Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm Looking for Guest Bloggers

I've decided that the best way for me to keep a steady stream of content added to this blog, is to let others write it for me.

So, I'm looking for articles and tips written by subscribers to my newsletter. I will then post the articles on the blog. PLUS, I'll add them to the article section inside the SBM Marketing Club members area.

This is a great opportunity for you to show off your writing skills, plus create backlinks to your website.

Here's the criteria:

1. Articles must be between 200 and 800 words and cannot contain ANY links in the body of the article. Of course, a resource box will be accepted and any links in your resource box will be made live.

2. Articles can only be on the following topics:

Web 2.0 - this includes blogging, social media, social networking, squidoo, etc.

Article Marketing - includes all aspects of article research, writing, submissions, etc.

Affiliate Marketing - includes all areas of affiliate marketing.

3. Articles must already be free of typographical errors and formatted so that all I'll need to do is copy and paste them.

4. Articles must be original to you. This means that you wrote the article yourself. IF you do use a private label article, it has to have enough editorial changes to make it uniquely your own.

5. If you do not want others to be able to use your articles on their blogs or websites, you MUST specify this in the closing paragraph or copyright section of the article.

To submit an article for consideration, first make sure you're a member of the FREE SBM Marketing Club. Then send the article to contactsbm @

I will then contact you and give you an approximate date when it will be published.

When sending your article, PLEASE include "article submission" in the email's subject or it could be deleted.

Sharon McPherson
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Using Blogs As Sources In Articles

Using Blogs As Sources In Articles
by guest blogger, Jan Tallent

Depending on what type of blog that you have, it might be a good idea to advertise your blog using articles.

For example, say you know about jewelry and gemstones and your blog is a place where you post information for people to read about jewelry, submitting an article to a website such as Associated Content can be very instrumental in bringing people to your blog.

A good example would be to talk about the common misconceptions about the colors of gemstones.

You could write about the fact that people assume that gemstones such as emeralds, sapphires and rubies are one set color, but the truth is that those stones come in a variety of colors and hues.

You can then use your blog as a source for your information as long as you have blogged about those gemstones.

The great thing is that some places, like Associated Content, will pay you for the articles that you write.

So, if you sell jewelry on your blog, it's like being paid twice for your knowledge. Of course, this is just an example of the way you can use articles to advertise your blog.

When you are writing an article, be creative. You don't have to be an expert at what you do. If you enjoy writing stories, you can say that posting stories on blogs is a new and different way to share your stories with others.

Then, post your blog link as your source and you have people checking out your blog and your stories.

Jan Tallent is the editor of Rim Digest ezine,
an Internet Marketing Mom & Grandma, and
a Virtual Assistant looking 4 editing jobs

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Want To Know Who Clicks On Your Twitter Links?

Keeping myself busy working on the SBM Marketing Club has really cut into my time spent on Twitter lately, which unfortunately, has kept me out of the loop on the latest tools and resources that have been released to help make your Twitter experience easier and more profitable.

However, I did just come across a service called TwitClicks that I can see quickly becoming my favorite Twitter resource.

TwitClicks is a free service that enables you to shorten the URL you include in your tweets, but unlike and others, this one enables you to collect data on your links that were clicked.

In addition to telling you how many times your link was clicked on, it also includes other data like, the browser the person was using, where they live, where the clicks came from, and most importantly, which Twitter users actually clicked on your link.

Ok, so you may be asking, "Why do I need to know all of this information?"

Here's how Kyle Graham, the creator of TwitClicks, answered that question in a post on the TwitClicks Blog.

"Realizing that Twitter is a great tool for connecting with your blog readers and followers, I created TwitClicks to help people prioritize these efforts. As social media evolves, "information overload" will increase and online business owners will continue to become more and more fragmented in their efforts to succeed.

Wth the dawn of Web 2.0 and user-contributed data, the amount of information on the web literally exploded...way faster than search engines can keep up, so more and more tools like Google Reader,, and others are starting to arrive to assist in the "filtering" of all this data.

Now that social media has gone main-stream and EVERYONE is now talking about it, it's clear that 2009 will see an even further spike in the amount of information available online which will create an even further demand for tools that help filter this data.

One more example: We all love twitter, but do you ever get a little overwhelmed about all the people talking about their cats, or their 'visit to the doctor'? As a result, some say, 'who care's', or 'twitter sucks, but what they're feeling is really a symptom of the larger issue: And that is, Twitter is great! but it doesn't do such a great job at letting people FILTER their data.

Ok, so back to the question at hand, 'Do I REALLY need to know 'WHO' clicked on my Twitter links?' The answer, in short is...Yes...Yes you do. TwitClicks helps users, particularly online marketers, to better determine WHO to focus their efforts on in their online strategy, whether it's determining who to network with or knowing how to refine their tweets for maximum effect, and the like."

Sharon McPherson
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Monday, March 9, 2009

Affiliate ABCs - Free Podcasts

If you're just getting started with affiliate marketing, make sure to stop by and listen to the free Affiliate ABCs podcasts with Vinny OHare, a.k.a. NyFalcon and Deb Carney, from Team Loxly.

If you're unfamiliar with Deb and Vinnie, they're both affiliate marketers in the retail market. That's right, they've created affiliate marketing success - OUTSIDE the "make money online" and "informational product" niche.

And you probably won't find it surprising that my favorites of their 6 free Affiliate ABCs podcasts are Getting Started Using Twitter Part 1 and Getting Started Using Twitter Part 2

Sharon McPherson
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Affiliate Income Using FREE Methods

I recently included Affiliate Income Using FREE Methods into the members discount area of the SBM Marketing Club.

Presented in an easy formula so that you can actually follow along, Affiliate Income Using FREE Methods is a total of 30 powerful videos that shows you step-by-step how to set up an entire affiliate marketing campaign which will enable you to start making money online without having to invest a dime.

Please note that the price shown on the salespage is NOT what club members pay. To purchase this product at member discount prices, log-into the SBM Marketing Club and click the "Member Discount" link in the menu.

If you are not yet a SBM Marketing Club member, you can join free here!

Sharon McPherson
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