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  • NegBox 4:19 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AdSense, Blackhat   

    Crazy CTR With One Wicked Idea from AdSense Outlaws 

    Take a really good look at this page. Yes, the ads are indeed Google ads.

    Wicked way to enhance AdSense text units

    Click to Enlarge: Wicked way to enhance AdSense text units

    My initial reaction was

    Wow, I didn’t know Google allowed explicit ads like that“…

    As my mind started reeling at the possibilities I noticed something…

    Wait, those look like Facebook ads because of the images… and Google ads because of the text – New ad Format?” ..

    So I clicked one – yup, it was a legit Google ad and all, leading to something like Estee Lauder —

    Estee Lauder wouldn’t put up an image of a naked chick on an ad. WTF is going on? Are they over-laying the Google ad with something?“… Close…

    They are standard vertical AdSense units, and the website is just placing the little square images on the left side of where each little ad sub-unit would fall.

    I remember from a long time ago something on the AdSense Terms of Service about making sure ads didn’t look like part of the site content – However I don’t remember anything about making part of the content look like an ad and slapping it next to a real ad! The content layout on this site makes it very clear the stuff at the top is “just ads”, and the content is below, so the ads aren’t blending into the content and causing spurious clicks. The ads are getting a little enhancement from their placement.

    Fucking brilliant for epic CTR – I do imagine this is not kosher with Google and very likely to get your AdCents account banned – TOS or no TOS.

    PS: If you pay close attention to the actual ads, you’ll notice this browser is being re-targeted quite a bit… PPC management and hosting offers on a Tattoo site? I’m surprised the Bald Storm on Demand Dude didn’t make a nude appearance here too.

    • Kyle Irwin 4:39 am on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      They’re taking it a bit far by using porn, but aligning images with Adsense text ads is pretty old school. It was abused to death when “adsense arbitrage” was hot and has been explicitly banned in their TOS since then.

      • NegBox 3:34 pm on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Harness the crowd by letting AdSense publishers submit images that go with the site theme on the publisher end, and letting AdWords advertisers choose to display (or not ) site-specific images next to their text ads. Two forces, driving to similar goals, all they need is a slight alignment for better results for everyone.

    • Mike Chiasson 3:00 pm on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Haha that must convert for crazy clicks!!!!!

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  • NegBox 4:31 pm on March 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amish Shah, , Magic Bullet System,   

    Microsoft Sues Magic Bullet System and Amish Shah Along With Jay Styles 

    Microsoft is suing Amish Shah, Jay Styles and two companies (the creators of the Magic Bullet System guru product) for using Microsoft trademarks and cybersquatting on Microsoft trademarks. And for contributory infringement.

    This should send an epic shockwave through the “guru” ranks – The lawsuit talks about contributory trademark infringement and contributory cybersquatting. That means helping or motivating SOMEONE ELSE to do trademark infringement or cybersquatting. Microsoft is saying that not only did these guys do the dirty, they encouraged other people to do it too.

    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog posted court documents relating to Washington at Seattle case C10-0653 RSM. This suit has been going on for a while – If you look at the title of the court document, it says “Denying Defendant Amended Motion to Dismiss”. PDF File for your enjoyment here:

    Snapshot first page of MSFT lawsuit with MBS - Cropped

    Click for PDF: Microsoft vs Magic Bullet System


    AFAIK civil cases are public records in the US, so this should be a fun read for quite some time to come.

    You can find all the dirty online if you know where to look.


    Defendants allegedly providing instructions and their alleged sales
    of a method known as the “Magic Bullet System,” which is meant to teach buyers how to use Microsoft marks in order to sell the emoticon-related software

    I had seen this idea in one of the intro videos to the Magic Bullet System. I actually thought the trick was clever – Though not my style.

    Their system or idea was this:
    Get a domain name that has some allusion to MSN Messenger in it, like “world-favorite-msn-messenger.info” or some such shit. Then they would use their “magic bullet” or WordPress, can’t remember, to create a Google and seo-likeable website (you know, Privacy policy, Terms of service, farticles).
    On that website they would offer the MSN Messenger for download and soft-bundle it with a smilies toolbar. The smilies were a CPA offer pulled from some network. I think the pitch was to tell people “Now that you got the toolbar, here are the Super-Mega-Dopey Similies” or something like Step 1- Get Messenger, Step 2- Get Smilies.

    Now you have the idea… You could do this with something that isn’t trademarked, or at least be a little more careful about your pick of domain names and such so you’re not next in line.

