Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Blatant Marketing Blog

If you have been following my blogs you will know that I left a job in technology , actually I was a technology manager working for an American oil and gas exploration company, but then I moved to France to set up a gite business with my wife .

So you could say that it has been a bit of a change of lifestyle to say the least.

Now I will be honest with you, there is not an awful lot of money to be made running a gite, the season is relatively short where the money is good and there is a natural ceiling to the earnings you can generate, hence the need for a blatant marketing blog campaign. Well I am not a politician and thought the truth might be quite refreshing.

So bottom line and what I want to get to is that we need to operate some other businesses and find additional ways of earning some money while we are living here in France. Not that I am knocking the gite business, we have had a brilliant first season as you can see on the quotes page for FRENCH HOLIDAYS AUDE , take a look to see what people who have stayed said about us.

Oh by the way, that was blatant marketing blog number 1

So now I would like to announce the arrival of my wifes brand new website, pushed out onto the world wide web this weekend, you can find it at CURTAINS AND CUSHIONS and it is a mix of a company catalog for her day to day business plus a shop window for my affiliate marketing business. Well I did say this was going to be a blatant marketing blog so what did you expect and oh yeah, that was number 2.

So having plugged the wifes new website lets move on to the other things I would like to talk about in other words my next blatant marketing blog, number 3.

I have done a series of lenses on Squidoo that explain exactly how to go about moving to France, there are 3 in the series so far and the lastest is called BUYING A HOUSE and is all about the legal proceedings associated with making a house purchase in France, I can almost hear you yawning from here, but I have to say the lenses are receiving pretty good reviews from seasoned Squidoor's and my first 2 have received 5 star ratings with the 3rd only finished yesterday so still out to court, obviously of most interest to people who would like to move to France but others may also find them mildly interesting.

So why I hear you asking are you doing these lenses, well the answer is that it is all part of my marketing strategy.

The theory is (and its a good one) that if you put useful information on the internet that people want access to, then eventually you will start to generate traffic to the information i.e. people will visit your website to find the information and likely share its existence with their friends and associates.

Now if as well as the information on the website you put links to relevant products and services associated with that information then there is a good chance that 1 0r 2 people will make a purchase or use your sponsored links to go and look at other relevant information or products. Notice the presence of the words useful and relevant associated with the information and or products because this really is the key to generating and keeping traffic on your website.

By the way if you are interested in affiliate marketing why don't you join up and see how you do, just click on the banner below and apply to join. All you need is a website (blog page even), some traffic (I guess someone reads your stuff) and a good reason why merchants would make you an affiliate, oh and I just gave you 2 but I am sure you can come up with your own.

Wow blatant marketing blog number 4 just slipped straight in there without taking a breath.

Anyway I am going to stop telling you all my secrets now and go to BLATANT MARKETING BLOG number 5 which is SELL, SELL, SELL or even better BUY, BUY, BUY

This requires me to make an assumption and my assumption is that everybody likes a bargain. So number 5 is that I am going to share with you some of the huge discounts I have been made privy to via the Affiliate Window. I am not going to mess about with a few pence here and there I am going for your 25%, 50%, 60% or 80% off deals that really mean something to your pocket.

So are you ready for a good browse, think of it as window shopping when you suddenly see a real bargain and its oh so hard to resist. Well don't resist go for it, because you don't know when you will get the next chance.

Hope you didn't miss out but the end of the month is here and I had to remove the August offers, when I get a chance I will take a look at the latest offers and do an update. Wouldn't want you guys to miss a good opportunity.

These great multiple award winning all-in-one sleeping solutions, ideal for summer sleepovers, camping or holidays, are now discounted by up to 33%. They feature some of our strongest children’s character brands including Thomas the Tank Engine, In the Night Garden, Disney Cars and many more…

We are offering our customers 50% off all our Egyptian Cotton Bedding range.

Happy shopping and that is it for the blatant marketing blog for the moment, but keep em peeled if I see more offers like this again you can be sure I will be doing an update, so bookmark this page and if you don't buy this time lets see if we can find a real deal that does meet with your approval.

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