Memorial Day 2011

Arlington National Cemetery Section 60As you know this weekend is Memorial Day weekend.  Most Americans are out shopping, getting the boat ready, camping, or just happy for a three day weekend.  I’d ask that you take some time to think about those that have given their lives for what you have right now.  I don’t think it is too much to ask to say a little prayer, attend a ceremony, or visit a memorial.

Corporal Bernard P. Corpuz, you have not been forgotten.

A Pittance of Time on this Veteran’s Day

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of my fellow Veterans.  Being a Veteran its kind of weird saying that, however countless numbers have gone before me, and countless numbers will come after me.

I’d encourage everyone to take “A Pittance of Time” to remember their sacrifices.

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”. Terry later recorded “A Pittance of Time” and included it on his full-length music CD, “The Power of the Dream”.

Corporal Bernard P. Corpuz, you have not been forgotten.

DealDotCom Update

I was recently asked if DealDotCom was still making me any money.  When I last provided an update I was 3 1/2 months into using DealDotCom and had the following stats:

Tier One Affiliates: 62
Tier Two Affiliates: 263
Profit Made: $392.01

After analyzing my stats a little bit I decided I really needed to beef up my down line if I wanted to continue making money.  Knowing that John Chow was on my Tier One list (he is no longer there, I’m not sure what happened, and that is a big loss), I pinged him asking him to provide an update post on how well he has done with DealDotCom.   While he did reply stating that he was planning to post an update on his blog, it never came.

Since then DealDotCom was slipping, there was a period of time that I didn’t make any sales, so I basically gave up on it.  I figured the products were not of the same quality, and the “newness” factor had worn off.  After being asked how it was doing for me, I logged back in and analyzed my statistics.

As of October 24, 2008, I am up to 96 Tier One affiliates and 270 Tier 2 affiliates.  This is up from the end of December, with very little to no work done to promote DealDotCom.

Here is my earning chart:

As you can see after 2007 my profits slipped greatly, however remember I had all but given up on DealDotCom.  It is however encouraging to see that so far in October I have made $16.00 from three (3) sales, one from a Tier One and two from a Tier Two.  The last promotion I did was my blog post in December.

With that being said I am off to try to get some of my Tier One affiliates to promote DealDotCom on their blogs.  If they sign new people up my second tier will get larger which means more money for me with no work.  Unfortunately my biggest Tier One (John Chow) is no longer listed, however I was able to recognize another large player Jon Waraas.

Jon made a post titled, DealDotCom It Really Works, back in October 2007, so I sent him an email asking him if it is still making him money with it and if he would update his blog readers with his progress.  We will see if he makes the post, I’m guessing he won’t, but I figured it was worth the chance.

If you have a website that targets webmasters or marketing visitors I’d encourage you to give DealDotCom a try.  Not only do they offer some great products at big discounts, the affiliate program can’t be beat.

Blog Action Day: Poverty

I just found out today is Blog Action Day.  I’m disappointed I didn’t hear about it earlier, as Poverty is a topic that I am passionate about.  You can often find me wearing my “One Wristband“, to remind myself of the importance of making “Poverty History.”

Since I don’t have a lot of time, all I am asking you to do is watch this video about that was presented in September at the special United Nation’s Summit.  The short film, “Celebrate, Accelerate”, shows the progress on the Millennium Development Goals to date and encourages further, faster commitments going forward.

If you felt “moved”, see what ONE is doing, and how you can help!

Turned Down from Market Leverage

So I’ve been toying around / working on affiliate and web development projects for the last eight years.  Back in College I did a lot more web development and web hosting and slowly started into making sites of my own and monetizing them.  I started making decent money with affiliate programs but those of you know me, my life kind of switched directions and I sold / ignored the majority of my sites for a while.

Lately I’ve started getting back into web development.  I have a couple of blogs going, a membership site in the works, and a few affiliate sites.  I’ve once again started researching the different networks and reading how various folks are making money.  I’ve also toyed with PPC, however I’m not a fan for the amount of time it takes.

After reading about Market Leverage on and I decided I needed to get into their network as its the current “big one”.  I decided to enter Tyler’s contest to see if I could take one of the new sign up prizes.  From reading about Market Leverage I applied on their site and was expecting a phone call.  Now, I’m getting back into this game so I figured I would have to sell myself a little bit in the phone call, but hey, if a guy who doesn’t have a website and is just promoting zip code offers can get in it shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Well, instead of getting a phone call I received this email:

Hello Dan,

Thank you again for applying to MarketLeverage. Unfortunately, we are unable to approve your application at this point. Please contact me with any questions or to receive the specific reason why we can not approve your application at this time.

