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Commerce Node Checkout - Documentation

I like is Commerce Node Checkout: it allows a site owner to let the public pay to publish content. In my example, I was using it to let businesses create and pay for advertisements. They would have access to be able to upload the ad of their choice. After hitting "submit" the node / ad is held in an unpublished state while the business user is taken to a checkout page so that they can purchase the publication rights. Nice. Automated. Money-making. In theory

Dress For Success

I used to have SEO dialed in. One SEO firm at a tradeshow had me plunk my URL, hoping that my keywords and meta tags would be akimbo. Nope: my site was ideal and they couldn't lure me in for some lucrative SEO contract work.
Then I went to sleep in a sense and came back to find that my SEO perfection was dashed to the rocks. Along with it my decent Google Adsense trickle and my legion of fans. It wasn’t entirely my fault and maybe you’re in the same boat and we’re both out to sea.

How To Get Your Affiliate Revenue Stream Going

As mentioned in What are you going to sell? one way to make money online is to feature products for sale by others. That’s the essence of affiliate marketing. You find products and sell them for others. They collect the gross revenue and you collect an affiliate fee. They could sell stuff on their own, but they want you to market products for them and the incentive is money-- potentially LOTS of money.

It's All About Henchmen

I saw this great video about how to do white-hat link building. Link building is a terrific way to build relevance with a brick-by-brick approach. The speaker had a lot of solid ideas until he came to one element. To paraphrase: "get your intern to search for new link directories and input your site." The indelible part: "Your intern." An intern is an unpaid person who toils on your behalf to learn at the master’s feet. If you are trying to earn your first $10,000, you have not mastered this gig yet so no one has likely flocked to your cause.

Networking : The First Volley of Marketing

I've wondered: how come people seem to be successful when other products may be better and hidden in obscurity? A few years ago, I went to a talk for aspiring writers (one session from an ongoing group). My wife and I sat through it. At the end of the talks, they had a mixer. We left when the talks were done. I was asked: "How come these people seem to have book deals?" My answer: the mixer. Sitting in a crowd and amassing knowledge is swell. Sitting at home and doing something wonderful is nifty.