31.7.07

Entireweb updates its affiliate programs

European search engine Entireweb has come a long way since it was launched in May 2000. A team of youngsters in Halmstad, Sweden, inspired the creation of Entireweb in 1999 and by the next year this search engine took off and never look back till today.

Although Google has taken over as the world's search engine of choice, many Internet users still turn to the Entireweb search technology. With more than 100 million indexed documents, Entireweb has continued to expand its online database of searchable information.


For those who are not familiar with Entireweb, you can subscribe to its newsletter
to be kept informed about search engine optimization and website promotion.

Apart from being a company involved in search engine technology, Entireweb also runs affiliate programs. Recently, the company has updated its affiliate programs with the following products:


Express Inclusion.
You get your site listed in the Entireweb Network, which receives over 100 million searches every month and includes premier partners such as Mamma.com and IxQuick.com. You promote Entireweb's fast inclusion program and earn 20% of the purchase price of each sale.


Site Inclusion
. You earn 20% commission for sales of this product. Priced at $349.00, this means $70.00 in commission for a single purchase.

SpeedyAds.
It's Entireweb's pay-per-click contextual advertising system. Relevant ads will automatically be displayed on your site. You'll be paid for every click. You earn 20% of all deposited funds in your account. SpeedyAds is for publishers and advertisers.


Newsletter Advertising.
You get 20% of the purchase price every time advertising spots in Entireweb Newsletter are purchased.


Affiliate Program.
You refer new affiliates and earn a second-tier commission of 10% of any purchases that your sub-affiliates generate.


If you're a webmaster running several websites, all you need to do is sign up once for this free service and you can place their banner ads on almost any website, or even in emails.


25.7.07

CriticsRant.com: A place to rant and rave

Fret no more if you're an ardent fan of new movies, tv shows, or even video games. Here's the lowdown: CriticsRant.com is where the action is. It's a website showcasing tv shows, video games and movie reviews.

CriticsRant.com will love to see you get off the couch and say something - yes, register yourself at the website and joined up with like-minded movie aficionados to rant and rave about your favorite movies and tv shows. How cool can that be?

Once you're a member of this community, you can plunge into rounds of
movie discussions with fellow fan-atics over what's new and what's hot - new movies, DVD releases, and the hottest tv shows. It's a happening site where you stand to win free DVDs by just giving your two cents worth of opinion on a daily basis. The more you participate in the discussions, the more points you earn and the better your chances of winning.

Oh yes, before I forget, as a registered fan you'll receive the Daily Rant Newsletter and exclusive special discounts and offers from major entertainment retailers. If you wanna stay on top of your favorite TV shows or movies and rant to your heart's delight, you have come to the right place.

23.7.07

Get Over That PR Jitters and Get A Life


Normally, people associate the abbreviation PR with Public Relations, but in the world of blogging, PR stands for PageRank, an innocuous coined word by that Mountain View giant Google out to rule the Internet. And PR has become quite sinister in its own ways.

Sinister in the sense that, once every 3-4 months, like some unknown virus it manifests a kind of mental angst upon bloggers who become irritated, agitated, or even intoxicated by the very thought of PR.


Over at Dean Hunt's blog, he's having a piece of his mind about webmasters
"who have better things to do than to be listening to endless threads, blog posts and nonsense about the upcoming Google PageRank update."


In simple term, as the good doctor would say, they are getting the PR jitters. Wondering whether their blogging lives will be going North or South. Who knows, a quiet visit to your regular head-shrinker might help to calm you down. He'll probably tell you not to keep starring at that little green thingy bar less you might be hynoptized into a jelly-minded condition...and you might not get back into the Real World again!


This resounding motto should wake you up from that PR stupor: GO GET A LIFE!


C'mon baby, it's only an indicator to tell you the status of your site in the search engine result pages (SERPs) just like the Alexa ranking. Okay, you get recognized and you stand a better chance of making more money if you're one of those posties writing reviews and whatnot. But never forget, quality content counts in the long run.


Quoting Dean Hunt:

Blockquote Surely people have better things to do than spend hours in forums discussing a little green bar? Aren't we all tired of this by now? We should just focus on improving our businesses and the rest will take care of itself."
As you can see, there's no point in wasting time at forums where the PR discussions are just old baloney. Taking actions ahead of the Google Dance is a better proposition. Like they say, if you don't play, you can't win.


Of related interests:
 Why this PR is doing the shadow dance

21.7.07

Coupon and discount deals you don't want to miss

If you're someone who loves to shop online but hate to sweat it out by hopping from one site to another looking for the best bargain you may want to check out this one-stop online shopping center that seems to have a gazillion of products on offer.

I didn't know much about CouponChief.com before until it was pointed out to me by a friend who had some dealings with them. So what's so great about Coupon Chief that makes me want to share this information with you? Well, I do look around and buy stuff online like books and CDs, but now with Coupon Chief I've discovered they have a very extensive list of online merchants selling almost everything you can think of under the sun!

Take a trip to their website and you'll see that this is a huge one-stop coupon deal and discount resource for online shoppers where you use coupon codes to activate your purchases which is an interesting concept. If you like to know, some of their top merchants are Amazon, BestBuy, GiftBaskets, Dell and many more. You won't miss a thing here and don't forget the discount deals.

