Affiliate Summit West 2013 Wrap-Up

If you haven’t noticed, I don’t really write those internet marketing news wrap-up posts anymore. Ain’t nobody got time for that! And at this point, I am like four months behind so there is no way in hell I’m catching up unless I start charging for it or something.

But what I do have time for is going to Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas and writing a wrap-up post about that. Since Shawn Collins gives me a free Press Pass for this stupid blog, I feel obliged to actually write about the show to do my part promoting it.

I didn’t get to go to Las Vegas last year for Affiliate Summit, so it’s been about 2 years since going to a show. It’s great to see people you haven’t seen in two or three years, and it’s great meeting new people along the way.

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Google Adsense Scraper for $19 per Month

Fresh off the press!

WhatRunsWhere has launched their Ad Vantage product which gives people access to the WRW Google Content Network data for only $19.

WhatRunsWhere has a ton of intelligence data ranging from mobile to Google Content network and other platforms. But this intelligence comes at a price. The full WhatRunsWhere monthly package is over $200 – which is completely justified for most affiliates and agencies, but its definitely not for everyone.

The fine people at WhatRunsWhere saw this gap in the market and decided to offer something for entry level affiliate. For $19 you get access to their huge database of Google Content Network data. Content Network is massive, which means there are plenty of ads for you to “borrow” from. Use this data to launch your own Content Network campaigns or to get inspiration for other ad networks. Either way, $19 is a steal.

So if you’ve always wanted to see whats working but couldn’t justify $200 or more a month, then here is your chance. Get access to the WhatRunsWhere Google Content Network data with the Ad Vantage package – only $19 a month. Damn son, that’s less than like a gram of weed!

End of Summer Marketing News Wrap-Up Spectacular

Just when I thought I was out of the “wrap up” post writing business, they pull me back in!

Curating all of this content is truly a pain in the ass. If you appreciate this great work I’ve been doing for you, then you should vote for me, Barman, here in this silly King of the Bloggers contest. I don’t even think there is a prize… I just think it’s time ppc.bz gets the recognition it deserves. Every one else gets to win contests, and they’re not even legendary like ppc.bz. So make yourself useful and vote for me.

Don’t forget that previous wrap-up posts contain “evergreen” information. See July for example. If you wanted to, you could wrap-up my wrap-up posts and sell them on Warrior Forum for $37. It’s like printing money!

It’s October and if you haven’t noticed, I managed to miss doing an August wrap up post. This time around I had 2 months of crap to sift through. It took some work and I’ve tried to be even more strict with whats get posted here. It just takes too long, so info had to be truly useful or captivating.

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WhatRunsWhere Gets a Mobile Ad Spy

Few months ago I did a write-up of WhatRunsWhere, a media buy “spy” tool for advertisers and affiliates. They added a bunch of new features at the time which improved on the already good service.

Well today, we learn – via techcrunch – that WhatRunsWhere gets itself a mobile ad spy tool. With the huge growth of mobile advertising, it’s great that WhatRunsWhere is staying ahead of the curve. As far as I know, there are no other mobile ad spying tools available (There were a few private self-hosted ones floating around). I had an account on MobAdSpy – great data, Rob is a good developer, but a mediocre UI. From what Max tells me, they’re going to integrate it all together. Everyone wins!

WhatRunsWhere still lets you try it for a $1. If you’re looking for media buying ideas for your own or affiliate offers, I can’t recommend WhatRunsWhere enough. And now that they have a mobile database, you can dominate on desktop and smartphones. AWww jeah.

They grow up so fast ::sniff::

It’s nice to see the Wickedfire (dysfunctional) family getting all “start-upy” on us with Techcrunch mentions. LeanMarket got itself a piece last month. How long before SerpIQ gets its buyout by Compete or Quantcast? I met the Knowem creator (although breifly – your business card has been floating around my desk forever – how’s that for a late follow-up?) at the Dirt Nasty party. I’m positive there are some I’m forgetting.

