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TTWIM: Thank The Worm It’s Monday

This week we’re thanking The Worm that it’s Monday.

Now I know it’s Monday morning. Your eyes are still half-shut and you’re sipping on that coffee, hoping for some spark of life. So I’m going to try and explain the title of this one as simple as humanly possible.

“The Worm” does NOT refer to Dennis Rodman.

“The Early Bird Catches The Worm” is a famous phrase and motivational quote.

“The Worm” means what you want out of life.

I’m “The Bird”. I’m chasing the worm. And to do that, I need to get up early. Earlier than anyone else.

So thanks to “The Worm”, I’ve been waking up at 5am every morning for the past month and totally rocking it. If you know me, you know how important it is to wake up at 5am. I’m so much more motivated, and work so much harder.

That makes me the Early Bird.

So I’m thanking “The Worm” for making me the Early Bird. If it wasn’t for “The Worm” I’d still be sleeping in, wasting the day away.

Speaking of famous phrases – is the phrase “Clear as mud” popping into your head right now? Yeah, thought so.

Let’s rock.

Spring Cleaning:

When it comes to affiliate marketing I’m doing my Spring Cleaning NOW – that’s how far ahead I am of the game! That’s how early a bird I am! Okay – let’s not start that up again.

But yeah – I’m doing spring cleaning and planning for the near future etc – as evidenced by my 6 Gambling Websites I’m Building in 2013 article.

One of these things I am doing is going through my “Website Ideas” list or my “Domains I Own and am Doing Nothing With List” and cleaning those up. It’s amazing seeing some of the absolute TRASH I’ve picked up over the years. However there’s also some good ideas I dropped the ball on.

Here are a few highlights:

Tickets Domains: I’ve written about this story before but it bears repeating. A friend of mine was getting into affiliate marketing, and he had started a tickets site dedicated to cheap MLB tickets, and scraping ebay t populate the site. The website he had was utter crap but he’d picked up 3 sales in his first week.

We talked about possibly working together, and I came home ready to pick up a domain. Unfortunately I was HAMMERED, and when I started looking at domains I couldn’t stop. I woke up the next day to discover I had purchased over 600 domains. Multiple domains for every NFL team, NBA team, NHL team etc. I mean look at some of this trash:

That’s a sample of the many, many domains I had. The worst thing about all that? I didn’t build ONE of those domains. Hell I think I still own a couple of them.

Ugh. Skeptical African Child would NOT be impressed:

Other Trash Domains: Seriously? “Best” and “Free” in the same name?, I guess my theory was “Gee, SOME people probably think you have to pay for rakeback”. What an idiot I am. I’m sad I never capitalized on that one actually. One of those domains I’ll always sit back and wonder. Bingo halls started banning smoking inside of them. My theory was providing an informational website on the smoking ban, then promoting online bingo instead because hey – you can smoke in your own house! The time has passed for that one. Probably for the best – it’s probably some pretty bad karma to profit while encouraging people to gamble AND smoke at the same time. Actually this one served a purpose – I was going to build it while following all the steps in my affiliate guide and use it as an example. But it’s amusing looking over the notes I made for this site when I planned it back in 2007. One article would be “What is Chris Moneymakers Myspace?”. These days, I’d be more likely to pick up traffic for “What was Myspace?’. This is one of those sites that I’ve told about 100 people the idea of it – and they all roll their eyes. But screw them – I always thought it was gold. It’d basically be a poker humour site. Funny quotes fish say, funny screenshots etc. Where people roll their eyes with though is the domain name, and also my tagline. “ – because was taken”.

Screw you, that’s gold! Playing off the whole “2Girls1Cup” thing. And if you don’t know what that means…don’t Google it. The idea of this was a sports betting tips site. The “theme” of it would be 5 guys getting around every day for breakfast, debating the best sports tip of the day and then posting it – so 1 pick a day, with a blog each day detailing the arguments. I love this concept – if you steal it please let me know as I’d love to follow it. The idea of this site was “Learn Craps in 5 Minutes”. Then it was pointed out to me that I might get people looking for advice on how to take a poop in 5 minutes or something like that. After that was pointed out to me, I lost my interest ofr that site. Wow. Just wow.

Google Privacy and Google Ads:

People complain like Google, and how much information they know about you. And yeah I guess I can see that – but I can also appreciate it.

Google wants to know so much about you so they can actually deliver advertising you’re interested in. They’re actually trying to make advertising online relevant – how can you hate that?

The other day I was looking up Halloween costumes. My daughter LOVES Captain America, so I googled “Captain America Halloween Costumes”.

I looked at a few and I thought about it – and decided to hold off on it.

An hour later I’m reading online newspapers – and look at what freaking ad I got displayed:

Seriously – HOW COOL IS THAT? Some people will be all “omg that snooping google you can’t hide anything from them” – who cares?! Instead of getting trash advertisements I’m actually getting 100% relevant advertising.

For the internet eco-system to survive, it NEEDS advertising like that.

I for one, am for it.

Although you don’t want to see the ads I’ve been getting after doing keyword research for the term “Huge Dildos”.

