Okay, I just got back from a sneak peek preview of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine. When the movie started, the films reel burnt… WTF. So it took another 15 minutes to fix that and get is running back up again. This is exactly why I don’t go to the movies anymore, especially Muvico… lucky this was free…

It had its moment, one moment; the very very beginning of the story is what I found to be the most interesting. Apparently Wolverine and Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) are get this… brothers… Seriously, or half-brothers… That kinda got me pissed off… Schreiber was pretty good in the part of Sabretooth.

Anyways the story goes on through the wars they fought, and then Stryker comes into the picture, with the whole brotherhood thing. Then they break apart cause Login get a conscious. Then Login ends up in Canada with some chick. The Sabertooth “kills” her. Stryker comes in and offers Wolverine a chance to get even, the put the metal on him… bla bla bla. Story goes on. Nothing really surprising there.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. WTF. Seriously. I still see him as Van Wilder, so that really pissed me off even more.

This clown Cyclops is in the movie as well. I really don’t know what that angle was. Even Xavier makes a cameo walking… This movie was a disaster in my opinion. There was more cameo of mutants they I think where necessary and when they were there, it was simply that a cameo.

I was ready to see Gambit do some serious action, but all I got was 2 good scenes, and then an ending scene where he is playing with his stick. Honestly if you are going to put a character in like Gambit, give people what they want. I think they got a little out of hand with the CGI with Gambit’s powers… What else happened..? Oh yeah, Sabretooth breaks wolverine’s claws. on his left hand anyway…

I give it a grade of C-, see it just to see it, nothing exciting going on. What really needs to happen is they need to bring in Apocalypse into an X-Men movie. I would pay to see that. I got to see this movie for free thanks to the Sneak Preview, but I felt it was a waste of a Thursday afternoon. But it wasn’t all bad; my favorite part of the movie was seeing the Transforms 2 movie trailer…

I didn’t even stay for the end of the credit BS, cause I knew it would be retarded…

Bring Apocalypse!!! I’ll leave you with some quotes…

Apocalypse: I am Apocalypse! Look upon the future and tremble!

Apocalypse: I am Apocalypse! Look upon the future and tremble!

Apocalypse: I am the rocks of the eternal shore. Crash against me and be broken!

Apocalypse: Fool! You dare to claim dominion over me?

Apocalypse: [to Graydon Creed] I am as far beyond mutants as they are beyond you! I am eternal!

Apocalypse: I shall not forget this impudence!

Apocalypse: Two aspects apart a single Power beyond the comprehension to all but myself.

Spare me your petty judgment, for it springs from a brain too meager to comprehend my reality

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Affiliate Marketing Benefits

On April 27, 2009, in Internet Marketing Business, by Adelard

“Affiliates are an extension of your brand, ensure that your brand carries the same good name it started with.”

Affiliate marketing is one of the biggest advantages a business can when being online. A properly run affiliate program allows you to lower your costs, create a fixed marketing costs, control your marketing message on a vast scale, mass promote through your affiliate network, get your message in front of a bigger audience, and be on the forefront of creativity and innovation.

In an affiliate marketing campaign you pay your affiliates for sales that were generated through their marketing efforts of your products/services. For this article I will use the example of a business selling apples.

Control Costs
Example: You are selling apples online for $1.00 an apple, and you create an affiliate program of offering 20% of sales. For every apple the affiliate sells for you, they are entitled to 20% of sales, or $0.20. The more apples they sell, the more money they make and you make. This is money you otherwise would not have had. They will work hard with the marketing material you provide them and with their own tools, skills, and knowledge to promote your apples.

Create Fixed Marketing Cost
Since you are only paying the affiliate 20%, your marketing costs are fixed at 20% for that specific traffic. This will allow you to scale your sales upward by simply promoting your affiliate program and the benefits to website owners that want to make some extra money by linking to your website that sells apples.

Mass Promotions Through Networks
Since your apples brand’s online presence is growing and becoming more popular you can start selling specialized green apples, and relay this new product to all of your affiliates. Your relationship with your affiliates becomes stronger since you allow them to promote another great product for you, and open the opportunity for them to make more money.

