Blog Rush Updated

The long awaited Blog Rush update is here.

In the past couple of weeks, Blog Rush went through every blog that had joined and approved (or disapproved) each manually. A large number of blogs were removed from the network for various reasons. The goal was to get rid of spam blogs, but a number of legitimate blogs that looked a bit like spam to the reviewer were also removed. The make money online niche was subject to especially high standards.

The latest update provides some very nice statistics. You can see the number of times that each of your posts has been shown on the Blog Rush widget, and the number of times that someone clicked through to each post.

There’s also a metric called “Buzz”, that tells you how hot a topic is. Buzz is a combination of many factors, including click through rate, time on the site, etc, all compared to similar stats for other blogs in your niche.

You can also prevent your posts from being syndicated. Unfortunately, you can only do this by putting in a partial title. It’d be nice to be able to put in a category (for example, I might exempt my Site News category). Or, if there are posts you don’t want to show in your widget, then you can prevent them by entering keywords. So if you run a camera review blog, you can put in keywords to prevent other camera review posts from appearing in your BlogRush widget. Or you can block posts from specific blogs, such as competing blogs.

The most awaited update isn’t going to be live until November 2nd, though. That’s more specific categories for blogs, so that you can more closely target where your posts are shown. This will improve the click through rate by showing your posts on closely related blogs.

While there’s been a lot of controversy over Blog Rush, particularly over their referral scheme which earns you credits 10 levels deep, I’ve been happy with the results. I’ve always gotten a nice trickle of traffic from Blog Rush, averaging 3 or 4 a day. That figure has been rising in recent days.

If you’re not a member already, and want to check it out, click here for BlogRush.

MBPA Fire Sale

The folks over at MPBAdvertising have apparently been sued for sending emails to a safelist subscriber.

The subscriber himself never complained, but the company that owns the domain name his email was going through is the one behind the lawsuit. This is a nice gray area of the law, and a precedent will be established in this case. Whether an email provider can sue based on the amount of email a subscriber has chosen to receive.

Safelist owners everywhere are clearly hoping that MPBAdvertising comes out on top.

To raise money for their legal fees, they’re holding the MPBA Fire Sale. They’ve basically asked a lot of interested parties to donate products they can sell.

Some of the products you could get include:

o) A lifetime pro membership at the Autopilot Advertising Ad Directory, normally $197
o) The Butterfly Marketing manuscript, available elsewhere for $97
o) Backlink Submitter, normally $67
o) 10,000 ad credits at Free-Ad Depot, normally $125
o) AdTrackz (ad tracking software), normally $77
o) Exit Profit Generator, normally $15
o) Free lifetime pro memberships to over 200 safelists
o) A whole bunch of private label rights/master resale rights products
o) Other advertising credits at various traffic exchanges and advertising sites
o) At least three link cloaking software packes (I may have missed one or two)

And a bunch more stuff I’m not going to even try and list individually.

The bottom line is that, unlike most of these sorts of packages that give you the same old ebooks with master resale rights, you’re getting some real value in this package. Advertising credits you can use, lifetime pro upgrades at more safelists than you could probably ever use, solo ads and upgrades at traffic exchanges, etc.

For an Internet marketer, this package is truly useful. And I’m posting this early today, because they’re using a sliding scale for the cost.

Today, you get all of the above for $47. Tomorrow (or Thursday, I’m not sure which) it goes up to $77. Another two days after that, $97, and so on.

Their goal is to raise as much money as quickly as possible for legal fees, and they’ve put together a useful Internet marketing package to do it with. I could go on, but regular readers will know I don’t hesitate to knock packages that fail to give you value. I think this one provides more than enough value for the price.

Click here to go to the MPBA Fire Sale.

The Latest At Yuwie

Yuwie has added a new feature, called Shop.

It’s basically a tab where you can buy items online from, Walmart, and others. Yuwie gets a commission when you shop through those links, and those commissions add to the amount paid per 1,000 page views for the month.

This added feature shows that the Yuwie admins don’t understand their target market. The early adopters of Yuwie are not the people who like to use sites like MySpace, but the people who want to make money online free. The same sorts of people who would do offers at Cash Crate or click ads at Clix Sense.

Those sorts of people are fairly sophisticated, compared to the average person who isn’t into making money online but just wants to socialize and make a little on the side. They’ll realize that, while they could buy through Yuwie’s links, they will get only a very small portion of the commission back out again. They’ll also realize that they could open up a My Power Mall or a Big Crumbs store, do the same shopping, and get a much larger commission out for themselves.

Yuwie seems to be expecting members to voluntarily lose money in order to support the site. While that might work if Yuwie had been building a strong sense of community all along, the addition of interstitial ads, and the fairly arbitrary enforcement of their “no advertising” policy, have left Yuwie members with no real loyalty to the site.

