• Thursday, 6 April 2006

    XSitePro And The Spirit Of Free Enterprise

    One of the vital ideas it's important to understand about the world wide web is that is just naturally designed to favour categories and niches, the narrower and more highly specialised the better.

    What I mean is that if you want to build a site about shirts for example, you'd be much better off building a whole bunch of sites about different types of shirts; formal, casual, silk, cotton, Hawaiian, even individual brands or sports, rather than one big generic shirt site.

    If, like me, you've next to no experience of building websites the thought of building just one can seem very scarey, as I wrote here yesterday New Beginnings. Now here I am saying build even more! What am I, crazy?

    Well actually, I have a cunning plan to cope with that problem - or at least a piece of software in mind that's going to handle it for me.

    Sometimes in life it's best to just dive in, get things started and make the rules up as you go along. Other times a bit of planning and research is called for and this is one of those times. There's an awful lot of software, eBooks and all sorts of moneymaking schemes available on the net, all of which promise to make it easy to make your fortune from the convenience of your own home or even on the beach!

    My mission, and I've chosen to accept it, is to find the golden yellowbrick road to financial independence and personal happiness, hopefully passing relatively unscathed through the thick forest of despair and deception without too much drama!

    After a lot of time spent researching and reading literally hundreds of websites I've come to realise that the hoped for dream, an effortless way to print money whilst enjoying the good life is as rare on the web as in real life. It happens sometimes but basically you need to work at it and not give up too easily.

    Good tools make hard work easier so it's obviously crucial to get the very basic first moves right. As I'm continually reminding my wife Ursula, who is documenting her own efforts to start an internet business at A Woman's Work, the most important part of a house is the foundation. If that's crooked, the house will fall down and I intend the House of Rose to last.

    The first tool we have decided to buy is called XSitePro, which does everything that expensive professional web design software like Dreamweaver does and a whole lot more besides as you can see on this page they call 47 More Reasons Why You Need XSitePro.

    I've only just learned that the people behind this package are English and based in Leeds in Yorkshire. Sometimes it's easy to think that the USA owns the internet, so it's great to have found a great European company to launch my adventures into cyberspace.

    XSitePro offer an affiliate scheme for people like me (or you) to recommend their software and earn a little commission if someone buys it and I'm almost certainly going to sign up for it. I say almost certainly because I haven't bought or used it yet and I'm not prepared to recommend anything without trying it first myself.

    One of the "Golden Rules of Doing Business on the Internet" is to understand that everything on the web is available for ever to everyone so don't ever fake it - you will be found out! It can be incredibly damaging to recommend a product that turns out to be junk, to be caught in an apparent lie by a careless endorsement. Don't sell stuff you're not prepared to stand by.

    One of the things affiliate marketers do to get people like us to buy stuff from them and not one of their rival affiliates is to sweeten the deal. There are absolutely loads of different sites offering anything from free eBooks and software, XSitePro training and even rebates on the purchase price in an effort to gain your business.

    As far as I have been able to discover - and I've done a lot of looking - the best set of sweeteners to go with the already pretty sweet XSitePro package is that offered by the Two Percent Club site, where the value of the free bonuses they offer is seven times more than the price of XSitePro itself.

    They also offer a 50$ (around 40€) rebate on the 197$ (160€) purchase price, so I'm looking at a total investment of only 147$ (120€) for the ability to create as many niche businesses as I can think of. The only other fixed overhead is web hosting but that's even cheaper than XSitePro itself. I'm going to buy it right now!

    Incidentally, the Two Percent Club is a reference to the fact that apparently two percent of affiliates are making 98% of the money. I sure know where I'm heading for!

    PLEASE NOTE: All of the links on this page are direct links to the sites mentioned, not affiliate links.


    At Tue Jun 06, 12:36:00 am BST, Blogger Nukapai said...

    Apologies in advance for irrelevant comment, but I just popped in to say "thank you" for your positive feedback re: the perfume post I'd made at BC.

    At Tue Jun 06, 11:38:00 am BST, Blogger alienboy said...

    Hi Nukapai,

    I'm just glad you came at all!

    At Thu Aug 10, 05:27:00 pm BST, Anonymous Temple Stark said...

    You may put a new post that points to your new gig.

    Also, if I may, how do I add the tags at the bottom. I think I knew once, but haven't tried since. Is it as quick and painless as i remember. I'm signed up for a couple of those, but not all.

    No disrespect, but if you can do it when it comes to blogging software that is, then I know it's easy.

    Best. Temple

    At Fri Jul 13, 05:56:00 am BST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Is anybody still around? What the fuck?

    At Fri Jul 13, 09:16:00 am BST, Anonymous Alienboy said...

    Anonymous, that's a fair point and a good question.

    This blog is definitely in ghost blog territory at the moment and your comment has at the very least prompted me to have a think about what to do with it.

    If I decide to permanently close Alienboy's World, I'll take the site down and if I decide to re-activate it, then you'll find more writing here in the not too distant future.

    I am incredibly busy with several other projects, both online and off, but that's no more than an excuse of course.

    At Tue Sep 15, 02:27:00 pm BST, Blogger alienboy said...

    This blog, although still in need of massive amounts of TLC, is now being hosted on its own domain. Please follow this link to Alienboy's World.


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