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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    Reinventing your self/business
    It's soon 2006 ... what are you doing?

    Stuff is changing in the marketplace (merchants and networks) and with buyers also ... are you prepared?

    Items for 2006:
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    Whoogle?
    Yeah for yahoo!
    MSN is a maybe?
    Domo arrigato Rakutan?
    30days and I'm gone, why?
    Where are they buying "AT"?
    Can I import Mport?
    How does intermix fit in the mix?
    Spy where? We are clean!
    Ad what? I popped once! I'm no wh**e!
    BHO = Better Have an Out!?!
    "I've been Gross Handled" ... Well I told ya so!
    How can I find merchants? No, really how can I?
    Where are the good guys? I feel alone, help.
    Why is this happening? I haven't seen this happen b4, why is it?

    '06 can be O sh*t if your not prepared, are you?

    Privacy this, PSA that, it's much bigger than that ... the fight is as dawgster says ... "ON!"
    Continued Success,

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    Outsourced Program Manager Jorge - SHOPiMAR's Avatar
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    2006 "ON!"

    - Diversify! Diversify!......

    - Always have a backup......

    - Don't put all your eggs......

    and yes I can "import"


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    Diversification yes, but innovation ... that is my question.

    06 winners will need to!
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
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    Privacy this, PSA that, it's much bigger than that ...
    Okay already, quit torturing us and *elaborate* please!

    It's soon 2006 ... what are you doing?
    My sig says it best...
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    Leader, I will in the other thread about the PSA this etc but this is more for 06 and I really think step 1 of the many you have planned is correct, you've always been on the cusp.

    I promise I'll post more in the other threads (trying to keep this one on topic).
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
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    We should all become merchants? I'm not following any of this.

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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    Not at all what I'm saying ... if you want cliff notes they are are at BN.com (not trying to be rude, and sorry if I was ... didn't mean it).

    I've already promised.
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
    The secret of success is constancy of purpose ~ Disraeli

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    I don't want cliff notes, i like posts that say what you're trying to say where i don't need a decoder ring. Not posts that hint at stuff or aren't clear or posts where only a few people are supposed to know what you're talking about. Leader said look at her sig. I do, it says Goodbulbs. And you say something about Step 1 and on the cusp. And i'm reading it and thinking just spit it out in easy to understand English where everybody can understand what you're saying, communication.

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    Sure innovation is important-but it always has been.
    '06 will be harder on the 'plain vanilla' affiliate.-no surprise there.

    Build a website people can find and want to return to. Still bottom line.

    Until some time in the future when one killer site/app fulfills everyones need & there is no longer a need for indiv. websites.

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    Like stuff is changing with buyers. What does that mean? People buy stuff differently in 2006 than in any other year?

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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    I posted a Q No1., I promised to keep threads on topic and yeah they comsumer[your Q above] might!
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
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    this is more for 06
    06? Well...

    Most things don't start/stop based on the calendar year--they tend to flow from one thing to another--so I don't plan by when the year begins. At most, I go by season.

    That said, I'm currently thinking of what kind of bulbs/tubers/corms I can put on to keep GB going all year long, even though the ground is frozen like cement 1/2 the year.
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    The key might be in understanding how the web has evolved from a static to a dynamic to an interactive social platform.

    cheers!
    -nishith

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    LOL -- for once I am with TrustNo1 from the get go...
    I think Haiko has been taking Plain English lessons from Ecomcity...


    Just spit it out.. we value your thoughts.. but we must be able to understand them first..

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    2006 is going to be my biggest YEAR...

    How You Say..?
    Diversify! Diversify!


    Spread Myself Out Like Peanut Butter.. Thick and STICKY....
    Not Only With Networks But With Merchants and INDY's To!!
    Becoming a MERCHANT..?? Giving It Some Thought..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nish
    The key might be in understanding how the web has evolved from a static to a dynamic to an interactive social platform.

    cheers!
    -nishith
    I agree with this... That is something i have worked on in 2005 and am starting what i can call a phase two. Shoppers have changes somewhat in the way that they have become social shoppers on the web. But, maybe i am just slow on figuring that part out.

