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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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How To Design Clothes in Kaneva

Posted on February 9, 2009. Filed under: advice, Avatars, design | Tags: , , , , , |

I see the question pop up all the time “How do I make clothes in Kaneva?”.  It’s not just the newbs that are wondering this either.  Veteran Kanevians like myself are always looking for hints and tips to make their designs top notch.  While looking through the forums I happened to find a link to Kaunaz’s DDK community.

On this community page I found many helpful tutorial which I am posting here to help those who are new to designing clothes in Kaneva.  I did not make these tutorial videos, they were made by other Kaneva users in a selfless effort to help other designers better their craft.  So check out the videos below and don’t forget to check out Kaunaz’s DDK design community along with the GimpArtists community.

Without further ado – here are your videos:

– Using Gimp To Create Clothing in Kaneva – Video By Kaunaz

– Advanced Tutorial For Creating Male Shirts in Kaneva – Video By LordWhiteTiger

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Using Corell Paint Shop Pro To Create a Shirt In Kaneva – Video By Diva42

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Using Photoshop to Make a Shirt in Kaneva – Video By Live4Him

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Hope you found these helpful.  Feel free to share your Kaneva Clothing design tips in the comments below.  A big thank you to the Kaneva users who have donated their time to create these videos!

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Trick or Treat?

Posted on October 15, 2008. Filed under: design, UGC | Tags: , , |

Halloween is a great time of year.  We get to dress up and eat candy – no matter how old you are.  It’s also a great time of the year for the UGC designers on Kaneva because everyone is in the market for a good costume.  Sure, Kaneva put out some new costumes – but they can’t cover everything.  Not to mention, they also seem a little overpriced (and I’m not just talking about the matrix looking “avenger” costume).

This morning, in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to try on some of the UGC costumes.  Below are some of the best male costumes that I’ve found:

Spider Man, Spider Man – look at me, I’m dressed like Spider Man

This costume was designed by fudnut

  • The shirt can be found HERE
  • The pants can be found HERE

STOP! In the name of the blog

This police officer costume was designed by carrieq

  • The shirt can be found HERE
  • The pants can be found HERE

I’m such a bonehead

This skeleton costume was designed by UberNoobie

Holy Superman Batman!

The next two designs were done by Kaunaz

  • Get the superman shirt HERE
  • Get the superman pants HERE
  • Get the batman shirt HERE
  • Get the batman shirt HERE

If I didn’t pick your design, my apologies.  There are just so many to choose from so I could only do a simple search and pick the ones that caught my eye.  I’m hoping to do another post with women’s costumes, but I need models… any volunteers?

Also, in the spirit of the Kanevian Blog Halloween Contest and helping designers know what people want – I would like you to leave comments with what costumes you would like the designers to make.

NOTE: Comments on this post count for the Kanevian Blog Halloween Contest

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Extreme Home Makeover – Kaneva Edition

Posted on September 29, 2008. Filed under: building, design, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Well… kind of.  In the ABC television series “Extreme Home Makeover”, one family who’s been hit hard by bad luck and circumstance is given a completely remodeled home.  In almost all cases the home is torn down and rebuilt.  In this edition of Extreme Home Makeover, I am not helping some unfortunate Kanevian (although this may be a contest in the future).  I am simply re-doing my digital abode.

Sometimes you just get bored with your space, or you are just inspired when you get to visit one of the many well designed/built homes in Kaneva.  In my case, it is both.  The first thing that I did after signing back into Kaneva after my short vacation, was to remove everything from my living space.  I mean everything.  I even set all patterns back to default.

Luckily,  I did not have a lot of “stuff” in my Kaneva apartment, so the job of “demolition” was quite simple.  Over the next few weeks (possibly months) I will be showing off the re-design and looking for feedback – positive or otherwise.  During this time of rebuilding, I will also try to interject some design and building tips for the inexperienced – or those just wanting to learn more.  For now, enjoy the view of what an empty Kaneva city loft looks like.

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