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit Crazy Eyes ADHD

    ADHD Summary (idea shamelessly stolen from Mr. Green):

    1 – Hide yo launches, MSFT be suing everybody out here

    2 – Don’t fuck with Microsoft

    3 – Guru shit will get you fucked by Microsoft


    This should send an epic shockwave through the “guru” ranks – The MSFT lawsuit talks about contributory trademark infringement and contributory cybersquatting. That means helping or motivating SOMEONE ELSE to do trademark infringement or cybersquatting.
    • Mike Chiasson 6:32 pm on March 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hide you kidzzzzz!

    • Monty 7:43 am on March 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Man, it’s crazy. I remember those videos. They claimed to make like $400/day profit with that campaign. Didn’t seem big of a deal to sue because of such shit like that…

      And the idea was to order a domain like:


      and then pretened that people are downloading the messenger cuz they’re looking for it. Except they were taken to a smiley page and had to install that one thinking they get messenger too, but nope.

      It is shady, but when you think about farticles, flogs, these generate way more money and are still ok to run.

    • Matt 2:52 am on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I thought it was sketchy too, but “contributory”? C’mon – we’re all adults here. The courts treat us like children and we sink to the level of expectation.

    • NegBox 1:08 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Matt, in most cases I’d agree – contributory infringement is the bullshit lawyers use to pad lawsuits.

      In this case I think Microsoft may have a valid point. When anyone shows a campaign online, there are invariably two hundred newbies who will try to cut and paste it – and then pout wondering why it doesn’t work straight up. I wouldn’t be surprised if their little video had actually caused a few dozen copycat sites, especially considering how much traffic these guys drive to their launches. What would be nice is having the burden of proof squarely on MS – to come up with several samples of sites actually “contributing” if you will.

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  • NegBox 5:16 am on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: asw11   

    ASW 11 Here I Cum! 

    Heading out to ASW11 in a few hours – Hit me up on Twitter if you’d like to meet-up!

    • Mike Chiasson 3:07 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Haha I’m sure you will have your own niche of people hitting you up on twitter after this post. Enjoy buddy.

    • DmnEPC 8:54 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is the best frickin Affiliate Marketing site on the net. You take 2 things that are hard to do together Learning about marketing and looking at porn and put them all on 1 page I couldnt ask for much more. Maybe upgrading to an Xtube video feed for the Gratuitous Eye Candy

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  • NegBox 8:52 pm on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    One Weird Resolution for 2011 

    I have a single goal for 2011: To smoothly transition into affiliate marketing full-time.

    Not so weird. And not a resolution. I don’t do “resolutions” – as if my willpower was lacking and it could be improved by merely “willing it” or “really, seriously, positively deciding”. That only works in the fantasy wonderland where most for self-help retard gurus live.

    Its a goal I’ve been working my balls off towards achieving for a while now – and it isn’t going to get any easier.

    Every single word of my goal is important. I need to move in controlled fashion – There are a lot of people depending on me and I have to make sure I don’t drop any balls along the way or as I make the jump.

    My guesstimate here is that I will be able to pull this off around August-September 2011 – So that’s what I’m shooting for.

    I’m not a young kid in my mom’s garage anymore, so it takes planning and foresight – This whole transition feels like preparing for a samurai duel on a tightrope: There is no margin of error, there is no dodging, there is no out, there is only pure focus on execution.

    So, I’m going to kick off my 2011 main goal by going to ASW 11 in Las Vegas on Saturday and getting completely shit-faced! … Oh, yeah… and networking with folks!

    • Damnepc 8:32 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Just say Fuckit and do it. Otherwise August turns into
      January and January turns into 2013 and your still making someone
      else rich working for the man. The bottom line is this You either
      have the money or you dont. If you have some money saved and you
      know you can make more than you do at your job then jump off the

      • Slave Rat 10:21 pm on January 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        August is an estimate. Believe me, if I could do it tomorrow, I would… I’m trying to keep an eye on myself too — I can easily sabotage my own work and literally force the situation – hoping it doesn’t happen that way… Though I confess there is a not-so-little part of me that believes a leap of faith is the best way to do this.

    • Tom Wozniak 10:49 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Have a great time in Vegas and good luck on your goal for
      2011! Making the jump to doing affiliate marketing full-time is a
      big challenge. Most people who get into affiliate marketers never
      reach the point of making it their career. It is a major milestone
      when you go full-time!

      • Slave Rat 10:23 pm on January 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Tom – If anyone can do it, it’s me, I’m absolutely certain.

