Reilly Labs Review

Reilly Labs Review

Some of you may know or heard of Reilly Labs through the Warrior Forum or through some of the WSO’s he promotes. My review is based solely on two products I’ve purchased from Reilly Labs:

  • QR Code Generator
  • Google Maps Generator

These are plugins for WordPress that are  generated by using Adobe Air, neither worked. I filled out multiple trouble tickets that were never answered and as recently as last week i called his PayPal listed phone number (Google Voice) and left a message asking for help with these products. My calls and messages went unanswered.

Reilly Labs Website

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Reilly Labs is still around and active in the Warrior Forum. I get numerous emails from him or his company promoting the next big WSO, but no responses for product support.

Reilly Labs Emails

Bottom line – order from this cat at your own risk.

If I do here from Reilly Labs, I’ll be happy to post any resolution, but as of now I have two products that I’m unable to use.

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Craigslist Phone Authentication and Internet Marketing

It’s March 31st, 2010 and my stats indicate that nearly 40% of all my inbound traffic this month is related to craigslist phone authentication not working. It’s amazing how many Internet marketers or Craigslist users are trying to figure out to work around the phone authentication issue.

I’d like to propose one thought on why this is such a big issue  right now; Too many online marketers put all their eggs in one basket. Lots of folks discovered that Craigslist was a good marketing alternative to understanding how to use Google or some of the other major search engines, directories, blogs, classified ads, or other marketing tools.

Now, Craigslist has implemented phone authentication which for many does not appear to be working at all and I have not seen one valid work-around or a post that would indicate someone has figured out how to get around Craigslist phone authentication.

So where does that leave the folks that have staked their entire online business model with Craigslist? Time to try something different. I’m guessing that some creative folks out there will develop a Craiglist alternative or develop a list of really good classified ad sites.

It’s never good to put all your eggs in one basket, just as many marketers discovered when Google turned off their Adwords account for no understandable reason.

Marketers used numerous classified ad sites before Craigslist so why would they have stopped? Craigslist was too easy. If online marketing was easy, everyone would be doing it. Online marketing takes time, effort, and some good old fashioned hard work from time to time.

Here’s my advice if your business is crashing because you can’t authenticate your Craigslist account. Try something different. Don’t stand by and watch your business tank, and what ever you do in the future plan on being more diversified in your traffic sources.

See my original article and thread here: Craigslist Phone Authentication

Shameless plug for two classified ad sites:

Frosty The Snowman Visits Dallas | Search Engine Marketing?

Today the Dallas Fort Worth area had the pleasure of being visited by Frosty the Snowman along with more than four inches of snow in some places. Since it is uncommon for us to get snow in the Dallas Fort Worth area; it’s a big deal when it does. Below you can see some photos of my son and daughter with a friend visiting with Frosty. So you’re probably wondering at this point, what does snow in Dallas Texas and Frosty the Snowman have to do with Internet marketing.

Here’s the connection; Everyday there are local, national and global events or occurrences that are blog and newsworthy. By writing an article or providing some valuable insight or perspective, you could generate additional clicks to your website.

If you’re not taking advantage of breaking news and events, you’re probably missing out on some potential traffic. Don’t worry; you may not need to do a bunch of writing. There is a market emerging for sponsored blog posts or articles. I’m doing some research on this now so I’ll post results of what I find later, but we will certainly be providing a venue on SearchEnginePro and some of our other sites for sponsorship of our articles and posts.

So whether you actually write the article or pay to sponsor one, you can get in on the immediate buzz of breaking news by sponsoring posts on someone else’s site or blog. This will give you valued back links to your site.

While we are enjoying a bit of snow here in the Dallas, TX area; Washington DC and the eastern seaboard are bracing for another winter blast that could have them buried in snow for a couple of months.

So how do you tie it together? Let’s say for example we’re talking about my favorite auto service center here in the Dallas area, Christian Brothers Automotive. They might write some articles or create buzz because of the weather we are having.

  • Loosing traction in the Dallas snow? Bring your vehicle in for a free tire inspection.
  • Are your tires ready for snow in Dallas? You could write and article on the importance of good traction and how to check for excessive tire wear.

I’m sure you get the point. There are many ways to take advantage of daily or upcoming events that will generate buzz and bring additional traffic to your website.

Until the next post, say hi to Frosty if you see him in your neighborhood.

(This post has been sponsored by Auto Loan provider Community Auto Credit)

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Breaking News: This Just In – Best Snowman Photo in Dallas, Texas

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This is an example of the type of buzz you can create with a little bit of effort. So what’s going on in your community or neighborhood today? Is there any breaking news affecting your industry, the country or the globe? Special thanks to Jason Sickles, Editor with Dallas Morning News.

Pitfalls of Social Media Marketing

Some might think it is all upside becoming a social media marketeer, but you need to real Perry Belcher’s farewell blog post in its entirety to understand what I’ve been saying from the beginning about social media marketing… Once you go high profile, it’s an all consuming task. Perry Belcher is taking his life back and going private. Perry is one of the most respected high-profile social media marketing trainers in this space so his thoughts are worth considering before you decide your company is going to rely entirely on social media to generate leads or prospects for your business.

Dear Friends,

Today I decided to end my career as an internet marketing trainer. I have told so many of my students that when your 1% unhappy it’s time to get out. Now it’s time to follow my own advice.

