Advertising Experiment with Facebook

I’m conducting an advertising experiment with Facebook. Actually to be accurate, I’m conducting an advertising experiment ON Facebook. I realized that if I said “with”, it might imply that Facebook and I are in on this together. Which I guess we kind of are… Oh well, I digress…

This is the first time I’ve ever created an ad on Facebook for Internet Marketing Tips & Tools. I’ve created an ad, and designated a small amount of my advertising budget to see what happens.

If you are already a fan of Internet Marketing Tips & Tools, you won’t see the ad because I’m specifically targeting non-fans. If you’ve never liked my page at Facebook, then you might get lucky enough to see the ad on the right side of your Facebook page. If so, please “like” and make this experiment worthwhile.

In the meantime, I also want to tell you about a site I recently joined called IBOToolbox. It’s a social community, totally free to join, and dedicated to expanding your reach on the Internet. I’m learning it as we speak. There are training webinars available on Saturdays which are recorded. I’ll be watching those so I can get “up to speed”. You should check it out:

One last thing before I go… Please leave comments, share (sharing is sexy!!) and join me as we work our way through this Internet maze. Thanks in advance!

New Features at Ultimate Profit List

Many of you already know that Lisa McCormick and I own Ultimate Profit List, a viral list builder. In case you don’t know what a viral list builder is, let me explain briefly. Basically, a viral list builder is a safelist in that you can send solo ads and credit mailers to the membership. As you bring in referrals to the list, you are also able to reach them down 10 levels, using the credit mailers.

Here are the new features

    1. Full-page login ads
    2. Video Tutorials
    3. an updated footer with Alexa and Safelist Rankings links
    4. News & Updates
    5. Adzly ads

So, let’s delve into these further.

Full-page Login Ads Everyone who logs into the site will see full page advertising for 20 seconds.
If they stay on the page until the countdown is over, they will earn 20-50 credits, depending on their membership level. Members can log in and earn credits from full-page login ads 5 times daily. So, as an advertiser, you get your ad seen in another platform, for a longer period of time and your viewers will look at the ad because they are earning extra credits.

Video Tutorials I had recently put a couple of videos on the members page. It was a bit much for the page so I decided a better option would be to put them on their own page with a tab in the Navigation menu. I have added additional video tutorials including how to make splash pages and organizing your computer. My goal is to have videos that not only help the members use Ultimate Profit List but to teach them other online skills as well. As I get time, I will record more videos and add them.

Updated Footer with Links to Alexa and Safelist Rankings Rankings help determine a site’s popularity and visibility, and a site’s popularity and visibility help determine its rankings. In order to become ranked better, it helps to have Alexa reviews, links in to Ultimate Profit List from other sites, votes at Safelist Rankings and eventually, rankings at TrafficHoopla. So, please click on the Safelist Rankings and rank Ultimate Profit List. 10 is BEST! And if you would go to Alexa and write a short review of the site, that would really help us. Remember, the better we are the more members we get. The more members we have means more eyes on your ads. And isn’t that why you join sites like Ultimate Profit List?

News & Updates Another new feature in the Navigation menu is a tab for news and updates about Ultimate Profit List. By adding that tab and keeping the page updated with newsworthy information and updates about the site, members will have a central location for staying informed.

Adzly Ads Similar to Google Ads that you see on websites, you can put your own ads on Adzly for free. There are 3 membership levels at Adzly: Basic, Plus and Pro. Depending on your level, you can create ads, earn credits, create widgets to go on your sites, get stats for your ads, and even earn commissions. Adzly is owned by Logiscape Technologies, as is IMfaceplate.

I did a few cosmetic tweaks here and there, just me playing with the site. I think it looks pretty darn good! I hope you do too. And that about wraps it up for the new features at Ultimate Profit List. I hope to see you there!

Ultimate Profit List ~ A New Viral List Builder

Wow!  It has been a crazy month so far.

Ultimate Profit List launched on January 11, 2011 at 11:11 a.m. CST, as scheduled.  No hitches in our gitalong.  So it was grand.  We\’re not setting records yet, not number one in Traffic Hoopla yet.  That distinction goes to one of our valued members, Mr. Stefan Berg, owner of The Lead Magnet.

But we are growing quite nicely, we\’ve turned on the system mailer and solo ads.  The members seem to be very responsive.  They\’ve been submitting some great advertising.  And we\’ve been very blessed to have some top leaders in the industry supporting us and promoting Ultimate Profit List.  Thanks, Tony, Paul, Sherri, Lars, Brian, Brent, and many, many more.

It is our intention to improve, tweak, add to, and generally make Ultimate Profit List a fun, responsive, exciting place to advertise.  We\’ll always be working to make UPL better for our valued members.