Hell, I think it might be time to do some stories on the people moving out of the affiliate marketing game and creating long-term businesses. If you or someone you know created a real business but got your start on WickedFire, holler in the comments or with an e-mail. Might as well start collecting names now and see if we can do some real journalism on ppc.bz.

LeadCola Affiliate Network Keeps 35% of Your Money and AffPaying is Bullshit

For some reason, there’s a lot of bullshit in the affiliate marketing industry. Easy (enough) money just seems to attract the worse people in society. They commit fraud and steal from affiliates – you know, just your all around grime. Affiliates seem to accept a certain level of scumbag-ness, but there are companies that take it to a whole ‘nother level. People are always complaining that the affiliate industry needs to be cleaned up. What better way then exposing fraudsters outright?

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July’s Internet Marketing News of the World

In this month’s installment of “Barman reads the news so you don’t have to…,” or as some people call it, “a Glorified AffBuzz,” we take a look at new developments on the internet. Well, not really, just a lot of useful resources for copy writing, affiliates, and people stepping up their entrepreneur and start-up game. Don’t forget to read last month’s “issue” or even the month before that – some of the links are timeless.

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LotsofAds.com Gets Better and Better – A Follow Up Review

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about LotsofAds.com, the super secret agent ads spy tool used by James Bond, Batman, and even Lebron James (Dear FTC: the last bit there is obviously a joke.)

Since then, there have been a number updates and improvements to the Lots of Ads service which I’ll discuss shortly. But to refresh your memory, LotsofAds.com is database of … well, lots of ads, from a certain, very large social network. LotsofAds constantly monitors this social network and records the ads it sees through various “user accounts” broken up into different demographics. Over time, LotsofAds has managed to scrape data on hundreds of thousands of ads all over the world.

Lots of Improvements

Now Supporting 25 Countries – It’s no secret that advertising internationally is a great, wide open frontier for many affiliates located in 1st world countries where competition has ramped up. In the US and other English-speaking countries, you’re not only competing with affiliates, but with big brands with near-limitless budgets that have no concern for ROI.

With LotsofAds.com, you can see what’s being promoted in non-English countries.

On the flip side of seeing “what’s working,” you can also get insight into “what hasn’t even been tried.” Don’t see any dating ads in Papua New Guinea? Well, what the hell are you waiting for? Translate them shits and go! (assuming you can find a Papua New Guinea BBW dating offer…)

Check out Adsimilis for a ton of international offers (games and dating) and tell Mama Eleah that Barman sent you.

Advertising affiliate offers, internationally, isn’t that hard on a large social network platform. Millions of new users each day across the world – don’t worry about competition. There’s plenty for everyone.

It’s just work – setup, translation, and ad submission is grunt work but worth it when you can get sub-penny clicks. Don’t make it harder on yourself! See which images and copy are working in the US and UK (hint: Use the LotsofAds Frequency setting), then translate that stuff to another, less-competitive language and country. Submit the ads, cross your fingers, then submit 20 more. The most-eye catching ads that get stupid click-thru-rates are the ones that will make you money.

Lots of SpyingLotsofAds.com improved on their data by providing a whole “Ad Destinations” section which lends itself to some creative spying…

1. Find ads using your favorite affiliate networks by entering their tracking domain in the “Redirect URL” field.
2. Find ads running on popular affiliate tracking platforms.
3. Find all ads ran by a particular affiliate by plugging in their tracking domain.
4. View any campaign’s exact targeting by analyzing the subids being passed in the URLs.
5. Show only ads that have more than one redirect since these ads are more likely to belong to affiliates (select “>1 Redirects”)

Seriously, that is some next-level spy shit. This kind of data is good to have and fun to look at, but not a solid game plan. Don’t go around copying campaigns word for word. That’s amateur hour. If you do, the Son of Zeus will shit on you. Use the data create your own campaigns, or take the creatives and go do some media buying with it.

