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  • NegBox 6:19 am on July 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cpanel, DNS, , Plesk, VPS, WHM   

    Five Hosting Tips for Newish Affiliates 

    Tip 1 – Get Dedicated Servers or a Virtual Private servers. I just spent the last two days migrating and consolidating hosting accounts. Total waste of time, but had to be done. Be smart, not like me.

    Tip 2 – Use the Domain Registrar’s DNS service, not your server’s. The main reason is because if you have a dedicated server and all your domains are being served by a single domain name server, which is highly likely, or by different domain name servers that share the same IP addresss, once a competing affiliate develops an interest on one of your campaigns, figuring out the entire portfolio of sites on your server is trivial. If you are using your registrar’ DNS, the same lookup will return thousands of other unrelated sites, essentially cloaking yours even if you have them on the same registrar.

    Tip 3 – Don’t skimp on IP addresses – Get one for each domain name. Same reason as for the DNS servers above. You could share some betweena few campaigns… Its not the best of ideas, though.

    Tip 4 – Parallel’s Plesk control panel is more user-friendly, but less feature rich. WHM from Cpanel is chock-full of features, but really unfriendly (check out a screenshot of WHM here).

    Tip 5 – You NEED a “Managed” server or VPS. Whatever you get make sure it says its “Managed” or get the “Managed” add-on option. This way when it turns out you need a newer version of MySQL to run Prosper, you can just pick up the phone or open a ticket and get it upgraded instead of messing everything up yourself.

    Got any other affiliate hosting tips? Share with a comment!

     
    • Joseph 2:55 am on July 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a vps where my lps and prosper is setup, do you think i should move over to dedicated or storm on demand?, really appreciate it. I am really worried that the redirects are a bit slow plus lp load times are a bit high

      • Slave Rat 5:08 pm on July 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Joseph, as long as you can control how much CPU you get and how much bandwidth I don’t see a reason to move. I tried DreamHost’s VPS offering and you could not control the CPU (they would only tell you the amount of RAM) and were not terribly helpful when I needed MySQL to support partitioning, so I cancelled that. The amount of CPU is an estimate (1 Gigahertz is just a measure of frequency, not of compute power or I/O power).
        I’d stick with brands you’ve seen before. My suggestion of Rackspace is solid, a bit on the expensive side, though. You can also check out vps.net – amazing offering but its not managed from what I remember.

        Best suggestion is to test it. Almost all the companies will give you your money back if it doesn’t work out. Another thing you should could into is using Amazon’s CloudFront to store your landing pages, or at least any graphics in them. The graphics on this blog, are all coming from CloudFront. I talked about how I’m using CloudFront on the post titled “How to Accelerate your Site to Warp Factor 9.9 without paying $99 a month” here: http://negbox.com/how-to-accelerate-your-site-to-

    • joseph 9:28 pm on August 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks man, i currently use a wiredtree vps storing my lp images on amazon s3 . It helps. I tried vps.net, but it isnt managed, and it has a fifficult interface.

      • Slave Rat 3:20 am on August 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Well, hang on to your hat – I’m going to post a little script I had developed to pre-load landing pages from CloudFront while all the redirects happen in the background – The script is already up inside the Affiliate Twins’ Internet University message board. I should have it up today/Friday soon for everyone. It works well.


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  • NegBox 8:24 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cayman, , Legal, Limited Liability, LLC, Shell Game, , Taxes   

    5 Steps to Cover Your Legal Ass 

    Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. Do not use any of the information on my site for anything other than wasting time.

    A note on playing nice

    The goal of this post is to protect you from the casual “oops” of business – NOT to arm yourself for battle. Oops happen. Keep an open line of communication through your site (a monitored e-mail address, or feedback form, for example). You’re not trying to be invisible or anonymous, you’re trying to shield yourself from legal retards, and want to listen for real communications. If John Doe wants to sue you because your logo reminds him of his favorite cat, you’ll be well protected. If Lady Gaga’s agent wants you to stop using something, you might want to stop or change regardless of where your corporation is based or how many shells you have – Consider it a bonus you most likely won’t have to pay legal fees, produce ridiculous logs or settle anything. Try to keep it at the goodwill level – the last thing you want is someone very pissed at you – The way to keep people from getting pissed is to let them get a hold of you easily, and right any wrongs quickly.

