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Happy New Year 2009

Well I hope you had a good break, kicked back, took it easy and haven’t put too many pounds on during the holiday. If you took one.

I weighed myself a couple of days ago, and while according to the scales I haven’t put any weight on, I definitely feel a little plumper – ha-ha. It will all tighten up in the Spring when I’m out and about more and I get more exercise.

I always celebrate Christmas by taking a couple of weeks off and spending some time with the family, but all good things come to an end and the kids went back to school yesterday with some very glum faces to be seen and a few tears too.

If it wasn’t mandatory to send the kids into school we probably wouldn’t do it. We’ve had some serious conversations about home schooling in our house.

It’s a bit of a crash after the build up to Christmas and it can be a glum time of year if you let it be.

Maybe you feel similar to me, and maybe that started a few days ago for you if you started work earlier than I have.

Okay hands up, I don’t take the entire 2 weeks off over Christmas, I just pick and choose what I do. I can’t help it, I’ve sort of become a bit of a workaholic completely unintentionally.

Yes I have the odd off day and sometimes it’s more than a single day, but I can’t help thinking about work in quiet moments. If you run your own business from home like I do, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, I’m now officially back in the saddle and I’ve surveyed what needs to be done ASAP, and also what plans we need to make for the beginning of the year.

The first thing I have to do is something I’ve already started. I’m slowly working my way through all the support tickets that have been raised. There’s a lot, but after a quick scan through, apart from 5 or 6, most of them seem to be fairly straight forward answers.

Next is catch up with the forum which is getting interesting – I know I have at least a couple of PMs there I need to read and answer.

And then, I have to get the written docs for SmartDD out.

With one thing and another I’ve found I’ve had to push them to one side. It’s like a really annoying re-run of what happened when I released v2.

I’ve got to fix that soon or it’s going to drive me nuts.

And while I’m working my way through those tasks, I’ve also set myself another regular task.

At the end of 2008, I discovered IPK and confirmed to my own satisfaction that it was a good way to make some additional money online. More importantly though, using the IPK method means a few hours work for a semi-permanent income.

If you’ve missed any of my last posts and not yet bought IPK, I’ll just repeat that.

You do a couple of hours work and get paid repeatedly for it.

Ahhh… The Dream…

It’s ideal for anyone who wants to work from home but aren’t sure about what to do and where to start. And it’s also ideal for people who already make money online and want to add a new income stream.

I don’t know about you, but I like new income streams.

IPK is so good that my wife has jumped on it too and starting yesterday is now putting up a site a day for four days a week.

We ran through the first site together yesterday, with her doing all the work and asking questions while I talked her through it all. Today, we did the market research for a cluster of sites and took out three new domains. Two of them are “baby” sites and the third is the “mother”.

She built the first page of one of the baby sites in about 15 minutes before having to go out. She’ll finish that site tomorrow in about 90 minutes I reckon.

In about 2 weeks or less, she’ll have the entire skill set to research and build web sites from scratch.

Yep, she’s never done anything like this before and is only going to allocate 2 hours a day, 4 days a week to it. My estimate based on my experience with the Jumperoo site is that each site she builds will earn payback after 3 weeks and anything after that is pure profit.

After reading what several people have said about using .com and .co.uk domains, we’ve decided to use .info domains only as a last resort. Our initial target market is the UK so all our domains will be .co.uk to begin with.

But watch out, eventually we’ll be looking at the US and Canadian markets too. 😉

Only kidding – realistically the truth is we’ll probably never have to look outside the UK.

Looking again today and seeing the HUGE amounts of products that are getting lots of search and few competing web sites, we know the selection process for the UK alone is never ending. There must be hundreds of new products being released every week and it would be extremely difficult to catch all of them.

And I guess that’s the main reason why Craig released this information in the first place. He knows that the market will never become saturated because it’s so damn big.

For me though, there is one worry about IPK.

Reading some of the comments in the forum, I can see that some people aren’t getting the process quite right just yet. I’ve tried to fix that by offering my own advice and critiquing a couple of sites on request.

I’ve come up with my own market research critical success factors to complement Craig’s OPSEO critical success factors. I’ll repeat them here on this blog in a later post.

I (and I guess maybe Craig had too) made the assumption that people would easily understand the market research part of it and would struggle with the OPSEO. But of course the market research part of it is just as important in making a site pay, and if you get that wrong, all the OPSEO in the world isn’t going to help your site make money.

