Archive for November, 2010

24
Nov

Safelist Genie Review

Author: Jerry Iannucci

About a week ago I started seeing some ads for a new program that was just released called “Safelist Genie” which is supposed to help you manage all of your safelist accounts.

Having written a book on safelist marketing (“Safelist Marketing Tactics“) I thought Safelist Genie would be a good product to buy and review here on my blog.  Luckily, I didn’t need to buy anything because the program comes with a 14-day free trial which is more than enough time to see exactly what it can do.

Safelist Genie is a stand-alone software product that works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (sorry, there’s no Mac version).  It was created by the same people who did TE Browser.

Before I continue I should probably point out that safelist marketing has been a daily part of my marketing routine for the past two years.  Having spent so much time doing it I have naturally developed my own style and method for handling the tedious task of reading credit emails and submitting my ads every day.  It’s not fun, but it works.

It was my hope that Safelist Genie would be a good enough for me to recommend to my readers who don’t already have a system of their own to hopefully make using safelists a little bit easier for them.

So I signed-up for Safelist Genie with high expectations.   I was even prepared to buy the “one time offer” but I was surprised to find that there was none.  Instead I continued with the free 14-day trial and installed the program on my computer.

I don’t know about you but I like to jump right into new programs and start pushing buttons.  I guess I like to learn from experience.  Unfortunately that just isn’t possible with Safelist Genie.

After staring blankly at each of the feature screens for a few minutes I finally came to the “Help/Guide” section which contains the user manual for Safelist Genie.  You must read the manual if you want any chance of figuring out how to setup and use this program.  And good luck getting through the manual without scratching your head in confusion more than once.

My first task was to setup my pop3 email so that the program could download my safelist emails.  I admit that I am one of the few people who still checks their emails with an offline email program.  Because of this I do have some experience with managing my pop3 email setting but I still had a hard time configuring this thing.

After several failures I finally guessed what “port” I was supposed to use by trying the one in the manual’s example.  With my pop3 settings in place I selected a few safelists to test.

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The safelists page is basically a giant spreadsheet containing a list of all the supported safelists.  If you enter your username and password into the spreadsheet and click the “update” button the program will retrieve your safelist info… sorta.

As you can see in the image above the software was able to tell me the current mailing limit and even how many referrals I have but it failed to tell me how many credits I have left.  Don’t ask me what “daily use” and “credits level” are because it failed to fill anything in there too.

Checking my email for the selected safelists wasn’t too difficult once I got my email settings correct (there is no error message if they are wrong, it just does nothing).  However I also found myself confused just trying to read the emails.  Back to the manual!

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As you can see in the image above (click it to make it bigger) the downloaded emails appear in the top frame.  To open an email you click it once and the email will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen.  To access the credit link click the email twice and the link will be opened in the bottom right corner of the screen.

To speed things up Safelist Genie has 6 different browser windows that you can use.  So you can double click an email to open the credit link, switch to a new reader, and open another credit link.  This saves you time because instead of waiting for the safelist timer to count down you can open up 6 credit links at once.

While this may be a huge time saver for earning credits it certainly doesn’t help the people who are using safelists to get their ads seen.  The actual email becomes virtually meaningless as it is confined to the small bottom left corner of the screen.  While the size of the window can be adjusted to show more of the email it isn’t necessary if all you are after is the credit link.

Even if you wanted to read the emails it’s almost impossible.  It seems that Safelist Genie will only displays emails in html format.  If the email was sent as a regular text email it is virtually unreadable here.

The credit url window isn’t much better.  While it can be resized to make the page more readable I suspect most people will only be seeing the very top of the pages being promoted.

It’s not all bad though.

The safelist submission tool is actually pretty cool.  Once you setup your ads you can simply select the safelist you want to submit to from a pull-down menu and push “Go”.  The submission form immediately appears with your ad already filled in.  What’s cool is that it also fills in the maximum credits to use and even sets the “Save This Message?” button to “No” (I hate always having to change that).  All you need to do is click the “submit”  button and move on to the next safelist.