    I just watched the new Shoemoney System video and felt it was missing information. I find the multinational perspective missing from a ton of folks and material – Its like World War III broke out, the entire world is a nuclear barren wasteland but only the US survived… Only that didn’t happen – everyone else is still there, folks!

    Jeremy did an awesome job on the videos and it is really cool that he is sharing the information he is… Well, that and he is also sending a message out to the marketplace. The message reads “Don’t fuck with my brand and my stuff, or I’ll unleash the Sith Lords on your sorry ass“. Nice dual-purpose video! Wish I had thought of it.

    What Jeremy doesn’t mention is what he does when he is faced with an international dolt stealing his stuff. Are all his cases US-based? Only the ones worth pursuing?

    If you’re going to run ANY sort of business, you need to protect yourself legally. While Jeremy comes across as a nice guy, the world is full of assholes (I know this for a fact – just look at all the shit around you… And where does shit come from? Assholes, of course!)

    How you go about creating your little legal cocoon can take many forms. You can wrap yourself in the equivalent of bubble-wrap by incorporating an LLC in Delaware, or you can order a Stealth Klingon Bird of Prey from eastern Europe – it all depends if you want to protect yourself from a knee scrape or a plasma cannon, which in turn depends on what you’re trying to do – sell an eBook or scam the planet. Let’s assume you are not out to screw everyone, but would much prefer to stay away from trouble…

    The key to preventing problems in the US is to not be there. Simple, huh? It all hinges on what laws affect who and where. Your state laws do not affect other US states, and US federal laws do not affect other countries. What DOES affect other countries are international treaties and how different countries have implemented them – The nice thing about international treaties is that bullshit rarely makes it into a treaty, so you’re safer from some of the sue-happy legal circus.

    Here are five steps to ‘be gone’. You only really need Step 1 and 2 to protect yourself from 90% of nut cases. Step 3 and 4 if you’re paranoid. If you need to go as far as Step 5, please do not tell me what you’re into.

    Step 1

    Create a limited corporation overseas… You are an investor in it and a managing director – The “limited” means your liability is limited. Different countries will call this a bit different, but they all have this figure… Sociedad Anonima de Responsabilidad Limitada (Anynomous Limited Asociation) in most of Latin-Ameria, osaühing in Estonia, GmbH in Germany, Société à Responsabilité Limitée in France, etc… You get the point. Talk to a lawyer. A corporate lawyer. A good one. A very expensive one. You need one with experience in this or living in the country you’ve picked. Alternatively, there are a TON of online services that will do this for you in whatever locale you heart desires. I hear the weather in Cayman is awesome this time of year.

    Step 2

    Get all the papers squared away. Expect anywhere between two weeks and two months for this. Make sure you document your funding into the company, as well as who gets what share, and any major decisions, such as appointing yourself king of Umpa Lumpa Land and Managing Director of your company. Sounds retarded and ridiculous, you appoint yourself, yes… Just trust me you have to do all this paper stuff – don’t dismiss it.

    Step 3

    Register any domains you will use with a registrar located in your favorite jurisdiction – For example gandi.net in France. If you have to ask why, watch Jeremy’s video again.

    Step 4

    Get hosting overseas, and MAKE SURE their data center and your server is overseas. Ideally, make sure they don’t have a US presence at all (like a sister company). Some companies resell us-based virtual servers or will use a European IP that by some magic maps back to the US. Avoid with simple geo-location tools. Re-test the geolocation using traceroutes and network assignment maps after getting the hosting to make sure.

    Step 5

    Beware of anything linked to the site. If you have AdSense in the site, or drive traffic with AdWords, or if you promote a zip submit with neverblue, think what jurisdiction(s) neverblue or Google are in.