Sal Guarino

So instead of getting the opportunity to speak to an affiliate manager and talk up some of my past sites, my current sites, and my plans on utilizing Market Leverage to build back up my network of sites, I received an impersonal email from the “President”.

With the way Market Leverage presents itself I wasn’t expecting a form email… disappointing.  Kind of goes against all of the reasons I wanted to be part of their network.  They present themselves as working with bloggers and connecting with their publishers, but can’t even follow through with a phone call?

Looks like I won’t be winning Tyler’s contest…

“Last Lecturer” has Passed On

Randy Pausch, a Professor who was made famous after giving his “last lecture” celebrating his life and lessons learned, has passed away at age 47.

Professor Pausch, taught computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September of 2006. Approximately a year later he gave a 76 minute speech about living life to the fullest and fulfilling childhood dreams.

In case you haven’t seen the lecture yet, here you go:

If only all professors were this passionate! Prof. Pausch brings some good points to the table, here are a few that stuck with me:

  • Have something to bring to the table.
  • The “Brick Walls” are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out, they are there to let us prove how bad we want things. They are there to stop the other people that don’t want things bad enough.
  • It is important to know when you are in a pissing match, and to get out of it as soon as possible.
  • Let your kids paint their bedroom!
  • Focus on other people not on yourself.
  • Be Prepared: Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.

I haven’t read it yet, but I would encourage you to consider buying The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. I just purchased it from Amazon, and will hopefully be able to read it during the next month in between my various trainings.

R.I.P. Professor Pausch. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Expert Traveler? Yes I am!

For those that fly regularly or pay attention to the news, you may remember that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been modifying security checkpoints to accommodate three separate categories of travelers. From the TSA website:

“The self-select pilots are comprised of a series of lanes designated by signage that directs passengers based on their travel needs and knowledge – Expert, for the business traveler who flies several times a month; Casual, for passengers who travel less frequently, but are familiar with the security process; and Family/Special Assistance, for passengers traveling with small children or strollers, elderly passengers and passengers who may need special assistance.”

On my recent travels to Las Vegas, I departed from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport which utilizes the new lanes. As I approached the checkpoint I noticed that the “Family/Special” lane was closed and that there were approximately 20 people in the “Expert” lane, with no one in the “Casual” lane. All the lanes converged onto one x-ray and metal detector line. I thought I was pretty experienced with flying but I figured I would take the “Casual Traveler” line as I wasn’t in a hurry. I expected to have to wait until the “Expert” line cleared out, but that wasn’t the case. As soon as I hit the front of the “Casual” lane, the TSA employee stopped the “Experts” and waved me through. I basically skipped in front of 20 air travelers by picking the lane that was empty and ignoring the signs.

At that point I decided I was indeed an “Expert” traveler…

Resolution Followup

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to expand my little web development company, Missing Arrow Publishing.

I’ve been struggling trying to decide what I want to focus on, I have a great number of ideas but so little motivation to follow through. The only site that I have really “spiced” up is Scouting News which based on its topic will never be a large money maker. I tried to do some work on Joke It, but unfortunately the back end which is protected by a zend optimized script is broke, and at this point I don’t think there is anything I can do to fix it short of rebuilding the whole CMS.

Sites I had wanted to develop:

1) Wii Rat – I’ve lost interest in this topic, but will try to build up the blog and sell it. I obviously need to come up with a theme and build up some posts to start getting some keyword interest.

2) CSP Corner – This is the site that I am the most excited about, but will take the most work. I have a coded design, but realized my php skills are very rusty and are slow to return. There is a demand for this niche, I know how I can monetize it, and I would have fun running it. I just need to get the CMS coded so I can start gathering data.

3) Camp Skits – I’ve had fun doing the “research” for this site, but haven’t done much else. I was curious as to how much search traffic I could get with this topic, so I threw up a sample page, and have been amazed at the stats I’ve seen with no promotion. Once again my rusty php skills have slowed me down greatly, which bothers me as this is a very simple script. I thought I had it all set up but I kept getting an error that was frustrating as I couldn’t discover the source, so I stopped work on it for a while.

4) Green Website – yeah, nothing… couldn’t even find a good domain name yet.

So as you can see, things are slow going. I really hope to get some sits set up so I just have to maintain them as I could use the extra income. I know CSP Corner won’t end up being a low time involved site but it is based around a hobby so I’m not too worried about having to dedicate a large chunk of time.

Why did I post this? No, it wasn’t to entertain my large number of readers ;) It was to help motivate me to get moving.