Dec 18

Creating An HTML Sponsor Page

Typically with IM you have multiple logins and passwords for multiple sites, most likely multiple email addresses (all with different passwords)…multiple forum logins / passwords.. and before too long keeping track of everything becomes a total nightmare. I’m pretty OCD with my organisation and have found that the best way to keep everything organised, together, and to hand – is in the form of an html sponsor page.

When I first started working online I would keep one text file for each sponsor/website/forum containing info such as 1) the original join email I received 2) user/pass 3) website url 4) any other notes. This worked fine, and kept things together in one directory on my computer, but once I got to 200+ sponsors/logins/passwords, searching through it all became a massive pain in the arse. I needed everything in one place, easily readable, plus it would be nice to have links there too, so I could click and get to where I wanted to go instantly. And so my sponsor page was born. Even better, this year I’ve switched to storing it on Dropbox, so worst case scenario – all my computers get stolen and/or my apartment burns down, I can move to any other computer, pull the page down from Dropbox, and carry on like nothing ever happened. The only password I ever have to remember now is my Dropbox one. If you decided to follow this method and use a sponsor page, make sure to keep that one password super safe!

I’ve uploaded an example of what a sponsor page should/could look like. Of course you don’t have to keep the same format, feel free to switch it up. If like me you have hundreds of different sponsors and logins, you can always make a few different pages, keep things sorted by niche, or whatever. I’m on a big monitor here, so can see this whole page fine. If you are on a smaller screen then you can obviously adjust table width, font size, and layout to suit.

Click here to see an example sponsor page (will open in a new window)
I’ve included a few sponsors and sites that I use on here, but adjusted all the links so nothing goes to anything personal of mine. Also all the logins and passwords are changed to user / pass.
Yes this page looks totally ghetto. It’s not supposed to be pretty, just to function, and it does that fine. 😉

Brief explanation of layout (if you really need it)

1) Sponsor Link user / pass

  • For every sponsor link, edit the text and html link, then I write the user and pass next to it in text.
  • Example : Twitter martin123 / hull34bird

2) Sponsor Link user / pass Ref

  • For every sponsor link, edit the text and html link, then I write the user and pass next to it in text.
  • The ‘Ref‘ after user / pass in this case is your referral link to the sponsor. Never get lost again when someone asks for your ref code. Right click – copy link location – paste. Job done!
  • Example : Dropbox funkylemon / rufflesabc Ref

Notes and tips : 

I set every link on my page to open in a new window. ( target=”_blank” ) This way my sponsor page is always open. I use this page more than any other, I even have it set as my home page. Setting your browser home page to your sponsor page means you can get to anywhere in your network with just two mouse clicks, including being able to pull out any ref code you might need to copy/paste.

Store your sponsor page on Dropbox, and edit it from Dropbox too! This way you know that whatever changes you make, are always going to be instantly stored on the cloud, and can instantly be pulled down on any other device (iPad, iPhone, friend’s computer, internet cafe, etc) Dropbox has a nifty plug in where it integrates with Finder (mac) and Windows Explorer (windows) so doing things this way is super easy.

Don’t want to use Dropbox? No problem – Google Drive offers the same kind of deal.

I usually have Dreamweaver open anyway, but whenever I sign up with any sponsor/program/forum I have got into the habit of instantly creating a new link for it on my sponsor page. How long it will take you to make a page like this initially depends on how many sponsors you are joined up with. But once you have everything down in one place, adding a new one here and there takes just a few seconds.

You don’t just have to keep this page to sponsor logins. I use mine as a bit of a ‘scratchpad’ as well, with links to other random pages I might use a lot, phone numbers, internet bank code logins, all sorts. If you don’t want to put very personal info up on there, fine – you don’t have to! It’s your page you can do what you like with it. If you do choose to store sensitive information on it, I suggest abbreviating the passwords in some way so only you will know what the full phrase is.

I’ll finish with saying that once I got a sponsor page up and online, my IM life became a LOT easier. I’ve never lost a login, password or ref link since. I can grab any data or ref code I need within two mouse clicks from any computer, anywhere. Get organised! Which in turn will give you more time to work. 🙂

Questions? Feel free to get in touch – details over on the right.

Dec 15

Coding The Perfect Exit Console

One thing I have found that improves conversions on any funnel (squeeze) page is the use of an exit console. An exit console will ‘pop’ a little window if/when a surfer goes to leave your page before entering in their email, with another offer. This increases your chances of getting them to opt in to one of your lists.

So how do we do it? This may seem a bit long winded at first but trust me the instructions are pretty simple once you get your head round it. Feel free to get in touch if you are having any problems.

Copy paste the following code in blue into your html page, in between the <head> and </head> tags.

<script language=”javascript”>
(function() {
setTimeout(function() {
var __redirect_to = ‘http://www.yourofferurlgoeshere.com’;//
var _tags = [‘button’, ‘input’, ‘a’], _els, _i, _i2;
for(_i in _tags) {_els = document.getElementsByTagName(_tags[_i]);
for(_i2 in _els) {if((_tags[_i] == ‘input’ && _els[_i2].type != ‘button’ && _els[_i2].type != ‘submit’ && _els[_i2].type != ‘image’) || _els[_i2].target == ‘_blank’) continue;_els[_i2].onclick = function() {window.onbeforeunload = function(){};}}}
window.onbeforeunload = function() {
setTimeout(function() {window.onbeforeunload = function() {};setTimeout(function() {document.location.href = __redirect_to;}, 500);},5);return ‘**********************************\nHold On A Minute There Cowboy!!**********************************\n\nClick *CANCEL* Or *STAY ON THIS PAGE*\nTo Take Advantage Of This Amazing Offer :\n\nGet 3 FREE Email List Building Ebooks!\nYours Today for $0 – Absolutely FREE!\n\n**********************************\n’;}}}, 500);})();</script>

Before we go any further – you are going to need to edit certain parts of the above code.

