Laser URL Redux?

Do you still use Laser URL?  Or are you here looking to download it?  Read this first…

I wrote an “updated” Laser URL post over 5 years ago.  Right now, that’s easily the most visited page I have.  It’s not even close.

Now, part of that is because I’m just re-launching my blog and don’t exactly have steady readership anymore.  But most of that is because it still has a lot of people actively linking to it.  And it was a freaking awesome tool.

But there’s a problem.  Namely, Laser URL was created so long ago and the search engines have changed their formats so much that the software no longer works.  If I still used the tool in my business, I would have kept it updated.  But I don’t.  And I didn’t.

I do, however, get a lot of requests from readers for an updated version.  And I think it could be fun to create something really killer for you again.

But here’s where I need your help.  I probably don’t have enough readers yet to even make this worthwhile, but I’ll give it a shot…

My business is essentially entirely mobile-based at this point.  I don’t use Laser URL anymore.  And if I were going to create a brand new v2, I’d want it to be better than the original.

So I need your ideas and feedback for v2.  What would you like to see it do?  What could I improve (other than the broken search engines, of course).  Can you think of a mobile component I could add?

If you have answers (or questions) for me, leave a comment here.  I’m not expecting much response… but if I get enough (especially if there are some good ideas), I’ll work on it and see what I can do for you.

Here’s my commitment to you…

  1. If I build it, Laser URL will be free.
  2. If I build it, Laser URL will be awesome.
  3. If I build it, Laser URL will be open source.

I *Rock*…

Okay… it’s 2:30 in the morning and I’ve had less than 3 hours of sleep in the past 3 days. I’m dead tired and NEED to go to bed soon.

But not until I share a secret with you… I ROCK! Seriously.

I’ve been busting my *** for awhile now on some new products. And out of the blue (it actually started as a time killer to get me away from one of my other projects) I stumbled across a stream of really killer ideas. It’s strange how that happens every now and again 😉

Anyway, it all started with me helping out my friend Chris Menser (creator of AdGrenade) with a technical challenge he was having. I solved that quick enough and started playing around with my solution to see how far I could push the technology…

And I pushed it far!

So now here’s what I’ve got… and I’m pretty sure I am the only person on earth right now who’s got this (which is why I’m writing this post… to stake my claim)…

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As soon as my head the pillow in bed I instantly regretted spilling the beans about my new software. I’ve left most of the post in place, but I’ve removed the details. I’ll still do the video this week to let you in on what I’m playing with.
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Okay… I’m probably a little delirious at this point… but you’ll see.

Since this whole thing was triggered by writing 8 lines of javascript for Chris, I promised him I’d let him be there when I make my first “show off” video (you know… to get you jealous of my new ClickBank killer). If you want to see what it can do I should have the video up by Wednesday. I haven’t decided yet how much of the technology I’ll make available publicly. I think I want to play with it by myself for awhile first and get a good feel for just how much of an advantage it gives me.

More to come later. For now… good night.

Sneaky ClickBank Affilate Trick…

Here’s a very sneaky ClickBank trick that I’ve never seen anyone else use.  It’s not a get-rich-overnight type of trick… more like something useful to have in your toolbag for those times when it’s needed.

Here’s the Story…

On occasion I want / need to get an advance copy of a ClickBank product.  This came up to day when I started to get a flood of emails for Andrew Fox’s new Dominating ClickBank 2.  I may be able to get a preview copy from Andrew… but in this case I just didn’t have time.  It launches tomorrow and I want to preview the content to determine whether or not I can create a value-added offer for the launch.

I do this on occasion and it’s usually a quick way to make $4k – $10k.  In fact, I used this with a friend of mine recently and he made over $20,000 in the first week doing a launch product like this.

Here’s the Problem…

Affiliates are already promoting the heck out of the product.  Some of them have advance copies… most don’t.  I want a clear advantage on launch so I definitely want a copy of the product before-hand.  Waiting until launch before I see the product could cost me several thousand dollars.So how do I get an advance copy?  I could simply ask Andrew for a copy.  But that takes time and he’s probably up to his eyeballs with other launch stuff with just a day to go (even I admit I’m cutting this one close).

So I have the sneaky little ClickBank trick I use.  You see, even though his sales page isn’t even up yet his product is in the CickBank database.  And that means I can use a little bit of technical magic to go straight to the order page.

Solution, Please?

I created a nifty little software utility that finds all the possible shopping cart pages in ClickBank and lists them for me.  Then I can simply double-click on the product I want (there’s usually just 1 or 2) and order it.I’ve even had vendors sometimes email me wondering how I already bought their product.  It can be funny… one panicked because he thought he had a premature launch.  High comedy.

There’s a little risk that the vendor may not have downloads and content ready yet, but I haven’t had that problem yet.  Every time so far I’ve been able to get access to everything.  On occasion the content will be updated after I have it… but most people offer perpetual downloads these days.

Besides… worst case I just get a refund from ClickBank or I wait until the actual launch and get it then.

Anyway, this can be a very powerful (if infrequent) strategy to use to really take advantage of product launches.  You can have a gigantic edge over the poor schleps who don’t have access to the content pre-launch.