My business partner, Lisa McCormick, had surgery on her left hand this past Friday.  Therefore, the weekend has been a bit challenging since I have been admin\’ing for both of us in addition to taking care of her.  Hopefully, she\’ll be back to her usual state of wellbeing in short order. 

Launching Tomorrow ~ BE THERE!

Launching 1/11/11 at 11:11 a.m. CST

Ultimate Profit List

Yes, it\’s another viral list builder that are all the rage right now.  Why? you ask…

Quite simply…Because they WORK!

Lots of great advertising and the opportunity to build your list.  Plus you get Instant Commissions!  How sweet is that??  Having been on the receiving side, I can assure you that it\’s a great feeling to get paid for simply sharing a great traffic resource with your list, your friends, your friends\’ friends, and basically,anyone looking for more "eyes on" for their businesses.

Use promo code "newmember"
for $100 free advertising

Hope to see you there!

How To Build An Enormous List

Here we are approaching 2011, fast and furious!  And I know that many people are struggling with jobs that don’t pay, and hopes for an online business that haven’t quite materialized yet.  Since the money is in the list, or so we’ve been told… you need to know how to build an enormous list.

Do I have all the answers??  NOT BY A LONG SHOT!

But one thing I do know is that you have to keep working at it.  Traffic is king, you have to have eyes on your site before anyone will join you in anything.  After all, if they don\’t know what you\’re doing, how can they be a part of it?

So, what do you do?  You advertise.  Pique your prospects interest, offer them an incentive to give you their contact information.  Stay in contact through your autoresponder.  And you continue to advertise.  All the while, building your list.  Remember, you must provide value.

If you’re not sure how to do all this, please grab a copy of Ultimate List Building Tips.  It’s a free e-book that I wrote giving you step by step direction and the resources to help you build your list.  Grab a copy.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to advertising.  Text ad exchanges, safelists, list builders (much the same as safelists) and traffic exchanges.  I highly recommend that you advertise everywhere you can, layering your advertising is what I call it.  Branding yourself, making yourself visible and consistent.

I will be launching a new list builder in January along with my business partner, Lisa McCormick.  There are many list builders to choose from, and I believe that Ultimate Profit List will be a top contender on the list of "where to advertise".  We are adding some great value to our membership through bonuses.  I hope that you will be among our beloved membership! 

To get the details, please subscribe to our pre-launch list.  Here’s a screenshot of the form:

 

Just click on the image above and you’ll be taken to the actual form. I’ll put you on the pre-launch list so you’ll get advance notice of launch info plus you’ll get a special promo code for extra advertising, if you’ll complete the form with your info. (See the use of an incentive at work??)

So, be ready to add Ultimate Profit List to your arsenal of great advertising resources, read the ebook mentioned above, Ultimate List Building Tips, and let’s make 2011 YOUR YEAR!

Blessings to all and Happy New Year!

Nina Nestoroff

TrafficCoupons.com – URL Rotators, Discounted Ads and Cash Rewards

TrafficCoupons.com is one of my favorite resources. At TrafficCoupons.com, you get discounts on advertising and even memberships to various traffic resources. But, did you know that as a pro member of TrafficCoupons.com you can use up to 100 URL rotators (or portals as we call them) and each portal can have up to 1,000 URL’s (or, as we call them, destinations) added to them.

Compare that to two of the better known rotator services out there:

PageSwirl charges $24.99 per month for the equivalent number of rotators (their Gold membership).

TEToolbox charges $9.97 per month and they only offer a maximum of 10 rotators.

I like PageSwirl and TEToolbox as much as you probably do..

But, when it comes to URL rotators, at only $10 per month TrafficCoupons.com wins hands down!

Now, what you need to do is spread the word, because the other thing TrafficCoupons.com beats them at is REWARDING its members with lots of CASH.

1. $50 if you refer just 5 new pro members in any one calendar month.

2. $50 matching bonus if you refer someone who refers 5 new pro members in any one calendar month.

3. 10% referral commission down 5 full, unlimited width levels.

4. Share 10% of ALL members down ALL levels when you have a minimum of $500 per month commission.

On top of all that, a $500 referral contest just started and runs until December 31st. First prize gets $300!
So, I encourage you..get out there and promote big! TrafficCoupons.com

Also, Rick Katz, TrafficCoupons.com owner also owns AdTroopers Safelist so you get a lot of free ads there. And he’s a stand-up guy, attentive to his sites and its members. One of the best admin/owners around.

Remember, if you want to really use a great resource for URL rotators, discounted advertising and earn some great cash rewards, grab your membership at TrafficCoupons.com

A Review of Viral Traffic Bar

Viral Traffic Bar is a new site that says it guarantees more CONVERTING web visitors and online advertising with very little effort or cost.  So I decided to try it out…

The graphics are good.  The Viral Traffic Bar site is easy to understand and looks professional.  Joining VTB was simple.  They have 2 upgrade options but you can still gain the benefits at the lower or even free level.