Yuwie could have added a paid offers section, paid the normal sort of commission directly to the person who did the offer, and allowed Yuwie’s part of the commission to add to the amount paid per page view every month. That would have done quite well, as people would get paid what they could get paid at Cash Crate for the offer, and then also had a higher Yuwie check due to increasing Yuwie’s profits.

Properly understanding your user base is critical for any membership site. Failing to understand your user base leads to putting forth time and effort developing content nobody really needs or wants.

Page Rank Updated

Well, the long awaited Page Rank update seems to have happened, or be in the process of happening.

I’ve said before that Page Rank isn’t all that important. It’s a visible way of measuring inbound links to your website, and so has been used by advertisers to help set advertising costs for sites. But it’s a minor factor in your search engine results positioning, and really shouldn’t be something you obsess about increasing.

But, as Carolyn mentioned in a previous comment, it’s nice to have something higher than 0. You can see what your page rank is at various data centers by going to For example, it looks like has a new page rank of 3.

Online Opportunity comes up as a 4 in all the data centers except for a few. Since the previous page rank was 0, I’d say that the new page rank will be 4. This is due in part to the link building campaign I did over the summer, submitting to a large number of directories. I built those links to get the SEO benefit from the links, not to build page rank, but you can’t help but build page rank when you add more inbound links.

Way back when, I’d announced a contest to guess the new page rank. At the time, I thought the next update would be in August. We’re a couple of months late, but a contest is a contest.

Rosa, over at Gaje Master, was the only one with the correct guess. So Rosa wins the prize!

We never did figure out what the prize was, though. If you have any requests, Rosa, let me know. Keep in mind that I’m currently backlogged on doing work on Lori’s blog from the last contest, so anything that requires much work will probably wait a while.

A Blogging Roundup

It’s been far too long since I gave my RSS reader any attention, and through it the blogs I’m subscribed to. Here are the highlights:

Andrew Whee has a post about Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service, a way to hire people to do tasks. Andrew suggests article submission as a possible use, but with sites like Directory Maximizer already providing good rates on that plus experienced submission, I wouldn’t recommend it. Traffic Exchange surfing might allow you to get more advertising for your dollar than a pro upgrade, but the terms and conditions say you can’t solicit users to join other sites. So they’d already need to be traffic exchange members. It’ll take some time to see how to best use this sort of service to cheaply outsource Internet marketing chores.

Rachel has a post detailing some of her experiences getting started with Yahoo! Search Marketing. I had similar problems when I gave them a try, so I’m glad to see I’m not the only one!

Andy Beard has a good article on the recent Google penalty to sites they feel are participating in link schemes designed to increase Page Rank. I’ve been disappointed with Google over and over in issues like this. Rather than try to fix their algorithm to discount suspect links, they apply arbitrary penalties to sites. Granted, penalties are easier to implement, but they’re not the right way to go about it.

And as a counterpoint, the post over at Dosh Dosh gives the argument that Google Page Rank doesn’t matter. I’ve often said that Page Rank is overrated, and here’s a great post that explains why.

Over at CashBulge is a post about a horrible hosting experience. This sort of post is a wakeup call to any blogger who picks hosting based on price. At the very least, go look at the hosting company’s support forum to see what sort of complaints are getting made by other customers. Reliable web hosting is critical for anyone doing business online.

That’s a quick look through what caught my eye in my RSS reader today. It was all a bit depressing actually, so here’s hoping my next run through the blogs I subscribe to turns up all happy posts!

Running An Ethical Online Service

There are a lot of online services that provide value to Internet marketers.

Traffic exchanges, safelists, autoresponders, ad trackers, and more, all provide some value to people who are looking to market a business or affiliate program online. Especially for those just starting out, free services provide a way to get going in online marketing without going broke.

The people running these services need to be ethical about it, though.

Starting up a traffic exchange, for example, is dead simple these days. Go over to Shark Studio, and for $249 you can get a custom site design along with popular traffic exchange scripts. Add in hosting, and you’re in business.

But what business are you in? Some people start up a traffic exchange to get into the list building business. Their business is not providing the service to make money from pro upgrades, but providing the service to get email addresses of other Internet marketers. Then they’ll promote popular programs to that list.

Think about it. They start a traffic exchange, where people invest either money or time to promote the latest affiliate program. On the exchange, it isn’t that big a deal if multiple people promote the same program. Everyone has an equal chance of their page being the one that finally causes someone to sign up.

Then the traffic exchange owner comes along, promotes the same program in an email to every member of the traffic exchange, and offers bonus hits in the traffic exchange for signing up. All of a sudden, anyone who would have even the remotest interest in joining has joined under the owner, and the people who are using the traffic exchange to promote the program are left with no potential customers.

Part of the problem with scenarios like this is that some people don’t respect why someone provides their email.

