Since November 2007 I've been keeping a public diary of my life in affiliate marketing but times are changing. Whereas I used to post every few days (okay at least weekly!) I know find myself posting on a monthly basis or even less. So I've taken the decision to follow suit with pretty much most other affiliate blog I used to read often and close my blog. More
Wow, that's another year down. In January I celebrate my 2nd wedding anniversary which is crazy as I'm sure it hasn't been that long we've been married!
Anyhow, with another notch on the wall, it's time for the annual set of good intentions. Perhaps this year I'll take note! More
Inspired by the success of the Dom Hodgson/Groupon advertising deal and the Mark Boyd/Affiliate Window advertising deal, I thought I'd try a cheeky request of my own.
In both deals, the brands got exclusive advertising deals in exchange for an iPad. It's a clever idea and I like it, so I'd thought I'd give it a go myself, given the distinct lack of any advertising on this site at present. As with affiliate marketing you stand a much better chance of success being the first to market so I don't think anything will come of this but there's no harm in trying! More
I had booked my Red Letter Days incentive to Venice for this weekend just gone by. Thanks to the volcanic ash, we (wifey and me) didn't know if we would be able to go, let alone come back! The restrictions were eased last week and we travelled over to Gatwick Airport fully expecting our flight to be cancelled. Thankfully, Easyjet were running as normal so we managed to jet off for a long weekend to Venice. More
According to my mother I'm not a twit but more a tweeter, as I now tweet rather than twit.
The point here is that I've taken the plunge and registered for a Twitter account. It's taken Rob a long long time to convince me to sign up. I wasn't convinced of it's merits but he was and told me that if I did one thing in 2010, signing up was it. More
Merry Christmas to all my readers, merchants and clients.
Hope you have a well-deserved break.
Here's to a more joyous 2010! Eek, just realised that's 10 years since the millennium bug whoo har - time sure flies! More
Okay so I'm a little bit out on this but for good reason. January is a pain.
The 3-4 month lead up to Christmas is tiring in itself. The bombardment of emails (mainly voucher code related) as well as the ritual pausing of key affiliate programs for the second year on the trot due to "technical issues" (aka we don't need your help at the moment) takes it's toll.
For most, back to work in January is a miserable time so it's only right affiliates enjoy this same feeling :-D More
The power of blogging scripts means that I can wish you a Merry Christmas without actually having to work on Christmas Day!
Merry Christmas to everyone. Hope 2009 is a better (or if 2008 was really good for you - another prosperous) year for you. More
I had set a few articles about my recipes site to appear whilst on my free holiday from Sunshine.
All was good and well until a rogue plugin kept crashing the server. The plugin had been running for a year so I can only presume it was the content of a post or the server had been updated. Nevertheless, the avoid any hassle, the site was taken down until the plugin could be safely removed (which it has now been). More
If all has gone to plan, you'll have not noticed I've been sunning myself in Orlando, Florida. I should have landed and returned back to wet Wales by now.
I'll probably be suffering from jet lag too so if you're waiting for a reply to an email, please wait a few more days before shouting at me :-) More
It seems a bit odd to add an about page as post 481 but nevertheless, I've decided it should help those who have stumbled across this blog by accident.
In a nutshell, here's what my blog is all about. More
Automatically changing designs seemed such a good idea when I set about creating them but six months in, I've gone off them. I must have been taking something because the colour schemes where horrid!
So jumping on the bandwagon that is known as the redesign train, I've joined Kirsty, Keith, Amazon, Play and CD-Wow in launching a new template. More
If you are a UK affiliate marketer and have a blog, I want to link to you!
I'm after reciprocal blogroll links (now shown on the side of the blog where it ought to be) as well as an RSS feed URL to add to the aggregator. More
The comments on this blog have been free from the nofollow tag for some time now as I believe that relevant comments should be rewarded. If you've taken the time to read and comment on a post, you can quite happily post a link to your site which may be of benefit to readers of the blog.
However, comment spam is becoming more intelligent these days. Spammers are actually reading the blog! Because of this, I am changing the blog comment policy to reflect changes to the way I'm receiving comments.
The policy is a as follows. More
I'm sure not so long ago the term 'cashback' produced results such as Quidco in Google. Well it seems that since Cashback The Movie came on the scenes, most cashback sites have been relegated to page 2 and beyond.
Incase you're interested, here's the trailer for Cashback The Movie.
I've added my phone number to all the major networks I'm registered with just in case I'm missing out on anything.
Several other affiliates have posted about the phone calls at 5.30pm and the like, but I'm interested to see whether I'll get any calls! More
I've just been reading Kieron's thank you list for Christmas presents from networks and merchants. Now he's turning over thousands of pounds and is a rock solid 'super affiliate'.
But what about us little people? I've had nothing this year. I've had one impersonal email saying "Seasons Greetings". No cards, no freebies, no presents. I'm not saying I expect anything but when my inbox is rammed full of commission change emails, it would be nice to have a "Merry Christmas David" email from someone. I'm not too bothered about presents. I had nothing last year, I have nothing this year and will probably not get anything for sometime.
