Strange is logging into your social media accounts through IE and have having all of your icons in the tabs reflect the WordPress logo (LMAO). I went to sleep and woke up in a digital twilight zone (ROTFL). My laptop has been wigging out since yesterday. I wrote a post recently about not being able to upload photographs for a while and now it appears I have lost control of my widgets. Instead of embedding scripts from my affiliate programs to potentially help monetize my blogs and other websites I am now tripping over a blue "W" (LOL). I want my AR logo back... seriously... I shall fix this in a moment. While I do, click the store link so you can see how it is possible to manipulate your pages to showcase your friends first in your digital stores. I actually have an ActiveRain WPfave category on the store sidebar and moved it to the top of the list so the first thing readers see are me and my virtual friends. I also picked a 160 pixel wide carousel with controls on the bottom to showcase 10 items for my blog. It doesn't just have my music, it has other Rainer's work and people I like to read as well. Look under "My Picks" on the side of my AR dashboard over Links... I find widgets to be very cool and useful if you don't overdo them. The carousel widget control option means the script is not running in circles looping the product as an animation and you can scroll up and down through the items as you see fit (or ignore it). :-)
My next uberMental moment will be explaining the scripts I have selected and how you can go out and select your own to create and embed. I have to go log into WP so I can cross link my thoughts and write both posts at the same time. Tip of the day: Draft them together then release one, eventually releasing the other (which means you have to pay attention to the order in which you link across blogs). It improves your work flow because it gives you time to pause and reflect on what you may have missed out on regarding your initial thoughts and impressions of your subject. Pay strict attention regarding where you are sending your readers. Doing so cuts down on the multiple edits and broken links which annoy people to no end. If it is still in draft the public can't access your writing so be very careful of the order in which you launch them. Even if they are only minutes apart, the potential is there for someone to click on a link that has not posted yet (LOL).
I work with multiple tabs up and bounce back and forth between several in a series. That is why I get a lot done while working in 20 minutes intervals. I am monitoring my social media accounts at the same time. There are 7 up in FireFox and 6 up in IE. I routinely IM, DM, Tweet, FB, e-mail and post in tandem. Working in draft mode is a beautiful thing. Playing tag team across blogs gives my ADD something interesting to do (LOL). :-)
My Digital Store is up and running. It took less than an hour and cost nothing to do so later on today I am going to show you how to make your own. It is a heck of a lot easier than you think and a lot of affiliate programs automate custom pages for you so feel free to start without me. Seriously. I was not kidding when I said I was going to take you guys with me on the quest to monetize blogs. Link love is key and if you can't make money with your friends then shame on you. You are squandering a stellar networking moment. We all have product we want to move and if you see your digital exploits as a team effort you will fare a lot better. Sellers need buyers. A listing broker loves when a buyer's broker brings them a pre-approved buyer with a viable offer. Appraisers and Inspectors love being contracted to help facilitate the transaction. We are a RE team. Doesn't matter that it is temporary and specific to the transaction at hand, what matters is the teamwork involved by independent contractors to get the job done.
Affiliate programs rely on teamwork. The affiliate provides you with the tools to help you succeed to move their product while offering you a small commission (0-15%) depending upon what moves. The fun part? You get to pick the items you want to help move. I buy music and books all the time so that's what I selected. I am looking forward to hearing and seeing what you guys select later on today when I show you how to do it. Each item has a link that takes you to a purchase page so it's not like you have to store inventory, collect sales tax and spend money on shipping. All you are doing is bringing the items of your choice to the attention of the consumer while they are floating through cyberspace during the course of their day. While looking at your listings for new construction if there is a furniture ad there they just may click it.
It is up to you if you want it to be your virtual store or a spouse's. How about a sibling or friend's? You guys have already seen my strange widget stats. If you had the attention of 15 million plus people across multiple websites because you do more than sell real estate what would you do with them? Would you try to engage them in dialog? Would you try to share your thoughts? Would you try to introduce them to what you liked and disliked? Would you want to discover what they liked and disliked? Would you introduce them to your business ventures? Would you ask them what they did or what they wanted to do? Would you ask them how you could service their needs?
I really do want a 5 hour work day and I believe that 2010 is going to be quite an adventure because I am thinking very big and I am trying to figure out how I can service more of my reader's needs. Helping them helps me. Supplying what they want means I get to make a living from multiple streams of revenue. Win win is the name of the digital game. I am devoted to making win win situations happen because when that happens everyone is happy. Go look at your stats. More people read you than comment. People bookmark you because they like you and what you do matters to them. They would not bother if that were not true. How do I know? Because they keep coming back for a reason. YOU, the writer, are that reason. I don't know about you but I'd like to give them even more reasons to stay.
Just remember not to spam the crap out of people if you do decide to take this adventure with me. Relationships matter... even with your silent readers so select your affiliates very carefully. Start with small, unobtrusive, tasteful 125 x 125 flash banners for your sidebar. You want your pages to load quickly and you want a small collection of quality ads.
NEVER COMPETE AGAINST YOUR HOST. That would be like a rival link spam posting all of their real estate listings on your RE Business Facebook Pagesand flipping you the digital finger because they are stealing your viewers attention from your mandate (plus stealing your Google Juice) and forcing you to take the time to delete it all (LOL). Ad spam sucks so use courtesy and discretion. Make a small text link to your store for your blogs and start hooking up with a few friends to promote each other's interests. They, your readers, will opt in and click it if they want to. Do not use auto sound. It wakes people up if you are surfing late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. Always let people click to play sound. Seriously...
Having your store on another reputable blog is a huge branding plus so be kind and keep your ads small. Let your host specify the maximums regarding size. Think of your web pages as virtual real estate. You can only build so much in the space afforded you. Small ads let you maximize that space. Check out my rotating one on my AR sidebar as an Amazon Affiliate. Very small footprint, rotates a couple of ads as a flash presentation, takes you to the "sales of the day" on my Amazon music referral page... Four ads rotating in one spot means more possible messages and sales. If I gave each ad its own individual spot, I would be wasting valuable AR space.
Big and gaudy is not the way to go to monetize your blog. Small and manageable helps everyone load their pages faster. Working with a reputable affiliate program also means their code is veted and checked against malicious scripts.
Guard your host's platform the way you would guard your own virtual house.
The host is the foundation of your blog. It gives all of your digital pages a server foundation to stand on. I and my readers would be really pissed off if this site crashed because one of you read this and failed to do your due diligence on the quest to monetize your blog. Research your affiliates very carefully people and watch your desire to embed banner and box ads because when you share them with friends like me who may want to help promote you, you are placing our sites in jeopardy if you do not do your homework.
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