    • Clay 7:11 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We covered the shit faced part like true champions.
      Good Times.

      • Slave Rat 8:04 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        That, my friend, we did… Apparently there was a whole lot more people at that party that we never saw – probably because I couldn’t see more than two feet ahead; and that’s all I really needed. The open bar was a massive stellar hit from Ads4Dough.

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  • NegBox 7:20 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bevomedia, ppvspy   

    PPVSpy Purchased and Reviewed – The Sky Isn’t Falling 

    I bought a PPVspy “perpetual” license from BevoMedia on Friday morning five minutes after Mike Chiasson sent me a text message about it. Interested in an unbiased no-affiliate-links capsule review? Read on.

    And no, I’m not biased in trying to justify to myself my purchase – Lets get that out of the way.

    The way I make decisions is: Fast, once and over – This was no different – And part of choosing the $999 one-time payment option boils down to not wasting time re-evaluating the tool constantly. Once and done.

    So the first thing I saw when I accessed the tool was… Ho-hum.

    I have a box that runs some of these pop-up toolbars so I already peek at what folks are doing out there – Is this tool better than my own research?

    A bit of background – Before getting into PPV, I was doing PPC with Google, Yahoo and Bing and using a tool called PPCBully. PPCBully is really a top-notch tool, yet it stopped being useful to me – never mind the “warning” I got from Google, the real problems with PPCBully were somewhere else – and they happen to PPVSpy too.

    PPVSpy will give you a nice sorted listing of what pop-ups it has seen the most. Slight problem – Not just the most popular pops, the entire majority of them, are from two sources I don’t want: 1 – Advertisers going direct to the PPV network  and 2 – direct-linking noobs. So this nice sorted list, instead of telling you what works, just tells you where people are spending money.

    1 – Sit back and think about that last point for a second – it is the fatal flaw I found on PPCBully too. Its the cashflow model. If you are a lead brokerage firm, and have an offer on an affiliate network where you pay idiots like me $5 per e-mail and address, you have a ton more margin (plus less middlemen) and a ton of leverage to get a massive discount at the PPV network. The spread between what you as a direct advertiser can afford versus what an affiliate marketer can, is very wide… Sometimes you find an offer has an exclusive deal when you try to advertise it and the network tells you it can’t accept your ads because they have an exclusive agreement – pretty upfront and not much sleuthing there. Either way, if your funnel or cashflow model doesn’t match what you’re “spying” on, then it isn’t really useful.

    2 – Direct-linkers. It can be hard to tell at first sight someone who is direct-linking apart from the owner of the offer, yet not impossible – just look how they’re getting to the offer (direct or via network) and what if any affiliate ID they use. Judging by this, there is a deluge of direct-linkers. This is actually easy to see when you have the toolbar installed – Direct-linking is everywhere. These are usually new PPV users and are losing money – Wanna know which URLs they’re losing money on? Go right ahead. If you’re making bank direct linking, good for you – it never works for me.

    In this area of finding profitable stuff PPVSpy (just like PPCBully) gets a ton of “noise” and very little “signal” simply because “signal” to me is someone who matches my business model for a particular niche and is being successful. Everything else is noise… And there is an awful lot of noise that literally drowns out the signal. In niches you’re familiar with, or for targets you know, you can -with some effort- extract some signal from the noise.

    PPVSpy will also give you a nice breakdown of offers and niches… So I thought – “Awesome, lets see if I can jump on a niche I know very little about, like dating…”

    So I open the Dating niche pop-up thumbnails and see… Well, I have no fucking clue what I’m seeing… And therein lies the problem… I can’t tell apart what is a direct-linked/advertiser offer from an affiliate landing page, let alone figure out which one is working. – The reason is simple, I haven’t been spending the past two weeks looking at dating offers and their landing pages on different networks, and know didly about them. The same goes for practically every niche I haven’t been researching already. This makes the task of getting some “signal” (ie: info on popups that work) from that “noise” (everything else) impossible – you can’t tell it apart until you go do your normal research.

    So does it have any good points? Yes, of course… I’m learning a ton from different niches on how offers are run. … This tool is great for breaking out of “Pop-up block” and seeing things a bit differently.

    Is some of what I see something I can “copy, paste and bank“? No. I can’t just decide I’m going into a niche without doing the real research – its a guaranteed epic fail. There may be something I can use in niches I’m already researching or new ideas I can port from other niches – This tool is excellent for that. … This isn’t exactly push-button marketing.

    What does it really do for me? It accelerates and augments my research.

