Month: October 2008

SmartDD V3 – Release Date Back (a bit…)

Okay, the two bugs that I wrote about yesterday have been found and dealt with.  As I thought, they were fairly minor and Paul fixed them quickly.

While he was having another look at the code, I had a request in (hi Myles) asking if a couple of small changes could be made to accommodate some affiliate tracking code on the thank you and download pages, so I asked him to take a look at that and he’s done that too.

But then we got a bit carried away and he’s added in something else that we really weren’t planning on doing for v3 release.

I don’t want to let on what it is, just in case it doesn’t pan out, but the first test worked perfectly.  Things went a bit down hill after that though as we discussed the method involved and we realised it wouldn’t work the exact way we wanted it to.

We decided to put the release date back until Monday (which we know is a bad day to do it), and try to get this new feature in.  I know that some people have been asking for this and that it will blow their stack when they see we’ve put it in, but just in case we can’t do it, I don’t want to discuss it here.

So Monday 20th it is then.

If you have v2, then you’ll get the upgrade to v3 for $17 for just 24 hours, then the upgrade price will go up to $27 after that.

If you bought after 1st March 2008, then you get v3 for free.

Finally, we’ll also be releasing a v3 trial edition for all the free members.  We’ve upped the number of deliverable products in the free version from 3 to 5, which means that for many people this will be all they need to set up and run all their mini-sites with secure delivery.

Although it’s 5 products, they can be used with unlimited saleable items, which we think is still exceptionally useful for free.

-Frank Haywood

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SmartDD v3 – Houston We Have A Problem

While doing the docs for v3, I’ve come up against a full stop.

#1 – I’ve had a new bug reported by someone who got v3 early (sorry Ray) that’s now being looked at. It’s fairly obscure but annoying, as a customer can’t currently order the same item twice. If they do, the second order just doesn’t register.

#2 – While trying to manually add an order, the saleable items aren’t being pulled back correctly. There’s some corruption getting in there somehow.

My own installation of SmartDD here on this blog works perfectly – both of these are brand new and must be a result of Paul’s recent tweaking. 😉

I’m sure they’re easily fixable and I’m just waiting for Paul to get back to me. But take this is as a warning that SmartDD v3 might *not* be released on Thursday after all.

-Frank Haywood

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SmartDD v3 Features

I know it’s been a long time in coming, but SmartDD v3 is ready to release apart from the docs.

I’ve been using it on a couple of sites, and although I haven’t used every new feature in earnest, everything has been tested to my satisfaction.  Even so, I guess we’ll find a couple of minor bugs here and there which we’ll fix as we go.

New stuff then.

o Kunaki integration with BOTH your web sites AND eBay.  No need to run two scripts, SmartDD will do it all for you.

In case you don’t know what Kunaki is, it’s a global Print On Demand (POD) service for CDs and DVDs.  Customers can buy from you anywhere in the world, and SmartDD will handle the sale and pass the creation and fulfillment onto Kunaki, who then send your customer the CD or DVD.

o Free sign up.  In response to many requests, we’ve added the ability to offer a product on a secure download page in return for a sign up to your mailing list.  The built in example is for Aweber, but you can use it with any self-hosted or service based autoresponder.

o One Time Offers.  Now you can sell a digital item via your web store or eBay, and then upsell via the use of a one time offer (OTO).  An OTO is a method whereby the prospective buyer sees a reduced price for just one time.  If they pass on the offer, then they will only ever get to see it at its full price afterwards.

You can of course use this in conjunction with a free sign up.  😉

o Affiliate scheme.  We’ve added in a simple affiliate scheme in the format of:-

for any percentage commission, 0-100, variable by saleable item.  Even at 100% the admin always gets the first commission to prevent people from buying from themselves by using their personal and business accounts.

So if you created a saleable item at 100% commission, and an OTO item at 50% commission, the admin would get the full amount of the first sale for both items.  Thereafter, the affiliate would get all of the sales for the first item, and the sales of every other item paid directly into their PayPal account.

Affiliate cookies work across all products for an installation of SmartDD.  So if you’ve created a sales page for one item and your affiliate sends traffic to it, then the prospect buys something else from you, your affiliate gets the credit for that purchase too.