If LotsofAds.com sounds like Lots of Profit to you, definitely check it out. I rarely review stuff on this blog without shitting on it, but LotsofAds.com has continually improved since it came out. There isn’t really anything bad to say about it. What the shit are you waiting for?!

Use Coupon Code “PPCBZ” for 10% OFF of LotsofAds.com!

Affiliate and Online Marketing News for June 2012

So it looks like I might actually finish a wrap-up post on time for once. It’s only July 4th, whereas most of the time these posts are finished halfway through the month. Happy Freedom Day Americuh FUCK YEARRRRHHHH!

Let’s begin with all things interesting on the internet…

Affiliate, Copywriting, Traffic, and other Online Marketing Goodies

Some chick on Shoemoney posts 11 Things to Make You Look Like a Conference Douche. While I agree industry conferences are filled with some of the lowest of low life degenerates, I think this chick is out of line a little here. You’re an 8 at industry conferences because they’re giant sausage parties. In real life you’re a 5 at best. You get +3 just for being there and having tits. AND I’ll stare at your tits if I want to WHY ARE YOU WEARING THAT LOW CUT SHIRT THEN?!

But seriously, all joking aside ( i respect women in real life), seobitch ( If that’s your real name…) makes some valid points. Mr. No Tipper – That turns ME off, and I am a guy. I fucking HATE this. Broke asses can’t even toss a bartender a $1. Shit is just mind-boggling.

/end rant. Down to business.

I always forgot to holler at Bevo Media’s Blog, run by the ever so sexy Ryan Buke ( Richboro repping ), but NO MORE! How to become a millionaire in affiliate marketing, with pros and cons for each. 1 Simple Trick to saving your Facebook campaign. And finally, how to really research a niche, funk proper.

Still using the same “copy + paste” method in affiliate marketing? No wonder you suck! Read this good post by Mr. Green over at POF – Stop Ignoring Angles! A lot of great advice on how to bring up good campaigns – focus on the copy and angle. Once you’re profitable, then you can fuck around with small stuff like button color.

Frank Schilling has a few words on Google’s future. In other domaining news, Conan launches Conan.xxx, the best use of the new .XXX extension since dullspace.xxx.

There is now an “Alliance to Fight Bad Ads” or something. What is this shit I DON’T EVEN

Real Time Bidding is growing like a mothafucka. Every impression on sale!

Why do people leave online reviews? Because it makes them feel cool? Yes, but no. Usually it’s just to be helpful (duh).

Shock Marketer writes about David Ogilvy, advertising legend.

What is this? Something useful from SEOMoz? How to Hack a Domain Name for your Website.

Newbies – Check out the Finch Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Also, Finch is moving back to Thailand. I think it’s just because he misses Justin Dupre.

How to write the perfect blog post. The irony is that the post is an infographic.

Google Ranking Factors in 2012. Hint: Facebook has a lot to do with it? The Content Marketing Grid v2.

HasOffers has some tips for marketing with video.

Whats the best day to launch a Facebook campaign? DM Confidential reports.

8 Quick ways to improve your Adwords CTR (although these tips can apply to almost any ppc traffic source.)

Aaron Wall of SEOBook writes a long, in-depth post berating Google and their bullshit. I. Love. It.

The Amazon Affiliate Program is underrated.

Better than link building. An interesting post on gaining traffic by becoming an authority source. Another article that repeats some of the same things along with some more SEO stuff..

Yo dawg I heard you like infographics, so he’s a giant post from Unbounce on how to make and market infographics. Also, is Google+ not totally worthless?

Hey I just met you, so “click here” maybe? UXMovement tells you Why your links should never say “Click Here.” Then, Radically re-thinking your Call to Action.

5 Awesome psychological studies on pricing, from Kissmetrics. Really good read – I love that kind of psychology selling stuff. FBAdsLab has 13 attention grabbing headlines. And then, how to incorporate benefits into your ad copy for more clicks.

PPCHero looks at effective calls to action. Learn more! And then – how to port your desktop search ads over to mobile.

Some sexy Keyword Modifiers for better ROI.