    Do I still have to do the same research? Less so – The difference is I can feel more confident of my conclusions faster and get to market faster – that’s my bottom line.

    Is it worth $1k ?Absolutely – Where else can you learn from the market itself and keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in so many niches at once while in your pajamas?

    Will it pay for itself? Don’t be silly, of course not. You have to do real work to recover the money.

    Enough talk, more action!

    • Mike Chiasson 1:32 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think a case study from newb to campaign is needed here!

    • Gamekeeper 11:27 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent clean review, thanks. Just what i needed.

      PPV traffic can be used for arbitraging monetization of sites beyond just cpa offers too.

      • Slave Rat 12:47 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. Its a very flexible traffic source.

    • Sam 6:53 am on December 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, and I would say that for me, direct linking has
      worked much better than building landers because I specifically
      pick offers that fit in a pop, instead of having the call to action
      outside of the fold.

    • Sans Juan 12:15 am on June 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Most people don’t know it but you can use PPV and Banners to generate “likes” and “friends” to your facebook page. Check out the article at (www)(dot)hotbusinessdeals(dot)info.

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  • NegBox 7:58 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: holidays   

    Avoid Getting Swindled This Holiday Season 

    If you haven’t read Robert Cialdini’s masterpiece: “Influence”, you’re a tool. I can even tell you what tool you would be… You’d be a plunger, ready to dive into a toilet full of shit – My shit to be specific.

    In this little story below there is a tale of how massive amounts of people get screwed, along with an opportunity for you.

    Quote straight from Robert Cialdini’s “Influence” book:

    So the toy manufacturers are faced with a dilemma: how to keep sales high during the peak season and, at the same time, retain a healthy demand for toys in the immediately following months. Their difficulty certainly doesn’t lie in motivating kids to want more toys after Christmas. The problem lies in motivating postholiday spent-out parents to buy another plaything for their already toy-glutted children. What could the toy companies possibly do to produce that unlikely behavior? Some have tried greatly increased advertising campaigns, others have reduced prices during the slack period, but neither of those standard sales devices has proved successful. Both tactics are costly, and have been ineffective in increasing sales to desired levels. Parents are simply not in a toy-buying mood, and the influences of advertising or reduced expense are not enough to shake that stony resistance.

    Certain large toy manufacturers, however, think they have found a solution. It’s an ingenious one, involving no more than a normal advertising expense and an un-derstanding of the powerful pull of the need for consistency. My first hint of the way the toy companies’ strategy worked came after I fell for it and then, in true patsy form, fell for it again.It was January, and I was in the town’s largest toy store. After purchasing all too many gifts there for my son a month before, I had sworn not to enter that store or any like it for a long, long time. Yet there I was, not only in the diabolic place but also in the process of buying my son another expensive toy—a big, electric road-race set. In front of the road-race display I happened to meet a former neighbor who was buying his son the same toy. The odd thing was that we almost never saw each other anymore. In fact, the last time had been a year earlier in the same store when we were both buying our sons an expensive post-Christmas gift—that time a robot that walked, talked, and laid waste. We laughed about our strange pattern of seeing each other only once a year at the same time, in the same place, while doing the same thing. Later that day, I mentioned the coincidence to a friend who, it turned out, had once worked in the toy business.

    “No coincidence,” he said knowingly.

    “What do you mean, ‘No coincidence’?”

    “Look,” he said, “let me ask you a couple of questions about the road-race set you bought this year. First, did you promise your son that he’d get one for Christmas?”

    “Well, yes I did. Christopher had seen a bunch of ads for them on the Saturday morning cartoon shows and said that was what he wanted for Christmas. I saw a couple of ads myself and it looked like fun; so I said OK.”

    “Strike one,” he announced. “Now for my second question. When you went to buy one, did you find all the stores sold out?”

    “That’s right, I did! The stores said they’d ordered some but didn’t know when they’d get any more in. So I had to buy Christopher some other toys to make up for the road-race set. But how did you know?”

    “Strike two,” he said. “Just let me ask one more question. Didn’t this same sort of thing happen the year before with the robot toy?” Wait a minute … you’re right. That’s just what happened. This is incredible. How did you know?” No psychic powers; I just happen to know how several of the big toy companies jack up their January and February sales. They start prior to Christmas with attractive TV ads for certain special toys. The kids, naturally, want what they see and extract Christmas promises for these items from their parents. Now here’s where the genius of the companies’ plan comes in: They undersupply the stores with the toys they’ve gotten the parents to promise. Most parents find those toys sold out and are forced to substitute other toys of equal value. The toy manufacturers, of course, make a point of supplying the stores with plenty of these substitutes. Then, after Christmas, the companies start running the ads again for the other, special toys. That juices up the kids to want those toys more than ever. They go running to their parents whining, ‘You promised, you promised,’ and the adults go trudging off to the store to live up dutifully to their words.”

