increase your page value. Just like any free tool, you should always take it with a grain of salt.

If you really want to get the most out of your Facebook Page, the best things to do are to get people to your page, be a resource, and interact with the people who 'like' your page.

And if you haven't already checked it out, you should check out the Ten Golden Rules' Facebook Page!

Advertise on the Go

Who has time these days to go to their office every time they want to optimize pay per click campaigns, check on performance, or add keywords? Well we no longer have to thanks to AdWords for mobile.

AdWords for mobile is now fully available and gives you on-the-go access to all of your campaigns, alerts, and statistics. The interface is also fully customizable so you can streamline the most important aspects of your account. For example, you can set up a custom alert to let you know when a campaign is close to reaching its daily budget. You can even set up alerts to inform you of things such as a drop in clicks compared to a previous week.

The AdWords for mobile interface does not have all the features of the desktop version, but we can certainly expect many updates from Google in the months to come.

AdWords for mobile is currently available on iPhone, Android, and Palm devices.

Monday, May 10, 2010 Presents Email Marketing What’s Old Is New Again

Join eMail Marketing gurus Jay Berkowitz, CEO of, Karen Talavera and others to learn about one of the critical components to your internet marketing mix – email marketing.

This presentation will explain the following topics:

- How to Build your Email Lists
- How to Manage your Lists
- What are the associated SPAM regulations
- Email Deliverability
- Email Database Best Practices
- Conversion Strategies

This free webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 12:30pmEST – 1:30pmEST. To register and for more information please visit: Email Marketing What’s Old Is New Again

Thursday, May 6, 2010

YouTube Announces Program for Charging Video Rental Fees

YouTube has grown rapidly since founded in February 2005. Every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube and it is currently the 2nd search engine in the world. In addition to providing movie rentals, YouTube Executive Hunter Walk, has now announced they will allow users to charge rental fees.

What does this mean for you? Potentially, YouTube may now allow you to monetize your uploaded videos. I find this model fascinating because rather than charging advertisers; the viewers will now be the ones to pay the price. Unfortunately, we don’t know who exactly will be eligible for this program or when; although Mashable did state, “this service is not available to all users, but only to the users who are members of the partnership program.”

I’m curious to see how this payment model will work. Can you think of any user videos you would be willing to “rent” on YouTube? Will this potentially force YouTube to allow longer videos to be uploaded? This could be an exciting opportunity to expand upon your business or perhaps just make some extra cash.

image credit: Search Engine People Blog

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Google Gets a New and Improved "Look"

Google recently changed their look and feel of how search results are displayed, something that you may be noticing very soon.

You'll notice there are search tools on the left hand side, adding a visual touch to Web, News, Images, Blogs and Book search. Universal Search, the Search Options panel and Google Squared are now included on the left hand panel. I think the design is an improvement, and I really appreciate that Google is constantly improving the way we search online. I think the search experience through Google can only get better! What do you think?

Here is a video explaining the latest changes:

Making Music From Around The Globe Using YouTube

Composer and conductor, Eric Whitacer has asked the internet community for something remarkable, to make music together. He created a virtual choir with 185 people recording their voices from 12 countries to the same recording of Sleep. He had singers from around the globe post individual parts by simply singing along to the music.

You can view a soprano solo audition

And here is the final piece

Now, he’s looking to conduct another original piece and grow the number to thousands of people sing along.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Create a Video Sitemap

Having trouble getting your videos indexed by Google? There are a few ways to help Google both find and index the video files on your website. One almost surefire way to assist Google is to create a video sitemap. If implemented correctly, a video sitemap provides search engines with substantially more information than even a regular sitemap. Through use of a video sitemap, you can provide important information about your videos including the urls of the pages on which they reside, titles, keywords, thumbnails, and more.

Once you create a video sitemap, it is very easy to submit to Google. You simply submit it within your Google Webmaster Tools account the same way you submit a sitemap of your website. By submitting a video sitemap, you can substantially increase the likelihood of your videos showing up in Google's search results.

Monday, May 3, 2010 Presents Building Websites That Don’t Suck

Join Margie Schneider, VP Operations of, as she presents “Building Websites That Don’t Suck.”