How to make your images Pin-worthy. OH YEAH BABY PIN ME!

Nueromarketing has some good stuff – Marketing lessons from Nigerian Scammers. Yes, that is a real article. And then, some mental tricks to make your prices seem lower.

9 Ways to shit on the user experience and make them leave your website.

E-Commerce websites are still too damn slow. You’re losing sales, people! Once you get that site faster, here are conversion rate optimization tips from 10 great online retailers.

Great post from LukeW – Evolving E-commerce Checkout. What be the future of digital shopping?

GetListed.org is a handy way to list local businesses on various local properties.

Sort of useful info from Yahoo on “what moms want.” Then Microsoft has some shit about back-to-school shopping.

Check out some newer mobile and social media traffic sources.

39 Affiliate APIs. Excellent stuff.

While we’re talking about APIs – APIS.io is an open source directory of APIs. So very juicy.

Trello is a cool app for organizing and collaborating via boards. Kind of like visual Basecamp.

Do you need icons? IconsGuide.com BAM!!

And Now More Facebook and Social News

Facebook’s FBX / RTB is big news. Here’s how it really works. Jay Weintraub ponders how the Facebook Exchange might have come to be.

The Complete Guide on how to use that newfangled Facebook WordPress plugin.

There are now 50 Million Facebook users in Brazil. Latin America is blowing up on Facebook in general.

Also, Facebook testing a Want button.

SocialMouths – Analyzing a whole bunch of Facebook engagement data in handy infographic form.

SocialFresh says “Never underestimate a puppy photo.” Interesting data on the effectiveness of puppies. I didn’t even read this article: Content Marketing is Not As Simple As Writing a Ton of Posts, but I’m linking to it because it has Bofu all over the post.

SocialCam has blown up. But are their marketing techniques shady or smart? If they’re making money… the answer is: Smart.

Mobile News and Goodies

Mobile affiliates – driving more clicks but conversions are down. Can’t blame the affiliates when the merchants don’t know what they are doing half the time. Case in point – 45% of consumers WANT to be marketed to on their mobile device.

Also, I heard you liked infographics about mobile so here are 10 of them.

Mira mira!! Turns out, Hispanics and Blacks are very responsive to mobile advertising and are the fastest adapters of mobile shopping.

The Good and Bad in mobile landing pages, from hotels to restaurants to clothing shopping.

Someone is finding out that phone calls are worth more than clicks. Really innovative what Datalot is doing.

Creating a responsive, mobile first WordPress theme from Smashing Magazine. Why should you care about responsive design? Because Google, other search engines, and more importantly – your users, will love it.

Mobile is going to be local – so here are 88 Local APIs.

The Mobile Mindmap from iMobiTrax. Lot of good stuff I ain’t even seen before.

Mobile Stats everywhere
Why mobile will dominate the future of media and advertising. Just wait till your device is controlling all of the electronics in your house.

20 Billion app installs on Google Play. Apple has passed 30 Billion. Billions everywhere. 67% of Google Play revenue comes from outside the United States.

Apple is selling a lot of fucking iPads. Also, more Google Android stats from the Google I/O conference.

This Business Insider chart shows you just how much $$$ is in the app economy. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry now.

MobyAffiliates has some good posts. An Introduction to the Mobile Social Gaming Market. Can’t remember if I posted this before, but World’s Top Mobile Advertising Platforms.

Using real world mobile behavior to get results. Interesting read which brain-farted me some ideas.

Mobile users are more serious shoppers than regular web surfers. How can this be, Leadsmob?! And now, 5 tips for increasing Mobile E-commerce ROI.

The debate still continues: What’s better, a web app, or a native app? Stats are showing that people are actually more loyal to native apps.

Perhaps you have some Phonegap questions or maybe heard some myths?

Really cool app called My Data Manager to show you how much data you use on your mobile device in detail.

Internet Trends for 2012. Not necessarily stuff to monetize on, but a look at the “then-and-now” of technology (then being like 2 years ago ). Looking for a trend to capitalize on? The Olympics will be huge … on mobile!

