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Smalltalk / Re: Games you play?
« on: August 08, 2014, 10:15:58 AM »
My graphics card blew and now running on board graphics and the only gameI can run is Runescape.  I don't mind as I like that game.  The quests are fun and there's a great community for the game, and they are always updating.  Over 100 million players, so always someone online to play the game with. 

Smalltalk / Is it hot or cold there now?
« on: August 08, 2014, 10:13:59 AM »
In the South, it's really hot now and my air conditioner is broken, so I only have fans and open windows to keep the house cool.  It's been into 90's Fahrenheit, which is really hot.  I don't like summer at all.  Then again, I don't like winter either.  And, that's fast approaching. 

Smalltalk / Re: What's your favorite TV shows right now?
« on: August 08, 2014, 10:12:21 AM »
I'm really into Dexter now, season seven.  Though for awhile I liked Supernatural. I just got tired of it after awhile and finding it hard to get back into the shows.  When I had cable, I watched Amish Mafia and Cutthroat Kitchen and competition reality shows like that.  Chopped was one of my all time favorites, along with any cooking shows on Food Network. :)

Smalltalk / Re: First step to start a relationship?
« on: August 08, 2014, 10:10:28 AM »
Just talk a lot and see if you like the other person or want to hang out with them.  Being around the other person is the only way you will really know if the relationship is worth pursuing. 

Sometimes, this happens to me when one of my cats gets into my room while I'm sleeping and starts meowing for food.  Very annoying but I deal with it.

Affiliate Marketing / Re: Do you cloak your affiliate links?
« on: August 08, 2014, 10:06:02 AM »
If I mouse over a link and see that it's an affiliate link, then it discredits whatever the person is saying as they have a money motive to be so excited or happy about the product they are endorsing.  Though there are some instances where a blogger might already use a product and love it, but then affiliate so their endorsement can equal money made on sales, most times the person is just promoting the item not having ever tried it.

The days of being able to write an article, insert affiliate link and post to an article directory to make sales are over.  You might get some traffic that way, but the typical person reading an article wants answers and info not a sales ad.  Best to stick with the affiliate review blogs and promotion on Facebook page/groups.

So long as your intention is to help your readers and provide the best quality resources available, this is a good idea.  Just keep it on the helpful rather than spammy side and ensure you have enough free resources, not just links to paid affiliate products.  This should not be a page for self serving, but things that can really benefit the people that keep your blog alive.

The good thing about building an email list is how you will always own that list and have the right to contact them to promote whatever related affiliate programs you are into.  If you are just relying on your blog's traffic to get sales, then you are missing half of the sales you could be having with good email follow up.  The emails help soften up even the toughest buyers so they will spend more and also give you permission to email them about things going on at your site so they have a reason to return.  A very good thing, especially for someone who is busy and might have forgotten.

Email Marketing / Re: Is it wrong?
« on: August 08, 2014, 09:58:43 AM »
It's wrong as in illegal, though morals or ethics have nothing to do with it.  And you could end up with both criminal and civil fines/penalties including prison time for mass spamming. And, this has really happened to some mass spammers, such as those who spammed millions.

Make Money Online / How would you monetize a forum?
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:11:17 PM »
I've had some success selling my signature line on my admin account on my own forum as well as ad space.  I have not earned any money on Adsense, though the ads are in place.  And, maybe that's because the forum is not very active or because the ads don't show to members, only to guests who don't click ads.  I would love some other suggestions for how to monetize a forum.

How long would it take for a blog to start earning money, such as through Adsense or other monetization methods?  How about for a forum? My forum never really earned well, except through signature line sales.  The Adsense on a general chat forum is not really too great as no one clicks the ads on a forum. 

When I first started out, I tried designing a website from scratch.  Mostly, it was just a background image with tables.  I liked the final result.  However, so much easier to use a simple website builder.  The results are more professional and easier for a beginner with no coding skills.    What's your experience with website building?

I can't think of even one blog niche that hasn't been done to death and isn't so over saturated.  I love gaming and talking about various MMORPG games but there are just so many.  I would not want to try to compete like that.  I'm sure the only way to make a blog popular is with good social media exposure or by developing your own voice.  At least, the people coming to your blog would expect a certain style from you that they could not get anywhere else.  This could potentially make a blog popular.  For instance, some people might prefer a more ascerbic style of game play reporting while others might want more straight forward.  An entertaining blogging style is important, no matter what the niche though.  Please talk to me about blog niches, which one you chose and if there are any not already being dominated.

Forums/Blogs & Websites / How long has your forum been open?
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:01:02 PM »
My forum opened about three years ago, in July.  At first, I was all into my forum, on the site for 12 hours a day.  But, when I went back to work, it was hard devoting so much time to the site.  And it was especially hard to keep the forum active after my long time admin fell and got injured and so she was away. 

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