It’s one of those things where the more you do it correctly, then the more you’ll get a feel for it and be able to do it correctly – it’s a bit chicken and egg.

I can see though that some people might get turned off if things don’t pan out immediately. And that’s bad because IPK is one of the very few systems that I know will work well for most people.

It would be tragic for people not to be able to make it all work, and I really want everyone to succeed with IPK, so I’ll be doing my bit to help however I can.

Announcements about that as they happen.

IPK aside, I’ll also be running a couple of WSOs soon, and I’ll announce them here and on my other mailing lists as I launch them.

I also intend to do a few how to videos, and finish off a couple of books that are almost done. One of them is 99% done and it’s just silly for me not to make that final effort and finish it all off. Freebies to blog subscribers I think.

So those are yet more tasks I have to do.

*sigh*

Back to the grind. 😉

I sincerely hope that 2009 will be a good one for you. Take good care of yourself and your family.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Price Comparison Service For Info Product Killer

Going on from my last post, there are still some slots left for the brand spanking new price comparison service.

In this first phase, I’m only taking 80 people and then closing it off.

When it re-opens, the price will double. This trial service is a one month one dollar trial.

There’s also a very special bonus for those people canny enough to sign up in this phase.

This is going to blow your socks off, so close the door and sit down.

The next phase will be to offer a site builder as part of your membership.

I’ll let that sink in.

This will mean you’ll be able to choose a site template, paste in your keywords and some text, set up your comparisons, and the site builder will build a fully SEO’d site for you and FTP it to your domain.

This will dramatically cut the time it takes you to build an IPK site. In fact my estimate is you could sit down, do the market and keyword research, register a domain, source the content, edit your graphics and have your site live in about 60 minutes.

And if I know Paul, he’ll be able to do something about the graphics for you too. He’s been doing some real time graphics manipulation in PHP recently, so I’m sure this is a distinct possibility.

So… As an extra sweetener for the price comparison service, when you sign up to this first phase now, you’ll get the site builder thrown in for free when we build it.

That’s what’s called a clincher I think.

A warning though.

We’re only going to take 80 people in this first wave.

You’ll be getting second “dibs” at it – the first people are already signed up and enjoying the service.

After a few hours of you reading this blog post, I’ll be sending emails out to my other mailing lists until the few remaining spots are filled.

We figure we can just about handle that amount of people in this first wave and be able to deal with any issues that arise as we go.

Once you’re logged in you can read about how it works, and there’s a video or two to follow.

We’re limiting the initial phase at 50% off (forever) to just 80 people. You’ll kick yourself if you miss this.

You can find out all the details and subscribe for a one dollar one month trial here:-

http://www.vendiva.com/subscribe-price-comparisons.php

-Frank Haywood

P.S. If you haven’t already grabbed it, you can get Info Product Killer by going here and then entering promo code FHW777 to get IPK at $79 instead of $147.

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Info Product Killer Price Comparison Service Now Live

The price comparison service for IPK style sites is now live. You can see it in action on my Jumperoo site.

We have it working with Amazon UK, Amazon US, Affiliate Window (UK) and Link Share (US). The Link Share feed is a bit dodgy as we get it from Link share, so we’ll be looking at ways we can improve that.

If you haven’t already signed up to my IPK mailing list, or otherwise haven’t spotted the message from me elsewhere, then you won’t know that I’m letting those people who signed up for notifications first “dibs” at it.

We’ve opened 80 slots, and we think it’s fair to let those people who have shown an active interest get first shot at getting them.

However, in a few hours if there are any slots left, I’ll post a link to the service sign up page here, and after another few hours if there are any remaining spaces left, I’ll send it out to my general mailing lists.

Here’s the deal.

We’ve set it up as a one month one dollar trial and we’ve also set what we think you’ll agree is a very fair price.

Because you’ll be one of the first people to try it out, we’ve also reduced the monthly cost by 50% and when you sign up you’ll get that price for as long as you remain a member.

Anyone signing up outside this special offer will have to pay the full price right from the beginning, so it’s a good idea to get in now while it’s really cheap and save yourself half the cost forever.

I’m VERY confident that once you’ve tried it out and felt the benefit of having price comparisons on your site, you won’t want to give it up.