7 Things learned while making an iPad web app. Great tricks.

Promoting a Mobile App

This here is a collection of posts that are about marketing a mobile app and the cut-throat App Store game.

Figures and stats from the App Store on iOS from the GameBakers. This is a massive post that analyzes some of the myths people have about the store and then lays down a shit ton of data on what actually happens.

160+ iOS review sites. That is a lot of review sites… someone automate this.

MobyAffiliates has a great guide called the Mobile App Marketing Guide. 43 Pages of very helpful goodness.

How to maximize the lifetime value of users in a mobile app.

The low-down on the Chomp Update. This is iOS App Store related… basically the Penguin of the App Store ( I am really starting to hate these algorithm change names.) No worries though, here’s an article on How to Write a Great App description.

Startups, Productivity, APIs, and other Internet Stuff.

A great post from Sir dchuck called 12 Rules for Building Your First Profitable Startup. Very good insight and so many delicious stock photos. And if you’re wondering what happens when a post gets popular, check out the follow up post.

On the flip side – Here is Why Starts Fail, infographic-a-licious.

If I Would Have Known Just One Thing – Answered by thirty people. There is some wisdom in these slides. 7 Do’s and Don’ts for Founders.

Shopify has a great read – Your Passion is Stupid. How to Find Products that Sell. Follow Your Passion is easily the worst advice you could ever give or get. -Mark Cuban

Infographic alert – Who’s an Entrepreneur Now?

A collection of the best growth hacks from Kissmetrics, explained in detail. Here are more growth hacks inspired by Groupon. Great articles, but the term “growth hacks” is almost as gay as “social media expert.”

Stop claiming you’re profitable.

A Ted Talk on Gamification.

2012 Roundup of API Providers. You can check out the companies listed here, then browse their customer / clients lists to find APIs you can mess around with.

Some Aussies build a $1 Billion company …. in the cloud! Core Peer Groups: How I Found a Co-Founder, Built a Prototype, and Raised $5M in Less Than 4 Weeks.

Lot of people unhappy with the Affordable Healthcare Act being upheld. Here are 11 options for health care so you can avoid the tax penalty. But expect more competition – entrepreneurship should go up once the ACA is in full-effect. Also, mobile is changing the future of healthcare.

Good article from NYTimes – The “Busy” Trap. When you’re actually productive busy, here’s how to get more out of your day.

A list of must-read books for startups and entrepreneurs. This can keep you busy for a long time. Daymond John (of Shark Tank fame) also has a book list. To be honest, I fucking hate “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and am sick of people recommending to.

The Seth MacFarlane School of Productivity. He makes cartoons all day and is now a billionaire. I <3 Capitalism. Here’s what the most successful people do before breakfast. Great read and great tips. The Power of Consistency.

The incredible James Altucher writes 25 Ways to Make a Trillion Dollars Part Duex. Plug All of Your Leaks or You Will Die.

How to read 7 Books in 7 Days. Then, some thoughts about finding your purpose. How to Break Habits. Gotta put “The Power of Habit” on my reading list.

Old school video from Napoleon Hill. Old school wisdom that still applies today. Here are some of the smartest things ever said about Getting Things Done.

10 Simple Mind Hacks. I dislike people adding “hack” to everything, but this is a good article.

Interview: Do More in Less Time from a guy who wrote Your Best Just Got Better.

How 30 Days without Social Media Changed My Life. This is something I am going to try at some point.

Need to get creative? Noise helps creativity.

A great article on income inequality in America, and how each “tier” feels about it. Here’s an expect from a multi-millionare…

And the biggest nonsense of all, he says, “is the idea that because the rich are the smartest, and because we’re the job creators, the richer we get, the better it is for everyone. So taxes on the rich should be very, very low because we’re essentially the center of the economic universe, the font of productivity.” Nick pauses. “If there were a shred of truth to the claim that the rich are our nation’s job creators, then given how rich the rich have gotten, America should be drowning in jobs!”