But where's the festive love? More
Firstly, Merry Christmas to all my readers.
Secondly, I think this blog will go quiet now for a couple of weeks. As it's the festive season, I'm busy on other projects and tying up loose ends so I'm not sure I've got enough time.
Besides, I would rather not fill this blog with pointless posts that are just an excuse to publish. i would rather provide substantial quality articles in the new year. More
I've spent the last few days eBaying (both selling and buying) and spent yesterday travelling 350 miles to collect an auction item I won.
I'm guilty of having not really done too much with my affiliate sites at the moment. EBay seems to be eating up a hefty chunk of time and whilst I am profiting from my actions, it's not by much (affiliate revenue is certainly higher). More
As an outcast who doesn't use Wordpress to blog, I have lacked the abilities that most bloggers take for granted.
I've just added pinging and trackback abilities. More
Everything's been transferred now and should be back to normal. Not everything went smooth and the horrid 1&1 holding page was displayed for a while on most of my sites whilst the DNS changes propagated around the web.
Some sites suffered as a result of the move. More
I am rearranging my website portfolio for DBFCS and for this project so over the next 2 weeks, there may be outages, downtime, etc. More
Apologies for not posting for a few days but I'm working on a very exciting project alongside a major player within the affiliate marketing industry. More
OK, comment spam is not good but there do seem to be some examples of considerate spamming!
As I've mentioned before, all comments are moderated on this website so I can see everything that's being written. 2 comments recently caught me eye. More
Did you know that if you post a comment on this website, Google will follow it as I do not use the nofollow tag?
Some blogs (predominantly Wordpress) use nofollow rules by default which means you won't get fair recognition by the search engines for your comment.
On my site you will! More
Broadband finally landed today. Mind you, I haven't received my modem yet and it isn't supposed to be live until 29th June 2007 so there may well be some interruption.
Nevertheless, I'm putting this baby to good use! More
There's nothing like a conversation with BT to get you in a great mood for the rest of the day. Oh, hang on, no that's not true. There's nothing like a conversation with BT. More
It shouldn't be too long but I won't be posting for a while. More
Whoops. I deleted the wrong email list so all the subscribers to this blog have been lost. More
You can now stay up-to-date with my work in a number of ways, the latest of which is via email. More
There's a few things going on over this part of the web and over the next month, the blog may suffer from some downtime and lack of updates. There will be at least 2 weeks of no posts as I switch broadband enabled telephone numbers. More
This post is about me and my portfolio, not the new A4U Forum website! Whilst on that topic, it seems to now compete with sites such as BUMPzee, myBlogLog and UK Affiliate Marketing Blogroll. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing - time will tell.
Any how, back to me. More
Eagle eyed spotters will have noticed the BUMPzee bar to the right hand side of this page. I'd like to be somewhat popular and have lots of friends so please add me to your friend's list on BUMPzee. My profile is at http://www.bumpzee.com/users/view/csn123/ More
How many eggs-cellent jokes can I get into this seminar?
Don't worry - I've stopped now! More
I'm turning the tables a bit and asking a question - where's the best place to go to get a self-certified mortgage?
As I'm self employed, I am finding it difficult to find mortgage providers who will offer me a mortgage. More
Told you it looked snazzy!
Bright pink has been replaced with black and what I call 'wine' red! More
Many apologies but this blog will be unavailable periodically this afternoon. More
I've just had a chat with my new account manager at OMG.
I wouldn't usually talk about phone calls (they are not particularly riveting news) but this one was different.
I have never had an email or phone call from any other account manager from any other network. More
I've just changed my site header logo to include a caricature of myself. I think it looks better than the photo I could have used!
I'm standing next to a billboard that those pesky affiliate networks have tagged! This "tag your own content" web 2.0 lark is getting way out of hand!
I hope you like it. More
There has been a few questions banded around the net about what exactly affiliate marketing is. No one (apparently) has come up with an accurate definition. So, it's my turn!
I'll start with the definition of affiliate, then marketing, then affiliate marketing. More
Updated prices should be live later on this evening or early tomorrow.
Apologies for any inconvenienced caused. More
Fancy UK Affiliate Marketing BlogRoll has only been running for a few hours and already I have 6 live feeds and 1 awaiting approval.
Names so far are:
In my quest for making affiliate programs work for me, I have found a lot of people are confused at where to go on the Internet to read affiliate blogs.
After all, there are hundreds of thousands and which of those are worth reading?
That's where Fancy UK Affiliate Marketing BlogRoll comes in! More
I welcome all messages including questions, thoughts, advice, etc.
When you contact me, please remember the following: More
I have redesigned dbfcs, though it is now pending new content.
(old to new)
As I said at the end of last week, I want to integrate the David Fiske project and dbfcs so that I am not duplicating work or heading in different directions. More