Click here to get my Sneaky ClickBank Cart Trick software.  It’s FREE.

Watch The Video…

I made a short video of the software in action so you can see what I’m talking about.  Click here to watch it.  Tricky, tricky, tricky.

Automating AdWords Campaigns…

Recently I’ve been playing around with the Commission Blueprint product that launched a couple weeks ago.  So far it appears to be working fairly well.  My first campaign is up and making about $120 / day.  Not bad… but I can make it better.

I feel like when they built the $6,000,000 Man (for those of you old enough to remember that series).  I can make it bigger, faster, stronger 😉

Without giving away any of the details, the first part of the process involves creating a *lot* of AdWords ad groups.  In the videos they advocate using SpeedPPC… the obvious downside being that it costs almost 500 bones.

Not a big deal for me since I own SpeedPPC.  But even after using SpeedPPC to create my ads there was a fair amount of additional work I had to do to get my ads ready to go.  I *HATE* work!  If I can automate it, I will.

So I searched around on the web and found a pretty slick little utility called AdGrenade.  It does most of what I used SpeedPPC for plus it automates the part I had to do manually for the Commission Blueprint process.  I got it for free.  Your mileage may vary.  I think the author is giving it away as a bonus.  You may be able to contact him and buy it standalone.  I don’t know.  (website: www.adgrenade.com).

What’s funny is his interface is a very obvious ripoff of my Laser Keyword Generator.  And before you ask… no, I didn’t write them both.  I’m pretty open about my tools and software development stuff when people ask, so I assume he asked and I told him how I developed LKG.  Because I’m such a nice guy, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt 😉

Anyway, his software still didn’t completely automate things because I needed to interface with some Excel files.  I created my first project without any Excel integration.  AdGrenade created 630 ad groups in about 5 seconds (I’m not even kidding).

For my second go ‘round I decided I’d add the Excel integration myself.  I created the AdGrenade XLS Reader to make it an *almost* totally automated process.  I’m very pleased with my results when I combine the 2 programs.  It does pretty much exactly what I want it to do.

The only thing that would better is if it were just one program.  I’ll probably send my program to Chris, the AdGrenade author and offer him the source to integrate it.  We’ll see.  He already made one change for me to his program so I could make my XLS reader.  He had it done later on the same day I emailed him.  Pretty good for a free program… it’s like he’s trying to steal my gig, or something

If you’re familiar with Commission Blueprint then this is totally and ridiculously cool (would I do anything else?).  If you don’t know about Commission Blueprint then this won’t really matter to you (unless you’re looking to replace half of SpeedPPC without spending $500).

Anyway, here’s a quick video I made.  The video is about 6 minutes.  In real life I can do everything in the video in about 30 seconds.  Cool beans!

You can download my add-on to AdGrenade here.  It’s free.  The interface isn’t nearly as refined as most of my other freebies… but I only spent about an hour writing it.  I don’t suppose there’s much of a market for this… free or otherwise.  Enjoy!

Here’s the link to the video.  I wanted to show it live in the post… but I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t know how.  Yet!

Laser URL Tutorial Videos are Ready

Last week I privately posted some new free software that I wrote.  It started off as a small utility to help me target certain URLs for advertising.  Think of it as a different form of site targeting that doesn’t rely on AdSense placements.

Well, the software kind of took on a life of its own.  It became a far larger and far more detailed project than I originally anticipated.  For such a seemingly simple tool there are actually a lot of options and needs.

So I’ve created a 5–part video tutorial that explains most of the features (every one that I can remember).  If you don’t understand why anyone would ever need this software then that’s okay… just keep walking… this isn’t for you.  If you know what this software is used for then you’ll likely find it to be a very valuable part of your arsenal.

If you don’t already have the Laser URL Targeting software you can download it here.  It’s free.  These videos use Laser URL 1.0.4.8 so you may need to update to the latest version to have all these features.  To update your copy just download the setup and install it over your existing version.

The videos are broken into 5 parts according to the user interface of the software.

Video 1 covers building your URL targets through the search engines (Google, Yahoo and Microsoft).  Click here to watch Part 1 (opens in a new window).

Video 2 covers the URL target list and how to manipulate and work with your results.  Click here to watch Part 2 (opens in a new window).

Video 3 covers building your URL target list through Alexa and Quantcast.  Click here to watch Part 3 (opens in a new window).

Video 4 covers analyzing and exporting (using) your targeted URL list.  Click here to watch Part 4 (opens in a new window).

Video 5 covers filtering your results for the best results.  Click here to watch Part 5 (opens in a new window).

P.S.  I don’t usually pimp my free software much, but I’ll take this opportunity to do just that.  If you haven’t tried it yet you’re missing out 😉

All software runs on Windows computers (even though I’m making this post from my Mac).

Marketing Related:

Download Laser URL Targeting

Download Laser Keyword Targeting

Download Link Hopper (redirect tracer… click here for a better description)

Download Site Sniper Pro (Google placement targeting automation – trial version)

Other:

iTunes Library Mover

Amazon Grabber (desktop edition)