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A Final Farewell – And My Last Giveaway

Posted on September 3, 2009. Filed under: Contests, Relationships | Tags: , , , |

For those who haven’t noticed…. I haven’t been on Kaneva in several months.  I’m doing just fine, but I’ve become overwhelemed with lots of other projects.  Those that know me pretty well know that I am a drummer, I’ve been playing drums for almost 16 years.

Recently I’ve been involved with a new website all about drumming (I’m not posting the link here since it really isn’t relevant to this blog – if you want it… message me – I still check my kmail occasionaly).  Along with playing in my own band I have also started part time work as a drum tech for an amazing Atlanta drummer and have been running his entire online presense (twitter, myspace, facebook, website).  Along with my real job I just don’t have the time to write on this blog or actively participate in Kaneva any more.

This isn’t to say that I might not pop back in world on a slow day to say “hi”, but I definetly don’t have the commitment time needed to write quality blog posts for all of you wonderful (well at least most of you are) people .

Love me or hate me, doesn’t really matter in the end… the people that I was close with on Kaneva love me and that’s really all that does matter.

Now for my last giveaway –

I’m giving away this entire blog!!!  That’s right the whole fuckin thing!  This isn’t some random drawing contest though…. I will choose the winner and if you don’t like who I choose – too fuckin bad… it’s my blog and I’ll give it away if I want to =)

Anyone who is interested in taking over this blog, please send me a kmail that includes information for how long you’ve been on Kaneva … how much time you spend on Kaneva a day (average)….. and why you want this blog.

But wait!! that’s not all.  I will also hand over the keys to the Kanevian Blog community on Kaneva and the Kanevian Blog Mogulus account.

That’s right bitches… I’m handing over the keys to my kingdom empire!  So get those kmails sent – impress me and you get it all!

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Where The Hell Have You Been?

Posted on March 18, 2009. Filed under: About, Business, Contests, design, Suggestions for Improvement | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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So have you missed me?……. Well, that’s ok I didn’t really miss you either….ok, maybe a little bit…… alright, I missed you a lot – I just didn’t want to to come off as desperate.  It’s been a while since I’ve written a “real” post on here, but that’s because I’ve been very busy – what? too busy for you?…. No I’m never too busy for you – ok, maybe I was too busy for you these past few weeks, but I have good intentions.  What have I been up to?…. I’m glad you asked –

I love playing Kaneva and I love blogging, but two of my big passions are Internet Marketing (mostly affiliate marketing) and web design.  Recently I’ve been working on several new websites and I don’t know how many designers/programmers read this blog, but you will understand that a custom designed website from scratch can take anywhere from several days to several months to get up and running.

On the Internet Marketing side.  I recently signed up with a service called PPC-Coach.  For those that have never heard of PPC-Coach let me give a brief explanation of what PPC or Pay-Per-Click advertising is and how it works in terms of affiliate marketing:

First lets start with “what is affiliate marketing” – affiliate marketing is basically selling or preselling offers for other companies.  When you hear or see the ads that talk about “making money online”… they are normally refering to affiliate marketing.  To become an affiliate marketer you can sign up with any of the following companies:

 

 

Each of these companies have there own offers with their own conditions for each of the offers.  Some of the offers only require that you get a user to enter a zip code or email address to get paid.  Pay-per-click advertising is buying ad space on places like Google, Yahoo, MSN, or Facebook.  You create your ad with the keywords you want to be listed for and then bid on those keywords.  You only put in a maximum bid so what you actually pay when someone clicks on your ad might be lower (in some cases a lot lower).  The best part of this type of advertising is that you only have to pay when someone clicks on your ad.  You use these PPC ads to send users to the offer that you are promoting.  The idea being that you spend less on advertisement of the product then you make when someone buys the product through your affiliate link.

Now I’ve been doing affiliate marketing for about 6 months now off and on and was struggling with it.  Mostly due to my lack of dedication.  Affiliate marketing is hard work (I put in about 5 – 8+ hours a day with affiliate marketing campaigns alone).  Since I was struggeling I decided I needed to seek help and get serious about it.  That’s when I found PPC-Coach.

