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Zon Deal Snooper

free shippingHave you ever heard of  Zon Deal Snooper (just google it)? They have a little gold widget located on their homepage that spits out discount deals for any item that you want to buy on Amazon. You choose the category, you choose the product, and you choose the discount. It doesn’t get any better than that when trying to save money online.

Amazon and big companies don’t won’t you to know how they save millions of dollars on Amazon by using this simple widget for getting the best discount deals.

Everyone knows that Amazon is the biggest online retailer by far and they make billions of dollars every year. When big companies shop there, they automatically know exactly where to go on Amazon to get the biggest discount that they want for any product that they want to buy. It’s been a secret until just a couple of months ago and we just shared it with you.

So, the next time that you are thinking about buying anything on Amazon, just Google Zon Deal Snooper or visit http://zondealsnooper.com and use that little gold widget to save some extra money. It’s wonderful, we use it every time before we shop on Amazon and find the best deals. Amazon doesn’t just put all of their deals out there for you, you have to be find them and this little tool does all the work for you

Amazon’s Trade In Program

Trade-In your used items to Amazon for Amazon Gift Cards! This is an amazing new offer by Amazon.com. Regardless of where your items were originally purchased – trade in your used books, consumer electronics, video games and hundreds of thousands of other trade-in eligible items to receive a competitive trade-in value on your used items. Best of all enjoy FREE SHIPPING to Amazon for your used trade-in items!

We Love Amazon.com for their continued innovative programs and world-wide low prices. We urge you to get-in on this offer while it lasts! Start selling your used items to Amazon.com for Amazon gift cards you can use immediately to purchase all kinds of great useful items that you really need. Amazon.com even sells food.

If you have successfully used this new Trade-in program by Amazon we encourage you to please share your experience here! We are looking for real testimonials from real people who are currently using this great program. Please contact us, or comment here.

Trade in your old Smart Phone for an Amazon Gift Card

Amazon gift cards are like cash in the pocket! As you know, Amazon.com sells everything under the sun. Forget about selling your good valuables on Craigslist. This is the new wave in selling your things for a good profit! Look around your house and determine what items you could turn into instant profit. If you don’t personally need the credit on the Amazon gift card to buy anything you want – you could easily “gift” your gift card to someone who needs it or give it as a gift!

Amazon.com has a proven track record as a reliable, and respectable business serving millions of customers every single month. It’s a no brainer! With FREE SHIPPING for your trade-in items and competitive, fair trade-in value for your items, who can ask for much more? Only a large successful company like Amazon could possible offer such a great deal. With the economy the way it is right now, this offer will become a lifesaver for many families!

Recap: What is the Amazon Trade-In Program?
The Amazon Trade-In Program allows customers to receive an Amazon.com Gift Card in exchange for over a million eligible items including DVDs, CDs, video games, electronics, and books. The process is easy and convenient with free shipping, an immediate offer, and no required registration or listing.

Here’s some ideas:

Trade your Movie CD’s & DVD’s
Trade Music Cd’s & upgrade your library
Trade-in your Books
Trade-in your Smart Phone, Ipad, or other device
Trade-in your Video Consoles & Games

If you need to make a little extra cash, the Amazon Trade In Program may help.

How to Get Traffic from Pinterest with 0 Followers

According to our Social Media Statistics page, people share products from eCommerce stores to Facebook and Pinterest more than any other social networking sites. As a result everyone is attempting to learn how to get traffic to their eCommerce store by using Pinterest.

By now though you’ve probably read 50 different articles about utilizing the “Power of Pinterest” to increase visitors/sales. Simply put; most of these articles/blogs aren’t going to help you.

The reality of the situation is that you have emails to manage, orders to take, partners to work with, vendors, paying customers to bill, SEO management, and much more. You don’t have the time to spend pinning bathing suits, dresses, geeky products or homemade recipes to your Pinterest account just to attract a few ‘potential’ leads (maybe).

The other unfortunate side of these article’s suggestions is the resources they require. Most of them suggest “running amazing contests” or “producing high quality infographics”. These ideas cost money, lots of it too.

I’m going to provide you with a detailed guide to help you gain traffic from Pinterest in a repeatable method that requires $0 and 0 followers.

This method will work for more than eCommerce stores. Bloggers, artists, or anyone else who has good visual content can utilize this method.

1. Make sure your images are of good quality

You should be doing this anyway. High quality images of the products in your store is very important both to sales but also in Pinterest shares. Pinterest is all about visuals. If the image doesn’t look good pinners will not pin it, repin it, or visit your site.

2. Optimize your pages/site/product descriptions

If your site isn’t ready, then there is no point.

