I would like to thank Andy Murray for reminding me that I’m Scottish on this warm Monday morning.
You see – one of the “best” – and I use that terms loosely – things about being Scottish is when it comes to our sporting “heroes”. It’s usually a tradition when it comes to our international football team. A big tournament comes around – the World Cup or the European Championships – and even though you KNOW Scotland are crap and not going to do well – you just can’t help but think “what if”. And by the time the tournament rolls around your optimism has taken over and bloody hell – you actually think they COULD do something this tournament.
Then things like Costa Rica in the 1990 World Cup happen. Or Gary McAllisters penalty miss at Euro 1996. Or Morocco at the 1998 World Cup. Or “that save” in the playoff game against England for the Euro 2000.
Hell I wasn’t even alive for the 1978 World Cup, yet just the word “Peru” sends shivers up my spine.
But it’s been awhile since I had that false optimism. Scotland haven’t qualified for an international tournament since 1998. So I’ve actually sort of missed it. Which is why it was nice to be reminded of it all yesterday. When Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon final I went through the same sort of emotions. Initially, I knew there wasn’t a chance in hell he would win. Yet when I went to the movie theatre yesterday to watch it in 3D, I was utterly convinced I was there to witness Andy Murray create history, and send Federer packing.
And of course, he didn’t. Typical Scot – he failed on the big stage.
Thanks for the reminder Andy! You’ll get him next time bro.
Finally Got My Shit Together!
I am celebrating this week, because work-wise I am taking names and kicking asses! I finally got caught up on all the work that I’ve had on my to do list for – well, EVER.
I mean here’s one example: I had a to do list item where I would e-mail everyone who had a link to PokerAffiliateBible.com and get them to change the backlink to AffiliateBible.com.
You know when I put that item on my to do list? October 2010. And I only got around to it in July 2012.
But I am feeling amazing. I can finally resort to the laid-back role of Content Monkey for awhile, where I do absolutely nothing but write content for my existing sites. I’ll be building new sites too, but the websites will be content-heavy simple-design websites to begin with, so that I don’t waste any time in the design/coding phase.
I’m sure you can tell with the content rush at Affiliate Bible lately – I’m in the mood to write like crazy, and loving it! Expect many more articles in the future here – I’ll be launching the VIP area here soon too and will have more details on that.
I’m also hoping to have a Kindle eBook written and published in time for the end of the year. What better gift for your 50 year old mother than an affiliate marketing guide?
Yep, it’s going to be a GREAT 2012.
Top Lists Websites:
One website I am hoping to launch in the near future is a website focused on top lists but in a particular niche. People LOVE top lists and they’re probably one of the most shareable items on the web.
I DO own TopTenCasinos.net but I would much rather write the type of content that is less selling, and more informational, resourceful and debatable.
OffThePost.info wrote a series of articles that are a great example of what I am talking about – see Top 10 Worst Premier League Signings: Liverpool for example. It’s the type of article where lots of people are going to agree and disagree, as well as share on forums, social marketing sites etc and debate for hours.
That kind of content can be a blast to write, and in the form of Top Lists the structure is already set out for you, so the writing comes naturally.
I’d recommend adding a few “Top X” articles to your websites. They’re fun to write, and also fun to read.
Revenue Jet: Exclusive 35%
In case you missed it during my content marathon, I wrote a Revenue Jet Review.
If you sign up via Affiliate Bible, your minimum revenue share is 35%. For all those non-AB folks, it’s only 25%.
And if you sign up, be sure to let me know your username so I can make sure you get free access to the Affiliate Bible VIP section when it launches!
Recently, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh wrote a prequel to Trainspotting, entitled Skagboys.
First of all – holy crap, what an incredible book. I could not put it down – just an absolutely fantastic book, and I decided to go on a Mark Renton Marathon, and re-read Trainspotting and the sequel, Porno.
During this marathon, I decided to re-watch the movie Trainspotting on Blu-Ray, as it’s been a few years since I seen it. But oh man – this was more difficult than I thought. I went to purchase it on Amazon, and there were a couple of different versions.
None of the versions or product information data fields actually stated what EXTRAS were on the Blu-Ray, so I had to rely on the user reviews. Unfortunately, that proved to be more difficult than I thought.
Here are two separate user reviews ON THE EXACT SAME DVD:
All nine deleted scenes, commentary, a “making-of” dohicky, and interviews with the cast (as well as Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn) are included.
This particular blu-ray is a bit disappointing, if only because it is barebones. There are zero special features
Great. For all the help the users reviews had given me, I might as well have stuck them up my arse!
Seriously though – I don’t know if there’s a website out there that does this already – but creating a website that lists every DVD and Blu-Ray, and a complete run-down of their features could work out very well. With multiple versions of DVDs out there now – I mean christ, Dirty Dancing has the Widescreen Edition, Collectors Edition, 20th Anniversary Edition, Ultimate Edition and Limited Keepsake Edition – being able to compare them all would be a valuable resource for consumers.
And of course, telling them the best place to buy the DVD online(complete with affiliate links!) would be even more valuable.
Atil Singh, Affiliate Manager of Chipsplit.
Atil is on vacation for the month of July. He notifed all affiliates of this, and that he will be in the office sparingly.
You know what this meant? It meant when I e-mailed him with a question on Friday afternoon, it took him a whopping 7 minutes to reply.
Seriously, the man is worth his weight in gold and I just wanted to give him props.
Motivational Quote of the Week:
“If you’ve never truly failed, you will never know what success feels like.”
I’ve no idea if that quote has been said before. I Googled it but couldn’t find it anywhere. But I was talking to someone last week and I busted that out. They looked at me open-mouthed for a second before saying “Man, that’s beautiful.” So I’m going to take credit for that one.
I really dig that quote though. I failed. I’ve failed many times. I was bankrupt and homeless for a period of time back when I was a teenager. I’ve invested $xx,xxx into websites and ventures that have been 100% complete failures.
And it’s those memories, which keep me going today, and also keep my head on straight. Read into the history of Donald Trump. He had many failures and a couple of bankruptcies over the years which he gets crapped on – but look at how successful he is now. If it wasn’t for those failures, he’d be nowhere near where he’s at today.
Something to think about. Never fear failure.
Use it to make you stronger.