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

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Internet Marketing Gurus

Are you sick and tired of all the self proclaimed Internet marketing gurus? I am!

The final straw for me was about a week ago when I purchased a GMail secrets offer for $97 – Since I’m in the field; I invest money in all sorts of different products and marketing services that I like to test.

After testing this product out for nearly a week, I couldn’t replicate a single test as outlined in the video tutorial. Each time I contacted customer support it would take two days for me to get a one liner that didn’t answer my questions.

Additionally, none of the screen shots looked anything like what I use every day in my Google Adwords account / MCC. While I would have really liked to test out this potential insider secret for Gmail advertising, I just asked for a refund out of frustration and the lack of any real customer support.

In my testing, I found that normal settings in Adwords interface for the content network proved more successful in getting my ads to show up in Gmail than the tactics outlined in the video tutorial.

Over the course of the week I received numerous emails from other gurus promoting this product. I came to the realization that half of these Internet marketing gurus never test any of the products they promote. They just affiliate market something that another guru put out.

I also found several companies that I respect that recently began promoting products or services they’ve never tested. I’m not sure what value they are providing other than buy “this” product because so and so is a really good guy or gal.

Here’s what I’m proposing to do more of in 2010; provide “real” results for guru marketing tools with an honest assessment of how they did or didn’t work.

I’ll also contact customer support and see how long it takes for them to respond and then grade them on how well they respond to my support request.

What Internet tools, products or services have you used for your business and they did not perform as promised or the customer support was horrible? Share your stories with our visitors.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a micro blogging phenomenon and social network that allows users to tweet their followers with brief messages of just 140 characters or less. I consider it in a sense an instant messaging platform on steroids. While Twitter has numerous applications for many businesses and enterprises I’ve yet to honestly see it generate results for two of my accounts or niches. One account has been active since August 2008 and the other January 2009. What have I gotten primarily from these two twitter accounts? Twitter SPAM.

With that being said, There are Twitter users that have seen a huge impact from using Twitter. Doctors, dentists, teachers, trainers, and the list goes on. But does that mean Twitter is right for every business? Some Internet marketers are starting to question the validity of Twitter as a primary business tool. Why? It takes time commitment and persistence just like anything else. When you start to analyze the time and commitment it takes to use Twitter successfully, there may be other marketing tools that will give specific businesses a better ROI.

So, What is Twitter? A powerful communication tool that can help you gain new customers or prospects. A customer service tool, or whatever you can conjur with your imagination with respect to communicating instantly with those in Twitter land.

Since I’m an Internet marketer, I’ve got a Twitter account for nearly all of the niche markets I’m working or developing. I’ll continue to share results good or bad as they develop. Here’s some good news. I got my son started with a new niche just 4 days ago, and with just a couple of tweets got two companies that stepped up to offer us all the help we needed along with products, video, etc. The right niche can generate some immediate responseses that can be lucrative.

Are you new to Twitter? What are your thoughts? Comment below — Are you an experienced Twitter user? Share your comments with readers below.

Twitter Resources:

  • Twitter Rockstar – Authoritative Guide To Marketing Your Brand Or Niche With Twitter. 11 Video’s, 4 PDF’s, 2 Mindmaps, And A 20 Minute Audio Session, All Conveniently Located In A Members Area For Viewing Or Download
  • The Twitter Report – Learn How To Get Free Targeted Traffic From Twitter Using Ethical & Acceptable Marketing Practices
  • Twitter Traffic Machine – The System Explains How To Grow A Twitter Account Rapidly W/total Automation Via 5 Videos. In Video 6, We Then Show How Create A Viral Affiliate Business.
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