    “Where,” I said, beginning to seethe now, “they meet other parents they haven’t seen for a year, falling for the same trick, right?”

    “Right. Uh, where are you going?”

    “I’m going to take the road-race set right back to the store.” I was so angry I was nearly shouting.

    “Wait. Think for a minute first. Why did you buy it this morning?”

    “Because I didn’t want to let Christopher down and because I wanted to teach him that promises are to be lived up to.”

    “Well, has any of that changed? Look, if you take his toy away now, he won’t understand why. He’ll just know that his father broke a promise to him. Is that what you want?”

    “No,” I said, sighing, “I guess not. So, you’re telling me that the toy companies doubled their profits on me for the past two years, and I never even knew it; and now that I do, I’m still trapped—by my own words. So, what you’re really telling me is, ‘Strike three.’ ” He nodded, “And you’re out.”

    In the years since, I have observed a variety of parental toy-buying sprees similar to the one I experienced during that particular holiday season—for Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo dolls, Furbies, etc. But, historically, the one that best fits the pattern is that of the Cabbage Patch Kids, $25 dolls that were promoted heavily during mid-1980s Christmas seasons but were woefully undersupplied to stores. Some of the consequences were a government false advertising charge against the Kids’ maker for continuing to advertise dolls that were not available; frenzied groups of adults battling at toy outlets or paying up to $700 apiece at auction for dolls they had promised their children; and an annual $150 million in sales that extended well beyond the Christmas months. During the 1998 holiday season, the least available toy that everyone wanted was the Furby, created by a division of toy giant Hasbro. When asked what frustrated, Furby-less parents should tell their kids, a Hasbro spokeswoman advised the kind of promise that has profited toy manufacturers for decades, “I’ll try, but if I can’t get it for you now, I’ll get it for you later” (Tooher, 1998).

    There are a couple of things you can do with this info, other than not promising toys that will be in short supply. One of those things would be to figure out what toys will be in short supply, get there first and bank on eBay. Another would be to catch these parents looking for these toys during the holiday season and offer an alternative. Another would be to re-target these parents AFTER the holiday seasons with, say.. An Amazon affiliate link – I can already see the landing page “Remember the toy you promised? Its available NOW”…

    Jesus saves, everybody else uses MasterCard.

    • Mike 7:25 pm on December 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wicked site man, mixes my 2 favorite things together, porn and internet marketing! Great content too

      • Slave Rat 3:57 pm on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I read your blog post about CPV. I haven’t been able to see a DirectCPV pop yet (I installed some video thing that didn’t work) – I’ll have to try babelfish. Thanks for the tip.

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  • NegBox 5:22 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Video Boss Shitstorm and The Salty Droid 

    This is one of those posts I know I will regret within minutes…

    A while back I started reading The Salty Droid’s blog.

    Honestly, I don’t get it. The guy behind The Salty Droid is funny and brilliant – I laughed my ass off with his videos.

    What I don’t get is how “The Syndicate” are totally evil scumbags.

    I just listened to 90 minutes out of two hours of a Syndicate conference call The Salty Droid posted on his blog. I was really hoping to find some really juicy stuff – You know, killing kittens and human sacrifices to Cthulhu. All I found was a couple of guys trying to figure out how to do their product launch to get the most money – Their products may be good, or they may be shit – They’re probably shit, yet that’s not for me to judge. What I can make a judgment call on is the tone of the conversation and their intentions.

    Yes, they sell an overpriced dream. And they use many of science’s best marketing tactics available. And they are fairly well organized, to the point they can surround you with the message. Almost like a true cult… So? Life is chock-full of friends, and also brimming with people trying to fuck you over. What else is news? They belong to the “People trying to fuck you over” category – If we lived in the world of “The Invention of Lying”, then I would be shocked, as it is, these guys are kiddie candy thiefs – Why so much hate?

