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    August, WTF? Why has August been so bad for me?
    Is it just me, or have these last few weeks in August been REALLY bad for business?
    I promote financial services... like loans and debt consolidation
    Anyways, WTF? Is it the summertime blues?

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    Seems your market would be on vacation, no? August is not a good time to think about money ... you included, I guess .

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    Anyways, WTF? Is it the summertime blues?
    Yeah, I think so.
    But lately some sites have shown some life, finally.

    It's months like this that make me glad I didn't sign any m*rtgages a couple of years ago...
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    Well, I suppose its because I focus on financial offers...
    What I should have done over the summer, I should have made some good 'Travel Deal' Websites...
    Ya ya, thats the ticket...
    But too late now I suppose

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    I suppose you could try for a last-minute back-to-school angle, and try to get all the new college entrants to get a CC of their own...
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    July - August has always been bad for me due to back to school and summer. But its been ok this year. Thank you CPM I love CPM this time of year. Especially those 17 CPM eye blaster ads from CC and Staples.

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    CPM ads? You mean like getting paid per impression?

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    Especially those 17 CPM eye blaster ads from CC and Staples.
    HHMMM??? That's a nice fee for CPM. You've got my attention... What are the "eye blaster" ads anyway? I've seen that name around, somewhere, but I'm not sure what goes with them. Are those the ones that get in the way of the content but can't be popup blocked (more like a little movie)?
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    Actually let me get you a link to show you.

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    Go here.
    The eyeblaster ad is going to pop out of the 728x90

    But no you don't have to force the browser window to maximum they just do that for the demo
    http://www.eyeblaster.com/WebSite/ne...ine_Launch.htm

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    Thanks Hardware...
    But anyways... what do other people think about my August problems...
    Is it generally agreed that August = my customers are all on vacation?
    It makes sense, I did a few searches after I read what trivum and leader wrote... and it confirmed that August and July are peak vacation months for people in the USA... makes sense I guess...
    I hope Sept sees a pickup as people get back to work and school... what y'all think?

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    I usually see a pickup once all the buyers are suitably ball-n-chained again. I'm glad it's not me stuck being anywhere in the nonsummer months, but the sch**l systems do grease the wheels of economy, although not necessarily by educating people. More like by keeping the people from spending their money traveling!

    Summer's got the best weather, but unfortunately the "other" kind of green just doesn't like to grow then, at least not in many categories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    Thank you CPM I love CPM this time of year. Especially those 17 CPM eye blaster ads from CC and Staples.
    $17 CPM sounds pretty good to me. Have you ever thought about running an opt in email campaign with your own pop ups? I know $17 CPM is pretty good, in fact, i's fantastic! But would a long term relationship with your users mean more than $17 CPM for this time of the year? I challenge you!

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    For years, my sales almost disappered in these months,vacations, no special buying holidays, i find Halloween has become the second best shopping period, then Xmas, but I don't focus only on these.I feel everyday is special for someone,birhtdays,weddings, etc. and I include that on all my sites, it draws a lot of traffic, browsing is what many do all year round.Works for me, I will never be a millionaire, then i would have to look and act like Donald Trump, and would rather drown at sea than have that happen,
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    I'm seeing regular sales which is nice, but no huge spenders yet. Looking forward to those in the coming months. HardwareGeek, is this CPM coming from a network? I'm still with Fastclick for my CPM.

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    I will never be a millionaire, then i would have to look and act like Donald Trump, and would rather drown at sea than have that happen,
    LOL You don't have to look or act like Trump to be a millionaire! Check out the Fortune 500 list...there's all kinds of people on it.
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    [B]Ross Periot, Vanderbuilt,Cheney and Forbes,also the Rockefellers,only Ross earned it.

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    I liked Ross

    My point was that you don't have to turn into a clod if you get rich... Plus those guys have a lot more than "one" million so I think you'd be safe as a "mere" millionaire!

    As for earning it, yuck, but I don't have any rich relatives to inherit it from so I'm stuck with the harder methods...

    (Oops, btw I should have said the "Forbes 500" list...)
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    August has been a bad month for me also.

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    I have been in touch with Google about this. They are, to say the least, fed up with the whiners and said to tell you,

    "The Beatings Will Continue until morale improves!"
    Comments are opinion unless otherwise noted. Remember, pillage first. Then burn. Half of all people in the world have IQs under 100. You best learn to trust ol' SSanf!

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    "The Beatings Will Continue until morale improves!"


    Someday, somewhere, somebody, when they least expect it, is going to turn the tables on Google. Can you say WHOOP-A$$? I hope I'm there to see it, too!

    I like Google, but I think they're getting too big for their britches.

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    Oh, I was also going to say: It wasn't all that long ago that a $17 CPM would have been an insult. I don't remember for sure what my first ad contract for CPM was, but it was a lot higher than that!

    Times sure change...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Affiliate Ian
    $17 CPM sounds pretty good to me. Have you ever thought about running an opt in email campaign with your own pop ups? I know $17 CPM is pretty good, in fact, i's fantastic! But would a long term relationship with your users mean more than $17 CPM for this time of the year? I challenge you!
    I have one but I don't place any ads in the newsletter it self. I do however link to articles etc in the newsletter that basically links to pages with those high paying CPM ads.

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    [QUOTE=Andy
    I like Google, but I think they're getting too big for their britches.

    Andy[/QUOTE]

    Agreed.

    I have noticed that since Google has done the IPO I am sometimes resorting to other search engines from time to time, albeit still not very often.

    Never under estimate Mr Gates aand Co. MSNBOT has been trawling round a few of my sites far more actively than it used to, so maybe BG will give Google a bloody nose yet.

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    Never under estimate Mr Gates aand Co. MSNBOT has been trawling round a few of my sites far more actively than it used to, so maybe BG will give Google a bloody nose yet.
    i have better stats from MSN this month than google,
    thats a first..

    and yes august was not good for us.
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