And we end with some Asian Efficiency. Even if you’re not asian, these articles are good. Goal Frameworks explains how to really break out the process of goal setting, and achieving said goals. How to set better outcomes.

Affiliate and Online Marketing News You Can Use – May 2012

May I haz a post about all the interesting stuff that’s happened online plz?

No offense (OK, maybe some offense) but affiliate blogs keep getting shittier and shittier. People worth reading like Mr. Green and the like are posting less or stopping all together. The blogs that I’m left with keep posting about SEO and Pandas and other shit I don’t really care about. Affiliate marketing is dead and I’m pretty sure Andrew Wee killed it.

You can’t blame the people writing the blogs though. The industry is changing – probably for the better. The “too big too fail” affiliate networks have done just that – Epic / Azoogle is not paying people anymore, Copeac has shut its doors after getting bitch slapped by the FTC, and the last remaining “big network” Neverblue is rumored to be in trouble.

Everyone (who knows whats good for them … even 14 year olds are getting the picture) is changing their business model around to something more long-term. Something they can sell off in the future. A startup. A service. Whatever. Sure, it’s more work, but at least your entire business won’t be wiped out overnight when your favorite offer / network / traffic source gimmick goes down.

Anyway, this is going to be the last “wrap up” post that gets this big or in-depth. They just take way too long and I get the funny feeling no one is actually reading this shit. In the future, posts will be shorter but more frequent, and have a lot less to do with affiliate marketing.

You’re better off following me on twitter, and checking out my favorites because that’s where I store these goodies before curating them into posts like these. Although I do clear them out every time I write a post so what’s there right now might not be too useful.

Let’s continue.

Facebook News

Of course, the biggest news is that Facebook finally launched their IPO. Since then, the original stock price of $38 has been dropping and dropping as each day passes (although it’s seem to have stabilized now.) This may bode very well for advertisers, as Facebook might have to open the revenue floodgates.

Since Facebook hasn’t figured out how to monetize their mobile users yet, perhaps they will get more lax with what they allow on their advertising platform (will we ever see muffin tops again?) I mean, they are trying to monetize mobile users, but it’s not really bad ass. You can’t even separate out Android and iOS from each other, or traffic from Blackberry or feature phones. STUPID. (Unless I’m stupid and can’t find the setting)

They’ve gotten very strict over the years, but now the pressure from shareholders to boost revenue and profit might turn that all around. Word on the street is that some accounts are getting unbanned and spending limits are being bumped for no reason. Also, it appears that Facebook is plotting some sort of retargetting exchange.

Oh Mark, it is very enjoyable watching your high-and-mighty approach to monetization slip through your hands like grains of sand.

Affiliate and Other Online Marketing Stuff

You are now allowed to apply for your own domain extension. So if you wanted to apply for a .barman, you could send ICANN about 5-6 figures (I forget the exact amount) and they will decide if you get said extension. I don’t know what this means for the internet but certain companies and people are going balls to the wall with this. Google applies for 101 new TLDs, and Frank Shilling applies for over 50.

I feel like this will cause nothing but confusion for the feeble-minded users of the internet, but if Frank’s spending $60 Million then these new TLD’s must have some value.

Domainers.dullspace.

How to find problems with your Quality in a Google AdWords account. This is a very indepth video I’ve watched twice and still have no idea what’s going on. Why do I suck with pivot tables so much!!!

Google has made it possible to see the exact URLs of people you are competing against. In more G news, AdWords has made it possible to target mobile apps directly. So what’s going to happen to Admob?

165 Tips and Tricks from PPCHero. Also good is PPCHero’s best hits of Q1 2012. And then, how to get more ad traffic “easily” on Bing. More on Bing – using quality score to optimize campaigns.

Finch writes about Four processes that make money for affiliates. Also good is this article about Finding a Good, Unique Marketing Angle – or how to come up with unique ways to pitch your wares. If your enjoy reading Finch’s posts, then you will definitely enjoy Finch’s Premium Posts.

