Please Help Save These Poor Animals From An Unfortunate Fate

by Mike on January 28, 2009
in Personal

Will you please take two minutes of your time to help my friend Allison save some poor animal’s lives?  (It won’t cost you a penny, I swear)

Allison is volunteer coordinator at an animal shelter in New Jersey…they take in dogs, cats, and other animals that have been abused, abandoned, or in need of help. You can read more about their work here.

They’re a not-for-profit organization and they’re really struggling to make ends meet.  Its possible they could go under and if that happens a lot of puppies and kittens will have nowhere else to go.

Don’t worry…I’m not going to ask you for a donation!   All I ask is that if you have a pet, go to (its like a Facebook for pet owners) and create a free account.

When you create your account I need to affiliate yourself with Allison’s shelter.  You see there’s a big contest going on [...] Continue Reading…

Dreamhost Coupon Code Saves You $50

by Mike on January 26, 2009
in Discounts and Coupons

Use my Dreamhost coupon code to save $50…

If you’re looking for reliable web hosting I think you’ll find there aren’t many better than Dreamhost.  They’ve got a ton of features and they’re known to be very friendly and responsive to internet marketers and bloggers like us.

You can install Wordpress with one click of a button which I love, and you can host unlimited domains for free.  If you’re like me and you’re looking to build lots of sites and blogs…than Dream Host is a good choice for your hosting needs.

As a Dreamhost affiliate I’m able to offer you a $50 discount when you purchase a hosting package of 1 year or more.  Just go to and choose the length of service you want.  When you’re checking out you’ll be asked if you have a Dreamhost coupon code.  Just type in MIKECOLLINS (one word) and you’ll get $50 bucks [...] Continue Reading…

Ever Wonder Why You’re Not Making Any Money?

by Mike on January 21, 2009
in Making Money Online, Mindset

Whoa…I just read one of the best blog posts ever!

If you’re struggling to earn a living online and can’t figure out where you’ve gone wrong you need to read Leo Dimilo’s 114 Things I Wished I Knew as an Internet Marketer When I First Started.

Leo is absolutely spot on in this post and if you’re smart you’ll read it again and again until it all sinks in.  Seriously, Leo could have easily packaged this post into a report and sold it for $47…but instead he gives it all to you completely free.  :)

Read it now…you won’t be sorry.

Getting Rid Of Malware Is Easier Said Than Done

by Mike on January 19, 2009
in Personal, Security

Last week my wife opened up an email from one of her girlfriends and clicked on the file that was attached.  She thought it was a harmless message that came from one of her best friends…but in fact it was a time bomb loaded with malware that messed up her computer until last night. 

Apparently her girlfriend’s PC got infected with something that then sent a malicious file to everyone in her address book and I was forced to spend the better part of a week cleaning up the mess.  And I know from experience that getting rid of malware is no laughing matter. 

Malware can take many forms…everything from keylogger programs that track what keys you type in an attempt to crack passwords to spyware bots that create all sorts of popup advertising. 

My better half’s PC was infected with some kind of trojan that caused advertising popups informing her she [...] Continue Reading…

Corporate Logo Quiz

by Mike on January 12, 2009
in Advertising, Branding

Here’s a fun little quiz that will determine how well you pay attention to details when it comes to corporate logos.

I got 17 out of 20 correct in this corporate logo quiz but I actually think I could have gotten all twenty.  Just look at the 2 logos and choose which one is real and which is fake.  It seems pretty busy but some of the differences are really subtle.

Click below to take the quiz and let me know how you did…

Corporate logo quiz

Tis The Season For Link Love

by Mike on December 23, 2008
in Recommended Reading

I’ve been pretty busy with the holidays and a couple of other projects I’m working on so its been too long since I posted here. But I’m gonna keep it short today.

I don’t usually bother with “link love” types of posts because they don’t add much value to the reader…but in the holiday spirit its time for a little shout out to some of my friends and fellow bloggers…

Franklin Bishop talks about 8 blog headlines guaranteed to get your reader’s attention.

Caroline Middlebrook discusses a pay-as-you-go business model.

Learn how to comment your way to success from Danny Cooper.

Ben Pei lists his 16 must have Twitter tools.

Watch a tutorial by Christopher Ross and learn how to make awesome 3D icons.

Check out Yan Susanto’s massive list of 101 blogging tips.

Dennis Edell is running a neat contest with a $100 prize.

Josh Spaulding proves that duplicate content can rank in the SEs.

50 Ways To Get Links To Your Site

by Mike on December 10, 2008
in Link Building

I originally wrote this for another blog of mine but I’ve decided to repost it here…

Whether you’ve just launched a new site or already have an established blog with hundreds of posts, you should always be on the lookout for new links. Backlinks increase your Google PageRank, bring new visitors to your site, and (hopefully) increase your revenue.

But link building can be a frustrating experience for even the most seasoned marketer. It takes a lot of time and hard work, which is why so many bloggers and website owners do a half-ass job and never see the benefits of a well-constructed link building campaign.

My goal in this post is to create a definitive list of link building strategies. I’ll come back to update it from time to time so make sure to bookmark it so you can use it as a reference.

Note – In this article I’m not concerned [...] Continue Reading…

Your Blog Is Doomed To Failure

by Mike on December 9, 2008
in Mindset

I absolutely marvel at the mindset of some people.  They’ve obviously never heard of the old saying “Penny wise, pound foolish”.

Perhaps the best way to describe this type of person is by giving an example.

Link building expert Danny Cooper recently released a report called the Blog Comment Blueprint in which he reveals his methods for building links via blog commenting.  It’s a powerful yet easy to use strategy that can quickly bring you thousands of free backlinks and a steady stream of traffic (which is exactly what so many of you are struggling with!)

Now I’ve seen at least a half dozen positive reviews of Blog Comment Blueprint and when I read through the comments after the review I see the same thing again and again…

“Sounds great!  It’s just not in my budget right now or I’d pick it up right away.”

“I really can’t afford to splurge on it.”

Now, I [...] Continue Reading…

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