PPC-Coach is a service that offers videos, tutorials, a private forum for answering all of your questions, tools (which are worth much more then the subscription cost), and direct contact with people who have been doing and succeeding with affiliate marketing for a long time.  Many of the senior members on the forum do affiliate marketing full time now and were able to quit their day job.  One of the most successful members of PPC-Coach makes an average of $3000 a day doing affiliate marketing (that’s about $90k a month).  This is the high end of the spectrum.  On average a lot of memebers will make a passive income of about $100-$1000 a day (that’s an extra $3k – $30k a month!).  Ok, Ok… I know all of this sounds really sales pitchy, but I wanted to share what I have been up to with all of you and thought that I would pass along this great program if any of you are interested in making money on-line: CLICK HERE to check out PPC-Coach.  The cost is $50/month – Canadian… so less then $50/month if you live in the US.  If you create a good campaign that $50 will be made back within a day so it makes for a good investment.  The money is basically to keep out those who aren’t serious about affiliate marketing – take a look around alot of  the other private forums for affiliate marketing cost at least $100/month and the free public forums are mostly BS… all they will do is insult you for asking what they consider to be a dumb question.

What else has been in the works?

Currently I am working on a plan to move The Kanevian Blog off of the wordpress.com servers and on to my own servers.  With this move will come a site re-design.  So between working on the new design and planning the move so that none of the posts or any of your wonderful comments are lost – it will take time.

I am also trying to plan more contests for the blog so in the comments let me know what you would like to see as contests/prizes for the contests.  Also, if you have any questions about affiliate marketing feel free to put those in the comments section also and I will try my best to answer them.

I know this was a super long post with a little bit of a sales pitch in it, but I am honestly trying to help out the Kaneva members that want to find a way to make a little bit of extra money while staying at home.  It is always inspiring when I hear that someone quit the day job that they hate because they now make enough money online using sites like PPC Coach.

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And The Winner Is – 1500 Credit Comment Contest

Posted on March 9, 2009. Filed under: Contests | Tags: , |

TV The Price Is Right

Not too long ago I visted Kaneva HQ in Atlanta, GA.  While I was there I was given a gift of a dance party 3d card worth 1500 credits.  I wanted to pass this along to my readers in the form of a comment contest.

That contest ended Friday and I am happy to say that I have found a winner!!  The way that it worked was all entries were put into a spread sheet and assigned a number in the order they were recieved.  I then used a random number generator to pick one number out of all of the entries.  The winner of this contest commented and sent out a blast about the contest which gave them a total of 3 entries.  Out of a total of 37 entries, this put them at good odds.

So without further babbeling on my part – The Winner Is……

MrsCaptainHarley

Congradulations Mrs. C – You can Kmail me to setup a time to claim your 1500 credits in world.

Thank You to all who participated.  Please make sure to keep reading – never know when there will be another contest!

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My Field Trip To The Kaneva Inc. Office

Posted on February 24, 2009. Filed under: Contests, Kaneva Inc., Relationships | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Last Thursday I took a field trip to the real life home of the Virtual World of Kaneva.  A few days prior to this trip I sent a quick message to ShamelessPlugs – Kaneva’s head of marketing and public relations to talk to her about doing a guest post on Kaneva’s official blog.  We talked about meeting up for lunch and she offered me an invitation to come and meet the team at the Kaneva office.

Unfortunately, I was running late and missed most of the team as they were already at lunch.  However, I did get to meet many of the names that we know and (sometimes) love – Rotini, Corelli, and CKlaus were among those I was able to shake hands with and say hello to.

The visit started off by me getting lost in the large office complex that Kaneva is located in here in Atlanta.  Once I found the right building I was surprised when the elevator door opened and I was greeted by a vast blue wall that hosted the Kaneva logo – a very clean (almost zen like) lobby.  I was actually expecting the elevator doors to open and see doors that matched all of the others that I had seen in the other office building (the wrong one).  However, I was surprised to learn that Kaneva had grown so much that it needed it’s own floor.

I got a quick tour from ShamelessPlugs showing off the offices and seeing the employees hard at work to develop the 3d world of Kaneva.  After the tour concluded Shameless, Corelli, and I went to lunch and talked shop.  On the way over I got a nice surprise as we were accompanied on our walk by Chris Klaus (Kaneva CEO and Co-Founder) and Animesh Saha (Vice President of Kaneva Engineering) and was asked several questions about my feelings on Kaneva and was told about some of the new exciting features to come – such as user developed flash games and new deeds that will soon be released.

At lunch we talked about my feelings on the changes made to 2d profiles, some of my pet-peeves with the game, some of the things I would like to see, and one of the most important things of all… the changes YOU would like to see.  We talked about how Kaneva Ideas has made it easy for customer service to keep track of all of the changes the users would like to see and get the attention of these ideas from developers and Kaneva upper management.

Corelli and I discussed challenges faced by customer service professionals (I have spent many years working in the technology industry with several degrees of customer service).  Overall I was happy to see how much Kaneva wants to listen to their users input to make changes (even though those changes sometimes seem to take forever).

