Archive for December, 2008

Find the Plug-in’s for your WordPress blog here

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

If you’re constantly seeing things on other people’s blogs and wondering how they do them, the answer is typically with a neat plug-in or a theme.

In looking around for the plug-in’s that I wanted for my blogs (and those of my customers) I discovered a great source of plug-in’s and wanted to point you to it as well.

It’s a collection of 250 or more WordPress plug-in’s and more. More you ask? Actually the package comes with the Master Resale Rights so you can buy the package, take the plug-in’s that YOU want and put them to work… and then offer the package to others and maybe earn a few dollars to pay for the package and a few cups of coffee or whatever your favorite beverage happens to be.

You can find the entire package waiting for your inspection HERE.

So click the link, scoot on over and take a look.

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David Perkins, (aka: TheTrafficMechanic)

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Managing all those contacts you’ve met on Twitter

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

A friend recently gave me some tips that once enacted… my list of friends on Twitter has really begun to explode. That’s a good thing, in my opinion, and I’m wondering how in the world I’d ever be able to sort through all those tweets to find the real GEMS that often are contained in those little 140 character Tweets???

Obviously I was not the ONLY person with that question and today I discovered twitTangle… and it’s “one liner” in the title bar reads… untangling the mess of too many friends.

Take a look at the wonderful “Twitter App” named TwitTangle

Go to: twitTangle.com and enter your Twitter username and password.twitTangle will gather all your friends and you can rate, tag, and place them in groups… and then twitTangle will display your incoming tweets according to YOUR preferences.

You get to decide who’s tweets you always see… and then work on down the list as time allows.

Check it out and have a great day managing all those contacts that you’ve met on Twitter.
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David Perkins, (aka: TheTrafficMechanic)

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Will 2009 bring Boom or Bust for your Internet Marketing business?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

There’s a lot of speculation as to how the year 2009 will go for those IM’s out there hoping for a good year.  I imagine that what makes up a “good” year to you might be a disaster to others so in order to measure your progress, I’m recommending that you put together a method by which you can actually measure progress or the lack of it.

What were your sales for 2008?  Expenses? All those numbers that you’ll need to do your taxes, especially if you’re here in the United States.  Then, take a look at what you WANT to do in 2009.  Are there any expenses that you see that you can trim? Efficiencies that you can create to help you to achieving a profit in 2009?  Maybe even a NICE profit?

Then look to see if you used the BEST methods for promoting your biz. What can you do differently to achieve better results? Asking these questions now can help you put together a more profitable ending to 2009… but only if you start now!

Did you use WEB 2.0 methods for promotion in 2008?  If not, you should be!  A “loyal following” in a social network is much more likely to respond positively to your suggestions to look at “product a” than people on a “name list.”  Anywhere from 2 to 3 times more likely!  Think what that could mean to YOUR bottom line at the end of 2009!

One of the easiest WEB 2.0 networks to get started with, in my opinion, is Twitter and you can easily follow me there to see what I do to promote me and/or what I’m doing. The good news is that you don’t have stay glued to your computer to find out what I’m doing. Just check in once or twice a day, log in, and the information shows up on your computer screen.

There are NO long messages.  140 characters will be your longest message sent or received! That’s the limit.  You’ll learn how to say more with less in a big hurry!  The website at www.tinyurl.com is what many use to compress LONG url’s so they can include links to web pages and more.  Check it out.

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Are you marketing the EASY way or the SMART way?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

It would seem that everybody but me is promoting the new Instant Banner Creator (IBC) like crazy.

I guess I didn’t get excited about IBC since I’ve been making and hosting my own banners for several years. I’m a student of Doug Williams, that entrepreneurial Canadian that started the MoneyLegs.com group several years ago. You see, Doug was my online mentor until his death a few years ago.

I don’t do “FANCY” very much as I believe in the old school way of doing things which is simple and to the point. Doug was very stern in his teaching and he told me to host everything that I used on my OWN server.

It’s my belief that the IBC will enable newbies to make some nice banners to use in their promotions… but it does not teach them any graphical skills whatsoever. And what happens when that program dies… as many of those type do? What then?

Instead, I recommend to my audience to start with the beginner level of PaintShopPro to make their banners. It takes more time but they can then take pride in saying that they really did create that banner or any other graphic they need… and if they want them animated… the animation shop that is a companion to the main package makes animated banners a snap!

You can download an OLD version of PaintShopPro at www.oldapps.com and a search on Google will find you all kinds of tutorials if you need them.

Now… if you don’t know how to host your own banners, and good tricks like that, you can always take some of the great classes offered at MoneyLegs.com and we’ll teach you how to do that and much, much more. Why not drop by for a visit today?

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As we end 2008, are you prepared for the coming year?

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

When I looked at my calendar this morning I realized that this last month of 2008 is already half over! And my question… Where did the year go? Was I sleeping???
I have been working on my plans for next year’s efforts and some questions have come up that I have not fully answered yet. Things like… WHAT can I do Different ‘Next Year’ that will get better responses than what I have done this Last Year?

Hopefully you’re aware of the old saying that suggest that INSANITY is “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting DIFFERENT results?” You have heard that one, haven’t you?

If you have or have not heard it before… think about it as you plan your efforts for next year. What have you been doing? Were you doing the right things? Were you doing them enough? Could just a little bit more effort have made a big difference?

The next few posts will focus on areas that you might want to give SERIOUS attention to in making your plans for marketing online in the coming year.

It’s said that 2009 may be a BANNER year for those of us who do it “right” online. With all the layoff’s and job losses in the offline world, people will turn to the internet in hopes of finding a way to survive. You and I need to be prepared and the time to be ready is NOW! Are you ready?

What are YOUR traffic generation Goals? Email Marketing Goals? Sales Goals? We’ll talk about these and more in the coming days before the end of the year. Stay tuned! And have a Happy Holiday season, however you celebrate it!

David Perkins, (aka: TheTrafficMechanic)

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