This presentation will explain the following topics:

- Find out how to make your website stand out amongst all the rest
- What are web conventions and the advantages of them
- How to ensure an excellent user experience
- How to establish a balance between successfully ranking in the search engines and designing for conversions

This free webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:30pmEST – 1:30pmEST. To register and for more information please visit: Building Websites That Don’t Suck

Sunday, May 2, 2010

TrafficWave - OceanSwell TEAM Update (#48)

Internet Marketing can be a very taxing experience! The best thing about it is that there is always something else that you can do to further the growth of your business. The worst thing about it is that it seems like there are too many things to do and it's easy to get OVERLOADED! I'm the kind of person who tends to take on too many projects at once, but I'm also the type who is driven to succeed. Anyway, I've been so busy this week on some new things that I've fallen behind on everything. I feel like the poor animal in the photo to the left! So, in order to make up for lost time, we have two weekly top-promoters instead of just one.

The two $10.00 prize winners are: Heather Gerres & Sylvie Lamarre

Congratulations to both of them! The Team Ads continue to work well and James Blackburn has started receiving his referrals. After James, it will be Russell's turn, and then Penny. I love this Team Ad - Team Rotator idea so much because it's really helping a lot of people get a solid start in what can be an extremely frustrating industry. It frustrated ME for a long time. But I found that refusing to quit and a commitment to learning work wonders over the long term. Now, I'm learning all about something called 'time management' (LOL).

In this update, though, there is one thing that I need to mention. And that is what I have invested both time and money in as experiments for increasing the speed of these Team Rotators. I promote the Team Ads in the TE's and Safelists just like everybody else does. But I'm always looking for new ideas. That's what everybody wants, right? New ideas. Well, I can tell you that there really aren't that many out there, as the fundamental principles of Internet Marketing are already well established. For example, this blog brings me web traffic and my mailing list allows me to share it with my subscribers. Those are two HUGE concepts right there! There isn't one 'key' to online success. It's more like a set of keys. But one of them is the ability to communicate with large numbers of people all at once and continually. That is why the TrafficWave product is such a vital component of any online business-building strategy.

That said, here are two products I've bought and tested that I actually don't recommend:

Lead Scraper Pro and Magic Traffic Bot. I'm both a user and an affiliate in both of these programs, but I'm not even going to bother putting my links here. In both cases, they are very well thought-out and highly creative pieces of software. They help me in some ways, that's true. They just aren't going to help promote Team OceanSwell the way that I expected them to. But I spent the money and tried them out. That's something I'm going to keep doing! But I am telling you this so that you know what I'm up to. I've also joined a new Team promotion for another product that uses Yahoo ads as their sole method of promotion. I think this is going to be HUGE, but that's just my opinion. However, if it works well, then we might be able to borrow the idea a little bit to move our Rotators even faster. I'm working on it but, like everything else, it takes time to test.

I know that a third of the country is suffering from floods and tornadoes tonight and the southern coast is about to be one giant eco-disaster. What's more, too many people are out of work and our money doesn't buy what it used to. It's an incredibly stressful time in America this weekend. So that's why my message this week is not to get overwhelmed by everything and don't try to do too much. Just stay with the plan, give it the time you can and always have a student's mindset. Never stop learning and never stop growing. Try to do just one thing a day (or even a week) that helps build your list, such as a TrafficWave-exclusive Twitter account set to automation through SocialOomph. You want to automate as much as possible. Afterall, that's what an autoresponder is for. But if you can automate traffic to your lead-capture page, so much the better!

If you're reading this and have developed an interest in TrafficWave and Team OceanSwell, why not join us today? The newest Team member being featured in the Team Rotator is James G Blackburn and his TrafficWave affiliate link is:

To be a part of the OceanSwell Team, you will need to enroll through his link and then contact me (, let me know what your new TW username is, and I'll put you in line for our Team Rotator.

As always, take care of yourselves and your online businesses - and have a productive week!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A great new idea for earning money online

As each one of us goes through the trials and tribulations of Internet Marketing, we're always looking and always searching for new and effective marketing ideas. I think I've found one. Having been doing this for awhile, there are two things that I am becoming absolutely convinced of with regards to success at online business:

1) You need a plan and a system that others can duplicate.

2) You need to jump on something good when it's new.

There are other elements to success too, such as taking risks, being open to new ideas and (of course), undying PERSISTENCE. Anyway, I'm blown away by something I've recently joined called StressFreeSalary. Like the Team OceanSwell idea for promoting TrafficWave, this is a plan and a system for promoting a company - in this case, a web host. What's so brilliant about it is the Team promotion idea. It's amazingly clever, it works, and I am very, very excited about it! In fact, I like it so much that within a month or so, I plan to use the same concept (to the extent that I can) in order to help grow our TrafficWave team promotion even faster.

This is very, very clever and everyone should check it out. If you can afford it, this is something that I would recommend joining, in addition to TrafficWave - and I'd do it now... while it's NEW.

Take a look and listen for yourself: StressFreeSalary