It usually takes me about 15-20 minutes to submit to my 25+ safelists every day.  I’m guessing once I have this all setup Safelist Genie can probably do the job for me in about 5-10 minutes.

I am interested in hearing what safelist owners think of this submission method though.  Automatically loading the safelist submission form does save time but it also means less revenue for the safelist owners as fewer people will be logging into the site normally and bypassing any offers.

Overall thoughts?

Pretty disappointing.  While I can see the value of some of the features this program is just way too complicated for me to recommend for the casual user.  The interface is neither intuitive or user-friendly.  However, if you have the patience to figure out how everything works I can see how Safelist Genie can be a huge time saver.  I just hope giving members the ability to read emails in tiny windows doesn’t kill the effectiveness of safelist advertising in the future.

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22
Nov

Social Surfing Secrets Launches Today

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Happy Monday!

Are you taking advantage of free social media resources available to you right now to grow your business?

As more people begin to discover the benefits of social networking it has become necessary for us to evolve the way we do business online to take advantage of these new techniques without being left behind.  One area where these changes are having a major effect right now is in the traffic exchange industry.

To help you take advantage of these new techniques my friends Jon Olson and John Guanzon are releasing a new ebook today called “Social Surfing Secrets”.

You can download your free copy starting today at 12 Noon EST from this link:

http://www.socialsurfingsecrets.com?rid=29

Be sure to grab their rebranding offer when you first join. This ebook is sure to be passed around for months to come, the rebranding potential is HUGE for Social Surfing Secrets!

Limited Time Thank You Gift!

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10
Nov

Stefan Berg Launches The Lead Magnet

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Happy Wednesday!

Just a quick note to let you know about a brand new list builder that is being launched today.  This time it’s from my long-time friend and marketing  comrade Stefan Berg.

Here’s the link:
http://theleadmagnet.com/index.php?r=housedawg

I know.  These new list builders keep getting released but so far they have all been producing incredible results so I see no reason not to keep using them.

Stefan has really gone the extra distance though to make this list builder unique and I think you will really benefit from his hard work.

What makes The Lead Magnet special?

How About…

* Build YOUR List Bigger and Better
* Get a Professional Lead Generator
* Promote Your Affiliate Programs
* Get Pro Tools to Build your List
* New Products to Build Your Business
* Access to the mailer Every 3 days
* Add your Gift To Build Your List

The Lead Magnet is being launched today at 10 AM EST.

Join Now and get 700 free Credits and a Special Bonus just for signing up!

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9
Nov

Here is the latest list of upcoming JV giveaway events that are seeking contributors as of November 9, 2010.

JV Giveaway Events

Nov 12 – Golden Bash Giveaway
Contributors: 95  Gifts: 74

*Nov 15 – Greedy Giveaway 6
Contributors: 237  Gifts: 96

Nov 15 – Shop4Bizness Giveaway
Contributors: 141  Gifts: 101

Nov 19 – Gold Nugget Giveaway
Contributors: 213  Gifts: 123

Nov 21 – $7 Global Giveaway
Contributors: 91  Gifts: 91

Nov 22 – Local Marketing Works
Contributors: 114  Gifts: 6

Nov 30 – Merry Christmas Giveaway
Contributors: 108  Gifts: 62

*Dec 1 – 30 Days of Christmas Giveaway
Contributors: 185  Gifts: 95

Dec 1 – A Christmas Carol Giveaway
Contributors: 82  Gifts: 50

*Dec 13 – Apsense Countdown
Contributors: 318  Gifts: 20

*Recommended

You can find a complete listing of upcoming giveaways on the events calendar at: http://www.GiveawayTactics.com

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8
Nov

The Doubler Scams Are Back

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Happy Monday!

So a few weeks ago I went on a little rant with my blog post about all the latest wave of ponzi schemes that had been popping up in Sweeva.  In case you missed it, here’s the link:

http://www.getrichwithjerry.com/ponzi-scheme-frustrations

Since then I have made it a point to call out the scam sites whenever I see them.  It’s been a lot of fun and I think it has put a spotlight on a lot of the people promoting this junk.  I suspect most of the people promoting these things are ignorant to how bad they are but at least I think people are starting to think twice before investing their money in them.