Make sure that your page titles and product descriptions are in order. Then make sure that the applied Pinterest buttons or AddShoppers’ Pinterest button is grabbing the information that you want. Just try pinning a few products to find out.

Utilize the new ‘Rich Pins’ system offered by Pinterest to get the most out of each and every pin. This will take the pins coming from your site and show even more detail such as, quantity in stock and price.

3. Create a Pinterest/Twitter Account

I assume you have done this already, but if not, don’t worry because it’s an easy process. My recommendation would be, if you don’t already have an account, to join as a business. If you already have an account, you can still do this by going to http://business.pinterest.com

4. Find boards that host relevant content.

This part is the tricky part that will take a little research. For this example I will be using “eCommerce infographics”. Create an Excel (or Google Docs) spreadsheet with three columns to keep track of everything.

Link to board
Board title
# of followers.

Start with the obvious, do a Pinterest search for boards/pins that fit whatever you’re looking for.

Then do more advanced search through Google to find even more boards/users. Try this search structure: site:pinterest.com “eCommerce infographics” (replace eCommerce infographic with your search term).

5. Find the TRUE Influencers

Having a large amount of followers doesn’t mean someone is an influencer. For all you know, 70% of the large follower base is inactive, spam accounts, or won’t be interested in your content. Now, add this new column to your spreadsheet: Link to User Profile

The boards you want are ones where a good amount of the content has been repinned/liked multiple times. If you see this, then the user that controls that board is an influencer in the area you’re trying to target. Go to their user page and add them to the list.

Due to the group boards system, many people who seem to be small time users actually have access to multiple major group boards. When a board you marked has multiple pinners, as shown by the upper left corner, dig through the page a little bit and add the users who are posting to it regularly and getting multiple re-pins, to your list.

6. Ask nicely

Yes, it’s that simple. You don’t have to offer them $50 worth of products or be running some type of crazy promotion for them to pin your content. The only requirement is that your content doesn’t suck.

Go to each of the users pages that you put into your spreadsheet and find a way to contact them. Many people have linked their Twitter accounts or website to their Pinterest account. Others may put an email address or LinkedIn link in their descriptions.

Once you’ve found a way to contact them, send them a quick message asking if they’d pin your most recent related content/product to the board you marked earlier. It’s that simple… Just ask.

7. Monitor your results

You can check up on the people who said yes by just going to their most recent pins page and seeing how well your content did in terms of repins/pins.

You can check Google Analytics, or another website analytics tool to see recent traffic from: “pinterest.com”.

Or if you have our social sharing buttons installed on your site then you can just look at those analytics and see how many people came from each specific pin as well as see your revenue generated from the that pinner’s efforts. Just make sure to tell your pinners to use these buttons instead of their bookmarking tool.

If someone’s pins do exceptionally well and bring you a large amount of traffic or sales, be sure to reward them. Show your gratitude for helping you drive valuable traffic to your store/site. Provide them with a credit to your store or some other non-cheapo offer. Turning them into an evangelist for your store will result in more pins without you having to ask, potential sales, and a great relationship with them.

8. REPEAT – Duh!

If you did everything properly then you should now have a nice email/contact list of valuable pinners who control your target audience. Just ask (once again: nicely!) them every now and then to repeat this process if they’re willing.

You can also repeat this process as a whole to create multiple lists of pinners who control different targets that you’re trying to market to.

Now it’s your turn!

Go try this method out and report your results in the comment section below.

Written by: Mitchell Abdullah

How to Use StumbleUpon to Promote Your Website

A few months ago, we signed up for StumbleUpon. We downloaded and installed the toolbar on Firefox and started surfing. Pretty cool. However, we had seen a few people talking about using StumbleUpon for promotional purposes on their websites, with apparent success. Some were talking about driving thousands of visitors PER DAY to their sites using the system. But, We could not find any clear information on what needs to be done to make that happen. We can use StumbleUpon as an end user all day long, but what do we really need to do to use it to drive traffic to our own sites?

We did some research into this and we thought We’d pass it along.

What is It?

StumbleUpon is a social website which allows users to share and recommend websites that they find in a networked setting. When you sign up for the service (for free), you will install a toolbar to your browser. The network of sites is organized by user-generated tags, not by a search engine spider. So, it provides a way for you to view what others have found cool, organized by tags so surfers can find sites in their own interests. The primary way of getting around is the “Stumble” button in the toolbar. When you press that button, you are taken to a random website that was “stumbled” by others and that fall within the areas of interest you define at StumbleUpon.

From an end user perspective, its a huge time waster. I can spend hours “stumbling” around the net randomly and discovering all kinds of great sites I knew nothing about previously. Getting started is easy. Just head on over there and create an account and install the toolbar. Nothing more to it.

What About Promo?