Gaffg Awards:

My friend John is doing the affiliate awards again this year. Go Vote!

Nice Bonus:

I wrote in my “6 gambling websites for 2013” article that I was going to be building more sports betting tips niche websites.

Now sometimes I launch websites for sports that I know nothing about. So I hire one of my friends who DOES know a lot about the sport. We split 50/50, he writes the tips and I do the marketing.

One website I did with a friend 2 years ago never worked out. We brought in a couple of players and went in the negative. He managed to pick a 30/1 tip and a 20/1 tip in successive weeks which one of the players followed. My friend got rather disillusioned by that and after 4 weeks just gave up on the site. I had too many other things on my plate as well, so the site has sat dormant.

Anyway – fast forward about 2 years and that tracking link with the negative amount? It’s FINALLY hit the positive. So 2 years after that website was started and then dropped, I get to show up at my friends and say “Here’s $100 from that website we worked hard on years ago.”

Nice feeling to be able to do that. Especially because he quickly became disillusioned by affiliate marketing and this will help him see it in a new light.

Video of the Week:

Let’s end this weeks article with a quick trip in the time machine.

We’ll head back to 2007, where a news station is talking about this hot new thing called….Twitter?

So much of that video is gold.

“Atwitter Over Twitter”
“Forget Blogging! Forget MySpace!”
“Is it possible that making a cellphone call could become a thing of the past?”
“You’re about to learn what aTwitter is”
“Master blogger can’t keep his fingertips off”
“The latest cyberdrug of choice is called Twitter”
“[Twitter is] an addictive concoction of blogs, google maps, personal websites and text messaging – all bottled into one network.”

Amazing. Just amazing.

Have a fantastic week everyone, and try not to get distracted by whatever todays “cyberdrug” is.

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  • Spry

    Awesome post Graeme. I think it was me who told you about my cheap baseball tickets site that was pulling ebay results and making sales. Now man that was some easy monies back in the day, lol. So hilarious you went balls to the wall with every team name domain + tickets combo. Did you just go to, type in your three keywords and buy them all?

  • Did you have to work towards getting up at 5am, or did you do that overnight? I imagine you go to bed early-ish?

    Something I meant to ask on your last post too. You mentioned building several sites next year. How much hands on involvement do you have with each one? I think I remember you mentioning that you have a team that helps you out?

    Pretty cool to have a site go from negative to positive. Wonder if your friend will get back into affiliate marketing now?

  • DealerDan

    Yeah you ran… or something right? What happened was I told a friend about it, and he ended up building a site and it was while I was out with him that he said he had made a few sales in his first week.

    And sadly I didn’t use bustaname – I typed every one into Godaddy separately haha. I didn’t even use a coupon code 🙁

  • DealerDan

    Well everyone is different – but I found what worked for me was when I wake up – immediately work out. The body gets used to that and so it’s got to the point where I wake up before my alarm by a couple of minutes. But yeah I had to work at it. I NEED 8 hours of sleep so that means I have to be in bed by 9, and that can be tough in the beginning. After a few weeks though you get used to it.

    I’m VERY hands on. I have a few designs that I stick with when first launching a site and only if it takes off will I look at a custom design. The only thing I outsource these days is content writing – and I still write a fair bit of content too. My Monday “to do list” is writing 11 articles for my main websites.

    And yeah my friend was over the moon – it’s a golf site and the season starts again in January and he’s already planning on writing again.

  • Spry

    Haha yes, it still exists. It lost traffic probably 2 years ago from goog. But still manages to make a few bucks a month. I built a bunch of these little sites and if the epn network hadn’t changed how they pay out (used to pay out a $50 cpa in addition to rev for new bidders) there was some pretty good and easy money out there. Hence a few hundred baseball ticket domains eh 🙂

  • Yeah, that’s a good idea. I have a difficult time just getting out of bed that early. Even putting my phone across the room hasn’t helped much. Just hit the snooze and go back to bed. But would like to get up earlier so I can work out in the morning (if I don’t do it in the morning it’s unlikely I’ll do it at all).

    11 articles!?! That’s a lot, even if they’re all on the short side. Just having to switch gears and focus on a new topic can be difficult, let alone staying focused to get it all done in a reasonable time frame. That’s crazy. It’s awesome that you’re still that involved in the process though.

    It’d be great to hear a followup on your friend in the near future. Definitely a source of motivation.

  • DealerDan

    Yeah I am REALLY bad with alarm clocks. Like they are pointless. I’ve set 5 alarm clocks spread all over my room, had them in places where they are almost impossible to get to – then missed a 5am flight because I got up and turned of all the alarms without actually waking up.

    The key is really figuring out how much sleep you need a night then going with it. Like I need 8 hours for sure. Sometimes I may only sleep 6 hours. But then the next night I’ll have to sleep 9-10 hours to catch up, unless I nap during the day. It takes a lot of practise but you’ll get there.

    The articles are all dealing with different subjects that help. Like a couple for one gambling site, a couple for another, a couple for a tech site – that sort of thing. And I have the list of them ready on the weekend so my brain practically writes the articles in my head. Then it’s just a case of actually typing them out.

    Yeah I will post updates for sure about him.