This all started with with the “profit sharing” scams which are now popping up all over the place.  However, now it appears that “doublers” are starting to make a come back.

Doublers are nothing new.  In fact they were quite the rage a few years ago.

Here’s how a doubler works.  It’s basically a straight line matrix.  In a perfect system you pay your entry fee and you receive a position at the bottom of the matrix.  Every time 2 new people join the matrix the person at the top receives double their money back and is removed from the list.

So if you are in position number #1, you double your money when spots #2 and #3 are filled.  The person in the #2 spot doubles their money when positions #4 and #5 are filled.

Easy right?

These things move like crazy when they first launch because everybody wants to be in the top spot.  However things quickly slow down as the number of members needed to get paid gets higher and higher.

The person in the #50 spot needs to wait until member #100 joins to double their money.  The person in the #100 spot needs to wait until member #200 joins.  #1000 needs to wait for #2000.

Do you see where I am going with this?

I said this is how it works in a perfect system.  In reality doublers are never a perfect 1:2 ratio.  The people running the site need to get paid too, right?  Then we add in affiliate commissions to get people to promote these sites and it really ends up being closer to a 1:3 ratio.

This is what is called a money game.  If you join early you can get lucky and make money from the people who join after you.  However if you join too late you may find that you will never get your money back because all doublers eventually stall out.

Why do doublers stall?

We already know it is better to join a doubler right when it launches.  Well the people running these sites know this too.  There is no reason for them to continue promoting a doubler that already has a few thousand members in it when it is far more profitable to launch a brand new doubler.  This happens over and over again.

Most of the members know that doublers eventually stall out too.  Would you rather invest your money into a doubler that already has a few thousand members or wait and join that brand new doubler that is launching tomorrow?

I used to follow doublers quite closely when they were popular a few years ago.  I have never seen a doubler last for more than 1 month before stalling out.  I’ve seen a couple of really popular doublers last a few weeks.  In reality most doublers only last for a few days.  I’ve even witnessed more than a few that only lasted a few hours before stalling.

When a doubler stalls the vast majority of members will never get their money back.  Yes, some people will make money but they do so at the expense of many others.  This is a classic ponzi scheme and is considered quite illegal.

I’ve only seen two new doubler sites but you can bet your money that over the next few weeks we are going to see dozens of new ones being launched.  Lots of money is going to be changing hands.  The owners of these sites are going to make a killing while thousands of people are going to lose their hard earned money.

So to summarize… doublers are bad, mmmkay?

Just say no to doublers.

Now, how long do you think it will be before “randomizers” make a come back?

5
Nov

My Favorite Internet Marketing Forums

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Welcome back.

The other day I posted an article on my blog that was all about using Internet marketing forums.  In case you missed it, you can read it here:

http://www.getrichwithjerry.com/using-internet-marketing-forums/

I had intended to promote some of my favorite forums in the article but it was getting kinda long so I decided to save that information for a new post.

So what are the best Internet marketing forums?

Probably the largest and most popular Internet marketing forum is the Warrior Forum.  This is probably one of the very first forums I joined when I got into Internet marketing.  It’s extremely active and filled with a wealth of information for new and seasoned marketers.

To be honest, I can’t keep up with everything happening on the Warrior Forum.  There’s literally hundreds of new posts there every day.  It boggles the mind to imagine how anyone can find the time to follow all of the conversations happening there and still manage to get any work done.

But still, if you are willing to put in the effort the Warrior Forum is a great place to learn almost every aspect of Internet marketing from people who are actually doing it.

Digital Point is another extremely active Internet marketing forum filled with great information.

But my personal favorite forum is Net Marketing Forum.

Net Marketing Forum is targeted more towards the hit exchange side of the industry which is right up my alley.  It’s not nearly as active as the Warrior Forum or Digital Point but that also makes it much easier to keep up with.