Over the last 18 months or so I have had the privilege to meet and work with some of the coolest, kindest, most generous people I have ever known. I have truly enjoyed sharing my knowledge of internet marketing and social media marketing with each and every one of you.

So why would I quit? There are several reasons, but here are a few…

First, training and coaching, for me, is an all encompassing business. I took on every client’s challenges as my own and and my time with my family has been very limited since I began on this path. I look very forward to focusing on just being dad and a husband for a while.

Secondly, while there are a great many people who have shown me a great deal of love, there are a few that have shown a heavy dose of hate and anger, partially because of my past. This group has unfortunately been much more vocal and harsh.

While I can take reasonable criticism, today I have concerns for my safety and the safety of family.

Third, I remembered that it’s much more fun and profitable to be a marketer than it is to teach internet marketing…a truth that someone had to hit me over the head to help me remember.

So, that being said I need to make a clean break….

I have asked that all my internet marketing training products be removed from the market.

I am in the process of removing all internet marketing related materials form my blogs.

Over the next bit of time I will be reverting my social media connections back to close personal friends.

I will have canceled all future internet marketing and social media speaking opportunities and will not accept new ones.

In short, I am taking my life back to private.

My current clients will be supported by Ryan Deiss’ company, Infomastery, but I will be creating no new internet marketing trainings and I have canceled all future speaking engagements regarding internet marketing.

For any current customers and clients who are still owed coaching/consulting from me, I will still be hanging around for as long as it takes to make sure that you are taken care of. In other words, while my public persona will more or less vanish, I’ll still be helping you privately and WILL NOT violate prior agreements. (NOTE: This includes “Social Media Money System” customers who are owed coaching calls with me.)

If you have any questions or concerns about any of this, please contact customer support at: support@drivingtraffic.com

…or by phone at: 512-600-4363

I appreciate your care and understanding and I wish each and every one of you great success in your future endeavors.

Sincerely,
Perry Belcher”

Wish you the best Perry – SearchEnginePro

Google Affiliate Slap: You Can Bounce Back

I’m not sure I’ve read any reports of sites being able to bounce back from the Google Affiliate Slap, but I’m happy to report that we’ve conducted a successful test. (On accident of course)

In helping my son get started with some Internet marketing, he loaded a site that had initially held a #3-#5 organic position on Google with affiliate offers. The site was soon completely dropped from the Google index. My son removed the affiliate offers and we started the clock ticking to see if and when the site might show back up in Google’s index. I’m happy to report it took less than two weeks for it to bounce back from the Google Affiliate Slap and show up in the top 10 organic results.

Prior to my son adding additional affiliate offers, he had a few running on the site which had no negative affect on the organic SERPs. My bet is that Google has a formula that measures affiliate offers to the amount of content on a given page or the site in general. I’d be interested in hearing from others that have had an opportunity to test site recovery after getting hit by the Google Affiliate Slap.

Share your test results with our readers.

Viral Video – JK Wedding Dance

If you have not seen the Wedding Dance Video (click link) it’s another great example of how well viral video and / or viral video marketing can work. This Minnesota couple probably had no idea that their very creative and fun wedding entrance dance would garner over 9 million views in just one week.

You never know which video, funny or creative moment will capture the hearts and minds of the entire planet. We are no longer talking about local, regional, or even nation-wide reach.  Viral video marketing can reach the entire planet.

As in the case of Evian, the French mineral water bottler, they probably had no idea how fast their Evian roller babies / roller-skating babies video would reach a global audience at over 8 million views as of this post. Look at all the free promotion Evian received before they spent a single dollar on tv advertising. Viral video can generate tons of free traffic to your product or message. So before you throw in the towel on your Internet marketing efforts be sure to dust off that camcorder and try something creative.

Viral video can be extremely powerful and is just one example of why you should consider video to help promote your business online and offline.

11/22/09JK Wedding Dance Video Update: As of Nov. 09 the JK Wedding Video has been viewed 32 million times. You never know what video creation you come up with might go viral. Get out that video camera and start recording.

The Problem With Internet Video Marketing

The other day I watched a self promoting video from another self-proclaimed video marketing guru that claims rags to riches in about 24 months. The video goes on to claim thousands of free visitors with no need to pay for Google Adwords. The lure of free traffic beyond our wildest dreams is truly appealing. Let me state for the record, I’m a huge fan of Internet video marketing, but here are a few issues I see with marketing yourself and your company on the Internet using video:

  • Not everyone wants to be an Internet video star or personality – Once you put yourself out there you’ve got to maintain your presence
  • What happens if your Internet personality is an employee that leaves your company or goes to a competitor?
  • Video alone may not drive the volume of traffic you need to sustain your business
  • Not every company or small business has the time and resources to put it all together in a cost effective manner
  • Internet video marketing may not be the best option for your specific business – are there benefits? Sure, but are they for every company? Maybe not
  • Internet video marketing is not the end-all solution to getting traffic. It’s one of many tools you should have in Internet marketing tool bag

Before you throw your company into the arena of Internet video marketing be sure it’s the right solution for your company and you are willing to put the time and resources into making it successful. Look for my upcoming whitepaper on video marketing at: www.videomarketingwhitepaper.com