    A note on taxes

    If you are a US citizen or Permanent resident, make 120% sure you PAY YOUR TAXES. Consult a good tax person. Understand that whatever money you make (you, not the corp) will be taxed by the US just as if you had earned it in the US – Don’t let an overseas lawyer derail you here, taxes are serious shit – And remember the corp will be paying taxes wherever it is based. Again, I can’t stress this enough… Remember Capone, do your taxes right.

    Reprise of the note on playing nice

    The goal of this post is to protect you from the casual “oops” of business – NOT to arm yourself for battle. Keep an open line of communication through your site (a monitored e-mail address, or feedback form, for example). Listen for real communications. Try to keep it at the goodwill level –  The way to keep people from getting pissed is to let them get a hold of you easily, and right any wrongs quickly.

     

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  • NegBox 6:07 am on June 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CMO, Map,   

    Social Media Marketing Map 

    A useful Social Media map, courtesy of of CMO.com (CMO = “Chief Marketing Officer”). If you’re interested in getting traffic to your site, you go down the “Traffic to your site” column, find the green boxes, read the text in the box and look at the row you’re on to see what site its referring to. It also tells you what each site is good at, and what it sucks at, before you do something stupid like trying to get some SEO juice from Facebook, like I did a couple of weeks back.

    Click on the picture to enlarge, save it doing whatever works for you.

    Social Media Map 2010

    Map of Social Media by Marketing Task

     

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  • NegBox 6:35 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Interactive, Jellyvision,   

    Jellyvision Turns Your Visitor’s Brain to Jelly 

    Don’t believe me… Take a look at Jellyvision’s un-believable samples. They make even the most boring stuff funny and entertaining.

    This is the complete opposite of the “no-control” video Mike mentioned last week.

    I have a feeling we’ll be seeing greater use of those very soon.

     
    • Mike Chiasson 1:59 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Was this the company you were mentioning before? I checked out a few of their videos and those are pretty nifty. They are good ideas but in reality not that hard to make some of the more simple ones (ie: Auto Desk). I agree though it would be an excellent way to drag someone through a lead gen signup.
      My recent post How Effective Are No Control Videos for Marketing?

    • negbox 3:36 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yup, this is the one. Its a brilliant format – Interactive, and quirky. Extremely engaging.

      They say the porn industry is usually two years ahead, they might be right… I recently saw one for a site called "getiton.com" or something like that where there was a gal that would undress while asking you questions, lol.. Similar to this but not quite as refined.


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  • NegBox 5:20 am on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Newbies   

    Are Non-techie Newbies Doomed? 

    I can’t for the life of me imagine a complete newbie with little technical background trying to make money online… Not like this, at least.

    Seriously… What Shoe is trying to do with the Shoemoney System is laudable – Creating an approachable course. Now come on… How could a complete non-techie do this stuff?

    I spent the majority of the day setting up aWeber on a site:

    1 – Getting the landing pages right – There’s the page when you sign up that tells you to confirm, then there’s the confirmation success page. You gotta do a bit of upsell or trust building or something in those pages while you have eyeballs in them – taking aWeber’s default is a no-go.

    2 – Get the hoverbox, the sidebar box, install them on the right places. Add the tracking codes for aWeber in the right spots.

    3 – Create a nice e-mail or two to greet them and point them to your bribe/landing page above

    4 – Drive traffic to it… Adwords, Facebook, Whatever… Don’t forget to track the traffic with Tracking 202 as well as the conversions with the Adwords/FB/Wahtever tracking snippets… Create a good landing page.. Campaigns.. And the Sub-id’s when folks click to offers.

    Those four steps are like hundreds of little steps, and I skipped some biggies in there – some way beyond the capabilities of non-techies.

    … and that isn’t even making me real money!

    If you’re reading my blog you’ve got a pretty tough skin already. I don’t mean to discourage anyone, but this shit is harder than it looks.

     
    • Mike Chiasson 1:02 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. There is a ton of additional stuff you learn as you go. When you have an idea you don't think 'shit I gotta hide the referring page and then track sub ids….wait I have to track success ids on email submissions through aweber and then go over them, damnit'

      Then before you know it your simple landing page still isn't launched at 4 am.