When you sign up at a traffic exchange and provide your email, you’re giving permission for the traffic exchange owner to contact you about your traffic exchange account. You are not giving permission for them to spam you with any and all affiliate programs they feel like promoting.

That’s what I mean by an “ethical” online service. Provide the service, and use the service yourself to promote your own programs, but don’t spam the members just because you have their email addresses. Respect the reason you were given the members’ emails.

There are many ethically run Internet marketing services around. When you join a service that seems like it’s more an excuse for list building than service providing, vote by leaving that service for one of the ethical ones.

Short-Term Gain Versus Long-Term Programs

There’s quite the divide among ways to make money online.

Some are great for short-term gains, and others are great for long-term profits. If you don’t recognize which is which, then you may find yourself disappointed.

A short-term gain program will pay you some amount of money for getting someone, perhaps you or perhaps a referral, to perform an action. That action may be signing up for a newsletter, or buying an item, or whatever. You get that money once, and that’s it.

The benefit from short-term gain programs is that it’s usually easy to get someone to do something once. There’s even a saying that’s popular in the United States, “I’ll try anything once!” The disadvantage, of course, is that to continue earning you need to keep getting new people to perform the action.

A long-term program will pay you some amount of money for as long as another person continues to perform an action. This action is usually paying a membership fee, of which you get a portion for referring them. Or it may, as in the case of Yuwie, be participating in the site for free.

The benefit from long-term programs is that you continue to earn from your past efforts. The disadvantage is that it’s harder to keep someone performing an action over and over again than it is to get them to do it once. And the short-term benefit from these programs is often so small as to be trivial.

If you go into a short-term gain program expecting long-term profits, you’ll be disappointed. And if you go into a long-term program expecting your immediate benefit to be large, you’ll be disappointed.

I’ve seen this happen with a number of long-term programs, such as Yuwie or Traffic Wave. People join expecting short-term gains, and never stay around long enough to experience the long-term profits.

There’s a place in everyone’s online marketing efforts for both short-term and long-term programs. Short-term gains can be converted into the membership fees for long-term programs until they start to show a profit, and also into paid advertising when you’re ready to get into that arena.

Take a look at what you’re marketing online, and the mix of short-term and long-term programs. If you don’t have at least one long-term program in there, you might want to consider shopping around for one.

The How To Get Paid For Free Subscribers Roundup

This post is a collection of sites that pay you to recruit free subscribers.

An example would be the old way that the Power of 10 was going to work, paying you $1 for every free subscriber you recruited. These sorts of programs are attractive, because it’s easier to recruit a free subscriber than it is to recruit a paid subscriber. The Power of 10 has since changed it’s plan to only pay for paid subscribers.

There are precious few other sites that work like this that I’ve found, but here’s a list of the best.

Resource A Day

Resource A Day pays you $0.40 for every free subscriber you recruit. They also pay you $10 for subscribing.

Before you get too excited about getting your $10 for subscribing and going out to eat on it, the minimum payout at the site is $50. So you need to earn an extra $40 from recruiting free subscribers to get that free $10 out.

Luckily, they do payout on multiple levels. You earn $0.20 on second level referrals, $0.05 on third level referrals, and $0.03 on fourth level referrals. If you recruit 6 new free subscribers, and they each recruit 6, and so on, you’ll have made about $60, plus your $10 for a total of $70.

This is clearly not a get rich quick program, but you do get paid for recruiting free subscribers. If you have a website that gets decent traffic, you could make some extra money each month from it.

Click here for Resource A Day. also pays you to recruit free subscribers.

Rather than set a dollar amount on each subscriber, though, the site gives you a share of the site’s profits just for subscribing. Each additional free subscriber you recruit gets you another share of the profits.

There will be a paid option at the site, too, and you’ll earn commissions on any of your referrals who opt for the paid membership.

Since the site is in prelaunch, you can signup here to reserve your share now, but you’ll have to wait to see what it’s worth.

Clix Sense

Clix Sense is a paid-to-read site that pays you to read advertisements. Clix Sense is one of the better PTR programs, and has a steady stream of advertisements waiting to be viewed for $0.01 each.

But they also pay you $0.10 for every free member who joins through your referral link. There’s an upgraded membership that makes a lot of sense if you’re going to work the site on the PTR aspect, and you get $5.00 if any of your referrals upgrade.

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I ran across some other programs that pay you to recruit free subscribers when I was researching this post, but they seemed a bit spammy. With the above programs, you can safely use your primary email address and not worry about getting spam emails.

I also have not included on this list sites that pay you for free subscribers, but require conditions other than a minimum payout to get your money, or sites that require new members to complete offers.

If anyone runs across other legitimate programs that pay for free subscribers, let me know and I’ll add them to this list.

