Due to limited time on my hands, I have decided to allow couple select gust blog posts to be published, so this might be something for you.

Topics or areas we would be looking for practical advice or breaking news in the industry:

  • affiliate marketing
  • search engine marketing
  • pay per click strategies
  • conversion optimisation
  • social marketing
  • email marketing
  • x useful resources type posts - e.g. top 10 free SEO tools for marketers.

The blog posts would need to be around 600+ words. In some cases we could allow also commentary type blog posts, e.g. about current things like Privacy directive (aka cookie law), etc.

Also if you’re good at video - then perhaps providing information in video format with some 200 word description summary could be accepted but please contact in advance to run with us your idea.

Other guidelines to check before you submit:

  • Maximum of 2 links per article for the authors bio (we keep rights to judge if we want to link there or not, which of course will lead for article to be unpublished)
  • Article has to be unique 600+ in length, please send in also your visual materials; please ensure you have the rights to use them and all the necessary licences
  • Should include an intro paragraph giving quick summary as to what the article is going to be about.
  • Sentences/paragraphs have to be short 3-5 lines max. Use subheadings, and also apply formatting.
  • Submit your content as Word/Open Office documents.
  • We require authors name and picture
  • You are allowed to include links to some of sources for the information e.g. newspaper story, etc.
  • We won’t accept affiliate links
  • We keep rights to remove the material if found to be published somewhere else

To submit your content or if you have questions, please contact me at:

info // at // sandisviksna.com

(surely replace [at] with @ … so it looks like an email)

LipoFuze affiliate program or not?

Probably you been looking to promote the program as why you would otherwise been hitting this page, right?

Well the thing is – last time I checked for affiliate section – it was simply down / deleted / gone. How serious is that from LipoFuze, right?

Not Found
The requested URL /affiliate/contact.php was not found on this server.

Although LipoFuze is down, I might have good news for you – I could suggest you alternative product that in fact is very competitive and sells incredibly well!

It is Phen375 affiliate program.

Phen375 affiliate program

You can earn between 30% and 40% which could easily get you commissions of very nice $91 per sale.

They also offer lifetime cookies and reorders. So - one customer could turn into multiple commissions over longer period of time.

Also it has fantastic marketing resources – from banners to product pictures, to sample content and affiliate site templates.

On top of that – you will get access to dedicated affiliate manager to help you with your marketing.

Product sampel

You can sign up to affiliate program here! It’s Free!

PHP in HTML with GoDaddy

GoDaddy - the big and powerful they are, but when it comes to parsing php in html files they support team is clueless. In fact, they will keep sending to 3rd party links that has outdated information.

When you try the code samples (btw, they work with 99% of other hosting providers), they answer that they cannot help with the code further than providing these couple links. What a bunch of ….

I been with GoDaddy for long time and they been doing good job for certain projects, but this situation (which is very common), has been a total FAIL! Bob, kick some asses in the office, get your tech to do their job.

So to parse php in your html files on shared GoDaddy hosting, you have to use this code - example is as following:

Options +ExecCGI
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .htm .html
AddHandler x-httpd-php5 .php .htm .html

Are you surprised? Yeah, the first line was something GoDaddy staff kept calm, they never ever mentioned this to me. Also after checking online, nobody really new the answer. Luckily till there was one quiet comment sharing the answer.

Also shame on Google, showing top results old, outdated and non working solutions. Hopefully this one will help some people in the future to get the html files to work with includes from php.

All in all - wasted about 5-7 replies to support guys with no success in about 1.5 week period. My site had lots of php extras that went down the drain in that time period.

Amen! Hopefully this is first and last tech blunder with them.

Google plays new games

It looks like in recent days Google has done some tweaks to algo and it seems that brands in certain niches have dominated (moved up) while affiliate sites moved down in ranks, in some cases couple pages. It also seems that it happened to several sites owned by same affiliates, so could be there is some changes to how Google values certain link building methods.

While I haven’t had time to fully research, it seems that it could be articles or blog comments that been lowered in value.

Either way everything indicates that one has to be using multiple link building methods to ensure stability and longevity.

This is first blog post after more than a year, so hopefully I’ll be able to get some more stuff going on here.

Going against the trends – PureAcaiBerry

I’m currently working on one exciting project – PureAcaiBerry.com affiliate program. While it has its typical task list of preparing resources, investigating market, finding affiliates, split testing the site, etc etc, there is also one different side.