1) Substitute http://www.yourofferurlgoeshere.com for the url you wish to send your exits to.

2) This exit console is set up for me giving away 3 free E-books, so you will most likely want to personalise the message to suit your offer. The code below is for the text that comes up in the exit pop…

‘**********************************\nHold On A Minute There Cowboy!!**********************************\n\nClick *CANCEL* Or *STAY ON THIS PAGE*\nTo Take Advantage Of This Amazing Offer :\n\nGet 3 FREE Email List Building Ebooks!\nYours Today for $0 – Absolutely FREE!\n\n**********************************\n

will produce an exit window like so :

exitpop

So you can see roughly from the blue text above what does what in the exit pop up.
NB : \n is a line break – and you can work the rest out on your own I’m sure 🙂
If/when the surfer clicks ‘Stay on this Page’ they get redirected to the url as specified in 1)

Ok we aren’t done yet. What you really want is for the console NOT to pop if the surfer enters their email into your funnel and opts in. We get this to work by editing our Aweber code like so :

aweber1

Choose the Raw HTML Version and you will see the following :

aweber2

I  copy paste all of this code into a notepad file so I can edit it easily.
You are only looking for one line anyway – which is this one :

<input name=”submit” type=”submit” value=”Submit” tabindex=”502″ />

Your code may be slightly different if you have used a custom button, but you need the full line that starts with  <input name=”submit”…… This is the only line of text that needs editing. Next we need a command that will tell the page NOT to pop an exit console if the surfer opts in – which is this :

onclick=”exit=false”

Added to the end of your line of code from Aweber, we end up with the following :

<input name=”submit” type=”submit” value=”Submit” tabindex=”502″ onclick=”exit=false” />

Ok you’re done 🙂 Paste the Aweber code into your webpage, upload, test, and you are ready to go.

I uploaded a page where you can see this in action – click here to get to that 🙂

This console is tested and working in Chrome, IE, Safari and Firefox.
NB : the custom exit pop up window does not come up in Firefox, instead it only displays the following :

firefoxpop

The functionality works just fine though.
Thanks go to Zeid Makkawi from the Solo Swap Syndicate Facebook group for providing me with some of the original code, then I got in and worked the rest out with the power of Google 🙂

Dec 15

How To Track With AdTrackzGold

I originally intended to write a whole blog post about this, but found a great guide on YouTube that explains most of what I wanted to say. With permission from my man Chris Cole, here is the video – compulsory viewing for anyone wanting to get started with setting up and using AdTrackzGold.


If you are doing Solo Ads, or any other form of click tracking – I strongly recommend AdTrackzGold.

Dec 15

Solo Ads Step 1 – Getting Started

What is a Solo Ad?
I’ll try and keep it as simple as possible here. A ‘Solo Ad’ is when you (generally) pay someone to mail their email list, on your behalf, with a recommendation and link to your free optin offer squeeze page, otherwise known as a ‘funnel’. This builds your email list, and once it is big enough, you can 1) sell your own Solo Ads to other people in exchange for cold hard cash, and 2) Do ‘Ad Swaps’ with other people in order to build your (email) list up even further. The quicker you build your list, and the more people you have on it – the better. Solo Ads is truly a numbers game.

Eh? Squeeze page? Funnel? Ad Swaps?
I know I know… like any strain of IM (internet marketing), Solo Ads has loads of terminology, acronyms and abbreviations going on. The quicker you learn them all the better, but in the meantime I think showing people examples is the best way to go. So I’ve linked to some typical squeeze pages, or funnels – here, here, here, here and here. Take a look at these so you get a clearer idea of what I’m talking about. Just writing these first few lines has made me think I should do a page explaining all the terminology, so I’ll get onto that soon enough. Make sure you keep an eye out for it. An ‘Ad Swap’ since you asked, is where two people mail each other’s lists in exchange (no money involved, just a straight email swap). As long as the two people can send each other the same amount of clicks, everyone is happy and both lists will get more subscribers, which is the name of the game here.

What will I need to get going with Solo Ads?
Money lol. Thought I’d get that in there straight away. You will need at least a bit of money in order to start, specifically for a domain, hosting and an AR (auto responder) email service such as Aweber (the best in my opinion). For registering domains, I seriously recommend Namecheap over all the others. As my tools page says, I’ve been buying domains for over 15 years, and have had total nightmares with GoDaddy, CheapDomains, NetRegistry and all the others. Namecheap have never once messed me around, hijacked any of my domains, buggered anything up… they are a solid registrar and I can’t recommend them enough. You can get a .info over there for less than $4 which is a small price to pay when you are first getting started. For hosting, hmm I can’t suggest anyone off hand for a beginner as I’ve used mine for over 10 years and host a lot of sites over there, so they are quite expensive. Checking Google is probably your best bet, I’ll ask some people about this over the next week and come back to edit this post if they give me some good suggestions.

So once you’ve got your domain and hosting up, you now have some webspace to upload your funnels to! I’m afraid I can’t get into all the details of how to set up your domains/hosting/ftp transfers here, it would take way too much time. If you are a total n00b (don’t worry we all were at some point!) just get on over to Google – where there are endless help pages and video tutorials on how to do all of this stuff.

Next you are going to need an AR (auto responder) email service in order to collect email addresses and build your list. Like I already said, the best in the business is Aweber as they have the highest delivery rate. You can get a trial of their service for a full month for just $1 by clicking this link. Ok  – domain(s), hosting, and AR set up and paid for – now you can move onto building your first squeeze page, or funnel.

Click here to see part 2 of this journey!