StumbleUpon is known for being able to generate massive amounts of traffic to a website. It all starts with somebody “stumbling” your website. Essentially, this is done by one of your readers clicking the “I Like it!” button on the toolbar while on your site. They’re giving you a thumbs up when you do that, and that puts your site in the network. If they are the first ones to vote for your page, then they will get a dialog box saying that they discovered the website. They will be prompted for a quick review and for a series of tags which best fit your site. Once they have “discovered” your site, your site is then available for other StumbleUpon users to surf into using the toolbar.

It should be noted here that because of the somewhat random nature of the network, visitors that you get from StumbleUpon are likely to give you a high bounce rate. The toolbar essentially allows the reader to “channel surf”. And just like on television, you tend to flip quickly through the channels until you find something that grabs your eye. Well, its EXACTLY the same with the Stumbleupon toolbar. You will find that StumbleUpon visitors are:

Fickle as hell with a very high chance of moving on quickly (but you can minimize this with some work…see below)
From all over the place
Won’t really click on any ads

So, I’m certainly not saying that StumbleUpon viewers are high-value, qualified traffic. But, its still traffic and you can do what you can to make them more qualified once they arrive. A couple of things you have going for you are the fact that SU users come in based on interest. Plus, unlike one trick ponies like Digg that are good for a spike of traffic, SU can actually provide a pretty steady stream of traffic.

How To Make Your Site “Sticky”

Given the fickle nature of a StumbleUpon viewer, you obviously need to do what you can to make your site stand out. Such things include:

Having a nice web design. Viewers are most attracted by professional web designs. Its just like channel surfing, remember.
Having craploads of content. You want to have a lot of content to offer so that they cannot see all your site has to offer on one, short visit. You need to WOW them and cause them to want to bookmark you and come back (or hit that “I like it” button).
Limit the Ads. Advertising is necessary, but don’t make it outweigh the content. That’s asking for a sure bounce.
Prominently ask for the subscription. You want it to be extremely obvious how to subscribe to your newsletter or RSS feed. For many, that will be the only way they remember your site once they’ve stumbled onto it.

What To Expect

Some report some awesome numbers. This article from SEOmoz.org discusses how he seeded StumbleUpon with a linkbait article he wrote and got over 13,000 visitors to the article in 5 days. Wholly crap, batman.

Now, don’t expect those kinds of numbers easily. There’s nothing magic about this. I am not writing to you from the perspective of having gotten thousands of visitors from StumbleUpon in that amount of time. But, in looking at this, there are some things that you can control and do that increase your exposure and likelihood of seeing nice traffic spikes.

How Can I Rake in the Visitors?

Well, like Google StumbleUpon does not just come right out and say what to do to get favored. It’s like the PageRank algorithm at Google. If the exact formula was known, there’d be no mystery to it. We can kind of figure it out, though, based on observation. So, based on my research thus far, here are the things we see that can be done to get the most bang out of StumbleUpon.

Get a bunch of users to click the “I Like It” button on your page. But, really work for that rather than cross your fingers and hope. Offering up some serious linkbait is your best change of getting that to happen. Do something to WOW the viewer and you have a much higher chance of getting them to click the magic button. And the more people that do that, the higher “ranked” your site will be with StumbleUpon and the more traffic you get.
Get others to “like” your site. You can seed StumbleUpon by submitting your own site, however don’t expect to get any serious traffic until others begin to stumble your site.

Build up your network. The more “friends” you build up for your StumbleUpon profile, the more stumblers will notice your stuff. When you check out your own profile, you will get a list of “suggested friends”. If you don’t have this, its likely because you have not been very active and thus have not trained StumbleUpon on your interests. But, once that is defined, you will get suggested friends based on your interests. And, you can add them as a friend at the click of a button.

Participate. Don’t just submit your own sites. Get out there and vote on other people’s sites as well. Remember, this is a community based on interest. So, when you “stumble” a site, you are putting that site in front of the eyeballs of other people that share your interest. If all you do is submit your own sites, the community will catch on. But, if you stumble others, your value and weight as a member increases.

Choose good tags when you tag a site. Try to keep the tags broad. More specific tagging probably won’t work very well.

Put a Stumble button onto your site to remind people to vote for your site.
You can form a group of like-minded webmasters who can stumble each other. Remember, votes by people OTHER than yourself are better, but there’s really nothing keeping you from exchanging stumbles with other webmasters and bloggers.

You can always go the paid route if you’re up for it. It starts at 5 cents per lead.

Take advantage of some StumbleUpon tools like buttons and WordPress plug-ins.

If you get enough positive stumbles from your visitors, your site can make it onto the StumbleBuzz site. That’s a good, PR7 site that will post a direct link to your site if you get onto that page. Like Digg, its based on user votes.

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