Just because Net Marketing Forum is smaller than those other sites doesn’t make it any less valuable.  You’ll still find heavy hitters there such as Jon Olson, Tim Linden, Tony Tezak, Mike Paetzold, Robert Puddy, Soren Sordansen, and Paul Kinder (just to name a few).  Of course marketers of all experience levels are welcome.

Net Marketing Forum just recently updated their script and now it really is one of the most interesting forums I am a member of.  The new Net Marketing Forum has taken it’s social networking ability to a whole new level with a wealth of new features.

One thing I would like to ask… if you do decide to join Net Marketing Forum there is a space that asks you to enter the username of the personal who referred you.  If you can, please enter my username: Jerry Iannucci.

I don’t get anything for it other than a little extra street cred but that’s all part of the fun of using a site like Net Marketing Forum.

4
Nov

Using Internet Marketing Forums

Author: Jerry Iannucci

One aspect of Internet marketing that I suspect most newbie marketers tend to neglect is the importance of participating in online Internet marketing forums.

Why are Internet marketing forums so important?

There is no better way to learn how to make money online than by interacting with the people who are actually doing it.  Internet marketing forums are filled with people who are more than happy to answer your questions or help you out with a problem you are having.  In most cases all you need to do is ask.

There is also the networking aspect of participating in Internet marketing forums.  It always helps to get to know who the big players in any industry are but it’s even more important that they get to know who you are.  Internet marketing forums are a great way to socialize and interact with these people get to get to know them on a more personal level.

And of course there is the traffic!

While you usually can’t openly promote your affiliate links on Internet marketing forums you can often add them to your signature which appears beneath all of your posts.  The more posts you add to the forum the more likely your signature will be noticed by other forum members.  If you’re lucky the thread you are posting in might even get picked up by some of the major search engines giving you even more valuable traffic to your links.

But no spamming is allowed!

You can’t join an Internet marketing forum with the goal of getting your links into as many threads as possible.  Most members can spot someone doing this right away.  I can guarantee you won’t last long if you approach Internet marketing forums this way.

When joining a new Internet marketing forum it’s a good idea to just read the new posts for a few days to get a feel for the conversations there and to see who are the most active members.

Before you start posting it’s always a good idea to introduce yourself to the other members.  There is usually a specific part of the forum dedicated to new user introductions.  Just tell everyone a little bit about yourself so they will be more likely to recognize you when you start adding to the conversations later.

Of course make sure you read and understand any forum rules before you start posting.

Once you have a feel for the forum and you’ve introduced yourself you can start adding to the conversations.  Just be yourself and try to add relative content to the conversations.  Try to avoid adding one line responses like “I agree”.

It can take some time to start seeing results from participating in Internet marketing forums.  That’s why it is important to try and stay active and visit your forums at least once every few days.  It might take awhile but the information learned from forums and the relationships built from them can become invaluable to you in the future.

And just for fun… here’s a little video I found from the 1950’s with a less than serious way of explaining how to get started with posting in forums.  Enjoy!

2
Nov

Adchiever Begins Pre-Launch Today

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know about a brand new viral list builder that is being launched by my good friend Darren Olander called Adchiever.

Here’s the link:
http://adchiever.com/?a=69

Yes, I know there’s been a lot of new viral list builders launching lately but Adchiever is different.  Darren has put together a mailer that actually rewards you for being an active member.  This is like nothing else I have seen before and if Adchiever works the way I think it will you should expect to see the responses to your mailings go through the roof.

Pre-launch for Adchiever begins today at Noon EST!

If you join Adchiever right now I even have some special pre-launch promo codes you can use. These are only good for the next 48 hours so don’t miss these!

Promo Code: 48hours_login
(this will give you 2,000 login ads)

Promo Code: 48hours_banner
(this will give you 2,000 banner impressions)

Darren is also offering a killer discount on the Adchiever upgrade.  You will see the discounted offer only once after joining so pay extra close attention.  You won’t get a second chance at a deal like this.

The official launch date for Adchiever isn’t until next week so this is your chance to get a head-start on your competitors.  After next week I have a feeling we are going to be seeing Adchiever everywhere!

Remember, the Adchiever promo codes only last for 48 hours, so if you wait to join and then try them later, don’t blame me if they are not accepted.