The Power of 10 Launches (Finally)

The Power of 10 launched finally.

For anyone who didn’t read the original review, the site is an Internet marketing newsletter that paid you to recruit free subscribers. The launch of this particular program is a textbook example of how not to launch a program.

Since we’re here to learn how to make money online, it’s useful to look at program launches that aren’t smooth in order to see what to avoid in our own.

I’ll Get Back To You Next Week

The Power of 10 had an original launch date back in August. That date was postponed to September, and then again to October. Their final launch-or-we’ll-give-all-the-money-back date came and went, and they finally launched a week or so after that.

All this postponing of the launch date ruins their credibility. It doesn’t matter if they know Internet marketing inside and out, their subscribers who have been in from the beginning will now read anything they write with skepticism.

We’ll Pay You For Free Subscribers…or Maybe Not

Another example of changing their plan in mid-stream is that they now only pay commissions on paid subscribers, and only to paid subscribers. This takes them out of the make money online free market and into the MLM market.

Since a great many of their initial subscribers signed up to make money for free, that’s a bad thing. Some may opt for the $20 one-time payment to earn commissions, since you’d only need to recruit 20 people to break even, but most will not.

The Power of 10 does still provide the free Internet marketing newsletter, you just don’t earn from referring free subscribers anymore.

PowerOf10 Step by Step System

They’ve been hyping this system all during the pre-launch, and it’s finally available. It’s a short ebook that is supposed to show you how to earn $111,110 in 60 days. The basic idea is that you pay to upgrade at The Power of 10, then you recruit 10 others in 10 days who also pay to upgrade. Then you help your referrals get their 10 upgrades in 10 days, and so on.

The logic is inescapable, but ignores the reality that most referrals won’t upgrade, and most who do won’t be able to recruit their 10, no matter how well you mentor them. And you can’t personally recruit their 10 for them in any reasonable amount of time.

The ebook does cover various free methods of advertising online, and even gives good advice about when to get into paid advertising (only after you’ve started to earn from your free advertising).

The main purpose of the ebook, though, is to get you to join GDI, a $10 a month webhosting company. GDI pays you $1 for each referral, down 5 levels, just like The Power of 10. But GDI pays each month, because it costs members $10 a month to keep their web hosting.

To their credit, the Power of 10 people have put a rotator link into the ebook. So when you sign up for GDI through the ebook link, you then send them your GDI username to get yourself into the rotator. So you’ll have a chance to get GDI referrals from other Power of 10 subscribers.

The main problem with recruiting people to GDI on the basis of how much money they can make is that it is an MLM. And ultimately, the people on the bottom pay money out without making their monthly fee back. Since they joined to make money, they’ll quit, which leaves their sponsors not making money. So they’ll quit, and so on, up the line.

To make money long-term with any MLM, you must recruit people who truly need the service being provided and are willing to pay for it even if they never make anything from the MLM.

Overall Impressions

The Power of 10 has left me with mixed impressions.

On the one hand, they screwed up the launch. Pre-launch buzz is a marketing tactic, not something you do while you’re trying to work the bugs out of whatever software you have to write and finalize your commission schedule. You start pre-launch buzz when your site’s ready to go, not before.

Doing anything else hurts your credibility.

On the other hand, they are trying to do the right things. They’re running a rotator to spread referrals to subscribers, which is something I’d have done (and am doing with my Traffic Exchange Secrets course).

The newsletter itself, ostensibly the product they’re providing, is a bit light on content but has good information. They link out to plenty of free information, other ebooks and audio/video courses.

I’m willing to give them some time to see if they shake off the pre-launch disasters and mature into a useful source of information.

Click here to see what the Power of 10 is all about.

Profit Peelers Review

Profit Peelers is a new way to make money with your website traffic.

You’ve probably seen peel away ads all over the place. They’re a nice alternative to popups for exposing your visitors to something that might make you some money. You can get the peel away ads code for $20 or so around the Internet.

The problem is that you have to integrate it with your website, create (or buy) pretty graphics for it, find programs that will make you some money, etc.

Profit Peelers has taken the peel away ads technology and combined it with GPT offers to allow you to offer your visitors the chance to complete offers. But instead of them getting the money from the offer, you do.

I’m running a zip code offer on my personal blog as an example. It’ll appear in the upper right corner of the screen. Hover your mouse over the little paper flap that appears, and you’ll see the rest of the offer. Any one who clicks that ad and enters their zip code on the page that comes up earns me $1.05 (at least according to Profit Peelers…we’ll see how it works out).

Profit Peelers has the potential to earn you extra money from the traffic you already get, in a fairly unobtrusive way. Your traffic would have to be the sort that doesn’t know about the GPT industry, otherwise they won’t complete offers to make you money, but will go to Cash Crate and complete them for themselves.

Click here to sign up with Profit Peelers for free.