Socialmouths shows you how to curate and distribute content from your smartphone. A Facebook for WordPress plugin has been released.

More from Socialmouths on Pinterest, which is now a massive sales-driving juggernaut. Here’s a deeper look at the elusive Pinterest user.

Why has social media become so popular? Because we get hiiiiiiiiigh….. :: refreshes Twitter mentions :: But seriously. We create a lot of data every minute.

How to increase your blog visibility with social sharing. I do none of these.

DirectResponse has some good information on how to run a skin care offer that pleases the Federal Trade Commission.

Unbounce gives you four ways to stop your landing page from becoming a giant fail. The usual suspects – no blocks of text, strong headline, testimonials, and call to action. What 99% of online marketers do wrong. Emotion sells… not lists of neat shit.

KissMetrics looks at some cool Google tools for marketers. You probably know about most of these, but there are some decent tips and tricks here and there. More from Kiss – using “gamificiation” for better results. Can be applied to almost anything.

Do you send direct psychical mail? Here are some cheap split tests you can do.

Unbounce explains how to run a clean A/B split test in meme form.

Can’t get people to believe your shitty sales copy? ConversionXL has an article for that – How to get People to Believe What You Write. Unrelated but also good – 8 universal design principles you need to know.

Dealing with local search? Here are the updated ranking factors for local search search in the great year of 2012.

11 Ways to Drive Lots of Traffic to your Website. Unlike most generic posts regarding “ways to get traffic,” this one is actually backed up with stats.

Bing is offering a free link graph. Not a lot of Google hate from SEOBook this month, unfortunately.

Most video content being consumed now is of the long-form variety, thanks to the growth of tablets.

A whole lot of mothafuckin’ CSS buttons. Here are 43 more CSS3 buttons. Or maybe you want 350 pixel perfect icons?

Stats about e-commerce performance. This is neat – learn to code by watching other people do it.

Apps and APIs to Check out

A new section for SaaS / APIs / Whatever that can make your life easier.

Google updates its API Explorer. So many possibilities.

Check out smore.com (some more of what?!) for making online flyers.

Want open-source mobile analytics? Shit son, then you probably want to check out count.ly.

Peep QRHacker if you want to make non-boring QR codes.

Stripe looks like a good payments solution for developers. Basically an easier way to accept credit card payments.

The Daily Practice – Make yourself better everyday.

Infographic-mania!!!

Because knowledge is easier to digest in infographic form. Fuck reading!

Mobile Stuffs

Check this shit out… a kickstartr for mobile apps. Haven’t looked too close at it yet, but looks like a great place to steal ideas if you’re developing apps. I kid, i kid! (It’s all about execution, not your stupid ideas)

Some new data emerges on how many downloads it really takes to get into the Top Free / Top Paid categories of the Apple Store.

The four type of mobile apps.

App marketing tips from some experts. Also a very good read on the HTML5 vs Native code mobile app debate. The winner? There’s no right or wrong answer yet, and probably won’t be for years. Trigger.io also has a whitepaper trying to make sense of it all.

Your App name has a huge impact on rankings. I can confirm this even more true on Android, which is highly search-driven.

Make sure you have a sweet ass app icon (its important to app store optimization) too – Here is some app icon inspiration. Then read the beginner’s guide to mobile app marketing, which I can’t remember if I posted before. Either way, it’s got good solid tips.

Leadsmob looks at the importance of mobile friendly eCommerce websites. Mobile e-comm just keeps growing and growing and growing

ConversionXL tells you what you need to know about mobile internet users and their shopping behavior. Lot of good information.

Getting search ads to work for mobile ads. Pro-tip … there is very little competition and traffic can be significantly cheaper and more targeted over display / cost-per-install campaigns. The circle of liiiiiffffeee.

Before you launch that app though, read up and avoid these 7 reasons your app will suck on the App store.

