Urgent Message From Prosper202

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Tracking | Posted on 31-03-2009

I got this email today and wanted to make sure you all knew as well.

This is an urgent message from the prosper202 team. Recently, we’ve found a security hole in our software. More Details of the security hole will be posted soon. As of now the Prosper202 team has fixed the problem and patched the security hole, so we encourage all users to download prosper version 1.2.1. You can download version 1.2.1 Here http://prosper202.com/apps/download/

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Google Adwords Feature Request – Real Time Stats

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Search Engines | Posted on 31-03-2009

Does anyone else notice that Google has been just about stagnent with their Google Adwords system?  Yea yea they are releasing a new interface and if making our lives harder every day wih stupid quality score changes is considered an upgrade to their system, then I guess they are doing that too.

I have a feature request.  I want real time stats!  If not real time stats, at least stats that are somewhat close to real time.  I can launch a new campaign and see tons and tons of traffic flowing through my “spy” on prosper202 but not see an update to my cost data on Google for over an hour.  That is a ridiculously long time to wait.  Even Facebook gets you faster stats then that.

This is the big G here.  They expect an awful lot of their advertisers.  Why shouldn’t their advertisers be able to expect a semi-simple thing like knowing how much they’ve spent when they look at their stats?

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Role Model Watch: Shamwow Guy Chris Browns A Hooker

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Big Pimpin' | Posted on 27-03-2009

From TMZ

Vince Shlomi was arrested in Miami Beach last month after cops say he allegedly hired a hooker, whom he took back to his hotel. According to the arrest affidavit, obtained by The Smoking Gun, Shlomi began kissing the hooker when she allegedly “bit his tongue and would not let go.”

According to cops, Shlomi then punched the prostitute several times until she released his tongue. Both the prostitute and Shlomi were arrested for felony aggravated battery.

Excuse us for living, but it seems justified to punch a hooker when she bites your tongue. Apparently, prosecutors agreed, because they declined to prosecute either one.

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Are You Overlooking Organic SEO?

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Search Engines | Posted on 26-03-2009

As affiliate marketers it’s always fun to see big numbers.  A lot of us use PPC and PPC can produce tremendous results in a short amount of time.  My question to you is: Are You Overlooking Organic SEO as a revenue stream.

About 2 years ago I had the idea of creating a rather complex coupons & deals website to push organic traffic into merchant based affiliate programs.  Such programs as you would find on Commission Junction, Linkshare & Shareasale.  After a dispute with my developer and deciding to focus more on PPC to CPA type offers, I gave up on the project.  We had loaded the site with a decent amount of content and since that day it’s just been siiting dormant on the web.  Every month I get a check from CJ or Linkshare and don’t even know what it’s for.  I log into my accounts to find that this dormant site is generating sales.  All of my development costs that were basically wasted were paid back to me in strangling commissions.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.

There are so many great tools out there like PHPbay, BB Wolfes WFReview Plugin etc that can help you build content rich sites in minutes.  It may be worth your time to cast your net out there and create some sites that will pull in a stream of commissions without much work or expense.

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Search Engine Strategies NYC 2009 Sucked

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Doing Business, Search Engines | Posted on 25-03-2009

Search Engine Strategies is a 5 day show.  I decided to go to one of the days which was yesterday.  It’s not my first time to Search Engine Strategies.  I was there last year as well.  This years show was pathetic.

First, the expo hall had very few vendors.  Compared to Ad Tech hosted at the same venue (The Hilton on Avenue Of The Americas) it almost seems like Search Engine Strategies didn’t even try to get vendors.  If there were 500 booths at Ad Tech, there were 50 at SES.  A good deal of the booths were SEM agencies which is very little help to people that do their own or have their own in house SEM’s.  There were a couple of email vendors, a couple of software vendors and a couple of ad networks.  Nothing too prolific or that I hadn’t seen before.

There were also very few people that I knew there compared to an Ad Tech or Affiliate Summit.  I went with Ian Fernando & Waynedog, we saw Shawn Collins from Affiliate Summit and one of our friends; Cousin Vinne and that’s about it.  There were very few people even attending the event, it almost seemed ‘dead’ at times.  As I said, i was at this show last year and it was no where near as bad.  I’m wondering if the down economy kept a lot of businesses from coming out because they are spending less money on search engine marketing or if this show is just dying.

I would not recommend Search Engine Strategies at all.  There are much better conferences you can go to.

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