20.7.07

Time to feed the cows with link love

Just came back from JohnCow.com county where the famous blue cow has worked out another scheme that will help feed the herd and gain them some respect in their rankings.

Put it this way. If you're usually low on premium milk supply, this cunning scheme by JC will surely moo-tivate you to start giving moo love to other cows - and thus see moo milk (and more mooney) flow down the pipeline.

TheNextPost sure needs moo milk to rise up again after that rank-sapping transfer to its own domain. John Cow says you have to add 5 other cow-loving bloggers including yours to the list before you head up to cowtown and link up with the rest.

I have in mind the following 5 whom I feel need some extra pints:

Christy's Coffee Break

Behind The Page

Shine With Grace
A Great Pleasure
Slingshot Thoughts

So here we go...

The idea is simple: You want readers and you want link backs too because that’s all us bloggers want, it’s more precious than milk for some :twisted:

So how does it work?

Simple! You just copy the list down below on your blog, hence creating link backs for your blogging friends and then click the RSS feed link to subscribe to all of them. Then you add yourself and up to 5 other bloggers and their feeds to the list before you publish it on your own blog. Show your friends some link love :)

Just imagine if just 10 people would do this and then 10 more after them. That would get your blog 100 extra link backs and 100 extra feed subscribers!


Of related interest:
Link...and ye shall have good standing
Get over that PR jitters and get a life

18.7.07

Welcome to www.thenextpost.com






I've finally gotten around to switching to my own registered domain at http://www.thenextpost.com/. It wasn't easy at first because, like a dingbat, I did not configure the transfer correctly. But after some consultation with the hosting company where I did my registration, the whole thing came together. This has been a PR4 blog and, sadly, I'm gonna lose it all. Got to build it up all over again, what a job!

So here we are to continue this long journey in blogosphere. Meantime, I've to update settings for the new URL and that means going over all those widgets, affiliate programs and what have you. That's helluva work in the coming days.

Meanwhile, I would like to humbly request all my favourite blogging friends who have tagged me in their posts or listed The Next Post in their blogrolls to kindly change the URL from http://thenextpost.blogspot.com/ to http://www.thenextpost.com/.

Also, I'll be sending individual messages to all of you taggers just in case you miss this one. Thanks and happy blogging!





13.7.07

Blogsvertise are doing some cleaning up!

It seems Blogsvertise are performing some "moving and shaking" operations to enhance their paid review service. If you're one of those slacking accounts whose participation level is deemed to be "very poor" then you can expect to get suspended.

According to Blogsvertise, "low participation levels among some bloggers has caused the service to not run as effectively as it can."
Recently, some accounts have been suspended for not responding to tasks assigned to them.

In order not to clog up their system, account holders are required to either "accept" or "decline" tasks that are assigned to their blogs.
I usually receive email notifications of new tasks but if I'm not interested in writing any I will go over to Blogsvertise and decline the offers.

Perhaps, not many bloggers realize that it's better to decline an offer rather than keeping quiet about it. Blogsvertise have always stressed that bloggers are not required to accept any task, but by not responding with a yes or no, they are holding up the process in the system.


According to Blogsvertise, advertisers pick or request specific blogs to advertise on but they were disappointed in their response rates.


Suspended bloggers will be notified via email. If you want to become active again, you have to sign on and decline any expired tasks. At least for now, nobody is getting the chop!

Of related interests:
SponsoredReviews: How to win the waiting game
Time to get smart with Smorty
Can you do ReviewMe?
How cool or uncool are these "Hire Me" widgets?


1.7.07

Heck! WTF Is Going On At MyBlogLog?

I couldn't believe my eyes when I logged in to MyBlogLog today. Hey, why are there so many messages waiting for me? Have I become so popular with everyone overnight? And the Community Pages look different, too.

So what's going on over at MyBlogLog while I was away?


Looks like there have been a major "makeover" - for better or for worse, I'm not sure what to say yet. Let me go back there and survey the landscape one more time...


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Okay, now I've cleared some cobwebs before me.


Firstly, I'm seeing some neat stuff being added to the Community Pages not to mention the new layout which I think will enhance navigation around the site.


But let's get down to the nitty gritty of the new features...at first glance:


* MyBlogLog Suggestion Board - that's where you go to put in your two cents worth of suggestion. At least, MBL are willing to listen to their members. If you're short of ideas, you can find some sensible proposals there. It's located at the Yahoo site. (update: the site no longer exists).


* The Community Page - This revamped page is what we need all along. The addition of the RSS Feed section showing short takes of recent posts and the Subscribe menu button gets the thumbs-up. That's what I call a user-friendly feature. (Note to MBL: Please check the spelling "Syndicate This" which reads "Syndiate This" on the Subscribe menu button.)


* Community Messaging - At first I was thinking like "Wow! Suddenly everyone likes me and sending me messages" Then that dreaded word "Spam" came to mind after reading some of the messages. Yes, with one single stroke you can send messages to members in your entire community.


It looks like the new messaging feature is still waiting for the final judgement. MBL knowingly expected some brickbats and some bouquets.


According to them, there were plenty of positive comments and plenty of critical ones, too. So in their own words: "Whether you love it or hate it, there's 180,000 people who might feel otherwise."


Fair comment. We'll see how it goes.