Like a dummy, I forgot to bring a camera – but I am hoping to make more trips to their office and will try to take some more pictures (and show up on time so I can meet more of the staff).  They were very nice to me and if nothing else made great company for lunch.

OK – Now the fun part of this post for you guys…. ANOTHER COMMENT CONTEST!!!!

While I was at the office I was given a Dance Party 3D card (the card they used to sell at Target) worth 1500 credits as a gift.  I wanna give these credits to you!!!!  This contest will be very similar to the last comment contest I had on the blog, but there are a few changes so read the rules below:

  • To enter in this contest all you have to do is simply leave a comment on this post.
  • Leaving a comment will get you one entry.
  • To get a bonus two entries send out a blast linking back to this post (use this link: https://kanevian.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/my-field-trip-to-the-kaneva-inc-office/)
  • See Below for a picture of what your blast should look like
  • Make sure to send me (SFNdust) a screen cap of your blast either through kmail or through email – kanevianblog (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Winner will be selected by random drawing
  • Contest ends Friday March 6th at 11:59 PM EST and no late entries will be accepted.
  • Winner will be announced Monday March 9th – Winner will have 3 days to claim their prize in the virtual world or a new winner will be selected.
  • I have the right to change this contest at any time – this is something I don’t have to do so don’t bitch!
  • NEW: No using alt accounts – If I catch you… all of your entries are disqualified… let’s keep it fair =)

What your blast should look like:

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Tips for helping me help you: When you leave a comment for the contest use your Kaneva Screen Name and an email address that is valid so I can contact you easier if you win.  If you email me a screen sot of your blast, please include your Kaneva Screen Name in the email.  If you have any further questions – feel free to PM, Kmail, or Email me.

So let’s get to it Kaneva – Come and win your 1500 credits!!!

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My Sound Is Soooo Down That …

Posted on November 17, 2008. Filed under: Contests, Events, Suggestions for Improvement, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Blaming Tim - Photo by Paynomind

Blaming Tim - Photo by Paynomind

How Down Is Your Sound” – this sounds like some new reality show you might see on MTV (Since they don’t actually play music videos anymore).  However, this was a contest that Kaneva actually ran back in September of 2006.

How many of you even knew that Kaneva existed back in 2006?  Hell, how many of you even had your drivers license back in 2006?

Anyways, this was a contest used to highlight musicians and help promote The Virtual World of Kaneva.  The idea behind the contest was that musicians would upload their music and a picture of themselves… then for several weeks people would vote for the top 10 musicians.  After the voting had been tallied, the musicians would then perform in front of a panel of Music Industry pro’s for a chance to win:

  • A free recording session at Dallas Austin’s DARP Studios in Atlanta, where superstars TLC, Boyz II Men, Madonna and Monica have put down chart-topping tracks.
  • A five-song demo recording deal with Atlanta’s Block Entertainment, with an estimated cash value of $50,000.
  • A one day song writing internship with Grammy Award winning producer Sean Garrett.
  • $7,500 Cash!

I’m writing this article with a bit of selfishness today.  You see, I am in a band myself.  I am a drummer for a local Atlanta band – BlamingTim (we get compared to Ben Folds Five a lot).  The original “How Down Is Your Sound” contest appeared to be more geared toward Hip-Hop artists…. I myself, am not a huge fan of hip-hop, but to each his own.

I would like to see Kaneva have another musically focused contest (or even a live concert broadcast in world) featuring a plethora of bands that span across musical genres.  I’m not talking about uploading a music video of a band that you like.  I’m talking about a band uploading their music or videos of their own performances and having the users of Kaneva voting for their favorite.  A contest that involves more work from the entrants then simply going to YouTube, finding a video and then coping the embed code over to Kaneva…. A contest that more closely ties Real Life entertainment into The Virtual World of Kaneva.

What are your thoughts on this?  Let me know in the comments below!

Selfish Plug for Those Who Live in Atlanta:

BlamingTim will be playing live not once, but twice this week!  On Wednesday Nov. 19th at the Drunken Unicorn and our CD/Video Game (That’s right a F***ing video game) release party on Nov. 21st at North River Tavern – Check out BlamingTim.com for details.

Selfish Plug for Those Who Live Everywhere Else:

Our new CD/Video Game releases on Nov. 21st – it’s called “Blaming Tim’s Relapse Adventure” and will be available for purchase on our website.

A Note To Kaneva Employees:

I know that you guys are local here in Atlanta so feel free to stop by and check us out on our Nov. 21st show (there is no cover).  Let me know that you work for Kaneva and I will be happy to get you all of our contact info (We Want To Perform In World!).

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