      • negbox 6:00 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You don't know what a relief your comment is. I was starting to think I'm a mega-retard. I try something simple: "Hey, lets add an e-mail list here"… Sure enough I've never ran an e-mail list, but how hard can it be? Then it takes me a week. Three days to get the content half-straight straight, two to sign up to aWeber to nail all the pages and forms, and one to glue it all together with traffic… Only to watch it do nothing on the seventh day… Almost biblical.


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  • NegBox 9:23 pm on June 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Googlehack, Robots.txt, Tracking202   

    Googlehack Tracking202 

    If I had an exploitable flaw in Tracking202, like an SQL injection bug, and was a real prick looking for easy targets, I might run the following query on Google:

    allinurl:”tracking202/redirect

    That happily returns a couple hundred thousand results… All Tracking 202 servers.

    Its always a good idea to secure your shit…

    A robots.txt won’t stop a hacker of any kind – but ye’olde security through obscurity shouldn’t be underestimated… It will stop all well-behaved search engines if you add the following to a file named robots.txt in the root of your domain.

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /

    Yup, it’s that easy.

     
    • Mike Chiasson 1:38 am on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Heh yeah I seen this one a while ago. This is just like Nicky Cakes landing page protect thing. Sometimes they just make you an obvious target.

      I should have my SSL setup on my tracking202 server by tomorrow and then I might actually start using it.

    • negbox 5:02 am on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Its a balancing act too. Usually the more secure you make your system, the harder it is to use!
      My recent post Googlehack Tracking202

    • hackwack 8:09 am on June 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Tracking202 isn't secure!!!

    • negbox 5:52 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You're probably right, it isn't secure – at least not against a determined attacker. I personally don't have the skills to crack open a server like that… I do know nothing is really secure given enough cash to hire the right folks, which isn't really that much considering exchange rates. I'm all ears open to suggestions on the tracking aspect. Develop my own stuff? Fly blind?

      My recent post WordPress 3 Released!


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  • NegBox 5:18 pm on May 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gold Rush, Internet Marketing Ian Lurie, Ran Aroussi   

    Internet Marketing Gold Rush Mentality 

    Brilliant article from Ian Lurie on the Internet Marketing Gold Rush – via Ran Aroussi’s mailing list.

    Some questions for self-reflection:

    • If you are selling something to people interested in making money online, who are you aligned with? Al or Seth?
    • If you are interested in internet marketing, who are you talking to? Al or Seth?

    Brilliant article for self-examination – Go read.

     

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  • NegBox 2:50 pm on May 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Finch, Interviews,   

    Weekly Kick in the Balls 

    I love Jonathan Volk’s weekly interviews – They’re literally a weekly kick in the balls for me. They’re a not-so-gentle reminder that somewhere out there there’s a dope doing what I want to be doing – and I’m not.

    Its also a great source of blogs. Finch’s blog is actually really good. I’m starting to notice that -in general- the more successful internet marketers have the least useful blog content. Of course there are many exceptions – my blog being one of them – according to that “inverse correlation” rule I should be surfing in a limo made out of internet marketing wads of cash all the way to some high-class strip club while sipping champagne and smothering my weiner in caviar… Not quite… Yet. A boy can dream, can’t he?

     

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  • NegBox 4:04 pm on May 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Storage,   

    Good Hard Drives 

    I’ve found a nice little company that puts together consumer and pro-sumer external storage devices – hard drives. They are Cavalry storage an their stuff can be bought on Amazon, buy.com and other places. Check out dealnews.com for good deals on their stuff too.

    Why are they good? Warranty. It’s not the story you want to hear – it’s the truth (BTW, last I checked drives were designed to last at most 5 years). Over the past two years or so I’ve had two drives sent in for warranty with Cavalry and had no trouble dealing with them. I’ve decided I’m not going to deal with half a dozen manufacturers, just Cavalry and save myself the headaches.

     

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