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I’ve recently stepped up my efforts to earn a little money from my online efforts. You’ve probably noticed some changes on this blog, as well as a couple of the others that I’m working on. Things are going well… At this rate, I’ve calculated my retirement year to be 2158. No, that’s not a typo. So let’s take a closer look at what’s working… and what isn’t.
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At the start of the month, I changed the links under my Interesting Stuff section to include some of the blogs/websites that I take a look at on a regular basis. I wanted to highlight them because I feel that it’s important to talk about what other people are doing. Part of blogging is the conversation… and each of these sites are adding to that conversation in their own unique way.
Those are just some of the blogs that I like to check out from time to time. I can’t keep up with everything, as I’m sure that very few people follow every word of this blog. But I like to catch up as best as I can when I have a little time. I certainly appreciate everything these people do, wish all of them the best of luck!
Oh and if there’s a site that you think I, or the other readers, would be interested in… just leave me a comment! I’d love to know what other people are reading in their spare time!
It’s amazing what you can find online sometimes. I was bored and looking through affiliate programs, and came across the Tauren Chef Cookbook. I don’t play World of Warcraft, but I’m familiar with the genre. I’ve played plenty of Dungeons and Dragons in my day… many of the Warcraft games… and even worked for Verant Interactive for a little bit on EverQuest. Oh… and I can cook! So something like this easily caught my eye and made me laugh.
How could you possibly not enjoy the likes of Delicious Cave Mold Cookies? Or Goblin Deviled Clams? Actually some of the stuff looks pretty neat! It’s all real food… it’s all been prepared in a kitchen, and isn’t merely fantasy recipes. Oh, and it’s not just for people who play WoW, either. If you’re looking for something a little different, then chances are, this e-book has it.
I don’t usually dabble too much in affiliate programs, but I think that I’m going to take a closer look at my Commission Junction and ClickBank accounts. I’m also waiting to hear back from a top pickling and canning company on my application to list them on my Lady Ashburnham Pickles site! 🙂
And yes… I fully intend to buy this e-book, so watch out the next time you come to visit. You just might be served Buzzard Bites, or Roast Raptor!
If anyone else dares to buy this e-book, please let me know how you make out with any of the recipes! Maybe we can exchange stories!
Order your copy of the Unofficial Tauren Chef Cookbook here.
With a little bit of trial… and a lot of error… I finally seem to have the affiliate marketing plugin 123LinkIt working properly on the blog!
I’m still a little confused as to why I had such a hard time with it. It’s really is not a difficult plugin to implement, but it definitely was not doing what it was supposed to be doing. After a couple of uninstalls and reinstalls, and forcing my WordPress installation to update again, it appears to be working. You can see an example of the plugin in action here on the Online Dating post.
So now that I have it working properly, it’s time to look at some of the old posts and see which ones might be suitable candidates for the plugin. And as I move forward, don’t be surprised to see the occasional link show up as you’re reading.
A small step forward in the building of an Empire…
<Now, after writing that… I’m running into the same problem again… arrrrrrrrrghhh… update to follow>
I’ve been trading a few emails back and forth with Yasmine Mustafa, founder of 123LinkIt, trying to get the plugin to work properly on this blog. We’re not quite there yet, but I’m confident that the issue will get resolved. Actually, at the moment, I have a nagging suspicion that it might be a user-related problem, rather than a plugin one. I have to do a little more testing to do with a different browser (something that I am unable to do at this moment), and if that’s what it turns out to be… open wide… insert foot. Hell, I might as well insert both of them! It’ll be a little embarrassing, considering I posted last month that I was giving up on the plugin. But that’s fine. When I look at some of the recent posts/tweets, the fact that I’m troubleshooting with a female CEO of a startup internet company, who doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall… yeah… I cringe. Welcome to my world…
I will say this, though… when I look at what they’re doing, I’m more than a little jealous. No, that’s not a job application. I’ll gladly leave that space to 123LinkIt. But the dream… yeah… Jealous.
And anyone who knows me well should understand what I mean by that.
It’s ironic. Just yesterday I tweeted about second chances. “Second chances are rare, and should not be squandered.” I was referring to something completely different in my life, but today I received a surprise request for a second chance of a different kind.
Yesterday’s post regarding my frustration with the WordPress affiliate marketing plugin called 123LinkIt apparently got noticed by someone at the company. Imagine my surprise when I checked the blog today and found 2 comments awaiting approval from Yasmine, the founder of 123LinkIt. Imagine how even MORE surprised I was when Yasmine identified a post that she considered a good candidate for the 123Linkit software, and asked me to try it again. This wasn’t simply a canned response. She had obviously read through the post, and even offered a few suggestions.
Well, I’m suitably impressed with the proactive response from 123LinkIt, and will grant Yasmine, and her team, a second chance… while I attempt to get the plugin working properly on this blog. As I said in my comment response, dealing with 123LinkIt feels very much like a grass roots effort, and not something from a faceless corporation. I sincerely hope that they will continue to maintain that direct interface with their users as they move forward and continue to grow.
I’ll keep you informed of my progress, and hopefully you will start to see the occasional sponsored affiliate link scattered throughout WhatAboutStephen.com.
It seemed like a fantastic little plugin for WordPress. Install the 123Linkit plugin, create an account at 123linkit.com, configure your API keys on the blog, write your post, and click the Add Affiliate button at the bottom of the post. Supposedly the program would scan your blog post for relevant keywords and generate a list of advertisers with embedded links directly into your post. If someone clicked on the link, you would receive a small amount. 123Linkit would act as a middleman between the blogger and the affiliate programs. Sounded wonderful in theory, but I have not been able to get a single affiliate link to appear anywhere on the blog. I’ve tried and tried. I don’t get an error. I just get nothing! If I write a post that doesn’t have appropriate keywords, it will tell me that it found no relevant keywords. That part works. But I have written a few posts specifically for 123Linkit, using keywords that I get from their website… and nothing. No error. Just nothing happens. Maybe it was a time delayed thing? Nope. Just nothing appears.
So I’m done playing with this. I’ll look at something else instead.[edited: Things got much better after this. Please read all the related posts, or try 123Linkit for yourself!]