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1
Nov

The Best Safelists for November 2010

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Happy Monday and Happy November!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for another update on the best safelist and viral list builders that I am currently using.

So last month someone asked me what I dislike most about safelists.  I didn’t have to think about it too long before telling them how much I hate the 24-hour submission rule.  You see, most safelists and viral list builders limit your mailing to once ever 24 hours, or 48 hours, or 72 hours.  Basically it means submitting at the same time every day and not a minute earlier.  Unfortunately no matter how punctual you are you almost always end up a few minutes late which pushes your start time later and later every day.  Eventually you find yourself up at 3:00 am waiting to submit your sites so you can go to bed.

Due to the 24-hour submission time I probably lost at least 4 or 5 days of mailings last month.  I’m sorry, but I am not always thinking about safelists at 3:00 am and if I forget it’s going to be at least another 8 hours before I am awake.  It seems like having an 18-hour submission cycle would make life so much easier, but that’s just me.

That’s enough ranting.. what else is new?

Quick List Profits launched at the beginning of last month.  New mailers always seem to generate a lot of excitement when they launch and this one was no exception.  They already have 3539 verified members and placed really well in my ranking below.  Let’s hope the momentum continues.

I’ve been bad.  One of the first sites to launch using the script that Quick List Profits is on was called Instant Profit List.  At the time I didn’t know how to categorize the site and so it’s stats weren’t being saved along with my other safelists.  It turns out Instant Profit List has been one of my most responsive mailers over the last few months but I have neglected to include it in my reports.  That ends today!  Check the stats below to see how well Instant Profit List is performing.

List Building Maximizer made an interesting move last month.  To celebrate their 10,000th member they decided to offer $10 solo ads for 10 days (they are usually $25).  This resulted in a flood of solo ads being sent to my inbox every day.  If that wasn’t bad enough as soon as the promotion ended they started offering $12 solo ads for 12 days.  This should have made the regular mailer virtually worthless but surprisingly my stats weren’t down too much.  It did just miss making it onto the stats list below but only because of the two new additions.

Speaking of stats…

What you see below are my link tracking stats for several splash pages that I am promoting on a rotator in various safelists and viral list builders.  Yes, I have upgraded memberships in almost all of these sites so take that in consideration if your numbers aren’t as high as mine.

Total Clicks Unique Clicks Action Sales CTA CTS
List Joe 2,223 1,532 80 18 5.22% 1.17%
StateoftheArtMailer 4,060 2,048 70 17 3.42% 0.83%
AdTactics 2,901 773 72 14 9.31% 1.81%
Quick List Profits 1,508 1,009 62 13 6.14% 1.29%
List Zillion 1,313 708 43 12 6.07% 1.69%
Power Profit List 1,104 590 37 12 6.27% 2.03%
DownlineBuilderDirect 1,049 582 52 11 8.93% 1.89%
Elite Safelist 2,031 886 51 10 5.76% 1.13%
Instant Profit List 1,135 625 42 10 6.72% 1.60%
ViralAdStore 1,355 706 40 10 5.67% 1.42%

“Clicks” is how many people viewed my splash page.  “Action” is how many people clicked the link on my splash page to go to the main site.  “Sales” is how many people joined my site.  CTA and CTS are “clicks to action” and “clicks to sale”.  I ranked these safelists by sales but it is also important to look at the other numbers to determine how responsive each safelist really is.

Considering how many days I missed last month those numbers aren’t looking too bad.

Big congrats to List Joe for making it back to the top again just barely beating out State of the Art Mailer.  These two sites are both equally awesome and I am glad to be a member of both.

I would also like to welcome Quick List Profits and Instant Profit List as the newest additions to the top list.  As I mentioned earlier Instant Profit List should have been added months ago but better late than never.

I guess that’s it for this month.

As usual these stats are the result of my own efforts using my own splash pages.  Depending on what you are promoting and how often to are promoting it your results may vary.  Of course the only way to know is by tracking your own ads.  You can get free link tracker that will track all of your ads from TE Toolbox.

 The Best Safelists for November 2010