The site is easy to use and laid out well.  It just took me a few minutes to get up and running.  Inside VTB, you enter your links into their link generator and it transforms them into "Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic" links.  It’s very easy to use.  You can create ads for anything you want to promote and you can create as many links and as many ads as you wish.  Also, since the link generator is the tool you’ll use most, you’ll find it right at the top of the main page when you login.  That makes it easy to use.  I hate sites where I have to hunt down every little thing.  You’re probably like me, the easier something is to use, the more likely you are to use it!

Anyway, after you’ve created at least 1 link and 1 ad you, can start generating traffic.  Just promote the newly generated "Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic" link instead of your original link.  Every time the VTB link is clicked, the page loads followed by a cool slide-up ad window at the bottom.  It displays an ad PLUS an image with your affiliate link that goes back to Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic.  So if anyone clicks the Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic image they see the site, and if they signup they become your referral.  It’s a great viral feature because you can build referrals without even trying to just by using the site.

Now every time the ad window displays (your Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic links get clicked) you earn credits that get YOUR ad displayed in the ad windows when other members’ links get clicked.  So the more clicks, the more times your ads get displayed.

And this works virally–meaning as you make referrals into Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic (either by promoting it or just using it and visitors click the Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic image on the ad window to join) you also earn ad credits on THEIR link clicks.  And this works up to 5 levels deep.  So you can create a massive amount of free ad views and web traffic by referring others to Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic also.

Since I just started using this (I sort of forgot I had it) I haven’t tested the full effect of a big downline yet. But, the rest of the site works just like it’s supposed to work–my links got clicked, I earned credits, and my ads got displayed.  What more could you ask?  Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic even tracked my results so I know how many clicks and how many ad displays.  Tracking is SO important, I’m glad they didn’t leave this feature out.

There is one more benefit and feature which might be the best of them all–downline emailing.  You can email your downline with offers, promotions, or whatever you like, and here is where VTB really works.  You can use the downline emailing feature often enough that it’s valuable to you, but not so often that it annoys your downline.  The part about this feature (and actually the credit earning too) is that it tells you exactly how long until you can mail again.  Now THAT’s cool.

Overall, I have to say I am impressed with Viral Traffic Bar – Increase Free Website Traffic.  It is simple yet powerful, and delivers on its promises.  I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to increase traffic and advertising.

Check it out here:

Viral Traffic Bar

What’s Keeping Me Up Late At Night!

I have been so busy lately that I’ve barely had time to breathe, much less time to carve out a few minutes to write. I apologize immensely for leaving you in the lurch! My big question here would be… did you miss me? Did you even know I was gone?

Seriously, I’ve been working hard. Those of you who know me well know that I’ve been having some great successes with the traffic sources I use and with new programs that I’ve added. Traffic Surge has taken a big part of my life lately as I’ve been creating letters to let everyone know about the changes there. I’ve also been working hard at marketing Traffic Surge. It’s a whole new ballgame. Traffic Surge Internet Marketers Resources Center has all the tools and training a body could want. We have some great giveaways and I’ll even include a copy of the Insiders Guide to Internet Marketing for you. Just download from here: http://yourprofitabletraffic.com/insidersguidetointernetmarketing.zip. You’ll find some great information whether you are a newbie or an experienced marketer. It is a zipped file, so once you download it to your desktop, simply right-click and drag it about a quarter inch to the right. You will then have the option to “Extract”, which is what you want. Simply extract the file and you should have a readable .pdf document. Enjoy it!

What else? Oh yes, I did a webinar last week on creating a blog. I think that everyone enjoyed it and learned some new techniques for self-promotion. I hope to be doing more and more webinars myself and with my business partner Lisa. My marketing team is growing, learning and earning. So, even though some people think this is a slow time of year, we are all seeing busier times. Probably due to the economy, more people than ever are looking for the way to add some extra income from home.

And with everything else I do, including family, I’ve also taken on adding some advertising clients. When I do my own advertising at safelists and sometimes text ad exchanges, I also advertise at the same time for my clients. It works out really well as it gives me another income source and it gives them additional advertising without having to do it themselves. A win-win for everyone!

That’s all for now!

Traffic Exchanges, Text Ad Exchanges & Safelists

When you first start an online business, you are faced with advertising your affiliate site or website on the Internet. You have quite a few choices in that advertising effort. The three that I want to discuss today are traffic exchanges, known as TE’s, text ad exchanges or ad exchanges, known as TAE’s, and safelists. And if you don’t understand the differences and what they are, don’t feel alone. It is sometimes a challenge to know what’s what. The purpose of this article is to help you with descriptions and definitions.