    Yes... I have been gone for awhile but only to work on my sites and strategies
    dave

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    I think the only change for next year, not really a change but more of what i started this year is learning how to get more traffic via offline marketing. That's it. The biggest problem affiliates face (always) is lack of traffic usually because they went the Google dependency route. Learn traffic generation and you'll do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustNo1
    I think the only change for next year, not really a change but more of what i started this year is learning how to get more traffic via offline marketing. That's it. The biggest problem affiliates face (always) is lack of traffic usually because they went the Google dependency route. Learn traffic generation and you'll do just fine.
    That was one of my goals for 2005 that i have yet to do.
    dave

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    So . . . what's the skinny Big H ?

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    So . . . what's the skinny Haiko ?
    I haven't a clue and I can only guess . . . so I won't . . .

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    I'm focusing on getting more traffic to my sites, updating them to place more emphasis on shopping and buying, I'm going to a membership only section with expanded information and services with annual fees for access on one of them, and updating and getting rid of old HTML that should have been dealt with years ago.

    Unless Haiko has an Earth-shattering revelation, that's my plan. I'll be watching this thread to see what Haiko has to reveal.

    Andy

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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    I have a tendancy to get a site up and running, rough it out, get 50-100 people coming in a day, then move on to the next site. Every once in a while, I will review which sites just aren't producing any sales at all, and I drop them. It is always my intention to go back, and 'finish' each site, to take it up a notch, but somehow, that next idea is always calling me. As such, I have sites where traffic varies anywhere from 10-800 uniques a day.

    What I really, really need to do now is stop expanding site wise, and start fulfilling more of the potential that each of my sites has. But, LaptopSale.us is just calling to me, begging for a shot. How can I resist such a cutie?

    I also have some non performing merchants that need to be axed. Beginning the new year, after the rush, is a good time to review who did well and who didn't even show.

    This year I am going to switch my advertising focus. No more second tier PPC, but rather pay for placement on legitimate sites for specific lengths of time. That cuts all this fraud clicking out.

    So in a rambling way, I guess my plans for 2006:

    1. Whittle down loser sites.
    2. Whittle down loser merchants.
    3. Flesh out what I've got into sites that are more interesting.
    4. Pay for placement not second tier pay per click.
    Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.

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    The big change of 06
    GOOOOOOOGLE
    In my opinion people need to stop relying on them

    another change for 06.
    I think a lot of affiliates will need to stop saying they are a business and act like they are a business.

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    "I think a lot of affiliates will need to stop saying they are a business and act like they are a business"

    - Diversify! = If a business diversifies, it starts making new products or offering new services. dictionary.cambridge

    I think I understand part of what Haiko's message could be here, which could also be what HardwareGeek just said.

    Find new avenues, markets, think out side the box and ofcourse study/follow the kids.


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    Find new avenues, markets, think out side the box and ofcourse study/follow the kids.
    Follow the kids?! What could be the benefit in that for most markets? Most things for sale aren't "bleeding edge," or even remotely interesting to kids, for that matter. Contrary to how it may seem, electronics and junior clothing is not the be-all, end-all of marketing (in fact the commissions on those things are pretty lame!)

    For instance, home decor is a HUGE category, but if you studied/followed the kids, you'd end up with nothing but bedsheets with cartoons on 'em. Their tastes usually change drastically, however, by the time they're old enough to decorate their *own* place! Even the ones who still like Mickey Mouse move on from the Mickeyed curtains and into "collectibles."

    Kids probably have no input into dull stuff like car parts or printer ink, or any other "necessity" item. Those things either fit the machine the person wants to put them into, or they don't.

    So I'd say to pay attention to whichever demographic actually IS the driving force behind the particular market you're aiming at. If it's kids, then sure, pay attention to what they like. But a lot of things get no, or minimal, impact from anyone resembling a "kid."
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    Haiko's been chuggiing expresso again, I see. I'm not entirely sure what he's going on about yet, but I'm terrified! I'll need to get a 'real' job again!! LOL!
    ~Lisa - Brilliant Mastermind, or Nut? You decide!

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