This project will be different – it is different! If everyone is offering free trial – then don’t do it! It will go against the trends! In the acai marketplace people are used to free trials and so on, but this will not be the case. The product will be very honest and truthful in the offering, no sneaky trials, rebills or etc scams.

Your customers will be able to buy whatever amount the want and when they want. That alone for you should mean a lot.

I don’t know about you – but it does matter to me as affiliate of what I’m recommending to others. I want to give them the best, I want them to believe in what I recommend, I want them to be happy about their purchases they made thanks to me.

There are way too many affiliates these days trying to trick people in buying any old crap or useless product just because of commissions. Please don’t. Think with your head.

By the way, Oprah seems to sue these acai promoters who uses their name and images to promote the products. Well done to Oprah! And hopefully you’re not one of them.

Anyways, if you’re looking for good Acai product – try PureAcaiBerry.com – 33% per sale is well above what many other products are offering! Combined with the slick site design and fantastic marketing tools, you and your customers will be the winners in the end!

Good luck!

Email marketing - different perspective

Constant email communication with subscribers and customers provides many benefits like driving more traffic back to the site or offers, increasing the number of returning visitors, reminding about the brand, cutting costs of customer acquisition and of course – doing more business.

The typical communication form is a newsletter or follow-up series (email chains). Newsletters allow communicating current events and offers while follow-up series can provide a well planed email chain series that main aim is to close the sale trough providing valuable information, earning trust and reminding of the brand.

There are many solutions that can provide such services – from free scripts one can install on its own server, hosted 3rd party solutions and in-house solutions.

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As a marketer, I’m always looking for new ways to automate or to improve my tasks and this is where a good tool comes in handy.

Lately myself I’ve been into testing various keyword tools. Ok, not really testing but using them to do my market research and some predictions.

One of my favorite tools now is Google Keyword Suggestion Tool as they recently released also the search count accompanied with GEO and Language targeting. Myself being multinational marketer and English being my 3rd language this is now an incredible asset. It is easy now to tap into other language keyword markets with a fair amount of accuracy. Keep in mind, foreign markets often are 5 or more times LESS competitive.

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Time management video from Eben Pegan

Today in my email I got a message from Eben Pegan that he has released a free video on personal time management for online marketers.

After watching it I just as many others, I had made lots of notes that I will try to implement myself in my daily routine and see if I can get more out of my efforts.
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Want a website in 21st century? Think twice!

I was looking around the internet and what I see even after a decade of internet being used by masses, there are still plenty of BAD websites. That’s right – they simply don’t work.

Don’t work? How’s that possible?

Well, I don’t know how this happened to you, but can you honestly say that the website you spent $3000 or more is now bringing you huge amounts of traffic, leads and sales?

Probably not…

See, these websites don’t bring free traffic from search engines; they don’t convert visitors into subscribers and customers. They don’t engage with your visitors, they don’t follow up with them, don’t communicate and interact in a way that would build your online brand and increase sales.

Why does this happen?

See, many web design companies hire wrong people for the wrong job. Knowing just web design doesn’t guarantee that they will design you a site that makes profits.

Knowing how to program a proper HTML code based on the latest standards doesn’t guarantee you will get free traffic from search engines.

You need a team that can help you to achieve all your goals: traffic, leads and sales!

There are many out there that claim to be the ones, but unfortunately there are very few good ones. If I have to give an example say in London, it probably would be a company called Datadial.

Why them? The reason is that they offer complete list web development services. They not only will build you a website, but help with writing a copy that converts visitors into loyal readers and newsletter subscribers. Develop the content and design the site in a way that attracts free search engine traffic and much more than that.

What – your current web design company doesn’t know how to build a subscriber list or get free search engine traffic!?

Then run away! Run!

Because their lack of skills is holding your business back…

Simply put, if your current website needs a fresh web design while having in mind best copywriting and search engine optimization practices and other online marketing then you might want to get in touch with this company:

Datadial websiteContact details

DATADIAL Ltd
8 Glenthorne Mews
115a Glenthorne Road
Hammersmith
London W6 0LJ
Tel. +44 (0) 870 7815 363

See, if they can help

Alternatively, you can contact me for more pointers towards relevant companies that could do the web job as it should be done.

Good luck.

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