Most of the time, Google’s algorithms do a pretty good job of ensuring that the most relevant results filter to the top of the page. But that’s all done by a robot. Sometimes it needs a little human touch.
That’s where Scour comes in. Scour adds that personal touch. It takes the results from Google, Yahoo, and MSN searches and allows its users to vote the results up or down.
Then, to top it off, they allow the users to earn points for their searching activities and for referring friends to the search engine. When you refer friends, you receive points for their searches, too. These points continue to add up and can be traded for gift cards.
Now, I know, it takes a lot of searching to reach any meaningful return of value, but, hey! What does “big G” give you for using their search? Absolutely nada!
It only takes a few seconds to sign up to use Scour. Then you start searching. It’s that simple.
Imagine a Myspace without all the mindless adolescents and party freaks. Picture an online hangout that is restricted to internet marketers and networkers who are interested in doing business.
Such a place really exists! It’s called DirectMatches. You can network and socialize with thousands of like-minded people, and advertise any product or business for free. In fact, you will be matched with other people seeking the same benefits.
I highly recommend that you give DirectMatches a try and see what it can do for your business. In fact, DirectMatches is a business, itself. It is very useful as an addition stream of income. Although I believe in multiple income streams and don’t turn down what I receive from DirectMatches, that isn’t the reason I use it.
Let me show you a video that was put together by one of my mentors, Dave Dubbs, that shows how to set up DirectMatches. Also, he guides you through some of the primary uses of their system. Just click here to see his video.
One of the things that I did when I first started using DirectMatches was to begin inviting people to be my friends. Let me show you a quick and easy way to get friends. Please note I’m using the Firefox Browser. I use Firefox because I believe it’s the best for anyone involved in Internet Marketing. Click here to see why I feel that way.
If you don’t have Firefox you can pick it up for free by going to www.firefox.com which is their download site.
Gathering Friends on DirectMatches
It’s quick and easy to gather many friends on DirectMatches. With my quick and easy, yet manual system, I can invite 50 people to join my friends list in about 2 minutes. Again, I use Firefox to simplify this activity.
1. Click on the “Search” tab near the top left corner of the page.
2. Uncheck the 2 boxes and click “search”
3. While holding down the “ctrl” key, click on “Add me to contacts” for each of the 10 contacts on the page. Holding down the “ctrl” key will open each page on a new tab in your browser.
4. Close each of the 10 tabs that you just opened, and navigate to the next group of 10 contacts.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for as long as you wish (or until your results pages say “already added…” instead of “your request has been sent…”.)
Welcoming new members
I wrote this HubPage that describes one method of welcoming new members. I’m going to give you another method, here.
This method only works if you are a paid member. It won’t work for their free membership.
1. On your profile page, scroll down to the box that says “My Contacts” and click on “manage”.
2. Go to the bottom of the page and click on “check all” then click on “add to group mail”.
3. Navigate to the next page and repeat step 2.
You are only allowed to send 60 group mail message each day. If you are regularly adding new members as discussed in the previous section of this post, you will get many new members every day. I send a group mail out to a new set of members every day and can’t keep up with all my new contacts.
The letter you send out can be something as simple as a welcome to direct matches and and a generic statement about becoming freinds, sharing business ideas, or an offer of a free gift. It’s better not to spam people with a strong sales pitch of your business. Treat this similar to how you would a personal email account.
My, oh my! What I wouldn’t have given to have read this book a week ago! And I’m not even a complete “green” beginner.
Caroline Middlebrook wrote a 41 page ebook called, “How to Develop Money-Making Niche Sites with WordPress”. It describes the process for setting up static niche websites using WordPress. The book is well written, logically organized, and complete with the details necessary to set up a WordPress blog on a hosted account. Surprisingly, she’s giving the ebook away for FREE.
In addition to a WordPress website setup tutorial, she includes many handy tips and suggestions. She covers the topic of monetizing your site with AdSense ads in great detail. This discussion includes information about finding a specific niche as a topic for your site.
What stands out to me most in the book is on page 23. Caroline suggests a plugin (I was previously unaware of this one) that would have resolved my problem with the blog crash last week. This recommended plugin routinely backs up your blog at your predetermined interval.
Never again will my blog be taken down like this without my ability to restore it.
By crashing my blog, last night, I destroyed several months worth of work. All I could do was get completely away from my computer and clear my head.
After thinking about it, I realized that this situation gives me a great opportunity to start with a clean slate and create a better, more useful, blog with a clearer theme and direction.
I’ve decided to do some blogging over at “Blogger”. I’m doing that for 2 reasons.
It’s a free service. One of the things I’ve been working on is to blaze a path to traffic and profit without spending lots of money. Many people will spend all they have to get into a network marketing business and then find out they need more money to advertise, buy leads, etc. I want to show them that they can get traffic and develop their business without having to spend more money.
It’s part of creating a presence within the social media. I believe in dominating your niche. To do that, you have to have a broad presence on a variety of domains. If you were to Google the phrase match (with the quotes) “InstantCashFlood”, you would find that this blog shows up on Technorati, StumbleUpon, Digg, Ezine Articles, and many, many, more. Blogger will soon be on there as well. Don’t you suppose that Google likes Blogger blogs?
Don’t worry, this blog will continue. It will come back with a new strategy - better and stronger than ever.
Just remember, despite whatever challenges come up, God is greater…than any situation in your life!