Friday, January 30, 2009

"Move Over ClickBank, There's a New Kid in Town: Click2Sell"

Are you frustrated with Clickbank? For years now they have been the "reigning champion" when it comes to payment processing with a built in affiliate network. Clickbank makes it easy to sell your digital products and take advantage of their affiliate army, numbering over 100,000. It's simple really - you let others sell your products and they earn commission.

Recently a new competitor has hit the scene, They're a company based out of Europe who have put together a service that includes many of the features that others are lacking.

No matter if you're just a merchant (seller), or you're a "super affiliate" making a living online, Click2Sell incorporates some wonderful features and benefits. Let's take a closer look:

Merchants can sell digital or material products, even subscription based services. Your products can be sold in U.S. dollars, EUR or GBP. Payments are received instantly to your Paypal, Worldpay,, Google Checkout or Moneybookers account.

Once registered, you can be up and selling right away. There's no "waiting period" for approval of thank you or sales pages. You set your own pricing, no maximum price points, and it's easy to add new products.

Your digital products are uploaded to Click2Sell's server and protected from unauthorized access. The thank you pages shown to buyers are encrypted so they never know the actual download location. All download links expire within 72 hours of purchase, which eliminates the problemof them being shared with others.

The built in affiliate program allows you to easily pay any affiliate commission with a few clicks, using either Paypal or Moneybookers. You set the commission rate you're willing to pay, up to 95%. Affiliates can be automatically accepted or you can choose to manually approve them. This feature allows you to ban those you don't want promoting your products.

Merchants are also given a choice to show affiliates the conversion rates of your products in the marketplace, or not. And, of course they've built in powerful statistics and tracking which reports on the number of active affiliates, and their performance. Also, it tracks product conversion rates for different keywords, a product's rank and history of changes in the marketplace and much more.

Hang on to your seat because the benefits and features offered to affiliates are just as exciting. When searching for products you wish to promote, you can search through the marketplace using various criteria such as category, rank, amount earned per sale, conversion rate, popularity and more. This is a great way to find just the products that meet your needs.

The built in advanced tracking reports allow you to see how many people clicked on your affiliate link, and the number that actually purchased. See how much you've earned in "real time". Very nice. Even if they don't purchase right away, if someone clicks on your affiliate
link and goes back to purchase within six months, you'll still earn your commission.

Any monies earned in a month are paid out in full the following month. No money is held back in a reserve account.

So, how much is all of this going to cost you? Don't  faint, but it's totally free to set up an account, no matter if you're a merchant or just an affiliate. Merchants are charged 1.00 to 3.00 USD on each sale.

Do yourself a favor and check out their website for further information.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

30 Apps for Facebook- Get More Done Have More Fun!

Do you use Facebook? Fast on the heels of Myspace this social network is used by millions of people to connect and network with people all over the world. Want to add some really cool tools to your Facebook page? Here's a list of over 30 Facebook applications that will help you to network and get more done with Facebook. It's an excellent article and the resources are outstanding.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Download Internet Explorer 8

If you’ve been waiting for the next generation of Internet Explorer it’s your lucky day. You can download the latest version, 8.0 now at 

Microsoft boosts a faster interface, more security and privacy. Fast is good, wish they would have taken that into consideration when putting together Vista <grin> It does look good so why not download now and take her for a spin.  They also have included some “how to” videos you can watch to find out what all of the new features are and exactly how to use ‘em’. They can be found here

If you download it let me know what you think by leaving your comments. Enjoy!


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Merle’s Mission Ezine Being Moved to Yahoo Groups

If you’ve been a subscriber of mine for a long time, or you’d like to be I’m in the process of  moving everything over to Yahoo Groups. Long story, my ezines were hosted on my old server, but my “hoster”died……….it’s an ugly story. I looked around for something free or low cost and Yahoo was about the best thing I could find. So if you’d like to subscribe and hear about the latest and greatest websites here’s your chance.

Just go to

Friday, January 23, 2009

SitePoint Launches SPNbabble

Connect and Share! A micro-blogging service similar to Twitter but with a twist. SPNBabble is for webmasters and website owners to connect and share their tips, and expertise on any topic related to webmasters. At this time still in Beta. Everything from SitePoint is cool so I'm sure this will be awesome.

I joined so make sure to follow me:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Daily Mugshot- Your Photo Instantly Updated

Daily Mugshot A free service which allows you to take a daily photo of yourself, or as often as you like, and post have it automatically updated on your Blog or website. Sign up, shoot the shot, then add the widget code to your page. Then whenever you feel like updating the photo, take a new picture and it's instantly updated on your page. How cool is that?

Just think you can track the aging process daily, weekly or monthly and find out just how bad father time is being to your face.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Add a Video to Your Twitter Page

This is really pretty slick. You go to the site put in your Twitter user ID and make sure you’re camera ready, as you’ll then be taken to a page to record your few seconds of fame. Then you’re given a new Twitter link where you can send all of your friends. When they get there they can see you’re smiling stupid looking face and hear you speak. Like I said it’s free won’t cost you anything and you’re friends will think you’re slicker then shi….The only thing I wished was that you could add the code directly to your twitter page so you didn’t have to have a totally separate link, but hey, beggars can’t be choosy.

To create your own Bubble Tweet go to:

If you’d like to poke fun at my creation check it out here:

Be nice with the comments, I’m very sensitive. <grin>


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Track Traffic to Your Twitter Posts

TwitPwr Do you use Twitter? If you do check out this new free service that allows you to create short url's (think but with a twist. This service is for sending out tweets only. They track the number of clicks that you receive from your "followers' and then gives your account a power rating. Your "power rating" is a combination of the traffic your links generate and also how many others you refer to TwitPwr's service and how much traffic they generate.

If you use Twitter this is one you'll want to add to your Twitter toolbox.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

“Unleash the Power of Ebook Rebranding”- Free Ebook

This free ebook “Unleash the Power of Ebook Rebranding” by Harvey Segal if for every online marketer. No matter if you own your own product or you don’t, you’ll learn the best way to get traffic to your site, or make money using the ebook itself. Check it out at

Harvey’s one of the “good guys” on the Net. No sign up required to download.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Free Ebook- “Social Media for Small Businesses”

Free ebook by John Jantsch "Social Media for Small Businesses". If you have an online business and don't understand  social networking you need this ebook.

Using social websites like Facebook, Myspace and even blogging is a great way to create buzz and drive traffic to your website. If you haven't been using it because you didn't know where to start, you'll get a free education here.

John is an excellent author and is considered an online marketing expert.


Friday, January 09, 2009

Michel Fortin's Book "Drop Your Goals" Online Free

Drop Your Goals Drop Your Goals (And Manage Your Life) by Michel Fortin is a book he wrote almost a decade ago that is now posted on his blog. Which I might add is a very good read. With all of the crap online today Michel is the "real deal". You can't download it, rather you'll need to view the individual chapters online, but it's pretty good. The book will show you how to stop setting goals and to start looking at your priorities and values instead.

Monday, January 05, 2009

“Does Your Website Make the Grade?”

Think your website is up to par from a marketing perspective? Think again. With Website Grader you type in your url and this free SEO tool will measure how effective your website’s marketing IQ really is.

The site looks at things like your social popularity, website traffic, Google page rank score and much more. It also offers suggestions and hints to help you improve your grade and your marketability.

One of my sites tested on a “high school” level for readability so I’ll take that as a good thing. I was also told where my site needed to be listed to improve my marketing score.

If you have a blog one site where you want to list it is:

<a href="" rel="me">Technorati Profile</a>

For more on Website Grader and test your websites go to: