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I woke up to a lot of snow this morning. Living
here in Ohio you really never know what to expect. That
can be a good or a bad thing if you don't like surprises.
There was no snow in sight when I fell asleep last night
but"Old Man Winter" snuck in and delivered a few
inches of fun. Aren't we lucky? I guess if you like to ski
this would be a good thing but since I don't and feel cold
when the temperature goes below 60 degrees, it's not.
Did you realize this is the very first issue
in the brand new year? 2005, where did that come from? Want
to hear how I started out the new year? On New Year's Eve
I started feeling ill, sore throat and just a general feeling
of crap. I spent New Year's Eve night in bed watching TV
if that gives you any idea of the partying mood I was in.
The next day I realized I had the deadly disease
known as "the flu". The next 6 days were spent
in bed feeling like death was soon to befall me. OK, maybe
that's a bit theatrical but I still felt terrible. There
was a good side to the whole experience. My "Significnt
Other" Jim, took pretty good care of me making tea
and meals as needed. Now he's no replacement for my Mother
but since she seems to be unavailable to me now as a grown
up I guess I had to make due.
Yesterday was my first day of feeling 85%
normal and I actually ventured out of the house. I did what
any woman would do who had spent the last 6 days flat on
her back, went shopping. There are some great clearance
deals to be had at the stores right now and I always find
shopping so therapeutic. I think it was just what the Doctor
ordered. Granted I'm still not 100% a bit congested and
a little tired still but I'm vertical and that's a good
Since my PC is right next to my bed (due to the fire we
had, my real office is still unavailable) I did get caught
up on some paperwork and actually finished an ebook that
I will be offering for sale soon. I'm having it edited right
now so you don't think I can't spell. Anyone who writes
needs an editor and I'm lucky to have one. She makes me
look good and looking good in print is so important. You
wouldn't belive how the typo and Grammar Police come out
to attack you when they find an error. I think these people
took English class a little too seriously. Prozac may be
Anyway, to create the ebook combed thru past
issues of this ezine for the very best marketing resources
and compiled them into a 60 page ebook. This is something
anyone who markets online will want to keep close by. It's
going to be inexpensive, under 20.00 in PDF format and I'll
let you know when you can get a copy for yourself.
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1) Marketing News
Intuit Offers Free Online Tax Service
Canada Weighs Banning Internet Drug Sales
Monster Goes Local
Google Affiliate Link Policy Change
Sp.m King In Spyware Truce with FTC
Fact Sheet: How to Help Tsunami Disaster Victims
E-Mail 2004: Year in Review and a Look Ahead to 2005
Google Interviewed by 60 Minutes
2) Feature Article
"Advertising: Coming Soon to a Blog/RSS Feed Near
Advertising has always been part of our
Online it's no different, and the number of ad
options seems to increase daily. The latest target
of advertisers is Blogs/RSS.
A Blog is similar to an online journal where
weekly rantings by the publisher are posted. RSS
stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and is
way to distribute your Blog or Web page updates
via the Internet. Anyone can subscribe to your
RSS feed, which they'll do using a "news reader,"
and be notified of any new updates or postings.
This new type of advertising is still growing
and evolving and the majority of ads being served
are not graphical but text-based in nature.
Advertising in Blogs and feeds has a slow
growth area, as Blogs still have not reached the
mainstream, primarily due to the fact that readers
are not yet included within a browser's interface.
In the future, browsers will come with this option
One difficulty with RSS feed advertising
number of different software packages (news
readers) available. Instead of one or two
standards, there are hundreds of options to choose
As a publisher, you can earn cash by selling
ads on your Blog yourself, or you can use a
third party ad service and run their ads
on your site.
So what are some of the benefits to Blog/RSS
advertising? Well, unlike email ads, there is
no problem with filtering/blocking and this
format is 100% opt-in, so delivery of your
messages is assured with no S-p-a-m complaints.
You're also not competing for attention with
hundreds of other messages in an already over
crowded inbox of the end user.
Let's take a look at some of the options
and trendsetters in this new advertising arena.
1) Simple Ad Feed Management &
Service that allows you to place ads into
RSS or Atom feeds. Easy to use turnkey system,
they have a large pool of advertisers or you
can send your own advertisers to sign up thru
their site. All ad activity is trackable and
reports can be generated showing click thrus
and ad views.
2) TypePad: http://www.TypePad.com
An online Blogging service starting out
only 4.95 a month. Typedpad has recently
partnered with Kanoodle to integrate their
contextual ads into their Blogs. This is an
add on option for users and is not mandatory
or forced on subscribers.
3) Blogger: http://Blogger.com
Owned by Google, this free online Blog service
allows its users to sign up for their AdSense
Program. By displaying their contextual ads
on your Blog, you'll be paid for every click
thru. For more on Adsense see
4) Overture: http://Overture.com
Overture has partnered with Feedburner.com
to deliver ads into several feeds, including
contextual ad technology is relying on
Feedburner's processing expertise for help
in delivering the ads.
5) Feedster: http://www.FeedSter.com
Feedster has started placing sponsored links
their feeds and recently started offering
Kanoodle's context ads. Users of Feedster who
want "ad free feeds" will have to pay an
6) MoreOver: http://MoreOver.com
Moreover can deliver ads thru RSS, but the
publishers don't make the money; Moreover
does. To see a listing of their free RSS
news feeds, go to http://Moreover.com/RSS
They also offer free "ad supported
that non-commercial websites can display
on their websites. For more see
7) SimpleAds.net: http://www.SimpleAds.net
A free ad network for Bloggers to promote
their Blogs via other users Blogs. You can
create your own ad that is rotated across
their ad network.
8) BurstMedia.com : http://BurstMedia.com
BurstMedia recently launched their own Blog
advertising service. Currently they have over
22 Blogs in their network that all together
generate over 9 million pageviews a month.
Advertisers can choose to target by location
Anytime you see the Net's "Big Boys"
in a new technology, you can bet there's money
to be made. Blogging and RSS feeds advertising
is indeed the wave of the future, so if you don't
want to be left behind, catch a ride while
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3) Net Hot Spots
So who writes your favorite Blog? Time is running
out to submit the Blog you think is the cream of
the crop for this year's Blog Award......Hurry
they're only taking submissions thru Jan 10th.
Google Sponsored Links
This is a cool new tool by Google that allows you
to type in a key word or phrase and see all of the
AdWords Ads for that phrase or word. Finally a way
to search Google and see what types of ads are
running and by whom. Don't be fooled when you
visit the page it doesn't look like much but if
you type in some words in search all of the ads
being run on Google will be revealed to you.
Web Ranking Tool
A handy online tool that will give you your site's
PR, It's Alexa Ranking and how many backlinks it
has listed with Yahoo.
4) Sites to Help
F-R-E-E Tax Returns
Snap Tax F-r-e-e Tax returns offered by Intuit at this site
but not until mid Jan. Take note this is only for those of
you who file simple tax returns, no Schedule C's please.
If you have a cell phone you have to try this
search service from Google. It's easy to get
precise answers to specialized queries from
your mobile phone or device. Send your query
as a text message and get phone book listings,
dictionary definitions, product prices and
more. Just text. No links- You must have text
messaging enabled on your phone for this to
work. This is a great way to find the closest
pizza shop or drug store when you're on the
road. Leave it to Google.
Hotsellers on Ebay
Looking for a product to sell on Ebay? It might
help if you knew what the hot sellers were.
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