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Water Cooler / Re: Hell, I'm going with 22s
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:22:46 PM »
On my drive across the country this past summer my 2000 Honda Odyssey was getting close to 30 MPG. It was driving closely behind a big moving truck the whole way so the draft from that probably helped quite a bit.

There are a couple places in town where there are a McDonalds and Burger King right across the street from each other and one of them is 2 minutes from my house. Might take advantage of a cheap lunch tomorrow.

Water Cooler / Re: Outdoor Christmas Decorating
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:20:17 PM »
For the first time in my life I hung lights on the house this year. Also the first year I have ever owned a house. Just some lights along the roof line and a couple trees in the front. I am guessing I will add a few strings here and there every year for the next few years. There are still a couple trees that could be covered and I want to do around some windows. All in all it took me about a hour with help from my 6 year old. Without his help it would have taken 30 minutes.

A huge percentage of our sales are on mobile. But on big shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday we see a shift towards desktop. Not a huge shift but a noticeable shift.

Traffic / Your Site on Google
« on: November 14, 2018, 09:44:46 PM »
Anyone else seeing this on Google? If I search on Google for keywords I am ranking for with an account connected to Google Analytics and Search Console I am seeing this data in the attached image. Never seen that before yesterday.

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:25:43 PM »
Not sure if you guys know Declan Dunn but he has been in the affiliate and online marketing industry for as long as any of us. He lost his house, his pets, and the only thing he has are the clothes on his back. Lost pretty much everything in the fire. Rare that you see a whole town destroyed like this.

Marketing / Re: Influencer marketing is bullshit
« on: November 02, 2018, 09:28:00 PM »
We get pitches from "influencers" all the time. In nearly every case it is very evident a good percentage of their followers are fake. We have never seen any results to justify any sort of investment in the influencer space. I know other merchants who swear by it but it doesn't work for us.

On the flip side though I have been able to score quite a bit of free meat, free cookware, and a free grill on my meat site. And I have been able to back that up with sales to the merchants that work with me. My follower numbers are pretty pathetic but I am still able to drive a couple grand in sales to the primary merchant I work with. If a merchant can find a very niche influencer I can see it working but just throwing money at anyone with large follower numbers is a waste.

Water Cooler / Re: Sears in an alternative universe
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:42:08 PM »
>>Sears Parts Direct

That is one part of the company that is actually doing well. Parts Direct lives in the Home Services division of the company and that department will most likely be sold off as it is one of the only valuable parts of the company.

Monetization / Re: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:11:54 PM »
99 times out of 100 I would do what I could to work with the merchant rather than go through Skim and Vig. Many affiliate managers drop the payout on those two way down so if you would be getting a 10% commission working directly with the merchant they will only pay Skim/Vig 2% so you would be making a LOT less than if you worked directly.

That said both systems work. I would probably lean towards Skimlinks a bit??? Seems like we have had fewer issues with them than Viglink.

I was on a site a few days ago (forget what it was) but I wanted to look through their FAQs. Clicked on one and the answer was a video with no text or summary below. Clicked on another, same thing. Closed the tab and moved on to something else.

It doesn't take much to do a simple transcription and put that below the video.

>>Deposit Photos

I have jumped on that deal a couple times. Still have a bunch of credits there that eventually I will get around to using but it is a great deal.

Water Cooler / Re: Gonna have a breeze
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:36:58 PM »
Stay safe and dry. This looks like it will be a fun one for you.

Marketing / Re: Nike bets on its demographic
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:09:34 PM »
Reminds me of other results of protests or boycotts against a brand. When people get all over Chick Fil A or In n Out and try to boycott them for donating money to causes that promote "traditional marriage" the lines are around the block from the people that support them. A couple years ago when those videos came out about Planned Parenthood selling body parts and the conservative right was up in arms against them the donations increased.

Nike is betting on the same thing here. Not sure it is necessarily a great long term strategy but Nike has enough going on that they can afford something like this from time to time. I know a lot of people who said they will never buy Nike again and a lot more that are buying more because of this.

Water Cooler / Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« on: August 31, 2018, 04:25:33 PM »
>>a guy who travels to extremely remote areas where the silence levels are at extreme levels

I read an article about this. I believe the quietest spot was in the Ho Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula here in WA. Beautiful part of the country.

And that is one site where you actually want to have your sound turned on.

A couple years back we were getting rid of a bunch of baby stuff and had a bunch of cloth diapers. Apparently some of the designs we had were highly sought after and I was able to sell 2 used diapers for $80 on Ebay. Hopefully they weren't being purchased for the same reason as the creeps buying used panties.


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