Beyond Affiliate Marketing – Startups, Tech News, and Productivity

First and foremost: STOP GOING TO COLLEGE. Start a business. Start a lean start-up. Start a fat start-up. Whatever you do, don’t rack up 5 to 6 figures of debt to get a degree which won’t help you get a job. Only go to college if you want to be a specialist of some sort, like a doctor, lawyer, or engineering. Anything else can be learned from the giant cesspool of information known as the internet. Fuck what your parents tell you.But you won’t be able to succeed in life without a degree” This is a lie. That dream is dead. Don’t become another debt-ridden statistic like a lot of people I know. Learn to solve problems instead. Seriously, you can start a six-figure business with less than $100.

With that out of the way…

Kissmetrics takes a look at what start-ups can learn from Instagram. Lot of good stuff, especially point number 1 which ties back to the advice laid out in Getting Real. No really… what is the one thing your product going to be really good at?

While we are on the subject of more… or less… check how this ebook from LessEverything.

Kissmetrics also takes a look at how Dropbox became such a huge company and how you can too!

If you log in to Facebook at all, you have probably seen some videos from SocialCam popup in your news feed. Here’s how SocialCam exploded to 75 Million Users in 15 Months.

Slides on how WooThemes went from $0 to 7 Figures in 13 months. Unfortunately not too much detail, but you get the gist.

Failure is hard. Self delusion is worse.

The Psychological Difference Between Freemium & Free Trial Plans. There’s a difference between letting someone try something for free, and providing a limited ‘free version.’ Find out what it is!

Shark Tanks Accidental Entrepenuer – Robert Herjavec.

Interesting read from DMConfidential on Affiliate Brain Drain, and even More on Brain Drain. Get that VC bubble money yo!

Lessons from the World’s Most Ruthless Competitor. Basically a company who knocks off popular or emerging websites. Sneaky fucking Russians.

Unicornfree reads a book by Henry Ford. Then another post about Ford’s foresight. Didn’t even know he had a book. Will check out.

Go follow the betashop.com blog if you’re interested in seeing how fab.com came from startup to something that may change the world. Even their mobile e-commerce revenue is setting some records.

On the opposite end of the success spectrum – 10 Millionaires and Billionaires who lost it all. Addicted2Success is a great blog so subscribe if you enjoyed that article.

How to Plan Your Week like Tony Robbins. Really in-depth read. Tony Robbins is the shit!

James Altucher always has great posts: Get rid of your bad habits. How to Avoid Burnout. You can only achieve success with persistence.

Life is short, but there are enough hours in a day. Don’t waste a single moment.

Also, how to focus in comic form. Also, 30 minutes a day.

Why optimists usually win. Remember kids, SMILE.

Get Real and Go Read “Getting Real”

So I stumbled upon this book called “Getting Real” the other day. This is one of those, “if I knew then what I know now” moments where I am greatly saddened that I did not have this information before.

Getting Real” is from the 37Signals guys who have developed some incredibly successful products that I know many of you use. The company is a handful of guys and they bust out services that people love (because they’re effective and useful) and they pull in millions a year in revenue.

This book will open your eyes to a lot of mistakes people make during development of web properties and services. As I read the book, I smacked myself for every mistake I found myself doing. Now I have two black eyes and a broken nose.

No huge development teams. No unachievable timeframes. No meetings about meetings. Cut the bullshit and start getting shit live. Learn how to say no to stuff that wastes time.

“Ignore it at your own peril” – Seth Godin.

Not only is the book short, concise and awesome- it’s free 99. I know we tend to put less value on free stuff, but trust me, this book is invaluable.

Who Should Read “Getting Real”?

You are building a web app. You are building a mobile app. You manage developers who build web apps or mobile apps. You sell and outsource website services. You do e-commerce. It doesn’t matter. As long as you develop shit, or work with people who develop shit, stop what you’re doing and read this book now.

Who Should Not Read “Getting Real”

You do not like free information that can make your life significantly easier.

Getting Real – Free Ebook