Who Didn’t See This Coming?

Most of us who are heavily involved with CPA marketing know about the latest FTC crackdown on fake blogs and aggressive Acai advertisers a few weeks ago.

Not only has Oprah and Dr. OZ decided to start suing advertisers who have been using their images on their sales pages as endorsements, the Attorney Generals of many states are now also filing civil lawsuits.

Oprah Winfrey Sues Acai Makers

This also marks the first time that I have heard an Attorney General also targeting an affiliate for creating fake blogs.

Attorney General Madison Files Lawsuits Against Acai Companies

Now the question is, why should anyone be surprised?

Flogs (fake blogs) have been used heavily into duping people to fill out the many Acai, Colon Cleanse, Resveratrol offers that you can find on many CPA networks.

It was only a matter of time before this happened and I am personally glad that it did.  When people trying to deceive people with fake blogs and they join one of these rebill offers, we all know that it becomes the credit card billing road to hell.

This destroys the user’s confidence in ever purchasing anything online again with the fear of the same thing happening.  You may think it doesn’t effect you, but if you are selling anything ONLINE it does.

I can guarantee that the FTC and Attorney Generals have been gathering months of data with screenshots of the many fake blogs that have been circulating all over the Internet.  So if you were running a fake blog and have taken it down, you may still not be out of the woods as they might already have a file open on you if you live in the USA.

Watch the video below of me showing you an example of a fake blog:

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If you had been running fake blog and thought it would last forever, all I can say is…. duh!

Cheers
Gauher


My Trip Down To Silicon Valley

I was down in Santa Clara last week to speak at the Internet Income Summit. It was a three day Internet marketing event and I spoke on two of days on the topic of CPA marketing with PPC and PPV traffic.

While I was in California, I decided to take a tour of all major Internet companies and saw where Yahoo, Google and Facebook have firmly planted their roots.

With the number of dot com companies all over Silicon Valley, I can see why people move here because the motivation to create a dot com success is definitely here.

The Google complex is massive with over 40 different buildings that house their tens of thousands of employees.  To think that a company that only started about 10 years ago could go on to become one of the largest companies in the world is credit to Google for doing something right.

On the other hand, Yahoo seems to be a company with no clear direction. Their facility is nowhere near the size of Google`s and it looks like they are struggling to find their purpose now that they have inked a deal with Microsoft to have Bing.com power their natural search results.

Above is a picture of me standing behind one of the many Google signs placed outside each building.

I did get a chance to stop by and meet with Revenueloop.com, which is a CPA network that I have been working with for years.  Their office was located directly across from Google, so that in itself is motivation enough to grow. 😉

Leave your comments on your experiences in Silicon Valley.

It is amazing to think that none of these companies would exist if it wasn’t for the Internet.

Best wishes,

Gauher


Keyword Elite 2.0 Released

Brad Callen released his much anticipated Keyword Elite 2.0 tool and I was lucky enough to get an early copy to review.

The first thing that I noticed was the considerable improvement in finding and displaying keyword results.  The results are also much more accurate than the results that were generated with Keyword Elite 1.0.

In fact, I have yet to see a keyword research tool that can deliver keyword results as fast a Keyword Elite 2.0.

I am actually pretty excited to start using all the features.

But Keyword Elite 2.0 is much more than just a keyword research tool with seven (7) additional modules that allow you to do things such as spy on competitors or look for good sites to target using Google Adword’s placement targeting feature.

I think that is someone took the time to fully understand how to use this great piece of software, they could literally build a six figure income in just months.

The problem is that most people just by software because of the hype and then it ends up sitting on their computer.

But Keyword Elite 2.0 doesn’t need any hype.  It is the real deal and I am actually using in regularly thee days.

I have put together a bonus package for anyone who is interested in Keyword Elite 2.0 and purchases through my affiliate link.

http://www.coolcashezine.com/ke2

Cheers
Gauher


Starting My Twitter Journey

About six months ago I thought Twitter was stupid.  I have changed my mind although I think it is still over-rated.

I have started experimenting with my own Twitter account at:

http://www.Twitter.com/Gauher

I barely tweet, but noticed that if I do place a URL about something, my followers do actually click.

This got me thinking about Twitter as an effective communication tool (if not abused).

I spent some time trying to find out marketers who know Twitter really well.  I found a lot of marketers with tens of thousands of followers, but something did not make sense.

I see numbers like this:

23,543 Followers and 21,435 Following

Having over 20,000 followers is impressive, but how the heck do they follow over 20,000+ other people.
Everytime they hit refresh, they must end up with a new page of tweets.

Then the BS detector went off.  Ding. Ding. Ding.

Upon further investigation, I didn’t realize that their are tools out there that allow users to auto-follow other users when a user signs up to follow their tweets.

Great way to inflate your follower numbers.  But the problem is that these are not *real* followers.  You are just attracting other people who also want to inflate their numbers.

What I see happening is that the users with the most *real* followers will have the best opportunity to monetize with Twitter.

Twitter reminds me of a book written by Seth Godin titled “The Idea Virus”.  He writes about finding people who *influence* your niche the most and getting them to spread your idea.

The Twitter users with the large followings will be the influencers (i.e. Oprah).  If you could just get one of these influencers to tweet about your product or service, what would that do for your sales?

Something to think about.

I am also looking at other ways people are monetizing with Twitter and will include that in a little report I am putting together for you that details my Twitter experience.

But I think the companies that are going to make big money are the ones that build secondary Twitter services.

Here are a few good ones.

TweetDeck
http://www.tweetdeck.com
You can customize your Twitter experience by creating your own tweet browser that can also include Facebook.

TweetBeep
http://www.tweetbeep.com
Anytime someone mentions your name or product on Twitter, you can get an email alert.

TwitterCounter.com
http://www.twittercounter.com
This is like a huge data center for what is happening on Twitter.

FutureTweets.com
http://www.futuretweets.com
You can actually send out tweets in the future.  Very similar to an autoresponder.

And the list goes on!

I will place all these great Twitter resources and more that I have discovered in the nice little report for you, so stay tuned.