Archives for July 2007

I Made the Blog A-List! (And You Can Too)

A-List BloggerIt’s official, as of last week — according to Technorati, and to Kineda’s cool A-List Bloglebrity tool which uses it, I am now an A-List blogger:

Now, that might not be all that interesting to you, except that I’ve spent some time analyzing my results and I’ve explained on my blog exactly how I made the A-list, and without working at it nearly as hard as Technorati and others suggests you might have to (Posting twice a day??? Who has that kind of time???).

Anyway… I want to help YOU do this too, so I’ve set up a thread on my forum there to help you make the A-list. You can post your current authority ranking, ask any questions, share any tips, and…most of all…share your progress! We may not be able to get everyone on the A-list, but we should at least be able to move everybody up a notch or two.

Comments / feedback welcome here, but if you want to participate in the project and boost your blog authority, you need to go post on there — I can only fragment the conversation so much. 😉

By the way, you might want to also take a look back at How to Become an A-List Blogger – 3.5 years old and still timely.

Gender Differences in Networking – Live Call Tuesday, July 24

Do men and women network differently? I think we all intuitively know that there’s some truth to this, but what are the facts? What can men and women learn from each other to improve their networking skills, as well as how to relate to each other better in a business context?

On Tuesday, July 24, 1pm PST/4pm EST, I’ll be a guest on FCGM Small Business Radio, along with Lynn Terry of the Self-Starters Weekly Tips Forum and host Scharlene Redway of Full Circle Global Mentoring, discussing this issue.

You can listen as well as call in with live questions at (718) 664-9874 or

We’ll talk about some interesting survey results from ExecuNet that indicate there are some substantial differences, as well as the phenomenon that of top 50 connectors on LinkedIn, only two are women.

Hope to see you there!

How to Get Free Weekly Online Networking Coaching from Scott Allen

Some people are probably going to think I’ve gone off the deep end. Others — those who “get it” — will understand this completely.

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post about the easy way to monetize your network, please start with that. This is radical, world-changing stuff. 100% free to join and participate, 100% automated income, and all you have to do is make one teeny-tiny change in your shopping habits. Tiny. Buy the same stuff from the same stores. That’s it.

I am so committed to this, I’ve decided to totally put my money where my mouth is (actually, my time, but as we all know, time is money). Here’s what I’m doing…

For anyone who signs up under me (at any level – not just directly under me), I’m going to be providing FREE weekly coaching calls in online networking. This is not coaching in how to grow that business — this is general business skills that you can apply to any business (or your job search). This is the same information I used to charge $200-$250 for a 6-week course, and you can get it completely for free.

And you don’t even have to promote that business in order to get the coaching — just sign up! How can I do that, you ask? Because I am so convinced that once you really take a look at this program, you will actively participate, that I think my risk of having any “freeloaders” is only slightly higher than zero.

But you know what? That doesn’t even matter. The best way to make money is by helping other people make money, so that’s what I’m doing.

One clarification… the weekly calls will be open to the first 250 live callers, but the call will be recorded and available to everyone in my downline, no matter when they join (i.e., new members can listen to all the archives).

One more thing… I will help you build your downline! There’s way more details in that regard than I’m going to go into here, but if you have ever thought you wanted to do anything like this, now is the time.

The Easy Way to Monetize Your Network

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could quite literally “monetize your network”? To actually scrape just a little bit of money from all the transactions generated between people you know?

OK, well this doesn’t quite do that, but it’s a first step. And best of all,

  1. It’s 100% free.
  2. Nobody spends any money they weren’t already going to spend.
  3. Everybody actually saves money over what they could do on their own.

One of my readers sent this to me this morning, and I’ve spent a good chunk of the day doing my due diligence — I’m like that, especially if I’m going to put my reputation on the line when I tell about something like this. I know that at first glance this is going to look like some kind of MLM recruiting (not that there’s anything wrong with that…), but it’s not, and I will explain — bear with me. Also, I think this is by far THE coolest thing I’ve seen regarding making money online – absolutely brilliant, ingenious business model – one of those that makes you go, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

And please… critiques and questions welcome. I think this thing is the greatest thing since sliced bread. If you don’t think so, tell us all why.