    I was hoping to hear how they were going to fuck people over by having them hand over their retirement funds in exchange for the philosopher’s stone – or something like Enron, or like Jim Jones and “The People’s Temple”, and really all they talk about is how to structure the launch so it sells more. I was hoping to hear how they were going to take the money and run to Bermuda. Or how they were going to escape the FBI. Or how they were going to embezzle ClickBank. Jeez, at the very least I was hoping to hear them talk about their customers in a condescending tone! Not even. WTF. Where is the video of Sekhmet drinking the blood of Syndicate  adepts?

    • Matthias 1:45 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why should you regret this post? I also discovered the Salty Droid some while ago and thought it was funny and useful to get some background information about some of the supposedly “big gurus” in the internet marketing business. Interesting to see how much money you can still pull with this stuff. By the way, who started this “I Make Money Online By Telling People How I Make Money Online” thing, it wasn’t John Chow was it? 😀

      • Slave Rat 5:03 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You’ll see – it never fails. It is indeed amazing what they do – at the same time these cronies are just ants crawling around the mouth of the shithole – a shithole that every time I thought I had seen the very bottom, I was wrong. I dare you to even peek under the hood of the cesspool of astrology.

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  • NegBox 8:14 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Storm on Demand   

    Retargeting is the newest craze. You visit a site, then that advertiser can target you wherever you go across some advertising networks – like Google.

    It starts to get very creepy and ridiculous after a while, though. The bald dude from Storm on Demand has been following me around the net for over a week – I see him several times a day. I’m already a customer – this isn’t making me interested in buying more or inviting the dude for drinks or something.

    If you’re about to do a retargeting campaign, please think long and hard about your creatives.

    I for one wouldn’t mind if the ones chasing me around the net were Playboy bunnies – I’d be delighted. Then again I wouldn’t want hosting from dumb blondes.

    • Davey 1:28 pm on December 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This fricking pedophile has been following me for a bout a month now. He is only chasing my in Opera so I had to go back to Firefox just to stop lookin at this asshole.

      Imagine my disapointment when I starting to get quite excited as I am scrolling down your blog I see a nice little piece of Gratuitous Eye Candy and then this fucker is back in my life.

      I was gonna go over to my Fav “TUBE” sites and bang done gone thanks a lot. Can you write some more shit to get this jerkoff off the front page of your site 🙂

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  • NegBox 3:17 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Excuses,   

    That’s My Story, and I’m Sticking to It 

    Thats my story and im sticking to it!

    That right there is a powerful agent of positive change. The power lies in SAYING that phrase and seeing how silly your stories sound.

    “That’s My Story, and I’m Sticking to It”

    That’s the phrase I began chirping every single time I said – or heard someone tell me- something that sounded even a tiny bit like a whim, hidden excuse or faulty reasoning. I decided to start doing this after reading “All Marketers Are Liars” for the fourth time and thinking about our everyday stories for a long time.

    I thought this would be a good way of explaining the stories of marketing, by making folks notice their everyday actions and how they put stories around it – even stories that made no sense at all.

    It worked wonders. My entire family laughed – and laughs. They all now chirp it back to me and make everyone conscious of why we do what we do.

    In action it looks like this:

    Wife: “If it was warmer, we’d be out jogging”
    Me: “Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!”

    Me: “I’m gonna get a Wii for Christmas… It has really nice games *FOR THE KIDS*… and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it”

    Kids: “I love Cheerios, they’re good for your heart”
    Me:” That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!”

    Wife: “I really need these boots for the winter so my feet don’t freeze… That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…” (while rearranging 50 other pairs of boots in the closet)

    Its really nice to see a whole new level of consciousness in everyday living – lifting the veil of the little stories we tell ourselves to justify doing what we’re doing.

    It separates reality from the story and makes YOU accountable for doing whatever you are doing – it takes the story out of the picture, as an optional mental masturbation, and puts you back in control.

    I firmly believe everything is optional – there is not one single thing you have to do. Sure, there are risks, consequences, rewards, whatever… Yet nothing is mandatory. These little stories we hear on TV or from other people and then we tell ourselves give us quick ways to deceive ourselves. We live out the lies we tell ourselves. Kill the lie. Then dissect it and take a look at its guts.

    If you’re a marketer, you then take that dead, dissected lie, you stitch it back up, and you sling it out into the world as a marketing piece:

    “Newsflash: In Winter, consumers stop going to the Gym and turn to Acai Berry Detox to combat Holiday Weight Gain”

    “Get a Wii for the Kids for $25? Only at Bidiot.com!”

    “Free Heart-healthy Cheerio Samples. Enter your e-mail (and entire medical history)”

    “You’ve won free UGG Boots! Just claim your prize in the next two minutes by entering your cell phone number in the next screen!”



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