If you’re serious about your business, and you’re serious about IPK (why wouldn’t you be?) you’ll see the extreme advantages to be gained by what I’m offering.

And to sweeten the deal, Paul and I have been discussing the next phase after we’ve taken on board all the other affiliate networks.

We’ll be offering this as a special bonus to those who sign up in this first phase for the price comparisons.

I don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you what it is here and now, but make sure you’re sitting down when I reveal it. 😉

Watch out for another post with the link to the service later, and if you haven’t been there already why not go visit the forum and say hello?

http://www.Vendiva.com/forum/

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Unofficial Info Product Killer Forum Open

You asked for it, I checked to make sure, 😉 and here it is.

You may already be a member, so you might want to check first.

This forum was in use about 12 months ago by a group of beta testers. If you were one of them then there’s every chance you have a membership set up on the site and you’ll just need to reset your password.

If you can’t be bothered, just set up a new userid, nobody’s going to cry about it.

You can get to our private little IPK Forum by going here.

-Frank Haywood

P.S. If you haven’t already grabbed it, you can get Info Product Killer by going here and then entering promo code FHW777 to get IPK at $79 instead of $147.

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Price Comparison Update

We now have the price comparison service working with Link Share which is a major US affiliate network like Affiliate Window is for the UK.

We’ve also included the ability to manually add a comparison and affiliate link which is a good stop gap until we get more affiliate networks added. However, the prices won’t automatically update of course, so you’ll have to keep an eye on them if you’re that bothered about it.

I say that because the whole point of this exercise is to steer buyers towards Amazon.

Typically, Amazon have the lowest price including shipping. They will almost always make the sale – Craig quotes a figure of 80% – in fact it’s the good old 80-20 rule if you think about it.

So if you have a couple of manual prices and links for a smaller supplier that are out of date… I say, so what? It’s extremely likely that the visitor to your IPK site is going to click on the lowest price which is almost always Amazon.

If they click any of the other links in curiousity, then they’re going to get cookied, and if they buy from there, great! If not, it will likely be from Amazon, which is where we really want people to go.

Okay?

That means we now have Amazon US and UK, Affiliate Window, Link Share, and the ability to add affiliate links / comparison manually.

The Affiliate Window API (Application Programmers Interface) has also let us add the ability for you to select merchants who don’t stock the item, but who may well do in the future – it’s your call whether you use this or not. In all, the Affiliate Window API is so far the best we’ve come across and is very well thought out.

However, there’s always a few problems isn’t there?

We’ve written to Trade Doubler (UK and US) to ask for details of their API. Apparently they have one, but we can’t find it. We can’t do anything with them until we hear back.

The Link Share API seems to have an intermittent random glitch. Sometimes it works perfectly, sometimes it returns zero results for the same search. We cache everything returned in any search for 12 hours, but it’s not ideal.

It also has a habit of returning bad results with good. So we’ll sometimes get details of merchants supposedly stocking products, but if you click through there’s either no stock or no details of the product on the merchants site.

Not a big deal, but NOT right. There’s not much we can do about dealing with that at our end, we have to rely on the data that Link Share send us.

We’re going to write to them to ask what’s going on, if Paul hasn’t already beaten me and done it.

As we go along and we find new affiliate networks and they have (hopefully working) APIs, we’ll add them to the service.

Just bring it up in the forum.

And as I’ve mentioned the forum, I’m hoping to supply you with the details of that later today.

Just one thing though – it’s NOT a support forum. Any support requests will be closed and / or deleted. The forum is for discussion and sharing and raising issues. I know there’s a fine line between raising an issue and making a support request, and I’ll see if I can’t come up with some guide lines.

Tomorrow, we’ll open the Price Comparison service.

We think it’s as ready as it will ever be, but we have to do a few bits and pieces first to make the site presentable. We’ll do that today and open the doors tomorrow.

Remember I said the other day that it’s a one dollar one month trial. After the first month, the price goes up to the regular price, but you’ll quickly realise it’s worth every penny once you start using it.

At the moment, all prices are 50% off.

It’s a good deal.

More information later today and then tomorrow the service is live.

-Frank Haywood

P.S. If you haven’t already grabbed it, you can get Info Product Killer by going here and then entering promo code FHW777 to get IPK at $79 instead of $147.

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business