Control Marketing Message on A Vast Scale
You apple brand’s identity is very important, so as part of your affiliate program your affiliate agree to not misrepresent your apples as another type of apple, or fruit. Since all of the apples customers are tracked through the affiliate program you are able to tell whether some customers have been told by the affiliates that they were really buying oranges. You can now easily get rid of the “bad apple” affiliates (Pun intended), and deal with the good affiliates that don’t hurt your brand.

Bigger Audience Reach
Since your network is made up of other website owners your brand is on website that normally would not have been, and now you are making money you would not have been making without the exposure of the website owners/affiliates. The bigger your affiliate network is the more people that see and hear of your special brand of apples.

Creative Innovations And Test Ideas
Some affiliate might decide to create recipe websites using your brand apples as the secret ingredient. Some affiliates might open up candy apple stores using your apples exclusively. Others might do sponsor contests using your apples as the center piece like bobbing for apples or apple pie baking contests. Since your affiliate network is huge and has several affiliates working individually trying to promote your product uniquely, different and creative ideas are created.

One idea might work so greatly that you start using that for your own non-affiliate marketing, which further reduces your costs. Affiliate networks allow your brand a huge test ground for new promotion ideas with exciting and outside the box thinkers.

Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing has huge potentials for any business. Most big retailers, and online brands have some sort of affiliate program since it allows them to reduce costs, and expand their market reach without increasing their spending until there is a sale made. The real beauty is that you only pay for the marketing for apples you sell. So if no apples are sold you don’t pay your affiliate anything. To learn more about how affiliate marketing can help your online business grow contact Karma Snack today.

Competition allows one to better themselves by improving standards and the end customer’s experience. This helps increase brand awareness and loyalty.

Competition keeps you on your toes. It allows a company to keep coming up with the latest and better features. It allows every business to focus on solving customer’s problems, and improving easy of use of their service and products. It drives firms to create better functionality, and reduce waste.

“We all go through a normal growing-up stage where some competition is essential for development of healthy self-esteem.”

There is a difference between competition and greed. Competition focuses on bettering yourself for the end benefit of the company and industry. Greed focuses on bettering your pockets.

My Experience

Without competition I would become complacent. But since Karma Snack is positioned as the underdog we have to continue improving our strategies, processes, methodologies, and message to end users.

In the last week we did a re-mixed redesign of the main Karma Snack website, we introduced curves instead of squares for everything, refined the look of the overall site.

In one week’s time we drop our bounce rate by over 11% from this one change. The week’s bounce rate has been hovering at 40.59%, but there were days it was as low as 30%, for the whole site!! We increased visitors by 47%. Page views increased by 57%. Increased Average page views by 6.6%. And most important increased time on site by 1 minute and 24 seconds. That’s targeted traffic reading and understanding our site.

The end result in the visual improvement allowed us to increase our daily leads by 450%, in one week. Goal conversions for the site increase by 305%.

Our referral traffic has increased by 92% thanks to our marketing campaign in the same two-week period. These results can only be achieved by testing new and better sources, eliminating ones that don’t work, and understanding how to use each social media platform to it’s full effect.

For example, me using Digg to get traffic is like sending a homeless people to a Bentley dealership, it’s just not going to convert, Instead use the Digg traffic to get you website indexed faster, and use other sites like Sphinn that are targeted for marketing to get the converting traffic, and now your playing with the right game plan.

There are subtleties in Internet marketing and understanding these cannot be achieved without competition. I could not continue to learn the new and better ways for internet marketing without studying the competition, seeing what they are doing wrong, and what they are doing right. I’ve been doing web design and Internet marketing since 1995, I could not survive if I didn’t stay on top of the competition day in and day out. I work 7 days a week and don’t rest for nothing, not until I am number one in a particular industry or the niche I am targeting.

I’ve got Google Alerts going nuts with Karma Snack all day and night right now. The competition notices it, and I know they do since they copy what we do after each Google Alert, and then I start seeing Google Alerts for them in places I am working. It’s a never-ending game that continues on until either one of you is defeated, or the whole game changes and you are the old school going up against the new school. With competition driving you, you will always see the changes coming, and hopefully steer the course of the industry as well.

Competition allows me to improve my own game plan, by watching where others fail and success.

“A fool learns from his own mistakes, a wise man learns from other’s mistakes.”