Jan 142009

I’ve been meaning to discuss the WP Remix WordPress Theme in either my Wonderful WordPress Wednesday series here on Philaahzophy or my Thursday Themesday series over at Gilroy Review for about six weeks now but just wasn’t exactly sure where it fit.  You see, both of those series are dedicated to using WordPress as a blog, while WP Remix is all about using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System).  Of course, you can still use WPRemix for a more traditional blog, but that’s a little like using a sledgehammer to crack open a peanut.

WPRemix is one of the few “premium” (read: you must purchase a license) WordPress themes that I’ve actually considered purchasing.  When I first discovered WordPress I actually purchased two premium themes and was sorely disappointed both with the coding itself (with a little searching I could have found all of the features I liked for free) and with the level of support (essentially none).  WPRemix solves both of these problems, offering a huge amount of features (smart drop menu, over 50 pre-structured page templates, seven color schemes, theme admin options, it’s pre-configured for such famous plugins as Contact-Form, Page Navi, Gravatar, Flickrss, Post Rating, and Author Highlight, and so mouch more) and having an excellent support forum available 24 hours a day to assist with whatever your WPRemix needs are.

There are literally far too many features and possibilities with WP Remix for me to go into them all here.  But if you’re looking to use WordPress as a CMS and are more interested in operating your business ro storefront than in tweaking your website, you absolutely need to spend a little time exploring the website dedicated to this premium wordpress theme.

For those of you astute enough to realize that this post is filed not only under “Blogging”, but also under “Affiliates”, here’s the kicker.  Just this week the affiliate program payout for sales of WP Remix has increased from an already generous 20% to an amazing 50%.  That means that if someone purchases a single site license for this incredible WordPress theme through yuor link you’ll receive $37.50 and if they purchase a multi-site license you’ll earn a sweet $137.50!

Now, before you think I’m only recommending WP Remix in order to earn those commissions, double check the links in this post.  Both go directly to their website without any sort of tracking.  They aren’t affiliate links! I just think this is an awesome product with a great affiliate program.

Dec 112008

It’s not exactly news that I’ve been far from happy with Izea, PayPerPost and SocialSpark for some time now. I actually abandoned writing for them for about two months, but have returned as they’re still one of the most consistent money makers available to me on the web. Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse over at Izea.

The last time I wrote about PPP was back in August related to Izea’s love of PageRank and how they’ve further embraced it instead of abandoning it as they had promised when Google attacked the bulk of their bloggers.  It seems good old Ted Murphy has decided that PayPerPost’s original critics were right and it really is all about selling PageRank and text links and actually has nothing to do with quality bloggers writing thoughtful and detailed reviews about products and services.  Why would I say this?  Well, according to Carri Bright (Izea’s Communications Diva)

The good news, though is that as of tomorrow (12.11.08), Tack Rating is no longer going to be a segmentation factor for Opps in PPP. So, while you may still receive a ban (deserved or otherwise) this will no longer affect your ability to take Opps from OTHER advertisers or lower your Tack score.

If you’re unfamiliar with PPPs workings, a ‘tack’ is the rating system advertiser’s have to give feedback on how well the blogger performed their duty when taking the advertiser’s opp (opportunity / sponsored post). Up until now, advertiser’s have been able to require a minimum average tack rating before a blogger could take one of their opps. This system allowed better blogs to (theoretically) rise to the top as an advertiser could require a 4 or 5 tack rating, leaving out all of those who previous advertisers have rated one or two tacks for poor English skills, outright lies, or rule bending.

The system was far from perfect, but was at least based on advertiser input and not the conflicted interest of PPP’s “reviewers” who (according to this ongoing thread) don’t seem very interested in disqualifying low quality blogs or even outright frauds and cheats.  In the past advertisers could allow even the one tack rated sploggers take their opps of they so chose, but now every PPP advertiser is required to let anyone and everyone who manages to game the (seriously broken) PageRank and RealRank systems get paid for linking to their website despite the quality of their writing or ability to follow simple instructions.

Dec 092008

I just received an email from eBay announcing that they are offering sellers of short auctions (1, 3, or 5 days) 50% off insertion fees tomorrow, December 10th.  Since the changes in their pricing structure (lowering insertion fees while increasing Final Value Fees) this isn’t nearly as good a deal as the free listing days of yore, but it’s still a nice way to earn a little extra holiday cash while simultaneously making space for all the new Christmas booty that will be arriving in a few weeks.

So, if you’re an eBay seller with a 12 month Detailed Seller Rating of 4.5 or higher on all criteria or a new seller who doesn’t yet have a DSR then be sure to drop by the eBay promotion page for full details and then start cleaning out those closets!

Dec 082008

I just love pointing out how the market occasionally manages to fight through all of the government regulations and bureaucrats to actually accomplish the things that people claim we need the government to do (though it consistently fails at doing so). The latest example to cross my inbox is ArtFire.com, an online market for crafters and artisans to sell their goods directly to shoppers, which is planning on planting one million trees in 2009!

Why would an art marketplace be planting trees?  Because they care about the environment and, more importantly, they know that their customers care about the environment.  In other words, people are more likely to use their services than a competitors because Art Fire is more in line with the customer’s desires.

But Art Fire is about a lot more than planting trees!  They provide a global marketplace to artisans looking to sell their handmade crafts, jewelry, and art online – and all for free!  Sure, the free account has certain limits (4 photos and up to 10 items for sale), but for someone who is just beginning to sell their handiwork it’s a zero cost starting option.  Plus, you’ll be making the Earth a little greener at the same time!

Dec 052008

Izea, the company behind PayPerPost and SocialSpark like to tout their international status, but non-US bloggers have complained for some time about the dearth of opportunities available to them. Non-English writers have had the very same complaint. The vast majority of sponsored post opportunities require that the blog be written in English, and most target exclusively an American audience.

So, imagine my surprise when I logged in about an hour ago to see the opp pictured above:  ¡Zona Niños!

I’m not really sure what it means or what the opp is about since I don’t read Spanish, but it’s from MEGA Brands, so I’m assuming it’s got something to do with Christmas toys and games.  I’m just excited to see advertisers finally reaching out to non-English bloggers.  Hopefully they’ll get a good enough return on investment to encourage more advertisers to do the same.