Do you shop online? At major sites like, Circuit City, CompUSA, SkyMall,,, Dell, HP, T-Mobile,, Toshiba Direct, VistaPrint, ABC TV, NBC Universal,, OfficeMax, Sears, etc.? You get the idea…

Now, all of these sites have affiliate programs, paying affiliates anywhere from like 2% to as much as 50% of the sale in some cases. Simply put, how would you like to see some of that money yourself? Better yet, how would you like to get a little piece of that money when all your friends, and their friends, and their friends, and so on, and so on, shop at those stores?

That’s what MyPowerMall (MPM) does. And yes, it’s completely free to participate.

Think about it… it would be completely infeasible for you to go set yourself up as an affiliate in all those sites you wanted to shop at. Furthermore, even if you could, most of the sites have tiered commission structures based on volume. MPM is a single affiliate, so with all the people in it, they end up with the volume to put the commission payouts at higher rates than you could ever get yourself with a single sale. So that means that the money can be shared with your upline, make their company a little bit of money, and you still have a nice little rebate on your own purchases.

MPM has two types of membership. If you’re a heavy consumer, you can join as a personal member and get deeper discounts on your own purchases, but nothing from your downline. Or choose the business membership and get a smaller discount on your own purchases and earn commissions from the shopping by your downline – down 9 tiers. And intriguingly (I don’t quite understand the rationale behind this, but OK…), the highest portion of the payout is actually at your 3rd and 4th tiers, not your own purchases and tier 2.

Interestingly, this is actually not MLM from a legal standpoint. See, nobody actually buys anything from MPM – they buy from these major retailers, and at a cost guaranteed to be lower than they would get if they visited the site directly. And the pyramid doesn’t collapse, because even people at the very bottom of the pyramid still benefit. It never costs anybody a dime that they weren’t already going to spend anyway.

How cool is that?

So here’s my affiliate link if you want to learn more or sign up:

Share the wealth!

And oh yeah… one very important thing… please remember to actually use MPM when you shop!


Jason Alba at JibberJobber added a JibberJobber profile to our social software company wiki. Barbara Safani writes,

A successful job search campaign requires exceptional organizational and follow-up skills. Jibber Jobber provides an easy to use interface that takes the drudgery out of the job search process while improving efficiencies and accelerating search activity.

What I like about Jibber Jobber is that it addresses a clear need among job-searchers: managing their job search and all of the people and companies with whom they interact during the course of their job search. The great majority of people I meet have very primitive personal CRM systems–often as primitive as a shoebox of business cards. So there’s a large opportunity to provide people with more sophisticated tools.

Jibber Jobber’s challenge is that it is so narrowly focused on the job search, whereas every professional needs a personal CRM tool (e.g., Act, Microsoft Business Contact Manager, etc. They may find that they successfully penetrate the job-seeker market, then at some point rebrand and target the broader professional market.

Who wants to buy into the blog and wiki software market? Anyone?

Kathleen Reidy has posted a useful survey of M&A in the blog and wiki software markets.

Do it Yourself iPhone

If you want to avoid the lines, Techcrunch writes how to cobble together an iPhone equivalent for free.

How Consumers Use Social Networking Sites

Charlene Li writes that Forrester just released a report on “How Consumers Use Social Networking Sites”. 

“Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook have seen tremendous
growth over the past two years, attracting a young and engaged
audience. Frequent users of these social networking sites not only
engage in more activities and have a more positive attitude about these
sites, but they are also far more interested in profiles from their
favorite companies. Marketers interested in reaching their audiences on
social networking sites should: 1) dispense with traditional Web
marketing tactics, 2) encourage “friending,” and 3) regularly refresh