Traffic exchanges are sites where you “surf”, viewing one ad after another. These involve a timer, anywhere from 5 seconds to 20 seconds, and then clicking on an appropriate matching symbol. Most traffic exchanges have themes with games, and the symbols are all icons that relate to the theme. Some sites simply have colored blocks and you click on the color that matches. Most sites offer free and upgraded memberships. Upgraded members are given extra credits or impressions to their sites as incentives to upgrade. And you’re often rewarded, as an upgraded member, to earn when others upgrade under your link. Some sites pay as much as 70% commission on upgrades. As a general rule, we never recommend upgrading at a site that pays less than 50% commission. Another key factor in using traffic exchanges is the surf ratio. Surf ratios are the ratio between how often you have to view a site to have your site shown. I love the ones where I get 3 credits for viewing one site. The other factor to consider is that surfers may only see your offer for 6 seconds. So, splash pages and/or capture pages are the only thing to put into traffic. No one is surfing on TE’s to buy something. They are all there for the same reason you are, to earn credits. So, don’t waste your time trying to sell. Traffic exchanges generally charge monthly fees although you will find special offers from time to time or the best bet is to take the OTO (one time offer) when you first join. The OTO is usually going to have the best pricing you’ll get.

Text ad exchanges are somewhat of a marriage between safelists and traffic exchanges. Many offer the ability to post ads in either plain text or html. Text links are short ads that are only about 26 characters long plus the URL of your site. Some text ad exchanges also have the capability to surf ads. Banner ads, text ads, login ads, start pages, header and/or footer ads all keep you in public view. There is so much advertising available on text ad exchanges that it’s hard to explain it all. In addition, most text ad exchanges offer free or upgraded memberships, with the upgraded memberships quite often being life-time upgrades.

Here is a video I did on posting Text Ads efficiently.

Safelists are exactly what the title implies. These are lists of people who have agreed to receive emails from (exchange ads with) members of the safelist. Therefore, they’re considered “safe”. SPAM complaints aren’t a problem because rarely does anyone complain. They’ve all double opted-in. Even if someone does complain, the mail is not coming from your server or email address. Safelists range in size from only a few hundred to tens of thousands. Ads can be sent in plain text or in html. Generally, safelists are not as flashy as their advertising counterparts, TE’s or TAE’s, but at this time, their effectiveness is unmatched. With safelists, you will use 2 email accounts. One is your “contact” email and the other is your “list” email. You’ll be receiving a ton of email and should be using Gmail. (Get a Gmail account here: http://www.gmail.com) In fact, most sites require that you use Gmail. Once you’ve joined a safelist, you will be required to confirm the accounts by clicking a link in both your contact and list emails before being allowed to do a mailing. Most advertisers use the credit based mailer to send out ads in safelists. This type ad requires the recipient to click a link in the ad in order to be awarded credits. The idea is that people will actually read the ads so they get the credits.

No matter which advertising source you are using…and you should use them all…you must use capture and/or splash pages leading to capture pages. The best way to create your own personalized splash/capture pages is using Instant Splash. This is a free resource but you will want the PRO upgrade. It’s phenomenal.

If you remember, somewhere in another post or two, I’ve commented on the importance of building your list. You need to capture the name and email address of the visitors to your site in order for them to be on your list. Once they are on your list, you can stay in contact with them. The opportunity that you are currently advertising might have a special offer that you want to announce. Maybe you’ve found a great resource for banners or a really responsive ad site. If you have a list, you are in the driver’s seat. You can share whatever you want with that list.

Brand yourself. Build your list. Believe in yourself and what you do.

This Just In…

Good Friday Morning to You!

I just wanted to give you a quick update about Instant Splash, a resource on my Resources page.  (Yes, believe it or not, that’s where it’s located.  Go figure…)

What I wanted to tell you is that the webmaster, Carl Bailey, just added a feature where members can create their own customized Splash or Capture pages.  Carl is awesome, as he is always tweaking and improving Instant Splash.  It’s free to join, but you can upgrade for $9.95 a month, and earn $5.00 each month for everyone who sees that same value.  Even with my less than genius math skills, I can see that I’m earning in excess of 50% commission.

Instant Splash is really cool because everyone advertising on the Internet SHOULD be using a capture page to build their list.  As it stands, not only am I using this service at no cost, but I’m in profit.  Heck, Carl even GUARANTEES a profit within 72 hours… see details inside.

Here is a sample of a capture page I created using the original version (still in operation):  http://instantsplash.com/s/7423

Here is a sample of a Splash Page that Carl has created to promote the New Generation version:  http://instantsplash.com/s/23494

Here is a sample of a Splash Page that I created in just a few minutes using the New Generation version:  http://instantsplash.com/s/23925

Instant Splash has my highest recommendation.  You really NEED Instant Splash because you really MUST build your list!

Successfully blogging…
Nina