E-junkie Free Trial

I’d posted earlier a review about E-junkie.

Recently, the folks over at E-junkie offered a coupon code for my readers that will extend the normal one-week free trial to a full month. A one-week trial barely gives you enough time to play with the system, let alone start generating sales. But a full month is plenty of time to get everything set up and generate enough sales to cover your second month’s membership fee (which is $5 for the lowest level, selling 10 products).

To get the extended free trial, sign up at E-junkie and use the coupon code E-JUNKIEOPP. Enjoy!

When Planning Fails

Recently, my three year old daughter decided she wanted to go visit her grandparents.

That was fine, we’d recently moved and were only about half an hour away from them. So my wife packed up a few things, and away they went, planning on being home that evening. I get a call that evening from my wife, and my daughter decided to stay the night. Still no problem, that would give me time to get a few things done at home, and they’d have a longer visit.

Fast forward another five days, and they’re still not home. My daughter is having the time of her life, and simply refuses to leave. I managed to get a ride there with someone, and have been back and forth for the last few days, spending some time there and taking care of things at home.

So what’s the point of this personal digression?

No matter how good your plans, something can always come along and send you in a completely different direction. Planning is important, because it enables you to make progress toward goals, to track your progress, and to decide what is and isn’t working. But don’t be so invested in a plan that you can’t adapt to unexpected events.

In blogging, many of these unexpected events come from changes to Google’s algorithm, which make nearly everything you were previously doing useless, or worse. You have to be ready to adapt to the changing rules, and keep your focus on providing value to your readers.

Will my family ever come home? I’m hoping, but I’m not planning on it.

To Write or Not to Write

There are a lot of people who want to earn online without actually creating content.

Maybe they think they can’t write well, or that they don’t know enough to write, or whatever. But they use traffic exchanges and safelists to send people to their affiliate links, and try to build email lists using list building programs, etc. Anything that doesn’t actually require creating content.

Creating content is one of the skills needed to do Internet Marketing properly. That’s important to understand, custom content is absolutely necessary. Sending junk traffic to an affiliate link isn’t going to make you much. Custom content provides value and builds trust, and is part of the whole process.

Now, you don’t have to create that content yourself. You can get fairly decent content created inexpensively online by checking places the freelancers hang out. People tend to avoid outsourcing content creation because of the cost. On a per article basis, content creation is pretty reasonable. But the sheer amount of content needed for even a reasonable sized mini-site makes the entire package expensive.

As a beginner, you have two options.

One is to learn to create the content yourself. Just start writing, and keep at it. You don’t have to post any of it, but you won’t build skill unless you start practicing.

The other option is to partner with someone who can create content, who needs the skills you do have. To find these people you have to network, and put yourself out there approaching bloggers who also seem to be in the beginning of their career. Ideally you’d pick bloggers in the niche you want content created for, not bloggers who are in the “make money online” niche.

How about you? Do you create content, or try to get by without it?

Free Online Shopping Cart

This seems to be the summer for me to look at ways to take payments on your web site.

FatFreeCart is an absolutely free shopping cart you can use on your web site. You don’t even need to register with anyone to use it. The shopping cart supports both PayPal and Google Checkout, and will support item variations (e.g. sizes, colors, etc). This is basically a way to take payments only…no delivery of downloadable products is supported. So you process all the orders that come in.

But then it’s free, so you won’t get everything.

If you want something a bit more comprehensive, including digital delivery of products, you’d want the pro version of FatFreeCart, at E-junkie.com.

Unlike some of the other services I’ve reviewed lately, E-junkie supports both digital delivery and shipped goods. Digital products are stored securely, and for shipped goods they take care of calculating shipping costs and keeping track of how many items you have left in inventory.

E-junkie is a paid service, however they don’t charge you per transaction, but rather a flat fee per month based on how many products you’re selling. The least expensive option is $5 a month for 10 products. Presumably, if you have products that actually sell, you can easily earn back $5 a month in profit. You do get a 1 week free trial to make sure everything works for you. If you have existing traffic to your site, you might make enough sales that first week to pay for a few months’ subscription.

There’s also a way to get E-junkie for free if you take payments through TrialPay. TrialPay is an interesting way to give your products away for free and get cash for it. Basically, customers must complete an offer that will then pay you at least as much as you would sell the product for regularly. The customer then gets your product for nothing, and you get whatever the advertiser gives as a reward for the offer.

So how does E-junkie compare to Oronjo for selling digital content? If using affiliates is part of your business model, E-junkie has that built into the system. As far as I’ve been able to tell, Oronjo does not. Both securely store and delivery your digital products.

If you want to sell both digital and shipped products, or use affiliates to sell your products, E-junkie seems to be the best bet.

Update! The kind people at E-junkie have provided a coupon code for my readers that gives them a full month’s free trial. Use the coupon code E-JUNKIEOPP when you sign up, and you’ll get the extra trial time. That gives you even more time to play with the system and start generating sales.