You can set by saleable item that only customers can be affiliates (why you’d want to do that I don’t know, but some people do), and you can also restrict individual customers from being affiliates.

o Web store.  Take almost any web template, and turn it into a completely database driven web store.  This was actually in v2, but was never documented.  I’m very sorry about that, believe me.

o Physical goods handling enhanced.

o Create a product and an item through a single screen.  The normal method of setting SmartDD up is to create your products first, and then link them to a saleable item.  If you only have one product though, you can now create the product and the item at the same time.

o Run ALL your sites through one central location.  This has always been possible with SmartDD, but we’ve made it a whole lot better by adding some additional template formats.

o The ability to copy all template types as well as amend and remove.  This makes it faster to take an existing template, copy and edit it.

o Three professionally designed built in template themes, courtesy of  One in red, one in green and one in blue.  The template designs have been added to all the template formats:-

– Catalogue Templates (web store)
– Cart Templates (web store)
– Download Templates
– Order Confirmation Templates (thank you pages)
– Free Sign Up Templates
– Item / One Time Offer Templates

Additionally, the templates are provided separately so that you can use them to create traditional sales pages, or for your web store.

o Friendly URLs.  This aids in SEO of your web store as SmartDD will create search engine friendly URLs for you, based on the category names.  You’ll need to be running your web site via Apache with mod-rewrite enabled in order to use this.  A good old cPanel server will allow you to do this.

o Finally, as usual there have been a lot of “under the hood” and plenty of other small changes all of which combine to make SmartDD the best delivery script on the market.


So when is it being released?

Thursday 16th October 3.00pm GMT.

If you purchased the full version (v2) after 1st March 2008 then you’ll get the upgrade to v3 for free.  Otherwise there will be a 24 hour special for the upgrade at $17.  After that it will be $27 – still an amazing bargain if you’re upgrading from v2.

And of course lets not forget all the people who’ve taken a couple of special offers I’ve made who will get the upgrade for free.  😉

-Frank Haywood

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New Spam Format

Just recently I’ve been getting a lot of emails with the content and the format of something a marketer might write.  These emails suggest that I’m on their mailing list, which of course I’m not as I have a single email account for all my marketing emails.

At the bottom of every convincing sounding email is a convincing looking unsubscribe link, always on a private domain, and never from a service like Aweber or Get Response…

I’ve never clicked one, but my guess is if I did, all I’m doing is confirming my email address and adding myself to the spammers “good” email list.  That list will then likely be sold.

I’ve had emails like this before, but never as well written.  So well written that it’s clear they’re originating from an English speaking source.

The marketing format is probably because the spammers have realised that marketers are the ones that are sending most email out, and by adopting that format they’re working on the confusion that might arise in your mind.

“Hmm…  I don’t remember asking for this…  I’ll unsubscribe anyway as it could be something I did ask for but now no longer want.”

This is bad news for marketers, as while most are responsible and use double opt-in (also known as confirmed opt in), as people get more and more of this new spam format, then the publics perception of marketers will be that anything goes.

Just be aware, and don’t be tempted to click the link if it’s an email that you have no idea of where it’s come from.

The fewer people that click the unsubscribe link, then the fewer spammers will use these methods.

-Frank Haywood

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CB Ad Rotator Bonus Offer

Okay, here’s the deal on CB Ad Rotator

In 3 weeks time I’ll be releasing my own AdSense killer called AdSpurt.

It will allow you to create hover ads on the fly (double underlined links) and also regular links to products that you are promoting.

This method is much more effective than AdSense for all sorts of reasons, but my favourite reason is that people are immune to AdSense ads now as they’re in most people’s “blind spots”.

AdSpurt has full click tracking, Flash charts with statistics, and it works with ClickBank AND PayDotCom out of the tin (you can search both databases) and in fact you can create ads for ANY third party affiliate scheme.  The built in search is actually better than ClickBank’s own search method, and we’ve generally gone to town on the entire system.

So that will be happening on the 23rd October (my birthday), and we’re planning on releasing it at $47 and then increasing the price shortly afterwards as word spreads.

My special bonus offer on CB Ad Rotator is…

If you buy CB Ad Rotator using my affiliate link (below), then I’ll GIVE you AdSpurt for free when I release it on my birthday.

So effectively you’ll be getting TWO AdSense replacement systems for the price of one.  This offer will run for the duration of the 72 hour launch that is currently being run on CB Ad Rotator, so you have until Sunday at 3.00pm EST (8.00pm GMT) to take advantage of this.

But my advice is don’t hang about on this one – grab it now while it’s hot.

In the past I’ve missed out on very special deals like this just because I’ve forgotten about them until it was too late.

Don’t do that.  Get it now.

Here’s my affiliate link for CB Ad Rotator which I’m click tracking via Smart Link Cloaker.

When you click the order button on the CB Ad Rotator page, you’ll first fill in a membership box, and then be taken off to ClickBank to complete payment.

Check the secure payment page at the bottom to make sure it says “submitlink” as the affiliate.  If it doesn’t then you won’t qualify.  Try following the link above again.

After you’ve completed payment, then raise a support ticket on my support desk at:-

against department “AdSpurt”, and leave your name, receipt number and email address.  I’ll then reply to tell you I’ve added you to the list to receive AdSpurt when it’s launched.

That’s it.

Here’s the link again.

-Frank Haywood

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